Affordable art

Written by Nicole Rico | Monday, 01 February 2016 11:09 |

If you’ve got a burning desire to take in a museum and admire expensive pieces of art, but are still trying to pay off those shockingly high overage charges on your cell phone bill, here’s a shortlist of artsy West Michigan hotspots that won’t wipe you out.

A Shortlist of Free Live Music Events

Written by Nicolette Chambery | Monday, 01 February 2016 10:19 |

Revue let's you keep rockin' in the free world with this list of free local music events.

The 12 Best Bargain Bin CDs

Written by Mark Deming | Monday, 01 February 2016 10:16 |

Being this is Revue’s Cheap Issue, let’s celebrate the current state of the back catalog CD, starting with this list of a dozen inarguably great bargain-bin albums you can pick up at several chain bookstores and big box emporiums for just five or six dollars a pop. Your locally-owned indie record shop usually has a pile of these titles, as well.

Thrift Store Scores: A Beginner’s Guide to Second-Hand Decorating

Written by Elma Talundzic | Monday, 01 February 2016 10:13 |

Congrats! You’re moving into a new space or maybe just modernizing the interior design of your current crib. Either way, it’s time to get shopping. Whether you’ve just parted ways with your longtime roomie or have just finally decided to retire that tattered Bob Marley poster in the living room, it’s never too late to step into a sleek, mature look.

Can’t Buy Me Love: Cheap Valentine’s Date Ideas

Written by Mayra Monroy | Monday, 01 February 2016 10:12 |

Perhaps it was a turbulent holiday season or maybe you’re just strapped for cash. Either way, prepping for any date, especially Valentine’s Day, can be a stressful task in itself. Those extravagant dates can empty your wallet. Take our advice: Don’t order a pizza and stay in. Treat your date to some of Grand Rapids’ finest locations without breaking the bank.

Treasure Hunt: West Michigan Thrift Gems

Written by Audria Larsen | Monday, 01 February 2016 10:10 |

For the budget minded, or the impossibly hip who prefer to hunt for treasure in lieu of the instant gratification of online shopping, West Michigan has fabulous frugal finds.  Whether you jam on vintage shops offering curated gems, enjoy the charm of a fine antique store, or prefer chic scores strictly available in higher-end resale and consignment shops — here’s where to start.

It’s safe to say Grand Rapids has cemented its place as a growing, up-and-coming city. Of course with big-city culture comes big-city prices. Sure, it’s satisfying to splurge on gourmet $15 burgers or $6 tacos — it’s also easy to let it break the bank. Never fear: The Cheap Bastard is here to save you some dough.

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