| Feb 7, 2010
Since 2003, the nonprofit St. Johns Riverkeeper organization has hosted roughly two dozen multi-day excursions along the unspoiled river between Jacksonville and Palatka.
That has always required a formidable commute for Orlando-area residents, but that'...
| Jul 14, 2009
As the economic vise tightens, more people are finding that the thought really does count and reverting to simple, low-cost gifts, acknowledgments and entertaining. Nationally, from the well-heeled to the struggling, the drumbeat for frugality is...
| Apr 28, 2009
Readers are saving on everything from entertainment to energy, cleaning supplies to greeting cards. Shared information adds up to savings for all, so keep the ideas rolling in to On the Cheap. And if you think of it, let us know just how much your idea...
| Apr 14, 2009
Sometimes readers' inventions know no bounds. They elicit a "why didn't I ever think of that?"
Top of this week's list has to be how Ed Schott of Hickory, N.C., saves on mailing. The proof came in the "On the Cheap" mailbox in the form...
| Feb 14, 2010
It's blast-offs, not banjos, that come to mind when one thinks of Titusville.
Yet the home of the Kennedy Space Center also is headquarters for an internationally known instrument company that specializes in banjos — and a curious assortment of...
| Feb 21, 2010
Last week, I had the pleasure of talking to the Winter Park Women's Club about my travels for this column.
A lovely bunch of ladies, my audience reminded me how much the prospect of a good meal plays into my travel decisions. Maybe it's because I started...
| Feb 28, 2010
There's an old saying that if you don't like the weather in Florida, wait 15 minutes and it'll change.
That's been the case this winter, with the unusually persistent cold temperatures, the occasional downpour at 9 a.m. and afternoons that require...
| Mar 7, 2010
It was windy and chilly on Tuesday, with a definite threat of rain, so it wasn't the ideal backdrop for the opening games of baseball spring training in the Sunshine State.
On the flip side, there was plenty of elbow room in the reserved seats along...
| Mar 21, 2010
Castles made of sand, fall in the sea, eventually.
With apologies to Jimi Hendrix, I don't think he was talking about the kind of seashore architecture at the heart of the monthlong Art of Sand Festival, which runs April 2-May 1 on the beach next to...
| Mar 26, 2010
| 12:12 PM
Ocala is famous for the picturesque horse farms that have made it a world-class equestrian hub, but it was a less heralded gem that inspired my recent Marion County road trip.
Nestled into an unlikely strip of businesses and tourist attractions such as...
| Oct 18, 2009
There are two ways to buy books:
For efficiency, there's always the click of a mouse on Amazon: convenient as an ATM transaction and almost as charming.
For the more romantic among us, however, nothing compares with perusing the stacks at a fine...
| Aug 21, 2000
| 6:25 AM
EBay Inc. should be held responsible, just like the tobacco companies, for all of the addicts that it has created across the globe.
No one warned me when I signed on to the auction house site that I would be unable to stop buying art deco memorabilia,...