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Cheap Thrills 2013 

Your guide to staying cool and being cool this summer -- on very little money


It's summer. Rent is due next week, your utility bill is sky-high and you're broke as a joke. The bar down the street has switched from $3 highballs to $10 craft cocktails, your favorite restaurant now serves small plates at big prices and your credit is so bad even the Special Man wouldn't cut you a break. What's a New Orleanian to do?

Relax. It's our annual Cheap Thrills issue, where you'll find inexpensive (and free!) solutions to all these problems and more — from the best way to sell back your wardrobe to restaurants that allow you to bring your own booze. You got this. We can help.

Where can I get some meal deals?

Which restaurants allow me to bring my own booze?

Where can I get sno-balls, frozen cups and other cheap cool treats?

What are some weekly music gigs that won't strain my wallet?

Where are all the free festivals this summer?

What does the New Orleans Public Library have to offer besides books?

I've got $8. What can I do that's fun?

How do I sell my clothes back for the most cash?

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