Great deals in Chicago: Finding bargains in the big city

Thrifty writers tell you exactly how much you should be spending on everything from underwear to kitchenware…and when the bargain bin is too good to be true.

The best roses: Costco vs. A New Leaf

Whose roses live longer?

The perils of a $25 bikini wax

Beware the Yelpers who praise discount waxing.

How much to pony up for an oil change

Why it’s worth paying extra.

Expensive bakeware is worth the money

Here’s the science behind why.

Is DIY framing worth the deep discount?

A writer pits the DIY counter at the Great Frame Up against a full-service shop.

Expense vs. quality matrix

A spectrum of goods and services, from pricey-and-worth-it to our favorite steals.

The $20-or-less liquor cabinet

Cheap booze you won’t be embarrassed pouring.

Grocery value: Mariano’s vs. Whole Foods

Which grocery store offers better value?

Five great IKEA buys

Items from IKEA that will actually last.

Thai food value: Embeya vs. ATK

What difference does price make?

Bargain shopping for underwear

Where you can skimp on the skimpiest parts of your wardrobe.

Extreme couponing

The goal: Use so many coupons the cashier pays me.

Loyalty programs you should join now

AMC Stubs Rewards, Belly and more.