Gina Martinez

Gina Martinez is a freelance writer who teaches college-level composition and literature courses and has an M.A. in English. She lives on the cheap in New York City with her majestic lapdog.
  • Accessories

    Best Cheap iPhone Cases

    There's no denying it: An iPhone is a big expense. Even with a low upfront price under contract, the current models cost many hundreds of dollars to replace. Users naturally want to protect their phones; Apple has found that 78 percent of iPhone owners buy cases. After spending so much on the phone and plan, many consumers don't want to drop another $100 on a case, but the cheapest iPhone cases don't provide sufficient protection. Look to spend between $10 and $20 for a case that will keep an iPhone safe through the daily grind.

  • Groceries

    Best Cheap Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Chocolate chip cookies, allegedly invented by accident more than 75 years ago, are now the most popular variety in America. There's no shortage of brands and variations to choose among. As shoppers know all too well, Nabisco and Keebler have a lock on the snack aisle in most grocery stores. Their cheap chocolate chip cookies compete against other stalwarts such as Famous Amos, Pepperidge Farm, and Entenmann's, which tend to have slightly higher prices. Many retail chains also stock chocolate chip cookies under their own private labels and some bake up batches right in the store. Meanwhile, at artisanal bakeries and gourmet markets, a single cookie might cost more than an entire package of supermarket treats.