If you find yourself broke and alone just east of 14th Street, don't panic. Shockoe Slip and Bottom may be crowded with high-end steak palaces, ritzy hotels and fancy-priced cocktails . . . but there's still hope for the cash-strapped. Here's the kind of fun you have with a 5-dollar bill and some free time.
Float your boat Charter your own, not-so-private cruise with a handful of strangers on a 40-minute boat tour along the Canal Walk. Funny Jaws references are allowed. Fishing poles are not.
Let the dogs out Indulge yourself in a two-fisted, all-American summer treat. Five bucks gets you a couple of Original Richmond Dogs (onions, mustard and chili) at City Dogs. Fireworks, flag pins and breath mints cost extra.
Cop a legal high Order a small black coffee at Shockoe Espresso & Roastery. Hand over the $5 and tell the barista to add espresso until the money runs out. Park the car safely, because you'll feel like running home.
Viva las veggies What happens on local farms doesn't stay on local farms. It gets picked and sold at the 17th Street Farmers' Market every Thursday and Saturday. Spend $5 and gorge yourself on some good-for-you greenery.
Get your shine on Nothing boosts your sense of self-worth quicker than a military-grade shoe polishing. Walk your filthiest footwear into Razor's, where they'll buff your boots for $5. Price doesn't apply to sandals or flip-flops.