Save Valentine’s Day and Your Budget

Alright men, next Sunday is when restaurants, card makers, jewelers, flower growers, etc. expect you to save them from a struggling economy and spend your past month’s worth of income on your girlfriend/spouse/date… This may sound like an overwhelming task, but you may be able to earn a few brownie points from the lady with some creative yet low cost ideas. Here are some ideas provided by women I asked about surviving Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank. Feel free to share your own creative ideas in the comments below.

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Ways to Have Fun on a Budget: Dining Table Ping-Pong

Do you love the game of ping-pong, but you are too cheap or don’t have room for a table? Do all your friends play beer-pong but you don’t like cleaning up afterwards or spreading swine flu? The next best game to hit the market since Pro Thumb Wrestling is Dining Table Ping-Pong and it’s the latest cheap activity in our Activity CLUB

What Exactly is Dining Table Ping-Pong

Dining Table Ping-Pong (DTPP) is what every bachelor pad owner, apartment dweller, and dorm room needs. Just like the world famous Table Tennis, DTPP offers a competitive activity that is playable for all skill levels. All you do is whip out the adjustable net and tie it to some chairs, put on the hard core sweatbands, and start pinging and ponging until you crash on a nearby couch.

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Save Five Grand in Five Hours with Tax Deductions

Taxes aren’t easy.  We can all agree on that, but given that we have to do them let’s make the most of it.  If I told you that I would pay you $5,000 for 5 hours of your time would you take it? You might ask, “What’s the catch?”  The catch is, you have to actually think about your taxes for a few hours, calculate your deductions, and enter it into your tax software.  If you do, your tax refund may increase by $5,000 or more.
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Learning What to Spend and Where to Save – Part 1

When you first get a job, change your income, or just start thinking about where to put your money it’s easy to get lost. It’s easy to spend, but if you’re reading this you probably know it’s wise to save. Where should I put my money? How much can I spend? Do I put more in Long term or Short Term savings? All are great questions.

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February 2010 Giveaway – Three Cups of Tea

Congratulations to our January Giveaway winner James C! He won a $10 iTunes giftcard for having the most friends join him in supporting the Obsessed Analytic Facebook fan page.

Update: Kasey is the February Winner of Three Cups of Tea!

February Giveaway

This month I am giving away a recent New York Times Bestseller – Three Cups of Tea.

The book is about a man who was sheltered by a Pakistani village after failing to climb K2, the second tallest mountain in the world. After learning the ways of the village and seeing how they were suffering from poverty, he pledged to return one day and build schools for them. It’s an inspirational true story that will open up everyone’s eyes to reaching out and supporting people in need.
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The Best Deal Sites Online

The internet has brought a wealth of information to our fingertips. Some of this great information includes the numerous deal sites online that allow people all over the country and world to share ways to save a buck or find the best price for anything and everything. These sites come in the form of blogs like this one or forums where users discuss how to save. Below are some of my favorites. Check them out next time you plan to make a purchase and you may be surprised to find how much you can save.

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How To Do Your Taxes – Getting Started

“Two things are certain in life, death and taxes” – Ben Franklin. Get ready to get out the old calculator, pencil, and tax book and spend the next few months figuring out how to file your taxes with Uncle Sam. Better yet, I’m putting together a guide to help make sure taxes this year are as painless as possible. So start here and come back every week for a new tip.

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How to Save on Health Insurance

I was recently approached by some close friends dealing with a common healthcare situation. As a married couple expecting a baby, my friends are preparing for a huge life change and some potentially sky-high healthcare costs. After the baby, the father will be the only worker and is self-employed. In order to help him and everyone using healthcare, I have written about some ways to save on health insurance for the self-employed and also for those receiving insurance from their jobs.

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