In America, driving is one of the most popular ways of getting around. After trying out my local public transportation system recently, I realized that my car provides a ton of value in convenience and comfort. Often times though, we forget the costs of a car and how different factors impact the cost. We pay for gas and maintenance separate from each trip so it can be difficult to associate the two. I’ll try to provide a simple overview of the costs of driving so that you can make better decisions on when to drive and when to fly or even skip a trip.
Cable television is one of America’s favorite pastimes, but free online TV has picked up steam as consumers continue to seek ways to get what they want for less. Continue reading Free Online Alternatives to Cable TV
Welcome to the 1st Edition of the Find Time, Save Money, and Have Fun Blog Carnival from Obsessed Analytic. Each edition will feature the best blog posts online with great ideas for you. This week features great posts regarding saving money with planning, time wasters, tips for young people, and party games. Be sure to check them out and vote on your favorites below. Also, if you have a blog submit your posts or host in the future to help attract readers.
- 7 Chronic Wastes of Money at Just Good Financial Advice.
Often times when making a purchase we are offered a warranty. Similar to insurance, a warranty often provides a worry free agreement that if your product breaks you will get a free replacement. Continue reading When to Buy a Warranty
Last week, in Learn What to Spend and Where to Save – Part 1, I wrote about buckets to consider when setting up your budget. Although it’s different for everyone, it’s important to understand the types of saving you need for different goals in your life and how much you should constrain yourself on spending. This week I’ll offer some great places to put your money based on my research and own experience. If you have any suggestions you want to offer, feel free to help the readers by adding your recommendations to the comments below.
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.
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.
Continue reading Save Five Grand in Five Hours with Tax Deductions
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.
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.
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.