Category: Useful Tips

Turning Down the Upsell

I bought my very first laptop during the summer of 2000. There are cell phones today that have better specs than that laptop, but back then, it was a top-of-the-line machine. Another way to say this: I paid way more than anyone should ever pay for a laptop with a 20GB hard drive. It was …

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Twigby vs Ting

With nearly 140 MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) in the USA alone and some 1,300 worldwide, there are a lot of competitors out there hoping to be your (lower-cost) cell phone provider. We’ve detailed some of the intriguing things about MVNOs and their popularity – especially among the thrifty crowds. We love them. Aaron is …

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How We Spent 25% Less Through Group Buying

There are several benefits of being a part of a homeowner association. Some include: getting to meet a lot of different people, being a part of the governing board to determine the direction of the community and the ability to exercise collective buying power to save more money. Charlie has written about how “loving your neighbor” can help …

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10 Secrets to Shopping Costco, BJ’s, and Sam’s Club

This article was written about 6 years ago, but still has a lot of relevant information for shopping these warehouse stores. We’ve updated some of the information to give you the best chance at saving more money. Shopping wholesale warehouses can be fun, but you can easily go overboard. Don’t walk out of Costco, Sam’s Club, or BJ’s …

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Brand Name vs. No-name Brand: A Price Comparison

I like Yoplait yogurt. I really like Yoplait yogurt, actually. In fact, no other yogurt will do. Dannon? Sorry, not for me. Generic brands? Not a chance. As I was scarfing down a Yoplait Strawberry Kiwi yogurt (easily the best flavor), I wondered how much my commitment to Yoplait is costing me. After examining my …

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6 Tips for a Successful Interview

Years ago, I had an interview with a new company after I was looking for new opportunities. I had to brush up on my rusty interviewing skills. I love interviews too. It gives me a good idea of where I am at in the market place (both salary and skill level). Another reason is it …

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Veteran’s Day

I was able to watch some of the History Channel’s “Vietnam in HD” special that first aired several years ago. It was a riveting documentary with amazing combat footage showing what the men (and women) faced during this long and difficult conflict. It had been the first time in modern warfare where battles were won …

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Ting Revisted – 3 Year Review

Reviewing is a key component to success. I constantly encourage my ninth grade Algebra students to review their work. Coaches are always reviewing game film to learn from the previous game. I would submit to you that reviewing financial decisions is an important aspect of living wisely in the area of finances. When I make …

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