This week’s best articles on how to save money
I read dozens of web sites and blogs on how to save money so you don’t have to. Here are my favorites this week:
Man uses first-class ticket to eat for free at airport’s VIP lounge … for almost a year Yahoo.com had this story about a true masterpiece in the art of being cheap. A fellow in China bought a 1st class ticket, then went to the airport and are for free in the VIP lounge. Instead of getting on a flight, he then changed his flight to the next day. The next day, he came back to the airport, got a free meal, and pushed his flight back one more day. He then repeated this process 300 more times before getting caught. Genius.
Does Micro-Frugality Matter? Trent from thesimpledollar.com looks at saving money in tiny amounts and whether it is worth the effort. I find that question interesting because I am the kind of guy that will cut every corner to save a few dollars. In writing articles for ABC, I have figured out a few times that the amount I am saving isn’t really worth it, so I have stopped wasting my time.
The first example of that was my article about above ground tanks. (You probably haven’t read this article. It has the worst title in the history of personal finance blogs and is the only article I have ever written that has never once been clicked on from a google search.) I travel a lot, so I know where most of the above ground tank gas stations are in my state. I used to make sure to either use them or not use them depending on the temperature. A chemist friend of mine named David helped me research exactly how much I was saving and it turned out it wasn’t much at all. Now I know not to waste my time.
I got similar results when I looked at whether or not it made sense to drive further to pay less for gas. I am currently researching another article I suspect may not turn out to matter much, if you save money on electricity by unplugging your phone charger. Look for that in the next week or two.
56 Life Hacks to Help You Win at Winter Sarah Winfrey at wisebread.com has some tips for how to beat the cold. If it’s as cold where you are as where I live you will be interested in this.
Are You Cleaning Out Your Own Wallet? Mr. Money Mostache explains why perhaps we are all a little too clean and why that might be costing us money and making us less healthy. Not having to clean as much? I like that idea, somebody tell my wife.
In the kitchen: When less is more Lisa Aberle at getrichslowly.com explains how a complete kitchen can be set up without spending a lot of money.
6 tips for donating your car to charity Evelyn Kanter at livingonthecheap.com explains how to donate your money to charity to take a tax deduction.