Best articles on how to save money this week
I read dozens of websites and blogs on how to save money so you don’t have to. Here are my favorites this week.
Scam alert: Never buy gift cards this way Clark Howard explains why it is probably a bad idea to buy gift cards from the racks of gift cards you find at some retailers. This scam alert really got my attention because I have recommended doing this at least 3 times, in this article about buying discounted gift cards, this article about buying gift cards to get fuel points, and this article about buying gift cards with the target red card.
So after seeing this scam alert, I think I need to revise my advice and tell people they probably shouldn’t buy gift cards from the racks at retailers. However, I am still a big fan of using discounted gift cards to save a bunch of money. I still believe it is a good idea to buy from the websites that sell discounted gift cards. Here is the guarantee given by giftcardzen.com and cardpool.com where they state if there is anything wrong with the cards you buy they will reimburse you.
I know I will be making a purchase of about $250 in February, so I have already purchased a giftcard for 10% off at that merchant which will save me a cool $25. Late this summer I will be making a major purchase of about $1,300. I checked all the major sites, but couldn’t find any gift cards in stock from that merchant. So, I set up an alert so that if any discounted gift cards become available I will be notified so I have a chance to be the first to grab it.
How to take a test drive that reveals the true car Evelyn Kanter on livingonthecheap.com explains all the things you should look for when you are looking for a car. Since transportation is many people’s second biggest expense it is important to not make a bad choice when you buy a car. For more information on saving money on transportation, you might want to check out my car cost calculator.
The Paperless Revolution Don from 20sfinances.com looks at whether or not you should sign up for paperless statements for all your accounts. This brings up an interest question. All of my credit card companies keep sending me letters telling me that I should sign up for paperless statements because mailing paper statements is bad for the environment. Occasionally I will sign up for the paperless statements, because I want to help out the environment. When I do that, the bank will stop sending paper statements, but the same bank will keep sending me junk mail a couple times a week with offers to sign up for new accounts or transfer my balances to their card. So why is it that sending paper statements is bad for the environment but sending me junk mail isn’t? Why don’t they use the same apparently environmentally friendly paper they make the junk mail out of to make the statements? If they would just do that I could keep receiving my paper statements with no guilt.
Home Improvement Tips that Will Save You Money On wellkeptwallet.com, Jenn has 12 small fixes you can make around your house to save you money.
What sparked your financial transformation? Cashvilleskyline.com has the story of how he got serious about his finances and started saving, then started documenting his journey to financial freedom by starting a blog. The exciting news is that Cashville Skyline has agreed to publish a guest article about how to save money on a trip to Nashville here on ABC. Anybody considering a trip to the Volunteer state sill want to check that out on Wednesday morning.