This weeks best articles on how to save money.
First of all, I am going to ask for a little help from the readers. A while back, an ABC reader named Kevin left an interesting tip in the comments section of an article. Kevin told us that putting a dry towel in with your wet laundry would reduce the amount of time it takes your dryer to dry your laundry, and I would like to investigate whether that is true or not. I have been testing it out at my house, but I wanted to try it in a few other dryers to see if other people got the same results I got.
So here is what I would like you to do. Please dry a load of laundry as you normally would and time it to see how long it takes your clothes to get dry. Then with your next load of laundry throw in a dry towel and time that load. If you could then let me know the results either in the comments section or by emailing me (artofbeingcheap at gmail.com) I’ll collect the results and write an article about how much money this could save you. Thanks in advance!
OK, now for the good stuff. As you know, I read dozens of articles and blogs on how to save money so that you don’t have to. Here are my favorite articles this week:
No sled? No problem. 17 DIY ideas A large part of the country is covered in snow right now, including some parts that aren’t used to it. If you don’t have a sled but want to have a great time, Jody from livingonthecheap.com tells you how to come up with your own sled.
It Pays to Be Late: 7 Awesome Things You Can Get Cheaper at the Last Minute Carrie from wisebread.com has some good news for procrastinators. Planning ahead doesn’t always pay, here are some times when it pays to wait.
How I Travel the World for Pennies Here is a post on budgetsaresexy.com from Geoff from noobtraveler.com. I saw Geoff speak a while back about the ridiculous amount of traveling he does for ridiculously small amounts of money, and I was highly impressed. His techniques take some work, but can save big money. If you are interested, this article is a pretty good introduction to how he does it.
Replacing Regular Purchases With One-Time Purchases Trent from thesimpledollar.com looks at how you can save money by buying items you can reuse over and over again instead of disposable items.
Save Money on Valentine’s Day Finally, if you still haven’t made plans for valentines day ( I know I haven’t) then you will want to check out these ideas for saving money on a date from the Lazy Man at lazymanandmoney.com