This week’s best articles on how to save money
I read dozens of blogs and websites about how to save money so you don’t have to. Here are my favorite articles this week.
Be a Master of the Reconsideration (expedite decision) call. I was recently turned down for a Barclays credit card. This was very disappointing to me because this particular card had a very large sign up bonus and a very large cash back reward. Luckily, I remembered this article from noobtraveler.com so I knew exactly what to do.
I called the phone number on my rejection letter to talk to the customer service representative. She explained that I was turned down because I already had 2 credit cards with Barclays that had high credit limits. I replied that I didn’t really need the high limits on the other cards and asked if they could lower the limits on the other cards. The representative asked me a few questions about how I handled credit. After she was satisfied that I was a reasonably mature credit card user she accepted my proposal to issue the new card in exchange for reducing the limits on my other cards. Score! Thanks noobtravler!
Embarrassing Ways to Save Money It looks like Holly from clubthrifty.com had the same problem I did with credit card rejects. She tells that story and other embarrassing she saves money here. I can only think of one instance where I was embarrassed to save money. I had won a couple lottery tickets as a prize at some kind of fun little game at my work, and when I scratched the tickets off I had actually won a couple of dollars on one of the tickets.
When I asked my coworkers how I was supposed to get the money I was horrified to find out I had to go to a gas station to cash them in. I didn’t like the idea that the gas station attendant would think I was the kind of guy that played the lottery. So I waited till my next trip out of town and cashed them in at a gas station a couple hundred miles from my home town. I was pretty embarrassed, but the cashier didn’t seem to care.
How to Spring Clean Your Finances In my part of the country, the weather has just started to warm up, so Cat from frugalrules.com has some tips for spring cleaning your finances. I especially like the idea of automating your savings. The best way to save money is to take it away from yourself before you have a chance to spend it.
Make your own large art for only $9 I’m not normally the kind of guy that gets excited about home décor, but at this price Anna from andthenwesaved has my attention. This actually looks pretty cool, so I think I will give it a try.
How to make an inexpensive large art frame It doesn’t do you much good to save a bunch of money on pictures for your walls if your just going to spend all the money you saved on frames. Anna has you covered once more with step by step instructions on how to hang your art without paying a lot.
Financing Furniture At 0% Is For Suckers– Since home decorating is the theme of the day, Lance from moneymanifesto.com has some good advice on buying furniture. Regular ABC readers will know that craigslist is my furniture store of choice.