Best how to save money articles for the week of July 12, 2014
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I read dozens of websites and blogs on how to save money so that you don’t have to. Here are my favorite articles this week:
6 Thinks you can buy that will pay for themselves in a year I love free stuff and in my book, anything that pays for itself is basically free. Christianpf.com has this list of items that pay for themselves inside of a year and save you money after that. The most interesting of these to me is the smartstrip surge protector. Check back on artofbeingcheap.com Monday morning and I will have an article that evaluates whether this device will really save you money or not.
Free One Way car rental Debra Karplus on The Dollar Stretcher.com explains how to find somebody who needs a car moved from one location to another and how to use that situation as a freeone way car rental. This isn’t exactly a new idea as I seem to recall Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty used this trick to get from Denver to Chicago in the Jack Kerouac’s book On The Road. That, my friends, was the first literary reference in the history of ABC. I hope you enjoyed it because it might be the last. I am not often referred to as “high-brow”.
Fire Your Landlord and 10 Other Ways to Save on Rent Steve Gillman from thepennyhoarder.com has a list of creative ways you might be able to cut your monthly rent payment. As housing is the #1 expense for most people even a small percentage cut in your rent budget can mean saving a lot of dough.
A guide for Shopping at Less-Trustworthy Websites Have you ever found a good deal at a website you aren’t familiar with but were afraid to make the purchase for security reasons? Trent from thesimpledollar.com has and he has some good advice on how to keep yourself safe in that situation.
Can you make money from online games Alright this one is just plain strange to me. Mike from personalfinancejourney.com explains how video game players can make a little extra money by letting other people watch them play video games really well. I have no idea why anybody would pay for that as every little brother in the world less than 40 years old pretty much spent their childhood complaining about that exact scenario.
I do have a friend who actually made some money playing video games though. This guy played a massive multiplayer online game similar to World of Warcraft for several years and over time built up a very powerful character. When he decided to stop playing he didn’t simply log off, but he sold his character online to somebody who had too much money and was apparently too lazy to start from the beginning and earn a more skilled character. My friend sold the character for several thousand dollars, but he acknowledges if he factored in all the time he spent playing this amounted to far less than minimum wage.
Losing socks isn’t your fault; here’s why you should declare sock bankruptcy- Don’t pass by this one because you think this is just a silly little article about socks. Mario from debtblag.com is on to a seriously good idea here that will save you some serious time when folding your laundry. I have thought about this idea for many, many years, but have never been able to go through with it because I am too cheap to throw away perfectly good socks. Sigh.