This week’s best articles on how to save money
I read hundreds of websites and blogs on how to save money so that you don’t have to. Here are my favorites this week:
Are Home Warranties Worth It? Addison from cashvilleskyline.com publishes her budget every month, which until recently included a $55 line item for a home warranty. Here she takes a hard look at that $55 to figure out if she is really getting her money’s worth. For reasons I can’t quite explain, when I read this article I am reminded of this scene from the movie Tommy Boy:
30 Everyday Products You Can Make Instead of Buying At Walmart I’m not sure exactly why Dawn from Christanpf.com singled out Walmart, but she put together a great list of things a do it yourselfer can save money on. I feel kind of bad because of the 30 ideas here, the only thing my family makes from scratch is laundry detergent.
Keep Your Friends Close, and Your Budget Closer: 12 Ways to Save Money on the Sly When I wrote the article about why the debt snowball is a bad idea Monica mentioned to me several times that she was worried about not being able to do fun things with her friends since she and her husband were on a budget. Sarah from thepennyhoarder.com has some great advice for folks like Monica who want to save some money without losing out on the fun.
How Pretending to be Sick Could Help You Make Money Catherine from thepennyhoarder.com explains how you can make extra money by acting like a patient at medical schools. If you are really interested in this topic, I suggest you check out this instructional video to see how a real pro does it.
South Downs litter picker has truck named after him This article really isn’t about saving money, but I wanted to include it because it struck me as funny. The West Sussex County Times newpaper in England ran a story about an odd little do-gooder who is being honored for picking up trash along roadways. The funny part is that the article is about one of the World’s best selling authors and the newspaper seems to have no idea who he is other than a guy that goes around picking up trash.
I remember reading this story from David Sedaris in his latest book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls and I thought it was pretty great that a guy with that much money spends all his picking up trash to make his hometown look nicer rather than pursue the kind of selfish interests that I would pursue if I had that kind of money. Good for you Mr. Sedaris!