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:
Does Aldi Save You as Much as They Claim?- In my latest article for clarkhoward.com I investigate claims made in an advertisement by the grocery chain Aldi, to see if they really are 42% cheaper than other grocery stores.
Ten things you should always buy generic– My preference is to buy everything generic, but even if you have fooled yourself into thinking name brand is better there are certain things that just don’t make any sense to spend more on. For example, do you think name brand chickens create better eggs than generic chickens? Mario from debtblag.com has a list of other items it always makes sense to buy generic.
How to get on a Gameshow- Here is a fun way to make some extra money, go win it on a TV show. If you have ever watched a gameshow and thought it was something you could do then Kyle from thepennyhoarder.com tells you how you can get on TV.
Refresh Your Roof for Less Than $50– I had no idea this was a thing, but apparently you should be worried about mold and algae growing on your roof. Huh. Anyway, now that you know that might be a problem Marie from prairieecothrifter.com has the solution.
Healthy Wage Paid Me– Can gambling be financially smart? I first heard about the concept of a commitment device on the freakonomics podcast. The idea is that you force yourself to do something by implementing some kind of positive or negative reinforcement that will happen if you do or don’t do what you want to force yourself to do or not do. Understand? Well, Andy from tightfistedmiser.com has a real world example and explains how he forced himself to lose weight in order to make $600.
Worst article of the week
Opinion: The Case Against Net Neutrality– Net neutrality is the idea that the internet should be free and open and that monopoly internet service providers (ISP) should not be allowed to blackmail websites into paying the monopoly ISPs to not slow down their customer’s websites. There is no intelligent argument against net neutrality. If you find somebody who is against net neutrality you can be sure that either has no idea what net neutrality is, or is in some way receiving money from a monopoly ISP.
The Wall Street Journal found just such a person in this video which tries to convince people that anti net neutrality folks are not pure evil. Where did the Wall Street Journal find somebody who doesn’t like net neutrality? At a technology company who’s clients are monopoly ISPs of course. The so called expert’s ties to monopoly ISPs were not disclosed by the Wall Street journal, which is why I have chosen this as the worst article of the week.
While we are on the topic, I want you all to know that the ABC always discloses when I have received compensation from a company that I am writing about. Nobody has given me money yet (despite my best efforts to convince them to), but Republic Wireless did give me a very nice water bottle, which I disclosed in this article.