I read dozens of articles and blogs on how to save money so that you don’t have to. Here are my favorites articles this week:
Don’t Buy These 3 Things in December– A few quick tips from Anna at andthenwesaved.com that I found pretty clever on things that will be cheaper to buy in January. Anna points out that exercise equipment goes on sale in January because of New Years resolutions, but I feel a little differently. It has been my experience that you can almost always find nearly new exercise machines on Craigslist from people who have given up on their resolutions and want a little more space in their house. My recommendation is to never buy new treadmills.
8 Ways to Stay Safe While Using Your Phone to Manage Your Money– Jason on ptmoney.com has some good ideas on what to do to keep your information from getting stolen from your mobile phone. I am a Certified Information Systems Auditor, so I have a few thoughts of my own to add to Jason’s.
The most important thing you can do is to not send any confidential information over an unsecured wireless network. You know those free wireless networks you find at restaurants or hotels? It’s not hard at all to jack into those and see whatever data you are sending over them. My advice is to only look at confidential information when you are on your own secured wifi connection or on cellular data.
The other tip I would add to Jason’s is to have virus protection on your smart phone. I wrote about it in this article.
Free Software That Can Save You Headaches and Money– While we are on the subject of security, Brock from cleverdude.com explains how to use free antimalware software to keep your computer safe.
Beware of “Sleeper” Subscription and Service Fees– Aaron from threethriftyguys.com has a reminder of how much automatic monthly fees can add up to. This is exactly why I very rarely sign up for 30 day free trials, because I am worried of how many dishonest organizations will ignore your cancelation and keep on charging you.
Three Sneaky Scams I Fell For (and How You Can Avoid Them)- I am sure we have all been tricked by a huckster at one time or another. Allison from moneyning.com explains the lessons she learned from a couple of the tricks she fell for.