Last week I asked for some volunteers for a money saving experiment, and I would like to thank everybody that emailed me offering to help except for Matthew. Screw you Matthew! We will get back to Matthew in a minute, but first I’ll give everybody one more chance to help out with my little study. I am reviewing a website that claims it will help you save money on utilities, and I would like folks to try it out and let me know what they find. If anybody else wants to give it a try, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now let’s get back to Matthew. Matthew emailed me and said he wanted to help out with the experiment. Matthew also mentioned that he had a website that was “like artofbeingcheap.com” because he wrote articles about how people can save money. Now you all know I like to read other money blogs and promote the best of them by including in my weekly “money saving masterpieces” list of favorite articles. So, I went over to Matthew’s site to see if he had any articles that were worthy of being called a money saving masterpieces.
When Matthew said his site was like artofbeingcheap.com, he wasn’t lying. In fact, it was very much like the ABC because he had stolen my articles and republished them on his site. I asked Matthew what the hell he was doing stealing my articles, and Matthew responded that since he had listed my website’s name in tiny letters at the bottom it wasn’t actually stealing. He also pointed out that he was doing me a favor because he had 750,000 newsletter recipients he was promoting my site to and claimed he was sending tons of traffic my way. Nice try, jackass. I have statistics about my websites traffic and you have sent me zero traffic. I asked Matthew to take my articles down, and he did.
Before we get to the good stuff, lets keep the negativity going with a new segment I like to call:
This week’s worst article on personal finance
These 11 vampire appliances may waste $250+ a year I was shocked to see this article on the front page of Yahoo!, lying to millions and millions of people. All of the information in this article is so shockingly wrong, the only logical conclusion is that the numbers cited were just randomly made up.
$160 per year in wasted in energy from flat panel televisions? If even the slightest amount of testing had been done the author would have realized that number is actually very close to zero. I know, because I did the slightest amount of testing, and I realized that the number is actually very close to zero. If you want to know the truth about energy vampire appliances, you can see the ABC’s article, which included actual testing and stuff.
Here is what I think of Yahoo!’s front page advice on how to save money:
This week’s best articles on how to save money
OK, now lets get to the good stuff. I read dozens of websites and blogs on saving money so that you don’t have to. Here are my favorite articles this week:
Why Everyone paying off student loans should apply for Income-Based Repayment (like I did)- Student loans are an absolute epidemic for today’s young people, and Mario from debtblag.com has a great solution to helping you fight them.
Photo Editing with PicMonkey- Charlotte from teensgotcents.com has a free alternative to photoshop for anybody that wants to do a little simple photo editing without paying a lot for it.
Easy Online Registry- Add Any Store to Give Guests Many Choices– I always thought that gift registry was a flawed idea. You go to one store, and pick out all the stuff you want from that store. But then what if the gift buyer wants to shop somewhere else? Lori from morewithlesstoday.com has a solution to register at lots of places.
Infographic Map: Cell Phone Taxes by State– I always found it a little annoying that my Republic Wireless bill is supposed to be $25 per month, but I end up paying $30 per month. Jonathan from mymoneyblog.com has posted a map showing how much those extra fees vary by state. That makes me wonder if the next time I visit Las Vegas if I can have my phone registered in Nevada so bring my fees down a little bit. hmmmmm…