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Dec 4, 2014  |   Clever ideas, DIY, Resources, Saving Money  |   No Comments

3 Apps that will help reduce your electric bill

By: Tim Smith

front of houseWe’re seriously tired of paying our electric bill. Yeah, it’s not too bad in the spring when we can have our windows open and give the A/C a break, but at the height of summer and winter? Yikes. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t even get an electric bill because all of the things in our home would run on double rainbows and pumpkin spice lattes. But because we don’t see that happening any time soon, we’d like to share a few of our favorite energy bill shrinking apps that might make you cringe a little less each month.

You could be using 10% more electricity than you need by leaving electronics and other devices plugged in when they’re not in use. It’s true! This app, which is available on both Android and Apple, will calculate how much “phantom energy” you’re wasting and determine how much you could be saving on your electric bills by unplugging devices when they’re not being used.

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Apr 3, 2014  |   Free stuff, Resources, Saving Money  |   No Comments

Stop paying ATM fees NOW with this handy tool!

ATM machine keypadAt some point in our lives we’ve all been victim to ATM robberies. I’m not talking about the guy who waits for you to withdraw your cash, then runs up to you in a black mask and steals it from you, no. I’m talking about the ATMs and banks who think they deserve $2-$6 for the privilege of getting your own money. There are few things I hate paying for more than ATM fees. They are unnecessary, expensive and just plain rude. And if you’re only getting $20, that’s a 10-30% transaction fee. Robbery indeed! So let me tell you about a neat little tool that can help you avoid paying those fees ever again.

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Ever wonder where all your money goes? Those little things called budgets can help you find your missing money and are a great way to help with savings and paying off debts. This website details a quick and easy way (and the same method I use) to track spending and help plan savings. I’ll be discussing this in more detail in the near future, but have a look here to get started.

Feb 4, 2014  |   Discounts, Resources, Saving Money  |   No Comments

How online retailers WANT you to save money

clipping couponsI shop online a lot. No, seriously. There are packages delivered to my house nearly every other day. Nothing can beat the convenience, the time savings, the gas savings and the great prices available online. And lets face it, retailers would rather you shop online too. There’s no fancy storefront to keep up, no cashiers and they are open 24/7. It’s the very reason online stores can deliver the low prices they do. But they tease you to save even more and they are rubbing it right in your face. Are you gonna let them treat you like that?

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Jan 21, 2014  |   Clever ideas, Discounts, Resources, Saving Money  |   No Comments

A great money saving tip ANYONE can do

barcodeWith all the technology at our fingertips these days it holds true that you should never have to overpay for anything you buy. Just about everyone and their 10-year-old kids have a smart phone these days, so why not use them for some good. A recent trip to Target made me realize just how little this secret is used.

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Oct 29, 2013  |   Resources, Saving Money  |   No Comments

How to get the lowest price for your Amazon.com purchases

camelcamelcamel price chartToday’s blarticle goes to another one of my favorite online pricing tools. If you’re an Amazon shopper, and you should be as they often have the best prices, you might know that their prices can change quite often, sometimes multiple times per day. A no-doubt complex algorithm that Amazon has decided upon to make sure they stay competitive. Even though you might find the best price one day, how do you know its the best price ever? That, my friends, is why we use Camels.

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Sep 12, 2013  |   Resources, Saving Money  |   3 Comments

Get the lowest prices online with this handy secret

Invisible Hand Chrome extensionOne of the great things about technology is that it can make our lives easier. We often find ourselves overwhelmed with the latest and greatest tech wonders, but without these tools at our disposal, we can only guess what the best choice is. By embracing technology and utilizing the resources around us, we can often make much more informed decisions. The internet has enabled some of the greatest minds to come together and create tools that can help us find what we are looking for faster and cheaper. One of my favorite tools for doing so is a little plugin called “Invisible Hand“.

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