How I Lived Without a Car in Los Angeles

How I Lived Without a Car in Los Angeles

In 2016, I was hit by a drunk driver and my car was totaled. After I recovered, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to do an experiment: to go without owning a car for at least three months (from November through January) in the car capital of the world, Los...
How I Sold a Car in Less Than 24 Hours

How I Sold a Car in Less Than 24 Hours

In the past few years, I’ve become a huge fan of using Craigslist and eBay to sell items that I no longer need to folks who do, while earning some extra cash on the side. But, when it came to selling cars, I had been afraid to do it myself.  After all, it was a...
How I Lost $30,000 Due to Sheer Laziness

How I Lost $30,000 Due to Sheer Laziness

This isn’t a story about how I blew $30,000 one weekend in Las Vegas, or sports betting.  It’s about the slow leaks in our lives that drain money steadily but surely. I took a look back at the last ten years of my life and documented the biggest money...
Seventeen Tips to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Seventeen Tips to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

I recently got an offer in the mail for 10% off of an identity-protection service.  The cost of the service was $9/month for their basic plan and $22.50/month for their “ultimate” plan. This seemed very expensive to me.  After going through their list of services, I...
Top Ten Tips to Save on Your Cell Phone Bill

Top Ten Tips to Save on Your Cell Phone Bill

I’m going to tell you how to make dramatic cuts to your phone bill, without sacrificing services.  You can save even more money if you go with a low-end or older phone.  If you want the latest Samsung Galaxy or iPhone, you’re limited to one of the big four:...
My Top 10 Long-Distance Moving Tips

My Top 10 Long-Distance Moving Tips

Moving across town can be stressful enough, but moving across the country can compound your worries.  I’ve found that moving companies can be pretty slimy and unreliable.  Plus, you might have to coordinate having your car shipped as well as a flight for yourself. ...
11 Killer Tips to Sell Your Stuff on Craigslist Fast

11 Killer Tips to Sell Your Stuff on Craigslist Fast

I recently had to sell a bunch of stuff quickly to prepare for a move.  I didn’t have time for ebay, so I put it all on Craigslist, and through some trial and error, was able to sell most of my items in a day, with a few taking two days.  Here are some things I...
Get Your Document Notarized for Free

Get Your Document Notarized for Free

I recently had to get a document notarized. I went online and the first thing that came up was the UPS store. So, I went to the downtown store, but they said the guy who notarized was out. He was the owner and came and went as he pleased. The clerk told me that banks...
Top Tips to Protect Your Bike From Theft

Top Tips to Protect Your Bike From Theft

My beloved Specialized Hard Rock mountain bike was stolen back in 2012. After that happened, I did a whole bunch of research (including talking to a cop) to insure that it doesn’t happen again. Here are my findings, which I hope will help insure that your bike never...
How to Save Money on Internet Access

How to Save Money on Internet Access

Internet access is a practical necessity these days, but in many areas there are only a few choices of providers, all of which are expensive.  Here are some ways you might be able to cut your Internet bill. 1. Threaten to Leave Call your Internet service provider and...
How to Get TV Without Paying for Cable

How to Get TV Without Paying for Cable

How much do you spend on cable TV every month? The average is $75, or $900 per year! Over the course of your life, that’s as much as a BMW 3-Series sedan! Many people spend over a hundred dollars a month on cable! You do the math. Wouldn’t you like to save this money...

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