Monthly Archives: July 2011

Wait in Line: Strange Ways to Make Money

If you’re a patient person with a lot of time on your hands, you can make some extra money by waiting in line. Whenever a high demand product is released, people wait in line for hours, sometimes days, to be … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from the Netflix Price Hike

Last week Netflix raised their rates, increasing the price of some plans by as much as sixty percent. Where before a plan with one DVD out at a time and unlimited streaming was $9.99 per month, the same service will … Continue reading

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Paying to Save Money

A coworker of mine recently decided to get her finances in order. She admitted her debt troubles and her concerns that they don’t have anything saved for the future, let alone emergencies. While I applaud her desire to fix things, … Continue reading

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Work With the Dead: Strange Ways to Make Money

Working with the dead typically appeals to two types of people. Those who don’t like a lot of personal interaction in their work (the dead aren’t going to complain or engage in office politics, after all) and those who are … Continue reading

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How to Evaluate a Membership

Most people get many offers for various memberships. Health clubs, warehouse clubs, hobby groups, country clubs, alumni groups, auto clubs, and professional organizations all want us to be members. Unfortunately, very few clubs are free to join. Many come with … Continue reading

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Are You Willing to Be Humiliated to Save Money?

Chik-Fil-A hosted their annual “Cow Appreciation Day” last week. If you went to the restaurant fully dressed as a cow, you got a free meal. If you wore just a little cow gear, you got a free entree. We decided … Continue reading

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Get A Job As Santa Claus: Strange Ways to Make Money

It’s July and time to start thinking about Christmas. Seriously. If you want to work as Santa Claus this Christmas, now is the time to start training and looking for work. Santa work isn’t hard to come by. Many stores, … Continue reading

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Lack of Sleep Can Cost You Money

We live in a chronically sleep deprived society and many products exist to make things easier and keep us going. However, nothing is a true substitute for just getting some extra sleep. We all know that a lack of sleep … Continue reading

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The Secret to a Long, Happy Marriage: Live Below Your Means

In amongst the usual depressing crime and war stories, our local paper recently carried an article about a couple who has been married for seventy years. That’s such a rare feat that the U.S. Census doesn’t even track the number … Continue reading

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Avoid or Reduce Postage Expenses: Strange Ways to Save Money

This may not seem strange to those who have embraced the technological age, but many people still haven’t fully grasped how much they can save on postage in the electronic age. Even those who have embraced technology often overlook postage … Continue reading

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Even the Wealthy Need A Budget

Many people think that becoming wealthy means that they no longer have to budget. The logic goes that if you have enough money, it’s no longer important how much is spent on various categories. When you have extra money, you … Continue reading

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The Difference Between “Saving” and “Not Spending”

While watching the train wreck that is “Extreme Couponing” the other day, I was struck by how so many of these people seemed to have become confused about the difference between saving money and not spending money. One woman was … Continue reading

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