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Week On The Web: Five Gas Saving Myths

 

 

Five Gas Saving Myths – by Miranda Marquit

With the price of gas at or near an all time high, there are a lot of bogus gas tips out there that actually won’t make a difference in the gas tank.  Two of the biggest gas saving myths is that fuel additives which you add to your tank and special devices you add to your fuel line actually benefit your mileage.  At the NAFA’s 2010 Institute & Expo, Windsor police held a demonstration which released 2 years worth of research and experimentation on fuel boosters and showed that they make little to no difference. The writer of the article “Five Gas Saving Myths”, Marinda Marquit, also points out that filling up your car when its cooler outside and commonly switching out your air filter are some other examples of regularly mistaken gas saving tips.

41 Tips to Bootstrap Your Way to Success – By Dr. Shannon Reece

Here’s a great article for those looking to create or better manage their own company, featuring 41 business owners and their biggest tips for stretching your dollar. Some great marketing ideas for getting the word out about your company include charity raffles, promotional partnerships and startup sales. The use of Google analytics will also come in handy when you are deciding on website names, ads using search engines and more. Marketing though social networking is a detrimental to a lot of businesses, just make sure to think wisely before dropping the cash for Facebook ads etc. There are many other ways, such as creative contests, which will help you spread the word without costing you and arm and a leg.

How to save $1000 – By Tracy on Coupon Shoebox

While some will say that having an emergency fund capable of covering 3 months worth of expenses is best, others claim that stashing away a thousand bucks should suffice for most issues that may pop up. Some tips for collecting cash including going through all of your closets, clothes and other personal items and sell everything you can.  To get the most bang for your buck, try to sell your bulky items through craiglist and your high ticket items, like electronics and designer jeans, through ebay. Some other good tips in this article include cutting all unnecessary subscription services, going on a “spending diet” and of course getting a second part-time job.

 

Honorable Mentions:

7 Smart Wedding Tips From William and Kate – By SmartMoney.com

5 Tips for Eating Well on a Budget – By Purebar

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Week On The Web: How to Get a Free Education Online

How to Get a Free Education Online – By David @ My Two Dollars

Getting an education isn’t quite what it used to be twenty years ago and with the amount of free resources you can find online, motivation is really the only thing stopping people from learning the skills they may need to help them succeed.  Check out this list of sources that provide 100% FREE access to actual college level course materials, online lectures, video tutorials and more!  While you may not be able to learn every vocation online for free and you won’t be walking away with a fancy diploma, the web is still packed full of useful knowledge that can give you a leg up in life.

6 Ways to Make Extra Money This Spring – By Kira @ Tip Hero

Hopefully after last week’s shares, you are now fully prepared to welcome the spring season while on a budget.  And now that you have gotten all of the spring cleaning out of the way, its time to focus on ways to put some extra cash in your pocket.  To start, try selling all of your unneeded belongings at garage sales and online. Then start thinking of some services your friends/neighbors may take you up on such as dog sitting/walking and lawn mowing and start your own side business! Check out this article for more tips to making some extra money this spring.

Tips on Finding Cheap Airline Tickets – By Laurel Gray

Anyone who has spent some time shopping for airline tickets online should be able to tell you that there isn’t just one single website to solve all of your airfare needs.  It is important to stay both open-minded and diligent when trying to book your next flight, making sure to price check multiple sites before coming to any decisions.  By staying flexible with dates/times and airport destinations, you can save hundreds of dollars by taking the red eye or driving a couple hours to fly out of a different airport.  You can also save some cash by purchasing special hotel/flight packages, packing your own snacks and avoiding baggage fees by packing light.

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This Week On The Web: Halloween Edition

Roundup: Halloween on the Cheap – By Kira @ Tip Hero

There’s no need to spend a ton of money on spooky decorations and costumes this Halloween season if you think like a baller on a budget.  This article features plenty of creative alternatives to help get you in the holiday spirit without breaking the bank.

Free Offer: 23 Spooky Halloween Recipe Ideas – By the Editors of RecipeLion.com

If you plan on hosting a Halloween party or maybe just want to impress your friends and loved ones with a festive meal or cocktail, these 23 recipes will surely

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Valentines Day Ideas for Women on a Budget

narabiaondeviantartdotcomFrom a man’s perspective, Valentines Day gift shopping should be fairly simple for a female. Some men believe that this “holiday of romance” is a female holiday that pressures the man into proving romanticism and satisfying his partner; however, the goal for women on Valentines Day is the same goal that men share – to demonstrate your love and appreciation for your mate. This simple task does not require a lot of money.

Coupons

Explore your creative side and design fun coupons out of construction paper. An intense backrub, favorite homemade meal, boys night out, guy movie, and laundry service are a few suggestions to get you started. Instruct your mate to redeem them at a time of his choosing.

Human fondue

Purchase chocolate syrup, frosting, fruit, and whip cream from the grocery store and have an imaginative night of foreplay.

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Movies on a Budget: See Everything You Want For Cheap – PART II

MOVIES ON A BUDGET:   PART II

Hopefully by now you have already read PART I of this series on how to save money on going out to the movies.  If you haven’t… CLICK HERE

movies1“Why do YOU like/go to the movies?”  This was the question that I asked our B.O.B. facebook and twitter communities and I can’t say I was surprised by the responses.  The majority of people said they went to the theatre to escape.  At first I thought this was kind of a sad reason.  Were their lives really so bad?  Well maybe not. After further thought I realized these people have simply figured out that movies can be a great outlet for relieving stress, sparking their imagination and can even add a little excitement into their otherwise mundane and repetitive work schedules.

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Gas On A Budget – 3 Keys To Spending Less As Prices Go Up

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Petroleum… a natural resource that literally changed the world of transportation. It has also become to source of our dependance and despise. Once powerless countries are now thriving metropolises because of the value of petroleum and the power that comes with it… and was there really anything we could do about it?  Unless you live in a city where you can get around solely by public transportation… gas can be as important to your costs of living as food and electricity.  I mean how else are you supposed to get to work so you can pay the bills?

 Thus our dependence on oil severely limits our options when it comes to spending money on gas.  I’ve decided to steer clear of the most obvious and perhaps the most difficult changes you could make towards decreasing your need for gas (i.e. carpooling, riding a bike, buying a hybrid/smaller ride etc) and focus on the more practical methods.

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Movies on a Budget: See Everything You Want for Cheap – PART 1

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With movie prices as high as they are, paying to see a below par movie can be very frustrating. Some people have even stopped going to the theaters all together, as a means to cut costs. As a personal movie buff, I can attest that nothing beats a killer movie on the big screen. Furthermore, you can’t get an easier date setting… all you have to do is sit there. So, while I do encourage the use of Netflix and other money saving movie alternatives, here is the first installment of a two-part series aimed at helping add a little bit of the real BIG SCREEN back into your life.

Disclaimer: Some of the tips listed below may be frowned upon by the movie theater,

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