Stop Renting and Buy Your Cable Modem To Start Saving Money

Buy or Rent Your Cable ModemIf you are a cable internet service subscriber, do you rent or own your cable modem? If you are renting your modem, you could easily save up to $120 a year by purchasing your own modem.

It seems like almost every year that we would receive another letter from the cable companies announcing yet another rate hike, so it is not a big surprise that they also charge a fee to rent the equipment needed to access their internet service. When I first signed up to Comcast over a decade ago, the modem rental fee was only $3 a month. Today it is $10 per month.

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Your Pricey Bottled Water Is Probably Tap Water

Bottled Water Versus Tap WaterWater used to be free. Actually, it still is. I remember when I first saw bottled water for sale. It seemed like the most inane thing ever. Why would anyone actually pay money for water when it could be found for free at home or at water fountains? When I was in grade school, we would all line up at the water fountain after coming back inside from running around during recess. I’m pretty sure we all turned out (mostly) ok. Little will I know, by 2016 the U.S. bottled water industry will sell $16 billion in water and bottled water will become the most popular bottled beverage.

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Cut the Cord on Cable TV For A Richer Life

Cut The Cable TV CordTwice a week I would go out for a run in the evening around the neighborhood and just about every single house will have flashes of light coming through their windows. This light isn’t from some sort of mad science experiment going on, but from the television in the living room zapping our brains with everything from movies, news, talk shows, commercials, and mindless reality shows.

The Nielsen Company estimates there are now 118.4 million TV homes and the average American home now has 2.93 TV sets. The average American now watches more than five hours of television a day and the average viewer spends about 15 minutes of every hour watching commercials. Assuming the US life expectancy of 78 years, we spend about 16 years of our lives watching television.

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20 Smart Ways To Save Money On A Road Trip

UtahWith the arrival of spring and nicer weather, many of you may be starting to think of going somewhere for spring break or summer vacation. Depending on how many people are in your group, it may be cheaper to drive than fly.

Driving offers a lot of flexibility and benefits than other methods of travel. You can visit friends and family along the way. You can bring your dog along, saving the costs of boarding your canine buddy at a kennel. You can stop and explore towns and try local cuisines.

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Shave For Less: Taking A Razor To Shaving Costs

Cartridge Razor vs Double Edge RazorI estimate I’ve been shaving for over 2 decades now. When I started growing facial hair in high school, my father handed me a Gillette Sensor Excel razor which was a free sample that arrived one day in the mail. If you think about it, that is a pretty ingenious marketing strategy if assuming I shaved every other day, replacing the cartridge once a month at $2 each, I would have spent $480 just on the razor cartridges alone over the years. A Gillette insider once reported that a cartridge containing almost a half dozen blades with a fancy lubricating strip that retails for $4 each costs less than 10 cents to manufacture. That comes out to a markup of 4,750 percent.

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Encrypt and Secure Your Blog With Free SSL Certificates From Let’s Encrypt

It was just over a year ago when if you wanted a SSL certificate for your blog or website, you had to pay for it with your hard-earned dollars. I still remember paying each year for a PositiveSSL certificate from Comodo along with all the hassles of installing the new certificates on my server come renewal time.

This all changed in December 2015 when Let’s Encrypt started offering free SSL certificates to the public. In less than a year they’ve issued over 20 million free certificates. Never heard of Let’s Encrypt, or are wondering why you should get a certificate for your blog? Read on for more details and a tutorial on how to setup a certificate with Let’s Encrypt in 15 minutes.

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Don’t Throw Away Money On Your Rebate Debit Cards

One of the best ways to save money is buying things when a store or company offers a rebate on an item. Years ago, the rebates would come in the form of a paper check that you take to the bank and deposit. Lately, more and more rebate vendors are sending rebates as a prepaid debit card.

While prepaid debit cards or gift cards with a Visa / Mastercard / Discover / AMEX logo work like any normal debit card, they can become a hassle when you have small amounts of money on them.

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