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Blogger complied the best tips found on the Web.

By Karen Datko Oct 10, 2009 10:33PM

David at My Two Dollars has prepared what has to be the granddaddy of all how-to-save lists. His post is called, appropriately, "The big list: 1,019 different ways to save money."


OK, there is some repetition. (Believe it or not, brown-bagging your lunch for work comes up a number of times.) But David has gathered the best money-saving tips from the personal-finance blogosphere and assembled them in one place. We dare you to come up with one that's not included.


Savings tips are broken down by spending categories, including utilities, cars, food and health care. Among the links:

 

You can sign up for e-mail alerts about defective products.

By Karen Datko Oct 10, 2009 10:08PM

We got a lukewarm response when we urged readers to sign up for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's daily e-mail report about recalls. How boring, you thought. Well, folks, you don't know what you're missing.


Every day we scan the e-mail and invariably cringe. At the top of today's list: Under Armour's voluntary recall of about 211,000 athletic cups. Wouldn't you want to know about it if you owned one of them? It also said:

Hazard: The cups can break if hit, posing a risk of serious injury hazard to athletes.

Incidents/injuries: Under Armour has received five reports of cups breaking, including an injury involving cuts and bruising. 

We tried to warn you. And sometimes these notices are even worse.

 

Do you ever regret not spending?

By Karen Datko Oct 10, 2009 8:21PM

This guest post comes from Frank Curmudgeon at Bad Money Advice.


As any reader of Bad Money Advice knows, I enjoy nothing more than tweaking the nose of personal-finance conventional wisdom. Well, joy of joys, The New York Times recently had an article, in the science section no less, that spits in conventional wisdom's face, knees it in the groin and then kicks it as it rolls on the ground.


The piece discussed the work (.pdf file) of Ran Kivetz and Anat Keinan, two professors of marketing from the Columbia and Harvard business schools, respectively. (Marketing professor is, incidentally, the same line of work as the authors of "The Millionaire Next Door.") They have discovered a new malady to avoid: saver's remorse. It's just what it sounds like: that sad feeling you get with money in your pocket that you could have spent in some enjoyable way but, in a moment of weakness, chose to save.


This is just so awesome.

 

Free entertainment abounds online.

By Karen Datko Oct 10, 2009 8:13PM

One luxury you can cut when costs for essentials are rising is your cable or satellite TV service. But how can you still watch your favorite shows?


David at My Two Dollars presents "35 ways to watch television without cable or satellite," and he's not just talking rabbit ears. After Option No. 1, an antenna, the rest are Web sites. Readers provided more suggestions, so the list is now up to 42 possibilities.

 

With a little care, your duds won't die early.

By Karen Datko Oct 10, 2009 7:31PM

This post comes from Andrea Dickson at partner blog Wise Bread.


With everyone trying to stretch their dollars further these days, it makes sense to take care of the things we have, rather than buy replacements. This goes for clothing as much as anything else we own and use on a daily basis.


As a reformed clotheshorse, I struggle to prevent myself from shopping for new duds on a daily basis.

 

If you delay using them, you can achieve bigger savings.

By Karen Datko Oct 10, 2009 7:14PM

This post comes from Trent Hamm at partner blog The Simple Dollar.


Many people don't bother to clip coupons, mostly because they believe that a 50-cent coupon isn't worth the effort. On the surface, I agree. Without a clever coupon strategy, it's probably not worth the effort.


About two months ago, I was talking about this with a friend who works for Hy-Vee, a grocery store chain here in Iowa. He gave me a tip: Take the coupon section out of the Sunday paper and put it aside for four weeks. Then open it up and clip everything that's even remotely of interest, whether you'd normally buy it or not.

 

Blogger's wallet -- and sanity -- thank her.

By Karen Datko Oct 10, 2009 6:55PM

Jennifer Derrick had the guts to bring this up with her extended family: Let's not exchange gifts this year. If her window had been open, we suspect she would have heard the collective sigh of relief.


Jennifer is not a scrooge. But she did think about how meaningless -- and how stressful --the commercial aspect of the holiday had become to her. In an excellent post at Saving Advice called "The totally free (or nearly) Christmas," she explains how her thinking evolved:

 

Attempts to be frugal often fall flat.

By Karen Datko Oct 10, 2009 6:42PM

Spurred on by the faltering economy, more people are trying to spend wisely and save money. But are we getting results?


Blogger Kay Bell at Don't Mess With Taxes points to a New York Times story called "Failing home economics" that questions many people's methods.

 

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