Month : December 2010

Friday Night Likes

Friday Night Likes

It’s Christmas Eve so that means Santa’s coming!! Who’s excited? I know I am.

Santa came early for me and got me Dragon NaturallySpeaking which is really amazing software. It is perfect for writing blog posts because all I have to do is talk and it writes. I tried out this software a long time ago and I can say it has come a long way and is real accurate and doesn’t take that much time to set up. I’m a real fan. So check that out if you write a lot.

I’m also happy to announce that I finally broke 80,000 in the Alexa rankings. Took a little longer than I thought but I’m there. Thank you all for helping and be sure to download the free Alexa Toolbar to help me out.

Check out the first link of my Likes below for a free digital copy of The 4-hour Workweek. I’ve never read it before so I downloaded a copy and I’m enjoying it thoroughly.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to sign up for weekly updates by email or daily updates by RSS. And don’t forget about Liking me on Facebook and checking out my new book Your Guide To Investing.

Also, be sure to join hundreds of others in changing their lives by signing up for my free Financial Freedom eCourse.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone. See ya next week.

Now on to the Likes:

@MyMoneyBlog Free PDF of The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

@DoughRoller When You Absolutely Need a Prenup Agreement

@Bargainr Why You Shouldn’t Cheat On Your Taxes

@MoneyHighway Dollar Matters- Carnival of Personal Finance #288

@Yakezie The best personal finance blogs

Yakezie Essays For The Week – Vote for your favorite

Like Father…Like Son

Developing Skills Through Sports

My Hero, My Mom

The Gift of Caring

Hero of My Heart

Enough

I Look Up To You

Vedi, Vini, Vici

Sports and Its Impact

 

@NealFrankle How A Mortgage Works

@FinancialSamura The Freedom To Chase Storms

@DanielPacker Why Side Gigs are Worth the Time

@CoolToBeFrugal An interesting video on the state of education

@Flexo Readers Gave $8,000 to Charity Since Thanksgiving

@BuyLikeBuffett Banks Are Stealing Your Money

Friday Cool Links @BitRebels

A Portable Photo Studio For Photographers On The Go!

Here’s An Easy Way To Design Your Own Watch! – Bit Rebels

A New And Improved Commodore 64 Soon To Be… – Bit Rebels

Urinal Gaming- SEGA Moves Into Uncharted Territory – Bit Rebels

Entertainment

3 Affordable Entertainment Options

One of the most frustrating aspects of getting your finances under control is finding ways to cut expenses. You see, when you make the decision to get out of debt you have to stop using your credit cards and start spending less each month so that you can pay them off. If you have been using your credit cards regularly, this can mean that you will have a lot less spending money each month. Luckily there are many ways to spend less each month. Today I am going to give you a few ideas for reducing the amount that you spend on entertainment and going out.

Consider Shutting off the Cable

Cable and satellite can cost a fortune each month. While having a TV subscription is the best way to get the most current TV shows and hit movies available, there are some less expensive alternatives that might work for you. If you love movies, you might want to trade in your cable service for a subscription to Netflix. They have packages that start at less than $10 a month. Netflix has a great instant streaming option that allows you instant access to an endless supply of movies and past seasons of favorite TV shows. The selection is ever changing, so you won’t ever have to worry about having nothing to watch.

Another option is to make use of the Internet for the latest TV shows. Hulu offers instant streaming of many top TV shows, often the day after the originally air. If you want to watch these shows on the big screen of your TV, you can sign up for their Hulu Plus package. It costs less than $10 per month and provides access to every episode in the current season for many shows, as well as past seasons for selected programs. These options are a great way to get TV without spending hundreds a month.

Go Out During the Day

Consider going out during the day and staying in during the evening. Afternoon matinees at the movies, or even plays, are often quite a bit more affordable than evening showings. Additionally many movie theaters offer an additional discount for the first show of the day. You can save money at restaurants by dining out during the afternoon. Lunch menus are often a couple of dollars an entrée less than the dinner menu, often for the same meal. If there is a movie that you would like to see or if you have a favorite restaurant research to find the most affordable times which will allow you to enjoy your favorite activities without spending as much.

Break Up an Evening Out to Make the Money Go Further

You can also make your entertainment money go further by breaking up activities. For example if you regularly go out for dinner and a movie on Saturday night, consider making dinner at home and heading out for the movie or starting with a nice dinner out and then renting a movie to watch at home. This one simple trick will cut your entertainment bill in half and you will still get to go out just as often.

The best way to ensure that you meet your financial goals is to make logical plans that will help you get there. These ideas will help you get plenty of entertainment while still cutting back.

What ways have you found to save money on going out?

Friday Night Likes

Friday Night Likes

Happy weekend everyone!!

Christmas is just around the corner, I hope you have your shopping almost done. I know I don’t.

If you want to achieve your goals next year, be sure to sign up for free accountability emails. I will help you stay on track with your goals and you can help me stay on track. It will be just you and me and no selling or spamming will be going on I promise.

Also be sure to enter my giveaway for a lifetime membership to Marrily.com, an online wedding planner. If you or someone you know could use this then enter because you can give it to a friend if you win. Today’s the last day so enter now!!

On that note I’d like to tell you about a new start up for wedding deals. It’s just starting up so the deals are limited but it’s a site you’re going to want to bookmark because it has a lot of potential for future savings. Check out BustMyBudget.com

Have a great weekend and here are the Likes:

@MBHunter Welcome to this weeks Carnival Of Personal Finance

@MoneyHighway Are You Ready to Open a Joint Bank Account

@Consumerist Gold Pills Makes You Poop Gold

@Yakezie The best personal finance blogs

Yakezie Essays For The Week – Vote for your favorite

The Test

I Want To Be Like DAD

Personal Hero

The Drug Dealer

@FinancialSamura Let’s Just Be Regular People

@BuyLikeBuffett Why You Need To Make More Money

@MoneyCrush Pick One. Just One.

@NealFrankle How To Invest $5000

@WellHeeledBlog Fitness Boot Camp vs. Gym

@SMTblog What To Do When You Hate Your Job

Friday Cool Links @BitRebels

Going To Extremes- Would You Swim Here

What and When Was The First SUV Ever Built

ZEN Mp3 Players- Not Only Apple Makes It Small

The Teacups with a Hidden Surprise Inside

Announcements

The 6 Coolest Looking Currencies From The Past

The U.S Currency is getting pretty cool looking with all of the new security enhancements. Take a look at currency from the past and from around the world. See how cool currency can look without the newest security enhancements from today. Click on the currency to find out more.

100000

antarctican-dollar

hellbanknote

hongkong

Zambia

gbm49

What’s the coolest currency you’ve every seen?