Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Computer Access


People all over the world uses computers everywhere they go. Computers are in our phones, cars, television, etc. Although there are some computers that are considered highly expensive, there are still ways to have computer access for free, at least for now.

Public Library
Your local library is a great place for people to access the computer to do what they need whether its checking their emails, doing research, or doing a school project. Most libraries will allow users to have access to the computer for a limited time of 1 hour.

School/ University
Students also have access to a greater amount of resource through their schools. Some schools allow a longer period of time than just 1 hour. Some also allows users to have access to their computers until they close. How awesome is that!

So if you don't have a computer, head to to your local library or take advantage of your schools free computer access to finish up your projects and homework.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cell Phones


Have you though about your cell phone and the amount of time you spend using them? The type of cell phone you use matters depending on what you use it for throughout the day. If you just text and call, consider going with the basic flip phones. Why waste extra money on phones with functions that you don't even use?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sales and discounts


Sales
Take advantage of seasonal sales throughout the year such as New Years, Valentines, Back to School Sales, Black Friday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. It is a great way to save on cash. However, make sure you plan ahead of time because some sales are a bit more competitive than others such as the Black Friday Sales. Make sure you know exactly what you need before you even leave the house. Make a checklist and check off the items as you pick them up from the store. Black Friday is one of those times when you can't afford to forget something on your checklist.

Discounts
Some places also offer discounts for different people such as students, seniors, and even military, etc. Some movie theaters give discounts for people who are in the military. Just show them your military ID and get a discount off your favorite movie!

Here are some other sites that will inform you on the different places with discounts:

Military:
http://militarybenefits.info/military-discounts/
http://www.militaryconnection.com/deals.asp

Student:
http://www.giftcardgranny.com/blog/student-discounts/
http://www.bradsdeals.com/blog/student-discounts/

Seniors:
http://www.bradsdeals.com/blog/senior-discounts/
http://www.giftcardgranny.com/blog/senior-discounts/
http://frugalliving.about.com/od/frugalseniors/a/Senior_Discount.htm

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Movies



Here are some ways to help you save on movies:

Library
Visit your local library and check out your movie. Depending on your location, the price can be as low as $1.00 per week. Even so, it is much cheaper than going to the movies and spending all that extra money to watch the same movie. By checking out movies from the library, you can also watch the movie with other friends and family members. Whereas, at the movies, your family and friends would have to pay their own ticket fee to watch the same movie with you.

Friends 
Do you have a friend that owns a copy of the movie you wanted to watch? Borrowing movies from your friends is a great way to watch the movie you want and a great way to keep your money in your wallet. Not only that but there is a chance your friend might even let you borrow it for a longer period of time. One of the great benefits of having close friends.  

Netflix
If you are one of those people that like to watch your movies instantly on your television then you might want to consider programs like Netflix. Netflix allows you to watch TV shows and movies anytime and anywhere for only $7.99 a month. At the movie theaters, that kind of price get you only one movie ticket. 

Online
If you are one of those people who prefer to download your movies for free then you might want to consider websites such as YouTube. There are many different full length movies uploaded that you can watch. Some of them might be dated a while back but they are still worth watching for free. There are other sites such as watchcartoononline.com where you can watch different anime and cartoon series. 


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs



Why change to Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs?
  • They last at least 6 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs 
  • They use 75% less energy
  • They produce 75% less heat so it's safer to operate 
  • They prevent greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global climate change. 
  • They lower the cost of your electricity bill. 

Save On Gas



Here are some tips to help you save on gas:

Slow down
Cars use a great amount of gas when accelerating. This can also increase emissions of pollutants. So drive at lower constant speed and ease to a stop when needing to do so. Driving 50 mph instead of 60 mph increases your fuel economy by 10%. Pay attention to cars in front of you and know when to slightly ease the gas. This will keep you from losing momentum when hitting the brakes. 

Some cars are also equipped with cruise control to help keep the speed of the car constant. This way you don't have to keep using gas and accelerating.

Lose the extra weight
It takes more gas in order to move a heavier car. So lose the extra weight and instantly save yourself some money.

Travel smart
Before going places, research the shortest route that gets you there. Look for low traffic highways and shortcuts. That way you can save time, gas, and money.

Enjoy the breeze
AC increases fuel consumption and emissions in some vehicles. So turn off the AC and enjoy the fresh air. However, opened windows at high speeds can increase drag so use vents if possible.

Carpool
Going to the same destination as your friend? Carpooling can save you gas and money. Instead of using both cars just use one for the trip.

Air filter
About 25% of all cars need to replace their air filters. By doing this, you can improve gas mileage by 10%.

Take off that ski rack
If you have a ski rack on your car and you aren't using it, taking it off can decrease the wind resistance and save you gas.

Walk it
If the place you are heading to is a block or two away, taking a little walk can help you save gas, money, and even benefit your health.

Use GasBuddy
GasBuddy is an app that help users determine where the cheapest gas station are based on their location. Simply type in your city, zip code, or state and GasBuddy will give you a list of gas stations near you along with the gas price. They also tell you how recent the gas price was updated.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

Use Apps That Pay You



Apps such as Gigwalk, Field Agent, CheckPoints, and WeReward pay users for doing a specific task. Some apps may ask you to take a pic of a product while others may just ask you to check-in at a place you are visiting.

Gigwalk
Gigwalk is a free app that lets its users know when “gigs” are available in their area. 

Gigs are available in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Miani, and Seattle. Some gigs include taking a photo of a restaurant menu or taking a picture of a product.  

Each gig pays between $4 and $7. The more gigs a user completes, the more “Gigwalk Streetcred” can be earned. Streetcred are what helps unlock higher paying gigs, which can pay up to $90.

Field Agent
By using Field Agent, users can find jobs in their area. Users perform jobs like going to a store and taking a picture of a product or going to a shopping center to report the conditions of the display. 

Some companies need to make sure that their products are set up correctly and by asking users to do this for them a great way to get the job done fast and easy. User are the eyes and ears of a company when completing each job.

Some jobs can be done from home while other require you to do a little walking or driving. A job pays between $3 and $8, but can pay more based on the level of difficulty. 

CheckPoints
CheckPoints is an app that allows users to earn points by going to stores. Users check in through the app and scan barcodes of products. After scanning, a digital coupon or message pop up. 

This app rewards people for coming into a store and to increase the chance that they will buy products on the to-be-scanned list on the app.

Points can be used to redeem gift certificates. Users can also gain more point by scanning a designated “featured product” and earn a coin. Coins can be used to play games in the bonus area, which can help users win thousands of points for a single win. 

WeReward
WeReward allows users to check-in at a place and earn point. Each point equals one penny. Once a user earns 1,000 points, the cash can be redeemed through PayPal. 

Different companies decides the amount of points a check-in is worth. This can vary from 5 points or 200 points for a check-in. Points can also be earned by completing tasks like snapping a photo of someone or a product in a store. 

You must have a Facebook, Twitter, or FourSquare account to use this app. 

Each friend that you refer and joins WeReward earn you 10% of their check-in points.