I just found a great deal on some cheap headphones. I was looking through TigerDirect’s Liquidation Sale!Â and found a pair of Coby CV-H42 Ultra Lightweight Stereo Headphones for $2.97. Sounds like a great deal to me, but I can’t confirm the quality of the headphones. I did read on the site that they do come with a warrenty from the factory for 12 months that covers parts and labor. So if you are looking for a great deal on some headphones you may want to check it out!
When you think of buying used you usually think of cars, trucks, boats, or other big ticket items. You can however, save a lot of money buying other used items as well. Books, furniture, clothing, movies, games, CD’s, DVD’s, electronics and other items can be bought used for a fraction of their original cost.
First, the obvious place to start buying used items is automobiles. Used cars, trucks, boats and other automobiles can be bought for a fraction of the cost even if they are only a couple of years old. It’s not worth the extra thousands of dollars you will pay for a new car when a good used car will serve the same purpose. You can also usually find cars with the remaining factory warranty that will have little or no extra maintenance costs.
Second, electronics are a great item to buy used. Desktop Computers, Laptop Computers, CD players, DVD players, etc. all lose most of their value as soon as they are taken out of the box. Buying a computer that is a year or so old could save you hundreds of dollars and won’t be too out of date.
A third place to save buying used is media products. Computer software, video games, music CD’s, DVD, books, etc. These items lose a lot of value after they are purchased new. Many of these items can be found at yard sales for pennies on the dollar. Used video games have even became popular enough to have entire retail stores designed around them. You can buy, sell and trade video games. Used book stores have been around for years and you can find great deals on used books.
There are hundreds of ways to save money. Even though you might not be saving hundreds of dollars every penny adds up!
With all the gimmick advertisements on the Internet these days for free stuff, how do you know which ones are legitimate and which ones are trying to trick you into thinking you are getting something free? If you’ve been deceived before, don’t give up home. There are many things you can get online free and one great one is a free coloring book for your children.
There are literally hundreds of websites that offer free images you can print to your home computer for your children to color. I found everything from letters, numbers, cartoon characters, animals, puzzles, holiday events, educational worksheets, etc. They are completely free and you won’t be breaking any kind of copyrights by printing them out for your children.
Now, obviously it’s not completely 100% free it will cost you the price of a sheet of paper and ink for your computer. But it will cost a lot less than a fancy coloring book from a retail store. More than likely if they are under the age of three it will be a bunch of scribbles anyway so don’t waste the money.
You may be asking yourself what’s the big deal with downloading these free coloring sheets. Sure I might save a little money, but couldn’t I just give my children a blank sheet of paper and let their imagine do some work? Sure, but there are some great, creative uses for your newly found free coloring pages that might interest you.
First, a great use for your free coloring pages and books is a themed birthday party. If you are having a princess party for your little girl then print out multiple pictures of princesses, castles, dresses, etc. Have a boy? You’ll find hundreds of pictures of cars, trains, animals, etc. Hand out the sheets to the children at the party and have a coloring contest for prizes.
Second, many of the free pictures and activities will also have educational value. If you have a toddler just learning their alphabet or numbers, don’t waste your money on educational workbooks. You’ll find hundreds of educational prints including letters, numbers, puzzles and games to train their brain. Sit down each night with them and work through some of the pages.
I won’t advertise for any specific website, but a quick search with your favorite online search engine using keywords such as “free coloring book photos”, “free coloring images” or “free children’s coloring pages” will produce hundreds of thousands of results. Have fun and save money!
Entertainment is one of those things that most people feel like they have to spend money on in order to enjoy. There are hundreds of ways to stay entertained without spending whole lot of money. Here are just a few ideas to think about before wasting money.
Movie rentals are a great way to stay entertained for a couple of hours and you will spend less than $5. Rent a movie from the local video store for about $4, pop a bag of store bought popcorn, and wash it down with your favorite beverage. You might run over $5, but you will be well under the $25 for two people you would spend at the movie theater.
A cheaper version of the above is to find a good movie on cable television, or find a series that you would like to start watching every week. You are already paying for cable television anyway so why not get some use out of it.
Treat yourself to a new book purchase from the local bookstore or order one online from a discount bookstore or auction website. An even better way to save would be to visit the local public library and check out a book, movie, CD, or book on tape/CD. It won’t cost you a dime, except the gas in your car to get there and back.
Take a hike or a walk through the neighborhood. It’s always fun for my wife and me to walk through the neighborhood and look at other houses. Check out the landscaping or their outside decorations. If you are close to a park walk around the park and take a picnic lunch or dinner.
Check online for free concerts, plays and shows. Many times, especially in the summer cities will sponsor free events to promote tourism. Keep an eye out for these events, they can be fun and free.
There are many ways to find entertainment for cheap or free. Don’t feel like you have to spend money to have a good time. Just do a little research and be creative and you’ll save a ton of money!
Electricity is a great invention, but we have to pay to use it every month. Right now everybody is trying to find ways to save a dollar and your electricity bill is a great way to start. Obviously your largest expense for your electricity is your electric heat and cool pump if you have one, but what about the small electricity items? How much does it really cost to useÂ a 100 watt light bulb?
It might sound like a dumb question but many people burn outside lights all night and some keep lights on inside the house all night too. Is it going to break your budget to burn these lights or is it not worth worrying about? Guess it depends on how frugal you want to be, let’s do the math.
I just checked the rates of our electricity company and during off peak hours or night time hours they charge 3.759 cents per KWH. If you have one 100 watt light bulb burning it uses 0.1 kWh per hour (100/1000). Therefore about 0.00759 cents per hour ($0.03759*0.1) so less then a penny per hour. If you leave the light on all night for 10 hours it will cost you about $0.07 per night or $2.10 per month for every light you leave burning. Doesn’t sound like much but it can add up especially if you leave them on during the day or during peak hours. Peak hours cost 0.0769 cents per kWh so about double the night time hours. Lesson here is turn those lights off before you leave the house, otherwise you’ll be buring valuable money.