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Cheapest Car Ownership Strategy

We have a love/hate relationship with our cars.  They can mean freedom, opportunity, adventure, and even self-expression.  On the other hand, cars also mean debt, frustration, and anxiety. I have pretty much always needed car for my occupations and lifestyle.  I appreciate the practical, comfortable service of a well-engineered machine, but my affection for cars … Continue reading Cheapest Car Ownership Strategy

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Free Stuff on the Curb: 29 tips for scoring big

Scoring free stuff on the curb is a great way to beat the system.  You are keeping stuff out of the landfill, finding unusual items, and keeping money in your pocket.  In some cases, the found items are better than what you would have purchased in a big box store. If you are reading this, … Continue reading Free Stuff on the Curb: 29 tips for scoring big

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Top 20 Free Things to Do in Philadelphia

Whether you live in Philadelphia or plan to visit, there is a lot to see and do.  You probably have some must-do-at-any-price activities on your Philadelphia list, but round-out your excursions with some of the top free things to do in Philadelphia. Many great free things to do in Philadelphia are seasonal (like free yoga … Continue reading Top 20 Free Things to Do in Philadelphia

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Money-saving Grocery List

This article is not about downloading apps, stacking coupons, timing sales, registering for rebates, or joining rewards programs.  There are tons of articles out there if you want to play these types of games.  I find such maneuvering tiresome and frustrating.  Furthermore, learning to include money-saving grocery items in your weekly shopping is a long-term … Continue reading Money-saving Grocery List

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11 Ideas on Using your Home to Make Money

Using your home to make money is easier than ever. You no longer need to run an illegal boarding house, throw rent parties, or start an underground casino. Technology has enabled property owners to capitalize through peer-to peer-transactions (uberization) like never before. Your home is one of your greatest assets.  If your home suits your … Continue reading 11 Ideas on Using your Home to Make Money

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How to Get the Labels off Bottles the Easy Way

We are surrounded by useful and often attractive glass bottles and jars; it is a shame to waste them.  You may want to reuse bottles and jars simply for storage or re-purpose the glass for a neat Pinterest idea, but first you must know how to get the labels off bottles easily. The best way … Continue reading How to Get the Labels off Bottles the Easy Way

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Get Started Turning Pallets into Stuff

Turning pallets into stuff overview Perhaps nothing is as satisfying as using your own hands and creativity to make something useful from worthless junk.  In many professions the results of our efforts are often longitudinal or indistinct.  I love turning pallets into stuff because the gratification is immediate and concrete. In turning pallets into stuff, … Continue reading Get Started Turning Pallets into Stuff

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Spring Is Dumpster Diving Season

When people look at my body, they are surprised to learn that I am a competitive diver.  However, if they watched me on Fridays (garbage day), they would see me moving pretty fast and flexing my lifting muscles in some world-class dumpster diving. Trash-picking saves money, helps the environment, gives the thrill of victory, and … Continue reading Spring Is Dumpster Diving Season

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Get the Most from Your Public Library

Stop wasting money and get the most from your public library. I am not sure what causes many of us to ignore our public libraries. Perhaps it is because marketers have done a wonderful job convincing us to pay for books, media, and downloads.  Public libraries offer the same opportunities for free but without the … Continue reading Get the Most from Your Public Library