With prices going up and salaries going down, saving money nowadays can feel like an impossible challenge. If you’re struggling to scrape together some extra cash, consider these nine money-saving tips. Separate Needs from Wants When planning your budget, categorize each expense as either a “need” or a “want.” Needs are your most basic human requirements: food, shelter, electricity, medical care. Wants are things you’d like to have, but aren’t absolutely
Photo courtesy of Sh4rp_i, via FlickrThis week Comcast announced plans to roll out a $10 per month Internet service for low income families. But don’t be too quick to celebrate–this service is limited to families with children who receive free lunches through the National School Lunch Program. You could be as broke as can be, but if you’re childless, you’re out of luck. If you’re not eligible for the program, you can still negotiate your way into cheaper internet access.
Photo via Flickr courtesy of Johnathan NightingaleFor Sony and its users, the news just keeps getting worse. First the Sony Playstation hack exposed the personal info of gamers, and then the Sony Pictures hack allowed the movie-going crowd to get in on the misery.Now the hacking group responsible for the latter breach has posted the names and passwords of Sony Pictures users as a torrent file for all to download. But there is a silver lining: As noted on MetaFilter, helpful programmer Troy Hunt analyzed
SugarSync is a fantastic storage service that syncs files from your PC to the Web, other PCs, and various mobile devices. Don’t think you need it? Read the following TRUE HORROR STORY before you decide. One dark and stormy night, your computer suddenly locks up. You reboot, and a few minutes later it locks up again. You try another reboot, only this time the start-up screen flashes a message about “imminent hard drive failure.” That eerie feeling creeping up your spine is the realization
What if I told you you could boost your Internet connection speed by up to 30 percent, without the need for any special software, services, or gear? You can, and I’ve got proof. See, a couple weeks ago, a UK-based research firm found that wired connections to broadband routers are about 30 percent faster than Wi-Fi connections. In other words, if you plug your computer directly into your router instead of relying on Wi-Fi, you get a major speed boost. You’ve heard of cutting the cord?
Earlier this week I posted about ad scams that were proliferating on the Internet and television. While you might not fall prey to the whole cash for gold scheme, chances are you have been influenced by advertising. After all, the goal of advertising is to get you to buy something.The question is: Do you really need it?Consider these facts: The average U.S. consumer debt rose more from 2000 to 2007 than it had in the past 25 years and household debt is about 140% of household income (source: