We've discussed the cost of video games extensively here at the blog with the emphasis being on how expensive this hobby can be when wanting to get in on the latest games. Luckily there are some quality services out there offering games free to play, or FTP via the PC.
In less than three weeks, many of us will be surrounded by abundance of..stuff. Another necktie from Mom to add to the growing collection, a new pair of fuzzy slippers from Aunt Rita, a striped scarf from Cousin Ralph or oversized sweater picked out by Grandma adds up...well, to something you could have actually used had they all pooled their money together rather than buying you separate gifts.
I "splurged" on my fitness expenditures and joined a gym this week. I have been meaning to do it for six weeks now and I finally braved the nearby 24-Hour Fitness (interestingly enough, just like every other 24-Hour Fitness I've ever seen, not open 24 hours a day...). My first workout was fabulous, but when I saw the personal trainers leading their clients around and encouraging them to "Keep moving!," I wondered whether that would be something I could afford. To put it simply--I can't. I did the next best thing: I searched Google for free online personal training.
I found two worthwhile (and free!) sites that come recommended from me--plus a third that costs money--but far less than an actual personal trainer.
You know what's awesome? When your computer crashes and you lose all of
your files. Oh wait, the only thing worse than that is being subjected
to watching "Cool as Ice" on repeat indefinitely (a terrible movie
staring Vanilla Ice for 99.9% of you reading his who have never heard of
I've had this happen to me multiple times and it's one of the
most frustrating feelings in the world. You lose your thousands of
dollars you've paid for in music (and yes, I actually pay for my music),
every picture you've put on your hard drive and deleted from your
camera, and you lose the fifteen page paper you've just worked two weeks on.
There is an easy way of avoiding these (and several other worse)
scenarios: backing up your files online. I've done some research and
Carbonite is one of the most popular companies that facilitates this.
Christmas is less than six weeks away
(yikes!) and if your bank account isn't what it used to be, then
it's time to make some quick holiday shopping cash. Here are five
ways to put some money in your pocket so you can leave the credit
cards at home.
1) Get rid of your dated gadgets. If
you've got an old MP3 player,cell phone or digital camera taking up
space in your junk drawer, check out Gazelle.com. Enter a few
details about your gadgets and instantly learn trade-in values. Gazelle.com pays for shipping and you'll get your
money in a week.