How Much Would You Pay for an A/C Unit?

In my 27 years on this earth, I’ve never lived in a place with A/C.  I’ve always been about 10-15 minutes from the beach so the ocean breeze has helped keep things cool.  But it seems like over the past few summers here in Socal, it’s been getting hotter and hotter.  I know the weather […]

Loophole of the Day: Free Costco Membership For Everyone

For regular readers of my blog, you probably know how cheap I am by now.  Any time I have to make a purchase of significant value I make sure to weigh all my options and figure out if I really need that product.  Sometimes I’ll ask myself, will this product improve the quality of my […]

When Should You Hire a Cleaning Lady?

Now that I’m back working my day job, I have a lot less free time in my life.  I generally work online for 2-3 hours a night after work and that severely cuts into my TV watching and forces me to be a lot more efficient when it comes to managing my time.  So the last thing […]

One Year After my Switch from Apple to Android

Just over a year ago, I wrote an article about my switch from the iPhone 4 to the Galaxy S3.  It was kind of a big deal for me since I’ve had an iPhone forever and I also owned an iPad and MacBook Pro at the time.  But there were a lot of things that […]

Where’s the Best Place to Get a Christmas Tree?

It’s that time of the year again when we all get to feel pressured into spending lots of money on people we don’t care about and buy a bunch of superfluous gifts.  Ok Christmas time isn’t that bad, but it’s kind of like a nightmare for a lot of personal finance bloggers.  I actually enjoy […]

4 Tips for Brick and Mortar/Online Comparison Shopping

If you’re like me, then you always compare prices in store to the prices online.  I do most of my shopping on Amazon but now that they charge sales tax, a lot of the brick and mortar businesses are starting to compete price-wise again.  There’s a lot of competition out there between retailers which is […]

5 Ways to Save Money at Amusement Parks: Sea World San Diego

For some reason, the April showers haven’t quite hit San Diego like they normally do and the weather has been fantastic lately.  Warm days and a nice breeze are why I love living in Socal and this past weekend I decided it would be a good time to take my sister(age 5) to Sea World. […]

What is Bitcoin and Should You Invest in it?

If you’re like me, you’ve probably sent a peer to peer payment before.  Whether its the monthly rent, or gambling debts owed to a friend, sending money through Paypal or similar services is pretty easy(and free!).  Bitcoin essentially does the same thing but with its own currency.  Yes that’s right, Bitcoin has its own currency […]

5 Ways to Make Buying in Bulk Work For Regular People

The following article is a guest post.  If interested in submitting a guest post, please read my guest posting policy and then contact me. Buying items in bulk is almost always less expensive per unit than buying a single item. But a great deal in bulk is only a great deal if you eventually save money and spend […]

Ever Taken Advantage of a Satisfaction Guarantee Offer?

“Satisfaction Guarantee” is a term that I hear thrown around a lot these days.  My interpretation of that phrase is that if I’m not satisfied with any aspect of the service or product I receive, I’m entitled to a full refund.  That seems like a pretty bold statement, doesn’t it?  What business in their right […]

Should I Buy a House Now While Interest Rates are Still Low?

Over the past few years, many articles I’ve read have repeated the same mantra: “Now is the time to buy real estate.”  Interest rates were low and they couldn’t go any lower, whoops, they did.  Since purchasing my condo in 2010, I’ve re-financed twice due to mortgage interest rates dropping and although we’re getting closer […]

What’s the Best Way to Get to the Airport in San Diego?

I don’t travel much for my day job, but I do for my part-time gig(coaching).  This year we have trips planned to Vegas(x2), Philadelphia and Dallas along with a personal trip to New York.  Even though most of my airfare will be free thanks to Southwest(plus my companion), I’m still looking for ways to maximize my savings […]

Valentine’s Edition of Weekend Reading

I decided not to write a Valentine’s Day article this year since they’re pretty ubiquitous around the web right now.  But if you’d like to read about some ways to save money on Valentine’s Day, check out my article from last year.  I love celebrating Valentine’s Day, but I definitely do it my own way. […]