4 Ways to Save on Gas that Really Work

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4 Ways to Save on Gas that Really Work

As gas prices continue to rise, it seems that almost every website has new tips and tricks for how to save gasoline. However, not all of those tips are really accurate or useful. The following suggestions come directly from fueleconomy.gov, a trusted federal website designed to help consumers improve their gas mileage. These tips have been tested through government research, so you can feel confident that they will work.

1. Avoid Idling for Long Periods of Time

Idling in your car can use up more gasoline than actually driving on the road. If you idle for more than 10 seconds, you will use more gas than it takes to restart the car. When you idle with the air conditioner running, you burn fuel even faster.

Remember to shut your car off if it will be in one place for more than a few seconds. Restarting the vehicle several times can cause wear and tear on your starter, but it will save you money on gasoline. If you must idle, turn off the air conditioning until the car is in motion once more.

2. Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated

Driving with tires that do not have the right pressure can cost you up to 3% more in gasoline consumption. Manufacturers place a sticker on the inside of the driver’s door that tells you how much pressure your tires should hold under normal operating conditions. The proper inflation number should also be printed on the side of each tire.

If the air hose that you are using does not have a built in tire gauge, you can pick one up for a couple of dollars at any discount or automotive store. Keeping your tires properly inflated will save you money on gasoline and make your car safer to drive.

3. Find Alternatives for Your Daily Commute

Driving to and from work is how many people use the most gasoline. You can save money on your gas costs if you find an alternative to driving your own car even one day a week. Carpool with other employees who work in your building and live in your part of town. You can alternate drivers so that each of you only drives once or twice a week.

Look into your public transportation options to see if it would be feasible for you to take the bus or the train into work sometimes. If you live closer to work, you might be able to ride a bike or walk on nicer days. Driving less can also earn you a low-mileage discount.

4. Buy a More Fuel Efficient Vehicle

Auto manufacturers have realized that the driving public needs cars with better fuel mileage. Newer cars get much better gas mileage than cars that were produced just a few years ago. Choosing a car that gets better gas mileage will save you money on gas in just a few short weeks. If you find a car that gets 10mpg better than the car you are driving today, you could save almost $1,000 in the first year of driving the new car. The website fueleconomy.gov provides detailed mileage information for cars that were produced between 1984 and 2012.

How about you all? What strategies do you use to save on fuel? So far, have the higher fuel prices changed your driving behavior at all? If not, what price would gas need to be before you REALLY made serious changes to your driving patterns? 


Share your experiences by commenting below!

Jacob’s Thoughts – Listed below are my random thoughts as I was reading this article.

  • @ Avoiding idling to save gas - I didn’t know about this one. However, it does make sense that it would be this way.
    • Another reason to avoid idling is because frequent idling can be hard on your car’s motor (as well as burning gas quickly!).
  • @ Keeping your tires properly inflated - I have to admit that I am guilty of not airing up my tires as often as I should. Ideally, I would like to check my tire air pressure before each drive I take that is longer than 2 hours. However, I often forget.
    • Not only can having low air pressure in your tires cost you more in gas, but it can also cause the tires to overheat and blow out if you go fast enough. Best to avoid this situation!
  • @ Alternatives to daily commute – Although it would be nice if everyone were able to either bike or walk to work like people do in Europe, for most areas of the United States (maybe with the exception of big cities), this simply is not possible. 
    • Why is this you might ask? Simple. In the US, the economy and city structure (for better or worse) is built upon the idea that everyone has a car.
    • Additionally, two trends are becoming “the norm” in the US. First, in a family, it is most common to find the situation where both parents work. Since both parents work, it is tough to position the family geographically close to both persons’ jobs. Second, it is becoming more and more prevalent for an individual to change jobs upwards of 5-10 times during a career. Because of all of this change, it is nearly impossible to be able to move your family each time, often increasing the length of one’s commute.
  • @ Buying a more fuel efficient car – I definitely agree that newer cars are much more fuel efficient than older ones. However, there are two important things to consider before jumping in to buying a new car..
    • First, new cars can depreciate up to 30% in value by the mere act of driving the car off of the new car lot. As I discovered in my analysis last year in the post, Buying a New Car vs. a Used Car, new cars typically lose about 20% of their value in the first year of ownership and about 65% of their value in 5 years. Because of this steep depreciation curve that occurs with new cars, the amount of money saved by having a newer, more fuel-efficient car may not be financially justified overall vs. a used one. Always remember to do your homework and check this math out before buying!
    • Second, it is tempting in this day and age to want to buy a “green” hybrid car (such as a Prius, etc) due to the savings in gas you will achieve and the lower environmental footprint. However, as we saw in the post, Does Being Green Make Economic Sense – Green and Hybrid Vehicles, these hybrid “green” cars come at a very high premium, and it can take up to 7 years to break even on your initial purchase from the fuel savings you experience.

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Online Shopping – The Risks, Benefits, and How to Stay Safe

 

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Online Shopping – The Risks, Benefits, and How to Stay Safe

Online Shopping Statistics

Online shopping has been the retailing revolution of the 21st century and is still increasing in popularity. Statistics produced by Forrester Research Inc. suggest that 60% of consumers shop online at least quarterly.

By 2015, over 200 million consumers will shop online, according to eMarketer. The increase is due to the many benefits of online shopping, although according to statistics from the Lieberman Research Group, 51% of users are concerned about internet security.

How to Stay Safe While Shopping Online

There are many ways to reduce the risks of shopping online and staying safe in the process. There are many advantages to purchasing online, including convenience, speed, pricing and access to the best financial products available.

For instance, there are numerous sites that will give honest reviews on a range of consumer products.

Gone are the days when consumers had to fit in a trip to the shops or carry home heavy shopping. With a click of the mouse, you can have any product delivered from anywhere in the world. And, a lot of the time, the products purchased online will be cheaper than those in local stores!

Types of Scams to Watch Out For

This quick and easy process has also unfortunately encouraged fraudsters to use the internet for their criminal activities. Many different types of scams are used by these individuals.

A frequent scam is to set up a web store offering designer goods at seemingly bargain prices. The consumer, hoping for a good price, may be tempted to purchase from here. By purchasing from this store, the consumer will, in essence, hand his or her financial information to the criminals behind it. Within moments, the consumer’s bank account will be cleared of funds by the criminals.

How to Evade These Scams

There are many ways to avoid falling victim to this trap. Firstly, only purchase from stores that appear reputable. Check online to see if any comments have been made about the store to verify its authenticity. Always keep updated with the latest version of your browser as it may contain an Extended Validation SSL Certificate. This technology will turn the address bar green to show you are visiting a secure site. Then, look at the URL address bar when you begin your purchase. A secure site will begin with the letters HTTPS, rather than just HTTP and may also show a locked padlock icon.

Always pay with a credit card rather than a debit card, so that if information is obtained by criminals, they will only be able to spend the credit card limit. Whereas with a debit card, criminals can access your bank account too and cause greater damage. Both banks and credit card providers are constantly alert for signs of fraud.

Due to monitoring accounts to check for suspicious activity, do not be surprised if you are asked for the three or four card digit on the back of your card. The reasoning is that criminals may possess your name and the card number but they are unlikely to have the card in front of them, so will not be able to answer this question.

Always create difficult-to-guess passwords, so do not include family names or dates of birth. Use a different password for each site you visit and combine letters and numbers to make it harder to crack.

Finally, trust your instincts. If something does not feel right, shut the site down immediately. Purchasing online is easy and convenient, and with these hints, you can be safe too.

How about you all? How do you protect your security online? 

Share your experiences by commenting below!

Jacob’s Thoughts – Listed below are my random thoughts as I was reading this article.

  • @ Statistic showing 60% of shoppers shop online each quarter – I’m surprised this isn’t more! I probably shop online (especially Amazon – which is the most buyer friendler out of the Amazon/eBay pair) more than shopping at a brick-and-mortar mall.
  • @ Secure sites beginning with HTTPS:// – I actually didn’t know this was what https stood for! You learn something new every day. I’ll know to watch out for this going forward.
  • How I Stay Safe Shopping Online – This is a great article over a topic which I think is relevant to us all. The main way that I stay safe online is to always use either 1) PayPal or 2) my credit card for online purchases (not my debit card, bank account direct transfer, or Western Union). Both PayPal and your credit card enable you to dispute any fraudulent charges and get your money back if you feel you’ve been scammed. By doing this, I feel pretty comfortable purchasing things online!

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Top 10 Money Saving Tips

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The following is a guest post from Joe Lewis. Enjoy!

Top 10 Money Saving Tips

1. Cut the price of your fuel bills

It’s no secret that fuel prices are getting more and more expensive. But that doesn’t mean you have to pay ridiculously high energy bills. That’s why it’s so important for you to keep an eye out for cheaper energy suppliers and compare gas and electricity prices – meaning you pay less!

2. Home DIY

Before spending sky-high prices on home extensions and builder’s fees, turn your creative hand to DIY tasks and save yourself a small fortune!

3. Consider generic goods

Buying supermarket brand-name food can become very expensive, so why not turn your attention to economy foods and cut your weekly shopping budget down to size.

4. Compost your waste

If you’re a keen gardener, you’ll know all too well about the high cost of soil additives. To save money on soil additives, go green and collect all your garden and food waste in a biodegradable box outside your home. Wait a few months and let Mother Nature take its course. You’ll have nutrient rich matter you can use in your garden or vegetable beds for free!

5. Replace your bulbs with CFLs –

It’s no secret that many eco-friendly experts are suggesting that you should change conventional bulbs for CFLs to save on both energy and cost. What you waiting for?

6. Use ceiling fans in the winter

Believe it or not, ceiling fans can be used not only in the summer but also when you have the heat on. Simply, set the fans to move clockwise and turn them on at a low setting. Hot air rises, so the fans help to push down and circulate that air you paid to have heated.

7. Get cheaper broadband deals

Keep your eyes peeled for the cheapest broadband deals available. There are some great deals available, so make sure you don’t miss out on the latest offers. It really does pay to shop around and secure that fantastic broadband package!

8. Consider renting equipment instead of buying

Renting equipment is a great way of saving money! If you can’t afford something then why not rent it and save yourself a small fortune?

9. Late shopping

Get down to your local supermarket and purchase food with “sell by” dates for that day. The reductions are labelled in yellow and you can pick up food for nearly three quarters of the original price!

10. Farmer’s markets

Nothing tastes nicer than scrumptious local produce. With this in mind, buy fresh organic fruit and vegetables at your local farmer’s market that are a lot cheaper than those found in your large corporate supermarket chains and save some serious money.

How about you all? What are the main ways you use money? Have you successfully been able to incorporate any of the tactics mentioned above in to your personal finances? 


Share your experiences by commenting below!

Jacob’s Thoughts – Listed below are my random thoughts as I was reading this article.

  • @ Keeping an eye out for cheaper energy suppliers – This is a good idea, but for most people, I don’t believe it’s possible. This is due to the fact that most of the time, when you move in to a place, the energy supplier is fixed. So, you simply cannot just change. Prices are regulated by the government to prevent price gauging stemming from the “necessary monopoly” the energy companies have.
  • @ Home DIY – Also a very good idea! However, it’s important to know when to draw the line when it comes to your expertise (or lack of in my case) around the house. 
    • For little things though like fixing a light or recaulking something in the bathroom, it can save money to do it yourself.
    • However, if you were to fix something and find out that you did it wrong and that it will cost $10000 to repair, most likely, it would have been cheaper to pay a professional for the job.
  • @ Generic goods – This is one of my favorite ways to save money! I am a big Wal-Mart shopping fan, and I have probably saved thousands of Dollars over the years by buying Great Value brand items. The quality has gotten surprisingly good over the past few years! You should also give them a try!
  • @ Replacing bulbs with CFL’s – Great idea here, and also something that I need to work on.
    • Currently, about half of the bulbs in my house are CFL’s. They work perfectly well and never burn out it seems! 
    • The ones that are the “old type” I’m just waiting to burn out so that they can be replaced.
  • @ Cheaper broadband Internet deals – This is also a good idea, in theory. However, in most of the areas I’ve lived, a specific neighborhood (especially apartment complexes) will have a deal set up for one company to be the sole supplier of Internet and TV/cable. But, it can’t hurt to compare prices to be able to bargain for a better deal with your current supplier!
  • @ Late shopping – I’ve scored some killer deals on bread this way. It works well for me since I buy a lot of bread at once and freeze it for an extended period of time before using it to make sandwiches for lunch at work. It’s not rare to find the prices marked down 50%!

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Was The “Lost Decade” Really Lost For Investors? – Guest Post at Yakezie.com Today!

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Good day all! Just a quick post today to recommend stopping by Yakezie.com whenever you have a chance to read my guest post that went live this morning (at the link below).

Was The “Lost Decade” Really Lost For Investors – Yakezie.com

In this post, I take a look at the performance of the stock market over the past 10 years, a time period often labeled as “The Lost Decade” for investors because the market basically ended up in 2011 at the level at which it started in 2001.

What I found was that by using dollar cost averaging, the returns delivered by the market over the past 10 years weren’t quite as bad as the financial media would have us believe!

How about you all? How did your investments fair the past 10 years? Was it actually a “lost decade” for you?  


Share your experiences by commenting below!

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    Yakezie Carnival – Tour de France Financial Factoids – June 26th, 2011 Edition

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    Welcome everyone to the June 26th, 2011 edition of the Yakezie Carnival!

    For those of you unfamiliar with the Yakezie Personal Finance Blog Network, it is the web’s largest, most involved, and most organized group of personal finance and lifestyle bloggers. Participants in the network collaborate multiple times throughout each day on the Yakezie forums and through other mediums. You can view all of the details at the “About Yakezie” page by clicking here.

    Each week, the members and challengers of the Yakezie Network submit their best articles to be featured in the Yakezie Carnival. And, today, it is My Personal Finance Journey’s honor to be the host!

    The theme for today’s carnival is random Tour de France (the biggest cycling race in the world) financial facts. With this carnival being only 4 days away from the start of July and the Tour de France cycling race, I figured this would be a fitting theme!

    In addition, it fits in nicely with the spirit of my site starting the Tour de Personal Finance this year. Each July from 2011 onward, I’ll be running/hosting the Tour de Personal Finance (sort of a Tour de France for PF blogging competition) on MyPersonalFinanceJourney.com. You can view all of the details and guidelines at the announcement below.

    If you are a personal finance blogger and are interested in participating, entering is very easy! Just send the following information in an email to Jacob@mypersonalfinancejourney.com to enter by July 1st, 2011.

    • Name and URL of blog.
    • URL and title of your best article from last 12 months.
    • A concise 2-5 sentence description of the post (this will be posted on each stage’s announcement, so really SELL why post should win!).
    • The month and year in which you started blogging (will be used to determine White Jersey winner).

    OK, enough with the introduction! I’m getting carried away. Let’s get to this week’s Yakezie Carnival articles.

    The best thing about hosting a Yakezie Carnival is that the posts are all top notch, and not from spam sites talking about online dating of Ukranian brides! (haha – I’m not even joking. I have received carnival submissions like that in the past).

    Top 3 Editor’s Picks

    1. Frugal Confessions brings us We Were Scammed on Craigslist: How to Protect Yourself from Fraud, saying, “After snagging an interested buyer, Mary Hudson, for our $500 item we listed on Craigslist, we became increasingly alarmed at the strange requests and secondhand-English email correspondence. See how this scam played itself out.”

    It really ticks me off how sophisticated of schemes the scam artists are coming up with these days. Just take a look at the one Amanda shares in this article!

    When I got screwed over by a fake eBay supplier, the payment was also requested to be issued via Western Union. Maybe Western Union should change it’s slogan to, “Preferred by fraud artists worldwide!”

    2. KNS Financial brings us Need To See A Doctor? Go Rob A Bank!, saying, “James Richard Verone robbed a bank in order to get medical care. Find out the details behind this strange story, and then weigh-in with your opinion!”

    In this article, a man goes to some extreme measures to get medical care! Or, were they extreme…..

    3. The Amateur Financier brings us What I Want to Pass on to My Children.

    Passing along your life lessons to your children is what every parents wants. Personally, I think the biggest gift that my parents passed on to me is the gift of wanting – wanting to succeed, wanting to do my best, and wanting to learn more. What do you hope to pass on to your children?

    And, listed below are the rest of this week’s submissions!

    Sustainable Personal Finance brings us Using a Midwife: A Personal Choice, saying “The financial, green, safety, and comfort reasons for using a midwife for childbirth.”

     

    One Cent at a Time brings us What Credit Sesame Is All About And Why Should You Opt Out, saying, “This is my first review of a product on my blog. I used, researched, and then wrote the review of the Credit Sesame tool. I described the pointer as to why this is not up to my expectations.”
     
    KrantCents bring us Pay As You Drive Insurance, saying, “Would you allow an insurance company to monitor your driving for a lower premium?”
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    Tour de France Financial Factoid # 1 (brought to us by Wikipedia.org)

    The Tour de France makes a good deal of money off of advertising. Advertisers pay the Tour de France approximately €150,000 to place three vehicles in the caravan. There are normally around 250 vehicles each year in the caravan. Their order on the road is established by contract, with the leading vehicles belonging to the largest sponsors.

     

    The procession sets off two hours before the start and then regroups to precede the riders by an hour and a half. It spreads 20–25 km and takes 40 minutes to pass at between 20 and 60 km/h.

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    MyJourneyToMillions bring us How Much Interest Do You Pay Monthly?, saying, “ I can’t believe it has been 19 months since I last determined how much interest I pay to financing companies!  I remember how I felt when I wrote that post, while I understood how amortization loans worked and that financing costs were inevitable, it wasn’t until I did the actual calculations that I found how much was going to interest. In November of 2009 I was paying approximately $1,498 in interest per month and that was out of a little over $1,900 in monthly debt servicing payments.”
     
    InvestorJunkie brings us What I’m Investing In, saying, “I’ve decided at this point in time, investing in my business is the best investment that will yield the highest returns.”
     
    MoneyCone brings us Unconventional Income from Uncommon Stocks – MLPs, saying, “For a little bit of paperwork during tax time, MLPs provide relatively stable, tax-deferred income most suitable for taxable accounts. You not only get to enjoy regular payments, but get to bring down your cost basis with each distribution. And, since the General Partner’s compensation is tied to the Limited Partner’s distributions, this serves as an incentive to maximize and grow distributions.”

     

    Financial Excellence brings us Your Profit & Loss Statement Doesn’t Mean Much, saying, “When you look at your business financials, how do you know if you’re making a profit? Many small business owners use their profit & loss statements (P&L) as the only way to tell if they’re winning. It’s a natural thing to do. After all, the name of the report has profits in it, right? Well, the P&L report is an important tool for your business, but it’s not the only tool. In fact, if you’re only looking at your P&L statements, you may not be doing as well as you think.” 
     

    Outlaw Finance brings us The Difference Between a Roth IRA and Traditional IRA, saying, “This article looks at the Roth and the traditional IRA individually and then compares the two. ”

    Deliver Away Debt brings us Best Get Out of Debt Books, saying, “Ten of the best advice books for getting out of debt.”
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    Tour de France Financial Factoid # 2 (brought to us by Wikipedia.org)
    Prizes and bonuses are awarded for daily placings and final placings at the end of the race. In 2009, the winner received €450,000, while each of the 21 stage winners won €8,000 (€10,000 for the team time-trial stage). The winners of the green and polka-dot jersey competitions each win €25,000, the white jersey competition and the combativity prize €20,000, and €50,000 for the winner of the overall team standings (calculated by adding the cumulative times of the best three riders in each team).
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    Squirrelers brings us Memorable Examples of Witnessing Generosity.

     
    Financial Success for Young Adults brings us How Can a College Student Invest?
    Control Your Cash brings us 15 Years To Freedom.
    Suba @ Wealth Informatics brings us Free Things to do in Las Vegas.

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    Tour de France Financial Factoid # 3 (brought to us by CelebrityNetWorth.com)
    According to the website, CelebrityNetWorth, 7-time (in a row no less) Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong’s net worth is estimated to be $125 million.
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    PT Money brings us Roth IRA Rules, saying, “This article discusses the Roth IRA, the advantages and disadvantages, rules for contributing, and why people should consider utilizing them.”

     

    The Ultimate Juggle 

    brings us Happy Hour Isn’t for Drinks, saying, “Happy hour is known for its price break on drinks, but it’s also a great way to save money on food – especially if you have to eat out early anyways with a toddler!”

    Kevin @ InvestItWisely brings us Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School, saying, “Is it possible to become a millionaire, on a teacher’s salary? Teacher and author Andrew Hallam seems to think so, and he shares his lessons in his upcoming book ‘Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School’.” 
     
    Miss T brings us How Yoga Helped Me Reach My Goals and Be a Better Person, saying, “I have been doing yoga consistently for the last year and it has helped me tremendously. Here is what I’ve found”
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    Tour de France Financial Factoid # 4 (brought to us by Wall Street Journal – Cyclist Salaries)
     
    Salaries for professional cyclists are much lower than salaries for other professional athletes. The top riders in the world are currently only making $2-5 million per year. However, most professionals only make $40-$50 thousand per year.
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    Family Money Values brings us What Responsibility Does the Family of a Homeless Person Bear?, saying, “Max Melitzer just inherited a chunk of money from his brother.  Max has been homeless for years.  You have to wonder why Max’s family didn’t intervene in his homeless condition.  What responsibility does a family bear for a homeless member?”

     

    Free From Broke brings us Investing VS Speculating: The Difference Between Building Wealth and Gambling, saying, “Some think investing and speculating are the same, but they are really a world apart.  See why in this article.”

    Super Frugalette brings us How the Target Debit Card found a home in my wallet?, saying, “I review the benefits of having a Target Debit Card. I believe it will save me $30 a year so ultimately, decided to get one.”

    Money Reasons brings us The Benefits of a High Credit Score, saying, “I describe how to take advantage of a high credit score if you have one.  Also I explain why having a high score is beneficial.”

    Money Health Central brings us Did The Debit Card Revolution Kill The Balanced Checkbook?, saying, “We use debit cards for convenience.  In return, the transactions fly fast and furious.  Balancing your checkbook is nearly impossible, which can lead to other problems.”

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    Tour de France Financial Factoid # 5 (brought to us by Forbes.com)
    According to Forbes, most of the bikes ridden in the Tour de France cost $10,000-$25,000, depending on the amount of customization needed. Wild!
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    Budgeting in the Fun Stuff brings us I am So Excited About the Financial Blogger Conference, saying, “I am sooooooo excited about the blogger conference in October!  Bouncing off the walls excited!”
     
    AccountantByDay brings us Mental tricks to help you budget, saying, “Apply some psychological science to your budget to help you stay on track.”

     

    Narrow Bridge Finance brings us Online Only Banking, saying, “A look at the end of an era. I closed my only remaining brick and mortar bank account. I have gone 100% online.”
     
    Debt Free By Thirty brings us Making Menu Plans, saying, “Since my menu plans are a regular part of my blog, I thought I would delve into how I come up with recipes and other tidbits.”
     
    The Extra Money Blog brings us How to Get Paid to Try Various Products and Services, saying, “You can make some extra money on the side trying out latest products for Fortune 500 companies and providing your feedback.  The best part is that you get to keep the products for free!”
    The College Investor brings us 5 Worst IRA Mistakes Made Everyday, saying, “A look at five common IRA mistakes that are easy to avoid if you know about them!”
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    Tour de France Financial Factoid # 6 (brought to us by Wall Street Journal)


    In fall 2006, Lance Armstrong and several other institutional investors were considering buying the Tour de France in an effort to reform cycling for the better. It was estimated that it would have cost about $1.5 billion at the time to buy the Tour. Quite a hefty price tag! I don’t believe it ever went through though. The current family that owns the Tour didn’t want to sell.
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    My Multiple Incomes brings us

    What To Consider Before Starting a Website, saying, “A few key points to know before you take the plunge of starting a website!”

    No Debt MBA brings us Is the expansion of women in professional schools harming our economy?, saying, “As women reach even numbers with men in professional schools but continue to prioritize work-life balance we should be discussing what implications there are for our workplaces and society and how we should be changing.”

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