Garage sales are a staple around where I live. Every Saturday and Sunday (and often Friday, too) here in Southern California sees a seemingly unending amount of people selling their belongings in their driveways or front yards. Whether they need the extra money or are just looking to clean out their attic, one could spend 10 hours each weekend day perusing used goods at these sales. When I was a kid, my family had them as well, but the only way that anyone found out about them was from a couple of signs posted up in our neighborhood. Since there was no internet, interested parties had to drive around looking for these signs in order to find out where the sales were. But nowadays (man that makes me sound old) there are plenty of ways to advertise your own garage sale and thus ensuring that you get a crowd — that hopefully takes away all your unwanted “stuff”. Let’s take a look at a few of these methods.
Some of you may remember that in the past I have mentioned using Twitter as a way to get customer service issues taken care of. I have also used my Twitter account to get deals on cable and internet service from both Comcast and Charter, and I recommended at the time that if you use Twitter that you try that route as well. But with or without Twitter, in order to negotiate your phone, cable, or internet bill you need to be prepared with as much information as you can gather. With that in mind, I wanted to fill you in a few tips on how you can attempt to either get a great deal upon signup or in negotiating your existing service as it stands today.
Banks are in the business of money. Some companies sell goods and others sell services, but banks are in the money business. From credit cards to personal loans to mortgages, banks make money the old fashioned way — they earn it (in interest charges). Well, that and they like to charge random exorbitant fees to their customers, too. But in the end, they are just trying to cover the spread between the money they take in and pay interest on and the money they lend out and charge interest on. It’s a pretty simple concept, if in theory only.
Looking for a little extra income? Willing to put in quite a lot of work for a potentially small payday? Start recycling items for cash. While the most common (and most-well known) way to recycle for money is by turning in aluminum beer and soda cans or plastic water bottles, there are actually a bunch of different products that can be recycled into money in your pocket. In these economic times every little bit counts, so I figured I would put a post together about the ways you can start recycling to put some scratch into your bank account. Let’s take a look at a few of them…
What should you do if you find yourself overburdened with credit card debt and you are having trouble keeping up with all the payments? It may be time to consider debt consolidation to make your debt easier to manage, easier to track, and to potentially lower your monthly payments while you get back on track. I am a huge proponent of paying off your debt rather than just filing bankruptcy, so debt consolidation is something I preach about quite often. When I was in debt up to my eyeballs, I did all sorts of balancing acts to consolidate my debt to get it paid off, so I figured I could post about some to maybe help some readers out.