Stop Wasting Money With These 5 Tips


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  1. Yesterday I picked up the newspaper at my inlaws’ house and took it in for them. There was nothing to it…maybe 30 pages and Raleigh is not a small town. I really don’t think there’s much to newspaper subscriptions anymore. (The FB feed comment had me snorting coffee through my nose, thanks for that!)

    • Hero says:

      It really is pitiful, isn’t it? My dad used to read the newspaper cover to cover when I was kid, but he cancelled his subscription a while ago in disgust.

  2. Happy new year to you FSH and best wishes for 2017. Great NY resolutions for reducing the spend by a few more dollars every week. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know when I say every bit counts. If you want to find out how much you’ll be saving as a result of cutting back on those store-bought coffees, newspapers, and lotto tickets that never win, Google the ‘latte calculator’. It’ll tell you how much all of those small expences could be worth if invested instead of spent, over 10 years. Pretty mindblowing actually.

    As for the nice coffee, we splashed out on a Nespresso machine (at clearance sale pricing of course) and now a cup of great coffee costs us 0.75c a cup instead of 3 to 4 bucks. I know you can make it even cheaper in a plunger but we reckon 75c is pretty good value.

    • Hero says:

      I have seen the “latte calculator” – simply mind-blowing. My wife received a Keurig as a Christmas gift. I’m not all that excited about it, but it will keep her away from Dunkin and Starbucks a bit more. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • One tip for the Keurig Hero – get one of the reusable “cups” to put the coffee grounds in so you don’t have to buy the little plastic ones. Both my kids have Keurigs and love them – but they buy bulk ground coffee and reuse a little plastic cup rather than buying the throw away ones ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Yes! I passed for the most part! If you count fantasy football under betting I might be cheating. Has worked out well over the last 5 years though.

    Unused subscriptions confuse the hell out of me. The guy sitting next to me at work paid 900/year for 2 years for a bus pass……and drove every day!

  4. Home-brewed coffee’s the best, anyway. Ours comes courtesy of a $10 French Press using the cheapest possible grounds from Costco, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. But I’d be lost without my WSJ subscription!

    What’s this Facebook News thing everybody’s talking about? I thought that was fake.

    Thanks for the laugh, Hero!

    • Hero says:

      I haven’t tried to navigate the intricacies of the French Press, FL, but I may have to try. I’ve started drinking my coffee 100% black for the past several weeks, and a new twist might be fun.

      When I was a bachelor, I spent a dizzying monthly sum on coffee at Starbucks. When the baristas started to remember my name, I suspected I had a problem, which my bank statement quickly confirmed. That money is being put to much better use these days, fortunately.

  5. Love your tips and like you, I hate paying shipping fees. Some stores will ship to you for free if you order online merchandise when at the store (Pier 1, Bed Bath Beyond and Kohls are three I know of).

    Try brewing coffee with an Aeropress. It’s like a French press without the mess. I used it for a long time until I began scalding myself doing the upside down method. Mr. Groovy wants me to get a Kuerig but I’m too cheap to use K-cups.

    • Hero says:

      Great tip on the free shipping at Kohl’s, Mrs. Groovy; I had no idea!

      I haven’t heard of an Aeropress, but a bit of research has me intrigued. I think I have an item on my birthday wish list already!

  6. I agree with Financial Libre, a french press is the only way to go! Great post, FS, I’m actually doing ok with these ones. I agree with AE on the Fantasy Football, fortunate that my winnings in one league covered my losses in the other this year. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hero says:

      Mystery Money Man’s vote seals the deal – I need to get a french press. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Anytime you have a hobby, like fantasy football, which ends up remaining cost neutral, I think you’re doing pretty well. If only I could find a way to get paid for running, playing basketball, and watching sports. . .

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