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6 Ways Bookworms Can Save Money

bookworms can save money

Reading is a great hobby to have. You can spend your free time traveling to other destinations, learning about other time periods, and more. But if you are a bookworm and like to read so much that you are going through several books in a short period of time, it can become an expensive habit. I used to be a big bookworm (before I took up blogging and freelance writing) and I often couldn’t walk out of a bookstore without spending at least $50. Luckily there are ways that bookworms can save money and still enjoy their favorite hobby. Use the Library The most obvious way bookworms can save money is by using the local library to check out books for free. You’ll be able to read all you want without paying a cent if you always return or renew your library books on time. Choose Carefully Whether you are purchasing a new book or a used book, read the prologue or the back cover first. If it is an E-book, you have the option to check the reviews and usually read a little about the book before you buy it. Spending a little bit of extra time to look it ...

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Why I’m Paying $70 For Something I Could Have For Free

4th of July triathlon

  I try really hard to practice lifestyle deflation, which is the opposite of lifestyle inflation. This means carefully considering every purchase and certainly not paying for things that I don’t absolutely need. Every once in a while, a non-necessary expense comes up that makes me throw that thought out the window. This 4th of July, I’m paying $70 for something I could have for free. Physical fitness is one of my top priorities. We only have so much time, and I want to give myself the best shot at being healthy during the amount of time I get. I use plenty of low cost ways to exercise, including running, biking, hiking, or using P90x at home. I love to do 5k or 10k races but have really cut those out due to expense and/or travel time. However, every 4th of July for the past six years, I’ve signed up for the Cortez Burst Triathlon. This year, I’m taking my daughter with me! Yep, we paid $50 for me and $20 for her to run, swim, and bike around our home town. Running and biking are absolutely free, and the pool fee is only $2. Why on earth are we ...

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What Are Experiences Worth?

NCAA tournament experience costs

March is a fun time to be from Kentucky. For 10 months of the year, we don’t have tons of things to be proud of. Then spring rolls around, and we have the NCAA tournament and the Kentucky Derby. Too bad it’s all over within a a few months, but those are a couple of pretty big events that people pay tons of money to attend. I’ve also seen fans pony up a mint to see their favorite band or sports team in action. I’ve often said that I’d rather spend money on experiences instead of things, but what are experiences worth? A Whole Industry Built On Luxury and Convenience When I was younger, there were no companies reselling tickets online. If you weren’t able to buy a ticket by standing in line before they sold out, you had to make a shady deal in cash, on a corner, wondering if you’d make it back to the car without getting mugged. Not that I’ve had personal experience or anything…… Today, companies like Stubhub generate upwards of $700 million in revenue per year. What that means to consumers is that you can buy a ticket in any section to just about ...

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Ways to Save Money on Skiing

save money on skiing

If you hate the snow, you can go ahead and skip over this post. I like it less and less as I get older, but my philosophy is that if you are going to live in it, you might as well take advantage of the activities winter offers. I am not a great skier, but we like to make some turns a few times each season.  The absolute best way to save money on skiing is to not go. No matter how much you cut corners, it’s still expensive. This year, we used bonus income from side hustles to fund our ski outings, but we still tried to save as much as we could. Luckily there are plenty of ways to save money on skiing. Plan Ahead If you can plan ahead before the season starts, it is much cheaper to buy lift tickets or passes in advance. Unless you live in a resort town, you probably don’t need a season pass, but there are usually other deals to be had. Telluride and Durango Mountain Resort both offer discount cards that are purchased before the season. With those your get your first ski day free, and then  a discount, usually ...

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10 Productive Things To Do INSTEAD Of Watching The Super Bowl

Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend, and many of us will be eating crappy delicious food, watching commercials that cost millions of dollars to air, and cheering for the team of lesser evil in our books. I sometimes wonder if all the Super Bowl hype is a waste. If we could take all the money generated from watching a group of adult men in tights play a game for a few hours and put it into something like scholarships or feeding the hungry, wouldn’t that be more worthwhile? I guess we’re all entitled to a little fun, and we will likely watch the game if Jim can control his emotions while watching his beloved Broncos in the big bowl for the first time since John Elway was at the helm. If you are not one of the roughly 110 million people in the US who will be watching the game, here are some ideas for productive things to do with your time. 1) Work On Your Side Hustle– What are you doing to earn some extra income this month? Some great ideas are babysitting for people who are throwing or attending a Super Bowl party, hiring on as a delivery driver ...

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