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Savings Experiment: Cutting the Cord on Cable TV's Pricey Monthly Bill

Savings Experiment: Cutting the Cord on Cable TV's Pricey Monthly Bill
OK, so you can't stand to miss Bravo'sThe Real Housewives of Atlanta or those great documentaries on The History Channel (we admire your eclectic tastes), but are those steep cable bills making you want to pull out your hair along with the cable wires? Take a deep breath. The era of digitized content is ushering in a new wave of cost-saving viewing: From streaming-video websites to digital media providers, these alternatives to cable TV might prompt you to chuck the cable box for good. The High Cost of Cable For the price that many Americans pay for cable TV, they can enjoy a mini vacation. Comcast's high-end premium package -- complete with on-demand channels -- will set you back $1,277 annually. The first step is to take inventory of what you like to watch so that you can tune into the alternatives. Free TV If you want a broader selection of programming from a single source, tap an online TV site, the best known, perhaps, is Hulu. Pay Options Connecting to Your TV Final Savings Related:  saving money

8 weird ways to make extra money It is very sad that none of you know how important is to donate plasma. For patients with primary immunodeficiency...y​​ou are born with a genetic disorder that can not fight any infection. A minor cold would be life-threatening. Without plasma donors, those patients would not be alive. Even if you get paid, it does not take away that is saving a life, and it does not take away that you are doing something good. @Blood donor: it is not illegal to compensate people. I do not think is immoral or illegal or unethical to pay plasma donors. Many of us would not even think about it because the "money is not worth it"...2 hours for a few bucks...but a life is worth it, and thank goodness that they get paid, so at least there is an additional incentive to return every week. So, before you talk, or judge, think past your social perceptions.

After Ditching Auctions, Mobile Marketplace EggDrop Hits Half A Million Downloads EggDrop, essentially a mobile app alternative to Craigslist, is starting to pick up steam. The company now boasts half a million downloads of its app on iOS and Android, with $8 million in listings from across the 50 U.S. states and the U.K. (EggDrop’s top two markets). The app originally launched last June, backed by $1 million in funding in a round led by BlueRun Ventures and SV Angel. With the first version of EggDrop, the idea was to introduce a somewhat unique pricing model – the “falling price” auction. As it turned out, that system didn’t prove to be a hit with users. “Sellers tend to be very protective of their minimum price,” explains co-founder Dan Zheng as to why the original model didn’t really take off. Now, sellers just create a normal listing with whatever price they want, and leave it up indefinitely, if they choose. Interestingly, one of EggDrop’s key selling points – its ability to cross-post listings to Craigslist – hasn’t had a major impact on the app’s adoption.

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How I Can Afford My Life Of Constant Travel I’m confused. I’m simply confused as to how it’s possible that I have so far failed to properly explain how I’ve managed to travel/live/work abroad nonstop for 12 years straight (and counting). The questions are still pouring in every single day: How do you do it? And while I thoroughly enjoy communicating with readers (I’m being completely serious and encourage you all to continue sending your emails to me as often as you wish), the fact that these very questions are on the minds of so many of you out there has led me to believe that I need to do a better job at providing the answers. While it’s true that I’ve already written plenty of posts on the matter, clearly all of these posts, even as one collective entity, still fall well short of proving that a life of travel is not some crazy fantasy but a perfectly reasonable and easily attainable lifestyle option instead. So what am I to do? The following is a brief summary of the past 12 years of my life. December 25, 1999: March 2000 April 2003

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Amazon discount codes at ProBargainHunter.com Ever since I wrote about Amazon shopping tips and hacks last November the article has been the most visited page on ProBargainHunter. In case you missed it -- the post describes how you can browse discounted merchandise on Amazon (by messing around with the URL's) and lists a few other useful tips. The article featured on LifeHacker and Consumerist and even prompted some people to create tools for easy URL building. Below is my own attempt to summarize the information from that blog post into a more usable format. Click on the links with discount codes below to browse Amazon merchandise, and let me know if you notice any broken links. It was a large number of codes to compile and verify after all! Take the results you see with a grain of salt though. The table layout idea is courtesy of Brand-Name-Coupons (via Digg)

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