Posted on 2/26/2010 7:48 EST
Do you have nightmares about all the data you could lose if your computer crashes? Never fear, writes Popular Science, there are several cheap options out there that offer all the back-up insurance you'll ever need.
"When it comes to preserving your data, there's no such thing as overkill. Your safest bet is actually to employ multiple methods. Fortunately, most of them are cheap--or free.
Start by leveraging the other computers in your house. Microsoft's free Windows Live Sync tool will sync selected folders on your system, automatically or on-demand, with any other computer(s) you own. Next, give that same data a safe haven online..."
on Popular Science
Posted on 2/25/2010 20:58 EST
Saving (your money, that is) is back in style. On the off chance that you might have forgotten how to do that, Market Watch has a report about a new online tool that can help you keep track of what you're socking away for what specific purpose. And the time to start is now.
"This week, Regions Bank launched a new tool to help consumers plan and save toward specific savings goals -- a Savings Goal Tracker found on www.savewithregions.com. With this new tool, consumers can track their savings by goal -- like a car, the holidays or for any major purchase. The Savings Goal Tracker creates a savings plan for the user and allows them to track their savings progress conveniently online.
After years of falling U.S. savings rates, many consumers are discovering the importance of saving. During the week of February 21, Regions has joined forces with members of the Financial Service Roundtable and the Consumer Federation of America in supporting America Saves Week -- a time set aside to help consumers focus on the importance of saving..."
on Market Watch
Posted on 2/24/2010 21:47 EST
When you work from home, there are just some things you can't do without: a fax, a printer, and a scanner, to name a few. Now add up the cost, think of the space requirements, and... PC Magazine reviews a new, cheap all-in-one that just might save the day.
"Inexpensive all-in-ones (AIOs) in the Epson WorkForce 310 All-In-One's price class ($129.99 direct, which includes a standard 1-year warranty) have traditionally been aimed primarily at home use. The reason for this is simple, it's hard to build an AIO for that price with both speed and output quality suitable for business use on the one hand, and with all the office-centric features it needs--from fax capability to an automatic document feeder (ADF)--on the other. As its name implies, however, the WorkForce 310 is meant primarily for office use, or, more precisely, for a home office or micro office.
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The WorkForce 310 includes a built-in fax modem, an Ethernet connector so you can share it on a network, and a 30-page ADF to scan multi-page documents as well as legal size documents, which won't fit on the flatbed..."
on PC Magazine
Posted on 2/24/2010 19:08 EST
Start couponing and save big time on groceries. Get some tips from this story in the Star Tribune and you may buy so much for so cheap that you wind up giving some away.
"Karen Gunter of Champlin and Jennifer Weber of Coon Rapids both consider couponing a part-time job and actually make a small profit from their websites. Carrie Rocha of Maple Grove started couponing as a way to lift her family out of a $50,000 debt.
Each of the three women offers ways to save on her own couponing blog or website (see sidebar), teaches classes on couponing (it's a lot more than clip and save) and gets together regularly with others to share strategies and trade coupons..."
on Star Tribune
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Volume discounts have been around for years. But Groupon has a new twist on the old concept. As The Chicago Tribune points out, Groupon brings social networking to bear on the art of finding a cheap deal. And that's an approach many other sites are now aping. Competition is a wonderful thing.
"Everyone loves getting a good deal. These days, it seems everyone also loves giving one.
Chicago-based Groupon was launched in October 2008, offering daily discounts online to local businesses that are triggered if a minimum number of people sign up. The company's success - it has 2.6 million subscribers in 38 cities - has helped spawn dozens of startups, all aimed at tapping into the same social-commerce and bargain-hunting zeitgeist that has enabled Groupon's rise..."
on The Chicago Tribune