Posted on 6/30/2010 0:53 EST
Home values in many parts of the country have plummeted in the past couple of years, so here are some suggestions from the San Franciso Chronicle for simple home improvement projects that could help add value to what may be your most important asset.
"Remodels are great, but can get pretty pricey. Not everyone has thousands to add value to their home - but what about those less glamorous repair projects on your to-do list? These simple and inexpensive maintenance items don't seem like they add to your home's value, but they're big money-savers in the long run. (You think your updated house looks great. Will buyers feel the same way? Find out, in Fix It And Flip It: The Value of Remodeling..."
on San Francisco Chronicle
Posted on 6/29/2010 0:41 EST
Need a hotspot to go? Portable Wi-Fi devices have been around for a while, but now Virgin Mobile has come up with a pay-as-you-go pricing plan that makes this service almost cheap. Read about it in The New York Times.
"Finding free Wi-Fi for your laptop to send a quick e-mail message or to find something online has become increasingly difficult -- and sometimes impossible.
That's slowly starting to change as several stores and restaurants, including Starbucks and McDonald's, begin offering free Wi-Fi for customers. But there is also a new trend: people are starting to carry their own hot spots with them. These small devices can let several laptops or phones connect to the Internet simultaneously over Wi-Fi..."
on The New York Times
Posted on 6/28/2010 7:56 EST
Yet another Chinese knock-off of the iPad. And this one, reports Shanzai.com, will retail for the remarkable price of $74. How low can these clone prices actually go?
"Yes, you read that right! Shenzhen based Lianhua Electronics Company has shown off an extremely cheap iPad clone ... the cheapest we've seen so far. Beating the USD 100 price tag of the EKEN M001, the company has priced its tablet for just USD 74! This cheapie features an ARM based 400MHz VIA 8505 chip and comes with 128MB of RAM, 2GB of flash storage, and Android 1.7.2 onboard..."
Posted on 6/27/2010 12:07 EST
Like many other life-cycle events these days, weddings are going downscale. The Pocono Record has a report on cost-saving ideas to keep your special day comfortably within your budget.
"Jennifer Suarez' apartment in Allentown is quickly filling with flowers and wedding favors as she prepares for her October wedding to fiance Robert Romagno Jr. in Stroudsburg.
In an effort to save money, Suarez has been working on several do-it-yourself projects, including using artificial flowers to make her own reception centerpieces.
"We've had to watch every penny because we're paying for the wedding ourselves," she said.
More couples looking to tie the knot have become more cost conscious..."
on Pocono Record
Posted on 6/26/2010 21:57 EST
There's no end to tips for saving money. Here are the latest ideas from Time.
"Take a look at insights that'll help you negotiate, shop smarter, and get the most out of your local library, along with lists of stuff that's overrated, stuff that's cheaper than you thought, and stuff that you can always get for less than the retail price.
5 reasons to skip college. Because you're probably not going to learn trade skills, you can't afford it, and, turns out, you don't want to go to college. For these reasons and a couple others, Bargaineering plays devil's advocate and argues against the four-year degree..."