Posted on 7/30/2010 22:47 EST
Just in case the screen on your iPhone ever needs repair, you might want to download some money-saving DIY instructions, courtesy of Lifehacker. And don't forget to keep this in a safe place.
"Don't shell out a pile of cash to get your iPhone screen repaired. Make's detailed guide will help you replace the screen on your iPhone 3G on the cheap and with little fuss.
Earlier this year we shared how a 10 year old boy repaired his dad's iPhone for $22. If you read over the instructions there and wished for a more text-heavy and detailed guide on what screw goes where and what cable attaches back to what, Make magazine has just the guide you're looking for..."
Posted on 7/29/2010 13:46 EST
Depending on where you live, you might want to send a big thank-you to state officials. ConsumerSearch reminds us that back-to-school shopping season often ushers in tax-free holidays, and this year fewer states are joining in the revelry, but still...every penny saved quickly adds up.
"In an effort to boost business and give cash-strapped parents a reprieve, select states have declared tax-free holidays when certain merchandise is exempt from sales tax. During these events, you'll be spared paying state sales tax on school supplies, clothing and sometimes other items too (depending on the state). Many stores will offer additional sales in conjunction with the sales-tax holiday -- an even greater incentive to get the most bang for your buck. Check our chart to see if a tax-free weekend is scheduled in your state, and which items are included in the promotion..."
Posted on 7/29/2010 11:47 EST
If you're an e-book reader hold-out, now might be the time to reconsider. MSNBC reports on a third-generation Kindle, priced at a cheap $139, that's got built-in Wi-Fi and other nifty features that make it appealingly competitive.
"Just weeks after lowering the price of the Kindle e-book reader from $259 to $189, Amazon unveiled a fully revamped Kindle on Wednesday. It's sleeker, better looking, easier on the eyes -- and starts at $139.
This new Kindle, Amazon's third generation, is smaller by 21 percent, and 15 percent lighter too. It has much improved contrast, 50 percent better than before, answering a significant complaint among dead-tree purists who compared the device's e-ink screen unfavorably to real paper. It's available in two colors: graphite and white..."
Posted on 7/28/2010 13:45 EST
Instead of a parent wagging a finger at you, Time offers this list of "don't"s that are meant to help you better manage your money by avoiding some all-too-common traps that can wreak havoc on your budget.
"Here are nine scenarios in which it's easy to overpay, get scammed, or come out on the losing end of negotiations.
Don't … borrow to pay for luxuries and splurges.
And yes, that includes using a credit card when you can't pay off the balance in full--because if this is how you operate, you're basically taking out a loan whether you think so or not, and the terms of the loan are pretty awful. Liz Weston says that the only luxuries you should buy are ones you can pay for in cash..."
Posted on 7/28/2010 8:44 EST
If you happen to live in LA or plan to visit, and you need to figure out how to pass some time with your sweetie without going broke, the Huffington Post comes to the rescue with 15 ideas for a cheap night (or day) out, all solicited by Facebook fans. Hooray for social media.
"You've got a hot date on the horizon... and an almost-empty wallet. No problem--in a city with as many entertaining, inexpensive things to do as LA, there's no need to drop big bucks on fancy dinners or pricey tickets. We asked our Facebook fans for their favorite cheap date ideas in LA, and they came through: From free entry at museums to inexpensive concerts to a happy hour hot tub date (yes, really!), these 15 date ideas are fun, low-key, and won't break the bank..."
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