5 Things you can do differently to Save Money

People have their unique kind of lifestyle that they like to keep. However, most of the time it involves spending money. For those who are serious about saving money and still enjoy their favorite activities, here are some of the sacrifices you can make and even if the experience will be different, you will still enjoy your activity in a different way.

  1. Skip the stadiums and arenas – For sports fans like me, there is always the urge to go experience a sporting event live. Some fans buy season tickets even though they don’t attend all the games. There is nothing wrong with that if you are the millionaire next door. Actually, it is a great thing to go watch a sporting event live once in a while, if you can afford it. However, for those who are serious about saving money, apart from the occasional experience, it would be wiser and frugal to watch the games from the comfort of your home. You will save on buying expensive tickets, gas, over-priced unhealthy food and may be getting knocked out by a rival fan. (jk)
  2. Don’t fall for deals, even black Friday deals – As we approach black Friday, many businesses will be advertising their deals. On the flip side, many customers are prepping their wallets and purses for a spending Jamboree this Friday. The problem with a;ll deals, including black Friday is they make people buy a lot of wants. And as you get that 50 inch TV you want but don’t need because you already have a 42 or 46 inch TV at home, you might spot a Blu ray player nearby and add it to your cart.In short, deals are only deals if you planned for the item. For example, I might put off buying a laptop I need for school to get it on black Friday cheaper. But I won’t just go to black Friday events and buy a laptop that I do not need just because there is a deal.
  3. You don’t need that DVR – So you want to catch that show on NBC but unfortunately you are not home. In comes your DVR. To get the DVR, I would have to pay an extra $8 every month to my cable company. I chose to skip it. Instead, you can watch the show you missed on your Cable provider on Demand service or even better go to NBC’s website or which ever network the show is on. They keep at least the last 5 full episodes of the show and you can watch them online for free.
  4. Buy your own internet modem – Internet providers are cashing in big on monthly modem rental fees. For example Comcast charges over $7 per month for a modem. However, there are many retailers selling the same modems online for cheap. Just make sure you get it from a reputable business.
  5. You might not need all that juice in your laptop – Last week I wrote about TV shopping networks.One of the things I have observed is sometimes they sell laptops with some very good technical features like 8 Gigs of RAM and an Intel Core 7 processor. This however comes at a price. Unfortunately, some people just buy laptops for minor use like browsing the web and may be using MS Word. You can do that with a laptop with lower specs at a cheaper price.

What are some of the ways you  do different to save some money?

22 Responses to 5 Things you can do differently to Save Money

  1. I used to be a fan of brands until financial difficulties taught me (by force?) to appreciate cheaper items that work the same. It is just a matter of shopping wisely but this I acquired through experience.
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  2. Woops…I’m guilty of a number of these. I do have a DVR but I’m currently looking at alternatives to cable. Additionally I also have been going to a lot less concerts and sporting events, mainly because there is so much media available online and on cable/TV for much cheaper. Great tips for saving money!
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    • demaish says:

      Every time I miss a show that I watch, I always catch it on the Network’s website. They even have less commercials. Other than concerts, most sports can be enjoyed from the living room and then save some money for an occasional live experience.

  3. I used to be a huge sports fan, but ticket prices are just way too high and athletes way overpaid. I’ve been to a few basketball and baseball games, and a soccer game. Football is pretty expensive. When I was growing up, I asked my dad, why we couldn’t go? He said we had a better view on TV. Actually that is somewhat true…those nosebleed seats are expensive and you can barely see. Though it is fun to be part of the crowd. It’s a different experience but not something I’d pay for all the time.
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  4. It would take a lot to get me into a stadium or arena today. I’d much prefer the enjoyment of watching the game at home. It’s real pricey to attend a game, especially football, when you have a family of six.
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  5. I don’t ever really worry about internet modems, it seems that my modem came with the service, but I might be on some sort of rental program, I guess I should look into that. THanks for the tips.
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  6. I was just talking to someone yesterday about how DVRs are quickly becoming obsolete. The television industry in general is completely changing.

    I’m with you on the sporting events too. Tickets to a game would be a great gift though!
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  7. It’s true that “deals” aren’t always actually deals. I never go shopping on popular shopping days. We don’t have a DVR or even traditional cable, either. We watch all of our TV on Netflix and stream it from the shows websites.
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  8. dojo says:

    We have clearly ignored all the Black Friday madness and really make sure we NEED something before we just go and buy like crazy. It’s not easy to be responsible with money, now with all this media/TV attack, but it can be done ;)
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  11. Money Saving says:

    Great tips! I’ve saved hundreds over the past 12+ years by owning my own cable modem. I’ve also cut out Black Friday even though it is hard to resist the temptation :-)
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