Trick Yourself into Saving Money

With the new iPhone coming out in less than a month, I have been looking for ways to save money other than the whole “put money into savings” thing.  Lifehacker has come up with 10 non-traditional ways to save money, even if it means sort of “tricking” yourself.  From the article:

Always bank your savings and discounts
It feels like free money when you hit an unexpected sale, discover a little-known rebate, or simply use a valuable coupon. Why not turn that free money into even more free money? As the Digerati Life blog points out, it’s money that’s easy to set aside, since you didn’t expect to have it, and it doesn’t require any budget reviews. It also protects that little boost from disappearing into another full-price purchase while you’re out shopping.

Sleeve your credit card with what you really want
Personal finance blogger and crusader against needless debt Trent taped pictures of his son around his primary credit card to make him think before making a purchase, and it worked. Create your own sleeve out of two card-sized pictures, and modify the motivation—whether it’s a positive (something you’re saving for) or negative (reminder of the debt you’re paying off)—and you’ll likely curb some auto-pilot spending.

I really like that second one.  I have done something like that before, not related to money, but it really worked.  When you are confronted with something important to you, it can be a reminder to maybe curb that spending.  Anyways, the other 8 are equally as good as these, so check ’em out.

Read the article.

Jim Carey reminds us about how cheap gas used to be

Ever seen the movie “Me, Myself, and Irene”?  It is a HILARIOUS movie that I watched over the weekend.  Anyways, while watching it, I noticed something in the background of one scene:

Ahhh, those were the days… $1.13 for the cheap stuff.  The cheapest gas near me right now is $3.98/gallon, so seeing this made me smile, yet at the same time, sad at how much it has risen in the 8 years since this movies release.

Remember those days?

RagamuffinTop Challenge week 5 – Weigh In

This past week, I was pretty much unable to exercise because of a sore foot.  I was still able to sneak in a couple of jogs, including one from yesterday where I beat my best mile (look at the Nike widget on the right side of the screen, that’s the one).

As far as eating goes, I ate pretty healthy for the most part.  Monday night I ate some hot wings, but the rest of the week was pretty good.

Now for the weigh-in:

So, this week, I lost  .4 pounds!!  O boy! That’s not that much, but at least it’s in the right direction.

Remember, if you want to take part in the RagamuffinTop Challenge, go here to read all about the details.  Basically, you set a goal and post the results weekly.  The best part is that the entire world is your accountability partner!

  • Starting weight: 289.0
  • Last’s week’s weight: 281.8
  • Today’s weigh-in weight: 281.4
  • Today’s weight +/-:  -.4
  • TOTAL +/-: -7.6

10 Ways Musicians Piss Off Their Fans

For those of us that love music, nothing is worse than an artist that you like doing something to piss you off.  There are several things that musicians notoriously do that leave their fans upset.  Here are a few from the list:

Canceling Shows
Listen, we get that crap happens, and that the odd show cancellation is unavoidable and completely understandable. But, if Kanye West can perform a show ONE WEEK after his mother died, we don’t want to hear any of your hangover/laziness excuses. (I’m looking at you Justin Timberlake. Clearly, the Smirnoff Ice has, once again, proven to be too much for you.) Anyway, if your fans take the time out of their schedules to buy tickets to your show, the profits of which helps support you and your cool rock star lifestyle, and you can’t even bother to show up, well, you can just colour them not pleased.

Becoming Wussies
Can I just ask what the hell happened to Aerosmith? I mean, Dream On, Sweet Emotion, Same Old Song and Dance…genius. Then we get Don’t Want to Miss a Thing. What the hell is up with that? Listen – experiment with your sound, do what you got to do to mix it up a little, but don’t become complete and utter wussies. How might you know if you’ve become wussies? When your biggest fan base switches to soccer moms and wedding singers, you just know that something has gone horribly, horribly wrong. At that point, fix the situation as it’s become embarrassing for us to watch.

Other things listed in the article are being greedy, re-retiring, or even being Metallica.  It’s a pretty funny (and true!) read.

Check out the rest.

Nothing new to see

Here’s the scenario:  You’re at work between “things”.  Whether it’s a lag between meetings, or it’s Friday and nothing is really going on anyways.  You fire up your web browser, visit your usual sites (,,, whatever).  At some point, you have seen all you are really interested in at the time.  What do you do at that point?

For example, I have a meeting in about 20 minutes.  I am as prepared for it as I can be.  So, here’s what I do:

  • check my gmail
  • open up Google Reader and look at all of the new stories to come through
  • go to the restroom
  • come back to my desk
  • check gmail/google reader again

By this point, there is nothing new.  What do you do when you get bored sufing the internet and/or your RSS newsreader has no new updates?

Australians more obese than Americans!? What?!

A recent study has found that overall, Australians are more obese than we Americans.  This actually comes as a shock to me, but I guess the numbers speak for themselves:

Australia has a higher proportion of obese people than the United States, with the health system facing a “fat bomb” unless action is taken, a study warned Thursday.

The report from the Baker Heart Institute found that 70 percent of men and 60 percent of women aged 45-65 had a body mass index of 25 or more, meaning they were overweight or obese.

I was under the impression that we were the most obese country on earth, but I guess not anymore.

By the way, any Australians that want to work on reversing that number, feel free to take part in the RagamuffinTop Challenge!

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Awesome Cover of the Day – All I Want (Toad the Wet Sprocket)

Remember that song from back in the 90’s called “All I Want”, by Toad the Wet Sprocket?  Yeah, that one.  Well, there is a cd called “Punk Goes 90’s”, and on that cd is a cover of Toad’s song.  The band covering it is called Emery, and they are really good.  Of all of the covers I have ever heard, this one might be the best.  It’s different from the original, but in some ways, it’s better (in my opinion of course). Listen for the harmonies, they are almost chilling…

Here it is for you to listen to (hit the little play button next to the title).  Enjoy!

All I Want (as covered by Emery)

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