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Am I really saving money as a cord cutter?

A little over five years ago, we cut the cable cord. I had analyzed our television watching, and we really just watched a handful of shows.  I concluded that if I set up a TiVo with an Over The Air … Continue reading

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A well-timed upsell pays off for my florist

For the past 17 years, I have been regularly ordering flowers from the same florist. I send my wife Aviva flowers in September on our wedding anniversary, in October on her birthday, and in November on the anniversary of our … Continue reading

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Shortcut: Convert unwanted retail store gift cards into iTunes credits

Gift cards always make me a little uncomfortable. I worry that I am going to stick them in a drawer somewhere and forget about them, effectively wasting the money on them. So when I get one, I find myself rushing … Continue reading

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An auto body shop that makes house calls

As I was walking back to my car Thursday evening in the Whole Foods parking lot, a person pulled up beside me and said, “Hey, do you want to fix that big dent in your bumper? I could take that … Continue reading

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How I finally got myself to exercise regularly

For most of my adult life, I have been able to get away without exercising. For many years I was able to walk to work, so I always had some physical activity. And I was blessed with a metabolism that … Continue reading

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An Office 365 Home Premium subscription is not a bad deal, actually

I remember reacting with skepticism when I heard that Microsoft was rolling out their famous Microsoft Office suite as a monthly subscription for $9.99 a month. Why pay an endless subscription when you could get the same product for a … Continue reading

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Shortcut: convert pre-paid credit cards to Amazon gift certificates for easy spending

Pre-paid credit cards sound good, but they are really quite a hassle. These are often given as a gift or a reward that comes in the form of a one-use credit card. It has already been loaded with a specific … Continue reading

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