Technology

How to Make Money Selling Crafts on Etsy

Have you ever knitted a scarf, made jewelry, or sewn clothes for your kids? Can you build a bench, take intriguing photos, or make a picture frame from scrap wood? Or do you have a good eye for vintage styles and know where to find them at a bargain? If you’re at all crafty, chances are …

How to Make Money as an Airbnb Host

Anyone who has stayed at a nice hotel in the past decade knows it’s not cheap. When was the last time you stayed in a major city for under $100 a night? Or under $200 for that matter? There is money to be made in the lodging industry. And it’s never been easier for average …

Cyber Insurance for Your Business

The saying “crime doesn’t pay” is intended to caution would-be criminals that the reward is not worth the risk. And for the most part, it’s true: The average act of grand larceny in 2013 netted about $1,260, according to the FBI. Conviction of grand larceny is punishable by up to five years in prison; with time off, …

The Unregulated World of Identity Theft ‘Insurance’

It’s all over the news: celebrity photo hacking scandals, digital security breaches at major retailers, and banks that have misplaced unencrypted backups of confidential customer data. More than 13 million consumers suffered from identity fraud in 2013, according to a study by financial services research firm Javelin Strategy & Research. This is second only to 2012, when …

Cyber Insurance and Personal Data

Imagine if complete strangers could look inside your head and see your every thought and know everything about you. Imagine if they could use that information any way they wanted to. What sort of damage could they do to your life? Strangers can’t get into your head to root around for information to exploit, but …

Everything You Need to Know About Crowdfunding

Ryan is trying to raise money for his startup. His idea is to build a luxury cooler (yes, the kind you store lunch and drinks in) for the beach or a camping trip, equipped with all the bells and whistles. In short, he wants to build a party on wheels — the world’s coolest cooler. This cooler …

How to Make Money Driving for Uber

Thanks to the modern marvel of the Internet, a slew of disruptive technologies have completely reshaped entire industries over the last decade. Think about how Amazon.com reinvented shopping by offering subscription services for everything from diapers to groceries with Amazon Prime, for example. And remember Blockbuster? Streaming video services like Amazon and Netflix turned video rental storefronts into the …

Best Project Management Software for 2014

Part 3 of our Small Business Tools Series tackles the best project management software. Previously we covered Best Cloud Storage Providers and Best Email Marketing Services; now we enter the realm of project management. There are many project software providers out there these days. While it speaks to the necessity of project management, it also can be …

Best Email Marketing Services for 2014

As we continue to explore the best solutions for small business today, we’ll focus on email marketing services. Make sure you visit Saving Money in Your Startup – Part 4, where Joe discusses the four basic steps to setting up your business’s email marketing. Email marketing services are vital for managing and interacting with your …

Best Cloud Storage Providers for 2014

Over the past 20 years, data has moved out of your hard drive and into the cloud. The world is becoming more and more mobile without compromising accessibility. Luckily, technology has quickly advanced to accommodate our newfound lifestyles. Cloud storage providers enable individuals and businesses to easily transfer files to secure networks in order to …

Best Home Security System for 2014

Home security is often not addressed until an intrusion has already occurred. According to the FBI, more than 2 million burglaries were reported in 2012. However, homes with alarm systems have shown to be 300% less likely to be broken into. It’s evident that the majority of us are not doing everything we can to …

Using Paprika for Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping

Most of the time, I prefer to talk about free computer programs and smartphone apps that are useful for me financially, but today I’m going to make an exception and talk about a paid program – Paprika. (It costs $4.99 for smartphones and tablets and has a $19.99 desktop version for Mac (with a Windows …

Categories: Frugality, Meals, Technology

Four Frugal Technology Recommendations

Readers often contact me asking for recommendations for technology items at a low cost. They have a use in mind and they just want the item that will fulfill that use at the lowest price without any serious negative drawbacks. Four of these requests tend to repeat themselves quite often, so I thought I’d just …

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Best Tax Software for 2014: TaxACT vs TurboTax vs H&R Block

All the best tax preparation software companies have released their 2014 versions. After reviewing 15 online tax software programs and using the top products, I found three products worth recommending this year. The three best tax software products for 2014 are: 1. TurboTax 2. H&R Block 3. TaxACT Quick Update: I just filed my 2013 tax return for …

You Don’t Need a New Computer

Every so often, I’ll hear from a friend or a reader who wants me to point them toward a great deal on a new computer. “My old computer is so slow!” is a frequent refrain from them, and if that’s what I hear, I usually suggest something besides replacing their hardware. Simply put, the only …

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Doing the Math on Refilling Ink Cartridges

Many of us (myself included) have an ink jet printer at home for home printing needs. We certainly use ours for lots of things, from printing off forms to making pictures of our children for various uses. It’s also widely known that it’s possible for people to refill their ink cartridges. It’s fairly simple to …

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So, What Free Software Do You Use?

On Sunday, I reviewed the worthwhile book Getting Organized in the Google Era by Douglas C. Merrill, during which I mentioned that most of the productivity software I use for my work is free. A few people emailed me and asked about them, including this one (which made me smile) from Dot: As much writing …

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Meet the New Money, Same as the Old Money

This month, Wired Magazine is running an interesting cover story entitled The Future of Money: It’s Flexible, Frictionless and (Almost) Free. The article was quite thought provoking, but the general focus of the article was pretty deftly summed up in the final paragraph: A generation ago, when people made the choice to switch to plastic, …

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Amazon’s 25 Software Bestsellers – And Their Free Equivalents

A few days ago, I was browsing through Amazon’s software category when I stumbled upon the

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