Television

Hyundai’s “Dollars and Sense” Ads

Recently, Hyundai has begun airing car ads for their “Dollars and Sense” campaign, in which they’re offering a “cash back” promotion on new purchased Hyundais. To get across the idea that buying a brand new Hyundai is a financially sound decision, the commercials feature various personal finance and investment writers offering suggestions on how to …

Eight Quick Takes on an Icy December Day

We woke up this morning to the peculiar tinny sound of freezing rain on the windows and sides of our house. The windows on the east side of our house are glazed with ice, so all of us climbed back into bed for a while before getting up to have a very lazy breakfast. Days …

Why You Should Stop Watching T.V. and What to Replace it With

My wife and I have reduced our television viewing to roughly four hours a week: two hourly dramas and maybe two more hours combined throughout the week. I believe that it won’t be too long before we turn the television off for good. Why? It’s too expensive. Here are ten reasons why. True Cost of …

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Why Netflix Doesn’t Work For Us – And How We Found A Cost-Effective Alternative

Many, many people were driven to distraction by my recent offhanded claim that Netflix didn’t really work for us in the context of a plan to keep up with our various favorite television programs. In that post, I basically stated that our best plan for keeping up with programs we like and skipping out on …

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Solving The Television Dilemma: Dropping The Cable Bill Without Losing My Favorite Shows

Each month for years, my wife and I have dutifully paid a cable television bill that amounted to about $50 (on average). We used to watch quite a bit of television in the evenings, interspersed with reading and writing. When our son was born, however, our television viewing dropped considerably, to the point where we …

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Jim Cramer’s Cult of Personality

You almost can’t avoid that face, can you? He’s on three times a day on CNBC hosting Mad Money, plus his book Jim Cramer’s Real Money, featuring his smiling face on the cover, is almost ubiquitous if you go anywhere near the personal finance section of a bookstore. If you’re concerned about your money and …

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How Being a Nielsen Family Saved Us Hundreds of Dollars

Several months ago, my family was invited by the Nielsen Ratings to be a “Nielsen Family,” in other words, we were given a few dollars to spend a week filling out a booklet detailing every television program that we watched in a given week and who watched it. Given that we generally only watch a …

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