Come across this reddit article:Reddit, what do you know about your profession/hobby that can help save people money?
Don't bother with touchy feely crap from a bumper sticker, just good solid stuff you know.
Go to police auctions. All the stolen stuff that can't find it's way back home gets sold off there. People steal the coolest and nicest stuff! I got a brand new 12" compound mitre saw and a crazy mountain bike for about 5% of retail value. Some guy bought a yacht for $2000 because he was the only one there with the capability to take it away. They aren't advertised and there is TONS of stuff so you really don't get outbid on too many things. I wouldn't really know how to track them down either as I went with a guy I used to work with who lives and breathes everything about flee markets/auctions.
Go for a sail for free!
Every major city has keel/yacht boat racing weekly. Figure out when that happens and go for a walk at the marina. People never have enough crew and often would take you if you asked on a race night. You might be asked to pull on a rope or two, but for the most part you'll just be using your weight to hike.
NEVER go with the cheapest anything by default, always make an informed decision based on reasonable logic.
As CAD tech working in a zombie construction industry, I can't count how many times I've seen an owner pick the cheapest construction bid, only to find that the contractor skimps on supplies, lies to the engineers about site conditions, and can't follow the schematics worth a damn (and my schematics are clear as tits). Short term is for suckers, always think about how your wallet will be affected in the long run.
You are ALL getting screwed. HAHAH!!!!
No but seriously, you are ALL getting screwed. That one mechanic you found that is really good and you trust him? He is screwing you less then the other guys but he is still screwing you.
I left the field because I felt guilty everyday.
Dogs and Cats:
Cheap dog/cat foods? They're made of entrails. Mid priced foods? Entrails. Top of the line specialty foods? Organic entrails.
Also, if you're planning on buying a puppy or kitten at a pet store, I'd love to show you some conflict diamonds.
Seriously, they are from puppy mills, no matter what the clerk/documentation says. Even from a purely practical standpoint, it is simply insane to drop $1,000 on a pure bred puppy without at least seeing its parents to see their behavior and health. Mutts in general have better health and temperament than pure breeds, and you pick one up at the SPCA for a fraction of the cost.
If you must have a pure bred, then get the names of some local breeders online and visit their home. Check out their environment and both the parents before you sit down with the puppies.
I run a 75-person marketing agency. I've created ad campaigns for more than 100 companies, including many of the products you have in your home right now.
Most of the things you buy, you don't really need. They won't make you smarter or more attractive. And they certainly won't make you happy. Try to buy as little as possible every day. Learn to separate your "wants" from your "needs." If you really, really WANT something, list that item on a calendar for a month from today. If you still really want that item when the date arrives, then, and only then, consider buying it. You'll find that your life is a lot less cluttered and you won't be burdened with useless stuff.
And always remember that labels and brand names are for suckers.
If your budget is small, it is better to buy lenses then a new camera body. Most DSLR bodies will take perfectly fine photos when mounted with some sweet glass. A 7,000 dollar body will take blurry photos with cheap lenses.
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I am an Insurance broker, whatever insurance policy you are paying, if you have it through broker, ask him every year to change the policy with another company (remember to request it with enough time). You ALWAYS find lower premiums. When we are talking about business lines, the savings can be huge. And all just for asking.
*If you plan on having wine with dinner, buy your own and pay the corkage. Usually a corkage fee is around $10 while the bottle mark up is at least 200%. As long as you bring in something more than a $5 bottle, you're saving.
*Learn to drink martinis and Manhattans. These are shot and half drinks for a mere $1 up charge. And the bartender will respect you for being a professional drinker, not some cosmo sipping amateur.
*Ask to sample wine/beer before you drink it. That's a free gulp right there.
*If you plan on drinking the whole night at a crowded bar, order one and settle with a big a tip (100%). Then re-open your tab. The bartender will remember you as a generous person and give you solid service the rest of the night. Your tip at the end doesn't matter as much--you already impressed the bartender.
*In a crowded bar, be polite. We're looking for reasons to NOT serve jerks.
*Never order call liquors will fruit juice/flavored sodas. Rubbing alcohol and Grey Goose tastes the same when mixed with cranberry juice/coke.
There is no magic pill for losing weight. Exercise, fix your diet over a period of time.
I worked in a Goodyear Tire factory. Every tire built gets a sticker from the builder to identify who build it and when. If a tire gets fucked up/built improperly, it gets inspected by another person who also has to sticker it. Theoretically the tire should pass safety testing, but I've seen some tires that should not have been sold (let alone driven on!) been "certified".
TL;DR: when tire shopping, avoid tires with two stickers on the inside.