$10 Off

One time when I was discussing my cable and internet bill with my provider, they offered a bundle that included “free” landline. When I told them you couldn’t pay me to have a landline, they gave me ten dollars off the package of internet and cable only.


Communication: Make the Cable/Internet Company Jealous

I was considering getting my internet from a different company where it was less costly. That would break up the bundle with the company I have now, so I’d only have cable with them.

When I talked with the sales department at my current company, they didn’t have an offer for slower internet and just basic cable that was less than $120 a month. That’s outside my comfort zone.

I priced internet alone at the competitor. Then I called back and asked for the department that handles reducing or cancelling service (instead of the sales department). Suddenly, they could give me 2 mbps internet and basic cable for $60. 2 mb is more than plenty for what I do. No one here plays graphics-intensive mmogs.

Make them think you’re transferring your affections to another, and suddenly they can offer a competitive rate.

52 Weeks: Week 3, Earning Online

Lots of people want to work at home. Lots of scammers take advantage of that to rip people off. I’ve investigated many possibilities over the years. is a legitimate way to earn a little money at home. And I do mean “a little.” This does not pay like a real job. On the other hand, here I am by the computer, why not make a dollar or two. Two dollars a day is sixty dollars a month, which makes a difference for me.

Swagbucks connects advertisers with eyeballs, our eyeballs. To keep the eyeballs’ attention, they have video clips, not just plain ads. They have games too, and surveys. The big bucks is in surveys. I don’t get many, my demographics aren’t suitable. If you have some income and some kids to spend it on, you’ll do better. It also helps if you make some kind of purchasing decisions at your job.

I spend most of my Swagbucks time in the “encrave” section, playing short video clips regarding entertainment and current events. I open another browser tab to also do whatever else I’m doing while the clips play.

Swagbucks pays in gift cards from a wide selection of popular retailers.

If you sign up through this link, Swagbucks will pay me a little something. They give their members incentives to invite new members.



Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on in both Kindle and paperback versions.

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I am so moved by this review. “Tightwad Gazette of the 21st Century” is exactly what I wanted people to think about it:

“Great book!, February 18, 2014

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This book is jam-packed with tips, ideas, and strategies for saving money. It’s the Tightwad Gazette of the 21st century… internet addresses for DIY help, encouragement for readers, personal anecdotes, this book has it all. To top it off, it’s delivered in a light, easy to read style that isn’t preachy or judgmental. A very helpful, and enjoyable, read!”

The Tightwad Gazette has been the “bible” of thrifty living. My hope was to make it the ‘old testament’ and mine the ‘new testament’, and it seems I have succeeded.