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Archive for August, 2010:

4 Simple Methods to Save Up to $1000 a Year on Coffee

{ Posted on Aug 29 2010 by Marcus Alston }
Some folks spend $3 or more on a cup of coffee every day.  Serious coffee users spend $6 to $10 bucks a day by drinking 2 or 3 cups a day. Small dollar purchases such as the purchase of a cup ...Read More »

8 Reasons to Buy A Vacation Home Now

{ Posted on Aug 28 2010 by Marcus Alston }
As I wrote in my last blog post, I agree with many personal finance folks that a vacation home is generally not a good financial move for most consumers.  However, there are several factors or reasons to buck this conventional ...Read More »

9 Reasons Not to Buy a Vacation Home

{ Posted on Aug 27 2010 by Marcus Alston }
My general view on whether you should buy a vacation home is short and sweet: No, do not buy a vacation home. Of course it’s more complicated than this.  In this blog post I have listed 9 reasons not to buy ...Read More »

Is JetBlue’s All-You-Can-Jet a Great Deal? Not Really

{ Posted on Aug 18 2010 by Marcus Alston }
JetBlue announced today that by “popular demand”, it is bringing back its All-You-Can-Jet pass, which allows any purchaser to travel to an unlimited number of  JetBlue destinations around the world over a one-month period. The Cost.  $699 for an unlimited pass ...Read More »

Dollar Stores Can Disappoint – Part 2 of 2

{ Posted on Aug 14 2010 by Marcus Alston }
In my last blog post, I wrote about how I have been disappointed by the quality of some items in the dollar store and some of the products that I find good to buy at a dollar store.  Below are ...Read More »

Dollar Stores Can Disappoint – Part 1 of 2

{ Posted on Aug 13 2010 by Marcus Alston }
The “Dollar” Store often presents the consumer with a hit or miss scenario: Either save a bundle or leave with a “lemon”.  Yes, unfortunately, not all products are a bargain at the dollar store if you factor in the ...Read More »

Stop Smoking and Save Over $100K

{ Posted on Aug 11 2010 by Marcus Alston }
Stop smoking and save big bucks!  In many states, cigarettes cost over $8 a pack these days and one of the reasons they cost so much is because the government imposes an excise tax (often called a "sin" tax).  The ...Read More »

22 Things You Can Do for Free with the Summer Winding Down

{ Posted on Aug 06 2010 by Marcus Alston }
With one month left in the summer, I have done quite a few things this summer, many of which are free or cost very little.  Below is a list of my top favorite free things to do which should help ...Read More »