If you were to get married again, what are some things that you would do differently to save a little money?
Would you elope instead of throwing a large reception? Would you do a destination wedding in order to cut down on the guest list? Would you use eVite or social media in order to make your invitations affordable?
Remember how awesome it was to just head out to the university cafeteria and eat everything you wanted, just because you could? Hey – it was like an unlimited Las Vegas buffet, but without the cover charge. Unlimited pizza. Unlimited ice cream. Unlimited single-patty burgers (double-patty burgers only allowed on your first trip through the grill line).
Yeah, there’s a reason it’s called the Freshman 15, and it has nothing to do with the free beer you’re sucking down on weekends, either.
You can’t deny that Apple’s iPod had a defining effect on the technology and music industries.
Web Watch had been using other MP3 players for years before Apple came to the portable music party, but it was Apple’s ease of getting the music through the iTunes Store that solidified Apple’s place in history.
But there is some music that isn’t available in the iTunes Store, or Amazon’s Music Store, or Google Play. And that can be frustrating to fans who are really looking to complete their collection of music from their favorite artists.
Lots of financial experts will tell you how important it is to have an emergency fund.
Heck, even Web Watch has told you about the plan to have $10,000 in savings before you turn 30. And while $10,000 in the bank today may not mean as much as what it did 10 or 20 years ago, if you’re able to pull this off then you’re still doing better than the vast majority of people you hang around with.
How many times have you decided to go to a restaurant, and instead of buying one of their (slightly) overpriced wines off their wine menu, you’ve brought a special bottle with you from home or from the liquor store down the street?
Web Watch likes to eat at one local favorite specifically because they don’t have a liquor license and encourage guests to bring a bottle of wine from home. They ask only $5 per bottle, perhaps to cover glass cleaning and the servers’ time in presenting the cork to us.
But considering that a $5 per bottle corkage fee is extremely reasonable in today’s restaurant world, we’re happy to pay that instead of other options that could be made.
Have you ever wondered how you are doing compared to others in your immediate circle?
Don’t pretend that conversation doesn’t happen between you and your significant other: “do you think they have more credit card debt than we do?” after leaving a dinner party. “How do you think they can afford all that and we can’t?”
Well, we can answer these types of questions now, at least in Australia, where one bank has decided to post a billion credit card transaction records online for you to compare and contrast your own habits against others.
Web Watch is a fan of supporting our local grocery stores and their prepared food sections.
Whether it be picking up a hot rotesserie chicken from Sam’s Club, Costco, or the local grocery store; a rack of ribs, freshly smoked; a dinner plate made to order right at the meat counter; or even the fish department steaming your purchase while you shop — grocery stores have discovered that providing ready-to-eat food is a great way to supplement their bottom line.
Why? Because Web Watch likes to eat, but doesn’t always have time to cook.
Sure, we know it’s more expensive to buy a chicken that’s already seasoned and heated for us over going through that process ourselves, but for now we’re okay with that.
To paraphrase Cookie Monster, “prepared, ready-to-eat foods are a sometimes meal”.