Spring Forward Tonight 3/10


In case no one has reminded you yet be sure to spring forward tonight!

Nothing like losing an hour of sleep- but I am excited about it being light outside later.

I hope you get to bed early tonight or take a nice long nap on Sunday afternoon!

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The Great Battle In My House


Every day in my house there is a great battle.

An epic struggle that happens in households every day.

Cat vs machine.

It begins with cat vs alarm clock.  In her opinion my alarm clock does NOT wake me up early enough.  About 30 minutes early she has waited long enough and feels the only proper reaction is to sit on my head.  After being tossed back to her corner of the bed she will curl up and wait just long enough for me to drift off to sleep and begin again.

Then it is cat vs computer.  While she leaves the computer alone all night as soon as I begin work in the morning she needs my attention IMMEDIATELY.  Thus begins the 30 times a day I pick her up and remove her from the keyboard or shove her off of my papers.

After that it is cat vs electric piano.  Each day I try to sit down, warm up my voice and work on some music.  This is unacceptable because it could be time better spent with her.  So in the middle of some particularly difficult passage she will jump down on the keyboard, making a horrible noise and scaring the tar out of me.

In the evening it is cat vs television.  It seems the only appropriate place for her to curl up and sleep is right in front of the screen.  A spot she has not been in all day long.

Then in the morning it begins all over again.

Does anyone else have a similar battle in your house?

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How To Save On Cable


Most houses in the U.S. are able to get cable through local providers.  I would say from my experience most of you feel like you are overpaying for your cable but may not be aware of other options.

Most people are not using their cable to it’s fullest capabilities.  By evaluating your cable usage you might be able to find a cheaper alternative to paying for full cable!

1.  The most basic step is to compare your costs to all other companies that provide the same service.  Check the prices on all the cable companies in town as well as satellite television.  If there is a company in town that has services cheaper than your current provider, call and let them know you are thinking about switching.

2.  If you need other services, be sure you are bundling.  (Make sure to take the time to evaluate if you REALLY need all of these services.)  Most of the time there is a benefit to having your phone, internet and cable through the same provider.  Try to have all three through the same company and maximize your savings.

3.  Watch for promotions on television and the paper.  Are they offering free months or perks to new subscribers?  Call and negotiate- you never know what they will be able to give you.

4.  Keep track of what you watch!  You may be able to get rid of some of your channels and move to a smaller package.

5.  Don’t do pay per view or on demand.  Use Red Box.

6.  Consider Hulu and Netflix.

7. Do an experiment- consider taking a month and doing this experiment.  For the whole month only watch shows that you would be able to see with rabbit ears on your television.  For the remaining shows check out which ones are available online.  You can check the websites of the station or Hulu.  If you have searched every where online and can not find them, purchase them on Itunes.  At the end of the month add up those purchases- they might be cheaper than your current cable bill!

I hope these seven tips can help you cut your cable bill without missing your favorite shows!

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Welcome 92.9 The Wave Listeners


If you are stopping by because you heard me with the great folks at 92.9 The Wave- thanks!  I hope you like what you find and will follow me on facebook or twitter so you always know what is going on!

Here are the deals we talked about today:

Leap Year Freebies

Free Auntie Anne’s Pretzel March 3rd

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Will You Cancel Netflix Now?


I am crushed- my days of watching Tangled on Netflix are numbered.

Last fall Netflix announced that they were losing their contract with Starz Play.  This means over 1,000 movies and television shows will be cut from their streaming selection.

The day has finally come- after February 29th none of the Starz Play movies or television shows will be available.

Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix tells Business Insider that although he is sorry to see Starz go, he isn’t worried about the effect the loss of this content would have on Netflix’s business.  Starz programs only account for 8 percent of U.S. Netflix users’ viewing time.

I have to be honest- after the price hike from last year I am surprised they are doing this.

What do you think?  If you still have Netflix will this be enough to get you to cancel?  Are your favorite shows or movies disappearing?

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Beer and Diapers


Some things in life are just classic pairs: peanut butter and jelly, Mulder and Scully, burgers and fries….

And now… beer and diapers.

Picture a Friday night.  A young man who used to be out with his friends drinking in a bar has now become a father.  And his dreams of a normal Friday night is now diapers, bottles and spit up.  So the bar is losing out.  However there is no reason this young man can not drink at home right?  And the stores want to be sure he remembers this.  So they put the diapers right next to the beer.

And guess what happens?  It sells.

I took this picture yesterday in my local Walmart to show you- the beer is in the front and the diapers are in the back of the shot.  They are probably 15 feet from each other.

While I am not an extreme couponer I am a big fan of the stockpile.  The goal of stockpiling is that you never have to run out at the last minute and pay full price for something you need.  Another benefit of the stock pile is that it saves you from in-store marketing.  Diapers and beer are just one of a million examples of the strategy used in setting up stores.

So buy an extra bag of diapers when you find a really good deal- it can save you later on!

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A Frugal Chick On Google +


I know I am months behind all the other bloggers but I have finally done it- A Frugal Chick is on Google + now.

I am slowly learning how the site works (as I am sure most of you are) so hang on as we figure it out together!

If you have no idea what I am talking about don’t worry about it- keep enjoying A Frugal Chick on Facebook and Twitter.

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