SaveUp Review – Earn Prizes for Saving Money & Reducing Debt

saveup logoAlthough you can generate some extra income by using cash back credit cards (and making sure to pay off your balance in full every month), I recently discovered a website where it actually pays to save money rather than spend it: SaveUp.

SaveUp is a free tool that links directly to your bank account. Every time you either save money or pay down debt, the site issues credits which can be used toward opportunities to win cash and other prizes. Additionally, the site features a section that offers tips and advice on all things financial.

How It Works

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How to Write & Publish an eBook and Sell It for Profit

reading ebooksSince bursting onto the market in 2007, digital reading devices have become incredibly popular. The first version of the Amazon Kindle sold out in just over five hours, and late last year, Amazon announced that, for the first time ever, ebook sales surpassed that of paperback books.

With the advent of the new Amazon Kindle book reader, now is a great time for authors to capitalize on ebook sales.

Benefits of eBooks

eBooks come with many benefits when compared to traditional printed books. Publishing costs are significantly reduced, revenue-splitting is minimal, and there are no shipping costs. Also, you can target the marketing of an ebook to a core group of readers.

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Top 8 Cyber Monday Shopping Tips to Score the Best Deals

cyber monday shopperEven with the most comprehensive and organized shopping strategy, you’re likely to encounter a few snags while seeking the best Black Friday deals. You may miss out on an advertised doorbuster sale, traffic may put you behind schedule, and frankly, you may just get tired and go home early.

If this happens, don’t despair. There will be a fresh set of enticing deals available online on Cyber Monday.

To rack up the savings and stay within your budget, follow these Cyber Monday shopping tips.

Shopping Tips for Cyber Monday

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How to Negotiate & Lower Your Apartment Rent Payments (Without Moving)

pay rent apartment highlighterFor most home renters, rent checks are the biggest expense of a monthly budget, and you probably think of it as a fixed cost – a set rate that doesn’t seem at all flexible. Sure, you might have had a chance to get a discount before you signed the lease, but once you’re there, you simply write the check out each month and forget about it.

For household costs like groceries and utilities, if you’re frugal, you’ll keep looking for ways to cut back. For rent, however, most people assume that the only way to lower the cost is to move to a cheaper place.

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How to Buy a Car – 15 Essential Tips to Get the Best Deal

buy car keysI loathe the process of having to buy a new car. Dealing with pushy, overbearing car salesmen can be extremely frustrating. As a result, I do whatever I can to avoid buying a car. I perform all recommended DIY car maintenance checks, I keep my vehicle for as long as I can, and I consolidate my trips both to save on gas and decrease wear and tear on my car.

However, buying a car at some point in time is a reality that we all have to face. I’ve compiled a list of several important car buying steps that you should follow. Heeding the advice in this article will help you save money, get the best deal, and hopefully, reduce the amount of stress involved with purchasing a vehicle.

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VIPRE Antivirus & Anti-Spyware Software Review

vipre antivirusThere are plenty of free antivirus software programs available, but they won’t provide your computer with comprehensive protection. And unfortunately, many paid software programs will decrease the performance of your personal computer. Purchasing the more popular brand name antivirus programs can cause issues, too. VIPRE Antivirus software is a comprehensive antivirus solution that’s well worth a look.

VIPRE (Virus Intrusion Protection Remediation Engine) is designed to optimize the overall performance of your home computer by combining antivirus and anti-spyware together into one powerful tool. This combination of technologies makes it easier to protect your PC from hackers and identity thieves. VIPRE also provides powerful protection against today’s highly complex malware threats. Finally, since the software doesn’t take up a lot of space, the resource headaches caused by the older antivirus programs aren’t a problem with VIPRE.

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Top 5 Companies with the Worst Customer Service

angry woman telephoneIn this day and age, where competition seems to be fierce in just about all of the retail service-oriented industries, it is beyond me how so many companies just fail to get things right. I can only guess that they either think they are too big to make customer service a priority, or that they just don’t realize that customer service is at the top of consumers’ list of needs when making purchasing choices.

You may have noticed poor service from your cell phone and cable TV companies, or even in the treatment you get at the checkout line of your preferred brick-and-mortar retail store.

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8 DIY Car Maintenance Tips You Can Handle – Checklist

car mechanic projectsIn trying to live a more frugal life, I’m getting better at handling projects that I used to pay professionals to do. In addition to home improvement projects, I’ve learned that I can save plenty by taking on some auto repairs and maintenance jobs myself.

Trust me, I’m not an auto expert. I’m not even very mechanically inclined. But I’ve found the kinds of repairs that just about anyone can handle quickly and easily, with minimal expenses.

I’ve decided to hold on to my car rather than sell it, so by taking care of these repairs, I’ve saved quite a bit of dough over the past several years.

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Flat World Knowledge Review – Open Source College Textbooks Online

This post brought to you by Flat World Knowledge. All opinions are 100% mine.

flat world knowledge logoIt wasn’t too long ago that I was purchasing textbooks for my wife to complete her college education. The prices of those textbooks were appalling, to say the least. I remembered them being expensive back when I attended school, but the prices for college textbooks have recently gone completely through the roof!

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