Quick Tips to Save MONEY, the environment, and your credit rating!

  1. Need to find a phone number or get listings?  Call 1-800-GOOG-411 for FREE!  It's Google's no cost info line.

  2. Buy a powerstrip for items that draw power all the time even when not used (TV/Cable/VCR or Microwave/Coffeemaker) and cut power on the strip when not using them.  You can save 10% of your electricity which could be a savings of $100 a year for some people.

  3. Make the switch to CFL lightbulbs.  They use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer.  A six pack will run you about $20 but I recently picked up a bunch of 4 packs at Big Lots for $2.

  4. Has it been a while since you've asked for an increase on your credit card's limit?  Applying for new credit lowers your score while having more credit open to you raises your score.  Increasing the limit on cards you already have boost your score without hurting it first.

  5. Europeans have long known 10 euro or 10 pound flights, but Columbus, OH based SkyBus will be bringnig $10 fares (plus fees and taxes) to the US.  Every flight will have a minimum of 10 $10 seats.  All flights fly between some location and Columbus so from Burbank to Boston will cost you $20.  Hopefully this works out, but budget airline travel lacks a good track record.

  6. Speaking of airlines, Yapta (Your Amazing Personal Travel Assistant) looks like just another price tracker for air fare.  But if you already bought your ticket you can enter your confirmation code and Yapta will tell you if that fare drops.  You have to buy your ticket from the airline directly for this to work, but if your fare does drop, you're entitled to a refund or travel credit for the difference.  Most airlines give you the travel credit.  As of now, this works on Alaska, America West, American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, Southwest, and US Airways.