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I was a bit confused but pleasantly surprised when setting up my new 4K TV to see a built-in app called Samsung TV Plus. After clicking on the app I was amazed to see a scrolling menu with over 150 channels (many broadcasting in 4K). Not a free trial — these channels are included and free forever (Samsung TV or device required). Many channels have commercials, but those of you paying for cable TV also have ads on top of shelling out $75 or more per month, right? If you don’t have a Samsung TV, there is a growing list... Read more →


My wife and I have become increasingly frustrated at the rising cost of our auto insurance. We live in Florida, and all forms of insurance here are becoming more expensive because of the explosion in population. I stumbled across an article that listed Florida Farm Bureau as the best value for auto insurance in my state. I had honestly never heard of the company, but I hit the computer and found the phone number for the local office. I got a quick price quote over the phone, which offered a savings of over 30% from my current rate! The agent... Read more →


One place you may not have been in a while is your local library, as many have been closed due to the pandemic. Libraries are making big changes these days, and it is all about transitioning to online content. If your local library has taken the leap into the digital world, you could save hundreds and maybe even thousands of dollars each year. Your Library Card Is Worth Thousands Of Dollars I live in a small town and our library is a little outdated. I made frequent trips to the library when my children were younger and needed access to... Read more →


Photo by Kong Jun on Unsplash #1 Consider Buying Two One-Way Tickets Instead Of A Round Trip Google Flights includes a search for two one-way tickets in a standard search. I have used this strategy several times. It simply puts you on a different airline for your return trip. Most of the search platforms do not include this, that is why I use Google Flights. It is always worth comparing prices for one-way flights, especially on international travel. #2 Check Several Departing And Returning Days In Your Airfare Scenario Many of the major travel sites are beginning to offer this... Read more →


Not being a gamer, I am a little late to the world of virtual reality. I purchased the Oculus Quest 2 about ten days ago and have been amazed at all of the non-gaming features. As a financial writer, I thought I would approach my review from the perspective of saving money. Yes, VR can save you money — use the information below as your sales pitch to get your skeptical spouse on board! Photo by Remy Gieling on Unsplash 1. Quit Your Gym There are hundreds of fitness apps that can replace aerobic exercise classes. While I am not... Read more →


Just a few years ago online degrees were scoffed at. The world has changed as Internet education is not only respected but ubiquitous today. In fact, with the latest Covid-19 crisis many campuses have closed, leaving online learning as the only option for the current academic year. I recently discovered Western Governor’s University (WGU), which is a 100 percent online college. Founded in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors (thus the name) and based in Salt Lake City, they offer a wide array of both Bachelor's and Master’s degree programs. WGU is a leading innovator within the growing niche of online... Read more →


A New Way To Get Free Stuff? I thought I was already the king of how to get free stuff, but I learned something new this week. Apparently there is a growing phenomenon known as the 'gift economy.' What is it? People deciding to give away their unused items rather than selling them. Why would people give away what they could sell? At first at I couldn't wrap my brain around it, but then it clicked. My wife and I give away a ton of items each year to a local thrift shop that supports a pro-life ministry. Over the... Read more →


I read an article today slamming Christian medical sharing plans. I could not disagree more with this author. Christian medical sharing plans are not for everyone, but they make a whole lot of sense for some people and I am one of them. My wife is a teacher and since I am self employed I historically was added to her insurance as a family member and she paid for that as a payroll deduction. In 2012 we looked at the numbers and they were beyond shocking... As simply a husband being added to her plan the cost would have been... Read more →


I have written a lot over the years about dropping cable TV and the options on that are expanding daily. One frequent question I also get is about how to drop expensive and unreliable home Internet service. I don't think very many of us could survive without Internet at home, especially with the explosion of the work from home movement. One alternative that has been explored in the past is personal WiFi hotspots. The problem with the cost of a WiFi hotspot has been the limited amount of data, but that is changing. Boost Mobile is currently offering a hotspot... Read more →


Ten million Americans own timeshares and reports are that most are not happy. The number that want to get rid of their one week vacation condo is as high as 85 percent! There are so many people that want out, that there are dozens of firms offering timeshare cancellation services. So-called 'timeshare exit firms’ seem successful at what they do, but pricey (as much as $4,000 for their help). What Is The Problem With Timeshares? I know people that treasure and use their timeshare, so why are so many people unhappy? The biggest issue is the annual maintenance fee, which... Read more →


I read an article about a guy that had earned a $500 Amazon gift card simply by scanning his grocery receipts over the course of about a year and a half. Here is my review of the Fetch Rewards app. My referral code is 7H2TM (gives you 2000 bonus points on your first receipt). Read more →


Americans are retiring in foreign countries for access to low cost health care, inexpensive housing, and a lifestyle more than double what they have in the United States. The trend has even caught fire with younger people (known as digital nomads) that are making their living online and traveling the world. Jason Holland, an editor with International Living joins Jim to discuss the latest trends among expats, including overlooked destinations such as Peru, Dominican Republic, Roatan, Bolivia, Colombia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia. Also discussed on this episode is retiring to Mexico and Ecuador. Read more →


Many regular readers and listeners to my radio show are aware that I have been recommending a unique home phone option called OOMA. I have been using it now since 2010 and as of today my total savings is $4,371 (compared to a $40 monthly phone line). The one time cost of a basic OOMA package is just $79 and there are no monthly fees for unlimited calls within the United States. I pay just $3 monthly for a communications tax (amazing that the government has a tax on a free phone!). In this day and age of unlimited mobile... Read more →