Published: October 9, 2012 at 5:20 PMI agree with the TV thing. My family is thinking about getting Apple TV when our contract is up considering we spend alot on channels we don't watch.
Published: October 9, 2012 at 7:03 PMagree 100 and 50%.. I have not bought a new car in years.. get a one year old car for 30% or more less than new. Last car i got was 2008 impala LTZ with 13K miles that was only 8 months old, buying it in Nov 08. the car listed for 29K new and i paid right at 16K out the door, tax, tags, and full tank of gas.
Now this was when auto industry was on the bottom and sales were real slow on new stuff so i was able to get a killer deal. But the deal is always going to be slightly used over new for saving money and getting that uses less gas is good as well.
An with free over the air TV the picture is better that most HD cable, plus for now its still free.. Having hulu and other streaming service or even redbox can save money each month.
all good things but if you use the extra money to pay off debit first and live like no-other then you can live like no-other.. Dave Ramsey saying..
Published: October 9, 2012 at 7:54 PMDid Carl Weathers take over as editor of Theme Park Insider?
Published: October 9, 2012 at 8:18 PMWhere in the valley are you getting over 60 OTA TV channels! Doesn't the UHF dial only go to 57?
Published: October 10, 2012 at 8:55 AMJust something that could have a major impact on themepark tourism in the US that you might not be aware of. You may have heard of an airline in Europe called Ryanair and despite the horror stories(which are normally generated by customers not following the rules) they are a brilliant budjet airline and the largest single carrier in Europe (for a reason). They are extremly cheap no other airline is even close.
Now Ryanair are on their 3rd attempt to buy Aer Lingus the Irish flag carrier. This has been turned down twice by the EU on competition grounds but they appear to have a really good case this time.
This is important for one reason only !! Ryanair want Aer lingus for their Transatlantic routes these include Orlando etc... Ryanair are promising €99/$99 dollar fares one way including taxes.
With the ryanair model their are usually some catches and add-ons but this will drive the price up to the $300 dollar return fair price.
Now picture a family of four going on a two week holiday to orlando who are currenly paying an average of $600 per person to fly now being able to do so for $1200 for the family v $2400.In short if Ryanair win their case in January the number of tourists travelling from Europe and multiple times rather then once a year could seriously increase and have a serious impact on tourism. I know Im keeping my fingers crossed
Published: October 10, 2012 at 8:57 AMI would like to say most advice is personal. It is up to you to decide the best way to spend your money whether or not you choose to live in the present or later in the future by rewarding yourself with a trip.
Cars: Missing in the advice is the amount of money spent for a car. Don't buy more car than you need.
Car loans can range from 4 to 6 years. Try to pay off early. If you want to retain ANY resale value of your car, sell before 10 years and 120,000 miles. Otherwise, drive the car as long as possible without consideration of a replacement car especially if you don't have a deposit for new car.
Thus, there are tradeoffs to consider for the 2 paths to take. That deposit money can go to a nice new car, or you can take that precious trip to Europe.
Pay TV: Get a bundle package with TV, phone, and Internet. Avoid Pay Per View. Use Redbox. No premium movie channels like HBO and Showtime. I got DirecTV for the Sport channels and I avoid going to live games (saves on tickets and parking).
Lunch: I usually pack my lunch. I usually cook during the week and eat out on the weekends. The dinners I cook might have leftovers that I save for lunch.
Rewards Cards: Don't have too many. Too many rewards cards means you never accumlate enough rewards in any one card to take advantage. I prefer DiscoverCard since the rewards are actual dollar rewards that I can exchange for merchandise, cash, or gift cards.
Published: October 10, 2012 at 1:35 PMSo so so so true! It took us 5 years to save for our last florida trip from them uk. 5 years with not holidays, meals out, alcohol, nights out, magazines, new clothes, nice food etc. But it was so worth it, everytime I wanted some luxury item I asked myself 'how much better would that be to enjoy in Main street or Hogwarts or even just in them sun. After 2 weeks of heaven we went back to saving. And dreaming and planning for out next trip. I found we saved a lot by ordering groceries etc online. And living the social lives of hermit crabs, but I an an antisocial girl anyway so that was not hard ask.
Published: October 12, 2012 at 12:33 AMGiving up the over-priced Disney passes after many years, to be able to take a real vacation next summer. Can probably still afford to get passes to a few other local parks instead, too - maybe even upgrade Knott's to the bigger Cedar Fair pass to go to other parks.
Published: October 12, 2012 at 9:51 AMWe dumped cable TV quite a while ago. There are just too many cheaper ways to get programming. Between network websites and Hulu, over the air stations, Netflix, and my ever expanding DVD library, I just can't justify over a hundred bucks a month for a cable package.
I think the trick to managing money isn't just controlling the numbers. It's also about controlling the urge for immediate satisfaction. It's so prevalent in today's culture to want things now. It's what drives people to pay $12.00 to see a movie that will be available on DVD or Netflix in a month, or what makes them decide to agree to a high price or a bad loan so they can take it home, or what makes people stand in line for hours and pay full retail price for the new Iphone with bugs that still need worked out. It's the worship of goods...handing over our mind and self control to stuff. It's really easy to do in the age of endless and easy credit, and it's also the surest way to spend our working lives getting nowhere financially and running on a hamster wheel.
It's amazing how much money you will find in your pocket when you truly ask yourself the question with every purchase... "Do I really need this right now?"
Published: October 14, 2012 at 1:36 PMAJ said: "(no ride in existence is worth more than a two hour wait, not even the best ride on Earth)."
And that ride would be....?