Here's the last set of games in the third round of Free Money Finance March Madness (if you wonder what's going on in these posts, see my article announcing March Madness and/or click on my March Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. Be sure to comment which one you like the best out of each set of two as commenters have the chance to win a free book. Here we go:
- 10 Ways to Cut Your Restaurant Bill Big Time - I love to eat out but I hate to spend money. The cost of a lunch here and a dinner there can add up quickly. Now with these tips you can grow your net worth and eat out too.
- The True Cost of Owning a Home - Not a true devil's advocate post, but certainly a biased look at home ownership and many of the costs that are ignored when someone says that buying a home is no brainer decision.
- Towards a Better Financial Future (Even If You Don't Have a Penny to Save) - What if someone is in a temporary situation where their income does not allow any room for savings? What can they do to ensure a better financial future? What lessons would you share with them based on your personal experiences?
- Ten Ways Anyone Can Go to College With Zero Student Loans - I was inspired to write this one after seeing so many of my friends burdened with student loans even into their 30s. This is one of my best articles because people who follow its advice could stand to save themselves tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loan payments and interest.
- What's the best deal that you've ever gotten? - This was my contribution to the AllFinancialMatters Question of the Day marathon. It is indeed possible to get something for nothing. The readers' comments also tell of great finds, so there are lots of ways to spend less for your purchases every day.
- Ask for a Pay Raise Discussion Instead of Demanding a Raise - Many times people go into their boss asking for a raise only to be denied because they did not approach the situation correctly. Doing one’s homework not from how much I should be paid, rather “how can I be of more use to my company?” will have a better chance of getting a raise than demanding a raise. Learn more about how to ask for a raise and what to avoid, in order to have a better chance of getting a yes rather than a kick in the ass.
- How to enjoy baseball games cheaply - With the baseball season nearly upon us, here are fifteen ways to cut costs while enjoying the ballgame. With so many ideas, there's sure to be a handful of tips that work for you. And most of the suggestions will work for other sporting events too, or even beyond.
- Does your credit score matter? - Your credit score can affect your ability to rent a flat, the rate you get on a car loan, and can cost or save your hundreds of thousands of dollars. This post lists ways to boost your credit score, uncovers the breakdown of the score and identifies the interested parties in your credit score.