Weekly Roundup

The winner of The Buck List’s $60 gift certificate giveaway was Xing L. Thanks to everyone who entered and keep your eyes open for future giveaways.

SnagFilms “is committed to finding the world‘s most compelling documentaries, whether from established heavyweights or first-time filmmakers, and making them available to the wide audience these titles deserve.” This free site has a library of over 850 films.

The mission of AlphaClone is to “make it easy for investors to benefit from the stock picking prowess of the world's top investment managers.” They help investors to invest in stock strategies that are copied (cloned) from the holdings of top managers. Visit to learn more.

If you are planning on traveling around the U.S. anytime soon make sure to bookmark the National Traffic and Road Closure Information site. They offer state by state information on construction, weather and road conditions and links to all of the state DOT’s.

A reader pointed out this article on 12 must have iPhone apps for serious bargain shoppers.

PeopleString say that they give their members back 70% of the revenue the site generates. They offer an online community, email, IM, 1 on 1 video conferencing, cash back shopping, sharing in ad/search revenue and their Mailbox Cash feature. It’s been my experience that these kinds of sites don’t pay much, but why not make a little doing things you already do on the internet?

Some recent personal finance posts I enjoyed reading.
This article presents five different scenarios when you shouldn’t take money from family.
Here are some ideas on how to avoid out-of-network health care charges.

Weekly Reminder – A reminder of a useful article you might have missed. Here is a post about three blogging lessons I learned by example.

The Used Coffee Maker Experiment

A few days ago the on/off switch of our coffee maker broke, meaning it would not turn on. My wife, daughter and I were at a department store later that day looking for a wedding gift for a friend when we walked by the coffee machine aisle. The one my wife wanted with all the bells and whistles was around $60. We decided to shop around some other stores another day to see if we could find a better deal.

The next day my daughter and I stopped in to a local Salvation Army thrift store. While I was looking for some shorts she went off wandering around. When she reappeared she was holding a used coffee maker she had found that had all the features her mother wanted, for $15. She plugged it in and it worked, and it was so clean it looked brand new. She decided to buy it for her mom and it’s now sitting, and still brewing, on our kitchen counter.

We normally buy small appliances like that new but considering the new prices, the condition of the used machine, and the desire of a daughter to buy her mother a gift, we have embarked on The Used Coffee Maker Experiment. Time will tell if it was a good deal.

1 comment:

  1. I hope it lasts for quite a while. It is a very good looking coffee maker and would love for it to last her longer than 2 months.


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