More Ways to Save Cash
By Charles Hopkins
Published 11/27/2007 | Finance
Who couldn't use a little extra cash? Here are some excellent solutions:
1. You are moving to a place where you won't need wheels, but have
another year left on your lease. Turning it in early would mean paying
high penalty fees.
SOLUTION: Tap into a network of people who are willing to buy out
your lease at LeaseTrader.com, and online service that lists an average
of 10,000 cars per month. Here's how it works: create an ad for your
car on the site. It will cost you anywhere from 79 to 189, depending
on how many features (such as displaying a photo gallery) you choose.
When an interested buyer applies to take over your LeaseTrader.com
conducts a credit check and informs you via email if he or she is
qualified. You can then communicate with interested candidates through
the LeaseTrader.com message center, which also shows you a potential
buyer's approval status. Once you've found the right buyer,
LeaseTrader.com handles all the paperwork for a 149 fee.
2. You need a new computer, but you don't want to break the bank or sacrifice desired options just to save some money.
SOLUTION: It's possible to get the computer you want and still save
money by taking advantage of online coupons. Several online merchants,
including DELL, Compaq and HP generate coupon codes daily, some with
same day expiration dates, others with longer timeframe. You can access
such discounts at various "coupon" sites. CouponMountain.com has a
wider selection of desktop and laptop coupons, ranging from 20% to 350
off Dell computers, 200 off special HP PC's, and up to 300 savings on
Compaq computers on any given day.
The discount value of coupons across such sites fluctuates on a
daily basis, but you are guaranteed a solid selection of computer and
electronics discount codes when you visit the major players. Other
coupon code sites to visit regularly are FabulousSavings.com,
eCoupons.com and CouponCabin.com. Note that coupon codes usually need
to be entered manually at an online store's checkout, or you must enter
the site through a particular discount link to earn savings. Don't
forget to double-check your receipt before you click to submit to make
sure your coupon code worked correctly!
3. You want to treat the family to a ball game or show, but you're on a tight budget.
SOLUTION: Search through several options by visiting just one
website. Fatlens.com uses search engine technology to comb through
online merchants as well as classifieds like Craigslist and
marketplaces like eBay and Stubhub.com. Simply type in a show name or
venue, and Fatlens instantly returns a list of possibilities that you
can sort by date, location and price. Plus you can see at a glance
which sellers are offering tickets and what type of seats are
available....in some instances, you can click on seating charts for
more details. After doing a little comparison shopping, you can fully
enjoy the show or game, knowing you landed the best deal.