How To Make Money From Your Old Cell Phones?

There is a small green wicker basket that sits in one of our drawers at home.  It doesn’t really do anything at all except store cords, chargers, and phones.   This basket has become a bit nostalgic because in just the last five to ten years, it almost acts like a mobile phone historic museum on how the smart phone has evolved.   It’s funny seeing something like a Blackberry that was so modern 10 years ago and looks so ancient today.   But since we love to figure out how to make money on items that are just sitting and collecting dust, just how can you make some dough off of your old cell phones? Gazelle With Gazelle, it is extremely fast, painless, and easy to sell your old cell phone. You will simply answer a few questions about your old devices and Gazelle will let you know how much it’s worth to them. They will send you a box to ship ...

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Eight Books To Read In 2014

With 2014 approaching us quickly, it is a good likelihood that you received an Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Certificate as a secret Santa gift, a stocking stuffer, or under the tree.   While reading has in a large part gone the way of You Tube and anything that will make us laugh in ninety seconds or less, engaging yourself in a really good book could help you personally, professionally, and even financially.   I have put together my short list which contains a virtual cornucopia of different types of reads.  Find one of these and put it on your to do list for 2014. Think Like A Freak, Stephen Levitt and Stephen Dubner– This book is one of the follow ups from Freakonomics and is scheduled to be released in the March to May time frame in 2014. Freakonomics is all about turning your brain inside out and being able to look at situations from an entirely different perspective.  There ...

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Think Before You Click The Button

My Your Smart Money Moves Column has an underlying theme of always trying to get you to think.  While often it’s about money saving opportunities or financial planning strategies, I’ll throw in a different article here and there to make you consider what is going on in life.   One of the bigger worries I have for most of you, with the increasing amount of purchases you make through the internet, is catching the dreaded disease ‘clickyitis’. (Wouldn’t it be cool if I made the slang dictionary in a few years with this one?   Clickyitis is the trap that retailers get you into by clicking in a Pavlovian type response to the very buttons they want you to click without even knowing you are spending more money.   How does this happen? Go Daddy (www.godaddy.com) –  Now, when you register a domain with Go Daddy, they first automatically fill the extra $7.99 box (in the middle by the way) instead of the ...

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Who Needs A Taxi When You’ve Got Uberman

In 1979, the sketch What if? aired on Saturday Night Live, pondering the notion that what if the comic book hero Superman had landed in Nazi Germany when he first came from Krypton. Rather than being called Superman, he took the name of Überman. Uber has become a term we have all come to know as something truly unbelievable or almost larger than life.   Well, what could be better than being able to avoid the late night scary thought of having to hail down a taxi when you might just have Uber right around the block? With the power of the smarthpone, a new phenomenon is likely coming to a city near you, if it hasn’t hit already, called Uber.  Essentially, Uber is your on demand private driver.   You can use an android or iPhone app on your smartphone and see what drivers are in your area.  In the US and Canada you can simply text an address and your ...

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Will The Internet Change Medical Prices?

There was a time that when it came to buying our electronic devices, we would simply go to our local electronics store.   Then, the onslaught of electronics superstores came at us like Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s giving us a virtual cornucopia of electronic choices.    In the late 90’s and then into the early 2000’s, the internet changed the game with websites like Buy.com, Next Tag, and Amazon where we could price compare quickly as consumers.   Between the internet and smart phones today, information is at our fingertips to quickly compare and contrast the pricing on whatever electronic devices we are potentially going to purchase. As most of us know, the health care landscape has changed over the past several years and should change dramatically when we get into 2014.   When January 1st comes, the most popular part of health reform will be the concept of guaranteed issue.   This means irrespective of pre-existing conditions health plans must be available ...

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The Drug Of Buying ‘Stuff’

The weather is warm and in the United States we are about to start enjoying some of the national pastimes of our country.   We love things like baseball, apple pie, the 4th of July, and grilling out in our backyards.    Oh yeah, and we also LOVE spending money.    In recent years, I’ve noticed that spending is more than just making a purchase here and there.  It’s almost a ‘crack’ like addiction, whether you wait for that Amazon package at the door or to take a photo of your tricked out new ride to post up on Facebook.   Like it or not, many Americans are addicted to the drug of buying ‘stuff’.    Why is this and how can you get your patterns changed on the home front? It seems pretty apparent that ease of access to drugs can make a user want more of them.  In our spending patterns, the ease of credit, access to our cash, and online transactions with ...

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