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7 free services that will help you save real cash

7 free services that will help you save real cash

The internet has made the world one gigantic community. People from different walks of life can interact instantly, share information, trade, and do basically most things you’d be doing with your next-door neighbor.

You also probably know about the mounds of freebies that can be found on the internet, including free email from Yahoo and Gmail and free videos from YouTube. But there are tons of additional services that can help you save some real cash on the internet. Here is a sample of the best of them.

1. Free Cloud Storage

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    The Cloud is one of the biggest gifts of the internet. Cloud storage has traditionally been used by your email provider and ISP to store and manage your data. In recent years, however, many independent cloud storage providers have sprung up, with many providing free storage up to a specified limit. Dropbox is notably one of the most popular, offering 2GB of free storage for new accounts.

    Google Drive is usually the winner when it comes to free storage, offering up to 15GB in free storage space for new users. Check out this PCMag review of some of the cloud storage providers offering free storage space for new accounts.

    2. Free Music

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      There is nothing better than streaming your favorite track from your phone without having to sacrifice your precious storage space. There are still a couple of sites that will allow you to listen to music for free, including Soundcloud and Spotify. Spotify still rocks a large music library, though you will have to persevere through occasional ads.

      If you are a fan of DJ mixes, then you will fall in love with Mixcloud. This site gives you access to a wide collection of user-uploaded mix tapes that users can listen to for free.

      3. Free Movies

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        The rise of OTT content providers like Netflix and Hulu has made it easier to access movies and TV series over the internet. Netflix offers a free monthly subscription for first-time subscribers, which is a good deal especially considering the many movies and series that are coming up on this platform.

        If you’d rather not pay for movies and TV series online, you can visit Crackle for a wide selection of programming across different devices, including smart TVs and smartphones. You can also visit Archive.org for a selection of movies, mostly classics.

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        YouTube is also becoming a popular avenue where users can watch free movies. You can also watch a wide variety of documentaries on Documentary Heaven.

        4. Calling and Texting

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          Free calls and texts over the internet have been around for quite some time. Skype was among the earliest services to offer free calls, albeit between two or more Skype applications. A number of similar apps like WhatsApp and Viber will also let you make phone calls and send texts for free, provided you have an active internet connection.

          A potentially revolutionary app, Rebtel allows you to make free calls even without cellular data or Wi-Fi. Others enable free texting online (even anonymously), including Text’em and a couple of other free sites mentioned in this review by Techreviewpro.

          5. Coupons and Promos

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            Promos, discount codes and coupons can help shave off a significant amount of cash from your next online purchase. Many of the good ones are usually hidden within blogs, Facebook pages and the comments section on Twitter and other social media portals, so be sure to check these out before checking out.

            Sites such as RetailMeNot, Groupon, and Coupon Sherpa can be useful resources for finding discounts, free shipping, and other deals to help save cash.

            6. Tutorials

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              If you ever need to fix your leaking pipes, construct a tree house for your kids, or even fix the engine on your car, the internet offers lots of free tutorials to turn you into a competent handyman or handywoman. YouTube and the Khan Academy are examples of sites offering platforms for such resources, all available for free.

              7. Academic Courses

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                If tutorials aren’t enough to quench your thirst for information, there are tons of college-level resources freely available online that you can use. MIT OpenCourseWare is one of the many sites offering free college-level resources, including exams and tests, coursework, video lessons, and other educational materials.

                Yale and Harvard also offer these resources, so be sure to check them out too.

                The best things in life are free. So the next time you pay for something on the internet, be sure it’s completely necessary. After all, who doesn’t love freebies!

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                Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                Joe’s Goals

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                  Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                  Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                  Daytum

                    Daytum

                    is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                    Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                    Excel or Numbers

                      If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                      What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                      Evernote

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                        I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                        Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                        Access or Bento

                          If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                          Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                          You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                          Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                          All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                          Conclusion

                          I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                          What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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