Little Secret for Serious Cable Cutters: Amazon Prime Beats Netflix in Value

ImageI just realized that the last time I wrote anything on here was February 12.  In case anyone thought I had abandoned my blog, that’s not the case.  The bar examination started two days ago, and finished just yesterday.  It was probably around February 12 that I started feeling like I needed to spend every waking hour studying for the bar (nothing like time pressure for motivation).  Anyways, that’s all done, and now I’m back writing while I wait for the results to come out.

Recently, I ran into a deal on Amazon Prime.  If you are not familiar with Amazon Prime, it’s a subscription service through Amazon, where you pay an annual fee of $79 and you get: 1) free shipping on the stuff with “Prime” logo; 2) have access to Amazon instant video; and 3) the ability to borrow books from the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library.  I had seen Amazon Prime ads before but it never caught my attention.  This time around, they offered a $39 for the first year, so I decided to try it out. Continue reading

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George Foreman Grill: The Perfect Tool for a Budget-Minded Kor-exican-American Dinner

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Traditional Korean BBQ

If you know me, I grew up in a Korean household.  My parents cooked Korean food at home.  But I also grew up in Mexico and Guatemala, both countries well-known for their distinctive and flavorful cuisine.  Living in Northwest Arkansas, it’s hard to have access to Korean food.  This makes us get creative when we have cravings.  Many of you know that Korean food is heavily associated with Korean BBQ.  If you think about it, there’s nothing uniquely “Korean” about Korean BBQ other than the sauces, the side dishes, and the fact that Korean BBQ is grilled on the dining table.  Plus, even if we do go to the one and only Korean BBQ joint in this area, we have to spend at least $40 to get a satisfactory amount of food.  In this article, I want to share with you how we satisfy our cravings for Korean BBQ on the cheap. Continue reading

Republic Wireless: The Company that Hit the Cell Phone Sweet Spot

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Moto X

How could I claim to be truly frugal without Republic?  I know a lot of other frugality and early retirement blogs have written on this subject.  However, having used Republic’s service since the Moto X came out (mid November of 2013), I know exactly what it’s like to have a Republic phone, and frankly, none of the reviews I’ve read (including Mr. Money Mustache’s review) tells everything I wish I would’ve known before switching.  To give you a little background, I had a Samsung Galaxy SII and M had an iPhone 5, both with Virgin Mobile’s 300 mins/month + unlimited text & data, paying $35/month and $30/month, respectively.  There are no additional costs with Virgin, so we were actually paying $65/month straight up.

What’s Republic Wireless?

Simply put, it’s a cell phone service company.  I noticed that when people ask me the “what” or “why” questions about Republic, it’s easy to start by answering the “how”.  However, I’ve learned that such response only leads to confusion.  So, I’ll leave the “how” for later.  Like Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon or any other carrier, you buy a phone from them, transfer your number, and boom.  That’s it.  You’ll always be able to make unlimited phone calls and text messages no matter which plan you’re on (except for the cheapest $5/month plan), no questions asked. Continue reading

America the Beautiful: En Español

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Coke Ad

The Ad

If you were glued to the TV last night like I was, you probably watched the Coke commercial featuring people from different backgrounds singing “America the Beautiful” in their respective languages.  I personally didn’t think much of it, but it didn’t surprise me to wake up to the web having blown off at Coke’s attempt to convey a simple message.  There were all sorts of ugly, dissenting messages out there, but at the crux was the assertion that such an “American” song shouldn’t have been uttered in anything but English.  The voice reprimanding the critiques of this ad was equally loud. But, I think there’s something that people on both sides of the fence should think about. Continue reading

Rubber Bands: A Poor Man’s Solution to the Electronics Medusa

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Same face M makes when she sees a roach

We’ve all seen this horrendous thing.  Chances are, you are within 10 ft of such eyesore as you are reading this article.  Even if you are not a tech-sophisticated person (someone who owns 10 different electronics around the TV stand), you might be facing an ugly entanglement of wires.  In my quest to become more simple and organized, I finally decided to take action. Continue reading

An Immigrant’s Take on Fantasy Sports

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The Artist

With the NFL Super Bowl just around the corner, I wanted to share my thoughts on fantasy sports.

What is Fantasy Sports?

For those of you not familiar with fantasy sports, it’s basically a competition between a group of sports fans (although being a fan is not a requirement) who form a virtual sports league. Generally, there would be a “commissioner” who creates a “league” (espn.com or yahoo.com hosts this service for free) where a group of people create their own teams through a drafting process, similar to a real professional league.  All teams in a league are drafted before the start of the real life regular season and the team you draft plays against the teams that other people from your league draft.  During the season, teams can trade players with other teams and they can also pick up unclaimed players from a Continue reading