Can an eBook Reader save you money?

by Marcel 19 March 2011

Amazon Kindle

How can buying a €150.- gadget save you money? If you're a heavy reader and you don't necessarily have to have the newest bestsellers it can actually save you lots of money!

I love reading, and will generally go to the book store once or twice a month to buy a '3 for the price of 2' bundle, or rummage around in the bargain bins, I don't usually buy the latest bestsellers. Buying bargain books can be a bit of a hit and miss affair, but generally almost all boks are of good quality and highly enjoyable reading.

But, I'm averaging about €30.- a month on books, buy buying an ebook reader I will save enough money to have paid it off in 5 months, and after that I can save the money for other things, maybe even buying a top seller every now and again!

So how does it work? is there really so much free reading material available? Yes there is, there are a number of great resources for free books.

First of all there's the MobileRead forums, where a large number of contributors add new books daily. These are books that are copyright free, thus fully legal to download and consume. You can find the books in the MobileRead eBook Forum. For help they have a How to download page.

At KindleBoards Book Bazaar you can find a list of Free book finds and also Bargain book finds. Many Kindle books at Amazon are free for a limited period of time and are almost always of good quality.

Also there are a number of independant publishers, often they will have the first book of a series available for free, and if you like it you can buy the follow-up books, these books usually only cost about 99 cents, and are more than often great reads.

Other resources for free eBooks:

So as you can see, after getting an eReader you don't ever have to pay for another book again, it's free and best of all, it's legal!

I highly recommend the Amazon Kindle eBook reader, personally I feel it is the best value for money at the moment, it's a great device!



Razor blades are expensive, let them live longer

by Marcel 15 March 2011

Razor blades

This is a great tip I came across a while back, as we all know razor blades are expensive, lasting only a few weeks before they have become blunt and need to be thrown away. Yes, you can save money by buying cheaper blades at LIDL or ALDI, but most of us prefer the quality of better known brands even though they cost so much more.

I always thought that it was the shaving process that slowly dulled the blades, making them useless after a few weeks, but that is apparently not the case. The blades lose their sharpness due to corrosion, which is caused by moisture.

So, the answer is dry your razor blades after use! That's it, do this and your blades will last much, much longer, I now average about 2-3 months before I have to replace the blade.

My bathroom is nice and sunny in the morning, so after rinsing the blade I let it dry in the window sill. If it's overcast I'll grab the wife's hairdryer to give it a quick dry-blow.

Simple, effective and with significant savings, what more could you want?



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