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Han Solo Your Credit Cards

Written by Brett McKay


I’ve written about controlling impulse spending by practicing tantric shopping. Well, if that’s still not helping, here’s a fail safe way to control your impulse buying, especially with credit cards. I call it the Han Solo frozen carbonite method. If you’ll remember, in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Han Solo is frozen in carbonite and delivered to Jabba the Hutt. In Return of the Jedi, Luke saves him.

How To Han Solo Your Credit Cards

We’re going to do the same thing to your credit cards that Boba Fett did to Han Solo. Round up all your credit cards. If debit cards contribute to your impulse spending, get them, too. Throw them all in a plastic bag and fill the bag up with water. Now, put them in the freezer and walk away. Instead of carbonite, your credit cards will be frozen in a couple of inches of solid ice. When the urge to spend comes, you’ll have to wait a few hours while the ice containing your cards melts. This gives you some time to think over whether you really need make the purchase.

Winner of The Chambermaid Giveaway!

Written by Brett McKay

Last week, I ran my first contest on The Frugal Law Student. I offered the chance to win a free copy of Chambermaid by Saira Rao to every person who submitted a post idea for the Frugal Law Student. I ended up having 7 entries and all of them provided great ideas. Thanks to everyone who participated!

And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the winner of The Frugal Law Student’s Chambermaid giveaway is….

Joshua Pettigrew! Congratulations, Joshua. I’ll be e-mailing you to ask for your contact info so I can send the book to you.

For those of you interested, I picked the winner by using The Random Number Picker.

Thanks again to everyone who participated.

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Car Maintenance Myth Debunked! You Don’t Need To Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles

Written by Brett McKay

Ever since I started driving, one mantra that I heard over and over is you HAVE to change your oil every 3,000 miles. I remember being told grave things would happen if I went over 3,000 miles. Well guess what? We’ve all been suckered by the oil change places into believing this.

If you look in your owners manual, most recommend you change the oil every 5,000 miles. By going the extra 2,000 miles you can save yourself 2 trips to the quick lube for an oil change. If you want to save even more money, learn how to change your oil yourself.

I’ve got to hand it to the quick lubes. They’ve done one heck of a job marketing this whole 3,000 mile thing.

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