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Skip Newspapers, Use The Internets

Posted By Jim On 02/20/2007 @ 8:13 am In Frugal Living | 11 Comments

The only time I ever crack open a newspaper is when I have absolutely nothing else to do and there’s a newspaper in front of me (I have this thing where I don’t like waiting around, I have to be doing something productive, maybe it’s ADD-ish or something), like when we’re checking out at the supermarket, because all the information in the newspaper is presented better, faster, and cheaper (can you feel that frugal bone in your body twitch?) online.

Consider this, how can a newspaper, which freezes its content the night before so it can be sent to the printer, really offer you “breaking news”? Your nightly television news can’t really offer you breaking news because they can’t show up until 10PM (or whatever time it shows up) either but at least on TV they can break into that 345873th rerun of Friends/Seinfeld/Everybody Loves Raymond (Brad Garrett is freaking hilarious) to show you something. However, on the internet you can get breaking news faster than any news service if you’re looking at the right place.

Now, skipping the breaking news aspect, all the other sections of a newspaper can be found online and in greater depth. You want the Money section? Check out CNN Money or Yahoo! Finance’s dozens of sections (retirement, personal finance, real estate, etc) with in depth articles. You want classifieds? Find your local Craigslist. Autos? Edmunds.com or KBB. Style? It’s online too. Every section is available. If you really love newspapers, try the newspaper’s website which is often absolutely free. As for the ones that make you pay, find an alternative!

So, save yourself a few bucks and a few trees and snub that newspaper subscription.


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