Cut the Cord: Pt. 2

I’m the sort of person that will watch people play video games on YouTube, yet not have owned a gaming system since a Sega Genesis. My friend Dan (hi Dan!) told me that I could have hundreds of channels for the low, low price of $40! “How’d you manage that Dan???” I say. “Get a …

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And the Money Starts Flowing In…

After you put in the effort, money starts coming in left and right. October really started to pay dividends. In a single day I got paid for a Surkus event - $10, an Apple anti-trust settlement Amazon credit for $8.94, a completed User Interviews telephone interview Amazon gift card - $15, and a $20 Amazon …

The Power of Good Friends: A Thank You

It’s hard being a Broke-ass. It impacts your ability to function like a normal person. It affects all your existing relationships and really hurts your ability to forge new ones. I joke about it but frankly, it’s a never ending series of awkward moments and utter embarrassment. So what becomes crucial in your life are …

My Broke-ass Needs a Job

I tried to dedicate myself to completing my degree as fast as possible with no income. Well, that was overly optimistic. I thought working full-time at the Post Office and going to school full-time was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Ha! I almost went postal there, yet it had nothing on the stress of …

Paid Focus Groups

Normally I like to have used a service or site before writing about it, but if I wait for that to happen with these Paid Focus Groups, we may all die of old age. And after my experience, you can determine if you want to waste your time or not. I started with Focus Pointe Global. …

LinkNYC

LinkNYC

LinkNYC is about the best thing that Mayor di Blasio has ever done or may ever do in life. I’m serious. It’s amazing. They’re slowly replacing old, seldom used telephone booths all around the city with these cool, futuristic kiosks. They provide free high-speed internet, free phone calls & charging, city services like 311, a …

Paid Audiences/Events

Only I would join two Paid Audience sites, attend two events and not get paid. To be fair, one was a total misunderstanding on my part. Hopefully I can help you to better navigate them. Surkus  This is a event app with a collection of paid and free events. You sign up, enter in lots of …

Affordable Housing Lotteries – NYC

It's not unheard of for people to actually win Affordable Housing lotteries. But the key is not to hop on a fancy listing that made it onto Gothamist or DNAinfo. Those are going to get mobbed like a 100 million dollar MegaMillions. The key is to visit NYC Housing Connect on a semi-regular basis. Actually the best …

Cut the Cord

Cable is crazy expensive. Even when I wasn't a Broke-ass™ I wasn't willing to pay $100 plus for 500 channels that I didn't watch. Plus Spectrum is an evil empire and we are the rebel alliance. I was paying Time-Warner 40 bucks a month for years, basically by renewing a promo over and over. Then here …

Class Action Lawsuit Settlements

Class Action Settlement

America is a great and litigious nation. We operate on a few immutable truths. MTA is ATM backwards, that guy swinging his unused cane around like a 30's gangster has a Comp case that pays him more money you make with your aching back, and if you get margarine rather than butter on your bagel, …