About Me

2016-10-01-18-41-21_portraitAny time I discover a money-saving trick, or cool how-to tip, I add it to this site.

After working for over twenty years as a cubicle-dweller, I decided to quit the corporate world and go it alone as freelance contractor. I wanted to set my own hours, improve my quality of life, and determine my own fate.

When I was first starting out, I had to cut costs. Here are some things I did to save (or make) money:

  • I canceled cable TV (saving $720/year)
  • I changed my dell phone plan to a cheaper one (will save $360/year because I switched to T-Mobile from Verizon)
  • I downsized and sold some of my stuff on Craigslist (made about $1700)
  • I try to ride my bike instead of driving if the distance is less than three miles
  • I took on a roommate
  • I only eat out on special occasions (saving hundreds per year)
  • I enjoy free entertainment options like free outdoor concerts, hiking, and biking.
  • I actually look at prices at the supermarket and buy the cheapest brands (I found they are pretty much the same).
  • I re-financed my condo loan with my parents, saving me thousands of dollars and giving them a better return than any bank!
  • I stopped buying so many clothes every month and just wore what was in my closet.  It turned out that I didn’t even know what I had in there.  I had clothes in there that I had never even worn before.

Yes, some of these things can be inconvenient, or a sacrifice.  But, I wouldn’t go back for the world!  I much prefer having more time rather than money with no time to spend it! I’m enjoying life more. I actually find it fun to do things myself and figure out tricks to save money!

For more ideas on saving money, check out this list of New Years resolutions that can save you thousands of dollars!


p.s., here are some of my other sites, if you are interested:

disablemycable.com – How to get hi-def TV without paying for cable! You’ll like this one!
swingdance.la – Swing dance events in Los Angeles and Orange County.
ladateideas.com – Fun things to do in Los Angeles and Orange County.
brianshim.com/webtricks – Tips and tricks for folks who make websites, from very basic to advanced.

Please leave me a comment – I respond to all of them!


  1. Brian I read your page on your Alesis Keyboard problem you had. I have a QS6 which did the same thing it powers up and lights up but no text on the screen or sounds coming out. There was a power shortage everything when dead even my keyboard when everything came back on so did my Alesis except blank screen and no sounds can you help with this problem.


    • Hi Eloy,

      That is a different problem than I had. My keyboard came up but all of the user bank sounds were messed up (the rest were fine).

      I think you need to take it to an Alesis service center (contact Alesis).



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