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Inside Deals (Apr 28th, 2017)

1. Insanely good product.

Dark Sky

Dark Sky is an app that tells you about the weather. But... lots of apps tell you about the weather! Here's why Dark Sky is different:

It uses the geo-locater on your phone alongside weather radars to determine the weather in your exact location at this exact moment. So, instead of having to open up an app to see how the weather looks, you'll get truly helpful push notifications throughout the day that say things like "Downpour starting in 11 minutes" or "Light drizzle ending in 3 minutes". It's awesome.

The app costs $3.99, which I happily paid more than 3 years ago, and I've never looked back. I hardly ever even open the app, but I use it via push notifications every day. I'd advise you to check it out.

Product recommendation: Dark Sky ($3.99) (recommendation from @awwstn)

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2. Steep discount.

Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill (13%)

Ok, normally this section is reserved for deals of 30% off or more. So why, in just our second issue, are we sharing a deal that's just 13% off? Here are three reasons:

This is the best charcoal grill ever. It's truly iconic. Summer/grilling season is right around the corner Because this grill is so popular, it is NEVER on sale. This is a truly rare deal.

So, if you're in the market for a charcoal grill, this is a no-brainer.

Get it now: Weber 14401001 Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black ($129)

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3. Passive income story.

Here's an interview with Chris, an eBay resale enthusiast who writes for FlippingaDollar.com. Since he started his side business as a seller on eBay, Chris states his side income rose from $1,500 in 2013 to $5,000 in 2014, and he has his eyes on a $10,000 year. Here are Chris' tips, including his cardinal rule: you have to make peace with losing a little money at the outset as you learn what works and what doesn't, but the long game offers huge potential for supplying a steady side income. 

Here's more with Chris and "the eBay learning curve."

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4. Money-saving hack.

A 30-Day Wait List

Look, this may sound like a mixed message from a newsletter that seems designed to stimulate impulse buys (like that charcoal grill.) But we're here to help the pocketbook in all ways, and we suggest the following: Put all non-essential purchases on a 30-day waiting list. Food, gas, clothing: that stuff you buy as needed. Video games, melon ballers, a new set of speakers: that stuff goes on the list. At the end of the thirty-day period, you can go ahead and buy the stuff you've been holding off on. But you may find that the "cooling off" period has affected your burning desire to buy that melon baller, and by skipping the purchase you've saved yourself money before you even spent it. 

This idea comes courtesy of zenhabits.net. Read more of their wise suggestions here

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5. DIY Project.

One Minnesota couple arrived at the family cabin to spend to spend Memorial Day weekend when they noticed that the maple tree in the front yard was showing tons of exposed roots, and still had landscaping shreds wreathing the base. Deciding that the tree had probably been there for twenty years and seemed "sad," the two decided to build a new retaining wall for the tree. They grabbed forty Flagstone blocks from Home Depot (the author notes that 40 may not have been enough!), added some fresh black dirt and a few perennials, and you can see how classy the results are from just an afternoon's work. 

Here the full's breakdown over at Grandma Agnes' Attic

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6. Crazy travel deal.

Puerto Rico escape from $499.

Travel Zoo is offering a "no-passport necessary" trip to Puerto Rico for select dates that includes flights plus 3 nights at the 4-star El Conquistador, Waldorf Astoria Resort. The package is available until May 10th, and dates in August and September are also discounted. Departures are available from most major urban hubs. 

Here's the Travel Zoo post. (You'll have to sign up with your e-mail to see the listing.)

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