How to be frugal without wasting your time

first_img 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A lot of people think frugality is about saving money at the cost of your time: you spend all day clipping coupons just to save a couple bucks on your groceries. That’s not frugal at all. Your time is precious—more precious than money—and true frugality is about using both your time and money wisely. Here’s how.Pick the Methods With the Biggest PayoffYou’ve probably heard the saying, “penny wise, pound foolish.” This means going out of your way to save $5 on gas when you have a $500 car payment. Or buying nothing but Ramen for the week when you mindlessly spend $300 on booze every month (not that I’d know anything about that). The point is: it’s a waste of time to scrimp and save on the pennies when you’re blowing big money like it’s nothing.When you’re trying to shrink your budget, you want to focus on the big stuff: the categories with the largest payoff. These are typically the three most expensive categories in your budget: continue reading »last_img read more

Syracuse defense suffocates Army in 73-56 NCAA tournament win

first_img Published on March 18, 2016 at 7:24 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Army head coach Dave Magarity paced the sideline with his hands on the back of his head, then took a knee at the end of the bench to catch his breath.The game was only in its opening minutes, Syracuse led just 3-2, but the Orange press had already prevented the Black Knights from getting over halfcourt twice.Army made just one field goal in the first quarter and its leading scorer was held scoreless through the first half. SU led by as many as 30 before the midway point with 19 points off turnovers in the first 20 minutes. In a 73-56 blowout win over the No. 13 seed Black Knights (29-3, 17-1 Patriot) in the Carrier Dome on Friday, defense was the driving force behind No. 4 seed Syracuse’s (26-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) win.SU advanced to the Round of 32 for the third year in a row and will face 12th-seeded Albany on Sunday after the Great Danes beat fifth-seeded Florida, 61-58.“All our worst fears were realized,” Army head coach Dave Magarity said. “When I saw that pop up on the screen last Monday night this is what I was thinking. I knew how good they were and I knew how good they could be if they got into you and you allowed them to get you playing like that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Army’s first possession, Orange defenders stopped Brianna Johnson just before she got to half court. All of Johnson’s teammates had run down court so she had no one to pass it to. Ten-second backcourt violation.The Black Knights broke the press on their next attempt for their only basket of the opening quarter, but on the next attempt Johnson again couldn’t get it across half court.“We were overthinking it a little bit,” Magarity said, adding that his players seemed shell shocked. “I don’t think we could have been any more prepared. But being prepared and telling them what to expect, it’s hard to simulate that.”Syracuse’s plan was get the ball out of the hands of Army’s primary ball handler Kelsey Minato. It left other players open in the press, then trapped them before they could get over the halfcourt line.In the half court, a player was always in Minato’s face, even off the ball, adding a wrinkle into the usual 2-3 zone. Late in the shock clock, the Orange would switch to man-to-man, further confusing the Army players.“I didn’t get a ton of open shots. The shots I did get I probably wasn’t balanced. I washing rushing it because of their pressure,” said Minato, who would have been held to single digits for the first time in 112 games if not for two made free throws with 10 seconds left. “I’ve seen face guarding, but it wasn’t like that. They were a lot quicker, a lot more physical and it kind of got me playing out of my comfort zone.”Army is a team like Syracuse that thrives on creating pressure. The more it scores the easier it is to get into the full court sets.But as Syracuse prevented Army from scoring it effectively prevented the Black Knights from being able to get into their press and the game spiraled out of control from there.At time outs, Magarity caught his players looking up at the scoreboard. “You can’t worry about what the score is,” Magarity said. “We need to get the ball over half court.“Halftime couldn’t have come soon enough.”The halftime deficit for Army was 25 points. Only after the Orange started holding the ball and succumbing to turnovers in the second half did Army crawl within 12 points, but it was all a consolation.“We face that defense probably never,” Magarity said. “And I mean that. It’s overwhelming at times. It’s relentless and it’s really very very difficult to ever get comfortable.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

A good start goes bad quickly for Felix Pena in Angels’ loss

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “The pitches weren’t quite exactly where he wanted them to be, and those guys got too much barrel on them,” Scioscia said.The game spoiled a good streak for Peña, who is trying to establish a role for himself for 2019.After being a reliever for the past few years, the Angels moved him into the rotation and he’s flourished. He’s switched from a four-seam fastball to a two-seamer, used his changeup more and at times flashed a dominant slider. Coming into the game, hitters had swung and missed at his slider 49.7 percent of the time, making it the 11th toughest slider to hit in the majors.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Peña fell behind Nick Martini, 2-and-0, and then gave up a single. Peña’s first pitch to Matt Chapman was over the inner half of the plate, and Chapman shot it up the middle for a single.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Next, Peña actually threw a good changeup, down and away to left-handed hitting Jed Lowrie, who was still able to get good enough wood on it to drive it the opposite way, off the wall, for a two-run double.Khris Davis then reached on an infield hit and Matt Olson walked, loading the bases.Like he did to Lowrie, Peña went away to the right-handed hitting Stephen Piscotty. and he cranked it off the right-field fence, for a two-run double.Peña then left a fastball over the middle to Ramón Laureano, who whacked it up the middle for an RBI single. After a sacrifice fly, the A’s had taken a 6-0 lead.center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter PreviousAngels starting pitcher Felix Pena throws to the plate during the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the A’s in Oakland. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani swings and misses a pitch from Oakland Athletics’ Brett Anderson in the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Oakland Athletics pitcher Brett Anderson works against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels pitcher Felix Pena works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Felix Pena works against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Oakland Athletics’ Stephen Piscotty follows through on a two-run double off Los Angeles Angels’ Felix Pena during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 19: Jabari Blash #54 of the Los Angeles Angels can not catch a ball hit by Stephen Piscotty #25 of the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 19, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics’ Jed Lowrie drops his bat after hitting a two-run double off Los Angeles Angels’ Felix Pena during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 19: Felix Pena #64 of the Los Angeles Angels looks at the ball after giving up two runs on a double in the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 19, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics’ Ramon Laureano swings for an RBI single off Los Angeles Angels’ Felix Pena in the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Angels pitching coach Charles Nagy, center, speaks with pitcher Felix Pena (64) during the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game against the A’s in Oakland. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Chapman prepares to slide as Los Angeles Angels catcher Joe Hudson waits for the ball during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 19: Matt Chapman #26 of the Oakland Athletics slides safely past Joe Hudson #44 of the Los Angeles Angels to score on a hit by Jed Lowrie #8 in the fourth inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 19, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Chapman (26) and Nick Martini (38) are congratulated after scoring against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 19: Jed Lowrie #8 of the Oakland Athletics hits a double the scores two runs in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 19, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 19: Jefry Marte #19 of the Los Angeles Angels an not make a play on a ball hit by Khris Davis #2 of the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on September 19, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Oakland’s Stephen Piscotty watches the flight of his three-run home run during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Angels in Oakland. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Angels relief pitcher Parker Bridwell, right, waits for Oakland’s Stephen Piscotty, left, to circle the bases on a three-run home run during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game in Oakland. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Angels starting pitcher Felix Pena throws to the plate during the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the A’s in Oakland. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani swings and misses a pitch from Oakland Athletics’ Brett Anderson in the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)NextShow Caption1 of 18Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani swings and misses a pitch from Oakland Athletics’ Brett Anderson in the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)ExpandOAKLAND — Felix Peña’s performance on Wednesday night was Exhibit A about how difficult it is to pitch in the big leagues.For three innings, Peña was as good as could be, but in the fourth inning he gave up six runs, which was more than enough to send the Angels on their way to a 10-0 loss to the Oakland A’s.Peña retired the first nine Oakland hitters on 25 pitches, with barely even a ball hit hard. At that point, he looked like the guy who had a 2.76 ERA in his previous eight starts.“In the first three innings he was doing a lot of the same stuff he’s been doing,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “I thought he had a nice mix of pitches. In the fourth, he had trouble commanding counts and putting guys away and those guys, when they got a fastball to hit, hit it hard.” One night’s poor results notwithstanding, he’s still opened eyes with his 16 starts. He still has a 4.01 ERA in those games. He gave up 13 runs in two of his 83 innings as a starter.Peña gave up seven runs in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners on July 29, and he bounced back and pitched well after that, which he took as encouragement after this outing.“It was just a bad outing,” Peña said through an interpreter. “I put it behind me. The idea is to keep working hard and keep making progress.”After Peña came out, another pitcher trying to get himself onto the 2019 depth chart had a rough inning.Parker Bridwell gave up a three-run homer to Piscotty. Bridwell has now allowed 22 earned runs in 8-2/3 innings in his career against the A’s, while posting a 3.07 ERA in 120-1/3 innings against everyone else. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img read more

Lakers become one of NBA favorites after landing LeBron James

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Here are some of the before and after odds …. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Houston Rockets were next at 7-1 with the Philadelphia 76ers at 14-1. Cleveland, which advanced to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight season before getting swept by the Warriors, fell to the bottom at 500-1 after losing James to the Lakers.The increased wagering on the Lakers is not just because of James, but also because of the possibility that it can still add stars such as Kawhi Leonard, who the Lakers are trying to pry away from the San Antonio Spurs in a trade, or New Orleans center DeMarcus Cousins, who is a free agent.“Within a matter of minutes, we took money on (the Lakers) and went down to 7-2,” Sherman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It doesn’t mean they’re the second- or third-best power-rated team. But we anticipate futures bets on them. We’re trying to be proactive.“The betting support is always there behind LeBron James and people are hopeful he can get other players with him, whether it’s Kawhi (Leonard) or someone else.”Even after posting a 35-win season and missing the playoffs, most sportsbooks, including Westgate, listed the Lakers at 20-1 immediately after the Lakers’ season ended because of its cap space and possibility that it could land stars such as James in free agency. By the middle of June and with the anticipation building that the Lakers would likely add stars, their odds of winning a title dropped as low as 10-1.According to ESPN, as NBA free agency approached, Westgate took more bets on the Lakers to win next year’s title than anyone else, which included a $4,500 bet at 12-1.CG Technology, another Las Vegas sportsbook, said it took a $5,000 bet on the Lakers at 10-1.With the Lakers’ roster still far from complete, the odds will likely continue to change heading to the fall. LeBron James has the betting world spinning its head.While NBA analysts discuss the impact of James announcing Sunday that he intends to sign a four-year, $153.3 million deal to join the Lakers, Las Vegas oddsmakers quickly anointed the Lakers as one off the favorites to win next year’s NBA championship.Las Vegas SuperBook assistant manager Jeff Sherman of Westgate listed the Lakers at 7-2 along with the the Boston Celtics and behind everyone’s overwhelming favorite, the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors at 10-11, which translates to -110 to three-peat.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Initially the Lakers were listed at 9-2 after news broke late Sunday afternoon that James has agreed to the Lakers, but a flurry of betting made them the second-overall favorite along with rival Boston.last_img read more