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How to eat for 33 cents a meal

Eating consumes a lot of your budget, and everyone has tips on how to  feed yourself more cheaply. Yesterday, tech startup enthusiast Andrew Hyde posted his tricks for eating for about 33 cents a meal.

One of the most humbling experiences I have ever had was shopping for two weeks worth of food with a twenty dollar bill. … Hacking your food budget is one of those things that I am surprised more people don’t do.

via How To Live (Comfortably) on $36 A Month For Food | Andrew Hyde – Startups. Start Here.

One of his basic tenets is that if you are serious about sticking to a budget, you have to change your thought process on food. And he rattles off tips from breakfast, lunch and dinner to snacks. Don’t miss the reader comments at the end of his post.

Deep discount grocery shopping is one of his tips, and good local sources of low-cost food are grocery factory outlets such as Go Grocery. Local farmers markets are another source, and calendars can be found in the weekly Iwanna.

Then again, there are even more extreme measures like dumpster diving, which local blogger Ashvegas explored earlier this year. And not surprisingly, Hyde notes that “the smaller your stomach is, the easier this is going to be.”

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North Asheville shows biggest decline in home values

North Asheville zip 28804 — home to expensive developments such as Reynolds Mountain — shows the biggest decline in average home values, while south Asheville zip 28704 shows one of the smallest declines, according to Zillow.

The real estate site has revamped its real estate market reports and home value pages to allow users to drill down to the local level and build charts like the one below.

It’s now easy to compare different regions. Just check the regions you want to compare and we’ll show you the difference. At the neighborhood level, this is great for home buyers. At the higher levels, it’s just plain fun to play with.

via Data Junkies, Get Your Mice Ready! | Zillow Blog – Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News.

The Zillow Home Value Index takes the mid-point of “Zestimate” valuations for zip codes — half the Zestimates are above the number and half are below it.

Zillow updates the numbers twice a month and the data is even available for download.

For the latest homes for sale, check out the Castles & Coves section of Iwanna.com or at your local newstand.

Asheville home value comparison via Zillow.com

Ride the Twitter wave with these tips

Twitter has washed over Asheville and Western North Carolina in a big wave. It’s been embraced by local mainstream media, and it’s been growing in a number of local publishing entrepreneurs who are building networks and audience with the micro-blogging service. It’s also a great way to promote and follow events like this weekend’s Bele Chere Festival in Asheville.

A couple of good examples of local small businesses using Twitter include Blanchard Hyundai and AskAsheville. You can follow Iwanna at www.twitter.com/iwanna.

But for most small businesses, Twitter remains somewhat of a mystery. Just in time, Twitter has released “Twitter 101 For Business” that is a great primer for small businesses.

Twitter isn’t just about useful immediacy. The conversational nature of the medium lets you build relationships with customers, partners and other people important to your business. Beyond transactions, Twitter gives your constituents direct access to employees and a way to contribute to your company…

via Twitter 101 for Business — A Special Guide.

Using very simple tools such as the new Twitter widget and a simple website creation tool — such as the disposable web-site creator DinkyPage — anyone can create a niche-specific information site to share with customers, colleagues and friends. Check out Iwanna’s Internet Marketing Tips here for more free website tools.

To show you how simple it can be, we’ve created an Asheville Tweets page that includes an Asheville Twitter feed and a Pack Square-based webcam courtesy Wilcox Travel. Check it out.

And so, as an added bonus, now you’ve gained some expertise so you can talk the talk at the pub.

“Priceless” deals around WNC in an iPhone app

Mastercard has released a cool iPhone app that allows you to share the best shopping deals in your area.

[Priceless Picks is] a social app that allows consumers to point out their best deals at their favorite local spots for all to see. The app uses the iPhone location services to figure out where you are. It then shows you on a map and shows all the deals others have placed around you.

via An App To Show You Mastercard “Priceless” Deals: Priceless..

If you’re in the Asheville area, download the application to your iPhone and you’ll find deal alerts from Smiley’s, Cinebarre, TracPhone, Advance Auto Parts, Grove Park Inn, and now Iwanna — Western North Carolina’s home for free classified ads.

TechCrunch adds:

If you want to add you own deal, you simply click the “+” button, and enter the relevant details. It will tag the place at whatever your current location is.

Cash For Clunkers becomes law – but watch out for scams

President Obama signed the Cash For Clunkers bill today, which gives gas hog owners the chance to convert their old rides into government cash vouchers up to $4,500. It goes into effect in 30 days under the direction of the Transportation Department and will be effective for the rest of the year.

But look out. Officials are already warning folks of scams
that suggest you have to “sign up” to participate.

…be wary of any site that says you have to register to participate in the program, or asks you for any personal information. NHTSA reminds consumers, “You do not need a voucher and you are not required to sign up or enroll in this program. Participating new car dealers will apply a credit, reducing the price you pay at the time of your purchase or lease, provided the vehicle you buy or lease and the vehicle you trade in meet the program requirements. The dealer will then obtain reimbursement from the government.”

via Cash for Clunkers News – U.S. News Rankings and Reviews.

Check out Iwanna’s local car dealer inventories here.

Green i-House is volcanic trend

Modular home builder Clayton Homes and its new  i-House are suddenly volcanic in Google Trends.

The I-House looks like a house you’d order from Ikea, sounds like something designed by Apple and consists of amenities–solar panels, tankless water heaters and rainwater collectors–that one would expect to come from a offbeat green company out of California selling to a high-end market. But Clayton Homes, one of the largest manufacturers of mobile homes out of Maryville, Tenn., is looking to enter the market of environmentally friendly, prefab homes with a model that is seriously affordable.

via Clayton Homes I-House – Affordable Prefab Green Homes Powered on a Dollar a Day – Popular Mechanics.

Tech publication Fast Company also published an article about it here.

The Washington Post published an article recently here.

A blog about the i-House is here.

A lot of the attention on the i-House is a result of Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting this past weekend, when the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffet, addressed shareholders. He bought Clayton Homes in 2003 for $1.7 billion.

Some of the interesting reader comments on recent stories about the i-House:

“Looks like a house boat that ran aground.”

“Will these be set up in an i-Home park?”

Iwanna has some of the deepest sales information on modular and mobile homes, including Clayton Homes and others, in the Carolinas. Browse Carolina modular homes on Iwanna.com.

View Business & Agriculture prototype

Iwanna will launch a new Business & Agriculture section in the weekly print product next month to feature some of its most highly read content. The prototype is here.


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