Hear It First
Hear it before you buy it. The best way to save your hard-earned money on lousy records is to listen before you buy it. On Monday's, AOL posts a bunch of albums that you can stream. Also, try out VH1.com, MTV.com and CMT.com. I've saved a bunch of money in 2005 on records by Faith Hill, Ricky Martin, etc. None of these were great and not worth adding to my collection. So, listen first, decide second and think about your money next.