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Amazing Things to Do in Las Vegas That Aren’t on the Strip

Las Vegas is famous for gambling and the Strip, but there are many other cool things to do there that are often overlooked in the afterglow of...

The Best Way to Hide Embarrassing Bathroom Noises in Your Home

It's a common problem: you have a bathroom with thin walls and/or a flimsy door adjacent to a living room or other common area. Whenever...

My Top 16 Tips for Freelancers Just Starting Out

Many people dream of quitting their jobs and going freelance. Are you one of them? Maybe you want to control your own schedule, escape a bad...

The Best Way to Carry a U-Lock on Your Bike

This is the best solution I've found for carrying a U-lock on a bike. I discovered the hard way that a steel cord bike lock is NOT secure and...

Review: Top Ten Things I Love About My 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE

After my BMW 325i got totaled in an accident, I did a bunch of research to find a new car. I knew I wanted something with good gas mileage...

 

Latest Home Tips

The Best White Elephant “Yankee Swap” Gift Exchange Ideas

After going to my fair share of White Elephant gift exchange parties (also known as Yankee Swaps), I've compiled a list of the most fun gifts I've seen. In case you're not familiar with the concept of a White Elephant gift exchange, each of the guests...

The Worst Condominium Villains and How to Deal with Them

Living in a condo is fundamentally different than living in a free-standing house because your property decisions are intermingled with the desires and needs of other people. This is very important to understand, and many current or potential condo-owners don't get...

Review: Black and Decker D2030 Digital Advantage Iron

After over ten years of service, my old iron went up in a poof of white smoke that smelled like burning electronics.  Unfortunately, it had special screws holding it together so I couldn’t open it up and try to fix it.  Time for a new iron. I did some...

Avoid These Five Common House Plant Mistakes

If your house plants are in various states of near-death, this article is for you. I got the information for this article from my Mom, who used to own a plant store and loves gardening. Drawing from her years of experience dealing with plant customers and plant-owning...

How to De-Clutter Your Life Today

I would never describe myself as a “pack rat”, but when I took on a roommate, I had to smush everything that filled two bedrooms into one.  At that point I realized I had way too much stuff.  I could barely walk around in my room because it was so full of stuff, much...

 

Latest Money/Career Tips

My Top 16 Tips for Freelancers Just Starting Out

Many people dream of quitting their jobs and going freelance. Are you one of them? Maybe you want to control your own schedule, escape a bad boss, or get out of the cubicle and work from home. In 2012, I did just that, becoming a freelance web...

How I Sold a Car in Less Than 24 Hours with No Hassle

In the past few years, I've become a huge fan of using Craigslist and eBay to sell items that I no longer need to folks who do, while earning some extra cash on the side. But, when it came to selling cars, I had been afraid to do it myself.  After all,...

My Top Tips for Selling on eBay and Getting the Highest Prices

Selling your stuff on eBay is a great way to de-clutter and actually make some spending money. I’ve been consistently amazed at how much I can get for stuff that I thought had very little value (i.e., I got $76 for an old guitar neck??) on eBay. Here are my best tips...

The Pros and Cons of Being a Freelancer

After working for all of my career as a full-time employee, I took the plunge, quit my job, and became a freelance web developer some years ago. Sure, I had to tighten my belt and there were some uncertain times. But in the end, it is one of the best things I've done...

How I Lost $30,000 Due to Sheer Laziness

This isn't a story about how I blew $30,000 one weekend in Las Vegas, or sports betting.  It's about the slow leaks in our lives that drain money steadily but surely. I took a look back at the last ten years of my life and documented the biggest money leaks.  Many of...

Seventeen Tips to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

I recently got an offer in the mail for 10% off of an identity-protection service.  The cost of the service was $9/month for their basic plan and $22.50/month for their “ultimate” plan. This seemed very expensive to me.  After going through their list of services, I...

 

Latest Travel/Life Tips

Amazing Things to Do in Las Vegas That Aren’t on the Strip

Las Vegas is famous for gambling and the Strip, but there are many other cool things to do there that are often overlooked in the afterglow of the casinos. If you aren’t into gambling, or you ran out of money, or you're just plain tired of the madness of the strip,...

The Best Way to Carry a U-Lock on Your Bike

This is the best solution I've found for carrying a U-lock on a bike. I discovered the hard way that a steel cord bike lock is NOT secure and can be cut in seconds, so I switched to a U-lock for my bike. I'll never rely on a cable to lock my bike up again! But, a...

Experiment: Can You Live Without a Car?

In 2016, I was hit by a drunk driver and my car was totaled. After I recovered, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to do an experiment: to go without owning a car for at least three months (from November through January) in the car capital of the world, Los...

Why You Should Consider Taking the Train

In the U.S., we might think of train travel as a slow, outdated, and expensive way to get around.  Yet, in other countries, it's the primary means of transportation and it works well!  In certain parts of the U.S., taking the train can be a great alternative to...

 

Latest Tech Tips

The Ten Worst Things About the 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

From the title of this article, you might think that I hate my 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid. But actually the opposite is true. I love my Fusion and I highly recommend it! Read my article, Top Ten Things I Love About My 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid. But, no car...

Amazon Echo Review: Expensive Toy or The Future of Home Tech?

A little while ago, I got an Amazon Echo using expiring airline miles. I didn't know much about it, and was skeptical about its usefulness at first, but now I'm a huge fan! What Is It? In one sentence, the Amazon Echo is a voice-controlled cloud-based...

Restore the Factory User Bank in Your Alesis QS6.2 Synthesizer

I recently fired up my old Alesis QS6.2 synth after a long hiatus, only to discover the user bank was hosed. Not only did I want those sounds to play with, but they have special significance to me, since I worked on them while I was at Alesis! Opening...

How to Play DVDs and MPG Files on Windows 10 for Free

One thing that sucks about Windows 10 is that Microsoft has removed the ability to play DVDs and .mpg files in Windows Media Player! This apparently is due to licensing issues. So, how do you play DVDs on your Windows 10 system? First, check to see if...

Build Your Own Kickass Windows PC

Building your own computer can be a rewarding experience and can save money in some situations, but not all. I recently undertook my first Windows PC build. Here's what I learned from the experience. I'll try to help you gauge whether building your own computer is...

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