Top Five Most 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!  She used to own a plant store and loves gardening and taking care of plants.

Why You Might Want to Change Your Antivirus Software.. TODAY

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For the past few years, I’ve been personally using and enthusiastically recommending Microsoft Security Essentials as a great free antivirus solution for Windows.  After it came out around 2009/2010, it ranked near the top of many independent tests.  It was

How I Lost $30,000 Due to Sheer Laziness

Calculator and Checkbook

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

How to De-Clutter Your Life Today

cluttered closet

I would never describe myself as a “pack rat”, but when I recently 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

Quiet Your Computer’s Noisy Fan

desktop computer tower

My desktop computer’s fans started to get annoyingly loud after years of faithful service.  In my case, there were two causes: dust blocking the CPU heatsink airflow causing high fan speed, and a grinding power supply fan, probably due to

Create Your Own Identity Theft Protection Service.. For Free


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

How to Re-Stain Your Front Door


After years of sun and water damage (see left), my front door was in need of a re-stain and re-varnish.  I decided to save some money and do it myself.  Here’s my story and some lessons that I learned. Tools

How to Install a Wall Switch Timer


I have a porch light controlled by a wall switch in my entryway. Rather than having to manually turn this light on at night and off in the morning (or worse, forgetting and wasting energy having it on all day),

A Review of the HTC One by a Former iPhone User

iPhone4 and HTC One

I was a long-time iPhone 4 user until it started getting flaky. The power button would no longer depress and the 30-pin connector would sometimes not engage for charging. I was tired of the small screen, and I had seen

Should You Roll Over Your Old 401K’s?

lots of money

Many people have old “orphaned” 401Ks with previous employers and wonder what to do with them. I personally had two, which isn’t that many compared to some. I read the pros and cons of leaving them at previous employers vs.

Fax for Free Using Your Computer

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I get annoyed in this day and age when I have to deal with a company that still demands information to be sent by fax.  I have long since ditched my fax machine, and it’s a pain to go all

Cut Your Cell Phone Bill in Half (2013)


Update: This article was written in 2013; many of the major carriers’ plans have changed since then. The basic takeaway is still the same though – family plans are the way to go if you want to save big money

Top 10 Long-Distance Moving Tips

moving boxes

Moving across town can be stressful enough, but moving across the country can compound your worries.  I’ve found that moving companies can be pretty slimy and unreliable.  Plus, you might have to coordinate having your car shipped as well as

10 Signs It’s Time to Look for a New Job


No job is perfect, and every job has its ups and downs.  But, sometimes people need a wake-up call to realize that they are at the wrong job and it’s time to move on, either to a  different position at

11 Killer Tips to Sell Your Stuff on Craigslist Fast

Ikea couch

I recently had to sell a bunch of stuff quickly to prepare for a move.  I didn’t have time for ebay, so I put it all on Craigslist, and through some trial and error, was able to sell most of

New Year’s Resolutions that Can Save You Thousands of Dollars (Part 2)


Continued from Part 1. 12. Buy Used or Borrow Annual Savings: hundreds or thousands Check out Craigslist or Ebay for stuff that is nearly as good as new but a fraction of the cost! Borrow from friends instead of buying

Protect Your Debit Card Against Fraudulent Purchases


According to many sources, debit card fraud is on the rise! My debit card was recently hacked and I got a fraudulent charge of over $500 on it from Verizon Wireless. But, I was super-fortunate in two respects: I just

The Cure For Your Boring Corporate Meetings

Corporate Lingo Bingo

Do you hate being held hostage in boring meetings at work where they spew the latest MBA jargon and prevent you from completing your real work? If so, I have the perfect solution: Corporate Lingo Bingo. Just navigate to this

Should I Disable Java on My Computer?

Department of Homeland Security Logo

Have you seen the news stories? The U.S. Department of Homeland security has taken the rare step of recommending that users completely disable Java on their computers due to security vulnerabilities. This is a very extreme and unusual move which

New Year’s Resolutions that Can Save You Thousands of Dollars


Are you making any New Year’s resolutions this year? How about making some that would save you thousands of dollars over the course of a year? Consider some of these resolution ideas to do just that! As a bonus, most