How to Hide Embarrassing Bathroom Noises in Your Home

How 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 someone uses the toilet, everyone can hear the person doing their thing. My condo has that problem. It’s embarrassing...
How to Deal with the Worst Condominium Villains

How to Deal with the Worst Condominium Villains

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...
Tips to Avoid Getting Hacked

Tips to Avoid Getting Hacked

I recently attended a major information security conference here in L.A. where leading industry professionals talked about the current state of Internet security, mostly from the perspective of developers, managers, and network folks.  But, from their talks I also...
How I Sold a Car in Less Than 24 Hours

How I Sold a Car in Less Than 24 Hours

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, it was a...
How to Sell Stuff on eBay Quickly and Get the Highest Prices

How to Sell Stuff on eBay Quickly and Get 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...
Learn to Count Cards in Blackjack in Fifteen Minutes

Learn to Count Cards in Blackjack in Fifteen Minutes

Counting cards in Blackjack is one of the few ways that professional gamblers can actually gain a slight advantage over the house in casino gaming.  It’s commonly believed that you have to be a math whiz to be able to count cards, but I hope to show you that anyone...
Avoid These Five Common House Plant Mistakes

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

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...
Seven Ways to Quiet Your Computer’s Noisy Fan

Seven Ways to Quiet Your Computer’s Noisy Fan

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 normal wear or lack of...
Seventeen Tips to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

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...
How to Re-Stain Your Front Door

How to Re-Stain Your Front Door

After years of sun and water damage (see above), 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 and Materials Here is a list of things you’ll need. I wish...
How to Choose and Install a Programmable Wall Switch Timer

How to Choose and Install a Programmable 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), I wanted to install a timer where the existing light...
Top Ten Tips to Save on Your Cell Phone Bill

Top Ten Tips to Save on Your Cell Phone Bill

I’m going to tell you how to make dramatic cuts to your phone bill, without sacrificing services.  You can save even more money if you go with a low-end or older phone.  If you want the latest Samsung Galaxy or iPhone, you’re limited to one of the big four:...
11 Killer Tips to Sell Your Stuff on Craigslist Fast

11 Killer Tips to Sell Your Stuff on Craigslist Fast

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 my items in a day, with a few taking two days.  Here are some things I...
One Trick to Protect Your Debit Card Against Fraudulent Purchases

One Trick to 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 happened to notice it days after it happened, and I...
Why You Should Remove Java from Your Computer

Why You Should Remove Java from Your Computer

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 must be a sign of how bad the problem is! There...
New Year’s Resolutions that Can Save You Thousands of Dollars

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 of these ideas have side effects that will...
How to Catch a Mouse

How to Catch a Mouse

I had never even seen a mouse until I moved to an older building on the East Coast. Workmen were doing some repairs on the outside, which I think disturbed a couple of critters and caused them to come into my apartment. Here’s how I got rid of them. Types of Traps I...
Get Your Document Notarized for Free

Get Your Document Notarized for Free

I recently had to get a document notarized. I went online and the first thing that came up was the UPS store. So, I went to the downtown store, but they said the guy who notarized was out. He was the owner and came and went as he pleased. The clerk told me that banks...
Save Thousands by Refinancing Your Loan – But Not With a Bank!

Save Thousands by Refinancing Your Loan – But Not With a Bank!

Do you have a car or home loan? You might be able to get a much lower interest rate than any advertised rate, potentially saving you thousands of dollars! The secret is: don’t use a bank for the loan! I got this idea from my parents, who are retired and looking for...
How to Save Money on Internet Access

How to Save Money on Internet Access

Internet access is a practical necessity these days, but in many areas there are only a few choices of providers, all of which are expensive.  Here are some ways you might be able to cut your Internet bill. 1. Threaten to Leave Call your Internet service provider and...
How to Get TV Without Paying for Cable

How to Get TV Without Paying for Cable

How much do you spend on cable TV every month? The average is $75, or $900 per year! Over the course of your life, that’s as much as a BMW 3-Series sedan! Many people spend over a hundred dollars a month on cable! You do the math. Wouldn’t you like to save this money...
How I Treat My Adult Acne

How I Treat My Adult Acne

I have struggled with acne ever since junior high. Now, living with acne in my forties, I was wondering if I’d ever outgrow it. You name the treatment, I’ve tried it, from Retin-A, to Accutane (yes, the bad drug that lawsuits are now happening over, which...

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