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The Most Common Hidden Airline Fees, All In One List

There used to be a time that the price you paid for a flight was the published cost. Those were indeed the days. With hidden fees on each airline, that ticket price is just the beginning, so it’s good to know the fees in advance when comparing airline prices. The helpful folks at SmarterTravel compiled […]

JSTorrent Downloads Torrents on a Chromebook

Chrome: Although Chromebooks have limited storage space, they make a great BitTorrent machine since you’re less likely to be affected by malware. JSTorrent is BitTorrent client that works on any Chromebook. The interface makes it simple to add torrents. Just right click on the link and it adds it to the downloader. It works well […]

Leave Problems at the Office with the “Walk in the Door” Rule

After a rough day, we tend to come home and complain about all our troubles at the office. Change that habit by saying one great thing that happened at work today. My Mom used to ask me what I learned today at school to help give me a positive outlook. This rule applies in a […]

Wait Three Months Before Buying a New Car (but Save Now)

Driving a new car can be a great experience, but paying for it is a lousy one. To balance the need for a new car against your checkbook, consider a three month waiting period before buying a new car. No, this isn’t advice about impulse buying, but rather getting used to the burden of monthly […]

Save Money on Health Care with Home Tests

If you’re on a health care plan with a high deductible, saving money on health care is important. One way to reduce costs is to ask if you can do routine tests at home. You should absolutely follow your doctor’s advice when it comes to medical tests. However, your doctor may not immediately consider these […]

TeamSnap Organizes Your Sports Rec Teams For You

Web/iOS/Android: If you’ve been drafted to manage your company’s softball league or your kid’s soccer team, you know it’s a pain to track all the information about players and schedules. TeamSnap does that all for you online. While you can use a DIY solution with spreadsheets, contact groups, and databases, TeamSnap is an all-in-one cloud-based […]

Play the “Want vs. Need” Game to Teach Kids Money Management

As adults, we struggle with what we want and what we need. Our bank accounts suffer due to this lack of self-control. Learning lessons early in life helps prevent us from going into debt with too many wants and not enough needs. Here’s a simple game to teach kids this lesson in a fun way. […]

​Negotiate From a Position of Strength by Asking the Right Questions

Whether it’s a boss, a salesperson, or a customer service agent, we’re often in a position when we need something from someone else. Asking questions can sometimes help shift the balance of power in your favor. We’ve covered ways of using the Socratic method to “win” an argument by asking questions and asking the other […]

Clean Your Garbage Disposal With Used Coffee Grounds

Just like your kitchen trash can, a garbage disposal starts to stink if you don’t clean it regularly. After all, it’s got garbage in it. Used coffee grounds along with some other kitchen ingredients makes cleaning a snap. We’ve covered many ways of repurposing used coffee grounds before and cleaning your garbage disposal, but here’s […]

Your Highway Toll Pass Might Work In Other States, So Bring It Along

As more states move towards electronic toll booths, rental car companies are starting to charge for their transponders. Some transponders may work across states, though, so you can bring your own with you on vacation. Although rental companies give you an option to use their transponder, you may not realize that your home state transponder […]

Sometimes, Canned Beer Is Actually Cheaper Than a Keg

During your next party, you may consider buy a keg to serve beer to a large group. Think again! Buying a keg isn’t always the best value. Clever Dude did the math and compared the cost of a standard keg of “domestic light beer” with that of a the same amount of canned beer. The […]

Learn How to Cook Anything on the Grill With This Infographic

Even the most experienced grill master has trouble memorizing cooking times for everything. This chart tells you all you need to know for almost anything grill worthy. The graphic is comprehensive and includes beef, pork, seafood and veggies. Not only does it tell you the different cooking times, but also the proper temperatures for food […]

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