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Make Friends Outside of Work to Make Changing Jobs Easier

Make Friends Outside of Work to Make Changing Jobs Easier

Making friends as an adult is hard. In fact, it’s so hard that many people end up forging new friendship circles from their coworkers. While this is okay in moderation, relying too much on work friends can potentially hamper your ability to move up (or out) in your career. Why Is Making Grownup Friends So […]

The Right Way to Thaw a Turkey Before Thanksgiving

The Right Way to Thaw a Turkey Before Thanksgiving

It’s not too early to plan your Thanksgiving menu, assuming you’re the one doing the cooking this year, and if a turkey is on the menu, knowing when to thaw it is critical. The last thing you want is to try and roast a half-frozen turkey. This video from America’s Test Kitchen will help you […]

This Guide to Holiday Shipping Ensures Your Gifts Arrive on Time

This Guide to Holiday Shipping Ensures Your Gifts Arrive on Time

The holiday season is pretty much here, and before you know it it’ll be time to mail packages and gifts to friends and loved ones around the globe. If you want to make sure everything gets where it’s going on time, this graphic puts shipping cutoff dates on an easy-to-read chart. Choosing the best and […]

Wiper Offers Encrypted Calls and Text Messages You Can Erase Later

Wiper Offers Encrypted Calls and Text Messages You Can Erase Later

iOS/Android: There’s certainly no shortage of apps that promise to let you send secure texts, photos, and more and then delete them from the recipient’s phone later, but Wiper is one of the first to do that and add in encrypted voice calls. It’s free, and you can control when the messages you’ve sent get […]

Know Your “Rent-to-Price” Ratio When Deciding If You Should Buy a Home

Know Your “Rent-to-Price” Ratio When Deciding If You Should Buy a Home

Conventional belief says that owning a home is financially smarter than renting. But if the housing crisis taught us anything, it’s that this isn’t always true. Forbes suggests calculating your “rent-to-price” ratio to decide which is the better financial decision—renting or buying. Forbes contributor John Wasik makes a good case for renting. Many people decide […]

Save Big on Flash Drives, SD Cards, and More Today on Amazon

Save Big on Flash Drives, SD Cards, and More Today on Amazon

Amazon is back with another Gold Box deal on flash storage, with a few bonus portable USB chargers thrown in for good measure. Today’s selection comes from PNY, and includes some ultra-fast 90 MB/s SD and MicroSD cards for terrific prices. As always with Gold Box deals, these prices are only valid today, or until […]

How to Unlock Hidden Settings In Your Favorite Software

How to Unlock Hidden Settings In Your Favorite Software

Not every app has a Settings menu that’s easily accessible. Sometimes, developers hide away debug menus, secret settings, and more. With them, you can unlock additional features or just get some crazy stats. Let’s take a look at some of the most useful among them. Netflix Menus Unlock Statistics and Streaming Info Netflix is great […]

Celebrate Your Small Financial Wins for Better Savings Motivation

Celebrate Your Small Financial Wins for Better Savings Motivation

When you’re saving, you might look towards big milestones like paying off a credit card, or reaching a savings goal. To keep your motivation up, however, don’t forget to celebrate your little victories, like finding a cheaper meal or finding entertainment at home. As personal finance blog Savvy with Saving explains, your big milestones only […]

Facebook Chat Re-Enabler Turns On the Dormant Messaging Feature

Facebook Chat Re-Enabler Turns On the Dormant Messaging Feature

Android: Facebook (in)famously forced its users to switch to the standalone Messenger app. What you might not have heard is the functionality is still there in the main Facebook app. Facebook Chat Re-Enabler switches it back on. Facebook Makes All Users Switch to the Standalone Messaging App Facebook Makes All Users Switch to the Standalone […]

How Did You Pay Back Your Student Loans?

How Did You Pay Back Your Student Loans?

We all know we’re in the middle of a student debt crisis. Unfortunately, some of us are more familiar with that crisis than others. But many graduates have overcome huge amounts of student debt. If this is you, we want to know the tools and methods that helped you the most. From government resources to […]

Write Down Your Feelings Before Undertaking a High-Pressure Task

Write Down Your Feelings Before Undertaking a High-Pressure Task

Being under pressure can turn even the most skilled person into a floundering moron. To deal with your anxiety before a high-pressure situation, write down your worries before you get started. As news site Vox explains, writing down how you’re feeling (while perhaps cheesy) can take the edge off and help you get a handle […]

Get Rid of Your Escrow Payments and Save On Monthly Expenses

Get Rid of Your Escrow Payments and Save On Monthly Expenses

When you mortgage your home, you’ll likely have escrow payments added on to the bill each month. This money sits in an account to pay the taxes and insurance. You don’t get to say how much goes in each month. If you’ve got an established history with the bank, you can save by paying these […]

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