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14 Nov/09

Increase the Quality of Cheap Vodka with a Water Filter [Alcohol]

Increase the Quality of Cheap Vodka with a Water Filter [Alcohol]

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Save yourself some money and improve the quality of a bottle of cheap vodka with a little at-home filtration. Photo by Edwin Land. Vodka is not a complicated alcohol, and government standards on what constitutes vodka ensures that from the absolute bottom-shelf swill to the top-shelf ultra-premium bottles, what you end up with is, well, vodka. Marketing tactics and slick advertising aside, the real difference between...

12 Nov/09

Hit Up Farmers’ Markets when Cooking for One [Saving Money]

Hit Up Farmers’ Markets when Cooking for One [Saving Money]

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Grocery stores are full of deals involving two-for-one, 30 percent more, family sizes, and other bulk deals. None of that helps, though, if the food goes to waste. The Washington Post suggests farmers’ markets, and creativity, for single cooks. Photo by Ed Yourdon. The article is framed around a farmers’ market tour with Judith Jones, the literary agent who rescued both The Diary of Anne Frank and Julia Child’s...

17 Set/09

Ditch Your Cellphone Contract with Attention to the Fine Print [Cellphones]

Ditch Your Cellphone Contract with Attention to the Fine Print [Cellphones]

Being locked into a less-than-favorable cellphone contract doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t worm your way out. If more conventional methods like trading out of a contract don’t do the trick, video site Howcast offers other more extreme ways to duck out. Among their suggestions is to take advantage of the “material adverse change” clause in your contract. In laymen terms, this means looking for even the slightest change to your original signed contract,...




14 Set/09

Get Control of Your Nickel-and-Dime Spending with Mint [Saving Money]

Get Control of Your Nickel-and-Dime Spending with Mint [Saving Money]

Ed. note: Lifehacker alum Kyle Pott let his coffee habit get out of control the last couple of years; here’s how he used the financial tracking tools at Mint to identify and get a handle on his expensive coffee addiction. Take a look at the graph above–it’s pretty easy to see how much I love coffee. Let me clarify, though, that I never drink fancy coffee drinks. All of my spending on coffee since 2007 has been on black coffee. Thanks to the help of Mint.com, I’ve...

9 Set/09

"Up To" and Other Common Car Dealer Phrases to Watch For [Negotiation]

"Up To" and Other Common Car Dealer Phrases to Watch For [Negotiation]

Car dealerships have cultivated countless ways to take you for a ride (pun intended). Foremost among them: the use of industry-specific jargon. Consumer-focused automotive web site Edmunds takes a look at common linguistic lies. Photo by clayirving. A journalist from Edmunds went undercover as a salesman to learn the tactics dealers use to jack up a car’s price. One quick lesson: be on the lookout for the phrase “up to.” If, for example, you offer $300 as your preferred...

4 Set/09

Use Negotiation to Save on Dental Care [Saving Money]

Use Negotiation to Save on Dental Care [Saving Money]

Even with health coverage, dental procedures almost always carry a big sticker shock for the patient. The New York Times suggests a few ways to lower or space out the costs of dental care for insured and uninsured alike. Photo by termie. Along with seeking out dental school and community clinics, which can often perform professionally supervised procedures at a fraction of private care costs, the Times recommends spacing out any procedure that would put a wallop on your wallet all at once: Working...

16 Ago/09

Convert a Chest Freezer into a Super-Efficient Refrigerator [Energy Conversation]

Convert a Chest Freezer into a Super-Efficient Refrigerator [Energy Conversation]

Refrigerators are, despite advances in their design, terribly inefficient. Every time you open the door, the cold air comes cascading right out onto the floor. Chest freezers don’t suffer from this draft effect, and can be converted into super-efficient refrigerators. How super-efficient? Energy usage with a chest-freezer-turned-fridge is barely 0.1kWh a day. Modern stand-up refrigerators use around 1kWh a day. Tom Chalko, an extremely energy-conscious Australian, modified a chest...

3 Ago/09

More Ways to Eliminate Cellphone Voicemail Instructions [Voicemail]

More Ways to Eliminate Cellphone Voicemail Instructions [Voicemail]

New York Times tech columnist/reviewer David Pogue continues his worthy war against unnecessary, money-grabbing voicemail “instructions,” digging up an actual elimination tip for Sprint customers and a few suggestions for everyone else. As most people know by now, cellphone voicemail systems offer “guidance” to callers on how to leave a message. You do it “after the tone,” you see, and sometimes you can even learn how to “send a numeric page.”...

2 Ago/09

FreeAppAlert Notifies You When For-Pay iPhone Apps Become Free [IPhone]

FreeAppAlert Notifies You When For-Pay iPhone Apps Become Free [IPhone]

iPhone: There are thousands and thousands of iPhone applications, but you hardly have time to keep up with their pricing changes, let alone new releases. The FreeAppAlert web service will keep you updated. You can set up FreeAppAlert’s site to notify you via email, twitter, or RSS about the newest free iPhone apps, including those making the jump from behind a pay wall. If you don’t want to be bothered with notifications, you can browse the site by date when you’re in...

1 Ago/09

Moisturize Your Hair with Common Household Items [Grooming]

Moisturize Your Hair with Common Household Items [Grooming]

Summer’s in full swing, and with the heat comes dry hair for some. Health and fitness site Yeahtips offers some tips to put the moisture back using stuff you probably have on hand. Photo by StarMama. Dried-out hair is neither attractive nor healthy, but salon treatments (and even some home treatments) can get expensive. If your hair is looking more like straw than silk, reach to the pantry and try out one of these DIY haircare recipes crafted from ever-trusty vinegar, bananas, and...