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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,...


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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...

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...

1 Ago/09

Determine If Your Printer Is Stealing Your Time and Money [Printers]

Determine If Your Printer Is Stealing Your Time and Money [Printers]

We already knew that many printers waste a lot of ink (and money), but if you’re suspicious that your printer is a repeat offender, PC World rounds up five steps to help you determine whether your printer’s stealing your time and money. The article addresses some of the more obvious cost issues—e.g., cheap printers that charge exorbitant prices for ink refills—but they’ve to make things a little more scientific. For example, the article suggests learning the...

27 Lug/09

Avoid Holiday Debt by Planning Now [Holidays]

Avoid Holiday Debt by Planning Now [Holidays]

We’re not even out of July, and here we are talking about the distant holiday season? That’s because with a little planning now, you can spare yourself the sticker shock of holiday spending. Photo by pagedooley. We know it might seem odd to be talking about holiday spending in the middle of summer, let alone in the midst of a recession. Recession or no, people will be spending money at the holidays, even if it’s less than the usual amount. Don’t get blind-sided...

18 Lug/09

Top 10 DIY Projects that Harness the Power of the Sun [Lifehacker Top 10]

Top 10 DIY Projects that Harness the Power of the Sun [Lifehacker Top 10]

Cheap, powerful, and available almost everywhere—solar energy is a truly great thing. With these 10 sun-powered projects, you can turn a sunny day off into some brag-worthy, possibly money-saving backyard tech. Photo by david.nikonvscanon. 10. Engrave wood with a “sun laser” Leave them alone long enough, and nearly every kid will investigate, or at least hear about, the devastating effects of magnifying glasses and clear, sunny weather on insects. Route that fascination...

15 Lug/09

Create Your Own Sun Jar: Lifehacker Edition [Beat The Heat]

Create Your Own Sun Jar: Lifehacker Edition [Beat The Heat]

If dashboard cookies got you thinking about other ways to put the sun to work, here’s a step-by-step guide to building sun-capturing jars that create outdoor lighting at a fraction of the retail cost. The inspiration for this tutorial is a combination of the Instructables tutorial we posted about creating your own sun jar and some excellent comments on that Instructables tutorial (specifically from MagiWG, who tipped us off to the cheap and very suitable garden lights at Lowe’s.) Our...

14 Lug/09

Learn the Hidden Benefits of Credit Cards [Credit Cards]

Learn the Hidden Benefits of Credit Cards [Credit Cards]

Extended care warranties, car rental insurance, trip cancellation protection—you know they’re just margin boosters for companies, but you can’t shake that vulnerable feeling. Personal finance author Ramit Sethi says you need only look in your wallet. Photo by TheTruthAbout. Sethi, author of the I Will Teach You To Be Rich blog, and book of the same name, notes that most credit cards extend purchase warranties to one year automatically, on top of the 30- or 90-day standards...

13 Lug/09

Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck [Finances]

Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck [Finances]

Every financial life has a rough patch here and there and sometimes temporarily stretching things from paycheck to paycheck is unavoidable. Avoid making living paycheck to paycheck your way of life with these tips. Photo by dslrninja. Living pay check to pay check is a dangerous game to play and short of a sudden financial catastrophe that completely wipes you out, you should avoid such an arrangement at all costs. Over at The Simple Dollar they’ve put together a guide to weaning...

11 Lug/09

Buy Pro Camera Gear on a Student Budget [Photography]

Buy Pro Camera Gear on a Student Budget [Photography]

Professional camera gear is prohibitively expensive for most hobbyists. If you’re not paying your bills with your lens work, use PetaPixel’s guide to pick up great lenses and other gear on the cheap. Photo by Marc Lacoste. Photography website PetaPixel shares a guide to purchasing nice gear on a student budget. The heart of their technique is to purchase exclusively used lenses. The best way to get used lenses? Search out package deals: It’s pretty much always the case...

3 Lug/09

State of the Airline Industry Chart Compares Airline Service Fees [Saving Money]

State of the Airline Industry Chart Compares Airline Service Fees [Saving Money]

If you’ve ever had to change your flight, check additional luggage, or use in-flight Wi-Fi, you know that these services often come with a price. Consumer site BillShrink has created a handy fee comparison chart for eleven carriers. Though you should always confirm directly with the airline since prices can and do change, the pictured chart is useful if you want to know how much more you’ll have to spend on your next trip, and whether—depending on the fee involved—it...

16 Giu/09

When’s the Right Time to Buy New Products? [Ask The Readers]

When’s the Right Time to Buy New Products? [Ask The Readers]

Whether it’s the iPhone 3GS or the latest browser download, new products claiming to Change Everything are a dime a dozen. So should you become an early adopter or wait on the next shinier version to come out? Photo by goodrob13. Over at ideas weblog BigThink, tech blogger Harry McCracken (the name he was born with, we’re sure) outlines his list on how to be a “smart adopter”. This means buying technology at the right time, which—depending on the product—means...