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Amazon's Prime Credit Card Now Gets You Five Percent Back On All Amazon Purchases

Amazon’s Prime Rewards credit card has long been a favorite for Amazon users because of its three percent back on all Amazon purchases. Now, that’s …

Cash-back services: Do they really work?

As the Cheapskate, I'm frequently asked to share my favorite money-saving tip. When I do, it's frequently met with skepticism:<p>"That sounds too good to be true."<p>"There's no such thing as a free lunch."<p>"You can't get something for nothing."<p>Yeah, I get it. It does sound too good to be true. But what's …

Clean Up Your Virtual Life

How to prevent password problems, cut Twitter clutter, and more<p>These days, your whole life fits in your pocket—but it’s still probably a giant mess. Think about it: You tidy up your house and wash your car after a few days of use. You’ve been checking your email and social-media accounts for years, …

32 Amazing Websites That Will Actually Save You Money

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8 Simple Gadgets to Make Your Home Smarter

With these gadgets you'll be feeding your pets when you're not at home and discovering how much energy those old appliances are sucking.<p>With these gadgets you'll be feeding your pets when you're not at home and discovering how much energy those old appliances are sucking.

EcoVent Will Give Every Room Its Own Temperature

Why should everyone in your home have to agree about where to set the thermostat?<p><b>Dipul Patel was just trying to save some</b> money for his wedding when he went around his house closing the heating vents. The problem came when he forgot to open them, accidentally leaving his poor mother to shiver …

We Test the Best Rear-Drive Lawnmowers

It's been a great year for walk mowers. At least that was our take after testing nine top rear-drive models. None of these mean cutting machines ranked lower than 3-1/2 stars in our test. Find out who took the top spot.<p>It's been a great year for walk mowers. At least that was our take after testing …

7 Ways to Silence Your Squeaky Floor

Dont put up with those annoying squeaks in your floors and stairs. Fixing the problem is straightforward, relatively inexpensive, and usually requires less than 10 minutes.<p>Don't put up with those annoying squeaks in your floors and stairs. Fixing the problem is straightforward, relatively …

5 Storage Hacks That Will Give You Zen

57 Life-Changing Upgrades for Every Room in Your Home

These new gadgets and products—plus hard-earned wisdom and tips—will make your home smarter, more functional, and more fun to live in.<p>These new gadgets and products—plus hard-earned wisdom and tips—will make your home smarter, more functional, and more fun to live in.

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The Best Summer Plane Reads

10 new novels to make your long flight float by<p>Before you head to the airport to jet off for vacation, remember this sobering statistic: U.S. domestic flights racked up over <i>6 million</i> minutes of delays—holding up nearly 25 percent of all flights—in May of this year alone, according to the Bureau of …

The Best Podcasts for Long Car Rides

Kill a 7-hour drive with shows that provoke, entertain, and stimulate your brain<p>Praise the podcast! For decades, man has journeyed across this nation fiddling with the FM dial only to hear static. Built-in CD players and satellite radio seemed to be a cure, but over time, even those options got …

What you need to know before you buy a used car

It's an inevitable point we all reach. Your hand-me-down car from high school is now older than most Rihanna fans, and you'd love to stop making rent-sized payments to your auto mechanic. Or maybe you fancy yourself a proud urbanite, but the bicycle and bus pass don't exactly cut it when you land …

61 Ways to Lose Weight

Small changes can lead to really great results<p>A few years ago, one of my friends at <i>Men's Health</i> stepped on the scale and was horrified by the result. He'd somehow managed to pack 20 pounds of flab onto his previously skinny frame. When he looked into the mirror, he saw a fat guy staring back. He …

How To: Clean a Dishwasher

At first, the idea of cleaning a dishwasher—an appliance that fills with suds and water on an almost daily basis—may ...

How to Choose a Water Heater

Whether tank or tankless, water heaters can dramatically impact your home's comfort and costs. If you are looking to replace an existing unit, the …

Home Improvement

How to Design a Smarter, Better, Easier to Use (and Clean!) Kitchen

Here are 9 tips for designing your kitchen in a functional and fashionable way.<p>With fall upon us, we're deep into cleaning mode. We've thrown open our windows and have commenced washing the floors, scrubbing grime from the cabinets, and, our least favorite task ever, scouring our stovetops. Elbow …

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Family unity doesn't extend to Apple IDs

CHICAGO (Reuters) - You succumb and buy your kids “Let it Go” on iTunes to play over and over on your phone - but are you thinking about what happens when they get their own devices? Even though you bought and own it, you can’t pass it along, transfer or give it away because of the way digital …

The Best Finance Apps to Help Save You Time and Money

At MyBankTracker, we are always looking for ways to help people save money and get more out of their personal finances. A variety of useful banking …

Apps for Saving Money

Happy New Year! 2014 has the potential to be a great year, especially if you aren’t stressed about money. Fortunately, with countless personal finance apps, saving money is easier than ever.<p>If sticking with your budget is on your resolution list, the following apps can help you get your finances in …

How to Clean a Rug

Photo: theflooringdesigncenter.com<p>For many of us, area rugs are a significant investment in decor. They warm up and add color to our rooms. They …

Cleaning

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A car is a nonnegotiable purchase in a lot of cities. Finding the right car loan can mean the difference between a smart financial investment and a …

Renovation App - 5 to Try

Photo: apartmenttherapy.com<p>If your file folders are bursting at the seams with to-do lists, contractor quotes, spec sheets and inspirational …

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Deep-Clean Your Mattress for a Better Night's Sleep

Photo: Crestock<p>Spring-cleaning wouldn't be complete without giving your mattress some serious attention. Along with refreshing your bed, this easy …

Cleaning

The Biggest Threat To Your Biggest Asset

If I were to ask you what your most valuable financial asset is, what would you say? Your home? Your 401(k)? For most people, it would be their ability to earn a living.<p>What if I asked you what the biggest threat is to that ability to earn a living? You might think of various ways you could kick …

Consumers Are Obsessed With Products That Give Them Information

With new possibilities unlocked by technology, consumers want to visualize data, map it, track it, alert it, evaluate it, and use it in ways that make life better.<p>"Info Scarcity" is one of dozens of megatrends listed in the premium database at trendwatching to identify some products that fit into …

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The Best Reference Apps For Smartphones

What’s the point of a smartphone if it doesn’t make you smarter? While apps alone can’t boost your IQ, knowing how to put your finger on any piece of information in the world will give you an air of omniscience — and save precious time and energy in your daily life.<p>There are tens of thousands of …