Cook Fast, Live Young: Keep Cool and Save Money with this Easy Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

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Image by ElinorD [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Summer heat making you crave the cool, smooth deliciousness of some ice cream? Don’t buy the processed grocery store stuff, and don’t waste $5 a pop at places like Cold Stone Creamery or Baskin-Robbins.

Make your own!

Savings Pledge Stories: Little House Living on Saving for New Home Construction

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By Fought70 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

When we moved into our little house 2 1/2 years ago, I thought it was my dream house. We worked hard before we moved. We avoided paying rent by living in a camper for 9 months (even through part of a South Dakota winter!) in order to save up money and pay off bills so we would qualify for a mortgage.

We found the little house nestled on 10 acres of prairie land and declared it perfect, blindly ignoring that fact that it was a foreclosure and may have unforeseen problems. We got a great deal and we were in good shape to buy the house. We moved in in the middle of winter and looked forward to the spring and getting our home all set up.

The inside of the house was a mess. The doors and light fixtures were about 40 years old, maybe older. The paint was an extremely high gloss that we discovered was not at all easy to cover up, even with four coats of very good paint. The bathrooms were small and had cheap fixtures and the outlet sockets were so old that you could plug something in, only to watch it fall right back out.

Carmageddon Deals in the Los Angeles Area

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Image courtesy of sontag1 via Flickr

If you live in southern California, you’ve no doubt heard about next weekend’s “Carmageddon,” when a 10-mile stretch of the 405 freeway will be closed for construction. From July 15th through 17th, the 405 North will be closed between the 10 and the 101.

The Tech-pert: Get a 2 Terabyte External Hard Drive for Under $80

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If you own a computer, be it a desktop, laptop, or netbook, an external hard drive is a must-have accessory. They’re great not only for providing extra storage space, but also for backing up your primary drive, moving large files between PCs, and archiving all your prized photos and videos.

Indeed, if you followed my advice of a couple weeks ago and turned your PC into a DVR, you’ll be glad to have extra storage for all your TV shows and movies. A single one-hour show recorded in HD can consume around 6 gigabytes (GB) of space.

So, how much storage space do you really need? A good rule of thumb: as much as you can afford.

When Bad Things Happen to Good eBay Sellers: A Cautionary Tale

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I’m sure you know there are many ways to get into trouble buying and selling stuff on eBay and other places. Nigerian wire transfers, designer knock-offs, items that never ship, and buyers that never pay are all well known pitfalls online. But I recently learned of another, and oddly enough it came directly from the eBay “powers that be” and bit me–even though I’d done nothing wrong. All I can do is warn people, and wait 90 days until my account is fully reinstated.

Long story short: Careful where you eBay, and don’t eBay at work.

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