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Behind Closet Doors: DiY Organizer Tips

By (view all posts by CouponKate)
at 10:57AM Monday October 4, 2010
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Each year when winter makes its first appearance, I reach into my closet for something warm to wear and have this reaction:

"What did I wear last winter? I have no clothes! Am I suffering from amnesia? Is this really my closet?"

Often, this scene plays out like a melodrama from the 40s, where all the women wear false eyelashes and have drivers named "Charlie," pronounced as "Chollie," because in those days, the "r" was considered common and Betty Davis was the reigning queen. Dahhlings, Betty never uttered an "r" that I can remember. If she did, I will stand corrected, but prefer to remain in melodramatic denial.

"Chollie, this closet is simply dreadful! Find someone to organize it for me, won't you?" Read More »

"Lone Star" Cancelled and the Economics of Broadcast Television

By (view all posts by Allegra.Ringo)
at 9:58AM Thursday September 30, 2010
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Fox's new dramatic series Lone Star, about a con man and his double life, has been canceled after two episodes. Despite garnering a fair amount of critical acclaim, ratings were too low to sustain the show with 4.1 million viewers tuning in for the first episode and dropping to 3.2 million viewers for the second.

I wrote to Fox and said, "Hold on:  3.2 million sounds like a lot of people to me, so I'll thank you kindly to put the show back on." They could not be reached for comment. So I mustered my hard-hitting investigative journalism skills and set out to find out more about the costs associated with broadcast TV shows. Read More »

Photoshopped: Advertising Trends Sell a Skewed Reality

By (view all posts by SavingsIQ)
at 10:11AM Thursday September 23, 2010
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Most of us see celebs and models in magazines and think "Wow, why can't I look like her/him?"

Well, technically you can't look like them since they themselves don't even look like that. No one is perfect, as much as they would like to be. It's the magic of Photoshop and it's attainable if you want to look better in pictures. Just buy the program and edit away!

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"Boardwalk Empire" and the 1920s Craze

By (view all posts by Allegra.Ringo)
at 8:28AM Thursday September 23, 2010
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The Internet is buzzing about HBO's new series Boardwalk Empire, an adaptation of Nelson Johnson's nonfiction book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City. Set in Atlantic City in 1920, the show follows city Treasurer Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, "equal parts politician and gangster," and all of his backroom-dealings. Read More »

Willow Smith, Bristol Palin and the Career Paths of Other Celebrity Kids

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 11:37AM Tuesday September 21, 2010
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Photo of Willow Smith via Billboard

Recently the progeny of box office phenom Will Smith and his gorgeous wife Jada Pinkett-Smith has made the new for her hip-hop hit "Whip My Hair."  Idiotic song titles aside, given her genetics is it any wonder that Willow Smith is poised to become an R&B superstar?  Not only is the nine year-old buoyed by her famous celebrity parents, but brother Jaden recently scored in the hit remake of The Karate Kid as well as nurturing a budding music career of his own. Read More »

Five Winter-Proofing Products to Combat Cold Weather

By (view all posts by DCStewart)
at 1:39PM Friday September 17, 2010
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Now that back to school is well under way, it's time to start thinking about the upcoming months. Cooler weather brings about thoughts of family gatherings, comfy sweaters and fall leaves, so now might be a good time to focus on preparing for the chill with daylight savings only months away.

Keep the frost off, make the transition easier and stay warm with these winterizing ideas... Read More »

I'm Still Here: Joaquin Phoenix Documentary and Other Media Hoaxes

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 11:28AM Friday September 17, 2010
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It's official:  Director Casey Affleck has admitted his Joaquin Phoenix documentary allegedly chronicling the actor's transformation into a rapper was indeed a hoax.  Phoenix's ploy played out for almost two years, famously kicking off, after his announcement he was quitting acting, with his incoherent appearance on Letterman.

Despite the ridiculousness of his act, it was enough to generate buzz, a send-up by Ben Stiller (whose cameo in the "documentary" indicates he might have been in on the joke...) at the Oscars and even fooled a number of movie reviewers--notably Dana Stevens of Slate who spent much of the review chastising Affleck for his part in the "sordid little document."

It's not the first time that many in the media and the public at large have had the wool pulled over their eyes.  Let's take a look at some other examples: Read More »

Ten Things You Can't Do With Online Newspapers

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 10:13AM Saturday September 11, 2010
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The newspaper industry is definitely in decline with more and more people foregoing delivery and getting their information online.  Even copyright lawsuits might not stave off layoffs.  In fact, the publisher of the New York Times stated that sometime in the future they'd stop printing the paper.

A world without newspapers?  Who would have imagined that? Read More »

Top 10 Most Difficult People to Break Up With

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by howtosavemoney)
at 10:41AM Saturday September 4, 2010
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Breaking up is easy right?

After all it is a free country and we have the right to choose we love, what company to use and who to socialize with right?

Unfortunately the answer to breaking up is not that easy after all. While it's true we all know and respect those people who walk around life making their own decisions and having the courage enough to call a spade a spade, breaking up is really an extremely difficult task for most of us.

Saving money is so possible if we could just make a decision and part ways with some of these people (while others are simply time wasters). Below are the top 10 people hardest to break up with in my opinion. Read More »

Fast House Cleaning Tips for Unexpected Guests

By (view all posts by DCStewart)
at 1:12PM Friday September 3, 2010
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Weekends are usually a time for lounging and relaxing.  But what happens when the phone rings announcing the imminent arrival of unexpected guests with no time to clean up laundry, pet hairs and strewn kids socks and clothes.

Here are a few down and dirty tricks for speed cleaning for last minute and little notice... Read More »

Take a Cue from Anne Hathaway's New Hair Style and Save Money With Shorter Hair

By (view all posts by SavingsIQ)
at 1:01PM Wednesday September 1, 2010
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Photo by X17 via Stylelist

Recently, Anne Hathaway debuted her new short hairdo and the world gasped in awe and shock. She looks great, but we all know her from The Devil Wears Prada and The Princess Diaries as someone with long, lustrous locks. As it turned out, her publicist reported that her short cut was actually a wig--which probably caused many of her fans to heave a sigh of relief.  I know for certain I can't carry a 'do this short off. But, some of you can.

Shampoos, conditioners, styling products and hair tools can all make a dent in our wallets. Going for a shorter hairstyle not only cuts down on those expenses, but cuts down on styling time as well. Time is money. Read More »

BPA Receipts Leads to Dreams of a Paperless Existence

By (view all posts by Veela_6)
at 12:47PM Tuesday August 31, 2010
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After the EPA found a plastic hardener linked to breast cancer, heart disease and diabetes known as BPA on 40% of paper receipts, I started thinking again about going paperless. The BPA problem only matters if you accidentally eat your receipts, but with the advent of online consumerism, paperless billing, and all sorts of nifty gadgets and apps, going paperless is no longer an OCD fantasy.

If you dream of achieving a paperless nirvana, read on for some handy tips and tools.

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