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Your tech gear: When to repair, when to replace

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 9:28AM Friday January 24, 2014
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When something goes wrong with your car, typically you get it fixed. Of course, if it's an older car with a lot of miles, and the repair costs are enough to make you cry, it might make more sense to cut bait and start shopping for new wheels.

When something goes wrong with your tech, do the same rules apply? It all depends on the type of gear and what's busted about it. While a shattered smartphone screen may be worth fixing, a problematic TV may not. (Be prepared: There's likely to be crying either way.) Let's take a look at four popular tech items and whether it makes sense to repair or replace them. Read More »

When to use a travel agent

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Cheryl.Lock)
at 6:00AM Monday January 20, 2014
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My husband and I have a big, big trip coming up. It's going to take a lot of planning and coordinating and travel documents and money … essentially it would take a lot of time to plan.

Instead of using up what precious free time we have to ourselves to plan this trip (and potentially miss some important necessary travel documents that would of course keep us out of the Galapagos Islands, the place that's been on my bucket list for the past 12 years) – we opted to use a travel agent instead.

You might be asking yourself, "A travel agent? Do those still even exist? And who uses them in the age of Expedia and Orbitz and Travelocity and … you get the gist?" Read More »

Three free ways to improve your smartphone photos

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 9:27AM Friday January 17, 2014
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>With great power comes great responsibility. Fortunately, you're not Spider-Man, so this doesn't really apply to you. But you do wield a certain form of power with that smartphone you're carrying--the power to freeze people in time forever! Mwa-ha-ha-ha!

In other words, you can take pictures. But if you're like most amateur photographers, you're making mistakes that can result in less-than-stellar snaptshots. Fortunately, the big ones are easily corrected. Here are three free and easy ways to improve the way you shoot people. (Wait, that came out wrong...)

1. Zoom with your feet
Most smartphones offer a zoom feature, which can help if you're far away from your subject. However, in most cases it's a digital zoom, meaning the image sensor is merely cropping away the outside of the shot and enlarging the center.

That's bad for a couple reasons. Read More »

5 super tips for a great Super Bowl Party

By DealPro(view all posts by iheartthemart)
at 6:00AM Friday January 17, 2014
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Super Bowl XLVIII

Have you wanted to throw a Super Bowl Party but you aren't sure you can make it as Super as the game? Do not fear, I will give you 5 tips to make your party epic! We love to host parties and events at our house and everyone leaves our party happy and full. Ok enough chit chat, lets do this!

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10 appetizers under $10 for Super Bowl 2014

By DealPro(view all posts by Lynette.Rice)
at 6:00AM Thursday January 16, 2014
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The Super Bowl is on February 2nd. Whether you're celebrating with a crowd or enjoying the game (and the commercials) at home with just a few select fans, you want to stay on budget with your feast. Everybody loves a good football appetizer. Here's a list of ten appetizers you can make for under $10!

Healthy Hummus Dip from Cleverly Simple
– This dip will leave everyone asking for more. Made with hummus as the base and your choice of delicious toppings, you won't feel guilty when you take a second bite!

Pig Candy from Saving The Family Money – Bacon! Enough said? Wow your friends with this amazingly simple pig candy appetizer. Read More »

Get the top-rated Anker Astro E5 mobile charger for $49.99

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 11:29AM Friday January 3, 2014
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Did Santa bring you a new smartphone? Tablet? E-reader? Bluetooth speaker? Gadgets like these need power, and it seems like there's never enough--especially when you're traveling.

What's more, if you have an older mobile device, chances are good its battery is starting to show signs of wear, meaning it doesn't last nearly as long between charges.

All the more reason to pack a mobile charger. Ah, but which one? There are literally hundreds of different makes and models out there, all in different shapes and sizes, all promising to keep your devices humming indefinitely.

My pick: just about anything from Anker's Astro series. And for a limited time, you can get the top-end model for a song: the Anker Astro E5 mobile charger for $49.99 shipped. Read More »

5 alternative ways to use your $0.99 can of tomato paste

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 6:00AM Thursday December 26, 2013
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I'm sure you've heard of lycopene by now. It's found in tomatoes and have been talked about in the media as a possible preventative agent for certain types of cancers.

While most of us eat our tomatoes, there are many things we can do with a tomato beyond our favorite dish. Considering that a can of organic tomato paste is around 99 cents and usually cheaper for the generic ones, it's one of the cheaper solutions for your everyday needs.

Here are 5 alternative ways to use your store bought tomato paste:

1. Face mask. Tomato is known to lighten the skin, remove blackheads, soothe sunburn and help with acne. Use a tomato face mask to help with these needs.

2. Neutralizing Hair Dye.
Have you ever had green tint in your locks after a bad coloring job? Use tomato paste or ketchup to bring it back to a neutral color. Read More »

My favorite tech of 2013

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 12:24PM Monday December 23, 2013
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Hey, has anybody seen 2013? It was here just a second ago. Well, dang, I've checked my pockets, my car, even the couch cushions -- crazy thing has up and vanished.

That's okay, I've got one foot in 2014 anyway. But before I go, I want to take one final look back, and talk about my favorite products from the year gone by. As it happens, my picks aren't the everyday tablets and smartwatches you might expect, but rather some lesser-known goodies that came along--often out of the blue--to make the year a little sweeter. Take a look: Read More »

5 Christmas day dessert treats

By DealPro(view all posts by Kristie.Sawicki)
at 6:00AM Thursday December 19, 2013
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(photo courtesy of Surviving the Stores)

When I think of the Christmas Holiday Season I think of delicious and rich things that satisfy all of the senses.

The beautiful lights, sweet holiday music, delicious smells and of course the most amazing tastes.

The Christmas season is the perfect time of year to try out some new holiday sweets!

The following recipes are sure to be a hit with your friends and family:

Frugal Christmas Candy - My family has already been asking since October when we will be able to have their favorite Christmas candy again. This is something I make several times during the holidays only. Read More »

Budget-friendly Christmas Day potluck dish ideas

By DealPro(view all posts by Kristie.Sawicki)
at 6:00AM Tuesday December 17, 2013
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(photo courtesy of Penny Pinchin' Mom)

Our annual Christmas Party is just around the corner. One of the things we started doing years ago was a Potluck style dinner.

After the elegance of a full course Thanksgiving Dinner just a few weeks earlier, I have found that offering a buffet style meal is the easiest way to do things.

I just make sure I am covering the main dish which is generally a ham, but you can choose anything you think your guests will like.

I love giving my guests the option to bring a dish to contribute to the meal, and the eclectic nature of a potluck dinner simply adds to the charm of a low key night celebrating with friends and family. Read More »

DIY Holiday decorations

By DealPro(view all posts by Holly.Syx)
at 6:00AM Thursday December 12, 2013
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Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas will be here before you know it! I think it's just about time to pull out all the stops and decorate every room of the house with tinsel, garland and mistletoe (we wouldn't want to forget that now would we?).

There are tons of styles to decorate with whether you like bright bold colors or a more simplistic Christmas. I think we are all shooting for the same thing and that is a wonderful time together. So grab your family and friends and hold them close and have yourself a Merry Christmas. Read More »

5 tips for extending the life of your Christmas tree

By DealPro(view all posts by Kristie.Sawicki)
at 6:00AM Tuesday December 10, 2013
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This such a magical time of year with the lights, decorations, and of course the Christmas Tree!

Because we love this time of year at my house, I try to make it last as long as I can!

In fact we usually host our final holiday party the weekend after the New Year. As you can probably imagine, having a tree this long can lead to droopy branches and piles of needles on the floor.

In order to keep our tree looking its very best long after Christmas has passed, we use the following tips.

1. Choosing the right tree. The first thing to do to make sure your tree has the longest life span possible, is to choose the right tree from the very start. Sometimes these trees have been sitting around for several days before you see them. There is also the distance it took for your tree to get from the tree farm to your local tree lot. You'll want to choose one that looks fresh. Look at the branches, are they sagging? Check the needles by rubbing you hand across them. If they easily fall off, you'll want to choose a different tree. Read More »