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How to save on aphrodisiacs: Don't buy them (unless they're tasty)

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Mike.Pearl)
at 6:00AM Friday February 14, 2014
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This Valentines Day, if you must read one sentence about aphrodisiacs, please let it be this one: Don't buy any so-called aphrodisiacs, and instead save your money for a nice dinner. That's the FDA's longstanding position, and the Mayo Clinic's, but they're obviously going to be boring and conservative about risks you might take. I'm much less conservative, but I agree with them completely.

The internet is a perfect machine designed to trick people into buying fake aphrodisiacs, and it's been that way for decades. Imagine this was your first day here. If you were like most people, within seconds you would be aroused by the internet's limitless free titillation, made insecure by a completely unfiltered flow of targeted advertising, and bombarded by deceptive spam messages offering a quick solution to your problem.

In many ways, the internet has made good on its promise to provide us with just the answers to things instantly, as with this amazing Google feature that automatically harvests information from reliable sources, and presents it in the search engine results page -- my vote for Best thing Humanity has Ever Accomplished: Read More »

Other fun things you can do with those ridiculously long CVS receipts

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Grant.Pardee)
at 9:00AM Wednesday February 12, 2014
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CVS, or Heaven's Commissary as I like to think of it, has made headlines recently as the first national pharmacy to cease cigarette sales at all locations. It's a pretty brave move, plus it makes it look like maybe Walgreens and Rite-Aid support lung cancer, which is a plus for the CVS brand. Personally, I support this move from CVS. Smoking cigarettes is like wearing a fedora: you only think it looks cool because of the black and white photographs. But you don't live in a black and white photograph and you just look like a loser when you do it.

The other thing CVS has been known for recently, and you may know this if you've shopped there at all, is that if you swipe your Extra Care card at checkout, you're subject to receiving an extraneously long receipt with multiple coupons on it. It's great for deals, but these coupons actually have many uses that you may find helpful. Read More »

Make money from your smartphone's lock screen

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 8:30AM Tuesday February 11, 2014
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If you've ever shopped for a Kindle tablet or e-reader, you know that Amazon offers a discounted price if you opt for the "Special Offers" version, which displays ads on the lock screen.

Personally, I have no problem with that. A lock screen isn't a place I typically linger; it's the only thing standing between me and Candy Crush Saga (uh, I mean, books--the only thing standing between me and books). Power button, swipe, done. A quick glance at an ad during those 1.5 seconds? In exchange for money? Fine by me. Read More »

5 reasons you should be eating garbage

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Gabi.Moskowitz)
at 9:00AM Monday February 10, 2014
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It's common knowledge that fresh vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet.You know this. This is why you buy, cook and eat them on the regular. Every week, you dutifully fill your cart with your local market's bounty. You chop, toss, roast, and sauté. You feel pretty darn good about this.

But then you go and do a stupid thing: you throw away the scraps.

Dude. Stop doing that.

Fresh vegetables (especially organic ones) can be expensive, and this means you should be making the most of them! So often, their scraps (better known as the parts of produce we tend to immediately compost) can actually be made quite delicious with just a little bit of effort. So delicious, in fact, you might even find you prefer some of these "trashy" preparations to the whole vegetable. Better yet, using every last bit means your money goes further because your veggies yield more meals. You get to pat yourself on the back for helping minimize waste (go you!). Read More »

Three cool tricks for Netflix users

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 11:33AM Friday January 31, 2014
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Netflix is so awesome, there are times I want to take it behind the bleachers and make out with it.

In fact, it's kind of ridiculous how good a deal it is. For eight bucks a month you get unlimited streaming to any and every device you own: phones, tablets, PCs, Apple TVs, Roku boxes, game consoles, and so on.

Of course, as wonderful as Netflix is, there are ways to make it better. Below I've rounded up three of my favorite tips for getting more from the service--two of them free, all of them awesome. Read More »

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 »