During a weak economy, people may be reluctant to spend hard-earned money on investments and risk losing it all. Money blog Steadfast Finances says there's no need to be fearful of investing as long as you're smart about it.
There are loads of free audio and ebooks available online for the taking, but tracking them down across their many sources can be tough. Web-based search tool Librophile makes the job a lot easier.
Google Voice is a solid option for your personal phone needs, but it might not be professional enough for freelancers and small business owners. Phonebooth is a great alternative that gives you a dedicated phone number, free minutes, and more.
Chrome is a terrific browser on its own, but FastestChrome makes it even better. It adds extra search options to the Omnibar, creates "endless scrolling" for multi-page articles, fixes text-only URLs, and tunes up other Chrome features.
It's a little over a month until the taxman cometh. That's still plenty of time to do your taxes if you haven't yet, but we're curious: Have you filed your tax returns already?
We love traveling with our pets, but we don't like gambling on whether the hotel where we want to stay allows animals. Web site GoPetFriendly helps figure out where to rest your head without leaving Rover behind.
It's hard for a lot of us to separate our work and home lives under the best of circumstances. When you work from home it's even more difficult, but blogger Pat Flynn found a method that works for him.
Knowing that you're getting a federal tax refund is awesome, but the wait for it to land in your bank account or mailbox can be maddening. Finance blog Get Rich Slowly show us how to check the status of your refund anytime.
There's an informal assumption that spinach and other leafy greens lose nutrients the longer they sit on grocery store shelves, and it's actually backwards. A plant physiologist in Texas says supermarket lighting actually boosts the vitamin content in your salad fixings.
A luxurious soak in the bathtub is that much better when you can sink all the way up to your chin. Use Deep Water Bath to override the overflow valve and get extra inches of water in the tub.
Some financial planners advise making two half payments on your mortgage each month instead of one full sum. The idea is that homeowners will save thousands of dollars over the years in interest payments. Does this idea hold water?
One of the toughest aspects of staying productive is overcoming the ups and downs of motivation. Spending 10 minutes getting organized in the morning, then 15 minutes again in the evening, can help even out your daily go-get-'em energy.
Meetings don't have to be the bane of the workday existence. Try scheduling them in 22-minute blocks to get more out of them and spend less time hating them.
If you like Google Wave's real-time collaboration but not the interface or registration, check out TypeWith.me. It's a solid, simple, as-you-type document collaboration webapp with no sign-up required.
After a busy day at work, the only thing more daunting than preparing a full-fledged dinner is cleaning up a pile of dishes afterward. The Home Ec 101 blog offers a tasty meal idea that uses only a baking sheet.
Every home should have at least one fire extinguisher, but there are many kinds with different purposes. Home improvement blog This Old House deciphers what label codes mean, so you can buy the right kind for each room.
Want to hire someone to design your business cards, teach you backflip techniques, or send you a postcard from France on the cheap? Fiverr hooks you up with people willing to do all sorts of neat things for five bucks.
Click to viewABC7 News compared "healthy" (and more expensive) Campbell's tomato soup with their regular offering and discovered some very misleading health claims. It's a good reminder to read food label fine print to make sure you get what you pay for.
In light of all the natural disasters wreaking havoc across the globe, I've realized I should take a home inventory to document everything I own for insurance purposes. What's the best way to do this?
If you're trying to cut back on or give up caffeine, then you already know to avoid coffee. But the eye-opening stimulant is found in lots of other beverages, and even some food and medications.