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Want to track your iPhone use? This app makes it possible

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By 8:30 a.m. last Monday, I had already used my iPhone X nearly 60 times — or once a minute since I started working — according …

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Win every fall potluck with this easy $12 chili recipe

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Fall is finally in the air and for me, it means pulling out my slow cooker and making some hearty chili. Chili is great for many …

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How much car insurance is required in each state?

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Almost every state requires motorists have car insurance — for the good, the bad and the weird. Unfortunately for those looking for easy answers, each one …

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How to go cash only this fall

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The summer is just about over, which means we’re in the home stretch when it comes to meeting end-of-the-year financial goals. If you strayed a little …

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What happens when your check bounces?

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Ever wonder what happens if your check bounces?  Although checks might seem like relics of the past, many companies still use them, and so we must …

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How to improve your home’s air with smart gadgets

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Indoor air quality is important, but until recently, it was difficult to know how many contaminants like dust and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), were in your …

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Does your relationship rest on the quality of your sleep?

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Does the way you sleep with your partner correlate with how happy your relationship is? Of all the things that couples share with each other – …

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5 smart devices for making the best cheeseburger ever

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Summer may be over, but that’s OK — the perfect cheeseburger knows no season. Sure, anyone can cook some ground beef on a grill, but these cooking-inspired gadgets …

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8 smart-home devices that help fight your fall allergies

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Far be it from us to wish away the summer and start talking about autumn, but if you suffer from fall allergies, you may find it …

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What would you give up for a better night’s sleep?

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Millions of Americans have trouble sleeping. In fact, the Cleveland Clinic estimates that 70 million Americans fall into this category. Troubled sleep can range from tossing …

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How to ensure that your mortgage loan gets approved

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Buying a home can be as nerve-wracking as it is thrilling. Indeed, applying for a mortgage is the most stressful part of the process for many prospective buyers. …

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8 great apps for working remotely

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You can’t make it through the work day without using at least two work-focused apps on your phone or computer. Apps like these are especially crucial for …

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How Alexa can save you grocery money

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You can use Amazon Alexa to find deals on groceries— and even end up shopping less. After years of effort, Amazon is finally in the grocery …

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The 15 most expensive U.S. natural disasters since 1980

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When a natural disaster comes our way, we can feel powerless to its effects. And those effects don’t just hurt our hometowns, but our pockets as well. 2017 …

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The 5 best gadgets to up your coffee game

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For those of us who run on caffeine, a cup of coffee is an essential part of nearly every morning. The process of making coffee, usually …

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Kitchen gadgets that make back-to-school meals a breeze

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While children may feel sad about summer ending, parents usually feel stressed about back-to-school, and that includes meals. Dinner time can be chaos with parents returning …

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1 year after Equifax breach, Americans think more about ID theft

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Americans may be taking identity theft more seriously one year after the Equifax data breach. In a LendingTree.com survey of roughly 1,000 people, over 90 percent …

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Digital health devices are coming to your home

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Tech tools can give you more control than ever over your sleep, skin care and home remedies. New devices are working their way into the kitchen, the …

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Renovating? Here’s what to consider when planning your budget

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When talking to homeowners about the cost of renovation, you quickly learn that everyone has a story, and most of them are punctuated with a headache. …

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6 hidden costs of being a homeowner

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You’re ready to be a homeowner. You’ve researched homeowner expenses and know the horror stories of furnaces kicking it in the dead of winter and air …

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This simple lunch can cost less than $1 a day

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If you’re tired of shelling out $10 a day or more for a ho-hum lunch at the deli around the corner from your office, you’re in …

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How wireless charging will power your smartphone through thin air

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Imagine being able to charge your smartphone without plugging it in. Imagine a world in which you can sit in a restaurant or wander through an …

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7 things your smartphone can save you from buying

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My phone is my personal assistant and my boredom companion. I mean, for how much it cost, it better be. Thank to all the apps out …

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Strange things you can be fined for in every state

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There are a ton of laws in America — some of them obvious, some of them not so obvious. While in some states you can own …

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12 ways to save for a new home while renting

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When a good majority of your take-home pay goes to your landlord, it becomes a challenge to muster up the cash for a mortgage and down …

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19 ways Alexa brings the doctor to you

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Want to ask medical questions whenever you think of them? Alexa can oblige.  There are lots of Alexa Skills that can provide health tips and other information. …

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How to deal with a debt collector

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So, you’ve been getting calls from a debt collector. What now? Believe it or not, all hope isn’t lost when an account go to collections. Read …

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Traveling to Europe? Leave this tech at home

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It can be hard to decide what to pack and what to leave behind. Being away from the United States is pretty fun — you get …

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Everyone ought to have an IRA

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In his classic Broadway musical comedy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,. Steve Sondheim tells us that “Everybody ought to have a …

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10 ways to save at fine-dining restaurants

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If you consider yourself a bit of a gourmand, but your finances are aligned more closely with pho than foie gras, we have good news. You …

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9 ways Amazon Alexa can help you in the kitchen

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Between playing music, reading the news, sounding morning alarms and playing games, the Amazon Echo smart speaker and its Alexa assistant can be useful all over …

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10 simple things every leader needs to stop doing

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I’ve spent my entire life turning struggling companies around.  After working with dozens of organizations, I’ve begun to see the patterns that led to their challenges. …

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Everything you need to know about Google Smart Displays

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The battle between Amazon and Google for control of your smart home is about to kick up a notch — Google is preparing to sell Smart Displays. These …

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5 examples of toxic corporate behavior

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Suffering has become a hallmark of the modern workplace. In my work as a coach and consultant, I’ve listened to employees talk about coercion, being forced …

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How to deal with a terrible college roommate

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Your freshman college roommate is often the first and most important relationship you form at school. But it’s a crapshoot. This person might become a lifelong …

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The best young chef in every state

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Knowing who’s who in the culinary scene can make a big difference when planning a trip or looking for a new favorite restaurant. Watching new chefs …

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How the WeWork experience is revolutionizing the workplace

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When we consider an office, we traditionally think of it as a physical space: a building or floor in one and the tables, chairs, filing cabinets, …

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8 money moves for when you expect one baby … but find out you’re having two (or three)

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Planning for the financial impact of a single baby is challenging. But if you just learned you’re having twins, triplets or more, you may be wondering …

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6 ways to pamper your pup for National Dog Day

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It’s safe to say life wouldn’t be as wonderful, or active, without your dog. For all the love they give, dogs don’t ask for much in …

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The dos & don’ts of buying at a wholesale club

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Because I write about smart shopping, you’d think that I’d be adept at shopping in all forms. Not always! As a new member of Costco, it …

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5 things to throw on the grill that aren’t meat

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Nothing says summer like barbecue, fun tunes, your favorite people and a relaxing night in the backyard. But after barbecuing all summer, you’re probably getting tired …

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10 things I learned living out of my super bike for 3 months

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Maybe you think I’m crazy. You wouldn’t be the first. Sometimes I think I’m crazy, and I actually rode Voodoo for three months. Who? Oh, of …

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How much does it cost to turn the average house into a smart home?

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Most people’s idea of a smart home is adding a device that can control lights, plugs and door locks. But what if you wanted to make your …

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How long do negative items stay on my credit report?

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How long do negative items stay on my credit report? This is the question anyone in need of credit might ask if bankruptcy, collections accounts, or …

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4 times when it’s right to bundle your home & car insurance

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Most carriers don’t sell strictly homeowners, or strictly auto insurance, and nothing else. So if you go to a company for a car insurance policy, there’s …

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6 smart light platforms for transforming your home

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Along with smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, a common first step into the smart home world is lighting. These LED bulbs connect …

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Millennials in the workplace: What do they love?

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When conducting a job search, millennials often scroll down to see the perks a company offers before reading the general description. They’ll likely search for the company on …

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How to keep your job when you’ve totally screwed up

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Alejandro got his first job out of college in 2009 as an associate buyer at a grocery store warehouse in Louisiana. He was responsible for ordering …

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How smart voice assistants will help make us trust autonomous cars

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Autonomous driving, attractive software and assistants like Alexa are rewriting the rules of how we drive. A decade ago, if an automotive engineer talked about a …

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A workplace meditation room can increase your bottom line

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Managers like to see the numbers before investing in new tools to improve their business and get the most from their workforce. So, here is a …