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Do You Have a Summer Air Conditioning Strategy?

So far in the northeast it has been a hot summer–and we’ve still got a couple of months to go before cooler weather sets in and we can uninstall our window air conditioners. Having grown up with central air (and never being allowed to mess with the thermostat) I never gave much thought to how to most effectively use air conditioning–both to stay comfortable and not waste money or electricity.

ToddMorris Flickr Air Conditioners in a Row

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Does Money Buy Happiness, or Just a Better Life?

Can money buy happiness? Two new surveys – one of them a global poll of 136,000 people in 132 countries – suggest money can indeed buy “life satisfaction” – although it matters less so in our day-to-day feelings.

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How to Contain Rising Electricity Bills

While the big energy story of the century plays out in the Gulf of Mexico, there’s news closer to home that might provide a budget jolt for many consumers: Electricity costs are going up. Some 85 percent of state energy regulators expect the cost of residential electricity to increase next year, according to a recent survey by the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions.

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What Does “Enough” Look Like For You?

In a speech in Quincy, Illinois on Wednesday, President Obama said: “We’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money, but you know, part of the American way is, you can just keep on making it if you’re providing a good product.”
Fox News’ Sean Hannity pounced on the quote, playing it for guest and political consultant Frank Luntz, who declared: “He’s outed himself.”
Outed himself as what? A socialist? Or perhaps a person who has considered the idea that there is such a thing as “enough” on an individual level?

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Hyperopics and the All-Inclusive Vacation

I just got back from six days in the Dominican Republic with my husband and three kids. It was the first time we stayed at an all-inclusive resort, and I learned some important lessons about happiness – specifically for hyperopic people like myself. Hyperopia is an excess of far-sightedness. Hyperopics tend to think too much about the future, and save like crazy for retirement and college. “Carpe diem” isn’t in our vocabulary.

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Free Shipping! Free Shipping!

I don’t have all of my holiday shopping done yet. (Although I’m close!) Luckily, FreeShippingDay.com will make it possible for me to finish the job today, without paying through the nose for express shipping. Here’s how it works.

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What’s Your Time Worth to You?

During the holidays, I’m always struck by how much I have to get done. December is like any other month—just as much work, just as many responsibilities—except that I also have to send out holiday cards, buy presents for pretty much everyone I know (and wrap and ship them), and juggle holiday parties and travel. So every year I make decisions about what’s important to me and what’s worth my time.

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Buying Gadgets – Made Easier

Have you heard about Measy? It’s a new website that makes choosing a new electronic device a whole lot easier. Whether you’re searching for a new digital camera, netbook, or HDTV – for yourself or for a holiday gift for that special someone – Measy takes the anxiety, confusion, and overwhelmingly endless options out of the picture. 

By answering a short quiz about what features matter to you, which don’t, and what your budget is, Measy is able to narrow down the field in a matter of seconds, helping you find the device that is just the right fit for you. It’s more focused and personal than your regular old search engine, and it’s a lot easier than going from store to store listening to sales pitches and wondering if you’re getting the real scoop. 

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Hadley Hutton Black Friday Sale

Hadley Hutton is an artist that I’ve been writing about for quite awhile now over on decor8 because I love her eye, composition, color, subjects — all of it. Her work is primarily encaustic painting, encaustic is another way of saying hot wax painting which is a process involving beeswax (usually) and it is heated and applied to a collage or painting, the wax sometimes has colored pigments added depending on the look that the artist is going for…

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Black Friday Shopping 101 (or 5 Ways to Keep from Spending Money You Shouldn’t)

I’m not a big Black Friday shopper. Never have been. Given the choice between crowded stores full of crazed holiday bargain hunters and my warm bed at 5:00 in the morning, I choose my warm bed. But I respect those of you who plan to brave the long lines and madness to save some money and get a jump on your present buying. As long as you’re wading out into the mayhem, here are some strategies from CouponShack.com that will help you out.

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