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Published on November 17, 2005, by

I’m a big fan of those Coinstar coin-counting machines you find in most grocery stores, but it always seemed like a raw deal having to give them nearly 9% of my money just to count it. Maybe I was a bit lazy giving up that big a cut when I could have rolled the coins

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Published on November 5, 2005, by

Chat rooms and email mailing lists are fine for some types of group conversations, but if you really need to get a group of geographically diverse folks together for a chat nothing beats an old-school conference call — especially when some members of the group are technologically challenged. My own large family has been making

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Published on October 28, 2005, by

There are lots of companies that bend over backwards and offer lots of sweet deals to get you as a customer, but not everyone realizes these same companies are often willing to sweeten the deal to keep you around, too: Cell Phones – Once a year or so call your provider, mention that you’re looking

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Published on October 12, 2005, by

Most folks I know grudgingly accept that printer cartridges are ridiculously expensive, which is part of the reason printers are often ridiculously cheap. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Next time you’re printer shopping, hit eBay and search for that exact printer model. Odds are if it’s any brand but HP or Lexmark

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Published on October 12, 2005, by

If you’re a Netflix customer I don’t have to tell you how awesome it is, and if you’re not you may think you can’t justify spending 18 bucks a month for the standard membership plan. But in asking around I realized that plenty of folks — including current members — didn’t notice that a few

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Published on October 10, 2005, by

I must admit I’m a bit addicted to Woot, a funky online store with an even funkier business model. Just don’t look for store categories or product comparison tools. They sell just one thing at a time, and each night at midnight Central U.S. time a new product goes on sale. If it sells out

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