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Nicholas Pell

 Nicholas Pell has had just about every low-paying job possible before becoming a full-time information jockey. He lives in Hollywood, California.

 

Latest articles by Nicholas Pell

6 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself

All the productivity tricks in the world are can't help you if you're lacking motivation. Read on to get some gumption!

5 Amazing, Cheap Places to Live as an Expat

Looking for adventure overseas but don't know how to afford it? These five places welcome expats, and you may even fly home with more in savings.

The 5 Best Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Being swamped at work is not a badge of honor — it's a sign of inefficiency. Get more done with these smart tips.

Stupid Tax Return Mistakes That Will Get You Audited

Even if you're using tax preparation software or a service, you may find yourself caught in an audit if you commit any of these costly mistakes.

How to Tell If Someone Is Lying (Other Than the Long Nose)

Most of the time we trust other people to tell the truth, but sometimes something doesn't seem right. Here's how to tell if someone is fibbing.

Find Love With These Fun and Cheap First Date Ideas

Forget dinner and a movie. A killer first date should be about the two of you, and the world you can explore — together.

6 Ways to Always Have Something Interesting to Say

Never be at a loss for words with this collection of intriguing and informative sources of conversation icebreakers.

How to Host House Guests Without Going Crazy

The next time you have house guests, follow these suggestions to make the stay easier on both you and your guests.

Why Your Boss Should Let You Screw Around on the Internet

The next time your boss catches you reading Wise Bread, share a link to this post. Your "slacking" may actually add to the company's bottom line.

6 Great Horror Movies You Can Watch for Free

If you're after cheap thrills this Halloween, free classic horror movies are hard to beat. Since these are all in the public domain, you don't have to fear the copyright ghouls.

5 Ways to Break Your Social Media Habit

Spending more time with your virtual community than with your real one? Discover how to limit your likes, shares, and tweets and regain control of your time.

Quick and Dirty Skin Care for Men: How Grandpa Used to Do It

Back in the day, careful personal grooming was manly. Get reacquainted with the simple skin care rites of our forefathers and look and feel younger, too.

It's Not Too Late to Save on Back-to-School Shopping

If you're still in need of back-to-school notebooks and pens, or stocking up for next year, swoop in now to grab some great school supply deals.

Buy a Car With the Money You Save by Shaving Smarter

With a switch to a safety razor, most men could trim enough from their budgets to eventually buy a modestly priced car. (And look better while striking the deal.)

Save Money by "Hypermiling" Your Air Conditioning

Summer isn't over yet, and neither is the summer heat. Keep your cool and your dollars a little longer by stretching your AC's chill as far as it will go.

6 Things Every College Student Must Know About Private Student Loans

Private student loans may look like a good way to fund your education, but there are a few things you should know before you sign the paperwork.

Preparing Financially for a Natural Disaster

Hurricane Sandy's devastation served as an important reminder for many — when it comes to emergency planning, you need an emergency financial plan too.

Stupid Credit Card Tricks: How Your Credit Card Company Lies to You

Credit card companies employ a number of tricks to keep you in debt. Learn them before you're swimming in it.

Save Money With a Classic Wet Shave

Old-school men's shaving doesn't just look cool — it's also frugal, eco-friendly, and a great way to pamper yourself.

10 Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home

You don't need to empty your wallet at the spa to enjoy facials, manicures, and more. Discover 10 luxurious treatments you can do on your own.