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Paul Michael

An adman with inside knowledge, I'll steer you to wiser choices.

Latest articles by Paul Michael

25 Major Retailers That Give Employees Time Off for Thanksgiving

For some stores, Black Friday starts on Thanksgiving. These major retailers are fighting back — and keeping employees home for the holiday.

8 Green Products That Aren't

Pretty packaging may boast an eco-friendly product, but too often green is only skin deep. Beware of greenwashing!

8 Career Mistakes to Stop Making by 30

By age 30, you should know better than to make any of these career mistakes. If not, soon you may be looking for another career.

10 Smart Household Uses for Rope

Rope is so versatile for holding things in place, but you can also use it for great home decor, too. Get your knot on!

12 Smart Uses for Safety Pins

The humble safety pin can do more than just conceal clothing tears. Dig a couple out from the bottom of the drawer and put them to work!

8 Best Hobbies for Introverts

Who says you have to be a social butterfly to have fun? These great hobbies are perfect for introverts.

6 Extreme Job Interview Tactics That Worked

Get up and walk out of a job interview? Sure, that worked and so did these other insane interview tricks. How far will you go for a job?

Video Resumes and 5 Other Cool Tricks to Land the Job

Stand out from the masses with these clever and creative job-hunting tactics. You're hired!

9 Unusual Jobs Technology Destroyed

They took our jerbs! Technology is amazing — and the reason it's hard to be a leech collector or gandy dancer these days.

9 Ways to Actually Enjoy Leftover Pizza

Does anybody really enjoy cold, day old pizza? Take leftover pizza to the next level with some clever, simple, and delicious recipes.

8 Office Mistakes Everyone Makes But Doesn't Talk About

Shake your head all you want, we know you're guilty of these office faux pas. We all are!

Never Order Fish on Mondays and 7 Other Bad Days to Buy Stuff

Mark your calendar and hide your wallet. These shopping days of the week, month, and even year come with higher prices and lower quality.

9 Crazy Investments of the Rich and Famous

The rich and famous are no strangers to wild money matters. Do any of these crazy investments ring a bell?

9 Ways to Save on Prescriptions

Whether it's cutting coupons or buying generic, prescription drug costs can be whittled down with a little insight... and this free advice!

10 Things You Should Never Say in a Work Email

Email is essential. But in the office, these 10 typed-out phrases are major no-nos — your job could be at risk!

8 Times You Should Demand a Discount

Whether it's a dented floor model dishwasher, or you're paying in cash… know that you can — and should — demand a discount.

7 Social Situations All Introverts Fear

Crowded places, watchful eyes, chatty strangers — these are the introvert's worst social nightmares. Here's how to soldier through.

12 Reasons You Can't Focus — And How to Fix It Now

A wandering mind is no friend to productivity. If you can't focus, it might be due to these 12 unhealthy habits.

9 Skills That Will Be Obsolete Soon

Today's youth will never know the struggles of flirting, parallel parking, or writing in cursive. What skills will you forget soon?

The 10 Best Pieces of Cooking Advice From Julia Child

You don't have to go far to find your inner chef. Master these evergreen cooking hacks from one of the culinary world's most inspiring women.