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Paul Michael

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

Latest articles by Paul Michael

If You're Doing This on Your First Date, You're Not Getting a Second

First dates are nerve-wracking, but you can end them fast — and your shot at a second — before they even get started with any of these moves.

Don't Be Fooled by 2014's Most Common New Scams

Scammers are always finding new ways to trick people out of their money — learn how they do it so it doesn't happen to you.

What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in July

July is a great month to buy a mattress but not so good for a swimsuit. Find out what else is on sale — and what else definitely isn't.

Clams, Cheese, and Bread: Why We Call Money What We Do

Ever wonder why people call a dollar a "greenback" or a "buck?" Read on to learn the roots of those nicknames and more!

You Can Guarantee a Win and 9 Other Bizarre Facts About the Lottery

Learn some true facts about everybody's biggest dream — beating the long odds and winning the lottery. (Including how to guarantee a win!)

You Won't Believe How Much These 10 Rare Coins Are Worth

Check your couch and your piggy bank, and if you find any of these super pricey coins, don't waste them on a pack of gum!

What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in June

June is a great time to buy both donuts and lingerie (Happy Father's Day!). Find out why and learn what else is a good buy after the click!

Weird Money Facts: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Counterfeit Money

Maybe the strangest fact about counterfeits is that they're real until they aren't. Read on for more true facts about phony money.

How to Get Along With Someone You Hate

Whether because of family or career, sometimes you can't avoid "that guy" (or gal). Learn how to deal with people you don't like and be happier for it.

Weird Money Facts: 5 True Cases of Unbelievable Inflation

A dollar doesn't seem go as far as it used to, does it? Compared to these cases of inflation truly run amok, the dollar is the Rock of Gibraltar!

10 Words to Never Use in a Job Interview

Honestly, how you say it matters almost as what you say. Don't make the wrong impression at a job interview by using these words.

What To Buy (and Avoid Buying) in May

Spring has definitely sprung! Now's the time to buy spring supplies for next year, but it's definitely not the time to buy stuff for summer.

Weird Money Facts: Why We Throw Money in Fountains

Ever wonder where the tradition of throwing coins into wishing wells originated? Well, read on and wonder no more!

Dementia Sucks: Keep Your Brain Strong With These 10 Things

Your brain isn't really a muscle, but you still can improve its function and fitness with the right mix of nutrition and conditioning. Learn how.

10 Surprising and Useful Things to Do With Ketchup

That bottle of ketchup in the fridge can do a lot more than dress up a burger. Learn what else your favorite condiment can do for you.

Are You Getting Ripped Off by One of These 8 Unnecessary Services?

The surest way to waste money is to buy products and services you don't need. If you're paying for any of these, stop!

What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in April

If you want to spend some of your tax refund, get your money's worth by reviewing the deals in this month's What to Buy.

25 Healthy Recipes for Lazy People

You know you should eat healthier, but what a hassle! Not anymore. Eat well without breaking a sweat with this collection of easy healthy meals.

10 Popular Life Hacks That Don't Actually Work

Everybody loves a good labor-saving, clever shortcut, right? Unless it's one of these clever shortcuts that wind up costing you more time or money — or both!

25 Ways to Be a Better, Happier Person

Want to make the world a better place? Start by making a better you with these 25 easy, feel good self-improvements.