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Paul Michael

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

Latest articles by Paul Michael

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.

9 Pricing Secrets Grocery Stores Don't Want You to Know

Wanna know a money-saving secret? Before your next grocery run, brush up on these sneaky pricing codes of your favorite stores.

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.

9 Cities You Never Knew Went Bankrupt

We all know the plight of Detroit, but the Motor City isn't the only American city to go BK. You might be surprised by these other bankrupt 'burgs.

10 Things You Should Always Buy and Sell on eBay

Whether you're searching for a rarity or cleaning out the closets, eBay is the place to go — as long as you know what moves and why.

10 Everyday Inconveniences We Don't Miss

Ever miss the days when getting lost meant pulling out a crinkly paper map, and then calling for help on the nearest payphone? We don't either.

21 Surprising Uses for Vinegar

Is there anything vinegar can't do? This pantry jack-of-all-trades proves over and over again why you should never be without it.

8 Easy DIY Car Repairs to Save Big

When it comes to small auto repairs, skip the repair shop and find your inner greasemonkey — it's much cheaper and plenty satisfying, too.

8 Cool Stores We Miss

Trying massage chairs at Sharper Image, thumbing through vinyl at Tower Records... Let's reminisce about our favorite old stores.

The 10 Best High Paying Jobs for Introverts

You don't need to be a social butterfly to land a high-paying gig. These lucrative jobs are perfect for ambitious shrinking violets.

10 Unexpected Uses for Laundry Detergent

Who says laundry soap is just for clothes? Try it for one of these other common household clean ups.

8 Creative Ways to Save Money on Food

When life hands you a smaller budget, take your frugality to another dimension. Keep your household food costs in check by going unconventional.

The 10 Best Personal Finance Jingles of All Time

These finance-themed earworms will be stuck in your head all day. Don't say we didn't warn you.

12 Makeup Hacks From the Pros

What do cold cream, lighters, and eye drops have in common? They are essential multi-taskers in one makeup artist's hack-tastic make-up bag.

10 Lies Rich People Never Tell Themselves

A little white lie can keep your bank account in the red. Are you making your money matters worse with the stories you tell yourself?

10 Things You Should Always Order on Amazon

For these frequent household buys, Amazon's low prices and convenience really shine. Are you still buying these everyday goods at the store?

The 8 Life Skills You Must Learn in Your 40s

You're never too old to stop learning! By the time you hit the big 4-0, consider mastering these eight essential life skills.

11 Cool Uses for Your Coffee Maker

Your coffee pot can't fry an egg, but it can certainly poach one. What else can your coffee maker do for you?