Paul Michael's blog

Always Use Cash for These 5 Things

Nothing's easier for paying than swiping plastic, but cash is still king, and sometimes it'll save you some money, too.

10 Surprising Ways to Use Bungee Cords

Bungee cords come in many colors and sizes and that means you can be stylish when you're using them for more than tying down loose loads.

8 Things in Your Garage You Should Throw Out Today

It's likely your garage has become a safe place for all your old clutter. Quit hanging onto old junk and let it go. Start with this short list.

10 Surprising Things You Can Rent

In the long run, renting costs more. But if a short term fling is your thing, you can probably rent it — whatever "it" is.

What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in November

Skip the iPad 3 Mini, but do reach for a new HDTV, which are stupendously cheap this month.

10 Ways to Repair a Burned Bridge

We've all ended a work or personal relationship badly. Mend a broken connection and you'll regain a valued friend or a colleague -- forever this time.

10 Types of Bargains You Should Skip

It's easy to be drawn in by BOGO's siren song — sometimes with actual sirens! But check the fine print and the math to make sure the deal is real.

12 Surprising Things You Should Keep in Your Fridge

No, this is not a list of 12 strange foods to keep in the refrigerator. It's a list of common non-food items that will benefit from the cold, too.

5 Customer Service Battles You Just Can't Win

Put your phone scripts away, give up escalating, and don't bother screaming because whatever happens, you're not getting your money back.

7 Things That Make You Look Cheap Without Actually Saving Much Money

We all should be sensible with our spending, but sometimes we go too far. Are you guilty of any of these false economies?

What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in October

Scare up some deals on lawn care and denim this month, but hide from winter clothing and appliances, which are frightfully pricey this month.

7 More Travel Destinations That Aren't Worth the Money

These popular destinations get a lot of hype, but for the travelers who visit them, there's mostly a lot of disappointment. Don't be one of them!

The 8 Scariest Things Probably Coming to Air Travel

If you think flying coach is uncomfortable now, just wait until you see what the airline industry has planned for you!

8 Dark-Side Motivations to Start Saving

If the usual motivations to save aren't working (emergencies, big purchases, your future), let your dark side guide your money.

Are You a Hothead? 10 Things Patient People Never Say

Sometimes even the best of us lose our cool. If you find yourself belting out any of these phrases frequently — you may need to tone it down.

10 Little Words That Will Get You the Best Price, Every Time

There's nothing complicated about getting the best price — you just need to know what to say.

What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in September

Autumn leaves will be falling soon and these are the deals you should rake up — as well as the over-priced stuff you should leave on the shelves.

8 Powerful Brain Hacks You Can Do in Under 2 Minutes

Your brain is a powerful tool! Make sure you're using its power for good.

12 Awesome Things You Didn't Know You Could Get at the Library

Your local library shares a lot more than books and old movies these days. Find out what you're missing by not renewing your library card.

7 Popular Vacation Spots That Aren't Worth the Money (and Where to Go Instead)

If you've chosen any of these overhyped destinations for your next vacation, prepare to be underwhelmed (and overcharged).