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Daniel Packer

Daniel Packer is a personal finance blogger at Sweating The Big Stuff, where he writes about spending money wisely while maintaining a high quality of life.

Latest articles by Daniel Packer

10 Great Uses for Onions

From cleaning rusty knives to training your pets and much more, learn all of the surprising uses for this tasty, tear-inducing plant.

10 Unexpected Home Uses for Mayonnaise

Mayo does more than make everything delicious. From cleaning to killing pests to giving you silky-soft hair, discover all the surprising uses for this condiment.

10 Great Ways to Use Duct Tape

From the kitchen to the clothes closet to medicine cabinet, discover unexpected ways that duct tape can help out all around the house.

20 Household Uses for Pantyhose

From eliminating scratches when you clean to protecting your plants to lowering your heating bills, a pair of nylons can do a lot more than just cover your legs.

New Ways to Listen to Music for Free or Cheap

Why pay for music when you don't have to? Get a constant influx of new music with these totally legal, free (or cheap) music services.

How to Keep Bread Fresh

Here are some tips on how to keep bread fresh for longer.

The World's Most Expensive Waters

If you think the markup on regular bottled H2O is crazy, the prices of these luxury brands will blow you out of the...well, water.

How to Get Rid of Bees

These buzzy insects are important for pollination, but they're not quite fun when they're within stinging distance of your front door. Here's how to deal with them.

How to Avoid Phishing Scams

Scammers always try to pass themselves off as legit. Here's why I thought I was getting scammed recently, and how to make sure it doesn't happen to you.

How to Be a Bad Craigslist Seller

Craigslist can be a great place to buy and sell stuff...or completely frustrating. Do your part by avoiding these awful habits of bad Craigslist sellers.

Big List of Birthday Freebies

It's your birthday, time to take advantage of the one day of the year that people have to be nice to you. Take a look at all the things companies are willing to give you for free!

How to Insure Jewelry for Cheap (or Free!)

Jewelry insurance doesn't need to be expensive. In fact, there are ways of insuring your rings, bracelets, and other baubles without paying a dime!

How to Thrive Before, During, and After Job Fairs

Going to a job fair unprepared can be terrible. Use these tips to make sure your job fair experience is as effective and useful as possible.

Great Ways to Get Calcium

Everyone knows that milk is an excellent source of calcium, but not everyone drinks it. Here are other great ways to get calcium without the milk mustache.

How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free

You can easily see brand-new movies in the theaters for free. Yes, totally free. Really.

What Is a Lipper Average, and Why Should We Care?

Companies brag about how their mutual funds beat Lipper averages. That sounds awesome...until you learn a little more about what a Lipper average is.

5 Ways to Become a Better Negotiator

Terrified of talking price? It's easier than you might think. These tips will help you become the expert negotiator you can be.

How to Survive a Tax Audit

If you've been notified of an audit, don't panic. Follow these steps to help get through it with minimal stress.

5 Ways to Give Cash as a Gift

If you want to give the gift of cash and make the recipient feel like a million bucks, check out these creative ways to wrap moolah.

Do I Have to Report This Income?

Not sure whether or not you should report certain types of income? The answers might surprise you.