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Mark Frauenfelder

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Mark Frauenfelder is editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine and the founder of the popular site Boing Boing, Mark was an editor at Wired from 1993-1998 and is the founding editor of Wired Online. He covers creative DIY projects and how-tos that will help you make the most of your money.

Park at My House – For a Fee

Personal Finance

Park at My House – For a Fee

Park at My House – For a Fee

If you think the only way your driveway could generate income is by using it for a garage sale, think again. A company called ParkatmyHouse is getting ready to connect spare driveway- and garage-owners with commuters who need a parking space close to work. Already a success in the U.K., ParkatmyHouse is poised to launch… Read More

A Sketchy Way to Manage Your Money

Personal Finance

A Sketchy Way to Manage Your Money

A Sketchy Way to Manage Your Money

Would you take financial advice from a cocktail napkin sketch? Well, it depends on who is sketching. If it’s your brother-in-law, who likes to boast about how he “almost” made a killing investing in Google stock, then the advice is probably not worth the paper it’s on. But if it happens to be sketched by… Read More

Health Care Bills Without the Agony?

Managing Debt

Health Care Bills Without the Agony?

Health Care Bills Without the Agony?

In recent years, utilities, credit card issuers and banks have made a real effort to redesign their statements so they’re easier for their customers to understand. In many cases they’ve succeeded, and I’m grateful. But for some reason, my health insurer (Anthem Blue Cross) has continued to to send me the same kind of inscrutable… Read More

Discardia: Not Anti-Stuff, Just Pro-Awesome

Personal Finance

Discardia: Not Anti-Stuff, Just Pro-Awesome

Discardia: Not Anti-Stuff, Just Pro-Awesome

Getting started with Discardia from Dinah Sanders on Vimeo. In 2002 Dinah Sanders started a personal holiday called Discardia. As she writes in her book, Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff, her quarterly festival celebrates “unconsumption, the slow movement, downshifting, and voluntary simplicity.” In other words, it’s about getting rid of stuff so you can enjoy… Read More

A Smart Read: Managing Debt for Dummies

Managing Debt

A Smart Read: Managing Debt for Dummies

A Smart Read: Managing Debt for Dummies

Why should you spend time reading a book about debt management if you don’t have a problem with personal debt? To me the answer is easy: You never know what’s coming down the road. A medical emergency can easily wipe out your savings, forcing you to dip into your credit cards to cover monthly expenses…. Read More

P.T. Barnum’s Art of Money-Getting

Personal Finance

P.T. Barnum’s Art of Money-Getting

P.T. Barnum’s Art of Money-Getting

P.T. Barnum, the great circus showman of the 19th century, is probably best remembered for saying, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” That’s a shame, because he never said it; his competitor did. And as a result of this misattribution, many people think Barnum was nothing but a brash huckster who wasn’t worth learning from…. Read More

How Mark Boyle Lives on $0 a Year

Personal Finance

How Mark Boyle Lives on $0 a Year

How Mark Boyle Lives on $0 a Year

In these lean times, people want to reduce their spending. It’s easy to cut back on non-essentials like video games and restaurant meals, but once you eliminate discretionary spending you’re stuck with an essentials budget that’s hard to reduce. At least that’s what most of us think. Mark Boyle had different ideas. He’d been working… Read More

BillGuard: We are Smarter than Me

Personal Finance

BillGuard: We are Smarter than Me

BillGuard: We are Smarter than Me

What do you do when you notice an unusual transaction on your credit card? If you’re like most people, you call the credit card company to complain. If you’re really worked up about it you might also post a rant on one of those bitch board web sites where people complain about fraudulent or otherwise… Read More

Snowballs Made Easy with the Debt Free iPhone App

Managing Debt

Snowballs Made Easy with the Debt Free iPhone App

Snowballs Made Easy with the Debt Free iPhone App

Over the summer, I used credit cards to pay for things I’d ordinarily have used cash to purchase: vacation expenses, back-to-school supplies, school books, clothes for my kids, and business travel expenses. It added up fast. As a result, I am now carrying balances on three different credit cards. The total amount I owe is… Read More

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