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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.

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

It Pays to Read These Comic Books

Personal Finance

It Pays to Read These Comic Books

It Pays to Read These Comic Books

When I was a kid my parents told me I read too many comic books. “You are wasting your time,” my father said. “You should read something with more substance.” My father was probably right. My favorite comic as child was Richie Rich, which starred a kindhearted and astronomically wealthy child who lived a life... Read More

Cross Cut Shredders Keep Identity Thieves Very Busy

Identity Theft

Cross Cut Shredders Keep Identity Thieves Very Busy

In an age when identity thieves are on the lookout for personally identifiable information, we need to be all the more careful about storing and discarding our sensitive documents. I’ve written here before about my decision to go paperless. I accomplished this with three tools: 1. A Scanner. I got the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 sheetfed... Read More

Save Money and Have Fun Roasting Your Own Coffee

Personal Finance

Save Money and Have Fun Roasting Your Own Coffee

Save Money and Have Fun Roasting Your Own Coffee

A few years ago I got serious about making my own espresso. For one thing, I was getting annoyed about spending $2 for a cup of espresso, and for another, I didn’t like having to drive or walk to the local coffee shop a couple of times a day for my caffeine fix. So I... Read More

Having Fun with Your Finances

Personal Finance

Having Fun with Your Finances

Having Fun with Your Finances

Call me crazy, but I’d much rather play a couple of rounds of Angry Birds rather than make a plan to pay down my credit card debt. It turns out a lot of people think games are more fun than twiddling with budgets on a spreadsheet. That’s why the trend of “gamification”— incorporating game-like elements... Read More

SmartyPig iPhone App Makes Saving for Goals Even Easier

Personal Finance

SmartyPig iPhone App Makes Saving for Goals Even Easier

SmartyPig iPhone App Makes Saving for Goals Even Easier

I really like SmartyPig, an online layaway system that lets you set a goal for a major purchase and have a set amount deducted from one of your checking or savings accounts every month (or twice a month). I wrote about SmartyPig last year and you can read my post here. This kind of goal-based... Read More

Make Nice Smelling Cleaning Products at Home

Personal Finance

Make Nice Smelling Cleaning Products at Home

Make Nice Smelling Cleaning Products at Home

Lately my wife has been complaining about the awful smell of home cleaning products. I agree with her; the harsh chemical smell is off-putting. So I bought a book called Make Your Place, by Raleigh Briggs, which has recipes for nice-smelling cleaning solutions, as well as skin care products, and home health remedies. After deciding... Read More

Would You Steal Medicine to Save Your Spouse’s Life?

Personal Finance

Would You Steal Medicine to Save Your Spouse’s Life?

A woman has cancer and will die unless she takes a special kind of medicine. This medicine is a type of radium that a pharmacist discovered. The drug cost $200 to make, and the pharmacist sold it for $2,000. The dying woman's husband, Heinz, could not afford to buy the medicine. Heinz broke into the drugstore and stole the drug for his wife. Should Heinz have done that?

Interview with a Car Broker

Auto Loans

Interview with a Car Broker

When I wrote about “Car Dealers' Tricks -- and How to Dodge Them” in June, a number of readers were curious about my mention of using a car broker to purchase a car. I like using brokers because they reduce the hassle and uncertainty of car buying.

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