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Today is National Pizza Day, and that means there are tons of deals and freebies to be had over the next week. So drop your original dinner plans—they were probably boring anyway—and get yourself a slice of heaven. Laura Northrop at The Consumerist has put together a list of all of the cheesy, stuffed crust, extra anchovy goodness. Some of the highlights include: Pilot Flying J: Get a free slice of pizza with a coupon from the chain’s Facebook page.
Some products try to use phrases and tags like “Made in Italy” as a selling point, even if it’s not entirely true. This app can tell you if that olive oil, cheese, or clothing item was actually made in Italy. The app, developed by the Reliabitaly nonprofit organization, is designed to promote and protect true “Made in Italy” products.
Sometimes finding your confidence is as simple as breaking the ice. The next time you’re at a conference, party, or other social event, try this game for a quick confidence boost. On his blog I Will Teach You to Be Rich, Ramit Sethi shares one of his favorite tricks for building confidence in potentially awkward social environments: the “60 seconds” confidence game.
We’ve come a long way from the simple “trusted trio” method of organizing our inbox, and for many of us our email is as disorganized as it’s ever been. To beat back the tide, this five folder system gives you a bit more flexibility to clean things up, but still keep everything you need just one click away. Fast Company outlines the whole system at the link below, but here are the five folders in question: Inbox: the inbox is a holding pen.
Restaurants use a clever trick to make their steaks seem better than the ones you cook at home, and it’s all in the plating. You can easily use the same trick at home and make your already great steak dinners even better. As Brittany Burke at The Kitchn explains, heating your plate before serving keeps that perfectly cooked medium-rare steak from turning cold after the first few bites. Your steak stays warm longer, which means it stays irresistibly delicious longer.
I often imagine the leaning tower of Pisa to be a physical manifestation of my ebook queue. I want to finish more books, but can’t seem to get through them quickly enough. As Harvard Business Review (HBR) explains, it’s not about reading speed, but about creating concerted efforts to read. Here are tips to do just that. My Secret to Reading a Lot of Books My Secret to Reading a Lot of Books My Secret to Reading a Lot of Books My girlfriend says I have a thing for books.
We’ve mentioned before that you should file your taxes as early as possible to thwart identity thieves and give yourself time to make payments. If that’s not enough motivation, here are a few more reasons. As personal finance site Money Ning points out, if you’re buying a house or filing a FAFSA, you need to include tax return information. Putting off your taxes can take those processes take longer as well.
Mindfulness and meditation are well-known ways to combat anxiety and stress, but they can be hard to fit into a busy schedule. If you need a quick way to curb a stream of anxiety-inducing thoughts, try this grounding exercise that you can fit in no matter where you are.
We often think of happiness as those moments when we feel especially joyful or bright, but seeking out only those moments can lead to feeling like you’re not happy at all. Here’s why you should embrace only feeling okay, too.
iOS/Android: We sleep in cycles and you can feel completely groggy or fully rested depending on where you are in the cycle when you wake up. Smart Alarm Clock tracks your sleep cycles and wakes you up at just the right time.
Kevin Malone on The Office doesn’t do a lot of things well, but he sure does know how to make a delicious batch of chili. It’s probably the thing he does best. Here’s how to make it at home. In this video, YouTube chef Andrew Rea shows you how to make a chili recipe that’s been passed down the Malone bloodline for generations.
You might think a good night’s just rest means getting through the night without any issues, but there are actually four quantifiable factors sleep scientists use to measure sleep quality. This is exactly what “a good night’s sleep” entails. In the most recent issue of the journal Sleep Health, the National Sleep Foundation explained exactly what getting a good night’s sleep means when it comes to scientific studies.
Every year, backup service Backblaze takes a look at failure rates amongst the hard drives in its data centers. This year’s no different, and they’ve got all kinds of stats for all kinds of drive. Online Backup Faceoff: CrashPlan vs. Backblaze Online Backup Faceoff: CrashPlan vs. Backblaze Online Backup Faceoff: CrashPlan vs.
If you knew how many hours you’d have to work to buy that new TV, or a new car, how would that affect your decision to buy it? This calculator can help you find out. The tool, created by personal finance site Frugal Fringe, takes a look at how many hours you’d have to work to pay off a large expenditure. It doesn’t take the easy way out, either.
If you’re planing a big party or game day extravaganza, you might ask yourself if it’s more economical to buy a beer keg instead of a few cases. Here’s a simple rule of thumb you can use to find out. Kegs of beer are appealing because they provide a lot of beer for less, you don’t end up with a bunch of cans and bottles lying around, and you don’t have to make room in your fridge for everybody’s six-pack.