Lifehacker Roundup

Take a “Money Day” to organize your finances
“A Money Day is 8 hours of that boring but important stuff: like starting up that Quicken file, reducing your credit card interest rate, canceling subscriptions you don’t need, and opening up a higher-interest savings account.”

MacGyver Tip: Clean up gasoline stains with dish detergent
“Let it sit for about 10 minutes, then scrub back and forth with a stiff broom before sweeping it away. It will break down the grease and soak it up at the same time.”

How do I get started using Quicken?
“As a self-confessed finance geek…I’m here to tell you that the benefits of using the software greatly outweigh the initially scary climb up the learning curve.”

Google SMS adds flight info
“Just text your flight number to GOOGLE (466453) and in short order you’ll receive a message listing arrival/departure times, flight status and even the airline’s phone number.”

Find your lost child with a USB drive
“The ‘finder’ came to help him, the boy showed the ‘finder’ the labelled USB drive, the ‘finder’ then brought him to security, security plugged the USB drive in to his computer, saw the message and called me on my cellphone.”

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  1. acambras says:

    Personally, I would think the prospect of a whole “money day” would be daunting enough to make me procrastinate as long as possible.

    An alternative would be this: Break it up into a few 2-4 hour sessions. Make a list of projects to be tackled (like items from the list in the article) — some big tasks might eat up a whole session, whereas during another session you might tackle a bunch of little tasks).

    A few evening or weekend sessions might be easier for some people to shoehorn into their schedules than one 8-hour day, especially when a spouse needs to be involved in planning and decision-making.

  2. homerjay says:

    Wow, this post goes GREAT with the one three below it “Quicken and Money are extotrionware”

    Now, how do I get started using quicken?

  3. testkahuna says:

    With regards to the MacGyver Tip – Congratulations, you’ve just made homemade napalm… Good times.