Queercents Weekly Roundup

Happy Saturday everyone! It’s a beautiful day and I’ll be spending it the best way I can think of…doing homework. Ok, that’s totally not the best way I can think of (a bike ride would be way better) but apparently being a grad student takes a lot of work. Who knew? Of course, there’s always time for the roundup.

  • Mawlynnong has been touted as the cleanest and most environmentally conscious city in India. Check out how they pulled that off here. (Read it at BBC)
  • An AIDS vaccine is showing some success in Thailand. (Read it at NYTimes)
  • Today is Museum Day! That means free admission to hundreds of museums. (Read it at Lifehacker) Read the rest of this entry »

Queercents Weekly Roundup

It’s the weekend! Happy Saturday readers! Can’t say I have any exciting plans for the weekend to share, but lack of plans means plenty of opportunity for mischief…I mean. Yeah. The round up. And a fun sticker I found.

  • For those experiencing the freedom of college, Consumerist offers a suggestion for keeping from overspending. (Read it at Consumerist)
  • Ramit has a great article on how to finally start making money with eBay. (Read it at I Will Teach You To Be Rich)
  • Fall is on the way, meaning it’s time to switch cooking styles to stay in tune with the seasons. Wise Bread has a good primer for getting used to seasonal fall cooking. (Read it at Wise Bread)
  • I’m a big proponent of the emergency fund and Get Rich Slowly has a brilliant article on how to spice up your emergency fund. (Read it at Get Rich Slowly)
  • As this recent article shows, clean water is vital. Here’s how to get it. (Read it at Consumerist)
  • Adding to the list of things baking soda and vinegar can do: recharge your towels. (Read it at Lifehacker)

Queercents Flashback: Since I’m still getting settled with this whole moving thing, it’s on my mind a lot. And so it’s probably no surprise that I rediscovered Clint’s guest article about saving money while relocating to a big city. http://www.queercents.com/2009/01/15/3-ways-to-relocate-your-twentysomething-self-to-the-big-city-and-save-money/

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Queercents Weekly Roundup

Happy Saturday readers! I hope you all have exciting or relaxing (or both) plans for your weekend. I’m still having fun moving into a new place and exploring. Just as a fun flashback, here’s a pic from Dykes on Bikes from NYC Pride.

  • The Simple Dollar has a list of 12 clever substitutions that save money (nearly) effortlessly. I’m a big fan of this list not only because it saves money but because it cuts down on the harsh chemicals you’re using. (Read it at The Simple Dollar)
  • Thinking about that new _____? Check out this flowchart for evaluating a potential purchase? (Read it at Get Rich Slowly)
  • Razors can get expensive if you’re replacing them all the time. Here’s a quick and easy way to extend the life of your razor. (Read it at Lifehacker)
  • Dumb Little Man has a bold list of things you never need to pay full price for. (Read it at Dumb Little Man)
  • Health Care seems to be on a lot of people’s minds, particularly with marches in Washington this weekend and Lana’s great post on Canadian Health Care. Every now and then it’s fun to inject a little levity into the debate, so here’s a breakdown of the differences between Canadian and British Health Care. (Read it at Five Thirty Eight)
  • Tax Girl has a great post on the tax aspects of gay marriage. Thanks Helen! (Read it at Tax Girl)

Queercents Flashback: Are you a renter? Here are five ways to get your security deposit back.

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Queercents Weekly Roundup

Happy Saturday readers. I hope everyone has a fun Labor Day weekend with friends and family doing something fun and exciting!

  • NPR explains one of the reasons health care is so expensive. (Read it)
  • Xin Lu investigates trying to save money by renting textbooks. (Read it)
  • For those using debit cards, skimmers have been spotted in Taco Bell and cards stolen from people’s gym lockers in Colorado. (Read it at Consumerist)
  • For those with kids going back to school, fifteen back-to-school DIY ideas. (Read it at DIY Life)
  • Looking for a tasty end-of-summer treat? Check out this 1-ingredient ice cream. I personally though would add a date because the banana date combination is just so delicious. (Read it at Instructables)
  • Speaking of the kitchen, one of the best things you can do is invest some money in a good knife and cutting board. Gizmodo has some advice on how to buy, maintain and use a knife. I personally think that the first two are enough, if kept sharp. (Read it at Gizmodo)

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Byrne

Queercents Flashback: Paula writes about getting stuck being a perfectionist.

Queercents Weekly Roundup

Happy Monday readers! Sorry about the late roundup. Thursday night, in the middle of my move, my computer tanked. After dealing with tech support for three days, my computer had to be wiped and then data backups transferred. Fortunately, I’m up and running again and here to give you the (now) weekday roundup.

  • Speaking of computers tanking, check out Mozy. It’s a free online backup service that will automatically back up designated files for you so you don’t have to worry about data recovery. (Free version here at Mozy)
  • Your money should be working for you. Here’s JD’s account of how to choose a bank account so you can make your money start working for you. (Read it at Get Rich Slowly)
  • College text books can be pricey. Here are some insight from Consumerist about why your textbooks are so expensive. To cut down on costs, use your library or network with other students to obtain used books. As Consumerist notes, often having an older edition makes little difference. (Read it at Consumerist)
  • Wise Bread offers ten tricks to save money with a credit card. (Read it at Wise Bread)
  • I love eBooks. There are so many options and they’re easy to transport. Now Google is offering free ePub downloads. (Read it at Lifehacker)

Queercents Flashback: It’s (still) that time of year, and if you’re experiencing zucchini overload, here’s what you can do with all that zucchini.
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Queercents Weekly Roundup

Happy Saturday readers. When next you hear from me I’ll be on the left coast in the sunny Bay Area! Of course, now I have to go through all of the bike packing and shipping nonsense so I hope your weekends are more fun-filled than mine promises to be. While I go put my life in boxes, here’s the roundup.

  • It’s that time of year again. If you’re starting college or moving into a different dorm Design Your Dorm takes the guessing out of moving in. If you’re moving into an apartment, I hear using SIMS actually works really well for determining the most space-efficient layout. (Read it at Design Your Dorm via Lifehacker)
  • Many of my little brother’s (I suppose I should say younger, much taller brother’s) friends are heading off to college for the first time and it has invoked in me a need to dispense sage advice. Or links. Check out Trent’s suggestion to reduce dorm room clutter. (Read it at The Simple Dollar)
  • Speaking of preventing clutter, check out these five things to consider when purchasing a new item. (Read it at Do It Yourself) Read the rest of this entry »

Queercents Weekly Roundup

Hey, it’s the weekend! Finally, right? Hope all of our Queercents readers are having a good weekend. I’m buried in the mire of trying to pack up to move across the country. If only I could escape that song getting stuck in my head every time I think about it. California, here I come… And now, the roundup.

Queercents Flashback: Adam writes about reducing one’s environmental impact and not owning a car.

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Queercents Weekly Roundup: Credit Cards and Cash for Clunkers

Sometimes when I’m reading articles to use in the roundup, a theme emerges and today it just happens to be wonderfully alliterative. A lot of people seem to have credit cards and cash for clunkers on their mind and so here is this week’s themed roundup.

  • Detergents and fabric softeners often contain some gnarly chemicals. In addition to checking out Trent’s DIY laundry soap, here are some laundry tips to green your laundry. Bonus tip 5: two words, air dry. (Read it at DIY Life)
  • Sending a time sensitive email? Use vanish to give your email an expiration date. (Read it at Lifehacker)
  • There’s been quite a bit of discussion here at Queercents about the Cash for Clunkers program and now that it’s been given an extra $2 billion dollars, Wise Bread is throwing their two cents into the discussion. (Read it at Wise Bread)
  • Consumerist tackles the question of whether your credit score will suffer from you paying off and closing a credit card. (Read it at Consumerist)
  • Mint offers some “secret” credit card rewards and perks. (Read it at Mint.com)

Queercents Flashback: Since this week had a couple posts on credit, why not round it out with Serena’s explanation of your FICO score.

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Queercents Weekly Roundup

Happy Saturday everyone. Bumming around New England was a lovely escape, even if I did get to experience mosquito bites for the first time. Couch surfing is still a great way to travel cheap and since I’m still largely intact after the mosquitos, here’s the roundup.

  • Ramit has a great article on what do you NOT care about spending money. Drawing that distinction is certainly a good way to focus on what you want to spend money on. (Read it at I Will Teach You To Be Rich)
  • Kiplinger has a list of 20 ways to waste your money. Some are obvious, but some are pretty helpful. (Read it at Kiplinger)
  • The New York times has a great post on teaching children about the financial facts of life. (Read it at The New York Times)
  • J.D. writes what he wishes he knew when he was younger. (Read it at Get Rich Slowly)
  • I don’t know what it is, but one cup of black tea at four p.m. is enough to throw off my sleep schedule for a week. WiseBread has a post on how to reset your sleep schedule in just one night, which will be handy for the next time I forget and have an afternoon cup of caffeine. (Read it at Wise Bread)

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Queercents Weekly Roundup: East Coast Adventuring

Happy Saturday everyone! This post comes to you via time delay as I am traipsing about the East coast visiting friends and couch surfing. (The only surfing I can actually do. Who know that water sports were so hard?) And so, without any further ado, here’s the round up.

Queercents Flashback: Thinking of ideas for your summer romance?  Tamara suggests a date at the farmer’s market. I like it!

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