As a SINK (single income, no kids), living in a large city, making what should be a comfortable $45K/year, I am still barely able to stay afloat each month. I find I am actually bringing home less this year than last, even with a slight annual increase (thanks Obama and gas prices!). I have the standard bills (rent,… » 10/23/13 8:36am 10/23/13 8:36am

Re: giving up sugar: after viewing several fascinating and frightening videos (Food Inc., The World According to Monsanto; Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead) and being sick and tired of...well, being sick and tired myself, I made a radical change to my diet over a month ago. I gave up sugar, salt, fat, dairy, 'white carbs,' and… » 9/10/13 5:14pm 9/10/13 5:14pm

Good to know. I have a cat that loves to 'knead' all over my sofa (which looks almost exactly like the one pictured) leaving her grimy little kitty smudges all over it. So by 'white sponge' do you mean because white won't transfer color, or do you mean one of those white magic eraser type of sponges? » 9/05/13 8:34am 9/05/13 8:34am

I do travel for my co., and don't have good news for you. Most of the major carriers increased their change fees from $150 to $200 earlier this year, so you are probably SOL on that. It's just another little way that the airlines manage to stick it to the customer for things like high gasoline prices. Gone are the… » 9/05/13 7:23am 9/05/13 7:23am

Wow. Talk about timely. I'm in the process of doing exactly this. After watching the documentary "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" I decided juicing (or in my case, green smoothies) were the way to go. It's been tough, but I'm getting over those maddening first few days (where you want to slap someone for a slice of… » 8/12/13 6:44am 8/12/13 6:44am

I'm a night owl, but never seem to get enough sleep during the week (100 things on my mind constantly); I'm always tired and groggy, desperate for a nap. But come the weekend, I can EASILY sleep till 1:00-3:00 in the afternoon and then I'm bright eyed, bushy tailed and blowin-n-goin till I hit the sack again. Needless… » 7/31/13 4:40pm 7/31/13 4:40pm

I've never taken a vacation. I take that back. I've never taken a vacation of my CHOOSING. Mostly due to lack of funds, and mostly due to my 'vacations' being where I fly home to be with family again (I'm the only one who lives 1K miles from home, not the standard 50 mile radius everyone else lives within). I've never… » 7/31/13 4:34pm 7/31/13 4:34pm

I have given up smoking, partying, drinking (like a fiend anyway), staying up late, and many other things that someone considers "bad" for themselves, but until I am forced to do so, I will continue to drink my beloved black brew. I used to drink a lot of diet Coke, but I found I loved the bubbles, but not all the… » 7/31/13 7:05am 7/31/13 7:05am

Yeah yeah...fine for swiping/scratches, but how 'bout they work on making Gorilla Glass shatterproof when a device is dropped or hit on a corner? Better yet, how about they guarantee that if their product breaks/cracks/shatters, they'll replace it FREE? Now THAT would be a major improvement. » 7/29/13 10:05am 7/29/13 10:05am

How about being able to actually have a personal connection as opposed to not being able to go anywhere (hello, restrooms?!) without those tiny toys for even 5 minutes? I'm really dating myself but I miss the first 'thrill' of seeing that spinning Mosaic globe http://tinyurl.com/kjpn7a8 that would take me out to… » 7/22/13 4:49pm 7/22/13 4:49pm

Since I use my phone for pretty much everything BUT an actual phone, I'm waiting for carriers to offer data-heavy plans, similar to what they currently have for 'talk minutes.' I have hundreds (nay, thousands?) of rollover minutes on my stupid AT&T plan because 99% of my phone usage is NOT talking, but data. Get with… » 7/16/13 10:29am 7/16/13 10:29am

I agree. When we let our devices do the thinking for us, I think our brains atrophy a bit. I'm at a 'middle' age - young enough to 'get' and use technology, but old enough to still do things 'old school' (hand written notes, etc.). I have friends who rely solely on their GPS to get them places, rage when GPS is… » 6/22/13 9:40am 6/22/13 9:40am