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An August checklist

August is almost upon us, which traditionally means that we should be watching for seasonal sales on lawn mowers, air conditioners, outdoor furniture, and the like.

But Consumer Reports Money Adviser — a pub I always enjoy receiving on its regular subscription route — suggests that we annually also peg August for …

the month in [...]

Protect yourself: Copy the contents of your wallet

This will take only a few minutes.

Get your wallet out. Remove everything in it except your cash. Fire up the copy machine.

Okay, well, depending upon how much stuff you stuff into your wallet, you might not have to remove everything. But your aim is to corral all of the information you would want to [...]

Password management (idea #1)

How, in heaven’s name, are we to remember all of our passwords, especially since we’re told (a) not to use the same password for everything, and (b) not to store them electronically? Help us!

In Upgrade Your Life: The Lifehacker Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, Better (2nd edition; Wiley Publishing, Inc.; Indianapolis; 2008), author Gina Trapani [...]

Helpful resources from Kiplinger

The May issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine arrived in my mailbox today, and with it, a terrific cover story called, “Financial Fixes in 15 Minutes (or Less).” You’ll likely be seeing some of those good ideas shared here along the way, but for now, head on over to the magazine’s Web-only companion article, “Save [...]

Want to unload some old gadgets?

You might even get some money for them.

One of my favorite resources, Bottom Line Personal (in this instance, Vol. 30, No. 10, p. 16), suggests that you check out www.gazelle.com and www.MyBoneYard.com for ways to cash in on a variety of no-longer-used electronics — including monitors (can you believe it?), computers, and cell phones.