Why are umbrella policies and personal articles floaters/policies not on this list? They're ridiculously cheap also but provide coverage that's very important (especially the umbrella policy— having an extra million or two in liability protection above your auto/renters/homeowners is not a bad thing). » 12/23/13 11:43am 12/23/13 11:43am

My very first laptop ever (circa 1999) was/is a Toshiba. Back then, at least, their customer service completely sucked — it came and the L key was broken right out of the box. Sent it back with all original accouterments and the received it back fixed but minus all included material (including the recovery CDs). Had to … » 11/19/13 4:30pm 11/19/13 4:30pm

It's two or three for me, most of the time. My phone goes with me everywhere, and my iPod classic lives in my work bag (I have coworkers who clip their nails constantly. Drives me up the wall!). I frequently take my Nook HD+ with me to work and other places, if I think I'll be waiting for a bit or I want to read or do… » 11/08/13 12:57pm 11/08/13 12:57pm

I don't know if it's really a "hack" but I made some quick paper signs that say stuff like "On a conference call" and "Taking a class" and I use a couple of straight pins to stick them to the back of my chair so that people know I'm not ignoring them just to be rude. I even have one that says "I'm wearing headphones and can't … » 9/18/13 2:37pm 9/18/13 2:37pm

Ditto on the blocked stuff at work. I can't access my personal email from the work computer, and it's "not recommended" to give out the work email for personal stuff... So if the property management person for my condo sends out something I need to know about before I get home (such as, we've got your parking space… » 6/14/13 4:41pm 6/14/13 4:41pm

The company I work for a [very] large insurance company, and there's a major office in our city. I had quit my previous job because they didn't treat their people very well, but that's a whole different long story. Suffice it to say that I was just out of college with some fairly useless associate degrees. There was a… » 4/30/13 3:04pm 4/30/13 3:04pm

I go grocery shopping on the weekend and then cook immediately. I usually will cook one meal that I can then eat for the rest of the week on days when I'm home (I live alone, but my parents are close enough that I eat with them a couple of nights a week). For example, I just finished this week's skillet meal of rotini, … » 4/18/13 2:40pm 4/18/13 2:40pm

Get one made by your dentist. I discovered years ago that I always grind my teeth in my sleep. My dentist made me what he called a "night guard" that only goes on my top teeth - almost like a retainer, but thicker plastic. Yes, it was expensive (and I don't think it was covered by insurance), but I've had the same one… » 3/20/13 3:07pm 3/20/13 3:07pm