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The 10 Best Deals of December 15, 2017

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:21:00 GMT

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A friendly reminder that we only have 10 days left until Christmas, so your gift-buying days are down to the single digits when you account for shipping time. We see a lot of great deals every day, but these were our 10 favorites from Friday.

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Make Your Garbage Smell Pretty With Essential Oils

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:00:00 GMT

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Your trash smells bad. If you get one of those airtight lidded cans, your trash only smells bad when you open it, releasing a wet rancid fog right into your face. The best fix is to separate your food waste and store it in the freezer. But unless you’re composting that food waste, that’s too much work. Instead—or…

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Use Amazon Prime Now to Help Those in Need

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:45:00 GMT

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You probably see it all the time: someone sitting alone out in the cold, holding a sign with a scribbled plea for help on it. Well, even if you don’t carry cash anymore, or have time to run to a nearby store, you might still be able to help them with this clever act of kindness.

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How to Secure Your Google Account with Yubikey

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:30:00 GMT

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If you haven’t added a second layer of security to your Google account, you’re more vulnerable than you realize. You might think you’re secure if you’re using SMS to protect your accounts, but even that has its own security issues compared to alternative verification options. You could employ an authentication app,…

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How to Make That Next Trip a Bit Easier on the Planet

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:00:00 GMT

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Some of us are lucky enough to live a train ride away from family. Others might have to catch a flight to see la familia, or maybe to get away from them. But whatever your reason for traveling, the truth is, it isn’t easy on the planet. That’s why we put together some tips to make your next trip a little greener.

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How to Set Up Smart Lighting and Wireless Security Cameras

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:00:00 GMT

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It’s time to upgrade your simple home into a smart home, people! It’s way easier to do than you think. We’re continuing our Homehackers video series by going over smart lighting, smart switches, and wireless security cameras.

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Basically Everything You Could Want from Adidas is On Sale at Nordstrom Rack

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:51:00 GMT

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Now that the weather’s nice enough to exercise outdoors (or at least tell yourself that you will), Nordstrom Rack’s running a pretty solid sale on Adidas apparel and shoes for men, women, and kids. It’s a good time to stock up on basics to throw on for the gym, or running errands.

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Use Dolly to Send Your Old Stuff to a Donation Center

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:30:00 GMT

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Want a quick way to get your old furniture or piles of clothing to Goodwill? Have a mattress that needs to go to the Salvation Army? Moving service Dolly is ready to show up, load your stuff, and take it to one of your city’s major donation centers—without you even having to ride along.

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Hot-chocolate secrets, spilled

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:46:00 GMT

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In How Do You Take Yours?, The Takeout solicits staff and outside expertise for secret tips on improving one dish.

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This Monte Cristo Casserole Is the Perfect Combination of Savory and Sweet

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:30:00 GMT

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Hello, and welcome to Will It Casserole?, the column where I take your delicious concepts and re-imagine them as delicious casserole creations. Today we’re taking one of my favorite sandwiches and transforming into a cheesy, ham-studded, layered piece of edible art.

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Ask Dr. NerdLove: Is Approaching Women Fundamentally Unethical?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:00:00 GMT

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Hello all you exploding bed cobras, and welcome to Ask Dr. NerdLove, the only dating advice column ready to give you the love advice you need while you’re in line for The Last Jedi.

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Unfollow Your Annoying Facebook Friends With Abandon

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:30:00 GMT

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When we rounded up our staff’s Weekly Upgrades last Friday, our editors were updating their skincare routines, diving feet first into the holiday spirit, and re-visiting long lost hobbies.

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RIP AIM: Lifehacker Readers' Favorite Memories of AOL Instant Messenger

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:18:00 GMT

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For those of us who remember the early-ish days of the internet, today marks the official end of an era, that if we’re honest with ourselves, ended long ago: the heyday of AOL Instant Messenger.

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Why You Get Gas and Diarrhea When You Have Your Period

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:15:00 GMT

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Welcome back to Burning Questions, the column where I ask experts to answer the questions you’re too embarrassed to pipe up about yourself. Today’s installment is for all the folks with uteruses who find themselves spending way too much time in the bathroom once a month.

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How to Get a Refund on Your iPhone X if Face ID Doesn't Work

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:13:00 GMT

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Face ID on the iPhone X works pretty perfectly most of the time, though it does seem to have some issues telling the difference between family members. But what if Apple’s new facial-recognition technology can’t tell the different between you and some random person, like a co-worker?

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How to Buy Fingerlings, the Hardest-to-Find Toy of the Year   

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:00:00 GMT

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Fingerlings are this year’s Hatchimals. Or, if you don’t have a clue what either of those words mean, this year’s Tickle Me Elmo. This year’s Teddy Ruxpin. This year’s Beanie Babies. In short, they are the hottest toy of 2017.

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How to Petition Congress and State Officials to Save Net Neutrality

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:02:00 GMT

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The FCC’s vote may be final, but net neutrality is still far from dead. The new order won’t go into effect for weeks, and internet activists are expected to quickly file lawsuits to block the decision. Basically, there’s still time to save the free and open web, and you can help do it.

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Car Dealers Are Using Electronic Loan Contracts To Scam Buyers Into Horrible Situations

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:17:00 GMT

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One day last December, Tanisha Coley visited a Kia dealership in Stamford, Connecticut and filled out a computer-based credit application to figure out what kind of car she could afford. Soon after, she left without buying a vehicle, but ended up more than $17,000 in debt anyway.

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How to Boycott Your Internet Service Provider If Net Neutrality Dies

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:53:00 GMT

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Net Neutrality isn’t dead yet, but FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (and internet providers like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T) took a big step towards victory after Thursday’s vote. However, if all the planned dissents, appeals, and protests fail and net neutrality really is done for, it may be time to seriously think about…

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Don't Miss This Extremely Rare Discount On Our Readers' Favorite VPN Service

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:13:00 GMT

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It’s not hard to find good deals on VPN subscriptions, but our readers’ favorite service, Private Internet Access, is notable for hardly ever running sales. This is the holiday shopping season though, so for a limited time, you can sign up for two years of the service for just $60, down from its usual $70. That’s just…

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How to Actually Improve Your Finances in One Year

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:30:00 GMT

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Saving for your kids’ college and retirement, reaping the rewards of the stock market—all of these things take years to accomplish. But there are financial goals you can accomplish in one year that can make a big difference, too.

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Writer Gretchen Rubin's Three Tips for Living Your Best Life

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:00:00 GMT

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Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before, sums up years of research in this one-minute video. There are three areas where you can best improve your own happiness: Relationships, self-knowledge, and energy. Above, Gretchen explains why.

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This Is the Perfect Laptop Under $1,000

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:09:00 GMT

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It’s not easy to find a really good laptop for under $1,000. There’s always some kind of compromise—usually related to speed, usability, or size. But everyone deserves to have a laptop that they can use in a coffee house without shame, carry to classes without pain, or use to tweak a few photos on without frustration.…

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Here's How Donald Trump Is Shrinking Your Paycheck

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:15:00 GMT

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Congressional Republicans are planning to push through a wildly unpopular tax plan that largely benefits business owners and the wealthiest Americans.

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