Make A 'Swedish Torch' Campfire With A Single Log

For a self-contained outdoor fire with built-in cooking posts, the Swedish torch can’t be beat. All you need is one log and a chainsaw.


How To Balance A Fun Life With Your Financial Goals

When you’re paying off a debt or reaching some other financial goal, you usually have to cut back on restaurants, movies and other fun stuff. After a while, that can get old. But working hard to reach your financial goals doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life. You just have to find a balance.


Schedule To-Dos In Advance Only When You're Certain To Complete Them

Although skipping a task deadline that you’d set for yourself might seem harmless, the small failures can slowly drain you of motivation to stick with your original plan. Don’t bite off more than you can chew in a single day.


Build And Learn To Use The Perfect Bike Patch Kit With This Guide

If you’re a cyclist, you need a patch kit. It doesn’t matter if you’re a commuter or a weekend warrior, you need the tools and skills to fix a flat if you’re travelling away from home. The Sweethome breaks down the best gear for your kit and shows you how to use it.


Avoid Being 'Too Nice' To Dodge Excessively Needy People

If you are nice to others, people will be nice to you. That’s common sense. But sometimes being overly nice isn’t always the best policy — we can attract the wrong kinds of people by being nice all the time.


Manage Someone You Don't Like By Working Closely With Them

If you’ve been in a management position, you’ve possibly had to supervise someone who just rubs you the wrong way. Instead of avoiding them, try working with that person directly and they might annoy you less.


Briefly: World's Longest Zipline, Cheap Casio Watch, 50% Off Arctic Travel

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: Get $200 off Casio’s limited-edition F1 EFR-537RB-1A wristwatch, the world’s longest zipline roller-coaster launches in Australia, get 50% off Arctic travel.


Successful Hagglers' Most-Used Tactic: Threaten To Check Rival Prices

If you’re willing to haggle, you can score some great bargains, but some haggling tactics are more effective than others. Consumer Reports surveyed consumers about their in-store negotiating tactics to find out which ones worked best.


Hands-On: What Does A $299 Electric Toothbrush Feel Like?

The Oral B Black 7000 is a high-end electric toothbrush designed by Braun that retails for nearly $300 — toothpaste not included. Boasting up to 48,800 rotations per minute (RPM), it promises to remove double the plaque of a manual toothbrush. But is it any better than a $20 electric toothbrush?


Create Your Own Music Sleep Timer Or Alarm With Tasker

Android: You might wish your favourite music app had a sleep timer option to turn the music off after a set amount of time, or you may resent having an extra alarm clock app on your phone just so you can wake to your favourite music. There’s no reason to download special apps for these features when you can just set them up with Tasker.