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Keep Your Finances Simple To Ensure You Stay On Top Of Them

When it comes to your budget, mistakes are costly. An overdraft here, a late fee there, and you can pay way more than you need to. To prevent that from happening, reduce the complexity of your finances until they’re as simple as possible.

Form Better Spending Habits With This Three-Second Experiment

Money is a tool, not a goal, and you get more out of it when you spend it on the stuff that matters to you most. The problem is, it’s easy to spend without giving it much thought. To get a better idea of your habits, try author Carl Richards’ 30-day, three-second experiment.

Why The Rent Vs Buy Debate Is Completely Pointless

After saving up for a long time, I recently bought a home, which caught some of my friends off guard. “I thought you were anti-homeownership,” they said, because I think renting is underrated. Even as a homeowner, I still think renting is underrated. That doesn’t mean buying is a bad decision. The rent vs buy debate is just silly overall. It ignores the enormous grey area that exists between the two options.

Briefly: Pokemon GO Leak, Aussie Deflation, Civil War Trailer

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: Hands-on with the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer, Deflation comes to Australia, watch the final Marvel’s Civil War trailer starring Spider-Man.

Hump Day Deals: 85% Off Raspberry Pi 2, Nintendo Sale, Cheap VPN

Hump day (AKA Wednesday) is arguably the most boring day of the week. So why not liven things up by grabbing one of these nifty online bargains? Deals that caught our eye this week include: Save 85% on Raspberry Pi 2 start kits, get $100 off Sony’s Smart B Trainer Fitness Tracker/Music Player, 63% off Private Internet Access VPN subscriptions.

Ask LH: When Is The Best Time To Buy A New Flagship Smartphone?

Dear Lifehacker, A lot of new “cutting-edge” smartphones have been featured on your website lately. I’m currently shopping for a new phone, but a lot of these products are just hitting the market now. Does it make sense to jump on them right away? When does it make sense to buy versus holding off?

View Your Budget As A Circle Instead Of A List To Be More Flexible

When you’re creating a budget, you probably start with a list. However, your budget is a lot more like a pie chart. You can only allot so much money to certain tasks, so it helps to think of it that way.

Shop Student Art Shows For Unique, Affordable Pieces And Support Local Artists

Most people don’t buy art by budget, but if you live near an art school or a university with an art department, you can explore interesting and unique work from the students there, find something great and buy their (often affordable) work to support your community and foster a love of the arts.

Plan A Relaxing Budget Honeymoon With The '3-4 Plan'

You don’t have to spend a small fortune and escape to a super exotic locale for several weeks to have a relaxing and romantic honeymoon. This simple vacationing rule of thumb can keep your honeymoon simple and save you thousands of dollars.

Before Making A Big Purchase, Try To Write A Convincing Argument For It 

Sometimes the best way to identify a good or bad purchase is to try to put it into words. If you can’t justify your purchase with a convincing written statement, maybe your money should stay in your wallet.

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