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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: big discounts on games like The Witcher 3, cheap Udemy online courses and 128GB MicroSDXC cards for under $30.
Video: Your black and your white clothes can be tricky items in the washing machine. The good folks at Consumer Reports have some tried-and-tested tips to stop your black clothes from fading and your white clothes from becoming dingy.
Spending more for quality clothing is always a good idea, but even quality clothiers screw up sometimes. Instead of spending more to take it to a tailor to be repaired, re-sewn or re-hemmed, check with the manufacturer — many offer surprisingly good repair or replacement policies.
Saving for retirement seems overwhelming, and a big part of that is that it’s just so much money. For example, if you’re 40, you’re supposed to have twice your annual salary saved. If you’re starting late, that might seem impossible. Like all goals, it helps to start small, and NerdWallet’s new retirement calculator helps you do just that.
I’ve been a fan of ASUS’ ZenBook series since the UX32VD, which packed not only a good CPU and discrete GPU (in the form of the 620M), but had upgradeable RAM and hard drive. The UX31A and its ilk was more questionable with its proprietary and failure-prone SSDs, but ASUS seems to have learnt its lesson there. But let’s focus on what we have today — the UX303UB, which comes with a 2.5GHz i7, 940M GPU, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD — all for less than $1300.