THE SIMPLE DOLLAR

TheSimpleDollar.com has tips for saving money. Example: A handwritten note on a blank card may mean more to someone than an expensive greeting card. Also check out: “50 Free Activities My Family Enjoys.”

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BALANCING YOUR CHECKBOOK ON THE COMPUTER

A reader told us his disability is making it tough to balance his checkbook with pen and paper, and he is unhappy with software like Quicken. Here’s an easy way to do it using a free program.

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THE NUMBERS REPORT

BitWage.co ¬†surveyed 150 companies to find out how they felt about paying employees in Bitcoins. Thirty eight responded. Half said they’d considered it. Four are doing it.

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WEBSITE SHOWS MOST AND LEAST SUCCESSFUL NEW STOCKS

Biz.Yahoo.com/ipo– This hard-to-find page lists the biggest gainers and losers among companies that have recently gone public. Look back over three months, six months or a year, and get links to company info. Yahoo has terrific financial information, and a search system that seems to have been developed in the Stone Age.

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ELEVEN STEPS TO A PERFECT LOGO

“Eleven Steps to a Perfect Logo” has good tips.

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SQUARE CASH

“Square Cash” allows you to send cash by email. You use a debit card after you make a deposit to a bank to make sure the cash is there.

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POINT OF SALE

If you’ve ever been in an Apple store, you’ve noticed that you don’t have to go to the cash register to pay. There is no cash register and no checkout line; every clerk can take your credit card on their phone, using a small add-on device.

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SAVE IT AND STORE IT

A $500 scanner sounds like $400 too much. But the “NeatConnect” is so useful we’re going to buy it. This is our ultimate test for any product: can you sell it to us?

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WINNING STREAK

“WinStreak” is a free iPhone productivity app. At the end of the day, enter your three biggest accomplishments (wins), and three for tomorrow. Share by email, or social networking. Of course, you could do this on paper.

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APP HAPPY: EBATES

Ebates.com, the website, is now available as an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It offers rebates from over 1600 stores and opens up with the “hot deals” of the day. If you wish, your phone or iPod will alert you when a good deal comes in from your favorite store.

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