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Three Apps That Are Downright Creepy

In the decade where we have seen the proliferation of the ‘app’, not all apps are turning out to be useful.   When I have conversations with people about their smart phone apps, it quickly dawns on me that most people have downloaded hundreds of apps only to really use a half dozen or so on a regular basis.   Some apps are really cool and can help you become more productive while others are simply downright creepy.   Here are three that you might want to be on the lookout for when you are out and about on the town. SCENETAP (www.scenetap.com)- Scenetap is an app that will help you avoid the dreaded bar hopping from joint to joint only to realize that the bar isn’t full, or instead, its full of a crowd you don’t want to hang out with on a Saturday night.   This app can tell you how crowded a bar is in terms of its capacity, the male ...

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Let Me Tell You How It Was When I Was A Kid

Remember.  Remember how thoroughly annoyed you got when your parents sat you down for that tongue lashing telling you about how spectacular your life is today compared to how it was when they were growing up.  Remember how you rolled your eyes with this incredulous look on your face when you scoffed at how your parent’s lives resembled Stone Age living compared to your posh life today.   Remember how eating out for your parents meant sitting on the picnic table in the backyard and now you actually get to eat out a McDonald’s.   I never wanted to be that guy, but I feel like Mr. Anderson from the matrix when subconsciously I hear the sounds of the train on the train track screaming inevitability. I’ve told myself for years that I would never pull that ‘let me tell you how it was’ trick on my children.   Well, that must mean it’s David Copperfield time because here are my rants about ...

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Prepaid Option Or Fill It Up Before You Get To The Airport?

Now that Memorial Day has passed and summer is coming in full stride, many of us will go on some type of vacation for some fun in the sun.   If you end up renting a car, most agencies know that they are the last stop between you and your vacation.  Thus, you will most likely end up playing a game of rapid fire at the checkout counter, getting the keys to your rental car, as well as answering questions about insurance and gas options before you take the car.   One of the key questions that the rental car agency will ask you is, “Do you want the prepaid option for gas or do you want to fill it up yourself before you return?”    Hardly ever does anyone ask questions or do any type of analysis on this question, and it can cost you big money if you don’t answer it correctly.   So, here are four ‘smart money moves’ questions to ...

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Does Your Charity Event Need Bid Pal?

It never ceases to amaze me about how technology is transforming the way we go about doing things in our daily lives.    From the smart phones to applications we literally learn about some new advancement in technology that is going to change our life. Many of us do everything we can to help out charities during the course of the year.   This may be donating money or clothes to a local religious organization.   Perhaps you give some money back to your alma mater or some other charity within your city that you feel to be worthy of a generous donation.    Generally, during the course of the year I will attend four to six charity events filled with silent and live auction items to bid on during the evening.   Before the normal 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. final call on the silent auction items, people will scurry around the piece of paper in front of the item they want to win ...

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5 Ways To Save Money On Thanksgiving Dinner

According to a report from the American Farm Bureau Federation, you’ll spend 13% more on Thanksgiving groceries than you did in 2010. The report also mentions how the average cost for a Thanksgiving dinner to feed 10 people in 2010 was $43.47 and this year, it’s expected to be $49.20.   I’m not sure what town the Farm Bureau got this data from, but I don’t think I’ve ever been able to pull off a Thanksgiving dinner for $4.92 per head.  Of course if you’re drinking two buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s than it possible to hit this number as long as nobody gets second helpings of stuffing.    With the rising costs of milk, turkey, and other consumer staples, you are likely to pay more this year if you are hosting Thanksgiving Dinner.   Here are a few tips that might save you some money and still pull off a nice meal. Go pot luck with your relatives or friends–  Ask each ...

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The Technology Sabbath

I’m not really sure sometimes that all the technology we have has made everything so much better.    When you walk through the mall most people don’t make eye contact because they are looking down at their smart phone.   Well, nice to meet you as well.    If you look around the dinner tables at these casual fare restaurants, usually one or two people aren’t even engaged in the conversation because they are engrossed in a texting conversation.  Well, those must be some interesting dinner conversations.   Each time the phone buzzes on the tables, it creates a Pavlovian reaction that makes us salivate to see what it is in your e-mail.  Well, just pick up the phone every time is calls your name.   When do we need a relief from technology? There’s been a lot of debate recently on how much technology is too much technology.    It made me think about how many evenings I’ve got my laptop open, my smart phone ...

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