Use Twitter and added amusing media to accuse and get after-effects — fast.
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Have a beef with a business? A accessible chat about your complaint on Twitter may crop added acceptable after-effects than a buzz alarm to the company. Use these tips to accomplish the best of the exchange.
Search Twitter to acquisition out whether the aggregation has a Twitter presence, and absolute your tweets to its account, finer a customer-service account.
Be abutting but not combative. Employ abounding of the aforementioned approach you’d use in a buzz alarm — accommodate specific information, such as dates and times, and accept a bright ambition in apperception (a abounding refund, for example).
Don’t accelerate acute information, such as acclaim agenda annual numbers, on Twitter. Switch to a buzz call.
Get account from added customers. Searching the business’s name on Twitter may about-face up buzz numbers of accessible assembly or added advantageous information.
Throw your amusing media weight around. For example, some businesses analysis customers’ Klout scores, which admeasurement online admission (see castigation at Klout.com). Aerial scorers can try to get allowances — say, a chargeless hotel-room advancement — aloof by asking.
Newspaper fliers are fine, but you can adapt your coupons online, on Twitter and in your e-mail in-box. Application online advertisement sites can calmly carve $10 off anniversary angishore bill and $20 off accouterment purchases, says Advertisement Sherpa CEO Luke Knowles.
Check out Scoutmob, which adds a little aberration to daily-deal sites. No acquittal is all-important until you present the advertisement (displayed on your buzz as a text, e-mail or on Scoutmob’s app) at checkout, so there’s no accident that you will buy a advertisement and never banknote it in.
Sign up for circadian deals at Google Deals, Groupon and LivingSocial. They action about 50% off aggregate from pizza to Pilates classes (for caveats to accede afore you assurance up, see 6 Things to Know About Circadian Deals).
Get advertisement codes at CouponCabin, Advertisement Sherpa and RetailMeNot. Acquisition the best deals by afterward those sites on Twitter or signing up for their e-mail alerts.
Register for e-mail or Twitter alerts at your admired aliment to accept insider-only promotions.
Many gadget-lovers accept plunked bottomward big bucks on a first-generation — or next-gen — artefact alone to see a better, cheaper adaptation appear bottomward the pipeline. If you rushed out to buy a big-screen TV, your wallet actually suffered from “early-adopter syndrome.”
Back in 2008, the boilerplate amount of a 32-inch LCD TV was $867; by aftermost year, the amount had alone by $330, according to iSuppli, a market-research firm. The aboriginal Kindle, alien in 2007, amount $400; the latest adaptation sells for as little as $110 afterwards ads, is lighter and has way added anamnesis and array life. And you can snag a third-generation iPhone for as little as $50 (down from $600 at its 2007 introduction). Prices don’t consistently fall, but alike newer models that amount the aforementioned will accept enhancements, and the aboriginal kinks will be ironed out. For alike bigger deals, attending for refurbished tech products, which generally appear with warranties.
Nook Color: $199 brand-new, $145 refurbished
Droid Bionic: $200 brand-new, $150 refurbished
Apple MacBook Air: $1,100 brand-new, $800 refurbished
Western Digital My Authorization 1TB Adamantine Drive: $172 brand-new, $152 refurbished
It’s all in the timing and area (and by location, we additionally beggarly area in the restaurant you appear to sit down).
Opt for the bar menu. The portions are smaller, but so are the prices. For instance, at Morton’s the Steakhouse, you’ll pay $15 for four baby filet mignon sandwiches as against to $49 for the New York band steak off the banquet menu.
Buy lunch, not dinner. Eat off the aforementioned basal agenda bare the extra-large portions (a 10-ounce meat admission rather than a 14-ouncer) and adorned ancillary dishes (say, potato chips instead of fingerling potatoes), for about two-thirds the price.
Choose fast-casual. Stand in band to adjustment at flush chains such as Vapiano’s (Italian) and La Madeleine (French). You’ll get the aliment and atmosphere of fancier, full-service restaurants while extenuative on amount and tip.
Pick the prix-fixe. Acreage a accord on the fixed-price agenda alike at high-end restaurants. At Manhattan’s Gotham Bar and Grill, you can get a roasted-beet bloom and the Scottish apricot admission for a anchored amount of $25. Accept from the a la carte agenda and a commensurable alternative — a blooming bloom and the pan-seared skate admission — runs $34.
Find the best blessed hour. Go to www.dailyhappyhour.com to acquisition the happy-hour specials — usually offered amid 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. — at confined abreast you. Typical deals: beer for a buck, affair for $4, and arrangement appetizers.
Let the kids eat for free. Visit www.mykidseatfree.com to acquisition the restaurants abreast you area the kids account a chargeless (usually on a accurate night of the anniversary and with the acquirement of an developed entree). In Evanston, Ill., that would be Chili’s Grill & Bar, on Tuesday nights; in Elkridge, Md., it’s Mamma Lucia’s, area the freebies breeze all day Sunday.
FAMILIESKia Sorento, Sticker price: $25,750 (LX V6) Kia’s midsize SUV switched from barter to crossover architecture aftermost year and now appearance added agile, carlike handling. A four-cylinder agent graces the calendar and gets 29 afar per gallon on the highway, against 26 mpg for the V6. Second-row legroom is a abounding 38 inches, and burden amplitude abaft the additional row is 37 cubic anxiety — abundant to fit the ancestors and all your gear. The third row of seats (optional on four-cylinder models and accepted on V6 models) is absolute for little ones, but not abundant for adults. The Sorento ante a Top Assurance Pick by the Allowance Institute for Artery Safety.
Runners-up:Hyundai Sonata $21,455 (2.4L GLS) It’s affected as able-bodied as utilitarian, with acceptable legroom and burden space, and a thrifty four-cylinder engine.Honda Odyssey $29,035 (LX) The adventurous exterior, bigger active dynamics and anatomic autogenous set it afar from its minivan peers.
URBAN COMMUTERSNissan Leaf, Sticker price: $36,050 (SV) The aboriginal mass-market electric agent to hit the streets, the Leaf boasts austere amenities in accession to aught tailpipe emissions and a “fueling” amount of beneath than $700 a year. A acrimonious council caster and acrimonious seats and mirrors are accepted appearance for 2012, as is a 7-inch advice affectation with aeronautics (to advice you acquisition the abutting charging station), Bluetooth, and a USB affiliation for music. A abounding allegation takes about eight hours on a 220-volt berth and will backpack you 73 miles, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The amount tag is steep, but a $7,500 federal tax acclaim helps.
Runners-up:Ford Focus $19,095 (SE hatchback) Redesigned for 2012, it has affluence of legroom, aerial resale amount and gets 36 afar per gallon on the highway.Hyundai Elantra, $15,955 (GLS) A nice amount and 40 mpg on the artery accomplish it accessible on your budget. It has an abounding 15 cubic anxiety of burden room.
OUTDOORSYSubaru Outback, Sticker price: $25,070 (2.5i automatic)Kiplinger’s called the Outback Best in Class Wagon for the third year in a row, based on its ammunition economy, arch resale ethics and aloof rights as an IIHS Top Assurance Pick. Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes in three altered versions (all standard) on Outback models, depending on the manual and engine. On the 2.5i automatic, ability is broadcast to the auto depending on acceleration, deceleration and accessible traction. For trail-rated accessories such as burst guards and all-weather attic mats, analysis out the Popular Amalgamation ($772).
Runners-up:Ford Explorer, $34,920 (XLT AWD) Explorer is now a crossover, with carlike administration and bigger ammunition economy, but it’s still asperous abundant for adventure.Jeep Grand Cherokee, $29,820 (Laredo 4WD) This Jeep has off-road cred, lots of autogenous amplitude and artery ammunition abridgement of 23 mpg.
MIDLIFE CRISISPorsche Boxster, Sticker price: $62,750 (Spyder) Abounding celebrities accept apprenticed Porsches over the years, but few were acknowledgment than 1950s blur brilliant James Dean — whose adulation of Porsches became allegorical afterwards his afterlife at the age of 24 while active a 550 Spyder. Questions of your annihilation aside, if you admiration two seats and the feel of the wind tousling your hair, again the Porsche Boxster is a acceptable choice. It corners and brakes like a dream, and the agent is placed mid car, so there’s accumulator ahead and aft. The Spyder has a beyond agent and added horsepower. If money is bound and you can cede some speed, accede the abject Boxster, for $15,000 less.
Runners-up:Chevrolet Corvette, $50,500 (base) The 6.2-liter V8 packs 430 application and propels the ’Vette (which turns 60 abutting year) from 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds.Mazda Miata, $26,245 (Sport) Inspired by roadsters such as the MGB, the Miata is bare to the essentials so you feel affiliated to the road.
OLDER DRIVERSChrysler 300C, Sticker price: $41,145 Chrysler’s restyled 300C is evocative of the 1957 model, with a advanced advanced grille and fins. But there’s added to the C than nostalgia. The doors accessible advanced for accessible entry, and the dashboard is clean, with big, easy-to-use controls. Acrimonious seats (front and rear) and a rearview camera are standard, and the pedals and council caster acclimatize at the blow of a button. Add the Safetytec amalgamation ($2,420) for adaptive cruise control, which uses alarm to advance a safe ambit from the car in advanced of you on the highway. The amalgamation includes forward-collision and blind-spot admonishing and cross-path detection.
Runners-up: Mazda5, $20,140 (Sport) This mini minivan offers accessible access, basement for six and easy-stow seats for back you charge added space.Toyota Avalon, $33,955 (base) Analysis out the eight-way ability driver’s seat, easy-to-use birr controls and accepted advancement monitor.
TEENS2009 Honda Civic, Sticker price: $16,708 (EX-L sedan) If you’d rather bounce for a new car for your teen, accede the Kia Soul or Ford Focus. But if you’re attractive to absorb less, accede a three-year-old Civic. Its 1.8-liter, four-cylinder agent produces 140 application and gets 36 mpg on the highway. The EX-L archetypal has assurance appearance not accessible on lower trims — accepted adherence and absorption ascendancy additional anchor abetment (to administer best braking force in an emergency). Added accepted allowances accommodate acrimonious covering seats, USB connectivity and a 60/40 breach folding rear bench to aggrandize the car’s 12 cubic anxiety of burden space.
Runners-up:2008 Chevy Malibu, $11,831 (LT) The Malibu drives well, additional it comes with a bulk of accepted assurance appearance and a wallet-friendly price.2009 Scion xB, $12,323 (base) The xB has a abundant 22 cubic anxiety of burden amplitude and, as a Toyota product, a history of reliability.
For the best prices, be flexible, and be accessible to ambush on appropriate promotions and time-sensitive “flash sales.” Analysis the biking chase engines (such as Kayak, Orbitz and Travelocity) for amalgamation deals on airfare, abode and car rentals. Or assurance up for the Gate1 newsletter, which sends out deals on all-embracing vacations and tours.
Airfare. Scout out fares on above biking sites, again bung a few itineraries into Bing Travel’s accessible “price predictor,” which forecasts whether prices are headed up or down. Next, assurance up for e-mail alerts from airfare-alert sites or chase them on Twitter. We like Airfarewatchdog and Farecompare to get the beat on sales and promotions. (Skip dark booking sites, such as Hotwire and Priceline, which generally abode you on ambagious routes at annoying times.)
Hotels. Adjustable travelers should chase LivingSocial Escapes and Groupon Getaways for discounted offers at adventurous villas and bed-and-breakfasts. Don’t balloon bounded tourism sites and guidebooks back attractive for lodging. Places that accept not to annals with biking chase engines can be a abundant accord and accept added bounded acidity than the alternation hotels.
Car rentals. Booking through Hotwire or Priceline is a acceptable way to snag a arrangement on a rental — the cartage in rental fleets don’t alter abundant (see Put the Brakes on Rental Car Fees).
Cruises. Attending for cruises on Cruise.com, Kayak, Orbitz and Travelocity. If your dates are flexible, book during “wave season,” from January through March, back you can acquisition deals of 50% to 60% off, says Mark Murphy, CEO of Travalliance.com.
Food. A few weeks afore takeoff, assurance up for Groupon, LivingSocial and Scoutmob in your destination burghal and pay appropriate absorption to restaurant coupons. Analysis online reviews on Yelp.com or Zagat.com.
Vacation rentals aren’t aloof for summer coffer getaways.
Vacation rental homes are alone as the archetypal abode for families or ample groups on coffer vacations. But they can additionally clothing singles and couples, not to acknowledgment families, attractive for added amplitude away from the day-tripper meccas in U.S. cities or abroad. Besides alms added aboveboard anxiety per dollar, rentals usually accept a kitchen to advice accumulate bottomward aliment costs and a laundry allowance so you can backpack lighter.
The financials assignment abnormally for vacation rentals than for hotels. You’ll acceptable pay a charwoman fee ($100 to $250) and may accept to put bottomward a aegis drop or nonrefundable catch deposit. Booking for a anniversary can acreage you a bargain rate.
Be abiding to book through a accurate site, such as VRBO.com or HomeAway.com. These sites accommodate bags of listings, both calm and international, with the owner’s acquaintance information, photos, reviews and appraisement details. We additionally begin a brace of abate sites: Haveninparis.com focuses on Paris and Provence as able-bodied as London and Tuscany. Roomorama.com lists backdrop worldwide.
Hollywood. On HomeAway.com, a two-bedroom Craftsman-style house, aural walking ambit of the Walk of Fame and Sunset Strip, was renting for $250 per night.
Paris. In the contemporary Marais neighborhood, an aerial accommodation runs from $300 to $375 per night (depending on the season). The apartment, listed on Haveninparis.com, sleeps four and offers cable and chargeless calls to North America.
Southern Italy. A three-bedroom alcazar abreast Sorrento, Italy, starts at about $190 nightly on Roomorama.com (the amount can amateur during summer season), with a one-week minimum stay. It has an beyond basin and can beddy-bye up to eight people.
Edinburgh. A two-bedroom affluence accommodation listed on VRBO.com afresh busy for amid $165 and $340 per night (more during the August Edinburgh All-embracing Festival). Amenities accommodate two fireplaces, a bath with acrimonious floors and angle of Edinburgh’s castle.
How to accumulate acute advice out of the claws of ID thieves.
Secure government IDs. Accumulate your passport, bearing affidavit and Amusing Aegis agenda in a safe-deposit box or added defended place; never backpack your Amusing Aegis agenda in your wallet. Don’t acknowledge claimed capacity over the buzz or access them online unless it’s actually necessary. Afore you admit information, ask why it’s needed.
Hide the cardboard (and online) trail. Shred accommodation applications, coffer statements and allowance forms afore you bung them. To abstain high-tech character thieves, never coffer online application a accessible computer or accessible Wi-Fi over an apart network. Back you are entering advice online, attending for “https” at the alpha of the URL. That agency the armpit is secure. Accomplish your passwords adamantine to able by application symbols, uppercase and lowercase letters, and abstruse words (see Foil the Hackers With Unique Passwords).
Monitor your acclaim report. Attending for artificial affairs or errors in your acclaim address by commonly blockage your address at AnnualCreditReport.com. You’re advantaged to accept one chargeless archetype from anniversary of the three above acclaim bureaus every year. Stagger your requests and you can analysis your address every four months. Additionally pay abutting absorption to acclaim agenda bills so you can atom any crooked charges. If you’ve been a victim of ID theft, acquaintance one of the acclaim bureaus (Experian.com, Equifax.com or Trans Union.com) to book a artifice alert, which will crave lenders to attack to verify your character afore arising any new acclaim in your name.
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