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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Turkey Tip of the Day

Turkey Pepperoni = Better for you and they taste good
Turkey Hot Dogs = Better for you but they taste bland.

Just thought you should know.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Taco Tip of the Day

Today from 2:00-5:00pm Taco Bell is having a promotion where they are giving away a free taco to anyone who stops by. Yummy! I think I might be able to pass two Taco Bells on my way home from work if I leave a little early ;-)
Thanks to Jacoby Ellsbury for Stealing a Base!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Book Price Tip of the Day

Looking for the best price on a book. Amazon is a good start, but the website Best Book Combo lets you easily search 4 sites and returns the cheapest price, including shipping. You just need the ISBNs for each book.

Found via Guy Kawasaki's Blog

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Open with Tip of the Day

If your Mac is anywhere near mid-life, it probably has multiple copies of the same program under the "Open With…" menu that you get when you right-(or command)-click a file. Just download this AppleScript and run it!
MacFixIt - Multiple, errant entries in the "Open With" contextual menu

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Alcon Tip of the Day

So the day has come when it is not just Used Car Salesmen you have to watch out for. Now you have to check your back at every turn…eyecare companies are trying to jip you.

See these two different but very similar in size bottles from Alcon? One is for Opti-One and the other for Opti-Free RepleniSH. The solution in the two bottles do the same thing, they clean soft contact lenses. Notice in the picture below that they bottles look like they hold the same amount of solution

Bottles of Alcon Opti-One and Alcon Opti-Free RepleniSH

The two bottles come in the same size boxboard packaging. But on the side of the Opti-Free RepleniSH bottle, I noticed this very interesting "Fill Line" on the side, kind of buried in all this other text you'll never read:

Box of Alcon Opti-Free RepleniSH showing the Actual Fill line

Ahha, they are up to something here. Closer inspection, identifies the problem!

Opti-Free RepleniSH has 2 oz. less of contact lens solution than other similar products in similar packaging

Turns out that is why the prices on the shelf aren't that much different! They are selling you what looks like the same size product for what looks like about the same price.

After using Alcon products exclusively since I got my first contacts over 10 years ago, I guess it is time to switch brands.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Rollercoaster Tip of the Day

If you're at King's Island and stick your arms up in the air during a ride make sure you have ample space to do so or you may smack a wall.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Car Buying Tip of the Day

I learned something very valuable when "dickering" around with the salespeople when buying my car. While we all know salespeople prey on customer's inherent "niceness," there are ways to combat this without having to be mean. I call it "being direct," something I'm getting a bit better at.

What slimy salespeople will try to do is squeeze the absolute most out of you, hiding numbers in your trade-in value, etc. They'll say things like, "OK, the manager said you're gonna have to work with me. Can't we do another $200?" In your head you're thinking, "Sure I could do $200, but I don't want to, nor do I feel like I should pay that much for the car, and sure it's only a 'little more money,' but you already talked me into 'a little more money'." But, I've learned, you don't give them anything to go with. When they say, "Can't you do just $200 more?," just look at them, dead in the eye, and say, "No." Say NOTHING else. That simply "NO" will get you anywhere you want to go. If they respond with another question, say "No." If you say, "well, it's out of my price range," you'll get "well, what IS your price range?" and you'll be dickering all day. Just say no.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Oil Tip of the Day

If you are going to get your oil changed at Valvoline Instant Oil Change, don't unless you have a coupon. They charge 50% more then other oil change providers.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Quotation Tip of the Day

One of my biggest pet peeves is "incorrect" usage of quotation marks. It's really "annoying," and makes people seem like total "toolfaces." Fortunately, I found this "blog" that helps bring "shame" to people who use them incorrectly.

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Gas Tip of the Weekend

For reasons unbeknownst to Tip of the Day staff, gas prices are the cheapest on Sundays, according to an unnamed Speedway/SuperAmerica employee, who also didn't know the reason. Still, they would know, and reliable sources say, get your gas on Sunday!

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Car Tip of the Day

If you're ever in the process of making an offer on, and buying a car, there is one thing that is for certain. If your salesperson gets up to "talk to the manager" and comes back, smirking, and begins his/her sentence with, "Ok, now hear me out--I have an idea..." you KNOW you are in for it. Just stop him/her right there. What you are about to hear will be a far worse idea than you could ever imagine, and will probably involve them trying to thwart an additional several thousand bucks on you. Additionally, after said comment, if the sun suddenly breaks trough the clouds and your salesperson says, "Look, it's a sign!," you should immediately disregard it as well.

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Jump Tip of the Day

Really, just go buy jumper cables already. I know you've been putting it off, but you will be glad you have some one day. They're relatively easy to use, and you can get them for as little as $10.

Or maybe that was just me who was putting them off.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Help End Slavery Tip of the Day

Paste Magazine & Our Stage are donating $3 to "NOT FOR SALE" (Not For Sale is a campaign to end slavery throughout the world) for every person that signs up for a free ourstage.com account. Help end slavery by signing up using the link below

Become an Abolitionisthttp://pastemagazine.com/notforsale

- Thanks Thor

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Itemize Tip of the Day

Tipping at restaurants is incorrectly called "gratuity." Gratuity implies you are GRATEFUL for your service, not obligated to leave an obligatorily obligatory 15%. Sometimes you want to leave more if your server does a good job, but often you'd prefer to leave less, but want to avoid being, "that guy". So, I'd like to introduce a new concept known as "Tip Itemization." On the little tip line on your bill, break down your tip to show how good or bad the service was, and what, specifically you're leaving money for. Example, on a good server:

Amount: $15.75
Tip:$2.25
For bringing refills quickly: $1.00
For being pleasant: $0.75

For a bad server:

Amount: $15.75
Obligatory Tip: $2.25
Refills: $0.00
Pleasantness: $0.00
Order accuracy: $0.00

That'll show 'em! If they're good, they'll get a kick out of you recognizing them. If they're bad, well, maybe they'll do better next time.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Direct Deposit Tip of the Day

Turn up the volume on your speakers for this and enjoy.

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

iTunes Tip of the Day

Ticketmaster will give you credit for five free songs of your choice on iTunes, just for joining their Facebook group! The code for the free credits appear after you join, the offer ends in mid November. While most of Tip O Da Day staff hates Ticketmaster, most of the staff also love free iTunes credits.

Thanks Ars Technica

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Country Question of the Day

We strive to be helpful here at Tip O Da Day. So we are thinking, what have we done for the aspiring country song writer lately? The truth is not much…until today! So to offer some inspiration we invite our readers to suggest possible country music song titles. Use the comments and enjoy!

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Mulch Tip of the Day

Looking to finish off that flower bed last minute and need some mulch? Head on over to Speedway to get you some mulch! It's only $1! It doesn't get any cheaper than that folks!

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Shrimp Tip of the Day

Don't eat three dozen shrimp before the invention of 21st century food safety and drink a quart of milk.

Thanks Jean

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Sale Tip of the Day

Speaking of starting your Christmas shopping early. Here is a quick tip for something that is sure to be on your family's list. Harbor Freight Tools, "America's Favorite Tool Store®" has a great price right now on motion activated pigs. But hurry their sale ends October 15th.
Motion Activated Pig on sale for $7.99
Speaking of 38% off, that is also how much you can save if you buy an iPod shuffle refurbished over its original price.

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Hair Tip of the Day

Do your pig/ponytails get tired easily? Simply rest them on the top of most headrests, to give them a break. They will be ready and raring to go for the rest of your busy day!

Jen's pigtials resting on the top of a car's headrest

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Apple Tip of the Day

You know those white Apple stickers that come with any new Mac or iPod. Well the iPod shuffle comes with cute little Apple stickers. Why? Because the big ones won't fit in the tiny package the iPod shuffle is sold in

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Frozen Tip of the Day

If you left your milk too far in the top back of a fridge that was far too cold, you may want to use this method for gently thawing milk.

Put frozen milk on top of a toaster oven and turn it on

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Wheel Tip of the Day

That most satisfying step of putting together assemble-at-home furniture has got to be putting the wheels on (should you're particular furniture have/need wheels). To keep the wheels on, they're designed to be hard to put on. You try to push them on, but the wheels spin. There is no real place to get a grip except the little area between the wheels, but unless you're 5'2" your fingers are too big to fit in there. So instead of writing 1,000 words doing a bad job of explaining how to put wheels on with the shaft of a screw driver, we'll just show you a picture.Attaching a wheel to the bottom of furniture with the assistance of the long side of a screw driver

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Meth Tip of the Day

If you happen to sudden smell unwavering cleaning-supply odors in your townhouse that began strangely near the time new neighbors moved in next door, don't jump to hasty conclusions by calling the Nicholasville Police on a potential meth-lab bust. Have someone sniff around the room with you first, in an attempt to uncover the source of the smell, which may happen to be some Windex-laden cleaning rags thrown out in your office trash can.

But, should you suspect there still is a meth-lab nextdoor, cross check that information with this site.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Popular Tip of the Day

Give off the aura that you have lots of friends, or lots and lots of friends. Schedule fake phone calls to yourself with the popularity dialer. It could also be helpful if you are just dying to use up your unlimited night and weekend minutes.

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Monday, October 01, 2007

Clogged Tip of the Day

Good old Bob Vila (ok, one of his minions) tells you how to get your sink drain unclogged in this little video.

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