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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Print Quality Tip of the Day

If you use a Lexmark black and white laser printer, you can improve the quality of the grays in your prints by going into the printer driver settings and turning PictureGrade on.

Why it is not turned on by default is another question entirely.


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Free Coffee Tip O Da Day

Stop by Panera today and get a complementary coffee.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Knockout Tip of the Day

Don't take Claritin and Nyquil together unless you want to sleep for 16 hours.


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Car Wash Tip of the Day

Most car washes aren't open below freezing, but even if you find one that is, don't go when it's only 9 degrees! Your car turns into one big ice ball.


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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Deals Tip of the Day

Money is tight now and we need to unite, with that in mind there is a site where people help each other find deals. At Slick Deal and Dealnews Raw new deals are uploaded all the time by site members.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Insurance Tip of the Day

When sending in prescription receipts you paid with out of pocket for reimbursement there are a few guidelines you should follow.

1. Make sure the time limit hasn't expired
2. Find the correct the form if applicable and follow the instructions.
3. Make sure the receipts are legible.
4. When taping more than one receipt on the same page make sure they don't overlap important information such as the DAW, RX numbers and NDC numbers.
5. Send in a cover letter if you think it would help better explain your situation.
6. Technically you don't have to be civil in your cover letters but it can help.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Clean Hair Tip of the Day

Sauve offers everyone in America a free bottle of shampoo today! Have Happy and Well Maintained Hair for free. :)
-The Queen of Free

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Birthday Tip of the Day

Today is Tip of the Day's 4th birthday! Can you believe it? 4 years old. So go check out those tips from the first month…and then be inspired to submit your own tip. Cause you sure know we haven't been inspired much recently


Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Advertizing Tip of the Day

If you're trying to promote an upcoming season for a TV show, don't say "This January" unless you're actually sure it's going to be this January.

For those who don't get that, the backstory is that when the promo said "This January" they were saying that this season of 24 would be out in January 2008. But in reality due to the writers strike this season of 24 is coming out in January 2009.

Possible spoilers.

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Cruise Fees Tip of the Day

Cruises are advertised as pretty cheap. It isn't rare to see prices below $200. I've even seen some short cruises advertised in the double digits. But as we know from cell phone companies, the advertised price isn't the price you write the check out for. Here are some of the hidden fees you can expect to pay:

Taxes and Fees:

Varies of course. But a 3 night Bahama cruise will have around $35 USD is taxes and fees

Fuel Surcharge

This was an issue in 2008 with high gas prices, but since oil prices have dropped, these fees have been dropped as well. But if oil prices climb again, be on the lookout!

Tip/Service Charge:

All cruise lines is require a service charge or recommend a tip amount. It varies slight by cruise line, but a good rule of thumb is $10 per person per day. For exact amounts based on your cruise line check out the Cruise tip Calculator

Excursions & Spa:

Sadly the onboard Spa isn't included in the price. Excursions are activities arranged by the cruiseline that you can choose to at the different ports the ship will stop at. All sorts of things are offered, from historic tours to para-sailing. These range from $10 to over $100 depending on what activities you choose to participate in (if any at all).

Transportation to Port:

If you live near the coast you can probably drive. There are ports that cruise ships leave from all up and down both sides of the you US. But you'll have to pay for parking. You'll pay even more then you would at the airport or a themepark for everyday your car is parked there. $15 a day can add up fast. If you don't drive you'll probably need to fly. You can arrange that with transportation to port with the cruise line or on your own.


Almost all cruise ships include food in the main dinning room as part of the ticket price, including water and tea. But if you want cola it'll cost ya. If you really feel the need for hundreds of empty calories, it runs around $6 a day.

Bonus: Inspection Reports. The government inspects ships, and makes the results of those inspections available online. You may want to find out what your ship scored before you book.

New to cruising? This one page gives you a good idea of what to expect.

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