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Nursing Home Tip of the Day

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Thanks Hallie B

A Little Income Tip of the Day

For those of you who to run a website with a fair amount of traffic. If there are online stores that you link to often (like Amazon), consider signing up for their Affiliate program. They'll give you a small cut (usually around 3%) for any purchases made by customers following those special links. More info on Amazon's program

For those of you who have friends who run websites. When you do your gift shopping, visit their site first, follow the links and then find the product you want to purchase. Now if I could only remember this tip myself.

MP3 Tip of the Holiday

Updated: Amazon is giving away good FREE Christmas MP3s for every day of Advent. Additionally they have 2 others from A Charlie Brown Christmas, and a Holiday Sampler album features Bing Crosby and the Beach Boys.

P.S. Don't forget about iTunes weekly free Christmas songs

Thanks DealNews & Queen of Free

Suicide Tip of the Day

I never thought I’d be writing this. But 19 year old Abraham Biggs committed suicide on Nov 21st with his webcam rolling live on the internet and it wasn’t immediately reported because the viewers thought it was a hoax. By the time the police got there it was too late.

What’s even more unbelievable is this kid has had a history of suicide attempts and he even talked about doing it on the forums prior to the event. The so called moderators on the website where the video was posted on for hours must have been understaffed. But let me lay it out. If someone talks about killing themselves never assume it’s a joke. It’s better to be safe than sorry. I had to notify my ISP in my high school days when someone IMed me saying they were going to kill theirself. The police showed up at his house and I never regretted it. As long as you're not calling 911 over a Subway sandwich you can't get in trouble for false reports. I didn’t even get my homework done that night because I was trying …

Listening Tip of the Day

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Skip shopping this morning and do something of true worth, take time and listen to your family tell about their lives.

Music Tip of the Holidays

iTunes gives away a couple free music tracks every week. Most of the time they are unspectacular. But during the holiday season they also give away free Christmas songs, and by artists you've already head of. This is, if you've heard of Tony Bennett and Harry Connick, Jr.

Election Tip of the Day

Voters don't have to vote for McCain and Obama if they're not thrilled with either candidate. There's also the Write In box. Check out my example for putting the Write In box to good use.



If you dont want to put my name down put down any name you think would make a better choice than McCain or Obama. You can also still get your free donut too because the previously mentioned Krispy Kreme is non partisan.

Yummy Tip of Election Day

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Tomorrow after you vote, stop by your local Krispy Kreme for a special election day donut.

Thanks Queen of Free

Winterizing Tip of the Day

Lesson #1: Make sure that all your windows are not slightly cracked open.

Thanks Stephen J.

Incarceration Tip of the Day

Lexington Kentucky has hit an infamous milestone. The place where a man has been arrested 1000 times. All the charges accruing in Lexington. For his 1,000th charge the judge sentenced Henry Earl to 1,000 days in jail saying it was only appropriate. Today's tip: Quit while you're ahead.

Taco Tip of the Day

Taco Bell is apparently allowing you to Steal a Taco tomorrow from 2pm to 6pm.

Enjoy!

Cell Phone Tip of the Day

I can't believe I have never posted this before, but it is age old wisdom:Cell Phone companies are out to screw youOnce you realize that, everything else makes a little more sense.

SSN Tip of the Day

"Accountants do not need your SSN when reimbursing expenses or paying you income of less than $600. Don't give it to them!" -Jim Harper

Halloween Party Tip of the Day

Here's an idea for a killer costume party.

Everyone comes dressed as a famous saying/idioms. Such as "Two P's in iPod" or "Back seat driver". You could narrow it down a bit and say everyone has to dress like a famous movie line. For example you could dress as an "ORANGE MOCHA FRAPPUCCINO" a you-are-here mall map for "You Had Me at Hello". If you live in California version do the Arnold Schwarzenegger version. Examples: "I'll be Bach" or the "Hasta la Visa, Baby". How can dressing up in a diaper cutting up credit cards not be fun?

Dining Tip of the Day

Remember to wear a long sleeve or a jacket into Red Lobster. It's kinda of cold in there sometimes.

Coffee + Car Tip of the Day

Tip 1: Test your coffee cup for leaks before drinking in the car.

Tip 2: If you fail to follow tip 1, keep Shout Wipes in your glove compartment.

Thanks Fowler

Coffee Tip of the Day

I don't drink coffee but I hear it is starting to catch on. If you want to taste this new fad for yourself, Barnes & Nobles will give you a free tall Starbucks with printable coupon. Choose from caffé latte, cappuccino, espresso, regular (boring) coffee or hot tea.

Potted Meat Food Product Tip of the Day

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So a friend told me about an intriguing product he found on the top shelf at the grocery store. Libby's Potted Meat Food Product. What at first it sounds like a cousin to the Chia Pet, this wonder of the modern age contains an ingredient list straight from the ghost stores told to little chicks. "Mechanically Separated Chicken, Partially Defatted Beef Fatty Tissue, Partially Defatted Pork Fatty Tissue." Yum!

More great canned meat products are showcased on this page

Gas Tip of the Day

There are reports that some gas stations in Lexington are listing their gas prices at one price on the sign, but then at the pump are actually charging a different price. The Swifty station on New Circle Rd. actually got shut down for this for a period of time at the send of September.

Lobster Tip of the Day

Red Lobster's Endless Shrimp ends on November 10th, in case you were wondering.

Ice Cream Tip of the Day

On September 25th, from 5-8pm, Cold Stone is giving away free ice cream as part of their World's Largest Ice Cream Social promotion.

Additionally, Cold Stone, Baskin Robins and Red Robin all have birthday clubs. Just sign up and you'll get a coupon for something ranging from free ice cream to a free burger on or around your birthday!

Yummy

Thanks Queen of Free

Language tip of the Day

You know something is really olde when it is spelled with an 'e'

Facebook Tip of the Day

If you check your Facebook account regularly you may have discovered that Facebook has forced most of its users on its new layout. Find the new Facebook to be a joke or too much of a hassle? The good news is that the new Facebook is not the only Facebook! They still have the old one on their servers because it is not compatible with all Internet browsers and there is a way around it that requires an application. Get your account back in the following steps.

1. Its possible hackers may be behind the application making it have a secondary objective that collects your password info so I recommend having your password on Facebook be unique. Something that you don't use on any other website. Also make sure there isn't any credit card info on there.

2. Go here http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=2345053339 and click add application

3. Then click http://apps.new.facebook.com/?fbnew_opt_out=1

4. Log out your account and back in. Wham there it is!

Having said that, there are som…

Evacuation Tip of the Day

It has been reported that Texans will face certain death with Hurricane Ike. The last time this warning was issued was with Hurricane Katrina. So if you live in Texas get out of there now!

Pullup Tip of the Day

Don't shave immediately following an upper body workout. Tired arms may not be as precise with a razor blade as your skin would prefer.

Ikea Tip of the Day

Flat pack boxes, alen wrenches, funny names and all, are catching on as totally awesome in the US. As you work to enhance your Ikea experience, follow this handy 3 step guide

First download the song and listen to it while you read the rest of this tipMake your own Ikea furniture nameAssemble new creations by using the Ikea hacker guides

Car Buying Tip of the Day

How to Buy a Car in 6 minutes:

Warning: Picture of rude gesture for 15 seconds

Phone Tip of the Day

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Cell phones are just so small and flimsly. They don't provide anything near the traditional phone experience, but their convience takes the cake. But with this little beauty, you can have the best of both worlds:

E-Break Tip of the Day

Have you ever wondered what pulling your emergency break would do while traveling at a high rate of speed? Well don't, it's not good. In 100% of the cases we studied (totaling 2) we found that boyfriends and girlfriends broke-up not too long after the incident if both were in the car during the event.

The E-Brake, "a great way to put a quick stop on your relationship!"

Reddi Wip of the Day

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It happens time and again. You have had so much fun inhaling nitrous oxide from the whip cream in a can, that you used up all the propellant but not the actual whipped cream. What to do. The package warns heavily (even on the light cream container) to not puncture the can. But out of propellant you haven't anything to fear, but you should do it in a controlled environment. The best™ way to open your can is use the one thing in your kitchen that is designed to puncture cans, a can opener! Since whipped cream cans aren't designed to be opened, you have to hold the can opener so the blade is on the side, not top down as you would for opening canned beets.



Proceed as expected, aka twist the twisty thing on the can opener and wha-la!



Whipped cream, ready and waiting for something to be plunked down on top of!

Rabies Prevention Tip of the Day

For a helpful (albeit somewhat humorous) how-to video called, "Catch the bat!":












-Steph

Sync Tip of the Day

I have a computer at work and one at home, but there is always something on one machine you need on the other. It will happen, and it will be involvement when it happens. Two handy free solutions have recently made themselves know to me.If you have a Mac, sync your addressbook with Yahoo! you don't even need a Yahoo! email account, Sync your address book with Yahoo!. They provide simple step by step instructionsFor Mac or PC users, or if you use both. Dropbox is the most elegant solution for keeping files in sync on all your machines at once. It even makes sharing files and photos incredibly easy. Everything synced in the background, super quick and responsive. All its nifty features are laid out in a video over at getdropbox.com. Dropbox is in private beta right now, but we have invites. Drop us a comment and we'll invite you to join (if we still have any invites left by the time you read this)

Harley Tip of the Day

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Are you lonely and need a companion on those long motorcycle rides around
town? Here's an instant friend.



All credit on this picture goes to Renee

Water Cooler Tip of the Day

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So the cold tab broke off your water cooler, what are you to do? Or better yet, what would McGyver do?

He's stick a fork in it!



All credit here goes to Dave!

Congress Tip of the Day

MAPLight.org is an englitening tool that shows you who is contributing cash to which politicians and how those politicians are voting on key bills in congress. It is scary how close the tie is.

MAPLight.org Video Tour

Phone Tip of the Day

Grand Central "allows you to have a phone number not attached to any particular location. Instead, you can program the number through the internet to forward to any phone you’re using at the moment, or directly to voicemail." You can even automatically route some people like family and friends to your cell and send others straight to voicemail!

Thanks: A List Apart

Cow Tip of the Day

Chick-Fil-A's cow appreciation day is today.

Dress like a cow from head to hoof for our 4th annual Cow Appreciation Day® (July 11, 2008) and get a complimentary combo meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) from Chick-fil-A.

Not up for sporting the full cow look? Partial cow attire will still get you a complimentary entrée. Request a tall, cool Dr Pepper with your Chick-fil-A and complete your meal.

Cow dressing tips at cowappreciationday.com

Amazon Tip of the Day

$4.10 short of getting Free Super Saver Shipping at Amazon.com? I have browsed around the site, trying to find anything useful that I can add to my cart so ave $8 on shipping. But now there is an easy answer. The Amazon Filler Item Finder, in one word, Awesome!

Found Via: The Simple Dollar

Chick-fil-A Tip of the Day

Chick-Fil-As in Lexington, KY are at it again. This week they are (again) giving away free breakfast.

Here is the menu:
This morning - Sausage BiscuitWed and Thurs - Chicken MinisFri and Sat - Chicken Biscuit

Help Tip of the Day

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Thanks Benny, but I'm not sure if that's the kind of help I need.

Teen Age Tip of the Day

$5,000 in a ROTH IRA and a great fund can land big returns. Like $360,000 in 40 years. No Credit Needed as the details. Kind of makes you wish you were 18 all over again.

Flying Tip of the Day

I might as well drive. More major airlines are coming up with clever ways of sneaking money out of inexperienced travelers in a vain attempt to make money.

In good news, Orbitz.com today announced a price guarantee plan, where it will reimpursement if the cost for a particular flight goes down after you purchase the ticket.

Dishwasher Tip of the Day

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Lots of lots of dishwashers, but how do you pick? What do you need?

These days, being 2008, all dishwashers clean pretty well. They are all reasonably quiet, aka. quieter then your old dishwasher. So you have the basics covered. There is one other hidden bit to watch out for (da da dun): squishy racks. That right, squishy racks. The racks that hold the dishes in place. On the lower end models, the coating on the racks, over time can crack and flack off. That leaves rusting metal exposed in your dishwasher, touching your otherwise clean dishes.


Dishwasher with minor rack damage, showing a little bit of rust

In some cases in can get so bad that it may ruin and entire set of dishes but covering them in rust if your continue to use the dishwasher with large amounts of rust exposed. The solution is to look for racks you can't squish with your fingernail. When that is the case, you've likely found racks with a nylon coating.

Also, Bosch has been long esteemed as making some of the qui…

Appliance Shopping Tip of the Day

Walking into any appliance dealer and you will see rows and rows of fridges, dishwashers, dryers, and ranges. The first step when buying kitchen appliances is not to be distracted by the big ol TVs. You're here for the kitchen, and no you don't need a 56" plasma in the kitchen. What you do need is stuff to cook, cool and/or clean your food and dishes.

It can be a daunting process, so that is why you need to enter Appliances R Us with a plan. The first step is determine what you need. You can literally spend anywhere from $300 to $3,000 on a single appliance. So the best thing to do is to determine what you need and want in an appliance. If your stove is broken, you probably need a stove that works. Any other amenities you want? In the next few days we'll be talking about specific things to look for in the different appliances, but you probably already have a pretty good reason why you're buying new appliances. So list want you like and don't like about one'…

Hypermiling Tip of the Day

The cheapest way to get better gas mileage? Sure there are hydrogen and other fuel additives. Hybrid and electric vehicles. But all those cost money. To save gas without spending more you can just adjust your driving habits. To do it to the extreme is called hypermiling, but there are little tips that anyone can use save an MPG or two, such as "Don't use quick accelerations or brake heavily

More from NPR.org

Coupon Tip of the Day

So the savvy shopper picks through the coupons they get in the mail and throws out the rest. But sometimes the coupons are so good and they are to places you would visit anyway that you wish you had more. Well now you do. If you get Family savings Magazine in your area, they reprint online. (Just click on the "Now in Digital Online" button.) Love getting a Burrito from Sonic for 99¢? Now you can get one every day! You are only limited by your printer paper!

Less Wal-Mart Tip of the Day

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Thanks to the new thing called the internets, you can actually subscribe to your groceries, or Marketplace: your favorite toilet paper. It is a new program from Amazon.com where you can have items from their Grocery department shipped to you every month. Plus you save 15%!

Speeding Tip of the Day

A little birdie told me that from May 19 through June 1, the Kentucky State Police have received a federal grant for writing tickets for speeding. Speaking of getting speeding tickets, I have also recently been informed about a useful website (whose interface could really use some maps) that lists common speedtraps around the country, called speedtraps.org.

Network Camera Tip of the Day

This has got to be the best tip I've given out by far. A company called Axis Communications is a popular vendor of security cameras. They have a web interface to allow their owners, and if they make it available, you to view what is going on. Type this into Google to see for yourself. "inurl:/view/index.shtml" without the quotes. A lot of them are traffic cams but I found some others. When it asks you to install the Axis software say yes. It is needed to give you the live streams. Some have 4 viewports and if there's more than 1 camera on a location you can change the source camera. If its asks you for a username just click cancel. Some are slow and some are fast. The fast ones are the ones only worth viewing. Below are some of my favorites that I'm going to be keeping an eye on. I havent time to view them all because I suspect most of the activity takes place during business hours. Most of them are probably traffic or people commuting to classes. I saw 6 guys …

Sleep Tip of the Day

File this under things you already knew. Getting the right about of sleep is good for you. A new study has shown that in kids as you as 3 years old who don't get enough sleep tend to weight more. They already found that the same was true of older kid. It seems like, if you don't have enough energy from sleeping, your hormones tell you to eat more, I guess to make up for the lack of energy.

Election Tip of the Day

As Kentuckians head too the primary polls tomorrow. We found
this very basic "Where they stand" guide that outlines how the 3 remaining presidential candidates stand on the 10 biggest issues.

It is definitely not in depth but does show where they overlap and differ on the issues you likely care about.

Photo Tip of the Day

It's 2008, so practically everyone has a digital camera (Grandma, check) or a phone with a camera in it. So now the trick becomes showing your photos off. You can always have them printed, but that's a tip for another time. The quickest and cheapest way is to post them online for the world and your friends to see.

Here are some sites that offer free photo hosting that I'd recommend looking into. They serve different needs so just find the one that you like the best.

Flickr.com - owned by Yahoo!, is very popular but you can max out the free storage they offer quickly, after that, you'll have to pay for more space.Picasa Web Albums - owned by Google, so you can use your same login as your Gmail. Picasa is also a desktop program to organize the all your photos on your computer.Facebook - Has a fairly good photo album feature. Plus your "friends" on Facebook will be notified when you post new pictures of them. It is easy to limit access as to who can actually see y…

Sonic Tip of the Day

Sonic – Americ'a Drive In, is obviously a sucker for praise. One time I noticed on my reciept, that they, like many other places these days, have a phone customer satistfaction survey that they would like you to complete. And instead of entering you in a drawing (lame), it said that I would receive a coupon code for $1 my next visit. I throughly enjoy their sausage breakfast burrito - not the SuperSONIC Breakfast Burrito mind you, just the regular one. Unfortunately, its price has risen in recent months, up from $1.29 to $1.89. So I thought, it may be worth the 5 minutes to get the price of this thing under a buck. So I called the number and pressed 1 through 5 of my touch tone phone, it was relatively quick and painless. Happily got my code and the end and used it. Much to my surprise, when I got the receipt for my 94¢ burrito (after tax), there was another invitation to fill out the same survey!

As of this moment, I am on my third dollar off coupon, and plan to eat 94¢ breakfast …

McChick Tip of the Day

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Tomorrow the 15th, McDonald's is giving away their McChick sandwiches (with the purchase of a medium or large drink, of course). In the afternoon it is a regular bun style sandwich, and in the morning it is a biscuit variant.
While this these sandwiches are a rip off of Chick-Fil-A, you do have to give McDonald's some points for originality, they put the pickles on the top, instead of the bottom.

Bonus: If you want your coffee cold, stop by Dunkin Donuts for free Iced Coffee Day, which is also tomorrow. With this one there is no purchase necessary.

Office Tip of the Day

While we try not to post Forwards to Tip O Da Day, this one is particularly funny. And if life around the office has been getting a little boring we sure haven't be doing our part to add excitement. So instead, spice it up a little bit with a few well placed dares. Treat the winner to Friday Bar-B-Que
One-Point DaresRun one lap around the office at top speed.Ignore the first five people who say 'good morning' to you.Phone someone in the office you barely know, leave your name and say, "Just called to say I can't talk right now. Bye."To signal the end of a conversation, clamp your hands over your ears and grimace.Leave your zipper open for one hour. If anyone points it out, say, "Sorry, I really prefer it this way."Walk sideways to the photocopier.While riding in an elevator, gasp dramatically every time the doors open.Two Point DaresSay to your boss, "I like your style" and shoot him with double-barreled fingers.Babble incoherently at a fel…

Shaving Tip of the Day

Guys, do you try to shave every day, but get discouraged because the mirror is so fogged up you can see your face? Sure you do. So here is a tip for you. Try shaving the mirror first. And if you're paranoid about getting the gunk from the mirror on your face, or just ruining the blade, you can leave the little plastic guard on while you shave the mirror. The advantage of this technique over the old use-the-towel-to-wipe-off-the-mirror technique, or better yet the just-use-your-hand technique is that it doesn't leave any streaks. And that means, there is one less thing that looks like it needs cleaning!

Lemon Tip of the Day

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Is there anything in the world worse then sipping on your water and having a lemon seed slide right up the straw with your sip? I'm sure there is, but maybe not for everyone. That particular someone came to his/her own rescue by investing the lemon shower cap. For those times when you want to get wet, but don't want you're seeds falling out…er or something like that

Photo Editing Tip of the Day

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Want to touch up your photos before you post them online, but don't have iPhoto and there is no way you're going to shell out hundreds of dollars for Photoshop? Adobe has released Photoshop Express. It is all online so there is nothing to install plus it's free! It has an impressive range of features, including removing red eye and stylizing pictures. Plus it integrates with Facebook and Flickr.

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IRS Tip of the Day

Here's a tip to the IRS.

Dear IRS,

I will gladly pay taxes to live in the greatest country on our planet. But for the love of all things good and green, could you possibly make it any harder to pay you? As a college graduate who owns a business, a house and a dog, I don't claim to be a genius, but I should be able to easily figure out how much money I owe. Instead, I have to resort to hiring a tax professional at my own expense. I'd try it myself, but if I make a mistake, you'll find me, steal said house and dog (and college degree) and put me in jail. So I just wanted to say I think it's mean. As a business owner, I doubt I'd have any clients if I made them fill out a form to calculate how much money they owed me. When you owe someone money, you should get an invoice from them. Plain and simple. So send me a frickin' invoice, and I'll pay your frickin' taxes.

Regards,
Jason

P.S. When I call you to ask a question about your insanely difficult process, wh…

Travel ID Tip of the Day

My tip may seem to be rather odd, but it can be a life saver- or at least a travel saver. See, I went to Iowa for a friend's wedding, and got my hair cut short. Ten inches off and donated to Locks of Love. The problem was that I only had a driver's license as a photo ID, and was using a bank receipt and SS card as back up IDs. No problem leaving. But then in Iowa, trying to fly home, the security officer looks at my drivers license of me as a long-haired sixteen-year-old, and says, "This isn't you." I laughed, I thought she was joking...she wasn't. I stood there panicking, trying to push the bank receipt on her, but she just kept repeating, "No. This in NOT you." My friend was verifying my Id, I was pulling out my SS card and insurance card, searching for my debit- which I've hide in my purse because then when souvenir shopping I have to think about if this cheesey junk is worth the effort. But she won't have it, instead she is insisting I…

Facebook Video Tip of the Day

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Wish Facebook Video had a little bit of code where you could easily embed the clip on another site? Well for some reason they don't want to be cool like YouTube. But be frustrated no longer. If you have Firefox you can install an addon that will give you the handy embed code.



You can get the addon from userscripts.org. Then just scroll down to "Firefox Addon" (since only web geeks use Greasemonkey, you can skip all that stuff)

Telemarketing Tip of the Day

I got a phone call this evening asking for Mr. Morris. I immediately knew this was going to be fun. "This is CSA calling on behalf of…blah blah blah…firefighters…blah blah blah". As she was rattling off her script, that she has said one too many times to avoid blurring the words together, I remembered a tip I had heard somewhere, sometime before. When she got done explaining that they have a gold level of support front $50 and a silver level of support for $25. I asked her what cut of the money the company receives for their fund raising efforts. She instead told me how much the firefighters get: 25%! Can you believe that? She went on to tell me there was a bronze level of support for $15. Doing some quick math, that means that the firefighters would be getting $3.75 of every $15 I were to donate.

All of a sudden, I'm not the one who feels bad for turning down telefundriasers, I would feel worse if I actually donated.

Blackout Tip of the Day

If the power is out, and it is night, be extra very careful when you're brushing your teeth. Because even thought it is shaped like toothpaste, and feels like toothpaste, it may actually be Timewise face cleanser.

Peeps Tip of the Day

With Easter practically here, what are you going to do with all those marshmallow birds and bunnies. Here is an idea. Use them as a stress ball, and then when you just can't take it anymore, bite their heads off.

Comic Recycling Tip of the Day

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If you're one of those people who claims not to like Garfield because you "don't like talking cats who eat lasagna," then boy, are you in luck today. Check out Garfield Minus Garfield - a revolutionary comic strip for the modern day!

Leadership Tip of the Day

1,000 sheep led by a lion is more dangerous than 1,000 lions led by a sheep.

Sock Tip of the Day

I recently pinpointed the cause for my disdain toward laundry. It all stems from the socks. I don't mind putting most of my things away, in fact, it gives me pleasure to see my drawers bustling and full. (TWSS).

But the dang socks. They just rub me the wrong way. They stick to your underwear and tees, they're balled up and still wet, and the dryer always seems to snack on a few. They're the only items in your laundry that need to be paired up, so they take a lot of time to sort, fold and put away.

So, to avoid my hatred of sock-sorting, I started just doing laundry and throwing them in a bin, thinking it couldn't be that hard to find mates as I'm getting ready in the morning. But, I was very wrong. In fact, it took so long that I often found myself just wearing mismatched socks rather than hunt through.

Even Cheddar was stressed: he began carrying around way more socks than ever.

So I asked Fowler if he had any suggestions for my sock woes, and alas, he did. In fact,…

American Idol Tip of the Day

For those who dont know the show is rigged. The producers only let you see what they want you to see. Auditioners have the wear the same clothes for days to make it look like they're only there for a day. There are judges who have to put you through before you even get a chance to see Randy, Paula, and Simon. They put bad people through just so Simon gets a chance to zing them and it seems like the producers only advance people with interesting backstories time and time again.

But the flip side of this is its voting time and we are the producers now so to speak. Thats why I encourage you to Vote for the Worst. Making Idol a joke by having bad people make it through when they're not supposed to and watching the producers cringe makes for good TV. For more info go to http://www.votefortheworst.com We put Sanjaya through week after week and this year we're going to make sure Danny Noriega gets the special treatment.

Blu-Ray Tip of the Day

Well it's official. Now that Wal-Mart & Warner Brothers have both agreed to exclusively support Blu-Ray, there is no longer a big question mark as to what will be the disc type for watching High Definition movies at home. The other competitor was "HD DVD", not to be confused with regular "DVD" that we know and love. This whole deal was just what would be the new standard for HD movies. Regular old DVD will still be with us for many years to come for sure, but if you want to watch the latest movies on your big widescreen TV, then you might want to consider Blu-Ray as it will take advantage of every last pixel.

McSkillet Tip of the Day

Today and tomorrow morning, buy a medium drink at McDonalds and get a McSkillet Burrito free. It's kind of like a good coupon, except you don't need a coupon.

Organize-It Tip of the Day

I don't care how much of a neat freak you are, we all leave clutter around the house from time to time. You set your keys down on the table, the mail on the couch, the DVD you just watched on top of the TV, your jacket on the back of the chair. No big deal. Until, like me, you realize there is a trail of your personal effects in every spot you've been in the house.

To declutter the little things that accumulate over time, I tried having lofty goals. "Oh, I'll just make sure I always put the mail in this nice little bin out of the way." Or, "I'll always put my shoes over there." Well, it works for a day. And before you know it, it's far too hard to organize your life. Most clutter consists of items we use and rearrange every day. Clothes, toiletries, papers, shoes. Things that aren't used daily can easily be organized into closets, pantries, etc. But your everyday items have to be easily accessible if they're going to stay organized.

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Weather Tip of the Day

Just what is the difference between Freezing Rain and sleet, and why doesn't it just snow every time it's below freezing? Weather.com has the answer. But since you don't want to read that, here's the rundown: Freezing Rain falls through the air at above or near freezing and then land on something that is belove freezing. Sleet, starts as snow, then passes through above freezing air and then back through another layer of freezing air to reform as ice. Snow, lives its whole life in freezing temperatures.
Thanks Jules

Matching Tip of the Day

If you have a rust colored jacket, and a rust colored scarf, you probably don't need to dye your hair to match.

H/T Renee

Day Tip of the Day

Um, guys it's Valentines Day.


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Coffee Guide of the Day

Caffe LatteA Caffe Latte is a single shot of espresso with steamed milk. There is notfrothed milk in this drink. A Caffe Latte should have approximately a 3:1 ratio of milk to coffee. Note: ordering a Latte in an Italian restaurant may get you a glass of milk so be sure to order Caffe Latte.Cafe au Lait A Cafe au Lait is similar to a Caffe Latte except it is generally made withbrewed coffee instead of espresso in a ratio of 1:1 milk to coffee with sugar added to taste.CappuccinoCappuccino is traditionally equal parts espresso, steamed milk and frothed milk. Many coffee shops will add much more milk than this in the belief that bigger is better.AmericanoAn Americano is a single shot of espresso with 6 to 8 ounces of hot water added. This term was originally devised as a sort of insult to Americans who wanted their espresso diluted.
-Renee

Word Perfect Tip of the Day

If you need to open a .wpd file, the best thing to do is to download AbiWord and it should bring it up. (Though not without the joys of cross file conversions; oddly shaped paragraphs and what-not.) Also, it won't print out properly. Or so it would appear. However, I cut and pasted everything into Word and it looked about 95%. If you need things to be 95%, you got your answer. I don't and so I am going to print out 20 pages and take it over to Kinkos and mail out the document. Fun, eh what? The problem is footnotes don't convert well. They always look odd and could be confused for actual numbers. I don't like this one bit, but there is really nothing that can be done. After working on this project for the better part of two hours I can safely say that Microsoft is evil. (The views of this poster do not necessarily reflect the views of the proprietor of this site.) Microsoft Word will not read .wpd files in Word and they bailed out Corel, who conspicuously …

Battery Tip of the Day

Car batteries can range from $50 to $200. But how much power do you really need? Consumer Reports has a handu car battery buying guide.

The single best tip from the guide: "The time to think about buying a new auto battery is before the old one fails."

Traffic Tip of the Day

Sometimes traffic updates every 6 minutes just aren't fast enough. All too often I have heard a traffic update about an accident I'm already stuck in. To hedge off this problems, Google and Yahoo! both have traffic views on their maps applications. But for those of us at Tip O Da Day headquarters in Lexington, KY that feature doesn't work. But if you've listening to NPR, you are sure to have heard about the Lexington Traffic Management Center. NPR isn't getting any sort of special traffic feed from them, they are just reading off the info posted to the LFUCG Traffic Management Center website. So take a quick check before you head out the door in the morning. LFUCG also has a 24 hour traffic hotline (859-258-3611).

Quicker Website Tip of the Day

Is your new big-fancy-website just taking too long to load? Try tacking on PHP Speedy. It will get all the files from the server to the user's computer more efficiently. And can very easily cut the load times in half!

Pretzel Tip of the Day

Go get a free Pretzel today from Auntie Anne's. If you have one near you, you can get either a free original pretzel or a cinnamon sugar one from 10 AM - 4 PM. What a better way to spend Groundhog Day?
-Cherie Lowe

Goat Tip of the Day

If you don't want to marry a goat, don't try any hanky panky.

What is RSS Update of the Weekend

RSS, maybe you've heard of it, maybe not. To put it simply, RSS allows you to check one website and see all the updated blog enteries from your friends and new articles from sites you already check every day, in one place.

RSS is a topic we've covered here before, but times change and new handy videos come out to help explain what RSS is and how to use it.

24 Tip of the Day

Imagine if '24' were set in 1994, a time before cell phones and fast Internet access. Imagine Jack Bauer being dependent on AOL, Windows 3.1 and floppy disks. If you can, then you have a taste of the fun you'll have watching this '24' parody: http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1788161
-Michael W.

tip-unless you want slow internet, stay in 2008

Find Tip of the Day

Internet browsers have a feature that allow you to find a word on the page. You go to the Edit Menu -> Find on this Page or Ctrl+F on your keyboard. (Sorry, don't know the Mac shortcut - my guess is Command+F). Anyway, it will search through the page to find the word and by clicking next, you can see all the occurrences on that page.

This may be an obvious tip for some, but I didn't learn it until a couple years ago and it is quite helpful.

Bonus tip that I learned from The Office: You can use the Find and Replace (also Edit Menu) in Word Processing programs. Every time you have a word, you can change it to another word. In the show, Michael (aka Detective Michael Scarn) replaced "Dwight" with "Samuel L. Chang" (idiot sidekick).

Pricing Tip of the Day

Round numbers can cost you money. If your bidding on a website or selling your house, people are less likely to haggle if you don't use round numbers. That's why Wal-Mart's $2.74 feels like they cut the price by as much as they can because it's not $2.99

Waiting Tip of the Day

You decide to go to restaurant in downtown Lexington on a Saturday night (first mistake). You are there with fourteen other friends (second mistake). Be ready to wait. You even get a handy dandy pager. After about 45 minutes, you ask the waitress how much longer. You know it's a bad sign if she says, "Didn't we already seat you upstairs?" There was another group of 15 that came after our group and they got our place in line.

Here's the tip - Guard your place carefully. You never know when there will be another insanely large group come roughly around the same time as you and swipe your spot in line. You might also try giving them an unusual number (15.74) - bet no one else will have that number.

Personal Space Tip of the Day

You're standing in line. The person behind you feels that if there is more than half an inch between you that the place in line will get stolen. This perfect stranger is standing so close to you that you can tell that he's a smoker, likes onions, and doesn't believe in deodorant. Your personal space bubble is about to pop. You glance behind you to make sure that it's not an inanimate object that doesn't know better. Nope, it's a real person who apparently was never taught to give people a little breathing room. Here's what you do to make him back off.
Continually look back with the evil eye. Maybe he'll pick up the hint.
Start rocking back and forth. You might "accidentally" bump him, causing him to take a step back.Use your purse or luggage to create a natural barrier. Swinging these are helpful.
Start telling a story using gestures, the more erratic the movement, the better. Think large arm movements.
If all else fails, start acting a bit crazy

3rd Tip of our Bithday

Can you believe it? Pete & Jay's Tip O Da Day is 3 years old today. We just passed 1,000 tips last month. This website also decided to start it's own website, Tip of the Day Recommends….

Since we just did the big "best of" tip for our 1,000th tip. We'll recap the 22 tips between that time, with its own best of:

Best Series 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Best Way to save money while eating out: ThreeWayTie
Best Grammar Tip
Best use of ™
Best things to do while you can't sleep
Best tip we thought we posted years ago but didn't
Best use of the word "cocky"
Best consumer empowerment tip
Best tip your mom always told you but you never believed
The most free of anyone thing mentioned in a tip
Best gift giving tip
Best gift not getting tip
The tip learned by almost everyone I knew at the same time
The only christmas gift I've ever received as the result of a tip

Oh wait, that's every tip since the 1,000th. We'll give one more award. Best reader of tips: you. Tha…

Restaurant Tip of the Weekend

dealnews has been a favorite of mine for a while. But I just found this catagory with amazing useful deals. Check out the dealnews Restaurant category.

How does $5 off a $20 purchase at Logan's sound? How about $1 off any item at Coldstone (coulda used this last night)? Or free pancakes at IHOP (today only)?

Red Robin Tip of the Day

Red Robin resturant has some sort of bottomless fry basket thing, it's like bottomless coffee pot at IHOP where they both really do have a bottom it's just a fancyway to say all-you-can-eat. Well if you are really nice to your waitress/waiter you can ask them for a refill on your fries before you actually get your food. If your server decides to grant your wish, the fries will come to your table approximately the same time an appetizer would, plus you don't have to pay extra for em! Maybe that's what all the burgers are $9.75 there?

Chick-fil-A Tip of the Day

Chick-fil-A sells calendars that have coupons for every month. The calendars are only $5. January's coupon is a free chicken sandwich. You can also purchase a coffee mug for around $20 and get free refills for the year. If you go to Chick-fil-A often and/or like coffee, this is a great deal.
Also, they are serving free breakfast on Mondays during the month of January at the Lexington branches.

PDA Tip of the Day 7

Your loved one calls while you are in the group. Here's a conversation that your friends should never hear:
"I love you too...No, I love you more...nooooo, I love you more...You hang up first...Ok, bye....you still there?...You hang up first....On the count of three, we'll both hang up...one...two...love you....three...Snookums?...Seriously, this time, we'll hang up...."
This invokes the gag reflex in all around you. In order to avoid a cleanup in aisle 12, don't let this happen to you. Just hang up the phone already. You'll probably see them in 10 minutes anyway.

HydroSlide 2008™ Tip of the Day

Decide you want to get healthy in 2008? Don't like getting sweaty? Here's the plan for you: Start running in place while in the shower. If you like the elliptical machine better, lather your feet with soap before beginning. You may need to install a handicap bar in order to prevent a concussion. Do not install grippers on the tub floor or it will make it too hard to slide.

-conglomerate tip from Hunter, Brett, and others

Car Talk Tip of the Day

More great Fuel Economy Tips from Car Talk

PDA Tip of the Day 6

Don't stick your hands in your partner's pockets or pants. It's one thing to retrieve a wallet if his hands are occupied, but as a general rule this is not a good idea. If you want somewhere to put your hands, your own pockets will do just fine.

One TodD friend tells of a story when he was in Walmart waiting to return an item. One customer in front of him had her hand down the crack. Who wants to touch anything after this person?!?!

Bonus tip: Carry disinfectant spray at all times.

Lack of Sleep Tip of the Day

You have a couple of weeks off for vacation or the holidays. The mysterious 'they' tell you to keep your normal sleeping cycle. Yeah right! It's my vacation, I'm not going to go to bed at 9:30pm, I'm just not going to do it. So, getting back on the schedule proves a little difficult. Here are some things you can do while you are waiting for your body to be tired before 1am.
Tear the Under Penalty of Law tags off your new pillows. You own them, you can.Sew the seam of the pillow where you pulled the tag too hard, causing a rip.Darn your stockings.Think of words to use for the next game of Speed Scrabble.See how many people you can list from your high school class to prepare for your upcoming reunion.
Organize under your sink.Write a tip of the day.

PDA Tip of the Day 5

Don't do anything in front of me you wouldn't do in front of your mother. Unless your mother's a tramp, in which case you should defer to other tips.

-TVM

Literal Tip of the Day

Remember, if you use the word "literally," it means that whatever crazy thing you are about to say actually happened exactly as you are describing it.

In the grand tradition of the Blog of Unnecessary Quotation Marks, there is also Literally, A Web Log, which tracks and documents the misuse of the word. Some choice examples: "We had 300 people outside, literally freezing to death."
- Senator Hillary Clinton"[Britney Spears is] literally on a roller coaster to hell."
- Dr. Timothy Brantley, PhD"If you and I do not speak up now, this homosexual steamroller will literally crush all decent men, women, and children who get in its way."
- Rev. Jerry Falwell"It’s literally raining cats in the Puget Sound area..."
- from an article about stray cats in NW Washington

PDA Tip of the Day 4

Do not overuse pet names in public. Hon is ok, but Snickerpookiepoo is not.

Honey Tip of the Day

Get the ruminants out of the honey out of your glass honey jar by pouring hot water in, and then using that to make tea…or crumpets.

Thanks Jen

PDA Tip of the Day 3

When you are in a group, act like it. If you have to have a serious conversation or fight between just the two of you, wait until you are alone. Keep personal jokes to a minimum. You are still an individual person; it's awkward when your friends don't feel like they can just talk to one of you at a time.