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Posts from February 2013


Thrifty Tuesday: You're leaking money!

12 ways you're wasting money



Put an end to those small money drains that you barely notice, and you could save hundreds -- or even thousands -- of dollars a year.



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Is paddling okay in schools?

Ely seeks to reinstate paddling as alternative to suspension


The proposed 2013-14 student code of conduct does not reinstate the controversial punishment of paddling. But one board member hopes to get enough votes in April to add it back in after a three-year absence.

"This (paddling) is an alternative to out-of-school suspension if parents choose it," said School Board member Carol Ely, who retired as Shady Hill principal two years ago.


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POLL: Hot shoes or sneakers for a formal event, ladies?

Ladies, would you rather wear sneakers or hot shoes to a formal event?


These are an actual pair of Chris's shoes. What woman would give these up for sneakers?

Girls. You went to all the trouble of getting a gorgeous dress for a formal event. Your makeup is spectacular. Your hair is beautiful. Are you going to wear sneakers with your dress? Or are you going to get the perfect shoes to tie it all together? Storm says shoes don't matter (YES, he actually said that. I know, right?!) and that we should all wear comfortable shoes. I say he's out of his mind and the shoes can make or break the outfit. So, what do you say, Ladies? Would you wear sneakers with a formal dress, or do the shoes really matter?

Please respond to our totally scientific and unbiased poll below:


 
 
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Thrifty Tuesday: Don't blow that tax refund!

Smart ways to spend your tax refund


4 alternatives to blowing the check on gadgets or getaways


Despite the late start to the this year’s tax season, refund checks are already rolling in. About 75% of taxpayers are expected to receive refunds this year, according to estimates from the Internal Revenue Service, with the average check coming out to about $3,000. And as this winter windfall arrives, Americans wrestle with competing desires to spend, save, or invest the cash.


Click here for some smart ways to spend your refund.

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Facebook: Avoidance, Guilt Trips, Lethargy...

11 Things Facebook Makes Us Do


A study by University of Colorado professor Christopher Sibona found that "40 percent of people surveyed said they would avoid in real life anyone who unfriended them on Facebook."


A study out of the University of Edinburgh found that when you have more Facebook friends, you have more opportunity to offend people with what you post: "Stress arises when a user presents a version of themself on Facebook that is unacceptable to some of their online 'friends,' such as posts displaying behaviour such as swearing, recklessness, drinking and smoking."


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Thrifty Tuesday: Not a Rockefeller? Valentine's on a budget

11 Ideas for Valentine's Day on a Budget



How much do you spend on Valentine's Day? Twenty dollars for chocolates? Fifty dollars for flowers? A hundred bucks for dinner for two? You don't have to break your budget to keep from breaking your lover's heart -- just use some imagination and initiative. WalletPop scribes put their heads together to come up with a generous number of suggestions for celebrating Valentine's Day on a budget.


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There's a dating site for everyone. EVERYONE.

Looking for your perfect love? There's a dating site out there for you!




They say there's someone out there for everyone. That may or may not be true, but this Valentine's Day, there's definitely a dating site or two for you.


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Film critic calls Melissa McCarthy "tractor-sized," "humongous," "female hippo"

Rex Reed uses his review of "Identity Thief" to bully Mellissa McCarthy for her weight

 
You don't like the movie, Rex Reed? FINE. Review the film. That's your job. But using your professional platform to bully and humiliate the star because you think it's gross that she's overweight? Calling her "tractor-sized," "humongous," and "a female hippo?" Disgraceful.

I wrote the following to the editor of the New York Observer. If you would also like to write the editor, you can send your thoughts to them via email: editorial@observer.com

Subject: "Tractor-sized?" "Humongous?" "Female hippo?"

Dear Editor,

How unfortunate to start my weekend by reading Rex Reed's verbal assault of Melissa McCarthy in his review of "Identity Thief." In fact, it was less a criticism of the movie than it
was an expression of his own dismay that one of the film's stars happens to be a fat woman.

As my friends and I observed, we can think of few, if any, examples of critics heaping similar insults upon actors such as Chris Farley, John Goodman, Jack Black, John Candy, Jackie Gleason, John Belushi, and Kevin James. There's an inexhaustible supply of overweight actors whose weight is overlooked, or even celebrated. But God help us all if a talented, hilarious woman, who happens to be fat, makes a movie. And even worse, people like her! She's successful! Stop the presses!

I'm appalled that any editor would allow Rex Reed to use his column to humiliate an actor because of her weight. There is no journalistic integrity in using one's professional platform to be an abusive bully.

There seems to be no end to the media's willingness to find new ways to make women feel inferior, unattractive, and insecure. Congratulations and stay classy.

Chris Wells
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What would make you unfriend someone on Facebook?

Study says there are real life consequences to unfriending someone on Facebook


"Unfriend" someone on Facebook whose posts you find annoying? A new study finds that that person may avoid you, forever.
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Should Alachua County students have the entire week of Thanksgiving off?

Students likely to get Thanksgiving week off


The Alachua County School Board did not approve the district's proposed calendar for the 2013-2014 school year, which kept Thanksgiving week as is, with the break starting on Wednesday.

Superintendent Dan Boyd had recommended approval of this calendar over the draft proposed from the Alachua County Education Association, which gives students the whole week of Thanksgiving off and adds two days on to the end of the school year.

In a 3-2 vote, Board Chair Eileen Roy joined Gunnar Paulson and Leanetta McNealy in opposing the district calendar. April Griffin and Carol Oyenarte voted in favor of it.

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Thrifty Tuesday: This month, get yourself some towels and a boat!

What to Buy in February


Knowing when to purchase what can mean big savings throughout the year. Savvy shoppers take advantage of two major, and related, trends: seasonal shifts and post-holiday sales.

As you consider what to buy in February, remember that winter is halfway over and retailers want to get rid of seasonal merchandise. Also, stores usually have a lot of electronics left over from the holidays and must make room for new gadgets. And finally, President's Day falls in February - giving many people a three-day weekend and extra time to shop. Taken all together, you can count on February deals galore.



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How safe is your smart phone?

The 10 Dumbest Risks People Take with Their Smart Phones




































To help you prepare your defenses, here are the 10 dumbest things that people do (or fail to do) with their smartphones.

1) No password protection.

If you could "lock" your wallet, wouldn't you? Well, why don't more folks lock their iPhone or Android phone? While it is nowhere CLOSE to being foolproof, a phone password works like the theory of the burglar and the dog: If you take that extra step to protect yourself, most bad guys will simply move on to the next (easier) target. It's a lot easier for a thief to steal a smartphone with no password than it is to work on cracking your phone.

2) Shopping online with an Internet browser instead of a shopping app.

If you have the choice between shopping at Amazon.com using your phone's browser versus Amazon's app, use the app! Ditto for eBay, Overstock, and any big retailer that gives you the option of using their app. Unlike browsers, dedicated shopping apps are designed to ward off phishing and other kinds of scams. (Before you download it, just make sure it's really their official app!)


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Did you miss a few of the commercials from the big game? Check 'em all out here!

Super Bowl 2013 commercials: Watch them here


You may have missed some of the best commericlas of the big game. Hey, it happens! You need a snack, a trip to the lav, whatever. Never fear, all the ads are HERE!
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