Biz Bits: How to use the Internet to save money
Tip of the Week
Here are some ideas for how to save money by using the Internet:
- Check online for coupons and promotional codes. Many major grocery stores post coupons, offers and other promotions online that can easily lead to increased savings in a fraction of the time it takes to clip coupons in the traditional sense.
- Shop around for insurance quotes. Many people never think to shop around for a better insurance quote because they see insurance as an expense that isn't negotiable, or they think they're stuck in their current policy until it runs out. People can switch at any point in their policy, without penalty, and can often find a better deal by shopping around. Use a quote-shopping site like www.NetQuote.com and receive insurance quotes from multiple agents without the hassle of filling out multiple requests.
- Save on gas by mapping out travel routes. Instead of taking the same route to work, friends' houses or places of interest, consider mapping out a more cost-effective route by using online mapping services.
- Don't waste money on the wrong products -- read reviews first. Consider checking out www.Epinions.com or www.ConsumerSearch.com. If the buzz indicates that a particular product is not worth the money -- or that a similar product does the same thing for less -- reconsider the purchase and look into other options.
Sandy Allgeier, author of “The Personal Credibility Factor,” says lack of credibility is a major hindrance for workers, whether it’s in procuring a promotion or even holding on to their job. Here are her top ways that employees damage their credibility:
- Failing to do what you say you will do.
- Breaking appointments (or frequently rescheduling them).
- Constantly showing up late.
- Being messy and/or disorganized.
- Bringing too much “personal life” into your workday.
- Speaking first, thinking second.
- Making decisions while keeping others in the dark.
- Telling white lies.
- Trying to do everything but ending up doing it all sloppily.
- Putting others down to pull yourself up.
- Putting yourself down rather than learning from mistakes.
- Making too many excuses — even if they’re legit.
- Casting blame when you should be solving problems.
- Exhibiting body language and vocal tone that doesn’t match your words.
Survey says: Internet more crucial than spouse
A survey by a German Internet provider found that a whopping 84 percent of people in their 20s would rather give up their spouse or partner than give up their Web access. The study also found that 97 percent of people wouldn’t want to live without a mobile phone.
Quote of Note
"I did not say Barry Manilow is a weapon of mass destruction."
Paul Lonsdale, talking to The Associated Press about a New Zealand mall’s attempt to put a crimp on youngsters loitering at the mall by piping Manilow music over the mall’s speakers.
Number to Know
1981: The last year that U.S. automobile sales were this bad. January’s sales numbers were the worst since December 1981, and February’s numbers are expected to be ever worse.
GateHouse News Service