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Free or cheap hot dogs on National Hot Dog Day

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 12:00PM Tuesday July 23, 2013
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Today is National Hot Dog Day! I see many meat eaters jumping for joy. To make things even more joyful, some national and local chains are offering free or cheap hot dogs today. To take advantage of those deals, I've compiled a list for you:

1. Sonic - For only $1, you can get a 6 inch American or Chili Cheese Dogs all day today.

2. 7-Eleven - Download their app and get a coupon for a free 1/8 pound Big Bite.

3. Kangaroo Express - At participating locations, get a hot dog for 25 cents and if you show your military I.D., the dogs will be free (from 6am to 6pm). Read More »

Tame your e-mail with free Alto service

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 8:05AM Tuesday July 16, 2013
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E-mail can be a blessing and a curse. A blessing because, well, you know, it's e-mail. But a curse because there's too much of it.

Indeed, the modern inbox tends to be flooded with daily-deal promos (I'm looking at you, Groupon), social-network notifications, photos from friends, and other distracting clutter. The way this stuff snowballs, it's not long before you start missing the important stuff.

If only you had a personal e-mail valet, someone who would sort all your messages for you and separate the e-wheat from the e-chaff.

That's Alto in a nutshell.
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Sorry, Amazon, even a $169 Kindle Fire HD doesn't beat a $129 Nook HD

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 12:30PM Friday July 5, 2013
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A couple weeks back I told you about the one tablet deal you don't want to miss: the 7-inch Barnes & Noble Nook HD for $129. (I also sang the praises of the 8.9-inch Nook HD+, which was slashed to $149, but that's a topic for another day.)

Even though Barnes & Noble has announced it will no longer be making its own color tablets (instead partnering with a third-party manufacturer), it was probably inevitable that Amazon would respond to such a huge pricing discrepancy.

And it has: the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD has been cut to $169 from $199, though this isn't necessarily permanent.
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5 delicious budget-friendly smoothie recipes for summer

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 6:00AM Thursday July 4, 2013
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When it's hot, humid and sticky, eating something fried or oily is the last thing that comes to mind. You think about watermelons, strawberries, mangoes, mint, blueberries and more.

The great thing is that you can throw all those fresh produce and stick in a blender until it becomes a smoothie. They make for a perfect meal replacement, snack or dessert. You really can't go wrong!

Try these 5 refreshing smoothies that will keep you going and staying healthy during those hot summer days without breaking your bank: Read More »

5 budget-friendly gluten free favorites

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 6:00AM Monday July 1, 2013
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If you're allergic to gluten, sensitive to gluten or even on a gluten free diet by choice, it doesn't have to be too difficult to come up with good meals. While it may seem hard at first to change your diet completely, going gluten-free can be simple, delicious and satisfying.

Your childhood favorites such as pancakes, pizzas, spaghetti, sandwiches and cupcakes can easily be tweaked to leave out the gluten and still retain all the wonderful flavor. Plus, it shouldn't break your budget either.

I've compiled the 5 best recipes that will keep your stomach happy and your pocketbook even happier: Read More »

6 yummy grill recipes that will satisfy all taste buds

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 10:00AM Friday June 21, 2013
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It's time to clean those grills and get them ready for those summer BBQ parties. With the beautiful weather right before us, there's nothing like sitting outside, smelling the aromas that comes out of the grill and eating your heart out.

While there are tons of
awesome recipes out there, I have 6 grill worthy recipes that will satisfy all taste buds:

1. Steaks to perfection.
There are tons of steak recipes out there, but the secret to any good steak is in how you cook it. At your next party, grill the best steak of your life with this Savory Grilled T-Bones recipe and you will be the talk of the town.

2. Grill a Whole Chicken. While I don't eat meat, many people around me love them some chicken. With this Classic Grilled Whole Chicken recipe, you will surely impress your guests.

3. Fish on a grill. I'm not a meat eater, but I can get down and dirty with a nice filet of fish. This Gingery Salmon with Peaches recipe will get all the meat eaters excited too. What meat?! Read More »

The best new password manager is free

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 8:17AM Thursday June 20, 2013
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We live in a password-powered world. You need one for everything nowadays: banking sites, shopping sites, e-mail services, social networks, Netflix, and on and on.

Needless to say, password management can be a major hassle. If you follow security experts' advice, you know that you should use a different password for each and every site and service.
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New apps motivate you to lose weight and get in shape

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 9:21AM Tuesday June 18, 2013
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I know as well as anyone how challenging it can be to exercise regularly, eat less, and lose weight.

Obviously there are lots of apps designed to help you meet those challenges, including such well-known favorites as Lose It, MyFitnessPal, and RunKeeper. I've found the last two in particular to be indispensable as part of my regimen.

That said, developers are always looking for new ways to (sorry) app-etize fitness and weight loss, everything from saving you time to rewarding you for your efforts. Here's a look at three of the latest apps that can help you health yourself.

7 Minute Workout
It was just a few weeks ago that I read a New York Times article about an interval workout promising maximum fitness benefits with just seven minutes of activity.
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Get a free DVD disc-to-digital conversion from Vudu

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 9:10AM Thursday June 13, 2013
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You know your prized DVD of "The Shawshank Redemption"? Wouldn't it be cool if you could watch that movie on your phone, tablet, or laptop? How about your Roku box or game console?

Last I checked, my iPad doesn't have a DVD player. However, thanks to a new service from Vudu, I can convert many of the DVDs in my library to digital, cloud-accessible movies available for streaming or downloading just about anywhere. And the first conversion is free!

Vudu's Disc-to-Digital service originally required you to take your movies to your nearest Walmart, but the new In-Home option saves you the trip.
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5 Father's Day grills for under $150

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 6:00AM Tuesday June 11, 2013
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Have you already gotten your Father's Day gift for the father in your life? If you haven't, no need to worry because I have one that will be a winner.

Most people don't know what to get for Father's Day because dad has almost anything that he needs. Will he need another necktie, cologne, shoes or a tablet? Not really. But, what about a grill?

No father will deny a grill that he could potentially cook his favorite 16 oz. Porterhouse steak on. Just ask him. I know mine won't.

While a grill is an awesome gift to give, it can get really pricey with the most expensive grill coming in at a whopping $35,000 (crazy!). But as you know, that's not how we roll, so I've got 5 awesome grills under $150, that will have your father grilling all summer long: Read More »

This might be the bargain tablet you've been waiting for

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 10:00AM Thursday May 30, 2013
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Shopping for a tablet?

Among 7-inch models, the Google Nexus 7 has a stellar reputation and a reasonable starting price of $199.

If you like the hardware but don't want to spend quite that much, there's another choice that's arguably a bit better--for less.
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Five great tech gifts for grads

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 10:00AM Tuesday May 28, 2013
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It's graduation season, the time when middle-schoolers move on to high school, high-schoolers move on to college, and college grads move back in with their parents.

You can ease all these transitions by outfitting your once and future student with fun and functional tech. Here are my picks for the ultimate gifts for grads:

The "it" smartphone (for this month at least), the One bests the more-hyped Samsung Galaxy S4 at nearly every turn, packing a 4.7-inch screen, stereo speakers, and advanced camera into a breathtakingly slim and stylish metal shell.
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