Three Tips When It Comes To Shopping For Clothing Online

Filed under: Blogroll,Company Headlines — Francesca @ 11:17 am

Many people love shopping online, but one area that frightens them is the clothing section of online retailers’ sites. While it may be a little daunting to purchase clothes online because you can’t see, feel, or try anything on, there are ways to ensure your shopping experience is a smooth one and that you will get items that are absolutely perfect for you and your body.

Continue reading for a list of three tips that will help you the next time you are searching for a new great outfit on the World Wide Web.

Use Built-In Tools to Find Clothes That Fit

Many websites, such as the official GUESS website, now offer consumers the chance to virtually try on their clothes before they purchase them. GUESS, in particular, uses a program called TrueFit. You put in detailed information about your body, including your height and weight, for example, and then the program will tell you how a particular article of clothing is likely to fit on your frame. For example, a pair of jeans may be too tight or a shirt may be too long if you are petite. These extra perks make shopping online a lot easier and a lot less stressful, helping you find clothes that you will love.

If a site you love to shop on does not yet offer services like GUESS’ TrueFit, you can go with your measurements for your bust, hips, and waist and then compare them to the measurements provided on the clothing you are thinking about purchasing.

Shop on the Most Secure Sites Only

Although there are countless online retailers selling a variety of clothing items and it may be tempting to just go with any site you find that has something you want, you need a discerning eye in order to determine whether or not a site is really secure enough to shop on or not. Shopping only on secure websites that provide checkout methods that encrypt your data will save you from falling victim to crimes like identity fraud or fraudulent credit card use.

Sites like Epinions and BizRate make it easy to determine if an online retailer you don’t know enough about is really safe and reliable or not. Check out the reviews on a company before shopping from it. Once on a site, look for the padlock icon or the https in the address bar to ensure it is encrypted and secure.

Never give out personal information like your bank account information or your social security number. No retailer needs that information. When it comes to making online transaction SellCell who help people trade in old unwanted items offer this piece of advice: “All you should have to give for an order is your name, address, contact information, and credit card number or PayPal email address, depending upon your preferred payment method.”

It’s advice that is worth remembering whether you are are buying clothes, phones, or anything else online.

Returns are Easier with Brick and Mortars

If you are worried about having to return an item that you ordered online, consider shopping only from clothing retailers that also have brick and mortar locations that will readily accept returns. This will prevent you from having to pay any additional return shipping costs.

spends most of his time writing about technology and gadgets, and enjoys offering tips and advice when making purchases online.

How to Get By After Being Denied Disability

Filed under: Blogroll,Company Headlines — Francesca @ 12:57 pm

Most Americans have no problem with waking up in the morning, heading out to their job and working hard for a living. Unfortunately, this option can sometimes be taken away from an individual if they suffer a serious long-term injury. Luckily, many of these individuals can receive disability benefits to assist them during the time that they’re unable to earn a living. Unfortunately, however, a person may sometimes be turned down for these benefits. In these situations, it’s imperative for an individual to understand how to survive financially.

Seek Community Help

Luckily, a person’s local community often has a variety of social services that they can make use of. From local churches to food banks, countless people in communities across America step forward to help out their fellow citizens. Many organizations will help with rent, utilities bills, food and a variety of other needs that must be met.

Unfortunately, it can sometimes be difficult to track down all of these organizations. Luckily, contacting a single social service organization is often enough. This is because these organizations will usually have the contact information of others, so it isn’t often especially difficult to find help in an area.

Look into SNAP Benefits

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known by many simply as “food stamps,” can provide a great social safety net after being denied disability benefits. This is a government program that allows financially needy individuals to purchase food in their time of need.

Luckily, this process isn’t a difficult one. Applications are done on a state-by-state basis, but the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service provides plentiful information on their own website. In fact, they have a full list of the states that allow a SNAP benefits application to be filled out online.

Seek out Legal Help

One of the biggest mistakes that many people make upon being denied disability benefits is simply giving up. In reality, the bulk of disability claims are denied initially, but this doesn’t mean that a person isn’t eligible. Sometimes a simple mistake can result in a denied claim.

This is why a person should always seek out legal help after a denial. An attorney can help pinpoint the exact cause of a denial and file the appeal that’s necessary to request a review of the initial denial. In many cases, this results in benefits being granted.

Get Help with Medical Bills

Some of the biggest costs related to living with a disability are those related to medical bills. Even when a person suffers a minor injury, these bills can bankrupt them; so when an individual suffers a major disability, they can quickly face financial ruin. What many people don’t realize, however, is that with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many individuals who weren’t eligible for Medicaid before now are.

Upon the passing of the ACA, many states expanded their Medicaid systems to cover individuals with extremely low incomes. For those who are facing a major disability and are unable to work, this can be an absolute blessing. A person should look online for their state’s specific Medicaid requirements to see if they meet them. If not, many hospitals offer indigent patient programs, so it can help to check into these as well.

Surviving after being denied disability can be difficult, but it is by no means impossible. There are a variety of organizations and programs in all areas in America that can help those who are facing financial difficulties due to a disability. A person only needs to be a bit proactive in seeking out and using these helpful tools. Additionally, it never hurts to seek out legal help. Since many disability requests are granted after an appropriate appeal, this step can go a long way in helping.

No matter what the problem may be, there is always a solution to the issue. Handling denied disability can be quite challenging when you do not know the right steps to take. While searching through the web, writer Soriah Fleury found a website that is able to provide you with free consultation at She hopes this information can come in handy one day for someone in need of guidance on how to handle denied disability.

How I Had My Dream Wedding In A Budget

Filed under: Blogroll,Company Headlines — Francesca @ 2:05 pm

Ever since I watched those Disney fairy-tale movies as a kid, my dream was to feel like a princess on my wedding day. And as a young girl, I thought that everything was possible. But after getting engaged and realizing the cost of having a wedding, I knew I had to forego some details and just be practical. So after thinking it through and striking a balance, I still managed to have my dream wedding while not busting my budget! For all engaged couples who want to know my secrets, here are some things I did that allowed me to cut corners and still have the perfect wedding!

Be firm with your vendor.

I was a June bride, which was definitely a busy time for many wedding vendors. This means the more bookings they have, the more likely they make a mistake. My wedding was supposed to be on a Friday evening, and I had already signed the venue with the vendor. The next day they called up me to let me know that they accidentally double-booked me. Instead of just accepting it, I was firm with them and politely told them that I would probably look for another venue. With luck, they offered me their Saturday schedule at the same price as a Friday! That saved me $50 per guest, which means I already saved more than $11,000 right on the bat!

So when your vendor makes a mistake, be polite AND firm and remember that you get the upper hand in negotiation. Show that you are dissatisfied and hope that they give you a better offer. Nothing to lose on your part and you get a small window of opportunity to get something better.

Get references from your venue.

If your venue could refer you to their preferred wedding vendors, you might be able to score a good discount. When I was looking for a great deal for hair and make up for me and my bridesmaids, I paid the preferred vendor $200 less than the market price. Of course, do your own research as well before making your choice so you know if you’re getting a good bargain or not.

If you could get it for free, don’t buy.

You might have had friends and relatives who recently got married. It wouldn’t hurt to ask around if they would be able to lend you some of the items they used at their wedding. The veil that I wore on my wedding was my best friend’s and would have cost me $50. But since it was borrowed, it was free. My mother-in-law knew an ordained minister who officiates weddings for free. He only asks to donate to any St. Jude organization to honor his deceased daughter.

Negotiate and think it through before saying yes.

My fiancé and I prefer to have live music instead of a less expensive DJ at our wedding reception. So when we negotiated with our favorite band, I didn’t agree with the steep price right away. After a few days I called back again to ask for a better price that we could afford. The band leader did agree and gave us less than half of the regular price as long as we pay in cash. Now that made me finally say yes!

Looking back at our wedding last year, it’s not only the event that made me smile but also the savings we had! A great chunk of money that we can easily put toward something less romantic but a hundred times more important—our own house.

Andrea Barnes is a contributing blogger for Presidents’ Quarters Inn, a romantic wedding venue in Savannah, GA.

Image:  Katsunojiri on Flickr

Buttons Up! 5 Creative Ideas to Make Button Crafts

Filed under: Blogroll — Francesca @ 12:38 pm

Crafts have been a hobby of many women for a long time. For women who love to use their hands, and spend quality time chit chatting with friends while they design and produce fun projects, crafts give an opportunity to stay social and productive at the same time. Recently, buttons have become a favorite item to include in many craft projects. These versatile accessories can add flair to any design.

For women with the knack for and desire to create something new, here are five project ideas to make crafts using buttons.

1.       Book cover – For women who love to sew, creating a new covers and items other than clothing can be a fun challenge with very useful results. Sew a cover that goes around a book or notepad. Then, add the finishing touch with a beautiful button that compliments the fabric and design. Book covers can be for textbooks, novels, or even journals and are used by people of all ages, from students to retirees. Because they are used by so many people, they make very versatile gifts to have prepared at all times.

2.       Hair pin – Hair pins and bold styles are back in fashion and girls of all ages love accessorizing with these unique pieces. To create a hairpin, simply purchase a supply from your local drug store, and begin gluing the buttons to the pin itself. You can add extra flair by adding feathers or flowers to the pin and finishing it off with a button to make it unique and stylish at the same time.

3.       Jewelry – From necklaces to earrings, there are many ideas for making jewelry using buttons. The fun part about jewelry making is you the designer have the ability to make it as big and bold, or as subtle as you choose. Buttons give even more autonomy to do this because they come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Make each piece personal to the person who will be wearing it by selecting their favorite colors or patterns.

4.       Baby shoes – Baby booties have been sewn for years. But adding a button to the side of them can not only add a touch of style, but also create a way to secure the bootie easier on the child’s foot. There can be as many or as few buttons as you choose, but with smaller pieces, one or two buttons is typically enough.

5.       Leg Warmers – This style of clothing has come back in style both for a functional aspect of keeping legs warm, and a stylish aspect of pairing with leggings for an extra accessory. Create leg warmers with buttons along the side to create a unique and fun look that will stand out in a subtle but stylish way.

Buttons are fun accessories to play with for design and crafting, and have recently become a trend in the world of fashion. Create gifts for your family and friends using these unique tips and adding a touch of flair with the classic, yet stylish accessory.




Aileen Pablo is part of the team behind Open Colleges.

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5 Dirty Little Retailer Tricks

Filed under: Company Headlines — Francesca @ 9:00 am

You know you’ve done it. You go into a store intending to buy just one item—an hour later you emerge with several bulging bags, a receipt as tall as you are, and more than just a twinge of guilt. You had such good intentions, too; you were going to be unshakable this time! What happened?

Don’t feel too bad; it was only partly your fault. Unfortunately for you, retailers have been studying you—well, shoppers like you—for years and have found dozens, maybe hundreds, of ways to get you to spend more than you plan to. Well, their tricks aren’t a secret anymore. Here are five common ways retailers reel you in.

1.   Price Points

The next time you’re in Walmart, head to the toaster section. You’ll likely find one little-known brand of toaster that is ridiculously cheap next to several well-known brands. The trick here is that the cheapest toaster seems questionable because it’s an unknown brand, and the lower price leads shoppers to think that all of the toasters are a bargain. So they opt for a name-brand toaster, thinking they are getting a deal. Before you shop, know what prices items are going for so you don’t get duped.

Some businesses use the opposite trick. A restaurant, for example, might have an item that is priced much higher than anything else, so that when you look at the other options on the menu you feel like you’re being frugal. So you’ll have the $50 steak and, heck, add an extra side of potatoes and the stuffed mushroom appetizer. It’s not like you’re getting the $100 lobster plate or something.

2.  Misleading Signs

Another trick of the retail trade is to create signs that are misleading and sometimes mean nothing at all. For example, take a sign that says “Everything in the store up to 30% off or more!” What does that mean?


Really. It means that an item could be 30% off—or it could be 0% off or 100% off. The store could be paying customers to take items off their hands, or it could be doubling all the prices. You can’t tell from the sign. But retailers know that shoppers see “% off” and start drooling.

Another common sign to see in store windows is “Closing Sale! Everything Must Go!” This sign plays on human obsession with getting a deal, making them feel that they will miss out if they don’t buy something RIGHT NOW! This is fine—as long as the store really is closing. One store in London has been advertising their closing sale for the last six years!

3. Coupons

There’s really no reason to shop at Bath & Body Works other than during their semi-annual sale, right? $3 lotions? I’ll take 20! But then that shifty-looking employee at the checkout slyly places an irresistible coupon in your bag that isn’t good until next month. Now you have to come back.

You get home, check your email, and, look, you’ve got five more emails with coupons. They got you. When you paid for your twelve bottles of Sweet Pea body wash they asked for your phone number and email in that deceptively authoritative voice that made you think you had to provide that information. Now you’ll definitely be back next month; you don’t want those coupons to go to waste.

That sneaky, heavenly-scented store.

4. Scents

Speaking of scents, have you ever walked by a store that is emitting an aroma that conjures images of hundreds of Keebler elves baking several tons of fragrant fudge cookies?

Well, you may be disappointed to learn that the magical smell emanating from the store is probably just plain ol’ canned air. Scents play a large role in how a shopper feels about a store and its product. That’s why some European baby shops add baby powder to their air conditioning to remind shoppers of newborns and relax them. Supermarkets pump the smell of baking bread into the air to give the illusion that their bread is baked fresh all day, and electronics stores use the smell of vanilla to make women feel more comfortable.

On a similar note, other stores blast cool or warm air (depending on the weather) over their doors to attract customers. For those shopping in the winter in Toronto, heating is a very enticing way of bringing a customer into the store and keeping him there.

5. Product Placement

It seems like any time you’re shopping for something you really need, it just happens to be at the back of the store. That’s no coincidence. Supermarkets put the essentials like bread and milk at the back so you have to walk past aisles of tantalizing junk food to get to them. Changing rooms are also placed at the back of stores so that by the time you get there, you somehow have six extra shirts to try on.

When you do find the display you’re looking for, you may find it a bit disorganized. This is done to benefit the store in one of two ways. Dollar stores, for example, know that there is something about a perfectly organized display that makes customers not want to touch it and mess it up, so the store does it for them. Clothing stores, on the other hand, actually use messy clearance sections to discourage you from spending time there and cause you to move over to the full-priced items.

The list of retailer tricks goes on and on. Colors (light purple supposedly makes people feel like spending money), flooring (small tiles make a lot of clicking under carts so shoppers slow down), and many other devices work together to trap shoppers in stores and get them to spend much more than they had intended. Now that you know that retailers rope you in, be smart about your shopping and avoid these tempting traps.


Edson Senna is a freelance writer who specializes in finance and business. He enjoys learning business tips from companies like A Plus Quality, Inc. In his spare time, Edson can be found biking, running, and looking for deals at his local thrift store.


Image: kevin dooley on Flickr

Turn a Simple Shed Into Your Own Private Space

Filed under: Blogroll — Francesca @ 11:29 am

The cute shed trend has been going on for quite a few years now and you see pictures pop-up all over the internet of tiny quaint sheds turned into really amazing functional spaces. A shed is a really useful structure that you can transform into whatever you need the space to be—an extra room, an office, a playground, anything. Here are some of the more common ways people have renovated their sheds:

A quiet home office

Everyone needs a home office, a place to think and concentrate on life’s most pressing matters. Having a shed as an office doesn’t only give you that, but you’ll also be outside of the house and away from the distraction of the other members of the family. Having hyperactive tots and raging teenage angst in the house can prevent parents from focusing on work.

A relaxing lounge room

Everybody can use an additional space in the house where people can hang out and watch TV or read books. Sheds used as lounge areas are perfect for visiting guests. Your children or your spouse can enjoy the privacy when they’re having friends over.

A fun play area

Turn your shed into a tiny playhouse and your toddlers will love you for it. Paint it colorful and fill it with toys and invite other children to play dates. Toys will no longer be scattered all over the house. And when you’re hosting a party, the playhouse will keep all the tiny kids occupied in one area.

An extra guest bedroom

Expecting guests over for the holidays or other special occasions but don’t have room to spare in the house? Not a problem. As you can see with the photo above, a shed can turn into a cozy bedroom with the right styling and interior design. There was even an article in the news once where a lady was renting out her shed for tourists in the area at a reasonably low price. What a way to earn a few extra bucks.

A functional studio

Teenagers who are honing their artistic abilities need a place where they can practice their craft. If you’ve got musical teens, turn the shed into a soundproof studio. Or if you’ve got an artist in the house, the shed can become the perfect little studio where your child can store paintings and create masterpieces. There is even this one girl who made their tiny garden shed into a small sewing area where she can store her fabrics and her sewing equipment.

A minimalistic tiny house
These tiny shed house are amazing and they look like they come straight from a magazine. Others are even fitted with eco-friendly features like solar panels, sliding walls and the like. There’s even one with wheels, making for a really cute mobile home. The designers of these tiny houses are geniuses, leaving no space left unused. If you want to live a simple life where you can’t own that many possessions since you don’t have space, then this is the lifestyle for you. Only claustrophobic people would not be too excited for these cute houses.
Be creative and have fun in transforming your shed into an area that is not only functional, it’s also appealing. You don’t even have to buy an expensive shed, you can get sheds for sale or build yours DIY style.


Valentine’s Day on a Budget: 4 Tips For a Romantic Day

Filed under: Company Headlines — Francesca @ 9:00 am

Valentine’s Day often leaves single folks feeling envious of those who have someone to share their love with, but being one half of a couple when the holiday rolls around has a major drawback: financial expense. 

According to statistics gathered by the National Retain Federation, it’s estimated that couples spend approximately $17 billion dollars on Valentine’s Day each year. However, it’s certainly possible to have a wonderful Valentine’s Day without spending a lot of money. Listed below are 4 easy was to say I love you:

1) Cook a Delicious Dinner – One special way to shower your sweetie with kindness is by cooking him or her a special dinner. Depending on what you choose to make, this can usually be accomplished for less than $20, and either way, it’s guaranteed to be cheaper than an evening out. It also provides the opportunity for plenty of private romance, which is really the point of the holiday anyway.

2) Choose the Right Jewelry – If you want to get your loved one some Bling this season, you may be fretting over not being able to get the money together in time. If so, don’t worry: There are many beautiful gemstones that are affordable as well. By choosing cubic zirconia instead of real diamonds, you open yourself up to a world of options. Consider choosing affordable gemstones like adventurine, amethyst and sapphires as accents.

The affordability of your jewelry also depends greatly on where you choose to buy. There are plenty of LA-based jewelry stores, like Icing on the ring,  that offer jewelry for a wide variety of price ranges.

As long as you have a clear vision for the type of jewelry you are looking for and a realistic expectation about how much it will cost, you should end up with a wonderful gift without breaking the bank.

3) Visit Places from Your Past – Maybe the two of you had a picnic in the park as one of your first dates, or maybe you visited a local museum. If you’re looking to save money on a Valentine’s Day date, taking a stroll down memory lane can be a great way to reminisce about your love.

Pick up your date and take him or her on a drive around town, stopping for a few minutes at each memorable location. You don’t necessarily have to spend any money to do this, although having a simple dinner at your favorite restaurant as the final stop on the tour is certainly a fun way to end the evening.

4) Create Something from Your Heart – The best Valentine’s Day gifts are often times the simplest. If you have something you want to say to the person you love, write it down. Leave the love letter somewhere in the house, or stick it in your loved one’s pocket for him or her to discover later.

Another affordable idea is to create a scrapbook filled with memories the two of you have shared. These days, everything is online, and we are losing the warmth and personal connection that can come with looking through a book of photographs.

Remedy that by choosing your favorite photos, printing them out and putting them together in a creative way. The effort counts for more than any money you might have spent on a more expensive present, and the gift will be something your loved one can cherish for many years to come.

Regardless of what you plan to do to show Valentine love to your sweetheart, as long as it comes from your heart it will be perfect. The goal is to make the moment as special as possible, building memories all along the way. 

Jamica Bell is a freelance writer and contributes to many blogs. As a bargain hunter, she enjoys finding creative ways to celebrate holidays on a budget. During her research, she found a variety of reasonably priced jewelry pieces on the site of Icing on the ring , which demonstrates how easy it is to plan a meaningful Valentine’s Day without spending big money.

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5 Cheap Tips for Busy Drivers on the Move

Filed under: Company Headlines — Francesca @ 9:00 am

A driver holds a lot of responsibility that includes their own safety, the passengers and other individuals traversing the roadways. Whether you use today’s latest technological advances to navigate without incident or you use common sense practices, you’re sure to find the following inexpensive tips to be helpful for busy people on the move.
1) Radar Detection – Smartphone applications are amazing with their technological capabilities. Clunky radar detectors are a thing of the past. However, the latest detection systems connect to the iPhone via Bluetooth capabilities. Along with the display warning system, you’ll find the current speed of the vehicle, compass direction and other handy bits of information.

Radar detection systems have also evolved and are more compatible to the latest high-tech gadgets most law enforcement officials are using. They also have voice alerts that tell you to slow down when you’re within range of a speed trap.

2) Traffic Tie Ups – You’ll also find phone applications for individuals who are looking to avoid traffic backups. The cell phone applications work in tandem with Twitter, and your cell phone to alert drivers of any traffic accidents, road constructions or other tie ups. This handy app can save individuals from wasting time sitting in traffic. You can also set your radio dial to a particular station to get up to the minute traffic alerts, so you can avoid a particular route to work.

3) Set Speed Limit – It’s easy to get distracted when traveling long distances each day. Over four million traffic violations are committed in Florida each year and speeding is one of the most common offenses. In addition to costly fines, Florida drivers may lose their license, have to attend driving school courses and face other penalties for their costly crimes. Hiring a Florida traffic citation attorney may be the best course of action in this case.

The Speedview Pro is a handy cell phone application that sets the speed limit ahead of time and alerts the driver when they’ve exceeded it. If you know your route ahead of time, you can preset the speed limits before you leave. While many like to use the latest technological advances to avoid speed traps, it’s better to develop safe driving habits.

4) Speeding Cameras – Red light cameras have allowed many of today’s cities to take in a great deal of revenue based on this device. Even the tiniest of infractions, such as going through a yellow light to avoid an accident, can incur costly fines. However, mobile phone technology can aid the driver in gaining the edge by tracking their current location. The cell phone apps rely on previous users and identify the locations that have been flagged for your convenience.

5) Social Networking – Social networking has been taken to new heights with Trapster. Installed on TomTom, GPS devices and through cell phone applications, you’ll find the members to receive and report various speed traps, check points and other traffic violations that travelers should be aware of.

While speed limits are in place to keep driver’s safe, most individuals behind the wheel are searching for avenues to get to their destination faster and without incident. The above-mentioned gadgets are reliable and can help save you money when avoiding traffic violations.

Jamica Bell is a freelance writer and contributor to numerous blogs. As she juggles a busy schedule, she is always in search of ways to make her time on the road a little easier. During her research, she obtained helpful information from a Florida traffic citation attorney and other resources, which inspired her to share cheap tips with other busy drivers.


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Saving Money on Vacation: Avoid These “Accidents”

Filed under: Company Headlines — Francesca @ 9:00 am

Family vacations create the opportunity to spend time together and create lasting memories, but they can also sometimes result in disaster. Any time you’re in a new environment and dealing with situations you aren’t used to, the risk of problems is greater. If you aren’t careful, your dream vacation could quickly take a turn for the worse, resulting in a huge price tag. 
Scenario Number One: Your Hotel Is A Dump

You were so excited when you found and booked that amazingly affordable seaside bungalow online, but when you and your family arrive, you find cockroaches, dirty sheets and a bathroom with a serious lack of amenities. What do you do?

It’s completely understandable that you would feel upset if the room doesn’t fit with your expectations, but if you get angry and storm off to a different hotel, you might not get your money back. Try to keep your cool when you talk to the manager. If you’re calm and respectful, you’re much more likely to receive the service you deserve.

If you find the manager unable or unwilling to help, your next step is to contact the service or agency that you used to book the hotel. Not only will they likely help you get the reservation cancelled and all of your money refunded, but they can provide assistance in finding a better place to stay.

Avoid this problem in the future by researching your accommodations ahead of time. Be aware that companies sometimes pay people to write false reviews, so always find a few different sources for your information. Even excellent hotels are known to have a few bad reviews from time to time, but if you see 20 seething reviews and one glowingly positive one, it should be clear what’s going on.

Scenario Number Two: You Get Into A Car Accident

A car accident is always an expensive and scary event, and unfortunately, the odds are stacked against you if you’re driving a rental car in a new area. The combination of unfamiliar roads, a different vehicle and the excitement of looking at the surrounding scenery is often a recipe for trouble for many travelers.

If you do find yourself in the aftermath of a crash, your first step is to seek proper medical help and notify the local police department. A car accident lawyer Orlando-based, states on their website that “Florida car accident claims can be complicated as a result of no-fault rules in the state.” Therefore, it would benefit you to contact an attorney who is familiar with the intricacies of the state’s laws soon after the accident.

Next, contact your rental company. Some companies have an emergency number to use in case of an accident, but if not, just call the local branch where the vehicle was rented. An agent from the rental company should advise you on what steps to take from there.

These are just two of the costly problems that could arise on a vacation. Others include theft, injuries and over spending because of being frivolous with things like dining, drinking and gambling. It’s always a good idea to set a budget for each day of your trip and commit to sticking to it. If you do that, and you take precautions against possible problems ahead of time, you’re likely to survive your vacation and be left with a beautiful memory instead of a painful debt.


Debbie Nguyen takes frequent vacations in Florida. In researching the no-fault rules, she came across the car accident lawyer Orlando, Florida firm of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene who have been helping tourists and locals alike.


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Top Three Reasons I Don’t Drink Expensive Wine

Filed under: Blogroll,Company Headlines — Francesca @ 9:00 am

Please don’t get me wrong here. I love expensive wine and I have a small collection in my cellar at home. In the past few years, however, I have had a change of heart, and nowadays, I prefer cheap wines to expensive ones. The decision to switch sides was not a sudden one, of course, but one that was gradual and something that I put a lot of thought into. I still do drink expensive wine, from time to time, but there are three compelling reasons that I would go for cheap wine ninety-nine percent of the time.

You Can’t Tell the Difference Anyway 

Unless your taste buds have been trained to differentiate expensive wines from cheap ones, there is really very little chance that you will be able to tell the difference. There have been many experiments conducted to find out whether wine tasters can really tell expensive wine from cheap wine, and surprisingly enough, only 38 percent of the tasters were able to correctly identify the more expensive wine. For this reason, every time I see a new expensive wine coming out, I try to check first if I can find a cheaper alternative, which I do more often than not.

Cheap Wines are, Well…Cheap! 

This is a no-brainer. Why spend $65 on a Laurel Glen Cabernet Sauvignon, if you can get a $3 Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw Blend Cabernet Sauvignon that tastes just as good? If you know how and where to look, you will definitely find a lot of good wines that you can get for not more than $5! Never judge a wine by its price, because whether you believe it or not, some cheap wines taste much better than many expensive wines out there, and this is based on my own experience. 

Cheap Wines are Full of Surprises 

Perhaps the thing that convinced me the most to try out cheap wines is the fact that they are way full of surprises compared to expensive wines. If you come to think of it, expensive wines are known entities. They are more popular, and therefore are often very much predictable. They can be thrilling and can be very enjoyable. However, can they surprise you as well as cheap wine does? No way, Jose. If you are a wine enthusiast and are being honest with yourself, you can agree that what I am saying is a fact.

On the other hand, cheap wines are very full of wonderful surprises. Some of them can even be a revelation in a sense that you never knew they could taste as good as they do until you actually tasted them. Of course, the low price isn’t enough, because obviously, there are also a lot of low-priced wines out there that are downright bad. The key also lies in your ability to search for the right sources.

In the end, what you would want to look for is the element of surprise, which can be offered not by utterly predictable expensive wines, but by cheap wines you did not know can possess such remarkable quality in them.


About the Author: Stephen John is a food and wine enthusiast. He blogs about food, wine, and culture and writes wine reviews for a living. He loves to travel and try exotic cuisines of different countries. He suggests Winemarket if you’re looking for the best wine deals online.


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