So your laptop died. It happens to all of us at some time or another. Be it due to spilled coffee or a momentary loss of fine motor control (a.k.a. butterfingers) or maybe your laptop just didn’t wake up one day. But it’s been a few years since you were in the market for a laptop and the rules have changed. In the past, hardware engineers worked tirelessly to condense the same technology we use in desktop computer to a size and form factor that could be easily carried around. The computers that were considered small would often weigh upwards of five pounds and take up as much space in a bag as a large binder. This is no longer the case.
Posts Tagged ‘Shopping’
One month from today hoards of shoppers will storm the Black Friday sales of local department stores and malls. These warriors of the holiday season will be armed with only their shopping cart and a list of items to pick up for their family members and friends. If you are on one of those lists, you have to ask yourself what exactly will someone be buying for you OR you could prepare everyone you know by supplying them with a wish list of items that you REALLY want.
If someone slid a piece of paper in front of you right now and said “give me a list of items you would want to unwrap this holiday season,” would you be able to do it? Better yet, would you be able to provide a range of items and an idea of what they cost? Honestly, Grandma is probably not going to buy you that new iPad, so you better have some other options for her to choose from. Putting together a list like this takes more than a few minutes, and that is where an online holiday wish list comes into play.
|FollowFriday : On any given Friday, thousands upon thousands (maybe even millions) of Twitter users enter the hashtag #FollowFriday (or #FF), followed by one or more “mentions.” The idea is for users to share the names of other “interesting people” that they follow and think you should too. These recommendations serve as positive comment cards for the digitally inclined.
JumpstartMyPC.com has decided to bring FollowFriday to our blog. Read on and, if you are so inclined, add these “interesting people” to your own list.
Saving money by shopping online has been a passion of mine for at least 10 years and I have tried (repeatedly) to share my shopping tips and tricks with anyone who would listen. While I have convinced a few of you to use coupon codes, comparison shoppers and auction sites to save big money, there are still many of you who think online shopping is just…. silly. I am not sure why so many people think shopping should be confined to the walls of a big-box retail store, but I have heard a few arguments that I think carry at least a little weight.
- I like to see an item in person before purchasing
- I want to be able to return the item easily, in case it’s not what the site showed/described
- I need it now and can’t afford to wait a week
- I would only save a few dollars by buying online – it’s not worth the hassle
- I don’t have the time to sit at the computer and comparison shop
While there are times when you absolutely must have an item in hand immediately, I think most purchases are a little rushed and impulsive. Time is an important factor in shopping, but it doesn’t have to be a barrier. Thanks to the makers of some very smart applications for smart-phones, online shopping doesn’t have to be scary, time-consuming or unrewarding.
One of my many hobbies/addictions is saving money on the web. I love to hunt for the ultimate deal by using price comparisons, coupon codes, cashback options, etc. I have had these tools at my disposal for at least 10 years now and have saved thousands of dollars, yet I still make some purchases in physical stores. Grocery shopping, although attempted as a web service years ago with Peapod, is not available here in Houston so I venture out to my local Kroger, Randalls or HEB at least once a week. Until now, these trips to the supermarket meant I had to leave the technology behind and earn my savings the old-fashion way (printed coupons). Thanks to Grocery IQ, that is all about to change.
Grocery IQ is a FREE application (originally priced at $4.99) for smartphone users and is currently available for iPhone and Android owners. The tool, powered by coupons.com, was designed to help users with a number of typical grocery shopping activities (listed below):
Several weeks ago, we brought you the article Your Keyboard is Dirtier Than a Toilet Seat. For some of you, cleaning that old keyboard became a top priority and the Clorox wipes probably made an appearance. For others, it might just have been easier to toss that old keyboard and purchase a new one. After all, if you’ve been using the same one that came with your computer 5 years ago, you may have other issues that needed attention, like broken or sticking keys. Or maybe you belong to another group of PC users completely. Maybe you are just looking for a change or upgrade. No matter which group you belong to, you should take a minute and read this guide for buying a new keyboard.
Buying a new keyboard my seem like a simple task, but you might be surprised to find that not all keyboards are created equal. In a recent trip to Micro Center here in Houston, I found myself on an aisle full of these necessary components and honestly, a little overwhelmed. There were close to 100 different options that ranged from $9.99 to almost $200.00. I needed a new keyboard to replace my aging, frustrating hunk-of-junk that required 40 pounds of force to press the “a” and “e” keys. Where should I start? Why hadn’t I already researched this? Oh, the choices!
Before stepping foot in an electronics superstore or hitting up Amazon.com, you should go through a checklist of needs and double-check your bank account balance. Determine what you want and how much you want to spend, then get in and get out. Here are some helpful topics to narrow down your choices and speed up your decision-making process:
The flood gates are open and here they come. Looks like the day before Thanksgiving has become the digital version of the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday). The deals are popping up as quickly as we can find and post them. Instead of a lengthy article about how to find the deals, we are gonna post them for you, right here!!
Also, if you are looking for anything specific, let us know and we’ll keep an eye out for it. Be specific and we’ll find the best deal possible for you.
Happy Holidays everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This week it just seems impossible to get away from the Holiday Gift shopping discussion. I finally decided this morning that I would just give in and make this week all about shopping and where to find some great deals. After all, who wouldn’t want to know where to find the best bargains on the internet.
Yesterday, we talked about comparing Black Friday ads with online deals in our article titled Stay Home on Black Friday – Get Better Deals Now! Today we will focus on a different kind of bargain shopping. In the event that you don’t know exactly what you are looking for, there are some sites that have great bargains on a range of items. By watching/checking these sites regularly you might find a unique idea for that special someone this holiday season.