Start Your Workday with the 9am ALL Music Hour! MONDAYS are Commercial Free ALL DAY!
Take a little of the sting out of Monday with your favorite music all day at work. Each Monday we give you the 9-5 Commercial FREE Workday! And every weekday we begin your work day with the 9am all music hour commercial free!
SAFETY FIRST IN THE GULF!
If you're heading to the beach , please remember to check the flag colors flying overheard before you enter the waters. Click HERE for what all the flag colors mean.
If you get caught in the gulf during a bad rip current, HERE are some safety tips.
How's Traffic on the Bridge?
Wanna get an update on traffic on the Hathaway Bridge? Now you can check out traffic on the bridge before you head out. Click HERE for access to one of 8 cameras!
Save HUNDREDS Each Month on Groceries!!
Besides the rent/mortgage or car payments, much of our money each month goes to groceries. How do you reduce your grocery bill each month and not starve? Well...
These are ALL worth bookmarking...
Logan's wife Leanne LOVES Southern Savers. This site alone can help you save significantly each month on groceries. Bookmark it HERE
Thanks to my buddy Cynthia Gardner who loves E-mealz - a meal planning resource for busy moms and frugal family cooks. Save time, money and make time for family with delicious weekly meal plans everyone will love. Easy recipes with concise directions and aisle-by-aisle grocery lists. Here you go...
Then the world famous "Coupon Mom" offers 10 ways to save big HERE (EXCELLENT)
You probably want to go to bookmark the coupon mom's website because she helps you organize and save time AND money. Her site is HERE
BEST DAY TO SHOP FOR GREATEST SAVINGS
You may prefer to shop on Sundays because it fits your schedule best or you choose Tuesday afternoons because it's less crowded. Maybe it's time to rethink your strategy and instead shop on the day that offers the best deals. What day is that? It depends on what you're buying. SmartMoney figured out the best days for the deepest discounts. That means that prices for the exact same item in the exact same store could be lower on Sunday than it is on Wednesday. Here is SmartMoney's advice on what to buy on which days:
Appliances: Prices for washers, dryers, ovens and refrigerators are about 1 percent to 2 percent cheaper on Sundays, which works out to about $10 saved on a mid-range model.
Groceries: While most grocery stores publish their weekly sales circular on Wednesdays, Sunday is the best day to shop. Clip coupons from Sunday's newspaper for more savings.
Personal Care Items: You'll find the best deals on toothpaste and deodorant at the drugstore chains on Sundays. You must go early to get the best deals.
Skirts and Dresses: Skirts sell, on average, for 77 percent off the retail price, while dresses are discounted, on average, 54 percent.
Cars: Cars are cheapest on Mondays as dealerships are more willing to negotiate. This holds true whether weekend sales were lackluster and they want to makeup for that or whether weekend sales were robust and they want to continue it.
Electronics: Computers, televisions, digital cameras and even video games are between 2 percent and 4 percent cheaper on Mondays.
Airfares: Since most domestic fares are posted on Monday evening, there is a scramble Tuesday morning to match prices. The number of cheap seats peaks at about 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
Clothing: Both brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers tend to begin their weekend sales on Thursday. You'll find the best deals and the most in-stock items. However, there are exceptions. See Monday.
Books: Books are 11 percent cheaper on Saturdays; they are priced at their highest on Fridays.
You think you've got what's hot and trending under control because you use Facebook? Think again.
Welcome to Instagram. Until now, I've seen my Facebook friends post photos through Instagram, and I thought it was just a cool and convenient way to share photos, giving it an old-school Polaroid feel. Sure, it is that -- but it's so much more. So here's the lowdown.
1. It's Like Facebook 101 for Pre-Teens
Since Facebook bought Instagram for a mere $1 billion (a fact that my 13-year old nephew chimed in to remind me), it was a no-brainer once I learned more about it that it hit me: Instagram is really a crash course for kids on Intro to Social Networking. Why? Instagram goes one step further than just posting photos out: It has its own social networking service built in. Within seconds, kids learn to comment, like, and check out what all their friends are doing - all within Instagram. Since it's photo-based, it's more than just posting your status in words. It's a "Look what I did" or "Check out what I'm doing" or "See what I got?" or "Guess where I am now" world through instantly posted pictures with a caption. A big wow for me was the bottom line: Kids don't feel like they need a Facebook account.
"Why would I?" was the impression I got from my 11-year-old niece when I asked her if she was begging my sister to let her have her own Facebook account. Facebook is out, Instagram is in. That piqued my interest to dive further.
2. It's Warp Speed Fast
I guess they had to make the "insta" in Instagram as accurate as possible. Kids click to take a photo with their phone, and with just one more tap, it can be shared out to Instagram. The process was a lot faster than having to take another step to upload and choose a photo to post out on Facebook. And just as fast were the responses to the photos. Double taps on the photo to like them. Wow, I thought back to the days when I was a pre-teen. I had to ask my mom to use the phone. We had usually hours to reflect on anything that may have happened with a friend that day. With Instagram, I could see how a negative photo or comment mixed with the emotions and hormones of middle-schoolers could potentially down-spiral-fast.
3. Private Setting Still Reveals Personal Info
There are two simple privacy settings - your account can either be private or public. Private means that only your friends are allowed to see your photos. Public is anyone. But (big BUT) everyone can see your bio. Agh! All these creepy people out there could just be stalking kids Instagram accounts, and quickly learning who didn't get the right lessons on Internet Safety. Kids could be posting private information in their bios, thinking they have a private account. Hopefully they have learned not to write anything too personal such as their home address, a phone number, or what school softball team they play for.
4. Who Really Are Your Friends?
A big red flag for me were the number of friends your kids may have quickly. Many kids have at least 200 online friends, and many are friends of friends. But I can also imagine all the kids who just click on people and make them a friend just for the sake of tallying up more friends. That really compromises the meaning of 'friend' to me at an age that friends are really, really important. Before your child sets up an Instagram account, set up your own, even if it's under a fake name, and be sure they make you a friend so you can see what is going on at all times.
5. It's Highly Addictive
How popular is it? When I started to type the letter "i" into google, it was the 2nd most popular search suggestion, only trailing the iPhone. I think that's a good indication of saying you and I better get with it. Just keep an eye on how often your child is checking Instagram or any messages. The more you do something in an involuntary way, the more it becomes a habit. Unhealthy tech habits are hard to break - just think about your own!
What You Should Do About It
Instagram has restrictions. You're supposed to be thirteen years old to have an account. But honestly, I don't worry about that. We can't keep these things from our kids forever, no matter when you allow your child to start. If it's not Instagram, there will be something else. Take the effort to be aware of what your child is doing on technology -- it should be a privilege. Instill the set of creative thinking, problem-solving, and respect that will carry over from their "real" lives to their online lives. And stay up on what's trending. If you don't have a cool 11-year old niece, then you better go find a good source.