16 08 11

Products, services, food, all have a return option if you are not satisfied. It is surprising to me lately, now that I pay more attention, that the number of individuals who feel it is too much of a bother to replace or refund their purchase. Well, at least when it is less than a few dollars. Though I know women who have shared clothes with me that were not what they wanted and left them hanging in the closet forever. At least until I got them. Now mind you, I greatly appreciate getting new or nearly new clothes and shoes for free, sometimes jewelry.

If you are not happy with your services or products, then why not ask for a replacement or refund? If you buy food that you do not like, do not throw it away, call the 800 number on the package. You can receive instructions on getting a refund. On the other hand, go back to the grocery and let them refund your purchase price. Some stores will be glad to exchange the product. Stop wasting.

Take a few minutes, consider the dollar here and there that you have tossed into the trash. It adds up. I considered a few times I did not feel like “wasting” my time or shipping the product back seemed too costly. Those cents added up. A lot of money when it is totaled. Another payment on a debt or saving for that long-awaited vacation or save and help out a retirement plan. Yep, money lost. Recycle, reuse, donate, return, there are many ways to keep from wasting your money. It is not too much trouble or a waste of time when you add up all those times you felt that way.

Where is your clutter?

How much food have you tossed? Here is something my mother use to tell me, have you heard it before? When I did not want to eat liver or greens, mom use to say, “Think of all those starving children in third-world countries? They would be grateful to have your meal.” My smart mouth brother would pipe in with “Send it to them.” So, let me ask you after a dozen times of tossing say an item that cost $2, don’t you think that money is a waste? 12 x 2 =24, $24 to pay a bill, treats, movies, coffee out, savings plan. The limit is yours. Oh, yea, may cost a few cents in returning it, but it adds up.

When you ask for replacements, refunds, and are in need of shipping the item, ask if the UPC label is enough with a receipt to show proof of purchase. That is only 42 cents, unless postage went up. You still receive a profit in return. The call is toll-free and is accomplished in a couple of minutes.

Why settle? Complain, request, return for replacements or refunds. Even a buck fifty a week is a saving. Especially when it seems like so little. Do the math, add it up!

Got anymore ideas to save money? (not great grammar, oh well.) Send me a paragraph or two and I will be happy to post them here. Go to my contact page to send me an email.

Want help with your office or personal writing, budgeting, or? Check my services page, then drop me a line.

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15 08 11

Google Blog post: Help Wanted


Because I like Google, did a check a while back about Google Hiring.

Guess what? It is true. The problem? I do not have the skill set they want.

Programmers are the biggest demand, but if you know about video and other tech stuff, then this is a job you may be interested in.

Rather than read my version, go read theirs.

Catch me up, let me know if it is a job for you. 🙂

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8 08 11

5 Steps to a Freelance Writing Career!

In my internet journey I came across this great article that outlines a plan of action by a work at home person. I especially like the name of the site: The Work at Home Wife.

Her steps give a balanced, sensible plan of action to beginning your writing career.

Take a moment and peruse.

Bless you and see you again.

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27 06 11

A simple step to proof reading your own copy is to read from the end to the beginning. This small step will help your eye catch misspelled and misused words that reading beginning to end would not.

A short while back I posted an article to demonstrate how the eye is accustomed to word patterns. The letter x replaced the letter e in several words.

Example: Thx lxttxr x rxplacxd thx lxttxr x in sxvxral words.

If you are speed reading the words are familiar enough to skip over.

Proof reading is at its base a matter of speed reading. You are seeking misspelled words, grammar errors, not checking for accuracy at this point. Or not always. Some authors will combine the tasks into one proof reading task. Mistakes are missed when this happens, not intentionally. Well, here are a few words that get missed.

Form = from
For = four
read = read 🙂 had to do that.
bear = bare

You get the idea. Don’t you?

To ensure you do not miss these common mistakes, read from the end of the paragraph to the beginning. Hence this paragraph would read:

read would paragraph this Hence . beginning the to paragraph the of end the from read ,mistakes common these miss not do you ensure To

Get it? Use to hate it when I first began practicing proof reading my articles, homework, and yes, even my journal. After a time you get faster and more accustomed. Do not get to fast, again accustomed becomes missing those errors mentioned earlier.

Hope this helps for now. Become your own proof reader. Actually very simple indeed.

Thank you and look forward to meeting again.

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16 05 11

Well, after nearly a week of sitting here I finally fixed all the posts to both my blogs. Asked for help and thank you GVO Tech team for all your hard work and patience in answering my questions.

I have to say thank you to the hackers, by placing their bogus links around my posts I had the opportunity to clean house. Dump the useless ones, the ones with old affiliate links for programs I no longer belong to and correct my spelling and grammar in a couple of places.

Plus I got to see how much I have grown in my business sense and writing skills, as well as my focus over the past two to three years. I have improved.

The problem with hacking gave me more to learn, at first it was argh, like I need to learn anything else right now, but…. I have made changes to my blog for security’s sake.

Here are a few things I learned:

The wp_config file is readable and hackable. The permissions needs to be changed so no one but you can write, read or execute. Then there are some code lines to add. Plus it is suggested to move it from the WP root, above this file.

Many of your trusted plug ins have issues that make them hackable. If you want to find out which ones there are a couple of plug in security checkers that are excellent. Once installed and ran, copy and save to a text file. Then email the vendors to let them know, sending a copy of the text line. Hopefully all vendors are open to hearing about the bugs.

Install the WP firewall. I did not white list my IP so I could find out if my computer was the issue. It had been once before because of spyware or adware. This time it was not. YEAH.

Which brings me to another good point. The adware, spyware, or what ever you wish to call it, transmits your computer information back to the creator. Those cookies that are left when you visit sites, install toolbars, addons to your browser, and installed software from some vendors. These collect and track your movements on your computer, internet activity, then transmit it back to the creator. Keep only those you know and trust. The rest delete them. Clean your computer, run a scan for all virus, cookies, and temp files. Regularly.

Keep your computer and network firewall up to date. Stay in communication with your host, ask for “their” assistance, check with them about their firewalls, security measures. They are there to serve you, you are paying them for the service. If you are not happy with that service, or cannot resolve those issues, time to find a host.

Which by the way I am very happy to recommend. GVO not only has a great tech team, but loads of services to help you build your web presence, make videos, conference software, affiliate income, a full service C Panel with loads of software. Host one or unlimited blogs, web sites, business sites, or personal video site. The limits are yours to set.

There are a few great plug ins to help with security and spam protection. But I am not willing to make the ones I am using public as this is another issue.

A very important part of installing WordPress is to remember to remove the install files as well as the readme.html file. It would not hurt to remove the txt ones either. You can download them to your computer and save them for later reference. But they are not a necessary part of the WordPress function.

Do not forget to check the permissions on your files. No one but you should be able to write to any of them. Check with WordPress.org for more installation and configuration information. I do not want to rewrite their work here.

This is the best resource for learning how to “Harden WordPress” Courtesy of the GVO Tech team.

Happy Blogging.

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