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Plan Ahead for the Texas Sales Tax Holiday

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Plan Ahead for the Texas Sales Tax Holiday

For the past several years, the State of Texas has had one weekend in August where no sales tax is charged on purchases of clothing, shoes, school supplies and backpacks (as long as the item costs less than $100), officially referred to as the Texas Sales Tax Holiday weekend. The original motivation behind this was to offer parents a chance to buy their children new school clothes and supplies at the start of the new school year and save a little bit of money in the process. It has evolved into a big shopping weekend, and most clothing and shoe stores (as well as many other stores) plan big...

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Infidelity Phone Aids in Cheating on your Spouse

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Infidelity Phone Aids in Cheating on your Spouse

Have you heard of the infidelity phone? Can that be a real device? Yes, and apparently very popular in Japan. Fujitsu promotes the strong security features of its phones. It hides your chosen contacts as missed calls, emails and text messages. If that designated person tries to get in touch with you, the only sign on your phone is a small adjustment in the color or shape of how the battery sign or antenna bars are displayed. The change is so minor most people would never see it happening. If the owner of the cell phone does not answer the call, the call does not even appear in the call list....

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Is Your Teenager on Facebook?

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Is Your Teenager on Facebook?

Every teen knows what Facebook is, and if your teenager does not have a Facebook account already, they have very likely talked about it. Is your teenager on Facebook? The number of teens using the site increased in 2012 to 94 percent. There have always been rites of passage for teens, and while some of the rites remain the same, new ones also appear with each generation. As parents, we have to adjust to these new things, and make sure our children are as prepared as possible. In the article from the New York Times, they give some good first steps to sitting down with your teenager and having...

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I’ve Lost My Cell Phone… What Do I Do?

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I’ve Lost My Cell Phone… What Do I Do?

The words, “I’ve lost my cell phone” are all too often a common phrase for many of us. If you have every reached into your pocket, purse, bag, or briefcase for your phone, only to discover it is not there, then you understand the sinking feeling that overcomes you when you realize you don’t know where your cell phone is. Maybe you set it down in the other room, left it at home or at the office, or it is still in your car. Most of the time, we find it in one of those places. Occasionally, we resort to the call the phone and see if we hear it ringing trick. But what do...

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Do You Find Web Searches Frustrating?

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Do You Find Web Searches Frustrating?

When you go to Google, Bing, or your favorite search page, do you have trouble finding what you are looking for? If so, you are not alone. We all know that there is an extraordinary amount of information on the web, but amidst all of that, how do you find the little piece you need? Check out these suggestions from the NY Times on how to make your web searches more efficient. It includes useful information like this: SPECIALIZED SEARCHES       Much has changed since the early days of search engines, and given the vastness of data now available online, knowing a few simple yet powerful...

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