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MSN Search Promotion

April 22nd, 2006 at 10:43 pm

MSN Search is having a "search and win" promotion to try and win more people to over to their search engine. You simply search like you normally would and if you7re lucky, a "Use MSN Search...And Win!" link will appear among the regular links. You then click on that link and see if you have won an instant prize. Some of the prizes include:

A Toshiba flat screen TV
A Carnival cruise for 2
A Crate & Barrel gift card
A year subscription to NetFlix
AMC theater gift card
A REI gift card
A Nordstrom's gift card
A Baby Gap gift Card
A Starbucks gift card
An Amazon gift certificate
A Callaway golf club

A really nice part of the promotion is that in addition to prizes you can win for yourself, you can also win prizes for your favorite non profit charity:

A technology makeover for your favorite non-profit organization
A $10,000 cash award for your favorite non-profit organization
A $25,000 cash award for your favorite non-profit organization
A $50,000 cash award for your favorite non-profit organization

Time Management - Ben Fraklin Style

March 9th, 2006 at 11:23 am

I came across an interesting piece at Money.com about Ben franking and his time management which has put this on my list to read (you can read it here for free). From the article:

The book is mostly, as advertised, an autobiography -- sprinkled as most good autobiographies are with the occasional life lesson. One is astounded by all that Franklin manages to do (he teaches himself French, Spanish, and Italian in the evenings after full days of running a print shop, publishing a newspaper, and busying himself with Pennsylvania politics).

There is a steady stream of advice about interpersonal relations, the common thread of which is this: You can get a lot more accomplished if you let others take the credit. Franklin also argues that you can be more productive at work if you don't drink rum or beer all day, apparently a revolutionary concept in the 18th century...

Ben Franklin certainly didn't (achieve the organization he wanted). As a small-businessman he had to jump at the whims of his customers. Also, his interests were so many that he struggled to keep track them all. "I found myself incorrigible with respect to Order," he admitted in the Autobiography. "But on the whole, tho' I never arrived at the perfection I had been so ambitious of attaining, but fell far short of it, yet I was, by the endeavour, a better and happier man ..."

This is perhaps the most appealing aspect of Franklin's time-management advice: He was an admitted failure at it, and yet that was ... okay. Which is just about the most inspirational message conceivable.

Welcome

January 15th, 2006 at 11:46 pm

Welcome to the SavingAdvice personal finance blog network. We are in Beta testing at the moment and you're likely to run into a bug or two (or more). If you do. please email us with what you were doing, the url you were on and what happened. This will help us greatly in cleaning up all these little critters.