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by Holly O'Connor posted Jul 23 2014 8:27AM
Usually when you think about haggling over prices, you think of sitting at a car dealership. That's one great place to do it, but there are tons of other things you can haggle over; you just have to know how to do it! Here's a list:

1. Satellite and cable TV service. You can get deals on premium packages like NFL Sunday Ticket, and you can also get equipment fees waived. Sometimes they'll also let you in on unadvertised promotions.

2. Real estate commissions. Realtors are under pressure from online companies that help you sell your house on your own. You can usually get them to come down a percentage point or so. Especially if you agree to buy your new house with them too.

3. Healthcare. Providers hate doing the insurance paperwork. Sometimes they'll cut you a deal if you pay cash.

4. Jewelry. The retail markup on jewelry is usually 100% to 300%. They can afford to give BIG discounts.

5. College tuition. If you send more than one child to the same school, you can sometimes get a volume discount.

6. Furniture. At the very least, you should get them to give you free delivery. Sometimes you can get a lower price too.

7. Musical instruments. The chain stores don't do it quite as much. But local stores will almost always come down for you.

8. Gym memberships. There's a lot of competition, and terms are different from one member to the next. So you can often get them to do a special deal for you.

9. Cruise tickets. Wait until the last minute and score big on whatever still isn't booked.

10. Credit card rates. People with good credit get so many offers, it's easy to play the companies against each other.

11. Mattresses. Except for Tempur-Pedic, most brands have huge retail markups.

12. Tires. Shop around and ask your store to beat the best price. And ask to get the stems, mounting, balancing, and other extras for free.

13. Rent. Especially if you're renewing a lease and you start negotiating a few months in advance, you can get a much better deal than just waiting for that letter in the mail.

14. Back taxes. You can make a settlement deal under the right circumstances. Basically, you have to make the IRS believe they'll never get the full amount back. So it's only for people who are already a few years delinquent.

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by Holly O'Connor posted Jul 15 2014 9:05AM

We all want people to like us. But there are little body language tricks to use that help your game! Next time you're meeting your significant other's family, or going on an interview, try these cheats:

The Flooding Smile

Don't flash an immediate smile when you greet someone. If you do, it appears as if anyone in your line of sight would receive that same smile.

Instead, pause and look at the other person's face for a second, and then let a big, warm, responsive smile flood over your face and overflow into your eyes.

Even though the delay is less than a second, it will convince people your smile is sincere and personalized for them. A slower smile can add more richness and depth to how people perceive you.

Sticky Eyes

Pretend your eyes are glued to your conversation partner's with sticky warm taffy. Even after they've finished speaking, don't break eye contact. When you must look away, do it ever so slowly, reluctantly, stretching the gooey taffy until the tiny string finally breaks.

You can also try counting your conversation partner's blinks. In a case study, subjects reported significantly higher feelings of respect and fondness for their colleagues who used this technique.

Epoxy Eyes

In a group of people, you should occasionally look at the person you are interested in, no matter who else is talking. If your attention is drawn to that person even when they are simply listening, you show that you are extremely interested in his or her reactions.

Be warned — using full Epoxy Eyes can be a bit overwhelming to the subject and could leave them feeling uncomfortable. You should primarily watch the speaker, but allow your glance to bounce to your target when the speaker finishes interesting points.

The Big-Baby Pivot

People are very conscious of how you react to them. When you meet someone new, turn your body fully toward them and give them the same, undivided attention you would give a baby. Pivoting 100% toward the new person shouts, 'I think you are very, very special.'

Limit The Fidget

If you want to appear credible, try not to move too much when your conversation really matters. Do not fidget, twitch, wiggle, squirm, or scratch. Frequent hand motions near your face can give your listener the feeling that you're lying or anxious. Instead, simply fix a constant gaze on the listener and show them that you're fully concentrated on the matter at hand.

Hang By Your Teeth

This visualization trick will help you look more confident with your posture. To do this, visualize a leather bit hanging from the frame of every door you walk through. Pretend that you are taking a bite on the dental grip, and let it sweep your cheeks into a smile and lift you up.

Your head will be held high, shoulders back, torso out of your hips, and feet weightless.

This trick also works because of the frequency people walk through doorways. If you visualize anything often enough, it becomes a habit. Habitual good posture is the first mark of a big winner.

Hello, Old Friend

When you first meet someone, imagine they're your old friend. This will cause a lot of subconscious reactions in your body, from the softening of your eyebrows to the positioning of your toes.

An added benefit to this technique is that when you act as though you like someone, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy — you might really start to like them. What it boils down to is love begets love, like begets like, respect begets respect.

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by Holly O'Connor posted Jul 10 2014 8:31AM

Curious about what the classic Disney ride Space Mountain looks like with the LIGHT ON?? Prepare yourselves for this...

Less impressive in the daylight. Turn the lights back off!!!
by Holly O'Connor posted Jul 8 2014 2:01PM
Apparently someone did a major survey and asked people when the age cutoff was on a ton of things. I'd like to think that every person in this survey is a Judgey McJudgerson and doesn't know how to have a good time, but that's just me. Here's when THEY say you should stop doing the following things. (P.S. I will continue wearing heels and getting tattoos if I damn well please!)

Using emoticons in your texts . . . 26.

Riding a skateboard . . . 26.

Wearing a Speedo at the beach . . . 26.

Voting for someone on "American Idol" or another reality show . . . 26.

Wearing a miniskirt . . . 27.

High fiving people . . . 27.

Wearing a crop top . . . 28.

Using acronyms like "LOL" in your texts . . . 29.

Being a guy with a ponytail . . . 29.

Having a body piercing . . . 29.

Getting a new tattoo . . . 31.

Watching trashy reality TV . . . 31.

Wearing a baseball hat . . . 32.

Wearing Crocs . . . 33.

Having a goatee . . . 34.

Wearing really high heels . . . 34.

Wearing a replica football jersey . . . 37.

Dancing at a nightclub . . . 37.

Doing crazy stuff at a bachelor or bachelorette party . . . 37.

Going to a music festival . . . 41.

Wearing a bikini . . . 48.

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