If you want to be a super saver like our Diva of Discounts, it's not one thing you have do, but dozens. She sought the advice of some of Central Virginia's most frugal experts to show you what you could be doing to keep your hard earned money. I never, ever, ever pay full price. I will wait until there's a sale or a coupon or a deal or a second hand item. Surveys, mystery shopping. Class action suits. I check all the different websites. I do trades, I do a lot of bartering.
When you spend your hard earned money on quality products, the last thing you expect is for it to break or wear out. Many companies, however, offer a lifetime guarantee. When a Roomba vacuum meets an accident left from the dog, the results can be disastrous. The cleanup can kill the machine. The bonus is that their seller, Hammacher Schlemmer, replaces any item they sell for any reason. Water bottles have a tendency to leak, crack or fade over time.
Black Friday is dead. Well, not really dead, but the sales actually started this week! The day after Halloween, I was shocked to see the sales fliers from my newspaper touting "Black Friday Prices Now." It's not just one store - a quick trip around the mall proved that many retailers have jumped on this bandwagon. Kyle James of ratherbeshopping.com noticed this trend too. "That Christmas creep really seems to be growing," said James. "I don't remember stuff last year this early in November."
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".