Santa Claus used to call me every single year, on Christmas Eve. He would ask me if I'd been good, and what I was hoping for presents-wise. He usually reminded me to be kind to my parents and friends. As a child, I found the whole thing amazing, largely because we often switched the location of our Christmas Eve celebration from year to year. Sometimes we were home, while other times we visited my relatives in a nearby town. Santa Claus always knew which house to call. Unbelievable!
It's drilled into us from an early age: Buying a home is the first big step to building wealth. But is this version of fulfilling the American Dream always the best move? Not necessarily. It's true that homeowners on average have more money than renters, but typically it's not the houses that made them rich.
The holidays can be one of the happiest times of the year. However, all of that holiday cheer comes with a large, literal price tag. As the American Research Group found in a 2016 survey, the average American spent $929 on gifts alone during the holidays. The same survey also found that over half of respondents expected to rack up debt to afford all of the festivities. The good news? It's not difficult to be a conservative spender and still enjoy the holidays. Here are seven ideas to get you started.
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".