Black Friday deals are today and there are some amazing deals out there… However, these gadget and toy deals are only one day. Over the next year you will probably be searching and purchasing local deals for restaurants, bars, spa services, and heck… maybe even skydiving.
If you’re like me, you are having a hard time keeping up with all o the daily deal sites. Groupon is the most famous, but their business model has been constantly attacked by the likes of Living Social, Google Offers, Scoutmob, DealSwarm, and a few hundred other small deal sites.
About a year ago I started using a website that collects all of the daily deals and give an easy way to view the data. The site is called Yipit and their service has grown exponentially since I have started using it.
Yipit, does a very good job aggregating all of the daily deals and making the them easily searchable using categories. This is extremely useful when searching only for restaurant deals or massage gifts for your wife. They have the option to send email notifications based on your preferences (like restaurant only deals, or skydiving deals, etc).
Once you have a deal set-up you easily can sort on what is new, the price, total discount, time left, etc. Search options like this allow you to easily and quickly search local deals. Additionally, it is very easy to see the total costs, discount, when the offer was posted, and from what daily deal source.
Last week I found a cool website called FuelMyRoute.com. It is a pretty barebones tool right now, but the idea seems great. When traveling you need a location to buy gas. Ideally, it would be good to know where along your travel route gas prices are the lowest.
FuelMyRoute.com was started in 2008 while Marcus Christie was planning a trip to Disney world. There were several great tools to find local gas prices, but not much to help in finding prices along a specific route.
This could be a great tool to try out when traveling this holiday season. Below is a screenshot of the results I got for the trip my wife and I are taking later this week. I was surprised to not have many options other prices along the route, but this could be dependent on the sources that FuelMyRoute.com uses. I imagine this will improve as the site grows.
So if you need a tool to help find lower gas prices this season while traveling, hop over to FuelMyRoute.com and give their service a whirl.
A few months ago, I tried out doing a little series called “Friday’s Trick.” I decided to stop it when I relocated to work with Chick-fil-A at Perimeter Pointe. After looking at the traffic/visitor data of my blog, it was clear my most visited posts were either a “Friday’s Trick” or a more personal blog post about my life. The data doesn’t lie, so I am going to start the series back up again.
Today’s trick is a very simple tool used to send and receive faxes using only your computer. This is perfect for anyone that deals with contracts, nondisclosure agreements or any document along those lines.
I like Hellofax because it saves time. In a normal situation, you would need to print a contract, sign it or fill it out and then fax it back (hoping the fax number is right and that it goes through). Hellofax allows your to do all of this on your computer – edit the document, sign it using an uploaded signiture, and send/recieve faxes. Imagine never having to leave your desk to complete the paperwork.
If this is something that would help you or your organization, check it out at http://www.hellofax.com.