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Tipping — Who to Tip? When Should You Tip? How Much?

With the Holiday season upon us, we will be out and about more. On these outings there will be tip jars as far as the eye can see. Coffee shops, delivery drivers, and of course your waitress or waiter will be looking for those extra bucks to come into their pockets from yours. So, who do you tip and how much?

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"Black Friday" Marks Start Of Holiday Shopping Season
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2012 Black Friday Deals + Business Hours in Tyler

Black Friday is only a week away and it's time to start preparing. We gave you tips on how to do well on your Black Friday shopping, but how can you do that if you don't know where the best deals are? Here is a list of when the biggest stores in Tyler will be opening, along with some of their awesome savings. Just click on the links to see even more holiday deals.

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laurieofindy, flickr
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Tips and Tricks for Black Friday Shopping

Thanksgiving is a time of fellowship with friends and family, and reminiscing about all the blessings you have. But the day after Thanksgiving has kind of become a holiday in itself. Black Friday has become a culture phenomenon and it's only getting bigger. Everyone is out shopping for the best deal on all of their favorite things. If you're brave enough to face the crazies, you're going to need to have some tricks up your sleeve.

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"Black Friday" Marks Start Of Holiday Shopping Season
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Anyone Else Have Black Friday Anxiety?

This should be a verifiable disease; "Black Friday Anxiety." I'm pretty sure I have it. How about you?

Many of the Black Friday ads are out and shoppers are planning their attack. As we learned last week, Black Friday is now Black Thursday with several stores opening at 8 or 9pm on Thanksgiving night. Did you know that sale-shoppers and bargain-hunters will actually end up spending more money in the long run than those who skip the sales and pay full price? There's a tidbit to add to the stress.

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Ron Dauphin, Flickr
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East Texas Retailers Who Are Hiring This Holiday Season

People everywhere are also trying to find some ways to earn extra cash to buy Christmas presents this year. Well, it just so happens that Christmas season is the busiest season for retailers everywhere. Between Black Friday and all the Christmas shopping, retailers are going out of their way to hire help for the holidays. So if you're looking to earn a little extra cash for the holidays, here is a list of the companies hiring the most for this holiday season.

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Old Shoe Woman, Flickr
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What You Should And Shouldn’t Buy at the Dollar Store

When most people need just a few things from the store, they go to Walmart. But constantly running back and forth to Walmart can get expensive. I would know. Well, my naive self just recently discovered that most things I need I can buy at the dollar store. Around here we have a variety of them (Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Family  Dollar, etc.).I have found that I can get just about everything I need for a much lower price. However there are somethings you definitely don't want to buy there.

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To Burn Off the Candy Corn, The Workout is HOW Long?

One of those evil yet delicious creations around the office this time of year is the candy corn/dry roasted peanut mixture. Oh my. Do you have it at your desk? Yum! Whoever started it was a borderline genius. It's sweet and salty. It's crunchy and chewy. It's got all the culinary opposites that your mouth tells you it needs and of course, does not. But I digress.

If you've popped some handfuls of candy corn today or this Halloween season, how long does it take to burn it off? We have some working out to do. I'll give you a hint. To burn off one handful of candy corn - just ONE handful - we've got to walk longer than 30 minutes. Oh dear.

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Celebrating Halloween In The Office – The Dos & Don’ts

The past few years here at the radio station we've celebrated Halloween with an in-office costume contest and tied in a chili cook-off with it! It was fun seeing your co-workers dressed up in their Halloween costumes and enjoying some home made chili, because with cooler temps in East Texas, nothings better. With all office parties there are dos and don'ts to make it fun.

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‘Password’ is Not a Good Password

We have passwords for everything these days, and it's tempting to pick an easy one so it will be top of mind when we're prompted for it.

But it turns out, the hackers are onto us. For example, using the word "password" for your actual password is not a good idea at all. Surprise, surprise. And the names Ashley, Michael, and Jesus are not fooling the hackers, for whatever reason.

What are some other terrible passwords that open the door to hackers?

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grizzbiz, Flickr
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Best and Worst Halloween Candy

What is it that makes Halloween? No, it isn't the costumes or haunted houses, it's the candy! It wouldn't be Halloween without the bags full of candy that a kid receives from trick or treating. That's the highlight of the holiday - all of the free candy they get. But they don't want any of that icky stuff, they want the good candy! Here are some of the best and worst candies you can give for Halloween.

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Research Says Our ’5 Second Rule’ is Off

My co-workers here at the radio station are pretty good at obeying that unwritten "Five Second Rule."

You know, when you drop something on the floor, you have five seconds to pick it up and pop it in your mouth. After five seconds, apparently it becomes too dirty and germy for consumption.

Did you know this applies to countertops as well as the floor? Researchers say countertops, where we prepare food, are actually more germ-ridden than that dirty, icky floor. Oh dear, we're in big trouble.

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Mondays Aren’t the Worst Day of the Week — There Are Lots of Them!

Mondays aren't any worse than Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday it appears.

School kids and workers have griped about Mondays for years, but this new report says we might as well complain about several other days while we're at it.

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