Family Goes Cash-Only, Saves Serious Money

by Admin 2. September 2008

Here is an interesting news article about a family that cut all of their credits cards to live purely on the cash they had and not what they could borrow. When all was said and done, the family found that they were able to cut their spending by 24%.

Follow this link to the news article


Let the web broker your time.

by Admin 26. August 2008

It seems as though there has been a plethora of sites to help with organization, and lately there has been a strong emphasis on time brokering. For people who have to schedule a lot of one-on-one meetings – either for personal or professional reasons – a site like TimeDriver could be a great help.

TimeDriver is designed to help broker meetings by allowing you to set up either one-time or recurring blocks of time, and send people links that let them grab appointment times in those blocks that remain unclaimed.

TimeDriver can link to Google or Outlook calendars if you want to make sure you’re not duplicating appointments, and the system will write appointments back into your calendar when people claim times. You can also put a link in your emails and take appointments from anyone – that could be dangerous. There are more advanced features that can prevent scheduling last-minute meetings or seeing more than a few time slots. One criticism however is the lack of buffer times between meetings, which could cause issues if you have to travel between them.

The site has a tool to send out emails to everyone on your list and will track all of their responses.

The basic TimeDriver service is free. Paid and enterprise versions will get additional features, such as calendar pooling, analytics, and custom branding options.

My recommendation, convince your dentist to use TimeDriver.


Another meeting manager.

by Admin 26. August 2008

Earlier today I posted about TimeDriver – an automated, time broker to help schedule one-on-one meetings – only to stumble upon a similar service called TimeBridge this afternoon. I told you there are a lot of time management sites out there.

Unlike TimeDriver, TimeBridge is a meeting negotiation product allowing for multi-person meetings and allows the attendees to vote on the best time to meet.

So how does it work? The organizer sends out several proposed times for a meeting, and the site will coordinate the replies of attendees until everyone agrees on a single time, at which point it will lock in the agreed-on time for everyone and release the tentative hold it had on the alternate spots. The interesting feature is the ability of attendees to flag a specific time as the “best” time for them, which the system considers a vote when identifying the meeting time.

TimeBridge does integrate with Outlook and includes a very handy “Reply with TimeBridge” option that it adds to Outlook if you install the add-on. If someone sends you an email about a meeting, you can use this option to transfer the discussion to the TimeBridge system. All this while syncing up with your Outlook calendar so is it aware of available times.


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