Today only! Can’t beat this deal:
$50 iTunes card for only $40 at Best Buy!
Thanks 9to5Mac for the details:
As one of its daily deals, Best Buy offers the $50 Apple iTunes Gift Card for $40 with free shipping. The card contains an iTunes Store code redeemable for music, movies, TV shows, games, iOS/Mac apps, and more.
This IS a clever idea! My Kitchen Escapades details how to easily make your own ice packs from cheap sponges:
I was thrilled when I found this method for making your own ice packs. So simple and if when he loses them, it won’t cost him his college savings to buy new ones. I buy the cheap pack of 4 sponges from the dollar store to make the loss-impact even less.
To make, just saturate a clean sponge with water and place into a ziplock bag. Lay flat in the freezer and freeze overnight. In the morning, just toss them into the lunch boxes. As they melt, they will reabsorb the water so just toss them back in the freezer after school!!!
It is coming – tomorrow (don’t you wish it had the feature shown here: iPhone 5 New Concept Featured?)! Well at least it will be announced. IF you want to sell your existing iPhone and maximize the dollars you get – here are some great tips from Gizmodo:
How much: $309-$400
How to do it: You can go one of two ways with eBay—you can either sell it right now for about $330 or you can wait it out and let it go to the highest bidder. Many of those sales seem to be closing below $400 at this point. With the announcement coming tomorrow, it might be better to cut your losses and take the cash now—if you wait around, there might not be as many people interested in the iPhone 4S once there’s a new model running around.
How much: $104-$405
How to do it: Amazon is offering Amazon gift certificates in exchange for your phone. $405 sounds really enticing, but this is only if your phone is in absolute mint condition and you’re willing to trade your charger too (that shouldn’t be a problem considering the 30-pin connector is expected to shrink). Most iPhones in good condition should earn around $344.
How much: $73-$250
How to do it: Just want the cash without the hassle? RadioShack will straight up fork over a nice $250 if you’re ready to part with your phone, if it’s in perfect condition. But if you accidentally ran it through the spin cycle, RadioShack says it will still give you $73, which is something. You can recoup your pesos by visiting your local RadioShack or mailing your phone off.
How much: $199 and up
How to do it: You’ve got to be willing to put in some work here. That means wading through spammers, scammers, and people with awful email etiquette. But if your phone has taken a beating, this is your solution. You’ll see everything from brand new phones to devices that are totally borked. Be sure to check out your local Craigslist page to gauge the kinds of prices iPhones are going for. Though this takes more work, you’re bound to get at least a little cash back.
If you go with this option, we recommend you meet in a public place like a bank, so you avoid getting screwed out of money/murdered.
Gazelle, InstantSale, Buy My Tronics, NextWorth, Glyde
How to do it: Hate human contact? Here’s the route you need to take if you want the best price without any hassle. Get an estimate on your iPhone’s worth based on it’s condition, then mail it in. These companies will then assess your phone and send you money for it. Check out various sites to see where you can get the best offer, because it totally varies.
For example, on the lower end Gazelle will give you just $37 for a completely borked phone while BuyMyTronics will fork over just $75. On the other hand, mint condition will earn you $290 from Gazelle or $360 from Glyde. Prices fluctuate often and will just keep dropping, so do your homework before you collect.
Whichever virtual pawn shop you choose to shed your old iPhone, make haste. With every day that passes, these soon-to-be passé phones depreciate. Right now there’s still more demand than supply; the longer you wait, the less that’s true. And that’s money out of your pocket.
It is coming up again soon – and maybe in your state – Tax-Free Weekend! Take a look at these details from OneDayBuys:
This is a complete list of tax free weekends happening throughout the U.S. this summer and fall. Note that a few states have multiple dates with different items designated tax free. Click on your state’s abbreviation below to take you directly to your state:
AL | AR | CT | FL | GA | IA | LA | MD | MS | MO | NM | NC |OK | SC | TN | TX | VA
Alabama Tax Free Weekend
Applies to certain school supplies, computers, clothing and shoes.
Arkansas Tax Free Weekend
Applies to school supplies, art materials, school materials for teachers, clothing and shoes.
Connecticut Tax Free Weekend
Applies to clothing and shoes under $300 and layaway items that fit requirements, but are paid in full after the 25th.
Florida Tax Free Weekend
Applies to school supplies up to $15 and clothing up to $75 (individual items, not total of purchase).
Georgia Tax Free Weekend
Applies to clothing up to $100, school supplies up to $20 and computers up to $1,000.
Iowa Tax Free Weekend
Applies to clothing up to $100.
Louisiana Tax Free Weekend
Applies to the first $2,500 of property purchases.
Applies to ammunition, firearms and hunting supplies.
Maryland Tax Free Weekend
Applies to clothing and shoes up to $100.
Mississippi Tax Free Weekend
Applies to clothing and shoes up to $100.
Missouri Tax Free Weekend
Applies to clothing up to $100, computers up to $3,500 and school supplies up to $50.
New Mexico Tax Free Weekend
Applies to clothing up to $100, computers up to $1,000 and school supplies up to $15.
North Carolina Tax Free Weekend
Applies to clothing up to $100, school supplies up to $100, instructional materials up to $100, computers up to $3,500, other computer accessories up to $200 and sports equipment up to $50.
Applies to all EnergyStar products.
Oklahoma Tax Free Weekend
Applies to clothing up to $100.
South Carolina Tax Free Weekend
Applies to clothing, school supplies, computers, linens and bathroom essentials, such as rugs and shower curtains.
Applies to firearms.
Tennessee Tax Free Weekend
Applies to clothing up to $100, school supplies up to $100 and computers up to $1,000.
Texas Tax Free Weekend
Applies to clothing up to $100 and school supplies up to $100.
Virginia Tax Free Weekend
Applies to clothing up to $100 and school supplies up to $100.
Applies to EnergyStar products up to $2,500.
It is always fun to window shop zip codes! Any of these near you?
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In the Long Island ZIP code 11962, better known as Sagaponack, N.Y., the most expensive property currently for sale is listed at $30 million. That’s for a partially developed 3.8-acre lot of prime beachfront land with a six-bedroom house, a quaint cottage and “room for tennis and pool,” according to the Corcoran Group listing. The property also comes with billionaire neighbors like industrialist Ira Rennert, whose massive Fair Field estate is assessed at $200 million, and hedge fund boss David Tepper, who recently tore down his $43.5 million house to build a bigger one.
The thick concentration of some of America’s richest people helped make the swanky Hamptons village the third most expensive ZIP code in the country for home sales this year, with a median asking price of $3,595,000. It comes in behind two zip codes that regularly grace the top spots of our list: Alpine, N.J., 07620, at No. 1, and Atherton, Calif., 94027, at No. 2.
Alpine is an exclusive New York City suburb where the median home price is $4,295,000, street addresses are regularly scrambled on Google and the residents include celebrities like Stevie Wonder and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. In Atherton, a tony town in the San Francisco Bay area, $ 4,295,000 is the median home price thanks to tech billionaires like Eric Schmidt and Meg Whitman.
We compiled our list with the help of Altos Research, a Mountainview, Calif.-based company that tracks housing data in real time. It pulled pricing information for more than 20,000 ZIP codes across the U.S. for June 2 to Sept. 2, zeroing in on the 500 most expensive. Altos calculated the median asking price for both single-family homes and condominiums, weighting the price based on the mix of local property types. We did not include co-ops. Altos limited the search to ZIP codes where 20 or more residences were listed for sale, including short sales and bank-owned foreclosures on the market. To smooth out any wrinkles caused by a week’s unusual activity (like, say, an expensive home coming to market in an area where luxury properties are rare), Altos used a rolling average for the 90-day period.
Since our list is based on asking prices rather than tax assessments, it may be unfair to assume that our list is completely representative of the communities featured — for example, there could be pockets of long-time residents in modest homes in areas that have become swankier in recent years. Rather, our list is a snapshot of each market’s current activity. “We look at listing prices because, if you were to go into one of these markets with the intention of buying a home, this is what you would see in the market,” says Michael Simonsen, chief executive of Altos Research. In some cases a ZIP may appear more than once on our list. This happens when two or more towns share the same ZIP code.
Median home prices in the 500 ZIP codes we considered are down 2% overall from our 2010 list, which is the mildest depreciation in years. In 2010 prices were off 5% year-over year and in 2009, 7%. Inventory levels have remained about the same since 2009, but real estate appraisers like Jonathan Miller, chief executive of New York’s Miller Samuel , say there’s been an uptick in listings in the luxury end of major U.S. markets this year. “It’s not that we’re seeing prices rise, it’s that we’re seeing more activity,” Miller told Forbes recently.
California dominates our list this year. The Silicon Valley property market continues to benefit from a burgeoning tech industry that’s increased housing demand. In addition to Atherton, Northern California ZIPs that rank highly include Hillsborough 94010 (No. 4); Los Altos Hills (No. 18) and Los Altos (No. 24), which share the ZIP code 94022; Woodside 94062 (No. 31); and Palo Alto 94301 (No. 36).
The celebrity-studded Los Angeles-area figures highly on our list as well. A bevy of $50 million and higher homes landed Beverly Hills 90210 in the fifth spot, Malibu 90265 12th, and the Bel Air section of Los Angeles 90077 19th.David Kramer, a Hilton & Hyland agent specializing in Beverly Hills and Bel Air properties who represented Petra Ecclestone in her purchase of the $85 million Spelling Manor, says he is seeing more $10 million and higher sales this year than he did during the heights of the market in 2005-06. The listing prices in these ZIP codes reflect that, pushing their rankings up from last year.
The tony ski towns of Colorado are also showing strength. Despite condo prices that start as low as $105,000, Aspen’s ritziest ZIP code, 81611 (No. 20), Snowmass 81654 (No. 13) and Snowmass Village 81615 (No. 59) rank highly thanks to a bevy of estates listed for between $20 million and $40 million. And Telluride 81435 debuts on our list at No. 28 thanks to posh pads and ranches belonging to the likes of comedian Jerry Seinfeld and former Goldman Sachs CEO and New Jersey governor Jon Corzine.
Simonsen says that after the bubble burst, asking prices didn’t fall much in these posh Colorado ZIPs but days on the market increased, with homes languishing for an average of about a year before being sold.
A surprise on this year’s list is New York City. Manhattan ZIP codes have long featured on our annual list, but this year the wealthy Upper East Side, Upper West Side and West Village were surpassed by two trendy downtown neighborhoods: SoHo 10012 at No. 6, followed by TriBeCa 10013 at No. 7.
The SoHo and TriBeCa housing markets don’t have as much inventory as some other areas of Manhattan, says Gary Malin, president of the New York City-based realty firm Citi Habitats. “They are always highly sought after because of the wide-open loft spaces with high ceilings … and because there’s not a tremendous density of housing there and always a lot of demand, you’re able to get significant prices.” He notes it’s a very similar dynamic in the West Village 10014, which ranked 35th. The ZIP codes of Lower Manhattan, a neighborhood transformed since the destruction of the World Trade Center, debut in the top 500 this year as well thanks to new luxury condos that peddle outrageous amenities.
For complete coverage of the 500 Most Expensive ZIP Codes in America, click here.
|1||07620, Alpine, NJ||4,550,000||19.3||244||59||53.0|
|2||94027, Atherton, CA||4,295,000||7.1||162||41||20.0|
|3||11962, Sagaponack, NY||3,595,000||-||237||126||30.0|
|4||94010, Hillsborough, CA||3,499,000||18.7||156||71||43.9|
|5||90210, Beverly Hills, CA||3,469,891||-5.8||193||275||55.0|
|6||10012, New York, NY||3,392,574||5.3||276||102||25.0|
|7||10013, New York, NY||3,317,962||7.0||333||298||45.0|
|8||11976, Water Mill, NY||3,300,000||9.8||344||223||58.5|
|9||93108, Montecito, CA||3,099,348||-1.7||232||207||29.5|
|10||11568, Old Westbury, NY||3,095,000||-0.5||248||123||10.8|
|11||10023, New York, NY||3,078,462||53.0||310||568||28.8|
|12||90265, Malibu, CA||3,054,859||11.9||229||409||75.0|
|13||81654, Snowmass, CO||2,995,000||51.3||328||51||20.0|
|14||92067, Rancho Santa Fe, CA||2,949,000||-3.5||248||246||23.9|
|15||92661, Newport Beach, CA||2,947,000||-3.0||271||54||27.9|
|16||06831, Greenwich, CT||2,942,959||13.4||261||258||45.0|
|17||92091, Rancho Santa Fe, CA||2,810,000||51.5||216||38||16.5|
|18||94022, Los Altos Hills, CA||2,797,000||-8.3||189||34||19.5|
|19||90077, Los Angeles, CA||2,649,000||12.9||165||109||125.0|
|20||81611, Aspen, CO||2,647,239||2.3||293||598||38.0|
|21||07976, New Vernon, NJ||2,572,500||19.5||222||40||8.0|
|22||92657, Newport Coast, CA||2,536,492||8.2||183||176||37.0|
|23||95030, Monte Sereno, CA||2,522,500||53.1||242||26||5.6|
|24||94022, Los Altos, CA||2,522,000||-17.3||104||22||19.5|
|25||07931, Far Hills, NJ||2,497,000||20.8||175||22||15.5|
|26||93920, Big Sur, CA||2,495,000||-||351||24||10.0|
|27||11765, Mill Neck, NY||2,399,000||-15.4||318||29||15.5|
|28||81435, Telluride, CO||2,395,000||-||385||212||23.9|
|29||11975, Wainscott, NY||2,388,000||13.9||345||75||38.0|
|30||90402, Santa Monica, CA||2,307,300||-1.3||155||68||10.9|
|31||94062, Woodside, CA||2,300,000||3.2||157||57||47.5|
|32||06830, Greenwich, CT||2,268,435||0.4||280||350||21.0|
|33||91302, Hidden Hills, CA||2,260,652||-26.0||189||66||13.0|
|34||21056, Gibson Island, MD||2,255,000||-18.5||398||22||3.3|
|35||10014, New York, NY||2,252,885||-40.5||332||86||17.5|
|36||94301, Palo Alto, CA||2,199,950||27.1||85||21||6.2|
|37||80113, Cherry Hills Village, CO||2,195,000||-||133||87||14.9|
|37||11930, Amagansett, NY||2,195,000||3.4||342||210||14.3|
|39||94028, Portola Valley, CA||2,176,500||-13.3||147||32||20.0|
|40||95030, Los Gatos, CA||2,169,950||-5.4||148||67||20.0|
|41||10007, New York, NY||2,129,654||-0.8||437||86||28.0|
|42||94920, Tiburon/Belvedere, CA||2,119,816||-35.4||178||93||22.3|
|43||33109, Fisher Island, FL||2,093,517||-8.8||438||221||30.0|
|44||90274, Rolling Hills, CA||2,040,619||-47.5||145||54||13.0|
|45||10003, New York, NY||2,008,462||-28.9||307||166||22.9|
|46||98039, Medina, WA||1,988,000||-8.4||265||43||11.3|
|47||95070, Saratoga, CA||1,925,000||16.5||146||139||17.5|
|48||92625, Corona Del Mar, CA||1,905,715||-5.5||156||190||23.7|
|49||94904, Kentfield, CA||1,900,000||-0.6||120||25||8.8|
|50||11024, Great Neck, NY||1,899,000||40.8||178||65||12.0|
|51||94024, Los Altos, CA||1,895,000||-36.3||119||43||5.5|
|51||10577, Purchase, NY||1,895,000||-11.0||226||55||9.0|
|53||11959, Quogue, NY||1,875,000||-||265||160||18.8|
|53||93953, Pebble Beach, CA||1,875,000||-18.8||273||133||30.0|
|55||10001, New York, NY||1,859,885||26.9||366||68||8.9|
|56||92662, Newport Beach, CA||1,825,000||-28.9||144||33||6.0|
|57||90272, Pacific Palisades, CA||1,819,665||-14.7||160||191||19.0|
|58||10580, Rye, NY||1,799,000||8.4||186||105||12.5|
|59||81615, Snowmass Village, CO||1,773,523||8.1||304||276||29.5|
|60||90266, Manhattan Beach, CA||1,756,738||7.0||125||162||24.9|
|61||06878, Riverside, CT||1,750,000||6.3||207||65||14.5|
|62||02493, Weston, MA||1,745,900||11.6||173||111||18.8|
|63||07078, Short Hills, NJ||1,745,000||6.2||150||73||9.0|
|64||92651, Laguna Beach, CA||1,724,264||-12.5||214||398||24.0|
|65||11771, Oyster Bay, NY||1,711,710||32.3||200||224||12.5|
|66||06870, Old Greenwich, CT||1,699,555||18.2||265||81||10.5|
|67||93921, Carmel/Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA||1,698,250||20.2||173||74||19.2|
|68||02807, Block Island, RI||1,680,000||26.2||165||38||24.0|
|69||32461, Rosemary Beach, FL||1,679,000||50.6||352||71||7.0|
|70||10024, New York, NY||1,672,500||-32.7||339||112||37.5|
|71||11545, Glen Head, NY||1,672,000||-22.4||190||146||11.3|
|72||92014, Del Mar, CA||1,660,584||2.7||202||176||26.5|
|73||85253, Paradise Valley, AZ||1,659,569||-1.0||283||272||22.0|
|74||10011, New York, NY||1,637,424||-22.4||316||387||39.5|
|75||07632, Englewood Cliffs, NJ||1,624,500||21.8||171||82||4.0|
|76||10021, New York, NY||1,623,962||-39.2||434||340||50.0|
|77||81657, Vail, CO||1,615,516||10.4||301||330||22.0|
|78||10075, New York, NY||1,613,413||7.7||327||118||90.0|
|79||06880, Westport, CT||1,610,083||1.6||188||362||25.0|
|80||91108, San Marino, CA||1,603,000||-15.3||132||58||7.5|
|81||08738, Mantoloking, NJ||1,599,000||-2.1||216||87||16.0|
|82||94506, Blackhawk, CA||1,597,000||-0.5||164||36||10.5|
|83||06820, Darien, CT||1,587,000||-0.5||182||208||12.8|
|84||06840, New Canaan, CT||1,572,804||-16.1||157||534||13.9|
|85||22102, Mc Lean, VA||1,563,585||-||159||144||9.2|
|86||60043, Kenilworth, IL||1,550,000||-21.9||267||35||6.5|
|87||93066, Somis, CA||1,549,000||-0.8||268||26||3.5|
|88||29482, Sullivans Island, SC||1,540,000||-9.0||312||59||2.9|
|89||94970, Stinson Beach, CA||1,510,000||-15.7||277||26||3.7|
|90||96754, Kilauea, HI||1,500,000||7.8||251||67||14.0|
|91||07458, Saddle River, NJ||1,499,450||-10.5||174||204||13.0|
|92||80121, Greenwood Village, CO||1,495,000||-||133||53||7.0|
|93||10019, New York, NY||1,493,038||8.3||370||622||60.0|
|94||94574, Saint Helena, CA||1,492,800||10.2||216||96||24.0|
|95||10504, Armonk, NY||1,475,000||6.7||233||73||13.0|
|96||92037, La Jolla, CA||1,473,144||-12.2||170||500||33.0|
|97||21662, Royal Oak, MD||1,467,000||-4.9||253||25||6.8|
|98||90274, Palos Verdes Estates, CA||1,461,097||-23.8||152||124||10.5|
|99||10069, New York, NY||1,461,038||-34.6||528||192||16.9|
|100||07924, Bernardsville, NJ||1,459,500||-||180||94||14.8|
(Don’t forget to pre-order! Release date is Tuesday for my son-in-law’s very funny political satire: DON’T MESS WITH TRAVIS)
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
I love avocado’s, but have thrown away way too many of them (as well as not had any when I wanted them!). Here is a great tip on how to preserve and store them for up to a year! From EatingRichly:
I cannot get enough avocado. In high school, we had an avocado tree in our front yard, and I got avocado whenever I wanted it. In Washington, avocados are freaking expensive! Although various varieties of avocado are available year round, they are typically most affordable in the spring through the fall. When I see a really good deal on avocados (under $1 each for the large size), I buy about ten at a time. But I can’t actually eat that many before they start to go bad, so I have to preserve them. Here’s the technique my mom came up with in Hawaii.My dog Rusty loved avocados. They’d fall from the tree and he’d carefully cradle them in his mouth as if he was carrying a little green puppy, carrying them around the yard to gently lay in a pile on our front step. It was so much fun to come outside and find the treasure trove of avocados with little delicate golden retriever tooth marks in them. He was definitely good at retrieving and knew exactly what we would value the most.
Every time we collected his bounty, we’d toss a sacrificial avocado to him as thanks for his good work. He’d roll it around for a little while, joyfully playing with his treat, then curl up around it and begin to nibble it open to get at the sweet buttery flesh.
Not wanting the overripe fallen avocados to go to waste, my mom began preserving them in the freezer. She’d mash them up with lemon juice and store them in airtight plastic bags. Then we had mashed avocado ready to eat whenever we wanted it. We used it for guacamole, mixed it into tuna and chicken salad, spread it on sandwiches.
I have two gallon bags in the freezer right now and could use your help. How do you like to eat mashed avocados?
Preserving Avocado in the Freezer
- 5 ripe avocados
- 5 TBS lemon juice
- Slice the avocados in half and discard pits. Scoop the flesh from the peels.
- Mash the avocados, then add the lemon juice. Mix well.
- Spoon into a gallon sized zip top bag, squeezing out all the air before sealing.
- Freeze up to one year.
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