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The Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Florida recently handed out new orientation packets which offered up a chance for kids to cut the school lunch line for an extra $100 a year.  The offer was part of the PTSA sponsorship form, and was part of their fundraising efforts.  After parents expressed outrage on social media, the principal insists he was unaware of the offer, and the PTSA said it was included in the packet as a “clerical error.”

Source: The Daily Mail

Taco Bell has created another new crazy menu item, this time with popping candies in it.  The Firecracker Burrito comes in two options, cheesy or spicy, and are filled with rice, nacho cheese, sour cream, beef and red tortilla strips. For 20 cents more you can “Cayenne Popping Crystals” which crackle like pop rocks candies.  So far the Firecracker Burrito is only being tested in four stores in California, and is only available until Wednesday.  Check out a photo of the Firecracker Burrito here.

Source: Today

27-year-old Texan Chelsey Ramos’ passport photo has gone viral after her boyfriend posted it on social media.  The photo she sent in for her passport was fine, but for some reason when she got her passport back it was all distorted making her forehead look elongated.  Chelsey was furious over the photo but her boyfriend Reece Lagunas thought it was hysterical. She eventually got a replacement passport. Check out the photo here.

Source: New York Post

School starts this week in Northwest Arkansas...the only thing that could make back-to-school shopping better is saving a little money on it, so here are a few ways to keep your costs down.

  • Shop in your kids’ backpacks first - Before you buy all the new markers and crayons on your little one’s supply list, check around your house and in their backpack to see if you have glue sticks, scissors and such. Anything you can reuse saves you money.
  • Then, download apps for special discounts - Stores like Target and Staples have apps that let you cash in on coupons by scanning the barcode in the store.
  • Sign up for e-newsletters or social media accounts for brands you love - Loyal customers who subscribe learn about special deals first.
  • Don’t forget about price matching - If they carry the brand, stores like Walmart and Best Buy will price match items that are cheaper at a similar store. Just show the store associate proof that it’s the exact same item and they should give you the same price.
  • Hit up the dollar store - You can get all kinds of things there for a lot less.
  • And don’t discount the perks of buying in bulk - If you have multiple kids to shop for or friends to split things with, buying in bulk can save you money.
  • Enlist your kids to help you save - Help your kids learn to budget by telling them how much they can spend and what they need to buy. You’ll still get final approval on purchases, but it helps them learn how far their money can go.

Source: PureWow

Sometimes choosing the right words can make all the difference - like during a job interview or when you’re asking for a raise. Words are powerful and the way we put them together to make our point actually reveals a lot about us.

Psychologist Elizabeth Stokoe, professor of social interaction at Loughborough University in the U.K. has done her research on the impact words have and she specializes in conversational analysis. She transcribes everyday conversations to try to understand their “linguistic and social components.”

And through her analysis, Stokoe has picked up on one word that can help make you more persuasive when you use it: willing. While speaking at a conference, she explained that when you want to change someone’s mind after they turn you down your request, following up with the word willingmight help change their response.

“If you ask someone ‘Are you interested in meditation?’, they might say yes or no. But if you ask them if they’re willing to meditate, that requires them saying something about the type of person that they are,” Stokoe explains. “So if we change words, we change outcomes.”

Willing. The word we need to add when asking our kids to clean up their rooms, when asking our partners to help out, and when asking our boss for a favor. If it helps us get the answer we want to hear, willing is our new favorite word.

Source: My Domaine

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