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New research by 24/7 Wall St. and Zogby Analytics reveals the companies with the best and worst customer service:

Customer Service Hall of Fame

  1.  Amazon
  2. Apple
  3. Costco
  4. Netflix
  5. YouTube
  6. FedEx
  7. UPS
  8. American Express
  9. Chick-fil-A
  10. Marriott
  11. Google
  12. Publix
  13. Hilton

Customer Service Hall of Shame

  1. Comcast
  2. Bank of America
  3. Wells Fargo
  4. Sprint
  5. AT&T
  7. DISH Network
  8. Cox Communications
  9. Spirit Airlines
  10. United Airlines
  11. Verizon Fios
  12. T-Mobile

Source: 24/7 Wall Street

According to National Safety Council estimates, about 421 people could be killed in crashes during the Labor Day weekend holiday, with another 48,400 people seriously injured.  Those numbers are 11% higher than Labor Day weekend of 2008, which was previously the highest injury estimate for a Labor Day holiday weekend.  Seven states in the country score an “A” for road safety due to strong laws protecting drivers, while nine receive a “F” (Missouri is one of them).

Source: National Safety Council

Now that Amazon owns Whole Foods (the deal was completed yesterday), customers will be seeing some lower prices at the store.  Discounts went into affect yesterday, with organic Fuji apples down from $3.49 a pound to just $1.99, bananas discounted from 79 cents a pound to 49 cents, and organic avocados down from $2.79 each to $1.99.  Amazon also plans to roll out a special rewards program for Amazon Prime members, which will come with special savings and in-store benefits not available to other customers.

Source: Mashable

If you already love shopping at Target starting September 3rd, you’ll have even more reason to get excited for a Target run. That’s when they’re going to start selling $5 bottles of wine!

So while you’re filling your cart with Tide and toilet paper, you’ll be able to pick up a bottle of chardonnay, pinot grigio, moscato, cabernet sauvignon, or a red blend. The cheap wine line is called California Roots and since it’s only five bucks, you can enjoy some of your favorite things all at once – Target, wine and saving money.

“We're out to give our guests even more reasons to love Target — including exclusive products they can't find anywhere else,” Jeff Burtsenior vice president of food and beverage at Target says in a statement. “And we think they're going to love California Roots. These wines are just the right blend of incredible quality and amazing value.”

Source: Elite Daily

Very few people love ironing, but it’s one of those chores we do in life so we don’t look like we just rolled out of bed wearing the clothes we have on. But sometimes we’re late for work, or don’t have an iron handy and still need to make our clothes wrinkle-free, and aside from throwing a garment in the dryer for a while, we don’t know how else to do it. So here are a few ways to remove wrinkles from your clothes that don’t require an iron.

  • Use your hair straightener - If you’ve never used your flat iron on your clothes, try it when you’re in a hurry. Just make sure the temperature isn’t set too high and use it to get the edges, collars, and in the little corners.
  • Use your hairdryer - You can blow-dry your clothes with your hairdryer, just use low heat. You can even do this one while you’re already wearing the outfit!
  • Use water: in a bottle - Fill up a spray bottle and spritz the wrinkles before you hang them up. If you’re in a rush, do it and then hit it with the hairdryer so you’re wrinkle-free and ready to go in no time.
  • Use water: in the shower - The oldest trick is still a good one and it’s perfect when you’re traveling. Just hang up your garments in the bathroom while taking a hot shower and let the steam ease those wrinkles away.
  • Use ice cubes - The folks at Lifehacker suggests tossing two or three ice cubes in the dryer to help your clothes come out wrinkle-free. They caution to use only a few ice cubes in a big dryer and only put a couple items in the dryer when you do it. But the ice melts into water, which becomes steam in the heat of the dryer, so it makes sense that it’ll work.

Source: Mamamia

Now that school is back in full swing for most of us, we have to gear up for a year’s worth of healthy, wholesome lunches. We don’t have time to be making Disney princesses out of cheese, fruit, and carrot sticks, but we can fix quick, easy, nutritious lunches that our little ones will enjoy. Here are some of the most popular ideas on Pinterest.

  • Pizzadillas - Just stuff flour tortillas with any pizza toppings your kids like.
  • Taco Pop-Tarts - Making these homemade mini taco pies pastries sounds like more work than we want to deal with, but the trick is to use premade pie crust.
  • Lunch Kabobs - Keep your kid interested by putting lunch on a stick. Use anything your little one will eat - veggies, fruit, cheese - the options are endless.
  • Corn Dog Bites - Kids love these little corn dog muffins. They’re just like corn dogs, but they’re not fried or on a stick and the hot dogs are cut up.
  • Grilled Cheese Roll-Ups - It’s a twist on a classic and you use all the same ingredients, just roll the bread up before you grill it. And the roll-ups are way more fun to dip in soup than a regular sandwich.
  • Chicken and Corn Patties - This kid-friendly food is great for lunchboxes because it doesn’t require any utensils and you can make them more nutritious by adding more veggies.
  • Cucumber "Sushi" - This one takes a little more work, but they look really cool, so if your kid will eat this, give it a try. Just seed a cucumber, creating an empty tube inside. Then stuff it with rice, avocado, bell peppers, carrots, or whatever you choose. Use “gentle persistence” to pack the cuke full, then slice and serve.
  • Ham Mac and Cheese Cups - These are the muffin version of mac and cheese and you can add ham, veggies, or make it straight up. Make them ahead and freeze, then just heat a few, pop in a thermos and stick it in the lunchbox.

Source: Reviewed.com

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