A nine-year old boy in St. Paul, Minn., is being recognized for making a thoughtful decision beyond his years.
Fourth grader Ethan Flint asked his friends and family to forgo buying him birthday gifts and instead use the money to help provide bulletproof vests for the St. Paul Police K9 Foundation, according to ABC affiliate KSTP-TV .
Ethan’s mother, Jennifer Flint, told KSTP-TV they wanted „to do something that he was interested in and give to a cause that he believed in.”
Ethan presented the K9 Foundation with a homemade check for $1,290, KSTP-TV reported.
„This kid has a heart of gold,” St. Paul Police Department Spokesman Steve Linders told ABC News.
Ethan’s gift will be combined with a donation from a restaurant to purchase two vests, said Linders.
ABC News could not immediately reach the Flint family for comment.
Deal hunting in the online age can involve coupons, flash deals and promo codes. Savvy shoppers can save big, but it can be an evolving cat-and-mouse game, with shopper and seller strategies changing often.
One new way to potentially score promo codes is called “shopping cart abandonment.”
Here’s how it works: You find something you want at a retailer’s website. Sign into the website (you must have an account for this to work). Put the items you want into the shopping cart and then leave without buying the items.
A Business Insider expert explained why this shopping technique is effective.
“The economy is good right now,” said Ashley Lutz, Editor at Business Insider. „Consumers have a lot of options, so retailers have maybe scaled back because people are willing to spend a little more.”
“To address this problem, retailers are going to consumers who have an account, who are logged in on the account, who abandon items, and when people go to a new website, and it’s clear that they may not be coming back, then the retailer sort of prompts them by sending them a discount code, saying, ‘Hey, you missed out on these products, why don’t we give you 20-percent off,'” Lutz explained.
“GMA”’s Becky Worley tried this method at seven different retail websites last week. Within 24 hours, she had three reminders about her abandoned carts and two discount offers – one for $20 off and another for 20 percent off.
A study by Listrak, an email marketing company, found that the longer shoppers wait for the retailer to make contact about an abandoned cart, the better. Most companies that send emails about abandoned carts don’t offer a discount code until the third reminder.
Other Ways to Find Deals:
1. Chat boxes on websites give you direct access to customer service representatives. Ask them if there’s a coupon, promo or discount code.
2. It’s all about sale days and events. With retailers in constant competing with one another, when one launches a sale, its competitors follow. That’s why it’s still worth it to pay attention to newsletters from retailers where you shop frequently.
3. Use newer social media websites. Retailers who are looking to expand their brands in different demographics may offer coupons on Instagram rather than on Facebook. It could pay to follow your favorite retailers on all social media platforms.
Singer Andy Grammer tonight became the latest contestant to be booted from the dance floor on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
The “Honey, I’m Good” singer has said he came on the program to honor his late mother, and tonight as he departed he said it was “kind of fitting” that he was going home after doing a dance to remember her.
“It’s been a really sweet process. It helped me kind of grieve through it,” he said, speaking of how participation on the show helped him through his mother’s death.
He called his pro partner, Allison Holker, “amazing,” adding: “I got a lot of awesome friends out of this and you all have been very lovely to me … .”
He and Carlos PenaVega had both been in jeopardy of elimination tonight. Elimination is based upon a combination of judges’ scores and viewer votes, and the competitor with the lowest combined score is voted off.
Six remaining couples return on Monday to compete for their chance at the championships.
Social media personality Hayes, Grier, TV chef Paula Deen, singer Chaka Khan, Triple Crown champion jockey Victor Espinoza and actor Gary Busey have previously been eliminated. Reality TV star Kim Zolciak-Biermann was forced to withdraw from the competition due to health concerns.
Before the elimination was announced, the couples tonight each had to dance a routine honoring an icon in their lives. The highest-scoring pair earned immunity from elimination next week, while the remaining couples had to perform a dance-off – a side-by-side comparison – in their bid for bonus points from the judges and real-time votes from the viewing audience.
Bindi Irwin and Carlos PenaVega went head –to-head in a jive, with PenaVega emerging the winner, picking up 2 extra points.
Tamar Braxton and Alexa PenaVega challenged in a cha-cha, and PenaVega took the 2 extra points.
Grammer and Alek Skarlatos dance a side-by-side samba, with Grammer taking the 2 extra points.
Tonight’s top scorer: Nick Carter earned a perfect score tonight and immunity from elimination next week. Because he was the night’s highest scorer, he also picked up an extra 3 points.
Tonight’s standout moment: The standout moment also belonged to the Backstreet Boys band member Nick Carter, who touched the judges’ emotions with his poignant contemporary routine. After losing a child, he and his wife are pregnant again and Carter said he allowed those emotions to surface during his number with pro partner Sharna Burgess. At the end of the routine, a visibly emotional Carter went to his wife, Lauren Kitt Carter, who was sitting in the audience, kissed her, and brought her onto the dance floor. Judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli each gave him a 10, for a perfect score of 30 points. It was the highest score of the night.
Tonight’s Scores (Individual dance out of a possible 30 points; Dance-off points. Total.)
Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: 30; 3. Total: 33
Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson: 27; 2. Total: 29
Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy: 28; 0. Total: 28
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: 28; 0. Total: 28
Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas: 25; 2. Total: 27
Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: 25; 0. Total: 25
Andy Grammer and Allison Holker: 22; 2. Total: 24 (They were voted off tonight.)
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Google Apps just crossed a major milestone. Apps for Work (its Microsoft Office killer) and Google Drive for Work (its online storage service) are now being used by 2 million paying businesses, said the Google for Work chief, Amit Singh on stage Tuesday at the Web Summit in Dublin.
Google is also rolling out a bunch of new features for its Apps customers.
Perhaps the coolest new thing Google announced is a new feature to its smart mail app, Inbox, called Smart Reply.
This is a feature that actually understands your email and then suggests three quick responses for you to reply.
It uses “machine learning” to help you respond to email faster, much like the Inbox app itself, which tries to help you reduce clutter by organizing all your email into categories like promotions, trips, purchases.
Google introduced Inbox about a year ago and this is the latest smart feature it added to make email more productive. For instance, in December, Google added a feature called “Assists” which sifts through you inbox and tries to find information, reminders and stuff you need to know.
Another big new feature is a new project it calls “Recommended for Google Apps for Work.”