Month: February 2015

The ultimate guide to how and where to use Apple Pay

By Leah Yamshon It’s official: Tim Cook named 2015 as “the year of Apple Pay.” Apple’s flagship mobile payment platform is off to a running start in the U.S., with support for an impressive number of banking partners and retail stores that’s practically growing by the day. And iPhone users are rampantly using it—Whole Foods Market has seen mobile payments increase by more than 400 percent since Apple Pay launched in October 2014. Ready to start using it yourself? Read on to learn more about how Apple Pay works, how to get your iPhone ready for it, and most importantly, where you can go test it out. Using Apple Pay In order to use Apple Pay, you need to have a compatible device and the right version of iOS. For in-store purchases, Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which are the only iPhones equipped with the requisite NFC radio antennae. Besides NFC compatibility, the other piece of the hardware puzzle is a Touch ID sensor, but iPhone 5S owners are out of luck. Whether you’re using the card already linked to your Apple ID or adding a new one, your iPhone will guide you through the setup process, which includes verifying your card, granting Apple Pay access, and then storing it in Passbook. Be sure to have your card handy so you can verify...

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Quick Tips on Saving Money at Restaurants

AT YOUR SERVICE TIPS – Saving money at restaurants Going out to eat is America’s favorite pastime… 75% of us eat out at least one time a week.  The average restaurant diner who eats out regularly eats out 2.3 times on average per week. But consumer research shows that over half of us are cutting back on restaurant spending due to the tough economy.  70% have chosen to eat out less often rather than eat at cheaper restaurants.  Want to save money at restaurants?  1.   Munch at Lunch – lunch is 50% or less than the price of dinner. 2.   Mind the Menu – watch menu tricks.  Be careful of the top right items on the menu – that is where your eye goes & so many restaurants put their pricey items in that spot. 3.   Coupons – Don’t Leave Home Without Them – find them in FSI’s and Entertainment books. 4.   Drink Water – water is not only financially healthy, but also physically healthy for you, too. 5.   Ditch Drinks & Desserts – Restaurants make money on alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.  And desserts add to your waist line & while depleting your wallet. 6.   Find the Deal – early birds aren’t just for senior citizens.  Buy one meal and split it with a friend or family member.  Or Buy a meal & a salad bar & pack the entry...

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