10 Money Saving Tips for a Vacation

We can’t seem to let pay day roll on. Pay day seems barely here and we’ve got credit card bills, debts,and monthly mortgage to pay off. This list can be endless and before we know it we’re left with a few pennies for saving. And then there is the all-important much awaited, much needed family vacation. We would need quite an amount for vacation expenses. Small changes in daily living can lead to big savings in the long run, helping create holiday money.

Our homes are by far the most expensive things we would ever buy. Decisions about mortgages have to be taken wisely and with extreme caution. If your monthly pay packet would let you pay a good amount each month towards your mortgage, hunt for better deals. You will be surprised at what mortgage financers have to offer in the market. Don’t use a mortgage that eats up all your money each month, leaving you with hardly anything for grocery, utility bills and the like.

Always clear your debts. Credit cards are brilliant when it comes to having that extra to spend on something you fancy but isn’t matching your pay. Clear your credit card debts each month as much as possible. Delayed payments only add to a pile of interest money.

Save on fuel. Today’s market is a very competitive one and you always get better deals from suppliers waiting to grab customers. Make best use of this competition and cut out on your monthly fuel costs.

Always install a water meter. We tend to use more water than needed. From using your garden hose pipes for watering your plants to washing your cars to filing your large family paddling pool in the summer summer, we surely take water for granted. Installing a water meter can help you keep check on your water usage, reducing your water bills in the process.

Consider a pay as you go mobile deal. Most of us won’t even use the million texts and minutes you get on offer. Pay as you go so that you pay only for what you use and not what you are offered.

Sign up for survey sites online.  You can earn money simply by participating in surveys picked specifically for you based on demographics and interests.  Some users have managed to make substantial amounts of money, especially by following the advice of blogs online.

If you love Bingo and want best deals and promotions, log on to paypal bingo on “wink” and play safely while you can save any penny you earn.

Never enter a supermarket or a grocery store without a list. With no list you are sure to end up buying goods you fancy rather than what you really need.

Log online to comparison sites and compare prices of various goods in Asda, Morrisons, Tesco, the Co-operative, Aldi etc. to get the best deals.

Try your hand at DIY. You never know what you can do unless you really try. You’ll save loads of cash on hiring a handyman for minor random repairs around the house.

If you’ve got a talent, love singing or playing the guitar; use it to make money. Teach a student privately or get a job at a local pub that would need some good live music for a Saturday evening.

These simple tips can help you save a lot of money for your annual family vacation. Don’t hesitate to employ as many as you can.

15 Creative and Amazing Selfies by Mirrosme

There are two types of people in this world: people who hate selfies, and people whose life purpose is to take as many as possible. In all honesty, nobody cares what you are planning on wearing before you go to bed or what your new necklace looks like. There are enough food selfies popping up on social networks as it is. There are actually few selfies in this world that look cool (one of them would be the epic Oscar Selfie starring Ellen DeGeneres, Jared Leto, Angelina Jolie, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Lupita Nyong’o, Brad Pitt and many others). Yesterday, we stumbled upon another example of amazing selfies created by a young woman. Mirrorsme, a Norwegian blonde beauty. She decided to make selfies cooler than cucumbers by drawing on her bathroom mirror before snapping a pic.  In general, we only post embarrassing selfies here. But, for the first time in our existence, we are actually proud to share these selfies. 15 Creative and Amazing Selfies by Mirrosme to be exact. Here’s what Mirrorsme says about her art:

I started creating them after drawing on my mirror with lipstick, and leaving little messages for my roommate. I make them out of chalk markers, and posca markers, and some acrylic markers sometimes.

She also says that it is sometimes difficult to make her designs fit. Some of them actually look extremely weird and cause her friends to laugh. At the moment, she has over 28,700 followers on Instagram. Her faithful followers can’t wait to see more of her wacky selfie ideas. We promise you that you have never seen selfies as interesting as the ones below. Mirrorsme is another example that creativity has no limits, especially when it comes to re-interpreting one of the most prominent trends in today’s society.

1. This App Should be Called iGeenie


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2. Don’t Forget to Brush Your Teeth


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3. Bat Man & Joker – BFFs in Reality


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4. Pulling the bunny from the Hat


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5. Sometimes It’s Easy to Follow Your Dreams


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6. Mirror Drawing in the Norwegian Ambassador’s Residence (D.C.)


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7. The Thug Life


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8. BrB! I’ll Just Grab Something


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9. Here we Go Pink Helicopter


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10. Sherlock Holmes


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11. Pippi Longstocking


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12. Building Castles in the Clouds


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13. Cupid


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14. Say “Hello”!

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15. Workout Time


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16. Jumping out of a CupCake


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Four days ago she also visited the Brooklyn Bridge hotel, where she made one of her great drawings. In the end she decided to remove the art.

Thus far, Mirrorsme received incredible feedback from her followers. Everybody loves her work. I always considered Norwegians to be extremely creative people, with an uncommon sense of humor. Mirrorsme has proven me right again. Stay tuned for more hilarious and original selfies from her. Who knows, you might even start loving selfies because of her.

What do you think about her artwork?

15 Creative and Amazing Selfies by Mirrosme

The A-Z Guide to Jewish Grand Slam Champions

By David Goodman

It was 1998 and I was working for USTA/Eastern as their executive director. Former Eastern junior Justin Gimelstob, a Jewish fella like me, had just won his second straight Grand Slam mixed doubles title with Venus Williams. I said to myself, “Self, how many other Jews have won Grand Slam titles?”

I had to know.

Grand Slam champion Justin Gimelstob

Grand Slam champion Justin Gimelstob

The first players to make my list were fairly easy. Dick Savitt won the 1951 Wimbledon singles title. Ilana Kloss, who I knew as CEO of World TeamTennis, won the 1976 doubles title with Linky Boshoff (the only Linky to ever win a Grand Slam title). Angela Buxton won the 1956 French and Wimbledon doubles titles with the great Althea Gibson. That’s right, an African American and a Jew, playing together because no one else wanted them as partners. “Leben ahf dein kop!” my grandmother would say (“well done!”).

Grand Slam Champion Eliot Teltscher

Grand Slam Champion Eliot Teltscher

After a little digging, I learned that 1980 Australian Open champion Brian Teacher enjoys lox on his bagels, 1983 French Open mixed doubles champ Eliot Teltscher (with Barbara Jordan) is no stranger to a yarmulke, and two-time doubles champ Jim Grabb (‘89 French Open with Richey Reneberg and ‘92 U.S. Open with Patrick McEnroe) doesn’t sweat, he shvitzes.

Dr. Paul Roetert, then the head of sport science at the USTA, heard about my budding kosher list and told me that his fellow Dutchman Tom Okker, winner of the 1973 French Open doubles title with John Newcombe and the 1976 U.S. Open doubles title with Marty Riessen, was Jewish. In fact, I later learned that Tom often had troubles against Romanian Ilie Nastase, who would whisper anti-Semitic remarks when passing by on changeovers. That shmeggegie sure had chutzpah.

Back in ‘98 I looked up past winners of Grand Slam events and came by Brian Gottfried, who I had met once or twice in his role as ATP President. He’s gotta be Jewish, I thought. His name is Gottfried, for crying out loud. So I called him. I left what had to be one of the strangest messages he’s ever received. I actually asked him what he likes to do when the Jewish high holidays come around. To Brian’s credit, he called back and told me he enjoys spending the holidays with his family and typically goes to the synagogue. Bingo! Another one down.

I honestly don’t remember when Vic Seixas came to my attention, but no matter, I had missed the greatest Jewish tennis player of all time, not to mention one of the greatest mixed doubles players ever. The Philadelphia native won eight mixed doubles titles (seven with Doris Hart), five doubles titles (four with Tony Trabert), as well as singles championships at Wimbledon in 1953 and Forest Hills in 1954. Vic still shleps from his home in California to attend various tennis events around the country. If you see him, give my best to the lovely and talented alter kocker!

So, for the time being my list was done. Until recently. Something told me to dust off the list (or clean the spots off my monitor) and see if any of My People had triumphed in recent years. And lo and behold, the land of milk and honey, the Jewish state itself, the only country in the Middle East without oil, came through. Meet Israelis Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram.

Grand Slam duo Andy Ram & Jonathan Erlich

Grand Slam duo Andy Ram & Jonathan Erlich

Erlich and Ram won the 2008 Australian Open doubles title, and Ram also has the ‘06 Wimbledon mixed (with Vera Zvonareva) and ‘07 French Open mixed (with Nathalie Dechy) doubles titles on his shelf. But don’t worry, Shlomo Glickstein, in my mind you’re still the pride of Israeli sports. (In fact, in 1985 Shlomo was one French Open doubles win from making the list himself.)

So that was all, I thought. There were names on the Grand Slam winners lists that sounded good to me. American Bob Falkenburg, Czech Jiri Javorsky and American Marion Zinderstein (Zinderstein? She’s gotta be Jewish!), but I just can’t prove their Hebrewness.

Miriam Hall sounded Jewish, I thought, so I googled her, just as I did the others. There was nothing on the Internet to lead me to believe she was a member of The Tribe, but I did find her 1914 book, Tennis For Girls. Perhaps I’ll get it for my daughters, who will learn that “the use of the round garter is worse than foolish – it is often dangerous, leading to the formation of varicose veins.” Better yet, Miss Hall advised that “… the skirt should be wide enough to permit a broad lunge…”

On second thought, perhaps my kids aren’t old enough for such a detailed how-to book.

Alas, my search brought me to Hungarian Zsuzsa (Suzy) Kormoczy, winner of the 1958 French singles championships. I had found the athlete the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame calls the first and only Jewish woman to win a Grand Slam singles event.

Enter controversy. According to Morris Weiner (pronounced Weener), who wrote an article called “Jews in Sports” in the August 23, 1937 edition of The Jewish Record, Helen Jacobs’ father was Jewish. You know Helen. She owns nine Grand Slam titles, five of which are singles championships (1932-1935 U.S. Championships and 1936 Wimbledon). And while any Rabbi worth his or her tallis would probably argue that the mom had to be Jewish for it to count, I’m with Morris Weiner. Call me a holiday Jew, but Helen is on my list. Besides, according to The Jewish Record’s Weiner (there, I said it), Helen was the first woman to popularize man-tailored shorts as on-court attire. And her 1997 obituary says she is one of only five women to achieve the rank of Commander in the Navy. Happy Hanukkah, Commander Helen.

So, by my count there are 14 Jewish Grand Slam champions who have won a combined 44 Grand Slam titles. And perhaps there are more. Alfred Codman (1900 U.S. Singles Championships)? Helen Chapman (1903 U.S. Singles Championships)? Marion Zinderstein has to be Jewish, don’t you think? The work of a Jewish Grand Slam tennis historian never ends.

Oy vey.

David Goodman has worked in the tennis industry for 20 years. He was executive director of USTA/Eastern, Inc., co-founder and CEO of The Tennis Network, executive director of Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education, and Vice President of Communications at Advanta Corp. He has been a World TeamTennis announcer since 2002, and is on the USTA Middle States Board of Directors. If he enters the US Open qualifying tournament in New Jersey later this month, he figures he’ll have to win about 20 matches in order to become the 15th Jewish Grand Slam champion.

Jewish Grand Slam Tournament Winners

Buxton, Angela:
1956 French Championships Women’s Doubles (Althea Gibson) | 1956 Wimbledon Women’s Doubles (Althea Gibson)

Grand Slam champion Angela Buxton

Grand Slam champion Angela Buxton

Erlich, Jonathan:
2008 Australian Open Men’s Doubles (Andy Ram)

Gimelstob, Justin:
1998 Australian Open Mixed Doubles (Venus Williams) | 1998 French Open Mixed Doubles (Venus Williams)

Gottfried, Brian:
1975 French Open Men’s Doubles (Raul Ramirez) | 1976 Wimbledon Men’s Doubles (Raul Ramirez) | 1977 French Open Men’s Doubles (Raul Ramirez)

Grabb, Jim:
1989 French Open Men’s Doubles (Richey Reneberg) | 1992 U.S. Open Men’s Doubles (Patrick McEnroe)

Jacobs, Helen:
1932 U.S. Women’s Singles Championships | 1932 U.S. Women’s Doubles Championships (Sarah Palfrey Cooke) | 1933 U.S. Women’s Singles Championships | 1934 U.S. Women’s Singles Championships | 1934 U.S. Women’s Doubles Championships (Sarah Palfrey Cooke) | 1934 U.S. Mixed Championships (George M. Lott, Jr.) | 1935 U.S. Women’s Singles Championships | 1935 U.S. Women’s Doubles Championships (Sarah Palfrey Cooke) | 1936 Wimbledon Women’s Singles

Kloss, Ilana:
1976 U.S. Open Women’s Doubles (Linky Boshoff)

Kormoczy, Suzy:
1958 French Singles Championships

Okker, Tom:
1973 French Open Men’s Doubles (John Newcombe) | 1976 U.S. Open Men’s Doubles (Marty Riessen)

Ram, Andy:
2006 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles (Vera Zvonareva) | 2007 French Open Mixed Doubles (Nathalie Dechy) | 2008 Australian Open Men’s Doubles (Jonathan Erlich)

Savitt, Dick:
1951 Wimbledon Men’s Singles

Grand Slam Champion Vic Seixas

Grand Slam Champion Vic Seixas

Seixas, Vic:
1952 U.S. Championships Men’s Doubles (Mervyn Rose) | 1953 Wimbledon Men’s Singles | 1953 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles (Doris Hart) | 1953 French Championships Mixed Doubles (Doris Hart) | 1953 U.S. Championships Mixed Doubes (Doris Hart) | 1954 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles (Doris Hart) | 1954 U.S. Men’s Championships | 1954 U.S. Championships Men’s Doubles (Tony Trabert) | 1954 U.S. Championships Mixed Doubles (Doris Hart) | 1954 French Championships Men’s Doubles (Tony Trabert) | 1955 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles (Doris Hart) | 1955 Australian Championships Men’s Doubles (Tony Trabert) | 1955 French Championships Men’s Doubles (Tony Trabert) | 1955 U.S. Championships Mixed Doubles (Doris Hart) | 1956 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles (Shirley Fry)

Teacher, Brian:
1980 Australian Open Singles

Teltscher, Eliot:
1983 French Open Mixed Doubles (Barbara Jordan)