Roll out a massive Emotional Intelligence Awareness campaign geared to support all

first_imgDear Editor,Some of us are born in this country, we grow and live therein, and have never heard of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA). That is because our parents gave us stability and safety in our homes, and teachers provided support through the school system.I am one such individual, and I remain eternally grateful to my parents and grandparents for exemplifying what stability in family life looks and feels like.However, I recently had cause to interact with this Agency on behalf of a single parent family (father in care of his children) in need of support, and I am in shock to see the level of incapacity at the Agency.Functional literacy is a problem in Guyana; so basic reading, report writing, comprehension, listening and organising skills are in short supply at this Agency. Forget any expectation of common sense, and please don’t even think about such maturity as impartiality, objectivity, truth, fairness and wisdom. Visit any Police station and you find the same problem.If a citizen wants to access intelligence in this society, that citizen is forced to go to the Court System, where they will find professionals with a higher level education and greater capacity for problem-solving.The insight that I gained from my recent interaction with the Guyana Police Force and the Child Care and Protection Agency, which I wish to share with the general public, is the shocking absence and complete disregard and lack of support for the mental health of males in our society.Our agencies are experts at persecuting males; morning, noon and night they know how to do this. They breathe and sleep persecution. Is there one existing agency where men are even heard? They first need to be heard and understood, before they can be supported.This deafness to supporting — rather than persecuting — poor male members of our society is a policy gap that screams across the nation, and it pushes men into a corner to find solace in drowning sorrows.How many men and children in our society deal with verbal and psychological abuse from mothers and female spouses on a daily basis? Yet such women find ready comfort and a sympathetic ear with the gullible authorities. Why is female persecution of slander, lies and threats against men not an issue of concern to any of our agencies? Why are females not given the help that they also need to learn to communicate more effectively?For the creation of a just society, we must engage in systems thinking, do deeper analysis, and provide the mental health support needed by ALL members of our society.Are our agencies aware that people in this country are hungry, with a day-to-day struggle to find food for their children? From their regular, salaried positions and air-conditioned offices (with visitors often left to wait in the sun and rain), are Government officials capable of understanding the support needed by poor families?How do we ease the desperation in society?From my experience with the Child Care and Protection Agency, I have come to realise that there exists a lack of understanding of the living conditions of the poor, and the support being provided to poor families struggling to raise children is way short of inadequate.With a paucity of analytical skills, the right problems will not be solved, because they are not being diagnosed.There are, in this nation, many single-parent families in which men, fathers, are the single-parent struggling to raise their children. Male single-parent families need support as much as families with mothers as the single-parent. The psychological mindset at our agencies, however, is that fathers must work, and mothers must be supported. Mothers can be abusive, drunkards, liars, prostitutes, and guilty of child neglect; frequenting bars with their girl children, who are often prostituted, raped, and made to become mere teenage pregnancy statistics. However, they are mothers, and an agency incapable of proper investigation but is biased against fatherhood cannot act in the interest of fathers and their children.We don’t only celebrate Mother’s Day in this country and around the world; we also observe Father’s Day. As a nation, and part of the Western World now waking up to mental health issues, I urge our agencies and policy makers to remember that men are people too, and that the hard-working, stressed-out fathers are as much in need of support as the destitute mothers.On a recent visit to the Office of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Protection, my attention was drawn to an apparently humble notice inviting members of staff to ‘Emotional Intelligence’ training. My heart skipped a beat as I saw the silver lining. If there is a single policy initiative that can have resounding impact on our mental evolution and our nation’s human development and capacity building efforts, it is the development of our collective emotional awareness.As they say in Trinidad, we can all ‘make nice’; first with ourselves, and then with others.Men and women in Guyana cannot improve their coping strategies for dealing with life’s frustrations without a deeper understanding of their emotions. The lot of the emotionally hijacked – the torrent of emotional abuse, impoverished communication skills, and the murders and suicides – would improve only with knowledge of how to manage the many frustrations of life. As a Rastafarian recently said to me, “We all must learn to bring the ‘I’ over the ‘E’.I wish to encourage our policy makers to roll out a massive Emotional Intelligence Awareness Campaign across the length and breadth of this nation. It must be geared to supporting the needs of ALL in our society.Sincerely,Concerned Citizenlast_img read more

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Beloved professor closes the book

first_imgHow many people get to spend five decades handing out degrees in second chances – get to be that one special teacher whom students never forget? A sociology professor at Pierce College, Horn brought life to his lessons by donning the clothes of the era he was discussing. Then maybe he’d pop in one of the thousands of TV shows he’d videotaped – programs carefully chosen for the lesson they’d convey to his students. If you want to be the teacher students don’t forget, he knew, you’ve got to give them more than boring lectures. “When you think of the thousands of young lives Larry has touched and changed here, well, you just don’t replace a teacher like that,” said Betty Odello, chairwoman of the sociology department at the Woodland Hills college. “His retirement is a huge loss. “This is a man who could have taught anywhere, at the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country, but he chose Pierce because this is where his heart is. T he professor of second chances leaned back in his chair, closed his eyes and fought hard to maintain his composure as he said goodbye to the past 50 years. When Larry Horn finally opened his eyes, they were filled with tears. “As far as I’m concerned,” he said, “I’ve had the best job in the world.” He just may be right. “Larry knew that many of the students coming here were looking for a second chance. That’s what he’s been giving them.” Kids like the former student who shouted across the lobby of the crowded movie theater where Horn and his wife, Lois, had just watched “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” the movie about an inspirational music teacher. “Hey, Mr. Horn, that was you up there (on the screen),” the young man hollered. “They were talking about you.” Or the middle-aged woman who came over to the restaurant table where Horn, Odello and some of their colleagues were having lunch one day. “I was in your class 20 years ago when you said something that changed my life, Mr. Horn,” the woman said. “I had just gotten divorced and was miserable. As I was walking out of your class, you shouted out to all of us, `Remember, it’s not too late.’ “I always remembered that. You were right. It wasn’t too late.” She’s a pediatric dentist now, the woman said, and she would be getting remarried in a couple of weeks. There are so many more touching stories that Horn’s colleagues and former students tell, but they only make him feel bittersweet and a little sad to be retiring, he says. But you know it’s time to go when a student stops you on campus to say she’s looking forward to taking your sociology class because someone in her family had you for a teacher and thought you were great. “Your mother?” Horn asked. “No,” the student said. “My grandmother.” While his health is still good at 76, he’s seeing a lot of old friends losing theirs or passing on. And Lois wants to travel the world with her husband at her side, not being pushed in a wheelchair. When Horn looks back on his teaching career, to his first classroom after graduating from Brooklyn College, he can hardly believe the changes. “The complexion on a college campus has changed a lot,” he says. “I used to look out there and see mainly white faces with crew cuts or pony tails. “Today, a community college campus is truly multinational, multiracial and multiethnic. You name it, we’ve got it. “The kids today are more sophisticated about the world, and not as naive as I was coming out of college. They’re way ahead in the field of technology. Computers changed just about everything.” But the kids still goof up, Horn says. They still need that second chance when they finally grow up enough to realize they need an education. So, that’s what he’s been doing for the past 50 years – giving them that second chance. Reminding all his students as they head for the door after class to remember that it’s never too late. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Claudio Ranieri insists Man United-linked Leicester star will NOT be sold

first_img Riyad Mahrez 1 Claudio Ranieri says there is no chance Leicester sensation Riyad Mahrez will leave the club in January.The 24-year-old has been among the Premier League’s standout performers this season, with 13 goals and seven assists to his name already.His sensational form has helped turn the Foxes into unlikely title challengers and has led to speculation of a big-money swoop by Manchester United in the New Year.But Ranieri has no concerns he will lose the Algerian, telling reporters on Tuesday: “He wants to stay with us, we want to keep him and that’s it.“He has to improve and when he improves, the team improves and when that happens why would he want to go away? He’s a king here.”Mahrez is currently one of the favourites to be crowned PFA Player of the Year, but Ranieri has warned he must learn to deal with the adulation coming his way.“He can grow with the team because if you stay at the bottom and fight no-one knows you but now everybody is talking about you and that is maybe a bit of pressure,” said the Italian.“You have to manage this kind of pressure. It’s important for him to manage this stress. It’s important he understands on the pitch is one thing and the TVs and newspapers are another thing.”Amazingly, 12 months after being bottom at Christmas, Leicester head into the festive period two points clear at the top of the table.They are third favourites to go on and win the title, but Ranieri is not getting carried away.He said: “The pressure is on the big teams. Leicester had the pressure last season in this period, bad stress. Now they must enjoy it. They must play free, without pressure. It’s stupid if we have pressure. Why? Enjoy it. All the world are speaking about you.“When we achieve 40 points we’ll stop for one second and have a meeting. Maybe they want to go one side, I want to go one side, we have to go together.”last_img read more

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Senior Calendar

first_imgCanasta will be played, 1-4 p.m. in Room A2. Country-western line dancing will be taught, 2-3 p.m. in the dining room. Cost: $3. Oil painting class, 6:30-9:30 p.m. in Room A3. TUESDAY T’ai chi ch’uan class, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. in the dining room. Aqua Fitness classes, 8:30, 8:45 and 9:45 a.m. at Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments in Saugus. Bridge will be played, 9 a.m. in Room A1. Low impact aerobics, 8:45-9:30 a.m. at Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments in Saugus. Mixed Media, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Room A2. Country-western line dancing will be taught, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $3. Yoga stretch, 9:45-10:30 a.m. at Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments in Saugus. Emotional support, 10-11 a.m. in the Modular. Grief support, 11 a.m.-noon in the Modular. Senior citizen lunches will be served, 11:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $2. Creative-writing class, open to all ages, 1-2:30 p.m. in Room A3. Cost: $4 per class. Santa Clarita Senior Hams will meet, 1-2 p.m. in Room A2. Tap dancing will be taught, 2-3 p.m. in the dining room. Yoga will be taught, 4-5 p.m. in the dining room. Watercolor class, 6:30-9:30 p.m. in Room A3. Duplicate bridge will be played, 6:45-10 p.m. in the dining room. Call Kathy at (661) 253-1105 or Rand at (661) 295-4644. WEDNESDAY Aerobics class, 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the dining room. Oil painting class, 9 a.m.-noon in Room A1. Archeology & Anthropology, 9:30-11:15 a.m. in Room A3. Chair exercise class, 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the dining room. Arthritis exercise group will meet, 10:20-10:50 a.m. in the dining room. Blood pressure checks, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Room A3. Senior citizen lunches will be served, 11:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $2. Calligraphy class, 1-2:30 p.m. in Room A3. Line Dance, 6:30-8 p.m. THURSDAY T’ai chi ch’uan class, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. in the dining room. Aqua Fitness classes, 8:30, 8:45 and 9:45 a.m. at Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments in Saugus. Low impact aerobics, 8:45-9:30 a.m. at Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments in Saugus. Bridge will be played, 9 a.m. in Room A1. Mixed Media, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Room A2. Computer Training, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room A1. Country-western line dancing will be taught, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $3. Yoga stretch, 9:45-10:30 a.m. at Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments in Saugus. Senior citizen lunches will be served, 11:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $2. Yoga will be taught, 2-3 p.m. in the dining room. Ballroom dancing will be taught, 7-8 p.m. in the dining room. FRIDAY Aerobics class, 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the dining room. Caregiver support, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Modular. Chair exercise class, 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the dining room. Food bingo will be played, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Room A1. Computer training for the visually impaired, noon-2 p.m. in Room A3. Senior citizen lunches will be served, 11:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $2. Live, Love and Laugh will meet, 1-2 p.m. in the Modular. SATURDAY T’ai chi ch’uan class, 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the dining room. Bingo will be played, 3:30-9:30 p.m. in the dining room.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The following events will take place this week at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. For information, call (661) 259-9444. MONDAY Aerobics class, 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the dining room. Bridge will be played, 9 a.m. in Room A1. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Group Crafts, 9 a.m.-noon in Room A2. Computer Training, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room A1. Chair exercise class, 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the dining room. Senior citizen lunches will be served, 11:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $2. Computer training for the visually impaired will be offered, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in Room A3. last_img read more

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Teenage sensation Man United have ‘massive hopes for’ – all you need to know

first_imgWhat type of player is he?Skilful, creative, assured in possession, and with a penchant for spectacular goals, he has been likened to Brazilian legend Ronaldinho. No pressure there, then! Check out some of his skills and goals in the video below. Angel Gomes in action for England Under-17s 1 Angel Gomes, remember the name!A 16-year-old on the books of Manchester United, he is regarded as one of the most promising talents in world football.Gomes has already drawn the attention of Spanish giants Barcelona, and many at United are tipping him to follow in Marcus Rashford’s footsteps by forcing his way into the United first-team.In fact, he could make his debut on Sunday, as the Red Devils play Crystal Palace on the final day of the Premier League season; it is expected Jose Mourinho will give him a runout as part of a youthful side.talkSPORT profiles the teenage star…Full Name: Adilson Angel Abreu de Almeida GomesDate of birth: 31/08/2000Birthplace: LondonPosition: Attacking midfielderWhat’s his background?Gomes has an interesting background. He is said to be the cousin of former United star Luis Nani, while his father, Gil, was born in Angola but moved to Portugal as a youngster, later becoming part of Benfica’s famed academy. Gil played for Portugal at youth level and went on to enjoy a decent club career across Europe, with the likes of Ovarense, Tours and Braga. He moved to England in 2000 towards the end of his career and played for Hendon, Hyde United and Salford City.Angel was born in London in 2000 during his dad’s time at Hendon. Having shown immense promise from a tender age, he joined Manchester United’s academy aged 13.How’s Angel been doing at Manchester United?Very well. He was moved up to Under-15 level shortly after joining the club, and has played above his age group throughout his time in the United academy. He is currently part of the Under-18 squad, and shortly before his 16th birthday in August became the youngest player to score a hat-trick for United at academy level in 15 years. His treble, against Everton U-18s, was all the more impressive considering he started the match on the bench. What country will he play for?He is eligible to play for Angola and Portugal but appears committed to playing for the country of his birth, having represented England at various youth levels. He is the current captain of the Under-17 side and recently starred – and scored – in the Young Lions’ stunning 8-1 victory over their German counterparts in the Croatia Cup.What does the future hold?Recent newspaper reports have claimed Barcelona are desperate to lure Gomes to Spain, but he is under contract until 2018 and his father, Gil, recently said it was his son’s ‘dream’ to play for United’s senior side. So it is surely just a matter of time before we see him in Jose Mourinho’s squad. United legend and academy chief Nicky Butt certainly thinks he is a future United star, recently saying: “We’ve got some unbelievable players. Angel Gomes is a young talented player we’ve massive hopes for.”last_img read more

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DONEGAL MAN PLANS TO DUMP HIS 2001 ‘BANGER’ AFTER WINNING €20K ON LATE LATE

first_imgA Donegal man plans to swap his 12 year old banger for a newer model after scooping €20,000 on RTE’s Late Late Show last night.Art O’Brien admitted he was still in shock when host Ryan Tubridy called him at home.The Donegal man guessed St Valentine as the correct answer to last night’s public audience competition teaser. And he picked up a cool €20,000 in cash for his troubles.Host Tubridy asked Art if he had any plans to spend some of the €20,000 on.Art replied “I’m still in shock to be honest. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it.“I have a 01 Nissan Micra so I might think about an upgrade.” Ryan replied that there was probably a very happy car dealer in Co Donegal rubbing his hands already. DONEGAL MAN PLANS TO DUMP HIS 2001 ‘BANGER’ AFTER WINNING €20K ON LATE LATE was last modified: February 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Art O’BriencarLate Late ShowRTElast_img read more

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT: DUFFY V POIRIER WILL BE SCREENED LIVE ON 3E

first_imgUFC: Joseph Duffy’s eagerly anticipated clash with Dustin Poirier will be screened LIVE on 3e.Duffy steps into the octagon for his third UFC fight since making his debut in March on Saturday October 24th. Duffy has made a sensational start to life in the UFC – and his fight with Poirier is the main event on the fight card.Duffy being the headline act was criticized by Conor McGregor who said it was undeserving of Duffy – and also said Duffy wasn’t Irish.Duffy is the last man to defeat Conor McGregor and his stock continues to rise in the sport.The action on 3e will begin at 8pm on Saturday 24th October – with UFC Fight Night Dublin Breakdown. It will be followed by all of the action live from UFC Fight Night Dublin from 9pm. UFC Fight Night Dublin is Live on 3e on Saturday 24th OctoberThe highly anticipated UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: POIRIER vs. DUFFY, which soldout in record breaking 60 seconds, will be broadcast in its entiretylive and free to air on 3e, on Saturday 24th October.Speaking about UFC Fight Night Dublin, UFC Vice President and General Manager of EMEA, James Elliot, said, “The demand for the UFC’s return to the 3Arena in Dublin has been unprecedented and we wanted to ensure all our fans would have the opportunity to see the action live.“By providing access across three fantastic platforms, 3e, Setanta and UFCFIGHT PASS, we are ensuring maximum exposure of what will be anunmissable event for fight fans.”Kieran Holden, TV3 Group Head of Sport, said: “We are delighted to be partnering again with our colleagues at the Ultimate Fighting Championship to bring UFC Fight Night Dublin live to a free-to-air audience in Ireland. “There is a huge appetite for the growing sport of Mixed Martial Arts here, 600,000 people tuned into the event carried live by 3e last year.“The latest acquisition of live rights to UFC Dublin further enhances TV3’s commitment to MMA, which includes delayed coverage of the big UFC Pay-Per-View events, UFC magazine programming and The Ultimate Fighter featuring Conor McGregor on 3e.”The action on 3e will begin at 8pm with UFC Fight Night Dublin Breakdown, followed by all of the action live from UFC Fight Night Dublin from 9pm – 11pm.3e is available on 5 on Saorview, Sky 105 and UPC 106. UFC FIGHT NIGHT: DUFFY V POIRIER WILL BE SCREENED LIVE ON 3E was last modified: October 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Home-page Sportnewslast_img read more

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360i Presents #EqualVoices and the Stories of the Women Who Can’t March or Strike

first_imgThis week the employees of 360i are lending their position of privilege and #EqualVoices to those women who are unable to participate in ‘A Day Without a Woman’. Whether they can’t afford to take the day off work, would risk their job in participating, can’t find care for their children, or simply work for a company that does not support equality, these women’s stories and voices need to be heard. On March 8, employees of 360i will strike or march on their behalf and carry signs that bear their names. Read more about the initiative here and read their stories below:last_img

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Take Down Black Friday with These Smartphone Apps

first_imgHas an organization or university offered you an opportunity with a stipend? Whether it’s an internship or apprenticeship, a stipend is a set amount of money that helps offset living expenses. This fixed amount is financial support provided while you’re… Full Story,Truth is, there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to college: new friends, a new routine, (college parties!), and more independence. But along with all these perks, it’s also time to start thinking about your finances…. Full Story,A routing number is a unique number that identifies a specific banking institution. Each routing number is made up of nine digits. Routing numbers are sometimes referred to as an American Banker’s Association routing transit number or an ABA RTN…. Full Story,It’s stressful enough having a car loan over your head and staying on top of your monthly payments. But what if you have an upside-down car loan — in other words, the amount you owe on your set of wheels… Full Story,When you’re trying to get your financial house in order, it’s easy to get lost in the specifics. You might stress about how to adjust your budget, where to find some extra cash for the holidays or what funds to… Full Story,Shortly after graduating from New York University with a Master’s degree, Melanie Lockert turned to food stamps, as she worked her way out of $81,000 in student loans. “There were a lot of emotions around carrying that debt. It caused… Full Story,Traveling is one of the best things in life, and luckily, low funds don’t have to dash your dreams of enjoying an epic adventure. A wealth of destinations—both in the U.S. and abroad—are so affordable that even hardcore penny pinchers… Full Story,While we don’t yet have flying cars that collapse to the size of a suitcase, pneumatic tubes that transport us from room to room or machines that automatically bathe and clothe us in the morning, every day we’re getting closer… Full Story,Times have changed since Grams and Gramps were your age, looking to settle down and buy their first home. But today the house with the white picket fence—or that trendy loft in downtown—isn’t completely out of the question if you… Full Story,We recently hosted a Twitter chat as part of our #RealTalkSeries. And let’s just say, things definitely got real. Many of you joined us to discuss “taboo” and cringe-worthy money questions such as how to improve a bad credit score,… Full Storylast_img read more

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10 Ways to Get Major Appliances at a Discount

first_img Post navigation Buying a new major appliance isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time. Often, life events prompt these purchases.When the doctor says it’s twins, your aging washer-dryer stack doesn’t look like it will be up to the demands that are about to be placed on it.When your refrigerator struggles to keep foods cold, it’s time to start searching before it gives out completely and leaves you with a week’s worth of ruined food.Here are 10 ways you can find discounts when it’s time to shop for a major appliance.Use Online ResourcesSign up for email alerts with retailers. These will let you know about sales.If you have a manufacturer in mind, many manufacturer sites allow you to register. While manufacturers rarely sell directly to the public, they sometimes offer rebates you can claim online.If you’re in the market for an appliance that can be purchased on Amazon, you can sign up with camelcamelcamel.com to track prices of items on Amazon you have your eye on and be notified via Twitter or email when a price drops.Check for Tax Credits on Energy Efficient AppliancesSome EnergyStar appliances still qualify for federal tax credits.While some tax credits expired at the end of 2011, The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 renewed this credit retroactively for some appliances manufactured in 2012 and 2013.Buying energy efficient appliances is recommended anyway, because they require less electricity and can lower utility bills.Don’t Be Afraid to NegotiateThere’s no rule against asking if you can have a discount for paying cash, or because you have looked at an appliance for months and it hasn’t moved.A Consumer Reports article from 2009 reported survey results saying only 33% of people who bought major appliances tried to negotiate.But of those who did try negotiating, around 75% were successful, saving a median of $100 on major appliances.Don’t Skip Local Independent BusinessesLocal independent businesses often don’t have the huge overhead of the big box stores. Furthermore, many local appliance dealers have far better service after the sale.An appliance you might consider trashing if you bought from a big box store can often be repaired by the technicians at local, smaller dealers.These businesses are often an overlooked resource when people shop for major appliances.Learn if Expensive Accommodations Will Be NecessarySome of the hottest new appliances are among the “neediest.” If your new stainless steel stove creates lots of smoke and steam, you’re going to need an exhaust fan.That high-tech washer-dryer combo can spin with enough fury to rattle a room, and may require floor reinforcements.Research models online and read customer reviews. The best way to read reviews in general is to throw out the most glowing and the most scathing review, and see what you gather from the rest.Scope out Service Options Before You BuyWhat happens if you need service for your new appliance? Ask, and don’t buy unless you’re satisfied with the answer.It’s possible to buy trendy appliances and not be able to find service technicians nearby who can provide service.This is particularly true of trendy European or other foreign-designed appliances.Shop in September, October, January, May, and on Major HolidaysAppliance sales are more common in September and October, when many appliance makers reveal new models (and discount last year’s) in January after the holidays, and in May, when refrigerator makers roll out their new models.If you’re not afraid of dealing with hardcore discount seekers, consider venturing out on Black Friday. Deals can be had if you’re not afraid of the crowds and don’t mind a long wait in line.Buy the Floor Model and Consider Returns and Outlets for Discontinued ModelsFloor models have been handled by shoppers, but otherwise, they’re like new.Retailers will often discount a floor model, and some will sell returns for a discount. It always pays to ask.Be sure about warranty coverage when you buy a floor model or a return, however, so there are no surprises later.Also consider shopping at closeout centers specializing in discontinued appliances.Check if Retailers Price Match or Accept Other Stores’ CouponsAs with negotiation, if you don’t ask, you’ll never know. Some retailers match competitors’ coupons, and some will price-match other retailers.Scope out prices at several retailers before you shop, and you’ll have the information on hand to present to retailers that do price- or coupon-match.MeasureWhile this doesn’t directly affect the price you’ll pay for a given appliance, always measure every hallway and doorway through which the appliance will have to fit.A couple of minor bumps to the sheetrock can be fixed, but forcing an appliance through a too-snug space can cause damage and may in fact be impossible, in which case you have to send it back and start over.Write down all dimensions through which your appliance must pass, and note any particularly tight turns.Bring your tape measure shopping with you, to make sure the appliance you choose will fit.Mary Hiers is a personal finance writer who helps people earn more and spend less.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Relatedlast_img read more

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