It’s Monday, but the news isn’t all bad: There’s a new Wordle for you to solve. While it’s always the most fun to nail it down yourself, sometime you just get stuck — and that’s where we come in.
The answer to the June 27 Wordle can be found at the end of this article, with the spoiler clearly signposted, or you can make your way down in a more leisurely fashion for a few tips, gentle hints, and strategies to help you every day.
Who made Wordle? Where did Wordle come from?
Wordle’s sudden explosion at the end of 2021 led to a round of press focused on its creator. Former Reddit engineer Josh Wardle actually came up with the game in 2021 as a private exercise for him and his word game-loving partner. It eventually became a staple of their family WhatsApp messaging, and that’s when Wardle started to suspect he might have something special enough to merit a wider release.
Thousands of people around the globe now play this game each day, and fans have even created alternatives to Wordle inspired by the original format. This includes music identification game Heardle, Hollywood nerd faves Actorle and Framed, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once.
Not the day you’re after? You’ll find the Wordle answer for June 26 here.
What’s the best Wordle starting word?
We have some ideas to help you pick the perfect first move (or as close to perfect as you can get without just magically guessing the exact right word). Such tips include choosing a word with at least two different vowels in it, plus a few common consonants such as S, T, R, or N.
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What happened to the Wordle archive?
While you could once play the entire archive of past puzzles, the archive was taken down at the request of the New York Times, according to the site.
Is Wordle getting harder?
If you’ve been finding Wordle too easy, there is a Hard Mode you can enable to give yourself more of a challenge. But unless you activate this mode, we can assure you that Wordle isn’t getting harder.
Why are there two different Wordle answers some days?
The whole point of Wordle is that everyone’s solving the same puzzle, with the same answer, no matter where you are in the world. However, occasionally the puzzle game will accept two different correct solutions on the same day, in apparent defiance of Wordle law.
This aberration is due to changes the New York Times began making after it acquired Wordle earlier this year. To make sure you’re always getting the same puzzle as everyone else, refresh your browser before you play — don’t worry, the site will keep your streak.
A subtle hint for the June 26 Wordle answer:
It’s an adjective relating to time and trends — one that’s been overused to the point of meaninglessness.
Today’s Wordle is a 5-letter word that starts with…
…the letter R — the same as yesterday’s word, as sometimes happens.
What’s the answer to Wordle on June 27?
We’ll finally tell you the answer.
Reporting by Caitlin Welsh, Amanda Yeo and Adam Rosenberg contributed to this article.
Alert Apple aficionados: the company has reportedly hinted at new products and updated OG’s to be released over the next year.
According to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, the tech giant has a few more surprises up its 2022 sleeves than what was unveiled at the WWDCconference, which announced the new iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, including anticipated updates to iPhones, Apple Watches, and more.
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The reported update lineup mainly centers around new processing and revamped specs for many familiar products, including the new M2 chip, which would be introduced to a variety of computer models including the M2 Pro Mac mini, M2 Pro and M2 Max 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, and the M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme Mac Pro. The new M3 chip is also reportedly in the works in conjunction with a 15-inch MacBook Air.
The iPhone 14 will also get its always-on display and Lock Screen widgets in iOS 16, Gurman reports, with new iPhone models releasing with an included a 48MP back camera, a new front camera and Face ID design, and an A16 chip. Apple Watches will get an upgrade, too — Both the Apple Watch Series 8 and Watch SE will get their own S8 chip. And the new Apple TV unit may be released, as well, which would incorporate a new A14 chip.
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Perhaps most interesting, the long-rumored Apple Augmented Reality headset is still in the works (designed with the M2 chip), and consumers might get a glimpse of a revamped HomePod, previously discontinued in favor of the HomePod Mini.
A year of attacks against reproductive rights culminated in the overturning of Roe v. Wade on June 24, with communities around the nation responding in protest. The decision also reinvigorated a growing business response to abortion access, with dozens of employers pledging to cover their employees’ costs for abortion travel or care.
These employers are attempting to join an already deeply established, historic network of activists, nonprofits, and other reproductive health and justice organizations who offer support to people seeking abortions around the country — these grassroots efforts include national abortion funds, clinic networks, and other means of practical support for those on the ground, including grants for out-of-state travel. Organizations like the National Abortion Federation, Abortion Care Network, and the National Network of Abortion Funds help connect individuals to providers or others who can provide assistance, including a network of independent, community-based abortion providers.
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Employer support through covered health plans or monetary reimbursement adds another, albeit more corporate, layer to this fold of reproductive health access, but the announcements have also prompted justified concern about an employer’s right to your personal health information.
And at the same time, some experts say employers should anticipate legal backlash from state lawmakers and those standing in the way of accessible abortion, Reuters reports. Other legal professionals contend they’ll be protected in civil lawsuits by federal laws overseeing employer-sponsored healthcare and employees, including the 1974 Employee Retirement Income Security Act (or ERISA). ERISA prohibits states from enacting requirements that relate to such health plans, but wouldn’t apply to criminal cases.
Even so, employers — especially corporate tech and media giants — have the resources and ability to take on legal risk far beyond that of the individuals seeking abortion care. It’s well past the time for wealthy companies to step up and protect their employees’ right to choose. Also important to note: many of these businesses have balked at, or directly contributed to, other harmful legislation that fails to protect the rights of those within the LGBTQ community.
Here are the organizations that have made initial pledges to do so in varying capacities:
In a story originally reported by The Times of Israel, a software engineer in New York has created and developed an AI that scans through hundreds of thousands of photos to help identify victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
From Number to Names (N2N), is an artificially intelligent facial recognition platform that can scan through photos from prewar Europe and the Holocaust (e.g. 1914–1945), linking them to people living today. Daniel Patt, a 40-year-old software engineer now working for Google, works on the project in his own free time with his own resources according to the article but is being joined by a growing team of engineers, researchers, and data scientists.
According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) website, there is no single list identifying the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, and that research to find individuals’ stories is a long process following leads on minimal information. The museum does, however, offer various ways onsite for the families of survivors and victims seeking information and documentation.
Patt’s inspiration for creating the AI came in 2016 while visiting Warsaw’s POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, said The Times of Israel. Haunted by the possibility of unknowingly walking past the faces of relatives, Patt developed N2N so he could help his family and others find photos of murdered loved ones.
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The way N2N works is by scanning through hundreds of thousands of photos made available by the USHMM, as well as photos from individual survivors and their descendants, according to The Times of Israel. The software isn’t perfect, however, and only returns the 10 best potential matches that it can find in the database available to it.
For individuals looking to use the site, all they have to do is upload a photo from roughly the same time period. Patt says that his team makes no software-based assertions about the accuracy of the identification, leaving that judgment to the people using the site. “We simply show results, with similarity scores, and let individuals decide whether the results contain a positive identification,” Patt says in an interview with The Times of Israel.
Along with the photos and videos currently available on the site, Patt told The Times of Israel that he is working on getting an additional 700,000 photos from the pre-Holocaust and Holocaust eras.
“Looking ahead, we’d like for N2N to become a vehicle for Holocaust education, giving students an opportunity to directly contribute to the historical record,” Patt said in the interview. “Students can use the software to help identify faces and artifacts in photo and video archives and potentially discover new connections between living Holocaust descendants and their ancestors.”
Patt has said that the nonprofit has been in contact informally with the USHMM but he hopes in the future to partner with “museums, schools, research institutions, and other organizations which share common goals around Holocaust education, awareness, and so on.”
“We have been developing the project over the course of evenings and weekends over many months,” Patt said to The Times of Israel. “There’s an urgency to this effort as the last remaining survivors pass, and there are many connections that could still be made. We hope that N2N can help build those connections while the survivors are still with us.”
UPDATE: Jun. 26, 2022, 12:11 p.m. EDT This article was updated for clarity and context
In the post-decision furor of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, period tracking apps have become a new area of digital concern, as many question whether the apps’ stored personal health data could be used to target people seeking abortion care.
But period tracking app Stardust, which combines traditional menstruation tracking with the movements of our moon and the planets, has come out ahead of many others by announcing itself as the first recognized app to offer end-to-end encryption for all users. In a statement via the app’s TikTok page posted on June 24, Stardust’s founder Rachel Moranis explained the new privacy update was already set to be announced prior to the overturning after initial concerns about data protection were raised last month. The app has previously posted about its pledge to never sell user data and protect user privacy.
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“What [encryption] means is that if we get subpoenaed by the government, we will not be able to hand over any of your period tracking data,” she says in the video. “It is completely anonymized from your login data. We can’t view it. You are the only person that can see this.”
End-to-end encryption (or “e2ee”) ensures that the data from a sender or user’s system or device is protected during transmission, even from host servers, and can’t be decrypted by anyone other than the intended recipient. It’s not a complete fix to security concerns — Messaging apps offering e2ee services, like Signal, WhatsApp, and Telegram, have been called out in the past for failing to disclose their full policies, offering much more limited encryption services than advertised, and relinquishing the protection of data once it’s reached its “endpoints.”
While there’s no current precedent for a period tracking app to turn over its user data to authorities for a criminal investigation, other apps have been known to hand off user data in sensitive cases, and, last year, popular period tracking app Flo received an FTC complaint about misleading users and sharing personal health data. Both activists and privacy experts agree that the recent decision, and Roe v. Wade’s presence as a legal bulwark against invasive abortion regulation, could have echoing effects on personal privacy.
According to the company’s TikTok announcement, the app’s encryption will go live on Tuesday, June 28 alongside the release of the Android version and new iOS update.
I finally downloaded Hinge on March 1, 2020, when I was ready to give dating another try after a messy relationship had ended. We all know what happened about two weeks later: COVID hit, and dating had to take a pause. But as we learned to adjust our lives to an ongoing pandemic, dating changed to fit with the times.
It’s easy to feel like the pandemic stole away valuable time to find a potential partner, especially if you had certain milestones in mind, like getting married or having kids in the near future. My dating life during the early days of the pandemic was mostly virtual and involved multiple instances of ghosting. But once I was vaccinated, I was ready for something more serious and purposeful.
Turns out, so are a lot of other people. Two of the biggest dating trends of 2022 so far are choosing priorities — deciding what you want and being honest and upfront with potential partners from the jump — and increased vulnerability and mindfulness — actually being open and letting people in, rather than jumping from situationship to situationship. In other words, people are choosing to date more efficiently.
Dr. John De Oca, a relationship expert and nurse practitioner, says the first step in efficient dating is defining your goal, whether it’s that you want a casual relationship, you want to date to learn more about yourself and what you want for your romantic life, or you’re ready for commitment. “So, going down one of those avenues and being very clear about it, both in how you interact with people and in your own mindset as well,” De Oca said.
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As for any supposed milestones, De Oca discourages his clients from chasing them and instead promotes dating in terms of what feels right.
“We want to make sure that we’re dating people that meet our relationship goals vs. just dating people that are going to get us to our goals because we want to be in longterm relationships,” De Oca said.
To execute an efficient dating life, De Oca suggests taking advantage of the time before you go on a first date — especially if you’re online dating. He says to talk on the phone, have a FaceTime conversation, and be deliberate with the types of questions you’re asking. For instance, says De Oca, if you know your love language is physical touch, ask the person how affectionate they are. Use this time to pre-screen the person and actually get to know them vs. mindlessly talking to people and just saying, “Good morning” and “What’s up?”
Once you do get to that first date, you have the opportunity to get tons of insight as to whether or not the person is a good fit for what you’re looking for. You don’t want to go on just any first date, though, if you’re trying to date efficiently — some dates are much better than others when it comes to getting to know people quickly.
You won’t be able to get the absolute complete picture of a person just from one date, but if you know what you’re looking for, what personality traits you want in a partner, and what gives you the ick, these first dates can help you dig that up faster. Just remember to set your dating goals and keep them in mind as you go out on dates.
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Dinner and/or drinks
Dinner and drinks is a classic date for a reason. De Oca says “anything that stimulates conversation, any kind of environment where you could lean into one another and get to know each other” makes for a great first date if you’re trying to date efficiently. Informationally, it’s a treasure trove: You’re seated across from each other, and all you really have to do is talk (and eat). If you want to find out how the person carries on a conversation, get the chance to ask about their childhood, see how they eat (hopefully with their mouth shut), and learn how they treat a waitstaff, dinner and drinks is a stellar choice.
People-watching at the park
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People-watching is fun, but it can also be a great test. You’ll see how your date speaks about other people, what they’re judgmental about, and if they have funny commentary or are a straight-up bully. (Look for a person who has something quippy to say about how someone’s interacting with their dog vs. something that’s simply mean about someone’s appearance.) Plus, observing other people automatically gives you a jumping-off point for conversation, whereas sitting across from each other at a dinner table can lead you to feel like you have to pull conversation topics out of your ass. You still get the close-up talking, but without the awkward silences when you’re trying to slurp spaghetti without looking feral.
A game like mini-golf or bowling
Doing an activity helps prevent awkward pauses. And you get to see the other person’s competitive side and if they’re a real-life version of the Hinge prompt red flag, “I’m overly competitive about: everything.” De Oca says, “I think an activity is always good because it kinda gets the adrenaline pumping.” But you also want some down time where you can actually have a conversation, he adds, so don’t focus too hard on winning, and remember to actually vet your date’s personality along with their sportsmanship.
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Intelligence is up there on the list of qualities people look for in a partner, and while trivia is not the most accurate test of intelligence — I mean, who actually knows what cynophobia is? — it’s a good test of common sense and problem-solving. (Cynophobia is the fear of dogs, btw.) You can learn how the person handles stress, if they get frustrated when they’re wrong or don’t know an answer, how well they listen to you, and how the two of you work together as a team. Go for a drink afterward to digest the questions and talk about something other than random facts you’ll forget by the end of the night.
If you want to see how someone holds their liquor, pump them full of mimosas at 11 a.m. Brunch holds less pressure than a dinner date, but still promotes conversation and lets you see how they act toward service industry workers (and if they offer to pick up the tab, or how well they tip). De Oca is not a big fan of coffee dates because they tend to be very quick, but brunch fits the daytime bill, is more fun, and gives you time to get to know your date. Just don’t get so boozy you forget to ask the right questions to suss out whether this person fits into your goals.
One of my personal favorites, a comedy show is great for weeding people out if a compatible sense of humor is important to you. If you aren’t laughing at the same jokes, a second date probably isn’t even worth it. And if they’re laughing at some questionable jokes, you get a sense of their morals pretty easily. You won’t have much opportunity to chat during the show, so plan to do something else afterward to talk about the acts and about yourselves.
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If you like romance novels, a bookstore date will have you feeling like the main character of one. Browsing the aisles can spark conversation about your interests and topics you might not think to bring up on your own. Plus, you can see if they’re pretentious about what they read and if they dog on a genre you love. If you feel a connection on the date and want a second, you can buy each other a book to read so you already have something to discuss when you meet up next.
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Cooking can really show people’s true colors. Like trivia or an activity, making a meal together shows how you work as a team. And, in the kitchen, you have the added bonus of seeing how well they follow instructions, how they communicate (extra points if you’re working in a small space), and how they clean up (which may be useful information for the future). There’s also plenty of room for personal conversation as things cook and as you sit down to eat the meal together. Of course, this will require one of you to go to the other’s home, so only do it if you feel safe and comfortable.
Skating (ice or roller)
One of my favorite first dates involved rollerblading around a park in Brooklyn; it showed me that the guy was down for anything, and we were both comfortable with the potential to make fools out of ourselves. If you’re skating at a rink, going around in circles gets pretty repetitive, which can inspire you to fill the silence with talking. Skating is also an excuse to hold hands if you’re wanting to test the waters on the whole getting physical front. Like some of the other activity dates mentioned, you might want to plan a second half to this date for when your legs start getting tired. My date ended with takeaway drinks and food in the park. (While we did have a few more dates after that, unfortunately, he was one of the ghosters mentioned earlier.)
Meet up with your friends
You still want one-on-one time with the person, so don’t make this the whole date, but have a friend crash the date or intentionally plan to meet up with your friends after the main date activity. You’ll be able to see how they interact with the people in your day-to-day life and if they’d be a good fit in your other relationships. This also gives your friends a chance to weigh in and see how you act around your date and if they bring out good sides to you. If you want the chance to fully be one-on-one the first date, this is also a good idea for a second or third date. By then, you’ll know better how you feel about the person and might have specific things you want your friends to look out for.
Protest or rally
If you’re super into activism, you probably want a partner who is, too. And inviting someone to a protest for a first date shows them you’re serious about your beliefs and reveals whether they’re into the same causes as you. It’s almost impossible to not talk about deeper issues on a date like this, so you’ll really get to the core of who they are as a person. We suggest continuing the date with something a little less intense, so you can both show off your lighter sides as well.
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Regardless of what type of first date you go on, De Oca says to pay attention to the kinds of behaviors you’re seeing in the other person. Are they consistent in how they talk to you over text and in person? Are they giving off red flags that are only going to get worse as time goes on? Or are they showing total go signs that warrant a follow-up date?
When it comes to dating, one of my friends once told me, “If it’s not a ‘fuck yes,’ it’s a no.” But De Oca has some different advice: “If we’re not overwhelmed with the amount of dates we’re getting, let’s have more second dates than not second dates,” he said. “If it was not a hard no, let’s have a second date.”
De Oca encourages giving people the opportunity to reveal themselves slowly; after all, some people take more time to come out of their shells, and you might miss out on someone great if you’re in too much of a rush.
Just because you’re dating efficiently doesn’t mean you have to speed through people. Take your time and have fun figuring out what works for you.
From tarot card readings on Youtube and Twitter to daily predictions on TikTok, astrology has become almost inevitable on social media.
Why is astrology so alluring? The answer lies in its accessibility: Astrology can be practiced by anyone and everyone. While astrology has been studied for centuries, the recent growth of astrology communities online has made it even more accessible for novices and skeptics alike. It’s human nature to try to make sense out of uncertainty, and astrology helps people better understand their place in the world.
For those who are new to astrology, the plethora of terms can be overwhelming. So we asked astrologers Maryaam Lewis-Herbert (ShawtyAstrology on Twitter) and Aylah Cadwell (SeeingAstrology TikTok) to break down the most common astrology terms on our FYPs and tell us what they really mean.
Lewis-Herbert first fell in love with astrology in 2017 after being recommended tarot videos on YouTube. She began teaching astrology online in 2020, and since then, she has amassed over 264,000 followers on Twitter and TikTok combined.
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“You can track certain planetary cycles or look at transits to be able to understand certain patterns that could happen in your life, based on a certain time of the year, or whatnot,” says Herbert-Lewis. “So it’s definitely like a really good way and a really good tool to make your life a little bit easier.”
Cadwell is the creator of SeeingAstrology.com, an online platform that teaches astrology in ASL. Cadwell, who is deaf, was frustrated at the lack of accessible astrology resources for the Deaf community. Armed with the knowledge she gained from astrology books and interpreting birth charts for others, she decided to launch her own platform to provide accessible astrology for everyone.
“The goal of astrology is to find a way to tell your own story, to put the pieces together to help you see yourself as if you were reading a book with you as a main character,” says Cadwell. “You can learn how to understand yourself better or perhaps find validation and understanding for the experiences you have been through.”
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Ready to get started? This is astrology for beginners:
1. Birth Chart
A birth chart is a map of the planets and constellations in our solar system at the time of your birth. A birth chart tells you which planetary houses your zodiac placements are in, and this information is used to illuminate aspects of your personality. For example, a person’s sun sign is regarded as the core of their being, whereas their moon sign is associated with one’s emotions and how they process them.
Herbert-Lewis recommends that beginners should start by studying their birth charts.
“Always start with you first because what that does is that it helps you to pinpoint certain aspects in your birth chart with certain things that you’ve experienced,” says Herbert-Lewis. “And then from there, you can apply that to other people’s birth charts or like other birth charts, just in general.”
2. Houses and degrees
A birth chart is divided into 12 houses, each of which align with different aspects of life. Since the birth chart is a 360-degree circle, a person’s planetary placements and houses in a birth chart are organized by specific degrees. These degrees can be used to go into further detail about a person’s placements.
“Degree theory adds a flavoring to your birth chart,” says Herbert-Lewis. “And I always say this to my clients, because, for example, you can have two people that both have Virgo moons, right? But they’re both going to process their feelings and their emotions differently.”
According to social media, we’re always in retrograde. But what does it really mean? A retrograde refers to the seemingly “backwards” movement of a planet in the sky. While a retrograding planet may seem to be orbiting backwards, it’s an illusion related to Earth’s orbit speed. Every planet in our solar system retrogrades, and in the astrology world, retrogrades are associated with confusion in communication and technological mishaps.
“I know some people who would strictly avoid travel during retrogrades, or some would refuse to date someone who seemingly has bad compatibility with their signs,” says Cadwell. “It is a tool for reflection; however, it is not a rule book. Astrology can help you learn how to live authentically and true to yourself, but it is not something to fuel your fear.”
4. New Moons
A new moon is a part of the lunar cycle during which the moon isn’t yet visible to viewers on Earth. Regarded as the first lunar phase, the new moon “waxes,” or grows in visibility, up until the full moon. In astrology, new moons are associated with self-growth, kickstarting new goals and projects, and overall rejuvenation of one’s energy.
5. Full Moons
A full moon is a part of the lunar cycle during which the moon is the most visible. Following a full moon, the moon “wanes,” or decreases in visibility, up until the next new moon. Full moons are associated with cleansing, self-reflection, and letting go of negative or old energy.
While astrology can be daunting for beginners, both Herbert-Lewis and Cadwell advise people to take their time learning.
“Just be patient with yourself. Take it one step at a time and have fun,” says Herbert-Lewis.
“My advice for those who are just getting started in studying astrology is to take your time with the basics: elements, modalities, signs, planets and houses.” says Cadwell. “Once you have a very strong understanding of them, learning the complicated bits of astrology becomes easier to understand.”
TL;DR: As of June 26, The New Draft Top 3.0 Easy Can Opener is on sale for half off, so you can get it for $14.99 instead of $29.99.
If you’re craving a freshly poured pint, a can of beer likely isn’t going to cut it. You may not be able to procure a glass every time you want a foamy head on your ale, but you can turn a can into a cup with one exciting tool. The New Draft Top® 3.0: Easy Can Opener lets you safely cut the top off most eight to 16-ounce aluminum cans, transforming them into modified cups with no sharp edges. Usually, The New Draft Top® 3.0: Easy Can Opener is $29, but for a limited time it’s going for only $14.99.
More than 60% of beer in the United States is sold in cans. If you prefer a glass and aren’t at a bar, you’re generally out of luck. Whether you just prefer an open top or want to add something fun to your drink, being able to take the top off a can is a game-changer. The New Draft Top® uses four rotational blades to split and fold a can’s lid as you turn it. What you’re left with is a smooth ring and a seamlessly sliced can top. All that’s left is to put your feet up and enjoy.
This can opener doesn’t just mean it’s easier to drink your beer. Now, you can grab a can of tomato juice, open it, and have a bloody mary without any new dirty dishes or wasted plastic cups. If you like to experience the aromatics of your beverages, you don’t have to have your nose pressed against a hole in a can. If you’re making a cocktail and using a canned soda, the open rim can give you a smooth pour, or at least it will let you get the last drop.
This latest model of The New Draft Top® introduced a pressure-regulated handle, an embedded magnet, a lanyard hole, and 50% stronger construction. If you’ve used one before, this latest model promises an easier removal, and when you’re done you can smack it on your fridge until next time.
Turn your canned beer into a pint with a twist. Normally going for $29, The New Draft Top® 3.0: Easy Can Opener is on sale for a limited time for only $14.99.
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With the rising costs of, well, everything, traveling in 2022 may seem unfeasible. But with the right money-saving tips and tricks, you might be able to pencil in the vacation you so desperately need — whether that’s a family beach getaway, a camping weekend, a foreign trip, or a luxury all-inclusive.
While you might be used to being spontaneous about your adventures, it can really help your bank account if you do a little bit of planning before booking your next trip. You don’t want to spend your entire vacation worrying about your budget — and whether or not you’ve already blown it all. Here are five tips to help you save some of your hard-earned cash on your next vacation, from the moment you think about traveling to the moment you return home after your trip.
1. Be flexible
As much as you may have your heart set on a specific time frame, a particular hotel, and a clear-cut itinerary, it definitely pays to open yourself up to other options. Being flexible with your travel dates opens you up to better offers for flights and hotels. Rather than your typical Saturday to Saturday routine, try leaving on a Tuesday. Rather than staying six days, stay seven and get a discounted rate. That flexibility is a recipe for savings. Flexibility goes a long way, not only with the dates of travel, but with everything from location, transportation, housing options, and everything in between.
2. Sign up for an airfare deal alert service
Before booking your flight on a whim, sign up for a travel deal alert service like Dollar Flight Club Premium Plus (on sale for $99, which is 94% off). Dollar Flight Club alerts you to the best deals from your home airports, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars on your next vacation.
With a Premium Plus membership, you can enjoy lifetime access to all of the best domestic deals, weekend getaways, and mistake fares from your home airports, plus perks and discounts (up to 50%) from its partners (like Babbel, Scribd, Lonely Planet, and more), access to a wide variety of other travel tips, and instant alerts. It covers Business, Premium Economy, and Economy Class. Plus, for a limited time, a lifetime subscription is on sale for only $99 — a major discount from its usual cost of $1,690.
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3. Pack light
We know it’s tempting to bring your entire closet on vacation. After all, you never know what you might want to wear on your trip. But it’ll benefit you more to pack light. That way you can avoid checked bag fees, which can be pretty steep sometimes (up to $73 for your first checked bag). It’ll also save you time waiting around at baggage claim, squeezing into an elevator with a ton of luggage, and just by helping you get around easier. With less luggage, you’ll be more inclined to walk or navigate public transportation rather than paying for an Uber.
Not to mention, if you pack light, you won’t be tempted to buy tons of souvenirs. Where would you fit them on the way home?
4. Live like a local.
Sometimes tourist destinations are fun and worth the money. Other times, they’re simply a trap that’ll cost you. Instead of hitting every bar or restaurant the concierge suggests, ask some locals where they like to eat. Get immersed in the culture! Check out the places they like to spend time, travel how they travel, shop for food where they shop for food, etc. They’ll likely point you to places that aren’t full of other tourists, places that don’t have inflated prices for out-of-towners, and offer a more authentic and memorable experience in the area.
5. Utilize a travel credit card.
Travel credit cards are well worth it for frequent travelers. The best hotel credit cards, airline credit cards, or just general travel credit cards can help you enjoy free night stays at hotels, free flights, free dinners, and more. These cards reward you with points, miles, or even cash back for booking a flight, staying at specific hotels, or just spending money on everyday things. In other words, you’ll basically earn money by spending money and can redeem those rewards for your next trip. Just be sure if you’re traveling internationally that you always use a card that has no foreign transaction fees and be cognizant of currency conversions.
TL;DR: As of June 26, you can get this 4-in-1 Fast Wireless Charger Station for $39.99 instead of its regular price of $44.99 — that’s an 11% savings.
Whether you’re the organized type who wants everything in their home to have a designated space or the disorganized type who can’t seem to find anything, investing in a charging station might be a good idea. You can house and juice up four different devices, which keeps cable clutter at a minimum and makes it harder to lose your stuff.
If you’re in the market for one, the 4-in-1 Fast Wireless Charging Station from mBeat is on sale for $39.99 (reg. $44) for a limited time. It’s a solid way for organized folks to maintain their tidiness and for disorganized folks to keep a better eye on gadgets they typically lose.
The four spots on this fast wireless charging station are designated for an Apple Watch, AirPods, and two Qi-enabled devices (iPhones, Androids, etc.). So, at any given moment, you could power up your watch, earbuds, and two phones without the risk of overcharging or overheating. In fact, the charger is equipped with all the necessary safeguards: overcharge, overcurrent, and overvoltage protection, temperature control, and foreign object detection.
The Qi-compatible wireless charging spots have outputs of up to 15W, so they can quick-charge your devices and bring them back to 100 percent in no time. They’re even case-friendly, so you don’t have to strip your phone to juice it up. The Apple Watch spot has a 2W output, while the AirPods spot has a 3W output. Just be sure you use an 18W adapter (included) in order to deliver the correct power to each device.
Being able to drop your gadgets on your nightstand on a single power station at the end of the day can help you keep track of them. Plus, you’ll wake up to fully charged gadgets every morning. Win-win.
Prices subject to change.
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