Best Shopping Apps

Technology , technology , technology. I am not sure if any of these apps work but you lose nothing by trying. I will download some to see if it works. According to CNNMoney the best shopping apps to save money are.

1.Essential app: RedLaser

Great for: Comparing prices

Price: Free

Available for: Android, iPhone, Windows Phone 7

 

2.Slice

Great for: Tracking online purchases

Price: Free

Available for: Android, iPhone

 

3.AMEX Sync Your Card

Great for: Getting exclusive deals

Price: Free

Available for: Android, iPhone

 

4.Decide.com

Great for: Buying electronics

Price: Free

Available for: Android, iPhone, iPad

 

5.Coupon Sherpa

Great for: Actually using coupons

Price: Free

Available for: Android, iPhone

 

6.Key Ring

Great for: Using your loyalty cards

Price: Free

Available for: Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry

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Conversation from Gas to Fluid

When I was reading an article on the New York Times called “South African Company to Build U.S. Plant to Convert Gas to Liquid Fuels” I thought it was science fiction. In a bold bet that the surplus of cheap natural gas in the United States will last for many years, a South African energy company announced that it would build America’s first commercial plant to change natural gas to diesel and other liquid fuels.

The New York Times article goes on to say that Sasol has already built smaller plants in South Africa and Qatar and that Sasol has designed its new Louisiana plant to produce 96,000 barrels of fuel a day using its “gas to liquids,” or G.T.L., technology. The Louisiana plant is projected to be the second-largest plant of its kind in the world, after Royal Dutch Shell’s Pearl plant in Qatar, and will cost $11 billion to $14 billion to build. So why construct this plant in Louisiana? It’s the proximity to abundant shale gas. The New York Times goes on to explain that an expansion in shale drilling has reduced the price of natural gas in the United States. As a result, encouraging many energy and chemical companies to construct and expand manufacturing plants around the Gulf of Mexico to create a variety of petrochemicals. The best part about this project is the estimated permanent jobs it will create; New York Times stated that “Sasol estimated that the plant would create at least 1,200 permanent jobs and 7,000 construction jobs. Production is scheduled to begin in 2018.”

This is good for the Gulf of Mexico and the American economy. This new project will bring more jobs which will lower the jobless rate and bring more revenue to the local government. I just hope that strong environmental and ethical oversight is being implemented because the last thing Gulf of Mexico needs is another disaster.

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Click Here to read the full New York Times article.

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The Two Giants

https://i0.wp.com/www.stockvault.net/data/t/116187.jpg?resize=120%2C130This morning as I do pretty much every morning I looked at the currency exchange, how the NASDAQ, Dow and S&P 500 were doing along with several stocks I am following. The stocks I am following are Google, Apple, General Electric, Ford Motor Comp and Citigroup Inc. For this post I will only focus Google and Apple. I consider these two to be the giants of the stock market. As the saying goes what goes up must come down; I am worried about what seems to be an ever ballooning price of Google and Apple without an end. I think that Google is a bit more expose to a balloon because it’s a search engine and its therefore a bit easier to replicate.  

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Today Dec 3, 2012 Google is trading at $698.23 and Apple is $589.01. CNN Money has Apple projected to  going as high as $1,111, medium projection is $760.00 and low projection is  $600. Google is projected to go as high as $910, medium projection is $800 and low projection is $675.00. If you can’t or don’t want to buy Google and Apple stocks there are Mutual Funds and ETF’s with Google and Apple in their portfolio but doing research for either one is specially important as fees and other factors can eat into any gains.