1. Out With The Old, In With The Moolah

Here come the holiday expenses, making it a good time to get around to trading in your old mobile phones for an Amazon gift card. Go here to check out their trade-in program for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and Nexus. Once you select your phone and rate its quality, you will be prompted to print a postage-paid shipping label with mailing instructions. Your Personal Assistant just got herself a gift card for $184.69.

Gazelle offers a similar program for cash, as do Target, Walmart, and Best Buy.

2. Uptown Funk Via Dropbox

This month I was tasked with the truly fun job of finding songs for my client's dance party. Since I'm a music fan with an extensive iTunes library, I already owned the perfect 167 songs. However, I was stuck trying to figure out how to send the client That Funky Music until Like a Prayer, a friend Dropped a Bomb on Me and suggeted I send them via Dropbox. It was so simple and took minutes. This is the YouTube video I used as a tutorial. Let the Good Times Roll.

3. Attention Waze and/or Netflix Users

a. Attention Waze Users Up For A Little Fun:

Have you looked at your Voice Lanugage options lately? Right now you can be navigated by Stephen Colbert, Neil Patrick Harris, Colonel Sanders, among others. Go to your Settings > Sound > Voice Language to make your selection. For more information on this very helpful navigation app, I refer you to my September 2014 report.

b. Attention Netflix Users Who Loathe Buffering:

There's a "secret window" A.K.A. The Stream Manager that can be accessed to adjust or lower the buffering rate which can/should minimize the interruption. Click here to go to for more information.

4. Props to Postmates

Once upon a time, I was working at the home of a brand new client. In the midst of working diligently to impress, my laptop battery died. And I had forgotten my power adapter. Not my most shining and Efficient moment. I was able to work around the problem with some embarrassment, but had I known about the Postmates delivery services app, I could have ordered an Apple adapter through them and had it delivered to me within an hour for the adapter price + a 9% service fee of the purchase price + a $5 delivery fee. It would have been worth every cent to me.

Postmates delivers from restaurants, including Starbucks, and many stores, including pharmacies, Trader Joes -- and Apple. They will even pick up a Craigslist item. Unfortunately within our Metro DC area, they only delivery in Arlington, Bethesda, and Washington, DC. They also delivery in 16 other states.

5. Hello Fall

The fall season is a good excuse to shop for a new wreath, and no one does wreathes better than Williams-Sonoma.