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How to Demand (and Get!) Great Customer Service

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My family recently had our windows replaced. It was an ordeal that turned out to be long and expensive. When the company installed windows that weren’t even the right color, I had to make several angry phone calls to the general manager and owner to get the problem solved. And along the way, I learned a few valuable lessons about customer service.

Gone are the days when airline passengers could expect a warm meal or department store customers knew that managers would go out of their way to make the shopping experience pleasant. Spending money today can be a real chore because most companies have lost an emphasis on customer service. It isn’t just the companies’ fault—it’s our fault, too, for paying more attention to price-tags than the quality of the things we buy and the way we’re treated when we buy them. Read the rest of this entry

Eight Easy Ways to Get to Know the Neighbors

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The world may keep getting smaller, but Americans spend less and less time with the people who live nearest to us. Most of us know more about national politics than we do about the things going on in our own communities. And we often drive across town to visit people who think the same way we do instead of learning something new from the families right next door. That kind of isolation from our neighbors costs us the sympathetic ears, helping hands, and loving hearts neatest to our homes. Read the rest of this entry

How to Plan Menus with Seasonal Food

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Local, in-season produce can change the way you think about food.

In-season food just tastes better. Chances are, there is some vegetable you grew up loathing. But eat that same asparagus or tomato fresh and in season to taste a world of difference. That difference means your family is more likely to eat the healthful produce you serve up. And their enthusiastic response means you can take more pleasure in cooking a well-loved meal. Read the rest of this entry

Four Easy Ways to Shop Local

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Students in the small town of Howard, South Dakota noticed that their community was about to disappear. The population was just 3,000 already, and most of their graduating friends left for college to never return. The town was run down, but there just weren’t tax dollars to fix roads and sidewalks. That’s when the students realized that if members of the community spent just 10 percent more of their disposable income at local businesses, they would bring in more than $7 million in tax revenue—enough for a new start for the struggling town. By shopping local, Howard citizens were able to save their community. Read the rest of this entry