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For those of you who aren’t familiar with them, Uber is an app that allows you to request a ride at the tap of a button and summons a professional driver to your side within minutes. They use GPS tracking to locate the driver closest to you, which means limited wait time. There’s no need to worry about handling cash – your fare is automatically billed to your credit card on file and there’s no need to tip. This is a lifesaver, I never have cash on me and that’s often relegated me back to the MBTA.

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After a long day in some very high heels, sometimes I just don’t feel like taking the crowded, noisy, green line home. I can call an Uber and have a private car take me anywhere I’d like for much less than a taxi would cost. Uber also has a great “split the fare” option if you’re riding with friends. With a few taps on your phone screen you can split the cost between each other without having to calculate and distribute cash.

Right now Uber is hosting a contest with Ideeli to give you the perfect summer night out. Click here to enter to win a night out package complete with Uber driver, $300 Ideeli credit for all your shopping needs, and $300 gift card to the South End’s hottest Italian restaurant – Stella.

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Think Uber can’t get any better? You can put in your location and where you want to go and have your rate calculated for you before you even call a car. No surprises, no ticking fare clock. I’ve often found that my Uber rates are significantly lower than with a traditional taxi.

Right now Uber is offering Trends and Tolstoy followers $30 off your first ride when you sign up using the code “TrendsTolstoy” or through this link. Most rides I’ve taken with Uber have been $20 or less, so this is essentially a free ride.

Forget the cash, the suspicious cabbies, and the hunt for a Taxi. This Uber is on me.

Photos provided by Uber.

Please Note: This is a post sponsored by Uber, I am being compensated with Uber credits, however all opinions are my own.

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