March 6, 2014 at 7:50 pm (Uncategorized)
We in the Washington DC area are fortunate to have choices in organic markets. Of course we have that well known place , Whole Paycheck, oops, Whole Foods. Then we have locally owned organic markets: My Organic Market (M.O.M) and Yes! Organic Market.
I have been a loyal M.O.M customer for many years. But the closest M.O.M is in College Park , Maryland. In contrast there are two Yes! Organic Markets closer to my home: one in Brookland and the other in Hyattsville. Last Sunday my 7 month old son and I paid a visit to the Yes! Organic Market in Hyattsville.
As I perused the aisle, I thought I was at Whole Foods based on the prices. For instance my son is eating an organic brand of rice cereal.
Yes! charges $4.39 for this cereal, whereas M.O.M charges $3.79 (btw, the same price as the Giant in Greenbelt.)
In another aisle I saw a favorite drink for this time of year when I fast on Fridays during Lent.
Yes! charges $1.99 per bottle while M.O.M charges $1.79.
No good values at Yes! I left the store and drove to M.O.M.
March 4, 2014 at 1:12 pm (Uncategorized)
One ounce of Utz plain potato chips at grocery store = 35 cents. That same bag of chips from vending machine at work =85 cents.
Note to self: buy bags from grocery store only
March 3, 2014 at 10:24 pm (Uncategorized)
We in the Washington DC area are tired of the snow. It’s March 3rd and who expected snow this late, a few weeks before the long awaited arrival of Spring?
I promised myself after the previous snowstorm that I would pay someone to shovel my sidewalks. So I was happy when the door bell rang. I opened the door and there were two young men with shovels in their hands. I asked how much do you charge? The guy closest to me said $15 from the porch to the sideway. I couldn’t believe they would charge such an outrageous rate . My sidewalks needed to be shoveled.j LPG
I was inspired to shovel myself, which I did
February 28, 2014 at 5:51 am (Uncategorized)
There are so many things I didn’t consider important before becoming a Mom but in hindsight are crucial. One of those items is my smartphone.
With a little one it is harder to speak on a traditional telephone by holding the receiver to one’s ear. But thank goodness for my smartphone with hands free and speaker options.
Well you can imagine, if I am talking more via the smartphone, I may incur additional charges. Bingo! Pre-baby I consistently operated within my plan for talk (450 minutes). But post-baby I began to exceed those minutes. I then used up allmy free minutes I had built up. This past month I incurred an additional charge of $19.00 for exceeding my minutes.
My solution to this financial headache? Change my rate pain. For an additional $20.00/month I receive an additional 450 minutes of talk. Done in less than a minute. A no brainier!
February 8, 2014 at 11:40 pm (Uncategorized)
This evening I stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few items. Having selected the items I needed , I headed to checkout. I first stood in one line. Then I noticed a shorter line and quickly relocated to that line . The cashier looked familiar; I recalled she worked at the Queens Chapel Giant before it closed.
When the cashier finished ringing up the customer in front of me, she ask the customer, “do you want a free six pack of Coke ? You are entitled to it .” That peeked my interest . The cashier then looked at me and said, “do you also want a free 6 pack of soda.” I
replied , “sure , why not .” The cashier then left the cash register and returned less than a minute later with two 6 packs of soda: Coke &
Fanta Orange. The cashier explained the special this week; if you spend $25 or more on groceries , you are entitled to a free. 6 pack of soda. I was not aware of this deal.
After I paid for my groceries, I thank the cashier. I remarked that not all employees would have taken
the time to ensure we received the deal. And she smiled.
February 6, 2014 at 11:44 pm (Uncategorized)
For the past three years I have been the editor of a newsletter based in South Carolina ( yes technology makes this possible even though I live in the District of Columbia ). I had not had any previous experience as an editor when I assumed this position.
Today I received in the mail a $200 check for “the wonderful job” I did as editor. Completely unexpected but much appreciated.
February 5, 2014 at 1:46 pm (Uncategorized)
In a previous post I discussed ordering items from QVC, one sent to my home. & one sent to my post office box. Strangely neither item was received. I called QVC requesting a replacement of the exercise equipment and a refund for the other item shipped to my post office box.
Well a week after that post I visited the post office and learned there was a package for me. It was the missing QVC order! Apparently personnel at the post office mixed up the box numbers (which I suspected). The renter of the other box apparently. realized, upon opening the box, that the merchandise was not something he /she ordered and returned the box, with the contents inside unopened in individual boxes, to the post office.
Yes, my faith in humanity has been restored!! And I notified QVC & requested QVC to recharge me for the merchandise.
I love a happy ending.
February 2, 2014 at 12:39 pm (Uncategorized)
Not a smart move, but couldn’t be avoided. Waiting in line to purchase items. Got to fix appetizers for party tonight.
Of course there is a delay in self checkout
January 17, 2014 at 12:36 pm (Uncategorized)
During the holidays I ordered several items from QVC. Strangely, two items were not received- one to my home address while I was on vacation and the other to my post office box.
I called QVC’s customer service number. An automated voice identified all my recent orders by the date shipped and the date delivered. Because I did not receive two items, I pressed zero to speak with a customer service representative. Thankfully I didn’t have to wait too long to speak with a human being .
I explained to the customer service representative that I received all items except two. I explained the items were shipped to two different addresses. I even explained how the local post office had become a bit sloppy; mail for the post office box next to mine had been misplaced in my box.
The customer service representative was not interested in my explanations, just wanted to know: replace or refund<strong?
I requested a replacement of the Pilates machine and a refund of the other item.
Happy to report the replacement Pilates machine arrived this am before 10:00. Now I can work on achieving one of my New Year’s resolutions
January 9, 2014 at 9:37 am (Uncategorized)
Am waiting to pick up a prescription I dropped off yesterday before 2:00 pm. Already annoyed that this pharmacy , part of a grocery store, doesn’t open until. 9:00 am. More annoyed the prescription was not ready upon arrival.
Now have received. Can return to work.