There are still bargains out there

Walked in to hairdresser. Received trim for )10.00, 🙂


Trickling Springs Creamery: Wholesome Milk & Recycling too


Giving money, unintentionally , to a stranger

This past Friday morning I dropped my car off to the mechanic for service. I thus have to use public transportation to get to work.

I haven’t used metro in some time. When I arrived at the metro station, my SmarTrip card showed $5.30. More than I thought. I passed through the gate and took the escalator to the platform to catch metrorail.

When I arrived at my destination and exited the gate, I decided to add money to my SmarTrip card. When I pressed the card on the panel, it showed a -$.10. What ? Strange. I decided to add. $5.00. When I pressed the card against the panel, it displayed a balance of $2.40, not. $4.90. The machine played an error message. Confused & not happy about the $5.00 disappearance , I decided to speak with a metro official.

Based on my explanation about the sequence of events , the metro personnel explained I didn’t allow the system to clear before adding $5.00. When I asked what happened to my. $5.00, he responded the amount has been added to the card of the individual who used the machine before me. I was too through.

The machine did not indicate another account was active though there was an audible error message after I inserted my $5.00 and pressed my card against the panel.

Can’t believe I lost $5.00. I made some stranger’s day. 😦

Big Sister is “all knowing” as Big Brother (and more efficient too!)

I had a message on my phone last week. It was QVC. The automated message stated my credit card had expired. The automated message explained how I could update my credit card information. QVC wants to ensure I can continue to shop without any difficulties.

How thoughtful of QVC.

Pretty scary. Big Sister knows “all.” And she’s efficient.

How non-profits waste money

Arrived home this evening. I received three identical envelopes, each addressed to me, from The Salvation Army.

Isn ‘t one letter enough?

An absolute waste of money! Charities need to vet their donors’ lists much more carefully .


Why paying with cash is the smart move


Disappearance of the 100 watt crystal clear fluorescent light bulb

I can’t find 100 watt crystal clear light bulbs anymore. I am not a fan of soft white because it does not illuminate as well. So I have resigned myself to purchasing 60 watt crystal clear light bulbs.

Yesterday I went to Home Depot to purchase light bulbs. No 60 watt crystal clear light bulbs on the shelf. Completely sold out! How annoying. I guess there are other consumers like me who want that crystal clear illumination.

I had no choice but to purchase 40 watt crystal clear light bulbs. Bummer.

This has now motivated me to search online for 100 watt crystal clear light bulbs. Unfortunately Home Depot and Lowe’s no longer carry what I need.


Thank God for YouTube

My son will turn 8 months old in two days. I realized the other day that I need to adjust the shoulder straps. First, I guess, like a guy 🙂 I attempted to adjust the straps without consulting the manual. Not a smart move. So I turned to the manual. It brought to my attention connecting straps on the back of the car seat but it still wasn’t quite clear to me how to adjust the straps.

Then I had a light bulb moment : YouTube.

Of course I have the YouTube app on my smartphone, so I searched for “how to adjust shoulder strap on baby car seat” and the first result demonstrated adjusting a Graco car seat (the same manufacturer of my son’s car seat).

After watching for about 75 seconds, I realized what I needed to do. I stopped the video and adjusted the straps. Then I placed my son in the car seat. Perfect. And he is definitely more comfortable.

IMHO, manufacturers should provide a link to a video (showing all parts , step by step assembling, etc.) in addition to the instruction manual. It is easier to follow visually . {BTW, had no problems assembling my son’s high chair by following written instructions.}

Thank God for YouTube!!!

$2 now, $5 upon completing survey

Received in the mail today a survey from Arbitron, a media ratings leader since 1949 . The 2nd and 3rd paragraphs state,

Your household, along with a few other households in your area, has been randomly selected to participate in this important research study. The enclosed $2 is our way of saying thank you for considering our request.

Please take just a few minutes to complete the short survey and then return it to us in the stamped envelope we have provided. Because we appreciate your time, we will send you another $5 in cash once we receive your completed survey./blockquote>

Needless to say, I promptly completed the short survey. Will mail tomorrow. 🙂

I must resist, I must resist

After feeding & burning my 7 month old, turned on the tv to QVC. Wow, a leather purse at half price.


Great price but don’t need another purse, even though I don ‘t have this color. I must resist, I must resist.

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