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July 22, 2013, 6:00 am
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Just a quick post to share something I thought was too good to be true, regarding my electric bill.

A customer at work, albeit a consistently kooky one, mentioned to me a few months ago about how unplugging unused electrical items (lamps, televisions, phone chargers, etc.), when not in use, would reduce my electric bill. This wasn’t exactly news to me, as I’ve read it before in assorted articles over the years. However, it had been a while since I’d thought about it and thought, ‘What do I have to lose?’ So, I went around the house unplugging things that didn’t have to be plugged in at all times and/or things that rarely get turned on. They included two lamps in the den, my phone charger, the toaster, a radio, a TV/VCR combo and the TV in my bedroom.

Well, ‘lo and behold, when my electric bill rolled around, it was $30 cheaper! I initially wasn’t all that excited because my bill often fluctuates slightly from month to month (depending on A/C use). However, it has now been 4+ months and my bill has consistently been $30-$33 cheaper each month! I have to attribute it to the (un)plugapalooza. Give it a try!

3 Things…
December 4, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: 3 Things..., Home

Oh boy. I have sooo many ‘3 Things’ ready to go and so little time. So, although I have images for October and November, I’ll bypass them for now, as to be current, with this moments’ current forerunners. Continue reading

Whatta Crock!
December 3, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Food, Home

I‘ve been wanting a Crock Pot for a while now, I just never seem to either have the money and/or can’t seem to find one I like. I want one because my friend in Michigan, as well as some local friends, seem to make some of the easiest, most delicious-sounding meals. My problem is, I’m a slave to design and color. All the ones I see are so humongous and/or bland. What I’d REALLY like is one like we had when I was growing up. BUT, if I recall, the lid was lost or chipped or something and even if we DID still have it, I’m sure some random distant relative laid claim to it, since it disappeared from the countertop.

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Hadly Accent Chair
November 12, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Home

The Sunday paper had a sales circular for Rooms To Go and I found a chair that I really, REALLY want. I don’t have a place for it at the moment, but if I did, I’d make every effort to grab it! Love!

October 16, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Home, Pop Culture

A while back, Chumley had a (thankfully, brief) urinary tract infection. Since she’s not actually producing the crystals that cause the urinary tract to bleed, I came to the conclusion that the culprit was the cheap ($1) cat food I’d bought her at the nearby dollar store. It was something I would buy in a pinch (i.e. it was what I could afford at the time her regular cat food ran out).

SO, now I make a concerted effort to stick to my regular brand. Surprisingly, PetSmart has some incredibly good sales on the varieties that I buy (Purina; yes, I’m one of those old ladies that remembers when the package used to look like this). I tried an organic brand from Whole Foods, thinking I was doing something good; it gave her soft serve poops. Not pretty. I refuse to shell out the kind of money brands like Science Diet and Iams are asking. And yes, I realize that a lot of animal enthusiasts will argue that “If you really loved your cat…” Sorry, no dice. I’m not shelling out $15 for a bag of cat food. Not in my world.

With that said, from time to time I visit a local friend who lives on the other side of town. On the way to his house there is a chain grocery store called Albertson’s; I don’t have an Albertson’s on my side of town. While I was there recently, I discovered a variety of Purina cat food named Be Happy. It was the same price as what I pay for other Purina varieties at the stores in my part of town.

I love packaging. How incredibly adorable is the packaging on this? I absolutely love every aspect of it, from the color choices to the illustration style, down to the font. I had to share it with ya.

Purple Reigns
September 10, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Home, Homework

Just a quick FYI for those interested. Today was markdowns at work and we marked down these glass, amethyst-colored knobs to just 98ยข! If you’d like some, let me know and I’ll pick some up for you. Knobs are an easy and economical way to freshen-up the look of cabinets, furniture, etc.