Shawn was telling me that he needed to find a durable mandolin case that would fit aandf mandolins. I told him that I couldn’t help him shop around the local stores (I’m way too busy) but that I would ask my wife if she would do some comparison shopping online for him. She found a few websites that sell them, and she told me that she emailed the URLs to Shawn for him to look at and see if any of them interest him. Isn’t technology (and especially the Internet) awesome!
Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays. I have some really great memories of spending hours upon end at our grandparents house decorating Easter eggs, eating the yellow chicken Peeps and and picking out my favorite jelly beans from the Easter Baskets that we were given on Easter morning. When we were children, the Easter Baskets were all about the candy, but every now and then there would be an inexpensive toy or two like pez candy dispensers, or a yo-yo.
Now that we’re all adults, we don’t color the eggs or buy the candy; we are all watching our weight and trying to lead healthier lives. But one thing that I DO like to do is to buy Easter Lilies to give to my mother, sisters, and my wife as Easter gifts. They are always very glad to see them, and are quite pleased that I would think to buy them a gift at Easter.
A few years ago my sister told me that she had become a “mystery shopper” and was saving a lot of money on everyday items by doing this type of work. When she told me that she was getting free meals at some of her favorite restaurants, and getting free oil changes and tire services, and getting paid at the same time, I became very interested! I signed up to do some mystery shopping of my own, and managed to get a few free meals, some free oil changes, and a couple of free haircuts out of the whole deal. Most of the time, however, I was required to make a purchase and then return the item, go home and fill out paperwork and input the information about my observations and spend several hours on the project. It wasn’t very long before I realized that a lot of the job assignments really did not “pay” me a decent hourly rate for all of the work that I was putting into the job. Now I am a lot more picky about the jobs that I accept!
One thing that I did learn more about, and do take advantage of, from that experience, was learning more about using coupons and voucher codes. I have found a lot of online places, like smartsource dot com and coupons dot com to get coupons that I can print off and take with me to brick and mortar stores to get a good discount on products and services. I have also found other online places, like http://www.epicvouchercodes.co.uk/ that provide savings for products that I buy online. I especially like when I can find a great online voucher code for a place that offers complete customer satisfaction, is having a great clearance sale and offers free shipping (even for returns) to boot! (Tip: watch out for re-stocking fees on returns!) I especially like it if the website sells clothing or footwear and they offer free shipping on return items, too! There have been a few times that I’ve made the mistake of ordering some clothes online that were a great price, but had to pay for shipping and ended up giving them away to a thrift store because they didn’t fit and the cost of returning the item was more money than the original item was in the first place!
Tomorrow is St Patricks day and this the one holiday that does not get enough attention as far as I am concerned. I am Irish on my Mothers side of the family, a very volatile mix of Irish, German and Russian. It is a wonder I lived to adulthood with family of this mix all around me all the time. I do not go out to celebrate St Pricks Day but I will be wearing green tomorrow and drink a green beer in the comfort of my own home to get my Irish eyes glowing.
Back when I was in high school, there was only one style of class ring available for sale for the boys, and a smaller version available for the girls. You had your choice of stone color, period. One side had the name and an emblem representing your school, and the year you were graduating, and the other side had your initials. The rings were really expensive, and chunky. Most of the kids that went to college ended up putting their rings away in jewelry boxes. Nowadays there are many different styles available to choose from that are much more attractive. I think that if those styles had been available back when I was in high school, more of the rings would still be worn, and not just taking up space in a jewelry box!