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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cache Free TV: I Will Never Shop At a B&M Store On Black Friday

Cache Free TV: I Will Never Shop At a B&M Store On Black Friday: Screwed on Black Friday? My daughter needed a laptop for college. Walmart had a Compaq for $179. We decided we could buy it and ship i...

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Goodbye, Sam's Club. Hello, Amazon Prime!

Dear Sam's Club,

I want you to know this is not easy for me. We've been together for many years, and we've had a lot of good times. But, lately I'm not feeling much love between us.

I am leaving you.

I want you to know, it's not your fault - well, not completely your fault. It's just that things have changed. We've moved apart, and I've found someone else. While she's further away and doesn't have some of the wonderful qualities you do, she makes me happy and really seems to care about me.

Her name is Amazon Prime.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Gas Buddy

Gas prices are out of control. If you haven't heard of Gas Buddy, it's time you learned.

  Head over to and enter your zip code to look up local gas prices. You can also use the map tool (located in the right column of this blog) or download an app for your smart phone.

And don't forget to contribute your own gas price observations - your participation is what makes this work.

You can get a free app for your Android device here:

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Simple, Inexpensive Shelving Project

Everyone has tons of stuff. And everyone has stuff that they don't need all the time. Your seasonal items - Christmas decorations, for example - can be stored away in plastic storage totes. They cost about $5 on sale for an 18 gallon tote. But once you have your things stored away, where are you going to keep them? You can stack them in your attic, garage, or shed, but a stack of totes 5 high is not very stable, and Murphy's Law says that the tote you need is going to be at the bottom of that stack.

So, off to Lowe's or Home Depot you go, and when you find the right Storage Shelves, you look at the price: It's going to cost you $80+ for a set of 48"W x 24"D x 72"H shelves that will hold ten 18 gallon totes! And if you've been diligent and read the reviews, you find a problem with these shelves - the shelving material is particle board, and the shelves sag in the center if you put a load on them. Not to mention, although they're "commercially built" shelving units, they come in a box and you still have to build them.

Let me save you all those steps and a bundle of money, and show you how to build a simple set of shelves for under $25, using simple tools in about an hour.