frugality

Do the Math and Save Money

by Michael on Apr 16, 2014 · 5 comments

Well, those sneaky marketers are at it again… As you may recall, we recently bought a new car. Included amongst the many bells and whistles was a Sirius/XM satellite radio system. To entice us to use their service, the system was pre-activated with a free, three month trial subscription. Thankfully, […]

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The LED Light Bulb Transition

by Michael on Jan 10, 2014 · 5 comments

This past weekend, while at Home Depot picking up supplies for a few household repairs, I wound up buying our first LED lightbulbs. As I mentioned last month, I’ve decided to start switching to LED lightbulbs as our CFL bulbs burn out. Well, we lost another bulb so I decided […]

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Some Amazon Shopping Tips

by Michael on Dec 19, 2013

With the holiday shopping season in high gear, I just wanted to share some Amazon shopping tips… The first is that, for those with Amazon Prime, you can get an extra month of Prime added to your account (a so-called “Prime Extension”) if they miss the promised delivery date. Policy […]

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I have a love/hate relationship with CFL light bulbs. I love the low energy consumption, but I hate certain other aspects of them. They’re fragile, they contain mercury, they have to warm up to reach full brightness, and they often die young. In other words, they’re far from being a […]

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30% Off All Books at Amazon!

by Michael on Nov 29, 2013

Check this out… You can get 30% off any print book sold and shipped by Amazon through Sunday night (Dec 1st) at 11:59PM PST. The short version is that you should enter promo code “BOOKDEAL” at checkout. For complete details, including exclusions and limitations, click this link. Not a bad […]

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Price Matching Amazon

by Michael on Oct 25, 2013 · 5 comments

With the recent changes in their shipping policy as well as the fact that they’re now collecting sales taxes in a lot more places than they used to, I just wanted to remind you that both Target and Best Buy match Amazon’s prices. And yes, this works. I’ve requested (and […]

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This is just a quick note to let you know that Amazon has decided to increase the threshold for their so-called “FREE Super Saver Shipping” from $25/order to $35/order. That’s a big bummer for those willing to wait for their stuff. In short, this makes Amazon Prime look even better. […]

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As I’ve mentioned in the past, my parents are getting older and are starting to have some fairly significant health problems. As a result, I’ve been playing a bigger role in the management of certain aspects of their financial life. Part of this has required semi-regular faxing of documents here […]

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