Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Great Deal on Chocolate

Right now you can get a six pack of Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares on Amazon for just $9. YUM!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Free Kindle Book - Living Organized

Right now you can download the Kindle version of Living Organized: Proven Steps for a Clutter-Free and Beautiful Home for free.

My husband bought me a Kindle for my birthday, and I have been loving the fact that there are so many books available for free.

ZOYA Nail Polish Exchange

From now until June 30th, you can mail your old bottles of nail polish to Zoya in exchange for new nail polish. Zoya's products are free of formaldehyde and other nasty chemicals. There is a processing fee of $3.50 per bottle, but this is still a great way to have old nail polish disposed of in a safe way according to EPA guidelines and to try some new nail polish at a lower cost.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Choosing a Reusable Water Bottle - Gaiam vs. Klean Kanteen

I'm ashamed to admit that I used to buy bottled water. Besides the fact that it is pricey, it is also terrible for the earth. Then I got a reusable water bottle, and I was in love. It was perfect, and it it didn't leak.

This is the first bottle that I purchased from Gaiam. Unfortunately I noticed some pretty severe dents in the bottle, but I kept using it. One day when I was cleaning it, I looked inside and saw what looked like a white mold. Despite all my best efforts to keep it clean, the white residue kept reappearing, so I decided to get rid of it. Thankfully I am off from work this week, so I would have some time to buy a replacement.

I did some searching for a good reusable water bottle, and it became so incredibly complicated. Aluminum or plastic? Which have BPA in the liner? Which is least likely to dent if I dropped it.

Eventually, I decided to go with a Klean Kanteen water bottle. Though it wasn't as pretty as the one from Gaiam, it did receive really good reviews. I do have to admit that as an English teacher, the intentional misspelling does make me a little bit crazy. I haven't received it yet, but I hope that it lasts a little bit longer than my first water bottle.

I used gift cards that I earned from Swagbucks and even signed up for the free trial of Amazon Prime so I wouldn't have to get up to $25.

Review: Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel

Phil was kind enough to send me a copy of his book, Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel, and I am incredibly late with this review! I remember when the initial reviews of this book were hitting the PF blogs I was immediately intrigued, since it seemed to provoke a lot of arguments. Do not read this book if you are looking for ethical ways to save money. Do read this book if you want to laugh.

I'll admit that I have followed some of these tips in my lifetime - mostly during college. I remember once thinking about how stupid it was to pay for things like toilet paper, and was tempted to just jam a roll in my bag. Thankfully I didn't, but I have used many a Starbucks to restock my supply of sugar packets and have filled out fake credit card applications to get free blankets at Mets games. I am not proud.

Phil mentions in the introduction that, "when philosophizing in terms of money, it's always best to think like a robot..." and most of the tips in the book follow that line of thinking. It is really easy to save money if you have no shame or emotions. This book was a great way to laugh at myself for some of the things that I have done to save a buck: stuffing my purse with condiments, pilfering free samples, and even on one day, early in my relationship with my husband, going to Williams-Sonoma for "lunch."

Overall, Phil delivers a very humorous approach towards saving money, and if you dig through the ridiculous, he even shares some tips that wouldn't make people ashamed to know you.

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Age of the Sage

I know you have all been anxious to know just when exactly this container of sage expired!

Well, when I was helping my mother clean up her kitchen, I was horrified to discover that it expired on...

November 21, 1980!

The part that made this discovery so truly disturbing was that we didn't even move into the house until 1983. When I questioned my mom about why they decided to pack expired sage and bring it to a new house, she had an explanation. Apparently this sage came from my grandmother's house after she died. My dad packed up her kitchen and just brought it over. Okay... but my grandmother died in 1993! I'm not sure any explanation can justify having sage that expired almost 30 years ago!

So the winning comment belongs to:

She wins a $5 Amazon gift card, just for guessing how cluttered my house is! :)