According to this infographic, Americans throw away about 14% of the fruit and 19% of the vegetables they buy. When you consider that most Americans subsist solely on processed crap and never buy fruits or vegetables, then this is really alarming. The Brainses buy a lot of produce, and we throw a lot of it […]

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The Federal Trade Commission, the organization that thinks it’s perfectly okay for companies like Equifax to control people’s lives with impunity, recently put out their mostly helpful tips for shopping during the holiday season. Below, we enlist our heaviest dose of snark to look at the holiday shopping tips from the FTC. 1. Put Gifts […]

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I can’t pay full price for anything. It’s just not in my Dutch DNA. I’m constantly looking for the latest “hack” that allows me to save 5%, 10%, or even more on anything I was going to buy anyway. In my years of being a shrewd customer, I’ve discovered the following ways to get amazing […]

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A friend recently posed the ultimate career question: “How can you make money doing what you love?” My grandpa always said, “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” He was a bartender. I don’t know how you can make money doing the specific activity you love. I don’t […]

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Yeah, yeah, yeah. We all know that social media is the end of the world and a waste of time, blah blah blah, etc. But, we need to let those privileged white dudes know how wrong they are. Or, we have to troll those social justice warriors. We must spam the comments section of a […]

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I might be the only dumb dumb who didn’t know that Amazon has coupons. Someone brought it up to me the other day, and I thought they were crazy. I feel kind of bad because I said something along the lines of “sure, I’ll just go ahead and cut the coupons out of my computer […]

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I don’t get invited into many private homes. And, almost no one lets me spend the night. Recently, I suckered a poor couple with an infant into letting me in their house. When I showed up, I realized I didn’t have a gift to give them. I felt like a Grade-A moron. Well, it turns […]

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write reviews

We’ve covered why you should write reviews of products and businesses. But, we can’t all be Consumer Reports or Cook’s Illustrated. How can the average non-writerman possibly craft a review worth reading? I gotta be honest: the best reviews out there are from ordinary folks just sharing their honest opinions. You see, ordinary folks like […]

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amazon boxes

We used to live in a tiny basement apartment. One Christmas, we received a new bed frame, headboard, and about a million other things. All were delivered from Amazon, and I’m pretty sure they had to design a special larger mail truck to handle our delivery. There was barely enough room in the apartment for […]

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Costco Membership

I recently became an Executive Member at Costco. Sure, the membership makes me feel obligated to dress business formal when I leave the house, but it is worth it to feel superior to Gold Star Members or *gulp* non-members. This is reason enough to be an Executive Member. However, when it comes to practical reasons, […]

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