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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honesty matters

5th grade was a tough year for me. I spent a lot of time in the principal’s office for stuff like drawing an offensive picture of my teacher, kicking a kid’s butt (literally), and calling a playground supervisor the B-word. I lied about all of it, and I was caught in my lies each time. […]

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cause competition

The destruction and horrible living conditions caused by the recent hurricanes are a real tragedy. I applaud everyone doing what they can to help the victims of these natural disasters. Also, the destruction and horrible living conditions caused by the countless wildfires in Oregon are a real tragedy. I salute the brave firefighters battling the […]

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frustration-free packaging

You’ve probably noticed while shopping on Amazon that some products offer a “frustration-free packaging” option. I usually ignore this unless it happens to be cheaper because I’m frugal AF. But, my curiosity got the best of me recently, so I sent our intrepid investigative reporter, James Brains/me, to do some quick-and-dirty Google research on the […]

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easing anxiety

Anxiety is an increasingly common ailment among people of all ages and economic backgrounds – from the non-stop negative self-talk about every mistake, perceived or real, and the overwhelming sense of doom about nothing in particular to the gnawing at the pit of your stomach that may or may not be accompanied by the need […]

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6 Reasons Why Extended Warranties Are a Waste Your mind is racing. You’re about to press the “Purchase” button when you see that there is an extended warranty or accident protection offered. The price seems reasonable compared to how much it would cost to replace the product. The sweat starts to pour down your brow […]

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