Kevin on April 19th, 2011

Have you ever bought a piece of gear – a travel bag, article of clothing, electronic gadget, for instance – and been utterly disappointed in it? Of course you have; we’ve all been there. In search of a good deal, or letting our desire to be frugal get a bit out of balance, we buy […]

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Kevin on August 25th, 2009

I don’t usually think of myself as a laggard when it comes to technology, but I must admit we still have a landline in our home.   But not for much longer:  I’ve just begun researching a few options – Skype, Charter VOIP, and ooma – but thought some of you might have experience cutting the […]

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Kevin on November 28th, 2008

The number of sites offering TV shows and movies for free on the internet has exploded over the last several years.  With movie ticket prices often in the $7 to $9 range, some are opting to view flicks online; miss a TV show? – it’s not too hard to find the missed episode at the […]

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Kevin on November 26th, 2008

Ask anyone who’s involved in the automotive aftermarket or service business what happens when the cost of gas escalates rapidly, and the answer you receive will be consistent:  people put off servicing their cars. It’s a fact. Faced with a dollar that doesn’t go as far, a lot of drivers will begin extending oil change […]

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Kevin on November 10th, 2008

You’ll be able to save big this holiday season if you employ one simple tactic. Before you buy anything as a Christmas or Holiday gift, determine what the store’s policy is with regard to price protection or price reductions. From the viewpoint of brick and mortar and online merchants, this holiday shopping season is going […]

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A few days ago I overheard a couple of coworkers talking about Thanksgiving and was surprised that they were both planning on having ham for dinner. When I asked why they were opting for ham instead of turkey, both said that ham is less work and with turkey so much goes to waste. I had […]

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This is an update of a post from late July – given the events of the last couple of weeks, taking some of these steps is now even more critical. Does watching or hearing the economic news each day make tiny little beads of sweat pop out on your forehead? When you see Hank Paulson […]

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