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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Frys.com - Black Samsonite Quad Backpack $9.99

Frys.com is having a huge year end clearance. One of the deals they are offering is a Samsonite Quad Backpack for only $9.99. The regular price of this backpack is $29.99. Ship it to a Frys store and it's free. Nice!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Today’s "Afternoon Pick Me Up" Recipe


I'm having a late afternoon pick me up right now. I'm a master of creating meals from random ingredients I have lying around the kitchen. Here's one of my recipes.

Ingredients:


- Toasted Mini Bagel
- Cream Cheese
- Pepperoni x 3
- Avocado
- Basil

Preparation:

1) Toasts mini bagel
2) Spread with a thin layer of cream cheese
3) Add 3 pieces of Pepperoni
4) Cut up Fresh Avocado Pieces
5) Sprinkle with the tiniest amount of basil

Enjoy!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Holiday Bonus’ 2008 Reflection

One of my favorite things about the holidays is getting Christmas Cards from companies that I promote and the occasional gift. This year while other companies were cutting back a very generous company sent me an amazing gift basket. The gift basket included candy, snacks, smoked salmon, caviar, and 2 bottles of wine! The food was delicious and the gesture left a lasting impression. I hope this company sets a trend of things to come!

Beware Fake Apple iPods on eBay

Before you buy a new Apple iPod on eBay beware that it could be a fake. When you think of fakes you might think of similar products that look and function in the same way, but did you know that they make identical knock offs? Please check out this video from Mike Mozart of Jeepers Media on the topic of iPod fakes. The thing that shocked me the most in this video is the U2 Special Edition iPod knock off. This video is a wake up call. I don't think I'll ever buy an iPod from eBay. There's no way to know what you're really getting.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Gucci 5505 Women's Watch Model # YA055506 $238


Get a Gucci 5505 Women's Watch Model # YA055506 for only $238 you save: $612 (72%) off the list price of $850.00. This is Ashford.com's deal of the day so this will go really fast. Overstock.com has this same watch at the much higher price of $449.99. One customer at Overstock rated the watch a 4 out of 5 stars. Get the watch here at Ashford.com.

Get Ready For After Christmas Sale 2008

If stores are already marking down items pre Christmas 2008, just think what the sales will be like after. Typically the best deals come around after Christmas. Items that are marked down the most will be seasonal items, also stores will be clearing out inventory to get ready for Spring 2008. Items predicted to be the most heavily discounted include video game consoles, HDTV’s and more. Toys will be discounted heavily and so will clothes and jewelry.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

$100 Off Amazon Ponies

You can get $100 off at checkout on Butterscotch or Smores. Simply click on the pony that you want, add the pony to your cart, and Amazon.com will automatically give you $100 off. You pay only $79.99 or $99.99 with free Amazon super saver shipping. Click here to see Butterscotch and Smores on Amazon.

Mamma Mia Worse Than Torture

I literally got dragged kicking and screaming by my GF to see Mamma Mia at one of those discount 2nd run movie theaters last night. I wanted to find something redeeming in Mamma Mia, I really did. Instead I sat there eyes wide open, horrified at what was taking place before my eyes on screen. I tried to dose off, but Mamma Mia being a musical was simply too grating to shut out. At moments I felt as if I was a prisoner of war being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment in the form of psychological torture. The worst part is it's the next day and I still have the god awful Abba songs stuck in my head! Oh... the only redeeming quality I could find in the movie was the lead chick, Amanda Seyfried, is hot... that's it.

Amazon.com Crap at Huge Discounts and I Won!

I never win anything, until yesterday. Amazon.com e-mailed me that I had actually won the Amazon.com customer vote for round 6. I will be going for a KitchenAid Professional Stand Mixer (Licorice) for only $69.00 Reg. $499.00. I ashamed of it, but it’s a fact.. I don’t bake so I don’t have any use for a mixer. May be I’ll give it away on 9malls.com or sell it on Craigslist. Anyone out there need a mixer? There are only 500 units available so there’s still no guarantee I’ll win. I’ll let you know what happens tomorrow. Stay tuned!!!

Overstock.com PayPal 15% Off

Overstock.com is a great store to purchase gifts for the holidays. For the past several years I’ve bought at least one gift from Overstock.com. Right now Overstock.com is taking 15% off your purchase just for using PayPal and a chance to win $5,000.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

PropertyRoom.com “eBay Like” Police Auctions Online

Finally a free to join auction site to browse and buy police seized goods. PropertyRoom.com is a web site where you can buy seized, recovered, and abandoned police property.

The site claims that auctions are 100% safe and fraud free. Auctions may be fraud free, but I’m seeing a lot of knock off, look a like products, such as the auction for a “New Portable Gaming System and FM Radio.” The portable gaming system looks identical to a Play Station Portable, but only costs a fraction of the MRSP of the authentic PSP. Warning to those that visit PropertyRoom.com many items if not the majority of products are look a like, knockoff junk.

It’s definitely a site worth visiting despite the flaws in product selection. It’s the easiest way to find and buy police seized merchandise that I’ve ever seen.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Amazon.com Up to 50% Off Men’s Fragrances

This is a great deal! Good name brand fragrances are never on sale by more than 50%. I just purchased Black Jeans By Gianni Versace For Men. Eau De Toilette Spray 2.5 Ounces $23.00 and Lucky Number 6 By Lucky Brand For Men. Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 oz $16.25 with free shipping. Shop Amazon.com now and also visit Basenotes.net to find reviews on cologne, I use this site whenever I make a fragrance purchase.

Black Jeans By Gianni Versace

Lucky Number 6 By Lucky Brand

eBay $1 Holiday Doorbusters

15 days of deals November 24 - December 8. eBay just launched a promotion where hundreds of buy it now items start at just $1.00 with free shipping. There will be brand new buy with no reserve and no shipping starting at 1.00, daily deals, best offers, items with free shipping, and $1.00 buy it now holiday door busters. If you’re looking for a good deal start shopping this promotion.

Amazon.com $10,000 Black Friday Shopping Spree Contest

This morning when I registered for the 10K Amazon.com Black Friday contest there were so many people visiting Amazon they had to shut down. To enter simply visit Amazon.com fill in your name, e-mail, and phone number. The contest ends 11/30/08.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Don’t Read This Blog Post It Sucks

Reverse psychology in marketing

Did that title of this blog post get you to click on it? My article still may suck, but it illustrates the advantages of using reverse psycology in your marketing campaigns. The internet is full of marketers trying to sell you products. What your Internet marketing campaigns really needs is something that shocks the person you’re trying to reach. You need to surprise the visitor and one of the ways to do this is use reverse psychology. The more you say you don’t want the visitor to do something the more curious they become and want to do what your saying.

How to apply reverse psychology to your marketing campaign?

Lets say you are an SEO firm. On your home page you could have something like, “If you don’t want to get ranked in the top 10 Google search results than don’t buy this product.” Or “If you want your web site to continue sucking than don’t get us to help you.” Or “If you want your competition to continue to kick your ass in search result rankings don’t hire us.” It’s fun to think of these and the possibilites are endless!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Rant on Fees, T-Mobile Just Charged me $45 to Text, WTF?

T-Mobile Text Charges

Company fees are one of my biggest pet peeves. Fees are a company’s back door way to increase earnings by screwing their customers. Companies surprise the customer with charges that unless you read the fine print didn’t know existed or how much those charges would be. Take for example my T-Mobile cell phone bill this month. I called customer service regarding my $45 charge in text messaging. Even the customer service women at T-Mobile didn’t know what T-Mobile charged per text, she thought it was $0.15. I said T-Mobile charged me $0.20, and then she remembered that T-Mobile did recently increase the overage charge for text messaging to $0.20. My question is I own a Blackberry and pay for the “data package” and have 500 text messages included in my plan why the f*** does T-Mobile charge extra to text? Shouldn’t I have unlimited text? Why is text considered a separate entity from data?

Another pet peeve of mine… ATM Charges

The bank should be paying me for putting money into their depository. Banks shouldn’t be trying to take it away. Banks across the country are raising ATM fees because they so horribly mismanaged your money by loaning it out to people that couldn’t pay it back that they need to raise even more money. Banks want to screw you even more so they can stay afloat. Citibank, Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo are all starting to charge non-customers as much as $3 per transaction to use their ATM machines. On top of the fee the other bank charges me my bank adds an additional $2.00 charge. I sometimes pay as much as $5.00 to take money out of my bank account.

I think people need to get more upset about fees all they are is a sneaky way to raise revenue for companies with broken business models and shrinking revenues.

Kohls.com Has Elmo Live $59.99, Free Shipping

Do yourself a favor if you want Elmo Live buy it now before Christmas nears. Elmo Live WILL be the hottest toy of Christmas 2008 and if you don’t like waiting in lines buy it now. Kohls.com just sent me an e-mail stating that Elmo Live is in stock. Limit 3 Elmo Dolls per customer and receive free shipping on each order.

MGN Grand Hotel Las Vegas $59/Night

This is an unheard of Las Vegas hotel deal. Stay at the MGM Hotel for only $59 a night. The promotion runs from Nov. 17th 2008 - April 30th 2009. The offer is non-refunable and may not be cancelled or changed. You must book by December 4th 2008. If you do make it to Vegas try the buffet at Le Village Buffet at Paris, it’s amazing. CitySearch.com gives the Paris buffet 4.5 out of 5.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Black Friday Ads - Complete Black Friday Resource

Find Black Friday ads for all retail stores at BlackFriday.info. Black Friday or the day after Thanksgiving marks the beggining of the Christmas shopping season. I’ve found that you save more after Christmas than the day after Thanksgiving. If you really want to save money wait to buy your gifts. Visit BlackFridayAds.info.

Order From PizzaHut.com and Get 30% Off on Pizza

Order from the Pizza Hut web site and receive 30% off your pizza order.The minimum order in order to get 30% off is $15.00 and is good only through this Monday - Wednesday. Click here to get 30% off from PizzaHut.com.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

New Ad Campaign - "Why Believe in God?"

"Why Believe in God? Just be good for goodness' sake" is a new ad campaign will appear in Washington D.C. buses starting next week and run through December. The The American Humanist Association is responsible for this ad campaign. One of the goals of the humanist association according to their web site is to "develop and advance humanist thought and action." According to Wikipedia humanism is defined as "a broad category of ethical philosophies that affirm the dignity and worth of all people, based on the ability to determine right and wrong by appealing to universal human qualities, particularly rationality. It is generally compatible with atheism and agnosticism but doesn't require either of these."

As a marketer when I saw a picture of this ad on a Washington D.C. bus I was turned off by it. The goal of a marketer is to make a compelling case why someone should agree or disagree with your message. It's not to manipulate and/or belittle what they believe in. That's why I'm so disgusted by religious preachers asking for money on TV (manipulative), or the charities that show the faces of poverty while depressing music plays in the background (manipulative). We shouldn't be belittled or shamed into making important decisions. People should always have the freedom to believe what they want. Freedom of speech is also about freedom of thought.


Free Sample of Glad Food Bags Through Walmart.com

Get a free sample of Glad Food Bags through Walmart.com. The promo says that these bags are holiday themed and more importantly easier to grip, open, and seal. Just click on the “Receive your free bag sample” botton at the bottom of the page and enter your shipping information.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Link to Google Flu Tracker

Track flu trends throughout the United States link to the Google Flu Tracker. The following information was taken from the Google web site, “We’ve found that certain search terms are good indicators of flu activity. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity in your state up to two weeks faster than traditional systems.”

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

$5.00 SEARS Gift Card For Becoming Facebook Friend

Very funny promotion coming out of SEARS. All you have to do is add SEARS as one of your Facebook friends to get a $5.00 gift card mailed to you. I just added them as my friend, I’m shameless.. Check out the SEARS promotion here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Crude closes at $66 a Barrel a 16-month Low. Why is Gas at the Pump Still High?

I see the price per barrel of oil dropping daily yet the price at the pump seems to stay the same. Every time I fill up my car I ask myself what's up with gas prices not going down? In downtown Seattle gas is still going for $3.53 at the 76 Station on 351 Broad St N & Denny Way and $3.39 at the Shell on 1500 Broadway Ave E & E Pike St. Why does it take so long for the gas price to drop yet if there's a hurricane developing in the gulf the price at the pump jumps overnight?

I'm been doing some research that surprisinglyis contradicting my perception regarding the correlation between prices at the pump and price per barrel. In Seattle since we have such a high tax on fuel the numbers might be skewed so they don't accurately reflect a decline in gas prices at the pump. Here's a list of all US States and total taxes on gas http://www.seattlegasprices.com/tax_info.aspx. Washington State is one of the highest, check out your state's total taxes on fuel. The price you pay at the pump, is based on the projected supply and demand months out.

The WTRG.com http://www.wtrg.com/daily/oilandgasspot.html has a very useful graph that maps the relationship of crude vs. gas prices. This number of course will vary by region. There seems to be a direct correlation between price per barrel and price at the pump even though sometimes it feels otherwise. Here’s another graph out of the UK demonstrating the correlation http://www.whatprice.co.uk/petrol-prices/petrol-oil.html.

Another surprising fact about oil companies I discovered is that after taxes the big oil companies with their so called "windfall profits" only keep a fraction of their initial profit. http://seekingalpha.com/article/63131-exxon-s-2007-tax-bill-30-billion For example in 2006 Exxon Mobile had $39.5 billion in profits, but had a tax bill of 28 billion. Leaving a 2006 profit of 11.5 billion. Walmart to give you a comparison posted a profit of 11.23 billion http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/snapshots/1551.html. In 2007 Exxon Mobil had a profit of 40.6 billion and a total tax bill of 30 billion. Total profits for 2007 were 10.6.

Don’t get me wrong 11.5 and 10.6 billion is a ton of money, but perception of a totally corrupt oil market doesn’t always equal reality. I withhold judgment at this point… where there’s billions of dollars there’s got to be some corruption and/or manipulation. There’s no don’t that the market/price for crude oil is controlled just look at OPEC who called an emergency meeting this past Friday spooked by the 50% decline in the price per barrel from $147. The 13-nation group might cut production by millions of barrels in order to get a price spike. Iran is looking for a price of $100 a barrel, and Venezuela at $80-$90 (http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iTKFqY44EEha_Fb9CRDMjU692BWgD93VLFI00).” They have to be careful though not to further fan the flames of a global recession with the help of high energy prices. Doing this will decrease demand even further thus lowering the price per barrel even more.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Bidz.com 10th Anniversay Sale

On Wednesday, Oct 15th, Bidz.com customers will receive a $25 discount off all jewelry, watches, and sunglasses purchases. Bidz.com is giving this $25 discount to commemorate their 10th Anniversay. Use promo code HAPPY10.

Using Twitter to increase your Blog's Traffic and Interaction

Using Twitter to increase your Blog's Traffic and Interaction

It’s interesting to note how some people get into blogging. One particular person I know of got into it just by clicking links to blog posts on Twitter. Some Twitter members link to blogs that are so well done and the followers can’t help but be envious and be encouraged to blog. Is it safe to assume that most of the people on twitter are bloggers? Not really. Some are simply there to connect with relatives abroad, find out who’s friends with who and to promote their blogs. The fun part is getting followers. Yes, this is fun for me, but maybe not to some. See, most people feel compelled to follow you when you follow them first, and doing that over and over with really interesting people can be gratifying.

How do you fast track interaction on your blog through Twitter?

I’ve seen it done time and time again, and those who use their Twitter space wisely can enjoy the benefits of getting more blog subscribers, and more comments. I view each twit as bait; a colorful lure that invites people to explore more, ask more and follow more. Do you have a strong opinion about the economic crisis or the political standing of a presidential candidate? Simply telling your community that you have posted your thoughts about a hot topic on your blog will make them come running to read.

Comments can be ego fodder to some, and blog boost to some. It doesn’t matter whether you are a seasoned blogger or a new one, the feeling that comes after you see someone comment on a post is indescribable. The thing is, comments mean interaction. It also increases the relevance of a post. Comments mean that people have read your post and would like to put in their two cents. Remember that Twitter communities are expanding and your friends could be following the friends of the people in your community. Everyone’s getting to know everyone else, and because there is a character limit to every twit, your first words must be interesting enough for people to get curious and follow the link provided. If they disagree too strongly to your views, they won’t be able to expound more about why they disagree via Twitter so they go to your blog to reply there.

There are spammers on twitter, like everywhere else, but the beauty of it is that oen can simply delete a spammer from a list. You can spam all you want, but if you have no friends, no one will see it.

Building curiosity as well as community is the best thing about Twitter for me. There’s just so much wit that you can inject in one or two sentences, but those who manage to keep people rapt and tuned in to their twits have the power to invite anyone to their blogs, affiliate programs and company sites. The representatives of companies can even increase brand awareness by simply describing in frequent twits what’s so unique about their product. Again, the ability to avoid turning off spam-sensitive people comes into play. If you build a reputation of sending useful, non-spam information, or extremely entertaining one-liners, you could be the most popular Twitterati in your growing community.

Placing Ads on Your Sidebar (Affiliate ads, Banner Exchanges)

Placing Ads on Your Sidebar (Affiliate ads, Banner Exchanges)

The concept of earning from a blog has been discussed several ways and a multitude of times all over the net. This money goal revolves around the concept of selling things where there are people who are passing by, and right now, blogs as windows to people’s lives and thoughts are popular. However, there are some people who still do not want to place advertisements on their blogs. Here are some of the reasons that I learned by talking to other bloggers who keep their blogs ad-free.

“Only my friends and family visit anyway” – Of course, with a personal blog, you don’t expect much traffic from other sources, initially. However, as you post more and more, you will see that with or without search engine optimization, your blog will attract people who are looking for the topics you talk about. Unless you keep your blog private by placing a password on all your posts, the search engine robots will continue to visit your blog and send traffic from relevant sources.

“It clutters up my blog and divert attention from my stories” – This is the most common reason why other people won’t place ads. They are really building an online diary and they don’t expect to earn from it. They could also be feeling guilt about making money off their visitors. If you don’t want to place ads that could bring you cash, you can simply put your favorite charity’s banner on your blog to help you out. Perhaps a friend has an offline business that he wants to promote? You can create a small banner for him and paste it on your blog. The beauty of web 2.0 is that you meet so many people online and opportunities to help out aren’t scarce.

“I don’t know how” - You’d be surprised at the number of webmasters who are too proud to ask for help regarding their blog modification. Wordpress could be tricky to navigate if you don’t use plugins and if you don’t want to explore the other features of your admin panel, particularly the widgets section. Basic knowledge of HTML is not difficult to acquire. Just remember to copy your php codes to a notepad before experimenting so that you can easily revert back to the original when you break something.

To those who want to monetize their blogs but don’t know how, here are a few tips:

1. Join an affiliate network and choose the products that you want to promote – You can be sure that your favorite brand will have a banner that will fit your sidebar perfectly. They will give you an HTML code to place on your sidebar. The effortless way to do this is to add a text widget on your admin panel’s widget section (for Wordpress users) and paste the HTML code on the text box (right below the spot for the title).

Use a Google Adsense Plugin for Wordpress – Plugins like AdsenseDeluxe and MightyAdsense will make your Wordpress blog advertisement placement easy. These usually require you to simply input your adsense code and the plugin creates ads for you for putting on your sidebar of post body.

Virus on my official blog at CashSherpa.com

Hey everyone! I'm sorry to report my official blog CashSherpa.com has a virus that as of now I'm not able to get rid of. For now I'm back to posting on this blog 9malls.blogspot.com. I'm working with my hosting company and Wordpress to resolve this virus. Here's some more information on the virus.. if you have any information or have been infected with the virus PLEASE let me know how to get rid of it.

The virus injects malicious javascript code into the default.aspx page causing a redirect to http://reddii.ru/traffic/sploit1/ and sometimes causing a redirect to a PDF file on http://reddii.ru/traffic/sploit1/.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Microsoft Live is Now Rewarding You to Search, GetSearchPerks.com

I absolutely love this new scheme set up by Microsoft. I now get rewards just for using their search engine Live.com or MSN. May be I’m a sucker for free stuff. What have the other search engines gave you lately? There is a 500 point sign up bonus and a maximum of 25 points per day. Some of the prizes include free music downloads (525), sports game (750), T-Shirt (1100), 1000 airline miles (1800), cook book (3400), XBox360 controller (5500). Sign up for Search Perks at GetSearchPerks.com. Hurry this is limited to the first 1,000,000 sign ups.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Turn Your Gold Into Cash - Cash4Gold.com Review

It sounds like a scam, but one of the largest and legitimate “cash for gold” web sites is named Cash4Gold.com. If your looking to make some money fast in these challenging economic times Cash4Gold.com might be the answer. They buy any unwanted gold, silver, and platinum jewelry at extremely competitive market values. Cash4Gold offers 5% more than their leading competitor for unwanted gold. Most gold purchasers will pay 50-80% of the current gold “spot price,” depending on the amount being traded in. For more information on turning your cash into gold visit http://www.goldintomoney.com. GoldIntoMoney.com reviews Cash4Gold.com and other precious metal buying companies.

Cash4Gold.com was featured on CNBC’s Fast Money April 14th, 2008. With gold above $900 an ounce it was said on CNBC that America has gold fever and as a result Cash4Gold’s business is booming. View the article at Reuters.com. Cash4Gold.com states, “We are the only refinery ever to be listed by the prestigious Inc. 500 Magazine for both 2006 and 2007 as one of the fastest growing 500 companies in America. Along with the accomplishment of reaching #129 in Inc. 500 Magazine, we have also achieved the ranking of #57 in Entrepreneur Magazine. Our final success comes from Forbes Magazine being awarded as as one of the top companies to watch in 2008.”

If you would like to contact Cash4Gold.com directly their address is:

http://www.Cash4Gold.com
1701 Blount Rd | Pompano Beach, FL 33069
Customer Service - 1-800-241-1811
Fax Number: 954-935-1811
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm EST
email: info@cash4gold.com

Saturday, September 27, 2008

700 Billion Dollar Bailout “Mad as Hell” (VIDEO)

This video is kind of an exaggeration, but I think it’s interesting that a movie clip from the 1970s applies so well to today’s 700 billion dollar crisis. The “Mad as Hell” clip is from Network (1976).


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Dodd Pushes For CEO Pay Limits - Duh?

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd said he would like to see executive pay limits in the $700 billion taxpayer bailout. I wrote about this issue on September 21st where the 3 CEOs that recklessly mismanages their companies yet somehow ended up walking away with millions of dollars. The CEO’s of the failed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be leaving with a $24 million severance package paid with our tax dollars. “$14.9 million for the former CEO of Freddie Mac and as much as $9.8 million for the former CEO of Fannie Mae. Robert Willumstad of AIG is leaving with a $7 million exit package. This is on top of the millions of dollars Mr. Mudd and Mr. Syron earned in 2007. "Daniel Mudd, the CEO of Fannie Mae, received $11.6 million in salary, stock and other compensation for 2007. Richard Syron, CEO of Freddie Mac, took home about $18.3 million last year.In addition to Syron's salary, stock options and a $3.45 million bonus, Freddie Mac paid for a number of other perks for Syron, such as a car and driver, a home security system, travel costs for his wife, even $100,000 to pay his lawyer to negotiate his employment contract with the bank (http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/Story?id=5413172&page=1)." The fact that Dodd has to "push" for CEO limits on a compensation packages made soley of taxpayer money boggles my mind. They are either so out of touch with reality or so greedy that this would make any sense whatsoever. Dodd told CNN, ""I'm prepared to act quickly, but I am not going to act irresponsibly in this," he said. "It needs to be done correctly. If it takes a little longer, so be it." "In 2007, the average CEO's pay of $10.5 million was 344 times higher on average than the average worker's wage, according to Executive Excess 2008 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-weissman/executive-pay-and-the-mar_b_125746.html)." Why should tax payers now in debt $700 billion give ANY money to the executives of these failed financial companies?

Google Phone G1 Makes its Debut (VIDEO)

The Google Phone G1 is here. The Google Phone will cost $179, $20 below the Apple iPhone price point. The data plan will require a $25/month two year contact for data and voice. The G1 will be available to the public on October 22 2008, but you can pre-order the phone on the T-Mobile web site. The thing that most impressed me was the seamless use of Google Street View. The phone itself looks alright, I still think the iPhone from a design stand point looks more polished. From a functionality stand point Google probably has Apple beat. Who wants to type a long e-mail with a touchscreen? Watch the T-Mobile/Google G1 phone video.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

TravelZoo.com Top 20 Travel Deals

Travel Zoo Top 20 Travel Deals - Travel Zoo is a publicly traded company that is most known for their “Top 20 Travel Deals.” TravelZoo’s Top 20 Travel Deals offers the most heavily discounted travel deals of the day. Best part of all the Travel Zoo’s Top 20 Deals is 100% FREE. Sign up takes one step involving entering your e-mail address, that’s it. This is the site I use for all my travel deals. I’ve found some great bargains. There are currently 12 million subscribers to this e-mail list. Sign up for the TravelZoo.com Top 20 Travel Deals.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Save $100 on the BodyBugg, Body Bugg Review

The 24 Hour Fitness Body Bugg is a fitness product featured in NBC’s Biggest Loser Season 6. The Body Bugg keeps track of the number of calories one burns per day and packages this with diet software. According to the 24 Hour Fitness web site, “The Body Bugg helps you lost weight by monitoring your calorie expenditure and consumption using the most sophisticated consumer body monitoring capabilities available on the market today. In studies comparing calorie expenditure measurements from the BodyBugg device to calorie expenditure measurements in a metabolic chamber (the “gold standard” of calorie expenditure measurement), the BodyBugg achieved average accuracy rates of 92%.”

The regular price on the Body Bugg is $299.00, but right now you can save $100.00 by buying the Body Bugg online through 24 Hour Fitness. The fitness blog BloggingAboutFitness.com says the BodyBugg counts calories by calculation the number of steps taken per day and comparing this against your weight. The user interface is easy to use. There are graphs to show your daily nutritional intake and where you’re at. Some of the cons of the device include the price, entering food items is difficult, and errors in programming. The author comes to the conclusion that’s a “glorified pedometer” and there are cheaper alternatives on the market.

If you go to the 24 Hour Fitness web site the product gets 5 out of 5 stars. One reviewer by the name of Joycei states, “I have been using the BB for 2 months so far and have lost weight which is great but more importantly, it has made me workout more often and longer than I was before. It really motivates me to get to the gym and stop making excuses. It takes all of the guesswork out of whether or not I burned enough calories to eat that burger! Since using it, I have met many other people who are too and they all have said the same thing…they have been able to achieve weight loss like they never have before. I would recommend this to anyone who is ready to act on what they learn from the BB.”

My conclusion is that with the $100 savings and ease of use the BodyBugg it is worth purchasing. The blogger that gave it a slightly negative review at the time of print the cost for the Bugg was $400. So at $199.00 it’s on par with a good pedometer and diet software program. The Body Bugg gives you the pedometer and software in one easy to use sleek package. So I recommend it if your looking to get into shape.

Learn more about the BodyBugg at 24 Hour Fitness

Monday, September 15, 2008

4 Hour Work Week - Hire a Virtual Assistant From India and Save Time/Money

I got this great idea from a book that I’ve been reading called ‘The 4-Hour Workweek, Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich’ by Timothy Ferriss. One of his time savings and money making strategies includes hiring an online or virtual assistant. Timothy Ferriss recommends going with a virtual assistant from India since they run as low as $4.00 an hour. Timothy believes that getting used to making orders instead of taking them is a crucial step on the road to financial independence. You can delegate the tasks that have been hanging over your head to you assistant in India and concentrate on only the tasks that are important to you. If go with an Indian VA due to the time difference tasks can be completed at night while you sleep. One funny example the author gave using a personal assistance is when he had to apologize to his girlfriend. Ferriss had his virtual assistant from India send a love letter to his girlfriend and deliver flowers on his behalf. Some other more important tasks you can outsource include, “Scheduling interviews and meetings, web research, following up on appointments, errands, and tasks, online purchases, creation of legal documents, website maintenance, posting Job vacancies on the Web, document creation, proofreading and editing, online research for updating blogs, and voicemail transcription.” Virtual assistant uses are endless. Some recommended places to start looking for you own assistant are:

U.S. and Canada ($20 per hour+)

http://assistu.com/client/client_how.shtml
http://www.yourvirtualresource.com/
http://ivaa.org/
http://www.canadianva.net (in Canada)
www.onlinebusinessmanager.com

North America and International ($4 per hour+)

www.elance.com (Search “virtual assistants,” “personal assistants,” and “executive assistants.”)

India

www.b2bcorp.com ($15 an hour). This is a business only VA.
www.yourmaninindia.com ($6.25 an hour). VA handles both business and personal tasks.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

AllPosters.com 75% Off Sale + Free Shipping Coupon

I’ve already bought 3 posters from AllPoster.com for $5.00 each and free shipping. AllPosters is having a huge up to 75% off clearance sale. The free shipping coupon codes are: “EARS” or another one is “APCSHP.” AllPosters.com is a great company in my opinion, ePinions.com customers give them 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. If you decide to return your poster AllPoster.com has a 30 day money back guarantee.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

My Review of BANS, Build a Niche Store at Buildanichestore.com

I decided to take the plunge into the world of BANS, Build a Niche Store about 2 weeks ago. So far I’m impressed with the results!

To start simply go to BuildaNicheStore.com and purchase the product for $97.00. Next buy your web hosting from a company that supports BANS, called HostGator.com. The Host Gator plan that I ordered is called “Baby” at $7.95/month with unlimited domain names. The Host Gator unlimited domain names feature is the key here because you don’t have to stop at just one BANS niche store on your web hosting account. I’m heard many BANS affiliates say that they have become “addicted” to building niche stores. This could be a problem down the road as more and more people use the BANS product and building stores on every imaginable keyword. This will lead to search engines recognizing the BANS script as spam and de-indexing these niche sites or not ranking them well in the search results. I think this WILL happen, it’s inevitable… that’s why you have to use BANS now while it’s still working. Build a Niche Store on their web site states that they plan on raising prices to lower demand of the product, so we’ll see what happens.

Finding Your BANS Niche

As of now BANS is working for me and other affiliates I’ve read. Simple choose a niche topic. One of the best ways to find a niche is to go to eBay Trends http://pulse.ebay.com/index/20081_1. This link gives you popular searches broken down by category. It’s a priceless tool when finding your BANS niche. Next, visit Google and type in your niche keyword. How many search results are there? How much PPC competition is there? Click on the first three sites in the natural search results, what do they look like? Is there already a BANS store in this niche category? Next go to http://freekeywords.wordtracker.com/ to see how many hits your niche keyword gets in a month. You ideally want a keyword that gets over 200 combined hits a month according to WordTracker.com. Combined meaning all the keyword variations grouped together. For example, lets say you choose to make a Tickle Me Elmo niche store. If you type in “Tickle Me Elmo” you’ll notice several keyword variations in the same niche theme. Add these up and see if they total 200. “Tickle me elmo 179,” “tickle me elmo extreme 4,” “tickle me elmo surprise 4.” WordTracker.com keyword count is always low, so don’t worry about the 200 total search rule, there are more searches going on that that for your chosen niche keyword.

The BANS Installation Process

The set up process couldn’t be easier. Some affiliate blogs claim they could set up the BANS store script on their server in less than 15 minutes. I took a little longer at 1 hour. The BANS store set up directions I’m not kidding you when I say this are some of the most crystal clear and easy to understand instructions I’ve ever read. Really! You can literally follow them step by step and 10 out of 10 times have your BANS store up and running perfectly. Once your BANS store is set up you can start adding your eBay links. Simply enter your eBay “Campaign ID’ and your eBay.com niche category number. Click the save button and like magic your pages is filled with your niche eBay item you want to sell. I’d recommend customizing your niche pages as much as possible with relative content, pictures, links to articles on your niche topic, etc. The goal is to make your BANS niche store to look and feel nothing like a BANS niche store. Customize the theme of the site, search “BANS free themes” or “BANS free templates” in Google for more selections. Like any site the goal is to always add content and BANS is no exception.

How’s My Site Doing?

In just 2 weeks I’ve made about $100. My site is already indexed in all the major search engines and gets ranked well on a couple non competitive keyword phrases. So my success is just alright, but I’m hopeful sales will pick up. I like the fact that there’s something new to try and at least for now seems to work for most people. Try out BANS store, sign up with Host Gator. Both companies offer a money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied. Read the small print on their sites for more details.

Let me know your results with BANS!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Are Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs a Fire Risk?

Update August 06 2008: Read comment section for response to this blog post. Apparently brown or melting plastic (see pictures) is relatively normal. I will definitely do more research into this.

If you’re like me you’ve already replaced most of the bulbs in your home with compact fluorescent bulbs. By switching over from 60W + 100W incandescent I’ve seen noticeable savings on my energy bill. There has been something occurring that’s got me concerned, so much so that I may switch back from compact fluorescents to standard bulbs. The bulbs in question are the SKU #292-460 Model EDXO-14 120V 60Hz 14W .200A V # 42836 manufactured by Commercial Electric also doing business as DuraBright. These 14W bulbs last a maximum of about 6 months even though they claim they will last for several years. The real issue I have with these bulbs manufactured by Commercial Electric is when the burn out they literally burn out. When I have gone to replace the bulbs around where the glass connects to the plastic base there is brown charring (see pictures). The bulb seems to be short circuiting, over heating, and nearly catching on fire. This isn’t a one time occurrence either, on every failed bulb I can see varying degrees of brown burn marks. On one bulb (see pictures) you can see that there is actually melted plastic around the edge of the light bulb! I did some research on Consumer Electric and some of their bulbs have been recalled in the past, specifically the ‘32-watt, 3-way (40-75-150 watt output) compact fluorescent bulbs,” but they did not recall the 14 W model that I purchased. I would stay away from this brand as it poses as a fire risk. From now on I’m sticking with name brand companies instead of the fly by night China operations with limited quality control. (Update: TCP, Inc. the company that manufacturers these bulbs is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.)

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Monday, August 04, 2008

Little Caesars Crazy Bread & Sauce $1.99

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Monday, July 07, 2008

Take Your Writing to the Next Level with WhiteSmoke.com Writing Software

Want to make money online? One of easiest ways to break into the world of making a living online is by starting a blog. There is nothing that gets indexed faster in the major search engines than articles you write for a blog. To get started you must first use the Web’s premiere blogging platform, Wordpress. It’s easy to install with a web hosting company I recommend called HostGator.com. Host Gator automactically uploads Wordpress for you when registering a web hosting package. Next, find a niche and write quality content on that subject. Be consistent and write daily. What if your English isn’t all that polished? Not to fear there’s a company called White Smoke that acts as a virtual editor. White Smoke isn’t just a basic spellchecker it’s a powerful software tool that improves and edits your English writing automatically. With White Smoke you will receive: Advanced grammar checking, community based spell checking, patented text enrichment, dictionary and thesaurus, and an auto correct feature. I can’t afford an expensive editor for this blog, but with White Smoke I don’t need one. CNN business 2.0 named White Smoke #5 out of 31 top business ideas in the world. There are several different versions of White Smoke including general writing, business writing, creative writing, legal writing, biotech writing, and the complete executive package. White Smoke is good for business writing, letter writing, essay writing, creative writing, e-mail, instant messaging, social media, and blogging. Whatever niche you decide to blog about, writing quality, polished, and grammatically correct content is the key to making money and succeeding long term online. Check out WhiteSmoke.com for a demo.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Amazon.com Save Gas $80.00 Push Mower Reg. $129.99

If you’re like me it costs about $359 to cut my lawn now days with high gas prices. It just doesn’t make any sense to cut your grass anymore. Don't fear Amazon has the solution, instead of letting your yard overgrow into a jungle buy push mower. Gas free push mower sales are up 60% - 70% at American Lawn Mower Co. (The company that makes this mower). The mower is currently on sale for $80.00 Reg $129.99 a savings of $49.99 or 38%, and free shipping. For the cost of filling up your lawnmowers gas tank you can now buy one at Amazon.com!

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Monday, June 30, 2008

SportsAuthority.com 50% Off Apparel Sale, Free Shipping, $10 + $25 Coupon

Sports Authority is currently running a great offer. Use coupon code "TSA4TH" for $10.00 off orders of $50.00 or more. Use coupon code "TSARFRF" for $25.00 off orders of $100.00 or more.

The Nikon D60 DSLR Mega Outfit Giveaway

Dates for the Nikon D60 DSLR Contest is between April 21 - July 31, 2008. The giveaway includes a Nikon D60 Digital SLR Camera with AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm VR Lens, a Nikkor
55-200mm VR lens, and an Epson Stylus Photo R2400 Printer.
A grand prize package worth $2149.95. To enter just complete a short form including your first and last name, e-mail, address, and phone number. The giveaway is through the RitzCamera.com web site. Click here to enter.

Blockbuster.com, Blockbuster Total Access 50% Off Your First Month

Blockbuster.com is having a 50% off promotion. With your 50% 1 month free trial you get unlimited online rentals, no late fees, 5 free in-store exchanges per month, and free delivery to and from your mailbox. The Blockbuster 50% off plan is just $9.99 and then $19.99 per month after that. Blockbuster is really pushing this deal on and offline. If you prefer to use PayPal it was announced last week that Blockbuster will now accept PayPal in the US. BlockBuster is a lot better than it used to be so check it out... check the 50% off deal here. Or click here for a 2 week free trial offer.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Pontiac's Pontiac is Rock Sweepstakes

Brand new Potiac sweesttakes at PotiacisYou.com. The sweepstakes you enter will be different for everyone depending on what you interests are. A sports fan? Enter to win a trip for you and a friend to a BCS Game. Like speed? Win a racing experience at the Bondurant Racing School in Arizona. Like pop culture? Hang out on the set with Jimmy Kimmel Live. Prefer rock over everything else? Enter to win a trip to Chicago and rock out at the House of Blues with friends. Want to hit the road? Win a road trip from Pontiac. Pontiac will supply the car and spending cash. Enter these contests at PontiacisYou.com.

GolfSmith.com Friends and Family Sale 40% Off

This is an amazing coupon. GolfSmith.com is taking up to 40% off golf and tennis products. Just enter coupon code "FFSS08" for up to 40% off. Use this Golf Smith link to take advantage of this offer.

Sierra Trading Post, SierraTradingPost.com Save an Extra 20%

Use this link to save an extra 20% off any regular priced order. I love SierraTradingPost.com for their everyday low prices so when I saw this 20% off coupon I had to post it. Sierra Trading Post purchases name-brand overstocks and closeouts and passes savings on to its customers—selling dress, casual and outdoor clothing, footwear, home furnishings, accessories, and gear at savings of 35 - 70 percent.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

SuzeOrman.com Common Sense Financial Advice

Suze Orman is the financial guru for the rest of us. She gives very easy to understand; almost dumb down, financial information that many of us don’t seem to understand looking at the current credit crisis. On the web site SuzeOrman.com Orman states she is an “internationally acclaimed financial expert.” Suze Orman was also named one of Time Magazines most influential people of 2008. I like Suze Orman for her no nonsense and entertaining financial advice, but I’m not sure if she would have gotten as far as she has without making several appearances on Oprah. A lot of her advice has to do with getting out of debt, starting a nest egg, and improving your credit score. All of which I’d say is common sense… for this reason I feel Suze Orman is more of a motivational speaker getting people to do what they know they should do. Suze Orman first real job was at Merrill Lynch which is how her financial career started. She recommends Vanguard's S&P 500 index fund (VFINX) or its Total Stock Market index fund (VTSMX). Suze Orman also recommends “Exchange-traded funds that let you own particular sectors, like iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM), United States Oil Fund (USO) or the Metals & Mining SPDR (XME) (Money.CNN.com).” If Suze Orman’s common sense and entertaining approach to financial health gets people to take action than I’m all for it.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Diet Dr. Pepper IJ4, Indiana Jones 4 Promotion

On Diet Dr. Pepper they are now outfitted with yellow Indiana Jones caps. One in six of these caps wins a free Diet Dr. Pepper. On the cap look for the works "you win" and the all too common codes that you need to enter on their web site. On the DrPepper.com/IJ4 web site enter you e-mail address, password, enter your code, select flavor, and size of drink. There are many prizes other than free drinks that you can win including shirts, hats, food, and movie tickets. Visit the IJ4 web site.

Bath & Body Works, The Big Semi-Annual Sale

Yes, it’s Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale once again where you can buy 1 get 1 free on all home fragrance. It’s possible to save up to $19.50 on this home fragrance offer. There are additional savings up to 75% on other products online and in-store. Click here for a Bath and Body Works printable coupon for free lip favorite or anti-bacterial hand gel. The printable coupon is valid in-store only.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Southwest Airlines, The Only Airline With a Sound Business Model?

In April I took a vacation to Las Vegas. My airline of choice was Southwest. I was able to get the incredibly low fare of $80 each way through a special promotion called “Get Away Fares.” Other airlines price based on what all the other airlines are doing, but Southwest seems to truly have “sale” fares. If you are flexible in the days and times you leave, Southwest can save you a bundle. For example Southwest Airlines doesn’t charge you for your second bag as some other airlines do, then also throw in free curbside check-in. To find Southwest’s sale offers on the main page click on the “Special Offers” tab on the top of the page. One of the top offers currently is flying nonstop between Denver, CO and select West Coast cities for $79 one-way. Not bad in the era of rising jet fuel prices. “The Dallas-based airline has used derivatives to hedge the cost of more than 70% of its estimated fuel consumption for 2008 and 55% of its estimated costs for 2009 and is paying a price equivalent to $51 per barrel of crude oil (WashingtonPost.com).” In an article titled ‘Why Southwest Soars While Other Airlines Sag’ in the Chicago Sun Times Southwest Airlines chief executive officer Gary Kelly states, “We now board more passengers annually than any other airline in the world.” According to TheStreet.com revenues for Southwest were up 15.10% last quarter. The stock price (LUV) is up 25.85% over the last 3 months.


Monday, June 23, 2008

Free MIT Audio/Video Courses Online

This is kind of old news, but I still love this idea that I wish more colleges would take notice of and participate in. MIT offers many of their lectures on almost all subject matters in audio/video format. Check out MIT’s substantial collection of audio/video courses. For those of us that didn’t make in into MIT this is a great opportunity to learn from a college of this caliber. “The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. MIT has five schools and one college, containing 32 academic departments,[6] with a strong emphasis on scientific and technological research. MIT was founded by William Barton Rogers in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States (Wikipedia.org).”

Sunday, June 22, 2008

$250 gift basket from Vitamin Shoppe, VitaminShoppe.com

The sweepstakes entry form literally takes seconds to fill out. Once filled out you get one chance to win $250.00 in free items from VitaminShoppe.com. The contest ends August 1, 2008.

More Ways to Save on Gas… Buy a 120 MPG Scooter

Honda Reflex 249 cc Engine 70 MPG

You don’t have to buy a Toyota Prius or wait until the GM Volt comes out in 2010. You can get 120 miles to the gallon right now with a scooter! “The size of a scooter’s engine can range from 50 cc’s to 650 cc’s. A scooter with a smaller engine of 50 cc’s can get up to 120 miles per gallon with a top speed about 48 miles per hour. A larger scooter with an engine of 650 cc’s can get 50 mpg and reach 115 mph (Herald-Zeitung.com). From 2002 to 2007 scooter sales have doubled. In the first quarter of 2008 scooter sales are up 24% (MercuryNews.com).” The purchase of a scooter seems like a very sensible solution to high gas prices.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

2 Free Jack in the Box Tacos Just Bring Gas Receipt

I was watching UFC on Spike tonight and noticed a commercial for 2 Free Jack in the Box Tacos. Just show the Jack in the Box employee any gas receipt. The reason for the promotion is Jack in the Box feels our pain when it comes to the insanely high gas prices. Check out the deal here: http://www.jackinthebox.com/twofreetacosday/

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Free Taco Bell Frutista Freeze Today With Any Purchase

Get a free Taco Bell Frutista Freeze today, June 18th, with any purchase. If you don't already know what a Frutista Freeze is, it's a mango strawberry, or strawberry fruit icee, topped with real strawberries. I'm not going to lie to you it actually looks really good. Pick one up today free with any Taco Bell purchase. Download a free printable coupon.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

$15 Boston Celtics 2008 NBA Champions Locker Room T-Shirt 20% Off

It was a blowout tonight the Celtics beat the Lakers 131- 92. Get the Boston Celtics 2008 NBA Champions Locker Room T-Shirt and save 20%. Just enter the coupon code “ALICIAVR6″ and save 20%. Visit DicksSportingGoods.com for the T-Shirt.

100% Free MP3 Ringtone Downloads – TuneUsIn.com

The site TuneUsIn.com has the potential to decimate the paid ringtone industry. The site is called TuneUsIn.com and it’s been my main source for free ringtone downloads on my new BlackBerry. The quality of the ringtones is excellent and the variety is vast. Check out TuneUsIn.com for 100% free ringtone downloads.

Free Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich Coupon

Get a free regular Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich with purchase of a fry and medium drink. This offer is not valid with any other coupon offer. Offer is valid through 06/23/08. I for one am not going to redeem this coupon, but if you go to Arby’s a lot you’ll save yourself a couple bucks.

Friday, June 13, 2008

FXClub.com - Free Practice Forex Trading Account

I’m kind of strange I guess… I love the stock market. I watch CNBC, read financial magazines, books, newspapers, and browse market related internet sites. Even though I invest in the stock market like many people I don’t have a clue about Forex Trading. Forex Trading is The Foreign Exchange Currency Market. Currency, Forex, or FX exist wherever one currency is traded for another. “It is the largest financial market in the world, and includes trading between large banks, central banks, currency speculators, multinational corporations, governments, and other financial markets and institutions. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_exchange_market).” Currencies are traded against one another on the Foreign Exchange Currency Market. Lets say you have dollars and you buy EUROS. If those EUROS go up, you just made yourself some money! The nice part about Forex trading is unlike the stock market if one currency goes down there is always another currency going up.

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So here’s where FXClub.com comes in. FX Club offers a free account where you practice trading currency with funny money. If you are feeling more confident in your abilities you can start trading your own money on FXClub’s web site.

Forex Club Financial Company, Inc. is located in the United States at 1200 South Avenue, Suite 203, Staten Island, New York 10314. You can call them US Toll-Free: 1-800-881-3809, or email them at info@fxclub.com. FX Club offers free training videos as well as the free practice account. This blog is all about making money and since the stock market is so volatile right now there isn’t a better time to get into or at least try currency trading. The least a practice account can give you is additional knowledge in a field you previously knew nothing about.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Seattle’s Weather! Global Warming, What Global Warming?

I can’t believe it in the age of global warming June has turned out to be the coldest in more than a century here in Seattle. With weather records going back to 1852 we are matching and even beating record low temperatures in the region. It’s so cold here that as I type it’s STILL snowing in the mountains! This is the actual forecast from the National Weather Service… “A fierce storm could bring five to 10 inches of new snow to Washington’s Cascade Mountains, particularly in the higher elevation.” I’m going to get my skis out and get up there right away. I can probably count on my hands how many nice days we’ve had all year. I’m been a Northwesterner all my life, but I’m this close to moving to Arizona.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Restaurant.com 50% Off – Eat Off For Half Price


NEW! Dinner of the Month Club at Restaurant.com

You like to eat? If the answer is yes I have the coupon for you! It’s the Restaurant.com 50% coupon code simply enter “DAD.” Just enter “DAD” when checking out and get half off Restaurant.com’s already extremely low prices on gift certificates. Just in time for fathers day… hmm that would make a great gift.

Spirit Air $0 Flights!!! Free!!!

Yes, some Spirit Air flights are 100% off. Spirit Air states on their web site that they’re taking a different approach than other airlines to rising fuel prices. Spirit Air has reduced their prices, some 100% off. They are also offering flights 50% off and 11% off. See the SpiritAir.com deal page here.

Shoes.com Unbelievable 25% Off Coupon Code

Wow! 25% off at Shoes.com use coupon code “SUMMERSALE08.” There is another coupon code for $50 off $200 just use coupon code “JUNE50OFF200.” Shoes.com in addition to great savings on shoes offers free shipping on all orders as well as free returns.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Free Sample of Folgers Gourmet Selections Lively Columbian

Attention all those caffeine connoisseurs! Get a free sample of Folgers Gourmet Selections Lively Columbia. Free coffee offer is good from the beginning in April through June 30th while supplies last. Coffee is the life blood that keeps this blog going, I’m in for the free sample.

Walmart Free Classified Ad Service - http://walmart.oodle.com/

Walmart now has a Craigslist like free classified ad service. Like Craigslist Walmart’s classified ad service is free. I’ve already posted an ad on the Walmart site and I’d say it’s even more user friendly than Craigslist. Not to mention the Walmart interface is much more attractive than the Craigslist text based one. The categories one can post in include cars and vehicles, property for rent, items for sale, jobs, pets, real estate, and tickets. The categories are limited so I’d still use Craigslist as my main free classified as service, but it’s nice to see a large company like Walmart embrace this type of free community enhancing service.

Footlocker.com 25% Off Coupon - 2 Days Only

New 25% Footlocker.com coupon code. Simply enter “LKS18E25″ or "IP218E25" when you check out. Best part of all about this Foot Locker 25% off coupon is there’s no minimum purchase. I’m tempted to get some new shoes, enjoy!

Turn Trash into Treasure With the Freecycle Network, FreeCycle.org

The Freecycle Network is made up of 4,487 groups with 5,223,000 members around the world. It’s a non profit grassroots movement where groups exchange free stuff in order to keep useful garbage out of landfills. The web site turns trash into treasure. Let’s say you were remodeling your kitchen and you wanted some granite tile. Just search the Freecycle Network search engine and boom free granite tile for your construction job! “Anything that is a tangible item, that would otherwise end up in a landfill can be listed (http://www.ahwatukee.com).” Next time I want to get rid of some junk I'm posting for sure... great idea.

Monday, June 02, 2008

SubwayFreshBuzz.com - Subway is Giving Away 1 Million Dollars in Prizes

This is the newest sweepstakes coming from the Subway Franchise. The official URL for the promotion is SubwayFreshBuzz.com. Like BurgerKing.com’s BYIndy.com promotion the Subway contest is a movie tie in, this time with Get Smart. There are over 1 million dollars worth of prizes you could instantly win. First click on “get started,” next enter your e-mail address, register for the sweepstakes entering your contact information, pick your favorite Subway sandwich, click “generate,” click on the “begin” button, now click on the instant winner game you will have one free play, spin the wheel and match the shoes. If you match all three shoes a special prize will be yours. I won a bag of chips playing this game, yeah!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Batteries.com 15% Off Coupon Code

Find batteries for practically anything at Batteries.com. Use coupon code "DAD2008" for 15% off. PriceGrabber.com has a 4.51 out of 5 all time rating on Batteries.com. Visit Batteries.com.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Windows 7 About to Make Vista Obsolete?

Have you upgraded to Microsoft Vista yet? If the answer is no you’re like me. I won’t even touch Vista until I absolutely have to. I was running Windows 2000 on an old machine as long as I could until I bought a new computer that I specifically requested Windows XP to be loaded onto it. Those individuals who haven’t made the jump to Vista yet might not have to because in an expected 2010 release date Microsoft will introduce Windows 7. Microsoft’s Vista is only a year and a half old and already they’re talking about a new operating system. Rumor is Windows 7 will support multi touch screens. May be they’re just trying to garner some buzz stealing Apple’s marketing hype machine dominance.

Reflecting on Earth Quake in China

I found this set of May 12th 8.0 Magnitude Earth Quake in China pictures while browsing another blog. The pictures are so striking I had to share them with my readers. According to the associated press the death toll has risen to 68,109. The destructive power of the earth quake was so devastating it’s hard to fully grasp without actually going there. I think these pictures give a pretty good indication. The photos were taking at a wedding.

Source: lelandwong

Monday, May 26, 2008

My Memorial Day Weekend

I spent this Memorial Day Weekend river rafting in Idaho on the Lochsa River. I'd like to hear what you did this weekend, please comment.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Leaked Palm Treo 850 Photos and Information

Check out the leaked photos of the Palm Treo 850. This blog is all about saving money and I believe smart phones achieve this objective. Smart Phones like the Palm Treo 850 make you more productive out of the office. Do not, I repeat do not buy a Smart Phone if you will not make up the extra $50 per month a data package cell phone plan will cost you. They're hot right now, but don't jump on the bandwagon and pick up something that you don't need. Take the extra $600 a year you'll save and invest it or something.

Palm Treo 850 Features:

- Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
- 3G/3.6 HSDPA (2100/1900/850 MHz)
- 320×320 pixel display (flush fitting)
- QWERTY keyboard
- 1500mAh battery
- 2 megapixel camera
- GPS
- Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 2.0
- 400 MHz CPU
- 100 MB of RAM.
- Expected release date July 2008

ShutterFly.com Summer Photo Special

ShutterFly.com is offering $5.00 off $30.00 orders. Simply enter the coupon code "AF48-FEB1."

In addition to the $5 off special new members get 25 free 4x6 prints. Other promotions include 50% off large format prints and collage posters. Photobooks and canvas prints are 20% off.

I've ordered digital pictures from ShutterFly in the past and highly recommend them. The photos look great, but ShutterFly really stands out with their customizable photo calendars and photo books. I've made 3 calendars giving them out as gifts on birthdays and holidays.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Nordstrom.com, Nordstrom Buy Online Pick Up In-Store

Customers of the Nordstrom.com web site can now save even more by shopping online. Nordstrom announced today that shoppers will be allowed to ship to the store of their choice and pick up their merchandise for free. Essentially it's free shipping, just cost of you time and gas to the store. In addition to the pick up in-store option Norstrom has a 40% off or more sale going on. If you don't want to save on shipping by picking up your items in store Nordstrom.com offers free shipping on all orders over $200.

Download Videos for Free From YouTube, Break, and More

Download videos from all your favorite video sharing web sites. Simply download the program "Free Video Downloader 1.2", open the "fvd.exe" file, click on "download/convert" video file, enter the URL of the video you want to download, enter file name, convert to format of your choice, and finally click "get/convert." You're done, that's it! Sounds like a lot of steps, but it's really easy to use. Best of all it's free with no limitations on video length or file size. Download file here.

ZabaSearch.com - Find Anyone in the United States for Free

A people search engine so good it's scary. Zaba seems like one of those ideas that could either be used for good or bad. I don't think Zaba cares as long as they're getting traffic to their site. ZabaSearch does offer a free $20 instant opt-out service. It seems to me that this service should be free and this only reinforces my feelings that Zaba Search is one of the shadier internet operations out there. Take a look at Zaba for yourself.