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If people’s comments on this blog are any indication (and they are), it’s really rough out there. Really, really rough.
Educated, bright, hard-working, do-everything-right-their-whole-life types are finding themselves out of work. Some for different reasons than others.
Some might be “too smart.”
Some might not have experience (employers love that word, don’t they?).
Some might be overqualified or have “too much” experience.
Others might live in areas that are even more economically depressed than other areas of the country and job prospects are nill.
Regardless, you are still making purchases.
You still have to replace things that broke in your home from Lowe’s or The Home Depot.
You still have to buy dress pants or a suit (because your current suit pants that you have split when you sat down for your job interview).
You still try and buy people birthday gifts, baby shower gifts, etc. from Target, the Home Shopping Network, QVC, Babies R US, Nordstrom, etc.
If you’re lucky, you might even book a vacation through Orbitz, Hotels.com, The Holiday Inn, etc.
During tough times, it makes sense to SAVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, right?
Well, I have GREAT news.
There is a way to save money by making purchases at your favorite online stores.
Best Buy, Barnes and Noble, Sears, Disney, Avon, Walmart, Pro Flowers, Sony, Netflix, or whatever store you fancy — you can save money!
How? Through Ebates! All you do is create a FREE and SIMPLE account through Ebates and viola, you’re done!
You find your favorite store on the Ebates site, click a link, and you appear right on your favorite store’s website.
The best part? You can earn from 2-20% back on each purchase for simply doing nothing! You get money back just for clicking a link through Ebates and going to your favorite store’s website.
Don’t be stupid. Save where you can. You have to check this out.
P.S. Between my fiance and I, we got checks back for well over $300 in less than a year for simply using Ebates for everyday online orders. That’s $300 more in your pocket for NOTHING!
While I was gone
being lazy working harder than ever and tending to everything else but this blog, I had “surgery” in a not so nice area. In fact, I won’t say exactly where because I would like to at least maintain some modicum of dignity and not expose my life for all to see on this blog. In other words, I’ll leave where exactly I had my surgery up to your wonderful imaginations. Although this isn’t an attempt to field sympathy as I am already healed, I will certainly take any belated sympathy you have to offer. Cookies and balloons will always make me happy, even if their from freaks weird enough to send an anonymous blogger things usually reserved for those you actually, well, know.
I didn’t miss any work and didn’t take anytime off. And my girlfriend always berates me for using the word surgery as I had it done in a doctor’s office and drove myself home afterwards. However, surgery sounds cooler, tougher, and tends to elicit sympathy more than … outpatient procedure. But I think I should note that 25 years ago this probably would have been done in a hospital and required at least one overnight stay where I can enjoy the finest hospital-grade frozen turkey dinner served to me by an mean, obese nurse that sticks her tongue out at death everyday by working around the horrors of poor health while leading a lifestyle that can very well put her in the same rooms she walks into everyday. But I digress. This is an area where modern medicine actually improved things and allowed a once inpatient procedure to be performed on an outpatient basis. And I’m sure if I had the same thing done 150 years ago, the surgeon (re: the person in the town that owned the sharpest knife) would have probably killed me.
I don’t know where I was heading with this, so I’ll just stop typing.
P.S. Don’t forget about Ebates! Read below for more or just CLICK HERE!
Before we get any deeper into the Christmas season, I wanted to share something VERY SPECIAL with you.
I was introduced to this great site known as Ebates. Basically, you create an account and then immediately start saving serious money just by doing your regular shopping through your favorite online stores. Depending on the current rate, you can get anywhere from 2 to 26% cash back just for buying something online through your favorite store’s website. You just click on the link through Ebates and poof, you’re at the very same store’s website just like you typed it into your address bar.
And we’re talking BIG NAME stores…
The Home Depot
Barnes & Noble
The North Face
Babies R US/ Toys R US
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! There are virtually hundreds (maybe thousands?) of stores listed for virtually any need you could think of. Simply sign up to Ebates, purchase your items (from BestBuy.com or whatever store your choose, for instance), and cash will be credited to your account. And Ebates sends you a check! Simple as that. Imagine saving 4, 8, 10, or 15% on every purchase simply for doing NOTHING!
My girlfriend signed up right before beginning her holiday shopping (she does most of it online). She already saved just shy of $100! That’s money she would have simply thrown away if not for Ebates!
Don’t buy another thing before signing up. You’d be a FOOL not to. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP & START SAVING RIGHT NOW!
Are you busy and in such a rush that you are missing the true beauty in life? Well, on a cold January morning in a Washington, D.C. train station, a man with a violin played six Bach pieces for 45 minutes as 2,000 commuters went through the station. Amongst the Bach pieces was one of the most intricate songs ever created and all of the pieces were played on a one of a kind violin valued at $3.5 million dollars. It’s probably also important that the music was played by the person that is generally considered the best violinist in the world – Joshua Bell. He played to a sold out crowd two nights prior with ticket prices averaging $100 a piece.
So how did this experiment turn out? It turns out only 6 people stopped and listened for a few minutes. 20 people gave money but hurried along. All in all, $32 was collected and at the end of the set, no one cared and no one applauded.
This was a very interesting social experiment by the Washington Post. Think about it. If you can’t stop and listen to some of the finest works ever created played by the finest violinist on a rare and extremely valuable violin, what else are you missing in life?
You can watch the event here.
Think you’re spending big money when you go out to eat and spend $100 bucks? Well, in what is quite possibly the largest restaurant tab ever, Roman Abramovich, a Russian billionaire, has you beat. He was in New York City a week or so back and was looking to buy the New Jersey Nets. After meeting with NBA officials he went out with 6 of his friends to Nello’s in New York City. Nello’s is famous for being a celebrity and VIP-wannabe hotspot featuring mediocre to decent Italian food at exorbitant prices.
So how much did Roman spend? Try $47,221.09 on lunch. The tab includes an automatic 20% gratuity of $7,328.20 to which Roman brought the bill up to $52,000 by increasing the tip to 26%. Noteworthy is the $35,000 spent on booze on $18 on a minestrone soup.
I don’t make in one year what this guy spent on LUNCH! Take a look at the receipt, courtesy of WaiterRant.net.
One of the things I do “behind the scenes” is incessantly check website stats and where people are coming from. Well, needless to say I was a little surprised when I received traffic from John Mayer’s Facebook page. I never posted anything on there yet I received a handful of visits from his Facebook.
I’ve been looking on his Facebook page for a link but cannot find anything. Anybody that can find where I’m linked to on his page gets 100 points (not good for anything). It seems to have come from under the “music” tab on his page.
Leave a comment if you can figure it out.
What do you do when you go to a haunted house and a monster spooks you? Well, if you’re off duty Baltimore City, MD Sgt. Eric Janik, you pull a gun on the haunted house employee. The employee was dressed up as a character from the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and wanted to get “one last scream” out of the veteran off-duty police officer. That’s when the cop pulled out a gun and pointed it at the employee’s chest, making the employee drop his prop chainsaw.
The employee, Michael Morrison, said, “I was doing my normal scene at the haunted house, and as I was going out the backdoor with the chainsaw, the officer pulled his gun on me. Basically, he put his gun to my chest and as I was going back in, he said he was a cop.”
This cop must be the life of the party at every function he attends. What does he do at Christmas when Uncle Ed dresses up as Santa and pretends to come through the chimney for the kids? Grab him by the throat and wrestle him to the ground?