Deal of the Day July 15, 2008

OMG,have you ever had one of these?

For that next special occasion try a delicious bouquet from Edible Arrangements. Not only are they more pleasing to the eye than a traditional floral bouquet, they’re definitely more pleasing to the tummy. Use coupon code INET0730 for a $5 savings on any order.  Expires 07/30/2008.

Identity Theft You Don’t Know About

Did you know that your social security number might be being used by someone else without your knowledge? I recently read an article about this that made me angry and afraid for the safety of my identity.

Across America, perhaps millions of U.S. citizens are sharing their identities with undocumented workers who are virtually hiding behind Social Security numbers. They want to work, but Federal regulations require a Social Security number in order to get a job. So what do they do? They buy your social security number in order to meet those hiring requirements.

Yeah. They do.

The data on the subject are incomplete, but each year nearly 10 million workers pay their taxes using the wrong Social Security number. While this can happen for a variety of reasons, most often it involves restaurant and farm workers, suggesting many of those 10 million workers are employees who are using someone else’s SSN to satisfy federal employment requirements.

This article, quoted above, talks about a woman who only discovered the problem when she saw someone else’s name on her 401k account. The colossal mess will take an enormous amount of time, money and energy to untangle, and her identity will literally always be at risk.

That totally stinks. And there’s not really much you can do to protect yourself. Sure, you can keep a good eye on your credit history, but you might not be able to find them by pulling your credit report. The privacy laws can actually prevent you from finding out if someone else is using your very own Social Security number!


Here’s hoping no one ever uses mine. But if they do please let them have a really high paying job so that my Social Security retirement benefits increase. And please, please let them not use my dear old SS# for anything else

Deal of the Day July 24, 2008

It’s been a few weeks since I told you about an ice cream deal…

Every Wednesday, now throughout the summer, you can get a 99 cent waffle cone from participating TCBY restaurants. Try a different flavor every week chosen from their expansive menu. Offer ending unknown.

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43 Good Facts to Know

A friend sent me this in an e-mail and I thought that some were good to know. I can;t attest to the veracity of these assertions, so enter at your own risk…


1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair.
2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish.
3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes.
4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair.
5. Elmer’s Glue – paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any.

6. Shiny Hair – use brewed Lipton Tea.
7. Sunburn – empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water.
8. Minor burn – Colgate or Crest toothpaste.
9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!
10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too.

11 Bee stings – meat tenderizer.
12. Chigger bite – Preparation H .
13. Puffy eyes – Preparation H.
14. Paper cut – crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals).
15. Stinky feet – Jello

16. Athletes feet – cornstarch.
17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails – Vicks vapor rub.
18. Kool aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff).
19. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won’t hurt them if they eat it!
20. Peanut butter – will get scratches out of CD’s! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper.

21. Sticking bicycle chain – Pam no-stick cooking spray.
22. Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your hubby.
23. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls.
24. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on.
25. Heavy dandruff – pour on the vinegar!

26. Body paint – Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour in to an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!
27 Tie Dye T-shirt – mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak.
28. Preserving a newspaper clipping – large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia , soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!
29. A Slinky will hold toast and CD’s!
30. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste.

31. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.
32. To remove wax – Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.
33. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter!
34. Baked on food – fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets , soak overnight!
35. Crayon on the wall – Colgate toothpaste and brush it!

36. Dirty grout – Listerine
37. Stains on clothes – Colgate toothpaste
38. Grass stains – Karo Syrup
39. Grease Stains – Coca Cola , it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!
40. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax– sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.
41. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox , or 2 Bayer aspirin , or just use 7-up instead of water.

42. When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you “squeeze” for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie.
They are:
Monday = Blue
Tuesday = Green
Thursday = Red
Friday = White
Saturday = Yellow.
So if today was Thursday, you would want a red twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue- Green – Red – White – Yellow, Monday through Saturday. Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday! Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.

43. Gatorade for Migraine Headaches. PowerAde won’t work.

Did you learn something new? I did!!!

The Seeming to Always Be on Tuesday Monday Linklet

The Festival of Frugality was hosted at On Financial Success and included my article All I Had to Do Was Ask!.

Also check out:

The Carnival of Personal Finance #161: The “Feeling Renewed” Edition was hosted at Deep Investmentsand included my article Where’s my Dadgum Sales Tax Holiday?

Other great reads:

The Carnival of Family Life was hosted at Colloquium and included my article Country Living and the Loo.

Definitely clickworthy:

That’s it for this week.  Thanks again to all the hosts for doing a great job!

Deal of the Day July 22, 2008

Office Depot is offering 10% off all purchases via coupon code 42759854. As usual, tech items are excluded.  Expires 08/30/2008.  Use to get a jump start on school supplies, like what’s offered in this week’s circular:

  • FREE after rebate Sharp Scientific Calculator (limit 1)
  • 1cent translucent 2-pocket poly portfolio (limit 10)
  • 15cent notebook filler paper (limit 5)
  • 25 cent Scholastic 16-pk crayons (limit 5)
  • 50 cent 1” vinyl binders (limit 5).

Also, you can get a FREE journal worth $4.99 with any dated goods (calendars, etc.) purchase of $15 or more.

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Why Can’t Oreos Taste like Brussel Sprouts?

Kate at One More Thing wrote a post asking about our own particular (and perhaps peculiar) comfort foods, then wrote another asking us about other foods that we have peccadilloes about.

I answered her first query in her comments section, as it basically boils down to McDonald’s, bread and potatoes (Honestly, I can imagine how anyone sees vegetables as comfort food, but to each his weird own).

Foods that I have peccadilloes about needed a post all their own for me to answer. Because I have them, in spades, as anyone who knows me will tell you…

There’s these:

I hate onions, but I like onion flavored things (onion bagels, onion dip). I will even cook with onions to extract the flavor but I will not eat the onions themselves.

Conversely, I like strawberries (though I didn’t until I was in my mid-thirties) but I cannot stand strawberry flavored things. And I don’t like any other berries, except cherries. But I looooooooove cherries.

I love nuts, but I don’t like them in anything or on top of anything. I will eat roasted peanuts, cashews, walnuts, and almonds. But please give me my brownies sans nuts, and don’t even think of sprinkling any on my ice cream.

Apples? Love them! Just don’t cook them. Especially in apple pie. When I was a kid my Dad told me I was un-American because I disliked it so much. But I do like baseball and Chevrolet, so I think I’m okay. And my Dad? He likes rhubarb pie, for goodness sake! What does he know?

Some things change as I age. Mushrooms? Could not stomach those slimy suckers until I was at Herb Alpert’s wonderful Vibrato Grill in LA last year and my sister-in-law ordered carmelized mushrooms to garnish her steak. Oh my. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh. Myyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. Now I can’t get enough of them.

Veal and lamb? Used to love me some veal parmigiana and lamb chops when I was a kid, but now I can’t stomach either.

I’d eat more vegetables if I liked them better. Did anyone ever notice that the unhealthiest foods taste the best? They do to me.

Why can’t Oreos taste like Brussel Sprouts, and vice versa?

I’d be so skinny if they did!

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Deal of the Day July 21, 2008

Six Flags Theme Parks offers a Big Six pass.  Get six admissions to a Six Flags park by paying little or no more than you pay for a one day ticket! Tickets vary in price from park to park, but it you can save a ton of money! Offer ending unknown.

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Flush With Love for Son

Today Son is four years old.

I could be the Mom that gushes about every smile, hug, kiss, laugh and fart. And I am, often.

Today, though, I thought I’d show you why I know am am the luckiest woman on earth.

This is a Play-doh creation by Son. I’m sure you’re wondering what that is. I can assure you it isn’t that. I thought of asking you to guess what this is a picture of, but those who know Son well would have a strong advantage. Then again, if you’ve read this post you might venture an accurate guess…

Those who know Son well know how obsessed with the bathroom he is. Particularly men’s rooms (oh, the tragedy when there’s no masculine types with us and he must enter the ladies room). Come along on an outing with us and you will get a tour of every bathroom in every place we visit (if a place has more than one each must be visited at least once, of course).

If you are male you will get pulled by the hand towards every men’s room. You won’t be asked or even begged. You will given the conspiratorial smile paired with the whip-tilt of the head indicating you should definitely join him for something that is just too fun to miss.

So today, on his fourth birthday, we will make the one hour trip to the zoo. We’ll likely see some lions and giraffes along the way, but the animals are certainly incidental to the real attraction. For Son this is just another stop on the Bathroom World Tour. And we’ll pay upwards of $50, plus gas costs, so that Son can see the zoo’s toilets and urinals

There are worse things than having a plumber in the family…

And if you haven’t guessed what the picture is, go back and read this post again. You’ll get it…

Happy Birthday, sweet pea. You make my life.

Deal of the Day July 20, 2008

First of all, Happy Birthday, Son!!!!!!

In time for back to school, and because it’s never a bad time to buy shoes, Payless shoes is offering this great coupon for $10 off a $50 purchase until August 2, 2008.

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