According to a recent article on the environmental blog Grist, we have Walmart to thank for our stuff falling apart.
The argument goes like this: thanks to Walmart's never-ending quest to
lower prices, we're seeing a steady drop in the quality and durability
of clothing, electronics, and other items. This means we have to replace
our stuff more, which in turn means we're spending more and doing
damage to the environment.
Doing your holiday shopping online can save you plenty of headaches and stress during the crazy shopping season. Knowing the very best days to shop for a particular item can also save you plenty of cash. If you're familiar with Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when retailers slash prices, you may have also heard of Cyber Monday, the online version.
But online deals are available on other days as well, if you know what day of the week you should be looking.
I recently had the unfortunately experience of having the bearing go on my dryer and had to decide if I would fix it or replace it. This is never an easy choice and was especially painful because it's the most convenient, easy to use dryer we've ever owned. For the curious, I should say that it was a Fisher & Paykel, top load, drum, propane dryer. It's so much easier to get at laundry reaching straight down, rather than trying to bend over and reach into the back from the side.
One of the benefits of living in Santa Monica is its proximity to the ocean lends itself to more temperate weather during the hot summer months. Unlike Valley residents, beach dwellers can usually keep cool through the use of fans rather than more expensive and energy draining A/C.
While I'm a proponent of the basic box fan, there are more decorative alternatives for those who prefer form to function. I bring you Deco Breeze fans which combines both form AND function.
When our tax refund came this year, after much discussion me and the missus decided to buy a new front load washing machine. There were many large purchases considered, but the washer was the most logical choice. Now if only choosing the best front load washer was as simple!