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.
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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.
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at 8:55AM, 2 years ago |
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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.
If you bought a single ice blended coffee drink every morning for a year at one of the big coffee chains, at more than $3 for even the small sizes, you're talking more than $1,000. That's more than most people are paying each year for cable or internet access!
Several companies are trying to cash in on the phenomenon while easing the cost of your habit with home frappe machines--but how do you know if any of them are good? Well, this is one of those times where writing for a savings site has its advantages because, courtesy of Mr. Coffee, for the last few weeks my husband and I got to test out a Café Frappe machine (list price $79.99, but we found it at several places for at least $10 less).
This awesome invention isn't anything new, really, but a very cool and strange gift idea nonetheless. After all, it's essentially just a toaster and heater, but 1) it's adorable in its 1950s retro plastic baby blue and chrome casing, 2) your toast demands that you bite it (mm, don't mind if I do!) and 3) it's actually useful in making a delicious breakfast and is something you can use every day: i.e. not a waste of money.
And it's cool. Did I mention it's cool?
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I caught an episode of a cop drama recently where the detectives stood over a deep freezer and marveled at how the killer had hidden a body inside it for two years, no one the wiser.
"Must have been a helluva utility bill," said one cop to the other as they both peered inside, looking for iced over DNA samples.
I'm no detective, but my first thought was: Who is paying that bill? He's your killer--hello! (duh...) The second thought was: Who's going to buy that used freezer with icky DNA inside? Ew. What is the disclaimer for "a body was stored in this freezer for a few years--but hey, it works great!" I guess the coppers will just have to store it in the evidence room with some ice cream treats inside and the taxpayers can pay the utility bill. What a thorny issue!
at 1:15PM, 4 years ago |
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