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The Great School Supply Escapade of 2013 (Includes car covered in Post-its!)

 

I was perusing one of my favorite websites for good deals on Saturday, and found that there was a big school supply sale going on at Best Buy- where almost everything was 50 cents. I stopped by, and to my surprise the area was untouched! I grabbed up tens of dozens of items and loaded up a few bags. Below are two out of the three pages of receipt that I got. Notice the final price – $63.21 – and the amount saved $925.00!!!PostIt56 PostIt55

Here is a look at the load I brought back – note the packs of yellow post its – Those are 10 packs of 90 super sticky notes with MRSP of over $14.00 each! And yes, they were 50 cents.PostIt02On Monday after the church picnic and softball game, I decided it was time to put some of the post-its to good use. So I orchestrated a massive vehicle post-itification. Those participating other than myself were Janek Burton, Jake Alexander, Ryan O’Leary, Barbara Burkholder, Joshua Griffin, Lucas Iforgothislastname, and some others who stopped by for a little bit to help out. The vehicle belongs to dear Amanda Hooper, and I hear she took it all in stride when she discovered the decoration.

PostIt31 PostIt24 PostIt12However, before she had a chance to discover it, things went from good to best, when it began to rain about an hour later. The notes are the more expensive super sticky kind, so the rain didn’t knock them off, it just paper-mache’d them to Amanda’s car.

PostIt46 PostIt47 PostIt49I still have enough post its for three more cars (We used over 3,000 Post-its for this one) so look out freshmen next year!

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A Delicious Meal

Here in Fargo we have a local website like Groupon or LivingSocial called SaveCoin. At this website they list a deal every day in which you can get gift certificates or services to local businesses half off or even better.

So when I saw a deal for a $20 gift certificate to the local Acapulco Mexican Restaurant for $10 I thought I would give it a try. So this morning on lunch break, I headed down to check the place out.

As soon as I was seated, a basket of chips and a small bowl of salsa was placed in front of me. I also recieved a pitcher of water. So far I was loving this place. I barely had time to indulge, when the waiter asked for my order, and I decided on the Chicken enchilada. It came with beans and rice as well. There were many other folks at the resturant, but it was barely three minutes before the food was delivered to me.

I enjoyed the whole experience very much, and the real kicker was the price of course. It came to $6.45, but I only paid half that because of the deal I got. I would have to give this place a five star for service, and I will be sure to go back, well, because I have $13 more of gift certificate to spend there.

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2012 in Life, Money

 

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How much do I really save?

 

 

I was showing some guys here my continuous ink supply system, and did the math and made this graphic, which shows the real savings. I thought I could put it up here to show that ink is much cheaper with a CISS!

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2011 in Hobbies, Money

 

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Getting good deals on eBay- The sneaky way!

I do quite a bit of buying on ebay. It is often the first place I look to find a good deal. I have known for many years about people using sites to bid in the last few seconds for them, but never really went to that extreme. But now I have. I was looking for a good add on to firefox for ebay when I found one for the site myibidder.com.

The program is actually called an “auction sniper” So this add-on adds a little icon in every ebay page that says “snipe this”, and when you do so it has you enter a bid. Six seconds prior to the end of the aution it will put in your bid. By then it is too late for someone to outbid you.

Ebay logoOf course, if other people used ebay the way ebay wanted them to, the program won’t work. Ebay says to put in the highest amount you are willing to pay, and it will automatically bid up to that amount for you. So if your co-bidders put in their max bid, and it is higher than your snipe, than you still won’t get the item. However, a large portion of ebay bidders just bid the minimum bid and hope it will stay. If they get outbid, they may increase their bid. These are the people this program will outsmart.

I have used this for a day so far, and it has been working great for me!

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2011 in Computing, Hobbies

 

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Book sales are fun!

I always like to visit the local library when I find out there is a book sale. Every once in a while, I find a book that I like, but most of the time I find what I am looking for in the magazine section. The last time I went to a library book sale, It was $0.25 for a one-year bundle of magazines. This time it was free. Oh the joy!Needless to say, I have been enjoying reading “Popular Science” and “Popular Mechanics”, (Two of my favourite magazines) and I haven’t even got started with the “Scientific American” stack. Now they are 3 year old ones, but most everything is still interesting and applicable. I don’t know if I could say the same for the stacks of “Newsweek” and “New Yorker” magazines nobody wanted. Unfortunately it looks as if I was to late to grab the stacks of PC Magazine, but I hope that sometime soon I will find a free subscription to it on the internet. Nowadays it doesn’t really apply to me as much since I use Linux.

Book sales are fun, I sure don’t want to miss the next one!

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2010 in Free, Hobbies

 

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eBay is fun!

I recently went to eBay to buy some photo paper. While I was waiting for the auction to end, I decided to do a search for everything 50 cents or less with free shipping. Then I bid on several items ending soon. I won eight of them, spending less than two dollars. For less than a quarter each, I got two USB SD card readers, A headphone extension cord, a headphone splitter, and a USB extension cord. Suddenly though, somebody outbid me on my photo paper with six minutes left. So then I bid again with 15 seconds on the clock and won.

I have done these low price bids before, and the interesting thing I have always noticed is that the items often come from Japan, Taiwan, or China. I can understand how that it may be inexpensive to make these products there, but I wonder how 19 cents gives them international shipping and a profit.

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2010 in Computing, Hobbies

 

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From losing money on ink cartridges to saving with them.

Ever since I started printing my weekly publication, the Times Script, I have had my woes with ink. Ink cartridges new for the HP PSC 1310 were $30-$40 Color and $25-$30 Black, depending on where you bought them. I started saving a lot when I switched to remanufactured and refills (as low as $10 black and color), but still the cost was high. I had to buy new cartidges every few weeks. So then I looked to a better alternative.

My Continuous Ink Supply System

I looked at the Continuous Ink Supply System- Tubes that run into your printer from plastic ink storage containers outside the printer. I couldn’t find any that worked for our printer at a reasonable price, so I decided to look for a new printer. I found one for only $30 on craigslist, and bought it. Then, I shelled out anouther $30 for the CISS. That initial investment of about two color cartridges worth of money saves me a ton now.

The cartridges I was paying $30 for contained about 10 ml of ink. The CISS came pre filled with 600 ml. No, I didn’t ad an extra zero- Six Hundred millilitres. Since then I have bought another 600 ml to refill it with at only $18. No more ink cartridges for me, I thought.

For the last year, I have been turning in used ink cartridges at Office Max and office Depot. In exchange, they give me $3 store credit, redeemable quarterly or monthly. I had received almost $30 one quarter. It so happens that one day at Woodman’s grocery store in Madison, Wi, I came across a cart of re-manufactured ink cartridges. 2 for $1.00. I bought six packs of them, and soon had them all turned in at Office Depot, never used. This quarter, I will be getting over $80 in store credit with those and other cartridges I got- such as the 6 the came in the printer I bought for my CISS system.

I will never be going back to ink cartridges again for printers since I got my CISS, but I will still keep my eyes open for a good deal!

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2010 in Computing, Hobbies

 

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