We’ll file this one next to “what kinds of products keep places like Best Buy in business”?
Today we’ll simply focus on fluids.
1)LCD screen cleaner – How selfless of them to offer everything you need in an easy to use kit? Too bad it’s just a microfiber cloth, isopropyl alcohol, and distilled water. You can make a gallon for 3% of that price.
2) Shredder oil – Paper shredders are an excellent way to fight identity theft. The action of shredding paper generates a large amount of dust that is detrimental to the life of the printer. Big box stores sell a lubricant for this purpose. I don’t know if I’d want to stir fry with it, but according to lifehacker, this product is canola oil placed in a different container.
These are the times that try mens souls. Food charities are concerned, and the benevolent food industry giants like Con Agra are raising prices 40 percent just to keep up. Classic cheap source of protein and kid appeaser, peanut butter, is in short supply due to the invisible hand of the market.
If you’re not inclined to switch to Vegamite like our Aussie pals, plan to pay more or make other sandwich plans until the next crop.
We’ve all heard the cheapest day for airline ticket purchases, for which there has been no definitive ruling about the mythical master mainframe of all airfares that mystically opens up pumpkin coach-class seats at midnight on a Wednesday.
According to site Extrabux, there is also some data out there that backs up weekly price trends for computers, TV’s, jewelry, appliances, books, and more.
And if you want a deal, don’t worry that cyber Monday has passed. The biggest online day of the shopping year usually ends up being something like December 10th. On which, the odds of getting pepper-sprayed/trampled by your fellow retail shopper significantly decrease.
The most expensive multivitamin is the better one, because the price reflects a company with more stringent quality controls, right? Not at all. But the cheaper ones aren’t any good either, right? Wrong again. Some of them are stellar. Some.
It turns out there is pretty much no correlation between cost and quality, from a few cents per dose to some over fifty cents a pill. Some don’t have the the advertised RDA of certain vitamins. Some have unhealthful contaminates. Some are of such low quality they don’t disintegrate properly, rendering them ineffective.
So, just don’t take vitamins then? Also, a bad idea. Read the results of this experiment and buy the cheapest with a passing score.
Who likes mobile computing?
Alright, question #2, who likes not getting their lap burnt?
The ayes have it.
Staple a cushion to the base of a cheap cutting board and now you can enjoy the best of both worlds for much cheaper than you would pay for such a product at a store.
If you’re not French-pressing, you’re shortchanging yourself.
A recent convert, and not for lack of trying from others, I’ve rationalized that it is more than win-win. Four wins. That’s right, a quaternary level of winning. Insert hackneyed, two months’ stale Charlie Sheen reference here if you’re that person, followed by a sound life-examination.
1)It’s green. No filters showing up in the landfill. And after you’re done with it, swish the grounds around in some water and dump them onto a potted plant or garden bed of your choice. Apparently, plants love the stuff and worms will turn rock hard clay into aerated loam because you discarded your morning joe bilge there.
2)You use less coffee. I reckon up to a third less. There are a lot of oils and nuanced flavors that come through that you weren’t getting before. So your coffee dollar goes further. Frugal readers know that is one greenback that isn’t going near as far as it used to in the global marketplace.
3)You get more caffeine. There are scientific types that take this stuff very seriously…to a lab coat level. They’ve determined optimum extraction occurs somewhere between 190 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Your Mr. Coffee percolator is at best about forty degrees shy of that mark. If you slug it out of a wide-brimmed soup cup like I do, cool down time is not an issue.
4)You get a whole bunch of counter space back. Think of all the cool stuff you could put there instead!
Yeah, so you’ve got to learn how to boil a small amount of water and you can’t set a wake-up timer on it. Buck up. You get to feel like a chemistry major without floating a D grade-point average. Also, you’ll have to start looking at the microwave to see if you’re running late. It’s worth it.
It is that time of year when newspapers and discussions of full of budgets, budgets, budgets! Want to look them over? Here are the links to the governmental recommended budgets currently being discussed and voted on by our elected representatives:
●United States of America
Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2012
●State of Iowa
Summary of FY2010 and FY2013 Budget and Governor’s Recommendations
●Scott County of Iowa
Scott County, IA Budget & Financials for 2012
●City of Davenport
City Administrator of Davenport’s Recommended Budget FY2012
Print copies available for viewing at all three Davenport Public Library Locations
Need contact information for your local governmental officials? Call, email or text the Davenport Public Library Reference Department:
Text: Start a text message with DPLKNOWS and send it to 66746.
or In-person: the reference desk is staffed during all library hours
Awww, my stomach. Just rehearsing. But normally that’s the morning-after lament of the serially psychotic that go after doorbuster sales. In case you’ve been a devotee of online bargains using great portals like fatwallet.com, you’ll notice there was a steep uptick in the amount of great posted deals starting a couple weeks ago. The reason for this being, retailers depend heavily on this time of year to bring their ledgers into the black and have a strong 4th quarter. They need more time. As far as they’re concerned, it started the day after Halloween.
Here is an excellent write-up the Argus did, hitting all of the key points with a few tips.
So if they’re bumping Black Friday up, does that mean we can engorge our stomachs a month early as well?
Maybe its the element of risk or the fear of commitment, but I’m still skittish about buying shoes online.
There is definitely a larger selection and you can sometimes save a few dollars — especially now as they blow out old stock in the fall to make way for new styles. As far as getting a gander at them, all the online merchants seem to have them mandatorily photographed from a half dozen angles. But what if the dang things make you feel like one of Cinderella’s ugly sisters when they arrive by mail?
Major player Zappos tries to assuage that fear by offering free and unlimited returns. You’re not supposed to notice that they build about 5 bucks back into the item cost.
Take this one for example. Looks like something I could abuse, cover in winter rock salt and be too lazy to polish for the next 4-5 years. But what’s a Stonefly Milano?
After straw polling my peers, I’ve been told an excellent way is to know how a certain brand fits and count on that manufacturer’s internal controls to be consistent. In other words, once a size 11 New Balance, always a size 11 New Balance. In that event, it might not be a bad idea to go to a shoe store with a notepad and number two pencil to build an extensive brand dossier for your feet.
Comment with your shoe tips and favorite merchants, as well as any woeful tales of goofing on a size and getting stuck with $6.95 return shipping each way. Hey, sometimes you roll the dice and lose. That’s life.
With the last years’ worth of talk about passenger rail between here and Chicago, there is a vivid battle on our local papers’ comment pages between the “that would be nice” faction and the “they’re just trying to get re-elected, where will the money come from?” team.
Before taking a side, one might wish to peruse this fresh book by James McCommons, Waiting on a Train: The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service.
This one isn’t gathering dust on our shelf. People are using it no doubt to bolster their arguments. That being said, how cool would it be for Cubs fans and the 75% of the University of Iowa students from Chicagoland? Or, nationally, anyone spending two hours riding the bus in Los Angeles for lack of infrastructure?