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Cheesy Fun

January 31st, 2008 at 10:08 am

Opened a large bag of shredded cheddar from a small local dairy/cheese place. Was going to sprinkle some on my chilli until I tasted it and found it tasted more like a cross between feta and blue cheese than cheddar.

Needless to say I had the chili without any cheese...

Found the number of the company and called them. I think its a relatively small family business. They called me back and I finally got them today.

I'll get a refund most likely but they are going to send a sales rep to pick up the product as they want to find out what happened to it.

Oh fun -- told them to drop by one morning next week. Time to remove the trapeze from over the coffee table (kidding) - seriously my living and kitchen need a slight sprucing up before anyone visits... Guess what I am doing this weekend...

purse or downpayment? Hmmmm

January 30th, 2008 at 09:54 am

Hmm....

I just dont' get spending that much on a purse. In some area's that would get you a small house or a sizeable downpayment on a house.


http://cgi.ebay.com/ThinkVALENTINES-Hermes-BLACK-MATTE-CROCO...

It really makes no sense that 1) someone would make a purse that expensive and 2) someone would want a purse that expensive.

Last Chance to Escape the Cold - from $385

January 28th, 2008 at 10:31 pm

No I'm not advertising that would be trite.

Guess which stupid travel place sent this to me, here in Canada? You really think they aren't going to send me one more email with deals to sunny locations for the next three months? February is usually very cold as is March and we assume night frosts will go to the middle of may.

Yeah right, and nobody will be sending me emails wanting to enlarge my male member while helping me lose weight and be the man with the stamina I always wanted to be. Strangely, I'm pretty happen with the woman i am.

Stupid ads and spam are abundant.

Lets see if they get the message

January 28th, 2008 at 07:24 pm

Nesbitt, a stock brokerage has been sending me a statement each month for the last 2 years saying I have nothing in my account. These folks are mental morons I think.

This month I finally wrote to them and asked them to close my account. Okay so I wrote it on the statement and said "please close" and signed and dated it

I hope they do. But I'm not holding my breath after all their systems don't question the point of keeping an account open with $0 in it.

Did the rebate

January 26th, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Did the rebate offer online at Staples. Way way easier than filling them all out, photocopying and mailing.

Looking forward to getting my check. Sad it takes them a month to send it though

Oh and the customer service at Staples was great. No product on the shelf - told an employee.. they checked the computer then they went around looking for the 11 that they supposedly had. Finally one of the two people looking found a carton of them hidden away some place. Nice when they take the extra effort.

note to self"

January 26th, 2008 at 05:52 am

The sale price on the mouse was really not to bad at 39.95 but it will be even better if you do the staples rebate as then it will end up at around $10 plus tax..

It will make up for it being an impulse buy.

Toonie stash

January 24th, 2008 at 05:33 am

I've started putting toonies aside for either a flat screen computer monitor or some other such thing that I want but can't really justify buying.

So far I have 20 toonies or $40. Nice!

breakfast

January 24th, 2008 at 05:29 am

I'm proud of me today - actually made toast and tea here for breakfast. I'll buy a coffee or tea on the way to work but at least I won't be buying a bagel..

Baby Steps

Eating out

January 23rd, 2008 at 08:43 pm

I've been eating out way too many meals lately. Too much money wise and calorie wise. My goal next week will be to pack lunches for work and get back to making breakfast at home rather than grabbing a Timmies bagel and double double (sweetner) on the way to work.

My five fingered Walmart Shopping Deal

January 20th, 2008 at 04:25 pm

I went to Walmart last week. Had a number of things to pick up and decided I'd brave Walmart, even though I'd normally avoid it, as it would be one stop shopping for everything I needed. Cold weather means one sometimes organizes shopping trips by number of stops and availability of underground parking (this walmart has parking underneath as well as around it)

Other than the mother teaching her child to scream "woo hoo" cause the Mom thought it was "cute" and the toddler I found in the aisle with no parent it sight (yes I stuck around til a parent showed up).. the visit wasn't too bad .. found some good deals; the best being some clearance undies (2 pairs of underwear for 25c) and some nice tops for $4 each. I love good deals like this.

Of course I didn't get the thing for my bathtub I wanted. I looked in bathroom stuff and in the organizing areas and didn't find the expandable "fit to size" pole thingy that sits in the corner of the tub and has shelves for stuff that would otherwise clutter up the rim of the bathtub. A friend told me that I should have looked the hardware and plumbing area for this. Oh well next time I go there or a similar store... but how it rates up there with a toilets, gasket seals, and fixtures is beyond me. To me it should be in the organizing stuff or bathroom stuff but no one asked me...

Got to the cash register. A nice cashier. No issues at all. Not even a price check needed. Woo hoo .. bonus.......Go home put bags down and ignore them for two days. Okay so I needed the stuff but not right that evening. And once put off.. well you know how it goes....Don't tell me I'm the only one that's done this...

Go to open one of the bags and find this treasure trove of stuff I wasn't charged for. Obviously once opening it was bought by someone very concerned with dental hygiene. 2 small bottles of Listerine, Aquafresh toothpaste, Colgate Max, and two kids toothpastes. None of this stuff is on my bill (and my bill was actually in this bag I think so I'm not sure what happened).

I'll likely use the Listerine and give away or send to the food bank (they'll take toiletries as this will save people money that they can use on food) the other items as I don't use any of those brands.

The odds are this is karma balancing out the stuff I swear I bought that never made it home...