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« Reply #7250 on: February 20, 2018, 09:35:53 AM »
Home Depot has static cling frosted style window covers that you can put on with just water, and they peel right off.  I keep meaning to get one for the door of the RV where no curtain seems to last.  I like that they are not permanent.  Other places may have them as well. 

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« Reply #7251 on: February 20, 2018, 06:05:47 PM »
Home Depot has static cling frosted style window covers that you can put on with just water, and they peel right off.  I keep meaning to get one for the door of the RV where no curtain seems to last.  I like that they are not permanent.  Other places may have them as well.

I'm such a huge fan of self adhesive vinyl! I have the brushed aluminium one that makes my old white fridge look like stainless, I have marble on the horrible green formica bathroom countertops, I have frosted on my windows, and I covered some old shoe boxes with a battered old wood grain vinyl to make some cheap storage boxes. I'm thinking of getting some maple to retro-fy my car dash board! Honestly, it's really cheap and easy to apply if you make sure you take a little time and do it very gradually, just peeling off the portion of the backing that you're working to apply at the time.

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« Reply #7252 on: February 20, 2018, 07:12:22 PM »
Home Depot has static cling frosted style window covers that you can put on with just water, and they peel right off.  I keep meaning to get one for the door of the RV where no curtain seems to last.  I like that they are not permanent.  Other places may have them as well.

I'm such a huge fan of self adhesive vinyl! I have the brushed aluminium one that makes my old white fridge look like stainless, I have marble on the horrible green formica bathroom countertops, I have frosted on my windows, and I covered some old shoe boxes with a battered old wood grain vinyl to make some cheap storage boxes. I'm thinking of getting some maple to retro-fy my car dash board! Honestly, it's really cheap and easy to apply if you make sure you take a little time and do it very gradually, just peeling off the portion of the backing that you're working to apply at the time.

Wow, McLaren and Koenigsegg carbon fibre videos would be like porn for you.

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« Reply #7253 on: February 20, 2018, 10:21:27 PM »
Home Depot has static cling frosted style window covers that you can put on with just water, and they peel right off.  I keep meaning to get one for the door of the RV where no curtain seems to last.  I like that they are not permanent.  Other places may have them as well.

I'm such a huge fan of self adhesive vinyl! I have the brushed aluminium one that makes my old white fridge look like stainless, I have marble on the horrible green formica bathroom countertops, I have frosted on my windows, and I covered some old shoe boxes with a battered old wood grain vinyl to make some cheap storage boxes. I'm thinking of getting some maple to retro-fy my car dash board! Honestly, it's really cheap and easy to apply if you make sure you take a little time and do it very gradually, just peeling off the portion of the backing that you're working to apply at the time.

Wow, McLaren and Koenigsegg carbon fibre videos would be like porn for you.

I don't know what those are, but I'm completely willing to accept that I AM a vinyl-nerd.

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« Reply #7254 on: February 21, 2018, 10:38:47 PM »
Hey AnnaGrowsAMustache, I'm really wanting some self stick vinyl for several projects, but have found it to be very expensive.  Any sources you would be willing to share to get a great deal on it?

Thanks!

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« Reply #7255 on: February 22, 2018, 06:49:54 PM »
Hey AnnaGrowsAMustache, I'm really wanting some self stick vinyl for several projects, but have found it to be very expensive.  Any sources you would be willing to share to get a great deal on it?

Thanks!

I get mine from AliExpress. It doesn't seem to be a big site in the states, but it's huge for the rest of the world. It's the small scale purchase arm of Alibaba. It's a site that manufacturers advertise products on directly, all based in China. Each manufacturer has a sales and product review and star system so you can see if they're reputable and easy to deal with. Just about anything in the world can be purchased on here. Couple of things to check - whatever you search, there will be MANY different varieties, qualities and prices, so make sure you've got what you want. Second, check and doublecheck the shipping rate, and also any import duties you might incur at your end. In my country, you don't get stung unless you order over a certain dollar value. Third, there are things available for purchase that may be illegal to bring into your country - I don't imagine vinyl is one of them, but you never know. Third, you're purchasing from a Chinese manufacturer, not from a site like Amazon, so IF there are issues you may have problems resolving them. I've used AliExpress hundreds of times, with no issues, but I've also never purchased anything over $50. You do use your CC through the site and that's completely reputable, so no worries there.

Have a look and see what you can find.

https://www.aliexpress.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AliExpress

PS, also check what you're buying. It's listed in price per "unit". But a unit can be 1m for one manufacturer and 10m for another.
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« Reply #7256 on: February 22, 2018, 07:44:47 PM »
I just bought the static cling window cover that looks like stained glass from Aliexpress.  I'll use that for awhile, and change it out if I get bored with it.  With shipping an approx 18"x40" piece was under $4.00.  At that price I can change the window covering out every month.

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« Reply #7257 on: February 22, 2018, 11:23:49 PM »
I just bought the static cling window cover that looks like stained glass from Aliexpress.  I'll use that for awhile, and change it out if I get bored with it.  With shipping an approx 18"x40" piece was under $4.00.  At that price I can change the window covering out every month.

AliExpress is bloody brilliant. I got toothbrush heads for an Oral B electric toothbrush for 50 cents each, landed. They're identical to the branded ones except for the stenciled brand. And I really like the way you can buy one of, or 200 of. You can also get the branded products if you want them - razor blade refills are particularly well priced. And if you're a canner who recycles jars? You just hit the jackpot for all kinds of lids in all sizes, for pennies. The other thing I regularly seem to buy is drawer knobs and handles.

Just goes to show you the mark up that some of the big brand stores put on things, really, when you can buy direct from the Chinese manufacturer yourself. God Bless the Internet!

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« Reply #7258 on: February 22, 2018, 11:39:00 PM »
I just bought the static cling window cover that looks like stained glass from Aliexpress.  I'll use that for awhile, and change it out if I get bored with it.  With shipping an approx 18"x40" piece was under $4.00.  At that price I can change the window covering out every month.

AliExpress is bloody brilliant. I got toothbrush heads for an Oral B electric toothbrush for 50 cents each, landed. They're identical to the branded ones except for the stenciled brand. And I really like the way you can buy one of, or 200 of. You can also get the branded products if you want them - razor blade refills are particularly well priced. And if you're a canner who recycles jars? You just hit the jackpot for all kinds of lids in all sizes, for pennies. The other thing I regularly seem to buy is drawer knobs and handles.

Just goes to show you the mark up that some of the big brand stores put on things, really, when you can buy direct from the Chinese manufacturer yourself. God Bless the Internet!

A friend of mine is a huge devotee of AliExpress (she calls it Chinese eBay).

Every few weeks I get texts like, "Need a new blanket scarf? They're $1.50 each, and the minimum order is 10." No, no I don't! :D

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« Reply #7259 on: February 23, 2018, 09:41:46 AM »
This isn't even funny to me, but I literally just saw this on FB from someone.
It was posted along with a celebratory gif, as if this was good news:

"We got Hamilton tickets!  Expensive, but WORTH IT. Really need to find full time work now.  I guess we're going without health insurance for a few months."

And no, this was not a joke or an exaggeration.
They have been out of work for a few months already and have continually posted about their job search.

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« Reply #7260 on: February 23, 2018, 05:09:09 PM »
This isn't even funny to me, but I literally just saw this on FB from someone.
It was posted along with a celebratory gif, as if this was good news:

"We got Hamilton tickets!  Expensive, but WORTH IT. Really need to find full time work now.  I guess we're going without health insurance for a few months."

And no, this was not a joke or an exaggeration.
They have been out of work for a few months already and have continually posted about their job search.


Amazing how broke unemployed people seem to have the cash for these things. Drives me mental!

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« Reply #7261 on: February 23, 2018, 07:30:45 PM »
I just bought the static cling window cover that looks like stained glass from Aliexpress.  I'll use that for awhile, and change it out if I get bored with it.  With shipping an approx 18"x40" piece was under $4.00.  At that price I can change the window covering out every month.

AliExpress is bloody brilliant. I got toothbrush heads for an Oral B electric toothbrush for 50 cents each, landed. They're identical to the branded ones except for the stenciled brand. And I really like the way you can buy one of, or 200 of. You can also get the branded products if you want them - razor blade refills are particularly well priced. And if you're a canner who recycles jars? You just hit the jackpot for all kinds of lids in all sizes, for pennies. The other thing I regularly seem to buy is drawer knobs and handles.

Just goes to show you the mark up that some of the big brand stores put on things, really, when you can buy direct from the Chinese manufacturer yourself. God Bless the Internet!

A friend of mine is a huge devotee of AliExpress (she calls it Chinese eBay).

Every few weeks I get texts like, "Need a new blanket scarf? They're $1.50 each, and the minimum order is 10." No, no I don't! :D

Um... yeah. She needs a laminated poster on her fridge: "NOT A DEAL UNLESS YOU NEED IT"

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« Reply #7262 on: February 23, 2018, 08:50:20 PM »
This isn't even funny to me, but I literally just saw this on FB from someone.
It was posted along with a celebratory gif, as if this was good news:

"We got Hamilton tickets!  Expensive, but WORTH IT. Really need to find full time work now.  I guess we're going without health insurance for a few months."

And no, this was not a joke or an exaggeration.
They have been out of work for a few months already and have continually posted about their job search.


Amazing how broke unemployed people seem to have the cash credit card space for these things. Drives me mental!

There, I fixed it! (People are bonkers.)

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« Reply #7263 on: February 24, 2018, 12:07:20 AM »
I just bought the static cling window cover that looks like stained glass from Aliexpress.  I'll use that for awhile, and change it out if I get bored with it.  With shipping an approx 18"x40" piece was under $4.00.  At that price I can change the window covering out every month.

AliExpress is bloody brilliant. I got toothbrush heads for an Oral B electric toothbrush for 50 cents each, landed. They're identical to the branded ones except for the stenciled brand. And I really like the way you can buy one of, or 200 of. You can also get the branded products if you want them - razor blade refills are particularly well priced. And if you're a canner who recycles jars? You just hit the jackpot for all kinds of lids in all sizes, for pennies. The other thing I regularly seem to buy is drawer knobs and handles.

Just goes to show you the mark up that some of the big brand stores put on things, really, when you can buy direct from the Chinese manufacturer yourself. God Bless the Internet!

A friend of mine is a huge devotee of AliExpress (she calls it Chinese eBay).

Every few weeks I get texts like, "Need a new blanket scarf? They're $1.50 each, and the minimum order is 10." No, no I don't! :D

Um... yeah. She needs a laminated poster on her fridge: "NOT A DEAL UNLESS YOU NEED IT"

But doesn't everyone "need" a blanket scarf?

Um. What is a blanket scarf anyway?

/s  kidding.  I'm pretty sure I can work it out.

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« Reply #7264 on: February 24, 2018, 05:43:11 AM »
Um... yeah. She needs a laminated poster on her fridge: "NOT A DEAL UNLESS YOU NEED IT"
I went grocery shopping with DW a couple weeks ago.  She bought raspberries and blueberries because they were on sale, not because we needed them for any of our planned meals.  I chose not to say anything, but inside I was screaming that to myself.

Since then, we've started using Walmart's grocery pickup service.  It's been awesome, and no more impulse purchases!

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« Reply #7265 on: February 24, 2018, 06:57:56 AM »
Um... yeah. She needs a laminated poster on her fridge: "NOT A DEAL UNLESS YOU NEED IT"
I went grocery shopping with DW a couple weeks ago.  She bought raspberries and blueberries because they were on sale, not because we needed them for any of our planned meals.  I chose not to say anything, but inside I was screaming that to myself.

Since then, we've started using Walmart's grocery pickup service.  It's been awesome, and no more impulse purchases!

I've never found Grocery Store Berries to ever be worth any price. I had no idea why people in eras past even liked berries, figured it was because sugar wasn't a regular commodity yet and they were desperate.

Then at 27 someone gave me some fresh picked blueberries and they were AMAZING. <- so now I know why berries are a thing, but not why anyone would ever buy one at the store?

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« Reply #7266 on: February 24, 2018, 03:10:46 PM »
Um... yeah. She needs a laminated poster on her fridge: "NOT A DEAL UNLESS YOU NEED IT"
I went grocery shopping with DW a couple weeks ago.  She bought raspberries and blueberries because they were on sale, not because we needed them for any of our planned meals.  I chose not to say anything, but inside I was screaming that to myself.

Since then, we've started using Walmart's grocery pickup service.  It's been awesome, and no more impulse purchases!

Um.... I buy bulk items, including fruit and veg, when they're on a great sale. Blueberries average $11 a kilo frozen here, and I use a little scoop of them daily in my breakfast. If they were, say $8 a kilo, I would buy several. If they were $4 a kilo, I would buy every pack they had available. It's not really impulse, as such, because I have money built into my grocery budget specifically to take advantage of these finds.

The other day, apples were $1 a kilo. I bought 10 kilos. They'll be canned as apple pie filling. Couldn't grow them myself for that price.

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« Reply #7267 on: February 24, 2018, 09:20:44 PM »
I love love love berries. In the summer when they are fresh I buy a fair amount of them. Otherwise I buy frozen and put them in my oatmeal. I agree though that grow your own is tastier.
As a kid we had a bunch of raspberries in the yard and could pick a bunch whenever. My mother would sometimes go out with a bowl in the morning to pick a bunch to have in her cereal. I just loved eating them straight off the bushes, warm from the sun. We bought six little raspberry twigs and have them in the ground in our back yard now. I can’t wait for them to get big and give us fruit.

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« Reply #7268 on: February 25, 2018, 10:40:54 AM »
Just saw this gem on FB (because my sister was tagged and replied, ďhahaha, so true!!Ē). Talk about mindless consumerism at its finest. Somehow she cannot make the connection that the constant acquisition of More New Stuff will A. Never lead to contentment, and B. Keep her broke and on the treadmill (despite a high income). Makes me crazy (and sad).
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« Reply #7269 on: February 25, 2018, 12:42:42 PM »
^ I've actually had that happen before, but not because I order a lot. When you're on Prime, Amazon is far more willing to just ship things separately so they can get it to you faster (when you don't have Prime, they tend to combine shipments mostly). I've had them ship things out separately, but were part of the same order, and didn't know what part of my order was in the box until I opened it.

Because Murphy's Law, it's generally the stuff you are not in a rush for that gets to you first, and the stuff that you really need NOW and can't even buy locally (recently for me it was a stove part) wants to take an extra day or two to get to you.

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« Reply #7270 on: February 25, 2018, 03:01:01 PM »
@redbird, Iíve got a monthís free trial of Prime currently and itís happened to me, too. :) Of COURSE the thing I ordered for husbandís birthday was the shipment that didnít arrive in one or two days (no biggie, just funny). Checking now if there are final things to order before I cancel Prime on Wednesday (definitely donít buy enough to make it worthwhile).

In my sisterís case, I can say with 99% certainty that purchases arenít carefully considered; and, subscription items, if no longer needed, would take months to get cancelled.

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« Reply #7271 on: February 26, 2018, 11:15:31 AM »
I don't have Prime. I get free shipping by ordering enough to qualify. What am I missing?

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« Reply #7272 on: February 26, 2018, 11:45:29 AM »
I don't have Prime. I get free shipping by ordering enough to qualify. What am I missing?
Basically two day shipping, and not having to wait for your shopping cart to get to a certain value before ordering.  I order something every 6 weeks or so, and don't mind waiting a week for it to arrive, so it's definitely not worth it for me. 

You can also use it for online streaming.

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« Reply #7273 on: February 26, 2018, 12:01:38 PM »
I don't have Prime. I get free shipping by ordering enough to qualify. What am I missing?

I use it for streaming since we don't have cable and also the free music and book downloads.

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« Reply #7274 on: February 26, 2018, 12:35:13 PM »
I don't have Prime. I get free shipping by ordering enough to qualify. What am I missing?

I use it for streaming since we don't have cable and also the free music and book downloads.

Ah. That makes sense. I have other sources. Thanks.

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« Reply #7275 on: February 26, 2018, 03:57:30 PM »
I don't have Prime. I get free shipping by ordering enough to qualify. What am I missing?

I use it for streaming since we don't have cable and also the free music and book downloads.

Also some people use it for EVERYTHING. My parents live in the middle of nowhere and use prime to get all their non-perishables. They basically get a package every two weeks at least. Soap, motor oil, bed linens. You name it and it comes from Amazon. For them, it makes up for the drive into the closest major town.

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« Reply #7276 on: February 26, 2018, 06:16:04 PM »
I use prime because i need to specifically search for something i want so no impulse buys for me. I cannot say the same for target which i avoid like the plague.

But look at what i saw on Facebook marketplace... Oh my. Spend that loan you gave the government!

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« Reply #7277 on: February 27, 2018, 01:20:27 AM »
https://m.news-mail.com.au/news/grandpa-claims-his-140k-lottery-win-ruined-his-lif/3346455/

This popped up on my Facebook feed today via a mustachian Facebook page.

Old dude on disability pension won 80,000 pounds. Blew it all in a matter of weeks on holidays, renovations and giving away the rest to family.

Welfare department saw his bank records and cancelled his pension.

He's now complaining saying what a nightmare it is.

I am struggling to have any sympathy at all.

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« Reply #7278 on: February 27, 2018, 01:26:40 AM »
https://m.news-mail.com.au/news/grandpa-claims-his-140k-lottery-win-ruined-his-lif/3346455/

This popped up on my Facebook feed today via a mustachian Facebook page.

Old dude on disability pension won 80,000 pounds. Blew it all in a matter of weeks on holidays, renovations and giving away the rest to family.

Welfare department saw his bank records and cancelled his pension.

He's now complaining saying what a nightmare it is.

I am struggling to have any sympathy at all.

Less than two months!

And the quotes from the wife!

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She said: "There are people winning millions of pounds and we just get a bit of luck and all of a sudden, we are punished for it.

"We helped our neighbour and friends out with some cash.

"We gave it to our family and have nothing left. We paid for three family holidays - a cruise and two big trips to Benidorm.

"We got the kitchen and hall decorated and the bathroom and living room are to be done. There is nothing left.

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« Reply #7279 on: February 27, 2018, 07:08:45 AM »
https://m.news-mail.com.au/news/grandpa-claims-his-140k-lottery-win-ruined-his-lif/3346455/

This popped up on my Facebook feed today via a mustachian Facebook page.

Old dude on disability pension won 80,000 pounds. Blew it all in a matter of weeks on holidays, renovations and giving away the rest to family.

Welfare department saw his bank records and cancelled his pension.

He's now complaining saying what a nightmare it is.

I am struggling to have any sympathy at all.
That sounds rough.  Really bad luck winning that lottery.

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« Reply #7280 on: February 27, 2018, 07:15:32 AM »
$142,000 gone between September and December? From that, too overdrawn?

I sympathize a tiny bit with him about not thinking about that he would loose his benefits, but mother of spendypants, that's fast!

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« Reply #7281 on: February 27, 2018, 07:24:19 AM »
I don't have Prime. I get free shipping by ordering enough to qualify. What am I missing?

I use it for streaming since we don't have cable and also the free music and book downloads.

Also some people use it for EVERYTHING. My parents live in the middle of nowhere and use prime to get all their non-perishables. They basically get a package every two weeks at least. Soap, motor oil, bed linens. You name it and it comes from Amazon. For them, it makes up for the drive into the closest major town.

I live in a mid-sized city and still use it for just about everything. Given the choice between waiting two days for a Prime delivery and packing up three young kids for a trip to Target, Amazon wins every time.

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« Reply #7282 on: February 27, 2018, 07:33:26 AM »
Anyone using any of other retailers that have free shipping like WalMart?

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« Reply #7283 on: February 27, 2018, 07:39:32 AM »
Anyone using any of other retailers that have free shipping like WalMart?
I've been doing that with bigger items that don't come with free returns on amazon. Target also does free shipping over $35, but it's not 2 day. Worth it to me when I'm buying furniture that would be almost impossible to return to amazon.

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« Reply #7284 on: February 27, 2018, 07:55:31 AM »
Iíll chime in that if you have the Target Red Card (which can be a debit card, for the credit card averse), you get free shipping on any sized order.  I used it quite a bit for bulk and staples when I was living without a car. Also, you have to be careful to search out their brand of products as the website shows name brand items first. 

They also had an easy return policy that was extended even longer for Red Card orders, so I had a nice long window to make returns though it was inconvenient to get to the store. ETA. Most items are returnable by mail, some just in store.  Itís very easy to miss that detail. 

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As for Prime, Iím grandfathered in on a family plan, so I get the free shipping without the media content, so I canít comment on the content, just the shipping.  5-6 years ago it was worth it.  Now?  Not so much.  They very often require a minimum $25 spend (yes, with prime) and in my rural area 2 days shipping was promised but usually 5-7 days.


(Is it possible that the minimum spend thing is just for family members, not for the main account holder?)
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« Reply #7285 on: February 27, 2018, 08:15:00 AM »
I overheard this on Facebook a few weeks ago:

Friend: You know it's Monday morning for everyone when you have to drive to three drive-thrus before someone actually has breakfast ready.

When someone mentioned she should just cook breakfast at home? "No time."

Yet there is time to visit three drive-thrus... !

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« Reply #7286 on: February 27, 2018, 08:31:07 AM »
We tried getting stuff shipped from Target a couple of times but I ended up putting my foot down because it took SO LONG to deliver. I’ll pick going to the store (even with the difficulty of hauling a baby/toddler along) it Amazon over waiting ten days for a box of diapers to show up.

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« Reply #7287 on: February 27, 2018, 08:31:39 AM »
We tried getting stuff shipped from Target a couple of times but I ended up putting my foot down because it took SO LONG to deliver. I’ll pick going to the store (even with the difficulty of hauling a baby/toddler along) it Amazon over waiting ten days for a box of diapers to show up.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7288 on: February 27, 2018, 09:24:54 AM »
We tried getting stuff shipped from Target a couple of times but I ended up putting my foot down because it took SO LONG to deliver. Iíll pick going to the store (even with the difficulty of hauling a baby/toddler along) it Amazon over waiting ten days for a box of diapers to show up.
@ysette9 Since you're in the Bay Area, have you tried Google Express?  With Target, I get same day delivery (free over $35).*

*I'm also a horrible impulse shopper, so I really shouldn't be trusted in Target.  SO many things!!!

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7289 on: February 27, 2018, 12:42:34 PM »
I overheard this on Facebook a few weeks ago:

Friend: You know it's Monday morning for everyone when you have to drive to three drive-thrus before someone actually has breakfast ready.

When someone mentioned she should just cook breakfast at home? "No time."

Yet there is time to visit three drive-thrus... !
ha ha ha this one is funny

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7290 on: February 27, 2018, 01:41:17 PM »
As for Prime, Iím grandfathered in on a family plan, so I get the free shipping without the media content, so I canít comment on the content, just the shipping.  5-6 years ago it was worth it.  Now?  Not so much.  They very often require a minimum $25 spend (yes, with prime) and in my rural area 2 days shipping was promised but usually 5-7 days.


(Is it possible that the minimum spend thing is just for family members, not for the main account holder?)
That seems to probably be it.  I've had Prime since 2008 and I don't have any minimums.  Also, since 2016 most of what I've ordered has been free same or next day shipping.  I'll never forget my first same-day package: My ancient wifi router died overnight, I woke up and figured that out, researched a sensible replacement, and ordered it around 9am.  We had to go somewhere for the day and by the time I got back home at 4pm, the router was on my doorstep waiting for me.  On a Sunday.  I was blown away.  Why would you ever go to a store?

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7291 on: February 27, 2018, 01:54:42 PM »
As for Prime, Iím grandfathered in on a family plan, so I get the free shipping without the media content, so I canít comment on the content, just the shipping.  5-6 years ago it was worth it.  Now?  Not so much.  They very often require a minimum $25 spend (yes, with prime) and in my rural area 2 days shipping was promised but usually 5-7 days.


(Is it possible that the minimum spend thing is just for family members, not for the main account holder?)
That seems to probably be it.  I've had Prime since 2008 and I don't have any minimums.  Also, since 2016 most of what I've ordered has been free same or next day shipping.  I'll never forget my first same-day package: My ancient wifi router died overnight, I woke up and figured that out, researched a sensible replacement, and ordered it around 9am.  We had to go somewhere for the day and by the time I got back home at 4pm, the router was on my doorstep waiting for me.  On a Sunday.  I was blown away.  Why would you ever go to a store?

Interesting.  Iíll look into the details if Iím again in a position to need more Amazon.  The shift happened gradually.  I remember amazement at 2 day delivery in my rural area years ago, but by the time I moved to a city (near a big distribution center) packages arrived in 5-7 days reguardless of being labeled 2 day.

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To stay on topic:

I got on facebook today... and saw a woman who I met in Paris when we were both taking some University classes.  She was miserable.  She hated it.  She trashed talked everyone there (and me too behind my back!).  She had her boyfriendís mom buy her a new ticket home so she couldnít leave a couple days earlier than initially planned... This was a couple years ago.  Today she updated her facebook photo to be one of a group of us along the Seine.  So I clicked... and she has posted photos at increments since that trip.  I think she has some people convinced that she lives in Paris.  Itís really strange.  I recognize those photos.  I was there!  It was years ago.  Not last month. 

 

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7292 on: February 27, 2018, 04:28:10 PM »
Ooh, when my first was a baby just home from the hospital we tried the free Google express trial. We had boxes showing up at least once a day for the first two weeks. It was great,  it not something my husband was willing to pay for. :)

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7293 on: February 27, 2018, 04:32:20 PM »
Ooh, when my first was a baby just home from the hospital we tried the free Google express trial. We had boxes showing up at least once a day for the first two weeks. It was great,  it not something my husband was willing to pay for. :)
No more membership, @ysette9

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7294 on: February 28, 2018, 09:13:47 AM »
I don't have Prime. I get free shipping by ordering enough to qualify. What am I missing?

I use it for streaming since we don't have cable and also the free music and book downloads.

Prime also includes unlimited photo storage. I have 10,000+ photos stored in their cloud as a third backup, always accessible from an app on my phone.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7295 on: February 28, 2018, 09:15:57 AM »
https://m.news-mail.com.au/news/grandpa-claims-his-140k-lottery-win-ruined-his-lif/3346455/

This popped up on my Facebook feed today via a mustachian Facebook page.

Old dude on disability pension won 80,000 pounds. Blew it all in a matter of weeks on holidays, renovations and giving away the rest to family.

Welfare department saw his bank records and cancelled his pension.

He's now complaining saying what a nightmare it is.

I am struggling to have any sympathy at all.

Less than two months!

And the quotes from the wife!

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She said: "There are people winning millions of pounds and we just get a bit of luck and all of a sudden, we are punished for it.

"We helped our neighbour and friends out with some cash.

"We gave it to our family and have nothing left. We paid for three family holidays - a cruise and two big trips to Benidorm.

"We got the kitchen and hall decorated and the bathroom and living room are to be done. There is nothing left.

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Well yeah there's nothing left. It wasn't a fountain of money. It was a specific amount and you spent it all.

I don't feel bad for these people one bit. Stupidity shouldn't be coddled.

It does raise the question as to whether the short-term benefit and boost in standard of living was worth the long-term inconvenience of losing his disability pension.

Lots of people who play the lottery have ideas about what they'd do if they won "big", but they don't really think about how they'd manage if they won "little". Depending on where they live, taxes may be due on their winnings and the amount they have to work with may not be as much as they think. It's even more important to consider the impact of non-monetary winnings such as cars or travel packages because the dollar value may be taxable as well and if the winner can't afford the taxes out of cash flow it can get ugly.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook-Barbra Streisand Cloned Her Dogs. For $50k You Can Too
« Reply #7296 on: February 28, 2018, 09:40:15 AM »
Barbra Streisand Cloned Her Dogs. For $50,000, You Can Clone Yours.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/28/science/barbra-streisand-clone-dogs.html

In case you needed another way to spend your money. With all of the dogs in the world who need homes, why clone one?

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7297 on: February 28, 2018, 09:44:50 AM »
I hate lotteries - and gambling in general. SO many people who don't understand how to manage potential winnings wind up in trouble like the retirees in the article. Families that tear themselves apart over greed and envy. Substance abuse. Parasite friends and family appearing from all over with a hand out. It gets ugly.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7298 on: February 28, 2018, 10:23:48 AM »
I have Prime because my parents could add my account to theirs for free. I only get the free shipping, not all the media, but it's great. My account is completely separate to theirs, so if anyone's thinking about it couldn't you team up with a friend or family member to share the cost?

Re: berries: I have my grocery list for things I want to buy that time, but I also have a standing grocery list for things it's always OK to buy. Almost all of it is cupboard items that will keep (pasta, noodles, peanut butter, tinned beans) but there are a few fresh things on it. Apples are the one that spring to mind - they just WILL get eaten, so if I see they're cheap I'll pick up a few bags, secure in the knowledge that they won't go to waste. So... I think it's important to distinguish between impulse purchases and unplanned but still legit purchases.

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Re: Overheard on Facebook
« Reply #7299 on: February 28, 2018, 12:56:25 PM »
I have Prime because my parents could add my account to theirs for free. I only get the free shipping, not all the media, but it's great. My account is completely separate to theirs, so if anyone's thinking about it couldn't you team up with a friend or family member to share the cost?
It doesnít work like that in the US any more (all financial data is shared) but was great while it lasted!