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May 10, 2016

The Eyes Have It

I have driving sunglasses that I use because I am a bit nearsighted with astigmatism. Lately my distance eyesight seems to have gotten better, so I haven’t felt like I had to go in for an eye check up.

I have never really needed reading glasses. I read the newspaper daily as well as a bunch of business related articles on he computer. But at the end of the day, after 6 hours on the computer, my eyes were tired and achy. So after much nudging from hubby, I found a new Optometrist and went in…. 

February 16, 2016

A Disposable World

In our disposable world, we tend throw stuff out before we repair or re-use it. 

Our grand parents and great grand parents didn’t do that. They repaired, saved and re-used items. But they didn’t have the technology growth we have had.  Everything can be recycled somehow.

August 24, 2015

Small Mom and Pop Outlets

One of the aggravating aspects of bargain hunting is trying to shop… or in my case, research small mom and pop outlets. Unlike corporate outlets, or even manufacturer outlets, the little indie discounters are often doing it all by themselves. These industrious entrepreneurs do it all… product, merchandise, advertise, do deliveries and pickup, handle city/ state legal & paperwork issues and as well as do retail sales with little to no help.

August 17, 2015

Coping with the Summer Heat and the Electric Bill

Growing up in Southern California, I’m pretty used to our Summer Heat waves and have developed several techniques for keeping cool and keeping electric costs to a minimum.

Our usual electric bill hovers around $90 a month. Last summer it got up to $350 a month. This Summer we’re aiming to keep it down to under $200. Here’s how we’re trying to accomplish it.

July 22, 2015

GoDaddy Issues

Geeze, I hate getting taken. It riles me up to the point where what comes out of my mouth is dangerous.

I own a bunch of web domains thru GoDaddy. Most of these are undeveloped. I keep them for upcoming possibilities as well as limiting conflict from similar domain names.

Usually GoDaddy is responsive to any issues. But yesterday they were not.

April 27, 2015

Buying Cheap Stuff….Cheap

My first choice in shopping for anything is to always buy the best quality I can afford. Most of the time this is a much better deal than a cheap item that is made poorly. So much so that I often do without until I can afford a better quality item.

But there are times when you should buy cheap items, cheap. These times are when I go to $1 Store or a Thrift store first.

January 06, 2015

BargainsLA Updates

Well, it’s been jam packed year here at BargainsLA! Over 1200 warehouse and sample sales published and over 65 new bargain sources uncovered! From garden landscaping to appliances and designer clothing to shoes, if you followed any of our leads you will have saved 30%-95% on your purchase.

But like all web based businesses we had a couple of technical issues surface.

March 18, 2013

Cutting Cable

So, we did it.
We told our cable TV provider Charter Cable to “take a hike’ and cut cable. No longer are we paying for channels we don’t watch or “surprise porn” on HBO or Max. No more paying for Spanish, Korean, Armenian, Japanese shows we don’t watch. We’re done with it.

February 19, 2013


Hmmm, I was under the weather this last weekend, so a few things aggravated me more than usual….
-Amazon Prime no longer gives free shipping if your order is under $25…. Really?
-Gasoline is going up to the point that it’s more than just irritating..
-The LA Times is now $1.65 to pick up during the week at the news stand. More money for less information…. Really?!

But what really got my goat….

January 25, 2013

Staying Safe

I love my little neighborhood. But, lately my neighborhood has had a slew of daytime robberies. We have a neighborhood watch, a good responsive police department and an active neighborhood homeowners association. 

So what do you do?

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