Sunday, June 19, 2011

Win a Trip to Paris!

Don't wait an extra minute!  Click right on over to the Oh Happy Day blog to enter to win a trip for two to Paris.  Plus you have got to see the hotel that is hosting the lucky winner.  It is the fabulous Mama Shelter designed by Phillipe Starck.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Saving Money on Gasoline

WOW!  Gas sure has risen in price in the last few weeks.  I know that we are all looking for ways to save on fuel.  I got an interesting email today with lots of tips on saving money at the gas pump.  I have no idea if these are true, so let me know via comment if they don't ring true.  Also leave a comment regarding what you are doing (if anything) to save on gas.

 The Gas Savings Tips

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold.  Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground.  The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not exactly a gallon.  In the petroleum business, the specific gravity, and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role.
A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business.  But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.
When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high.  You should be pumping on low mode, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping.  All hoses at the pump have a vapor return.  If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor.  Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.
One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL.  The reason for this is the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space.  Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine.  Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof.  This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation.  Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.
Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up; most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Groupon: Gallery-Wrapped Canvas $45 ($126 .95 value) at Canvas on Demand

Groupon has a great deal on one of my canvases!  Pretty soon I think that every room in my house is going to be adorned with works of photo-art!!

Here's how to take advantage of this offer.  Go to Groupon using this link.  If you are not already a member--JOIN!  Otherwise, you are missing out on some great daily deals.  Then change your city to Chicago.  Look down on the right hand column and you will see the deal listed.  Because it is an internet deal you don't need to live in Chicago to take part in the super deal!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

THIS DEAL IS NOW DEAD! $10 for $25 Toys 'R Us or Babies 'R Us Gift Card

This Deal Rocks!  Please just follow my link over to this new daily deal site called which has an awesome deal going on today in the New York area (but available to EVERYONE) for a $25 gift card to Toys'R Us or Babies'R Us (online or in store--it never expires) for just $10.

Just use THIS LINK to get this wonderful deal!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Lubbock Real Estate: Wonderful 3/2/2 in Frenship ISD--$111,900

If you have a friend or family member looking for a home in the Lubbock area, please let them know about this nice home located at 6024 72nd Street that is listed at just $111,900.  It has many features that you typically don't see in a home at this price point:
  • Sprinkler system
  • RO drinking water
  • Renovated master and guest baths
  • Updated light fixtures
  • New energy efficient 1.5 ton AC system with digital controls
  • New water heater
  • Covered patio, great backyard landscaping and herb garden

You can find out more HERE, or simply comment on this posting and I will contact you for a private showing.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Deal Pulp: $1 for a Box of Pre-Loved Kids Clothes from

THIS is a really neat deal and I can't wait to see what kind of clothes I can get to fit one one of my boys!

It comes from a(nother!) new daily deal site called Deal Pulp.

When you join the site with this link , you'll get a $5 credit.  Then just follow the directions below to purchase today's deal which is from an online retailer that sells gently worn children's clothes.  You can read descriptions of the boxes of clothes available on their website before you order.  


For a $1 investment, I think this sounds like fun.  If you only get one thing within the box that you really love then it is still a great deal.  Just make sure to use this link to get your $5 credit!

  • Pick a box of pre-loved kids clothes in the size and gender you need for only $6, and have it delivered to your door for free
  • The average box on thredUP contains 15 clothing items and includes top brands like: GAP, Carter's. Children's Place, Osh Kosh and Gymboree 
  • At checkout your $5 credit will be added so your total will be just $1!