Sunday, June 03, 2018

The problem with the problem ....

You cannot solve a problem in which you have not identified the cause. 

You can say, "Love it" "Hate it" "Avoid it" all you want ... But, until you say, "This is it. I'll change it." ... The problem will remain.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

2+2=5



In 9th grade College Prep Science our first test had small font instructions at the top

"Every answer on this test is A; regardless of whether it's correct or not. Example: A) 2+2=5 is the correct answer. Any other answer will be counted wrong even if the answer is right. Example: B) 2+2=4 will be counted wrong."

The instructions in large print were:

"CHOOSE THE CORRECT ANSWER FROM THE CHOICES BELOW:"

It was to teach us to read instructions. 

Me and my best friend tapped the top of the page - we were among the few that got a 100.

The teacher repeated the test the following Spring. Not everyone made a 100.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Eliminating some discount apps ...

As part of my transition and disconnect with social media, I ended my connections to several savings apps yesterday ...

Never, ever just delete an app. 

Make sure you end your membership, sign out of social media, and delete the social media connection that ANY app has.

Plenti ...

This program was a disaster from the start and while I saved over $150 with it - it was difficult to use and as partners left the program - it became more difficult to earn with. It is officially ending June 1.

Savingstar ...

I had earned over $100 with this program in the two years that I had it, but last week they increased the threshold for payout from $5 to $20. It takes me 4-5 months to get that much, so it’s just not worth the effort.

Checkout 51 ...

I earned over $300 in the 3 years I’ve had this savings app. Sometimes it’s good, other times it’s got nothing. Most all of my money has come from 3-4 items in this app. They also mail a physical check to you that takes 3-4 weeks to reach you. It’s just not worth my time. Once I cash out a last time, I’m getting rid of this app.

Coupons Dot Com ...

I never liked this app, but then I found out that they sell your phone number to marketers. Each time you print coupons from this app (or the website or a portal) you are instantly put on a telemarketer hot list. Later last year, a Chinese company bought them out and now the service is nothing but a data harvesting and telemarketing hotbed.

I kept iBotta. I have saved over $2500 since I started using this app.

I also kept Fetch Rewards. I don’t earn much from it, but it’s a nice bonus. I’ve gotten a few free movie tickets out of using it.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

See the difference?



I realize that this knife was only $1 at Dollar Tree, but advertising is advertising.

I called Greenbrier International (parent company of Dollar Tree) yesterday and told them about their stainless steel knives.

I got a funny response today.
Dear Customer Philip,

As you know we Chinese. You buy a Chinese product for $1. It came long way to get to you. $1 claim has to be not close to truth. Stainless steel mean not solid stainless steel. See the difference?

Yours truly,

Pho N.
Fair enough!

I can actually accept that answer & get a good moral out of it.

♫ Our love is like a knife, it cuts both ways, it cuts both ways ♫

Friday, May 04, 2018

TPMS Sensors ...

Get better fuel efficiency and a cool gauge with a Tire Pressure Monitor System ...

For the past month I’ve been testing this device as a way to maximize my fuel efficiency. Keeping your tires inflated is critical to good gas mileage. I over-inflate because I don’t need great traction. I get decent traction already due to the short wheel base my car - a Scion iQ.

Inner rim valve stem monitors can only alert you if the tire is changing pressure constantly (meaning you are 5psi or more off spec)

The valve cap style measures actual psi to the ½ psi measurement.

The best price can be found on eBay for about $50 shipped.

Retail and Amazon is $80 + shipping.

My research indicates that this particular setup, four tire stem caps and a car 12V cigarette plug called “Carchet” is the best setup with the most reliable readings.

These have a special tool (that comes in the package) required to take them off.

You also must have the reader/display - as these won’t work with any other system - for added security.