Archive for the ‘Shopping’ Category

Shopping – Men vs Women

by on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

I had to go buy some clothes today for myself. My wife decided to come along and that is where the trip went from a short one to an hours long marathon. When I man goes shopping for clothes, it is relatively simple. There are two kinds of men. Those who wear suits to work and those who do not. Either way it still is the same principle of shopping for us. We know what size we wear and we go to the store and buy exactly what we need. Pants, shirts, socks and underwear are the basics. The only deviation from that is if we need a suit.

Women on the other hand, have to try on fifty different outfits, along with the accessories and shoes for each one. The buying of a bra can take an hour and a half all by itself. Styles, colors, matching underpants etc… It is enough to drive a sane man completely crazy. Which is why I usually make sure she shops with friends or other female family members rather than me. In and out in thirty minutes or less is my motto and I stick to it.

Women and men should never shop for clothes together, especially when the woman always asks for my opinion and buys the exact opposite of the one I like. What was the point of asking me, if you are only going to get the other one? Note to self. Do NOT tell her when I am going to go buy myself clothes. I am going to the hardware or auto store from now on whenever she asks !

Kicked ATT to the Curb and Went With T-Mobile

by on Monday, January 6th, 2014

Finally decided that paying AT&T an extra $120 a month for our cell phones was just not worth it. I got the same service from T-Mobile, we all got new phones, and we’re saving $120 a month over what I’ve been paying AT&T.

The T-Mobile people made it easy so switch. The only thing that worried me was moving the contact list from my old phone to the new one. They took care of that for me right in the store. They gave me a temporary number for the night, and by the time I woke up, the service had been changed over to the new phone and the new T-Mobile towers and it was all good.

New PlayStation Games are Rocking!

by on Monday, November 4th, 2013

This is probably the most exciting time ever for people who love to play PlayStation games. With the new PlayStation 4 coming out in a couple of weeks and a bunch of new games, guys everywhere are planning on dropping $500-$600 for their gaming entertainment. I know that I will be spending at least that, and I’ve already bought the new Battlefield game. The new Call of Duty comes out tomorrow. And then the new PS4. This month my bank account is going to take a heavy hit, but fuck it – I work my ass off and I deserve to have some fun at night.

The new Battlefield game is probably the most realistic first person shooter game ever developed. This games really rocks! The attention to detail is just fucking impressive. I think the new sighting and leading the shot on targets is fantastic. This game feels like a real battlefield and it is challenging as hell to survive when you play online against some of these other teams. Of course, I don’t know any of these other players personally, but I have to wonder how some of them are so good at this game. It makes me think there are some pro’s out there playing for practice. They can’t all be pimply faced teenaged boys with no life outside of their own bedrooms.

 

No More Paper Receipts

by on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Kudos to K-Mart for stopping the waste of paper by not giving out paper receipts any more. You are supposed to sign up for their shopper card and give them an email address. Once you are signed up, your receipt is sent by email to you and they don’t waste the paper from the cash register.

I think that is a great idea. How many people just automatically throw the paper receipts into the trash as soon as they get home? I don’t know about you, but I only keep receipts if they are a tax deduction or a big ticket item that I want to have proof of purchase in case something goes wrong with the item and I need to return it or call on the warranty.

The extra benefit of paperless receipts is that every purchase gives you bonus points that accumulate over the year. The points can be redeemed for immediate cash credit against your purchase at any time. So, today I bought about $30 worth of household stuff and applied my bonus points to get a cash credit of $13. That was like getting 40% off all the stuff I bought, and I didn’t have to cut out coupons or just shop for sale items. It just went off my bill and all I had to pay was $17 at the register.

Old Shoeboxes

by on Saturday, September 1st, 2012

This is a habit that I got from my mom. I cannot bear to throw away shoeboxes. I buy a new pair of shoes or boots and toss them in the floor of the closet. So then I have the dilemma of an empty shoebox. I should throw it out but I feel this overwhelming guilt as a little voice in my head – in my mother’s voice – says, “That’s a perfectly good box! Don’t throw that away!”

So I have a collection of empty shoeboxes on the top shelf of my closet. I have not idea what I will ever want to put in them – certainly not my old shoes. But they are perfectly good boxes.

I almost wish the store would just keep the shoeboxes at the store – like they already keep the clothes hangers when you buy new shirts or pants. If they keep the shoebox then storing it or re-using it is on them and not on me. I’d be fine with taking a new pair of shoes home in a plain plastic bag – or better yet, wearing them.