When you get down to it there are so many uses around the house, garage and outside for all the various clamps that are available to us to put to good work. I am always looking for the perfect deal on the perfect clamp and have wasted a good amount of my time and money while doing that along the way. It is great that we have a Lowe’s and a Home Depot right next to each other in town. You can go back and forth from each store finding the best deals, which seems so old fashioned when so many people are doing that exact same thing online and saving a lot of time and energy along the way.

I found a great site that always carries the best brands, that someone was talking about on Face Book a few years back. I’ve gotten many clamps that I’ve always felt safe ordering and receiving online.

There will always be a need for the brick and mortar stores that we can walk, touch, smell, feel, shake, compare, weigh and all the other ways that we have been used to for most of our lives. I sometimes wonder what life would be like for like a 24 hour ban on using the Internet or for any other extended period of time, it boggles my mind.

Do business locally

Did you know that a lot of big businesses only contribute to charities that are in their own home town? I was trying to do a charity fundraiser a few months ago, asking for goods to auction off and going from store to store in the local strip mall, going to the “Big name stores” and asking for donations of merchandise or gift cards and they said it was “against corporate policy” and that their stores only contributed to charities in their corporate headquarters home town that was in another state? Yet the small mom and pop locally owned businesses ALL donated gift cards or new merchandise to the charity event.

Doing business locally is becoming more important in today’s economy. Doing business locally saves gasoline, too, which is good for the environment!

Local reviews of local businesses can often be found on the Internet to help the consumer locate a local business and find out whether or not the business is a reputable one. 

Printing companies

Guest post by Shirley Dawson

One of the things I never gave much thought about when I was looking at wedding invitations was which one of the several companies of trade printers would be used to actually do the printing of the invitations. I’ve been campaigning almost all of my adult life for people to try to shop local, and keep their money as close to home as possible. I wonder how crazy I’ll feel when I ask my wedding planner exactly where the invitations will be printed!

Random Scraps Of Paper

Paperwork and I do not get along. Any time I can get away from having any more paperwork that is necessary I jump on. I can’t remember the last time I actually have taken the cash register receipt from any of the fast food places that I rely on way too much these past couple of years. Seriously, if they try to hand me that piece of paper I politely refuse and let them deal with it. One less piece of paper that I have to find the right place to keep it and possibly might need to find in the future, especially right after I have decided to go ahead and toss the paper in question

I do have a habit of writing random thoughts and ideas down on various pieces of paper that I dig out and pick up when I really want to research and possibly write about here on my blog. So I am constantly running across my scribblings, sometimes wondering just what the heck I was thinking!

I remember when I first started this blog, I really didn’t know what to type about and it was a struggle at times. I counted on random ideas scribbled on paper and stuck in my coat pocket so I had something to write about. Now I just don’t want to sound like an idiot, and thank goodness for spell check, or else I don’t know what I would have done all these years as I’ve learned my way around the Blog-o-sphere. Talk about sounding like in idiot.

You’re Kind Of A Big Deal!

What is the deal with all these weird sayings printed on the inside of the bottle caps on Sobe drinks? The new version of fortune cookies? I can’t pay top dollar at the convenience stores for a bottle of flavored water. At the local Dailey’s stores, the Sobe drinks are $2 and sometimes $2.29 for just one bottle. But they do go on sale every once in a while at the local grocery, so when they are featured “10 bottles for $10” I will stock up and literally take every single one off of the shelves. Being totally all about me and not caring one bit that if the next person looking for this product won’t be able to find it and will be forced to go without. Not something that I normally would do. For just about any other product I would leave at least one for some one else but with my funds being as limited as they are these days, I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do for myself.

This week I’ve enjoyed two bottles of the Sobe green tea. It’s an acquired taste but now I’m hooked. I also like the citrus and the Nirvana flavors. Under the bottle cap of the first one it says, “Scorch Muffins.” What the heck is that? A band? Instructions? Under the bottle cap of the second one it says, “You’re kind of a big deal.” Well, yeah I knew that, but didn’t think it needed to be put into print for the whole world to see LOL!