Friday, July 23, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
www.slickdeals.net It's not pretty (meaning aesthetically) but the deals come fast and furious. And the deals are rated by users. From Logitech to Levis there are a wide variety of brands represented.
www.groupon.com If you have one for you local area (i.e. Fresno, LA, SF) these are specific to one local establishment for day. But oh!!! The deals are good! I think I'm addicted. Recent deals: Rotary Playland unlimited pass for $5 (normally $13). Kings River Rafting $49 (normally $99!). Campagnia's Restaurant $15 for $30 worth of food. And you get $10 credit for every referral!
www.woot.com Woot sells one item per day for a ridiculous discount. Some things can be pretty random. 2-pack of lawn sprinklers today. But they've branched out to kids.woot and wine.woot and they were recently acquired by Amazon.
Happy shopping! NEVER pay full price!
Friday, July 16, 2010
1. Go to fandango.com
2. Type in your zip code for movie times & select your movie
3. Type in APPRENTICE in the promo code at check out
Keep in mind, Fandango has fees... but you'll still save!
And what's a trip to the theater without some popcorn? Here's a coupon for free popcorn (with the purchase of a drink) Cinemark is also Regal Cinemas.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Apple's new iPhone 4 has been criticized for its reception problems, and if you have one of these glossy new gadgets, you may have experienced the problem yourself.
Well, the solution may be as simple as a strip of duct tape. No joke.
The new iPhone's design moved the antenna to the outside of the device, wrapping it around the borrom corner. Consumer Reports found in tests, putting the phone into a case fixes the reception problem. Or a small strip of duct tape on the exposed antenna does the job too... but it's not pretty! I doubt any self-respecting technophile will resort to this desperate measure, defacing the sleek and smooth surface.
SO... Apple is planning a news conference tomorrow morning to address the reception issues. While some critics are calling for a recall of the phone, an easier (and cheaper) fix would be to provide free cases to all its customers.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
We've heard about all the dropside crib recalls lately, and we'll keep hearing about them. Because the Consumer Product Safety Commission is working to remove ALL dropside cribs from the country's homes, hospitals, daycare centers, etc. The latest retailer to recall them is Pottery Barn Kids.
Hazard: The cribs’ drop-sides can detach when hardware breaks, creating a space into which a young child can become entrapped, which can lead to suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop side incidents also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.
Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Pottery Barn Kids have received 36 reports of drop sides that have malfunctioned or detached, resulting in seven minor injuries when children fell out of the cribs or got their legs caught between the mattress and the drop side. One child became entrapped at the head between the drop side and crib mattress but was freed without injury.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs, inspect the hardware to make sure it is not broken, and contact Pottery Barn Kids to receive a free fixed-gate conversion kit that will immobilize the drop side.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Pottery Barn Kids at (877) 804-3847 between 7 a.m. and midnight 7 days a week or visit the firm’s website at www.potterybarnkids.com
I think I'll stick to the homemade stuff for now!
The voluntary recall, announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, was the sixth callback since The Associated Press first released findings of an investigation into cadmium in children's jewelry.
The recalls, which started in January with children's jewelry sold at Walmart stores, have included about 12 million "Shrek" movie-themed drinking glasses distributed by McDonald's restaurants. The other recalls targeted at least 200,000 pieces of jewelry, mostly for children.
The latest recall involved 19 different styles of necklaces, bracelets and earrings imported and distributed by Tween Brands, based in New Albany, Ohio. In addition to the two sets of retail stores, the items were sold online at http://www.shopjustice.com/.
They are made in the shape of hearts, butterflies, cupcakes, peace signs and crowns. Some pieces carry a version of the words "Best Friends Forever." The CPSC said the pieces sold for $7-$16 from November 2008 through February.
Consumers are asked to take the jewelry away from children and return it to the store for a full refund. Tween Brands set up a recall hot line at 800-934-4497.
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