Archive for the ‘General Thoughts and Fun Topics’ Category

Deals Getting Hidden By Employees

Friday, September 12th, 2014 by

While going to the super market today and passing by the electronics section I overheard a person talking to a staff member on how he was interested in buying this item behind a locked glass case except he needed some time to think about. This item apparently is in demand and so it should have been a first come first serve. The employee then told him that he would hide the item behind some laptop boxes where other customers wouldn’t think to look. Therefore, high chances it will still be available.

It’s scenarios like these why if you are specifically hunting for a deal that you should not be afraid to ask employees if they can check the stock. As well, even if they say something is sold out that may not be the case at all. It’s not too far-fetched like in this situation where at times people actually hide the deals for themselves even if they shouldn’t.

Trying To Stack Coupons

Saturday, September 6th, 2014 by

This was kind of fun as there was a site that released a bunch of coupons where it would appear that you could stack them.  As a result, the checkout displays a pretty hefty discount as you can see here:

 

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Now I am pretty sure this is an oversight as stacking all these coupons result in like a 50% savings on virtually everything that you dump into the cart.  It does make me think of extreme couponing though where people do it at stores all the time.  The interesting thing is a lot of people don’t even think to do this even if there are no guidelines saying one per family or transaction as an example.  Doesn’t hurt to try.

Would You Buy This Vitamix 750 for $400

Friday, September 5th, 2014 by

One thing about being a bargain hunter and always wanting best deals is that it can be so tempting to jump on a deal when you see a crazy price. I am still in the market for a good blender but as usual I was waiting for sale. Then today I saw that there was a way to get this Vitamix 750 which normally costs about $700 for about $400 with a discount.

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Generally speaking that is still a pretty hefty price for a blender I was thinking. But getting it for like $300 off? You can imagine the conflict here where in some ways I feel silly not to take advantage of it. I can see someone who was specifically looking this product would probably give me grief all day about it as they would have jumped on it in an instant. I’m almost inclined just to do it as there is an easy return policy. Just the irony at times where you do all this stuff to save money and you can end up paying more than you anticipated due to finding a crazy deal.

Expenses To Simply Chat With Friends

Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by

Today while doing a job I just happened to bump into a friend who was passing by and we haven’t seen each other in a while. As a result, we decided to catch up a bit and went first went to get something to eat. After having a meal, we were just chatting away and it was pretty apparent that the waitress was trying to turn over the table as fast as possible. This then resulted in us going to a different place where my friend ordered a small dessert and we were able to sit and chat without any worries of time.

It made me think about the notion of having to pay money to just hang out with the people you know in a casual way can sure add up if it is constantly random like this. Then again, there isn’t really a way to plan for it ahead of time unless you have in-depth knowledge of the area to know the best places designed for people to socialize. The other funny way I was thinking was that if we kept in touch more often than we wouldn’t have been in this scenario. Simple as that huh?

Making You Think About The Free Services That You Use

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by

I am pretty sure in almost every news story lately there have been talks about how celebrities have had their personal photos and accounts hacked as a result of people obtaining access to data on a cloud network. Of course this created debate such as how some people are saying you shouldn’t ever put anything extremely private or important on these kinds of services in the first place.

That’s one of the reasons why I personally try to avoid free services such as Gmail for my e-mail or whenever I see options to back up my data on a cloud service I try to avoid it. Sometimes it’s just better to spend the extra money to have better security over your data and properties. Unless we are talking about things that you specifically want to get out to as many people as possible such as a funny greeting card. Granted that doesn’t mean you are 100% safe, but it sure reduces the risk of it getting compromised as easily.

Even when it comes to software I prefer to buy a standalone version as opposed to ones that force you to use its web based solutions. May have to pay more, but it gives you more security control I think.