Shopping Queen

How To Save Money #13: Repurpose Old Calendars

Calendars generally are considered one-use items. But they don’t need to be. There are many things you can do with old calendars. Here are just a few ideas; after reading through them, you are sure to come up with more. Reuse in a Few Years If you really enjoyed a calendar, you can reuse it […]

My Favorite Tea Shop: Mountain View Tea Village

Many years ago, I discovered a wonderful little tea shop near downtown Mountain View. I went in and browsed around, loving all the tea pots and the variety of tea choices. One of the owners, an older Chinese man, was present. When I told him which kinds of tea cups and pots I like (I […]

How To Save Money #11: Shop Online for Your Vitamins, Bath, and Cat Supplies

Many of my recent posts in this series have been on the longer side, so I am taking pity on you with this shorter post. When purchasing vitamins and other food supplements, as well as soap, shampoo, and other personal bath needs, if you buy locally, you are almost certainly paying far too much. You […]

How To Save Money #10: Reduce Cosmetics Costs

I would love to be able to say, don’t use cosmetics at all, but that dog won’t hunt. And the use of cosmetics isn’t bad in and of itself. I just wish that we could all appreciate each other without the benefit of them. Plus, we Americans purportedly spend $8 BILLION on cosmetics each year. As my beloved […]

RFID-Blocking Wallets and Passport Holders

Newer passports and an increasing number of driver’s licenses and credit cards have an RFID chip embedded in them. Setting aside some larger concerns about privacy and safety, these chips have data on them that makes it very easy for thieves to steal your identity. According to a video report done at the 2008 O’Reilly […]

The FURminator Really Works

I came across several Web sites that recommended a grooming aid for cats and dogs called the FURminator. I was skeptical at first, but our cats really needed something and nothing we’ve tried before has been of much use. Rakes, brushes, combs, those weird loop blade things—they all disappointed us. I especially wanted something for my […]