A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned -
Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Advertising Pictures - Not all are Legitimate

Sometimes advertisers use pictures to entice you to purchase their products, especially skin creams that produce unbelievable results. Often these images are stolen from legitimate companies. To see if the image has been used elsewhere you can do a simple Google search.

Right click on the online image and select copy the image URL or Copy Image Address
Select Google Images (Images.Google.com)
Click on the camera next to the search box
and insert the URL address

Only one match showed for the post on my blog, but searching for another image online with a before and after face picture brought up millions of results advertising face serum, mascara and a slew of other products.

 Note: If you use pictures on your blog or website that you don't want copied. Insert a watermark on each of them before posting.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Tax Free Week-End 2017

It's State Sales Tax Free Week-End here in Texas.

Items included that are tax free:
School Supplies
Shoes (cowboy boots are exempt!)
(items have to cost under $100)

Complete list of tax free items here

Check here for dates for your state.

Note: Online suppliers are participating too.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Cut the Cable

Cable TV is becoming more and more expensive (as are internet services) but you can access most of the basic networks with an antenna and for movies, either borrow DVDs from the library or subscribe to Netflix or Hulu. (Both offer free trials.

Hop on over to Kill the Cable for cost saving ideas on cutting ties with cable.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

HVAC Air Filters

The problem with comparing air filter prices is that there are so many different codes for efficiency and types of particles they trap. There are three ratings in the U.S: MERV - the industry rating system, MPR rating by 3-M that is not considered industry standard, FPR grading system used by Home Depot and Honeywell.

Make sure you change your filter frequently especially when the heating unit or air conditioner is run for long periods of time. If you have pets, you may need to change the filter more frequently that recommended. Always make a note on the filter of the date installed and mark on your calendar when you need to change it. Some thermostats will remind you when it needs changing.

Note: I found the cheapest place to purchase filters online is www.airfiltersdelivered.com and if you purchase through the Walmart web site it's less.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Gift for a Friend

Sometimes it's difficult to find a gift for a friend, but recently someone gave me a wooden letter that she had written positive things about me on. I thought it was a great way to show a friend how you really see her.

This is one that I'm currently decorating. The wooden letters are quite reasonable at Walmart or check at your local hobby store.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Wasp Bait

Wasps can drive you crazy in the summer, they seem to like to build nests on porches and around the house. Check the wasp trap link to make a cheap one from a liter bottle.

I have a glass one (present I received) which I'm going to try. According to the instructions, the wasps are looking for something sweet in the summer so I'll add a little jam and water to the bottom of the trap.