A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned -
Benjamin Franklin

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Recycle Clothes for Disount

Many stores are offering discounts for dropping off bags of unwanted clothes (they don't have to be name brand for that particular store).

Hop on over to Deals Plus for a list of stores and their requirements.

Monday, October 9, 2017

No Soliciting

I make it a rule to never purchase anything from someone coming to my front door and I have also informed my neighbors of the rule because many times a sales person will say "your neighbor said you would be interested . .. . " and people purchase on their neighbor's false recommendation. This was the case when someone arrived at my house trying to sell magazines. Not ones that I would receive but they would send on my behalf to some charity!!! Unfortunately, a neighbor gave them $100 thinking they were helping the troops by having magazines mailed to them.
There are too many scams going on and there seemed to be a run of sales people arriving at my front door during the hours when Downton Abbey was on (they probably thought it was a good time to catch people at home!) so I stuck a "no soliciting" sign on the door.
Despite the notice and the requirements by our city for those registering for permits, someone from Reliant Energy came to my door last night. He had my name and other personal information on a list which is uncomfortable in itself and insisted the sign didn't apply to him because he wasn't selling anything!

Check with your city for solicitation requirements and note that in most cases you legally have 3 days to rescind any agreement with someone who comes to your home, but good luck finding them if it's not a legitimate company.

Door-to-Door Solicitation

The City of Benbrook Code of Ordinances regulates solicitors and persons who distribute commercial handbills door-to-door or building-to-building. Persons conducting solicitor activities are required to obtain the proper permit or registration from the City prior to performing solicitation activities. Requirements include: 

  • No person shall solicit within the public right-of-way of any street or highway
  • Solicitation and handbill distribution is not permitted between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.
  • Solicitors and handbill distributors may not solicit or leave handbills at premises when a sign has been posted giving notice that solicitors are not welcome, such as “no solicitors” or words of similar meaning
  • If a person uses a vehicle in solicitation activities, there must be a sign located in a conspicuous place on the vehicle, identifying the name of the person or the company that the person represents. If the name is an individual, it must be followed by the word “solicitor”. The lettering on the sign must be at least two and one-half inches high
  • Solicitors and handbill distributors must wear a traffic safety vest

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Mark Cuban's Success

You may know Mark Cuban from Shark Tank or as the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, but he wasn't always a billionaire.

He often tells the story of when, as a child, he went door-to-door selling trash bags that someone gave him when they were cleaning out a garage.

In the September 2017 edition of Money Magazine he says the one book that helped him was Cashing in on the American Dream: How to Retire at 35 by Paul Terhorst (the book is currently selling for over $400 on Amazon). The 1988 book advises reducing housing costs and to live on very little a day. Mark says he lived like a student and had the discipline of saving. He also had five roommates living off macaroni and cheese! His car was a Fiat X1/9.

Susan Blakely, the designer of Spanx, became the world's youngest self-made female billionaire and attributes her success to being frugal, prudent and thinking small.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Habitat for Humanity

If you're looking for remodeling supplies, check at your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. They stock supplies that are donated or left over from a project and you'll also be helping Habitat for Humanity which helps low income families build their own home with help from volunteers and donations.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Mermaid's Bane - Cozy Mystery - $2.99 for Kindle

Mermaid's Bane - the Fifth book in the Lowenna series - is now available on Amazon.

When Flora, one of the ladies in the Lowenna Knitting Circle, dies suddenly it puts everyone on edge. The woman the Circle refers to as The Mouse, surely didn’t have any enemies, but is there more to Flora than meets the eye? And why are women who wear a mermaid pendant suddenly in danger? Gia can never miss an opportunity to uncover a mystery, but she has much more to contend with - her pregnancy, and the possibility of neighboring shops to Lowenna Antiques closing.  And then there’s a newcomer who gathers bouquets of flowers – some of which are known to kill!

Other cozy mysteries in the Lowenna series:
  1. A Graceful Death
  2. High Tide
  3. Gwinnel Gardens
  4. Trouble at the Manor