Category: consumer

stories about products, shopping and ways to find good deals or make the good buys last longer

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Black Friday: So Excited I Can’t Spell!

About the only ads I see these days are the ones I can’t close or skip. In this morning’s print version of Washington Post Express, I noticed one that where the ad submitter was clearly so excited about their Black...

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CocoaVia Knows Their Audience!

Seen this morning on my commute, the ad men over at CocoaVia know just how to tap into the frustration many DC area metro riders experience… I have to wonder if this is being used in other markets. Their website...

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Amazon Prime Memberships for $67

Normally $99, this Friday, September 25, Amazon will make their Amazon Prime memberships available for $67. In celebration of five Emmy wins for Amazon Original series Transparent at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, Amazon today announced that Amazon Prime will...

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shopping: MidCity Dog Days & Alexandria Sidewalk Sale

I distinctly remember these shopping events taking place separately in the past, but this upcoming weekend is both MidCity Dog Days in DC and the Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale in Old Town and Del Ray. I remember Dog Days last...

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ads: stock up!

I get way more e-mail than I need. This is likely a very common modern lament, but I can’t bring myself to unsubscribe from them all. It feels really weird when I don’t get any e-mails for a while. I...

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inebriati: Blue Bubbly?

Just a quick entry as work is both very busy and very frustrating today, but I am determined to stick to the “write every other day” rule I set for myself, and sometimes that means not having loads to say....

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nouveau water: it can fix anything!

I realize that the Washington Post Express is a free daily paper, so it really must rely on ads for upkeep, but seeing a full-page ad like this makes me hope that someone there at least felt a little bad...

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dreams: I’ll be on my suit and tie…

I had a very strange dream last night. I was maybe back in school, or maybe just a chaperone for a school band event, but my high school band director (as he looks today)1 was there and I kept running...

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in DC: MAN UP

So, um… no. Just, no. Not that I don’t think personalized license plates can be cool, nerdy, appropriate, pop cultural and all that, but seeing this on a truck on our way back from a morning walk? NO. Just as...

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shopping: just a few things

Wednesdays are telework days for me and they are often super-productive. I can get a lot more work done without interference from co-workers and clients and I can get the odd chore done at home without much time lost to...

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#firstürbproblems: Skim, not Skinny!

Making sure to specify a “vanilla nonfat latte” instead of a “vanilla skim latte” at Starbucks for fear of being served a Skinny Vanilla latte. Yes… that’s a thing. Really. Well it is for me, anyway. The other odd thing...

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color: sins of the crayola…

Embed from Getty Images Saw this on Facebook this morning. Near as I can tell from a Google Images search, it’s been going around the net since January of this year. I wasn’t able to find the original creator of...

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video: O… M… M?

It seems that our nation is constantly giving me reason to whip out one of my favorite scenes from The Simpsons. One Million Moms has decided to rally their members against J. C. Penney… again.

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accessories: “Man Candles”

I love my Yankee Candles, but this latest limited-time collection from them is causing more than a few eyerolls around the web. At first I thought they just released 4 new scents and that others were nicknaming them as such,...

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ads: target…ed

Peeking over a co-worker’s shoulder as we were discussing the comeback of colored denim this year, I noticed that the “Top Picks” in Target’s Women’s jeans section had a fairly appropriate sponsor. 🙄