Did you know you you can get free e-books at your local library? Lots of libraries now allow members to borrow books from their website. Some libraries even allow patrons to checkout e-readers.
Even if you don’t have an ereader,you can still read ebooks. Nook and Kindle both have apps you can download for your computer, smartphone or tablet. There are also tons of free books through both services, as well as through Google.
At first, I didn’t think I would like reading ebooks but now that I’ve been reading them that way for a year, I won’t go back.Ebooks are so much easier to carry around. I can have multiple books with me on one device. Plus, when I do purchase a book, it I often significantly less expensive in digital format. Ebooks also help declutter my house and I never have to go searching for a favorite novel. All my books are stored in my digital library. I don’t even have to go to the store, which saves as. Ebooks are also ecofriendly. No books to print, ship or deliver to my house.
If you love books, give reading a try. Even my 72 year old mom has an e-reader and now she’s hooked.
I’m not usually one for new year’s resolutions but this year I decided to make one. I’m trying to keep my house cleaner and more organized. Since we were having people for Christmas, we got everything cleaned and organized downstairs and have been keeping it up for the past few weeks. Over the weekend we cleaned the bedroom thoroughly and moved all the furniture around. We’ve been keeping up with the dishes and vacuuming every few days (we do have four cats).
I have to say that I am exhausted. I feel like I am constantly wiping, vacuuming or picking up something. Which made me think about our mothers. Both our moms are museum quality cleaners. Nothing is ever out of place. The bathrooms are always sparkling and they were that way when we were growing up. How the hell did they do that? Both our moms worked full-time at some point during our childhood, plus took care of the kids and the house. How did they do all that?
When we purchased our house, I commented to Jeff one day about how dusty the basement was. He told me that was normal. “But my mom’s basement isn’t dusty. Neither is your parents’.” Jeff informed me that our moms cleaned their basements. And after confirming this with his mom, it’s true! I can’t even keep my house clean, let alone venturing down to the basement to clean there. I’m starting to think our parents just didn’t sleep for all those years. I’m not willing to give up the precious little sleep I get to have a perfect house. If anything is going to get my sleeping time, it’s going to be knitting.
So I venture on, trying to figure out the correct magical words that will keep my house clean. Clatto Verata N… Necktie… Neckturn… Nickel… It’s an “N” word, it’s definitely an “N” word! Clatto… Verata… N-[coughs]. Okay, that’s it!
My mom asked me to help her purchase a digital camera. She wants one to take pictures of her art and, who knows, maybe we’ll have her blogging about it one day. We went up to Best Buy to take a look at cameras. After a while, we settled on the one she liked but we didn’t get it there. She later saw the same camera at Wal-Mart for $10 less. I went online last night to Amazon.com to do a little digging there. I found the same Nikon Coolpix camera that she was looking at in the stores for $123. The same camera was $179 at Best Buy and $169 at Wal-Mart. That was a pretty good savings on its own but then we started looking at accessories. She needed a memory card for it and a case, so she wouldn’t scratch the screen in her purse. Amazon likes to bundle things together sometimes so I added the bundle they had put together to her cart. The bundle included a 4GB card and a leather case. The card was $5.88 and the case was another $8. The card alone would have cost her $50 to $100. The case was originally $40. She paid $4.50 for shipping on the card and the case since they weren’t coming directly from Amazon. I’ve got an Amazon Prime account so we didn’t pay for shipping on the camera. I know Amazon has supersaver shipping for orders over $25, but I order a lot from amazon for business and generally I need it yesterday so the Prime membership saves me a ton in shipping charges. Because of where I live, I generally get most things I order the next day.
So, all told, we spent $141 for the camera, the case and the memory card. My mother was thrilled because she got the camera in the color she wanted for $28 less than we saw it anywhere else plus she got the accessories she needed!
I also consulted BizRate, which is an online price comparison site. The lesson here is, that if your looking for gifts for moms, dads and grads during the next month or so, there are some awesome deals out there on the web.