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Friday, January 22, 2016

Another tip to save you a bundle! I cut the cord to cable!

I don't know if you are like I was, irritated as hell at my cable / internet provider who delivered to me a lovely present each month: their bill for over $185! Guess I was bored - or maybe it was raining outside, but I started looking at the detail of the bill and realized that $23 were for fees and taxes, including a $7 or $8 sports network fee, on top of the monthly subscription fee. I also saw the monthly rental of $11.99 for a box that I had now probably owned and paid for 3 times over. Then there was the $30 for the ever-so-annoying house phone that I didn't even have plugged in, but it cost more to not have the phone line than to have it. I never could understand that one.

Anyhow, I read this wonderful article about cutting the cord that described some of the other options available. I think most of us are familiar with Netflix and Amazon Prime by now. You may or may not know that you can buy Showtime and Starz subscriptions to watch any of their shows, anytime you like for $8.99 per month each, cancel at anytime. I love this part! It keeps them producing amazing shows. I had also just purchased Apple TV so that I could get HBO Now, which allows you to watch any HBO produced show anytime you like for $14.99, cancel at any time. Perfect!

Now, all I needed was AMC because yes, I love Daryl, too! This was from Walker Stalker in Atlanta 2015 - total blast and going again this year. If you go, make sure to do a set tour around Senoia, GA. Total blast and you can do it for free just by Googling on your phone.

But, back to this amazing article, they also mentioned an app I had not heard of yet (forgive me if I am a dinosaur here) but Sling TV! I felt like I had crossed a finish line! For $20 a month, I could get not only AMC, but also HGTV, History, H2, Disney, ESPN, ESPN 2, Food, CNN,and a bunch of others! I could have my cake and eat it too!
Here's the math:

Last Year (2015)

$186 x 12 = $2,232 per year Verizon FIOS Triple bundle and entertainment pack


$55.00 x 12 = $660 Brighthouse Internet 150
$20 x 12 = $240 Sling
$8.99 x 4 = $35.96 HBO
$8.99 x 3 = $26.97 Starz
Total = $962.93

Savings per current viewing interest: $1,269.07

That is a lot of extra stuff I can choose to purchase to watch if I am so inclined, but based on the current shows that I am interested in, this schedule serves my purpose! I did spend an initial investment of $298 for two Apple TV devises. I got my Amazon Fire TV Stick free because I had earned points. Now I own these devices and have activated 3 TVs in my house, where before, I only had two at the Verizon $186 per month. There are no more monthly rental charges!!!

So, I canceled Verizon and they have owed me $80.20 since November 19 when my cancellation took effect. Just sayin'... Cut the cord!

Hopefully I can help save you a dime or two as I figure things out.


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Try this to treat a pet's abscess.

So, I thought this was worth sharing as it saved me potentially $800. My dog Arnold came up with an abscess on the flap of his left ear that grew to about the half the size of a golf ball, maybe a little smaller. There were no obvious wounds or scabs that I could detect. He also wasn't bothering it, but obviously it needed some sort of treatment to go away.

Well, a few years before, my cat Spooky had an abscess about the same size. I promptly took him to the vet where they recommended and ultimately knocked him out to lance and scar his ear so it wouldn't come back. That bill was over $800.

So, this time I turned to Google and did some research, and one of the remedies I found to try was to apply a warm compress to the abscess. I tried this for a couple of days, and nothing changed for the worse or better. Then, I remembered a remedy that my daughter Taylor uses for an oncoming stye on her eye that makes it go away before it really even starts: black and green tea bags!

I tried the black and green tea bags for Arnold's ear, heating the tea bags in a cup of water for about a minute and fifteen seconds, making sure it wasn't to hot, and then applying one to each side of the flap for about 5 minutes, and within two evenings, I noticed a decrease in the size. I continued to apply the tea bags once per day and after five days, the abscess is almost gone.

I would like to note that if your pet has obvious pain or severe infection, you should seek a veterinarian's assistance, but if your pet is like Arnold without the pain or infection, give it a try! It might save you a bundle!


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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Should I write Dark Days #5 or let it die?

Okay, so now that the Hunger Games movie trilogy has wrapped up, I am pondering whether or not to continue with the Dark Days series.. I do love the characters and reviews tell me that some of you do too. On the flip side, there is another exciting series I want to write. It takes a lot of time to craft either one and I do feel love to finish The Dark Days... however, I'm totally psyched for the other one.
So what to do?

Bring it to you. You get to decide. If you care either way, you can comment below, or email me at

Would love to hear from you. Whichever project gets the most votes by Feb 28, gets my attention!

Thanks for your help!


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