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How to Save Big with Groupon

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011


Join the Rush to Save with Groupon

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By now you’ve probably heard of Groupon, the company that grew ridiculously fast selling local coupons on the web.

Groupon ads pop up on Web sites like dandelions spring up in grass after a good rain. Even if you ignore Groupon ads on your screen, You can’t ignore the news about groupon.  Groupon just rejected a multi-billion takeover bid from Google. Groupon’s hype is so hot that last week it has raised almost $1 billion on its own, money it will use in its quest to expand all over the world.

What is all the noise about? And should you be signing up for their deals?

Groupon negotiates huge discounts—usually 50-90% off—with popular local businesses all over the country, and increasingly in other countries as well. Businessess scramble to offer deals through Groupon because they hope to gain new customers. Often companies are willing to give a product away or even take a loss to increase customer base. But Groupon’s local deal for the day is only good if enough people sign up for it.

How do you learn about Groupon special coupons in your area? Head on over to Groupon and sign up. Pick the location you want deals in. Then sit back and wait for the deals alerts to come to your inbox. If you see something you like, buy it fast. The offer is usually only good for one day. You can also sign up to see Groupon offers in your Twitter feed or Facebook feed.

You do not have to pay anything to sign up and Groupon does not sell your name all over the place either.

I recently bought my first Groupon coupon and found it really easy.  Groupon lets the average Joe leverage collective buying power in his own neighborhood for all sorts of things.

Last year, Groupon expanded its subscriber base 2,500 per cent! It went from in 2010, from two million to over 50 million. Check it out.

Handmade Christmas Ornaments

Friday, December 17th, 2010


Salt and Flour Ornaments and More

I was proud of our tree last year because almost every decoration on it was handmade. We were on sabbatical in Princeton, New Jersey, for the year from So Cal. We did not haul our holiday decorations across country. We got a great tree from a Vermont tree farmer, but we had nothing to put on it! So we decided to make our own ornaments. We started with flour and salt dough ornaments and went from there, adding wire, Sculpey and pipe cleaners to the mix. Here’s the results. I am hoping to find time to make some more this year. Let me know which on is your favorite.

wreath made by Shea

Wreath made by Shea.

Jester ornament made of Sculpey, pipecleaners, copper wire by Kim.

Jester ornament made of Sculpey, pipecleaners, copper wire by Kim.

Present and name we all worked on.

Present and name we all worked on.

Snowman I made.

Snowman I made.

Peace sign Shea made.

Peace sign ornament Shea made.

 

Candy cane, Shea.

Candy Cane ornament, Shea.

Christmas tree, Shea.

Christmas tree, Shea.

Reindeer, flour and salt, Kim.

Reindeer, flour and salt, Kim.


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Four and salt dough snowman, Kim.

Flour and salt dough snowman, Kim.

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Sculpey reindeer, flour/salt snowman, Kim.

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Love, Shea.

 

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Wreath, Colman.

Wreath, Colman.

Figure skater made of pipe cleaners.  Kim.

figure skater made of pipe cleaners. Kim.

Angel made of pipe cleaners. Kim.

Angel made of pipe cleaners. Kim.

Christmas tree made of pipe cleaners. Cole.

Christmas tree made of pipe cleaners. Cole.

Poinsettia made of Sculpey. Kim.

Poinsettia made of Sculpey. Kim.

Pipe cleaner Christmas ornament, Colman.

Which one is your favorite?

Happy Holidays to all!!!

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If you want to make pipe cleaner ornaments, believe it or not, Amazon has the best deals and best selection on pipe cleaners.

 

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Living in Princeton House Built in 1757

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010


Friends and family have been asking to see the house we are renting while on our sabbatical year in Princeton. So here’s some pics.

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Outside of the historic Princeton house we are renting.

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Side door where we go in to kitchen.

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Living room, part of 1830s addition.

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Original spiral staircase, more than 250 years old.

Original spiral staircase, more than 250 years old.

Upstairs bedroom has low 6-foot ceilings. Colman does homework here and has thousands of Legos set up in here.

Upstairs bedroom has low 6-foot ceilings. Colman does homework here and has thousands of Legos set up in here.

Leading to bedroom. Thomas Jefferson stayed in this room for a month or so during the war. He was tall so he must have stooped under the 6-foot ceiling!

Leading to bedroom. Thomas Jefferson stayed in this room for a couple months. He was tall so he must have stooped under the 6-foot ceiling!

Where Thomas Jefferson slept and where Colman now has his bedroom.

Where Thomas Jefferson slept and where Colman now has his bedroom.

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"Newer" steps from 1830s addition. Have to duck to avoid bumping head.

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Old wood flooring from 1757.

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Backyard is a bit of a jungle. Ginger loves the squirrels. Records show the Redcoats barged in on the house at some point as the owners asked for reimbursement for items they took.

Princeton University Photo 1909 print
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We recently skated in NY at the Rockefeller Ice Rink (the one with the big Christmas Tree you always see on the news). I wrote a HubPage review of the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink. At the end is a little video of Shea doing a spin.

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