Cash Dog's Bargain Hunter
For years my friends have told me that I always have an opinion about where to find the best products and services, no matter what the need. They joke that I know the best place to buy just about anything, and to obtain just about any service, from quality dry-cleaning to great deals on electronics. Everybody can appreciate a good deal on a quality product or service. From now on I’m going to share my ideas for great bargains on products and services right here in these pages. Enjoy!
Friday, June 16, 2006
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Protect Your Credit in Case You Lose Your Wallet
Here's some useful info. that was forwarded to me by a family member:
Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc., so you will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call to cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place. We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed using your name, address, SS#, credit, etc. To limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know. As everyone always advises, cancel your credit cards immediately, but the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them easily. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where it was stolen, this proves to credit providers you were diligent, and is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one). But here's what is perhaps most important: (I never ever thought to do this) - Call the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and SS#. The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.
The numbers are:
Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271
Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
Trans Union: 1-800-680-7289
Friday, October 28, 2005
TRADITIONAL AMERICAN INDIAN FOLK TALE
“ An Old Cherokee Indian was telling his grandson about a fight that was going on inside himself. He said it was between two wolves. ‘One is evil,’ he recounted: ‘Anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good: Joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.’ The grandson thought about this for a minute, then asked his grandfather, ‘Which wolf wins?’ The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one I feed.'"
Thursday, October 27, 2005
I'm feeling kind of introspective tonight...
Tonight is a night to think deeply. Today is the birthday of one of my closest friends for 20+ years. I wish I could be there to celebrate with he and my other friends, but they're all a state away and I couldn't make it. I got to thinking that at the end of our lives, the only thing that will have really mattered were the family and friends we knew and loved. It's the relationships with others that will have mattered. Not the money, not the fame, just the people.
Anyway, here's a great poem I took down years ago. The writer is anonymous:
THESE ARE THINGS YOU CAN GIVE
To your enemy -- forgiveness
To your opponent -- tolerance
To your friend -- your heart
To a customer -- service
To all men -- charity
To every child -- a good example
To yourself -- respect
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Beautiful 21 Acre Central Oregon Coast Property for Sale
BIG CREEK SEA RANCH FOR SALE
This is one of the most beautiful places you have ever seen. It's been in the family for nearly 30 years, and my relatives have to finally part with it. You should check out their website and get a feel for what "Paradise on Earth" really looks like. This is a one-of-a-kind property that simply must be seen to be appreciated. I've spent many summers out there and it's a wonderful place.
All the best,
Has anyone looked at the new Homepages website that HouseValues recently launched? This is their largest product launch ever, and it does things that will make your head spin. You can literally zoom in on your house with overhead pictures. The pictures have incredible detail! You can even find out information on local neighborhoods you are thinking of moving to, and learn about the quality of the schools and the various restaurants and services that are nearby. If you haven't seen this site, I would encourage you to do so right away. Type in your address and look at your home from the sky. Check out that neighborhood that you were contemplating moving to one day. And if you are actually thinking of moving soon, you can even find a local agent to assist you with the move, right through the website. This is an incredible company, and yet again they have introduced a life-altering service that will change real estate as we know it. Never again will you have to aimlessly search for a home over the internet without any idea about the actual neighborhood. I promise you that you have never seen anything like this site! Check it out.
Monday, October 24, 2005
Donate to the Salvation Army's 2005 Hurricane Relief Fund
This is where you can make a secure donation to the Salvation Army's Hurricane Relief efforts. They are a superb organization, and they hand out in the form of services and assistance a full 83 cents of every dollar that they take in.
Here are some noteworthy quotes, taken off the Salvation Army's National website:
"The most effective organization in the U.S."- Peter Drucker, economist, professor, author
"The charity you can trust."- Reader's Digest, December 2002
"One of the top 10 charities that shine...one that gives supporters more bang for their buck."- Forbes Magazine, December 2003
Entrepreneur (another great poem)
If he succeeds, his profits will come not from what he takes from his fellow citizens, but from the value they freely place on the gifts of his imagination.
-- George Gilda
Hugo, my Basset Hound puppy (nearly 7 mos. of age)
Hugo has personality plus. Here you can see him eyeing me with suspicion. If you ever want a great all-around dog, that rarely barks--and would rather speak than bark anyway--a Basset Hound is a great choice. The only problem is he is always dipping his ears in his food and in his water and then mopping the wood floors with the schmutz. Oh well, everything's a trade-off!
All the best, Jason
"Comes the Dawn"
After awhile you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning and company doesn't mean security,
And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts and presents aren't promises,
And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open, with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child,
And you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for paths.
After awhile you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So plant your garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure... That you really are strong,
And you really do have worth." --Veronica A. Shoffstall
It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.
It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, or to remember the limitations of being human. It doesn't interest me if the the story you're telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore be trustworthy. I want to know if you can see beauty even when it is not pretty every day, and if can source your life from God's presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, "Yes!" It doesn't interest me to know where you live or own much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised the bone, and do what needs to be done for the children. It doesn't interest me who you are, how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back. It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom you have studied I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself, and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.
Written by Oriah Mountain Dreamer, Indian Elder
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Steve Jobs' Commencement Speech to Stanford Grads 6-12-05
"You've got to find what you love..."
This is without question one of the most inspirational speeches I have ever read or heard. If you want inspiration and motivation to move your life in a new direction, or simply encouragement to keep on keepin' on, this is a great speech to read. Click on the title to be taken to the speech.
All the best,
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
I would imagine most people feel as I do...We are incredibly lucky that we didn't have to suffer the effects of these terrible hurricane close to home. I'm sure you'd agree, we must now come together as a nation and offer meaningful assistance to our fellow Americans--those that did endure the wrath of these two storms. It is heart-wrenching to see the images on television and to read the courageous and sad stories of the people who endured these two hurricanes and were there in the line of fire.
I've read articles questioning how beneficial the Red Cross donations have actually been for the victims of these hurricanes. It seems that the Red Cross is getting most of the donations. Presumably this is because they are among a handful of the most widely-known and accessible charitable organizations out there. According to what I've read, the Salvation Army has actually done a more effective job and being there for the victims, quietly, and under the radar of the national spotlight. Their P.R. campaign pretty much doesn't exist by comparison to that of the Red Cross. The Salvation Army is a great institution to donate to if you are looking to help these victims out.
Besides just giving money to these organizations on an individual basis, I'm searching for a way to raise funds for them on a larger scale. When I come up with a game plan, I'll let you know. In the meantime, I would strongly consider giving to the Salvation Army as opposed to turning to the Red Cross as your only option. Both are great organizations, but from all that I've read and heard, the Salvation Army is more effective at giving direct relief to the displaced individuals in a grass-roots kind of way.
All the best,