Archive | June, 2011

Random Rec Wednesday: Chegg.com for cheap textbooks!

22 Jun

For anyone who has experienced the maddening and bankrupting ordeal of buying textbooks, things just got a little bit easier. For us and Mother Earth. Yes, Mother Earth (more on that later).

I recently discovered the amazing Chegg.com where you can rent textbooks for super cheap. I just started school again, so maybe this isn’t as much something new as it is  Tricia is last to hear about everything. In any case, Chegg has already saved me tens of dollars! (I just discovered the site, so cut me some slack).

Oh yeah.

Chegg allows you to rent textbooks for a reduced price, because really, how many textbooks are keepers? I’ve rented textbooks before through the campus bookstore and other websites, but as a bona fide bargain shopper, Chegg’s prices are the best I’ve found in the legal robbery  textbook industry. How many times have you shelled out every dead president in your wallet for a book, just to sell it back for pennies a few months later?! I was once offered 50 cents for a book during a buyback.

Gee thanks, Mister! Now I can go to a double feature and buy popcorn and snickers!

If it was 1923.

With Chegg, not only can you get your books on the cheap, they also include free return shipping, and every time you rent Chegg plants a tree! They’ve already planted five million trees through their partnership with American Forest Global ReLeaf Foundation. How cool is that?

I can wait to turn the tens of dollars I’ve saved into hundreds. Or more.

So if you’re a starving student, check out Chegg.com!

Motivating Monday: Time

20 Jun

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” 

                                                  -H. Jackson Brown Jr., American Author

I often think about time. Which is probably yet another waste of time.  DAMMIT!

Stop staring at me you idiots! You've got your own Mona Lisa to paint!

No, but I think about how some can get so much done, and others can barely make their bed.

I signed the Declaration of Independence today. How about you? Oh, you watched Keeping up with the Kardashians? Cool!

So I was elated to come across this quote this morning. It’s so true. And it’s a great challenge.

When you stop saying you don’t have enough time, you might find you have more time, and less excuses.

Motivating Mondays: Stairs!

13 Jun

Attention lazy people: it’s time to ditch the elevator and start taking the stairs! Have you seen this video? It’s awesome. 

I love taking the stairs. Not only is it faster, it’s good exercise. It cracks me up that people will jump on the stair machine at the gym, yet take the elevator to get there. What?! There is a stair machine at every subway, two story house and apartment building, and yet you only opt to take it at your $150/month gym?

Modern life is convenient for a lot of things. Our waistline is not one of them.

Just because the elevator is easier, does not make it better. Plus, have you ever been stuck in one? Not fun. I’ve never heard of someone getting stuck on the stairs. But if you have, please let me know because that is hilarious.

So think twice next time you push that elevator button. (You don’t want to get stuck.)

 

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Random Rec Wednesday: Nordstrom

1 Jun

*Disclaimer: Maybe I’m slightly biased because I used to work for them, but even after all these years Nordstrom still rocks my world.

Allow me to tell my latest and greatest Nordstrom tale:

Once upon a time…(okay it was this past February) I was running late, but stopped at Nordstrom to pick up some concealer. As I rushed to the cosmetics department I bee-lined  past women’s shoes so I wouldn’t be tempted to stop.  I vowed I would look straight ahead and focus on the task at hand. That’s when my peripheral vision caught a glimpse of the most beautiful red shoe I have ever seen. I had to look. It was love at first sight.

Seriously how pretty is this shoe?!

Because shoes are my crack I stopped. I had to have these shoes. And, they were on sale!! But they didn’t have my size. I was devastated, but I wasn’t surprised because I have miniature feet. (I can still shop in the kids shoe section, but velcro shoes aren’t for every girl in her twenties. Yes, I have velcro shoes. They light up, too. Be jealous.)

From lemonadecouture.com

Many other retailers would say ‘Oh darn, we don’t have your size. Sucks for you, but have a nice day! ‘  But not Nordstrom. My shoe boy took down my information and assured me he would try to find me a pair. He was sincere about it.

Cut to: Four months later and still no shoes. =(  I stalked these shoes online almost every day from February to May with no luck. To make it worse, I talked these shoes up so much that two of my friends fell in love with them too and bought them in normal people sizes. One hesitantly asked me, ‘I know they don’t have them in your size, but do you mind if I get them?’

My shoe boy stayed true to his promise and kept me posted when he got leads on my miniature red shoe, but each time my hopes were crushed. He even contacted the Nordstrom buyers with my shoe story to see if they could pull some strings. And they did! They found me a pair but it arrived at my Nordstrom when shoe boy wasn’t there and someone else sold it unknowingly! Red shoe dreams: shattered.

Just when I was about to give up the dream of the beautiful red shoe, I got a call from shoe boy again. He had my shoes! Apparently the Nordstrom buyers contacted Joan and David themselves and actually got me the last pair in existence. Now that is customer service at it’s finest!

So I now have my coveted red shoe (and by the time I got them the price had been reduced even more AND I had Nordstrom vouchers, so I ended up getting them for $4.60!)

I have had so many great experiences with the customer service at Nordstrom but this one tops them all. I wish more businesses would adopt Nordstrom’s dedication to customer service. I’m always baffled when I encounter bad customer service or a rude employee. It’s like, you know I’m giving you money, right??? Happy customers =  more $$$, duh. It’s not rocket science.

The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale for women and kids is on NOW, so you can go find your own must-have item and/or shoe boy and create your own Nordstrom tales. And I’m already stalking my next (miniature) shoe.