Category Archives: The Good


Are Your Medicine Costs Making You Sick? We have a cure.

Here’s how you can save money on prescription medicines.

About ten years back, I was buying a newly-prescribed inhaler for asthma. It was quite expensive, and I thought there surely had been a problem with my pharmacy insurance claim. But, I checked with my insurance company and there wasn’t a mistake. It was simply an expensive medicine.

OK.

The next time I went to the drug store to have the prescription filled, I mentioned to the pharmacy clerk how expensive I thought the medicine was. I was shocked to hear that I could get a coupon from the manufacturer for a free inhaler. A free inhaler? I had never heard of coupons for medicine. I never did follow up on the offer. It somehow seemed strange to me.

Coupons for cookies? Yes. Coupons for detergents? Yes. Coupons for medicines? There had to be a catch…so I passed on the idea.

16 Tips For A Profitable and Safe Garage Sale / The Good Sale

Always keep items neatly displayed. Do not let tables look messy and cluttered — it will hurt your sales.

With the warm weather approaching, you may be thinking about having a garage sale. Garage sales are a great way to turn unwanted items into extra cash. And, an added bonus is you get to de-clutter your house at the same time.

A garage sale differs from a house or moving sale, in several ways. Basically the differences are:

  • They take place outside on your front lawn and/or in your garage;
  • People generally do not come looking for expensive items or have a lot of money they want to spend; and
  • Most people are searching for true bargains on low-priced items.

What To Sell

If you have high-quality furniture to sell, gold jewelry, or expensive china, you will probably not find your buyer at a garage sale.

Instructions Included. / The Good

“If everything else fails, read the instructions.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Sometimes instructions aren’t a good thing. For example, if you are purchasing a lovely piece of furniture, do you really want it to come with instructions? This means that when you get it home you will need to unpack the box, find the instructions, and hope against hope that you can follow them. Usually it all works out…and a mere three hours later you will have your lovely new bookcase.

Of course, by this time you have become so grumpy that your significant other has decided that she doesn’t really want to move in with you after all. Or, at least, delay it for a while. And, oh, perhaps she has learned that not all men are as handy around the house as her daddy is.

Yes, sometimes it’s a bad sign when things come with instructions.

What’s wrong with this picture? (If you’re a computer, don’t answer.)

Even Watson had his 15 minutes of fame.

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

 – Albert Einstein

 

Now customers can utilize the same brainpower to help do their taxes as doctors use to help diagnose cancer. Is this a great thing? Just wondering…

On the surface, it sounds quite intriguing. Underneath the surface it sounds a bit … scary.

Watson is an artificial intelligence computer that was developed by IBM. IBM is reportedly now looking to develop its artificial intelligence technology into a multi-billion dollar business. That’s fine. Even Staples and Macys are jumping onto the Watson bandwagon to help guide shoppers through stores.

However, does anyone else have a problem with the concept of needing artificial intelligence to help professionals navigate through their tax preparation, as offered by a major tax preparer? What about the millions of people who do their taxes on their own. Is our human intelligence no longer adequate enough to properly prepare our taxes? If so, is using artificial intelligence the answer?

Verizon Phone Discount For Active Military and Retired Veterans / The Good Telephone Discount

A penny saved is a penny earned. – Benjamin Franklin

Here’s a way to save some money!

Yesterday I was on hold with Verizon, waiting to speak to a customer service representative. I had all but tuned out to the recorded blah, blah, blah phone message, when “military discount” caught my attention.

When the representative got on the line, I asked her what the discount was, and if it applied to retired veterans, as well. Happily, it did.

A 15% discount is now being offered on your monthly bill for all active military and retired veterans of the US Armed Forces. You simply need to bring your Military ID and a DD214 (Discharge Paper) to any Verizon corporate store to receive it. (The military discharge needs to be “Honorable.”) The discount may not apply to your entire phone bill. However, I say that any discount is a great discount!

An Inspirational Tale for Parents of Children Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder / The Good Journey

A picture of Liane

self portrait – charcoal

There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

         –  Edith Wharton

 

The day after my daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I went into her bedroom to see if she was awake yet. I sat down on her bed and she sleepily said, “Is everything okay? You look like someone has died.”

My daughter didn’t understand the impact of her diagnosis. And evidently, neither did I.

It is difficult for me to imagine, the pure hell my daughter was going through living with un-diagnosed and untreated bipolar disorder. I will leave that part of the story for her to tell. I could never tell it correctly.

However, I can help by telling my experiences as the mother of a child diagnosed with having bipolar disorder. Parents of newly-diagnosed children need to hear encouraging words. I sure wish I had.

All Risk, No Reward: A Vietnam Soldier’s Burden / The Good Tomorrows

Just taking risks for risk’s sake, that doesn’t do it for me. I’m willing to take risks that I think are worth it, and I’ve worked so hard to make sure that I survive.

Chris Hadfield

War is an incredible risk for countries, their populations and the world and the men and women who fight them. If it is all risk and no reward, as some people are making out the Vietnam war to be, the no reward falls squarely on the shoulders of vocal people “back home.” When you “go home” the welcome has to be a recognition of the risk and the rewards. Vietnam had no “going home.”

12 Tips on How To Pack for Your Downsizing Move … and Maintain Your Sanity. / The Good Way To Pack

Empty storage containers

Watch for a storage container sale!

“When in doubt, throw out!”

– My Mom

We had been living in our nine-room house for 16 years, when we were faced with downsizing to a two-bedroom apartment. Initially, we just had three questions about packing. They were:

  • 1. Where the heck do we begin?
  • 2. Will this ever get done?
  • 3. How are we ever going to sort through all this stuff?

Aside from that, everything seemed quite under control.

It is difficult to say exactly how long packing actually took us; until the last two weeks, packing was more sporadic and included lots of sorting. But here are some tips that we discovered along the way.

Downsizing? 9 Easy Steps To Get You Moving! – The good journey

Polar bear mom and cub with paper list

Starting that long journey and a list to help

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

   – Lao Tzu
Downsizing? 9 Easy Steps To Get You Moving! – The good journey.

Some people choose to downsize because they want to have a simpler or less stressful lifestyle. Others need to downsize because they have no choice but to cut back on expenses. Whether you are downsizing out of choice or necessity, it is a tricky and emotional ride.

The key to downsizing is to take it one step at a time. Make your immediate tasks small so that they can be completed and you will feel a sense of accomplishment. Be precise in your tasks, such as, “write a list of possible new locations.”

Downsizing: Not Just for celebrities anymore. / The Good Move

Winter patio and grounds view from apartment

Patio view from apartment

“Anything that costs you more hours of effort or worry that it brings you hours of enjoyment is a candidate for downsizing.”

– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

Many years ago, I was watching Barbra Streisand on TV. She was talking about selling personal items, as well as her exquisite home, all in the name of downsizing to simplify and clear her life.

But now, downsizing isn’t just for celebrities any more. Hey … we did it! Well, actually we had no choice.

Many things in our lives had changed since Bob was forced into early retirement. It sure would have been helpful to have some warning, so we could have made more fitting financial decisions. But when you expect to work until age 70, and are unexpectedly forced to retire at age 58, financial plans are sure to go awry. Had we had some warning, we would have made different financial decisions all along, but this was not the case.

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