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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?

Downsizing? 16 Tips For Hosting Your Own Moving Sale – The Good Moving Sale

 

If you are downsizing to a smaller home, you will undoubtedly have tons of stuff you are leaving behind. We sure did! One great way to earn extra money for your move is to host your own Moving/Estate Sale. Now, I’m not talking about a simple garage sale. I’m talking about a huge Moving/Estate sale – people in your home, going through your closets. Yeah…that kind of sale.

After all, what you can’t take with you, you may have to pay for to have hauled away. (Today many charities will not even enter a home to pick up furniture or goods.)

Hiring an estate sale company to organize and run your sale can be costly. At first, I thought this was going to be our only option. But after lots of research, and speaking to many estate sale company owners, I realized we could do it on our own. And so we did!

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!

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.”

Thank You, Carrie Fisher and Maurice Benard for Speaking Out on Bipolar Disorder/ The Good Work

question internet answers, always

Are internet answers always valid?

“Bipolar disorder, it’s a challenge. But it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life.”

 – Carrie Fisher

 

During the late spring of 1977, my boyfriend and I joined countless others in going to see “Star Wars.” I was mostly entertained by the whimsical nature of the film, especially the famous bar scene. And I did enjoyed seeing Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, a beautiful and fearless heroine — a rarity for box office fare, back then.

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