Hey kids, you know it, I know it, so let’s just admit it. Nothing says Christmas like a fried chicken flavoured fireplace log.
Fortunately for all of us, KFC, Enviro-log and Walmart are teaming up to bring you all the joy and aroma you can stand with this limited edition fireplace log scented with the Colonel’s secret blend of 11 herbs and spices… and paraffin.
@mike808@ruouttaurmind@therealjrn I am trying to think of where I can put them until January, they are stocking gifts for Russian Christmas!! I can just imagine they will attract animals if I put them in the garage!!
@tinamarie1974 different calendar, so they celebrate Christmas on January 7th. Instead of doing an huge Christmas, my in-laws do a stocking party. Costs me about the same,regardless, since I have 4 people in my family to buy for… sigh…
@ruouttaurmind oy!! it is a pain in the ass to return other’s mistakes… sigh, I just wonder why it happens to me so often? Is it a test to see how many times I will be honest?
poor morningsave CustRep probably still thinks I am nuts when I reported them shipping me stuff multiple times (they didn’t make me return the stuff tho)
@ruouttaurmind whelp… After a very unhelpful chat with walmart where they basically said, third party issue but thank you for your honesty, a very unhelpful automated reply from vendor, and a snippy response from me, I received a real person email requesting the mailing name and label info. I returned the info and the nice lady said to keep the extra logs. Not sure if I won or lost.
Back in September I gave my mother the television I had in my bedroom. Didn’t think I’d miss it much, but I guess I do. I’m just kinda used to falling asleep with the TV playing some boring movie in the background.
I just tripped across this while shopping for a Cyber Monday deal:
Neither price is what I would consider a deal, but here’s my gripe: Over the last week I’ve noticed several price gouges over at Woot and in particular at Sellout.Woot. Come on, Woot! That is supposed to be your clearance stuff, and you’re selling many items for more than the standard price. In some cases, like this particular example, for 50% more!!! FIFTY PERCENT markup is not a sellout price, folks.
Woot is no stranger to occasionally selling stuff for close to MSRP, and for more than the Amazon price, but over the last week I’ve noticed it’s been particularly common. Nearly every item I’ve been interested in has been priced higher than Amazon and not competitive with the market.
So the moral of the story? PLEASE, complete your due diligence before jumping on that “bargain” over at Woot.
@compunaut Absolutely. I’m not suggesting there are no bargains to be had at Woot (the $13 Roku yesterday for example). I’m just saying there are several items among the mix which are not bargains, or even at stupid-high prices, and to please do your research before assuming it’s a good price just because it’s Woot.
@compunaut I’ve bought several laptops and other tech from Woot at very good prices. I understood what @ruouttaurmind was talking about though. It’s weird that they are doing that, but I’ve seen other examples of so-so deals but not as egregious as the example. That’s just nuts.
Home Depot in-store. I suspect this is leftover black Friday stuff, the store I went to today was chock full of it. So YMMV.
They had a display of smart home stuff, buy any of the items and get a Google home mini for $10. They had both varieties of Wyze cams, and other things. The best low dollar bet, though, was a 2 pack of Wyze smart outlets for $20, making those outlets and a Google Home mini $30.
They also had black Wyze cams but they were on a separate display next to this one, so I’m not sure if they would count or not.
I just saw they previously had the Lenovo Smart Clock for $39. Maybe your location has them.
“If you’re a Fi customer, pop open the app and check for a banner at the top offering a free Nest Mini for the holidays. Tap on that, and you’ll go straight to the Google Store where you get a $49 credit, bringing the cost of the Nest Mini to zero bucks.”
I think the supply is limited (they are already out of one color), so hurry over to your Google Fi app.
“He’s in the cloud baby! Hollywood legend Samuel L. Jackson is here to add some fun to your Alexa experience. Just ask and Sam will give you the weather, play your favorite music, tell jokes, and more.”
Sounds like Alexa can ask Samuel for info and he responds in his normal erudite manner
@RiotDemon Beefy-T’s are not the same kind of brushed ringspun softness as the Comfort Soft shirts. Comfort Soft are comparable to the Next Level shirts they sell here. Soft but thin. Beefy-T is heavier but not as soft. More durable though, and warmer.
@sammydog01 Yes, you’re a winner. I tried to get it but it went OOS as I was deliberating in the checkout process. So to pacify my disappointment I bought the Ship in a Bottle and some Disney minifigs instead. And some street lamps. And the botanical pack x2. And the food accessory pack. And the bicycle pack. And some more minifigs. Crap. It would have been cheaper if the carousel didn’t sell out.
@ruouttaurmind They got me with the Parisian restaurant. We have a bunch of the modular buildings and they are awesome but they got too expensive. This is not much more than the creepy winter village gingerbread house which I talked my daughter out of. She’ll like this better. Now I wish I hadn’t ordered the dinosaur thing. Oh well.
Speaking of Woot, TT has announced there will be a Woot-off starting tomorrow, December 2nd at 0700 hrs Central.
If you didn’t manage to get your Bag of Crap this morning a little after midnight (digital crap) or one of the 9 (not 10 @sammydog01) chances during Wootbusters …well… here’s your chance to get to bed early and be ready!
@f00l@therealjrn I really want that MUSIC BAND t-shirt.
I see there are a bunch of vendors selling them on-line, but I don’t trust that wysiwyg.
I’m going to have to see if they sell them at Spencer’s Gifts or Newbury Comics after the holiday mall insanity dies down.
Ok, so, if anyone cares, I did end up ordering this shirt from Amazon.
It arrived yesterday and seems like a good quality shirt and print.
It does match the pictured item, it is heather gray and not slate gray, which is important to me. (ALL the T-shirts in heather gray, please.)
This vendor was the cheapest at $13.99 and they have good reviews, so I took a chance.
We’ll see how it stands up to repeated washing and wearing but, for now, I’m happy! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078SWFRCT
edit to add: Just make sure if you buy it too, we coordinate so we don’t end up both wearing it to the same party.
Penzey’s is doubling down on offers- they put the $50 gift card for $35 back up which meets the free shipping criteria. And the free cinnamon sugar with purchase is there. Plus little bags of stuff are cheaper than bottles of stuff so I’m going to refill my pepper and Florida seasoned pepper bottles with little sample packs. And now I can go to the movies instead of driving down to the store for my free cinnamon sugar. 21 Bridges here I come!
JC Penney is having a bunch of cyber deals that end tonight. Tons of stuff to look through but if you want more socks, they have their 12 days of socks packs for only 11.24 each. If you order more than $35 you get free shipping. So get yourself three sets (or give gifts) and you basically pay a buck a pair.
Gemmy is back! Ten bucks. But IIRC, the price slowly goes down with each purchase?? Or did the price go up with each purchase? Dunno. I wasn’t really in the market for a twerking Christmas bear at the time, so it’s all a fog.
Sign up for a Casey’s Rewards account if you shop Casey’s. Physical boxtops are being discontinued, but until they’re gone you will earn both a physical and a virtual boxtop for every large pizza you order.
You’ll also earn points on most purchases at Casey’s. (Exceptions include but are not limited to: age-restricted products, stamps, & gift/phone cards.)
Epic Games has free games every day this week. I’m bad at games. Today’s game is called Little Inferno. You drag stuff into a fireplace, light it, and watch it burn. This I can do! So many flames. It ends tomorrow at 11 am in some time zone or other. https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/
@ruouttaurmind I bought this helicopter for the deal price and this morning, completely unprovoked, Amazon sent me a $2.11 price adjustment refund. That’s never happened to me this far away from the purchase date. I don’t understand why, but I’m certainly not complaining.
@llangley@sammydog01@therealjrn I started the greenhouse last weekend. I’ve been fussing with it in the evenings when I get done working on mom’s house. I’m gonna guess I’ll have around 7 or 8 hours into it by the time I’m done.
@llangley@ruouttaurmind@sammydog01 Do you have any tips or tricks for the novice assembler with fat fingers? Should I get some sort of different glue and maybe some small implements to help with the construction?
@therealjrn Mine came with big tweezers. I’m using some wee cuticle scissors for the fine cutting of flowers and such. I am using a second, smaller tweezers for the fine positioning.
I also have a couple orange sticks (usually used for fingernail torture; maybe the ladies can tell you more about that?) available in the beauty dept at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Target, etc. The orange sticks are very useful for fine positioning and holding small bits in place while gluing and placing. One stick I’ve wrapped an end with a bit of scotch tape with the sticky side out. It’s proving very useful for picking up very small bits, as I have very calloused fingers.
I also have the bits separated into sandwich sized Tupperware type containers. Much easier than digging through all the ziplock baggies the bits come in. Then when I’m done for the moment I can pop the lid back on so no parts escape when I inevitably knock something off my work table.
The kit comes with paint for some of the wood bits, but I’ve I’m using a nice medium oak wood stain instead to give it a richer, more personalized finish.
As far as glue, I’m using Elmer’s carpenter’s glue (applied with a toothpick) for the wood joints and kragle for the mixed media bits (plastic to wood, wire to wood, paper to wire, etc). Elmer’s clear craft glue for anything which might show when completed, or paper to paper.
I didn’t even try the glue which was included simply because I already have Elmer’s and Kragle in the shop.
That’s about all I can offer so far. It’s still early days in my building process though.
Do you have any tips or tricks for the novice assembler with fat fingers? Should I get some sort of different glue and maybe some small implements to help with the construction?
I ran across a bit of a challenge with the greenhouse project this weekend. One of the steps I’ve been putting off is to roll up a wee jute string and glue it to an oval piece of paper, to form a little oval rug.
Kragle didn’t stick, the clear glue they include is WAY too stringy and gets little glue cobwebs EVERYWHERE so I didn’t even try that. Elmer’s takes much to long to set, and soaked into the jute too much.
Solution: 3M 2-sided adhesive tape. I used a piece I already had left over from one of those Command brand stick-it-to-the-wall hook thingies. The foam center was very thin, so as not to overwhelm the scale of the project. I trimmed it to the correct size and shape, peeled off one side of the protective paper and coiled up the jute, sticking it to the adhesive as I went along. It worked perfectly, and was SO easy. Once the rug was complete, I peeled off the paper to expose the other sticky side (bottom of the rug) and stuck it down on the greenhouse floor where it belonged. Perfect!
I spent maybe two hours fussing with other options, and a total of 10 minutes from start to finish with the 3M tape. Recommend. A+. Would build again.
@therealjrn@tinamarie1974 <sigh> It’s a furious 11th hour push. It could go either way right now. I have around 9 hours of effort left in me tonight, and probably 12 to 14 hours of work left on this thing. Making the little flowers is SO time consuming, and I have maybe a dozen more to make. Then placing the greens and flowers into whatever receptacle is frustrating. Trying to get everything to lay just so and stay there while the glue sets.
Actually I have one of those fancy laser things you put on a tripod, but it’s been packed away who knows where since I moved. I do have a little 8 inch level I used when mounting some shelves. I felt like a schmuck without my laser thing.
I have a few different ones depending on the project. I have a few small ones that clip on string/line, normal six inch (?) ones and then one that is about 3’ long for big projects - that one is my favorite!
The finger numbing miniature project was put on hold since I blew it on my Christmas deadline. I have until May 10th now. I put it on my todo list to pick back up on April 4th. This also buys me time to build a presentation case (wood base, acrylic box).
@mikibell I got it during the LEGO Black Friday madness for about $49. I have been wanting that set since I first noticed it about this time last year. I’m really looking forward to putting this one together.
@elimanningface Eh. Spouses just become ex-spouses. Toys are forever. Unless they’re dollar store toys. Those things begin to decay the second ya leave the store. They become vapor and regret at the stroke of midnight.
@RiotDemon Amazon no longer seems to offer any “contact customer service” for order issues short of calling them, or bot-chat. So I just did the usual automated return thing. I hate to do that for issues which are their fault because it counts against my “excessive returns” score.
Fortunately I have a few brand new watches, so I guess I will just pick out one of mine and give it to him.
You ordered an item stated as new item. that includes the packaging, sealed and intact from the supplier. That is clearly NOT what was delivered. It apppears damaged, used, or very badly “refurbished” and that Amazon is responsible for the condition of the item they deliver, since that is part of the contract they offered in the purchase.
Take a photo and attach it to the return notice.
The condition of the packaging clearly indicates thatbthisnis not an intact, untampered new condition item as shipped by the manufacturer for retail sale.
I would also file a complaint with the watch manufacturer that their retailer, Amazon, damaged their brand as a retail seller of their first quality watches.
@mike808 Amazon’s error was packaging this the way they did (shipping envelope rather than a box) but the damage was most likely caused by USPS in transit, and because they basically crammed the thing into my letterbox which was just a wee bit too small for the package.
@mike808 FYI, I went in the target to buy the gift card and it does not stack with the 5% off with the RedCard (I tried). So you’re actually only getting an additional 5% more off than you would if you just used your RedCard for the purchase.
The reason I bought the max $300 gift card was because you don’t get any discount when purchasing prescriptions from the pharmacy on your RedCard and you can use the gift card at the Pharmacy. Now I can get 10% off at the Pharmacy until that $300 runs out.
@cengland0 My Target has a CVS pharmacy and they won’t take a Target GC for Rx. OTC stuff is OK, just not prescriptions.
You can stack the 10% off GC with other sales and get better than just the 5% Redcard stack.
Target GCs are also only good on merchandise, not prescriptions, other GCs, prepaid cards, and services. And you can’t pay your Target Redcard bill with Target GCs.
The question for me is how much spend in non-Rx and non-prepaid cards at Target do I have, and for me, $300 is about all I’m sure of. Mostly grocery when they have $10 off $50 and household cleaning and personal care category sales.
@mike808 uh oh. I hope you’re wrong because I specifically asked the pharmacist before purchasing the gift card. She siad it works and many people are buying them for prescriptions. Suppose I’ll find out the next time I need a refill.
@mike808 I had shared this yesterday with friends. Definitely a great deal for an Apple Watch. Just have to use a second account or stop in store to buy enough gift cards. Something to keep in mind for next year.
Shopping tip for today. Target is offering 10% off their gift cards today only. You can email it to yourself, it will become valid tomorrow at 11 am.
If anyone is looking to buy an Apple Watch 5, Costco currently has them on sale for $354.99 for the 40mm and $384.99 for the 44mm. Target surprisingly price matches Costco.com. They don’t care if you’re not a member. Normal retail for the 44mm is $429. After price matching and considering the 10% discount off the gift card purchase of $385, the final price would be $346.50. If you have a Discover card you can use that online to buy the Target gift cards and you should receive 5% cash back if you’ve activated the bonus to get back another $19.25 . End result is $327.25 paid for the $429 watch.
Back in stock at Best Buy: HBO $30 gift card for $21 and free shipping. Current limit is 10 cards per purchase. That’s 20 months of HBO for $210 ($197.40 if you take advantage of the cash back offers below; a savings of over $100).
Pay with Chase Freedom via PayPal for 5% cash back.
Click through Rakuten for an additional 1% cash back.
In the State of Confusion it is acceptable for @sammydog01 to use 14/2 Romex for outdoor plumbing ventilation systems. Such circuits must be grounded directly to the seating structure and provide no other grounding connection.
You buy a two pack of 3Ah +HP high output batteries and charger kit for the $99 price tag, and take your pick of a couple dozen tools or other batteries to go along with it for free. If you just need batteries, get the 2 pack of 4Ah batteries. Or get that tool you’ve had your eye on. But pay attention to the prices of tools, some are only $69 so unless you need batteries they aren’t that great a deal. Others are more than $99 for the tool alone.
If you’re a Slickdeals type of person, you can note that each piece of the promo gets a reduced price in the transaction, so you can potentially buy the pair then return the batteries for like $40 or whatever and just score a deal on the “free” tool. But that’s not in the spirit of this deal, really.
@sammydog01 So last night I placed an order through Amazon, thinking I’d head over to LEGO.com and cancel my order. That’s when I discovered LEGO.com doesn’t accommodate any kind of order cancellation process. Crap.
So this morning I got on the phone to their customer service center and explained the situ (45 minutes after placing my LEGO.com order Amz beat their price by over 20%). After a little encouraging the CS girl offered to send me a prepaid return label.
I don’t know if Amz still has stock, but there is a slim possiblilty you might be able to do this. I woulnd’t have bothered for a few bucks, but almost $25? It was worth trying.
@ruouttaurmind Thanks but it was out of stock when I saw your post. I checked the return policy for the other stuff I ordered and you have to ship it back- taking it to the store gets you a gift card. I bet it will cost a fortune to ship it back.
@sammydog01 Yup, that’s why I was happy when the CS girl offered me a prepaid shipping label. Slap the label on the unopened box, drop it off at FedEx and 14 to 21 short days later I get a refund to my original payment method.
@sammydog01 PS: This experience has me second-guessing purchasing directly from LEGO. Even their “exclusives” are often available through major retail channels, so I’m starting to wonder what the advantage to direct purchase is. No online order cancellations, no returns, no price matching, slower order processing and shipping…
@therealjrn Most of their stuff sells for MSRP with an occasional sale (like last night). I wouldn’t generally order from them unless it was at least kind of a deal, or their “pick-a-brick” stuff. But after last night I will def second guess ordering direct.
When you receive the ship kit, all you need to do is to fill the box with your photos, Standard media ie printed photos, 35mm color slides or 35mm negatives (excluding B&W) seal your kit and drop it at a UPS store or dropbox, pre-paid.
We will scan your photos manually, spending 3 minutes enhancing each image. Once your photos are scanned, we ship your original photos and a USB Drive of your scans. We also create an online gallery of your scans, so you can share your precious memories with your loved ones.
USA Express is not available with our Value Kit. Empty Value Kits are dispatched from our facility (via USPS Regular Mail) within 24-48 hours of you placing an order. You can expect to receive it in 10-12 business days from the time we dispatched it. Media processing typically takes 4-8 weeks and return shipping takes 2-3 weeks.
TBH, there are a LOT of tool deals out there this shopping season. I mean a BUNCH. Although there are a couple gems in the list at eBay, make sure you check against the offers at Home Depot and Lowe’s before you buy refurb. You may just find the same price for factory fresh from HD or Lowe’s and have the convenience of local returns if there is an issue.
Example: Home Depot is offering your choice of a free Ryobi One+ 18v tool (select items only) with the purchase of a Ryobi One+ dual battery kit. Two 3Ah batteries, charger and your choice of a tool for $130. This is a really great deal if you’re already invested in the One+ tool system. If not… stick to whatever you already have, even if you have to pay a little more for the tool. I am currently split between DeWalt’s 20v Max system and the Ryobi One+. I just wish there was a industry standard battery platform.
@therealjrn When I wrote that, the app was featuring a Irwin drill bit set, and the web had a Woot branded pen (for FIVE BUCKS!). That appears to have been an anomole because it hasn’t happened again since then.
@CaptAmehrican@ruouttaurmind I ended up ordering a spiffy black Broan hood & a matching black Broan backsplash from Uncle Jeff’s warehouse deals. “Used, like new” We’ll see if they are decent They were cheaper than a boring white hood I was looking at.
Apparently I (he) just missed a bundle sale at buydig that was posted on slickdeals recently. I gave my friend the details, I don’t know how serious he is. They still had just the Garmin at a coupon sale price this afternoon.
I like my bundle deal which I bought this last summer. Big screen, case etc. I’m contemplating a trip North this coming summer. I still haven’t decided if it’s worth a 16 hour drive to have my car with me. I love driving though, but I might not after a slog like that. Perhaps I might fly and then rent a car. I dunno.
@ruouttaurmind I didn’t know that. Thanks. Being laser cut wood, once they were designed, it would be cheap and easy to produce the kits I’d imagine. This site could still be used to see them all in one place to know what they are called and then look there.