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   Escaped commieny  What in the world are people eating ? I remember getting the penny jar out for 51 cents to go get hamburger for a 'helper' with noodles. Now 1.31 lb of Publix at a unit price of 5.49 was $7.19. Does this regime wanting us to eat bark and grass like North Korea?
Yesterday at 15:20 EST .

   Balogreene  Wasn't there something here?
February 25 at 21:47 EST .

   Escaped commieny  I had a peeve about the terrible computer store service, but it just sounded too crabby, so I took it down.
Thursday at 05:36 EST .

   Balogreene  Thanks EC, I thought I had lost my mind!
Thursday at 22:00 EST .

   Sanddollar  I don't like grocery shopping and what happened today when I shopped makes it even worse. The woman in front of me at the cashier was an extreme couponer. She must have had 75 coupons to be scanned by the clerk. I sent the grocery store an email when I came home and asked if they limited the number that can be used per visit. I must have waited at least ten minutes. The line behind me was longer and longer.
February 23 at 13:41 EST .

   2 people like this.

   Balogreene  I have a single-mother co-worker who is a couponer. I wish my sister was. My friend did not want to get divorced, but had no choice with an abusive husband. The job she currently has is part-time. Her son is still too young (by VA law ) to be left home alone (legal age is 12 ). By working 4 days a week, working from home 1 day a week, and living with her sister, she is able to make ends meet. Yes, she get's a little child support from her ex, and help from her mother-in-law. But, we live in Northern VA, and life is expensive.

Both she and my sister shop during week-days, so they shouldn't bother workers. I think anyone who doesn't work should go off-work hours, I would. Why be there when the whole world is there? I can't begrudge them, life is expensive. Both my co-worker and I support other people we can't charge off on taxes, etc. Anything to save us money so we can get that air-conditioner that broke a year ago.
February 23 at 20:35 EST .

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   StormCnter  There was a time when I probably fit the woman who annoyed you. I only grocery shopped once a month and accumulated mountains of coupons. It was very time consuming to clip the coupons and just as time consuming to buy all those groceries, but I saved a LOT of money. I always alerted the cashier that I had a lot of coupons and then I would tell anyone standing behind me in a line, so that no one was surprised. Then, getting home, there was at least an hour of putting all that stuff away. After a while, I decided it was just too much trouble and I haven't clipped any coupons in years.
February 24 at 07:43 EST .

  3 people like this.

   M2  Major pet peeve: the bumper sticker that says "Coexist" using all the various symbols of different religions and worldviews. As an antidote to this, there is a website that will custom make bumper bumper stickers for you. Using Adobe Photoshop, I created my own bumper sticker that says "COEXIST THIS", with the E as an American flag. The background is black, the lettering is white, and the flag is red white and blue. I had a dozen of them made so that anyone who admires it, gets one, gratis. it is fun watching the reactions.
February 12 at 22:55 EST .

   3 people like this.

   BirdsNest  Great idea, M2.

On another forum we have seen the Coexist made from guns. It is striking.
February 13 at 08:32 EST .

  4 people like this.

   M2  Great idea. People in the Right seems to be left cold by the warm-fuzzy "Coexist" of the Left. It's unfathomably unrealistic, maybe that's why.
February 21 at 07:23 EST .

  3 people like this.

   MeiDei  My biggest pet peeve during the winter is snow removal. Having lived for a few years in a nice suburb outside of Denver we were used to common courtesy by the snow plow operators. If you had the end of your driveway shoveled, the plow would bank the snow before it, put it down fresh and plow along until the next shoveled driveway. We never had to go out and re-shovel the end of the driveway. Here in the NE it's maddening to clear your driveway only to have the plows come back after midnight & leave a foot or more of snow, that probably turned to ice, making it difficult, if not impossible, to get out. It's likely our plows are 'fixed' in place vs. the movable ones used in Denver. It's just so discouraging & rude - but that never occured to me until we had the good fortune to witness how plowing is done elsewhere.
January 25 at 12:47 EST .

   3 people like this.

   Balogreene  I live in a townhouse community. The plows just go along behind the cars, and shove the snow aside. So there is always a huge pile behind all the cars. Now, where do we put it when we shovel it out? Carry to the front of the car. At a friend's community, the plows pick the snow up and put it on a few grassy areas.
January 25 at 13:40 EST .

  4 people like this.

   BirdsNest  Trying to find plain old barley in the 2 pitiful grocery stores and the equally pitiful WalMart here yesterday. Could only find quick cook, I don't want that kind, I want the old fashioned better-for-you kind that takes 25 minutes to cook. Wasted a lot of time and precious energy on that task. Driving the 65 minutes to Salisbury,MD was not even an option.
January 23 at 08:28 EST .

   6 people like this.

   Balogreene  You can get it at either, or Amazon. I have Amazon Prime (really worth the money ), so it usually ships free.
I live in a busy area, and can't find half the things I want at our groceries. I have 3 Giants, and one Shoppers Warehouse, directly on the way home from work. I cannot find even self-rising flour, or dark rye, or regular grits, or a lot of stuff. But, I can find 8 kinds of Mexican cheese!
January 24 at 09:09 EST .

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   BirdsNest  You can make your own self rising flour. Regular grits should be easy to find. Dark rye flour is another toughie. We managed to get some rye berries, so we grind our own.

I had a peeve about Amazon, we had enough in our shopping cart to ship for free, or so we thought, one item 2# barley was not on the ships for free list, so we found another item, it also was not ship for free. So we gave up. Still need to buy miso and tahini, will wait til I am less pi$$ed.
January 26 at 09:26 EST .

  5 people like this.

   Gerty  Would some one of you knowledgeable people out there tell be about Christmas-card- sending etiquette ?

Once again I find myself on the wrong side of popular (current ) practices!
January 9 at 08:33 EST .

   20 people like this.

   StormCnter  Gerty, the Christmas card etiquette I was taught by my mother was:
A personal signature or note is required.
Don't send cards to people you are also exchanging gifts with.
Always respond to an unexpected card.

I practice them all today, but I have modified my Christmas card habits. For years, I sent dozens and dozens. I don't do that anymore. Now, I send cards to those who send me one. My daughter-in-law's mother, who is my age, is horrified at me. She is still sending out a hundred cards. I don't know which of us is observing appropriate behavior, but I'm through with spending an entire day addressing Christmas cards to people I don't care about.
January 9 at 12:18 EST .

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   Balogreene  We don't often send them. Nor do we get them. I agree, I was taught Storm's etiquette, but it is so expensive and time consuming, we rarely get around to it.
January 9 at 19:58 EST .

  16 people like this.

   Surfhut  I was also taught Storm's etiquette. I'm 60. Over the years, the card sending has dropped off. I receive 1 card a year from my 80 year old aunt, professional and impersonal. Also receive 1 card a year from my cousin who writes a long and lovely note.

I call my dear Auntie to thank her for the card and we talk away with each other. Call my dear cousin and we have another wonderful chat with each other. (Cuz and I talk a lot but we both love the Christmas Card phone call. ) My friends and family and I who used to exchange cards now have a tradition of actually talking with each other on the phone during the Christmas season.

Works for me and my loved ones.
January 9 at 20:18 EST .

  15 people like this.

   Escaped commieny  I use Jacquie Lawson e cards, they are fun and can be viewed at the recipients leisure, I like to send the Advent Calender so they get 25 days of adventure.
January 17 at 11:03 EST .

  9 people like this.

   StormCnter  The thoughtlessness of some people. Yesterday, I went to the FedEx office to send a very important document to my brother. I got there at 2:30 to find a fairly long line (about 10 people ). There was only one FedEx person processing shipmets, but he was tied up with a middle eastern couple trying to decide how to ship 12 containers of Similac to Pakistan. The agent answered questions, showed them boxes, calculated costs and then redid the whole procedure when they explored cheaper, faster alternatives.Thirty minutes later, the rest of us were still waiting. Finally, after severl more minutes of discussing, evaluating and so forth, they left without making the shipment. Two complaints: there should have been a separate FedEx person helping them while another agent processed our shipments. Second is that the couple seemed oblivious to the inconvenience they were costing the rest of us. There was never a nod to us, even a glance, not even when they left the store with their little Walmart bags of baby formula. By the time they left, the line had grown longer.
January 8 at 08:01 EST .

   20 people like this.

   Escaped commieny  Pakistan, really, the breeding ground for terrorists, makes you wonder what they were really up to, ummm
January 8 at 08:20 EST .

  13 people like this.

   BirdsNest  The post office would likely be cheaper to use, unless they won't allow those items to ship.

I hope you complained to FedEx. Or someone went out and flattened their tires...(did I write that?? )
January 8 at 14:59 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thanks to both of you. I had to use FedEx for this particular shipment (just a document ) because my brother lives in a remote little Texas town and I had missed the Express Mail deadline for the day. FedEx also makes only one delivery to that town, but the cut-off time is later in the day.

No, I didn't complain. I felt bad for the agent who was tied up.
January 9 at 12:22 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Ugh, a 3 hour wait for one of two prescriptions the doctor had called in. Not the fault of the pharmacy, they had 2 pharmacists and 3 assistants working non stop to fill all they had coming in. The doctor had screwed up the instructions on the one prescription(Prednisone ) and she could not fill it until she got clarification. One pharmacist left for the day and 3 of the assistants and one cashier were all due to leave. She was 60 prescriptions behind, "in the weeds" so to speak. But she finally got in touch with the doc and clarified the instructions. We will pick up the other one today, I just couldn't wait any longer. Hagar has enough to get him through this morning, that's all I cared about. As busy as it was, all of the employees in the pharmacy were working to their limits and beyond yesterday. They certainly caught a lot of grief from the customers.
December 31 at 08:04 EST .

   20 people like this.

   Escaped commieny  I heard something interesting at the hospital, the charge nurse was asking patients why they all scheduled their knee surgery now. They told her they had to use or lose their deductible balances, could explain all the prescriptions.
December 31 at 09:35 EST .

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   BirdsNest  That's probably the reason, which means today will be just as chaotic. There were SO MANY people in line and the seats were full with people waiting for theirs to be filled. We had already done the tour of the store, there was NOTHING there I wanted to look at, I just wanted to get the Rx and GO HOME. Thankfully I had put chicken thighs with onion,garlic,and celery in the crockpot. It was ready when we got home so I had just a few other things to do in order to eat dinner.
I called WM pharmacy to see if the Rx was ready-no, and they don't even have it in line to be filled, so I called the health clinic and asked them to have the doc re-send it and call me when they have sent it over. My head hurts from all of this!
December 31 at 10:37 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I wrote below, the hassle to get the Hydrocodone, and it made him sick, so I called the charge nurse, explained the Tramadol that our Primary gave him before the surgery worked, so she got the surgeon to write that, so he is drowsy and I share your headache.
December 31 at 13:43 EST .

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   Balogreene  To go to something Strait said on an earlier post: We learned a lot when my dad died almost 17 yrs. ago. If mom's name wasn't on the card, the debt died with daddy. Don't let creditors tell you differently.

After daddy died, we tried to switch some of the utilities from mom and dad, first to mom and my sister, then to just mom. Either way would have involved a new deposit and a credit check. And because daddy was dead they weren't going to refund the original deposit. We moved 12 years ago, the accounts are still in daddy's name! They take my checks, however.

We each have something in our own name, our bank accounts are linked, we can all sign for any account. Our loans are joint, but not our credit card (we are mom and 2 daughters ). Any of us can view the others medical records and pick up prescriptions for anyone else.

My sister and I are each other's beneficiaries. We own the house with rights of survivorship.

We tried to set everything up so no one is hurt.
December 29 at 23:58 EST .

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   Gram77  I found the same problem with the water bill when my mom died. Everything went to me and when I went to remove her name from this utility and put it in mine the wanted $150.00 and a credit check. The lady at the office said to just leave it in mom's name and pay it on time with my check. She said the water company didn't care who paid as long as it was paid.
December 30 at 06:14 EST .

  12 people like this.

   Hollyhock  Balo, this is something that I need to find out about. Is each state different? I thought that the remaining spouse had to assume the debt, in our state anyway. It never occurred to me to have both names on utility bills too.
December 30 at 09:39 EST .

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   Balogreene  Holly, we live in VA, and at the time my sister worked for lawyers. But, if your name isn't on the bill, you don't owe it. How could you, you didn't sign for it? Mom had to pay off any joint credit cards, but, not any only daddy had.

I've talked to many people who had to deal with this, they try to come after any and all family. But, we refused to pay, sent them his death certificate, and waited it out. It took them over a year to quit calling. I think, they think, you'll get tired of the hassle and pay. But, if you didn't sign for the debt, you don't owe it, even if married.

As for utilities, some were in dad's name alone, some in mom and dad's. Like Gram said, they don't care who pays the bills, as long as they get paid. And, if you change from two to one, you have to do the new deposit, etc.
December 30 at 23:22 EST .

  18 people like this.

   Balogreene  Holly, there are many free legal services that answer questions like this for your state.
December 30 at 23:23 EST .

  17 people like this.

   Hollyhock  We are in a community property state. So the debt rolls onto the survivor.
December 31 at 09:37 EST .

  14 people like this.

   Bettijo  When I was diagnosed with cancer 15 years ago, I put my daughter's name on all my bank accounts, investment accounts, safe deposit box, etc. so there would not be a problem with her accessing them. Never thought about utilities, but they were all in my name as was my house and car, but in my will I left everything to her. Same is true today. So, if I understand you all correctly, she is not responsible for any of my debts? But, cannot creditors attach my assets? Just wondering. I do have a student loan which I know is forgiven when I die.
January 1 at 12:18 EST .

  13 people like this.

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