Heh. I didn’t realize until yesterday that I was off today. How stupid of me… but at least I felt justified in leaving the laundry undone one more day. Not that I’ve done it yet or anything. But I did catch up on a few days worth of newspapers.
The only interesting thing aside from the latest embarassment from Bush trying to honor MLK day was a big, front page article in the Sunday paper about – drum roll please – blogging! It’s a “phenomen” now. I had to laugh because I think the “phenomen” is at least two or three years old. But that’s Buffalo for ya!
And while no cumulative figures exist for the number of bloggers in the Buffalo Niagara region, one of the most popular blog-hosting sites – LiveJournal – lists 2,442 bloggers in the City of Buffalo and another 236 in Niagara Falls.
Some experts claim that blogging will grow tremendously this year and in years to come, as people learn how to do it – and how much fun it can be.
Uh huh. Look out… here comes the masses from Buffalo.
I also clipped coupons. Yes, I’m a coupon user. I do let them pile up for a bit before clipping, and I do sometimes forget to take them to the store, but when I actually manage to combine the weekly Wegmans specials with coupons I’ve clipped I can save a significant amount.
The only problem with coupons is that they entice you to buy shit you normally wouldn’t. I have to be very careful about this and make sure to only clip what we’d actually use. Mel does a lot of cooking and we rarely buy any pre-packaged or prepared stuff. We tend to buy most of our stuff from the “edges” of the store – not venturing into the middle aisles.
Coupons have gotten sneaky now anyway. It used to be $1 off for one item, a good enticement to try something in my opionion. Now it’s $1 off two items. Clearly, you can only use one of those coupons for something you use regularly. What if you never had it, bought two and decided you hated it? Now I see manufacturers are upping the ante with $1 off three items. That’s just a bad deal and a ridiculous ploy to get you to spend more money.
As for all the pre-packaged crap… Who eats “Hot Pockets”, cereal and milk bars, and those crustless, round PB&J sandwiches? I’m sorry, but every one of those products scream LAZY. Except in limited circumstances I tend to think pre-shredded cheese is lazy. But, how about the Sargento cheese cut into cute shapes? It’s just stupid and I can’t believe people pay for that. Even if I had kids I wouldn’t buy any of it.
I know there’s lots more stupid products than the few I just mentioned… so tell me what you think is dumb.