Monthly Archives: October 2010

10 ways to save money

In these tough times, and especially with the holidays coming, everyone is thinking about cinching their wallets tighter. I’m sure everyone by now knows the top major ways to save money, such as eliminating credit card debt with a low-interest loan. Here are ten every day tips to put more money in your wallet at the end of the month.

  1. If you’re already paying for high-speed internet, consider cutting your phone bills by using MagicJack. (We are in no way affiliated with MagicJack). They have a free trial, try it first as you may find that it isn’t compatible with your service, but many people are very happy with it, the quality can be as good as any other system, and the prices are out of this world. Huge savings every year if it works with your system.
  2. Make a shopping list before you go out to the store. Don’t get sidetracked by goodies or that fancy-looking coffee. Just buy what’s on the list. If you’ve put goodies on the list, buy them! But impulse shopping accounts for a lot of extra money out of your wallet.
  3. Try this a couple of days a week- go out with just your drivers license and other necessary ID, and a 50 dollar bill. You’ll be surprised at how often you’ll think, “No, I don’t need that”, when it comes to either breaking a 50 or putting a package of gum on your credit card.
  4. Put your talent to good use. Are you a decent guitar player or is your piano languishing in the corner of your living room? Offer lessons to local kids, and charge $20 an hour. A few hours a week brings in a little extra income, and you’ll have a blast!
  5. Learn to say “no”. How often does a quick beer after work turn into a $50 session, plus a cab home?  You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how saying  no a couple of times a month saves $$$.
  6. Ask yourself: do I really need this? Imagine if you will… It’s lunchtime and you’ve got an hour to kill. You find yourself in a department store and there’s a sale on. You pick up a beautifully packaged selection of  small, pretty bowls and chopsticks. And it’s half price. Now, stop! Ask yourself: Do I really need this? Exactly. Now, put it down and walk away.
  7. Cancel your gym membership. If you actually work out three to five times a week, then keep it. If it’s just a source of guilt most days, pack it in and walk your dog more often. Walk to work. Get off the bus four blocks before your stop. Ride your bike.
  8. Buy your Christmas gifts at sales. Start now, and hit the sales, but be aware of prices. Some sales are not as cost-saving as others. I’m not naming names, but a certain department store’s Black Friday special may be more expensive than buying the same item at.. say Lowe’s or Target.
  9. A Christmas lottery- rather than buy presents for everyone in the family, consider getting together and each picking a name out of a hat. Set an upper price limit.
  10. Take a lunch to work! Big savings to be had here, and you can bring a healthy lunch of cut up vegetables if you like. I use to do that and needed to start being extras as every woman in the office would say, “what’s that? Cucumber? It smells soooo good!”. is a great idea for the holidays- send a turkey dinner to family far away, or buy a Christmas food gift.


Our New Sudoku game

Check out our new sudoku game to the right. The objective of the game is to fill all the blank squares in a game with the correct numbers. There are three very simple constraints to follow. In a 9 by 9 square Sudoku game:

* Every row of 9 numbers must include all digits 1 through 9 in any order
* Every column of 9 numbers must include all digits 1 through 9 in any order
* Every 3 by 3 subsection of the 9 by 9 square must include all digits 1 through 9

Sudoku has a fascinating history. “Su” means number in Japanese, and “Doku” refers to the single place on the puzzle board that each number can fit into. It also  refers to someone who is single.

Although its name is Japanese, its origins are actually European and American.

Sudoku are easy to learn yet highly addictive language-independent logic puzzles which have recently taken the whole world by storm. Using pure logic and requiring no math to solve, these fascinating puzzles offer endless fun and intellectual entertainment to puzzle fans of all skills and ages.

According to

Though sudoku seemed to achieve ubiquity overnight in 2005, the puzzle has actually been around for decades. So-called magic squares were an occasional pastime among smarties during the days of Ben Franklin, who enjoyed the puzzles. Assigning absolute authorship for the modern version’s invention is akin to crediting the wheel’s designer, but several key people were integral to the creation of sudoku as we know and play it.

According to The New York Times, 18th-century Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler studied conundrums called Latin squares, which involved plugging the same set of numbers into each row and column in a grid. Two hundred years after Euler, in 1979, retired American architect Howard Garns contributed puzzles titled Number Place for publication by Connecticut-based crossword giant Dell Magazines. Number Place added a key element to Latin squares, the nine boxes within the overall grid.

Enter Japanese publisher Nikoli Co., which in 1984 published Garns-style puzzles under the name sudoku. Pronounced “soo-DOH-koo,” the word roughly translates as “only single numbers allowed.” In 1997, Wayne Gould, a New Zealander and retired Hong Kong judge, was vacationing in Tokyo, where he stumbled across a sudoku book. It intrigued him and he developed a computer program to generate more of the puzzles.

When Gould was in London in October 2004, he dropped by The Times newspaper offices and convinced them to try publishing sudoku. Within weeks, the puzzles appeared in print, and readers were hooked. “I came across this puzzle that needed a lot of help and encouragement,” Gould told Psychology Today, adding he is “the stepfather,” not the father, of sudoku. Today, the puzzles appear in almost 400 newspapers in 60 countries.


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