If you’re thinking of making a big ticket purchase and you’re not sure if you need the extended warranty, let me put that quandry to rest forever. The answer is no. You should always say no to the extended warranty. Why? Because stores use extended warranties to capitalize on your fear about making a big […]
You know that scene in the second Austin Powers, where Rob Lowe is playing the younger Number Two, and he says, “Uh, Dr. Evil, about Mini Me . . . he’s a biter,” and then Dr. Evil says, “Huh?” and Younger Number Two holds up his hand, which is covered in bandages, and says, “He […]
You Know What Happens to Useful Engines? They Get Used. Also, Sir Topham Hatt Can Suck It. Viva La Revolución, &c.
Lately, the blogosphere is awash with platitudes about productivity. Or utility. Or, just generally speaking, being useful. Like, if you write a blog, you are apparently charged with the responsibility of demonstrating how productive you are, or of providing people with tips on how to be more productive themselves. Or more useful. To other people. […]
OK, so hopefully you all are using the envelope system by now and making as many purchases as possible in cash. Because, as I discussed at length, there are various benefits to using real paper money whenever you spend, including the fact that it is more painful to spend money this way and you are […]
[singlepic=240,560,330,,center] “WTF Is With All This Cold White Stuff?”, Playground, Connecticut. [singlepic=457,560,560,,center]Mini was rather fascinated by the novel concept of “weather.” At first, Mini would look at the white stuff and ask, “Wha’s this?” We would answer, “It’s snow.” Then he would ask, “Wha’s this?” and we would answer, “It’s still snow.” This would continue […]
Investing is distinguished from savings by the introduction of risk. As I discussed in my post about savings, a good savings plan is not exciting because it does not involve risk. A savings account involves a stable interest rate, with low returns and little expectation of gain. You just want to keep your savings somewhere […]
[singlepic=458,560,560,,center] Simone! Simone, please email me at anna at abdpbt dot com, so I can send you your $100 Visa Card. As always, thanks to everyone for playing, and stay tuned for upcoming giveaways!
[singlepic=437,560,560,,center] So I like “witty” objects. Sue me. Several people on my list got this I am Not a Paper Cup mug from me this year. The mug itself is porcelain, and the lid is made from silicone, so you can actually take advantage of the anti-spilling features of the Starbucks cup without violating the […]
[singlepic=422,560,560,,center] When my sister-in-law suggested that a jewelry box would be a good Christmas gift for my eldest niece , I thought, “Hey, I can do that!” and rushed off to the mall. What I didn’t realize then was that although many stores carry jewelry, the old-fashioned jewelry box is not as popular as perhaps […]
8th Quadriweekley ABDPBT Sucky Sweepstakes! Win a $100 Visa Gift Card on Christmas Day!–TIME’S UP! WINNER TBA
[singlepic=76,320,240,,right] Merry Effing Christmas, Everyone! That’s right, it’s that time again! I’d like to announce the eighth installment in my series of transparent self-promoting sweepstakes giveaways! As part of the ABDPBT Holiday Season Extravaganza of Stupid, I’ve been giving away a gift card every week of December, and here we are at the last week. […]