20 things about The Bargain Sleuth

October 27, 2011 by · 4 Comments
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We’ve gotten a lot of new readers this past month on Facebook, Twitter and our daily email.  Thank you so much for spreading the word!  Because of all these new readers who have not been with me from the beginning, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about who I am and why I am  here.  A little more in-depth than the About Me section. Some of these things could be surprises to long-time readers, too.

  1. I was born and raised in Green Bay, the youngest of seven kids.  Graduated from Southwest High.
  2. I spent years loathing Green Bay and wanted to get the heck out.  Now I embrace it.  It’s where I’m from, it’s who I am, and I’m proud of it.
  3. I lived in the Town of Green Bay for several years.  I still miss that gorgeous house and land in Damn Near Dykesville every day; kitchen to die for!
  4. I have one leg that is two inches shorter than the other. ?!
  5. I met my husband when I was 17 and he was… a lot older than that.  And he wanted nothing to do with me for a long time (smart man!) :-)
  6. I suffered from infertility for years.  Now I have four kids ages 2 – 8.  ?!!!
  7. When naming my kids, I did my best not to “Jennifer” them yet not get too weird.  I think I did all right cuz everyone tells me what beautiful names I picked out!
  8. I never met a pizza I didn’t like.
  9. I flunked out of UW-Oshkosh after my freshman year.
  10. I didn’t finish my college degrees (double major: Business and Marketing) until I was 35 and after several attempts.  It’s never too late to go back (yet soooo much easier to do when you don’t have kids–trust me on this one!).
  11. I’ve obviously failed at things.  But I’ve succeeded at many, too.
  12. I always say you either have to laugh or cry and I almost always choose laughter.
  13. Some of my role models growing up were Nancy Drew, Laura Holt, Nellie Bly, and Erin Davisson. Detectives and journalists.  Inspiration for the name The Bargain Sleuth and inspiration for what I do here. Sleuthing to find the best deals and writing about them.
  14. At one point in my life, I went through a spendthrift phase.  Luckily it did not last.
  15. I am a voracious reader.  Yes, book nerd.   Mysteries and History are my favorites.
  16. When I get interested in a topic, I research it to death so I haven’t missed a thing.
  17. I have a very large Christmas music selection. I start playing Christmas music the day after Halloween, slowly mixing it in.  After Thanksgiving, it’s all Christmas Music, All the Time.
  18. Some of the places I’ve worked in my life: Bay Park Square Cinema (when it was still inside the mall), Green Bay Press Gazette, WQLH (Star 98) , WMGV-Oshkosh, The Attic Books and Coffee, Brown County Library,  WFRV-TV (3 times!).
  19. Some of my favorite TV shows of all time include: Stargate SG-1, Firefly, The Monkees, Remington Steele, Castle,  Smallville, The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, and Little House on the Prairie.  Yes, very broad interests!
  20. I spent years trying to figure out how to use my “gifts” to help others.  Now here I am.  And hopefully I am helping others by doing this.

Thanks so much for becoming a reader of Green Bay Consumer and continuing to tell others about this resource for people in Northeastern Wisconsin. It is truly appreciated and does not go unnoticed.

Repost: I am a Blog Snob

September 8, 2011 by · 10 Comments
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Don’t know if you’ve heard, but there’s a little football going on today.  In Green Bay, it’s like a national holiday.  As such, I won’t be on the computer much today, so I refer you to my Favorite Sites and thought I’d repost something that has come up in conversation with friends and fellow bloggers this week.  This  is an article I wrote in April 2011.

I just spent a good 2+ hours reading ALL the blogs I subscribe to with an RSS feed and also checking Facebook.  And I just have to say how utterly frustrated I am.

You see, apparently I’m a Blog Snob.  This goes beyond my distaste for Blog Spam, this has to do with simple constructs of the English language.  Things I have seen today:

  • “Anyways” is not a word
  • “Alright” isn’t, either
  • That being said” is one of the most overused phrases in the world; what’s wrong with using the word “However“?
  • Starting every post with “So, blah de blah de blah” is lazy.  I try to write conversationally, but you’re not actually having a conversation.
  • Speaking of which, not knowing the difference between your and you’re as well as their, they’re and there drives me nuts, too
  • Not EVERY coupon and deal post is *HOT* or in need of multiple exclamation points !!!!  I actually get anxious reading those blogs and websites.  Some put these on every post they write. These are the ones I usually categorize as Blog Spam and I do not read them on a regular basis for this very fact.  Every time I think I’ve weeded these out from my reading list, another makes their way in as I “try it out” for a few weeks to see if there’s anything interesting I could use.
  • I don’t know about you, but I won’t encourage you to “snag” any deal, either.

I realize that not every blogger/writer of the money-saving sites is a professional, but they should have a basic grasp of language and grammar.  The way I see it, if you want people to take you seriously, you better learn to write correctly.   It’s not enough to find the deals, you have to know how to tell people, too.  When I see stuff like the above-mentioned (and believe me, that’s a SMALL list of what I came across today), I am less inclined to take that writer and their deal seriously.

I realize that it might not matter to you, the reader, but it matters to me.  Just like the controversy over decoding UPC codes on TLC’s Extreme Couponing put ALL couponers under the microscope last week, writing poorly is one of the reasons many call us “Mommy Bloggers”, and not in a positive way.

There are plenty of great websites out there that do it right so I don’t mean to paint everyone in a bad light.  But like I said, you read enough of them and the same mistakes keep being made.

Anyway (the correct form of the word)… rant over.  We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.

Taking Out the Trash: Reader Input Edition

May 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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I had a popular post on my other site called Taking Out the Trash where I mentioned a few things that weren’t necessarily deals or info, but thoughts I had on a variety of consumer and money-related subjects.  And now that Green Bay Consumer is officially one month old, I thought it was time to dump all that trash out of my head and onto the blog again. :-)

  • I try to bring you the best deals in the Green Bay area mixed in with free or cheap events, consumer news and a few online deals, too.  What are your favorite posts?  If there anything else you’d like to see on the site?  Are there any things you don’t like? One way to help out is to use that “like” button on a particular post, or you can leave a comment here, on the Green Bay Consumer Facebook page or by using the Contact Me form.

The reason I ask is because sometimes I am surprised at what turns out to be popular post; other times I expect a post to get a lot of visits and will hardly get any traffic at all.

Most days I don’t even get to post everything I’d like, but I also don’t want to do Blog Spam, either.  With summer fast approaching and full-time Mom duties close at hand, I know I won’t be on the computer as much.  So I have to be even more selective of what I post.  But I do want to remain relevant to you, the readers.

  • I want to thank all the fans of The Bargain Sleuth who followed me over to the new website.  You’re a great bunch and I’m happy to see that we retained most of our fans, either through Facebook, RSS feed or daily email digest.  If you know of someone who hasn’t made the switch, please remind them–no one should miss out on a good deal!
  • Which reminds me, If you haven’t done so, I encourage you to go to the home page of  Green Bay Consumer and sign up for the daily email digest of all my posts.  I do love Facebook but with all it’s quirks and constant changes, I know posts get lost on a person’s news status feed.   You also have the option of subscribing to an RSS feed, too.
  • My husband is unaware, but while he is in San Francisco this week (and no, he doesn’t read my posts every day), I am doing as much painting in the kitchen as I can before he gets home on Saturday.   So things may start getting Green Bay Consumer “light” sooner than I thought.  Just a reminder that Home Depot has a great paint rebate going on right now and for the one-gallon cans, there does not appear to be a limit.

Junk Removal 55% off

April 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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I am in a desperate need for spring cleaning. Well, not so much spring cleaning as spring PURGE of all the stuff I want to get out of my house.  If you feel like me, today’s side deal for Groupon Green Bay might be an option for you:  $83 for $183 Worth of Junk-Removal Services from SpaceMakers. 

That will get you 1/4 load hauled away.  Only problem is I do not see specs on what a full load would constitute.

As with any daily deal, make sure you read all rules and restrictions before you buy.

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