Friday, December 13, 2013

I'm back with HUGE NEWS!!

It has been a LONG time since I've been here - but I have a HUGE, eye-opening informational post that I REALLY thought was worth sharing in this forum. We have thought about "cutting the cord" with pay TV for a long time. About 6 weeks ago we did and will NEVER go back to paying for TV. We just eliminated $85 from our monthly bills - our TV bill is now $0!!

How we did it
  • Read and reread this blog Disable My Cable
  • Bought Google's Chromecast device, 1 for each of our main TV's. This will stream ANYTHING from my computer, to the TV. ANYTHING. Cost $35
  • Bought 1 Roku for each of our main TV's. This gives us over 1,000 channels with content that cable/satellite can't touch. It also gives us Pandora, Netflix, PBS Kids, Amazon, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, and more. Cost: varies depending on device, but not more than $100 (search Craigslist for even an even better price)
  • Returned all our cable boxes :)
  • Had this antenna (HBU33) installed by a local company which gives me at least 36 local channels (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, etc). ALL in HD. Completely seamless install as it ties into your existing cable lines and inside outlets

And if you live somewhere that tells you that you aren't allowed to have an antenna on your house/property - just show them this FEDERAL law http://www.fcc.gov/guides/over-air-reception-devices-rule - because they CAN'T. I happily schooled our homeowner's association on this. My antenna installer was very surprised I knew about this law and concurred, it's 100% true. Ask yourself, why is it ok in your homeowner association bylaws to have big, ugly satellite dishes yet not ok to have antennas - well ASK NO MORE!!!

Have more questions? Feel free to ask. Trust me, this was a big decision, but now that we have done it, we understand why so many before us have. I don't regret it and my family has survived without pay TV now for 6 weeks and life is great!
 
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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sherwin Williams is 40% off starting 4/20 - 4/23!

Time to buy all that paint I need with my $75 gift card from my in-home consultation! Check out your local SW store here: Sherwin Williams store locator

Did I mention that I have a painting contractor coming from a local company who had an AWESOME Groupon deal? They pop up all the time (be sure to check your local BBB for the contractors rating), sign up for Groupon here: Groupon Sign Up

Thursday, March 29, 2012

It's been 2 years & Sherwin Williams free in-home color consultation!

Holy cow! It's been 2 years (as of 4/1) since we moved into our Ryan Home. I can't believe how time flies! Our neighborhood is continuing to be built out. We're still very happy with our home and that we made the decision to move here. We're also happy with went with Ryan Homes as our builder. It has been a very positive experience.

If you're thinking about getting a patio or a deck - check out my posts about our patio. And if you live in Ohio, send me a message and I can give you the name and phone number of the person who did ours. We still get so many compliments on it and it's SO NICE knowing we don't have to do any maintenance on it (compared to wood decks!).

And don't forget to use eBates for all of your online purchases - this INCLUDES all those great FREE ship-to-store purchases @ places like Home Depot, Lowes, Sears, etc. You can still get great percentages in cash back to use on anything you want! The cash is deposited into your PayPal account or mailed to you as a check!

One last note - did you know that Sherwin Williams will send a color consultant to your home for free* to help you select great paint colors and/or wallpaper coverings? Call your local Sherwin Williams for your stores specifics - *my store requires a $75 gift card purchase. It's a no-brainer considering I'll buy my paint there when they have their GREAT 40% off sales (usually around Memorial Day, 4th of July, etc). Currently their sale is 30% off until April 1st. I've done a ton of painting and maybe I'll post some pics one of these days once it's finished. Groupon had a great deal for a professional painting contractor a few months back. I jumped on that deal due to the fact I need to hire someone to paint up the stairways leading to our 3rd level and basement. I LOVE to paint but just can't reach those areas and when I tried with one of those paint brush extenders the results were less than perfect! The color consultant who came to our house was awesome and I am in LOVE with the colors she helped us pick! Oh, and don't forget that Home Depot can color match just about any color paint you find anywhere.....

Sunday, January 29, 2012

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Little Giant ladder systems

I am obsessing about owning a Little Giant ladder system!! I know you've seen their infomercials - and now that we all have these wonderful new houses - can you just IMAGINE how many times you would use this!!?? I am the painter for our house and can not possibly paint up our main stairway or down our basement stairway using a conventional ladder. I have contacted a contractor about painting these 2 areas and the cost is almost $600!! If you've read my blog long enough, you know that I am EXTREMELY thrifty with my money. I can't imagine spending that amount of money just to paint! Especially when I know how to do the job, but just don't have the right tools! I happened to stumble upon a giveaway for this ladder system that I am dreaming of...it's located at Mommy Living The Life of Riley!. I am crossing all my fingers and toes in hopes of winning one of these! And if you enter, GOOD LUCK and come back to let us know if you won!