Posts Tagged ‘Free’

On Tuesday, Nov 4th after you’ve voted Starbucks will give you a free, yes FREE, tall cup of freshly brewed crack like coffee.  Sorry, I swear they put something in their coffee to make you crave it.  Personally I’m heading over on my way to work.  Plus I voted a week ago!  Best part, is it’s all on a honor system. You do not need to prove you voted; just prove that Americans have some ethics and are not huge liars.  Enjoy!


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Yesterday was a very sad day for me.  My co-blogger and good friend Jessi moved home to Minneapolis.  But this will not affect the blog.  Jessi will continue to post from MN and we will get some new Midwest flare to Against the Grain.  As I completely support her decision to leave I really hate it.  Here’s to my favorite traveling partner, Minnesotan, and co-worker!  Have a fun and save journey back to frozen tundra.  100 degrees in LA today.  50’s Minneapolis.  I’m just saying…..

Those were the days…


Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier










In other news, due to my recent unemployment I have rediscovered a long lost public/free institution in LA.  The Los Angeles Public Library.  Since everyone has a library in their respected city I highly suggest checking it out again.  The LA system is online now and has a great hold system so you can order your books and have them delivered to a specific branch.  Today I picked up 5 books at no cost to me and I get to keep them 2 weeks and can renew them online.  LA did shorten the check out time and raise the fees but it is still cheaper than buying the books.  If you’re on a budget like me, go!  Save money!


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Now I realize this is a magazine normally read by our parents or in doctor’s visiting rooms but my dad gifted me a subscription and sometimes I find the most interesting articles.  For instance the info I’m going to share with you. 

The October Issue is devoted to getting great deals on anything.  The piece begins with the story of a family who decided that they would spend on $100 for an entire month – this excludes mortgages, electricity bills etc.  It includes all other frivolous expenses including excessive grocery shopping.  By the end of the month the family had saved $2000 and their family bonds were even stronger.  BTW included in the spending was gas.  I personally only really drive from work to home and back but with the cost of gas being $4.00/gallon here this costs me $250 a month.  Hellooo Prius.

Back to topic:  Next RD lists many, many websites where you can find rebates, coupons, free shipping etc.  I’ve included some of them below.  Try them out.  Let me know what you think.

Another great article is on the new book, “Wisdom” By: Andrew Zuckerman.  

“The greatest gift from one generation to the next?  It’s wisdom gained from experience.  Award-winning photographer Andrew Zuckerman traveled to seven countries, flew 65,000 miles, and drove 5,000 more, all in a quest to ask 50 distinguished individuals ages 65 years and older what they would like others to know.”


Desmond TuTu, Jane Goodall, Clint Eastwood, Lella and Massimo Vignelli, Nelson Mandela, Jacques Pepin, Judi Dench, Buzz Aldrin, Madeline Albright, Alan Arkin, Frank Gehry, Henry Kissinger, Dave Brubeck, and many more.  

Here’s one passage I found interesting:

“Each one of us can make a contribution.  Too frequently we think we have to do spectacular things.  Yet if we remember that the sea is actually made up of drops of water and each drop counts, each one of us can do our little bit where we are.  Those little bits can come together and almost overwhelm the world.  Each one of us can be an oasis of peace.”

“Happiness is when I see others happy.  Happiness is a shared thing.”

-Desmond Tutu




Money Saving Websites:


Coupon codes:

www.rather-be-shopping.com,  www.keycode.com,  www.currentcodes.com








www.redbox.com – you can rent movies for $1

www.zilok.com – you can rent anything from trombone, power saw to antying in 60 cities.

www.bbc.co.uk/languages – learn a foreign language for free

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