Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Green Tree Hugger.....

Well, not quite that bad maybe. After Tuesday's post and my ranting about all my mail.....fiwa was nice enough to suggest a place she's thinking of trying and its called Green Dimes. For $16 total, they will eliminate 90% of your junk mail and catalogs, plus they will plant 10 trees for you. This sounds good to me. I checked it out and joined it. Thank you Fiwa!

I knew my mail was getting out of hand, but this was ridiculous. Right off the bat, I listed 13 catalogs I did not want to receive. That only covers about a third of what I get. I will have to go back in and add more as time goes on. They even eliminate the 'occupant' ones too.

When I got up this morning I was thinking that maybe paying out money to have my mail reduced was a little overkill......until I went to the mailbox. I received 11 catalogs today in addition to my regular bill type mail and personal letters. Now, I'm glad I did it and can't wait for the results, which can take 2 to 3 months, they say.

Like Jamie, I do almost all my shopping online. Its wonderful.......especially for a crabby bitch like me who hates going into stores and hates dealing with lines and cashiers. Don't get me wrong, I'm never mean, unless you try and take cuts in front of me... (grrrrr snarl).....but I often wait in line doing a 'slow burn' just cause I have to wait a long time.

Online, I wait until the store either offers Free Shipping or I have a promo code ( for it. Like Soul, I hate paying for shipping and just won't do it. More and more stores are figuring this out as a lot of them are offering free shipping a lot more often. Sure, there is a may have to buy $50 or more to get it, but if you're doing your Christmas shopping, that's easily met.

In the meantime, there are just SOME things you have to venture into WackyMart to get. Invariably the four things you want are at the opposite four corners of the store. I think they do this purposely to keep you in there as long as possible so you will be tempted to pick up extra stuff. Now......let me tell ya, I hop on one of those electric carts and zoom my way through the store. Good thing they don't have speed limits in there cause I have the throttle all the way back. Not only is this fun, but its FAST. Plus that, you're not tempted to buy things you can't you're whizzing by the shelves so fast. I don't feel bad about this because I really am handicapped in a way.......I have a bad knee and also a bad hip. So it takes me a long time to walk that whole store, not to mention the PAIN! My daughter says I should apply for a handicapped sticker on my car but I can't quite do it.......I keep thinking that there are so many others more deserving of that handicapped parking spot than me. As long as I can get fairly close, I'm ok.


fiwa said...

I think it's worth it not to get all that stuff addressed to occupant and resident. We get SO MUCH of that, which we then have to pay to recycle. And plus it's just irritating to sort through all that mess. :)

Anonymous Boxer said...

I think you should listen to your daugther - you only have to use it when necessary, but I'd rather have YOU park there, then someone who decided they just needed a quick stop.

mapiprincesa! said...

I am with you on the Free Shipping. I do almost anything to get that.

WackyMart. I like that.

Heartfelt thanks for your thoughts today. I feel better, stronger, not shaking with racing blood pressure like I did all night. I take things so darned seriously--but I feel like an attack on my profession is personal. But to me, everything is personal. I need to lighten up! :)

Keep warm...sounds like the cold is going to reach down a bit for us starting tomorrow...

SOUL: said...

you crack me up! and you DO have a way of writing things out. wacky mart. good one. haven't that. you know what i call it. and boy is it ever deserving of that name.
i think you are right about the way they set up the store---i just never thought of it that way before. hmmmm.... i suppose there is a LOT that i don't think about. :((

anyhow--- yep... you really should get the sticker thing for your car--- i have one... and often i don't use the H spot---unless it's my only option..rather than walking a mile to get to the door.
you shouldn't feel guilty about it. that's why they make you see a dr in order to get the thing anyhow. so people who don't really need it won't be just getting them at random cuz they're lazy.
ya know.

so anyhow--- i think i shall use this green dimes thing as well---after the address change. i despise junk mail. absolutely hate it. what a waste of work for the mailman...and the "occupant"

thanks for the free shipping tip--i forgot about that--i do know a few places that offer that---khols is one of them, and i like their jeans! cheap! and more comfy than levis. can't beat em.

ok i shall leave now----lest i break out the socks for my hands, to shut me up.
happy friday!

simonsays said...

Wacky mart----that is one I have not heard, and HAVE to remember! :)

Angel said...

I think that is a fantastic idea! We are very much "green" in this house and I'm doing everything I can do to reduce waste and recycle. I'm driving my husband nuts... but oh well. I'll have to check out this new thing with the mail! I LOVE IT!

And I love the mental image I got of you racing thru Wal-Mart in your cart. Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where they race the "rascals" scooters. "What's that? A four volt? HA HA HA HA!"

Sanjiv said...

GreenDimes here.

Thanks for 'picking us out' while whizzing by storeshelves.

Your blog's hilarious.