Shopping & Services

The hidden hazards of regifting.

The hidden hazards of regifting.

So a few days ago, I wrote a little post about gift cards, and I showed off my secret stash of paper and plastic tickets to paradise.  Well, shortly after I put up the post, I was inspired to take stock of my collection and realized that this Christmas, I had received a $50 gift certificate to go see a show at a local theater.

BE OUR GUEST WEDDING SHOW

BE OUR GUEST WEDDING SHOW

Enjoy an open house setting at, The Landing at Pine Point, with our featured series entitled "BE OUR GUEST WEDDINGS".
We'll present an inside look at the finer points on Southern Maine's most impressive locale. The Cityside Events team will feature planning, management & production hints to give you the inside track to a most stress free & cost effective planning process.

Our itinerary includes cocktail reception with cash bar, table sets, sampling of foods, desserts and a music showcase from 6:00-9:00pm with a continued after party from 9:00-11:00pm.

You can also enter a chance to win the best facility in New England by attending.

Our showcase is free, but it is required that you RSVP to info@citysideevents.com or 207-774-4527 See the best that Cityside Events and The Landing at Pine Point have to offer!

Why I'm breaking up with Whole Foods.

Why I'm breaking up with Whole Foods.

I rarely plan to go to Whole Foods. As a relatively new vegetarian still vainly attempting to recreate meat on her dinner table, sometimes I do find myself needing to get a specific item or two that I can only find contained within their four posh and perfectly manicured walls (have you seen their produce displays?)… but very rarely. Primarily, I find that I end up there accidentally (usually with a wealthier and far more health conscious friend), as a victim of a “Do you mind if we pop into the Whole Foods for a just sec? I just need to grab some tomatillos and a cask of bulgur.” situation.

Yet however I wind up there, the result is ALWAYS THE SAME. I can literally not enter through those sliding doors for more than 1 minute, without spending at least $20 (usually, on a single 10 lb. salad). Like somehow, $20 is the cost of the ferry ride to get to the other side of the pricey health food river Styx.

Adventures in coupon clipping services.

Adventures in coupon clipping services.

Last week when I was writing about coupon contingency plans, I mentioned the possibility of buying coupons from an online clipping service. I’d considered it before, but always got big case of the lazy (with a side of cheap), and decided that it wasn’t worth the risk of buying a bunch of coupons that I might not ever have the occasion to use.

25th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling

25th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling

Sunday, April 3, 2011
1:00-4:00pm
Holiday Inn by the Bay • Portland, Maine

We hope you can join us on April 3rd to enjoy the finest chocolate delectables from the best restaurants, candy shops, and chefs in Cumberland and York counties!

You may also purchase raffle tickets for some fabulous prize packages that have been generously donated by area businesses.

All Chocolate Lovers' Fling proceeds benefit Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine.

For more information on volunteering, sponsorship or restaurant participation call 1.800.313.9900

http://www.chocolateloversfling.org/

I forgot the coupons!

I forgot the coupons!

For Christmas this year, I gifted myself with a subscription to the Sunday paper. It’s minimally cheaper than buying it at the store, and conveniently delivered to my front door before 7 am. Thus, I can stay in my sweatpants and be lazy and not brave the cold cold walk down to the sketchy sketchy 7-11. Or so I had hoped! First Sunday, NO PAPER. I figured maybe it just took them a minute to start the delivery cycle. Last Sunday, NO PAPER AGAIN (later resolved with an agitated call to the circulation department)! Thanks to a 7 hour A Chorus Line rehearsal on Sunday, I didn’t have the time or energy to go get one on my own. I hit the grocery store on Tuesday hoping they would have leftovers, but sadly, they were all gone. A couponless week!

Ram Island Home & Ground Launch New Home Services

Ram Island Home & Ground Launch New Home Services

(cape elizabeth, me.) – Ram Island Home & Grounds,
formally Ram Island Landscape and Design, has established a new division of
home services called “Ask Todd.”
The new division was created as a part of a corporate strategy to flatten out the
peaks and valleys of sales that are inherent in a seasonal business such as
landscaping. It also maximizes the company’s abilities to cross-sell its services, a
critical element to leverage in a weakened economy.
In addition to its regular lawn and landscape business, the company will now
offer a full complement of services such as dump runs, trash pick-ups, opening &
closing of seasonal properties, deer fence installation and light carpentry, just to
name a few.
“Ask Todd” will be managed by Todd Robbins, for whom the division was
named. Todd has been with the company since 2004.
Ram Island Home & Grounds is based in Cape Elizabeth, ME and provides
services in coastal Southern Maine.