Tips for consultants / single people

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As a contractor, I’m learning some good life lessons. Some of them deal with working with well-known companies. Others deal with living single

I had to break a lease not too long ago, and the fines are painful. Some renter’s insurance companies offer unintentional unemployment plans

Lots of hotels are willing to make a deal with you on long-term stays. I found the manager at Candlewood Suites to be a very good negotiator. One heck of a woman.

The Dollar Tree is nice for a single cup or bowl. Most places have plastic bowls for $1-2. The Dollar Tree has ceramic and glass ones for that price. In fact, some of The Dollar Tree’s glass cups and bowls are made in the USA.

The Dollar Tree is a very good chain. Everything in the store is $1 or less, and they don’t pull BS on you. The Dollar Tree Deals, even though isn’t “everything’s $1 or less”, overall has enough $1 items

If you have any doubts if you should buy a plunger, buy a plunger. I find buying them at hardware stores like the Home Depot will get you a better plunger. Someone at a hardware store will more than likely know which plunger is a good one compared to a lot of other stores.

Accordion-like plungers are awesome for toilets

I just found out that some consulting companies will advance you money if you need to. A wise coworker said that you might be able to spread the advance over x paychecks.

Ethnic food stores sometimes are good places for spices. Places that sell spices in bulk also have a good deal. You’ll be surprised how much 0.5 oz of spice costs, and how long it can last

It seems like if I don’t buy toilet paper when it’s on sale when I have a good amount, when I get close to running out, it won’t be on sale anymore. So, if I have no more than 1.5 weeks worth, I buy.

Coupons are nice. However, if you get a lot of them, consider a small organizer.

There exist toilets in this world that will clog with only 12 sheets of TP. While it’s flattering that you can take a dump large enough to clog it, when that Swirl of Doom starts rising, that flattery becomes fear.

Dry Ice is pretty awesome, but be aware that it’s sold by the pound.

If the bottom of your shirt is curled up, an iron will fix it

If you use the dishwasher a lot and are buying pots, it’s worth paying a little extra for dishwasher-safe pots

If you can’t afford a pot set at once and want to buy pieces one at a time, try TJ Maxx or Mashalls. T-Fal pots are alright on a budget

Bed, Bath, and Beyond sometimes has 10-20% coupons for in-store purchases. You can get some pretty high-end stuff with it for a discount.

Not a lot of nonstick pots can handle high heat that well

Hard water can be nasty. I had to use Lemi-shine and high-end dishwasher detergent to minimize it in San Antonio. I think I was getting rashes from it

It might be worth it to pay a little extra to go to a grocery store than can divide your meat up in packets. Consider the overhead cost of reclosable storage bags, Saran wrap, or aluminum foil

That’s all for now

Posted on September 6th 2011 in Uncategorized

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