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America, The Consumerist Society

Many folks, especially during political season, lament that it's the lack of morals that has led to what they believe is the downfall of America. You constantly hear the chant "We have to take America back", whatever that means

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Workout Hard For A Year And A Half, Lose 36 Pounds… Slack Off For 5 Weeks, Put 17 Back On

Working out is a pain in the butt. It's time consuming, results come slowly even to the most dedicated and it's not fun. But you feel pretty good about yourself after sticking to it for awhile and seeing real results

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Good Form Or Bad Form?

How many times have you gotten one of those form letters in the mail? 

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E-Mail Pet Peeves

Today I received an e-mail that said "Your quick response is appreciated". I understand everyone thinks their issue should be everyone else's first priority, that's human nature. It's also human nature to see that kind of comment and want to make the response time as slow as possible

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Not a Good Monday in Billings

Isn't there an old saying, "it's been a Monday"? 

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You Could Have Your Own Garage Sale But You’ll Make A Lot More $$$ At Billings Biggest Garage Sale

About once per year when my family and I get ready to sell the old stuff taking up space in the garage, we get really excited as we start to add up the value of everything in our minds. Then, after a bit of rudimentary math, we calculate that even if we get half of what we ask for for everything, that we could generate $300 to $400 -- if we sold it all

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Command Strip Failure

As I deck out my new pad in cool mid century modern furniture I'm always looking for that extra accent that really makes it scream Mad Men. We have some really cool antique shops in downtown Billings which are just the place to find a cool clock like this early 60's brass sunburst clock

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Awesome Home Design At Montana Thrift Store Prices

I've been writing about my thrift store finds here for the last year and a half. I've found some awesome items for bargain basement prices... sometimes even lower than what's on the tags at the thrift stores themselves (partly due to being a regular and developing relationships with the folks that work there)

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Protect Yourself From Theives Who Can Get A Copy Of Your Key With Their Cell Phone

Technology is a great thing but in the hands of the wrong people it can be a menace. Enter a couple of new companies who will come to the rescue should you ever lock yourself out of your home or office

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I Bought This Table For $8 and Sold It For $120 On eBay

As I've mentioned on this blog I frequent Montana Rescue Mission and St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Stores. The nasty, moldy table you see above was purchased at St. Vincent De Paul across the street from Cat Country on Montana Ave for a grand total of $8

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Thrift Store Finds Of The Week

The thrift stores in Billings are the gifts that keep on giving. In a conversation with one of the employees of St. Vincent De Paul he said what he thinks happens is when older people pass away their kids come from out of town to deal with their belongings and don't realize what the furnishings they bought in the 50's and 60's is really worth

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If You Think An Elderly Person Is Going To Fall Run As Fast As You Can To Catch Them

That may seem like obvious advice but what isn't obvious is that when we see something bad about to happen we usually freeze. Every once in awhile I think about a 92 year-old neighbor of ours named John

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