Category: FYI

My Gas Buddy

Posted by – May 16, 2014

Gas BuddySave, save, save!  Coupons, Groupons, generic brands and discount sites. I’m always looking for ways to save my pennies no matter how small the savings.

A few months back I drove all over the state of Florida and when it was time to gas up, I wanted to find the cheapest available without going too far out of my way. At some point it occurred to me, there must be an app for that!   That’s when I found the Gas Buddy. 

You simply put in your zip code or just click the button to search near you and within seconds you have money-saving information at your fingertips.  It lists the stations, their address, price, distance, and when the information was last updated.  You can view the list by price or distance or you can view a map of area stations.  It’s very easy to use, so far seems to be accurate, and (best of all) it’s FREE.

The first time I used it I found a local station selling regular fuel for 25 cents less per gallon than any other station in the area.  Today I used it to find a station just 2 miles away selling regular for 28 cents less per gallon.  Score!

With summer vacation time just around the corner you may want to check out the Gas Buddy too.  Sure it won’t make you rich but if you’re anything like me, every penny counts and they add up quickly.


Posted by – October 2, 2013

Breast Cancer doesn’t discriminate.  It doesn’t care what color you are, where you come from, what your religious beliefs are, how old you are, or how much money you have.  And while it is most associated with women, men can be stricken with breast cancer as well.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.  A time when organizations come together in an effort to increase awareness of the disease by providing information and easier access to screenings, as well as, raising funds for ongoing research in the prevention and treatment.

Early detection makes a difference in the care and treatment you receive.  It also means a much better chance of survival.  Perform self exams.  Know your body.  Learn the signs and symptoms.  If something just doesn’t feel right, get to a physician and don’t let that physician dismiss your concern until tests have been done to support his/her opinion that you are well.

Get involved.  Get educated. Get squeezin!


Google Yourself

Posted by – September 25, 2013

Have you ever thought about how much of your personal information is out there on the web?  You may be surprised.  Your county property appraiser, your Facebook page, local law enforcement sites, people-finder sites… there are numerous resources on the internet willing to share YOUR information for a small fee or even free.

For as little as $1 someone can get your basic information and for not much more they can get everything from your social security number to your financial and criminal history.  Frightening isn’t it?  I searched for myself out of curiosity and found my name, address, previous addresses, phone number, age, names of relatives, past position, employer, and my mother’s Facebook picture.  (That was just on the first search page.)  I am very careful with my personal information so I must admit I was a bit shocked.  Fortunately, there are some sites that allow you to remove your information so I do.  Unfortunately, there are many that don’t.

I understand that some of you may put your information out there for business or employment opportunities but I’m always surprised at how quickly folks will put their personal information online without thinking.  Social networking pages are a wealth of information as well as your “smart” devices.  The more information you share, the more “at risk” you are.  Have you made yourself a target for identity theft, scam artists, and stalkers? Have you Googled yourself lately?  I just like to say Google but any search site will do.  The important thing is to research yourself, know what information is out there, take control of what you can, and minimize your risk.


Sandy Relief

Posted by – November 25, 2012

The outpouring of generosity here has been phenomenal!  There are always people and organizations that come out to help in a disaster and, in major disasters, corporations and celebrities get added to the mix.  This is the first time I’ve seen SO MANY individuals come to lend a hand.  People have come from all over to donate items and volunteer their time to help out.  They’ve helped to handout meals, pack & distribute needed items, and help survivors with cleaning out their property.  Volunteer distribution sites popped up all over so survivors didn’t have to look far for needed supplies.

I decided to visit a few local places working for the cause.  This is only two of the many out here but I wanted to share what they’re doing:  The Mount Loretto Hurricane Relief Center at 6581 Hylan Boulevard (building #7) in Staten Island is a volunteer-run distribution center that has collected truckloads of items from corporations, celebrities, and individuals  and will not only distribute to folks that come to the warehouse but also pack up needed items and deliver them to other locations.  I got the grand tour of the place from the guy who’s taken the lead on this project.  He gave me the 411 on how it got started, how they process requests, and the record-keeping they put in place to inventory and track everything.  It is quite an impressive operation.

Possibili Tees , also at Mount Loretto (in building #20), is a little custom t-shirt shop that provides employment and job skills training to young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disorders.  They have designed two disaster related t-shirts (see pics above) and are selling those at $10 a piece with the proceeds going to the disaster relief fund.  (You know I had to get me one!)

Kudos to all of the individuals, businesses, and organizations assisting the Sandy survivors including:  the Red Cross, United Way, Catholic Charities, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, Samaritan’s Purse, Team Rubicon, FEMA Reservists, Google, Verizon, Anheuser-Bush, Jet Blue, Tide, Walgreens, Labella’s Restaurant, Arena Restaurant, Drunken Monkey Bar, Shoprite, Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Project Hospitality, Kiwanis Club, Rick’s Café, Ariana’s Grand & The Loft at Ariana’s Grand, and Rebuild Staten Island Foundation.

Stroke Awareness

Posted by – May 25, 2012

May is National Stroke Awareness Month.  Yes, I know May is nearly over but I thought this was some very good information to get out there.  Knowing what to look for can save your life or the life of someone else.  The graphic below gives you a great way to remember the warning signs.  You can also click on it to download a flyer showing symptoms to look for and the FAST warning signs.

According to the National Stroke Association about 795,000 people in the U.S. will have a stroke this year. Yet most people cannot identify stroke warning signs or risk factors and most of those strokes are preventable–some studies indicate that up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.  High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking are a few contributors to stroke.  Visit the National Stroke Association‘s web page for more information, survivor stories, and resources.

Thank You Vets!

Posted by – November 10, 2011

Tomorrow we observe Veteran’s Day and say Thank You to all the military folk (past and present) who dedicated themselves to serving our country.

Many businesses will also be saying Thank You by offering up free meals and savings to veterans.  My employer sent us a partial list of  some of those participating businesses:

Applebee’s ~ Free Meal
Chili’s ~ Free Meal from a selected menu
Golden Corral ~ Annual Military Appreciation Dinner (Nov 14th)
Hooters ~ Free Meal
McCormick & Schmick’s ~ Free Lunch or Dinner (Nov 13th)
Subway ~ Free 6-inch sub
Texas Roadhouse ~ Free Meal
T.G.I.Friday’s ~ Buy One Get One Free

Not all locations offering specials are listed here AND not all locations may be participating so you will have to check with your local businesses.   Call ahead or stop in and ask if they’re doing anything for their military personnel.  If you go, take your military id, veteran’s organization card, or photo of yourself in uniform.  Enjoy a free meal and …

Thank You


Posted by – November 5, 2011

Like it or not, it’s that time again.

Tonight’s the night to change the clocks BACK one hour for the winter months.  I personally would appreciate it if we could leave the clocks alone but the good news is, for this one night, we gain an hour.

For all of you Saturday night revelers, you get an extra hour to party.  I will (hopefully) be enjoying an extra hour of much needed rest.  Enjoy!

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