Archive for October, 2008

Free Software – PDF converters

Posted on October 31, 2008. Filed under: Business, Career & Work, Software & Technology | Tags: , , , |

Portable Document Format (PDF) is the standard for secure and reliable distribution and exchange of electronic documents and forms worldwide.  There are plenty of free pdf converters out there. You can create a document (e.g., an ebook, contract, datasheet, or report) in a text file (Word, WordPerfect, etc) and then convert it into PDF format.

Two worth checking out are:



Once thing to look out for when you convert it into PDF format is to make sure that the links that you include in your document are still clickable after you convert the document into PDF format.

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Save money and reduce carbon emissions – Free software helps you manage your PC power consumption

Posted on October 26, 2008. Filed under: Home & Garden, Software & Technology, Utilities | Tags: , , , , |

Edison was developed by Verdiem, a company that has helped enterprises the world over reduce energy waste from IT devices. Now Verdiem is bringing Edison into your home—at no cost whatsoever.

Edison is a free PC energy management tool for everyone. It is an easy-to-use, consumer-friendly application that allows users to set energy savings controls on PCs.  Verdiem’s new version of Edison allows you to choose the level of energy savings you want, set a “sleep” schedule, and see estimated savings. Set it and forget it.

Save money and reduce carbon emissions

According to their blog, at product launch in August, 2008, Verdiem challenged consumers to help support the Climate Savers Computing Initiative’s goal of reducing PC-related carbon emissions by 54 million tons by 2010. If just 1% of the world’s PCs – or 10 million – used Edison, we could reduce PC-related carbon emissions by 7 billion pounds, which is equivalent to taking 500,000 cars off the road (source).

Click here to download Edison and you can start saving energy and fight climate change.

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Couchsurfing connects travelers to free couches worldwide

Posted on October 24, 2008. Filed under: Travel & Leisure | Tags: , , , , |

One of the best ways to learn about a different country or city, the culture, get the real flavor of a place and find out about the best things to see and do when you are traveling is to ask a local and/or hang where the locals do. You can’t get any closer to that local source or more personal than this… If you are traveling to or visiting somewhere and want to find a free place to sleep or if you’ve got a couch a traveler can crash on, read on about

The CouchSurfing 2.0 Mission

Participate in Creating a Better World, One Couch at a Time

CouchSurfing seeks to internationally network people and places, create educational exchanges, raise collective consciousness, spread tolerance and facilitate cultural understanding.

As a community we strive to do our individual and collective parts to make the world a better place, and we believe that the surfing of couches is a means to accomplish this goal.

CouchSurfing is not about the furniture, not just about finding free accommodations around the world; it’s about making connections worldwide. We make the world a better place by opening our homes, our hearts, and our lives. We open our minds and welcome the knowledge that cultural exchange makes available. We create deep and meaningful connections that cross oceans, continents and cultures. CouchSurfing wants to change not only the way we travel, but how we relate to the world!

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51 Ways to Save – Free advice brochure from U.S. government on ways to save on loans and credit cards

Posted on October 19, 2008. Filed under: Personal Finance | Tags: , , |

Resolve to keep your expenses in check and your credit intact—it’s a gift you’ll appreciate the whole year through. Check out this free brochure for advice on ways to save on loans and credit cards.

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NeighBORROW – borrow a cup of anything

Posted on October 15, 2008. Filed under: Home & Garden | Tags: , , , | is a FREE website for borrowing/sharing books, videos, music, tools, and other stuff with neighbors, friends, and colleagues:

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10 Ways to Look Younger on a Budget

Posted on October 14, 2008. Filed under: Health & Beauty, Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

10 Ways to Look Younger on a Budget
Simple, age-erasng beauty tricks that won’t empty your wallet
By Sally Wadyka

When economic times turn tough, it may seem that beauty indulgences should be the first things to go. But just because your budget calls for some belt tightening, that’s no reason not to look better than ever. The trick is to bolster your beauty routine by making no- or low-cost moves that deliver maximum impact. From hiding dark circles to boosting hair’s shine, here are experts’ top tips for trimming costs–and a few years, to boot!

Look Better, Not Broke!

  1. Pump Up Hair’s Volume
  2. Restore Your Locks’ Luster
  3. Reduce Redness
  4. Banish Brown Spots
  5. Get a Healthy Glow
  6. Plump Thin Lips
  7. Brighten Your Smile
  8. Minimize Undereye Circles
  9. Smooth Imperfections
  10. Give Eyes a Lift

For the full article on, click here

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Grocery Outlet and salvage grocery stores

Posted on October 11, 2008. Filed under: Bargain Shopping, Cooking and Eating, San Francisco Bay Area | Tags: , , , , |

Shop at  salvage grocery stores and feed a family of four on $3 a day.

A salvage grocery store is a store that usually sells all the groceries returned by a supermarket to their warehouse. Why were they returned? Sometimes due to a case getting dropped or punctured which ruins one or two cans or boxes. Sometimes due to a manufacturer overestimating how many of an item to produce. Sometimes due to a label change or warehouse closing. For whatever reason these excess goods must be sold. Items whose packaging is compromised are discarded and the rest sent out by the truckload to end up for sale at your local salvage grocery store.

Headquartered in Berkeley, California, Grocery Outlet currently encompasses over 133 independently operated stores in 6 Western States.  Click here for their store finder page. Typically, Grocery Outlets are located in cities large and small and in all kinds of neighborhoods. . I have shopped at the store in Redwood City and also the two in San Jose.  I love shopping here, every trip is like a treasure hunt.  My big score last trip was all kinds of Nestle morsels (dark chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch, etc.) for only $1.50 per package in anticipation of my holiday baking. On top of their discounted prices, they also take manufacturer coupons.

The only downside is that when you find something you really like, it might not be there again. I bought some packages of Aidell’s Ginger and Mango turkey sausage cheap . I grilled them at a BBQ with some friends.  Everyone raved about the sausage, it was fantastic.  I went back to buy more, but alas, it was all gone. I can’t even find it at any of the regular grocery stores near me.

There is a great downloadable brochure on feeding a family of four on $3 per day on the Grocery Outlet  web site with menus and recipes.

Last night, Inside Edition had a story about getting groceries for less by shopping at salvage grocery stores. You can read it here:

Here is a directory listing of State by State U.S. Discount and Salvage Grocery Stores

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Entenmanns-Orowheat bakery outlets – save bread on buying bread

Posted on October 7, 2008. Filed under: Cooking and Eating, San Francisco Bay Area, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

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