We often think of the 'calm before the storm', but rarely do we recognize or even witness the 'calm after the storm'. This sunset occurred less than an hour after a severe storm, near Otter Falls, MB, that brought down a hundred trees near a cabin we had rented. The clouds became soft like cotton balls (mammatus clouds) and the sky was at peace.
According to Wikepidia the average person gives 55 Birthday Cards per year. If you are a business or have a gigantic family hundreds of cards a year is not out of line.
Well in our house with loving wife and three social butterfly daughters, it works out to a lot more than 55 cards per year. When you add in anniversaries, new arrivals & Christmas it gets down right expensive and time consuming at about $4 for store bought cards, postage and this doesn’t even consider the time, gas or additional items you inevitably end up splurging on every time you go shopping .
So we did the math out of curiosity and although our Card Giving Chart below is approximate numbers we feel they are pretty darn close.
<><><><>Card Giving Chart
New Arrivals 10
Over $1000 a year in all honesty wasn’t really shocking. At this point I didn’t even want to dig into which ones went along with gifts at $20 to $40 a pop. That’s for another day!
So my wife and I decided to do some research and check out the online do it your self versions of the popular card manufacturers like Hallmark & American Greetings, versus services that also put a stamp and send out the cards for you like SendOutCards. Our question was, “Could we get the costs down and still send out a high quality card?”
WE NOW SAVE OVER $500 PER YEAR
To our astonishment we were able to get the card cost down to a little over .44 cents per card and envelope; after postage we were coming in under a dollar. Even rounding the costs off to one dollar, we would still save over $500 a year and probably thousands on gas, unnecessary impulse buys and most importantly ‘TIME’!
We went withwww.iSendOutCards.caif you are ondering, the quality is great and at the end of the day we get more compliments on our cards than before because we are able to personalize them. Always happy to refer business to good companies, especially when it can save you hard earned cash! The fact that you can send a few cards for free to try it out is AWESOME!
My PC is slow? Vista Sucks! VIC 20 is faster than this damn computer which is about to get the wrath of a sledge hammer.
Was talking with my business partner Sam the other day and we both pretty much agreed for most people it is easier to buy a new computer than to get an old one working after even as little as 6 months of daily abuse. Although some days I am fairly technical, most people just don’t take the time to defrag their computer, run multiple scans for viruses, spy-ware, malware and useless cookies, downloads and more. Even after doing all the aforementioned fixes… hours later you computer may still be slow.
Even worse, you may have a brand new PC and because all of the crap that comes loaded on machines these days… it is 25x more sluggish than it has to be.
If this all sounds Greek or even if you are confident in your techie abilities then I am going to make a very bold personal claim.
“For VERY FEW dollars and a ZERO WORK you can double the speed of any computer old or new on your own! How do I know this? I Lee Raito, scouts honor, have done it…and if I can do it! SO CAN YOU!”
I downloaded and used System Mechanic to rid my old PC of thousands of bugs and tune up my machine. Now it did not increase my computers speed by 800% as they claim, but it sure as heck more than doubled it’s speed!
Also I do have FREE step by step guide if you don’t want to outlay any cash and are prepared to clean up your PC with a little elbow grease! In this guide, I actually show you how to optimize any Windows computer step by step. ‘Even if you skip a few steps’, it will still work wonders. My other VISTA laptop (which doesn’t have System Mechanic) is twice as fast as it was out of the box, and another 3 year old $3000 XP Desktop is faster today than the day I bought it. If you want this guide free, just join my email list top right and shoot me an email saying you’d like the free Speed Up My PC guide.
Anyway, hope this helps you get a little more life out your PC that is probably perfectly fine, but just needs a little cleaning up!