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Xmas in July? Wha??

When I came home, it felt like Xmas.  Mostly a bunch of stuff I ordered online regardless of when I ordered it came today.  Even though I paid for it all, it still felt like Xmas.  And since there was so much, it really did because my birthday is just around that time as well.  And it was uber fun to open it all.

So, what came today?  The largest package was from Costco — my new knife set.  Because of a very nice little birdie, I was able to snag the set for the low low price of $199.99 before tax. The Saber knives are of top quality without the insane price that usually comes along with it.  I had toyed about the other set that is normally $199, but decided that I had no use for 8 steak knives.  My favorite part of the new set that wasn’t in the other one?  Shears!  I actually have a couple shears so I’ll be testing each one out.  What I wish were in this set but was in the other set?  I like the sharpening tool of the other set — the kind that you set down and pull the knife against.  Instead, this set has a sharpening steel.  I’m sure once I learn how to use it properly it won’t be as much of a problem but it seemed the other sharpener was far more idiot proof.  Idiot proofing that I adore: labeling the knives for what it is (chef or santoku or boning or paring etc)  I’d like to put a review down when I have time to test it all out, but in the meantime, you can go to Cooking For Engineers‘s excellent review of the knives.  I won’t go into nearly as much detail as them but scientists have just as valid opinion as engineers!  🙂  The new block swivels which I like but I think I may just buy a magnetic strip and place the knives there instead.  The block really could be better and it takes a huge amount of room up.  I like the more counter space I can manage AND a sexy place for my sexy tools.  (Are you listening, Rich?  🙂 )

I also got some multivitamins from Centrum, specifically the Centrum Performance Line.  This purchase was actually important in many ways: 1) I bought it through Drugstore.com through the United Mall so I will be able to keep my expiring miles from…expiring.  2)  I have not had multivitamin support in over a month at this point as I ran out and haven’t gotten around to finding a suitable replacement (on sale!).  3) This will be third “performance” vitamin I have tried: GNC, One-a-Day, and now Centrum.  My hope is after a month to give a detailed account of the pros and cons of each of these multivitamins.  Remember, its very important not to go cheap on vitamins and often how much you pay correlates to the quality, so don’t go too bargain on these purchases.  Groups like Centrum and GNC spend a fair bit of money for the quality control — as does Kirkland so it doesn’t mean you have to pay out the nose either.  Just keep on eye on the baddies.

The last package was my first purchase from 6pm.  I got some Taryn Rose heels for an upcoming wedding.  At first, I wasn’t impressed with them and was questioning whether it was worth the high price tag (a huge percentage off of a high price is still a high price — but at least I got it during a day sale where there was more of a price cut).  But I have to say the shoe is comfortable.  Still not sure on the price…it’s a very plain shoe but a comfortable heel.  I also finally got some jeans!  In petites as well (I’m super short).  I was a bit saddened when I put them on.  They fit, but they were very tight.  My size 8 clothing have been pretty comfortable on my lately, but it is my first DKNY jeans so maybe their sizes run small.  The big winner?  These $10 shoes I saw and said, why the hell not?  Not super gorgeous, but a good professional shoe that also was pretty comfy!

I would have gotten something else but it was insured and required a signature so the post office left the slip for redelivery.  I can’t wait to get some more Youngblood, my latest obsession…

A nice way to start the weekend!  Coupled with the fact that today was National Cheesecake Day, so my husband and I stopped by the Cheesecake factory for dinner and some half off slices of cheesecake.  (But don’t worry, we brought something back from the Three Dog Bakery for my poochie.)

There should be more Xmases in July!

Shopping Alert! – Xbox Live Deals

January 17, 2010 1 comment

My Xbox Live Gold membership (well, I guess technically it’s in my husband’s account) was about to expire in February, so I’ve been scouring the Intertubes for some good deals.  Here are the two best I found (and since these are prepaid services, there is no tax on these items):

  • Xbox Live Gold Prepaid 12 month Subscription Card @ Amazon for $30 – I feel that Amazon has been matching the price of other retailers (such as when Dell had the prepaid subscription for $35, they dropped it to that level), and now that Walmart dropped it to $30, Amazon has followed the same pattern.  I don’t shop at Walmart, so Amazon with free shipping seems like a good choice.  (Although if you can stand shopping at Walmart, you can use Bing Cashback to make it a little cheaper with them.)  I don’t think I’ve ever recalled this subscription card dropping below $30, so you’re doing fine at this price.
  • Xbox Live 12 month Gold Subscription + 1600 Xbox Live points @ Costco for $50 – This buy was the deal I bought.  I just love shopping at Costco in general, so whenever they have a good deal, I jump on it.  1600 points on their own usually go for $20 (because Microsoft is evil that way), so I was definitely getting a discount either way I looked at it.  I had been eying the 1600 points anyway because the Live points that work on the Xbox also work on my Zune, so I figured that I’d get the hubbie the Gold and myself the points (they’re two separate cards).  However, when it was delivered, my husband asked that the points be deposited in his account so he could continue to download special Xbox gold games at a discount.  (I think he’s waiting for the second Penny Arcade game to go on sale like the first did @ 50% off.)  Technically, we could sync the accounts, but we’re too lazy to merge the two, as I have everything set up in my domain and he has everything set up in his.  I’m sure the points will be used, so I’m not too worried.   I’m still considering getting a second pack, but we’ll see… the cheapness will eventually set in.

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