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Pros and Cons of Buying Used Electronics

Pros and Cons of Buying Used Electronics

There is no doubt we are living in the age of technology. This is evidenced nearly every day as you look around you. Almost every individual from teens to adults has an electronic device of some kind. Even children younger than kindergarten age know how to use them. It’s also indisputable that technology has many advantages. For instance, you can talk to nearly anyone at any time from your smartphone. You can even use electronics, such as Amazon Echo, to run your house. But many of these useful electronic devices come at a price and it isn’t cheap.  Consider that smartphones now cost several hundred dollars, a price that has more than doubled from just a few years ago. This is why some consumers are beginning to look for alternatives such as buying products that are used rather than new. However, is buying used electronics the wisest option? Let’s explore the pros and cons of buying used electronics to help you decide what’s right for you. Pros Cost is Lower Of course, one of the first pros of buying used electronics that comes to mind is price. However, just how much difference there is in the price depends on the ...

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5 Jobs I Would Hate

competitive hot dog eater

This week we talked about the pros and cons of teaching. I don’t think I’d be a good teacher, but there probably could be a subject or group of students I’d connect with. I think I’m pretty good as an optometrist, and I am versatile enough to do a range of careers if the motivation was there, but here are 5 jobs I would hate. I’d rather work at 7/11 or drive a garbage truck than do one of these. Ebola Czar Ebola Czar would be a terrible job. For one, who thinks the government does a great job at anything health care related? I think they make people in charge of something so they will have someone to fire when things go wrong. Look what happened to Kathleen Sebelius, the lady who was in charge of healthcare.gov. Two, Ebolaczar sounds like an evil biblical character. Maybe he’s Goliath’s first cousin on his way to smite the Philistines. Regardless, it isn’t a title I’d want to have. Animal Control Officer I love animals, and you’d think I’d jump at the chance to work around them all day, but I happen to know our area animal control officer. Almost every time ...

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Field Trip Friday

easy hike to geyser

Happy Friday! It’s not just Friday today, but Field Trip Friday! No, Field Trip Friday is not a holiday you forgot about or even want to celebrate, it’s my own creation. Our daughter’s school is out two Fridays per month for teacher development. I managed to take every one of those days off, and I am also keeping another kid whose Mom is a teacher. I’ve made it a goal to take the two kiddos on a field trip every Friday when there is no school. We live in such an amazing outdoor paradise, that I’m gonna make them get outside and appreciate all this area has to offer. While they would be happier just watching Curious George right now, someday they will thank me, right? For the last field trip, we went to the Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour in Silverton, CO. They were a little unsure about going into the mine, but they absolutely loved panning for gold, which was included in the tour. Two hours with no fights or complaints! Amazing. We also went to see Colorado’s only geyser. It’s not as cool as Old Faithful, but it’s a good hike for kids ,and they got a ...

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Friday Ramblings: Morons, Updates, Seniors, and Hope for Today’s Youth

 Have you ever had your day made worse by a moron? Ever had to change plans or expend more effort based on some else’s stupidity? I am working on this post at the public library right now because some moron took out a telephone pole and wiped out my home internet. After having almost no snow in January, it looks like it just might snow every day in February. Maybe it’s because of the Broncos annihilation in the Super Bowl, or maybe we are just due, but it’s slick out there people. Slow down! I know anyone can slide off the road in icy conditions, but unless you are blind (in which case you shouldn’t be driving), you can easily see that the roads are very snow packed. The normal speed limit on our road is 40mph in good weather. It should be 20 in snow. This accident happened right after a stop sign, so I can only guess this fellow was going way too fast, slammed on his brakes, and did a Dukes of Hazzard into the telephone pole. I drove by right after the accident, and the driver was thankfully unharmed. It’s been a long time since I ...

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Fevered Observations

I’ve spent the past 72 hours on the couch with a fever over 100 degrees with what I can only guess is the flu, even though I was a goody two shoes and got my flu shot. I’m feeling much better but still can’t seem to put several coherent thoughts together, so we’ll skip personal finance today and look at some weird observations that seem to only happen when  you’re sick. -Little things seem so hard. I really, really wanted ice water when I was sick, but somehow putting both water and ice in the glass was just too hard. Luckily, Jim rescued me with a continuous supply of ice water. Reason enough to get married! -You get upset really easily. When my jacket zipper got stuck, it almost sent me into meltdown mode until I realized that I could take it off like a shirt. -Food is weird. Why do saltine crackers and orange sherbet only seem appealing when you’re sick? -You want to eat crap when your appetite comes back. My appetite came back yesterday, and all I could think about were Hot Pockets and Sonic cheeseburgers. Maybe sherbet messes with your pallet? -You’re kids get more needy. Normally, ...

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