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No Buying Clothes for a Year: Did I Make It?

At the beginning of the year, I made a pledge to myself, no buying any new clothes or shoes in 2013. After paying off our credit cards for good at the end of last year, I think it was my way of giving the middle finger to consumerism. I also thought it would provide a good idea of what I actually needed and didn’t need in a wardrobe. When you buy new stuff all the time, it’s easy to lose track of the clothes you do have. Well it’s December, so did I make it a full 12 months without buying clothes? Not Exactly I did not buy any clothes during the first part of the year with two exceptions. 1) I had $30 in Old Navy e-gift cards that would have expired this past summer. I bought some work out pants and two dresses that came out to $31.60, so I spent $1.60. I could have come under, but it would have meant not maxing out the gift cards, and I hate not taking  free money. 2)There was a Ralph Lauren Outlet about an hour away from us. Jim has bought most of his work shirts there for years. ...

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Customer Service is Alive and Well at Qdoba?!?

I sometimes feel like customer service is dead. With airlines herding passengers through like cattle, bowling alleys not being nice on a kid’s birthday, and having to press fifteen options to get to speak to a customer service representative, it’s easy to assume you are going to be treated with a frown and pushed out the door as quickly as possible. However, a recent experience at the fast food restaurant, Qdoba, has reassured me that customer service is alive and well. Our favorite new place to eat when we go to Farmington, NM is Qdoba. If  you haven’t been, it’s like Subway for Mexican food. Your order is perpared on demand, and you then you go through the line and pick which toppings you want. On a recent trip to Qdoba, I had a $25 gift card that had been used once. I believe it might have had somewhere in the $7-$9 range left. Our total bill was just over $18. I pulled out the gift card to use first, but it wouldn’t scan. You know the feeling when the line is backing up and whatever you are trying to do at the register doesn’t work. The cashier called the ...

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