When you think “couponing,” an image of an overworked mother (who likes to scrapbook) with four children and a minivan probably comes to mind. But that time is long gone. Finding new ways to save money is all the rage, and one of the new trends for being frugal is extreme couponing. Extreme couponing is a step beyond those small, measly deals you get in the Sunday newspaper. It is stockpiling massive amounts of essential items at the lowest possible price, which can basically be free in some cases. In other cases, you can actually be paid money by the store due to an overage, which is when your coupon exceeds the value of what you have to pay and they owe you, in the form of cash or money towards other purchases. Read the rest »
Like the bad drunks we are, human beings have been littering the Earth with evidence of wine storage for thousands of years. From the Tombs of Tutankhamun in ancient Egypt to the cellars of Thomas Jefferson’s home in Monticello, humans have been stashing wine in caves and crevices since we’ve been able to raise cup to lips. In fact, if you are reading this article and are a patron of the Wine Grotto, there is a good chance that you too have a bottle or two squirreled away. Whether it is a recent Napa purchase or prize brought back from Europe years ago, you undoubtedly can empathize with the wine collectors of old.
But exactly how long has humanity’s obsession with wine storage been going on? Read the rest »
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It’s a huge step in any relationship. But after countless kisses, cuddles, and surviving a vacation together, you and your significant other want to take it to the next level. If you’re not ready to start sharing a toilet by officially “living” together, then why not start combining your stuff? In a self-storage unit, that is! Read the rest »
As a nerd.
A super-awesome, pop-culture-savvy, movie-and-comic-book-loving nerd.
That’s right—July 20 through July 23 is…COMIC CON! Read the rest »
Even though there’s a charming “devil may care” style to tossing your possessions haphazardly into your self-storage unit, things can get out of hand. And not just in the sense of “What’s that under this pile of clothes? Oh! The missing motorcycle!”
No—there are other dangers. Towering overhead. Lurking in corners. And the larger the pile, the bigger the danger…. Read the rest »
We know you live in Pasadena, space-nerds. C’mon, Caltech and JPL are right there. And though rockets no longer launch out of the Arroyo Seco, you might still have a space suit or three hanging around. Or some spare oxygen tanks you tried to pack “just in case,” even though Mission Control confiscated them on grounds that “these weight/fuel calculations are the difference between life and death!” And if you do, you need a place to enshrine them. Why not a self-storage unit? Read the rest »
As triumphant survivors of American schooling, we all know the excitement of graduating high school. Finally! The government can no longer require your butt in a chair every day (they never could capture your spirit). Will you go to college? Up to you! No one can force you to learn any longer. You can travel to Japan, or start working at the local Walmart. You’re free.* Read the rest »
In the early 1990s, the Seventies came back to life in fashion magazines, runway shows, and middle schools. The Eighties are still doing it. Stranger Things, the Netflix-original series, is set in 1983, and it’s one of the hottest shows around. Plus, Arnold was just on The Celebrity Apprentice, yah?
The stylizations of Art Deco, not content to remain in the Roaring Twenties, surged back to life in filmmaker Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby of 2013. This silver screen treatment gave the flapper and her accessories another run in pop culture. Shopping in vintage or second-hand stores is now trendy. Fringed dresses are chic. Spandex jumpsuits double as pajamas. And lava lamps are forever. Read the rest »
Storage Wars made storage units into fair game. At least, as fair as possible with a script, casted characters, and planted finds. Still, it raised a good question: If my stuff is in storage and I don’t pay, can they auction off my private possessions on live TV? Read the rest »