Misc.

The Mall vs. Online Shopping

Recently me and peter have gotten back into online shopping and finding expensive clothing for a good deal, and i must add that we have both gotten very good at spotting the fakes from the real, which is crucial to do if you wish to purchase clothing online.Sale

A few days ago i went to the mall to do some more shopping and noticed the price difference that the stores are dishing out compared to ones found online, but at the same time i feel a lot safer shopping in the mall, rather than online where i don’t get to physically feel and hold the product. I dont believe i would ever buy Gold jewelery online, because it would be so hard to tell if you recieved exactly what you asked for.

This brings up the question of how much impact the digital age has on shopping and what products do you guys feel you would never buy online, and what can be bought online without fear of a fake coming.

There still many advantages to shopping at the mall, such as the air conditioning, excersize, and variety of clothes, but do these advantages really overcome the riduculous mark-up on clothing and false images advertised?…

Don’t let your friends buy the food for camping

Alright this post is a little overdue but it has a very important message. When you try to live a money conscious lifestyle, it is very important that you want where you spend money. Well on my last camping trip I had to run a quick trip to another store, during which my friends went and did the food shopping. Needless to say I regret that decision.

There was 4 of us and we were arriving at the camp site in the evening having already eaten dinner. We were staying the next full day and then having breakfast the following day before heading out. So in total thats 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner for 4 people. For the first breakfast they bought:Friends

1  Dozen Eggs (sounds more like a bed and breakfast, I know!)

1 Pack of bacon

1 Pack of breakfast sausages

I believe we ate all of the sausages (as they were cooked first) then maybe half of the eggs (if that) and one third of the bacon (I didn’t have any, which was not due to the fact they bought Extra Hearty Bacon)

Lets move on the Lunch. Normally a standard lunch for camping is hot dogs, and today was no exception. However we couldn’t get just regular hot dogs, we had to get the gourmet sausages. If that wasn’t enough we bought 2 packs of 6 each, so we had 12 sausages for 4 people for 1 meal. How on earth does that make sense to anybody?!? Oh wait it continues? We also bought 12 gourmet buns, and new packages of mustard, ketchup and relish (it would have much too hard to bring opened ones from home, or possibly take the packets from a fast food joint).

At this point half the bacon had been left cooking in the sun and looked rather disgusting as flies found the greatest meal of their short lives. Dinner was fast approaching, and we couldn’t be outdone by our wasted breakfasts and lunches, we again went for a traditional camping meal of hamburgers.

We got some frozen hamburgers (8 of them) that I was fine with, despite costing $8.00 for 8 patties and not being very big at all. Well guess what we had to have with the burgers you ask? Well we bought a head of lettuce (but no knife to cut it……) a thing of jalapeno cheese (I can’t remember exactly but it must have been close to a pound), 6 tomatoes (because they all came together in a bag), a brand new jar of sliced hamburger pickles and an onion. But yea no knife and no cutting board.

Before I go any further I should mention that we brought a propane BBQ with us (not a full sized one), but since we couldn’t find a mini propane tank (and that fast that us city slickers are far too civilized to us a BBQ pit….) we bought a full sized tank ($55) and brought it with us. The tank was straddled between somebody’s legs on the way up and when we asked the gas attendant if that was safe his response was “I could care less”. Please insert shocked facial expression here.

So we’ve covered the meals of the first day, oh but wait we missed all the snacks. You know those 2 giant bags of chips, the box of cookies, the 24 cans of coke (did I mention we weren’t even there a full 48 hours?), my homemade trail mix (the only food brought from home),  the 24 bottles of water (the only purchase that was actually worth it). I’m fairly confident in that fact that I can’t remember some of the snacks too, which scares me a little bit.

Alright were on to the final meal which in all fairness wouldn’t have been too bad if it actually had got eaten, but of course it didn’t because we were in a rush and well hungover (it was camping after all). We got a pack of bagels, and a thing of cream cheese along with a 2L bottle of grapefruit juice (I’m afraid of what this actually cost, but going by the packaging it looked expensive.

Sigh, sometimes I think to myself about how much better it would have been to go into the store with them. Not just to stop them form buying twice as much food as we needed, but just to see the look on the clerks face when they said they were going for 1 day.…

FileLock Continued…

As you know FileLock launched yesterday, so I thought I would update everybody on how it went. We had over 200 downloads from MacUpdate and VersionTracker, which is very nice. At the end of the day we got approved for Apple Downloads, and were fortunate enough to be selected as a Staff Pick. Those 3 sites should give us a fairly wide audience which we hope to tap into for sales.

As of today, we have had a few sales so far (yay!) and we are waiting for approval on a few other software listing websites. We submitted the news of our launch to some Mac specific blogs, but have yet recieve any coverage.

For a first time launch I’d say we didn’t do too bad, but of course we are always looking to improve. Right now I’m really focused on doing some SEO stuff for the app (building back links, getting a higher PR etc.) Those techniques are all longer term marketing so we’ll see how they go.…

Off Leash Developments Launches First Product

But I have been busy with……wait for it….. The Launch of Off Leash Developments (a company I co-founded) first product, FileLock. It has been a long time in the making, so we are all very excited to finally see it launch.

FileLock is a Mac OS X app for encrypting and securing files on your computer. It is really easy to use, so easy that for most things you can just drag and drop items. The app also has some other handy tools such a feature to tell you how secure your password is, the password assistant can also help you generate a new secure password.

Since this is a business type blog I figure I should talk a bit about the marketing too. So far we have submitted the application to some websites (MacUpdate.com, VersionTracker.com and a few others). These sites are great at marketing the application initially, as they receive a fair amount of traffic and their users like to download new apps. We also went ahead and submitted the news of the release to a couple Mac specific blogs. But I feel this isn’t enough both from a SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and a marketing point of view.

So what do you guys think we should do to spread word of the app? Keeping in mind that we would like to keep marketing costs as low as possible.…

Eating Healthy

I’m trying to become a lot healthier so in addition to keeping active I’m also trying to eat healthy. And by eating health I mean cutting a lot of bad things out of my diet. Before I used to have a fairly high sugar intake, drinking pop and other sugary drinks, chocolate bars (I didn’t actually have these too often) and my favorite; cookies.

I’ve also said good bye to a lot of fast food, restaurant food that I know is bad for me (watch out for restaurants, even a simple soup can have a lot more fat then you initially think) and a lot of snacks that I would pick up at the corner store.Eating Healthy

Initially it was tough to say good bye to pop, especially on a hot day where nothing sounds better then an ice cold drink. But the longer I go without all of those ‘necessities’ the less and less I miss them. I’m also very sure that my body enjoys the lack of sugar spikes (I didn’t realize how bad just a can of coke could be). And I can guarantee that my body likes the amount of fat I’m taking in now much more then before. I’m focusing on eating lean meat, having nuts and seeds (the good type of fat) and watching how much I eat of butter and things like that. I’m also avoiding trans fats completely, which actually isn’t that hard thanks to some lobby groups.

All in all I’m sure this new lifestyle will help me live longer and have a lot more energy for doing what I love.…

Staying Active

I’ve never really been a fan of running or jogging, I just never found it interesting enough. It was fine as a way to get from point A to point B, but when your just running over a treadmill or around in a big circle, I just find it too boring. Stay Active

Over the past couple of weeks or so I have been really into playing tennis. Up until then I hadn’t enjoyed tennis that much, I always found it hurt my wrist. I think that was because I used to play a lot of badminton and was used to flicking my wrist (that doesn’t work as well in tennis).

But as soon as I got over that habit I have been really enjoying it. The sport is great for cardio and keeping you active. Thanks to some public courts only a 10 minuet walk from my house, it is also great on the wallet. The frugal aspect is even further encouraged because I borrow my sisters racquet to play.

How do you guys keep active while staying frugal?…