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Walmart vs. Target vs. United

I decided that I was not content to merely compare food prices at various stores (as seen here). What kind of nerd would I be, after all, if my spreadsheets didn’t include toiletries? So, off to Walmart, Target, and United I went to satisfy my obsessive compulsion. Here is my random list of items selected for comparison:

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Remembering Kaci Ronne

On Saturday a dear friend of ours went to be with Jesus. Today we will be attending her “celebration of life” along with many others who have been blessed by her time on earth. Please keep the Ronne and Reid families in your prayers. Follow their story here: http://theronnes.blogspot.com.

In loving memory…

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A. Make a lunch B. Take said lunch to work C. Profit

Generally speaking, one of the best places to save money in your budget is on food expenses. Have you ever wondered how much money you would save if you took a sandwich with you to work instead of grabbing fast food? I didn’t think so; but, I don’t care. Here’s the answer:

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Where’s the Beef?

So, I did a couple of blog posts comparing various food prices at Walmart, Sam’s, and United. (here:http://joshwoodtx.blogspot.com/2010/07/sams-vs-walmart.html and here:http://joshwoodtx.blogspot.com/2010/06/walmart-vs-united-supermarkets.html) I got a lot of feedback. A LOT OF FEEDBACK. I was surprised, mainly because I figured this blog thing would end up functioning more like a “notes to self” page. Anyhow, a ton of people asked me why I didn’t include meat. The answer: I didn’t need to buy any that particular day. Well people, here are some meat comparisons for you:

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Parenting

The Discipline Question

First off, I’ll brag a little: our kids are awesome so we (more notably my stay-at-home-mom wife) must be doing something right. However, I know that I could be better at this whole parenting thing; so, I am constantly praying about/seeking ways to improve. One area I’m focusing on right now is discipline. A couple questions for all you other parents out there:

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Business

So, I was curious how much I have been shelling out to Xcel Energy for my deep freeze each month…

Earlier this week I bought this fancy toy called a Kill A Wat. It allows me to measure how much energy various things in my house are using, and do a little spreadsheeting to figure out how much these various things are costing me per month. Hooray! A nice lady at Xcel Energy was kind enough to help me break down my bill and figure out how much I am paying per kilowatt hour. Oddly, she acted as if people don’t regularly ask this question. The answer is 7.322 cents per KwH plus 4% in various taxes. Here are some results of my boring study:

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