Sunday, October 26, 2008

Here's how I spent my Sunday:
Taped off...

Edges painted...

First and Second coat done...
It's a tester wall to see if I want to paint my bedroom the same color. I'm leaning towards "yes" but in semi-gloss instead of satin. The "sample" cans come in only satin finish.

Friday, October 24, 2008

More coupons...

Deer Park
Poland Spring
Over the Moon milk
Caribou coffee
New England coffee
Good Earth coffee
V8 Splash
Juicy Juice
Nescafe Taster's Choice
Promise SuperShots
Lawry's Spice blend
Mrs Dash seasoning blend
Kraft dressing (free produce when you buy two)
Lawry's marinade
Mrs Dash marinade
Smart Balance
Litehouse Asian dressing
Spectrum liquid flax oil
Heinz 57
Lea & Perrins
French's worcestershire
Ortega products
If you can't comment here, you can email me at nidena76 at the "g".

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

More coupons...

Lundberg rice chip
BC Fruit snacks
Wrigleys gum
Weight Watchers candy
Snyder's of Hanover
Cheerios snack mix
Chex mix
EatSmart all natural snacks
Orville Redenbacher's natural gourmet popcorn
Emerald premium snacks
Sandies cookies
100 calorie granola bars
Nutrigrain bars
Tastykake cookie bar
Nature Valley
FiberOne chewy bars
Caribou Coffee bars
Chex mix bars
Quaker chewy bars
M&M's brand fun-size candies
Truenorth nut snacks
Weight Watchers snack cakes
Pep Farms baked naturals snacks
Hershey's extra dark bar/bag

To ensure a bra fits...

Basic measurements are (while wearing a decent fitting bra):
Around the top of the chest/under armpits
Around the fullest part of the breast (where the nipples are)
And then around the rib cage just under the breast.
Make sure your tape measure is not on any breast tissue with the bottom measurement. I've had a lot of customers come in and tell me that they were last measured at XX when, in fact, I just measured them at XX-3 because the last person to measure them didn't make sure that breast tissue and/or bra underwires weren't included in the measurement. I've even gone so far to ask women to please lift their breasts up so that I could ensure I wasn't measuring the bottom of their breast tissue. (Once the tape measure was in place, I had them let go)
Your band size will fall between the measurement under the armpits and the one around the ribcage. I can't give you an exact # because the rest of your structure will dictate which it is but it does give you a ball park figure.
For example, if I measure a customer at 38" under her armpits; 40" around her fullest part; and 36" around her ribcage, I will suggest a 38B and a 36D as places to start. You won't know what fits until the bra is on. From then, change only the size to find the correct one in that bra. Don't change bra and size unless it's super obvious that both are not suited.
If all your bras have padding in them, and that's what you're wearing when you measure, subtract a 1/2" or so or just measure a little snugger...not tight, but snug.
With fit, you want to ensure there are only two breasts. You don't want two hanging out the center and you don't want two squishing into your armpits. If you have this problem, try a larger cup.
If your breasts are falling out the bottom of the bra, the band is too big/stretched out.
If the band keeps hiking up in back, go down a band size but get the comparable cup size. It will be the same cup coverage but snugger in the band.
You want the center gore (the part between the cups) to be flat/flush against your skin. You should not be able to put you keys in this space--it's not a pocket. If the center gore isn't flat, go up a cup and down a band--see below for conversion.
Don't be afraid of letters beyond DD. It is what it is. Wouldn't you rather have a bra that fits rather than a specific size. Though, I did encounter a customer who refused to believe she was a 36DDD and only because she had to have a VS bra.
Bra math:
32C=34B or 30D
34D=36C or 32DD
36DD=38D or 34DDD
38DDD=40DD or 36DDDD

D=D (4" difference between band size and cup size)
DD=E (5")
DDD=EE=F (6")
One last tidbit...we all have mismatched breasts...some as much as a cup difference. Fit the larger cup. You can always add to the smaller one. You can't make the larger one smaller with a bra.
Can't find your size in stores, try,, or They all have beautiful bras in a huge range of sizes...all the way from 28A to 52J.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

my paper on Consumer Behavior

Consumer Behavior

“Buying six for $30 is like buying three and getting three free,” I tell my customers as they browse the Beauty section of Victoria’s Secret, VS. “Really?” they ask as they load up the “shopper”—a mesh bag they can carry around the store with them as they shop. My two years of experience has shown me that customers are more likely to buy more when they have something to fill up versus carrying around individual pieces. And everybody loves getting something for FREE.
It doesn’t matter that a single shower gel is only $9. I rarely see adults buy just one. Teenagers, yes, because most of them are shopping with their babysitting money or an allowance. Mom and Dad shop with credit cards and it’s a rare occasion that they buy only one product. At a minimum, they usually buy two and usually because we, the trusted VS employees, are telling them their fragrance will last longer if they “layer it”—apply the lotion then spray the coordinating scent. If they have two, we let them know “for just $5 more, they can get one more product.” I’ve had customers come to the counter with their, now, three products and I’ll tell them: “for just $6 you can THREE additional products” and off they go to get their three more products. Obviously, the total benefit on paying just $30 for six products is high: individual fragrance products cost an average of $8 and they’re getting six for just $30, instead of 6 for $48, they are seeing a consumer surplus of $18, which is almost like getting a tad more than 2 items totally for free.
Another enticing trick where VS uses free stuff is the PINK dog with any PINK purchase (PINK is a VS sub-brand). One customer, Momof1andDog from the MSN message boards, can be quoted as saying: Yep definitely do it, love their stuff! Another poster, Martivir, on the message boards said: If they had something free that I wanted yes I would have bought something I didn't need to get it. Just yesterday, a man brought his daughter and wife in and asked his daughter: Do you want a doggie? Of course she said yes. Mom was compelled into making a purchase—PINK panties five for $25 versus $7.50 a pair, what a deal—just so her daughter could have the “doggie” that Dad promised her. Her marginal benefit could be measured more by her daughter’s happiness than in dollars. As for the PINK panties, they had a consumer surplus of $12.50. When it comes to Consumer Behavior, Victoria’s Secret (and all the other well known chains) have it down. ALL of VS’ undies have discounted prices if you buy a specific (multiple) quantity and they’re constantly running promotions—30% off all Prestige giftsets, get $100 passbook of savings if you sign up for the Angel credit card, and the biggie during the holiday season: get bag A when you spend $50, get bag B when you spend $100, get bag C when you spend $150, get all three when you spend $250. Pure genius and we fall for it every time.

Monday, October 20, 2008

More coupons

These are all frozen/refridge items:
Jose Ole
Dole frozen fruit
Deli Creations
Mrs T's pierogies
Super pretzel
Hola Fruta
On-cor entrees
Hot pockets ultimate
Ore-Ida steam n mash
Lean pockets
California pizza kitchen
Hormel Natural Choice
Joan of Arc cheese
Stouffers family size entree
White Castle
Tuscan dairy cream
Kozy shack
Smuckers uncrustables
Country crock
LOL fresh buttery taste
Tai Pei entree
Green Giant stir fry
Wanchai ferry
Johnsonville italian sausage
Perdue chicken
Tyson chicken
Bob Evans sandwiches
Texas Toast
Green Giant Just for One
Green Giant bagged veggies
Pilsbury refridgerated rolls/breads
Dole salads
Pizza rolls
Pilsbury Savorings
Mountain High yoghurt
Dannon Light & Fit
Colombe yogurt
Yoplait Whips
Breyers yogurt
just leave me a comment, if you'd like some.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Coupons up for grabs...

I didn't want to take up a whole bunch of room on the message board so I'm posting here. Please leave me a comment for the ones that you'd like.
Texas toast croutons
Red pack maters
Valley Fresh chicken products
Hormel chunk meat
Starkist creations pouch
True Lemon/Lime/Orange product
Hungry Jack taters
Swanson broth
Macaroni Grill dinner kit
Smuckers sugar free fruit spreads
Skippy p.b.
Jif p.b.
Goober p.b. & j.
Campbell's soup (various)
V8 soup
Hamburger Helper
Barilla pasta
Sargento's potato finishers
Ronzoni pasta
French's Fried Onions
Knorr rice/pasta side dishes
Carolina Basmati
Uncle Ben's
Pep Farm Bagels
Stroehmann breads
Dixie Crystals
Domino Sugar
If you're not on the Google doc, please email me your address. If you've mailed me woofies in the past, I probably have your address because I cut the return addy of the envies that I receive.
Toaster Strudel
Carnation Breakfast
Capn Crunch
Fiber One
Quaker Instant Oatmeal
Hungry Jack pancake mix/Johnsonville sausage
Oatmeal Crisp
I'm only posting three "categories" so keep your eyes peeled for future posts.
Turkey Hill ice cream
Hershey's Extra Dark
Sara Lee pound cake
B.C. Warm Delights
Mrs. Smith's or Edwards single products
Eskimo Pie
Ghiradelli Squares
Pilsbury Reduced Sugar baking items
Jello Singles
D.H. oven ready brownies
B.C. cookie mix