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Ordering Online is a Bitch

October 8, 2012 // Posted in Life, Parties and Holidays, Shopping, Web (Tags: , , , ) |  Comments Off on Ordering Online is a Bitch

So I wanted to order some flowers to send to my brother’s house. He was throwing a huge party for my mom’s birthday and since I couldn’t make it up there for the party I wanted to send her some flowers. I figured I would call an FTD florist or maybe a Teleflora shop or 1-800-FLOWERS and see if I could get a nice arrangement for about $50-$60.

I went online and checked the different sites and what their arrangements looked like and decided to get an FTD floral centerpiece with a hurricane lamp. I know I can get those glass hurricane lamps here at the Pottery barn for like $4, but the arrangements that had the hurricane glas started at $100.

That’s a pretty big difference between what they are charging and what I wanted to spend, so I decided to check online for any discount coupon codes or special deals and I did find a good one for 20% off site wide. I clicked on that puppy and sure enough they marked the price of the arrangement I wanted down to $80. But then when they added the delivery charge and service fee and tax to the order, it went right back up to $100. It was like they were determined to get $100 out of my ass one way or the other.

Using the online shopping cart was a bit of a pain in the ass but I got through it. I spent more money that I wanted and I can’t help but think that if I had been able to talk to the florist at the shop in person instead of ordering it online from their limited selection that I could have saved some money and stayed closer to my budget.

But, all in all, its for my mom and I really wish I could have been there at her party to wish her a happy birthday in person and give her a big hug. But I hope she and the other party guests enjoyed the flowers that I sent.

The 19th

September 19, 2010 // Posted in Laughs, Thoughts (Tags: , , , , ) |  Comments Off on The 19th

Every one in my immediate family was born on the 19th. It just worked out that way and it always gets a laugh from folks when they find out. September 19th is my youngest brother’s birthday, so we will all be eating dinner over at my parents place tonight to celebrate his 25th birthday. He is still living at home, but is working a full time job and saving his money to finally be able to move out on his own, so we are all hoping that this will be the last birthday that he will be celebrating at the old homestead with my parents.