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bad credit resources

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

When you’re in debt up to your neck, the last thing you want to do is make a quick decision that will hurt you in the long run. And if you’ve got bad credit, you probably receive offers every day designed especially for you – everything from home loans with high interest rates to secured credit cards. How do you know which offers are right, and which will only dig you deeper into debt? This site offers information on bad credit loans, as well as credit repair, giving you resources for loans when you’re in a bad credit information. You can compare services and products without obligation, and apply online instantly.

stay safe, screen your dates

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

If you dated a real loser, wouldn’t you want to warn women across the world to stay away? Short of writing his name, number, and a warning in every ladies room from here to Walla Walla, Washington, what can you do? If only there were a site where you could warn other women about the men you’ve encountered…that you wish you had never met. Sort of a Craig’s List for losers?

There IS such a site, where you can not only do a little advance first date screening, but also take part in relationship polls and get infidelity support from women who understand. I performed searches on the names of a few doozies I dated back when I was single, and didn’t turn up anything, but if that’s the case, you can register and add your own info about a bad seed. Tens of thousands of men’s names have been entered and rated in the system, so the next time a friend wants to fix you up, be sure to check the guy out in advance, and avoid a potential bad situation.

not always right

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

I came across the Not Always Right blog this week while stumbling, and after reading pages and pages of posts, I added it to my feed reader. For anyone who has ever held a retail position, or worked in customer service – this is the site for you. You thought the customers YOU dealt with were idiots? Just wait until you read the stories submitted here.

free online scholarship search

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Ugh. I received a bill this week from the university I’ll be attending in January. Getting my Bachelor’s degree isn’t going to be cheap. My first semester is going to cost me $1400, and that’s for a grand total of two courses. I know it could be worse – there are a lot of college options that are a lot more expensive. However, I’m used to community college, where I could take a single course for around $300. And I haven’t even figured the cost of books into that $1400 bill yet, either.

I decided to look around the intranet at work to see if my employer offers any kind of tuition assistance, and it looks like that don’t. My next stop is researching financial aid and grants. I don’t really want to go the financial aid route, since at most I plan on taking 4 classes a semester, but I want to know my options. And grants – I know you don’t have to pay them back, but you typically have to qualify, income wise, right? That’s probably not going to work.

Then it hit me – scholarships! Completely free money that doesn’t need to be paid back, and I don’t need to worry about qualifying by being broke as a joke. I registered and did a quick free college scholarship search online at – I’ll be honest, it did take a few minutes. You need to input your name, address, school information, grade information, etc so that you can be matched with the right kind of scholarships. As a white female who is a junior going into social work, I’ll see different options than a freshman football player going into sports medicine…which makes sense. Once my registration was complete, I had instant access to scholarships and grants that matched my needs and interests. The search results screen gives you all of the info you need to know at a glance – deadlines, how much the scholarship is for, and the name of the scholarship. You can click on the title link of each scholarship and learn about the requirements, for instance, what you need to do to apply, or who the scholarship caters to.

I was amazed at how many options there are, ranging from $500 to thousands of dollars worth of free money for college. I can mark scholarships as a favorite to narrow down my list, or create a custom application letter, which is pre-populated with my details and the contact information for the scholarship I’m interested in. This system makes it SO easy to find scholarships and apply for them – what could have taken me months is only going to take me a few hours online.

I can’t even tell you how relieved I am – now to apply and get my tuition covered!

training for the jobs of tomorrow

Friday, September 28th, 2007

A traditional four year degree isn’t for everyone. As much as I want my children to attend college and get a four year degree, I would be just as happy if they decided to get an Associates of Science, or attend a vocational school. I have a nephew who attended a traditional university for a few years, and then transfered to a school that specializes in media production. That same nephew, when he was a little boy, said that he wanted to drive a semi trailer, or a bulldozer. Obviously, he changed his mind about what he wanted to be when he grew up, but there are people who love to work outdoors, and know that they’d be happier not cramped inside a cubicle somewhere. Residents of Southern California who’d like to learn how to become heavy equipment operators can now attend the Southern California College of Construction , which has just been approved as one of the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools.

With the countries population continuing to explode, there will be a real need for qualified people to build new roads, construct new hospitals, and create subdivisions for people to call home. The right school can lead you to the right job, because employers seek out graduates of programs like this, knowing that they’ve been trained well.

On the morning of September 21, the Southern California College of Construction (SCCC) received a visit from Chad D. Hilde—a representative of the U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). SCCC Training Director Al Loya discussed matters of safety with Mr. Hilde as he inspected the SCCC facilities. Loya said the following regarding the visit:

I was able to meet with Mr. Hilde briefly in order to assure him that we are constantly striving to be a very safe work site, especially since we are a training site. He was able to look through our site plan and “Part 46” plan, which he found favorable and in order as expected. We also discussed certificates for our students and we assured him that all on site were in possession of their certificate. Mr. Hilde was gracious enough to address our students and provide real world examples and safety concerns that are prevalent in the workplace and are major violations. We look forward to meeting again with Mr.Hilde and we will continue to encourage and insist on safe practices at all times.

The MSHA enforces mandatory safety and health standards at all mining and mineral processing sites in the United States. The SCCC was visited by MSHA because its training facility is also located on a mine site. The SCCC campus president, Henry Salgado, is very pleased with the MSHA visit, and said that Mr. Hilde was “very impressed and had no negative findings.”

The Southern California College of Construction (SCCC) is a member college of the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools ( The SCCC has been in operation as of June 2007. The SCCC trains, educates, certifies, and places heavy equipment operators into the construction and heavy equipment industries across the country.

Contact Information:

Henry Salgado
Southern California College of Construction Campus President
570 W. 4th Street Suite 103
San Bernardino, CA 92405

13 months of free money

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

I swear, I haven’t received anything that falls into the “good mail” category at all this week. I’m waiting on information from one of the local colleges, but whenever I head out to the mailbox (usually still in my jammies!) I find sales flyers and offers for credit cards. I even get credit card offers from the same companies I currently HAVE credit cards with. Here’s the other thing I don’t get – we have good credit, and about 75% of the offers we receive reflect that. We get a lot of great offers that I turn down just because I don’t need anymore credit cards. But someone must have us on another mailing list – the high rates and high APR list…and I just laugh when I get those!

One thing I wish the credit card companies would do is extend that introductory 0% APR period. It seems most of the card offers I see are for a 6 month introductory period…MAYBE 9 months. But Mint credit cards give you a 0% APR for 13 months. Are you listening, Capital One? How about you Chase? :::tap tap::: Is this thing on?

sharps disposal by mail

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

When I used to work in a veterinarian’s office, WAY back when I was in college, I had the oh-so-fun job of taking care of our old needles. Bleah! All used needles and sharps needed to be disposed of properly, regardless of if you’re caring for people or pets. Obviously, when you’re dealing with needles that have been used on humans, you have to worry about bloodborne pathogens that can affect you! When you’re dealing with sharps and needles that have been used on pets, there’s less of a risk, since most animal bloodborne pathogens don’t affect humans, but you still need to be careful.

Each of our exam rooms had a sharps collection container for the techs and vets to dispose of the sharps and needles. You can NOT throw them into the trash! Someone needs to empty that trash, and it would be very easy for them to get stuck by an old needle in doing so. State laws regulate sharps disposal very carefully, and sharps and needles be placed into an approved container – you’ve probably seen these containers mounted on the wall in your doctor’s office. Once the sharps container is picked up, the needle and syringes are destroyed, and then it can be recycled or sent to the landfill. That’s the only way to absolutely be sure that no one will get stuck by a used needle. Once your sharps container is full, you need to request pickup, and only then will it be removed and replaced. Quite the process, eh?

A new Sharps mail back program will be of interest to those of you who currently work in the medical field. Instead of requesting pickup on your sharps container, you can drop your container into the mail. Your sharps container is safe to mail, and comes with a special USPS box, a protective liner, and the price includes shipping and proper disposal of the sharps. The BioMedical Sharps Mail Back System is government approved, and meets all OSHA and DOT requirements.

I’ve got 3 nurses in the family…I need to find out if they know about this!

free credit card advice

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Jim and I were going over the bills, making vacation plans based on the bills, and getting our credit cards organized yesterday. Good times, eh? We have quite few credit cards that are open, with available credit, that we haven’t used in years. I decided to take a look online to see if I could find advice on what we should do with those old accounts – cancel them? Continue to leave them open? I don’t like to make any changes to my credit cards without knowing how it will affect my credit score.

Thanks to this site featuring credit card offers and free credit advice, I found what I was looking for, and verified that canceling those unused cards CAN hurt my score. credit card calculator(In a nutshell, it’s better to have $10,000 in available credit you’re not using, versus $5,000 in available credit you’re not using. Credit scores tend to reward your discipline and restraint.) If you ever need advice on credit and credit cards, be sure to check out I found some great articles on everything from how to compare credit cards to understanding your credit score. Their credit card calculator will be a real eye opener for any of you paying just the minimum payment each month. You’ll be shocked at how long it will take you to pay off that balance!

professional dog training online

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

We have two fabulous dogs. Bailey, our chocolate lab, has entered her senior years. She turned 11 this summer. Lola, our dachshund rescue, is 7 year old – we think. We did a few weeks of a puppy training class with Bailey (actually, my husband did it – I was pregnant) and we didn’t end up returning for whatever reason, so we were clueless on how to continue training and disciplining her at home. The dog whisperer, I am not. I found a website that offers fixes to dog training issues and dog problems online. If you want to know how to get your dog to always listen click here and visit this professional dog training website.

The man behind the site is Adam Katz. (Shouldn’t he be training cats? LOL!) On the site, you’ll find that he’s helped thousands of people with their dog’s behavior problems. Does your dog not listen to commands? Does she jump up on people and counters and steal food? Does she bark when you’re not home? (Bailey, are you listening??) If so, you need to join – for immediate website access join today!

When you join, you’ll be given free gift games to play with your dog games that reinforce what you’re training your dog to go, but games that are also FUN for your dog!

This is a sponsored review.

what’s all the fuss?

Monday, September 10th, 2007

What’s all the fuss about Hoodia? Well, how many other plants do you know of that help with weight loss? With the obesity rate climbing in our country, a plant like Hoodia gordonii can make a huge difference for people. Most overweight people who try Hoodia report a 10 pound weight loss over the course of 28 days. TEN POUNDS! Compared to most other weight loss plans, which give you a loss of a few pounds a week, that’s a big deal! Even better, hoodia is all natural, and has no side effects. It tricks your brain into thinking you’re full, and you don’t overeat.

Hoodia can be ordered online – try it for yourself and see!