The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Stauffer’s Chocolate Chip Animal Cookies

I’m not much of a fan of animal crackers, as I think they taste far too bland to be one of my snacks of choice. However, I recently decided to try something called Stauffer’s Chocolate Chip Animal Cookies, as they appeared to be slightly more healthy (in terms of calorie content, transfat content, and calcium content) than other chocolate chip cookies out there — and now I’m completely hooked on these things!

Obviously, Stauffer’s Chocolate Chip Animal Cookies are intended for kids, as the cookies come in animal shapes and all that. But I like them because they’re satisfying and they actually taste good — just sweet enough to satisfy my cravings for a snack, yet not overly sweet so that I feel guilty after eating them. There are just 140 calories in a serving (10 cookies, which is a good amount), with about 13 servings in each 14oz. bag, making them a pretty good value all around.

As someone who is not enough of a chocolate chip fan to eat, say, Chips Ahoy on a regular basis, Stauffer’s Chocolate Chip Animal Cookies are a great alternative. These things contain just the right amount of chocolate and are delicious! Try them out for yourself if you haven’t already!

Free Full-Sized Body Butter

The Body Shop is having another terrific sale that I want to share with you. For a limited time only, you’ll get a free full-sized Body Butter moisturizer product (a $20 value) when you spend $20 in the store or online.

To get your free Body Butter in the store, you need to print out a voucher (drop me an email and I’ll send you one), and to get one while shopping online, you have to enter the code FALLTREAT at checkout.

This offer ends very soon, so if you like to pamper yourself with soothing, luxurious Body Shop products, start shopping right now!

$50 Off Amazon Kindle Coupon Code

Why wasn’t this promotion available a couple months ago when I bought my Kindle? Apparently talk show goddess Oprah Winfrey on a recent episode of her program described the Kindle as a “life-changing” device that is currently her favorite gadget.

Since Oprah has the power to affect sales, Amazon is anticipating lots of new Kindle purchases — or at least inquiries — and to sweeten the deal, they’re offering $50 off all Kindle orders made between now and Nov. 1.

In order go get your $50 Kindle discount, which will drop the price to $309, simply type the coupon code OPRAHWINFREY at checkout.

This is a great opportunity for more people to get in on Kindle. Buy one for yourself or as a Christmas gift for someone on your list!

Book Wish List

I took several armfuls of books out to the public library yesterday for their annual Open Donation day. This has left me with lots of empty space on my bookshelves, so I’ve decided to make a list of titles that I’d like to purchase in the coming weeks and months. I don’t really know anything about these books, but they’ve been talked about and/or recommended by friends, critics, etc. and I want to check them out!

  1. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
  2. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  3. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
  4. Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
  5. The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shales
  6. Divine Justice by David Baldacci
  7. Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back by Josh Hamilton
  8. Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn

I think working through this list (as well as the stack of books already loaded into my Kindle) ought to keep me VERY busy for the next few months!

Tampa Bay Rays Gear

Even though I’m not a Tampa Bay Rays fan myself, I am pulling for them in the World Series this year. And I’ve also decided to highlight some of the championship gear that’s now available after the Rays defeated Boston in the ALCS.

First up is the “Locker Room T-Shirt”, pictured above. This is exactly what Rays players wore while celebrating their win in the locker room right after the game. Well not “exactly” what the players wore, as any shirt you order isn’t going to come complete with champagne stains!

Next, there’s even a Tampa Bay Rays/Boston Red Sox ALCS gold coin available to commemorate the 2008 matchup. It’s a 24k gold coin featuring the logos of both teams, and is part of a limited edition of just 5000 pieces. This coin retails for $29.99 and actually seems like a pretty cool keepsake.

And finally, there are all the assorted caps, jackets, pennants, posters, and patches that you would expect to find after a big ALCS win. I always believe in buying these kinds of things if your team makes it to the World Series because you just never know when you’ll get another chance to do so.

Anyway, good luck to the Rays, and if you’re a Tampa Bay fan, snap up some of this commemorative gear now!

Free Calendar and Mug

Yesterday afternoon I got a telemarketing call from one bank or other (the name escapes me right now) asking if I wanted to participate in a survey and listen to some mortgage quotes. If I agreed, they would send me a free 2009 calendar and a travel coffee mug for my time.

I’m all about getting freebies, so I said what the heck. It took all of 10 minutes, I just answered the questions as best I could, listened politely to the various rates they quoted, and then gave my mailing address for the prizes.

I know most people wouldn’t do this kind of thing for fear of getting lots more phone calls and junk mail, but I don’t mind. I have no qualms about saying “no” when I’m busy, and I just toss junk mail in the trash without ever opening it!

Top Searches for 10/08

I was looking through my blog stats today to see what kinds of terms people are searching for. I don’t often write posts for the sole purpose of gaining traffic, but I still think it’s important to know what my readers are after.

The top search here at Chronic Consumer remains “bed bank beyond bankruptcy“, which was a big story back in April, and I guess continues to be a hot topic.

Other big draws include “monster energy hoody” (another post that was written a long time ago), “josh beckett pedroia necklace” (this is for Phiten necklaces, which received a lot of coverage during the baseball playoffs), Mac memory (regarding the new MacBook Pro that was announced), and “asso soap” (for all those acne sufferers out there).

I’m surprised that I have gotten so much mileage out of a few of the posts I’ve mentioned, especially since I don’t write for the search engines and don’t do any meta tags, keyword stuffing, or anything like that. Heck, I probably couldn’t have gotten the 28,000+ views I’ve had for my Bed, Bath & Beyond post if I had sat down and really tried to do it!

Blogging is a strange business, that’s for sure!

Circuit City Closings

Circuit City Well, this isn’t great news for Circuit City, especially with the start of the holiday shopping season right around the corner. I just read a Wall St. Journal report saying that Circuit City’s board of directors is considering closing “at least 150 stores” across the country and eliminating jobs as part of an overall turnaround effort.

The Circuit City store closings haven’t been officially announced yet, nor has there been any official bankruptcy filing. But since the company is having trouble finding anyone willing to step in with emergency cash to help get them through these tough times, bankruptcy is probably not that far off.

As I said, this is not very encouraging news for the beginning of the holiday shopping season. I don’t know about you, but I personally tend to stay away from stores that are hovering on the brink of bankruptcy. I would imagine that lots of people act the same way, so I’m not sure how possible a turnaround is at this point.