The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Refrigerator Water Filters

Did you know that if your refrigerator dispenses water, there’s probably a filter in there that needs to be replaced? I certainly didn’t — until my refrigerator water started tasting a bit strange. I couldn’t figure out what the problem might be, so I checked the manual (which was still taped to the top of the unit — lol) and saw that a bad filter could be the culprit.

I had my husband go in there and dig around for it. It was pretty gross-looking, so we went ahead and ordered a replacement, model # ukf8001axx, just as it said on the filter. It’s been a couple days with the new one, and I can definitely taste the difference in my water!

I just wanted to put this out there for you guys. Yes, your refrigerator has a water filter, and yes you have to replace it once in a while. Just don’t wait as long as I did (7+ years!!).

Graduation Time

graduation announcements It might be a little early yet, but I know my little cousin is already excited about his upcoming high school graduation in June 2010. One of my Christmas presents to him this year was a very nice set of personalized photo graduation announcements and invitations similar to the ones shown in this picture. Well, actually, I just pre-ordered the announcements, and gave him a gift card that he can redeem later on once he chooses a photo he likes and gets the details for his graduation and party dates.

I didn’t attend my high school graduation because I decided I was “too cool” for the ceremony. Joke’s on me, though, because I kinda feel like I missed out. At least I know my cousin won’t end up the same way!

Kaspersky Internet Security 2010

kaspersky 2010 I used to use Norton Internet Security, but that software bogged down my computer so damn much that I finally got sick of it and went with the free version of AVG. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize AVG was just an antivirus program and didn’t come with a firewall as well. Two nasty trojans and a complete Windows reinstall later, I decided to pony up for Kaspersky Internet Security 2010.

I did a bit of research before investing in Internet Security software, and liked what I read about Kaspersky. It comes with a ton of great features, including everything you’d expect from a top-notch security system: a Safe Mode/Sandbox for certain programs, bad URL/phishing protection (which has already stopped me from going to three questionable sites), and a protected area for my most important files and folders. In addition, Kaspersky has a virtual keyboard that I can use to type in passwords more securely. The keyboard shortcut is right at the top of my Firefox browser and is easy to click on and use no matter which site I go to. I love it!

So far, I think Kaspersky is a terrific program. It is very unobtrusive and runs in the background most of the time. Plus, it doesn’t hog system resources like Norton. The program does go a little crazy with alerts sometimes, but those can easily be disabled, which I’ve done.

Bottom line: I think Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 is an excellent antivirus, firewall, and all-around internet security program. The license was a bit expensive at $60 per year (I paid for 2 years up front, so I spent $120 on this), but honestly, it’s proving to be worth the dough. Highly recommended!

M*A*S*H Martinis and Medicine

martinis and medicine I have finally ordered the complete M*A*S*H series on DVD! Checking back through my old posts, I found this one from 2007, indicating that I wanted the set. At the time, it cost $169.99, which I thought was too high. I added the item to my Amazon Wish List, and was notified that the price dropped all the way down to $99.99!!! Of course I wasn’t about to pass that deal up! I can’t wait to start watching these DVDs. I remember M*A*S*H from when I was a kid, but I know I didn’t understand a majority of the humor. Oooh, this is gonna be good!!! :)

Done with Christmas Shopping!

I am officially done with my Christmas shopping for this year — and I still have 6 days to spare! That’s pretty good for me. What’s even better is that I think I got some really nice gifts that will be appreciated by the recipients, and I didn’t have to break the bank in order to do so. I can’t stand hearing stories about people who practically bankrupt themselves by using money meant for their mortgage payment or Medicare supplement premium on gifts instead. Surely your family is understanding enough not to pressure you into spending money you don’t have!

Anyway, I will have some credit card bills to pay off next month, but that’s to be expected. At least the bills will be manageable!

Under Armour Liner Gloves

CIMG2913 Since I’m trying to keep my outdoor workout routine going even during the winter, I’ve been stocking up on various Under Armour products to help me stay warm. My latest purchase was this pair of Under Armour Liner Gloves.

The gloves are part of the Cold Gear line and can either be worn by themselves or below another pair of gloves. They’re made from the same “high warmth” fabric that all Cold Gear products are famous for, and feature reflective logos on the outside for a measure of safety. In addition, the inside area has grippy/sticky UA logos to make it easier to pick things up even with the gloves on.

I’ve worn these gloves a couple of times already, and to be honest, I’m a bit disappointed with them. Even when worn under another pair of non-UA Thinsulate gloves, my hands — especially my fingers — still felt pretty cold. I expected more out of the UA brand and out of a pair of gloves that cost close to $30.

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend these for really cold weather. I think they would be fine for late fall or perhaps even early winter, but not when temperatures dip down into the 40s or 30s.

Mizzou Sewn Sweatshirt

CIMG2912 As you can probably tell from past posts, I tend to buy a lot of sports and college gear featuring logos from my favorite teams or schools. One of the things I noticed about sweatshirts carrying the University of Missouri logo is that they tend to look cheap because the graphics are usually just screenprinted on the material. I wanted something sewn, and found a place that offered custom sewn sweatshirts like the one in the picture. I was hoping for something great, but my expectations were not met. This is mostly my own fault, but still… a $45 mistake is hard to take!

The first problem with this sweatshirt is that it’s gray with black lettering. I chose this color scheme, so this shortcoming is all on me. Mizzou’s colors are gold and black, which is what I should have gone with. As things are, this sweatshirt doesn’t look related to the school at all because the gray doesn’t appear in Mizzou’s palette. Oh, well.

The second problem I have is with the lettering. This is not my fault. I think the letters look far too narrow/skinny for this type of sweatshirt. In the pictures on the website I ordered from, the lettering was completely different. The sample letters were wide and squat, and looked perfect on a plain sweatshirt. I was not pleased to see this skinny lettering. I probably should have complained to the shop, but what would they have done? I doubt they would have given me a brand new one.

And the third problem I have is with the sweatshirt itself. It’s a Hanes Ultimate Collection sweatshirt with a ribbed waistline and cuffs. Trouble is, the waistline is too tight! It’s not constricting or anything, but it doesn’t stay put and constantly rides up. It’s annoying as hell — and yes, I’ve pulled the thing over my bent-up knees in an effort to loosen the elastic. It hasn’t worked so far.

Overall, I have to say that I’m pretty disappointed with this sweatshirt. When I ordered it, I envisioned it becoming a winter wardrobe staple, something that I would wear constantly. As it is though, the sweatshirt is just crammed into my bottom drawer and rarely sees the light of day.

24k Gold PS3

24kt-ps3-1 Ok, I just read a Yahoo article about a 24k gold-plated PS3 gaming system that costs $4999! The product is offered by a place called Computer Choppers, and they apparently plate all kinds of tech crap, including iPhones, iPods, and Mac books. Who knew that there was a market for this kind of thing??? Why would anyone want a gold-plated PS3??? Clearly this is for folks with all kinds of money to burn, so it’s not something I’ll ever encounter in my lifetime. Wow, what a waste!