but this is more than $150 cheaper!!

Nice to know our supports are more appreciated than we are. 🙄

I was initially excited that stim toys were going mainstream. It meant I could get awesome new ones much cheaper than before. For example, my Thinket (still my best stim toy) was $150. My fidget cube from the kick-starter was $40. Last week, I bought a fidget spinner at the mall for $7. That part is awesome.

Now, though, non-autistics are using them when they shouldn’t and schools across the country are banning stim toys.

Leave it to the “normals” to ruin something special again. 😢

Wanna learn about HoneyBees and Honey?

I’m not going to start discourse on this publicly so if you want to talk to me you’ll have to pm me about it or send a non anon ask, but

bee keepers do NOT hurt or stress out bees to get their honey.

Yes we supplement them with sugar water during the droughts and when flowers aren’t at their peak.

Those up north also supplement them with sugar water as well as their own honey to make sure that they will last over the winter. 

No, it is not cheaper to kill your bees than take care of them over the winter. No one does that. It costs 150 or more for a starting nucleus of bees which doesn’t give you enough to get excess honey until after a year so to get enough bees off the bat to jump back to where you were you’d need hundreds of dollars and that clearly isn’t cheaper than wrapping them up with some of their honey and some sugar water. 

No, people don’t go into their hives during the winter storms in the snow to give them sugar water instead of leaving them honey. even with flowers bees use a mason jar of sugar water all up in 2-3 days, you don’t take all their honey and give them gallons of sugar water. Thats not even practical. Don’t listen to these lies. 

No you don’t kill any bees by taking their honey. There are multiple boxes, bottom boxes are for babies, brood boxes, theres a separator so the queen doesn’t make babies in the top boxes, called supers. On the top boxes, you take out the frames and bees move by themselves, some people smoke them away before lifting the frames, or you can take a very soft bristle brush called a bee brush and usher them. Usually they don’t stay messing around on capped honey though. 

Facts about smokers! Can smokers hurt bees? Truth? Yes. They CAN. Doesn’t mean they do. People usually use pellets or pine needles and natural things in their smokers that they can just pick up off the ground. They don’t produce a hot smoke. You can easily check this by spraying your arm and if its too hot for you its too hot for the bees, which it never is if you use the right stuff. Otherwise the smoker works by interrupting their dances and vibrations to each other that tell them to work. Instead they go deeper into their hive closer to the queen to get her signals back. This doesn’t hurt them, just interrupts them for a minute so that you don’t hurt or squish them when taking out frames. 

Bees need us. Only 6% of wild honey bees last in the wild. They have a LOT of enemies and without us they would be extinct at the moment. They need help against mites, many beetles, wasps, bears, and other little buddies you can find in the wild. We check their young, make sure they are growing properly, get enough food and water, and need help to properly split when there are too many of them and taking their honey is like helping them by cleaning the clutter in their house because they make more honey than they can use. They wont just stop working, keeping them in place is vital for their survival. 

I’m just really tired of the lies about bees and if people protest against honey or beekeepers. I’m sure you’ve all seen the posts about how most of our produce and plants will go away. They need us as much as we need them. 

Also note, 75% of honey in grocery stores is just a weird sugar substitute in a form that replicates honey. So if you want to support the bees, please pay attention to what you buy! 

Sorry if this turns people off, but this is very important to me and one of the only places I can actually get word out. I’m very blessed to have you all with me and once I’m all settled I will do that giveaway I was talking about with stim toys! Thanks for listening <3

anonymous asked:

what cereal do you just wish was more in the box?

dont get boxed cereal my friend go to wal mart and get the bagged resealable cereal it may be off brand but i swear to you its damn near indistinguishable in taste and everything and theres more and its cheaper. its like 150% the amount of cereal than you’d get in a box



The goal is $2000!

UPDATE: Goal has been met! Thank you to those who commissioned me. Commissions (aside from the YCH commissions) are now closed.

Stuff available:

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  • Character Designs
  • Comics
  • Animations
  • YCH-Animations

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anonymous asked:

What are your thoughts on bought costumes? I've never bought any till recently, I got one. There a costume I wanted to make and now I see it for sale. I don't want to get to lazy and comfortable with just buying since i love the craft. But it would save me time and stress. But wearing a bought costume was so weird for me! Everyone was complimenting and all I can think of was how it was not my work.

I actually have a huge writeup about this on an old post– aw fuck it I’ll just post it again you have :)  Its generally more about whether or not Buying is Cheaper than Making – but my thoughts still stand true. 

BUYING a cosplay is just another tool to COSPLAY. Just because you bought one doesn’t make you any less than a cosplayer. It just makes you a different kind. And you can be BOTH. 

Here’s my thoughts on buying vs making costumes: 

Excuse me while I go on a long explanation and break down on Cosplay pricing & financing.

Making or buying can be cheaper either way. Sometimes its the same price. It really, really, really depends on the costume; where would you buy from, where you would get your materials.

Most pre-made cosplays price range anywhere from 70 to 150 bucks. Now, that can be cheaper or more expensive in comparison to making it yourself; depending on where you would buy materials to make a costume, and how you would make it.

Let’s see…. for example…

This Miku Costume runs a total of 50 bucks including shipping. From experience, that’s pretty average and expected. That being said, it’s also AVERAGELY made. All satin finish, soft hair ornaments, not the most accurate colors…

As opposed to this one, which is more expensive. Its a bit more expensively made. Vinyl finish, includes headphones and shoes… hard hair ornaments…

When it comes to cosplay, you get what you pay for. The more expensive you buy, the more quality material you are going to get.

This isn’t ALWAYS true, there are plenty of ebay sellers and pre made costumes WAY overpriced. If that first costume was priced like the second, its a RIP OFF. And theres no pre made costume out there thats worth more than 300 bucks IMO.

Things get trickier in the world of making cosplay…

The basic idea of you get what you pay for remains.

If you buy cheap fabric, its gonna be a cheap costume (financially.) And if you buy more expensive fabric, its gonna be expensive. It also depends one where you buy (Joanns is expensively cray cray and local shops are going to be much cheaper.)

So when you compare to buying, its a bit hazy. If you buy the more expensive , its going to be way more expensive than buying cheapy fabric. But it may or may not be the same price as buying expensive more intense fabric, trimming, buttons, velcro (everything you’ll need, and it adds up.)

But here’s where things get tricky. Because with making, you can score deals on fabric for even cheaper (coupons!) or maybe you decide you want to go even more expensive to make a very accurate cosplay. (ALL EXPENSIVE YARDS OF VELVET!)

Or maybe you need to order fabric, which will be super expensive. OORRR maybe you find all your materials pre-made at Goodwill that you only need to alter with some trim, then its going to be WAY CHEAP.

Here’s where is gets EVEN more tricky: YOUR SKILLS & YOUR TIME.

Most of the time when we are faced with a decision to buy or make something, not only am I thinking about the price but… Do I have time to make this? Do I have the skills to make this?

If I have the time, but not the skills and the buying price is cheap. I’ll buy.

If I have the time, no skills and its expensive? I’ll try and make it.

If I have no time, skills and its cheap or expensive sometimes I buy. (No time, cons in a week!!)

If I have a ton of time, no skills and its expensive or cheap? I might try and learn. (Or fuck it, I’m never gonna know how to make a hoope skirt just cough up the money!)

It all is very, very variable. And buying or making isn’t so much a fight about whats more expensive, though that is a part of it. One has to think if they have the time to LEARN the skills to make it instead of spending the money.

But its okay if you have money on you, no skills and choose to buy.

No matter what, BUYING or MAKING will still get you a cosplay. And neither is less equal than the other. There’s nothing wrong with buying a costume. It all is just related to what the cosplayer is most comfortable with.

Sorry for the long explanation! I know I gave you more information than necessary, but I wanted make sure to clarify that this question brings up a lot of issues that cosplayers deal with.

TL:DR  — Buying or making a cosplay’s finances depends on where a cosplayer’s priorities lie. Accuracy, type of fabric, skill set and budget.

And finally here’s my example. 

I MADE our Thor cosplays. 

I BOUGHT our Guardians of the Galaxy ones. They are both AMAZING sets of cosplays but just for different reasons and in different ways. Both are valid. 

My #1 Food Money Saving Tip

Are you trying desperately to save money on food? Are you trying to not eat out as much? Are you constantly fighting with a mental or physical illness that makes it hard to follow all those tips from blogs about making everything from scratch and meal prepping and having immense self control over food? This is a tip for you!!

Go to the grocery store and buy whatever the eff you want.

I’m serious. Frozen meals? Cool those are way cheaper than eating out some place every night (or most nights). Don’t ever want to make ramen on the stove? Buy cups of noodles to just put hot water in. Want some cookies? BUY THEM. Buy 10 packs of Oreos. Buy that $4 salad. Buy 20 boxes of mac and cheese.

The first step to saving money on food is just having food in the house to keep yourself from going out. I know that if I keep corn dogs in the house I won’t go to Taco Bell on the way home. So even if I spend $200 on groceries for myself in a month, it’s still way cheaper than if I went out to eat even once a week.

Surprisingly, you’ll probably be eating at least minimally healthier this way too. You’ll probably eat fewer calories than if you want out to eat more. Also, maybe slightly less processed food and such even if you don’t try to be healthy about what you buy.

Bonus Round: Money, transportaion, abilities, etc willing - try going grocery shopping in big trips! Your cart can only get so full (a full cart for me lands around $150-$200 and lasts a month) and thus you can only impulse buy so much. The less you go, the less extra impulse buying.

Disclaimer: I know this won’t work with every situation. Money, disabilities, and other situations may lead to this not being as helpful as it is to others. I hope this helps some people though!

anonymous asked:

I understand that some medical care may be to expensive to afford with the governments money, but that's no excuse to buy a 800$ phone. The government should absolutely give its most vulnerable people support, but those people need to spend that money responsibly; buying a 800$ phone to do something a wifi connection and a 100$ laptop can do just as well is not responsible. If they really need a smartphone, then they should get a cheep one.

The thing about not having money is that only buying necessities makes a person feel less human. I’m a broke college student and I buy sushi on occasion. Financially, should I do that? Nope. But I let myself do it anyway because sushi is wonderful and I’m sick of dining center food. 

Should people live beyond their means? No. Do you get to judge what “counts” as beyond their means? Nope, that’s between them and their spouse, and their bank, and their credit card company, and maybe their parents depending on the situation. You, random stranger, don’t get to say “you shouldn’t buy that.” 

Furthermore, you’re telling me that all a smartphone is good for is wifi? So what do you make phone calls with? It’s more convenient to have your phone also be your wifi access and music storage and camera, rather than buying all those items separately. 

Then you gotta decide, will the more expensive version last me longer? Or should I get an older version that’s going to be obsolete in a year? Because if I have the money to get the $800 smartphone that’s going to last three years (which I realize is pushing it, but even once it starts acting up you can keep using it for a while yet before it dies completely), I’ll choose that over the $150 one that’ll last me six months. Especially since the cheaper phone will have less storage, questionable whether or not it’ll have a decent camera, etc. 

How long does your $100 laptop last? My (much more expensive) laptop is pushing three years and I’m gonna have to replace it within the year. A $100 laptop isn’t gonna come close to that. 

Being poor ends up costing more in the long run, because if all you can afford at the moment is cheap things that wear out fast, you’re going to end up spending more than if you’d had the money for the expensive thing. 

Let’s not shame people for having financial struggles, thanks. 

Mod Marie-Rose

Alright, I have to talk about the gem of car finds. This is a really rare machine, a Kaiser Henry J. This is one of the most forgotten 1950′s automobiles from one of the most forgotten auto companies, Kaiser-Frazer.

Kaiser-Frazer was two big names in American industrial power coming together. Kaiser was Henry J Kaiser, American ship building giant and icon of World War II. The other was Joseph W. Frazer, a high ranking member of the boards of Chrysler, Willys-Overland and later Graham-Paige. Frazer’s fame included the creation of Plymouth as Chrysler’s low cost offering, developed the Willys Jeep and Americar. Graham-Paige wasn’t in good standing however, running off of modified Cord cars and desperate for new material.

Kaiser and Frazer decided to buy the company, as Frazer had become the President following his leave of Willys. They began working on newer cars such as the Kaiser Deluxe, Frazer Manhattan and the very famous Kaiser Darrin fiberglass sports car. But the issue was that all of these cars were very high end vehicles, and not much was around for the average joe. So they began working on an everyman car, making a Kaiser as cheap as possible.

And I mean cheap too. There was no trunk latch so you could only get to the trunk from the back seat, it only came as a 2 door sedan and the rear windows were fixed and there were no armrests, glove compartments, flow-through ventilation or sunvisors. And the only engine options were eithe a 68 hp 4-cylinder engine or a 80 6-cylinder borrowed straight from the Willys CJ. And it hit the market in 1950 and was a failure.

Now Kaiser-Frazer marketed the hell out of the car, tooting the “low MPG” horn more than modern manufacturers do. Now this was due to the Korean War starting up and fears of WWII gas rationing were beginning to set in, at least until the War Production Board ended it and gas came to a nice 27 cents a gallon. If that wasn’t enough, the new Chevrolet lineup for 1953 meant the super cheap 150 costed a few dollars more than the Henry J, and Nash’s new Rambler line included a similarly priced cheap offering, making the Henry J a moot point.

And the Henry J became a dead weight for Kaiser, making up only 1.5% of the market in 1950 and slowly decreasing until it reached a paltry .02% in it’s final model year 1954. The production line for the Henry J transitioned to the much more efficient cheaper car, the Willys Aero line. By 1953, Kaiser-Frazer had bought the failing Willys company and merged into Kaiser-Willys. By 1956, they dropped passenger car production to focus on utility vehicles like the Jeep and did this until 1970 when they were bought by AMC.

But there’s a somewhat famous twist with the Henry J, it wasn’t just sold by Kaiser.

It was sold by Sears.

Yes, Kaiser actually sold many Henry J’s to Sears-Roebuck for sale. With sales of the base car slipping, Kaiser worked out a deal with Sears to sell a special version of the Henry J as the Sears Allstate. Named after Sears in-house car parts marque, the Allstate was a Henry J with new hood ornament, grille, interior trim and Allstate tires and battery. This was the first time Sears actually sold a car, and at a low price. However this didn’t work out either, and the Sears Allstate was dropped in 1954 as well.

But the little Henry J is a really interesting car just in how rare they are. Only 2,500 Allstates were sold, alongside 131, 702 Henry J’s. This might seem like a large number, until I bring up that in 1953 alone, Chevrolet made 1,346,475 cars, and that’s only one year. Henry J’s are pretty reliable, although the engine’s are woefully inadequate for the car. But there’s still something interesting to the plucky little Henry J, it just looks cool.

10 Technologies That Are Changing the Game

Earlier this year, we hosted a Game Changing Technology Industry Day for the aerospace industry, and in October our engineers and technologists visited Capitol Hill showcasing some of these exciting innovations. Check out these technology developments that could soon be making waves on Earth and in space.

1. Wearable technology

With smartwatches, glasses, and headsets already captivating users around the world, it’s no surprise that the next evolution of wearable technology could be used by first responders at the scene of an accident or by soldiers on a battlefield. The Integrated Display and Environmental Awareness System (IDEAS) is an interactive optical computer that works for smart glasses. 

It has a transparent display, so users have an unobstructed view even during video conferences or while visualizing environmental data. 

And while the IDEAS prototype is an innovative solution to the challenges of in-space missions, it won’t just benefit astronauts – this technology can be applied to countless fields here on Earth.

2. Every breath they take: life support technologies

Before astronauts can venture to Mars and beyond, we need to significantly upgrade our life support systems. The Next Generation Life Support project is developing technologies to allow astronauts to safely carry out longer duration missions beyond low-Earth orbit. 

The Variable Oxygen Regulator will improve the control of space suit pressure, with features for preventing decompression sickness. The Rapid Cycle Amine technology will remove carbon dioxide and humidity and greatly improve upon today’s current complex system.

3. 3-D printing (for more than just pizza)

New Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), such as 3-D printing, can help us build rocket parts more quickly and aid in building habitats on other planets. 

These manufacturing initiatives will result in innovative, cost-efficient solutions to many of our planetary missions. Back in 2014, the International Space Station’s 3-D printer manufactured the first 3-D printed object in space, paving the way to future long-term space expeditions. 

The object, a printhead faceplate, is engraved with names of the organizations that collaborated on this space station technology demonstration: NASA and Made In Space, Inc., the space manufacturing company that worked with us to design, build and test the 3-D printer.

4. Spacecraft landing gear

Large spacecraft entering the atmosphere of Mars will be traveling over five times the speed of sound, exposing the craft to extreme heat and drag forces. The Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) is designed to protect spacecraft from this environment with an inflatable structure that helps slow a craft for landing. 

To get astronauts and other heavy loads to the surface safely, these components must be very strong. The inflatable consists of a material 15 times stronger than steel, while the thermal protection system can withstand temperatures over 1600°C.

5. From heat shield technology to firefighter shelters

For the Convective Heating Improvement for Emergency Fire Shelters (CHIEFS) project, we partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to develop safer, more effective emergency fire shelters for wild land firefighters. 

Using existing technology for flexible spacecraft heat shields like HIAD, we are building and testing new fire shelters composed of stacks of durable, insulated materials that could help protect the lives of firefighters.

6. Robots and rovers

Real life is looking a bit more like science fiction as Human Robotics Systems are becoming highly complex. They are amplifying human productivity and reducing mission risk by improving the effectiveness of human-robot teams. 

Our humanoid assistant Robonaut is currently aboard the International Space Station helping astronauts perform tasks.

A fleet of robotic spacecraft and rovers already on and around Mars is dramatically increasing our knowledge and paving the way for future human explorers. The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover measured radiation on the way to Mars and is sending back data from the surface. 

This data will help us plan how to protect the astronauts who will explore Mars. 

Future missions like the Mars 2020 rover, seeking signs of past life, will demonstrate new technologies that could help astronauts survive on the Red Planet.

7. Robotic repairs

Currently, a satellite that is even partially damaged cannot be fixed in orbit. Instead, it must be disposed of, which is a lot of potential science lost.

Satellite Servicing technologies would make it possible to repair, upgrade, and even assemble spacecraft in orbit using robotics.

This can extend the lifespan of a mission, and also enable deeper space exploration. 

Restore-L, set to launch in 2020, is a mission that will demonstrate the ability to grab and refuel a satellite.

8. Low-cost spacecraft avionics controllers

Small satellites, or smallsats, are quickly becoming useful tools for both scientists and industry. However, the high cost of spacecraft avionics—the systems that guide and control the craft—often limits how and when smallsats can be sent into orbit by tagging along as payloads on larger launches. 

Using Affordable Vehicle Avionics (AVA) technology, we could launch many more small satellites using an inexpensive avionics controller. This device is smaller than a stack of six CD cases and weighs less than two pounds!

9. Making glass from metal

After a JPL research team of modern-day alchemists set about mixing their own alloys, they discovered that a glass made of metal had the wear resistance of a ceramic, was twice as strong as titanium, and could withstand the extreme cold of planetary surfaces, with temperatures below -150 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bulk Metallic Glass (BMG) gears would enable mechanisms to function without wasting energy on heaters. Most machines need to maintain a warmer temperature to run smoothly, which expends precious fuel and decreases the mission’s science return. 

By developing gearboxes made of BMG alloys, we can extend the life of a spacecraft and learn more about the far reaches of our solar system than ever before. Plus, given their extremely high melting points, metallic glasses can be cheaply manufactured into parts by injection molding, just like plastics.

10. Lighter, cheaper, safer spacecraft fuel tanks

Cryogenic propellant tanks are essential for holding fuel for launch vehicles like our Space Launch System—the world’s most powerful rocket. But the current method for building these tanks is costly and time-consuming, involving almost a mile of welded parts.

Advanced Near Net Shape Technology, part of our Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, is an innovative manufacturing process for constructing cryotanks, using cylinders that only have welds in one area. 

This makes the tank lighter, cheaper, and safer for astronauts, as there are fewer potentially defective welds.

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Penfield’s ‘Gibson’ Hudson Wax Jacket

It’s been raining quite a bit here lately, which is good. Though we’re nowhere near out of the woods yet on the drought, every drop counts. The recent rains no doubt helped tip me over the edge when I decided to purchase the Penfield 'Gibson’ jacket from J. Crew last week. I’ve received a number of messages since then about this jacket, and I figured I might as well snap some pictures and write a few words about it.

I normally don’t buy things at full retail, but a number of factors conspired to push me over the edge on this one. I didn’t really need another rain jacket, as I have several that serve the same purpose as this one here, including a North Face 'Decagon 2.0’ jacket in a nice bright green that I recently thrifted. But, as fate would have it, I was in a nearby J. Crew recently with my wife and checking out the menswear section as she shopped around when I came across this jacket.

I generally find the third-party things that J. Crew sells to be quite overpriced, but I really liked the detailing on this jacket so I thought I’d try it on just for kicks. It felt comfortable, and when I looked in the mirror I was a little surprised by how much I liked how I looked in it. It was flattering. To be more precise, I felt like it made me look thinner than I actually am (people who have seen me wear it in person may debate this, but whether real or imagined, it’s how I felt it looked). The slimming effect of the jacket naturally made me want to buy it, and so I took a glance at the price tag assuming its revelation would make me walk away. Though by no means cheap at $150, it was about $100 less than what I was expecting it to cost. I guess that planted a bug in me.

I went home and looked up the jacket online to see if I might find it cheaper somewhere else, but $150 seemed to be about the going rate. So I went back to J. Crew the next day and bought it. I think it’s the first item of clothing I’ve ever bought at full retail from J. Crew, and it’s certainly more than I’ve spent on a tech-y rain jacket before, but I really like it and am quite happy I made the purchase. Though the cognoscenti would no doubt disagree, I feel like this jacket is like a more affordable version of a nanamica. And while I can’t justify spending $600+ on a rain coat, I can just about do $150.  

toomanyweirdoshere-deactivated2  asked:

Could you recommend some planners that are under $150? I've been watching all these videos and i NEED one. But all the ones ive seen are 200+

I hope that it’s alright that I’m answering this publicly, because I think this is something a lot people wonder about. 

When you start getting into planners it can be super intimidating, especially when watching videos by the planner community. People have such extensive collections of stuff, and that comes in addition to the price of the planner itself and the inserts you will be using. 

However, when you break it down, most planner really aren’t $200 +. Filofax USA has no planners on their website that are more than $199. That’s not to say that that isn’t a lot. Because it is. Personally I would never pay something like that for a planner. 

Also, the type of planner you want will determine price as well. Bigger ones are more expensive than smaller ones, and 6 ring ones are (often) more expensive than spiral bound ones. And the fact also is that most planners will be sold in multiple places, so with a little looking around, you should be able to find the place that sells it for the lowest price (or maybe there’s even a sale on it). 

So let’s get down to it. Here are some planners I’ve been drooling over that all are cheaper than $150. 

Today I had to go to the doctor to get a prescription for the contraceptive pill. The doctors appointment cost me $48. I then went and got the prescription. Six months supply for $100 (and my doctor said to just phone in next time and I won’t have to pay for an appointment). Also I, by choice, get a more expensive pill as it means I have a 12-hour window rather than a 3-hour one. So for most women the pill is $10 for three months. If I earnt under a certain amount the doctors would cost less (or be free). Was still a shock to spend nearly $150 today just to hopefully ensure I don’t become pregnant.


So much cheaper than having another baby…

Or two.

(also I don’t have medical insurance. It’s not hugely necessary here…) (and my kids are free until they are 13 and there’s a lot of pressure to make it free until people are 18 years old…)

Some things to consider before buying anything: 

  • Has my professor explicitly stated that we need this book?” - Don’t get caught buying a book that you won’t actually need. I’ve spent over $150 on books I barely even opened. 
  • Do I need a physical copy of the book?” - Online books are often much cheaper, and if you don’t mind using them, they save a lot of space in your bag. 
  • How long will I need this book?” - If you need the book for more than a semester, it’s not a good idea to rent. 
  • Do I need an access code with the book?” - Some classes- especially math and science classes- will sometimes require that you purchase your textbook with an online access code so you can do your homework online. In this case, you need to make sure that the book you’re buying or renting comes with the code. 


  • It’s always cheaper to rent
  • You don’t have to worry about finding someone to sell the book to at the end of the semester 
  • You can write in rental books, so you can highlight in them. As long as you aren’t making the book unreadable, the company won’t mind
  • Shipping the book back is fairly easy & free


  • You can’t make any money by selling it back to someone at the end of the semester
  • You need to remember when your book is due back, and sometimes this can be stressful if you rent a lot of books 
  • If you end up failing the class or needing the book for more than a semester, you’ll need to pay more to keep the book longer


  • You can sell the book back at the end of the semester 
  • The book is yours to do what you want with it
  • If you decide you want to keep the book for future reference, you don’t have to return it like you would a rental


  • More expensive than renting
  • The book might not have a great sellback value 
  • If you decide to drop the class, you may not be able to return the book for the original value 


  • Share a book with a classmate and split the cost - This will save you a ton of money, but make sure that you guys have a good system worked out so that you’ll have the book when you need it
  • Use the university library’s book - Professors will usually put the book they require on reserve at the university library so you can use it at the library instead of purchasing the book, but you can usually only reserve the book for a couple hours at a time so make sure that you’re using that time wisely and that you reserve it ahead of time


  • Bigwords.com - Will compare the price of the book your looking for on the entire internet to guarantee you get the lowest price
  • Amazon.com - Amazon isn’t as cheap as they claim to be, but sometimes you find a gem that is a really good price and if you have Amazon Prime that can be super convenient
  • Thriftbooks.com - This is really more for novels, but the prices are amazing and you get free shipping on orders over $10 (Although shipping is only $1, so it’s not that bad anyway) 
YYH Artbook Pre-Order Head Count

Hey everybody, I’m currently talking with a printer to get a final quote for the Yu Yu Hakusho Zine. Who is definitely interested in purchasing a hard copy once it’s printed? Serious buyers only as this will affect how many books I will order. The 28 or so artists who will be featured in the book (not the sketchbook section) don’t need to comment unless you want to order a copy for a friend or somebody else. 

 I don’t know if I will do a re-print, so this may be your only chance to get the book. The more books I order, the cheaper they will be! Right now, it looks like the books will be in the $15-$20 USD range. But they will be cheaper if I order more than 150.

 Like or message me if you are in. (just once so I don’t miscount.) Also, reblogs are very appreciated! **I will make an official pre-order post with extra goodies as soon as I get the details with the printer sorted out. 

In the past month I managed to save 150€, but I had to took them out from my living expenses, that means I didn’t eat properly for one-two days each week.
Guys, I am really desperate. I NEED that money. I know I am bothering you a lot and that there are more artists opening commissions cheaper than mine, but I am starting to get really anxious, there’s a less than a month and I still need 400€.
No, my parents CAN’T help me, remember? we’ve been robbed some weeks ago. 
I don’t ask much, you can just commission me a 3€ sketch, everything is good. 
Please, help me. I would never beg for money like this again, but now I really really need it, 

Soon, Our Robot Baristas Will Only Brew Certain Brands

We American coffee-drinkers have known the Era of Starbucks and the Epoch of Sanka.  It seems, however, we currently live in the Age of the K-Cup.

And we’re about to discover everything that means.

Over the past half-decade, single-serve, instant-brew coffee pods—called K-Cups—have taken over more than a quarter of the U.S. ground coffee business. Last summer, the Wall Street Journal judged the K-Cup’s rise “unstoppable” and reported that product category was worth over $150 million. 

K-Cups and Keurig (the best-known brand used to brew them) are both manufactured by Green Mountain Coffee. That company—worth some $16 billion itself—owned the patents for its chalices of disruption, but they expired in 2012, and since then it’s had a problem.

It’s historically operated on a razor blade model: Its Keurig business makes real money not by selling machine brewers but by selling K-Cups. Now cheaper competitors have moved in. They sell inexpensive one-off cups and reusable, extensible cups—threatening the company’s business on both sides.

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kittycatkeys  asked:

Sheila I want to know, for us more "low cost" cosplayers, cosplaying is very expensive. How do you pay for all your beautiful costumes? And do you have a place to buy low cost costume pieces? Love you Sheila!

I would actually consider myself a low cost cosplayer too!

Not one of my costumes has ever cost more than 150$ in materials, including wigs and contacts. (These are the bigger costumes like Hawke & Fenris or Karliah)

I’m a cosplayer on a budget almost all of the time. They key is cutting costs where you can. Any part of the costume I can get at the Goodwill/thrift store I will. Shoes, pants, skirts, jackets, belts – I try and get everything I can at the thrift shop first before heading to the fabric store. 

Because not only is it cheaper to buy and alter clothes into cosplay, its easier too. Unless I want super accurate fabric (which I can usually find at the thrift store anyway) or its a garment that needs its own pattern, I try not to spend tons of money on expensive rolls of fabric. 

That being said, you can find AMAZING deals at the garment district here in LA. 

Re purposing objects from home into props and notions is also a great way to save money. And shopping smart for accessories like gloves and stockings on ebay is also key.  


Aubree and I have been talking a lot about what this book is going to look like, and we’ve decided to change it from a yearbook layout to a layout which will (hopefully!) be much better. Also, cheaper. This is mostly influenced by the fact that Shutterfly won’t let us buy less than 10 books if we choose the “yearbook” layout, aka $150. I also got a voucher for a free (non-yearbook) book out of nowhere today (fate??). I think some of the other (non-yearbook) layouts are way cooler anyway. It’ll be cute and more fun for the band to look through, which is awesome!

So instead of it looking like a stereotypical yearbook, which was the original plan, we’re going to design pages a bit more creatively to include more stuff: photos of pentaholics, photos from our concerts, messages to the band, and other stuff like that. Basically it’s going to be more fun and will flow better and look more professional. Hopefully the band will have a fun time reading it!!

About 65 people have sent stuff so far, which is great! I wanted to remind you that you can send in pictures of yourself, your fan art, pictures with the band, pictures from your shows,  pictures with pentaholics, messages to the band, etc. Also include (as much as you’re comfortable with): your name, age, where you’re from, twitter handle, and tumblr. My main update for the info to send is that the book will be a bit more like a hodgepodge of photos, rather than just photos of pentaholics, so extra pictures (not just of you) will be appreciated. HOWEVER- We want to include ALL of what you guys send us, but we also don’t want to run out of space. Please only send us one or two of these “extra” types of photos, if you choose to. We might even need to leave some out, and we apologize in advance for that. At the very least we will be including everyone’s message to the band and their info, as well as the pictures of pentaholics. The other photos will be extra and we’ll just try to include as many as we can.

Since I’m going to be giving the book to them on March 1 in Anaheim, we need to have it finished and shipped here by then. We’re moving the due date for pictures and messages etc to February 1. We’ll remind you guys that weekend but try to get them in as soon as possible so that we can have a better idea of how it will look before the deadline. Please send your pictures and messages to pentaholicacademy@gmail.com.

Thanks you guys!!! -Miranda


Since most of the asks in my inbox right now are on this very topic, I’m going to make one big fat post to answer all a’ y'all at the same time.


I make both recreations and original designs.  I’ve made recreations from movies, TV, video games, and comic books.  I’ve made original designs based on art, books, Microsoft Paint drawings, and vague descriptions like “I want a kind of Victorian ball gown with a Japanese feel”.  I have also made non-costume special occasion dresses for proms and weddings.

Having said that, though, my main area of expertise is original design elf costumes.

And having said that, I’ll also mention that I do not and will not make 100% screen accurate replica costumes.  I will make something that is very close and as accurate as possible, but due to reasons of practicality and cost I can’t promise anything more than that.  If you’re the kind of person who wants to pay thousands of dollars for a “perfect” replica of something made of hand-dyed silks and the exact antique trim used onscreen, move along.  I am not the droid you’re looking for.  But if you’re looking to drop a couple hundred bucks on a “very good” recreation based on the finest materials ebay and my local fabric stores have to offer, I can probably help you.  I will only work in the LOWER to MID budget ranges.  Not because I do a shitty job (on the contrary - I spend a lot of time on everything I do, and a lot of my work is done by hand to ensure it comes out looking right), but because I just do not want to deal with the stress of anything more.  I do this as a hobby only.

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