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  1. Walmart Scanning App

    I have been trying to find out more info about the Walmart app but not a lot is out there in regards to what Walmart will do once I authorize their access to my phone with their app. "With the Scan & Go app, one of the world’s biggest companies will be able to track customer purchases in ways they haven’t been able to do before. It’s going to link that customer to where they go online, all the ads they see. It’s a much more complete package. It’s valuable and powerful,” Pracejus said" For the complete article: https://globalnews.ca/news/3858448/new-technology-speeds-up-shopping-signals-battle-between-worlds-biggest-companies/ Macy's announced it will be going to self checkout and it is "expected to be available nationwide in all of Macy's full-line stores by the end of this year" : https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2018/03/19/macy-let-shoppers-use-mobile-app-skip-sales-clerk/437318002/ According to the first article all retailers will have some type of self check out in the next 5-10 years if they want to stay in business. These apps sure provide a big convenience as mentioned by many posters. With each passing day there are more and more people in the world that don't know what it is like to live without a cell phone and fewer and fewer that knew a day without cell phones. As an aside for all the retail jobs fading away there are 3 million good jobs that nobody wants according to Mike Rowe: http://profoundlydisconnected.com/
  2. I went into a Walmart today and was greeted by an employee asking if she could download the Walmart app to my phone? This was all new since I went into the the same Walmart last weekend. They had eliminated several check stands on either end and replaced them with an expanded yellow self check out area and grocery carts with a holders for a scanner. Her pitch was very interesting but when it came to installing the program is asked for permission to use Photos/Media/Files such as images, videos or audio. When I asked about it she said she didn't know, they had just hired a bunch of temps to wander the store and offer the app to customers. Does that mean it is going to access my images or just the programs for images, video or audio? It's been a long day but after the recent Facebook headlines I realized I had become a little lax with my online security and needed to review apps that I use on my phone.
  3. Mail forwarding for Half-Time RV'ers

    It is a paradigm shift to not receive mail every day but with the access to paperless statements, use of e-mail, Facetime/Skype, cell phones and texting we only order our mail once a month and occasionally have gone 6 weeks without mail. We have been using the Escapees mail service for 18 years. Only had two delays and one was 9/11 the other my error not making sure I asked for priority mail forwarding in my email request. Great percentage for 18 years. When we knew we would need the service I started changing the mail with each individual that we wanted mail from ie; bank, insurance, credit cards, family, friends etc a year in advance and didn't submit a change of address with the post office. It got us use to the service ahead of time, no junk mail and we didn't miss any mail. When our travels slowed a couple years ago we decided to keep with the mail service for the privacy, safety and security of not having daily mail delivered. At this point we plan to continue with the mail service even after we stop traveling completely. The least expensive Escapees service is $95 a year after the first year and you just maintain a postage balance with the Escapees and they will charge your credit card when you go below $25 so you never have to worry about running out of postage money. The first year at $195 includes your initial $50.00 postage deposit, $35.00 cancellation fee (required by the postal service to forward your mail for 6 mos after you close) and $15 enrollment fee. Our postage each year is about $100. Your quote from the postal service of $20 a week for 6 mos is $280.00 and 2 5 week trips totaling $200.00 and you would have to stop and start it for each of your 3 annual trips. The Escapees has domicile/mail service options for Texas, South Dakota and your home state of Florida
  4. The Book Vault https://azbookvault.com/ Just found a new to us New and Used book store called the Book Vault that buys and sells paperback books. Selection is excellent, HUGE store used to be a "Meryns" department store. Well lit easy to get around in. If you are in the Mesa, AZ area here is the address: Store Hours Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm | Sun: 11am-6pm Superstition Springs Mall, 6505 E. Southern Ave, Mesa, 85206 phone (480) 699-1136 Yelp Reviews
  5. RV Mattress Best Choices

    We replaced our rv mattress 10 years ago with a regular mattress that was made to fit our RV bed. It was only $100 to make it to our measurements. Unfortunately the store we bought it at no longer does customer orders. I have heard pros and cons about sleep number and memory foam mattresses. Price is a consideration also. We bought a 3" memory foam topper at Costco for our mattress a couple of years ago a love it. When researching the toppers I read the key is density measure: "Select the density of your memory foam. Density refers to the weight of one cubic foot of memory foam; this is proportionate to the level of “memory” your topper will have. Higher density memory foam mattress toppers conform better to body weight, provide stronger support, respond to body temperature more efficiently and are more durable than the less dense models. Most people find that a memory foam mattress topper with a density of 3 pounds suits their needs perfectly, although those with body and joint pain may want a density of 4 pounds or more." Source We are getting ready to replace our mattress again and though haven't made up our mind which way to go did find RV sized mattresses for competitive prices on Overstock.com
  6. "First-class mail volumes have been falling for years, but the rate of decline in fiscal 2016 was 2.2. percent, Corbett noted. In the most recent quarter (third quarter of fiscal 2017), it fell by 4.1 percent, almost double the previous year’s rate....The declines will force the USPS to continue to cut costs" for the complete article CLICK HERE. As mentioned in the article above many people are using email or other methods of communication instead of snail mail causing the post office to reorganize and concentrate on money making ventures. I don't know if the post office is phasing out General Delivery as a cost cutting measure but one alternative to mail delivery that is becoming more prevalent is "scanning" instead of receiving hard copy mail delivery. The Escapees mail service offers it: Click here for more info. Another option if general delivery is not available near you is FedX or UPS though expensive; if you only need it occasionally it can be delivered to your RV site.
  7. We have had our current checking account for 15+ years. Most of the transactions are electronic (auto deposit and auto payments). I think we have written a total of 400 check in that time. The last time I ordered checks was 5 years ago and there was no charge?? I just reordered checks and was charged $29.00 for 200. Yikes I have been out of touch with the cost of checks.... I thought accounts with direct deposit received plain checks at no charge? If you use a checking account and have direct deposit are you charged for your printed checks??
  8. Good article, thanks for posting.
  9. Thank you for sharing your experiences. Safe Travels.
  10. I love cast iron skillet cooking but may be getting a glass cook top. Does anyone here use a cast iron skillet on a glass cook top and if so what precautions do you use to protect the cook top? Thanks.
  11. Cast iron cookware - Repairable?

    FWIW......I found a cast iron griddle for $1.99 in a thrift shop in a small town off the beaten track. I have no idea how old it was but was seasoned very well and I love it.
  12. Cleaning as a necessity

    This discussion recently came up in our park in the mountains which is surrounded by lots of open space and critters of all shapes and sizes. The solution to mice and rats "peppermint oil" here is a link to a website explaining how to: Using Peppermint Oil as a Natural Mouse Repellent
  13. Rv haulers

    Here are several services that offer free estimates that may be of assistance to compare prices and maybe find one less expensive for your needs: https://www.google.com/search?q=RV+Hauler+services&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
  14. Homesick, Help!

    We stayed outside of the small town of Hardeeville, SC in Hardeeville RV Park, http://www.hardeevillerv.com/home1024.htm north of Savannah GA 10 year ago. The park was in the process of building a new office and had just expanded with several new sites, we were the first to stay in our particular site. We had a huge pull thru and the service was terrific. The current rate is listed as $375 a month plus electricity. The park had sites among the trees and out in the open. We opted for the open for our satellite. Here is the link to RV Park Reviews of the park: http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/south-carolina/hardeeville/hardeeville-rv?page=1&reviews_by=newest
  15. Homesick, Help!

    Are you trying to avoid snow in the winter? Are you looking for any particular activity?
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