Orkin’s Guide to Ousting Bed Bugs

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So if you’re at all like me, the title alone of this post just sent you spiraling in to an upheaval, complete with the childish on-the-chair “it’s a bug” dance.  What?  No one else does that?  Mmkay…

Ask the Orkin Man

Recently, Orkin  hosted a blogger event for Atlanta bloggers.  In exchange for sharing skin-crawling information during the event and in this post, I receive a form of compensation; however, all opinions and bad puns are completely my own.  I also wish to note, as I’m typing this, I’m listening to the clickety-clacky crunchy sound of stink bugs fluttering around my den.  Bonus points?? [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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Artistic Remodeling of Atlanta

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UGH!  I hate to even think about this review I did back in 2012.

I’ve since had to delete it and make it clear that Artistic Remodeling of Atlanta and Kenny Tong are NOT to be trusted.  Period.  That’s all I care to say at this point.  But if you’re looking for a quality, qualified contractor, look elsewhere.

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--Barbara

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Comfort Zone Heating and Air

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Today seems like the perfect day to remind you about the awesome service I got from Comfort Zone!

When my husband and I decided we couldn’t endure another hot Atlanta summer, we called quite a few companies to get quotes to improve our heating and air system. I’ll spare you the details, but basically, we were looking to cool our two-story home, plus the basement, which we were in the early stages of finishing. The previous owners had put in a system that was a code-nightmare. In fact, just about every company we had out wanted to take pictures of the unit, so their co-workers could see it for themselves! (Yeah, it was that bad.)

We had some very reputable, well-known companies come out, and all four provided quite different solutions. But only Comfort Zone suggested REPLACING the current unit, and doing so at a comparable price as the other guys. We ended up getting a new unit installed in the basement, for the first floor and the basement; and another new unit installed in the attic, to cool and heat the top floor.

Headed by Wayne, who came out initially to give us a quote, the crew sent out was quite professional, and worked very hard to install the units in two days time. Although we were without air for one night, it wasn’t unbearable -especially knowing it was temporary. When the work was complete, the crew cleaned up their mess, which was largely unavoidable when installing a unit in an attic blown with insulation. As a mother with a small toddler, this was huge. Further, they even came back to reposition a vent in the basement, the very same day we called them.

As a bonus to their low price for the job, they also offered a 12-month no-interest payment plan. As of today, we have fully paid it off. Oh, and we have a COOL house to boot – the proof is in the air!

I highly recommend Comfort Zone, for your heating and cooling needs. They serve the Atlanta area, largely ITP, all the way up through Jasper, Cartersville, and Cumming. Check them out on their website, or give them a call (678-881-9263). Please tell them Atlanta’s Frugal Mom sent you. :o)

Here are some of their current promotions:

·         Free Service Call (M-F 8:00A – 6:00P)
·         $69 AC tune up
·         $200 off any complete system
·         $3,495 for a complete heating & cooling system – 2 ton 13 SEER AC, Coil , & 80% Furnace
·         $2,398 A/C & coil – ton 13 SEER AC & Coil


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--Barbara

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All’s Quiet on the Frugal Front

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My dear readers, you’ve most likely noticed the pace around here has been a bit sluggish the last month.  My apologies for not keeping abreast with all the goings-on in the frugal world as of late.  Please be assured that I am working behind the scenes, and am preparing for a few major undertakings, TBA.  (That’s all I can say for now; trust me, big stuff is underway!)  


Along with these changes, I’ve been dealing with a toddler who suddenly loathes naps and bedtime, which was the prime time in which I could work on the blog.  Add to it, her adventurous curiosity, which leads her to parts of the house unknown, like snaking through the GATED back stair case by fitting through the upper posts (!!); sneaking in to the garage from the kitchen, and heading towards the door to the back porch, with school bus in hand (of course?!); and trying to fill up the bathtub, with her in it, while Mommy scrubbed crayon off the kitchen walls.  And that’s just the highlights from this morning, before heading to the doctor for confirmation that she, indeed, has pinkeye…  Needless to say, I’m running a bit ragged these days…  but, I digress.


In the meantime, I’m working to fill out my “household services” section, including a recent review of Comfort Zone heating and air.  I’ve got a fantastic custom cabinet maker to tell you about, a gutters and windows installer, and more to come.  Truly, if mine is the house that Jack built, what the heck was Jack drinking whilst building?!??

Please continue to utilize my printable Coupon Center to help you stay abreast of all the best deals.  Also, check out the Groupon widget on the side of the blog (over there ——> to the right), as well as the latest deals on Target.com, located right under the Groupon widget.  

Until I get completely back on my feet, please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, suggestions, or rude remarks.**This post may contain affiliate links. This means that if you click/purchase/sign up for this offer, I may receive a small amount of compensation for it.**
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--Barbara

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Comfort Zone Heating and Air

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When my husband and I decided we couldn’t endure another hot Atlanta summer, we called quite a few companies to get quotes to improve our heating and air system. I’ll spare you the details, but basically, we were looking to cool our two-story home, plus the basement, which we were in the early stages of finishing. The previous owners had put in a system that was a code-nightmare. In fact, just about every company we had out wanted to take pictures of the unit, so their co-workers could see it for themselves! (Yeah, it was that bad.)

We had some very reputable, well-known companies come out, and all four provided quite different solutions. But only Comfort Zone suggested REPLACING the current unit, and doing so at a comparable price as the other guys. We ended up getting a new unit installed in the basement, for the first floor and the basement; and another new unit installed in the attic, to cool and heat the top floor.

Headed by Wayne, who came out initially to give us a quote, the crew sent out was quite professional, and worked very hard to install the units in two days time. Although we were without air for one night, it wasn’t unbearable -especially knowing it was temporary. When the work was complete, the crew cleaned up their mess, which was largely unavoidable when installing a unit in an attic blown with insulation. As a mother with a small toddler, this was huge. Further, they even came back to reposition a vent in the basement, the very same day we called them.

As a bonus to their low price for the job, they also offered a 12-month no-interest payment plan. As of today, we have fully paid it off. Oh, and we have a COOL house to boot – the proof is in the air!

I highly recommend Comfort Zone, for your heating and cooling needs. They serve the Atlanta area, largely ITP, all the way up through Jasper, Cartersville, and Cumming. Check them out on their website, or give them a call (678-881-9263). Please tell them Atlanta’s Frugal Mom sent you. :o)

Here are some of their current promotions:

·         Free Service Call (M-F 8:00A – 6:00P)
·         $69 AC tune up
·         $200 off any complete system
·         $3,495 for a complete heating & cooling system – 2 ton 13 SEER AC, Coil , & 80% Furnace
·         $2,398 A/C & coil – ton 13 SEER AC & Coil



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--Barbara

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Fixed Gas Rates in Atlanta

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As a follow up to a previous link to an AJC article, I have some information to share about the natural gas options available. After doing a little investigation in to the recent surge in offers for a fixed rate gas plan, I have come to a few conclusions. First, most of the fixed rate prices are between $0.719 and $0.81. Guess what? Unless I’m planning on heating the Taj Mahal this winter, that ten cents won’t make a whole heap of difference. What does make a difference are the following:
– Customer service fees: most companies fees are $5.95, with two exceptions. Walton EMC is $5.75. Gas South, with this promotional offer good through September 4, is WAIVING their customer service fee of $5.95, for the entire time you are a customer.
– Credits for cancelled accounts. Both SCANA and Gas South are offering to reimburse you, if you are charged a cancellation fee from your current provider. My conclusion, however, is that this is only applicable if you are currently on a fixed-rate plan, and opt to cancel your contract before it reaches its termination. Those on a variable rate are NOT under a contract, and not applicable for a cancellation fee.  (This is the case for GA Natural Gas customers, at least; check with YOUR provider to be sure.)
– Finally, I did what should have been painfully obvious during this process, but didn’t occur to me until the tail end of my investigation: I checked the rates of my CURRENT provider, Georgia Natural Gas. Their fixed rates were not competitive. Thus, the switch is on its way…
So, for my household, we are going to make the switch to Gas South, as it offers a low fixed rate price ($0.77), plus waives the $5.95 customer service fee for the duration of our time as their customer.
P.S. That promotional code for Gas South is 1610, if you’re interested. But you must act quickly — the offer is only good through September 4.

Might be time to lock in a natural gas contract  | ajc.com

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