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It’s Wednesday, time to find out how to max out on life without busting the bank. Here are 3 cool deals:

  1. Clothing Sample Sale: DKNY, MEXX, Donna Karan among others. Thur Jul 12 thru weekend, 812 W. 6th @ Willow. Visit I Love Sample Sales for full details. And another clothing evening – Miss Molly’s Showroom Grand Opening, Thur. July 12th 5pm, 316 W. 5th Ave. Vintage clothing at wholesale prices – $25! RSVP at 604-733-3783.
  2. Traveling this summer? Why not brush up your french, spanish, urdu, russian language skills for free, by podcast? Visit the Itunes store, click on podcasts, education, et voila, all kinds of languages to be learned for free, via podcast!
  3. Could you use a boost of inspiration? I have 5 tickets to give away to an evening by Allan Knight. Topic: A mind fit for success. I went last night, and it was a fun evening with tons of good ideas. Think Canadian-style motivational evening. Next evening: Tue. July 31, 6:30 pm, Terminal City Club, Vancouver. Give me a comment that you’re interested, and it’s yours! (I’ll likely go again, as well)

BILLY THE BOOKCASE is available for $20, from Vancouver’s legendary garage-saler, Neill. For this and other great deals, visit his site: www.10onwednesday.combillybookcase.jpg“IKEA – some books and some pine, and a handful of norsemen.IKEA – selling furniture for college kids and divorced men.Everyone has a home, but if you don’t have a home, you can buy one there.”( Jonathon Coulton’s hilarious song that says it all about Ikea, straight from his website, for the Ikea price of $1)

A few wonderful events coming up in Vancouver to make your summer richly enjoyable, but easy on the wallet.

  1. Musica Intima concert by donation, Sun. July 8 7:30pm, St. James Church (Gore/Cordova).  Donation proceeds fund the downtown eastside music academy (and if you have guitars/violins to donate, they’re gratefully received)
  2. Tour de Gastown – cycling race around the very tight turns in gastown.  Good, clean fun, with a number of great spots for beer in the ‘hood, too. (Six Acres has the best selection in town).  July 18, 6:30pm
  3. When’s the last time you’ve had a hot dog and watched baseball?  For $8, the Canadians give you an awesome summer experience … and for once, you can afford to bring the whole family!

There’s tons of useful, quality stuff on the web. Tamas Revoczi did the legwork for us and gives us the best:

1. OpenSource free software: open office (same stuff as Microsoft, excel,word etc., almost always compatible, free), Mozilla for great applications like firefox browser, calendars (lightning), e-mail (thunderbird), and GIMP for photo management (resizing, touch-ups etc).

2. Google also provides e-mail, online calendars and address books etc. This is great if you travel. In addition, they provide fun toys like google earth and sketchup (a 3-d sketch drawing app) .

3. Free antivirus for windows courtesy of grisoft.

4. Craigslist – job postings, stuff for sale that’s very inexpensive, free stuff

5. Free dating site: plentyoffish

6. Communities (find an online home!): Facebook, MySpace, Virb, LinkedIn, YouTube

7. Freeware/Shareware (free is usually by donation; shareware usually lets you try something for a while, then pay a reasonable price)

8. VistaPrint – free business cards, stamps, stickies

Congrats to last week’s contest participants, who each won a year of free banking for a year, at VanCity!

VanCity logo

2 new goodies for everybody this week:

1. Anyone here a fan of Getting Things Done? Well if you’re a mac user (sorry, there goes 80% of you, I know, I know) – there’s a rock-solid free app to download to help you igtd.

No mac? There’s still the book – 5% off Getting Things Done at Chapters!
Getting Things Done

2. And for the rest of you, the jazz festival starts this weekend, and that includes a lot of free concerts, starting with one on my doorstep – in gastown! Watch for me and the daschunds taking in coastal jazz in gastown this Saturday and Sunday.

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