Monthly Archives: September 2012

Get an Angie’s List membership for half price with Groupon

Looking for unbiased advice on contractors, hair stylists and other service providers in your area? You can find it on Angie’s List, a website where customers review a wide range of home and personal services. Right now, you can get a one-year membership for half price through Groupon. Start the sign-up process through Ebates, and you’ll also get 3 percent cash back. The deal ends Wednesday, Oct. 3, so act quickly.

I’ve been an Angie’s List member for over a year now and used it many times. To learn more, check out my previous post: Is Angie’s List worth the money?

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Made in the USA: Dishes, dinnerware and serving pieces

When my¬† husband and I moved halfway across the country last year, we decided to leave our old dishes behind and buy new ones. It was important to me to buy lead-free dinnerware made in the USA. The shopping process proved harder than I’d expected. Not many companies sell dinnerware manufactured in the United States. I did find one whose plates I liked, however: The Homer Laughlin China Company. It’s been making dishes in America since 1871. The company is best known for its Fiesta line of dinnerware, which comes in a rainbow of colors.

I bought my Fiesta dinnerware from Macy’s. For online shoppers, the store seems to have the best prices and selection. Wait for one of their sales, and you’ll get very competitive prices. Fiesta’s dinnerware line offers you serving pieces and accessories, including platters, pitchers, salt and pepper shakers and cream containers. You can also buy baking dishes, flatware and glasses. While the company is best known for its solid-color dinnerware, it also offers diner-style and Christmas patterns. Plates are dishwasher, oven and microwave safe.

What about other manufacturers? Here’s what I’ve found:

Corelle: According to its parent company, World Kitchen, all Corelle dinnwerware are made in Corning, New York. However, the company indicates some of its dishes with decorations contain “low-lead enamels.” The company has not answered the email I sent a week ago asking whether its entire product lineup is made in the USA or only its dinnerware.

Pickard calls itself “America’s oldest fine china company” and says it has manufactured in the USA since 1874. The company’s china patterns are a mixture of understated and color options. While beautiful, they may not be an option for those on a tight budget. The company told me, “We use a low lead glaze system that is fully FDA compliant.”

Lenox says its fine bone china is made in Kinston, North Carolina. The company’s Made in America Web page features a dozen patterns with classic styles.

HF Coors says its dinnerware is lead-free, with all products made in the USA. While cheaper than Lennox and Pickard, its dishes seem to be more expensive than Fiesta.

Pfaltzgraff did not respond to my email asking where its dinnerware is made, but a variety of online sources indicate the company stopped manufacturing in the United States in 2005.

All Louisville Stoneware products are made in Louisville, Kentucky. The company has been in business since 1815 and bills itself as the “oldest handmade pottery dealer in the USA.” Its product lineup includes 19 dinnerware patterns, and a representative assures me all its products are lead-free.

Do you know of another source of dinnerware and accessories made in America? Please leave a comment so others can learn of additional options.

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Free shipping on printer ink

In celebration of World Peace Day on Friday, Sept. 21, InkJetSuperstore.com is offering free shipping on all printer ink this week. Use promo code PEACE to get this deal. It ends on Sunday, Sept. 23. I’ve found this website to have good prices and customer service. To comparison shop, check out the price for the ink cartridges you need on Newegg.com as well. That’s another site I’ve had good experiences with. Happy printing!

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Get half-price photo enlargements at Mpix

Have an awesome summer photo you’d like to enlarge and frame? Now’s the time to do that at Mpix. Through Tuesday, Sept. 18, you can get 50 percent off all photo enlargements. Mpix finished second in my my photo print quality comparison test, but I actually prefer its prints to the winner, Snapfish.

Use promo code SEPT8X10 to score the savings.

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Get one-cent prints from Snapfish

Through Sept. 12, you can get 99 prints from Snapfish for 99 cents. Use promo code PRINTSFOR99 to get your snapshots for a penny each.
The special offer detail page doesn’t say you have to buy 99 photo prints, so you should be able to get a smaller quantity for the same low price.

Snapfish was the winner of my photo print quality comparison test, with Mpix making a strong showing for second place.

Start your Snapfish shopping at Ebates.com, and you’ll get 10 percent cash back on your order. Happy printing!

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