Honey: The Browser Plugin That Saves You Money!

One of the better Chrome extensions I’ve used in the past year is Honey.

Honey lets shoppers both access and contribute to a database of crowdsourced coupon codes.

When you’ve populated your shopping cart and are ready to check out Honey will inject any of a number of current coupon codes into the cart to get you a discount.


Other benefits include gamification – Honey will let you refer friends and earn points to attain Honey Gold status.  With this you can earn cash back when you shop.  It’s truly the easiest way to apply coupon codes without searching on sketchy deals sites.

Recently added is the ability to search for the best priced seller on the Amazon marketplace – a site, like eBay which doesn’t really put out coupon codes.

Join Honey



KTM 390 Duke Review

No, this is not my review but one of the bikes I was originally interested in as a beginner bike was the not-yet-released-in-the-USA-til-recently-in-late-2015 KTM 390 Duke.

This is a really great bang-for-the-buck upright sitting intro bike that has some excellent performance parts on it from the factory – namely big, 4-piston brakes and a nice exhaust sound.

Here is one of the best reviews I’ve found by RevZilla’s Spurgeon

The KTM 390 Duke just looks badass!


The other version to consider is the same-size but less-naked KTM RC390



Future consideration, if I were to go up a size would be the KTM 690 Duke




I did ultimately decide on one of the best all-around starter bikes – the Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE in this exact color scheme which I have dubbed First Order Stormtrooper white. It marks some significant upgrades over the Ninja 250R it replaces including digital fuel injection, new clutch, and some very sporty, agressive bodywork while retaining a slightly more upright sitting position which is very comfortable.  To top it off there is a very nice multi-function digital display.kawasaki-ninja-300-s-2_800x0w

OGIO No Drag Mach 5 Backpack

Here are some useful reviews of the OGIO No Drag line of motorcycle-themed backpacks.

The Mach 5 is their flagship of the No Drag line which includes the Mach 1, Mach 3, and aforementioned Mach 5.  Each model adds some more advanced features such as better material, more rigid aerodynamics, extra pockets, etc.

Ogio No Drag Backpack Overview & Buying Guide at RevZilla.com

OGIO Mach 5 Vs Kriega R20 Backpacks

One Cool Thing: School or Pool?

Infographic showing where families’ priorities lie with the majority of home buyers opting more to pay a premium for the schools of their choice than for certain luxury amenities like a pool/spa.

This supports the current pricing trends in areas with the highest ranked schools (Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Los Altos) where purchase prices can be up to 25% higher than original list prices!

5 Best Rechargeable Batteries


I can personally vouch for the Sanyo Eneloop batteries. They came pre-charged and work great in my electricity sucking Bose headphones which eat batteries like candy!  No more non-rechargeable for me thanks! We have made many strides since the first generations of rechargeables with their low power, slow charging, memories, etc.

5 Best Rechargable Batteries Article