Want to be a model? Why not get your comp card started with a student photographer


A comp card (also called composite card, z card , zed card or sed card) is a marketing tool for actors and especially models. They serve as the latest and best of a model’s portfolio and are used as a business card. A Z-CARD is also a folded leaflet format, typically used for marketing communications campaigns for example a loyalty programme or seasonal promotion.

When starting out, you can get have people tell you that it is necessary to spend lots of money for photographers and so forth. Not so. There are photography and art schools with students who need to build their portfolio as well.

SOLUTION: Contact the schools and ask if they have student photographers who are looking for models for test shoots. Basically, you are trading services. The photographer will usually work out some kind of deal with you to give you prints of the session. That way you too can have shots for your comp card/portfolio. It works out well when bartering.


A site worth checking out for free stuff!

I blog with a gal that always talks about the free stuff she gets from this site. I signed up and will keep my audience posted on my thoughts. Seems like a fun thing to try.

Influenster is an exclusive community for trendsetters to share news,products, and reviews with the opportunity to be rewarded by brands

Avoid getting ripped of for car repairs.

English: Check Engine lamp on a running engine...
English: Check Engine lamp on a running engine indicating engine control system malfunction. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I hate when my check engine light comes on and I think oh no! Now I have to go to shop to get it checked out. You think money, money, money right? My husband got a cool an hand held engine code checker at Advanced auto parts. I kid you not, this thing is great!

SOLUTION: You hook it up to your car and it will determine what is wrong. The codes will come up on the hand held device. You can find the codes online and get instructions on how to fix the problem. I did find a website that looks pretty cool.   Car Md is a tool that give alot of detail about your car and what repairs need to be done. It even gives you approx repair costs. Go check it out, it will save you some money!  carmd.com

Do you LOVE Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Sponges? Then read this

Mr. Clean's logo.
Mr. Clean’s logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Were you amazed how well those Mr. Clean eraser sponges work? I can’t believe what they actually do. There is a list of a million things they can clean. I am not kidding! Anyhow, they are expensive if you use them as often as me. With a homedaycare, I spend lots of time getting things of the floor, walls and so on.

These foam-like pads are extremely lightweight and resemble pieces of styrofoam.
■They are made of a porous melamine material that gets into hard-to-clean surfaces and tiny grooves… like magic!
■All it takes is a dab of water to moisten the eraser. No other cleaning chemicals needed (…and no elbow grease).

Melamine is used for sound rooms as well. My thoughts, why not buy a big sheet of it and cut into sponges. Well, finding the material that is sold in sheets was hard to find. However…… I did find a seller on ebay that sells it cut already. I SAVE A TON BUYING IT THIS WAY.

SOLUTION: Buy on EBAY. Type in Melamine Sponge Cleaner. I got 50 for approx 10.00.

For Fugal Video Gamer…. Why buy when you can rent all kinds of video games


Now I wish I had known about renting video games when companies first started this great concept. Gamefly.com is similar to Netflix. You can rent games, they mail it to you and you can keep for as long as you want. You can even buy the game if you choose to keep it.

I can’t tell you how many times we have bought a game for the family and it’s been a dud. When you are paying around $50 for games, you think it should be pretty fun right? Not the case all the time. So for you who want to check it out before you buy…..

SOLUTION: gamefly.com is one option among many. I am going to check it out. Seems like a pretty good deal.

Bride to be…. Let me save you money on that wedding (or at least your parents) First tip Flowers

"Just some fake flowers at grandma's hous...
“Just some fake flowers at grandma’s house.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The one expense that surprised me the most while planning my wedding was the flowers. The costs can go pretty high and you would be surprised what fresh flowers cost.  In fact, after pricing everything, fresh flowers would cost me more then my dress. I was shocked to say the least.

SOLUTION: Rent your flowers. Yes that is right! I found a gal that made very high end silk flower arrangements and was able to rent them. I could not tell the difference if they were real or fake. Now I wouldn’t know where you could look in your town. I happened to call Micheals Craft Store and ask if they could refer me to someone. If you make a few phone calls, you will be surprised.

Mother of Multiples? Save big on clothes, equipment and so on


Now I got this idea from a friend of mine who is a MOM (Mother of Multiples) wink, you know who you are. She found this event when the boys were very little and she goes to these gatherings twice a year. It is a buy/swap meet for twins, triplets and so on. Now how great is that! Now I am a fan of consignment stores. But when can you EVER find anything for twins in those places? If you are a MOM, go check out your local MOM chapters or whatever orangizations similar and hit those swap meets up! I am sure you can find some great stuff.

  • Semi-annual used clothing and equipment sales where only members can sell their children’s clothes, toys, furniture, and equipment. Members also get to shop at the sales before the public is admitted. Make money and find great bargains!