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January 5th, 2011 at 01:35 pm

My mom gave me a catalog called The Great Courses and a sample CD that she got in the mail. It has college lectures on various subjects such as math, music, history, philosophy, great books etc. I have always liked to learn and have been thinking about taking some college classes. However, I didn't particularly want to do homework or take tests.

These courses are on sale at 70% off. They are originally $200+ but after looking thru the catalog I found most of the ones I was interested in were under $70. I checked the library and they have some of the courses so I plan to get some of them from there. I picked out one to purchase called No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life. It was $39.95 marked down from $254.95. They added $10 shipping. Before checking out I did a search on coupon codes and found one that took $10 off. So final price $39.95. These should be great for listening to in the car.

I started a new jigwas puzzle today. It's a duplicate of a picture I have in my second bedroom. I really like it. You can see it here


I made another trip to Walgreens this morning on the way to walk at Walmart with mom. I read about 2 more deals that I thought were worth stopping for.

Target.com has $2 coupons on Splenda. They are manufacture coupons so can be used anywhere. Walgreens has 80ct boxes of Spenda on sale for $2.99. After coupon they were .99 each.

Walgreens has a deal on 60 ct Omega 3 Factor pills. Buy 1 bottle for $10 get $10 back in a register reward. Inside the box is a coupon for $3 off. I got the coupon from the box and used it to make the purchase. After taxes I made $2.29.

I got a $5 rebate in the mail today for the heating pad I Purchases last month. I also got a Ritz crackerfull sample, which I will give to my niece.

I finished reading the library book Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold. Sci/Fi - very good.

9 Responses to “the great courses”

  1. mjrube94 Says:

    My dad has done those courses a few times- one astronomy, forget the others, and thought they were really well done.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Years ago, the company that produces those was a client of mine. I copy edited several of their catalogs and always thought the courses sounded really interesting. Never got any free samples though!

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Wait! Don't pay. Some schools are putting ALL their lectures online available to everyone for no fee. Check out MIT and Yale for starters.

  4. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Tried to give you urls, but the whole post was obstructed when I did. Sorry.

  5. retire@50 Says:

    Joan.of.the.Arch - thanks I'll look into it

  6. marvholly Says:

    Since we read some of the same genre books Just want to tell you I got Jack Higgens/The Judas Gate from my library yesterday. Need to finish another book b/4 starting it.

  7. Homebody Says:

    I'm reading another chick book. I gotta get to the library. My OD gave me a stack when visiting at Christmas. I gotta get to Walgreens too and get those Salon Pas patches...or was that Rite-Aid, need to look at my list.

  8. ceejay74 Says:

    Hey, I happened upon a web article about things you could get for free, and one of them was college education. They linked to this nonprofit site that lets you watch college lectures online: http://academicearth.org/. What a coincidence!

  9. retire@50 Says:

    Thanks ceejay74 - I bookmarked the site and listened to the first lecture on greek history today

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