Bob Richardson with his dog Brody
M y name is Bob Richardson. I live in S. CA.. I was born in Washington DC and grew up in Potomac, MD the first 29 years of my life. I’m married and have 3 step daughters and 6 step grandkids. I’ve been self employed for over 30 years. My first business was a Pet Supply & Pet Grooming shop which I owned and operated for over 10 years. I sold that business to become a Graphic Designer and now run my own business out of my home. I do graphic design work, websites, and printing. My main client base are small businesses and non-profits. I attended Northern Arizona University and University of MD.

I mention all this so you get a sense of who I am so when you read my Blog, you will better know the person writing the Rants and Raves.

I am a frugal buyer… I’m not “cheap” just frugal. I don’t like to waste money, and I want to be reasonably sure that my purchases are wise ones. I shop for “good deals” and am always on the lookout for sales. I believe in buying quality products that will out perform the competition and last. With that in mind, I decided to put this blog up so I can share my feedback on some purchases I’ve made. Most will (or should) be favorable since I normally do my homework before a purchase. Every now and then I get a lemon or wish I had not spent my money on something. When that happens, I will share my experience with you.

For full disclosure, I have to admit that I recently signed up with Amazon as an Affiliate. As I approach retirement age, I am looking for passive streams of  income to supplement my retirement income. As an Amazon Affiliate, I receive a very small (4% – 8%) commission if you click on some of my links and actually purchase the product from Amazon. They call it an advertising commission – it does not affect your price at all. I promise that I will never give a product a good review in order to stimulate a sale. My integrity is worth much more than a few dollars in commission. That said, if you are slightly interested in a product I review, I would appreciate you clicking on my link to that product. I don’t get paid for clicks but if you do decide to purchase, I will receive a few dollars. 🙂  Thanks!