1. If you own an Audiovox CDM-8600BM cell phone, make sure your call connects successfully before putting it to your ear. My right one is still ringing from the excruciatingly loud BEEP BEEP BEEP the phone made to tell me it didn’t have enough signal to complete the call. And that was yesterday. I shit you not, it was such an intense sound that it made me dizzy for a few minutes afterwards.
  2. If you buy tires from Canadian Tire, beware of the hidden costs. Sure, their prices on the tires are competitive, but while mounting is free, balancing costs $15 per tire. Most local tire shops include that in their price. Also, take a look at the itemized work order before paying. I bought a set of winter tires for Claire’s car, which I just asked them to throw in the back ’cause I’ll install them myself when it snows. Despite this, they charged me an $8 tire dispoal fee. They also didn’t tell me I could opt out of their $5.99 per tire “free replacement certificate”. I ultimately decided to keep this anyway, but I would have preferred to be consulted earlier. Hint: The serial or lot number that they write on the work order for your free replacement guarantee is the same one for all four tires. If that’s the case, you should really only need to buy the insurance on one tire! To do this without raising any eyebrows, buy one tire with the free replacement certificate, then go back the same day to buy the other three, without the insurance. You’ll save yourself $18 that way. I figured it out too late for myself, but perhaps others can benefit from this bit of sneakiness. Not that I condone sneakiness in any way…