Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Frugal deeds for the day: Today, I picked up my order from Wal-mart - free shipping to the store. I got a new blender and a $5 Statement Credit from Amex. I also purchased 2 pizzas that were 3.49 each and I had a $2 off 2 coupon. After I got home, I remembered that I had a store ad from a competitor where the pizzas were $3. Could have saved myself some change. I guess I have too much on my mind or am easily distracted. Oh, and I got 2 cheeses and a box of organic pumpkin seed, etc. crackers for just over $10 and will be sending in for a $6 rebate. I need to get organized. Tomorrow will be a short day at my day job. And, I will be off Friday.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Frugal deeds for the day: I won a Shop-runner membership, a $2 Dunkin Donut giftcard and a $10 statement credit from Amex today. Of course I did a bit of Cyber Monday shopping. I also ordered the P.I.N.K Method after watching Dr. Phil this evening. I still have the same 20 lbs to lose.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Because of the generosity of swagbucks this week - I got 21 swags several times this weekend - I was able to cash-in for another $5 Amazon e-giftcard :) I found a few more pennies - and now have a .50 roll to cash in at the bank. I stopped at Wal-mart and got 5 yards of light yellow fabric - to trim the window curtain I am planning on making for $3.21 in the remnant bin. What I don't use, will be used for a pillow case or two.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Frugal deeds for the day: Mail call - more freebie magazines - even a financial one - Kiplingers. We went out for breakfast with a 1/2 priced gift certificate; bought lunch items for my daughter at Target - I thought the giftcard had $5 on it - it had $15. Went to the Art Museum with our pass and saw the new exhibits. Then to the consignment store - they aren't taking anything - sure hope they aren't closing. Then to Wendy's for free Jr. Frosty's. Stopped at Aldi for a few vegetables. Then to my dad's to drop off some desserts. It has been nice to have a really long weekend. Added: I made a crockpot full of turkey white bean chili - turned out delicious. Tomorrow, I will make a turkey salad and the carcass will go in the crock for broth. My daughter found a rebate form for $6 back on a $10 or more purchase of turkey, ham, or deli platter. Mailed mine in.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Frugal deeds for the day: Mail call - Starbucks gift card and rebate check from credit card companies. Yes, I did some "Black Friday" shopping with my daughter this a.m. I have not shopped it for years - but today happened to be my "off" Friday - so, I gave my husband a break and headed out at 4:30 this morning. We really didn't encounter crowds - a good thing. I got my dad a discounted Nook for his gift this year. My daughter got some great discounts - 50% off clearance items at Anthropologie to round out her winter clothing wardrobe. I got my beloved Wallflower refills at Bath and Body Works and they let me use the $10 off $30 coupon - and still get the $20 tote w/products even though it brought my balance before the tote under $40. We got a free accessory (scratch card) at one store, free muffins and hot apple cider at another - Anthropologie gave out treats while we were in the check-out line. Then to Steinmart - we mainly got household items - heavily discounted and used a coupon on top of the discount. Then to Brueggers - got the $25 gift card, get $5 free bakery items. Got a half a dozen fresh bagels. No crowds, no pushing. So, either the media was wrong about record crowds, or we went to the "wrong" places - but it wasn't bad at all. Oh, my daughter really wanted a $55 cologne for $10 at Sephora - she got it. Last night I shopped at J C Penney. I got a luggage set shipped for free to my brother - one for us for this summer's trip to France, and a donut maker ($9.99 after rebate - for my dad). The luggage sets were $39 for a 4 piece set. Our's are torn-up and the freecycle ones I got are too heavy.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Frugal deeds for the day: Yeah - I have a long holiday week/weekend. Will I indulge in Black Friday? I'd rather not - I like cyber-Monday better. Although, I think I am pretty set when it comes to holiday gifts this year. I have not even checked the stock market - I hope it was kinder, and gentler this holiday weekend. I need to get cooking on some side dishes - and eat, laugh, and relax tomorrow.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Frugal deeds for the day: Got a rebate check in the mail. The kitchen renovation is officially done - except the cabinets of course. I am excited about making the side dishes for Thanksgiving. Other than that, everything is done. I found a condo that might be promising. The realtor is checking it out today and will let me know what he thinks.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Just wanted to post my veggie bargains from yesterday before they end up as meals. Pictured are 2 packs of portobellow mushrooms, the container of baby spinach, the container of field spring mix, and veggie tray. I am going to start making meals shortly. Need to think ahead for Thanksgiving too.
Frugal deeds of the day: Wow - I did the Proctor & Gamble - buy 2 participating products and get the above baking set for free - I am so impressed with the freebies all very useful and helpful stuff! Nice, nice, nice! I woke up to this - this morning. I guess the Fed-Ex driver delivered it last night. This afternoon will be mainly cooking ahead/cleaning/raking day.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Frugal deeds for the day: Mailbag: my daughter and I each received a free subscription magazine - mine was Woman's Day. I forgot to mention, yesterday I received a coupon for a free Schick Razor and $2 off a refill - the free razor was up to $10.XX. We decided to do our shopping today without eating lunch. First stop, Publix to get a few good deals - and we got to taste white turkey chili and a turkey salad (today's theme was how to use up leftover turkey). Then to Wal-mart - mainly to gas-up the car, but also to pick-up a few more good deals - and we ended up getting a free slice of red velvet cake, coffee, and crackers with cheese. Then to Kroger - jackpot on organic veggies - big tub of organic spring mix $2, small tub of organic baby spinach $1, and veggie tray $2. We got a few more items - but we are pretty much set for thanksgiving lunch/dinner and leftovers. We brought those items home and then headed to Starbucks. From 2PM-5PM - the holiday drinks are BOGO - and we got a large bag of coffee grounds - my compost should be wonderful next year. We hit a few stores and then to the store with our freebies - we picked-up freebie eye shadow at Ulta, freebie small ice cream cone at Maggie Moos - and I went ahead and purchased a $20 giftcard and got 2 VIP cards for a free cone or cup - smalls are $3.99 plus tax - so, that was a good deal. I can give the $20 card away for a holiday gift. We also picked up my daughter's book at Barnes and Noble - I ended up getting the $100 gift card and getting the $10 promo card - and ended up extending our membership. What's left on that card will be my husband's gift since he has a nook. Oh, but I spent some of that card - I got 10 bags of Godiva truffles on 75% off sale plus another 10% off for the membership - so they were $1.12 per bag plus tax. My daughter will take a few bags to school to share with her friends as a pre-thanksgiving treat - the rest will go toward holiday gifts and indulgances by a few family members. Tomorrow afternoon, we plan to get some leaves raked as I am sure the HOA police will be making their rounds shortly.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Frugal deeds for the day: I contacted the realtor about 2 short-sale condos - 1 has sold. The other, I would be interested if I could drop the price about 15%. Just sent him an e-mail. Tomorrow, I will mainly concentrate on cleaning and preparing a few meals ahead. Today during lunch, I made a quick trip to the grocery stores. I got a turkey for .59/lb - frozen - it will be defrosting until Thursday a.m. Trying to decide if I want to stuff one into the freezer for later. My husband excitedly told me that he used a coupon today :) He also called the tax assessor's office in his State - and taxes are considered late around mid-February. Here - 1 Jan of the new year. So, that gives us some breathing room. We are protesting the taxes in January as they are about 25% too high based on our calculations. So, we shall see. My husband called the condo manager and she stated that the maintenance crew have not put the new furniture together - but when they do, they will update the pictures and description of our condo. We sold another video game on half.com. My daughter will have a small chunk of change to add to her camera fund at the end of the month.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
I finished the retirement course. So in addition to getting some continuous learning credits, I had free coffee all day - and a nice pen. Okay - the information was very informative too. I am so happy tomorrow will be a very short day for me. Mail was pretty boring - but I did get my Lowes gift card. My husband knows it is time for us to finally stain the cabinets - we have no excuse. My other neighbor is AWOL - I am wondering if she is letting her house fall into foreclosure? When we disconnected from our old internet company - the representative said he was disconnecting her's because she is moving. Well, her outdoor furniture is still there - but, I haven't seen hide, nor hair of her and her cute dog. Sure hope all is okay for her. Added - I just managed my reward cards - I will be getting a check for $20.07 and a $5 Starbucks card :)
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Frugal deeds for the day: Today, I attended part 1 of a retirement seminar. Very useful information. So much more comforting when you have all of the information - or as much as you can. My first free issue of Kiplingers came today. The furniture I ordered from Overstock was delivered today! So far, no issues. Since I made curry earlier this week, my daughter decided she loves the stuff. Good way to get veggies in everyone. So, we headed for the Asian Market - it was a mad house - seems they had a fresh batch of veggies delivered - we stood in line for 1/2 hour. But, the curry is scrumptious. We have plenty for dinner tomorrow. I made a batch of chicken salad - for sandwiches too - enough to cover the next couple of days - put in the orphaned grapes and tomatoes - it is delicious.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Today was day full of errands - and not all of them were frugal :( Well, I picked up my dry cleaning - where I had remitted my Groupon coupon - well, I still owed $28.50. Won't be going there anymore - my $2.XX cleaners (where I have discount coupons) is a much better deal. No wonder they don't get much business. I mailed my daughter's half.com item and met the contractors about fixing the nicks in the granite. They will be calling to schedule an appointment. Today, I printed out a coupon for a pair of sunglasses free from Sears - supposedly a $99.99 value . . . sounds like a very nice freebie. Tomorrow, I will be attending a retirement seminar - I need to learn all of the rules. Supposedly, we will also learn about our options for long-term care, etc. I stayed up too late yakking with a retired former co-worker - I sure envy her.
Monday, November 14, 2011
I ended up taking the load of clothes to the dry cleaners - she charged me $0. Maybe since I was a new customer. I was going to get my hair trimmed - both schools are closed on Mondays - so, I stopped at the Dollar Tree and purchased $1 hair cutting scissors - and will be doing the cut myself. I also ended up donating a buck for the "Operation Homefront" cause - but the toys to choose from were sure junky - I ended up picking the matchbox car. I also got 2 greeting cards - one for the neighbor - moving to a new home - and one general since they are 2 for $1. Also got a loaf of Nature's Own Wheat 40 cal per slice bread. Then to Earthfare to get the $25 giftcard for the neighbors. Then to Aldi - funny - when you set a cash limit - seems I spend that much. I had in my mind $10 (I went to the bank earlier - and had a wonderful cup of coffee while I waited for the cashier to be freed-up). I spent $9.XX - got carrots, onions, graham crackers, pitted dates, sour cream, brown sugar - I think that was it. I have what I need to round out lunch snacks, make pumpkin cheesecakes, and try-out the curry (from a box) recipe. I also decided to stop at Kroger to see if there were any great Manager's Specials - sure were. There was a 5 pack of Sirloin Strip Steaks orginially $28.XX fir $12.XX, Back in the day - we would eat 1 each or so. Now, 1 serves 3 - so, that will go a long way. Yes - much healthier getting portion control and more veggies in the diet. I also got 1/2 priced brie and it has a rebate form on it - so "free". I also got 3 marked down Greek yogurts from the organics section. Now more grocery shopping this week. Now, I need to get cooking :) It is nice to have a day to myself :) Oh, did I mention that my husband now loads up his car with boxes from the garage and spare bedroom. Since he does not come home every weekend, he has taken upon himself to help with the declutter by going through the boxes and getting rid of stuff - mostly old papers that are no longer necessary to store. If he finds a treasure, that's good too. Something in between will get donated, or sold at the next yardsale. Added: the realtor just called - vacant property now has an approved tenant - although they won't be moving in until Dec 17. Mail came - I got my ebates check :) I ordered a Lowes giftcard - we are always needing something from there - used my mystery shopping $. We will probably do some cabinet staining over the holidays. The curry turned out wonderfully. The only progress I 've made toward the pies - found a covered pie plate that I made many years ago in ceramics class. Also, found a tart plate I got at a yardsale - now, need to wash them and get going on the pies.
Frugal deeds for the day: My daughter and I had a "smart" idea last night. I was going to order discounted gift cards to use on Black Friday. Looks like a lot of people already beat us to it. We wanted Barnes and Noble, TJ Maxx, and Lowes. Could not find any at any of the web-sites we check :( Last night, we were at Barnes and Noble and ordered a book she needed for class and each had a specialty drink. Noticed they had their Gift Cards on sale for $100 - get a $10 promo. Anyway, I will be out of gift card funding after her book comes in. The cashier said - you sure have a bunch of gift cards - I used up one and had to start on my other. Today, I will go to the bank and get some cash - and head back to Aldi to get a few more ingredients. I am going to try a pumpkin cheesecake recipe - and freeze them for Thanksgiving. Also, my neighbor's sign has changed from "pending" to sold - so, I will get her a giftcard to Earthfare - so they can eat a few meals while in the moving process. I am also going to take a load of dry cleaning to the place I got a 1/2 priced gift certificate for. I may also pop into the "other" beauty school and get a trim. My hair needs some shaping and for $10 plus tip - it would be well worth it.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Frugal deeds for the day: I had $8 in my wallet today. The only "bad" thing about Aldi is that they take cash or debit cards. I don't do debit cards - and rarely carry around cash. So, for under $8 today - I got 2 lbs of unsalted butter, 2 bricks of low fat cream cheese, 2 lbs of pears, and almost 2 lbs of bananas. I would have picked-up a few more things - had I had the cash. Today, I cooked with what I had. We had a nice breakfast and an Asian themed lunch with leftover - egg rolls and fried rice. We stopped at Aldi before picking the dog up from my dad's. We took 1/2 of the apple pie I baked earlier, some egg rolls and rice, and the frozen lasagna I made earlier this week. He seemed pretty pleased with the haul. After we got the dog home and gave her a bath, we went to Kroger and finished out shopping. Kroger is now my favorite place for finding goodies from the Manager Special. We are going to make a quick stop at Ulta - we got our rewards certificate, pick-up a book at B&N (and may be some coffee :) and Victoria's Secret is having an event with goodies for their "Pink" line. Did I mention we also stopped at CVS today - and did the buy $30 of certain items and get a $10 gift card - I did, used a bunch of coupons - and got what we needed/wanted. Also did the buy $10 in Suave and get $3 in extra bucks which I applied to the $30 order. Lastg night, I used a sample of shampoo - I was totally out - now I should have enough to last me through the year. Oh, and I rolled another $10 to deposit at the bank.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Frugal deeds for the day: I did some more freezer maintenance just now. Put some of the soup I made earlier this week and the pumpkin custard in the freezer. I am trying my hardest not to waste food. I got a small rebate check. But, they start to add up. Other than that, I plan to relax this evening since tomorrow is Veteran's Day holiday for us.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Frugal deeds for the day: I got my Rite Aid rebate check in the mail. The stock market was nice. I contacted the realtor about a foreclosure and he said there are 5 more similarly priced units in the two buildings. May take the time to look at them. Beach condo earned a nice amount last month - a first for an October. Hope the rental season next year is good too. Paid the roofer to re-roof a rental property. Hope the property rents out quickly. Lots of expenses the next couple of months
Monday, November 7, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Frugal deeds for the day: I had a lot of intentions today - but ended up taking a nap most of the afternoon. I still need to do a bit more cleaning before the contractor's come to finish-up. I did cook up an entire bag of brown rice - froze several meals worth in sandwich bags and made confetti rice salad for the next couple of days. I used up some more odd bits and pieces and it turned out pretty well. I also found several more McDonald's codes and ended up "winning" 60 more Coke Rewards points. So, I ordered my daughter a magazine subscription and ordered my husband 4 coupons for free single Minute Maid/Coke product.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Sometimes you don't fully appreciate something until it goes missing. Pictured above is breakfast I cook today. I am in post repair/renovation clean-up mode - although clean-up has not really started yet. I wanted to do some grocery maintenance - and since I had a bit of olive oil, boiled red potatoes, 1/2 a red onion in the fridge and a bunch of eggs, that was breakfast. Just before typing this post - I got an automated call from Chase Freedom - my card number had been compromised. Someone charged $29.99 at "friendfinders" . . . so, that charge will be removed, my account closed - and a new card will be sent to me. My crockpotted chicken leg quarters are cooling in fridge - and then I will remove the fat. Then I plan to make a soup in the crockpot. Before baking the pumpkin in the oven to make puree and roasted pumpkin seeds, I am going to look for something else to bake to utilize as much heat as possible. Also, it is cold this morning, the heat will be much appreciated by all :) I place an orde at Office Max that was $0 out of pocket after rewards. My husband is in Office Max at his location now to buy a printer. He waitied quite a while to get one - he bought an ink efficient one today.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Frugal deeds for the week: The kitchen is pretty much back to being operational. Monday, they will do a bit of touch up work. Tomorrow, I need to clean, clean, clean. I also miss eating a home cooked meal. After guitar lessons, we stopped at a local supermarket with the best meat prices. I got a 10 lb bag of leg quarters for $6.90 - and half of them are in the crockpot cooking now. The dog will get some, the broth will be used for soup stock (minus the fat), and I may cook at few in meals. I also need to round out the rest of the inventory we need to buy for condo. I ordered a sofa sleeper matching chair on Overstock.com - with discounts and free shipping - I got the set for $727 - plus will have $36 in my "O" account to spend next time - and used my 1% back credit card - so, I should be able to order a $25 Gift Card after this purchase. We are going to wait to purchase the refrigerator. The condo association will take the current sofa sleeper/chair/fridge for a local charity auction. I am going to cull the pantry again. Any opened item/old - will be dumped in the trash or compost. I hope to consciously keep track of what I have in there and start using it up. It is great that we are in the fall/winter season - so, lots of soups will be made in the crockpot. Tomorrow, I plan to do some extra food preparations - cook the last pumpkin, perhaps make pumpkin custard, a soup, salad, and ??? depending on what I come across. My daughter and I plan to have a nice sushi meal with a Restaurant.Com coupon. It cost me $2 for a $25 off $35 gift certificate and I got a few mypoints and a few cents back on my credit card.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Frugfal deeds for the day: I got a refund check and a nice freebie magazine - I think Style.Com. No washer/dryer/stove yet - but counters and tops are back in place. Unfrugal deeds: the condo evaluation has been completed. We need to replace the sofa/bed and chair and also the refrigerator - yikes - more unplanned spending and need to do some painting :( We will be busy. I am keeping my eyes open for a big sale :) When it rains, it pours. The roofing guy is going to re-shingle the roof on our townhouse on the day the tenant moves out - he must need money asap too. So, money will be flying out the next couple of weeks. This weekend, I hope to do some heavy duty cleaning since a lot of dust has accumulated just about everywhere due to the kitchen repair/remodel.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Nothing got done today. Tomorrow is suppose to be the day - everything gets put back and it is suppose to be done. See, I used the word suppose twice - because they were suppose to install my appliances yesterday. We are running out of clean clothes - need washing machine now. But the hot water is nice :) I can't think of being frugal - I do know we need to do a lot of cleaning this weekend. Everything seems to be coated in dust.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Frugal deeds for the day: Okay - hot water heater is back in commission - sadly - not the washer/dryer/stove . . . some lame excuse - I think they ran to another job. Oh well, hot water means a lot right now :) I got my Staples paper rebate. I get paid tomorrow - good thing because the roofer will probably start the roof in a couple of days at our rental. Things are just rolling along.