Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I am a child of the 80's. Yesterday at lunch J said, "Mama, I'm having a cow". I was so confused. It took me asking her what she meant 3 times before I realized she was not, "having a cow" Bart Simpson style, but eating a cow for lunch.
I have a mountain of laundry to do today, and need to meet Daniel at work at 1pm for our flu shots. All my maternity clothes are dirty and I look like a snake that swallowed a rat in my regular clothes.
Last night we took a walk for our Family Home Evening activity. B enjoyed the walk, but was dismayed about the randomness and kept saying, "But what does taking a walk have to do with the lesson!?" I've apparently damaged her with my usual attention to theme. She's so inflexible.
We will be carving our pumpkins tonight. Hopefully that will provide blog material for tomorrow. Unlike "the cousins", we were less adventurous this year and just got our pumpkins at Kroger. It's hard to find a nice pumpkin patch in TX. It's even harder to find the time to go to one.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
8 boxes of Bandaids
4 pkgs Pillsbury Ready to Bake cookies (great for FHE nights
2 Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
1 Pillsbury Pizza Crust
2 boxes toaster strudel (yuck! But Daniel will eat them)
2 dove facial cleansing cloths
1 glade plug in
Pre coupon/sale total: $85. I paid: $10
Friday, October 26, 2007
L: (stares at me drooling)
J: Mama, I think she's finished but she's not doing her hand signal.
Me: Well, maybe she's still hungry, I'll wait until she tells me.
L: (waves hands in the finished sign)
J: Mama! She's all done! She's making her hand signal!
Apparently J takes the "hand signals" very seriously.
L is STILL sick, and went down early for her morning nap because she was so tired. The moment I laid her down she grabbed her quilt and closed her eyes. Poor baby. She's been sick forever. I'll have a little extra time to do things with the peas and clean today because I've got free pizzas coming for dinner. Yay! Our regular pizza place totally undercooked our pizzas the last time we ordered. I emailed them a couple of weeks ago. Apparently, they needed to raise their oven temperatures to accommodate a new type of cheese that they started using. I was not the only customer being sold "pizza soup". So, my order is being remade for free. Gotta love free. I'm just glad they fixed the problem though.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
For those interested in copying this deal the Loreal coupons were out a few weeks ago, and the guacamole coupon was in this week's coupon inserts.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I decided to go in my closet and start sorting out my stockpile of Christmas presents. I still have 5 more games from Amazon coming (2 of which will go in this pile). Now, I just need to figure out what I need to finish/balance these out into 3 kids. Not including J's Nintendo DS and DS game, I spent just under $100 total on this stuff. I should also still have 12 books coming from Amazon. I usually keep the dollar value close to equal on all the kids, but with J's DS (that Daniel insisted on buying), that's just not going to happen. They will have an equal amount of presents, that's good enough. My kids never really ask for more than a couple of things for Christmas, and I usually let Grammy & Grampy get those since she always needs ideas. Speaking of which Grammy...there has been a lot of buzz about Aquadots around here lately.
So, anyway, it looks like I still need to get something else for B to balance J's dollar amount somewhat, probably a new DS game and a webkinz. Also, she wanted an electric toothbrush, which I can squeeze in her stocking. I also need 3-4 more things for the baby. Her pile is slim, probably some clothes mostly, since she has so many baby toys already. A Scooby movie for J's stocking and a couple of things for L's stocking. If I can find a good sale on winter clothes (I can always find a good sale) I'll probably pick up an outfit or 2 for the big girls too. That should do it! Yay! I'll probably finish those things up with my check from this scoring session that is finishing tomorrow. I'm sure Daniel will appreciate that. I also want to do an angel tree angel with the girls this year. We will go pick one after Thanksgiving and do that shopping together.
I like to be finished with the peas Christmas gifts by Black Friday at the latest. It keeps all the stress out of my holiday season. Then I just need to worry about stuffing Daniel's stocking, and getting a few family gifts. No biggie.
Monday, October 22, 2007
I got home with 5 minutes to spare before I needed to start work. Put the baby down for nap. Worked for 1 hour and the power went out. Daniel has been trying to recharge my cell phone with a card that he got from Amazon for a week now. They sold him a $100 card without activating it, and there is nothing anyone can do about it. So, my phone line and power are out, and my cell phone is out of commission. I can't call in to work to tell them my power is out. I wait...
The power comes back on after about 20 minutes. I go in the master bedroom closet to restart the surge protector/battery backup with all of the computer stuff attached to it (VOIP, server, cable modem, etc). Blue sparks and smoke start flying out of the back of the server and the breaker trips. My closet smells like a smokey electrical fire, and it's pitch black.
I get the baby up from her nap, load everyone in the car in a crazy wind/rainstorm and drive over to my parent's house. Call in to work to tell them I am off for the rest of my shift due to catastrophic power/computer failure. I call Daniel and tell him I am having a crisis and need him to come home. I complain to my parents and get sympathy for an hour. Mom feeds the girls.
Daniel calls from the house to say, there is a dead cat (brains smashed on road and all) in front of our house in the street, and the power is out again. I wait a few more minutes then give up and come home. Fortunately, the power came back on shortly thereafter and tech support (ie Daniel) fixed everything that went boom inside the closet.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
I was too young to see Footloose when it was first released in theaters. I did however, develop a burning love for it over the years, and have seen it let's just say too many times. My mom had the soundtrack on cassette tape, and I think I still have it memorized. She did a good job training me to have diverse musical tastes from childhood.
All the kids are into this High School Musical garbage around here. Even B's 1st grader friends (thankfully B has no interest in it whatsoever). I watched a few minutes of HSM2 on the Disney Channel a few weeks ago and saw the most blatant rip off of the warehouse dance from Footloose ever witnessed. Maybe it's not intended to be a rip off. Perhaps my deep abiding love for Footloose has tainted my judgment. I'll let you decide...
First, the ever glorious Kevin Bacon (and body double of course)
And now, the Effron kid. Notice my passive aggressive tone ;) He's on a golf course for crying out loud! The teen angst is pathetic by comparison to the above.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
This Amazon deal shouldn't have any "issues" like the book sale did. But, you never know.
Basically they have several promotions going on related to games. You add 2 Candy Land games to your cart, then add a few other Hasbro games to get to the $25 free shipping. Also add Monopoly Here and Now to your cart (this will be free). When you are going through the checkout process you will see the price of Monopoly deducted from your total. I also chose free shipping. Now, Candy Land has a rebate on it (the website listed at the top shows that you can get the rebate twice for both Candy Lands). I don't think that is true though. If I could redo my order I would get one Candy Land and one of the other games listed on the rebate form so that I could get both rebated. I was in a hurry and didn't double check their facts. Oh well, a $2 mistake on my part for rushing, no biggie.
The other promotion running is a free year of Cookie magazine with a $25 purchase in toys & games at Amazon. But, you can get the $9.97 value of the magazine credited back to you if you do not want the magazine by... (If you would like a refund for your subscription, please send a copy of your Amazon order confirmation to: Conde Nast Publications, Cookie Shops Amazon Special Offer, PO Box 37722, Boone, IA 50037-0722 by December 31, 2007 to receive an allowance for its stated value.) I already printed my email confirmation and sent it in (cost one stamp).
So here are my stats:
"Monopoly Here & Now Limited Edition"
Hasbro; Toy; $9.99
Hasbro; Toy; $8.99
"Pretty Pretty Princess Dress-Up Board Game"
Hasbro; Toy; $5.00
"Candy Land - Milton Bradley Board Games"
Hasbro; Toy; $4.00
"Candy Land - Milton Bradley Board Games"
Hasbro; Toy; $4.00
Hasbro; Toy; $6.50
|Subtotal of Items:||$38.48|
|Shipping & Handling:||$12.12|
|Super Saver Discount||-$12.12|
|Promotion Applied||-$9.99 (free Monopoly) |
|Gift Certificates/Cards:||- $10.00 (GC they sent me to apologize for the book debacle) |
|Total for this Order:||$18.49|
Rebate on Candy Land: -$2.00 (could have been more, DOH!)
Final Cost: $6.52 shipped for 6 games
A few for us and a few for birthday party gifts.
I crept upstairs like some kind of wildlife photographer and tried to get a picture. Turned my camera on, poised to shoot, and..."please change battery". DOH! Thanks for the warning stupid fancy camera. My laptop does the same thing...dies and then when you plug it in and restart it says, "warning low battery". Gee that message would have been ever so helpful 5 min ago.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
It was a light week at CVS, so I decided to do a Walgreens run too. I haven't done Walgreens in ages. CVS turned out to be a better bargain than I expected, because the Covergirl generated double the ECBs that the ad listed. The ad said limit 1 $5 ECB on it, but both my purchases generated $10 ECBs on it, because before coupons my total was high enough to qualify twice on each card. So, perhaps the ad had a misprint and the limit was 2 deals per card.
4- Herbal Essences Shampoos and Conditioners (2/$6, $2 ECB per 2, B2G1F coupon)
5- 32oz Gatorade (5/$5, $2 ECB per 5)
1- Caress Tahitian Body Wash ($3.49, $2 ECB, .70 coupon)
2- Covergirl Liquid to Powder Compacts ($8.99 ea, $5 ECB/$15 purchase)
2- Covergirl TruBlend Powder Compacts (coupons free with purchase of above, $5ECB/$15pur)
4- Covergirl Lipstick ($6.99, B1G1F coupons, $5 ECB/$15pur)
Also used $4/$20 CVS purchase, and a bunch of my ECBs.
Total Cost: $3 (yes you read that correctly) New ECBs earned: $28
So, for my first Walgreens run in several years, I didn't do too badly.
4-Skippy Creamy PB ($1.50ea, .50 coupons)
8-Halloween cups (store coupon 8/$1)
2-Hefty One Zip Storage Bags (B1G1F, plus .20 coupons on boxes)
4-Infusium 23 Leave in Conditioner (3/$20, $4 in coupons, $10 register reward)
4-Suavitel Fabric Softener (B1G1F)
1-Giant Fructis Shampoo (free after rebate)
1-Lysol (1.99 sale, $1 rebate, $1 coupon)
2-Dial Yogurt Handsoap ($1 sale, .30 coupons)
1-Oust Candle (6.99, $3 coupon, $2 rebate)
16-packs Extra Gum (B1G1F $1.99, $1 coupon)
1-Colgate Advanced toothpaste (free after rebate)
4-Dr Suess Kids Aquafresh (Store coupon sale .99, .75 coupons)
Total up front cost: $56. Easy Saver Rebate and Register Rewards Total: $23
According to receipt amount saved in sales & coupons is $41. So, one could argue the total was really $33. But, I count my savings (ECBs, RR, Rebates) on the back end when I use them not when I earn them. Hence, the $3 total at CVS, I actually only paid them $3 total.
Whew! Long bargain breakdown. Some people read this blog just for the bargain breakdowns though (they don't actually know me). So, I like to be thorough.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Things I'm grateful for today:
1. My family. They're still cute even when they are covered in "bergies"
2. We made some progress on the jungle which is our back landscape yesterday.
3. I guess I'll have time today, to catch up on the General Conference session that I missed.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
On a piece of foil place sliced or julienned sweet potatoes. Then place one boneless, skinless chicken breast. Next put on some sliced green pepper. Finally drizzle generously with Heinz Chili Sauce (I put ketchup on the kids packets instead of Chili Sauce). Seal up foil packets and bake at 375 degrees for 45 min-1 hour. Depends on your oven, until sweet potatoes are cooked through. My current oven takes an hour. (Photos are before oven, and after cooking)
Thursday, October 11, 2007
My highest correlation was a tie of 31 with Brownback and Biden. A republican and a democrat. It figures. I can't even choose a political party.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I suspect this had something to do with a certain person who has just become tall enough to press the buttons on the washer and dryer. Don't ask me how she managed to work out the combination of holding the pause/stop button for 3 seconds, then releasing and pressing it a second time to cancel the wash cycle. So, I put the load back in the washer and started over. When I went to reload the soap and softener, the softener was still in the little slot. So, the cycle was stopped sometime between the soap release and the softener release.L has some kind of obsession with putting on all of the laundry she can find by hooking it over her head. She usually looks like a Christmas tree or something. It always reminds me of that old Friends episode..."Okay, buddy-boy. Here it is. You hide my clothes, I'm wearing everything you own."
So, here is my "ode to coupons" if you will. Now that we are not a student family anymore, Daniel is working diligently on paying off all of our debts. I am trying to show my support for him by taking my grocery/gasoline budget (I have a separate account for this purpose with direct deposits from our main account) and stretching it for all it's worth. This month alone I have saved so much on our groceries and household products (without skimping on a single thing) that I have managed to pay for the girls Halloween costumes, all of B's brownie fees and troop dues (pricey), and as usual our cheap Netflix membership, and the large life insurance policy that I keep on Daniel. To me that is worth an hour or two per week of clipping, sorting, and reading the sale ads. Also, when I am working (which is part time and at home) you would be amazed how far those checks go, when you have the bargain hunting mindset. So, I'll keep going along my way, and I know I probably won't change any minds. That's my rant for today. Back to the laundry (which I will wash with some of the 12 bottles of my favorite detergent that I bought for 1/3 of it's regular price).
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
I am happy with the peas.
I am happy with Daniel.
I am happy with our neighborhood and schools (B's teacher conference went very well)
I am happy with our house (despite it's never ending projects)
I am happy that my parents live a few minutes away.
I am happy with my new piano lessons (I love learning new things)
I am happy about this baby (even though my body is definitely begging me to stop having babies)
I am happy about all the great bargains I've been getting lately.
I am happy with my low impact job. (I'll be scoring again the 3rd week of this month only)
I am happy with Daniel's job and the comfort and flexibility it offers our family. (He's always around when we need him.)
I only wish that everyone we know and love could be relieved of their current burdens. I feel guilty sometimes being happy when so many of our loved ones are going through trials right now. That is just about the only thing I am not happy about. I feel somewhat powerless to help.
Monday, October 8, 2007
When we were a student family I spent a couple of years keeping a coupon notebook (using baseball card holders). It was very helpful. It takes a chunk of time to get it made, but then it only takes about 10 min once a week to file the coupons. I can also just glance through the pages and pull all the expired ones about once a month in a few minutes. Well, since I started CVS-ing my coupons have been drowning me. It was taking forever to flip through the giant piles to find what I needed. It was an ineffective system, and I couldn't stand wasting my time. So, I decided to spend several hours yesterday reviving my old system. It was a good time to do it while I was listening to conference. Just like the good old days when I was organized. Here it is...
-16 rolls Viva paper towels
-3 bottles clean and clear facial cleanser
-6 tubes colgate fresh max and advanced clean toothpaste
-1 tube crest pro health night toothpaste
-2 18ct boxes Playtex GG
-2 Lady Speedstick 24/7
-1 8oz Purell
-10 bottles Palmolive 13oz
Spent: around $27. Got: $43 in new ECB's. My ECB's keep growing. I'm hoping soon my spent will be back near zero, and my ECB's will just keep rolling over and over. That's the goal.
So, the good thing about this morning's CVS run was that we have a new manager. He applauded my excellent shopping skills, was very friendly, and was sent to our store to "fix it" (his words). Our CVS has many bare spots on the shelves and it is practically impossible to get the advertised sale items if you don't pounce on Sunday or early Monday morning. I always try Monday morning (since I don't shop on Sunday) and it can be difficult. He assured me that he will be making sure that the shelves are more fully stocked from now on. He said they are not purposefully running out of all the sale items, the previous manager just wasn't preparing for the sales properly. So, good news for me.
Saturday, October 6, 2007
I documented my pesto making experience in photos...
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Hmm...still no takers. Here is the review on Amazon. Maybe it will interest someone.
"It has been 20 years since Jane Hudson graduated from Heart Lake School in the Adirondacks. After marrying, having a child, and separating from her husband, she returns to her old, all-girls school to teach Latin.
Heart Lake, like many schools, has its legends, the most persistent being that the lake claims the lives of students. All three daughters of the founder of the school were drowned in it, and while the bodies were never found, it is said that three rocks rose out of the water to lure young girls to their doom. Jane is more than aware of this legend. When she was at school, two of her contemporaries drowned in the lake, and Jane has always felt that it was looking for a third victim--herself.
While she does not discuss this with her students, she is aware that they know of the legend. Her three most promising students room together, are close to each other, and look on Jane as their special teacher, a situation that mirrors Jane's experience as a student. But soon Jane is into a routine, has renewed her acquaintance with teachers, now colleagues, who are still at Heart Lake, and has met other teachers new to her.
But when a portion of her journal is left for her to see, Jane is puzzled. She has not seen the journal since she left school. Then one of her students almost drowns in what appears to be a suicide attempt, and Jane realizes that the nightmare she lived through at school may be recurring.
Jane tries to piece together what really happened in her school days and what is happening now. As a young girl, Jane was poor and managed to get to Heart Lake because she won a scholarship. She was befriended by the charismatic Lucy and her brother Matt, and it is with Lucy that she roomed, together with Deirdre. The three girls bonded with their Latin teacher, Helen Chambers. As we learn more about Jane's school days and contrast it with what is happening 20 years later, it becomes obvious that history is repeating itself--or someone is trying to make it seem that way.While it takes a while for the pieces to fall into place, this compelling first novel is as much about the charged atmosphere of adolescents and their new and sometimes dangerous emotions as it is about what exactly is happening at Heart Lake School and why. You will want to know the answers. --Otto Penzler --"
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
J hating the camera as usual and posing with some school work. Quote of the day: "Mama, I don't know what you're talking about, so I can't answer your question." I guess that is a more thorough answer then just ignoring my question. I was asking what she did in the science discovery lab at school. Today she made a "fall tree" in Gymboree art class, a policeman, and a number 5. B posing with a math assignment. She usually struggles to follow directions on these sheets. This one was perfect. All E's again on today's progress report too. Quote of the day: "Mellow is a word. It's what caterpillars eat. It's basically a plant." They have a bunch (one per kid) of caterpillars at school that they are growing and studying in science. Now, I need to go look up mellow to see if that is really what caterpillars eat.
Monday, October 1, 2007
I normally only go to CVS once a week at the most. I decided to run on Saturday afternoon though to pick up a few deals that I hadn't gotten around to getting during last week's stop. So, here are Saturday's deals. They were running ECB's on Quaker products and Gatorade. Out of pocket cost for this load, $12 for 17 items. I also generated some new ECBs.
Now, on to today. This week's CVS deals just started and they are great. If you need Halloween candy (and who doesn't really) go to CVS today. I don't shop on Sunday, and a lot of times I can't get what I want on Monday, because other bargain hunters have swooped in and picked up all the deals on Sunday. Today, karma was working for me, and I managed to snag everything on my list. Now, I don't need to stop back in for another week. I used my ECBs from Saturday, and generated a whole lot more to use next time. There are many ECB deals running this week. If I had 4 more candy coupons I could have paid as little as 50 cents per bag for all 10 of these bags, but I only had 1. They were on sale for $2 per bag, plus each set of 2 bags generated $2 in ECBs, for a limit of 10 bags, ie 5 deals. I had a $3 off $15 CVS products coupon which explains the apple juice, cookies, and vitamins. There is another ECB dove deal generating $5 ECBs on $15 in Dove purchases (plus I had coupons for each dove item of course in addition, coupons don't count in the ECB deals, so you only have to spend the set amount before coupons to get the ECB. The coupons then save you more on top of that). There is an ECB generating on Irish Spring 3 pks, plus I had a coupon. There is a huge medicine ECB deal, generating $10 ECBs on $20 worth of a ton of different meds. I got 2 Airbornes and 3 cough drops, all with coupons in addition. I also did one final deal that generated $5 ECBs on $20, and got a pack of newborn swaddlers (the only kind of Pampers I can tolerate are the swaddlers), 8 pack of Bounty, and 12 pack of Charmin, plus coupons. That covers everything in the picture other than the gum, which was on sale, and I had a coupon. Total out of pocket was a little high this trip. I did 2 transactions. The first one cost $26, and I got $11 ECBs. The second transaction ran $39, and I got $22 ECBs. Next weeks cost should be very low since I have $33 ECBs to start out with.
***Doh, the ad was confusing this week and I ended up having to go back and pick up 2 more things because there were 2 separate medicine deals, and I was just shy of $20 worth of ECBs. So, I picked up more airborne and some Zicam, and my $20 ECBs printed.
* I should earn extra bargain hunting points today because in the 5 min drive to CVS, J got car sick and threw up everywhere. We were literally 100 yards from CVS when out of nowhere the car sickness hit. I had to wipe her whole body down with wipes, and let her wear L's pants. I wasn't going to turn around when we were already there and I only needed 10 minutes to shop. They had baths as soon as we got home. Now, my car needs to be totally cleaned out. Yay, one more thing for the to do list.