Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Good & The Bad Around Chez Sluggy Lately

Here are some updates on things going on around Chez Sluggy that aren't a full post worth.

* The Senior Recital was good.
The stage was decorated for the Holidays.

College Boy before his first piece.  He was so nervous....can you tell? lolz

This is his friend Emily, who he had his recital with.  Performance majors get a solo recital but tech and ed students share a recital.

Here is College Boy and Emily performing one of their duets.

Preparing to take their bows with the accompanist Linda.

Relieved it's all over with finally!!!

College Boy with his flute profession/teacher, Mrs. Christine Moulton.

Another photo of the performers.

College Boy and Emily.

Another pose with a borrowed flute(I bet he would have sounded even better with his own flute)but it needed repairs.

 The proud mama......
 And the proud papa......

* Hubs got a phone call from his brother in SC yesterday.  It's only been two weeks since his sister moved there and there is already trouble in paradise.  They are butting heads.  The brother isn't helping matters by telling her "I told you so" about decisions she had in the past.  And he is being not very compassionate with her otherwise.  It's two old people(68 and just shy of 61)who are set in their ways and use to having their own way and living alone having to make concessions.  Hubs told them they need to work it out.  If the brother throws her out she'll have to go to social services and/or a homeless shelter.  She has problems beyond getting along with her brother(a touch of ungratefulness for what folks have done for her)and she can't come here.  Our plate is full but I can't help but have a worry in the back of my mind that things will get ugly before they get better(IF they get better).

* Christmas is quickly closing in on us.  Hubs picked up College Boy on Thursday(another long ride in a cargo van for him).  Daughter finished up exams Friday evening and now her back is giving her problems again.  She is trying to fit an injection in before the end of December(which would be better on our insurance than having it done in January).  This means more medical bills for us. 8-(
I still don't know when the eldest son will be arriving to spend Christmas with us yet.  Next weekend or ???  This will be the first time since 2012 I think since all three kids have all been here for the Holidays.  Daughter moved in 2013 and I don't think eldest has been home for Christmas since then either.

* I haven't made any cookies yet for Christmas!  Last year I went on a cookie making binge and made 7 different types........

Lemon Gooey Butter Cookies
Coconut Macaroon Cookies
Peanut Butter w/PB M&Ms Cookies
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Italian Ricotta Cookies
Butterscotch Cashew Cookies
Chocolate Chip w/M&Ms Cookies

So many cookies and I ended up throwing out so many!  I guess we aren't big cookie eaters here......well, Eldest wasn't home so that was one less muncher to take care of them.

Last year's Cookie Tray.

* I hit Weis(PMITA)Markets on Friday and Lord!, there goes the December budget. lololz  I don't think I can face tallying up my food spending for the month now.  It's probably not as bad as I think it is(or not?lol).  At least I have my rolled coins, rebates and post coupon envelopes to add and offset this extra spending.  I did pick up a few deals.....Eight O'Clock coffee after stacked Qs and BOGO were $1.24 a bag, more Hershey's Crunch Layer candy for $1 a bag, 2 lb. Hatfield slow cooker roasts were on sale $5(Reg. $8 each)and two that had Tuscan Herb marinate in them had $3 off instant stickers so those cost me $2 per roast($1 per lb.).  I also got a "special deal" on a bag of Huggies diapers....on sale for $6.99 this week and I had stacked $3 in Weis bookletQ and ManuQs so suppose to be $3.99.  I guess I had clipped a digital Q on Weis' website because that came off too(and explains why the register wouldn't take my ManuQ and she had to manually put it through), so another $2 discount making them $1.99 OOP.  I can sell these for $5.50 locally so a few extra bucks to throw at the food budget when I do.  Woohoo! ;-)
I also got baby back ribs for $3 lb.(half price for us locally)which I am cooking up tonight for dinner.

* The cards for Sonya are starting to roll in.  Not too late to contact me and send her a note still.  I want to get these boxed up and sent our the day after Christmas I think, so she gets them in time for her Birthday. 
Consider sending her a cheery note your Christmas Good Deed.  You just don't know how much doing this will help until you've been in a dark place yourself. 
Email me for the address where to send a card.

Ok, I need to go check on dinner and put Chester out.  That dog is turning out to be a snow demon....he LOVES racing through the snow!!

When he isn't sound asleep upside down in his doggy bed......... ;-)


Friday, December 15, 2017

Frugal Friday......the December 15th Edition

Let's so what frugal wins we had this week, shall we?

* Daughter's birthday was Wednesday but I let her open this little something earlier in the week.

Daughter loves a good Ugly Xmas Sweater so she got it early so she would wear it to class before they ended.
It's a T-Rex in a Xmas sweater.  Note the sleeves are hanging way over his hands. lolz
I paid less than $19 for this quality sweater on Cyber Monday with all my discounts. ;-)

* The $5 Amazon e-card I ordered from Coke Rewards which the email w/the code for never arrived finally got put right.  I contacted them and they resent it and all is right with Sluggy's world now.....yet I am reticent to apply coke cap codes to get any more for fear the same thing will happen again. sigh.  The "leave well enough alone" philosophy is taking hold on me here. ;-)

*  Cheap drinks and candy at Rite-Aid on Wednesday.......

*  Deals at Weis I talked about already.........

*  I sold two more items on eBay this week and shipped them out.  Two things just taking up space in the garage.
$20.91 profit in my pocket after fees. 8-)

The Frugal Wins are kind of thin this week as I haven't done much shopping(just Weis and Rite-Aid).

What have you done to stay frugal lately?

Remember the words of my buddy, the "Most Frugal Man in the World"..........


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Weis & Rite-Aid This Week

Considering there weren't many deals I wanted to do at Weis I sure spent like a drunken sailor on Wednesday there!

Here are the highlights from Weis......

The 6 items on the right were part of the Mix and Match 6/Get $3 off Instantly Deal.

2 x Heinz bbq sauces on sale=$3.98
1 x Nivea in-shower lotion on sale=$5.49
2 x Smart Made frozen meals on sale=$5.98
1 x Sandwich Bros. breakfast sandwiches on sale=$3.49

Coupons Used
1 x $1/2 Heinz bbq sauces CatlinaQ=$1.00
1 x $1/1 Nivea item Weis bookletQ=$1.00
1 x $2/1 Nivea in-shower lotion IPQ=$2.00
1 x $1/2 Smart Made items Weis bookletQ=$1.00
1 x $1/2 Sandwich Bros. items Weis bookletQ=$1.00
1 x $1.50/1 Sandwich Bros. item IPQ=$1.50
Coupon Total.....$7.50 + $3 instantly Off=$10.50

$18.94-$10.50=$8.44 + .11¢ tax on the lotion=$8.55 for all 6 items or $1.42 each.

I had gotten a $2.50 CatalinaQ for Nutella a couple of weeks ago so I got a jar for Xmas cookie making and it only cost me $1.09 after using that Q.

I also stacked a BOGOFree IPQ for those Hershey Cookie Layer Crunch things with a $2/2 Hershey Cookie Layer Crunch Weis bookletQ to get each bag of those for $1.00.
Reg. price was $3.99 each x 2=$7.98-$3.99-$2=$1.99 for both bags.

The Daughter's birthday was yesterday and she wanted Tiramisu instead of a reg. birthday cake so I paid $14 regular retail for that. ouch but she only turns 25 once, right? ;-)

I also got 5 1 lb. blocks of assorted cheeses for $3.47(rock bottom around here), 3 bags of chocolate chips($1.87 each) and a few packages of instant discount meats worth mentioning.

$91.09 OOP total for all and a 40% savings rate overall.

While I was at Rite-Aid picking up an Rx I bought this too.....

The Yoohoo, Snapple and V8 Energy drinks are .88¢ each this week(.80¢ if you have 20% Wellness discount level)and for every 2 you buy in a single transaction you get back $1 in Plenti Points.
Some of the bagged Dreamhouse candies/nuts are 50% off this week and also give back $1 in Plenti Points when you buy 2 in a single transaction.

3 x Yoohoo .80¢=$2.40
1 x Snapple= .80¢
2 x Jordan Almonds 50% off=$2.98
Total.....$6.26 + .15¢ tax=$6.41 using Plenti Points.

I earned back $3 in new Plenti Points so I spend down points by $3.41.
Other than some cheap drinks I don't see any "deals" at Rite-Aid through Christmas week.  Maybe some 50% candy and stuff after the 25th but that's about it.

Just waiting on hearing more details about this Bonus Cash thing that is replacing Plenti Points.  Not liking that I'm hearing they expire in 60 days instead of 2 years like PPs.  I think if I need to divest myself of PPs soon I won't be pillaging much at Rite-Aid after that.  8-(


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

I Need a Favor.....Please!!

So some of ya'll out there use to read my Cousin Sonya's blog A Mom, Money and More.
She stopped writing/blogging right before Thanksgiving of last year.

I can't go into what is going on but she's in a very dark place right now and more than anything she could use some positive thoughts and to know that there are people out there who care about her.

So if you have a minute and a spare card and a stamp, I'm asking that you send her a note of encouragement.  Her birthday is a few days after Christmas too so if you want to send a b-day card that would be much appreciated as well. 
She could also use some $$ right about now but I'm not going to send up a GoFundMe thing again because the last time I did that for someone, the supposed friend cut me out of her life shortly afterward. 8-(

Sonya is having a really rough patch so please, if you use to read her blog, take a minute to send her a letter/card of encouragement/friendship or even just say a few prayers for her.

I don't want to give out her address so if you want to send a card/letter, please email me(arcure at ptdprolog dotnet)and I'll supply you MY mailing address and in about 10 days I'll take all the cards received and box them up Priority mail and send them to Sonya.
More than anyone I know right now, she sure could use a care package of love. 8-)))

So email me asap please.