Sunday, February 7, 2016

Stuff Here Lately at Chez Sluggy

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**  I went back to Rite-Aid this week to do this Deal on son's card............

4 x Ziploc(I was running low on bags)freezer bags BOGO sale=$8.98
2 x Blue Diamond almonds BOGO=$6.29

Coupons Used
2 x $1/2 Ziploc IPQ=$2.00
1 x $2/2 Blue Diamond items IPQ=$2.00
Coupon Total.....$4.00

$15.27-$4=$11.27+.42¢tax=$11.69 using Plenti points.
I earned back $5 in new Plenti points(Spend $15/Get $5 select items)so this all cost me $6.69 in Plenti points.
I also bought some gift cards(restaurant and movie theater ones)that were giving back Plenti points and earned $20 in new Plenti points on this card.
My BPE points on this card are now at $66.87(the Ziploc spending counted toward the BPE)and $66.17 on my card.

**   I was at the grocery store this week and the woman checking out in front of me had lots of snacky-type items on the belt, so the cashier asked her, "Getting ready for a Super Bowl party?".  To which the customer replied, "Nah, I really don't care this year."  The cashier then said, "I hear ya!  'Our' Steelers aren't in it so who cares??  The customer nodded and retorted, "Exactly!!".
So the consensus around these parts seems to be, "Who Cares about Super Bowl w/out the Steelers?!?"

It's a game people....a game played by guys who end up with CTE and brain damage for the entertainment of their fans.
It's not on my personal enjoyment radar and I am tired of hearing about it.

Having said that I'll be going out for sour cream to make Hubs dip later today so he can nibble chips while watching it.
If the game is NOT a rout(as Hubs informs me that many times these SB games are)then it will mean I WILL MISS TONIGHT'S DOWNTON ABBEY EPISODE!
Now THAT does NOT make me happy at all......
But I will give it up and watch it later online so Hubs can worship at the Altar of Sports Lunacy.

**  And speaking of going out later to the grocery store.......
This week has been a killer of spending!  Here are all my receipts from trips to various stores this week--
I've just been piling them up on a corner of my desk all week.
Of course the Rite-Aid receipts I actually spend no grocery monies there, the Bakery Outlet receipt wasn't much and there was little spent at CVS out of pocket BUT the Weis(PMITA)Markets receipts....oy vay!!!  Not a lot of spending on each one but there are so many of them!!! lolz

I know it's not a lot of spending for the month, but it's all been concentrated into one week.  I am sure that once I add it all up on Monday that the bulk of my grocery money for Februrary will have been spent. sigh
I'll get over it with time. lolz

                    the checks I want but not for $70+

**  I got to the place in my checkbook recently where it says that you should think about reordering your checks last week.
Since we can no longer order checks through our credit union, I went onto my current check's check printing website and saw that a 4 box reorder(the cheapest way to go)would be over $70 + shipping!
So do you think I reordered my checks there?
Of course I didn't!

I went right to a different check printing company's website and bought my 4 boxes of checks as a new customer(which gave me a new customer discount)for around $40 w/shipping.

I guess my old check printing company thought I'd just reorder what I had from them because I A-liked that check design so much I couldn't even THINK about not having it again, or B-they thought I was just lazy and would keep reordering from them because it was the easiest thing to do.
Neither of those scenarios apply to me unfortunately for them!
You want my business?
Then give me a quality product for a good price and don't try to rip me off.

**  Yesterday we went to Lowe's and signed the remodel/renovation contract and shelled out a big hunk of money we had put aside from Hubs Bonus check last year.  The job actually came in under budget(shock!)but that didn't make it any easier to give over all that cash.  We got a Lowe's credit card and put it onto that for a 5% discount on the costs.  I'll pay it off in full when the bill arrives.
Even with that discount I still thought, "Ugh.".
I will be less upset once the bathroom is done and I can use it again.

As the 2015 Bonus money stands, we still have over $4K left of it.  We'll see what happens once the contractor opens up the walls in the bathroom and if any hidden surprise costs materialize but it's possible we could still have most if not all of that $4K leftover once the job is done.
So now we have to decide what to possibly do with all that leftover cash.
Stash it away with all the cash I save each year to augment the Retirement Funds?
Keep it in reserve for College Boy's school costs?
Splurge on something for us for a change? a special trip?.....some new furniture?.....or ?
Give our grown kids some money?
Just hang onto it for now and see what 2016 throws at us?

What do y'all think?

Ok, I have to go run to Rite-Aid to do a deal or two and then to Weis to brave the Party Gathering Hoards there for Hubs' sour cream.



  1. "Splurge on something for us for a change?"-You know I think that all the time. We got our tax return and it was gone in the blink of an eye. WTH!!! I'm so tired of this grownup crap you have no idea.

  2. Hmm maybe start a special savings account for future grands! Of course, just because you had 3 kids doesn't mean you will have any. It's just the older you get, you think about these things and I want my 3 grands to enjoy some money now and know this is from Granny. Crazy I know but that is how I feel. I really loved my Granny Cec- she would send me a couple of dollars in the letters she wrote when I was away at college and she would put a couple of dollars in my older kids' greeting cards. They still remember her and the 'bucks'- she died when they were 7 and 9 so many years ago.

  3. Hmm... chips and dips and I am not talking about our husbands:)

  4. I have no idea what you should do with the extra money. We tend to put it where it's needed most or to split up extra $$, part for fun or something we want and the biggest part into savings.

    The scream checks are funny, but I wouldn't pay $70 for them. Our checks last so so long now that we pay most all bills online.

  5. I won't be watching the Super Bowl here. Don't care about it one way or the other. Would rather watch Downton Abby for sure! :)

  6. No Super Bowl watching here either. I do remember getting up this morning and thinking "it's finally Super Bowl Sunday - good - it will be over with" LOL. And certainly not worth missing Downton Abbey for :) $70 for checks?! are they nuts? I rarely even write checks anymore and the ones I do get are just plain Jane ones - free from my bank. Works for me.

  7. I didn't know you were a Downton Abbey fan. We all love it here as well. The 5% discount with a Lowe's card is nice, but here the sales tax is 10%, so we're not really saving anything off the price of items...just half the tax.

  8. It will be interesting to hear about your master bath redo. We are looking to tear out our HUGE tub and put in a walk in shower. LOL. I am betting the last people did the opposite. At least I can live with the cabinets and double sink. That should cut the costs, a little.

    Love the scream checks. Like Rhonda, I use so few checks they would not be worth it.

    What to do with extra money? I have a slush account for trips. That way when something comes up interesting, I can jump on it. Gosh, I love being retired!
    Meet me at the Where Pigs Fly when you come this way again???

  9. I will be watching the Super Bowl. I could not care less who wins or loses, but I will watch it nonetheless and hope for entertaining commercials

  10. I'll maybe watch second half if not a blow-out-who can watch a whole game? I'm inclined to put extra money in either college fund for daughter. We max out retirement options, but of course could do regular savings, but I know college gets more and more expensive each year.


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