Saturday, September 21, 2019

September Giveaway Winner!

I made exactly $338.75 at the Stockpile Sale.  And since I paid nothing for most/if not all of what sold it was alllll profit.  8-)

So that means, with a guess of $339.07(yikes, they were off by only .32¢!!!)the winner is.............


Congratulations Crystal!!
Now email me within the next 48 hours from the time this post goes live with your full name and mailing address.
We can discuss what else I can put into your box to fill it up at that point. ;-)

Thanks for reading and playing along to everyone who made guesses.
I've already got October's Giveaways prepped and ready to launch since I'm going to be out of town for a good part of October.  I hope to get it live early in the month.  ;-)


Friday, September 20, 2019

Frugal Friday......the September 20th Edition

Here's a few frugal-like things that happened around Chez Sluggy this past week............

*  I picked what will probably be the last of the broccoli on Thursday.  Our nighttime temps are almost to freezing.

Had I known that after the first big heads these plants would keep producing little heads I wouldn't have pulled up the 3 plants that I did.
This little bit will either go into a mish-mash stew this Winter or Chester will get it in his dinner bowl(it's his favorite, the crazy dog!).

Grand total of broccoli grown/picked this year is 4.40 lbs.

*  I found money!(Can you guess that this is the favorite frugal thing when I can post it? lol)

I found this quarter in the Rite-Aid parking lot last Friday.

Then I went to Weis and found 2 pennies.....both at the Customer Service Desk.

Then I found this penny at the Walmart self-checkout.  I spied it at the register across from the one we were using and I scanned my shit so fast so I could bop over there and pick it up before Kim got it. lolz

Then I went back to Weis on Wednesday for something and found the penny at the Customer Service Desk and the dime next to the self-checkout I used.
Weis has some self-checks designated for credit/debit and some for cash.  I always go to(or at least walk by the cash one)because between people not taking their coins out of the slot, the coins shooting forcefully out of the slot and getting lost on the floor and people just dropping their change into the trash can there(and missing)there is usually at least one stray coin laying there.  ;-)

And this coin I spied in the Weis parking lot last Friday while walking back to my car.
I picked it up even though it wasn't a US or Canadian coin.
It's a 1971 UK "New Pence".
Seems it might be worth a couple of bucks if I sold it on eBay. 8-)))

* I got the Freebie at Weis(PMITA)Markets last Friday.......

A jar of pizza sauce.

*  I also got these deals this past week at Weis.........

Tomato soup was .49¢ a can last Friday if you bought 6.  Between Ex-CB and making my Beef Pie recipe we can handily use these 6 up in a couple of months.

 I got 3 meat items with instant discount stickers on them--a bottom round steak came to $4.27, 8 hamburgers(1.76 lbs.)came to $5.00($2.84 lb.)and a pack of 10 chicken thighs came to .89¢ per lb.  I used half the hamburger patties with 1 lb. of ground chicken and turned that into chili for last Sunday's supper.  The round steak is in the freezer as are 3 of the hamburger patties(I had the 4th one for lunch one day)and half the chicken thighs(the other 5 thighs were dinner on Tuesday).

These were discontinued bags of candy($1.49 on clearance). Each had a $1 off peelie Q on the package making them.49¢ out the door.  The Skittles are my brother's fav so another Xmas gift marked off the list.  The Starburst?......might be in a giveaway, who know?? ;-)

*  I listed some stuff on eBay.   It was a bunch of stuff that's been sitting around here I have not dealt with until now.  We shall see if that yields any sales and cash for my coffers.  I've got more to list and now is the time to get it up there as the Holidays are coming!

*  I received a $5 gift certificate to a local craft brewery in my email.  I have forwarded it to Hubs for his use.  ;-)

*  We sat down and decided on how much more money to move into a CD from our checking account and I promptly made the transfer.  I have to say 2.35% is much better than the .01% we were earning on that money! lolz  Still not enough....thanks a lot Fed, you suck!!!

*  I bought $72.70 worth of food items at OSJL and received back a gift card worth $72.70 in their store.

I got some stuff at Walmart using a few Qs and got $15.35 back in Ibotta cash rebates.

I got this stuff at Rite-Aid and used Bonus Cash, paying nothing OOP.

That's about all from here.

What frugal wins happened in your life this past week?


Thursday, September 19, 2019

A Couple of Big Hints Concerning the Giveaway

Ok this is the final reminder that the current Giveaway ends Friday night at 11:59 pm.
Go HERE to put in an entry/guess.

I also want to give y'all two hints about the exact amount the Stockpile Sale earned me.

Here goes.........

FIRST HINT--The number I am looking for ends in one of these cents..........
Zero  $XX.00
25      $XX.25
50      $XX.50
75      $XX.75

I priced everything in increments of .25¢.

SECOND HINT--The number is between $300.00 and $400.00.
So guess at least $300.00 but less than $400.01.

If you put a guess up today, Thursday, before I posted this page, I'll let you have a second guess today.

Ok, that's it.
I've got some stuff to do today AFK.

Have a good frugal day!


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Ocean State Job Lot & Walmart-Potentially Free Food & Ibotta Rebates

So I was over by OSJL on Monday so I browsed the "Eat for Free" table of goodies and came home with lots of foodstuffs!

I laid out how this program works in the blog post HERE.

Here is what I bought, all items we will use.........

1 x Chai tea concentrate=$2.99
2 x Grapeseed Oil 50.70 oz.=$20.00
2 x Roasted Almond halves=$11.98
4 x Organic Turkey Stock=$8.00
2 x Cranberry/Orange baking chips=$4.00
2 x Sea Salt=$2.98
2 x Cranberry/Museli Cookie tins=$4.00
2 x Bamboo Shoots=$1.78
1 x English Breakfast tea bags=$2.99
4 x Stir-Fry/Fried Rice Seasoning packets=$4.00
6 x Mushroom pieces=$6.00
2 x Tetley mint/Hibiscus tea bags=$3.98

Total of $72.70 paid OOP and I received a Crazy Deal gift card for $72.70 too.
Crazy, right?

Since some of these things are "gourmet" items and they don't sell them around here I had to find the regular retail price on Amazon or on other websites where you can buy particular items.
All told, reg. retail came to $164.11.

Add this $72.70 gift card with the one I got in July for $10.78 and besides this $83.48 in food items I now also have $83.48 in store chits to put toward our grocery/toiletries/paper goods/etc. spending. (Can not spend it on other Crazy Deal items or on items with Insider Coupons, has to be regular priced goods in the store.)

Oh and those Danish cranberry/museli cookies are "da boom"!

I know that folks who use Ibotta may or may not have the same offers in their app but here are some groceries I picked up while were were out that day, this time at Walmart.
I thought I'd check my Ibotta app while there picking up some needs like sour cream and cheese and see what else I could find a "deal" on.
These are the items we got that I either got a rebate on or have Qs for.......

1 x Scott paper towels clearance to $2.50
1 x Greenies dog toothbrushes=$4.98
1 x GV Baking Mix clearance to $1.35
1 x GV 2lb. cheddar=$5.64
5 x Hormel natural choice snacks=$8.35
1 x Perfect Bar protein bar=$1.98
5 x Pro Fuel yogurt drinks=$9.80
SubTotal this stuff.........$34.60

As for Qs used......
I had a $5.00 off for the Greenies that the company snail mailed me.
There were .75¢ hangtag Qs on all those Oikos drinks.
Qs used came to $8.75.

Everything pictured above(except the Greenies)also had an Ibotta rebate in my gallery--
* .25¢ off any brand toilet paper(the Scott item was paper towels but it came off)
* .25¢ off any brand pancake mix(technically what I bought was "baking mix"but it came off)
* .25¢ off any brand cheese
* 5 x $1.50 Hormel natural choice snack packs=$7.50
* $2.00 off Perfecct Bar protein bar(even though only paid $1.98)
* 5 x $1.00 of Pro Fuel yogurt drinks=$5.00
* .10¢ for buying anything
Total Rebate....$15.35

$34.60-$8.75 in Qs=$25.85-$15.35 rebates=$10.50 for everything pictured after Qs and Ibotta rebates.
The best "deals" above were the snack packs(.17¢ each after rebate)and the yogurt drinks(.21¢ each after hangtagQ and rebate).

I bought another $21.28 in food/paper products so my total OOP at Walmart was $47.13.
(The rebates get figured into/taken off my spending at the end of the year).

To recap the day's food spending for 2 stores--
$119.83 Total OOP
$15.35 back in Cash Rebates
$72.70 back in OSJL store script

I run hot and cold throughout the year with using Ibotta. A lot of times the rebates are on items I don't buy or the stores I shop at aren't an Ibotta qualifying food source(Shursave, Aldi, Restaurant Supply Store, local Produce Market, etc.).But I do avail myself of Ibotta when I can when buying at Weis, Rite-Aid, Target or Walmart.

If anyone doesn't use Ibotta yet but would like to try it and you have a smartphone, give it a go.
And if you'd be so kind, please use my referral code when you sign up--

Referral Code  mkaaxa
I'd appreciate it. ;-)


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Rite-Aid This Week

There is a Softsoap weekly deal and a Softsoap monthly deal that are double dipping this week.
The weekly deal is $1 BC wyb 1 Softsoap/Irish Spring item(limit 2).
The monthly deal is $5 wyspend $15 on Softsoap/Irish Spring select items(limit 4).  I know the SS body wash and the refill jugs qualify since I got the BC on my transaction.

I had a $4 wyspend $20 R-AQ left so I bought this stuff here.........

2 x Softsoap refills jug on sale=$7.98
2 x Softsoap body wash on sale=$7.98
2 x Almay make removers BOGO50%=$9.73

Coupons Used
1 x $4/$20 RAQ=$4.00
2 x .75¢/1 Softsoap body wash IPQ(from their website)=$1.50
4 x $2/1 RA in-adQ=$8.00
1 x $5/2 Almay items R-AQ=$5.00
Coupon Total.....$18.50

$25.69-$18.50=$7.19+.44¢ tax=$7.63 OOP paid for with Bonus Cash.

I earned back $7.00 in new BC(2 x $1 Softsoap weekly, $5 Softsoap monthly)and I have $9.73 tracking toward a $3 Almay reward once I hit $12 spent on Almay.  I'll see if I can find a cheap Almay item(hahaha)to buy to get there otherwise I'll just let it be.


Monday, September 16, 2019

This Week on the Dining Table

The "Using It Up" Edition................

While digging through the freezer last week I found 2 bags of this..........

My great Aunt Lula's recipe yeast rolls.  I believe these were from Easter? lolz
 I usually make these in a double batch for Holiday meals and I usually don't have much leftover as we invite the "mooch"(brother in-law)and his son for holiday meals and besides eating his weight in rolls AT the meal, I give him a baggie full to take home.

Well this past Easter I forgot to give him his bag of rolls plus Daughter was on a low-carb diet so she didn't eat her quota and ex-College Boy, I believe, was working and came home late for dinner and didn't eat many.
At any rate I just dug these old things out of the freezer and needed to find a way to use 'em up!

So I made this.........

Two pans of bread pudding, a small one and the large one pictured above. (I used Lidia Bastianich's recipe again but subbed peach slices for cherries.)
Bread Pudding is one of Hubs most favorite desserts!
Bonus points because I used what was left of the non-canned peach jam container I had made this Summer that was sitting in the fridge not being eaten either.
I used 1 full bag of rolls up.
I made Chili last night for dinner and Ex-CB ate lots of rolls left in the second bag with his chili so we've got 6 rolls or so left to finish them off. lolz

Moving On....

Onward to the meal planning!

This is what was planned--

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--Hubs' cooking Pork Chops, Glazed Carrots, Asiago Rice
2. Monday--Stuffed Peppers with Rice
3. Tuesday--Fall Harvest Hungarian Goulash, Egg Noodles
4. Wednesday--Leftover Soup, Grilled Ham Sandwiches
5. Thursday--Lobster Cakes(like crab cakes), Cole Slaw, Yellow Squash and Onions
6. Friday--Leftovers or Pizza
7. Saturday--T-Bone Steak, Salad, ?

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Hubs' cooking Pork Chops, Glazed Carrots, Asiago Rice
2. Monday--Stuffed Peppers with Yellow Rice
3. Tuesday--Fall Harvest Hungarian Goulash, Egg Noodles
4. Wednesday--Lobster Cakes(like crab cakes), Cole Slaw, French Fries
5. Thursday--Leftovers(I had a big Salad)
6. Friday--Leftovers(I had a BLT using homegrown tomatoes)
7. Saturday--Chinese Take-Out

Last week saw 4 nights of home cooked dinners, 2 nights of leftovers/ffy, and 1 night of Eating Out/Take-Out.
Everything happened except soup and sandwiches(which happened for lunch one day instead)and steak.  The steak moves to this coming week.
Between Fajitas the week previous, Stuffed Peppers and Goulash this past week, we are peppered out for awhile. lolz

What got put into the freezer last week.....
* 6 lbs. of Bacon from Malacari's(at $2 lb.)
* 1 lb. Bottom Round Steak
* 2.5 lbs. of Chicken Thighs

What got taken out of the freezer and used last week.....
* 4 pork chops
* 2 packs of beef chuck/stew beef
* The Lobster Cakes were a discount sticker buy the previous week and the ground beef(for stuffing the peppers)was bought fresh last week. Diced homegrown tomatoes also went into the stuffed peppers and the goulash.

One trip to Weis($28.27), a trip to the Bread Outlet($4.89), a trip to Target($12.51), a trip to Malacari's($40.28)and a trip to Shursave Market($24.15)brought the weekly spending to $110.10 and my September Total spending on food to $224.71.

My savings percentage last week was 48.63%(without Rite-Aid trips)and September's monthly savings total comes in at 57.31%(w/out R-A).

I have 14 more food shopping/spending days in September.  The budget is $400 but we always hope to do a little better than that amount. ;-)

Leftovers going into this week......Harvard Beets, Fajita filling, Pork Chops, Carrots, Asiago Rice, Stuffed Peppers, Goulash, Egg Noodles

I also have a small stockpot filled with tomato puree(from our tomatoes)so I need to use that in a meal since I don't want to have to can so little.

Here is this week's "food plan".....
1. Sunday--Chili, leftover rolls
2. Monday--Chicken Cordon Bleu, Veggie TBD
3. Tuesday--Barbecue Chicken Thighs, Yellow Squash and Onions, other Leftover Sides
4. Wednesday--Steak Ravioli w/Sauce, Salad
5. Thursday--Salmon, Roasted Sweet Potato and Carrots
6. Friday--Steak
7. Saturday--Leftovers

This week will see 6 new meals cooked, 1 night of leftovers/FFY, and 0 nights of  Eating Out.

What needs buying for this menu?  Nothing really.  I got the ravioli and salmon at Aldi, the squash at Malacari's 2 weeks ago and the chicken thighs on discount at Weis last Friday.  The sweet potato was leftover as I didn't need both of the 2 I bought for the goulash last week.

What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?

Was last week's plan successful, did you go off plan or did you not even plan what was going to be eaten last week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week? 


Sunday, September 15, 2019

Michael Symon's Fall Harvest Hungarian Goulash Recipe

So I LOVE this version of Hungarian Goulash from chef Michael Symon.  He did this Fall Harvest one on "The Chew" but since that show stopped being broadcast over a year ago, the links to it online have disappeared.  I am so glad I printed it out back in 2017!

This one is a lighter Goulash but still beef.  What brightens/lightens it is the addition of Fall veggies.
It calls for cooking in a dutch oven but it can be done in a crock pot as well with an adjustment on when you add the veggies in.

"Fall Harvest Hungarian Goulash" from Michael Symon

* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 3/4 lb. beef chuck roast(cut into 1.5 inch pieces
* 2 portabella mushrooms
* 2 large Spanish onions
* 2 bell peppers(seeded, sliced)
* 3 garlic cloves
* 2 small sweet potatoes
* 1 teaspoon caraway seeds, crushed
* 2 tablespoons Hungarian paprika
* 2 cups chicken stock
* 1 cup water
* 1 28 oz.. can whole peeled tomatoes(crushed)
* 2 tablespoons parsley(finely chopped,, plus more to serve)
* quinoa rotini(to serve)
* Greek yogurt(to serve)
* dill(finely chopped, to serve)
* Kosher salt and ground black pepper

1- Heat a large heavy bottomed pot over medium heat and add the olive oil.  Season the meat with Kosher salt and ground black pepper, then add it to the pan.  Deeply brown the meat on all sides, about 10 minutes, then remove from pan and set aside.

2-To the same pot add the mushrooms, onions and peppers.  Cook while stirring occasionally until the vegetables begin to soften and brown, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the garlic, sweet potatoes, caraway seeds and paprika and toast until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

3-Add the stock, water and tomatoes and add the beef back in along with any juices that have accumulated and bring to a gentle boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cook until the beef is tender and the liquid is slightly reduced, about 2 hours.  Stir in some fresh parsley.

4-Cook the pasta according to package directions then serve the goulash over it, topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt.  Add some extra parsley and dill on top.

5-If your local market doesn't carry quinoa pastas, substitute with whole wheat pasta.

Now for my Tips-------

1.  If you want to do this in a crock pot, follow Steps 1 and 2 in a pot on the stove and then transfer ingredients at this point to the crock pot.  In Step 3 omit adding the water and cook on low for 3-5 hours depending on the heat variances of your crock pot and how soft/tender you want your beef and veggies.
2.  Using smoked paprika will result in a better flavor over plain paprika.
3. I put my caraway seeds in the blender to crush them as I don't own a mortar and pestle.
4. I serve over egg noodles or any pasta we like(gluten-free or zoodles too).
5. If you want a thicker sauce, add some corn starch to a ladle of the sauce, stir together then re-add to the pot about 20 minutes before serving.
6. I chunk my peppers not slice them and you can add or reduce the amount of the veggies depending on your taste.  We like this with more peppers and sweet potatoes.
7. You could also substitute other Fall squashes for the sweet potatoes....butternut, acorn, etc.  Use what you like and/or what you have.
8. Sour Cream or Greek yogurt works as a topping, or leave it off altogether if you aren't a fan of either.

I hope some one will give this recipe a try if you like beef.  It's a winner!


Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Rite-Aid Saga This Week

I had returned some items on Monday and got a combo of cash back and BC back....except the next day the BC wasn't back on my account.
So a chat session with CS and I was told it "sometimes" take 2 days to see your BC credited to your account.

Next day and still no BC on the account.

So I waited another day(still no BC, surprise!)then I did another live chat online and I got the same CS rep as on Tuesday.  Went through the issue again, rep said the BC was still showing as pending so she manually put it back plus another $5 for my trouble.  Sweet.

I was so antsy because I wanted to spend that BC this week before the sale ended on a BOGOFree Nature's Truth supplement offer at R-A which I had Qs to pair with the deal.

Finally got to do the transaction on Friday and I had a "Spend $30/Get $6 Off Q" that R-A snail mailed to me as well to use.........

2 x Nature's Truth turmeric BOGOF=$15.49
2 x Nature's Truth turmeric BOGOF=$19.99
1 x Mitchum deo 20% Wellness disc.=$3.59
1 x Kokie nail polish 20% Wellness disc.=$3.99

Coupons Used
1 x $6/$30 R-AQ=$6.00
2 x $2/1 Nature's Truth IPQ=$4.00
1 x $2/1 Nature's Trush L2CQ=$2.00
1 x $1/1 Mitchum ManuQ=$1.00
1 x $/1 Mitchum R-AQ=$2.00
Coupon Total.........$15.00

$43.06-$15.00=$28.06 + .32¢ tax(on nail polish+deo)=$28.38 paid for with Bonus Cash.
I earned back $14 in new BC($10 wys $30 Naature's Truth, $4 Kokie).

Spent down $14.06 on the BC on this transaction but I've got $19.62 in BC left on this card now.
I wanted 4 of the less expensive bottles of turmeric but they only had two. Oh well.  I am still happy with this as these 4 bottles plus what I already have at home has me stocked up on turmeric until next Spring.  I take this daily for my HS for inflammation and it really helps.

The Kokie is free after Bonus Cash(limit 2)until the sale ends tonight except if there is sales tax charged in your state you will have to pay that, so not a freebie in those states but almost.

I've got a $4 wys $20 RAQ for my personal card so I might use that one next week because I have BC to roll on that card too.


Friday, September 13, 2019

Frugal Friday.....the September 13th Edition

Frugal Friday is also Friday the 13th this week.
Grab a drink and a chair because this week's FF is long....Oh boy!!!

Here's what frugalisciousness happened this past week..........

* Here's what I bought at Rite-Aid last Friday, "the week of free toothpaste/toothbrushes/mouth wash and marshmallow/chocolates".........

The Crest toothpaste and candy were all free after Qs and Bonus Cash.

I also cashed in a rain check from 2018 for Hello toothpaste.  With that rain check it was free(as it was from a Buy for $5/Get $5 BC back deal).  In addition, if you bought 2 this past week you got $5 BC back(a new Deal)so those two tubes cost me nothing and gave me $5 BC back.
Sweet. 8-)

*  I made a rare trip to Target and used some of that $300 Target gift card I bought last November...........

$3.15 for the chicken w/a $3 off sticker
$1.59 for a Stubb's bbq sauce(50% off cartwheel)
$2.16 for 2 jars of clearance peanut butter
$7.00 for 3 boxes of granola bars(I used a .50¢/2 ManuQ)
Came to 13.90 and I deducted the 10% discount I received when I purchased the gift card so $12.51 total to add to my grocery tally for September.

*  Those nature Valley granola bars are also part of the gift card deal at Target too.......

Buy 3 participating General Mills items and get a $5 Target gift card.
Go HERE for details.  This offer runs through 1/14/20.

*  I found money!

Last Friday at Weis this penny was found by one of the self-checkout registers.

These three pennies were found in three different parts of my Rite-Aid store--1 by register #1, 1 by register #2 and 1 in the foyer area as I was leaving the store.
They all found a good home here with me at Chez Sluggy.

This dime was found in my local Shursave Market past the registers by the exit door.  FDR left the building in my pocket......

Then I found this $2 in the dryer............

Any money found in the washer/dryer reverts to me per Sluggy House Rules. 8-))
$2.14 into my Found Money envie.  8-)))

*  Here are some good deals I found at Weis(PMITA)Markets last Friday........

Everything in the photo but the sugar was 50% off on clearance.
The sugar is a new hybrid(50% white sugar/50% brown sugar)they call "Golden Sugar".  After a .75¢/1 doubled to $1.50/1 Domino Q it cost me .50¢ OOP.

I got 2 more 4 packs of tuna($2.99)and 3 more large cans of chicken breast(.75¢ each)except the cashier who pulled my cart over to the self-checkout and was ringing everything up for me was going so fast one of the cans didn't register so I ended up only paying for 2 cans of this. ;-)
They also have tins of anchovies(pizza and Caesar salad here I come!)for $1 each so I got 4 and a Salted Caramel Brownie mix for $1.29 each.  Ex-College Boy will go wild for those!

Along with everything else I bought on that trip, my total came to $35.18 OOP.
But I used this..........

A $15 prepaid card earned back in March at Rite-Aid that expires the end of September to pay for some of this transaction so my OOP was $20.18 at Weis.  The regular retail on everything on that trip would have been $98.10 if I had paid shelf price there. 

*  I got the Freebie last Friday at Weis......

Weis brand dipping sauce so I selected a bottle of  "Yum Yum" sauce.  Totally Free.

*  I received $7.44 in Ibotta rebates(.20¢, .25¢ and $6.99 for a 3/17/19 hotel stay-which I had to bitch about to finally get it to credit!)and $1 in a SavingStar rebate(Farm Rich frozen item).

*  I continue to pick tomatoes(cukes are done, and I'm getting teeny tiny broccoli heads still)in mass.

This isn't the current batch because I didn't take a photo before throwing them into the freezer but it's representative. lolz
I am up to 20.209 pounds of tomatoes harvested.  Besides canning them we've been eating them fresh in BLTs and salads or just sliced on a plate with a bit of salt sprinkled on them.
We grew Cherokee Purples among the varieties this year and they are so good eaten fresh!
Paying retail in the grocery store for 20 lbs. of tomatoes is OBSCENE for what they would charge for a tomato that tastes terrible.  I will miss "real" tomatoes when they are done for the year.  8-(((

*  On Labor Day I found a deal where 3 coupon codes stacked(2 Labor Day codes + a Spend $25/Get $10 off code).
Some housewares were on sale and there was no shipping if you picked up at the store.  Of course 4 of the items weren't in stock at my store so I had to have them shipped to the store so I couldn't pick it all up until THIS week and show it to y'all.

Sorry for the crap poor photo but I haven't had time to take it all out and arrange it nicely for a picture. lolz
It's 6 pillows, 8 bath sheets and 4 hand towels.
The 8 bath sheets were ordered in a separate transaction from the rest so I could use that $10 wyspend $25 coupon code twice.
8 bath sheets on sale for $3.99(reg. $9.99)
I got $19.51 in discounts so with .74¢ sales tax all 8 cost me $13.15 OOP.

Then I ordered the 6 pillows and 4 hand towels separately.
Pillows were $3.99(reg. $9.99)and hand towels were $2.99(reg. $7.99), subtotal of $35.90.
I got $20.94 in discounts so with .90¢ sales tax all 10 items cost me $15.86 OOP.
Total OOP with tax was $29.01 for everything.
Reg. retail of $171.82 so I am good with spending under $30 for new pillows for all the beds and a complete set of towels in FABULOUS colors. lolz

And I got some change back(something like .22¢ lolz) from ordering through ShopAtHome website.
I guess when you don't spend much you don't get much in a rebate. ;-)

That's it from here this week.

What frugal wins did y'all have this week?
Tell us all about them!


Thursday, September 12, 2019

To-Do List....August Update

I know it's a bit late but here's our August To-Do List and how it all went down last month.....

* Pay Bills  DONE  First thing every ALL the bills in full.

* Read 1, 2 Books  DONE
In August I read this book...........

"The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy" by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko.

Actually we found in when Hubs cleared out his bookshelves so I read this years ago already but I am counting it again anyway.
The data is dated in this edition now and it's not a how-to become wealthy anyway.  It just proves that if someone appears to be a millionaire(ie, big house, expensive car, fashionable clothing, etc.)it doesn't necessarily mean they are.  Most millionaire(not billionaires)can be ordinary working stiffs who live below their means, invest their money and grow it and not show off by living a fancy lifestyle.
It's an interesting read and the stuff about second generation wealth, EOC(Economic Outpatient Care), UAW vs. PAW, are spot on.
And then I read this book.........

"The Real Custer: Fron Boy General to Tragic Hero" by James S. Robbins

So many myths surround Custer but this book gives the true facts of his life an even handed treatment.  I wasn't a fan of Custer going into this tome and I'll say my opinion of him didn't change much.  In my opinion, between taking risks with his battalion at the Little Big Horn, his life long treatment/opinion of the Natives, and his playing politics, he got what he deserved.  The only career he was suited for was as a soldier but he thought he knew better than his superiors and chafed at the glacier slowness of the military structure and it's dependence on government's machinations.  If he hadn't had a widow who spent the rest of her life tirelessly  promoting and shaping Custer's legacy, George Armstrong Custer would have been forgotten long ago.
An interesting read no matter what your opinion of the man is.

* Purge Inserts and Q Envie  DONE  I try to do this every month.  As I get less Sunday inserts than in years gone by it's not as bad a chore as it was.

* Hold Giveaway DONE

* Hold 2nd Giveaway  DONE  I gave away two sets of these items.

* Mail Giveaway & 2nd Giveaways DONE

* Get Carpet Done in Hubs' Room  DONE

Gratefully Hubs found a carpet in stock that he liked so it wasn't long before they had it pulled and ready to install.

* Go Through Xmas Stash  DONE

This is the photo of my whole Xmas stockpile for 2019.  I've got a list of everything in these tubs/boxes and to whom the gifts are for.  Mostly my shopping is done.  I have also decided after this Xmas we are cutting down severely on gifting.  Going forward, as a rule, cash will be given to the adult kids and I'll still send my brother and his wife presents but that's it.  It will be easier that way(and cheaper too)and I won't have to shop for Xmas year round.

* Cut Dog's Hair  DONE
Chester got a hair cut and shampoo last month before his flea treatment(cologne).

* House Train Puppy  IN PROGRESS
We are still working on the house training with Dixie.  They said a Cavalier could take 4 months to fully potty train.  She's getting it but it's taking time mainly because she is such a ditz. lolz

* Move More $ Into a CD  FAIL
Just didn't do anything with any of the extra monies in the checking account. blah  Maybe in September?

* Continue to Clean out Garage  DONE

The shot down one side with a clear pathway after Daughter moved out and all her stuff left the garage........

And the front of the garage before the stockpile sale happened.  Look at all that floor space!!!

* Organize my Stuff  IN PROGRESS
Getting the last of my sewing stuff out of the master bedroom and into my she shed room.  I'll do a reveal when it's finished in September.

* Start Processing Tomatoes  IN PROGRESS  

I started in with processing tomatoes in August and this will continue into September.

* Get Ready for a Stockpile Sale in Sept.  IN PROGRESS

Here are all the tubs and bags of stuff to sell that I gathered in August.  As of this writing the sale is over, yeah!!! Stay tuned for September's update)or the September giveaway winner announcement) for the final tally of what sold.

I am overall pleased with the progress we've made getting stuff done in August.
Here's hoping September is equally productive.  

Did you get stuff off your To-Do List in August?
Tell us all about it!