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CVS shopping trip

December 31st, 2006 at 03:46 pm

I'm still new to the CVS thing - haven't started on the Extra Bucks deals - but I did some good shopping there today. Spent $30 and saved $20 with deals, coupons and various stuff. I'm happy with what I bought and other than some 75% off hershey's kisses and m&m's I stuck to my list

Woo hoo - I'm happy with me for sticking to my list. Well other than the chocolate .. but it was such a good deal LMAO

More games and sweet wine

December 30th, 2006 at 10:05 pm

The theme of this holiday season has definitely been sweet wines and games.

Tonight we traveled to a friends house for wonderful casual dinner and a night of fun and games! While I wasn't feeling gamish I did enjoy some good conversations and ensured I would be invited back by doing the dishes (I was rewarded by the shriek of the hostess when she found me in the kitchen - it was a happy shriek).

And I got to enjoy more wine Smile This year it seems wine is getting sweeter and sweeter. However it is fun trying different types - and not being the one having to drive home (as if I was I'd be not having but a small sip)

Coupon Cleanout

December 30th, 2006 at 12:47 pm

Went to dollar general to get a coupon organizer today. Tired of having my coupons in a big useless pile.

Bought a few things on Christmas Clearout too- kept pretty sensible but bought a bit more than I'd planned to.

Also went to Giant Eagle and bought some stuff for lunch and New Years Day breakfast.

Did some preliminary work on the coupons. Should get up and do some more rather than being a slug...

Beans and Monopoly

December 29th, 2006 at 09:02 pm

Another nice night here.

I made a simple supper - Minnesota Bean Pot, roasted sweet potato, squash and potatoes and some chicken and broccoli for the non vegetarian in the group. A friend joined us for supper and brought dessert - a nice apple cranberry crisp.

After dinner we cleared the table and played monopoly.

A good time was had by all - and no money spent. A few of us did enjoy a beer or cooler or two Smile

Tomorrow night we are off to another friend's for dinner and more games.

Bought Belated Birthday gifts

December 29th, 2006 at 04:33 pm

Bought the boyfriend his belated birthday gifts today - his birthday was last month. We did really really well though we did go to a couple stores and strike out.

But K-Mart had sweats on sale for $6 a piece - with the elastic around the foot that he likes - so he got two pairs. They didn't have the right sizes at the first K-Mart we went to but they did at the second one!

Shirts weren't well discounted at JCPenney but we were able to find some on the deep discount rack for $7 each at Syms. Syms has about 50% off regular retail prices as there regular prices and we got another 50% off because they weren't packaged all pretty like in plastic - worked for us.

I"m really happy not to be owing him birthday gifts!

A nice quiet night

December 29th, 2006 at 06:16 am

We had a nice quiet night last night with a friend over for dinner. I like these sorts of nights where you don't spend money and you get to enjoy the company of a someone nice Smile

Watched a movie - Step up I think. I enjoyed it even though it was reminiscent of Fame - in both plot and characterizations. 1980 meets hip hop.

Another quilt store visit

December 28th, 2006 at 10:30 am

Bought a few more fabrics for my quilt, and a pattern so I can actually make a quilt. Am procrastinating startin cutting by doing this entry. Its my first quilt using batiks.

Was good at the quilt store. Only bought 2 fabrics that aren't for this. Both of those were in their Chrismas sale - one a gorgeous laurel burch and the other a kid print in the colourway I love doing baby quilts.

Now to start sewing. See ya laters Smile

After Xmas Sales

December 27th, 2006 at 06:54 pm

I had a great day today. Met a friend for lunch and used a Christmas gift card to treat the two of us! We went to the Olive Garden. Dave, whom we both hope was on his second day of work, was our server. He looked about 12 and he was trying - which was luckily more amusing than anything else. Olive Garden isn't in Canada any more so it was a nice chance to enjoy their salad and breadsticks once again!

After that we hit the stores. Saw a gorgeous skirt for $50 but marked down 30% that I am regretting now not trying on. *Sigh*. Oh well, if I still think of it in a couple of days maybe I'll go out there and try it on (and maybe I'll luck out and it will be further reduced). A peasant skirt but in a plush winter material that could be dressed up or down.

Bought a bunch of Christmas containers for a cookie basket thing I do each year. And some quilting material. Was surprised, by the quilting material. I expected it to come in around $25 in total and it came in under $19. I hadn't factored in a $1 off sale. Now to find a pattern and do something with it tomorrow. I have something in mind, we'll see if it stays in my mind tomorrow when I'm planning to sew

A Lightfilled Fun Free Night

December 27th, 2006 at 06:08 am

Last night was a fun free night.

I made dinner for my boyfriend and another friend. Quick and easy and tasty. Pasta and clams in a simple garlic oil sauce. Not low calorie but delicious. We had it with some wonderful wine donated to the cause by our friend!

Afterwards we all piled in the car and went to see Christmas lights. We weren't looking for elegant but for overdone and trashy. And we found a few places!. One house we went to had a yard full of lit presents. One box opened and up popped a Merry Christas sign -though had "Its" hand popped out we'd have been happier. We have a strange sense of humour!

Lots of deer out there. Some mechanical, some not. A few snow globes with scenes inside - snowmen, santa, and in cone case a moving merry-go-round with elves on reindeer Smile. Quite a few snowmen around too. Less people have multicoloured lights than I remember from my youth and the flashing strings of lights must be totally passe (or not made anymore).

Rant

December 26th, 2006 at 10:56 am



A couple of rants. These are not directed or inspired by anyone here. I'm on a lot of different forums and some of what folks are saying is starting to get me. Better I rant quickly here then hurt someone's feelings there

If someone buys you a gift certificate for hundreds of dollars quityerbitchin' please. You ain't getting sympathy from me cause you really were relying on cash and got the lousy gift card. Yanno if it is that onerous of a gift send it on here and I'll see if I can manage...

And if your family is all fighting, and someone refuses to give you and your kids gifts it isn't going to ruin your kids Christmas unless your attitude is as sucky as I think it is. And then it is your attitude about it all that is going to ruin christmas.

They are called gifts for a reason. If they were obligations they'd be called OBLIGATIONS and not gifts. Be grateful for the company of family and loved ones. That is what Christmas is about not about the gifts. Oh yeah they are nice, but they are the icing on the cake, not the reason for the season Maybe teach your kids about the joy of giving and spending time with family rather than inventorying their "haul". This is called teaching them values.

/end rant

Thanks I feel better now. And again this wasn't about anyone here so please don't take offense.

A laid back boxing day!

December 26th, 2006 at 07:08 am

I'm putzing around this morning doing the flylady thing [url]www.flylady.net[/url] and trying to wake up.

So are haven't done much but have given the tub and snink a quick scrub with clean and part of the kitchen counter.

I'm contemplating going out early this afternoon and trying to find an organizer for my US coupons. Kmart is pretty close and might be worth a quick wander - or maybe an office store. We'll see.

Off to do some more stuff and contemplate what to make for lunch.

A laid back boxing day!

Reusing Wrapping Paper

December 25th, 2006 at 11:41 am

Yup I admit to doing it! Do you ever do it? Come'on admit it.. *grins*

I did it today as a matter of fact. I'm not to proud to admit it. I had a couple of gifts left to wrap and i reused some paper that had been used to wrap a present for my boyfriend.

This likely just proves I'm 1) frugal and 2) the child of my parents.

Next step is carefully ironing the used wrapping paper and then saving it to use next year. My parents do that. So does my aunt. I'm not there yet. I have not yet reached the pinnacle of frugalness.

Merry Christmas (and a free coffee)

December 25th, 2006 at 11:09 am

A terrific Christmas morning with my sweetie and his daughter.

I got some beautiful jewelery. He liked his gifts though 2 shower gels and 3 deodorants in the stocking do lead to a "I love you, Merry Christmas, you stink" message. Make note for next year... LOL. Yes there was other good stuff in there - its one big stocking.

A girlfriend did my stocking for me and another got me a gift card! I'm so spoiled!

We had a huge breakfast of waffles and bacon (vegan sausage) for him! Yummy SmileI love Trader Joes stuff. The quality of their food is so good!

And after we dropped the young'un off with her Mom he went into starbucks to get her a Mocha - he asked me If I wanted one and I said no I want some coffee from Sheetz. So he indulged me and we stopped at Sheetz where they have free coffee today because its Christmas! Woo Hoo!

A quick lunch and then its off in a short while to go for Christmas dinner Smile Life is good Smile

Note to Self

December 24th, 2006 at 09:18 am

When planning a day of baking, make sure you actually have all the ingredients you need to make the recipes you are planning to make.

I wanted to make Mexican Wedding Cakes but we don't have icing/powdered sugar. I'll make them during the holidays but not today (I'm crazy but not crazy enough to go to a grocery store with all the others).

My boyfriends daughter went to get us coffee and breakfast at Sheetz (a gas station that also has kitchen and serves my favourite blend of coffee) and said it was NUTS up there. If a convenience store is nuts what is a grocery store going to be like?

I'm so bad

December 24th, 2006 at 07:07 am

I'm so bad. I've been regifting some of the things I've got for Christmas this year. Mostly chocolate stuff. I'm not wanting to eat a ton of it so I'm passing it along to be enjoyed while it is still fresh.

Christmas plans and a Trip to Trader Joes

December 23rd, 2006 at 07:04 pm

Our Christmas and Christmas eve plans firmed up finally today! We are going to a friends for Christmas Eve dinner and for Christmas we are going to spend it with his X's family (the X will not be there).

I'm excited. There is going to be a spiral ham for dinner. I love spiral ham. Yummy Smile

We did a trip to Trader Joes tonight. I went totally nuts. At one point my boyfriend stopped me and asked if was shopping for wants or needs. Usually I'm very good at sorting on that criteria and staying sane in my shopping. I was just annoyed by his words tonight. But i did calm down after that. The $9.99 scallops did get put back on the shelf. I kept to buying all kinds of veggies both fresh and frozen! I'm craving veggies these days so I can't wait to cook delicious things with them for lunches over the next few days as well as dinners.

A good trip

December 23rd, 2006 at 12:49 pm

Headed to the states today. Did the entire trip in 6 hours which is excellent. Mao worried me cause he didn't sleep at all. Normally he's an excellent sleeper for drives on the highway. I bet he will be quiet the next day or so as he catches up. That cat loves his naps Smile

Picked up some wine and beer at the duty free. Customs was a breeze. I started to declare my items and he was waving me through, so I stopped declaring and said thanks and drove on! Woo Hoo! Made me wish I got greedy buying more booze at the duty free!

Didn't spend much at all for food. Used some gift certificates for breakfast and lunch was the 2/99 hotdog (plus cheese) deal and Sheetz.

I'm tired though.