Saturday, January 10, 2015

Substitutions, please

Decided to make a pot of my minestrone soup for a very cold day.  But I've been putting off a big shop, so some of my most-used items are running low ... or are gone. 

First .. no fresh garlic.  No problem, garlic powder will work.

But then I realized I only had one can of white beans ... needed two.  What we did have were a couple of cans of garbanzo beans (we make our own hummus).   After a suggestion by DH, I decided to substitute the garbanzos for one of the cans of beans.

You know what ... I couldn't tell the difference. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

New decor

 We've been spiffing up the kitchen here at the Casa de Chaos.  So a new color scheme means new window coverings, right?

   I went "shopping" in my fabric stash, and came up with this piece of material that I used to sew the valance.  

    I think the pattern makes a nice bit of contrast against the painted wall ... and it's sort of cheery.  (And the idea of getting a new valance for "free" certainly makes me cheery.)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year

    Here's wishing everyone a happy, healthy and frugal 2015!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A refund, please

         Money flies out of my house fast enough, it seems ... so if something I buy isn't rung up at the correct price, or I don't like, need or use a service, I want my money back.


       Got an e-mail deal from a food-service store.  10-inch pies, normally $6.99, were on sale for $2.  (Limited flavors, so methinks it was a Thanksgiving overstock.)    Bought two, then realized when I got home that something wasn't right.   Turns out the clerk only discounted one pie.
       To be fair, the coupon was confusing.  It said "Limit 2"  but the directions said only one pie could be discounted.  Say what?
        So back to the store.  Apparently the clerk should have scanned the coupon twice. Refund: $4.99

     We had some new flooring installed at the casa de chaos.   Turns out the installer didn't need the adhesive, and asked if we wanted it credited.   At $90, you bet your vinyl floor I want it credited ... and we contacted the salesperson to make sure it will be.

     Had to buy an emergency ink cartridge at full price.  (Normally, I order it, but there was a Christmas gift being printed.)   The cartridge was defective.   So back I went, and got an exchange.  No refund, but at least I'm not out the $$.

     I've contacted a cat-food maker about their guarantee ... I tried the product when Little Girl went on her hunger strike.  She wouldn't eat it.   Neither would her brother (who eats just about anything ... including what he shouldn't).
  We'll see what they say ... but that $4.50 (after coupon) can go toward something she will eat.


Friday, December 26, 2014

Stumbling on savings

   I had intended to bake a ham for Christmas dinner.  Even bought one. (Best price I could find this year was $1.29 a pound for a shank ham.  Not bad, but I miss those 99 cent a pound sales.)

   But during a quick trip to the supermarket for a couple of last-minute items, a sign on the meat counter caught my eye:  "All leg of lamb products $2.99 lb."

  Whoa!  That's unheard of.  There were full legs marked at $6.99 lb and boneless half-leg roasts for $8.49 lb.  "Are you sure about this?"   I asked one of the department employees.  "They aren't marked."
     He assured me the price would be marked down at the register, and added that it was unusual for them to have this much lamb left so close to Christmas. 

    So I picked up a boneless half-leg roast, priced at $30.  Sure enough, I got the markdown -- to $9.99.    Merry Christmas!   

     (It was delicious, and we shall eat every scrap ...)

     Today, I was at another market for a pharmacy stop, so I browsed the meat and produce aisles for any markdowns.  Now, I wasn't going to get chicken ... we'd stocked when this market sold drumsticks and thighs for 88 cents a pound.   But there it was ... a shelf full of split chicken breasts, all natural, normally $3.99 a pound ... marked down to 99 cents a pound. 

     So I grabbed a package with five large split breasts.   Yep, we'll
eat more chicken ... 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!

from Mein Lila Park
   For those who celebrate  ...

   We here at Dodge and Weave wish  everyone a happy, safe and always frugal holiday season.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A bit of holiday cheer

         Here's a story and a video about clerks in a German supermarket who put on a holiday show for their customers: