Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I say reluctantly because I really dislike all the prep work, and the getting up early part. However, I think I will enjoy the part where I send all the leftovers to the Salvation Army, LOL!
I'll report back ....
Monday, July 27, 2009
Well, hold on to your seat ... some packages are actually getting larger.
From the Associated Press:
Last year, food packages shrank as food makers, dealing with record high ingredient costs, struggled to maintain their profits. But the weakened economy has caused a slump in demand for ingredients like corn and oil, pushing those prices back down. With lower ingredient costs — and higher consumer demand for more value — some brands are shifting back to bigger packages, without raising prices.
So far, the most evident size boosting is in the chip aisle, where Frito-Lay dominates. The company has boosted some package sizes for brands like Doritos, Cheetos, Tostitos and Fritos by 20 percent, reversing cuts made to bag sizes last year.
But don't expect it to last .. experts predict that commodity prices will go up as the economy improves. So that bag of chips will likely get smaller again.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
John Adams was away for years, first in Philadelphia as the Revolution began, later as an envoy to France and to Amsterdam. Framing a new government wasn't exactly a well-paying position, and it didn't help that Adams had given up his law practice to deal with colonial matters.
So it fell on Abigail to not only raise their children, but keep the family afloat financially.
She rented out the family farm and went into business for herself. She speculated in currency (apparently quite popular in that time), and purchased land (in her husband's name, since she couldn't legally own land.)
When Adams went to France, she asked him to send items that she could sell: chocolate, tea, fabric. Her market was the Bostonians who had become wealthy by profiting from the wartime economy. After a while, she began to deal directly with European merchants, bypassing her DH altogether. (Imagine what she could have done with eBay!)
Her intent was not to become wealthy, but to keep the family housed, clothed and fed without going into debt ... something a frugal New Englander abhorred.
I can't help but compare this to something else I read -- a recent news story about how, as the economy stays sour, more women have had to become the breadwinners for their families.
Doesn't seem all that different, does it?
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
In my area, dressings usually run around $1.58, and there are currently coupons in the 6/21 SS for $1/1. Depending on prices in your area, for a little over $1 out of pocket, you could get a couple of bottles of dressing and lettuce (or other type of salad greens).
The coupon is good until 3/31 of next year, so there's plenty of time to find a good deal.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Researchers are looking for 1,500 drivers in six cities to test an on-board computer system that taxes motorists based on miles driven rather than fuel taxes paid at the pump.
That mileage-based tax is being considered in a $16.5 million study for the U.S. Department of Transportation to determine whether it's a viable option for paying for surface transportation, including roads and railroads, in the future.
"As vehicles become more fuel efficient, the money raised by the gas tax goes down," said said Jon Kuhl, a University of Iowa professor of electrical and computer engineering and principle investigator on the study.
And drivers of the increasingly popular electric, hydrogen and hybrid vehicles aren't paying their fair share for road use.
Under the system, a small computer is installed in a vehicle and will record miles and road use. It can also tell what state a person is driving in and can charge different tax rates based on the fuel mileage of the car being driven, Kuhl said.
Personally, I have some privacy issues with this. And it certainly would be an incentive for me to keep the car OFF the road as much as possible. (or is that the idea?)
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
But the instructions are rather confusing:
Step 2: Send a copy of cash register receipt dated (xx-xx to xx-xx) with purchase price circled.
Step 4: Mail the original form and the original dated receipt with item descriptions and product price circled.
So, which is it? A copy or the original?
Oh yeah, I have to fill out the form with name, address, etc. The back of the card is the original mailer, which carries my name, address, etc....
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I'm still standing .. though the co-workers that sit on either side of me didn't fare as well. Nor did another 30-plus folks in our division.
I know, a drop in the bucket compared to what's going on in the auto industry. But when it hits close to home, it's scary.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Went back to the store and talked with the manager. She remembered our conversation and immediately had the customer service clerk give me a $3 cash refund. So, all's well.
And of course I spent it, and a bit more, LOL!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Head & Shoulders shampoo/conditioner
lettuce (courtesy of a friend's garden)
3 pkgs Huggies diapers
1 Hawaiian Tropic butter
Bodycology lotion, soap, body mist
2 Country Crocks (1lb) FAC
All Bran cereal, fiber bar, drink mix
Fisher Price DVD
2 cans infant formula
Jack Daniels BBQ sauce
Reach floss (FAC)
Kashi cereal bar
Monday, July 6, 2009
The company I work for has announced another round of layoffs. This is the 3rd round in 8 months, not to mention the 2 weeks of furlough I've already taken.
So, I cleaned out my desk, just in case (I've learned to travel light) .. and once again, life (at least the financial portion) goes on hold ...
Sunday, July 5, 2009
But I did get a sweet deal :
- 1 Venus Embrace $8.99
- 2 Bic Soleils. (these still had the $7.99 tag, but scanned at $2.99)
- 1 Zone bar.
- 2 $3 coupons for the Bic razors
- 55 cent coupon for the Zone bar (6/14 SS in some markets)
- $6.98 in ECBs.
Total: $1.08, paid with a gift card I earned doing a survey. So, OOP: Zero! Plus I got $3 ECBs back.
Also, at Kroger this week, Tyson boneless chicken breasts were $1.87 per pound. I used 4 of their recent $1 off coupons to score packages for around $2 each. We usually split the chicken breasts in half before cooking, so I figure I have at least 24 servings of chicken for around $8!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
So far, it's been going well ... until the last two weeks. And boy, have I fallen flat.
There were the cooked pork chops that didn't make to the fridge. Found 'em on the counter 9 hours later. (food poisoning, anyone?)
The peaches that skipped ripe and went straight to rot.
The well-refrigerated lunch meat that developed an odd smell the day after it was opened. (it was a last day of sale markdown, but still ...)
And the fresh spinach and strawberries that didn't get eaten quickly enough ... the last bits of those went into the trash, too.
Lessons learned, I suppose. Maybe I should put this poster up in my kitchen, eh?