Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Just wondering

If credit is so hard to get these days, why is it that over the past two days we've received 6 offers for a new credit cards ... all from the same bank?

Just asking ....

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Black Friday: Oops, I did it.

Honestly, I have never had any interest in shopping on Black Friday. No way do I want to be in a crowded store at 3 a.m. (Now, perhaps an establishment that sells adult beverages ... ahem ... I digress.)

But there, in one of the ads, was a power tool that DH had been shopping for. Just what he wanted, at the best price we've seen.

So, I pull up the store's Web site to do a bit of research. And discovered that I could buy the tool online. For the Black Friday sale price! And I could pick it up at the store any time the next day.


So I ordered it. And around noon on Black Friday, I waltzed into the not-too-busy store, picked up the power tool, and went on my merry way.

Now, that's my kind of Black Friday shopping!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I am thankful for all the folks who have stopped by to read this blog over the past year. I hope this day finds you all in the company of friends and loved ones --- and with a meal purchased at sale prices!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bye, bye Mr. Pumpkin

We performed the annual dispatching of the pumpkins the other night.

I've never dispatched a pie pumpkin, but I am always amazed at the amount of water that has to be drained out of our porch pumpkins. I think the draining took longer than the cooking, LOL!

We boiled 1 1/2 pumpkins and roasted the other half. The tally: 9 1/4 cups of puree, and 10 cups of roasted.

Now, to find room in the freezer!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving dinner costs

The Farm Bureau in my home state totaled up the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 this year. The shoppers put together a menu using the lowest regular price, no coupons or sales.
The result: $45.79

Here's the lineup:

Turkey (16 lb.) $20.48
Stuffing (14 oz.) $2.48
Pumpkin pie filling mix (30 oz. can) $2.72
Pie shell, 9 in. (2 per pkg.) $2.45
Sweet potatoes (3 lb.) $2.97
Rolls (12 oz./12 per pkg.) $2.12
Peas (16 oz. pkg.) $1.51
Relish tray (1 lb. mixed carrots, celery) $0.88
Whole milk (gal.) $2.83
Cranberries (fresh, 12 oz. pkg.) $2.32
Whipping cream (½ pint) $1.82
Misc. ingredients (AFBF estimate) $ $3.22
TOTAL $45.79

I can't resist. Let's see what happens when I shop the sales:

Turkey (16 lbs @ 57 cents a pound at Kroger). $9.12
Stuffing (2 5-6 oz boxes at Meijer) $1.98
2 Frozen pumpkin pies at Kroger (all right, I'm cheating) $5
Sweet potatoes (3 lbs @25 cents a pound at Meijer). 75 cents
Rolls (Marsh) 99 cents
Peas (12 oz at Kroger). 88 cents
Relish tray (at Aldi, celery, 79 cents; carrots 69 cents). $1.48
1% milk (1 gal at Costco). $1.79
Whipping cream (16 oz at Kroger). $1.99
Cranberries (12 oz at Meijer). $1.50
Misc. ingredients (I'll go with the bureau on this one) $3.22

Grand total: 28.70

Not bad, and I suspect a few coupons could knock the total down even more.

Obviously, your mileage may vary depending on where you shop and what kinds of foods have to be on your holiday table. But hey, that extra $17 can go toward your Black Friday shopping!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A little planning helps

I'm not sure that this is a frugal triumph -- more like a tale of poor planning.

I was recently invited to a baby shower. Found a gift, then decided that .. eh, I have plenty of things in my gift-wrap stash .. no need to buy any paper.

You can guess where this is going, right? A couple of hours before the shower, I poked through my gift-wrap collection, and realized that 98% of my stash was Christmas wrappings. Oops! Actually, I had some lovely blue paper ... but the little one happened to be a girl.

I did find some appropriate paper at the bottom of the stash, but it was a bit creased and beat up. I tried the ironing trick, which helped, but not enough. Fortunately, some strategic ribbon placement hid the worst of the creasing.

Next was the gift tag, which actually wasn't a problem. A quick Internet search found several cute, printable tags. (I realized later that I probably could have printed out some wrapping paper, too.)

So, after an extra hour and much angst, I had a presentable gift.

Technically, I pulled it off. But really, I'm annoyed with myself for not checking my wrapping stash ahead of time. So I will be stopping by the dollar store to pick up some paper (or gift bags) in a nice neutral, solid color ...

Friday, November 12, 2010

The plant that won't die

When I closed out the garden ahead of a hard freeze, I brought all my porch plants inside, including my cherry tomato plant.

As usually happens, most of the herbs don't like the transition, and either died or went dormant. I figured the same thing would happen to the tomato plant as soon as I got the ripe fruits off it.

Well, guess again.

Despite my intentional neglect, the darn thing is surviving. The green tomatoes are ripening. In fact, the darn thing is blooming!

So, who knows ... maybe I'll have tomatoes in my salad all winter. We'll see.

Oh, yeah, guess this means I have to water it more often...

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Time to fall back

Daylight saving time ends today ... don't forget to set your clocks back an hour!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

October freebies

Had a number of FAC items this month ...

2 Nivea lotions
1 Nivea body wash
Dove shampoo/conditioner
Post-it notes
Life cereal bar
candy corn (FAC)
EverPure shampoo/conditioner
Green Giant steamer (FAC)
Gain dish detergent (FAC)
Triscut crisps
Crest ProHealth
Crest (FAC)
2 Jergens lotions
Dawn (FAC)
Pompeii olive oil (FAC)
Garnier moisture lotion
Always pads

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Garden report: All done

Looks like another growing season has come to a close. Freezing temps were predicted late last week, so I pulled the remaining peppers and tomatoes out of the garden.

The peppers will go straight to the freezer ... as soon as I can get to them. The tomatoes get to sit in sacks for awhile.

Over all, it wasn't a bad year. And we'll certainly enjoy having the fresh-frozen veggies this winter.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010