Wednesday, May 28, 2014

How much is that coffee?

This particular online offering made me laugh ....  I know coffee prices are supposed to rise, but financing? LOL!  Or maybe you can buy it a cup at a time?

(I've erased the names to protect the innocent.)

Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day

  In honor of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice ....

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Saving money this past week.

  Sometimes I feel like a broken record when I talk on the forums about saving money.   Taking lunches to work ... washing out plastic bags (maybe I shouldn't admit that ;) ...  trying to avoid eating out (easier said than done) ... blah, blah, blah.

At least this week, I have a few different things to report:

  • Discovered that I'd been way overcharged for something, so I made a return trip to the store to get an adjustment (more on that in another post).  Savings, about $14.
  • Got the bank to refund a charge.  Savings, $5.
  • Used a gift card (earned in surveys) at the gas station, essentially getting $20 worth of gas for $10.   Savings, $10.
  • Used a rebate voucher from the home-improvement store to help pay for 2 new rosebushes and some paving stones.  Savings, about $9. 
So all in all, not a bad week for savings ... it paid for my grocery shop yesterday, with a bit left over.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Recalls updated: ground beef

 And another recall:
Nearly 2 million pounds of ground beef were recalled by Wolverine Packing Co. in Detroit on Monday after 11 people in four states fell sick.

Go here and click on the link for a list of stores that sold the ground beef.  

Previously:  Kraft is recalling 1.2 million cases of cottage cheese that could spoil prematurely and cause illness.   Brands include Breakstone and Knudsen.

For more info, see the story here.

Monday, May 12, 2014


  It's kind of busy around the casa de chaos these days ... thought I'd show you a bit of what we're doing. 
 Here are some of the veggie plants waiting to go into the garden.  (This was before watering ... we didn't get enough rain last night to give everything a good drink.)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Stamp out hunger food drive

 For those of us in the U.S., Saturday is the annual Letter Carriers Stamp out Hunger Food drive.    Sometime during the week, your mail carrier will leave a plastic bag for you to fill with non-perishable foods and put out at your mailbox on Saturday.

   Please give if you can.   The economic number may look better, but the stories I hear say that there's still a great deal of need out there.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Apparently they don't make magnets the way they used to ...

  I mentioned a while back that I glued  a magnet to a chip clip to make a grocery-list holder for the fridge.

   Had another small clip that I wanted to use to hold another list.  Didn't have a long magnet, but I did have 3 small magnets I'd pulled off a shower curtain liner.

   Taped one on and tried it.   Clip slipped right down the fridge.

    Taped a second one.   Same result.

     Taped a third one.   Still sliding.

   Since I've run out of magnets ... and places to tape them ... think we can call this one a frugal fail.  Need to hunt up a stronger magnet...