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:


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Back to 'olden' times

   As I've mentioned to my forum friends, we've been painting the kitchen here at the casa de chaos.   It's been going a bit more slowly than expected (we're doing this around DH's work schedule).

   All the shifting has left us without a microwave oven for the past week or so.  It's no problem to plan meals that can be cooked in the oven or on the stove top, but how to reheat the leftovers?  I remember my DM had a stove-top oven in the pre-microwave days, but I have no such thing.

  So, a bit of thinking.  Some things obviously could be reheated in the oven:  pizza, chicken pieces wrapped in foil.  But what to do with pasta in sauce, or a cooked rice dish?  My solution:  a small skillet.

I've had to be a bit more patient:  chicken needs more than 2 minutes to warm up in the oven, and rice and pasta have to be watched and stirred.  And I actually have to use my kettle to warm up water for a single cup of tea. ;)  But all in all, it works.  

But I still look forward to having my microwave back in place.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Safety alert

   Thought I'd pass this on, since most of us are out and about for holiday shopping.

    The police in my city are warning of a "flat tire" scam that's going on at some area supermarkets and drug stores.   In this scam, a person slashes or punctures the tire of a vehicle in the parking lot.  When the victim returns to find the flat, this person appears and aggressively offers to change the tire and asks for money in return.

     Police are telling folks to go back into the store and call them (and report it to the store manager).
     I'd suggest parking near the door, or another busy area in the lot, if possible --- might discourage someone from messing with your car.

     Always something, isn't it?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Is it frugal not to flush?

    If you're squeamish, I might suggest you don't read this over breakfast ....

    Came across this story about the merits of not flushing after ... er ... number one.   There are certainly strong arguments for it:   water conservation,  savings on the water/sewer bills.
     But then again, there's the "ick" factor.  There are certain things you may not want to smell in your house.  And it's not something I'd do in a public setting, or someone else's house. To me, that would be rude.

    Now, I admit there are times we don't flush at the casa de chaos ... middle of the night trips to the bathroom being one.  (No sense in waking up the household for something that can wait a couple of hours.)

Anyway, here's the story.   What do you think?