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Hmmm...not sure what to make of it

January 26th, 2006 at 05:34 pm

I'm of the dissenting opinion regarding the new redesign. From an interface design/money saving perspective, its not frugal in its use of space. That means more clicking and scrolling to get to the same material. It seems watered down as a result.

I will try to work with it...in the name of progress, etc, but in my opinion it doesnt provide as much impact for the amount of effort required on my part. I also feel like the sense of community that one feels is much looser; it more challenging to find the regulars and differentiate(sp?) them from the voices that are just joining.

More errands

January 24th, 2006 at 07:47 pm

Since the first of the year, I've been doing so very well when I run errands. I've been able to save more than I spend on several occassions when I get groceries or stuff for the house. Here are the deals I got today:

Walgreens: $4.09 - saved $4.45
Albertsons: $4.97 - saved $4.72
Big Lots: $ 14.04 - we found more of the pasta for .59 per pound. We didnt find the same shape, so got angel hair instead. I am sure it will be just as good. We stocked up and bought ten pounds.

The food total for this month so far is $332.99. That includes dining out. Though this is high, I'm going to use it for a baseling/starting point and it will only go down from here.

I spent $5.22 at work on coffee and a bagel in celebration of the deadline I met yesterday. Not too many complaints so far. I think it should be quiet the rest of the week.

I got a stack of magazines from a friend at work. After I look at them, I'm going to pass them on to another friend. I like this sort of recycling.

Other frugal things today - dinner was leftovers. I bought crackers and micro popcorn to keep in my desk at work for those days when I get the munchies. This way I will avoid any temptation from the vending machines. I brought water from home and walked on my lunch hour. Brought my lunch and avoided the vending machines for one more day.

Plan to walk again at lunch tomorrow. Part of this gradual getting into shape thing for the new year.

Years added back to my life!!!

January 23rd, 2006 at 02:52 pm

I met an incredibly huge deadline today at work. It was so huge that my stress levels were making me crazy. I was even yelling at the people who have helped me get where I am. Will be sure to apologize tomorrow.

We are going out to dinner tonight to celebrate - no coupons, no specials. It was that big of a deal.

All afternoon as I was wringing my hands, waiting for people to get me thier info, I thought I would treat myself to some new shoes as a reward. Once I completed the project and left my office, my relief was so great and my senses so clear that I thought, "There is no way I am spending my money right now and indebting myself to this craziness for the rest of my days." And I drove straight home.

I'll go in tomorrow to see what the reactions are - yay or nay. I will spend the rest of the week cleaning up minor details and making sure all invested parties are satisfied, but that will be a cake walk in comparison to the past six months of what I've been going through.

I cannot fully express the relief I am feeling.

Spending for today was .65 for a Pepsi. I raided a co-workers candy jar several times and brought my own lunch. Payday isnt until next Tuesday, so things will be tight. I may just raid DH's quarter jar. He packs them away (an old habit from when we had to go to the laundromat) and then they sit in the drawer for ages. Yes, I think I need to liberate several ounces of those and have them on hand (my hand) just in case. That way I wont pull out cash from the cc or add to my debit account at work. Sometimes just having the money on hand is enough and I end up not spending it anyway.

Stressed out Sunday

January 22nd, 2006 at 01:56 pm

I need to be working today, but I went in to work and found out that the key I have for the front door is not the key to the front door. I am not happy about this. I have a major deadline tomorrow. Thankfully I can work remotely, but its not the same. Will fix that on Monday.

Inspite of this, I ran some errands this morning after going through the Sunday paper:
$22.66 walgreens - saved 6.55 and will get a $10 gift card; thinking about purchasing $25 worth of diapers for a friend who is having a baby. There is also a $10 gift card rebate with that too.
3.03 post office - returned turtlenecks to Winter Silks for $39.50 refund
$22.39 sams - gas - no savings here grrrrr
$10.70 kmart - saved 1.58; my favorite laundry detergent was on sale

going now to drown my stress in some ice cream - purchased on sale, with a coupon...

taking advantage of deals that come my way

January 21st, 2006 at 02:36 pm

Last night's lasagne turned out VERY well. It will not stay in the fridge long, I predict. Good thing as there are two more pans in the freezer.

I started the ham soup in the crock pot this morning. It should be done pretty soon.

I started this day with a massage that has left me feeling very good and rather happy, as in smiling all the time, just a little and for no tangible reason. If I could only put that in the water.

Placed and order at VitaminShoppe.com. I compared prices with the site I usually use and the items that I was looking for were cheaper on VS. They also had a $10 off a $40 order and free shipping on $50 order. With the discount, my order came in at $43.XX. Got the shipping free as before discount was $53.xx!!

Ordered other supplements at the main site. Always so expensive, but I continue to feel better, so they have my business.

Recieved my Discover statement and I reconciled reciepts against the statement. December was a killer month for spening, but I had come VERY, VERY large, non-recurring purchases. I believe January to Feb statement will be much, much more reasonable. And I will once again make progress is paying it off.

I redeemed my cash back on Discover card for a GC at Red Lobster. These can also be used at the Olive Garden and we have coupons for $3 off two entrees. The closest one to us is 30-45 minutes away, but for a treat, we will take the trip.

Cats are really liking the new dry food. Didnt touch the raw that I put out for them this morning. I may gently switch them over to the dry or at least cut way back on the raw. The store I buy the dry at also has a program where you buy 12 bags and the 13th is free. Signed up when I bought the first bag.

I got a return ready for the silk turtlenecks I bought online a couple of days ago. The long underwear are keepers, but the turtlenecks were not to my liking. So I will need to run to the post office tonight or tomorrow.

These things have taken the better part of the day. Its 4:00 here and I havent started any work. I could take today off and cram it in tomorrow...not really sure. I could use a nap. It will either give me a clearer head or will really put me out of comission.....thinking.....

Edit: DH is really getting into this frugal/saving money thing. He got a GC for $10 from MIL for Best Buy and had been holding onto it. He noticed that games for the XBox were on sale. The light went on and he bought a game on sale, with the GC and paid only $12ish for a game that would usually be about $40?? The best part is he put all this together on his own. We talked about it before hand, sort of like a test run. But he did the running on his own. I'm so proud of him. He didnt want to admit he's making progress in the world of coupons. Kind of like being a teen and having your mom kiss you on the cheek in front of your friends. Embarrassing, but he's willing to go along if he doesnt have to 'fess up. If the end result is saving $$$, I am not complaining.

Frugal things for Friday

January 20th, 2006 at 06:09 pm

the things I did today that were frugal are:

-found chicken breasts on sale for 1.99/lb; this was from a conversation with a friend about how I was really biting the bullet this year. She saw the sale in the paper and passed it on. Also picked up their sale flyer to see what else is on sale.

-found a good dry catfood that the cats loves. This will save on the raw diet they are currently on.

-made three small pans of lasagne for dinner tonight. One is in the oven. The other two are in the freezer. Ran out of proper lasagne noodles, so ended up using the wide pasta noodles found at Big Lots for .59.

-found the ham bone from Christmas dinner and am going to make soup in the crock pot tomorrow. I am thawing out pre-cooked beans (made three pounds in crock pot, divided up and froze for later use.) and zuccini that someone gave us this summer from their garden. This will then go into the ziploc containers I just got at Walmart w/ a coupon last night.

-planned the menu for the weekend around what is in the fridge and cooking large batches in the crock pot for freezing. These are the sort of things I like to do on the weekend when I am home. Saves time during the week when I can just pull something out of the freezer. Really trying to cut down on going out and convenience food. We do it often enough to bug me. If I have an at home Plan B, I will take it. This is one of the ways I am taking measures to counter taking the easy way out when things get stressful.

-brought my lunch and chatted with a friend. Also got a bit of a walk in the fresh air too.

Not frugal things:
- boought two liters of water at work. Forgot to bring it from home.

-visited the vending machine as a means of coping with stress at work. Spent a $1. In most of the candy bars they are only carrying the super size for $1 rather than the regular size for .60. The fattening of America.

Tonight I'm doing laundry. The cat went on the bed - again. He's not sick. I think its a social thing. Also washing cat beds and misc. rugs and things that havent been through the wash in a while.

I have to work this weekend, but it will be from home and could very well be in my pj's if I'm not feeling motivated. Sunday will check out the sales and see if there is anything we need. Maybe do some cleaning....?

What day is it?

January 19th, 2006 at 07:08 pm

This week is just a blur. Too much going on.

Went to ALB and spent $55.41. Saved $42.45 though I think their prices are over inflated anyway. But according to the price book, I got good deals. Also picked up some misc. at WalMart - $8.82 - used $4.50 in coupons. This is bringing our food budget for the month to $262.89. That's getting high in my opinion. But this is the starting point. After this month, it will only go down. It will be time to clean out the cupboards and start getting creative.

I spent $3.39 at work on water and Cheetos. DH observed that at that price the water was more expensive than gasoline.

Work has been going smashingly lately. Things are finally moving along and with them comes a sense of progress and acomplishment. I really, really like my job when things are like this!!! I will have to work this weekend and I'm happy to do it. Of course, this means I will take some days off later in the week, but I dont mind at all.

No other news.

Wednesday's savings

January 18th, 2006 at 06:29 pm

DH and I both had eye exams this evening. They were each $39 with the coupon in the Sunday paper. DH had been to this eye doc before and we knew he's reliable. We saved $30 between the two of us. This is great since I dont have vision insurance through my employer.

From there we went to Carl's Junior. Our eye appts ran late and I didnt feel like cooking or eating leftovers. There was a BOGO coupon for a taco salad in one of the flyers in today's mail. It was the first time we've ever been. We're sort of deciding just how its going to sit with us. Dont think it will be a repeat for us...we aren't that much into fast food and especially not burgers. It was only $4.27 for the experiment, so we arent upset about it. An inexpensive learning experience.

DH has suddenly been asking me all these questions about coupons. What is a coupon train? Where do I get all of the coupons I use from? etc., etc.,etc. I asked him if he was really getting into this. (I was getting excited that we might have a conversion in our midst!!) But he just said he liked learning how systems worked and how they can be improved. Oh well. At least he's got money saving on the brain...generally.

No spend day at work. Resisted the temptation of the vending machine.

I did start the morning out by stopping at the food coop. I got flax seed meal, oatmeal and string cheese for $13.85. I will bring oatmeal to work tomorrow for either lunch or a snack. I forgot to pick up one of the magazines they have on the counter, free for members. This month's issue has a $1.00 coupon for Swheatscoop. It was on my list, but I was sort of spacy and overlooked it.

I mailed off the shoes to Zappos. That will be a nice $55 credit once it goes through.

Doing laundry right now. Updating the price book. There are some major sales at Albertson's and I am sure of that. Because I've been updating entries, I can now play ALB off WalMart for the best dea. Oh, the rush from the power I possess!!! I'm going to use to get me some ice cream!! And I have coupons. I am dizzy with the possiblities!!! Better sign off know before I start dancing on the table!!! Drunk with joy I am...

Shopping at lunch

January 17th, 2006 at 08:22 pm

I went online at lunch and purchased silk long underwear. I have one pair that I've had for over ten years and they still look great. I've been wanting to buy some since before Christmas because my office at work is so cold and I'm having trouble regulating my body temp. It was sort of a want, but also a need. The total came to 90.75 and that was with everything on sale. I bought two pairs and two turtlenecks. I feel guilty about spending that amount of money right now, even if it was a good deal. But I'm also tired of feeling like a popsicle every day by 10:00. I'll see how they fit and if they work out.

I've come to the conclusion that I am going to return the pair of shoes that I really like. I have to admit to myself that they are a size ten and I am really a 10.5. Sigh. I'm procrastinating a bit on getting them boxed up...like the shoe fairy will come some night, wave her wand and make it all better. Not to be.

On other fronts, we also made dinner in the crock pot. Spaghetti and our .59 per pound pasta; the pasta wasnt great, but we will eat it. I also brought my lunch and snacks to work but ended up buying a Pepsi and a water from the machine for a total of 1.65.

Tomorrow evennig DH and I both have eye exams. There was a coupon in the Sunday paper for $39. Its the eye doctor that he has already been to, so we know he's good. My insurance doesnt cover eye exams, so this seems like a good alternative.

Not much else going on with money right now. In March, we are going to have some travel costs that I am budgetting for. Things are quieting down re spending. I know in a couple of weeks I am going to need to order more supplements...hate the huge pricetag on these, but can say I am feeling a bit better overall. I think part of the reason I got over the crud so quickly is because of some of the things I was taking. I'm hearing stories about people who have been sick for weeks, going on months. Whatever is going around is nasty stuff.