Sunday, November 30, 2008

Wow. I saw "Fireproof" last night. That was a great movie. Very well done and I was gripping my seat though most of it! Not bad for a movie with a small budget. It's a great movie for anyone, especially married folks or those who want to BE married... or anyone who wants out.

Save money - dont get a divorce! LOL

Friday, November 21, 2008

be careful what you wish for!

This is a direct quote from a member of HCW - but I had to pass this on:

"Yesterday 10:58:58 AM mminnich51207

Not sure where to post this, but it's helpful: I wanted to give everyone a heads up that if you tend to give gift cards around the holidays, you need to be careful that the cards will be honored after the holidays. Stores that are planning to close after Christmas are still selling the cards through the holidays even though the cards will be worthless January 1. There is no law preventing them from doing this. On the contrary, it is referred to as 'Bankrupcy Planning).

Below is a partial list of stores that you need to be cautious about.
Circuit City (filed Chapter 11)
Ann Taylor- 117 stores nationwide closing
Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug ,and Catherine's to close 150 stores nationwide
Eddie Bauer to close stores 27 stores and more after January
Cache will close all stores
Talbots closing down specialty stores
J. Jill closing all stores (owned by Talbots)
Pacific Sunwear (also owned by Talbots)
GAP closing 85 stores
Footlocker closing 140 stores mo re to close after January
Wickes Furniture closing down
Levitz closing down remaining stores
Bombay closing remaining stores
Zales closing down 82 stores and 105 after January
Whitehall closing all stores
Piercing Pagoda closing all stores
Disney closing 98 stores and will close more after January.
Home Depot closing 15 stores 1 in NJ ( New Brunswick )
Macys to close 9 stores after January
Linens and Things closing all stores
Movie Galley Closing all stores
Pep Boys Closing 33 stores
Sprint/Nextel closing 133 stores
JC Penney closing a number of stores after January
Ethan Allen closing down 12 stores.
Wilson Leather closing down all stores
Sharper Image closing down all stor~s
K B Toys closing 356 stores
Loews to close down some stores
Dillard's to close some stores


Wow. Thats crazy! I've noticed a lot of stores offering the "buy $100 giftcard, get a $20 giftcard free" but now I'm not so sure!! I'm bummed about Bombay. I like their stuff and never get to go there. I wonder if they are closing our JCPenny's. Its totally worthless for toddler clothes and 4-6x girls clothes. That store is about 3000 square feet. I knew it was bad when they let a farm store move in to anchor the mall's other end, lol... Maybe JCPenny's IS closing!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

grocery shopping

Ok, so I got a lot of chuckles from family this week when I made a special trip to a grocery store a half hour from my parents house to do some expired coupon shopping. Expired shopping is really not that much harder than regular shopping... I have a little shoebox with cereal box cardboard dividers (4) that I put each months worth of expireds in. Each month I remove the oldest month and rename it (with pencil) and put in my "recent adds" in it and label it (so the end of this month, I will remove the August ones, and take my november "recent adds" (from earlier in this month) and put those in that August one along with my late-november expireds and rename it to November. Lots of the Cub Foods in the cities take expired coupons, up to 3 months usually. And to let you know if it was worth the gas.... I used about $50 worth of expired coupons on that trip. Thats $50 I wouldn't have had if I had just shopped at the St. Cloud Cub Foods. and many of those did not have current coupons for those products/values. I loaded up on cereal (small boxes) for ... average about .35c a box, I'd say. We go through 1-2 of those each day. so thats really only about a months worth!!

BUT... if its been a little while since you cleaned out your coupon file, you might find some expired Post $1.00/2 coupons. Rumor has it that Cub (or any grocery store??) will give you a catalina (checkout coupon) for $5 off your next giftcard purchase... which I just buy a grocery store card for that amount with it.... This past week, Cub was selling many post cereals for 5/$10, with 2 of those (expired) coupons, my total was $8... and then I got a $5 giftcard. Not bad! remember, though, it has to be one of those in the cities.

I took pictures but I'm just to plain tuckered out to post them tonight.
ETA on 12/3: Little late, I know. This pic was my first trip. I had to leave my parents with a box of Turkey oven bags and a box of Honey Bunches of Oats Chocolate cereal as a thank you for their grand-baby sitting while I was out shopping... Otherwise, its all there! All $46 worth, haha.
THEN... at the St. Cloud Cub I got 30 half-gallons of Wild Harvest Organic skim milk. They had to raincheck it because they had to special order that quantity. Now 20 of them are in my freezer downstairs. I had practically unlimited $1/1 any Wild Harvest Organic item coupons from the Wild Harvest website... and the 1/2 gallons were on sale for $2.67. So I paid $1.67... Thats cheaper/same as conventional milk! And its organic! You'd never know by my sugar-cereal stash that we are trying to transition to organic... lol. One step at a time.
The Deli Select will be free after rebate-- more about that in another post.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Let it snow!

First snow of the winter today - 6 inches at at 8am, and still coming!
Ahhh, I got my new camera. My old one was a Kodak EasyShare CX7430 (4 MP) that served us well. We got it for our 2004 Christmas present to eachother. It was time... I was having to do so much editing to the pics just to make them useful... we actually put up with it being quirky, taking fuzzy, messed-up color pics for over a year... it was time.
The pic above is from our new camera -- my favorite part? Its UNEDITED! (except to make it smaller for the web) Our new camera is a Canon PowerShot SD870 IS (8MP). It was one of the highest-rated compact digitals at . The most important feature to me was the shutter lag time, or "click-to-capture". My old Kodak did pretty well most of the time with this... I was surprised I couldn't find a "faster" camera, 4 years later.
So I've been doing some canning this past summer. It was a pain to get it out of our basement (currently under construction) off of our stacked washer and dryer... cleaning it, (sometimes even GETTING to it was a challenge!) So I put it on top of my kitchen cabinets as a piece of decor. Here is a sign I made for it. I like it so much I will probably leave it up year round. I am planning on finding an acorn for the center of the cluster on the top-right for it... and I need to find the dot for the "i"...

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Fall punkins

Punkin.. that was my nickname when I was a kid...

Here's my Punkins...

They sold about 7 of them - not bad considering most were chewed by moles! I think they netted about $16.

Though we don't celebrate halloween, we always have fun carving pumpkins. I was proud of Kate for picking a green one - I love how she dosen't mind being a little different :)

I did the Counting Our Blessings one (I love the surface carving stuff), and L-R, DH did geek-speak for "home", Kate carved a moon and stars and I helped Ava with a butterfly.

Funny tip - DH bought these weird mellon-ballers for our neice's school fundraiser a few years ago. They are completely useless. Except to gut the pumpkins - WOW!

I guess they are called Progressive Fruit & Vegetable Scoops.... er, I call them worthless-except-for-carving-pumpkins circley-thingies.