Monthly Archives: February 2008

My Best Deals This Week

I did buy a few other things, but here are my best deals for the week (after sales, coupons, extra care bucks, and rebate money):

2 one-lb rolls midget Longhorn Colby cheese, $2.49 ea
1 gallon milk, $3.48
hamburger buns, 35 cents
small tortillas, 45 cents
2 pkg angel hair coleslaw on clearance, $1 ea
2 Friendship sour cream, 79 cents ea
4 Planters low salt peanuts, 95 cents ea
tortilla chips, 1 cent (mystery coupon item)
24 oz bags froz vegetables, $2 ea
1 quart mayo, $1.50
2 boxes Swiss Miss, 20 cents ea
4 boxes Celestial Seasonings tea, $1 ea
2 dozen eggs, $1.50 ea
1 dozen Eggland’s Best eggs, $1.79
10 lb potatoes, $2.48
8 5-lb bags all purpose flour, $1.59 ea

Fructis shampoo, free plus overage
90 ct pkg GUM flossers, 45 cents
3 Softsoap hand soap, 30 cents ea
3-bar pack Irish Spring soap, free
2 boxes Ziploc bags, $1.67 ea
4 boxes 60 watt bulbs, 69 cents ea
4 boxes 40 watt bulbs, 69 cents ea

Later, I went back to Walgreens and bought 8 more boxes of our favorite flavor of Celestial Seasonings tea at $1 each box. We are very well stocked on herb tea now, and The Professor is overjoyed.
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Recycled Towels

Living in Europe several years back, we got hooked on using wash mitts instead of washcloths. I have had two mismatched hand towels rattling around in my linen closet. Combine the two facts, and it’s an easy jump to decide to turn the unused towels into needed wash mitts.
I used one of our European wash mitts as a pattern. The larger towel, with yellow trim, was large enough to make three wash mitts. The smaller, all-white towel made two wash mitts.
I cut the yellow bottom binding off to reattach as bottom binding on three of the mitts.
My serger complained a bit, but made it through the seams. It makes a very nice finish for ravelly terry cloth.
Attaching the trimmed binding: I simply folded the trim in half and serged it, right sides together, to the raw edge of the mitt. The two all-white mitts use the already-bound edge from the towel.
Five new wash mitts, ready to use.

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WIP Finished!

I finished hand-quilting daughter 1’s quilt this weekend. I’ve been at it for, I think, 6 months. All the fabrics are scraps left over from clothes I made her as a child. The quilt is throw-sized, about 45″x64″, with 4 1/2″ squares.

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Pinching Mr. Lincoln

Partly for my own records, partly for fun, I’m recording my penny-pinching ways of the week.

CVS
I had a $10 ecb expiring, but I didn’t see much in the ad to earn ecb’s. We are very well stocked with personal care items and paper goods, but we’re needing replacement heads for our electric toothbrushes. By buying the CVS brand, as well as 2 boxes of the disposable mop pads on sale BOGO, I got my total over $20, and thus could use two $2.50/$10 coupons, and then my expiring $10 ecb. I also threw in one Colgate, used a $1 coupon and earned 2 ecb’s, making the toothpaste free. My OOP was $4.28. Not great, but a pretty good way to get those $16 toothbrush replacement heads.

Rite Aid
I did well here; total $3.30 including tax:
Two Colgate, on sale 97 cents, $1 coupon on each, earned 3 cents on each.
Two Arrid XX deo, on sale 97 cents, 55 cent coupon on each, cost 42 cents each (for charity).
Electrasol dw detergent, on sale $2.50, 35 cent coupon and $1.50 rebate, cost 64 cents. (Just as I’m running out.)

Walgreens
Fun times at the register! Three employees worked on my order, very kindly, and they eventually got it worked out to be what it was supposed to be. My total was $5.67 including tax:
2 Lysol bowl cleaners after sale and coupons, 77 cents each
2 Ajax powder after sale, 40 cents each
Olives after sale, 99 cents
Jane mascara $1 and eyeliner 99 cents, after BOGO sale and coupon. This was the problem causer. The register wouldn’t recognize the coupon after taking off the BOGO sale. It’s a good thing I’m fully supplied on make up now; I hope I won’t have to buy any more for about 10 years!

In the grocery stores, I didn’t find quite the bargains that I found previous weeks, but I still did ok. Besides these items listed, I bought fresh produce, meat, pasta, margarine, and shortening.

Publix
mystery coupon item: Publix 2-liter soda 1 cent
3 boxes Birds Eye frozen vegs, 44 cents each
4 bags Birds Eye frozen vegs, $1 each
McCormick pepper mill, 50 cents
Welchs grape juice, $1.50
Lysol tub/tile cleaner, rain check and coup, 84 cents

Kroger
2 Electrasol dw detergent, $1.85 each
2 Sargento grated cheese, $1.19 each
Hormel pepperoni 8 oz, $1.19
sour cream, 67 cents
1 gal milk, $3.48
10 lb ground beef, $9.90
sandwich rolls on clearance, 35 cents

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Signs of Spring!

Ahh, winter seems to be winding down now. We worked outside on Saturday and today, pruning, weeding and fertilizing. Once we finished pruning the crape myrtle, we cut the long, strappy branches into shorter lengths and tied them into manageable armloads. We filled up the back of our van and carted them off to the county vegetative waste dump. Next time, maybe we shouldn’t wait three years to do the pruning. Our job would be much easier.

Our winter daphne is in bloom and scenting most of the patio.

Daffodils are popping up all over town; some have actually blossomed, but mine have not.

And our Okame cherry is in full bloom…beauty in pink blossoms.

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Valentine’s Day

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Professor and I had a quiet, romantic dinner at home in the “servant’s quarters”. It’s our tradition to have heart-shaped food, and this year I made little heart-shaped Swedish meatballs. They mostly lost their heartness in baking, but the Professor got the idea. We also enjoyed sweet corn (for his sweetness), sugar snap peas, sliced tomatoes, and red berries. After dinner we exchanged cards and candy, which I purchased after Christmas at clearance prices combined with coupons. I am very pleased with my frugality on that.

Meanwhile, our teens entertained their friends in the dining room with a fondue dinner, planned and prepared by the girls. Daughter 2 made everyone dress up in fancy clothes, much to the annoyance of her brother. But it did give him the opportunity to try out his new (to him) real sport coat. He was quite dashing.

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Online Scrapbooking

My much, much, much, much older sister* and I are having a skrapbooking party by email. We both have several years’ worth of photos to put in albums, and the pull of many other activities to keep us from working on the project. After claiming a spot in our respective houses, we are keeping each other motivated and focused by email. We give daily reports of our progress and suggest “refreshments” to nibble on. (Parties have to have refreshments.)I began my project with 80 envelopes of photos to be scrapbooked, plus all the photos from daughter’s wedding. My progress has been slowed by family celebrations, and, today, by running out of adhesive on page four. But I will not let these setbacks prevent me from accomplishing my mission. My sister, on the other hand, has already finished three albums!

Awaiting an adhesive refill, vacation 2005 is ready to glue.

*That’s a longstanding family joke. She’s only two years older than me.

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