Monthly Archives: June 2009

Free in June

I like to keep a list of what I get free, or costing me just a few cents, every month. This is a great reminder to me of how God blesses us in my efforts in being a true Home Economist. Here is my list for June:

Publix Mystery Coupon Items:
Publix cheesy shells
sliced cheese

Rolling CVS Extracare Bucks:
Clearasil daily face wash
2 Nivea for Men face wash
Old Spice body wash
J&J body wash
Gillette Fusion razor
Crest Pro Health toothpaste
2 pkgs lens cleaning wipes
wrist insect repellent
2 Softsoap body wash
Oral B twin pack toothbrushes

Rolling Walgreen’s Register Rewards:
Revlon 1875 watt hair dryer
Coconut-lime soap pump
3 bottles St. Ives body wash
Ecotrin
Aquafresh toothpaste
2 boxes envelopes
3-pack pencil lead refills
4 lb honey
2 cans white tuna
Snickers bar

Great Sale Prices Combined with Coupons:
2 boxes Kelloggs cereal
2 Sunsilk conditioner
3 Suave deodorant
3 Oikos yogurts

Full Rebates:
Reynolds wrap

Free Deals:

bagel at Einstein’s
2 huge boxes Hefty kitchen bags

Given to Me:
4 heads lettuce
2 yellow squash
radishes
2 lb pulled chicken, buns, bbq sauce and beans

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Trash Pickin’

I’m not usually bold enough to pick over other people’s trash on trash day, especially during daylight hours, but today….

How could I resist?

As I was walking this morning I saw one of my neighbors had put this wicker settee out for the trash. It is dirty and the paint is worn, but nothing much is wrong with it. A little of the wicker on the back top edge is coming unwoven, but that’s it. I ran home to call Greta out of bed to help me carry it home. After a scrubbing, a little paint, and some cushions it should look just fine.

What color do you think I should paint it? It is currently black and the previous dark green paint shows through in various places. My few pieces of existing patio furniture are a creamy white iron bistro set and a dark green cushioned lounge. I could go with the creamy white, or I could paint the bistro set and the settee black. Or bronze. Or I could paint only the settee dark green. But I’m not leaning toward that at the moment.

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Filling the Freezer Bit by Bit

Diced onions and peppers for the freezer; six of each. These freeze beautifully if you first flash freeze them on a tray before bagging up for longer storage. I lined the tray with parchment paper for no sticking.

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My Great Garage Sale Find

I made one of my best-ever garage sale purchases on Saturday: a chest freezer! In all our 30 years of marriage, I have never had a freezer other than the one above (or below) the refrigerator. I was sooo excited to find this one. I got it from my next-door neighbor’s “over the back fence” neighbor. I scrubbed it up and started filling it with sale items this week. I still have lots of room for future sale items. (Picture will come later when I round up the camera batteries.)

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Busy at the Sewing Machine

A little summer sewing for the hot days ahead: Last week I made a blue daisy dress.

This week I made a bright pink skirt.

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