Monday, June 29, 2009

In a funk...

Sorry I've been absent for such a big stretch. I'm in a funk. :( Lately I've not really been feeling the whole social networking, blogging, twittering love. I've been a real recluse.

What's been going on with us at casa de la small town city girl?

* Hubby broke his collar bone.
* DS spent five days with Granny and Poohpah
* I finished painting my kitchen
* I shampooed my carpets
* I went on a thrift store shopping spree with a good friend.
* I've been feeling super funky and don't know why.

Hopefully this will pass soon. I really hate all the negative energy, it really stinks. Keep happy thoughts for me. :)


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Discrimination is not good!

Regardless of your views on gay marriage, this family was grossly discriminated against. Had they lied about their status and pretended to be sisters, aunts, etc. I can almost guarantee that they would have been let by without a second look. Please take the time if you are so inclined to respond to the post HERE and let Mr. Lowe know your feelings.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


I am so excited, I just signed up for the adopt a US soldier program!
I was reading a book on frugal living (surprise) and it mentioned one of the things you could do with excess stockpiled items is to send it to the soldiers overseas. I think this is a fabulous idea and so I hopped on my trusty search engine and sure enough there is an organization that will pair you with a soldier! I should be receiving a match in the next few days!

If you are interested in looking into it yourself, here's the link.
What a great lesson for my son too! I'm just plain excited!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Hubby says I'm loosing my touch. He's kidding of course.

Albertsons is running a great sale this week where you spend $10 on select items and they immediately deduct $3. This is in addition to having double coupons in their ad. You can use 3 per transaction. If you pair your items correctly with your coupons and the sale, you can get many items for very low cost or free.

I ended up with 10 transactions to get all of the stuff in the picture below and a few things not pictured (one DiGiorno flat bread sandwich, a 1/2 gallon of chocolate milk and one more box of Planter's Big Nut bars)

Here's a list of all that's pictured & what's not:
13 boxes Ritz crackers
8 boxes Planters Big Nut bars
2 Easy Mac Individual Mac&Cheese
4 Land o Lakes Butter with Canola Oil
2 boxes Captain Crunch Cereal
2 DiGiorno Flatbread melt sandwiches
2 Nabisco Premium Saltine Crackers (8 sleeves per box)
2 boxes Velveeta Shells & Cheese
2 boxes Tazo Awake Tea
3 General Foods International Chai Latte
1 General Foods International French Vanilla Latte
2 Seattle Times Sunday Papers

Not pictured:
1 DiGiorno Flatbread melt sandwich
1 Half Gallon Dairygold Chocolate Milk
1 box Planters Big Nut Bars

My total out of pocket for all of this was $13.03. As it was, ALL of the crackers, nut bars, flatbread sandwiches and mac & cheese were FREE. I ended up paying some for the milk, cereal, butter, tazo teas, general foods coffees, and of course my Sunday Papers.

I plan to give some of the crackers to my MIL and a good family friend as well as donate what we won't use. My husband, son and myself LOVE the nut bars and I estimate those will last us about 3 weeks...really! And the rest just goes into the stockpile. I may use the teas and coffees as gifts because many of our family and friends love it. It's all just nice to have around.

Other than this shopping adventure, I have not spent any money on groceries this week. We've been eating out of the stockpile.

My DH was teasing me that I'm loosing my touch because rarely do I actually spend this much at the store anymore, but with the Ritz crackers retailing at $4.19/box and my having gotten 13 boxes....I'd say he's just razzing me. ;)

Super Cheap Summer Shoes!!

I just read over at hip2save about a deal on crocs.

If you go to and place an order of two or more pairs, you will receive 1/2 off each pair. Making this even sweeter is the fact that women's and girl's mary jane styles are on sale! Women's are $14.99 and girl's are $9.99. Buy two and you will be paying $7.49 for women's and 4.99 for girl's. PLUS use this code: MALINDI09 and you will get FREE shipping!

I just bought 3 pairs for only $22.47! Considering retail on these shoes is $39.95 each pair, I'll say I got a heck of a deal!

There aren't many sizes left, but you might just get lucky! Let me know if you get a good deal.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Iced Coffee Anyone?

I read somewhere the other day a really great idea for making iced coffee at home.

The writer suggested when you are finished with your coffee for the day, if there is any leftover, you freeze it in an ice cube tray to use later as the ice cubes for iced coffee. This uses up the java and prevents your iced beverage from getting watered down. I thought this was a great idea and I immediately implemented it. I've made myself an iced coffee the past two days and they are fabulous! I even had to leave one unfinished to run an errand and when I got home, I just added another couple of cubes and it was still full strength. What a simple, and frugal idea!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Thoughtful Thursday...Warning...this one is a bit crass.

Have you ever wondered if the one dollar bills in your wallet were ever in a stripper's butt crack or elsewhere?

If not, you're wondering now. Have a nice day . :)