Thursday, November 6, 2014

GROCERIES ARE RIDICULOUS

Wednesday is grocery shopping day for me.  Yesterday, I shopped at the near by Publix.  I purchased what I saw I needed for the week and a bit beyond on some items because of their bogo items.

The total bill was $29.66 AFTER vendor coupons, Publix store coupons and my Senior Citizen discount of 5%.  The savings, aka money I did not spend, was $37.57!!  

It's been a while since this has happened.  Coupons are not what they use to be.  I think the show Extreme Coupons ruined it.  Still I read recently where over a billion dollars of coupons are still thrown away each year.  

Groceries are ridiculous in price!  Also in value for some products.  

My rant.

Still smiling.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

FREE IS GOOD

Here it is Tuesday and it's been a long time since I've posted a money saving tip.  Today is the day.
 
As I have posted before, we no longer have a huge cell phone bill.  We were paying $80 for 3 lines with limits. 
 
One day, through his Dad's asking, we went on the oldest son's family plan.  It immediately started saving us money, real money.
 
Well, we both had stupid phones for several years. 
 
Now, moving into the modern world, we now have smart phones.  We purchased the phone, stayed on the son's family plan and are still paying $10 per month for both lines!  We have unlimited data, text, etc.  The plan is thru T-Mobile.  There are four lines for $100 per month.  The older son continues to pay the amount he was and we continue paying the $10 but now we ALL have up to date phones with all the bells, whistles and apps.
 
I love using some of the FREE apps on my new Android.  My new favorite is loseit dot com.  It is a weight losing app and it is FREE. 
 
I was pretty desperate about losing weight.  Health problems were happening, a trip to the cardiologist was eye opening and knee pain.
 
I was so desperate I was considering going to Weight Watchers even!  Yes, I am a lifer.  When I went I paid $4 per week.  When I became a lifer, it dropped down to $3 per week.  So, the current cost of $13 per class was out of my budget, way, way, out.
 
I download this FREE app from loseit dot com, use it every day and am now on my way back to finding me.  Saving over $600 per year in Weight Watchers dues!
 
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DOES CRYING HELP?

Women are emotional beings.  No doubt about it.  It's part of who we are.  We cry when we're happy, when we're sad, when we're mad, when we are lonely, when we're frightened.  It's what we do.  We can do it and get away with it.  Men do not have that option.
 
There are days a woman feels like crying.
 
It's okay.
 
Really.
 
Today and any day.
 
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Monday, November 3, 2014

I'M BACK

It's been a bit, hasn't it?!  I made a poem.
 
My life continues to be busy.  Yes, I checked at the gym in hopes of joining.  Couldn't because it doesn't take cash!  Well there you go!
 
Lots has happened in these last months.  Too much to even blog about.  Life is a chair of bowlies.  Remember that post? 
 
The two GRAND girls have both turned the big 0-4.  The oldest GRAND son will be in the big 0-6 in January. 
 
Have yet to figure out how to raise a couple million dollars, the more the better but I could work with at least a couple.
 
Now it's time to decide which direction we head, this little blog and me, myself and I.
 
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

IT'S RAINING IT'S POURING

Oh yeah, it is!  Summer in Dixie can be lots of rain coming down, really fast and ending just as fast.  It's the weather we had yesterday and today. 

I am watching DVR shows by Steve Harvey.  His special guest is a 73 year old woman, white hair, weight lifter.  She has the record for various weight lifting competitions.  She just dead lifted 155 pounds of weights, not one but three consecutive times. 

The reason she does this is to inspire other Seniors to get moving.  Good for her. 

I'm going to see what the exercise room looks like at the local civic center.  Or join a new gym in the local bigger town. 

I    B    N-SPIR-ER-ED!!!

Go for it, World!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

MONEY SAVING TIP ON EATTING LUNCH

I cannot believe how much it costs now to eat lunch.  Around these parts, it is between $7.00 and $10.00 or more.  Insane, I say.
 
I found a way that is cheaper and also better for you.
 
I go to the local WM deli counter.  I order 4 or 5 of the spicy chicken nuggets with sesame seeds and one large spoon of broccoli salad.  Then, I swing by the cooler with the bottled ice tea and grab one.  I eat well for less than $4.00!  There are plastic spoons and forks at the deli but never napkins so I use a few from my in purse stash.
 
True, there are zero tables and chairs at our local WM so I head to the shoe department and enjoy the comfy ottomans while I eat.  People walk by and stare but I act like I don't see them.  I am busy with my to do list or grocery list.  Yeah, I fake it if necessary.   There appear to be store detectives scoping me out, too.  I calmly eat, reseal my empty containers, place them in the buggy and pay for them along with all of my other items.
 
Truthfully, it keeps me from stopping at the candy bars or the chips so handily placed at the checkouts.   I exit with a satisfied tummy and money in my pocket.
 
Win, win, y'all.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

ONE POT RECIPE


 
Does this look good?  Well, it is. 
 
Everything is cooked in one skillet.  I use an iron skillet because of the health advantages of cooking with iron over the Teflon coated version of a skillet
 
An elderly lady friend, who has since passed away, served us this one time at her house.  I asked for the recipe.  She gave it to me and we have enjoyed lots of times since then.

Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage
 
1 lb sausage cut in 1/2 inch pieces, diagonally
1 large onion chopped = 1 cup
1 Tbls oil
1 box Au Gratin potatoes
2-1/2 cup hot water
1/4 tsp pepper
4 medium carrots, cut in 2" strips = 2 cups
1 10 oz package chopped frozen broccoli
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
 
Cook sausage and onion in oil until tender.
Stir in potatoes, carrots, water and pepper. 
Heat to boiling, reduce heat.
Cover and simmer until tender.
 
Stir in broccoli and cheese.
Cover and cook until broccoli is heated through and cheese melts,
5 - 10 minutes

Of course, I made variations to our taste.  Only a small bit of onion, baby carrots substitute for strips and turkey sausage is a healthy substitute.  I also put the frozen broccoli in the microwave for about a minute to defrost it a little.  This helps cut down on cooking time. 
 
Ever had leftovers that taste better the next day?  This is one of those recipes. 
 
Try it.  You might just like it.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

SUMMER

Well, Summer has arrived in Dixie.  Thankfully, we are having lots of rain so the temps are not that high, yet.  The ground, however, is very soggy.  Which means, we don't have to mow the grass!  Yahoo.  There is something good about every situation.
 
We have been on vacation already.  Our daughter and husband took us to Hilton Head SC.  It was so nice.  We stayed in a resort, an all inclusive one, I might add.  It was similar to being on a cruise.  Everything you needed was right there.  We did go off the property, of course.  There were many places to eat and things to see. 
 
I could live at the beach.
 
So, we're back and Summer is here.  The schools are out.  The local pool is open.  The traffic is busy in town.  WM is busy all day.
 
I find myself slipping into staying up too late and sleeping too late.  I am a night owl, have been all my life, it is a constant battle.  Mornings arriving about 9 are good with me.  A bedtime of 2 is not so good.  Yawn.
 
Now, what to do with myself during this time of the year.  
 
Donating some of our junk is a good thing happening now.  I find that you can get about the same dollar amount taken off of your taxes for items that you might sell online.  I'm donating in an effort to get the garage park-able.  Why keep the stuff?  It just weights us down looking at it. 
 
The plan is also to change a few things in the house.  A new bedspread has been ordered.  May or may not like it.  The Hubbie doesn't know it yet but we are moving furniture.  Translation, he is moving furniture.  For years, I did it, alone.  No more.  He doesn't allow it so I'm good.
 
Also considering joining a gym.  A few pounds are gone but this marshmallow state of body is zero fun.  A Mrs. Universe I'll never be but a bit of toning would help.
 
Motivation is the key it seems.  At 65, why sit and wait for death?!  There's still some living to do!
 
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

MONEY SAVING TIP ON WEDNESDAY

Yes, I know I am suppose to post something about saving money on Tuesday, but hey, that's what this blog is mostly about, saving some cash.  Plus I ran out of time on Tuesday.
 
Some say a picture is worth a thousand words.  So, here it is.
 


So you think the bottle is really empty?  May not be.  This takes some talent in the placement but it works!  There are also gadgets that can connect the two but I don't own one personally. 
 
Can we say duct tape or aluminum foil around the spout?  Up to you.
 
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Monday, June 9, 2014