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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

I've really been dealing with a lot of fatigue lately (time of the month) so I'm proud of what I have been able to accomplish this week despite that.

I've got an appt. with my dentist tomorrow to get the beginning of the crown replacement done, which I am not looking forward to in many ways (money and discomfort-wise).

I really hate when they have to put that gunk in your mouth to get an impression of your tooth for the crown. It makes me want to gag and the taste is horrible. emoticon I guess I should be getting these things done though now as I never know when or if my husband will continue to have a job.

He has decided to wait on the new car since they keep changing their mind (the company he works for) about transportation, so we're still saving and doing a little bit of homework just in case. At least I don't have to stress myself silly about being a quick decision on something so expensive.

I guess you can say that we're spending money on some things, but hopefully not for others until months or years from now, so it evens out a little bit? LOL

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KISSFAN1 4/4/2012 10:42AM

    Yeah, everything is so expensive it seems. Food, gas, cars, bills, etc., LOL. I'm definitely trying to take care of myself and I know taking care of my teeth, no matter how expensive, is important.

I know what you mean about feeling like everything is way too expensive for the budget.

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SUGARSMOM2 4/4/2012 10:34AM

  we looked at the new cars and then we came home . the price was way out of line for our budget . we walked away . we know what we can afford and can not . that was way over budget . I do not know why they are charging so much them . they need to think of the people that do not make that kind of money . I feel so poor anymore when i got to town . everything is out of my price range . yes do your teeth while you can tomorrow they might want more then you can afford . take care of you . emoticon emoticon

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Worked Hard Trying To Sell Things

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

I had an extremely productive day today. I literally listed items for sale from this morning until late this afternoon. Of course that involved cleaning items, taking pictures, writing descriptions, etc. I hope that at least half of the items I listed sell, as it would be depressing if nothing sold after all that work. I guess if you don't try you never know though, right?

If they don't sell locally I'll just save them for September at the church consignment sales I suppose, but I really don't want to have to store them that long.


Lots of Work Ahead For Me - Still Decluttering

Monday, April 02, 2012

I managed to get to go to IKEA yesterday which was a relief although I didn't find many organizational items. It was no where near as busy as it is on Saturday, but still was NOT a ghost town by no means either.

I really wanted to get my son a new bookcase to go in his room, but didn't have the room to put it in the car or to get it by myself. I somehow ended up spending more than $50 though while I was there, but I bought myself some picture ledges and picture frames so I can FINALLY put some family pictures up in my bedroom. I have such a small home that there is literally no where to put family pictures anywhere, so I decided to go with this as an option in my bedroom.

Before I left, I tried to help my daughter, who has the most cluttered room in our house, get her bedroom straightened out a little bit, and in the process now have a huge pile of things that I've got to try to sell sitting in my bedroom. emoticon emoticon Can I say upfront that I am very tired and worn out from selling or trying to sell items? The next church consignment sales won't be until September so I don't want to just sit on all these items until then, so I've got to clean, take pictures, write up information about each item, and then attempt to sell them.

I know it would probably be easier to take this stuff to Good Will or the Salvation Army, but try to bring in some extra bucks here and there from unwanted items to help with bills and also to give to the kids for being willing to give up unwanted items that they no longer use.

I'm a little frustrated because I asked for the items before Christmas that my daughter decided to get rid of yesterday since it would be easier to sell them when everyone is looking for Christmas gifts for their children. The same thing happened with items from my son, LOL. I told them that they would get the money if anything sold, but now I'm stuck with lots of toys and "stuff" in my bedroom with no where to put them! emoticon

These are items that they never use, so I'm not trying to sell items that they love and use. They literally just gather dust and they have no interest in them. I told them that they could buy replacement items (such as electronic books for a Kindle, video games, etc. that don't take up a lot of room, but that they enjoy a lot right now).

Well now I have them, but not at a good time to sell, LOL! I also have things on my carport that I have to sell that came from the shed that my husband wants me to sell (thought I was almost done with the shed stuff too). Sigh........

I've got to clean out my coupon box of expired coupons sometime this week and file the new coupons I got in yesterday's paper. I've got to organize the new items I bought at Harris Teeter and Bi-Lo in my kitchen cabinets and pantry (need to number them so the oldest gets used first that are already in there), so lots of work ahead for me.


More Bargains Yesterday

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Yesterday I went back by Harris Teeter and Bi-Lo for mini stock-ups. Harris Teeter had Saturday only specials on Glad trash bags and Gain laundry detergent and I, of course, also had coupons that were doubled so did really well.

At Bi-Lo I picked up the rest of the Lysol No Touch Kitchen Soap dispensers w/soap for only $1.75 each after the coupon of $3.50 off one and the 1/2 off sale. They are normally around $11 each so I saved big time and this was sorely needed in my kitchen and bathrooms for those times when you have raw meat or something yucky on your hands and don't want to mess up the faucet handles, etc.

I went by Sam's Club and got some strawberries (had a $1 electronic coupon saved) as well as a large bag of Romaine lettuce (also had a $1 electronic coupon saved). They had some delicious blackened salmon as a sample that was out of this world good, but I didn't get any as it was sold out (and a little on the expensive side per pound).

I went to Ross hoping to find some cool storage/organization items, but was not successful as there was not much to choose from and what was available wasn't what I needed. I did by a very nice and well made grill brush for my husband (Jim Beam brand) that he needed as his brush had fallen apart while grilling out yesterday.

I really hope to get to go to IKEA today (I've been salivating to get there) but won't know until my daughter decides where she wants to go to eat out at for her birthday. She couldn't decide yesterday so I was forced to shop nearby since it was so late in the day when she finally decided not to go then.

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KISSFAN1 4/1/2012 6:18PM

    LOL, thanks guys! emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 4/1/2012 2:08PM

    Wow! You really found some bargains! Hope you get to go to IKEA today!
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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 4/1/2012 12:08PM

    Shopping fun AND bargain shopping!
You are my kind of girl!

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Organizing & Saving Money Too

Saturday, March 31, 2012

I am almost done with all the "clutter" that has been sitting in my bedroom waiting for me to go through after I finally finished the attic. The attic is complete with the exception of the storage drawers as I couldn't find any storage containers at Mighty Dollar yesterday and I refuse to pay lots of money for them.

I still have a stack of paper clutter in my bedroom to go through a second time and then I will put what I need to keep for sure in some place that makes sense.

I ran to Harris Teeter and Bi-Lo yesterday after I went to Mighty Dollar and saved lots of money on items we needed including Smart Balance milk that I got for 50 cents a carton! Too bad I only had 2 coupons.

I got several of those new Lysol No Touch Kitchen Soap dispensers that were 1/2 off and I had $3.50 coupons off of each one! They also had Wisk laundry detergent on sale for $3.99 and I had $2 coupons so paid $1.99 each!

Not the most nutritional item in the world, but I also got 4 boxes of Kellogg's Rice Krispies (my family loves it although I don't eat them) for $1 each after my coupons and a $4 electronic coupon that came off when I bought 4 boxes. Another great buy was blackberries for 99 cents a container, which I most certainly will eat and was thrilled about!

I hope to finally get to go to IKEA tomorrow as I really need a few more items to get my house more organized frugally. I need to get some clothing storage bags to put on the unsold children's clothing that I have hanging in my attic (to keep them dust free, etc.).

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KISSFAN1 4/1/2012 8:10AM

    The Smart Balance milk is cheaper at Harris Teeter than at Bi-Lo. I paid only 50 cents after using my $1.50 coupons (it was $2 a carton on sale).

We have one Lowe's Food Store that I know of around here, but it's a little out of the way so I have never been to it. I know they double coupons, but since two of the stores I go to double and sometimes triple, I stick with them instead.

I'm glad that you're saving lots of money too. By the way, I don't pay for coupon/sales match-ups (I think that Coupon Mom does charge, but I could be incorrect). There are plenty of free sites that are online that I go to regularly that are great.

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CATHOLICCORGI 3/31/2012 2:16PM

    AWESOME about the coupons! I have been a coupon user for over 20 years... I love my Couponizer that I store my coupons in. I need to hit Bi-Lo, too, for my SB milk and Wisk... I'll check and see what is in the paper tomorrow... there may be a few more coupons I can use...
I put what I save on Coupons in a saving account. Then when there is something we like and would not normally get, I have the money to buy it.
Do you shop at Lowe's Foods, too?
DH hates to go to Wal-Mart with me when I take all my circulars and make them honor them... it takes abit of time, but it SAVES money! LOL!
Have a great weekend! emoticon

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KISSFAN1 3/31/2012 12:37PM

    Thank you so much! I'm trying hard to save more money this year than last!

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SUGARSMOM2 3/31/2012 12:36PM

  you are doing a great job on the coupons . pat on the back and a hug .

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