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If your husband is anything like mine…

I’m sure he has a few key phrases that drive you bonkers.

I’ll look into it.
(Translation: No…)

When is the party? Can we cancel the party? Would you please stop planning parties? I never had any parties when I was a kid… and I survived!
(No… because even though you nag me each and every time up until the party starts… I know that you have a good time…BECAUSE YOU TELL ME SO!)

Can you remind me about that later?
(Oh that’s right… I forgot I’m your on demand personal calendar)


I’m not going… I think I have to work that day.
(No you don’t… and YES, you are coming with us)

I didn’t know that? How was I suppose to know?
(Because I told you about 10,005 freakin times)

What do you want for your Birthday, Mother’s Day, Valentines Day, Christmas?
Nothing… but if you feel you NEED TO BUY something… how about a Panera Gift card?

I’m not getting you that…
Then WHY ASK ME?

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So here’s the story:

Last October (of 2009…)
The cable company was switching over to some sort of converter box.

Basically, you would only get channels 1-12 …unless you hooked up the box.

My husband signed us up asap of course… not wanting to miss out on any man sports… or CNN… or cheesy re-runs of Colombo.

The converter boxes arrived… LAST OCTOBER (2009)

After a week went by I asked him when he was going to hook up the boxes…
Can you remind me about it later?

Another month or two goes by… and I asked again…

Can you remind me about it later?

Then… around June…
I told him that if he didn’t hook up the boxes
THAT WEEKEND…
I was going to take the boxes back… because after all….we were paying $60.99 a month for “expanded cable” when in reality we were only getting 12 channels (basic cable) and that it was stupid to be paying an extra $44.63 a month for something we were not able to use.

Okay… Okay…
Remind me to do it this weekend and I’ll get them hooked up.

Tomorrow will be December 1st.

Has he hooked up the boxes yet?

NO.

So what’s a miserly housewife to do?

She gathered up all the boxes and RETURNED THEM to the cable company…
and downgraded the cable to “basic cable” You know… with only 12 channels… The same channels we’ve been watching for the past 14 months!!!

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And just so you know…
I plan on NOT telling him I returned the cable boxes…

Let’s just see how long it takes him to “remember” that
“Install Cable Boxes” was on his to do list…

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T minus 31 days…

Starting January 1st 2011 not only will I attempt to spend $100 a month or less on groceries & toiletries… but I will blog about it… with pictures (the best part if you ask me).

To prepare myself for 2011’s $100 a month challenge I have a plan in place to slowly wean myself from my current monthly budget of $400 a month for my family’s food & toiletry needs.

(The month of November I planned on spending $200 a month and $150 a month for December)

Here’s what I bought this past month with my $200 budget.
PLEASE keep in mind that we donated A LOT of food to the food bank this month…

Here’s the pictures of all the crap I brought home. With a HEAVY empathises on the word CRAP.

So… I think I’m finally getting the hang of this whole coupon thing…


It amazes me every time I stand behind someone in line at the grocery store.


I was behind a lady the other day who’s total came to $283.


I nearly fainted… and I probably would have too if it wasn’t for the free cheese sample and the free cookie I snagged in the bakery department just moments before.


My new motto is…
If it’s FREE… toss it in the cart…


If I don’t want it… maybe someone on my Christmas list will…


And if not…
Well then… it gets donated to the food bank.
But the gum? And the candy bars? I’m saving those for my latest and greatest pinata creation…
I mean c’mon… who wants to bust open a pinata stuffed with crappy small candy…

Trust me…
you never know when a 2 year supply of Swiss Miss Hot cocoa will come in handy…

I’m thinking if we get that big snowstorm everyone is talking about this year… I can trade the hot cocoa and chili for something good… who knows… if the neighbor folk get really desperate…maybe even furniture…

Holy Cow…
Is that REAL fruit?
As in… not from a can or a box???
How did that get in there?


I’m not sure how much this lovely little suture kit is going to cost me yet… I suppose I’ll have to wait for the bill from Urgent Care center to find out. Note to self: Do not let your teenage son play with knives at 7am… unless you enjoy cleaning blood stained carpets and pulling out stitches.


My son’s school had a Food Drive… and guess what… their homeroom won!
Their class alone brought in over 1,400 items! (My son brought in 800+ items)


The cocktail sauce was on sale… for $1.50…
Knowing that we have frozen shrimp in the freezer I decided to buy a bottle…
Just in case we are asked to bring an appetizer to a Christmas party next month.

 


Gotta Love Rite Aid… $1.70

After sitting in a movie theater watching the new Harry Potter Movie for 2 1/2 hours… the girls wanted to stop for ice cream… FYI> I paid FULL PRICE! No Coupons 😦


YES… I now have enough brownie mix for track season…

Who on earth buys shake & pour pancake mix?
And at $1.99 a bottle???
Oh well…
now I have enough FREE pancake mix to host another “pancake party” for the teenagers.


I think I may have enough freezer bags to last me an entire year…


FYI> I want you to know that ALL that soda… was FREE…
And now when my kids come home and tell me their class is having a party…
I know just what to send in…


I LOVE turkey season…
My goal this year was to pick up 6 turkey’s for the freezer…
I figured a big turkey dinner (and all the leftovers) every two months was about right.


This trip included: 2 turkeys,36 cans of veggies,1 doz. rolls,10lb potatoes,1 bag of chip, 4 boxes of crackers,2 2liter sodas,1 box of pasta, 4 boxes of hot cocoa, 3 boxes of rice, 2 bags of coffee, and 37 jars of pasta sauce.


I’m thinking that between now and Christmas I should be able to stock up on a year’s supply of butter…

My daughter wanted the handsome husband to make her bruchetta for Thanksgiving…
I’m EMBARRASSED to say that I paid $19.12 for the above items.
She even felt bad when the lady said my total and i didn’t have any coupons to hand over.


Oh… and FYI: We don’t eat that crappy frozen boxed corn…
But it was FREE…
So we feed it to the chickens… it makes them happy 🙂

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So that’s it…
That’s what I purchased this month for a grand total of $198.36

What do you think?

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Thanksgiving…


This year for Thanksgiving we stayed home… no going over the river and thru the woods to Grandmothers house… I was planning on staying in my pj’s all day… but the
girl who thinks she’s a bird decided to run a local Thanksgiving race…
So I got dressed… and drove her there.


Monkey Boy stayed home and cleared the driveway…


And the Handsome husband …


He made bruchetta…


And it was delicious…


And now…
I have to figure out what to make with all the extra turkey…
Life is good!

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So… here’s the deal.

I like blogging…

I’ve kinda missed my old blog…

Well…. except for that one particular stalker.

But I LOVE my coupons…

Is it possible to write a blog about my adventures AND my coupons?

I think I’ve figured out a way to do both… on one blog.

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Stay tuned…

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