chad and jo - the funny thing is that she's standing on the table, he's on the bench and she's still that much shorter!::friday:: dinner at home with the Solis, Trespasser and his visiting girl. a new lasagna recipe, red and white spinach lasagna - a success
::saturday:: a visit from one of chad's old interns from SCA, johanna, back in his north dakota days. a walk downtown with johanna, Tresspasser, and his visiting girl (she stayed at our house. how appropriate!) while at the farmers market, we ran into my old roommate, visiting town with her dude. first time i've met him: i approve! quiet afternoon visiting with johanna and then naps for us. time travelers wife - not as good as i'd hoped. not nearly as good as the book. i don't know why i don't prepare myself for disapointment? purchased a new puzzle! inspired by the puzzle-putting-together at B&Bs last weekend...
::sunday:: absolutely NOTHING! worked on our wrigley field puzzle and got a good chunk finished. took little catnaps, went through coupons in the paper. delicious marvin joes for lunch (recipe to come once we've perfected it) and some homemade chocolate chip cookies for dinner (hee hee.)
so the other day, one of the girls at work came in with a picture of her previous evening's shopping purchases. she's one of the coupon-ers. "guess how much all this cost me?" she had purchased two of the TP pictured below, two of the Tides pictured below, 15 powerades, a package of gum, two air deodorizers, and some other smaller things that i can't remember.
finally, she whipped out her receipt. "SIX dollars and nineteen cents!"okay, WHOA, now that had my attention. so i went home and i tried it. and this is what i bought;
"Guess how much all this cost me?"
THIRTY THREE DOLLARS!
If you're thinking, "hmm, that doesn't seem that impressive," I would agree. BUT I did learn some things. And I am here...to share.
- I went to Albertson's. So at Albie's (as the coupon-ers affectionately call it), they do these sort of package deals. "Buy thirty dollars worth of qualifying items and get fifteen dollars off your next purchase. They print out 3 - $5 coupons for your next purchase, and it continues. The professional coupon-ers, though, know which coupons to use, and so they can actually spend a lot LESS than the thirty dollars, and STILL get the fifteen dollar coupons. It's a skill.
- It is also stressful. I'm looking around, trying to figure out which items are qualifying, which are not. You also know, walking up to the cash register that the cashier has a pre-determined hatred of you. It also takes about five times as long because items are not listed together, so you go back and forth around the store a million times.
- These women do NOT mess around. I encountered two while I was in the store. I knew they were coupon-ers because they were buying exactly what I was buying. Head down, flipping through the coupons, with a MISSION!
- I went on Tuesday night, which is pretty much the worst night to go. Sales change on Wednesdays so Tues is the last night each week. These coupon-ers stock up, so they literally empty the shelves. Also, the employees were already starting to switch over signage, so some sale prices were no longer posted so it was even HARDER to figure out if I was picking up the right item.
- They definitely jack up prices in order to give you the sales. I came home and added my stuff up according to what I believed the Wal-Mart price would be: I think it would have been pretty close to $33. But I did get a five dollar coupon. I guess. Anyway, so not a crazy successful trip. But I'm determined - I will keep trying until I, too, can ask with REAL excitement, "Guess how much I got ALL THIS for?"
ps - i went to Grocery Smart and the code for our area is Studio5, in case you want to check this out. If you'd like more info about how it works, just let me know...most tutorials out there about it are really confusing, i think.
pps - next week they're running a "buy 25 dollars worth of participating Kraft foods and get an instant 5 dollar coupon and 20 dollar rebate. i'll let you know how that goes.
took a drive this afternoon up to the duck creek area. GORGEOUS! we will definitely be planning a puppy-friendly
the wind picked up at JUST the right moment...!
but doesn’t work.
it just kind of spins around
and won’t stay where you put it.
the gas tank latch doesn’t quite
pop the hatch.
it’s really a two person job.
you have to stick something
under the latch
to hold it up and then pry open
the light blue paint job is chipping.
especially on the hood.
only two (and a half) hub caps.
there should probably be four.
husband removed the
radio, and never replaced it.
it kind of looks like she was thieved.
even when there was a radio,
it was kind of
hit or mess,
whether or not the speakers would short out.
the backseat is puppy zone.
(thanks, utah road construction)
she had no rear passenger window.
now it’s the shiniest thing on her
and I like to check my right
during this whole road trip
adjust her seat
forward or backward
i guess there was something stuck
under the seat.
now it moves freely.
dad got it fixed
the passenger door
used to be hard to open
the casing was broken.
sometimes the driver
had to open the door
to let the passenger out.
now it’s red and the rest of blue Honda
and in & out is a breeze.
dad got that fixed, too.
riding in blue Honda
used to almost shake your heart
but one day,
i got a flat.
and when husband put on the spare,
the shaking quit.
now she’s a smooooooth ride.