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In the interim... Patriotic Tiddledy Wink Earrings

May 27th, 2008 at 08:11 pm

I haven't post on here in a long time. I have been real busy this year with my new craft website.

I also this month submitted a craft to SC Johnson in their Clean Home Journal and I need votes for it. My craft is currently in third place, competing against approximately 30 different crafts.

Here is the link:

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Here is the description:
I took game pieces from the classic American game Tiddledy Winks and made patriotic earrings with them.

I drilled holes in the top of the "wink" and attached them together with jump rings. I attached additional jump rings on the front of each "wink" an adorned them with small red glass beads.

The earrings are simplistic and classic in design which is a reflection of the game itself.

Shopping for Christmas

January 2nd, 2007 at 03:11 am

I am working at on getting my Christmas shopping done for next year.

I found some great little gift items at Bath and Body Works my best find was the Holiday Survial Kit normally $25 I got it for $6.25

I also bought a coffee maker online at JcPenney's orginally $22.49, on sale for 12.49, and then a $10 mail-in-rebate is offered through the manufacture. They also had a blender, chopper, toaster, and indoor grill all on sale for $12.49 with a $10 mail-in-rebate. Almost sounds to good to be true.

Now is the time to buy for next year. Anyone else shopping for the new year?

Christmas Crafts

November 30th, 2006 at 10:14 pm

I try very hard during the holiday season to spend a limited amount of money. I usually only spend about $50 during the holiday season because most of all my holiday shopping is done at the after Christmas sales from the previous year.

I have a present closet that I just stock-up on bargains through-out the year and then I am ready to take them out for the holidays.

Usually after Christmas sales are as much as 90% off. With a little planning and saving the "present closet" makes my holidays so much easier. I have to shop for my 2 children, husband, 3 sets of grandparents, 8 aunts & uncles, 4 siblings (mine & husbands), and 7 nieces and nephews. I could never afford to do it if I didn't shop a year in advance.

Then I usually add some homemade crafts/decorations.

Here are my own craft ideas complete with instructions.

How to Make a Microwaveable Heating Pad

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How to Make Your Own Gift Bags
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How to Make Ornaments from Christmas Cards
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Busy, Busy, Busy

October 12th, 2006 at 11:41 am

I have not written in a while because I have been so completely overwhelmed? Do you ever get that way when you have your hands in so many projects and are stretched so thin your head spins???

I have my in-laws at my home right now so I am taking extra care to keep it really clean. My son had his 5th birthday party at Chuck E Cheese on Tuesday I split the cost of the party with my friend. Her son also has a birthday in Oct. so we did a two kid party. It cost me $70(half of the total) for 11 kids to have 2 slices of pizza, cake, party favors, and tokens.

At the paryt my father in-law came up behind me and handed me the $70 I almost cried. The party cost me nothing.

I also write for clubmom and they pay me a salary but also they pay me in gift certificates. I have been collecting Toys R Us gift certificates and I had a $100.00 worth of gift certificates for presents for my son. The total out-of-pocket cost for my son turning 5 years-old $9.18!

Anybody Go To Yard Sales?

September 16th, 2006 at 08:30 pm

I had a good morning, found lots of things for making Christmas presents at yard sales.

Time to get those Christmas presents started. Ahhhh, my to-do-list is so long.

Pictures & cost break down of my yard sale finds.

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Cost of Living?

September 16th, 2006 at 12:20 am

I started a thread on the discussion forum yesterday because I have been very curious:

"Does the state you live in directly affect your spending/savings habits?" & "Is your debt to savings ratio directly affected by where you live?"

I have always assumed frugal is frugal no matter where you live you just make your situation work to your advantage, adapt to your environment, and make the most of the resources around you. All of that may be true but some are definitely at a disadvantage because of where they are located in the US.

I found this great site where you can get cost of living by zip code and also compare one zip code to another. I found it to be an eye opener. Here is the link to the site

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I have also placed some cost comparisons up on my blog site. I used a few of the zip codes from my coupon exchange members to get a variety of cost of livings data up. Obviously there are a few more steps to this data, employment and job growth. But those can also be compared through the cost comparison site.

To check out other's cost of living:
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Love to know your thoughts......

Nice Surprise

September 14th, 2006 at 03:09 pm

Last year we got our old wood siding replaced with vinyl siding. In our attic we have ridge vents, gable vents, and soffit vents. The people putting in the siding recommended we cover up the gable vents saying that the siding would go on better and we had plenty of ventilation in our attic anyways.

This summer for the first time we had mildew and the start of mold spores in our attic. I called the vinyl siding contractors that we used last year and left a couple of messages with no return calls. I finally go a return call at the being of this week explaining that they had been up north working on a home and they forgot their cell phone so they were unable to get their messages. I told them that I wanted gable vents because even though they recommended that we did not need them in reality we must because we now have mildew problems. They said they would come out last night and then never showed.

My husband and I last night were contemplating getting in touch with a lawyer. Then surprise, surprise this morning the owner showed up at my home apologized for not coming out last night, had the louvers in his hand for the gable vents and said that he would put them up right now at no cost to me.

We will still have to pay out of pocket someone to treat our attic but at least the gable vents are settled.

I wonder if I should contact my home insurance company about the mold?

Hard Yard Sale Day

September 9th, 2006 at 09:43 pm

As summer draws to a close the yard sales get fewer and farther between. I spent all day going to the same number of yard sales I could have hit in a couple of hours at the beginning of the summer. I know as I get closer to winter all the yard sales will start to dwindle down until there are no more.

I depend on yard sales quite a bit for my children's clothes, my clothes, household accessories and items to sell on ebay (for extra income).

I am like a chipmunk preparing my home for the winter. I need to build-up as much stock (nuts) as I can before it gets cold and they are not more.

Sometimes I feel like a nut, sometimes I don't.....great now I want an Almond Joy!

Yard sale picture:

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Stockpiling Growing......Growing......

August 30th, 2006 at 06:41 pm

I have always liked to take advantage of sales but this last month especially when I have seen items on sale I have been trying to stock-up on them.

I would like to have by Christmas time a three month stockpile that I just continue to rotate food from. When I first started this challenge I thought a three month stockpile would be impossible but I have made huge strides and think by December I should be set. I am now only grocery shopping every two weeks and only spending around a $150 dollars because I am able to take advantage of store sales.

If you want to see my stockpile pictures I posted them on my other

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If wonder why I never post the pictures here it is because I am a freelance writer for Clubmom and once I post the pictures on their site they own them. I can't then go and post them on other sites but rather have to link to them. I appreciate your understanding, no one has complained about it but I am sure some of you have wondered why I just don't post the pictures here.

Again, thank you all for your understanding.

I also want to thank Flash for all her stockpiling advice I posted a link to her site on my other blog because she is hands down my official stockpiling superhero!

New Mailbox and Great Yard Sale Finds

August 27th, 2006 at 01:48 am

We have a new (mentally stable) mailbox up and ready to receive mail for Monday...if you have no idea what the hell I am talking about check my previous post. Don't miss out on the mailbox saga, you'll be sorry.

My husband went to Lowe's and bought a new post, mailbox, and numbers. As we were getting ready to put it in the ground this morning the father of the girl who hit our mailbox pulled into our driveway. I felt really bad for him you could tell he was beside himself with embarrassment at the pure carelessness of his daughter. My husband showed him the receipt from Lowe's and he was more than happy to reimburse us for everything. He even asked if he could put the mailbox in for us. I was so proud of my husband he shook the guy's hand told him all he wanted was the money and as far as he was concerned the matter was closed; end of story.

We put up the mailbox, fixed the stonewall, and I replanted some of my flowers that were uprooted. End of Story -- I hope!

In other exciting news I went out yard saling this morning and got tons of great deals:
5-6 sz boys clothes 95 pieces for $10.00 all in excellent condition
0-9 month clothes 65 pieces for $5.00 some even have the tags on them
9-18 month clothes 50 pieces plus snowsuit, 6 hats & Mittens sets for $7.00
3 Knit women's sweaters for $3.00
Little People Barn, Garage, Farm, Zoo, Bus, Plane and over 15 people for $10.00
10 Hard Cover Disney Books for $1.00
Leap Frog Preschool Case, Pad, 5 games for $10.00
2 Decorative Metal Trucks for 1.00 (they are really neat and vintage looking I am going to have to do a little research on those)

I am so happy about the clothes it works out to a little over 0.10 a piece!

Mailbox Was Destroyed

August 25th, 2006 at 11:52 pm

My mailbox was destroyed but the car that hit it looks worse.

I have pictures of my mailbox but unfortunately none of the car that hit it because she didn't stop until half a mile up the road from my house when it died also. One dead mailbox, one dead car my mailbox is American made obviously her car wasn't because my mailbox kicked her car's ass!

Not sure what she was doing I am guessing talking on the phone because she ran over my lawn, stone wall, and hit my mailbox. Her fender was smashed, her passenger back tire flat, her passenger side mirror bent in and smashed her passenger window!

Here is the pictures:

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scroll down they are there for your viewing amazement

Coupon List for Trading

August 22nd, 2006 at 01:51 pm

I am excited I spent yesterday getting my coupons all listed into a database on my site. You don't realize how many coupons you have until you put them in a spread sheet form. I have hundreds if not close to a thousand coupons.

I am doing a coupon exchange (free...benefits both of us) you send me unexpired coupons in a SASE and I send you back the coupons you were looking for.

I have people sending coupons from all over the US so it gives a wide variety of coupons available.

The only thing I am really lacking in is diaper, wipes, and formula coupons. If you have some and would like to trade let me know.

Or if you just want to check out my list of coupons up for trade here is the link:

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Saving Money with one car

August 17th, 2006 at 03:20 pm

We are still a one car family. It has made things a little difficult yesterday I went grocery shopping at 6:30am so that I could use the car before my husband needed it to go to work. It was a marathon shopping lots to get in a very little amount of time.

Who needs a gym membership when you have marathon shopping!

We are saving gas money with only having one car and before I went food shopping I was also having to get creative with meals.

The other night we didn't have much food and I had no car to go buy some, hence, a new receipe was born...my own creation....

One Car Chicken Dinner:
5-6 Chicken Thighs - skinned
Rice a Roni Herb and Butter
10.5 oz Condensed Mushroom Soup
1 1/4 Boiling Water
Olive Oil
Goya Adobe All Purpose Seasoning
Garlic Salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a casserole dish mix Mushroom Soup, boiling water, and Rice (including the rice seasoning packet).
Place thighs on top of rice mixture brush with olive oil, All Purpose Seasoning, and Garlic Salt.
Cover and cook for 90 minutes.

Everyone loved it...good thing...it was all I had.

Thankfully after my Wal-mart shopping I am stocked up at least for the next two weeks!

Got Me Thinking!

August 15th, 2006 at 06:25 pm

Right now we are a one car family. Yep, my husband's truck is still not fixed.

I have gone through a range of emotions with only have one car. In a way I am happy because at least we still have a car to fall back on, it would be really awful if my husband's truck was our only vehicle. Also, we are spending less because we do not need to pay for gas for the truck. I need to go grocery shopping and just haven't had the time with only one car so I have been getting creative with some of the left overfood and can goods I have on hand.

I guess in reality there are many things we can do without we are just no always happy about it.

The list of other things I would miss if I could no longer afford to buy them:
Green Mountain Coffee
Diet Pepsi
Cascade Complete Gel
cellphone
internet
cable tv
Charmin Toilet Paper

I could do without all of those things but they would be missed.

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Sarah

Curbside pick-up

August 15th, 2006 at 12:26 am

I haven't quite got up the nerve to dumpster dive though I have heard some great stories from many of you that really make me consider it. I am still on the edge not quite ready to make the big plunge into the dumpster.

We still have only one vehicle so on one of my marathon errands this morning before my husband had to go to work I went by a house that had stuff on the curb with a free sign next to it. I pulled up and took the whole box I figured anything I didn't want I could either donate or throw away. It had some great things in it all my size!

I got on sweatshirt, two long sleeve shirts, 3 short sleeve shirts, 3 long skirts, and 1 bathrobe. It also had dinosaur sheets there were a few holes in them but I think I will just make some pillow cases out of the sheets for my son. There was also a latch hook kit complete with instructions, and a chute and ladders game in perfect condition.

The kids and I played Chutes and Ladders after dinner, I forgot how frustrating that game is! It might end up on my curb with a free sign on it!


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