Monday, April 21, 2014

Free day at Powell Gardens

It will be public gardens free day on Friday, May 9th, and annually Powell Gardens participates.  They are again this year, and no coupon is necessary.  Plan to go if you can!!   

101% Savings Shopping Trip

I watched kiddo's today who live just a few blocks from CVS....So, of course I had to take advantage of that.  Here was "the haul for today".

4 bottles of Ajax dish washing soap, 2 degree deodorants, 2 gear deodorants.. Beginning total was $28.78 before taxes...BUT, I didn't pay that....instead.....

I rolled $10 off CVS bucks from last weeks into this deal.  I also went to the CVS website and loaded coupons onto my CVS card, and when I went into the store I stopped at the red kiosk inside the store  and had more coupons printed off after I entered my card number.  Then, I used some manufacture coupons.

Originally my sale resulted in them owing me money...which the cashier said she could not do.  So, I grabbed another powerade.

Net result.....I paid 7 cents.

That came to a 101% savings.

Considering I did not have a paper yesterday to study the sale ads, I put this shopping trip together rather quickly after I got into the store.

If you have a CVS card, always always load all the electronic coupons off their site to your card.  You never know when you may need one.  Always carry your coupon book with you, so that you can take advantage of extra savings if you find an item on sale that was not on your list.  And, always head to the red kiosk inside the store first thing.

I also earned $3 in reward bucks.  If you are not familiar with EB or extra buck rewards, they are coupons that are the same as cash.  They are good on almost anything in the store.  You earn them when you buy certain items, or a set amount of dollars in a particular part of the store, such as on cosmetics, or shaving items.  Also ask for rain checks if they are out of a particular item.  (I have 3 rain checks from tonight's trip for items I wanted to get that they were out of.  Those items I had coupons for that would have resulted in free items--my coupons for them expire April 30 and May 10, so as long as I use the rain check before then, I am good)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Plugging Away

Still waiting for spring.  "They" say it is here....but we keep having cool days.  I am ready for a steady 70 degree temperature.  I have potatoes and garlic and onions growing in my south dining room window that I would like to move outdoors.  I almost did twice, but each time I didn't for some reason and was later glad as we had snows soon after.  So....I wait.....

Daughter #3 graduates next month.  Doesn't seem like it was 17 years ago that she entered this world. Now, she is preparing to leave the nest and head off to college for pre medical school.

Daughter #4 is working on her scuba diving online classes and daughter #5 is waiting for her flying lessons to start back up later this month.  She only flies April thru October, due to winter weather, so she is anxious to get back up flying.

We have only 3 weeks left of home school coop.  This semester I am teaching one day a week at the coop.  My classes are evolution vs creation, and Personal Safety (which is American Heart  Based CPR and First Aid).  I have some younger kids in the class and they have impressed me with their willingness to learn and ability to perform in the CPR class.

My numerous trips to the doctors have finally paid off.  My rotator cuff injury is 95% healed, my slipped disc and calcium deposit on my hip is now pain free, thanks to the chiropractor, and a local specialist has done follow ups on my recent surgery and changed my medications around.  This now has resulted in my hemoglobin going up to the 10 range (was in the low 7's and high 6's for awhile, which left me only wanting to sleep all the time and with no energy).

I am trying to get my house ready to rent again.  I had to evict the previous renters--they decided they were too good to pay the rent, and cleaning was not necessary.  They broke the lease in several ways, including having animals inside the house, hoarding and not paying.  To put it mildly, it was a stinking mess.  We even had to scrub animal messes off the walls.  They ruined the ground floor kitchen ceiling, but allowing animals upstairs to soil the floor to the point it dripped thru the upstairs hardwood floors and onto the ceilings.  We had to remove the ceilings of 3 rooms as a result.  The took carpet up (which was new before they moved in), without permission, broke the dishwasher (found part of it in the yard even), broke the cook stove top, broke every shelf in the refrigerator, ruined hardwood flooring, window treatments, trashed the yard (4 truckloads of trash taken out so far),  allowed the washer cold water to leak along with almost all the faucets and slopped paint all over one of the upstairs bedrooms..and that is just for starters.... The house was filthy to say the least, and they lived in it, along with their children.  When they moved out, they even took all the light bulbs, and left all their trash all over the house..  That is just gross.  We have several hundred hours of work completed, and several hundred more to go.  I just don't understand how people can be so low to treat someone elses property with such little respect to trash it, not pay their bills,  and how they can live in such filth and make their children live in such filth.  Training their children to not pay their rent and to live in filth.  Wonderful parenting, don't you think??  Yet, they had money for boats, new cars, 4 wheelers, flat screen tv's in about every room of the house, food for all their pets, money for booze (they left all the empties behind)......