What is a monkeybox?
When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
They also have big bags of fully cooked shrimp on sale buy one get TWO free. They are normally $9.99 a bag, but that makes them $3.33 a bag this week. I bought six bags for $20.00. Normally, that same $20.00 would only get you two bags. Shrimp with tais sauce is a nice cool refreshing dinner with summertime garden tomatoes and some fresh garden corn.
I went thrifting this morning too. But, I am at the library for the summer reading program for DS and haven't yet unloaded the car to remember what I bought. I do know I bought some nice blue thumbprint glassses in two sizes - eight of each size. So, $4.00 for 16 glasses. Glass is a pain to ship, but it the price is right, it is worthh it. If the price isn't right - I'll use them on my Thanksgiving table! I also got a vintage Razorback belt and buckle for 55¢ and a vintage razorback glass for $1.00. I sold a 1960's Razorback glass for $55.00 once and the winner turned out to by my Fed-Ex Man. So, he picked it up and I didn't even have to ship it!
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
We went to Hobby Lobby again today to look at the 80% off stuff. We found two really pretty handblown glass lamps complete with shades. They were $99.99 each, but we paid only $19.99 each for them. I also got a beautiful coblat blue gas lamp for my bathroom vanity. It was $34.99 and I got it for $6.99. I bought a lamp shaped like a purse for my grnadmother for Christmas too. It was $24.99 and I paid $4.99. So, I got $260.00 worth of lamps for $52.00. I could have never brought myself to pay $200.00 for lamps. And, if by some strange reason I DID - Dh would kill me. Yard sale lamps are a tough buy for me because you still have to go buy a shade 9 times out of 10, so it isn't very often that it is a good deal. So, these were the deal for me.
We went to Deals to get AA batteries - the cheap ones are 16 for $1.00. They were out - darn them. They are great for all DH's cheapo toys and Plug-n-Play video games. They did have Blue Bunny Caramel Chocolate Somethingoranother ice cream for $1.00. We bought four and brought them home to the freezer. DH put them in the freezer and then announced that he didn't have his wallet. He mentally retraced his steps and the only time he had used it was right down the street to buy a fountain drink. He called and they had it under the counter. So, whoever turned that in - THANK YOU! I have done a lot of good deeds - returning birth certificates, checks floating acros the Wal-Mart parking lot, returning unmailed credit card checks, etc. So, I am glad I did all that and someone was nice enough to return it.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Of course, the inside of the house is just as bad. Sometimes during a boring sitcom I will look at all my furniture or things on the wall and try to figure up what it all cost. I do that with my clothes too - "Gee, I am wearing $1.75 worth of clothes". I hope I don't LOOK like it!
I even do this at mealtime - tonight I have a turkey ham in the oven, fired potatoes and graden tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. The turkey ham was $2.25 and we will eat about half of it. Ten pounds of potatoes were $1.66 and we are eating about 2 pounds of those. The veggies were from a coworkers garden. So, dinner is going to cost about $1.50 for all three of us. Oh yes, I made a 68¢ box of brownies today too.
I think I have a sickness......
Does anyone else do this??????
Friday, June 23, 2006
Went to Target and spotted boxes of single Mr. Clean Magic Erasers on the bottom of a Clearance shelf. I decided to price check one and it was 24¢! I knew I had a form for a free "Cars" Beach Towel with the purchase of six P&G Products. So, I bought six and sent DS though the line with six for separate receipts so I can send one to a friend out of state as a surprise. So, 12 Mr. Clean Magic Erasers and two beach towels for a total of $2.88. Plus, I SWEAR by Magic Erasers. They will clean anything. The shower, the floor, shoes, book covers, etc. Love THEM!
I frequent a couponing/refunding site where people often sell things inexpensively. I bought a scrapbooking goodie box for $6.50. I got it today - shipped Priority for $4.05. It came in a nice plastic compartment box and is full of all sorts of charms, bottle caps, edgers, die cuts, brads, buttons, etc. Probably about $45.00 worth of stuff if I went and bought it. The lady just wanted to make a little money and clear out her stock. It's nice to have a little bit of everything so I don't have to go buy lots of different things.
Our local pizza place always had pizzas - Buy One, Get Two Free. We'd go get three large pizza's and all three of us would eat twice, plus lunch for DS a couple of times and it would only cost about $16.00. Now they are going from "Quantity to Quality". One Medium Pizza will be $9.99. Guess, we will have to find a new pizza place.
Went to one of my thrifts on Wednesday. Actual, I went to the Salvation Army too, but left empty handed. (Although DS bought a giant stuffed Walrus for $1.00, because, quote, "I don't have one!" - he is bound and determined to have a pratically life size animal of every kind.) At the thrift I bought this neat old litle table thingy. It is from India and all hand carved. It has three round shelves on it, but you can flatten it up to store it away. They were using it for display space, but I noticed a tag on it. DH liked it and he normally just snoozes his way through the thrifts. Anyway, since he liked it too, I looked at the price expecting it to be $20.00 at least. It was only $6.00. Not sure what I'll do - keep or sell. I do like it so I will probably keep it for awhile. I also got a puzzle mat to work puzzles on then roll it up until you do it again for $1.00 and a set of 4 Chips Ahoy coffee cups from the 1980's for $2.00. The cups say "16 chips in every cookie." I think now they say like a 1,000 chips in every bag or something.
I'm off to some sales and thrifts this morning before the real heat kicks in. Wish me luck!
Monday, June 12, 2006
We ate lunch at Chik-fil-A. Love that chicken! I noticed my sandwich felt really heavy when I took it out of the bag. They had put two giant breasts on it and it was HUGE. And it was delicious! ;o)
We went to the Salvation Army and I bought a new unopened 750 piece puzzle for me and DS to work on this summer. He bought a beanie baby and a book called Frindle for $2.25.
We also went to the Home Depot and bought a room air conditioner. We have a geothermal unit and when the long hot days of summer kick in and it is in the high 90's day after day, we have problems keeping out living room cool. It faces the evening sun and the kitchen is right beside it so if I use the burners or oven, it helps heat it up too. Even running the dryer all day makes extra heat. I decided to get a small unit and put it in the front window to help keep that one room cooler and help the main unit to not have to work so hard. We had it plugged in for about an hour and we were under a blanket. Think it is going to work! It cost $129.00, but I think it will save us money in the long run if our main unit doesn't have to work quite so hard. And, if it doesn't save us money - who cares! I HATE the heat! ;o)
Once again, HI SOPHIESMOM! ;o)
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Last week was the Walmart Shareholders meeting. Wendesday night we went to the big free concert and saw Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts. Thursday and Friday we went to the big Vendor Fair and brought home tons of free stuff. They wer handing out free clear backpacks and then you walked around and filled them up with freebies. usually they give out a lot of trial size items, but this year we got a lot of full sized items like 3 36 oz. bottles of Softsoap Body Wash, full size Colgate Toothpase, 24 (yes, 24!) full size Speed Stick Deodorants and countless other things. We ended up with nine back packs and six of them were full of freebies. We were there when they were closing down and they got really generous getting rid of the last of the loot. The Colgate people handed me six bags of stuff at once. The Little Debbie guy gave DS a life size standee of Ken Schrader -the racecar driver. The Keebler guy knew DH so he handed us a Playstation game under the counter that he only had a few of for certain people.
My favorite yearly yard sale was this weekend. These people live in KS, but travel back here several times a year to have a huge sale. They go to a lot of auctions and sell on ebay and sell the rest of the sstuff at this sale. They have so much and they price things at 25¢ to 50¢. They usually have about 20 boxes of stuff priced at $1.00 a box. Mix and mathc or a whole box for $1.00. I always pick through and make up a box or tow but someday I will have a truck and just buy all twenty boxes and sort it at home! (Oh, the crazy dreams I have!) I bought one box of material for $1.00 for some old ticking on top. Underneath the ticking I found a bunch of old tablecloths, napkins, table runners, sun bonnets, handmade potholders, etc. A good deal at $1.00. I got a clump of lucite grapes for $2.00. That buy will pay for everything else I bought that day.
We did break down and buy DS a Playstation 2. He's never had a video game system, so this is all new to us. PS2 seemed like the practical choice because the games are easier to store and you can readily rent them. We bought him one game and the Keebler guy gave him another one. I ordered two on Amazon today for $5.29 with free shipping. So, he will have four games to keep him busy for awhile.