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.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Happy Birthday Mumsie!

The Whitman's Samplers - one pound box were Buy One Get One Free at Walgreen's for $7.99. I dug around on the shelf and found boxes that were wrapped in Fall leaves paper. On those boxes there were $1.00 off coupons. So, I paid $5.99 for two boxes - $3.00 each - not a bad deal for a nice Christmas gift. Who doesn't like a box of chocolates?

Can I ask a favor? If you are reading this would your leave me a comment? Just a quick "HI" and how you found my blog? I hear a lot of people say on other boards that they read it, but I would like to see for myself. Thanks!

Hint of the DAY: Check out all the merchandise on the shelf before you grab something. I often find coupons, bonus packages, free with purchase items, etc. at the back of the shelf. I used to stock at a retail store, so I know that sometimes items arrive with little "exras".


  1. Anonymous5:07 AM

    Hi Shara, I read your blog every time you make an entry! We have alot in common it appears as we are on several of the same sites. I hate to write but I love to read so keep it coming! Kim

  2. Anonymous12:29 AM

    Hi - I read about your blog on the yardsalequeen message boards. I enjoy your humor and your tips! Thanks, Nancy

  3. Anonymous3:32 PM

    Hey Shara,

    I also found your blog through Yardsalequeen.com. We have chatted about your DH and my BIL pertaining to the bread routes.


  4. Anonymous12:13 AM

    Hey Shara,

    I started reading your blog after you posted about it in the yardsalequeen thread about ebay blogs.

    ~ Nicole

  5. Anonymous9:46 PM

    I also started reading your blog after it was in yardsalequeen. I really enjoy this blog and reading your comments on the ysqueen. Here's to Great Deals for everyone in 2006. I am Pennypincher on the other site.



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