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, March 30, 2006

My Deals This Week

I went to a thrift store on Wednesday. I got there about 30 minutes before they really open, but you can go on in if the "OPEN" sign is up. As I walked past three big racks of nice suits and dreses the lady working there leaned over and told me I could get anything on the racks for 3/$1.00. So, I looked through them. The first item I picked up had a price tag on it from some swanky boutique for $109.00. I also got a two piece suede jacket and skirt combo and a three piece pinstriped ladies suit. I got three other items too, but I haven't taken them out of the car yet to remember what they are! So, I got six outfits for $2.00. These will all be for resell. DH actuall foudns oemthing cool while he was wandering around. He found these huge wooden clothespins that you hang on the wall. I think they are for holding a notepad. But, I plan on using them to hold a curtain near the laundry area. I also got my son a brand new Pokemon Monopoly Collector's Edition Board game for $2.00.

Went shopping at Wal-Mart and found some good deals on the Clearance aisle. I got a Schick Intuition gift pack with a razor, spare blade and wooden pumice scrubber thingy in it for $1.00. I had a coupon for $2.00 off so I got it for free and made a $1.00 profit on it. They also had two packs of Glade Wisp Air Freseners on clearance for $5.00. I had $3.00 coupons so I ended up geting a two pack for $2.00. They are usually about $7.00 each. So, $1.00 is awesome. I bought three two packs. When I opened one up, there was a $2.00 coupon in each one. So, I will be watching the Clearance aisle for them to go down even more so I can use these coupons.

I am about to do something very unlike me as far as bargain shopping and saving money. We are getting ready to buy a 50" Plasma TV and a new wall unit for it. $$$$$$$$ Shock! We are pretty frugal with our spending and rarely go out to eat or to the movies or basically anywhere - so having a nice big TV for movies and LOST would be a great treat for us. So, we are going to do it. If I can write a check that big!

Hint of the Day: Look around your Wal-Mart for a clearance aisle. Ours is in between the paint and automotive section. This is anew thing for our Wal-Mart and it is a fun aisle to wander through. Don't forget your coupons!

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