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.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

As I have said before, my son is my dealhunting buddy. He has been raised at thrift stores, yard sales and auctions. He knows if he wants Brand XYZ cereal, Mom needs to have a coupon or we aren't buying it. I know he's always with me, but I just hadn't ralized how much he was paying attention.

School is out for the summer on Friday so they are bringing home all their folders and papers. He brought home his Journal yesterday so I read it. He has his own "Deal of the Day" blog going! ONe entry said, "This wekeend we went to the moveis and out to eat for FREE". That was the weekend I had free Chick-fil-A sandwich coupons and free movie passes. He also wrote about finding his Gameboy for $1.00 at a yard sale. He also wrote a lengthy list of all the things we bought for $5.00 at the "all you can stuff in a box" sale at a local church. Another entry was about searching for misplaced bags of candy after Easter at Target - "We bought 27 bags of candy" he wrote. His teacher must think I am a looney bin!

So, watch what you do and how you do it - your kids ARE watching (and learning)!


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  2. Anonymous5:39 PM


    It would be funny to see our 2 boys comparing bargains. Your DS would win hands down. Does your DS brag about his bargains? People would never guess that some of my ds's clothes come from g-sales if HE didn't tell them.

    I have learned a lot about where and how to shop for bargains from YOU. I no longer pay full retail for candy and seasonal items. Thanks for sharing all of your knowledge.



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