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

HOT DOG a deal on Hot Dogs!

Dillon's is the only store that I can regularly find Louis Rich hot dogs. They are now made by Oscar Mayer and are made of all turkey. They are normally $2.49 and are sometimes on sale buy One Get One Free. Well, this week they are in the 4th of July ad for $1.00. I had four coupons for 55¢ of two packages which Dillon's doubles - so I paid $4.00 for eight packages of hot dogs that would have normally cost $20.00. HOT DOG!

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!


  1. Is Dillon's like Krogers? After Albertson's closes we will only have Wal-mart and HEB for groceries. They neither one offer great deals like you get at Dillon's.

  2. Dillon's is a part of the Kroger chain. There is only one Dillon's in AR and it is in a tiny little town of about 3,000 people which is the next town over from me. They are VERY high priced. But, they have great ads and with the Shoppers Plus Card, they will double coupons up to 50¢ and round up anything under $1.00 to $1.00. They never complain about coupons and will let me use as many as I want. They used to have Super Doubles up to $1.00 and I would go and use over 100 coupons in a trip. Oh those were the days! Plus I was a mystery shopper for them and usually made money on every trip.

  3. I belong to a couponers group, but I am not as diehard as they are. The place they most loved to coupon was Albertson's and most of those are closing as we speak. The diehard couponers are having to shop at Randall's and Tom Thumb and are not getting the great deals they are used to. Some of the women have said they might even have to get a job(they gasped!)since their free/cheap couponing days are ending.

    I didn't choose to shop at Albies very often because they kept changing coupon rules and it got to be huge hassle. Wish we could get a Dillon's here, but doubt they could compete with the large chain monopoly in this area.


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