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, June 12, 2007

I (heart) bargains. Period.

It should come to no surprise to anyone reading this that I love a deal. Cheap is good, free is better. Sometimes I find a deal and I am hurling it into my cart will-nilly not even thinking about what I am doing. Case in point today. I went to Walgreen's today to get two packages of Kotex Maxi-Pads. They are on sale 2 for $10.00 and when you check out one of those beee-u-ti-ful red and white coupons spits out for $10.00 off your next purchase. Cha-ching! Then you can take the $10.00 off coupon through the register and buy two more and get another coupon and so on and so forth. And, at the end of the week, you will still have a beee-u-ti-ful $10.00 coupon to spend on anything your little heart desires that Walgreen's happens to carry. (Chocoloate? A DVD? Fancy lotion? Ahhh, such a dreamer.) So, I hurl these big 55 ct. LONG SUPER Maxipads into my cart and they fill up the entire cart. They are pretty big packages in the first place, but, seriously, Walgreen's has the itty bittiest carts EVER. Don't they want anyone to buy anything in there? It looks like I have two 50 lb. bags of dog food in that teeny little cart.

But, I digress.

So, I get my two big packages of Kotex and I go through the MALE checker's line and he grabs the Kotex and holds it above his head and yells to the girl at the cosmetics counter, "HEY DO YOU WANT TO RING UP THE KOTEX BACK THERE SO THE COUPON WILL PRINT OUT?" And, you would think I would be cringing at the sight of this, but I could care less. It's a bargain! Two girls come up and explain that the coupon is only printing at the cosmetics counter because they have to over ride the UPC since it is a bonus pack. (I already knew this because I used to work in General Merchandise and I know about bonus packs mesing up deals and registers.) I now have me, DS, the male checker, two cosmetic counter girls and three customers complete attention as the checker is still holding the Kotex up in the air and they are all discussing it. "Kotex, Kotex, Kotex", they all keep saying. They could have been talking about cupckaes for all I cared, I just wanted my dad gum $10.00 coupon!

I did get my $10.00 coupon in the end and now I am obsessed with doing it again and again and again through the week. I barely got the two honking bags under the bathroom sink today. Just how many packages can I cram into my house? How many Kotex do I seriously think I need??????

The answer: A LOT.

And some chocolate.


  1. That is absolutely hilarious!!!! I used to be embarassed to DEATH to buy tampons and pads - once when I was 16 I bought tampons and there was no price so the checker said over the intercom "price check on tampons on aisle 1" or something like that. I was SO embarassed.

  2. Anonymous12:15 AM

    You are so funny! I really enjoy your blog. Thanks again for the box of Walmart Shareholder goodies. I sent some home with my mom and some to my Nana and they were both so pleased.

  3. LOL Shara you crack me up. YOu always do. :) I can just picture you standing there twiddling your thumbs while like 5 people are huddled around your Kotex. Ha!

  4. You should have asked for a carry out.

  5. Anonymous4:02 PM

    Yeah, when I was a teenager that would have morified me. But seriously I girl can never have too many 'feminine hygiene' products. All it takes is *one* time to run out. And pads and tampons are so very expensive. Good for you that you've stocked up for a few months!

  6. It's amazing how quickly we get over being embarassed by things like that! It's almost as good as the story, which I think was yours, about buying huge packages of kotex with your super coupons and at the same time, huge bags of chocolate with a super coupon!

    I don't think you need to worry about how many you need, you got a good deal and isn't that what counts?

    I can always count on your blog to lighten my day.

  7. Anonymous10:49 PM

    You sent me to Walgreens to get my free Kotex, even though I haven't had a period in 4 years. Ya know, I got them for my daughters.

    They didn't have the thin ones, so I got the big thick ones and a raincheck so when the thin ones come in, I can at least get two with my last $10 coupon.

    Thanks for the heads up!!


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