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.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Wednesday with the Boys

Mmmm..I can almost taste those Turkey Bacon and Tomato Sandwiches....

Today the monkeybox family took off on a "Free Spree". It didn't actually end up being the Free Spree I intended, but we had fun. Our day started at ToysRUs in search of the illusive "Asphalt Fuzion Scooter". DH has been wanting one for a least a year, but I haven't been able to locate one. It would have helped if a) I ever shopped in retail stores and b) I hadn't been typing in FUSION instead of FUZION into the search bar. I had found it online at ToysRUS this morning for $69.99, but when we got to the store, the shelf said $89.99. I was sick that I hadn't printed it out, but promised DS that we would order it online when we got it home. That's when he got a wild hair and hauled it over to the self scanner - BOOP - $69.99. Cha-ching. Off to the register we went. He had $50.00 saved up and we kicked in the other $20.00 for his "End of the School Year Gift". He also found a Playstation 2 Game in the Clearance bin for $5.00 so he bought that too. It must be nice to be a kid with cash.

Then it was off to Barnes and Noble to spend the $10.00 gift card he earned for having no fines at school all year. He found two different Dragon books, but couldn't decide between the two, so he threw in another $10.00 that he had in his wallet and we were gone.

Next it was off to Walgreen's for more of the Glucerna cereal that I am stocking up on for my Mom. It is $4.49 a box, but there is a coupon on-line for $1.25 off, making your initial box $3.29. Now, why do I say "initial box"? Because my dear friends, when you pay for that box of cereal, a fabulous coupon for $4.59 off your next order coupon spits out at the register. You can apply that $4.59 to any other purchase. Including another box of cereal. Get it? So, I bought one, got the coupon, sent DH through the cosmetics register with one, then I went back through the front register with the third one. I did this twice on Monday. So, now I have five boxes of cereal for my $3.29 investment and I still have a $4.59 coupon left. This offer is good until June 30th, so I plan on cleaning all three Walgreen's out of cereal this month. That is, if it doesn't taste like hay! Oh, it gets better. On top of the three boxes of cereal we bought today, there was a survey form. Fill it out and they will send you...are you ready...a $20.00 prepaid VISA card. Cha-ching.

Then we were off to Office Depot to spend my remaining three $3.00 off purchase coupons I got for recycling old ink cartridges, but I decided to save that trip for when I need packing tape or something useful rather than jsut blowing it. Well, Office Depot is thisclose to Hobby Lobby and who wouldn't rather hit Hobby Lobby that Office Depot???? I needed some fabric for the Summer Fun Swap at Sweet Goodness Swaps and a few other odds and ends, so off I went. I ended up spending $11.00 and some change on a fat sack full of fabric and some clearance items. I found a bunch of those little scrapbooking stickers that look like wedding dresses, Hawaiian shirts, sundresses and a Varsity Jacket. You know the ones I mean - Jolee's? I swear, I love those things. I just want to collect them. I don't think I could ever use them. The little wool varsity jacket has a zipper, numbers on the back, etc. It is just like a real jacket. It was $8.00, but I got it for 80¢.

Next was supposed to be dinner at Ruby Tuesdays with my $25.00 Gift Card, but we opted to go to Golden Corral since we hadn't eaten all day and it was right up the street. DS says he is one "Happy Boy" at Golden Corral because he gets chicken legs, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, cheese pizza and fudge. Mom does enforce the "You MUST eat a vegetable" rule. He likes salad, so that is good. Until he hits the dessert bar. Eye-yi-yi. Actually, today he only had a cookie and some orange sherbet. So, not so bad.

So, now you know every move I made today. I am sorry.

***UPDATE**** We have a winner. Would Le Anne plese email me her address at monkeybox at juno dot com, please??? Yes, I am a sunflower seed addict. I don't eat that many at a siting, but I MUST have them.


  1. Do you EAT cracker jacks???

    I'm thinking it must be a combo of favorite snack and crack knuckles. I'm tired from my "crop and b*tch" and this is all my brain could come up with.

  2. Well, I was going to guess Cracker Jacks, but oliveoyl beat me to it. So, how about using a nutcracker to eat nuts?

    I looked for the Glucerna coupon at their website, but it doesn't say you can use it for the cereal. Where'd your coupon come from?

  3. Anonymous11:53 PM

    Eating sunflower seeds...cracking the shells in your mouth?

  4. Anonymous12:33 AM

    Can I guess again now that I read your clues more closely? Do you love to eat peanuts out of the shell?

  5. Anonymous7:43 AM

    I cant think of anything other than whats been guessed! Cracker jacks, eating seeds or peanuts out of the shells?

  6. Great minds think alike, you take a plate of peanuts or other nuts and crack them open while perusing the web???

  7. Awww NUTS, I didn't win this one.

    Le Anne, please post what goodies you get from Shara. There is a reason the first part of her name is SHAR(E),cuz she is GENEROUS!

  8. Anonymous9:39 PM

    Shara, thank you so much for the box of goodies. My son loved digging in with me. So for those of you that wanted to know what was in the box...here is a quick break down (boy was it heavy!). Some stickers and magnets (the baby is eating one right now), great summer recipe cards, Lady Speed Stick, Travel Size Colgate (lots), hair products, lotion, coupons, cup holder (currently holding a sippy cup), Disney bendables, Monster Inc. Bobble Heads, Very Cute cereal bowls and fun little radios and I am sure that I have left out so many other little trinkets.
    Oh, Shara is so generous...she made my day much brighter!


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