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.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

A Contest For You!

I did a little shopping today. I bought the following:

(2) Honeycomb Cereals (Retail $3.79 each)
(1) Chocolate Honeycomb Cereal (Retail $3.79 each)
(1) Waffle Crisp Cereal (Reail $3.79 each)
(1) Variety Pack Quaker Chewy Granola Bars 10 ct. (Retail $3.59)
(1) Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quaker Chewy Granola Bars 10 ct. (Retail $3.59)
(1) Chocolate Chip Quaker Chewy Granola Bars 10 ct. (Retail $3.59)
(1) Chocolate Chunk Quaker Chewy Granola Bars 10 ct. (Retail $3.59)
(3) Jane Cosmetics Be Pure Mineral Lip Balm - Peppermint (Retail $4.99 each)
(1) Jane Cosmetics Be Pure Mineral Lip Balm - Rose Quartz (Retail $4.99)

Total before Advertised Price Deductions, Manufacturer Coupons, In-Store Coupons and Register Rewards (Coupons off my next Shipping Trip) was: $49.48

(Some of those prices are rather insane, but after deductions, well worth it. Seriously $5.00 for lip balm?????)

Total AFTER all those deductions: $????????

Well, that's your job. Guess how much I spent on all twelve of these items and you will win this:

A whole slew of band spanking new Scrapbooking papers, stickers, scrapbooking albums, cards and envelopes that I have picked up after Christmas and Valentine's Day this year. You'll also be getting one of those fancy-schmancy Jane Peppermint Lip Balms. The total Retail Value of all these items is: $44.65. (But, I only paid $4.14). Time to share the wealth. *Disclaimer: I just looked at the photo and see my TomTom Nagivational GPS System sitting there to the right of the goddies. GPS NOT INCLUDED!!!(DH would kill me!)

I'll accept guesses until Wednesday Night Midnight, then announce the winner on Thursday morning along with a complete detailed (and possibly quite boring explanation of my bargain shopping) If you have a blog, I will look at it (if I am not familiar with it already) and I will send you a *surprise* gift that I think you will like based on your blog. Trust me, I practically have a gift shop in my office. I have something for everyone! I'll allow two guesses per person, because I always second guess my answers on these sort of things. In case there is a tie, I will have The Bean draw a name from my Magic Mixing Bowl of the correct answers.

So, start guessing!


  1. Shara,
    Since I have started to become a coupon crazy person I am going to guess that you got all of that for free. But, I just wanted to put my answer out there. I don't want to win anything. I just want to play for the fun of playing.

  2. I am guessing $2 dollars. Looks yummy-I think I'll go for a snack now!-LOL!

  3. I guess you paid NOTHING they paid you :)) You are the bargain queen of course!

    who is blogless:(

  4. I say $1.25 or.98 cents

  5. I know it was some insane minimal out of pocket so my guess is

    15¢ oop or they paid you $2.00

  6. The last time I bought that much with the sales and coupons it came to around $3.38...so that shall be my guess! : ) I'm sure you did better than that, though! You've been couponing longer and are so much more saavy!
    Take care!

  7. Oooo I get TWO guesses, you are generous!

    $8.98 (that's my high New York City style guess)

    $3.49 (that's my you're a genius shopper guess)


  8. You are such an effective bargain shopper that I'm sure what little you paid (if anything) will be impressive.

    Since we get two guesses...$2.18 or $4.14.

  9. Well I was going to say $5.63, but I think I'll go with $1.50

  10. I'm sure you didn't pay a lot with your shopping prowess you have Ms Bargain Queen!

    I'm going to go with 4.94 for my first guess, and 2.50 for my second guess with 2.00 off your next Jane purchase...LOL :)

  11. I think you got everything for free...but you had to pay sales tax on your loot, so you had to pay...$2.97 or $3.46. Now, in MN, the comestibles (I LOVE that word...have the Bean look that one up for vocabulary...lol) wouldn't be taxed.

    FUN contest!!

  12. My two guesses are $1.78 and $3.14. And guess what! I used a bunch of the little crafy junk you sent me in our junk swap while I was crafting for Christmas! i thought of you everytime I looked through all my little baggies for different things:)

  13. Cereal is so darned expensive - THANK GOODNESS for sales & coupons!!
    I KNOW that you are amazing at deals, so I am thinking $4.69, but for my Price is Right guess - hmmm... right now the highest other guess is $8.98, so I'll say $8.99. (Yes, that is the NYer in me coming out too!)
    Whatever - Good Job!

  14. My guess is $4.95 and my second guess is $6.32. You can visit my blog at http://www.bluejardiniere.blogspot.com/
    but I haven't been very good at updating it lately! I love to read about your adventures with The Bean!

  15. Anonymous4:35 PM

    $3.12 or $4.92...

  16. Ummm, my first thought was $5.24.
    My next guess is $1.58.

    Can't wait to hear how you did it!

  17. Anonymous8:03 PM

    Hmmm. I will guess .43 on the low side and $1.13 on the high side. I know it was good!



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