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.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Froogle Friday - On-line Shopping

Sarah is hosting a Frugal Friday post. I am pretty much frugal in every aspect, but here's one concerning shopping on-line.

Whenever I am shopping for an item I go to Froogle and type in what I am looking for, say: Kitchen Aid Mixer. It then shows me every KitchenAid Mixer available on-line. You can sort it by price, rating, etc. Once I find the top five or so best priced or best reviewed (Oh,who am I kidding, it's always the best priced!), I start searching for a code. I go to Dealhunting or Fishing For Deals and start looking for any codes that might make my deal sweeter. Free shipping or $xx.xx off $xx.xx purchase codes are my favorites. Also, when you shop at Amazon most items that are directly through Amazon ship free if your purchase totals more than $25.00. If my order is less than $25.00, I look through the website and find a small baking pan, a kitchen utensil or a book to fill out my order - that way you actually get something for the money and not just paying for shipping only.

I also use DealHunting and Fishing For Deals to just look for deals on random things. I found fabulous MP3 Players for all of my family members for Christmas at one one of those websites through Office Depot. I got three MP3 players on sale plus I had a code for next day FREE delivery AND I got a FREE tabletop mini fridge because my purchase was over $50.00. Cha-ching.

I am a huge fan of on-line shopping. I am bored to tears at real actual stores, but I could shop on-line all the live long day.

Here's another frugal idea: I bought the cat this vintage looking suitcase cat bed for $20.00. Why, oh why didn't I just buy a stupid vintage suitcase at a yard sale? Oh sure, it's cute, but I honestly could have had the same effect (and the ginormous cat butt might have fit better) for a dollar.


  1. Hey... don't be making fun of 'ginormous butts'!!! I know how that kitty feels!

  2. I love the fishing for deals sites as well...since you turned me on to it last year. I haven't bought much online since Christmas other than a few things from ETSY or EBAY, but I plan to do what you are doing for the next holiday season. Saves lots of hassle!! I do like to go into the stores to see all the decorations but the mad dash everywhere to get that elusive perfect present is enough to drive me to drink..LOL


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