Saturday, November 26, 2022

Bits & Bobs

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ours was very low key. I did not even bother to change out of my sweats like I normally do. I hung out with DS afterwards. Then I binge watched one of my favorite shows, then to bed. I had 5 days to sleep late, but guess who woke up at the crack of dawn every day. By Monday morning my body will ask 'is it really time to get up already' when that alarm goes off. 

I did very very little BF shopping. Only at Kohls. I didn't even set foot inside any of the drugstores. I normally purchase the gcs that earns Bonus Cash or EBs. Then roll the rewards into purchasing BF freebies. I just wasn't feeling it. I even debated with myself about just hitting RA on Thanksgiving morning, but my gut said no. 

The next morning I received a message from SIL that my aunt had passed away on Thanksgiving. I knew that they waited to tell me, because they knew that it's Thanksgiving and didn't want to ruin the day for me. The downside is that I end up getting bad news first thing in the morning, thanks to the time difference (they're 7 hours ahead during fall/winter). This is why I never check my phone in the middle of the night. I know that I won't get any more sleep if I get bad news in the middle of the night. It happened when my mom passed away. So most of the morning was spent dealing with my family. 

I would like to say that whatever I'm writing next, is in no way meant to bash or speak ill of America or it's traditions. I am a proud American! I'm merely trying to explain things (to give my readers a bit more insight so you understand things better), because many of my experiences in SA are vastly different from my experiences here. 

I now understand why I didn't feel like BF shopping. It's because an unexpected expense was coming up (I'm Not physic). In my family, many of us will contribute towards funeral expenses. Funerals are a big deal in South Africa and my family don't believe in cremation. I come from a well respected church family. Cremation is a big No No for us. I never talk about who or what we are, because none of us (my family) let it define who we are as people. We also don't consider ourselves to be in a different category than others. We are just simple middle class folks. I, personally, hated growing up in the public eye. I still do. Please don't get me wrong. I love my family and I'm proud and thankful that we are blessed enough to be able to do God's work here on earth. However, I do not like all the judging we have to endure. People have judged our every word and/or move since before I even started school. They still do, despite me living on a totally different continent. They hold us to a far higher standard, just because of our positions in the church (I'm not gonna lie. There's some perks to being well known These are the same people who commit far worse sins, but they will gladly talk about the simplest things that we say or do. I hate it, because I don't go around judging others. This is one of the main reasons why I'm so very private. Besides, we were raised to be private. My family's very proper. We're not boring or prudish though. We are just well mannered and know how to mind our Ps and

Back to the funeral. I always contribute towards my family's funerals. This is not the time for them to have to worry about money, because they need to grieve. We don't have funeral homes in SA and we don't do wakes (more on the wakes later). There will be a memorial service (either at church or at home, depending on how many people are expected). If you don't belong to a church, you have to know someone who will convince their church to bury your loved one. Like I said before, funerals are a big deal. People show up from near & far. People will take the day off work to attend a funeral. My parents had 500+ people (respectively) attend their funerals. That is because of who we are. I know the amount, because I know the church's capacity. We also had full mass complete with communion (communion isn't always served at funerals) and they always count the number of communicants. Then everyone goes to the cemetery. Buses are hired to transport those who don't have cars. After the coffin is lowered into the ground, the attendees will take turns shoveling earth into the hole. Most women will pour a handful of earth into the hole, while the choir sings. It's a very personal experience. We don't have front loaders or backhoes at the cemetery.  The Ex was impressed and had it implemented at his aunt's funeral a few years later. Every funeral he attends, he explains the process to the funeral directors and insist on covering the hole with his family and/or friends.

After the cemetery, everyone goes back to the church hall to eat. The family provides food for everyone. We don't go to a restaurant afterwards. I explained to the Ex that the whole food thing is because funerals are a half day event (like ours) and everyone's hungry after going through the whole process. So besides the expense of the funeral & transportation, you have to feed everyone too. This is why we help each other financially. It's expensive! I would not feel right, knowing that I haven't done my duty. They know that I would give them the shirt off my back. My motto has always been 'Family First'. My mother instilled that value into us. It doesn't matter what our circumstances are. If a family member needs help, we'll be there for them. That's what we were taught. My family have very stubborn pride though. They will never just ask any family member for money. So we all (those who contribute) just offer whatever amount we see fit. I'll have to ask my family if the funeral will be live streamed (most churches started doing that when covid started), so I can watch the funeral online. I'm gonna have to get up in the middle of the night for the service. 

A wake is one thing I don't understand here. Maybe it's just my experience, but I've been to my friend's father's wake too (besides the Ex's family) and it all just seemed like a social gathering to me. I asked him why people were hanging out. Why isn't anyone grieving? I would be crying my little heart out. That's what we do. I was such a mess at my father's memorial service, that I didn't even know who was talking to me half the time. At the funeral, I couldn't even walk down the aisle when the service started. My oldest brother & aunt had to hold me up, because I was hurting so bad. The service itself was a blur to me. I don't understand why people just pay their respects at a wake and not attend the funeral itself. Isn't the funeral the most important part?

Also, when the Ex's uncle died. We went to the funeral home for the service and then straight to a restaurant. This was the first funeral I attended here, so I asked him 'what about the cemetery'. He said his cousin went with the funeral director to cemetery to bury his uncle. This was all very strange to me. I did attend his friend's funeral years ago. It was a full Catholic mass and I felt right at home. I don't know if it's because I'm so familiar with this type of service (our church practices are very similar to Catholics) or because it wasn't held in a funeral home. So maybe different folks have different experiences.

Once again, no real meal plan. There's still too much food that needs to get eaten. We've been eating down the Thanksgiving leftovers. We haven't had ravioli in ages, so I went to Meijer for a bag of frozen ravioli. I will make meat sauce to go with it and we can have salad with that. I'll make more lemon cranberry muffins. I went to Aldi yesterday for bread and carrots and came home with Mocha Mint coffee and cranberries too. Oy vey. The cranberries were 99c and the coffee is actually good. I haven't bought flavored coffee in forever. I've just been adding spices to my coffee for the past few years. I also stopped by Kroger for their sale milk, grapes and oranges. Then I went to the produce market, because I needed kiwi, beets and peppers. I spent under $30 at the produce market (I bought a few other things too). A rare occurrence for me, but we didn't need much. The kiwi was 3/$1 and they were big. I love this stuff. I've just been cherry picking the good sale items at the grocery stores, because we don't need much. 

I only bought bras for myself and an electric razor for DS at Kohls BF sale. The bra low price happens once a year, so I always stock up. I'll have to write a shopping post later this week. 

Speaking of shopping. I hate bloody Amazon!!!! They still haven't shipped all my items. I especially paid shipping (I qualified for free shipping) and almost 2 weeks later they haven't shipped my full order. Last weekend we had high winds and light snow. Something told me to check the front porch on Saturday night (not that I was expecting anything, because I usually get notifications of deliveries). The frigging Amazon driver left 2 lightweight envelopes at the edge of the porch. One ended up in the snow. We have a big porch. They could've placed the envelopes at the front door or in the corner near the door. It's just 2 steps up to the porch, but they were too lazy to do a decent job. Had I not checked, the other envelope could've blown away. 

Then I received the next package earlier this week. It was packing supplies for my Christmas project. The envelope wasn't completely sealed, the inside packaging was  half open and the items reeked of smoke.Ugh! How the heck am I supposed to gift something that reeks of smoke? I do smoke myself (very rarely. As in a pack of smokes can last me over a year. That's how often {j/k} I smoke). However, I do not smoke in the house and never around anything that I sell. So, since I haven't received all the items, I cannot gift this project. Upset, doesn't even begin to describe how I feel. The recipient was supposed to have the items by the end of the month, otherwise the gift doesn't make sense. Now I have to wait for another occasion to gift this. Not cool Amazon. Not cool at all!! Okay, I do have another event in mind. Ugh! I hate when things don't work out. This is why I plan and prep well in advance. So that if there's a hiccup, I still have time to get things fixed or changed. 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone. Stay safe & warm!

Tuesday, November 22, 2022



Hi everyone

I have no meal plan for this week, because we have way too much food/leftovers. I just made roti & curry for dinner on Sunday and some lemon cranberry muffins. None of us care for cranberry sauce (I love cranberries though), so I started making cranberry muffins last year. This is now my Thanksgiving tradition, because the muffins are always a hit. We're eating leftovers for lunch & dinner every day until it's gone. I haven't even done much grocery shopping lately, because I don't really need anything. I stocked up on blueberries at Meijer last week & bought potatoes too. The russet potatoes were $0.99/5 lb bag. I haven't seen potatoes that cheap in forever, so I bought 2 bags. 

I also bought 2 pumpkin pies at Sams last week (We eat non-traditional food, but I must have green bean casserole & pumpkin pie). One woman asked me if I freeze the pies & I said yes and explained that there's no difference in the taste. I didn't tell her that one pie is for me alone I love all kinds of pies, but pumpkin is the only kind I don't bake. I tried once & it didn't turn out well. So I indulge over the holidays. No shame in  my game. I actually sliced both pies when I got home & placed 4-5 slices per gallon freezer bag and froze it. Okay, I did eat some of the I froze the rest so that we're not stuck eating a whole pie in no time. This way I can just pull a bag from the freezer whenever DS or I crave pie. Easy peasy. I swear a freezer is at the top of my shopping list when I move. There's so many good sales lately, but I have nowhere to store food. (I didn't even buy butter for baking this year. gasp). Besides, I'm trying to eat down the fridge/freezer. 

I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!! I'll be back to my regular scheduled programming next week. 

Stay safe & warm peeps!

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Early Frugal Friday

Hi everyone

It's been a crazy busy week running errands. I decided to just stay home today so I can try to get some things done. It's gotten cold here fast. Last week we had 70s temps and now it's below freezing first thing in the morning. Crazy. I just want to bake cookies, take a hot bubble bath, drink hot chocolate, read a good book, relax in front of the fireplace & get lot of snuggles. A girl can We all know that reality is a totally different story. 

I've decided to post a few frugal things, since it seems like I'm just a spendthrift 😊 Contrary to popular belief, I do know how to be frugal & implement it on a regular basis.

  • As mentioned before, I was able to replace DS's backpack, hat & gloves last weekend. I did manage to salvage his old backpack, so he can still use it again in future. 
  • The zipper on my inner jacket (I wear a systems jacket, which is a 3 in 1 coat) didn't just break, that zipper pull poof, magically disappeared in the wash. This has been happening a lot the past few years. The zippers always break. I don't know where manufacturers source their crappy zippers from. Or maybe they use junk, so we have to keep replacing items. $$$ Who knows. So, I've been saving all our coats since the pandemic started. This way, when a zipper breaks, I can just mix & match the inner & outer ones that do still have working zippers & build a new coat. Easy peasy. Except, my latest coat is a different brand (got it for $12 in early 2020 - pre pandemic), so the zippers don't match those of the other coats. The good news is that I can still wear the outer coat. Plan B is to figure out how to replace the zippers, because the coats are all still in a great condition. I still have a ski jacket that I bought in Cape Town about 22 years ago. That jacket is still in excellent condition, so if push comes to shove, I still have a warm jacket to wear. I do have wool coats too, but they don't' work for all occasions.
  • Just before DS left for school on Monday, his coat zipper got stuck too. Lots of cussing from me, but I finally got that thing Yay me!
  • Used my $10 Eddie Bauer reward to purchase a free t-shirt and earned $0.10 through Rakuten. MM! Ka-ching.
  • Chico's sent me another $5 reward. I'll wait until BF to see if there's anything good. 
  • I found 5 lb onion bags at the produce market for $2.49 each. So I bought one yellow & one red. Came home, peeled washed & diced the onions & into the freezer they went. Onions range from 99c -$1.29/lb here, so this was a big savings.
  • When I applied for a new CC, one of my banks offered a $200 bonus WYS $500 within 3 months (Actually both my banks had that offer, but I opted for a backup CC from the company we've used for years & that turned out to be a huge cluster). Ha! Easy for me to spend $500, especially if I put Sams purchases on the card. So I received my $200 bonus as rewards points. Then I saw that they have select GCs at 10% off. Say no more! I ordered $200 Home Depot gcs for $180 worth of points. That's a $20 savings on my free money. But I'm not stopping there. HD keeps sending 10% off Qs in the mail, so I'm saving those for when I move. Then I'll use my free discounted gcs to pay for whatever appliance I need. 
  • So, we've used the same CC company for years. We had separate cards for business purposes (it's easier that way, since we were both self employed). So when I decided to get a new card through them again, they had all the personal info pre-filled with the Ex's info (since he was the primary cardholder, even though I mainly used the card) and I couldn't change some of the info to my own. So I logged out of our account and decided to just sign up as a new user. Big mistake. They approved me within seconds with $500 credit. WTH am I supposed to do with $500?! So I explained it to the ex and asked him to get this adjusted, since the old account was still in his name. They could easily see the info. Except, you can't get a regular person on the phone. So they said they'll review my account and make a decision within 10 days. Last I checked, there was no change. I actually need to check again, cause it's been a long time. So, if they don't raise my credit, I'm going to get a card through my other bank. Besides, they're offering me a $200 bonus. However, I'm going to wait a while, since my credit score is affected by opening new cards. I keep a spare card, because I've had my card declined twice while Christmas shopping. I was at Meijer getting the new ipads years ago, but I split my transactions so I could use their coupons twice to get a bigger discount. My card got declined with the 2nd transaction, cause the CC company flagged the purchase as fraudulent. I was so embarrassed. I never use a debit card (except to get cash from ATM), but was forced to use it on such a big purchase.  I use a CC, because it's easier to dispute a charge. Besides, if your debit card gets compromised, it's easy for someone to drain your bank account. 
In other news. I was reading an article about iron recently, when someone commented that they eat a beef & broccoli stir fry for breakfast after their workout. That sounded perfect to me, cause I prefer to work out in the morning. The recipe called for sesame oil, but there was none to be found at Walmart (despite showing stock at that store). So when I was at Target, I decided to just get stir fry sauce, cause we're making stir fry. Duh! I did search for the sesame oil at first and then I spotted the Target Good & Gather (store brand) stir fry sauce. Korean BBQ. That sounds yummy, even though I've never had Korean BBQ. Let me tell ya, I love this stuff!!! I'm a food snob  (I have high standards about everything. I'm not easily impressed and I don't just sing someone or something's praises just because), so when I rave about something, you'd best believe that it's awesome!!! This is the BEST stir fry sauce that I've ever had!!! I'm going back to Target to stock up. I also bought the Sesame Teriyaki one, but we haven't tried it yet. I've always been a Kikkoman girl, but Target & I are now 

I will say that I've felt a lot better since eating the beef stir fry. No more afternoon slump and I actually wake up bright eyed & bushy tailed - even when I wake up too early. It's amazing what a dose of iron can do for you. 

Some of my Operation Christmas Project items have started arriving & I found new ideas to add to it. Now lets just hope it all turns out the way I visualized it. Fingers crossed. 

I just noticed that the white stuff have started (lightly) falling. I know that most people hate it, but I love the snow. There's nothing prettier than snow covered pine trees. I have to see if I can find pine cones in the backyard, so I can work on another Christmas project. 

Back to the grindstone for me. Stay safe & warm everyone!

Free Shipping at Eddie Bauer - Today Only!

Now is the time to shop, if you have any Eddie Bauer rewards or coupons. FREE SHIPPING. TODAY ONLY!!! Don't forget to use Rakuten. I always earn cash back on my free products, so this usually turns into a moneymaker. You can't beat that!

I got my free t-shirt in my favorite color.  My favorite way to shop 💖 I wanted to get something for DS instead, but they had nothing free in his size. I'll be back with a full post later. 

Monday, November 14, 2022

What's for dinner this week & more

Hi everyone

I was up extra early again yesterday - 5 am. My body's still not used to the time change & I have a lot on my mind. So my mind's going 100 miles a minute from around 4 am. Not good. I need my beauty sleep. Then today I woke up at 4 am. Ughhh. Just as I started dozing off, the alarm went off and it was time to get up.

I've decided to not cook too much this week. We have way too much food, so I'm in 'eating down the fridge/freezer' mode. I still have a whole quiche left from last week (will eat some and freeze the rest) and the freezers are practically full, mainly because I bought frozen fruit for smoothies and I've been freezing produce items like peppers, onions etc, when I find a good sale. For the most part, I'm done with grocery shopping for the month. I'll just fill in some fresh produce & dairy gaps. I also need to buy a pumpkin pie and yogurt for DS at Sams this week. I do not like to set foot in the stores during a holiday week. Been there, done that. It's just too crowded for my liking. I've considered getting roast beef at Costco. I love the 2 smaller roasts they sell. It's 2 small roast in a package for around $25. I'm still struggling to increase my red meat intake for my anemia, so roast beef it is. I know that I haven't been getting enough iron lately. The supplements don't help much, so I need to eat iron rich food. The problem is that most processed foods (which I don't care for) contain iron. So my best option is red meat. Here's what I made for this week. 

Monday : Pesto spinach chicken bake, baked potatoes, veggies

Tuesday : Meatloaf, garlic parsley mashed potato, veggies

Wednesday : Same as Monday

Thursday : Same as Tuesday

Friday : DS gets carry out and I'll eat whatever leftover tickles my fancy

I don't cook weekends. We used to dine out before the pandemic. Now we just get out for to go

Veggie choices : Roasted brussel sprouts, carrots & peas, broccoli & beetroot salad

Breakfasts : Bran apple muffins, omelets, cereal, lemon blueberry waffles, fruit of choice (there's lots to choose from)

I also baked some BBQ chicken breasts (I do this every time I buy chicken). It's so nice to have on hand when we want an easy meal or I'm too busy to cook. I just freeze it all and pull some when we need a meal. I can add veggies or salad or make wraps with it. Life simplified.

In other news. I had a major catastrophe yesterday, resulting in me having to replace DS's backpack, hat & gloves. I went into the spare closet & just pulled out all those items. See how my stockpiling pays off. I mean, who on earth stockpiles backpacks? (I bought them on sale many years ago - mainly for him to use as a carry on when travelling). I know, I know. I do some really weird things sometimes, but guess what. I didn't have to run out and pay full price for any of those items. $0 Spent! Ms Goose Frugalista Extraodinaire. I love not having to spend any money, because of a silly mistake (partly mine). This also resulted in me not being upset about it for too long, because everything was handled & replaced in no time. As I like to say 'There's method to my madness' Kohls also sent me a 40% off coupon yesterday, so I went ahead & ordered 2 extra pairs of gloves for DS. We wear a select brand that has been hard to find the past 3 years. This way there's an extra pair of gloves for me too. I can't find the women's ski gloves in this brand. I only have one pair, but since I have big hands, I can easily use DS's gloves when needed.

I got most of the items for my Christmas gifts projects ordered. I'm kinda excited about it 😊 I like seeing my ideas come to life. I'm not an arts & crafts person, but I can think up some really neat things (even if I do say so Now I'm just hoping that everything arrives in time (I even paid shipping, so it can be delivered earlier), because the gifts are time sensitive. I actually forgot one item, because Amazon empties your cart after a certain period of time. Grrr! So I forgot to add it when I added new items to my cart. I must be the only person who doesn't like shopping on Amazon, because I know that they're overpriced. I need to see if I can find this item elsewhere, because I don't need another $25 or is it $35 worth of stuff just to get free shipping. It's super cute though, so I might just bite the bullet. I don't care too much about the money spent, if it really makes the recipient happy. You can't put a price tag on that. 

I needed a check to go with some legal documents. Me wondering who on earth still writes checks, because checks have been archaic in South Africa for over 2 decades (way before I moved here). In fact, store registers used to print all the details on your checks way back at the turn of the century. All you had to do was sign the check. However, very few people used checks back then, because we did most things electronically. I had to ask the ex for a check, because I don't even have a valid check book anymore. Oy vey. I need to order a check book soon. I also need to order more stamps, before the price increase. I only have 1 stamp left. 

I apologise for adding miscellaneous things to my dinner posts, but I have so much to do that I don't know how often I'll get a chance to blog. I have many posts written in my head though. If only those thoughts could automatically be turned into text.

Have a wonderful day peeps!

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Laptop Love


No, I'm not getting lucky This song popped into my head after what happened this morning. Let me explain.

Remember my laptop I bought recently? After writing my previous blog post, I immediately went to  purchase one for DS too. Except, it was OOS!! I wanted to cry, because I knew that I could've purchased it earlier that day. I then figured that DS could just continue using what he currently has, until I can find another good laptop deal. 

When I checked the site (Walmart) the next morning, I saw that the laptop was back in stock (weird). So I immediately went ahead and purchased it. A few hours later, it was sold out again. Then the next day I received an email that said "sorry, your order is being delayed". No way! I don't care how long that item is delayed, I just want it shipped. I don't want an OOS email. So I added another one (it was back in stock again) to my cart just to see how much inventory they have, in case they cancelled my order (they already cancelled an item for DS's Christmas project. Thankfully, Target has the item too). Last night I received notification that the item has shipped. Phew! Another huge sigh of relief. 

Then this morning, I received an email saying that the item in my cart has a huge price drop. No frigging way!!!!! I immediately contacted CS (gotta love Live Chat) and explained the price drop email and asked if I could get a price adjustment on the laptops. 'Of course Ms Goose. Let me work on it for you'. Ten minutes later, I received a $171 price adjustment!!! Whoo hoo!! Happy dance!! I felt like doing cartwheels. What a great way to start my day! 50% off my new laptops! Heck yeah, I'll take it!!

Never ever would I have thought that I'd get the laptops at such a low price.  Had I purchased a new laptop when my old one broke, I would've paid full price. Instead I now have 2 laptops for the price of one. Do you all now see why I trust my gut instincts and how those stumbling blocks turn into blessings? I wouldn't have added another laptop to my cart, had I not received notification of a delay. That means I wouldn't have received an email about the price drop either, cause my cart would've been empty. Now you know why I am so excited & I just can't hide it!!!

In other news. Stores just keep sending me rewards. WHBM keeps sending me $5 rewards for being a certain level shopper. Too weird. Eddie Bauer sent me another $10 reward - just because. The more I don't need anything, the more stores keep sending me rewards. So what's a girl to do. Spend it! (I haven't spent it yet. Waiting for BF deals)

I bought 2 more pairs of shoes (please don't There's a very good reason why I'm replacing some of my shoes. I sold quite a bit of my shoes last year. Over summer, I listed more shoes for sale  and donated a huge pile. What I failed to mention in my last post, is that I sold 4 pairs recently that netted me a whopping $231.13. That covers the cost of my 4 new pairs of shoes. Plus I earned a $10 reward for spending over $60 on my latest shoes. So here's my latest shoes. I got it in both black and nude. Two colors you should always have in your closet. This is my preferred shoe brand. I wear 4" heels and the Calvin Klein ones are always comfortable enough to wear all day. I've been wearing this brand for years. 

I also bought new furniture. Now I know what you all are thinking. How can I buy furniture if I don't have a house yet? I'm not buying big ticket items yet. I've been looking at new furniture and bookmarking things for when I get a house. I even have coupons for some of those stores. I'm a planner. I don't want to wait until the last minute and then have to scramble to find things and pay ridiculous prices. By shopping around now, I can look for the best prices and/or discounts. I like to have my life simplified. I've been looking for nightstands for months. So when I saw these, I knew I had to buy them. I love the simplicity of it. It's simple, but the the handles give it a more modern look. This is totally my style. Simple, but still makes a statement. Some of you might think it's pricey, but my dad taught us that "The cheap sometimes turns out expensive". So I'd rather spend more money on quality items that will last a long time. This was my first time shopping at Wayfair. Has anyone shopped with them before? Did you have a good experience?

So DS is getting these, because it matches his furniture. If I find that I like it, then I will order another set for myself. I already have my headboard and vanity picked out, but I have to wait until I move. You already know what color my decor is gonna be, right? Blue of course 😊 What compliments blue better than white furniture. 

I've been running errands all day. This is how my week is going. Errands every single day. I'll be glad when I can just take a day to stay home and get things done. Went to the DMV and they had to schedule an appointment for later in the day. Not good, because I needed to be home in time for DS. Then I told the Ex that there's another DMV not far from home that we can try. So we did and the place was jam  packed. We would've waited more than an hour. So I said I'll just schedule an appointment online. Now I've got to squeeze the DMV into my already packed schedule. Oy vey.

Well, the day wasn't a total bust. I mean it started off great, so I'm not letting the DMV or anything else get me down. I'm just gonna give thanks for all my blessings.

Praying for favor and blessings for everyone else too. Enjoy the rest of the week peeps. 

Sunday, November 6, 2022

What's for dinner?

Boy, I sure wish that someone would end Jet lag savings time for good. This turning the clocks forward & back wrecks havoc on my body. I was bright eyed & bushy tailed at 5 am! This normally lasts a week no matter which way we turn the clocks. So, I decided to be productive instead. 

I cooked all our meals for the week - I do this every Sunday anyway & washed all the bedding. I still need to fold & pack everything away. By 2pm I was ready for a nap. So that's exactly what I did. I did it a little later, but I got my nap. The problem with me napping though, is that I always feel exhausted after I get up. It takes me a few hours to get back on track and then I'm wide awake by the time bedtime rolls around. This is why I rarely take naps. 

Here's our menu plan for the week: 

Monday : Chicken alfredo & big salad

Tuesday : Spinach, feta & artichoke quiche, salad & veggies of choice. I added artichokes, cause I love it. I was out of roasted red peppers, so I just used some fresh diced orange peppers. Let's hope it tastes good. There's also leftover BBQ chicken breasts if we want to add more protein. 

Wednesday : Chicken burritos, mexican rice, pico (I forgot to get avo for guac). I'm pulling some fajita chicken from the freezer. I'll cook some beans in the instant pot. Add cheese & southwest corn and make our burritos. The rice is compliments of

Thursday : Leftovers buffet

Friday : DS will have takeout and I'll eat whatever leftovers are available. I usually cook too much 

Veggie sides : Carrots & peas, broccoli, butternut

Breakfasts : Carrot ginger muffins, breakfast burritos, omelets, bagels. The muffins I made today were huge. I was too lazy to get out another muffin pan (I only have 2 large muffin pans and then 3 regular ones. The large ones were both filled) to make regular muffins. So I filled every cup to the brim and the muffins are humongous! They turned out great though. Fluffy & moist. I don't always feel like baking, but DS prefers muffins over the Aldi cinnamon raisin bagels. So I just bake different flavored muffins every week. 

Fruit : Bananas, blueberries, kiwi, oranges, grapes, apples

Kroger had the 18ct eggs for $1.99 this week, so I bought the max limit of 5. I stocked up on Kraft cheese at the Meijer sale 2 weeks ago, so the logical thing to do was make quiche. I already had all the ingredients, so that was easy. 

I was going to buy the El Monterey frozen burritos at Target last week. I had it in my cart, then put it right back. I reminded myself that it's just junk & that I already had fajita chicken in the freezer and all the fixings to make my own burritos. Which will taste far better anyway. Convenience food is so tempting sometimes, but I know that I don't enjoy it most times. I don't know why I buy the burritos, because I don't even eat the whole thing. I mainly eat the filling, then dump the tortilla, cause it tastes horrible. 

I just realised that there's no potatoes on the menu, so I might make my own hashbrowns. I can stir in some onions and peppers.

I've been feeling a little down lately. Everyone's been talking about Thanksgiving & Christmas plans and I don't even know what we're gonna do or where we're gonna be. I'm still house hunting. I found an almost perfect house - it checked most of my boxes. The price was a little higher than my budget. I would've paid the price, except it didn't have a front porch. I need a porch (nothing big) so I have somewhere to place my outgoing mail (online sales orders) for the mail carrier. I can't have that sitting out in the snow & rain. Otherwise, I'd have to drive to the Post office every day to drop off mail. That's a waste of time & gas for me. The other thing was that I absolutely hate having the kitchen sink in an island. Who the heck puts a kitchen sink in the middle of the room? That pushes my blood pressure through the roof because, (from a design point of view) it doesn't make sense. That's worse than no front porch. As much as I liked the house, my gut was screaming Noooooooooooo! For some reason, I just didn't have peace about this house (it sold yesterday). The house was perfect otherwise, so I don't understand why my instincts were in overdrive. However, years of experience has taught me to always trust my gut. The house is a big purchase for me, so I want to make sure I find the perfect home. 

So yeah, I don't know whether we'll be in our new home for Christmas or Thanksgiving or not. I don't even know what we're gonna do the holidays or my birthday. This is hard for me, because I'm a planner. I normally have everything ready (including Christmas gifts) by this time every year. Heck, I might have to buy my own birthday gift this year. My family said that we should just come visit for 3 weeks and enjoy some R&R with them. That will be really awesome, cause who doesn't love sun, sea, dining, concerts in the park, jazz clubs and tons of family time. It's summer there now & everyone's on vacation. Sounds like the perfect plan. Right? I figured that if DS & I are alone for Christmas, then it would make sense to visit my family. Then I looked at plane tickets & I'm like "No way!!! Not gonna happen!!" Ticket prices are really high now. I don't know why I'm surprised. It's the holiday season & Cape Town is a big tourist destination, so tickets are pricey this time of year. I checked tickets for February & it costs half of what it does now (not that I'm planning a visit in February. I was merely comparing prices). So a CT vacation is definitely out of the question, especially since I have to pay for a house & fully furnish it too! Vacation is going to go to the farthest corner of the back burner. I already feel like I've been bleeding money for months. 

I went to the dentist for a cleaning on Monday and they told me I need 2 fillings. Are you kidding me. They just gave me a crap filling a few months ago (that's another long story). Crap, cause I had so much pain (some from stress and some from the filling) that I couldn't even sleep at night. The filling will cost me another $485!! Hold on while I go pluck some cash from my money tree. We've used this dentist for years, but every time I go there, it's some sales pitch. This has been happening since he added new partners. They have a huge staff turnover (which speaks volumes) and partner turnover. So every frigging new partner wants to convince you to have more work done. Except, the narrative changes every time. There's always something different wrong...smh.

Over summer, my laptop bit the dust. I've had this laptop for around 6-7 years, so I didn't feel too bad about it. I searched for a new one, but never got around to purchasing it. I still have a desktop (which I need to replace too), so my laptop is a backup for work. Then last week, I saw that the price was reduced by $116. Perfect! So I bought the laptop. When DS saw my laptop, he wanted to use it. I can't blame him. When the pandemic started, we had to get him a laptop for online school, because his desktop didn't have a camera. As you all know, electronics were in high demand then. We finally found a laptop on Dell's website. We paid around $300 for it. A few short months later, we had trouble getting that thing to turn on. So I had to let DS use my laptop. His laptop would work sometimes and not turn on at all at other times. I watched youtube videos to try and fix it, but that meant I had to take the whole thing apart. So I bought him a new HP last year (that's my preferred brand). The new laptop was so small and one day I noticed that it doesn't even have a numeric keyboard. What on earth?! So he's been using that laptop. My new laptop is 14" (slightly smaller than my old one). It's bright red, but I'm just happy to have a nice new laptop that works great again. So I've decided to just buy DS one for Christmas too (before it sells out) and sell or donate his small HP one. As for the Dell. I have no words. We might keep that as a backup - just in case he ever has laptop problems. Or we should probably donate the Dell and keep the other HP. I haven't decided yet. I'm just waiting on a sale for the other 2 things he wants, then his Christmas shopping is done.

I also asked DH to wait until my birthday before transferring my vehicles to my name. I didn't know if I'd have to pay for new tags twice this year, if he did it earlier. So I had to get new car insurance and plates. 

That's just a few small examples of me having to spend money. However, I'm determined to make Christmas special for DS. Feeling sorry for myself is not going to help. I'm already working on a special Christmas project for him. He's gonna love it!! I'm also working on a Christmas project for my friend, but I don't know if she'll like it. I'm not even sure if I should do it. Christmas is my favorite holiday and I like to make it special for everyone. I usually get some 'bright' ideas for gifts/spoiling (I think outside the box & go all out) then I start worrying  (after I've already sent their gifts) about whether the recipients will like their gifts or not. So I don't even know if this is a good idea. It's the thought that counts, right? DS & my family are easy to shop for. I know them inside out & they always say I buy the best gifts, so hopefully my friend will like hers too. 

I need to go see my lawyer this week too. I need to get my finances sorted out. I'm getting things done. Right now, the biggest things to still deal with are the house & trust. I'm a git r done girl, so I know I'll get this handled in due time. If only more houses will go on sale in our town. I'm ideally looking to stay in the same city. We live in a nice city. I like it here, because everything is right on our doorstep. I have a select few neighboring cities that I'm willing to move to. This is one reason why house hunting is taking so long. I'm picky. I want to get this right. 

This 'menu' post has gotten way too long. Have a wonderful week everyone!

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Dollar Tree Finds

Hi everyone!

As promised, here are some of my favorite finds at Dollar Tree this summer. I bought the Palmolive dish spray as an experiment. I figured I'd try to see if it will foam like the foaming hand soap bottles. Let me first say that I did not care for the original spray at all. While it worked great, I didn't like the fragrance. Once the bottle was empty, I filled it with water and a tablespoon dish soap. This thing worked exactly as expected. Foaming dish soap y'all! Dawn isn't going to make me spend $$$ with their high priced Platinum foam. I'll just add my regular Dawn to this bottle & Voila! You only need to spray a dish once or twice. No more wasting lots of dish soap. I've always diluted mine with water, but the foam is an even better money saver. 

I then went back to buy another bottle to experiment with Lysol and Eureka! It worked again!! This product is hit and miss. I went to 2 Dollar Trees within 2 miles of each other and only one store had the item. This is a Canadian product, so Jackie & Theresa might be able to find it at their regular grocery stores. 

Prego is our preferred pasta sauce blend. I rarely buy food at Dollar Tree and when I do, it has to be a name brand item (You already know that I'm a food I check the labels to see where it was manufactured. Yep, I'm bad like Anyhoo, I was so happy to see Prego, cause it costs twice as much at the grocery stores. The only difference is that the cans aren't flavored. No problemo! I prefer to add my own flavors anyway. The can is the exact same size as the jar for half the price. 

I also found Kind ice cream pints over summer. I went to Dollar Tree for a birthday card, but I always browse to see what's new. Checked the freezer and spotted Kind ice cream. I've never tried this brand, but I'm aware of it. So I bought the 3 pints that was available (who doesn't like ice cream) and checked the price online. $6.99!! WTH?! So I went to my other local store and they were fully stocked. Grabbed 8 more pints and we were all happy. The peanut butter is my favorite, not to mention the cherry. One day as I got the ice cream out, I noticed the lid says "Plant based". Me : WTbleep Plant Based?! So I checked the ingredients and it is a vegan product. So I'm upset that it didn't contain This girl wants real milk ice cream. I have to admit that I couldn't taste the difference. 

The other item I found are the clamps above (found in the crafting section). There's 6-8 clamps per package (I can't remember). I bought these for my sewing project. Then one day I had another lightbulb moment (I'm having lots of these I had opened a bag of chips. I normally place an open bag inside a gallon ziploc bag to retain it's freshness. This time I decided to use one of my clamps and they work great as a chip clip! They're much better too, because it's all metal, instead of these plastic clips that wear out over time. It can probably be used to hang things on a clothes line too. 

Not a Dollar Tree item. Months ago I purchased Dollar Tree mesh bags to wash my bras in (I'm late to the mesh bag party). Well, this was clearly a case of 'you get what you pay for'. Those bags broke after just 2 washes. So I checked Walmart online and they had mesh bags. I added it to my shopping list and while I was searching for those Mainstays mesh bags in store, I saw these on an end cap. This bag is fully lined, so I decided to give it a try. Let me tell ya, I'm totally, madly in love with these bags!!! They were a total game changer for me. The packaging states One Bra per bag, but I decided to try 2 and 3 respectively and it all fits and washes well. I decided to stick with 2, because I don't want to overfill the bags and not get a good clean. Then I had....wait for it....yet another lightbulb I started washing my delicate blouses/shirts/tops in these bags (I have lots of delicate blouses & tops). I only add one blouse/shirt per bag and it works great. I've even washed my trouser socks (short pantyhose that I need to wear with some of my boots) in it. No more hand washing for me! So I went back to Walmart and bought another one. Then I thought, girl just buy 2 more cause you don't know if they'll still have these in future. So that's exactly what I did.  The price rang up $1 higher than before (now $3.99), but it's totally worth the money spent. I now use 2 bags and have 2 in my stockpile. These bags are my absolute favorite! I can't imagine my life without it!! Maybe someone else has discovered this before, but this is all new to me. I'm one very happy girl! 

So that's my favorite finds. I hope that it can help someone else save some time & money too.

Saturday, October 29, 2022

How I scored 2 pairs of genuine suede shoes for 35% of the retail price

A great big Thank you to everyone for your prayers & support. I appreciate every single one of you. I've said it before & I'll say it again. This is my FAVORITE part about our blogging community. It doesn't matter what any one of us are going through, there will always be an outpouring of support from everyone. I am so thankful that I have you ladies & gents (I don't want to exclude anyone, in case there are gents reading too 😊). I come from a large, close knit family, so it's been really hard not having them here to help me deal with the divorce. So I am truly thankful that I still have virtual friends to help pick me up when I'm down. I'm an extremely private person and rarely share with others when I'm hurting or going through a rough time - including my family. I know that they'll just worry about me, so I just get up every day, put a smile on my face and get on with life.

I'm sick of looking at houses & furniture every single day (I'm gonna need some help in the furniture department, but I'll ask about that later). So, let's switch things up for today. For those who have missed my crazy shopping posts, here's a more recent one. 

WHBM sent me a $40 semi annual reward. Just before that, I received a $20 reward (you now earn rewards for every $ you spend too) and I bought a shorts I don't need (can you believe I said that? Everything's so expensive, so the nicest thing that I could use my reward on, was a pair of embroidered denim shorts. 

Anyhoo, back to the $40 reward. I've had my eye on some suede pumps for a while (I'm a sucker for suede. Have always loved it, but it has to be genuine suede. I'm also very much a heels girl). When I saw the green pumps on sale for $90, I figured I can use my reward on it. So that's what I did. Used the reward and paid the rest OOP. I was super excited about these shoes, because I've never had green shoes before (you all know how much I love Blue - my favorite color) and they match my green WHBM velvet blazer perfectly. Besides, green/Spruce (Forest Green as I call it) is the 'in' color this season (I should write a post about how I shopped my spare closet for this season's colors).

What a huge disappointment those shoes turned out to be. When I pulled the shoes out of the box, I could already tell that they were used. The soles were dirty. There were scuffs all over the shoes (suede is very delicate and has to be handled carefully). There was even a long gray hair wrapped around the fringe. Yuck!!! I had to go sanitize my hands after touching that shoes, cause I'm a germaphobe (I just read in the reviews that the same thing happened to another customer). I contacted WHBM and they told me that I had to repurchase the shoes online and return the pair I've received. They would then do a price adjustment for the new pair ($40 reward discount, because I'll only receive $50 + tax credit for the return). So I went online to order the shoes and it was sold out in my size. I was not happy. So I messaged them again (this was at night) and awaited a response. I had to figure out a Plan B to use that reward before it expired. 

Then I had a light bulb moment. Earlier that day, I received a WHBM $50 off $150 or more full priced item Q. However, the Q was only valid a few days later. I asked CS if I purchased the black suede pumps ($150) if they would honor the coupon and apply my $40 reward to it. The next morning I received a response from a guy (I don't know why they let you deal with different CS reps. Makes no sense), who told me that they don't normally allow stacking (BS, cause their site says you can use more than one reward per order),but that they'll do it as a once off deal for me. He also told me that when customers return items, they forfeit their rewards. That guy picked the wrong woman to feed this BS 

I told him that WHBM is not doing me any favors, because they screwed up my order by sending me someone else's filthy shoes, when I paid for a brand new pair. I also asked him why WHBM would punish their customers (by having them forfeit rewards) for a mistake that the retailer is responsible for. I'm always a really nice person and I'm very polite when I contact a retailer about a mistake (even if the mistake is theirs), but please don't try to pull a fast one on me. I'm no pushover!

I then received a response from the first CS rep I dealt with and she told me that they'd gladly honor the deal on the black pumps. So I thanked her and just before I ordered the shoes, my gut told me to check their GC section. I know that they always offer $20 bonus card for every $100 gc from November onwards. Well it's October, but it doesn't hurt to check. Whoo hoo! They DID have bonus gcs available. So I purchased a $200 gc, then used it to pay for the black shoes. I'm posting links of the shoes, because I don't feel like taking pics

Black pumps

Green pumps

Back to CS to give my order number, so they could issue a $90 credit ($50 Q + $40 reward) for the shoes. She then told me that the green shoes was back in stock in my size and that they would honor the $49.99 price if I still wanted to purchase it. No frigging way!! They were going to honor my $40 reward twice?! Heck yeah, I'm buying those green shoes! Back to the gc section to order another $100 gc (the $41 balance wasn't enough to pay for the green shoes, so I figured I might as well just get a bonus gc instead of paying cash - I would have to pay $90 for the shoes, then get a price adjustment, so the gc made better sense). 

Back to CS once again. Got my 2 pairs ordered and received them. So here's how the deal worked

Green shoes $89.99 (less $40 reward) = $49.99

Black shoes $150.00 (less $50 Q less $40 reward) = $60.00

OOP $109.99 + tax

Plus I earned $60 in bonus gcs

Retail value : $320.00

I also received my $25 Birthday reward and there's an extra $5 reward that I have no clue what it's for. I've returned the first green pair and I'm still waiting on them to credit me. 

So you see. Sometimes we get stumbling blocks. I hate stumbling blocks, but I always try to deal with it with a good attitude. I've learned years ago that getting mad or upset about it, won't change anything. I've also learned that when things don't always turn out the way I want them to, it's because God has something better planned. I've had my eye on the black shoes since last winter. They've only gone on sale once, but I wasn't going to pay $100 for it. I wasn't even looking for new shoes, but I ended up with 2 pairs for a fraction of the price. Plus I have $90 bonus rewards to spend. Happy Dance! You all know I can do some serious shopping damage with $90 :)

I'll be the first to say that I DON'T need any more clothes. However, stores keep sending me Rewards and coupons, just because. Of course I take advantage of it. If someone handed you a $10 bill, would you ignore it or throw it away? Sometimes I use the rewards to buy an item and gift it to someone, just because. Other times I will purchase an item, resell it, then use to funds to bless someone. I'm all about paying it forward. We have been blessed with more than enough. So the best thing to do, is to bless someone else. I don't like to talk about my giving. I like to keep things like that private. I'm more of a 'behind the scenes' kinda person. I really don't like having the spotlight on me. I grew up with that and have never cared for it. However, I don't want people to assume that I'm just buying & buying for the sake of buying. There's lots of method to my madness. I do lots of things that don't make sense to anyone. Heck, sometimes it doesn't make sense to me But I know that it's so that I can be a blessing to others. 

I still have a bunch of birthday rewards. They are still trickling in. I need to make a list of it, so that I don't forget to use it. 

Back to house & furniture hunting. I've been working on budgets. My brain kicks in at 4am, so I'm not getting enough sleep either. There's so much to deal with, so my brain's been working overtime. As if I don't need my beauty sleep. Oy vey. 

My next post will be about a few Dollar Tree finds. Definitely frugal finds :)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Big changes!

Hi everyone!

I don't know if anyone is still interested in reading my blog (other than Jackie & Theresa 😊 Thank you for checking on me ladies). 

I apologise for my lack of posts. Why have I been MIA for so long? DH & I decided to split. As in, we got divorced. I'm not going into details, but it took a huge toll on me, especially my health. Thankfully, my family have been very supportive, despite living on another continent. I don't know what I would've done without their love & support and that of my BFF (who lives nearby).

I'm currently house hunting (I should say I've been house hunting for months), since DH got the house (MI law). Not an easy task. Housing prices are still through the roof here, since there's a housing shortage in our state. So houses are snapped up fast. A house I was interested in, sold just earlier today. I'm so bummed. This happens half the time. There's still another one, so I'm hoping to go look at it soonest. I've looked for new furniture and delivery dates are 6-8 weeks. WTH?!! I want to have my furniture available when I move into my house. How am I supposed to function without furniture? However, I can't order furniture until I purchase a house. Just another stumbling block. Sigh. I hate stumbling blocks. I'm a smooth sailing kinda girl. I just want to buy my house, decorate it, get a Christmas tree & decorations, bake holiday cookies & be merry. A girl can dream or hope :) I like that hope word better. I've already been working on Christmas surprises. See, I don't allow stumbling blocks to keep me from putting smiles on people's faces over the holidays. I love the Christmas holidays. It's my favorite time of the year. 

I now know what people mean when they say "Divorce is expensive".  Holy cow, they weren't kidding!!! I have so much to deal with, my head is spinning. I'm thankful that I'm a bit of a frugalista and know how to squeeze the heck out of a dollar. I'll be the only breadwinner too, so I really need to get my sh*t together. I've hardly done any work this year, because of dealing with this mess. So much for those best laid plans. My year went to hell in a hand basket. Not complaining. I'm just feeling overwhelmed. 

I really just have a lot on my plate right now. There's just so much to do and I'm doing everything by myself. No family here and only one close friend who keeps helping me whenever she gets a chance. I still need to contact an estate lawyer too. My former colleague/friend who is a partner at one of the big 5 accounting firms, has been helping me, but he's on another continent. I have all but forgotten that the company deals with estates too. Duh! Probably, because I haven't worked there in decades. So while I was laying on the beach this summer, I was talking to my friend about getting a trust set up for DS (see, I'm always the We haven't seen each other in almost 30 years and go without chatting for years, but whenever I need financial advice or service, I contact him because I know that he's going to get it done ASAP and I'm going to get top notch service. We're alike in that regard (we worked closely together years ago), so we understand each other. However, I need to find a local attorney to get that done too. I sure as heck cannot afford to do it through the accounting firm's offices here, because I know they charge mega bucks!!! 

So that's my life in a nutshell right now. I'm just asking for prayer please. That everything that I still have to deal with, will go smoothly. This too shall pass. I'll try to blog when I get a spare moment. I do have some posts to share, but just not the time to do it.  I do still read some of your blogs on occasion.

I hope everyone stays safe & healthy.

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Wags made me broke over the course of 2 weeks!

Friendly warning. Long post, so grab a drink. 

I apologise that this post is so late. I've been under tremendous strain the past 2 months and the last few weeks have really taken a toll on me. About a month ago, I went to the dentist for a filling. She said it would hurt for a few days (it actually lasted 2 weeks, grrr). Then last week I started getting toothache (unusual for me). Not regular toothache, but the kind that shoots pain straight to your ear. I'm familiar with this pain, because I had abscess in my gums when I was about 7 and lived on antibiotics for months. The pain is so bad, that I haven't been able to sleep. I kept popping Tylenol, but nothing worked. One night I told DH to call the dentist the next day, because I just couldn't stand the pain anymore. The next morning I felt a bit better, so I cancelled the dentist. Then I started noticing that whenever I have high stress, the toothache would start. This is when I realised that it's caused by the stress, not the filling (to think I was going to give the dentist hell for giving me a bad  Last night I had a full night's sleep for the  first time in 2 weeks. Then when I washed my hair the other day, I noticed that my hair was falling out in clumps. This has never happened to me. Yep, definitely too much stress, but there's nothing I can do about it. This too shall pass. All I want to do is go lay on the beach (by the ocean of course), unplug from everything & everyone and just forget all my troubles. I just want to smell the salty ocean air, watch & listen to the waves crash and just enjoy being at my Happy Place. Maybe walk on the beach & collect some seashells too. Anyone who has lived or grew up by the ocean will understand. Okay, you all can throw in some cocktails and Krispy Kreme donuts Or I can just get on a plane to go visit my family. They always pamper me when I visit. I'm the favorite child after (not just in my immediate family, but my extended family too). 

Boy was Wags fun the past 2 weeks. It's been so long since we've seen a great sale, that I shopped till I dropped. Despite all the shopping wearing me out, I actually enjoyed it. It reminded me of the good old couponing days, when deals & steals were in abundance. 

P&G had this big promo spend $15 get $5 RR and also many other sales on select PG items and you could double or triple dip. I can't remember how many years it's been since PG ran such a good sale. It started out with the Crest/Oral B deal, where you'd buy 5 items, use the $6.50 DQ and earn $19 RRs, which made it a huge MM. I don't need a 2nd invitation when it comes to MMs. Here's a list of what I did. Please bear with me, because there are many transactions. I'll provide totals for the entire trip at the end of the post. 

Trans 1

3 x Oral B floss $12.00

2 x Scope mouthwash 9.98

Less Oral care DQ (6.50)

Tax 1.32

OOP $15.48

Earned $14 RR ($5 + $4 oral care, $5 WYS $15) + $5 WC (Booster $5 WYS $20)

Trans 2

3 x Old Spice b/w $19.47

Less WC (10.00)

Tax 1.17

OOP $10.64

Earned $10 RR ($5 Old Spice, $5 WYS $15)

Ugh, my $5 DQ didn't deduct, so CS added $5 WC to my account

Trans 3 (DH)

3 x Oral B floss $12.00

2 x Oral B floss 7.98

Less RR (5.00)

Tax 1.20

OOP : $16.18

Earned $14 RR ($5 + $4 oral care, $5 WYS $15 PG)

Of course the DQ didn't apply - Again (come on Wags), so they added $6.50 WC to DHs account

Trans 4  (DH)

3 x Old Spice b/w $19.47

Less DQ (5.00)

Less RR (5.00)

Tax 1.17

OOP $10.64

Earned $10 RR ($5 Old Spice, $5 WYS $15)

This is so weird. I did the transactions and 2 different stores. At one store my Old Spice DQ didn't apply and the other DH's Oral care DQ didn't apply. It just doesn't make sense.

Trans 5 (DH)

3 x Oral b floss $12.00

2 x Oral b floss 7.98

Less DQ (6.50)

Less WC (5.00)

Tax 1.20

OOP $9.68

Earned $14 RR (same as trans 1)

I figured that I'd take advantage of that DQs that didn't apply earlier in the week. The Qs are still available on your account until it's redeemed or expired.

Trans 6

3 x Loreal cleanser B2G1F $13.98

Less RRs (10.00)

Less WC (4.00)

Tax 0.54

OOP : $0.54

Trans 7

3 x Gillette deodorant $18.00

Less DQ (4.00)

Less DQ (2.00)

Tax 1.08

OOP $13.08

Earned $10 ($5 Gillette, $5 WYS $15)

Trans 8

3 x Old Spice b/w $19.47

Less DQ (5.00)

Less WC (5.00)

Tax 1.17

OOP : $10.64

Earned $5 RR (Old Spice). Mmmm, I wonder why I didn't get the extra one. This one was hit & miss with the Old Spice deals

Week 2

Trans 9

6 x Dove deodorant B1G50% off 2nd $39.54

2 x Colgate t/p 9.98

Less Colgate DQ (3.00)

Less RRs (23.00)

Tax 2.97

OOP $26.49

Earned $28 WC ($10 WYS $30 Dove, $9 WYS $40 Booster Q, I don't know where the rest came from. I think it's from another digital booster) + $4 RR (Colgate)

This was the mother of all clusters!!!! As the cashier was scanning, I'm wondering why my total is so high. So I start scrolling the screen and noticed that nothing rang up half price. Ugh, I've read that Wags has been experiencing lots of problems after updating their registers. So the cashier had to re-ring everything and manually adjust the prices. It was only when I got home that night (we were on our way out when I stopped at Wags) that I realised I paid full price for the Colgate. Their Live Chat wasn't available and by the next day, I didn't have the energy to fight over $2.

Trans 10

4 x Tide detergent $21.96

Less DQ (1.00)

Less RR (5.00)

Less WC (10.00)

Tax 1.32

OOP $7.28

Earned $11 RR ($6 Tide, $5 WYS $15)

Once again everything rang up full price, so cashier manually entered sale price. I'm glad I pay attention at the register, cause other couponers were talking about how they had to go back to the store to get a refund. It turns out that everything rang up full price nationwide on that Sunday. 

Trans 11

3 x Crest t/p $12.00

2 x Crest t/p 6.00

Less DQ (6.00)

Less DQ (3.00)

Less RR (5.00)

Tax 1.08

OOP $5.08

Earned $14 RR (same as Trans 1)

I have no idea why I didn't just use WC to lower my OOP. I must've had a brain Too much shopping and too many deals to keep track of.

Trans 12

3 x Old Spice deodorant $19.47

Less DQ (5.00)

Less RR (5.00)

Less WC (10.00)

Tax 1.17

OOP $0.64

Earned $5 RR

Trans 13 (DH)

3 x Old spice deodorant $19.47

Less DQ (5.00)

Less WC (4.00)

Tax 1.17

OOP $11.64

Earned $5 RR

(*^#$%$ Wags! I'm bummed that I didn't get the bonus RRs on the Old Spice deals. I have to admit, that it's still a good price after reward & DQ.

Trans 14 (DH)

3 x Crest t/p $12.00

2 x Crest t/p 6.00

Less DQ (6.00)

Less DQ (3.000

Less RR (5.00)

Tax 1.08

OOP $5.08

Earned $14 RR (same as Trans 1)

Trans 15

4 x Old Spice deodorant $24.00

Less DQ (5.00)

Less RR (5.00)

Less WC (10.00)

Tax 1.44

OOP $5.44

Earned $5 RR. I especially bought 4 deodorants to see if the bonus RR will price, but no go :(

Trans 16

3 x Q-tips $10.50

2 x Garnier shampoo 7.00

2 x Softsoap b/w 10.00

Less Softsoap DQ (2.00)

Less RRs (20.00)

Tax 1.65

OOP $7.15

Earned $4 RR Garnier + $17.27 WC ($5 Q-tips, $12 Booster)

My Garnier DQ didn't apply, so CS added $3 to my account. 

At this point I was just trying to burn RRs and turn it into deals that earned WC. At one stage I had $86 RRs!

Trans 17

4 x Softsoap b/w $20.00

Less RRs (20.00)

Tax 0.90

OOP $0.90

Earned $4 RR. 

Ugh, this was totally my mistake. The Softsoap normally gives back WC, not RRs. So I figured I'd earn back $8. Well, it turns out it was part of the Weekly deal sale that normally produce a RR. Oh well, we do use Softsoap, so it's no big deal.

Trans 18

3 x Q tips $9.00

1 x Flawless Dermaplane 6.79

Less RRs (14.00)

Tax 1.79

OOP $2.44

Earned $5 WC (Q tips)

The Dermaplane should've given back $12 on Ibotta. Except, when I got home to scan my receipt, the offer was no longer available. I hate when Ibotta does this. Turns out it happened to everyone else too. If I return the item, then I'll only get back $4.64, not $6.79. Stores gypping us for using rewards we earned fair & square...smh

Trans 19

4 x Tide Simply $9.00

2 x Crest t/p 6.00

Less Crest DQ (1.00)

Less RRs (14.00)

Tax 0.90

OOP $0.90

Earned $9 RR ($4 Crest, $5 WYS $15)

Trans 20

4 x Tide Simply $9.00

2 x Crest t/p 6.00

Less RRs (13.00)

Tax 0.90

OOP $2.90

Earned $9 RR ($4 Crest, $5 WYS $15)

Silly me didn't even think to use WC to lower my OOP

Trans 21

4 x Tide Simply $9.00

2 x Crest t/p 6.00

Less RRs (9.00)

Less WC (5.00)

Tax 0.90

OOP $1.90

Earned $9 RR ($4 Crest, $5 WYS $15)

At this point I was outshopped. I just didn't have the energy to keep rolling RRs for more product

Trans 22

3 x Old Spice deodorant $18.00

Less DQ (5.00)

Less RR (4.00)

Tax 0.84

OOP $9.84

Earned $5 RR

Trans 23

3 x Q-tips $9.00

Less RRs (9.00)

Tax 0.30

OOP $0.30

Earned $5 WC

So to recap. I purchased

16 x Detergent

15 x B/wash

19 x Deodorant

18 x Toothpaste

13 x Floss

2 x Mouthwash

3 x Facial cleanser

1 x Dermaplane

9 x Q Tips

2 x Shampoo

Total items purchased : 98

Total OOP : $174.86

Total earned : Submitted for $15 PG rebate, $25 PG gcs (I have almost enough point for $25 gcs), $17.70 sold = $57.70

Total after earnings : $117.16 or $1.20 per item.

Total retail value : $584.20

Why on earth did I buy so much stuff? Firstly, we will Never Ever see a sale like this again. Trust me, I've been couponing long enough to know how this works. If we do get another great PG sale again, it will be a miracle. The prices of everything keep skyrocketing. I've noticed that it's no longer small increases at the grocery stores, it's now $1-2!! By shopping this way, I'm saving ourselves hundreds of $$$ that can be applied to grocery (food) items that we rarely see on sale anymore. I've saved $467.04 of the retail value in just 2 weeks. 

The day before the Dove sale started, my last Dove deodorant broke. So yeah, I held that last little piece the next day to apply deodorant by Same with the Crest. I prefer the Crest 3D (the guys don't care what they use). A week before the sale, I thought that I was out, but managed to find 2 more tubes. Now I have 16 Crest 3D t/paste. That should last for months. 

I've mentioned before that I use detergent for work purposes too, so I go through a lot of detergent. 

I've also mentioned that I don't keep all items. I keep, sell & donate. As you can see above, I've already sold an item and made $17.70. I'll take it :) We now have enough HBA to last us 2 years or more. The only thing we still need, is Dial bar soap. It's on sale next week and I still have $15 RRs to pay for the soap.

Ugh, I was really disappointed. When I saw the b/w sale, I figured I'd get some more of the Captain b/w since the price is so great. I checked the locations that still showed this scent in stock and made a special trip to those locations only to find that they no longer carry it. Grrrrrr!!

Thankfully, Target saved the day. Their price is not as good as Wags, but it's the only store where you can find this scent and it had a GC offer - Buy 4 get $5 GC and I still had $15 gcs to use. I just keep rolling my gcs into new deals. I know, I know. I just bought a whole pile of Captain b/w recently. However, Target is now the only store that carries limited amounts of this product. When it's gone, it's gone for good. No way are we doing without our Captain products. The deodorants last much longer, so DS doesn't need as many as the b/w.  I will gladly pay more for something we love, than do without it. So I'm stocking up while it's still available. I can sell the Wags ones and that will recoup some of our money. 

I was going to place a different Target order online, but needed $5 to score free shipping. So I figured I'll add St Ives body lotion, because I opened my last bottle about 2 weeks ago. Target - sorry, OOS. WTH?! So I googled the St Ives oatmeal and this product is NLA. WTHHHHHHH!!! Walmart still has some available at almost $10 per bottle. I used to pay $3.99 for this stuff. I have sensitive skin and can't just use anything. The Aveeno positively radiant lotion that I used before, has been discontinued years ago. Now St Ives too (I'm guessing it's because the world is such a mess. If manufacturers can't get their hands on just one ingredient, then they can't manufacture the product). So I sucked it up and ordered 4 bottles from Walmart. I might as well buy enough until I can figure out what else to use. So this is why I stock up on our favorites when there's a good sale. 

My favorite Walmart Bran flakes are non-existent too. There's nothing available in MI. When we went to Ohio 2 weeks ago, I stopped at the Walmart nearest to where we were and saw fully stocked shelves, so I bought 6 boxes. Then we went to Ohio again last weekend and I decided to get more Bran Flakes at that location. Except, they were totally wiped out too. I eat this cereal for health reasons. Yes, we have 20 boxes in our stockpile (thank goodness I used to buy 2 boxes at a time), but we finish a box in one week, so this won't last long. I do have a Plan B though. I'm going to buy the Raisin Bran and mix it with my Bran flakes. That way I still get a good amount of Iron. The raisin bran only contains 25% daily value, compared to Bran Flakes 100%.

I spent some RRs that were expiring on Arm & Hammer detergent ($1.99) & Colgate. It was slim pickings this week. I'll be glad when those RRs are all gone. I need a break from Wags.

It's late & I'm tired, so I apologise if there's any errors with the numbers. I just don't have the energy to do anything else right now. 

When I get a chance, I'll write a post about why you shouldn't get rid of any old clothes & shoes right now. 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Run to Wags for $1 Tide Simply & Crest - Ends 6/30!


Hi everyone! 

Just a quick note. If you haven't heard of it yet, Wags & P&G currently have some great deals running. Sadly, this deal is hit or miss at some locations. I can confirm that it still works in MI. The downside, it ends tomorrow. There's a PG promo - Spend $15, get $5 RR. Can be combined with many other PG deals that currently offer RRs. The Oral B was a real winner, but it's been reported that might be a dead deal too (again hit or miss).

Here's a good one if you need detergent. 

Tide Simply/Downy/Bounce are 4/$9 this week. Mix or match. Add in 2 x $3 Crest (there are 2 different Crest promos - $3 & $4). $3 - buy 2 get $4 RR. $4 promo - buy 2 get $5 RR

Trans 1

4 x Tide Simply $9.00

2 x Crest t/p 6.00

OOP $15 + tax

Earn $9 RR ($4 Crest, $5 WYS $15 PG)

You can use WC (points) or RRs to lower you OOP, but DO NOT use any RR that says STORE COUPON. That will lower your total and you won't earn the $5 PG RR.

The best part is - THIS DEAL ROLLS!!!!!

Trans 2

4 x Tide Simply $9.00

2 x Crest t/p 6.00

Less RRs from Trans 1 (9.00)

OOP $6 + tax

Earn $9 RR ($4 Crest, $5 WYS $15 PG)

Rinse & repeat.

That's like paying $1 + tax per item. 

If you prefer regular Tide, it's Buy 4 get $6 RR.

4 x Tide @ $5.49 ea = $21.96

Less Tide DQ (1.00)

OOP $20.96 + tax

Earn $11 RR ($6 WYB 4, $5 WYS $15), which makes it $2.50 per bottle.

I bought 12 bottles today (Simply) and the RRs still printed. I don't even feel like going back to spend the RRs. I'm pooped, but I'm on a high. I did 2 weeks of hard shopping at Wags. I'll post the details tomorrow or Friday. 

If anyone wants to try the Crest/Oral B deal, here's the details.

2 x Crest/Oral B @ $3 ea = 6.00

3 x Crest/Oral B @ $4 ea  = 12.00

Less $6 Oral care DQ (6.00)

Less $3 Oral care DQ (3.00)

OOP $9 + tax

Earn $14 RR ($4 for $3 items, $5 for $4 items, $5 WYS $15 PG)

That's a $5 MM. Again, the deal is mix & match. You can purchase toothpaste and/or toothbrushes. Just be sure to get the ones that are tagged (not all items are included). There are various Oral Care DQs, but it's been reported that the $7 one doesn't attach to the items (We all know it's not Wags unless something goes

You can also roll all these RRs into the different deals above. If you don't have any rewards, start with the Crest/Oral B deal. Then regular Tide, then Tide Simply. Rinse & repeat. 


Happy shopping peeps!

Monday, June 6, 2022

Meal Plan Monday

I'm so not in the mood to figure out meals for the week, so I've made an easy menu. Besides, who feels like cooking during summer. 

Monday : BBQ Chicken tenders, potato salad, baked beans salad, carrot/pineapple salad, green salad with all the toppings (onions, peppers, cherry tomatoes, feta, etc)

Tuesday : Chicken pesto pasta with a big side salad with all the toppings (choose your own toppings. I prepare all the toppings and place it in containers in the fridge. That way we it's easy to build your own salad when you want one. I do the same with produce. I pick and wash all grapes and place in a container, so we can just grab some when we want to eat it. Everything's already cleaned and prepped. I like having my life simplified)

Wednesday : BBQ Chicken tenders wraps with all the same sides as Monday

Thursday : Same as Tuesday

Friday : Chicken tacos with all the fixings, refried beans, pico de gallo

I went to the produce market & Sams yesterday. Yikes at the market. I love that place, but the prices are just not worth it anymore. Only a select few things are worth getting there, like peppers $1.99/lb, kiwi, beets, berries. I love that they often have tropical fruit (that I grew up eating) like guavas & litchis/lychees. I saw fresh apricots and had to have some. Can you tell I love fruit? These babies were huge too, so I bought over 2lbs worth. When I got home and checked my receipt, I saw that it cost me over $7!! Holy cow! Well, we have lots of good fresh fruit, so I'm not even gonna worry about it. I did find pint blueberries for $2.29 (lowest price around here), so I bought 3. I love that stuff. We are all set for a while. We can choose different fruit (we normally eat 4-5 different kinds daily) every day. There's apples, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, apricots, grapes and bananas. 

I absolutely love spinach, but for some reason I don't like the taste of just fresh spinach in a salad. So I had a light bulb moment. I now mix it with my spring mix (I always buy both), so there's different greens in my salad and I don't have to worry about just tasting spinach. I feel the same way about apples. I'm not crazy about eating a fresh apple, but I love all things apple flavored. Give me apple pie, muffins, add it to a salad etc. It's so weird. 

I was up a the butt crack of dawn to go for a run, but then was too tired to do it. I went to bed late, then woke up after 4, so I was exhausted. I did start cooking early. I had the chicken in the oven before 7 am, while cooking our mushroom, onions, pepper mix. Then made omelets for breakfast. I'm always more productive when I don't get enough sleep. I know that if I sit down, I'll fall asleep so I keep busy. I should probably have more sleepless nights (j/k)

FYI - my tenders aren't the frozen, breaded ones. I buy the naked tenders, just like you'd get chicken breasts. I just marinade it overnight, then bake (can be grilled too). Sams was out of chicken breasts again (glad I bought 15 lbs last time to freeze). The tenders are now $5/lb. WTH?! Chicken costs more than beef? Crazy!

I'll pull some fajita chicken from the freezer for tacos and just make fresh beans and pico. Easy peasy. I just remembered that there's still brussel sprouts, so I'll make some grilled veggies tomorrow morning. I like to cook early, so that the house has the rest of the day to cool down. 

Now I need to tackle my mile long To Do list. I'll respond to comments and visit everyone's blogs later.

Have a great day peeps!

Friday, June 3, 2022

Stocking up like it's nobody's business

Is anyone else over all the constant doom & gloom - Covid, monkeypox, war, inflation, gas prices etc? I tell ya, I'm over it. When can we all get back to normal? Do we even know what normal is anymore?

I haven't really stocked up the last few months for several reasons. I've only been adding things here & there. However, I keep reading about global food shortages in the near future. Then I read that the UK is already in a recession. So a decision had to be made. I told myself  'Girl, no matter what, we still have to eat'. Do I want to put stockpiling on the back burner and pay even higher prices later or do I want to risk running into shortages. Higher prices is one thing, but running out isn't an option for me. I'm a planner. I always make sure that we have more than enough of everything. I'd rather have too much and help out someone in need, than run out myself. I've always been this way. My ex boss used to tell me that I'm like a squirrel, preparing for winter The bottom drawer (big drawer) of my desk was always filled with snacks. Everyone in the office knew that if they needed a snack, they could just check my bottom drawer. That's how I roll. 

So this was a big stockpiling week for me. I decided to just do what I do best - shop for some deals. Here's some of what I did. 


I stocked up on some canned veggies. I was very, very happy to find the Store brand no salt added peas. I got 8 cans. I don't normally buy this much, but the peas have been hit & miss the last 2 years and I love peas. I bought some AP flour and sugar too. I bake muffins every week and keep running low on AP flour. I'm also down to my last brown sugar, which I use in my coffee. 

Yikes. The Prego pesto went from $2.77 to $3.12

Bran Flakes - $2.30. Huh? Last time I was at the store, it was still $2.20. I initially bought this brand, because it was half the price of Fiber One with the same/similar nutritional value. The cereal was $1.80 or $1.90. Then $2 - $2.10 - $2.20 & now $2.30. It's a good thing I already have a decent amount stockpiled. 

I bought a few other things. Had a $20 Ibotta gc, so only spent $26.xx OOP. I'm very happy with that. 

Large cans Bush's baked beans (the only baked beans brand I'll eat) is now $2.49!!!! It was just $2.29 a few weeks ago. Last week my local grocery store had the baked beans for $1.99. No limits. Bless their hearts - they often have decent sales with no limits. However, I only bought 6 cans at a time (2 different locations). So 12 cans saved me $6. I still have more in stock. 


I love this store! I rarely shop at Target, but I love the cleanliness of the store, and how peaceful it is to shop there. It's seldom packed, so shopping is a breeze.  I initially went there for the Tide/Bounce deal. I'm almost out of dryer sheets and was waiting for a good sale. It's crazy how I've been running out of things lately. This never happens to me. 

I don't know how I stumbled upon the Old Spice deal, but something made me check out the b/w at Target online (I like to add all my items online to see how the Circle coupons apply). I've mentioned before that DS only has a few b/w bottles left. The downside is that the Captain scent has now been discontinued. Ugh, I hate when they do this. PG keeps adding new scents to the Old Spice line and they're not all good (BBW does the same). I'll be the first to admit that the Captain scent smells amazing!!!, so I don't know why it's been discontinued. So this mama bear decided to go stock up. 

The deal is Spend $12, save $3

Buy 3, get $5 gc

10% off all Old Spice b/w

These 3 deals stacked, which makes for a good sale. I still had a $10 gc from before, so here's what I did

Trans 1

1 x Tide $12.99

1 x Downy 12.99

1 x Bounce 10.99

4 x Old Spice b/w 19.36 (total after all discounts). Original pice is $5.99 each

Less Downy DQ (2.00)

Less Bounce DQ (2.00)

Less GC (10.00)

Tax 3.38

OOP : $45.71

Earned $15 GC ($10 Tide, $5 OS)

Trans 2

4 x Old Spice b/w 19.36

Tax 0.86

Less GC from trans 1 (15.00)

OOP : $5.22

Earned $5 GC

Then today DS and I went to a different location since my store only had 2 bottles left after my last trip. 

Trans 3 & 4 (did the same deal twice)

4 x Old Spice $19.36

Tax 0.86

Less GC (5.00)

OOP $15.22

Earned $5 GC

Oh yes I did buy 16 bottles. Talk to me again when we can't find this scent at any I've only seen it at Target and a few select Wags. The online information is wrong. Neither Meijer nor Walmart carry this scent anymore. I actually bought the last 8 bottles at the 2nd store today. No regrets. I'm not a shelf clearer, but desperate times call for desperate

I just kept rolling those gcs. So I got 16 bottles for $46.18 OOP. That's $2.87 per bottle, which is more than a 50% savings! Plus, they're the bonus size bottles. I'm a happy camper!


I needed to redeem some RRs, but somebody cleared my Wags out of all the Tide Simply. I don't get it. The Tide isn't even such a good price (especially compared to Target). The deals were few & far between this week, so I just figured I'd burn some RRs on Tide & Downy (those bottles are tiny). Then yesterday I learned that the 20 oz Palmolive is Buy 2 get $3 WC. That's a good price. So while I was out, I stopped at a different Wags and picked up 6 bottles. This is how it was supposed to go. 

Trans 1

4 x Palmolive $11.96

Less RR (4.00)

Less WC (5.00)


OOP : $2.96 + tax

Except, I had 3 blue bottles and 3 orange bottles. So after the cashier rang and bagged 4 bottles, I placed the other 2 bottles on the counter and said I want to pay for it separately. Cashier said okay, then proceeded to void and keep adding items that my head was spinning looking at the small screen. Then he hit total and it was $0.27!! WTH?! I knew this was wrong, but you can't make changes at Wags once the cashier hits total. Ugh, so my receipt prints and I noticed that he rang up the bottles by color and only had 3 on the first receipt. This is so wrong, cause I didn't earn all my rewards, because I had 3 bottles instead of 4. In my mind I'm cussing up a storm, but I gave him a polite smile and explained the situation in a very calm manner. He was young and super sweet. So I told him that it's okay. I have a way to fix it without having to void the transaction. I asked if he was new and he said Yes. So I told him that its oka to make mistakes. We all have to learn when we start a new job. So I had him call over the manager. I explained things to the manager, then asked her if I could just pay for the 2nd transaction (3 bottles again) and then have her add $3 Courtesy points to fix things. I was supposed to earn $9 WC for the 6 bottles, but only earned $6, because of only having 3 bottles per transaction. She agreed, added my points and 20 bloody minutes I left Wags with my $9 rewards. Phew. But wait, then I got stuck in traffic. All I could see was flashing lights up ahead and I knew that once I get to the first available exit, I would have to take a long detour home. I still don't know why the traffic was backed up, cause there was no accident, just cops. Road finally cleared after cops checkpoint. Sigh, Wags never fails to disappoint. But guess what. I wasn't a pita customer who ruined the cashier's day because of a mistake. Instead I reassured him that it's okay to make a mistake. I even thanked him when I left the store. 

I also made a pit stop at Ollies for raisins and books, but alas, no raisins. But shocker, the Cashews that was $8.99 before is now $11.99!!! Shame on you Ollie's. I know inflation is biting everyone in the behind, but adding $3 to an item that's been in stock for months, is a bit much! Now see, this is when my crazy shopping skills pay off. Back when I bought all the nuts, I didn't even know we would have war, inflation, high gas prices etc. I bought the nuts to make my own trail mix and even used a 15% off Q. Well, looky here. I didn't know the prices were going to increase by a whopping $3 per item. I'm just gonna go into my pantry and grab a new bag from the shelf. Easy peasy. 

Half the time I don't even know why I'm stocking up on select things like it's the end of the world. However, I've learned that my gut instincts ALWAYS pay off. So if I'm doing crazy shopping, just know that there will eventually be a good reason for it - even if I don't know the reason yet. I'm not psychic. I don't believe in that mumbo jumbo, but I do trust God and I know that my instincts is God pointing me in the right direction. 

Kroger has milk, Kraft cheese & Prego (my preferred brand) on sale, so I'm gonna head there before the sale ends on Tuesday. I do need milk and Prego. I was just looking at the Prego price at Walmart earlier this week and noticed that it's over $2. Good thing I didn't buy any. Kroger has it for $1.27, so I'm buying the limit of 5. 

I'm in a slump. I'm not motivated to do anything, much less blog. I've had quite a few setbacks/stumbling blocks over the last few weeks. I'm talking big things. All I want to do is go lay on the beach with some cocktails and not have a care in the world. I just want to go smell the salty ocean air and forget all my troubles. Sadly, the beach is not going to happen in the near future, so I'll settle for a few cocktails and a hug. Maybe some chocolate too. Okay, I'm a hard liquor girl. So let's just skip the cocktails nonsense and call it what it is. I'd like some good hard liquor on the It's weekend after

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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