Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Last minute Christmas deals

Hi everyone!

It's been a crazy week. I had no meal plan for this week.  I just made some chicken curry and banana muffins for the week. We ate curry & rice for 2 nights already. Tonight it's just Sam's pizza from the freezer and salad.


Just a few good deals I picked up this week (I couldn't resist). I offered to get cupcakes and pop for DS's class. I do this every year and every year I wonder why I torture myself with going to the stores during Christmas week. While I was on Mypoints the other day, I noticed a deal for Coke products at Sams. Buy 2 x 35 ct Coke or Sprite, earn 24xx points (equals $19.50). No way!! I was already planning on buying a case for school, so I figured I'd just get an extra case for ourselves too. I also had a $20 Walmart gc (Ibotta). I had ordered 30ct Christmas cupcakes, so I figured I'd just get another 30ct package since I'm getting such a good deal, but alas. No more cupcakes to be had. They did have trays of holiday brownies, so I added that. Here's how the deal went

2 x 35ct Diet coke $35.16
1 x 30ct Cupcakes 15.98
1 x Brownie tray 18.44
Bottle deposit 7.00
Less GC (20.00)
OOP $56.58

Earn $19.50 Mypoints. So $37.08 will feed at least 30 kids and we get a case of Coke too. Plus I'll earn back $3.50 bottle deposit. 

I always circle the qualifying items on my receipts when I submit to select sites. Well, I got some ink on my hand and ended up smearing the date with ink. So Mypoints said they can't read my receipt. Ugh. So that's under review. Then I remembered that you can view all your purchases at Sams online. So I took pics of that for when Mypoints contacts me. I already have more proof of that purchase. Please excuse the pics. When I view it on my computer, it's right side up. For some reason it displays sideways on Blogger and I can't rotate it. I took the pics outside in the cold, that's why it's not clear. 

Meijer & Kroger has Spinbrush BOGOF this week and there's a $2 Ibotta rebate (limit 5). Meijer's price is 70c less than Kroger (no surprise as Kroger is the most expensive grocery store around here).  So I stopped at Meijer on Sunday and did this deal

6 x Spinbrush @ $8.29  $49.74
Less 3 BOGOF $24.87
Tax 1.49
OOP $26.36
Earn $10 Ibotta. So $16.36 for 6 Spinbrushes. That's a good deal.

Today, I stopped at a different Meijer, cause my store only had the Soft ones left on Sunday. No Spinbrushes at this store, but they did have the 2pk replacement heads. The deal is the same as above, so I bought those.

I also purchased blueberries that's BOGOF this week. My store price was $2.75 each. The store I went to today (not far from me) charged $2.95. So weird, but I'm happy to have my favorite berry.

Let me tell ya. It's a zoo out there. The stores are all packed with extra long lines. Not my cup of tea, but I got my shopping done. 

DS had a runny nose last night. I tend to get sick when he just has a runny nose. So I gave him a Wal-act (Wags flu/allergy pill. It's about all we use as it works fast. I do keep Robitussen too for anyone who coughs) that knocked him out for the night and he's much better today. Phew! I don't like when my loved ones are sick. I pamper them and make sure they're comfortable and pray that they heal fast. Nothing like some TLC to help you feel better. We're on a Vitamin C diet this winter (OJ, Guava juice, oranges, kiwi and blueberries - okay, I just love blueberries, but they're rich in antioxidants anyway). So many people are sick lately. I'm praying that everyone who's ill will be right as rain in time for Christmas. 

I'm going to mix my cookie dough now so I can bake tomorrow. I'm not making much this year. I'll just freeze half of it. I need to wrap DS's gifts as soon as he leaves for school tomorrow (last day before break). I was going to do it today, but decided to just pick him up when I dropped off the cake. 

The winter storm should be here by Friday. We're not expecting much snow, but ya never know. 

I'd like to wish everyone a Blessed Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and prosperous New Year. I'll be back the first week in January. 

Stay healthy, safe & warm peeps. Have a wonderful holiday break!

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

This & That

Boy was Wags fun last week. I did 4 more transactions and earned a total of $120 free Wags gcs! Score!It's been years since I had such a good run. Years ago Meijer had a deal for Buy $100 Visa gc, earn $20 Cat. My friend & I hit up multiple stores and I ended up with $360 Cats and she had slightly less. Then we rolled some of it into the Meijer Spend $100, save $10 on groceries deal. You could combine this with manufacturer Qs. The Cats were only good for 2 weeks and I found a huge clearance sale on something that was popular at the time, at my store. So I used the rest of my Cats on those and made a big profit selling the items. I miss those fun coupon days. 

Yesterday, I decided to just hit up the stores and buy the rest of the gcs and whatever else we needed for Christmas. I'm a planner and normally have everything done by December 1st. So not having all the gifts done, bothered me. I figured if I get everything done, then I don't have to worry if anyone else gets sick or there's some incident that prohibits me from shopping (well I'm hoping nothing happens). I'm just happy to have everything taken care of. Most of the teachers asked for Amazon gcs and I couldn't find them at any store. Then I remembered that I bought one at Wags before and decided to make a Wags run today. I knew that I needed a game plan for Wags, because I had 2 more $9 WYS $40 paper Qs and $5 WYS $20 Digital. So I decided to save Wags until today. Here's what I did. I just noticed that one t/paste is upside down and it drives me nuts. However, I don't have the energy to haul everything out for a pic again. Please excuse that and the glare. 

Trans 1 

2 x Loreal cleanser $13.98

2 x Loreal cleanser B1G50% off 2nd 6.98

2 x Loreal shampoo 9.00

3 x Crest t/p 12.00

2 x Pringles BOGOF 2.99

Less Loreal DQ (5.00)

Less Loreal IVC (2.00)

Less Crest DQ (5.00)

Tax 2.52

Less $20 Wags GC (20.00)

OOP $15.47

Earned $19.42 WC ($9 WYS $40, $5 WYS $20, $5 Crest, $0.42 everyday points)

I added the Pringles, because after the cashier scanned everything, she said I couldn't use the 9/40. Then I remembered that the IVC lowers your OOP cost, so I was short a few cents. So I just grabbed the Pringles as a filler, cause it's something we'll eat. 

Trans 2 

2 x Loreal cleanser $13.98

2 x Loreal cleanser B1G50% off 2nd 6.98

2 x Loreal shampoo 9.00

3 x Crest t/p 12.00

Maybelline eye set 7.49

Less Loreal DQ (5.00)

Less Loreal IVC (2.00)

Less Crest DQ (5.00)

Less Maybelline DQ (5.00)

Tax 2.97

Less $20 Wags GC (20.00)

OOP $15.42

Earned $19.47 WC ($9 WYS $40, $5 WYS $20, $5 Crest, $0.47 everyday points)

At the first store I only earned $14 points. I knew that something was wrong, but Wags no longer gives you a breakdown of your earnings. Ugh. At the 2nd store, I saw that I was supposed to earn a $5 RR, so I figured the cashier forgot to hand it to me. However, no RR printed at the 2nd store either, but the machine printed other Ad Cats. So I went to the shelf, took a pic and back in line to explain. The manager added $5 points to my account. When I got home, I contacted CS and the added $5 to my first transaction's account too. I'm happy with that, because I'm not obligated to run to Wags to redeem RRs. 

At the 2nd store, I noticed the Maybelline on an endcap and remembered that there's a $5 DQ. This was a better deal than the Pringles. Silly me didn't think to grab 2 sets and purchase one on my account too. 

I only used 2 GCs per transaction, because I didn't know if Wags has a limit. This is Wags after all. 

Total OOP : $30.89

Total earned : $38.89

Retail value : 116.79

I guess this is an $8 MM deal, because the GCs were free money after all. Score!!!

I needed the cleanser. I just opened my last one last week. I was going to buy some at Target since they have a Spend $30 get $10 gc deal. However, Target has NO Loreal cleanser. What on earth?! I've used this brand for almost 30 years and now I can hardly find it. I don't like using scrubs every day, but I picked up what I could find at Wags. I sure hope this hasn't been discontinued.

Well Target has been no slouch in the savings department either. When I checked for the Loreal Qs on Sunday morning, I saw that select beauty gift sets were 50% off and it was part of the Spend $30 get $10 deal. And they had Old Spice sets on sale for $9.99. Say no more! I bought 6 sets. I know what you're thinking. I just bought a truckload of Old Spice Captain not too long Well, the price of the b/w has increased again. It now cost $6.29 each. The set (b/w, shampoo & body spray) was 50% off,  so $4.99 each. Then you earned $10 gc WYS $30. This was a no brainer. I've been shocked by prices later (more on that below). This deal was so hot, it sold out within hours. Fiji is the first scent the guys tried when I first got these items for free. So I already know that it smells good - not nearly as good as the Captain, but DS isn't picky. My goal is to ensure that we have 2 years worth of HBA again. My stockpile has been dwindling. 

On a deal site, I saw that one of the gifts I purchased for DS, was $28 less somewhere else. Someone mentioned getting a price adjustment at Target, so that's what I did too. I did live chat and received my credit within minutes. I only received $19 back, because I bought the item during a BF sale (it cost less then). I'm so very happy with that extra $19. It helped pay for the Old Spice sets. This is the 2nd item of DS that I got a surprise price adjustment on. I'm very pleased with the shopping I did for him this year. All his gifts combined cost less than the retail value of the laptop. I'm so thankful for the unexpected blessings. 

Every year I purchase a Sams cheesecake for Christmas dessert. I haven't seen cheesecake at Sams in months, so I decided to make a no bake tiramisu, cause that's my absolute favorite dessert. While at Meijer yesterday, I added all the ingredients to my cart, but boy was I shocked by the prices. Either I'm getting cheap or the price of everything has quadrupled for the holidays. Heavy cream quart was over $6. I used to pay $1.99 for it at Walmart. Graham crackers was $4.79. The last I bought some, it was 99c. After I totaled all the ingredients, it was over $30!!!! This is more than the ham I bought. No frigging way! I don't need tiramisu that bad. So I placed all the ingredients back on the shelf. I only kept the cream and graham crackers and will make our traditional SA dessert - peppermint fridge tart since I already had the rest of the ingredients in my pantry. Wowzers! I couldn't believe the price.

I caved & bought butter at Sams. I'm not going to bake much - just 3 different cookies. 

I was going to purchase jalapeno cranberry meatballs as the main dish (Sams or Costco). I had it before & it's delicious. Then I realised that I'm going to spend $16 for a few meatballs, whereas a small ham cost around $20 at Sams (I checked prices before). So I bought a ham at Sams ($22) and will slice the whole thing tomorrow. I'll divide the slices into freezer bags and freeze for whenever we need some. Easy peasy. 

I'm really thinking about how we are spending our money these days. Everything just seems to cost so much more. We're still eating well, but I'm making smarter choices for the same amount of money. 

We had an early dinner and I'm going to sleep for an hour or 2. I'm feeling much better, but by late afternoon I start feeling rough again (normal for when I have the flu). I'm just thankful that I have all my shopping done now. I don't want to spend any more money. I just want to go into saving mode. The holidays always make me feel this way. 

Have a great week peeps!

Monday, December 12, 2022

Meal Plan Monday 12/12/22

Well, it looks like the flu germs finally made it to our home. I woke up feeling really poorly yesterday. All I wanted to do was go back to bed. However, I managed to putter around, do laundry and cook our meals for the week. By the time that was done, I was ready for bed. My whole body, including my chest hurt. So I slept for 2 hours, got up for dinner, then slept for another 2 hours. Then back to bed just after 9 and I still need more sleep. I don't really have cold/flu symptoms like a runny, sneezy nose or coughing. It's very,very mild. So I don't even know what I have right now. I just want to sleep. This is not like the covid fatigue. It's more like the achy, tired flu body. So I'm going to do a few more things, then head back to bed. I've kicked our vitamin C intake into high gear. Nobody wants to be sick over the holidays. We've been there before. It's times like these that I'm thankful for freezer cooking & stockpiling. I don't have to worry about food or anything else (except those gcs I still need to buy for teachers), because everything's cooked and we have everything else in stock. I'm so glad I hit Sams, Aldi & the produce market on Friday. I just bought bagels on a whim at Aldi, but it sure came in handy this week. On to the menu:

Monday : Baked ravioli & salad

Tuesday : Garlic parsley chicken patties, mashed potatoes & veggies and/or salad

Wednesday : Same as Monday

Thursday : Same as Tuesday

Friday : Beef burritos & salad

Breakfasts : Cinnamon raisin bagels with cream cheese, cereal, omelets

I also made 'sausage rolls' for DS. I had 2 freebie Oscar Mayer Qs from Kroger (last month & this month), so I bought 2 packs of Smokies. I added to smokies, cheese & jalapeno to puff pastry to make 'sausage rolls'. I do know how to make real sausage rolls, but this is a nice snack for him. 

We always have a salad fixings and a variety of fruit, so it's just a matter of taking your pick.

I didn't even bother to make muffins this week, because I just didn't have the energy. Bagels saved the day. 

I was going to make spaghetti & meatballs, but decided to use the ravioli to free up some freezer space. The baked ravioli, is just frozen ravioli that's been cooked, then topped with meat sauce (you can use regular pasta sauce too. I prefer meat sauce, since there's not much protein in ravioli) and mozzarella cheese and baked until cheese is melted.

The chicken patties can be turned into chicken sandwiches too. We have brioche rolls and all kinds of toppings (spinach, leafy greens, cucumber, red onion, tomatoes).

I made a big pot of taco meat. Then cooked some beans in the instant pot. Added salsa and cheese and made enough burritos for the freezer. I'm not even bothering to cook next week. There's enough food in the freezer to feed us for another week. 

I'll be back with another post about other things in a day or two. I'm off to putter a little more, then back to bed.

Stay safe, warm & healthy peeps!

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

WAGS for the win!


Whoo boy, is Wags fun this week! It's been a minute since I've posted any deals, cause I haven't done drugstore shopping in months. Last week my friend K text to ask me if I'm still doing drugstore couponing. I explained that I haven't and she mentioned that she started again and bought lots of Christmas gifts for her kids at CVS. We met through couponing years ago and now we're BFFs. I told her to try Wags too (got her linked to my Wags group. I'm such a bad and I checked the ad. I only saw the Softsoap b/w, so I bought that on both accounts and earned 2 x $5 RRs (per account) and 2 x $9/40 boosters. I also had $5/20 Digital boosters on both accounts.

I was out of moisturiser and decided to compare prices. My plan was to buy it at Target (it costs $5 less than the drugstores) with a discounted gc, but they didn't have any Qs or promos on it. Wags has it B1G50% off 2nd this week and I only had a $2 DQ on my account (weird). So I made my list and off to the store I went. You already know that it was a s_*&t show. This is Wags after I went to 4 different stores and did 2 transactions per store.

Trans 1

2 x $20 Wayfair gc $40.00

1 x $10 Wags gc (free WYB 2 gcs)

OOP $40.00

Trans 2

1 x Moisturiser  $19.99

1 x Moisturiser 50% off 9.99

2 x $25 Red Robin gc $50.00

4 x Palmolive 11.96

Less RR (Softsoap) (5.00)

Less Palmolive DQ (0.75)

Less $10 Cash - see below (10.00)

Tax 2.52

OOP $78.71 ($50 GCs and 28.71 the rest)

Earned $20.41 WC ($9 WYS $40, $5 WYS $20, $6 Palmolive)

During the first transaction the $10 Wags gc wouldn't apply. The cashier wasn't even aware of the promo, so I had to haul out my phone and scroll scroll scroll to get to that part of the ad. So the shift manager comes over and explains things to her and also brought a different Wags gc. Wags has always only allowed you to only use their white & red logo gc for these promos. This store didn't have any, so I grabbed a different Wags card that didn't work. I assumed any Wags card would work, cause that's what I read. 

With the 2nd transaction, I asked her why she was deducting $10 cash. She explained that it's for the gc. Huh?! So I figured she applied the earned gc to my order and thought that was pretty neat, cause it lowered my OOP. So I get to my car, study the receipt and see what she did. Except, I still have the Wags gc that I earned. The downside is that you can't check any balance online, so I don't know if this card was applied or if the cashier didn't know what she was doing. Oy vey. I'm not trying to rip stores off, but I don't even know if this card has a $0 balance or not. Time will tell. 

Trans 3

2 x $20 Wayfair gc $40.00

1 x $10 Wags gc (free WYB 2 gcs)

OOP $40.00

Trans 4

1 x Moisturiser  $19.99

1 x Moisturiser 50% off 9.99

2 x $25 Red Robin gc $50.00

4 x Palmolive 11.96

Less RR (Softsoap) (5.00)

Less Palmolive DQ (0.75)

Less Loreal DQ (2.00)

Tax 2.52

OOP $86.71 ($50 GCs and 36.71 the rest)

Earned $20.41 WC ($9 WYS $40, $5 WYS $20, $6 Palmolive)

Hold it! The darn Wags gc didn't even show up on my receipt, nor did it print an activation receipt on either transaction. So we got a shift manager at this store too and the white/red logo gc wouldn't work. WTH Wags?! Grrrrr. So we tried different white/red ones and none worked. So I asked her to try the same one that I got at the previous store and that worked. Except, she had to redo both transactions. So we hauled everything out of the bags, pulled RRs and cash from register.  Then it took forever for register to download my DQs, but it finally worked. Then I asked cashier about my change, cause I paid with a $100 bill. Now she's not sure if I needed change or not. So I looked in my purse and see $13 rolled up and told her I did get change. I stayed there to make sure everything was added to my receipt and I earned all the correct points. A long line had once again formed behind me. When I left the store, I was in a daze from all the activity. Why can't Wags clearly mark the gcs that work for this deal? This has been happening for years. Their cashiers are all clueless about the weekly deals too, so you have to explain it to them. Ugh!

Trans 5

2 x $20 Wayfair gc $40.00

1 x $10 Wags gc (free WYB 2 gcs)

OOP $40.00

Trans 6

2 x $25 RR gcs $50.00

1 x $10 Wags gc (free WYB 2 gcs) 

OOP $50.00

Trans 7

2 x $20 Wayfair gc $40.00

1 x $10 Wags gc (free WYB 2 gcs)

OOP $40.00

Trans 8

2 x $25 RR gcs $50.00

1 x $10 Wags gc (free WYB 2 gcs) 

OOP $50.00

The last 2 stores went slick as snot (probably cause I knew which Wags gcs work). Thank goodness. I stopped at Kroger & Meijer in between too. By the time I got home, I had a monster headache. What should've been a 1-1.5 hour trip, turned into an almost 3 hour trip. I'm so glad dinner was ready, cause I didn't have the energy for anything. All we had to do was heat & eat. 

So to recap

I purchased $360.00 gcs (RR & Wayfair) and earned $80 free Wags gcs on these purchases. So $440 worth of gcs for $360.00 OOP. Here's reason #2 why I didn't feel like doing RA BF gc deals. RA offers rewards on their gcs, that are only good for 30 days. Wags gcs don't expire, so there's no pressure to use them. 

I also purchased 4 moisturisers and 8 palmolive 

OOP $65.42

Earned : $40.42

Retail value : $100.90

I only photographed one gc lot. I didn't want to mix it all up (they were in separate bags with their receipts. When I got home, I wrote the value on each gc, then stapled the activation receipts to the cardboard section of each card. I'll take the whole thing, plus receipt with me when I'm ready to use it. That way I have proof of purchase if something doesn't work. I split them all by store and placed each store into a separate ziploc bag and everything went into my gc folder. I'm such a I just like having my life simplified. With digital gcs, I write the date, purchase amount and balance on the back of each gc. That way I know what I spent and what's still left. I just write the date and amount spent on the physical ones (with a marker), cause there's not much room to write. 

I'm debating doing another GC run tomorrow or Friday. It's so tempting and it will be nice to have extra cash (gcs) for future Wags shopping. The palmolive is buy 2 get $3 off. I actually only had 1 bottle left and was hoping for a good Wags sale again. I didn't buy too many, cause I don't want to have too much stuff to pack. 

I need to make a CVS plan too. They have another gc deal. Spend $50 get $10 EB (limit 1 - phooey). I'm taking free money on whatever places (gcs)  we normally use. We were gonna spend the money anyway. I haven't been to CVS since that big lottery draw in July. I actually need to go cash in my ticket. I didn't win much. I rarely play the lottery, but as I walked into the store, the number 14 popped into my head. It's not a number I would choose at all. So I added that number as my 6th number (that single number - can't remember what it's called). I bought a multidraw ticket (3 draws) and only used that number on one of the 3 lines. Whaddya know. Number 14 ended up being the 6th number 2 weeks in a row. Yay me! Years ago, I played the lottery in South Africa too. I remember dreaming about the lottery numbers. I couldn't remember it all, but played what I knew. I was feeling lucky. I think 4 of my numbers were drawn. So crazy! I should probably get a new ticket when I redeem this one. Man I'd love to just win the big jackpot. A girl can dream :)

It's been a crazy busy week. I spent half the day talking to my realtor on Monday. Then the shopping fiasco yesterday. I'm staying home and trying to list today. 

Have a great day peeps! Happy shopping if you're hitting up Wags. 

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Meal Planning Dec 5-10

Hi everyone!

PSA - Target store gift cards are 10% off today only!!! Limit up to $500. Clip the Circle Q (you will only receive discount if you clip the Q). You can customize the gc amount if you don't want the amounts that are listed. Just scroll to the end of the value boxes and select custom. Then type in the amount you want added. Deal can be done online & in store. You can purchase both digital and physical gcs. Mix & match

Brrrr. It's so cold and we only have 2 gas fireplaces working. We're without heat again. Sigh.  I'm trying to warm up as best as I can. Most blinds closed, extra comforters on the bed. I just don't like wearing layers though. I like to be free to move easily. I can't function with cold feet though. I can't even fall asleep if my feet are cold. 

I'm trying not to cook as much. We finished most of the leftovers, but since it's only 2 of us there's always too much food to eat. I woke up extra early again, so I decided to be productive again after my shower & coffee. By the time DS got up (just before 10), I already had most of the food done. Here's what I made today:

Monday : Chicken pot pie. Pick your own veggie sides & salad

Tuesday : Artichoke pesto chicken casserole and veggies

Wednesday : Same as Monday

Thursday : Same at Tuesday

Friday : Italian sausage on rolls/buns, baked potatoes, baked beans and/or salad. Or I'll pull some Sams chicken from the freezer and add salad to that. 

We always have salad fixings and I cook several different veggies. This week we have grilled brussel sprouts, broccoli, baked & mashed potatoes, carrots, peas, butternut & beetroot salad. 

I had some leftover pie filling, so I made some mini chicken pies for DS's lunches. 

I also made my Korean beef & broccoli stir fry. Sometimes DS will have it in a wrap with spinach & mozzarella cheese. So good!

Breakfasts : Bran apple muffins & cranberry pancakes. 

I didn't do much shopping for this week. I stopped at Kroger (Friday) for their Mission tortilla chips that's on sale. I needed eggs too and had a 40c mailer Q. Well, the 18ct eggs were $4.87!!! WTH?! I'm so used to buying the Kroger 18ct sale eggs (approx $1.49 - I can't remember the new sale price), so this was a huge shock to me. At Sams I saw 2 doz eggs for $6. Okay, not too bad but I figured Aldi would have a lower price and I needed to pick up bread there since Sams hasn't had my Milton bread for over 2 months now. Well a dozen eggs was $3.67 at Aldi!!!!!! No friggin way!! So much for Aldi's lower prices. I've noticed that their bleach (used to be $3.xx)is now over $5 too. I don't need eggs that desperately. I'll just pick some up next time I'm at Sams or Kroger. I never thought that it would be cheaper for me to buy beef than eggs. I know that there's bird flu in the UK, so that probably affects the egg prices, but we don't import eggs from the UK (at least not as far as I know).

My grocery spending for the first week of December came to around $100 overall. Not too bad, since everything is expensive these days. After seeing our carry out bill for last month, I decided that enough was enough. DS is just gonna have to get used to eating homemade food on Fridays.  Besides, my food tastes a lot better and is much more healthier. I'll splurge on him every other week, but our carry out bill was almost as much as our grocery budget for last month. Crazy! So I pulled fajita chicken from the freezer on Friday, cooked beans in the instant pot and made nachos with the tortilla chips I bought. I forgot to buy cilantro to make pico :( I added a salad to that and it was good! Easy peasy & our bodies didn't get any junk.

I also stopped at Wags for some Softsoap b/w that was on sale. 

I've been working on ordering photo books, so I can clear all the pics from my electronics. 

As mentioned before, I only bought bras and an electric razor at Kohls BF sale. I paid $173.54  for 8 bras and the razor. I earned $45 KC and $25 Y2Y rewards and submitted a $15 rebate for the razor. I bought DS 2 pairs of athletic shoes and some household items earlier last month, so my Y2Y had a good reward. Then I used the $70 to buy items to resell. This will recoup all my OOP cost. Yay!

I bought 3 more bras at Macy's when I ordered an item for DS's Christmas project and paid with a gc. I had some money left over, so I figured I might as well buy the bras, since the sale price doesn't happen often. I will say though that the quality is not what it used to be. You will notice quality issues with most things, since the world has been such a mess for the past few years. We are paying far high prices for inferior products these days. 

I also saw that Kohls had my favorite running shoes in wide sizes only on BF sale. This was very strange to me. I decided to check Meijer's BOGOF BF sale for the shoes and noticed the same thing. Only wide sizes available in that brand. Then it hit me. Remember that huge backlogs we had at the ports last year? I'm guessing that this is old inventory that they are now trying to move/get rid of (Earlier this year I read that some stores were having big sales on Halloween items and I thought it strange that they were selling halloween items that time of year). So why not let consumers think that they're getting a good deal. Sneaky, sneaky. Lucky for me, I understand a bit about manufacturing & retail. This is why I stock up during a good sale & don't fall for those phantom sales.

I did my annual makeup splurge at Macy's. I normally use drugstore makeup, but will buy the nicer brands once a year. Why? Because it comes with free bonus gifts (usually a gift bag filled with travel size makeup - sometimes full size makeup). Then there's the 15% cash back. I earned $10 Macy's rewards after purchasing the bras & DS's item. The reward was only good for a limited time. My favorite makeup brand then had Free gift with $37 purchase and they had huge discounts on that brand. No problemo. I added a bunch of stuff to my cart, used the $10 reward and paid $30.28 (incl tax) for the items. Then I earned $5.70 cash back through Rakuten. I took out all the items that I'll use and listed the rest. I will make back more than $30 and have a bunch of new makeup items to use. Win-win!

I've decided to sell all the birthday freebies I got. Okay, I'm keeping the WHBM I bought another pair of shoes, because it was really hard to spend my birthday reward. This has never happened before. Normally I can walk away with at least 3 items for that $25. Not this time. I didn't need or want another pair of shorts, so I opted for some sale shoes. It's genuine leather anyway, so I'm a happy camper. 

To the new readers or those who haven't been following my blog for a long time. Please understand that I'm not a cheapskate nor am I broke. I enjoy playing the retail game. It's fun beating the stores at their own game. Everything is crazy expensive these days, especially groceries. By saving in certain areas, we are helping to offset the high cost of inflation. Everybody needs to eat, so there's no getting around high food costs (actually there is a way. Save in other areas, but you get the idea. We can't keep up with the rising food costs). In most cases you will find that people who are frugal are financially independent. They know that by being frugal, they are keeping more money in their own pockets and increasing their net worth this way. I know that there's a misconception about frugalists. I try to save on whatever I can, but also splurge on things that make me happy without paying the high price tag. Sure, it takes a bit of work but my son & I can still enjoy nice things without breaking the bank. 

My coffee machine carafe broke. I have the worst luck with these carafes. I don't even know how they break. I will just notice a crack when I clean them. I do know that I knocked it against the kitchen sink once before and broke it in the process. The first time this happened, I looked for a replacement online. Found one at Kohls and have kept a spare in the pantry ever since. So I went to the basement, got my new carafe & voila! Fresh coffee again. Now I have to wait until Kohls sends me a 40% off Q again so I can buy a new replacement carafe. See how my crazy shopping eventually pays off?

I'm practically done with Christmas shopping. We normally spend a lot of money on DS for Christmas. We only have one child so we go all out. However, he doesn't care for everything that we buy. He mainly wants electronics, so that's what I got him. My latest Rakuten check paid for 2 of his gifts. I still need one more thing, but I have gcs for those (Ibotta, Target circle bonus, IGC). I'm just waiting on Target to do annual sale on that item. So this year, I spent 60% of what I normally do & that includes a new laptop for him. Go me! :)

Some of the items I purchased for him are collectibles. I've known for years that some of the stuff I purchase will eventually be good resellers for him. I've told him before that he's sitting on a gold So when I saw the latest items, I bought 2 of each. Boy am I glad I did, because the items were sold out 2 days later. About 2 years ago, I started a storage tote with the extra collectibles for him. This is not like the beanie baby craze. This is something that will never go out of style. Trust me. I know what I'm talking about. So I've been filling the tote with the extras that I buy. The used ones are already worth good money for him. However, I know that brand new in packaging items sell for so much more. Just call it an investment for DS :)  Buy low, sell high. Especially, since the ones I got are limited edition items. I already saw that someone had one of those items I bought, listed for $1500.00!!! Yes, that's One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars. I paid $13 for the item, but it's been discontinued, so rare now. 

Some free friendly advice. If you purchase Apple items, always save the boxes. Do not throw them away. People will actually pay good money for the Apple boxes, because it increases the value of their used items. I still have the boxes of our Ipads. Gosh, I just realised that I bought them in 2013. I can't believe we've had it that long. My screen is cracked, cause I never bought a case for it (I don't know, but DS's one is still in perfect condition. 

I paid my CC early. My payment is only due in January, but I just wanted to get that done since I'm ready to be back in savings mode and I'm practically done with shopping. I've already started my $1 & $5 bills savings for next year. It's never too early to start saving for next Christmas.

I'm saving some of my discounted Target gcs for next Christmas too. They usually have good sales on all kinds of things, so the gcs will come in handy if I need anything. 

Now I'm ready for a nap. I feel like I've put in an 8 hour workday

Have a great week peeps! I'll try to write another post later this week. 

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.

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