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Mad Craze Coming to an End

Lately we are hearing more and more news about the coupon extremists. I recently watched a story on the news last week about this very topic and I was in awe when I saw how much these people are saving. Really, are you saving that much because it looks like you all have come to endure an obsessive compulsive behavior over saving and hording food. You all need therapy just to get yourselves back in control!

So in this story I saw garages, closets and rooms in houses full of food. I saw at least 50 cans of Hormel Chili, 12 tubes of toothpaste etc…So how might one household eat that much food before it expires? Have you thought about that question or are you going to open up a food pantry. In my opinion it would only make sense to give to people who can use it.

I think the real question here is why all of sudden the mad craze to save on food, yeah its pricey and it comes with bad economy but really are you saving that much money that you can afford to have that much food on hand? Sooner or later, it will waste away because of the expiration dates.

The most bothersome thing about this topic is that when I am at the grocery store with my list and I reach for an item that isn’t there because I know some extreme couponer cleared the shelf before I got there. Well lo and behold the grocery stores are on to you people because now they are limiting how much we can buy and now limiting how many coupons can be used in a single checkout.

I just have to say “Thanks” for screwing the system, because I rely on my coupons for savings and for you extremists who think nothing of the rest of the us we get limited because of you.


Last Summer’s Yard Sale

Would you believe me when I say there were children sitting in the back seat of this Jeep? There were 2 children in the back seat. This jeep was stuffed to the max and on the driver’s passenger side there was stuff coming out the window too! I have had a lot of yard sales but never in my life have I ever seen anything like this before.

These people were serious yard sale buyers!

My husband Doug, My good friend Roy and myself had a laugh when they showed up and even a bigger laugh after they left because they purchased carnival stuffed animals and it was funny to see them stuff them in their already stuffed to the max truck.

This was the last yard sale for the summer and we had a great day at Roy’s house.

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Reap instead of Weep

Summer is on its way and we all could use some insight to summer savings. You probably do not know I am all about saving and being frugal. Here are some summer saving tips to help you.

*Start a vegetable garden and reap the fresh rewards. I think its important to have a garden that you can enjoy during the summer but also enjoy during the winter. I always plant green beans, peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes. I especially enjoy picking vegetables to freeze to have during the winter.

*Hot and Humid days are no one’s favorite type of day especially not mine. Here are some tips to help you save some money. On hot days, close your windows and close your blinds or curtains. It’s best to block the sunshine instead of letting the heat in. I prefer using insulated curtains because not only do they work but they block the heat from the sun and keep rooms comfortable. Don’t run your appliances on hot days because your appliances will work harder and they will increase your homes temperature. Keep this in mind, caves are dark and cool. Your home could be too.

*Run the air conditioner during the day but its best to use a unit that is an energy star product and you can set the temperature. Don’t forget to clean the air filters for the air conditioner; this way your appliance runs smarter not harder. The evenings are best for opening the windows unless its humid outside.

*Savings for vacations and day trips; consider checking with your local library and chamber of commerce to see if they offer any coupons or passes to places such as the aquarium, sporting events, walking tours, etc…Also check online to see if there any savings you can reap for your day trip or vacation. If you are a member of AAA you get a percentage of  savings there too just by showing your card.

*Consider packing a lunch if you are going on a day trip or to an amusement park because concession food can be very pricey.

If you have any suggestions for summer savings, please leave a comment so others can benefit too.

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The Potato Chips

Here it is Saturday late morning and my husband and I had to stop for gas before heading to Hollis, New Hampshire for a visit. We arrive at the gas station to find long lines for gas, you might of thought there was a fuel shortage? We got our fuel and continued on our path to Hollis.

The skies were dark and it was thundering, then all of sudden I jumped a mile at the sight of a lightning strike. All within the matter of minutes the rains came, the sun started to shine and thunder clouds remained in the distance. I will hope for a rainbow but no sight of a rainbow. The sun disappeared and the sky became dark and grey with lightning strikes in the distance and the loud sounds of thunder roaring as we drive to Hollis.

Finally we arrive at our destination and of course the rains were heavy and lightning was near, now I am afraid to get out of the car. My husband gets out of the car and runs to the house and I am still sitting there just waiting for the right time. So, I just got out and ran because it was lightning.

Our visit was short, its time to leave and we still have pouring rains.  Only if we had just waited a couple more minutes before leaving because the sun started to shine we wouldn’t have gotten soaking wet from the rains.

Hollis is a quaint little town not too far from the city but tucked in just far enough away you might think it was Gods country. It a serene little town with local farms, orchards, and one of everything a small town would need.

We stopped at our favorite local farm for some fresh vegetables, snack and drinks for the ride home. We found the “best” kettle cooked potato chips they were rosemary & olive oil flavored potato chips. They were so delicious we ate more than half the bag and enjoyed our favorite sodas on the ride home.

The ride home was sure an interesting one, the weather changed again but this time it was worse. The sky opened up and the rains came pouring down, hadn’t heard anything like it in a long time, then it started hailing and it was pounding on the windshield and cars started slowing down to 40 mph. The highway looked as if someone had dropped all their marbles and the skies started to clear and there it was in the distance blue skies and sunshine ahead.

By the time we reached home you might of thought we had a passing shower. The ground was barely wet and the sun was shining.

A few rosemary & olive oil potato chips are left in the bag.

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Living with the unknown

It was December of 2006 and Christmas was just a few weeks away. One Saturday afternoon my husband was in the guest bedroom with the door closed because he was wrapping Christmas presents for me.

He yells downstairs to me “Why is the ceiling fan on”? I said, I don’t know but I didn’t turn it on. Then he says, “Well I didn’t turn it on either”! Well if you can just imagine what is going through our minds.  I go upstairs to meet him in the hall and then he says ” I can’t turn off the ceiling fan, it just won’t shut off”.  Well it gets better I walked into the guest bedroom and just for giggles I tried to pull the ceiling fan drawstring to shut off the ceiling fan and it wouldn’t shut off but instead the light came on. As we all know that isn’t suppose to happen. Now we are standing there looking at each other with blank looks on our faces.

My hubby gathered all his Christmas stuff and ventured into another room to finish his wrapping.  This is the second time something weird has happened since we had moved into the house.

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