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  1. I use to give my grandmother snacks.  Mostly store bought individually wrapped snacks.. snack cakes, cookies packs of various crackers (peanut butter, cheese, jalpeno cheese etc.) small bags of chips etc.  She liked the variety and didn't have to worry about something going stale.  She also got a tin of fresh baked cookies.

    Puzzle books,  books,  packs of cards & stamps, draft stoppers (long things to put along bottom of door),  videos & pictures of my kids, fuzzy socks, packs of tissues, tic tacs (she always kept them in her purse), oil of Olay,  favorite hand lotion, special lipstick she liked.  

    For my parents -- fresh baked cookies, frozen cookie dough (in individual balls ready to bake), jarred peaches my stepdad likes, summer sausage sticks & crackers, gift cards to various restaurants they like, photo books of my kids, huge pack of toilet paper (it was a joke one year but my mom liked it ? )  a big bottle of dish detergent (again a joke but she liked).  puzzle books, fuzzy socks 

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  2. Yesterday I went to a small grocery and noticed they had turkeys less than 50c a lb.  Yeah I grabbed a couple.  And some other random food stuff I needed.  

    Also stopped by walmart picked up some smaller totes.  I am doing some organizing and tired of the piles that need to be put in totes.  I bought the cheapest I could.  Spent a little money but man does that spot look better now.  Totally worth it. 


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  3. I needed to get out yesterday too.  We went to the museum (season passes) and wandered around the outside part.  It wasn't to cool and definitely wasn't crowded.  We had a good time.  Ds bought us a coke while there but no other money spent.  (I love a coke so that made me happier).

    I don't know I would want to travel to much right now but the getting rid of most of our possessions is a nice thought.  We don't use all this stuff.

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  4. GOOD points!! 

    Yes worry is a big trouble of mine.  Quiet a few things are causing me worry today (& everyday).  I just keep trying to remind myself God is watching over us and taking care of us.  

    I am also feeling overwhelmed.  The house is junky.  We have way to much stuff and I am ready to get rid of it but worry holds me back.  Some financial stuff is worrying me and Christmas is 2 months from today. 

    But today I will focus on today.  What can I do today to make things better.  Pick a spot in the house and try to make it better.

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  5. Dollar Tree

    • gift bags
    • greeting cards
    • birthday party decorations
    • balloons
    • seasonal decorations 
    • toilet bowl scrub brush
    • sponges - scrubbers 
    • dust pan on a stick
    • foil pans
    • storage containers
    • bread
    • pasta
    • snacks - chips, candy, cookies
    • bread
    • finger nail files
    • hair brushes
    • hair clips & pony tail holders - some are not as long lasting as better brands but I loose these often so no big deal to me
    • puzzle books - crossword, work search, sudoku etc.
    • a box of 3 packs of Tylenol, Excedrin & Advil (2 in a pack) 

    Sometimes you can find really nice adult coloring books but that is hit and miss.  




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  6. My problem is in the past we gave bigger gifts.  Now things have changed and we can't do that anymore and I feel guilty.  But I am making myself not feel guilty this year.  

    I am going to do what I can and hopefully find gifts that makes others happy.  And hope they know that it comes from the heart.   



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  7. 4 hours ago, hjffkj said:

    Once I posted that last post I decided to just force myself to get excited about gifts.  So I enlisted my 8 year old to sit at the computer with me and help me find gifts for the 5 kids we have to shop for, I already got something for the 6th kid. In about 15 minutes we had picked some card games, a minnie mouse picnic set, and some lego sets for them.  The total amount was $44 for 5 kids and I had gift cards from swagbucks that paid for it so $0 out of my pocket!  Now I just have mil, fil, and dh's grandmother.

    That is AWESOME

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  8. 5 minutes ago, Margaret in CO said:

    My mil gave dd a cardboard box once. Her comment, "It's a NICE box! It's useful." Right. That was the year that she spent over $500 on toys for her "real" grandchildren. And they opened them together. I received a dirty, chipped, second-hand mug. "D"mil called to ask me where HER gift was. I pointed out that she'd gotten three boxes of nice stationery, pens, and $50 of postage. "No, those were from my son, NOT from you.!" Right. Guess I didn't count. 

    WOW  just WOW that is...uh ...wrong on so many levels.

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  9. 33 minutes ago, KungFuPanda said:

    It looks better now ?

    ? LOL

    FIL and stepMIL gave ds a GIRL outfit for his 1st Christmas.  It looked like a little cheer outfit.  I had opened the present at FIL.  Looked in the box and shut the lid.  StepMIL comes over and says "it is just the cutest outfit.  He will look so cute."   Dh saw it after we got home.  He said "Hell no"  I took the outfit back and got a BOY sweatsuit.


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  10. 13 hours ago, BarbecueMom said:

    Well, I blew the "non-food/non-gas" spending out of the water.  I got so tired of looking at the stuff that didn't have storage yet that I went and bought shelving.  And I'm likely headed back tomorrow or Friday for more because "board game hoarding" is apparently a thing in our house.  I ran out of room and didn't even get to the puzzles, Pokemon (and Star Wars and World of Warcraft and Magic) cards, and RPG stuff.

    I don't think I posted my menu this week.  It's not very frugal, as I haven't been home enough to do much prep work.  I did buy some thick pork chops on sale at Aldi last week and made Budget Bytes' Apple Spice Pork Chops tonight.  They were good, but next time I think they'd taste better marinated in apple cider/hard cider, which really kicks it out of the frugal column.  DS9, who is quite the picky eater and frankly only eats parts of every single meal I make, asked for Chicken Parmesan this week after he tried and enjoyed a sample of it at Costco.  It's a mid-October miracle.  I found some chicken breasts on sale, a bag of gluten free breadcrumbs marked down to $1.50, and plan to make homemade GF pasta instead of buying the $5.50 box of GF tagliatelle at the grocery store.  So much meat this week though, ugh.

    DS10 has been walking around with a Denny's ad mailer, grousing about how we never go out to eat and the food there looks soooooo gooooood.  A local store has a deal where you buy an (overpriced) bag of breakfast sausages, you get a pound of (overpriced) bacon for free.  I was going to pass on it, but with that deal and a $2.00 rewards coupon I have, it'll end up being $3.50 for two and a half pounds of breakfast meat.  For the cost of one "Super Slam" plus tax plus tip, I can feed the entire family.  And we don't even have to put pants on to eat it!  Although we will because it's cold now and I'm not turning the heat up for people who refuse to wear pants.

    You might have spent money but making things neater in your house will give you more sanity.  That is worth money in my book.  Love that you could get the meat so cheap and will probably be able to give ds even bigger portions of your "Dennys" meal.   Bigger portions are always a plus for my guys.


    My biggest savings this week is I have stayed home ?  There were a few things we needed but I just changed the meal plan or substituted things.  

    Today I will be going to the store as much as I hate to. 

  11. My goal is to organize, write names and hopefully dates on the back of my billions of physical photos then get them in photo albums. I have some albums I want..slide pictures in with lines on the side. 

    Then finish printing and doing the same with what isn't printed yet.  

  12. Pink & Green - good luck to your ds!

    I will try to play along today.  Have already been up 2 hours and accomplished nothing.  It is rainy, cool and dark, I want to go back to bed.  Or at least stay curled under blanket and read all day.

    Need to do:

    • wake ds and get him started on school work
    • pick a kitchen cabinet and clean it out
    • clear end of dining table
    • take care of paper work


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  13. We finally got to turn off the ac.  Now I am trying to keep from turning on the heat LOL.  The temps went from HOT to very chilly.  I was hoping for several weeks between the 2 extremes of not having to use any ac or heat.   Instead of turning on heat yet I have pulled out the sweat shirts and pajama pants.   I did just turn on the infrared heater to knock the chill off.  It is rainy today and a damp cool.

    Been doing pretty good using up leftovers and stretching meals.  

    Stayed out of stores as much as possible. 

    When I did go tot store, car got hit while I was in the store.  Nope other driver didn't have insurance.  Not bad damage but still need to get it fixed. 

    Bought a new book for my kindle.  It is the next one in the series I have been reading (and bought all the previous ones).  Most all the time I borrow books or ebooks from my library but I had got the 1st book for free from Amazon.  Then after loving the book found out the library didn't have this series.  I found a deal for the next 2 books.  Used birthday or Christmas money to get others.  Then when I was caught I just bought as new ones came out.

    Started to not buy the book this time to save money but decided that $6 would make me happy was worth it.


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