Saturday, March 6, 2010
spend to save? stupid tax
Case in point: Abby lost her TI 84 graphing calculator that I spent $100.00 on. If she doesn't find it, I need to buy a new one. (I did find two TI 85s at a yard sale last year for a buck each...so sweet...but the boys need them for their math. Right now, Abby is sharing, but she'll need one for college.) So, I'm looking around for the best price. I find it at Staples for $119.00 and at another site for $89.00. But I have a coupon to get a free MP4 player at Staples with a $100.00 purchase. Best deal? Guess it depends on whether or not I really need an MP4 player...or if I could find one for less than $30.00.
Mike and I went out to eat last night at Mama Mias (love that place...right now if you order online you get 15% off!) and I stuck to my 1000 calories. I only ate a few bites of bread, salad with very little dressing and half my entree...and I didn't eat a lot during the day. I do add a little to Amy's 1000 calorie a day diet; I allow myself unlimited no cal drinks and low cal veggies like lettuce, greens, cukes, onions and peppers. Anyhwho...after we ate.....
Stupid Tax:......I wanted to rent Under the Tuscan Sun, (I love Frances Mayes' writing, but I didn't like the movie). We went to Family Video and it was reported as lost so we drove to Blockbuster. (I know I should have rented it at the library...but it was closed) We stepped up to the desk and the associate says, "Have you heard about our new rental fees?" I say"no" while simultaneously thinking that this would be a good thing...maybe coming more in line with Family Video. He says,"All our videos are $5 for 5 nights." I counter, "I can't get it for 1 night/$1?" "No, Ma'am" My husband says, "That's no deal!" Associate shrugs and says nothing. I don't know what bozo came up with this markting strategy in a video world where you can rent nearly anywhere for a buck, but that will be the last Blockbuster video I rent unless they lower their prices.
I'm addin a link on the blog to some other great sites out there. You really-no matter where you live-need to check out southern savers.com Jenny does the best job at compiling weekly deals, esp. at CVS, Rite-Aid and Walgreens. I don't want to reinvent the wheel...check her out. One thing that really bugs me: the sites that charge you money won't link to sites like southernsavers that don't charge you. Crazy...I mean, I know they're trying to make money and all, but we're all in this together!!
Here's a couple of freebies: Free Arm and Hammer shaker (baking soda is one of my favorite cleaning products, so this will get used at my house): http://www.armandhammer.com/shakerpromo.aspx
Free Christmas stocking (I'm thinking ahead to Operation Christmas Child) http://sionandassociates.com/cs-sample.htm
Money out this week: $125.00. Weekly average: $98.00
Meals this week: beef stoganoff, BLTS, spaghetti, homemade pizza, chicken and veggies.