Friday, June 15, 2018

It's Payday Today

Today is payday for me.  I am very happy about that.  Not sure exactly why because I am trying my best to live entirely on the hubster's pay and sock almost all of mine away into various savings accounts.  I put $$ into our emergency fund, roof fund, vacation fund and Christmas fund.  I also took out $60.00-I have a hair appointment tomorrow.  The fee plus tip will come to $50.00.  That leaves me with $10.00 for play.  Yah!

Our savings is building up, not as fast as I'd like, but building up nevertheless.  I know I will owe something from the epidural steroid injection I got last Friday.  I expect that to be around $300.00. 

This weekend we are going to see the movie-Gotti!  We are huge mob movie fans and we both hope that one is a good one.  John Travolta is playing John Gotti.

What are your plans for the weekend?  Anything exciting?

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Name my Home

So many bloggers name their homes really cute names. It got me thinking that I want to give my little home a name as well. I was thinking of either cupcake cottage or gingerbread cottage.  What do you guys think?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

We Gonna Party Like It's Your Birthday

Today my husband turned 58.  We both took the day off and pretty much just chilled.  I did have an appointment with my back surgeon but other than than we did whatever we wanted.  We started out eating breakfast at Panera, then a quick trip to Dollar Tree and Walmart.  We live large don't we?  I mean it just doesn't get more exciting than that. 

My doctor appointment was at 2 then afterwards we went to one of hubster's fave restaurants.  Village Draft House.  They are like a local version of Chili's or TGIF Fridays.  You know, they serve all kinds of food but much better than any of the chains.  After that we went for cake at Edible Art Bakery.  Oh my, their vanilla cake with vanilla icing is just so delicious.  Eating at both places kind of put us in a food coma so we came home and crashed in the den.

Tomorrow we go back to being regular joes in the workplace. 

BTW-guys Kroger is closing all of their stores in NC-I'm sad because there is one about a mile from us that we go to alot.  I will miss them.

salted caramel chocolate for the hubby

Red Velvet for me

Village Draft House

Raleigh Orthopedic where NC State athletes as well as our NHL Carolina Hurricanes go for treatment

Outside the building

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Stockpiles, Scarcity, Waste Oh My!

I've spoken about this before but is has been awhile and I thought it may be nice to revisit these topics. 

First of all this is not against stockpiles because I try my best to have a stockpile of those items that we use when they are at a good price.  Tomato products, pasta, some soups like broths and cream ofs,peanut butter, cheese, cheese and more cheese.  Bacon when it is a good deal as well as various meats.  I don't know about you but meats are much harder to find at good prices than say chicken. Bathroom tissue is also something I like to have in piles.  Nothing like finding out you need more when you NEED more, if you know what I mean.  Ahem!  But when does stockpiling become hoarding?  My version of a stockpile may look like hoarding gone wild to you or it may look like a complete lack. 

Does scarcity make us more careful in the use of our products?  If pay day isn't until the 15, which that is my next pay day, and my tube of Crest is getting woefully low I will be very careful to make sure it lasts until Friday but if I have 4 other tubes in my closet, which I do, I may continue to use more than necessary.  If I only have one roll of TP to last until Friday?  Well that could be a case of emergency.  I seem to go through that stuff like crazy.  I watched a Youtube video of this young lady's stockpile in January.  She had lots of shampoo, toothpaste etc and the camera zoomed in her TP at the base of her closet and she said she had a years worth of products.  I laughed and thought to myself there is no way those rolls of TP would last me 3 months, nevermind a year.  LOL  I mean what is wrong with me?  I bet I, myself, go through at least 2 rolls a week. 

Then this all kind of leads to the topic of waste.  How much TP am I wasting?  I'm sure more than the typical person.  Waste is prevalent in today's society.  Food waste is crazy and we have our fair share of it.  Not knowing what I have in the fridge and freezer can be costly.  Letting food go bad is not a good thing either for my wallet or environment.  Just thinking about it makes me queasy.  My church has an outreach to Uganda.  What these people do with their very little is simply amazing.  They will offer their homes to you in hospitality and you walk into a one room "hut' with a mud floor and multiple people.  Yet they have a happiness in their lack..........they don't waste because they can't afford to waste.  They appreciate every little bit and can make it last and last. 

We've been eating through our pantry to try to avoid more waste.  It has been crazy to find out what is lurking in the shadows of our pantry.  There have been items that I totally forgot were there but the hubster found it and somehow incorporated it into a recipe. Some of these recipes have been quite tasty, some not so much but at least we are using them instead of dumping them

What do you stock up on?  What would send you in a panic if you suddenly realized you were on the very last one and you didn't the money to pay for it until pay day?  Do you have a pantry?  Do you have a large pantry or like me more of an old coat closet?   How often do you rotate your pantry?

these are old pictures of my kitchen pantry

Friday, June 8, 2018

Essential Oils

Don't worry guys I won't try to sell any of you essential oils.  In fact, I don't think I can but that's beside the point.  I did some Doterra Essential Oils with the last couple of months.  I'm trying to learn how to incorporate them more into our regular life more than just mixing up some water and vinegar to make homemade cleaners.  I don't know if they will live up to all of the hype but I look forward to finding out.

Do any of you use essential oils?  If so, how do you use them?  Do you diffuse them?  Apply them topically?  What is your favorite cleaner with them?  So far I'm liking Lemon, Breathe and On Guard.

I wouldn't say they are frugal.  In fact, some of the oils are quite expensive.  I'm hoping to find some relief from insomnia and maybe immune support.

Rite Aid Frugal Score

So the Rite Aid across from our neighborhood is going out of business.  Walgreens bought out Rite Aid and they decided to close this one.  Today they everything in the store was 50% off.  We just dropped by on a whim.  We were both home since I had an cervical epidural steroid injection today and I gotta say, I'm glad we did.  Below you will see what all we got for $63.48 tax included.

This is what we got:

4 tubes of VO5 hairdressing gel stuff-I think this stuff can be used for more than just hair
a big pack of Irish Spring with Aloe
A large bottle of Eucerin
A can of Dove Deo Spray
3 packs of 2 Oral B toothbrushes
Cotton Balls
5 candy bars
A tube of Rimmel lipstick
2 packs of Nighttime Cold and Flu Relief (Rite Aid brand-each box has 48 softgels)

I'm sure there are coupon queens out there that may scoff at my deal because they could get all of this stuff cheaper but I think we did pretty good.

the tube of lipstick is in my purse

Thrifty Thursday Score!


So guys I ate totally free both for lunch and dinner yesterday.  Totally free!  You may be thinking how did you do that Lee Ann so let me explain.

First- work had a member appreciation day and well even though I am an employee I am also a member a I had a hot dog, chips and Coke free!!  And yes, before someone says this was meant only for the other members, I asked if it was for us as well.

Second-we went to an Appalachian State Football Spring Tour last night in Raleigh and the food was amazing.  Once again, totally free!!  They had barbeque sliders, all kinds of hors d'oeuvres, sweets, tea, water, beer and wine.  One of the best hors d'oeuvres where these toasted baguettes with pimento cheese, fig jam and a slice of jalapeno.  I tell ya they were delicious and they weren't miniscule.

I don't think I've had this accomplishment!!!  Yah

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image via Free Food WVU