Archives for September 2010

The Futility of (Me) Being Fashionable

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The Futility of (Me) Being Fashionable: A Tale of Why I Can't Quit the Clearance Racks

Anyone who’s known me for any length of time will easily testify to my simple, comfortable clothing style.  And I use the term “style” rather loosely.  I have never been a fashion queen, and was well in to my late teens before I even realized that fashions came in seasons.  In fact, until recent enlightenment, I thought Jimmy Choos was some kind of trendy restaurant
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Are You Using Too Much Laundry Detergent???

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Are you using too much laundry detergent?

A trick I’ve learned after doing laundry for almost twenty years?  (I know, I know, I started doing laundry when I was, like, five…  tee hee) Never go by how much the manufacture label tells you to use!  Think about it: they WANT you to use large amounts, so that you go through it faster, so you have to run out and buy more of their product.  SO, are YOU using too much laundry detergent??? [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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Yes, I Do THAT with My Zip Loc Bags

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Ziploc Bags boxOh, those handy-dandy plastic baggies!  They may not be the greenest way to take your lunch to work or school, but if you know how to STREEEETCH their lives, you can detect a shade of green on them.

First, yes, I will rinse out a plastic baggie, and turn it inside out to dry in my sink’s dish drainer.  There.  I said it.  I started doing this regularly when my daughter started drinking cows milk.  When we’re on the go, and bring a sippy cup along, I quickly learned that the milk would leak in the sippy cup (that’s a whole other can of worms I wish not to go in to right now).  So, I would stick her cup in a plastic baggie, and then stick it in the insulated lunch bag with the ice block.  (Yes, I use the insulated lunch bag we got for free at the hospital when she was born.)  It seemed so silly to toss the bag straight in to the recycling bin, and you can’t reuse as is with milk in it (ACK!); thus, I began rinsing and reusing.

I have a designated drawer for plastic baggies. Boxes with new baggies are in the same drawer.  (There are times when a new bag is simply called for!)  I always keep the reused bags separated from the new, just to be safe.

For all the (zillion) times I have used a plastic baggie lately, I have scarcely had to go out and BUY them.  I think I’ve stretched a box for over a year, easily.

This is just one way I re-use my plastic baggies.  What are some ways that YOU stretch your dollar with them?

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How to Save a Buck at Subway

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Gotcha!  I have no practical ways for saving a dollar at Subway.  Except with coupons.  ;o)

(This one’s for you, Swim Bike Mom!)

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Frozen Dinner Trays Re-purposed

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For the love of all that’s good and green, here are some crafty ways to re-purpose those frozen dinner trays, instead of tossing them straight in to the recycling bin.  (Heaven forbid they go in the regular trash!)  Just keep in mind they should NOT go through the microwave any more, and should be hand-washed or dishwasher top rack.  :o)

First, think of the different types of trays you see: some are just a plain tray, others have two or even three compartments.  And then there’s those “steamer” trays that have holes in them.

  • They make great bowl/plate hybrids for toddlers learning to use eating utensils. 
  • Use them with art projects: they can hold a good size of paint, glue, glitter, or whatever material(s) you’re using.  What about those “steamer” trays with holes in them?  Put some glitter and shake it over your preglued paper!
  • Fill ’em up with baby shampoo and dip your bubble wand in for some bubblelicious fun!
  • Sand, beach, or bath toys.  Yep, your kids will fill ’em with water and have fun…  (Especially those “steamer” trays that have holes in them!)
  • “sensory table” toys – Okay, so this is probably more for a preschool teacher, but if you have a sensory (sometimes simply called a science table) where you put rice, beans, oatmeal, or any other “touchy” substance, these little containers would be great for sifting.  (Ditto, again for the “steamer” trays with holes.)
  • drawer organizers.  Yes, drawer organizers!  Why pay big bucks for something when you can reuse something you already have!??

What are some additional ways YOU re-use your frozen dinner trays?

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Babies R Us – up to $50 in gift cards

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Did you get your post card in the mail from Babies R Us last week?  They’re running a promotion for gift cards with the purchase of select products mostly Proctor & Gamble.*  This promotion is running through October 14, 2010.

Remember to use your manufacture coupons to make these deals even sweeter, as well as a 20% off store coupon. Psst!  There was a Proctor & Gamble coupon booklet in this Sunday’s paper…  Fish it out if you need to!


First, if you buy any two Pampers value boxes of diapers (92-252 ct), you’ll get a $15 giftcard**.  The way the card is worded, you MUST buy the two boxes of Pampers in order to be eligible for the additional gift cards below.

Second, you’ll get an extra $5 in gift cards when you add any of the following to your purchase:

  • Tide laundry detergent
  • Dreft laundry detergent
  • Pampers value box of wipes
  • Pampers Extra Protection box of diapers
  • Bounty Giant White Paper Towels
  • Charmin Ultra Soft Toilet Paper
  • Pampers Easy-Up box of trainers

* – Here’s my disclaimer: I don’t think these deals are all THAT great.  However, if you already shop at BRU for whatever reason(s), or if you already have giftcard(s) to use there then by all means shop away.  I simply want to help show y’all how to perhaps maximize your savings if you choose to take advantage of this deal.  :o)

** – You must wait 6 hours after your initial purchase for the gift cards to become activated.  They expire 1/31/2011.

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Send Your Coupons to Military Families

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What in the world can you do with all those coupons you’ve saved up, are about to expire, and won’t get around to using?

Simple!  Send them to our military families overseas.  Thanks to The Krazy Coupon Lady for organizing and publicizing this, you can send your expired coupons to families on military bases overseas.  Here’s what to do:

  1. Gather up all your expired, or nearly expired, manufacture’s coupons that you won’t use;
  2. Sort them in to two categories: food and non-food;
  3. Place each in a LABELED plastic baggie (no envelopes or paperclips, please);
  4. Mail (in an envelope) to:

KCL Overseas Coupon Program
Carly Romano
11357 Visby Ave
Port Charlotte, FL 33981

Please make sure coupons are no more than 30 days past expiration date.


If you have any further questions about this program, please review KCL’s post.

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Cheap T-Shirts at Target

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What do the birds say when they fly over the clothing department at Target?

(…..wait for it……)

“Cheap!  Cheap!  Cheap!”

(You can thank my cousin for telling a similar joke to me about 25 years ago.)

But on to the deals:  When I went perusing through the clearance racks at my local Target yesterday, I saw a LOAD of cute, simple t-shirts for $2 each.  They came in an assortment of pastel-ish hues, were “slightly fitted”, and were v-necked.  I think they were intended to hit just above the hip.  However, on my five-foot frame, they came well past.

There were also plenty of other items for under five bucks: capri-type sweat pants, a mish-mash of bathing suit tops (and bottoms?  …somewhere?), a swimsuit cover/dress, really comfy running shorts (argh! if only they had pockets!), and so forth.

Bonus for skinny folks: there was an abundance of colors and selection in the XS size on clearance!  The me from 10 years ago would have been pumped — oh, where’s that DeLorean when you need it!!

On a completely unrelated matter, my sunglasses of so many years are finally kaput.  Not even superglue could bring them back to life.  :o(  In any case, I am now on the hunt for some (cheap) sunglasses.  Until then, I’ll be wearing my husband’s “pilot” sunglasses, or my spare pair, if I can find them.   But if you know where I can get a good pair for under $5, do share!  :o)

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Get a Free Sample – Kotex®

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Kotex has some great free sample packs available. There are three different “packs” from which to choose. As with most sample offers, there are sure to be some great coupons accompanying your samples. These are GREAT to keep in your purse! :o)

Get a Free Sample – Kotex®

*Sample Pack 1 includes:- 2 Kotex regular maxi pads
– 2 Kotex Fresh & Dry long liners

* Sample Pack 2 includes:
– 1 Kotex security super tampon
– 2 Kotex security regular tampons
– 2 Kotex Fresh & Dry long liners

* Sample Pack 3 includes:
– 2 Kotex® Ultra Thin Pads with Wings
– 2 Kotex® Fresh & Dry Long Liners

* Sample Pack 4 includes:
– 1 U by Kotex* CleanWear* Regular Pad
– 1 U by Kotex Barely There* Liner
– 2 U by Kotex Click* Regular Tampons

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    Free Philly Tote Bag

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    A Little Bit of Philly is running an offer for a free reusable tote bag.  You must enter your email and mailing address to be eligible.  It doesn’t specify on the site, but it’s safe to assume one free tote per household.

    I’ve seen this offer being promoted on a few other blogs, so hurry and grab yours while supplies last!  :o)

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