The razors will be stocking stuffers and I'll use the M & M's to make cookies!! YUMMY!!!!!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The razors will be stocking stuffers and I'll use the M & M's to make cookies!! YUMMY!!!!!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Candle, any color
Ribbon (some you saved from Christmas last year?)
A button (or two, or three, or...)
I actually picked up the candle at Target when they had all their Christmas stuff 90% off. So it cost me 30 cents. It had a silver ribbon around it with a snowflake charm. I removed the ribbon and charm, which I used on a necklace; 2 items for the price of one! I cut a piece of ribbon long enough to wrap around the candle. I hot glued one end, then wrapped the ribbon around, folded the end under to create a clean edge, and hot glued it in place. I then took a button and hot glued it in the middle of the ribbon seam. And that's it! I had a plain white pedestal I received as a gift and placed the candle on top of that.
The great thing is, the ribbon can be easily removed and replaced with another color. So, if you change your color scheme, the season changes or it's a holiday celebration, you can swap out the ribbon to match your decor.
More ideas on the way, so if you like this one, come back and check the others out!!
So this is a new series; I hope you enjoyed the last one. The designs are simple, and can be done by yourself or with the family. I also like to use things I already have so I'm not spending more! That defeats the thriftiness of it all. But I will say, something new is nice every now and then!!
Get all your buttons and spread them out, and pick a few favorites. You won't need many (the first project only requires one button!) but it will give you a better way to save all of them!!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Please email me pictures of your "haunted houses". I will host a picture gallery, then annouce a winner. In the comments, let me know you're entering and if you enjoyed the series. Should I do more like it?? And was it fun for your children, too?? I'd love some feedback!
The prize will be announced in the next few days. I am out of town, and doing this on a time-limited computer!! Thank you everyone!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
So why do I bring all this up? No, I didn't try to use a coupon for an item I didn't have, I merely wanted to get some good deals with the coupons I DO have for the items that match them.
Let me start off by saying I NEVER have issues at CVS. I have respected the cashiers telling me "no", until I have learned the ropes, and they know that. So my transactons always go smooth as silk. Until Friday night.
I asked if I could use a Walgreens coupon from the Easy Saver on the SoBe water at CVS. The manager (in the office), yells 'NO!". We don't take ANYTHING from Walgreens. Well, considering they are RIGHT ACROSS the street, maybe you should. So I said okay, well, I have manufacturer's coupons from tearpads at Walgreens I'll use. MANUFACTURER'S coupons. Well, they say Walgreens on them, not only valid at Walgreens, just "Walgreens" printed on them. The cashier scanned them, and theywent through just fine, but wait, it says Walgreen...
So she calls over a- manager?? I don'tknow if she was the maager or not, but the lady refused my coupons. She commented, tese are copies anyway. Um, NO. I'm not committing coupon fraud over 40 cents and 3 ECBs. THEN she starts looking through my other coupons. These are are copies, too. I said, "you are allowed to take those. I verified it with CS. If they scan, they are valid. I shop here once or twice a week. the cashiers know me, and I am NOT going to risk being able to shop here for 40 cents! You have a great rewards program, and I want to be able to take advanatge of that. NOT take advantage of you." She just says, Hmmm, then gets to my Excedrin coupon and my CVS Excedrin coupon:
"You can't use these together."
"Yes, I can. One is a store coupon, and one is a manufacturer's coupon."
"Well, this one says "do not double". If you use them together, that's doubling."
(laughing on the inside). "No, that's not doubling. If you doubled that one to $4, that's doubling. The CVS one is for $3, so together they are $5. I'm stacking them, not doubling. CVS allows that."
"Well, I just don't think you can do that. And THIS one is a copy."
ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? So I said, "forget it. I'm not getting any of this stuff." I looked at the cashier, apologized for wasting her time, then looked at the "manager" and said. I have NEVER had any trouble with using coupons. I am familiar with the coupon policy here, and I follow it. I will just call customer care on Monday, and we'll get it straightened out."
Then I realized my CVS papertowel coupon was expiring the next few days. I'll be out of town, and they are FREE, so I went back inside to get them. The cashier apologized and said the other lady is from out-of-town and won't be here long. I told her I understand them being cautious, but like I said, 40 cents isn't worth it. No biggie, I'll be back!
So avoid this trouble. How? Take the following steps prior to coupon shopping...
- Be sure the item stated on the coupon is the item you are buying.
- Check the expiration date! This is a minor detail that often gets overlooked, but most registers will catch it, or the cashier will.
- Email the store you frequent and get their coupon policy. I would even print it out and keep it in your coupon binder.
- Keep transactions small, if possible, so not to overwhelm you or the cashier when using so many coupons.
- Make a list of the items you are buying, with prices and even coupon amount you are using. this comes in very handy when working up scenarios.
I knew the coupons I was using and the items I was getting matched up. I knew I was in the right. But me walking out and refusing to buy ANYTHING when I was given a hard time struck a cord with the troublesome lady. She started to back pedel, and I refused to buy anything. When I went back in to get the papertowels, I just said, I know this coupon is okay, I got it here!
And if you need help with all this coupon stuff at CVS, you'll want to visit The Thrifty Mama's site on how to shop CVS. NOW is a great time to start because she is starting from the ground up!! Take a look HERE.
Thanks for hearing my vent, and GOOD LUCK!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
1. Gather your materials: large cottonballs, 4 toothpicks for each spider, black paint, redish fingernail polish and double-sided tape.
2. Put some of the black paint on a paper plate or even a regular plate. It will wash right off (just clean it in a reasonable amount of time). Leave to dry.
3. Unroll the cotton ball.
4. Find a home for your web. Bricks work great because the cotton snags on it. If you don't have brick, use the double-sided tape to hold the web in place.
5. Break the toothpicks in half. Stick each piece in the cottonball body. Four on one side and four on the other. Using the nail polish, paint 2 eyes on the spider. Place the spider in its new home; you may need to secure it using the tape.
And there you have it! Spiders and webs. What did this cost me?? NOTHING!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
2. Cut the bag along the seams to make 2 pieces. (I didn't cut my handles off on this one, but do it as mentioned in step 1).
3. Wad the piece with the print up into a ball, trying to hide the print "inside" the wad. You will be able to see some of it, but not much. Put this in the middle of the other bag. Lay the bag over the ball, cinch at he bottom of the ball and tie one of the handles around it to hold in place.
4. With a permanent marker, draw on eyes and a mouth if you want one! Then, using fishing line or even dental floss (that you got FREE from CVS, lol), tie it to a tree limb or hang from your house. It won't take much string, only about 12".
Waterproof AND you could save them for next year!! They look great when you have several im a tree. Best thing is, you could make DOZENS of them, and it hasn't cost you anything!! BOO!
Stay tuned for the next thrifty tip on Saturday!
You can get all these answers and more by clicking on the box below. The Thrifty Mama is the queen at shopping at CVS; I bow before her, lol. When I get ready to take a trip there, I always check her site first!
Thanks to my frugal shopping, I haven't bought diapers in a long time! I know I say that a lot, but for you mamas that buy them, you know what a money saver that is!
So a take a look there, learn about: how to get things free when they have a BOGO sale and you have a BOGO coupon, getting a free $30 GC, the cool thing about ECBs, oh, and what all those abbreviations are for!!!
I blew all my ECBs last week, but on things I needed, so I'm basically starting over. I'll be following along with her, too!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I was putting away my Glade oil warmers (again), and it got me to thinking- what is everyone else doing with theirs? I have mine stacked, stored, even hanging from the ceiling in my basement! Then another thought came to mind- I should have a catchy little contest to see who has the best Glade stockpile or who can come up with the best idea to "use" these. Hence, the name! You'll be glad you bought all those Glades (or that I did)!!
To get things started, here are pics of my crazy stash. I have 36 gel warmers, 36 oil warmers, 12 Wisps, 8 oil candles, 8 oil candle refills, 4 of the 4 oz candles and 12 Fabric refreshers. Take a look!
And what's the prize you ask?? Well, since I am trying to be thrifty and helps others at it too, how about a great start or addition to your coupon collection? Your prize pack will include 50 coupons and 2 Glade gel warmers and 2 oil warmers (your choice of fragrance from what I have). Also included will be a couple of those BOGO Glade Oil warmers everyone is crazy over right now. Why do you ask?? Because it's free money!! If you don't know what I'm taking about, take a look HERE at The Thrifty Mama.
I'll be drawing a winner this Friday, and sending your prize to you on Monday!
Good Luck, and I hope you have a great time participating!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
5 Softsoap @ $4.49 ea
4 Crest Toothpaste $1.99 ea
-4 x $1/1 Softsoap (manufacturer Q)
-5 x $1/1 Softsoap ES Q
-4 x $1/1 Crest (manufacturer Q)
-4 x $1/1 Crest ES Q
Total $13.22, used GC, nothing OOP!
Earned $10 RR for Softsoap
5 Walgreens Dipes Mega Packs $5.49 (clearanced)
Less $10 RR, $3 RR, $3 RR and $3 RR
Total $4.99 on GC, nothing OOP!
I used all my Register Rewards, but I got diapers for FREE. Comes in handy when you are going through them twice as fast!!
The reason my Frugal Friday turned into a Saturday of Savings is because I started late Friday night and didn't finish until 1 a.m.!! My husband woke up enough to help me carry in my haul, I know, that was so sweet of him!! He didn't get the full impact of it all until I told him this morning how much I spent. "WHAT??!! That's great!" So, how much was all of this?? Only $16.38. Just check out the details below...
$0 OOP after ECBs & Gifcard
I received $1 off the deo, papertowels and Listerine from the coupon scanner so both were free after coupon and ECBs. I'll be taking the Well Patch back because it was the wrong one for ECBs. Also, the $1 Q for the papertowels actually took off $2!!
Friday, October 10, 2008
- Here's the materials list:
1 Wooden Disc (for the body). This can be aby size, just make sure you find a mirror to fit in the center! My disc is 6" in diameter
- Wooden Craft Circles in various sizes. These come mixed in a bag, and I only needed one bag.
- Assortment of round mirrors. Each bag is size specific. I used 14 small, 27 medium and 14 large.
- 1 Large Mirror for the body. Mine is 5' in diameter
- Wooden dowels, 1/8". The number you need will depend on the number of rays you will have. I have 16 long rays and 16 short rays. The long rays are 10" long, the short are 5" long. Multiply the length times the number of each size arms, and that will give you the over all length needed, hence the number of dowels to get. If you're a math person, you'll have no trouble figuring this out. Or just buy some dowels, they were only 9 cents, use what you need, and take the rest back!
- Wood Stain, any color. I got lucky and found this nice dark brown in the "oops" section for only $1
- Glue Gun
- Wood Glue
- Picture Claw to hang your finished piece of art
1. Cut the dowels iinto the desired lengths. Then stain ALL the wooden pieces: wooden disc for the body, the wooden circles and the dowels. Leave to dry.
2. Draw a "grid" on the back of the body to mark the position of the rays. To get placement, meaure the length around the disc, and divide it by the number of arms. Then make little marks on the back around the circle. Draw lines from one mark to it's coordinating mark on the other side (passing through the center). This will tell you where to drill the holes for the rays. Just to be sure you've done it right, arrange the precut dowels around the body, alternating between long and short. If you have 2 long or short next to each other once you're done, OOPS! There's an error somewhere. Re-do the grid in another color if needed. Make sure this is right before moving onto the next step.
3. Attach the picture claw onto the back of the body. Most of these are tacked into the back. If you don't do it now, you may ruin the piece if you have to do it once it is finished.
4. Using a drill bit, drill holes the size of the dowels around the rim of the body. Don't forget that the placement of the dowels was determined in step 2! Drill the holes in the center of the edge (if your disc is 1/2" deep, then your hole will be 1/4" from the top and bottom of the disc). Wrap a piece of masking tape around the drill bit, 1/4" from the end of the bit. Once you've drilled into the edge until the tape touches the disc's body, you know you've gone the same depth all the way around! This will keep your arms the same length!!
5. Arrange a pattern that you like along the dowels. Start with the larger size on one end, and then use the medium then the small as you get towards the other end. Once you get them arranged, hot glue the wooden discs and mirrors on the dowels. Alternate mirrors and dowels for a unique touch. Get all your dowels done, then go to the next step.
6. Put some wood glue on a paper plate or in a small holder. It won't take much!! Dip the end of the dowel into the wood glue and then slide into one of the holes you drilled into the body. It doesn't matter where you sart, but then alternate between long and short arms.
7. Lay the piece down and allow the glue to set.
8. Pick a perfect spot in your home and hang! Great job!!
Have questions?? Feel free to ask. This is my first DIY post, so I need to know if I am explaining it well. I'm happy to help!
Edit: It would have been helpful if I had included my cost on this. After all, it IS about saving! I bought all craft items from Hobby Lobby. The wooden craft circles, dowels, disc and mirrors were 50% off, due to a sale they were running. I didn't need it, but they often have a printable coupon for 40% off any regularly priced item on their website. The picture claw was something I already had, but you can get them at any hardward store. As mentioned earlier, the stain was only $1. So after supplies, I spent about $10. What a bargain! Of course, that doesn't include my time invested, and as we all moms know, that's priceless!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Pictured above (from left to right) are the Sunburst wall art from West Elm, the Raindrops mirror from Uttermost and the Raindrops mirror from Potterybarn. These are just a sample of the some of the different styles available!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
To get started, I'll tell you a little about myself and why this blog has come into creation. I graduated with a design degree and have been a buyer for a modern furniture store for almost eight years. I am a painter in my almost non-existent free time. I really enjoy thinking out of the box to decorate my house while illustrating my style, values and uniqueness throughout my home.
So why do I say "my almost non-existent free time??" Well, I am a new mother of two very adorable, no really, they are VERY adorable, identical twin boys. They were my birthday present for the year 2007, and the best present I have ever received! Motherhood has changed my life, and of course the way I decorate!
I would like to thank my husband for always encouraging me to paint, even if it is to the point of annoyance, although I'm not annoyed, actually flattered he believes in me so much. Without that, I may have put my paintbrush down a long time ago. He is always there, ready to lock me in my studio, so that my creativity never hibernates again. Thank you, love of my life.
And another thanks to the mamas that have shown me the way to being thrifty. I've developed a new creative addiction: coupon clipping. How is that creative? Well, stick around, and you'll find out.