A Life Worth Living by Nancy Buxton

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The Last Day of the Year

Crazy isn’t it how fast a year can pass?  I hate it, I don’t want to be a year older!  I don’t even want my grandkids to be a year older, I love the age they are right now.  I don’t want to get a year closer to retirement, Medicare, Social Security and . . .

Yesterday the United States Post Office called me, that’s right, ME.  I left my wallet with them. LOL  I asked if they would keep it until today and I would pick it up.

Today I stopped at the fabric store and told them I was just coming from the post office where I had picked up my wallet.  I purchased my fabric, focused on my credit card because I sure didn’t want to leave it at the store.  Got home and. . .you guessed it, they forgot to give me the credit card and I forgot to focus.  I asked them if they would keep it until tomorrow and I would pick it up.

Now I have not told my man about all of this, I am afraid he will take my car keys away thinking I might forget my car, or where I live or even worse my name.  However, when I told my friend about all of this she was relieved because she does stuff like this all the time.  We both found comfort in knowing it may be a common thing for women like us.

Have you thought about 2010?  Are you going to make any changes? I will have some suggestions for you tomorrow.

Baby Cakes. . .

 

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This is my new cookbook!  It is vegan and uses some odd ingredients but healthy ones.  I can’t wait to bake something, but who’s going to eat it? Speaking of eat, I weighed in today down 1/2 pound, 33 pounds in all.  I’m headed to the Red Clover in a few minutes just to get some ingredients.

LOL I am back from my shopping and I left $89 behind at the store.  Red Clover has good prices but mercy this natural stuff is expensive.  I am leaving town I think I will make a surprise for my man and put it in the freezer.

I wonder, did I need another cookbook when I have all of these?

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I would guess  an extravagance like this will be out of the question when I am fully on the Dave Ramsey plan.  Looking at the bright side, I had the money to pay for it I didn’t have to charge it.  Oh mercy, this Dave Ramsey thing may not be very fun.

Still Another L.O.L

You already know I love a bargain and yesterday was a great day for a good bargain.  Before I left home, I knew I was  about to enter the doors of Walgreen’s or CVS, I could feel the excitement building.  I don’t have a Spiritual application from this except I wish I had this same feeling when it is time to sit down and open my Bible.  I am going to pray about that.

Here is what I brought yesterday at Walgreen’s: Rembrandt Toothpaste, $5.99  and received a $6.00 Register Reward (same as cash but has to be used at Walgreen’s), Bayer Quick Release Crystals, $2.49 and I had a $1.00 coupon that I found on the display at the store, I got $2.50 back in RR’s (Register Rewards), Ecotrin 81mg, 45 count, $2.00 and I got back $2.00 in RR’s.  Get this, when I opened the box there was a $2.00 coupon on the inside so when I take this to the store I will make $2.00 on my Ecotrin deal.  Nivea Body Wash, $4.99, I had a $1.00 coupon and got back $5.00 so I made $1.01.  I had a lot of RR’s from last week so I paid very little out of pocket and I have all of these products and  lots of RR’s to spend.  I must warn you don’t use the RR’s on the same item, you won’t get another.  In other words, don’t use your $2.00 from Ecotrin to buy another Ecotrin, use it to buy Bayers.  I must also add, always be honest, if the  advertisement  says one per person that means you can only buy one–that’s it only one. 

I have given many items away either to friends or to The Good Neighbor Center or to Bags of Love.  This is a fun hobby that helps me and helps others too.

Another L O L

Okay, I just love the excitement of spending very little money and getting fun things at the store.

Today I went to Walgreen’s and bought some Shimmering Lip Gloss paying $1.99 plus tax, I handed over a Register Reward I had gotten by purchasing a package of Scunci hair bands, I only paid a few cents for the tax.  Then I noticed the Colgate MaxWhite Toothbrushes for $3.49, I had a .75 coupon and $2.00 Register Reward from the lip gloss and got back $3.49 in Register Rewards, I actually made a little on this transaction, and to think I use to pay full price for a toothbrush.

My day consisted of teaching piano lessons, praying for my family and a special friend and picking up a few bargains.  I have yet to open my Bible and that makes me remember studying my Bible is best done the very first thing in the morning.

Have I Told You?

I know I haven’t told you that I am a. . .well, a. . .a… a… a bargain hunter.  I love a good deal.  I clip coupons and I use them.  I even file my coupons and I have stacks of them.  I have been known to dig through the recycling bin to find just the right coupon.  It is a little embarrassing when someone recognizes me.  On day a lady even expressed her sympathy for my having to do this because of the economy.  I didn’t tell her I don’t HAVE to do it, I like to do it, any way I don’t have to yet. If I worked for AIG and got one of their fat bonuses I would never have to do it.

Here it is, right here in print, I am a CVS and Walgreen’s junkie!  I find really great buys at both of these stores combining my coupons and the weekly specials.

I want to give you some ideas on how to save money at the grocery store, here goes:

1.  Look at the weekly ads online or in the newspaper before you go to the store.  This way you can match your clipped coupons with the specials.

2.  Combine online printable and clipped coupons with specials.  There are even bloggers who blog what special and what coupon works best.

3.  This is a hard one for me!  Make a meal plan.  Start by going through your cupboards and fridge to know what you have on hand.  You do save money by using everything you have and not throwing away any thing.

4.  Another hard one.  Shop at several stores.  Each store has good deals try taking advantage of each special, if it is not miles out of the way.

5.  Don’t impulse buy.  If you make a list you will know exactly what you need and don’t buy any thing more.  Make it a game.

6.  Watch your sizes!  The price is broken down by price per unit sometimes the larger size is the best buy but not always.

I wish I would have been more frugal years ago, we would have a little more savings but live and learn.  Actually, I believe it is my responsibility to take care of the money God has given me. Dave Ramsay has a saying, “live like know one else today so you can live like know one else later.”  You see giving back is the fun thing about having a little extra money.   Oh I feel another blog subject coming on.  I think it will be called living without debt

 

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