Creative Celebration Ideas (x-post)

Help! Tomorrow is my last day at a job I hate, and then I’m off to school to follow my dreams at Notre Dame, and I want to CELEBRATE.

In the past, we’ve always celebrated things like this with a nice dinner out, but I don’t want to do that this time for a couple of reasons. First, I’m coming to realize that I am a very emotional eater, and even though this is a positive emotion, I’m trying to break myself of this pattern.

Second, now that we’re trying to be more frugal, that doesn’t seem like such a great choice. It’s not even that I would mind spending $30 on our celebration, but I want to get more out of my $30 than a meal I could cook at home for $5. We have no children, so it’s just the two of us. Anyone got any creative ideas??

The coupons I mentioned

The coupons I mentioned for getting free tokens at smartsource.com was much earlier this summer and expired at the end of July. But, I’m sure later in the year it might come back or you’ll find other specials that your family could use.

I saw the large pizza and free tokens coupon at the chuckie cheese site a few weeks ago and that offer was good until the end of August. I’ve seen one for june and july so I figured it automatically changed with the calendar. I don’t remember the exact area I accessed the coupon so when I get time later, I’ll try to find the exact thing to mouse click.

I know you may not be visiting good old Chuckie for awhile

I know you may not be visiting good old Chuckie for awhile, but my local ones are very watchful about making sure the hand stamps match when we leave with the ultra violet light. So I would complain via the web or a quick letter to your local place. I think management would be very interested in keeping customers, and might even throw in a good coupon to boot. I’ve done at least a thousand corporate audits or “mystery shops” in the last 15 years. I’ve seen big changes made as a result of my reports at some locations especially when it’s a failure in safety standards.

I’ve done this on my own through the years when it’s not “work” related, and gotten incentives to keep me a good customer. I think there’s even been a thread on this from the old creative budget forum with rude grocery store checkout personnel. I make chuckie visits less expensive by using internet coupons from the website – large pizza and free tokens. The coupons in the newspaper circulars aren’t really all that great. From the same newspaper I found out there were a lot companies ready to help you get a loan if you need $500 fast.

My kids’ report cards (even the kindergartner!) got at least 15 tokens and free movie rentals at Blockbuster. (the blockbuster mention was not affiliated in any way with Chuckie – just a head’s up on what other company’s offer as a reward for good grades). I got buy $10 worth of tokens, get $10 free.

The same offer showed up for 2-3 weeks so I got 5 coupons. I handed them out to internet-less friends, and used two coupons myself. Of course I didn’t let the kids splurge and use all the tokens in one sitting – this will last us 3 visits from summer to xmas vacation.

I saw that but i am too neurotic a Mom

I saw that but i am too neurotic a Mom to leave my kids there even if my 12 yo son was there with the younger ones – just too many wackos in the world- and i don’t even trust them if they stamp your hand give matching name bands etc. cause they do that when ya walk n at our Chuck e cheese but they never really ck it when ya walk out anyhow i spent a total of 50$ ( GASP ) on storage thing that i can put together and put Rubbermaid bins under so each kids will get their own bin for backpack lunches etc and they can put their shoes on the shelf

Also a sifter a few kitchen stuff dd a new lampshade and a cool nightlite they were out of my chairs – wahhhhh but they are due to get more in so we may have to head up there again in the next two weeks or so – we are going up to take the three oldest to my Mom for a few days – and its on teh way to my mom’s on 8/20 so we may pick them up then so i am still hanging on to my coupon LOL!!!

Kids and frugality

I wanted to tell you the conversation I heard yesterday between my soon to be 13 year old DD and her one of her best friends. The girls had been at a sleepover and I had picked them up at 11. Since it was in the direction of the salvage store I go to I decided to go there and take the girls along.

We were in the aisle that has air fresheners, Lysol spray, furniture polish, etc. I heard Kristen (DD’s friend) say to Mandy (my DD) “Some of these cans don’t have lids on them”. My DD responded ” No, they don’t but they’re a lot cheaper and we just save lids so we put a lid on at home”. I thought it was really cute!

The cans that don’t have lids are usually 25 to 75 cents depending on what it is. I have saved several types of caps/sprayers/lids in a basket under my kitchen sink so I usually have one to fit any can we buy. I love it when I see evidence of frugality being passed on to my kids !

A computer for free sounds like a can’t-lose deal

A computer for free sounds like a can’t-lose deal, but I would be cautious (you know what they say about something that sounds too good to be true). My advice is to be sure and read that fine print on the contract. Three years is a long time and they obviously want to lock people n for a reason. Get some word of mouth opinions about the provider (beyond the salesman, I mean). You don’t want to always get a busy signal or get dumped every few minutes, requiring a call-back so that you have 3 years of frustration and not enjoyment. You don’t want to get stuck with a provider that is ridiculously slow or always covered in advertising or has a lot of hidden charges. We tried a month of “free” compuserve once and in just a couple of days we had racked up $30 or $40 in hidden charges – thank heavens we checked our account so we didn’t get an even worse surprise at the end of the month.

Make sure they can’t raise the monthly price on you for any reason, and also figure out how much 3 years of that service is going to cost you, and compare it to rates of other providers. If they’re charging you $50/month for the contract and you could have hooked up with another provider for $15/month, that’s $1800 versus $540 at the end of 3 years. Is the computer they are offering free really worth the $1300 it costs in added provider charges? Maybe you could get a better computer for $1300 and choose your own provider.

Of course this is all hypothetical because I don’t know what the real numbers are and I’m no computer guru so I’m talking over my head, anyway. I just know that my dh has looked at these sorts of ads in the past and figured that they really weren’t a very good deal. But that was in the past, and numbers could change. It might be a good deal, once you crunch the numbers and shop around.

I need a JC Penney Discount/coupon

Does anyone know how I can save some money at J C Penney’s?

I have to pick up my Reunion dress that cost $132.00 on Friday.

I am fairly new at finding the great deals on the net, so if any one knows how I may save some money on this it would be greatly appreciated.

If I can save a few bucks then maybe I could actually buy a matching pair of shoes to go with it. Lol! Boy I had no idea how much money these things cost! I have my 20 year High School Reunion next week and I finally found a dress today! I guess I work better under pressure, it only took me 4 1/2 hours, maybe 50 dresses later to come to a decision. lol.

Thanks for any help you could offer!

Todays thrift store deal

Well, I am so excited !! I had this “urge” to go to the thrift store all day but I was ignoring it trying not to go shopping – plus the kids didn’t feel like going – so I just ignored the urge – until DH came home that is LOL!!

Just a general need to get out of the house and that nagging urge to go to the thrift store – and i figured that going to the thrift store would be cheap at least too plus i am a firm believer that as Oprah once said that “intuition is God whispering in you ear !! ”

Today was 1/2 price on the peach colored tags and 25c each for the green tags – well my urges or intuition had me hit some great deals- here is what i got for 25 c each:

  • 6 baby towels ( 1 a baby Dior)
  • 2 light wt baby blankets and 5 cloth diapers i plan to cut up into what will become homemade baby wipes
  • 2 crib sheets
  • and a round play mat that has different activities on it

than for 1.00 i got a womans XL ankle length floral print flannel nightgown – i figured i could use the material to make the American girl doll PJ’s i got a pattern for for 99c at Joann’s yesterday- in fact there would probably be enough for a few pairs

oh and for $2 my 9 yo got a pair of athletic snap pants that will be good to wear when she is going to cheer-leading practice to wear over her shorts when its cool out

Than I was talking to my Mom today about the deal I got on the crib and she said she would buy us the crib mattress – of course I will still keep my eye out for the best deal for that too !!

A good day

Thanks to Debbi for posting the Penney’s $10 off $10 coupon. We got ours today. We are going to be in Ocean City on the 13th but hopefully there is a Penney’s nearby. Does anyone here live near OC, MD ?

Also got my $25 g/c to Applebees from a 1-800 gift certificates ( I think this was earned through something), and the VERY nice picnic backpack from the Nissan test-drive. DH didn’t even test-drive the Nissan. The salesperson asked if he was interested and DH said no and they just signed the paper.

LOL ! It’s very nice with service for 4 in one part and a cooler section in the back part. Very nice gift !

Also our valu-pak came today. It always has B1G1F for the video store, ice cream place, mini-golf place, and a coupon for the Christian book store for another 20% off clearance stuff. Those carpet samples came too. Debbi I don’t think you can use them in your dollhouse unless it’s VERY small ! LOL There is cardboard sample board with 15 color squares that are about 2 inches square and the other side has 2 pieces (different thicknesses) that are about 5 inches by 7 inches. Not sure what I’m going to do with these.

Ideas anyone ?

I never knew for sure

I never knew for sure that Old Navy was in the same retail family as the Gap, but my old navy store was put in the Gap outlet I loved to shop in. The old navy store is 5 times larger because it took over other vacant stores – but there are still some days I “crave” for the clearances at the Gap.

FYI: Sarah in OH – I live in a suburb of Cleveland – so I’m northeastern OH.

Last summer when my family signed on the Net, I was in an international chat room for mothers and talking about what we were going to make for dinner. I mentioned it was pizza delivery night, and couldn’t decide which place to call because we have some many family and corporate franchise pizzerias around. Turns out someone from NE OH was in the same chat area, and privately emailed to correctly guess which Cleveland suburb.