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Old 12-07-2010, 01:17 PM   #6261
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Left w*rk early yesterday and went grocery shopping - saved a mere $111 (ended up spending $220) by researching which store was having sales on things on my list and had cupons for. Stocked up on coffee that was on sale in addition to non-weekly purchases (Q-tips, vitamins, etc.) Not a super-power coupon user, but pay attention somewhat! I was pleased!
I know how good that feels! I use a grocery service to point me to the deals with coupons. Saves me a bunch of time and worth the little bit of $ to me. I look forward to grocery shopping every week...just b/c I love getting deals.
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I was looking for a different way to cook a roast (new enameled cast iron dutch oven). My go to research site is google . . . . Guess I'll just use an old recipe.
Try epicurious.com
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..........I use a grocery service to point me to the deals with coupons..........
Who do you use and how much does it cost? What do they provide? Thanks.
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Cleaned out the library - donated about 50-60 professional (medical/nursing) textbooks to my local library for their fundraiser. I won't be needing them . BTW, what would retirement be without a library to visit, huh?

I did keep a few of the better textbooks just in case the Federal Gov't collapses and I need to return to work.

Practice new tennis serve technique - few buckets worth. Really nice clay courts where I live - taking up the game again. Getting ready for a few "big" matches tomorrow and Thursday a.m. - little chilly here in FLA, but still can play.

Groceries from Walmart and a few odds n' ends for the house.

Defragged the computer -
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I organized the garage. I moved paint from one cabinet to another one, and gained some floor space to be able to park a car in the garage without doing the sideways shimmy shake to get in and out of the driver's side.
Started reorganizing hand tools into drawers with inside compartments, and will start figuring out which extras (non Craftsman) can be donated.
I ran out of steam (organizing) and joined Mr Boston at the Legion for a rousing set of games of cribbage over cold beers.
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Did laundry.
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Looked up weather for next couple days (here and there).

The plumber was here 5 hours today and 1 hour yesterday.
Damage: ~$1000.
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No. Old Honda works perfectly. It has "one more year" syndrome!
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I use Coupons, Grocery Coupons - The Grocery Game - A Weekly List of the lowest-priced groceries at your local stores. It's $10 for a 2 month subscription for 1 store. Additional stores are $5 for 8 weeks. They do offer a 4 wk free trial which I did before officially signing up. I signed up with Publix and CVS.

Every week you get a list for the store(s) you sign up for. The list includes all of the deals for that week and the specifics of what coupons to use (from what insert and what week, or from an online source they provide). They have a large database and track the prices so they know when prices are hitting their lowest, so you only use your coupon with the best sale. After about 3 months of doing this, you start to see the sales repeat themselves. So you learn to stock up for about 3 months' worth of supplies and "cherry pick" what you really need, in addition to buying your basic staples every week (I still go to Walmart for certain things that are always cheaper - like milk, bread, eggs, etc.)

I keep a binder and put my coupon inserts in plastic sheets, organized by week. When I look at the list, I pick what I want, then find the coupon by date. So I only clip the coupons I need.

Basically I really like the service. I find myself buying some better brands for the same or cheaper price than the store or even Walmart brand. I'm spending less money overall and my pantry is much fuller. The main thing two things I don't like about the service is (1) sometimes the coupons they list aren't in my inserts - I've learned that not all newspapers have the exact same coupon inserts and (2) once I start my list I have to go through the whole process at once as there doesn't appear to be a way to save your list and come back to it later. That can be a real pain!
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Got a head start on my annual asset allocation spreadsheets. Tweaked it a bit as some accounts I closed out. I'll have to re-input my data at years end, but the spreadsheet is all ready for action.
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Is this my lucky day or what? I just discovered that I won $1000 in a local hospital lottery.
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Holy catz.....drinks all around!
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I"ll have dry white wine !
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Ummm...sounds good. Make that two...
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I'm having Shiraz myself. Cheers! Slainte!
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I'm all for anything that will facilitate FIRE. That's wonderful. Bottled water for me.
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I'm all for anything that will facilitate FIRE. That's wonderful. Bottled water for me.
Heck, at least have a Perrier with lime!
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Sounds great! Let's party!
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Going to Central America today to be part of a medical mission there. Back in 10 days or so. Wish me good luck !
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