Monday, September 15, 2014
Enter the 2 tiered shelving unit that I bought off of a local Facebook tag sale site this afternoon, as I was commuting back from work. While not as wide as I'd like, it'll still provide over 2 feet of storage space for things like personal care products, the container for cotton balls and swabs, toothbrush holder and the like. Best part: $10 cash. Fits very nicely into my modest budget. Former owner is glad to declutter her home, making some cash in the process. It's a win-win situation. : )
Supper tonight: baked Pollock seasoned with lemon juice and lemon pepper, boiled red bliss potatoes, baked acorn squash with butter/maple syrup/cinnamon, French style green beans.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Out on the deck, my laundry is drying.
Corned beef and cabbage is on the menu;
Up and out early Saturday, but not before hanging a load of clothes up to air dry and setting up a Crock Pot to cook a batch of Potage St Germain, a French-Canadian pea soup for supper.
First errand: a trip over to the transfer/recycling center. Once again, I had far too much actual TRASH. Grr . .something just isn't right. I still had a ton of recycling, which is the norm for us. I asked for my recycling trash bags back, so as to reuse them until they are spent. Even with buying them at Aldi's ($5.49? box) they are expensive. $10.80-more than what I allot per month. While I anticipated a slight increase in charges, this has more than doubled. I was spending $4-$8 month for trash fees. I have noted that DS tosses things that are supposed to be recycled or composted. Time to put signs up on the trash/recycling bins that list what goes where.
Next: Shoprite. They had several things on sale, I used $7.30 in coupons as well. This is what I bought: 2 boxes each: elbow macaroni, plain ziti, ditalini (figure that I can use these both in soups as well as pasta-tuna salad), 4 4 lb bags Domino sugar, 2 boxes Bigelow tea, 4 loaves Arnold whole grain bread (50 % off and I had coupons), 2 tins bristling sardines, 3 marked down orange peppers, marked down bananas, marked down mushrooms, buttermilk, just over a lb of Deli cheese ends @ $2.79/lb (Apline lace Swiss, Provolone, Mozzarella, Colby Pepper Jack, Munster); a Deli marked down end piece of ham (for aforementioned soup), 2 bottles Loreal color care shampoo, I spent $41.12 cash.
Next: Stop and Shop: I saved $2 with coupons and an additional $2.96 in employee discounts, Here's what I got: 2 each of store brand 2 liter sodas: root beer, cola, lemon-lime; 2 boxes store brand "cheeze its," Twinings Darjiling tea, 2 bags 8 o'clock hazelnut coffee (BOGO), 4 bags Manicheviwz (sp?) egg noodles @ 88 cents-I always stock up on these around the Jewish holdiays, a crash n burn can of Maxwell House hazelnut coffee, 1 12 pack Scotts TP (on sale, plus I had a coupon to stack on it so I paid $3.99 for what normally goes for $10.69!), a crash n burn pkg 4 ct store brand Tp @ $1.59, 2 bags of red bliss potatoes @ 49/lb on marked down, 2 5 lb bags white potatoes BOGO, 2 3 lb bags yellow onions BOGO, almost 6 lbs of Gala apples @ 79/lb (local from CT-awesome deal), 12 individual yogurts, a bottle of Tropicana (store cpn), a marked down pkg of raspberry turnovers, 1 marked down loaf of Challah bread (was thinking French toast), 2 loaves Sara Lee whole grain white bread (coupon). I sent $56.60 cash.
Dollar Tree: 5 24 oz cans (these are significantly larger than the normal sized ones)-for the emergency shelf, 2 boxes Betty Crocker au gratin potatoes, 2 damp rid type gizmos for the basement (so I don't need the dehumidifier), 2 8 ct pkgs batteries, a pkg of sunflower seeds, 2 pkgs twix snack size bars. I used $1.50 in coupons (spaghettios and potatoes), spent $12.94
Aldi's: 1 take n bake pizza, 2 gallons each: apple cider and milk, 3 pkgs Danish for Sunday bfst treat, 2 qts 1/2 & 1/2, 2 large acorn squash, 2 fzn oj, 2 bags "mounds" type candies, 2 pkgs pie crusts, lb each butter and stick margarine, 2 tubs neufchatel cheese spread (then I forgot the bagels!), 5 pkgs assorted sliced cheeses for sandwiches, crackers, 2 tubs ice cream, 2 bags tortilla chips. I got a credit of 85 cents for bottle returns, spent $68.79 cash.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Some bills have arrived, at this new rental, and I am far from happy. : (
Item 1: the cable/Internet bill. I am supposed to be on a special promotion, due to moving. Great! We get to return to a better "package" for our cable, at a lower cost. When all was said and done, it was a bit lower than what I was previously paying. New bill came: not only is the monthly charge high, the charge to move the cable in the Den was NOT removed, as I was told it would be when I called to arrnage to have that fixed. Grrr!
Item 2: the electric bill: while I anticipated higher than usual bills, due to adding 2 to the home, and using the dryer to just get the overflowing laundry done, including some items that needed cleaning before storage, I can't figure out why it's more than doubled! Ack! I've already spoken with DS #1, with GF listening in at the room off the kitchen. Cooking habits are the same, laundry-we're back to limited dryer use and will soon be tweaking that even further, water is heated by an oil burner, lights are mostly CFL's-but do the 12 volt halogen landscape light use a lot?, the Xbox? all appliances, save the w/d are brand new-including a large, side by side fridge but that is even labeled energy star. Could it be the whole house fan? only one A/C window unit and it was only used a handful of nights.
What's been cooking:
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
I was exhausted last night, so I turned in early. Up this morning, I got one load washed and on the clothes horses to dry, while a load of towels washed, before I left for work. I also managed to make tonight's supper, this morning:
Another work luncheon today, I offered tortilla chips and a jar of homemade salsa; I simply was not up to preparing anything last night.
On the way home from work today, I stopped at the local ACE hardware for these:
PT today after this quick stop, then on the return trip home from there, I stopped at Price Rite: