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December 17th, 2004 at 06:47 am

I finished the scarf and donated it to the homless kids' shelter
this morning.
Finally got around to sending out the Christmas cards. I didn't have time to do it last year, and I've felt guilty ever since.
I got the cards this year for 75 cents, they are beautiful - illustrated winter scenes from New England. I love yard sales!

I made rice with that new seasoning I bought at BJs last night - and it was awesome! The rice was fluffier and felt much healthier than the storebought, and it was cheaper! Little things like rice seasoning excites me too much...

holiday charity

December 16th, 2004 at 12:10 pm

free food again today. Pasta and some cheesecake. The pasta will be tomorrow's lunch. That means I only paid for one lunch this week, which was only $1.
The game was good last night, although dinner wasn't so hot.
My husband bought 3 fleece blankets (on sale) and handed them out to homeless people. It was so nice to see their faces. It was about 18 degrees last night. Brr...

in other news, someone stole the present off of my desk at work that I was about to donate to a children's charity. It's a shelter for homeless kids and they are organizing christmas presents for everyone. I'm very bummed. Luckily, I had one more present to bring in, and I'm making a scarf that I've yet to finish up.

So many things on my to do list....


December 15th, 2004 at 09:53 am

we went to BJ's for the first time this weekend. We had been getting a free membership card in the mail for months, so we decided to give it a shot since it wasn't costing us anything.

Some items actually will save us money, some I can get for cheaper when they're on sale at the grocery store. It's a good thing I remember sale prices and what we usually pay (still haven't done my grocery price book).
We spent nearly $100, but that food will last us forever.
One great item we bought is rice flavoring. I make a meal out of flavored rice and frozen veggies usually once a week, costing about $1.10. I never pay more than 99 cents for the rice.
But, with this flavoring, I only need white rice (which I always have on hand for cheap) and a tablespoon of this flavoring.

I calculated it will save me $14 per bottle. Wahoo!

Free food

December 15th, 2004 at 09:41 am

We've had soooo much free food around the office lately. Whenever we have large meetings or training sessions, they have the event catered. There are usually leftovers which they put in the kitchen and will be thrown away if not eaten.
Lately, I've been scoring big and not having to heat up the can of soup I'd planned on eating. I've had four days in a row of free lunches.
Also, I won tickets to an NBA game tonight. We'll go out for dinner beforehand, to make a date out of it and celebrate the launching of my husband's new business. One could argue that my meal will be free considering what I saved on lunches, so I don't feel too guilty.

Dim sum and a new van.

December 10th, 2004 at 06:40 am

went out with the gals from work for dim sum, for lunch the other day. It was so cheap! You can't get a burger at nearby restaurants for the price we paid. We got a lot of food.
We're lucky to have a Chinatown nearby.

In other news...we're thinking about trading in our car for a mini-van. My husband needs something that can haul supplies, and still work as a family car. We have a garage and that's it: no space to park an extra vehicle so we cannot have a van and a car. Besides, I loathe vehicles so I'd rather not have my own.
My better half wants to buy a new van because you can get better interest rates.
This is something that I'll have to spend a month researching: it's a major deal.

sold another belt

December 8th, 2004 at 06:20 am

Only two of the belts sold. One of them sold yesterday which is great because only one sold at the craft fair. It was in a corporate office, for employees only so there wasn't a big market. My friend kept them on display in her office, so that's why the second one sold.
That means, I pulled in $18, or in other words, I made my money back. I do have several left over which I'll give to friends and my sister at Christmas.

Christmas Decorations

December 6th, 2004 at 09:29 am

So we splurged and bought $22 worth of Christmas decorations. All of them are artificial, so they will last for years to come. We bought 2 wreaths, enough fake greenery to wrap our front porch and 5 very large bows to hang with the greenery.

The house looks beautiful now. All we need is the tree! We spent $40 on a beautiful tree last year. I'm vowing not to spend more than $20 this year

Craft Fair - extra income

December 2nd, 2004 at 10:57 am

The craft fair is today. My friend is manning the table to sell my items along with several of her friends.
The trouble is, all of her friends bailed out at the last minute. And I didn't have enough time to make a ton of product to sell (belts and bags).
We're not sure if people will even come over to the table since there won't be much on it.
I'm excited - it starts in 1 hour. I hope I make a little cash for Christmas money!

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