Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cursed Mates

We didn't start out the weekend on such a good note. Den even said that we were either cursed or the planets were out of line. He never says things like that. Every step we took, something else screwed up.
We were having a party on Saturday and we needed to cook quite a bit of it on Friday. The brake line on DJ's car was broken so he had been using my car to get to work. So I was vanless. Den had found mechanics that would come to your house through a friend of a friend sort of thing. Those sort of deals don't work out normally but the guys were awesome. The problem was all the lines were in such bad shape that all they could do was a patch job and we have to bring it to their shop. Sigh.
Someone hacked my email account and then the credit card company shut down my credit card because they thought someone hacked it. It was DJ ordering a computer. UGH. We couldn't finish one thing without something else popping up. By 10pm that night, Den was saying just give up and come to bed, maybe everything with sort itself by morning. Oh and my van is acting up and 3 different places didn't have the part that Den needed.

By Saturday morning the cloud of Hell seemed to have passed and we had a great party. It was pretty much the norm for around here. We ate a lot and drank way into the night. Someone broke a tooth, another person fell out of a chair, you know the normal stuff.

The pool was nice and inviting. See all my bitching and moaning about what a chore it is paid off for everyone else. Ok that was rude but it does feel like all I do is work on it.

Den and his best mate, Steve. Steve's mom and Aunt were over from England so whenever they have family in, we throw a party.  The running joke is we are trying to change how the world sees Americans one party at a time. I just hope that they remember it, they were "on" the whiskey.
Sunday we pretty much did nothing which was great. I cleaned up a bit, did laundry and ate leftovers.

The good news is I earned another $15 from Pinecone Research!!!! So I'm at..........................
$81         Pinecone Research
$91.25    BP
$10         Beer rebate
$12         Wine rebate
$25          MyPoints gift card-Macy's
For a total of $219.25.
So were the planets out of line for you this past weekend?
Under a ladder,
Sonya Ann

Monday, July 27, 2015

Bound and Drizzled

I found this cute little rock rope thingy when we were in the Dells. And then I saw.................
What's wrong with people? I understand that everyone up there has to make all of their money for the season in 4ish months but still this is a bit excessive. Didn't we all macrame in the 70's? I'm sure we could come up with something close for less than $47.99!!!! But it is still a little cute.
And since we are paying way too much money for things, how about $12.89 a pound for pretzel sticks? Well, it was kind of a thought.
Honestly, I will probably give these a try. Not buy them, mind you, but to make to see if they would be something to add to the Christmas platters. I just keep adding more and more things to the to do list.
So what was the craziest price that you have ever seen anyone ask for something easy to make?
Sonya Ann

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Makin' It And Savin' It Sunday

Want to make some extra cash? How about renting out your driveway? I love this idea!!! Jump over to the Penny Hoarder and read "How to make $250 a month renting out your driveway or parking space." 
I'm not in an area that anyone would want to rent from me but how about offering to rent to people with RVs? Hey, did I just come up with a new app? Would you rent out space in your yard for a month or so to an RVer?
Sonya Ann

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Blogger Spotlight!!!!!!

Yay, who is happy? I am!!! All because it is time for us to say hi to another blogger! The blogger in the spotlight is................(drumroll)..............................
A New Frame of Reference!!!!!!! SAM has a lot going on with a voluntary pay cut and trying to find way to fix the gaps without decreasing the retirement contributions and trying to find a way to scrape together a vacation. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Pop over and say hi!!!
Sonya Ann

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fabulous Friday

Have I ever told you that I save things? I also have quite the collection of picture frames. I may be on the verge of hoarding. Don't tell anyone.
Run over to buzzfeed and check out all of the upgrades that they have listed. We might have more to do!
Junk saver,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Shaking Tip

Remember all of the crappy painting that I did about a month ago? Well, something good did come out of it! No, not the twisted ankles. And by the way, I really did do some damage because my left foot still hurts. I probably should have gone in for x-rays but that would have cost money. LOL
I learned a great painting tip. You know how expensive paint covers better, well that isn't necessarily the case. Cheap paint can work just as well but it needs to be shaken first. Yup, I had the best luck with Walmart's el cheapo paint just because the girl working their said to always bring the paint in and have it shaken. So all the cans of leftover paint in the garage just bring them in and they will shake them for you. Not that I am in the mood to paint anything again real soon but I'm not ruling out the old cans of paint in the garage anymore.
Or I will just hand the paint to DJ. He seems to be good at it.
Sonya Ann
PS-Donna Freedman just told me about an AWESOME giveaway!! Bless her and her frugal heart!!!!
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Unlucky Turtle Pucks

Did you know that turtles can move pretty quick when you are trying to save them? That was a fast turtle!
I sort of have a thing for turtles. I feel so terrible when they are trying to cross the road. But not chickens, fuck them they are mean and try and chase you with their wings out. Turtles, on the other hand, are trying so hard to get to the other side and they rarely make it. So whenever possible, I jump out of the car and save them. Trust me, in this area, it is a dangerous feat at times.
Anywho, the other drivers were nice enough to stop while I tried to catch the world's fastest turtle. I saw the direction that he was trying to go and put him on that side of the road. We were in a neighborhood so it was safer to pick him up. I wouldn't advise getting out on a major road. And if you do help a turtle to the other side always help them to the side of the road that they were pointed towards. And also pick them up in the middle so that they don't scratch you. I would like to think that he was thankful for the help because he didn't hiss at all.
We hit a few garage sales after the dramatic rescue. I got this mess for $10. I figured that the movies alone were worth it because its something cheap to watch instead of renting a movie. Not that that happens very often.
I love getting "package deals" when garage saleing but then it is hard to tell you what I actually paid for an individual thing. Oh well, I know in the end that you are just happy that I got a deal.There was also a PS3 game that isn't pictured an........
these 2 blue rays. I had always wanted to try selling something at...............................
the PORN SHOP pawn shop. I got an entire $2 for the two Blue Rays. Den being ever so encouraging and supportive stated that this was a lot of work for $2. But now they have me on record, it will only take a few minutes to sell something. So all of the stuff that I got was only $8. So suck on that Dennis! 
This was the best find of the weekend though. $5 for about 25 pounds of Chlorine pucks. I normally pay about $56 for that much. We were desperate for chlorine and I always hate spending a big chunk for bleach so this was a gift. It was getting so desperate that I was dreaming about buying pool chemicals. But in my dream, I got it for free. I'm cheap even when I sleep.
Cheap chlorine is the only bargain that we will be getting around here. Den worked most of Sunday on DJ's brakes. I moved his car and the pedal went to the floor and it was leaking brake fluid everywhere. Every piece of brake line that Den replaced, cracked the old line that the new piece was attached too. In the end, the fluid all ran out and he doesn't have the tools to bleed the air from the master cylinder. Sigh, we will be paying to have someone fix it and the tow. My van is now lurching forward after every stop. Den thinks its the transmission, I think that its the fuel filter. Hey, did you know that the fuel filter is in the gas tank on Kia Sedonas? Yeah, that means that Den can't fix that either. Secretly, I think that he is happy to have someone else fix it. I hate to part with the money.
I tried to convince Den that we should just donate the car as is and take the write-off. He said that it will be worth more running. I think the time for us to be saying our last good-byes will be soon. Sad but true.
On the plus side, I got $10 from a beer rebate, $12 wine rebate, and a $25 Macy's gift card from My Points(I count gift cards as cash. It's my tally and I'll count it as I want to. ;p)
So we have..............
$66         Pinecone Research
$91.25    BP
$10         Beer rebate
$12         Wine rebate
$25          MyPoints gift card-Macy's
For a total of $204.25.
I'm thinking that I'm not going to have the money saved for Christmas. Hmmmm, maybe I can sell the white car to cover it. Any takers?
Anything exciting going on in your world?
Sonya Ann

Monday, July 20, 2015

Organized Studs

I'm in love with this!!!! It's from Houzz. They built shelving with a mirror into the wall.  It reminds me of the table that Den built in the game room. I mean if he can build one, he should be able to move the hinges on the side, add a mirror and keep me happy, right?
This is the mess that I have in my closet. I was going to put it on a cute cork-board or something but I couldn't find anything that would fit. And in the end, it would just be a mess of jewelery that would cover the cute cork-board.

During one of my Goodwill outings, I found this mirror jewelery case that was brand new for $4.99 and since Den seemed to be dragging his feet about ripping out drywall, I bought it.
It has a crack in it but I really didn't care. Plus since I didn't break it, I don't think that it will be my 7 years bad luck. Or did I just buy 7 years of misery?
Den hung it in Anna's room behind the door and I put all of the jewelery that I rarely use in it.
And this is what is left in my closet. Yeah, all I did was move the mess to Anna's room. I figure I will continue to look for something cute to hang/make for inside of my closet and then I will weed out anything that I don't use for a while from Anna's room. But I do have a full length mirror now but it likes to close so you can only see yourself while holding it. Sigh.
Sonya Ann