Friday, April 30, 2010

Say Hello To My Little Friend!

So this is like a double dose of my Friday Friends. Our beloved Donna Freedman has her own website now. I can't wait to see what she will come up with. I love her wit and insight. She inspires me in so many aspects of my life not just my budget. I usually don't ask for favors but if you could put a small blurb on your blog and a link, I will tell you that you have a nice rack! Unless, you are a guy and then I'll tell you.........hmmmmm.....I think of something!
Have a great weekend,
SonyaAnn

Friend's Friday!

My booger is Dhemz from My Life's Perception and Inspiration.
I really like her blog. Stop by and wish her a happy Friday!
Have a great weekend,
SonyaAnn

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Flavor to ask

We have been working on Anna's college FAFSA. I think that she is going to get about $8000 a year. That is just a guess because we haven't sat down with anyone from EIU yet. She is going to be working and we should get a tax deduction but we are still short. I'll give you all the numbers as soon as I get them. I will also try and post a complete list of everything that we buy/find for her room.
Anywho, we may end up living in a tent. We still need to "find" quite a bit of money and living in a tent is our last resort. If we do end up in tents, I plan on pitching mine as far away from my family as possible. We all need our space.
So back to my favor to ask, I'm going to try and put together and emergency meal plan. I know there are sites all over the web but I would prefer for it to come from my friends. If you have an "emergency meal" or two that you use when times get tough could you please give it to me. Email it to amommoneyandmore2@yahoo.com or leave it in the comments. I'll try them and then put it together in one post. I guess we should do 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 7 dinners. Even though, I think it would just be easier to do leftovers for lunch. I'll start with my $4.30 meal. I've got to clean today so it may take a while to answer you. Thank you.
And I bet you thought that I spelled favor wrong in the title. Get it? It's ok if you don't!
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wicked Wednesday!!

OMG!!! I think this one is my favorite!
Have a wicked Wednesday and thanks for coming to see me,
SonyaAnn

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Another Tip

This is the Freshmatic airfreshener that I keep in DJ's room. He needs it. I, of course, got this for free. Go here and snag some coupons and then wait for it to go on sale. I got it at Walgreens but I'm sure that CVS or Walmart will have it on sale soon.

When it runs out of "smelly" don't forget to snag the batteries out of.(I might be plagiarizing myself) I probably won't buy a refill for it because that is were they get ya. It always cost twice as much for the refills as it does the starter but you know this already.
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

Monday, April 26, 2010

Drunken Repair

This is the TV, DVD player, and VHS player in our bedroom. And yes, we still have VHS tapes. I'm waiting for the next "DVD player" to come out. I know they have Blu-Ray but to me that is just a DVD player tweaked and re-marketed. I'm really hoping for streaming videos to be the final one. That way you don't have to buy more stuff, and you can just store your movies in a queue. So what does this have to do with Drunken repair......(oh look a penny, ADD at its finest)........
Our DVD player has turned into dear Roger Ebert. It would only let us play certain movies. Whatever the DVD player was in the mood for is what we were allowed to watch. Player seemed to like older movies like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. (Don't even say porn, Annie Jones!) Family guy was out of the question! One day one movie would work and then the next it was off the play list.
So I looked up on line how to clean your DVD player and then operated. My cousin has a saying, "If you are going to pay a repair man make sure it is good and broke." So that was my plan. Anna walked by as I was taking it apart and something along the lines of "rest in pieces." She isn't funny at all.
So here is the problem that I ran into, we had no rubbing alcohol. I thought of Drunk Pam and pulled out the vodka. That was the point where Anna walked off to get her dad(Den's plan the night before was to crush it). Ye of little faith! I knew the vodka would work but was completely shocked when I put it all back together and it stopped being Ebert! Yes, you can clean your DVD player with vodka. And I can now add DVD repair to my resume.
If you decide to venture into the repair world and you break it just remember the bottle is already out!
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

Friday, April 23, 2010

Friend's Friday!


My booger for the day is Melissa from Mommy, the Coupon Hunter! Her site is adorable. Stop by and say Hi!
Have a great weekend,
SonyaAnn

Thursday, April 22, 2010

My Sales Pitch

I just wanted to remind you that it would be a good thing if you joined Send Earnings. And it would be even better if you used my link. It is the same as Inbox Dollars just in different colors. And I have no idea why. So if you want to click right HERE and join I will tell you how great your butt looks in your pants. Just a thought! It's free money so it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside!
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wicked Wednesday!!

This is a funny one. The last second or two is what makes it!
Thanks for stopping over for a dose of wicked,
SonyaAnn

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Grocery Total

So I'm not sure if this is much of an improvement or not. I added it all up and our grocery total for four weeks was $489.39. We have $480 allotted for the month so we went over by $9.39. We were under this before but when we changed to a healthier menu our grocery bill went threw the roof. I ordered a frugal cookbook so I may end up rewriting our monthly menu again. The only thing that I can say in my defense is that I have been chasing some of the deals around here. I've been going to Jewel, CVS, and Walgreens. I think that we will end up having a really cheap month here pretty soon because part of the $489.39 was spent on stocking up. I'll keep you posted. Oh and if you want to get some really good deals at CVS and Walgreens for to I heart CVS and I heart Wags for help. They will tell you how to "work the deals."
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

Monday, April 19, 2010

Santa's Secret!

Yay, I got another cheap present. It's a little hard to tell what it is from the picture but it is super neat. At least, I didn't say neato! This is credit card pocket light and for the huge sum of $1.49, this is going to make a great stocking stuffer for DJ. So the grand total for the year is $264.89.

Me($25)-bathset($2.30),wipes($2.11)
Den($25)-
Anna($250)-bath set($2.30),Monopoly($2.13), Eye shadow, body spray, lotion($4.85),purse ($33.23),wipes($2.11)
DJ($250)-Pictureka ($3.13), light($1.49)
Dennis($50)-
Donna($50)-
Cindy($50)-
Chris($50)-
Justin($50)-
Sheila($50)-purse($51.70)*done*
Kyle($50)-
Erica($50)-purse($44.31)*done*
Nicole($50)-purse($51.70)*done*
Chris($50)-11in1 tool($.95)
Grandpa Mott($50)-
Willie & Margie($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Emily($25)-
Aaron($25)-
Al & Phylis($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Laura($10-20)1 Snoopy($.47)bath set($2.30) , Sorry($2.13)*done*
Tom & Marsha($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Carolyn & Gene($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Jennifer & Jason($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Savannah-($10-20) 2 Snoopy dolls($.94) and puzzle ($3.03)*done*
Dee & Terry($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Bruce & Lauren($75-100)Basket & Ski Santaw/friends($1.70) jokebook($3.03)&bathset($2.30), purse($40.62)*done*
Alex($25)
Andrea & Daniel($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Daniel($40-50)
Jason($40-50)
Spencer($20-30)
Donna & Steve($10-20)-?????-I know you are reading this!
Jordan($15-20)
Bekah($15-20)
Mail Lady($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Jennifer($25)bath set($1.30)
Kristen($20)bath set($1.30)
Karate Teacher-Anna($5-10)-bath set*done*($2.40)
Betty($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Gerald & Maureen($10-20)
Juan($25)
Chio($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Martha($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Soledad($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Anna($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Gloria($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Litsy & Uritsy($20-25)
Mrs. Bauer($25)
Extra-2 card games($.48)
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

Friday, April 16, 2010

Friend's Friday!


My booger for the day Is Anything Fits a Naked Man! If nothing else, you have to stop over and check her out just because of the interesting title!
Have a great weekend!
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Drunk Pam!

I've been reading The Complete Tightwad Gazette and I love it. And you will be happy to know that I saved up my swag bucks and got it for free! I don't think that you can get anymore frugal than that.
So I read about making your own Pam. It works just the same as the regular Pam and is a lot less expensive. Just mix cheap alcohol and oil(1part alcohol to 5 parts oil). We found a tiny bottle of vodka for $.99. And the spray bottle cost $1. It's an initial investment that we can afford!
The only advise that I would give is get a squirt bottle that the stream can be adjusted. It is really thick and will come out as a stream even on the "spray" setting. Just an FYI.
The reason the label is so low is that I measured out the alcohol and then used the bottom of the label as my mark. Next time that I need to fill it with alcohol, I just need to pour it in to the bottom of the label and then fill the rest with oil. Cheap and lazy go hand in hand!
I thought that Drunk Pam sounded better than just plain old knock off Pam.
Thanks for stopping by,
SonyaAnn

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wicked Wednesday!!

OMG! Go here! I would probably start yelling at the guy with the phone! This is one of those jokes that is hilarious if it happens to someone else, not so funny if you are on the receiving end!
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Oh, Oh, Oh good tip!

After Valentine's Day, we bought a ton of clearance candy from CVS. It was 90% off. We put it in the freezer and I forgot about it but Den didn't.;) He has been hiding in the game room with a box every once in a while and not coming out until its gone. I'm sure that he would dispute that exact phrase but I'm sticking with it.
I found the evidence in the trash and decided to take it apart because I wanted to see what the music maker looked like. I was in frugal heaven. Anna is very crafty and I'm sure that she could find a way to reuse it. And if that doesn't work out, we scored a few FREE batteries. We paid $.90 for the box of candy and the batteries alone are worth more than that. So before you toss anything that makes music(like the singing cards) yank the batteries out of it!
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

Monday, April 12, 2010

I'm Loved!!

Linda from My Happy Place! sent me this picture perfect card. I'm so loved. With all of the chaos of FAFSA and everything else going on, this brightened my mood beyond belief. Thank you, Linda!
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

Santa's Secret!


It looks like blogger stuttered! But no, I bought these disinfectant wipes a while ago and once again forgot to post them. Victoria's Secret had a deal going that any purchase earned a free gift card. So I placed 4 orders and received 4 gift cards and they had free shipping! Each on of these were $2.11 so for the grand expense of $4.22, I have a few more gifts. And I think that I'm going to stuff my own stocking this year! (Why are so many of the things that I write naughty?) This is so much cheaper than my other Coach purchase! So my total for the year is $263.40.

Me($25)-bathset($2.30), wipes($2.11)
Den($25)-
Anna($250)-bath set($2.30),Monopoly($2.13), Eye shadow, body spray, lotion($4.85),purse ($33.23),wipes($2.11)
DJ($250)-Pictureka ($3.13)
Dennis($50)-
Donna($50)-
Cindy($50)-
Chris($50)-
Justin($50)-
Sheila($50)-purse($51.70)*done*
Kyle($50)-
Erica($50)-purse($44.31)*done*
Nicole($50)-purse($51.70)*done*
Chris($50)-11in1 tool($.95)
Grandpa Mott($50)-
Willie & Margie($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Emily($25)-
Aaron($25)-
Al & Phylis($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Laura($10-20)1 Snoopy($.47)bath set($2.30) , Sorry($2.13)*done*
Tom & Marsha($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Carolyn & Gene($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Jennifer & Jason($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Savannah-($10-20) 2 Snoopy dolls($.94) and puzzle ($3.03)*done*
Dee & Terry($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Bruce & Lauren($75-100)Basket & Ski Santaw/friends($1.70) jokebook($3.03)&bathset($2.30), purse($40.62)*done*
Alex($25)
Andrea & Daniel($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Daniel($40-50)
Jason($40-50)
Spencer($20-30)
Donna & Steve($10-20)-?????-I know you are reading this!
Jordan($15-20)
Bekah($15-20)
Mail Lady($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Jennifer($25)bath set($1.30)
Kristen($20)bath set($1.30)
Karate Teacher-Anna($5-10)-bath set*done*($2.40)
Betty($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Gerald & Maureen($10-20)
Juan($25)
Chio($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Martha($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Soledad($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Anna($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Gloria($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Litsy & Uritsy($20-25)
Mrs. Bauer($25)
Extra-2 card games($.48)
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

Friday, April 9, 2010

Friend's Friday!


Hello and happy Friday! Thank you so much for coming to see me! I'm way too chipper for this early! So my booger for the day is.........Sheila from knitscookscrochets! Pop on over there and say HI!
Have a great weekend,
SonyaAnn

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Santa's Secret!

Well, this is the WTF did I do part of Santa's Secret. Yup, to Hell with the budget. I couldn't help it. It was like a feeding frenzy and I got sucked up in it. The sales, oh the sales. They had a 50% off sale going and then I got another 30% off. Please forgive me, honestly I'm a little scared to post this one. Yes, I know it is my money but if I'm trying to stay on the frugal side, Coach is not the place to be. But that said, these are very extravagant gifts in my family, no one gets gifts like these so it is huge to get one. It was (cringe) $221.51 for these lovely gifts. So I'm at the wonderful total of $259.18. The only good thing I can say about this I've completely finished a few people.

Me($25)-bathset($2.30)
Den($25)-
Anna($250)-bath set($2.30),Monopoly($2.13), Eye shadow, body spray, lotion($4.85),purse ($33.23)
DJ($250)-Pictureka ($3.13)
Dennis($50)-
Donna($50)-
Cindy($50)-
Chris($50)-
Justin($50)-
Sheila($50)-purse($51.70)*done*
Kyle($50)-
Erica($50)-purse($44.31)*done*
Nicole($50)-purse($51.70)*done*
Chris($50)-11in1 tool($.95)
Grandpa Mott($50)-
Willie & Margie($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Emily($25)-
Aaron($25)-
Al & Phylis($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Laura($10-20)1 Snoopy($.47)bath set($2.30) , Sorry($2.13)*done*
Tom & Marsha($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Carolyn & Gene($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Jennifer & Jason($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Savannah-($10-20) 2 Snoopy dolls($.94) and puzzle ($3.03)*done*
Dee & Terry($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Bruce & Lauren($75-100)Basket & Ski Santaw/friends($1.70) jokebook($3.03)&bathset($2.30), purse($40.62)*done*
Alex($25)
Andrea & Daniel($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Daniel($40-50)
Jason($40-50)
Spencer($20-30)
Donna & Steve($10-20)-?????-I know you are reading this!
Jordan($15-20)
Bekah($15-20)
Mail Lady($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Jennifer($25)bath set($1.30)
Kristen($20)bath set($1.30)
Karate Teacher-Anna($5-10)-bath set*done*($2.40)
Betty($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Gerald & Maureen($10-20)
Juan($25)
Chio($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Martha($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Soledad($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Anna($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Gloria($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Litsy & Uritsy($20-25)
Mrs. Bauer($25)
Extra-2 card games($.48)
Thanks for stopping over and watching me fall from frugal grace,
SonyaAnn

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wicked Wednesday!!

Ummmmm, wow? Go here and see what you have to say about it.
Thanks for stopping by,
SonyaAnn
PS-Go back and reread all the comments from yesterdays post! They should be on wicked Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Kitchen Tip

I am the last person that you should take advise from in the kitchen, maybe the bedroom but not the kitchen. Anywho, this is more like a cleaning tip than a cooking tip. I take the recipe that I'm using or say the empty cake mix box and use it as a splatter guard. It always splatters when you first start mixing with the mixer. This saves me so much clean up time and I can always remember which one of my recipes are really good just from all the stains on it.
Have a great day,
SonyaAnn

Monday, April 5, 2010

Santa's Secret!

So, I have picked up a few more things. I got the two card games for $.48. I just couldn't pass them up. We have a Christmas game that we play and I figure even if I throw them in the "fight" pile it is worth it. Our Christmas game usually turns into a very funny yelling match. Everyone brings a few wrapped good gifts and not so good gift and we throw them in the middle of a table. There are a few dice going around and if you roll a 1 or a 6 then you get a present. When all the presents are gone from the middle, you can "steal" from other people. We usually end up fighting over one gift and it ends up being tampons or something stupid. One year it was a very well disguised plunger.
A while ago, Victoria Secrets had a deal with free shipping and with any purchase you get a gift card of at least $10. (I'm so bad about remembering to post what I bought!) So I broke up my purchases to get more cards. The first order, I had a $10 off card so I bought the eye shadow and lotion for $1.67. And the body spray was for $3.18. I think they will make some nice stocking stuffers for Anna. Honestly, I wish that I had ordered myself some. Oh well, I have plenty of time to shop for myself! So, I'm at a grand total of $37.67.

Me($25)-bathset($2.30)
Den($25)-
Anna($250)-bath set($2.30),Monopoly($2.13), Eye shadow, body spray, lotion($4.85)
DJ($250)-Pictureka ($3.13)
Dennis($50)-
Donna($50)-
Cindy($50)-
Chris($50)-
Justin($50)-
Sheila($50)-
Kyle($50)-
Erica($50)-
Nicole($50)-
Chris($50)-11in1 tool($.95)
Grandpa Mott($50)-
Willie & Margie($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Emily($25)-
Aaron($25)-
Al & Phylis($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Laura($10-20)1 Snoopy($.47)bath set($2.30) , Sorry($2.13)*done*
Tom & Marsha($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Carolyn & Gene($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Jennifer & Jason($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Savannah-($10-20) 2 Snoopy dolls($.94) and puzzle ($3.03)*done*
Dee & Terry($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Bruce & Lauren($75-100)Basket & Ski Santa w/friends($1.70) jokebook($3.03)&bathset($2.30)
Alex($25)
Andrea & Daniel($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Daniel($40-50)
Jason($40-50)
Spencer($20-30)
Donna & Steve($10-20)-?????-I know you are reading this!
Jordan($15-20)
Bekah($15-20)
Mail Lady($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Jennifer($25)bath set($1.30)
Kristen($20)bath set($1.30)
Karate Teacher-Anna($5-10)-bath set*done*($2.40)
Betty($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Gerald & Maureen($10-20)
Juan($25)
Chio($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Martha($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Soledad($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Anna($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Gloria($5-10)-Basket*done*($.06)
Litsy & Uritsy($20-25)
Mrs. Bauer($25)
Extra-2 card games($.48)
Thanks for coming to see me,
SonyaAnn

Friday, April 2, 2010

Friend's Friday

My booger for the day is Chatty Girl from Chit X Chatty Girl. She is a talker and I can appreciate that! Stop over and say Hi!
Have a great weekend and do anything that I would!
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Good Tip!

It looks like a flag, doesn't it? But no, it is one of the used Purex 3-in-1 sheets. I got a free sample. I have to say that I loved them. I did buy 2 boxes. I wouldn't normally spend that much but I had a buy1 get 1 free coupon and they were on sale. I added it Anna's college supply so I didn't try them.
When I got the free sample, I gave it a whirl. WOW, they really are great. My clothes smelled wonderful and it was fun to try something new.
As I was folding the clothes, I found the used sheet. I set it behind me on my dresser and finished the super fun task of folding and then putting the clothes away. Motherhood, a gift from God.
It still smelled wonderful. I thought about dropping it in one of the sock drawers or stuffing it in Anna's track shoes. It would be a free sachet. And Anna's shoes need all the help they can get!
The cat had been sitting next to my used sheet and it had quite a bit of cat hair on it. And the light bulb came on! I dusted the dresser with it. It picked up the dust and cat hair better than my normal duster. So don't pitch these, they work better than used dryer sheets and are sturdier.
Just a thought!
Have a great day,
SonyaAnn