Friday, November 30, 2012

Fabulous Friday


I wish that I had found this post on Pinterest before Thanksgiving! This would have been a cheap and easy craft for us to make.
It's totally not in English but I have faith in your translation skills. Ok just look at the pictures and pretend you know what they are saying.
If I find time in between all of the Christmas shopping and complaining maybe I will make this little gem.
Have a great weekend,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Save me!

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I bought 4 more $25 gift cards from Jewel. That transaction gave me a free $20 catalina that I will use to buy groceries.I'll take the cash I saved on groceries and add it to the Christmas fund. With the $20 catalina, I'm going to buy a few things that are through Saving Star at Jewel. That will earn me another $5 free Amazon e-card that I will use for Christmas.
I also received $4.50 in free coupons for stuff like T.P and soap for buying $100 in gift cards. I'm not adding that to this fund. Just mentioning it so you would know how uncool I am.
I bought 3 $25 gift cards to Kohl's and 1 $25 gift card to Sears. I'm not giving them out as gifts. I'm using them to buy gifts. The Sears card, Den will probably take to Sears and buy stocking stuffers for himself and DJ. I used the 3 Kohls cards to buy gifts on-line for some of the little ones on my list. I bought 3 kids tables and earned $15 in free Kohls cash.
I went to Kohls(I didn't use any gift cards that I had purchased) and bought 2 cute stuffed animals(all proceeds go to a children's fund) and 3 nail/toe polish kits. I had a $10 off $10 gift certificate that knocked that price down to $12.58.
And then I ran 2 CVS deals. Feel free to groan. First, I bought an eye-makeup kit for Anna. It started out at $4.99 but was on sale for $2.99. I got it for free with my CVS bucks. And then I bought 3 cardboard castle/space ships, a pair of earbuds, and another makeup kit. It should have cost $48.95 but I got it all for free because I used my CVS $ with some to spare, I might add.
I also got a $15 amazon code from Saving Star from some purchases a while ago. 
Just to brag a bit, I made $40 off of my $100 in gift cards from Jewel. I got the $20 catalina(that I converted to cash), $15 in Kohls cash(that I will use to buy more Christmas gifts) and $5 from savings star. And if this is all that I have to brag about my life is well, not very interesting. 
This is the money that I have earned for free...........................
American Express $25(gift card)
American Express $10 (gift card)
My Points $35 (2 gift cards)
Send Earnings $27.94
Pinecone $78
Toluna $80
Amazon E-cards/Saving Star $15
Amazon Gift card $125(won)
Bank of America-$250
BP $300
HHGregg Visa cards $469.99
Jewel $100(from buying gift cards)
For a grand total of------$1515.93
I haven't added the $15 in kohls cash or the $5 amazon e-card that I will be getting to the total yet. I'll add it when I have possession of it.
And this is what I have so far(I'm not including the stuff that I ordered online until I get it).
2 $25 Sears(paid full price)
2 $25 Macy's(paid full price)
2 $25 Olive Garden(paid full price)
2 $25 GameStop(paid full price)
2 $25 Lowes(paid full price)
2 $25 Chilis/Brinker(paid full price)
1 $10 Dominos gift card ($5)
1 $10 Papa Johns gift card($5)
1 $10 Panera gift card(free)
2 $25 Cinema gift card($12.50)
4 $25 Applebee's gift cards(full price)
3 $25 Kohls gift cards(full price)
1 $25 Barnes and Noble gift card(full price)
1 $25 American Express Card(free)
1 $10  American Express card(free)
1 $25 Bass Pro Shop Gift card(free)
4 $25 Amazon Gift Cards(I paid FULL PRICE)
2 $10 Boston Market Gift gift cards($5 each)
2 $10 Chili's gift cards(free)
1 $10 Chili's gift card($5)
1 plasma car paid $41.99 (40% off)
3 felt hats  at $1.93 each.  $5.79 for all(50% off)
2 Christmas bells at $4 each. $8 for all(50% off)
1 Shaggy D.A. DVD(free from Disney Movie Rewards worth $7.50)
1 tabletop ping pong for free(was $10 marked down to $5 used my CVS bucks to pay for it)
6 spatulas for1.92 each. $11.52 for all(70% off)
9 plates for 1.92 each. $17.28 for all(70% off)
11 cookies jars at 6.39 each. $70.29 for all(70% off)
2 stuffed animals at $5 each(full price but all proceeds go to a children's fund)
3 finger/toe nail kits at $.86 each $2.58 for all($8 each $24 for all)
1 makeup kit free with CVS $($2.99)
3 cardboard castle/spaceships free with CVS$($12.99 each)
1 earbuds free with CVS$($6.99)
1makeup kit free with CVS$($2.99)
I've spent $817.45 of my free money. I thought that it was fun to "find" the money but it is way more fun to spend it!
Run away-run away,
Sonya Ann

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wicked Wednesday

This one is a little weak even by my standards. I would have used the bottle as a weapon but hey, that's just me.
Have a wicked day,
Sonya Ann

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Spoiled Brat

This is the only picture of the old, ugly chandelier that I could find. This is from our restaurant in a box night. We haven't done this for a while. Now that the summer is over maybe we will have more time to cook and decorate. Or we could go to the casino.  The casino might win out!
This is the new chandelier. And of course, we got it on sale! I'm so much happier with the way that the house looks now. It has taken us months to get to this point. We aren't going for perfect just better. And once we started to look at it like that, decorating wasn't that hard.
The funny thing is we still don't have a new kitchen table and chairs.  DJ breaking a chair, started all this updating. Den and I laugh that we are going to redo everything else and never replace the table.
I guess I will just wait until one falls into my lap. I have been trying to take a more laid back approach to life and decorating. You know like, if something is supposed to be mine it will find its way to me or something like that. Or maybe the coupon gods will send me some kind of a coupon for an awesome table from the super posh furniture store that I have been looking at. Or better yet maybe Den and I will win at the casino and buy all new furniture for the house. Hmmmm, maybe I should just wait and see what happens.
Again, I would like to reiterate the point from a previous post, do not clean your fan or chandelier just replace it! Do I sound like a brat yet? Hmmm, maybe I will even go get my nails done then get a massage. Or perhaps spend some time lounging on the family yacht.
Back to real life,
Sonya Ann

Monday, November 26, 2012

Simple, Simple Sonya

I started to flip out a bit because it seemed no matter what I did the amount of money that I had for Christmas didn't seem to be enough. I crunched numbers, refigured and finagled. And I couldn't seem to make the money stretch far enough. I was also really upset that I would have to report to you my failure. Ummmm yeah, I was looking at an old tally sheet that I had from a few months ago. Sigh of relief.
I got another $3 from Pinecone.  And I bought $300 worth of gift cards from Jewel and got $40 in free catalinas. I used the cats to buy groceries and put the cash in the Christmas fund. (I count it as free money, I don't count it as a discount on the cards.)
And now that I am adding it all up on the right sheet of paper, here is what we have.
American Express $25(gift card)
American Express $10 (gift card)
My Points $35 (2 gift cards)
Send Earnings $27.94
Pinecone $78
Toluna $80
Amazon Gift card $125(won)
Bank of America-$250
BP $300
HHGregg Visa cards $469.99
Jewel $80(from buying gift cards)
For a grand total of------$1480.93

And this is what I have so far............................
2 $25 Sears(paid full price)
2 $25 Macy's(paid full price)
2 $25 Olive Garden(paid full price)
2 $25 GameStop(paid full price)
2 $25 Lowes(paid full price)
2 $25 Chilis/Brinker(paid full price)
1 $10 Dominos gift card ($5)
1 $10 Papa Johns gift card($5)
1 $10 Panera gift card(free)
2 $25 Cinema gift card($12.50)
4 $25 Applebee's gift cards(full price)
3 $25 Kohls gift cards(full price)
1 $25 Barnes and Noble gift card(full price)
1 $25 American Express Card(free)
1 $10  American Express card(free)
1 $25 Bass Pro Shop Gift card(free)
4 $25 Amazon Gift Cards(I paid FULL PRICE)
2 $10 Boston Market Gift gift cards($5 each)
2 $10 Chili's gift cards(free)
1 $10 Chili's gift card($5)
1 plasma car paid $41.99 (40% off)
3 felt hats  at $1.93 each.  $5.79 for all(50% off)
2 Christmas bells at $4 each. $8 for all(50% off)
1 Shaggy D.A. DVD(free from Disney Movie Rewards worth $7.50)
1 tabletop ping pong for free(was $10 marked down to $5 used my CVS bucks to pay for it)
6 spatulas for1.92 each. $11.52 for all(70% off)
9 plates for 1.92 each. $17.28 for all(70% off)
11 cookies jars at 6.39 each. $70.29 for all(70% off)

I've spent $804.87. If I had paid full price, it would have been $935.33. I'm at 13.95% savings rate on the things that I have purchased. That savings rate is pretty gross. But I'm almost alright with it.
Looking for my tally sheet,
Sonya Ann

Friday, November 23, 2012

Fabulous Friday

Since Anna is home and she loves to do crafts, I was thinking about making a bath rug out of old towels. It seems so warm and fuzzy.
Or maybe I should spend sometime shopping online. I think my first stop will be slickdeals. They seem to be in the know!
Have a happy and sane black Friday,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Turkey Day

What are you doing here on Thanksgiving? Go spend time with family or are you hiding from them? You could always clean the kitchen because it isn't like you didn't get to spend enough time in there!
Now who wants to do a few crunches with me,
Sonya Ann

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wicked Wednesday!

This is THE WORST ONE I HAVE EVER POSTED! It is so bad! Don't go there if there are kids in the room!
Don't blame me,
Sonya Ann

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Nothin'

I got nothin' for ya today. So I will ask a simple little question. I had a friend who bought me this water color print that is numbered and signed, I have had it for years and years. I stuffed it behind the dresser and forgot it. How can I find out how much it is worth?
Anyone, anyone,
Sonya Ann

Monday, November 19, 2012

Most Miserable Post To Date

This will be the post that I try and make you cry. Form a posse, hunt me down.

I got another measly $3 from Pinecone. I still need more money and I need to shop. Ugh and I need to do everything for Thanksgiving. And now I am freaking out!
Anyways, here is the mess I have........................................

American Express $25(gift card)
American Express $10 (gift card)
My Points $35 (2 gift cards)
Send Earnings $27.94
Pinecone $75
Toluna $80
Amazon Gift card $125(won)
Bank of America-$250
BP $300
HHGregg Visa cards $469.99
Jewel $40(from buying gift cards)
For a grand total of------$1437.93

And just when you thought that the boringly painful mess would stop, I will add some cleaning tips! Do you wish that you couldn't read yet? If not, just give me a little more time!
 What is the easiest way to clean a fan?

 Replace it! Tada! Well it was easy for me and quite comical. Den had to stand on the bed to put the fan up. He might have lost his footing and fell not so gracefully onto the mattress. Hey, he fell on the mattress so I was free to laugh.
We have had to live with that ugly fan for 17 years. YUCK! The good thing is we donated the old one so some one else can get sick of the damned thing.
Anyways, if you are going to clean a fan turn an old sock inside out and the nubbies will get the dust off super quick. Or take a pillow case and slide it around the entire blade. Pull it off and all the dust is in the pillow case.
I've also found a new friend in the cleaning department. Liquid dishwasher detergent! It will get grout clean, super fast. WOW, it also cleaned the laundry tub all by itself.
Well that's all the stuff that I can think of right now to make you miserable. Just give me a day or two and I'm sure that I can find something else that will make you want to never come back here!
Happy times people,
Sonya Ann

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fabulous Friday

I know what we all want to do this weekend! Eat, yup that is it for me! Well, I would like to eat Pretzel Rolls. Yum, yum, yum. So who is going to make them for me?
Have a fabulous weekend,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I'm Mean to the Boy

Maybe there is a reason that the DJ doesn't like to talk to me. I'll let you decide. Oh and to be perfectly clear, I'm all for giving blood to the blood bank or a sexy vampire.
And our conversation went a little something like this.....................
DJ-"Sign this." He pushes a paper at me.
Me-Skims it quickly and then say incredulously,"You are going to give blood?"
DJ-"Just sign it."
Me-"You got sick when you sliced your finger open and that was just a small injury. You had to go lay down!"
DJ-shaking the paper at me, "Just sign it."
Me-"Your sister gave blood twice and she was sick as a dog both times! It took the nurses 2 hours just to get her so she could stand again! And she is tougher than you."
DJ-"MOM SIGN THE PAPER!"
Me-"You do know that we have a $500 deductible on our insurance."
DJ-Giving me the stink eye, "I will be fine."
Me-"So you are willing to pass out at school?"
DJ-"MOM!!!!!"
Me-"When you see your blood going drip, drip, drip into a plastic bag you will be out cold." Side note-I am not usually this mean or blunt but it is a well known fact that any Mott will pass out at the sight of blood. Even talking about it has made a few of them sick. They are not the family to be around in a crisis. Trust me, it ain't pretty. I was talking about a broken finger once and my SIL had to lay her head on the table. And DJ is the worst one.
DJ-"I will be fine." He did look a bit pale after I said about his blood going drip, drip, drip.
Me-"Fine." I took the paper and signed it. And then to add insult to injury to show my support I said, "I will bet you $5 you get sick."
For some reason, that child just walked away disgusted with me. I will never figure that kid out. Needless to say, I owe him $5. He was so proud of himself that he didn't pass out! Maybe he will take after me and the sight of blood won't bother him anymore. Let's just pray that he doesn't take after my mouth.
Donate,
Sonya Ann

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Walk This Way

No don't walk-RUN! Yes, our dear Donna Freedman is at it again. She is having another giveaway on her site. I'm not going to enter because it wouldn't be fair to the rest of you!;p
Go here and enter!!!
Why can't I be as lucky at the casino?

Gone Crazy

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Den and I had an interesting conversation the other day and it really made me wonder if I needed to come up with another list.We were talking about all of the devastation from super storm Sandy.
We started throwing around ideas and talking about preppers.I don't think that I will ever be a prepper. I have no desire to try and find a place for 7 years worth of dried lima beans let alone everything else. But I would totally stock pile 7 years worth of toilet paper if I had a coupon. See I'm not crazy at all.
What if you were a two week prepper? What would you need to survive two weeks in your house? We have had a few really nasty storms roll through and we lost power for days. We could handle it-I had more than enough TP stored.
But what would you need to survive for two weeks? What scenarios would you prep for? Winter? Summer? Would it be more like camping in your house?
It's normally Food, Clothing, Shelter that you need. I don't think that it would be that hard to get food. But cooking it could be a problem. I pray you have clothing in your house! Shelter would be well, your house.
I think the problem would be a heat and cooking source. Also having enough water for two weeks would be hard. I know that you can treat water with bleach. Hmmm, and then there is flushing the toilets.
Ok never mind, maybe I shouldn't fly off on a tangent anymore!
I did try and find a list for something like this but all I got was info on becoming an extreme prepper. Good Lord! It was everything from alfalfa sprouts to defending yourself with a sling shot.
I think that I will just get a really good generator and pretend that that will be enough!
Feel free not to leave a comment,
Sonya Ann

Monday, November 12, 2012

Nice Package

Look how nicely wrapped his package is.
See I pull you in with the sexy man and then WHAM, right into the boring stuff. ;)
I got $250 from cashing in my Bank of America points. I also got a free $10 gift card from My Points. And I bought a $10 Dominos Gift card for $5.
I count the free gift cards in "the money I have gotten for free" category. I try and always get gift cards that I would have purchased anyways. So I see it as money I would have spent thus it was earned money. I have a money earned for free category and what I spent the free money on category! Confused-me too.8-p
So this is what we have gotten for free and from where......................
American Express $25(gift card)
American Express $10 (gift card)
My Points $35 (2 gift cards)
Send Earnings $27.94
Pinecone $72
Toluna $80
Amazon Gift card $125(won)
Bank of America-$250
BP $300
HHGregg Visa cards $469.99
Jewel $40(from buying gift cards)
For a grand total of------$1434.93
I have gathered this so far................................................................
1 $10 Dominos gift card ($5)
1 $10 Papa Johns gift card($5)
1 $10 Panera gift card(free)
2 $25 Cinema gift card($12.50)
4 $25 Applebee's gift cards(full price)
3 $25 Kohls gift cards(full price)
1 $25 Barnes and Noble gift card(full price)
1 $25 American Express Card(free)
1 $10  American Express card(free)
1 $25 Bass Pro Shop Gift card(free)
4 $25 Amazon Gift Cards(I paid FULL PRICE)
2 $10 Boston Market Gift gift cards($5 each)
2 $10 Chili's gift cards(free)
1 $10 Chili's gift card($5)
1 plasma car paid $41.99 (40% off)
3 felt hats  at $1.93 each.  $5.79 for all(50% off)
2 Christmas bells at $4 each. $8 for all(50% off)
1 Shaggy D.A. DVD(free from Disney Movie Rewards worth $7.50)
1 tabletop ping pong for free(was $10 marked down to $5 used my CVS bucks to pay for it)
6 spatulas for1.92 each. $11.52 for all(70% off)
9 plates for 1.92 each. $17.28 for all(70% off)
11 cookies jars at 6.39 each. $70.29 for all(70% off)

I've spent $504.87. If I had paid full price, it would have been $935.33. I'm at 46.02% savings rate on the things that I have purchased.
I'm sure that my savings rate is going to go down once I start shopping. And yay, I'm at that point now!
I'll keep you posted much to your dismay,
Sonya Ann

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fabulous Friday!

I'm all kinds of crappy crafty today! I think that I need to make some Moisturizing Body Butter. I really love it over at One Good Thing by Jillee.
And now a question for you, why is it I am more than willing to cook soap, lotion, whatever but I have no desire to cook FOOD? Maybe I need therapy. I did find a few really fun and yummy looking-make a dinner in a jar mixes. I would be willing to put those together and let Den cook them. Does that count as making a meal?
Have a creative weekend,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sorry About That

This is what you see when you look out our bedroom window. It's a shot of the neighbor's deck. Nothing too exciting until I get involved.
When you walk up the stairs in the hall, you see out that window. I normally keep the blind down on that window. Their dog barks non-stop when he sees us. And they never make him shut up so it is just easier to keep it closed.
Somewhere along the lines, the blind was opened. I'm sure that I did it, I just forgot.
I was late for............I can't remember. Why is it I can block that part out but not the REALLY bad stuff? So I went running, yes running, up the stairs to get changed and leave. I tore my shirt off as I bound up the stairs. Don't forget, I have really big boobs. I'm sure those things were a floppin'.
I looked out the window and there stood three generations of my neighbors. The dad, the daughter, and the granddaughter watched me rip off my shirt and saw my tits doing............... God knows what. I won't be looking them in the eyes any time soon.
I hate me,
Sonya Ann

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Quick and Painless

He's so yummy. If I knew he would be under the tree on Christmas morning, I might LOVE the holidays.
I added another $27.43 to the Christmas fund! BP is doing something different now. Instead of sending out checks in $25 increments, they just give you all that you have earned at once. I like it much better than Bank of Americas way of doing it. They make you save up until you hit a certain dollar amount to get anything and you have to hit $250 in rewards to earn 1%. Anything under that is much less! Fine, it is still free money and I have patience.
Here is what I have gotten us so far......................................
American Express $25(gift card)
American Express $10 (gift card)
My Points $25 (gift card)
Send Earnings $27.94
Pinecone $72
Toluna $80
Amazon Gift card $125(won)
BP $327.43
HHGregg Visa cards $469.99
Jewel $40(from buying gift cards)
For a grand total of------$1201.36
I think that it is time that I start shopping!
Have a great day,
Sonya Ann

Monday, November 5, 2012

My Stache

I've been buying little junky jewelery for Anna lately(I'm probably giving her lead poisoning). Every so often one of these pops up for $1 with free shipping on Amazon. It makes her happy to get a little something. She gets really excited when she comes home and there is a little pile of things I have collected for her. I miss her.
I did find an awesome wool sweater from Ireland at a garage sale for $2 for her. She loved it. She appreciates everything a lot more these days. I never thought that we would make it to "these days."
And that brings me back to my household stash. I used it up. I never thought that I would ever say that. Wow, has the price of things gone up. I was out of toothpaste, paper towels, shampoo, conditioner, hair color and TP. It was ugly.
I replenished everything but I spent $219.54 in one week on groceries and supplies.  That about killed me! I did buy some Nexxus conditioner for Anna and I. It was on sale at CVS and we never get it. EVER. Our total would have been less but my hair feels like....well....hair again.
I have my budgeting system in place so it is a no brainer when it comes to paying bills. And the nice thing is I have $100 a week for gas and $100 a week for food. If I go over in one category, I just snag a little from the other. It gives me a little leeway.
But I'm starting to think that I will have to increase our weekly budget for food/household supplies. Everything is getting a bit more expensive.
I am also slacking on our one and only bill(except the mortgage). I still have not paid off the HHGregg account. We charged $2400 for our new and much needed kitchen appliances. It is down to  $1100. I have paid down $1300 in 5 months. I had hoped to have it paid off by the end of the year. It ain't gunna happen. But I will have it paid off before the finance charges kick in. I would flog myself before I paid interest on a credit card!
I'm just tattling on me left and right today. The good thing is we have the money to pay our bills and splurge once in a while. I just find it a bit upsetting when our simple standard of living costs more. I find the increases aggravating. But I guess I'm not the only one!
Have a cheap day,
Sonya Ann

Friday, November 2, 2012

Fabulous Friday!

I feel some crafting coming on!I think my nephews need a Felt Christmas Tree and Ornaments. I found this one over at Johnny in a Dress.
Happy Weekend,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Conversation With a Teenage Boy

Shrug and grunt, that is about the extent of my conversations with the boy these days. I know that he still loves me but sometimes the only way he shows it is to fart or pretend like he is going to punch me in the arm. I'll take what I can get.
I was sitting on the bed typing away on my computer and the boy flopped down next to me. Nothing was said. It's just his way. If it had been Anna when she was almost 17, her mouth would have been complaining non-stop about someone.
So I decide to start a conversation...................................
Me-"DJ?"
DJ-Grunt(I took it for "what.")
Me-"Who do you love more, me or dad?"
DJ-Grunt(I took it as, "I'm not walking into this trap.")
Me-"Who do you love more, me or Grandma?"
DJ-Now he starts to laugh. "Well Grandma, who doesn't love her most?"
Me-Now I'm laughing(everyone loves my Mother in Law the most. She is the kindest soul I have ever met. And to be honest, I like her more than DJ)"Who do you love more, Dad or Papa?"
DJ-really laughing. "I don't like either, they pick on me!"
Me-Laughing because they really do tease him. "So you love Grandma the most out of everyone?"
DJ-Still laughing. "No, I love me the most, then Grandma."
Ahhhhh, life with a teenage boy. And by the way, that conversation was mostly sarcasm. I'm ok with him loving his Grandmother the most too. We are all lucky to have her. If you met her, she would be your favorite too.
Second fiddle,
Sonya Ann