Monday, September 30, 2013

Christmas Minions?

She has a nice butt for a cartoon.
I got an exciting $20.20 from BP. And I really need to start shopping already. I have a few things here and there. Oh, oh, oh look what I got for Anna's best friend.
Isn't that adorable?!?!?!?! It's a minion hat. And no I didn't make it. I ordered it.
Ok, back to the number crunching....................

$241.25   BP
$5            free check from magazines.com
$84          Pinecone research(surveys)
$75          Energy Plus(electricity rebate)
$160        Jewel(bonus for buying gift cards)
$13.20     Bank of America Add it up(Like Mr.Rebates/My Points)
$15          AutoZone rebate/visa card
$5            Amazon E-card from Recycle Bank
$8.40       Star Savings(Like My Points/Mr. Rebates)
$125        Golf $$$$$$ Den won

$731.85  for Christmas 2013. And that's all I got for this lovely Monday!
Have a great week,
Sonya Ann



Friday, September 27, 2013

Fabulous Friday

This would be an awesome gift for my nephews. I would be the greatest Aunt ever if I made this!!! I think I will enlist the entire family in this project!
Off to find a craft store coupon,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Really the Meanest Mom EVER

DJ still works weekends at 6 Flags. I tease him all the time that when he finishes college, at least, he will have a job waiting for him.
DJ lost his wallet at work during the Gay Pride event. Luckily, someone turned it in. Everything was still in there. He is a lucky boy!!!! I told him a gay man probably looked in his wallet and said, "Well he's obviously broke, ugly(Let me Splain-DJ is a cute boy and I love him. By gay man standards, well, he is a train wreck! I'm just keeping it honest) and straight. Give the poor thing his wallet back, he doesn't have a chance in this life!" Yes, I'm sure that is what he said and word for word.
Don't fret, DJ-the boy who never smiles-laughed really hard at this joke.
Mean or Funny,
Sonya Ann


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

WIcked Wednesday

I could watch these all day long!!
Every once in a while I do something stupid. You never would have guessed that one, would you? I asked Den one day if he had seen such and such commercial. He said, ummm no I haven't seen any commercials or TV for that matter for a long time. Oh yeah, I canceled satellite.
Meany,
Sonya Ann

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Christmas Question

I'm still behind on my Christmas stash. Ahhhh well, there are worse things in this world.
The good news is Den won $125 at a golf tournament. He handed the money over without question. Bless him and his straight swing.
So here is the tally................

$221.05   BP
$5            free check from magazines.com
$84          Pinecone research(surveys)
$75          Energy Plus(electricity rebate)
$160        Jewel(bonus for buying gift cards)
$13.20     Bank of America Add it up(Like Mr.Rebates/My Points)
$15          AutoZone rebate/visa card
$5            Amazon E-card from Recycle Bank
$8.40       Star Savings(Like My Points/Mr. Rebates)
$125        Golf $$$$$$ Den won

$706.65  for Christmas 2013.

Now for a short story and the question. I'm a Swagbucks lover. I have been holding my points for sometime. I decided this year instead of sending some of the family members actual gifts, I was just going to include a Restaurant.com gift card in their Christmas cards and be done with it. I really am working towards making the holidays less stressful. Round of applause for me. 
A $25 restaurant.com gift card usually goes for $10 but you can get a $25 restaurant.com e-card(I will just print it out) for 400 points. I figure that I will need about 15ish gift cards/e-cards. I have 4 on the way. Now for the question(bet you thought that I would never get to it!), I think this should count as money on my little tally up above but I have no idea how to come to a fair price. It isn't a real gift card. It's more of a discount code really. But it is subtracting something from my gift list. Any ideas because I know you have nothing better to do than ponder this stupid question! 
Little shit,
Sonya Ann

Monday, September 23, 2013

Summers Done

I hate this time of year. You get to watch everything die. Boo! The only thing that makes this almost bearable is that Halloween is right around the corner. Yup, that's all I got.
My cucumbers did terrible. I guess I can't complain, it was a $.10 packet of seeds. And I managed to get about 7 oddly shaped cukes out of it. I'm putting this in the win category but just barely. 
This was the biggest one of the bunch. Den said they looked like water balloons that weren't inflated all of the way. Look, it was edible!
I rocked the tomatoes though. That completely makes up for the odd cucumbers.
It seems I have one bad thing after another happen in the yard. And to be completely honest, it is usually my fault. This picture is a bit hard to make out but I'll tattle on myself. This is right next to the deck on the pool. There is a little walk-way, then a bit of grass and then pea-gravel under the deck. Well, that used to be how it was and then I got involved. We have a terrible time with weeds in the gravel. It has been a fight ever since we have moved here. 20 years they have been my arch enemy. I bought this super-all destroying-weeds tremble in fear-weed killer. And it did nothing. NOTHING! In fact, the weeds seemed to be a bit perkier after I shot them with the weed killer. I waited a couple of days and really went after them. Then it rained and still nothing. I waited about a week and then let the sons a bitches have it. My wrath had never been seen before. Please, don't point out that I could have saved a ton of time and pulled them. I drenched the bastards. And then something happened. I killed ALL of the weeds. My destruction soon spread-literally! I killed all of the surrounding grass and left dead foot prints all over the yard. Damn. I will be raking a lot next Spring.
And this is a tarp. On a pool. By a deck. I knew you were that bored.
Done,
Sonya Ann


Friday, September 20, 2013

Fabulous Friday

Seriously y'all, we need to do this! No kidding around-this is a new must. It isn't a want, it is our newest need. I figure we need three for our house. The problem is these suckers aren't cheap!
Searching for bones,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Proof I'm the Mean Mom

I'm so lucky to have my best friend Donna. She and I are almost the same person. Except, she is nicer than I am and she has an adorable English accent. Donna and her family came here when our sons were in 3rd grade. DJ was the first friend that her son made. They haven't been able to get rid of us since!
Our sons are in a lot of the same classes. I'm proud of them both. The school sends out emails on upcoming tests and just about everything else that is going on. Donna makes sure to keep me informed because sometimes I miss a thing or two. She is adorable.
Anywho, we had the EXACT same conversation with out sons just a few days apart. LOL!!!!! She was ragging on encouraging her son to study for an upcoming test. His response was he couldn't wait to go away to college to get away from the nagging. He planned to go as far away as possible. Donna suggested that he go to the university of Alaska.
I, also, yelled encouraged DJ to study. His response was the same-he couldn't wait to leave for college to get away from me and he was going as far as possible. I suggested Iraq.
The mean one,
Sonya Ann
 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Lick My Face

I'm having some problems. Haha, not that I have ever said that before. I now have pimples and wrinkles. Seriously, WHY?!?!?!?! My face keeps breaking out bad. This isn't fair AT ALL! Dear Sonya's body-PICK ONE!
This is the first time in my life that I have ever had to deal with zits at this level. My forehead is covered. I really hope that I am just reverting back to my teenage skin. Not my teenage ways.  I never had any problems while I was in high school. I knew, even back then, I was lucky when it came to clear skin.
Poor Anna was not so lucky. She always had pimple problems. We tried everything and bought everything we could. We held them at bay but never won the war.
The last time I saw Anna her skin was flawless. In fact, it glowed and I noticed it from across the room. She found the answer. She mixes a smidge of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon and rubs it on her face.
I have been washing my face with a good soap and water and then steaming my face. I rub the sticky goodness on my face and leave it sit for about an hour. Word to the wise, pull your hair back and stay away from the kitten.
I could tell a difference after the first time that I used it. I glowed a bit. I'll report back after a few weeks.
Cat treat,
Sonya Ann

Monday, September 16, 2013

Shoot My Foot

I like to consider myself levelheaded. Don't mess with my kids or my money and I'm kind and rational. Well, I would like to think that I come across as kind and rational. I'm sure the people that I live with would say the exact opposite about me.
Remember the insurance mess that I had? Recap-I cancelled the car insurance with Progressive and went with Geico cuz it was half the price. See, I didn't need to link to it.
We decided to keep Progressive for the home owners not the car insurance. Anywho, our mortgage company paid Progressive for our home owners insurance.
I received a letter from Progressive asking me to call and to discuss our home owners insurance for 2014 and it was a receipt for the 2013 bill that was paid.
And that is where it all went south. I won't say they were rude just short after they found out that I cancelled the car insurance. The woman that I was talking too informed me that I would no longer be getting a      multi-policy discount.  They had already raised the premium $100 a year and now wanted another $82. She took the "I'm going to punish you" tone about the entire thing. What set me off was when she said, "we reserve the right to up your premiums at anytime." I asked for a manager and wasn't my normal pleasant self after that point. The manager had the same attitude. Even though I was holding the receipt in my hand that the bill was paid, it didn't matter. They could charge more at will. I may or may not have called them knee-cappers and told them I reserve the right to cancel my coverage at anytime. HA HA, you think you are going to screw me over-hell no! I will see your screwing me over, up the ante and do worse to myself! HA!
Sigh, I cancelled my home owners. I did have enough sense to give myself a few weeks to find another policy. In the end, I called Geico and started a policy with them.
Needless to say, Den did not think it was funny that I had a fit and cancelled the home owners insurance. I told him, I would fix it. He gave me the "I'm not convinced look." Everything is finally sorted, I think.
In the end, my tantrum saved us $72 off of our home owners insurance and we earned another 3% off of our car insurance for a multi-policy discount. It looks like we will save $63 off of the car insurance. My snit fit saved use $135!
 Maybe I should have fits more often? Our bottom line might be better off but maybe not my marriage.
Foot shooter,
Sonya Ann

Friday, September 13, 2013

Fabulous Friday

This looks like an awesome project and would be adorable in a little girl's closet or even my closet. I found this on Pinterest but it didn't have a link. But I think even I could figure this one out! Hmmmm. I'm thinking Anna and I have a new project.
Have a great weekend,
Sonya-can't sew-Ann

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sugar Me Clean

I'm a dirty girl lately. I have been cleaning up the yard, helping Den with the cars(no really, I go out there and help), and closing up the pool. Needless to say, my hands are a grimy mess. It was so bad one day that soap wasn't cutting it. I don't like using the Lava soap that Den insists on having. It is stinky and it tears my skin up. And then I remembered the sugar scrub. It took the yuck off my hands and they were silky soft when I was done. I think I will replace his Lava soap with this. I'm sure that he won't mind.
Sticky sweet,
Sonya Ann

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wicked Wednesday

Laughing, laughing, laughing!!! Even I wouldn't go that far to save money.
You are very, very, nice people,
Sonya Ann

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Insurance, Insurance, Insurance

Sometimes, we all just need a refresher course in saving money. I think some of my problem is complacency. Other times, I think I know it all. And once in a while, I think I'm lazy or slow.
Dearest Flo upped our car insurance and our homeowners insurance AGAIN! I hate and I mean, I HATE changing insurance companies. It takes forever to get everything straightened out. So I let it slide last year when they upped it just a little bit.
We have been with Progressive for 3 years and everything was peachy the first year and a half and then everything started to creep up. Damn you Flo, damn you.
Our monthly bill was going from $338 to $350 a month. That is crazy money.
I checked out Geico and it was so easy to use their site. The site downloaded most of the information that needed to be entered. I have no idea how they got all the vin numbers from our cars and our drivers license numbers but hey, I didn't have to do it. It might be magic.
Guess how much we are saving? No really,  guess. Fine, be a party-pooper. We are saving half. Yes, HALF! Our new bill will be $175 a month and we will have better coverage. Mind you, I know that in 2ish years, I will be back here complaining that Geico upped our rates but hey, I'll take it where I can get it.
So the moral of the story is we should check for better rates every year. I left the homeowners with Progressive because it has been paid already but I will next year to see if we can get it cheaper somewhere else.
Now if I could only shop around and get half off of all of my other bills!
Bill slasher,
Sonya Ann

Monday, September 9, 2013

Appreciating Poverty

I normally don't post about other people. I stick to insulting myself and poking fun of my kids and the occasional money victory and failures. I have been chewing on this for a while and I decided to put it out there. Take from it what you will. You can brush it off as someone with a disorder, someone that is a fool, or a lost soul. I have been around alcohols, drug addicts and people with eating disorders. Dysfunction is dysfunction. It is upsetting, horrifying, sad, and frustration. But for some reason this one is still bothering me. Maybe it is because I have never been confronted by this addiction. Perhaps I am numb to the others because of over-exposure. Or maybe it is the mind-set of the Americans that more is better, collect and consume. Maybe that is why this is bothering me so much. I feel as if we have been taught to have a disorder, an addiction.
Dennis and I go garage saling whenever we can. It is cheap entertainment and it is always nice to get a bargain. He looks for brass that he can buy and turn a profit on. I look for........whatever. Mostly, I just enjoy my time with my husband. But I don't mind scoring an awesome deal either.
We were out and about on a Saturday which is unusual for us. Dennis works half days on Fridays and we normally try to go when he gets home. But we were busy on a Friday and we decided to steal a couple of hours for ourselves and go "hunt" for treasures.
Every area around us is a high traffic area so finding garage sales is as easy as pulling out of the neighborhood. Signs are everywhere-all the time. We choose a main road and follow one of the many signs. Easy peasy.
This time we ended up in a very, very high end neighborhood. The house was stunning and it was probably the nicest home I have ever been in. The detail, the brick work just everything about it was visually pleasing. It wasn't a mansion but it was close. The landscaping was perfect. Well, you get the picture. The extremely wealthy and privileged live in homes and neighborhoods like the one we were in.
Nothing out of the ordinary struck me as we walked up the driveway. Nothing was organized, piles of things everywhere that you had to wade through to find a treasure. Some people are organized and some aren't with their garage sales. No biggie.
I found a decoration for the yard but nothing there was anything that we needed. The owner of the house came up and started talking to us. He was friendly and engaging. He told us how they were moving and pointed to the for sale sign and said that they had to get rid of quite a bit.  I noticed the haphazard boxes and mess in the garage behind him. But that was bound to happen when having a garage sale and moving.
He told us to go in the garage, through the laundry room, down the stairs, to the landing where the playroom was, down another set of stairs and into the basement(I'm not kidding we almost needed a map, the place was so large) and there was more that was for sale.
My grandmother was the cleanest person that I have ever known. Nothing was ever out of place. EVER. She taught me to scrub with the best of them. Her favorite saying was, "There is no such thing as clean." Meaning that you could scrub something all day and it wouldn't be good enough. Nothing was ever clean enough. Ok, she might have had a disorder or she loved a clean house. I think that I have found balance. My house is very clean by most people's standards but we also use and enjoy our house. That was something that she didn't do. Nothing was touched in her house but she was old school clean, I'm new school clean. I love her, miss her and I'm grateful for the wonderful lessons she gave. So whenever something is dirty in my house or out of place I say, "My Grammy senses are tingling." Sort of like, Spider-man but with disinfectant and a dust rag.
My Grammy senses hit a new level when we stepped in the laundry room. Stuff was piled shoulder high everywhere. Backpacks, shoes, boxes and who knows what else were sliding down. There was a path to walk through. It was suffocating. There was crown molding on the ceiling, and the most expensive washing machine and dryer in the laundry room.
We walked past the toy room. The toys were ankle high with none of the floor showing. None. But it wasn't really a toy room, it was a gorgeous sun room with windows and box seating lining the room. It was stunning and trashed.
The basement was easily the size of two of the levels of our tri-level. It might have been the size of our entire house but it was hard to guess just because of the sheer mess of it. There were boxes and boxes of brand new items piled everywhere. Shelves and shelves of items everywhere. Everything with the tags and stickers on them. Not one thing that I saw had a clearance sticker on it. Everything was purchased new.
There were a few people in the basement with us. They were cleaning as they looked. They piled stuff into containers and boxes. Perhaps because it was upsetting to see so much stuff being treated poorly or  because they were afraid of being trapped.
I ended up buy 40+ Christmas/Birthday bags, some Halloween toys for our trick or treaters, and the garden decoration. Nothing was dirty in the house, it was just piles and piles of stuff. We were there on the last day of the sale so I'm sure that there were plenty of people there making a mess. But after seeing the rooms that were blocked off, it seemed that the basement was in pretty good shape compared to the rest of the house. They lived like that. Mountains and mountains of brand new items everywhere. Their children lived in high priced avalanches of goods. Everything was the best of the best.
Even being there on the last day of the sale, I would guess that if they had back the money they had spent on what was left, we could have lived for a year off of it. I can't even image what they had on the first day of the sale.
I looked out the back window of the basement and saw the nicest grill I have ever seen. It looked like something from a movie star's home. If we sold all of our cars, we still wouldn't have enough money to buy it.
They had all the toys. They had everything that everyone aspires to. They were living the American dream or had lived the dream. Were they selling the house because of a job lose? I have no idea.
We are poor in every sense compared to them. Everything we own would be considered "trash" compared to what they have. And yet, we treat out "trash" better than their new, expensive things. I am so grateful for the little that we have. Do I look down on them? No. I wanted to cry for them. I wanted to help them. I wanted to teach them to save money, to organize, to appreciate what you have.
In the end, it is an addiction plain and simple but it struck me to the core. How could material things that we struggle so hard for mean so little to someone else? I'm not saying that I want piles and piles of things or even to waste money. But how can there be such a difference between people monetarily and morally? The gap in possessions and thinking was immense.
What does this mean for me or for you? Probably nothing. And yet, I'm still not sure why I can't get it out of my head. What I do know is I'm thankful for so much. A clean house, a balanced checkbook and a clear mind is what matters to me. I'm thankful for the little that I have and I'm thankful for being able to call you my friend.
Blessings,
Sonya Ann

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fabulous Friday

This is a great idea. I don't know if I would ever try this one but it would be great for a little kid's project. A couple of blocks, string, different color paint and Voila, you have a cheap gift or card for kids to give.
Fun and Cheap,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mrs. Claus

The picture kind of reminds me of watermelon. Mmmmmmm, watermelon.
And now on to the boring stuff!!!! I got $3 from Pinecone Research and $25.23 from BP.
So I have.................
$221.05   BP
$5            free check from magazines.com
$84          Pinecone research(surveys)
$75          Energy Plus(electricity rebate)
$160        Jewel(bonus for buying gift cards)
$13.20     Bank of America Add it up(Like Mr.Rebates/My Points)
$15          AutoZone rebate/visa card
$5            Amazon E-card from Recycle Bank
$8.40       Star Savings(Like My Points/Mr. Rebates)

$581.65  for Christmas 2013. I have over $250 that I can cash in from Bank of America so I'm not going to have a meltdown like I did last week. Well, maybe.
Off to search for watermelon,
Sonya Ann

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

This Stuff Happens

I was going to put "This Shit Happens" for a title but I am way too classy to say shit.
Like I said yesterday, Den needed new front tires for his car. Sigh. It seems that we have stepped in the "every car we own needs repairs" void. Yes, I felt the need to use quotations. Everyone knows that void.
We are doing repairs at a fast and furious pace.
Den went to get the tires the other day and I stayed at home to drink search for money to pay for yet another car repair.
We do not own a Ferrari. I wish we did.

We own a Kia. It's nice but it ain't a Ferrari. But the guys where Den got the tires didn't know the difference.
I suspect it went a little something like the picture above when one of the workers took Den's car out for a drive. Den said the guy went screaming out of the parking lot. To which I said, "Why the hell didn't you say something when the guy shot off like a bat out of Hell?" But I'm sure that I said it in a loving voice. He said, "it was a bit too late since the guy left. "

This move would have worked with either the manager or the jackass driving the car.
The good news is we got the car back in one piece. Den knows that the guy beat on it while "testing" the new tires because he tracks the MPG on the control panel. He lost ground after the "testing."
Little did we know that the lovely man also opened the sunroof on his trek. He closed the slider but he didn't close the actual sunroof. We found this all out when it rained on us at the car wash.
Living the movie cost us $413.72. I would rather rent it next time.
Not a righteous dude,
Sonya Ann

Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Labor Day

Have a great Labor Day! Hope you are chillin' and grillin'!
Den had to pull the motor on DJ's car so hopefully that will be completed by the end of the day. We have had to do a brake job on my van. Den's car just got front tires and a brake job. And now DJ's car is having the motor torn apart because of a blown head gasket. And I know that you are going to say, "You are so lucky Dennis can fix all of this." And you would be right except that he only did a head gasket once many, many, many years ago and did it with a mechanic. I ordered a Chilton's book and we both have said a prayer or two. I'll keep you posted on how the "moment of poof" goes. That is what Den calls it when he checks to see if what he fixed actually works.Oh yeah and DJ's car also needs a new AC compressor. Not that he needs AC but the pulley is screwed up and the car has a serpentine belt. Translated to girl speak-it won't go without that one part. Translated into Sonya speak-Shit there goes more money! I'm grateful that we have always saved for car repairs but I have blown through every penny. And don't say get rid of DJ's car, it is only $250ish to buy the parts for the head gasket and probably $200 for the AC compressor. It is still cheaper to fix that car than it is to buy another beater. Not that you were really going to say get rid of it. I'm just trying to convince you that it's still a good car. LOVE IT!
Oh yeah and we had to pay for DJ's teeth, I know I told you about it before but I'm still mad and broke. I mean it's not as if we don't pay thousands and thousands for our insurance. Now read it again with all the sarcasm you can muster. So what are they going to exclude from coverage next? Hmmmmmm, my guess would be anesthesia(some exclude that, I learn something new every day!).
I did tell DJ as he was going under that he was actually there for a sex change operation. The nurse said that he was going to be pretty and the Dr. called him Denise. So, I sort of got my moneys worth out of that.
And the power went out for almost 24 hours and we had to buy a generator. Yes, we HAD to buy it because the bags of ice weren't cutting it anymore and it was getting to the point where we were worried that we were going to lose all of the meat in the freeze. It would have been more than $200 to replace the food lost. Just peachy.
Oh and Den needed tools and broke a few things on DJ's car. Ok, I'll stop here. I want to cry.
See and you thought you were going to stop by for a visit and not get a rant. Maybe my nerves are just shot because of the moment of poof.
Not chillin' and grillin' just broke,
Sonya Ann