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Happy New Year to All!

December 31st, 2008 at 09:49 pm

Just wishing everyone a wonderful New Year - hope everyone's plans and wishes come true (even better if they are financially viable!) Smile

Got back from the farm - the girls had a great time feeding the sheep. The chickens stayed away from us and only one egg could be found (less eggs in the winter). Lots of giggling in the house. DD was also happy watching TV at Grandma's because she has Dish TV (we have no cable, etc.) and got to watch Disney and Nickelodeon channels.

My folks also have a lot of baby lambs and plan to give my any my siblings lots of lamb in a few months (to eat). I just have to pay the cost to the butcher for packaging the meat, about $35. Seems like a good deal for a whole animal - chops, leg of lamb, roasts, etc. Yum.

On the way back I stopped at Stater Brothers to pickup some whole chickens at 69 cents/lb (good price for this area) and NY Steak at $2.77/lb (also a good deal). Not sure which we may have tonight for a New Year's Eve supper, but either will be good.

Enjoy the evening and the New Year!

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December 30th, 2008 at 05:52 am

Finally sat down to write a bit in this blog. I have been busy (I know - who's not?) with things.....

But I am resolving to be more frugal in the future - my first goal is to use our stockpile. The first stockpile I intend to tackle is the "giftcard stockpile." I have lots of giftcards sitting around unused. I checked all the balances (I am in California so the cards can't expire) and am planning to use them as thoughtfully as possible. I definitely do not want to spend for the sake of spending.

As a matter of fact, today I did use one giftcard. I took my 10 year old DD to get her haircut for Locks of Love at the local beauty college. She decided to do this on her own and I am very proud of her. Her hair is so fine and so long and so tangled that cutting it is a blessing for us, too! A pleasant surprise is that the cost of haircut (escept tip) was zero! Seems the beauty school does not charge for Locks of Love. Plus they take care of sending the hair to the organization. Great! DD's only complaint is that her hair is too short - it is a cute bob - she just has to get used to it. Next, off to the 99 cent store for DD's reward for the haircut. She picked an ipod skin and a candy. I bought a few things including a LARGE can of cocktail sauce (I got several packages of frozen shrimp last week on sale). I do not know if I can freeze it, but I will email Contadina for input (the can was 7 lbs for 99 cents!) Perhaps I can use cocktail sauce in other dishes as well. Then off to Pizza Hut to use an old gift card. Spent $2.30 out of pocket for a large pepperoni pizza. Good lunch for us and DH at home with carrot sticks and fruit.

I went to CVS this pm for a few items. Got albacore tuna for 77 cents a can and also Yuban instant coffee (B1G1F) and some vitamins (also B1G1F). Paid with ECB's.

Overall, a nice day with DD. Tomorrow we are off to visit my Mom and Dad with DD and two of her friends. My folks have a farm with chickens and sheep and her friends are excited city girls. They can't wait to gather eggs and help feed the animals. The farm is about 1.5 hours away so it is easy driving.

I am sure glad to be back.