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    Rujerro, IIRC Olive Garden also has unlimited salad. It's been years, but that is what DH and I did last time we went there. I think they do soup, too.

    Need to make a shopping list, menu plan for next week, and figure out dinner tonight. It's going to be in the 40's all day maybe with rain so soup would be a good choice. Have a couple of rolls to use up as well.

    Have a Bath&Body coupon for free hand cream to use up before next week. I'm not big on lotion, but it will make a nice gift. Don't really want to drive over to the mall today.
    Stop trying to organize all of your family’s crap. If organization worked for you, you’d have rocked it by now. It’s time to ditch stuff and de-crapify your world.

    If you're not using the stuff in your home, get rid of it. You're not going to start using it more by shoving it into a closet.

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    I got $5 Kohls cash in the mail - deciding what to spend it on. Probably hand towel/s for the bathroom since ours seem to get shabby fast - that or Halloween candy if they have it? Nice weather today but going to get cloudy and showers for the weekend. I guess the yard won't get raked on Sunday..... so maybe sewing.

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    I had a hard time spending the last $5 coupon they sent me. I didn't need any clothes or household stuff, they don't carry shoes in my size, and even a package of socks there is like $15, lol! Hope you find some nice towels, or whatever. They only carry expensive candy, like Lindor and Ghirardelli.

    Trying a new soup recipe with pantry ingredients, lentils, spices, canned coconut milk, rice and carrots. It's kind of bland but I can fix that. I hope DH likes it, if not there is leftover fried rice.

    Got to run errands tomorrow, pick up pills, etc. Hope it's not raining.
    Stop trying to organize all of your family’s crap. If organization worked for you, you’d have rocked it by now. It’s time to ditch stuff and de-crapify your world.

    If you're not using the stuff in your home, get rid of it. You're not going to start using it more by shoving it into a closet.

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    GB- I can only wish for those temps...::

    The bank didn't believe me when I said we have over 100 pages of taxes. We told them to scan and upload it if they want. They told us to call our bank rep. So, we're meeting him today and he can figure out what the underwriters want. Then he can upload it at the bank.

    I picked up bagels from the local Einstein's to bring to the food pantry today. There must've been 200.. I put them in totes with lids. I hope they stay somewhat fresh.

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    More rain today. Got most of the laundry room cabinets emptied. The guy is going to redo my cabinets and start painting today. I’m going to the casino to get my copper baking dish and then coming home. They are losing money on me. Lol

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    Dry and cool here today. Have some errands to run, probably will be nicer this afternoon, but with more traffic.

    Don't know what is going on with our basement remodel now. One of our contractors called and said her boss was diagnosed with diabetes and had a freak out and is not returning phone calls. He's refusing other work and won't give us a quote. So at the moment everything is on hold.

    Rujerro, hope the bank visit goes well.
    Stop trying to organize all of your family’s crap. If organization worked for you, you’d have rocked it by now. It’s time to ditch stuff and de-crapify your world.

    If you're not using the stuff in your home, get rid of it. You're not going to start using it more by shoving it into a closet.

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    I realized today that the cornstalks I use to decorate my porch are probably around 10 years old. After the first year I stuck them in a corner of the pole barn and they looked good the next year so I used them again and have been using them ever since. After work had 5 stops to make for different errands, glad I'm home now. LO's for dinner tonight and probably tomorrow night too. Have lots to eat up out of the fridge.
    I'm too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener.

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    A nice man from the power company stopped by this morning to let us know they are shutting it off at 9am tomorrow to replace a transformer in our area. Maybe that will stop the random power outages we've had for years. Meanwhile, where did I put the sterno stove? We'll want hot water for tea in the morning, at least.

    Stopped and bought rice&beans from a restaurant to have with our leftover fajita meat for dinner. They threw in free chips & salsa.

    Halloween party tomorrow night. Going to make some simple appetizers to share. Power should be back on by afternoon.

    I can't be bothered to decorate. By the time I get it out, it's time to put it away again.
    Stop trying to organize all of your family’s crap. If organization worked for you, you’d have rocked it by now. It’s time to ditch stuff and de-crapify your world.

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    Kohls has hand towels for $2.99 so can get two for $1 after the coupon. I think I will get gray or brown. Drove into work because boss scheduled a meeting for 10 am. I got there and he had canceled, said he had a cold and would work from home. Yeah, right. So I scheduled to work from home Monday. So there.

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    Still wet, but temps are suppose to be in the 60s this afternoon. Going to a festival if it warms up. Second coat of paint and finishing the cabinet doors today. The tile should be laid next week. Now to decide what kind of window treatments I want.

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    I was lucky at Kohl's, dark gray bath towel and hand towel on the clearance rack total $5.18. So I paid 18 cents for both. Stopped at grocery store for deals and spent under $5 for eggs, cheese, refrigerated biscuits. Need to buy gas on the way home from dad's house. I also need to order dog food, almost out.

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    Last week we bought a Sam's Club membership...$100 one where you get cash back and prescription savings and it turned out to be a great decifsion! Hubby had his cancerous prostate removed 2 months ago and the dr told him he needs to take a viagra type drug to help get the circulation "down there" flowing again. Because the drug is in the Viagara family insurance won't cover it and the dr said Sam's Club is the cheapest place to get it. $53 and with the $100 membership the scrip cost $20. If we use the membership for nothing else we will break even in 3 months. Needless to say we stocked up while we were there. lol Coffee is cheaper there, ground beef was $2.66/pound for 90/10 (that's $2/# savings unless I can find use today/freeze), pork loins were $1.44, Beef roasts were $2.88/#......so yea, we spent a lot but it is stuff we use and none of it will go to waste.

    Hit Save-A-Lot this morning for discount meat and scored! While I was checking out the meat a worker walked up with more marked down meat and proceeded to tell me that that she got grumped at by her manager for not making the meat down far enough and it was sitting too long. So she took the packs of meat I was looking at to the back and further reduced the price for me. I bought 73/27 ground beef for $0.99/pound. I also bought a few packs of pork for $0.89/pound.

    At walfart I hit the clearance section and picked up some birthday/Christmas gifts for my granddaughter - 75% off. We also picked up some tic/mosquito spray (the kind you attach to a hose) for 75% off and a few garden dirt enhancement items for 75% off.

    My hubby had to buy an item from Walgreens $130.00. You cannot buy it in the store so when I went on line to buy it it was marked down $15, I used ebates for 3% cashback, when I went to checkout I must have some kind of an app or something because it did a search thru 26 coupon codes an applied the best one. Total savings was $35 plus free shipping.

    I finally reclaimed my sewing room and I have been busy. The only money I've spent is on a roll of batting and some thread. In the past month I have made a lap quilt and a baby quilt. I finished putting the binding on a quilt I started 7 years ago. I made a quilt top for a second baby quilt (dd and her hubby are trying to get pregnate), I started a quilt with fish (twin size) and I'm making a rebel quilt for my DH (queen size). So far all the fabric is from my stash. I'll try to post pictures but my sell phone isn't wanting to transfer them to my laptop.

    Been spending a fair amount lately but most of it has been stockup type things.

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    I unexpectedly bought a second serger today. It's 12 yrs old, but came in its original box. I just looked at the foot control and it has zero damage, not even micro scratches that are inevitable. The serger, manuals, accessories, toolsetc are just as pristine. The tech at the dealer said the PO had never used it and traded it on a new sewing machine. It was serviced or at least checked out, and they also offered a 90 day warranty. It came with $16 worth of thread, and he also sold me 4 cones at cost because he knows I sew for charity. He also gave us 10% off the $400 price, I think for the same reason. A comparable new model lists at well over $1,000 so I did well. This is a big upgrade from my old serger, which I kept. The new one has a lot of features the old one doesn't, so I'm excited about that.
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    In other frugal news, somebody had a bad week at the grocery store because we were able to score dozens of dented cans, including bunches of 28 oz cans of tomato sauce or puree for 25 cents each. Also 6 pkgs of wheat tortillas for .25, 14 oz(?) cans mushrooms, and other stuff. Most of the tomato stuff will go into dog food. I'm always looking for a way to save on that because it's so expensive. There was also a $1 off coupon for spending $5 on grocery items, so in effect, we got 4 of the canned items free, plus another dollar off $5 worth of carrots we bought on sale.

    Last week I salvaged a little freezer shelf at the dump and finally made a grate to cover the AC in the camper. It should help keep stuff from falling into the AC. I had the caps for the shelf ends, bought cheap at garage sales, and 2 hooks, same thing, so the project cost a few pennies.
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    I also salvaged a fridge shelf which we cut to fit under the fold-out steps on the camper. It will make a handy place to set our shower shoes or other stuff to dry. It will be painted black next spring and then installed permanently. We have leftover paint, so again, the project will cost just a few cents.
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    Raining today, a lot. Since I cannot rake leaves it will be inside housework - a lot of laundry for stuff that will be donated - and paperwork for my parents' stuff. I figured dad's taxes for 2019, he likely won't be paying any so I need to reduce his pension tax with-holdings. More paperwork. Plan to make chili for supper. There is an old zucchini I will toss in there also. Maybe some corn?

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    Put up 2 pints of strawberry fig jam. It was the last of our figs for this year. Went to a festival yesterday and came home with a new porch sign. Probably spent too much money, but it’s only once a year. The laundry room remodel is at the final stages of painting and redoing cabinet doors. Tile comes next. This has happened so quickly my head is spinning. I dread going through all the stuff I pulled out of cabinets and drawers. Most will go in the trash. I can’t wait to get my sewing area back.

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