In with the new

Right now we are in the middle of a complete bathroom renovation. We decided to demo it right down to the studs. We debated taking down the ceiling or not but decided to do it. I’m so glad we decided to remove the ceiling. The only things we are keeping are the door to the closet and the door to the bathroom itself. When it warms up outside we will sand them and then either stain or paint them and give them new hardware.

Luckily we found an amazing contractor.

Right before he was going to start putting up new drywall I made a collage of some old bathroom photos plus some pictures of the dogs. I laminated it and taped it to the wall where it would be covered in drywall. I wrote a short note on the back of the picture with the date and a few details. If anyone does another major renovation they will uncover the picture, and marvel at what a hideously ugly bathroom we used to have. (and how cute our dogs were)

Spreading the joy

Not only do I love using coupons, but I also love leaving coupons. I occasionally end up with coupons that I don’t need and can’t use. I sometimes get them in the mail or if I find a good coupon in an insert even if I don’t want it, I will still cut it out.

If I have coupons I don’t want I usually bring some with me and leave them on the shelf where the product is located. Last week I left 5 $1.50 coupons for Jello Mousse Temptations, a $1.50 Arm & Hammer Cat litter Coupon and several Glade product coupons.

I cannot tell you how much I love doing this. I love doing this as much as I love finding a coupon for a product that someone else left. A few weeks ago I went to buy some egg noodles for stroganoff, and someone had left a coupon – which was awesome as I didn’t have a coupon. It was for the brand and size that I buy so it really helped me – Thank you to the person that left that coupon.

Times are tough, it makes me happy to think that I can help other people save some money by doing something so simple that doesn’t cost me anything but a few minutes of my time.

Campbell’s elabels for education

I just signed up for Campbell’s elabels for education program. Do you remember as a kid you would save the labels from Campbell soup cans and bring them in to school? I remember doing that when I went to school.

They now have a program where you can register your grocery savings cards at and then choose a school to receive any points you earn. You earn points when you purchase eligible Campbell’s products and your school gets the points automatically.

Since 1973, Labels for Education has been committed to helping America’s families support education and schools. Collecting UPC’s to exchange for tools and equipment that support youth based enrichment programs helps nurture children’s lives through the arts, athletics, and academics. During this time, over $110 million worth of educational merchandise has been awarded to schools across the country.

If you already participate in e-Labels for Education, then you know how easy it is to help your school once you register online and shop with your Shoppers or Rewards card at your favorite supermarket. Just remember to choose the school or schools you would like to receive your e-Labels for Education points, or your school will not receive the points you earn.

I don’t have any children, and I am not familiar with the school system where I now live,  I was thrilled to see the schools I went to as a child listed. Even though I live in another state I was able to pick the two schools I went to as a child. I went to the best school ever for kindergarten through third grade.

You get 100 points for your school just for signing up. Even if you don’t have children in school consider helping out a school that you love.

Black Friday 2009 style

I am always more curious about Black Friday as opposed to being rabid about it.

We’ve done the getting up at ass o’clock thing to check out the deals and all I have to say is Meh. If we feel like getting up and there is a deal on something, then I think it’s kind of fun. Would I all out body check people in a mad scramble to get something or other….nah. I don’t care that much. I don’t think there will ever be anything I need/want so desperately as to go tearing around a store looking for the “doorbusters”.

I do check out the Black Friday ads online and see what’s going on. I look for all day deals on things instead of the 5am -9am or whatever deals. Sometimes a store will have something weird like pillows on sale for cheap. A few years ago I got good pillows for $2.00 each on Black Friday. Joann’s is the one Black Friday ad that I really look forward to with enthusiasm. Last year I bought a boatload of flannel for 99 cents a yard! I was really hoping for  a repeat sale this year but it looks like it will be $1.49 this year which is still fantastic just not as good ad 99 cents. It’s an all day Friday deal too so I don’t have to rush around like a maniac.

I remember one year we went out early and it was the first year they put the big, flat t.v.’s on sale and people were going crazy. We laughed because the parking lot was literally filled with people who couldn’t  fit the giant televisions into their cars.