Friday, January 30, 2015

Things that make you go ... hmm

  I know there are all sorts of reasons for this ...

   I just find it interesting that a bunch of celery could cost $1.99 two weeks ago, but a week later go on sale at the same store for $1.   Then the next week, go on sale at a different store for 69 cents.  

   And yes, we'll be eating lots of celery ....

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sometimes, you have to upgrade a bit

   I like to use the dollar store for many of our personal care and cleaning items.  Most of the time, the quality is good ... or at least good enough ;)  But lately we've had a couple of issues.

    I used to buy the 10-pack of scrubby sponges for hand-washing dishes.  Then it went down to an 8-pack, then to a 6-pack.  Anyway, the other dishwasher in the house noted that the sponges were falling apart (and literally going flat) after one or two rounds of dishes.  Rather aggravating.  So I bought Aldi's sponges ... a 3-pack for $1.29.  After a couple of weeks of use, the scrubby part is showing  wear, but the sponge is still holding up. 

    Also was buying the large cans of shaving cream. Unfortunately, in the most recent cans, the lather was a bit "runny" instead of thick ... made it hard to shave.  I bought a can of a store-brand shave cream. (It was on sale, but is normally $1.29 ... is there a pattern here?)  Much better.   I also discovered that another store sells a name-brand for around $1, so that may be another fallback.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bathroom hacks

  Thought I'd share some of  the "repurposing" that goes on in our bathrooms here at the Casa de Chaos:

Toothbrush holder.  I got tired of cleaning the mold fest out of the bottom of the traditional holder, so I now use a small plastic container that once held cotton swabs.  Not that it doesn't get nasty, but at least I can see it ,,, and do something about it.

Hand sanitizer:  I bought the industrial size jug of this a while back.  To make life a bit easier, I decant it into some repurposed pump hand soap containers.

Bathroom glass:  When we go out to eat, I tend to order water.  Sometimes, the water comes in a nice plastic or foam glass.  Too nice to throw out at the end of the meal.  So I take it home, give it a wash and use it at the bathroom sink.  When it gets gunky, I can recycle it with a clear conscience.

What do you do at your house?






Saturday, January 10, 2015

Substitutions, please

Decided to make a pot of my minestrone soup for a very cold day.  But I've been putting off a big shop, so some of my most-used items are running low ... or are gone. 

First .. no fresh garlic.  No problem, garlic powder will work.

But then I realized I only had one can of white beans ... needed two.  What we did have were a couple of cans of garbanzo beans (we make our own hummus).   After a suggestion by DH, I decided to substitute the garbanzos for one of the cans of beans.

You know what ... I couldn't tell the difference. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

New decor

 We've been spiffing up the kitchen here at the Casa de Chaos.  So a new color scheme means new window coverings, right?

   I went "shopping" in my fabric stash, and came up with this piece of material that I used to sew the valance.  

    I think the pattern makes a nice bit of contrast against the painted wall ... and it's sort of cheery.  (And the idea of getting a new valance for "free" certainly makes me cheery.)



Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year

    Here's wishing everyone a happy, healthy and frugal 2015!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A refund, please

         Money flies out of my house fast enough, it seems ... so if something I buy isn't rung up at the correct price, or I don't like, need or use a service, I want my money back.

        Recently:

       Got an e-mail deal from a food-service store.  10-inch pies, normally $6.99, were on sale for $2.  (Limited flavors, so methinks it was a Thanksgiving overstock.)    Bought two, then realized when I got home that something wasn't right.   Turns out the clerk only discounted one pie.
       To be fair, the coupon was confusing.  It said "Limit 2"  but the directions said only one pie could be discounted.  Say what?
        So back to the store.  Apparently the clerk should have scanned the coupon twice. Refund: $4.99


     We had some new flooring installed at the casa de chaos.   Turns out the installer didn't need the adhesive, and asked if we wanted it credited.   At $90, you bet your vinyl floor I want it credited ... and we contacted the salesperson to make sure it will be.

     Had to buy an emergency ink cartridge at full price.  (Normally, I order it, but there was a Christmas gift being printed.)   The cartridge was defective.   So back I went, and got an exchange.  No refund, but at least I'm not out the $$.

     I've contacted a cat-food maker about their guarantee ... I tried the product when Little Girl went on her hunger strike.  She wouldn't eat it.   Neither would her brother (who eats just about anything ... including what he shouldn't).
  We'll see what they say ... but that $4.50 (after coupon) can go toward something she will eat.