Jan. 15th, 2010 06:49 pm
vespachica: (Ewan in tub)
Lush has its annual sale still going although I think it ends very soon. I had to exchange hair gel (the only product I don't like!) so I got a head start on the discounting. ;) Here's what I bought:

Big Tease (Return): -$16.85
Imperialis Cream: $21.95
Godiva Shampoo Bar: $9.45
Figs & Leaves Soap: $14.69
13 Soap (Unlucky for Dirt): -$13.83
Snowcake Soap: -$13.04
Angels Delight Soap: $15.87
I Should Coco Soap: -$15.12
Father Frost Soap: -$15.26

Subtotal: $45.11
Tax: $4.29
Total: $49.40

Not bad at all! I needed moisturizer (that's the Imperialis) and shampoo so the soap was just a bonus, really. ^_^
vespachica: (Stewie counts money)
Today I had to take a client to the airport so I had some time to kill before picking up Sophia. I hit the Goodwill in Ballard which is usually a great place. It paid off. Not only did I pick up a few pairs of cute jeans and shirts for Sophia, but I scored three purses. And not just any purses. Designer purses.


A motherfucking Burberry, y'all!

How much did this cost me? $40? No. $20? Not a chance. Okay, okay. $10? Not even! $3.99. That's right. Four bucks for a Burberry! And it looks like it's authentic, too. Not like that jacked up stupid ass fake Kate Spade I bought once.

I thought about putting the Burberry last but I'm too excited about it!

Next up is a sweet purse from Kenneth Cole Reaction that will look much better once my crap goes inside of it to fill it out. This one was also $3.99!!

Finally, I got this cute purse by Guess for $3.00 (half off $5.99). First of all, the Burberry and Kenneth Cole purses had regular prices of $3.99 which blows my mind that a purse by Guess would cost more had it not been a blue tag day. I mean, WTF? I'm thanking my lucky stars, though. Anyway, here's the last one:

I initially got a tip from my friend, Tobie, who found a designer purse there as well. I can't remember what brand she found but she told me to look in this store particularly. Since then, I always examine the purses there carefully.

When I next sport these cute purses you know I'm going to be chuckling to myself because instead of spending hundreds of dollars for them, I got them on the cheap!


Dec. 14th, 2008 04:12 pm
vespachica: (Stewie counts money)
I got a note back from Amazon regarding the $35 price drop:

I am sorry, I understand you may have taken advantage of a 30-day price guarantee policy in the past. However, that policy was discontinued on September 1, 2008.

No, I hadn't taken advantage of the price guarantee before but that's okay. They did say I was free to return and re-order it. I am not going to do that for just $35 because Amazon's prices on this camera were the best I could find both on the internet and in B&M stores.

Anyway, I'm posting this more for the PSA for the discontinuation of their policy.
vespachica: (Stewie counts money)
Ever since [ profile] dulamae put a link on her cooking blog to my cooking blog my Google AdSense has gone up nearly double!! I think that combined with me commenting on other cooking blogs has added to the revenue. (Har har, still only 1% towards getting a check from Google, though.)

ETA: Yeesh, I think it has taken me about 10 tries to get my second-to-last sentence right...)
vespachica: (Stewie counts money)
In the past three weeks, Mary Cooks has made a whopping $0.63 with Google's AdSense.

I need to figure out a way to boost readership.
vespachica: (Mac and Cheese)

What is this? )

Mac & Cheese: $1.25
Vegetables: $0.89 for the bag
Chicken: $1.75 (they were "trimmings")
Salsa: $1.00
Herbs - I don't count these in the cost since I already have them.

Total: $4.89 divided by 5 in our family = $0.98 each person!
vespachica: (Wine and Plate)


It was raining today, so cooking a turkey was not too bad. It made the house a bit muggy but that's okay. It's worth it!

We had the turkey dinner pictured above tonight. Tomorrow night we're having a casserole made in the crockpot with leftover turkey. On Tuesday we'll have turkey soup with homemade turkey stock. I have about 4 more cups of turkey meat to use for a different occasion. I also have a quart-sized freezer bag full of mashed potatoes. I have heard that mashed potatoes are great in soup but I have never tried it.

About a month or so I came across a great frugal tip. Whenever you have something left after dinner that may not be a full serving, put it in a freezer bag or container anyway. I've got one going for vegetables that has corn, broccoli, and peas in it. I figure it'd be great for pasta or for soup.

The only bad thing about making a turkey dinner is the clean-up afterwards. It's a major pain. But it's still worth doing once a quarter or so.


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