Archive for December, 2008

However you’re celebrating, I hope you and your families have a wonderful Christmas this year.



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A quick deal that I stumbled across today! Staples is selling Duck One-Handed Invisible Tape 2-pack dispensers B1G1 free. Combine with the B1G1 Free manufacturer’s coupon, and get both–4 dispensers–for free! Total savings:  $5.58.

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After covering over the windows (where we noticed a measurable, immediate, difference in our thermostat, by the way), phase 2 of our winterization project was to fashion crudely homemade radiator reflectors. We reasoned that preventing heat from vanishing through our uninsulated walls would be the second-best way to stay ahead in the heating game.

So I grabbed some discarded boxes from work and went to town with a roll of aluminum foil and some more scotch tape.


Easy enough, and did not require any expensive kits. The only question we sort of had was at Lowe’s…they had what was basically bubble-wrap encased in aluminum insulation for about $20.00, but we decided not to go for it since we weren’t sure (A) if it would work at all and (B) if the price was worth it. But thankfully, the salvaged cardboard was of just the right size to slink between our radiators and the outside wall–just a bit short on the window below.


Too soon to see a difference yet, but hopefully it’ll be the little things that add up!

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The ice storm that knocked out power to so many New Englanders last weekend somehow (and thankfully!) completely missed my husband and me. Though this storm doesn’t hold a candle damage-wise, it was still our first storm-related “shut-in” weekend. I drove home in the first blast Friday, we stayed home yesterday, and today we *thought* about trying to go to church and our photo appointment half an hour north…and then thought better of it. Unfortunately, this means I won’t be making home-made Christmas cards like I’d wanted to (a trip to A.C. Moore & Michael’s isn’t worth my life…), but I will be getting in some baking tonight.

However, I did take a winter walk around the neighborhood at the height of the snow, so here’s a peek at what we’re living in right now:





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grocery-gathering5 Here’s the best Hannaford’s Grocery store deals, coupon-match ups, and sales for this week!

Pepsi 2-ltr. 4/$4.00

Lay’s Chips 2/$4.00

Triscuits & Wheat Thins 2/$4.00

Bounty 8-Roll of Paper Towels $6.99

Spiral Sliced Ham $1.59/lb.

Top Round Roast $1.97/lb.

Homestyle Roasting Chicken $0.88/lb.

Shank Portion Ham $0.99

Boneless Strip Steak $7.99/lb.

Scallions $0.59/bundle

Red Onions $0.99/lb.

Mangoes $0.99

Hershey’s XL Chocolate Bars 5/$5.00

Andes Mints $1.99

Mini-Wheats Cereal 2/$5.00
Use with 2 $1.00/1 coupons for

Chex Cereal 2/$5.00
Use with a $1.00/2 coupon for

Evaporated Milk 5/$5.00

Heluva Good Dips 2/$3.00
Use with $1.00/2 coupon for

Keebler Graham Pie Crusts 2/$3.00
Use with $1.00/2 coupon for

Pillsbury Quick Bread 3/$5.00
Use with $1.00/3 coupon for

Jello Pudding 5/$5.00

College Inn Broth Cans $0.69

Pillsbury All Ready Pie Crusts 2/$5.00
Use $0.60/2 printable Pillsbury coupon here for
(Or buy 4 and use with $1.00/3 coupon for 4/$9.00, but the first coupon still works out better!)

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We live in a triple-decker that, while charming and full of character, is anything but heat efficient. There is no insulation, our walls are 3 inches thin, our windows are obviously pretty cheap, and since we’re on the third floor, we get the full brunt of the wind. The second floor is also vacant (with no heat), so we even have cold radiating up through the floorboards. After doling out hundreds of dollars in heating costs last year, DH and I made it to mid-December on only 1 fill up from the early fall…exactly one fill-up. We woke up to an unusually cold house, of course signaling that we were out of oil. Thankfully having space heaters, we turned down the thermostat to keep it from kicking on until we could get a fill-up the next weekday, but the incident left us all the more determined to make our home as efficient as possible so as to have as few $500.00 bills as possible. Saving money on heating costs is always a good thing, in our opinion.

I already walk around in sheik-style blankets with scarves wrapped around me like a chador (husband prefers the sweatshirt method),  but being in school and blogging would take its toll on my FINGERS. Cold, hurtingly cold, fingers as I typed. Something needed to get warmer, and it was called the room, thank you.

So, we got our 10% off entire purchase at Lowe’s coupon in preparation for the storm currently swathing the area, and picked up supplies for our first project: sheeting over the windows.

Dining Room Winterized Window

Husband did all of it while I was at work, praying that the roads would be plowed by the time I left (they weren’t, but no traffic, so good enough for me)! All it took was a huge roll of sheeting, which came with a cutter, and about a million rolls of scotch double-sided sticky tape. Or maybe 1 for each window, which in our case was 6.
He just put one strip across all the window bars, put up the pre-measured plastic and voila! Instant savings. The only thing was, our town is like many other MA towns, in that we have millionaires and some SKETCHY people living side by side. Thus, we often are like “why are people yelling and threatening each other outside?” and want to go look out the window to be witnesses.

So, smart man that he is, my husband cut little windows into the sheeting, which he then covered over with plastic cling wrap and sealed with tape. Problem solved. Now we can look out of all our windows (and dread shoveling the swiftly-accumulating snow) while enjoying greatly increased warmth and the good feelings that come from being a litttttle bit more environmentally friendly than we were before.

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grocery-gathering5 Market Basket has another 2-week sale going on…a lifesaver for busy times!

Bottom Round Roast $2.19/lb.

Turkey $0.59/lb.

Smoked Ham $1.19/lb.

85% Lean Ground Beef $2.59/lb.

Strip Sirloin Steak (boneless) $5.49/lb.

Carando Sliced Pepperoni $1.79
Buy 2 and use with $.60/2 coupon for

Carando Roast Beef $4.99/lb.
Use with $0.60/1 lb. coupon for
1 lb. for $4.39

Freirich Brisket Corned Beef $1.99/lb.

Tyson Anytizer Boneless Chicken Wings $2.99/10 oz.
Assuming this is box sized, buy 2 and use with $1.00/2 coupon for

Tyson Cooked Chicken Strips $6.99
Assuming this is bag sized, buy 1 and use with $1.00/1 coupon for

Crab Rangoon 15 oz. frozen $4.99

Scallops Wrapped in Bacon 5.5 oz box $5.99 or 15 oz. box $9.99

Pannetone $5.99

Torrone Italian Nougat $5.99

Florida Natural Premium Orange Juice 2/$5.00

Hood 1/2 Gallon Egg Nog $2.99
Buy 2 and use with $1.00/2 coupon for

Cabot Butter 2/$4.00

Pillsbury Pie Crusts 2/$5.00
Buy 4/$10.00 and use with $1.00/3 coupon for

Athen’s Fillo Dough 2/$4.00

Heluva Good Onion Dip $1.99
Use with the coupon that I’ve apparently lost

Dragone Ricotta $2.99
Use with $1.00/1 coupon for

Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls 2/$3.00
Buy 4 and use with $1.00/3 coupon for:

Pillsbury Ready-to-Bake Cookies 2/$4.00
Use with $1.00/2 coupon for

Smart Balance 2/$5.00
Use with $1.00/2 coupon for

Jello Pudding 5/$4.00

Cool Whip $0.99

Triscuits/Wheat Thins 2/$4.00

Chips Ahoy! 2/$3.00

Domino Sugar 2/$5.00
Use with 2  $0.50/1 coupons for

King Arthur Flour 2/$5.00
If you buy a jar of Fleishmann’s Yeart (with $0.40/1 coupon), you can use a $1.00/KA Flour & F. Yeast coupon

Carnation Condensed Milk 2/$4.00
Use with $0.50/2 coupon for
2/$3.50 (seen better deals at Shaws, but whatever…)

Nestle Baking Bits 2/$4.00

Diamond Walnuts $3.99
Diamond Almonds $4.99

Jumbo Chesnuts $3.99/lb.

Diamond whole almonds/walnuts/filberts/mixed $2.99/1-lb bag

Near East Rice Pilaf 5/$5.00

MB Lasagna $0.99

Tetley tea $1.99
Use with $0.55/1 coupon for

New England Coffee $3.99
Use with $1.50/1 coupon for

Campbell’s Select Soups 4/$5.00
Use with $1.00/4 coupon for

Campbell’s Cream Soups 4/$3.00

Campbell’s Fully Loaded Soup 2/$4.00
Use with $1.00/2 coupon for

Swanson Broth 4/$2.00 (cans)
Swanson Broth 2/$4.00 (carton)
Use with $1.00/2 coupon for
or 2 $1.00/1 coupons for 2/$2.00

Coke/Sprite/Dr. Pepper $.99

Apples & Pears $0.99/lb.

Yams 2/$1.00

White boiling onions $0.99

Marie’s Dressings 2/$4.00
Use with 2 $1.00/1 coupons for

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