Friday! My day involves going back to the dentist for some rework on that filling I got last week. While in that area there are 2 thrift shops I am going to go check out that I have never been to before.
Lunch will be the last of the lasagna and dinner will be over at my moms- that changed my plans a little, she called and invited us for dinner, so I don't have to cook!
Sandy in NJ (Login SandyinMI) The Frugalista Files
signed a contract
May 4 2012, 4:56 AM
Last night we signed a contract on a house. So today I'll try to line up inspectors and start taking another hard look around to see if there's more we don't need that we can get rid of. If all goes well, we will close at the end of May and have several weeks to rip out carpet, etc, before having to move in our stuff. In a really boneheaded move, I forgot about the good faith deposit coming up and had to transfer money from our online savings bank to our checking bank, which takes 3 business days. Incredibly, they said they'd take a postdated check so we could still get everything rolling yesterday. So I realized I really need a savings account at our checking bank to use as an emergency fund instead of relying on our more long-term savings for that.
The high is supposed to be 85, so too hot for my usual challah baking. I only made it to one grocery yesterday so today I'm going to finish grocery shopping, stop at the great (and really cheap!) Italian bakery for a loaf to have with dinner, and hit the thrift shop nearby. I'm thinking chicken on the grill, a green salad, broccoli and bread for dinner.
About the Italian bakery, it's a huge supplier in the area and it really is so cheap that I'll probably buy hoagie rolls, dinner rolls and bread there through the hot weather instead of baking it. It's also fun to stop there because you can see the bread rolling out of the oven and on to the mesh conveyor belt where it takes a ride around the upper perimeter of the factory to cool off. And they always give ds a hot dinner roll to eat on the way home.
It's funny, when we first moved to NJ I thought the price of food was quite a bit higher here. Now I've figured out the best places to shop and my grocery bill is back down.
Today, I have been working on my resume. Ugh. Will start applying for jobs over the weekend. Heading to lunch with friends today, then doing the usual cleaning, laundry, etc. Might find time to read my book though. I started Fall of Giants by Ken Follet. Awesome book so far!
I hope everything processes smoothly with the new home! How long have you been out here in NJ?
I'm working on putting my house on the market by the beginning of summer. It's just to big for me now. We bought it when there were 4 of us living together and now we are down to 2. I've been slowly getting it ready for about a year now.
Speaking on NJ shopping--I first heard of Bottom Dollar because of you mentioning it here. My coworker said she went to one near her in a nearby township and I thought--I have to check it out! I finally went last Saturday. It seems like something in between a typical grocery store (like Shoprite or Pathmark) and Aldi's. If it were closer I'd go every week. Now it's a 20-30 minute ride from here. There is a closed up Superfresh (A & P) in my township that is rumored to be a Bottom Dollar in the future.
There are Asian and Latino grocery stores around me. A fine Latino bakery here too (altho the bakery stuff isn't in my diet anymore).
Sandy in NJ (Login SandyinMI) The Frugalista Files
not a year yet
May 8 2012, 5:33 PM
Ds and I moved here in early August last year and dh had been here a couple of months or so before that.
Two realtors told me that there seem to be a lot of buyers right now but not a lot of houses coming on the market, so this seems like a good time to sell.
I do really like Bottom Dollar. Aldi is still cheaper for some things but I get the bulk of my shopping done at Bottom Dollar. I also like Wegman's for a few of their season-long specials like red peppers and chicken breasts. I've almost completely given up on Shoprite. There are two enormous Asian groceries nearby too, but I've only been in a couple of times. Ds refuses to go because they smell like fish. Bottom Dollar has 6 or 7 locations already so I wouldn't be surprised if they opened more soon. What part of New Jersey are you in?
The realtor talk is encouraging, but I'm expecting a long wait before the sale. That is fine since I don't yet know what I'll be moving into. I plan to stay in this township, but I don't know if I want to move into a small house (& yard), a townhouse or a Condo. The townhouse would probably be best, but between our high property taxes and the association fees--ouch!
I live in central NJ, in Mercer County. If you are outside of Philly, then I guess that you are about 45 minutes SE of me.
Yesterday I got some planting done in the garden, dh has clever ways of doing everything! To plant seeds, we lay down boards, then make a trench along the board. This keeps rows straight and once the plants pop up we take up the boards.
I believe my baby chicks are already bigger, its like they grow right before your eyes!! It's pretty entertaining sitting on the tailgate watching them!!
My x-roommate is moving out of state, so my ds and I have been helping him get rid of stuff and pack what he's taking. One doesn't realize how much you have till you get ready to move!! Ds bought all his tools and I bought a washer and dryer and freezer. He's not taking hardly anything so he's gave up all kinds of stuff. I'll use the washer and dryer to offer laundry service to the rvers.
Today I plan to help with more packing and then one of grands has a t-ball game, then need to visit mom and dad at nursing home.
Sandy in NJ (Login SandyinMI) The Frugalista Files
I'm so jealous of your baby chicks
May 4 2012, 8:55 AM
I've always wanted chickens, but I don't know if I could bring myself to butcher and eat them after taking care of them. I loved my grandmother's chickens and ducks. Geese, not so much. Bees would be neat too. Beekeeping seems fascinating.
I've been researching top bar hives and bee traps. I have the perfect spot, close to an old orchard and plenty of hay fields around. Congradulations on finding a house! Hope it's close to lots of thrift stores!! LOL
I just got a check for almost $600 from the county. It took a few hours of spreadsheet effort and some help from the accounting dept at work and a few months worth of patience but it worth the effort. The local metro/county authority has an occupational privilege type tax - the spreadsheet was to figure out the time I worked outside of the county in 2011 and get a refund for that time. I told myself going forwards I would log the time into a spreadsheet every trip, but I just opened my spreadsheet to take a glance and the last time I logged time in it was mid-Jan. Behind already!
First of all, congrats to Sandy! Hope everything works out perfectly on the house! Also, PJ, I just love your posts--you sound so happy! Best of luck to Sheila at the "new" thrift stores.
I skipped swimming yesterday because (1) I realized I was having a good hair day, LOL and (2) between going and coming, changing and an hour in the pool, it takes 2 hours, and I actually felt like I'd do some housework if I stayed home--and I did! The only driving we did yesterday was a trip to the prosthetist for DH. DD and I went with him and while he was in his appointment, we returned $200 worth of merchandise to Costco and Sears. We went to Sears to return two Land's End swim suits that didn't fit (I reordered one to fit in the style I liked best) and saved about $8 in return postage. Since I would have had to go to the post office to mail it, going to Sears was a wash.
Today is Friday, the only day that DD doesn't go to the developmental disabilities center, so we all slept in today--only half an hour for me, but I enjoyed every second! No plans to go anywhere today except to take DD to Special Olympics practice tonight. While she is practicing, I'll hit the grocery store with my list. DD cooked dinner last night and there were lots of leftovers, so we'll either have a really good lunch today or leftovers for dinner.
Over ahttp://frugalincornwall.blogspot.com/, Froogs made an apron in an hour. I only started wearing aprons "late in life" (after 50) when I got tired of trying to get grease spots out of my clothes. I could use some new aprons and I have lots of fabric, so I might try to cut one out, if not sew it. I will probably sew and turn my ties vs. raw edges and zigzag...Miss Russell, my 8th grade home ec teacher, would have a fit if I didn't! I also think this would be a great gift item, especially if you added some embroidery. Anybody working on Christmas gifts yet?
This message has been edited by MaxineS on May 4, 2012 8:39 AM
Maxine I'm sewing some aprons for a craft fair a friend is going too. And you can make them really quick. Mine are a basis bib shape with a pocket across the bottom and ties at the neck and waist. The pattern calls for bias tape edging, I hemmed around it. The pocket is large and divided in to three and the ties are folded in half then the edges meet in the middle and its sewed together with one stitching. I'm selling these for $5 and wanted to do them with a quick and easy sewing method. And the fabric is some that was give to me so any money is extra.
The one I made in home ec would be a perfect cleaning apron
May 4 2012, 1:03 PM
Take one yard of fabric. Cut or tear it lengthwise so it is 36 inches wide. This will leave you with a 9x36 inch strip off the side to make ties.
Cut or tear the fabric so that you have 2 pieces, one 12x36 and the other 24x36. Pin the two pieces together so that the 24 inch piece is right side out and the 12 inch piece is wrong side out. Sew across the 36 inch side. Flip the 12 inch piece up and press the seam. This will form the pocket. Hem the raw edge of the pocket. Hem each side to close the pocket and finish the edges. Stitch the pocket vertically to form several small pockets. Now, make a casing across the top. Use the 9 inch piece you tore off the side to cut strips to make the tie. Sew them together to make a longer piece and then make ties. Feed the ties through the top casing. To wear the apron, it gathers on the ties and then you tie it in back.
This isn't any good for cooking--I need a bib--but it is great for picking things up as you clean. I think this took about 6 weeks to make, LOL, but I'm sure I could do one in an hour.
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I think spring is here to stay. I have 2 lads of laundry hanging on the line. I scrounged through the frig/ freezer to come up with tossed salad and pork stir fry for dinner. I definitely need to get groceries though.
My morning was free so I spent the time going through everyone's closets and tossed old, outgrown clothing and put spring/ summer items in dressers and closets. I only have one daycare child today. We will walk to school to meet the kids and come home to play outside and do some yard work.
Tonight we will attend the fifth grade play, "The wonderful Wizard of Oz". DS is the gatekeeper of OZ. He has invested many hours at practice and I think he is glad it is almost over. He has another performance tomorrow as well. The weather forecast looks good so we will stick clse to home and hopefully spend time outside.
Penny in FL (Login Bugpugmom) The Frugalista Files
May 4 2012, 10:06 AM
The mission team at the church is hosting its annual BBQ fundraiser to make money for the summer mission trip. Looks like I'm having bbq for lunch, it's a $7 donation.
Hubby had an out-of-town job today so he took my car instead of driving all that way in his gas-guzzling truck. I like when he does this, he always returns my car with a full tank. I'd be satisfied if it came back with roughly the same amount it left with but he fills it, so that'll save me a few bucks this week.
I'm cooking a huge pot of spaghetti sauce tonight. I'll portion and freeze what we don't use tonight.
I'm going to a renaissance festival the end of this month and the person I'm going with REALLY wants to go in costume. So tonight I hope to go thru my fabric stash and see what I have that can be turned into costumes. I have some ideas about patterns but I hope to do this without buying anything. I'm not telling her I'm doing this, if I pull it off it'll be a nice surprise, if I don't she won't be disappointed.
Tomorrow is oldest kid's birthday, as gifts I have a couple of shirts bought on clearance ($1.99 at KMart), 2 bras bought on sale, and a pair of pajama pants I made. I also made her birthday card, it has a chihuahua on it and the entire text is in Spanish, it's a Cinco de Mayo joke since that's the way people remember when her birthday is.