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Mission: Use It Up [Jun. 29th, 2004|12:27 pm]
glittersaves

fireball5000
My cabinets and fridge are starting to look bare, and I'm at that point where I usually throw in the towel and go grocery shopping. But I'm feeling up for a challenge, so I'm going to see how many days I can put off grocery shopping without my boy getting cranky about our lack of food or having to eat any pathetic little ramen noodle meals.

Last night I used up some broccoli that was looking a little "eh" by steaming it and mixing it with brown rice and a can of cream of mushroom soup. It was yummy, quick to make, and easy to take for lunch. I bet I can hold out until next Monday *comfortably* with what is left in my cupboards, if I get creative. So that's my challenge to everyone...start a little "use it up" campaign of your own :)

~Mindy
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Swap? [Jun. 28th, 2004|09:09 am]
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fireball5000
Hey, just curious - is the swap package still making its rounds? Hope it didn't get stuck anywhere.
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(no subject) [Jun. 25th, 2004|04:05 pm]
glittersaves

scaredsilly
[mood |happyhappy]

I haven't been doing the best with my budget lately. I spend far too much on food; I eat out most of the time because there's no kitchen where I live. I'm staying with my mom and stepdad who are doing construction on their house. There literally is almost no way to make food here.

Besides that, I went to a going-out-of-business sale at Kmart. I got some useful things there, and a few makeup items that weren't necessary at all. I spent $18 because everything was 40-80% off. That included: nail polish, powder (really silly because I hardly ever use it), light bulbs, hair dye, tampons, kool-aide and a greeting card.

My good news is that I finally mended my clothes that have been needing it. I fixed two shirts, a skirt, and a pair of pants for my friend. Later today I plan on finishing with another pair of my friend's pants, a skirt of mine, and two pairs of my pants that are going to become skirts for summer. They will be courderoy skirts in blue/grey and black. I think I'm going to try and think of interesting ways to decorate them. I've been seeing lots of neat skirts at stores, so maybe I'll try to make my own version of something I like.

Fixing clothes is helpful for my budget because it gives me more to wear without spending anything. More to wear = less urge to buy new clothes.
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(no subject) [Jun. 23rd, 2004|10:33 am]
glittersaves

scaredsilly
Based on the recent post from fireball5000, I think it's safe to assume that the box should be reaching soleilluna today or tomorrow. After that, the box has one more stop, agentl, before coming back to me.

Since there's been so much excellent feedback about this round of the swap, and interest from new people to join, I'm going to start organizing the second round now. This way, there will be less of a delay. Soon after the swap box reaches me, I'll be able to send it out again, on the second round of the swap. I'm thinking of July 1st as a working date. This could change slightly, depending on when the box gets back to me from round one.

If you were in on the first round, I'm not automatically assuming you want to be in the second round. Just send me a note if you'd like to be included again. I've already got the addresses of everyone who participated in the first round written down, so there's no need to re-send that part. Anyone new who's interested should send their address/info. My email address is ratclam@hotmail.com

The order of the swap chain, Round 2:
(1)scaredsilly
(2)jackiemanni
(3)heathertea
(4)soleilluna
(5)agentl
(6)emilyundone
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When the Gods bless you [Jun. 22nd, 2004|01:40 pm]
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fireball5000
[mood |bouncybouncy]

Yesterday I was playing hooky from work so that I could run some errands and mail the oh-so-awesome swap package. I had a 1/2 off JoAnn's coupon but didn't feel like driving out of my way to hit the store. I debated all morning, because I only planned on buying some floral wire and a single silk magnolia to use as a reference when I started crafting crepe paper flowers for my wedding next May. Amazingly, I've gotten to the point where I have to really dig deep to find motivation to shop.

Finally, I sucked it up and headed towards JoAnns. When I got there the windows were covered in flyers. The store was moving to a new location across the parking lot... and instead of boxing everything up and moving it, they were selling it cheap as can be. With only 3 days left to sell it all, the prices were ridiculously cheap.

I practically tripped over myself on the way to the floral department, and couldn't believe my luck - everything was 80% off of the lowest marked price. Most of it had already been marked down once or twice, so I bought armloads of beautiful silk flowers and filler greenery for pennies on the dollar.... and they also had bags of shells (marked down to 60 cents apiece!) and floral wire. I ended up with 3 overflowing bags full of decorating goodies for $42.00, and had a goofy grin on my face the rest of the day. I still can't believe my luck! Best of all, I returned a Victoria's Secret bra the same day that I was feeling guilty about purchasing, so I pretty much "broke even" with my purchases. And $42 worth of DIY wedding supplies is making me much happier than perky boobs would have.

I'm still going to do the paper flowers because I love the uniqueness of them, but the silk ones I picked up will work great as filler somewhere.... it'll be a flower extravaganza :)

Anyone have similar stories of great buys or finds that were "meant to be"?
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The package is en route.... [Jun. 22nd, 2004|08:12 am]
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fireball5000
Hi all,

Sorry if I was m.i.a. for a few days, but I'm happy to say that the swap package arrived at my house on Saturday, and I threw it back in the mail yesterday (priority) so it's on its way!!

I was so excited when I opened it up.... it's filled with great goodies, and so well organized. Thanks again, Sarah!
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(no subject) [Jun. 20th, 2004|10:58 am]
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jackiemanni
I thought it was worth mentioning on here that I spent the morning sewing feather boa trim from the swap on a cardigan I purchased for 5.99, with thread from the swap! I had already taken off the so-so button and replaced it with a vintage button I had found at a thrift shop.

GLITTER SAVES INDEED!!!!

My sweater looks as if I got it from some fancy boutique for $100!

:)

Jackie.
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Eeeep [Jun. 17th, 2004|10:32 am]
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fireball5000
[mood |distresseddistressed]

Help! I was doing SO WELL with my spending. I saved tons and tons. And then I got engaged, and this whole "planning the wedding" thing started, and it seems to have totally derailed me.

It's not even stuff for the wedding that I am buying - we're not at that point yet, thank god. The other day I went to the mall and bought summer clothes, which I kind of needed but could have done without. Everything I bought was on sale, but still.... I feel like I fell off the wagon. I think that the whole consumer mentality is kicking in again because I am starting to look at magazines full of wedding crap, and am bombarded by all of these suggestions for things I will need to purchase "in order for the day to be perfect". Lots and lots of pressure from family and friends who don't get that it's just not necessary.

I guess I am just having trouble because I can no longer take an "all or nothing" approach. I wasn't spending because I wasn't going into stores (other than grocery and thrift stores) AT ALL, and because I had time to be creative and think of other ways to fill my immediate needs. Now I'm spending ridiculous amounts of time on guest lists and managing the family drama, and I am getting very overwhelmed. So instead of packing my lunch and going to the library, I'm taking the slacker spending route.

So, girls - yell and me and get me back on track! Remind me that spending does not equal happiness!!

~Mindy
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(no subject) [Jun. 16th, 2004|02:06 pm]
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jackiemanni
I used to take a walk during my lunch hour (I work in the middle of the city - teeming with shops!). I was finding that I sometimes did a little slipping during my lunch breaks - an impulse lipstick here and a pair of stockings you really don't need there and you can really throw a monkey wrench into your budget! Even if I didn't slip up, I had that consumer mentality flowing in my head from all that window shopping! Even if I didn't buy anything, I was still filled with an icky longing for things I didn't need!

So I started "lunchtime crafting" - I like knitting because it's so portable. Instead of wandering around on my lunch hour, I either sit in the garden or library (I work at a university) and work on whatever project I'm into. It's great! I get to do something I really enjoy, I see progress each day on my projects, and after awhile I get a beautiful new scarf/sweater/hat/etc! Even more importantly, I feel peaceful and relaxed after my lunch break, and not full of wantyness!

:)

Jackie.
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(no subject) [Jun. 16th, 2004|12:57 pm]
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paper_wings
The swap was mailed off to the next person in line this AM (I am awful, but I can't remember who it was!) priority- so it should be there soon. This was fun, I am totally up for doing this again w/ other things too (like Books, Cds, clothes).

=)
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