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    RR, I would be excited too, because it means someone cooking for you possibly more often.

    Family from out of state visited for 4 days for the holiday. We ate homecooked meals and did free things like hike and play Trivial Pursuit. It was relaxing.

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    Yppej: You saw my ulterior motive!

    Went to Five Guys Burgers tonight to pick up a gift certificate for a birthday gift, just before supper time, and did not buy anything but the gift card. Asked if I could take a little cardboard thingie full of peanuts to tuck the gift card in, since I thought that would make a cute presentation for a not very inspiring gift (but it's what the giftee had requested) and he said it was fine.

    ETA: Left husband in the car since he surely would have bought burgers!

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    I think the peanuts wrapping was inspired--that's what makes eating there fun.

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    A no spend day. I got some books from the library.

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    A no spend day. Easy to do. Left for work at 0610 and left work at 1740 No energy to spend. I was so busy I didn't eat my breakfast until 1030. Then doc bought pizza so had "dinner" at 3 pm. Cocktail after I got home and trying to stay awake until 8pm. ugh....retirement just under 4y

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosarugosa View Post
    he'll really like these. One is "Cooking for Two" and the other is "A Hostess' Guide to Entertaining" (OK, so he won't love the title of that one)
    They sound like gifts which the recipient surely will enjoy.

    Flash back to 30 years ago; me, standing in a Sears store explaining to the sales guy why I (the appliance buyer) did not want to buy their top-of-the-line washing machine because it was the Lady Kenmore version -- any more than most women wanted to buy tool sets with dainty pink-handled pliers and hammers. I don't remember the discussion getting far. I do remember not getting the washer at Sears.
    If Americans expended even a fraction of the energy on civic engagement that we spend on consumer ideology, our democracy would be much healthier. Can you imagine people camping out to vote? -- Charles Roberts, Amherst, Mass., Nov. 25, 2006

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    Got a couple pairs of shorts and matching tops on sale. Due to weight gain I was down to just 2 pairs of shorts, one for muddy outdoor work and one good one. This is cheaper than doing small loads of laundry all the time or running the A/C when it's hot. And July is the cheapest month to buy summer apparel. Now I am set with both work and weekend summer clothes.

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    Our library's gift shop sells new birthday/sympathy/get well/blank cards with envelopes for .25. Pretty decent selection.
    Not sure where they get them - maybe a local shop donates their leftovers? - but I stocked up on a few for upcoming occasions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveinMN View Post
    Kind of a quiet weekend as far as activity (certainly not quiet as far as explosive devices go).

    - Still going through the freezer for meat to cook. The soup recipe called for canned tomatoes; I found a private label "San Marzano-style" can of tomatoes at the supermarket that was cheaper even than their house brand; tried those and they worked out so well I went back this weekend to get more for the pantry. The ribs recipe called for red wine; didn't want to open a whole bottle for what I needed so I used an open bottle of white. It may have ended up a bit sweeter than intended but it was still pretty tasty.
    - Filled out the rebate forms for stuff we bought for Menard's 11% rebate. For a buck in postage I'll get about $9 back in merch credits.
    - Still negotiating with some flake on craigslist to buy a used compost bin. Ours flat out broke and cannot be repaired so we have to get another one. I'm supposed to be able to pick it up tonight but he said he wouldn't text me the address until tonight. No idea what he's afraid of. It's not like his house was going to move between this weekend and tonight. >.< It's way cheaper than similar used bins on cl though so I may have to put up with some nonsense.
    - DW made more laundry detergent. It seems to clean well and it does not irritate her skin like the popular commercial brands or the expensive boutique brands.
    - Didn't look at a single July 4 sales circular. Oh, I did. Nothing I need at Target this week. But I do find it's easier not to spend money if I don't know how much I can save by buying it now. :-)
    You probably do this also but thought I would say anyway. When I send in a rebate to Menards I put them all in the same envelope since the address is the same. I do list the rebate items on the envelope though. I then get just one check. Saves a few pennies on postage too.

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    We had a coupon for our wild bird store that saved us $8.80 on a bag of peanuts for the birds (yes, we are very good to our birds). The purchase generated another coupon for $10 off any purchase, so we'll use that the next time we go to buy sunflower seeds.
    I'm also stocking up on the few prescription meds we take (luckily not many). Our out of pocket prescription costs are going to skyrocket next year, so anything we have refills on, we're going to refill as many times as possible by the end of the year. (I don't believe in drug expiration dates; I think they are a marketing ploy).

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