Week. Your birthday week, that is.
I love birthday clubs. Maybe you should too. Here are some of the free things I’ve gotten in the last couple of weeks:
-Free ice cream w/ mix-in at Coldstone Creamery
-Free scoop at Ben & Jerry’s
-Free scoop at Baskin Robbins
-$10 gift coupon to World Market
-Free entree at Kona Grill
-Free bowl at Genghis Grill (closest one to Denver is 4 hours away!)
-20% off coupon at Ten Thousand Villages
-Free chocolate fondue at the Melting Pot
-Free drink at Starbucks
-$10 off of $50 at Godiva.com
I won’t be using the Melting Pot or Godiva ones (or of course Genghis Grill), but hopefully I’ll use the rest of them that I haven’t already. Happy birthday to me! (almost)
I planned to try canning this past year, but moving fell right at the time I would can anything. So this year it is, and today marked the start. Here are my purchases of today:
Large dusty canning pot (or whatever you call it): $3 at an insane estate sale.
Box of 12 Le Parfait 1/4 liter jars: $17.50 on eBay ($1.45 each). The best price I found elsewhere on 1/2 liter jars was around $5 each, so this seemed like a steal. Regular jars are cheaper, but I know some people are becoming wary of the BPA in the coating on the lids. Since I hadn’t bought any jars yet, I thought I’d go for the old-timey glass lidded type. Oh, the seller was in a Denver suburb, so I saved $12 on shipping by picking them up. And, when I picked them up, he had a bunch more for sale at 5 for $20…I win! Ok, I have to stop or Joel will reprimand me for going on about my deals.
We’re back, and in some ways it feels like we never left. I guess that’s how things are when you face the daily monotony of office jobs (which we are thankful for of course). Anyway, we had a great time! Excluding my terrible trials with allergies, the trip went really well. We’re still going through our pictures, so I want to make some posts about where we went when we’ve made it through them.
For now, I have two recommendations:
1. Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action. Cheesy name maybe? I read it on our trip home and really enjoyed it. It’s essentially a Christian doctor’s story of how his family made changes in their lives to care for creation. Our library doesn’t have it, so you might have to buy it here.
2. Nashville Originals. This group of Nashville restaurants has gift certificates going on sale in the morning for 40% off. Sshh…I called, and they said it should be a little before 7am. Buy them here.
I will admit: I am a couponer. I haven’t always been, but I’ve been using them for maybe the last year or so. I had a particular victory last night that I thought I should share. Publix has Kashi frozen entrees for 50% off, which is $1.75. I had 3 coupons for $2.00 off, so I actually made $.25 on each of them! That made me laugh a little.
Also, Kroger is having a promotion this week where they are tripling coupons up to $.99 through Saturday May 9. They’ll triple your first 20 coupons (as if most people would have that many). Tenopardgyse I happened to have one coupon for $.50 on something last night that was $1.88, so it ended up only being $.38. Another giggle from me.
One more thing: I read this on someone’s blog who posts all kinds of deals. Usually it’s for stuff I have no use for, but this time there was something interesting. ChristianAudio.com is offering Foxe’s Book of Martyrs as a free download this month. That’s a book on my list, so I’m downloading it now. Their interface leaves something to be desired, as you have to download 14 files separately, but I can’t complain since it’s free! Here’s where you can get it.