Hello, friends. Last week, I went through swagbucks and used a $25 off $75 coupon for a Staples purchase. I'd been holding off buying toner cartridges for the printer, and was happy to find this deal to defray a large chunk of the cost of a 2 pack. I went through ebates to buy a present. After working in town, I picked up a bucket of grounds from the coffee shop. I learned that Walgreens is now a drop off point for Fedex packages, which was great timing, as I had an order to ship. While there, I took advantage of a buy 3, get $3 Hallmark offer, and received $5 in rewards at checkout. I'd read the lemonade Kool Aid can clean a dishwasher, and picked up 2 packets while getting a few groceries. Our dishwasher is horribly stained from our crazy well water, so I really hope it works. It's worth a try.
I got all the boxes of summer clothes and sheets put up in the attic. Our first Ameraucana hen has begun laying, earlier than I expected. Hooray for upping the egg count! I made broccoli fried rice with our eggs, garlic, and a little of our broccoli mixed in with store bought. I went through ebates to purchase a gift on etsy. I love how easy it is to support artists and makers around the world on etsy, this time in Serbia. For my honeymoon clothing, I made two purchases on Novica, which does the same. One purchase supported artists in Thailand, the other India. I did make smart choices, and there was a sale or coupon involved, but what's more important to me is supporting handmade, and knowing my purchase makes a difference in people's lives. I believe we have a lot of power, in the purchases we make. This is the world I choose to put my energy into bringing about, rather than just valuing cheap, and helping another Walmart to be built.
A few weeks ago, I bought a couple of organic pizzas at Aldi's for a crazy low price, something like $2.79 ea. On a busy day of soap wrapping, a soap delivery and more, I pulled one of them out of the freezer, and made a pear blue cheese salad with our lettuce and homemade dressing. I had a small frugal fail, and forgot to use a swag up to buy a gift card in time, so lost the equivalent of .50. Their site was having problems the last day I could have used it, so I gave up and forgot about it. Now that more eggs are coming in, I boiled some for breakfasts and the pups. Though it's December, I'm still enjoying the last few weeks of fall. Around mid-December, we will buy our tree and begin decorating. Holiday cards and wrapping presents will begin soon, with hopefully some cookie baking too.
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|lovely nature cards|
|detail of the pysanky egg|