heh - thanks for the mention mismi.
re rebates, I just discovered yesterday how to do them online with walgreens. A lot easier as you can just enter your receipt number as you buy stuff, and click send when you've bought everything you want for the month. So, no more saving receipts or keeping items off to the side until you're ready to do fill in your form.
They recently opened a Newflower Market (check out their website) in town, and I would basically describe it as a "no frills Whole Foods" They concentrate on their produce area, and have amazingly low prices on fresh fruit and veggies. Also weekly specials like boneless skinless chicken breast for $1.49/lb., or london broil for $1.87/lb.
I bought a bunch of the chicken, cooked them, and froze air tight in ziplocks (little trick, stick a drinking straw in one side of the bag, close the zipper until it's right up to the straw, suck as much air out as you can, and quickly close the bag - don't try this with raw chicken
) I'll defrost them for a quick stir fry, chicken salad, etc.
Also, I'll clip 2 for 1 coupons for dinners at local restaurants, or what I call "quasi-fast food", meaning good nutritious food you don't have to wait for. Like Boston Market, Taco Cabana, etc. Sometimes at Boston Market if you buy a family meal, you can get an extra whole roasted chicken for $2. At actual sit down restaurants I have a 2 for 1 for, I call them and order when I'm leaving the office, pick it up, and head home to eat it there.
I'm going to plant tomato, okra and cucumbers this weekend.
Re clothing for work, I really like Stein Mart where you can get some great deals.
Just something I realized this weekend....I have a hard time finding tops that really fit and flatter. I'm a teensy bit too big for an extra large, but if I put on a 1X in a womans size, I'm absolutely swimming in it. This weekend I sat down and hand stitched in the side seams of some blouses I got really cheap, but liked the style. Maybe I didn't do a haute couture sewing job, but now they fit much better, makes me look better, and I'll get a lot more use out of them.
An aside....why do they make womens sizes as if you were shaped like a beach ball? The way they are set up, in order to go from an extra large to an 1X, you'd have to gain at least 20 pounds.
I've got the same shape I've always had, just a little larger.
Back on subject, I guess I'm realizing I'm capable of doing a lot of things myself, at not much effort as paying for it.