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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 on: June 08, 2010 06:06:19 PM
Hey guys....

Kraft First Taste and Vocalpoint are both great sites to join.... Kraft offers you coupons for free items... just make sure you check your account to claim them... I usually just check when the blogs mention there are new offers. Vocalpoint with send you coupons and samples!

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 on: June 08, 2010 11:50:18 AM
Let me think of pointers. If you were all actually here I would take you to Walgreens and show you my system. Thinking of how to write it I need to organize my thoughts, lol.

The big thing to CVS/Walgreens is stacking those coupons. You stack your Walgreens coupon with a Mfg. coupon. Use all your doubles. So, if your buying three boxes of Russell Stover chocolate use three Walgreen's coupons with your Mfg. coupons.

Also with Walgreens do those rebates as soon as you get home. Keep everything listed and don't turn the rebate in till the last minute. I am always adding something last minute.

CVS save those rewards until end of the year. I learned this from one of my friends. She does her Christmas shopping with her rebate buck and saves a fortune.

Those are my best tips. They are pretty simple. You need to set up a system and make it into a big game. Don't shop rushed, hungry, or when the kids are being ornery. Shop when you are calm, organized and rested.

I have noticed with the recession that more people are depending on Walgreens/CVS/Rite Aid/ to help with their finances. Finding items are a lot harder.

When I started the economy was booming but I was a young & poor. Learning how to play the game was a lot easier.

J_Kieviet- I have no clue what to give out as door prizes. I am drawing a blank. My mind is tired today.

I guess it was kind of a Frugal Day here. I had a Lupus flare up. Any kind of work was too painful. We ate Chinese and watched Torchwood. Smiley I did work on my stash box and decluttering craft items from storage.

I guess your Walgreens and CVS drugstores are different than the ones out here and I've never seen them mentioned like that.... you only need one Walgreens coupon and it will subtract the coupon amount for each applicable item.... and there are register rewards not rebates, basically money you can use in Walgreens.... Are you confusing Walgreens with Rite Aid 'cause what you described sounds exactly like Rite Aid here.... Also the CVS extra bucks expire here... so I would advise anyone trying to get into this to check to see if theirs expire....

I think the most effective method of drugstore-ing is to find a few free after register reward/extra bucks items, buy those, use filler items and get what you actually need using your rewards... or rolling them to make them grow...

Basically just read the blogs cause I don't know how to explain it well enough.... :[ I promise the blogs are super informative!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: FrugALong 2010 on: June 07, 2010 12:54:53 PM
well all righty then miss Lyla how about giving us a few online classes on how to save at CVS/Walgreen's.  I'll attend the class (if you would give pointers).  maybe I should have asked this in a pm.  I love bargain hunting, I use to coupon when my kids were little now not so much as I find I don't have the inclination to clip coupons. I do use my local ads to do 'comps' at walmart when I have to shop there. like today have to go and get a few items that my local stores don't carry.

I'd love to hear your tricks too! Especially since someone mentioned Rite Aid, there is one right by my house! Although the nearest CVS is across the river in another state lol! (A stupid state that has, horror of horrors....sales tax!)

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2010 on: June 07, 2010 12:40:16 AM
So here is my list.... I guess I'll start with the ones I've finished first.

1. Legwarmers --> I decided to make them out of white cotton for laundering reasons. I know they will stretch out easier but I tend to like the slouchy look. Plus I'm planning on adding a ribbon at the top to help them stay up.

2. Knit hat --> For me this winter! It's the Thorpe pattern which I found on Ravelry. I used Manos del Uruguay Wool Classica, such yummy yarn.

3. Knit hat --> For my bestest friend. It is also the Thorpe pattern and made from JoAnn's Sensations Licorice and Paton's Classic Merino.

2. Cowl --> Once again for me! Made from some handspun yarn I acquired somewhere. It is so snuggly, I made it really long so I could wrap it around my neck multiple times!

3. Hooded piggy towel --> I made this for my 19 year old best friend, haha. Really simple and turned out CUTE!
4. Hooded cow towel --> Ended up making one for her brother too. The cow one is def my favorite!
5. Basketweave scarf --> I found instructions here on Craftster..... technically this one isn't completed because I need to weave in the ends.
6. Stationary/art kit --> I put a bunch of stationary I found on clearance along with pencils, pens, erasers, tape, stickers, etc in a mini table top roll top desk thing for my cousin. It was a hit! Sadly I dont have pictures but I found the same kind of box in different dimensions so I'm making another one for her sister.
7. Dress --> I made an Easter dress for my best friend. I still need to get pictures.
8. Nightgown --> Used a men's button up to make a nightgown for her Easter basket. Still need to get pictures of this as well.
9. Rice therapy bag --> After making one for my best friend (it seems like I'm her sweatshop, haha) and seeing how well it worked I knew I had to make one for myself. I saw the tute on Sew Mama Sew and used that as a guide. Figured out dimensions and added about 5 pound of rice, easy peasy.

10. Valentine's Day present --> Made for C (best friend)..... included an embroidery and a heart mobile.... still need pictures.
11. Summer '09 scrapbook --> Self explanatory, finished over my spring break.
12. Swiffer cover --> Made for my aunt... used directions found online. Search "crochet reversible swiffer cover" and you'll find it.
13. Laptop sleeve --> Needed a more padded case for my computer and didnt want to pay $30, so I made my own. Made it on New Year's Day so it counts, haha.

14. Face scrubbies --> I need to take better care of my skin so I knit some scrubbies to wash my face with. Yay for gentle exfoliation! Plus I used bits of cotton yarn so it was frugal! Made 21 in all!
15. 5 crocheted beaded necklaces --> once again found instructions on Craftster and just went with it. Super easy and addictive project.
16. Reconed night shirt --> While at Goodwill's Memorial Day half off sale, I found a night shirt made out of Munki Munki fabric. I bought it and turned the long sleeve thing into.....

17. Mittens
18. Knit pig for C (bday present)
19. Knitting bag for C (bday)
20. Slippers
21. Knit Rug --> Making a rug out of old tee shirts for my dorm next year. Almost half way done, but I need more white, brown, and pink tees.
22. Camera strap cover
23. Sewn wrist cuffs
24. Braided headbands
25. Denim skirt
26. Lounge pants
27. Fix Cars blanket
28. Stamped clay pendants
29. Attempt to make undies
30. Knit socks for C (bday)
31. Summer '10 scrapbook
32. Knit scarf --> Made for the winter and because I wanted to use up the two skeins of Tweedle Dee in my stash. I forgot what the name of the pattern is but I can look it up if anyone is interested. Easy knit.

33. Hankerchiefs
34. Shirred dress
35. Crochet + fabric top
36. Summer tie dye session
37. Decorated "C" for C --> Covered a 3d "C' bought at JoAnn's with cut out bits of security envelopes.
38. Camera bag
39. Messenger bag
40. Nightgowns for ME
41. Tank top dress inspired by a Target dress I saw
42. Fleece blanket
43. Rice therapy bag for my mom's fiance
44. Fabric scarf
45. Tee shirt fabric skirt with reverse applique
46. Skirts for thrifted sheets
47. Knit scarf (black)
48. Cowl --> Using the "Spiral Cowl" pattern from Ravelry and Paton's Classic Merino. For ME ME ME!
49. Cowl --> Using the "Chickadee Cowl" pattern from Ravelry and Happy Feet yarn aka teeny tiny sock yarn (big mistake)... also for me.
50. Jewelry organizer

I forgot about projects I had in progress so that is why they are scattered about haha. I still need to get pictures of quite a few.... hopefully by this weekend. I will probably have a lot more project for this year as well, but 50 is my goal.  
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: RA door tag ideas? on: June 07, 2010 12:38:44 AM
My best friends floor had a pretty cool theme..... actually I'm not sure what it was but I thought the tags were cool. Basically it was a clock looking thing that had food items instead of numbers and a hand that you could make point to any picture..... most of the residents write different activities over the pics to let people know what they were doing.... Or how about... crayons, owls, farmyard animals, hollywood, trees, back to school.... I just named a few random ideas that might inspire you....
Hope I helped a bit...
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Need input from the colorblind on: June 07, 2010 12:24:16 AM
Colorblindness is fascinating and your earrings are amazing! :]
7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Mashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich (Recipe) on: June 06, 2010 11:34:10 PM
Yum yum yum! I make this too but just a tad different... I just eyeball amounts of vegan mayo, mustard, dill relish, pepper and garlic powder. I am definitely gonna try celery and onions as well! Your's looks delish!
8  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: vegan chocolate chip cookies on: June 06, 2010 11:29:54 PM
Recipe? Or is it top secret? :] I usually use the recipe off the Silk website but I'm not completely happy with that one.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My first Afghan!! on: June 06, 2010 11:25:58 PM
Wow, that is amazing! I love everything about it... the colors... the design.... the neatness. Basically what I am saying is that it looks great. I can only aspire to your crochet amazingness. :] I have always wanted to make something similar so thanks for the helpful links :]

You should be proud!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2010 on: June 06, 2010 08:15:56 PM

Hey guys! Too late to jump in? Although as a guest I kinda sorta kept up with the idea since the beginning of the year, but I have by no means read the whole thing.....

I have to add to my list to get up to 50 projects, I have 18 or so done!
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