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I work hard to make the most of our time, money, space and natural resources.

Falling into the rebate trap

September 21, 2008

I just discovered the $18 worth of rebates slips I had for CVS expired on Sept. 4. I can’t find the receipt I need to claim $13 in Walgreen’s rebates. I have until Oct. 4 to turn that in. I can’t find the mail-in slips for $10 worth of rebates from Pert. This is why stores/products offer rebates instead of coupons. To make money off of stupid, disorganized people like me.

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The road to sustainability: YOU ARE HERE

August 16, 2008

Green Resolutions wrote a fabulous post about what sustainability means as part of the first Blog carnival hosted by members of the new APLS (Affluent Persons Living Sustainably) network. (I’m sure the rest are fabulous too but hers is the only one I’ve read thus far) She ended the post with “Where are you in the process of living sustainably? Let go of the guilt and celebrate the changes.” I began to comment, but it seemed like too much for just a comment, so my answer is in the form of this post. I recycle and compost but still...

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To do: Save money AND give to charity

August 6, 2008
To do: Save money AND give to charity

Here’s a report of my first try at the Drug Store Game, which I learned about from my friend Lucrecia. I bought: One tube of Crest for $2.49, minus a $1 coupons, with a $1.50 rebate = -.01 Two small bottles of Dawn for $1.76, minus two 50 cents coupons = 0.76 Two small tube of Colgate for $5.98, minus a $1.50 coupon and a $1 coupon, with a $4 rebate = 0.48 One bottle of Kids Advil for $5.79, minus a $1 coupon, with a $5.79 rebate = -1.00 One Oral B toothbrush for $2.49, minus a $1...

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by the way …

August 2, 2008

If anyone who lives near me is interested in composting but doesn’t have the space or whatever, you are more than welcome to contribute to my pile. Just drop by with a bucketful when you’re in the neighborhood or give it to me when I see you. SOME DAY I’m going to start collecting food scraps from work, too. In addition to the things people typically thing to compost (egg shells, grass, produce scraps, etc), don’t forget coffee grounds, coffee filters, dryer lint, vacuum bag contents, pet fur, pet food, cat litter, sawdust, fingernail clippings, hair/whiskers.

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To do: give haircuts

August 2, 2008
To do: give haircuts

The whole family was in need of haircut except for me. Mark’s favorite hair stylist recently quit the business and he decided not to get a new one because he getting to the point where even a professional can’t disguise his lack of hair. So we decided to go back to me cutting his hair. I did it regularly for many years but when I cut it on Monday I was a little out of practice and was using a new razor. You see where this is going, right? After two spots got inadvertently short, I had no choice...

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One step closer to employment

May 21, 2008
One step closer to employment

Mark graduated from college on Sunday — sort of. He participated in commencement, but he has to take one more Spanish course before they’ll send his degree. His teacher licensing program starts in three weeks, and he’ll finish a year from August. We had a nice celebration on Sunday, with about 20 people coming over for lunch. I think Mark was pleasantly surprised by the turnout. We made way too much food though. Anyone want to stop by for some salad and cake?? The two-hour ceremony was at 3. My sister played with Grace outside for most of it...

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to do: recycle electronics

April 13, 2008

It’s free, so recycling event draws throngsWaiting a little, or waiting a whole lot, Twin Citians queue up to dump unused electronicsBy Julio Ojeda-ZapataPioneer PressWould you wait in line for hours to discard your obsolete television or outdated computer?If you were at the State Fairgrounds on Friday, you may have done just that. A drop-off-your-old-electronics drive at locations across the metro area — billed as the largest in Twin Cities history — often turned into a traffic jam of frustrating proportions.rest of story from today’s Pioneer Press Well, I was one of those thousands of people that filled up...

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What I found to do today

March 8, 2008
What I found to do today

Connor napped for 2.5 hours so here’s what I ended up doing: Called preschools about getting Grace enrolled next year Straightened Grace’s room and put away her clean clothes Chatted with some friends online Scrubbed the kitchen countertops, stove top and inside the oven Cleaned the table and high chair and swept the floor Created some organization of my digital scrapbooking files Looked for embellishments for a digi-scrap page I had started a while ago Then Mark and Grace got home and Connor woke up, so I read Grace a book and talked to her about her night at...

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To do: make New Year’s resolutions

January 1, 2008

I’ve had a request to blog about reasonable resolutions. I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions but the idea of them is keeping with the theme of this blog so I’ll give it a shot. I’m not going to try to lose 20 pounds or write the great American novel or eat vegetables with every meal. So let’s give these a try: Read two fiction and two nonfiction books Go to the gym at least once a week Finish five scrapbook pages a month Send birthday cards … before each person’s birthday Start composting I just realized those fall...

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Getting out the door is oh so fun

December 20, 2007

Mark had his last finals today — please pray that his Spanish teacher is feeling generous — so he went to school a bit later than normal. He brought Grace downstairs while getting ready so I got to sleep in until Grace came back to my room around 9. (Connor just finished cutting his first molars so he had a loooong night of sleep last night.) The extra time to sleep was wonderful, except that we need to be heading out the door about 9:50 to get to Mom’s group on time. And I was supposed to be watching...

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