Sunday, June 14, 2009

Some Creativity, Some Coupons and Some Cats

Hey look guys! I finally got around to opening up all my beading supplies and making something. I'm pretty happy with how this bracelet turned out and I learned that this type of clasp is horrible for bracelets (too hard to open with one hand), so I made it just big enough to squeeze over my wrist. Not bad for a first try I think. :)
Now let's move on to the coupons (Gigi did not approve of our mess of circulars): CVS - my card
  • 7 papers $2 each
  • Crest Pro Health Toothpaste $2.99, used freebie coupon (*took off $3.25, from previous mail-in rebate) and got back $2 EB (Limit 1) = $2.26 profit
  • Diet Pepsi $1.59 - will get back $1 EB when I buy a second, looks like a monthly deal
  • Diet Dr. Pepper $1.59
  • Used $3.99 EB, $3.99 EB, $4 EB, $4 EB, total was $1.04

DBF bought a second Crest Pro Health = $1.79 profit (after tax)

  • St Ives Body Wash $2.99, used $1.50 coupon (5/10 SS) and got back $3 RR = $1.51 profit
  • Gillette Fusion Gamer Razor $9.49, use $4 coupon (6/7 P&G) and get back $2.50 RR = $2.99
  • 3 John Frieda Root Awakening shamp/cond $5 each, used three $3 coupons (6/14 SS) and got back $5 RR (WYB 3) = $1 or $0.33 each
  • 4 3M packaging tapes $3.49, BOGO sale (with in-circular coupon) = $6.98
  • Snickers bar $0.89
  • Used $10 RR and $10 RR, total was $3.33 ($2.48 of that was tax)

Then DBF bought:

  • St Ives Body Wash $2.99, used $1.50 coupon (5/10 SS) and got back $3 RR = $1.51 profit
  • Walgreens reusable bag $0.33 with in-circular coupon
  • Barilla pasta $1 with in-circular coupon
  • Used $2.50 RR, total was $0.57

Then we met up with my sisters to see The Hangover. It was friggin' hilarious! I laughed throughout almost the entire movie. One of my favorite parts has to be the Mike Tyson bit. I used my Clearview Cinemas rewards card and got a coupon for a free medium popcorn. The last time DBF and I saw a movie, we qualified for a free ticket. We rarely see movies but the points accumulate quickly.

And finally, the cat segment of today's presentation. Gigi was keeping us entertained all weekend. Here she is, meditating with her yoga mat, thinking deeply and breathing in the stuff of life. Breathe in.....exhale your inner lion....namaste."Do you hear that? Why I believe it is the sound of a hair tie calling my name! MUST PLAY!"

She loves, loves, loves (did I say loves?) to play with hair ties.
Here she is, pretending to not even notice the hair tie. Notice however that it is firmly within her grasp with no chance of escape. A classic example of a cat and mouse game.
She has now turned her attention again to the band. She calmly draws it in, trapping it between all four of her paws.
Then before you can say, Bob's-your-uncle, she's up and gone! She's flipped the tie to another portion of the playing field and lobs it into the air with a quick flick of the paw. (Editor note - previous conquests can be seen strewn about the field.)
She often pauses and studies her human companions, checking to see that they are in no way watching her or paying any attention to her movements. As you may be aware, this is a classic human-feline interaction, called the I'm Not Paying any Attention to You Game.
Having ensured that she is unobserved, she continues. Her feline companion, Mousse often watches from the sidelines.
Please note his high level of interest.
Gigi often practices her acrobatic and ballet skills. One, two, three, one, two, three, and...plie and pirouette! Lovely, lovely...look at that form! The grace! The elegance!
Umm, dear Gigi, shaking your head that hard's gonna give you a headache...
"Woah, where'd my tail go???"
"Better lie down and think about where I left it. Hmm, oh there it is!"
"AHA little hair tie, did you think I had forgotten you?? NEVER! I know just what to do with you....let's see how well you can swim!!" (evil cackle)
Invariably, the game always ends this way. I don't know why Gigi chooses to end her victims in this fashion. I'm going to start calling her "Sleepin' with da fishes Geeg".


Stephanie said...

ROFLMBO : ) Hilarious!!! Nice deals, too!

Heidi said...

my cat scruffy has the same hair tie fascination, except I can't leave ANY out because he EATS them!!

Amanda said...

I love the pictures of Gigi and her 'story.' LOL

Shelly said...

My Salem (was my mom's cat) loves hair ties too. He used to get them off the end of my mom's braid! I try to substitute the rings from milk jugs instead......they are FREE. Cute pictures!

Laurie said...

Your kitty is too funny! Mine is into the plastic things you pull off a gallon milk. He also loves bouncy balls you buy from the quarter machines and the lids from cans of coffee.

Amiyrah said...

oh boy...what are you going to do when you have human babies? lol

Raquel said...

Love the bracelet! I think it's fabulous for your first try. :) I prefer not to put a clasp on my bracelets and just use the 'stretch magic' cord. I have found that the .5mm is the best and just double knot and superglue the knot and you're good to go! :)

Queenbuv3 said...

Love the kitties!!

Lindsay said...

My cat loves to throw his toys in his water dish too! Weird huh? And he's figured out how to open the drawer where the hair elastics are...

Pubbler said...

too Our cat loves hair ties too. I keep a package just for her. She's not interested in any toys, but give her hair ties and she's up and about.

Chicagolandia said...

Gorgeous bracelet! And Gigi - absolutely adorable!! The running commentary is just too funny!

frugalsuz said...

hehe, thanks all! I love watching Gigi play, she always cracks me up with that serious little face of hers. I'm surprised to hear that other cats like to play with hair ties too. I've tried to get my mom and sister's cats to play with them and they just ignore me.

Just you wait, I'm going to have lots and lots of stories like this! I can't wait!

I got about halfway through the bracelet and then thought, hmm, some stretchy cord probably would have been better for this than a clasp. Thanks for the tip, I'll see if I can pick some up at Michaels. Now that I've done one project, I have a better idea of some materials I'd like to get.

Emily said...

LOL, great! Coupon Hater Kitty loves hair ties too. When I moved out of my old apartment I found about 6 under the bed, with little stretched out strings hanging off :D

Precious said...

That bracelet is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!

You did a really nice job on your first one.

Jennifer said...

Cute bracelet! I love Gigi....she is so pretty.......and talented! LOL

Virginia Mom said...

Your bracelet turned out really pretty! I found a pattern for a bracelet in similar colors on that my Mom made me for Christmas- I love it! Now you need to make a matching necklace so you'll have a complete ensemble! :)

Maria E. Lopez said...

jajajajaja so cute!!! i have a cat too her name is Bella. she loves to play with the rings that you get when you open a gallon of milk lol she has different colors and are her most precious toys lol i just came across your blog and I LOVE IT thank you for sharing