Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Naruto Go!

I've recently gotten into Naruto, a kid friendly anime. I was in FYE the other day and found the ninja headband that they wear. I think I might have found my costume next year for Halloween. They even had the extra spiky hair featured in the costume.

Cheap tickets to and from NY

Now that I'm on my savings kick, Marcie, my brother and I took the cheapest transportation from NY to Raleigh. The Chinatown bus is $30 to go from Canal St (chinatown) in NY to Buck Jones Road in Cary. The return trip is also $30 so you're looking at a round trip of $60. Granted the type of people who ride the bus are loud and show little respect for those around them however saving money is still more money in my savings account. We're just one step closer to paying off my car before our 1 year wedding anniversary.

PS, if you take the bus overnight like I did, everyone will be asleep so you don't have to put up with the noise.

Wolfpack devoured in their bowl last night

I'm not talking about the football team, I ate my Wolfpack pasta last night with Marcie. She made a rather spicy homemade tomato sauce to go with it and it was delicious. At first, you might think I was a State fan because I was eating Wolfpack pasta but then I guess it could also be said the opposite as I wolfed it down.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Kung-fu Monkey Turns on Sensei

Lo Wung, 42, taught the monkeys so they could entertain crowds outside a shopping centre in Nshi, in eastern China's Hubei province.

But the money-spinning primates turned the tables on their trainer when he slipped during a show, with one quick-thinking monkey flooring him with a kick to the head.

Hu Luang, 32, a bystander who photographed the incident, said: "I saw one punch him in the eye - he grabbed another by the ear and it responded by grabbing his nose. They were leaping and jumping all over the place. It was better than a Bruce Lee film."

At one point the monkey trainer grabbed a staff to hit the monkeys, only to find himself facing a stick-brandishing monkey that cracked him over the head.

He only managed to get the monkeys under control by tangling them up in the rope that had been used to stop them running off.

Mr Hu said: "He was really furious, he made the monkeys kneel on the ground with their hands tied behind their backs to punish them and make them show remorse for their nasty attack."

Quoted from a UK paper

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Facebook Konami Code

Want to try something fun on Facebook? Try the Konami code. Press this:
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left click
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You'll see a surprise and it isn't just 30 lives in Contra.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

Santa's coming to town

Be good boys and girls. Santa is in town and his list has your name on it... What? Santa is in the North Pole silly, that's just me to the left. :)

Decorations are going up!


Two of four pictures have been filled but they are not shown here. Check back later for those. The trees are also empty. We need some gum drops!

Its our Christmas village above the bookshelf.

In our kitchen, we have very little canned goods left. We do however have colored lights!

I haven't had a chance to reverse the order. Nothing says Christmas like having Leon on your shelf. I hate that cord that is there though. One of these days I'm going to run that behind the wall.

Christmas Table Setting

Its a new month which means a new table setting. This month its Christmas time so she went with the snow man look. We later got some more napkins for my mom so we have better ones now. Until we put those out, to the left is our current table setting.

What does Marcie see?

Marcie and I were driving home from Four Oaks and we passed by a cotton field. I guess they don't grow cotton in MI so we had to stop. Despite what you might think, cotton isn't as fluffy as it is in the store. She collected a few balls, seeds and all and brought them back to be proudly displayed on our counter top with the rest of her plants.

Grocery Savings part 3

Here's my latest receipt from this weekend. I try to stay under $40 a week on groceries ($20 per person/week) but this week there were too many good sales on meat.

First was the sale on Butterball Turkeys. Marcie has been wanting to bake a turkey for a while and has her bags ready to stuff and roast the bird we bought. They were on sale for a pretty good price already. I think they were 99 cent/lb. That's not the best price but its good enough. On top of that, I like to check the wine and beer isle for coupons. A lot of times they will have them around their necks. I found a coupon for $1.00 off Butterball turkey so that saved even one more dollar.

Next we bought ez peal shrimp. Typically they are just under $20 per a bag but Harris Teeter had a sale where when you buy one, you get two free. We picked up three good size bag of shrimp for under $20.

There were a few other savings but those were our biggest ones. This should last us a couple of weeks. Tallying things up, we paid $51.77 and saved $39.10. That's a savings of 43%. From there we moved to CVS for our next buy.

CVS has a great program called extra reward bucks. Basically, each week they will have items that are either free or near that because after you buy them, they give you store credit for the amount of the item. They only last 30 days so any time you see something for free, its a good idea to go ahead and spend your bucks on that item so you will be issued a new store credit.

This week, we bought eight ultra lithium batteries, Excedrin Menstrual (had a good coupon for this), and two Santa hats for what would of been $36.96. After using the extra reward bucks I had, I ended up only paying $10.48 which is a 72% savings. I was issued several more reward bucks for my next shopping order making me feel good about the purchase however it doesn't stop there. I've got a mail in rebate for $5 when you buy Energizer's Ultimate Lithium batteries. If I can find it, I would have two but I seem to have lost the other mail in rebate I had. After just one mail in rebate, I'm now at $5.48 for my final total. Not too bad huh?

Now my next shopping trip, I blew all my savings and then some. I gave in and bought a Nintendo wii. I've been wanting to buy the latest Zelda game as well as the Metroid Prime trilogy for a wile so I splurged and bought the $200 console. Before you're too disappointed with my lack of thrift, I did do my homework. The price of the console is the same everywhere however Walmart was offering a $50 gift card with your purchase. Since they have stuff you need every day anyways, you could kind of say I got it for $150. In actuality, I'll end up spending that on Zelda or Metroid but it makes me feel better.

Finally, we went to Target and wasted all kinds of savings. We went in for the $15 pre-wrapped DVD for a gift and ended up spending over $10 on Christmas cards. Luckily, we got all of our shopping done except for one item. Once that is picked up, all that is left is for Marcie to finish making the Smittens. I won't describe them any more since she's making them as presents for people.

I get so excited about this couponing thing. I think it is even starting to rub off on Marcie. We've done most all of our Christmas shopping and our grocery shopping is done for the next two weeks except for a few fresh produce items we'll need to pick up next week. We went from spending $70 every week to $40 a week on food so now we can start paying off our cars sooner. As soon as those are paid off, we can look at new houses and consider having kids. Next year, Lord willing, will be an interesting year for us.

Poopin Polarbear

Since its Christmas time, we bring out all of the decorations. This table right here is perhaps my favorite. You've got Santa's chimney that drops one rung ever two days till he's at the bottom on Christmas day. Then, my other favorite decoration is the pooping polar bear. You press down on his back legs and he drops out a brown colored jelly bean. They're a root beer flavor and really good. Hilarious and tasty. I love it!