Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Shopping

So we got the camera at Shoppers for $59.89 (tax was charged on the full price of $229.99 before $200.00 redemption). Stupid thing requires us to buy a memory card and this is also a Christmas gift so I can't post any pictures until then. I would however like to give my husband's head a shake as he forgot to use his Shopper's Mastercard to pay for the difference so we lost out on a lot of points. Oh course this is MY FAULT that he forgot because I didn't tell him to use it. Idiot. The only reason why we got the card was to USE AT SHOPPERS. *Sigh*

On another note we did get a few more gifts crossed off the list at Toys R' Us where we received terrible customer service. The cashier helped another customer before us and 2 employees while waiting on us which is very annoying while shopping with 2 kids. We were also using 2 coupons - 1 $5.00 off any Nintendo product and 1 $10 off when you spend $50 and he gave us a lecture about how he was only supposed to use 1 coupon so he was doing us a favour. Whatever guy, ring in 2 separate transactions there are 2 of us here if its such a problem. I don't need a teenager explaining coupon policies to me as I probably know more about store policies than 90% of the cashiers that work at these stores. I hate cashiers that act like they are doing you a favour by accepting your coupons. The coupon does not come off your paycheque the company gets reimbursed 100%. Anyway then the cashier proceeds to ask my husband to donate some money for some charity and when he refused the cashier had a bit of a hissy fit stating "My brother had cancer and they really helping out our family but whatever" and was slamming our stuff around while his finished checking us out. I'm sorry for his brother and cancer has touched both mine and my husband's family too but this was totally uncalled for. If we gave money to every person that asked us for a donation we would have nothing left to buy Christmas presents! I am not opposed to giving donations in fact I donate to the food bank whenever I can and I'm anticipating the high school coming again this year for donations which I plan to give generously when that happens. It just pisses me off when people who work in customer service are rude. IT IS YOUR JOB TO GIVE GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE. If you don't like it find another line of work! Geesh! I also believe in karma, so I'm sure that this employee will get his karma payback eventually.

We also hit 2 McDonald's this weekend to use up the last of our FREE fries & ice cream coupons for the kids that were expiring November 30th. Both times we asked for the ice cream to be in cups and both times were handed cones. When we asked for it to be corrected they simply flipped the ice cream (cone and all) over into a cup and rudely shoved it back at us. WTF! Maybe people are jealous that we are smart shoppers and get awesome deals???
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Friday, November 27, 2009

Weekend Plans

So our weekend has officially started since Blake works midnights and has Friday & Saturday nights off. He sleeps for a few hours Friday morning and then gets up and at 'em. Today is different though. I have a dentist appointment this afternoon so he is going to take Avelyn to pick up my stepdaughter Jenna and Zachary is in school until 3:30pm so after my appointment I am kid-free. Ah, to be kid-free again - those times are so few and far between for me. Blake gets to remove himself from the house and go to work and focus 100% on his tasks at hand but I am stuck here on call 24/7. Somedays I even add a kid to the mix when I babysit Lisa! What was I thinking???

Anyway, plans for this weekend are the usual running errands, home renos and skating lessons for Zack. Saturday is the long awaited Bonus Redemption Day at Shoppers Drug Mart where I can redeem my Optimum points for $200.00 worth of merchandise. As much as I would like to be frugal and buy groceries, Blake and I agreed a long time ago that we would buy a new digital camera when this day came. Ours is pretty crappy but we would like to get a way better one to take more quality pictures of the kids. My plan for next year is to make a calendar for my parents for Christmas so they would love this. Hopefully we can find a great one at a Shoppers location as this is going to "replace" my laptop as a Christmas gift. If not we will be buying groceries ;)
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Christmas Came A Month Early

Thanks to my Father-In-Law Christmas came early for me this year. Right now I am writing my blog on my brand new laptop connected to the internet by my brand new wireless router. You see my Father-In-Law forwarded us a virus which buggered up our computer so badly that my options were:

A) No internet or computer until Christmas
B) Wait around for my husband to fix the computer (which probably would have taken longer than waiting for Christmas)
C) Open new laptop and wireless router
D) Punch Father-In-Law in the face

I chose "C" but I would have so liked to do "D". Really, really would have liked to...
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Weeoooo!!!! It's Wednesday!!!

Hooray it's Wednesday! Why am I so freakin' excited? Because this week "Wednesday" is my "Friday" meaning I'm done work for this week. I babysit a little girl Lisa who is the same age as my daughter Avelyn 2-3 days a week. Being the same age is about the only thing they have in common. Avelyn is a sweet, mostly quiet, well-mannered child and Lisa is a loud tornado that rips through my house and looks at me like I'm stupid if I ask her to pick up her toys - who gets worse with age.

Why don't I just quit? I wish it was that simple. First of all, the girls will be attending school together in *sigh* 2 years and Avelyn is quite timid so I feel she would do better with someone she knows. Secondly, the money. We are trying to pay off our debt and my babysitting money brings in $200-$250 per month extra so it helps.

The only thing that keeps me going is that this is temporary. Talk is that next year the school system will be changing and the Junior and Senior Kindergarten children will be attending ALL DAY, EVERY DAY!!! *Me Happy Dancing* C'mon September 2011!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Renovations Suck!

For the past 6 years we have been living through renovations. Yes, 6 YEARS! When we first purchased our house it was a complete disaster and they were necessary throughout the ENTIRE house. We have always seemed to take an "all or nothing" approach when it comes to renovations and they completely consume our "free" time. During the past 6 years we have had 2 children so naturally we have to put projects on hold. Well the time has finally come where we are getting close to the end of the interior projects!!! In just 1 short month the "major" work should be done and just minor jobs will be left over to do over the next year.

The biggest change was moving the laundry room to the basement so that I could have a stockpile/office space room. The stockpile part is up and running how it should be, which is a huge relief to my husband since his closet isn't barfing out toilet paper anymore. Since I have found the wonderful world of coupons 2 years ago this was a much needed change. Having a stockpile has been the greatest for us since we live in the country and don't have a Wal-Mart around the corner. Not to mention I got most of my stockpile for FREE or next to nothing. Yes, you read right FREE! (I will post my deals on here as I get them.)

The office part will be up and running at Christmas. Two of my gifts this year are a laptop and wireless router (I know, I know I shouldn't know this but I do) so it can't be finished until I have these two things.

On a side note got some great news today, twice!

1) Received $150.00 rebate cheque from our Energy Audit (didn't expect this until after we had the follow-up audit)
2) I will be getting a cheque for about $800.00 from Reliance! Long story short - for the past 6 years we have been paying for someone else's water heater rental. We OWN ours. I am glad to be wiping my hands free from this company.

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