Archive for October, 2008

Craigslist saves money

Monday, October 27th, 2008

I wanted to get a new futon, but I didn’t want to spend $400 to get a nice one.  I found one in Craiglist which was solid oak and a queen size cushion still in good shape. I really was happy when the owner called and told me she only lived about 5 minutes from my house. After I negotiated the price down to $50 and paid $20 to my handyman to drive it home, I covered it with a cream colored sheet.   It looks fantastic and I have had several compliments on it.

The great thing about using Craiglist, etc. is that you  can buy something which is high quality and still has a lot of life in it for a reasonable price, and you also help out the seller who may need an extra bit of money that month to make ends meet.

You can still find some good buys on E-Bay

Monday, October 27th, 2008

I  used to shop on E-Bay a lot, but then I gradually stopped doing it as I found the auctions were going higher than the price I wanted to pay.  Lately, I have been dabbling in the “Make an Offer” auctions.  It is a lot of fun and here is what I have learned:

Don’t make too low of an offer, or you might not hear back from the seller.  Most offers expire in 48 hours.

Offer less than you expect to pay as the seller will most likely come back with a counter offer which you will then meet somewhere in the middle.

I found a Theory dress brand new with tags in my size.  It retails for $395.  There was a “Buy it Now” for $169 and also an “Make and Offer”.  I offered $51 and the seller countered with $79.  I countered the counter with a bid of $62.50 which was accepted.  There was also free shipping on the dress, so I think I came out very well. The dress is a beautiful red and white pattern and it is all cotton and my size.  And now, I have the fun of looking forward to it coming priority mail in the next few days.

Gluten-free Surprise Recipe

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

This is a great recipe to make if you want to make a wonderful lunch and you don’t have much left in the fridge.  I looked in the fridge and saw a few eggs, a little cheese, a little plain yogurt, a few fresh veggies, and a couple of pieces of gluten-free bread. The recipe serves two, but you could double the recipe to feed four.  Here is how to make it:

Pre-heat oven at 375 (or 350 with convection oven)

Break up two pieces of gluten-free bread and pulse in the blender until it is small crumbs. Pour the crumbs into a pre-greased glass baking pan. Without cleaning the blender, put in 2 raw eggs and about 1/2 cup of plain yogurt and blend until light and creamy. Use a spatula to distribute the mixture over the egg crumbs.  Salt as desired – Celtic Grey Salt tastes the best and is the healthiest. Grate a light layer of cheese over the top.  Add any leftover cooked hamburger or buffalo or turkeyburger as the next layer.  Add a generous layer of cheese as the last layer. Now bake until it is done.  (I didn’t time it, I just kept watching it until it was done.  It didn’t take long to cook.)

Serve it on plates and add fresh cucumber sliced bits and diced green and red pepper over the top. Salsa is also a nice topping if you like it a little spicey.

An easy way to save money

Monday, October 20th, 2008

My husband was getting a haircut every four weeks and spending $35 each time.  I took a look at his hair and realized I could easily trim it myself by just sticking to the same style and just trimming off a slight bit all over. I then finished it off by shaving the back of his neck.  I am not a professional hair person, so this is something that should be simple for anyone to do. So far, we have saved $70 and he looks just as handsome as ever!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Financiers

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

I just found this recipe on the internet.  I need to buy a few of the ingredients and then I will test it out. Perhaps someone can let me know how they like it.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Financiers

Makes 15 one-inch cookies6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup almond flour*
4 tablespoons Dutch-process unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup egg whites (approx. two large)
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour financier molds or mini-muffin tins. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and set it aside until it reaches room temperature.

Mix the almond flour with the cocoa powder, salt, and powdered sugar. Stir the egg whites and almond extract into the almond mixture, then gradually stir in the melted butter until incorporated and smooth. Spoon the batter into the molds, filling them three-quarters full.

Bake the financiers for 10 to 15 minutes, until the cookies are slightly puffed and springy to the touch. Remove them from the oven and let cool completely before removing the financiers from the molds.

Once cooled, financiers can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

Save money by staying healthy

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

One might not think this is the case, but you can save money by only buying food that is what your body needs to stay healthy.  Some people are sensitive to such things as wheat gluten or chocolate.  Even though they are not “allergic” to it (meaning they won’t die if they eat it), they may end up with later medical problems due to not eating what their body easily tolerates.  If you think you may have an intolerance, try not eating the food for a few weeks and see if you feel better. You may be surprised how many aches and pains may just disappear by eating right.

Adopt a pet from the shelter

Monday, October 6th, 2008

If you love animals, this is a great time to adopt an animal.  Due to various catastrophes such as hurricanes and economic upheavals, the shelters are overloaded with sparkling personalities that will fill your home with joy and friendship. And, statistically, people who have pets have less illness and live longer, so any pennies spent on pet food will be invested in dollars saved on medical bills.

Get up off the floor

Saturday, October 4th, 2008

I knew a beautiful person – her name was Amanda Ambrose and you may have heard her records or seen her perform live.  She had an incredible voice and she used to practice her piano in the condo directly above us.  I would lie in bed and listen to her uplifting free concert.  I adored her as both a wonderful spirit and an incredible performer.  I still remember one of the song she sang to a large live audience.  I don’t know the title, but the words were something like, “If you don’t want to be walked on, then get on up off the floor!” It always got the audience laughing as the truth always struck a chord. Amanda lived a long successful life and although her body is not with us, I can’t really say she passed away because her aesthetics and humor and friendship are still making this a better planet.

I won’t go into a diatribe on the financial disaster our government has plunged us into, but at this point I think that we all have to “get on up off the floor!” It is never to late to change the future and I am thinking about what I can personally do to improve our little blue Earth.

No more funny business in the White House

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

I know this isn’t a political blog, but it is not exaggeration to say that who we get in the White House will affect our financial net worth of both ourselves and the country for the next four years.  In one of the Glamour on Vice President.  I have read that McCain refuses to publish his medical history and that his days are numbered due to a fatal skin illness.  For this  reason I responded:

“Concerning Biden and McCalin’s age, I think the real issue is: Do we want Obama or Palin for President? I think the answer is obvious. By the way, my prediction is that Palin will get her own comedy show on the television networks after the election as she is quite a funny personality. I really do like her as a comedian, I just don’t want more funny business in the White House.”

I think I will begin writing the script today.  The name of the show will be “A beauty in the White House” and how an ex-beauty queen becomes President and crashes the country.  I hope some readers comment on their ideas for the show as I really am writing this and I know that Sarah will be happy to be able to stay in the limelight after the election is over.