Get Ready for Holiday Shopping

Filed Under (Just For Fun) by Jason L. on 08-08-2008

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A Circuit City store in Rome, GeorgiaImage via Wikipedia

I know it seems early, but to get the best deals on the best gifts, you have to start well before it starts to get cold outside. I just got Mandy a laptop at Circuit City for $330 AR (after rebates). If you need some ideas for gifts for your kids, here is a great link with some hard to find toys.

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Day 5 – Day at Sea & Formal Night

Filed Under (Vacation) by Jason L. on 25-05-2008

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It was so nice to sleep in until 11. Today was a day at sea, so there wasn’t a real reason to get up early other than to eat and get fat. Our group found each other outside on the upper decks and found enough chairs we could all lay out together. The sun was nice, perfect clear skies and a nice breeze. We were out in the sun for several hours. The entire time I was just laying there enjoying listening to my Zune. I was so entertained I didn’t even notice how much time had passed. It clouded up after a while and started to rain so we all wondered back to our cabins and the girls went off and did something while Korban and I started watching a movie.

This is the day that Nessa introduced a really cool game to us. Since I don’t really know what it is called, I’ll just call it the cup and dice game. Start with a ton of dice, you will need at least 4 or 5 dice for each player. Keep in mind that the number of dice in play is how many rounds you have left of the game. So each player shakes the dice in the cup and flips it over in front of them so that the other player can’t see what you have. Tip up the cup and look at your own dice only. The person that starts gets to call out the opening prediction or guess as to how many dice of what number have been rolled. For example you can call that there are five 3’s. The next person must then increase one or both of the numbers said (ie: 6 3’s or five 4’s). Eventually someone will have to call you out and say that your prediction is false. You can only call a bluff if its your turn. If you are called, everyone lifts up their cup and shows the dice they have. All dice of the value last predicted are tallied and if the person lied, they loose a dice, if the person that called was wrong, they loose a dice instead. It is a way fun game if you have a group of 4+ people. We played the cup and dice game at the end of the ship until Brittina was crowned champion.

Ugh. Tonight was the first formal night. If you know me, you know how much I love to dress up. Up until this point I have gotten away with wearing jeans and a button up shirt to dinner, but now I have to wear a tie and dress pants. Bah. Well I did it. I was even suckered into buying a $4.50 rose along with all the other guys. Mandy and I have been so good about spending money so that we could afford this vacation; a rose just seemed like something disposable. Mandy felt the same way about the rose and was completely surprised that I got one for her. It was really fun hanging out with everyone. The girls especially had fun dressing up with all their jewelry and stuff. The cruise had photographers and backdrops so that everyone could get a nice memory of their $4.50 roses. Korban and Nessa spent $85.00 on pictures. Mandy and I completely avoided pictures. I even opted to stand out of one, knowing that there wasn’t a chance I was going to be paying for those. In my mind I was just wasting the photographers time. After dinner we went to the welcome abroad show in the main lounge.

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Groceries too expensive to eat?

Filed Under (Personal) by Jason L. on 11-04-2008

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Example of an American grocery store aisle.Image via WikipediaYesterday was the first time that my wife and I have really gone shopping in over two months. I checked my MS Money file and we haven’t spent over $20 since February! So we get ready to go to the store, but first I want to check out this website They have all the top deals at local grocery stores for nearly every state the United States. If you haven’t been there before, check it out. We check the ads for Albertsons, Smiths, and Maceys grocery stores. I print out several sheets of coupons and arm myself with the ‘on sale’ list from each store. Those that know me know that I rarely pay regular price for anything. If we go in and grape juice sounds good, but it is not on sale, we don’t buy it.

The first product worth mentioning is yogurt. Is there a shortage of cows? Some organization isn’t releasing enough ‘moo juice’ through the pipeline? I don’t think so. Apparently the increase of the cost of fuel makes a 6 oz. Yoplait Yogurt 80 cents! All I can say is if you are really thinking of selling these for 80 cents, I would condense the shelf space. No one is going to spend this on your product in a recession economy. I have to save my dollars to buy gasoline and heat my home.

Next is milk, $2.99 a gallon at the cheapest; gas stations are selling it for less, c’mon!

We walked away spending just less than $80 on several bags of groceries. We got a ton of cereal, granola bars, snacks to bring to school and other staples we were out of like milk and bread. I know that nearly everyone out there spends more on food, just remember we are never home. This is like the food that you would buy for a vacation house. Vanessa would be happy to know that we believe there is about a months worth of food in our house now.