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Monday, November 24

Just Being Frugal (Deals, Deals, Deals!)

All's quiet on the Frugal Miser front.  I wrapped up back-to-back meeting jobs last week and have worked a spattering of mystery shopping jobs, but this week is really slow.  I've been taking advantage of shopping deals with all the extra time I've had.

I bought a Living Social for Dealflicks, which offers select showtimes at Carmike (Muvico) at a discount.  We paid $12 for two tickets and two popcorns and saw Nightcrawlers.  Then they offered popcorn and the opening night ticket to Dumb and Dumber 2 for $2.  I also bought two tickets to see Journey next March for $20 each, which is a steal since there aren't any other fees like when you buy tickets on Live Nation.  My partner is half Filipino so seeing Journey is a treat since the lead singer is from the Philippines.

I've been stocking up on restaurant gift cards since the holiday deals are fairly aggressive this year.  I used a credit card that gives me 3% back to buy gift cards at Olive Garden.  They come with a $10 bonus card for every $50 gift card you buy, plus Shell Fuel Rewards is offering a $.20/gallon discount for every $100 you spend at Olive Garden this quarter.  I'm also planning to buy a $100 gift card at BJ's to receive four Pilsner glasses.  I did that last year and the glasses are really nice.

Finally, I've been couponing the last couple of weeks to receive a number of free deals.  CVS and Walgreens have both offered free stuff, including toothpaste, laundry detergent, candy, gum, pain medicine and more.  Then I picked up two bonused Publix mystery shops and combined my shopping with coupons for heavily discounted food including pasta, canned vegetables and 100% juice drinks.

We are leaving for Miami on the 12th.  I am shopping a high-end hotel that night and we leave for our cruise the following day.  Those 7 days at sea will give me the chance to think about and plan for my 2015 goals.

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