Hi all. So I decided to try a Free Sample Experiment. When you search the internet it’s amazing how many FREE things are out there for the taking. You just have to ask for it! Anything from makeup, to detergents, to food. I thought that the experiment would be fun and I’m curious to see the outcome and how long it would take to get the samples (plus, save some money). Anyone wanna play along?
We’ve been doing okay with saving money except I had to buy some new clothes for work which put us in the negative of about $100. Grocery shopping has been under $100 every week but more like $85-$90 a week instead of $70 (FAIL). I have to work harder on this. As for my clothes, the reason why I had to buy new clothes is that a few months ago I went through all of my clothes and either threw them away or donated them. Problem was, I never replaced them which caused a severe lack in my work wardrobe so the other day I went on the New York & Company website (which is one of my favorite places to shop) and there were a lot of items on sale! I used my Ebates app and got $7.50 back and also FREE shipping! I’m excited to receive some new blouses for work and freshen things up a bit. It is MUCH NEEDED!
I’ve saved about $80 a month on gas since I started working at my new job which is much closer to my house. The only thing that takes a chunk out of my gas tank is that I drive about 60 miles round trip for bowling once a week. And that’s fine, I enjoy bowling ….most of the time ;).
How’s everyone’s week going?
Till next time…I’ll see ya soon!
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Hey everyone! Just got back from the west coast of Florida to visit Gina, Tony and my nieces. It was a much needed weekend away! My niece Sophia has her permit now and is driving really well (we didn’t die) and Ava is doing great with her YouTube channel. Follow her at Ava Kathryn.
I’ve been clipping coupons and using coupon apps for a while now. I admit, I slack at it sometimes but I really need to start paying more attention as I am spending way too much money on food for hubby and I. Today I went food shopping and spent $109.29! WHAT! Granted, I purchased a lot of food, used coupons, planned my trip, got many items buy one get one free, used my coupon apps and got about $1.75 back but I KNOW that I could do better! I’m just lazy.
I have to go back to treating couponing and searching for deals a part time job. When I used to do this I saved so much money. There is no reason why I should be spending this kind of money on food A WEEK for 2 people! Nonsense!!!
As of today, I am making a goal of spending $70 a week on groceries. This will include clipping coupons, digital coupons, Ibotta and Fetch Rewards . If you haven’t signed up for these two apps, YOU SHOULD so you can save extra money on things that you may already buy on a weekly basis.
My long time friend/sister Gina who I’ve known since we were 4 years old came to see me this passed weekend with my two nieces. We had planned a trip to St. Augustine to see the Tour of Lights that they have from November – January every year. They arrived at our house around 7:00pm and we had pizza and garlic knots from our favorite pizza place, Alberto’s. After dinner we spent time relaxing, catching up and maybe a little drinking…maybe…..
When we woke up in the morning, we packed my car and left for St. Augustine. We arrived at the hotel around 11:30am and were able to check in early which worked out great. We unloaded the car, freshened up and went out exploring the famous St. George Street in the historic district of St. Augustine.
After we walked around for a few minutes we started to get hungry and decided to go to Pizza Time (I try to ALWAYS stop there for pizza when I’m in town because they have the BEST PIZZA in the state of Florida) In fact, they were named Second Best Pizza Place IN THE COUNTRY by TripAdvisor. I’m not sure who is in first place (They HAVE to be from NJ or NY. Maybe V&J’s in Pompton Plains, NJ cause their pizza is like crack!) but Pizza Time has got to be one of my all time favorites. I never thought I would say that about Florida pizza because, let’s face it, trying to find decent pizza in Florida is like trying to find a needle in a haystack but Pizza Time is the BEST! It helps that the owners are from Brooklyn too…sooooo there’s that…..
I bought the tickets in advance for the Tour of Lights so we wouldn’t have to wait in a line to get tickets when we arrived. After we parked and got on the trolley to get to where we needed to be to hop on the OTHER trolley to see the lights, we were welcomed by a line that seemed to be never ending! Recommendation: If you are planning to go on the trolley ride to see the lights, get there at least 2 hours ahead of time to wait on the LONG ASS line! It was a little disappointing but the most important part thing is that we were able to get together and they were able to see St. Augustine for the first time. We walked around for a little while then went to dinner at Gypsy Cab Company
Ron and I had been looking forward to seeing Sammy Hagar for months and then Hurricane Irma came through our area and the original date of September 20th changed to November 11th. In the long run, it worked out better because we didn’t have to take time off from work since the rescheduled concert landed on a Saturday. We were so happy that they postponed the date and did not cancel it!
Since St. Augustine is about an hour and a half from our house, we decided to get a hotel at the Hampton Inn (We are Hampton Inn freaks) on A1A and make a weekend out of it. We’ve never been to this particular hotel or seen beach side in St. Augustine. Every time we visit, we stay in the Historic District (I’ll be there in a few weeks for their tour of lights..stay tuned for that blog in about a month or so).
We arrived at the hotel around 1pm and I walked in to see if we could check in early. They said they would take our phone number and call us if the room opens up before check in time and gave us a parking pass. We were able to park at our hotel and walk across the street to a place called Sunset Grille. Ron and I both had the mahi tacos that were absolutely delicious. Along with the tacos, they serve beans and rice on the side that were very tasty. We ordered a few beers and sat outside since the weather was not humid or buggy. When we were finished eating we hadn’t gotten a call to check into the hotel so decided to go to the bar area of the restaurant to watch the UCF game and have a few more beers. We made small talk with people at the bar and the staff were professional and kind. I would definitely recommend a trip to Sunset Grille if you are in the area.
After lunch we walked over to the hotel since it was getting close to check in time. When we went up to our room we noticed we had a balcony view (it wasn’t of the ocean, but we had a balcony!). When we checked out on Sunday the woman behind the counter asked how our stay was. I said, “It was great! Didn’t realize that I booked a balcony room”. She said, “You didn’t, we upgraded you.” SCORE!!! Thank you Hampton Inn!
On to the concert…..
This was the first time either one of us had been to the St. Augustine Amphitheater. I knew that it was a smaller venue and that it was outside with an awning that covered most of the seats and I LOVE these kind of places! They are not as crowded. They are big but not TOO big where you can get lost. AND it’s a much more intimate setting. Sometimes arenas can be so overwhelming and annoying.
When I book tickets for concerts I ALWAYS book the premiere parking. ALWAYS! They run between $20-$40 and worth every penny! When we got there we were about 8 cars away from the main entrance. Again, WORTH….EVERY….PENNY!
Collective Soul opened up for Sammy Hagar & The Circle and I really enjoyed them. I remembered some of their songs from back in the day and other songs I forgot they sang like “Better Now”. That was a sweet surprise. I haven’t heard that song in ages! They are a good solid band and they mentioned that they were in the process of recording a new album.
Sammy Hagar & The Circle consists of Sammy Hagar (of course), Michael Anthony (bass player from Van Halen), Jason Bonham (his father was none other than the late John Bonham from a little ole band called LED ZEPPELIN) and Vic Johnson (he played with The BusBoys and Sammy Hagar and the Waboritas). Their set list consisted of Van Halen tunes, Sammy’s solo career songs and Montrose songs. One of my favorite songs is “Poundcake” and whoa….was it AMAZING live! Chills! Some of the other tunes they played were “Right Now”, “Dreams”, “I Can’t Drive 55”, “Best of Both Worlds”, “When Its Love”, “Heavy Metal” and a few Montrose songs that were before my time. Ron knew them though! Ha! They ended the night with a cover of “Rock and Roll” by Led Zeppelin that rocked the place!
It was definitely a great concert and to think that Sammy just turned 70 is CRAZY to me! He has more energy than a 30 year old!