Category Archives: Shopping

November
5 - 2008
October
31 - 2008
October
29 - 2008
October
28 - 2008
October
24 - 2008

What are you wearing NOW?

This week’s post on eco-fashion has generated some fun comments. out her awesome PC outfit! Wow, she’s so green!

So I thought a survey would be a lot of fun on a Friday (or Saturday, Sunday, Monday, whenever you read this). Quick! Take a look at yourself and post what you are wearing!

No fair changing into your Goodwill outfit just to earn brownie points.

It is acceptable to comment about whether your outfit is typical.

October
23 - 2008
October
17 - 2008
September
12 - 2008
September
11 - 2008

Finally, IKEA comes to Denver

This exciting news flash came across my desktop on Wednesday: Home furnishings retailer Ikea said Wednesday it will build a 400,000-square-foot store in Centennial. But the Swedish company said it could take years before its first Colorado location opens. Construction of the Centennial store won’t begin until Ikea completes stores in Sommerville, Mass., Charlotte, N.C., and Tampa, Fla., and a distribution center in Joliet, Ill.

August
8 - 2008
July
31 - 2008
July
30 - 2008
July
25 - 2008

Food Deals, Trends – Friday Wrap-Up

This Friday wrap-up is all about giving money on food and groceries. Yum. Economic stimulus deals You have until the end of the month to take advantage of the economic stimulus bargains offered by Kroger stores. Through July 31, all Kroger affiliates are offering a 10% bonus deal on grocery gift cards if you use your economic stimulus payment to purchase them. That means if you buy a $300 gift card you’ll receive a card valued at $330. If you buy a card valued at $1200, you’ll get a card with a bonus of 120 extra dollars. Think about it — that’s like earning 10% interest on your money that you would be spending on groceries. If you still have your economic stimulus payment hanging around, or if you can afford it, it’s well worth buying ahead on your grocery bill.

July
11 - 2008

Friday wrap-up: Angel Food, gift cards

Angel Food – $30 for $60 of food I saw this site mentioned in a couple of places this week — the Angel Food Ministries provide a way for consumers to purchase a monthly “menu” of about $65 worth of food for $30. It is first-quality food distributed at local locations, and for those in need, the program accepts food stamps. The list I saw for our state includes a lot of meat, which makes it unsuitable for vegetarians; but for meat-eaters, it could be stretched a long way. They also offer supplemental menus for purchasers to get a special deal on meat or vegetables in addition to the regular menu. It looks like a lifesaver for families in need — or just in need of stretching their dollars. Recycle gift cards

June
19 - 2008
June
11 - 2008

Deals of the week

We haven’t had a deal of the week in a long time! But there are a few deals out there too good to pass up. It’s spring clearance season. If you need winter items (stock up for next year!) check out these great bargain sites: Land’s End, LL Bean, Campmor and Sierra Trading Post. You can get good deals on expensive long johns, winter gloves, fancy sandals, hiking socks, etc. that you or kids might need next year. For extra savings, do a search for the retailer and “coupon” or “code” — you might find a discount you can apply for a percentage off or free shipping. The Upromise toolbar. You might be familiar with Upromise, which lets you register cards (grocery store cards, credit cards, etc.) and earn college savings. You can open a 529 account and tie it to your Upromise account. The toolbar tells you about deals […]

June
4 - 2008

Hard truths about wheat costs

Yesterday, we experienced the cold, hard truth about food costs. Last year, on June 30, 2007, I purchased a 25-pound sack of flour at Costco. Just all-purpose flour. Nothing fancy. It cost $4.79, or $0.19 per pound. Yesterday (June 3, 2008), I purchased the exact same product. It cost $8.49, or $0.34 per pound.

June
3 - 2008

Organic food IS healthier

Last week I came across this blog looking at whether organic food is healthier than conventionally grown foods. I missed the story on NPR, but it sounds like organic fruits and veggies just might be more nutritious than “regular.” (Regular, of course, is a relatively modern invention — “conventional” foods WERE organic for, oh, thousands of years.)

June
2 - 2008

Great deal on quality cookware

Just saw this (via Slickdeals.net) – if you are in the market for a whole set of cookware, check it out! We do not have this cookware, although we have some KitchenAid utensils and an omelet pan that are excellent. You can purchase a 12-piece hard-anodized cookware set or a 12-piece hard base cookware set (I don’t know what that means, but this one is red) on Amazon for $130 or save $20 more if you buy more than one KitchenAid item. They’re 75 percent off their regular price. What a great wedding gift that would be!

May
29 - 2008

90% reduction update

Organic Needle reminded me to do an update on our performance during the Riot for Austerity, which I started 10 months ago. This is the 90 percent challenge that I’ve mentioned on this blog — with the goal of cutting consumption by 90 percent from U.S. average consumption. Here’s the update on what I did and how it turned out: