Free dog and or cat food at Walgreens
July 31, 2008, 12:04 pm
Filed under: Coupons, Walgreens

Walgreens has Purina dog and cat chow on sale for $3.99 a bag this week. Go to Purina’s Give a Bowl website here and click on “Download a great savings coupon ($4) from Purina.” You will have to fill out a short survey about your pet to get to the coupon (apparently if they offer you a coupon for less than $4, go back and use different answers until the $4 coupon link appears). Print out the coupon, then click on your back button and refresh to print another. Purina will donate a $1 to an animal rescue of your choice for each coupon redeemed.

Woo, free pet food!

Getting back into the swing of things
July 28, 2008, 8:22 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Vacation was nice and relaxing. I had forgotten how quiet it is out in West Virginia!

I got a nice pile of goodies in the mail while I was gone: a coupon for a free box of Honey Bunches of Oats, coupons and a shopping bag from Earthbound Farms, a check for figure modeling, and a check for filling out a Pinecone Research survey.

Has anyone else gotten some fun freebies in the mail lately?

WV, here we come
July 24, 2008, 8:10 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

After my job interview this afternoon, Jake and I are headed over to West Virginia to meet up with my dad at a state park I used to go to all the time when I was young. We’re renting a cabin and will be getting back to nature for a few days. We’re also going to visit my grandma’s farm and catch up with family. I will probably be posting again on Monday. I hope you all have a wonderfully frugal weekend!

Health insurance snafu
July 22, 2008, 8:51 am
Filed under: Money Basics, Relationships, Wedding

As of August 4, I will no longer have health insurance. Jake’s soon to be old employer offered insurance to employee’s domestic partners and so I was able to be on his plan, but his new employer does not offer this coverage.

Since I work part time, neither of my employers offer health insurance benefits. So far, I’ve considered getting my own independent health plan (with dental coverage), but that would cost me about $80 a month which is money I really don’t have. My other option is to go to the courthouse with Jake and get our marriage license almost a full year earlier than our actual wedding ceremony so that we can be legally married and I can be put on his insurance.

Anyone have any other ideas?

Slip up
July 20, 2008, 7:54 pm
Filed under: Money Basics

Jake informed me a few nights ago that, in addition to the guitar parts he needed to buy for a guitar that he’s currently getting paid to work on, he purchased a guitar part for himself. That frivolous part cost him about $200 and, to make matters worse, he purchased it on his credit card. When he told me this, I was rendered speechless. It was as if we were back to where we were a year, two years ago. How could he resort to his old ways of spending recklessly? Especially when we’re really tight and saving every extra penny for the wedding?

It didn’t take long through my diatribe before Jake started to feel really shitty about his purchase. He admits that his credit card hijacks his brain and leaves him a spending zombie. He took out his old plastic friend from his wallet and put it back in the safe keeping drawer.

There’s really nothing we can do, but try and pay back his credit card as fast as we can. Hopefully the money he’s getting from the guitar repair work will pay for his little slip up. At least we learned something valuable from his mistake: Jake still cannot responsibly handle his credit cards.

Grocery deals and good news
July 18, 2008, 7:00 pm
Filed under: Deals, Kroger

Jake got the job! 😀 He’ll be getting paid more and will have much better hours. Woot!

Nothing too fabulous to report this week for deals, but I did manage to get a few items on the cheap at Kroger: a free bottle of Powerade ($.20 overage actually), $.50 roll of paper towels, 2 bottles of ketchup for $.60 each, 2 free bottles of mustard, clearanced down organic mushrooms ($1.25 a container), clearanced down organic green onions ($.49), and 2 free containers of Horizon organic yogurt (clearanced down to $.49, minus $1 off 2 coupon).

I stopped in my local bread outlet today and found out that they’re going out of business 😦 . Everything was 50% off though, so I got 2 loaves of bread and a package of bagels for $3. I’m going to see if Jake wants to go back and stock up on bread to put in the freezer. You can’t beat $1 for a loaf of Pepperidge Farm multigrain bread!

Alternative income: figure modeling
July 17, 2008, 5:20 pm
Filed under: Making money

From time to time, I figure model for art classes to make a few extra bucks. I live a few blocks away from an art museum that holds adult art classes throughout the year and I am on their model list. The instructors give you a call whenever they need a model for one or more of their classes and if you can make it, great, but if you can’t, that’s okay, they’ll call up another model to see if he or she can make it instead.

Figure modeling does not always equate to nude modeling. In fact, I’ve only ever modeled nude once, which, interestingly enough, was the very first time I ever modeled. Lately, I’ve modeled a lot for portrait classes, so I get paid to sit and stare into space for three hours. I make more money per hour modeling than I do at either of my other jobs and an instructor told me this week that the museum is actually thinking about raising the pay by $3.

For course, figure modeling isn’t for everyone. If you fidget a lot, get bored easily, get muscle cramps easily, or are overly self conscious then you probably won’t enjoy modeling or be very good at it. I, surprisingly, can hold a pose for quite a long time. I shocked myself the first time I did it. If you’re unsure whether you’d be good at figure modeling, I would say go for it. If you don’t like it, then you can just ask for your name to be removed from the modeling list and chance are, you’ll never have to see anyone from the art class ever again. No matter your size, shape, or look, you will be more than welcome to figure model as students need a lot of diversification in order to perfect their drawing and painting skills. My dad is an artist and I only got a smidgen of his talent. Figure modeling is gratifying for me because, while I’m not very good at creating art, I can at least inspire it and be someone’s muse.

A great thing about modeling is how quickly you can build up a network. Once you model a few times, an instructor or two may take a liking to you and call you first for modeling jobs. One of the instructors at the museum has been using me quite a bit lately and has recommended me to other instructors when they are in need of models. Also, the instructors and students may have art projects on the side either with another artists’ group or individually that require a model and they may think of you first when it comes time to arrange the model.

To find figure modeling jobs, I highly recommend giving the following organizations a call: art museums that offer classes, art studios that offer classes, colleges, community colleges, and art centers.