Thursday, December 29, 2011

AAA's Tipsy Tow

My friend Jackie posted this on her Facebook Page so I thought I would research it and then write out.

If you drink too much on New Years Eve, keep AAA's Tipsy Tow phone number handy because they will get both you and your vehicle home for free.  Free towing from 6pm Saturday, December 31, 2011 to 6am Sunday, January 1, 2012 when you call 1-800-AAA-Help (222-4357).  Southern New England AAA is not participating in Tipsy Tow.  The best part is that you do not have to be a AAA member.

AAA Tipsy Tow also operates on Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco De Mayo and Memorial Day weekend, 4th of July, Labor Day weekend, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

Our New Keurig

So yesterday, we were kicking back relaxing and heard a ring at the door.  I opened the door and found our new Keurig brewing system sitting there.  I said out loud - our Keurig arrived, let's set it up now.  In a matter of minutes, we swapped out the old with the new. 

Old Costco Keurig

New Premium Brewing System

Not too long after that, we was drinking our first cup of coffee from it.  The first cup tasted watery, so this morning I adjusted the creamer and it tastes just like it used to. 

I'm feeling good after my morning cup of coffee today.  I am so glad that things are back to normal in our coffee world.

I love me some Pumpkin Spice K-Cups and some Gingerbread Creamer - Yum!

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Endless Coffee

So this morning I woke up looking forward to my morning cup of coffee like I do every morning.  I grab my cup, add two sugars, a little bit of cream and an ice cube (I know I get upset when I burn my tongue).  I go over to the coffee maker and grab my k-cup, put it in our Keurig and press the button.  Surprise a perfect cup of coffee right?  Wrong, it is an endless cup of coffee and when I say endless, I mean the water will not stop brewing and if that was not enough, the machine turns off in the middle of my brewing after I have already switched over to the second cup to try to save my first cup.  Grrr, so what do I do?  I pour our some of the water from my first cup and mix the sugar and creamer in so that I can at least enjoy one cup of coffee today because I really need it.  So, after that I sit down and start reading my emails.

Soon after my husband comes out for his coffee and I tell him what happened to me and I told him I hope the same thing does not happen to you and I continue to read my emails.  He tries several times to fix the darn thing trying to get working to no avail and you know how frustrating it can be when the coffee maker does not work when you want it to, I know I do anyway.  It is only then that I look up Keurig Customer Support online and proceed to call them for assistance or direction.  I tell the customer support lady what is happening with our machine.  She apologizes for the problems we are having with our machine and gets more information from me.  I was very calm because I was enjoying the last cup of coffee from our Keurig.  To my delight, she informs me that she will send us a one time replacement in the mail within 3-7 business days free of charge.  Yay and I am super happy when she tells me that they do not offer the Costco Keurig on their website so she will upgrade me to the Keurig Platinum Brewing System that has a few more different features and still all for free.  The only thing I need to do is send the black piece that the k-cup sits in to them withing 30 days from today.  The new system comes with a one year warranty that we will register online just as we did this one but will not have the k-cup sampler which is just fine with me.

So now 3-7 days without coffee is going to be really rough because it's the only coffee maker we have now since I got rid of my other one.  I guess our Monster will have to get us through these next critical days.  It will be another great day to be thankful for when we receive our new brewing system in the mail.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Redbox Codes for 12 Days

Redbox will be having codes sent to your mobile phone for 12 days of deals and prizes beginning December 13, 2011.

Monster Hooded Sweatshirt Order

Today I am working on our Monster Energy Drink Team Gear order where we are redeeming 100 Monster drink tabs for two hooded sweatshirts via U.S. mail. 

All you need to do is go to their Monster Team Gear website and order your items.  We added two hooded sweatshirts at 50 drink tabs each totaling 100 drink tabs redemption to our cart and purchased it.  We were charged $4.95 shipping and handling per item, totaling $9.90.  You print two copies of the receipt.  The first copy you need to cut the bottom off and place it on your envelope and include the top portion along with your tabs inside the envelope and mail it off to them within the 25 day validity period.  The second copy is for your records.

The fine print states that no orders will be accepted after the 25 day validity date.  Orders without tabs are not valid.  Do NOT ship via UPS because UPS will not deliver to P.O. Boxes.  Orders may take up to 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Visit their website and get your Monster Team Gear now!

Free E-Cards

As Christmas fast approaches, Christmas cards are on more and more people's minds.  Ours were made late this year because I did not have them made before December 1st like I usually do.  I am still writing them out and will mail them this week.  I had our photo Christmas cards made at Costco this year and I am not happy with the quality of them so guaranteed next year, I will refrain from using their services.

Whether it be because Christmas is getting closer or because e-cards are the way to go, e-card sites are very popular so I decided to make a short list of where you can go for your free e-card resources that I have personally used in years past.

Making Our Own Laundry Detergent Night

Lately, I noticed that I have been purchasing so much laundry detergent that it is getting ridiculous.  Laundry detergent prices are ridiculous even with a coupon and the pace at which we use it up is driving me crazy.

So this week, I picked up some Arm & Hammer Washing Soda to start making our own laundry detergent again like we always used to do in Maryland.  Our kids decided that they wanted in on the action of making three batches of powdered laundry detergent tonight.  Tyler was in charge of measuring out the one cup of Borax under my supervision, Lane was responsible for measuring out the one cup of Super Washing Soda and I was in charge of measuring out the two and a half cups of Irish Spring shredded bar soap (you can use any scent bar soap that you prefer). 

We still had some of the ingredients from when we lived in Maryland, so I used the Super Washing Soda I purchased at Walmart this week along with the other ingredients I already had and whipped up three recipes which should last us for awhile.  To shred the bar soap, I used the shredder attachment for my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer.  We store our powdered laundry detergent in plastic containers with screw on tops.

Some people may say that we spend more time making up the batches then it is worth.  To that I say our family has always enjoyed doing things together and taking a few minutes to make laundry detergent together is no different.  The first year we made our own laundry detergent we only spent about $50 that year on all the supplies.  We will have to see if the prices still ring true here in California where everything seems to be expensive. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Converse $100 gift card for $75

You can now get a $100 Converse gift card for $75 here:

Get the details by reading the fine print:
Add a $100 gift card to your cart for $75 (Digital E-Gift Cards are not valid for discount). Offer automatically applied at checkout. Offer valid only on 12/8/11 (until 12 midnight EST) at Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts, including employee discounts. Discount applies to merchandise only, not valued towards taxes or shipping & handling charges. No adjustments on previous purchases. Offer is not transferable; not valid for cash or cash equivalent. Converse is not responsible for lost or stolen discount cards. Returns and exchanges are subject to Converse's Return Policy. Some restrictions apply. Void where prohibited.