Movie Review: The Butterfly Room

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Be careful of your neighbors. And especially neighbors you are using to babysit your kid while you go off screwing around. Ann, the neighbor and main character of this movie has an obsession with butterflies. She in fact has a special room called the butterfly room that has all of her “pinned” butterflies. This reminded me of Silence of the Lambs and the killer loving his moths. And she is creepy about butterflies and little girls.

Barbara Steele is great in this movie. I think she would have been scarier though if she would have moved a little bit quicker in her actions. The little girl Julie does an adequate job. I hated the way they kept flipping back and forth again and again to Ann’s daughter in the bathtub. Way too much filler sequences. The ending was decent with the very last frame. I thought it was a pretty good horror film and give it a 7.

StarStarStarStarStarStarStar 7/10


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Movie Review: The Butterfly Room

My Coke Rewards

I’ve been doing MyCokeRewards for several years now. I have received several gifts from them including t-shirts, cookie jar and a spice rack to name a few. I use my points to get a subscription to Club Pogo all the time. Unfortunately, it seems they are starting to faze that benefit out. Sad smile But the prizes I’ve chose either online or through the mail have all come very quickly. Big thumbs up to Coke for that!

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MyCokeRewards is a once a week easy way to get “something” for free. Coke cap codes are worth 3 points apiece and you are allowed to enter up to 100 points a week. I generally do this on Saturday morning. It takes me probably 15 minutes. The counter resets on Monday at 12am EST.

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You just enter the letter and number combination found on the inside of coke caps or written inside the cartons. Some people online will post codes they don’t want. Remember that there are no “O’s” as in a letter, all of the circles symbols are the number zero. I used to have to take a plastic liner out of the caps to be able to read the number, but those are no longer in there making it easier. A tip to read any of the caps except for the black Coke Zero ones: Put the cap in front of a flashlight. The light shines through and makes it easy to see the number.

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My Coke Rewards

Frugal Hack: Shower Head Fixer

I have read about using vinegar to fix a clogged shower head many times. Well the other morning, my shower was but a sprinkle. Not good for getting to work on time.

So, I decided to try out this remedy before doing something drastic. Yesterday after I came home from work, I got out 3 sandwich baggies. Just the cheap kind that don’t have the zipper top. I put one inside the other and then another inside that to reinforce them and to make sure nothing was going to leak. Then I got my bottle of plain white vinegar and headed to the bathroom. I also retrieved an elastic hairband to use as a rubber band.

I got a good grip on the baggies by the sink and poured some vinegar in, just about half full. Enough so the shower head would be completely covered. I poured slowly and kept my hands holding a good portion of the top of the bag so the vinegar wouldn’t spill out. Then I carefully pulled the bag up and over the shower head making sure the spout was completely submerged. I used the hairband to fasten it securely so the bag and the vinegar stayed put. And that was it. I got up this morning and without doing anything else, I pulled the bag off and disposed of it. I turned the shower on and Yippee ~ WORKING!!


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Frugal Hack: Shower Head Fixer

SATURDAY JANUARY 10, 2015: magazine surfing

One important point I want to make about going to brand product websites is to look around. If this is a product you buy and like, look for free samples, coupons and newsletter signups. If there is a club, join. Club members sometimes get special offers or freebies (at times). So it is a benefit to you to roam around the site.

If the site has a search box – use it. Search for keywords such as sample, promo, gift, coupon or free. Sometimes you get lucky!

L’Oreal Paris – sample
Crest – coupon page

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P&G Everyday Savings

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See if you qualify for samples – this is very easy. Also printable coupons.

Depend – free samples, coupons
Tena –special offers
Kellogg’s – Family Rewards for entering codes
Campbell’s – savings page
Nutrish – coupons
Tamiflu – coupon
Arm & Hammer – coupons
Iams – Rewards
Liquid Plumbr – moneyback guarantee / game to win cash & prizes
Oxi-Clean – coupons
Clorox – coupons
Lucky Leaf – promotions
Reynolds – coupons
Jolly Time – coupons
Betty Crocker – coupons
Healthy Essentials – coupons
Downy – coupons
Febreze – coupons
Boost – coupon
Walmart – coupons

SATURDAY JANUARY 10, 2015: magazine surfing

January 4, 2015 – Things I Did This Weekend

Health Goal:
• Walked on treadmill
• Ate sunflower seeds, carrots and celery for snacks
• Drank water
• Joined FitBit group on Facebook and now have friends who are challenging me. The first challenge starts tomorrow – a Work Week Hustle.

Frugal Goal:
• Joined Refund Cents website for coupons/refunds/deals.
• Laid out/hung up clothes to dry instead of using dryer.
• I now have a printer to print out online coupons & rebates. The printer’s black ink cartridge cost ~$14 vs almost $30 for the black ink cartridge for my last printer which wasn’t working well anyway. So in the long run I will save money multiple ways.
• Got food ready for my work lunch tomorrow. I’m doing good with taking things to eat and not blowing money on high cost food at work.
• Made meatloaf with things I already had to eat for several days.

Reading Goal:
• Started reading and commenting on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children with a book club I am in on the SparkPeople website.
• Downloaded 2 Kindle First books to read.

Chore Box
• Cleaned bath tub.
• Washed dishes.
• Cleaned kitty litter.
• Vacuumed computer room and bathroom.
• Washed work clothes for the week.

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January 4, 2015 – Things I Did This Weekend

Frugal Website: Refund Cents

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Last night I re-found a site I used to pay for and use quite a bit. It is an online extension of a newspaper-like magazine I used to get through the mail years ago. The lady behind this (Michele Easter) has been doing coupons and refunds for many years. The name of the site is Refund Cents. Back when I was being a lot more frugal and well, admittedly a coupon crazy gal Smile I was a member of this site for several years. You soon get to know Michele through comments and she also writes about her family and life on the main page. Very nice.  (I hated to read about her granddaughter being diagnosed with leukemia, but it sounds as if she will be okay after extensive treatment.) 

Another nice thing about this community is just that, the community. Members communicate, swap, trade and generally just help each other out. That is the main thing that makes it worth paying to be able to access the whole website. Last night I went ahead and paid the $12.00 annual fee for online only access. Other options include the hard copy magazine and various products that pertain to coupons and refunding with multiple ways to pay. I found it was easy to pay the fee using my Paypal account.

If you are using any coupons at all, it’s definitely worth a visit. There is a wealth of knowledge and information there for free. I had a great time going through the main feed last night. But without the membership, I couldn’t access the Centsible Chat section. For me, that is the goldmine. Members chat all day long on the great deals, heads up on great deals, share know how and you can ask questions. The ladies on this board are gurus when it comes to saving a buck or finding deals and best of all they are willing to share. Examples are links to instant win games online, freebies, giving away codes (such as mycokerewards) and swapping coupons.

I’m so excited to have found this again. Honestly, I had forgotten about it! But I recommend it highly – go check out the main page – I seriously believe you will find at least one (if not many) things that will help you save.

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Frugal Website: Refund Cents