Still, I was a little like a vengeful Valkyrie (who just swallowed dynamite and had fireballs shooting from her eyes). Sigh. Unreasonable me.
Anyhoo. Most people's budgets these days are much more depressing than even the governor's, so meh. Let's have fun with it. Actually, since not a whole lot exciting is going on in winter-doldrums MN in January/February, that's usually the time when we like to play a little game at our house called "shopping at the zero dollar store." This is when we collect and cash in on freebies and no-cost funsies we've been stocking up on all fall.
kids' books and activity books from our local St. Paul Public Library "free to good home" shelf
--a half dozen bagels from Bruegger's yearly birthday freebie giveaway
--3 personal pan pizzas won by Tovi as "reading rewards"
--3 Culver Scoopie Meals won by Tovi as "literacy awards"
--2 Happy meals won by Reuben for being a "ravenous reader"
--Duplo farmer and pig, courtesy of Geoffrey the Giraffe
--LEGO Smart Car kit courtesy of Geoffrey the Giraffe
--awesome lime green insulated lunch tote from Ramsey County Kids
-- subscriptions to Food and Wine Magazine (plus Wired Magazine plus 2 or 3 burly man boring automobile fanmags for Hub), courtesy of Rockwood Research
--$15 Border's Books gift card from Online Survey
--2 Annie's mall pretzels from SPPS parenting magazine (it was just like Pretzel Day at The Office!)
-- 2 fancypants coffees from Panera for "liking" them on Facebook
--colorful stationary envelopes and greeting cards from local defunct floral shop
--3 lovely gallons of quality interior wall paint to assist in our post- ice dam redecoration (from St. Paul recycling center "paint shed")
--2 DVD rentals
--a visit to Pump it Up!
And NO dumpsters were dived in the making of this blog.