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The Non-Consumer Advocate

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It’s time for another Non-Consumer Mish-Mash, where I write a little bit about this and a little bit about that. Celebrity Homing I was reading through the Sunday paper this morning when I came across the syndicated Hot Properties column which features celebrities selling their insane multi-million dollar estates. I

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My husband’s health insurance uses an online pharmacy that dispenses 90-day prescriptions for the normal price of a 30-day scrip, so we try to use it whenever possible. However, one of my husband’s prescriptions ran out without us noticing. This meant I had to fill it at our nearby Walgreens. So me being me, I

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I downloaded the Apple Podcast app onto my phone so I can listen to Gretchen Rubin and her sister Elizabeth Craft’s free Happier With Gretchen Rubin podcasts. I love distraction from dull tasks, I love Gretchen Rubin and I certainly love free! I’m currently reading Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits o

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Yesterday was my younger son’s 17th birthday, and as always we made a rather enormous to-do about it. Which for us means a Birthday Day of Adventures over the weekend, plus a celebration on the actual birthday. I know it seems like I write about nothing besides birthdays lately, but that’s only because my focu

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My family spent yesterday celebrating my younger son’s 17th birthday. Because we ate a filling lunch in the late afternoon, we didn’t end up needing a dinner. I finished reading my library books, but have two waiting to be picked up. My friend dropped off her volunteer cherry tomato, which was quickly transplant

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My husband had a soccer game yesterday, and I spent a fair amount of time walking around the surrounding track and spying treasures that were free for the taking. Of course, not every free item is a bargain I want to take advantage of . . . . This condom may have been new in package, […]

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Although my family’s birthdays are generally spread out throughout the year, we do have a few that clump up in the middle of May. First around the bend is my husband’s on May 16th and then my younger son’s on the 19th. But that doesn’t mean they don’t each get their own celebration. And in my

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My neighbor posted on Facebook about having two large volunteer cherry tomato plants in her yard for the taking. I responded that I would take one, which was perfect timing as I have an empty flower pot that I’d just been thinking would be the perfect size for a tomato plant. I always regret the years when […]

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Screen-Free Week was wholly undocumented, but that doesn’t mean that I used the non-blogging excuse to spend out. Here’s but a small number of frugal activities that filled my week: I took full advantage of my library by reading two Betty MacDonald books, (The Egg and I and Onions in The Stew) and listening to [

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Today is Thursday, or day-four of Screen Free Week, and I wanted to slink over the blog and confess my sins. Last night I watched an episode of Mad Men that’s been sitting in my DVR since Sunday night, as well as an episode of Supernatural with my 19-year-old son. My son and I have a […]

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Today I am . . .  Stopping at both The Grocery Outlet and Fred Meyer on my way home from dropping my son at school. I bought two huge bags of groceries plus an enormous bag of oranges for only $28 at Grocery Outlet and then paid $5 apiece for 2-pound Tillamook cheese loaves using […]

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Do Your Taxes for Free! I am a big fan of using online Turbo Tax for doing our taxes, and for the first time ever they are now free for both federal and state if you file the 1040EZ or the 1040A forms. (You used to have to pay to file the State taxes.) I am […]

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I am coordinating my paper coupons and Safeway’s Just For U e-coupons to get ready to go to the grocery store. I have the monthly $10-off-$50 Safeway coupon and will combine everything to grab staples and lots of great deals. I know that many people shy away from coupons due to the fact that most of […]

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Remember the Found Change Challenge? Where I collect all my found change (and bills) in a jar, and then tally it all up at the end of the year? Well it might have been January 5th, but I finally took my heavy jar over to the credit union and dumped the entirety into their free […]

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My husband’s birthday gift for me is to upcycle my garbage picked five-panel door into a headboard. Yes, he’ll have to buy the crown molding for the top, but I think we pretty much already have everything else for the project. I would a million times rather receive this kind of gift than anything he could [R

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Yesterday was my 47th birthday and I worked to figure a number of great frugal activities and treats to share with my family for my Birthday Day of Adventures. We were all very excited.  Sadly, every single one of my plans went bust. The frugal wow-factor restaurant I had my heart set on turned out to […]

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As a parent to teenage boys, I feel like I’m full of amazing, affirming and wonderful advice. “Be mindful in the world you live in, be aware of your screen time and deal with stuff in a timely manner.” (Of course, only a small percentage of it sinks in at any time, but that’s just the nature [̷

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Happy: Building a fire in the fireplace. Not only is it relaxing and cozy, but it draws my teenage boys out to snuggle up with me on the couch. A rare and appreciated pleasure. And since my couch is on casters, I push it up comically close to take full advantage of the warmth, which yes, makes […]

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Note: This is a previously published blog post from last year. And if you enjoy the piece and its message, please feel free to share it with your friends. Enjoy! We’re already into our second week of 2014 and if you’re anything like me, your new year’s resolutions are already starting to fade. Your vow [&#

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There’s a lot on the internet that makes it appear as if people are living perfect lives. Whether it’s happy families on Facebook, perfect mommies on Pinterest or spotless homes on blogs. It makes it seem as though other people have somehow figured out how to create these effortless existences that elude the

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My friend Sasha is coming over this morning, and I’ve set aside my $5-for-$10 Starbucks Groupon from a few weeks ago. I’d actually given it to my husband as a gift, but he kept not using it and I figured it would do me more good than him, as it will keep me from spending any money […]

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I used to live in New York City in the late 1980’s and it was a beautiful time. Why? Because it was before any of us know to worry about bed bugs. A time when a fresh faced young Oregonian could schlep home all the amazing curbside finds that New Yorkers abandon in front of their apartments. […]

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Remember my free aloe plant that I rescued from one of Portland’s infamous free piles? It was planted in a not so attractive glass bowl with regular dirt instead of potting soil. However, it was alive, and I figured I could give it a new home without any possibility of buyer’s remorse. I grabbed a vintage bean

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1) This Portland free pile, which generated a lot of interest. Me? I brought home an aloe plant and concrete planter. My plan is to transplant it into a vintage flower pot with some nice hens and chicks, which I already own. 2) Turkey soup, turkey pot pie, turkey casserole, turkey stock, turkey enchiladas . . […]

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Today is Black Friday, which means it’s time to leave your family at home and shop till you drop! And what’s Black Friday without some promo code love? So here you go. You’re welcome! IALREADYHAVEENOUGH ILIKELYHAVETOOMUCHSTUFF THEBESTSAVINGSISMONEYNOTEVENSPENT SLEEPINGINISBETTERTHANWAITINGINLINE MALL?NOTHA

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Today I am thankful for: The health and wellbeing of my family and friends. Food, shelter and clean water. One very reliable automobile. That I have everything I need, and lack for nothing. My job as an RN that pays well enough to work part time while still earning a living wage. A functional kitchen […]

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Today I am . . .  Making pies, cranberry sauce and picking up a few extra Thanksgiving necessities such as brussel sprouts. (We’ll be eating our Thanksgiving meal at my brother-in-law’s house on Thursday, but having my family over the next day.) Making my sister happy by registering for HBO GO just so she can [

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When I completely screwed up my hair, a local reader (and stylist) generously offered to come to my house and fix it for free. She did a great job and left with a review copy of Handmade Gatherings, a jar of applesauce and a half-dozen pumpkin scones. My husband and I both registered our American […]

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My sister dropped by last night to return my Bissell rug shampooer. She’s selling her truck and wanted to create a not-mildewy vibe for the new owner. I bought the shampooer on Craigslist probably four years ago, and it’s since been borrowed by at least six different people. It’s one of those items that&

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Yesterday I had a whole plan in place about how I was going to the “fancy schmancy beauty school” to get my hair cut. It was going to be free, and I was going to use my free bus pass to avoid paying for parking. Good plan, right? But then someone in The Non-Consumer Advocate […]

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