Thursday, October 6, 2011


Well I got up this morning only to discover my computer shut off
sometime in the night and this morning it will not power up.
This royally sucks!! I can't print coupons because I can't figure out
how to get the printer to work on other computers. Really, really bummed!
In 17 years of being on a computer I can't remember this ever
happening to a computer of mine. I feel like someone has ripped
off one of my arms, My computer was a part of me!

I am now on a back up computer. The print on it is so small and hard
to read even after adjusting the resolution and it isn't as bright
as my other computer.


I wanted to tell you about a shopping trip we did at Kroger last night
but I have no clue where my receipt went to. I can't win at the moment.
I had it one minute and it's gone the next. Not good because I also
use my store receipts to turn in to to earn money
back on products I buy.

I did a Kroger trip because I did not do a shopping trip to Save-A-Lot
this week. I spent the average amount of around $45 and that included
a catalina I got back for $1.00 off my next shopping trip.

I do remember that I have enough points from Kroger saved up from
last month to save .50 cents a gallon on gas. This month
so far I have .10 cents a gallon off.
I love seeing the falling gas prices! The cheapest I've seen so
far is $3.02.

Talking about gas I've been getting snail mail and salesmen at
my door trying to get me to switch my natural gas services over
at supposedly a lower rate. They keep telling me that Columbia
Gas, who I have now, actually recommends that I sign up for it to get the better deal.
Something doesn't sound right. If Columbia gas wanted me to have
this discount then why not just go ahead and apply it to my bill.
Why do I have to do it through some stranger that shows up
and my door???


.75 cents ($1.50 doubled) on Cheerios.


This morning it seems like I had a case of diarrhea again.
I hope it's just this one day and doesn't drag out into
a couple months like last time. Maybe it's just stress.
I do have more prescription meds for it that I quit taking
and could start back up on them if needed since they seemed to help.
I canceled three doctor's appointments, 2 which were specialists,
that were dealing with the constant diarrhea. They say it
was Irritable Bowel Syndrome I had and wanted to looking
into it further to see if it could be something else like
ulcerative colitis, ulcers in your intestine and so on.
But due to our financial situation I just canceled them all.
I can't afford specialists at this time even with insurance.


I know I have been a Gloomy Gus lately. That's the name Tony
calls me when I get stressed out about things. I know I have been down
in the dumps with everything that's happening to us.
I still write about it because it's everyday life for us.
I write about it to show everyone how
we deal with it and what we do to try and resolve any problems we have.
Whether it's right or wrong at least we are trying.
This isn't the lifestyle of the rich and famous or a reality
show about some millionaire. This is the lifestyle of
the average American and the problems they can face
especially in this economy.


Thought I would pass it on. Since many senior discounts are not advertised to the public, our advice to men and women over 55 is to ALWAYS ask a sales associate if that store provides a senior discount.

(Also ask for AAA or AARP discounts if you are a member.)
Applebee’s: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby’s: 10% off (55+)
Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off (60+)
Bennigan’s: discount varies by location
Bob’s Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+)
Captain D’s: discount varies on location (62+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee (55+)
Chili’s: 10% off (55+)
CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Culver’s: 10% off (60+)
Denny’s: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members (55+)
Dunkin’ Donuts: 10% off or free coffee (55+)
Einstein’s Bagels: 10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddrucker’s: 10% off any senior platter (55+)
Gatti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee’s: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: 10% off (55+)
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off (55+)
KFC: free small drink with any meal (55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off (50+)
Long John Silver’s: various discounts at participating locations (55+)
McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday (55+)
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
Shoney’s: 10% off
Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday (50+)
Subway: 10% off (60+)
Sweet Tomatoes 10% off (62+)
Taco Bell: 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off (55+)
Tea Room Cafe: 10% off (50+)
Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
Wendy’s: 10% off (55+)
White Castle: 10% off (62+)


Banana Republic: 10% off (50+)
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month (50+)
Belk’s: 15% off first Tuesday of every month (55+)
Big Lots: 10% off
Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days (55+)
C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
Clarks: 10% off (62+)
Dress Barn: 10% off (55+)
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kmart: 20% off (50+)
Kohl’s: 15% off (60+)
Modell’s Sporting Goods: 10% off
Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday (55+)
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off (55+)
Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month (55+)

Albertson’s: 10% off first Wednesday of each month (55+)
American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday (50+)
Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)
Food Lion: 6% off every Monday (60+)
Fry’s Supermarket: free Fry’s VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday (55+)
Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)
Harris-Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)
Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday (50+)
Publix: 5% off every Wednesday (55+)
Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
Uncle Guiseppe’s Marketplace: 5% off (62+)

Alaska Airlines: 10% off (65+)
Alamo: up to 25% off for AARP members
American Airlines: various discounts for 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Amtrak: 15% off (62+)
Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members
Best Western: 10% off (55+)
Budget Rental Cars: 10% off; up to 20% off for AARP members (50+)
Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Clarion: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations
Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off (50+)
Econo Lodge: 20%-30% off (60+)
Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members
Greyhound: 5% off (62+)
Hampton Inns & Suites: 10% off when booked 72 hours in advance
Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members
Holiday Inn: 10%-30% off depending on location (62+)
Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)
Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler’s Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)
Marriott Hotels: 15% off (62+)
Motel 6: 10% off (60+)
Myrtle Beach Resort: 10% off (55+)
National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members
Quality Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Sleep Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50 and up
United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)

Activities & Entertainment
AMC Theaters: up to 30% off (55+)
Bally Total Fitness: up to $100 off memberships (62+)
Busch Gardens Tampa: $3 off one-day tickets (50+)
Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off
U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
Regal Cinemas: 30% off
Ripley’s Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket (55+)
SeaWorld Orlando: $3 off one-day tickets (50+)

Cell Phone Discounts
AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $29.99/month (65+)
Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service (50+)
Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+)

*Check out our Secret Cell Phone Discounts to view all cell phone discounts available to you!

Great Clips: $3 off haircuts (60+)
Super Cuts: $2 off haircuts (60+)



Well so far I've had 2 go rounds of diarrhea. The last couple of days
I've been really tired. I blamed it on the cat but it could
be the IBS returning again. I've been laying back down in the mornings around
9:30 and 10:30am and getting back up at 2:00pm. Add to that the
6-8 hours sleep I get nightly. Then my right calf muscle had started hurting
again which I chalked up to something I probably did. But now I got to thinking
that it seems like everything is IBS related. I took two go rounds of
medicine today so far to get it nipped in the bud. My belly feels so raw.
Got two more doses of meds to take still today. I hope I don't have to keep
taking these medicines for a really long time since they cost $100
a month with insurance. I don't have that kind of money to buy prescriptions
like that so what's a person supposed to do? I need to find me some
foods to eat that are rich in potassium because that usually goes down
when this happens. White beans and potatoes with skin has the highest
potassium in them from what I've read.

Tony has vacation next week and I guess I should just put on a smiley face
and deal with it because he's going to want to do things like go fishing,
tear out carpet and probably run me from one end of town to the other.

Well I need to go pick up one child from their bus stop here soon then
come home and work on supper. I feel like I could go back to bed and
sleep a couple more hours! Why me????



Oh my goodness the pain has now set in from my back and hips
down to the muscles in my legs. I still got up to make supper
though or everyone would be making and eating pb&j sandwiches.

Supper tonight-
Chicken parmesan.

1 pkg redi-serve chicken patties
fried in a skillet with a little butter
or cooking spray. $1.80

1 jar mushroom spaghetti sauce $1.00

1/2 pound angel hair pasta FREE

4 slices american cheese .28 cents

5 slices bread/toast .15 cents

Tablespoon or so of splenda
teaspoon of Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
sprinkling of parmesan cheese
salt & pepper
.25 cents

Total cost $3.48
serves 5 (4 with chicken patty 1 without)
@ .69 cents a serving.


Woo Hoo! Tony came home and checked out why my computer
wasn't working by looking at the basic things.
For starters I wasn't on my computer last night
because I headed to bed early because of hurting
and wanted to watch some of my shows.
I know kids were on it and the cat always plays underneath
my computer chair. He likes scooching all my coupons and paper
work around on the floor, grrrr.
I know I checked the plug on the wall and the wire
where it connects to the computer and those were
all attached. Come to find out it came unplugged
in the middle of the cord where it looks like
there is a small box. I am so glad to have my computer
back so I can do my own stuff on it and print coupons.
Still doesn't explain why a bunch of my things
were wiped clean from my computer. Something is better
than nothing though. At least I can access the internet from it.



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