Happy Valentine's Day! We don't do much celebrating around here - read none - as our anniversary is the week before. Come to think about it, we didn't do a lot of celebrating for that, either! I have thought about maybe making a fun dessert for the hubby, but I haven't gotten around to seeing what exactly is in the pantry to make that happen.
I've been plugging along in February. Money is tight. Stress comes in waves. Wake up in the night wondering if we will ever reach the finish line of this wretched race. Same old, same old.
A friend has turned me on to what she calls "beer rebates." Seems that walking the beer and wine aisle at the grocery store can be lucrative. Every so often, rebate forms show up on that aisle. I never would have looked at them had she not told me how it works because I don't ordinarily peruse that section. But these rebates are awesome! The most important thing to know is that you don't have to buy beer or wine to use them. There were a bunch available around Super Bowl time and I mailed off $25 worth. Each one required a purchase of something and the receipt for proof. But most of the purchases were generic and they were never limited to a particular store. For instance, one required me to spend at least $25 in one grocery shopping trip. That's it. Didn't matter where. Didn't matter what. I'll get $5 for that. Another was for a frozen pizza. Any brand. I won't get rich doing this, but it's turned into a bit of a game.
I also discovered a new app called Ibotta. Basically, it loads some product offers on my phone and I check them periodically to see if I've bought something that is on the list. I go through a couple of steps, upload a picture of the receipt and product barcode, and the reward is deposited into my account. When I get to $5, I can transfer it to Pay Pal and pull it out. Free money, as far as I can tell.
Every penny counts, right?
In the good news/bad news department, the only current residual from my bout with Bell's Palsy is that I have lost most of my sense of taste. That's the bad news. The good news is that I've lost 10 pounds without trying because of it. But after a month and a half of this, I want to taste my food again. Diet, be damned!