Hampton Roads Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities 2/2 – 2/3

Looking for something to do in Hampton Roads this weekend with your kids?

We can help:

Saturday

  • 10am-5pm Paths to Freedom at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum 2 High Street on the Portsmouth VA Waterfront
  • 10:30am Pony Pedicures at Bluebird Gap Farm 60 Pine Chapel Road Hampton, VA 23666
Sunday
Looking for more fun ideas for the family? Be sure to check out MyActiveChild.com’s Daily Calendar of FUN in Hampton Roads!

 

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Hampton Roads Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities

If you are looking for something fun and frugal to do in Hampton Roads this weekend there is a short list of things available.  PLEASE be sure to CALL because we have no clue what is going to happen with the weather this weekend.  Things may be cancelled or moved.

Saturday

Sunday
*Kids can enjoy FREE Admission to Nauticus for the month of January! Click HERE for all the details!
Looking for more fun ideas for the family? Be sure to check out MyActiveChild.com’s Daily Calendar of FUN in Hampton Roads!
It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Fun and Frugal Weekend Family Activities In Hampton Roads

Looking for some great, frugal activities to do with your kids this weekend?  Check out these events in Hampton Roads!

Saturday

  • 2pm Zootime at Barnes & Noble Greenbrier 1212 Greenbrier Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA 23320
*Kids can enjoy FREE Admission to Nauticus for the month of January! Click HERE for all the details!
For the full calendar of family-friendly events this weekend in Hampton Roads visitMyActiveChild.com’s Daily Calendar.
It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Fun and Frugal Weekend Family Activities 1/5/12

Looking for something fun to do with your family this weekend? Check out these great Hampton Roads activities!

Saturday

  • 11-1pm Scrabble Play & Learn at Barron F. Black Branch Library 6700 E. Tanners Creek Dr. Norfolk, VA 23513
Find these events and more on the MyActiveChild.com Daily Calendar!
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Stuck In The Mud Instead of Shopping Today

I have been trapped on the couch for the last few days with bad sinus headaches.  Today I was so excited to get out and do some shopping!

So after meeting friends for a play date (yes they have kids) I went out to run errands.

As I was driving down the interstate the rain started falling HARD.  My wipers were going at full speed.  Since I am the most boring driver in the world I was going about 45 mph in the slow lane while everyone else flew around me.

All of a sudden my car just seemed to have a mind of its own.   It started veering off to the side of the road and no amount of pumping the brakes or yanking the steering wheel will stop it or change it’s course.  Ahead of me is a concrete barrier that I REALLY do not want to slam into- the damage to my car and myself would be bad.

car mud 2

Fortunately my car veered itself over to the right and I went flying into a big patch of grass- my tires promptly sinking into the mud.  After I regained my composure (and uttered a short prayer of thanks because it was one of those moments in life where you feel completely helpless) I call my parents and AAA.

An hour later I was pulled off the side of the road by one of the friendliest tow truck drivers ever (and who also would be a GREAT actor to play a pirate in a movie) and came home to get off the road.

Tomorrow I have to go back out and drive again but for tonight I will be back on the couch enjoying the dryness and stillness of being inside!

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It Is Time: A Frugal Chick Is Hiring

Hey guys!  I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season and have scored fantastic deals over the last year using A Frugal Chick.

When I began this site I just wanted to help people save money and my goal really hasn’t changed.  I love what I do for a living- I love my interactions with you all and I love the challenge of trying to find the best deal for the best product.

The problem is the site has gotten too big for me to run on my own- I have too many ideas and not enough time or talent.  It’s time for me to bring in some help.  And while there are places I can reach out to where I can look through resumes and pick from databases I want to start with you guys.  My readers.

I am not looking for someone to do what I do- I LOVE what I do.  You don’t have HAVE to be a couponer but you do need to be frugal. I need someone who can contribute above and beyond what I do.

Here is what I am looking for:

– Someone who can work 5 to 10 hours a week- partially flat rate and partially commission
– Someone who loves to write- reviews, stories, articles etc
– Someone who is computer savvy and is extremely comfortable doing online research and using social media (though you don’t need to know how to use HTML or web design)
– Someone who can work during the day one or two hours at a time- not a full 5 or 8 hours

Other than that I don’t want to limit who I hire- I want to see YOU.  Your unique attributes and gifts.  I am looking for someone to contribute and help my site expand even further who is also fun to deal with!

If you are interested here e-mail me your resume (to afrugalchick @ aol dot com) along with a writing sample.  I am looking for about 300 words on pretty much whatever you want.  Tell me how much you love your kitchen aid mixer, a crazy thing your kids/husband did or whatever you want.  From there I will look at all the resumes and contact everyone back with the next steps.

I will be taking resumes until January 1st (I know this is a crazy time of year for everyone).

I hope to hear from lots of you!

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Mysterious Bags In My Flower Bed #condolife

I have been so nuts with all the deal finding this holiday season that I haven’t gotten to tell you all the crazy things that have been going on around me!

This BY FAR has been my favorite thing this year:

I live in a condo and 90% of condo living is great.  Its the perfect size, I don’t have to mow my own grass and there is always the chance a very cute neighbor will move in.

But there are some curiosities that come with it as well.  One of my neighbors has a thing for blaring music at 4:30 in the morning.  One of my neighbors left her sink running all night which made my kitchen floor wet.  But in 12 years it’s been an overall good experience.

Back in October I started finding bags in the my flowerbed- maybe one a week.  They were THOSE bags- the little ones that dog owners use when they take their dogs out and do the gracious act of cleaning up after them.  And they weren’t empty.

The first one I just picked up and threw it away.  Occasionally garbage does find it’s way into my flower bed and I don’t really think much of it.  It’s community living after all- that’s a price of living around that many people.

But then they started appearing more often.  The contents were small (I could tell from the weight) but I have several neighbors with pint sized dogs and no way of knowing who was doing it.

Until my downstairs neighbor alerted me that he was having the same problem in his flower bed.  But he knew why.

Turns out in October my new upstairs neighbors got a dog- I know because I heard the thing barking on their balcony occasionally.  Turns out it wasn’t housebroken.  And whenever it would use the bathroom on their floor rather than throw it away in their garbage can they just tossed it over their balcony to  land in my flower bed.

Now the family upstairs has two little girls so I am HOPING it was them rather than their mom who was doing this.  My downstairs neighbor handled it with the condo board so I don’t know the particulars of what happened.  But I do know there are no more little bags in my flower bed.

As much as I enjoy gifts- those weren’t exactly what I had in mind this holiday season!

It’s life’s little mysteries that keep things interesting!

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Hampton Roads Frugal Family Weekend Activities

If you live in Hampton Roads there are TONS of free/frugal family events this weekend!

I spent the night at “Christmas in the Country” at Triple R Ranch tonight- so much fun (check out the picture of one of the horses above)!

Saturday

  • 12-2pm Visit with Santa at VB Farmer’s Market – corner of Dam Neck Rd and Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach VA
  • 4-6pm Holiday On Ice (Free but food donations accepted for Food Bank) at Hampton Roads IcePlex 401 Village Avenue, Yorktown, VA 23693
Sunday
  • 7am FREE Bird Walks at Newport News Park – Discovery Center, 13560 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23603
  • 3-5pm Yule Log Celebration at Adam Thoroughgood House 1636 Parish Road Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • 6-8pm Live Nativity at Stockley Gardens and Raleigh Ave. Norfolk, VA
Make sure to check out our seasonal posts with lots of activities this weekend: Seasonal Event Posts: Winter Holidays and Santa Is Coming To Town: Where to Find Santa in Hampton Roads, VA.
It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities in Hampton Roads

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Check out all the local activities!

Saturday

11am-1pm Thanksgiving Crafts at Pembroke Mall 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd, Suite 201, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
11am-3pm VB Farmer’s Market Community Recycle Day at Virginia Beach Farmer’s Market – corner of Dam Neck Rd and Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach VA
12-2pm Bluebird Country Hayrides– weather dependent at Bluebird Gap Farm 60 Pine Chapel Road Hampton, VA 23666
12-3pm Second Saturday Family Day “Hats Off To The Military!” at Chrysler Museum of Art, 245 W Olney Rd, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
2pm Zootime at Barnes & Noble Greenbrier 1212 Greenbrier Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA 23320
3-4:30pm Painted Faces: Walking the Red Road in America Today at Janaf Library 124 Janaf Shopping Center Norfolk, VA 23502
5-8pm Santa’s Wonderland Preview Event! at Bass Pro Shop 1972 Power Plant Pkwy Hampton, VA 23666
Sunday
11am-3pm VB Farmer’s Market Community Recycle Day at Virginia Beach Farmer’s Market – corner of Dam Neck Rd and Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach VA
2:30-4:30pm Learn to Play Chess! at Pretlow Library 111 W. Ocean View Avenue Norfolk, VA 23503

For the full calendar of family-friendly events this weekend in Hampton Roads visit MyActiveChild.com’s Daily Calendar.

Santa is in town! Make sure to check out the list of places where you can Find Santa in Hampton Roads!

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Frugal Weekend Activities in Hampton Roads 10/13 – 10/14

If you are local and think there is nothing to do in Hampton Roads- think again!  Our area is full of great stuff to do this weekend- and most of it FREE!

Looking for more fun?  Check out the My Active Child Activity Calendar!

 Saturday

  • 10am-5pm Monster Fest at Chesapeake Central Library 298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322
  • 10am-5pm Mystery Day at Main Library at Main Library 4207 Victoria Blvd. Hampton, VA 23669
  • 12-4pm Fall Festival at Larchmont Branch Library 6525 Hampton Boulevard Norfolk, VA 23508
Sunday
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Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities in Hampton Roads 10/6 – 10/7

If you are local and think there is nothing to do in Hampton Roads- think again!  Our area is full of great stuff to do this weekend- and most of it FREE!

Looking for more fun?  Check out the My Active Child Activity Calendar!

Saturday

8:30am- 1pm- FREE Fishing Clinic (registration required) at Munden Point Park 2001 Pefley Ln Virginia Beach, VA 23457
9am-12pm Home Depot Kids Workshop (Firetruck) at All Home Depot Locations
10am-5pm 2012 Ocean Park Fall Festival and Art Show 3829 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach VA
10am-5pm 39th Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife ($10 parking fee) at Newport News Park 13560 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23603
10am-5pm Dig Into History at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum  2 High Street on the Portsmouth VA Waterfront
10am-5pm Pfac Free Weekend (Kids activities from 1-4pm, $2 non-members ages 4+, free for members and under 4) at Peninsula Fine Arts Center 101 Museum Drive, Mariners’ Museum Park Newport News, VA
10am-7pm Youth Challenge Drug Prevention Music Festival at Peninsula Town Center 5100 Kilgore Ave, Hampton, VA 23666
10am-8pm North American Sandsculpting Championship ($3 adults, kids under 12 are FREE) at 4th-10th Streets, Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA
10am-11pm 35th Annual Suffolk Peanut Fest ($10 parking fee) at Suffolk Executive Airport 1200 Gene Bolton Drive, Suffolk VA
10:30am-1pm Dress Rehearsal Event at the Disney Store Lynnhaven Mall 701 Lynnhaven Parkway Virginia Beach, VA 23452
12-3pm Military Families- World Wide Day of Play Event at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia Beach VA
12-4pm 5-Alarm Festival and Chili Cook-off at Carousel Park, Downtown Hampton
2-4pm Harvest Festival at Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library 111 W. Ocean View Avenue Norfolk, VA 23503
5:30-9pm South Norfolk’s 5th Annual National Night Out at Lakeside Park 1441 Bainbridge Blvd Chesapeake, VA
Sunday
10am-5pm 39th Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife ($10 parking fee) at Newport News Park 13560 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23603
10am-7pm 35th Annual Suffolk Peanut Fest ($10 parking fee) at Suffolk Executive Airport 1200 Gene Bolton Drive, Suffolk VA
10am-8pm North American Sandsculpting Championship ($3 adults, kids under 12 are FREE) at 4th-10th Streets, Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA
10:30am-5pm Annual Bark in the Park Dog Walk & Fun Fest at Chesapeake City Park 900 Greenbrier Rd Chesapeake, VA 23320
1-4pm Autumn Colors – Leaves of Diversity Festival at Virginia Beach Farmer’s Market 3640 Dam Neck Road Virginia Beach, VA 23453
4-6pm Gathering Fall Festival at Mount Trashmore Park 310 Edwin Drive Virginia Beach, VA
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Black Boots in Atlanta

I finally got a second to sit down!  I am dressed for dinner tonight so I have on my favorite black boots.

This morning I got up at 3:30 and went to the airport to catch a flight to Atlanta.  (Note- I was STARVING at by 10:30 for lunch.)

I am at a blogging conference in Atlanta with about 200 of my closest friends (and a few people I have not met).

I am picking up lots of ideas for my site from lots of smart people and hope to get many more.  I will be here until Saturday afternoon so posts might be a little sparse but the deals will still keep coming!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Frugal Weekend Activities In Hampton Roads 9/29 – 9/30

If you are local and think there is nothing to do in Hampton Roads- think again!  Our area is full of great stuff to do this weekend- and most of it FREE!

Looking for more fun?  Check out the My Active Child Activity Calendar!

Saturday

9am-11pm North American Sandsculpting Championship ($3 adults, kids under 12 are FREE) at 4th-10th Streets, Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA
10am Suffolk Peanut Fest Parade in Downtown Suffolk, VA
10am-4pm Hampton Roads Sustainable Living Expo at Virginia Beach Convention Center Virginia Beach, VA 23451
10am-11pm Boardwalk Weekend at 2nd-36th Streets, Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA
10am-4pm Alpaca Open House at Endless Alpacas! Endless Farms Alpacas 483 Red Oak Dr, Elberon, Virginia 23846
11:30am Neptune’s Grand Parade 16th – 32nd Streets, Virginia Beach Oceanfront
12-3pm Fall Fishing Event at Bass Pro Shop 1972 Power Plant Pkwy Hampton, VA 23666
12-6pm 2nd Annual Homegrown Local Zone Festival at Five Points Farm Market 2500 Church St. Norfolk VA 23504
2-4pm Family Fall Festival at Chesapeake Central Library 298 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322
9pm Fireworks Extravaganza at 14th Street Pier, Virginia Beach VA

Sunday

9am-9pm North American Sandsculpting Championship ($3 adults, kids under 12 are FREE) at 4th-10th Streets, Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA
10am-6pm Boardwalk Weekend at 2nd-36th Streets, Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA
10am-4pm Alpaca Open House at Endless Alpacas! Endless Farms Alpacas 483 Red Oak Dr, Elberon, Virginia 23846
12-3pm Fall Fishing Event at Bass Pro Shop 1972 Power Plant Pkwy Hampton, VA 23666
12-6pm 2nd Annual Homegrown Local Zone Festival at Five Points Farm Market 2500 Church St. Norfolk VA 23504
2-6pm Cultural Explosion: Celebrating the Hispanic Culture at Bay Oaks Park (4th View Street), Norfolk VA
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I Could Not Take It Anymore

I sit.  Alot.  Too much.

This week especially.  In shows, during coupon tutoring, watching television, in church and while in conversation with friends.

So adding 6 – 10 hours a day sitting at my desk was just too much.

I could literally feel my rear end spreading out in spite of my time at the gym.  There are not enough squats in the world to undo it.

Additionally more and more bloggers have been sending me articles about the dangers of sitting so many hours a day– even if you do work out on a regular basis.

So today I decided I was going to do it- jerry-rig my desk and turn it into a standing desk.

I didn’t want to spend any money so for right now I just used items I have around my house (doesn’t the paper box just look so professional?!).  If this turns out to be a good solution I might come up with something a little less tacky looking!

Do any of you have a standing desk or just feel like you are going nuts at your desk?

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Frugal Weekend Activities in Hampton Roads 9/8 – 9/9

If you are local and think there is nothing to do in Hampton Roads- think again!  Our area is full of great stuff to do this weekend- and most of it FREE!

Looking for more fun?  Check out the My Active Child Activity Calendar!

Saturday, September 8, 2012
  • 9:30am Shriners Parade at Atlantic Avenue from 17th Street to 29th Street, Virginia Beach VA
  • 10am-5pm Artisans in the Park at Great Neck Park 2516 Shorehaven Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23454
  • 10am-5pm THEN & NOW Portsmouth at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum 2 High Street on the Portsmouth VA Waterfront
  • 10:30am-4:30pm Gymnastics Event at Peninsula Town Center 5100 Kilgore Ave, Hampton, VA 23666
  • 2pm Zootime at Barnes & Noble Greenbrier 1212 Greenbrier Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA 23320
Sunday, September 9, 2012
  • 10am-4pm Artisans in the Park at Great Neck Park 2516 Shorehaven Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23454
  • 2:30-4:30pm Learn to Play Chess! at Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library 111 W. Ocean View Avenue Norfolk, VA 23503
Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 9th! For a list of local specials/events click HERE.
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Farmers Market Trip 7/21


This Saturday I had the luxury of being able to head to the Farmers Market and browse a bit!

I am lucky that my city has a Farmer’s Market only 5 minutes from my house.

Last weekend my mom went and got the most amazing ice box watermelon I have ever tasted so I wanted to grab one this week.

And the produce from the Farmer’s Market is usually fresher so it doesn’t go bad as quickly as the stuff from the grocery store (which you have to consider when you are cooking for one person).

This morning I took some pictures of the great produce and the prices so you see what’s usually available!  This trip in addition to what I show they had butter beans, tomatoes, egg plant, plums, peaches and SO much more!

 

Seeded Watermelon $7- They were HUGE


There is usually a good turn out when I am there.  This is one of the typical stands with produce on it.

This is the one I go to but you probably have one near you too!

There is usually a wide variety to pick from – although remember it has to be the right season for the stuff you want!

The ice box melons- I bought one!

The very top picture shows you what I bought today:
2 cucumbers $1 for both
1 green pepper $.50
2 ears of corn $.50 for both (I split this with my mom though- if I just bought two it would have been $.66)
1 ice box melon $3

So I spent $6 this morning.  The market is also on Wednesday mornings so if the watermelon is REALLY good I may be making a trip back!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities


Each week Charlotte at My Active Child finds the best frugal events for you and your family in Hampton Roads.  Here is what you can expect this weekend:

Saturday

  • 11am-1pm Dinosaur Party at Pembroke Mall 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 23462
  • 11am-1pm Teddy Bear Tea Party ($2 per person, reservation required) at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center 2410 Wickham Avenue Newport News, VA 23607
  • 1-3pm Wreck a T-shirt! (call to register) at Bayside & Special Services Library 936 Independence Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • 8:30-10:30pm Cinema Under The Stars at TowneBank Fountain Park within Town Point Park Waterside Drive Norfolk, VA 23510
Sunday
  • 7am FREE Bird Walks at Newport News Park – Discovery Center, 13560 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23603
  • 2-4pm Celebrate Wind Day at First Landing Park- Trail Center- 2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Looking for more fun?  Check out the My Active Child Activity Calendar!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


It Was The Biggest Bug Ever


In spite of being the tiredest human being on the planet this morning I was excited to get to WVEC and do “Weekends With Joe and Julie.”

I get to the studio, we finish up with SPCA Sunday and the staff begs me to sing a little bit for them.  After a rousing rendition of “Tomorrow” (quite possibly the most obnoxious Broadway song EVER) I settle back in my chair to attempt to stay awake before I am on camera.

Julie is to my left in the pod doing the weather forecast and is excited because it’s not going to be 150 degrees for the rest of the week.  As she is speaking out the corner of my eye I see a bug flying around the lights.

Now let me be clear- this was a BUG.  Not a gnat or a mosquito- it was about the size of those big bumblebees you see.  And it’s flying around bumping into the lights.  And every time it bumps you can hear it.  Buzz-buzz-buzz- bump.  And I know she is going to see it and she is going to FREAK OUT.

Thankfully Julie does not see the bug until the pictures are up on the screen.  So what the viewers saw was a chart with the weather for the week while listening to Julie calmly explain the weather patterns.  What I saw was Julie calmly explaining the weather patterns as she ducks around the studio with her eyes wildly searching for the bug and her hands are flying around (this is what a professional can do on the air).  She practically jumps the counter and heads to the far corner of the studio.

The moment she finishes talking she flees the studio.  By now the camera guy, teleprompter operator and Joe Flanagan (the anchor) have seen the bug.  Unfortunately this is not when we cut to commercial- it’s now cutting to the longest bank of stories in the broadcast.  So while Joe VERY calmly reports a murder-suicide, the traffic at the beach, a bridge closing and about the free water stations in town we are now all watching the bug.

Kwame (the camera operator) begins chasing the thing around the studio with the paddles we use to keep time.  He is trying to swat it without hitting any equipment, run in front of the camera or distract Joe too much who is still having to calmly and respectfully talk.  Joe is RIGHT on the edge of losing it and having to concentrate so hard with the gymnastics going on around him.  (If only I had my iPhone to record this).  If Kwame went to London he would take home the gold for his floor routine this morning.

Finally for some reason the bug decides to land on the ground right by Julie’s desk.

Now I have to decide what to do.  I am NOT a bug squisher and this is a BIG bug with an exo-skeleton.  Usually I am a “save the bug take it outside person.”  However Joe is barely maintaining his composure and Julie will be doing the weather in the hall if this isn’t taken care of.  So I jump up from my chair and “crunch”… step on the bug and try to kill it mercifully.

We finally break for commercial and everyone in the room dies laughing.  The poor guys in the sound booth hear us all talking at once and can’t figure out what is going on.  I get a high five from Kwame and Julie clasps my hand with gratitude.  Moments later we go live on the air to talk about free Slurpees and free Chick-fil-A.

So now along with coupon queen and singer I can add bug killer to list of uses at WVEC.

Another great rescue from A Frugal Chick!

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Frugal Readers- I Want Your Story

Did you see my interview with Amy and Jason about their first month without cable?

In the 2.5 years I have been “A Frugal Chick” my whole life has been changed.  Besides my new knowledge of coupon policies, how to read bar codes and making you tube videos YOU, my readers, have expanded my world.  Every coupon class I teach I learn something new- new discounts, new ways to get discounts, new frugal characteristics.  You guys are my teachers every week.  Some of you have made decisions that have had a profound impact on your family and given you greater possibilities for the future.

So now I want to expand my world and let you teach your fellow readers.  I would love to hear from some of you.  What have you done in your lives that was frugal and made a huge impact on you?  Did you pay cash for a house?  Take in a boarder?  Decide to live without electricity?  Quit eating out?

If you think you have a story worth telling send me a message at afrugalchick (at) aol (dot) com.  Give me two or three paragraphs and let me know your story.  Others may be able to benefit from you!

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Kids Frugal Fun: Summer Bucket List


Sharon at Mom on Dealz creates fun kid’s crafts that you can do at home on the cheap!

This craft involves making your bucket list for the summer!

Summer Bucket List

Materials:
Construction Paper
String
Markers
Scissors
Clothespins
Tape

Directions:
1. Create a list with your child of activities they would like to do during their summer vacation.
2. Cut a T-shirt shape out of construction paper and label each “shirt” with one of your bucket list items.

3. Hang a string on the wall and attach each shirt to the line.

Educational Activities:

  • Make some of your bucket list items into goals. For instance we writing the alphabet for my 3 year old and learning colors for my 1 year old.
  • Math: Use different colored paper to create the t-shirts and create a pattern with the colors. Have your child identify the pattern.
  • Writing: Have your child write about each activity after you complete them.
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