Tuesday, March 20, 2012


This morning while driving to work, I correctly answered a trivia question on KDEC Radio out of Decorah: "In 1987, a Texas man was fined $10,000 and sentenced to 10 years of probation for stealing 79,680 somethings from a hospital. What did he steal?" It's toilet paper. I'll admit, I totally guessed. I just wondered what someone might steal from a hospital and thought that would be available. Not exactly easy to steal, though: What did he do, hide it under his coat? and 79,680 rolls? Really? Anyway, my prize is a gift certificate to a new homebrewing supply shop that opened recently in Decorah called From Grain to Glass. That will make my husband happy, he's a homebrewer.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Kohls Cares for Kids score

Welcome back to the most neglected spot in the Blogosphere. I end up posting most of my news in infobytes on Facebook because my attention span is so short these days, getting pulled in dozens of directions at once. Anyway I thought of something cool to share:

I have this daughter who is growing like the prettiest weed you ever did see. That kid has shot up nearly 2 inches in height in 6 months. She is outgrowing clothes so fast... So I had to do a midyear clothes shopping trip to get her through the rest of the school year.

We went to Kohls. Here's what we did: We hit the clearance and sales racks hard. By the time we went through the checkout lane the total in the cart was about $437. (Eek!) I got 15% off because we used our Kohls charge, bringing it down to about $380. We also got $70 in Kohls Cash (a promotion they run pretty frequently where you get $10 in Kohls Cash for every $50 you spend).

The next week Barry took the Kohls Cash in and bought himself some things he needed for school, two pair of jeans and two shirts. He came out almost exactly even on the $70.

Now the Kohls bill has arrived, and I am going to buy Kohls Cares for Kids gift certificates from Blessed Sacrament Parish in La Crosse to pay off the bill. One of my staff has a daughter at the private school run by Blessed Sacrament and my purchases count against her tuition. So I buy $380 in Kohls scrip, and Kohls pays 4% of that in benefits. So that's $19 that goes to Blessed Sacrament.

So even though it was a whopping huge amount to shell out at once, thanks to the great sales at Kohls and the generous giving programs of that company, it went a long way.

Pretty cool. :)