Saturday, August 05, 2006

bargains!!!

ok, i will admit it, i am a bargain shopper so TONIGHT, when my DH and I were out with noah at target, i am like a shark to its prey when i see the 75% off discount sign. my eyes roll to the back of my head and i attack (can you tell i have been watching "SHARK WEEK" on the discovery channel???) - anyhow, what did i find there tonight? a FINDING NEMO SLIP AND SLIDE for $2.48!!!!

yeah, i know noah is a wee bit young for a slip and slide but for two dollars and forty eight cents, i am willing to make that investment and hang onto it for a couple of years. heck, i might take it out and use it myself!!!

which also brings back some childhood memories of growing up - deb and caroline style. we had SO BADLY wanted a slip and slide. really badly. but my parents wouldn't get us one. i think we were in like 3rd grade and 5th grade at this time. so one summer to earn the $20 that it cost for the slip and slide, deb, betty (our next door neighbor) and i put together a "slip and slide" club. we would do chores around each others' houses for money and sock the money away for a slip and slide. we were CHEAP labor. we vaccumed the whole house (2 story) for $1. we mowed the yard (1/2 acre) for a dollar... but the slip and slide was STILL a long time away!

so being the innovators we were - we decided to make our own. we took 3 big black garbage bags from my dad. we cut them open to make them longer and we laid them in the grass between betty's yard and ours (no fences in our neighborhood). i found some tent stakes to hold the garbage bags to the grass and dirt. then we took the garden hose and hosed the bags - and we had our slip and slide! well the first couple of slides hurt b/c the garbage bag plastic was really thin and we had seams to contend with so we came up with this brillant idea - just add some DAWN. a couple of squirts and we were off! that slide worked like a charm. i remember someone driving up to our driveway in horror seeing 3 girls up to their eyeballs in soap bubbles but our slide worked really well. so well in fact we never bought the slip and slide and we just made the slide a couple more times - each time with new garbage bags...

so yeah we did kill some grass between our yards but ah those were the days.that is where the craziness for deb and i began...

6 Comments:

At 8/06/2006 07:23:00 AM, Anonymous Melissa said...

ROFL!!!!!!
We call that red neck slip and slide around here... and we made one last year with my brother!

 
At 8/06/2006 08:31:00 AM, Blogger Shirley said...

What a creative idea! We never had one either and I honestly don't remember sliding on one growing up. Hmmm...

 
At 8/06/2006 11:45:00 PM, Blogger Sue said...

I remember doing the same thing! How funny! THanks for sharing the memories...

 
At 8/08/2006 11:46:00 AM, Blogger Heather M. said...

Now that is a bargain! Love the story of making your own! LOL!

 
At 8/09/2006 09:00:00 AM, Blogger patti said...

I am laughing so soooo hard! That is absolutely brilliant to make your own slip & slide!!! I can totally see it in my head!
I'm a bargain hunter too, just bought ds 2 long sleeved onesies at TCP, they're size 3T, he just turned 1 today... yep going to put them aside(they were $1.50 each, couldn't pass it up!)

 
At 8/09/2006 10:23:00 PM, Blogger Joanna Bolick said...

LOL! We had a make-shift one as well, except I think my dad found us a black tarp. But it worked, didn't it??

 

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