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I’m surprisingly chipper for it being monday.

**So, I thought I posted this, but it seems that I didnt. Hmmm… weird.

It is a beautiful, sunny Monday morning.

I havent had any coffee, yet I am surprisingly chipper.

The good news, Hubby is on his way out-of-town to work this week! YES!!!!! Don’t get me wrong, I hate when he’s gone, and would always rather have him home… just home and working. He didn’t work at all last week. Which is definitely going to make the next couple weeks really tough. . Thanks to the wonderful people at his office, and him being such a good employee.. we should be able to pay the rent. Whew. I was really worried about that. It’s just the few other things that are due between now and him getting paid the next time that are going to be tricky. Somehow it will work out though.

So, the Teen spent ALL weekend working on her book report that is due today. I discovered on Thursday that this assignment was due today. She had been working on it since Monday.. and she barely had anything done by Thursday.  The assignment was that they had to read a book (obviously, it is a book report), write a summary of each chapter(Which were turned in last week), and then make a booklet that included pictures detailing things like the protagonist, setting, conflict,climax, resolution, and some personal thoughts about the book.

Personally, I would think that she content of this booklet would be the most important part of this assignment. Oh no..not to the Teen. She spent THREE days on the pictures for her DRAFT! Not even the real ones.. on her draft. They were colored and everything. When I questioned her about it, she “had to plan what she was going to draw.” Okay, I get that.. but its a draft!

So, she spent Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday working on the content. Which, I felt she really did most of it on Sunday. I felt like she was just writing stuff to write stuff, and not really answering the questions that the teacher was asking her to answer.

She really just drove me crazy with it all weekend. She would ask for help, and then get totally defensive every time I gave her an answer. She had such a bad attitude about it too. Every time I asked a question (I havent read the book, all I know about it is what I’m reading in her work) she wouldn’t answer it.. she would just say “It’s wrong” or “its bad I’ll change it.” I don’t know how many times i said “I’ll change it does not answer my question.”

SOOOOO frustrating. Part of me hopes she gets a crappy grade on it. Maybe it will teach her a lesson. If you do crappy work, you get crappy grades. It seriously looked like she did it last-minute. It was messy, she doesn’t have the best handwriting in the world, so she needed to be extra careful and take her time writing it. She just scribbled the last couple pages. She didn’t check her spelling or punctuation and at some point she stopped erasing her mistakes, and just wrote over them. UGH. It makes me crazy thinking that she turned this thing in looking the way it did. I just have to hope her teacher feels the same way.  She also chose not to get up early and fix it either. So it’s really on her.

Oh, and I don’t know if I’m doing the right thing here… but she has had the information about her school field trip in her backpack for over a week now. She mentioned it when she brought the paper home. Last week when I was doing a random check of her backpack (to make sure there wasnt any food rotting in it) I saw the paper in her binder. I read it and put it back. She keeps talking about going, But the paper has still not made it into my hands. She has to have the money and the permission slip turned in this Friday. I feel like if she wants to go, its her responsibility to give me the info. As far as she knows, I have no idea about any of it.   We’ll see… what happens this week. I hope she realizes that if she gives it to me friday morning, she’s out of luck. Other than my “I dont sign things 5 minutes before you’re leaving” policy, I have to give them cash and I don’t normally have any.

Oh, so how about this Osama Bin Laden being dead thing? Crazy. After all this time, did you ever think we’d see the day?  I found out thanks to Facebook. Gotta love social networking! I was giving the Maniac a bath, and my phone dinged that I had a text and it was an update from a friends FB status…I put on the news and there it was.  Unbelievable. I watched the President’s address, I thought he did a great job. I wonder how excited he was on the inside?  Do you think he wanted to skip for joy back down that hallway when he was done? 🙂 It is a funny thought though.

Well.. I’m going to go entertain the Maniac for a while. Then I have some coupons to clip! Oh- and how annoying is this? I went to the grocery store yesterday morning to get milk. I ran into the Dollar Tree to grab a couple extra newspapers since there are some good coupons this week. (At the Dollar Tree the papers are only $1 and not $1.50!)  Later in the day I went to get the coupons out of the paper and they werent’ there! Not in any of them! SOOOO ANNOYING! I went to Walgreens and their papers didn’t have them either. GRRR. It is my understanding, that they put the inserts in the subscription papers first and then the store ones.. so they could have run out. Who knows. But it’s still annoying. I ended up ordering some on CollectableCoupons.com.

Happy monday to you! 🙂

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More Coupon Love

I just wanted to mention a couple of the good deals I got at the grocery store and Target recently!#1- Dog Toys! I got one of these toys for the dog on clearance in the middle of February for $3.99. The original price was $4.99. He LOVED it! And proceeded to rip it to shreds within a few days. So I was in the doggie isle in Target one day and saw that they still had them. Low and behold they were marked down again!

Marked down to $1.24! I bought all 5 that they had left. (He has 3 left now 2 have already gone to doggie toy heaven. 😦 )

$6.20 for $24.95 worth of dog toys! Savings: 72%!

 #2  Totino’s Party Pizza & Pizza Rolls- I got 3 for a total of 49 cents! or 16 cents a piece. They are normally around $1.50+ for one. Von’s had them on sale with a special coupon for 99 cents each with a limit of 3.  I had 3 coupons..  each 50 cents off… two of them doubled.. viola! I only paid for half of one!

$0.49 for $4.50 of pizza! 89% savings!

 
#3. A Bottle of Frank’s Red Hot- FREEEEEEE!  There was a coupon in the paper for a free bottle. No other purchase required. Just up to a $2.99 value!

$0.00 for $2.99 of sauce! 100% savings!
#4  Some feminine plumbing products: These  U by Kotex pads were on clearance for overstock or something. Normally $4.99 a box- marked down to $1.99. I had 2 save $2.50 on 2 coupons.  (And these are only the small boxes with 15 or 20 pads inside.)  I paid- $.74 a box! 4 boxes for $2.96, AMAZING!
 
$2.96 for $19.98 worth of pads. 85% savings!
#5 Cleaning supplies: Glade and Febreeze air freshener, 409, Soft Scrub and Windex! These are all normally about $3.99 a bottle. Vons was having a buy 3 or more and get them for $1.99 each. I had coupons for $1.00 off each one(a couple were doubled to $1)- so they cost me each $.99. I’m a sucker for cheap air freshener!  The new Glade spring fragrance is really nice- and $.99 febreeze is crazy!
 

$4.95 for !9.95 worth of cleaning supplies! 75% savings!

#6  2 Reams of HP printer paper! This deal is from Staples! I will have paid (after I get the rebate check in the mail)  $1.00 for 2 reams of paper. There is a coupon on coupon.com for $1.00 off a ream of HP paper. Staples has it on sale for $5.99 (normally $7.99) plus the coupon plus a $4.99 easy rebate, I paid $1 for both. I would have printed our 2 coupons and gotten them both free, but I really only had 1 piece of paper left!

Have I mentioned how much I love a good bargain? 🙂

Coupon Love!

I know you will probably think I am weird but…

I LOVE LOVE LOVE grocery shopping.

I don’t know what it is exactly, but I could go to the grocery store every single day if I had the money to do so.   And since I discovered the magical wonderful world of couponing I love it even more.

 

To me, couponing  is about the challenge of getting a good deal, making my grocery budget go farther and beating my own personal best savings percentage. 

As of yesterday, my personal best is 61%. Boo-yah. 🙂

I spent $52 on $130 worth of groceries.  I bought 57 items… that means I averaged $.90 per item. And considering those 57 items included:

8 boxes of cereal, 15 cans of frozen juice concentrate, 4 boxes of fruit snacks,  dishwasher detergent, 12 pk of Toilet paper, 6 pk of paper towels, 2 lbs bananas and 2.5 lbs of oranges…

I think I did pretty darn good.

I’m not quite an “extreme couponer” like the Coupon Mom or the Krazy Coupon Lady.. But I think I do pretty well.  And if you have ever seen the “Extreme Couponing” show on TLC you know what I mean. Those folks are hard-core, and one guy they highlighted, spent $240 on $5000 worth of stuff.

Honestly, I’m not really sure how they do that.. especially with a lot of stores having limits on how many coupons you can use. I know that at Vons (where I shop most often) they will only accept 4 of the same coupon at one time. And they only double the first one. Oh well.. more power to them if they can do it.

Anyway- there are actually (A LOT of) books out there to help you start on your couponing quest. I got the Coupon Mom’s book. It has a lot of helpful hints.  When I first got the book, I found that I was already doing some of the things she suggests. (I just discovered the Krazy Coupon Lady a couple of days ago on Facebook. She seems to post good deals all throughout the day!)

Good couponing is really all about planning.  If you just take a little time and check out the grocery store ads, meal plan with what you already have at home and  buy whats on sale and you have coupons for you will save big bucks!

Something a lot of people don’t know… you can use a STORE COUPON and a MANUFACTURERS COUPON at the same time on the same item!  That can help add up to big savings!

I have 4 different grocery stores within about 5 miles of my home. Vons, Stater Brothers, Albertsons and Ralphs.  Two double coupons, two don’t. Of course the two closest are the ones that don’t.

I shop mostly at VONS. Every week they have a selection of store coupons in their sales flier.  And these deals are usually pretty good. But when you add manufacturers coupons to them, they are even better!

For Example- last week they had a coupon for Ken’s Salad Dressing, which regular price is around $3.99. It was on sale for the “Club Price” of 2/$5.

The coupon in the sales ad was $1.19 each with a limit of 2.  Throw in a Save $1.00 on two bottles and you have 2 bottles of salad dressing for $1.38! That’s $.69 each!

Shall I go on?   Cereal.

Cereal is crazy expensive. I won’t pay more than $1.00 a box anymore.

Vons was having a buy 4 save $4 sale They were at the “Club Price” $2.49 a box. Save $4 makes it $1.49 a box.  Throw in a Save $.55 on Cinnamon Toast Crunch Coupon (Doubled to $1.00), Save $1.00 on Cinnamon Cheerios, Save $1.00 on 2 boxes, and a $.55 ecoupon (that I forgot was on my card) and you end up with:     4 boxes of cereal regular price $15.56 for drumroll please….

 $2.41! That’s $.61 a box!  Ta Da!

I could go on all day… the trash bags… the fruit snacks… toothpaste….  lysol wipes…  I got some laundry soap today for $1.99 and fabric softener for $1.69 at Target. 

One thing I find very helpful.. I print coupons from the internet, and you can add ecoupons to your store savings cards in a lot of places.

I go to the following websites on a regular basis to print coupons:

coupons.com, shortcuts.com. albertsons.com. vons.com. The vons and albertsons unless otherwise specified are manufacturer coupons so they can be used anywhere.

I’ve also joined Vocalpoint.com. you can sign up for samples and coupons… and when they send out coupons they are usually pretty good. They are mostly for new products they want you to try. But I got like $2.50 a bottle of Downey fabric softener, and then 3 or 4 other $1.00 off coupons to share. (or keep!)  They are also fun to follow in Facebook. They get a lot of interesting conversation going, and helpful hints!

Then there is Upromise.com… where you can earn savings to send your kid to college. I  don’t really use this one as much as I probably should..

Anyway- one of the other tricks is to make sure you have more than one coupon so you can stock up! I have a subscription to the Sunday Paper.  (Which I pay $1 a week for.) Some of the Coupon Queens out there suggest getting 6-8. That seems like a huge waste of newspaper to me. So, if I find a weeks coupons were especially good, I will buy extra copies of the inserts from a clipping service. I go to CollectableCoupons.com. They have them individually or by the insert for a small handling fee. I have some that should be arriving within a couple of days actually!

 I could just go on and on and on about my couponing adventures….

If you want to know more, just ask! 🙂 Or check out any of the links I’ve provided for your shopping nd saving pleasure!

Happy Couponing! 😀

Remotivated.

Earlier I wrote about how unmotivated I was feeling today.

After I published that post, I sat around for a little while realizing how lazy and whiny I must have sounded. 

I drank a glass of Mountain Dew, since I still didn’t feel like actually making coffee.. and off I went!

The guest bathroom is clean.

The trash and recycling were taken out.

The livingroom is picked up, much to my toddler’s dismay. She kept trying to drag it all out as it was put away.

Two loads of laundry are done.

The sheets in the guest room are changed.

I called to shut off my hubbys Sirius radio that broke (which got us a free radio and 3 free months of service) and called to make some payment arrangements for the hospital bill for when we took the Toddler to the ER around Thanksgiving.  Oh, and the lady I talked to about the hospital bill, sounded just like Phyllis from the Office. It was pretty funny! LOL

Ordered pizza for dinner.

I haven’t made it to the store, I’m going to save that for the morning so I can go all by myself! Woo-hoo!  Grocery shopping by myself is one of my very favorite things to do. And I havent gotten a chance to get my list and coupons together yet.

 That is next on my agenda. Well, after eating some yummy pizza!

A little while later…

Dinner was eaten!

The coupons are organized.

The kitchen is mopped.

Hubby is home!

YAY!