Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Jason's already laughing at me. He told me this evening that the Internet isn't big enough for what I have planned. :)
It's a Nikon SLR D 80. Whatever all that means.
I'm going to read the entire manual until I can figure this sucker out.
And I will figure it out.
And then I will save up all my babysitting money for the next 70 years so that I can buy PhotoShop.
And then,mercy! The things that I will be able to do!
But of course my hands will be old and shaky so all the pictures I take will be blurry.
That's just the way it goes sometimes.
Happy Coupon Clipping!!!
I'd recommend you start out with a few envelopes - one for each store you shop at, and then one larger one for your extra coupons. As you collect more coupons, you could expand to an index card box with dividers for different food/item categories.
If you collect coupons like me, you will quickly outgrow an index box and need something more substantial. My solution has been this:
A few months before I got married, my mom made me a coupon box just like hers and gave me some of her coupon stash to get me started.
It has worked wonderfully for me.The individual envelopes were made by using small letter envelopes (No. 6 3/4 - 3 5/8 x 6 1/2 in.), cutting the flaps off, and stapling an index card standing up inside.The envelopes are organized alphabetically with the main categories and then multiple envelopes for each main category.
Something like this:
foil, plastic wrap
And so on. Here are the rest of the categories along with some of what are in the categories and the separate envelopes in parentheses:
Baking (mixes, oil/sugar)
Canned (meat, soup, vegetables, fruit)
Cereal (envelopes for each brand)
Cleaner (all purpose, bathroom, dish detergent, disinfectant, laundry, furniture polish, floor, glass)
Dairy (beverage, cheese, sour cream/cream cheese/butter, snacks, yogurt)
Frozen (beverage, bread, ice cream, meat, snacks, vegetables/fruit/potatoes)
Hygiene (band-aids, deodorant, face, feminine, hair, lotion, medicine/vitamins, shaving, soap)Jelly, Peanut Butter
Paper Products (facial tissue, cups/plates, toilet tissue, towels/napkins)
I put restaurant coupons, other coupons for non-grocery stores, rebate forms, and any receipts on one side of the box. On the other side, I'll put coupons which need to be organized. The front of the box has envelopes for each store I shop at.
When I make out my grocery lists for each store, I put the coupons I'll be using in these envelopes, along with the lists for the store. I always bring a calculator and a pen in my box, too.The size of the container fits into the front of the shopping cart (the child seat section), and if you don't have a child sitting in there, this works well. We usually get the "car carts" at Kroger - the kind with the little car attached to the front - and Kathrynne "drives" while we shop! Kaitlynn is in the sling or the ERGO, so we have space to put the coupon box upfront.
I usually only take my whole box in when I go to Kroger, since I often find extra deals and reduced items that I have coupons for which were not advertised in the sale flier. At Walgreens or CVS, I just pull out the envelope in the front of the box which is for that store and head in. If I find some special deal that I know I have coupons for, I can always run back out to the car and get them.
Where to get coupons:
The best place to find coupons is from the inserts in the Sunday Paper. Collect as many copies as you are comfortable dealing with and keep them until they expire. Choosing which coupons to clip is up to you. I like to cut out every coupon (except the animal coupons.) An example of why I would do this follows:
Last week there was a coupon for Orajel. I decided not to cut it out because Eily has a tube already and I didn't think I would need it by the time she finished teething. Well, that same week Walgreen's had it on sale where with the coupon it would have been free and it was one of the Walgreen's rebate items for the month and along with the coupon there was a rebate form in the paper from the Orajel company. I would have made $9.00 and I would of had a tube of Orajel that I could have given to someone else. I now clip all coupons.
Not all stores take Internet coupons but many do. Wal-Mart does and most Targets do. Ours did until a week or two ago. They only take Internet coupons from the Target website now b/c people were making illegal copies of the other Internet coupons. Stupid cheaters. I'm pretty sure Kroger takes them also. The best place to get Internet coupons is http://www.coupons.com/. Every month they upload a new supply of coupons and you can print as many as you need. Also, I recommend checking in daily to http://www.freebies4mom.com/. There is an amazing amount of free samples out there and usually there is a coupon for the item in with the sample. I also check http://www.moneysavingmom.com/ and http://thecentsiblesawyer.blogspot.com/ for other Internet coupons.
"Um, no. I want to be a store manager."
Thinking I had heard her wrong I asked,
"A store manager."
To each his own.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Phillip was kind enough to meet Jason at our house and drive him to his house so that he could unlock the car for us and we could go to the game in one vehicle. We stopped by and picked up Mom who was only going to support Josh.
We arrived at the game first and took our seats in the section of the bleachers reserved for the Away team. boo hiss
I started looking around and noticed that the girls that were playing the home team were blue and white and we were red and black. Hmm. I pointed this out to Mom who pondered the whole situation with me. We eventually decided that we'd better just call Dad and inform him that he had gotten the wrong information and Magazine must be playing in another town altogether. His answer? "Nope. I just wanted to see County Line play."
So we cheered and watched and received curious look from the parents of the away team. And we drank coke and ate M&M's and had a maahvelous time.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Elaina has been soooo excited about this event.
She found out Wednesday that we were coming to this after she slept 3 more times.
Every night we would restate how many sleepy darks were left.
Last night she was so eager to go to bed. Even around lunch time she was asking if she could go to bed. This morning she woke up raring to go. And when we got there?...
This was her attitude. She is NOT a socialist.
But they brought out the party hats and everything got better.