Monday, October 08, 2012
It really isn't a secret that the grocery stores and manufacturers want us to use coupons when purchasing their products. By doing so, it's a three-way win, which also includes the shopper in that mix.
Even without coupon clipping, you can save a great deal on your family meals each week with a little planning and by using the sales flyers from your local grocer. But I take it a step further and, with the help of bloggers and other proven resources, match the current manufacturer coupons with the weekly sales flyer. A third component, if you choose, is to add printable coupons that can be downloaded from various internet resources.
Last week I saved 51% off my grocery bill -- the best so far since I began tracking and logging my savings in July.
With these savings in mind, for me it is worth it to take a couple hours on a weeknight while watching TV to scan the CouponMom.com website and weekly ads (both print and online) for my local grocery deals. Then I clip only those coupons that match the sale promotions for my trip to the grocery store, as identified on the CouponMom.com website. Following her lists, I clip my coupons from those stored in an upright hanging file folder system I sequenced by date, a trick I learned from Jill Cataldo, the Super Couponing queen. It is so simple! Then I only clip the coupons for the current week when that item goes on sale.
Sweetening the deal for us here in St. Louis, one of our three regional grocers, Shop 'n Save, periodically has a $10 off $50 purchase "No Coupon" promotion on Thursdays. That just happens to be this week! When I stack on the additional Shop 'n Save deal from our regional Entertainment Coupon Book ($5 off $50 coupon), that is a total of $15 off $50 just by walking in the door!!
More cost-savings: I created my shopping list using the online list generator and emailed it to myself to eliminate wasting toner and copy paper. It's also on my smartphone with the stores handy app. Isn't technology wonderful?
So, here I am tonight with my grocery lists ready, coupons clipped and eagerly anticipating the Thursday shopping frenzy. It's kind of an adrenalin rush for me to see the subtotal decrease at checkout when my many coupons are scanned. Guess I am considered an extreme coupon shopper by some people's standards. Heck, if it saves my family 45-55% off our grocery bill, then so be it!
If you are just getting started with th Coupon Game, Google both of these sources I mentioned -- CouponMom (aka Stephanie Nelson) and Jill Cataldo. Read up on their tips or watch their stories absolutely FREE, then find your own way of super or extreme couponing like I did. Caution: Don't pay for lists or advice initially and never pay to get your local grocer deals online. Seek out all the FREE information you can gather first. After you start saving a significant amount on your shopping trips, consider researching other pay options. Good Luck!
Sunday, October 07, 2012
Today is my 50th Birthday and I feel good! Having accomplished so many milestones much later in life than my peers has allowed me to cling to my youth much longer than most of my friends.
Recently, when I admitted my age, I was told that I'm "well preserved." Taken as a compliment, I briefly thought of the alternative "well done" or finished. My life if far from complete!
As I pass this half-century milestone, it's just another day in my life like any other. Following my new healthy lifestyle routines--thanks to SparkPeople--I walked to Church and back, logging 2 miles of fitness. Then my usual Sunday routine involves some sort of heavy housework, so I logged that as well. Because of this, and other accomplishments today, I feel good both inside and out.
Now that I am in this new age demographic, let's face the fact is we're living much longer and our careers are becoming more flexible. It's pretty clear that in most every cultural respect, fifty year olds are living, acting and looking more like thirty year olds every day. This is GOOD NEWS for those of us in the prime of our lives!
As I look to tomorrow and day one of the second half-century of my life, I welcome the happy and healthy years ahead. You won't find me dwelling on my age but oozing my youthful attitude!
to (the new) ME!
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
No other day do you have an excuse to give your favorite techie a big virtual hug and kiss. So, go ahead! Take advantage of this perfect opportunity to pay tribute to those who work behind the scenes, and that are always there to fix your computer. This is the day to show love to the person who is always there when your computer crashes, or you go "Oops! What did I just do?"
We are all techies in our own right. In my opinion, computer users also qualify as there are millions around the world who haven't ever even seen a computer. So, pat yourself on the back, too. You figured out how to earn the most daily sparks, use the SparkPeople system to your advantage, and keep coming back for more fun in this virtual world each day.
Afterall, we are one because of SparkGuy and this common computer ground we know as SparkPeople.com. So lift your hand in the air and give a virtual high-five to SparkGuy, Coach Nicole, Chef Meg and all those at SparkPeople central who keep up with all these dynamic web pages. They make it possible for us to track nutrition, video blog, develop friendships across the globe, shrink into a new skin and evolve into a healthy new lifestyle.
Spark on, everyone!
Sunday, September 30, 2012
For some people chewing gum can equal bad manners, but I believe it's better than having bad breath!
Chewing gum tends to keep me from putting junk food into my mouth late in the afternoon at work and then again at home when I'm preparing dinner. It also keeps me from sampling while preparing the family meal.
Do you use chewing gum as a part of your daily SparkPeople nutritional intake?
Sunday, September 30, 2012
I really need to read these unusual holiday sources earlier in the day. Today is National Coffee Day and I went the ENTIRE day without one drop of coffee!! Shame on me!!
So, NO, I did not have a cup to start off my day first thing in the morning. Maybe you did! If so, I trust you stopped at 10 cups and did not go overboard with your celebration. Otherwise you might still be bouncing off the walls.
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