Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Extreme Couponing

Have any of you seen the show on TLC Extreme Couponing? The first time I watched it I was mesmerized (that looks like its spelled wrong but I googled it. These people go to the store and buy $500 worth of groceries and only pay $5. I thought that was so cool so I had to watch to learn how. Then I realize that its not like they go and buy a regular weekly groceries. They will buy 200 boxes of advil or 400 toothbrushes. To me that is a little wasteful. One lady had 30 bags of cat food and their family didnt have a cat. Whats the point? Another has a walk in closet full of cereal boxes but they will prolly expire before they can use them.
I did like one guy. He bought $1000 dollars worth of items and donated them all.
Their techniques are to spend a good 30-40 hours a week and cut every coupon they see out of multiple (i'm talking hundreds)flyers and from the internet. Then they compare them with the sales at the grocery store. And the grocery stores they go to double coupons. They will get a box of advil that is originally $4.99 and is on sale for $1.69. Then they have a 75 cent coupon that is doubled so they end up paying 19 cents each and they will buy all the store has in stock.
I really like the idea of saving money and with a wedding coming up soon, i could really use it. So I decided to take some of their techniques and give couponing a try. And I am very pleased with the results! Today I went to Shoprite and Acme. In total I bought $277.02 of groceries and only paid $132.36. I saved $144.66!!! Thats a 52% savings. All of which are items that I really do use and the most I bought of one item was 4. I think I did pretty good for my first attempt at couponing!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Confessions round 18

Sorry its been so long since I posted... here are some confessions and I will post a real update soon

1. I am kind of sad that our new store in Marmora is open. I loved being able to go to work at flexible times in my sweat pants and t-shirts and not having to deal with customers

2. I take forever to fall asleep...I toss and turn for at least a half hour

3. One of my goals this summer is to go all summer without getting a sunburn

4. I hate doing the dishes

5. I used to want to break a bone so I could have a cast

Monday, May 2, 2011

Thoughts

Its been a big week in the news and here are my thoughts

The Royal Wedding

Yes I did wake up early to watch. Early on (like weeks ago) I was annoyed by the Royal Wedding. I don’t understand why everyone is obsessed. I understand the people in the UK being obsessed, but why do we all care? Its not our country and William isn’t even the next in line for king. But the week of the wedding, there was nothing but royal wedding related shows on TLC. I watched a couple shows and found myself intrigued. So I decided to watch.
The dress- AMAZING! Loved it. So timeless. And I love love love the lace
The Ceremony- nice but long and a little boring
Bridesmaids- Pippa look gorgeous. But I was a little surprised that she wore white too but I loved her dress. And I thought it was odd that the rest of the girls were so young. Diana’s bridesmaids were all super young too so I guess it might be normal.
Kate- GORGEOUS!! I loved that she did her own make-up and she left her hair down. With millions of people watching it could be easy to go totally over the top but she stayed true to herself. And she really is so pretty! It’s a good thing because the royal family is not the best looking group of people that’s for sure.
Hats- hmmm…some were cool but most were strange and over the top
Souvenirs- ridiculus. who needs a refridgerator decal with William and Kate's faces on it? really?

Osama Bin Laden
I have mixed feelings on this. And I think that this quote from Martin Luther King Jr. sums it up best
"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that"
— Martin Luther King Jr.

He was a man who did horrible things and he will certainly be judged for his actions, but it is not my place to judge him. It just feels wrong to me to celebrate the death of someone. I do believe that he should have been killed for the things that he has done, but I am not “happy” about it.
I am so grateful for our troops and everything that they do for us and I pray for their safe return home to their families. I also pray for the families that have lost a love one in 9/11 or at any part of this war.