Have you ever been printing several things when suddenly one item you were printing gets stuck? You go to investigate and there’s one print job that has an ERROR – and it won’t allow anything else to print. ARRGGHH!! I’ve been there too. So of course – you click “Delete” to cancel the troublesome print job – and it proceeds to delete until eternity… It says “Deleting….” but it never actually moves on from that point.
In case you weren’t aware – today is International Women’s Day - a day celebrating the achievements of women all over the world, throughout history since the 1900′s. Yay Women! And for those of you who think you haven’t personally contributed much in the long line of Great Women’s Achievements – I say that’s NOT TRUE!
I want to share something with you that I wrote a few years ago. I had a regular blog and had just come home from my first coupon class (I was in the audience). “Extreme couponing seminars” were quick becoming the new Tupperware Party in my town and I had to see what the buzz was about. I needed a whole lot of convincing – because couponing seemed to be too much work for $.50 Off here and there. On the other hand, this is the girl who collects dryer lint, empty egg cartons and candle remnants for months to make campfire starters… so maybe I should stop calling the kettle black and just get my pot-self to a class! I did…
I walked in about 10 minutes late, as usual. The room was packed full with women of all ages. I slid into a seat at the end of a table and glanced down at the packet of papers in front of me. It correlated to the powerpoint presentation being given at the front of the room- it was a list of Coupon Lingo with definitions… 2 PAGES LONG.
What the What?? Somewhat daunting, no?
I looked around at rows and rows of housewives who had their eyes glued to the instructors, hanging on their every word. This wasn’t what I had expected. An exciting atmosphere of subversion hung in the air- it felt as if we were being initiated into some sort of underground, anti-establishment movement. We were joining the sisterhood of frugal housewives. We fly just under the radar, collect coupons using our various clandestine methods, speak our secret codes to one another, and stockpile necessities in our own homes. A veritable army of hunters and gatherers.
It seemed purposeful and smart – made one feel prepared in the midst of uncertain economic times. I still can’t manage to put anything into a savings account, or invest in a 401k, or even afford health insurance, but I’ve got extra food and supplies in the basement for whatever hard weeks may come. It’s a practical security. And it comes cheap.
I LOVE that this movement is a serious thing- that there are stockpile price lists, efficiency guides for storage and usage, coupon “lingo” – all backed up by very real need. I love that even though it’s time consuming, it is of real value – value on par with a part-time job. I might not be able to make my family recession-proof, but I can do my part to ease the strain.
So sister – pat yourself on the back and wear your couponer banner with pride. Whether you’re contributing to your family, or someone else’s by putting in all the time and effort to be an extremely smart shopper – you are making an undeniable difference! Well done!!
On that note – won’t you join me in celebrating women everywhere by singing one of the best Girl-Power-Songs EVER….
I bet there are a LOT of you who had a ball at the drugstores with all the freebies offered on Black Friday. I didn’t get a ton, but I did get some things I wanted, and a whole fistful of rainchecks for the things my store was out of (I love rainchecks!) Here’s what I got:
- Finish Quantum $2.99
- (2) Listerine Pocket Pack Strips $2.99
- (2) GUM Toothbrush 2-Packs $2.99
- Starbucks Double Shot $1.69 *Not shown here, because it’s in my tummy
- Kleenex Cool Touch $1.50
- (4) Mars Singles $.75 *Not shown, in my kids tummies!
I’m going to be really honest here – I didn’t use a single coupon.(Gasp!) I was too wrapped up in Thanksgiving (with my family) and Black Friday(on the website) to get my act together. (Nope – we’re not perfect!) I just barely made into CVS on Saturday evening on my way out to rent a movie – and I STILL made out like a bandit!
Retail Value – $21.14
Total I Paid – $0 + tax!
Now, I would really love to hear from a few of you how much you saved at CVS (or Walgreens, or Rite-Aid!) on Black Friday. Let’s hear your trips!!!
The TLC Extreme Couponing Season is back – and you know how we feel about it. (If not check out this post!) Come join us for a live chat as we talk about Extreme Couponing (The Right Way) tonight, 10/5/11, in our Savvy Living Blog Frog Community sponsored by Ebates from 9 – 10 pm EST.
We’ll be co-hosting a Wednesday Night chat with Melissa from StockpilingMoms tonight – all about how to use coupons with “Extreme” results – without taking “Extreme” measures Check it out:
TLC’s Extreme Couponing gets going again tonight with it’s new season – starting at 10pm EST. There will be new episodes, and probably new levels of “extreme” We have lots of new readers here since last season – I thought it would be good to remind you to read this article on keeping the show (and the extreme savings) in perspective.
We will resume our weekly Wednesday Night Facebook Chats next week at 10pm EST – so mark your calendars and meets us there in your PJ’s! (P.S. I’ll bring chocolate if you bring chips )
Join us for some fun conversation tonight on the Time2Save Facebook Page!
Just a reminder that we’ll be holding our weekly Wednesday Facebook Q&A tonight at 10pm! Although it happens to be at the same time as the TLC Extreme Couponing show reruns, we really just shoot the breeze about any questions you may have – and share stories and tips with one another.
Tonight’s Q&A Roundtable will be hosted by me (Jamie), so invite a curious friend to come and join us and have their questions answered! I am looking for a new way to host this chat – rather than our current method, so if you are super tech-savvy, and can drop by and share your wisdom, I’d love to hear that too!
Extra Benefit: I’ll be working on the CVS ad tonight as well (the one starting Sunday 7/24) – so I’ll be sure to give you a heads up on any deals I’m coming across way-way early too!
I try to save money in all areas of my life where it’s possible – including buying gifts for family and friends. However – this week, I got a reality check via my brother. I’d been thinking how much he’d love the new Crocs I bought him during a recent Zulily Sale (They were 50% OFF, and I even had credits to use!)….. then today he sent me a link for a birthday gift he wants from this website:
(Yes, that wolf is running with a bandsaw blade in his mouth. That has GOT to be worse than running with scissors!)
For one of these things:
SIGH….. There just aren’t that many good daily deals, coupons or discount codes for bandsaws, now are there?
So I guess I learned my lesson (or was reminded again) that with some people, it’s best not to shop for bargains, but to wait and let them simply send you a link to their heart’s desire…..
Have you learned any couponing life lessons along the way? Please share them in the comment section!
Won’t you join us for some sparkling conversation tonight on the Time2Save Facebook Page??
Just a reminder that we’ll be holding our weekly Wednesday Facebook Q&A tonight at 9:30! Although it happens to be at the same time as the TLC Extreme Couponing show, we really just shoot the breeze about any questions you may have – and share stories and tips with one another.
Tonight’s Q&A Roundtable will be hosted by Kelly, so invite a curious friend to come and join us and have all their questions answered! (Well, some at least )