Random Monday

In CategoryRandom Monday
ByDeb

• We are having a pretty decent holiday weekend around here. Memorial Day is the first day off Jim gets every year, and the stretch between New Years and this weekend is pretty long. The kids played all day outside with Daddy on Saturday and they went to the zoo on Sunday. Big made Jim take a picture of the Naked Mole Rats to send me.

• This menopause/hormonal situation around here is becoming untenable. I wasn’t this moody when I was a teenager (I don’t think…who can remember that far back?) Saturday I was Super! Grouchy! and Sunday I was crying every ten minutes. I explained the whole Menopause Emotional Roller Coaster o’ Death thing to my husband, but reassured him we could get through it if he tiptoed around me for the next ten years, and also did everything I say. Frankly, I think we would ALL be happier if my family did everything I say. I don’t know why people can’t get on board with it.

• So far I have successfully fended off the desire to stockpile a lifetime supply of deodorant, but I did break down and buy a binder for all my coupons. I got some mighty suspicious looks in Target the other day, but I saved $5 using coupons. It’s a good thing too, because now I have to do enough couponing to pay for all the organizing supplies I bought. Oooh, a lifetime supply of page protectors…now that is a temptation I don’t know if I could resist. Or sticky notes! Highlighters! A trip to Office Max is like Christmas to me, people.

I also have clipped some coupons for Best Friend as part of a plan to draw her over to the dark side. Do you hear me, L? You may as well buy a binder right now and save me the trouble of persuading you.

• Speaking of couponing, I have recently discovered that some of the people on Extreme Couponing are cheating. Something about not buying the product the coupon is actually for, but matching just enough of the bar codes so the computer will accept it. Apparently this has created quite the stir in the couponing community. Personally, I found it discouraging to realize I won’t be saving 95% on my grocery bill without committing fraud (not really an option for this goody-two-shoes). On the other hand, it explains why it takes them 40 hours a week to coupon – cheating can be time consuming. So it’s good news that I can coupon without turning it into a full time job. I don’t really get why someone would spend 40 hours a week to cheat and STILL come home with 25 cases of instant ramen and not actual FOOD, though. That hardly seems like a good return for all the time and anxiety.

• Happy Memorial Day and a big Thank You to our military and military spouses for all the sacrifices you make for the rest of us. 

• Naked Mole Rats! Gross!

14 Responses to “Random Monday”

  1. Kirsten is Comfortably Domestic Says:

    1. I am hanging on to your every work on the couponing thing. I don’t do it because so few coupons are for real food, but if you find a way to do it, maybe I will try.

    2. The world would be a better place if everyone just did what their wives/mothers told them to do.
    Kirsten is Comfortably Domestic´s last blog post ..Sweet Surrender- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

  2. SarahB Says:

    The whole couponing thing intrigues me, but I’m skeptical because I don’t really ever see coupons for things I buy, and if I do, there certainly isn’t a store coupon match up to stack. I’m going to at least try it for toilitries, but the bleeping coupon printer thingy won’t work for me so I’m stuck until somebody more technically saavy than I am to come along and fix it for me.

    P.S. Mole rats give me the heebie jeebies! UGH!

  3. Nicole Says:

    1. I’m intrigued about the pantries of some of you. I bake from scratch quite a bit but there must be unseen levels out there. We don’t use organics but I use coupons all the time for spices, flour and sugar. Pasta is another cheap or free item most of the time. With summer on us ketchup, mustard and other condiments will be on sale and with coupons in the next few weeks.

    2. Most coupon savings for the average couponer comes from the non-food section. I helped my neighbor put together her shopping list for this weekend, she will spend $13 for $93 worth of laundry soap, deodorant for her husband, kids bath wash and household cleaners. I figure she’ll have enough to last her 3-4 months.

    3. Coupon fraud is huge, and I wish TLC would have addressed the situation somehow.

    4. SarahB-I’ll look into it for you.

  4. Deb Says:

    Hi Nicole!

    What do you mean, you are intrigued about the pantries of some of us? A lot of us grind our own wheat and bake our own bread (weirdo alert!), so I do have a pretty big baking cupboard.

    I have a huge pantry and do keep lots of things on hand – I have been an avid sale shopper for a long time, so I do stock up when there is a sale. Adding in the coupons is an adjustment, but I am pretty happy with what I have done so far. The part that makes me nervous is I am now realizing that in the past when I have tried to use multiple coupons, the checkers have told me that one-coupon-per-purchase means one coupon per transaction and they have incorrectly denied my coupons. The idea of getting in an argument with a grocery checker makes me nervous.

    Even though I am Super! Picky! about the food items I shop for, I know I can save a TON on non-food items, and that will add up to enough money to make a big difference. Besides, I think starting small on couponing is good for me because it will be less overwhelming.

    Thanks for chiming in!

    For everyone else, the next installment of Nicole’s series will be published this week.

  5. Nicole Says:

    Deb-

    Yes, that first part of your comment response is what I’m looking for! I scratch bake a lot of things but I always start with a product (flour and sugar…). The feel that I have gotten from some of your posters is that you do grind your own wheat and raise your own chickens…

    That is an area of living that my mom and I have always wanted to explore (more my mom-she’d love to start living more self sufficiently-I don’t know if I can give up Dr. Pepper :) ). So, I’m curioius as to what your starting pantry looks like. Do you make your own pasta and if you do…how do you do it? What types of things to do you make from scratch? What constitutes “real food” for you?

    My comment wasen’t written in mean-spiritedness and I hope that it wasen’t taken that way. I am sorry if I have offended anyone.

  6. Applie Says:

    What’s with the naked moles? Is that another photo from your zoo?

    They’re kinda cute. I like how they are asleep with their paws in the air. LOL
    Applie´s last blog post ..Memorial Day

  7. Applie Says:

    I wish there was a coupon for organic ketchup. Of course, I don’t buy the paper to get the coupon, so I guess it doesn’t matter if there is a coupon or not. LOL
    Applie´s last blog post ..Memorial Day

  8. Deb Says:

    Nicole – Of course I was not offended, I just didn’t understand your question.

    I do want to learn to make my own pasta, although at the rate my kids eat it, it would probably require an expensive attachment for my KitchenAid. That would also require me to store yet another type of wheat. Soon, I’m going to start making my own flour and corn tortillas.

    I buy my wheat in 40 pound buckets. Right now I use Hard White Winter Wheat for bread baking, and am waiting on an order of Soft White Wheat for pastries (to use in place of AP Flour). I also make my own dough enhancer, so there are ingredients for that; and of course I have yeast, salt, honey, oil…

    Freshly ground flour is unlike anything you have ever had – store bought whole wheat flour is like hamburger that might be a little off, and freshly ground wheat flour is like Kobe Beef.

    The simplest definition I can give you for what I mean by Real Food is this: Food that’s as close to it’s natural state as possible. Food that is not processed or genetically modified, or that is actually industrial waste passed off as food.

    Virtually everything my family eats is made from scratch, and I am continually working to make sure my ingredients are the highest quality possible. It’s kind of a pain in the ass, to tell the truth :)

  9. Tressa Says:

    I did a little couponing today. I am not as good as other people out there, but I do all right. I have soap to last me a few months now. It wasn’t the greatest deal, but it was all right.

    I use coupons when I buy the product. I don’t have the time to spend a lot fo time matching up coupons. I follow a couple of local couponers on Facebook and occasionally I will run out for a deal. I didn’t realize coupon fraud existed. In my mind, that is stealing.

    Naked mole rats. Hahaha!
    Tressa´s last blog post ..Thinking about our pay

  10. Happy Elf Mom Says:

    I’ve seen some of the couponers with their 500 deodorant cans and I go great! Hopefully they can bless the homeless or actually USE all that stuff before it gets old and crusty. It isn’t really a savings if you stash it away and never use it or if it gets nasty…

  11. Michelle Says:

    So excited, I saved $10 with coupons this week! (And I do cook mostly from scratch and make a lot of my own cleaning supplies.) Mostly due to finally figuring out the whole printable coupons thing. And a nice $4 off my allergy meds.

    Now, one in the binder, what do you do with them? Do you put them in business card organizer sheets? I just bought a 13 pocket coupon thing, and I’m still annoyed with it.

    Yep, quite the stir in the couponing world. I read some of that.

    We will not speak of hormones today . . .
    Michelle´s last blog post ..Math Switch- Math Mammoth

  12. Connie Weiss Says:

    I’m not couponing and you can’t make me. My computer wants to change that word to coupling. I’m not doing that either.
    Connie Weiss´s last blog post ..I Love This Girl

  13. Nicole Says:

    @Applie-I just used my last ketchup coupon or I’d see if it would work for you and I’d have sent it to you. Who makes organic ketchup, do any of the “big” names make it (Hunt’s, Heinze…). If a large manufacturer makes it you can use a regular coupon on it. My coupon was .50 off ANY Hunt’s ketchup-so even though the non organic ketchup was pictured I could have used it on the organic kind.

    @Michelle-I use 9 pocket baseball card holders for my coupons. I just read a post on another site I frequent and she made her own sheets using page protectors and a sewing machine.

    @people who commit coupon fraud-someone’s always out to try to work the system and I agree if you’re going to steal food why would you steal those nasty noodles:)

  14. kristy Says:

    getting caught up on all my blog reading and I especially enjoy your random Monday posts. Since it is very difficult to type with long fake nails glued on, that is all that I have to say right now.
    kristy´s last blog post ..Day 12–Palma De Mallorca- Spain