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I get giddy about the most ridiculous things sometimes. About two months ago, I started couponing.. not the extreme kind (because no one needs 900 boxes of cereal or TP or whatever) but the normal kind where you usually just save money.

I swear, this week was like the jackpot of free and super cheap stuff. I spent $23 and got:

  • 2 boxes of Total Raisin Bran
  • 2 boxes of Wheaties Fuel (1.3 of the boxes were free, plus $5 gift card back!)
  • 1 box Ritz Crackerfuls (I don’t normally eat crap like this, but hey, they were free! The crackers are whole grain/whole wheat, so there’s not as much guilt there.)
  • 1 box Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain rice
  • 3 lbs ground beef
  • 1 jug Purex laundry detergent (This stuff is seriously awesome, and so cheap everywhere, even without coupons)
  • 1 stick deodorant (free!)
  • 1 Nivea men’s body wash (free!)
  • 2 4-packs YoPlus yogurt (free!)
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • birthday card for brother in law
But wait. I didn’t hit up my fourth usual grocery store so when I go on Tuesday, this is what I have left to get:
  • 2 boxes Green Giant broccoli – free!
  • AA batteries – free!
  • Stove top stuffing – free! (Ok, before you hate on me, we really don’t eat crap like this often. But this is one of those childhood comfort foods my mom used to make once in a blue moon.)
I kind of like scouting out the deals, though I have to wake up earlier on Sundays to beat the old ladies to some of the better deals. Seriously though, this week my newspaper and the new print cartridge I need plus the gas it took me to get to these places paid for itself. This doesn’t happen all the time, but this week’s deals were great!
Do you coupon? What free stuff do you get? Do you want to teach me the art of CVS free stuff (I hear it’s good)? 😉
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After some consideration about the economic environment versus the rampant consumerism of past years, it’s time to scale back on christmas. I mean, I’ve been crusading for that for a while, but I don’t mean scaling back on the spirit. This year, we’re having a cookie swap as I mentioned before, but I’m really putting thought into my gifts–things I know people use or like, things that would be appreciated. I’m not necessarily spending less, but putting more effort into spending more time and thinking about whether a gift would truly be appreciated. How many times has one gotten a generic gift basket with bath goods and the price sticker carefully peeled off?

This is a little early, but putting more effort into christmas requires more time, too–finding the right gifts, not spending an arm and a leg on them, and going all out on inexpensive decorations, activities and baking. If I’m waiting until the last minute to shop, then I don’t get to do all those things. Warm ciders and watching the glow of the christmas tree and playing christmas music and decorating the balcony and living room… it will be a christmas to remember, and then going home to do the same thing… i’m excited about christmas this year, for the RIGHT reasons.

And with that, I look forward to thanksgiving and the joys of holiday and family then, too. I’m definitely making pumpkin cookies. 🙂

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