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What to do about coupon burnout?

There are times when Sunday is my favorite day of the week, because that’s when the ads show up neatly tucked into my mailbox.  Then there are times, when seeing that big rolled up newspaper makes me sigh, because it means I have to do more cutting, more sorting, more planning.  What to do on those weeks?

I have found that the best way to deal with my own coupon burnout is to take a mini-vacation.  This does NOT mean go to the store buy all non-sale overpriced items and eat t-bone steaks all week….although that does sound kind of fun, doesn’t it? 🙂

What I mean is, glance through the ads and if no sale is screaming your name, skip the store for the week.  Do you have 4 tubes of toothpaste and the only thing on sale at CVS this week is toothpaste….skip it and file away that ECB for another week.  They do last a month after all!

Uninspired by the grocery store?  Take stock of your pantry.  With a little planning and a grocery store run for bread and milk, you can feed your family well with what’s already in your pantry.  These weeks also help prevent the terrible tragedy known as “hidden waste.”  You know, the food that’s hidden behind all the other food in your pantry and you find it 12 months after it expired. 🙂

Most of all don’t feel guilty because you didn’t rush out to buy all those deals you saw posted on the blogs.  Do you NEED it?  What’s more important: your sanity or grabbing that 8th free tube of toothpaste?  How much toothpaste does one family need after all?  But your coupons are going to expire and you don’t want that to happen, you say?  Brighten someone’s day and leave that coupon on the shelf by the product.  I know I’m excited when I find a coupon near a product that I was planning to buy.  Why not give someone else that lovely feeling?

I’ve come to believe that it’s more important for me to take a break here and there.  It helps me retain the fun of it all rather than couponing becoming a chore.  What things do you do to prevent coupon burnout?  I’m always interested in more ideas. 🙂

 

 

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I’m combining my deals this week, because there just aren’t that many. 🙂

Walgreens:

(2) Expo Washable Dry Erase markers, 6 packs $3.99
-use $3/1 in store coupon (August coupon book)
-use $2/2 printable (available on Facebook)

(1) Mead Envelopes $0.69
-with in-ad coupon
(1) Mars Candy bar $0.49

-use $1 RR from last week

Pay: $0.18 plus tax 🙂

 

CVS:

(1) Deans Milk Gallon $3.19 (Get $1 ECB)

-use $1 ECB from a couple of weeks ago

 

I’ll be updating this list each week with the price I paid for supplies.  My goal is less than $5 for the whole list! 🙂

(1) 1″ white three ring binder

(1) 8-pack colored markers FREE!

(2) Black and White composition notebook

(2) 24-pack crayons $0.02

(1) 4-pack Dry Erase markers FREE (using $2/2 coupon from Facebook!)

(4) 2-pocket, 3-prong folders  $0.04

(4) Glue sticks

(1) Roll paper towels

(2) 12-pack Yellow #2 pencils $0.02

(1) large soft zippered pencil case FREE (using last year’s)

(2) Large pink eraser  FREE (purchased at Walgreens using sales and RRs)

(1) Ruler $0.01

(1) Child’s scissors  FREE (using last year’s)

(1) 70-page spiral notebook (purchased at Walgreens using sales and RR)

(1) 8 oz White Glue $0.02

(1) Box Qt. size Ziploc bags

Total spent as of 8/14/11: $0.11

So, there are a few deals worth getting this week at the various stores.

The best deal I see is at Walgreens:

Expo Washable Markers, 6 pack $3.99
-use $3/1 in store coupon (August coupon book in store)
-use $2/2 printable (available on Facebook)

 

Office Depot:
Composition notebook $0.25
Pocket Folders $0.01
Office Depot brand ruler $0.01
Office Depot Multi-purpose paper, 500 count $0.01 (after mail-in rebate)

 

Office Max:
The ad doesn’t really have any good deals listed.  I did get a paper bag in my paper from Office Max.  Anything that can fit into the bag is 20% off!

Plum District has a great deal today:

$25 for a $50 JCP.com Gift Card

Use promo code: blogher; to get an extra $5 off, making this deal only $20!

PLUS, if you’re new to Plum District, you get a $5 credit for signing up, making this deal only $15!!! 🙂

Here are my school supply deals for this week:

Office Max:

(1) 12 in. wooden ruler $0.01
(2) 24 pack Schoolio crayons $0.01/each

Walgreens
(1) 8-pack Washable Crayola crayons $2 (Get $2 RR) = FREE!!

I’m really starting to make a dent in the school supply list now!!

So, one of the things that I’ve appreciated as I’ve perused the great wide world of blogs are all the neat recipe ideas I find.  I’ve been trying to test out new things that sound good in an effort to add a little variety to our diets.

Here are my efforts this week:

Frozen Banana Bites ~ chocolate, peanut butter, banana all in little bite size treats……yeah, I HAD to try this one!! 🙂

“Homemade” Pickles ~ not exactly homemade, but this is a fun little project.  I want to try REALLY homemade pickles, but that will be another day.
-just cut up some small salad/pickling cucumbers and put them in the jar with the old juice.  Refrigerate and they say that in a few days you have another jar of pickles….we’ll see!!

Whole Milk Yogurt ~ this is not a new project, but we’re out, so time to make more!

I think that’s all I’m going to get to today.  I’ll keep you posted on the results!

Staples is my favorite for school supplies so far this year!

Here’s what I’m picking up there this week:

(6) Two Pocket, Three Prong folders $0.01 (with $5 purchase)

(2) 500-count printer paper $5.99 ($5.49 Easy Rebate, limit 2)

(1) Zebra pens, 7 count $4 ($4 Easy Rebate)

Total $0.56 (after Easy Rebates)

The great thing about Staples Easy Rebates is that you can file them online.  That saves the cost of a stamp, so you really receive the full rebate amount.  Don’t forget to check out the School Supply Cost List for updates on totals!! 🙂

Today PetCareRx.com is offering free shipping on all orders.

Plus, they’re having a sale on dog and cat flea prevention medicine.

Coupon codes are available to receive an even BIGGER discount:

Use code REDPLUM to get $10 off a $35 purchase

If you spend $67 or more, use code NEW15 to get 15% off your purchase.

To make the discount BIGGER still: shop through Ebates to get 12% cashback.

Wow!!!  This is where combining sales, coupons and cashback online gets FUN!! 🙂

I can’t believe it, but I’m already starting the school supply buying.  Thank goodness this year they sent home the list for next year before school let out in the spring.  Sure does make watching for deals easier.

Last year I bought all of the school supplies we needed for less than $10.  I’m aiming to beat that this year.  One clarification…..the $10 did NOT include the backpack or lunch bag last year.  Another thing I like to buy this time of year is a year’s supply of printer paper.  Printable coupons are a lot more economical when you pay $2 for a year’s supply of paper!! 😀

Anything we’re “recycling” from last year, I’m counting as “FREE” for this year!  If I have “leftover” things that we’re using for this year, I’ll  post the prices if I remember them. 🙂

Here’s the list of things I have so far:

New backpack “FREE” (purchased on clearance for $6.99 last year and hidden! :))
(4) Two pocket; 3-prong folders “FREE” (leftovers from last year; were $0.10/each)
Pencil case “FREE” (it’s the same one he had last year and it held up REALLY well)
Kid’s Scissors “FREE” (recycling the ones from last year)

Here’s what I’m buying this week (italics are things from the school supply list):

Staples

(2) #2 pencils 8/pack $0.01 (with $5 purchase)
(1) Pentel RSVP pens $4 (Free after $4 easy rebate)
(2) 5 pack Dividers $0.50 – for my coupon binder, it has homemade dividers right now
(2) 100-count 3×5 cards $0.01

Office Depot

(1) 12-in plastic ruler $0.25
(5) Crayola 24-count crayons $0.25 (I use these for Christmas gifts for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, too)
(2) Multipurpose White Printer Paper $6.49 (Mail-in-rebate for $5.49, limit 2)
Sharpie Single Markers 2/$1

I’ll be posting a weekly update with running total of what I’ve bought for school supplies this year.

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