Archive for September, 2009


Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Find some great deals on cruises at We’ve used them to get a great deal on cruises to Hawaii (7 night balcony on Norwegian for $1,000 – originally $5,000) and Alaska (7 night on Royal Caribbean for $1,100). Check out the one below that goes from Lisbon, Portugal to Brazil. Only $399 for 14 days! That’s cheaper than renting an apartment!
Their Top tens deals:
1) Caribbean, 7 nights on Carnival, departs Miami Oct 4, starting at $379, save 77%, FastDeal # 16308
2) Transatlantic, 14 nights on Royal Caribbean, departs Lisbon Dec 1, starting at $399, FastDeal # 25692 (Royal Caribbean does not provide brochure rates for this cruise, so we are unable to show a savings percentage.)
3) Caribbean, 7 nights on Holland America, departs Tampa Nov 15, starting at $449, save 67%, FastDeal # 10953
4) Mexico, 7 nights on Royal Caribbean, departs Los Angeles Dec 13, starting at $423, FastDeal # 24638 (Royal Caribbean does not provide brochure rates for this cruise, so we are unable to show a savings percentage.)
5) Bermuda, 7 nights on Norwegian, departs Philadelphia Oct 10, starting at $449, save 69%, FastDeal # 25863
6) Caribbean, 7 nights on Princess, departs San Juan Dec 13, starting at $499, save 57%, FastDeal # 17591
7) Bahamas, 7 nights on Carnival, departs Baltimore Oct 18, starting at $499, save 72%, FastDeal # 13555
8) Canada/New England, 11 nights on Costa Cruises, departs Quebec City Oct 3, starting at $599, save 68%, FastDeal # 22879
9) Caribbean, 10 nights on MSC Cruises, departs Fort Lauderdale Nov 30, starting at $649, save 57%, FastDeal # 11424
10) Mediterranean, 7 nights on Windstar, departs Barcelona Oct 11, oceanview starting at $1499, save 63%, FastDeal # 12792 (Windstar will not allow this rate to be shown on the Internet — please call us at the number below for information or reservations.)

Top eleven things to ask the person behind you in line at the store.

11) You can go ahead of me. I’m trying to beat the Guiness World record for letting people ahead of me.
10) So watcha got in your cart?
9) I heard lane number three is giving out free samples of Fresca.
8.5) (in your best Foster Brooks voice – whippersnappers may have to google his name) This line better move faster or we’ll all be sorry (start dry heaving). Do you have a bucket in your cart? (best to put your arms around the shoulder of the person for this one)
8) I heard Potsie Weber shops at this store.
7) You might want to light your lighter. I’m gassy today.
6) You really don’t need to be eating all that ice cream. How about I put it back for your own good.
5) Your shoes look so nice. Do you mind if I try them on for size. (Smell them first and then tell them no thanks)
4) I have tons of expired coupons that don’t even match up with what I bought.
3) This is my first time in grocery store line. Can you hold my hand?
2) Can I borrow $8. I’ll pay you back next time I see you.
1) I sure hope the cashier is still giving out hugs if my order is over $50.

There is also supposed to be a limit of 10 coupons doubled – it used to be unlimited. Not all stores are following that rule and not all K-Marts are participating.

Find the double deals here:

I got rear-ended this past weekend. I was stopped waiting for a car to turn that was a couple cars ahead of me when I got blasted. Good thing I was wearing a seat belt. And good thing I wasn’t eating chili or an ice cream cone or drinking coffee. But if I was eating peanut butter and had a chocolate bar in the other hand it may have led to a great discovery.

The guy said his anti-lock brakes locked up and he skidded into me. The roads were wet, but I think he was also not paying that close of attention. His car hood was buckled and there was a big dent in the hood.

Speaking of car troubles, if you’ve ever taken your car to a repair shop to find out what the check engine light codes mean, they most likely charge around $90 to have them get the codes and diagnose the problem. If you go to AutoZone or Murray’s/O’Reillys they will let you use the gadget that reads the codes for free. From there you can call a repair shop to find out what needs to be done or you can google the codes for sites that will tell you what they mean and what needs to be done.

To find deals on cars or helpful info before you buy a car, go to Edmunds. Go to the site and find out what rebate and financing deals there are out there. Click here:

Get new tires on the cheap at Tirerack for your car this winter. Don’t want to rear-end anyone! Click here to get tires much cheaper than you can get at any tire shop – have them shipped to you.
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Here’s a story about maybe not following your GPS without maybe questioning it some:



Monday, September 28th, 2009

Get free antibiotics at Giant Eagle now. Here is a link on it:$jYN5f&om_mid=_BKuSAgB7u9jrgV&
Also check out for discounts on prescriptions. Someone in one of my classes last week said they saved over $400 using them.
Ad starting Thursday – use coupons to get even better deals:
Post Cereal – 5 for $10 plus get $5 off coupon on your next trip
Online Digital prints – 9 cents each
Breyers yogurt – 40 cents after purchase of 10
Tic Tac Chill – free after .75 coupon
Birdseye Steamfresh vegetables – free after .50 coupon

Free after rebate:
Crest Scope Toothpaste (make money after $1 or .75 coupon)
Gillette Fusion Razor – (after $4 coupon)
Nivea Lip Care (make money after $1 coupon)
Oral B Advantage Cleans and Whitens/Artica Toothbrush (make money after $1 coupon)

Get $5 off a $25 purchase coupon good on 9/29 and 9/30 here:
Free after register rewards:
ChapStick Fresh Effects
Clairol Herbal Essences Hair Care (free after $1 coupon)
Dentek Floss or Floss Picks (find coupon on
Emergen C Booster
Gillette Fusion Razor (make money after $4 coupon)
Halls Refresh Sugar Free Drops (make money after .75 coupon)
Oral B Advantage 123 Toothbrush (make money after $1 coupon)
Robitussin DM To Go 2 pk
Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion – make money after $1.50 coupon on

Get Target coupons here:

Some stores are just doubling P&G coupons this week. Other stores are more lenient and accepting all coupons. KMart made a booboo on this one. They made it hard for the cashiers and the customers to figure out what coupons they are taking.
I keep an ear open for any cashier that grunts towards the customer. They usually aren’t the nice ones that make it easy for the customer. Ask the cashier if they are good at Go Fish since they will have to be good at matching the right coupons with the right item at the register. There are plenty of nice cashiers – yell out with a heidiho, so that other couponers will go to their line.

There needs to be a Supreme Court of Coupons. There needs to be a law that all coupons must have no expiration dates. And at Giant Eagle the coupons automatically double without having to press any buttons to match the coupon. KMart needs to fix theirs so it automatically doubles. It wastes the cashiers and shoppers time and almost always is incorrect. That needs to go to Coupon Supreme Court too. Judgement for the plantiff.

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80% Off Deal! Get a $25 restaurant gift certificate for $2 (normally $10)!
At checkout use code: CHEF
Ends: 9/30
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Monday, September 28th, 2009

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Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Get a 20 lb bag of bird seed for $3.33 (3 for $10). Great on salads! Now I’m not that much into eating animal food, but my cat seems to enjoy some human food. I have some raspberries growing in the front yard. I picked some and left them on the kitchen counter the other day. I noticed that some were smushed up when I got home that evening. I just thought my wife might have man-handled them and I thought nothing of it.

The next day I noticed the cat jumping from the counter right where the raspberries were located. And now today I asked my wife if she had some raspberries I picked yesterday, including some golden raspberries. She said no, there weren’t any. Apparently Meow Mix needs to consider making raspberry salmon flavored cat food. My cat Dummy is apparently nuts for raspberries. If I see my cat painting tapestry in the living room or some other humanistic trait I will see if I can get him to do a load of laundry or something more human-like that will benefit us.



Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Get 70% off with every gift certificate order! Get a $25 gift certificate for $3 (originally $10).
Use code: TREAT
Ends 9/27/09.
Click here: 70% Off



Monday, September 21st, 2009

Growing up, did you ever have your Mom call out your name out loud in the store looking for you? Mine did. It was so not cool when you were a kid. Here I was at Pick-n-Pay and I hear her yodel out my name. If I had a empty tin can to kick I would’ve at that moment, but I just cowered and made my way over to the voice alarm. I think I was like, “umm, Mom, you can stop it.” I might as well put a name tag that said ‘Crud’ on it.

At that time my Mom was also good about using me as a shill for her to get more than the limits allowed for certain sale items. So here I was with a 5 lb bag of sugar, some milk, and some butter in line and I had no concept of money. I think the bag of sugar was taller than me and weighed more than me too.

Now the worst was the walk home. At that time my Mom didn’t drive so we walked to the store. At that age it seemed like it was walking to the other ends of the earth when we went to the store.

On the way back home I was weighted down by all kinds of groceries. I was little so my legs didn’t move me as far as an adult could move. But that didn’t stop my Mom from cranking it on the way home. I think you could see a dust cloud behind her when she walked. My legs were doing triple time just trying to keep up with her. They were moving like the Scooby Doo running in place movement.

Now that I’m older I walk very fast and I’m sure it’s because I had to keep up with my FloJo Mom. I probably should take up walking races. I’m sure I’d set new world records. The nice thing is that it helps me blaze through stores.

I’m also quick at getting out of the car. Most people I know are just slow getter-outers from cars. I could be in the store already checked out and they are just getting around to closing the door of the car.

Reminds me, I have a friend whose kids call him Far-parker. Apparently he likes to park at the end of the aisles in the parking lot. I guess it’s better than being called Mr. Slow getting out a good parking spot Person.

Free after rebate:
Proantinox – liquid urinary tract cleanser

Free after register rewards:
Roots of Nature Hair Care

Get annual magazine subscriptions for $4.69! Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, Ebony, Running, Mountain Life, Yoga, Vegetarian Times, and many others. My favorite that I found is Varmint Masters Magazine, yes a magazine dedicated to varmint hunting. I think I’m gonna get it for some enthralling bathroom reading.
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Closing about 1000 stores, nearly 22% of their stores. Red Box and Netflix have dug into their business. At $1 a rental at Red Box, it’s hard to beat.

Get wedding favors, gifts, and supplies at great discounts. Free shipping on orders over $149 – expires September 24th. 20% OFF any order of $100 or more. Use coupon code KSFFSEPT9 at checkout. Coupon expires September 24th.
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Thursday, September 17th, 2009

If it smells like gas, you may or may not want to light a match.

Even though there is a glut of natural gas in the market, prices spiked this past week. I’ve been waiting to see when it would hit bottom before it would go back up, so now may be the time to lock in a lower gas rate with a supplier. In Ohio, will calculate comparisons with suppliers apples to apples. And as far as natural gas, if they need more of a supply I know where they can find some…a great amount …after my bean soup dinner.

5 + 2 day programmable thermostat normally $39 – now $24. Great to have for those that leave the house all day for work during the week and are home on the weekends. Studies have shown you can save up to $500 annually on your heating bill with a programmable thermostat. So freeze your pets during the day and save money!

Need a new cell phone power cord or cell phone accessories? Try this site out. I got a cell phone power cord from them for $4 instead of $30. Get up to 80% off on cell phone accessories – use code LABORD20 to get 10$ off on purchases up of $40 or more – use code LABORD10 to get 10% off on purchases of $10 or more – ends 11/15
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They are changing their name back to Idine on September 27th – This is a great program. You get up to 20% off your restaurant bill (includes tax, tip, meal, and drinks). All you have to do is register your credit card with them. Great when you pay by credit card for a large group. They can be found at until the changeover date. The savings will trigger even when you are using a coupon from or any other paper coupon.

Westfield Farms Cheese – shredded and chunk – 8 ounce – $1 – dairy has gotten cheaper as of recent late. I think it’s because they are now using milk from the all-plentiful sparrows.
Tyson boneless chicken – 1.79/lb.

I’m on a roll with these lists…

Top ten things to do while you are in the store:

1) You know how some customers get way too close to you when you are in line. Pull out one of those grocery dividers and put it on the ground in-between each other.
2) Lie on the grocery belt and ask to be rung up and double bagged.
3) Whisper to the person next to you, “Management is watching me.” (have a bunch of lumpy towels in your shirt)
4) Ask the customer behind you to hold your place in line while you go get something real quick. Leave the store.
5) Start eating everything you have in your cart. Ask the person behind you if you can borrow their mustard for a sandwich you’ll be making.
6) Run your library pass through the credit card machine. Hand it to the cashier to try. Then when they tell you it won’t work, give them your comb.
7) Sit on top of one of the beer islands and berate the customers into challenging you to being king of the mountain.
8) Order a cake from the bakery and ask them to write ‘look for tool inside’ on it.
9) Lie inside the beer cooler very still with an I just died look.
10) Sit in a cart and ask people to give you a ride real fast around the store.



Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Get a $25 restaurant gift certificate for 60% off! Now $4 instead of $10. Deal ends 9/21. I got a few for restaurants in Alaska on the site when I was there after a cruise a couple years ago. They were all great restaurants. And the food tasted much better with a coupon.
At checkout use code: ENJOY
Click here to order: 60% Deal



Monday, September 14th, 2009

I make lists when I’m bored. Helps keep the world in order for me.
Top ten things to shout out in line at a store:

10) Is this the line for the free hemorrhoid screening?
9) Boy am I glad to be out of jail!
8) Do you want to see pictures of my latest operation?
7) Free kittens here! Free kittens…
6) Wow, who is the person here that smells real bad?
5) Do you want to see what I have in my pockets?
4) So what do you need that neosporin for?
3) Can someone please massage out the knot I have on my back.
2) Gather around everyone! I’m about to give birth!
1) I can’t wait to ask out the cashier for a dinner date! How do I look?

The nice thing about this is that they might help you move up in line…

Bonus: Put your arm around the shoulders of a person next to you for added effect…

Grapes – 79 cents/lb
Milk – $1.49/gallon

Look for coupons in the weekly ads for the following:
Rite Aid – get a $25 gift card when you transfer a prescription to Rite Aid
K-Mart – get a $10 gift card with a new or transferred prescription

Free after register rewards:
Murine Ear Drops
True North Crackers – plus use $1 coupon to make money

Wednesday – coupon for free developing of a roll of film.

Irish Spring soap – $1.50 for an 8 pack after register rewards and .50 coupon

Find coupons on this site. Some good coupons for doubling.
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50% off one item coupon in ad. Also a 60% off framing coupon.

Free after extra bucks:
Dyna Pep Energy Micro-shot
Colgate – free after extra bucks and $1 coupon

They quoted me in a story about coupons in the USA Weekend magazine that they put in some Sunday newspapers. Locally, it was in the Lake County News-Herald. The magazine goes to about 25 million people.

To expand on the story, I like to tell parents with little time to do coupons to get their kids involved with cutting coupons and matching the coupons to deals in the ads. It teaches kids a great lesson on saving money. Parents will save because they will be using coupons – give half to the kids to buy what they want within reason or to save for college. It will keep them from bugging you to buy items. They will get better at math. And they will be sure you don’t forget your coupons on the kitchen counter!
Here is the link to the story:

Get Special Online Discounts September 14-18 from 12-4pm(EDT), for special, limited time offers.
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Get the Entertainment book on sale at 10% off with free shipping from 9/14 thru 9/20.

I typically save over 70% when I go grocery shopping. If an item is 60% off or less, I typically won’t buy it. Now, that doesn’t mean I’m just buying unhealthy processed foods on the cheap. I find bargains on fruit to meat to corn on the cob. There are coupons out there for everything. This week I bought around $150 of groceries for 80% off or about $30 (had some register rewards print). I got cat food, Lysol cleaning products, Hormel meat, oatmeal, saline solution, coffee creamer, and much more. Stuff I can use.

The key is to buy items that are at least half off and in which you have a coupon for that item. Coupons are usually 10% to 20% off the item. Giant Eagle doubles so I get 20% to 40% off on top of the 50% off. Hence I get 70% to 90% off every time I go shopping.

Most people decide what they are making that week for dinner and they buy accordingly. So if they decide to make Chicken Cordon Blue they buy everything whether it is on sale or not. Instead, ground beef and buns were on sale that week. Hamburger night! Shelve chicken cordon blue until chicken and cordon blue stuff go on sale at least half off. There is always a BOGO (buy one get one free) on meat most every week, so plan accordingly. Stores always have different items on sale so you won’t be buying tripe every week just because it’s on sale.

Growing up I had tripe and sweetbread (cow brain). Little did I know what it was, but I would never touch it now knowing what I ate. The sweetbread was breaded and fried and we had it Sunday mornings usually. I think I like to eat grains, chew my cud, and eat hay now because of it.



Friday, September 11th, 2009

How could a kid ever resist – For $1.25 you can you can a bowl full of happiness with creatures that are eager to please. I’d like to train mine to do household chores and to sing in three-part harmony to lull me to sleep at night.

Sale now extended to 9:09 PM on 9/13 – Get 90% Off!!! First time ever at 90% off. If you’ve never bought one, now is the time. A $25 gift certificate will cost only $1 (originally $10)! Other amounts available. Find restaurants across the U.S.
When checking out use code: NINETY
Click here:

Click here for a coupon to get a $25 gift card at CVS when you transfer a prescription to their store:

They are closing the Mentor, OH store. They are exiting 8 markets including Cincinnati while closing 26 stores across the U.S. Sale prices are 20% to 30% off. They used to do more coupons in the past and stopped that some time ago. Wonder if that had an effect on whether people shopped there. I know I didn’t go in there as much when they didn’t entice me with coupons. I would’ve probably gone there more if they allowed me to pop all the bubble packaging wrap too.

New September coupons available. Some good coupons for doubling. Seems like more stores are taking internet coupons. Hope it stays.
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They are giving a 5 cent discount on Saturday and Sundays in September when you use your Speedy Rewards card. Also remember that you can get a gas card for Speedway at Marc’s that will get you 10 cents off per gallon. While you’re filling up, if your kids need to find a science project for school, have them test the bacteria in the gas station bathroom and the handles of the gas pumps. Might be a good chance that the bacteria culture will bloom into a spore wonderland ruled by a colony of sea monkeys. When I was in Croatia recently they had a container of disposable plastic gloves at gas stations for customers to use, so they were onto it.

Bananas – 33 cents
Gala Apples – 77 cents/lb
Pears – 69 cents/lb

I just coughed. Not a very productive one. Just a minor clear-my-throat kind of cough. You’re saying to yourself now, Joe we appreciate hearing about your latest cough, but it doesn’t rate very high on my things-I-need-to-know-right-this-very-minute scale. Well, the reason I’m posting this is because it would rate very high on Facebook and Twitter. On Facebook or Twitter people want to know when you did your laundry, what’s for dinner, or your latest dilemmas. …and when you coughed.

I just took a sip of my coffee. It was slightly tepid. I know you would have liked to know that too. So when people read things about you it’s like reading your diary. Or sort of like your mind diary. What has got your brain preoccupied. It’s like your 411 to the world and you have something important to tell the world whether it be trivial, meaningful, or all surfacy.

Pictures are good too because it tells me what you want people to think about you. Once I get a chance to put a picture up of myself on my Facebook page, it will be of me smoking a corncob pipe looking very smart with a fedora on my noggin tilted to the right and I will be letting out a hearty laugh. Next to me will be a Cape Buffalo and my cats playing Go Fish while wearing ZZ Top beards. The mystery behind it is what am I laughing so hard about. I think I’m gonna make pasta for dinner. Oh, and I just coughed again.

Get your money’s worth out of the Entertainment book and buy the 2010 book now. Book expires in Nov. 2011 – some coupons expire 12/31/2011. Free shipping.
Always remember to keep coupons and coupons books in your car – how many of you walk to the store? Yes, most of us take our ride to the store. And how many leave your coupons on the kitchen counter? If you keep them in the car, you can always step out of the store and into your car to get your coupons. Make it a habit to keep them in your car. You have to do it 26 times in order for it to be a habit though.
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The new Our Town and All Around coupon books are now available. Get your money’s worth out of the book and buy the 2010 book now. Book expires in Dec. 1, 2011. If you go to a couple restaurants a year you should get your money’s worth back. Check out what’s new in the book at Check out the larger winery section and golf section. Lotsa great restaurant coupons. You’ll probably pay for the book in two restaurant visits. The book now costs $28 plus $2 shipping and handling for a total of $30.
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Order my new Savvy Shopper booklet. Over 150 pages long. Find thousands of new ways to save money. Costs $13 (includes shipping & handling)
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All the library classes are free. Most will request that you register for the class. Check the tab labeled SCHEDULE on my site to see the latest schedule.

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Sept 17, 2009 – Thursday – 7:00 to 8:30 PM – Parma Snow Library
Sept 21, 2009 – Monday – 7:00 to 8:30 PM – Richmond Heights Recreation – Kiwanis Lodge
Sept 28, 2009 – Monday – 7:00 to 8:30 PM – North Olmsted Library
Oct 5, 2009 – Monday – 7:00 to 8:30 PM – Parma Hospital
Oct 8, 2009 – Thursday – 7:15 to 9:15 PM – Lakeland Community College – $29 fee – Call 440-525-7116 to register
Oct 12, 2009 – Monday – 6:30 to 8:00 PM – Wadsworth Library
Oct 14, 2009 – Wednesday – 7:00 to 8:30 PM – North Coast International Association of Administrative Professionals
Oct 22, 2009 – Thursday – 7:00 to 8:30 PM – Orville Library
Nov 5, 2009 – Thursday – 7:00 to 8:30 PM – Painesville Morley Library
Nov 9, 2009 – Monday – 7:30 to 8:30 PM – North Olmsted Early Childhood PTA
Nov 17, 2009 – Tuesday – 7:00 to 8:30 PM – Strongsville Early Childhood PTA
Dec 3, 2009 – Thursday – 7:00 to 8:30 PM – North Royalton Library


Feb 9, 2010 – Tuesday – 7:00 to 8:30 PM – Rocky River Early Childhood PTA
Feb 10, 2010 – Wednesday – 7:00 to 8:30 PM – Brecksville-Broadview Heights Preschool Mothers Club
Mar 1, 2010 – Monday – 8:00 to 9:30 PM – North Royalton Early Childhood PTA
Mar 10, 2010 – Wednesday – 7:30 to 8:30 PM – Fairview Park Early Childhood PTA
May 5, 2010 – Tuesday – 10:30 AM – Brookpark Seniors



Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

90% off for 99 hours!!! Ends 3:01 AM on 9/13. First time ever at 90% off. If you’ve never bought one, now is the time. A $25 gift certificate will cost only $1 (originally $10)! Find restaurants across the US.
Use code: NINETY
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90% OFF



Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Get $5 in extra bucks when you purchase $15 in Starbucks ice cream, coffee, or drinks. Use the recent $2 ice cream coupons and internet $1 COUPONS.COM coupon to get them for around $1 apiece. Be careful though. The price wasn’t ringing up correctly for the ice cream. The ice cream was supposed to be $3 and they were ringing up full price. The $5 register reward also didn’t trigger even though I bought $16 worth of Starbucks products.



Friday, September 4th, 2009

Get a $25 restaurant gift certificate for 50% off! Now $5. Buy them for restaurants that sell out quick. Use code: MENU. Ends 9/8.
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50% OFF

In Ravenna and Eastlake
Watermelon – $2.49
Grapes – 89 cents a pound
Bananas – 33 cents



Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

All clothes is 50% to 70% off – PLUS another 50% off (40% off for juiniors apparel & home). They’ve reopened the second floor. And from the door windows you can see the old Orange Julius and Radio Shack sitting empty and devoid except for a tumbleweed rolling by.

Pick up a full rack of ribs for $11 or baby backs for $13. At Giant Eagle this week they advertised a full rack for $16.99 and you gotta cookem.

Doubling coupons $2 and less until 9/8.

Get cell phone accessories up to 80% off. Use code LABORD10 to get 10% off or use code LABORD20 to get $10 of a purchase of $40 or more. Ends 11/15. Click here:

This week – 1 cent for a compass, protractor, or box of crayons. Free after rebate calculator.



Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Did you play the $300+ Mega Millions Lottery recently? Do you play the lottery every week? Every day? Every time there is a big pot? How do you pick your numbers? I get them by asking the age of people in line behind me. And the bonus ball number would be the age of the one that has the worst breath. I’m always sure to let that person know that their age is my bonus ball number because they have the worst breath and I thank them.

Or I write down the first 2 numbers of the license number of the first 6 cars that are in front of me when I first drive in the morning. There have been times I had to drive wherever they were driving because I couldn’t see the numbers quick enough. I follow them around town and tailgated until I got it. So if you see someone tailgating you, it’s probably me and I just need to get my lottery numbers. So slow waaay down so I can get the number.

Or using hand signals, like so many other people have, signal to me the first two numbers of your license plate. Many of you have and for some reason I get a lot of ones or elevens. When people do that I always flash my brights at them to thank them. So if you see me behind you and I have my brights on for a long time, it also means that I am giving you a long thank you. I do that when I’m feeling good about myself and the world. I sometimes have people flash their brights at me too, and it feels good to know they are thanking me too. People are so nice.

Getting back to the lottery. Do you know of anyone that has won it big? Do you treat them the same? I’d knock on the door and tell them I’m collecting what they owe me for their Grit Magazine subscription. On days they were drunk (tip – people who win the lottery like to kick it up a notch in the drinking department) I would deliver a pizza (another tip – drunk people don’t remember if they ordered a pizza, but are happy to get one) and I’d tell them that it cost $241 for the pizza (leave room for them to round up on the tip).

So what are the real odds to win? They are astronomical – about 1 in 10,000,000 for most lotteries. You have a better chance of seeing Leon Bibb at the Improv, or training your cat to say “Momma”, or finding a Cheetos that looks like Abe Lincoln, hat and all. I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t get too caught up thinking you will win.

And realize that life might get annoying if you win it all. Divorce, strained relationships with others, depression, unwanted publicity, and isolation may follow. Most people blow all their money in a few years too, so you’ll be back to square one once it goes. If you win, just be ready for the craziness and also be sure to pay your Grit Magazine subscription.
Calculate the odds of winning the lottery here:

Speaking of odds, what are the odds of switching lines at a store because you think that line will be shorter and it acutally is? I did that recently at Aldi’s. This tends to work there. I have a few items and the person in front of me has a ton. They look at you and realize that they would be a heal for not asking you to move ahead of them in line. And sure enough, the guy did. I think part of it is that I don’t have a cart. I just have a handful of items. Some professor figured out that people are less apt to switch lines if there are a lot of people behind you. Reason being, you wouldn’t want to switch back into a line that is now even longer. If you do end up getting through the line quicker, play the lottery.

Free after register rewards:
Colgate Actiflex 360 toothbrush – use recent coupon too
Rembrandt toothpaste
Theraflu – free after $2 coupon
6 blade razor
Carefree – plus use recent $1 coupon

Remember that register rewards also count as a manufacturers coupon.

There are two $25 gift card coupons when you transfer a prescription there in the ad this week. Take them to CVS too – they accept competitors coupons.

Some people don’t like to coupon because they buy healthy and organic food of which there aren’t a lot of coupons. The number of health food companies that offer coupons has increased though. Cascadian Farms, Kashi, and many of the soy or organic milk companies are just some that offer coupons. Now here is a site that offers coupons:

K-Mart is doubling coupons this week (until 9/3). Word is they won’t be doubling for the rest of the year, so get your fill this week. Call to make sure your store is doubling as not all K-Marts are participating.
Here are some sites with a breakdown on the deals:
Living Within Limits:
My Frugal Adventure
K-Mart Coupons:
Also be sure to use the $5/$50 coupon in the K-Mart ad from this Sundays paper.
Get most of the coupon deals at:
Good deal on cheese too – $1 for an 8 ounce bag or block.

Most stores have 50% off on their summer items – some Lowes, K-Mart, and CVS stores are 70% or 75% off.

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