Thursday, May 3, 2018

Getting Better

Hey, Everyone!


First, I must say that I am doing better. Surgery was successful and my hand/thumb should be much, much better in a few months. Full use can take 6 months to a year.  Physical therapy is vital to my recovery.


This soft cast stays on for another two weeks and then a hard cast for a week or two followed by a few weeks of rehab. Lots of low grade aching but easily controlled with the meds given to me. Here is the name of the hand surgery I had last week due to osteoarthritis: Right thumb carpometacarpal arthroplasty with flexor carpi adialis tendon transfer. YEP, that's just what I said..."Huh?"  


Okay, as a retired biology teacher, I just had to take a look at the surgery video posted online by the University of VA.  Now, I understand what was done and why this sucker hurts so badly. This video is not for the squeamish! Here's the link: Thumb Surgery video 


I thank y'all for letting me bend your ears.  Needless to say, there is zero tolerance for whining in our home.  Hamp has one arm for the rest of his life and I am one-armed for only 4 to 6 weeks. So, how am I doing? I am doing just GREAT! My grandkids can't wait for the hard cast to come so they can decorate it. Of course, they have all been really helpful and very eager to help. So very proud of my little people!


Thank you for your calls, texts, emails, visits and prayers for my recovery.


Four inserts are expected this weekend. Go to to see the coupons expected 5.6.18: 3 RedPlum & 1 SmartSource


I got a call from one of my bizzy coupon bees (Cassandra) this weekend. She was checking up on me and we discussed trying to find sources for "free money" via surveys. I belong to one "Pine Cone Research" a Nielsen company that does surveys for product ideas.  They rarely open up for new participants. They send me a survey and if I meet their criteria, (age, product interest, etc.), I will be given the survey to complete. I currently make about $12 to $15 per month @ $3 per survey…milk money! Link to Pinecone Research  Here is the faq about accepting new members:

Do you recruit new members through your website or take referrals?

Presently, we do not recruit new members through our website or take unsolicited referrals. However, we will be posting recruitment opportunities through banner ads on various unsolicited websites from time to time throughout the year. If you see one of these ads, please feel free to sign up with us.


Finally, did you know that WalMart will do your shopping for you and even load up your car…all for free? AND, give you and me $10 off our next order of $50 or more

when you use my WalMart online link
​ ​  There is no minimum order for pick up.

    I do not know if you can use coupons.

You can increase your savings by

up to 10% by
adding "Ebates" to your online shopping trip.



WalMart online link: 
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Join Ebates via my link ShaRon's Ebates Link or <> and we will both get a reward. I will get $25 and you will get $10 added to you new account. (New Ebate members only) I have collected $136.31 over the last two years…ice cream & popsicle money! I rarely shop for anything other than groceries in the store. I do a lot of online shopping and use Ebates to collect rebates automatically when I shop.


ShaRon :o)
John 21:18


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Happy Couponing for the Week of 4.22.18 and beyond...

Hey, Y'all!

Lots of great savings on the horizon this next week.  I will include several links to some of my favorite go-to sites for coupon deals, sales, and matchups.  Don't know if I will feel like sending an email blast next week.  My hand surgery is Wednesday and I doubt if I will do much of anything other than rest and recuperate.

Online Savings - Check out the brand new ShopRite website.  You can now do your shopping list on their website and it will even refer you to coupons that can help you save even more on regular and sale priced items.  Don't forget to download the ShopRite ap upgrade.

 Downtime Dollars - This is a feature on the ShopRite website that allows you to get FREE dollars to use when shopping in the store.  The process is really kind of silly but I will take FREE money any way it comes.  At $3, $6, $9, or $12, your Downtime Dollars savings may be transferred to your Price Plus Club Card.   Apply savings to your ShopRite order by presenting your Price Plus Club Card at checkout.  So far, I have $2.71 on my Downtime Dollars account.  That is not much but it is almost a free gallon of milk or two free loaves of bread or two dozen eggs for free, etc.  

Next...Contact your favorite companies for coupons.  Got a favorite soda, juice, or other beverage?  Write the company an email or give them a call and compliment them or better yet, send a suggestion or two.  Have a problem with a product?  Send the company an email.  I have gotten many, many, many coupons for free products over the last few years just by writing my favorite companies about my favorite products.  I write them about complaints; suggestions for new products or flavors; compliments on new products or old favorites; or whatever gives me an excuse to write them.  I have never contacted a company solely for coupons.  I NEVER ask for coupons and have yet to get a response that did not include coupons.  Here's the link to various companies - Living Rich with Coupons  Company Contact List.

Here's a fantastic go-to site for printable coupons - Living Rich with Coupons Printables  Tons of printable coupons.  Most printables can be printed at least twice.  Just return to the original link and do a second click.  

I like saving time even more than saving money...sometimes.  I use the Scan & Go Sam's Club ap on my smartphone.  I love it!  I scan as I shop and then walk right out the door.  I save so much time by not wasting my time standing in line behind ten or fifteen other people. Just go to the Play Store on your phone and download the ap.  

We have really been trying to save money on groceries by only shopping once a month based on a month menu.  Did not do a great job this month.  Mainly because I only did a menu for one week.  Will try to do better for the month of May.  Remember, the very best way to save the most money on your grocery bill is to stay out of the stores!  So, once we only shop once a month for real, we will save a bunch of money.  That once a month shopping doesn't include a bimonthly shopping haul for fresh fruit and veggies.  We buy enough eggs to keep at least 12 to 15 dozen in the refrigerator and freeze at least 8 loaves of bread and 8 gallons of milk so we rarely shop for those items more than every 4 to 6 weeks.  

New to couponing or feeling a little unsure of your couponing skills?  Limit your couponing to just one supermarket and one pharmacy for at least 6 months to a year.  You will eventually perfect your couponing skills and knowledge of that store's sales cycles.  Once you do that, then add on another store or pharmacy.  

Finally, this weekend's coupon inserts:  SmartSource 4.22.18    RedPlum 4.22.18

Much love to you all and Happy Couponing!
ShaRon :o)
John 21:18

Sunday, April 8, 2018

$170 in Real $$ for Federal Employees and Retirees, too!

Hey, Y'all!

If you are not a federal employee or retiree, just go back to watching the cherry blossoms on tv.  On the other hand, if you are a federal employee or a retired federal employee, this deal is just for you.  

Hopefully, you have already received a similar email (see mine below) from the Federal Employee Program: Blue Cross/Blue Shield (FEP Blue).  If not, this could be because you have not registered online and joined the Wellness Rewards Program.  There is $290 waiting for you and your spouse (or partner).  All you have to do is answer some wellness questions and set up a few health goals.  That's it!  I have done this in the past and used the money (issued on a VISA card) to pay that annoying extra few copay dollars for medication or for meds not covered by insurance; copays at the doctor's office; even some non-prescription medication and supplies.  

Two years ago, I got $225 for me and $225 for my husband.  He is the federal retiree and I am on his insurance.  As far as I know, there is no wellness incentive for other Blue Cross-Blue Shield  insurance programs...just for federal employees and retirees.  Call your employee health advisor to see if your insurance offers similar programs.

So, go to this link <Wellness Incentive Program> and get working on that FREE money card for $170!!! Once you do the health assessment, you can get an additional $120 by completing three health goals @ $40 each. That's $290 per person for doing the healthy stuff you should be doing anyway!  You have until the end of 2018 to complete the program and goals and then do it all over again the very next year.

My goals:
  • Start walking at least a mile soon as the temps warm up.  Old joints don't do well in cold temps.
  • Lose 15 pounds by my anniversary July 26, 2018...about 3 pounds per month or 3/4 pound per week.
  • Sleep 8 to 9 hours per day.
  • In bed...under the covers by midnight each night.
  • Drink 64 ounces of water daily.
  • Eat three meals daily + three pcs of fruit
  • No food after 8 PM
  • Get my annual wellness check up
Those are my health goals.  Write back and share some of yours with me.  I promise not to share your name or your goals with anyone else...unless you say it is okay.  Only then will I share the goal but I will never share your name...even with your permission.

Enjoy the rest of your evening!
ShaRon :o)❤❤
John 21:18 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Coupon Inserts and more...April 8th, 2018

Hey, Y'all!
I has been a few minutes since I last said, "Hey!"
Been sooo busy with my family but this week the kiddos are all on spring break visiting with family in PA. 

I have been using this time to do some spring decluttering.  My office/playroom was a big ol' nasty mess!!!  As fast as I cleaned it up, the kids would invade my space and it would be worse than before.  I have four who make it their mission to clutter any space that has none.

Anyway, I am setting out on a mission over the next three weeks (21 days) to declutter my spaces (office, desk & drawers, closet, dresser drawers, and freezers).  I am scheduled for surgery on April 25th.  Nothing serious...I have a thumb that should have been fixed 5 years ago but I waited.  Actually, if I did not have my big family, I probably would not do it all.  But, the huge mountain of daily tasks has made it a necessity.  I cannot be the best grandma when I am in pain just trying to stir a cup of hot coco for the kids.  

I will have a soft cast for two weeks and then a hard cast for two weeks followed by physical therapy for another 6 to 8 wks.  Needless to say, I will not be able to carry on my usual duties for several weeks.  But, the upside is that I will have perfected my advance meal preparation techniques and share them with you.

You can follow my journey via my email updates until I am no longer able to type.  At that point, I will do my updates via my Instagram and YouTube posts.  This should be very interesting.  I will keep you in the loop!

New Month...New Printable Coupons
New Printable Coupon List - Over $450 in printable coupons

Next week (April 8th) will be a coupon insert bonanza!  We are expecting 5 inserts!!!  I hope we get them all.  
Here are the links to check out the coupons you can expect.

April 8th Coupon Insert Links
Remember, you may get some coupons not listed and you may also miss out on some that are listed.

Happy Couponing!
ShaRon :o)
John 21:18

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Coupon Deals for Next Week...

Hey, Y'all!

I know you probably think I have fallen off the edge of the earth.  It is just that I am so busy that I absolutely have little or no time to even begin to send you any tips until the wee hours of the morning. By then, I am so tired that all I want to do is fall in my bed.  Our eight (8) grandkids burst through the doors at 3 PM ready for snacks and attention (in that order).  

Of course, everyone assumes that the 6 hrs that the kids are in school constitute my "free time".  No such thing in this house!  "Free Time" is filled with cleaning up, laundry, snack prep, dinner prep, cooking meals ahead, and if I am lucky, a potty break.  Most days, my first meal is snack time with the kids at 3:15 PM.  From 3 PM until bedtime, our home is as bizzy as a beehive.  If my phone rings between 3 PM and 6 PM, it is either a robocall or someone with a deathwish because I am not in any mood to carry on a conversation. My friends and family know not to call me during that time unless they are preparing to go home to Jesus.

Anyway, I am going to bed as soon as I finish this email.  BTW, Harris Teeter has been having a Super Doubles Coupon Event (all coupons with a face value up to $2 are doubled) for the last several months during the first full weekend of each month.  The first weekend in February event lasted an entire week.  I will check my email Wednesday and hope to see that event pop up.

The links below are some really great deals: For more great deals, subscribe to Living Rich With Coupons 
Don't forget to load your digital coupons onto your store shopping cards. Don't know how to do that?  Send me an email. I'll be glad to help as long as you are a night owl :o)

Happy Couponing!
ShaRon :o)
John 21:18

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Staples Rewards

Hey, Y'all!
Did you know that Staples issue rewards$$ just like CVS.  Well, they do.  All you need to do is register on as a rewards member.  About a month ago, I received a $10 coupon and I used it to buy two large packs of post-it notepads that were on sale. 

Today, I receive another rewards$$ coupon for $5.  Loving this!
So, I checked the link and found out what specials I can get with my $5 rewards coupon.  Starting today, you can get 5 reams of multipurpose (copier) paper for $1!!!  Yes, that is after rebate and you do have to pay the taxes on the full price.  The rebate is easy to do online or via the mail.
There you have it.  I am going tomorrow to buy 1 case of paper (5 total reams) for $1 + tax.  It will be a hunk of money out of pocket (I will have to pay full price+ tax) but I will be sure to process my rebate form.  In about 2-3 weeks, I will get a Visa debit card with my rebate value added.  I can use that card anywhere that accepts Visa.  BUT WAIT!!!!

I just received my last rebate Visa debit card from Staples for $13.99.  So, I can combine my $5 coupon with the $13.99 to pay for that 5-ream case.  Then submit that receipt for the rebate; get the rebate; use it for more red lipstick (V'Day is coming in FEB) or save to use for more free Staples stuff next month.  

I am stockpiling copy paper for the kids to use for their projects and to take to college.  The can even "sell" the copy paper to make a little spending money while in college. Just planning ahead.

ShaRon :o)
John 21:18

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Hello, Friends and Visitors

I am no longer publishing to this blog.  I have exceeded the space allotted for what I paid.  I really don't want to delete any information so I have decided just to send out coupon info to my subscribers via email.  I hope to begin another website or blog by year's end.  The tabs are still live and most of the links are current & up to date. So, you can still get lots of information from them.

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Happy Couponing!