Thursday, April 27, 2017

Big Family Musings...

Good Morning, Everyone!

I apologize for not sending out coupon info the last couple of weeks.  I had cataract surgery (two consecutive Wednesdays - rt eye and then the left one).  I was able to do some work but by the time I got ready to do other emails the eye strain took its toll.  Eyes burning, tearing, and blurred vision.  Doing so much better now.

Really trying to get back in the groove of making my YouTube videos.  Just cannot seem to get the time.  My husband gets very impatient when I ask him to take the videos.  The kids will do them for me but there is often so much background chatter that no one would be able to hear me.  Of course, the alternative is to go ahead and make the videos even with the kids playing and giggling in the background. I can always mute them and do a voice over late at night when everyone is in bed.  I'll figure it out...

About two or three weeks ago, I wrote a letter to ShopRite about Senior Shopping Day.  Every Tuesday they give 5% discounts to seniors 60+.  You have to remind them unless you already look 60+.  I no longer have to remind them.  Anyway, the letter I wrote was a suggestion.  I told them that the seniors who shop there need assistance.  The writing is too small, shelves too high, large containers too heavy, and can't find what we are looking for.  I suggested that they have a core time for some ShopRite employees to help the seniors with their shopping.  I suggested that the program should be done on Senior Discount Shopping Tuesdays from 10 AM to 2 PM.  I told them that most seniors start out after the morning rush hour and head home before the afternoon rush hour. 

The letter was quite lengthy but I wanted them to understand just how important the shopping assistance was needed.  Well, I was walking past the customer service counter this afternoon when I saw the flyer attached below.  I was so excited.  I ran to the truck to tell Hampton what I had done and that ShopRite started the program for seniors because of my letter.  Hampton smiled proudly and said, "Where's your name?"  I told him it did not need my name because I knew I had made a difference and that was enough.  Yay!!! I am proud of me :o)  Why not write the supermarkets in your neighborhood and tell them to help the seniors shop in their stores.

Next, there will be FOUR inserts this weekend!!!!  Here's the link to the previews: Sunday Coupon Previews As always, you can expect some differences in the face value and actual coupons that appear in your local paper.

Hint for this week:  You can often go to customer service and get the next week's circular days before the sales begin at that store.  This will help you organize your coupons and shopping trips and keep you from making impulse purchases.  In addition, it will give you a chance to search for coupons and compare the current week's sales with the next week's sales. 

That's all for now.  Enjoy the stretch of 80+ degree days coming our way the rest of this week.

ShaRon :o)
John 21:18


Friday, April 7, 2017

Good Morning!

Good Morning, Everyone!

At least, it is my morning.  It is 3:15 AM.  Everyone is all tucked in their bed with visions of tomorrow's snack in their heads.  My big family is food driven.  "Want to go out and play?  Straighten up your room."  "Want a snack after school?  Make up your bed."  "Want dessert after dinner?  Go take out the trash and garbage." 

Now, these tactics only work on what we call "The Conway 5" or "The Little Kids".  These are the children 10 years old and younger (10, 9, 8, 6, and 5 years old).  The 5 teenagers (12, 13, 14, 15, & 18) are not really motivated to do anything unless we take their phones.  The oldest two are away in school.  One is in college (Geneva College) and the other in boarding school (The Kiski School).

I rule the wee hours of the morning.  It is during this time that I plan the monthly meal menus, do the bi-weekly shopping list, scour facebook pages, blogs, and videos of other large families for ideas.  Specifically, taming the laundry beast, wrangling the clutter monster, ways to add more hours to my day, and of course, cooking good & tasty meals for my large family.  This is also the time I get to write my couponing tips to you all and just chill. 

I do plan to start doing my videos again.  Several of you asked me to send the link to my youtube videos.  Here's how you find my 100+ video posts from the last 3 or 4 years.  Click this link:  YouTube.com and then type "redbeelips" or "ShaRon Lewis-Conway" in the search field at the top of the page.  That will bring up all my videos. I am planning to refine my youtube channel and get it more organized.  I will have to do that on one of my late night/early morning sessions.  My house is just too busy during the day to make any videos.  From 3 PM to 6 PM, my house has to be one of the busiest homes in Maryland!  That's when the kids start coming home from school.  For those three hours, it is nonstop chatter and busy-ness! 

I try my very best to have dinner all prepared and snacks made before that first school bus comes.  Most days, I do but some days, I don't.  When that happens, I have to finish dinner preparation, fix snacks, hear the trials and tribulations of all eight kids, help with homework and projects, give extra hugs to the needy, and do whatever else needs MiMi's attention all at once.  WHEW!  But, this is what keeps me active and alert.  I highly recommend it!

Thankfully, I don't have to get up to get the kids off to school.  That task is handled by their father.  Every morning (starting at 5:45 AM), he gets 8 kids up, dressed, hair combed or flat-ironed, breakfast done, and out the door.  Most mornings, I don't even hear them.  Please, know that my grandkids are not perfect, by any means.  They are children and they act exactly like children (and teenagers) every chance they get.

On to the good stuff,  three (3) inserts this weekend with some really great coupons. http://www.livingrichwithcoupons.com/sunday-couposn-preview

Look for sales on fresh fruits and veggies as the produce shipments start arriving in mass from the southern growers.  If you or your spouse is a veteran, shopping at Lowes will net you a 5% discount off your total purchase every day of the week.  Just show your id card. 

Most stores near armed forces installations give discounts to active or retired military and Department of Defense employees and retirees.  You will generally need an ID card.  I got a new phone this week and asked for a discount on my AT&T phone bill.  They told me that I could get a 15% discount off my monthly bill with my AARP card.  I am going back this afternoon.  That will be a $45 per month discount for me!  Bottom line, just ask.

That's it for now.  Time for me to go to bed.  It is now 4:37 AM :o)

Happy Couponing!
ShaRon :o)
John 21:18


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Coupon Preview Week of April 2


Here's the link for a sneak peek at the coupons for next week - April 2-8


Hey, Y'all!

First, let me thank Lisa for giving me a heads up on the latest at Harris Teeter.  Very often it is one of my Bizzy Coupon Bees who lets me know about the upcoming deals at local stores.  So, please don't assume that I know everything that is going on.  Most times, I don't know any more than you.  Thanks again, Lisa!

Looks like we can look forward to more regular Super Double Events at Harris Teeter but not for an entire week.  For the last four months, Harris Teeter has been having Super Double Events during the first weekend of the month.  So, scour your coupon inserts for $1 to $2 coupons and take them to HT and match them to sale items for great deals. 


Lisa told me about the new raincheck policy at Harris Teeter.  I have at least 30 rainchecks from Harris Teeter all ready to be paired with coupons.  But, alas, that will never happen.  The old rainchecks like the new ones will no longer allow coupons to be used with them.  HOWEVER, I asked the manager at my Laurel HT if I could still use coupons with the old rainchecks and she said she did not know.  She said that she sent an email to their corporate office but had not received a reply.


Next, the switch for ShopRite is complete.  They no longer double coupons with a face value of up to and including $1.  At least, that's the case at my ShopRite in Calverton (Silver Spring, MD).  Now, coupons with a face value up to and including 99¢ will double.  But there will no longer be a minimum purchase required. 

The ShopRite in Glen Burnie will continue their double coupons and will double coupons with a face value up to and including $1.  Unfortunately, that 20-mile drive would negate any savings I might have.

For those of you who have subscribed to my YouTube channel, I hope to start making videos again soon.  I will be using my grandkids as videographers.  They are really excited.  I have been making cooking videos as a cooking legacy for my grandchildren and their grandchildren, too.  I love my church lady persona, too.  So, I and my daughter will be throwing in a video here and there featuring some "Church Lady Wisdom".  I will be sure to include videos that give a little insight into our home with musings on helping our son care for his ten children.  We are still trying to get it right and every day we see a little more organization.  I watch youtube videos on large family organization to find ways to tackle meal preparation, laundry, and household clutter.   I have gleaned some awesome ideas!

That's it!
Happy Couponing!
ShaRon :o)
John 21:18


Friday, March 24, 2017

Happy Spring!!!

Hey, Y'all!

 Looks like the 'real' spring is just around the corner.  I can hardly wait. I just want to start sweatin', drinking lemonade and sweet tea under my big ol' sweetgum tree.  Lord, please don't let me die in the warm weather months.  It is my favorite time of the year.  I would rather be hungry than cold.  At my age, cold hurts like the devil!  Heat is this ol' gal's friend.

Now, on to more important musings.  Those of us who live in the shadow of the Nation's Capital have enjoyed the huge savings of ShopRite's Double Coupon bonanza over the last 3 years.  They have been doubling $1 coupons!!  Well, I knew it would not last forever, but I have truly enjoyed it while it was here.  This bonanza ends next Friday, March 31st.  That's when ShopRite will join the ranks of only doubling manufacturers coupons up to 99¢.  In other words, a coupon with a face value of 99¢ double to $1.98.  The face value of coupon denominations under $1 stops at 75¢.  I have never seen a coupon for 99¢, or 80¢, or anything between 75¢ and $1.  But, the upside is that now, there is no minimum purchase required before your coupons will double.  I am loving this.  Currently, you have to spend a minimum of $25 (total after coupons) for your coupons to double.

Now, I can go shopping for one item with the coupon to make it free and then go home!  I will save tons of money with the new changes.  I am all over this one.  I just hope that ShopRite does not raise their prices.  They have generally had the best prices and sales of any of the stores in my area.
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Here are the coupon inserts expected this weekend.  Three inserts: RedPlum, Smart Source, and P&G are expected.  Some coupon sites say that there will be no April P&G until next weekend.  Here's the link for the coupon previews for the week of March 26-April 1: Click this link: http://www.sundaycouponinserts.com/coupon-preview/#top

Here's a link to a great printable coupon website: Living Rich with Coupons (printable coupons)   So, fill up your printer tray with a fresh ream of paper and get to printing those coupons.  Be sure you have a fresh printer cartridge and print on the highest setting.  This will give a better quality print for the store scanners to read.  Also, laser printers give better coupon prints than other printer types. 
Here's a link for a great deal on printer/copier paper: Staples.com/coupons 1¢ per ream (500 sheets per ream) and the limit is 4 reams.  Print 4 coupons but you will probably only need to use one.  I will be all over this sale this afternoon.  The only drawback is that you will have to pay the full price for the reams and submit an online rebate form.  It is really easy to do that.  You just need to follow the directions on the receipt.  DO NOT LOSE YOUR RECEIPT!!!  Keep it until you receive your rebate in the mail.  It takes just about 2 weeks.

Finally, here's the link to deals, match-ups, and unadvertised specials
    
Look in the upper left-hand corner of the page and you will be able to select coupon deals & match-ups for your specific state.

Here's the link for Maryland:  
http://www.livingrichwithcoupons.com/maryland-deals

Have fun and hope for real Spring weather!!!


ShaRon :o
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John 21:18


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Coupon Previews Week of March 19-25

Hey, Y'all!

I hope everyone is enjoying the snow, ice, and sleet as the Winter of 2017 fades into Spring.  Just about 90 days from now, we will be sipping lemonade by the pool or in my case, the fish pond.  At any rate, being snowed in with my sweetheart now takes on an entirely different flavor when we add ten extra people. 

I did take time today to begin decluttering my office space yet again.  I can see the top of my desk for the first time in weeks.  Every time I clean my desk and office, I swear that I will never let it get this bad again.  I'm really keeping that promise this time...

This week we have two coupon inserts (RedPlum and SmartSource) packed with great coupons, if you are looking to buy toiletries, vitamins, and a couple of snack items.  Check the list of coupons expected and decide whether you want to invest in extra papers this week. Link to Sunday Coupon Preview

​Here's the coupon inserts expected next month:
(Check  Sunday Coupon Preview for the entire schedule for the remainder of the year)
April

2 — RedPlum, SmartSource

9 — (2) RedPlum & SmartSource

16 — No Inserts (Easter)

23 — RedPlum & SmartSource

30 — (2) RedPlum & (2) SmartSource & P&G

​Here's a link to a coupon facebook group I joined a few months back.  The founder of the group Coupon Central is located in the suburbs of Washington, DC.  It is a closed group and you will need to get permission to join.  It is a very popular coupon group and it may take a week or two before you are granted access to the posts.  The wait is worth it.  Lots of deals you won't find elsewhere but are local, if you live near DC.  ​


​I had a life changing event Friday.  I went to my local Shoppers on Contee RD in Laurel, MD.  We were having tacos and I needed to get some tortillas, salsa and hot sauce.  I had a 55¢/1 coupon for Texas Pete hot sauce.  (My grandkids love it!!)  Well, went through the self checkout lane and as with many stores now, the associate had to scan the coupon for me.  I noticed that it did not double as expected.  So, I brought this to the associate's attention.  After checking with the mgr, she told me that this particular Shopper's no longer doubles coupons but the one near Ft. Meade still does.

My heart sank and I started to feel faint as I felt the earth tremble beneath me.  I thought the end of the couponing universe must be near.  So, this Shoppers  supermarket has joined the no doubling ranks of WalMart, Food Lion, Dollar Stores, pharmacies, and many others in our area.  In my area, only ShopRite (doubles $1 coupons); Giant, Safeway, Harris Teeter, and Weis still double coupons, for now.  I am not sure about Wegmans.  I have never couponed at Wegmans.

Let us enjoy the bounty of the coupon deals while we can.  I foresee a time when the real shoppers will have learned to shop the real sales with or without coupons.

Finally, like everyone else, I braved the cold to stock up before the great storm.  I gathered up my 8 year old granddaughter and we headed out.  We headed straight for 7-11 and bought two Slurpees.  It felt so good to know that my four freezers and basement pantry were well stocked and I only needed to buy a couple of ice cold Slurpees.  They were great!  We had brain-freeze all the way home.  We did a pinky swear to wait until we were sweating before we buy any more Slurpees.

Happy Couponing!

ShaRon :o
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John 21:18


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Happy Spring!

Hey, Y'all!

We have survived the winter that wasn't!  Well, that was some people say.  For my tastes, if I am not sweatin', it is not warm enough for me.  I look forward to the hot sweltering spring and summer temps.  Heck, I can always strip down to my birthday suit and sip lemonade in the shade.  On the other hand, when it is really cold outside, I shiver to the bone no matter how many layers I wear.

We are expecting three coupon inserts this weekend:
Looks like a bounty of coupons for toiletries (hair stuff, lotions, oral care, skin care, etc.)

3 Day Super Doubles at Harris Teeter

​Looks like 3 days vs 7 days Super Doubles will become the norm for HT Super Doubles.  Also, I see a pattern of it appearing the first weekend of the month.  In January, February, and March of this year, the Super Doubles have appeared the first weekend of the month.  My thoughts:  I think HT is doing this so that couponers are caught unprepared and will not have long enough to get prepared.  What is prepared?  Clip coupons; match deals; order coupons from mail order coupon clipping services;​
​ scanning coupon blogs for posted deals at HT; and/or making multiple shopping trips to the store over a period of a week.  But, if the first weekend pattern persists, we will all be prepared for April.

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Finally, my Washington Post subscription ran out the last weekend of February.  I will now have to renegotiate my subscription rates.  I plan to order 4 newspapers but depending on the rates.  I recommend 1 newspaper per person in your home.  I have 13 in my home and should order 12-14 papers per week.  However, not all inserts have the coupons I will use.  There are weeks when I don't use any and I hate to have invested $12 for inserts full of coupons I will not use or newspapers that have no coupon inserts for that week. 

Okay, I just finished "negotiating" with the Washington Post for my new yearly subscription rate.  My original bill for the coming year thru March 2018 was going to be $769.60!!!!  After threatening to cancel my subscription, I got passed along to their "subscription retention agent".  That's the person who is supposed to figure out how to keep me from cancelling the subscription.  I said to him, "Heck, I only want the coupons.  I can't afford nearly $800 for coupon inserts!"  His reply, "Mrs. Conway, you have been a great customer for many years...yada, yada, yada..."  I let him talk..."So, we are going to allow you to have the 4 subscriptions for another year for $218.25." 

I could have kept going to get a better price but...I didn't.  I am satisfied with my deal as it is.  Bottom line, don't accept the first price quoted.  There is almost always a better deal behind the next curtain.

I really wanted to add more papers to my subscription.  However, I was trying to save money.  Besides, I have other sources of coupon inserts.  My husband's brother (by another mother) gathers "orphaned" coupon inserts during his walk each morning.  My sister and I exchange coupons via the mail.  Of course, printable coupons often yield higher value coupons that you find in the inserts and they are free.  Here are a few of my favorite printable sites:
Check out:  TheBizzyCouponBee Tabs for even more printable coupons

Happy Couponing!
​​

ShaRon :o)
John 21:18


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Super Doubles at HT, New Week of Sales at ShopRite, and Coupons, too!

Happy New Year!
Okay, I think it is officially not a "new" year anymore...
No talk about politics or other worldly concerns here. 
We just want to know where the next grocery deal is. 
We just want to stock up to hunker down for the next few weeks until Spring arrives. 

So, let's all go make couponing great again!!!


Check the expiration dates in your P&G insert from last week.  Some coupons expire very early.
Check your regular coupon expiration dates, too. Some expire after only 7 days!  I think the
premise is that they are trying to be sure that there is not enough time for folks to order (buy)
coupons online and receive them before the coupon expires.

Printable coupons on coupon.com and other sites have reset and you should be able to extract
more printables for this month.  Check out my old blog TheBizzyCouponBee add click on the tabs
for printable coupons and some other favorite coupon sites.  Sadly, I am not able to edit this site
any longer but the information is still quite good.  I hope that this summer, I will be able to start
a brand new blog and website.  Just trying to find a little "spare" time while helping to raise 8-11 kids :o)

Harris Teeter Super Doubles!!! AND ShopRite Sale Week Now Starts on FRIDAYS!!!
      

​Coupon Preview for Sunday 2/5/17 AND Sunday 2/12/17

ShaRon :o
)
John 21:18