Publix BOGO Sneak Peak 9/17-23

Publix Deli Old Fashioned Lemonade, 1 gal bottle, save up to 2.99
Nabisco Family Size Crackers, 12 to 16 oz box, save up to 4.49 (Wheat Thins and Triscuit are pictured)
Kraft Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip Dressing, 32 oz jar, save up to 3.99
Perdue Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets or Chicken Tenders or Breaded Chicken Nuggets Fun Shapes, 12 oz pkg, save up to 4.39
Hebrew National Kosher All Beef Franks Original, Reduced Fat, 97% Fat Free, or Jumbo; or Knockwurst, 11 or 12 oz pkg, save up to 4.99
Tyson Chicken Patties, 26 oz pkg, save up to 6.59
Kraft Easy Mac Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Original, Extreme Cheese, Big Pack Original, or Animal Shapes, 12.05 or 12.9 oz box, save up to 3.39
Kellogg's Special K Cereal, 11.4 to 14 oz box, save up to 3.89
Post Cereal Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles, Honey-Comb or Alpha-Bits, 11 to 12.5 oz box, save up to 3.89
Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, 8.4 or 8.7 oz box, save up to 2.99
Quaker Instant Grits, 12 pk, 12 oz box, save up to 2.79
Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks or Sunkist, 4.5 to 9 oz box, save up to 2.59
Northland 100% Juice Blend, 64 oz bot, save up to 3.95
V8 Splash Beverage or Diet V8 Splash, Antioxidant Plus, 64 oz bot, save up to 3.11
Ken's Steak House Dressing or Lite Accents, 7 or 16 oz bottle (excluding 8 oz Salad Dressings), save up to 3.19
A.1. Steak House Marinade, 16 oz bot, save up to 2.89
Chatham House Croutons, 5 oz bag, save up to 1.49
Doritos Tortilla Chips, 11.75 to 14.5 oz bag, save up to 3.99
Planters Peanuts Dry Roasted or Cocktail Peanuts, 16 oz jar, save up to 3.19
Keebler Sandies Shortbread Cookies, 9.5 to 16 oz bag, save up to 3.99
Pepperidge Farm Swirl Bread, 16 oz loaf, save up to 3.59
Entenmann's Pop'ems Glazed Donuts, 16 oz box, save up to 3.99
LifeSavers Candy or Mints, 6.25 oz bag, or Pops, 4.2 oz bag, save up to 1.89
Arnold WholeGrains Bread, 24 oz loaf, save up to 3.69
Breyers Ice Cream, 48 oz carton, save up to 4.99
Weight Watchers Smart Ones Desserts, 4.58 to 6.6 oz pkg, save up to 2.00
Purina Beggin' Strips Dog Snacks Bacon Flavor or Cheese & Bacon Flavor, 10 oz pkg, save up to 4.99
Glade PlugIns Scented Oil Refills, 2 ct box, save up to 5.49
Glass Plus Glass & Multi-Surface Cleaner, 32 oz bot, save up to 2.49
Electrasol Finish Dishwasher Detergent, Powerball or Gelpacs, 32 ct box, or Quantum, 20 ct box, save up to 7.79
Hefty Everyday Plates, 130 ct pkg, save up to 4.99
Bausch & Lomb Renu Multi-Purpose Solution or MultiPlus No Rub, 12 oz bot, (33% more free on select pkgs, while available), save up to 8.99
Del Monte Fresh Cut Vegetables, 11 to 15.25 oz can, (excluding Specialty Vegetables and Asparagus), save up to 1.29
Del Monte Tomatoes, 14.5 oz can, save up to 1.39
College Inn Broth, 32 oz carton, save up to 2.79
from Hot Coupon World.

Is it Frugal or Cheap?

Another blogger recently wrote about this subject and I thought it fitting since we just spent a week travelling to visit family out of state, and there was mention of how "You're from the cheap side of the family". I prefer to believe that my lifestyle and money management behaviors are frugal, rather than cheap. Sure we live in an older home, but everything works as designed and besides it'll be paid for in three years, less time than a car loan. We travel more than anyone else in our families, and have more toys like motorcycles, a boat, swimming pool, tractor, trailers, power tools, hot tub, nice bicycles, and cars than most. All of these things are paid for too. To me, Frugal is getting the most for your money, Cheap is being frugal at the expense of others.  Using this definition, we are not cheap.
Recently on our trip up North, we asked our families if they could host a party for everyone to get together in one place rather than us making individual plans to see everyone. We sent envelopes of coupons and a check to cover BBQ expenses, and even paid for more stuff when we found out several more people would be attending. We left a thank you cards with more cash to cover the incidental expenses and hassle of having us stay and drink their coffee, break their furniture and mess up the place. We did not want the hosts to feel like we were cheap, and expected them to cover the costs of our visit. When we visit family, we rent our own car rather than borrowing one from someone, which we could - but that's cheap in my opinion. We wouldn't dream of staying at someones house and not offering or insisting on compensating them for the trouble. We also appreciate our neighbor watching our pet and home while we were away and give a generous gift card to let her know. To not do this is cheap.
We know people who stay at others houses and just because they are family, its okay to not offer up any thank you gift or cash. We also know people who travel and expect to be picked up at the airport by their friends or family, chauffered around town and delivered back - just because they are too cheap to rent a car.
It's cheap to eat at someone's house without providing for a part of the meal. Its cheap to drink all your hosts beverages without chipping in, or bringing your own.
It's cheap to eat at a restaurant and leave too small of a tip because you don't have change, even though the service was fine. It's cheap to bring your own lunch to work and use someone else's salad dressing or mayo, or worse yet to store your condiments or beverages in their small fridge so that they don't have room for all their stuff. Its cheap to go to a potluck lunch empty handed and yet eat all you want. Its cheap to split the bill at a restaurant when you ordered drinks and your friend ordered tap water to go with the meals. Get it? If saving your money doesn't cost anyone else their money - its frugal, not cheap.

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9/13 Coupon Insert Preview

This Sunday, 9/13, you can expect up to 5 inserts!
(3) Smart Source
(2) Red Plum

Many areas will not get all of these, so as always remember to get the biggest paper available to you. 
SmartSource #1: General Mills

.25/1 Betty Crocker Box or Pouch Potatoes, excludes Potato Buds (exp 11/7)
.40/1 Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, 17.5oz+ (exp 11/7)
.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes, Fruit by the Foot, Gushers, Roll-ups or Stickerz (exp 11/7)
.50/1 Betty Crocker Warm Delights Bowls or Mini Bowls (exp 11/7)
.50/1 Chex Mix Bars box (11/7)
.50/2 Chex Mix or Chex 100 Calorie Snack, 4.5oz+ (exp 11/7)
.40/1 Fiber One Chewy Bars box (11/7)
$1/3 General Mills Cereals, huge list (exp 10/24)
.75/3 Hamburger Helper, Tuna, or Chicken Meals (exp 11/7)
.40/1 Nature Valley Granola Bars box (exp 11/7)
$1 off NatureValley Granola Nut Clusters (exp 11/7)
.50/2 Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls (exp 12/5)
.40/2 Pillsbury Italian Meal Breads, Loaves, Breadsticks, Dinner Rolls, or Pizza Crust (exp 12/5)
$1/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough - $1.00 off any 3 (exp 12/5)
.35/1 Pillsbury Refrigerated Pizza Crust (exp 12/5)
.55/1 Pillsbury Savorings Bread Bowl Bites (exp 12/5)
.55/1 Pillsbury Savorings product (exp 12/5)
$1 off Pillsbury Simply Refrigerated Cookie Dough (exp 12/5)
.55/1 Pillsbury Special Edition Cinnabon Cookie (exp 12/5)
.50/2 Pillsbury Sweet Rolls or Grands! Sweet Rolls (exp 12/5)
.55/2 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Pastries (exp 12/5)
.25/1 Progresso High Fiber Soup (exp 11/7)
$1/4 Progresso Soups  (exp 11/7)
$1 off Romano's Macaroni Grill Restaurant Favorites Dinner Kit (exp 11/7)
.50/2 Totino's Crisp Crust Party Pizza Products (exp 12/5)
.40/2 Totino's Rolls Snacks (exp 12/5)
$1 off Wanchai Ferry Dinner Kit (exp 11/7)
$2 off Wanchai Ferry Frozen Entrée (exp 11/7)
$1 off Yoplait Delights Yogurt Multipack (exp 11/7)
$1 off Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt Multipacks (exp 11/7)
.75/2 Yoplait Go-Gurt Yogurt, any flavor (exp 11/7)
$1 off YoPlus or YoPlus Light Yogurt 4pk (exp 11/7)
.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups, Whips! or Smoothies (exp 11/7) 2 coupons
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SmartSource #2: Diabetes Smart

.50/1 Birds Eye or Steamfresh bag (exp 10/24)
.50/1 Birds Eye Steamfresh Lightly Sauced Vegetables and Pasta bag (exp 10/24)
$1.50 Birds Eye Steamfresh Meal bag (exp 10/24)
.75/1 Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds 100 cal 7ct, or Whole Natural Almonds 6oz can (exp 12/31)
.55/1 Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk (exp 12/31)
.75/1 Breyers Swirled Lowfat Yogurt Disney Multipack (exp 12/6)
$1/2 Breyers YoCrunch Multipack (exp 12/6)
.50/1 Breyers Yogurt Inspirations Lowfat Yogurt 4pk (exp 12/6)
.40/4 Campbell's Condensed Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soups (exp 12/15)
.40/2 Campbell's Condensed Soups, (exp 12/15)
.50/2 Campbell's Select Harvest Soups (exp 10/25)
$1 off Dole Fruit Bowls in Sugar Free Gel (exp 11/30)
.50/1 French's French Fried Onions, 6oz (exp 10/25)
$1/2 Glade Plugins Scented Gel Refill Packs (exp 10/24)
B1G1 Glade Plugins Scented Gel Warmer (exp 10/24)
Free Hill's Science Diet Feline 5.5oz canned Food wyb Hill's Science Diet Feline Dry Cat Food (exp 10/31)
B2G1 Hill's Science Diet Feline Canned Cat Food, 5.5oz (exp 10/31)
$1 off Hormel Refrigerated Entrée (exp 11/30)
$1/2 Johnsonville Brats or Italian Sausage, 19.76oz (exp 10/31)
.55/1 Johnsonville Smoked or Cooked Sausage (exp 10/31)
.50/1 Lysol All Purpose Cleaner Pourable (exp 10/12)
.50/1 Lysol All Purpose Cleaner Trigger or Plus Bleach (exp 10/12)
.50/1 Lysol Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner (exp 10/12)
.50/1 Lysol Bathroom Cleaner or Mildew Remover (exp 10/12)
$1/2 Lysol Disinfecting Wipes (exp 10/12)
.75/1 Lysol Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Lime & Rust Removers (exp 10/12)
$5 off Nature's Best Dry Dog or Cat Food, any size bag (exp 12/31)
.50/2 Nissin Chow Mein or Chow Noodles (exp 12/31)
$2 off Pert Plus 25.4oz Family Size (exp 10/31)
$1 off Pert Plus or Pert Plus for Men, 12oz+ (exp 10/31)
$1 off Resolve Deep Clean Powder (exp 10/25)
$1 off Resolve Product (exp 10/25)
$1/2 Rubbermaid TakeAlongs (exp 11/15)
.50/1 Spray 'n Wash product (exp 10/25)
.50/2 Swanson White Premium Chunk Chicken Breast (exp 11/15)
$1/2 V8 Splash or Smoothie, includes Diet) (exp 10/25)
$1.50 Wholly Guacamole Product (exp 9/30)

SmartSource #3

$4 off Air Wick Freshmatic Compact i-Motion Starter Kit (exp 10/25)
$6 off Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra i-Motion Starter Kit (exp 10/25)
$4 off Air Wick Scented Oil i-Motion Starter Kit (exp 10/25)
$1 off Airborne product (exp 11/02)
$1/2 Arm & Hammer Laundry product (exp 11/15)
$1 off Arm & Hammer Total 2-in-1 Moist Dryer Cloths (exp 11/15)
B1G1 Better than Ears 9pk, Guilt-Free Treats 8oz, or Nut-tastics 10oz (exp 12/13)
.40/1 Betty Crocker Pouch Potatoes (exp 11/7)
.55/1 Bumble Bee Premium Tuna Pouches, 2.5 or 5oz (exp 12/31)
$1 off Bumble Bee Prime Fillet Pouch, 4oz (exp 12/31)
$1 off Bumble Bee Sensations Seasoned Tuna Medley Bowl, 5oz (exp 12/31)
$2 off Claritin Non-Drowsy Children's, 4oz syrup or 10ct+ (exp 10/11)
$6 off Claritin Non-Drowsy Liqui-Gels only, 24ct+ (exp 9/20)
$4 off Claritin Non-Drowsy or Claritin-D, 15ct+ (exp 10/11)
$1 off Colgate Total Enamel, Advanced Whitening, Clean, or Fresh Toothpaste only, 4oz+ (exp 10/3)
$2/2 Crystal Light Drink Mix Products (exp 10/10)
$1/10 Dannon 6oz Single-Serve Cups Yogurt (exp 12/13)
$1 off Depend Guard for Men (exp 11/01)
$1 off Depend product (exp 11/01)
$2 off Discover Card Members - any purchase at any where store coupons are accepted (exp 10/31)
$1 off Dreamfields Pasta Angel Hair or any variety of pasta box (exp 11/30)
$1 off Dulcolax laxative Tablets or Suppositories (exp 12/31)
$1 off Dulcolax Stool Softener (exp 12/31)
.55/1 Duncan Hines 100% Whole Grain Muffins box mix (exp 1/31/10)
$1 off EAS Product (exp 11/15)
.50/1 Egg-land's Best Cage Free or Organic Dozen Eggs (exp 12/31)
.35/1 Egg-land's Best Eggs (exp 12/31)
.35/1 Egg-land's Best Hard-Cooked & Peeled Eggs (exp 12/31)
$1 off Ensure 6-pack Shake (exp 11/15) *limit one coupon per transaction
$1 off Freschetta Naturally Rising, PizzAmore, Brick Oven, or Flatbread Pizza (exp 11/15)
Free Freshpet Select Homestyle product (exp 12/31)
.75/1 Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner, or Treatment (exp 10/15)
.75/1 Garnier Fructis Style product (exp 10/15)
$2 off Garnier Nutrisse Shade or Multi-Lights Kit (exp 10/15)
$1 off Garnier Nutritioniste Cleanser or Moisturizer (exp 12/15)
$1.50 Glucerna Product (exp 11/15) *limit one coupon per transaction
.40/1 Gorton's seafood item (exp 11/22)
$1 off Grande Tortilla Chips (exp 12/31)
.50/2 Green Giant Frozen Vegetables (exp 11/7)
.50/1 GreenGiant Valley Fresh Steamers frozen vegetables (exp 11/7)
$1 off Hershey's Kisses Brand Chocolates, 10oz+ (exp 11/30)
.55/1 Mentos Gum (exp 12/31)
$1 off MidNite or MidNite PM (exp 6/30/10)
$1 off Nature's Bounty Vitamins and Supplements (exp 10/28)
$2 off Nature's Bounty Your Life Men's or Women's Multi (exp 10/28)
$1 off Nature's Source Natural Cleaner (exp 11/7)
.75/2 Ortega products (exp 11/30)
$1 off Ortho Kill & Contain Mouse Trap or any Home Defense Max rodent product (exp 10/31)
$2 off PanOxyl Product (exp 12/31)
$1.50/2 Poise Pads (exp 10/25)
$1.50/2 Poise Pantiliners (exp 10/25)
.30/1 Reynold's Wrap Aluminum Foil, 30 sq. ft (exp 10/11)
.75/1 Reynold's Wrap Aluminum Foil, (excludes 20,25, and 30 sq.ft.) (exp 10/11)
$1 off Schick Disposable Razor Package (exp 10/25)
$1 off Scott Naturals Bath Tissue 4+ rolls (exp 10/25)
$1 off Scott Naturals Paper Towels 6+ rolls (exp 10/25)
.55/1 Shout Laundry product (exp 11/7)
.75/1 Silk Soymilk Half Gallon (exp 10/31)
$1 off Soft Scrub Scrubby Pads (exp 10/31)
$1 off Spot Shots Instant Carpet Stain & Odor Eliminator product (exp 12/31)
.75/1 Sweet Sue Chicken & Dumplings (exp 12/31)
.75/1 Sweet Sue Poultry product (exp 12/31)
$1 off Schick Quattro Disposable Razors (exp 10/25) *Target coupon
.75/1 Tyson 17oz Heat-and-Eat Entrée (exp 12/12)
.55/1 Tyson Refrigerated Chicken or Steak Strips product (exp 12/12)
$1/2 Ziploc Brand Bags (exp 11/7)
.40/2 Ziploc Brand Bags (exp 11/7)
$1.50/2 Ziploc Brand Containers  (exp 11/7)
.55/1 Ziploc Brand Containers  (exp 11/7)
.55/1 ZonePerfect Single Bar or Multi-count Box  (exp 11/15)

RedPlum #1

.50/1 Angel Soft 4-double roll + (exp 12/31)
$2/2 Aussie hair care (exp 10/31)
$2 off Caribou Coffee 12 oz (exp 12/31)
$1/2 Combos Snacks Bags (exp 11/15)
.75/1 Crisco Olive Oil  (exp 12/31)
$6 off Flex-a-min Joint Care any (exp 10/27)
$1 off Herbal Essences Shampoo, Conditioner, Styler, or Haircolor (exp 10/31/0)
$1 off Imodium any product (12/29)
.55/1 Kellogg's Pop-Tarts (exp 11/8)
$1 off Olay facial Moisturizer or Facial Cleanser (exp 10/31)
B1G1 Oral-B Pulsar Manual Toothbrush single pack (exp 10/31)
$1 off Pantene Expressions or Restoratives  (exp 10/31)
$1 off Pedigree Good Bites Treats for Dogs (exp 11/08)
$4 off Scotch Fur Fighter any (exp 12/31)
$1 off Scotch Hair or Lint Removal Product (exp 12/31)
.50/3 Scotties boxes or 1 multipack (exp 12/31)
$1/2 Smart Balance Buttery Spreads (exp 10/11)
$1.50 Smart Balance Butter Blend Sticks (exp 10/11)
.55/2 Smuckers Jams or Jellies any (exp 12/31)
$1 off Sparkle Paper Towels 2-giant roll + (exp 12/31)
$1 off Temptations Cat Treats (exp 10/24)
$1 off Tropicana Trop50 59 oz (exp 11/15)
$1 off Tylenol Cold, Sore Throat, or Severe (exp 12/31)
$1 off Tylenol Extra Strength (exp 12/31)
$1 off Tylenol Plus Children's (exp 12/31)
$1 off Tylenol Sinus any (exp 12/31)
$3/2 Tylenol Sinus, Cold, Cough or Allergy  (exp 12/31)
$1 off Whiskas Dr Cat Food 2.7 lb + (exp 11/08)
$1 off Whiskas Multipack Cat Food (exp 11/08)
$4 off Zyrtec Itchy Dry Drops 0.17 fl oz (exp 12/6)
$2.50 Zyrtec 14 ct + (exp 12/6)
$4 off Zyrtec 30 ct + (exp 12/6)

RedPlum #2

$1 off Advil PM 16 ct + (exp 10/31)
$1 off Advil Cold & Sinus or Allergy Sinus (exp 11/30)
$1 off Country Crock Side Dishes (exp 11/8)
$1.50/2 Degree Absolute, Clinical Protection, Fine Fragrance or Ultra Clear (exp 12/6)
$1/2 Degree Deodorant (exp 12/6)
B1G1 Fancy Feast Appetizers  (exp 12/31)
$1/6 Fancy Feast Elegant Medleys  (exp 12/31)
.50/1 Hot Pockets (exp 12/06)
$1/3 Lean Cuisine Entrees (exp 12/31)
.50/1 Nescafe Tasters Choice stick pack carton, 20 ct + (exp 12/31)
$1 off Nestle Toll House Refrigerated Cookie Dough (exp 11/1)
.50/1 Nestle Toll House Morsels any (exp 11/1)
$1 off Purina Carvers Dog Snacks  (exp 12/31)
B1G1 Purina Friskies Selects (exp 12/31)
$1.50 Purina Naturals Cat Chow or Healthful Life 3 lb +  (exp 11/13)
$3 off Purina One Dry Dog or Cat Food any size or variety (exp 10/13)
B1G1 Purina One 13 oz can Wholesome Entrée Dog Food (exp 10/13)
.75/2 Ragu any (exp 11/08)
.55/1 State Fair any (exp 11/15)
B2G1 Suave Body Washes (exp 12/6)
.75/1 Suave Body Lotion 18 oz + (exp 12/6)

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.75/1 Hormel Compleats Microwave Meal, any (exp 11/22)

Its a Race Thing

I can't believe all the hub bub about the upcoming speech by the POTUS (figure it out) to school children of America. The Pres just wants to let kids know that education is important and so are they. What's the big deal, let them listen to a few minutes of a speech especially for them. Hey, we all gathered in the conference room to watch the inauguration didn't we?? Didn't you? NO? Oh, well then just move on in your thoughts and activities for the day. But whew - the internet is hot today on this topic to occur on the next business day to come upon us (Next Tuesday, 11 am CST) and the sentiment is that its inappropriate, and the Minnesota Gov. Pawlenty believes its "uninvited" in this interview, and the schools in "the South" are requiring teachers to review it prior to showing it to students to judge whether the content is valuable. Jeez. I think no matter what anyone says, it's a race thing. Get over it. He's the Pres, don't you think he's probably figured out how to have his speech writers develop appropriate content?

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The Downfall of An Impressive CV

A stunning story in the Toronto Star has me thinking about my choice to commute by bicycle on a daily basis. Apparently, this well provided for gentleman got in a tussle with a cyclist and dragged him down the street like a gangster movie. Now his impressive background is all for naught as he is charged with some pretty serious crimes since the bicyclist died (see picture above of cyclist).
Reminds me to follow the motto on my new bumper sticker WAG MORE, bark less

September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, and this is to remind citizens that they can take steps to be prepared if there's a disaster. It's important to make a kit, make a plan, and stay informed. A survival kit includes basics like fresh water and food for up to three days, blankets, matches, battery-operated radios and lights. Checklists on what to include can be found on here
When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it's best to think first about the basics of survival:
fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Economic Troubles Encourage Coupon Savings Habit

Promotion Marketing Association Coupon Council Reports an Increase in Coupon Activity in 2009, Anticipates Long-term Savings Trend

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Since the financial crisis deepened a year ago, coupon use has been on the rise. Marketers made substantially more coupons available to encourage consumer purchases, and shoppers responded by increasing their coupon use by approximately 20 percent during the first half of 2009.
That double digit growth in coupon use started during the fourth quarter of 2008 and coupon redemption has continued to rise ever since.
"Coupons are even more influential in consumer purchasing decisions today due to the economic downturn as shoppers realize it's the smart thing to do," says Charles Brown, Co-Chair of the PMA Coupon Council. "Both manufacturers and retailers are promoting at a greater pace to appeal to consumers who are seeking deals to stretch their budget and changing their spending habits in ways that are expected to continue permanently, even when the economy recovers."
PMA Coupon Council Co-Chair Matthew Tilley adds, "Given the new frugality of American households brought on by the current economic hardship, the interest in finding new and additional ways to save is expected to continue. Coupons are a perfect fit as a convenient way to save a good deal of money without a lot of effort. That's something everyone likes to do, in good times and bad."
Coupon Statistics
* $3 billion of savings were achieved by consumers using packaged goods coupons last year.
* More than $400 billion of packaged goods coupons are offered annually.
* The average value offered per coupon is approximately $1.35.
* 94 percent of the overall population report that they have used coupons when shopping (for grocery, household and healthcare items), an increase of 5 share points. 
* 89 percent of the overall population report that they have prepared a shopping list using coupons, up from 78 percent who said they did so a year ago. 
September is National Coupon Month, which is sponsored by the PMA Coupon Council. That makes September a great time for shoppers to refine their coupon saving skills by better organizing the coupons they receive, clip, or download to maximize their share of the $400 billion dollars of discounts available annually in the U.S.
"Once someone creates a coupon habit, they can achieve a lifetime of savings," said Brown. "The typical family can easily save $1,000 annually by spending just 20 minutes a week seeking, clipping and organizing their coupons. If you do that every year for the next 30 or 40 years, that's $30,000 or $40,000 at today's value of money. Imagine how you can stretch your budget over time by routinely using coupons when shopping."
"Organization is key," said Tilley. "Many shoppers sort coupons by category and keep their coupons in a file or envelope. But no matter how you organize your coupons the point is to be sure you take them with you to the store. When it becomes part of your shopping routine, the savings can be enormous."
For more information about coupon usage, coupon clipping tips and more, please visit
About the PMA Coupon Council
Founded in 1994, the PMA Coupon Council is an advocacy group for coupons within the Promotion Marketing Association. The group focuses on providing education on, and promoting the use of, couponing among manufacturers, retailers and consumers. Coupon research is conducted by Coupon Council member companies, Inmar and NCH Marketing Services.
About the PMA
Established in 1911, the Promotion Marketing Association, Inc (PMA) is the premier not for profit organization and resource for research, education and collaboration for marketing professionals. Representing the over $1 trillion integrated marketing industry, the organization is comprised of Fortune 500 companies, top marketing agencies, law firms, retailers, service suppliers and academia, representing thousands of brands worldwide. Championing the highest standards of excellence and recognition in the promotion and integrated marketing industry globally, PMA's objective is to foster a better understanding of promotion and integrated marketing and its role in the overall marketing process. The PMA is headquartered in New York City with its affiliate, the PMA Educational Foundation, Inc.
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The Accompanied Minor

Many years ago we moved out of state, across the country from our families, and my husbands child from a previous marriage. When we moved, his child was 9 years old and had never been on a airplane. The first experience was for visitation at Easter break and the child was boarded on a direct flight from Minnesota to Florida. Back then, the whole unaccompanied minor situation was not so common, but it was common enough that the airlines accomodated worrying parents by escorting children from the gate into the airplane, and then from the airplane to the gate for pickup by the other parent. Remember, back in the day when you could actually sit and wait with someone until their plane came in? Anyway, there were no extra charges or fees for this service, or even any forms to sign.
We did this for many years for spring, summer and winter break without any troubles. But times have changed and they will never go back to the good old days. These days to send a child across the country on an airplane unaccompanied costs a few bucks. I'm not sure how much, since I don't do it anymore.
Today a woman at work was there earlier than usual (which is early!) and she mentioned it was because she had to take her husband to the airport. I inquired where this retired gentleman was off to now, and she said he was flying with their grandson (who is 10) back to Newark, and then flying back. Tonight. Yes, he is flying to escort their grandson up North, and then immediately turning around and flying back to Florida. I couldn't believe it. What a way to not be frugal. Granted its not the same as it was fifteen or twenty years ago, but airlines do offer escort services for children for a fee and I'm thinking its pretty safe. The lady at work wouldn't even hear of doing that, what if her grandson ran into some turbulence and got scared? I asked if he's like that, scared of things. She said no, but she just wants the peace of mind. Apparently, her husband agrees with her too, since he's the one spending ALL DAY in an airplane, even transfering in Baltimore for a layover. I didn't ask how much his plane ticket was, but it was regular price she said.
Just another example of how hard it is to be frugal when you're a worry wart.