Happy Halloween

Wishing you a spooky, eerie, blood curdling fun and safe Halloween. I hope you all have fun costumes and buckets full of candy at the end of the night!

The Dark Side of Couponing

One of the hardest things about couponing is the scorn we endure in the stores. The people behind us in lines sighing loudly, the cashiers as they sift through our pile of coupons and try to remember if we bought that item, and of course the store managers that treat us like we are criminals. I work really hard at couponing - getting rss feeds from tons of coupon shopper blogs with matchups, gathering inserts, filing and clipping, making a shopping list and getting the matchups, and then the easiest part of all - the shop. Except the shop is not turning out to be very fun anymore. It used to be exhilarating walking the aisles - finding a new booklet, grabbing a peelie or blinkie, finding the shelves stocked with the items on our list, and a fresh snack as the lady makes a nice meal at the Apron Station. The climax of the trip was checking out and watching as the totals drop, and then just paying a couple dollars for a cart full of product.
 
But it seems like those days are far and few in between now. There is stress involved in grocery shopping. How stupid is that? My store used to have a wonderful coupon friendly group of store managers and assistant store managers, but then things changed. We've all seen it, the shuffling of coupons by the cashier as they set some aside. Reading the small print and deciding today after years of no problems, they are going to enforce the "one coupon per purchase per customer" on the PQ. I can deal with it and offer alternatives, like my DH with me is a customer too, so we can use 2, right? It usually ends up being less than pleasurable to shop. I know from the vibes on the internet and coupon forums that everyone is having more difficulty successfully shopping with coupons. Especially the people who are really good and consistently save above 80%. We are treated like criminals because we have mastered the coupon game, and the stores don't like it.
 
Last night was one of those nights at Publix. Here's my shopping list. Nothing too out of line, except maybe getting 10 egg beaters, but there were plenty on the shelf and my coupons expire on Sunday so I had to do it. But I broke one of my rules by not getting fillers so that my item count exceeded the coupon count. I've been slack in not worrying about manager overrides or "getting numbers" as they call it to complete my transaction with too many coupons.  But holy crap, I got the new young asst store manager male who thinks that couponers are thieves.
 
28-Oct 21   49.05 7.39 36.20 tax 5.46 23 -88.87%
Product qty price subtl -B1G1 -Q   total Q# Q details
mushrooms 1 1.50 1.50   1.00   0.50 1 $1/1 TQ print
iceburg lettuce 1 1.69 1.69   1.00   0.69 1 $1/1 TQ print
tomato 1 0.92 0.92       0.92    
banana 2 0.35 0.70   0.70   0.00 1 $1/1 TQ print
Egg Beaters 10 1.67 16.70   7.50   9.20 10 $0.75/1 print
Gortons Tilapia BOGO 2 7.39 14.78 7.39 3.00   4.39 3 1/1MQ+1/2PQ
vivarin sominex 4 3.19 12.76   18.00   -5.24 6 $5/2PQ+ (2) $2/1MQ
$/$$ coupon   0.00 0.00   5.00   -5.00 1 $5/$25 competitor
 
My order rang up and my DH didn't split up the bananas to count as two items - but that wouldn't have helped anyway. I had 3 extra coupons requiring an override. First off he starts scrolling through the screen making sure I bought produce for the $1 off TQ for produce. He would only give me 0.70 off and said I didn't buy at least a $1 of produce. I asked what he was talking about, I had plenty of produce. I told him I had to guess on the weight since they don't have prices on bananas and tomatoes, my goof I guess - the tomatoes were only 0.92 instead of 1.00. I let it go. What really irked me was him trying to give me back my $5 PQ for the sominex and telling me they weren't going to pay me to shop. This store has always been cool about overage, but this guy is obviously not. DH started getting angry and told Eric the ASM, that he was insulted and this was not a pleasurable shopping trip. I told the ASM we were paying over $5 for the order, how could he say he was paying us? Anyway, this is our home store and we always try to fly low under the radar. We don't want to alienate the staff even though they are not the most friendly. We just wanted to get out of there by now. Then Eric starts trying to be nice and offers to get our names so the store manager can call us. Yeah right. He says this as he's printing a duplicate receipt and has all my Q's in hand on his way upstairs to the office. He was going to go try to figure out what happened. It was all legit, just like it always is. They just don't like it.
 
So, the dark side of couponing is that it is not for the weak at heart. You need to be confident and sure of your rights and responsibilities. Don't let ignorant staff tell you they can't let you use that coupon. A coupon is legal payment. It seems like the better at couponing you get, the more scrutiny you will have to endure. It does not get easier the better you are.
 
The important thing to remember for me anyway at Publix, is to pick the right cashier, make sure you have fillers to bring your item count greater than your coupon count (and if you don't - leave out the overage items that shop) to avoid having manager override required. I broke my rule and paid the price - an extremely ugly encounter at the store that just doesn't sit right with me. I don't feel like it would help to talk to the store manager or corporate either because they don't want the really good couponers around. I can't even say I spend thousands of dollars a year on groceries anymore because I don't, but I used to. I still get thousands of dollars of food and products, but they're not getting the cash.
 
So, I'm staying out of Publix for a while. I need to work through my stockpile anyway. And work through my anger and dismay at how a good thing makes me feel bad.

Publix Yellow Advantage Buy 10/30-11/19

Manufacturer's coupons expiring 11/19/2010:
Free McCormick taco, low sodium taco or fajita seasoning mix WYB 2
Free Renuzit Adjustables 7.5 oz. WYB 3

Publix coupons expiring 11/19/2010:
Free Publix 24 oz. pancake syrup WYB 2 any Krusteaz pancake mix 24-32 oz. or belgian waffle mix 28 oz.
Free gallon of milk WYB any 3 Kellogg's Mini-Wheats 15.8-24 oz.
Free Wanchai Ferry frozen meal or Macaroni Grill frozen meal 24 oz. WYB 1
$1.00 any 2 Sierra Mist Natural 2 liter
$1.00 Gatorade Prime 4 pk./4 oz. or Gatorade Recover 16.9 oz.
$1.00 Garden Lites All-Natural Souffle 7 oz.
$1.00 any Orville Redenbracher's Poppycock
$1.50 any Pepsi 2 liter WYB any 2 Orville Redenbacher's gourmet popping corn
Free Orville Redenbacher's gourmet popping corn oil WYB any 2 Orville Redenbacher's jars
Free Sparkle 2 giant roll paper towels WYB Quilted Northern soft & strong or Quilted Northern ultra plush bath tissue 18 double rolls
Free Air Wick single base scented oil warmer WYB 2 single Air Wick scented oils or 1 twin pack
Free Publix GreenWise Market chlorine free liquid bleach 96 oz. WYB Green Works natural laundry detergent 45 oz.
$1.00 Ziploc container 2-4 ct.
 
Thanks Slickdeals

General Mills & Kraft Price Increases Soon

Better stock up on cereals now even if you don't need to quite yet, as these price increases may make the days of free or $0.25 cereal over.
 
 
NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- General Mills Inc. (GIS) is raising prices on some cereals and baking products, the clearest signal yet that food makers will pass some price pressure from higher commodity costs on to retailers and consumers.
General Mills is instituting "low-single-digit" percentage price increases on select cereal brands and slightly higher increases on some baking products, such as flour and baking mixes, spokeswoman Kirstie Foster said.
Separately, Kraft Foods Inc. (KFT) is also starting to raise some prices, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday, though the scope of Kraft's increases wasn't immediately clear. A Kraft spokesman declined comment Wednesday, but the company recently said it would selectively raise prices on some brands to offset commodity costs.
New price increases would come at a time of still-widespread caution among consumers, who are still jittery about the pace of the economic recovery. It could also put some retailers in a bind. Supermarket operators, who have expressed caution about consumer confidence, will have to decide whether to raise shelf prices or sacrifice profits.
General Mills will raise prices on select cereal brands starting Nov. 15, the spokeswoman said, affecting about a quarter of its cereal business in the U.S. Specific brands weren't disclosed, though the spokeswoman said it would be the first price increase on many of the cereal brands in more than three years. General Mills' brands include Cheerios and Lucky Charms cereals and Betty Crocker baking mixes. Price increases on the baking brands will go into effect Jan. 3.
Kroger Co. (KR) and Safeway Inc. (SWY) executives have said in recent weeks that they expect to be able to pass along such increases, although other supermarket chains such as Supervalu Inc. (SVU) are engaged in another round of price cuts in stores to keep shoppers coming in.
Supervalu on Tuesday said it was going to run another round of price cuts, a direct response to declining sales and market share. The new strategy comes as a major supplier in the past week told Supervalu that it will raise prices "across the board," Supervalu Chief Executive Craig Herkert told analysts Tuesday. A Supervalu spokesman declined comment on which supplier warned the company of higher prices. (This company owns Save-a-lot and CUB foods)
 
By Anjali Cordeiro and Paul Ziobro

So I've Got This Garage Sale Coming Up...

and I'm not really sure how to proceed. You see, I've never had a garage sale and I've probably only gone to about 3 in my whole life. My parents never had garage sales, but I did observe my sister in law having a garage sale once maybe. I'm a total noob.
 
I know garage sales are supposed to be the thing that frugal people embrace, but I've always had to work 8 to 4 weekdays and never had the opportunity to attend sales on the first day. And Saturdays are for sleeping in late, not getting up like a school day and driving around strange neighborhoods in the dark. Even when I ride my bike around on the weekends and see a sale, I just glance over and keep going. Plus they seem like a lot of work. In my opinion its easier to just post a picture on craigslist. I've sold thousands of dollars of stuff on craigslist in the past but the stuff I need to sell just doesn't seem worth it.
 
So a friend of mine lives in a community that is having a neighborhood yard sale on the first weekend of November. She invited me to bring over anything I want to sell, since she's done this a bunch. I thought it would be a good way to get rid of those golf clubs I lugged down to FL and haven't used in fifteen years, and the old vacuum cleaners and of course some stockpile stuff like scrubbing bubbles, swiffer starter kits and BBQ sauce. I don't have the big draw items like kids toys or clothes, or tools. So, I'm not really sure what will go and what won't. I also don't know how to price the stuff so that it goes, but not giveaway.
 
Here's what I'm thinking I need to get set -
 
1. Tables - I do know that I need to get some tables, which I can borrow. I can get a couple Card tables, and a plastic round outdoor table. Plus I can use some extra plywood from remodeling to make more tables with horseshoes. I have a small 5x8 trailer I can put all this stuff on, or borrow my neighbors pickup truck.
 
2. Items to sell - I can box up razors, toothpaste, BBQ sauce, swiffers, scrubbing bubbles, candles and air fresheners and all the other stockpile stuff I'm not using as quickly as I want. I also have sporting goods like roller blades, scuba equipment, nerf footballs, golf clubs. I have a box of Tshirts I culled out from the dressing room to donate, so I'll try to sell them too. Also a chainsaw and an electric leaf blower, and a couple vacuum cleaners.
 
3. Advertising - I'm wondering if it would be good to take pics and place the items on craigslist a week early to see if there is any interest at a higher price. Then I can direct the buyer to the yard sale. Do you think this would work? I could also place an ad in the garage sale section with a map to direct people to this sale.
 
4. Pricing - Is it better to put price tags on stuff or just tag the table like $1 Table. Or should I just put color stickers on everything and then I know if the red sticker is $0.25 and the blue sticker is $1, etc. Do you think people will switch stickers? I would also have a price list of everything so I can see what sold for what (being the analyst I am) and to verify the prices.
 
5. Troublemakers - what about the people who will annoy me and just try to basically steal my stuff? Granted I don't have a use for most of it, but I would rather give it away to the Salvation army for free than sell it to a cheapskate for ten cents. What about the people who will try to steal stuff, do I need to watch for that? I have an ipod Nano I want to sell since I have several, and I want people to see it but not steal it. Should I wear it with my arm strap with a for sale note on it?
 
6. Signs - I'll make a couple directional signs, plus some price signs for my tables.
 
7. Freebies - I'll have leftover Halloween candy to give away to buyers, plus I can sell SOBE water or something to thirsty people.
 
Any tips you have from your experiences would be great. I'll keep you posted on my progress. I'm going to start gathering stuff and packing it up this weekend.

My Garden

We just ate some yummy zuchinni from our garden with dinner tonight. It was our first harvest from the earthbox, but there will be more to come. It's funny with zuchinni how they can be 4" long one day, and then 8" the next and then over a foot long and as thick as a log in a week.
 
We're looking forward to some yellow squash, green peppers, tomatoes, much more zuchinni and cucumbers.  Our celery is kind of weak but maybe it'll grow soon.

Publix Sneak Peek 10/21-10/27

BOGO's
Juicy Juice All Natural 100% Juice, Assorted Varieties, 64 ounce bottle, BOGO $3.29


Butter Loaf Cake, From The Bakery, 12 ounce Loaf, BOGO $4.49

Doritos Tortilla Chips, Assorted Varieties, 11.5 to 12 ounce bag (Excluding Baked) BOGO $3.99

Oscar Mayer Meat Wieners, Regular or Premium or Bun Length, 16 oz Package, BOGO $2.99

Fresh Express Salad Blend, or Greens, Assorted Varieties, 4.5 - 12 ounce bag, BOGO $3.99

General Mills Cereal, Lucky Charms, Cookie Crisp, Kix or Reese's Puffs, 11.25 to 13 ounce or Golden Grahams or Cinnamon Toast Crunch, 16-17 oz box, BOGO $3.89

Quaker Oats, Assorted Varieties, 18 oz package, BOGO $2.55

Aunt Jemima Syrup, Assorted Varieties, 24 oz Bottle, BOGO (No Price Listed)

General Mills Fiber One Cereal, Assorted Varieties, 14.25 to 17.25 ox box, BOGO $4.29

Knorr Sides, Assorted Varieties, 3.8 to 6.4 ounce pouch. BOGO $1.29

Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie Mix, or Decadent Cake Mix or Dessert Bar Mix, Assorted Varieties, 12.9 to 21.5 ounce box, BOGO $2.69

Ocean Spray Juice Cocktail or Juice Drink, Assorted Varieties, 101 to 101.4 ounce bottle, BOGO $5.39

Mid's Homestyle Pasta Sauce, Meatless, Meat or Italian Sausage, 32 ounce jar, BOGO $4.59

Del Monte Tomatoes, Assorted Varieties, 14.5 ounce can, BOGO $1.39

Ken's Steak House Dressing, Assorted Varieties, 16 ounce bottle, BOGO $3.29

Bumble Bee Premium Albacore Tuna, In Water, 5 ounce pouch, BOGO $2.89

Mt. Olive Sweet Relish or Pickles, Selected Varieties, 30 ounce jar, BOGO $3.99

Deer Park Spring Water, 6 Pack, 24 Ounce Bottles, BOGO $2.99

Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers, or Party Mix or Snack Mix, Assorted Varieties, 9.75 to 14 ounce box, BOGO $3.29

Thomas' English Muffins, Assorted Varieties, 11-13 ounce Package, BOGO $3.49

Keebler Fudge Shoppe Cookies, or EL Fudge, Assorted Varieties, 8.5 to 15 ounce package, BOGO $3.49

M&M Chocolate Candies, or Snickers Minis, M&M's. Snickers, Twix Fun Size, or Snickers, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, and Twix Minis, Assorted Varieties, 30-42 ounce bag, BOGO $9.99

Pepperidge Farm Cookies, Assorted Varieties, Soft Baked or Chocolate Chunk, 7.2 to 8.6 ounce bag, BOGO $3.39

Arnold Whole Grain Bread, or Grains & More, Health Full or Country, Assorted Varieties, 24 ounce loaf, BOGO $3.89

Tombstone Pizza, Assorted Varieties, 18.1 to 29.5 ounce package, (Excluding Stuffed Crust and Brick Oven) BOGO $5.79

T.G.I. Friday's Appetizers, Assorted Varieties, 22.3 to 30 ounce box, BOGO $8.99

Breyers Ice Cream, Assorted Varieties, 48 ounce carton, BOGO $4.99

Nestle Toll House Refrigerated Cookie Dough or Mix or Ultimate Cookie Dough, Assorted Varieties, 16-16.5 ounce package, BOGO $2.89

Dial Bar Soap or Coast, Assorted Varieties, 3 count, 4 oz package, BOGO $1.87

Earth's Best Organic Baby Food, Assorted Varieties, 6 Months 7 Up, 4 oz Jar, BOGO .87

Kibbles 'n Bits Dog Food, Savory Chicken & Beef Flavor, Original or Mini Bits, 4 lb bag, BOGO $4.99

Carbona Carpet Cleaner, 2 in 1, Oxy Powered, Biodegradable, 22 ounce bottle, BOGO $4.89

Hershey's All Time Greats Snack Size, or Hershey's Reese's Candies, Reese's Lovers Assortment or Hershey's Scare & Share, 24.17-27.8 ounce bag BOGO $8.99

Nestle 100 Fun Size Candy Pieces, or Wonka Monster Mix Ups Assorted Candy, Assorted Varieties, 53.3-56 ounce bag, BOGO $10.99

Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks, Value Pack, Looney Tunes and Scooby-Doo! 20 Pouches, 18 ounce box or Sunkist Mixed Fruit, 24 pouches, 21.6 ounce box, BOGO $3.99

Nestle Ultimate Scream Fun Size Candies, or Classic Scream or 3 Fun Size Bags or Wonka 200 Pieces, Assorted Varieties, 32-44 ounce bag, BOGO $8.49

BAKERY
Custard Pie, Egg or Cocunut, $4.99
Assorted Donuts, 4 Count 8-14 ounce, $2.29
Water Rolls, 12 Count, 14 ounce package, $2.99
Decorated Cupcakes, 6 Count, $3.99, 12 Count $6.99
Carrott Bar Cake, 19 ounce, $4.99
Italian Five Grain Bread, 16 ounce Loaf, $2.89

DELI
Boar's Head Turkey Cranberry Whole Sub, $5.99
Publix Top Round Roast Beef, $6.99 lb
Boar's Head Black Forest Ham, $7.99 lb
Boar's Head Colby Jack Cheese, $7.09 lb
Publix Deli Large Turkey Cobb Salad, $5.39
Snack Factory Pretzel Chips. 7.2 ounce package, (Excludes Chocolate and White Chocolate Varieties) 2/$5
8 Piece Fresh Chilled Mixed Fried Chicken, $4.99. Hot $5.99
Publix Deli Old Fashioned Deli Beans, 32 ounce, $2.99
Carrot Bar Cake, 19 ounce Size, $4.99

DAIRY
Publix Yogurt, Assorted Varieties, 6 ounce cup, 20/$5
Daisy Sour Cream, Pure & Natural, 24 ounce cup. 2/$4
Horizon Organic Milk, Assorted Varieties, 1/2 gallon carton, 2/$7
Publix Shredded Cheese, Assorted Varieties, 8 ounce, 2/$4
Publix Crumbled Cheese, Feta, Gargonzola or Blue Cheese, Regular or Reduced Fat, 4 ounce pkg, $1.99
Publix Sour Cream Dip, Fench Onion or Ranch, 16 ounce, $1.29

FROZEN
Bird's Eye Frozen Vegetables, Includes all varieties and sizes, 7.5 -32 ounce bag or 4 count bag, 50% off
Weight Watchers Ice Cream Bars or Ice Cream Sandwiches, Sundae Cones or Frozen Yogurt Bars, Assorted Varieties, 12-24 ounce package, 2/$7
Snickers Ice Cream Bars, or Twix, Assorted Varieties, 12 ounce box, 2/$6
Publix Parker House Yeast Rolls, 15 pack, 14 ounce bag or Frozen Ready to Bake Buttermilk Biscuits, 12 pack 2/$4
Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers Entrees, or Healthy Choice Meals, Assorted Varieties, 9.5-12.3 ounce box, 4/$10

GROCERY
Uncle Ben's Long Grain 7 Wild Rice, or Whole Grain, Assorted Varieties, 4.4 to 6.7 oz box, 2/$3
Del Monte Fruit or Fruit 7 Gel, 4-pack, 3.75 to 4.5 ounce cup or Fruit Chillers, 8 count, 2 oz tubes, Assorted Varieties 2/$4
Campbell's Condensed Soup, Assorted Varieties, 10.5-11.5 oz can (Excluding Won Ton, Cream of Shrimp and Oyster Stew) 10/$10
Starbucks Coffee, Assorted Varieties, 11-12 ounce bag, $6.99
B3G1 12 Pack Selected Canada Dry. 7-Up or A&W or Diet Rite, 12 Ounce cans, 4/$10
Selected Coca Cola Products, 2 liter, 2/$3
8 pack selected Coca Cola Products, 12 oz bottles, 3/$11
Nabisco Ritz Crackers or Munchables Pretzels, Assorted Varieties, 12.25-16 ounce box or Fudge Covered Ritz, 7.5 box 2/$5
12 Pack Selected Coca Cola Products, 12 oz cans, 3/$12
Lay's Kettle Cooked Potato Chips, Assorted Varieties, 8.5 ounce bag. 2/$5
Lipton Tea, Assorted Varieties, 12 pack, 16.9 ounce bottles, $4.99

HEALTH & BEAUTY
Jergens Moisturizer, Assorted Varieties, 2 to 21 oz package, 40% off
Dove Hair Care Products, Assorted Varieties, 7-12 ounce bottle, 2/$6
Cover Girl Foundation or Concealer, Pressed Powder or Blush, Assorted Varieties, $2.00 off
Mitchum Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, Assorted Varieties, 1,7-3.4 ounce package, 2/$5
Crest Toothpaste, 4.2, 6.2 or 8.2 tube or Oral B Advantage toothbrush, 1 ct, Assorted Varieties, $2.19
One A Day Supplements, Assorted Varieties, Multivitiam 50-200 count bottle, 25% off
Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons or Playtex Sport, 18 count box, $3.49
Theraflu Medicine, 6 ct box or caplets, 24 count box, 2/$7
 
Thanks Slickdeals Publix Thread (check back here later for matchups)

Water

Conserve it. Blog Action Day: Water.

Thoughts On Employment

This article was published about a month ago, and I've also read various other sources about the same problem, finding a job when you're unemployed and older. The chances of finding another job in your field is slim to none, and you may be involuntarily unemployed the rest of your life. If this happens, are you ready for it? It's a long time until you qualify for social security, or your pension if you're lucky enough to have one, and there are penalties for withdrawing your retirement savings for many more years.
 
Its scary to think that perhaps the scoundrel Rick Scott actually has believers and may get voted in as new Governor of Florida. Life will suck if that happens, especially since I'm a civil servant of the State of Florida - the very group of employees that Rick Scott would love to minimize and eliminate from the world. If the wrong person gets in office and the legislature cuts government staffing, I may lose my job. And as an older worker approaching mid century vintage this is not cool. If I were one of the unemployed, would I get rehired? A growing trend is that companies only will consider employed people as candidates for their openings. I think I have a pretty good chance compared to other candidates even if my competition is younger. Here are a few ideas on how to keep yourself competitive in the job industry.
  • Stay Healthy - I mentioned how to stay healthy earlier and I believe that a healthy body and a healthy mind go hand in hand. If you keep yourself healthy and you "look" healthy, you'll be more attractive to employers. They may assume you are healthy if you look and act healthy. This means less medical expenses for insurance and less sick time and lack of productivity. If you smoke, don't let your employers know - don't waste time at work out by the smoking area.
  • Keep Up Technologically - one sure difference in our society with age groups is the use of technology. The younger crowd uses it. Most older people shy away from technology because they don't understand it. This is a key factor in your hiring potential - do you know how to operate a computer, can you figure out all the features on your cell phone, can you figure out how to scan and send a document on the copier at the office? Do you know how to use a lot of the features and programs on your computer - like all the Microsoft applications and email and the Internet? If you don't, you're not going to get the job because there are a ton of people who know that stuff.
  • Be Interesting - It seems to me a lot of younger people prefer to text or email rather than talk to friends. Social skills are lacking and this will hurt them in the workplace, this is where you can have the advantage. If you have manners, know etiquette, are polite and yet interesting to talk to, you will succeed in the interview. A person who "fits" and doesn't seem to have outward hangups or is opinionated and set in their ways will succeed at work and be easier to train. You can always be taught the job skills needed, but you can't expect to learn people skills on a job. Interviewers look for people skills.
  • Use Your Brain - I mean outside of work. Keep your critical thinking skills sharp by reading and writing, not just the newspaper either. Write a Blog. Do crossword puzzles or cryptoquips, or for me I calculate my coupon grocery shopping trips and organize my coupons. This is no easy feat as most of you know. Anyway, it helps to think on your feet, and do math in your head when you're shopping.
  • Face Reality and Change What's Wrong - If you are obese or ugly or stupid, you can change. You can lose weight, or use makeup and change your hairstyle, or start learning (or pretend you know what you don't) if you are stupid. No matter what your problem is, you can work on it. You may not want to face the fact that you're a bitch to get along with and that you hate minorities - but you need to. Reality is perception. If others perceive you to be offensive in some way they won't want you around. You may have no clue why you don't get any jobs after you've had interviews - and there is a reason. You need to find out what your problem is and deal with it.
  • Act Younger - if you do the things you liked to do when you were younger, you'll feel younger. One thing I do is ride my bicycle almost everyday. Its carefree and there's that sense of danger and riskiness being out on the road with all the crazy drivers. Its like being on a roller coaster ride at Busch Gardens - but its real life. Its fun and I love how it makes me feel high when I ride really hard and get all pumped up. You could also try wearing some clothing you liked when you were younger, some shoes or a new hairstyle. All these things will help you act younger and seem younger. It will make you smile.
So, that's my take on it. I hope any of you out there who are unemployed take all this thought with a grain of salt, I know every situation is different and we all have circumstances that are beyond our control. But, there is probably something you can do to improve your chances of getting a job. Just figure it out and do it.

Publix Health & Beauty Advantage Buy 10/16-11/5

It looks like its that time of the year again for Phazyme, Vivarin and Sominex for our moneymakers. There is a $2 off MQ in the 10-10 RP that stacks with the PQ to give some overage. I remember Phazyme being about $3.49 each, and the Vivarin and Sominex are about $2.99, so each gets you around a dollar of overage.
Publix coupons expiring 11/5/2010:
$2.00 Centrum or Caltrate any 60 ct. or larger
Free Schick Hydro shave gel WYB any men's Schick Hydro razor
$1.00 Listerine mouthwash 1 - 1.5 liter or any size whitening rinse
$3.00 Tylenol Precise 2.5 oz. cream or patch 3 ct.
Free Nexcare first aid tape or adhesive bandage WYB 1
$3.00 Zyrtec 14 ct. or larger or Zyrtec-D 12 ct. or larger
$3.00 chilren's Benadryl 4-8 oz., 10-18 ct. or children's Sudafed PE 4 oz.
$2.00 Robitussin 4-12 oz. or 10-20 ct. or Dimetapp 4-8 oz. or 20 ct.
$1.50 Breathe Right 10 ct. or larger
$2.00 any Preparation H product (excluding 10 ct. wipes)
$5.00 any 2 mix or match: Os-Cal, Citrucel, Ecotrin, Feosol, Geritol, Tagamet, Debrox, Vivarin, Gaviscon, Phazyme, Sominex, Gly-Oxide, or Contac
$3.00 Poise 30-72 ct. or Depend for Men or Women 14-48 ct.
Free Publix reuseable bag WYB GE Energy Smart 10W, 13W, 20W, or 26W soft white spiral CFL 1 pk.
$5.00 any Net 10 phone
$5.00 any DVD $12.99 and up
$1.00 any Rubbermaid food or beverage storage

Items in Flyer:


Sundown Naturals Vitamin D 100-300 ct, or 2 oz, Fish Oil, 60-200 ct, or CoQ-10 25-60 ct, 33% off
L'Oreal Men's Expert Eye Roller or Vita Lift Moisturizer, 6.99
L'Oreal Men's Expert Comfort Max Balm or Hydra Cleaner, 4.99
L'Oreal Healthy Look Hair Color, 6.99
Caress Body Wash, 15-18 oz, 3.49
Dove Men+Care Body Wash, 13.5 oz, 3.49
Infiniti by Conair You Curl Cone Styler or Pro Dryer, 29.99
Finesse Shampoo or Conditioner, 24 oz, 3.99
Finesse Mousse, Hair Spray, 7-8.5 oz, 1.99
Conair Hair Brushes, 1.00 off
Thicker Fuller Hair, DEP, L.A. Looks, got2b, or Zero Frizz Hair Care, 4-20 oz, 25% off
Listerine Whitening Strips, 56 ct, 14.99 (in select stores)
Listerine Whitening Pen, 1 ct, 9.99
L'Oreal Vive Pro, 13 oz, Vive Pro Glossy or Studio Styling, 1.7-8.5, 2.99
L'Oreal Kids Haircare, any 9 oz, 1.99
NeilMed Sinus Rinse Kit, includes 50 premixed packets, 8.79
Delsym Night Time Cold & Cough, or Multi-Symptom, any 4 oz, 7.99
Stridex Pads, 70-90 ct, 2.99
Kanka Softbrush, 3.99
Publix Dual Action 25 ct, (Compare to Pepcid Complete), 4.99
Blistex Lip Ointment, Deep Renewal, Simple Essentials, or Five Star, 1.39
Blistex Medicated Lip Balm, 0.15 oz, 0.99
SpinBrush Sonic Pro Clean, 1 ct, 12.99
SpinBrush Pro Clean or Pro Whitening, 1 ct, 6.49
Emergen-C Health & Energy Booster, 30 ct, (excluding Emergen-C Immune Defense and Joint Health 30 ct) 7.99
Elations Ready-to-Drink 6 pack, or Powder 7 packets, 6.99
Special K Meal Bars, 6 pack, 2/$10
Special K Snack Bars 6 pack, 2/$7
No Nonsense Knee Highs, 2 pair pack, 1.39
No Nonsense Support or Control Top, 1.99
Genesis Today Vitamin Chews, 30 ct, 8.49 (in select stores)
Hefty EZ Foil Bake & Broil Pans, select items, 0.99

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