Sunday, October 25, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
#1 Too many coupons to know what to do with!! The best solution we have found so far for this is our coupon binder, as Jennifer so nicely described in a previous post! Using different type of page inserts and dividers you can organize your coupons by useful categories to make sorting and locating easier! We have also made a pile of coupons that we know we will not use and use these coupons for trading with others and coupon "trains".
You can also donate any coupons to people in need. For example, donate your pet food coupons to a local shelter!
#2 Binder is too full! This is a current problem we are both having. We have yet to come up with a great solution. We question if we need a bigger binder, a second binder, or if we should search for a better system! Some ladies go as far as large carrying cases that look like tool boxes! We have yet to get to that level yet, but who knows!
#3 EXPIRY DATES! This is one of the saddest realizations as a coupon diva.....when a coupon you have has expired. At the moment we take these expired coupons and give them to Jennifer's son as he has graciously taken on the hobby of couponing just like Mommy! He has his own little coupon binder and plays store with his friends and uses expired coupons and flyers! I love this idea :)
When coupons are nearing expiry and you have more than you can use, don't just go and use them! If you have enough to save a decent amount of money on the item and you know you need it then go for it! But don't just use them "just because". Some useful tips would be to trade them with someone you know will need them and put them to good use. ALSO, one of the neatest solutions we have come across so far is to take those coupons to the store with you when you go and leave them with that product so that someone else who is shopping for that product can take advantage of the coupon!!
#4 Cranky store workers! This one is a bummer and sometimes can't be avoided. Some people just seem to be against coupons for some reason and want to do everything in their power to prevent you from using them. It's sad really, but to each their own. To avoid conflict here are some things you can do: Make sure you have a copy or good knowledge of the store's coupon policy. That way you can present it to prove that what you are doing is allowed. You can also go to Customer Service with your purchases rather than a regular cashier as they usually have a bit more knowledge of the coupon process and if authorization is needed for the transaction (ex: price matching) then they are able to do so right there. ~Debra
Monday, October 19, 2009
More and more parents are now discovering the world of Sign Language and using it to communicate with their babies at a very early age. Sign language gives the child a means of communication before they are able to use verbal language. It is amazing to see how much they understand!
Sign Language is a language, just as English, French or Spanish are languages. There are different sign languages as well. One of the most commonly used in
We use sign language with Emma and all of my dayhome children use baby sign language. It is a fantastic way to communicate! Only one of my dayhome children is using verbal words and very minimal at the moment. They are able to tell me when they are “all done” a meal or activity, and when they want “more” of something. One child is also able to say “please”. I know if I had worked a bit harder with Emma there would be even more signing but we focused on mealtime as the main point of interest in having her communicate. We are now using more signs when we speak with her. I now use “help”, “stop”, "please", "thank you" and “sleep”. I have sign language cue cards and a g
reat book but I find DVDs are a wonderful way to learn with your baby as you can see the lesson!
The Baby Einstein series of DVD’s has a Baby Sign Language version which is a great way to learn basic words such as ‘Mommy’, ‘Daddy’, ‘cookie’, ‘baby’ etc. The children also enjoy watching this movie as it is created to suit their attention-span.
One of my most FAVORITE resources are the Signing Time DVD’s. These are so much fun and very educational. They sign to very fun songs and teach many, many different signs. I
was first introduced to these DVD’s when I worked at a playschool and I fell in love with them. The children thought they were fun and they were learning so much at the same time. Visit their website to learn more!
I would encourage any parent to use baby sign language, even if it is only a couple of words. It is a lot of fun for your child to learn and gives you such an amazing feeling to know you have given your child a means of communication well before they are able to speak verbally! What a gift.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
- Look through your fliers for best deals
- Check your cupboards for needed items
- MAKE A SHOPPING LIST- Know what is on sale, what you need to buy no matter what and what is on your wish list. I write on my list how many coupons I have for each product. That way I don't have to go through my coupons in the store to find out how many I have
- Know the stores coupon/ price matching policies
- Clip all like coupons together ( do not staple)
- Check all Expiry Dates
- Check all conditions ( can not be combined with any other offer, good only in the USA, can only be used at such in such store, can only be used when you buy a certain size, an additional product etc)
- Put all the coupons you are planning on using in an envelope ( take your coupon binder in case you come across a great deal, but it is much easier to shop if all the coupons you are using are in an envelope)
- Bring competitor fliers for price matching
- If at all possible, do not bring the kids or at least bring help with the kids
- Never shop hungry you will buy extra stuff you don't need
- Try to shop at times you are not rushed, time to browse- Some of the best Deals are in the clearance bins. $5.00 Shampoo marked down to $1.00 and then use your 1.00 coupon, you get the product completely FREE
- Also do not shop at the stores busy hours- Lines are longer, cashiers are more rushed and not in the best moods. I like early mornings or late in the evenings
- Remember something is not a deal if you don't need it or are not going to use it.
- Often it is best to go to Customer Service to cash out- That way you are not holding up lines, the customer service rep often has the authority to accept questionable coupons, they usually know the policies better, it is also easier to price match at CS
- If you have a huge cart and ALOT of coupons you could also ask for the cashiers to open an extra till
- Be nice to your cashier, cashiers will start fighting you on policies if you are rude, but if you are nice they will usually go out of the way to be nice to you
- Ask the cashier if she prefers the coupons with each item or at the end ( I prefer with each item that way if there is a problem with a coupon, you can check the product at the same time)
- Don't forget to use your Airmiles and stores cards ( Save on Card, Optimum Card, Sobeys Card etc) the points add up fast
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
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Friday, September 25, 2009
Great maternity clothing options from Cater Tots in Airdrie, Alberta. Check out all these products and more at http://catertot.ca/home.php
Daisy Chain Support belt supports your back, easing pregnancy back pain while offering abdominal support. This great design can be used for dance, Pilate's and yoga.
Denim version of the Daisychain Support Belt
Bella Band for use with pants, skirts, or shorts that are too tight or too loose during pregnancy. Covers unbuttoned pre-pregnancy jeans and keeps up too big maternity pants, while giving you a smooth finish. Great way to extend the life of your clothing during pregnancy.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
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Friday, September 18, 2009
My topic today is not about a specific product, store or brand. Rather, today I am going to talk about getting the best deals possible and using COUPONS. Although I am not much of a coupon user myself….yet….I have been seriously considering buying a binder and starting. Many hardcore coupon queens have saved hundreds, even thousands of dollars just using coupons! A friend of mine has begun couponing and she has found some amazing deals. Here are some of her top tips for those of you interested in how to make the most of your coupon experience:
1. Only use a coupon on a sale price to make it a BETTER PRICE, don’t use it on the regular price.
2. Never use the coupon from the store you got it from on that day. The price is probably cheaper somewhere else or will go on sale in a week or two, be patient.
(**Courtesy of Chrissie Mather)
Another Great Steal :)
4 Pkg of Huggies Pure and Natural size 2
4 Pkgs of Pampers - 3 size 3 and 1 size 4
3 pkg of Flintstones childrens vitamins
2 Pkgs of Huggies size 3
1 box of Kleenix1
24 rolls of Toliet Paper
10 Tubs of Wipes
GRAND TOTAL!!!! $31.93
Chrissie bought ALL THIS FOR $6.20
So where can we get coupons?? Your local flyers and newspapers are a great place to start! Many stores also offer their flyers online so if you have a printer you’re set! Many stores now offer email sign-ups so that you can be notified of special coupons and sales so make sure you sign up with your favorite stores.
One of the BEST places to find coupons nowadays is on sites like these: http://www.brandsaver.ca/, http://smartcanucks.ca/, and http://www.save.ca/. These sites offer great coupons for many different products. Smart Canucks is a forum where people post deals, coupons, discount codes etc for others to use! I have spent a lot of time on Smart Canucks and it is amazing what you can find. People post free giveaways, free downloads and pretty much any deal you can find. Most people will also post whether or not the coupon codes have worked for them when they tried it so that you don’t end up wasting your time.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Today I would like to share a bit about one of my home businesses and why I love it so much. Since about April 2009 I have been a Passion Consultant with Passion Parties. I had been thinking about it for a while and wasn’t positive I could do a party without a red face or looking silly, but I went ahead and decided I would go for it. I am so glad I did! This has been one of the most fantastic experiences so far and it looks like it will only get better.
Passion Parties carries a variety of products to help boost the passion in your life. Whether you’re married or single, young or young-at-heart, male or female we have products that are sure to spice things up :) We do home parties for ladies or couples 18+ and it’s guaranteed to be the ultimate night in! With education, games and, of course, free giveaways it’s sure to be a night of laughs, giggles and mayhem (of course as mild or wild as you like!).
With products ranging from lotions, potions, toys, games and so much more it’s hard to pick just a few to review. Here are two of my favorites:
1. Nipple Nibbler: Don’t let the name scare you away; this is one of our most fantastic edible products! Its intended use is to apply to various locations for a cooling sensation and, of course, to be licked off. However, it makes the most fantastic lip balm and tastes SO good! It comes in Mandarin Orange, Strawberry, Raspberry and Watermelon.
2. Brown Sugar Body Scrub: Although this product is NOT edible, you’re sure going to want to taste it because it smells sooo yummy! (Don’t worry though, it’s non-toxic so if your little ones decide to make it a snack, it will not harm them. It just doesn’t taste that great). This body scrub will make you smell so tasty and give you the smoothest skin! The scrubbing beads dissolve into the bathwater and turn into a bath oil for the smoothest skin possible!
This company is so fantastic to work with and allows you the freedom to run your business how you see fit! You can offer so many different hostess incentives and there are often great deals for consultants to help build your kit, your stock or your own personal collection! With a fantastic commission, conference calls, awards, and the annual convention in
If you would like to know more about Passion Parties, our products, or how to sign up I would love to share more with you. Send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org (this is my personal email, Matt has his own email).
Thursday, September 10, 2009
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