Extreme Couponing

Those women are more ambitious than I am. They don’t care what they eat, either, from what I’ve seen. Not a single label is read. Just go in, clear the shelves of whatever they can get for free or a few cents, then go home to stack it away in their mini-warehouses. It would drive me nuts to try to duplicate what they do. Spend anywhere from 20 to 60 hours a week clipping coupons and coordinating them with sales? I don’t think so. It makes me tired just to watch them so I’m through. I’ll take my one or two coupons to the store and enjoy being able to pay for 95% of my purchase rather than getting that much off a $1,000 spree.

My sister is curious about what code has to do with the Sabbath School lessons on SSNET so I’m doing a bit of “show and tell”.

This is how part of the page displays for this week’s lesson. The underlined verses link to BibleGateway.

Sabbath School lesson

Starting at the top of the page, this code takes you down just below the “day” buttons (Sab-Fri, InStory and HELPS). If you really want to know what it looks like, click on the image to open it in Flickr.

Behind the Scenes

That’s part of the template so it doesn’t change from lesson to lesson. There’s lots more between that and the next one but we’ll skip it. This screenshot is of the body of the lesson I work on for the most part. An HTML expert does most of the formatting but what he doesn’t, I try to. I know enough HTML to make me dangerous to have on the project.

Behind the Scenes 2

My other sister said she didn’t know what I did on the lessons, that they just look like what’s in the quarterly. If she can’t tell the difference, that means we’re doing our job.

This morning, I called the hospital to make sure my order was there and it was. After breakfasting and showering, I ventured forth in the heat. It was warm and muggy when I went outside at 6:30. Later in the day, it was hot. (WeatherBug says it got up to 95 in the other valley.)

Arriving at the hospital, I was immediately assigned to a registration rep. No waiting. The young lady must be new because she was kind of feeling her way along. She asked all the right questions and I’d like to think she was gratified that I wasn’t impatient. Too many times, I’ve seen a rep doing the best job she can while the patient glowers and snorts.

Her part finished, she said I could go sit in the lobby. I’d hardly gotten comfortable when a young lady came and got me. She took my order and walked me back to Radiology asking my name and date of birth. Of course I had to disrobe and put on a huge (for me) Seymour gown. I had my jeans on so there wasn’t a lot exposed.

She did the chest x-ray, PA and lateral, and the films were good. I put my clothes back on and left.

Next stop was the Hearing Center. The receptionist is on vacation this week so I was surprised to see someone else in her place. When the audiologist heard my voice, she hollered I was there with my ears. No one was with her so I went on back. She was so proud of having a bathroom, she had to give me the grand tour. It surely looked better than the last time I saw it.

She inspected my hearing aids. There is supposed to be no difference in the size of these and my original ones but they don’t “sit” the same way. Hoping to fix the problem, she put the next size stems on them. She greased behind my ears with vaseline, too, and imparted another bit of hearing aid wisdom. They vibrate whenever there’s sound.

I showed her my blog post on SSNET. She read it and was pleased, then shared it on Facebook. Let’s see if she shares this one. 🙂

When I went back through the other office, the lady stopped me. Didn’t I know so-and-so? Yes! Then I knew who she was. We have a mutual friend and we’d met in Walmart after the tornadoes came through two years ago last April 27. That date will forever be burned into my brain.

The car was running on fumes so my next stop was to fill ‘er up. I figured I’m getting 35 mpg which is nothing to sneeze at with all my mountain driving.

My hair is getting long enough to braid. I had every intention of getting it cut today but the only haircutter I could see in the shop was someone who butchered it. That’s the only time she’s touched it so I turned around and walked out before she saw me. I can wear barrettes or put my hair up in a ponytail or something.

This is the first time in a LONG time I didn’t make a list. I got everything I needed at both Walmart and Bi-Lo and came home with the windows down. The a/c pooped out again.

Oh! I had a confidence booster today. As I was waiting to check out in Walmart, one of the older male employees waved at me. I guess I looked like, “Who? Me??” He came back to my cart and explained he thought I was someone else. I told him I felt sorry for whoever she is. “Oh, no, no! You do resemble her, though.” We talked a bit more and he said that she was probably close to 60. I told him I am closer to 70 than 60. Of course he had to comment on that and he did good. He said he wouldn’t have thought it.

Humana called me this afternoon wanting, for the second time, to send out a nurse practitioner to make a home visit. Once again, I turned ’em down.

Before I made my supper salad, I had to take my hearing aids off to let my ears recover. I switched the stems to the smaller ones before I put them back on. They were more comfortable but my right ear is still protesting. I’ll definitely not be wearing them as much as I did the others if this keeps up.

Twinkle thought she was going to get away with not having her daily dose of B12. Nope! I squirted her, fed her, gave her fresh water and took care of the water kefir. I’m tired. Think I’ll go to bed.

9 Responses to Extreme Couponing

  1. Lila June 13, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    I still don’t understand codes, but thanks for trying.

    Wish you would post a photo of you with “longer” hair. It’s been a long time!

    • Tommie June 13, 2013 at 8:04 am #

      My longer hair is just shaggy short.

  2. Mary Jane June 13, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    I don’t know about the extreme couponers you mention, although I have known about others who are less extreme. I spend a few minutes now and then clipping coupons, then use just a few of them.

    • Tommie June 13, 2013 at 10:08 am #

      There used to be a series on TLC (The Learning Channel) about couponers who would spend up to 60 hours a week clipping coupons and coordinating them with sales so they would either get a product free or for pennies. I’ve watched it a little on Netflix and it pains me to see the stockpiles of Stuff they have. Some, I’ll admit, donate the excess but the ones that don’t—does anyone need 117 bottles of shampoo? Or 42 boxes of cereal? Or 300+ 2 liter jugs of soda? I looked up some coupons online yesterday before I went shopping. With them, I saved $8.25. An extreme couponer can save as much as 98% of a purchase and will break a large (four carts, maybe) into multiple purchases so they can use more than the coupons some stores allow. One store shown limited the number of coupons per transaction to 250.

      My little coupon organizer has maybe a dozen coupons in it right now. I can’t imagine having to have a 3″ binder full of unexpired coupons. 😕

  3. Inge Anderson June 18, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    I gave up on coupons long ago when I discovered that there are very few, if any, coupons for the produce aisle. And the stuff that can be bought with most coupons is just plain unhealthy. 😉

  4. Inge Anderson June 18, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

    And now that I skimmed over your post (instead of just reading the couponing comment), I figure this is a very good place to thank you for all the hard work you do for Sabbath School Net.

    Did you know that approximately 80,000 individuals benefit from your work each month? (We usually don’t hear from most of them unless something goes wrong. 😉

    • Tommie June 19, 2013 at 7:29 am #

      If that wasn’t satisfaction enough, Inge, I would have given it up long ago. It can be very stressful at times but rewarding overall.

      As for the coupons, Earthbound Farm has printable coupons for produce each week. Also, I occasionally get coupons for toilet paper and other personal products. There’s price match, too, if your markets participate. I have three items on my list that include bananas, mangos and roma tomatoes. I don’t search through paper ads. I do it online.

  5. Inge Anderson June 19, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    H’mm … just searching for specific items makes it practical. May have to look into that again. 😉

    • Tommie June 19, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

      Go to http://www.ebfarm.com/ and sign up. They’ll send daily emails (I direct them away from my inbox) and the ones for specific produce are actually good for any of their brand. I also scroll through the coupons on http://coupons.com and find some good ones for paper products, etc. If you use almond milk, sometimes there will be ones for Silk and/or Almond Breeze.

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