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## JournalJournal: My latest supermarket triumph...5

A passing grade in math strikes again! I was perusing the local store circulars recently, in preparation for my weekly grocery shopping and noticed something rather to my advantage (and to the advantage to the friends and family in my coupon circle). Shaw's (one of a half dozen different grocery stores in my area) was having a special on "Jello" brand puddings and gelatins- 4 for \$2, or 50 cents per box. Not a bad deal, but it gets better-- in every single circular was a coupon for \$3 off 5 participating "Kraft" items, including "Jello" products.

5 boxes of "Jello" x \$0.50 = \$2.50; \$2.50 - \$3.00 = - \$0.50

In other words, 50 cents off my grocery order for every 5 boxes of "Jello" product the store gave me! One hundred and sixty boxes later (I am not kidding!), the store took \$16 off my grocery bill. And my mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, local Council on Aging, and Battered Women's Shelter were up a whole lot of Bill Cosby's favorite dessert. To quote one of my favorite tv shows from years ago, "I love it when a plan comes together!"

This of course does not even take into account the coupons for buy one bag of "Lay's" brand potato chips get two free, and the inch deep stack of other coupons I used, nor the fact that my mother, sister, and grandmother all did the same thing. As for how we each laid our hands on 32 "Kraft" coupons each, that was simple-- walk into Shaw's with coupon scissors (kid's old safety scissors re purposed for me), grab stack of circulars, spend 5 minutes cutting and ta- da... you get the idea. For me, taking the time to plan is both fun and necessary.

For those of you who like the idea of saving money, but time constraints make it hard to plan out your grocery saving campaign try this:
http://www.thegrocerygame.com/

This site will look up all the sale prices at the local store/ stores of your choice, match them up with coupons (most of which you just click and print from one site) and presto, you have a shopping list based on sale prices minus coupons. One dollar buys you an eight week trial membership for one store; after that, if you like it, it's \$10 every 8 weeks for one store and an additional \$5 for each additional store. I like this site, but since I have the time and my youngest son has multiple food allergies, I am mostly a "do- it- yourself" fan.

## JournalJournal: Wal-Mart's "Always Low Prices" and other Fairy Tales12

I shop at several stores every week for groceries and other household necessities. This serves two purposes: 1- It allows me to save money by comparison shopping and (most importantly) 2- I am able to buy my youngest son a wider variety of foods (He cannot eat anything with wheat, barley, rye, oats, milk or soy in it).

One of the stores I go to every week is the local Wal-Mart Super Center. Going there and several other stores every week, I have noticed something: every time they have a "Rollback" on one item, 6-10 other items go up in price. Not by much, mind you-- just 2-10 cents, but added together, they usually make up the difference in price from the "Rollback". Guess what? Now I won't buy the items whose prices have increased, only the ones that have stayed the same or are "Rollbacks" Hurray for price notebooks!

I am getting really tired of Wal-Mart's pricing games. Not that other stores are really much better, but at least their motto isn't, "Always Low Prices".

## JournalJournal: Got this from hubby...

Ocean or Lake? Lake... me no likey sharks

Pizza or Chinese? Italian.

Mansion or Penthouse? Mansion.

Have you been on a Jet Ski? No.

Are you afraid of clowns? No

How many brothers/sisters do you have? One sister.

Favorite band/group? Any symphony orchestra.

Baseball or football? Basketball (Go Celtics!)

Favorite brand of makeup? Physician's Formula.

Waffles or pancakes? Waffles if my grandmother makes 'em, pancakes if I do.

Do you have an iPod? No

Bike or scooter? Bike

Ever go in a hot air balloon? No.

How will you celebrate turning 21? I "celebrated" 21 by taking the day off from work and sleeping late.

What brand computer do you have? Several "hubby specials", read: my dh puts 'em together

How many times have you been to DisneyWorld? 100 times never

Favorite city? Don't know as I have one.

Ice cream or frozen yogurt? Ginger ice cream, oatmeal raisin cookie dough frozen yogurt.

Do you think you are fat? Not relatively speaking.

Ever throw up in a public place? Nope

Do you have a pool? Does the kiddie wader in the cellar count?

Ever drive a car? Not in the last two hours ;)

How many times a month do you go to the movies? TImes per month?!? Methinks the originator of this meme does not have small children. I have been to the movies exactly twice this YEAR.

Last movie you saw? "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe".

Who is your hero? Jesus Christ

How old are your parents? 55 and 50

What deceased person would you like to meet? Fred Rogers

Do you chew ice? No.

Have you been to California? No.

Last book you read? This would be more accurate for me if it asked the last book I consumed: I read books so quickly and voraciously that my husband calls me a book wolf. Recently I read: "Spindle's End" by Robin McKinley; and I am currently reading "Shadow Within" by Karen Hancock.

Favorite teacher? I had so many great ones I couldn't pick just one.

Do you like to go fishing? Um, I used to, but it's not something I care for all that much.

How many boyfriends/girlfriends have you had? Three.

How many of those do you regret? Two.

What is (WAS!!!) your average in school? A's and B's in high school, then 3.7 in college

Favorite professional team? Celtics.

Do you like mohawks? I am one, on both sides of my family. (Unless you are refering to the hairstyle, then no.)

How many pairs of shoes do you own? 7 (2 pr. sandals, 1 pr. flats, 1 pair heels, 1 pr. boots, 1 pr loafers and sneakers).

Do you floss? Yes.

Do you have braces? Use to.

Do you bite your nails? No.

What is your last thought before falling asleep? "Did I set the alarm clock?...Are the boys okay? ..."Is the door locked?"... "Did I cover the bird?..."Did I lower the thermostat?"...etc.

Do you fall in love easily? Only with Hubby, whom I fall more in love with every day.

Ever have a crush and they never knew? Once or twice

Do you babysit? Sometimes

Ever been shot at? Thankfully, no.

Do you work out/exercise? I like Tae-bo

Do you have 6 pack abs? Only when I stuff the recycling in my pants ;)

Do you consider yourself nice? Yes, unless I am trying to get my children to clean their room.

What movie character would you like to be? I'd rather be me.

Do you go to camp for the summer? The family goes to a local State Forest campground every year, yes.

Ever been bit by a snake? No

Have you been on a boat? Whale watching and deep sea fishing (yay me, I caught the anchor line!)

Name of friend you have known the longest? Christy.

Do you like jumping on a trampoline? Eh, not really

Ever break a bone? Nope.

Name of favorite Aunt/Uncle? Don't have a favourite. I have four though, Jeanne, Eileen, Richard, and Michelle

What is your ultimate job? Mom.

Do you want to walk on the moon? That would require me to be WAY too high up off the ground.

Can you name the seven dwarfs? Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy and Sneezy.

Favorite TV show? Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Apples or oranges? Apples. Pink Lady apples, to be specific.

Favorite model of car? PT Cruiser.

Favorite flower? The Lucille Ball Rose.

Favorite color? Sage green and Violet.

Besides family, ever have someone of the opp sex in your bedroom? Yes.

Ever climb out your bedroom window? No.

Do you live in an apartment or house? Apartment.

How many times in the last month have you had the hiccups? At least four or five times (hiccoughs make me sick to my stomach).

Ever laugh so hard milk came out your nose? Yes. Only it was Pepsi and crushed ice. Watching a 30 pound, declawed cat bat a toy fox terrier around will do that to you.

How many cousins do you have? First cousins? Five.
Second cousins et al. ? At least a hundred (My mother's family is huge, one of her aunts had 22 children before she passed away.)

Do you believe in ghosts? No.

If you were a bird, what would you be? I think harpy eagles are pretty cool looking, but I think I'd probably be a cardinal or something.

Ever get stitches? No.

If you could, would you want to know what your future was going to be? I already do.

How many kids do you want to have? To paraphrase Bill Cosby, "I have three children because I do not want four."

If you could change your name, what would it be? I already changed it, when I married my dh.

Dogs or cats? Gerbils and Hamsters.

Who do you tell your problems to? My Heavenly Father and my husband.

Who can your tell your secrets to and know they won't tell? See last question.

Do you believe in love at first sight? Yes, ask any mother and she'll tell you, "When I laid eyes on my baby, it was love".

Do you go to church? Yes.

Would you marry outside your religon? No.

Volleyball or tennis? Neither.

How many people were at your last party? Depends, if the question pertains to adult type dinner parties, then none. If one can include kid's birthday parties, 20.

Ever ride in a limo? Only for funerals.

Ever drink champagne? Yes and yucky.

Favorite dinner? Chicken and broccoli pasta alfredo

## JournalJournal: some stuff about me...

1. Legal First name? Karen

2. Were you named after anyone? No

3. Do you wish on stars? Nah, huge burning balls of gas don't do anything for me...

4. When did you last cry? Last night, Tom family on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Wow!

5. What is your favorite lunch meat? italian style roast beef

6. What is your birth date? 13 Feb. 1975

7. If you were another person, would YOU be friends with you? Depends on which other person I'd have to be.

8. Do you use sarcasm a lot? Oh, no, I never use sarcasm. It's more like it uses me ;)

9. What are your nicknames? Only my husband knows for sure.

10. Would you ever bungee jump? Sure, right after I finish hand feeding a cobra and get my degree in philosophy.

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Kind of hard to do when you never buy shoes that have laces.

12. Do you think that you are strong? Yes.

13. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Ginger.

14. Shoe Size? 8

15. Red or pink? Both

16. Who do you miss most? My grandmother.

18. What color pants and shoes are you wearing? Black and none.

19. What are you listening to right now? My sons arguing about some game they are playing.

20. What did you eat for breakfast? Apple struesel coffee cake and coffee.

21. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Vermillion

22. What is the weather like right now? Sunny, and cool.

23. Last person you talked to on the phone? Mom

24. The first thing you notice about the opposite sex? Eyes

25. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Yes

26. Favorite Drink? Anything from the Republic of Tea

27. Hair color? Dark Brown

28. Do you wear contacts? No

29. Favorite Food? Bread

30. Last Movie You Watched? Disney's Dinosaur. (I have three young children, and besides, "adult" movies usually are only vehicles for crude/ vile/ obscene behaviour, suggestive/ rude dialogue and more sex than normal people have in their entire lives, ie: gross and not my cup of tea)

31. Favorite Day of the Year? My anniversary.

32. Scary Movies Or Happy Endings? Decent plots.

33. Summer Or Winter? Winter

34. Hugs OR Kisses? Both, especially from hubby.

3t5. What Is Your Favorite Dessert? Applebee's Maple Butter Blondie

36. Living Arrangements? Apartment

38. What's On Your Mouse Pad? Mouse Pad? Oh, yeah, that thing my youngest keeps swiping and hiding... um, I think it's just plain black (I'll have to get back to you when I find it...)

39. What Did You Watch Last night on TV? Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, but usually Diagnosis Murder (which "i" network is taking off the air (pout, whine and sulk)

40. Favorite smell? Freshly washed baby hair.

41. Favorite junk food? Garlic lovers hummus and Ritz crackers

42. Rolling Stones or Beatles? Mozart

43. What's the farthest you've been from home? Quebec.

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