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Holiday Coupons: Taming The Chaos

While I don’t really coupon any more, I love the holiday coupons!  holiday coupons

What I don’t love is hauling around a bunch of crumpled up pieces of paper in my purse.  What often happens is I’m in the store and making my purchase when I remember, Oh, yeah, I have a coupon! Said coupon is usually at home on the kitchen table.

I love the stores kind enough to load the savings on my reward cards. Thank you, CVS and Hy-Vee!  However, even my beloved CVS and Hy-Vee sometimes insist on mailing me paper coupons.

My tech savvy should be better but it’s not. I confess I usually print the e-mail coupons even when I know I could just show the bar code on my phone.  Sorting through a ton of e-mails on my phone while trying to make a purchase isn’t my style.

So how do I tame the chaos of all those holiday coupons?  Make a meticulous plan and go from store to store with coupons sorted and ready?  Ha! If you thought that would be my answer, you must be a new reader to this blog. Welcome to a place where things are usually anything but meticulous.

My Trick For Taming The Chaos Of The Holiday Coupons:

A folder!  It’s a bit scary how many times a simple folder solves problems over here.   holiday coupons

I put all my store coupons that I may want to use in my folder.  Then, when I’m going to go on a big holiday shopping spree, the folder lands on the front passenger seat of the car.

Upon arrival at each store, I simply take a minute to look through my folder and if I have a coupon, I throw it in my purse.

Having all my coupons in the folder, means if I end up near a store I didn’t originally plan to visit, I don’t have to worry about the coupon sitting on the kitchen table.  Usually in December, the folder will simply stay in the car.

Mostly, I limit my coupons to retail but it might also be a handy way to handle the restaurant coupons as well.

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Do you use coupons for your holiday shopping?  How do you keep track of them?

What’s Going On Wednesday: Trying To Get Through The Week

Thought I would do a What’s Going on Wednesday post.  Maybe it will help motivate me.  Anyone else having motivation issues this week?

The entire week so far (we’re halfway through it!) has felt a bit like a long uphill climb. Wednesday If each of those steps in that photo above were an item on my to-do list, I’d be standing on the bottom one.  Still.

I thought maybe sitting down to share a post would help me over the hurdle of my procrastination.

What’s Going On This Last Wednesday In November:

  • While I got a break this time, the boys both came back sick from Thanksgiving.  J stayed home from school today.  The school probably already mailed my nasty letter regarding his attendance.  The kid has straight A’s so I’m not really all that concerned.
  • I made cranberry sauce yesterday.  Just for me.  I missed it at Thanksgiving.  Not one to complain (much) but the canned stuff is nasty. Tried not to be too miffed that when I offered to bring it, family said the good kind would be there.  It wasn’t. Turns out it freezes so I’m all set for Christmas at least.
  • My fall decor is sitting in a big pile on the sofa and on top of the bookcase beside it.  I need to take it downstairs.   Put the Christmas tree up and half-decorated it on Sunday evening.  The tubs still sit in the living room.
  • G said he’d add his special ornaments on December 1st.  And when he had his own tree (if he even bothered) when he was an adult, it wouldn’t go up until at least December 15th.  Teenagers!  Apparently, I put the tree up too early for their tastes.
  • I still need to clean the house and gather items for the charity truck. That job feels even more daunting than the staircase on the trail.  Feels more like this: Wednesday Wednesday
  • Blog business?  Work? Fun? Not sure what I want to call it.  Have a few e-mails that need replies, long-overdue replies.  Some very kind offers but since I do this for fun and not profit, I will likely decline most.  Some posts percolating in my brain: a half-written one regarding hard holidays, a fun Christmas movie list (we tend to favor offbeat movies over the classics), and the story of our Elf on the Shelf.

Well, my timer sounding tells me it’s time to hop off here and at least clear a surface somewhere in hopes of a more steady path to getting things done: Wednesday

What does your path look like this week?

 

Happy Homemaker Monday,

Today, I’m happy it’s Monday and happy to be at home for it! Holiday weekends and celebrations are wonderful but it’s always nice for me to get back to a bit of a routine.

Or enjoy the peace and quiet of an empty house while everyone else goes back to work and school.  After a busy out-of-town weekend, an argument over homework (Dear Teachers of Seventh Grade Students, assigning homework over holiday breaks is not cool and sort of like punishment for parents!), and a rough morning, I feel like I’ve earned my time in the quiet today.

Time to join in with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom and plan the week ahead with Happy Homemaker Monday.

Breakfast Time…What Is On The Plate This Morning

Scrambled egg with a few pieces of leftover bacon mixed in it, toast, and coffee.  Trying to limit the sweet stuff.

Right Now I Am

Working on this post, thinking about the things I do need to do today as well as that I need to jump in the shower.

The Weather Outside

Really nice! It was already in the 50s when I returned from dropping J off at school this morning.  It’s supposed to be almost 70 degrees later this afternoon.

The highs are all supposed to be in the 50s for the rest of the week, seems typical for late November lately.

Looking Around The House

It’s in a bit of a transition, the Christmas tree is up and partially decorated, the Thanksgiving stuff needs to go down to the basement, and then there’s the usual piles from the weekend.

On Today’s To Do List

  1. LAUNDRY
  2. Finish putting away Thanksgiving decorations/put up a bit more Christmas
  3. Grocery Store
  4. Maybe some Cyber Monday shopping
  5. Clean House
  6. Gather up a few items for charity truck coming Friday

Currently Reading

Haven’t started any new books yet but I have a pile of library books waiting! I’ll probably just glance through the November magazines today before tossing them in the recycle bin.

On The TV Today

Not sure what I’ll watch while folding laundry. Depends on my mood.  Maybe the Game of Thrones disc so we can send it back (My husband watched the episodes without me!).

On The Menu This Week

Definitely craving lighter fare after a weekend full of heavier meals and eating on the road (we traveled to Oklahoma to spend Thanksgiving with my husband’s aunt and grandparents).  We probably won’t stick to this order, the fish depends on when my husband’s schedule best allows him to fix it for us.

MONDAY: Taco Salads (taco meat in freezer)

TUESDAY: Chicken legs (in freezer, leftover from J’s birthday)

WEDNESDAY: Chili (not light but J’s requested it a few times now and I can freeze leftovers for a busy day next month), cornbread

THURSDAY: Crock pot Cashew Chicken, rice or noodles

FRIDAY:  Crappie, corn, garlic bread *I work 8-4*

If I Have A Few Minutes To Myself, I Will

Get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather!

New Recipe I Tried Or Want To Try This Week

The Crock Pot Cashew Chicken will be new.

Looking Forward To This Week

Weirdly, I’m looking forward to working on Friday.

Favorite Photo From The Camera

Kaw Lake in Oklahoma

Quote For The Week

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  (Matthew 11:28)

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What’s on your agenda for today and the rest of the week?

Birding On Thanksgiving Weekend

I spent some of my Thanksgiving weekend birding.  My weekend started on Tuesday when I went birding locally. Then, I searched the skies of Kansas on our travels to Oklahoma.  Plenty of red-tailed hawks to count along the way.

Finally, I also did a bit of bird-watching at our destination in Oklahoma.  While I never spotted their state bird, the scissor-tailed fly-catcher, this road runner standing still gave me a thrill! birding birding He also reminded me to put a tripod stand on my birthday or Christmas wish list. Oklahoma winds plus zoom…not a good mix!

Let’s return to the Kansas City area and my early weekend (Tuesday was sort of like a Friday for us) search for a turkey on Tuesday.  I drove out to Burr Oak Woods as I remembered they often had wild turkeys frequent the bird feeders.  No luck and a field trip!  Ugh, walked a trail instead and spotted Chickadees, Carolina Wrens, and this Red-bellied woodpecker:  Back at the nature center, still no turkeys, just these goldfinches hanging out on the feeder: birding I’d given up on a turkey feast for my camera and was already in my car when I looked up and there were the turkeys! Right in the grass in front of the employee parking area.  So I hopped out with my camera and keys only, ran over and took a few shots: birding birding We went ahead and stuck with a Butterball turkey for Thanksgiving!

Birding In Oklahoma

We visited a couple of lakes during our time in northern Oklahoma so I was able to spot many birds not often seen in our residential backyard with the exception of Canada geese, never seems to be a shortage of those birds no matter the location.

Canada goose

Also spotted lots of ducks including this Bufflehead (Hey, I have another bird book now!): birding I knew this was a Blue Heron: birding And in flight: birding However, the book didn’t help me (or my husband) to identify this bird: He was simply standing on the top of the ledge between the disc golf course and the boat launch. I kept inching closer to get better shots until a car scared him away.  Is he a young Blue Heron or something else? Also spotted at the lakes, a red hawk, possibly a young eagle in flight:  birding and lots of sea gulls, just one in the photo below along with another Blue Heron! birding Once we were back in the residential areas, I noticed some Robins and of course, the sparrows outside the restaurant fronts on the way home.

What birds did you spot this weekend?

Joining in with Anni over at the Bird D’pot, go check out all the great photos taken by Anni and other birds in the link up.  So much fun.