As you will recall from the recent post about my adventures shopping with a camera crew, I was recently interviewed by KOIN6 News about the Safeway Just4U savings program. The clip is now online, so check out the video above to watch me shopping and hear what I had to say about Just4U!
Tomorrow, May 16th, I will be heading into Portland to attend a special Safeway blogger event called #Safewayj4U. This event will give me the opportunity to get a sneak peek at a new savings program that Safeway is unveiling as well as the chance to meet other local bloggers. Since I’ve already spent so much time researching Safeway’s various discount and coupon programs in order to maximize my savings, I’m excited to get a first look at the new program which they’ll be rolling out and have the chance to ask the Safeway team questions about it. Perfect opportunity for a coupon nerd like me to pick their brains, right? Plus I can’t wait to meet other amazing coupon bloggers in the area! It’ll be a lot of fun, and once I come back I’ll have a full recap for you with info about the program.
As I recover from this major knee injury, I’ve gradually been able to resume some of my normal activities one by one. I’m slowly but surely starting to clip coupons and shop again, and since I felt up to it today, I finally got a chance to reorganize my coupon stash. Since I’ve been out of commission for so long, my coupon cabinet was full of coupons that had long since expired.
This filing cabinet is filled with folders, which I use to file coupon inserts by date. I went through all of the folders and recycled everything – since these are so far out of date, they’re too expired to send to military families.
With all the old coupons purged, I had room for my most recent insert, as well as my current store ad circulars. The “SS – 1/15″ stands for Smart Source, 01/15/12 edition. By filing them this way, I can quickly and easily locate the coupons that I need.
Here’s to a fresh start, new coupons, and better health!
You may have noticed that I haven’t posted any shopping trip recaps lately. The reason for this is that there simply haven’t been any! After having knee problems for an extended period of time, I finally got a diagnosis of dislocated patella. Turns out I had been walking around with two dislocated kneecaps for over a year – that explains why I’ve been having so much trouble for so long!! Luckily, the treatment for this does not require surgery. I’m following an outpatient program and do 1-2+ hours of physiotherapy every day. The upshot to this is that I have been pretty much housebound. I’ve had several backslides in recovery when my knees started feeling better and I tried to add more activity back into my daily life. In order to make sure that I heal up for good this time, I have to strictly limit all my activity – doctor’s orders. This means I pretty much have to stay put, sitting either here at my desk or on the couch, with my feet propped up and icepacks on my knees.
Because of all this, coupon shopping has been an impossibility. Jai is in charge of the shopping while I recover, so our strategy to minimize costs at the moment is to just buy food with inexpensive shelf prices, and take advantage of online sales whenever possible. We also have to keep it simple with foods that are quick to prepare, because I can’t stay on my feet for long. It’s unbelievably frustrating to be so limited, but the good news is that my efforts are paying off and my knees are getting stronger. My physiotherapist estimated that I’d start seeing real improvement by the end of next month, so my hope is that I will be able to resume some of my normal activities by then.
So readers, I’m curious: Have you ever been in a situation like this before? What did you do to reduce your expenses when you couldn’t clip coupons?
So how many of you took advantage of the “Half-Priced Frappuccino Happy Hour” last week? Jai and I stopped by Starbucks yesterday and used a gift card to pick up two frapps at no cost. It was a fun and frugal outing!
Taken during my flight home – en route from Iceland to the US
Hello everyone! I arrived home in Oregon late Monday night, so I’m getting settled in and resting up. I just wanted to pop my head in to say “Hi” and tell you about this great coupon that JANE4Girls shared on Facebook:
As you read this, I’ll be getting on a flight home to the US! I’m taking the rest of this week off so I can get settled in and recover from jet lag; I have a few fun guest posts scheduled to run in the meantime. See you soon!
Well, it’s official: I have booked my ticket home for May 2nd! I will have lots to catch up on once I return, so I’m scheduling some guest posts to run during my first week home as I get back up to speed and recover from jet lag.
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I’m very much looking forward to getting back to my normal routine and resuming my coupon-clipping!
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