Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Coupon Abbreviations

So here is a list of coupon abbreviations for newbie’s like myself. ;) I was sent this and it is soooooo helpful when looking at other peoples blogs.

MQ = manufacturer coupon

MIR = Mail in Rebate

OOP = Out Of Pocket

P&G = Proctor & Gamble Sunday supplement coupons

Peelie = coupon that you peel off the package

RP = red plum coupon insert from Sunday newspaper

RR = Register Rewards (these are the catalinas that print out at Walgreens)

SS = Smartsource coupon insert from Sunday newspaper

Stacking = the art of "stacking" your coupons in a certain order so that they will ring up how you want them to

Tear Pad = A pad of refund forms or coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display

V = Valassis (same as red plum) coupon insert

WYB = When You Buy

Blinkies - Machines that spit out coupons in store isles

BOGO - Buy one get one free

Burn - Paying for purchases with ECBs or RRs that DO NOT generate more ECBs or RRs

Catalina - machine that spits out coupons, usually at grocery store

CRT - Cash register tape - coupons to use at CVS, target, etc.

ECB - Extra care bucks at CVS

FAR - Free after rebate

Filler - Getting other stuff for free when you go negative

IPQ - Internet Printable Coupon

OOP - Out of Pocket

Overage - When coupons make you go negative, add a filler

Peelies - coupons found on the package

Q - Coupon

Rain Check - When store is out of an item, they will give you a paper with the sale price and when they restock, you can take advantage of it!

Roll - Using ECBs or RRs to pay for purchases that generate ECBs or RRs

YMMV - Your mileage may vary, different at different stores

OAS: "one any size" Some coupons specifically state on them that they can be used on any size product.

POP: Proof of Purchase. This is the upc symbol on the package.

P/H: postage and handling

SAE: self addressed envelope

SASE: self addressed stamped envelope

SMP: specially marked package, meaning a package you find in the store that has been printed with a refund offer on it.

UPC: "Universal Product Code". It is that box of black lines that the checker passes over the scanner at the checkout.

WSL: while supply lasts.

Blinkies = coupon dispensed near product, in the store (usually from a "blinking" red box)

Catalina = a coupon dispensed at the register at the time of purchase (either at end of receipt or separate)

ECB = Extra Care Buck (CVS)

ESB = Easy Saver book (Walgreens)

ESC = Easy Saver Coupon (coupon found in Walgreens Easy Saver Catalog)

FAR = free after rebate

IP = Internet Printable (a coupon you print off the internet)

IVC = Instant Value Coupon

MFR = manufacturer

B1G1F: "Buy 1, Get 1 Free"

BTFE: Box Tops for Education

BRU: BabiesRUs

C/D: Complete Deal. A refund form with all the proofs of purchase needed to send for the refund.

C/O: cents off coupon, or cash off coupon.

CRTC: cash register tape

DCRT: dated cash register tape. Must show the date of purchase on the tape.

LSASE: long self addressed stamped envelope

NED: No Expiration Date

Being pretty new to Couponing, this was a MAJOR help.

Monday, October 27, 2008

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Why I Am A "Mean Person" ~A Daily Rant~

It was a beautiful day here, so we decided to take the kids to the City Park. Lots of people were out and about. Lots of Adults, kids, families, just tons of people. Along with that came many, many dogs. Not a problem. Mostly.

The kids were playing on the playground, which is fairly big. Still, it was covered with lots of kids. There were a couple of families that brought their dogs over, but all of them were on leases and kept right next to adults.

One woman had a small child who looked like she had just learned to walk. I don't think the baby could have been older than a year, but probably around 10 months or so. This woman also decided to bring her dog. She soon realized that she couldn't play with her child while she was holding the dogs leash.

So she tied the dog up to one side of the playground. And then left the dog to go play with her baby. Really?

My daughter is 4. We have 3 dogs at home, so she loves dogs. She came over to try to pet the dog. My husband and I were standing right near the dog, on the edge of the playground. As she was going for the dog, I told her she could pet the dog without permission (a rule, that we don't touch other people's dogs without permission).

The lady then says, "yes, don't touch my dog. She won't bite, but she might bite if I'm not holding her leash." What?

My daughter made 3 or 4 attempts, one after the other to get to this dog. On the final one she got a little big closer, but still not within reach of the dog. This woman GRABBED my daugher's arm and told her not to go by her dog.

Okay. Now I'm pissed. I say to this woman, "Do not touch my daughter. You shouldn't leave your dog tied up away from you, especially if you think it might bite someone if you're not next to it."

The woman continues to try to argue with me, but I just keep repeating that she shouldn't tie the dog up and walk away from it, much less bring it to a park full of kids, if she thinks it might bite someone. What the hell was she thinking? Sounds like she was asking for a lawsuit if you ask me.

She stayed next to her dog after that. She was flirting with some man who had a couple little girls of his own. Her daughter wandered away from her, and came right in front of us. When she realized her daughter was next to us, she ran over, scooped her daughter up and said, " oh, don't play here, these people are mean." Ummm. Okay lady.

Please note in the picture how she is sitting right next to her dog after I tell her she shouldn't have left it alone - even though she insisted that "it wouldn't bite. But it might bite if I'm not next to her." After she was done over there, she went to the swings, and thankfully took her dog.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Legitimate Work At Home Sites I Found

I want to share a couple of websites I've found that seem like legitimate work opportunities. You don't have to pay to become a member or to search for jobs. If anyone is already a member of one of these sites, I'd appreciate some feedback, so I know if it truly is a good opportunity or not.

Genuinejobs.com This one has many, many opportunities for all types of job seekers.

Today.com Payment terms are $1 per post of 100+ words plus $0.002 per impression. For the pay per post part of your compensation there is a max of one paid post per day. Posting more will help your CPM compensation, however, you will only earn $1 for the first 100+ word post of the day.

Bareinternational.com This one is for mystery shopping. Once again, you don't pay anything to join or apply for the jobs.

Hausertrack.com On this one, after you sign up and are accepted, they send mail to your home. After you receive it you have to input it into their system. You get 25 cents per piece of mail delivered to your home. In some instances they may ask you to send it back to them. In that case you get an additional 50 cents plus your postage reimbursed.


P.S. Only one of these has a referral link for me. I'm not sure how the referral thing works. The rest are just sites that you can go to. I do not receive any kind of compensation for you to sign up.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Gunman Kills 15 Potential Voters In Crucial Swing State

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Typing Test, How Well Can You Do?

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MSN put out a new article today about America’s Healthiest Restaurants. Do any of these top your favorite places to eat? You can click on the link to see the article and the reasons for their decisions.

I like Chipotle, Panera, and Macaroni Grill, none of which we actually have in the town I live in. The closest ones are in Colorado Springs, about 45 miles away. They are building a Chipotle here (FINALLY!!).

I was surprised that Denny’s made the list. Do any of them make you say hmmm?

Best Casual Dining Spots:
1. Uno Chicago Grill
2. Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes
3. Mimi’s Café
4. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
5. Bob Evans Restaurants
6. Ruby Tuesday
7. Macaroni Grill
8. Chevy’s Fresh Mix
9. Olive Garden
10. Denny’s

Fast Food:
1. Noodles & Company
2. Chipotle Mexican Grill
3. Cosi
4. Panera
5. Au Bon Pain

1. Los Angeles: M Café
2. Berkeley, CA: Chez Panisse
3. New York City: Blue Hill
4. Chicago: Green Zebra
5. Detroit: Inn Season Café
6. Atlanta: Bacchanalia

I’m going to McDonalds now. See ya later. :o)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Chili-Lime Pork Tenderloin

I got this recipe from All*You, one of my favorite magazines. My whole family absolutely loved this pork tenderloin, even the kids, so I wanted to share it with ya'll.

Chili-Lime Pork Tenderloin

Prep: 8 min.
Cook: 27 min.
Serves: 6
Cost per serving: $1.56

* 1 1/2 lb. pork tenderloin
* Salt and pepper
* 1 tsp. chili powder
* 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
* 1 tsp. soy sauce
* 1/2 tsp. sugar
* 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Pat pork tenderloin dry and season on all sides with salt and pepper.
2. Blend chili powder with lime juice, soy sauce and sugar in a small bowl. Use your hands to rub mixture thoroughly into tenderloin. Warm a large ovenproof skillet over high heat, then add oil. Add pork and sear on all sides, turning meat with tongs, about 2 minutes total. Place skillet in preheated oven and bake until a thermometer inserted in center of tenderloin reads 145 degrees F, about 20 to 25 minutes, depending on the thickness of tenderloin. Baste with any juices that have accumulated and add 2 Tbsp. water at a time, if necessary, to prevent scorching.
3. Remove tenderloin to a cutting board, cover losely with foil and let sit for 5 minutes. Slice on diagonal into 1/2-inch-thick pieces and serve.

PER SERVING: Cal, 9g Fat (2g Sat.), 74mg Chol, 0g Fiber, 24g Pro, 1g Carb, 205mg Sod.

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Even my husband, who isn't too fond of pumpkin anything, thought these were good. Give it a try. I hope you like them as much as I did!

Prep Time: 25 min.
Cook Time: 25 min.


* 4 eggs
* 1 cup vegetable oil
* 2 cups sugar
* 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
* 2 cups flour
* 2 tsp. baking soda
* 1 tsp. baking powder
* 1/2 tsp. salt
* 2 tsp. cinnamon*
* 1/2 tsp ginger*
* 1/2 tsp. ground cloves*
* 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg*
* 4 oz cream cheese, softened
* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 1 tsp. vanilla
* 2-1/4 cups powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl. Using a wire whisk, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices; add to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Pour into greased and floured jelly roll pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool. Beat together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract, gradually add powdered sugar. Frost cooled cake. Cut into bars.

*May substitute all these ingredients with 1 Tbsp. and 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

My Dog Cut Her Leg Again....

I went out onto the patio this afternoon to check on the kids outside. There was a ton of blood all over the entire patio. Immediately I start freaking out, asking the kids who was bleeding. They told me it was one of the dogs, but they didn't know which one.

I called all the dogs up to me. I couldn't go to them because I didn't have any shoes on or near me. Turns out my princess dog, Goldie, cut the back of her leg yet again. The cut is about 2 inches long and it's all the way through the skin, down to the fascia that covers the muscles and tendons.

She does this more often than I'd like. The first time was in December 2006. Both her and one of our other dogs, Gruff, cut themselves on the same day. He cut his foot and would have bled to death had he not been taken to the vet. Of course it was a Sunday too, so that bill was well over $1,000. The second time she did it was January of this year. That bill was only about $300 (only?). Now she's done it again, not even 10 months later, the poor thing.

Luckily we have money in savings. Unfortunately I have to pay it back, because we don't have very much in savings, and it seems like it always dwindles this time of year. Birthdays, holidays, what not.

I'll be taking Goldie into the vet first thing in the morning, so I'd like prayers or whatever you do, that her leg will heal quickly and without complications.

(And I'm sorry, this wasn't supposed to be a "poor me" post. It really was just intended to be about my poor puppy).

Friday, October 3, 2008

My Daily Rant ~ Can you PLEASE pull all the way over when using cell phone?

So, most of us are in agreement that it can be dangerous to drive while talking on a cell phone, especially when you don't have a hands free set. Got it.

Most of us then agree that if you receive a phone call, you should pull over to a safe place to take that call. Got that too.

Then why IN THE WORLD would someone stop in the middle of a two lane road that gets a decent amount of traffic to talk on their phone. Why could this person not pull over to the SIDE of the road?

Yep, she stopped in the middle of her lane (of course it had to be a woman). Three cars had to wait for other traffic to pass so we could get around her.

Some people are so amazing.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I realize that most of the posts about my children, especially the boys, tend to be on the negative side. Well, we had some GOOD news last week!

The school they go to has a system where when they do something good, a teacher or other school employee, can give them a PRIDE card. The child then puts that card in a bin by the office and every day one name gets picked from each grade level. Then they get something small, like a pencil, or whatever.

Last week BOTH of my boys got a PRIDE card. Michael's name was drawn on Tuesday and he received two pencils. Dylan's name was drawn on Wednesday and he received two pencils. Dylan's name was drawn AGAIN on Thursday and he got a book!

I am so proud of my boys. I am overjoyed that the school is recognizing good behavior this year instead of just focusing on the negative. Kudos to the school and to my boys!!

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