Sunday, August 16, 2009

August 16

Today is the anniversary of the death of Elvis. Having grown up in Mississippi near(ish) Memphis, the date has always had an air of sadness to it. This year, there's even more sadness for me. You see, it's also the anniversary of my daddy's birth, only he isn't here to celebrate it. It's the first birthday since he's been gone, and it's been a little harder than I thought it would be. It's not like we usually had a big celebration. I would just call him on his birthday, and if I were in town, I'd go by. No big deal. Perhaps that's where the hard part comes in...what would I have done last year if I'd known it would be his last? What would I have done all the other times?

Because Elvis is a love of mine, I wanted to post a performance. I think this song is especially poignant today.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Mead Money Madness

Did you know that Mead, makers of the Trapper Keeper and Five Star Notebook, has a points program? With Mead Money Madness, you have two ways to earn points - by entering UPCs from products you have bought and by interacting with the various activities on the website. Points can be redeemed for Mead products and giftcards for stores like Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and A矇ropostale.

Like a lot of points programs, you need a large number of points before you can redeem them for anything, but the website claims that you can earn up to 800 points a month just by being active on the website. I earned 50 points for signing up for the program and 50 points for signing up for the Mead4Teachers program. I also earned 0ver 100 points in about 10 minutes by exploring the website. Sections that will earn you points are marked so that you know how many points you can earn. (Here's a hint, if the graphic says you earn 5 points, you will earn 5 for each activity in that section. So, if the section includes two demos, you will earn 10 points after watching both.)

Since I just found out about the program tonight, I'm not sure how many points you earn for each item you purchase. My one-subject notebook (that I bought from Wags for $0.99) earned me 75 points. Something important to remember about the products -- you will have to send your receipts for the products in order to redeem the points.

Points expire on February 5, and all reward forms have to be received by February 19.

I'd love to hear from anyone who has had experience with the Mead Money Madness program before!

Friday, August 14, 2009


I've been MIA for a bit. School started here, and I get so busy that I don't get much time to do anything non-school related. Truth be told, something about the beginning of the school year makes me feel almost hermit-y. If I were single, I'd retreat into my house after 3:30 and not talk to anyone until the next work day. Since I'm of the married-with-children variety, I handle talking to the kids and my hubby, but no one else. I wonder if it's because I don't talk to many people during the summer, and then suddenly I'm having to interact with almost 100 people every day? At any rate, I PROMISE that I will do much better in the coming weeks.

Speaking of hermits, here's a video of one of my favorite groups from the 60's:

Saturday, August 1, 2009

5 Coupon Inserts on 8/2

According to the Taylor Town Preview, you'll find the following inserts in your Sunday paper tomorrow:

  • 2 Smart Source
  • 1 Red Plum
  • 1 Proctor & Gamble
  • 1 Kellogg
Look here to see specific coupons that may be included in your inserts. (Not all coupons will be included in every insert. Also, the list does not tell which awesome mu-mus, sandals, and scary dolls you will be able to order from the inserts.)

I always buy two papers on P & G insert days because there are so many coupons for me to use. I also check the papers for the correct amount of inserts before I buy them. Some areas receive the Red Plum insert in the mail instead of in the newspaper. You can check here to find out where you will find your RP insert.

Last night, I rushed to use some of the P&G coupons that expired on 7/31. I saved $12 dollars on items that I need now or will need in the next few weeks. Counting that and the other coupons I'd used from the 4 inserts (2 of both inserts that expired yesterday), the money I spent on the Sunday papers was well spent.


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