Haircut and Housework

I was going to go to Walgreens, CVS, Target, Old Navy (to return something), and Michael’s (for the 50% off dollar section!) last night but I just didn’t feel like getting out after being in the car so much this weekend.  Although the IL trip was good, I am definitely tired of the car…and I didn’t even do any driving!

So instead, I caught up on some stuff I needed to get done! I did 6 loads of laundry and put everything away, did some dishes,  cooked myself supper, I made a menu for the week and sent Lance a shopping list so he could get a couple things at Walmart after work, watched an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, I took a loooong shower, cut my hair, swept the bathroom, and then straightened my hair. Whew! And that was all after working 12 hours!

Speaking of 12 hours…why did I think it was going to be okay to work 12 hours every. single. day??  I’m so tired and it’s just Tuesday morning!!  It’s not the hardest work in the world by any means, but I have much less time where my house is actually my house, and not my place of work.  That means I have much less time to do chores and recharge before it’s time to go to bed and do it all again!

A few weeks ago I made a list of all the weekly chores that have to get done and I split them up by day.  Then I highlighted them with two different colors (orange for Lance, pink for me).  Lance does most of the vacuuming, trash, and litter and I do the rest.  It’s only fair since I’m the one home most of the time.  That list has worked out so great! We get most of our chores done in the morning and then don’t have to worry about them the rest of the day! And we don’t have to clean the whole house on Sunday which is supposed to be the day of rest, right?  Unfortunetely my dishwasher is out of service right now, which makes dishes take a little longer.  The office was supposed to order me a new one like 2 weeks ago, but nothing has happened yet which is frustrating! I think I’ll call today and see what the holdup is.

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Cashier Frustration

Recently I’ve been getting very frustrated with some regular cashiers that I see when I go to get my weekly deals.  First off let me say, that I was a cashier and cashier manager for 3.5 years while in college.  I know all the very annoying things customers do, that they don’t realize would bother cashiers.  As a cashier I’ve had customers try to bag their own merchandise (some of which hadn’t been scanned yet), explain to me how to correctly hand change back to a customer, give me coupons for Office Max and Circuit City (I worked at Office Depot), yell at me for everything under the sun, want me to give them a replacment gift card for one they “lost”, I could go on and on…

The point is, I think I know better than an average person, how to be a good customer.  I also know how a cashier should act.  I also understand that everyone has bad days.  But if you are a jerk to me every time I see you, but are nice to the customers in front of me…I’m gonna chalk it up to a personal thing.

Usually every Monday evening I go shopping at a certain drugstore…let’s call it Malgreens.  And every Monday evening there is this same cashier who checks me out.  Most avid couponers have two or three transactions so as to get the most for their money.  I will always do one transaction at a time, take the bag out to my car, and then come back in and shop some more.  I do this so that I don’t hold up her line.  It also helps things be less confusing.  I also smile at her, tell her “Thank you”, “Have a good night”, and other pleasantries.  I have never called a manager on her (although I sometimes should) and I try to be considerate.

But her attitude with me is getting ridiculous.  She is always short with me, always tells me she can’t take some of my coupons, never says pleasantries back, whispers (not so quietly) to customers/co-workers about me, etc.  This past time she even called the manager over to ask  complain about my coupons.  He was friendly and said he didn’t see what the problem was.   

I always make sure that I have everything planned out before I even go in Malgreens.  I make sure the items I’m getting are the correct brand, quantity, ounce, etc.  I do not want to incorrectly use a coupon because that would be stealing.  On the other hand, I don’t like to be treated like I’m stealing for being frugal with our money.  Stores get reimbursed for manufacturers coupons they honor. 

Some sites suggest printing out corporate coupon policies and taking them with you in the store.  I think this is a little extreme and kind of rude to assume you know more about the store’s policy than the cashier does.  But I think sometimes it can come to that point. 

I recently have read two posts called “When Your Cashier Says No” by ForTheMommas.  They have been really helpful and have provided couponers a place to voice suggestions on how to deal with tough cashiers.  You can find those posts here and here.

Feel free to comment below about bad (or good!) experiences you’ve had with cashiers in regards to using coupons.

Summer’s Over

I’m so ready for fall! It’s been raining off and on for what seems like a solid week! I’m can’t wait for cool nights and warm colors!

I took the summer off from couponing.  It was great to have a break! I never once had to buy shampoo, conditioner, deoderant, air freshner, cleaning supplies, soap, toothpaste, and the list goes on.  I also gave away some of what was in my stockpile.  Now that I’ve made some room on my shelves, I’ve been happy to start again! 

Harris Teeter triples last week, and five newpaper coupon inserts a couple weeks ago made for some great deals! I think I had 3 transactions at Harris Teeter and one total for a basket of food was only $1.50! The other two were like $6 and $10.  Great stuff!

I’m amazed at how popular couponing is becoming! There are so many blogs, facebook comments, and news features that highlight coupon use! It’s great to see people learning how to save so much money in this economy!

Two of my favorite sites to find the best deals are:

www.frugalcouponmom.com

www.southernsavers.com

They are a great place to get started if you would like to learn how to utililize your coupons!