Super Savings Saturday – 9/20

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Welcome to another edition of Super Savings Saturday! This week was all about the diapers—some of which I got totally free! (By combining sale prices with coupons, I can buy many items for pennies.) I also found great deals on meat and free pens.

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On Wednesday night, Hungry Bear and I went to Uno Pizzeria for the Insider’s Party. (Sign up here to join the club.) We got to try samples of 4 menu items and take home goodie boxes that had coupons and giant chocolate chip cookies! I also had a Buy One, Get One free coupon, so we only had to pay for a single entrée, saving us $20.00 on the bill! (Steak for me, pizza for him.) It was such fun! We don’t go out to eat much, so it was a real treat at an affordable price.

Now, on to the savings!

Rite Aid: 

I did two transactions so I could roll UP Rewards and lower my cost.

Transaction #1:  3 Huggies diapers, on sale $9.49 each. I used 3 $3.00 Manufacturer’s coupons  stacked with a $1.00 Huggies Video Value coupon. I also had an $8.00 UP Reward. Total: $10.47, with an $8.00 Up Reward!

Transaction # 2:  2 Huggies diapers, on sale $9.49 each. I used 2 $3.00 Manufacturer’s coupons and my $8.00 UP Reward. Total: 4.98, plus another $8.00 UP Reward and a $10.00 Huggie coupon!

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Staples:

2 Bic pens, on sale $1.00 each. I used 2 $1.00 Manufacturer’s coupons. Total: Free!   (These are usually $4.79, so it was a big saving.)

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Shaws:

Split chicken breast, manager’s special price $0.99/lb. Total: $3.69!  (I could only find a single pack, otherwise I would’ve bought a ton at this price.)

Chuck steak, $6.11, with a $3.00 markdown coupon. Total: $3.11!

Round steak, $5.89, with a $2.00 markdown coupon. Total: $3.89!

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Walgreens:

3 packs of gum, clearance price $0.11. Total: $0.33!  (Filler item.)

3 Well Beginnings diapers, on sale $5.50. I used 3 $1.50 Manufacturer’s coupons and 3 $4.00 Register Rewards. Total: Free!  (If you missed the sale, print the coupons for another. They don’t expire until December.)

Since diapers are one of the biggest budget busters, I was so glad to get these amazing deals. The steak and chicken were turned into yummy dinners. I added the pens to about 20 other packages I got for free last year! Ah, the exciting world of a couponer…

 

Did you get anything free this week?

High Holidays For The Unaffiliated

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With the High Holidays starting next week, this is a great time to discuss our plans. While most members of the Jewish community will be attending services and festive meals, not everyone has that option. Those who are Unaffiliated may feel totally isolated and excluded.

Who are the Unaffiliated? It could be a student away at school, a senior that’s in a nursing facility, someone that’s sick or disabled, military members, secular families, or Interfaith families. (Basically, any Jew without a congregation is unaffiliated.)

For the past few years, I haven’t been affiliated anywhere. After a very unpleasant experience serving on my temple’s Board, I became extremely disillusioned. That doesn’t mean I wanted to stop being Jewish or stop practicing; I just didn’t want to participate with that congregation. Until I find another one that I want to join, I’m left to left muddle through and figure it out on my own. Here are some of the things I’ve tried that may also help you:

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1. Watch Services on TV

The immensely-likeable Rabbi Golub has been broadcasting his High Holiday services on Shalom TV. I’ve watched it now for the past 3 years in a row and enjoyed it every single time. You get the feeling of being there without actually having to go! Also, you can watch when you want, instead of being forced into a designated time slot. Shalom TV used to be Video On Demand through cable, but it’s now available on their web site and Youtube.

For those of you who think it’s ridiculous to watch service without attending live, many temples offer free tickets for High Holidays. If you live in a metro area, there should be a variety of offers. Small communities are much more challenging.

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2. Enjoy a Special Dinner

This could be a typical Rosh Hashanah meal with traditional foods like apples, honey, and round challahs, or a non-traditional menu of any fun food you like. (I will be posting my menu if anyone needs inspiration.) Organize a dinner and invite family and/or friends. It’s perfectly ok to include non-Jews as well.

Set a beautiful table with a nice cloth, glassware, silverware, and crystal if you have it. Add a vase of fresh flowers. Make place cards. Anything that says “special” to you.

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3. Make a Resolution

Same as the Secular New Year, it’s always a fun tradition. Think about what you’d like to change in your life. Is it a bad habit? Or, maybe it’s something you’ve always wanted to try! Make a small, reasonable goal that’s attainable. Remember: each new year is a new chance to start fresh.

My resolution is to get on a better sleep schedule. I do ok with this for a little while and then I inevitably fall back into bad habits again!

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4. Listen to the Shofar

Whether it’s in person at temple or online, I think the Shofar experience shouldn’t be skipped. (After all, it’s the only commandment directly referenced in the Torah regarding the observation of the holiday.)

For those who are unaware, a Shofar is a curved horn taken from a kosher animal, usually a ram. It’s a symbol of spiritual reflection and awakening.

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5. Tashlich

Tashlich is the ritual casting away of sin. It’s done by tossing bread cubes into water while reciting prayers. It’s typically done on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. When I was growing up, our temple had a pond with fish in the backyard which was used for Tashlich, but any body of water is acceptable in a pinch.

 

How do you celebrate the High Holidays?

My Experience With Beauty Care Choices

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The wonderful folks at Beauty Care Choices sent me some samples from their amazing collection. If you’re not familiar with them, they are an online resource for salon products, including hard to find products that aren’t available in your local area! They offer phone and email consultations, as well as maintaining a salon in Shasta Lake, California.

Beauty Care Choices offer products for hair, skin, and nails. They also have a wide range of cosmetics and tools. I was amazed at all the different brands they carry—much more than any salon I’ve ever been to!

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First, I tried the AvoJuice Coconut Melon, which is a great lotion made by OPI. It is a tropical fruit blend with softening Coconut and hydrating Melon extracts, Vitamin C, nourishing Avocado and healing Aloe extracts. It feels amazing on the skin and has a delicious scent. I used it as an all-over body lotion, down to the last drop!

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The second product I tried was the Wet Brush. Just as the name implies, this brush is safe for use on wet hair (also good for dry hair). The soft, flexible bristles detangled my long, medium-thick hair easily and there weren’t any snags, tears, pulls, or tangles! It comes in a variety of colors, including my all time favorite, purple. I love this brush!

Beauty Care Choices is a fantastic option for those of us who prefer to shop online. They offer free shipping for orders over $49 and free returns. Weekly sales and specials are available for newsletter subscribers—you better believe I signed up! I would recommend this company to any lady that wants to look her best.

Reebok: 50% Off Sale & Free Shipping!

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Does anyone in your family need new sneakers? Reebok is having a huge sale—50% off Outlet items with free shipping!

I love these pink and black YourFlex Trainette for Women. Can you believe they’re only $38.97? It’s also offered in 4 other colors if you’d prefer something different. Plus, if you buy the wrong size, Reebok is offering free returns!

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This sale is good while supplies last, so if you see something you like, don’t wait!