Best Deals in So. Cal

Diapers: Huggies $8.49
Best Price: Albertsons (see details here)
Wipes: Pampers $1.74
Best Price: Walgreens (see details here)
Laundry Detergent: Sun $2
Best Price: Albertsons (see details here)
Toilet Paper: Cottonelle 12 pk $5 (Fri only)
Best Price: Vons (see details here)
Cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cheerios or Chex $0.87 ea
Best Price: Vons (see details here)
Ground Beef 2.69 lb
Best Price: Vons
Milk: Market Pantry Essentials $2.99
Best Price: Vons
Check your Just4U account with Vons. I found $2.60 milk ecoupons!
Paper Towels: Brawny $4.99
Best Price: Ralphs (see details here)



Sponsorships Need for the ROAD SHOW!!!

Me ….. The CEO of Connectionology and Cooking In The Burbs is about to get my travel on. If you are interested in sponsoring my traveling expenses as a SPONSOR to one or more of the following blogging conventions I will customize a package just for you. Here is a list of event I will be attending in 2012.

May 19th – Gleek Retreat 2012
What: Blog conference for blogger by blogger
Where: Into The Woods Retreat Center, Holland, Michigan
When: May 19-20, 2012
Fee: $119-$159

May 25th – SheCon 2012
What: A new media expo and blogging event for bloggers
Where: Walt Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL
When: May 25-27, 2012
Fee: $149

Jun 1st – Blogging While Brown 2012
What: An international blogging conference for bloggers of color
Where: Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
When: June 1-2, 2012
Fee: $199

August 2nd – BlogHer 2012
What: A women blog conference that opens to all.
Where: New York Hilton, New York, NY
When: August 2-4, 2012
Fee: $79-$698

Aug 17th – Wine Bloggers Conference 2012
What: Conference for wine bloggers and wine lovers
Where: Portland, OR
When: August 17-19, 2012
Fee: $95-$395

Sep 11th – The Travel Bloggers Show 2012
What: Conference for travel bloggers
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
When: September 11, 2012
Fee: $75

Sep 25th – Bloggy Conference 2012
What: Blog Conference for web savvy women
Where: Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
When: September 27-29, 2012
Fee: $250

Oct 4th – Savvy Blogging Summit 2012
What: A hand-on educational conference for mom bloggers who want to take their blogs to the new heights
Where: Atlanta, GA
When: October 4-6, 2012
Fee: $250-$275

Coupon Classes Are back!!

Coupon Classes

** My next class will be held on Saturday, May 5th, 2011, at 10:am to 12:00 – (12:30p.m.) – At my home. Email me for the address.

Save the date!!!

Class fee is $25.00 per person

The class will focus on the following topics:

* Couponing 101

* Coupon organizing and filing methods

* Store coupon policies

* How to use coupons to maximize your savings

* Stockpiling

* Drug store shopping

* Where to find coupons

* Coupon lingo

* Q’s & A’s

Each attendee will receive the following:

1 Workshop folder filled with all the information you need to get you started, including coupon inserts!!!

Writing materials to jot down notes!!!
If you’ve never attended one of my classes you are missing out!!!

I make your learning experience a fun and informative one, and guarantee you’ll leave the class feeling super excited, confident, and ready to hunt down the best deals and shop, shop, shop!!! …with your FREE coupons!!!

To sign up for this class, contact me at: shauna [@] shaunaepting DOT com

I ask you to please be on time. Class starts at 12:30 pm sharp.

Host a coupon Class!

Invite friends and family for an afternoon of coupon learning fun!!!

(Hosts must have a minimum of 10 guests attending)

I Quit My Job …. Part 2


Okay, you all know by now that I quit my job. Now two months later think I have enough closure to face the reasons that I quit my job in this economy.

1. I turned 40 this year and my career had turned into a job. Making me a complete bitch. I began to bitch about everything. I did not even like myself anymore, so how in the hell could I be around anyone else?

2. I have 2 children and a stepson. I was starting to see them as another thing to do. I found myself using words like,”I have to watch the kids!” How in the hell do you watch your own kids? You are suppose to raise them right?

3. My home was a messy. I was truly waiting for CPS to come and take the kids and the dogs. Yes, I know that CPS does not take your dogs.

4. Did I mention that I was bitchy all the time.

5. It is not okay to take meds to make it through your day. My ass was growing as a result of the meds, making me even more depressed.

6. Again, I was a full on BITCH!

Now that I got that off my chest, I am going to drink a BOTTLE of bitch and get on with my life.

Couponing Tips

Coupon lingo can get pretty confusing! Here is a list of commonly used terms and abbreviations.

BLINKIES = In-store coupons near product, usually from a red blinking box.
BOGO or B1G1F or B1G1 Free = Buy One Get One Free.
CAT or CATALINA = Coupon that prints at the register after purchase.
CRT = Cash register tape, coupon that prints in store.
DOUBLE COUPON = Coupon that a grocery store doubles in value.
ECB = CVS Extra Care Bucks earned for purchases.
FREE ITEM COUPON = A coupon that allows you to get the product completely free.
IVC = Walgreen’s Instant Value Coupon ( Found in the monthy EasySaver Catalog ).
IP = Internet Printable Coupon.
MFG = Manufacturer’s Coupon.
MIR = Mail In Rebate.
NED = No expiration date.
OOP = Out of Pocket, in reference to how much “real money” you will pay at the register.
OYNO = On your next order.
P&G = Proctor & Gamble Coupon Insert found in the Sunday newspaper.
PEELIE = Coupon that you peel off the package.
PSA = Prices Starting At.
Q = Coupon.
RP = Red Plum Coupon Insert found in the Sunday newspaper.
RR = Register Rewards.
SS = Smart Source coupon insert found in the Sunday newspaper.
STACKING = Using a store specific coupon with a manufacturer coupon (most stores allow this).
TEARPAD = A pad of refund forms or coupons found hanging from a store shelf or display.
TRIPLE COUPON = A coupon that a grocery store triples in value.
WYB = When You Buy.
YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary (success of the attempt may vary at your store).

Coupon 101 – Where do you get your coupons?

I have decided to start a coupon section to my blog. So here is the first installment.

Your first source should be the Sunday newspaper. The coupons are usually with the magazine section inside the funnies! There are three kinds of coupon inserts to look for: the SmartSource (SS), the Redplum (RP), and once a month, the Procter & Gamble Brand Saver (P&G). There are no inserts on major holidays, so you might want to save your money on those days. Check out the Sunday Coupon Insert Schedule to see what Sundays will have coupons in them or not.

The first key to saving money is to get multiple copies of the inserts– lots of them. You want to do this as inexpensively as possible.

  • You probably already get a paper, either home delivered or at the news stand, so you have one set of inserts there. If you buy it at the store, make sure the coupons are actually in there before you pay for the paper!
  • Some stores discount the price of the Sunday paper, or offer a special deal on two.
  • Then you can ask everyone you know. Most people don’t use coupons, or if they do, they cut one or two and toss the rest. Get those. Ask your mother, your neighbors, your church friends, coworkers– anyone that you can think of!
  • If you live in or close to an apartment or condo complex, check out the recycling bins. You’d be surprised how many people just toss the whole center section! These are usually pretty clean, since recycling companies require you to separate newspaper from other recyclables.
  • Join the “Dumpster Divers”! This is what people call it when they go to the local recycling center to poke around for extra inserts. Make friends with the people who run them if you are confronted—they can become your best friends! They might be able to tell you when the carriers come to dump their extras. More information on Dumpster Diving.
  • Ask at the local store on Sunday night or Monday morning. Many papers require that only the front page of unsold papers be returned for credit, or if they need the whole paper, they don’t want the inserts. It never hurts to ask!
  • Look at hotels, nursing homes, McDonald’s on a Sunday morning… anywhere that people sit to read the paper and leave the inserts.
  • There are reputable coupon clipping services that will send coupons for a handling fee. Free from the sources above is always best, but sometimes you have to spend money to make money!
  • Another source of coupons is online printable coupons. There are many links to these in our Coupon Database! Most sites allow you to print two copies of each coupon. One caveat, however, is that many stores no longer accept them due to fraud. You will need to ask if your store accepts these.
  • A preview of the coupons that will be appearing in the next weeks’ inserts can be found in our Insert Coupons forum.

My Heart on My Sleeve

In my life, my friends refer to me as the one that wears my heart on her sleeve. I dream of a word where we can all get alone and the effort of every human being is honored and respected. I find myself revisiting the words of a very wise woman. “You can not want good people lives more than they want it for themselves.” I was in my young twenties when the words were spoken to me, I am rounding the curve to my 40th birthday and I still have a hard time digesting these words from wisdom. I want to cry and scream like a 2 years old toddler…IT’S NOT OKAY!!!!

Yes, I maybe the source of many jokes, but my heart breaks and I DO want WORLD PEACE!!!!! I would like  to challenge everyone to do something this week to pay if forwards. Do anything kind for someone in your close or extended circle and keep the world in your prayers. It takes a village to raise a child, but aren’t we ALL children in some way.