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Friday, January 30, 2009

Be mine?

The time has come for our children to start thinking about which valentines they are going to give their class. While I would love to be super creative and make something really cool for them, my life is a little too full. So we have to use the commercial ones that cost like 6 dollars per box.

This year, they're free (practically) for me. Simply because I bought them last year on clearance after Valentines Day for 25 cents a box. I bought six boxes, which will be more than plenty, and I'll probably even have some left over for next year.

So my tip this week is to watch those supermarket clearance aisles after February 14. I also recall getting some great deals on valentines candy last year, but of course that's all gone by now.

Also, many of you asked about how to do couponing. Really, the basic rules are 1) use coupons only when the item is on sale and 2) stockpile when something is a great deal so that you don't ever have to buy that item at regular price. The lists available at websites like Grocery Game and Pinching Your Pennies help you match up sale items with coupons, and also tell you where to find the coupons.

If you would like more info and you live in my town, my friend Mandy is having a couponing class sometime in February. I am hoping to go, so you can come as my friend if you don't know Mandy, but since most of you do, just go!

20 comments :

  1. Yay!!! I'm the first to comment on one of your posts! It feels great! :D

    I still have Valentine's boxes from when we were in Mesa- in our "Love Day" box- in our "stuff jail"! Can't get to them... :(

    I so miss Coupon Sense, coupons here are tricky to use, most stores don't try to match coupons and you just have to keep looking on your own.

    Ok, love ya and have a great day!

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  2. I tried that Valentine's Trick once. I'd forgotten how much it saves!

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  3. It is so awesome when you get something on clearance and don't have to pay full price. I love it.

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  4. Thanks for the reminder about class valentines . . . I think. This year only two of mine will need them, though. The other two are too old for it. One benefit of kids aging, I guess!

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  5. I know Target has that Dollar section and they always have really cute stuff.

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  6. Our dollar store sells Disney valentines this year!
    *phew* I never thought about it till last week when Jonathan told me he needed them :) He is growing up so fast. Yeah we had to sell our Odyssey. i was TOTALLY bummed to have to sell it but we had some financial crisis so didn't have a choice :( it was kinda disappointing to not be able to afford another one but my sienna is AWESOME. Pretty similar to my honda so i cant complain. Hows everything going in Cedar?

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  7. I almost bought a box of valentines for the Little Guy this year but was so glad I didn't when I pulled a whole slew of leftovers out of my Val decor the other day. Class sizes are so small in the lower grades, I'll probably have enough to get the kid through elementary school without having to buy another box. Ever. B/C he's my last. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!

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  8. That was supposed to say waaaaaaaa as in wailing and crying, not WHA?

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  9. Valentines. I'm so not ready.

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  10. We have valentines left over from last year too. Dora for the girls, Transformers for the boys. Ethan is so excited.

    Let me know about the couponing class. I would definitely be interested!

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  11. K, who buys valentines for 6 bucks? I just got S's for 1.99. And yes, I could've gotten them on clearance last year but I wanted to see the little stars in their eyes as they pick out what's most important to them right NOW.
    FYI, for S -- it was mickey mouse.

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  12. Mikelle and I are in an argument right now about the Valentines. We saw some flower hologram Valentine boxes last year and some bug hologram Valentines last year. We bought two boxes (1 of each) and she gave the flowers to the girls and the bugs to the boys. Since it was expensive doing it that way (and no envelopes even came with them! What is that about?!), I told her she had to do the same next year since we had enough bugs and flowers left over. Well, guess what? She's pitching a fit. Too bad. We're sticking with the original plan. I told her we'd make extra special treats and send it with them.

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  13. I do the sale after the holiday for all my shopping! (I'm old, so I better have learned that trick by now!) It's a great way to save. Bought 100 bulb Christmas lights for 67 cents each. And gift bags for 25 cents. Love it!
    :~D

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  14. Everyone around here makes their stupid valentines. And my kids just give out the tacky ones you buy at Target.

    They're stressed, but I'm not. So, whose the winner? :>

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  15. I still totally like you even though you dn't like chocolate :wink: LOL

    I ordered from Oriental Trading, my kids school has so many peanut allergies and kids with diabetes, I just send in noneatable items. Love them for that!

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  16. I swear I bought some last year & I can't find them. grrr. I did buy next years Christmas Cards, though.

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  17. Completely unrelated - I was talking about Hawaiian names with a co-worker today and I wanted to show her your girls' Hawaiin names and I could only find Sophia's on your blog. Maybe they're in an obvious spot, but post them or shoot me an email so i can show her!

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  18. I wish I could be like those people who come back from the store with $100 worth of stuff of $3. I don't know how they do it!

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  19. I found out last year that candy is now a social requirement for valentines. Never knew that. Never did it as a kid! My poor boy was one of two kids who handed out a simple paper valentine, no sugar attached. This year, however, we are prepared...with the sugar. Sigh!

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