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Clipping Coupons

Posted in Books, Money Matters with tags , , , on November 23, 2008 by gyma

I just finished reading the Sunday newspaper and realized that for the last several months or so I’ve not found any coupons to clip from the paper.  And believe me, living on a limited income means searching for bargains wherever you can find them.

It seems the coupons are for things like expensive cleaning supplies I don’t use, air fresheners, ditto, lots of hair care, including coloring products, and junk food.  Today I managed to find a coupon for peanut butter and another for Progresso soups, which occasionally goes on sale, so if I’m lucky I’ll be able to combine the two before the coupon expires in January.

Has anyone else found it harder and harder to find usable coupons lately?

And speaking of searching for ways to keep expenses down, is anyone else a bit uneasy about being forced to use a grocery store courtesy card  to get the best deals?  I shop mostly at King Soopers (Krogers) and Albertson’s.  Albertson’s doesn’t require a card but I usually can only afford the items they have on sale.  King Soopers does use a card and if I’m careful I can get some really good deals.

Last year I read a very interesting book, Spychips, that I reviewed at Books and More Books.  One thing I remember reading in the book is that if marketing agencies get their way, and it’s looking more and more likely that they will, then RFID chips inserted into all sorts of products will mean poor people can be targeted and actually charged more for products than more upscale and regular customers.   Apparently these RFID tags will keep track of what and where you purchase and then stores won’t have to give the deep discounts to people who only buy sale products from them.

Sobering thought and only a few years ago it would have been unthinkable.  Thanks, George!

Bumper Sticker of the Day

Posted in Bumper Stickers with tags , on October 12, 2008 by gyma

My kind of vacation!  Available at Bumper Art

Food Art

Posted in Art with tags , , on August 27, 2008 by gyma

I love the creativity of this and it reminds me of an artist/author of children’s books, Joan Steiner, who does amazing illustrations for books from things she finds around the house.  If you have children or grandchildren and need gift ideas, I highly recommend her Look-Alikes books.  Kids and adults will stare at the illustrations for hours trying to find objects.  These are I-Spy books on steroids.

The above is food art (not related to Joan Steiner, I think) and you’ll have to look closely to see which foods were used.  Amazing, isn’t it?

Spychips: how major corporations and government plan to track your every move with RFID by Katherine Albrecht

Posted in Books with tags , , , on August 22, 2008 by gyma

Must read book reviewed at Books and More Books.