Sunday, September 30, 2012

Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop #79

Hello, hello! I'm so happy that you're here :)

Next week will be conference week between teachers and parents and since Princess One has the same teacher again, I'm sure that college preparation will surface out in our conversation - how competitive it is to get in, how expensive it can be and how well-rounded the kid should be to be accepted, etc. For some reason, this pattern of thought was disrupted when I came across this book through research called Be Centsable.
I was intrigued so I borrowed this book in our library and lo and behold! I became a couponing convert. Researching for scholarship led me to this and I thought, "Hm... Couponing my kids' way to college! Sounds good to me."

Ok, I can't articulate yet the intimate connection between the two but after 2 weeks of couponing, I now believe in its power to reduce expenses. True, it costs time, but the payoff is more organized grocery shopping experience because my visits are governed by sale items and coupons that match our needs. Initially, I believed that couponing is not worth the time compared to the savings so I went on my merry ways of shopping wholesale at Costco for our provisions. When I sat down and really broke down the cost per oz of our oft-bought items, I discovered that without coupons, Costco prices are already lower compared to grocery stores BUT with sales, plus manufacturer's coupons, and store coupons, you can get rock bottom deals, and might even get for free. The writers of Be Centsable also have a website called that I check regularly for deals, the coupons you can use and where to find those coupons. If you are interested, you can check their post about CVS deals for the week here to see what I mean.

So I'm interested to hear what you have to say. Do you use coupons in grocery shopping?

Favorite Blog
You clicked, inlinkz tallied. The readers' favorite blog post this past week, being the most viewed post, is Penny's vintage treasures. She really scored big on her finds.

Our Party
To the main course of this post.
For those of you joining us for the first time, we only have 2 easy, simple rules:

1) Link up your creative post - can be a DIY project, decor, photography, crafts, recipes, poem, thrift finds, link party, or that informative syndicated post that can make us laugh, or cry - in short, whatever you're proud of! And if you like to link more creative posts, go for it! We'd love to see them :) (No links to businesses or giveaways. We have another party for these exclusively every Tuesday called Market Your Biz & Giveaways at 5 pm, PST.)

2) Follow as many blogs as you desire, either via Google Friend Connect or Linky Followers, preferably starting first with the one who linked before you and after you, before branching out, and let them know by leaving a comment. (Following me will be very much appreciated, and I definitely follow back. Just let me know you're following.)

Displaying the party button on your blog, while optional, is very much appreciated :) It will help you remember to come back and link up to the the happiest blog party on the block (ahem!). It will also help others find their way to the party which we all love because the more the merrier :)

Link opens up every Sunday at 5:00 pm, PST and ends Friday at 11:59 pm.

Friends, go ahead and get to know each :) One followed blogger is one gained friend. And please, don't forget to join my Market Your Biz and Giveaways blog party every Tuesday at 5 pm, PST. It's your chance for free promotion of your family-friendly business and giveaways.

Now, let's party like no other!

Burning question:
Are you the couponing type?


  1. Thanks so much for hosting another great party!
    Have a wonderful week

  2. I absolutely use coupons! Thanks so much for hosting!

  3. Thank you for hosting! Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  4. Thanks for the wonderful party, happy October!

  5. I am so excited to be the feature this week, thank you so much! I love to decorate on a dime! Hugs, Penny

  6. Thanks so much for hosting this awesome party each week!

  7. Thanks for hosting, love those pink canisters. Have a great week.

  8. Thanks for hosting! Have a great week,

  9. Thanks for hosting. Have a great week.

    1. Thank you for joining us this week, Michele :)

  10. Thank you for hosting another awesome party.
    Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs from Portugal
    Ana Love Craft

  11. I used coupons religiously for a few years but recently stopped. I learned to save A LOT of money though while I was using them, so I'm very thankful for that time frame. Using coupons will find tune your frugal skills, and it's fun to build a stockpile. Enjoy!

    1. Wow! Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm having fun couponing during this period of my life. Glad you joined us this week, Tiffany :)

  12. Thank you for hosting this party!

  13. Thanks for the great link up! Have a great week! :)

  14. Thanks so much for hosting every week.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  15. Thanks for hosting SJ :) Have a great week!

  16. All those links are pretty interesting. I've learned a lot. Thanks for hosting.
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