Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My New Obsession

Okay, so below is a picture of what Geneva and I made on Sunday morning... YUM!
My friend Clisty blogged about these little treats recently and I just could not resist.
She calls them "faux-nuts." And you can read about them yourself at her blog. Just click the link (the word blog in green above) and read to the end of her post about her hubby's birthday.

They were so easy and everyone really enjoyed them.
However, this is not my new "obsession" (Thank Goodness!!!).

My new obsession is clipping coupons!
We get the paper every day. Once in awhile, when I knew I would be making a trip to Michael's or JoAnn's Fabrics, I would go back in the pile and clip the weekly coupon (40% off any one regularly priced item in the store), however, I have never been someone who used grocery store coupons... man-o-man was I missing out!
I saw this woman on Oprah who called herself the CEO of her family (love that!) and she makes it her job to save as much money as possible on their daily expenses--I know, I know... seems obvious.... but I need the show to "bop" me over the head!
The first time I went to the grocery store armed with my coupons the shopping definitely took longer. I would say it was worth it... You decide: 
I saved $82.37!
That was using my store discount card, my store's coupons, and the coupons from other stores (because while my store does not do "double coupons," they do accept competitors' coupons).
So here's what the kitchen table looks like on Sunday morning:

AND... as you know, I think I'm very crafty too.
So I made this cute, little felt coupon holder to carry in my purse.
Having done it, there are several things I would do differently next time: use a heavier felt, or adhese the felt to a heavy cardstock to give the envelope some sturdiness, practice with my "cross stitch" before trying to free-hand something on the fly (it has been almost 20 years since I've cross-stitched anything!), and figured out how to make separate compartments within to separate the different departments in the grocery store.

When it's all done though, it's pretty damn cute.
Don't you agree???

Happy Shopping!
Save some moola and clip those coupons!

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