And I’m off to do a Point, Click, and Earn program at the Bloomingdale Public Library! Tonight’s discussion topic while I am gone: I am looking at redesigning Mashup Mom later this fall. So, now is your chance to give input while I’m thinking about this process: Are there things that are hard to find? Topics you wish were better featured? Info you’d like to see added? Speak now!
Here’s one: What’s the grossest thing you ever found expired in your stockpile? Last night I was cleaning out a closet and found a couple of bottles of Welch’s grape juice that had expired… back in 2011. Behind the paper towels! I have no idea why I put them there or when, but it must have been at least 2.5 years ago. Grape juice isn’t supposed to hiss when you open it, right?
*** LET ME REITERATE: Keep it nice. I’ve deleted a couple more comments this morning. As far as I am concerned, this who bought what and who is clearing the shelves where is OVER on this site. Let’s talk about something else, now. Thanks!
All right — I’ve been watching the comments fly back and forth here for the past couple of days, and here’s the deal:
- *** Personal attacks on others are not allowed on Mashup Mom. ***
That’s it. I’ve warned a couple of you very nicely, and we’re not playing any more. From here out: Do it once, you get warned. Do it twice, your IP is getting banned. I am not a referee, I am not a babysitter, and this is not the place to work out your personal frustrations with others’ behavior. Let’s clarify:
- THIS IS OK: “I feel that shelf clearing is wrong because it doesn’t leave enough for others.”
- THIS IS NOT OK: “Jenny is a shelf clearer who steals from others.”
- THIS IS NOT OK: “It’s probably Sheila who cleared the shelf at your store, because that’s what she always does.”
See the difference?
- THIS IS OK: “Using a coupon on an item on the wrong item or size goes against the manufacturer’s intentions, isn’t fair to the store, can cause manufacturers to tighten up on their wording even more in the future.”
- THIS IS NOT OK: “It’s people like YOU that are ruining it for everyone by misusing coupons.”
- THIS IS NOT OK: “You are selfish. You are stealing.”
We are all adults here, and I think this is pretty clear. DO NOT personally attack individuals. Do not call other people out by name. Not OK. Not allowed. Take it somewhere else. It’s distracting from the deals, and we’re done now.
And I’m off! Doing a Coupons 101 program at the Forest Park Public Library, IL tonight — come say hi. While I’m gone, tonight’s discussion topic is: Couponing used to be a little more straightforward: Paper coupons, rebating. Now we have:
- Paper coupons from the inserts
- Paper coupons found in store
- Printable manufacturer coupons
- Printable store coupons
- Digital manufacturer coupons
- Digital store coupons
- Digital personalized prices
- Coupon apps
- Cash back apps
- Mobile coupons
- Catalina coupons
- … and more!
Do you have a preference? If you had your druthers, would you go all digital? Go all printables? Wish all that other stuff would go away, and you could go back to knowing you would do OK with your newspaper coupons each week? Does format matter to you, do you find the multitude of choices overwhelming, or do you find that more choices and formats provide you with more opportunities to save?
So, what was for dinner at your house today? Here we had… rotisserie chicken, sauteed spinach, rosemary garlic roasted potatoes, and fruit.
Let’s play: What’s for dinner Saturday? Here, rotisserie chicken & green beans from Jewel, with rosemary garlic roasted potatoes. What are you having?
I’ve been away at the BlogHer annual conference for the past few days, so I thought I’d visually share with you just a few of the things I saw, and some of the stuff I learned. Starting with: I have to like the SodaStream booth, just because they said I’m “smart.”
This year, BlogHer was in Chicago, home of the $3.00 hotel water bottles. I was “smart” enough not to buy one.
Smart booths included FoodSaver, which had two halves of the same avocado sitting out. One was FoodSavered, while the other was in a plastic bag. It’s hard to take pix with your phone through plastic, but guess which is which? lol
We ate at The Goddess and Grocer. Which actually shows up a lot on Groupon, and I’m now pretty sure that this is so that the folks who work there can grab a discounted tasty lunch… This is a Greek Goddess wrap, and it was very good!
They were also sampling Mark Bars, which are gluten free, dairy free, all that good stuff. If you have had Bumblebars, they tasted kind of like those — very seedy.
Speaking of food… another “breakfast for dinner” event was at Yolk, where they had… NUTELLA CREPES. Nuf’ said.
Optimus Prime and I are now pals. Or, I guess…
Technically, we are fellow freedom fighters. He was hanging out occasionally at the Universal Orlando booth.
I also got together with his younger cousin, the fire fighter Rescue Bot. (Mr. 6 was duly impressed!) This was at a Hasbro event, where I also learned that…
Also at this Hasbro event, Alli from Couponing for 4, who built K’Nex Transformers with me. We weren’t very good at it, but as you can see, we had fun!
This was at the Hard Rock Cafe, because, as you know, that’s where the toys come alive at night.
While I got up close and personal with my Transformers pals, my other brush with fame came when The Pioneer Woman appeared at the Land O’ Lakes booth. This is how she looks from afar when you take a photo over everyone else’s heads.
Oh, and by the way? Land O’ Lakes had these “doughnut puffs” out for breakfast both days at their booth, and they are insanely good.
And, here’s Jill Cataldo trying to win Eggland’s Best Eggs! Yes, they do travel with their very own slot machine, how cool is that. (And yes, Chicago-area bloggers do have to attend a conference in their own city to actually see each other in person…)
I pretty much had to take a picture of the La-Z-Boy guy. No reason. Do you think they had to custom make that suit, and does he get to keep it?
Ditto on the Hunger Games limited edition chocolate from Wild Ophelia — one flavor for each district. (This, by the way? Really good chocolate. “Wild Ophelia is a uniquely American brand featuring all-natural and often organic ingredients sourced from small farms and food artisans.”)
Anyway, it was a whirlwind few days, and I hope you enjoyed the brief glimpse into a blogging conference!
I’m heading off here to the annual BlogHer conference — this year, in Chicago! So, just a heads up that posting here will be lighter than usual over the next few days. (And, regular features will be missing or postponed: Notes from the Tribune, for example, will not happen until sometime Sunday afternoon!)
Please do keep on sharing the deals YOU find while I’m gone, though — it’s always a community effort.
And I’m off! Doing a Point, Click, and Save program at the Prairie Trails Public Library in Burbank tonight — come say hi. While I’m gone, tonight’s discussion topic is: How will increased restrictions and changes affect the way you coupon shop? Just recently, for instance:
- Dominick’s did away with Deal Match (last day is today!).
- eBay is tightening restrictions on coupon sellers, effective in Sept.
- P&G has changed the wording on their rebates so that they work only on pre-coupon purchases.
- Jewel did away with their preferred card, which means the end of, among other things, personalized Catalina printouts and offers.
- Kroger is ending doubles in Illinois at the end of July.
These are just a few recent examples, but this is of course an ongoing trend. How have these sorts of changes affected your couponing? How and where you shop? Share your thoughts in comments here.
So, you all know that I’ve been running a Sunday Scratchups recipe series for a while here on Mashup Mom. Well, now I’d like to officially invite all of you over to the new:
I’ve added most of the recipes already posted on Mashup Mom to Sunday Scratchups, and organized them for more easy discovery. You’ll also find a brand new recipe for spicy baked kale chips that Mr. 10 and I made yesterday, and all Sunday Scratchups recipes will be posted over there from now on. But what else?
What’s Sunday Scratchups?
Sunday Scratchups chronicles the journey of an accidental cook: My family didn’t cook much as I was growing up, and you’d be staggered by the lengthy list of common foods I never even tasted until I went away to college. (Asparagus? OK, maybe that’s reasonable. But broccoli? Any lettuce other than iceberg? lol) So I didn’t assimilate any skills in the kitchen growing up, was stuck in a pretty serious food rut, and didn’t actually learn to like cooking until couponing paradoxically forced me into it. When you start picking up a different variety of foods on sale, then you need to figure out what to do with them, right?
Then, when my then-nine-year-old was diagnosed with food allergies a while back, it forced us all to be more mindful about the way we cook and the way we eat. Now I have one kid with allergies to dairy and wheat, one low carb husband, and one kid who is just… picky. This makes cooking an adventure, all right.
Come on over!
I’ll still be bringing you the deals over at Mashup Mom — but please join me over at Sunday Scratchups as well, for recipes and all things food related. Thanks for tagging along on my accidental cooking journey, and I hope you have fun with it, too. I look forward to hearing your ideas, recipes, comments, and suggestions.