October 17, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to share a coupon.  This challenge didn't go exactly as I planned, but I twisted it a bit.  My mom told me about a phone app - "Retail Me Not."  It loads coupons onto your phone for tons of different stores.  So, when we hit Chili's on a girls' night out we pulled up a coupon for a free dessert.  Bam.  So, I'm sharing that info with you instead of sharing an actual coupon.

If you don't have a smartphone and you're looking for deals, I also like Deal News.  They list great deals occuring all over the internet and they tell you how much you're saving.  For example, they might say "Trampoline from Sear for [price] which is $35 less than we've ever seen this trampoline."  It's kind of nice that they do the homework for you.  It's also a great way to buy gifts ahead of time.  You can search by category as well.

I wasn't paid to mention Deal News or the Retail Me Not app, I just like them and thought you might too.

This week's challenge is to slow down.

Do you find yourself in a rush more often than you'd like?  Maybe it's not even because you're late, but because you're trying so hard to get as much done as humanly possible?  I do.  And I'm afraid that sometimes I miss out on things when I'm hurrying.  I heard a talk last weekend that I loved.  The speaker talked about not letting "busy" be a badge we wear and that we're proud of.  Busy doesn't equal important.

This challenge is a hard one to measure.  I might have to write the word slow on my hand to remind myself throughout the week.  I'm going to try to notice more and worry less.

So, did anyone share a coupon?  Feel free to share your experience.  A few of you shared some awesome experiences you had in last week's comments.  They were great.  Thanks for sharing and being here.


~ko said...

Ahhh slow down, this is a challenge I am taking you up on. It has been wild over here and the plan is for the rest of the week through the weekend we are making 0 plans. I love having the chance to regroup and refocus with my little family!

As for the coupon sharing! I did it! Standing in line with more ribbon than I needed at Joanns the other day I noticed an older women fretting over all that was in her cart! I only had one coupon that was good for that day but her face broke my heart. I gave it to her and she was delighted so much so she gave me a hard candy! Ha! Such a granny thing to do? It made my day and left me wondering at what age we are required to start carrying hard candies in our purses ;)

Hope your Wednesday is wonderful!

the*P*queen said...

I loved this story! Hard candy! :-)

The Olive Tree Blog said...

slow down...a challenge I needed this week. :)

Tiffany said...

Busy doesn't equal important. Well said, I will use have to use that one.

Tennjenny said...

Me too -- love this.

Katee said...

I saw a poem not long ago--either on fb or pinterest, I can't remember which--but it said:

"Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow, for babies grow up, we've learned to our sorrow. So settle down cobwebs, dust go to sleep. I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep."

Ever since I read that I have taken a few more minutes to rock my baby (toddler--14-month-old) before putting him to bed, and I pay more attention to him and play WITH him more instead of watching him play by himself. It's been so nice to spend this time with him, and I look forward to every nap time and bed time that I get to cuddle with him a little longer before putting him down.

I recommend this!

Audrey said...

RetailMeNot.com works, too, for those who don't have the app. My husband uses that site for EVERYTHING! Our current favorite is pizza deals- It's dangerously addicting!

Also, I have a friend who is very much into couponing. I wouldn't say she is as "extreme" as the show but she has a small stockpile of her own. A few weeks ago she brought a bunch of her extra stuff to a morning Bible study a few ladies attend and she let us take anything we needed for free (but most of us gave her some cash). I also used to coupon and collected outrageous amounts of toothpaste and toothbrushes and gave them to Operation Christmas Child around the holidays.

Night Garden Design said...

I had an $8 catalina for baby formula print at the register awhile back, and since my kid has been drinking regular milk for almost a year, I put it in on top of a can of formula in the baby aisle at the grocery store for some other mama. Mission accomplished!

isetta said...

Last week Old Navy had a 'fan appreciation' coupon on face book. I printed 4 of them. I gave 1 to a coworker and took the other 3 with me to the store. After getting the things I needed, I proceeded to walk around the store several times trying to decide who to give the coupon to. It was somewhat intimidating. I have the first one to a family of 4 that had Halloween costumes and winter boots in their cart. They seemed surprised and thankful when I explained it was 30% off their whole purchase. The other one I have to an older woman with a cart load of stuff. She was also very surprise and asked if I was her guardian angel! It felt so good and was such a simple task. It would have been neat to see them use the coupon too.

The Fear Fam said...

Thanks for the tip re: Retail Me Not. I also love this week's challenge to slow down. I heard the same talk that you did and loved it. There is also a pin going around on Pinterest that says "Stop the glorification of busy." Perfect!

I don't think I shared a coupon last week, but a few weeks ago, while shopping at JoAnn's, a lady who was obviously new to the store (and maybe to sewing in general) was buying a few yards of pricey fabric, and when the person at the cut counter told her how much it was going to be, she looked like she was going to have a heart attack. I didn't have an actual coupon to give her but I butted in and told her about the JoAnn's app (she had a smartphone) and she downloaded it right there and got her 50% off coupon. She was so grateful. Such a little thing to do, but it saved her some moolah and made her happy. She didn't give me a hard candy, though. ;)

Tammy said...

I didn't share a coupon, but some people shared with me! I thought of your post while shopping last night - someone had left a coupon for chocolate chips which were on sale making it a great deal. Also, someone gave me a coupon for a free cake mix. Can't beat that. I feel very grateful for both coupons. :)

Unknown said...

I shared a whole book of DQ coupons with a co-worker, her was super grateful!

•J•O•A•N• said...

it wasn't really a coupon, and it wasn't last week, but i'm counting it as finally participating in your wake-up wednesdays :)
whenever i have to pay for parking at health care clinics, it's always a minimum 3 hour fee, and more the longer you stay. who actually stays at the clinic for 3 hours?! i always wait in my car before leaving so i can give my barely-used-up parking pass to the next person who pulls into the parking lot.

Sheila DelCharco said...

Thanks for the tips! I just downloaded the Jo-Ann and Retail Me Not Apps.


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