Deal of the Day September 5, 2008

Nothing is being held back from the BOGO 50% off storewide sale at Payless. Shop from among many styles of shoes for men, women, and kids, as well as accessories. Second item purchased must be of equal or lesser value to qualify for discount.   If you have AAA see if they’ll give you an additional 10% off.  Hey, it’s worth a try! Shipping is free on any order of $60 or more, or shipped free to a store near you. Sale ends 09/08/2008.

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What I’m Doing Today

First let me tell you what I’m not doing.

I’m not decluttering.

I’m not running errands.

I’m not cleaning.

I’m not shopping.

I’m not meeting with realtors.

I’m not going to the library.

I’m not cleaning out any closets.

I’m also not curing cancer, worrying about Obama or McCain, or getting a pedicure.

What I’m doing today, my dear friends, is spending the day completely focused on Son. Monday Son starts going to preschool 5 days a week, so today is the end of…something. The end of lazy days cuddling in bed after Daddy goes to work, the true end of his babyhood, the end of overseeing every aspect of his life. The end of our special time together that has been more precious to me than anything.

But it’s also the beginning. The beginning of organized learning, of new people and new places and new worlds. The beginning of life not always safe in my arms. The beginning of independence and self-reliance and the dawn of a new confidence.

How utterly craptastic.

So today it’s me and him, and some pool time, and some bounce houses, and some playing with his friend A. And I’ll do my best to be in the moment with him, enjoying him.

That’s what I’m doing today.

Deal of the Day August 9, 2008

Here’s a sneak preview of the Hot Buys in tomorrow’s Staples ad.

  • Elmer’s non-toxic school glue, 4 oz. Limit 2 per customer. FREE instantly (no rebate!)!!!
  • Staples filler paper, 150 sheets. Limit 5 per customer. $.09!!!
  • Paper Mate Write Bros. assorted mechanical pencils/ 5 pack. Limit 2 per customer. $.25!!!
  • Staples 8.5 x 11 plastic report covers. Limit 10 per customer. $.20
  • Accel One-subject notebooks, 100 pages. Limit 3 per customer $.75
  • Staples copy paper, 500 sheet ream. Limit 2 per customer. $1.99
  • Crayola Classic non-toxic markers, 10 pack. Limit 3 per customer. $.79

While supplies last. No rainchecks. Selection varies by store.

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Deal of the Day July 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Adam!!!

In addition to some great Back to School sales and their Customer Appreciation Week, Staples is cutting most in-store personal purchases by 12% via this printable coupon. Excluded items include personal computers, laptops, gift cards, phone cards and postage stamps. So, about all that leaves to buy is office supplies, a few tech items, and furniture. Expires 08/02/2008.

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Deal of the Day July 22, 2008

Office Depot is offering 10% off all purchases via coupon code 42759854. As usual, tech items are excluded.  Expires 08/30/2008.  Use to get a jump start on school supplies, like what’s offered in this week’s circular:

  • FREE after rebate Sharp Scientific Calculator (limit 1)
  • 1cent translucent 2-pocket poly portfolio (limit 10)
  • 15cent notebook filler paper (limit 5)
  • 25 cent Scholastic 16-pk crayons (limit 5)
  • 50 cent 1” vinyl binders (limit 5).

Also, you can get a FREE journal worth $4.99 with any dated goods (calendars, etc.) purchase of $15 or more.

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Deal of the Day July 20, 2008

First of all, Happy Birthday, Son!!!!!!

In time for back to school, and because it’s never a bad time to buy shoes, Payless shoes is offering this great coupon for $10 off a $50 purchase until August 2, 2008.

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Deal of the Day July 19, 2008

Staples announced their 5 cent deals for this week. You can get a 12-pack of Staples cap erasers, a 6″ plastic protractor, or two-pocket paper folders for a nickel each. You can also get a 10-pack of Zebra Cadoodles mechanical pencils FREE after Staples’ easy rebate! Offer good Sunday July 20th to Wednesday July 23rd.

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Where’s my Dadgum Sales Tax Holiday?

I ran across this article listing tax holidays state by state. Our ten-day tax holiday gives us a break on clothing, school supplies, backpacks and other items, and is always in August (at least since Jeb! was in office). I wanted to confirm the dates, and I was puzzled when I didn’t see Florida’s holiday listed.
The tax holiday must be approved each year, and this year the politicians do all the usual posturing, using three million words to say nothing at all. Florida politicians were so scared about losing revenue they were reluctant to approve any loss of income, and consumers are once again paying the price.

First, there was one. Then, there wasn’t to be one. Then, maybe there would be a shortened one. Then, there was confusion. The dadgum politicians dragged their asses until it was too late.

What’s so ridiculous is how short-sighted this indecision was. This tax break is real economic stimulus. Consumers feel good getting a little break, and it gets them into the stores. Many are likely spend more than they would have otherwise. Frugal shoppers like me are in heaven when they can take advantage ofgreat deals and save another 6-8% on tax. Every year I buy school supplies to use as stocking stuffers and gift bag items at great savings.

Retailers win, consumers win, and the state wins because they will get tax money on non-exempt items. The tax holiday saved Floridians anywhere between $41 and $46 million last year. They also jettisoned a similar tax holiday on hurricane supplies. That $12 million break, in place since the devastating hurricane seasons of 2004-2005, was removed from the budget in May.

I know balancing the state budget is a very difficult process. And I really appreciate that we still have no state income tax.

But really, come on. What’s $46 million between friends?

I WANT MY SALES TAX HOLIDAY! Ahem.

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