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Coupons: to use or not to use them?

11 Nov

Back in the day when I lived in Romania, my homeland, I had no idea coupons existed. I had no idea stores had certain periods when they’d discount their products (like before a holiday), given customers even more incentive if they brought coupons, so their savings would be even greater. And we are not talking lower prices for the let’s say winter clothing heavily discounted once the cold season ended; we are talking sales for produce, ice cream and even shrimp.

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That was something unheard of in Romania where (during communism) grocery stores would rinse chunks of cheese and entire salami casing to wash away the mold. Bad leaves would be peeled off the lettuce head, rotten tomatoes and potatoes hidden under the good ones and poured in the customer’s bag without the option for picking only the good ones. Nothing was wasted but rather forced down the customer’s throat because there was always a shortage of supply and high demand. But let’s leave those memories where they belong—in the past—and return to present times, shall we?giphy-2

We all receive coupons in our mail. Stores ask at check out for your email address or if you want to become a member, promising better deals. Your mail box—whether the physical one or the virtual one—gets bombarded with coupons: restaurants, stores, flights, hotels, shoes, clothing, and the list goes on, but the question is: do these coupons work and how many of us really use them? And how about sales during Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Are those really discounted prices or those are actually the real price we should pay for a blouse/pair of shoes/ TV, etc. but stores manipulate us into believing they are taking a huge cut in favor of saving us money?

Lumi, my sister has a plastic pouch labeled for all her favorite stores. I haven’t had the chance to take a photo of it but it looks similar to this one:

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You need a coupon, Lumi is the person to ask for one. She saves her coupons, cuts them out of magazines or newspapers and uses them all the time. Periodically she’ll forward me a coupon to Einstein (because she knows once a month I buy a bucket of bagels for my meeting with my author friends). Or to Barro’s Pizza, my favorite (cheap) pizzeria. Or to stores both of us like to shop at (White House Black Market or Chico’s).

I too like coupons. At any given time I have several. See this photo? These are my coupons.

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My only problem is that I forget to take them with me (maybe Lumi will gift me a pouch? For Christmas?). Or if I remember to take them, I forget to use them. Every time I try to be better at using coupons, I forget I have them or if I remember, chances are they are already expired. Oh well, it’s the thought that counts right?

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Out with the Old. In with the New–Cover Reveal A World Apart

25 May

As promised since beginning of this month I have a $ 25.00 giveaway going on for anyone stopping by to see the new cover. All you have to do is leave a comment here with what retailer you’d prefer the gift card from (and maybe a comment about how much you like/dislike the new cover!). The giveaway is open only for today May 25th with the winner announcement here on the website Friday, May 27.

For a limited time A WORLD APART is up for grabs for only .99cents. Hurry up before the sales ends!

And now . . . drumroll please!

Then                                               . . .                                      Now!

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Trauma surgeon Lieutenant Cassandra Toma begins her deployment at the Joint-Unit Air Base on the wrong foot. On her first day, she clashes with her new commander. Her rebellious nature and sassiness rival her excellent performance in the operating room. It might be the only reason she’s not reprimanded … or is it?

Major David Hunt is unsure how to handle the brilliant and beautiful Cassandra. As her commander, he can’t consider a relationship. A forbidden passion consumes them with the intensity of an erupting volcano, leaving her heartbroken and him with tarnished honor and pride as an officer. The only way out for David is disappearing into the dangerous warzone in Iraq.

When their paths cross again, Cassandra and David find they have a common goal—to find Cassandra’s brother, Maj. Robert Toma, kidnapped by insurgents while on patrol. To rescue him, they must put aside their resentments and fight their common enemy. And the fire between them is back.

Cassandra wants to give David—and their love—another chance. But she doesn’t know that his mistake, his secret, could cost them both the love they’ve finally found.

Dog-Eared Pages–your magical bookstore!

9 Aug

If you didn’t make any plans for this weekend, here a place you might want to check out. I’m talking about Dog-Eared Pages Bookstore located in 16428 N. 32nd Street, Suite 111, Phoenix, AZ 85032 (just south of Bell Road on the west side of 32nd Street). Melanie and Tom, the owners of this fantastic/magic/welcoming bookstore are celebrating the store’s 5th anniversary with tremendous prizes. It will help them a lot if you take the time and stop by. They need the support of all customers and you can be one of them!

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See below what I’m talking about and don’t forget to stop by!

A Rummage Anniversary Sale/Treasure Hunt

This is your chance to take your time and really browse the stacks.

We still have thousands of great books we put on the shelves the first year we opened. Instead of us pulling them off and putting them in the bargain room for $2.00/each, we’ve decided to let you have the fun instead.

Any used paperback book you find with our 2008 label is yours for 50¢!

Any used hardcover you find with our 2008 label is yours for $1.00!

Any rare and collectible book with our 2008 label is yours at a 50% discount!

Sale starts today and continues until August 31st.

It’s a win/win!

A great way to discover a new author to try out, and pick up that book you always meant to read, while you help us make room for new books.

Plus:  a top-secret list of a few of these 2008 books and if you happen to purchase one of them, you’ll get to draw for a special prize!

Come on in and help us celebrate surviving one of our toughest years ever. We couldn’t have done it without you. THANK YOU!