Wednesday, April 27, 2011

4/27/11 -- Rain, Rain, Go Away Major flooding of the Ohio River is threatening our house!

     As I am typing this, there are houses just a few blocks from here that are surrounded by piles of sandbags.  You see, our town of Metropolis, Illinois is a "river town".  This means that a river, the Ohio River, runs right along our town.  Because it has rained pretty much everyday for at least the last week, the river is way above its normal level.  Harrah's riverboat Casino and Hotel are closed until further notice because of the flooding.  I know that's not all that bad, but our town relies pretty heavily on the revenue that the boat and hotel bring in.  The casino and boat was forced to shut down last month due to flooding too, but it wasn't nearly as bad as it is this time.  There are also quite a few houses right along the river that are already under water and there will probably be more before the river crests sometime next week.

     Brett and I live on 3rd street, which means we're just three blocks away from the "swollen" river.  As of last night, water was already creeping up onto 2nd street.  Our house is still quite a ways from being underwater, but it's still a possibility that the river might end up in our yard.

     In the last few days, Brett and I haven't gotten a lot of sleep because we've been worrying about the levels of the water and contemplating the decision to pack up and evacuate.  Like I said, it looks like we're going to be okay at this moment, but things can always change.  If we do end up evacuating, I can't even imagine how we would go about doing it.  How does one just pack everything up and leave their house? 

     We've driven around the town to see the devastation and let me tell you it's pretty bad.  The only thing that is heartening is the way the town has come together to help fill bags of sand to try and keep the rising waters away from peoples' houses.  I only wish that I were able to help in some way.

     As I bring this blog entry to a close, I just have one request.  Please keep the people of Metropolis, Illinois and the cities and towns surrounding us in your thoughts and prayers. 

And that's what Sarah said!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Couponing Anyone?

     I've recently found a show that is kind of a guilty pleasure to watch.  It's a show on the cable network channel, TLC (The Learning Channel), called "Extreme Couponing."  While I don't think I'll ever be an "Extreme Couponer" like the people shown on this show, I've recently started clipping coupons in the hopes to save money whenever and wherever I can.

     With the economy the way that it is these days and the rising gas prices, as well as other reasons,it has become essential that Brett and I save money in every way that we possibly can.  Since food is one of our big budget items, I've taken it upon myself to try and learn the techniques of shopping with coupons.

     The networking site, Facebook  is a great way to find some coupon sites as well as bloggers that share their knowledge and wisdom of saving money with the help of coupons.  I've found many sites that I plan to use to help save money.

     A few of the sites and blogs that I've found are:

  • The Prudent Patron
  • Coupon Katarina
  • Money Saving Moms
  • The Krazy Coupon Lady
     These places can be found online as well as on Facebook.  You can even sign up for e-mails that tell you what is on sale at your local stores like Walgreens, CVS, Kroger, Wal-Mart, The Dollar General Store, and other stores.  You can even personalize settings to where you can get other stores that are in your area.

     Of course, there's always the "old fashioned" way of finding coupons...your local newspaper.  The Sunday Edition is usually a great place to find coupons.  I have friends and relatives that don't use coupons to save them for me and then I don't have to buy a paper.

     I know that some of my friends use online clipping services and have other ways of obtaining coupons and saving money, but I'm still kind of new to this thing. I definitely see a hobby or addiction forming.

     I'm always looking for new sites and ways to add to my ways of saving money, so please feel free to comment with your methods!

Until then, happy couponing!!

And that, my friends, is what Sarah Said!!!