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  • Midday Roundup: Busy, Busy

    As I predicted, this week is proving to be crazy busy as we head into the last days of summer vacation. A lot of my friends are actually on vacation, but we’re just hanging out at home and while that sounds relaxing, in actuality we have a ton of stuff to do. It’s hard for me to focus my brain right now, so rather than try to pull together some coherent thoughts on a single subject, here’s a random roundup of various things that I hope you’ll find interesting and/or helpful:

    The $0.75/1 Philadelphia Cooking Creme and $1/1 Greased Lightning coupons are back at Coupons.com. There are also high-value coupons for Renuzit products, and the $1/1 Minute Maid 10-pack is still there – I checked the price at Target this morning and it was $2.99, so just $1.99 after coupon. That works out to 20 cents per juice box, which is in the 15-20 cent target price range for juice boxes for me.

    The September issue of LA Magazine (one of two or three that we actually pay for) has a fascinating article on Trader Joe’s. According to the author, Trader Joe’s will not confirm, discuss, or allow any employee to discuss, who actually owns Trader Joe’s, how many products they sell, or who manufactures their store brands. But they pay well!

    Watching Swagbucks TV is a really easy way to earn extra Swag Bucks (and yet another reason why it’s my favorite way to earn free money). You earn 3 Swag Bucks for every 10 videos that you watch, and you don’t have to stay on the window where the video is playing, so you can multitask easily.

    Wisebread has nice tips for cooking without electricity. I’m going to add bulgur and cured meats to my emergency kit.

    Less is Enough has a thoughtful post on the “middle ground” between fine dining and fast food.

    Creative-Type Dad has a hilarious letter from the Tooth Fairy to his daughter, complete with printable letterhead.

    I am not particularly crafty, but I think I could manage this Faux Hydrangea Wreath – and my mother-in-law (who, as far as I know, does not read CFO) would absolutely love it.

    Zen Family Habits discusses how to return to the workplace after being a stay-at-home parent. I’ve been thinking that a board position in the PTA would look really great on a resume – it involves leadership, organization, creativity, and other skills that are all valuable in the workplace.

    Unclutterer considers secure password managers.

    The Happy Housewife discusses age-appropriate chores.

    Squawkfox does a cost-analysis of store-bought vs. homemade peanut butter.

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    1. That is my issue with Trader Joe’s. I love them, but I have no idea where their store brand products are coming from. For all I know, they are selling conventional products just marked as “natural” (since there are no real guidelines). I also can’t pin point where their chicken is from and whether it really is cage free or just put in a pen with a tiny door at the end. So frustrating! Although I do believe they are owned by Aldi.

      • Chief Family Officer says:

        Hm, I never really thought about it. I guess the good thing is that the organic label is regulated. I also remember reading somewhere that their canned beans are bpa-free, but the tomatoes aren’t (b/c they’re so acidic). Now I’m wondering where that information came from if TJ’s is so tight-lipped . . .