NEX. The NEX has some great coupon booklets and you're aloud to combine those coupons with the manufactures coupons from the newspaper (or the manufactures coupons from the other military stores). I clipped last night after we went shopping. I'm looking forward to being able to shop on my own at the Commissary and other AAFES stores so that I can find the deals and get the most bang for our buck with coupons.
We also went (and spent hours) at the un-airconditioned Pearl City Goodwill on Saturday. We were originally planning on getting the Fiestaware plates at the AAFES because if one breaks you can easily replace it from wherever you are (either at another Exchange store or through Amazon). I've always wanted mismatched retro plates, and the Goodwill had a good selection of floral retro dishes, so we ended up getting them from there. Between the punch card $5 discount and the savings of buying things secondhand, we spent $45 for 11 large dinner plates, 11 small plates and 2 bowls (plus two retro pitchers, a globe for the guest room, an awesome floral trivet, three mini serving dishes, and leis for our family members when they arrive on Wednesday) rather than spending close to $150 for 4 three-piece place settings. I also went on Friday to get some clothes for Levus and picked up two serving dishes, an awesome retro thermos as well as a $1 stainless steel coffee thermos for Levus to take to work every day. I love finding things that we were planning on spending $20 on for just $1!
|Metal Floral Trivet|
|2 of 4 of the designs: Floral Dinner Plates|
|the other 2 of 4 of the designs: Floral Dinner Plates|
|Floral Salad Sized Plates|
|Floral Bowls (still need more, only have 2 for 11 place settings)|
|Paisley-Like Serving Dishes (good for dips and mixed nuts etc)|
|Glass Pitchers with Green Tops|
|World Globe (for map/travel themed guest room)|
|1 of 2 serving dishes purchased on Friday|
|Vintage Thermos and Stainless Steel Travel Mug Thermos|
It is just a few more days till the families start arriving! The menu which was finalized is now changing again. I can't decide what I want to do for a good fall salad to go with our meat and our baked beans. We're also adding some kind of fall themed punch to put in our new pitchers. I'm currently wondering what we're going to do with all of the food because I know it won't all fit into our cooler. Hopefully if we can't fit it into the cooler we can hope for a quick ceremony.