Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sorry I've been a little slack in the reporting of deals and updates on my finds lately. I'll try to catch up here. I just delivered a box of goods to Iva's Place, with some of these deals in it, but for simplicity's sake, I'm starting my totals over for the next batch.
Monday, September 27, 2010
It took a few weeks to make it happen, but I've finally delivered the second batch of Couponing for Charity goods. Every three months, the Northwest Knoxville chapter of MOMS Club gathers the freebies and good deals we've been able to get through couponing and chooses a different local organization to benefit.
- 1 curling iron
- 1 500 count printer paper
- 10 pens
- 200 napkins
- 10 feminine care
- 5 hair & body wash
- 2 lotions
- 3 shampoo / conditioner
- 1 hand soap
- 12 toothpastes
- 2 toothbrushes
- 2 travel first aid kits
- 2 packs of gum
- 1 Breath Right strips
- 1 lipstick
- 3 lip balms
- 3 razors
- 3 shaving gels
- 4 deodorants
- 1 blister repair
- 3 multi-purpose eye solution
- 2 heat wraps
- 1 box nutri-grain bars
- 1 fiber supplement
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I was very excited to read my Groupon deal of the day at Oakes Farm. They've changed to a "general admission" policy that gets you everything for one price: the hayride, the corn maze, and a whole kids area.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Hannah at Frugally Farming Family has orchestrated an awesome give-away from Earthfare. How she does anything extra with a newborn and six other children (yep, seven kids) is beyond me! Go to her site to find out three ways to win $25 of groceries from Earthfare and a pantry make-over: total value is $40-$45! Cha ching! You have til October 1.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Many apologies to those of you looking for last week's Couponing for Charity. I was able to score some great deals, but once again my dog ate some of my deals. Unfortunately, it was chocolate...and then there were incredible messes...which required an extra trip to the pet store for cleaner...After steam cleaning all our carpets, I finally feel like we're back on track. Lesson learned: put your groceries away immediately! Sigh.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Today I took all three kids to the Market Square Farmers Market and was very pleased with my purchases. Sometimes all the booths can be overwhelming and you feel paralyzed, "What should I buy?" Ultimately it comes down to what you like and what you're willing to try.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
If you haven't checked out Sharing Savings with You, a local coupon blogger, I encourage you to do so. Each Thursday she sponsors a give-away and offers four ways to win. Last week I actually won some hair bows for Brooke, and I can't wait to give them a try. My friends who keep telling me to put a clip, hairband, bow....something in her hair are thankful too!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
- about my dog eating chocolate
- the wonderful green product I found on sale that I used to clean up after my dog eating chocolate
- why today was a great day to save money at CVS
- the most important item to bring to the park
- where kids can milk a real cow
- and my "brilliant find"--Glasslock storage containers
Monday, September 13, 2010
Photo courtesy of Mitzi Bodie, Bodie Photo.
One perfect white tulip. There it is like a beacon in a sea of fuchsia. Five months ago, I thought I had planted red tulips, but they have emerged pink…with the exception of this one pure specimen. I’m sure there’s a scientific explanation for this anomaly. But my heart has its own theory.
On October 11, my plans for the future took a terrible blow. I was 10 ½ weeks pregnant and already picking names for my second child. Will my two-year-old have a brother or a sister? Will he be as active and daring as our first? Will she be artistic, good with numbers, or just happy to explore the world around her? The possibilities seemed endless. I hadn’t counted on the possibility that they would never come true.
I know the statistics of miscarriage are staggering: 1 in 4 clinically recognized pregnancies end this way. Due to the number of unknown pregnancies, an estimated 50-75% of all conceptions may result in loss. And it doesn’t help that I’m in my mid-30’s. But when I first discovered the blood, I was in a state of disbelief. I had no cramping and I FELT pregnant: tired, a little dizzy, and did I mention tired? Maybe there was nothing to worry about. Three days later, my fears were confirmed. I had clearly lost the baby.
My husband had been very supportive during those days of uncertainty, but at the moment of what I call the “passage,” I was all alone…just like that perfect tulip. A friend had advised me to see the experience like birth. Trust your body; your body knows what to do. There are several parallels but with a sadder ending. When the miscarriage was over, I felt empty.
The next two days I cried a lot. Just when I thought I was getting better, anger set in. I felt like Sally Field in “Steel Magnolias,” my grief racing from one emotion to another. I had no sense of control. That’s really what this all boiled down to…loss of control with this birth and the question of whether I’d ever have another child.
I decided to help myself heal through four ideas I could control: journaling, prayer, riding a mechanical bull, and planting some bulbs in honor of my lost soul. I unloaded my honest feelings in the first two. I tried to get some girlfriends together to support me in riding that bull, but the holidays came and days slipped away. The best positive step I took in healing was digging in the dirt on a crisp autumn day beside my father. He had helped me plant bulbs in honor of my first child’s birth, and he had helped my mother plant bulbs in honor of my birth. I was secretly afraid the bulbs would not bloom; wouldn’t that be a kicker?! But I decided seeing their beauty rise from the earth each year was worth the risk that some wouldn’t make it. Trust Mother Nature; she knows what to do.
It’s now March, and brilliant color greets all who pass our house. Neighbors come to take pictures near the tulips. I proudly show my son the flowers he had helped plant. But what strikes me most is the surprise of that one perfect white tulip. Feeling heaven wink my way, I am finding peace with my loss and faith in new beginnings. I smile and pat my belly, for I am pregnant once again.
EVERY DAY IN AMERICA
16,438 women become pregnant
11,018 women give birth
4,780 women endure a pregnancy loss
8,219 women experience an unplanned pregnancy
1,172 women become pregnant while uninsured
5,479 couples begin to struggle with infertility issues
Source: www.americanpregnancy.org (2006)
Friday, September 10, 2010
- The goods are largely from stay-at-home-moms of young children. They know what toys and clothes that are desirable and worth the effort to sell. We're all savvy shoppers and price our goods to sell. We don't want to lug all that stuff back home!
- We attract a lot of sellers because the take-home percentage is the highest I've seen.
- Though we are a non-profit, a strong element of the club is charitable giving. This is our largest fund-raiser of the year, and a portion of our sales will be donated primarily to local charities.
- The regular sale is busy but not a mad-house. I can't stress how this is the biggest draw for me because I've sworn off certain sales (which shall remain nameless) because they are sheer chaos. I work the morning shift and rarely see more than 4 people waiting in the check-out line.
- The half-price sale is VERY popular. Ok, the half-price sale does draw the true bargain hunters in by the swarms. So if you want the BEST deals, start lining up before noon and be prepared for slightly longer lines. And remember if it has a red dot on the tag, it does NOT sale for half price.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday I posted this week's deals for charity and last night I had a chance to see what was really out there. Tip: If you shop at CVS TODAY, 9/8, your card should print out a $3 off $10 of groceries at the kiosk. The manager last night offered to let me use that a day early; so I got to save too. The term "groceries" might be a loose one, because I technically didn't have $10 of food items considering the sales prices but it didn't beep as invalid. Here are my finds, most of which are good through Saturday.
- 1 big box Huggies (normally $22.99, on sale for $20, spend $25 of qualifying products, get $10ECB; limit 1)
- 1 bottle Johnson & Johnson shampoo (normally $4.49, on sale for $2.50; is one of the qualifying products noted above)
- 1 bottle Johnson & Johnson baby bubble bath & wash (same deal as shampoo; all three products qualified me for a $10ECB)
- 1 Hydro razor ($8.97, get $4ECB; limit 1)
- 1 Hydro shave cream ($3.99 but was free with a peelie coupon attached to the razor)
- 2 Trident Layers gum (normally $1.49 each; on sale for $.99; get $.99ECB; limit 1)
- 4 Kellogg's Raison Bran (normally $3.99; on sale through Tuesday for $1.77; now they'll cost $2.50 each; limit 4)
- Used $3 Huggies printable here
- Used $1/1 coupon from mailer for shampoo
- Used $1/1 Johnson & Johnson printable here; note: the $2/2 printable won't work because the bedtime products are not on sale. The price for all three products after coupons and ECBs was $10.
- Used $5 off Hydro razor from paper (ECBs and coupon makes it free)
- Used "get free saving lotion when you purchase a razor" peelie attached to the razor, making the shaving cream free.
- Used $1/2 Trident printable here (ECB and coupon made both free)
- Used 2 $1/2 Kellogg's coupons from paper
- Used $3 off $10 of grocery CVS coupon from kiosk
- Used $20.99 in ECBs from previous shopping trips
Monday, September 6, 2010
Yes, it's Monday night and I'm just now posting this week's deals, but hasn't the weather been fabulous? I hope you've been able to enjoy some of it this Labor Day weekend.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
The "uber-savers" out there won't be impressed with my budgeting; so they can stop reading now. However, this is my first year to truly keep track of every penny spent and keep within a budget that's right for our family of five.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I used to hear about women getting these amazing deals on clothes and thought, "That would never happen for me." But today it did. I purchased a pair of ladies shorts from Kohl's that originally retailed for $34 for only 22 cents. I was giddy excitement. Here's how.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
If you haven't read my previous posts about the Kroger fuel points program, I have a love / hate relationship with it. I love the idea of saving money on gas when I'm buying groceries I need, but I hate that my card never works at Shell stations. And yes, I've tried all the hoops.