Thursday, November 27, 2008

WHOA! Bliss Chocolate for CHEAP!!

So after my CVS run, post to come on that, I stopped by Kroger. We're headed out of town for Thanksgiving, and I needed to grab a few things. On the way out of U-Scan, I noticed some Hershey's Bliss marked down to $1.10???? Well, I was pretty sure I had $1 off Qs in my car, so I checked. YEP! So I bought 6 bags for $1.06! On my way out to the parking lot, I found a dollar. It was 3 am and no one else in site. So I guess I got them for 6 cents!
I don't know if it's just my Kroger, but it's worth checking out. And where did I get those Qs? They were blinkies at CVS.
Good Luck, ladies!! Happy Thanksgiving!! Have fun and be safe on Black Friday!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I'll Take That!

So you want more free stuff, huh?? Me too! I was at Kroger last night and this is what I got for free:

Select 2nd Gerber baby food is 2/.99. Catalinas are printing out for .50/2 2nd foods. Once doubled, These are FREE!

And guess what's back?! The J & J Catalinas. I bought 3 Buddie Bars last night, used the $3/3 coupon from the insert and got a Cat for $3/3 J & J purchase. So keep rolling them and get lots for FREE. These would make great stocking stuffers or fillers for gift baskets.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Price is Right: FREE

This time of year it's hard to save money, but here's a great way to do it. Don't pay for stuff! No, don't steal it! Follow my lead!

FREE Cranium Pre-School Game! These are on sale on Target for $4 through Wednesday. Use a $5 off ANY Cranium game peelie to get it free! Thank you to The Thrifty Mama for posting about this awesome deal. Target also has a $5 off STORE coupon that can be used with the $5 off peelie to get Cranium Cadoo for $5. I also found a great stocking stuffer: Cranium Zigity. It's $7.99, but only $2.99 after the $5 peelie. I went a little Cranium crazy and bought 2 pre-school games (free), Cadoo ($5), Cariboo ($6.99) and 2 Zigity ($2.99 each). Really not that bad: 6 games for $15.97!!

Crystal's blog is one of my favorites. Have I mentioned that before?? Check out her Black Friday deals HERE. They are awesome!! Plus, she is giving everyone else a chance to post the deals they've found, so it's like having a team of shoppers!!! She also gives some great advice on shopping safely on Black Friday. Read them HERE. There are some really good tips, and she reminds us of some obvious ones, too. Like don't take the kids! But if you're like me, shopping is a break from the kids!!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Well, a week has gone by AGAIN

I'm so sorry, ladies. I can't believe a week has gone by and I have neglected to post yet again! How do you ladies do it?? I'm even sneaking a post in while I sit at my desk at work just so I could let you know I haven't forgotten about you!

I will be following along with Crystal at The Thrifty Mama and contributing ideas to the Thrifty Christmas Roundup. Just take a look at this cute ornament:

It's very easy to do! And I will have some ideas as well. For starters, if you formula feed, or know someone who do, save the cans!! Or just about any container will do... We'll be using them for a project, so just a heads up!

Well, that's all for now. Hopefully I'll get the hang of this! I was doing so well, and then life happened!

Monday, November 10, 2008

I'm Organizing My Life...& My Blog!

Hello! I have really enjoyed my new way to vent creativity. And I'd like to thank all of you for your encouragement. I know it can be disappointing for you to come check things out on here, only to see I haven't posted for a few days. Many things contribute to my MIA posts, but I think with a little organization, even the unexpected won't throw me off my groove! I frequent The Thrifty Mama A LOT, and I mention her site SO MUCH that some of you may think I get some kind of kick back!! Well, I don't, she just has such awesome deals, I find myself staking her site. (Hey, Crystal). But she is very organized and she also posts multiple times a day to be sure you get all the deals! I'm hoping I can at least post daily!!

But I digress...
The point of today's post is to let you know what to expect from my site from days to come. That way if something comes up you want to keep an eye out for, you know what day to check back. Don't get me wrong, I'd love regulars, but I know time is money!!! An since I got started because I was trying to save money, well, you see where I'm going with that one. This is a work in progress, but here are the beginnings of what I have in mind for the new daily line up:

Monday Makeovers:
Have a design problem you need solved?? Let me at it! Email me or post in the comments section your dilema. I will try and solve it for you! This will include FREE room makeovers!! More details to come on that!



Thrifty Thursdays:
Just a posting of the week's deals I found, to help lead you on your way!



This will actually be "ME" time. I will not do new postings, not regularly anyways. It IS the 7th day (Sabbath Day!!) so I will spend it with the Lord and my family, not that I only do this on this day, lol.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

I found the Starbuck's Chocolate!!!!

I went to Target to see if I could find the Starbuck's chocolate everyone was talking about... I did!! There was another girl there that aparently reads the same blogs I do. She grabbed ALL of them right in front of me. I found one on the top shelf because I was 2 feet taller than her. I should have "taken her" for the others, but I just figured kharma, if you know what I mean! If I ever grab the last of something, and someone else is next to me, I ask to make sure they aren't looking for the same thing. Just in case!! If so, I always share.

So I came across another flavor at the registers and thought I'd check to make sure those weren't clearanced as well. No such luck. BUT, I saw some of the others mixed in with them! So I went to each aisle and found 20 more!! Now, had the girl offered some of her loot to me, I would have done the same. Instead, she saw me with them and said, where did you find all of those????

So, offer to share, and the favor will be returned!! I donate a lot of the items I get from my savvy shopping. Try to do the same!

My total OOP at Target was $4.xx. I had a coupon for free doggie food or $7 off the larger bag. I also had a $3 off Target coupon on the same food, so I got a bag of Iams doggie food for $2! The Mighty Dog was also a free coupon. No overage on the candy bars like some of you reported. BUT, I did get Starbuck's chocolate for FREE!!! Yay!

Stay tuned for some new features on my blog. I hope you will like them!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Gnu Give Away on the Thrifty Mama!

It's kind of a catch 22 for me... I want to win, but to get an extra entry to win, I'm listing about this great give away from The Thrifty Mama. Her site is already awesome and now a great give away! She is natural and thrifty. To be honest, she is the very person that taught me my thrifty ways. Thank you so much, Crystal!!

I Heart Kroger...and Target...and Wags...and...

Kroger is having their Mega Event Sale and it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO awesome! If you buy 10 of certain items, which you can mix and match, you get an extra $5 off your order. Pair this with coupons, and you've got yourself some free items with possible overage! It's a limit of 3 offers per transaction, so you may have to do it a couple of times. Is it worth it?? OH, YEAH! So I made a run, or 2 to Kroger. Then stopped at Wags to take advantage of their awesome diaper deal.

I've had some requests on my OOP. This isn't exact, but here is an idea of what I spent:

Target: $6.xx

Petco: $3.08

Kroger $6.89

Wags: $15.xx

I saved WELL OVER $130!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Basement of Bargains

It's been about four months since I started down my thrifty road. What a difference it has made! I don't feel like I have to rush out to the store to buy things when we have suddenly run out. That saves me time, money and gas...and frustration, too! I'm lucky enough to have a basement where I can store my growing stockpile. We call it the mini store. When we run out of something, my husband will say, I'm going to go to the store and grab some! He'll walk down to the basement and come back with it and a HUGE smile on his face. He thinks it's as fun as I do!

I stock pile almost everything. Cereal, crackers, taco shells, brownie and cookie mixes, juice, soda, chips, condiments, granola bars, tuna, pudding, DIAPERS!!, wipes, water, make up, toiletries, toilet paper (too much to picture!), cleaning supplies and SO MUCH MORE!

Here's a look at what I've established. I tell my family, if you need anything, let me know, and I'll see if I have it! My MIL takes care of our twins, and she finds stuff all the time! I happily share it because there is no way we could use it all in time. But I get it for free, sometimes even get PAID to take it, so why not?? I DONATE what we do not or cannot use. It's a great way to help out in the community and feel like I am contributing when I can't give money.

How do I do it?? With lots of fun and a little time. Check with me, and I'll help you do it, too!

Here's the FOOD Stockpile:


CLEANERS Stockpile:


It's amazing what coupons can do if you plan it right! MOst of this stuff I got for FREE or just pennies. And I didn't even picture ALL of it!! I won't have to buy toilet paper for the rest of the year, at least!!! The only thing I still buy regurlarly is milk, meat and dawgie food. It's such a nice feeling that I can fuel my addiction to saving money on food, something we need, and not just finding a good bargain. There IS a difference!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Super Saturday Shopping!

I know it's Tuesday, but I got such great deals I had to share!! I made 3 trips: Wags, Target and Schnuuks. I spent $76.xx. Sounds like a lot, but when you see what I saved, it was definitely a great shopping day! This was stuff I needed, or at least the twins needed!

Schuunks $33.xx OOP, saved A LOT! ;)
Pack of Luvs Dipes
4 Beechnut Cereals (I am going to donate these, they were FREE)
40 Jars of Beechnut Babyfood
1 Gerber Graduates Wagon Wheels (this was an accidental purchase, but the boys LOVE them, also why they are not pictured)
2 Smoked Salmon (my husband CANNOT resist these. And I never have a coupon!)
2 Bumble Bee Salmon Prime Filets...DEAL! 2/$5, used $1/1 (x2) AND got a $1.50 OYNO!!

Wags $7.13 OOP after rebate, saved $76.28
4 Packs Dipes
3 Tombstones clearanced 1/2 off
Cemetary Sign
4 Packs Gum
2 Almay Mascara
*I'll get a refund for the mascara of $7.69*
Target $36.13 OOP, saved $45.48

4 Clorox Wipes
2 Clorox Spray
7 Fusion Razors (Clearance and Qs expired that day!)
Cabinet Locks
Sponge Wipes
Huggies Wipes
Baby Shampoo
Large Bag of Dogfood (not pictured)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Button Adorned Pillow

I know I have gotten a little behind in my button series. I'm sorry about that; I have had some health issues in the family. But I'm back on track! Here is the next idea for those extra buttons you've collected!

All you need is a plain pillow cover. You could use a pillow, but sewing the buttons on may be a little more challenging! But then again, you could use a glue gun or fabric glue to attach them!
And if you're feeling REALLY crafty, simply sew a cover!
Arrange the buttons in a pattern: grid as shown, square, circle or just an abstract arrangement! Sew or attach in another fashion. Stuff the case if it was a cover, and you're done! That's it! Not much to it, now was there? Now find the perfect spot for your new accent pillow and sit back and relax!
Stay tuned for a more "organized" blog. I am going to have specific days for certain features. Hopefully this will help my posts be more regular and my readers will have something to look forward to!
Have a great day!