Sunday, September 30, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Stuff I got at Walgreens:
A bunch of candy for Pastor Appreciation Month: $9 worth for $4.50
Cough drops: $4 worth for $1
Feminine stuff: $6 worth for $4
Bottled water (to stock up in case of a Pandemic because we got these flyers in the mail telling us to be prepared and ready in case of one this winter)- $7.50 worth (18 large bottles) for $3
Chicken Noodle soup- 2 cans for 80 cents
Advil PM--$2.25 plus a $1 off coupon on next Advil PM
Extra Strength Excedrin--I made money off of this one! It was on sale for $3, I had a $2 off coupon and I will get a $3 rebate back on it! I earned $2 by buying it!
Zicam Cold and Flu Spoons-$6 worth but after rebate only cost me $2
3 bubble-envelope mailers for $1
20 0unce Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom cleaner $2.75 normally but with rebate and coupon I got it for $1
Glade apple cinnamon candle-$2 on sale, but I had a $1 coupon and I'll get a $1 rebate back which means it was FREE
Glade Air Infusion Air Freshening Spray (one of the few sprays that actually smells good, not fake) Normally $3 but I got it for 50 cents with coupon. This is handy to have when you have a Lil' Pooper like Jer around.
I got $53 dollars worth of stuff, spent $29, AND I'll get $10 back in rebates. So, I actually spent about $19 on all this great stuff and I got stuff for a sickness emergency, enough to be able to bless our pastor's family, and some stuff we can really use here at the house.
Tip: I had an internet coupon for $4 off of a Johnson's Softwash Shower Lotion but because they didn't have it in stock, I couldn't use it. Walgreens will substitute another item and honor their own store coupons on it, but not honor an internet-printed coupon on thtat exchange item. However, they said if they have an item, they WILL take paper internet coupons, so that is great news for me for future reference! I took the internet coupon to Wal-Mart and they honored it so I got a huge bottle of Johnon's softwash (which came with a free little bottle of softlotion too!) for 77 cents! Gotta love those internet coupons you print off yourself! Get 'em free at a place like http://www.coupons.com/ or other sites.
Tip for Walgreens shoppers: One deal I couldn't get today was the free Advil Extra Strenth stuff that was advertised in today's new Walgreens flyer. Our store didn't have any in stock because it's a brand new product. But if your Walgreens does, take advantage of it. You buy an Advil for $4 and you immediately get a $4 register rewards coupon. Go through the line again and buy another with your coupon and get another $4, etc. etc. It's a great way to get free medicines for those winter colds/flus and (hopefully not) coming pandemics.
My Smith's Deals:
I went to Smith's, which carries Kroger brands, because I have heard from frugal bloggers that Kroger is a great place to shop. Sure enough the deals were great! Here's what I got at Smith's:
8 boxes of cereal (Raisin Bran and Honey Bunches of Oats) $8
Feminine product-$1.69 marked down from $3
2-16 oz. bottles of honey-$3
Shredded Cheese-4 bags for $5 (Great DEAL!)
5 # of ground beef for $7.45
Foundation Make-up (my favorite kind)-$7 marked down from $14, but you can get it at Wal-Mart for $10
The thing that makes me so mad at myself is I forgot to use the coupon I had for $1 off so I could have gotten this make-up for $6! Oh well, I still got it for a great price.
Total spent: $41.56
Total saved: $30.25
I love saving 30% or more on everything I buy! I hope this post inspires you to stretch your grocery dollars too! If I could have gotten my hands on some Post cereal coupons I could have gotten the cereal for 50 cents a box, but $1 a box is still a great buy considering the stores in my town will try to charge $4 or $5 a box!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Ali loves her new skirt made out of a curtain valance! Notice the matching bag in which her favorite doll rides! This skirt took about 10 minutes to make, start to finish! The instructions are in the following post. Those of you who are into easy crafts should give it a try!
I only made two straight cuts on the curtain.
I sewed the two cut edges together. Easy as pie!
I sewed the elastic in by stretching the waist band out and sewing around it. Now it won't bunch up or twist!
Lastly, I took the two extra scrap pieces with flowers on them and made a little matching purse/bag from them. She loves her skirt and bag and looks so cute in it!
Friday, September 14, 2007
Sorry to those of you friends who have already heard about these shoes! But to those of you coming over from Biblical Womanhood to see my tip, here it is:
Instead of buying Robeez soft-soled leather shoes for $30 a pair, MAKE THEM YOURSELF! Go to the website http://www.makethemyourself.com/ and you can buy patterns for various kinds of shoes and other craft projects for moms to do. I bought one pattern packet (size 3 and 4) and with shipping it cost me $6.50. It is well worth it since I've already made twenty pairs and will continue to make these shoes throughout my life! And it supports a work-at-home mom's business! You can find the leather at yard sales and thrift stores by cutting up old purses or leather clothing and I've even found some decent stuff at Hobby Lobby in the leather scrap section (just make sure to get the thin leather, not too thick). You can design your own appliques or buy the easy-to-sew on embroidered appliques from Wal-Mart or Ben Franklin's. I've done both. I estimate that it costs me about $1-3 to make a pair depending on the appliques I use. This makes for a super-nice baby gift for a great price! These shoes are the best shoes for babies since they are comfy, they stay on, and they are great for babies learning to walk. Experiment to your heart's desire with all sorts of shapes and colors and styles! I take my kids to Library Story Time and I'll often see 10 other babies there with fancy Robeez shoes. Many people will come up and say, "I love your son's Robeez! Those are so cute!" Imagine their surprise when I say, "I made them!" I've gotten this comment so many times. It only takes about one or two hours max to make a pair and it gets easier and easier the more you make. I am not a professional seamstress, but I have a basic machine and the pattern only has 5 small pieces to it. You don't need special needles for your machine, although for thicker leather pieces, I sometimes use a thicker needle. You can use regular thread, but quilting thread works really well. If you want adorable, practical shoes for your baby or to make for gifts, check out this site today! Here are some pics of some of my best pairs:
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I checked the mailbox eagerly. No letters! Bummer! Then as I was heading in from a quick run to the store, I noticed a small box next to our door. What was this? I hadn't ordered anything and no one in our family is having a birthday. I picked it up. It was quite heavy. I saw the tag and thought, "Oh! Laura has sent me some plums!" I loved her blog post on making plum jelly and she had offered to mail me some plums to make jelly with. I thought, "Boy that was fast! It was only about 5 days ago that I told her I would love some plums! " Upon opening the box I discovered that she hadn't mailed plums, but 3 wonderful jars of homemade jelly! YUM YUM YUM! One is strawberry jelly, one is crab-apple, and one is apple butter. What a wonderful friend, willing to share her bounty with someone who has no fruit to make jelly with! I'll be making some homemade bread this very afternoon so I can taste some of that jelly!
Thanks again Laura Helweg! And Congratulations on your big news! She's having Baby #2 in the spring!
Monday, September 10, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Lord, thank You for leading me to these verses which speak to my heart and challenge me to quit using "rash" words and to keep a more careful watch on my tongue.
Friday, September 7, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Ali and Jer sure have a lot of fun together!
Going for a slow ride on Ali's fourwheeler
Grandpa Joel and Grandma Kathy with their 3 grandkids
Grandma Leona's 4 great-grandkids: Alathia Joy (age 2), Amelia Joy (age 2), Jeremiah David and Daniel Joel (both 10 months).
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
King Jo and I at Jake and Beth's Wedding
Jeremiah and his Cousin Daniel--We enjoyed getting to see our sweet little nephew and get to know him better. The boys are 6 days apart!
We're finally back after a 12 day vacation to King Jo's hometown! What a busy month August was. Two deaths in my family (Grandpa C. in WY and Great-Grandma Susie in MN) and a long vacation with 18 hours of driving one way with 2 small kids, plus lots of visiting and activities. It's all kind of a blur in my mind! However, we had a great time up there and it was so good to see all of you that I was able to visit. Alathia got a battery-operated fourwheeler from Grandpa Joel and Grandma Kathy and she loved zooming around on it the whole time we were there. Joel strapped it to the top of our car and we brought it home that way. Pretty scary when a 2.5 year old can drive a machine with power!
King Jo's best buddy from childhood got hitched in a beautiful wedding ceremony Sep. 1st, but poor King Jo made his mark with his most embarrassing moment ever by fainting during the ceremony (and he was one of the groomsmen!) Those 3-piece suits get hot, especially when standing in front of a shelf with about 100 candles on it. He had been feeling dizzy the day before and hadn't had much to drink or eat all day and he had never heard that you aren't supposed to lock your knees. All this resulted in him blacking out and waking up when he hit the ground and knocked over a decorative tree. Thankfully he was able to make it through the rest of the ceremony and wasn't hurt (except for his pride). He was such a handsome groomsmen!
We enjoyed the reunion with King Jo's family on the Anderson side and celebrated his Grandma Leona's big 90th birthday. I had fun catching up with old friends at play dates, our Girl's Night, and a trip with some friends and our toddlers to Animal Land (a small zoo) and the Oak Hills beach on the lake.