Monday, December 21, 2009
I am really excited about this book.
My pal Nat has had this book for ages and I have lusted after it and have looked for deals, but never found one good enough.
Imagine my glee when I found it on Amazon on sale for under $10!
Still, I've held off because $10 is more than I really ever pay for a book. (Because half.com is my best friend)
With using Bountiful Baskets on a regular basis, I realized this book would ensure I used many more veggies in meals my kids really will love.
It just arrived today.
I love it.
I am currently roasting my butternut squash to eat a little and puree a lot. I also pulled out some frozen shredded zucchini to puree and I'm roasting some sweet potatoes too.
Merry early Christmas to me!
PS. Seriously, I cannot emphasize enough how wonderful Bountiful Baskets is. You need to try it out at least once.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
This is a great price, $99. Regularly $230
some codes that may work:
retailmenot should get you free shipping on items $99 and over AND 25% off ONLY good through 12/7
holiday1299 free shipping
Monday, December 7, 2009
I got this message today from a friend:
this last weekend my mom and Kristie found a kitten on the side of the highway, it was hurt but not too badly they took her to the vet, she made a great recovery and now they need to find a home for her. She will be spaded. She's 6 months old, has an ivory coat and bright blue eyes. If you would like to suprise someone... with an adorable kitten let me know! Pictures will be coming soon!
If you want to get a kitty, here is a great free kitten!
Feel free to comment to me and I will send you to the kitty rescuers!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
You may want to give this gift to yourself for after Christmas.
I used this dvd after a ton of my friends had a lot of success with it and it helped me to get back into my prepregnancy size 2 gap jeans. (people, I am short so size 2 isn't all that tiny, seriously.)
My husband is currently doing the Shred. It is great, only takes about 20 minutes, and as a mama that is all the time I have. Also, not that tricky of exercises. Truly. I highly recommend it.
Here you go:
Monday, November 30, 2009
Check out all the other mags, cosmopoiltan, real simple... some HOT deals! Perfect for the holidays!
Let us know if you find other magazine deals!
Also if you are on facebook, feel free to look me up since I do tend to post a lot of fast deals there instead of on this blog because they go so quickly I don't want people to come here after a day or so and miss that deal. Plus, facebook is so easy to use and I love it.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
This is a movie worth owning, I can promise you that.
Buy this for yourself, for your friends, for your adult kids, for your neighbor, for your church.
This is a great deal on a movie that will do you good.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
The long and short of it is that this is an amazing deal, quality food and worth the money. I am a huge fan right now!
Do yourself a cheap and healthy favor and check this out.
Friday, November 20, 2009
But, I refuse to go out shopping because (as my cousin said to me and I find it hilarious that she and I think the same thing) I am little and I could get squished pretty easy. I may be an ankle biter, but in a mob setting that does NOT work in one's favor.
So, I shop at home.
Here are some tactics I have used with much success. I can't guarantee they will work for you, but it is worth a shot.
- I Christmas shop in advance! Silly people! However, I do leave a bit of money for this time of year. Still, I do a lot ahead of time. If you haven't done that, don't despair... take this time to shop in advance for birthdays next year. Then at birthday time you will Christmas shop and thereby ease yourself into the shopping ahead thing.
- I make a spreadsheet so I know where I stand. Right now my middle child is DONE. No matter what the deal, he is finished. But my daughter... I am in trouble there! So spreadsheet reminds me who has what so far and where my holes in the list are. Plus I track the money that way.
- I go to sites like black-friday.info and I read their deal lists. I also skim the online deals forum at pinching your pennies daily. Watch the sites, get a feel for what is coming.
- I compromise. I pick the stores I'm going to buy from and I make back up plans for other stores. I know I won't get it all. If I get everything from store 1 (and I usually do) I quit right there and forget the rest. If not I move until I hit my quotas. My kids don't need EXACTLY what they want, seriously.
- I start shopping about 6am Thanksgiving. A TON of the stores have their Black Friday deals up that early. So watch. And... be warned, sometimes they "unsale" them during the day so buy when you see the deal, this is not the time to deliberate.
- For the rest that don't start until FRIDAY... I get them up on my computer and I wait. Come 10pm mountain time I start checking prices as they often roll over at that time. I keep watching until they are live (up and running) and then I order. I went to bed around 2am last year and I bought a ton of stuff (mostly for other peoples' lists).
- I don't get my heart set on anything. If I get it, great if not... oh well.
Now, for those you MUST have that gift... I suggest pulling an all nighter. Try for online first and if you don't get it, hit the store. Which is insane. But, that is your call.
I plan to be dozing come 5am myself. But have fun!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
And I would RUN because it is awesome.
Do this exactly:
Grab 10 Breyers ice cream (from the free pie deal--- as an associate if you need clarification)
Grab 10 Sara Lee pies, must be apple, pumpkin or cherry I believe.
You will get a $15 off on your next order catalina. That will make each pie and ice cram $.67!
This deal is amazing! Call a friend and go halfsies and go NOW!
(Check the time of this post and if it has been too many hours call the store to make sure they have stock, seriously.)
Please, Broadway Albertsons tipped me off to the deal, so hit them first and give them the love they deserve!
Quit reading already! Where are your keys! RUUUUUUUUN!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I have heard more than a few of you say you would like to be able to come to a coupon group again, so lets start it up again for a bit since November has fantastic deals that are typically great to learn on.
My house (email for directions)
Wednesday (I know different, but that is because the lists are slower to show up now)
10-11am (and I will kick you out at 11 because I have a ton going on on Wednesdays and I need to stay on schedule, sorry)
Bring the weekly lists (smith and albies)
If you don't know how to get the list, don't worry we will teach you
Bring pen and paper
You can bring kids IF they are not sick (I am really uptight about this) and in return if my kids are sick I won't put your kids in germs way
You can bring coupons to swap or give away, but you don't have to
There you go. See you Wednesday.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Great for those of you resisting cell phones (which I say is insanity, but this comes from a lady who cloth diapers joyfully, to to each their own), here is a great way to have one in the car "just in case".
Okay, here is the site I signed up for to get the Black Friday ads emailed to me as they come out:
I love this site.
Now, we are going to start prepping for Black Friday NOW.
Make your wish list (know that not all of it will happen though)
Make your budget list (I always make a "highest price" notation by items so I know my limit)
Get 2-3 friends together and swap lists
You are going to start taking a few minutes a day... set a limit and stick to it (like 30) and you are going to troll the deal websites you know of for these items on all 3 lists.
If you see an item on a list at the right price, call the right person and forward them the link OR (and this is what I do) order it for them with their permission and they will pay you immediately.
This will get you "trained" for Thanksgiving morning-cyber Monday. And believe me, a lot of hot deals will be coming at that time so discipline yourself (KEEP that budget! NO debt! Nothing is worth the debt!).
Okay, get ready! I LOVE this time of year!
PS. While you are at it, maybe look a few months ahead and work on birthdays and other gift giving holidays.
Refer to my Christmas article too (it is on the sidebar) even if you are just starting, you can used some of the information.
I am settling into my schedule a bit and will be available to speak more often soon.
In the meantime, I took on one speaking engagement tonight in Idaho Falls. If you want info, you are welcome to email me for the details. I am covering a lot of fun frugality topics and I think it will be a hoot!
Monday, November 2, 2009
It is buy 1 get 1 free again!
My husband and I have glasses from this site and we adore them!
You can do sunglasses too (if you are like me and would rather always wear glasses.
Anyhow, get on it!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Green Giant canned veggies: $.40
Viva towels (w/coupon): $.40 for a big roll
Progresso broth (w/coupon): $.25
Skippy pb and Ragu pasta sauck (w/coupon): $.50ish
Also cheap Betty Crocker cake, cookie pouches, frosting, cheapChex mix, cheap GM cereal... I would tell you more but my baby is going to have a meltdown so I have to dash!
Start getting ready for a great week!
(ps. it is cheap turkey and pie month...)
Monday, October 26, 2009
This expires on Halloween!
just go to www.walgreens.com
Go to the photo area, make your account, upload your pics and put them in the cart.
Use the code:
pick them up in store and there you go!
I just did it twice with my family pics and now I have Christmas card pics done!
Yay! One more thing off the list!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Great site btw, I check it daily.
Discountmags.com has 1 Year subscriptions for a number of magazines now on sale:
Weight Watchers Magazine - only $4.00 with code 7849
Wired Magazine - only $5.00 with code 7849
Men's Health - only $8.00 with code 6219
OK! Magazine - only $9.00 with code 3628
Promo Code M20 saves you 20% off most other magazines.
Babylegs are marked down from $12 to $7 a pair. Use 10% off coupon BL5UL to get 1 pair for $6.30.
Free shipping through Oct. 31!!
Really, these are fantastic for little ones. Worth the $!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Hey, I am the PTO president at Harwood Elementary and so I got this email from our Librarian, Linde Brown.
This is a GREAT way to make your dollars count for something AND get Christmas shopping done!
Please do me a favor and copy and paste this letter to your facebooks, to your emails, blog it... just get the word out. Our schools need money and this is a great way to help them!
Everyone has heard of the budget cuts our schools have had to make. The Harwood Elementary Library has felt these cuts deeply. We have decided to hold a book fair at Barnes & Noble to try and raise money to buy books for the library.
- The book fair will be at the Grand Teton Mall in Idaho Falls on Saturday, September 26th from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
- All you have to do is mention HARWOOD at the cash register and we will receive 10 -15% of your purchase. This would be a great day to come and shop for Christmas!
- Barnes & Noble has books, music cds, blue ray DVDs, e-books, learning toys, movies, and more.
- This is also valid for all coffee shop purchases!
- They have Cheese Cake Factory cheese cakes for $35.00. This are pre-sliced cakes available in pumpkin, raspberry, white chocolate, and plain. YUMMY!
- If something is not available or you want to pre-order some of the new titles coming out you can do so as well.
- They offer FREE shipping on orders of $25.00 or more!
- Some of the great new titles coming out are: Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, Glen Beck’s Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government, Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid #4, and many more!
- Check out BN.com for more information.
- There will also be wish lists for all the teachers for classroom books.
- Please come and support our kids! This Saturday, September 26th!!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
You go on once a day, see if there is a hot deal for you and grab it!
For me this all started with Woot.com and now it seems like there are a bazillion of them.
These are great ways to pick up items at a HUGE discount!
But, be ye warned: you can blow an awful lot of money on these sites if you aren't careful.
Here is a daily tracker for a lot of those sites:
And I added a bunch of these sites to my sidebar. You're welcome.
Happy dod shopping!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Beans: We don't eat canned beans. My kids hate them and they go to waste. However, my kids and husband adore Dilly Beans, so now we can all our green beans "Dilly style"! Plus, they make great gifts!
Plums: We don't can them either. We wash, halve and freeze in sandwich size baggies. Perfect for Plum Pie which is to die for!
Raspberries: We wash, lay out on a cookie sheet and freeze. When they are frozen we toss into a baggie and eat on cereals or put in muffins or cookies.
Strawberries: syrup. 'Nuff said.
Peaches: We wash, quarter and freeze for peaches and cream treats. Or we serve them to the kids frozen for a special treat.
Corn: We blanche, cut off the cob and put in baggies to freeze.
Peppers: we chop and freeze.
Apricots: we make the nectar (use one of those victorios for applesaucing to do it) and have a nice drink for special occasions.
Pears: we sauce or nectar them.
Now toss me some ideas please!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
It has been mentioned to me that some of those in power at good old Albies read this here blog on occasion and would be very interested in what we, the every day customers, the couponers, the newbies and the ones who have been to the rodeo a few times (lol) think.
I can't be sure, but I *think* I was asked to get some opinions because it could make some big improvements on our deal grabbing experiences here. This is a big opportunity for our local stores and for us couponers!
So, please comment to this post about whatever you think of Albies here such as:
What we love
What we don't love
What stores work the hardest for us
What could be different
Our wish lists for deals (stock, set up, lines, coupons etc)
If you have a favorite store (cough Broadway) tell them why it is your favorite, who you love there and of course, where it is!
Any other information you think would make Albies even better!
So, do yourselves a huge favor and forward the link to this post to everyone you know anywhere in the region. Every opinion will be read and will count. If we come out and post in droves it WILL help all of us. Facebook it, twitter it, link it on your blog! Give everyone a central location to read all of the comments (lets make it easy for any bigwigs, kwim?). Get everyone you know to post! The more voices they hear, the more seriously they will take this!
This could change how Albertsons is run at a corporate level!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I bought this the other day and I'm not certain how long this sale will last, but you should snatch it up. This will make a great Christmas gift for your girls!
When you get it, don't be surprised if I call you begging you to make me that UNwelcome (yep, you read that right) vinyl sign I want for my front door. (If you haven't met me, ask anyone who knows me... it totally works for our house.)
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I used to be.
Do you want to become an ant?
Okay, then lets get you started on your food storage.
- Take a breath. All is not lost. You can do this and (if you are the prayin' sort) God will hold your hand and get you to your goal.
- Now that we are breathing again... make your goal. Mine was a biggun (1 year of food storage in 1 year on a $300/month budget). You don't have to go that big, but you should reach for the stars a bit. How about a delicious (NOT basic, mind you) 90 day supply in 90 days? You can do that, right? Yep, you really can.
- Get a grasshopper buddy who wants to be an ant. You are going to trade child care to shop, make your plans together, call each other from the store about deals... everything. You are responsible to each other, so don't screw up!
- Talk to your spouse about this. Let them read some of my articles about beginning couponing if it helps. Get their support and encouragement, even on the weeks you only bring home frosting and q tips from the store. Promise them that this WILL work over time (time being the key).
- Get your hands on at least 5 newspapers a week. The Poky and IF papers have deals. There are only coupon services. You have friends and neighbors and family who don't use theirs. Be creative, pray about it (again, if you are the prayin' sort) and you will find those papers will fall into your lap. If you are ambitious, shoot for 10 (I would shoot for 10).
- Now, every Tuesday, you will MAKE THE LIST. This is key. Call your buddy, talk it out and make the list.
- Every Wednesday (or whatever day you can consistently shop) you will pack up the crew, and go to the store. You will buy your list and NOT DEVIATE! (unless you find a screaming deal, then deviate away, but know it will affect your total at the end so be cautious.)
- Make a spreadsheet and write down what you bought and what you have for your storage. Watch this grow.
- Don't quit. Even when you screw up. or the clerk is a jerk... Do NOT give up! Things that are worth it are difficult. If you have kids, think of your tantruming 3 year old and how much you love that monster. If that kid is worth the daily (and often hourly) headaches, then this is worth a few hours a week of frustration on occasion.
- Realize you will be lopsided and account for that financially. DO NOT go nuts with the couponing. Give yourself a budget and stick to it no matter what. It isn't a good deal if you can't make your house payment.
I plan to stock up on the california kitchen pizza for one (perfect lunch for my husband and with the $5 catalina and coupons it will only cost me $1 per lunch for him! Woot!
I am also going after the Chips Ahoy and the Capri Sun. I could be wrong, but I would watch our beloved Broadway Albies to see if they will have coupons to make that a sweeter deal.
Here is the thing, there is a mail in rebate you can only do one time, BUT you can roll the $5 catalina more than once, so this week is going to be great!
This is the moment to stock up on the snacky foods because I doubt we'll see them on sale a ton coming into the fall.
Also, be prepared for the case lot sales coming up. Have you been squirreling away some money for them? You need to be! A few BIG things I would watch for:
Sugar and flour
Canned veggies (unless you plan to can your garden like we are, lol)
Ramen... lots of ramen.
Winter is coming and we want to be ready.
I have been watching our consumption lately and with 2 boys and a girl, plus super husband and mayself, I've decided to be proactive and just add some $$$ to the grocery budget so I can stay ahead of my kids.
I am dabbling with adding $25 or $50 to the monthly budget. I will keep you updated as I test this out for the next few months.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Check out their link and read the last couple of pages for extra coupons:
Run, these are going in and out of stock a lot!
This is a hot hot deal for your big Christmas presents!
I am going nuts over the Vaseline, Suave body wash, ALL, and fruit snacks! Hooray!
This is an excellent time to stock up on peanut butter too!
This will be one of those time consuming shopping adventures, but I believe it will be worth it, so get excited, find a sitter and go nuts!
Remember, the Broadway Albertsons is your friend (and while I doubt this will happen, I am praying that they will have a special "coupon shopper" register for those of us who want to really rock the sale or something else just as amazing so we can buy a truckload of product... literally!).
Hooray! Get your coupons and your game face ready!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
I tend to buy everything in bulk, including pregnancy tests.
I have used this site for YEARS and I can personally attest to the extreme accuracy.
I buy the cheapest tests they have on the site (the dip stick tests) and have gotten a positive test a full WEEK before my period was due.
And now that I've given you tmi (sorry):
This is a great site, really! Enjoy dirt cheap ovulation and pregnancy tests! Feel free to pass this along (I can't believe I haven't shared this info sooner!)
Oh, but be warned, it takes about 4 business days to arrive with the cheap shipping so again, stockpile.
(And now, if you are a "Lost" fan, you can see why it made sense to me that someone had a pregnancy test on the plane when it crashed. Because some of us carry them around all the time "just in case". Or because we went to college at a party school and wanted to always be prepared to help our friends out. Once again tmi and with that I big you good night.)
Normally $40, onsale for $20ish.
But, it really wasn't always that way.
Here are some tips I thought I would pass along to you:
- make a list over the weeks and months of things you want. Keep one copy above your computer and when you see deals, check your list. Keep a copy in your purse for when you are out and about (at yardsales and such) and for when you forget your purse (it happens). Refer to the list. Now, if you want to go off list, that's your call, but you may overspend.
- Don't be afraid to haggle. Today was the first time in ages I didn't haggle on any prices, but all the items I bought were priced fantastically. But, typically, I make a pile of what I want (if I find enough for a pile and usually if I find 2 things I like, I'll find a lot more) and I usually offer 1/4 less than what they are asking. 9 times out of ten they take it. And if they say no its okay because if I liked it enough to make the pile I like it enough to pay that price.
- Go early to get the best stuff.
- Go late to get the cheapest prices.
- Take change. I get a lot of mileage out of my change.
- Leave your name if they don't take your price and you want the item, just not enough to pay what they are asking. I get a lot of calls around 4pm the day of a garage sale that way.
So far this summer, here are the best deals I've found:
- A minifridge that works great for $10
- A 2003 or 4 Dell computer that has a flat screen monitor and is in perfect condition for $50
- Jeans for my daughter in new condition for $.50
- Military boots for my husband for FREE
- Black wood bunkbeds with the mattresses and box springs for $100, excellent condition
- A plastic toybox in great condition for $2 (and it's huge!)
- A pirate toy set that had a castle set too (that I nearly bought on sale for Christmas but couldn't overcome the $20 per set price ON SALE new) for $10. Total. Um, woot!
And people are gearing up for fall and selling off their junk now, so go nuts!
See you at the sales!
Friday, July 31, 2009
There are so many benefits to babywearing and while I could go on and on, I won't. Mostly because I have 5 minutes to shower before the kids realize I'm gone and I'm using 3 of those minutes to post this. I must really love you guys.
Anyhow, go here:
Watch your sizing. As a very experienced babywearer, I would not go too big on these. Pouches are comfy when they fit nice and snug. Also, let it be known I use the same pouch I have on a newborn AND on my now 4 year old. Just use a different carry. These are versatile carriers.
This is a perfect baby gift for dirt cheap.
If you are local to my area, we have a babywearing group that can teach you how to use your carrier for free!
Go, buy one! Buy 2! Call your friends and buy some together and save on shipping!
Yay for amazing deals!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Anyhow, here are a few deals I found for ya'll. Enjoy!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
You are looking at my new glasses. I can't wait for them to arrive. Normally I would never go for something this outlandish because, while I love the look of these, I couldn't coordinate everything I own with them.
But, now I can afford to switch my glasses around!
Now until the 26th of this month www.eyebuydirect.com is having a buy 1 get 1 free sale on their glasses! Prices start at $7.95. Woot!
(I believe you have to have at least $14.95 worth of glasses in your cart, so go ahead and splurge!)
As far as reviews and quality, I have only heard good things. I feel confident enough to order a few pairs for my husband and myself.
So, there you go.
Let me know what you pick!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
They have some fantastic deals and some great coupons. And, tomorrow morning they will have stock!
Ask them about:
Kraft bbq sauce (free and them some when you are done!)
Breyers Ice cream (soooooo stinkin' cheap you'll wish you had a second freezer!)
Coke products (stock up for a year supply!)
Honestly, grab a friend who is new to couponing and show them how fun it is! Tell them I sent you in and they'll treat you great, I promise!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Kraft blue box mac n cheese 10 for $3 (and tax).
Take cash please or a check
Grab a year supply
Thank me later
People, even if you don't like mac n cheese, this is a great easy mean and a cheap way to build up your food storage.
My friend Lawnie just gave me a recipe I tried minutes ago with my kids:
1 box mac n cheese
1 can tuna fish, drained (or a pouch if you got in on that deal last week)
1/2 can peas, drained (I'm saving the other 1/2 can for the next time aka tomorrow)
make mac n cheese like normal, mix in the tuna and peas and eat.
I'm shocked, but my kids are wolfing it down right now and I love it too!
There are only about 60 cases left so I suggest you RUN!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
First off, check out the cheap dinner deal:
1. Little Caesers hot and ready pizza $5
2. Printable coupon for FREE crazy bread with any purchase at Little Caesars (that coupon is gone now, but another one is up, I'll post it further in this posting)
3. Jamba Juice with a printable coupon for buy 1 get 1 free. THEN, if you ask nicely, they will take the leftover on a regular jamba and pour it into kids cups for FREE! So, we got 5 jambas (3 small, 2 big) for $4.40
Total spent for a huge eating out dinner for a family of 2 adults and 3 kids 6 and under: $9.40
I can deal with that.
Little Caesars coupon I just found
Here is another deal. Please don't abuse it, but do use it because I want this restaurant to stay open.
Sharis. Saturday starting at 4pm. If an adult buys a meal, kids eat for FREE. And not just one kid either. I went with some friends awhile back, 9 kids total, 4 adults and all the kids ate free. Good size meals, drinks and gogurts!
This is a great deal!
So, take the family, eat a meal and get free kids meals.
If you find a cheap meal deal, let us know!
Friday, July 3, 2009
Well, Wirefly is having some amazing sales.
I DID find free Blackberrys through T Mobile on wirefly and I am currently mulling it over.
Anyhow, check it out. You can upgrade, add lines and do all sorts of fun things.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
So, this is my first year with a child in school who has a summer break. I wanted to beat her to the "I am so bored I'm going to make you suffer" punch, so I started a summer routine. On a tangent--- I prefer the term routine to schedule because while I KNOW kids need a regular and consistent routine to keep their days comforting and sane, children should not be scheduled, particularly babies. There needs to be some flexibility! But enough of that, I can really go off, so moving back on topic--- routine. Here is a sample of it:
|Clean up kitchen area|
|Deep clean kitchen||Deep clean living room|
|deep clean tiny bathroom||Deep clean dressing room|
|Deep clean parents room||Deep clean porch|
|Earn 1 tv show|
|Read a book|
|Music lesson or practice|
|quick tidy living room|
|Earn 1 tv show|
|Mommy read to kids time|
|Get ready and go to bed|
Second, see the part where I put "deep clean" and you see 3 rooms and then another row with 3 rooms. Each day I clean 3 rooms in my house with the kids' help. I then ignore that room until next week. Every room gets a good cleaning each week, but I don't stress myself out with perfection, which I just can't do.
I'm sure you are wondering how I get the kids to comply. Well, sometimes I don't to be honest. But that is why I love the tv. My kids are "too tired" to work, I'm "too tired" to turn on the tv. Simple as that. I have built in play and tv rewards in my routine to keep them going from hour to hour.
But there is a bigger goal... FRIDAY FUNDAY!
We made a list together of all the cool things we want to do each week. When we've done our work and we've been kind, we are rewarded on Friday. We (mostly me) pick an item on the list and we get to do it!
Some of our items so far have included:
eat lunch at Daddy's work
Go to a candy store
Go to a cupcake store
Go to the rodeo
Go to the park
Make home made ice cream and popsicles and swim in the pool in the yard
Watch a movie in the basement with snacks
Go fishing at Jefferson Lake
So, see where I'm going? Most are cheap, but all have memory potential.
My kids love it, my house is clean and I'm not losing my mind. And the tv is OFF a lot!
So, there you go. What do YOU do in the summer time?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Baby tightwads: Go buy some Christmas gifts. Now. On clearance.
Medium tightwads: Buy some Christmas gifts, but make sure they are extremely practical. Like, go shopping shopping for school clothes for your kids. Now is a grand time to buy clearance for winter clothes. Also, shop at some garage sales for these items.
Big kid tightwads: Do the above AND start planning you canning/harvesting strategy. Prowl the garage sales for old jars and such. Get a few buddies and make a canning group. Call your neighbors and talk to them about any excess fruit or veggies they have. Now is the time to call dibs!
In my defense I had the following going on in May:
Keep up the house
shop for deals
sew for my business
keep small children alive
become PTO president
continue to organize the 3rd International Babywearing Conference (to be held in 2010 and holy crap it is taking a lot of work!)
Teach frugality classes all over the place
Help friends who were having babies
So, I was a hair busy. But I'm still sorry.
For May (lol)
Look at your yard. What is costing you money? Do you need to spend $50 on flowers. Really? How about you buy plants that come back every year? That you can eventually divide and give to neighbors? Find some friends and all of you start trading plants.
Its time to garden. PLANT A GARDEN! DO IT!
Change the oil in your lawn mower. Simple maintenance will make it last.
Have a garage sale!
Okay, there we go. Short and sweet! And late...
Monday, June 8, 2009
Great deal via cheapstingybargains.com
Meritline has an Entry Alarm for Doors and Windows for $2 after $1 off coupon code MLC4010971 (expires 6/10/09), which is 33% off the $3 regular price. Shipping is free.
The Entry Alarm for Doors and Windows will set off a 90 dB alarm if the door or window to which it is attached is opened more than 1.5 cm. It attaches without tools, features a simple on/off switch and is small enough to be portable.
Great for doors, windows, keeping track or toddlers and teenagers who think the rules were made to be broken...
I will post more as I see it, but it's going to be one of the spend $25 get $10 off on your next order type deals. Could be great...
Update: Here is the list for this week for Utah!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
They are usually pricey (but still worth it, really), but here is a screaming deal, so buy a TON and use them, or keep them for gifts!
use the code Babylegs
Get them for $3 something! Woot!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
A gal in my neighborhood (thanks Amber) told me that at a garage sale she did they sold food, so I decided to try. I did one of Albies HOT deals on soda pop from last week. It came to $.075 per can of pop, so let's say $.08. I sold each pop for a quarter. By the end of the day I made enough money to pay for my entire grocery trip and then some on JUST the Pop. And the 5 12 packs of pop had only run me $9 so there you have it. Plus I didn't sell all the pop.
What I'm saying here is that selling ice cold beverages that you get on a smokin' deal is a decent way to make a few extra bucks and is therefore worth it. At the very least it should pay for your shopping trip!
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
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I bought a bunch of this brand of stoneware 4 Christmases ago and I ADORE it! Wonderful stuff. Also I used to work at the Bon Marche and I spent a lot of time in the housewares dept as their bridal gal. Believe me, totally great stuff.
This site has TONS of deals on dishes to watch closely and check back often!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Anyhow, here is this deal:
Right when you walk in they have a TON of the ge energy efficient lightbulbs that are usually about $5 for $.99.
Right there, that is a great deal and I would stock up as these lights supposedly will drop your power bill and last forever.
But, it gets better! The 5/9 Smart Source (I think that was the date) had coupons for $1 off any ge lightbulb! So that makes them FREE!
Yay! Go nuts! They have a ton!
While you are there, look for any tearpad coupons because there are a few at the front of the store I would grab for a friggin amazing deal. shhhhh...
I saw this brilliant idea via some friends a few weeks ago. They were going to the park a mile away from home and their eldest child wanted to stay home and watch a show (and didn't feel well). So, they gave him a walkie talkie and took the other with them. They could stay in constant communication! Perfect!Now, I thought of this in terms of when my child goes to a friend's house. I want her to be safe no matter where she is and while I only let her go to people's houses where I know the humans really well, you can't account for everything. (I personally follow the saying: In God we trust. The rest do a background check.) Anyhow, knowing she can get in touch with me without having to ask an adult (sometimes that's better anyhow). I like the idea that the kids can talk to each other and play. I even like the idea of slipping it into her backpack for emergencies (can you tell that I am a paranoid mom?).
Anyhow, whatever your reason, I think this is a decent deal.
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I found this early this morning, but piching your pennies had this pretty post, so I copied it here. However, the credit goes to pyp and once again I suggest you familiarize yourselves to their online deals portion of the website. I buy nearly ALL of my birthday and Christmas gifts through their online deals and it is totally worth it.
This is a fantastic gift idea! Yay!
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Saturday, May 16, 2009
I am having a garage sale! I want to get rid of crap and I LOVE to haggle! Plus I have friends bringing things over and I'm trying to talk them into all but giving it away!
Here is my craigslist post:
Come take my junk please!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Still mad I just missed out on $4!
Anyhow, I got casserole dishes and bread pans for $1.90 each.
Totally worth it!
I bought 10 items for $28!
Thank you to pinchingyourpennies.com for the post!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
We have a beautiful home that would really look nicer with some improvements to it. But... I have a hard time spending money when my house functions just fine as is.
With Mother's day fast approaching, I had to come up with something kinda cheap so I wouldn't end up with candies or something else that is useless(I have a thing about gifts that don't serve a purpose other than to increase my thigh circumference).
So, I asked for railroad ties around my flower bed.
We found a decent deal, but it still cost $50 for all the ties. Then dh decided that he needed a new shovel and rake (because he forgot to put the old ones away last fall and now they are "icky". Whatever) That was another $30 down the drain and it earned dh one of my famous, "Take care of your crap" lectures I give when I'm really exasperated about the tool situation here.
**PS. Watch for an upcoming post on how I'm going to fix up dh's tools so he will put them away and keep them organized. It's going to be a goodie and hopefully no one will die.
Anyhow, so Total that is running me... way too much money. Sigh.
Then, the washer broke. Again. Last time we replaced the coupler ourselves for about $25. It was easy to google and Northgate Appliance was great to help us out. This time it was the transmission. Not a cheap fix and so we decided to spend the extra $50 and buy a new washer (a new tranny would be about $125ish). So we went to Northgate Appliance in Idaho Falls and bought a new to us washer. I wanted a front loader soooooo bad, but I have been told by my fellow cloth diaperers that a front loader is crap for diaper washing plus, they are just too expensive for me right now. So, used top loader it is.
So, there is another $185.
I hated to pay this, but a washing machine is a need.
In a few days we are having a custom table built for our kitchen. Remember the fold up beds from days of yore? Well, this will be a fold up table. It will keep me from cluttering it up (like this table I'm typing on is) and it will save space. It will also fit our whole family and have table legs that don't go out when we put a roast on it. It will cost us $350 for a high quality table and while I hate spending that much, I feel like it is an investment in family time and therefore a need. Plus, that puppy will last forever. A carpenter friend is making it and it is going to be niiiice.
Then we have to paint the place the table is going in to. Well we don't HAVE to, but I'd rather do it now so we don't have the table in our way, so that is another $60.
Argh! Spending too much money! But, what do you do?
Friday, May 8, 2009
Check this out and get a bunch!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
We are putting in railroad ties for our flower bed (please let that be finished soon, my lawn looks so ugly!).
I will go buy weed and feed if I have to, but I'm wondering, does anyone have a better way to kill the dandilions without killing the grass and flowers around them? A cheaper way?
I am open to suggestions and I am researching online. Google, here I come!
Go to Sam's and buy the cans of plain ol' gooey cheese.
Divide into jars and can in a cold pack for 20 minutes.
Get your pasta and cook it up.
Pour a can o' cheese over it.
Tastier than the boxed stuff, easier to mix and CHEAPER!
There you have it!
This is what I got for me:
4 kraft ranch (did you know cucumber and buttermilk ranch are msg free?) $1
2 taco bell shells $1.40
7 kraft bbq Free plus $.35
I got the kraft bbq catalina for $3
4 Ritz and I used the kraft cat for this so $.97
Now I bought other items for a friend who has some family stuff going on and just can't feasibly go to the grocery store right now and for my mom because she's my mom. But, I'm working on finding the savings.
People, the kraft bbq sauce catalina is a money maker when coupled with the coupons from this Sunday's paper. Go nuts!
Also, while I don't love the tone used at pyp (I'm a fan of please) and while I got the catalina before pyp posted it (didn't know about it, just stumbled on it), I will say, go to pinchingyourpennies.com for this week's list and all the deals on it. This is a great week, easy to do! (ps, seriously, when you want bloggers to do something, if you want anyone to do something, please goes a looooooong way!)
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Let it be known that I am NOT the pizza dough maker in this family, but I decided to try it out.
This is easy and fast, NO rising time at all!
Here you go:
Prep. Time: 0:40
.25 oz. pkt. active dry yeast
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Lynn Wilson tortillas are $.79 a package right now!
85% lean hamburger are $1.88/lb
Don Julio tortilla chips are $.99 a bag
Of the 3, I am the most thrilled about the Lynn Wilson. I always buy 10-20 packages when they go on sale and freeze them. I just picked up another 10 this morning. If they are out of stock (and that always happens) just get a raincheck with Broulims. But be warned, the customer service won't track it and you WILL have to hound them until you get it. I always have to and it's a pain!
Good luck and happy shopping!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
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This is Brenda's house
kids are okay, but you need to make sure they don't trash her house.
I am hoping to come, but my littlest one has had some weird health stuff lately, so I might be too paranoid, haven't decided yet.
If you are wanting to learn to coupon, this is the place!
Print this weeks Albertsons's pyp list and come ready to learn!
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
So, I'm on the hunt for the best deal on an extremely high quality, LARGE crock pot. I use mine all summer long so I don't have to run the air conditioner but I can still cook nice meals.
I think I found a front runner in this race:
Now this site has some good deals on crock pots and other items, so feel free to look around. I'll keep you posted.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I love love love the children's place. The clothes are great quality (believe me, they've held up through 2 boys so far) and the dye lots are the same every year, so red is always red, ocean is always ocean... that means I can mix and match tights and dresses without fear of ugly variations on the colors.
Here is the link. Go nuts!
*** Be patient, this site gets flooded during sales and can be very slow to navigate. Just a warning.
Friday, April 17, 2009
We need your help! We are locked into a contest with Albertsons Flagship store (one they spent more money on the decor than our whole store!) We are trying to make a point and it is this- It's not the building or the location next to the General office that matters....IT'S THE PEOPLE! WE HAVE THE PEOPLE and the PEOPLE are YOU! Please come buy french bread here SATURDAY and we will break a world record of 1,000 loaves of French bread! Thank you in advance for making Broadway Albertsons #1!!!!!!
Okay, it's time to show the support for our Broadway Albies! Call your family and friend and make the trip to be a part of a world record! They've helped us for years now it's our turn to go show the love!
I have some set rules on how often I will drive to Idaho Falls weekly so as to save gas and I will be breaking them just to go to the Broadway store! If I can do it, you can too!
Comment here after you go and lets see how many of us show up!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
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