Monday, June 30, 2008

Menu Planning Monday: Back in the game!

I have not followed a menu in awhile due to having a new baby girl 2 weeks ago. We had so many people bless us with food after the baby was born, so I was able to get the rest that I needed. While it was a great blessing to have some time off, it feels so good to sit down and plan a menu again. I have been out of sorts and i'm ready to get back in the game. I'm feeling great and it's time to get things back in order.

What has me most excited is that for this weeks menu i'm only going to spend $40.00! That means lots of leftover money to spend on any great deals I find.

Monday: Waffles and fruit
Tuesday: Breakfast casserole--->just got this recipe from a friend!
Wednesday: Muffins and sausage
Thursday: Homemade cinnamon rolls
Friday: Pancakes and fruit
Saturday: Eggs, hashbrowns, and a meat
Sunday: Country ham and gravy over biscuits

Monday: Fried ham, homemade mac & cheese, and a veggie
Tuesday: Sandwiches and a veggie
Wednesday: Grilled chicken salad
Thursday: Grilled cheese sandwiches and fruit
Friday: Baked potatoes and vegetable plate
Sat and Sun: We either eat leftovers, or a salad, or sandwiches

Monday: Banana bread
Tuesday: Fruit
Wednesday: Homemade chocolate oatmeal cookies
Thursday: Veggie and cheese tray
Friday: Tortilla wraps---> Filled with peanut butter, banana, and/or honey

BLT's---->One of our favorite summer time treats!
French fries

Green beans

Cheesy baked casserole---->Thanks, Kate for this one. The kids love it!
Corn on the cob
Yeast rolls

Chicken pot pie

BBQ chicken
Baked beans
Potato salad
Homemade banana pudding--->With lots of bananas, nilla wafers, and cool whip. I love this dish!

Out to eat with family

Pork roast

For more great menus, head over to Heavenly Homemakers, where Laura is hosting Menu Planning Monday for this week.

Friday, June 27, 2008

A few good deals from Target and Walgreen's

Since having Anna almost 2 weeks ago I haven't been able to get out and do any shopping. I have actually missed out on a few great deals due to not being able to get out. So tonight my hubby and I, along with Anna, decided to make a little mini date out of our shopping trip. I know, we're so romantic.

Our first stop was Target. Eventhough we are not huge cereal fans here I will buy a few boxes as treats when I get a really good deal. Target has that really good deal on cereal this week. Buy 4 boxes of Kellogg's cereal at $10.00 and get a $5.00 giftcard. We ended up doing 3 transactions.

Transaction #1:
4 boxes of Rice Krispies with Strawberries - $10.76
- 4/$1.00 Q's

Total after coupons was $6.88 and I received a $5.00 giftcard

Transaction #2:
4 boxes of Raisin Bran crunch - $10.00
- $5.00 giftcard

Total after Q's was $5.10 and I received another $5.00 giftcard

Transaction #3:
6 Cattleman's BBQ sauce - $7.50
4 bags of Archer Farm chips - $6.76
-6/$.75 Cattleman's Q's
-4/$1.00 Archer Farm chips Q's
-$5.00 giftcard

Total after Q's $.97

Total I would have spent for all of this would have been $35.00.
Total OOP was $13.00. Plus I have a try me free MIR for the Rice Krispies and the Cattleman's!

Stop #2 was Walgreen's. I had to get in on the Dixie Plates deal. They are 2/$3.79. I had a $3.00/2 coupon that Carlie shared with me. Thanks, Carlie! I was able to get 4 packs of dixie plates for $2.18 OOP plus I have another $3.00 coupon to do another deal if I want to tomorrow.

Tomorrow I have a really great CVS deal planned out. If they have everything I need I will pay nothing OOP and gain $8.00 in ECB's. Crossing my fingers that they have everything I need!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Grocery Gathering - Albertson's DFW 6/25 - 7/1

First off I just wanted to say thankyou to Carlie from, Why Ask Why, for doing last weeks Grocery Gathering post for me. Now that baby and I are at home safe and healthy i'm ready to get back to posting. This week has a few pretty good deals in it. No free deals that I see yet this week. As usual, all deals that could be free are in red.

Oh, one last thing. I heard that the Albertson's in the Baton Rouge area is advertising that they are doubling and tripling coupons. Don't know if it's just for this week or not. Enjoy it, you lucky dogs!

3 day sale from Friday 6/27 - Sunday 6/29:
Catfish fillets - $2/99/lb.---> You have to buy 5 lbs or more for this deal

C&H Sugar 4 lb - $.99 (limit 1)--->If your store triples then this will be $.09 ea!
-$.30/1 from 6/18 Redplum insert

Albertson's large eggs - $.99 dozen (limit 1)

Other deals I see:
Blue Bell ice cream 1/2 gallon - $3.99
- $1.00 IP here---> you have to join Bluebell's website first to get it!

Oscar Mayer hot dogs or Kraft Singles - 2/$3.00 (limit 4)
-$.50/1 on any Oscar Mayer hot dogs from 6/18 Smartsource insert - if your store doubles these will be $.50 ea.

Kraft BBQ sauce - $.79

Hamburger Helper - 10/$10.00
-$1.00/3 from 6/08 Smartsource insert

On the outer wrapper they do have a Nabisco/Kraft deal with lots of items for 10/$10, 4/$10, and 5/$10. I wasn't able to find many coupon matchups, but if you do know of any that could make this deal good please let me know because I am still a bit behind on my coupons.

*Update: I did get a heads up from a couple of commenters about this deal. Buy 1 Kraft natural sliced cheese at $4.59 and 1 Oscar Mayer deli shaved lunch meat at $2.50, get a Kraft mayo or Miracle Whip FREE*
-$1.00/1 Oscar Mayer Deli Sliced meat from the 5/11 Smartsource insert
-$.55/1 Kraft mayo from Kraft's summer magazine

There is also a IP here for $3.00/1 Planters product when you buy 3 Kraft items.

Of course if I see any other good deals I will add them. Please let me know if you see anything else that I may have missed. For more great grocery deals visit the Grocery Gathering, hosted by Becentsable.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

A few precious pictures of Anna Sophia to share

I know you've probably heard enough of my sweet baby, but I just had to share a few pictures of her. I'm excited since this is one of the first we've gotten of her since getting home. She has no wires and she actually has clothes on too!

Here's one from when she was in NICU still. Nice change, isn't it?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

We're finally home!!

Thanks to everyone for their prayers and well wishes. We are finally home from the hospital. I wanted to give a quick rundown of what happened this week so I am just going to copy and paste what I wrote on my momys board about Anna's stay at the hospital.

It was an amazingly easy birth and I felt great afterwards. Anna did well too, they just told me that she had quite a bit of facial bruising. As an old NICU nurse I wasn't concerned because it happens alot but her face was really purple from the bruising.

About 8 hours later the pediatrician came and checked her out and said that she was perfectly healthy and that the bruising would go away in a few days. Side note: It turns out that it wasn't facial bruising at all.

About 10 minutes after she came in to talk to me she came back, but with another doctor. I didn't recognize him, but it turns out he was a new NICU doc. She then told me that while she was in here that Anna coded and had to be resuscitated. Usually they start resuscitation efforts on newborns well before they have no heartrate, but when they found her in the crib she had no heartrate and of course was not breathing. After working on her awhile they were able to get her heartrate back up to normal and she was breathing on her own. Of course she was immediately transferred to NICU.

I was told that she had a seizure but they weren't sure why. They suspected that she either had a heart defect, that she had bled into her brain or that she had an infection. They ran quite a few tests but all came back normal. The problem was that she kept turning blue. She hasn't had another episode since Monday night. They never have figured out what was causing them, except for some transitional issues, but decided to let her come home.

We possibly still have to go do a 2-D echo of the heart and are going to ask to be set up with an apnea monitor, but we are hoping that everything has resolved. We are thanking God that she is ok and that we got to bring her home. The doctors don't expect there to be any permanent damage, but we of course just have to wait and see. Right now she is acting as if nothing ever went wrong.

The nurses that resuscitated her told me that it was a miracle that they happened to walk by her when they did. Neither of them were supposed to be in there at that time. Another minute later and we might not be holding her right now.

So needless to say I am enjoying my sweet baby girl. I might be MIA for a few more days while I recoup from this week, but i'll be back soon. Again, thanks so much!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Grocery Gathering: Albertson's DFW 6/18 - 6/24

It's time again for the weekly grocery gathering post.

Teresa is in the hospital so I'll be pinch hitting this one. Bear with me - I know I won't get this as good as Teresa does. :)

French's Mustard is 10/$10.00
.50 cents off coupon here

Eggs and Bread are 10/$10.00

Rice A Roni $10/10.00
.50/1 SS IP here

General Mills Cereals 6/$10.00
Use (3) $1.00/2 insert Qs making this 6/$7.00

Kellog's Smart Start or All Bran Cereal 4/$10.00
Use $3.00/2 IP here or $1.00/2 here, here or here.

Three Day Sale:

$1.68/lb boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

.99 cents/lb Peaches

Happy Shopping!!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Update on Anna :)

Carlie again - back with an update for you.

I just spoke with Teresa. She said to say thank you to everyone for all there prayers.

Anna is still in NICU. She is having episodes where she turns blue. The doctors have run test and still do not know what is causing this. They will be running more test tomorrow. I'll be back with an update tomorrow evening for you.

Please keep them in your prayers and pray for guidance and wisdom for the doctors.

Thanks everyone!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Welcome Anna Sophia!!

Hi all!! This is Carlie from Why Ask Why.

Teresa is still in the hospital with no Internet access - what's up with that? All hospitals should have wireless - it should be mandatory. Ok - sorry.......

Here's the info you've been waiting for:

Anna Sophia came into the world at 4:39 AM!!

She is 8lbs even and 19 - 3/4 inches.

Short and chubby with red hair - she's really, really cute. Even though she looks just like Scott - hahaha!!

Teresa is doing good and looks great.

Baby Anna is currently in NICU due to circulation issues. Teresa was using big words (it's the nurse in her!) but I didn't catch it all. They are still running test to determine what's going on.

Please keep praying for Anna, Teresa and Scott. Hopefully we'll get her hooked up with Internet soon. If not I'll try to get back tomorrow with an update and maybe a picture or two.

We're heading to the hospital!

My water just broke so we're heading off to have a baby! Please pray for us that everything goes ok!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Simple project to pass the time: Making a t-shirt dress!

Ok, since i'm so hugely pregnant and don't feel much like getting out these days, my husband and I thought it might be nice for me to do one fun project a day until baby comes. Today I decided to make matching cute t-shirt dresses for my two youngest girls. They make great play or going out dresses and are so cheap to make.

I thought I would put a tutorial up for those who feel adventurous. I am usually pretty bad about putting pictures up, but I do realize that many people, myself included, are visual. They just need to see it.

All you need is basic sewing skills for this project.

Supplies needed:

  • 1 t-shirt (I payed $2.00 each for the tshirts i'm using)
  • 1/2 - 1 yd of material (For my 5 yo daughter I am using 1 yd, for the 2 yo I am using 1/2 yd. I bought the material for $1.00 yd.) *If making for a bigger girl you will need to add more fabric. Up to about 2 yds.*
  • Matching thread

Step 1:
Put t-shirt on your little one. Mark or measure how many inches right to the belly button. After taking it off, cut it where you marked. You can cut it a little shorter than this if you want, I like the way it falls cut a little shorter so I usually go 1 inch above the belly button.

Step 2:
Fold fabric in half, lengthwise with the selvage edges together. Selvage edges are the edges that have not been cut. *If you are making a dress for a bigger girl, fold fabric in half with the cut edges together instead of the selvage edges. Sew down the long sides.*

Step 3:
Sew sides together to form the skirt. I usally like to make a french seam here, but that's just to keep it from fraying on the inside. If you want to learn how to do a french seam, go here.

Step 4:
Mark the center front and center back of the shirt and skirt with pins.

Step 5:
The skirt will have the right sides facing eachother now. Sew a basting or gathering stitch (which is basically a very wide stitch), at the top of the skirt.

Step 6:
Pull the gathering threads to make the gather of the skirt.

Step 7:
Turn the shirt inside out and put it upside down in skirt. Match center pins of skirt and shirt together and pin. Now adjust your gathers as needed.

Step 8:
Once gathers are adjusted to fit the width of the shirt. Sew the skirt to the t-shirt. I like to go around twice. Once in a zip zag stitch. It is stronger that way. My first few I had to restitch holes because my girls play so hard.

Step 9:
Turn dress right side up now. Try the dress on your little one to see where you want your hem. Pin it and then sew. I like to do a double fold on the bottom of the skirt because it makes the dress fall better at the bottom and it keeps it from fraying. Once I have it pinned around I just take it and fold it inside itself. Then I sew it. Of course, that is just optional.

The finished product!

I have added eyelet lace at the bottom before to add a little something. You can also take the leftover t-shirt material and make a matching scrunchie or add ruffles on a sock. I like to crochet a matching ruffle on socks to wear with it. So cute! Maybe that'll be my project for tomorrow!

It really is simple to do and can add to your little girl's wardrobe for not much money. After reading Crystal's Frugal Friday post and Jennifer's comment on my blog, I decided to add that you can make this project even more frugal by using up older t-shirts that your little girl may be outgrowing. Reusing them extends their life and saves money. Have fun!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Grocery Gathering - Albertson's DFW 6/11 - 6/17

It's time again for my weekly grocery gathering post. This week has a few pretty good deals in it. As usual, all deals that could be free will be in red. I'll start with the outer wrapper.

Breakfast sale:

General Mills Cookie Crisp, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Multi Grain Cheerios, Lucky Charms - Buy 2 for $5 And Get 1 free 11.25 oz., 12.8 oz., 11.5 oz. B2G1 - IDENTICAL ITEM ONLY
-$1.00/2 from 5/4 Smartsource insert
-$1.00/2 from 5/24 GM insert
-$.55/1 Cinnamon toast crunch IP here

Kelloggs Cereal Straws - $1 off Half Gallon Milk with Purchase of 1 Kelloggs Cereal Straws

Kelloggs and Malt o Meal Select Varieties, B1G1 - IDENTICAL ITEM ONLY
-There are various peelies out there for the Kellogg's cereal if you're lucky enough to find one
-$1.50/1 Malt o Meal IP here

3 Day Sale from Friday 6/13 - Sunday 6/15:

Imperial Sugar 4 lb bag - $.99 (limit 1)

Powerade 32 0z - $.69 ea.
-$.75/1 from 6/08 Redplum insert

Also there is a 10% off all frozen food for the 3 day sale. Wait until then to take advantage of the other sales for even more savings!

Other deals I see:

Albertson's Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast Family Pack - $1.99 lb.

Half gallon Blue Bell Ice Cream - $3.99
-$1.00/1 IP here ---> you have to join Bluebell's website first to get it!

Gatorade 32 oz. - $.79 ea.

Bush's Baked Beans or Grillin' Beans - 3/$5.00
- $1.00/1 Grillin' Beans from 4/20 Smartsource insert

Masterpiece BBQ sauce - 3/$5.00
- $1.00/1 IP here
-$.50/1 from 4/13 Redplum insert

Kraft Mac & Cheese - 6/$4.00 - minus $1.00 instant rebate when you buy 6

Kraft BBQ sauce 4/$4.00- minus $1.60 instant rebate when you buy 4
-$1.00/3 peelies are out there

Kraft salad dressing 4/$8.00 - minus $2.00 instant rebate when you buy 4
- $.75/2 from ?? insert

Freschetta Frozen Pizza, Freschetta PizzAmore, Wolfgang Puck Frozen Pizza - 4/$20.00 - minus $5.00 instant rebate with $20.00 purchase = $3.75 ea. before coupons
- $.75/1 large Freschetta pizza from 3/30 Smartsource insert
- $1.00/1 Wolfgang Puck pizza from 4/20 Smartsource insert

Freschetta PizzAmore 18.47-21.69 oz., Red Baron Frozen Pizza 19-27.8 oz. - 5/$20.00 - minus $5.00 instant rebate with $20.00 purchase = $3.00 ea. before coupons
- $.75/1 large Freschetta pizza from 3/30 Smartsource insert
- $1.00/2 any Red Baron pizza from 4/6 Smartsource insert

ASIAN SENSATIONS Appetizers or Egg Rolls 6-11 oz., FRESCHETTA PizzAmore Breadsticks 10.8 oz., TONY'S Frozen Pizza 13.72-17.6 oz - 10/$20.00 - minus $5.00 instant rebate with $20.00 purchase = $1.50 ea. before coupons
-$.75/1 Asain sensations product from 5/11 Smartsource insert
- $.55/1 Freschetta breadsticks from 3/30 Smartsource insert

RED BARON Deep Dish Mini, Singles, French Bread or Microwave Classic 6.8-12 oz - 8/$20.00 - minus $5.00 instant rebate with $20.00 purchase - $1.88 ea. before coupons
-$.75/1 from 4/13 Smartsource insert

Of course if I see any other good deals I will add them. Please let me know if you see anything else that I may have missed. For more great grocery deals visit the Grocery Gathering, hosted by Becentsable.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Crockpot week returns!

Well, I didn't think i'd have to plan this week's menu since I thought i'd be in the hospital having this baby. But here I am still pregnant, and still having to feed my family. So, since I really don't feel much like cooking I thought i'd do another crockpot week. I really do love a week of crockpot meals. It is so nice if you have a busy week, like camps for the kids in the summer, or if you just don't feel much like cooking.

Hopefully next week though, i'll be able to use all those meals I have in the freezer since i'll be enjoying a new baby.

Oh, this weeks worth of meals will only cost me $50.00 for those of you who like to keep up with my budget. Not too bad!

Monday: Waffles
Tuesday: Baked oatmeal
Wednesday: Muffins and sausage
Thursday: Homemade cinnamon rolls
Friday: Pancakes and fruit
Saturday: Eggs, hashbrowns, and a meat
Sunday: Country ham and gravy over biscuits

Monday: Sandwiches and veggie
Tuesday: Hot dogs, mac & cheese, and a veggie
Wednesday: Salad and baked potatoes
Thursday: Sandwiches and fruit
Friday: Leftovers
Sat and Sun: We either eat leftovers, or a salad, or sandwiches

Tuesday: Fruit
Wednesday: Banana Bread or homemade bread drizzled with butter and honey
Thursday: Veggie and cheese tray
Friday: Tortilla wraps---> Filled with peanut butter, banana, and/or honey

BBQ ribs in crockpot
Green beans

Crockpot chicken

Mashed potatoes
Brocolli and carrots

Italian sausage and peppers
Green beans
Garlic bread

Homemade BBQ chicken pizza

Chicken breasts and potatoes bake in foil
Yeast rolls

Crockpot roast
Potatoes, onions, and carrots
Pumpkin rolls

For more great menu ideas, head on over to I'm an Organizing Junkie for Menu Planning Mondays.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Making the transition to home - Part 3

Last time I talked about how important it is to have both spouses in agreement on this. If you missed part 1 and 2 you can read them here and here. To be able to move forward it is important because without your husband being on board you will be fighting an uphill battle.

This time i'll be talking about setting some goals and touching on making that money stretch. Of course, even if your husband isn't in agreement you can still apply some of these things now that will help.

Most people know that setting up goals are an important part of any really big decision we make. We just have the tendancy at times to get excited and skip this part. For example, if our husband agrees that it is important to be at home we give our two week notice at work the next day without planning at all.

The problem can be that in a few months without any true goals or vision for your family the newness wears off and you're faced with issues that you should have addressed beforehand. Like, if your bills are more than your husband makes in a month, how are you going to make up for your loss of income? Usually faced with that reality a few weeks after quitting, the stress builds up and mom is back at work a month later saying that they just couldn't make it work in this case.

I have heard many people say that God will bless them for doing what is right and provide for them. Yes, it is true that God will provide for his people. The Bibles tells us He will. Look at this scripture passage. Luke 12:22-34

22 Then He said to His disciples, “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on.
23 Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.
24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?
25 And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
26 If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?
27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?
29 “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. 30 For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.
31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
32 “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
33 Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys.
34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

I'm sure we can all agree that God has provided enough monthly income to feed us, clothe us, and provide a modest shelter for us. The problem comes in when we have extra money going out to loans, credit cards, extracurricular activities, and various other items that takes away money that we need for our basic necessities.

While these things aren't necessarily bad, they can be what keeps us from living on one income effectively. Yes, I do believe in stepping out in faith and trusting God. Scott and I live by that every month. I do also believe in preparing though.

There are a few ways that you can go about this. One, you can cut outgoing expenses below your husband's income and then come home. This would mean cutting out all extras, like cable, your gym membership, or extracurricular activities that cost money. These are only examples. You would of course have to tailor it to your family according to how much you need to cut back. You could also start selling things like a second car to get rid of a monthly payment, an extra insurance payment, and gas expenses.

If you were like my family, even cutting out extras we still couldn't really make it. We were close, but we just needed a bit more. So, what do you do if you find yourself like us? You have to find a way to bring in extra income. This is what most people are doing when they have 2 incomes, both mom and dad work. For the family who wants mom to be at home if you can't cut expenses low enough you still have to bring in enough to pay your bills.

Since we wanted me to be home, we chose to have Scott do a few side jobs to bring in the extra that we needed. He paints on the side. What started out as a few hundred dollars extra a month has turned into something much bigger. God has blessed us enough to where Scott's side income is getting close to his regular income. We could have said no to this much extra work, but we feel that it is necessary to get completely out of debt.

Do I just let him work extra while I contribute nothing? Of course not. In my next post I want to share how, we as wives, can help our husbands. We have the ability to far more than we think, even while home.
It has not always been easy decisions that we've made, but God has taught us so much along the way. I hope that you will be encouraged as I share our journey. I would encourage to keep praying.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Grocery Gathering - Albertson's DFW 6/4 - 6/10

It's time once again for my weekly Grocery Gathering post. I am covering Albertson's DFW region.

This week looks like a good week. There are many 10/$10 sales out there. I won't be covering them all, just the ones that have good coupon matchups. Remember, you do not have to buy 10 of any one item. They will ring up for $1.00 each. Any deals that could be free will be in red.

I'll start with the outside wrapper:

General Mills cereal 4/$8 - get 2 lbs of bananas free when you purchase 4 cereals.
- $1.00/2 General Mills cereal from 5/4 Smartsource and 5/24 General Mills inserts

Save $2.00 on Albertson's half gallon of milk when you buy 2 Kellogg's Pop Tarts 2/$5

Albertson's large dozen eggs - 10/$10

Albertson's gallon milk - $3.99

Organic Valley half & half - $1.79 ea.
- $1.00 off any Organic Valley product from Go Organic for Earth day booklet

Other deals I see:
Pepsi 2 liter 10/$10
-$.50/1 Pepsi Max 2 liter IP here

Bar S hotdogs 10/$10
-$.25/1 IP here

Fresh Express garden salad - 10/$10
- $1.00 manufacture coupons found in a box by the salads

Keebler Chips Deluxe Regular or Rainbow - 10/$10 with in store coupon

Kraft Salad Dressing 8 oz. -10/$10
-$.75/2 from 5/11 Smartsource insert

French's mustard - 10/$10---> If your store doubles or triples this could be free or close to it!
-$.30/1 or $.50/1 from 3/9 Smartsource insert

Allen's frozen vegetables - 10/$10--->could be free if your store triples!
-$.35/1 any allen's frozen vegetables from 3/16 or 4/6 Redplum insert

Nestle Nesquik Syrup 10/$10---> could be free if your store doubles!
-$.50/1 from 4/27 Smartsource insert

Sobe Life Water - 10/$10
-B1G1 off any Sobe water IP here

Like I said, this is a big ad with lots of decent sales in it. As I find more matchups I will add them. Of course if you see something that I missed please let me know. For more great deals on groceries, please visit the Grocery Gathering, hosted by Becentsable.

Summer family project time!

This week is a themed week for Works for me Wednesday. It is the "Mom, i'm bored" edition. This is something that we all dread hearing. After a long summer break i'm sure it's bound to happen at some time. I used to hear it all the time. Of course I always loved coming up with creative ways to make the children stop telling me every five minutes that they were bored. I could always help them not be so bored by scrubbing out the trashcans or by dusting the baseboards. You get the point. It still got to be tiring though, so we changed things up a bit for them.

First thing I want to say is that we homeschool. It is a bit different for us since we don't follow the typical schoolyear schedule. We take off one whole month in the summer (this year we are taking off the month of June), and we take off the whole month of December. I have found that just having a shorter summer break cuts down some on the "Mom, i'm bored" cries.

Now you know it would be too easy if that's all it took, but of course I still used to hear it pretty often. That's when we took it a step further and implemented a few summer changes around here. It has made a huge difference and it's actually quite fun.

First thing to go is the TV. We turn it off every summer, for the whole summer. There is nothing on but reruns anyway, but I find that the kids whine about being bored more if they sit in front of the TV everyday. So, off it goes.

Every year the children also attend one camp. The last three years it has been a music day camp at one of the local churches. It's fun for the kids and it takes care of one week. Plus it's free!

The big thing we do though that has made the most difference is complete a family project together every summer. Last year we built a chicken coop together. If you want to read more about our chickens, you can do so here. This year we have been working on checking off Mom's nesting list. Baby should come at any time now so it's got to get done. We have painted a few rooms in the house, built a loft bed, and we are about to start expanding the chicken run.

Including the children is something we love doing and we never hear, "I'm bored!" It also helps them build skills that will help them later on in life. Most importantly, it helps build our relationship with our kids and it makes great memories. If you don't have any big projects to do, do something small. Build a birdhouse, plant a flower garden. Lets the kids pick. It works for us!

To get more great ideas on how to keep the kids entertained this summer, visit Rocks in my Dryer.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

CVS diaper deal!

I am always needing diapers so I get quite excited when CVS runs a diaper deal where I can earn ECB's. I always try to have a low OOP and earn back close to as many ECB's as i'm spending. Here is a pretty good scenerio that I came up with that does just that. It does require 2 seperate transactions though.

Transaction #1
1 Pampers diapers ($7.99)
1 Pampers wipes ($2.99)
1 Listerine smart rinse ($3.49)
1 Brut deoderant 2.5 oz ($3.19)

Total before coupons = $17.66

Coupons used
-$5/$15 CVS coupon
-$1.00 Brut coupon
-$1.00 Listerine smart rinse coupon
-$2/2 Pampers coupon

Total after coupons = $8.66
-$8.00 in ECB's or as close to it as possible
Total OOP = $.66 + tax
Earn back $6.49 in ECB's $3.00 from the Brut and $3.49 from the Listerine Smart Rinse.

Transaction #2
Repeat above transaction except this time you will also earn back $11.49 in ECB's from the Pamper's deal.

Total ECB's spent = $16.00
Total ECB's earned = $17.98

Money Saving Mom has more good scenerios that you can do. I always like to check to see what she has come up with.

*Note: The $5/$15 is now expired! I'm sorry, it was good while it lasted though, right? Anyways, there are still 2 $3/$15's that we have access to. You can visit my friend Carlie's blog to find out how to get one. Eventhough you won't make $2.00 in ECB's off the deal, you only lose $2.00 in ECB's. It's still not a bad deal for diapers!*