Aug 272009

So, my husband has been on a work out kick – waking up at 5:30-6:00 is his idea of fun right now. I think he likes it because it ruffles my feathers getting up that early to torture myself with early morning news and bad music. It isn’t all that bad, the time we get to spend together when we get to the gym is encouraging and fun. Like today, he kept fighting with his ear buds because he didn’t know an easy solution would be to string them though your shirt so the wire wont fall in your face and around your arms, he is so handsome! I didn’t know to use the opposite leg when kneeling on the bench for triceps curls, no wonder I kept creeping off the bench – I am so pretty. We both saved the day – it is win win.

BUT, the kicker about waking up so early in the morning is I don’t like to run early in training for the Rock n Roll San Antonio Marathon/Half Marathon. Dakota likes to get out for a jog, but she is a lolly-gagger, so she can’t run 35 minutes without getting in front of me at some time. So, I like to run in the afternoon/evening, it is easier on me and I have had ALL day to warm up! [That's my story and I am sticking to it!] “How long do I run for?”, you ask. Well, I will show you what I use to gauge my time:


Right now I am at 35 minutes/ 4ish miles and yes, my friends, that IS, in fact, a kitchen timer and my IPod. “Why?”, you ask. Well, since the title of my blog is “Frugal Stepmom” it might be obvious, but I am SO frugal at the present moment due to some fantastic deals we just dived our home in to and have you seen the prices on heart rate watches!? I went to the local sporting goods store this past weekend to price them out – $50-$1,000,000 (no kidding!) Ok, maybe I stretched it a little. But still, so I am saving my loose change now to be able to purchase the right equipment before the big day. November 15, 2009.

 Posted by at 9:15 pm
Aug 252009

Congratulations to my brother in law and his wife – they are expecting their first baby together!!!

My DH and daddy to be have already “picked out” the name for a boy, and we haven’t even been to the doctor yet to see how the baby is doing, LOL! They are SO excited and we are EXCITED for them!!!

So what does that mean from me?! It means I HAVE A BABY TO SHOP FOR!!! This month at Walgreen’s there is a great deal on Huggies wipes:

$2.29-$2.79 64 ct. Package – $2.00 Q from WAGS Back 2 School Coupon Book – $0.50 Manu Q =
$0-$.29 for a tub of huggies wipes

I think that is a deal worth sharing!!!
 Posted by at 2:59 pm
Aug 232009

I consider myself very frugal. I hope my daughter learns from our shopping trips together – always make sure the price is one you can afford with cash and never pay full price of anything. She came home the other day and was so excited because she got a new comforter set and light fixture for her room at her mom’s house – not just excited because it is something new to add to her stash, but she was so excited she got it on SALE! THAT’S MY GIRL!!!
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 Posted by at 5:55 pm
Aug 212009

I want to send out a special shout out to all my retail friends who are busy busy with Tax Free weekend. May you keep your patience and kindness towards each of your customers. Greet them with a smile, treat them like they have a million dollars to spend and send them on their way joyful to have happened upon such a wonderful spirit as yours.

I was just out in this shopping mess since we live in a neighborhood with a new shopping mall. Very convenient! When I got home, I have to admit, I was a little stressed… until I read my daily Proverb:

“Don’t fail to discipline your children. They won’t die if you spank them. Physical discipline may well save them from death.” Proverbs 13-14
Don’t do the spanking in public unless absolutely necessary, which, if the child was disciplined before it got to the spanking point, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. I know I am not the only one who has heard about 6,533 times today what is getting taken away “when we get home” or how many pairs of jeans are “going to get put back if you don’t straighten up”. My mom would have left everything, took us home and punished us right then.
So keep your heads up, retailers, it is going to be a rough weekend [you cannot spank other people's children] and remember to be kind and you will have the victory.
On a side note: I did not die from any of my punishments.
 Posted by at 8:44 pm
Aug 212009

This weekend, Friday, August 21 – Sunday, August 23, it a great Shoportunistic time for back to schoolers and many others looking for a good deal on clothes.

Texas retailers are having their TAX FREE shopping on clothing (and school supplies, this year) up to $100. Here is a list of the eligible items:

Baby clothes
Backpacks for use by elementary and secondary students
Belts with attached buckles
Boots – cowboy, hiking
Caps/hats – baseball, fishing, golf, knitted
Coats and wraps
Diapers – adult and baby
Gloves (generally)
Gym suits and uniforms
Hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts
Jerseys – baseball and football
Jogging apparel
Neckwear and ties
Pants and trousers
Raincoats and ponchos
Shoes – sandals, slippers, sneakers, tennis, walking
Socks (including athletic)
Suits, slacks, and jackets
Sweat suits
Work clothes and uniforms

Book bags
Cellophane tape
Blackboard chalk
Composition books
Folders; expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila
Glue, paste and paste sticks
Index cards
Index card boxes
Legal pads
Lunch boxes
Paper; loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper
Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
Pencil sharpeners
Writing tablets

Accessories (generally) – barrettes, elastic ponytail holders, wallets, watches
Backpacks – unless for use by elementary and secondary students
Baseball cleats and pants
Belt buckles (without belt)
Boots – climbing, fishing, rubber work boots, ski, waders
Buttons and zippers
Cloth and lace, knitting yarns, and other fabrics
Dry cleaning services
Football pants
Golf gloves
Handbags and purses
Hard hats
Helmets – bike, baseball, football, hockey, motorcycle, sports
Ice skates
Laundering services
Leather goods – except belts with buckles and wearing apparel
Pads – football, hockey, soccer, elbow, knee, shoulder
Personal flotation devices
Rented clothing (including uniforms, formal wear, and costumes)
Roller blades and skates
Safety clothing, glasses
Shoes – bicycle (cleated), bowling, golf

You can read more about advertising and displays at the Texas Comptroller’s website.

 Posted by at 1:05 pm
Aug 192009

Have you ever picked up your bible and said to yourself, “Please let it be a good one, I REALLY need it now!” I have been saying it for the past few days – but since I am reading Proverbs at the moment, they are all REALLY good and work for every situation. Today, I am really focused in on Proverbs 22:4-6 which says:

“True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life. Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road; whoever values life will avoid it. Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.”

Take from this what you will, but I like to think that the way I choose to walk in this world will teach my child the same humility and fear that I boast towards the Lord. If we are to come across a person of non-commitment and corruption, let us display our heart and pray for the ones who value their worldly goods rather than their heavenly riches.

PS – If some treacherous persons are reading my blog, thanks!, and I know I am praying for you!

 Posted by at 2:35 pm
Aug 182009

Ever since I can remember, my family and I have always had at least one “big” vacation a year. Well, 2009-10 school year calendars are out and my mom’s school has the SAME Spring Break week off as my daughter. Do you know what this means?! WE ARE GOING TO ORLANDO AGAIN!!! WooHoo!

My parents have been fortunate enough to pay off all their debts years ago; respectfully to my mom’s frugality and both of my parent’s plain old hard work. Since my baby brother and I are big kids now, my parents have enjoyed themselves a fantastic condo at Ron Jon in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Place to lay our head on this trip – check.

My dad is a Southwest Airlines connoisseur, he has accrued SO many flight miles in the past couple of months he could probably get us all there free. But, since SWA does “companion” tickets, maybe half of our group will fly free. Since there will most likely be 7 this go round, that is 3 free flights (roughly $1500 if we pay the same price for tickets as we did last Orlando trip). So, I found this sweet website a few years ago, Airfare Watchdog, where you can get emailed daily, weekly, monthly (you get the point) with the current deals from your local airports. I really like their emails because they have little anecdotes to make you more aware of flight needs and timeliness. Southwest does not sell their tickets THIS far in advance, but come October, we will be ready – check check.

Did I mention my dad flies a lot? He does it for his job, it is pretty awesome to be one guy in Texas but called all around the states to fix a crane or two. We will need to rent a car to get from the Orlando Airport to Ron Jon, to Astros preseason baseball, to the Space Center, to Disney and to dinner. The Math: My dad flies a lot, fliers need to rent cars, car renters earn renting points, therefore, my dad has racked in another bunch of car rental points – to be used in Orlando. Car rental for 7 folks – check check check.

So, I am pretty excited about our upcoming trip. Do you think if I start a countdown now, my coworkers will think I am wierd? I am just so excited!
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