Jan 012011

Have you made a New Year’ s resolution?

Personally, I like to think of them as short term goals that can potentially snowball to long term goals.

I have no need to lose weight or be on better track with debt, so what do I need to adjust in order for better future prosperity?

How about eating better and continuing to snowball?

  1. One thing I kick myself for almost every day is eating breakfast, the most important meal of the day! I just don’t make the proper time for it so I grab a pop tart or breakfast bar after my morning jog. This just is not acceptable for 2011. I need to be more proactive on eating before my morning activities so I will not feel sluggish through out the day.
  2. I would also like to eat more fresh fruits and veggies throughout the week by incorporating them more in the meals that I make for my family, rather than a snack after lunch or with lunch on the weekend.
  3. Our debt snowball is in progress and unless something absolutely terrible happens we are on track for payoff in just a few months! Yay us! Do you know what is more exciting than paying this stupid junk off? It is the ability to help more people, more families and more of our country, giving is the true gift of financial freedom and we are SO ready!
  4. I will share a really personal goal, who cares, there is no pride in Heaven. I want to feel more sexy in my own skin. God made this body to please Him, me, my husband and to support my family. Whatever it takes, I will admire who I am and who I am made to be.
  5. I want to play more games (board, TV and computer) with our sweet C. She just loves being competitive and likes to learn different strategies to winning, and to losing. She is very humble.
  6. I hope to get my etsy shop, sweetgum way, up and running. So far I am working on product, there will be lovely tile pieces up for sale soon enough!

I believe I will be able to accomplish these goals and more in 2011 with the love, grace and ultimate hand of God and from my family.

 Posted by at 9:19 pm
Dec 302010

“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19 NLV

Did you watch this show on TLC Wednesday? The only realistic participant was the Diva, I think everybody else was almost off their rocker. I mean, B, If I EVER come home and ask you to move your man cave because I have too many groceries for a three person household, you better say something or you will get roshambo’d.

I was really taken aback about the hoarder who didn’t even mention donating any of her loot and the DH that was “supportive” of her habit. God, family, then maybe groceries about 10th on the list of things of importance.

I loved the cute girl who was dumpster diving with her son and friend, I have read a lot about this (dumpster diving) on the boards I read, but I just don’t think getting a deal is quite worth this, yet. She is very relate-able as I (we) are young women who are trying to support our family as best as possible. You go girl, but really, let your man have the other side of the garage for himself. Give and Take.

The Diva was so knowledgeable and friendly, I would like to think I am more like her with her ability to teach and persue to deals on a timed basis. I loved that she walked and visited to get coupons from her neighborhood and shared her insight to fellow shoppers. I happen to walk with Dakota and pick up fliers on Friday’s when people pass out their recycle bins, so in a way, D and I are like the Diva.

Nate was a amazing in the fact that he was the only one who actually said he was donating a large portion of his loot to his church. There are so many people out there that depend on shelters for sustenance and help, I am really glad that he revealed the heart that we share, we purchase things for free (and almost free) and just give it away.

Half of these folks had separate insurance policies on the food and HBA goods within their households. I find it hard to believe that somebody would actually insure foods… and in some cases, processed foods. Just donate it to the hungry people on the streets.

Today, I was actually driving all around Houston trying to find one particular item for a project I am working on. I stopped at quite a few lights with men standing with sign’s of “Hungry, anything will help”, I wish I had these “extreme couponers” stockpile to help. Although we donate regularly to the local shelter, I couldn’t help feeling guilty for all the food we get to eat and jobs we get to complete that bring in money for our families to enjoy.

So, this is just me, thinking out loud on the show we all watched together. HAPPY CCOUPONING FRIENDS!

 Posted by at 9:40 pm
Dec 022010

It’s no surprise that this family loves Gringo’s; we dine there every Wednesday with our sweet girl and we get the same thing each time.

So, what do you get people who know what they like? A gift card of course!

Through December 31, 2010, Gringo’s is offering a Bonus $10 Gift Card to be used between 1/2/11 and 3/31/11 with each purchase of $50 in gift cards. So, as you can see below in our annual pie graph of dining expenses, 25% of our total is to Gringo’s… Trivia: If we purchased enough gift cards to use one $10 bonus gift card each Wednesday Date Night from 1/2/11 to 3/30/11 we would still have a shortfall of about $400 to pay.

Holy cow we eat a lot at Gringo’s!

 Posted by at 2:00 pm
Nov 232010

In preparation for the big feast upon us, we will all be creating our annual food items that are quintessential to our families meals.

This is a friendly reminder to grocery shop early and get it all at one time, you do not want to send your husband out for items he is not familiar with!

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!

 Posted by at 3:24 pm
Nov 172010

Days like today I do the happy dance for mail!

I received my Murad Gift containing:

  • Clarifying Cleanser
  • Firm and Tone Serum
  • Skin Perfecting Lotion
  • Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30
  • Pure Vitamin C Treatment Powder
  • Pure Vitamin C Treatment Gel
  • Sleep Reform Serum
  • Immuno-Skin Age Inhibitor
  • Daily Eye Lift

I received a Mary Kay Sample Kit, thanks to Seventeen Magazine, containing:

  • Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara
  • Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
  • Timewise 3-in-1 Cleanser
  • Timewise Age-Fighting Moisturizer
  • Fall Look catalog

I received my $3.00 FoodSaver FreshSaver! Thanks Hip2Save for reminding me of this steal.

AND, I received 2 $5 gift certificates to Amazon.com from Practical Money Skills for Life for submitting a review on Financial Football.


 Posted by at 3:40 pm
Nov 092010

So, I made another trip to Kroger… I noticed when I returned that my “canned” shelf is sagging, woe is me and my poor sagging shelf.

5 Swanson Chicken Broth @ $0.50* = $2.50 – $1.00/5 = $1.50 or $0.30/each

5 Hormel Chili Master @ $0.75* = $3.75 – $0.55 eCoupon – $0.75 eCoupon - $0.50/2 – (2) $0.75/1 =   -$0.05

5 Del Monte Tomato @ $0.50* = $2.50 – $1.00/5 = $1.50 or $0.30/each

3 Krusteaz Pancake Mix @ $1.99* = $5.97 – (3) $0.50/1 = $2.97 or $0.99/each

3 Cap’n Crunch @ $1.49* = $4.47 – (3) $0.50/1 = $1.47 or $0.49/each

4 Ronzoni Pasta @ $0.79* = $3.16 – $1.00/2 e Coupon – $1.00/2 = $1.16 or $0.29/each

1 Finish Dish Detergent @ $2.99* - $1.00/1 = $1.99

4 Gatorade @ $0.50* = $2.00

*The above were part of the Kroger Mega Deal, prices listed are AFTER the $0.50 discount on each item.

Dorito Chips @ $3.29 – $3.29 Kroger Home Mailer = FREE

Welch’s Juice @ $3.69 – $3.69 BzzAgent = FREE

Pillsbury Cake Mix @ $1.19 + 2 Pillsbury Icing @ $1.49 – $2.50/3 = $1.67 or $0.55/each

Tide Stain Release @ $6.99 – $3.00 eCoupon – $3.00/1 = $0.99

Dawn Dish Soap @ $1.49 – $0.50 eCoupon – $0.50/1 = -$0.01

Whole Fryer Chicken @ $3.87 [Hello Sour Cream Chicken Enchiadas!]

Kroger Sour Cream @ $0.88

Total Spent $15.29

Total Saved $68.53 or 81%

 Posted by at 9:11 pm
Nov 032010

Oh my goodness, it is so chilly out! Not only that, it is drizzly and chilly, everything is gray and sad looking.

On the good side of this day, I can run MUCH quicker when I am motivated to get back to my warm snuggles! 3 miles in 27 minutes isn’t tooooo shabby!

That isn’t what this post is about though, I want to tell you that Soups On! The cool, sad, weather means soups and hearty flavors are just around the corner. What better preparation than for Kroger to have a Mega Sale on stock and chili (and soup too, if you want to cheat… cheaters).

No, I didn’t actually RUN to Kroger, I drove my slightly awesome PFC (Paid For Car).

Here is my run down:

10 Swanson Chicken Broth @ $0.50* = $5.00 -(2) $1.00/5 = $3.00 or $0.30/each

4 Hormel Chili Master @ $0.75* = $3.00 – (2) $0.50/2 = $1.00 or $0.25/each

2 Carnation Evaporated Milk @ $0.69* - $0.50/2 = $0.38 or $0.19/Each

1 Nabisco Crackers @ $1.49* – $1.00/1 WYB any soup = $0.49

2 Krusteaz Muffin Mix @ $1.49* = 2.98 – $1.00/2 = $1.98 or $0.99/each (Earned $1.00 Catalina)

2 Pepperidge Farm Cookies @ $2.49* = 4.98 – (2) $0.75/1 = $3.48 or $1.74/each (Will submit MIR for Free Soft Baked Montauk cookies = $2.99)

2 Skinner Pasta @ $0.38* = $0.76 – $1.00/2 = -$0.24

5 Annie’s Mac N Cheese @ $.49* = $2.45

2 Kotex Liners @ $2.99* = $5.98 – (2) $1.00/1 = $ 3.98 or $1.99/each

2 Finish Quantum Dish Detergent @ 2.99* = $5.98 – (2) $1.50/1 = $2.98 or $1.49 each

*The above were part of the Kroger Mega Deal, prices listed are AFTER the $0.50 discount on each item.

Mrs. Fields cookies @ $2.50 – $1.00/1 = $1.50

2 Nieva For Men Body Wash @ $3.99 = $7.98 – (2) $3.00/1 = $1.98 or $0.99 each

4 Idahoan Potatoes @ $0.90 = $3.60 – (3) $1.00/1 = $0.60 or $0.15/each (Earned $1.00 Catalina)

Jimmy D’s @ $4.59 – $1.00/1 eCoupon – $1.00/1 = $2.59

Honey Buns @ $1.59

Kroger English Muffins @ $1.89

Total Spent $28.48

Total Saved $68.57 or 70%

 Posted by at 2:08 pm
Sep 172010

I may have a control issue when it comes to grocery shopping, I think bringing the girls to the grocery store RIGHT before we go out of town might not be the best idea in my couponing mind. Although I have many Twizzler and beef jerkey coupons, I just don’t want to spend the cash on them today when I know we will want Dippin’ Dots in tomorrow’s beating sun. Right?

Here is my Randall’s run this morning:

4 Capri Sun @ $0.99/each = $3.96

4 Pop Secret popcorn @ $1.99/each = $7.96 – $4.00 In Ad coupon – $1.00/1 – $0.50/1 = $1.96 or $0.49/each

1 Prego @ $1.89 – $0.64 In Ad coupon = $1.25

4 Lean Cuisine @ $2.99/each = $11.96 – 2 B1G1 (took $3.89 instead of $2.99) – $3.00/2 = $1.18 or $0.29/each

2 Ball Park hot dogs @ $0.99/each = 1.98 – $0.75 eCoupon = $1.23 or $0.61/each + FREE Sara Lee buns

Nutter Butter $2.99 – $1.00/1 = $1.99

Grapes $.99/lb

Total Spent $12.43

Total Saved $47.18 or 79%

 Posted by at 9:52 am
Sep 162010

I made a quick run to Kroger during lunch because of a sweet deal on Libby’s canned veggies. Here is my break out:

12 cans Libby’s veggies @ $0.50/each = $6.00 – 4 $1/3 cans = $2.00/12 or $0.16 each

4 Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain White rice @ $1.50/each = $6.00 – 2 B1G1 IP - 1 $1/2 = $2.00/4 or $0.50 each

2 Sobe @ $1.00/each = $2.00 – 1 FREE mailer = $1.00

Ducolax (donate) closeout @ $6.41 – $8.00 IP = -$1.59

2 Your Life Vitamins @ $8.99/each = $17.98 – Kroger B1G1 sale – 2 $3.00/1 = $2.99 or $1.49/each

2 Cheetos Puffs @ $1.66/each = 3.32 – 2 $0.50/1 hangtags + FREE Sierra Mist = @ 1.32 or $0.66/each + FREE Sierra Mist

Pam Cooking Spray $2.39 – $0.35/1 = $1.34

Dole shredded lettuce $1.00

Onions $.99/lb

Total Spent $8.99

Total Saved $54.13 or 84%

Seeing as we are going out on a trip this weekend, our girls will probably rush through our stash of Cheetos and fresh green beans, so it’s always good to be over prepared. And, you never know when a hurricane will hit and all you have left is succotash, ech.

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