Favorite "Meditation of My Heart"

Call unto me,

and I will answer thee,

and shew thee great and mighty things,

which thou knowest not. --Jeremiah 33:3 KJV

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sales You Shouldn't Miss

People often wonder how I find good sales, match them with coupons & plan a menu.  So I'm going to give you some examples, from ads in my area from my shopping this week.

First Price Cutter (good until closing on 8/30/2011)
Don't miss the following!
Kellogg's Frosted Flakes 17-23 oz for $1.99
       & use with coupons from Kelloggs to bring it down to $1.49-1.74 per box.
Post Cereals 9.5 to 20 oz $1.69 each (I got Honeycomb)
Cheerios Asst types 8.9-12 oz $2.00 each
        & use with coupons from places like Box Tops & Betty Crocker so I paid $1.30 to 1.50/box
Ocean Spray Juice 64oz.  $1.99 each
Hiland 1/2 gallon OJ  $1.89 each

Tyson Split Fryer Breast (boneless) $1.29/lb
Boneless Pork Roast $1.89/lb
Corn King 12oz Bacon $2.79 (if you have a Save-A-Lot..better deal at Save-A-Lot)
Black Angus Ground Chuck Patties $2.89lb

Fruits & Veggies:
Green Giant Veggies LIMIT 6 for $.49 each
Pictsweet Steamers 10-12oz 5/$5
California Red Seedless Grapes $.99/lb (ALSO at Save-A-Lot for same price on any color grapes)

5lbs potatos $1.99

Sweet Stuffs & Treats:
C& H Sugar 4lbs 2/$5
       & use 2 $.50 off coupons from All You Magazine for 2/$3 because these DOUBLE!!
Hiland Sour Cream or Dip 8oz. $.89
Hiland 56oz Ice cream $1.79 plus use 2* Sundaycoupons for $.55 each = $1.24
Dole Fruit cups 4/4.3oz 2/$4
        & todays paper saves $.75 off 2 so 2/$3.25
Oscar Mayer Lunch Meat 4/$5

Second, Save-A-Lot (good until 9/10/11)

First, if you haven't already, go to the web site & sign up so you get a $5 of $25 coupon.  Then print their in-house coupons.  Currently there are 4 & one is for a free party pizza.  The ad is also online.

Malt-O-Meal bag cereal $1.88 each
       & buy 3 use coupon from MaltOMeal for $1.00 off        $5.64-$1=$4.64
Campbell's Chunky Soup 2/$3
        & buy 10 use 2 of Campbell's web site for $2 off 5        $15-$4=$11.00
Hunts Snack 4 Pk pudding $.99 each
        & buy 2 use 2 $.45 off coupons from All*You Mag   $1.98-$.90=$1.08
Snack Pizza Bagels 40ct $4.99 -$1 Save A Lot Coupon      $4.99-$1=$3.99 
8 pk Juice Drink Boxes $1.49-$1 Save A Lot Coupon         $1.49-$1=$.49
Sugardale Bacon 12 oz                                                               $1.99
12 oz cod, talapia or pollock                                                       $2.99      
               TOTAL is 26.18+free party pizza-$5coupon=$21.18 plus tax
Plus check out their prices on fresh produce!

Oh & enter to win a year's worth of groceries at
If one of us win, then that is the ULTIMATE SAVINGS!

*Thanks to Aunt Doris..I had two of these coupons.  This month I bought 2 All*You Magazine & 2 of the newspapers from the 28th due to the quality of coupons.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Backyard Fun!

Twins posing for the camera.
The kids played in the pool today.  Vanessa is now out of her brace during the day and she was dying to swim, but ultimately she decided the babies were too rough.  Her legs are spasming a lot especially if she is unexpectantly touched and the spasms hurt so I was relieved when she decided on a "Scooby Doo" Netflix marathon with Grace, Nate and Jon.  (It was too hot for Nate.  Jon is not a water lover.) 

Hannah getting sprayed by Corrine.

Hannah sitting on Corrine.
I love it when the kids play together nicely...or at least when they each can hold their own against one another.  Corrine sprayed Hannah with the hose which upset the twins, but Hannah went across the pool and sat on Corrine!  The twins then got the hose and well....yeah, I had to suggest it was time to turn off the water.  Its always a joy for me to see them playing together and REALLY enjoying each other's company.  (Plus it makes the twins take a longer nap so I get more of my work done!)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Summertime Fun/Work Continued

This summer all of the kids have gone along with me to one workplace or another and then on to some "fun" activity.  Well, someone got left out!  Mr.Workman got forgot!  So this morning before dawn, we snuck out to Kansas for me to do some surveys.  Then when our work was done, I took him to a restaurant that we had not been to since my birthday in January...yeah, be jealous, we went to lunch at Cafe on the Route in Baxter Springs, KS.  It was delicious!  I had smoked salmon with apple and chive chutney with a side of rice and awesome veggies.  Mr. W had some lots of meat pasta dish...not my thing.  Of course, we had desserts too.  Mr. W had the fried carmel cheesecake and I had a very tasty chocolate torte.

We even got Mr. W a souvenir t-shirt so he too would feel "vacationed".  Plus we were home by 3pm so he could go pay the electric bill and save the stamp.  Speaking of which, my customers are getting paid up on their invoices and only a few are still delinquent from the government shut-down scare.  Life is sure sweeter when people are paying their bills so I can pay mine!
Mr. W holding up his new t-shirt beside of a great place
to eat on old Route 66.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Newlyweds again

If you have been married for a few years, then you can probably relate to what I'm about to talk about.  If you are not married or are indeed newlyweds, don't be frightened by what might seen like the sad existence of happily married couples.

About a dozen years ago, I had to have the perfect makeup, the lightly tanned skin, the great smelling, shiny hair, the perfect nails, well-shaped eyebrows and the softest skin and lips.  However, it all came from one costly bottle or another or from my favorite salon.  The point is it all was costing money.  It didn't take long after Ed and I were married to start trimming the budget.  He was going to school, working part-time and Grace was little so as time passed the nails didn't get done, the expensive perfume was replaced with a dab of vanilla.  Shiny highlights were replaced with home hair coloring kits.  Bottles of lotions, creams, lip balms and expensive shampoos eventually ran out and less expensive, more practical beauty supplies took over our bathroom.  Things like shaving lotion was replaced with a bar of soap.  Make-up became a "dress-up" thing to save time and money.  Lip balms and lotions were replaced with a never ending tub of Eucerin and Vaseline.

Overtime our silky, sateen sheets gave way to cotton and eventually even to a set of flannel sheets that showed up for winter so we could keep the thermostat set a little lower.  The days of  Victoria Secret pajamas and matching bras, panties and slips gave way to having 2 bras and a lot of mismatched "10 pairs for $8" Wal-Mart cotton undies.  I'm not complaining, it just what happens over a dozen years and 10 kids; priorities change.  The days of newlywed ideals give way to the simple and rewarding realities of family life.

Get your own $1 coupon here
as long as the link last.
So this weekend I was matching ads and coupons, I found that I could get an awesome razor for 25 cents, but it was bundled with a free sample of Skintimate (R) shaving lotion.  I hadn't bought that brand in at least a dozen years since a bar of soap works for shaving legs too, but I wanted the 25 cent razor.  I brought it home and told Grace she could have the shaving lotion, but she didn't want it.  I'm not one to waste anything so of course I used it when I shaved.  Later when I went to bed, Ed comments, "Your legs are so smooth and soft just like when we were newlyweds."   I had to smile and try not to laugh at the thought that my husband who may or may not notice when one of our children is missing...would notice my use of a product again after a dozen years of saving money.

So who knows maybe this is the start of returning to our former "newlywed-selves" or maybe its just a small step in the direction of memories, but either way that can of shaving lotion had a $1 off coupon on it so there is probably at least one more can of soft newlywed legs in our future. LOL!

And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us:
and establish thou the work of our hands upon us;
yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. --Psalms 90:17