May 28, 2010

It just makes cents for me

Have you been following my adventures in using coupons? A little over a year ago, I decided that I was sick and tired of paying $100-$150 a week at the grocery store. A friend of mine showed me the ins and outs of how to use coupons to save tons of money. I dove right in and started purchasing the Sunday paper and created my first coupon binder.

Everything was going great until life got busy and I got behind on clipping all of those coupons. It became too overwhelming of a task to get caught back up. So sadly I just gave up and decided that I was going to "take a break" from it for a while. Well, I finally decided to jump back in to it......with one minor major change. I am doing things totally different this time around. I am no longer clipping out each individual coupon!!!

When the Sunday Paper arrives with my coupon insert, I pull out the inserts and write the date on them and slide it in to a clear page protector in my binder. I have my binder divided into 3 sections: Red Plum, Smart Source, and Proctor and Gamble.

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Now, every Sunday night I sit down at the computer with my "new" binder and start going to all of my favorite couponing sites. These awesome Mamas do all of the work for me..thus saving me time and sanity. You're saying "how do they do all the work for you?"


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If you visit one of their sites, you will see that they have their deals separated by store. I usually either use Kroger or Meijer for my shopping depending on who has the most deals that particular week. For example purposes, let's say Kroger has the best deals this week. Click on their Kroger Deals section. There you will see a list of items that they consider a great deal. The entries will look something like this:

Oscar Mayer Bologona (12 oz.), $1
$1/2 Oscar Mayer Lunchmeats printable (with a link)
$1/2 Oscar Mayer Lunchmeats, exp. 7-11-10 (SS 05/16/10)
$0.50 ea. wyb 2 after coupon!

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What it's telling you is that you need to find the Smart Source insert from 5/16/10 and find the Oscar Mayer Coupon for $1.00 off when you buy 2. The fact that Oscar Mayer is on sale for $1.00...combined with this coupon...makes them $.50/piece.

By using these websites, I create a shopping list with all of the corresponding coupons and take it to the store with me. No longer am I able to get those "
unadvertised" sales" by taking my binder with me. However my chances of not giving up are greatly imporved using this method ;) 
I am loving finally getting my pantry restocked full of goodies for a fraction of the price that I would be paying. Check out some of my stockpiled goodies.

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Here is a list of some of my favorite couponing sites for Ohio:
Deal Seaking Mom

*Update*
I can't believe that I have not figured this out until now. So there are obviously going to be times when you need to purchase something that isn't on sale. But using this method...how in the world are you going to remember where to find a coupon for that item? Tara from Deal Seeking Mom has the answer. She maintains a Coupon Database. For instance I needed to buy dog food last week. It wasn't on sale and I didn't want to search all my inserts for a coupon so I just paid full price. Now I know that I don't need to do that. I just need to visit the database...do a search by brand and it will tell me exactly where to get my needed coupon. Thanks Tara for doing the work for us :-)

May 24, 2010

The reward was great

We started off to with two empty jars . After a few months and tons of effort by the kids...they can now cash in their chips fuzz balls for the much coveted trip to....

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Chuck E Cheeses. Believe it or not, this was their first ever trip there. So, as you can imagine it was a big deal for them. They worked hard earning fuzz balls for their jars by doing things such as picking up their rooms, eating a good supper, behaving on our outing to the store, Gauge taking himself potty, and helping around the house.

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We ate lots of yummy pizza! I was actually surprised how good the pizza there was.
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Got their picture in front of Chuck E.
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and played their little hearts out. The smiled and laughed the entire time.
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Even Daddy had to try his turn at a game.
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After we left Chuck E Cheeses we decided to go for a short little hike. We ended up stopping at The Gorman Nature Center.
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We walked the trails...
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and giggled at the sound of the bull frogs on the pond.
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We topped the day off by stopping for some "Super Kid" ice cream. And boy was it BLUE!

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Now we dump the jars and start all over again. Grace is still debating where she wants to go for her next reward. It's a toss up between COSI and The Newport Aquarium.

C'mon Sis...

There's a lot of work to do!
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May 21, 2010

I picked

some flowers

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for you Mommy!

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May 20, 2010

This.....

little girl.....

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ROCKED Kindergarten Registration!
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May 19, 2010

Interesting Conversation

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Gauge: Oh, she's gone!
Teacher: Who's gone?
Gauge: The lady
Teacher: What lady?
Gauge: Over there (pointing toward the drum set on stage)
Teacher: What does she look like?
Gauge; She's white
Teacher: White like what? (to be sure he knew what white was)
Gauge: White like those tissues.
Teacher: What is she doing?
Gauge: Just watching us?
Teacher: Is she nice?
Gauge: Oh yeah, she's nice. She makes me glad!
Teacher: Do you talk to her?
Gauge: No
Teacher: Why?
Gauge: I'm scared.
Teacher: Are you just shy?
Gauge: Yeah
Teacher: But she's nice?
Gauge: Yeah....but he's not (pointing toward the balcony)
Teacher: What does he look like?
Gauge: He's black and has fangs. He's there and there and there (pointing to various spots in the gym. But they (pointing toward the stage) made him leave in the smoke.
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His teachers said that his tone of voice and the manner in which he talked to them was not like telling a story or making up a tale...it was very matter of fact.
I have always believe that because children are so pure and innocent that they may be able to see and know things that we as adults don't. Did Gauge see an angel yesterday? Could this have been his guardian angel? It gives me goose bumps thinking about it.

Have you ever had an experience similar to this with your children?


May 18, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Little Boy Toes

Gauge Toes



The kiss of the sun for pardon.

The song of the birds for mirth.


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One is nearer God's heart in a garden.
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Than anywhere else on earth.

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Poem by:
Dorothy Franes Blomfield Gurney
1858-1932
English poet who also authored the hymn,
"O Perfect Love"


May 16, 2010

I can not believe

that this year is my baby girl's last ever Preschool Trike-a-Thon. You can see year #1 here and #2 here. Needless to say it was extra special. The day began with dark clouds hanging overhead threatening to spoil our fun.

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But thankfully they moved out and our racers took their positions in their pit boxes.
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The Pit Crew took their positions
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And 88 sweet little kids were off and racing their hearts out.
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During half time the racers stopped for a snack and drink. Not to be left out....Gauge and Mrs. Linda went in search for a snack for him. As Gauge says "Mrs.Linda spoils me!"
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He promptly sat down and had a goldfish picnik with his friend Brooke.
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One last Trike-a-thon picture with Grace and her favorite teacher Mrs. Linda.
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and of course Gauge wanted in on the action. lol
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It turned out to be a gorgeous day and everyone had so much fun. I'm so proud of my little girl!
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