Saturday, September 13, 2014

Super Savings Saturday: Target, Kroger, Meijer, Fresh Thyme

2 pairs kids' C9 shorts @5.58 -50% cw
2 pairs kids' c9 shorts @3.88 -50% cw
girl's tunic 5.60
3 pairs girls shorts 1.50ea
-$5/30 kids apparel coupon
2 boxes pop-tarts @2.66 -2 x .40/1 printables
4 tressemme keratin clearance @4.24 -2 x buy 1 get 1 free autodeduct 7.99
2 vitamin c drops 1.82 -5% cw -2 x .75/1 tq
3 mucinex 5.99-25% cw -$2/1 tq -$2/1 from doctor's office for each

2 mucinex @13.29 -25% cw -2 x $7/1 manufacturer's q - 2 x $5/1 target q catalina coupons
2 always discreet @4.99 -$5/2 target coupon and -$5/2 manufacturer's coupon
tylenol nite clearance 3.24 -$2/1 from doctor's office
4 4-pk kleenex clearance 4.40 -2 x 1.50/2 tq -4 x .75/1 peelies on packs
3 tena @4.99 -3 x $5/1 mq

4 pillsbury cookie dough @2.54 -10% CW -4 x $1/1 printable coupons - buy 3 get 1 free sale
2 birthday cards @.99 -$2/2 tq
2 whole milk @3.39 -.75/2 tq -5% cw
-.40 brought my own bags
Total $42.83 and I paid with a $50 GC I got for redeeming MyPoints from

pair of pajamas for my son, $2.75 manager's special
2-pack thick socks 2.49 -$1/1 peelie
conditioner- free after coupon and mega discount
4 items (gifts) $.99 after mega discount
I paid $7.34. 

Another visit to Kroger:
5 4-packs of muffins .99 each, part of buy 5 get $5 off mega event = free
2 boxes Idahoan casserole potatoes @2.49 -2 x free item catalinas
emerald nuts 1.79 manager's special -$1/1 printable
I paid .74.

socks 3.00
top 7.00 -40% mPerk
pen 2.24 -1.50 mPerk
8 nail polish @1.59 -8 x $1/1 tearpad coupons
bread .94
ice cream 3.89 -$2/1 mPerk
novelty bars 3.00 -$2/1 mPerk
ice cream 4.29 -1.50/1 mPerk -.75/3 mPerk
ice cream 4.29 -$2/1 mPerk
2 dean's dips @1.25 -2 x $.55/1 printable coupons
8 yoplait @.50 -$1/8 printable coupon
ice cream 2.50 -$1/1 mPerk
angel food cake 2.79 -$2/1 mPerk
-$20 off groceries coupon from pharmacy
Paid $12.18. 

Fresh Thyme:
I won a $25 gift card. Since it's quite a drive, I waited until I was in the area to make my visit. I had good timing because they had some great produce deals.
apples .47/#
peaches .57/#
green beans 1.29/#
cauliflower .98 each
bananas .55/#
foccacia 2.99
2 caramel apples .99 each
bag of ginger snaps .99
chocolates from bulk area 
My gift card covered my purchase. I had a few cents leftover and I just gave it to the person behind me.

Book Review: Berenstain Bears Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Bearenstain Bears: Blessed Are the Peacemakers by Mike Berenstain is a children's book that teaches the lesson of bringing people together. The story takes place at a school playground and includes a snippet of Romeo & Juliet.

The illustrations are the same as what you'd be used to from other books in the series. I think this would be a good book for kids ages 4 through 7. The lessons taught include respect, mindfulness and peacemaking.

At the end of the book there are some questions that parents can pose to their children. There are also two activity suggestions on ways to bring the story to life in your own home.

This book would make a nice addition to a nursery school or Sunday school library or a home library.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Review: 940 Saturdays

940 Saturdays by Harley A Rotbart, M.D. is a journal in which parents can keep track of all the fun things they do with their child each week. Instead of trying to do a baby book or extensive scrapbooking, this book allots about one paragraph or half a page of space to jot down notes or even tape a picture of what you did.

The number 940 accounts for the number of Saturdays you have from birth until your child turns 18. In the back of the book, there is an envelope containing a small booklet with over a thousand suggestions on family activities to do together.

Quite frankly, this is an expensive notebook. Although it's nicer than a notebook, it's not exactly frugal. I suppose it would make a nice baby shower gift. I wouldn't pay the retail price of this book for a bunch of lined paper and a suggestions list. I suppose someone who really has no ideas might benefit from the suggestions, but I don't have a problem finding things to do on Saturdays or any other day!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Super Savings Saturday: Giant Eagle, Meijer, Target, Kroger, Amazon, CVS, Estate Warehouse Sale

Giant Eagle:
2 packs Angel soft tissue @$1, used 2 x .50/1 coupons doubled = free
bag of reduced bananas .99
6 boxes various Nature Valley / Fiber one items @2.50, used 6 x .60/1 doubled
Trix cereal $2, used $.85/1 doubled
Tide clearance 2.49, used $1/1
bread .79
2 packs buns @.99
2 chi chi's salsa @2.29 -2 x $1/1 coupons
2 chi chi's tortillas @2.29 -2 x .55/1 coupons doubled
4 Herdez salsa @1.29 -4 x $1/1 coupons
ring pop .59 (kid tax, lol)
-$5/50 purchase catalina
Paid $19.61.

2 2-packs of liquid children's zyrtec allergy medicine
box of wipes

pantene $3.33 -$2/1 printable and -$1/1 CVS red machine coupon
6 Revlon shadow @3.29 -buy one get one 50% off, -6 x $2/1 printable coupons
2 Starbucks iced coffee drinks @1.99 -2 x $1/1 tearpad q's
chicken soup $.99 -.50/1 CVS red machine coupon
2 advil 2.57 -2 x 2.50/1 tearpad coupons
6 schick razor clearance @2.19 -6 x $2/1 peelie coupons
-$10/40 purchase from my email
Paid $.74 in tax.

strawberries 1.50
2 raspberries @$1
eggs $.99/dozen
1 yoplait, free after mPerk
sausage $3-$1/1 mPerk
tea bags 2.38 -$1/1 mPerk
Scrubbing bubbles shower cleaner $2.49 wyb 4, used $1/1 coupons, got back $2 oyno
allergy tablets 4.65 -$4/1 printable coupon
vitamin D 4.29 -$3/1 mPerk
Covergirl nail polish clearance 1.24 -$1.50/1 mPerk

2 gallons milk 3.39 -5% cartwheel -$.75/2 coupon
2 pepperidge farm swirl bread @2.99 -15% cartwheel -2 x .50/1 coupons
4 Nesquick milk @1.19 -4 x $1/1 peelies
4 Mott's applesauce @3/$5 -2 x $1/2 printable coupons
4 Crayola colored pencils @1.29 -20% cartwheel -4 x .50/1 peelies
2 Bear Naked granola bars @3.79 -50% cartwheel
4 Kettle chips @$2 -4 x $1/1 peelies
4 Pillsbury cookie dough @2.72 -buy 3 get 1 free -2 x $1/2 printable coupons -10% Cartwheel

bread .89 manager's special
milk 2.19 manager's special
bag of apples $.99 per pound
back pack $2 manager's special
shave gel free after mega discount and coupon
goldfish crackers $.17 per bag after mega sale and coupons
m&ms free per large bag after mega discount, digital coupon and OYNO
Magnum ice cream bars $1.49 per box after mega discount and blinkie coupon
weight watcher's cream cheese $.54 after mega discount and printable coupon

Estate Warehouse Sale:
My oldest child came with me. She selected a stencil and small bag of stamps. I got a laundry basket of yarn and a few crochet hooks in sizes I didn't have. We paid $5.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Decluttering

  • I went through my 7 year old's summer clothes and school clothes and removed what doesn't fit. Outgrown items were passed on / tossed / donated.
  • I dropped off a stack of crocheted squares to the knitting store.
  • My oldest child and I took three bags full of craft supplies to the supply exchange and we came home with about 1/3 of what we took in. My daughter selected some stamps and I got some yarn. 
  • While my oldest was at her grandparents' house, I cleaned out her room. I had one bag of trash, one bag of recycling and two huge bags of donations to get rid of. 
  • I made several cat blankets with random yarn and dropped them off at the cat shelter.
  • I went through my son's room and took out all the outgrown clothes. They were donated.
  • I went through my toddler's room and took out the outgrown clothes. They were donated.
  • I went through the clothes in the basement in the next size up for my two younger kids so I knew what I needed to look for at upcoming fall yard sales.
  • I filled up 3 large black trash bags with donations including housewares, toys, magazines and grown-up clothes.
  • I donated 30 grocery bags of personal care items and 2 huge black trash bags of food items to the community center. 
  • I donated a bag full of junk plastic toys and such to the resource room at the midwifery center. But then my kids each got a "new" plastic toy from the thrift shop manager. Gah. 
  • I planned meals based on what we already had a lot of.

Frugal Things I Did in August

  • I stopped at the consignment store's sidewalk sale. My 7 year old had informed me that she needed different shorts... I agreed, because she had been wearing skorts that were too short on her tall frame. She has no hips/bum so she needs slim fitting clothing. When I arrived, it was pouring rain. Not so good for a sidewalk sale. I did manage to fill two grocery bags for a total of $10. I fit 93 items in, things for each kid. I got a fall coat and some clothing and pajamas for my toddler; a few shirts and jogging pants for my son; and skirts, shorts, three dresses, a pair of leggings and a few tee shirts for my 7 year old. She's now set for the school year.
  • The kids turned in their summer prize bucks at the park and got some play doh, chapter books and other small prizes. 
  • I earned a $100 gift card through our healthy living program from the insurance company. I used it to purchase items from my wish list including a cast iron dutch oven to replace a worn out Calphalon pot.  
  • My awesome husband donated a "double" to the Red Cross. For his efforts, he got a Cedar Point ticket. His buddy also donated and gave him his ticket... so my husband took our 7 year old for a fun filled day before the start of the school year. I repaid the buddy with a large batch of shortbread cookies (the guy's favorite).
  • I volunteered to help organize at a kids' clothing sale and in return I got to shop early and at a discount. 
  • I swapped craft supplies.

Book Review: Treat Yourself

Treat Yourself by Jennifer Steinhauer offers 70 recipes to make favorite childhood snacks in your own kitchen.

In this book, there are ideas for cookies, sandwich cookies, snack cakes and much more. I liked the extra tips and hints included with many of the recipes, such as taking care when melting chocolate because any moisture in the bowl can cause the chocolate to seize.

The recipes are fairly simple and require ingredients that most people likely already have on hand, although before getting any big ideas you'll want to review the ingredients list to make sure you have it all. For example, the thin mints recipe caught my eye but I don't have any peppermint extract in my pantry. I have mints, but not mint extract. It would stink to get to that point in the instructions and realize you're missing a key ingredient.

The two things I thought could use improvement were photos and the binding of the book. I would like more photos step by step through the instructions. The softcover traditional binding makes it hard to keep the book open and clean while you're in the kitchen working on a recipe. Spiral binding with a hard cover would be much more convenient and useful.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.