Saturday, October 3, 2015

Super Savings Saturday: Kroger, Meijer, Target

Target: I got 2 DiGiorno pizzas and 1 box of Nutrigrain breakfast biscuits. I used cartwheel, manufacturer's coupons, 1 Target coupon, I brought my own bag, I used up a gift card balance and then paid $4.18 out of pocket.

Kroger: I made 2 trips. On the first trip, I got 2 private selection bread marked down to 1.49, so it was .49 each after mega discount. I also got 1 additional loaf of bread priced 1.99, so .99 after mega discount, 1 pack of buns .99 after mega discount, 1 pack hot dog buns .88 and 2 bags of mini bagels 3.99 / buy 1 get 1 free. I paid 7.83 for that trip.

1 Advil jr. 4.94, used $3/1 mPerk and $1/1 store pain reliever coupon
apples 3.69
grapes 1.62
3 Halloween candy @1.99, used. .75/3
potato chips 1.99 - free chips store coupon
4 fiber one bars @1.49 when you buy 6 participating items, used .50/1 on each
2 Oreo cookies @2.65 when you buy 6 participating items, used .75/2
salad mix 2.99 -$1/1 mPerk
20 yoplait @.50, used $1/10 mPerk and $1 off any dairy purchase coupon
Strawberries 2.50 -free when you spend $10 on Yoplait
-$1 off $10 produce purchase coupon
I also got a few non-grocery items: 6 wood blocks for kids Christmas gifts to their grandparents (they will decorate them), 2 sewing kits marked down to $1 (included pincushion, scissors, thimble, tape measure, thread, seam ripper...) and 3 packages of "knitted by" labels for .40 each.

On a second trip, I got:
2 lipton tea clearance 1.42, used $1/1 printable coupons
8 always liners @2.79, used 8 x $2/1 coupons, got back $5 oyno for spending $20
3 frozen broccoli @.79
3 pepperoni @.99
popcorn 1.99
6 natural choice deli meat @3.29 -6 x .50/1 coupons
10 yoplait yogurt .50 each, used $1/10 mPerk
dressing 3.00
2 flour tortillas marked down to .29 for each 10 ct pk
I used a 5% reward coupn and paid 37.52.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Book Review: The Plans I Have for You

The Plans I Have for You by Amy Parker and illustrated by Vanessa Brantly Newton is a book for kids about what their God given purpose in this world is.

Although this could be a really heavy and burdensome topic for a child, the author tells it in a way that makes it kid-friendly. They use the bible as a reference book in both the story's words and pictures to show kids that God has had a purpose for them since their birth.

It is up to them to figure out that purpose and go for it. I really liked the pictures, even if some of it might have been a bit sexist in having the boy be the doctor and whatnot, but still. This would be a fun book for the 4 to 6 year old age group.

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.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September Decluttering

  • A bunch of my bras wore out all at once! I'd already purchased replacements as clearance, so the 3 broken bras went in the trash.
  • I went through my son's closet and took out two coats he doesn't need. They are being donated to a refugee organization.
  • I went through my oldest child's room and removed clothes that are damaged or don't fit.
  • I also went through my son's clothes and removed items that didn't fit.
  • I went through my own clothes and tossed out a few heavily worn items like socks that were thread bare. I put 4 pairs of shorts and 11 shirts into the donation bag.
  • I went through random stuff and put items like tote bags and kids' accessories into the donations.
  • I went through my youngest child's dresser and took out summer clothes that won't fit next year... stuff that barely fits her now. She's 90th percentile on height/weight.
  • My oldest child and I swapped craft supplies at the artisan's shop exchange room. I dropped off 4 bags of stuff and came home with about 1 total bag worth. What I got was knitting supplies like double pointed needles and circular needles to help with my new hobby!
  • We set a bunch of stuff out on the curb, mostly toys from our 3 season room. They were items the kids either played with inappropriately or unsafely or would fight over or just didn't play with at all / outgrew. About half I had "curb shopped" myself, about one quarter had been received as gifts and about one quarter we bought secondhand. 

Frugal September

  • Continued using up things and sticking with buying mostly fresh foods and items we ran out of each week.
  • I disputed an erroneous charge at Sam's Club, got a refund and they extended the membership for one year because I said I'd go join CostCo across the street.
  • I signed my oldest daughter and I up for free fine arts classes at the community center. We do pay a small materials fee.
  • My son was assigned to bring a class snack one day this month. I already had a bunch of crackers and fruit snacks on hand that he likes, so I sent in those, along with a pack of plates and napkins. 
  • I visited the thrift store a few times to get some needed items. I got items that were on sale.
  • I ordered some inexpensive knitting needles from amazon and used some credit that I had. I combined it with replacing my worn out wok, so I got free shipping.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Book Review: The Time Garden

The Time Garden: A magical journey and coloring book by Daria Song is a really pretty and imaginative soft covered book. It is unique from the other adult coloring books in that it features a story and all the pages work together to help tell the story, along with the words.

This might also be a good book for teens and tweens, as it's a little less detailed than the coloring books intended solely for adults, which have really tiny areas for coloring that can get tedious after a while.

It's also unusual and feels a bit naughty, as the book also tells a story, but you're *supposed to* color the pages, unlike most books where you should not make any marks!

I liked this book a lot and I can't decide if I'll add it to my small coloring book collection for myself or if I'll give it to one of my nieces or daughter's friends.

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 26, 2015

Super Savings Saturday: Fresh Thyme, Kroger, Meijer

Fresh Thyme: A location of this chain just opened up a few miles from where I live. I got a $5/25 purchase coupon in the ads. I got:
.11# peanut butter pretzels =.49
sour cream $1
butter $1.99
3 packs of boneless skinless chicken breasts 1.57/#
bag of bean sprouts, reduce to .99
cantaloupe .77
3 cucumbers/ $1
3 peppers / $1
lentil snaps 1.50
mushrooms 1.50
grapes 1.43
2 bottles vitamin C .99 each
I paid $24.27. I also got some samples to take home and they gave my 2 year old an oatmeal cranberry cookie :)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears The Very First Christmas

The Berenstain Bears The Very First Christmas by Jan and Mike Berenstain tells the story of Jesus' birth as presented in the bible. The illustrations are those that generations of kids have grown up with- the Berenstain bears!

This book uses language that children can understand, although this is probably one for parents to read. My third grader needed a little help with some of the words but could read most of it on her own.

This book would be fun as a part of Advent reading or a bedtime story leading up to Christmas. I also liked the activity ideas at the end of the book to bring it more to life for kids reading it.

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.