Friday, November 7, 2008

Daily Dose

Matthew chapter 24 verses 1-35

This is titled in my Bible "Signs of the End of the Age" I encourage you to read it.

Jesus in verse 35 says

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

This should be a huge encouragement and a rock to stand on. God has always been and will always be Forever and ever.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

"Couponing" What does it really mean??

8 months ago I would have told you couponing was silly. I mean how is it worth it to buy a Sunday paper for 1.75, Take all the time to clip them, then use a couple of coupons to take my $115. weekly Walmart bill down a whole $2.25 cents to 112.75 I couldn't figure out how that was worth it at all!! 8 months ago I bought almost all my groceries at Aldis, but this was my "coupon" thinking and Aldis didn't take coupons even if I wanted to use them. If this is what you think couponing is then keep reading....THIS IS NOT COUPONING!!!

Here is my story in a nut shell and then hopefully soon in part 2 I will tell you how to get started saving up to half of your grocery bill!!

It all started when Shannon (my Sis in Law) told me about Money Saving Mom. This is how my whole couponing mind set changed completely. I started slowly and began to look at CVS. I thought "what you want me to buy stuff at CVS"?? That's the kind of store I only stepped into when it was an emergency or to get a script filled. But I began to understand the ECB (extracare bucks). I tried a couple transactions and it worked unbelieveably well. Within a few weeks I had free or really cheap toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner and tons of other stuff. I was officially hooked!!

I kept reading online and researching and began to get 4 Sunday papers and clipping all the coupons. I started shopping at Kroger, Meijer, and Walgreens along with CVS of course. I still had to continue shopping Aldis for a few months to get things that weren't on sale that I needed. This continued for several months and I began to need less and less at Aldis because I was getting a stockpile.

I set myself a weekly budget and would try to use most of the budget to buy items that were on sale and I had a coupon for. It worked awesome. I was getting twice as many groceries for about half the money.

I also began to see my cupboards fill up. I never had much stock of anything before and my freezer was maybe a fourth full. Before I couldn't stay in budget only buying the things we needed for the week let alone stocking up on something else.

So What does couponing look like today 8 months later??? How much do I spend????How much do I have stocked up in my pantry today???How do you begin doing this????
Stay tuned to part 2...hopefully soon!!

Daily Dose

Matthew chapter 23

Verse 12

For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Verse 26

Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

We must remember that appearing from the outside to be a good christian means nothing and gets you nowhere. We must be clean and accept Christ in our hearts ... from the inside. Then the outside will follow.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Daily Dose

Matthew Chapter 22

Verse 37-39

Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Here is my list for Kroger this week. To see a very complete list visit Stretching a Buck.

Kroger is running a sale where if you buy 10 items they take off $5. instantly. The prices I am listing is AFTER the $5. comes off. You can mix and match any items.

Swiss Miss .50cents-- my coupons from Sunday for Swiss Miss disappeared but I think that there is one out. Still a great price. We love Swiss Miss so I will likely buy at least 10 of these!

Betty Crocker Cookie Mix 1.50- .40MQ tripled = .30each

General Mills cereal 1.50 - $1./2 = $1. each...these look like small boxes but not too bad of a deal

Betty Crocker fruit snacks 1.50- .50/2MQ= .75 each

Orville Reden popcorn- 1.50 - .40MQ= .30 cents

Duncan Hines Frosting 1.00 using MQ for frosting and cake mix this will be .60 cents each.
Duncan Hines cake mix (not included in deal but on sale for $1.) --I have Q for .75 cents off when you buy frosting and cake mix. makes them .60cents each

Scotch Brite Scrubber .50 - $1./2= FREE

Dial Soap 1.00- .30 MQ= .10cents

Zatarians rice mix 1.00- .75/2= .60 cents

Betty Crocker potatoes 1.00- .35MQ= FREE

Snickers icecream bars 2.00- 1.00MQ= 1.00

Viva paper towels 1.50- .35MQ= .45cents

Ice Mountain water .50 - $1./3 = .50cents/3

Carnation Evap. milk .50 - .50/2 = FREE

There is much more that is included in the $5. instantly... check out the link at the top for a complete list .

I will do this deal in two transactions and end up with about 60 items for around 25.00 give or take. You can only get the $5. off instantly 3 times in a single transaction for a total of $15. off.

Also a good deal on Shredded cheese 3/$5.

What did I miss...What are you getting??

Have a good evening!

Daily Dose

Matthew chapter 21

verse 21-22

Jesus replied " I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

Monday, November 3, 2008

Weekly Meals 11-2

Here is what we are planning to eat this week...

Sunday-- We had grilled hamburgers, pasta salad, and chicken rice sides (Halee loves this) ..The weather was so nice we had to grill. Looks like we have until Friday to enjoy the warm weather!!

Monday-- Tacos with all the fixins', leftover pasta salad

Tues.--noodles with grilled chicken over mashed potatoes, baked beans, and corn

Wed.--pancakes and eggs

Thurs.--Chili over baked potato with sour cream and cheese


Saturday--Homemade pizza

What are you having?? Here is Sarahs post over at Beautiful to God

Have a great week....don't forget to VOTE tomorrow!!


There is only a few deals this week. The real place to be is Kroger this week. I hope to post something tomorrow after the real ad comes out.

Doritos 1/2 off. anyone know the reg. price of these. I'd like to stock up to make some taco salads with some catalina dressing that's going to exp!!

Sargento cheese shreds 1/2 off-- I read that Kroger has their cheese at 1.67 this week so that might be a better deal. Anyone know the reg. price of sargento cheese?

pillsb. grands .99each--use .30/2 MQ doubled = .70 each

Kraft singles $2. - .50doubled = $1.

Club crackers 1/2 off use $1./2MQ ==should be a good price???

What do you see??

Walgreens 11-2

Walgreens also only has a couple of deals...

Wrigleys gum 15 stick is b1g1 use b1g1 MQ and get both for free. I just looked and I have 5 of those MQ...yipee 10 more packs of gum!!

Schick Quattro disposable razors are 5.99 each. use b1g1 MQ and stack with $3./1 ESQ for both free...looks like it's good on mens or womens razors.

Celestrial Tea is 2/$3.---use $1.MQ and stack with $1./2 ESQ for both free-----I can't seem to locate this MQ...wonder where I'm missin it???

Well what did I miss...

CVS 11-2

Well after having no internet yesterday, I'm back and the internet guys have it fixed for now. I'm not sure the problem is completely fixed but we'll keep our fingers crossed!

CVS is pretty slim pickens this week. I only see a couple deals but luckily one of the deals has overage so that should help a little with my milk!

Crest Prohealth 3.49 get 3.49 ECB back also use .75 MQ for overage (limit 2)

Icecubes Gum is $1. and included in the buy $10. get 5 ECB --use the $1./2 MQ to get it for free. That is if you have 5 MQ....I had 4 MQ so I got 8 packs of gum and 2 packs of twizzlers for $1. Not bad!!

Well as sad as it is, that's all I see. What did I miss?? I think the upcoming weeks at CVS are better.
Guess it's a good thing Kroger is pretty good this week!


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