Saturday, March 21, 2009

Walgreens 3-22

Walgreens looks a little better than CVS, but not much. I think I will have to stop in to do the tomato sauce deal...that is if they still have it in stock...

Go here this week to see what deals are going on. And Yes I'm being lazy this week and not writing them out...well there wouldn't be much to write anyway!!!
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CVS 3-22

WOW talk about a slow week at CVS...I don't think I've ever seen the deals this scarce.

You can go here or here to see the few wimpy things even worth mentioning...I guess I'm skipping this week! How bout you???
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Bountiful Giveaways in Blogland...

I love Giveaways, so I thought it would be fun to host a Giveaway Linky! There are several other Giveaway linkys around blog world, but why not one more. Giveaways are sooo fun!! It makes it so much easier for you, the readers to find them and sign up.
So every Saturday stop in and leave your link if you have a giveaway.
And we'll all hop from link to link and join! Sounds like fun to me!!!
Go here to sign up for my current Springy Potpourri Giveaway.
You can go here to request a free sample issue of Home Educators Magazine
You can also go here to sign up for a $1000. worth of cookware giveaway
***GOOD LUCK****
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Daily Dose

Romans Chapter 16

Verse 26

but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him--
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Friday, March 20, 2009

"Big City" Coupon Inserts

Did you know coupon inserts differ greatly from region to region. Probably so, but did you know that the biggest difference is from a normal size paper to the Big City papers. If you're lucky enough to live close enough to these big cities to get a great paper then this post won't really apply to you...

But for those of us that live far enough away from the big cities like Chicago, Indianapolis, ect... this might be just the thing you're looking for. If you find yourselves looking at the Taylor Town Preview getting all excited only to find maybe 20% of those coupons actually in the paper you bought, then keep reading!!! There is hope...

Inserts differ greatly, I compared my coupons from our local paper to a big city paper and the results might surprise you. In last weeks local Red Plum paper there were 8 coupons. (yes pathetic). BUT In the Big City Red Plum there were 36 coupon. That's over 4 times as many.

Same thing for the Smartsource...In the local smartsource there were 30 coupons. Not bad... BUT in the Big City Smartsource there were 63. Over double....

Wow!! I've been blessed with being able to get the Chicago paper in my area, that was until the first of this year when it disappeared...Apparently they stopped delivering to this area entirely, with no plans to deliver again. Yes I was a little (lot) mad. How dare they not bring me my big paper!!! HAHA

So I've been looking into other options since I can't imagine couponing with only our puny local inserts. I've looked into mail subscriptions but they don't send coupons with that (even tho they said they did and I waited 2 weeks). So that was a bust...

Last week I remembered when I first started couponing coming across "coupons & things by dede" They sell cut coupons but they also sell whole inserts. I was excited!!!

So I tried it and it worked great!!
You might think it's a little costly but for me it's well worth it. It's really only a little more than our Chicago paper was($3.) I ordered 2 Smartsource and 2 Redplum from last weeks paper and paid $7.34 including shipping. I ordered Monday night and they came promptly on Friday!

I was excited to at least have a way of getting these great inserts. So if you're sick and tired of not getting the coupons everyone else is getting, then you can consider this option too. YOU CAN GO HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!

If anyone has another idea for obtaining these wonderful inserts, please by all means LET US KNOW!!!! I'D LOVE TO HAVE MORE OPTIONS!!


Weekly Groceries

Groceries this week! $49.45 plus a few dollars at CVS. Puts me a little less than my $55. Budget
Yes this week is a little junky and convience foods. I really didn't need much and this is what was on sale this week. So we are stocked for a little while on pop and chips! Kroger had those Seyferts chips for .99 cents /bag. normally those are like $2.50 ... Great price!! I don't think it was even in the flyer. So Keep your eye open if you still need to go and want chips!!
Here's a Quick Breakdown...
Spent $12.13 at Meijer on 19 items
Spent $6.60 at Meijer (2nd trans) on 11 items
And $30.72 at Kroger on 31 items (55% savings)
Total was $49.45 for 61 items or .81 cents/item!
How did you do this week...
To learn how to do this you can visit my "couponing" category in my sidebar.
feel free to ask any questions and I will do my best to answer them!
Have a great weekend Everyone!!
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Spring Cleaning--no more Snowmen

They're all gone! All my snowmen have been put away. That was my spring cleaning job for this week. You can go here to see my orginal post. Well actually I do have one more area to tackle hopefully later today. My curio cabinet still has my snowman dishes in it. But anyway almost all are put away and the kids helped me put a little springy touch on my year around tree. I love Spring!!
To see more Spring Cleaning go here. And feel free to join us and link up next week. We're tackling the other bath (mine will be my kids bath upstairs) It's small but it will take a little work to clean.
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Daily Dose

Romans Chapter 15

Verse 7

Accept one another, then , just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Verse 13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Ultimate Blog Party..WITH DOOR PRIZE!!!

Yea it's time for the big Blog Party!!

Welcome to my site!! I hope you are enjoying hopping around! I'm a homeschooling mama of 4 great kids and wife to a wonderful hubby for 12 years! We can't wait to get camping in a few weeks...okay maybe it's more like 5-6 weeks.....Come on Spring!! Anyone else love camping?? We have 3 boys (10,6,2) and a girl (8) so camping works best for our little dirt balls! We love the hiking, biking, campfires, swimming, sunnin', explorin', the doin' nothing, and well everything else that goes with it! So what does your family enjoy??

Be sure to sign up below for my

There are several ways to enter!

If you win this door prize you will receive a cute ladybug filled with your choice of potpourri. Go here to see the potpourri choices. You will also receive a matching bottle of refresher scent to make your potpourri last a long time!

Okay here's how to enter. Leave up to 3 SEPARATE COMMENTS
This giveaway will end on Friday, March 27 at 9pm

1. Leave a comment--- that's it!! (with e'mail)


2. Tell me what kind of potpourri you'd like to have in your ladybug. (go here to see kinds)--LEAVE SEPARATE COMMENT

3. Become a Follower or Subscribe to my e-mail feed...(if you already are, just let me know that too) -- LEAVE A SEPARATE COMMENT TELLING ME YOU BECAME OR ARE A FOLLOWER!




Also don't forget to sign up for the big blog party giveaways here!

If I were to win, I would love to have prizes.....


#1 -- $100 gift certificate to either Pedal Cars and Retro or A Rocking Horse To Love Provided by: 5 Minutes for Mom



#19 -- $50 gift certificate to Target Stores Provided by: Shoot-Me-Now


#21-- $50 gift certificate to Target Stores Provided by: Agoosa - Funny Name, Sound Advice


#22 --$50 gift certificate to Target Stores Provided by: Beginner Baby Blog


#85--Decorative Pillow, Country Primitive Style, Says “Family” Provided by: Beautiful2God

#51-- $25 gift certificate to Oil of Gladness Candles online store Provided by: Daily Essentials and Deals --had to mention this one since it's me!!!



Wow the prizes seem pretty amazing! Be sure to go here to sign up! Have a great time partying!!!

Don't forget to leave your comment or comments (up to 3) for my ladybug potpourri door prize!
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No Bake Chocolate Cookies

I often overlook this yummy recipe. It's one of my favorites, yet I don't make them very often....I'm not sure why since they only take 7 simple ingredients and all the ingredients are things I almost always have on hand!

I guess it's time I made some! **yummy**
**No Bake Chocolate Cookies**
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
*Combine all these ingredients in saucepan. Heat to boiling, stirring until dissolved.
*Boil 2 minutes.
*Remove from heat
***then add
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups oatmeal
Stir in chocolate mixture until well blended.
Drop onto wax paper or baking sheet. Let cool until firm

**Makes 4-5 dozen**
For more recipes here go to "Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap"
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Things I Love Thursday

I love a Happy Smile!

This is my 2 yr old enjoying an apple!
You'd be amazed how he eats right down to the core!

Come join us here and link up. We'd love to know what you "Things you Love"!
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Daily Dose

Romans Chapter 14

verse 11

It is written: "As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God"
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Awesome Cookware Giveaway!!

Now this would be awesome to win. After almost 13 years of marriage, my skillets are looking pretty sad!!! Go here to sign up...

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In His Word Wednesday & Winner

Hi everyone! It's Wednesday and I hope you are ready to get some great encouragement from God's Word and Prayers.
Please consider writing a small post on your blog and them coming here to link up using mister linky. Your post can be very simple or complex. It can be a simple Bible verse that God's had on your heart this week or just simple words of encouragement. Remember you are welcome to use my banner(just right click to save)
You just never know who you will bless and encourage by posting this! Don't forget you can even just post a prayer request or praise! I would love to know what to bring before the Lord from my fellow bloggers. Everyone needs lifted up in prayer.
First off The winner of last weeks Soy Candle Giveaway is...
#62 --Alexis
Timestamp: 2009-03-18 00:07:19 UTC--
**Note I added linkys and comments together, as I said I would for a total of 71 entries**
Congratulations Alexis!!
An email has been sent to you. Please respond within 24 hrs. with your address so I can get your candle to you. If you did not receive the e-mail please e-mail me at
dailyessentialsanddeals @ gmail . com (remove spaces)
As I prayed about what to write this week, I kept having this verse come to my mind.
Matthew 6:25-27
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
I think this is great encouragement, especially in these hard and uncertain economic times. If we trust in Him and turn every situation over to Him. He will take care of us! Every time may not be how we would want, but He does have a plan and His plan is best!
Now It's you turn, Just link below!
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Romans Chapter 13

Verse 14

Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Kroger 3-17

Kroger continues their Mega Sale this week. Buy any 10 participating items get $5. off instantly at checkout. The prices I list below already have the .50 cents taken off.
(also my Kroger triples up to .50 cents)
Purex $2.49 -.35MQ = $1.44
Toaster Strudel $1.49 -.35MQ = .45 cents
Sargento Cheese $1.49 -.55 MQ= .95 cents
Dortios- $1.99
Country Crock--.99- .50MQ= FREE
Oreos--$2.08 -$1.MQ= $1.08
Oscar Meyer Hot dogs- $1.49 -$1./2MQ= $1. each
Other deals not included in Mega Sale
Jacks pizza--5/$10.
Milk $1.99 includes Chocolate
eggs .79 cents
Cottonelle .99-.50/2= .25 also load cellfire here
If you see anything, just leave us a comment!
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Romans Chapter 12

Verses 14-15

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
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Monday, March 16, 2009

Spring Cleaning--Goodbye Snowmen!

This week is the Master Bedroom! I actually just did our master bedroom about a month ago, so I will be skipping out on this one. However I still have a job that I'll be tackling this week...
Put away all my snowmen!
Yes I really like to decorate with snowmen for the winter. I usually have them put away by the beginning of March. Well they're still out. Spring starts Friday so it is an absolute MUST to put all these little guys away!

I have them all throughout my house! Above is just a few of them.
I will update later in the week with the new springy decor!
If you haven't done your Master Bedroom be sure to go here and get your to do list!
And if you still have your snowmen's time to get them put away and Welcome Spring!
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Weekly Menu 3-16

Here's our Plan this week!
Tuesday--Chicken, baked potatoes (make extra for Thurs.) , veggies, bread
Wednesday--BLT's with pasta salad
Thursday--Grilled Tilapia, twice baked potatoes, veggies
Friday-- Out or Leftovers
Saturday-- Pizza
Sunday-- Crockpot Lasagna
Did you know you could make lasagna in the crockpot? We actually like it better this way, it cooks down so nicely!
My recipe is simple (Crock pot lasagna)
1. break noodles into pieces then cook normally--not too soft
2. Mix sauce, 1/4 - 1/2 cup water, cottage cheese, Mozzarella cheese, hamburger (cooked), and Parmesan cheese together in crockpot. ( you can add anything else you like in it) -- Just use the same amounts of everything you would normally use to make lasagna. I just eyeball everything.
3. add noodles and stir
That's it! since everything is already cooked, I usually do it on low for 4-6 hours. Enjoy!
For more meal plans go here
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Romans Chapter 11

Verse 36

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.
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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Meijer 3-15

Meijer is having a 10/$10. get the 11th free again this week.

**Here is the coupon matchup I see**
**My Meijer doubles up to .50cents**

BC Warm Delights- 10/10.- .50MQ= FREE
Totinos pizza rolls- 10/$10. -.35 MQ= .30 cents
BC potatoes- 10/10. -$1./2= .50cents
Crest toothpaste- 10/$10. -.50MQ= FREE
Meijer organic mushrooms- 10/$10.
**More included check ad**

Dixie Plates--$2.- .35= $1.30
Multigrain cheerios $2.-$1.MQ= $1.
Fruity Cheerios $2.-.50MQ= $1.
Strawberries- $1.50
Lays Chips- 1/2 off
Sally Hansen 40% off- lots of MQ
Lysol 1/2 off sale--prices are aprox. (they differ by region)
Trigger all purpose--$2.99--1/2 off= $1.50- .50MQ= .50
Pourable lysol--$2.99 - 1/2 off = $1.50 -.50MQ= .50
Antibacterial Kitchen cleaner-$2.59- 1/2 off= $1.30-.50MQ= .30cents
Bathroom cleaner trigger--$3.49- 1/2 off = $1.74-?MQ= ??
Toilet Bowl Cleaner --$2.84- 1/2 off = $1.42- .50MQ= .42 cents
Pretty good especially if you need cleaning products...
Do you see anything else??
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