Saturday, May 9, 2009

Hip-T Winner...

Thank- you to all who entered my Hip-T giveaway!
The winner is...
Lucky #7 Algebra Teacher
Here are your random numbers:7
Timestamp: 2009-05-10 00:37:46 UTC
I sent you an e-mail if you didn't get it, e-mail me
at dailyessentialsanddeals @ (remove spaces)
This is a really great product! If you would like to
order one visit their site here!
Have a great evening.
Look for more giveaways starting next week!

CVS 5-10

Looks like a great week if you have the Contour coupons and if CVS has them in stock!
Here's what I see...
Bayer Meter -- $14.99 - 14.99 MQ -- get 5ecb = overage -- limit 2
X-tra laundy -- $1.50 (Sun/Mon only) ($1.99 after)
Kelloggs Cereal -- $2.00- $1.MQ= $1.
Rice Krispie Treats/Pop tarts -- $1.66 -$1./2= $1.16
Skippy Peanut Butter -- $3./$5. buy $10. get 3 ecb -.40/1MQ
**Deal buy 6 Skippys for $10. use 6- .40/1MQ - get 3 ecb = $4.60/6
Bayer Quick Release Crystals -- $2. get 2ecb = FREE
Schick Quattro for women -- $8.99 -4MQ - get 4 ecb = .99 each -- limit 5
To see the ad scans go here. For more deals go here.
Here's my plan...
14.99 Bayer contour
14.99 Bayer Contour
1.50 X-tra Laundry
1.50 X- tra Laundry
1.99 Milk
1.99 Milk
2.00 Kelloggs cereal
2.00 Kelloggs cereal
2.00 Kelloggs cereal
??May need a really cheap filler???
-14.99 contour
-14.99 contour
-1.00 Kelloggs
-1.00 Kelloggs
-1.00 Kelloggs
-10. ecb (will get back for the contours)
0. 00 + pay tax --- enjoy free milk, free cereal, and free laundry detergent!!!!
I will get 10. ecb back for the contours!!

Walgreens 5-10

Here's the few deals I see at Walgreens this week...

Mars Candy bars -- .49 cents each
Colgate -- $2.99 - $1.MQ- get 2 RR = FREE
Roots of Nature Hair Care -- $6.00 -- get $6. RR = FREE
Iceland Health Omega-3 -- $8.00 -- get $8. RR= FREE
Palmolive dish liquid -- .99 cents -.25 MQ= .74 cents
Kelloggs Cereal (select varieties) -- 3/$10. -$1./1 MQ -- get 3 RR wyb 3 = 3/$4. after RR
To see ad scans go here. To see more deals go here.

Daily Dose

Philippians Chapter 1

Verse 6

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Friday, May 8, 2009


My total was $3.98 oop!
Since this is my grocery skip week, I have $10. to work with to buy my milk!
I bought these on Tuesday, I will probably need 2 more gallon for the week.
As for this trip I got the Colgate and deodorant free after MQ.
I used the printable $1./1 Kelloggs coupons to get cereal for .67 cents after ecb.
to see these deals you can go here.
I paid with 17 ecb and got back 15 ecb to use next time.
Be sure to check with your CVS, Mine takes expired ecb. I never have to worry about rolling my ecb. I think 3 of the 4 ecb I used tonight were expired since I haven't been going as often!
It's very nice not to have to worry about them expiring!!!
Did you work any great deals at CVS this week?

I'm an aunt again!!!!!

My new Nephew was born yesterday morning!
He was 8#5 oz. and 20" long!
He is so adorable.
He was awake the whole time I was there and never made a peep! We're praying he stays such a good and content baby.
Oh yea his name is Reuben James (hopefully I spelled it right)
Congratulations Mark & Gen

Spring Cleaning -- Outdoor area

This is as good as it gets....
Just don't check back after the weekend.
This area likely won't stay like this for long!!
I guess it's lived in.....
with 4 kids!!!
We're DONE!! (well except for the weeks I failed... shhhh)
Thanks to Sarah at Beautiful2God
for giving us our assignments over the last 10 weeks.
I definitely needed the kick in the rear to get cleaning!
I can't say that I'm sad that this is the last week tho!
I don't enjoy cleaning... seems tooo endless!
Go here to link up for this last week.

Loving Our Husbands...

"Loving my Husband Friday"
with Shannon at
the Peer review!
To see the first 18 ways to Love your husband go
19. Compliment him often.
20. Be creative when you express your love, both in words and in actions.
21. Talk with him about having specific family goals for each year to work on to achieve together. You will both feel closer to each other as a marital team.
For more ways to Love your Husband
go here and link up!

Daily Dose

Ephesians Chapter 6

Verse 4

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Giveaway Winners!

The Country Bob's Giveaway has ended...
And the 2 winners are...
#8 Jackie --
Here are your random numbers:8
Timestamp: 2009-05-08 01:21:34 UTC
Here are your random numbers:74
Timestamp: 2009-05-08 01:24:43 UTC
I have sent e-mails to both of you. If you did not get them email me at
dailyessentialsanddeals @ gmail . com (remove spaces)
Thank-you to ALL who entered!
And congratulations to our 2 winners!
Be sure to enter my other giveaways going on now...
Hip-T -- ends Saturday
TSP Spices -- ends May 16


Sarah at Beautiful2God is having a giveaway for a
Complete Laundy System.
It's crazy it works for like 3 years and you need no laundry detergent.
Be sure to check it out and enter here.
She has 6 ways to enter!

Sunday's Coupon Inserts

This week in Sunday's paper you should
get 1 Smartsource and 1 Valassis Insert
Here are some of my favorites to look forward to.
Dixie - .50/1
Hostess Donuts -- .50/1
Quaker True Delights Granola Bars -- $1./1
Bar-S Franks -- $1./2
A-1 Steak Sauce or Marinade -- $2./1
Betty Crocker Supreme Brownies -- .50/2
Colgate -- $1./1
Curad Bandaids -- .50/1
Dannon Dan Active -- $1./1
Dannon Activia -- $1./1
French's Mustard -- .50/1
French's Worcestershire Sauce -- .50/1
Hunts Ketchup -- .20/1
Kraft Salad Dressing -- $1.50/1
St. Ives Body Wash -- $1.50/1
Ziploc bags -- .40/1
To see the complete list visit

TSP Spices Review and Giveaway

I was delighted for the opportunity to try Tsp Spices.
I'm usually not real good at working with spices.
They graciously sent me the Organic Orange Zest and the
The way it was packaged and the recipes that came with it made it so easy to use the spices, even for me!!
When I got the spices they came in the cutest little tins. I can't help but think how cute these would make for gifts! Each tin had 12 individual 1 tsp. spice packets plus recipes!
You can also find recipes here at their site.
First I tried the Organic Orange Zest. This tin had 12 - 1 tsp. packets of Orange Zest spice. One of the recipes simply said to add it to your hot cereal. So as I was having oatmeal one morning, I added 1 packet ( which is 1 tsp.) to my oatmeal. I wasn't sure about it but, it was delicious! It added so much, and I loved the Orange taste!
The second tin they sent me was called the Organic Roast to Toast. It had 12 packets but there were 6 different spices in it. It included 3 Orange Zest, 2 Ancho Chili Pepper, 2 Coriander, 2 Rosemary, 2 Thyme, and 1 Allspice.
I wanted to make a recipe called Ancho Chile and orange rubbed chicken but my local butcher was out of whole chickens 2 weeks in a row. I got tired of waiting and decided to use the spices on boneless skinless chicken instead. All I did was combine 2 packets of organic ancho chile, 2 packets organic coriander, and 2 packets organic orange zest. Mixed and added about 2 Tablespoons of olive oil. This made it kinda pasty and I just rubbed it on the chicken. I let it marinate a couple days and grilled it up! It was REALLY good! My daughter kept wanting more. I feel confident that the other recipe would be even better!
Tsp Spices was founded by a couple of Southern girls who wandered north, as they say it!
I think they sum up their company with these words...
We promise you vibrant tastes with organic spices that are free of additives and fillers and packaged to preserve their freshness. We also make them easy on your storage system and pleasant to look at when they’re on your counter
To learn more about how it works go you can go here.
There's more... Tsp Spices is graciously giving away your choice of the
Herb Sampler or Sunshine Set.
To one lucky winner!
To enter...
1. Go to their site and let us know which one you'd choose
(just click on the names to view the products)
Up to 5 additional entries.
Be sure to leave a separate comment for each item you do!
2. Become a follower or tell me you are
3. Subscribe or tell me you do
4. Twitter or Facebook about the giveaway
5. Add my button to your site
6. Blog about the giveaway
Remember to leave a separate comment for each item you do.
Up to 6 separate comments.
This giveaway is open to US entries only.
It will end Saturday, May 16 at 8pm EST.
1 winner will be chosen using
Thanks for entering!

Things I Love Thursday

I love Spring flowering trees!
This is one I'm enjoying on our yard!

To see more Things I Love Thursday go here.
Be sure to link up and let us know what you love!

Daily Dose

Philippians Chapter 5

Verse 1-2

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Verse 22

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.

Verse 25

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Garden Adventure!

This is my FIRST garden!
Yep it's true, I've never had a garden before.
As I'm getting into this whole being frugel thing, I decided to give it a try!
We decided to start out small....Ha!!
It grew into a pretty big garden!
It's hard to see some of the plants,
but we've already planted everything but my melons.
Since I'm new at this, I decided to share some of the tips we've gotten so far and I'm hoping you guys can chime in and give us lots more tips!
Here's what we've found out so far...
Try not to laugh too hard at us!
1. End of April is normally too early to plant a garden in northern Indiana. I think we'll get lucky this year and be frost free!
2. 5 pounds of potatoes is a lot to plant in a garden. We've been told that in good years 2# can produce over 100# yikes!!!
3. A row of Zucchini (15 plants) will produce WAY TOO MUCH zucchini. 2-3 plants is more like a normal amount. opps 15!!!
4. Put Sevin on tomato plants right away. We lost 2 plants to cut worm the first 2 days. boo
5. Put Preen between rows to help cut down on weeds.
6. Best way to keep rabbits out is with a shotgun! (thanks Melissa)
7. Plant carrots right near the top of soil... not down 6 inches. I don't think we'll get carrots this year unless we replant them.
8. Plant your watermelons in with your corn -- space saver!
So that's what we've learned so far... Let me know your tips.
How do I get an awesome garden???

Walgreens- Cheap Van Camp's Beans

Walgreens Currently has their Van Camp's Beans on sale 2/$1.
I bought 2 today for $1. and out popped a catalina for .75 cents/2
I used that to get 2 more cans for .25 cents...
guess what???
Out popped another .75 cents/2 catalina!!I
I did it 2 more times for a total of 8 cans for $1.75
and I still have a .75/2 to use again.
I think I'll be returning and get some more cans for 12.5 cents each.

Wordless Wednesday

My 10 yr. old, Malachi, on the left and his 8yr. old cousin, Caleb, on the right.
Go here for more great pics!

In His Word Wednesday - Sing to the Lord

Psalm 98 Verses 1-4a
1Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
2The Lord has made his salvation know
and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
3 He has remembered his love and his
faithfulness to the house of Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen the
salvation of our God.
4 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth
Shout to the lord for all he has done for us. The best gift of all...
Now it's your turn! What has God been teaching you lately. Do you have a prayer request? Do you have a Bible verse that has stuck out to you? Even just words of encouragement. I would love to hear from you!
Just post on your blog, then come back here and sign the linky below.(You are welcome to use my banner if you'd like)
You can even just leave your words or prayer request here as a comment. We'd love to know how to pray for you. If you don't want to elaborate just let us know you have an unspoken prayer request. We can still pray for you because God already knows!
Prayer Request --
My SIL goes in for her scheduled C-Section tomorrow morning. Pray everything goes great and my little nephew enters the world without a hitch!

Daily Dose

Ephesians Chapter 4

Verses 2

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Verse 32

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Kroger 5-5

Cheap Cereal this week at Kroger!
Here's what I see...
Kelloggs Cereal $1.88- $1./1 printable = .88 cents. Ad mentioned Frosted Mini Wheats, Corn Pops, and Frosted Flakes. Hot Coupon also mentions Fruit Loops and Raisin Bran
Milk -- 5/$7. or .99 cents for half gallons - depending on area
Kraft Cheese -- 3/$5.
Kroger large eggs -- .98 cents
Campbells condensed soup -- $10/10 - .30/3 9(tripled) = .70 cents each
Let us know if you see another great deal!

New Cellfire Coupons

Be sure to go here and load the new Cellfire Coupons to your store card. Cellfire is where you can load electronic coupons right to your Store card. I use it for Kroger!! They also have coupons for Owens, Dillions, Frys, Hilander and many more. You can check here to see if your store is included.
Basically 2 times a month they post new coupons and you can load them right onto your store card. There's no clipping and no remembering the coupon. Just make sure you get the exact item and the money will come off automatically! It's so easy to use. They always have awesome coupons of very useable items.
Here are a few of my favorite new coupons from Cellfire...
Pillsbury Toaster Strudel -- .50cents/1
Nature Valley Bars -- .50 cents/1
Yoplait -- .50/6 cups
Huggies -- $3.00/2
Lucky Charms -- .55/1
Banana Nut Cheerios -- .75/1
Axe Hair Product -- $1.50/1
Kotex -- $1./1
Knorr sides -- .75/2
Cottonelle -- .25/1 (if your store still carries the 4 pk)
Chex Mix -- .60/1
Go here to load them to your card!

An Afternoon of FUN!!

Mushroom Hunting!
Here is my oldest boy (Chi 10) and oldest girl (Halee 8)
With Chi's only mushroom find. (I'll add that he found 1 more than me!!)
It's really hard to see. I put a box around it!
Here are the troops!
I think 3 grandchildren are missing from this picture. I was shocked that my almost 3 yr. old walked the entire time. Up hills and down, only asking to be held 1 time. I just did some distracting and away he went again running ahead!
They had a great time together, only problem was I don't think they bothered looking for mushrooms. They did however manage to step on a few!
So this is what we found, no we're not hiding any, this was it! I love mushrooms, only problem was when you split these between 7 adults and a bunch of kids you get ONE bite! But man was it a GREAT bite! I made it last as long as possible!
So do you love fried fresh mushrooms? Do you hunt for them?


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