Saturday, September 12, 2009

CVS 9-13

Nothing exciting to report at CVS this week...
I might even skip it completely unless milk is giving ecb!
Candy Corn -- $1./2
GM Cereal -- 2/$6. - get 2 ecb/2 = 2/$4. -- limit 1
Dyna Pep energy micro shot drink -- $4.99 -4.99 ecb = FREE -- limit 2
Listerine -- $3.99 - 2 ecb - $2. MQ = FREE -- limit 3
Milk -- $1.99 get 1 ecb = .99 cents -- limit 2 -- not in all areas (check your ad)
Ad Scans here
Complete list of deals here.

Sign - Up Saturday

Bountiful Giveaways in Blogland!
Welcome to Sign-Up Saturday!
If you are having a giveaway on your blog, link up below!!
Link directly to your giveaway page. Please make sure it's family friendly!
Also if you've found a good deal or a freebie
link up for that too. That way we don't miss any great deals!!
Have a great Weekend!!!

Daily Dose

Psalm Chapter 24

Verses 4-5

He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God his Savior.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Weekly Groceries

I made a quick trip to Aldi and Meijer this week.
Total spent here is $39.78

You don't see alot of fresh Fruit but we've been enjoying fresh apples and pears from our own trees! Next week I'm hoping to make a bunch of Applesauce! I love that stuff and so do my kids!! My only cost should be sugar (which I already have) and a little cinnamon!

I spent $15.44 at Meijer for 38 items
and $24.34 at Aldi for 17 items

Total was $39.78 for 55 items.
around .72 cents per item!
I don't need any meat this week from our local butcher.

I will be going to Kroger to stock up on their shredded cheese for $1.25. Total I expect to spend will be around $10. and I spent $4. at CVS for 4 gallons of milk (used my last $4./$20).
Altogether I should be right at my $55. budget.
We are having 2 double birthday parties this weekend. I'm excited to stay in my budget and be able to feed 8 adults and 10+ kids at each party!
Stockpiling really does pay off!!

Hope you all have a great weekend!!

Loving Our Husbands...

"Loving my Husband Friday"
with Shannon at
The Peer Review!
To see the first 69 ways to Love your husband go
70. Be kind and courteous with him. (Don’t be kinder to strangers than to him.)

71. When things go wrong, instead of assessing blame, focus on how to do better.

72. As a kindness, don’t say, “I told you so.”
For more ways to Love your Husband
here and link up

Daily Dose

Psalm Chapter 23

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want,
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul,
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies
You annoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Wow 5 inserts Sunday!!!

I hope your coupon clipping hands
had a nice break last week because we are
supposed to be getting
5 INSERTS on Sunday!!!

We should get
SmartSource #1
SmartSource #2 (General Mills)
SmartSource #3 (Diabetes Smart)
RedPlum #1
RedPlum #2 (Nestle)

There is too many to even begin listing them
so you can go check them out here!

Remember you can order whole inserts here

A Call for Guest Posters...

Hi Everyone!

I will be gone in October for 15 days to a huge Festival. We sell Country/Primitive items, potpourri, oil candles, ect. Every year in October we go to the Covered Bridge Festival in Parke County Indiana (hour west of Indy). I would love to schedule a few guest posters since I will have VERY limited internet for those 15 days.

If you are interested in Guest Posting here
just send me an email

dailyessentialsanddeals@gmail .com (remove spaces)
I just edited my email --My brain must be fried. If you emailed me before 11:30 am please email me again! I promise this is the right address now!!!

At this point I don't need to know exactly what you will write about just that you are interested. We will then work out the details via email.
Here are some simple ideas you could guest post about...
** Recipes
** Homeschooling tips or your schedule or ideas
** Couponing tips
** Your couponing story --how you got started or how much you're saving
** Grocery Shopping tips in general
** How you save without coupons
** Household recipe you use and love
** Family Fun ideas
** Favorite Bible verse
** Gardening tips or ideas
** Decorating Ideas
** Christmas Shopping ideas
** Budgeting for Christmas
** Fun ideas for Toddlers
** Cloth Diapering - how it works for you
** How you meal plan
** Household organizing tips

These are only ideas.
You can write about something different too.

When I post your entry I will of course put links back to your blog so it might bring a few new readers your way!!! If you don't have a blog you can still be a guest poster!
I'd love to hear from by this weekend if you're interested! I won't need your actual story until the last week in September. Remember your story or blog post doesn't have to be long or in depth. I know I love reading about how others run their household and I'm sure many others do to!!

Thanks so much for considering!
Looking forward to hearing from you!!

Finding Fun!!!

I love how my kids find fun!!
My boys kept telling me that they were going to play with the cars they built. Finally I went to take a look then I ran for my camera!!!
Here's what I found...
Is that cool or is it
just me being impressed since it's my boy!?!?!

The story I got is that Micah my almost 7 yr. old made this car first from junk sitting around their Grandpa's shed. And then wouldn't let my older son play with it so he made this....

His own car!
Now they love their "Pine Tree Club" even more!!!!
What kids can do with junk amazes me... I love it!!!!
For more "Things I love Thursday"
Visit 8-muddyboots

Daily Dose

Psalm Chapter 22

Verse 19

But you, O Lord, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tree Monkey...

How High???
look closely... how high does she look???

I laughed and laughed at this picture...
She looks to me like I'm letting her hang on
trees 40' up and she's hardly holding on!!!

Anyway I assure you it's a cliff behind her and she's not that close.
The camera angle makes it look like it though!!!

For more Wordless visit here!

In His Word Wednesday

Wednesday has totally snuck up on me this week.
I have nothing prepared...

I've had some trouble with patience this week and my kids
seem to be bouncing off the walls so here's a couple verses for
me maybe you can use them too!

Romans Chapter 12 Verse 12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

1 Thessalonians 5:14
And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

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!!
Have a great Wednesday!
My BIL's mom is not doing well again.
Lenore and the family really need our prayers.
Thanks and have a great Wednesday!

Daily Dose

Psalm Chapter 21

Verse 13

Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength; we will sing and praise your might.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Kroger 9-8

I'm not as into Kroger as I was since they
closed down the store I always shopped at.
But I still like to keep an eye on them!

Here are the few things I see for this week..

Kroger cheese -- $1.25 each
Bounty Paper Towels -- $1. -.25 MQ= .50 cents
Dial Soap -- $1. -.35 MQ= .30 cents
Turkey Hill Icecream 1.5 QT -- $2.27 -$1. MQ= $1.27
I know I agree, not to exciting!!

Changing my Heart

My Story...

I had a plan.
I usually have a plan! I got married young to a wonderful man and my plan was 3 wonderful children.
Almost 7 years ago I had my last baby! We had 2 boys and 1 girl. My family was complete, I was done having babies! It felt good, it felt right. I had always imagined 3 kids, my parents had 3 and my hubby's parents had 3. MY plan was complete, Hubby and I had 3 wonderful children!
My baby was turning 3 soon, totally potty trained, and becoming a little more independent. Life was getting very easy. We really didn't even need strollers anymore. ahhh it was nice!
Then it happened.
Yep I got pregnant.... What I thought, Wait MY plan was complete, how could this happen. I didn't tell anyone (except hubby) until I was about 12 weeks along. I had a tough time with it. Starting over with a baby. I no longer had any equipment, no clothes. NOTHING because I was done after #3, my plan was complete.
I finally accepted it and even got excited about it. Never did I ever think of not having my baby. But it was hard to think of starting over.

I had a wonderful baby boy, he was beautiful and we named him Shadrach (Shad). He cried the first 6 weeks of his life and then stopped one day and was a wonderful baby from then on. We got through the first year. Things were going good. We were nearing the end of the "baby days".
Then it hit me...
actually was more like getting ran over with a mack truck...

I looked at Shad one day and thought what if God would have granted me My Plan... Shad wouldn't be here. I couldn't dream of life without him. I love him more everyday if that's possible! How selfish had I been to be upset at getting pregnant. These children are a gift from God, an amazing gift. How did God feel when I wasn't exactly excited in the beginning. He gave me one of the greatest gifts on earth and I in essence rejected the gift at first.

Through it all I learned that I NO LONGER wanted MY PLAN. In fact I threw it out the window! I no longer have a plan, I only want God's plan for my life. I take every curve ball I'm thrown with excitement because I'm just waiting to see where God's plan takes us. Shad has brought so much happiness and laughter to our family. I thank God that I'm a work in progress and that He's willing to work on such a awful selfish person.

I know if God were to ever bless us with #5 or #6 or whatever life brings us, That's exactly what I want. I think one of the reasons God Blessed us with little Shad is to teach me that my plan is Blah and God's plan is perfect and unimaginable! I can't imagine my life without my baby and I can't wait to see what God has in store next.
Life is a precious Gift from above and His plan is perfect.

I've had an urging in my heart to write this for some time but of course it's personal and it brings tears to my eyes (and I'm not a teary person). So I've waited, but the urge hasn't left...
I can't help but wonder if there's someone out there having the same struggle as I had.
And I always think...
What if God wasn't working on me????

Homemade Drain Cleaner

I got this recipe from
Gayle at Grocery Cart Challenge
a few months ago.
I tried it this past week and LOVED IT.
We had a huge clog, almost complete blockage, in our bathroom sink. It would take forever for any water to go down. I used this recipe 2 times and plunged it and the sink now works as good as new! No harmful chemicals and best of all only 2 ingredients that I already stock in my panty.

Homemade Drain Cleaner
1/4 Cup Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Vinegar
Pour soda down then follow with vinegar
((It will bubble, kids will love it!!!))
Let it sit for 20 minutes and rinse!
Repeat if necessary.

For more wonderful recipes and ideas visit
Blessedwithgrace - Tuesday's
In Passionate Pursuit- Tuesday's
Grocery Cart Challenge- Friday's

$5. American Girl Movies!

American Girl has a sale going on and has 4 movies priced at
just $5. each.
Shipping is only $4.95 even if you get all four!
Go here to order yours!
thanks Kingdom First Mom!

Daily Dose

Psalm Chapter 20

Verse 7

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Meijer 9-6

Sorry I haven't had a chance to post the Meijer deals this week.
I will probably look at
Hot Coupon World here to see all the matchups.
Also a good post here.
10/$10 get 11th FREE sale

Steam fresh Veggies are on sale 10/$10
use .50/1 printables here and here to get them FREE.
Use your back button to print 2 from each site for a total of 4 free bags!
thanks Money Saving Mom

Meal Plan Monday

Here's my plan for the week.
Again, nothing exciting or new!
Every year in Sept. and Oct. it
seems we're on survival mode!!!!
Monday -- Honestly I'm not sure... Ever have days like that??? Sometimes you just have to wing it!!!
Tuesday -- Marinated Grilled Chicken, Garden potatoes, and veggies
Wednesday -- Tacos
Thursday -- Grilled Tilapia (didn't have last wk), potatoes, veggies
Friday -- Birthday Party (Grilled Pizzas)
Saturday -- Grilled Ribeye Burgers, pasta salad, jello
Sunday -- lunch - Crock pot Mac & Cheese with Smoked Sausage. Evening - Maybe another Birthday Party!!
For more menu plans
visit orgjunkie

Daily Dose

Psalm Chapter 19

Verse 14

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Menards 4 Freebies 9-6

Menards has 4 great freebies this week!

This ad is good through 9-13

Area Lantern -- FREE after $5.00 Rebate -- limit 2

3 or 5 pack Jig Saw Blades -- FREE after $2.00 Rebate -- limit 4

2" Handi - Clamp -- FREE after $4.00 Rebate -- limit 4

20" Hand Saw -- FREE after $10.00 Rebate -- limit 2

20' Outdoor Extension Cord -- $1.29 after $3.00 Rebate -- limit 3

Dog Treats -- .49 cents after $1.00 Rebate -- limit 6

Your Choice Bit sets -- .88 cents after $3.00 Rebate -- limit 3

Air Filters -- .99 cents after $1.00 Rebate -- limit 3

10' Gutters -- .99 cents after $3.00 Rebate -- limit 10

22" Leaf Rake -- $1.44 after $3.00 Rebate -- limit 4
When you purchase the freebies, you must purchase an additional $10. of non-rebated items per transaction to qualify for the rebate. You can get as many freebies as you want per transaction with only one $10. additional purchase. ((**You can get a $10. Gift card if you don't need anything right now!**)) Your rebate will come in the form of a Merchandise Check. Which means you must spend it at Menards, (I just use mine for more freebies!)
It's been reported that you do not have to spend the $10. and you will still get your rebate. Since the ad says you're supposed to I still think we should as to not take advantage of the program. You can use your own judgement! Thanks for letting us know!
You do not need to purchase any additional $$ if you are only getting the rebated items that are not free.
To learn all about Menards and how to send in
their rebates go here!
Just leave a comment if you have a question
or see another good deal...


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