Zone 5 ~ My Living Room  

Posted by: Julie in ,

How is your living room looking so far? I'm pleased with how mine is looking.

Oh, there is SO much more to do...
get the hand prints off the walls, clean my spotted carpet, clean my furniture (what WAS I thinking...white furniture???), clean the blinds, wash the curtains,
deep down wash the wood furniture....
The list could go on forever!

But you know something?
When folks visit, they really don't concentrate on those things,
they see the whole picture (unless it's my mom, LOL!)

My living room is clutter free. It's vacuumed. It's dusted. It smells nice.
The rest will come next month or the next. If you stay on top of the day to day stuff, when this Zone rolls around again you can do those "extra" things you want to do.

So, how are you doing today?
Have you done your Morning Routine?
Have you Baby Stepped through your day?
What about Kelly's Mission?

Tell me how you are doing so I can cheer you on!

Zone 5 ~ The Living Room  

Posted by: Julie in ,

We are still Flying in the living room today. Have you done Kelly's Mission yet?
I haven't but as soon as I click off the computer I'll be getting to it.
I didn't get all the kids stuff out of the living room yesterday so that is moved to today.
Then I'm moving into the kitchen to de-clutter a bit. I want to can peaches tomorrow and it won't be fun at all if the kitchen is a mess.

Are you flying with me? Leave me a comment and let me know what you've accomplished!

Little Trip to Walmart  

Posted by: Julie

I needed milk and bread today so I decided to scout around Walmart to see if I could find any deals. I didn't do as super duper as I would have at CVS using ECB's, but I'm still pleased with my haul.

1 gallon milk ~ $3.25

1 loaf of bread ~ $1.08

2 boxes of Cocoa Pebbles ~ $1.98 each

4 Pert Plus shampoo ~ $2.88 each

1 Uncle Ben's Cajun Rice pouch ~ $1.48

4 Clean Team wipes ~ $1.64 each

2 Suave deodorant ~ $0.94 each

1 Febreze Noticeables ~ $7.88

Coupons I used were:

$1 / 2 for the cereal making them $1.48 per box

$2 / 1 Pert Plus making them $0.88 each

Free Uncle Ben's Cajun Rice Coupon = FREE

Free Febreze Coupon = FREE

$3/ 2 Clean Team coupons making them $0.14 each

$0.75 / 1 Suave deodorant making them $0.19 each

Grand Total Spent: $13.42

Grand Total Saved: $24.19

To see lots of great deals visit Money Saving Mom for Super Saving Saturday!

Trying to FLY - Living Room  

Posted by: Julie in ,

Zone 5 ~ Living Room

This week Fly Lady is in Zone 5: The Living Room

I'm just jumping in where I am, so I started with Kelly's Mission for today.

I think now, I'm just going to get rid of a few "Hot Spots" in here. The kiddos toys seem to migrate in here and it's time they moved back to their rightful homes.

Are you flying today? Did you complete Kelly's Mission?
Leave me a comment or link to your blog.

Let's celebrate our accomplishments together!

Are You a "Fly Baby"?  

Posted by: Julie in ,


This is FlyLady's list that has grown by leaps and bounds due to her special way of weaving housecleaning tips with homespun humor and daily musings about life. She has a no-nonsense approach to getting your house and your life in order. She mixes housekeeping advice with insights about life and love and anything else that is on her mind. This list is whatever FlyLady decides it should be -- it's her list. She expects subscribers to decide if they get anything out of it or not. Those who do are invited to be part of the cyber family. Those who don't are encouraged to unsubscribe. Only you can decide what is right for you. If you can't figure that much out, don't blame FlyLady!


I was a serious "FlyBaby" several years ago. I LOVED it! My house was always clean and the drawers and cabinets were always tidy. I had SOOO much more time for the fun things in life and boy did it feel good to be home!

I fell off the wagon when I went to work part-time at my kids pre-school. That was almost 5 years ago and I'm ready to get back on track.

Today I started again! I got up and did my "Weekly Home Blessing"! This is when you get your house all fresh for the upcoming week.

What did I accomplish?

1. Made all beds - 5 of them!

2. Wiped down bathrooms - 2

3. Dusted the house - just a quick feather dust

4. Vacuumed the house - just a quick going over...didn't move furniture

5. Got the laundry started - I'll work on this thru the day until it's all done and put away

6. Cleaned the kitchen - got the clean dishes out of the dishwasher, loaded the dirty ones from breakfast, and got dinner in the crock pot!

7. Mopped the kitchen, laundry room and bathroom

Now the house is fresh and clean! I'm done for the day!!!!!

Tomorrow I'll be working in the ZONE for the week. Flylady divides her home into ZONES and deep cleans in those 15 minutes a day for one week. If you didn't get something done, it's okay. That ZONE will come around again next month and to can get it then!

I'm super excited! Won't you join me?

Lots of Savings this week!  

Posted by: Julie

Boy! I'm worn out from all the saving I've been doing this week LOL!

I went to Walgreen's this week and saved $46.51 with $10.18 OOP!
(Check it out HERE)


Then Harris Teeter had TRIPLE COUPONS this week!
I made 2 trips with 2 transactions.
The first day I saved $106.74 with $20.42 OOP!
The second day I saved $84.48 with $34.24 OOP!
(See these deals HERE and HERE)


Next was a small trip to CVS for baby products.
I saved $16.94 with $0.02 OOP!
(Find this sweet deal HERE)


I also went to Walmart to pick up a deal for my mother-in-law.
She saved $11.75 with $2.45 OOP
(Click HERE for this deal)

Total Savings this week: $254.67

Total OOP this week: $64.86
(this does not include my mother-in-laws savings)

There's lots of places to see super savings this week.

The "Cent"sible Sawyer hosts CVS SUPER STARS!
The "Cent"sible" Sawyer hosts DRUGSTORE DIVAS!

Walmart Deal!  

Posted by: Julie in

My Walmart had these Skintimate shave cream on clearance for $0.75 each.
My mother-in-law had been looking for these since she had $0.55 / 1 Q's
so she sent me the Q's this afternoon and I made a quick run to Walmart.

I got 10 of these and spent $2.45 OOP!

I don't remember the exact full price of each of these,
but I'm pretty sure it was $1.42 each.

If I'm right, my savings was... $11.75!

CVS Baby Deal  

Posted by: Julie in

I had a few Extra Care Bucks and I wanted to take advantage
of the CVS brand baby deal.

I got 4 tubs of wipes and 4 baby wash for $16.00 + tax

I paid with some ECB's I wanted to use up.

Total OOP: $0.02!

Then I received $5.00 ECB's because of the
"Buy $15 in CVS brand baby products, get $5 ECB's" deal this week.

Pretty good deal on items we sure can use :-)

2nd Harris Teeter Trip  

Posted by: Julie in

So this morning I made another Harris Teeter trip. I did okay, but not as good as yesterday. They had not re-stocked the shelves, so much of what I was going back for was gone. :-(

I think I have this figured out though. Next triples, I’m going to be there at 6 AM on Thursday for day one. I have 3 cards now - mine, my hubby’s , and my mother-in-laws. I will purchase 3 orders the first day. I won’t go back on Friday so they will have time to re-stock. Then 6 AM Saturday, I’ll go back and do 3 more orders. Of course, this would all depend on the deals and the amount of coupons I have, but it’s a plan anyway ;-)

Now, on to the deals…..

Transaction #1 my card:

2 Betty Crocker Brownies - $2.39 each [-0.50 Q] = $0.89 each

1 Dial Soap 3-bar - $2.29 each [-0.60 Q] = $0.49

3 Ragu Pouch Pasta Sauce - $2.19 each [-0.75 Q] = FREE each

3 JFG Mayo $2.00 each [-0.50 Q] = $0.50 each

3 Luzianne Tea $2.99 each [-0.60 Q] = $1.19 each (these were decaf and not as good a deal)

1 Coffee Mate $1.79 [-0.50 Q] = $0.29

3 Kotex tampons $3.59 each [-0.75 Q] = $1.34 each

2 Hillshire Farm Thin Ham $3.50 each [-0.55 Q] = $1.85 each

Total OOP: $19.04
Total Saved: $51.85 ($42.71 coupons and $9.14 VIC savings)

Transaction #2 Hubby’s card:

2 Betty Crocker Brownies - $2.39 each [-0.50 Q] = $0.89 each

3 Dial Soap 3-bar - $2.29 each [-0.60 Q] = $0.49

1 JFG Mayo $2.00 each [-0.50 Q] = $0.50 each

3 Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice 2.19 each [-0.75 Q] = FREE each

3 Kotex tampons $3.59 each [-0.75 Q] = $1.34 each

2 Suave Deodorant $1.99 each [-0.50 Q] = $0.49 each

1 Hillshire Farm Thin Ham $3.50 each [-0.55 Q] = $1.85 each

Total OOP: $15.20
Total Savings: $32.58 ($28.45 coupons and $4.18 VIC savings)

My Total OOP for both today was $34.24

My Total Savings for both today was $84.48

I "Heart" Harris Teeter!  

Posted by: Julie in

Oh what fun! It feels like Christmas morning when Harris Teeter does triples!
My mother-in-law drove up from Honea Path to meet me at my place.
We left the house a little after 6:30 am and
we arrived at the store just after 7 am.

Why soooo early?

Well, there is NO WAY I'm taking 4 kids to do triple coupons...
I would end up spending a fortune and pulling my hair out LOL!
I left the kiddos with Kenton, but I needed to get back early because
he is very busy with the ice company this time of year.

Anyway, here is the low down on what I purchased today.
*(the 3 CoffeeMates I purchased are not pictured. It was bought for my grandmother and I had already given it to her before I took the picture)

Transaction on my card:

3 Nesquick chocolate syrup $1.79 each [-0.50 Q] = $0.29 each

2 Shout on sale for $1.60 each [-0.75 Q] = FREE

3 Luzianne Tea bags $1.99 each [-0.60 Q] = $0.19 each

3 Uncle Ben's Wild Rice $2.19 each [ -0.75] = FREE

2 Kotex Tampons $3.59 each [-0.75 Q] = $1.34 each

1 Suave Shampoo on sale for $1.00 [-0.50 Q] = FREE

2 HillShire Farms Thin Sliced Turkey on sale for $3.50 each [-0.55 Q] = $1.85

3 HillShire Farms Hearty Sliced Turkey on sale for $3.50 each[-0.75 Q] = $1.25

1 CoffeeMate $1.79 [-0.50 Q] = $0.29

Total OOP: $10.69
Total Savings $55.18
(coupons $46.85 + VIC savings $8.33)


Transaction on mom's card:

1 Pepsi $1.25 (needed this - no Q)

2 Nesquick chocolate syrup $1.79 each [-0.50 Q] = $0.29 each

2 Shout on sale for $1.60 each [-0.75 Q] = FREE

3 Luzianne Tea bags $1.99 each [-0.60 Q] = $0.19 each

2 CoffeeMate $1.79 [-0.50 Q] = $0.29

3 Uncle Ben's Wild Rice $2.19 each [ -0.75] = FREE

2 Kotex Tampons $3.59 each [-0.75 Q] = $1.34 each

2 Suave Shampoo on sale for $1.00 [-0.50 Q] = +$0.50 each

Bread $1.29
(needed this - no Q)

2 HillShire Farms Thin Sliced Turkey on sale for $3.50 each [-0.55 Q] = $1.85

1 HillShire Farms Hearty Sliced Turkey on sale for $3.50 each[-0.75 Q] = $1.25

Total OOP: $9.73
Total Savings: $51.56
($44.29 coupons + $7.27 VIC savings)


Thanks to my mother- in-law and my own binder, I've got lots more Q's to use and I'm going back bright and early in the morning. I hope they re-stock tonight ;-)

It's Triple Time Again!  

Posted by: Julie in

June 24 - 26 Harris Teeter will be having Triple Coupons!

There are no Harris Teeters in the Upstate of SC where I live, but
I am close to Hendersonville, NC and they have a Harris Teeter.
I've been taking advantage of Triples for a while and, for me,
it's really worth the drive.

Running list of sale/regular price items good thru triples. Remember to check your store for prices, prices vary greatly by region.

Daisy Sour Cream $1
$1 - .50/1 6/01 RP =overage of .45

Suave Shampoo - $1
.50/1 7/13 RP = free plus .19 overage

Cheerios - $3.99/BOGO or $2 each
.75/1 General Mills Frosted Cheerios, Fruity Cheerios, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, Or Yogurt Burst Cheerios 6.22 SS = free plus overage .25
(mod note: I do not know if all flavors of Cheerios are on sale - often HT puts one flavor/type in the ad but once you are in the store all flavors are on sale. Please double check the shelf tag/ExpressLane before counting on this overage or freebie)

SOBE Life Water 5/$5 (mcscheatzle)
-.50 (tear pad) =free plus overage 50

Mt. Olive Pickle Spears - Organic Kosher Dill on sale $1.24 .75/1 blinkie (momto8kiddos) = free + overage of .99
note prices ending in “4” means the items is being clearanced and may not be available at all stores

Dawn Sponge – Scrubber 2ct on sale for $0.99 (momto8kiddos)
$.50/1 any 03-02-08 P&G = free + $.51 overage

Scrubbing Bubbles – $2.00
.75/1 any 7/20 SS = free plus overage of .25

Windex – $2
.75/1 7/20 SS = free plus overage of .25

Suave deodorant $1.99 (on sale now for 1.69?) 75c Q 5/18RP = free plus .26c overage (jen1399)

22 oz. Shout stain remover – $3.19 B1G1
Shout Laundry Stain Remover, Any $0.75 /1 07-13-08 SS = free overage of .65

Zone Perfect Nutrition Bar $1.39 (momto8kiddos)
.55/1 06-15-08 SS = Free

Uncle Ben’s Long Grain and Wild Rice- $2.19
7/13 RP = free

Luden's Throat Drops 30ct. is regularly 1.49 (JCausby)
.50 (Parade 2/3/08) = Free

Mt. Olive Pickles - Dill or Sweet Salad Cubes $1.99 (momto8kiddos)
.75/1 blinkie = Free

Mt. Olive Pickles - Sweet Salad Cubes 8oz $1.79 (momto8kiddos)
.75/1 blinkie = Free

French's Mustard - Classic Yellow 8oz (momto8kiddos)
$1.29 .50/1 06-22-08 SS = Free

Kotex Long Unscented Lightdays Pantiliners, 18 ct, $1.49, .75/1 07-20-08 SS = FREE (momto8kiddos)

Mentos Gum - $1.19
.55/1 05-18-08 SS1 = Free

Skintimate Shave gel (trial size ) - $1.50
-.55/1 7/13 SS= free

Heinz Worcestershire Sauce - $1.50
.50/1 hangtag = free

French's French Fried Onions (2.8 oz) 2.19 (oscamaya)
.75/1 3/09 SS = free

Dial Hand soap $1.79 - 1.99 (oscamaya)
.60/1 5/18 SS1 = free to .19

Werther's Orginial - $1.99
if they carry the Carmel Chocolate there was a .75/1 in a May insert ( date not in DB)- = Free

Beech-nut juice blends - $1.39
.75/1 6/15 SS = Free

Texas Toast Croutons $1.59 (Lilymasmom)
.50/1 or .55/1 05-04-08 RP = free or .09

Gum Toothbrush - $2.29
2.29 - .75/1 6/29 RP or 04-20-08 RP = .04

Domino Brown or Confectioner Sugar - .99
.30/1 05-04-08 RP = .09

Comet Long Grain Rice on sale $1.74 .55/1 (momto8kiddos)
05-18-08 RP = .09
note prices ending in “4” means the items is being clearanced and may not be available at all stores

Viva Paper Towels $2.39 (merce)
2.39- .75/1 = .14 or .35/1 = 1.34
Ragu Fresh & Simple Pasta Sauce Pouch 13.5oz $2.39
.75/1 = .14

bertolli sauce pouch 2.39 -75/1 05-04-08 RP (also .60/1)=.14 (threestoogesplus1)

Hormel Chili - No Beans 5/$5.00 (momto8kiddos)
.55/2 (Better Homes & Gardens; June2008, Good Housekeeping; June08, Woman's Day; June 2008, Redbook Magazine 6/2008, Hallmark Magazine ; June 2008, Woman's Day June 17, 2008 ) = .175each

Cut Rite wax paper - 1.69 - (ryansmommie)
.50/1 from All You = .19 each

Luzianne Tea Bags 24 ct -1.99
.60/1 06-29-08 SS or 04-27-08 SS = .19

French's Mustard - Spicy Brown $1.69 (momto8kiddos)
.50/1 06-22-08 SS = .19

Pledge Multi-Surface Duster Starter $2.49 (momto8kiddos)
$.75/1 15 April 08 Womans Day; .75/1 Ladies Home Jornal April08; .75/1 Hallmark Magazine June 2008 = .24

Hefty Plates or Bowls, $3.49 BOGO
Any $0.50 /1 05-18-08 RP = .24

Mt Olive Banana Pepper Rings $2.49 (momto8kiddos)
.75/1 blinkie= .24

Mt. Olive Jalapeno Slices $2.49 (momto8kiddos)
.75/1 blinkie = .24

McCormick Grill Mates Packets - $0.99 (Lilymasmom)
.25/1 05-04-08 RP = .24

Nutri Grain- Fruit & Nut bars - $2.50
.75/1 from inside Nutri Grain bar packages = .24

Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel Nibblers - $2.50 (EriksGrl71)
.75/1 05-11-08 SS = .25

Right Guard deodorant 2.50 (lilymaysmom)
.75/1 05-18-08 SS1 or 07-13-08 SS = .25

Soft N Dry $2.50 (Lilymasmom)
.75/1 05-18-08 SS1 only- 7/13 SS .75/1 starts with “9” = .25

healthy ones deli sliced turkey 6oz 2.50 -75/1 05-04-08 SS =.25 (threestoogesplus1)

Nestle Nesquik Syrup - 1.79
.50/1 04-27-08 SS= .29

Nesquik Chocolate Milk 16oz $1.79 (momto8kiddos)
.50/1 04-27-08 SS = .29ea

Tetley ice tea bags - $2
.55/1 04-13-08 SS = .35

Barilla Pasta - 4/$5.00 (Lilymasmom)
.55/2 06-15-08 SS = .43 a box

Dole fruit parfait $2.69 - .75/ 05-18-08 SS1= .44c (Eriksgrl77)

Smucker's Ice Cream Toppings assorted varieties 2/$3.00 (momto8kiddos)
.35/1 05-04-08 RP = .45

11 oz Dole Mandarin Organges - $1.29
.55/2 05-18-08 SS1 = .47 each

Brillo pads - $1.99
$1.99 - .50/1 All You = .49

Wet Ones $2.99
.75/1 6/15 SS = .49

Suave Body Wash - 1.99
.50/1 7/13 RP = .49

french's spicy brown mustard 1.99-50/1 06-22-08 SS =.49 (threestoogesplus1)

JFG Mayonnaise on sale 2/$4.00 (momto8kiddos)
.50/1 on any quart 06-29-08 SS = .50ea

Betty Crocker Brownies $2
.50/1, .75/2 Any 06-29-08 SS and 07-13-08 SS = .50 or .88

YoPlait Whips Yogurt - .75
use .40/6 any from 6/8 SS
combine with Free Yoplait Whips Yogurt, Any Up To $0.94 6/29 SS = .51 each (or buy 12 use 2 4/6 and 3 frees= .36 each)

Ghirardelli Chocolate Bar 4oz $2.79 (momto8kiddos)
$0.75/1 05-04-08 SS = 0.54

Pillsbury Quick Dinner Rolls – Crescent $1.59 (momto8kiddos)
.35/1 07-13-08 SS = .54

Sunsweet cranberries $2.79 -.75 05-18-08 SS1 = .54c (there are other dried fruit varieties, too) (Eriksgrl77)

Hormel Compleats Meals, any $0.75 /1 07-27-2008 Insert 05-15-08 SS2 = .59 (mommabrown3)

Lysol Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner $2.89 (momto8kiddos)
.75/1 06-01-08 SS = .64

Uncle Ben's Whole Grain Brown Rice Pouch $2.19 (momto8kiddos)
$.50/1 07-13-08 RP = .69

knorr sides 1.59-60/2 05-18-08 RP (also a .75/2) =.70 ea (threestoogesplus1)

Lysol Wipes - $2.99
.75/1 06-08-08 SS = .74

Baker’s Joy Cooking Spray $2.99 (momto8kiddos)
$0.75/1 = 0.74 (not sure where this is from, not in DB)
$1/1 flour, sugar, or sugar twin wyb Baker's Joy (hangtag)

Wish-Bone Bountifuls - $2.99
.75/1 06-29-08 RP = .74
(also can use .55/1 fresh produce wyb 1 Wish Bone Bountifuls hangtag)
(MIR out for Buy any 2 Wish-Bone Salad Spritzers (7 oz), Bountifuls (9.5 oz), regular dressing or Western (16 oz+) and receive a coupon for $2 off chicken, beef or produce)

Jif Peanut Butter 2.39 -.55 06-08-08 RP = .74 (check your store, Jif is $2.99 in CLT) (VAmom29)

Luigi’s Lemon Italian Ice – 4/$6.00
Luigis Real Italian Ice, Any $0.75 /2 06-08-08 RP or 07-13-08 RP = .75 for 2

Minute Rice Mix $2.29 (momto8kiddos)
$.50/1 04-27-08 RP = .79

Pepperidge Farm Cookies - 2/$5 (lilymaysmom)
.55/1 04-13-08 SS or .50/1 06-08-08 SS = .85 or $1

Kraft Bagel-Fuls on sale $2.50 (momto8kiddos)
.55/1 tearpad = .85

Minute Maid Lemonade or Limeade 64 oz on sale for 4/$5 (mcscheatzle)
-.55/2 06-29-08 SS = .85 for 2

Nature’s Own breakfast breads - $2.50
.55/1 (may insert) = .85

Zatarain's Rice mix $2.00 (momto8kiddos)
.75/2 06-08-08 RP = .875

Chex ceral - 3.19
.75/1 General Mills Chocolate Chex, Honey Nut Chex, or Strawberry Chex Cereal, Any 6/15 SS = .94

promise twin tubs butter 2.59
-55/1All You Magazine, May 2008, Issue 4=.94 (threestoogesplus1)

Kotex Tampons - Plastic regular, Super or Super Plus Absorbency Unscented, 18ct, $3.49, .75/1 07-20-08 SS = $1.24 (momto8kiddos)

Hamburger Helper - $1.59
.75/3 6/08 SS
4.77 – 2.25 = 2.52 or .84 each (also get $1.50 cat)
Note cat deal:

Huggies Bath & Body - $2.99
$2.99 - .75/1 Kimberly-Clark Madre y Mujer Booklet = .74

Lysol Healthy Touch 2.99 - .75/1 06-22-08 SS= .74 (VAmom29)

Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls 5ct $1.79 (momto8kiddos)
.30/1 07-13-08 SS = .89

Coffeemate 16 oz 2.49-50/1 06-29-08 RP=1.00 (threestoogesplus1)

Athenos feta 2.69-55/1 05-11-08 SS =1.04 (threestoogesplus1)

Jello fruit passions 3.39-75/1 05-18-08 SS2 =1.14 (threestoogesplus1)

Crisco oil (48oz veg/corn/canola varieties) (heartse)
2.79 - 55c 06-08-08 RP q = $1.14

Hormel Bacon Bits (heartse)
2.19 - 35c 06-08-08 SS = $1.14

Pepperidge Farm white enriched bread
$2.89 - .55/1 Binkie = $1.24 (make sure blinkie starts with 5) (merce)

hillshire farms hearty slices $3.50(sillyshell)
.75/1 7/13 SS = 1.25

Lysol Toilet Cleaner 2.99 - .50/1 06-22-08 SS= .1.49 (VAmom29)

Purex Liquid Laundry Detergent - Baby Ultra Concentrated 50oz on sale $2.99 (momto8kiddos)
.50/1 05-18-08 SS1 = 1.49

Oscar Meyer Beef Franks – $3
Any $0.50 /1 or .55/1 06-15-08 SS = $1.35 - $1.50
Don’t forget you can combine with the $3 planters IP and the tearpads that are out there

hillshire farms thin slices 3.50 (sillyshell)
.55/1 7/13 SS = 1.85

Sorrento Sticksters - $4.19
.75/1 blinkie = $1.94

California Pizza Kitchen Pizza- $5.49
.75/1 06-01-08 SS = 3.24

9 Mega, 12 Double, or 24 Regular Rolls – Angel Soft - $4.99
Angel Soft Toilet Paper, Any 6 Double Roll + $0.50 /1 06-29-08 RP = $3.49

Great Savings at WAGS today  

Posted by: Julie in

Well, I had a nice little run at Walgreens today.

$10.18 for all of this...

I saved $46.51!

Transaction #1:

Bic Razors 4 ct (found a bonus pack with 6!) $0.99 each
after WAGS Q and Manf. Q (bought 3)

10 ct pencils - $0.19 each after WAGS Q (bought 3)

Highlighters - $0.05 each after WAGS Q (bought 3)

Mechanical Pencils 5 ct - $0.05 each after WAGS Q (bought 3)

100 ct paper clips - $0.19 each (after WAGS Q (bought 2)

150 sheet notebook paper - $0.29 each after WAGS Q (bought 3)

Reynolds Wrap - $.034 each after WAGS Q's and Manf. Q(bought 4)

Total OOP: $7.33
Total Saved: $30.89

Transaction #2:

Bic Razors - 4 ct $0.99 each after WAGS Q and Manf. Q (bought 1)

10 ct pencils - $0.19 each after WAGS Q (bought 3)

Mechanical Pencils 5 ct - $0.05 each after WAGS Q (bought 3)

150 sheet notebook paper - $0.29 each after WAGS Q (bought 3)

Total OOP: $2.85
Total Savings: $15.62

I don't think I'll need pencils for YEARS after all this stockpiling ;-)

1930's Wife  

Posted by: Julie


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What a Wonderful Husband I Have!  

Posted by: Julie in


is what my wonderful husband bought for us (me) yesterday!

We live on approx. 2 acres of land and we've basically been without a lawnmower this entire season. The grass in the back yard where the children play had grown up so that they couldn't go out :-(

I was able to cut the grass today and it looks so nice! I've been weed eating some tonight. Hopefully, in a day or two things will really be in tip top shape.

Thank you, Kenton!
What a wonderful gift.

I love you ;-)

My Savings This Week  

Posted by: Julie

I had a few good trips out this week.

I went to Walgreens and spent $2.28 OOP and saved $18.44.
You can check it out HERE.

Today I went to Target and spent $10.07 OOP and saved $24.00!
HERE is that deal.

One more SUPER deal I got was over $70 worth of bread for $5.00!
HERE is the info on that one!

My spending this week on "deals" was $17.35 with a savings of over $112.00!

For more great deals, visit Super Saving Saturday at Money Saving Mom.

Target Deals  

Posted by: Julie

I went to target today to pick up some of the cheese that was on sale 4 / $7 and I grabbed these deals while I was there...

The Luvs were $7.99 and I had a $5.00 coupon making them $2.99.

The Electasol was marked 2 / $6 and I had the $2.25 coupons
making them $0.75 each.

The Head and Shoulders was $2.18 each and I used the $3 / 2 coupon
making them $0.68 each.

The Bic pens (10 pks) were on sale 2 / $1 and I had a coupon that was $1 / 2
making these FREE.

Total before coupons: $34.07 + tax

Total after coupons: $10.07 + tax

Savings : $24.00!

Small Walgreens Trip  

Posted by: Julie

All of this....

for $2.28 OOP!

The spiral notebooks were on sale for $0.99 each.

The pencils were on sale for 2 / $5.00.

The pens were on sale for $1.99.

The sippy cups were marked down to $0.70 each.

I used a 7 day WAGS coupon for the notebooks
making them 4 / $1.00 with a limit of 8.

I also used another 7 day WAGS coupon for the pens and pencils
making them $0.39 each with a limit of 3.

Then I used a $5 register reward from the diaper deal last week.

I saved $18.44 and paid $2.28!

Drugstore Divas, is hosted by The Centsible Sawyer. Stop by to see some really great savings!

Who would have thought...  

Posted by: Julie

Who would have thought that you can make cheesecake in a CrockPot?

I was visiting one of my new favorite sites

and can you believe Stephanie has a recipe for CrockPot Cheesecake?

Here is her picture of the cheesecake she made in her CrockPot
(I didn't get a picture of mine before I sliced into it!)

Well, I made this yummy dish yesterday and all I can say is...


Let me say it again in case you didn't hear...


You've got to visit her blog and try this recipe.

It's easy, just the right size and so, so good!

Who would have thought?

What a Weekend!  

Posted by: Julie

Wow have we been busy this weekend!

Friday was Cow Appreciation Day at Chick Fil A.
We had a super time dressing up and getting free food.

Saturday our local zoo had Hot Dog Day.
We got to go to the zoo at a reduced price and had
hot dogs, chips drinks and ice creams for $0.25 each!

Toady we went to Discovery Island, our local water park. This was
our first time going and we had a BLAST!

Here are a few pictures of the kiddos:
(We left "D" at home with Gram for this trip)

This park has a rain policy that if you have been at the park less than 2 hours and they close due to weather, you get a rain check to come back another day for free. Well, we had been playing for 1 1/2 hours when a big thunderstorm blew in. They closed the park and you bet I waited in line for my rain check. Now, we get to go back again for a free day of fun!

Summer seems to be slipping by so fast! There are only 5 weeks left until school starts on August 19! There is still so much we want to do.

Roller Skating, Bowling, Monkey Joe's, Discovery Island (again), Ice Skating (we got free passes from the library summer reading program), Summer $1 Movies and much, much more....

Summer just isn't long enough anymore :-(

Oh, but what great fun we're having while it lasts!

Menu Monday  

Posted by: Julie

Thanks OrgJunkie for hosting Menu Plan Monday! Here's the game plan for us this week. It seems like I plan out our menus, but our week has a way of changing during the summer. I've just learned to go with the flow ;-)

Monday: Fried Chicken Legs, Corn on the Cob, Pinto Beans and Cornbread

Tuesday: Stew Meat and Gravy, Rice, Broccoli, Biscuits

Wednesday: Hamburgers, Baked Beans, Chips

Thursday: Baked Tilipia, Wild Rice, Lima Beans

Friday: *Lasagnette (this is a quick and yummy version of Lasagna. Recipe below), Salad, Bread

Saturday: Pancakes and Bacon
Recipe for Lasagnette:

1 lb. ground beef
1 (16 ounce) cab tomatoes, undrained
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons sugar
2 garlic cloves
1 (5 ounce) package egg noodles
1 cup sour cream
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese
6 green onions, chopped with tops
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

Cook ground beef in skillet until lightly browned. Drain excess fat. Stir tomatoes and tomato sauce into meat. Add salt, sugar, and garlic. Simmer 5 - 10 minutes. Cook noodles; drain well and blend in sour cream, cream cheese and onion. Pour half of meat sauce into a lightly greased 3-quart casserole dish. Cover with half the noodle mixture, then 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Lasagnette can be frozen, then thawed before baking.

Greenville Zoo  

Posted by: Julie

Today was Hot Dog Day at the Greenville Zoo!

The kids got in the zoo for $1 and if you had a Bi Lo Bonus Card you got one child free. Because "D" is 2, he got in free, too. Yippee for reduced prices :-)

It was SO crowded! Once we got in, we decided to go through the zoo backwards. That way we missed lots of the crowd.

We had a great time seeing all the animals! Our zoo has a new exhibit ... Giraffes! I've never seen them before and they are SO beautiful! We saw monkeys of all types, lions, leopards, elephants, gators, snakes, birds, and in the petting zoo pigs, chickens and goats.
So many animals to see.

We had lunch at the zoo as well. They had hot dogs, chips, drinks and ice cream for $0.25 each. We each got 1 of everything and it cost $5.00. Talk about a cheap lunch ;-)

I took a few pictures. It was really hard to get pictures with the kids because of how many people were there. I got some good ones of the animals. Hope you enjoy looking at them.

Chick Fil A ~ Thanks for the Memories....  

Posted by: Julie

As we all know, today was Cow Appreciation Day at Chick Fil A. The kids were really excited about dressing up as cows and we were ready with home made cow costumes. Then we realized that we needed masks.

Here the kids are making their cow masks this morning before going to Chick Fil A.
(thanks to Jennifer for the great idea for cow masks!)

We got all dressed up and went to see my Grandmother and Uncle. They had heard about us dressing up and wanted to see. My Uncle David took these pictures of us.

Talk about a herd of cows!

We got to Chick Fil A and were very glad to see lots of other "cows" joining in all the fun. We had a great time eating our yummy food and seeing all the different ways everyone dressed up. There was even a lady walking around passing out free mini sized stuffed cows with the "Eat More Chicken" sign on. She gave one to every child dressed up like a cow.

Here the kids are digging into their chicken!

We had a great time making summer time memories. I told my kids, "I bet when you go back to school and the teacher says 'What did you do this summer?', you will be the only ones to say that you went to a Flea Circus AND dressed up like a cow and went to Chick Fil A for free food!"

They are already excited about going again next year! I plan on sending Chick Fil A an email thanking them for the free goodies and for all the fun. I hope you do, too.

Lots of folks are posting about their day at Chick Fil A. To read more, visit Money Saving Mom.

Cow Appreciation Day Tomorrow!  

Posted by: Julie

Dress like a Cow - Get Free Chick-fil-A

Dress like a cow from head to hoof for our 4th annual Cow Appreciation Day® (July 11, 2008) and get a complimentary combo meal

Not up for sporting the full cow look? Partial cow attire will still get you a complimentary entrée. Request a tall, cool Dr Pepper with your Chick-fil-A and complete your meal.

Send this email to your friends and come dressed as an entire herd - Chick-fil-A for everyone! Cow up and get free Chick-fil-A on July 11th at your nearest Chick-fil-A.
(breakfast, lunch or dinner) from Chick-fil-A.


Are you going to participate?

My oldest daughter really wants to. I will and my 2 year old will because he can't tell me no ... HA HA!

My oldest son said he'd think about it and my youngest daughter is a big ole' party pooper and won't do it.:-p

Oh well, we'll see and if we do, I'll post pictures ;-)

If you dress up, I'd love to see it. Put it on your blog and leave me a link in my comments.

Saving Money, Spending Money and My day  

Posted by: Julie

First stop today was the movies! We saw "The Bee Movie". It was free for all 5 of us to see, then $1 for pop corn each and $1 drinks each. The line for popcorn and drinks was SO long. We got in line thinking they would move pretty quick and we'd still see the beginning of the movie. Not so!

I finally got out of line and told the kids I would go back for snacks after the movie started and the line thinned down. I got everyone seated and after the movie began, "D" and "K" and I went back for snacks. Again a LONG line. While waiting, "K" said she felt bad and needed to go to the bathroom. We just got into the bathroom and she threw-up all over the floor! YUCK!

We got cleaned up and told management about our mess and got back in line for snacks. By this time my 10 year old came looking for me. Anyway, a very nice lady that I was in line behind before "K" got sick was now in the front of the line. She told me to come up in front of her because there was no reason I should have to keep waiting. God, bless this wonderful woman!

We did okay in the movie but "D" got really bored. Well, that's just how it goes with 2 year olds. I know the older kids enjoyed it, but this free movie like to have killed me LOL!
Next we went to Staples to pick up some cheap school supplies. Here's what we got:

(8) 8- pack pencils $0.01 each
(3) binders $0.25 each
(10) pocket folders $0.01 each

Total for all: $0.99!
(Each kid and I did a transaction)

I'd love to get more pencils. Each of my kids (3 in school) has to bring in 48 pencils! We might go back before church tonight. We'll see....

Then we went to CVS. I got ...

2 Dawn - 2 / $2
1 box Playtex $4.99
2 boxes CVS tampons 5 ct $1.49 each
1 CVS soap

Total: $9.97

Then I used $1.00 off Playtex
$ 2.00 off CVS purchase
$ 3.49 ECB's

Total after savings $5.47

Received $6.98 in ECB's

Our last stop was Walmart. I went to pick up some pictures, a picture album, bread and lunch meat. I ended up with the pictures, an album, 3 back packs, 1 lunch box, no bread and no lunch meat. "D" was screaming the entire time we were in the store. I knew he was hungry and I couldn't stand any more!

We hit the Subway that's in Walmart. Ugh! I did try to keep our cost down. I bought (2) foot-long subs and 2 drinks. We split the sandwiches and shared the drinks but it still cost $15.76.

I've just got to make a grocery store trip happen! Not having the things I need at home when I need them can be a budget buster!

Oh well, as Scarlet said, "Tomorrow is another day."

Hot Dog Day at Greenville Zoo  

Posted by: Julie

Hot Dog Day - Saturday, July 12th, 10 am to 4 pm

Join us for this annual summer event at the Zoo! Hot dogs, Pepsi, Potato Chips, Cotton Candy, Ice Cream Sandwiches, & Nutty Buddys are all just $.25 each on this day.

Child’s admission is only $1 with a limit of 4 children per adult. Show your BI-LO BonusCard and receive one free child's admission. Sorry, group rates are not available for this event.

We've been wanting to go to the zoo this summer and this looks like a great day to go!

The regular rates are: Adults are $6 ; children 3 - 15 are $3.00 ; Under 3 Free.

By going on Hot Dog Day Saturday, for 5 of it will be :
$6 - 1 adult
$1 - over 3
$1 - over 3
Free - by showing Bi Lo card
Free - 2 yr old
$8.00 total

It would normally cost us $15 just for entry! Woo Hoo! That's a $7.00 savings!
If we each get a hot dog ,drink and chips that's $3.75 + tax.
Now add an ice cream sandwich before we leave...another $1.25 and tax.

$8.00 entry
$ 5.00 food

Total : $13! (before tax on food!)

Sounds like a fun, inexpensive day out for the family!

Free "Nibbler" at Zaxby's ~ July 7 - 2:30 -4:30 p.m.  

Posted by: Julie

I got this in my email tonight and I had to share it with all my "frugal" friends!

Little Snack.
Big Taste. Free!

Try the Nibbler on us.
July 7, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Introducing your new favorite snack, the Nibbler.
It’s one of our classic Chicken Fingerz tucked neatly
In a toasted bun and topped with Zax Sauce

But hurry. There’s only one free Nibbler per
Guest on July 7 between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Thrifty Thursday ~ Gift Giving - Using Other's Money Wisely  

Posted by: Julie

(Thrifty Thursday is hosted by Comical Coupon Cents.)

Last night I was reading a post at Pursuing Titus 2 about having too many toys and how gift giving can create a lot of clutter in out homes. Her husband suggested giving experiences instead of more toys. I thought "Wow! This is a great idea!"

We all know the's Christmas time or birthday time or any other gift giving time and you get "that" call. It's your mother, mother in law, sister, sister in law, friend, etc.

"Hi, I was just calling to see what (enter your child's name here) would like for (enter gift giving occasion here)"

Ugh...what is there to get? More dolls, more toy cars? More Lego's, more tea sets? More stuff???

If one child gets one gift from 2 sets of grandparents, 2 aunts and uncles, a couple of friends, and of course mom and dad you've already got 8 - 10 toys coming into your house.

Now, how many children do you have? I have 4 so that would mean 32 - 40 new toys!

Now, here is how I propose to use other's money wisely. Does you child really need that many toys or would they benefit from making memories with you?

There are so many activities my kids would love to do but we don't because of the cost. We just don't have lots of extra money for all the fun things in our area.

What if your relatives gave gift cards to do the fun things you all want to do instead of getting more things? They are going to spend X amount of $$ no matter what you tell them your child wants. Why not ask them to spend it on an activity for your child?

I came up with a list of things we love to do that would make GREAT gift ideas.

If your child gets one of these gifts for their birthday and the other kids haven't gotten a gift yet, just put it in a safe place and when everyone has a gift card to the same place then you're ready for your outing.

Be sure to take lots of pictures and share them with the gift giver and let them know what a great time your family had thanks to their generosity!

What do you think about this idea? Would it go over well at your house? Do you have any ideas to add to the list? I'd love to hear them.

Tackle it Tuesday  

Posted by: Julie

(Be sure to visit for more Tackle it Tuesdays)

Sorry I don't have pictures :-( I didn't start out to tackle anything, but it sort of ended up that way LOL!

I need to go to the grocery store and I thought I would see what I had on hand so I would know what I needed to buy. I began with the big freezer. I took stuff out, wrote down what I had and put it back all nice and neat.

Then I moved on to the small freezer above the fridge. Same thing...took stuff out, wrote down what I've got and put it back neatly.

Well, now I needed to know what was in my pantry. Shelf by shelf I organized and wrote down what I've got.

Want to know what I found? I found that I really don't need much at the grocery store :-)! A few lunch items and breakfast items, maybe some fruit and I'll pick up some of the bargains that are to be had.

Know what ELSE I found? T-R-A-S-H! Boxes of empty stuff and stale stuff....UGH!

Now I'm off to hang 3 loads of towels out to dry and throw some more laundry in the wash. I guess then it will be time for lunch, baby's nap and hopefully when it's quite (like it's EVER quite at my house) I'll plan some dinners from the surplus in the kitchen and make a grocery list of the things I really do need. Maybe my beloved will be home at a reasonable hour and I'll scoot out to the store without the kids in tow.

Now THAT sounds like a plan!