Happy Halloween  

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Hope you had a Spook-tacular Halloween!

I've been tagged  

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I was tagged by Southern Savers to share seven things about myself.

These are the rules for tagging…

1) Link back to the person who tagged you and share the rules on your blog.

2) Share 7 facts about yourself

3) Tag seven people and list their links in your post

4) Tell those 7 people by commenting on their blog!

Here goes....7 facts about me...
  • I met my husband on a blind date 17 years ago when I was 17 years old.
  • I'm a stay at home mom to 4. I NEVER thought I'd be a stay at home mom, much less have 4 kids! Proof God plans our path, not us ;-)
  • Dinner time drives me crazy! The planning meals every day can be so difficult at times.
  • I love to bake but hate to clean up. Maybe I can ask for a maid for Christmas?
  • Right after Halloween, I start putting up Christmas decorations. "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..."
  • I love to read in the bathtub at night after the kids have gone to bed.
  • I spend WAY too much time reading all the neat blogs out there.
Okay, so here's who I'm going to tag:

Saving in Greenville

Baseballs and Tutus

Muddlin' thru Motherhood

A Peek at Us

Tara's Journal

Bargain Banana

My Cup Runneth Over

Want to play?  

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Windy at A Peek at Us posted this on her site and I thought I'd play. Would you like to play, too?

If you do, let me know so I can check it out.



1. Been on a blind date? Yep! June 2, 1991 and I married him August 20, 1994! ;-)

2. Skipped school? Yep and got in BIG trouble

3. Watched someone die? No

4. Been to Canada? No

Mexico? No

DC ? Yes ~ Senior Trip 1991

Florida? Yes ~ Panama City (beautiful) and Disney on my honeymoon

Africa? No

Lost? Probably a perpetual state LOL!

On a Plane? Yes, once as a little girl with my dad on a small plane (air sick!!) then on the way to DC for my senior trip.

5. Swam in the Ocean? Yes, but I don't like it...it's much to big and unsafe feeling for me.

6. Lettered in a High School sport? Yes - cheerleading (it is a sport!)

7. Cried yourself to sleep? Yes

8. Played dolls? yes

9. Recently colored with Crayons? Yes, with 4 kids you KNOW I color with crayons!

10. Paid for a meal with coins? You bet!

Now it's your turn!

Bilo and Ingles Savings  

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I made two stops today: Bi Lo and Ingles. Here is what I purchased and how much I saved.

1 Pepsi ($1.79 reg) $0.89

4 Ban Deodorant ($2.79 reg) BOGO - $0.40 Q x 2 = $0.60 each

4 Zest 2-bar soaps ($2.75 reg) $1.99 sale - $1.00 Q = $0.99 each

3 Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls ($2.32 reg) 3 / $4.98 - $0.30 Q x 2 = $1.06 each

2 Bird's Eye 12-ct mini corn on the cob ($3.39 reg) BOGO = $1.69 each

2 Palmera Pizza ($6.29 reg) BOGO - $0.75 Q = $2.40 each

2 Southern Home Ice Cream 2 / $6.00

2 lb oranges $1.99

Total OOP: $24.26
Total Saved: $34.57

6 Laura Lynn chips ($1.18 reg) $0.88 each

2 Laura Lynn pretzels ($1.38 reg) BOGO = $0.69 each

2 Laura Lynn dried beans ($1.48 reg) BOGO = $0.74 each

2 Laura Lynn 1lb rice ($1.08 reg) BOGO = $0.68 each

6 boxes Pop Secret Pop Corn ($2.38 each) BOGO - $0.50/2 Q x 2 = $0.69 each

2 boxes Laura Lynn trash bags ($3.96 reg) BOGO = $1.98 each

2 turkey tenderloins ($9.98 reg) BOGO = $4.99 each

2 10-pc Mrs Pauls fish fillets ($5.98 reg) BOGO = $2.99 each

32 ounces Flounder ($6.28) Sale Price = $3.98 each

Total OOP: $39.66
Total Saved: $40.46

Not too bad, huh?

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New Sig  

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I figured out how to add a signature to my posts. Cool!

Want one, too? Just click on my Sig and it will link you to My Live Singature and you can make one of your own :-)

"God That Made the Ham"  

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Did your kids go to Vacation Bible School this year? Mine did and loved it. Our church chose Outrigger Island as their theme. Everyday the kids came home singing all the great songs they were learning.

My daughter "K" (5 yrs old) was singing one to me and I just busted out laughing when I realized what she was singing. The words are SUPPOSED to be...

"God of our fathers, God of Abraham..."
Her version was...
"God of our fathers, God that made the ham"....
Listen below to the song and just imagine her singing her version!!!
Kids, don't you just LOVE them?

You Raise Me Up  

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Thank you, Jesus!


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Autumn Fun Fest

October 25th
11:00am – 3:00pm

In the Parking Lot
of Forestville Baptist Church
Travelers Rest, SC !

Food, Games, Fun,
and Prizes!!!


Trunk Or Treat
October 29th
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

in the parking lot of Forestville Baptist Church
Travelers Rest, SC !!

Decorated cars and trunks!!

Lots of Candy!!
Safe for kids of all ages!!
What is Trunk or Treat??
A Trunk or Treat is a Halloween event that is often church or community sponsored. People gather and park their cars in a large parking lot. They open their trunks or the backs of their vehicles and decorate them. Then they pass out candy from their trunks. The event provides a safe family environment for trick or treaters

Eating Out: Kid's Nights  

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I was looking through the current issue of The Upstate Parent and found some neat "Kid's Night" goodies. Fun activities and even free kids meals*!
Every Tuesday from 5 - 8 PM
  • Tuesday October 21: Make your own Spider Pop
Free for kids with purchase of kids meal.
Kids get to make their
own Spider Pop.
We provide all the necessary supplies
  • *Tuesday October 28: Trick or Treat Night
Kids 12 and under come in dressed in your Halloween Costume
and get a FREE Kids Meal!
You can log onto www.stickyfingers/kidsnight and they have the kids night activites listed each month.

Kids Night Tuesday 5:30 - 7:30

(These activites are for the 3890 Pelham Rd location only. Other Chick Fil A's have kids night, but the activities vary by locaiton)

  • Tuesday October 21: Perky the Clown

  • *Tuesday October 28: Pirate Night

Dress like a pirate and receive a FREE kids meal 4 pack

So Much to Do!  

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And I don't want to do any of it! LOL!
The kids will be out of school tomorrow and Monday so that means
4 WHOLE DAYS without having to get up and off to school and
4 WHOLE DAYS of no after school activities!
(Well, we will still be a church Sunday, but that is a blessing not a burden)
What a much needed rest. After this past week,
God knew I would need this break.
Thank you God!
Well, I'm off to do something, but I plan to take my day
S-L-O-W and easy ( or would that be slow and lazy?)

BiLo Bargains Tonight  

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I've been wanting to get to Bi Lo before this weeks sales were over and I FINALLY made it tonight while "A" was at scouts. Here's the low down...

4- Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes : (Sale Price) $1.00 each - $0.35 Q x 2 = $0.30 each

1 - Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes : (Sale Price) $1.00 each - $0.50 Q x 2 = FREE

5- Betty Crocker Pouch Potatoes: (Sale Price) $1.00 each - $0.40 Q x 2 = $0.20 each

4 - Arnold Bread : (Sale Price) $2.00 each - $0.55 Q x 2 = $0.90 each

3- Dannon Yogurt : $2.29 each - $0.50 Q x 2 = $1.29 each

1- Pretzels : (Sale Price) $1.00

3 - Rally Cola : (Sale Price) $0.75 each

3 lb bag of Gala Apples : $1.99

Total OOP: $14.91

Total Savings: $25.36

Want to know something COOL? I've been trying to get to Bi Lo all week and it just didn't work out. Tonight I was able to go, but I had limited funds. I knew there were things on my list that just were going to have to wait a while.

I grabbed the potatoes (the main item I wanted) and shot over to the frozen foods looking for the Green Giant veggies that were on sale when I realized I didn't have the coupons I would need. No biggie...I wasn't that interested in them anyway.

I turned around and saw the yogurt section behind me. There were coupons taped to TONS of the yogurts. Well, my kiddos only like the Dannon LE CREAM and guess what???? They had 3 of them with $0.50 Q's. WOO HOO!!!! I SOOO wanted to pick up yogurt for "D" and have just put it off. What a BLESSING!

I had taken $20 with me and my total was $14.91. My change was $5.09. As I was leaving the store on my way to get "A" at scouts, I remembered I needed to pay DUES this week. Want to know how much DUES are per month?


I was able to pick up some great deals at the grocery and still have money for scouts. Wonder how that worked out like that? ;-)

Thank you, God, for caring about our needs

(big or small)

Who Am I  

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Thank you, God, that I am Yours!

This is WAY cool! You've got to watch it!!!

Bloom Triple Coupon Savings  

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Did you make it to Bloom? I was able to go and while I failed to take a picture to show you, I still thought I'd post what I purchased.

(2) Tropicana Premium Orange Juice 89 oz: $4.99 each - $0.75 q x 3 = $2.74 each

(4) Eggo Waffles: $1.99 each - $0.55 q x 3 = $0.34 each

(2) Borden Kid Builder American Cheese : $2.50 each - $0.55 q x 3 = $0.85 each

(2) Nestle Quick Syrup: $1.67 each - $0.50 q x 3 = $0.17 each

(2) Pillsbury Crescent Rolls : $2.00 each - $0.35q x 3 = $0.95 each

(1) Pillsbury Cinnamon Danish: $2.00 each - $0.30 q x 3 = $1.10 each

(6) Lipton Rice : $1.00 each - $0.60 / 2 q x 3 = $0.20 / 2 OR $0.10 each

(2) Jiff Peanut Butter: $2.00 each - $0.35 x 3 = $0.95 each

(2) ZipLock Easy Zip Freezer bags: $2.00 each - $0.55 q x 3 = $0.35 each

My Total Out of Pocket : $15.19
My Savings was: $38.59
My Breeze Card Savings was: $7.39
While I didn't do quite as good as I do when I go to Harris Teeter, I was still pleased with my savings. The OJ bumped my cost up a bit, was it was a good price for OJ. It comes out to $0.24 per cup. Th danish wasn't a super price, but my kids eat those for breakfast once a week, and the cheapest everyday price I can find is the WalMart brand at $1.58 each.
How did you do?
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What Color are You?  

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You are a very calm and contemplative person. Others are drawn to your peaceful, nurturing nature.

Find out your color at QuizMeme.com!

Bloom Triples Oct 11, 12 & 13  

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Are YOU ready to Shop Happy?
Thanks to Keren at Saving in Greenville I found out that Bloom is offering Triple Coupons this FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY!
I'm beyond thrilled! I don't live overly close to a Bloom, but I'm going to get to one as fast as I can Friday morning. I drive to Hendersonville, NC to do Triple Coupons at Harris Teeter and I save SO much money! I'm sure I'll find some GREAT deals at Bloom, too!
This time around, Bloom has upped how many coupons per person and that makes for more profitable shopping. Here's the info....
  • Limit 20 coupons per customer

  • Triple coupons up to 99 cents

I've not had a chance to do a lot of coupon match ups but here is one GREAT deal I saw:

Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup or tomato 2/$1

There are $0.40 / 4 coupons in recent inserts

Triple that coupon and it will be $1.20 / 4

Buy 4 soups for $2.00 - $1.20 (tripled coupon) = $0.80 / 4

or $0.20 each!!!!

If you have a $0.50 coupon, it will be $1.50

If you have a $0.75 coupon, it will be $2.25

See how that savings can add up???

Don't get a Bloom? You can find it online at


The Monroe Family  

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Pyzam Family Sticker Toy

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Word of God Speak  

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Kayla is 2!  

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My niece is having her birthday party on Sunday and I was asked to make the cake.

I think it's a sweet little cake :-)

Yard Sale...Saturday October 5!!! 8 AM  

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These are just a few of the many toys for sale at our yard sale tomorrow!
They are in nearly new condition and would make GREAT Christmas gifts!
We've got baby toys, little kid toys and some bigger kid toys.
We also have some nice children's clothes.
Need a dining room set? We've got a super nice, solid
table and 4 matching chairs for sale.
Lots of goodies to be found.
We're in the Berea area of Greenville, SC., not too far from
Half Mile Lake.
Sale starts at 8 AM
Want directions? Leave me a comment with a way to contact you.

Saving in Greenville  

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Run, do not walk, to this site!
I'm SOOO excited about it. Now a place to find deals in OUR area.
How often to you read about folks getting super great deals at their local stores but can't find information on any deals in our area?
Well, Keren has fixed that problem for us.
Pop over and see what the Buzz is about. Be sure to share your great deals,too!

KMart Double Coupons  

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I'm sure you bargain shoppers know about KMart having Super Double Coupons, right? If not, here's the deal....

Several KMart stores are having Super Double Coupons October 1 - October 5, 2008.

The specifics:

limits of 75 Qs per transaction and 4 like Qs per transaction

No overage will be given

Internet coupons or copies of manufacturer instant coupons are not valid

The big catch??? Not all of the KMart stores are doing it.

After reading about it and getting some advice at Money Saving Mom, I called the Customer Service Line. The CS Rep was very nice and called the stores in my area. None of them were included in Super Double Coupons this time BUT the Wade Hampton Blvd. KMart said they would do it. WOO HOO!!!

Mom and I made our way across town to see what kind of goodies we could pick up for cheap ;-)

Transaction #1 :

4 Endust Free - $3.29 each - $4.00 each ($2.00 coupon x 2) = FREE

4 Kibbles n Bits Wholesome Medley dog food - $5.69 each - $4.00 ($2.00 coupon x 2) = $1.69 each

3 Gilette shampoo - $4.00 each - $4.00 ($2.00 coupon x 2) = FREE

4 Dove Shampoo - $3.99 each - $4.00 ($2.00 coupon x 2) = FREE

2 Tylenol PM 20 ct - $4.79 each - $4.00 ($2.00 coupon x 2) = $0.79 each

4 Pert Plus - $2.99 each - $3.00 ($1.50 coupon x 2) = FREE

2 Personal Item - $5.99 each - $4.00 ($2.00 coupon x 2) = $1.99 each

2 Personal Item - $5.49 each - $4.00 ($2.00 coupon x 2) = $1.50 each

Total before Coupons $114.00
Total Out of Pocket $18.88

Transaction #2

3 Endust $3.29 each - $4.00 ($2.00 coupon x 2) = FREE

2 Dove Shampoo - $3.99 each - $4.00 ($2.00 coupon x 2) = FREE

3 Bic Comfort Advance Razors - $5.29 each - $4.00 ($2.00 coupon x 2) = $1.29 each

2 Personal Item - $5.49 - $4.00 ($2.00 coupon x 2) = $1.49 each

3 Pert Plus - $2.99 each - $3.00 ($1.50 coupon x 2) = FREE

Toothbrush Heads - $29.99 (no coupon used on this item)

Total OOP: $39.68

($29.99 was 1 item without coupon. If you subtract that item, it was $9.69 OOP for the remaining 13 items!)

Was anyone else able to take advantage of this deal at KMart?
(*Note: I used a coupon for each item I bought. If I bought 4 items like Pert Plus, I had (4) $2.00 off Pert Plus coupons)