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Friday, September 2, 2011

Saving Money - Stocking Up

What Great Deals we have this week at Fry's!

I decided to buckle down and devote some time to my couponing to stock up on everyday items to save our family LOTS of money!

A few ladies at my work meet once a week and we swap coupons. It is great and I often get what I need and stock up on coupons for multiple purchases.

I made a quick stop at Safeway to get 6 items that I had matching coupons for that gave me a great deal and then I did the bulk at Fry's.

Here's my stash! $187.26 worth of products. I paid $41.11 with a total savings of $146.15.
Most of the items are every day products that we all use and most of these products I can stock up on without them going bad.  Here is what I bought:
  • 4 - 12 pk. sodas
  • 2 1/2 gallon ice cream
  • 4 Colgate Toothbrushes (Free)
  • 2 Colgate toothpaste
  • 2 Crest Vivid Toothpaste
  • 4 L.A Product Hair Gel (Free)
  • 3 Febreeze Room Sprays
  • 2 Febreeze Air Set and Refresh (Donated to Science teacher for class)
  • 2 Dawn dish detergent
  • 1 Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
  • 1 A-1 Steak Sauce
  • 1 Heinz Ketchup
  • 1 Mezzetta Peppercinis
  • 10 Gillette Shaving Cremes
  • 3 Gillette Men's Body Wash
  • 1 Old Spice Body Wash
  • 6 Old Spice Deodorants
  • 8 Secret Women's Deodorants

Preparing to organize. I am slightly over the top with making things look organized.

Our stockpile of deodorants.


After seeing this picture I decided I really need to make all my labels match. I know I have a problem.

So here's the deal.  Get your Sunday paper every Sunday. Cut all the coupons out even if you are not going to use them this week. You never know when it will go on sale and you might be able to get a great deal before they expire.

If you haven't seen this blog I did on coupons and my binder check it out Here !!

So after I got everything organized last night I took an inventory of what we have on hand.  You might ask what someone would do with all of this stuff? Well, we donate some to the school, soldiers, and we do Christmas Angels at Christmas and make their stockings so we also put goodies in their stockings like I would my own kids.

I LOVE saving money but getting to also give back at the same time.  Take a moment, check with your friends, co-workers, and family to see if anyone would want to do a coupon swap with you!

Also, keep your eye open for peelie coupons, tear pad coupons, and often times different stores will have different booklets that also contain coupons.



I found this coupon book at Fry's yesterday while I was there. I picked up a few and the coupons are manufacturer coupons so you can use them at other stores. PLUS they don't expire until 12/31/12 so I can hold on to them and wait till the best sale to get the most savings!

Couponing can be confusing and it can seem overwhelming but I promise you the more you do it the easier it is to navigate. Give it a try and you will be amazed at how much money you will save your family!


Thursday, September 1, 2011

HOT HOT HOT

I am seriously over all this heat!

Living in the desert of Southern AZ can really be crazy when it comes to our weather during the summer! The winter well it is perfect but right now I am serious I need some relief!
Last week the Temperatures ranged from 105-108 almost every day!

At least we do get some monsoon rains but they normally end up in flooding as well. Check it out!








Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Rah Rah Ree kick'em in the Knee!


My Mini-Me!!

S-C-O-R-E that is what hear all the time!

Sure enough Haley is cheering this year at middle school!
I can’t contain my excitement I am SO excited! I loved cheering and I swore I would never push her into it and she decided to do it on her own!

If she decides she doesn’t like it, I promise I am totally going to die OK with it!

She is so stinkin cute!


video
 Haley is Rocking the Boat!

Cheering outside when it is 108 degree is PURE misery!

The first game I wasn’t so prepared, I had her drinks but we learned very quickly and NOW we are prepared.

A couple of moms have worked together and now we have fresh fruit (cold snack but nothing too heavy), plenty of drinks on ice, spray bottles with water, AND wash clothes in cold water in ice that can be used on the back of their necks so they feel better instantly.

I love it!


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Virtual Tutoring

Do you Skype?

It did take my 11 ½ year old to show me how but it is great!

Want to know the best thing? My kids and my family can totally keep in touch!

My sis and her family live in KY and my parents and grandparents live in TN. We don’t get to see each other near often enough.

Want to know what’s even better?

VIRTUAL TUTORING!!!!

My dad is a whiz when it comes to math. I am pretty good but not like my dad. So when Cody was having some questions and I just couldn’t stand to try to look at 8th grade math I mentioned getting my dad on Skype!

See my dad on the screen? Cody and Pappy working on math homework! It was great!


Amazing! Cody went over the questions with my dad and voila!! It worked and it was great!

BETTER YET ~ The time they get to spend with each other makes me feel like my kids will grow up feeling like their grandparents were more a part of their life then just over the phone or through texts.

I hope we are not only helping with the math but building memories.


Monday, August 29, 2011

Out of Control!

It has really gotten out of control in my house!
It really is my fault - well seems to be since I am the slave, servant, maid, cook,  mom and wife.

I haven't had my cleaning fairy coming as often since we have had some birthdays, vacations, and vehicle repairs, well you get the idea so things have gotten out of control quickly!

I decided yesterday to tackle this massive problem with the help of my 2 adorable helpers!


You know these 2? They are awesome at cleaning!

It was a time to refill some of my Shaklee Cleaners. It is super easy and the product lasts forever!!! The Basic H Organic Cleaner makes an All Purpose Cleaner, the Window cleaner, and a Degreaser!

See that bottle? I have had that since February! I am telling you it lasts forever!!

Here is my Get Clean Caddy that I put all my cleaners in. It makes it so simple and easy when I am moving from room to room. I bought a bunch of the Basic H Spray Bottles they are super cheap and they are great quality. I had bought some at the dollar store and my sprayer kept breaking so I bought these and they come in a group of 3 bottles and they specifically what is in it and the bottles also has the instructions for making the solution. SO EASY!

GROSS Right? That is a hard water ring in my toilet (my hubs would probably die if he knew I posted this) but we have really hard water in AZ and it is SO hard to get off!

Thanks to my awesome cleaning fairy she introduced me to this really cool stone! I found this stone at ACE Hardware, I have searched everywhere for the name of it and can't find it but this stone is amazing! I used my Basic G that kills germs without making me cough from fumes.

Wowzers! See told ya that stuff really works!

Ewww again I know! Our bathroom sinks really taking hit between us and then our cat also thinks this is her bed.

Told ya she is crazy!

She also thinks the bathtub is her bed as well. But see that footprint to the left? Well I love to use my Basic H2 Degreaser and my Get Clean Scour Off to clean stubborn stains like this!



It turned out awesome! I just used some Basic H2 All Purpose cleaner and tada - done!

See no footprint (the pinkish color is from the flash I promise)! I finally felt so much better after I finally tackled the bathroom!

Basically the entire house had gotten out of control! I only showed you the bathroom here which was terrible enough!

The kids really helped we each tackled a bathroom each and then split up the rest of the stuff to be done. If one vacuumed upstairs the other vacuumed downstairs and I did the sweeping and mopping. If one did dishes the other did trash.  I was stuck doing the laundry!

TEAMWORK!


Check it out HERE !!