Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Honestly, I have so many pots on the fire right now that I haven't really had time to sit down and think about them. But here are some of the one that I do have:
1. Get into Hill College and complete most of my basics so I can get into nursing school. I have been so frustrated with this school I could scream, I applied and had my transcripts sent the week of Thanksgiving and they still haven't updated them in their system so I still can't register for classes. They are closed this week, so I will be on the phone first thing Monday morning trying to get this resolved.
2. I want to make $100 a month online to add to my special savings account.
3. I want to be a better mother, wife, and friend. This year has been so great. We are back in church, I've had three of my children get saved, my relationship with my husband is stronger than ever, and I have made some wonderful friends this year.
4. I want to grow my blog.
These are the top of my list, but probably not in that order. What are your new year's resolutions? Post them here and I will help to keep you accountable. Please help to keep me accountable.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Or if your like me, get caught up on the clipping and filing and sorting!
- A One Subscription to Emealsforyou.com - $36 Value
- A 4oz Bottle of Skin MD Natural Lotion - $18 Value
- A Avon Gift Package - $20 Value
- The Guardian by Dee Henderson - $12.99 Value
*To top it off, the Lotion arrived with 7 additional unused postage stamps - $2.94 Value
TOTAL WINNINGS = $89.93, not a bad week!
Friday, December 19, 2008
This is incredible easy, anyone can do it! Get Paid to Blog At Today.com!
Please keep her in your Prayers!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
"I miss your great grocery deal blogs!!! Any good deals lately??"
Honestly, I miss my grocery deal blogs too. Things have been pretty crazy lately with hubby out of town, kids being sick, friends needing me, and well the sales have been horrible, so I just haven't been doing any grocery shopping. I am in full blown gotta get Christmas together and I should have started a lot sooner mood. Not to mention there are just so many wonderful giveaways right now that I can enter from the comfort of my warm and cozy home, I HATE the cold weather, part of the reason I live in TX.
I promise as soon as Christmas is over, the grocery deals will be back. Cuz, well, while I had a great stock pile, things are getting a little low. Hopefully the sales will pick back up, I'm asking Santa for another Mega Sale for Christmas!
Which store deals are the most beneficial to you. I mean, I love sharing all of my deals, but I want to make sure that I am prioritizing what helps everyone else out. So, let me know.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Days Like These is hosting three seperate giveaways!
1. Poingo Starter Set (retail value $39.99) - ends 12/15
2. Avon Holiday Boutique (2 Pockets Galore Bags, stuffed full of fabulous stuff) - ends 12/15
3. SkinMDNatural Lotion - ends 12/15
Blogmania is giving away Progresso Gift Baskets - ends 12/13
Savings Chatter is giving away a handstamped silver pendant - ends 12/14
Nickels-N-Dimes is giving away Estee Lauder products ($100 value) - ends 12/17
The Thrifty Mama is hosting two giveaways!
1. Set of 4 Charlie Brown DVDs - ends 12/14
2. $10 Barnes and Noble Gift Card - ends 12/14
I hope to have some really great things to bring you in the way of earning online, in addition to creative ways to save.
I hope to share posting a week update on my progress, how much I have saved, how much I have earned, what I have one, and what I have done tohelp my families finiances in the future.
But I what to know what you what to see. So please leave a comment and tell me what you really what me to post. Do you want to see frugal meals, or maybe survey sites that I participate in? Do you want to see how I budget my finances or what my coupon binder looks like. Please let me know and I will work on sharing that information with you!
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Friday, December 12, 2008
Thanks Nickels-N-Dimes for sharing this deal!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Here are your random numbers:15
Timestamp: 2008-12-11 16:27:02 UTC
How fun, I have not heard of this book...looking forward to reading it!! :)I love all that Christmas means, this year it will mean that both of my boys will be home!
December 4, 2008 12:10 PM
Congratulations Traci.... I am so happy your boys will be home this year. I will be sending you an email shortly.
Thanks to all that participated. Wishing you all a very BLESSED CHRISTmas.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
On the right tool bar you will find links to sites to request free sample and coupons. I recommend making an email account just for these purposes because you might get spam mail, but you will get some greta coupons and samples to try.
On down towards the middle of my blog onthe left you can sign up for free purell hand sanitizer.
And the on the left there are several links to surveys sites that I am using to make some extra money online. Again, I suggest making an email account just for surveys, that way they all go to one place and when you have time to work on them, you just open that email account and check to see which surveys you want to participate in.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
walgreens coupon $0.99
+ $1.00 from 11/16 insert.
Final Price FREE
Dove Beauty Bar
walgreens coupon $0.99
+ $1.00 from 11/2 insert.
Final Price FREE
Maybelline Lipstick and liner is BOGO, that should be about $6.99 for two.
If you have two of this weeks 12/7 paper this is a coupon for $4 off one maybelline lipstick of liner!
Final Price $1 overage!
What that means for us, lots of chances to win a $500 giftcard to walmart. Just visit the links below and enter to win, make sure you read the rules for each contest as they do vary a bit.
My best money savings tip! Stay out of the Stores. You can't spend money in the stores if you don't go in the stores.
Elevenmoms are: (and yes, there are really 20)
A Cowboy's Wife
Common Sense with Money
Deal Seeking Mom
From Dates to Diapers
Green Your Decor
Keeping the Kingdom First
Mommy Brain Reports
Skimbaco - The Lifestyle
The "Cent"sible Sawyer
The Domestic Diva
To Think is to Create
Monday, December 8, 2008
At Walgreens they are $4.99.
So, buy 2 @ $4.99
Use 2 $4 off coupons from 12/7 insert
= Free with possible overage depending on your cashier
I'm not sure of the pricing at CVS, as I haven't made it out yet
But buy 2 products that are less than $4 and use 1 coupon, or buy 2 products that are over $4 and use 2. = 2 free plus possible overage
In most cases I get the overage, however, if you store doesn't want to give you overage just ask them to adjust down the coupon and you still get two products free.
Blair.com has a coupon code available right now for a FREE umbrella and Matching Tote plus Free shipping with any order using coupon code QK2.
This coupon can be used in combination with the purchase of any item including their clearance selection. They have a large selection of $2.99 items.
To sweeten this deal, sign up for Ebates! Get $5 for signing up, then 5% of your total making this a really sweet deal.
Starting the first of the year, I will be tracking all of the giveaways I enter and what I won. My goal is to win most of Christmas for next year, but we'll see what happens. I have won so much stuff in these last few months that I think it will be well worth my time to continue to enter giveaways as I find them.
My question to you is, do you want to see my progress along with the giveaways I enter on this blog, or should I start a new blog just about giveaways!
Either leave me a comment or email and let me know what you think.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
I won a $5 gift card this morning! This was the third day that I tried, but my efforts paid off. You can enter once a day so go try to win your gift card. Click Here for your chance to win.
* You do have to confirm your prize by clicking on a link that they email you.
" Anonymous said...
I thought this blog was about frugality until I saw your Christmas lists. Ha! I suppose everyone's "frugality" is different that's all. Did you mean that your lists was just what they wanted or that you actually intend to deliver?"
Yes, that was their wish list, they will get some of those items, but not all of them.
I want to clarify that I frugal but I still like and enjoy very nice things. I just don't want to pay retail for them. I live in a very nice home, drive nice cars, I have nice jewelry, the big screens, ect... I'm not giving up my lifestyle style, I'm just obtaining the things we want or need in the most frugal manner possible.
I'm not furgal because I have to be, I furgal because I choose to be. In the past people who were frugal were thought of as poor or lower middle class, and that just isn't the case any more. We are normal everyday people that are choosing to keep more of our money in our pockets.
Before I left the corporate world, I was a Purchasing Agent. It was my job to get the product or service at the lowest possible price without giving any on the quality. I have adapted this to my family life and am teaching others to do the same thing. Anyone can be frugal. By being a smart confuser you are keeping more of your money in our own pocket so you can afford those nicer gifts. Last night hubby and I were in WalMart picking up a few gifts, I was behind a lady purchasing groceries using coupons and price matching, she was carrying a Coach purse, had on True Religion jeans, and some killer boots, and I noticed in the parking lot that she was crawling into her Lexus SUV. Did she need to use coupons and price matching, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say no.
I like to think that I am a smart consumer.
Friday, December 5, 2008
The first step I took to organize my finances was to open multiple checking and savings accounts. Today, we are going to start looking at the different checking accounts I have and why.
I have four separate checking accounts.
1. His – Hubby pay check gets directly deposited into his account. Every Friday morning, I log in and transfer his paycheck less $150 into my account. The money left in this account is his to do with as he pleases no questions asked.
2. Mine – My account is where our grocery money, field trips, gifts or anything that is not a definite set amount, including my spending money is kept. As long as our needs are meet and there are groceries in the pantry/freezer this money is mine to spend as I see fit.
3. Bill Account – We deposit the same set amount into this account each Friday. All of our bills are then paid electronically through this account. More on this in a future post.
4. Online Offer Account – Because we have done away with all of our credit cards, I need a debit card for the online offers that I do. I keep a very small amount of money in this account and it is only used for online offers. More on those later.
Why do I need so many accounts? I have found that our money is better managed when we aren’t both dipping from the same pot. I don’t have to stress that he will go by an ATM and pull out a few hundred $ and see a large balance and start spending not knowing that I just mailed off the house, car, and truck payment.
This works for us, but may not work for others. In our home, hubby isn’t involved with any of the bill paying. He knows what the big ticket items are and realizes that everything else cost money but has no idea who I need to pay and when. He just knows that it gets done. The burden of the sole responsibility was very stressful to me until I set up separate accounts and felt I had better control over our spending habits.
That's right, if I don't pay by the due date, I am charged a late fee of $16. While $16 isn't a lot it does add up.
Let's take a look at my bills for example:
Truck Payment - $35 late fee
Tahoe Payment - $35 late fee
Electric Bill - $16 late fee
Water Bill - $7 late fee
Phone Bill - $8 late fee
Rent - $5 a day late fee
So, if I were to pay my bills late this month it would cost me an additional $106, I'm not sure about you, but I could do a lot with $106.
Back when I was regularly paying my bills late we also had several credit cards that were $29 a pop if they were late. I know some people look at it in a way that as long as they pay before day 30 then it doesn't effect their credit, I no longer see it that way. You have just added $29 to your statement, if you couldn't afford the regular payment, can you afford to send in an additional $29, probably not. So now you are paying interest on the $29, so you loss again.
The moral of this post is that it can be very costly to pay your bills late.
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Thursday, December 4, 2008
I think the most important thing to do to keep my motivated to savings it to have a goal that I am saving for. I'm not sure yet if I want a certain dollar amount goal, or a "I want to buy that and it's $X" kinda of goal. I am trying to decide what will be more motivating for me. The key to savings is to find what works for you and do it your way.
To keep me even more motivated I will be postig my progress here for you all to see! Yikes! I am hoping that this in itself is enough to keep me motivated.
I hope to have the details worked out soon, I have to talk a few things over with hubby, as I will need his support to accomplish my goals.
So what works for you? Do you have any saving goals?
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
So tonight we are having Oven-Fried Pork Chops, Scalloped Potatoes, and Corn
Pork Chops = $1.98
Scalloped Potatoes = FREE
Frozen Corn = FREE
butter, milk, pepper, egg, and bread crumbs (for Pork Chops) = $.75 or so
TOTAL = $2.73
Well, among other things on my Tackle It list today is to get all of the lights on my Christmas tree so the kids can decorate it tonight after dinner.
Nevermind, that my tree is pre-lite. It just didn't come with enough lights, and I really like the pearl lights that I add, I admit that during the day they don't do wonders for my tree, but I am very much a tree light snob and refuse to leave them off!
Oh, and did you notice that it looks like my tree is going through my ceiling? Well, it kinda is. You see last year, I purchased my beautiful 9' pre-lite Christmas tree that retailed for $600 for $200 during Black Friday and at that time I had 12' ceilings. This year is another story. My new home only has 8' ceilings so my poor hubby had to do some tuggin and pushin to get my tree up this year, I just could bring myself to purchase another one. I plan on making a very large bow for the top of my tree so hopefully it won't be that noticable.
Now, I need to go work on the rest of my Tackle It Tuesday list: wash the sink of dishes, turn over the laundry, make my bed (shh don't tell hubby, I don't make it as soon as I get out of it), sweep the floors, and wrap some gifts before it is timet o pick up the kids from school.
So far this is kinda what I have in mind:
- Money Making Mondays: I will post about something I do that earns my family a little extra income or feature a site with money making ideas
- Grocery Deals - The highlights of the grocery sales
- Giveaway Roundup
- Saving and Budgeting ideas
I think these changes will benefit us all. I will have a routine, in addition to my regular post that I should be able to keep up with, and you will know when you can visit to find the information that you are looking for.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Good news! You won my first giveaway on The Nifty Thrifty Homemaker! Krisi from Krisi's Kards will be contacting you shortly to discuss the design of your card. Enjoy!
The Nifty Thrifty Homemaker"
Thanks Christina for hosting such a wonderful giveaway! I have been shopping for Christmas Cards and know I know they will be great!
You can't win if you don't enter, make sure you enter my giveaway!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I just love giveaways! I love entering them, I love winning the, and I love hosting them. That's right I am hosting my first every giveaway here at My Frugal LifeStyle. Thanks to the people at Center Street Books, they are providing one of my readers a chance to win a copy of the book "The Paper Bag Christmas". See my previous post for my review of this book, it is wonderful. I just can't say enough good things about this novel. I am cherishing my copy.
So, how do you win:
-It's easy post a comment below, telling me what you cherish most about the holiday season. Be sure to include a way for me to get in touch with you if you aren't a blogger.
-What an extra chance to win, simply blog about this contest and provide a link back for your readers and then leave a seperate comment telling me you did so.
-And for a thrid entry you can subscribe to my blog.
A Winner will be announced on Dec 10th.
Easy enough right! Good Luck!
Be sure to stop by Internet Cafe Devotions for tons of other Giveaways.
* This giveaway is now closed! Thanks to all that participated.
Friday, November 28, 2008
This is all I managed to find worth buying this morning:
2 pj bottoms - $4 each
2 pr PJs - $4 each
2 Track Suits for hubby - $8 each
2 Littlest Pet Shops VIPS - $7 each
1 Fisher Price Walker to Wagon - $10
So needless to say, I still have the majority of my shopping to do. so keep checking back for lots of hot deals.
You can check out my updated Christmas Budget and List Here!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
GiveAway #1 - $200 worth of misc. coupons, for those of you just getting started this is a great way to build up your coupon stash.....
GiveAway #2 - a pair of Lia Sophia earrings
GiveAway #3 - a slide from Lia Sophia
These are some great giveaways so go enter!
Monday, November 24, 2008
First a Bookby You novel giveaway where you are the star character.
And Second, a Hardworking Woman shirt giveaway!
Both would make awesome prizes for you or gifts for loved ones. Be sure to check them out. The BookbyYou ends tonight so don't wait!
My Junk Drawer is currently hosting a Mia Bella Candle giveaway valued at $32.90.
Here's what you'll get if you win the contest:
16oz. Hollyberry Balsam scented Mia Bella Gourmet Candle (Fruit & Spice combine with the fresh forest scent of balsam to bring you this intriguing aroma.)
Mystic Melon scented Bella Bar Gourmet Cleansing Bar
4 candle votives in misc. scents
1. The Prices - have literately saved thousands
2. The kids are still asleep and aren't whinning to go with you - mine are often still asleep when I get home so it makes it easier to get things put up without them spying them.
3. I get the bulk of my shopping sone within a few hours.
I was going to write some tips to share with you but Thrifty Mama just posted hers and well, why reinvent the wheel? Check out her tips here!
I would add that a lot of retailers will also have their sales available online so read those flyiers carefully, it could save you a lot of stops since most of the sales go into effect at midnight on Thanksgiving.
When shopping online, shop through ebates. Not only do they give you $5 for signing up, they yu also get a % of all of your purchases.
Check for online coupons and codes. Many will have a free shipping online code available. So take the time to look for them. RetailMeNot.com is a great place to find them, I also run a general search before making a purchase.
Now I am also being asked how I know what is going on sale. Here are some of the awesome sites I am using to find the Black Friday Deal.
Wal-Mart Black Friday Ad Here
Hot Coupon World has always been my most reliable source! So far they have tons of ads up and I'm sure more will be added daily as they become available.
With that being said, Dallas flys home tommorrow night, my birthday is Wednesday, Thursday is Thanksgiving, and Friday is Black Friday. I am exhausted already, but I am really excited to get the tree up and get the gifts under it.
Here is my original Christmas Budget with gifts that I have already purchased.
Chelsea wants a new iphone/ipod thingy (I have no idea what this is just that it is $300), new bedding, and lots of clothes.
Hannah wants a Kitchen, a Jumper (trampoline), Snow White and a Leapster.Bailey wants a DS and an electric scooter.
Jered wants a DS.
And little Colt is just along for the ride.
Oh and my dear husband wants a new pair of ostrich boots ($450) with matching belt ($150) and buckle set ($250). I just not sure he's been this good this year! LOL! However, I know that in addition to whatever else he gets me this year, I will be getting a new laptop and I know that he will spare no expense so I will only get the best of the best (it's a thing with him, he is not very frugal, he is definitely a bigger is better kinda guy). With that being said, he doesn't ask for much. He travels most of the time to provide well for our family, so I'm sure Santa will be generous to him this year as well.
So that leaves me to the shopping!
I haven't found a killer deal on the kitchen yet, which by the way Colt will love as much as Hannah. I plan on putting it in my office so they can play while I work on the computer. And because my office is downstairs and the gameroom is upstairs, and I'm just not ready for my little man to be out of my site yet.
Walmarts BlackFriday deals include:
The Leapster @ $30
The Trampoline with security net @ $140
8" digital picture frames @ $39 (I'm thinking grandparents)
They also have kids jeans for $4 a pair and PJs too, so I will be buying some of these, not for Christmas particularly but because we can always use a few more pair of jeans and jammies.
Their 2 day sale includes:
Mario DS system @ $129 (I think)
None of the kids have mentioned a Wii lately, so Santa might be changing his mind and bringing them something else. I think the Trampoline will probably be a Santa gift as well since it will be a family gift and I won't have to wrap it.
If you don't have a budget yet, sit down and take a few minutes to get a game plan. The holidays should be fun and exciting not stressful because we overspent and will struggle to get them paid off. And controll those impulse purchases. Don't be afraid to return something that you bought that you probably shouldn't have.
Wishing you and your families a blessed Holiday season!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thanks for contacting the P&G eSaver help center. We've added a $5 coupon off your total order to your card since the Herbal Essences and Mach 3 Coupons did not work. We apologize for the incovenience. This $5 coupon will be applied on your next shopping trip."
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Well, one of the great things about leasing a home is that we aren't responsible for the repairs, unless of course we cause the damage. On the down side of that we are at our landlords mercy on how timely the repairs get made. We have an unusual clause in our lease that states that we are to contact a thrid party to handle repairs, not the owner.
Anyway, as of today, we have been in the house for 3 months. Wow, where does the time go?? Within the first week of us moving in, actually the first time I filled up my big Jacuzzi BathTub I realized that it wasn't working and called the thrid party. It took multiple phone calls and then a strongly worded email to the landlord before anyone came to look at it 8 weeks later. Well, when they came out they took the pump from the tub and left everything disconnected leaving the tub inoperatable.
Well, yesterday was three weeks that not only has the tub not worked but that I haven't been able to use the tub at all. So I am quite feed up with the third party repairman, and take the liberty of calling my landlord. I explain my frustrations and request that she offers some type of allowance for us not having this ammentity. She said that she didn't set the rental price based on the ammentities but on her expenses. So I explained to her that I didn't agree to the price of the rental based on her expenses, but based on what I was getting for my money and I didn't feel that I was getting all that I was paying for.
The outcome: She offered me a retroactive $100 a month allowance for each month that the tub is inoperatible. So the December's payment will be short $300, and if it isn't fixed before the end of the month, I will deduct another $100 in January.
So, long story short. If you aren't getting what you are paying for it is your responsiblity to voice your concerns and to ask to be made whole. I did not request $100 but some form of credit. She could have easily said no, but after hearing my arguement offered the $100. If I would not have taken the time to call and ask, I would have received nothing.
Now, I have an additional $300 in my budget to spend. Wherever will I spend it??
And just a note to all of you new couponers, next weekend is a major holiday weekend so there probably wn't be any coupon inserts in the paper.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Well, one of the coupons was the $3/3 Johnson's Buddies
So, while on a quick trip to Target last night for alarm clocks for the kiddos, I snagged:
18 - Buddy Bars - $.97 each less coupon $-.03
So I used the $.54 overage towards the purchase of alarm clocks.
*Dana I saved plenty of coupons for you!
Just a note for those with Super Targets: Target has reactivated their AcherFarms Coffee Coupons for $1 and the $2 Steak Printable Coupons.
There are $.99 Archer Farm coffees in a variety of favors, I have been told they were good, but I honestly don't know since I don't drink coffee. But they will make nice little thank you gifts for teachers and such sitting in a cute mug for the dollar store.
And if you look for the small or individual steak packages, those $2 coupons could make for some really cheap steak. Just a thought, since there isn't a limit on how many you can print.
2 - Tortilla Chips $2.29 ea (need for party)
4 - Cans Campbell's Nacho Cheese Soup $1.50 ea (needs for party)
4 - Tubes Cologate Toothpaste - FREE
4 - Hefty Storage Bags - $.45 ea
3 - Qauker Oatmeal - FREE
9 - Tubs Betty Crocker Icing - $-.75 (they paid ME)
9 - Packages of Bic Razors - FREE
1 - 19lb Turkey - FREE
Total OOP: Less than $6
First you need a Kroger Savings Card, you can get this by going to Customer Service and requesting one. They are free to you and save you tons of money, you don't get the sales prices without it.
Next you need to register your Kroger Card with the following sites. They allow you to load coupons directly to you Kroger Card, and can be used in combination with a paper mfg q and/or a store q. Which gives you even greater savings.
Pillsbury just came out with a great new offer that you'll want to take advantage of if you like Pillsbury products. Sign at Pillsbury for their newsletter HERE and you'll receive a free $10 coupon booklet in the mail!
Monday, November 17, 2008
$.50/2 GG boxed veggie loadable at www.shortcuts.com
$0.35/1 Birds Eye steamfresh, any bag (Blinkie x11/17/08)
$1.00/4 Campbell's Condensed Soups Insert = 4/$2
$0.25/4 Campbell's Condensed Soups Insert 4/$2.25
So just FYI, between preparing for this party and Wednesday being booked solid with dentist, helping friends out, and church the my postings mught be few and far between.
I also want to mention my dear friend Dana! Those of you who know me personally more than likely know Dana as well. Dana is the friend that convinced me to "teach a class". She has literatelly been my guneia pig and my support. She is already scoring some awesome deals, so hopefully after the party you will all also be able to achieve her success.
Thanks Dana, I really do appreciate you!
Let me know if you need directions! I look forward to seeing you all here!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Swagbucks has just annouced Mega Swag Bucks! Now you can win 10, 20, 50, & 100 swagbucks when you do searched. In addition this month they started Swag Buck Fridays, were they guarantee 1000 swag bucks to be given away!
For those of you that haven't heard of Swagbucks, they are a online search engine that I started using about a month or so ago. Everytime I search I just go to their site first. I really like that I don't have to down load anything in order to be able to take advantage of this program. Oh, and that it is 100% free! So if you haven't joined sign up you have nothing to lose.
Living in TX, I like things just a little rustic, so I love this ornament and can't wait to remember to request paper bags so the kids and I can make some.
My Paper Bag Ornament
Brown Paper Bags
Yarn or Ribbon
A Hole Punch
A Template for the shape of your choose. About 4" wide
I cut stars (but you can cut any shape that you like) out of brown paper sacks. I generally find a template on line and print it, and then use it as my pattern.
Then I will stack them together and use a hole punch to punch holes around the edges.
Once you holes are punched, take two stars and put them together (of course with any print on the inside) and let you Kids sew them together with yarn or a pretty ribbon.
I generally glue on a small raffia bow at the top and they are done.
Just before they are done, I take a small piece of newspaper and wrinkle it up to stuff inside to make it puffy, and then finish the sewing by tying a pretty bow.
I like the basic rustic look of the paperbag ornament, but you could also let your children draw or color on the paper bag before you begin for a keepsake ornament.
Additionally, My sister often ads a Cowboy hat to the top of tree to save on the cost of a tree topper.
Friday, November 14, 2008
If you haven't already purchased your Free After Rebate items this month, now is the time to do it.
If you are planning on buying batteries for this holiday season, CVS is where you want to be on Sunday morning. This is a pretty hot deal, so I don't expect there to be much stock left if you wait around until later in the week.
Duracell batteries are Spend $20 get $15 ECBS (limit 3)
There are $.75, $1, and $1.50 coupons from the 10/26 SS insert to make this deal better. I have heard that there are also $5/2 CVS coupons, but I have not gotten one yet. Just make sure you scan your card at the scanner before you check out just in case you are one of the lucky ones.
Also just a note to my newbies, do this in three transations so you can roll you ECBs. Spend $20 (less coupons) OOP on your 1st transaction, then $5 (less coupons) OOP and $15 ECBS (from tran 1) on your second transaction, and then $5 (less coupons) OOP and $15 ECBs (from tran 2) on the thrid transaction. So in the end depending on which coupons you had, you should spend $30 or less OOP and still have $15 ECBS.
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