Friday, March 12, 2010

B2B Thrift Store Sale


Everything at B2B is a dollar anyway. But they are having a one day sale tomorrow, where everything is 50% off! Everything in the store is 50 cents!
ONE DAY ONLY SALE!

Remember to shop B2B Last Chance store tomorrow,
Saturday March 13th for amazing deals.

Everything in the store only 50 cents!
We are offering 1/2 off our everyday low price of $1 per
item throughout the store. This is one sale you won't want to miss.
Shop B2B Last Chance located at 11425 S 72nd Street Saturday, March
13th for spectacular savings!
Why are these clearance sales always when I don't need to go into town?!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

24 Issues of All You Magazine for $20!

If you don't know about All You magazine, it's a great magazine filled with high value coupons! It also has some great frugal tips and recipes. I love reading through mine. Well you can get 24 issues for $20! That's 83 cents an issue (43% off news stand price)! If you use one or two coupons from the magazine per month, it pays for itself! Not to mention all the great tips that will help you save money! Go here to order. (Type in ID "225T7XC" and search "All You" and search by Item Name) If you already have a subscription, right now would be a great time to renew! (Ends March 22) There are other magazines at a really great price too. Woman's Day-34/$20, Family Circle 20/$20, Time 84/$30, and lots of others!


They also have some great merchandise too, so look around before you checkout!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Make Your Own Furniture!

Do you love the furniture from stores like Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel and other expensive furniture stores? Yesterday, a friend had posted about Knock Off Wood on facebook.

Knock Off Wood


So I took a look around yesterday and I love this site!! She shows you how to make the furniture you see in these catalogs. I love looking through my Pottery Barn catalog and dream of the day that I can somehow afford some of the pieces I see. But now I can! She has plans for dining room tables, bookcases, those huge entertainment centers, beds, kids furniture and more. She even shows you how to make those cute Pottery Barn play kitchen sets! She also has a few of her own designs. And what's great about making it yourself, is that you can customize it to fit your needs or style. One reader even shrunk an entertainment center to fit her needs. I can't wait until we buy our own home again! I'll be putting my husband to work! ;)
Here is a couple of her projects...
And of course there are much more and much bigger projects you can do too! I'm in love!

Here is her bragging board filled with pictures of her fans' projects using her designs.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Shopping Lists 3/7-3/13/2010

I've discovered a new Target list. This week, I'm featuring The Krazy Coupon Lady's Target list. She's very detailed and lists every coupon out there that you can use. Although, I'm not too thrilled with the sales at Target this week. I would recommend you still look at Pocket Your Dollars for the On-Going Deals.
  • Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers Jumbo pack Final Price: $5.49
  • Johnsons Baby Final Price: $2.00
  • Dial Liquid Hand Soap, 7.5 oz Final Price: $0.49
  • Buy 1 Always Infinity, Buy 1 Tampax Pearl, 36 ct Pay: $9.98, Receive $5.00 Target Gift Card Final Price: $2.49 each, when you buy 2 ($0.069 each)
  • Buy 2 Tampax Compak Pearl, 40 ct Pay: $10.28, Receive $5.00 Target Gift CardFinal Price: $2.64 each, when you buy 2 ($0.066 each)

via Pocket Your Dollars
  • Buy 3 Oral-B Advantage Toothbrushes, Crest Whitening Expressions or Plus Scope Toothpaste, or Glide Floss Final price: $0.44 each after coupons and Register Reward
  • Buy 4 Post Cereal Final price: $0.50 each after coupons and Register Reward
  • Reach Toothbrush or Floss and Listerine Mouthwash Final price: Three free after coupons
  • Colgate Total Toothpaste Final price: $0.40 each after coupons
  • Hamburger Helper Final price: $0.74 each after coupon

I'm not too thrilled with the featured items at Aldi, but it's still the first place I go when I go grocery shopping and then, whatever I can't find there, I just go buy at Target. Of course it would be my luck that the featured items are mostly Italian stuff. We just went and I had some of that stuff on my list!

And Aldi is featuring Easter stuff and toys this week. My kids are not into Zhu Zhu pets, but they have them for $5.99 which I think is a good price.

For the Aldi list, go to Cincinnati Cents.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Frugal Tip: Extending the Life of Your Magic Eraser

I think most moms know the amazing cleaning power of Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser. It truly is magic. This is the best cleaning product I've ever used! Well my husband was looking around the internet and found this little tip on how to make your Magic Eraser last longer. You can cut it up and use only what you need! I just cut mine in half and use it until it's no good. But you can cut it up smaller if you'd like. When my husband told me about this, I was like, "Duh Kerrie!" Why didn't I think of that?

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Font Custom Made with Your Handwriting for FREE!

I just downloaded all of the fonts from Kevin and Amanda.com's Fonts for Peas. They are super cute and FREE! Now I wouldn't recommend downloading all the fonts unless you know how to delete fonts. I'll have to figure that one out, because now I have too many fonts. There is a button on the side bar that you can click to download all of them. Make sure you read the directions on how to do it here. If you love your handwriting or someone else's, you can send her a handwriting sample and she'll create a font for you for free! If you click at the top of the page on "free scrapbook fonts" there are even more fonts you can get for free. They also have plenty of free advise on how to change your blog on their regular blog. She's self taught in HTML! Amazing!
I get the cutest handwriting fonts at Fonts for Peas! kevinandamanda.com/fonts
**3/12/10-the link in the text isn't working for whatever reason, and my computer won't let me fix it right now. So make sure you click on the button to get to the site.

OMGosh! I Bought Something Brand New!!!

I've been really good about buying either second hand clothes or clearance clothes for my kids. But today I bought an Easter dress for my 5 year old and paid $16.50 for it! I actually felt really bad about it. So, I guess that's a good thing. I've changed my way of thinking. Before I would just go to Walmart or Target and buy what ever I needed for them. It was just easier. I also bought my three year old a dress for Easter a few weeks ago, but it was only $7 so I really didn't feel all that guilty. But I'm keeping my receipts, just in case I find something cheaper between now and then. But I don't know. These dresses are really cute? And it's so hard to find dresses with sleeves. Even brand new. Even here in Nebraska for Christmas, my choices were limited. I was really surprised that most of the Christmas dresses were sleeveless. But I guess it doesn't really hurt to splurge here and there, right?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Another Bill PAID!!!

Well it's official. Our van has been paid off! Man, I'm good! All I had to do is TOTAL THE VAN!!! Yep, if you haven't heard, we wrecked the van on our way to New Orleans (from Nebraska) to visit family. We drove all night and at five o'clock in the morning, I slid on ice in Jackson, Mississippi and totalled the van. Yes, I was driving! Of course! And it makes total sense that I had to leave Nebraska and slip on ice in Mississippi! So, what a great start to our vacation. We were three hours away from my parents house and luckily, my dad had spent the night at my brother's apartment which made him a tad bit closer. But when my dad was halfway we realized we all weren't going to fit in their SUV. So my mom borrowed a friend's Expedition and came and got us. She so graciously lent us her vehicle for the week too, so we all could fit and go places together. But man what a gas guzzler! So anyway, we had to rent a van to get back to Nebraska and we're all safe and happy to be in our own beds!

Luckily our van was worth what we owed on it. About 2 1/2 years ago, we financed 100% and the extended warranty. So we actually financed more than what it was worth. We even get new car seats out of the deal! (car seats and seat belts are one time use items, so if you ever get in an accident, make sure your insurance replaces the seat belts and car seats).

So, now what are we going to do? Well, when we got home, Sunday night we tried to fit the two car seats and booster seat into the back seat of the car and they fit! We just need to buy a seat belt extender so my daughter can reach the buckle. So since my husband works in the small city that we live in, we are not going to get another vehicle. And when the weather gets better, he can ride his scooter. The tentative plan is to get the credit card paid off (which will be paid off soon with our tax rebate) and we are going to try and get my student loans paid off which will hopefully be in a year. And then we will hold off aggressively paying down our debt and start saving for another van. That is, if I can convince my husband to start trying for a fourth. If we decide not to, then we can deal with the car and just continue paying down our debt.

Hospitals PAID 7/09
Credit Card #1 PAID 9/09
Credit Card #2
Auto PAID 2/10
My Student Loans
Hubs' Student Loans
Rental House Mort.**

Total Debt:
2/10-$142,255.49
12/09-$154,071.71
9/09-$156,116.37
9/09-$157,596.49
3/09-$164,336.93

**we owned our own home and had to move and decided to rent it out. We are currently renting until we know where we want to settle down permantly.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Read "The Total Money Makeover"

If you are tired of paying creditors and want to live a better life financially, you need to read Dave Ramsey's "The Total Money Makeover." I had my husband pick this book up for me at the library right before our vacation last week and I read it in 2 days! He shows you how to create wealth by using the income you already make. Which includes getting out of debt and paying for everything in cash, even vehicles! This isn't a get rich quick scheme, but a way to show you how to build a better life for yourself using what you have. It's really motivated me to get out of debt as fast as I can! We are going to do whatever we can to get there. We totalled our van a week ago and luckily we're getting enough to pay it off. So now that we know our booster seat and two car seats will fit in the back of the car we are going to just use the ONE car for now. That's how extreme we are going and how serious we are about it. Although I have been aggressively paying down our debt for almost a year now, this book has really motivated me to get rid of our debt and as fast as we can. I'm sick of the bills and the interest! It kind of makes me mad at myself for some of the choices I've made in the past. Live and learn I guess.

The Dave Ramsey Show on Fox Business Network via Hulu.com
The Dave Ramsey Show on Radio
Have you read this book? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Shopping Lists: 2/21-2/27/2010

Believe it or not, these lists have taken up a huge part of my life every Monday. And a lot of times I can get them done. Then I thought, "Why am I doing this?" The lists are already done. So I've decide to share what lists I like every Monday and a few highlights from each.


Highlights:
*Right Guard deodorant– As low as $0.45 each after coupon
*Excedrin (20-24 count)- 0.50 each after coupon
*Buy 1 Goody Ouchless Elastics- FREE after coupon and Register Reward

Cincinnati Cents
Highlights:
*Baker's Corner Pancake Shake-Ups (5 oz.), $0.99
*Bremer Select Vegetable or Chicken Lasagna (40 oz.), $4.99


In Good Cents
I usually like Pocket Your Dollars list, but she didn't have it up as of right now.
Highlights:
*Dole Baby Spinach, Spring Mix, or other bagged salad – $0.75 each wyb 2 after coupon
*Large Gala or Red Delicious Apples, $0.99/lb
*Market Pantry Potatoes Russet or Red – 5 lb bag, $1.99
*General Mills Cereals – As low as $1.75 each after coupon
*Charmin Big Roll Bath Tissue – 36 pk, As low as $13.99 each after coupon

Monday, February 8, 2010

Sales and Deals to Look Out for in February

Sales/Deals:
National Canned Food Month-
Canned Veggies
Canned Fruit
Canned Tuna
Canned Beans
Cherry Pie Filling

National Hot Breakfast Month Promos-
Kellogg's, General Mills, Post, Quaker, etc
Hot Cereal
Eggo's
Waffles
Syrup, etc

Heart and heart-healthy products
(American Heart Month)
Aspirin, supplements, low cholesterol oils, and spreads, etc.

Westminster Dog Show this month-
Dog Food
Eukanuba
Pedigree
Purina
Iams

Valentine's Day promos-
Chocolate (also Celebration of Chocolate Month)
Valentine's Candy
Condoms (also nation condom week)
KY, Monistat, etc
Hershey's
Hershey Kisses promos

Chinese New Year Promos-
Soy Sauce
Teriyaki
Canned Water Chestnuts, bamboo shoots
Crunchy noodles
Ramen
Stir Fry

Clearance Items:
Valentine's Day Candy
Candy, Chocolate

Occasions:
Valentine's Day
President's Day
National African American Heritage Month
Chinese New Year
Women's Heart Health Day
Groundhog Day
Susan B Anthony Day

Other Promotions this Month:
Canned Food Month
Great American Pies Month
National Cherry Month
National Children's Dental Month
National Fiber Focus Month
National Grapefruit Month
National Hot Breakfast Month
National Snack Food Month
Various Potato Occasions

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Get Yourself Out of Debt Series @EADFL

I just got finished reading Engineer a Debt Free Life's "Get Yourself Out of Debt" series. It really helped to re-motivate me. They have managed to pay over half of their $200,000 debt in just a few years. They recommend some good books and shows to watch as well as a link to a "snowball" calculator to help you pay down your debt. It's a really good read and I really recommend you read it. You can pop in on their Old Navy chat room on Thursdays and ask Money Savin' Mama any questions you want. She's in there all day, but gets on and off throughout the day chasing a 2 1/2 year old and a new baby. But just leave a question and others might help you or when she gets back, she can help you.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Frugal Tip: Teaching Your Child to Read

Well this is kind of a frugal tip I guess. Last Spring, I used "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons" to teach my four year old how to read. I have several friends who have used it and love it. I paid about $18 for it a couple years ago, but it now sells for $15 at Amazon and Barnes & Noble (right now it's about $15 at Barnes & Noble, but regular price is $17.60). I had bought the Hooked on Phonics for Pre-K and didn't like it and it was about $40 I think. And she wouldn't even be reading at the end of it. This is a parent version of the SRA system that is used in a lot of schools. In fact, it's the system that is being used at my oldest's school. And my sister said she remembers it being used when we were kids (but I don't remember). What I love about this book is that it's scripted for you. It even tells you how to correct your child. I had to adapt a little bit for my daughter, but not much. They claim that you can use this with a very bright 3 1/2 year old and any average 4 and 5 year old. And they also claim that lessons only take about 20-30 minutes and at the end they will be reading at a 2nd grade level. For my daughter, at the very beginning, the lessons only took about that long, but as we got further along, the lessons took longer. But I think it had something to do with my daughter. If it was hard she wanted to give up, and she's a very hard child to correct. She's never wrong! ;) And I think they are actually reading on a 2nd grade level when they finish the recommended reading list (not at the end of the lesson book). As "easy" as this book was, it was still very hard. But it was so worth it. My daughter entered Kindergarten this school year and was tested on a first grade reading level (we didn't finish the book list due mostly to our move). So it worked. What I love best about this system is that it teaches your child to sound out words. My daughter will see a word she has never seen before and as long as it follows all the "rules" she can sound it out! I'm amazed by this book and that I was actually able to teach my daughter to read. I'm a horrible teacher, so if I can do it, you can do it!

Don't forget: You can get the book for free if you search the web through SwagBucks or rate websites through iRazoo (by collecting "bucks" or points to exchange for Amazon gift cards).
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Other teaching tools I recommend (but is not necessary for learning to read with this book):

Baby Einstein Alphabooks
My oldest learned her letters just after she turned 2 using these (she didn't even know the alphabet song yet)
Amazon ($12.95) & Barnes & Noble ($11.99 and it's on sale right now)
If you order through Barnes & Noble you can get a 4% rebate by ordering through Mr. Rebates or 8% through Shop at Home

Leap Frog Letter Factory
My oldest watched this for two weeks straight and learned her letter sounds, but you may have to correct a few. Like for R. They teach "eerr" and not "rrrr).
Amazon ($8.99)
The one pictured is the one I used, but it looks like they have a newer version. Maybe they corrected a few of their sounds. ???
(This is strictly my opinion. I was not compensated by any of these companies, nor have I recieved free products from them.)
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Have you used any of these products? How did you like them?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Walgreens Deals 1/31-2/6/2010


Here are my picks of deals that can be found at Walgreens this week.
Prices may vary by region.
Freebies are in RED.
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Post Shredded Wheat Cereal $1.00
Use $2/1 Post Raisin Bran, Shredded Wheat or Grape Nuts Cereal printable coupon
Final price: Free after coupon (buy two boxes and you’ll get both free)
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This Weeks Registar Reward Deals:
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Buy 1 Bayer Contour Meter at $14.99, Get $10 Register Rewards
Use $30/1 off Bayer Breeze 2 or Contour Meter from the 10/25 Red Plum insert (coupon’s value will be adjusted down to $14.99)
Spend $0, get $10 Register Reward back
Final price: Better than free after coupon and Register Rewards**
**Donate the meter to charity
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Buy 1 Scalpicin at $5.99, Get $5.99 Register Rewards
Use $1/1 Spalpicin printable coupon (Internet Explorer version) or (Firefox version)
Spend $4.99, get $5.99 Register Reward back
Final price: Better than free after coupon and Register Rewards
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Buy 1 Blink Tears at $7.99, Get $7.99 Register Rewards
Use $1.50/1 Blink printable coupon
Spend $6.49, get $7.99 Register Reward back
Final price: Better than free after coupon and Register Rewards
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Buy 1 Zicam (10-count) Cold Sore Swabs at $10, Get $7 Register Rewards
Use $3/1 coupon found on the product or $1/1 coupon from the 10/25 Smartsource insert
Spend as little as $7.00, get $7 Register Reward back
Final price: Free after coupon and Register Rewards
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Buy 2 Advil Pain Relief at $4.49 each or Thermacare Heat Wraps at $5.99-$7.99, Get $5 Register Rewards
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***Deal idea #1***
Buy 2 Advil PM at $4.49 each
Use two $2/1 Advil PM printable coupons
Spend $4.98, get $5 Register Reward back
Final price: Free after coupons and Register Rewards
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***Deal idea #2***
Buy 2 Thermacare heat wraps at $5.99 each
Use two $3/1 Thermacare printable coupons
Spend $5.98, get $5 Register Reward back
Final price: $0.49 each after coupons and Register Reward
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Buy 2 select Cookies, Crackers and Treats at $2.50 each, Get $2 Register Rewards
Keebler Cookies 11.5oz-16oz; Cheez It Crackers 7.5-9oz; Rice Krispie Treats
Buy 2 and use two $1/1 Keebler’s Fudge Shoppe Cheesecake Middles printable coupon (Internet Explorer version) or (Firefox version) or
Use $1/2 Keebler Crackers and/or Sunshine Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers from the 12/13 Red Plum insert
Spend $3.00, get $2 Register Reward back
Final price: As low as $0.50 each after coupons and Register Rewards
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Month Long Register Reward Deals
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Buy 1 Vitamin Schtick Lip Care at $1.99, Get $1.99 Register Rewards
Spend $1.99, get $1.99 back
Final price: Free after Register Rewards
This deals were found from a list that was put together by Carrie at Pocket Your Dollars.

Target Deals 1/31-2/6/2010


Here are my picks of deal that can be found at Target this week.
Prices may vary by region.
Freebies are in RED

Sobe Lifewater $1.00
Buy 2 and use buy one, get one free printable coupon Internet Explorer version or Firefox version
Plus, use two $0.50/1 Target printable coupons
Final price: Two free after coupons

Clorox Green Works Cleaning Products—prices start at $2.28
Use the $2/1 peel-off coupons found on specially marked packages
Final price: As low as $0.28 after coupon

SoftSoap Ensemble Refills $2.49
Use the $2/1 peel-off coupon found on specially marked refills
Final price: $0.49 after coupon

Cheese Nips are on a price-cut for $1.50 (until 2/13)
Use the $1/1 Nabisco coupon from the 1/24 Smartsource insert
Or buy two and use $2/2 printable coupon Internet Explorer version or Firefox version
Final price: $0.50 each after coupons
Wish-Bone Salad Spritzers—$1.62 (on price cut at many stores)
Use the $1/1 coupon from the 1/31 Red Plum insert
Final price: $0.62 after coupon

Campbell’s Chunky Chili $1.25
Final price: $0.75 each after coupon

Dannon Yogurt 4- or 6-packs $1.89
Use $1/1 coupon from 1/10 Smartsource insert
Final price: $0.89 after coupon

Buy 2 bags of Tostitos at $2.50 each, Get free dip
Buy 2 chips and dip, then use the $1/2 Tostitos Chips & Dip Target printable coupon
Plus, use the $1/2 manufacturer coupon from the January issue of All You magazine (it is sold at Wal-Mart or by subscription)
Final price: $1.00 each after coupons and free dip

Dove Men + Care Bonus Packs (includes 4-pk soap & small Body wash) $3.99
Use the $1.75/1 coupon from 1/31 Red Plum insert
Final price: $1.24 after coupons

Buy 3 select Graco baby items, Get $100 off at checkout
Buy Graco Element Pack n Play for $109.99,
Plus, buy Graco Cozy Dinette Highchair for $79.99,
Plus, buy Graco Alano Travel System for $159.99
Final price: $249.97 for all three after instant discount

Gift Card deals:

Buy 2 Huggies Diapers at $18.99 each, Get $5 Target gift card
Use two of the following coupons:
$1.50/1 or $1/1 from 1/17 Smartsource insert or
$1/1, $1.50/1 or $2/1 printable coupons or
$1.50/1 or $3/1 printable coupons (from Target’s site) or
$3/1 manufacturer-issued coupon from the Cub Foods weekly sales flyer (if you live in Minneapolis)
Plus, use two $3/1 Target-issued Snug and Dry coupon from 1/3 Smartsource #2 insert (if you buy Snug and Dry)
Spend as little as $25.98, get $5 Target gift card back
Final price: As low as $10.49 each after coupons and gift card

Huggies Pull Ups or Pampers Easy Ups at $19.99 each, Get $5 Target gift card back
Use two $2/1 Huggies Pull Ups from 1/17 Smartsource insert and/or $2/1 printable coupon
Plus, use two $2/1 Target coupon from 1/3 Smartsource #2 insert
Spend as little as $31.98, get $5 Target gift card back
Final price: $13.49 after coupons and gift card

New On Going deals

Tabasco Sauce—price check on small bottle?
Use $1/1 Tabasco coupon from 1/31 Smartsource insert (exp 3/14)
Final price: Close to free after coupon
Cottonelle Aloe & E 12 Pack $6.49
Use $1/1 printable coupon in Internet Explorer version or Firefox version
Plus, use the $1/1 Target printable coupon
Final price: $4.49 after coupons

Olay Regenerist Cleanser 5 oz $5.49
Use $3/1 coupon from 1/17 Proctor & Gamble insert (exp 2/28)
Final price: $2.49 after coupon

These deals were found from a list that was put together by Carrie at Pocket Your Dollars. You can view her complete list as well as older on going deals.

Friday, January 29, 2010

New Blog Name??

I've been considering moving my blog over to wordpress. Not quite sure. But first I want to change my blog name to something more relevant. I originally started this blog to post showoffs for family, but then quickly changed it to a frugal blog to help others. I'm very stumped. I have a few ideas, but I don't really like them. Do you have any ideas.

A few themes I want to incorporate:
  • Debt-free living (although I'm not debt free yet, that is my goal and one day I will be and hopefully still have this blog.
  • I'm not perfect at this. I'm still learning and as I find things I want to share them.
  • Great deals. Since my main theme is debt free, I mostly want to include basic need items. And then a few just really great deals. Like maybe for gifts of something. After all I don't want you to go into debt by following my blog?

I think that's it. What do you think?

Oh and I'm testing out homeschooling this summer. And if I end up doing that, I might share some products I like. Researching this stuff is very hard and people will tell you what they use, but don't tell you anything about it. I don't know. We'll see.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Stock Up on Baby Supplies at Target.com!!

Stock up on diapers, wipes, food, formula, and toiletries at Target.com. Buy 3 save 10%, buy 4+ save 15%! And if you spend $50 you get free shipping! This also includes the store brand stuff. Last time they had a similar sale I bought 4 packages of the Up & Up diapers and because my total was $50 before the 15% discount, I still got free shipping. You can also combine things to get the discounts. For example: If you buy 2 pkg of diaper, 1 wipes, and 1 formula, you still get the 15% discount.

Plus get cash back when you order through an Online Rebate program!

Ebates: 3%

These rebates are usually paid quarterly, and most of these will give you $5 just for signing up. And Upromise is credited to your account, to save for college or to pay off student loans. If you have any questions, just leave me a comment. To get cash back you have to go to these sites first then click on the Target link. You won't get credited if you do not go to these sites first.
Thanks EADFL
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**Updated: One of EADFL's reader left a comment with a code for an additional 10% off code: WH2TEBMD I'm going to try it to see if it works, then I'll let y'all know.
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**Ok, it totally worked! I got 8 packs of Up and Up diapers for $82.14 before tax. For size 6 that is 17 cents a diaper!! If you need a smaller size it's even cheaper per diaper! I went through CashBaq, clicked on Target's link, order 8 pack of diapers, automatically got the free shipping and 15% off, and then I entered the promo code for an additional 10% off!! Sweet! (plus I'll get about a $4 rebate credited to my Cashbaq account which means I paid about $78, 16 cents a diaper)

Thrift Store Sale!

If you are in the Omaha, Nebraska area, there is a great consignment store, Bigwheels to Butterflys (yeah I know, Butterflies is spelled wrong. Maybe they just thought it looked better. ???). They have two locations. One in Omaha and one in Papillion. Across from the Papillion store there is B2B Last Chance. This is the clearance store where everything is a dollar! I just bought a bunch of stuff there a few weekends ago. Anyway... The B2B store is having a sale where everything is 50 cents!!!

"We need to make room for our spring and summer collection, so we are offering
1/2 off our everyday low price of $1 per item throughout the store."

11425 S 72nd Street
Papillion, NE 68046
402-884-5010

Even though my son is in 24 month clothes, it will be worth it to find stuff for at least up to 5T.

**Opps, Forgot to say that it's this Saturday and Sunday.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Deals for this week

I'm not feeling very well today. My three year old had strep throat this weekend and a cold, so I probably caught it from her. I just want to go to bed. So go to these links for deals this week.

Target & Walgreens: Pocket Your Dollars
Aldi: Cincinnati Cents

Geaux Saints!

This sucks! We just moved away this summer!

New Orleans has been waiting for this for a long time. For those of you who don't know, the Saints have never been to the Super Bowl since they were founded in 1967. And I think they've only had a handful of winning seasons. The Saints have the best fans in the NFL and their loyalty has finally paid off! (For those of you who don't know, "Geaux" is pronounced "Go")

GEAUX SAINTS!!

So my question now is, who are you rooting for?
Make sure you vote at the top of the side bar!

WHO DAT!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Mega SwagBucks Day

Just a reminder. If you are searching the web through SwagBucks, today is Mega Swag Bucks Day. Which means you could earn SwagBucks in increments of 10, 20, 50 or 100! Redeem your bucks for prizes including e-gift cards from Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Alice.com and lots of others. You can even get cash paid through Pay Pal. If you want more information on SwagBucks read my post here.

You can also earn prizes by rating websites through iRazoo. Learn more about iRazoo in my post here.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

FREE Valentine's Day Cards

I posted this on my personal blog last year and it looks like it still works. Download them at SnapNFonts. I think they are soooo cute!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

My Newly Recovered Chairs

I think it's pretty obvious that my husband and I bought our kitchen table before we had kids. It's a glass top with fabric covered chairs. Nearly seven years and three kids later.... They were looking pretty gross! Even though my youngest is still in a high chair, he's managed to pull down a few cups and cereal bowls that the girls have left on the table.

So my husband was off yesterday and we covered them. We had this fabric for a very long time. We were going to recover a glider, but had no idea how to do it, so we just threw a blanket over it and called it a day. So we used that fabric to cover the seats of the chairs. I'm so excited. They look almost like new. Don't they look nice?....

In case it's not obvious, the left is the before and the right is the after. ;) Pretty gross, huh? Now I don't have to be embarrassed when people come over! My five year old came home from school and didn't even look at them. She puts her hand on the seat and immediately looks down and noticed the "new chairs." I just thought it was funny that she noticed the new fabric by touch.

I would still like a new set, but we're not at the point where we can replace anything right now. Even buying it used. And if we do decide to finally get rid of this set, we should be able to get a few extra dollars out of it when we sell it.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Aldi Deals 1/17/10


Here are my picks of "highlights" that can be found at Aldi this week:

Lunch Mate Thick Sliced Bologna, $0.99


Kid Cuisine Chicken Nuggets Meal, $1.89

Reggano Lasagna Noodles, $1.29

Reggano Farfalle or Tri-Color Rotini, $0.79

Reggano Linguine or Angel Hair Pasta, $0.95

PurAqua Purified Water (24 ct.), $2.79

They have lots of other special purchase items too. They have bath related products this week. faucets, shower head, shower curtains, rugs, towels, facial products, and make up. Go to Cincinnati Cents for the complete list.

Walgreens Deals 1/17-1/23/10

I'm so excited that our Walgreens in town is opening this week! It was supposed to be about October! Does anyone know how I can find special deals for a store opening?

Here are my pics of deals that can be found at Walgreens this week. Prices may vary by region.



Week long sales (non-register rewards)


Hershey’s Candy 4-4.5 oz. 2/$3
Use 2 $1/1 coupons from the 1/10 Smartsource insert (if these are included in sale) and
Use $1/2 coupon from the Walgreens January Coupon Booklet (found at the front of the store)Final price: Free after coupons


Quaker Quakes Rice Snacks $0.99
Use $0.75/1 coupon from 1/10 Red Plum insert
Final price: $0.24 after coupon


Lindsay Olives $0.99 after in-ad coupon
Use $1/2 printable coupon
Final price: $0.49 after coupons


Planters Peanuts $1.99
Buy 2 and use $1/2 coupon from 12/13 Smartsource insert and
Use $1/1 coupon from Diabetes & You coupon booklet (should take off $2)
Final price: $0.49 each after coupons
**Submit for Kraft Keep the Jingle in Your Holidays rebate


Bayer Aspirin 24-36ct 2/$3 after in-ad coupon
Buy 2 and use $1/1 coupon from 10/25 Red Plum or 1/3 Smartsource insert
Final price: $0.50 each after coupons


Welch’s Grape Jelly 2/$3
Use $1/2 coupon from 1/3 Smartsource #1 insert
Final price: $1.00 each after coupon


Week long Register Reward Deals


Buy 2 Wet Ones at $2.00 each, Get $1 Register Reward
Buy 2 and use two $1.50/1 printable coupons
Spend $1.00, get $1 Register Reward back
Final price: Free after coupons and Register Reward


Vicks Products: Buy $20 worth of products, Get $10 Register Reward
Available coupons include:
Buy 2, get free Puffs facial tissue coupon from 12/27 Procter & Gamble insert
$1.50/1 Nyquil or Dayquil coupon from 12/27 Procter & Gamble insert
$2/1 coupon from the 1/17 Procter & Gamble insert

Scenario (requires multiple coupon inserts):
Buy 4 Dayquil and/or Nyquil products for $5.00 each
Buy 2 Puffs tissue
Use four $2/1 coupons from the 1/17 Procter & Gamble insert
Use two buy 2, get free Puffs coupons from the 12/27 Procter & Gamble insert
Spend $12.00, get $10 Register Reward back
Final price: $0.33 each ($2.00 total) after coupons and Register Reward


Buy 2 Jergens or Curel at $6.00 each, Get $5 Register Reward
Use $3/2 Jergens coupon or two $2/1 Curel coupons from 12/6 Smartsource insert or two $1/1 Jergens printable coupons and
Use $1/1 Walgreens Curel coupon from Diabetes & You coupon booklet (should take off $2)
Spend as little as $6.00, get $5 Register Reward back
Final price: As low as $0.50 each after coupons and Register Reward


Buy 1 Nivea Hydrating Shower Gel at $4.99, Get $2 Register Reward
Use $2/1 coupon from 1/3 Red Plum #2 insert
Spend $2.99, get $2 Register Reward back
Final price: $0.99 after coupon and Register Reward

Buy 2 Pampers Diapers or Easy Ups at $10.00 each, Get $3 Register Reward
Use two $2/1 coupons from 12/27 Procter & Gamble insert
Spend $16, get $3 Register Reward back
Final price: $6.50 each after coupons and Register Reward

Month Long Register Reward Deals

Buy 2 Bayer Glucose Meters, Get $5 Register Reward
Buy 1 Bayer Contour Meter $14.99 (UPC Code: 3 0193 715101 9)
Buy 1 Bayer Breeze Meter $14.99 (UPC Code: 3 0193 144001 0)
Use two Bayer Breeze2 or Contour Meter $30/1 coupon from 10/25 Red Plum insert
Spend $0, Get $5 Register Reward back
Final price: Better than free after coupon and Register Reward
****Donate these to charity!

Buy 2 Neosporin Antibiotic ointment .5oz for $4.00 each, Get $3 Register Reward
Buy two and use two $1/1 Neosporin printable coupons
Plus, use one $2/1 Neosporin coupon from the Walgreens Children’s Activity Book (will deduct $4)
Spend $2.00, get $3 Register Reward back
Final price: Better than free after coupons and Register Reward

Buy 2 Neosporin Lip Health Products for $4.00 each, Get $3 Register Reward
Buy 2 and use two $3/1 Neosporin Lip Health printable coupons (IE Link) (FF Link)
Spend $2.00, get $3 Register Reward back
Final price: Better than free after coupons and Register Reward

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January Produce

Produce in Season:
Anjou Pear
Blood Orange ~ New
Bok Choy ~ Waning
Bosc Pears ~ Waning
Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celeriac/Celery Root
Celery
Chard
Collard ~ New
Comice Pears ~ Waning
Daikon ~ Waning
Fennel ~ New
Fuertes ~ Waning
Grapefruit
Green Cabbage
Greens-including stir-fry mix
Haas Avocados ~ New
Kale
Kiwi
Kumquat
Leeks
Lemons ~ Peak
Mandarins/Tangerines ~ Peak
Mushrooms, Wild
Nap Cabbage
Navel Oranges ~ New
Onions, Green ~ New
Potatoes, White ~ New
Rhubarb, Hothouse ~ New
Rutabaga ~ Waning
Savoy
Spinach
Squash, Butternut ~ Waning
Sun choke
Turnips ~ Waning
Zutano Avocado ~ Waning

Sales and Deals to look out for in January

Sales/Deals:
Oatmeal (it's national oatmeal month)
Quaker products

New Years Resolutions
Diet Foods and products-
New Year, New You type promos
Healthy Choice
South Beach
Lean Cuisine
Yogurt
100 Calorie Packs
Special K
Right Bites
Smart Choice

Winter Health
Cold Medicines
Pain Relief
Health products
Vitamins

Soup, Chili, "warm you up" type foods

Super Bowl Party Foods-
Soda
Chips
Dips
Cheese
Sandwich items
Crackers
Snacks

Cleaner/household items (winter cleaning, organization, storage)

White sales/home items

Furniture

Special promotions introducing new product lines, especially-
Hair color
Make up
Beauty products
Bath products

Clearance items:
Calendars, planners, anything dated items (these go "out of date" quickly after 1/1)
Christmas/Hanukkah/New Year's party supplies
Wrapping paper ribbons, bows
Ornaments
Candles
Winter Clothing, coats, gloves, hats, boots, etc.
Computers
Home Gym equipment and gear

Occasions:
New Year's Day
National Lose Weight/Feel Great Week
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
Super Bowl Sunday (I know it's in February this year, but is it sometimes in January?)

Other Promotions this Month:
Bread Machine Baking Month
National Candy Month
National Egg Month
National Hot Tea Month
National Meat Month
National Oatmeal Month
National Slow Cooker Month
National Soup Month
National Wheat Bread Month Prune Breakfast Month

Monday, January 11, 2010

Aldi Deals 1/10/10

This past weekend, I've discovered Aldi. I love it! The cheapest I've been able to find milk is for about $2 a gallon (or $1 for a half gallon). I got it at Aldi for $1.50! I bought 8 gallons of milk, 12 single yogurts, 6 bell peppers, 3 pounds of apples, onions (don't remember how much), 2 dozen eggs, cream cheese, sour cream, 2 cans of Spaghetti O's (off brand), 3 cucumbers, tangerines, and 2 bunches of bananas. I think that's it. All I spent was $32.36! I probably would have bought more, but thought I could get it cheaper at Target or Walmart. I was wrong.

So with that said, here are my picks of deals that can be found at Aldi this week:

Apples (3 lbs.) - $0.99
Navel Oranges (4 lbs.) - $1.49
Breakfast Best (Eggs, Sausage, & Hash Browns) - $0.99
Appleton Brown & Serve Sausage Links - $0.89


For the complete list visit Cincinnati Cents.

You will either have to bring your own shopping bags or purchase them on your way out. Either way, you will have to bag your own groceries. They have a table set up so you can do that. Sometimes they will have boxes to put your stuff in. And make sure you have a quarter. You'll have to have one to access the carts. But you'll get it back when you link back your cart with the others. They have some name brand items, but don't feature them and they don't take coupons.

Target Deals 1/10-1/16/10

These are my picks of deals that can be found at Target this week.
Prices may vary by region.

Buy 2 Vaseline Men’s Body & Face or Sheer Infusion Lotions for $5 each, Get $5 Target gift card
Buy 2 and use two $1/1 coupons from the 12/13 Red Plum insert [That is, if you can more than one set of inserts per week]
Spend $8.00, get $5 gift card back
Final price: $1.50 each after coupons and gift card
.
Buy 2 select Kellogg’s Special K items, Get a free 10-ct Kellogg’s Special K fruit crisps
***Deal idea***
Buy Special K bars for $2.39
Buy Special K crackers for $2.39
Buy Special K Fruit Crisps (will be free)
Use the $1/2 Kellogg’s coupon from the 1/3 Red Plum insert
Plus, use three $1/1 Special K Bars, Crackers, Crisps Target printable coupons
Final price: just $0.26 each after coupons
.
Kashi GoLean Crunch Cereal $2.75
Buy two and use the $3/2 peel-off coupon found on select cereal boxes
Plus, use two $0.75/1 Target printable coupons
Final price: $0.50 each after coupons
.
GE Reveal 4-pack 60 watt Lightbulbs $2.00
Use the $1.50/1 printable coupon [Target coupon-so if you've already used it like I did last week, it won't be there]
Final price: $0.50 after coupon
.
Yoplait Yo-Plus Multi-Pack $1.50
Use $1/1 coupon from 1/3 General Mills insert, $1/1 printable coupon, printable coupon or printable coupon
Final price: $0.50 after coupon
.
Fiber One Yogurt Multi-packs $1.50
Use $1/1 printable coupon, printable coupon or $0.50/1 coupon from 1/3 General Mills insert
Final price: As low as $0.50 after coupon
.
Lean Cuisine Meals $1.89
Buy three and use three $1/1 Target printable coupon (you’ll have to access multiple computers to print three copies)
Final price: $0.89 each after coupon [I don't know why she says to print up three, I'm sure you can get only two]
.
Tylenol Multi-Symptom Rapid Release Gels $4.99
Final price: $2.99 after coupon
.
New On Going Deals
$10 Gift Card with New or Transferred Prescription
Redeem this printable coupon at the pharmacy
Final price: $10 free after coupon [I've heard of people transferring prescriptions from pharmacy to pharmacy to get these kind of deals]
.
Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo (travel size) $1.07
Use the $1/1 printable coupon that does not exclude travel size (IE) or (Firefox)
Final price: $0.07 after coupon
.
Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese–price reduced to $1.00 to $1.09 per box
Use $0.50/1 printable coupon
Final price: $0.50 to $0.59 after coupon
.
Buy two 2-pack Axe Body Wash Gift Sets for $5.00 each, get $5 Target gift card (through 2/7)
Buy 2 and use two $1/1 printable coupons
Spend $8.00, get $5 gift card back
Final price: $1.50 each after coupon and gift card (since it is a two-pack that’s like $0.75 per bottle of body wash)
.
$10 Johnson & Johnson Rebate Scenario
Buy 1 Aveeno Moisture Lotion (2.5 oz.), $3.29
Buy 1 Aveeno Baby Item, $4.99
Buy 2 Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Scrub, $3.54
Buy 2 Lubriderm Intense Skin Repair (1.7 oz.), $4.49
Buy 1 Aveeno Nourish Hair Care, $6.49
Spend $16.33, then submit for $10/$30 Johnson & Johnson mail-in rebate
Final price: $0.91 each after coupons and rebate
.
These deals were found from a list that was put together by Carrie at Pocket Your Dollars. You can find the complete list there and a list of previously listed on going deals.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

FREE Cookbook

Read, print or save this soups, stews and chilis cookbook from Betty Crocker for free. It's about 90 pages of recipes!

Thanks Carrie from Pocket Your Dollars.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

FREE Store Brand Formula!

Get a coupon for a free can of Store Brand Formula at StoreBrandFormula.com. They ask for your 3 favorite stores, so it looks like they will try and give you a coupon for your first pick and if not then go down the list. Make sense?

Thanks PYP!

Unadvertised Deal at Walgreens (possibly up to $7 money maker!)


When you purchase any 2 oz, 4.9 oz or 10 oz Glade candles or reed diffusers, you can earn Register Rewards.
Deal:
Purchase 2 and earn $3.00 in RR
Purchase 3 and earn $4.00 in RR
Purchase 4 and earn $5.00 in RR
Here is a deal scenario:
$10.00 4 Glade Soy Candles
- 6.00 2 coupons from 11-22-09 SS ($3.00/2)
- 5.00 Register Rewards
_____
- $1.00 ---- so make $1.00!
If you happen to have the $2.00/1 coupon from the 11-15-09 Parade Magazine, you can make this deal even better:
$10.00 4 Glade Soy Candles
- 3.00 $3.00/2 coupon 11-22-09 SS
- 4.00 2 - $2.00/2 coupons from Parade Magazine
- 5.00 Register Rewards
_____
- $2.00 ---- so make $2.00!!!
And, since you purchased 3 items, you qualify for the SC Johnson Rebate and will get $5.00 back by mail -- thus making you as much as $7.00 on this deal!!

Second Hand Clothes

Just something that was on my brain....

I used to be very turned off by second hand clothes for my kids. When I had my first in May 2004, of course, everything was brand new. Then my second daughter was born in December 2006. I still really didn't use my oldest's clothes because they were born in two different seasons. It wasn't until I was pregnant with my son that I started to change my feelings about second hand clothes. I met someone at this private library where I used to live. They used to do playdates every once in a while during the summer. This lady I met had a sister who had twin girls and was looking to get rid of some clothes. So we exchanged numbers, then I had my son, and I thought she forgot about me. Well she called me and brought the clothes to my house for me. I was super excited. It was really nice clothes too. Lots of Old Navy, Gap and The Limited, Too. Almost everything was name brand stuff. That was the beginning I guess. Anyway... What got me thinking about this, is that I was going through my son's clothes last weekend and noticed that unless someone else bought it, all his clothes are second hand. With the exception of one or two shirts that I bought when I had a $50 off $100 coupon from Old Navy. So, I'm pretty proud of myself. I've come a long way.

Thanks for listening.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Target Deals 1/3-1/9/10


These are my picks of deals that can be found at Target this week. I have grouped the coupons for this list at the bottom.
Prices may vary by region.
Freebies are in RED.

GE Reveal, 4-pack 60 watt Lightbulbs $2.00
Use the $1.50/1 Target printable coupon
Final price: $0.50 after coupon

Campbells Select Harvest Soups $1.25
Buy 3 and use the $1.50/3 printable coupon
Final price: $0.75 each after coupon

Buy 10 Weight Watchers Smart Ones, Get $5 Target gift card
***Deal idea***
Buy 10 Weight Watchers Smart Ones for $1.89 each
Use $5/10 printable coupon (IE) or (Firefox)
Spend $13.90, get $5 Target gift card back
Final price: $0.89 each after coupon and gift card
Finish Quantum $3.49
Use the $2.50/1 coupon from the 1/3 SS insert
Final price: $0.99 after coupon

General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios $2.39
Final price: $1.39 after coupon

Ziploc Containers $2.33
Buy 2 and use $1.50/2 coupon from the 11/15 or 12/6 SS inserts
Final price: $1.58 each after coupon
****Product qualifies for $5 SC Johnson rebate

Pepsi Product 12 packs $3.00
Final price: $2.00 after coupon
(just for you Amee!)

Tag and Tag Jr. software $9.99
(Tinker Bell’s True Talent, Curious George Color Fun + More)
Use the $4/1 coupon from the 1/3 Parade Magazine and/or...
Tag Book Final price: $5.99 each after coupon
Tag Jr. Book Final price: $7.99 each after coupon
(Kerrie here-just to let you know there is also a $5 rebate for the Tinker Bell Tag book, if you buy Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. So you can get it for $0.99! $5 MIR wyb Tinker Bell + any Tinker Bell book or game from LeapFrog printable)

On going deals

Rolaids $1.53
Buy 2 and use $4/2 coupon from Red Plum #1 insert (exp 4/3)
Final price: Two free after coupon

Band-Aids Travel Size $0.97
Use $1/1 coupon from 1/3 Red Plum #2 insert (exp 3/31)
Final price: Free after coupon

Johnson’s Buddies Soap (in baby section) $0.97
Use $1/1 coupon from 1/3 Red Plum #1 insert (exp 3/15)
Final price: Free after coupon

Reach Dental Floss $1.12
Use $1/1 coupon from Red Plum #1 insert (exp 1/31)
Final price: $0.12 after coupon
These deals were found from a list that was put together by Carrie at Pocket Your Dollars. Click the link for the complete list, including old on going deals.
Target.com (you can print twice)
Singles (you may have to register):
Coupons.com (Remember to print them twice!)
Inserts:
  • $2.50/1 Finish Quantum Powerball Tabs or Gelpacs, exp. 1-31-10 (SS 1/3/10)
  • $1.50/2 Ziploc Containers (SS 11/15/09) (and/or)
  • $1.50/2 Ziploc Brand Containers (SS 12/6/09) (and/or)
  • $4/1 Tag Books (1/3 Parade Magazine) (and/or)
  • $4/2 Pepcid, Imodium, Rolaids, Mylanta or Tucks Product, exp. 4-3-10 (RP #2 1/3/10)
  • $1/1 Band-Aid Brand Product (RP #2 1/3/10)
  • $1/1 Johnson's Baby Product, exp. 3-15-10 (RP #2 1/3/10)
  • $1/1 Reach Dental Floss or any Reach Access Flosser, exp. 1-31-11 (RP #2 1/3/10)

**(and/or) means that there are multipule coupons out there. You can use just one or use all of them.

Friday, January 1, 2010

What are your goals for this year?

A new year means new promises to ourselves. What I want to know... What are your financial goals for this year?

Do you want to start your plan to get out of debt?
Pay off a bill?
Start couponing?
Buy everything second hand?

What ever it is I want to know. Maybe you thought of something that I didn't and I or someone else would like to add to our lists.

Here are some of my goals for this year:
  • Although I think I've come a long way, I still want to be better at couponing. It's still pretty challenging for me.
  • I want to hit up yard sales and thrift stores more often. My goal is to find at least one or two good items a month to use as gifts for birthdays or Christmas.
  • I want to get the last credit card paid off. Hopefully I'll be able to do it when we get our tax refund and be able to put a little toward savings. I really don't know how renting out our old house will effect that.
  • Last month I thought of etching stuff and selling them on Etsy.com. So I want to get that started within the next few months and put the profits toward our savings. I want to really build up a good emergency fund before I start putting too much extra into our debt. If something happens I want to be able keep up with the bills and I don't want to go into any new debt. Which leads me to my next one...
  • No new debt! and...
  • Building up our emergency fund.
  • Get rid of our Disney Rewards Credit Card. My husband and I have decided to cash in our Disney Dollars and get the Upromise Credit card. Although my daughter really wants to go to Disney World and has been saving her pennies for a couple years now, I don't think that a trip to Disney is in our near future. Which is a little disappointing. (I'll tell you more about this detailed plan later)
  • Build up our three month supply of food. Our church encourages us to have a few months supply of food just in case. And I want to extend this to other things like hygiene stuff.

As for this blog. I hope to continue to post more things to help others and inspire others. If it's not something I would buy, I'm not going to post it. There are so many of those kinds of blogs and sites where they just post everything! I want to filter those out for you. Only post the neccessity things or if it is super cheap for the non neccesities. Make sense?

So now it's your turn. Please leave a comment as to what your financial goals are this year.