Friday, August 20, 2010

Preschool!! Letter A, #0, & cirlces!!

Two little boys woke me up this morning with school books in hand wanting to start school. I had bought two preschool books at Sam's Club for $7 last year as Benjamin is suppose to be startng Preschool this year and I figured Josiah could just join in. I could not remember where I had put these books and was planning on searching for them sometime in the next couple of days, but had never said anything to the boys about starting school sometime. I guess they are just ready and knew it was time to start!
We spent 2 1/2 hours doing the color yellow, the letter A and opposites- big/little. Both boys learned what A says and how to write it. They both are doing a really good job. Josiah is having a harder time with following the directions and writing the letters, but he is at least getting the idea. Josiah is only 3 this year so I don't expect him to be able to keep up with big brother Benjamin. Think it will just take a little more time with Josiah, but think he will catch on soon. I would like t0 do one letter, number, shape for each week. That way they will have a week of practice on them. Now to come up with activities to do with that letter, number, & shape for a week. Maybe one of the days we will cook things that start with the letter A, we could pick up all our toys this week so there are "0" toys on the floor! That would be nice!! Maybe another day we will make circle pancakes. Will have to do some major thinking here on lots of different things we can do. We are also learning about Adam & Eve because Adam starts with A
Please let me know if anyone has a suggestion for a letter, shape, or number of something we can do in the future. Have seen on another blog that they made something that started with that letter and then took it to the house of someone who's name stated with that letter. Example- make something with Apples for Adam. Please help me with ideas!!
Well, I had better be going. Since we did school this morning, it is already 1 and I still need to make lunch! Have a great week!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Free Stuff! & coupon deals & links!!

Yeah!! I got home from being at my parents' house for the weekend and I had stuff in the mail!!

I had a free sample of Covegirl QueenCollection Mineral Bronzer (full size!!)!

I also had my $10 mail in rebate from the swiffer refills I bought awhile ago! I bought 2 of the big swiffer refill packs online at for $14. I could have used these two to send in for a mail in rebate, but ended up losing one of the upcs. So I had a Target coupon for buy a new swiffer get refills free. There was no limit on the coupon for what size of refills to get so I bought another swiffer mop (to use downstairs) and matched the upcs from my medco receipt to find which upc I was missing and then bough that same one at Target and got it free with my coupon. So I only spent $14 for 3 big refills and whatever it cost me to get another mop and got a $10 mail in rebate!!

I also signed up on the Farmland website to get special offers and I received a paper wit 8 coupons!! 2 $1 off, 2 $.75 off and 4 $.55 off the purchase one package of any Farmlad product!! These will be some good coupons with sales!!

I also received an email that my 3 $5 SC Johnson rebates hav met the requirements and I will receive them in 2 weeks!! Wow that was fast- checked mail and they are already here!!

Plus head over to Hip2Save here and she has lots of sites listed that are having giveaways and games on their website to win stuff! Today I won a $3 off Schick Quattro Razor for playing their matching game on facebook. I won a coupon from M&Ms, a coupon for a free drink at Wendy's and 30 Chuck E. Cheese tickets for each of my kids to redeem for a prize at Chuck E. Cheese!
Thanks Hip2Save!

Walgreen Deal on Wipes!!

Walgreen has 64 or 72 ct Huggies wipes on sale with a in store coupon for $1.99 you can go to and print off a coupon for $1.50/2. This would make it $2.48 for 2 packages of wipes after you use both coupons!! That comes out to $1.24 each- makes for some cheap wipes when you go through them as fast as we do!

Also you can get free Rachel Ray brush set when you buy Aussie! Check out WildforWags website for more information! There was a coupon in the paper B1G1 free and this week at Walgreens you can get a $1 RR when you buy Aussie! Makes for cheap Aussie and Free Rachel Ray brushes!!
Thanks WildforWags!

New Coupons!!!
Check out this link for some great coupons! Coupons are for:
$1/2 CapriSun (there use to be a target coupon for $.50 off caprisun here- don't know if it is still available. Print 2 and use 2 Target coupons and 1 mgf for $2/2 CapriSun)
$1/2 Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Meat
$1/2 Kraft Singles Cheese- I have seen these on sale for $.99 lately!
$.50 Miracle Whip or Kraft Mayo
Thanks SavingMoneyWisely for the coupon link!

Have fun shopping!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Target Trip 8/10

Here is my Target trip for 8/10. You can go to and get alot of the store coupons that I used.

Pacifiers- $3.49 (needed those, can't find any from the other kids)
2 Dora Bandaids- used coupon from target website- $1.32 each
Neosporin- $3.30 use $3 mgf when you buy 3 products (Bandaids & Neosporin is what I did)- $.30
10ct Papermate Pens- $1 used coupon from target site- $.50 (if you want red coupon would make them FREE!!)
Lysol Automatic Hand Soap Dispenser- clearance $6.04 used $3 mgf coupon from mail- $3.04
Lysol Hand Soap Refill- $3.49- used $3 target coupon when you buy dispenser & soap- $.049
4 9ct Bic Pens-$1 used 2 $1 target coupons & $1/2 mgf in Sunday's paper for FREE pens
2 ProGillette Fusion Razors- $8.99each used 2 $4 mgf from paper- $4.99 each
I love these Razors!! They work really well- don't even need shaving cream. Adam doesn't like them though.
Venus Breeze Refill cartridge- $12.99
Olay Body Wash- $5.49 used coupon from Sunday paper buy Venus razor refill cartridge get Olay Body Wash for FREE!!

My total came to $48.07
I saved $42.82
Received $10 in gift cards for buying any combination of Gillette or Venus Razor products.
I am also combining this receipt with all my Secret deodorant Walgreens purchases for a $10 mail in rebate when you buy $30 worth of Olay, Venus, Covergirl, Secret, or Pantene products. Rebate form found here.
In the last two weeks I have spent a total of: $107.39
Saved a total of: $337.68
Bought a total of: $445.07 worth of products
Have $9 in RR to use at Walgreens
Have $10 in gift cards to Target
Sending in for $10 rebate

Didn't really buy any food these past two weeks, but I did that with my Hy-Vee and Taget trips that I posted about earlier. I only spent $80.47 on that trip and my cupboards and freezer are stocked-I can't buy anything else!! In 3 weeks I spent $187.86 and am stocked on food, diapers, and wipes (and lots of other stuff) for a long time! We use to spend about $100 a week on everything before I started couponing these past 3 weeks come down to $62.62 a week on everything and I am not planning on shopping for awhile since I have no where to put the stuff. I may get a few things here and there if they are really good deals. I plan on freezing all of our garden stuff too and using that for meals so may need to buy a couple more little things to get that done. I plan on freezing everything into already made meals so I won't have to make them later. With what we have stocked right now and in our garden could last us for the next couple of months!! I am excited about taking the next few weeks worth of grocery money that I would have spent and using it to pay off some bills.
Adam managed to wreck our Freestyle as soon as we decided to post it for sale during one of those bad storms we had. Well, he really didn't wreck it, but manage hit a tree with our front bumper and cause almost $3,000 worth of damage! Since he is doing the work himself and can buy a new bumper directly through our local junkyard, we will bepaying off our only credit card. Now on to our loans!! Can't wait to have everyting paid off!!


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Walgreens Trip 8/6 & 8/10 & Nesquik Shakers

Well, last Friday, Adam took the two boy with him to his brother's house to help him install some new windows. I was left with the two girls- for the first time! We ended up making a quick trip into Walgreens and I found a great deal- Pull ups and size 7 diapers (the boys don't care if they end up wearing diapers instead of pull ups to bed, we have just told them sorry we ran out of pull ups and this is all we have and the really don't mind) on clearance for less than $3 plus I had coupons!!

This week at Walgreens I was able to get some great deals!

(This picture is minusa Visine, bag of pull ups, and 3 3pks ok headbands)

This is what I got:

5 Secret Deodorants $2.29 on clearance from $8.99= $11.45 + $15 RR
4 Ecotrin Asprin bottles $3.49 each- were B1G1 Free, used 3 $2/1 coupon= $.98
3 U Kotex pads 2/$7, used $2 Aug. coupon book, $1 coupon= $1.50 total!! $.50 each
1 U Kotex tampons (same as above) this printed off a Catalina for a Free 18ct box of Playtex tampons!
3 3pks headbands on clearance= $3.69
2 Right Guard deodorants used B1G1 free coupon= $3 (grabbed solid instead of gel, gel was B1G1 free and with coupon I could have gotten both for free- oh well, next time)
4 Veet hair removal $6.99 used $3 Aug. coupon book & $3 coupon= $.99 each
4 Dial body wash $3.99 used $1 coupon= $3 + $12RR
2 Lysol Toliet Cleaner $2.99 + B1G1 Free used $1 coupon & $.50 coupon= $1.49 total
2 15pk sidewalk chalk $.50 clearance
6 Ziploc Freezer bags 2/$5 used $1 Aug coupon book, $1/2 mgf= $1.50 each or $9 total
8 72ct Huggies wipes used $1 Aug coupon book, various mgf coupons= $1.11 each or $8.92 total
2 6pk Hanes boys socks $4.99 B1G1 Free used 2 $1 off peelies on bags= 2/$2.99
1 Glade 2 sent air diffuser $6.99 used $3 mgf= $3.99 + $2 RR
1 BioTrue Contact Solution $4.99 used $1 mgf= $3.99 + $4 RR
4 bags Pampers Cruisers size 7 (my boys will wear diapers instead of pull ups at night if we are all out and at this price they will just have to do!) $2.69 each!! used various mgf coupons
1 bag Pull ups $2.89 used $1 mgf= $1.89
2 50ct Walgreens bottle inserts (for my sister- she is using this type of bottle) $.89 each= $1.78
2 24 pk Crayons $1= $2 + $2 RR
1 Alive Multivitamin $10 used $1 mgf= $9 + $10 RR
3 Visine $4.79 used $2 Aug coupon book, $2 Walgreens store coupon, 2 $1 mgf, 1 $1 mgf= $1.63 Money Maker!!
1 pkg Goodnites $3 use $2 mgf= $1!!
1 pkg Tampax Tampons $2.89 Clearance used $1 mgf= $1.89

Total OOP: $59.32

Total Savings: $294.86

Have $9 RR to use next week!

Wow!! did not realize I got so much stuff! I knew I hardly spent any money each time, but didn't realize I spent less than $60 these past two weeks. I got tons of stuff that we were really going to be needing too!

62 items worth $359.18 for $59.32 + $9 RR + 1 Free 18ct Playtex RR (this is what I have left over- received $45 worth from all these transacions, but used them to buy all the extra stuff- like wipes, pull ups, diapers, need lots of those & ziploc bags to freeze all of our garden stuff!) - sounds like a great deal to me!! That comes out to $.95 an item! Can't beat that! Especially with all those wipes, which we will use up very fast, and all the freezer bags so I can freeze all of the garden stuff.

Things are getting done- will be freezing all of our onions and most of our potatoes this weekend and maybe some sweet corn. We are going to freeze alot of our potatoes as mashed potatoes and freeze the rest as meals like: stew, potato cheese soup, and chicken pot pie. Will probbly wait to make the meals next week when I can pull up some of our carrots.

Will get a picture up soon, but we have already broken in and used alot of this stuff and distributed lots of stuff (wipes) to each of the cars and diaper bags and main rooms in our house Don't think I want to go and round up all the stuff again!

I was also accepted as a Nequik Shaker!! Here is some information they sent to me about it:
What You’ll Do:

Help spread the word about NESQUIK by hosting fun sampling events for friends or acquaintances you’d like to introduce NESQUIK to and by completing other online and offline activities.• Tell us what you think about the NESQUIK brand and its marketing programs. • Be part of a community of passionate people who share a love for NESQUIK.
What You’ll Get• A welcome letter full of information that will help you get the best out of your time as a Shakers member.• Coupons for Free NESQUIK to serve at your sampling event as well as coupons to share with guests.• The opportunity to complete weekly activities and earn points which can be used towards great rewards in our online store.

How It Works:

Create a member profile and meet other Shakers members on the message boards.• Receive regular Shakers Newsletters notifying you of new activities and highlights.• Review our suggestions for how to host sampling events. We’ll send you coupons and supplies to host your own; you’ll submit photos and the feedback you received during your event.

Well, I had better be going-all 4 of the kids are asleep right now! Clarisse is only 10 days old and this has already happend- hope it will happen alot more!!