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Sunday, October 31, 2010

UGG Knockoff Boots For $29 Shipped!

These boots are regular $59.95 and on sale for $38.47.  At the end stage of checkout, they lower to $28.85 with free shipping.  They come in 3 colors.  The black ones end up being a few dollars more than the other two colors.
Boot Sale

Invicta Men's 6637 S1 Watch

HUGE sale!  This watch is regularly $595.00, and is on sale for only $109.99!!  That's an 82% savings! 

Electronic Toss Across Game

On sale now for $24.00!  Regularly $49.99.  That's a 52% savings!

Real Simple Magazine is 81% Off!

A 12-month subscription is regularly $54.00, and with auto-renewal it's now only $10.00!  A 81% savings!

Slim Fit Case For iPhone 4

It's regularly $20.99, and it's on sale for $6.99!  That's a 67% savings!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

You're Loved and Missed Buddy

My wonderful neighbor lost her youngest son, Sam, November 16, 2007.  At the age of 4 months old, Sam was diagnosed with tricuspid artresia.  Sam was so brave and strong, and battled his illness and complications for 15 years. 

When Sam passed, he was a freshman in high school, and a member of the F.F.A.  He had a love for growing pumpkins and sunflowers.  An activity person from the Children's Hospital had given Sam some Giant Pumpkin Seeds, and Sam took to growing them.  When Sam passed, his mother kept up the tradition of planting and growing Sam's Pumpkins. 

My neighbor worked with the F.F.A. when Sam passed, to set up Sam's Pumpkin Auction with all proceeds going to scholarships for our school's F.F.A members.  She was doing this through Sam's graduating class, which is this year 2011.  So, last night the last Pumpkin's for Scholarships was held.

I took pictures, then today I made a video montage in loving memory of Sam.  I know I could do better on this, and somehow my "In Loving Memory" page is not there.  This was my first attempt at a photo slideshow though, and it was done with love. 

Your family and friends miss you and love you so much sweetie. In loving memory of Sam Dailey, 09/12/1992-11/16/2007

Ad-Aware Pro 67% Off!

What a great deal!  Regularly $29.99, you can get Ad-Aware Pro for only $9.99!
Ad-Aware Pro

Friday, October 29, 2010

Pretty Heart Necklace 69% Off!

Forever 21 3-Day Shipping Deal

Forever 21 is one of my oldest daughter's favorite stores!  10/29-10/31 they're having a deal on shipping.  All orders $15 and over are eligible for free shipping using code: FRIENDS10.  They're reasonably priced and using have some pretty good deals under their "sale" tab.  Right now, I found these adorable boots under the sale tab, for only $13.99!
Their "Grab 'N Go" sale has items up to 75% off!
Forever 21

Old Navy Outerwear Sale

Through 11/10 Old Navy is having an outwear sale of up to 50% off!  Plus, if you shop instore between 10/29-10/30 you can receive 20% off one item!

Old Navy

$15 Aeropostale Hoodies!

Aeropostale is having a sale.  They have $15 hoodies, and $9 graphic tees!  Boy, I just might actually get all of my Christmas shopping done early this year if all these good sales keep cropping up! :)

Aeropostale

Kohl's Sale and Coupon Codes

Shop online at Kohl's today 2pm-midnight CDT, or Saturday 12am-3pm CDT to take advantage of these special offers.  If you use code: SPEND20SAVE at checkout, you'll receive 20% off your order of $100 or more.  Use code: SPENDSAVE15 to save 15% on any purchase.  They have free standard shipping if you spend $75 or more.  You also can receive an extra 10% off selected jeans that are already 40% off!

Kohl's

Paperport 12 60% Off!!

My old computer had an older version of this built into it and I absolutely loved it!  When that poor old computer ran it's course and I had to buy this one, I was sooo sad that it didn't have paperport in it.  I was even sadder when I searched it, and saw how expensive it is!  This sale is awesome!  I'll be using some of my Amazon gift certificates I earned from Swagbucks to order this!  Regular $99, on sale for $39.99!!  60% off!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Need A New Mattress Pad?

Here's your chance to save 61%!

Do You Have An Elf On A Shelf?

This is the cutest tradition, that I wish I'd had known about when my children were little.  Oh the fun I could've had with this!  Unfortunately, I'd never heard of one until I joined an online parenting community and by that time my children were too old.  As soon as I become a grandmother, I'm going to buy one for my grandchildren though!

With this set, you get a light skin, blue eyed North Pole elf, a hardbound children's book, and a keepsake box!  If you have young children and haven't started this tradtion yet, here's your chance!

So, do you have an Elf on a shelf?  If so, do you have any cute, funny stories to share from Christmas' past?

Don't Want To Fight Your LO To Take Their Temperature?

Then this is a product you need!  I sure wish they would've had these when my four were little!  You just aim it at them, and it takes their temperature.  You don't have to touch them!  All reviews say it's spot-on accurate.  Also, right now there's an instant $10 discount that will be reflected at check-out.  No code needed!

Peppermint-Fudge Brownie Bites

Chocolate AND peppermint??  I'm in heaven!  Here's the recipe for these festive, holiday treats!
Peppermint-Fudge Brownie Bites

Michael's 40% Off Coupon!

Here's a link to print off a 40% off coupon from Michael's!

Michael's Coupon

Are You Trying To Lose Weight Or Do You Run? HURRY!

If so, here's an awesome deal on the Yamaha BODiBeat music player/heart rate  moniter!  Here's the details about it:

Selects and plays songs with beats per minute that match the steps per minute of your workout


BODiBEAT Station Software automatically analyzes your songs to get the best beats per minute

Has 4 operating modes for your workout such as the Free mode, Fitness mode, Training mode, and Music mode

Can function as a simple music player

Has 512MB Memory for your music

Now the BEST part??  It's 83% off for the next 8 hours!  Hurry and get yours at this discount while you can!
 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

St. Ives Printable Coupon

"Like" St. Ives on facebook for a printable coupon of $ .75/1.

St. Ives Coupon

Van Houtte K-Cup Savings!

If you have a Keurig Coffee Machine and are looking for a deal on K-Cups, here's one for you!  Van Houtte K-Cups are on sale for 18% off right now, plus if you enter code: KCUP2525 at checkout you'll receive an additional 10% off.  If you sign up for subscribe & save, you'll also get an additional 15% off!  That means you could possibly get them for up to 43% off making your total around $17.59 for 2-24 count boxes!

I don't have a Keurig yet, but I sure want one!!  I'm a huge coffee fan!

Van Houtte K-cup Deal

Here's Some Magazine Deals

You can get a 1yr auto-renewel to Cosmopolitan magazine for $6.99!


For the teen in your life, you can get Seventeen Magazine




And for the man in your life, they have Popular Mechanics!

Have A Dirty Computer Screen?

These are adorable!  They have several different animals to choose from.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

This Sunday's Newspaper

will have a P & G Brandsaver in it with over $113 in coupons!  Don't forget to pick one up!

A Lot Of Nestle Printable Coupons!

Nestle has a lot of different printable coupons including candy, Stauffer's, Carnation Instant Breakfast and more, here: Nestle Printable Coupons

Ovaltine Coupon

Save $1 on Ovaltine here: Ovaltine Coupon

Just In Time For Trick-Or-Treat!

Nestle has a printable coupon for $1/2 bags of Nestle Candy and $1/2 bags of Wonka Candy

Candy Coupon

Windowshop Kindle App!

Windowshop is an app that let's you shop from books to jeans!  Check out all the Kindle apps available for cell phones!

Kindle Store Apps

Norton Antivirus 2011 Deal!

Here's a great deal on Norton Antivirus 2011!!

Norton Antivirus 2011 Deal

$10 In Kellogg's Printable Coupons!

Kellogg's has $10 worth of printable coupons available here: Kellogg's Printable Coupons

Arm & Hammer Coupons

Arm & Hammer has $9.00 of coupons available here: Arm & Hammer Coupons

L'Oreal Coupons

L'Oreal has several printable coupons here: http://www.lorealparisusa.com/_us/_en/#/?page=top{userdata//d+d//

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Looking For A Case For Your New Kindle??

If so, here's a GREAT deal!

Some Good Buy's




If you have a little (or big) train lover in your life, this set is 40% off!
 

Monday, October 25, 2010

McAfee Total Protection 2011 Only $29.99 Today Only!!

You're saving $50, as regular price is $79.99!  That's a 63% savings!  This deal is good today only, 10/25/2010.

Name Your Link

Blockbuster Express Free Rental Code

Here's a code to get a free movie rental from a Blockbuster Express Movie Kiosk: BBXMDY.  We don't have one of these close enough for me to use, but I was excited because they put a RedBox in close to me a few weeks ago!

Hot Groupon Deal!

Today's Toledo Groupon Deal is $40 of products from The Body Shop for only $20.  That's 50% off!  Click the Groupon button on the right side of my page to go to Groupon and take advantage of this offer. 

Christmas is quickly approaching!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Awesome Deal!

Cute Craft Idea For Your Little One

This is a cute, easy craft idea you can do with your little one.  Take a foam shape, rectangle...wreath, etc and have them glue cotton balls onto it.  Then glue small beads or sequins onto it.  Tie ribbon onto it for a bow, and use a piece at the top to make a hanger.  Perfect wall decoration for winter-time! 

My Christmas tree is white, and I decorate it in blue and silver, so I'm going to make one with blue ribbon and beads to match my tree this year.

Free Sample Plus Coupon

All You is offering a free sample of Playtex Sport Tampons, plus you get a $1 off coupon too!

All You Free Sample

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Advil Congestion Relief Coupon

Coupon for $1/1 Advil Congestion Relief.

Advil Coupon

Aeropostale Clearance Sale!

Aeropostale is having a clearance sale with items from $3.99 and up!  You can get free shipping on orders of $87 or more, by using code: SHIP874U at checkout. 

This cute long sleeve for girls is only $7.99!

This sale is good today and tomorrow.  Here's the link: 2 Day Clearance Sale

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Purina For Small Dogs Coupons

This one is a post that my little Bella loves!  Purina has several printable coupons for products for small dogs.
Purina Coupons

Bella (who will be having surgery Friday so that she can't reproduce) says "Thank You Purina"!

Several Printable Coupons

Including some high $$ coupons for Finish Quantum, from Home Solutions!

Home Solutions Coupons

French's Printable Coupons

There are several printable coupons available from French's right now.
French's Coupons

Coupons From Right At Home

Right at home has some coupons available right now:

$5/1 Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner Starter Kit
$2/2 Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner Refills
$1/1 Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel

Right At Home Coupons

Hannah Montanna DVD Game

Wow!  This is a great price!  $6.99-65% off!

Great Tween/Teen Necklace Deal

Here's a great necklace for the tween/teen girl in your life, at a great price!  This one is 75% off.  With deals like these last two, I'm not going to have a problem coming up with stocking stuffers for Courtney this year!

Beautiful Bracelet 80% Off!!

This bracelet is so pretty, and is a great steal at 80% off!!

Pilot Free Drinks

On their facebook page, Pilot has 2 different printable coupons available.  One is for a free 16oz hot drink and the other one is for a free 20 oz bottle of  Mountain Dew Whiteout.

Pilot Coupons

Melissa and Doug License Plate Game

The Melissa and Dough License Plate Game looks like a cute, fun way to help learn geography.  -Why didn't they have cute games like this when my kids were little? LOL

Safari Rush Hour On Sale

My youngest son absolutely loved all of the Rush Hour games when he was younger.  He has dyslexia and dysgraphia, but when it came to "puzzle" type games, that's where his talent was!  He'd sit and play them for hours.  Seeing this game on sale for only $17.14 (31% off) really brought back some memories for me.  I might just go ahead and get this game, and give it to him for Christmas.  I'll bet he'd still like this, at 17! :)

Save Over $75 On Radio Flyer Town and Country Wagon!

Amazon has the Radio Flyer Town and Country Wagon on sale for $94.83, which is 44% off! 

Cute Fun Online Halloween Activity

BGH has a cute little create a cookie page.  You can create...frost...decorate an online Halloween cookie.  I thought this may be an activity your children might have a little fun with!

Create A Cookie

Video Game Deals

If you have some game lovers on your Christmas list, there's some good video game deals going on right now.  My huband likes to play video games plus he's an avid deer hunter so I know he'd love the Cabella's North American Adventures 2011.  There will be a new game put on special every couple of hours today!

Video Game Deals

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Free Jergen's Overnight Repair Sample!

Total Beauty is giving away free samples of Jergen's Overnight Repair Nightly Restoring Moisturizer.  Get yours here: Jergen's Free Sample

Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed Game

This looks like a cute game!

Twilight New Moon 240 piece Puzzle Ball

Ok, I'm not sure which one of my kids would like this more seeing as 3 of the 4 are totally into Twilight!  This is neat, I've never seen one of these before! -And at $15.07, it's 44% off with free Amazon Prime shipping!

K'Nex Kid Sesame Street Building Kit

This is regularly $23.52, and is on sale for $9.47.  That's a 71% savings!  It's a Cookie Monster and Hooper's Store building set, by K'Nex Kid.

Clue Secrets and Spies Game Deal

Right now you can get Clue Secrets and Spies game for only $8.44!  That's $18.55 off, which is 69% savings!!  This game is eligable for Amazon Prime free shipping too!  Thanks to the gift certificates in my account right now due to swagbucks, I'm taking advantage of this for another family Christmas present!

DeWalt Circular Saw Deal!

Amazon has a great deal going if you're looking for a gift for that man in your life. 

Kodak Easy Share Deal!

Meijer's Big Steal today is a refurbished Koday Easy Share 12 MP digital camera for $82.99 which is 45% off, plus it has free shipping!  With this camera, you can tag photos and upload them to places like facebook with the push of a button!  Wish I could swing this deal myself, Courtney's been wanting one and would love it.  Not in the budget this week though.

Koday Easy Share

JC Penney Sale

JC Penney is having what they call a "Lowest Prices Of Fall" sale.  You can get free shipping on orders of $49 or more by using promo code: 49LOWEST.  They have several good buys in the clothing sections.
JC Penney Sale

Mueller's Pasta Coupon

Here's a coupon for $1/2 Mueller's Pasta products.
Mueller's Pasta Coupon

Nervous About Test Results

Well we've talked a lot of deals, so now this post I'm going to talk about the "teens" part of my blog title.  Or rather, one of my teens.  Courtney is sick.  I'm waiting on some blood work to come back, and I'm not a good "waiter".  I'm the type of person that doesn't like surprises.  I don't like to be kept in the dark or not know what's going on.  I'm the type of a person who likes to know right off, upfront what's going on so I can start trying to find a solution.  I'm also the type of person who can't just have a plan, I have to also have a plan B...and a lot of the time, even a plan C.  So needless to say, not knowing what's wrong with my child is stressful to me.

She's had issues off and on for about 5 or 6 months of saying her stomach hurts whenever she eats anything, and makes her sick to her stomach.  The complaints were so sporadic, that I never took her to the doctor.  A little over a week ago, this came to a head.  Now, it's after only a very few bites of food and it comes on with a vengenance.  She's not eating, she's pale and has dark circles and she wants to sleep more hours a day than she's awake.  When she sleeps, it's so sound that I can stand right next to her and loudly call her name 5 or more times before it wakes her up.  In a week time of this going on, she'd lost 5 pounds.

The doctor said it could be 100 different things.  We already know that she isn't anemic and her spleen wasn't enlarged when he felt it so he doesn't think it's mono.  He took 3.5 tubes of blood last Thursday afternoon in his office and we're awaiting the results.  He didn't tell me what all he was testing for, just that the blood results should give us an idea of what type of testing to do next.  In the meantime, my child is crying because she can't eat.  Her stomach growls and she's hungry but any type of food besides liquids cause her extreme upset and pain.  She's been living on Carnation Instant Breakfast, and I'm sure she's losing even more weight.

So here I sit very impatiently waiting, googling and worrying.  Feeling insanely helpless that I don't have a clue as to what's going on, or how to help my child.  Hoping results are in tomorrow (ok, well today now I guess) and that they shed some light on this situation so that we can get Courtney back to looking and feeling like a normal 15 year old girl.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Quaker Instant Oatmeal Coupon

Here's a high value $2/1 box of any Quaker Instant Oatmeal!  I'm sure this won't last long, so print it while you can.  Quaker Instant Oatmeal Coupon

Thursday, October 14, 2010

MIA

Sorry that I only had one post yesterday and this will be the only one for today.  I'm very sick and have a sick kiddo at home too.

I'll start deal hunting again within the next day or two.  Thanks for your patience with me. lol

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Meijer's Daily Big Steal

Today only you can get this 7' airblown yard decoration for only $39.99!  That's $30 off the regular price, which is a 43% savings.   Better yet, you also get FREE shipping!  Remember, the Meijer Big Steal deals are only valid for one day.  They have a new one each day.
Meijer Big Steal

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

DIY Kids Halloween Costumes

There are some adorable do-it-yourself kids Halloween costume ideas and instructions on BHG right now!
Homemade Halloween Costumes

Trident Layers Coupon

You can get a coupon for $ .75/1 individual pack of Trident Layers gum from their facebook page!
Trident Layers Coupon

Daily Deal!

Today Meijer is offering a refurbished Shark Vx3 Floor and Carpet Sweeper for only $29.99, regularly $79.99 and it ships free!

Shark Vx3 Sweeper

Famous Footwear

Get 15% off your entire order at Famous Footwear by using code SAIL15

FREE or cheap Coffee-Mate


A $1.50/1 coupon for Coffee-Mate liquid or powder creamer will score you free or cheap creamer!
Coffee-Mate Coupon

Thank You The Thrifty Couple

Monday, October 11, 2010

Slim Fast Coupon

Here is a printable coupon for $1.50/1 box of Slim Fast Meal or Snack Bars.
Slim Fast Bars

Dreamfields Pasta Coupon

Here is a $1/1 coupon for Dreamfields Pasta: Pasta Coupon

Apple Upside Down Cake


Ok....I must stop looking at recipe's today.  Here is another recipe that looks just mouth-watering.
Here is the link: Apple Upside Down Cake

Yummy Desert!


Here is a recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars.  It looks SO good.  I know what I'll be doing this weekend!
Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

How We Bought Our House With Cash

We had been renters, and desperately wanted to own a home of our own.  We were sick of moving.  We were sick of dealing with landlords who wouldn't fix anything at all.  We were sick of throwing more and more money out the window each month, by paying for something that we wouldn't ever get any return off of.

We were planning on putting back our income tax return, to have a start on a downpayment.  We thought if we added to it each week that by the time the next year rolled around, and we received that income tax return too, that we may be able to purchase a home.  We knew it'd be tough, but it was something that was really important to us.  To all of us, even our children.

One day after we'd filed our taxes, which we didn't do until April, I was surfing the internet.  I stumbled upon an article about foreclosed homes.  Better yet, the article pertained to homes that had been forclosed upon for back property taxes.  Reading about homes being sold just for the back property taxes, I set out on a search.

I did a search for our county sheriff office, and sure enough there was a link on there for "Sheriff Sale".  I clicked the link and 5 pages of homes came up.  I quickly figured out the codes, for which ones were up for bank repo and which ones were up due to back taxes.  Skimming through the list, I saw that there was a house right here in my tiny village that would be coming up for only $4,815.

I couldn't believe it.  I was skeptical, although I couldn't help but to get excited.  I called my husband and told him.  He immediately got very excited.  The auction was still roughly 3 weeks away but we started putting what money we could, back for it.  I kept telling myself and my husband not to get too excited because it seemed near impossible that we could buy a house outright for that little of money.

My husband wasn't going to be able to go to the auction with me.  He was an over the road truck driver at the time, and would be out when the auction was going to be.  My father couldn't go with me, as he had an important appointment that couldn't be rescheduled.  That left my mom and I.  We both were clueless and I was a nervous wreck!

Auction day came and we arrived early.  While sitting there waiting, people kept filtering in.  Important looking people all dressed in suits and carrying briefcases.  An older, important looking gentleman sat down at the table beside me.  We started talking, and I found out that generally attorneys and banks don't bid on the houses that are up for tax lien.  They usually were only in attendance for the bank repo homes.  Hmmm...did I actually have a chance?

Finally, the sheriff called the address of the house we wanted.  My heart started pounding and I felt my face starting to heat up.  When he asked if there were any bids, I quickly raised my hand and said I bid the opening amount.  My mother nudged me, and nodded across the room to me.  There was a table with an older man and woman, and a gentleman around my age and he also had his hand in the air.

Uh oh, I knew it was too good to be true.  They certainly would have more money that I would.  I felt my heart fall, and the hard beating of my heart increase.  I started sweating.  They countered my bid, then I countered theirs.  This went on a few times, with each of us only going up a few hundred dollars at a time.  Finally, before he countered me again, the three were bent over the table whispering for what seemed like forever.  They made a bid of $6,800.  I thought to myself, "Ok, they must be about tapped out to take so long to bid" so I jumped my bid to $7,200 and looked straight at them when I said it.  I saw them immediately start shaking their heads and look defeated.

When they didn't counter after the third time the sheriff called it, he said it was sold.  It was sold to me.  I couldn't believe it!  I was so hot and sweaty.  My hands were literally shaking like a leaf.  My heart was pounding so hard I thought I may honestly have a heart attack right then and there.

We received our deed and possession of the house on May 27, 2010 roughly 30 days after the auction and on my husbands birthday.  The house was totally liveable.  There was some much needed cosmetic repairs, but paint was cheap.  We did gut the kitchen, but it wasn't something that had to be done.  It was personal preferance.  We're still slowly but surely doing things to improve the home and up it's value.  Like I said, it wasn't a dump or anything.  It was just an old 2 story home that needed a lot of updating for our taste.

So yes, it is possible to buy a home, a real home, that cheap and for back taxes.  It is not necessary to spend a hundred dollars or more on these books and programs that are always advertised on how to teach you.  All you have to do is contact the sheriff office in the county you're interested in and ask them about the sales for back property taxes.  They will tell you all you need to know and answer your questions. 

Now besides having a dream come true, being a homeowner, we're saving again.  The first part of next year we'd like to buy another house to use as a property rental.  We'd like to own 5 homes over the next 5 years.  Whether or not this happens is yet to be seen, but we do have hope now!  It  can be done!  Oh yeah...and our home became cheaper yet when we received a surprise check in the mail for almost $300 back off what we paid to the sheriff office.  When they calculated the starting bid for the home...they'd over priced the taxes for the year. LOL

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Photo Deals

Until October 20, Snapfish is offering 30% off plus an additional $10 off in credits to use on a future purchase with code 101010.  You'll receive these credits 2 days after your purchase.  Snapfish Fall Sale Catalog

Today only Photoworks is offering 10 great photo gifts for only $10 each.  That is up to 60% off on some of the items!  Receive this special pricing today only by using code: GIFTSFSS

Photoworks

Hefty Trash Bags Coupon

If you "like" Hefty Trash Bags on face book, you can print a $1/1 coupon.  Remember, you can hit your back button and print this coupon twice!  Go here: Hefty Trash Bags

GREAT Magazine Deal

Right now, you can get a full year of Better Homes & Gardens magazine for $5.99...plus you'll also get a FREE Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook with your subscription.  This makes a great, cheap gift idea!  My mom just ordered this cookbook a few weeks ago, and I can tell you she paid over triple this price just for the cookbook itself. 

To take advantage of this offer, go here: Magazine Deal

Coupon Alert

Today's Sunday paper has a coupon in it for $1/1 bottle of Gain Dishwashing Liquid.  This will get you one of the small  bottles FREE at either Wal-Mart or at Dollar General!  I love Gain products.  The Apple Mango Tango laundry detergent and fabric softner is all I use.  It smells SO good, and the scent lasts for weeks on your clothes.  I also really like the dishwashing detergent.  I've tried the green and the red.  Red is my favorite scent (apple mango tango) but the green smells good as well!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Do You Have A Tween Daughter??

If so, you'll want to check out a new website called Samie Sisters.  This is Christian website, that's geared for young ladies ages 9-13 years old.  It can be an invaluable resource for your daughter, and this ackward and challenging time in their life! 

You probably wonder just what Samie stands for, don't you?  I know I sure did!  Samie stands for: Sisters Acting in love Maturing In faith Empowered by God.

Taken straight from the home page of their website, Samie Sisters is "A place to explore your questions about faith, life and yes...even why your brother smells.  A place to learn about you, your relationships and the happenings in your life.  A place to connect with what other girls your age are thinking and feeling and doing in their lives.".

There is even a page where questions submitted by tween readers are answered, based on Bible scripture.  I sure wish this website would've been around when my two daughters were in this age range.  Check it out for yourself, then introduce your daughter to this awesome resource! Samie Sisters

Out With Old....In With The New

This time of year generally causes some anxiety, due to expenses of the Holiday Season.  A few posts down, I gave some of my tips for helping to defry gifting costs.  Now, I'm giving you another idea.

If your household is anything like mine, you already have a house full of kids' toys, clothes, etc along with misc. stuff just laying around.  Just the thought of adding more to the already full house can also add to anxiety.  Why not get rid of some of that extra stuff laying around, make a little spare change in the process, and have room for the soon-to-come new items?

Ways to de-clutter and make a little money:

List items on craigslist
Sell items on Ebay
If you belong to a Mom's group, list stuff in their newsletter or on the bulletin board
Utilize bulletin boards at your local grocery stores or at church
Hold a "Fall Cleaning" garage sale

If you don't want to mess with selling the items, you can always donate them to a woman's shelter, church or Goodwill.  If you take this approach, make sure you get a receipt to claim it on your taxes.

I had 4 things just laying around not being utilized for months.  I decided to throw them up on Ebay just to see what would happen.  They still have 2 and 3 days left before they end and I'm already up to an extra $68.99 right now!!  -Unexpected, and puts a smile on my face! 

Friday, October 8, 2010

FREE Serif PhotoPlus X3 Download From Amazon!

You can download Serif PhotoPlus X3 for free from Amazon by using code: AXER3LFR at checkout.  Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Serif-Digital-Software-PHPX3USESD-PhotoPlus/dp/B00328HZR8?ie=UTF8&s=software&qid=1286492396&sr=1-3

Thank you Mojo Savings !!!!

Have You Checked The Free Kindle Downloads Lately??

I just went through again, and found 3 more books that I downloaded!  I try to check the list 2 or 3 times a week.  Here's the link to the top 100 free downloads: Kindle Book List

Remember, if you don't have an actual Kindle you can download a free app to read them on anyway to your computer, laptop, several different cell phones, etc.

$2 Off Coupon

You can print out a $2 off coupon for any John Frieda Root Awakening hair care product.  Remember, you can hit your back button and print this coupon twice.

Root Awakening Coupon

50% Off Highest Priced Item at Woman Within!!

Woman Within is having a sale until 10/11/10, plus they're offering 50% off the highest priced item in your cart in addition to the sale price!  Upon checkout, enter promo code: WW48127 and 50% will be deducted from your highest priced item.  In addtion, on their website they're offering 40% off the highest priced item in your account using promo code: WW48341.  If you have a few different things you want to purchase, you could probably break your order into two separate ones to take advantage of both offers.

Woman Within carries Plus Size Clothing, sizes 12w-44w.  With the sale, plus using the 50% off, I saw several cute things that are a good buy!  Like this coat for example:
coat

Here is their website:  Woman Within

JC Penney Screen Saver Sale! HURRY!

All day today and until 1pm tomorrow, JC Penney is having a "Screen Saver" sale.  Get $4.99 shipping on your entire order using code 499RATE.  This shipping rate even applies to their clearance section which now has final markdown's 80% off, and new markdowns 50%-70% off!  Here's the link to the clearance section: JC Penney Clearance

Thursday, October 7, 2010

FREE Idahoan Instant Potatoes!!

If you "like" Idahoan on Facebook, you can print off a coupon for $1/1 instant potatoes.  These are regulary priced around $1 or a bit above, and on sale a lot of the time for $1 each.  This means FREE or almost free potatoes! 

To "like" them, go here: Idahoan

THANK YOU Coupon Pro for sharing this! Coupon Pro

Ways I Save On Gifting During the Holidays

I absolutely love giving gifts during the holiday season, but cringe at the amount of money that things cost.  Over the past few years, I've found a few ways to help cut my out of pocket expenses during the holiday season.



The first thing I started doing, was playing games at Club Bing in my spare time.  You earn tickets for playing the games, then you trade the tickets in for merchandise.  I enjoy word games, and Chicktionary is my favorite!  Several of my presents over the past few years has come from them, including a complete Rock Band set for XBox 360, several XBox 360 games and this year, I have a pair of Bushnell Binoculars with built in camera on the way for hubby!




It's free to join and free to play.  As a matter of fact today they have "Double Ticket Day" going on, where they double the amount of tickets you earn, up to 1000.  You can find Club Bing here: Club Bing

Another way I save, is by belonging to MyPoints.  You earn points from reading email, taking advantage of special offers, etc.  I save up my points all year long, then around the end of October or beginning of November I trade them in for gift cards to shop with.  You can find MyPoints here: MyPoints

The newest thing I've been doing is using Swag Bucks!  It's so much fun to search and win!  I trade my swag bucks in for $5 Amazon gift cards, then let them just start accumulating in my Amazon account.  I've already ordered so many things from Amazon, without paying a thing due to the free gift cards that are laying in my account!

I downloaded the toolbar, and I never go to any website without using the toolbar to locate the site and accessing it that way. When you do that, the SB's really start adding up quickly!  If you're not already a member of SwagBucks, you can sign up right from my blog.  I have a SB widget on the top right side.  Just click the sign up button!  You can also then check for Swag Codes from my widget!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Free Samples from Kroger

Kroger has two free samples available right now.  One is for a Kotex sample pack and the other is for a John Frieda Root Awakening sample.
Click here to request the samples: Free Samples

White Cloud Coupons

If you go here: White Cloud you can print off a coupon for $2/1 White Cloud Green Earth bathroom tissue and a coupon for $1/1 24 roll pack or $1/2 12 roll packs of White Cloud or White Cloud Ultra.

New Swag Code

Check your toolbar!!  There's a new swag code worth 8 swagbucks.  The code is good until 5:30pm EST.

Cute Halloween Treat


These are so cute!  I think I may have my daughter, Courtney, help me make some of these this weekend.  I'm linking to the recipe, then I'm also going to link you to some coupons for Nestle Morsels to help you keep the cost down.

Witches Broom's

Coupon

30% Off at Snapfish

If you want to get a start on some photo gifts for Christmas, Snapfish has 30% off until October 31st.  Just use code FALL2010 at checkout!

Snapfish

New Book

I just downloaded this book for free, to my Kindle.  I'm excited to finish the book I'm reading and start on this one!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Are you a Vocalpoint Member?

If so, log into your account and request your coupon for a FREE box of Barilla Pasta Plus!

If you're not already a Vocalpoint member, then what are you waiting for?  Sign up and start enjoying all the high value coupons, free samples and free product that they offer their members.

Click here to go to Vocalpoint:
Vocalpoint

Free or Cheap Bath Trio Set

The Thrifty Couple has a post up on how to score a cheap or free Aqua Lily Tempting Trio bath set from the Body Shop.  You can find their post here: Bath Set

Thank you Thrifty Couple!

Free Samples From Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart has some free samples available right now.

To get a sample of:

Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste
go here: Crest Pro-Health

Wisk Deep Clean Laundry Detergent
go here:  Wisk and scroll your mouse over the bottle until you see the free sample spot on the left side.

Garnier Fructis Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
go here: Garnier Fructis

Garnier Moisture Rescue Facial Cream
go here: Garnier Facial Cream

Tena Overnight Pads
go here: Tena

Free Kindle Giveaway!

Amazon is doing a Kindle fan appreciation.  If you "like" the Kindle on facebook, you can fill out the entry form.  Five winners will be randomy chosen to win a free Kindle!  Go here to enter: Kindle Giveaway

Campbell's Coupons

If you "like" Chunky Soup on facebook Chunky Soup you will get access to print $5 worth of Campbell's coupons!

Coupons!

I'm so excited because now you can print coupons.com coupons right from my blog!  No more reading what coupons you need to search for on this site, then having to go there to find and print the coupon.  On the top right hand side of the blog, there's a coupons.com box.  You can either scroll through until you see a coupon you want, or you can click the "view all" button, then when you find a coupon you want just click print!

Those of you who know me, know my love of coupons.  Therefore, you probably can imagine how much this excites me!  There are a lot of great coupons available right now, so take advantage and start printing!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Huggies Pure and Natural Diaper Coupon

http://www.coupons.com/ has a $3/1 pack Huggies Pure and Natural diapers right now.  This type of coupon usually goes quickly so print yours while you can!  Remember, you can print these coupons coupons two times from each computer you have access to!

Free Advil

Hubby and I are both sick as a dog with colds...or something....and I went to the Advil website to see if they had any printable coupons available.  I was pleasently surprised to see a promotion going on.  The first 500,000 U.S. residents to request a coupon by mail will receive a coupon for a free 24 count bottle of Advil, or a 20count bottle of liqui-gels. 
http://www.advil.com/

It may not help right at the moment, but it'll be nice to have a free bottle on hand!

$10 off your purchase of $50 or more at ShoeBuy!

"ShoeBuy has some great sales going on right now! Check it out!"
Shoebuy Events features private sales events with up to 90% off on leading fashion and lifestyle brands. Click Get Started now and receive $10 off your purchase of $50 or more.

Free Samples and Coupons

Hav you signed up for the P&G Everyday Solutions newsletter?  If you are a member of the site, have you requested your new, free P&G Brand Sampler package yet?  If you're not a member, sign up and request your package!  I love the samples and coupons I get in this.
http://www.pgeverydaysolutions.com/pgeds/pg-brandsaver-samples-coupons.jsp

Free Pumpkin Stencils

Better Homes and Gardens has 34 pumpkin stencils on their site that you can print out for free!
http://www.bhg.com/holidays/?sssdmh=dm17.470505&day=11&esrc=nw100d1_11_11&email=2262622272  Even my teens love to carve pumpkins, and we love to see what they come up with!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Need A Halloween Costome For Your Little One?

I found the most adorable costumes for infants/toddlers while surfing the net tonight!  Even better yet?  This site has a clearance section!  If you're looking to outfit your entire family for Halloween this year, they're even offering FREE 2 day shipping on orders of $70 or more. 

I'm providing the link for the infant/toddler clearance section, but you may want to check out the other clearance areas as well!  In addition to costumes, they also sell decorations and props.

http://www.costumediscounters.com/infant-toddler-costumes/clearance.html?offset=0

Free and Cheap Kindle Books

Don't forget that you can download free and cheap books for your Kindle.  New books are added each week.  If you don't have an actual Kindle, you can download a free Kindle app to several different cell phone, or to your computer or laptop.  These apps are free to add!  Each week, Amazon adds new free books to it's list.  Even with paid books there are hundreds to titles that are only $ .99-$1.99. 

My parents got me a Kindle for my Christmas present this year, but were kind enough to give it to me early!  I absolutely love my Kindle! Before I received my Kindle, I used the free app for computer.

You can check out free and cheap Kindle books here:
kindle-books

Music Sale!

Amazon is having an MP3 sale!  They have 100 different albums for $5 each!  What a cheap way to get some new workout music to help with the extra holiday pounds that are heading our way.  To take advantage of this sale, go here:
Sale

Money Saving Tip

Take advantage of sale prices and stock up!  A few weeks ago, a small grocery chain in my area had ground beef on sale for $1.59/pound.  I couldn't believe it when I saw it in the ad.  It has been forever since I've seen a price like that for ground beef!  They had them packaged up in 2-2.5 pound packages.  I bought eight of them. 

Once at home, I packaged some up into pre-made hamburger patties to freeze.  I fried up some with taco seasoning, then froze it, and some I just transfered to freezer bags and froze as it was.  The pre-made patties will save me a little time the next time we want burgers, and the pre-seasoned taco meat makes it easy if we want a taco night!

I saved at least $ .40 a pound by doing this.  $ .40 may need seem like a lot, but for the amount of meat I purchased I saved at least $6.80 on this.  It all adds up.  If you'd like to start seeing your savings, save your receipts for a least one month then tally up your savings.  Or...better yet, when you come home from a shopping trip take whatever amount you saved that day and put it into a special jar.  Whether it's a quarter or $50, it all adds up!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Quick, Cheap Dinner or Snack Idea

So this evening Courtney is at her very first baby sitting job.  My hubby is feeling under the weather with a cold, so it was just Matt and I that was going to be eating dinner.  I went to my cabinet and refridgerator, and pulled out this: 


I only have one pizza crust mix pictured, but I ended up using two to make all that I'll picture.

I mixed up the dough:

Then I rolled it out and cut it into strips.  I placed them on a baking sheet, topped with pepperoni and shredded cheese.



Then I rolled them up and baked at 425 degrees.  About 5 minutes later they looked like this:
The second package of pizza crust I made into a small pizza.

My total expense:

2 packages of Pizza Crust Mix=$ .44/each
1 package of Pepperoni=$ .45 (I matched a coupon with a sale)
1 Jar of Pizza Sauce=$ .99
1 Bag of Kraft Shredded Cheese=FREE

My local Meijer store had Kraft cheese on sale for $2.00/bag....I got a coupon for $5/5 Kraft Items.  This coupon is still available and you can get it here: http://brands.kraftfoods.com/kraftcheese/index.html then I received a Catalina coupon for $5 off my next order, which made all 5 of my bags of cheese free.

After using all of these ingredients tonight, I still have left over pepperoni, cheese and sauce!
This was definately a dinner on the cheap tonight!

Introducing My Kiddo's Part IV





Nikki's my oldest. She's 21 and a senior in college. The only one of my crew that isn't near by. She goes to college in Colorado, so I only see her twice a year. She's a beautiful, funny and extremely intelligent young lady. I'm so proud of her that I could about burst!

Introducing my Kiddo's Part III






This is my MMA fighter. Meet Cody. He's 19, a college student and a college wrestler. In high school, he was a 2 time state qualifer in wrestling and has taken judo and jiu-jitsu for several years. His amateur MMA record is currently 4-0. If you met Cody in person or hung out with him for a day, you'd never ever guess him to be a fighter. He's by far the most laid back and easy going of my bunch. He's soft spoken, always has a hug for me and his baby sister, and no matter who's around him he ends every single phone call to me with "I love you Mom".

Introducing my Kiddo's Part II





So from the picture you probably think this is my MMA fighter, right? Wrong. This is Matt. He's 17 and most definately my biggest dare devil of the bunch. From backyard boxing, to riding dirt bikes and snow mobiles, to working on cars. He's for sure the reason of 85% of my grey hair. *sigh* In all fairness though, he's also the first one to jump to the defense of a sibling, gives me a hug every day and loves little kids.

Introducing My Kiddo's Part I







Since a good deal of my posts will be about my kids and their crazy antics, I thought you all might want to know just "who" I'm talking about. It's always nice to put a face with a name. Courtney has been known to say that since she's the youngest, she always gets mentioned last. So, I'll make her happy and start with her! She just turned 15, and I mean "just" turned 15. She's beautiful and talented, she's athletic, she's silly and she's...well, a typical 15 year old with all the drama that ensues a high school sophomore!