Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A very happy mail day!

I love when good things come in the mail! I love it even more when there are not only good things but no bills either! That was what I found today. In my mailbox was a large yellow envelope, a check, a gift card and a magazine! Woo-hoo!
We'll work our way backwards:
The Magazine - No Greater Joy by Mike & Debi Pearl, I love to glean from their wisdom.
The Gift Card - $10 from one of my favorite stores because my birthday is just weeks away.
The Check - A $10 rebate from Kelloggs from the promotion they did at the beginning of school. By the way, I also got $15 in gift cards from Target during that same promotion for buying Kelloggs products!
The Yellow Envelope - A free book!! A Tip A Day with Ellie Kay It came from Moody Publishers. My super dh had heard about the promotion on Moody Radio and let me pick the book of my choice. The book is about how to save money. Not only on groceries, but clothes and utilities and more! I am excited to learn more money saving tips!

What came in your mailbox today?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Publix 10/27 (i heart publix)

I got a few things for free or very close!! My favorite freebie tonight was a pound of chicken tenders from the deli! Is it just my Publix or do all Publix do a banner item give away every 30 minutes? I actually remembered to sign up on my way in tonight and imagine my suprise when my name was called over the speakers! Have you had their chicken tenders?? YUM! They became part of a most excellant chicken salad for our dinner tonight!

2 bags Fresh Express Spring Mix (rain check BOGO, -2 q, $1 bag)
1 Publix Santa's White Christmas Ice Cream
1 dz Publix eggs
2 Promise Active Super Shots
1 24 pack Kraft Cheese (free b/c of pricing error)
3 bags Publix Potato Chips
2 boxes Betty Crocker Brownie Mix
4 boxes Publix Pasta Shells
2 boxes Huggies Clean Team Washcloths (free after publix q & manu q)
2 bottles Hidden Valley Ranch Ranch Dressing (rain check BOGO, -1.75 q, $.67 each)

1 bottle Publix finger nail polish remover
8 cans Campbell's Chunky Soup
4 cans Muir Glen Orgainic Tomato Sauce (33 cents,8cents can, after publix q & manu q)
1 bag Publix cotton balls
1 pack Huggies Wipes (free after publix q & manu q)
1 gallon Publix Milk
1 bottle Gerber Fruit Juice (free after publix q & manu q)
1 loaf Publix Bread (1 cent mystery item)

Store Coupons $21.41
Vendor Coupons $16.05
Advertised Specials $15.78
Advantage Buy $1.78

Total Out Of Pocket: $28.30

To see more Publix Super Savers visit Sarah at Fiddledeedee!

Monday, October 20, 2008

What to do with things you get free ....

Ever think to yourself "What am I gonna do with all this free stuff?" My husband asked me that when I came home with 4 plastic pumpkin pails yesterday. My answer, "give it away!" 2 of those pumpkin pails became gifts for our pastor and assistant pastor's families today.

Publix 10/20

1 12 pack Cottonelle Ultra
4.33 lb boneless/skinless chicken breast
2 loaves Sara Lee Bread
2 packs Fast Fixin Chicken
1 bag baby carrots
2 packs of YoPlus Yogurt
1 Pedigree Good Bites
1 Bag Chex Mix Chocolate Turtle
2 Coffee Mate creamers
3 cans Campells Select Harvest Soups
2 frozen Welch's juices
2 cans Muir Glen Organic Tomato Sauce
1 box Publix Oatmeal
2 Cheddar Chicken Salad Finishers
2 Boxes Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa
4 Boxes Kelloggs Frosted Mini Wheats
1 Chocolate Chip Cannoli (yum!)

Store Coupons: $16.33
Vendor Coupons: $29.43
Advertised Special Savings: $33.98
Advantage Buy Savings: $0.70
In-Store Special Savings: $2.98
Total Out of Pocket: $29.24

For More Publix Super Savers visit Sarah at Fiddledeedee

Boo In The Zoo

We went to Boo In The Zoo Saturday night! We had so much fun! My oldest dressed as Princess Presto and the youngest was a kangaroo, aka teekaroo.

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Its been a while since I've posted my CVS deals but they had some good ones with their two day sale. It ends tomorrow so you still have time to grab some goodies!

My total out of pocket was .94 cents! I pretty much rolled my ECBs, might have lost a dollar but still did well!

4 Pumpkin Pails
2 Glow Sticks
4 Bags of Autumn Mix
2 Bottles Excedrin Tension Headache
4 Double Packs GUM toothbrushes
1 Colgate Kids Toothpaste (clearance for 75 cents, had 75 cent coupon)
1 Powerade

Friday, October 17, 2008

Pumpkin Painting

We spent Wednesday evening getting our pumpkins that we picked at the pumpkin patch all dressed and ready for their big display. I cut out cat heads and stars from contact paper and stuck them on the girls' pumpkins. They painted the entire pumpkin black with acrylic paint and then when they were dry I peeled off the stickers. I think they turned out rather cute.
While their pumpkins were drying the girls helped DH clean the guts out of the big pumpkin and then he carved a happy little pumpkin.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Let Them Eat Cake

Free cake. Not just free cake, but cake that I was paid $1.92 to take home! Seriously! Publix had "Meet The Managers" tonight and I was excited about going and meeting them because I am big on customer service. You took this piece of paper around & had each manager sign it and then you got to reach in a box and pull out a coupon. My coupon was for a free 8 inch cake. That cake up there was not what I was expecting but it is what I got. I handed the cashier my FREE coupon and she had a manager ring it up for her. There was this odd balance of 1.92 but then I realized it said -$1.92 and joked "oh, that means you owe me $1.92!" the manager said,"yes it does." and handed me $1.92. I was shocked and told her I was just joking but she said nope, that it would throw off the till so she handed me my money and my cake!
Today is a month exactly before my birthday. DH and I are celebrating tonight and watching "Faceing the Giants" while eating our free cake!

Another Celebration

Sandy Toes is celebrating her 100th post today with an awesome give away. You can see the details at her blog, Shell In Your Pocket.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What do you call your husband?

Today is Marsha's husband's birthday. She talks about what they call each other here.
Her post reminded me of an incredibly funny story.
We were in the process of buying our first home. There were many calls to be made to this person and that person and then there was the relaying of each call between my husband and I. On this particular day I needed to call our inspector.


Hi! Is this Greg?

No, this is Adam .. YOUR HUSBAND! Who is Greg??

I laughed until I cried. Through tears and bursts of laughter I tried to explain to my husband that I was trying to call our inspector, Greg. He got a good chuckle out of it. I think Greg thought I was a bit nuts though when I could barely contain myself when I finally dialed the right number?

So what do you call your husband? Something endearing I hope, but more importantly I hope you call him by HIS name!

Pumpkin Pickin

We went to the neatest Pumpkin Patch this last weekend! It was hot though. Too hot. Too hot to pick pumpkins in October. We had tons of fun though! If you live anywhere near Franklin, TN I would suggest a trip to Gentry's Farm. They are very homeschool friendly too and it looks like they have a great summer day camp program.
There is a pumpkin patch where you can pick your own, a corn maze (shaped like a cow!), a hay maze with cool little slides and tunnels throughout, a few animals, lots of history, corn/grain troughs for the kiddos (and big kids), a big barn with lots of centers like a farmers' market and linclon logs, a hay ride, nature trail .... tons to do and really a great price.
Pumpkin carving and painting begins tonight!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Bi-Lo 10/14

A quick trip for yogurt turned into a long trip for much more ...

2 bags of Chex Mix Dark Chocolate
2 boxes of Nature Valley Granola Bars
2 bags of Honey Nut Cheerios Snack Mix
4 boxes Dixie Crystals Light Brown Sugar
2 jars Vlassic Dill Chips
3 boxes Pediasure Fruit Bars
2 double packs of Lysol Neutra Air
1 box Kleenex Ultra
30 containers/jars of Yoplait Yogurt
4 packs of YoPlus Yogurt (4 in each)
4 packs of Southern Home cream cheese
4 lbs of boneless/skinless chicken breasts

Subtotal before savings $109.54
less bonus card savings $38.71
less coupons $38.19
Subtotal after savings $32.64
Total Out of Pocket $37.53

That's about a 70% savings!!

I have a face!

Yay! I have a face! I finally got a profile pic up and just in case you weren't sure, I'm the face on the left. The face on the right belongs to my super hot, most fantastic husband. I love that face!
We went to see Fireproof this weekend. It was such a great movie! Though it didn't really seem like a movie because there was so much truth to it. It was all true. Can't wait to see it again. To be reminded of God's love and to know that we are able to love and be loved the way that He loves us! You should see it! Scroll to the bottom of the blog for more info!

Monday, October 13, 2008

An Award and Celebration

My new friend, and only follower!, over at Adult Deprived bestowed a lovely award to me last week.

Thanks Becky!
I'll pass my award on to JenIg. She comes up with all sorts of things and she amuses me.

Secondly, Becky is celebrating her 100th post with a great autumnial stimulous give-away! You can check out the details here.

Publix 10/12

I was a little sad that I didn't do as well this week as last week, but I have to keep reminding myself that I still got a lot of groceries for not a lot of money!

Arnold Bread
2 Bags of Fresh Express Salad
2 Tropican Pure OJ
1 Luigi Italian Ice
1 Publix Unsalted Butter
2 Pillsbury Homestyle Frozen Biscuits
2 Lowry Marinades
2 French's Worchestshire Sauce
2 Kellogg's Special K cereal
4 Uncle Ben's Boil in Bag (rain check BOGO from last week)
4 Lysol Kitchen Antibacterial Cleaner
1 Bag Publix Orange Slice Candy

Store Coupons -- $13.66
Vendor Coupons -- $13.24
Advertised Specials -- $18.52
Advantage Buy Savings -- $2.57

Total out of Pocket -- $19.16

When I got home and looked over my reciept I realized that the cashier only entered one of my free French's worchestshire coupons so I will take one of those back. I doubt they will honor I coupon I no longer have in my possesion. She took them both but only put in one. Either way my total out of pocket will be lower.

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Monday, October 6, 2008


Last week I shopped at Publix for the first time. I went back this week because I was so happy with my 50% savings last week. I totally blew 50% out of the water.

In a nutshell .....

3 12 packs of Diet Dr Pepper
1 All Small & Mighty
1 Loaf of Publix Bread
4 Pillsbury Pizza Crusts
4 Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
2 Pillsbury Cinnamon Twists
1 Publix Neapolitan Ice Cream
1 Bag Red Potatoes
2 Boxes of Cheerios
2 Dz Publix Large Eggs
1 Publix Special Roast Coffee (1 cent mystery item)
1 Bag Publix Spring Mix Salad
2 lbs Red Globe Grapes
1 Sargentos Salad Finishers
8 Bags Knorr Sides
2 Old El Paso Dinner Kits
1 Old El Paso taco seasoning
2 Betty Crocker Au Gratin Potatoes
2 Honest Earth Potato Flakes
4 Boxes Uncle Ben's Boil in Bag Rice

Grand Total after Publix coupons, manufacturer's coupons, bi-lo coupons & food lion coupons:

$15.37 OOP

Savings of: $97.01 or 87%!!

To see more Publix Super Savers visit Sarah at Fiddledeedee