Saturday, August 8, 2009

Thought of the Day

"Knowledge is learning something new every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day."

Zen proverb

Friday, August 7, 2009

FINALLY FRIDAY



TGIF!
It has been a long, sleepless week for me. I guess I am getting paid back for having such a great baby who loved to sleep and has always been easy to put to bed at night. She has now decided that she no longer wants to sleep in her bed anymore.
I know it has a lot to do with the changes in her every day schedule over the past month but things are not getting easier. She has always stayed with my mom during the day until 3 weeks ago. I decided to put her in daycare. I admit the first week was rough for me and her. We both cried every morning but now she seems to like it and I think she has a really good time. Since this change, bedtime has become a nightmare. We even made her crib into a toddler bed, thinking that would help. She was excited and liked her new bed but she gets up at least 3 times a night crying or she will come and get in bed with me and my hubby. Nothing is wrong except she wants her moma. I have always been firm about her not sleeping with us because I know it is a hard habit to break. I really wanted to give in last night because I was so sleepy but I forced myself to take her back to her bed. I have to sit with her until she falls asleep and then sneak out. Hopefully, this is just a phase and it will pass soon. I need sleep!!! :) Any suggestions, advice, or words of wisdom to offer......please do!
Have a great weekend and I will see you Monday!! (hopefully, not sleepy)

Thrifty and Neat Blog Entries Found This Week



1) 10 Budget-Stretching Decorating Ideas - I am in the mood to redecorate parts of my home. Can you tell?

2) Grilled Sweet Summer Corn - This sounds wonderful.

3) Funny Morton Salt Uses - Too funny.

4) No Fuss Chicken Recipes - 4 great ideas for leftover chicken.

5) Two No-Sew Aprons - Now this is something I could make.

6) Outdoor To Do's For August - Great list to follow.

REMINDER - FREE CHOCOLATE FRIDAY



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BLOG AWARD


I received a blog award this morning from Amanda at Faith, Food, and Family. Thanks Amanda and make sure you check out her blog.

BATH & BODY WORKS COUPON



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Through Sunday Only

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Great Scenario - I mentioned yesterday B&BW was having a sale on hand soap.
Purchase 9 Hand Soaps - $ 2.85 each = $25.65
Less 20% Coupon ($5.13)
Total OOP - $ 20.52 plus tax

WALGREENS COUPON FOR SATURDAY


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Thought of the Day

"Hard times build determination & strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger."

Dalai Lama

Thursday, August 6, 2009

FREE BACK TO SCHOOL FAMILY CALENDAR DOWNLOAD


Click here to download a FREE Back to School Family Calendar from Eversave.
Lots of great tips included.
Idea: Print a couple of extra copies. Add some embellishments, punch holes in the top and add ribbon to hold the calendar together etc., include teacher work days, spring break etc. and give to your child's teacher as a beginning of the year gift.

What Did You Get For FREE This Week?

More goodies this week:

FREE Issue of Soap Opera Digest
FREE Kelloggs Rice Krispy Coupons from Vocal Point includes coupon for FREE box
B&BW Coupon for FREE Item
FREE TV Guide
Bed Bath & Beyond Coupons
JCP Coupons

It was a slow week this week for my mail lady.

FREE Idiot's Guide to Wine


Click here to order. Use coupon code WINEBOOK.

FREE CAFFENIATED SOAP TO THE FIRST 4000


Click here to order.

Thought of the Day

"The place where you are now is vital. The path toward victory opens from where you stand."

Daisaku Ikeda

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

FREE Scope Outlast Sample Kit


Each kit includes Scope Outlast Rinse, Crest plus Scope Outlast Paste and an Oral-B Floss Pick with Scope Outlast. Another great free sample from Wal-Mart. Click here to request.

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY



WALGREENS - $5 OFF $25 COUPON FOR 8/5 AND 8/6 ONLY



$5 OFF $25 PURCHASE - INSTORE OR ONLINE
WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY ONLY
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FREE GLADE GIFT PACK


Only to the first 10,000 to respond. Click here to register.

BATH AND BODY WORKS HAND SOAP SALE


5 FOR $15 OR 7 FOR $20
Limited Time Only FREE Shipping on Online Order.
You can also print a FREE Signature Body Care or Home Fragrance here. Expires 8/27/09. In-store only.
I think these make great Christmas gifts for Gift Baskets or Stocking Stuffers.

FREE LEADERHOUSE NOTEPAD AND HOLDER


Click here to order. (Bottom right hand corner.)

McDONALDS - COUPON FOR FREE MEDIUM FRIES AND DRINK


Click here to print a coupon for a FREE Medium Fries and Drink with a purchase of any Angus Third Pounders. Great deal for McDonalds.

Thought of the Day

"At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want."

Lao Tzu

Monday, August 3, 2009

FREE DREAMSFIELD HEALTHY PASTA SAMPLE


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The website is intended for health professionals so under profession just enter "other".

BALLY TOTAL FITNESS - FREE 7 DAY PASS


Click here for your FREE pass.

WAYS I SAVED MONEY IN JULY


- Earned another $5 Amazon Gift Card from Swagbucks, $30 earned so far toward my Christmas budget

- Frequently shopped goodwill and habitat for humanity stores for items to change and redecorate my home (Posts to come to show my great finds)

- Used coupons on every shopping trip.

- Kept all lights off as much as possible.

- Tried to control my A/C to save $ on power.

- Continued to use samples for shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, lotion, and toothpaste.

- Watched 4 movies FREE thanks to DIRECTV Free Movie Channel Weekends. Still have some left on my DVR to watch.

- Read all emails and took surveys from Inbox Dollars to earn extra cash.

- Read all emails and completed 30 searches from MyPoints to earn gift cards.

- Did NOT shop CVS or Walgreens all month. Nothing needed so not any money spent.

- Went through ebates when ordering online.

- Ordered Payton some summer clothes for next year from The Children's Place. Items were on sale, used 20% coupon, plus a coupon code for FREE shipping. Details here.

- Sent off rebates for items totalling - $15 waiting to receive



While On Vacation:

- Took everything we needed from our stockpile instead of doing all grocery shopping there. We only spent a total of $42 on groceries for 7 days, 5 people.

- Used coupons when grocery shopping.

- Used coupons when eating out.

- Used a discount card on our aquarium tickets.

- Went to a FREE fireworks show on the 4th.

- Took a cooler with drinks while traveling to cut back on stops and spending money for drinks.

- Pack a snack bag full of goodies from my stockpile to carry in the car.

- Planned ahead on my shopping trip to the outlet stores. Took coupons with me and purchased a couple of Christmas presents.



MY NUMBER 1 WAY OF SAVING MONEY THIS MONTH - OUR VACATION WAS PAID FOR IN CASH. That includes condo, gas, food, shopping...everything. No credit cards were used.

FREE SAMPLE OF HONEY-NUT CHEERIOS


You will also receive a $1 coupon.

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Thanks Money Saving Mom.

FREE BOOK DOWNLOAD FROM OPRAH.COM


FREE book download from Oprah.com as part of O's 25 books of summer.
Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann's new novel will be available as a free download for 48 hours only (from 11am ET today, 8/3 throught 10:59am Wednesday, 8/5.
Click here to download the book. You must be a member of Oprah.com to download, but you can register today.

THRIFTY TIP - REUSING CEREAL BAGS


I have started saving empty cereal bags and reusing them for wax paper. It works great and I no longer have to buy wax paper. Thanks to Precious at Frugal Makes Cents for giving me this great idea.

Thought of the Day

"Nothing determines who we will become so much as those things we choose to ignore."

Sandor McNab

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Thought of the Day

"What appears to be faults in others may actually be reflections of our own emotional afflictions."

Geshe Dhargyey