Saturday, September 24, 2011

Comment Saturday - What is your Favorite Go-To Meal?

Today is Comment Saturday!

What is your go-to meal on those nights when you don't have alot of time?

I have a couple of go-to meals.  I always have frozen homemade spaghetti sauce in the freezer.  In no time at all ,we can have a nice spaghetti dinner.  For a quick sandwich, I like to prepare BLTs.  Everyone loves them and I can get veggies in my kids with lettuce and tomatoes.

For every comment left, I will return the favor by responding to your comment and by visiting your blog and leaving a comment.
I love to hear from my readers and I encourage you to leave comments on any blog you visit.

Sunday Coupon Preview

This week there will be 3 coupon inserts 1-Smartsource, 1-RedPlum and 1-CVS Store and Manufacturer Coupon Insert.  Click here to see the complete list of coupons that will be available.

Thought of the Day

Happy Saturday!!  DH and I are having a date night tonight to celebrate our anniversary.  I hope everyone has a great day.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Ten Tips for Preparing Your Baby Nursery

Where do I begin?  I can remember thinking this when I was pregnant.  I wanted everything to be perfect when my little bundle of joy came home.  I received lots of items at my baby shower and I wanted to make sure I had everything I needed.  I was stressed thinking I wasn't prepared. 

To relieve my stress and make myself feel like I was prepared, I set up my nursery as if my baby was coming home tomorrow.  Getting everything in its place also helped me find out if there was anything else I needed. Here is 10 tips to prepare your baby nursery.

1) Have someone else paint your nursery.  My husband was nice enough to this for me.  I really didn't want to spend the day smelling paint fumes which can be unhealthy for you and your baby when pregnant.

2) Purchase any furniture, baby items you will need.  This way you can decorate your nursery.  I remember feeling so relieved when my nursery was complete.

3) Unpack all baby gifts from your shower.  Placing items in the drawers and closets helped me do an inventory of everything I had and figured out if there was anything else that I needed.  I also separated clothes by sizes.  This way I knew what I had for each stage.

4) Stock up on diapers and wipes.  I didn't think I had enough diapers and wipes after my baby shower but fortunately I did have enough for the first six months after my baby was born. Seventh Generation offers Free & Clear baby-care products that include diapers, wipes and baby liquid laundry detergent. Seventh Generation Free & Clear diapers are free of chlorine, latex, fragrances and petroleum-based lotions and come in a range of sizes from newborn to stage 6.

5) Prepare the crib and/or bassinet.  My nursery is upstairs so I had a bassinet that I placed in my bedroom downstairs. 

6) Stock the changing table.  Make sure you have everything you need when changing your babies diaper within reach.  When the baby is older it is so easy for them to roll off the changing table.  I made sure I had plenty of diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream, powder, lotion and hand sanitizer.

7) Rocking Chair and Lamp- I think a rocking chair needs to be in every nursery.  This way mom has somewhere to sit while they are doing feedings during the night.  Having a lamp in your nursery comes in very handy.  I use to leave the lamp on at night so I would be to see when going in to pick up baby.  I did not want to have to turn the b.right overhead light on.

8) Car Seat - Purchase a car seat that meets safety requirements and install the car so you will be ready to bring the baby home from the hospital.  I was so worried that my dear husband was going to forget to do this and we were going to be stuck at the hospital.

9) Pacifiers - If you plan on using a pacifier, make sure you have plenty.  For some reason, they are so easy to lose.  There are still some missing in my home.

10) Pack a Diaper Bag - This way you will be prepared for when you go somewhere with the baby.  It is amazing how much stuff you have to pack.  Sometimes I felt like I needed to take the whole else but you have to be prepared for anything.

Disclosure:  “I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Seventh Generation blogging program, for a gift card worth $50. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

About Seventh GenerationSeventh Generation is the nation’s leading brand of household and personal care products that help protect human health and the environment. Established in 1988, the Burlington, Vermont based company remains an independent, privately-held company distributing products to natural food stores, supermarkets, mass merchants, and online retailers across the United States and Canada.

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Ways I Saved/Earned Money This Week

- I read all of my Inbox Dollars emails for my account and my husband's daily to add money to our accounts.

- I read all of my MyPoints emails daily for my account and my husband's to add points to receive FREE gift cards.

- Cleaned out my coupon binder and filed new coupons for future shopping trips.

- Compared gas prices online before filling up so I could get the lowest price.

- Used FREE dishwasher detergent samples this week when using the dishwasher.

- Continued to use my FREE samples this week - Excedrin, lip balm, lotion, and toothpaste.

- Continuing to try to drink more water. Not only is this good for me but it will also be a great way to save money.

- Received a FREE item in the mail to review and earn $10.

- The weather is a lot cooler so we are not having to use the A/C as much.

- Purchased 2 gift cards at half price for Christmas gifts.

- Printed several coupons for future shopping trips.

- Planned a shopping trip for this weekend.  Made a list and gathered my coupons and gift cards to use.

- The kids and I have been sick this past week.  It was so nice to have to medicine, kleenex, and cough drops on hand to use.

- Stayed at home almost all week since we were sick, hardly any gas used this week. 

- Updated my Christmas list with items purchased this week so I will know what I still need to purchase.

- Completed 2 surveys this week, earned $6.

- Cashed in Swagbucks for another $5 Amazon gift card.

- Did a sponsored post and earned aTarget gift card.

LOOK at What I Got for $3.25!

Can you believe it?  I found this at a local produce stand.  No, I don't mean $3.25 per pack.......$3.25 for the whole tray. Now I have find some great ideas for using them.  What a deal!

Vistaprint - 6 FREE Fall Products

    6 Free Fall Products from Vistaprint! The products are FREE, just pay Shipping and Processing. Choose from flip books, t-shirts, totes, calendars and more! Get creative and have some fun! Great for gifts or for your own use. Trying to find a way to preserve memories? Upload them to a calendar or flipbook! Planning an event? Send invitations and create rsvp cards out of business cards! Shipping starts at $4.41.
    Click here to order!

$5 Rebate with any Purchase at AMC Threatres

Do you go to the movies at AMC Theatres?  Then connect your card to Offermatic and receive a $5 automatic rebate on any purchase at AMC threatres.  Click here for further information and to sign up!

Have You Signed Up for Freefly's Yet?


Sign up for Freeflys and receive great FREE samples.

Today's Favorite Coupon = Great Price on Bread

Click here to print your coupon for .75 off Nature's Own Bread.  If your store doubles coupons, you can get a great deal on bread.  Remember to print it twice.

NEW Old El Paso Coupon

Click here to print your .50 coupon off any Old El Paso coupon.

Ruby Tuesday Coupon - Buy 1 Get 1 FREE

Click here to print your coupon for Buy 1 Get 1 FREE entree.  Offer valid 9/24-10/4.

STILL AVAILABLE - FREE Kraftmaid Inspiration Guide

FREE Sample of Disney Vitamins

Click here to request your FREE sample of Disney vitamins.

FREE Food & Wine Cookbook

Click here to signup for the Food & Wine newsletter and download a FREE Cookbook.

Steak 'n Shake $10 Gift Card for $5

For just $5, you’ll get a $10 gift card to Steak ‘n Shake®. Click Here

My Favorite Deals at Food Lion This Week - 9/21-9/27

Here is a list of my favorite deals at Food Lion this week:

Deer Park Water - 6 pack - $1

Borden American Cheese Singles - $2.33

Tyson Any'tizers - $2.50
Use $1 coupon 8/7 SS
Final Price - $1.50

Scott Paper Towels (6 Mega Rolls) - $5.99
Use $1 coupon from 9/11 SS or
Use $1 coupon from August All You magazine
Final Price - $4.99
Limit 4

My Favorite Deals at Lowes Foods - 9/21-9/27

Here is a list of my favorite deals at Lowes Foods this week:

3 Day Deals - Friday 9/23 - Sunday 9/25

Lowes Foods Bath Tissue 12 Rolls - $4.50

Lowes Foods Paper Towels 6 Rolls - $3.49

Chips Ahoys $2

Sliced Pound Cake - $1.99

Russett Potatoes 5 lb. - $2

Lowes Foods Milk - $2.77
Limit 2

Sanderson Farms Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 1.67/lb

Weekly Deals

Gatorade 8 pack- $4.50 E-offers

Pork Spareribs - $1.99/lb

Boston Butt Pork Roasts - $1.49/lb

Boneless Chuck Roast - $2.70/lb

Tropicana Pure Premium Product - $2.88
Use $1/1 coupon September All You or
Buy 2 and Use $1/2 coupon 8/28 RP
Final Price - As low as $1.88

Old Orchard Cocktail Juice - $1.25
Use .50/1 printable coupon
Final Price - .25

Hostess Sings - $1.25
Use .50/1 printable coupon
Final Price - $.25 each
Starbucks Ice Cream - $2.50
Use .75/1 printable coupon
Final Price - $1

Iceberg Lettuce - $1.28

Pillsbury Sweet Moments Refrigerated Dessert - $2
Use $1/1 coupon GM 8/7
Final Price - $1

Danimals Packs - $2
Use .50/1 coupon 8/14 SS
Final Price - $1

Yoplait Frozen Smoothie - $2.50
Use .75/1 coupon 9/11 GM
Final Price - $1

Thought of the Day

Never have any regrets in life.  If there is something from your past you don't like, try to change it in your future.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My Experiences of Playing Outdoors with My Family

Some of my greatest memories of my childhood include playing outside.  It was something I looked forward to every spring and summer.  I never knew what the day would bring.

I was fortunate enough to live in a neighborhood full of children.  There were several of us almost the same age.  Back in those days, we would go out to play in the mornings, come home for lunch and then go back outside and play until dark.   We were never bored.  There was always something to do.  Some of my favorite things were riding bikes, playing tag, making mud pies, playing in the creek, and playing hide and seek. 

Now that I am a mom, I look forward to spring and summer.  It is my favorite time of the year.  I like to spend time outside with my kids.  I try to show them that there is always something to do.  I am so excited for spring to finally get here I make a list of things I want to do during the summer.  We have been inside all winter and it is so nice to be able to finally get outside.  Here is a few of our favorite things we did over the summer.

- Went fishing - Fishing is a favorite of my husbands so he was excited to take the kids fishing.  My daughter caught her first bass.  It was a proud moment for my husband.

- Went on a Picnic - Nothing easier than spreading a blanket in the grass and eating outside.  Any change to your routine is always good plus my kids love it.

- Going to the Park - We could stay there all day.  Feeling the sun on your face and spending the day with other moms and children is always fun.

- Swimming - We love the water.  It is a great way to stay cool in the summer on those hot, humid summer days here in NC.

- Beach - We take a trip to the beach every summer.  Nothing better than spending the day and evening outside on the beach.

- Spend the day at home outside - Endless games to play .... tag, hide and seek, bubble maker, and paint the sidewalk.  Painting the sidewalk is something we started this past summer.  All you need is a bucket of water and a paintbrush.  Endless hours of fun.

Another great thing we enjoy in the summer is planting a garden.  My kids love to watch the plants grow, bloom, and eventually turn into a vegetable.  Fun for them to watch and a great way to encourage kids to eat vegetables. 

If you can't tell by now, summer is my favorite time of the year.  Sun filled days are always fun around here.  Endless possibilities of things to do.  I hope everyone had a great summer and I look forward to the next summer. 
September 24 is Worldwide Day of Play.  Kids and families are encouraged to participate. Turn off the TV and play outside.  Physical activity can improve health, self-esteem and the well being of children.  Take the Clorox2 Play 2Day pledge to play outside -

Disclosure:  “I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Clorox2® blogging program, for a gift card worth $40. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

About Clorox:The Clorox Company is a leading manufacturer and marketer of consumer products with 8,100 employees and fiscal year 2011 revenues of $5.2 billion. Clorox markets some of consumers' most trusted and recognized brand names, including its namesake bleach and cleaning products, Green Works® naturally derived home care products, Pine-Sol® cleaners, Poett® home care products, Fresh Step® cat litter, Kingsford® charcoal, Hidden Valley® and K C Masterpiece® dressings and sauces, Brita® water-filtration products, Glad® bags, wraps and containers, and Burt’s Bees® natural personal care products. Nearly 90 percent of Clorox Company brands hold the No. 1 or No. 2 market share positions in their categories. The company’s products are manufactured in more than two dozen countries and sold in more than 100 countries. Clorox is committed to making a positive difference in the communities where its employees work and live. Founded in 1980, The Clorox Company Foundation has awarded cash grants totaling more than $84 million to nonprofit organizations, schools and colleges. In fiscal year 2011 alone, the foundation awarded $4 million in cash grants, and Clorox made product donations valued at $13 million. For more information about Clorox, visit

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Thought of the Day

Today is my anniversary.  I have been married 15 years.  I can't believe its been that long.  Happy Anniversary to my dear husband.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My Favorite Deals at Dollar General This Week - 9/18-9/24

Here is a list of my favorite deals at Dollar General this week:

Print your $5 off $25 Dollar General coupon for Saturday, September 24 ONLY!

Prego Pasta Sauce - $1.67
Use .75/2 coupon 9/11 SS
Final Price - $1.29 each when you buy 2

Barilla Pasta - $1

Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra Gadget or Refill - $4.50
Use $4/1 coupon 9/11 SS
Final Price - .50

Welch's Jelly - $1.75
Use .35/1 coupon 7/31 SS or
Final Price - As low as $1

Shutterfly 8 x8 Photo Book - $10

I love Shutterfly photo books and I think they are fun to make.  This would make a great Christmas gift.  Groupon has a great deal today for a $10 Shutterfly book.  Click here to register with Groupon and then search for Piedmont Triad and you should find the deal on the right hand side of the page.  Enjoy!

FREE Minnesota Travel Guide

Click here to request your FREE Minnesota Travel Guide!

Diaper Deals at CVS This Week

CVS Deal on Baby Items including diapers:

Deal Idea:

Spend $25, Earn $10 ECB
Buy 2 Huggies Diapers - $9 each = $18
Buy 1 Huggies Wipes - $6
Buy 1 Desitin - $3
Total - $27

Use (2) $1.50 Huggies diapers coupons - 9/11 SS
Use (1) .50 Huggies wipe coupon - 9/11 SS
Use (1) $1 Desitin printable coupon

Total OOP - $22.50
Receive $10 ECB


Deal Idea #2

Buy 3 Huggies Slip On Diapers - $9 = $27
Use (3) $3 Slip On Huggies coupons - 9/11 SS
Total OOP - $18
Receive $10 ECB

Also, Register your Extra Care Card with CVS and receive a $4/$20 coupon.

CVS Diaper Deal Special through 12/31/11
Buy 6 Jumbo Packs of Diapers between now and 12/31/11 and receive your 7th pack FREE.  Coupon will print 48 hours after qualifying purchase at register or ExtraCare center.

Thought of the Day

Never too late to complete the things you did not finish yesterday.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Disney on Ice - Time Warner Cable Arena Ticket Giveaway

Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream.

Experience Disney’s hilarious hair-raising escapade, Tangled; as Rapunzel, her unlikely companion, Flynn, and Maximus, embark on an uproarious journey that takes adventure to new lengths! Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from The Princess and the Frog, in a magical, musical journey that all begins with a fateful kiss. And fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true. These princesses, and more, take to the ice in a spectacular finale at the ultimate Disney Princess event of a lifetime!

Experience the beauty, sparkle, and spirit when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream comes to Time Warner Cable Arena!

I have a 4 pack of tickets for Thursday, October 6 show at 7pm. 

How to enter: (5 entries per person)

-  Leave a comment telling me your favorite Disney character. (Required)
- Follow/Subscribe to my blog (1 extra entry) and leave me a comment telling me you did.

- Follow me on twitter - and leave me a comment telling me you did.

- Tweet about this giveaway (@mariathriftyWAI) and leave me a comment telling me you did.

- "Like" me on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me you did.
This giveaway will close on Sunday, September 25 at 9pm. The winner will emailed and posted on Monday morning . You will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
Disclosure: I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events. Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.

FREE Drink or Candy Coupon from CVS

"Like CVS on Facebook" and register to receive a coupon for a FREE drink or candy from CVS.

Today's Favorite Coupon - You Don't See These Often

Click here to print your coupon for $1 off I Can't Believe It's Not butter.  You don't see these coupons often.

My Favorite Deals at Rite Aid This Week - 9/18-9/24

Here is a list of my favorite deals at Rite Aid this week:

Crest Complete Toothpaste - $2.99
Receive $2 +UP Reward
Use $1/1 coupon 8/28 P&G insert
Final Price - FREE
Limit 2

In my opinion, not a lot of great deals at Rite Aid this week.

My Favorite Deals at Walgreens This Week - 9/18-9/24

Here is a list of my favorite deals at Walgreens this week:

Highlands Nighttime Cold 'n Cough 4 Kids (4oz.) - $4.99
Receive $4.99 Register Rewards
Final Price - FREE

Blistex Cold & Allergy Lip Soother - $2
Receive $2 Register Rewards
Final Price - FREE

Gain Dish Liquid - $.99 with in-ad coupon
Use $1/2 coupon 8/14 RP
Final Price - .49 each after coupons

Aussie or Herbal Essences - 2/$6
Receive $2 Register Rewards when you buy 2
Use $1/1 coupon 8/7 RP (use 2 of these)
Final Price - $1 each after coupons and Register Rewards

My Favorite Deals at CVS This Week - 9/18-9/24

Here is a list of my favorite deals at CVS this week:

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday ONLY

Gold Emblem Candy Corn, Autumn Mix or Pumpkins - .99
Receive .99 ECB
Final Price - FREE

Mars or Wrigley's Fun Size Assorts - 4/$10
Receive $4 ECBs when you buy 4
Final Price - $1.50 each after ECB
Limit 1

 Deals for All Week

Prevacid 24 Hr (28 ct. ) - $19.99
Use $4 printable coupon
Submit Mail In  Rebate
Final Price - FREE

Revlon Super Lustrous, Moon Drops or ColorBurst Lip Products - $6.49
Receive $5 ECB
Use $1/1 coupon 8/14 SS
Final Price - .49 each
Limit 6

Mitchum or Lady Mitchum Deodorant - $1.99
Use $1 coupon 8/21 SS
Final Price - .99

Thought of the Day

Nothing better than a big bowl of hot soup on an autumn day. (espeically when you are sick)