Monday, September 28, 2009

Which header??



I think it is time for some new pictures in the Header. So I have made two new colages, and you guys (my readers) get to decide what you like best.




which header do you want
A.



B.

post your vote in the comments. I will tally in about a week or so..

later

Jessie

EOS (evolution of smooth) lip balm

I got my FREE lip balm today.. it is kind of cool looking... Here is a picture



the lip balm is sweet mint flavored. (this is the only flavor offered in the free sample) They also have the flavors Vanilla Bean, Summer Fruit, Pomegranate Raspberry, and honeysuckle Honeydew.



The lip balm is 95% organic.



get the full list of retailers near you at http://www.evolutionofsmooth.com/

did YOU GET YOURS? How do you like it? Share please.. Leave me a comment!!!
once again thanks to www.dealseekingmom.com

Saturday, September 26, 2009

IGA and Walmart trip today

So far today I have gone to IGA and to Walart. I know Walmart evil of all evils. When you go in expect to spend at least 100$. Well those of you doubters will be suprised to know I only spent 16$. I went in with my list and stuck to it..(almost) so here is how much I spent


WALMART


out of pocket 16
Saved 11$
total value 27$
total % saved 40%

IGA

out of pocket 27$
total saved 17$
total value 44
total % saved 38%


Total for this week (so far)
total out of pocket 43$
total saved 28$
total value 71$
total % saved 39%


Pretty good.. I really wish I could get my precent saved to 50% . but at least I am getting closer. It use to be only in the low 30% or high 20%.


I do plan to make a trip to Super Valu yet today.. I don't plan on getting a lot of stuff, but I will still add the totals in.


see ya later

jessie

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

N is walking

it started the day after his birthday.. and he has just gotten better since.
I have been trying for a while to get it on video, but the little bugger would sit down everytime I got the camcorder out. But since he does it more often I can now tape it without difficulty.
video

later

jessie

IGA

General mills cereal 3/6$
$1/2 General Mills Basic 4, Chex, Fiber One, Honey Nut Clusters, Oatmeal Crisp, Raisin Nut Bran, Total or Wheaties Cereal, exp. 10-3-09 (SS 8/23/09)
$1/2 General Mills C printable
$1/3 Select General Mills Cereals, exp. 10-24-09 (SS #1 9/13/09)

totino's pizza rolls 3/3$
$0.40/2 Totino's Pizza Rolls Snacks, exp. 10-3-09 (SS 7/12/09)
$0.40/2 Totino's Rolls Snacks, exp. 12-5-09 (SS #1 9/13/09)
$0.40/2 Totino's Rolls Snacks, exp. 10-31-09 (SS #2 8/9/09)

hamburger helper 3/3$
$0.75/3 Hamburger, Tuna or Chicken Helper, exp. 11-7-09 (SS #1 9/13/09)
$0.75/3 Hamburger, Tuna or Chicken Helper printable
$0.75/3 Hamburger, Tuna or Chicken Helper, exp. 10-3-09 (SS #2 8/9/09)
$0.75/3 Hamburger, Tuna or Chicken Helper printable

green giant steamers
$0.50/1 Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers Frozen Vegetables, exp. 11-7-09 (SS #3 9/13/09)


betty crocker specialty potatoes
$0.40/1 Betty Crocker Potatoes, exp. 11-17-09 (SS #3 9/13/09)
$0.25/1 Betty Crocker Potatoes, exp. 11-7-09 (SS #1 9/13/09)

IGA BREAD .88

Nabisco chips ahoy 2/5$
$0.75/2 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers, exp. 10-4-09 (SS 8/23/09)

frito lays snack size 4/1$

wesson oil 2.99

sunny d 2/3$

IGA fries 2/3$

North Star .99

green giant carrots .99

that is the highlights for this week

jessie

Saturday, September 19, 2009

CVS TRIP today

ok so I also went to cvs today.

here is what i spent

total out of pocket 3.21
total saved 36.78 (5.50 in coupons, 15.83 ecb, 5$ off when you spend 30) the rest was sale
total value 40.00
total value 92%
total ecb earned 11$

now if you don't count what i saved just from the item being on sale i didn't do as well, but i still did good..i only spent 3.21 out of my pocket.

here is what i got

2 bags of skittles
1 suave body wash
2 suave shampoos
1 purex
1 colgate toothpaste
1 listerine
1 -2 pack of reach toothbrushes
1 floss

this brings my total for this week to

total out of pocket 75$
total saved 81$
total value 156$
total % saved 51%

later
jessie

grocery shopping

went shopping today. here is what i spent

at iga

spent 37.
saved 16
total value 53$
total % saved 30%

Super Valu

spent 27
total saved 4$
total value 31
% saved 12%

so my total fior grocery stores
spent 64
saved 20
total value 84$
% saved 23%

now if you add target into the equation

spent 72
saved 44$
total value 116$
total saved for the week 38%

Friday, September 18, 2009

shopping today--target

man, it seems like I have been doing a lot of shopping lately.

today we went to jcpenny to have nolans 1 year pix taken.. so cute.. will post when I get them. we stopped on the way back at target

at target I spent 8$
saved 24$
total worth 32$
total saved 75% (yipeee!!!)

I bought
2-- keebler fudge shoppe cookies
6-- packs of 3 of crystal light
2--chef michaels 4lb dog food
2--large scooby doo fruit snacks
2--monster puzzles (1$ area)
2--johnson buddies bar soaps (the boys love these)

check out couponing101.com for the coupon match ups!!

jessie

superhttp://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=2762145701218570846 valu

chicken leg quarters .49 lb

hamburger helper 4/4$
$0.75/3 Hamburger, Tuna or Chicken Helper printable
$0.75/3 Hamburger, Tuna or Chicken Helper, exp. 11-7-09 (SS #1 9/13/09)
$0.75/3 Hamburger, Tuna or Chicken Helper, exp. 10-3-09 (SS #2 8/9/09)
$0.75/3 Hamburger, Tuna or Chicken Helper printable

Kraft cheese 2/2.95$

Charmin bath tissue 6.95
$0.25/1 Charmin, exp. 9-30-09 (P&G 8/30/09)
$1.50/2 Charmin Toilet Paper, exp. 11-30-09 (SS 9/20/09)
$0.50/1 Charmin Toilet Paper, exp. 11-30-09 (SS 9/20/09)

virgina smoked ham 3.99lb

head of lettuce .55
flyer coupon

italian bread .58
flyer coupon

bryers ice cream 3/4.95 (1.65)
flyer coupon

quilted northern 4.77
$2/2 Quilted Northern Bath Tissue, exp. 10-31-09 (ALL YOU September '09)

grade a large eggs .79

flavorite cheese 3/2.95

kelloggs cereal 4/4.95
blinkies in store. 1$/2

oscar mayer 4/4.95

VO5 shapmpoo conditioner .75

Big G (general mills) cereal 3/6.95
$1/2 General Mills Basic 4, Chex, Fiber One, Honey Nut Clusters, Oatmeal Crisp, Raisin Nut Bran, Total or Wheaties Cereal, exp. 10-3-09 (SS 8/23/09)
$1/3 General Mills Cereals, exp. 9-19-09 (SS #2 8/9/09)
1/3 Select General Mills Cereals, exp. 10-24-09 (SS #1 9/13/09)
$1/2 General Mills C printable

sunshine fresh bread 3/2.95

sweet onions .69lb

prego spaghetti sauce 2/3.95

wishbone 2/3.95

skim milk 1.88

betty crocker specialty potatoes 3/4$
$0.40/1 Betty Crocker Potatoes, exp. 11-17-09 (SS #3 9/13/09)
$0.25/1 Betty Crocker Potatoes, exp. 11-7-09 (SS #1 9/13/09)
$0.40/1 Betty Crocker Potatoes printable

bush's beans 5/4$ (.80)

bar s franks .97

later
jessie

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

IGA sept 13-19th

Tons of apples on sale

nabisco snack crackers 2/7.00
$0.75/2 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers, exp. 10-4-09 (SS 8/23/09)

Keebler or townhouse crackers 2/4$

Keebler cookies 2/4$
$1/2 Keebler Cookies, exp. 9-27-09 (Kellogg's/Keebler Insert 8/2/09)

Kellogs cereal 1.88

Frito Lays 2.88

Poptarts 2/4$
$0.55/1 Kellogg's Pop-Tarts, exp. 11-8-09 (RP 9/13/09)
$1/2 Pop-Tarts, exp. 9-27-09 (Kellogg's/Keebler Insert 8/2/09)
$1/2 Pop-Tarts Blueberry Muffin and/or Chocolate Banana Split, exp. 9-27-09 (Kellogg's/Keebler Insert 8/2/09)

Peter Pan 1.69

campbell's spaghettio's 4/5$

select pasta .99

IGA apple juice 2/3$

Campbell's chicken noodle and tomato soup 4/5$ (1.25 each)
$0.40/4 Campbell's Condensed Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soups, exp. 12-15-09 (SS #2 9/13/09)

Pringles 2/3$
$1/2 Pringles, exp. 9-30-09 (P&G 8/30/09)
$0.50/1 Pringles Fat Free, exp. 9-30-09 (P&G 8/30/09)

wonderbread classic bread 2/3$
$0.55/1 Wonder Classic White Bread printable

jiffy mix 4/2$

lunchables 3/5$

yoplait yogurt 10/5$ (.50 each)
$0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups, exp. 11-7-09 (SS #1 9/13/09)
$0.50/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups printable
$0.50/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups or Original or Light Smoothies printable
$0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups or Yoplait Original or Light Smoothie, exp. 10-3-09 (SS #2 8/9/09)

northstore icecream sandwhichs

yoplait go gurt 3/6.99
$0.80/2 Yoplait Go-Gurt or Trix Multipack Yogurt printable
$0.75/2 Yoplait Go-Gurt Yogurt, exp. 11-7-09 (SS #1 9/13/09)
$0.75/2 Yoplait Go-Gurt Yogurt or Trix Multipack Yogurt Multipacks, exp. 10-3-09 (SS #2 8/9/09)
$0.35/1 Yoplait Go-Gurt Yogurt, Kids Cup Yogurt, Kids Yogurt Drink, Trix Multipack, exp. 10-3-09 (SS #2 8/9/09)
$0.80/2 Yoplait Go-Gurt, Kids Cup Yogurt, Kids Yogurt Drink or Trix Multipack Yogurt printable

3 DAY SALES THUR, FRI, SAT

boneless skinless chicken breast 3.99 (limit 2)

quilted northern 12 pack.. double roll 4.98
$2/2 Quilted Northern Bath Tissue, exp. 10-31-09 (ALL YOU September '09)

coke products 2 liter bottles .88

IGA milk 2/4$

kretschmar bovarian ham 2.99 lb

palmero's pizza 4/11$ (2.75 each)

x-tra laundry detergent 1.49$

Russet potatos 1.29lb

lastly there is also a coupon you can use for 5$ off if you buy 10$ worth of select items.. you can works this to get some groceries for around 1-2$ each.. just work through it.

these are the items that are eligable

general mills cereal 3/6$
$1/2 General Mills Basic 4, Chex, Fiber One, Honey Nut Clusters, Oatmeal Crisp, Raisin Nut Bran, Total or Wheaties Cereal, exp. 10-3-09 (SS 8/23/09)
$1/2 General Mills C printable
$1/3 General Mills Cereals, exp. 9-19-09 (SS #2 8/9/09)
$1/3 Select General Mills Cereals, exp. 10-24-09 (SS #1 9/13/09)

Betty crocker fruit by the foot, stickers, gushers fruit snacks
$0.40/1 Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Shapes, exp. 10-3-09 (SS #2 8/9/09)
$0.40/1 Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Shapes printable
$0.50/2 Various Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, exp. 11-7-09 (SS #1 9/13/09)
$0.50/2 Various Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks printable
$0.50/2 Various Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, exp. 10-3-09 (SS #2 8/9/09)

old el paso 4/5$
$0.60/2 Old El Paso Products printable
$0.60/2 Old El Paso Products printable

Nature valley bars 2/5$
$0.50/1 Nature Valley Cranberry & Pomegranate Bars or Dark Chocolate & N, exp. 10-3-09 (SS #2 8/9/09)
$0.40/1 Nature Valley Granola Bars, exp. 11-7-09 (SS #1 9/13/09)
$0.40/1 Nature Valley Granola Bars printable

old el paso dinner kids 2/5$
see above coupons.

old el paso taco sauce or salsa
see about coupons.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Not me Monday

Well it has been a while since I have participated in McMamma's not me Monday.. but I decided to give it a go this week.



so

I did not let my house go to pot this weekend, just because.. I got up followed my same routine everyday, made my beds, picked up, and generally strive to keep it clean just like on the weekdays.

I have not left the boys top bunk on their bed bare, since no one uses it anyway.

My children did not go to church this weekend in play clothes that had gotten dirty from eating at grandma jackson's. They did not because any good mommy would pick out their clothes the night before and lay it out so her husband would know what to put on said children. Also any good mommy would have not put said clothes on children until after they had finished eating at grandma's, because we all know that 1,3, and 5 year olds can not eat without making a mess... So they did not go to church looking like ragamuffins...

I did not and would not bribe (reward) my 5 year old with a tropical sno if he got a sticker every day this week. I would not need to do this because my perfect 5 year old, never gets in trouble in school, he is after all a perfect angel.

I would not/could not, let any child of mine go anywhere, much less Disney on Ice in soiled pants. Because we all know that most mommy's (including myself) have extra clothes packed away in cars and diaper bags in case of accidents. And any mommy with a lick of sense would ask her children if they needed to go to the bathroom before the hour and a half drive to the show.. so nope E did not go to the show in soiled(pee) pants!

Well that is all I could think of right now.. but if you want a good read check out mcmamma's and other bloggers not me Monday posts, they are always entertaining!!

Jessie

flylady

well it is that time of week again. so here it goes

Bathroom Detailed Cleaning List
1. WASH AREA RUGS
2. SCRUB/WAX FLOOR
3. STRAIGHTEN DRAWERS/ CABINETS
4. CLEAN SHOWER STALL/ WAX (not the floor!)
5. WASH SHOWER DOOR
6. CLEAN MEDICINE CABINET
7. CLEAN SCALE
8. THROW AWAY EMPTY BOTTLES

Children's Bedrooms Detailed Cleaning List
1. POLISH FURNITURE
2. STRAIGHTEN DRAWERS/ CLOSET
3. CLEAN COBWEBS
4. WASH MATTRESS PAD/ DUST RUG
5. FLIP MATTRESSES
6. WASH CURTAINS
7. CLEAN WINDOW

9. CLEAN UNDER THE BED
10. CLEAN OUT THE CLOSET
11. PUT AWAY STRAY ITEMS
12. SORT OUT-GROWN CLOTHES
13. VACUUM UNDER BED/ CLOSETS
14. DUST BASEBOARDS
15. CLEAN FINGERPRINTS OFF DOOR/ WALLS
16. REARRANGE VIDEOS/ GAMES/ BOOKS

Office Detailed Cleaning List
1. CLEAR OFF THE SURFACE OF YOUR DESK
2. THROW AWAY PENS THAT DON'T WORK
3. SHARPEN PENCILS
4. THROW OUT ALL THE TRASH
5. PUT ITEMS TO KEEP IN A PENDING FILE FOR WED (desk
day)
6. DO NOT STOP TO PAY BILLS
7. STRAIGHTEN ONE DRAWER AT A TIME
8. TOSS OUT OLD RECEIPTS FROM OVER 7 YEARS
9. CLEAN OFF THE MONITOR SCREEN
10. FILL PRINTER CADDY WITH PAPER
11. ESTABLISH A PLACE FOR CURRENT BILLS
12. VACUUM UNDER DESK AND THE WHOLE ROOM
13. DUST FURNITURE
14. CLEAN WINDOWS
15. REMOVE COBWEBS
16. CHECK SUPPLIES OF PAPER AND PRINTER CARTRIDGES
STAMPS AND ENVELOPES

Laundry Room Detailed Cleaning List
1. WIPE DOWN THE TOP OF THE WASHER AND DRYER
2. CLEAN THE GUNK FROM UNDER THE WASHER LID
3. THROW OUT EMPTY BOTTLES AND BOXES
4. EMPTY THE GARBAGE CAN
5. CHECK SUPPLIES OF LAUNDRY DETERGENT, SOFTENER,
SPOT REMOVER
6. SWEEP AND MOP THE FLOOR
7. REMOVE THE COBWEBS
8. PUT AWAY ALL CLOTHES
9. LOOK BEHIND APPLIANCES FOR ODD SOCKS

ok so this is a lot. but you aren't spose to do each room , but rather pick one(besides the bathroom) and focus on it.. i think this week i will be focusing on the kids room, and the sunroom, along with the bathroom.


House blessings

dust
vacuum
wash mirrors and doors
change sheets
empty all of the trash

ok so here i go again... lets see how good i do this week

Friday, September 11, 2009

Rainbow cookie

Recently I found a recipe for a Rainbow Cookie at DLTK-KIDS.com. It sounded like a really cool idea and since b has been working on colors at school I figured it would be a good activity. Essentially it was a general sugar cookie recipe, but instead of doing individual cookies you made on big rainbow cookie. The kids got to help out by mixing the food coloring with the cookie dough, by mixing the colors, and lastly by rolling the dough into "snakes. B and E had a great time making this cookie, and as with all cookies in this house it didn't last long.. but we will always have the pictures.

all 3 boys helped out

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here it is all put together, now to put it into the oven

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enjoying the dough

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enjoying the finished product

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Disney on Ice

Well last week we went to Disney on Ice. My mom was able to get some tickets (thanks mom) so mom and I took B, N, E and thier cousin M to the show. Here are some pix.. (sorry some are sideways)

N, E, and M
B

the nemo part


N (N did really well, although he didn't really understand the show ..obviously... he did enjoy the lights.

later
jessie



Thursday, September 10, 2009

FREE CEREAL AT SUPER VALU

Super Valu has selected varieties of Kelloggs cereal on sale for 4/6$ or 1.50 each. Also there are blinkie coupons at the store for 1$/2 Kelloggs cereal. Making them 1.00 each. If you buy 10 boxes of cereal you can send in for the fuel for school 10$ rebate. Making these Cereal FREE!!!

Fuel for School if you don't have the rebate that came in the 8/2 kelloggs insert you can print it out at the kelloggs website (you will have to register)

later

jessie

grocery trip

This had to be one of my cheapest Grocery trips ever.

at super value

I spent 20$
I saved 12$
percentage saved 40% (i think)


At IGA

spent 11$
Saved 6$
percent saved 35%

Total spent 31$
Total Saved 18$
Total percent 36%

But can you believe i only spent 31 $ and that included chicken breast, pork, milk, bread, cottage cheese, spaghetti sauce, spaghetti noodles, 1 frozen pizza, banannas, 2 kelloggs cereal, syrup. I think that was it.

Later

Jessie

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Bannanas .49 lb

Prairie Farms 2% 1.99

Chicken Breast 1.89lb

Kelloggs Cereal 4/6$ (1.50)
kelloggs insert 8/2

Country style ribs .99 lb

Prairie Farms Icecream 3.95

Bratwurst 1.66lb

Jacks Pizza 4/10$

sunshine Fresh White Bread .98

Flavorie pasta sauce 1.47 (IGA IS 1$)

Peter Pan Peanut butter 2/3.50 (1.75 each)
$0.50/2 Peter Pan Peanut Butter, exp. 9-12-09 (SS 8/2/09)

sergento shredded cheese 2/3.95

Eggo Waffles 2/2.95
$1/2 , exp. 9-27-09 (Kellogg's/Keebler Insert 8/2/09)

Tostino's Pizza Rolls 3/5$

snack pack pudding 4/5.00 (1.25 each)

Cottage cheese 2/2.50

Well that is the main things i saw.
later
jessie

Kind of Disapointed and a little angry

Well I had heard about all of the hellabullo about the presidential speech mostly this weekend. S and I had talked about it, S was under the impression that it was going to be shown at school today.

Well guess what it wasn't. He called me this morning and told me. He spoke with the people that be at school, and I guess that had a lot of parental concern about there children seeing a speech about doing good in school, and trying your best (who would of thought that??)

If I had known that there was a chance that it wouldn't have been shown I would have called and supported it. Hind sight is 20/20 right.

Well know I am on the search to find this speech so Bryson and Ethan can both see it and we can talk about what it means to them, since they missed this educational opportunity in school.

oh when i find a link i will post it

later

jessie

Target Trip

Well today I made an excursion to Target. I needed ink (i forgot it at wal mart) and I had heard about the Tag system (leap frog) on clearance for 12.49 and I had a 10$ coupon (I was so excited) So last night I went to my moms house and printed out coupons (since as I said i didn't have ink) and went today. I got ink, 2 small bags of dog food (free with coupon and target coupon) and a bunch of Kelloggs food ( 4 rice crispies, 2 pop tarts, 3 yogos, and 1 cinamon bars) 10 things so I could send off for the Rebate (yippeee). Essentially I think I got all of these for around .50 each.
My total bill at Target was 48. (32 of that was the ink...bummers isn't it) I saved 24 in coupons, and I got a 10$ rebate.

Now after that target I decided to visit the target in Fariview to see if they had the tag system on sale (they didn't either) but I ended up picking up baby wipes and a pair of shoes for bry, and spent another 20$ (but I had cash)

so total spent about 70$ (60 after rebate)
total saved 25$ (35 after rebate)
Rebate 10$
percentage saved 35% ( 58% after rebate)

and I have enough snacks to last a while so my next grocery bill should be lower!!!

jessie

Monday, September 7, 2009

Fly Lady

House Blessings

FlyLady sets her timer for 10 minutes to work on each of 7 tasks:
Vacuum
Dust
Mop
Polish Mirrors and Doors
Purge magazines
Change Sheets
Empty all trash


This week is aparently the kitchen

KITCHEN: DETAIL CLEANING LIST
1. EMPTY REFG/CLEAN THOROUGHLY
2. CLEAN MICROWAVE INSIDE AND OUT
3. CLEAN STOVE/OVEN
4. WASH CANISTER/KNICK-KNACKS
5. STRAIGHTEN DRAWERS/CUPBOARDS
6. WIPE FINGERPRINTS OFF WALLS
7. WASH INSIDE WINDOWS
8. CLEAN FAN/VENT-A-HOOD FILTERS AND HOOD
9. SCRUB DOWN CABINET FRONTS (only a few at a time)
10. CLEAN LIGHT DEFUSING BOWLS(GLASS GLOBES OVER
LIGHT BULBS)
11. CLEAN UNDER SINK/THROW AWAY OLD RAGS
12. CLEAN PET DISHES

IGA week of sept 6th - 12th

IGA has a lot of 10/10$ this week

classic iceburg salad mix 10/10$ (1$ each)

Family Pak ice cream 10/10$

Prarie Farms Cottage Cheese 10/10$

IGA garlic Bread 10/10$

IGA spaghetti sauce 10/10$

IGA sandwhich bread 10/10$

Pert Plus 1.99
$2/1 Pert Plus, exp. 9-30-09 (SS 8/2/09)
$1.50/1 Pert Plus for Men, exp. 9-30-09 (SS 8/2/09)
$1/1 Pert Plus or Pert Plus for Men, exp. 9-30-09 (SS 8/2/09)


green giant vegatables 10/10$ (select varieties)

Deans dip 10/10$

Pillsbuty brownie mix 10/10$

chinet napkins 10/10$

mt olive relish 10/10$
$0.50/1 Mt. Olive Product, exp. 10-4-09 (SS 8/16/09)

Bisquick baking mix 10/10$

Elbow macaroni or spaghetti noodles 1.89

Special K cereal 5/15$
buy 5 for 10$ store coupon in flyer (you will have to buy 5)
$1/1 Special K Blueberry Cereal printable
$1/2 Special K Cereals, exp. 9-13-09 (Kellogg's/Keebler Insert 8/2/09)

Daisy sour cream 10/10$

Imperial margerine 10/10$

IGA Fries 3/5$ ( i have tried these they aren't that bad)

russet potatoes 10/10$

baby carrots 10/10$

Whole pork butt .89 lb

split chicken breast .99 lb

As always this isn't everything that is in the IGA flyer. If you would like to see everything that is on sale check out their

later
jessie

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Organizing Coupons

ok all

I have totally redone my coupon binder AGAIN. So in the interest of sharing, I thought I would let you all know some different ways of organizing your coupons, and maybe give you some ideas. Now if you know me and you find this funny....well I totally understand.. for I am not the most organized person around. I'm just giving you some options and telling you what worked for me. Ultimately, you will need to choose what works best for you, and it may take some trial and error before you do.

Now, there are many different ways to organize your coupons. the first that I used was the old index file box, or accordion file. These are the kind that our parents frequently used. You can purchase a little plastic organizer from Wal-mart, I believe they are check organizers. Some cost as little as a dollar. (but remember you get what you paid for) You can separate each section into whatever catagory you want: breakfast foods, canned goods, meat, beauty products, cleaning, ect. As I said, this is the first method I used, and although it worked ok, I didn't like the fact that I had to search through a pile of coupons to find a coupon or two. And believe me I have piles, generally I get two sets of coupons a week (thanks to a wonderful aunt) so eventually this did not work for me.


Next I moved onto a binder. Binders are wonderful things for organizing coupons. I found one I already had at home. I pulled some old photo inserts, recipe pages, and confiscated some baseball pages from my loving brother, all to use to hold coupons. (these all work becuase you can file them individually into the pages and see them all at a glance) The first binder I had I continued to seperate my coupons by catagory. Sadly after a while I had gotten away from couponing (just think of all of the money I wasted in that time). But when I came back I went back to the binder, only this time I organized alphabetically by brand name(although you can also do it by product name) With both of these methods it is very easy to find the coupons you are looking for, since you can see them all. All you have to do is flip through your pages. A binder can also hold your scissors, calculator and any other miscellaneous items that you think you need. But alas, this method also was too difficult for me. My down fall, FILLING. I hate to file (so I would never finish completely ) and I would always end up with a pile of coupons in a sleeve in the back, that inevitably I would be sorting through at the store.

My most recent attempt at organizing my coupons continues to be in a binder, only now I don't clip my coupons. I purchased some clear sleeves from Wal-mart. I collect the inserts for each week, mark them with the date (somewhere on the outside), and put them all in the sleeve (also marked with the date, using an erasable marker) You may wonder how I find the coupons I need for my shopping trips. Simple really, I use Dealseekingmom.com coupon database to find where/when/and in which insert the coupon I need is at. So for example, you may see this, 0.75/2 nabisco cookies or cracker, exp 9-6-09 (ss 7-26-09) . Many different websites use this layout to tell you what coupon to use. To break it down, I am looking for a .75cent off 2 nabisco cracker or cookies, that expires on 9-6-2009, and it was in the Smart Source insert in the 7-26-2009 paper. So now all I have to do is pull out the smart source under that date and clip that particular coupon. So far I like this method of organization, Easy to file, and Easy to find. The one draw back is if you happen to find a sale while you are out and about, you probably won't be able to find the coupon right there and then, but will have to go home, and search it out and then make a second trip..But I haven't had this happen to me as of yet.

So those are the three methods I have tried for organizing my coupons. What I have learned is what works for some doesn't work for others. You have to find a way to organize your coupons that works for you, because if you don't' you won't succeed. For right now the last binder method works for me (since I hate filling) but maybe the binder by category works better for you. Go and try different things and find out what you like!! These are just three methods I'm sure there are more.. go and google, expand your horizons, and then come back and let me know what you use, what you have tried, and what works best for you!!!

this weeks shopping trip

Super Valu

spent 42.17
saved 37.39
total value: 79.56
total saved: 46%

IGA

spent 23
saved 5
total value 28
total saved 6%

total spent 65$
saved 43$
Total value 108$
total % saved 39%

I hope my math is right;) i think i had a great trip!!

later Jessie

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Super Value

Bi-Color Sweet Corn 6/1.97$

Pork Steaks 1.08 lb

Prairie Farms half gallon icecream or sherbert 2/5.00$

Potato Chips 2/4$

Kraft Dressing 3/5$ (1.66 each)
1$/2 Store Coupon

Bar S Franks .59 $ each

Flavorite Gelatin 2/1$

Nabisco Oreo's 2/5$
2$/2 store coupon
$0.75/2 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers, exp. 9-6-09 (SS 7/26/09)
$0.75/2 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers, exp. 10-4-09 (SS 8/23/09)

Planters peanuts 2/5$
2$/2 store coupon
$1/2 Planters Products, exp. 9-13-09 (SS 6/28/09)

Capri Sun 3/5.50$ (1.83 each)
1$/2 store coupon

Ritz Crackers 2/2.50$
1$/2 store coupon
FREE Wheat Thins Crackers WYB Ritz Crackers, exp. 9-6-09 (SS 5/17/09)
$0.75/2 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers, exp. 9-6-09 (SS 7/26/09)
$0.75/2 Nabisco Cookies or Crackers, exp. 10-4-09 (SS 8/23/09)

Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks 2/2$
$0.40/1 Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Shapes printable
$0.40/1 Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Shapes, exp. 10-3-09 (SS #2 8/9/09)
$0.40/1 Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Shapes printable

Kraft american singles 2/3.95$ (1.97 each)
1$/2 store coupon
$1/2 Kraft Singles, exp. 9-15-09 (RP 8/9/09)

Kraft shredded, sticks, cubes, chunks 2/3.95$ (1.97 each)
1$/2 store coupon
$1/2 Kraft, Cracker Barrel or Polly-O Natural Cheese (Shreds, Chunks, Slices or Snacking), exp. 9-15-09 (RP 8/9/09)

Flavorite cream cheese .99

Oscar mayer hot dogs 2/3.95 (1.97 each)
2$/2 store coupon
$1/2 Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs, exp. 10-18-09 (SS 8/23/09)

Oscar mayer salami or bolagna 2/4$
2$/2 store coupon

Oscar Mayer lunchables 2.19
2$/2 for lunchables complete lunch combinations
$1/1 Oscar Mayer Lunchables Lunch Combination with Water, exp. 10-18-09 (SS 8/23/09)

Blue bonnet margarine .79

Prairie Farms sour cream or dips .99

Kraft Cool Whip 3/2.95

Pert Plus 1.99
2/1 Pert Plus, exp. 9-30-09 (SS 8/2/09)
$1.50/1 Pert Plus for Men, exp. 9-30-09 (SS 8/2/09
$1/1 Pert Plus or Pert Plus for Men, exp. 9-30-09 (SS 8/2/09)

well that is what i found.. it is not everything that is on sale.. but if you would like to check out hte add yourself, look at supervalus website.

later

jessie

FLY LADY

so it is Wednesday and I hadn't posted flylady yet. Which means I haven't looked at it yet.
This week is the entrance, dinning room, and front porch

Entrance Detailed Cleaning List:

Start at the ceiling and work your way down to the floor.
1. Clean cobwebs
2. Dust window sills and front door
3. Clean switch plate of hand prints and walls if needed
4. Put plants in to the shower and give them a good rinse. Let me set
there until you are finished.

6. Dust baseboards

8. Sweep vacuum or mop the floor
9. Put back the plants. You would hate for DH to walk into a jungle
tomorrow morning. LOL
10. Add your own personal touches to make it more welcoming.




Front Porch Detailed cleaning.

1. Sweep down cobweb and spider webs (In the summer, I leave
them. I feed the spiders too LOL.)
2. Sweep off porch furniture.
3. Sweep the porch.
4. Throw away any dead plants.
5. Prune back unruly bushes from the entrance.
6. Repot planters if necessary (in summer)

8. Wipe off tables, banisters, and light fixtures.
9. Get rid of unwanted items.
10. Add your own personal touches to welcome friends and family
(wreath, welcome mat,

house blessings

FlyLady sets her timer for 10 minutes to work on each of 7 tasks:
Vacuum
Dust
Mop
Polish Mirrors and Doors
Purge magazines
Change Sheets
Empty all trash

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

new coupons

it is a new month don't forget to print out any coupons that you want from sites like coupons.com
redplum and smartsource...

jessie

Free scrubbing bubbles gift pack

From Right at home... Scrubbing Bubbles gift pack FREE for the first 10,000 members!!

I believe this is the gel that you just stick on the side of your tiolet. I have actually used this before, I really liked it. The only draw back for me was that the boys (usually B) would mess with the gel, since you put it on the inside of your toilet.

disclaimer.. you can only get offers from right at home every 180 days, so if you have gotten something recently you may not get this.

thankyou surviving the stores!!

later

jessie
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Hi, I am a stay at home mommy who is trying to stay sane with three very mischievous little boys, who are the light of my life. Oh, I also have a husband that I adore. I have recently started a weight loss journey (again). I do like good deals, but have not been as active as I use to be in couponing.. and lastly I am a flybaby who hasn't been flittering very well recently, but I am still trying.