Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Ok, so I have been neglecting this blog perhaps just a teeny tiny bit.  As usual, I shall now make a promise to blog more often, blah blah blah.

Anyway, I like to be organized.  Couldn't tell?

And organization usually means calendars, spreadsheets, folders and lists.  Ahh, my favorite: lists.

I think I have been searching my whole entire life for a perfect grocery list.  They are usually too small or too flimsy or something else equally frustrating.  So I decided to take matters into my own hands.  Behold the mother of all grocery lists:

I organized it in the same way that I organize the comp list to hopefully make for easy shopping.  I am in the process of having it printed onto a tablet to see if I like it (Add some magnets to the back and it should be just right!)

Friday, September 07, 2012

Guest Post: The Magic of Coupons

Hello! In the following article, Karen continues her guest posts by sharing her money saving tips using coupons:

The Magic of Coupons…

Lots of stores offer you a reason to shop at “their” store, and some of those reasons are worth it!  CVS has a program you can earn Extra Bucks Rewards (EBR) aka MONEY IN YOUR POCKET!!!  CVS also has a store card, and I recommend you scan it at the kiosk near the front of the store when you walk in.  They offer you coupons, some advertised, some not, for your shopping trip.  I have gotten some great deals just by paying attention to the store coupons and manufacture coupons with me. 

Last week I was at CVS, and they had lots of great EBR offers.  So I planned my list, stocked up on some great sale items, added manufacturer coupons with those offers to make them even better deals.  In my first transaction I put all the items that would give me EBR’s.  At the end of that transaction, I had $20 in EBR’s to apply to my next transaction!!!  In fact, I was getting such good deals, I even had to search out a few more items in the store to be able to use all my EBR’s!  (I could have saved them for my next trip because they’re good for 2 weeks, but I don’t make it to CVS that often, so I prefer to do 2 transactions and use them immediately vs. have them expire.)

One of my exciting deals I found, was a $4 off allergy medicine store coupon that printed out at the kiosk.  Children’s Benadryl just happen to be on sale for $4.99, and I happened to have a $1 off Benadryl manufacturer coupon with me.  I don’t know if you added that up, but I got FREE Benadryl!!!  And for my kiddo that has allergies, that is a necessity!

Saving money can be super easy and super fun!!!  Thinking outside the box, and incorporating a few new habits into your life can save you lots of money. 

Learn what programs are out there, and how you can benefit from them!  Happy Shopping!!!

Thank you, Karen!

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

A Quick and Easy Deal Post

I just wanted to share this great deal real quick!

I had my good friend Aundrea Shafer take our family pictures a couple months ago (see this post) and I knew I wanted to do something special with them.  I have always loved pictures on canvases but they are quite expensive.  (Sometimes hundreds of dollars.)

But through Groupon I found  I ordered one of our pictures on a metal sign for $20! I signed up for their email list and soon started receiving specials a couple of times a week.  One day there was one for canvases for EXTREMELY cheap- we are talking a 20x30 gallery wrapped, thick bar canvas for $29.99! And the shipping was quite reasonable.

So, here is my recommendation.  If you are looking to have some pictures put on canvases, join Picture It's mailing list here and wait for the deals to roll in! (They make great gifts for grandparents, also!)