HERE is a guide that tell you what fruits and vegetables contain the most amount of pesticide when purchased conventionally instead of organic. in my mind, the "dirty doxen" as the chart refers to them will be the ones that i will strive to purchase organic and the others will only be purchased organic if they are comparable in price. this is a great piece of information.
this has always been a close topic to my heart. one of my precious friends has a connection with the woman that writes about her trip to ethiopia here. and this is her personal blog that tells the story about her families journey through adoption. adoption is such a precious gift to give a child, much like the most precious gift that is available to us through Jesus Christ. i just wanted to pass this family's story on to you.
lets sew on october 8th at 7:30. we will be having an open sew night. i will help with whatever projects you have and i will also plan on teaching the placemat purses/bags.
lets learn to coupon on october 15th at 7:30. please invite anyone that you know needs to learn how to coupon and if you want to come for a refresher or to share great ideas that you have learned. even if you just want to come over and have some snacks and chat. come.
i went to meijer today and did this deal. it works. oh yea! 20 boxes for $7.50.
then i went to kroger and i bought 10 bags of the chocolate chips and three motts applesauce that were discontinued for $12 and some change. that motts deal is a good one. when you buy three a catalina for $1 prints off. roll the coupon. it will keep printing. i went through the line 4 times. buy the ones that are marked down to 92 cents.
then i drove through starbucks and enjoyed a mocha with even greater pleasure because i had saved some serious cash, and i earned that mocha.
is it sad that my shopping exersions each week are reduced to the grocery store? is that sad? or is it contentment with where i am, right now? what do you think? is there anyone out there that is in the same boat? the ship has set sail and headed due north to toward kroger.
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go here to get the coupon. it does not appear to have a limit. keep christmas gifts in mind. it is right around the corner and i can't wait. teachers gift are a great thing to consider with this coupon.
The Walgreen's Big Roll 1000 Toilet Paper is reportedly ringing up at $0.50 each. This is an unadvertised deal so you might have your cashier price check it just to be sure. If it is ringing up at $0.50 each, you can buy 2 and use the $1/2 in-ad coupon to get these for free.
here is best advice that i can give in regard to couponing:
1. you rule it, do not let it rule you! i keep the coupons that i need to clip and file with me all the time. in the car, at dance, on the ball field, waiting in the pickup line at school. i even file while the hubby is driving and we are talking. it is a pretty no brain kind of job and you can still focus on other things while doing it. where ever i am going to be and have even a minute i clip and file. then when i am at home i can do the things that i enjoy or need to do. file in front of your favorite tv show.
2. only buy the items that you family will use. that does not mean not to try a different brand if you have a coupon and it is on sale. ex: i just bought hunts ketchup last week, quite a bit. is hunts my preference? no but it is ketchup...we use it...and it was on sale.
3. think about using ebay to purchase coupons for specific brands that you like and you know are going to be on sale in the upcoming week. i just did this with the chocolate chips that are on sale next week at kroger. it will save me close to $20 off of the regular price and $2o bucks is $20 bucks.
4. do not buy more junk food because it is cheap. all i can say is it is easy to buy it because it is cheap but you could be taking years off of your life. we have not changed our healthy eating habits, we just have cheaper grocery bills. i rarely go to the store where i leave only paying $5 or $10 and that is ok with me. i am not going to compromise health for cheap! but i am going to be a good steward of the money that God has entrusted us with and enjoy as much savings as i can. i usually save around 50-60% each week and we eat alot of organic and natural foods.
5. pick 2 or 3 stores at the most to go to for the deals. really i think 1 or 2 is best if you can handle letting the other deals go. i always go to kroger every week and i try to make it to either cvs or walgreens depending on which one has better deals that my family needs for the week. i have found that the majority of stores have the same items on sale within a few weeks of one another so me running around like a crazy woman is really not worth it, especially when i can get it at the stores that i shop at in the next couple of weeks. that really is the beauty of stockpiling. i feel no urgency on most of the items that we use in our home. we rarely run out of anything.
what about you? what have you learned? i would love to learn from and hear your advice.
go here to see the kroger ads this week. http://kingdomklipper.blogspot.com/2009/09/kroger-ad-914-92009.html i have already bought 10 coupons on ebay for that nestle tollhouse morsel deal. i only paid 1.75 for the coupons with no shipping. i will save that on the first 2 bags i buy and the other ones are free and clear. remember that ebay is a great way to purchase coupons for individual items that your family needs.
eight years ago today i was headed to my gyn to find out if he was going to become my ob. it was an early start for me that day as i was his first appointment at nine and i was trying to beat the rush hour traffic. his office is about a 45 minute drive from my house. i was teaching at the time and was doing my best to get back to school as soon as i could because i had a classroom full of 8 year olds waiting for me. i arrived at the doctor's office and was talking to the receptionist when a hush came over the waiting room. the ladies at the front desk were shocked, concerned, sad, confused. all of the same emotions that i was having but theirs just seemed to be a little more concrete than mine at the time. after all, i was there to see if i was going to be a mama. one of the dreams of this little life of mine. as i sat down to wait for my name to be called the reality of the situation started to sink in. all the lives that were lost, the children who lost parents, the husbands that lost wives, the wives that lost husbands, the parents who lost children and at this time the only victims that i was even considering were those that were on the plane. the first plane. then the unthinkable, a second plane flew into the second tower. right there, right in front of me, on the screen, in the waiting room. this was not happening. was i bringing a baby into this crazy world? needless to say 8 years later, i realize that i am not in control of when these sweet precious babies are brought to my sweet man and me. my gracious, all knowing heavenly father controls all that, thank goodness.
i sat there. really no emotion. hearing a shuffle next to me i look around to see everyone in the waiting room looking in my direction. my name had been called quite a few times. business as usually even though at the time the world seemed to be coming to an end. isn't that the way of it? your world can seem as though it is coming to an end but all around you, business as usual. i followed the nurse to my room. well first i was weighed, man i wish i weighed now what i weighed then but that is another story. i waited for the doctor. he came in, checked me, smiled as much as you can in the face of the events of the day, gave me a hug, and said congratulations as he walked out of the door. as he was leaving, he told me he would see me in a month. w's entire pregnancy, dr. f and i would relive that day. at each visit we would talk about the impact that day had made on the world. we are still living the impact of that day. i imagine we may live it our entire lives.
as i headed back to school i called the office to check on my kids. many of their parents had picked them up early. i understood that. i would have done the same thing. i talked with the children that were left in my room when i arrived at school. they had many questions. some i could answer, some i could not. not much is different today. my sweet darlings ask me many questions that i do not have the answers for. i have some answers and i pray that i answer them in such a way that they understand, and that my answer is kind, loving, compassionate, and truth.
eight years later i am much more sure of God's hand on my life, on the life of my husband, and on the lives of the most precious gifts that He could give, our sweet children. i am certain that trials will come. they always do. but i know that no matter what they are, when they are, and how difficult they may be, i have the assurance of knowing that no one loves me more than my heavenly father. no one. and he will be there through all of it. even the nine eleven's.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
thank you to all the public servants, military, and brave men and women who lost and risked their lives that day eight years ago. thanks to those who still lay their lives on the line each day to make this the place that i am so thankful to call home. let us never forget the cost, the pain, the attack on freedom.
I am a Country Classic...find out what you are at the link below. It is always good to know where you stand in the area of beautifying your home. Having a clear vision as to what you really like saves money and eliminates junk and clutter. Here is the description of country classic. Let me know what your style is after you take the quiz.
You have a naturally refined sensibility with an appreciation for tradition and history. You value beauty, craftsmanship, and family heirlooms, but you like to open things up with pretty, easy-going pieces like painted wood or distressed furniture, lovely florals and other patterns, and bunches of fresh flowers that give your home a breezy, relaxed feeling. You love unique finds, have a thrifty, creative side, and can make these things work together. You value comfort. Your home is a warm and open friendly place, and you feel happiest when everyone is cared for and relaxed in your space. Elements like pillows, throws, overstuffed furniture, and good lighting set the mood. You may also enjoy layering different fabrics or mixing patterns to create a cozy effect.
this is a great site that shows you how long food is good once you open it, cook it, pull it out of the garden and how sometimes the date on the package should not be your indicator. it also shows the freezer shelf life too. what a great resource. check it out. i was really surprise at some of the items.
Here's a look at the deals at Walgreens this week: Freebies: Crest Whitening plus Scope or Outlast mouthwash 2/$7- $5 RR wyb 2- two $1 cpn (8/30 P&G)= FREE Glade reed diffusers, 3 Wick candle, Sense & Spray, flameless candle, or lasting impressions $5.99- $2 RR-$4 cpn (8/23 SS) on the Sense & Spray= FREE Glade Scented Oil Candle Holder or 2 oz Candle 2/$4- $1 RR- $2 cpn (8/9 SS)on candle holder or- FREE cpn on the candle (8/9 SS)= FREE Starbucks: get $5 RR wyb $15; get $2 RR wyb $10Starbucks Ice cream pint $3-$2 cpn (6/21 SS)-$1 cpn (8/9 RP)**Buy 5 pints for $15, use five $2 cpns, get $5 RR = FREE Starbucks Frapuccino $5-$1 cpn (6/21 SS) Starbucks Ground Coffee $7 Windex Window Cleaner or Scrubbing Bubbles Shower Cleaner $9.99-$3 RR-$7 cpn here-$3 cpn on Scrubbing Bubbles (8/2 SS)-$3 cpn on Windex (8/23 SS)= FREE - $1.99
Other Good Deals: Aquafresh Iso-active Toothpaste $3.49-$1.50 RR-$1 cpn at Aquafresh= $.99 Chex mix $.99- $.55 cpn here or at Betty Crocker.com= $.44 Nabisco cookies or crackers $.99- $1/2 cpn (8/23 SS)= 2/$.98 Ajax 2/$1 w/in ad cpn Colgate Total 2/$5- $1 RR- two $1 cpn (8/30 SS)= 2/$2 Hershey candy 4 - 4.5 oz 2/$2- $1 RR= 2/$1
Here's a look at CVS this coming week: Freebies: Lifelock Starter DVD $2.99-$2.99 ECB= FREE Schick Slim Triples disposable razors $6.99- $4 ECB- $3 cpn (8/16 SS)= FREE
Other good deals: Cover Girl Clean Liquid or Pressed powder foundation $4.99- $2 ECB- B1G1 cpn (8/30 P&G)- $1 cpn (8/30 P&G)= 2/$1.99 Scope Outlast or Crest w/Scope Outlast $3.49- $2.50 ECB- $.75 cpn (8/30 P&G) on Crest w/Scope= $.24 Schick Quattro for Women razor or cartridges B1G1- two $4 cpn (8/23 SS) Aussie shampoo, conditioner, or styler(Sunday - Tuesday only ) $2.99- $2 ECB (limit 3)= $.99 As always, let me know if I've missed any great deals!
please take a look at the updated coupon corner. i have added a few more sites and also labeled them as loadable which an be loaded to your shopper card and print which i hope is an obvious label. i love those loadable suckers. they are great! hope you enjoy and find some great coupons that you can use.
Arby's (after 4)
TGI Fridays (3 & under)
Chick Fil A (5-8)
Beef O Brady's
Skyline (Richwood Road&42)
Moe's Southwest Grill
TGI Fridays (3 & under)
Salvadore's Pizza (3 & under)
Wings on Wheels (Hebron)
Salvadore's Pizza (3 & under)
Izzy's (3 & under)
Skyline (Industrial Rd&Dixie)
Cici's (3 & under)
Salvadore's Pizza lunch buffet (3 & under)
disclaimer: i have done research and i am trusting my readers for this information. i will periodically update with changes. please feel free to let me know if any of this list is not correct or if you have any additions.