Sunday, March 29, 2009

Clip, Clip!

A year ago if you had asked me if I used coupons I would have told you no, for many reasons. One, because it is simply too time consuming and then more importantly the frustration of not having the coupon you need when you are at a store or forgetting to use the coupon. However, in the past year I have developed a love relationship with coupons, well maybe a love/hate relationship. The thrill of shopping with coupons and getting a super deal, especially during Harris Teeter's triple coupons has turned into a challenge, not to mention it is the topic of conversation amongst us moms. Last Wednesday, triple coupons started at Harris Teeter and is running until this Tuesday. I had decided that I wanted to get all my trips taken care of before the weekend. The tricky part is that you can only use 20 coupons per day or at least 20 coupons that are going to triple. By Friday I had three trips in and I felt as though I was set. I decided I would possibly make one last trip Monday or Tuesday, until I learned of the Kellogg's deal that seemed too good to be true. Thus, today I made two more trips to Harris Teeter. Below are pictures of my purchases from today as well as the total cost of each of the groceries.

Total: $10.46
However, if you buy 8 Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats (any flavor) a rebate coupon for $10.00 will print out. You simply send them your address with the printout and they send you a $10 rewards card. Thus, once I receive my $10 rewards I will have spent a total of $.46 on the above groceries (under a $1.00, even if you add the $.42 needed for the postage to send in the rebate). Not to mention that along with the $10.00 reward, THREE milk coupons, each redeemable for a gallon of milk, any brand, any flavor up to $4.69 printed out as well. Yes, you are reading this right. I made money on this trip to the grocery store.

Total: $12.68
The exact same scenario as above applies. I received the THREE free milk coupons as well as the rebate for the $10.00 reward. Essentially, only $2.68 was spent and we will have free milk for multiple weeks!

It is not too late for you too to have a lifetime supply of Kellogg's Mini Wheats! At any given time we have over 20 boxes of cereal in our pantry. Thus, today we are approaching over 40 boxes of cereal in our house. But I will say, it will get eaten. Anyone want to come over for breakfast?!

How to get this deal:

Buy 8 Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats @ 3.39 each $27.12
B1G1 -$13.56
Less: 8 $1.00 off blinkies (in HT cereal aisle, blinkies are the coupons that are in the automatic dispensers) -$ 8.00

Total due: **$5.56** But you will receive the printout for the $10.00 reward card and 3 free coupons for a gallon of milk each.

I am sure I will make at least one more trip to Harris Teeter in the next two days. I have about 10 more coupons I would like to use. Maybe I will see you there! But beware in my last transaction of the day the checkout lady tried to keep my Kellogg's rebate. I was in disbelief. The rebate prints before your receipt and before your milk coupons and she discretely folded it up and stuck it in her other hand. Thankfully, this was my second time partaking in the deal and I knew the Kellogg's rebate printed first, then your receipt and finally the three milk coupons. You can be sure Harris Teeter will be receiving an email from me! Happy couponing and happy shopping!
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Lights On...

This weather has been a bit unusual. Sunny & warm and then cold & rainy. Last week one day the sun was shining brightly as we played outside. Anna even asked for her hat to wear as she swung. All of a sudden dark clouds came upon us and the temperature began to drop. Anna looked at me in all seriousness and said, "ights turn on, " in other words she thought I could easily get the sun to come back out. If it were only that simple. Kevin and I often talk about how much Anna believes we are capable of. We have tried to begin to explain to her that we can't just produce, "more planes" or "more doggies" after we pass them and she requests for more. Thankfully, she does have a Creator who is capable of so much and longs to give her only what is best. He alone will not disappoint. Sadly we have and will.
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Monday, March 16, 2009

Not just one reason to celebrate!

This weekend was my birthday! I was blessed enough to spend the weekend with some of my best friends. They truly celebrated me with yummy cake, streamers, presents, and cards. It was a weekend that I almost missed because of the celebration that will be happening in our home come September! Yes, God is knitting together a fearfully and wonderfully made brother or sister for Anna. But in the process I have not been feeling so well and almost decided to sit this weekend out. I truly believe it was the power of prayer that caused me to be able to go on the weekend and feel amazingly well. God is good and we have seen his goodness as we saw our new little one several weeks ago on an ultrasound. This weekend was one of refreshment for my soul but it was good to return home to a husband and little girl ready to celebrate me as well. Cards decorated by Anna welcomed me on our front door as well as words of affirmation throughout the house from my husband, not to mention a pork tenderloin dinner with sweet potatoes and other favorites.

A most delicious cake created by my dear friend Millie.

Several of my best girlfriends that joined me on this weekend retreat.
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Sunday, March 8, 2009

What a difference a week makes!

It has gone from the brrr cold to the warm sunshine in less than a week! We have spent this weekend outside from the park, getting smoothies to eating our meals out back. What a treat this weather has been. Not to mention the longer daylight hours that started today!
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Monday, March 2, 2009

The Snow Came!

Anna must have known the snow came in the night and that a snow day was in store because she slept in until after 8:30am. Daddy even had to get her up so he could play with her before heading into work. The three of us spent the morning walking our street. It was gorgeous. On his way into work daddy dropped us off to sled with Gin Gin as we don't have a sled at our house. Anna was unsure of the sled, especially riding solo but asked to go again if Mommy or Gin Gin were willing to ride along with her. By far, her favorite part of the snowy morning was being able to walk up and down the middle of the street (in her cowboy boots, I might add) without the hands of mommy or daddy.
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Sunday, March 1, 2009

March Madness...

Anna has never really watched TV except for on the weekends when daddy happens to be home and the occasional football or basketball game is on in the background as she plays. Our daughter does not know the names of cartoon characters but she knows that a basketball player should "run." Today after getting up from a shorter nap than usual she went into her room and got her "bankie" and crawled up into daddy's lap, who happened to be watching HGTV at the time. She had one request for what they should watch...

Seriously there was no prompting for this video. Kevin was trying to keep from laughing. Her mommy loves this as growing up she would often be found watching sporting events with her daddy, especially come March!