Monday, January 26, 2015

Book Review: A Letter to My Cat

A Letter to My Cat is a quick book to read and features photos and letters that people have written to or about their cats. Some of these stories and letters are quite amusing and many cat owners can relate to what others have experienced.

In addition to the letters, there is a short biography of the cat's owner. I think this would be a nice gift for a cat lover or a fun item for a no-kill shelter to sell or have in a gift basket or auction.

When I read these stories, a few of them made me sad as I thought about the cat I had to take to get euthanized a year and a half ago. She was a beautiful tortie Manx and I still miss her. We still have our male tabby cat and he is a senior fellow who enjoys attention from me but not so much from the kids.

My kids are constantly asking to go to the local no-kill shelter because they just love petting and playing with the kitties. At the shelter, I always make new feline friends. My newest friend there is a senior fellow with bad arthritis in his back legs that caused his tail to be dead.

I would recommend this book to any cat lover.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.

Book Review: Adventure Bible Miracles of Jesus

Miracles of Jesus is part of the Adventure Bible series. This book retells a few of the favorite Biblical stories about the miracles performed by Jesus. The writing is at a level 2 for children.

I had my 8 year old daughter read this on her own and she said she liked it. Each page only has one to two sentences on it, with accompanying pictures that show what is going on in the story.

What I liked the most was the trivia in the "Did you know?" section at the end of the book. I feel like this provides a good challenge and inspiration for kids to go directly to the source and read more.

Again, like the other books in this series, I thought the illustrations were a bit strange - oversized heads on the people, for example. I think this book could also use some help with pronouncing unfamiliar words and names, such as Jairus.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Super Savings Saturday: Target, Kroger, Giant Eagle and Meijer

watermelon chunks, manager's special $.1.68
mushrooms $1*
9 broccoli crowns $1*
celery $1*
carrots $1*
angel soft tp $1* -.45/1 coupon
floss $1* -$1/1 mPerk
buns $1*
tortillas $1*
ranch dressing $1*
potatoes $1*
2 oscar meyer bacon @3.99 -2 x $1/1 mPerks
2 Kraft cheese @$2 -2 x $1/1 mPerks
2 sports bras @3.24 (clearance) -25% additional clearance discount -BOGO mPerks

4 boxes Celestial Seasonings tea, marked down to $1.74 each, used 2 x $1/2 coupons and 20% cartwheel
4 packs EAS protein powder @1.29 -2 x $3/1 and -1 x $3/2 coupons
10 cans Sheeba cat food -buy 5 get 5 free coupon -15% cartwheel (applied to 4 of the cans)
4 boxes skinny cow candy @1.82 clearance price, used 2 x BOGO coupons
2 Dial soap @1.47 -25% Cartwheel -$1/2 coupon
Paid $12.58

Giant Eagle
king size bread- free evantage offer
4 chichi's salsa @1.50 -2 x .75/2 coupon
4 chichi's tortillas @1.50 -2 x .75/2 coupon
4 gorton's @buy 3/$10 get 1 free, used 4 x $1/1 coupons
Paid $12

I did the mega event deals a few times. There was a big hubub in the online coupon forums about free velveeta cups but that deal got pulled quickly as shelves got cleared and stores caught on. Some of the deals I got included 6-oz cans of Planters peanuts for $.49 after coupons and discount, barbeque sauce for .49 after coupons and discount, Digiorno pizzas for 2.24 each after coupons, catalina and discount.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Frugal Friday: Waterproof Mittens

I've long been hunting for a pair of waterproof mittens for my oldest child, as she outgrew hers. I finally found a pair at Kroger, of all places. They were on clearance for $7.19 and then an additional 60% off, so about $3.50. Walmart had one pair priced at $9 and online they were $12. They aren't her favorite color, but they are waterproof and insulated. Now she'll be hoping for snow so she can use them!

Frugal Friday: My $1.42 New Sports Bras

Meijer had an extra 25% off of clearance clothing, shoes, accessories and toys the past few weeks. This week, an mPerk for buy one, get one free sports bras showed up in my list of coupons. I did this deal:

2 x Sports bra (clearance price) 3.24 (was $12.99)  =6.48
-Buy one get one free = -3.24
-25% off additional clearance = -.81
Pay $2.83 for 2 bras, or $1.42 each. These were $12.99 each.

I prefer this style of bra anyway and I donated my old, worn out ones.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Super Savings Saturday: Meijer, Kroger, Target, Save-a-Lot

Target: I stopped in to look for mittens for my oldest child. I did not find those, but I did find:
22 bags of holiday Goldfish crackers. They scanned "item not found" but they gave them to me for 90% off! The flavors were hot cocoa and vanilla cupcake. We've had these and we like them. $.20 per bag!

 I also got:
2 bags Pepperidge farm milano candy cane cookies @.25
Tinsel tree $.80
socks $.50
bandages $.10
Hello Kitty hair accessory $.10
Sweater $1.69
2 hats $1.29
4 EAS powder @1.29 -2 x $3/2 catalina coupons
glade candle 1.48 -$1/1 coupon
Glade spray $1.48 -$1.50/1 coupon
-$1/2 Glade Target Coupon
-$5 giftcard from previous visit
I paid $4.67 for everything.

8 3# bags of apples @$2 each - making pie, using for applesauce and eating
bananas $.44/#
tomato paste $1.19
tomato sauce .44
corn chips $2
4 salsa @3/$5 -2 x .75/2 coupons
4 bags gluten free chocolate covered pretzels @.37 (90% off manager's special)
4 boxes gluten free gingerbread cookies @.37 (90% off manager's special)
4 boxes gluten free chocolate cream sandwich cookies @.37 (90% off manager's special)
Dole 60 ct. frozen strawberries 1.74 -$1/1 mPerk

I also had to get windshield wiper fluid, a bottle brush and a few other non-grocery items.

8 half gallons milk @$1 each
bag coconut manager's special $.99
wrapping paper $.75/roll
2 produce snack trays @.99 manager's special -2 x .50/1 coupons from the mail
3 snap peas @1.29 manager's special -3 x .70/1 coupons from the mail
simple truth beef 2.58 manager's special -$2 meat department coupon
ham steak 1.99 manager's special -$2/1 ham coupon from mail
simple truth chicken 3.39 -$1.40/1 mail from coupon
mushrooms 1.49 manager's special -.50/1 coupon from mail
2 tomato sauce @.33
pillsbury grands $1 -.50/1 coupon
febreeze spray 1.19 -.75/1 coupon
4 glade spray @.99 -4 x $1/1 coupon
4 febreeze candle @1.44 -4 x $1/1 coupon
4 always @2.29 after mega discount -4 x $2/1 coupon
-$2/8 produce department coupon

gallon milk - free with $10 purchase
case bottled water - free with $10 purchase
9 tomato sauce @.25
3 cans pumpkin @.37
6 can tomato paste @.43
bananas 1.28
ketchup .79
pickles 1.79
I paid $9.80

Friday, January 16, 2015

Frugal Friday: My $1.45 New Shoes

I've suffered from foot problems for over 10 years. I've had a bone removed from each of my feet and I may need more surgeries in the future.

I need shoes with excellent arch support, which can be costly. It also means I can't wear heels, flip flops or many of the trendy styles.

This week, I was able to score two pairs of shoes for $1.45 each. Here's how:

Shoe price originally $39
Clearance sale price $15.60
Clipped mPerks for $10/1 athletic shoe
Additional 25% off clearance (deducted before the $10 mPerk)
Additional 15% off with mCard
Total cost $1.45.