Saturday, December 20, 2014

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

Giant Eagle:
Giant Eagle ice cream 2.49 - free item evantage coupon
4 Sargento cheese @2.50 -4 x $.75/1 printable coupons
McCormick spice packet $1 -.50/1 coupon = free
3 packs Sunmaid raisins @$2 -3 x $.50/1 coupons
9 packs crackers @$1 -9 x .50/1 coupons = free
3 lollipops @.25 - my oldest child earned some Christmas shopping money and she bought these. Two are for her siblings.

Meijer:
3 Kraft cheese @$2 -$1/$6 cheese store coupon
4 Quilted Northern toilet paper @buy 1 get 1 free -.75/1, -.25/1, -$1/$8 toilet paper purchase
dish soap $2 -$1 off any dish soap purchase
2 packs napkins @1.50 -$1/$3 napkins purchase
always 4.19 -$4/1 catalina
3 dole frozen fruit @$3 -1.25/3 coupon
meijer whipped topping 1.09 -$1/$10 frozen foods purchase coupon
2 boxes Club crackers @2.50 -$1/2 coupon -$1 off $5 snack foods purchase coupon
6 7-up 2 liters @.88 -free 2 liter any brand store coupon -$1/$5 soda purchase store coupon -2 x $1/3 7-up coupons
2 rolaids @2.99 -bogo coupon
game 3.99
game 2.99 -buy 1 get 1 50% off - my child paid for these with the Christmas shopping money she earned.
bag apples 2.50
2 # of kiwi 3.29 -.50/1 coupon
bananas .44/#
scrubbing bubbles cleaner 2.59 -$1/1 manufacturer's coupon -$1/1 store coupon any cleaner
Meijer detergent 5.49 -$1/1 store coupon
Oxy stain remover 3.49 -$2/1 peelie -$1/$8 any laundry care store coupon

Target:
good deals on baking stuff at Target. I did two transactions:
tx 1:
3 Hershey's baking chips 1.99 each
2 bags domino brown sugar 2# 1.72 each
1 bag market pantry sugar 4# 1.94
=11.35
-$3/10 in-ad q
-3 x .50/1 printable hershey's baking chips
-.75/2 domino sugar item
-5% market pantry sugar cartwheel
-5% redcard
Paid 5.70.

3 betty crocker cookie mix 1.89 each
3 betty crocker cake mix 1.03 each
Hershey's baking chips 1.99
=10.75
-$3/10 in-ad q
-buy 2 get 1 free betty crocker cookie mix mobile q
-3 x .75/2 Betty crocker items printable qs
-.50/1 Hershey's baking chips printable q Pay 2.75.
Another transaction:
1 bisquick 3.19
betty crocker cookie mix 1.89
2 Hershey's peanut butter chips 2.19 each
market pantry sugar 1.70
4 crayons @.99
-$3/$10 baking purchase coupon
-.50/1 bisquick
-.75/1 cookie mix
-.75/2 baking chips
-5% cartwheel market pantry sugar
-2.00 crayola

I also got 3 pairs of kids' pants, 2 two-piece womens pj sets, 1 shaving kit, 1 box of Kotex, one pack of stayfree, 2 Suave and 4 packs of markers.

Kroger:
Sargento cheese 2.29 after mega discount, used .55/1
5 listerine floss .99 after mega discount, used 5 x $1/1
2 Kettle popcorn 1.99 after mega discount, used $1/1 and .75/1
mentos gum - free Friday download offer

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Book Review: The Sweetest Story Bible for Toddlers

The Sweetest Story Bible for Toddlers is a brief retelling of favorite and popular Bible stories. This book would be ideal for toddlers aged 1 to 3 years old. The pages are thick like board book pages, so this book will easily withstand the roughness that these children use to handle books.

The cover of this book is very girly although the pictures within the book are neutral. Some of the people are drawn with strange looking faces. The words used to tell each story are simple (Noah's 'big boat'). I think each short story would be ideal for the amount of time that these young pre-readers will actually sit still.

This book would make a nice stocking stuffer or gift for an Easter basket.

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: Love Unexpected

Love Unexpected by Jody Hedlund is a romance novel that is part of a series. It is book one in the Beacons of Hope series.

This historical romance novel explores the growing relationship between a lighthouse keeper and a young woman traveling with her brother. The lighthouse keeper has a son who becomes quite attached to the young woman.

The couple is challenged by the lighthouse keeper's past, which challenges the young woman's desire for a quiet and calm home.

I do not read a lot of fiction, but the plot of this novel was enjoyable and well-developed. It is a good lead in to the rest of the series. It does have a Christian basis, so a past marriage is a bit unusual as part of the plot. I did think the characters' personalities seemed a bit odd, but perhaps the upcoming installments will settle some of that.

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, December 13, 2014

Super Savings Saturday: Kroger, Meijer, Target

Kroger:
2 Listerine floss .99 after mega discount, used 2 x $1/1 coupons
2 Pantene hair closeout 1.63 after mega discount, used 2 x $2/1 coupons
Kettle popcorn 1.99 after mega discount, used $1/1 coupons
pumpkin scones $1 marked down
4 Nestle crunch Christmas @.50 -2 x $1/2 coupons
Crayola crayons, modeling clay, chalk, colored pencils, coloring book- various prices, used $2/10 tear pad coupon
psst cheese 1.09

Target:
Market pantry ice cream 3.19 -$1/1 catalina coupon, -10% Cartwheel
4 juicy fruit gum @2.50 -50% Cartwheel, -4 x .50/1 coupons
4 Crayola markers @1.59 -4 x $.50/1 coupons
Crayola set 5.09 -$2/10 Crayola coupon
10 yoplait -10% Cartwheel -$1/10 coupon
dozen eggs 1.50 -5% cartwheel
2 gallons milk @3.49 -5% cartwheel -.75/2 Target coupon

Meijer:
bananas
bread
milk 3.19, used .50/2 mPerk
3 bread mixes @1.89 -$1/1 and -2 x .55/1 coupons

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Murphy's Law

It's been one of those weeks. The kind where I would just like to get away!!! As I went to comb my 8 year old daughter's beautiful hair last night, I saw something move.

LICE!

Well, one louse. I hightailed it over to the pharmacy and spoke with the pharmacist and put in a call to the pediatrician to see what she recommended. I spent 4 hours nit picking my daughter's hair. I olive oiled her after using the chemical treatment and saran wrapped her head overnight. I nit picked her again this morning and found three more nits (yesterday I found around 50 to 100 nits but just the one adult).

I went and got more supplies for remedies other parents have used and that the rest of us can use just in case.

I've laundered anything her head could have come into contact with, including hats, scarves, coats, pillows, toys, pajamas, linens, bedding, couch pillow covers.

Now I am itchy and paranoid.

As it turns out, a kid in my kid's classroom was discovered to have lice over the weekend. The kid's mom informed the teacher but the teacher did not pass this information along to us, which is unfortunate because maybe we could have taken preventive steps. And my kid slept at a friend's house Saturday so I had to inform all of them about the situation!

This was going to be a frugal month until this happened!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

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

Kroger:
2 gallons milk @2.77
box of ice cream cones 2.19

Meijer:
bananas $.54/#
raspberries $1 per box
bread $.88
crystal light $.99 each when you buy 5
flour tortillas 1.25
Jell-o pudding .99 each when you buy 5, used $1/1 peelies = free

Giant Eagle:
8 packs swim diapers on clearance 3.75, used 8 x $3.50/1 coupons
6 Sargento cheese @$2, used 6 x .75/1 coupons
country crock margarine 3.29, used .50/1 manufacturer coupon and $1/1 store coupon
bananas 1.12 -$1 off produce coupon
3 boxes band-aids @$1, used 3 x $.50/1 peelies
can corn .59 -.50/1 store coupon
frozen corn $1.25 -$1/1 frozen item store coupon
-$5/35 purchase coupon I got in the mail
Paid 5.64.

Target: I did multiple transactions to use the get a $5 gift card when you spend $20 in snacks. The snacks included trail mix, nuts, crackers, cookies, dried fruit, jerky, granola bars. I got some other groceries as well. I ended up with:
20 yoplait $.50 each, used 10% CW, -2 x $1/10 Target coupon
4 gallons milk $3.19 each -10% CW, -2 x .75/1 Target coupons
8 bags Market pantry frozen fruit $3.12, -10% CW, -4 x $1.50/2 Target coupons
3 boxes Cheez-it crackers 2.54 each, used 3 x .75/1 coupons
3 boxes Keebler crackers @3/$7, used 3 x .75/1 coupons
3 boxes hot chocolate @1.09, used 3 x $1/1 coupons
4 boxes market pantry crackers @1.95 -4 x .50/1 Target coupons, -10% CW
4 boxes Honey Made grahams @2.99, used 4 x .50/1 coupons
2 bags Keebler frosted animal cookies @2.54, used 2 x .75/1 coupons
4 Market pantry ice cream @2.99 -4 x .75/1 Target coupons
4 boxes Nabisco crackers @$2.33, used 4 x .50/1 coupons
2 Nabisco multi snack packs @2.69 -2 x $1/1 coupons
3 Archer farms coffee @5.99 -3 x $1/1 Target coupons, -5% CW, got back $5 gift card for buying 3

--Before this week's sale, we had actually run out of crackers, which are like their own food group in my house. My son has a thing for cheese crackers, my oldest has a thing for sun dried tomato wheat crackers and my toddler demands crackers all day long. 

I also picked up a gift for my mom for Christmas from my kids, using a Cartwheel offer and a Target catalina coupon. My son picked it out.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Book Review: Plush Bible

The Plush Bible, edited by Zondervan Books, is based upon the NIV translation of the Bible and is written at a third-grade reading level.

This Bible comes nicely packaged and is very eye-catching. The bright fuchsia pink color makes it attractive for young girls who are ready to have their own copy of the Bible to read by themselves. It is also a little smaller than many Bibles, which makes it easier for a kid to hold. 

Another advantage of this Bible is that it is easy to understand. The sentences are short and simple but the overall message has not been forgotten. This book would make a nice gift for an Easter basket, Christmas stocking or another special event in a young girl's life. It would also be a great "just because" gift to introduce her to the Bible.

This book isn't meant to be scholarly or for adults but it makes a good introduction for school-age kids.

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.