Saturday, July 26, 2014

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

Walgreens:
2 gallons milk @2.69

Kroger:
bread .88
buns 1.00
cauliflower/broccoli 1.29 manager's special
large container of mushrooms 1.49 manager's special

CVS:
I picked up the free roll of paper towels.

Target Transaction 1:
4 bags marshmallows @1.35-50% cartwheel, -2  .75/2 coupons
2 razors @2.89 -2 x $3/1 coupons
razor 6.99 -4.00 /1 coupon
3 Kotex @3.84 -3 x .75/1 coupons, -$1.50/2 Target coupon
-$5/15 personal care coupon
Paid 8.05.

Transaction 2:
4 pairs of kids shoes @5.98 (70% off, yay)
4 bags marshmallows @1.35-50% cartwheel, -2  .75/2 coupons
Dove ice cream bars 3.04 -$1/1 Target coupon -$1/1 coupon
hagen daz ice cream bars 3.00 -20% cartwheel -$1.50/1 coupon
2 weight watchers novelties @2.99 -$3/2 coupon
clean & clear .97 -$1/1 coupon
neutrogena 1.49 -$1/1 coupon
4 neutrogena @1.99 -4 x $1/1 coupons
tom's toothpaste 2.79 -$1/1 coupon
2 vaseline lotion @6.49 -bogo coupon
2 nail polish @1.75 -10% cartwheel -2 x $1/1 coupons
3-pack nail polish @2.50 -10% cartwheel -$1/1 coupon
Iams cat food 6.49 -$2/1 coupon
purina cat food 4.89 -$1/1 coupon -10% cartwheel
cat food 6.49 -5% cartwheel -$2/1 coupon
12 iams canned cat food @.59 -2 x $1/6 coupons
12 sheeba cat food @.52 -4 x buy 2 get 1 free coupons
3 sheeba multipack cat food @$5 -2 x $3/1 and -$2/1 coupons
6 Purina one canned cat food @.55 -2 buy 2 get 1 free
4 up & up wipes @2.89 -10% cartwheel -buy 3 get 1 free -2 x $1.50/2 target coupon
4 up & up magic erasers @3.54 - 10% cartwheel - buy 3 get 1 free -1.50/2 target coupon
-$15/50 pet purchase
-$5/15 personal care purchase
-.25 I brought my own bags

Transaction 3:
cast iron pan 15.99
2 baking sheets @10.99 -20% cartwheel
3 pack bamboo kitchen tools 3.49 -30% cartwheel
3 pack cutting boards -30% cartwheel
-$10/50 home purchase coupon
2 pairs jeans @11.48 -25% cartwheel
-$3/15 denim coupon
6 dial body wash @2.99 -3 x $2/2 coupons
2 dial hand soap refills @4.49 - $2/2 coupon - 2 x 4.49 (free wyb body wash)
-$5/15 personal care coupon
2 cat litter @10.99 -2 x $2/1 target coupons -2 x $1.50/1 peelies
2 cat treats @7.99
12 cans cat food @.55 -4 x buy 2 get 1 free peelies
12 cans cat food @.52 -4 x buy 2 get 1 free peelies, -$1/10 Target coupon
-$15/50 pet purchase coupon
I was happy to replace rusting baking sheets and a peeling Teflon coated pan and scratched up cutting boards by combining sales and coupons.

Giant Eagle:
9 almond milk @$1, -9 x .55/1 blinkie coupons
9 boxes cereal @$3, used various .70/1 and .75/1 coupons
2 bags trail mix @2/$5, used $1/1 peelies on packages
Paid $17.20 and got back $.60/gallon fuel perks. That will save us $6 to $8 on a fill-up.

Book Review: Get to Know Jesus

Get to Know Jesus by Nancy Sanders is part of the series of getting to now biblical characters. It's a well thought out biography of Jesus that uses color photos of images of artwork of Jesus as well as maps, images of household items, facts and other pertinent information of the times.

This book includes 10 chapters and each one has a focus on a different area of the life of Jesus, such as his lineage and his death and resurrection. There are plenty of references to scripture but the book focuses more on fact and biography than of interpreting the Bible, which I really appreciate.

This book would be great for a Sunday school class or for a parent who wants to teach their kids about Jesus.

The chapters are short and easy to read. I'd say that the book is about third grade reading level and would be great for children aged 6 to 10.

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.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Book Review: The Psychopath Whisperer

The Psychopath Whisperer: The Science of Those Witout a Conscience by Kent A. Kiehl, PhD offers a glimpse into how psychopaths are identified and diagnosed. New science offers much more than the psychiatry of yesteryear. Today's tools include using functional MRI to take a look at the inner workings of a psychopath's brain.

The author goes into depth about the science of the psychopath's brain and the self-awareness of psychopaths. If you like personal psychology and science, this book is right up your alley. I find it very interesting that a physical problem in the brain is the cause of the psychopathology that has so far been difficult to understand.

Some parts of the book are a little tedious and boring but overall this is an informative and easy to read book that may make it easier to understand what these troubled souls are going through.

There wasn't really much though about how physicians could treat those brain abnormalities and perhaps treat or even cure a psychopath. Surgery? Medicine? Not much in here about new treatment techniques.

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, July 19, 2014

Super Savings Saturday: Target, Meijer, Kroger, OfficeMax, Estate sale

Kroger:
milk 2.77/gallon

Meijer:
grapes $.97/#
cucumbers 3/$1
6 bags frozen veggies @$1 / buy 10 get 11th free
refried beans $1 / buy 10 get 11th free
tortillas $1/buy 10 get 11th free
animal crackers $1 / buy 10 get 11th free
goody ribbon hair elastics clearance price .74 -$1 mPerk adjusted down
goody ribbon headbands 1.19 -$1/1 mPerk

Target:
4 bags chicken nuggets @$4, used 5% cartwheel and 4 x $1/1 target coupons
4 market pantry cookies @2.09, used 5% cartwheel and 2 x $1/2 target coupons
2 Keebler crackers @2.59 -50% cartwheel -$1/2 coupon
4 market pantry crackers @1.87 -5% cartwheel -2 x $1/2 target coupons
4 boxes bandages @1.87 -4 x .50/1 target coupon -5% cartwheel
2 rolaids @2.98 clearance, used $4.50/1 and $3/1 = free plus overage
3 sally hansen nail polish kits @2.50 clearance, used 3 x $1/1 tearpad coupons
sally hansen nail polish 1.74, used $1/1 tearpad coupon
4 market pantry smoothies @1.92 -4 x $1/1 target coupons -5% cartwheel
4 up & up tissue @1.32 -4 x .50/1 coupons -5% cartwheel
up & up allergy relief 3.92 -$1/1 target coupon -5% cartwheel
2 schick razors @6.99 -2 x $4/1 coupons, got back $5 giftcard
8 up & up ibuprofen @.94 -4 x $1/2 target coupons, -5% cartwheel
airborne .99 -$2/1 coupon
5 up & up suncare @1.02 -4 x $1/1 target coupons -buy 3 get 1 free
3 up & up crayons @.39, 3 up & up glue @.39, 3 up & up erasers @.52, 3 up & up pencils @.77 -4 x $1.50/3 target coupons
2 raisinettes @2.79 -2 x $1/1 coupons
2 scotch tape @5.99 -$5/1 coupon
I used 3.40 on a giftcard I had from last visit. I paid $52.40.

Second visit: This visit was at a different location and I was hoping to find a few things the others didn't have but I still haven't found them. Oh well!
2 market pantry lunch meat @2/$6, used 2 x $1/1 Target coupons and 5% cartwheel
up & up pencil case .69
up & up portfolio .50
up & up erasers .52 -1.50/3 Target coupon
3 up & up sunscreen @1.02 -2 x $1/1 Target coupons - buy 3 select items get 1 free
up & up facial cleanser pads 1.14 -$1/1 mobile coupon
tissues 1.25 -.50/1 Target coupon -5% cartwheel
2 Keebler club minis @2.89 -50% cartwheel -$1/2 coupon
2 market pantry cookies @1.88 -$1/2 coupon -5% cartwheel
2 market pantry cookies @1.47 -$1/2 coupon -5% cartwheel
Used $5 giftcard from last visit.
Paid 8.04.

Office Max:
3 boxes crayons @.25
3 packs glue sticks @.25
scissors .25

Estate Sale:
My daughter found a puzzle game, set of 3 dress-up necklaces and a watermelon shaped pencil bag. I got my son some bubbles and a Highlights magazine. I got thread and yarn.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Book Review: Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions

Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions: Helping Them Understand Loss,  Sin, Tragedies, and Other Hard Topics by Elyse Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson offers a guide to Christian parents who want to impart guidance, comfort and wisdom to their kids while facing difficult situations.

What I liked most about this book was that it answers these questions based upon actual child development research and not conjecture or old wives' tales. Some of the issues addressed include why God lets natural disasters happen. This is a common question and one that is not without controversy. I get frustrated when I hear that people prayed hard enough to keep the tornado/hurricane/flood from killing themselves or their loved ones. Well, does that mean that the people that did die didn't pray hard enough? I don't think so. This book offers better advice for those types of situations that are difficult for all of us to understand.

What I didn't care for is that the book comes off as rather preachy and the authors take some stances that I don't personally agree with. There is a lot of Biblical interpretation going on within the pages. This is definitely a book for conservative Christians.

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.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Book Review: Jonah and the Great Big Fish

Jonah and the Great Big Fish by Rhonda Gowler Greene is a children's hardcover book about the story of Jonah and the whale. I could hardly pry the book out of my 19 month old daughter's hands to do the review!

The illustrations in the book are engaging and that's what drew my little one right in. She loves "Shees! Sheeees!" (Fishes).

The retelling of the story is comprehensive and not dumbed down, which is unusual given that the recommended age group is 4 to 8 years.

This book would make a nice way to introduce little ones to this beloved scripture. I think it would also make a nice baby shower gift to start out a little one's library. There wasn't anything about this book that I didn't like.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I received no other compensation.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Book Review: Simple Thai Food

Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen by Leela Punyaratabandhu is a guide to making authentic Thai home cooked meals.

I love Thai food and a local restaurant is our place of choice when we want to go out to eat. As someone who grew up eating overcooked meat and potatoes, I've been working to expand my palate and cooking skills, so I was excited about this book.

Most of the recipes here require a lot of ingredients, most of which aren't available at my local Kroger or Meijer. I live in a large city with several Asian grocers, so I assume I could find the ingredients there.

I think these recipes would also take a significant amount of time to cook, which can be a challenge when you have 3 kids underfoot. These recipes would be good for when you have a few hours to play around in the kitchen, chop things up and work without interruptions.

One other issue I had was that there weren't photos of each recipe. Finally, the binding of the book makes it difficult for it to stay open while in the kitchen. A spiral binding would solve that problem.

There are some great ideas in this book, but I'm not sure I'd call any of it simple!

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.