Monday, May 31, 2010

I feel the winds of inspiration passing by

I have to say, I closed my little shop because I just didnt feel it anymore.  I wasnt getting into what I was doing at all, it almost seamed like a chore to me.  Well, I have been given the breath of new inspiration again.  I dont know what it was, dont know what did it, but Ive been feeling the want to get into it again.  Ive been watching youtube a lot the soap queen channel, and it has given me more ideas as to what I can do.  I am getting my new washer this Wed, and I will wash most of my fabrics and prep them to be sewn into something wonderful.  Im gonna scale down my inventory...and just carry some stuff.  My new categories? Im still sticking to bows...I love ribbon.  but with ribbon I will also be making some shoe laces that can be customized for your little ones...BOYS OR GIRLS.

Im also going to include basic soaps and candles.  Im gonna give the whole cold processed soap making a go...but for now only Melt and Pour and French Milled soaps for now.

Ill keep you posted.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

Family Dollar Match Ups

Went to Family dollar today just went for 2 items looked for other deals...these are the only 2 I got

LA Looks 20 oz 2.25
-1.00 5/23/10 SS (I think) myabe RP
-.50 in store coupon here
=.75

Charmin Basic 4 Big Squeez 2.25
- 1.00 P&G mailer
=1.25

Paid with tax
2.17

Ok went back after I actually sat down and took a look at some coupons I had...here is the break down for my second trip. I have to get better with what coupons from what insert I used...so Im so sorry. Just know they are all from either SS or RP 5/23/10 inserts unless otherwise noted.

Suave Deoderant 1.00
-.50 5/23/10 SS
=.50

2 Airwick Aerosol 1.00 ea.
- 1-buy 2 get $1 off IP coupon go to The Karzy Coupon Lady and look for Airwick Aerosol
= .50 each aerosol

Lysol Disinfectant Wipes 2.50
- $1.00
=1.50

Sun 2X Luandry Detergent 29loads 2.00
-.50 5/23/10
=1.50

Secret Deodorant 1.50
-1.50
= FREE

2 Suave Body Washes 12 oz $2.00 eac
- 1 B1G1
= $1.00 ea bottle (this coupon did have a stipulation on it. Limit was the free one had to be 2.00 or less so I got 2 bottles that were exactly $2.00 ea)

Total before coupons was 13.00 before tax
after coupons 6.50 before tax... Im liking this couponing thing!!!

Although the guy, who Im guessing worked all day long there cause he was there at 9 am and was still there at nearly 7 pm, looked at me like I was trying to steal. I was a bit offended. I guess hes never see anyone with so many coupons before...geesh man, the stores gonna get its money either from my pocket or the manufacturers pocket...oh well, Im still happy and dancing here!!! hehehe

Crazy over here!

So your probably wondering what all those un-titled posts are about??? Well, they are savings, coupons, deals things you might be intrested in.  From food to clothing to groceries.  Im sending them to you with love <3<3<3 LOL.  I have an app on my phone called "THE COUPONS APP" on my phone you can find it on the Android Market.  I have an HTC Fender LTD edition phone.  Im sure you can get it for the other touch phones too.  However, there are a lot of deals out there to be found.  There was a 20% off coupon for ANY Bath and Body works item.  Another one was a dozen free wings at a wings place ONLY if you tried them with one of their new flavors.

So if you see an UN-TITLED post...you might want to check it out...it might be some deal to take the family out to eat.  It could be a "free" panty from Victorias Secret...something cool.

So now today I went to Family Dollar to get some savings.  I pulled out my coupons binder and tried to see if I could get more deals.  I knew what I was going there for. Here is what I got...only 2 things...but still

LA Looks 20oz gel sells for 2.25
manufacturer cpn. -1.00
in store cpn. -.50
Making that gell only .75 cents

Charmin 2.25
manufacturer cpn. -1.00
making paper only 1.25

There is another deal (well here in Laredo, might be a regional thing)
Airwick Spray is on Sale for onnly 1.00
online here http://www.homesolutionsnews.us/offers.shtml you can download an IP coupon
for a buy 2 get $1. off
That makes each spray only .50 cents!!!  Not a bad deal huh???  So print as many as you can. and stock up!
Via TheCouponsApp: (Bath & Body Works) - http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/emailSignup/index.jsp
for my coupon DIVAS! Via TheCouponsApp: (BJs Wholesale Club) - http://www.bjs.com/images/whats_new/images6375.gif

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Via TheCouponsApp: (Buffalo Wild Wings) - http://i48.tinypic.com/e71flu.jpg
Via TheCouponsApp: (Carters) - http://i45.tinypic.com/1sawl4.jpg (OshKosh Bgosh) - http://i49.tinypic.com/10r7iox.jpg
Via TheCouponsApp: (Bath & Body Works) - http://i49.tinypic.com/fxcy0p.jpg
.com/specialcoupon/entry.asp?ID=15 http://www.lanacane.com/survey.asp http://www.cesar.com/register.aspx?promo=1
Via TheCouponsApp: (Sample) - http://ellen.warnerbros.com/nivea/sample.php http://www.naturemade.com/specialcoupon/entry.asp?ID=15 http://www.naturemade

It was just a pebble in a large lake

My couponing made a little itty bitty ripple in the large lake of life and budget.  Hmmm...I cant say I am dissapointed so much that I can say it.  We hadnt gone grocery shopping in almost 3 weeks...and we are a LARGE FAMILY of 6.  There was more that I needed than I had coupons for.  Either way, it did something.  At Target I bought a lot of stuff and I had a savings of just almost 60.00.  HEB had almost all the coupons I had in hand tagged to the items themselves.  Problem for me was...they were all "M" coupons not "S" coupons.  Either way, they had a better deal for the cereal.  I had a coupon for GM cereals "buy 2 get a $1.00 off" coupon.  HEB had a $1.00 off each box coupon...so I was able to save more money there than my coupon was going to give me.  HEB I saved also just a bit over 30.00.

Still, I need to learn more. I know Im a green horn, wet behind the ears type couponer.  So I went to our Public Library and check out Sarah's book Im gonna read it and Im gonna live it at least give it all summer.  I know its time consuming but hey I have to believe it will work.  Shes a faith based person and I give my life to the Lord...I leave it in his hands.  I also believe that I have to be the one to put things in motion cause GOD can only do so much for me.  I must want it, he will help me attain it.  Im not the guy in the flood who turns away 3 rescue attempts by car, boat and helicopter saying " No thank you GOD will save me"  then he drowns in the flood and when he gets to GOD he says "HEY GOD WHY DIDNT YOU SAVE ME I BELIEVED IN YOU!" God said "HEY BUDDY! I sent you a car, a boat, and a helicopter...what else did you want?!!!" No...thats not me...Im not that man.  So yes...I will stick with it.  I have my budget all set out for the next 2 months...with room to wiggle for the girls cheer stuff.

One more thing... I will be posting more often to bring you deals around, well I guess the U.S.  So follow me on twitter, facebook, and here.  I will post them up on all the places. You will see more of me here than you probably care to!!! hahahaha...ok well then have a very blessed weekend.  I have to go tend to my poor sick Rebekah and my sick hubby.  GOD BLESS!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

My second source secret...shhhh...Im gonna share with ya!

Ok ...so Ive been hard at work...I think Im going cross eyed! OY! but you know what, I found a ton of coupons that I can pair up with store coupons too...so thats good! Saves me more money.  Im gonna share the other place with you.

You already know of moneysavingqueen.com, yeah the link is over -------> there! Under 918moms.com .  So now Im gonna bring you...drum roll please: The Krazy Coupon Lady OMG...SHES GOT A SWARM OF COUPONS!!!  I found a ton of them there...if not almost 100% of my coupons there!  Still gotta find others to match up to my other store coupons..but for now Im good!  Still you have to check it. I hope your giving it a try.  Ok tomorrow will be my big embargo to Target with all my matched up coupons.  I will come back and give you my Total and what I actually paid...I am hoping its worth it cause I only have a budget of 175.00 for groceries this week.  GEESH THATS A TIGHT BUDGET! Ok well then its night night for now...see ya tomorrow.

OLD NAVY...Laredo Tx

This Saturday...Old Navy will be having their $1.00 FLIP FLOP SALE!!!  They will open at 7 a.m. and there is a limit of 5 flip flops per person.  So there...dont say I didnt tell you! LOL...Ill be seeing ya there...thats for sure.

My Coupon Binder is DONE!!! TADA!!!

I spent most of this morning putting it together...and organizing it.  ITS SO PUURRTTYY!!!!  HEHEHEHE granted I dont have many coupons in there, but enough for things I actually need! Here its my binder...

 here is the front part of it...I have what someone else suggested, a calculator, scissors, pens and pencils.





here I have the policy of all the stores I frequent a lot...so they dont give me any lip!












 here are the tabs that divide all of the coupons from each other...so im not looking around and looking like a fool at the counter while the other customers are giving me the death look, snarling at me and stomping their feet.

So yeah...it was worth it...cause now I see what I can get for nearly next to nothing...like I have a Man. coupon there for Dawn...and a Family Dollar coupon for dawn...hell yeah!!!  That sucker is MINE!!!

Have you checked out the site I told you about...??? huh, have ya?  you should...honestly.  People always complain how the dollar does not go far these days.  Well sweetie...your gonna have to find a way to stretch that dollar and its not just gonna fall on your lap like GODS good grace! Your gonna have to work for it and really do your homework.  I mean if you dont like to do that and dont mind spending a whole lotta money then hey, who am I to say anything..its your money.  ME...I have 4 kids who love their sports...so Im gonna cut corners ANYWAY I  can find.

After this...Im gonna post a cool deal...so check it out!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

We are hopping along...end of school is near!

Have you checked out the venues I mentioned on my last blog post?  If not...WHY NOT?  lol...seriously, if you want to save money you do need to think about couponing...for most of your purchases...at least watch her videos.  It gives you some good advice and insight on other things...not just groceries.
I have already gone to the point where I have my coupon binder all set up.  Its not complete yet, I have to go and find some baseball card protectors...you know they are like sheet protectors but instead hold up to 4 "trading" cards in there across and about another 4 down.  Yeah I need a few of those.  I need to go to Best Buy and check out that computer Ive been wanting and search for it online.  See if there isnt some kind of rebate, sales coupon, something on it. I want to pay as little as possible for it.
Hey so now...if you have girls then you might know the store Justice.  I love that store. Rebekah seemed to have outgrown that style or shes just not into the sweet dainty "princess" look my 3 other girls like.  Still she loves the jeans and shorts there. Well, Im not sure if they are still doing this, but its worth a shot to go ask.  Sign up for membership there.  Its like a rewards card.  You pay, I believe 25.00 for the year.  Then when you go shopping...even if there are NO SALES...no 15,30 or their famous 40% off deals...you will always ALWAYS get 30% off with that membership card...NO MATTER WHEN OR WHAT TIME OF THE YEAR!!!!  SWEET HUH!? So everything in the store is regular price...no sales going on...Mama Joe over there is gonna pay full price for all those cloths little missy wants...you however will be saving up a whole 30% off.  NOW WHATS GONNA HAPPEN WHEN THERE IS A SALE?  No...you dont get an extra 30% on top of that 40% off sale they are getting. You get an extra 5%.  THATS ALMOST 50% OFF!!!!  Even clearance items!!! Nice huh?  They still qualify for the Justice buck they offer now and then.  I mean I stock up on nearly 500.00 worth of cloths and I only pay 55% of 500.00 yeah I like that! Then I get my Justice bucks too!!!  SWEET!
Then you go and spend your justice bucks too...you load up...if you have your 25.00 bucks you know you spend 50, pay 25.  Spend 100, pay 50 (only if you have two of those 25.00 bucks) and so forth.  Ive gotten up to 4 of those in the past.  Well, you can STILL use your membership card to save even more bucks!  Just remember the entire total has to ring up what the card says you have to spend...thats fine with me...but if you think about it you will buy a LOT MORE...for a lot less! Ok done talking savings.
Well enough about coupons for now...although I LOVE LOVE LOVE saving money. END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR IS ALMOST HERE!!! crazy huh?  Rebekah and Erykah tried out for the middle school cheer team.  Keep in mind this is a very intense squad.  They are 3 time national winners AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL! These girls perform at levels most high school teams can not accomplish. Yeah...they both made it! So they are excited.  Two sisters on one team thats gonna be fun...hmm? This coming year will be Rebekahs 8th grade year! YIKES where has the time gone.  Yesterday, I came across some photos my mom and dad have of Rebekah when she was 2 years old.  I remember that day.  We were living in Killeen and there was a petting zoo at the civic center there.  We took Bekah and Erykah (they were the only ones then) to the zoo.  There was some fire trucks there as well.  Rebekah was on a truck with a plastic kids fire helmet on.  OMG...I wanted to cry.  My baby is growing up so fast.  Rebekah started to laugh at me...she said "Mom Ill always be your baby" .  I know, but I MISS my baby.  *sigh* So yeah...this next year will be Rebekahs 8th grade year and she will turn 13.  After that...HIGH SCHOOL! I always said I would be the first to open the door and say BYE BYE to the girls when its time for them to go to college, but as that time gets closer and closer...Im not so sure anymore.  I mean Im not gonna be that type of mom that will guilt their child into staying at home for MY benefit.  NO WAY...but yes..thinking about the near future...well lets just say makes me really drink up the days I have with them right now.
Well, thats my daily rant for today.  I might come back and post some more.  Im want to keep this up.  2 days in a row already WOW! LOL...maybe come back during the day and post up some deals I find on the internet and FB.  Stuff my buddies are doing.  I will start work here soon...no not a "real" job, I mean getting my hand dirty with my fabrics and ribbons.  I will be working on 4th of July stuff and summer dresses...so be on the look out for that.  HAVE A BLESSED DAY EVERYONE!

Monday, May 17, 2010

COUPONS...and more money???

So its been a while, huh?  Yup...still haven't bought that new computer I want.  Money has been tight around here and that got me thinking.  I remembered I had seen a woman who was put to the test with her couponing skills on the Today Show. She and the reporter had the same shopping list.  They were to do their best at saving money.  So OFF THEY GO! When they tallied up the grand total...the reporter paid 80+ bucks on her items, the coupon lady...$1 BUCK!!!!  They had the same items, all the other lady did was use coupons and other deals.  

I was amazed.  I told Marty and he thought it was a gimic...said "DONT WASTE YOUR TIME HUN" Later, though that same woman came out on the news.  Again she was put to the test at a supermarket. Same items, same list.  Reporter paid just about 150.00...coupon lady, under a buck!!!!! MARTY'S WAS FLOORED!!!  Thing was we were so into the segment that I forgot to catch the name of the woman.  I wanted to know more.  She gives "university" classes on couponing...she shows you how she saves so much money.

I happened to find her AT LAST because of Facebook.  One of my friends on my list posted an update on something about this lady and I went there RIGHT AWAY.  She has her "classes" online too!  I cant wait to see how it all works.  Now I know you think "oh its just junk you wont need"  well really she said no...not really.  So Im gonna give it a go.  We need to cut back on our expenses and if I can cut my grocery bill in half...then why not try it...right?  There is nothing you have to buy to learn her methods...just maybe a little folder to save up your coupons...and the only thing spent is a little bit of time watching her videos.  

Interested?? Well I posted a link on the side bar of my blog over there ------> Its under MONEY SAVING QUEEN.  Check it out...save some cash and put it to better use.  Let me know how its going for you.  Ill try to keep yall posted on how my progress is going.  Its gonna be a challenge cause you do need to put away at least 30 min to an hour to start this off.  She says after a while of doing it, you can actually cut that time down to half .... when you become a "pro".  I dont mind...whats an hour to save some really good cash???  Check it out.  

Another thing I want to touch up on now that we are talking about coupons.  If you have the HTC My Touch or the Droid...android market...dont know if its available for itouch ipod users...check out the app called The Coupons App.  They send you the price of the average cost of gas in your area.  They send you coupons available at stores that are probably near you.  Right now it says you can get a free $12 signature item with any $10 spend at Bath and Body works.  Its pretty cool.  To get more coupons you do have to subscribe to it monthly is .99 cents and yearly is 10.00...not bad for some serious savings.  Check both out! Let me know what you think?