Tuesday, May 17, 2011

In Other News...

Aiden just rolled over! From back to tummy! Yay!
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Please Pray for David

Our poor sweet David woke up crying tonight and when I went to see what was wrong he was sitting in a whole bunch of vomit :( poor thing has only once had the stomach flu and he had just turned 2 then, so that was a long time ago and so he has no idea what to do but cry. I just finished cleaning everything up and I am watching him sleep on the couch. All I could get out of him, besides throw up, was a pitiful, "Mommy I want to be with you" how much more could my heart ache! Please pray for him that he'll be well and that there won't be anymore throwing up. Also please pray that baby Aiden doesn't get sick, I couldn't imagine him going through this. Thank you!
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Thursday, May 12, 2011

F-R-E-E
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Tummy Time with Aiden
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Saturday, May 7, 2011

"No Mommy, I am not tired..."
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Friday, May 6, 2011

Dinner & Dessert in Emerald Isle
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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Not exactly what I had in mind for my $0.50/box Hefty zip bags...nice David nice. :)
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Living Like No Other, SO We Can Live Like No Other

In February 2007, our family started Financial Peace University and because of the biblical principles and applications, along with a lot of work, a deployment, and thrift shopping we were able to pay off thousands of dollars in debt whether it was credit cards, vehicles, student loans, even a huge chunk of our mortgage. 4 years later, our family is still "living like no other," without ever using credit cards and with putting aside money in savings to buy our big purchases, we have certainly developed a "new" financial lifestyle.

I am always looking at ways to save money (I almost type in 'ways to spend money,' well that is kind of true too). I buy a lot of items second hand and/or on sale, and I do try to use coupons every now and then, but just in the last 3-4 weeks I have taken a ride on the coupon band wagon and WOW what a trip! Let me share just a little about what we've been able to do:

First I will share a few things I have learned: Target accepts both a Target coupon & a manufacturors coupon on the SAME item (huge possible savings here). Harris Teeter in Morehead doubles coupons up to $1.98 all the time, but our store here in New Bern only up to $.99 (We did just have a Super Double Coupon week here so that was awesome!). Organization is KEY to a successful couponing trip to the store. Getting coupons the "old fashion way" through the Sunday paper is still the BEST way to get coupons, but there are tons of great ones online as well. I learned that the "back" button on my computer can be my friend. All you fellow couponers will know exactly what I am talking about. I have also learned that there are a ton of couponers in my town, I have actually spotted a few with their bargain binders strolling the shopping aisles with me (at 1030PM on a Wednesday night!).

Ok, so I have learned a lot more than that, but now I will show you the amounts I have saved, just in a few weeks of being a Couponing Rookie.

My very 1st big Harris Teeter trip:
Spent $60.88 Coupon Savings: $36 VIC Savings: $21.22

I was pretty proud of my first set of savings, but then I went to Target & to Walgreens and saved even more!

I got a little better my next trip to HT:
Spent $43.55 Coupon Savings: $58 VIC Savings: $43.84

Then:
Spent: $165.83 Coupon Savings: $102 VIC Savings: $66.74

And Finally:
Spent: $59.94 Coupon Savings: $64 VIC Savings: $30.17

So for some quick math, coupons saved my family $224 in just 3 trip to Harris Teeter!!! That doesn't include the VIC savings and the savings from buying items that were on sale, which was practically everything I bought except for organic milk, organic eggs, and organic butter. Pretty good for a rookie I think.

I'd also just like to note a few of the items that we were able to get for FREE this week:

8 packages of Butterfinger Snackerz
2 boxes taco shells
2 packages of Milka chocolate
2 packages of floss
1 package of scotch tape
1 jar of taco sauce
1 package of taco seasoning
1 can refried beans
1 8 oz tub of sour cream
5 headbands & hairties
4 packages of frozen veggies
2 packages of frozen Voila meals

AND the list goes on....!

I've said all this just for my own record keeping, but also to say, that there are so many ways to be a good steward of the money God has entrusted to us. I am super excited about continuing to save my family money and at the same time providing for all our household needs (and even sometimes wants). Now, I'm sure some of you have seen or at least heard of the TLC show Extreme Couponing. I think it is a fun show, who doesn't love to save tons of money. The truth is for our family, I do not have 6+ hours a day to commit to couponing, (and I want to be a good steward of my time) nor do my local grocery stores accept more than 3 of the same coupon at a time, so I may not save hundreds or thousands of dollars in one shopping trip, but definitely over a little time I can save that much and I am definitely up for the challenge! Anyone else???

Let the savings begin.................

Monday, May 2, 2011

So Happy!
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