Thursday, December 31, 2009

Fareway $24.03

I stopped at Fareway on the way home today to pick up a few items and a ham for our holiday gathering on Saturday. Sorry I didn't take a picture I was too busy getting it all put away so I could get things ready for tonight. So I will list what I got:

Farmland Ham 5.2lbs 9.47
3 Farmland sausage links 1.29
Milk gallon 2.85
Shredded hashbrowns 2.19
eggs .99
cheese soup 1.49
wonderbread 1.69
cottage cheese 1.48

Total $24.03

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Walgreens $12.88

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My Walgreens trip today:

2 12oz Nyquil 4.99 sale used 2 1.50 qs
2 Baby Vapor rub 4.49 sale used 1 .55 q
1 Vapor Rub 4.49 sale
1 Now & Later candy canes 1.25 sale

$24.70 + 1.73 tax = $26.43

- 2 1.50 qs
- .55 q
-4.00 RR
-4.00 RR
-2.00 RR

$12.88 PAID = 49%
and rec'd a new RR of $10

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Years Eve

I am having a few friends and their kids over for New Years Eve. I am not serving a meal because people won't be coming tell around 8:00 so that I can have the baby sleeping first. So I have snack food planned, which is great since everything is easy to put together and put on platters since I have to work that day.

2 different homemade dips
Celery w/peanut butter
4 kinds of cheese
2 kinds of summer sausage
lots of crackers
tortilla chips
homemade cheesy bean dip
little smokies in bbq sauce
pretzels (for the one kid who doesn't like chips)

Alcoholic punch
and told people to bring other drinks if they want it

and for the kids
Sparkling grape juice
Root Beer

What is everyone else snacking on for New Years Eve?

Monday, December 28, 2009

Hy-Vee $37.37

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I stopped at Hy-Vee today and spent $37.37. I needed a few things for the kids for the rest of the time off of school and several things for our small New Years Eve get together. I will be making another stop at the store later this week for some items for the Christmas celebration with my family this weekend.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas.

We celebrated Christmas morning here opening presents and playing with all the new stuff and then headed to the kids' Grandparents house. The roads are terrible out and it took longer than usual but we got there. We had a very nice meal and opened presents again. We were there almost six hours and then we slowly made our way home.

Now we are home and the little one is in bed and I have hooked up our new Wii and the older two kids are loving it. And I must admit it is a lot of fun! I think this is a great winter time game. We only have the game that came with the Wii which includes bowling, tennis, baseball, boxing and golf, but that is keeping us plenty entertained right now.

We will have another Christmas gathering on January 2nd when my family will be coming here. I hope the weather is a lot better then.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Norad Santa Tracker

Don't forget you can track Santa as he delivers gifts to all the girls and boys thanks to the nice people at Norad.

Norad Santa Tracker

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


I had a heck of a lot of scraping to do on my windows today before I left work. We had freezing rain for quite a while, then sleet, and then it turned to snow.

On the 6:00 news they said we had 4" of snow so far and it was still snowing then. It has stopped for now but this wintry mix of precipitation is forecasted to continue for the next 3 days.

Thank goodness I don't have far to travel on Christmas Day, but boy do I feel for all those people that will be traveling in this stuff, Yuck!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Fareway $18.02

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I needed milk for the little one and some easy stuff for the other two kids while they are out of school.

2 Gal Milk 3.03 ea
Bread 1.48 sale
Buns 1.99
2 hot dogs .88 sale
7 lunchmeat .50 sale
2 peas .50 sale
green beans .50 sale
corn .50 sale
carrots .75
bananas .48

Monday, December 21, 2009

More Snow is on the Way

After watching the local news tonight and checking out the Weather Channel afterwards we are obviously in for some really crappy weather the rest of the week. We already have a lot of snow on the ground so we really don't need more but we are getting it regardless. They are talking snow everyday through Friday! And on Wednesday and Thursday there might be sleet at times. Luckily we only have about 30 miles to travel each way on Christmas Day so hopefully the roads will be ok. I really hope everyone can make it to their destination safely.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Baking is Done!

I baked another five applesauce cakes today. And I put together two jars of smores.

That concludes my baking for Christmas. Now all that is left is to label everything and make it pretty and put it all in baskets. I am almost ready for Christmas and I am so glad for that.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

More Christmas Gifts Made

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Today I Made:

6 Brownie Cakes in a Jar
3 Hot Cocoa Mix Jars
1 Cappuccino Mix Jar

forgot to take picture of:
8 Chocolate Body Scrubs
8 Strawberry Body Scrubs

My Christmas to do list is dwindling rapidly, thank goodness!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Fareway $36.90

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I needed a few groceries and some stuff for Christmas baking this weekend. And I had all three kids with me so I let them pick out what they wanted for supper tonight. Spagettios, oh yuck, but I got them and they wanted Jiffy Pop to eat while watching the movie we rented.

Total was $36.90

The powdered milk was 7.69, that stuff is expensive!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Walgreens $19.84

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My Wags shopping trip today:

Huggies $8.99 sale
Dulcolax 6.99 used $3q on package
Rubbing Alcohol $1
Aquaphor 3.79 sale used $1 q on package
Fusion Razor 8.99 sale used $4 coupon

$29.76 + 2.08 tax = $31.84 Total
-4.00 q
-3.00 q
-1.00 q
-2.00 RR
-2.00 RR

$19.84 PAID = 62%
and rec'd new RR's of $2, 4, 4, 5 = $15

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

More Online Earnings Info Coming Soon

I receive a lot of emails about online earnings. People want to know which sites I belong to, which sites I have tried, how much I make from them, how their earnings compare to mine, etc, etc.

So, for all inquiring minds out there, starting the first of the year I will post my online earnings! I will also do my best to keep a running total for the year. I think this will be really exciting to see how big the numbers grow. Don't get too excited, I don't make much money but I do get the occasional paypal deposit and gift cards. So let's all see how these dribbles and drabs add up!

While I am at it I would like to keep a running total of my rebates and coupon savings also. I think that number could be impressive.

I hope you all continue to follow my blog in the coming year.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Baking

I just sat down, I have been in the kitchen for the last four hours!
I baked eleven Applesauce Cakes to give away for Christmas. They are now cooling and will need to be wrapped and placed in the freezer yet tonight.

Also on my baking list for Christmas is a dozen brownie cakes, one more big batch of cookies, and then make hot cocoa mix and cappuccino mix. I really enjoy giving people homemade gifts and it really seems that they enjoy getting them also.

Monday, December 14, 2009 Deal Update

I was just at and saw these new deals:
Jergens extra dry skin moisturizer 3oz $0.49
Radius kids toothbrush 1.49
Curel moisture lotion 6oz 1.79
Colgate toothpaste 0.70
Snuggle 32oz 2.66

And here are some of the other deals I previously posted about that are still available:
Scotch mini lint roller 0.97
Gillette shave gel 1.60
Bengay 2oz 2.27
Glade carpet & room 1.15
Brut deoderant 1.27
Sauve deoderant 0.98
Alka Seltzer 12ct 1.46

Check these out, they won't last forever. And don't forget you get free shipping on every order, and a $10 credit after spending $50.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

My Kids

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I thought you all might want to see an updated picture of my three kids.
Aren't they just adorable.

Friday, December 11, 2009

My Daughter's Christmas Concert

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My daughter had a Christmas performance at the local shopping mall.
She is the blonde up front singing a duet with her BFF.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Walgreens $6.42

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Stopped at Walgreens to get a few deals, including the purchase $25, get $5 RR.

3 Arm & Hammer detergent $2.49 sale
Stayfree 1.99 sale
Neutrogena Mens 4.99 sale
Conair Brush 2.00 sale
Barbie mp3 player 9.99
Kids laptop toy 9.99

$36.43 + 1.99 tax = $38.42 Total

-8.00 Wags toy coupon
-1.00 A&H coupon
-6.00 RR
-5.00 RR
-4.00 RR
-2.50 RR
-2.50 RR
-2.00 RR
-1.00 RR

$6.42 PAID = 17%
and rec'd new RR's of $2, 2, 5, 5

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

OMG It's a Blizzard!

We are having a blizzard here. Everything is shut down: schools, factories, stores, clinics and banks. We have a foot of snow out there already and its still snowing. And the winds are blowing so strongly it is very hard to see. But I can see some drifts on our patio that are at least 6' high!

Monday, December 07, 2009 Deals Update

I was just at and saw these new deals:
Scotch mini lint roller 0.97
Gillette shave gel 1.60

And here are some of the other deals I previously posted about that are still available:
Dove deoderant 0.97
Bengay 2oz 2.27
Glade carpet & room 1.15
Brut deoderant 1.27
Sauve deoderant 0.98
Alka Seltzer 12ct 1.46
CoverGirl Brow Shaper and Eyeliner $1.69

Check these out, they won't last forever. And don't forget you get free shipping on every order, and a $10 credit after spending $50.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Productive Sunday

It was a very productive day here. I should have made a to do list for today but now I guess I can make a completed list.

1. Cleaned both bathrooms.
2. Did laundry & all put away.
3. Got Christmas tree put up and decorated.
4. Went to Menards and got sandbags put in truck.
5. Checked son's homework and listened to him read a book.
6. Made Christmas whisk gifts.
7. Made chocolate face scrub and packaged for Christmas gifts.
8. Ordered stocking stuffers for kids.
9. Made breakfast, lunch and supper and did all dishes.
10. Straightened and cleaned back entryway.
11. Cleaned baby's bedroom.
12. Got kids boots, hats, gloves, and snowpants all ready for this week.

And now that I have the baby sleeping and the other two playing quietly in their rooms I think I will sit here and read the Sunday paper, double check my grocery list for tomorrow and think of anything else I need to do for the week.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Fareway $56.52

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Here is what I got at Fareway last night. It had been 9 days since I had bought groceries! And it was the last day of their sale on ground beef so I wanted to get in on that (93% for 1.99/lb).

Update: I don't know why this says Dec 5th, it was posted on Dec 8th. Weird.

No Grocery Shopping Today

Well, I tried to go to the grocery store today but when I pulled into the parking lot it was packed! And I just hate to shop in a store when it is packed, so I pulled right back out. I will just go on Monday, I am sure we can make it till then.

I did however make it to Dollar General to pick up a few cute Christmas containers, baskets, and whisks to use in making some Christmas presents.

And then I stopped at a Redbox to rent Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs for our family movie night. And that will be starting in a few minutes, so I better get ready!

Friday, December 04, 2009

Walgreens - paid 12%

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I had to stop and get the baby's reflux prescription today, so I thought I would get a few FARR items while there.

Acai Berry pills - 2 packaged together $4 sale used $3q
Dentek 90ct floss picks $1.99 sale
Goody 27 ct elastics $2 sale

$7.99 + .56 tax = $8.55 Total
-3.oo coupon
-2.00 RR
-2.50 RR

$1.05 PAID = 12%
and rec'd new RR's of $4, $2, $2

Thursday, December 03, 2009


We woke up to snow flakes falling from the sky this morning.

It's not suppose to pile up at all, but boy were my two oldest kids excited to see it this morning.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Bloggers - Make some easy Money!

Adgitize your web site.

If you're a serious Blogger who writes often, then you might as well sign up for Adgitize and make a little money while you are at it.

The how is very simple if you follow these easy steps:

Join Adgitize by clicking the link above.
Register you blog.
Place their ads on your blog.
Write and publish a new article every day (or as much as possible).
Also if you have time to get more points you can log in and Click on 100 other member banners every day.
Watch your earnings grow.
And how much can you earn as a Publisher Only? Based on my earnings so far I am averaging: $0.15 per day, which would equal $4.50 per month, or $54.00 per year!
But if you have more visitors and page views than I do, your earnings will be more than mine.

You can also refer others to Adgitize and earn for each one who signs their blog up and places ads on it.

I know it's not a lot of money, but if you are already blogging anyway, I think it's great that we can earn a little money along the way.