Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Shopping with Pocket Change!

How would you like to get over $50 worth of groceries for under $10?? Well, that's what I did this week! And I can't hide my excitement! :) It's SO FUN to go into the grocery store and have the total come out to pennies. This week 2 of my totals came to $.04 and $.01! Almost $15 worth of groceries for a nickel! Side story here....when my total came to $1.04 and I gave the cashier a $1.00 coupon she just looked at me with a mean look and said, "I don't think you can use this because then you wouldn't be paying anything. I don't think it's allowed." Hahaha!!! I told her that "yes it is allowed and paying nothing was the whole point." Of course the manager approved it---I don't think they were thrilled. But I sure was!! :)

***If you are local: LAST day to do this awesome deal! Go to Hen House and there is a list of items that if you buy 5 they will take $5 off of your order. PLUS, they will donate $2 to Breast Cancer research. A few of these items are on sale for $.99 this week. If you buy the $.99 items your order will cost you a penny!! You can do this once a day. I will have done it 3 times. Wish I would have done it every day this week!

Anyway, I have recently started "couponing" and am really excited about all the $$ I'm saving our family!! A friend of mine hosted a couponing class where we learned the art of saving lots of cash! :) I always thought I did a pretty good job shopping the deals and going to EVERY grocery store in town to get the best prices. Ha! But I never did much with coupons and rebates....or CVS extra bucks. I've saved a lot more in just the last couple of weeks!

I'm not going to go into every detail on couponing and CVS extra bucks. There are great websites that will explain all of that. If you are interested: becentsable.net and samssecrets.com. The last website is mostly for those of you who are local because of the grocery ads. But her posts on CVS and Walgreens would work around the country. Basically, buying the Sunday paper and matching up coupons with store deals has saved me lots. It does take time....but I'm a "stay at home mom" 3 out of 5 weekdays. I have the time while Lucy is napping or playing to sit down and clip coupons and find the deals! And I have time in the afternoons to go to 5 different stores to pick the best items. 
Shopping with a list for each store is key. Don't buy anything that isn't on the list! And I don't take my hubby with me. He always adds to the cart....cookies, chips, coke, etc!! :) I am easily able to keep my grocery budget to $50 a week this way. 
I had never done CVS extra bucks before. I tried it out this week and got $30 worth of stuff for $10. Usually you can do better at CVS. But it was good for my first try! :) I am looking forward to the day I will get free diapers at CVS!! Woo hoo!

I won't bore you all with any more details. If you want more info, let me know! I just wanted to share my excitement in saving $$! I feel like we can have a fun family day or enjoy a little something "extra" because of all I'm saving on groceries and toiletries. It's awesome! 

Here's the list of items I bought this week for under $10!

--6 Totinos Party Pizzas
--7 Green Giant boxed frozen veggies
--1 Yoplait Smoothie Mix
--5 (yes, 5!!) boxes of cereal. And one was a large box!
--1/2 gallon of Bluebell Ice Cream (usually super expensive....but oh so yummy!)
--2 Pillsbury crescent roll tubes
--1 Pillsbury cinnamon roll tube
--6 Yoplait yogurts
--1 Gain dish soap

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Cutest Pumpkin in the Patch

Let me start out by saying that I LOVE fall! It is definitely my favorite season. I love everything about it. I love the crisp cooler weather, getting out my warm sweaters, pumpkins and the pumpkin patch, apples, cider (and cider doughnuts!), pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin concretes from Sheridan's (for those of you unfamiliar with this....they take a whole piece of pumpkin pie and mix it with vanilla custard. AMAZING.), leaves changing, corn mazes....and the list goes on!
I have been so excited to take Lucy to the pumpkin patch! This has been one of my favorite fall traditions since I was little. Last year I remember talking with Carey on the way about how excited we were to bring our baby girl to the patch this year! Back then I looked like I was trying to smuggle an extra large pumpkin out of the patch. :) 
I can't believe how fast time flies. Here we are.....bringing our Lucy Lu to the pumpkin patch. 
We had so much fun! 
I made a new orange bow just for the occasion. 
Lucy was very excited about going. :)

Here's Lucy with Carey....ready to start our search for the perfect pumpkins. 
Lucy loved looking at all of the pumpkins! She was a great help.....

Hmm, what are these??? 

Can I take one home?

Mommy and her pumpkin. :) 

I love these two. One of my favorite pictures ever.

After Carey and I found some pretty awesome pumpkins that look great with our decor :) we let Lucy choose a little pumpkin for herself. We set out 3 little pumpkins in front of her. She looked at all of them for a second then squealed and grabbed the one she wanted. It was so cute! 
Lucy's pumpkin is sitting on our fireplace. She still goes over and holds it. :)
Mom, can I please keep it?

We love fall!!

The pumpkin patch is so fun!!!

I love her hands in this picture. 
So many pumpkins....so little time!

We had a wonderful time as a family. I can't wait to go again next fall! 
I just love this little girl! Pretty sure she was the cutest pumpkin in the patch!