Friday, April 23, 2010

A Shout Out and Retail Therapy?

First of all, a BIG shout out to the hubby for THP Dispatcher of the year!!!

And he is a celebrity now, check out the News Channel 2 Video
He also was on channels 5 and 17!

I am so proud of him!!!!

Now that my shout out is out of the way, what about some retail therapy...on a budget ofcourse.

Use the code N1G7ZDK2WQ2T at Old Navy and save 15% on any Adult purchases. Also if you spend over $75,which I WILL NOT BE, you get free shipping.

Needing something for the kids? The Childrens Place has graphic T's for $5. Might as well stock up now, you know your kids will be wearing them, well forever.

Happy Frugal Friday!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I'm a WOH! Mom

I am a WOH! (Work Outside the Home) Mom. I don’t have a choice. My Husband and I both have to work to afford a 1200 sq. ft. house in a small town 45 minutes out of Nashville. We both have to work to afford two older vehicles (2002 and 2003). We both have to work to pay the electric bill, water bill and car insurance. We don’t have cable or satellite, we don’t have internet and we don’t spend money eating out. Most months we barely get by. If one of us decided to stay home and we got rid of one vehicle, we could only afford to pay $200.00 in rent. We would still make too much to qualify for any kind of state or federal assistance. So we both work.

But, if I had the choice, I would still be a WOH! Mom. Don’t get me wrong, I would LOVE to not HAVE to work, but I would still work. I would still send my daughter to preschool five days a week. For me, Preschool is a God-send. The group of teachers at her preschool are brave. They let the one year olds finger paint!! Preschool has taught my daughter (and me) so much. We have learned sign language, colors, numbers, animals, sharing, manners, music and compassion, and my daughter is only two. My daughter has social skills that rival most second graders, the verbal capacity of a kindergartener, and the motor skills to keep up with the 4 year olds. And I love that I get adult conversation, on adult topics EVERY DAY.

Whether or not I HAVE to work, working is what is right for me and my family. I am a WOH! Mom and I am proud of it!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Easter Bunny Interview

The night the Easter Bunny was to visit our house, Zachary asked me: “Don’t you think the Easter Bunny is with Santa Clause and has Santa give him a ride on Easter?”

Well you know, I don’t know. I remember asking Santa how he made it to all those houses in one night. I don’t think I’ve ever asked the Easter Bunny….anything!

Now that Easter has come and gone, the Easter Bunny agreed to answer some essential questions.

Me: “Do you live at the North Pole with Santa?

EB: “No No, it is much too cold there for a bunny. I live in a hole in the ground.”

Me: “Is this hole in the ground on Easter Island?”

EB: “The location of my home is classified. Santa can give out his location since it is hard to travel to the North Pole, and the weather is frightful. My home is actually much more accessible and the weather is pretty nice.”

Me: “Are you and Santa friends?”

EB: “Oh yes! I am friends with the Tooth Fairy too!”

Me: “How do you get all the candy for Easter?”

EB: “Well, I started out making all the candy for Easter, but now there are so many good candy companies out there like Hershey’s, Nestle and Mars, that we’ve worked out a business deal. They get to use my likeness and I get free candy. It frees my year up a lot.”

Me: “How is using your likeness beneficial to them?”

EB: “My likeness helps them sale candy to humans. While I bring the Easter baskets and bunches of candy, Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Teachers and so on buy candy at Easter to give to kids or put in eggs for their own Easter egg hunts.”

Me: “Any idea why Easter egg hunts have become so popular?”

EB: “Apparently adults like to hide candy from kids. Who knew?”

Me: “Why don’t you bring more toys like Santa?”

EB: “Because I don’t have a workshop full of elves.”

Me: “How do you get the toys you do bring?”

EB: “Santa taught me to make some toys and he also lets me use his elves for a few non complicated toys. It can’t be anything too complicated as they are very busy making toys for Christmas and cannot get behind. In exchange, I’ve taught his elves to make candy and I even make some of his Christmas candy myself.”

Me: “How do you make it to so many houses in one night?”

EB: “Well luckily I just have to make it to every house at night, not at a certain time. I eat lots of good food and work out so that I can hop almost faster than light.”

Me: “So you don’t hop a ride on Santa’s sleigh?”

EB: “Only if there is a blizzard, or I’ve hurt myself.”

Me: “Well thank you so much for your time. Would you mind doing a follow up interview later? I am sure my kids and their friends will have some more questions they want answered.”

EB: “Anytime between now and Christmas. I am very busy between Christmas and Easter.”

Me: “Ofcourse.”

Friday, April 2, 2010

Coupon Mania

My current obsession is coupons, therefor I will probably blog about them regularly. This post will be more of a list of where to get coupons (besides the Sunday paper) and where to not waste your time and energy.


Great Places to pick up printable coupons!

Coupons.com is possibly the best known place to pick up printable coupons. They have coupons for everything, and from what I can tell, the coupons are very similar to the ones you find in your Sunday paper. However, to print the coupons you have to download some kind of software. Since I do not have a printer at home and have to use public ones, I can't and therefor cannot print these.

Check out Purity Lovers for great coupons on Purity products. They change their coupons monthly, but currently you can get coupons for $1 off a gallon of milk and $1 off sour cream and more. Their coupons are in adobe, so no software to download (assuming you already have the reader)

At Wish Bone you can print a $.50 coupon off salad dressing. If you use the coupon at Kroger, it doubles to make it $1 off.

Campbells has four printable coupons for $1 off when you buy 2 or 3 of certain products. These are better than what you typically find in the Sunday paper.

Welchshas a coupon for $1 off 2 refrigerated juices.

You have to sign up at Betty Crocker but there is over $12 worth of coupons for the taking. They change their coupons monthly. Many of these coupons can also be found at Coupons.com

You also have to sign up at Pillsbury but they have over $15 worth of printable coupons, many of which can also be found on Coupons.com

Birds Eye has a $1 off 2 Viola meals and $1 off 4 bags of frozen Vegtables.

At Johnson & Johnson there are many great offers and coupons including $1 off Desitin and $1 off Shampoo.

If your looking for coupons for over the counter medications, check valuesforhealth.com They have $1 off coupons for Tylenol and Motrin,adult and childrens! They update the offers fairly often, so keep checking.


Contact these companies to receive awesome coupons by mail!

I had luck with Johnson & Johnsons. I simply asked them to send coupons I received 3 $1 off coupons for any Johnson and Johnson family product about 2 weeks later. I am unsure how often they will honor coupon requests.

I contacted Birds Eye and also received 3 $1 off coupons for viola meals. It is their policy to only send coupons once.

Purina will honor coupon requests every 4-6 weeks. I was sent 2 $2 off any pet food coupons with in two weeks of my request.

I contacted Welchs and received 3 $.50 coupons for any Welchs products.

Wish Bone will send a token of appreciation when you contact them about their products. I received a recipie book and coupons for many Unilever brands including $1 off Hellmans, $1 off Dove and ofcourse $1 off Wish Bone salad dressing. There were 12 coupons total that do not expire until Febuary of 2011.

I had already signed up at Huggies and had been receiving coupons about 4 times a year through the mail. However, they had started sending me pull ups coupons and my daughter still is in diapers, so I asked them to send me diaper coupons again. I received a one-time mailing of coupons that included 4 $1 off any Huggies brand products.

If you are a new mom who uses formula, you also need to sign up with Similac. They send coupons and samples quarterly until the childs first birthday.

Last, but certainly not least, Proctor and Gamble allows you to request samples and coupons once each quarter. You can pick the samples and coupons you want, and they will be delivered in about 4 weeks. The new quarter just started April 1 and I am loving that they offer a free sample of cascade and 2 great coupons for Tide!

While the above brands have some great offers, others do not.
Here is my "don't waste your time" list:
Campbells-corporate policy to not mail coupons
Con-Agra Foods (Chef Boyardee, Hunts, etc)-corporate policy to not mail coupons
Playtex-signed up online and never received any correspondance
Dr.Pepper/Snapple Brand- Received email that did not address my request
Suave- signed up online nad never received any correspondance
Kraft- corporate policy to not mail coupons
Knorr- corporate policy to not mail coupons

Happy savings to all the coupon-ers!