Friday, May 20, 2011

Frugal Friday - Summer

School is just about out, and if you are like me, you are starting to wonder just what you are going to do to keep the kids entertained, on a budget.

Kids Bowl Free is a wonderful program (that requires you to sign up) where kids get 2 free games of bowling, every day this summer.

Regal Cinemas are showing "G" and "PG" rated movies for $1 every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 AM all summer long. This is especially appealing if you have a little one and your not quite sure they will make it through a whole movie.

Speaking of movies, check with you local parks department, many around here host movies in the park at least once a month May through September.

Also see what is going on at your library, besides weekly story time, they usually offer other programs as well such as puppets, magicians and reading programs where your reader can possibly score freebies (movie tickets, free pizza, free books, etc) for reading a book a week.

Don't waste your money going to a major water park, instead check out a local pool or aquatic center. At the Aquatic Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Adult admission is just $8.

Bring the kids downtown for a day. Kids find it facinating to be surrounded by tall buildings and seeing so many people. They will love hearing the mucicians on street corners any regular day or if your really brave bring them during CMA Fest to hear (and possiby see) some bigger names. They generally have a stage set up at River Front Park where you can hear music for free.

While your downtown, rid a MTA bus. The Music City Circuit is free and circles downtown. You can also stop by the Tennessee State Museum which is free. I also recommend letting them browse Nashville's Farmer's Market after grabbing lunch.

There are many wonderful parks in Nashville, including Centennial with ducks to feed and the Bicentennial Mall. The Warner Park Nature Center also has lots of free programs going on this summer for you and your kids.

Both Lowes' Build and Grow workshops and Home Depot's Kids's Workshop are free. They each have one about once a month and kids over the age of 5 get to build a wooden project with a parent's help.

The greenways are also a wonderful resource. Walk them with your kids to have a mini nature "hike" or bring the bikes for some safe riding.

Need something to entertain the kids at home? Stock up on water toys, they don't have to be expensive. You can pick up a sprinkler for around $12, water guns for $1 each and multitudes of water baloons for $1 as well. Have a picnic in your back yard, eating on the grass is fun, no matter where you are. Make up a new game, or rely on one from your child hood (Freeze Tag?). Have races in your back yard, do silly things like run backwards or spin in circles.

If you are stuck inside, grab yoru kids favorite book, the one they know word for word, and use it to put on a play. Have an indoor picnic, eating on the floor is almost as much fun as eating on the grass! Let your kids be bored, it buids imagination. If thier choice is a chore or think of something to do, they WILL think of something to do (after quite a few minutes of complaining).

What are you planning to do this summer, with out breaking your budget?

Monday, May 16, 2011

My Favorite Deals This Week @ Walgreens

Here are the deals that I just can't pass up this week (and neither should you)!

Mars and Dove Candy Bars - $.39

Post Cereal - $1.75

Soft Soap Body Wash - 2 for $6, plus you get $4 Register Rewards

Starbucks Frapuccinos - 4 for $5, plus you get $1 Register Rewards

Old El Paso 12pk Taco Shells - $1

Hamburger Helper - $1 (there have recently been coupons in the paper for $.75 off of 3)

Dole Fruit Crisps - $1 (A few weeks ago, there was a $.50 coupon in the paper)

Duncan Hienz Brownie Mix - $1

Lunchables 2 for $3, plus you get $1 Register Rewards

Finish Power Tabs - $3.49, plus you get $1.50 Register Rewards (and if you've been saving your coupons, you probably have the $.75 coupon tucked away)

Gillette, Old Spice and Zest Body Wash (mix and match) - 3 for $10, plus you get $3 Register Rewards (There are also multiple coupons. In this weeks paper there is a Gillette Body Wash $2 coupon. In recent papers there have also been $1 off 2 Old Spice Products, Buy 1 Get 1 Free Old Spice Body Wash, and $1 off Zest Body Wash coupons)

Gillette Fusion Pro Glide Razor - $9.89 plus you get $5 Register Rewards

There is also an in ad coupon for $3 off Goodys or BC Powders. You can combine this with the $1 manufacturer coupon in this Sundays paper.

* Register Rewards are coupons that print after you paid and are good off your next order. You can only do 1 of each type of register rewards per transaction. For example you can do the Finish, Gillette/Old Spice/Zest Body Wash and Gillette Fusion Pro Glide all in the same transaction, but if you bought 2 of the Finish Power Tabs, you would want to do two transactions to get both Register Rewards.

How would I make the most of this?

Transaction #1
2 Old Spice Body Wash's $6.66 -B1G1 Coupon = $3.33
1 Gillette Deoderant and 1 Gillette Body Wash $7.33 - B1 Deo. G1 BW = 4.00
2 Soft Soap Body Wash's $6

Total Before Taxes $13.33 and you get $7 Register Rewards.

Transaction #2
1 Gillette Body Wash $3.33 - $2.00 coupon in this Sundays Paper = $1.33
2 Old Spice Body Wash's $6.66 - $1 off 2 products coupon = $5.66
1 Finish Power Tab $3.49 - $.75 coupon = $2.74

Total Before Taxes $9.73, and you get another $4.50 Register Rewards

Transaction #3
3 Hamburger Helpers $3 - $.75 coupon = $2.25
1 Dole Fruit Crisp $1 - $.50 coupon = $.50
2 Lunchables $3
4 Starbucks Frappucinos $5
1 Old El Paso Taco Shells $1

Total Before Taxes is $11.75, use the $11.50 in Register Rewards from the previous two transactions and you pay $.25 plus taxes, AND you just got another $2 Register Rewards.

Transaction #4 (the Final One!)
1 Duncan Heinze Brownie Mix - $1
3 Mars Candy Bars - $1.17

Total Before Taxes $2.17, use the $2 Register Rewards and your total is $.17 plus taxes.

This would make your total spent: $23.48 plus taxes!

For that $23.48 you got:

8 Body Washes (4 Old Spice, 2 Gillette, 2 Softsoap)
1 Deoderant
1 Finish Power Tabs
3 Hamburger Helpers
2 Lunchables
4 Frappuccinos
1 Dole Fruit Crisp
1 Old El Paso pack of Taco Shells
1 Box of Brownie Mix
3 Candy Bars.

What would you do?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Project - March

My coupon project continued into March, and here are the results:

*Unless otherwise noted, my comments to them were compliments

Heinze Ketsup - 2 $.50 coupons
Ore Ida French Fries - 4 $.75 coupons

Prego Itallian Sauce - 1 $1 coupon
Campbells Soup 1 $1 coupon

Country Crock Spred - A coupon book for Unilever products. 12 coupons totaling $11
Popsicle - A coupon for a free product, worth $5
Lipton Knorr Noodles - Did not send coupons

General Mills
Yoplait - I recieved a $3 check after complaining about a products texture. They sent the check instead of a coupon due to my states dairy laws.
Totinos Pizza Rolls - Did not send coupons (No response was received at all)

Proctor & Gamble
Puffs - Did not send coupons (No response was received at all)
Cover Girl - Did not send coupons

Uncle Bens - 1 $1 coupon
Jose Ole Frozen Mexican Products - 1 $1 coupon
New York Brand Bread Sticks - Coupon for a free product worth $4
Dole Salads - 3 $.75 coupons
Glad Trash Bags - Did not send coupons
Hefty Cups - Did not send coupons (No response was received at all)
Coke - Did not send coupons (No response was received at all)
Captain Crunch (Quaker/Pepsi company) - Did not send coupons
Farm Rich - Wrote for product information - Did not send coupons (Didn't get my product information either!)
Colgate Toothbrush (Colgate/Palmolive company) - Wrote inquiring about a certain product - Did not send coupons
Allen's Green Beans - Did not send coupons
Motts Apple Juice - Did not send coupons
Sunny D - Did not send coupons (No response was received at all)
Wonder Bread - Did not send coupons
DiGorno (Nestle Company) - Did not send coupons
Hungry Jack (J.M. Smucker Company) - Did not send coupons
Acurite Meat Thermometer - Did not send coupons (No response was received at all)
Farberware - Wrote about my cutting board breaking - Did not send coupon
Handi-Foil - Did not send coupon (No response was received at all)
Kingsford Charcoal - Did not send couopn

Summary: This month I received 28 coupons totaling $33.25, assuming none of the coupons double (which they will!) Figuring that I spent 5 minutes contacting each of the 31 companies, then I made $12.89 an hour for the time I spent! Not so bad.

Happy Couponing!


Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Easter

I hope everyone had an awesome Easter. We sure did! The Easter Bunny came and the dogs didn't chase him away or eat him or anything (at least as far as I can tell.) The kids were very excited about thier baskets. Other than the traditional baskets, we for went any other traditions on Easter. There were no egg hunts, there were no huge dinners. We ate candy (ok, so maybe that IS traditional), cinnamon rolls, fish sticks and fries and Mexican food. MMMMMMMMMMMMMM...Mexican. I am eating the left overs now. Overall it was a pretty fantastic (and the fantasticness was much needed) weekend. Now I just hope I haven't set my sights too high for the upcoming week and weekend!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Frugal Friday - Coupon Tips

Lately I've been asked lots of questions about my couponing, and I never seem to be organized enough to give anyone the full run down, so I though I would post some of my favorite tips. Feel free to ask questions, and I'll be glad to answer. Consider this an overview and I'll go more in depth on some of these in later posts.

1. If you use coupons, you will save money. Period. However, it is important to know what your goal is. Are you trying to get more expensive products at a bettr price? Are you trying to get your grocery bill down to a certain amount? Your goal will determine over all how much you save/spend.

2. Usually (I've never found a case where this isn't true) you can only use 1 manufacturer coupon and 1 store coupon on a single item. If you purchase 5 products, you will need 5 coupons (if you want to save on all 5) unless the coupon states otherwise.

3. I tend to save a bigger percentage and have a lower grocery bill when I buy the less expensive items. Items that typically cost $2 and under are my biggest savers. They tend to have coupons for a larger percentage of their purchase price than more expensive items. $1 off a $2 item is a better deal than $2 off of a $10 item.

4. To save the most money, you have to go to more than one store. Don't drive yourself crazy though, pick 3 stores to start with, and when you are comfortable with those, add more if want.

5. Organization is key. Looking through all those sale papers and matching up with coupons can be daunting. It is much easier if you go through each sale paper and make a list of the items you like and then go through your coupons and match them up. This will also allow you to see which deal is better if two stores have the same item on sale.

6. Kroger (for now) and Publix double coupons up to $.50. A $.50 cent coupon is actually worth $1. A $1 coupon is still only worth $1.

7. Don't feel the need to HAVE to use a coupon. I'll admit, I still feel guilty some days when I let a coupon expire with out using it, especially when I know it is for a product we use all the time. But, the truth is, the exact same coupon will come along again in a couple of weeks. Don't go buy something just because you have a coupon. Wait for a good sale to come along.

8. Actively seek out coupons in different places. Everyone knows to find coupons in the Sunday Paper, and online. Look for coupons in packaging, in stores and magazines as well. I've also started writing companies (look at my posts titled "Project") and letting them know what I think about thier products and recieved coupons in return. Proctor and Gamble lets you request coupons through thier site P&G Solutions once a quarter and Home Made Simple every 2 or 3 months.

9. If you shop at Kroger and use electronic coupons, beware that if an electronic coupon is added to your card it will come off when you buy that item using your kroger plus card. You will not be able to use a paper coupon on the same item and the electronic coupon does not double. To get around this, you could get a second Kroger plus card, and use it for items that you have an electronic coupon for but do not wish to use. You would need to do two transactions, 1 with the normal Kroger card and all the products you want the electronic coupons used for, and the second with the other Kroger card and the products you do not want the electronic coupons used for. This can mess up your fuel points though,so use your judgement.

10. Couponing is time consuming. I find that my savings are directly related to the amount of time that I have to invest in it. You have to set your priorities. There are weeks when my schedule does not allow me to devote much time to coupons, and those weeks my savings are considerably less than the weeks where I devote HOURS to couponing.

Feel free to ask any questions and I will respond to the best of my knowledge.

By the way, You may notice there is now a tab at the top of my page titled "Saving Money", there you will find links to past posts about saving money. ;)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Frugal Friday - Current Online Deals

Use code 448234 at Payless to get 20% off through April 24

At Snapfish use code TAXDAY to get $10.40 off any order of $25 or more through April 20 OR use code MOMMYBOOKS through April 18 to get 2 free 8 1/2 by 11 memory books when you buy 1! (I will SO be using this one, especially since I can cash in my coke rewards points and get the first one for free too!)

This weekend only (April 15-17) use code TAX11 at The Childrens Place to get 20% off.

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Turbulent 6 Months

The last 6 months have been turbulent, to say the least. There have been all kinds of ups, downs, and stresses both at work and at home. I thought the end of 2010 was going to kill me. But, what doesn't kill us, makes us stronger. I believe I have become a better wife, mother, friend, employee and Christian. I have had to examine my own flaws, forgive others, and take more of an interest in the emotional well being of every one around me. I have found truth in the Bible, that I had never found before (and if you know my background, that is a biggy). Yes, the past 6 months have been rough, and yes, I would gladly trade them, but, I have learned some very important things about myself, others, the world and life.

Top Ten Things I Have Learned:

1. Life is a balance of God's will, man's free will and prayer to change either.
2. I am still a work in progress.
3. If you feel the need to hide or lie, then you know what you are doing is wrong, no matter how many ways you can rationalize it.
4. Everything really does happen for a reason.
5. There is no grey area. It is either right or wrong. However there are many ways to be right and wrong.
6. Listen more. Defend less. Love your family with all you have.
7. Take committments seriously.
8. Do nothing to harm others: physically, emotionally, financially or spiritually.
9. Everything takes work and practice. Even what we thought would/should come naturally.
10. Only be original.
I said ten, but I couldn't narrow it down, so here is one extra:
11. The more you push and try to change people, the more they get set in their ways and stay the same. Real change happens with your influence, and the help of God, not with your pushing, prodding, and demanding.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Eating Cheap

Some people have been asking how I keep my grocery bill down, and the truth is, sometimes I sacrifice what we eat.

Hamburger Helpers go on sale for less than a $1, and I have coupons, we're having Hamburger Helper. The Homestyle Bakes usually aren't a bad deal either. I noticed on my last box of Pasta Roni (which is never more than $1) it had a recipe for adding beef or chicken, making it a lot like a Hamburger Helper as well. The truth is, meat (ground hamburger, shredded or chunked chicken) mixed with a pasta and sauce with a vegetable side, is usually the cheap way to go.

But we all get tired of eating the same thing, every day, so here are some of my favorite cheap recipes.

These I've tried and the Family has approved:

Braised Chicken
Grease the bottom of your crock pot, and add in enough onion (fresh chopped or frozen or pearl onions) to cover the bottom. Add as much potatos (fresh cut up or frozen) and carrots (fresh, frozen or canned) as you would like. Combine 1/2 cup liquid (water, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, olive oil, etc) with 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1 clove minced garlic (or 1 teaspoon of garlic powder) plus any other herbs you have on hand that sound good. Pour this mixture over the vegetables. Take 6 bone-in pieces of dark meat chicken (Chicken Quarters are usually the cheapest at about .59/lb) and rub them down with a mixture of paprika (2teaspoons), salt (1 and 1/4 teaspoon) and pepper (1/2 teaspoon) and place on top of the vegetables. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. I usually serve rice as an extra side/filler.

Chicken Pot Pie
In a bowl mix about 3/4 to 1 lb of shredded or chunked cooked chicken(you can boil dark meat chicken to get it off the bone, or use left over chicken from another meal), 1 bag of frozen vegetable (we've done traditional such as carrots, potatoes and beans and we've done just broccoli and then added 1 cup of shredded cheese. I am wanting to try more of a mexican one with pepper.) or 2 cans or about 2 cups of fresh vegetables, 1 can of cream of chicken soup, and salt, pepper and sage to taste. Once it is mixed together well, pour into a frozen pie crust (the cheap store brand is fine) and top with another frozen pie crust upside down. crimp the edges together and make slits in the top crust. Bake according to directions on pie crust.

Chicken and Dumplings
In a crock pot, combine 1 to 2 lbs of chicken cubed, 1 can of cream of chicken soup, 2 cans of chicken broth (or about 2 cups if you make your own chicken stock), 1 and 1/2 cups of water and about 2 cups of vegetables (frozen, fresh or canned, we like carrots and corn). Add salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic to taste. Cook on low (covered)about 5 hours. 15 minutes before it is done, take a package of biscuit dough and quarter the biscuits. Roll each quarter into a ball and add to crock pot. Stir occassionally during this last 15 minutes.

If you are in a rush, this can be made on the stove top. Mix everything but the biscuits into a large pot and boil on stove top until Chicken is done. Add biscuits and continue cooking for another 15 minutes.

Twice Baked Potatos
Bake how ever many potatos you need at 450 degrees for 50 minutes. After 50 minutes remove potatos and reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees. Cut each potato in half lenghtwise and coop out pulp (leaving about 1/4 to 1/2 inch border in the potato). Mix the pulp with sliced or chopped onions, milk (about 1/3 cup for 4 potatos), butter, slat, pepper, cheese and anything else you may like on your potato (sour cream, cheese, baccon bits, ranch dressing, whatever) and a meat (chicken, browned beef, cut up pork chops, ham, fish, shrimp, ANYTHING). You will need about 1 oz of meat for every potato. Spoon mixture back into the potato and top with cheese if you'd like. Bake for 15 minutes.
This is a great recipe to use left over meat from another meal, or to stretch very little meat very far!

Mexican Casserole
Brown and drain 1 pound of hamburger meat. Place in casserole dish. In a bowl mix 1 can of chilli beans, 1 can rotel (salsa also works) and 1 can of cream of mushroom soup. Pour mixture over hamburger meat. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Add shredded cheese to the top and cook another 5 minutes.

Another great way to save money is by taking some of your favorite side dishes and adding meat to them. I like to add chicken to broccoli casserole or ground meat to a corn bake.

The lesson here is that the cheapest meals have a main dish that is not meat only. It is meat with something. Meat is most likely the most expensive item on your menu so reducing the amount is always a plus.

I will try to add more recipes every week or so, and I'd love to hear if you have any cheap meals that are yummy!

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Project - February

Well, February did not have the wonderful results that January did. However, I still got some pretty amazing coupons.

Pledge (S C Johnson Company) sent a coupon for a free Pledge product ($4.00 value)

I wrote 3 Con Agra companies:
Chefboyardee sent a $.50 coupon
Manwich also sent a $.50 coupon
Banquet Homestyle Bakes also sent a $.50 coupon.

Mt. Olive Pickles sent a $.75 coupon in response to my compliment and another $.75 coupon for signing up for their news letter.

Tyson sent 3 $1.00 coupons good off any Tyson product.

Blixtex sent 3 $.25 coupons.

Kellog's Pop Tarts is supposed to be sending coupons for signing up with them, however, I have not received any as of yet.

My other companies that were a bust this month inculde:
General Mills
Hamburger Helper

Sally Henson
N.Y.C. Color

Wrights Baccon (Tyson)
Mahatma Rice (Riviana)
Wishbone Salad Dressing (Unilever)
Scotch Bright (3M)
Sun Drop (Prescot Bottling)
Tostitos (Frito Lay)
Old Spice (Proctor and Gamble)
Lloyds BBQ (Hormel)
M&M's (Mars)
Juicy Juice (Nestle)
Egg Lands Best
Love My Eyes (Bali)
Bath and Body Works

While I did not do as well this month, I still racked up $10.75 in coupons, assuming none of the coupons are doubled (but they will be!!!)

It seems the trend is staying true that General Mills, Unilever and Proctor and Gamble companies do not send coupons when they recieve compliments.

S C Johnson and Con Agra definitely tend to send coupons.

Nestle, it appears to be a draw. Last month I wrote two of their companies and received coupons, this month I wrote one company and did not recieve any.

Happy Couponing!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Definitely Her Father's Child

Getting Shiloh out at daycare this morning:

Shiloh points to the vehicle next to us and says: "I am gonna buy that truck."

Me: "You like that truck?"

Shiloh: "Yeah."

Me: "Why do you like that truck?"

Shiloh: "It goes vroom vroom like a motorcylce!"

Me: "Oh, you like motorcylces too?"

Shiloh vigurously nods her head.


Monday, March 21, 2011

The Highlights

When I go so long with out writing, it's hard to know exactly what to write about. Hopefully, one day, I'll be able to post as often as I'd like. But for now, that is just not possible.

On the plus side, some things are finally starting to come together for us.

Jeremy bought a motorcylce, and the whole family is looking forward to some rides. I think it will be a great family leisure activity (even though we can't all be on at once)and will also give me and Jeremy something to do just as a couple every now and then as well. Trust me, that is some well needed and wanted time.

Even with the purchase of the motorcycle, money just doesn't seem as tight here lately. I think we finally have a manageable budget.

Baseball is back in full swing for Zachary, and he really seems to love his coach and team this year. They played 5 games in 24 hours this past weekend and won every single one of them. Not just won, they blew the other teams away. Zachary got several good hits and scored a couple of runs. He also made some good plays and helped get two runners out!

We actually had Zachary all of last week for spring break, and really had an awesome time. Life was wonderfully good! =)

Shiloh turned three last month, and it's almost like a little maturity clicked in her over night. She thinks she is so big. She really understands counting now, and is starting to learn some of her letters, and recognize her name. But beware, you never know what will come out of her mouth. She went around calling everyone a donkey a couple of days ago!

I am still couponing, and am preparing my next post on my project now! We've also gotten a freezer, so I am REALLY trying to stock up now. I, ofcourse, am still always looking for good deals, or ways to cut expenses, or even make money. This has become my new hobby. Good thing it's good for my family too, I put a lot of time into it!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Project

The project is simple. Write the maker of a product every day for a year. Do not ask them specifically for coupons as I did in the Coupon Mania post. Do not write regarding any particular product more than twice in a year. Do not write any particular parent company more than four time is a month (or once a week). Be honest in what you write, give feed back, ask questions.

(NOTE: While I have these categorized by parent company, I never wrote to any parent company more than one time in a day.)


Purina pet food -2 coupons worth $2 each
Hot Pockets -2 coupons worth $.40 each

Ziploc -coupon for free bags ($5 valule)
Glade -coupon for a free candle ($6 value)
Windex -coupon for a free bottle of Windex ($4 value)

Jimmy Dean - coupon for $1 off and Sarah Lee product

Banquet frozen meals - 2 coupons worth $.50 each
Kid Cuisines -2 coupons worth $.50 each

Cottonelle toilet paper - 4 coupons worth $.50 each

Motrin -coupon for $1 off

Del Monte Vegetables - 3 coupons worth $.50 each
Clorox bathroom cleaner - coupon for free product ($4.00 value)
Energizer - coupon for free pack of batteries ($5.00 value)
McCormick gravy mix - 3 coupons worth $.75 each and 1 worth $1, all for different products.
Zatarains - 2 coupons worth $.50 each

I wrote to Gillette, Mr. Clean and Febreeze and did not receive any coupons. You can however sign up for their Every Day Solutions to get coupons and samples on a quarterly basis. You do have to log in every three months and request the coupons/samples. They do not come automatically.
Also, sign up with Home Made Simple to receive coupon books through out the year for products like Mr. Clean and Febreeze.

Citrucell - did not send coupons

Mt. Dew - did not send coupons

Tostino's - did not send coupons

Axe - did not send coupons
Suave - did not send coupons

Weber - did not send coupons

Betty Crocker Muffins - did not send coupons
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal - did not send coupons

Hostess - did not send coupons
Reynolds - did not send coupons

In January (not counting the P&G Every Day Solutions or Home Made Simple) I received $17.55 worth of coupons for products I regularly use. I also received five coupons for free products worth a total of $24.00. My Proctor & Gamble coupons from Every Day Solutions and Home Made Simple total $27.00. All together that makes $68.55 worth of coupons!!

You may have noticed some trends. It looks as if SC Johnson send coupons for free products, General Mills and Proctor and Gamble probably won't send coupons (this is also based on my experience from Coupon Mania).

Add these coupons to other Grocery Tips and you are sure to spend less at the grocery store!

Check back later this month to see how February went!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Rewind, Fastforward

Call it being busy, call it the winter blues, I just haven't felt like blogging lately.

But that doesn't mean I haven't thought about it, or you!

I have a HUGE coupon project in the works, that will be much like my Coupon Mania post in early 2010, only MUCH MUCH bigger. =)

With that being said, I've thought about moving my couponing/money saving posts to their own blog and just using this blog for personal posts. What do you think? Are you interested in just one or the other and rather have them seperated? Or is it easier to get all my info and thoughts in one place? Leave a Comment letting me know!

As for an update on our lives:
We had Zachary for fall break and generally had a good time. Football season came to an end.
Shiloh loved trick or treating this year, I still think we have halloween candy at the house!

We had friends over to celebrate my 29th birthday. I have decided I have to make the most of this last year before I enter my 30's. I am already planning my mid life crisis.
We had our first Thanksgiving at our house. Yes, we've been in our house for 4 years now, but we've always done Thanksgiving at either my parents or Jeremy's parents. Jeremy smoked the most awesome turkey ever, I think I ALWAYS want a smoked turkey now! While he did the meat, I prepared all the other dishes and it was a success. Everything was done on time, still hot, and very very good!

December was busy as usual. We had a good time at all of our family Christmas gatherings.
Me and Jeremy went to the Garth Brooks concert with a couple of friends of ours (Thank You Kristen for getting us the tickets!) The concert rocked. Before the concert we discovered a wonderful little place, the Batter Box that I hope we get to patronize again soon.
We had Zachary for the full week before Christmas for the first time this year, and that was wonderful. The kids had an awesome Christmas and Santa was very good to them. I think Zachary's favorite item was his Leggo Battleship, and Shiloh absolutely adored her Pillow Pet.

January started off with me and Jeremy falling asleep before New Years. =( First time that has ever happened. I guess we are getting old.
Jeremy had a good birthday (I think) and me and Shiloh took him out to eat Mexican for his birthday.

And that about catches you up. Now I am looking forward to the future. Shiloh will be turning 3 in a couple of weeks. I am trying to come up with some good things to do with the kids this spring and summer. There is so much I want to do, but so little funds to do it with. I guess that's just the way it is!