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Monday, January 18, 2010

Simplify Sunday is Serious Business to Me

I just had to post and challenge everyone that if you haven't participated in our new "Simplify Sunday," segment you are missing out.  I am writing this now not as Time 2 $ave, but as Kasey, a stay at home mom who constantly wrestles with keeping my house clean.  I don't know maybe some of you were born with this natural ability to organize and clean, but I wasn't.  I so want to be organized and to stay that way but it is not natural and very hard for me. 

For me, my home has become cluttered for several reasons, but the main being I have been in survival mode.  The difficulities  I have faced the past couple of years have been so much bigger than me, that it took every bit of my strength to pray.  Sometimes even praying was hard, I am thankful for the prayer warriors that God has put in my life that stood in the gap for me many times before the Father.

But now, life has evened out a bit and it's time for me to shake off those things that hinder me, no more excuses.  I get so overwhelmed looking at what I need to do and how much time it's going to take that it intimidates me to want to start.  Then since I haven't done anything about it I feel bad about myself and the clutter sits there and screams at me all day saying "you'll never get me."  Now my house isn't an utter mess, my dishes are washed, toilets clean, and laundry semi done it's just that there is constantly "stuff" everywhere.  I have also been challenged to reflect about keeping things I don't really need and getting rid of toys my children never play with.  Honestly, I even want to sell furniture that we don't really need. 

So, I  made a choice, either I could make a step closer to my goal or farther away each day.  I chose closer, even if that meant cleaning out one drawer that day, at least I took a step in the right direction.  Below, I have attached some before and after pictures of a BIG project, my kids playroom.  I am really putting myself out there showing how messy it was before, but we knew it was about to get an overhaul.

We don't need half the toys we have.  That's why there is stuff everywhere, we just keep hauling it in one Happy Meal Toy at a time.  I so want my children to appreciate what they have and to have a spirit of giving, instead of conusumed with wanting more.  One thing I have learned for certain is that giving my children the opportunity to be patient by not giving them instant gratification builds their character.  

It is soooo much worse than this, I just can't bring myself to post some of the other pictures.  We had really let it go since we had been in three states in a matter of seven days and were exhausted from traveling.  Besides you don't get the full effect unless you can see it all in person. 

One word for this SERENITY!! 

My project today was to clean a corner of our bedroom that I have been avoiding that needed to be tackled.  Not tons of stuff, or even more than a 15 minute job and boy it feels so much better.  Since I only set a small goal of that one project I don't feel defeated.  In fact, I even cleaned out several other areas of my house that have been bothering me.  Now, instead of trying to clean the entire house including all closets, drawers, garage, baseboards, windows and ceiling fan blades by tomorrow morning I have a new goal.  I am choosing one project at a time, one day at a time.

Please tell me I am not the only one who deals with cleaning/clutter guilt.  Share with us!! Send us pictures to of before and after, even if it's just one drawer.  Or, comment below.  Let's encourage and support each other!

Kroger Highlights: 1/17 - 1/23

This is a good week for stocking up on meat (and with the beautiful weather today, I'm starting to get in the cookout mood!)  The really good meat deals are mostly 4-day sale deals - so keep in mind you need to get there early this week!  The freebies are mostly carrovers from last week, but if you haven't taken advantage of them - do it!

4-Day MEAT Sale:
Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.79 lb
Tyson Boneless Chicken Tenders $1.99 lb
Boneless Beef Chuck Roast $1.99 lb
Boneless Pork Loin $1.69 lb
Jennie-O Turkey Burgers frozen 3 lb box B1G1
Use $1/2  from 1/03 SS

Best Weekly Deals:

Gatorade Sports Drink $1
Use 50¢/1 from 1/10 RP
(makes it FREE!) *If your store doubles

Tony’s Crispy Crust Pizza 9.7-10.4 oz $1 ea
Use 50¢/1 or $1/2 from 12/13 SS
(makes it as low as FREE!)

Birds Eye Frozen Vegetables 10-12 oz $1 ea
Use 50¢/1 or $1/2 from 12/6 SS
(makes it as low as FREE!)

Healthy Choice Meals $1.99
Use $5/5 PRINT
Stack with $5/5 Kroger E-Coupon
(Buy 5, use both coupons = FREE!)

Stonyfield Oikos Yogurt, $1
Use $1/1 from 1/3 SS
(makes it FREE)

Betty Crocker Pouch Potatoes, $1 ea
Use 35¢/1 from 12/13, 11/22, 11/15 SS

Stack WITH 40¢/1 Cellfire eCoupon or Shortcuts eCoupon
(Use both, makes it FREE!)

Pillsbury Biscuits/Rolls/ Breads: $1
Load 30¢/2 Biscuits, 40¢/2 Crescents, 50¢/2 Sweet Rolls at Shortcuts & Cellfire
Stack WITH various $1/2, 50¢/2, etc.. PRINT, PRINT, or PRINT
or from 1/3, 12/13, 12/6, 11/15, 11/08 SS
(as low as 25¢ ea)

Wolfgang Puck’s Soups: $2.50 ea
Use $1/1 from 1/10 SS
Stack with $1/1 Shortcuts E-Coupon
(makes it 50¢ ea!)

Hunt’s Manwich 7.5-16 oz $1 ea
Use 50¢/3 from 1/10 SS
Stack with 50¢/3 Shortcuts E-Coupon
Also USE B3G1from Jan All*You
(Buy 4, use all 3 coupons = $1.50 for 4 cans!)

Hunt’s Snack Pack Pudding 14 oz $1 ea
Use $1/4 from 1/10 SS
Use B3G1 from January All*You
(makes it $3 for 5 packs = 60¢ a pack!)

Dannon Yogurt, 32oz. or 4-6pk., $1.88
Use $1/1 from 10/4 or 12/6 SS
(makes it 88¢ ea)

DiGiorno or California Pizza Kitchen: $4.99 ea
Use $1.50/1 DiGiorno Ultimate from 12/13 SS
or $1/1 PRINT
(makes it as low as $3.49 ea)

Cheetos or Fritos 7.75-11.1 oz $2 ea (Get 1 FREE wyb 2)
(makes it $1.34 ea)

Quaker Instant Oatmeal $1.88
Use $1/1 printable (IE) or printable (FF)
(makes it 88¢)

Tennessee Pride Roll Sausage, Links or Patties 10-16 oz B1G1
Use $1/1 from 12/13 RP
or $1/2 PRINT

ButterBall Sliced Chicken Breast Lunch Meat B1G1 at $3.99
Use $1/2 from 1/10 SS
(makes it $1.50 lb)

Stayfree Maxi or Ultrathin Pads $2.49
Use $1/1 PRINT
B1G1 Stayfree product RP 1/3
(B1G1 + $1 off makes it 75¢ ea for 2)

$5 off $20 CVS Coupon + FREE SCENARIO!

UPDATE: Some CVS Managers have been instructed not to accept these coupons outside of California. However, the coupon itself does not specify location, and as long as it is online, and has a print link, it is perfectly legal to print and use it. This will depend on which CVS you shop, so be prepared!

There is a NEW CVS $5 off $20 coupon from the Fresno Bee - and I've got a fun little scenario to get some free Superbowl Snacks with it! 

1st: Print this coupon HERE
2nd: Go print (2) Stacy's Chips Q's HERE (Only if you haven't printed them before!),  (2) True North Q's HERE and grab (1) True North Q from your Dec. All*You Magazine and grab (2) Gatorade G2 Q's from 1/10 RP

Now then, CVS is running an ECB deal on Pepsico Products: Buy $20 ~ Get $10 ECB. 
This includes lots of items, but right now we'll focus on getting the most stuff for the least $$$!

Deal Scenario # 1 - Munchies!
Buy (2) bags of Stacy's Chips(2/$6) + (3) True North Nut Snacks (2/$6) + (2) Gatorade ($1.25) + (1) bag of Lays or Tostitos ($3.50): $21.00 
Use $5/$20 CVS Coupon 
Use (2) $1/1 Stacy's Q's + (3) $1/1 True North Q's + (2) 50¢ Gatorade Q's
Total OOP:  $9.50  ~  Get $10 ECB Back
(Makes 7 Items FREE!)

Deal Scenario # 2 - Beverages!

Buy (6) 12-Packs of Pepsi (3 for $10):  $20
Use $5/$20 CVS Coupon
Use $10 ECB from Scenario #1
Total OOP: $5 ~ Get $10 ECB Back
(Makes 6 Packs FREE + $5 Moneymaker!!)

*If you do this deal without starting with $10 ECB, it will make it 83¢ per 12-Pack!)

NOTE: There are 4 separate rebates on Pepsico Products - depending on your state, it may or may not require an alcohol purchase.  You can make this deal extra, extra sweet if you are able to get one of these rebates on top of your deal!

CHEAP Huggies Diapers (Starting 1/24)

Next week at Walgreens, there will be a great deal on Huggies Diapers - so I want you to print off THESE Huggies Coupons NOW, because I don't want them to be gone before you get to them!

Get  $5 RR  wyb  $25  in Qualifying Products
Huggies Snug-n-Dry or Movers diapers: 8.99
GoodNites: 8.99
Pull-Ups: 8.99

★Deal Scenario

 Buy (3) packs:  $26.97
 Use (3) $2/1 Huggies PRINT:  $20.97
 Stack w/ $1/1 from Children's Activity Book (Will deduct 3X): $17.97
 Get $5 RR Back: $12.97

Pay $12.97 for 3 Jumbo Packs = $4.33 ea!!

- Thanks, AFullCup!

Walgreens: Cheap Bacon & Eggs!

This week at Walgreens, Oscar Meyer Fully Cooked Bacon is priced $1.99.  They are producing a $1 RR wyb 2 packages, making them $1.50 ea!
Not only that, but there have been tearpads found at MANY places (Publix, Kmart, Bi-Lo, even Walgreens!) for $1 Off Eggs wyb (2) Oscar Meyer Bacons. The price of eggs ranges from about 99¢ - $1.29.

Buy (2) Oscar Meyer Ready Bacon: $3.99 + Eggs for $1.29
Use $1 off Eggs Coupon
Pay $4.28 ~ Get $1 RR
Makes it $1.09 per item!

NOTE: This RR has no signage in the store or in the ad.  The $1 RR deal was confirmed from a Catalina that printed out, letting a customer know about it.  The RR will print through 1/23!

Thank, AFullCup!

Target: $1.50 Axe Gift Sets & FREE Nivea Body Wash

Target is running a gift card deal on Axe Gift Sets through 2/6/2010 - I've fixed the coupon link and I wanted to make sure everyone can find it - and also that everyone knows about this deal!
You will find these gift sets on an endcap in the men's shampoo/bodywash/deodorant area.  They should have a sign saying that if you buy 2, you will receive a $5 Target Gift Card.  If they don't, and you're unsure, just scan it and it should tell you if it will receive a gift card.

Buy 2 Axe Gift Sets: $5 ea
Use (2) $1/1 Axe Shower Gel or Detailer Tool PRINT
(You'll need to find a gift set that includes one of these items, they vary)
Pay  $8 ~ Get $5 Gift Card Back
Makes it $1.50 per set, or 75¢ per item!

You can use this gift card to turn around and do this deal again, and again, and again - so if this is your hubby/son's favorite, it's a good opportunity to stock up!

OH! And one more thing, I mentioned in my Target Match-Up that Nivea Body Wash would be FREE if the women's body wash was also included in the $2.99 sale.  (The printable coupon states women's body wash, the Target sale ad states men's body wash).  Well I went yesterday to grab a few things, and the women's IS included in the sale!

Buy Nivea Women's Body Wash: $2.99
Use $2/1 from 1/3 RP
Stack WITH $1/1 Target Q PRINT
(makes it FREE!)

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