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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Let's Praise God - Please Read!

To all of you:
(Jamie here!)

I want to apologize first that I haven't been around all day for the usual Rite-Aid, Target, etc...  Let me please tell you why.

My husband felt odd this morning on the way home from church.  Sick, sweaty, shaky, short of breath.  And it kept getting worse.  We sat on the couch, praying over him, and trying to decide what to do.  Fifteen minutes later, panicking, we left for the E.R.

While I sat there, worrying, listening to his ragged breathing and watching his hands shake - I was so scared that I would lose this man that I love.  My four young boys watched him warily, fearful and uncomprehending.  After several rounds of tests, and six hours of waiting and worrying, the doctor came in to talk to us. 

Every test result came back PERFECT.  The x-rays, the bloodwork, the EKG - all PERFECT!  It seems he just had an anxiety attack - a result of many factors, all of which we are making plans to alleviate.  This can be fixed.  (breathe) This is going to be okay.  (breathe) My sweet, wonderful husband is going to be just fine.

I am crying with relief right now as I write this, and I just want to praise God for His Goodness, for the people that He gives to us to love and to love us, for the things that are really important.  We just arrived home, and I'm going to take the rest of the evening to take care of my family and recover from the exhausting tension of the day.  But before I sign off, I want to open this post up for any of you who want to give thanks for things in YOUR lives!  I am in the mood to praise God tonight - let's praise Him together.

Thank you Jesus!!

Kroger Deals - 6/6 - 6/12

I looks like a pretty good week at Kroger.  Don't miss the FREE Razor and Gillette Body wash using your new Proctor & Gamble Coupons this week.

Current Catalinas:

California Pizza Kitchen or Digiorno Pizzas (thru 6/13)
Buy 3 - Get $3; Buy 4 or more - Get $4 off your next order *

Solo Cups, Plates & Bowls (thru 6/13)
Buy 2 - Get $1; Buy 3 - Get $3; Buy 4 - Get $4 off your next order
Use .75/1 PRINT

Velveeta Shells & Cheese Cups (5/17 - 6/13)
Buy 2 - Get .50 cents; Buy 3 - Get $1; Buy 4 or more Get $1.50 off your next order

Breyer's Ice Cream (1.5- 1.75 quarts) (thru 6/20)
Buy 2 - Get $2; Buy 3 - Get $3; Buy 4 or more, get $4 off your next order.

Kraft Salad Dressing (16 oz or larger) - (thru 6/27)
Buy 2 - Get $1; Buy 3 - Get $2; Buy 4 or more - Get $3 off your next order


Tyson Split Chicken Breasts - .99 cents/lb
Fresh Ground Chuck - $1.99/lb

Golden Ripe Bananas - .39 cents/lb
Dole Fresh Pineapple - $2.50 each


Yoplait Yogurt Cups - .50 cents
Use .50/6 PRINT then stack with
Use .40/6 Cellfire ecoupon
(makes it .27 cents each)

Cheetos - 2/$4 - B2G1 FREE ($1.33 each)
Use $1/1 Cheetos Mighty Zingers from 5/9 SS, if included
(makes it .33 cents)

Jell-O Gelatin or Instant Pudding - $1
Use BOGO (4 serve box) from 6/6 SS
(makes it .50 cents)

Wrigley's, Lifesavers or Creme savers Candies - $1
Use $1/2 PRINT
(makes it .50 cents)

Ken's Salad Dressing - $1.67
Use $1/1 from 5/9 SS
(makes it .67 cents)

Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers - $1.67
Use .50/1 PRINT
(makes it .67 cents)

Pringles - $1.19
Use $.50/2 Pringles Light from 5/23 RP
(makes it .69 cents each)

Coca-Cola Products (2 litre) - $1
Use $1/4 from the Kroger My Magazine (if you don't receive these awesome coupon books, but sure to stop by the customer service desk to make sure you're on the mailing list)
(makes it .75 cents)

Daisy Sour Cream (16 oz) - $1.79
Use $.50/1 from 6/6 RP
(makes it .79 cents)

Stouffer's or Lean Cuisine Entrees - $1.88
Use $1/1 PRINT
Use $1/2 PRINT or PRINT
(makes it as low as .88 cents)

Nabisco Snack Crackers (Wheat Thins, Triscuit, etc) - $1.88
Use $1/2 from 5/16 SS
Use $1/1 Triscuit from Kroger My Magazine
(makes it as low as .88 cents)

I Can't Believe it's not Butter or Promise Margarine - $1.49
Use .55/1 Promise from 5/23 RP
(makes it .94 cents)

Dannon Yogurt (4-6) pack) - $2
Use $1/1 Activia from 5/2 SS or .50/1 PRINT
Use $1/1 Dan-o-nino from 5/2 SS
Use $1/1 DanActive from 5/2 SS
(makes it $1)

Pillsbury Biscuits or Rolls (Select Varieties) - $1.79
Use $.70/1 Cresent Rolls PRINT
Use $1/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated items PRINT
Use .35/3 Grands from 3/28 SS - Stack with .30/2 Kroger ecoupon
(makes it as low as $1.09)

Kellogg's Cereal (select varieties)/NutriGrain Bars - $2.50
Use $1/2 Kellogg's Cereal PRINT and PRINT
Use $1/2 from 6/6 RP
Use $1.50/3 from 4/25 RP
Use $1/1 NutriGrain Bars PRINT
(makes it as low as $1.50)

Sister Schubert's  Parker House Rolls or New York Garlic Bread - $2.50
Use $.55/1 Sister Schubert's from 3/28 SS (makes it $1.95)
Use .50/1 New York PRINT or from 5/23 SS or May All You Magazine
(makes it $1.50)

Hot Pockets or Lean Pockets - $2
Use $1/3 from 4/25 RP
(makes it $1.67 each)

Tropicana Pure Premium or Trop50 Juice - $2.79
Use .50/1 Trop50 from 6/6 RP
(makes it $1.79)

Jose Ole or TGI Friday's Frozen Appetizers - $3
Use $1/1 Jose Ole PRINT or PRINT or from 4/25 SS
(makes it $2)

California Pizza Kitchen or Digiorno Pizza - $4.99
Use $1/1 CPK from 5/2 SS
Use $1/1 Digiorno from 5/16 SS
**See Catalina at the top of page
(makes it as low as $2.99 w/3 coupons + catalina)

Edy's Ice Cream - $2.77
Use $1/2 from 5/16 SS
(makes it $2.27 each)

From Nature's Market:

Silk Soy Milk or Pure Almond Milk - $2.50
Use $1.25/1 from 4/11SS
Use .75/1 PRINT
(makes it as low as $1.25)

Garden of Eatin Chips - $2
Use $1/1 PRINT
(makes it $1)

Clif, Mojo or Builder Bars - $1

Annie's Mac & Cheese $1

Naturally Preferred Organic Milk - $2.50


Gillette Fusion Pro Glide Razor - $3.50
Use $4/1 from 6/6 P&G
(makes it FREE + overage)

Gillette Body Wash - BOGO FREE
Use B1G1 from 6/6 P&G
(makes them both FREE)

Clorox Bleach - $1.79
Use .25/1 from 6/6 RP
(makes it $1.29)

Nursery Water (1 gal) - $1
Use $1/4 PRINT or .55/1 from April Parent's Magazine
(makes it .45 - .75 cents)

Pamper's Diapers - $8.99
Use $1.50/1 from 6/6 P&G
(makes it 7.49)

Pamper's Wipes (180-216 ct) - $5.99
Use $2/1 from 6/6 P&G
(makes it $3.99)

Crocs FlipFlop $12.99 Shipped (Today Only!)

My poor, cracked, calloused, feet are probably a result of running around barefoot my entire life - over grass, blacktop, or gravel!  Now, though, I try to pamper them a little by buying comfy shoes - and cushiony flipflops are harder to find.

Crocs is having a sale that ends TODAY on nice cushiony flipflops.  Get either pair below for just $12.99 + FREE SHIPPING!
Plus, If you go to Ebates & search CROCS (then enter the website through that link) - you'll get an additional 4% Cashback on your purchase.
New to Ebates?  Sign-up HERE and you'll get a $5 Bonus just for joining!  That means your Crocs will essentially cost only $7.99 Shipped!

Rebate Alerts: $10 Febreeze & $10 Swiffer

There is a great new rebate out for Febreeze Home Collection products & one that ends on June 30th for Swiffer Refills:
  • Receive a $10 Rewards Card when you purchase $20 worth of Febreeze Home Collection Products using this form HERE!  
  • Receive a $10 Rewards Card wyb $20 of Swiffer REFILLS using this form HERE! 
  • Sign up HERE to get the Home Made Simple Booklet mailed to you with several Febreeze & Swiffer Coupons, including BOGO ones!
Walgreens has these items (and more) 25% Off this week + a Register Reward Deal:

I don't know the price for the Febreeze Home Collection stuff yet - but here's an idea for the Swiffer Rebate using WetJet refills:

1) Buy (2) Swiffer Wet Jet Refills $5.46 ea
Pay $10.92 ~ Get $2 RR

2) Buy (2) Swiffer Wet Jet Refills $5.46 ea
Pay $10.92 ~ Get $2 RR
*Do NOT use your previous Swiffer RR to help pay for this - It will prevent a new RR from printing!

3) Send both receipts + this form HERE to get a $10 Cash Card!
Total (After Rebate & Register Rewards): $7.84 - or - $1.96 ea (Reg. $7.29 ea!)

Simplify Sundays (6/6): Stockpiling

Debby McCuiston, self-proclaimed "Queen of Clutter-Free", does a segment for us each Sunday on simplifying our lives, getting rid of "clutter", and focusing on what's important.  We're really loving this weekly segment - and hope you will too!  Take it away Debby...
I must say I am completely blown away at the pictures that some of you have sent in showing your stockpile of great bargains! I have a stockpile of goodies but it pales in comparison to some of your collections. I know how great it feels to look at what God has blessed you with and realize that your family will be taken care of because of your new approach to shopping. Everytime I go into the garage and look on the shelves I can almost hear the music playing and the angels singing "Hallelujah!" (I also hear it everytime I am in the appliance section and open one of those big stainless steel fancy refrigerators.)
It is wonderful that so many of you have taken the lessons that Kelly and Kasey have taught and have filled your "store houses."  But please do not store up stuff just for the fact that you can.  If you collect just for the sake of collecting, it won't be long before it becomes "CLUTTER". When items become clutter they are no longer useful to you, your family or others. There is no reason to spend the time clipping coupons, hunting for the best bargains and then spending your time shopping just to let things sit, collect dust and get in the way. If this is just the latest in a long line of projects that soon will get set aside once the newness wears off, you need to re-evaluate why you are doing this. If you have jumped on the couponing band wagon, good for you. If you have joined because it seems the latest thing all your friends are doing, good for you. But if these are the only reasons you have become a couponer, it will only be a few months before you get bored once again and move on to something else. So before that happens let's make sure you take a look at why you need to continue to coupon and what is the best way to handle all the stuff you keep bringing into your home.
Many of you have gotten started in couponing out of a need to make ends meet. You saw it as a way to get what your family needs and still be able to have a little money left in your pocket. It is unbelievable the amount of money that can be saved by taking the time to clip and organize your coupons. I have had many opportunities to share with people about the amount of money I have saved and they always are amazed. I tell them if I count the time it takes to clip, organize and shop, I could pay myself at least $50 an hour with the amount I save.  I get to share with them that the reason I coupon is to provide for my family and to be able to bless others out of our abundance. I know most of you have had the same experience. Being able to bless others with a random box of goodies is the best part for the giver and the receiver. Keep in mind while you are shopping that just because you may not need it, if it is just costing you pennies or may be free, it is a great item to donate!!!
Now that you have re-evaluated why you coupon and have made the pledge to stick with it to not only bless your family but to also bless others, what do we do with all the STUFF? This is the most important item you must decide before you get too far into the couponing world.
There are a few things to take into consideration about the items you will be storing. First, consider what is the climate of the area that you want to store items in? I use an old baker's rack that we have had for at least 100 yrs, in the unfinished garage to hold the basic household items such as toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning products, razors, shaving cream, and canned items. Inside I keep the perishable items. I have cleaned out a closet in my sewing room and have donated 12 bags of material to make room for my bargains. In this closet I keep cake mixes, noodles, crackers, cookies, anything that bugs may get into or the weather could effect. I know people that have outfitted their garage with top of the line shelving and some that are storing things wherever they can find any extra space (under the bed, in the kitchen, in a closet or under the stairs.) Your situation is different from anyone else's, so do what you can and what works for you.
It doesn't matter what kind of shelving you use as long as it is clean and stable. Keeping your area clean, neat, organized and free of critters is the most important thing. Start with what you have and add or replace it as you find a great bargain. I found some very nice painted metal, heavy duty, wire shelving on clearance at our local Lowe's, yep, I bought all they had on sale. (I love a good sale).
The most important part is how to organize the items on your shelves. If you aren't into all the organizing stuff, I  bet there are times when you can't find something you need, and you wish you had taken the time to organize those shelves.  I would start by putting like items together...such as all paper products together, all cleaning products, baby items together, you get the idea. Now don't just stick them on a shelf.  Put the same items in a row, front to back. If you have items that are dated put the date that is the earlier to expire up front then the latest date in the back.  Make sure you check the dates regularly. Donate at least once a month. If you have your items organized and in order you know what you have to replace or what needs to be moved out or used up. Do not become one of those shoppers that have 600 boxes of Jell-o. Unless you do Jell-o sculptures there is no way in God's green earth that you should need or want that many boxes. GIVE IT AWAY!!  Only keep what you can use in a 4 or 5 month span. Keep in mind that if you have some over stocked items there are lots of great families, shelters or churches that could use a box or 2 of goodies.
I hope you enjoy the "hunt" of coupon shopping. It has been an amazing journey, to go from shopping and hoping you have enough food to last or worrying if you have enough money to pay for what you bought, to shopping and knowing you will have more than enough food and money left over. God will honor your efforts!! Being a good steward of what He has given us, honors His blessings on us. I am surprised that out of a need to make ends meet, God has begun many ministries that constantly give back to others. What a blessing!!!! We want to be used to bless others, but many times we are looking at the big ways--Bible teachers, preachers, or any other staff at the church. Yes, they have an impact on large groups of people. But I believe that the day to day, one family at a time, is the blessings that will last and make a difference in people's lives. Don't look at what you can't do--find a way that you can bless others in the small stuff that happens in their life everyday. Shop, enjoy and bless can't get any better than that.  Keep sending in those pictures-- ladies, you are making a difference in this world!
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