Friday, May 29, 2009
I am so blessed and thankful to have a healthy daughter-in-law and grandson. This is a time when you can look into your heart and say that God is great and God is good.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Discover a secret garden, a sacred place that refreshes your senses and feeds your soul. Whether purposefully planted - like grapevines carefully twisted along a white painted arbor - or tended by nature's hand - a colorful explosion of wildflowers in a forgotten field - you'll recognize your own by the little flutter you feel inside. A place that inspires new dreams and renews forgotten strengths.
Or does your own secret garden flourish indoors? A garden embroidered along the edge of a vintage linen tablecloth, or decorating the notepaper and envelopes you keep on your writing table. Romantic peach rosebuds encircling a china plate. French ribbon roses, and hand-built ceramic roses added to dresser drawers and empty table tops. A floral pattern on a vintage handkerchief. Fleur-de-lis carved into a white display shelf. A vintage needlepoint of pink stargazer lilies surrounded by burgundy roses. A garden of photographs and memories, sprinkled with tiny flowers.
Secret gardens, wherever they may lie, fill our days with sacred places and secret sanctuaries.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
This week doesn’t look very good savings-wise! It’s a great time to use things you already have in your pantry, freezer & stock-pile. I’ll post the good deals I see & then end with a tip of the day!
$1.88 ea. wyb $20.00 worth (so, buy 8 items to get to $20 & you’ll pay $15.04)
Keebler Right Bites
Keebler Fudge Shoppe or EL Fudge Cookies ($.55/1 8.5oz or larger IP here )
Buy a 5pk Kraft Mac & Cheese for $5.69 & get another 5pk Mac & Cheese & 2 Capri Sun Sunrise 10pk Drinks FREE! (There are coupons for Free Capri Sun on the 5pks of Mac & Cheese while supplies last!). This isn’t a bad deal…makes the Mac & Cheese $.57/ea.
Tree Top Apple Juice 1.48 limit 3 (use $1/2 from 5/17 SS or IP here)
Gallon of Shoppers Value Milk 3/$5 (Skim, 1% or 2%)
Barilla pasta 4/$5
Goldfish crackers 4/$5
Lots of Albertsons brands on sale
V8 Vegetable Juice or Fusion Juice $1.88
Lawry’s Season Salt or Garlic Salt $1 (Use $.50/1 5/17 RP)
Tip of the Day #1:
Sometimes you need to buy things you DON’T need, to get deals on the items you DO need or don’t have coupons for (like fresh produce/meat/etc.)!
Seems a little crazy to buy something you can’t/don’t use, BUT what if it will get you something you CAN use?? I finally figured this out. It took me awhile to realize that ALL the coupons in the inserts have a purpose! Even if it is something you don’t use AT ALL, you can maybe use it to help get your cost down on something you DO use. Here’s a recent example…
A few weeks ago, Albertsons had a deal where if you bought $30 worth of certain items, you would get a coupon good for $10 OYNO. Well, the OneTouch Ultra Mini glucose monitor (on sale for $19.99) was included as well as Visine eye drops (on sale for $3.99). There was a coupon not too long ago for up to $20 off this OneTouch monitor and a $3 Visine coupon! So, here is what I did:
$19.99 – OneTouch monitor
$11.97 – 3 Visine eye drops
= $31.96 TOTAL
Then, I used the following coupons:
-$19.99 (OneTouch monitor)
-$9.00 (3-$3/1 Visine)
OOP $2.97 & I got back a $10 OYNO Catalina coupon!!
So, this just gave me a PROFIT of $7.03!!
Now, I can use that $10 OYNO (essentially, free money!) to buy anything I might need at Albertsons…fresh produce, meat, cheese, dairy…the possibilities are ENDLESS!). I’m on a trading board where we swap coupons we don’t need for ones we do & sometimes I even purchase coupons on Ebay. I did that for this deal. I ended up doing this deal 7 times, so I have $70 to use over the next 2 weeks! OK…it might seem a little excessive, but just think…I spent $20.79 OOP & will have $70! Not too bad.
I’ll also leave you with a look at NEXT week’s Walgreen’s ad. I think I’ll include their deals next week if the sales are slim like this week’s are:
Walgreens ad 5/31 thru 6/6
*Thanks to HotCouponWorld for the link!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Pieces of the past, your most cherished memories, seeking a place in the present. The faces in the photo may have grown up or passed on. The fingers that wound the watch and pulled the needle now lie still. Old French perfume bottles lining a bedroom shelf. But these memories remain, and ask to live again.
Much loved tablecloths, used for special family occasions. Grandma's rhinestone brooch, tarnished with years, but twinkling with the possibility of renewed life. A precious delicate hankie carried by a favorite Aunt. Cherished memories that make your lips smile and your eyes shine and the fun and joy of making them into something new again.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
We were sent from the Flea Market to the Second Hand Rose, everything vintage and more. What a treat that was wandering inside and out looking for treasures. We really had fun here looking in corners, under tables and sifting through the outdoor finery. Most of the Flea Market vendors are friends with the owners of Second Hand Rose and for good reason we could see! We only wished that we had more time to poke around, but husbands were waiting as were the week-end chores that we ran away from. Isn't it great to escape??!!
Monday, May 18, 2009
We had another wonderful Friday and Saturday together hunting for treasures for our upcoming Farm Chicks Antique Show. Are blessings showering on us from Heaven or what?
We did some local hunting on Friday, heading out to the countryside looking for barn sales. It was a beautiful day, our warmest this year so far. Made a few friends along the way too! This fluffly sheep and curious goat came running to greet us.... were they looking for food? Did we smell bad? No, antique lovers like us! We did find a great estate sale back in the city where a woman had an incredible collection of china candy plates with the handle. You may see some of them soon!!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Perhaps our love of roses springs from the memories they awaken. A broken china charm painted with a blushing rose evokes an image of the hand painted rose china my grandmother carefully brought out whenever I came for tea. Silk roses placed in a hand painted tea pot remind me of the fragrance of fresh cut roses from my mother's rose garden. Ribbons of hearts and roses across a folding fan recollect a fan she might have held on a hot Sunday morning in church.
Or perhaps it's the myriad of messages a rose can express without saying a word. A rose wreath on an embossed card adds the words "I care about you" to everything you write. A welcome wreath of pink and purple roses hung by the front door announces "Welcome!" to all who enter. Vintage postcards adorned with roses by some of our favorite rose artists from the 1800s, framed and displayed proudly in our homes, inspire our imaginations with possibilities that could have been penned. For whatever reason, one thing is sure. Romantic roses capture our hearts and fill our homes.
written by - Joyce Lucas,
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Well…it’s another week for savings. I’m going to include Fred Meyer this week, since they have some AWESOME deals (it’s their Founder's Day Sale). I'll just touch on Safeway since I didn't see much in their ad this week.
There are Tons of GREAT IP coupons for Kraft foods that can be found at the following links. You can print 2 per site per computer, so you can really rack up the savings:
HERE (you’ll have to sign up/sign in)
HERE (these ones don’t expire until 8/31!!)
*4/$9 Pepsi Product 12pks cans OR 6pk bottles (LIMIT 4) With Coupon…must buy 4 to get deal
*2/$3 Kelloggs cereal, pop-tarts, Nutri Grain bars (LIMIT 8) With Coupon(14.5 oz. Mini Wheats Little Bites, Frosted Mini Wheats 16 oz. Cinnamon Streusel or Bite Size Blueberry Muffin, 16.3 oz. Strawberry, 16.5 oz. Bite Size Maple & Brown Sugar or 18 oz. Bite Size Original, 12.5 oz. Corn Pops, 17 oz. Frosted Flakes, 18 oz. Corn Flakes, 20 oz. Raisin Bran, 21 or 22 oz. Pop-tarts or 10.4 oz. Bars). ($1/1 IP Kelloggs coupons: HERE )
*2/$3 Tree Top apple juice 64oz assorted varieties, (LIMIT 8) With Coupon($1/2 IP HERE)
*3/$5 Lay's, Cheetos or Fritos Potato Chips (LIMIT 3) With Coupon
(10.5-11 oz. Lay's, 8.5 oz. Lay's Kettle Cooked, 7.75-10.25 oz. Cheetos or 9.25-11.125 oz. Fritos. Assorted varieties).
*2/$1 Fresh Express Salad mixes 12oz size (LIMIT 4) With Coupon
$1.98 fresh pineapple (If it’s Del Monte…$.75/1 CLICK HERE)
$3.99 Tillamook 2lb cheese loaf (assorted flavors) LIMIT 2
$.79 Gatorade 32oz OR Propel 24oz LIMIT 12
*Fresh express premium romaine, green & crisp, lettuce trio or spinach, $1.48 ea. (limit 4)
*Jimmy Dean sliced bacon, 12 oz, $2.38 ea. (limit 2)
*Best foods mayo, 30 oz (select varieties) $1.88 ea. (limit 2)
*Philadelphia cream cheese (8 oz), or Albertsons shredded or chunk cheese (6-8 oz) $.88 ea. (limit 3) **$1/2 cream cheese HERE or HERE or HERE
*Albertson's cereal Crispy Rice, Corn Flakes, Apple Cinnamon toasted oats, Toasted Oats, Honey Nut Toasted Oats $.88 ea. (limit 2)Cottonelle bath tissue, 12 double rolls, select varieties, $4.88 ea. (limit 2)
*Pepsi soft drinks, 24pk cans (select varieties) $4.88 ea. (limit 2)
*Kraft American cheese slices, 10.7-12 oz (select varieties) $1.88 ea. (limit 3) ***$1/2 HERE or HERE or HERE
Betty Crocker/General Mills instant savings deal. Save $4 instantly wyb $10 on participating products in a single transaction w/ your Preferred card.
Here are some IP coupon match-ups:
4/$5 items or 8/$6 with $4 savings wyb $10 worth
Suddenly Salad ($.40 IP HERE & HERE & HERE)
3/$5 items or 6/$6 with $4 savings wyb $10 worth
BC ready to spread frosting ($.55/1 HERE)
Progresso vegetable classics soup ($1/2 & $2/4 HERE)
Green Giant frozen boxed vegetables ($.60/2 HERE & $.50/1 HERE)
2/$5 OR 4/$6 with $4 savings wyb $10 worth
BC brownie mix or Sunkist lemon bars ($.50/2 HERE & HERE)
Yoplait yogurt, 32 oz ($1/1 HERE)
Yoplait yogurt multi-packs , yo-plus or gogurt ($1/2 HERE & HERE)
BC fruit roll-ups, fruit by the foot, gushers, or fruit snacks ($.75/2 HERE & HERE)
Progresso light, rich & hearty, traditional, reduced sodium, or m'waveable soup ($1/2 or $2/4 HERE )
Fiber One bars ($1.35/1 good on Chocolate Mocha flavor ONLY HERE)
3/$10 or 3/$6 with $4 savings wyb $10 worth
Bisquick baking mix 40 oz ($.60/1 HERE & HERE)
$1.50/ea wyb 4 ($2.50/ea for fewer than 4): Get $1/1 select cereal coupons here: HERE
Rice Krispies, 12 oz
Frosted mini wheats, 16 oz
Frosted flakes, 17 oz
Raisin bran, 20 oz
Poptarts, 21-22 oz
Coffee-Mate liquid cream 3/$5
($1/1 & $1.50/2 HERE )
Propel Fitness water 23.7 oz B4G1 FREE (10/$10 or would be $.80 ea wyb 5) Same price at Fred Meyer (actually $.79 ea) & don’t have to buy a certain number!
(Thanks to SLickCate at SD)
California Pizza Kitchen
$4.99 CPK Pizza Original or Thin Crust 11.9 to 14.1-oz
* $1/1 IP
* There is supposed to be a CPK Frozen Pizza B3G1 FREE (with your club card) Deal 5/13/09 to 5/26/09 to go along with this.
Cereal/Fruit Snacks Mix & Match Sale (Buy 5 Save $5)
Kellogg's Corn Flakes, Betty Crocker Scooby Doo Fruit Snacks, General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios, General Mills Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Post Honey Bunches of Oats, Kellogg's Special K Red Berries.
Clean Up & Save BIG Mix & Match
$4.99 when you buy 3 or more participating items
Thought I'd just end by posting some inspiration. Here is a copy of my Safeway receipt from yesterday showing that I paid $4.41 & saved $157.66 (or 97%) on my groceries:
Here's a run-down of what I purchased for $4.41:
10 - V8 Splash 46oz
5 - V8 Low Sodium Vegetable Juice 46oz
5 - Ocean Spray Cranberry/Pomegranate 64oz
5 - Capri Sun Sunrise 10pk
5 - Capri Sun Roaring Waters 10pk
1 - Corn tortillas
1 - Flour tortillas
1 - Black Pearl Olives
1 - Sunmaid Raisin Bread
1 - Fresh Express Lettuce shreds
2.5lb Ground beef
1lb Ground pork
4.07lb Russet potatoes
1.07lb Roma tomatoes
1lb Mini Carrots
It took a little planning, but was WELL worth it! I even had my two little munchkins along with me. :)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I love old barns, old farm buildings, big or small. Maybe it's the fond, old memories of being in my grandparents' barn in Minnesota... the rough smells of animals I had not lived around, cows, chickens and wild cats. My sister and I had to collect the eggs each morning, a scary job for little kids from the city. My grandpa would teach us how to make little canoes from birch bark and we would go to visit the Indian village where Grandpa had built the school, church and store for the tribe. The smells of coffee and wood burning stoves still takes me back to their farm home built with boards that Grandpa planed from the trees he felled on the property. Talking with my grandparents was difficult since they spoke Swedish with English mixed in. Pretty incredible when I look back now.
My grandfather was very artistic and musical, first chair violin in the Swedish Army orchestra, the music for the king. Maybe my love of photography came genetically from him. I hope to soon get some of my photos onto notecards and prints. Sometimes that drive from deep inside is impossible to turn off. My art, dedicated to my grandfather.
Monday, May 11, 2009
We are so honored to have been accepted into the wonderful Farm Chicks Antique Show up in Spokane Washington ! Five of us who produce and participate in shows down here in the Portland/Vancouver area are headed up to Spokane on June 5th for the big show on June 6th and 7th. Last week we started our weekly meeting(s) to prepare our mock-up display. We are so fortunate that one of our members, Linda, has an empty shop space that we can use to set up our complete display to make sure that everything looks just right and fits into our allotted space. I will be showing you that progression as each week passes and the panic builds. We have just designed our price tags, thanks to Eileen and Randy. They turned out really cute. So this week we spent time planning and cutting and distributing tags. Our bags and tissue are ordered and the first load of product for Eileen & I has been delivered to the shop. We have decided on our crazy, eye catching, unforgettable aprons and still have to find the perfect fabric so we can get our sewing machines running.
Of course months of collecting have gone on prior to this week just to build our inventory. We have blogged about one of our "Treasure Hunt Trips" previously. Last Friday Eileen and I went out on an Estate Sale search. It was bleak, nothing but junk. Our next stop on the list took us to an older neighborhood, very narrow road, heavily treed so it was really dark. We rounded a curve in the road and found ourselves in the midst of a police raid surrounding the estate sale! Do we chance it or keep driving?? We aren't that adventurous!! Maybe in high school, but not at my advanced age!! There were 6 police cars and the cops were searching door to door, front and back yards for someone. Hmm-mmm, we missed that sale.
We will continue to show you our progress in preparing for the Farm Chicks sale and actually take you digitally with us to the sale in June. We can use your prayers on this one that all goes well... safely!
Have a great week!
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
In the bathroom, perhaps a white towel edged with beautiful blue forget-me-nots and pale blue trim. On the kitchen table, a teapot or tea cup with a blue floral pattern, or a shabby blue tea cozy that warms a pot with beautiful blue, waiting for a friend. Please join us at Forget Me Not Dreams and Make Mine Pink for shopping with a twist on Friday May 8, 2009 as we present "Beautiful Blues"
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
With the economy the way it is, what better time than now to start saving money, right? And using coupons with sale items is a GREAT way to start! Most coupons can be found in the Sunday paper, but there are TONS of other great coupons on the Internet. You need to download a program on to your computer so that the bar-code can print correctly & scan correctly at the store, but after that, the savings are ENDLESS.
You can generally print 2 coupons PER computer. After the coupon prints, just hit your back button a few times & another one will print. Each coupon will have a unique code printed under the expiration date. So, if you have more than one computer at home, that will increase the number of coupons you can print. Here is a list of websites that frequently change the coupons they have:
***Word of caution…if you think you *might* use a certain coupon; print it because they might be gone when you want it. Generally, the expiration date on the printed coupons will be one month from the date you print them.
Printable coupon sites:
Nestle coupon sites:
Safeway Deals 5/6 – 5/12
Info on Safeway:
* Safeway.com has Proctor & Gamble (PG) coupons you can load right onto your Club Card. You can use these WITH manufacturer coupons to save even MORE money! You can check that out here: Click here
*Safeway.com also has printable coupons on their site. Some are even Safeway specific. Go here to check them out: Click here
*Each week in their flyer they have a “double” coupon that will double up to 4 manufacturers (mfg) coupons up to $.50 ea, so a maximum additional savings of $2.
$.40 mfg coupon + double = savings of $.80 ($.40 + $.40 double)
$.50 mfg coupon + double = savings of $1.00 ($.50 + $.50 double)
$1.00 mfg coupon + double = savings of $1.50 ($1 + $.50 double)
Here are some highlights from this week’s ad
Buy any 5 Save $5 Mix & Match
Participating brands include Ocean Spray, Capri Sun, Capri Sun Roarin' Waters, Mott's, Langers, V8, V8 V-Fusion, Izze, Crystal Light, Propel and Gatorade Powder Drink Mix
$5.98 – 2 V8 Vegetable juice (use 2 of the $1/1 IP found here: Here or Here)
$6.98 – 2 V8 Fusion (use 2 of the $2/1 IP found here: Here)
$3.49 – 1 other juice
-5 (instant promo with club card)
-2 (2-$1/1 V8 Veg IP)
-4 (2-$2/1 V8 Fusion IP)
-2 (double coupon)
$3.45 out of pocket (OOP) for 5 juices!!
OR…if you bought a $2.49 juice instead of the $3.49, you'd pay $2.45 OOP
OR…if you bought a $2.99 juice instead of the $3.49, you'd pay $2.95 OOP
So, for the price of ONE of the above juices, you’ll get 5 bottles!!
Ice Cream Promo:
Earn a $5 Reward Coupon from 5/6 to 5/19 when you buy and FOUR (4) of the following:
Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream 14oz. or bars 3-pk. or larger
Dreyer's Branded Products 1.5 qt.
Dreyer's Fruit Bars 6-pk. or larger
Dreyer's Dibs Frozen Snacks 60-ct. or 10-ct.
Nestle Drumstick Frozen Dairy Dessert Cones 4-pk. or larger
Eskimo Pie Frozen Dairy Dessert Bars 6-pk. or larger
The Skinny Cow Frozen Treats 4-pk. or larger
Not sure what the price of these items will be, but there were some coupons in the 4/26 Sunday’s insert:
$1/2 Haagen Daz bars
$1/2 Dreyers Dibs 10ct
$1/2 Drumstick & Eskimo pie
Other good deals:
Strawberries or Blackberries Buy one Get one (BOGO) at $3.99
Gatorade or Propel $.88/ea
Oscar Mayer Lunchables 10/$10 (or $1 ea…don’t have to buy 10)
18ct Lucerne eggs $1.99 w/in-ad coupon (this is better at Albertsons this week, though…you can get a dozen eggs there for $.99 limit 3)
Tropicana OJ 2/$6
-$1 IP (Here)
Pedigree Dentastix are $3
- $2.50 IP here (Here & Here)
- $.50 double
Wet Ones $2.79
-$1 IP here (Here)
Pillsbury Catalina on your next order (OYNO) thru 5/17:
When you buy 3 participating products you get a $3 OYNO catalina coupon (cat). I’ve done the following & have gotten it:
Buy 3 of the $1.50 Pillsbury 4pk Crescent rolls
-$1.00/3 from 4/26 SmartSource (SS)
$3.50 OOP & get back a coupon for $3 OYNO (these can be use for ANYTHING in the store) You can also use it to buy more of the same item to make your OOP lower the next time (it’s referred to as “rolling” your cat)
Buy 3 of the $1.99 Pillsbury 5ct Cinnamon rolls
-$1.00/3 from 4/26 SS
$4.97 OOP & get back a coupon for $3 OYNO
Albertsons deals 5/6 – 5/12
Franz Premium White Bread is $1.37 Limit 4
Albertsons Chunk Cheese is $3.99 Limit 2
Fresh Baked Cinamon Rolls $.99 Limit 6
Nabisco Ritz Crackers $1.88 Limit 4
Jennie-O Ground Turkey $1.88 ea, Limit 6
Braeburn Apples 5 lb. Bag $2.99 Limit 2
Yuban Ground Coffee or Maxwell House Ground Coffee $4.99 Limit 2
Albertsons Large Eggs $.99 doz. First 3
Breyers Ice Cream (use $.75 mfq from 4/5 Unilever insert)
Nabisco Family Size Snack Crackers are $1.99
Kellogg’s cereal 50% off (various $1 cereal coupons at Here & Here)
Get a $5 OYNO cat wyb $15 in Clorox bleach or cleaning items, Viva, Glad, Scott or Cottonelle in a single transaction w/your Preferred Card
-FREE Clorox wipes wyb 2 Clorox products up to $3.49 (Here)
-Cottonelle coupons (Here)
Kraft promo…Save $3 WYB $10 automatically with your club card
10/$10 or $.75 ea wyb 10
Kraft Easy Mac cups (use BOGO IP Here)
Kraft bbq sauce (use $.75 mfg 5/3 SS)
**Also, possible OYNO cat deal with this item (not confirmed)
Buy Kraft BBQ sauce 18oz.+ between 5/1-5/24
Buy 4 get $2 or
Buy 5 get $2.50 or
Buy 6 or more get $3 coupon off your next shopping order.
4/$10 or $1.75 ea wyb 10
Velveeta Shells & Cheese (use $1.50/2 IP Here)
South Beach Living Fiber Fit bars (use $1 IP Here)
Tree Top Apple Juice (use $1/2 IP Here)
Kraft Bagel-fuls (use $1 IP Here)
5/$10 or $1.40 ea wyb $10
Kraft Mayo (use $1 mfq from 4/26 SS insert)
$5 – 2 South Beach Fiber Fit Bars
$5 – 2 Kraft Bagel fuls
-$3 instant savings wyb $10
-$2 (2-$1 South Beach IP)
-$2 (2-$1 Kraft Bagelfuls IP)
OOP $3 for 4 boxes or $.75/ea
$10 – 4 Tree Top Apple Juice
-$3 instant savings wyb $10
-$2 (2-$1/2 Tree Top IP)
OOP $5 for 4 juices or $1.25/ea
$10 – 4 Velveeta Shells & Cheese
-$3 instant savings wyb $10
-$3 (2-$1.50/2 Velveeta IP)
OOP $4 for 4 boxes or $1/ea
Hope some of these coupon match-ups will help you save your family some money this week. Looking forward to posting again next week with more!