October 2010

Sunday Shopping 10-31-10

Happy Halloween!  Don't forget that today is the last day to enter the giveaway for a $20 Haddy Grace Designs gift certificate! Haddy Grace features the most adorable handmade girls dresses, onsies, & baby shoes, and the prices are ridiculously reasonable.  Click here for details. Now, on to shopping.... I had to take a break [...]

Beginner’s Guide to Coupons (Week 5)


Up to this point, our main focus has been on grocery store savings, and hopefully by now, with several weeks’ practice, you feel like you have a firm grasp on the process of making your list, gathering your coupons, and tackling the store. Your pantry stockpile is filling up nicely, and you’re not only starting [...]

Thursday Shopping 10-28-10 (& Shopping Link Up)

After a whole month of bare-minimum grocery shopping my once-plentiful stockpile was starting to look a little pathetic, and I realized it was time for a major shopping trip.  While Trouble was napping this morning, I actually sat down (novel concept, I know!) and took plenty of time to gather and organize all my coupons [...]

Thanksgiving Recipes, Part 1


I had no idea there would be so much interest in my Thanksgiving menu.  Over the next week or two I will try to post all of the recipes, but today I am starting with my top 3 favorites:  Caramelized Onion Pull-Apart rolls, Twice-Baked sweet potatoes, and Roasted Parmesan Brussels Sprouts. I'm just going to [...]

Sunday Shopping 10-24-10

I've been offline all weekend as I am desperately trying to finish repainting our master bedroom.  (No small task with two little ones constantly underfoot--Trouble seems to be drawn like a magnet to wet paint!)  With hours left of painting yet to complete, I almost skipped my Sunday shopping altogether, but then I ran out [...]

Beginner’s Guide to Coupons (Week 4)


By now you should be starting to feel pretty confident about your coupon skills.  You've created a system for organizing your coupons, you've mastered the process of making your shopping list, and you are even getting good at filling your cart with sale items, and then making sure they ring up correctly.  You're starting to [...]

Thursday Shopping 10-21-10

I started out this morning a little frustrated because my papers didn't include several of the coupons I was hoping to use.  It didn't help matters that I had sneaked Trouble's special blankie into the wash, not realizing that she, being obsessed with the washer, would see it tumbling around and completely freak out.  It [...]

Operation Christmas Child: Challenge and a Giveaway

I'll admit it, I am a holiday addict.  You give me a holiday, and I'll give you an excuse to go overboard.  Valentine's Day, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween....I love them all.  But the winter holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, those are my favorites.  So it should come as no surprise that I've got a few [...]

Halloween Decorating


I had the best of intentions for my Halloween decorations this year.  The World Wide Web (does anyone even call it that anymore?) was teeming with adorable craft projects and ideas that I was just dying to try.  In fact, you may remember this inspiration board I created for myself last month: (Photo credits:  potterybarn.com, [...]

Sunday Shopping 10-17-10

Today's drugstore shopping adventure was unexpectedly draining and a good reminder of why people get frustrated and fed up with couponing.  That said, it was also extremely successful, and when all was said and done, frustrations aside, I still saved over $220 for about 5 hours of work (including making my lists, gathering coupons, and [...]

Beginner’s Guide to Coupons (Week 3)


Last week you got your feet wet and [hopefully] discovered just how fun using coupons can be.  This week you are going to dive in completely! (If you are new to my blog or brand new to coupons, I strongly suggest you read Part 1: How to Start before going any further.) After 3 weeks of collecting newspaper [...]

Thursday Shopping 10-14-10

Aside from forgetting my list and all my coupons on the kitchen counter (and having to go all the way back home to get them), today's shopping trip was relatively uneventful.  I wasn't super excited by the ads at either Publix or Winn-Dixie this week, but luckily I have enough food in my stockpile to [...]

10 Tips for Buying & Selling on Craigslist


I don't know about you, but I am pretty much in love with Craigslist.  It is simultaneously a thrifty shopper and compulsive organizer's dream.  Did you spend the weekend cleaning out the garage and now have a bunch of stuff you want to get rid of?  Craigslist is there for you.  Need a new desk [...]

Sunday Shopping 10-10-10

I almost skipped my drugstore shopping altogether today.  Husband and I got up early and spent all day cleaning out our garage, something we've needed to do badly since Hurricane Charley ravaged our house in 2004.  It was exhausting and dirty and hot, and by the time we finally called it a day, shopping ranked [...]

Beginner’s Guide to Coupons (Week 2)


 I know you've all been on pins and needles, anxiously awaiting this week's edition of my Beginner's Guide to Coupons series. Well my friends, the wait is over.  Today's topic?  Your first shopping list. (And if you are new to my blog and new to coupons, I strongly urge you to read Part One: How to Start [...]