October 2011

getting my groove back…. {& LWSL reader survey}

The past 2 weeks have been an emotional roller coaster, and I have to be honest that writing this blog has been the last thing on my mind.  I can't thank you enough for all for the kind comments and emails, as well as for your patience. I am just now today starting to get [...]

Halloween DiY: Bumblebee Costume {Part 2}

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A few weeks ago I posted part one of this year's bumblebee costume for the girls.  The pillowcase dress design turned out cute, but my little bees were sadly lacking in necessary bee accessories.  They needed wings and antennae!  I found some cute options at Gymboree, but even on sale, the total cost for 2 [...]

coupons 101: how to shop at walmart

I want to thank you all for your patience and kindness--the comments, emails, and words of encouragement--during this time.  My mother-in-law was a special woman and she will be missed.  We are currently in Chicago; the funeral was yesterday but we will be staying for a few more days to tie up the loose ends. [...]

in memoriam

Marie Anne Soukup July 29th, 1924 - October 17th, 2011 *   *   * My mother-in-law passed away this morning after an extended illness.  Even though it was not entirely unexpected, death is always a shock, and I just wanted to let you all know that I will probably not be posting too much [...]

Pumpkin Coconut Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Muffins {Recipe}

pumpkin cream cheese muffins recipe

Sometime last winter I found canned pumpkin on clearance at Walgreeens.  It made the perfect "filler" item to complete my multiple transactions, so I stocked up and bought all the cans they had left.  I'm so happy fall is finally here so I can start to use it!  (I am incapable of eating pumpkin anything [...]

My Savings Story

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Today's post is a little different.  Right now I am in New York City attending Save Up '11 with my fellow Savings.com DealPros.  Today, at the request of Savings.com, all 41 of us are posting our personal Savings Stories on our respective blogs.  This is mine. Some people are born to shop while others are [...]

10 Thrifty Ideas for Getting Organized

How to Organize Cords and Cables

I am headed off to NYC (for the first time EVER!) this morning to attend Save Up '11 with my fellow Savings.com DealPros. Can I just tell you how excited I am?  Tomorrow all 50 of us will be posting our unique Savings Stories on our respective blogs, so be sure to come back and [...]

Halloween DiY: Bumblebee Costume {Part 1}

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I have never attempted to sew a costume before, but Princess really wanted to be a bumblebee this year.  When I started looking at the bee costumes that were available, I was appalled at the idea of anyone spending $25 or $35 per child when I knew I could make it for much cheaper. At [...]

sunday shopping 10-9-11

Happy Monday! We picked up our 15 empty Operation Christmas Child boxes at church over the weekend & the whole family is excited about starting to fill them.  I thought for sure I'd be able to pick up some stuff this weekend, but neither Walgreens or CVS had very exciting sales this week. Remember to [...]

Black & White Chili with Roasted Butternut Squash {Recipe}

black & white chili with roasted butternut squash

Remember that butternut squash I bought on a whim last week?  Well, I have a teeny tiny confession to make:  I have never actually cooked a butternut squash before, at least not one that wasn't already peeled, mushed, then frozen.  I had no idea what I was supposed to do with it.  So it just sat [...]

thursday shopping 10-6-11 {& weekly shopping linky}

Wow!  You guys REALLY had an an opinion yesterday about my dress options!  It was so great to see what everyone thought, and I really, really appreciate all the feedback!  I still haven't made a final decision--I may bring them all--but I am leaning towards 1 or 2.  Or 6.  Or maybe 5.  But I [...]

Fashion on a Dime: How to Look Your Best Without Breaking the Bank

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Do you ever feel like you are on a never-ending quest for that perfect piece of clothing?  You know the one--the super flattering dress that will instantly make you look 10 pounds slimmer, or the ultra-cute top that makes your eyes sparkle, or the to-die-for boots that make perfect strangers stop just to tell you [...]

Operation Christmas Child 2011 {& giveaway}

One of the very coolest things about using coupons (besides saving crazy amounts of money on groceries) is being able to give back and donate to charity.  I'm sure those of you who have an abundant stockpile built up probably already donate a lot to local food banks and shelters, and hopefully those of you [...]

sunday shopping 10-2-11

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend.  Here in Florida the weather finally cooled off just a little & now it actually feels like fall.  Well, at least to us. (Yes, 75 degrees is a "cool" day here!) We celebrated by turning off the A/C for the first time in about 8 [...]