Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What's in your cart?

Its here....Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is just 25 days (as of writing this!!) away.

While my kids are at awkward ages & stages for gifts, stockings never change much...

Growing up, my family had a tradition of opening stockings on Christmas Eve. My favorite memory was getting a tiny box of cereal, an orange, and a packet of hot chocolate. My Mom said, it was her way of feeding us so she could go back to bed! Smart huh?

We have continued this tradition in our home. Even my youngest, who still firmly believes in Santa, knows that Mom fills the stockings.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, my son Connor has physical therapy for his knee. I have an hour to kill while he is there, so I usually find myself shopping. He has 5 more sessions, and I am sure my budget will thank me when he is done!

I had downloaded some Target candy offers to my Cartwheel (all candy offers were 15-25% off) and went on my merry way.

Here are some of the things my kids will be finding in their stockings...although some may end up with only coal!
The Andes mints were a treat for my husband...
4 boxes of Junior Mints
4 Candy canes full of Starbursts
Life Saver tins (2)
Juicy fruit tins (2)
Skittles boxes (4)

I had a few other items that I got...a Where's Waldo book (50% off Cartwheel), Quaker sandwich thingamajigs (40% off Cartwheel), 4 Peanuts pens ($1 each) a magnetic travel game of Tic Tac Toe and checkers ($3). It was an unplanned trip and basically included only high value cartwheels.

To me though, any savings are good savings!
Most cartwheel offers are a limit of 4...which is not always easy when you have 5 kids. Thankfully there will be more offers to come! How are you coming on your shopping? Have you been squirreling things away or haven't even begun?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Did you hear that sound? That is the sound of me blowing dust off of this here blog!

It has been almost a year! A year! Holy moly! So lets just get down to it...

When I first started couponing (17 years ago!) it was out of necessity. We had hardly any money and had 3 kids in diapers.

As our family has grown and changed, couponing has always been there. Helping me afford groceries, try out new things and snag awesome deals.

Financially our family is stable. I don't NEED to coupon to feed my family.

In April, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I put my whole focus on diet and exercise. I just bought what I needed to buy.

However, my bill has gone up and up. My children eat and eat and eat. I used to have tons of product in my stockpile, fridge etc.

I have changed my lifestyle and have been working out and trying to eat better. I feel ready to dive back into the couponing pool. I am tired of paying full price for granola bars or cereal because we need it, or are out of it.

So here is to those little slips of paper, that keep my budget in check and shopping just a little more fun!