Saturday, March 13, 2010

New Website: www.thisplaceinlife.com

New Website: www.thisplaceinlife.com

For a long time, I have been wanting to combine all of my blogs and my private online journal into one spot. Please continue to follow and read my on my new website: www.thisplaceinlife.com

The coupons, giveaways, shopping finals portion will specifically be on the tab on the right or http://thisplaceinlife.com/tag/couponsandgiveaways. The site will be under further renovation later...

Please sign up via RSS feed. I am working on how you can follow or have an email subscription. Check back often. And oh, please leave your feedback on what you think!

God Bless,

Lisa

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Eat Better America Coupon Booklet

Sign Up for the Eat Better America Coupon Booklet and Receive $10 in Coupon Savings

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

3-10-2010 Shopping Trip to Bi-Lo and Harris Teeter


 Spent $45.77 on $169.48 worth of food which is a 73% savings.

Items bought:

5 pizzas
3 packages of crab meat
2 steamfresh veggies
6 lbs of pork tenderloins
4 pouches of potatoes
1 dozen eggs
2 loaves of bread
2 bags of chips
1 cantalope
3 lbs of bananas
3 packages of turkey dogs
3 packages of cheese
1 package of cheese slices
1 bottle of Lysol
1 canister of Lysol 2 in 1 wipes
2 gallons Hefty freezer bags
2 quart Hefty freezer bags

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Coupon Mamacita: GIVEAWAY: Win 2 Purex Complete 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets!

Here is a give away going on through the blog Coupon Mamacita of the Purex Complete 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets  that I am dying to try. If you are just as interested as me in trying the product, sign up for the giveaway as well:

Coupon Mamacita: GIVEAWAY: Win 2 Purex Complete 3 in 1 Laundry Sheets!

Illness, Once A Month Cooking, etc.

I have been busy with various illnesses. My three of my four young children have been up every night off and on all night the past few weeks.


A couple of friends of mine and I have been doing Once A Month Cooking. I hope to blog about the menus and the fruits of that labor when I am not so exhausted.

I have taken a small leave of absense from one of my other blogs as well: confessionsofachristianwoman.blogspot.com

Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday Madness: Monday Finals

 

Monday Madness: Coupon Totals for the day
(oh, I am soo exhausted)
Trip A: Harris Teeter Super Doubles
  • Grape Juice (x4)
  • Pudding (x12)
  • Lebanon Bologna (x.25 of a pound - dear husband's favorite)
  • Hot Pocket Sliders (x4)
  • Bananas (1lb.)
Total before Coupons: $55.96
Total after Coupons: $14.80  
A savings of 74% *

*Savings is actually higher on for two reasons: a) I will get reimbursed $5.00 for shopping at a particular store. b) my jello pudding coupons didn't double because the double value of $1.25 actually exceeded the value of the items bought (.57 jellos x3 = 1.71); so I actually ate the cost of .46 times 4 because I used four coupons which then would have been a total of 1.84 off the total.

Trip B
For this particular trip, since I payed a bit more pocket change out of pocket than I would like I decided to separate all my transaction for my second trip to Harris Teeter into separate tranactions so that I can keep my o.o.p (out of pocket) costs lower. So, I have it divided into a number of smaller transactions. Irritating for more; however, late night shopping is actually fun for myself and the cashier that enjoy the ability to help pass the time away more quickly.  =-).

Mini transaction #1
  • bacon
  • cream cheese
  • pudding
Total before Coupons: $10.54
Total after Coupons: $2.52
A savings of 76%


Mini transaction #2
  • cream cheese
  • pudding
 
Total before Coupons: $4.51
Total after Coupons: $0.49
A savings of 89%

Mini transaction #3
  • cream cheese
  • pudding
 
Total before Coupons: $4.51
Total after Coupons: $0.49
A savings of 89%

Mini transaction #4
  • cream cheese
  • pudding
  • baker's chocolate
 
Total before Coupons: $11.80
Total after Coupons: $3.78
A savings of 70%


Mini transaction #5
  • cream cheese
  • pudding
  • tortilla chips
 
Total before Coupons: $8.53
Total after Coupons: $1.53
A savings of 83%

Mini transaction #6
  • cream cheese
  • pudding
  • tortilla chips
 
Total before Coupons: $8.53
Total after Coupons: $1.53
A savings of 83%

Trip A and B totals before coupons: $104.38
 Trip A and B totals after coupons: $25.14
An average savings of 82%


Trip C: Bi-Lo
  • facial tissue (x8)
  • Zatarain's rice dinner kit (x8)

Total before Coupons: $27.86
Total after Coupons: $4.82
A savings of 83%



Sunday, February 21, 2010

Putting money where our mouth is...

 

Open mouth, insert food and eat a piece of humility pie.

So, yeah, this whole Mint software money tool system is great. It is so great, it is actually causing me to keep track of my receipts and own up to my end of the spending money thing. Who me? Me, the precious wife and mother of four children that loves the Lord and is learning how to juggle house, home, and sanity, what little (okay, not so little) ole me actually be sabatoging my dear husband in the area of finances. No, never? 

Maybe my dear husband has got a point....more like a slice...a great big piece of that pie chart slice of stastical data that shows that there is apparently a disconnect between what we are say we want to do with managing finances and then what is actually done with them. *Ugh* 

First off, if you looked at previous bank expenditures you would probably say that we are disorganized, selfish young adults who want to take the quick way out of working the right way into saving and good ole hard work like our grandparents or great-grandparents did. 

Yep. 

Guilty. 

Old habits die hard. But wait...that isn't true...My husband and I are Christians. That means through Jesus I get to claim 1 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if I am in Christ I am a new creation; the old things are passed away and behold all things become new".

Lately there has been a lot of humility pie being eaten around here in our household these past few months. I am choosing to think that I am eating so much of it now that I won't ever forget what it tasted like. Ha!

As a part of that humility pie, I am having to temporarily let go of the $5.00 a day dream of what I was desiring our family to live off of for groceries. We were spending only $150 a month on groceries; however, when you look at the whole food pie there was at least five times (for those that aren't good at mental math that is about $550) that amount spent on resturaunts or fast food. 

Do you know how many people a month could be blessed or fed in Jesus' name? Do you know how many missionaries in the world would be able to help better meet the needs of those in the community they are serving for Christ?


So, this month's goal is to cut back on restaurants/fast food by $200 this month so we can get an accurate inventory of what we have in our home, better organize and utilize the space within our home for food prep and storage, and to create a workable menu plan for available: breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks for the family.

Have you had a few bites of humiliy pie lately? If so, please share.

You are soooo very loved by God and me.