Saturday, February 28, 2009

Staples - Week of 3/1/09 - 3/7/09

I wanted to pass along some of the great deals that Staples will be having starting Sunday, March 1, 2009. Get there early - quantities are limited. Click here to see the ad sneak peek. On Sunday and after, you will find the ad here.

Awesome deal!
Staples Bright White Multi-use Paper, 5-Ream case (22 lbs) $24.99 -$10.00 Easy Rebate = $14.99! Limit 4 cases per customer

Plus - there is an in-ad coupon for a FREE PC Tune Up ($29.99 value)

Boost speed and performance.
• Remove system clutter
• Check for viruses
• Remove dust
Offer valid in store only through 4/4/09.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Coupon Inserts for 3/1/09

There will be 3 inserts in Sunday's paper - March 1, 2009. There will be a 1 - Smart Source, 1 - Red Plum and 1 - P&G.

Remember that when you purchase your paper from the store, you are not guaranteed coupon inserts. I would check each paper before purchasing multiples. Or save money and trees, purchase only the coupons you need at The Coupon Clippers.

DirecTv March Free Previews

Free Preview Begins: Thursday, March 19, 2009
Free Preview Ends: Sunday, March 22, 2009

Channel Lineup:
518 - Starz Kids & Family
519 - Starz Comedy
520 - Starz (East)
521 - Starz (West)
522 - Starz Edge
523 - Starz In Black
526 - Starz - Encore (East)
527 - Starz - Encore (West)
528 - Starz - Encore Love
529 - Starz - Encore Westerns
530 - Starz - Encore Mystery
531 - Starz - Encore Drama
532 - Starz - Encore Action
533 - Starz - Encore Wam

Rite Aid: Save $5 off $20 Purchase - Good February 27-28, 2009

Save $5 on your purchase of $20 at Rite Aid. This coupon is good this Friday and Saturday, February 27 & 28. You could use this coupon to pick up some of the SCR items for this month.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Meijer One Day Sale - Saturday, February 28, 2009

Meijer is having a one day sale starting Saturday, February 28, 2009. Here are the deals that I saw. You can view the full ad here. Don't forget about the Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration too.

Spend $50 or more in general merchandise and apparel, get a $10 off your next gas purchase.

Grocery deals:
2-Liter Coke Products $.88
Center Cut Half Boneless Pork Loin $1.69 lb
Old Orchard 100% Apple Juice 64oz bottle $1.25
California Sweet Seedless Navel Oranges 8lb bag $3.49
Charmin Ultra Soft or Ultra Strong Bath Tissue 9 large rolls $3.99 ($.25/1 2-8-09 P&G)
Hillshire Farm Rope Style Smoked Sausage, Cheddarwurst, or Brats $1.59 ($1.00/2 1-25-09 RP)
Kellogg's Special K Bars 6 ct $1.98 ($0.70/1 2-22-09 RP)
Keebler Chips Deluxe Cookies 1/2 price ($1.00/1 printable - no longer available but if you had printed it, should still be valid)

General Merchandise:

Suave Shampoo or Conditioner $.79 ($1.00/2 1-11-09 RP or $1.00/3 1-11-09 RP)

Excedrin 40-50ct B1G1 ($1.00/1 1-4-09 SS)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Works For Me: Manual HD Switcher

I decided that I would post a Works for Me Wednesday since I found something that actually works for me. It's a Manual HD Switcher. We didn't get it for the HD part even though we did hook it up and got a better picture. It works for me because it's got 4 inputs for DVD players, VCRs, game consoles, satellite receiver, and more. There are only two inputs on the back of the family room tv. It's a regular 32" projection tv. It was getting to be a real pain having to pull the tv out to unplug and plug in the different items. Now we are able to have all of them plugged into one location all the time. The kids just have to hit the button as to which item they want on - DVD, VCR, satellite box or the Wii. The best part - they can do it on their own!!

Visit We Are THAT Family for more Works For Me Wednesday posts.

Weigh In Wednesday - 2/25/09

I am so disappointed! I really thought that I would see a weight loss this week when I stepped on the scale. Nope! I had a .4 lb weight gain. I know it's not a lot but I worked really hard this week. I did my 30-60 minutes of exercise which was my goal for the week. But I also watched what I ate and didn't over do it. I guess there's always next week...

This week I really focused on my workouts. I did 60 minutes on the treadmill every night except for Monday. Monday was a little busy but I did get 30 minutes of exercise in. This exercise is on top of the crunches on the stability ball, strength training and other activities that burn calories like chasing kids and cleaning the house. My ending totals for the treadmill this week was: 6 hours and 6 minutes, 26.366 miles and 4312 calories burned.

My goal this week is to make sure the 30-60 minutes of exercise is still getting done daily. I'm hoping to have lost 2 lbs by the time I get on the scale next week. I'm going to make sure to document in my food journal every bite - everyday. I'll find the reason that I'm not dropping the pounds!

How are you doing on your weight loss/fitness goals? Did you make a resolution/goal for 2009 to lose weight? What are you doing to lose the weight?

Goal 12/31/09 56.2
2009 Weight Loss-to-date .4

Speedy Rewards: FREE PleasantHill Ovens Pastry

Receive a FREE Pleasant Hill Ovens pastry by following these simple instructions:
  1. On your next visit, scan your Speedy Rewards card at the Redemption Terminal located inside the store.
  2. A menu will appear giving you the option to print a coupon for a FREE Pleasant Hill Ovens pastry.
  3. Select 'Print Coupon' on the touch screen and your coupon will print out automatically.
Not a member yet? Just pick up a free Speedy Rewards membership card at a location near you. Click here to find the nearest Speedway/Super America.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Michaels Art & Craft Store: 40% Off Coupon

There is a new printable Michaels coupon. It's for 40% off coupon good until Saturday, February 28, 2009. This coupon is only good on one regular priced item.

Arby's: FREE Roast Burger with drink purchase

Get a FREE Arby's Roast Burger when you purchase any drink with this coupon. Coupon is good through March 14, 2009. Click here to find an Arby's location near you.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Menu Plan Monday - 2/23/09

It's a great feeling when you eat from your menu everyday. It's also a lot less stressful come dinner time. I thought about skipping this week since I really wanted to fix something different this week. I know that we've burnt out a few of our recipes. It's time to find some new ones. In the meantime, this is what we will be enjoying this week...

Here's my menu plan:

1. Cheeseburger, Hot & Spicy Hush Puppies

2. Easy Baked Manicotti

3. Taco Pie

4. Breakfast - eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy

5. Grilled Chicken Parmesan, green beans, pasta with alfredo sauce, crescent roll

6. Stove Top One-Dish Chicken Bake, Tortellini, Broccoli and Bacon salad

To see more menu plans, visit I'm an Organized Junkie's Menu Plan Monday.

Captain D's: FREE Fish & Fries or Chicken & Fries

Join Captain D's D's Club and receive a welcome email along with a coupon good for a FREE Fish & Fries or a FREE Chicken & Fries. Limit one per email address.

Rite Aid - Free After Rebate & Other Deals - Week of 2/15/09

Here's the deals that I saw at Rite Aid this week. You can see the full ad here. Don't forget about the $5/$25 coupon.

Garnier Fructis Wonder Waves Shampoo, Conditioner, Mousse or Hairspray $2.99
-$1.00/1 1-4-09 RP
99 SCR
Final Price: FREE plus $1.00 overage

Kotex Pads 2/$6.00
-$1.00/4 1-11-09 or 2-22-09 SS (2)
-$2.00 SCR

Final Price: $2.00/2

Xtra Laundry Detergent or Nice 'n Fluffy Fabric Softener $2.88
-$1.00 SCR
Final Price: $1.88

SoyJoy Bars 10/$5.00
-B1G1 2-22-09 SS or $2.00/10 2-22-09 SS
-$5.00 SCR

Final Price: FREE plus overage

Hershey's Candy Bars BOGO
-B1G1 1-25-09 SS
Final Price:FREE

*Purchase any 3 General Mills Products, get a #33 Key Chain (next three items qualify, plus others)

Fiber One Cereal Bars $2.50 (Chocolate Mocha!!)
-$1.00/1 printable

Final Price: $1.50

Fiber One Cereal B1G1
-$1.00/1 printable (2x)

Final Price: Varies

Chex Mix B1G1
-$0.60 printable (2)
Final Price: Varies (nearly 2 for free)

Wrigley's Slim Pack Gum B1G1
-B1G1 2-22-09 SS
Final Price: FREE/2

Nabisco Crackers (small pack) $1.25
-$2.00/2 1-25-09 SS
Final Price: $0.50/2

Zilactin Toothache Swabs, Zilactin or Zilactin-B Gel $4.99
-$4.99 SCR
Final Price: FREE

Sweet Sue Chunk White Chicken $0.99
-$0.75/1 1-18-09 SS
Final Price: $0.24

Pringles Stix 6.8oz $2.50
-$1.00/1 1-25-09 SS or 2-8-09 P&G
Final Price: $1.50

Equal Sweetener 100ct or 4oz $2.99
-$2.50/1 1-4-09 SS2 or $1.50/1 1-4-09 SS2
Final Price: $0.49 or $1.49

Sign up for MyRiteAid and get a $5/$25 coupon.

Walgreens: March Easy Saver - Free After ESR

Interested in a preview of the February Easy Saver Rebates? You can see the scan here. (Thank slickdeals) These are valid from March 1 - 28, 2009.

Free After Rebate Items:
Axe Shampoo, Conditioner or Stylers up to $6.99 Walgreens Extra Strength Quickgels 20pk up to $2.99 Memory Formula 45 softgels up to $19.99

Free Redbox Code for 2/23/09

Rent a free movie from your local Redbox kiosk using code: S39XKT. This code is good for today only. Using the code is very easy. We've been renting them for a couple weeks now...the kids love it. We also used a few of the free codes found at Inside Redbox.

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. On the first screen, select “Rent with Promo”.
  2. You will be prompted to enter the code; enter the code.
  3. Choose your movie.
  4. Swipe your credit card (or debit card).
    1. This is just in case you do not return the movie on time (by 9pm the next day). You will be charged $1 per day up to $25, if the movie isn’t returned.
  5. You will be prompted to enter your zip code and email address.

You can use the code multiple times; however, you need to use a different debit or credit card.

Returning the movie is even easier. You can return the movie to any Redbox. It doesn’t have to be the one you rented it from.

Here are the steps to return a movie:

  1. On the first screen, select “Return a Movie”.
  2. When prompted, slide the movie in the slot.

That’s it!

Reminder: Rite Aid January Single Check Rebates Due TODAY!

Just a reminder that if you participated in the January Single Check Rebates for Rite Aid, today (February 23, 2009) is the deadline for submission. While you are there entering your receipts for January, go ahead and enter February's. You do not have to submit for the February but you can see where you stand.

I forgot to submit my January SCR until this weekend. I have $20 in Rite Gift Cards, $12 in SCR, and 2 Denise Austin videos coming my way. Hooray! It's like getting everything that I bought at Rite Aid FREE last month.

Walgreen Deals - Week of 2/22/09

I wanted to share with you some of the deals that I saw at Walgreens this week.

Hershey's Candy Bars B1G1 w/in-ad coupon
-B1G1 1-25-09 SS
Final Price: FREE/2 **You may need to purchase 4 to use the B1G1 free, depends on your cashier/store

Theraflu or Triaminic, 2/$10.00
-$2.00/1 Printable (2)
-$6.00 February ESR
Final Price: FREE/2

Hunt's Tomato Sauce $0.39 w/in-ad coupon
-$1.00/2 printable or $0.40/2 1-18-09 SS
Final Price: FREE plus overage or $0.38/2

Colgate Toothpaste $0.99
-$0.75/1 2-1-09 SS
Final Price: $0.24

Dove Antiperspirant/Deodorant $1.99
-$1.50/1 1-18-09 RP
Final Price: $0.49

Gillette Fusion gamer $8.99
-$4.00/1 2-8-09 P&G
-$6.00 Register Rewards
Final Price: FREE plus $1.01 overage

Stayfree Maxi Pads $2.00
-B1G1 1-4-09 RP
Final Price: $2.00/2

Excedrin Pain Relief $1.99
-$1.00/1 1-4-09 SS
-$1.00 Register Rewards
Final Price: FREE

Reynolds Wrap 20sq ft $0.89 w/in-ad coupon
-$1.00/1 2-8-09 SS
Final Price: FREE plus $0.11 overage

There are a few FREE after ESR that are good during the month of February...

Zucol Cold Care Lozenges 18pk - $7.99 ($2.00/1
printable coupon or $2.00/1 2-1-09 SS)

Revlon Age Defying Spa Concealer or Spa Foundation - Up to $10 ($1.00/1 10-12-08 and 11-16-08 SS)

Garnier Fructis Wonder Waves Shampoo, Conditioner, or Stylers 6.8-13oz - Up to $4.29 ($1.00/1 11-9-08 and 1-4-09 RP - two coupons in each (1) for Shampoo, Conditioner or Treatment and (1) for Style Product)

Revlon Creme Lip Gloss - Up to $10 ($1.00/1 10-12-08 and 11-16-08 SS)

Walgreens Multi-Purpose No Rub Solution 4oz
- $1.99

ThermaCare Trial Size Neck, Shoulder & Wrist Heat Wrap
- $2.49

CVS Deals - Week of 2/22/09

There are a few deals that I saw that was worth mentioning.

Colgate Cavity Toothpaste $0.88
- $0.75/1 2-22-09 SS
Final Price: $0.13

Aquafresh Toothpaste $0.88
- $0.75 printable
Final Price: $0.13

Nabisco Ritz, Triscuits or Wheat Thin Crackers B1G1 ($3.99)
-$2.00/1 1-25-09 SS
Final Price: $1.99/2

South Beach Bars $2.50

-$2.00/1 printable
Final Price: $0.50

Extreme Energy 6-hour Shot $4.99
-$4.99 ECBs
Final Price: FREE

Nyquil, Dayquil or Casero Liquid 2/$9.98
-$1.50/1 1-18-09 and 2-8-09 P&G (2)
-$5.00 ECBs
Final Price: $1.98/2

There are a few FREE after ECB offers that are good duing the month of February...
CVS Chewable Aspirin 36 ct, Get $1.99 ECBs (Limit 1)

EaRinse, Get $7.99 in ECBs (Limit 2)

Extreme Energey 5-Hour Shot, Get $4.99 ECBs (Limit 1)

Gillette Shampoo or Conditioner 11.5-12.2 oz $4.99, Get $3.00 ECBs (Limit 5)
-$2.00/1 1-18-09 P&G

Quiznos: Million Subs Giveaway

Head over to Quiznos website to request your free sub! You'll get a coupon for a free small signature sub or small every day value sub. They are only giving away a million so hurry! You do need to sign-up for Quizno's emails in order to claim your free sub coupon. You can unsubscribe after you receive your coupon but they do send out coupons regularly. Your coupon will be good for 5 days after you print it. Thanks to Freebies4Mom for sharing!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

McDonald's: Free Mocha Mondays

McDonald's stores hope to make the most of McCafe's novelty. Customers can stop by a participating McDonald's from 7:00am until 7:00pm and receive a free hot or iced Mocha McCafe sample. I heard this on the radio so I'm not sure of a end date. I've heard April from one of the McCafe locations in the area though.

Coupon: FREE Kashi Entree

Click here to get your coupon for a free Kashi all natural entree.

IHOP: Free Short Stack on Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Join IHOP on National Pancake Day - Tuesday, February 24, 2009 from 7:00 am - 10:00 pm for FREE pancakes! There is a limit of one free short stack per guest. The offer is valid at participating restaurants for dine-in only while supplies last and is not valid with any other offer, special coupon or discount. Click here for more details.

All they ask is that you please consider a donation to support your local Children’s Miracle Network!

Events: Lowe's Build & Grow Clinics - Saturday, February 28

Lowe's Build & Grow Clinics will be making a race car on Saturday, February 28, 2009 from 10:00am-11:00pm. You can read my previous post about these clinics here.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Lowe's Build & Grow Clinics:

March 14th - Tabletop Basketball (just in time for March Madness!)
March 28th - Yard Mobile

Events: Dr. Seuss Happy Birthday Celebration @ Meijer

Meijer will be having a Dr. Seuss Happy Birthday Celebration on Saturday, February 28, 2009 from 11:00am - 2:00 pm. There will be free stickers, coloring books, and activities. You can enter for a chance to win a family trip to a Florida theme park or Dr. Seuss library.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Snack Time: Quaker Quakes Rice Cakes

Do ever have that need to eat something crunch? You know - like chips? Well, I've found a new way to get my crunchy fix on. It's Quaker Quakes Rice Cakes. I'll admit that I was never a fan of rice cakes (the big cardboard tasting ones) when I was younger and never really gave them another try until recently. I figured with the smaller version they would maybe be a little better. Guess what? They were.

I recently purchased the Ranch flavored. I loved them. They're actually gone. They reminded my of Cool Ranch Doritos, seriously. They are crunchy but tender texture. No cardboard taste either. They are only 2 WW points per serving. Serving size is 10 cakes which was perfect.

If you haven't tried them, I highly recommend giving them a try. Not a fan of Ranch? They have many other flavors: Apple Cinnamon, BBQ, Caramel Corn, Cheddar Cheese, Chocolate, Kettle Corn, Ranch, Nacho Cheese, and Sour Cream & Onion.

I will note that I did try the regular sized ones too. They are "ok". But I did have to look up a few recipes for them. Then they became delicious!!

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Snack Time: Fiber One Bars

Here I am with another snack for you - Fiber One Bars. Have you tried them? YUMMY! Cardboard no, Delicious yes... I like them all but my favorite is the Chocolate Mocha. It's a great afternoon pick me up with the hint of mocha - less calories than the mocha I could be drinking. These are so good that even my picky kids like them. They prefer the peanut butter ones.

There's 9 grams of fiber in each one, that's 35% of the daily recommended fiber. I try to make sure I get my daily recommended amount of fiber when I'm trying to lose weight. It helps me feel full sooner and stay full longer.

These bars are chewy with a little bit of "icing" on them. They come in a variety of flavors: Oats & Chocolate, Oats & Apple Streusel, Chocolate Mocha, Oats & Strawberry with Almonds, Oats & Caramel, and Oats & Peanut Butter.

They are only 2 WW points too!
Another easy to take along snack - fits in your purse, diaper bag, or console (just don't keep it in there when it's'll melt).

Have I made you want to try some? Here's a $1.00 printable coupon to take to the store with you. Nothing like saving money while losing weight...

Marsh Supermarket Deals - Week of 2/19/09 - 2/25/09

There are a few things that Marsh has on sale this week. You can check out their full ad here.

Now these sale prices are based on you using your Fresh Idea card. Don't have one? No need to worry, just stop by the front office on your way into the store. Also, you may want to check out their internet coupon policy before heading out. They do double coupons up to $.50, everything over is face value. You will also want to link your Fresh Idea card to UPromise and to Fresh Ideas for Education (points go to your school for your purchases).

Center Cut Pork Chops $1.98 lb

Boneless Chuck Roast $2.18 lb

Marsh Gallon Milk $2.00

Marsh/Food Club Shredded or Chunk Cheese $1.48

Tyson Frozen Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts 2.5lb bag BOGO ($8.99/2)

Seedless Black or Flame Red Grapes $0.98 lb

Jumbo Bunch Broccoli $0.98

Smart Ones (Select Varieties) 5/$8.00
-$1.50/7 printable
Final Price: $1.50 each

Betty Crocker Chicken, Tuna or Hamburger Helper Meals $1.00

Perdue Drumsticks or Thighs $0.98 lb

Hormel Always Tender Pork Shoulder Roast $4.99
-$1.00/1 2-8-09 SS
Final Price: $3.99

Purnell’s Fresh Sausage Links $2.50 -$.35/1 1-4-09 SS Final Price: $1.80

Tennesse Pride Sausage Biscuits or Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuits or Croissants $4.99
-$1.00/1 1-25-09 RP
Final Price: $3.99

Creamette Pasta 12-16 oz. Assorted $1.00

Nature’s Valley Bars $2.50
-$0.50/1 1-4-09 or $0.60/1 printable
Final Price: $1.50 - $1.90

Ronzoni Bistro Pasta $2.00
-B1G1 2-8-09 SS
Final Price: $1.00 each

Barilla Plus Pasta $2.00
-$0.50/1 1-4-09 SS
Final Price: $1.00

Aunt Millie’s Bread or Buns $1.39
$0.35/1 1-11-09 RP
Final Price: $0.69

Campbell’s Select Soup $1.50
-$1.00/2 2-1-09 SS
Final Price: $1.00

Post Cereals - select variety $2.50
-$1.00/2 1-25-09 SS
Final Price: $2.00 each

Dannon Danimals Crush Cups $2.25
-$1.00/1 printable
Final Price: $1.25

Kozy Shack Ready Grains Cereal $1.98
-$1.00/1 2-1-09 SS
Final Price: $0.98

Dynamo Buy 1 Get 1 Free 50 oz. Liquid
-$1.00/2 10-12-09 SS
Final Price: varies

Downy Liquid Fabric Softener $3.99
-$0.50/1 2-8-09 P&G
Final Price: $2.99

Crest Toothpaste $1.50
-$1.00/1 2-8-09 P&G
Final Price: $0.50

Ricola Natural Cough Drops $1.69
-$1.00/2 1-11-09 RP
Final Price: $1.19 each

Red, Yukon Gold, or Idaho Russet 5 lb Bag Potatoes $2.99

Bunch Collard, Mustard or Turnip Greens $0.88

If you heading to Marsh with the kiddos don't forget the Kid's Club Treat of the Week - 6pc Fielding Clay Set. You can also get their card at the front desk as well.

If you see anything else, let me know.

Coupon Inserts for 2/22/09

There will be 2 inserts in Sunday's paper - February 22, 2009. There will be a 1 - Smart Source and 1 - Red Plum.

Remember that when you purchase your paper from the store, you are not guaranteed coupon inserts. I would check each paper before purchasing multiples. Or save money and trees, purchase only the coupons you need at The Coupon Clippers.

Aeropostale: Extra 30% off Last Chance Sale Section

Use ENJOY30 to take an extra 30% off last chance sale section at Aeropostale. This promo code is good through Sunday, February 22, 2009.

Like the other shopping deals, receive 2% back on your purchase through Ebates, 2% back from Upromise, or 3% from Mr. Rebates. Not a member of any of these sites? It's easy and free to join. Just click the cash back shopping site you would like to use, register, then search for the store you would like to shop. Shop and start earning cash back for doing it!

Kohl's: 15% off Entire Online Purchase - Friday, February 20, 2009

Photo by Stones 55

Kohl's is offering an extra 15% off savings on your entire online purchase (20% and FREE shipping if you spend $100 or more). Just enter FRIDAY15 (TAKE20FRI if you spend at least $100) at the checkout. Promo codes are good today only.

Want to save an extra $5 in-store or 10% online? Sign up for Kohl's sale alerts.

Like the other shopping deals, receive 4% back on your purchase through Ebates, 3% back from Upromise, or 2% from Mr. Rebates. Not a member of any of these sites? It's easy and free to join. Just click the cash back shopping site you would like to use, register, then search for the store you would like to shop. Shop and start earning cash back for doing it!

Rite Aid: $5 Off $20 Purchase - Good February 20- 21, 2009

Save $5 on your purchase of $20 at Rite Aid. This coupon is good this Friday and Saturday, February 20 & 21. You could use this coupon to pick up some of the SCR items for this month.

Michaels Art & Craft Store: 10% Off Entire Purchase

Michael's Spring Madness - 10% off Entire Purchase with this coupon on Sunday, February 22, 2008 4-8pm ONLY. Bring this coupon to receive 10% off your ENTIRE purchase including SALE ITEMS.

**Excludes Utah and Paramus, NJ stores**

Walgreens Photo: 20 Free Prints TODAY

Have digital pictures that you need to get printed? Get 20 4×6 prints for FREE at Walgreens Photo. Enter coupon code ONEDAY at checkout today (Friday, February 20, 2009).

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My Shopping Trip - Week of 2/15/09

I got my shopping trip done first thing this week - Sunday morning! I headed to Meijer. I've had my eyes on a pair of clearance Addidas tennis shoes for a couple weeks. I went in to get them and pick up a few other items. We were in need of bread and eggs.


There was a sign in the shoe department for additional 50% off clearance. I went on a search for these shoes. I found the empty box...the shoes were mixed in with the regular priced mens shoes. I probably had the security cameras following as I searched for them. I found them, checked out and then went back for groceries. It was only good through Saturday but since the sign was still hanging I got them for an additional 50% off.

Total OOP: $18.71 -- saved $52.50!

I picked up items from the Meijer Dollar Deals - buy 10 get 11th FREE as well as the eggs and bread that I went in to get. Lysol was cheaper at Meijer than Walgreens so I picked up a few bottles. A bag of my Quaker Rice Cakes are missing from the picture...I was hungry! The cookies would not have been bought had my youngest son not tagged along. Taking him cost me and extra $1.79!

Total OOP: $15.78 -- saved $30.75

I also saved on my prescriptions. I don't have pictures. I was given a prescription for Motrin 600mg and Vicodin when I had my tooth pulled. I didn't have to have them filled because I kept my prescription from August when I had my other wisdom tooth pulled. So, it was NOTHING OOP on the prescriptions. I think I only took one last time and one this time and the previous prescription was written for 16.

Weigh In Wednesday - 2/18/09

I was able to drop the 1.4 lbs that I put on last week but that's it.

When I look back over the month and a half that I've been on this weight loss journey, I compare it to other years that I dieted. I wonder what's going on - why can't I get this weight off. What am I not doing now that I did back then? The year that we went to the spring Bristol race (end of March) I was down 32 lbs (in 3 months). I was close to my goal weight. At the rate that I'm going, I'll be just the opposite - gain 32 lbs in 3 months. What I am not doing is exercising which is the key to weight loss. With that said, I have decided to "schedule" my workouts. If I find extra time outside my daily routine to squeeze a few minutes of exercise, then I will do that too but I will be scheduling at least 30 - 60 minutes a day.

While I was recovering from my tooth being pulled, I decided to pull out some old pictures thinking it would help me get on the right track to getting this weight off. It's definitely helped me to think about what I'm eating because I don't want to go back to where I was before kids. I'd like to get where I was before son #2.

Here's the pics I found (yes, they've been cropped).

1 year before kids (1998)

1 1/2 years after son #1 (2001)

Before son #2 (2003)

The first picture was at my highest weight 235 lbs then the last pictures is the smallest I had been (probably since Jr. High) at 120 lbs.

My goal this week is to make sure the 30-60 minutes of exercise gets done daily. I'd like to drop 2 lbs but my focus this week is going to more on getting the exercise in each day. I will continue to watch my calories, portion control and sweets.

How are you doing on your weight loss/fitness goals? Did you make a resolution/goal for 2009 to lose weight? What are you doing to lose the weight?

Goal 12/31/09 56.2
2009 Weight Loss-to-date 0

Wordless Wednesday: I'll Get It Myself!

I guess we should give the cats water every now and then; otherwise, they come in the house and help themselves.

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Freebies Found, Freebies Shared

Viva Paper Towel sample

Huggies Soft Skin Baby Wipes w/Shea Butter

Sample of Starbuck's Via Ready Brew Instant Coffee

Complimentary copy of "Uneven Lies: The Heroic Story of African-Americans in Golf"

Sample of Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal

Pantene Pro-V sample

Light & Easy Recipes Cookbook (answer 4 questions)

Sensodyne Toothpaste sample

Free After School Kit

Cooking with Stock Recipe booklet

Eating Well with California Ripe Olives

Flexitol samples (left hand side of page)

Free mini Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

Suze Orman is offering a free online Will & Trust Kit. You will need to click on "Will & Trust Kit" on the left hand side of the page. On the next page, click "Gift Code" and type in People First.

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Acuvue Colors Free Trial Pair

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Talk About Tuesday: My Window Needs Treatments

I haven't participated in Talk About Tuesday in a while but I need some assistance. I have a window that really needs a window treatment of some sort. I don't know what kind of window treatment. My fiance' doesn't want to get rid of the blinds. Working around them is kind of hard though. I tried thermal window panels that were floor length that we could open and close. They worked in the sense that they covered the metal plates at the top of the blinds but they kept getting stuck on the blinds and were bulky behind the couch.

Now I'm asking the readers - what kind of window treatments would you recommend? The only requirement that I have is that it covers the metal rods and top of the blinds. They don't have to be able to open and closes...the blinds take care of that problem.

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TCBY: 1/2 price Beriyo Smoothies and $0.99 Waffle Cones

Participating TCBY stores are offering 1/2 price Beriyo Smoothies from 5:00pm to 6pm everyday. There are 12 flavors ripe and juicy flavors available. They are made with real fruit and yogurt, and packed with calcium, protein and seven types of live active cultures.

On Wednesdays, you can get a Waffle Cone for just $0.99.

Click here to find the location near you.

Events: Pottery Barn Kids Classes - Saturday, February 21, 2009

Participating Pottery Barn Kids stores will be hosting two classes this weekend. The classes are free; however, you must RSVP.

Easy & Affordable Decorating for Kids' Rooms from 10:00 am - 11:00 am on Saturday, February 21, 2009.
This class will show you simple ways to decorate kids rooms and play spaces with easy and cost effective ideas.

Transitioning from Nursery to Toddler Room from 10:00 am - 11:00am on Saturday, February 21, 2009
This class will discuss timing, tips for easing the transition and the necessary items to transition from a nursery to a "big kid" room.

Events: Thomas Play Date @ Toys R Us - Saturday, February 21, 2009

Thomas Play Date at your local Toys R Us on Saturday, February 21, 2009 from 11:00am-1:00pm. Enjoy storytime, coloring fun, Thomas trivia, and free giveaways! Click here to find a participating location near you.

Tackle It Tuesday: Toilet Paper Roll

This week I tackled quite a bit from the laundry room lent to the dust (and tiny dirt) along the baseboards to the dust on the blinds. I think my biggest tackle this week though was teaching my 4 year old son to change the toilet paper roll.

He came to me and said, "Mom, I think the toilet paper is almost out."

Me - "Almost?"

Him - "Yeah. There's only enough for you."

I headed down the hallway to check it out. Here's what I found...

Me - "It looks like it needs changed now, doesn't it?"

Him - "No, there's just enough for you. Anyways, it's your job to do it."

HOLD UP! My JOB? Wrong, wrong, wrong... Let's just say that day he learned how to change the toilet paper roll and when to change it.

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