Current Projects

  • Couponing like crazy!
  • Turning Junk into Treasure!
  • Saving Plastic Bottles from Landfills!

Monday, December 30, 2013

More building

So I am still learning to use this silly tablet! Bear with me! We also went to Mackey's today and got some of our other inventory building needs.

Tillamook ice cream 2/$7
-$1/1 tillamook printable

Wf whipped topping .88 each

Pre-frozen chicken breasts $3.99 each= $1.60/lb!!!

Nabisco crackers $1.50 each
-$1/1 wheat thins printable
-$1/2 nabisco printable

I know it can be difficult when you are building mode, as your grocery bill will be higher than usual for a little while. Try to plan for this ahead of time and have extra funds available. Also keep in mind that you will be saving a lot of money in the long run by stocking up on your family's necessities when they are a great price!
Ps. Smith's (Kroger) will be starting their case lot sale on January 1!!!
Pps. I got a catalina print up after my little shopping trip at Smith's today. It is a coupon for $2 pff my next purchase of $10. I just love when that happens!!! Saving it for the case lot!!
Happy New Year!!!

Building Phase

After all the business of the Christmas season, I have realized that my stockpile is far too low on certain items. Thus, we are in a building phase! Luckily, there are tons of great deals right now on just the things I need! We were able to stock up on cereal and milk last Saturday.  Things we have been low on were snack foods, things like granola bars  and crackers. We also were in dire need of meats.
At the Pays on Smith's today, we grabbed a few little things. My main reason for going back there was to redeem my chex coupons that I didn't have for the cereal we got Saturday. They gave me back $4.20.
Sorry this picture is terrible! I don't have time to retake it. We got the following:

Egg nog $2.99
Cinnamon toast crunch bars .90 each on close out
Pantene shampoo $2.09 each Close out
-$4/2 Pantene products = .09 each.!!
Dove deodorant $1.15 each on close out
-$1/1 Dove printable= .15 each
DDegree adrenaline men's deodorant $2.47 close out
-$1.50 Kroger eco upon
-$1.50 degree adrenaline printable= + .53!
**You won't always be able to combine ecoupons and paper coupons. It depends on the cashier.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

No use crying over expired coupons!

The family and I went to Smiths in Payson this evening. We found lots of great closeout prices! We were in there for a long time and it became quite a circus!  My husband did a great job of taking care of the kids while I hunted. We went up and down every aisle looking for close out tags. That's just the way you have to do it there. Have your coupon binder all set and set aside plenty of time!
 Kroger Wheat Bread .88 ea

Santitas Tortilla Chips 3/$5

Apples (assorted varieties) .99/lb

Milk 2/$3.88 must buy in increments of 2

 Krusteaz Shortbread Cookie Mix .69 ea in a clearance cart
Spoiler Alert!!! Next year's neighbor gifts!! They don't expire till 2016!!!!
There are also Krusteaz Sugar cookie mixes for .99 each in clearance carts near the pet department. 

Kroger Corn Flakes .80 ea close out. They don't expire till the end of next year!! I got some of these last week and it was refilled, so if you go tomorrow or Monday, they may have refilled it!

Chex Apple Cinnamon Cereal .95 ea close out. I took all they had, but like the corn flakes, they will likely be refilled so be sure to check!
As you are probably aware, the recent Chex coupon expired. I was sad to not have it as it would have made this not just a really cool deal, but an absolutely awesome deal! No use crying over expired coupons!!!

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal Bars .90 ea close out. They might have been .80 each. I don't won't to go to the van to check the receipt. ;) These are another that I saw last week and have since been refilled, as they were empty last time.
Oranges .50/lb

Pantene Shampoo (only this one kind) $2.09 ea close out
-$4/2 Pantene hair products= .09 each!!!
This is another bit of proof of what I always say! If the coupon doesn't list the exact item you want, try it anyway!!! You never know!! The computer just might take it!! I did have a back up coupon just in case that was $3 off. So glad the better one worked!!

Dove deodorant (only this kind) .72 ea close out
-$1.50/2 Dove deodorants mail coupon from Smith's= + .03 each!!!
Gotta love money makers!!!

Gatorade Power Chews 1.00
FREE Gatorade Chews Friday FREEBIE ecoupon

This was a fun, invigorating shopping trip!!! Get to the Payson Smith's and see what awesome deals you might find!!!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday FREEBIE!!

Here's today's FREEBIE from Kroger! (Smith's)

Gatorade Chews or Pouch

Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday FREEBIE!!

Kroger (Smith's) just keeps giving us these wonderful Friday FREEBIES!! I love it! Especially considering there are no coupon inserts this weekend. This gives me my little fix! ;)

FREE King Size Twix Candy Bar

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Hurray for Payson!

 I had a lovely time shopping in Payson today. The babies and I first went to Walmart. It was the less pleasurable part of the trip, unfortunately. I noticed that several prices had sky-rocketed! For instance, the Crayola 8 ct markers went from .97 each up to $2.47!! And the Bic Pens went from .97 up to $1.47! Quite frustrating. Another buggy unpleasantness; certain items did not ring up as they were marked. The Bic RED pens were marked .97. They rang up $1.47 like the others. I had to have the cashier correct it, along with the spaghetti sauce. These two flavors, Meat and 4 Cheese, were marked on rollback for .88 each. They rang up .98 each like the other flavors were marked. So glad I was watching the prices so closely!! Keep an eye on the register, friends!!
A few other goodies that went without a hitch:
Assorted Hershey's, Heath, and Reeses chips $1.98 ea
-$1/2= $1.48 ea

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers $1.97 ea
-.55/1 Mr Clean Erasers online print (doubled)= .97 ea

Gift tape .68

Fleishman's yeast $1.38 ea
-.40/1 Fleishmen's yeast (doubled)= .58 ea

And then we were off to Smith's!! Right now it is my most favorite store!!

 Kroger Wheat Bread .88 ea
-.25/any $2 of Smith's bread, rolls, or buns- mail coupon

Kroger Ice Cream $1.99
-.40/1 Kroger Ice Cream- mail coupon= $1.59

Kroger Canned Green Beans 3/$1

Apples .99/lb

Assorted General Mills Cereals 4/$8
-$1/2 Chex Cereals online print
-FREE Gallon of Milk wyb 4 select General Mills cereals!!!
Izze sparkling beverage 10/$10
-FREE Izze sparkling beverage ecoupon
I wasn't able to find this item at the Provo Smith's last week. I found it in the Payson store on a free-standing display near the bakery.

Friskies Party Mix
FREE Friskies snack ecoupon

Kroger Value Corn Flakes .80 each!!!! clearance

Multi Grain Cheerios  $1.39 ea  clearance
-.75/1 Multi Grain Cheerios online print= .64!!!!
-.50/1 Cheerios online print= .89!!!
I only had one of the .75/1 coupons. I don't usually print those because the cereal is usually still too expensive. I did have several of the other online prints for the various other Cheerios flavors. Multi Grain was not listed on the coupons but the register still accepted it! Never hurts to try!! Also, also carry at least one of every coupon!!! Even if you wouldn't normally use it. Especially at the Payson Smith's!! You just never know what close out and clearance deals you might find!!!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A bit of shopping

 This is a busy week! I have a gym membership again, a blessing that somehow happened, still not sure who extended it for me. Must've been a repayment of karma.... :) Anyway, super grateful and glad to be back at it!!
 I'm also doing tons of baking this week for friends and family and lots of Christmas activities! In the midst of all this, I am also shopping!! Today was the easy trip, hitting only Sam's Club and the Provo Smith's. Tomorrow I will hit the Payson Walmart and Smith's, the dollar store, Kmart, and Rancho Market! Gotta get to bed early tonight!!
 So here's what we grabbed at Smith's:

Milk 2/3.88

Peanuts 3/$5

Bread .59 (clearance rack)

Apples .99/lb

Rice Thins 1.99
-FREE Rice Thins mail coupon= FREE!!!

Toblerone Chocolate Bars 10/$10
-$1/2 Toblerone bars= .50 each

Tomorrow is going to be crazy but I'm excited for it! Stay tuned!!

Monday, December 9, 2013


  I just love FREE! It is such a great time of year to find FREE entertainment! What activities have you found for your family to enjoy?? Here are a few you ought to check out!

Thanksgiving Point, Lehi
Visit Santa's Reindeer!! head to Water tower plaza to see a couple of Santa's reindeer! They will be out from noon till 10 pm daily until December 23rd.

Ice Sculpting Demonstration! Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6-8pm at the Water Tower plaza. So excited for this one!!

Salem Pond, Salem
Salem puts together a wonderful, magical Christmas light display right on the water at Salem pond. Drive around and enjoy the view or pull off to the side and take a FREE romantic stroll along the bridge. Fun! Great date night activity!

Duh!! There is so much sledding to be had! I personally love Peteetneet in Payson and the golf course hills in Elk Ridge.

Temple Square, Salt Lake City
Bundle up, bring some cocoa, and enjoy walking and checking out the many twinkling lights at Temple Square! Beautiful!!!

Call up the food bank, ask religious leaders what is needed in your neighborhood, go online and see all the many organizations that NEED volunteers! Take the family and give of your time helping others in need!

Residential Light Shows!
I just love how people put up these crazy, awesome musical light shows in their yards! I don't know how much their neighbors love it, or the resulting traffic, so please be respectful if you choose this free activity! Here's one to check out:
#1:To get to these lights, take Orem Blvd to 1000 South in Orem. Turn west and drive a half block to 200 East (Yes, 200 East is west of State Street here-- just accept it). Turn north (right) and go less than a block. The physical address is 200 East 936 South in Orem. You'll notice these lights as you get closer, so it's easy to find.

Ogden Christmas Village
I found a delightful blog detailing this FREE adventure that I had never heard of. Check it out!
Ogden Christmas Village details

I would LOVE to hear of any FREE Christmas activities you all know about! 

Friday, December 6, 2013


Here's another fabulous FREEBIE from Smiths! (Kroger) Be sure to load it to your Fresh Values card TODAY!!
You don't have to use it today, you just need to load it today.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Getting Creative!

  Hey kids!
Some of you may recall that I recently scored an amazing deal on peanut butter cookie and corn muffin mixes. Well, I have been baking like a mad woman, getting neighbor and friend cookie plates put together. And you know how I love to save money!
I used the tootsie rolls left over from Halloween to make fudge and it was delicious!!
I made several other things using stuff we already had, most of the ingredients were stock up deals and will be probably go on sale at least one more time before Christmas. Things like chocolate chips, nuts, marshmallows, and cream cheese.
I made some lovely Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies with the cookie mix and they turned out great. Now I'm thinking of all the other possible variations I could do with them! I still need to do another baking day to finish up the last half of cookies plates. Going to do that hopefully tomorrow.
I also had a crazy idea jump into my brain that I should try to use the corn muffin mix too somehow... But not for regular corn muffins. That would be far too pedestrian! I've found a couple of recipes online and I'm really excited to see how they turn out!
So, stay tuned for a report! I'll post the most successful recipes!



  I braved the cold yesterday and took the kids grocery shopping. I only hit two places, Rancho Market and the Provo Smith's.
Smith's was quick and simple: Milk 2/3.88
Kroger Bread  .88

Rancho Market

There are so many great produce prices right now! As usual. :) And you really should see how much they have expanded and improved their store!!!

Oranges 4 lb/.99

Cantaloupe  4 lb/.99

Mangoes 2/.99

Pineapple  2 lb/.99

Tomatoes  2 lb/.99

Spinach 2/.99

Granny Smith Apples .59/lb

Bananas 3 lb/.99

Kale .89 ea

My only disappointment was the lack of other apples on sale. I ended up grabbing some for .99/lb at Smith's to supplement the not so sweet Granny Smith's. 

Tomorrow I will be hitting the Payson Smith's and Walmart. Hoping for some good finds and freebies!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Got milk?

A couple of great milk prices this week:

Smiths (Kroger)  1 gal milk  2/$3.88 with fresh values card!

Rancho Market 1 gal milk $1.99 on Saturday only!

Drink up!  ;)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

First Big Winter Business Experiment!

So last winter, I was only selling on ebay and it wasn't much. I had done yard sales and such that summer but had yet to discover the indoor yard sale sites on Facebook. Well, this winter is different! I have a large and growing inventory of dumpster finds and lots of clients constantly bringing me consignments, so I am going to attempt to really keep selling through the winter this year!
Last year my main income was from couponing and babysitting. No babysitting this year, so my goal is to continue covering what babysitting brought in to the family budget. So far I have been able to do that and then some, but after today's major storm, the first real snow of the season, I am a little bit concerned.
I am still posting a lot on the yard sale sites but the problem I have run into today is the weather and people's willingness to travel through it... or lack there of. I totally understand!! I'd much prefer to sit with my cocoa and enjoy the comfort of my home, rather than brave the unplowed streets, even if it is a good deal!
I'm still selling, but I do see how there will be difficulties that I didn't have to overcome in the summer and fall. My first thought is that I need to focus on selling things that will draw the people out. So I am going to focus on really awesome merchandise at fabulous prices and see how it goes!
And probably, I will focus a lot more on my ebay business. It tends to not be affected by the weather, at least not in the buying aspect. You can run into delivery problems occasionally, but that is rare.
I am excited for the challenge of keeping my income up where it has been these past few months. If I can bring it in through a harsh Utah winter, I know I can make it through almost anything!
Ps. I still love what I do! Just gotta bundle up when I hit the bins!

Awesome Cracker Deal!

Thank you for this awesome heads up!!

Macey's: 2-Day Sale, December 6th & 7th
Buy: (2) Wheat Thin Crackers at $1.49
Final Price: $0.49 each

I jump on these cracker deals so we're stocked up for New Year's Eve!!! Bring on the cheese balls! :)

Monday, December 2, 2013

In the bins!

 I spent a lot of time in the bins today! I did my whole Spanish Fork route while the kids watched Christmas classic movies in the van. It was a good time. And I found a bunch of stuff! Plenty of coupons and then...

Lots of great packing supplies!! I was all out of bubble wrap and so I was absolutely thrilled to find all of this!! Now I just need to fold it all up and put it away. That's the not as fun part. :)

 BOOKS!!! I NEVER buy books!
Look at all these random toys! I found lots of fun princess stuff and several Little People toys that I will combine with another bunch of Little People stuff that I found another time and put them together on ebay.
There are some really nice horse toys in here too that I will probably sell, as long as my kids don't see them first! :)

I found that the Provo dollar store has now put a lid and lock on their dumpster. Sadness!! So I went by the dumpster behind the SF dollar store to see what was what. It was empty but I found something... um... interesting in the Big 5 bin! You seriously just never know what you will find! This is yet another reason to wear gloves!

The robe is fluffly and really nice. The bra is quite pretty. There were also several pair of pretty red panties and um... some other things I didn't dare take pictures of! It was funny and I had a good laugh. I will wash the bra and robe and sell them. Everything else goes back in the trash. :)
I'm still waiting for the day when I find something really crazy! Like a murder weapon, or heck, a dead body!
Gloves! Always wear gloves!!!  :)

Friday, November 22, 2013


Here's a link to today's FREEBIE upload from Smith's (kroger). Don't miss out!! Remember, you don't have to use it today, you just have to upload it today!

FREE Larabar ALT or Uber Bar

Thursday, November 21, 2013

High value printable coupon!!

Thank you for this awesome heads up!!

$1.00/2 S&W Beans Coupon

-$1/2 S&W Canned Beans

Don't miss out on this high value coupon!! Remember that you will be able to print 2 copies per computer!!

Coupon Insert Preview 11/24

I've been asked a lot how I know in advance what great coupons will be coming out. My favorite website, provides this information weekly. I am so grateful for them and am happy to share it with you all!

Find the Sunday coupon insert preview 11/24 below. This weekend you will have (2) coupon inserts in your newspaper! Be on the lookout for:
(1) Red Plum
(1) Smart Source
Remember there are DIFFERENCES BETWEEN EVERY CITY and the coupons you get will vary somewhat. Check back next Wednesday to get the exact list of what came out in your area.
Look at the INSERT SCHEDULE FOR 2013 if you are curious what is coming in the future.
Click below to see all the coupons:

Red Plum 11/24

$2 off Aveeno facial care, excl trial and cleansing bars (exp 12/31)
$2 off Clairol hair color box, excl trial size (exp 12/31)
$5/2 Clairol hair color box, excl trial size (exp 12/8)
$7 off Crest select whitestrips (exp 12/8)
$3/2 Duracell select CopperTop, Quantum, hearing aid or specialty (exp 12/31)
$5 off Duracell select Quantum or CopperTop batteries
AND FurReal Friends Cuddle My Giggle Monkey toy (exp 12/31)
$5 off Duracell select Quantum or CopperTop batteries
AND Big Hugs Elmo toy (exp 12/31)
$8 off Duracell select Quantum or CopperTop batteries
AND Furby Boom toy (exp 12/14)
$1 off L’Oreal Ever shampoo or conditioner (exp 1/18/14)
$1 off L’Oreal EverStyle (exp 1/18/14)
$2 off L’Oreal Ever treatment (exp 1/18/14)
$1/2 Mars Dove Promises, Minis Mix or select minis, 7.94-19.2 oz (exp 12/25)
$1 off Nivea body lotion, 6.8-21 oz (exp 12/22)
$3/2 Nivea lip care tin 0.59 oz, stick 0.17 oz or tube 0.3 oz (exp 12/8)
$1 off Nivea Men body lotion, 16.9-21 oz (exp 12/22)
$2 off Nivea Men face care, 0.33-5 oz, excl shave gel or foam (exp 12/7)
$2/2 Nivea shaving items, 7-8.7 oz (exp 12/7)
$2 off Oral-B replacement brush heads, 2 or 3 ct. (exp 12/31) ”
$7 off Oral-B select toothbrushes (exp 12/8)”
$2 off Pampers diapers or pants AND Dreft detergent (exp 12/31)
B1G1 Purina Beggin’, 6 oz, max $3.75 (exp 1/24/14)
$1 off Scope mouthwash, 750 mL+ (exp 12/31)
$1/6 Sheba wet cat food tins, 3 oz (Target coupon) (exp 12/31)
$1 off Spice Island spice or extract (exp 12/15)
$1 off Temptations Super Mega cat treats, 12 oz (Target coupon) (exp 12/31)

SmartSource 11/24

$1 off Better Than! dog treat (exp 12/31)
.50/2 Chex Mix product, 4.5 oz+ (exp 1/18/14)
.50/1 Colgate select manual toothbrush (exp 12/14)
.50/1 Colgate toothpaste, 4 oz+ (exp 12/7)
$1 off Crayola Ultimate art case or Marker Maker (Target) (exp 12/28)
$2 off Crayola Marker Airbrush, Create 2 Destroy Dino or Fortress Invasion (Target) (exp 12/28)
$4 off Crayola Digitial Light or Melt ‘n Mold Factory (Target) (exp 12/28)
$5 off Dr. Scholl’s select insoles or pain relief orthotics, $7.95+ (exp 12/9)
$1 off Hormel refrigerated entree (exp 1/20/14)
.50/1 Mariani dried fruit snack (exp 1/31/14)
$2 off Phazyme product (exp 12/31)
$10 off Philips Norelco select shavers (exp 1/31/14)
$20 off Philips Norelco SensoTouch 2D razor (exp 1/31/14)
$30 off Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D 1250 razor (exp 1/31/14)
$5 off Philips Norelco PowerTouch razor, head or trimmer (exp 1/31/14)
.30/2 Pillsbury refrigerated Grands! biscuits (exp 2/15/14)
.40/1 Pillsbury crescent dinner rolls, excl twin pk. (exp 2/15/14)
.40/2 Pillsbury sweet rolls or Grands! sweet rolls (exp 2/15/14)
$1.50 off Starbucks K-Cup, 10 or 16 ct. (exp 1/22/14)
$1 off Starbucks VIA Ready Brew, 5 ct.+ (exp 1/22/14)
$2/2 Starbucks coffee, 10 oz+ (exp 1/22/14)
$5 off Swisse product (exp 1/31/14)
$1 off Torani product (exp 12/31)
$2.50/2 Torani product (exp 12/31)
$2 off Zim’s product (exp 12/31)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


I visited the Payson Smith's yesterday, my last trip before their Mega 10 sale ends. I found some lovely unexpected savings and as always, had a nice shopping experience.
 Milk 1 gal. 2/$3.88

Capri Sun $1.49 ea wyb 10
-$1/1 Capri Sun online print= .49 each!!!

Half Gallon Egg Nog  $1.99 clearance, still has a week till the sell by date! Popped a few in the freezer and they should get us through the season!
Doritos $1.99 ea  wyb 10

Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows .49 ea wyb 10

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Noodles .49 ea wyb 10
-.75/1 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest noodles online print= +.26 each!!!

Kroger Peanuts 1.67 ea

Kroger "Allegra" type medication $5.00 clearance

Stacy's Bake Shop treats FREE w/Friday FREEBIE upload

Today I am going to hit Rancho Market and Sam's club for some produce and things. So sad to see this sale ending, but I feel like I definitely got a lot out of it!! You still have today to get in there!!! Don't miss out!!!

How to Pay for Christmas??

 It's that time again!! How are we going to pay for Christmas?? So many people to get presents for and so many activities we want to take part in. It all costs money! Well, here are a few ways that I am making sure that our Christmas festivities do not cut into our regular family budget!


Have you filled any prescriptions at Kmart lately?? I am transferring 4 (the limit) prescriptions that I have to fill every month anyway, to Kmart's pharmacy. With every prescription transferred, you can get up to $25 on a Kmart gift card to use in store. Up to $100.00!!! How cool is that?? Especially if you are like me and have to spend that much every month on prescriptions anyway! Nice to get a bit of it back. I am using the gift cards to finish up our kids' gifts.
Ps. Kmart is not the only pharmacy that offers gift cards for transfers. I know Rite Aid does as well along with several others.

-Facebook Indoor Yard Sale Sites/KSL Classifieds, etc.

Do you have last year's winter clothes and boots that don't fit the kids this year? Or maybe seasonal dvd's and videos you can do without or have replaced with blu-ray? Maybe you bought some fun clearance ornaments last year and don't really need them. All of these items and more are great for the now popular and effective indoor yard sale sites on facebook. They are selling like hot cakes right now!! You can also hit the classified websites and craigslist, etc. Unused items that are taking up space in your home are a great source of Christmas money!

-Scrap Metal

This one is good all year long but now is a great time to do it! Right before the snow hits! Get all that scrap out of your yard and not only will you not have to think about it rusting all over your patio, but you will have extra cash in your pocket!

-Overage on coupons

There are so many great coupons this time of year that work beautifully with all the seasonal sales. One awesome thing that often results from this perfect storm, is the opportunity for overage! This requires buying your coupon items in bulk, so that the overage adds up and can then be used toward your gifts. The Payson Smiths, Walmart, and some Kmarts allow overage. Find out if your store does too and then gather up your coupons!!

Christmas, of course, is not all about the material gifts. It is about our Savior and His birth, a beautiful gift to the world. But let's be honest, we're gonna buy some stuff. So why not try to spend as little as possible?! And then, when you have all that out of the way, you will have the time and peace of mind to sit and enjoy your family and the glow of Christmas, without worrying about how you're going to pay off your credit cards!
Happy shopping, friends!!

Friday, November 15, 2013


 I just love my life! There are struggles and trials aplenty, but dang! The blessings are nearly drowning me! I just feel like crying today at how very blessed I am and how wonderful my life is. Just wanted to share that happiness with all of you! I hope you too are having a blessed day!

Now, let's get down to business! I will hopefully be hitting Smith's tomorrow (Kroger), so stay tuned for a report. The Payson store gets their delivery truck tonight, so they should be well-stocked tomorrow morning! Don't miss out on all the amazing stock up deals on the current mega 10 sale!!

Also, be sure you hop over to, log in, and load today's FREEBIE to your loyalty card! It looks like some kind of pita chips. I'm excited to give them a try! I missed the last couple of Friday FREEBIES and was totally bummed. I didn't let that happen this time and neither should you!

And finally, another money saving bit of awesomeness! My younger brother works for Macey's grocery store and has access to deals that are only available to employees. He totally made my day today when he informed me of some stock up goodies that had just hit their sell by date and were being sold for just $1.00 per case!! Holy awesome!!
Now, I don't mean to taunt you, my friends, with this awesomeness. Instead, I want to encourage you to put the word out that you are someone who is looking for amazing deals! Put the word out to family, friends and neighbors; that way when they happen upon a deal, they will think to let you know! I've gotten so many amazing deals that way!

Again, my friends, I am blessed. I hope that some of this extra happiness I am feeling today will drift out over the internet to you!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Some shopping

I've had a crazy couple of days, friends. In the midst of it all though, I was able to run into Provo today and do a bit of shopping.

Rancho Market

Bananas 2 lb/$1.00

Red Onions 3 lb/$1

Pineapple 2 lb/$1

Apples .79/lb

Yellow Onions .59/lb


Milk 2/3.88

Power Bars .49 each wyb 10
-$1.50/3 Power Bars online print= FREE

Ronzoni Smart Taste .49 each wyb 10
-$1/2 Ronzoni Smart Taste or Veggie Delight online print= FREE

Ice Cream 2/$5.00

I wasn't too impressed with the clearance section there. I'll be down at the Payson Smith's tomorrow. We shall see how it goes. :)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

More Great Savings! Shopko Clearance!!

Friends!! What an exciting evening I have had! For two hours, the kids and I scoured every inch of the toy, clothing, and clearance holiday sections at the Spanish Fork Shopko, plus the Christmas section! And here's the coolest part: they were so well behaved!!! I still can't believe how great they were! It probably helped that a lot of our focus was on what neat things they wanted to add to their Christmas lists... :)
There are tons of great clearance and sale priced toys. Tons!! And not just silly crap. It's all the stuff that kids are wanting right now. My girly girl was quite enthusiastic. :)
In the women's clearance clothing, I scored big time on lots of cute, trendy clothing. Part of my continuing "I care about me" campaign. Mommy deserves to have cute clothes that fit! ;)
The fall/Halloween clearance is spread out in a couple different parts of the store. I found so many cute little gems at ridiculous, better than the dollar store prices!! Check it out!!!
Not only that, I had earned my $10 pharmacy coupon and put it toward all the goodies I found! I was going to save it to put toward Christmas presents but decided that this time, Mommy's stuff was more of a necessity! :)
Such a good evening! I always love my kids, but sometimes, like now, I really like them too! ;)

A bit of shopping

 I've hit Payson twice, Thursday and also this morning. As you may know, Smith's (Kroger) has another mega event going on! So many great stock up deals!
These first two photos were from trip #1. I bought them together to use the mega 10 deal. The first picture however, was for another family that wanted to see what I could do with $10.00. Sadly, they were out of the FREE Playtex tampons that day, so I didn't get quite as much for them as I'd hoped, but am still happy with what I got.
 Milk Skim, 1%, 2%  2/$3.88
Ronzoni Healthy Harvest pasta .49 (wyb 10)
-$1/2 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Smith's mail coupon= FREE

Kellogg's Frosted Flakes $1.99 (wyb 10)
-FREE 15 oz Frosted Flakes Smith's mail coupon= FREE

Crest 6.4 oz Toothpaste ? I don't remember how much it was.
-FREE Crest Toothpaste Smith's mail coupon= FREE

Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup .49 ea (wyb 10)
-.40/4 Campbells Cream Soups= .39 ea

Swanson Broth .49 ea (wyb 10)
.40/5 Swanson Broth= .41 ea

Kotex Pads $2.49 ea (wyb 10)
-$2/2 Kotex pads= $1.49 ea
Santitas Tortilla Chips 3/$5

Krusteaz Cookie Mix  ? I can't remember how much it was. :( Pretty sure it's in the ad though. The coupon I used for .50 off was a Smith's mail coupon. It was a wyb 10 item.

1 lb Baby Carrots  .99

Lindt Excellence Chocolate Bars $2.59 ea
-$2/1 Lindt Excellence bar online print
HINT: Another time I wish I'd listened to my instincts and waited till we hit Walmart!
The Payson store has Lindt bars on rollback for $2.23. So, just $.23 each with the coupon!!!

This is what I got this morning at Smith's.

Playtex 18-20 ct Tampons $1.99 ea (wyb 10)
-$2/1 Playtex Tampons= FREE

Organic Bananas .39/lb (clearance)

Kroger Wheat Bread .88 ea

Half Gallon Egg Nog $2.99

Swanson Broth .49 ea (wyb 10)
-.40/5 Swanson Broth

I also hit Walmart both times. I got me some fabulous new bras! Oh the simple things! They were an excellent price! I also got a couple other things.

I took advantage of the Triaminic $3 coupon at Walmart. If you haven't used yours yet, get to it! This is an awesome savings!
Oh, and I totally splurged and got me some pens, the kind I really like and the only ones that are comfortable in these silly arthritic hands of mine. I've decided recently that I am worth these little pleasures. :)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Patriotism... Recycled

  A strange title, I know. The kids and I enjoyed our family time together this evening while Daddy was at basketball. For our activity, we made cards and decorations for Veterans' Day next week. We have a lot of military in our family that have served and so we made cute cards for them and also for neighbors and friends.
  We had such a lovely time! A very cool aspect to it; Everything we used was from recycling bins or school dumpsters! Paper, scissors, glue, markers, and stickers! I am so grateful for our soldiers and those who support them. I am grateful that I live in a country where I am free to climb into the garbage and pull out beautiful creativity!

Week Long Fiscal Fast

  Hey kids! Sorry I have been MIA for so long! My mom was in the hospital and then I broke my foot and then I had surgery for something else this last Tuesday. Things have been crazy! I've done a little bit of necessity shopping and some scavenging here and there but I am seriously jonesing for a financial fix! I will be doing some serious shopping this Wednesday, so stay tuned!!!
  So the hubs and I collected coupon inserts today to sell. Totally scored big! It is so nice when he is home to help, especially since I'm still pretty sore; it's nice to have him jump in the bins and give me a little break. :)
I'm sitting here sorting and counting the inserts and watching a new to me show on Netflix: Extreme Cheapskates. It is so right up my alley! Some of it is a little much for me. I just can't do cloth toilet paper!!! Even I have my limits!! I am super excited however, about this WEEK LONG FISCAL FAST idea!
  The gist is this: 4-7 times each year, spend NO MONEY for an ENTIRE WEEK!!! Absolutely NONE!! I am crazy excited to try this!! Especially where we have the indulgent holidays coming quickly, this is an ideal time to save a bit in preparation for Christmas spending! And then, do another fast right after New Years! What a lovely, cleansing idea! I am going to sit down with the family tonight and figure out which week this month will be our first fast. Stay tuned for details!!!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Oh how we shopped!

My husband and I have begun our workouts together again! This morning, when it was still dark, we did the first video! We had gotten pretty far into them when the baby got sick earlier this year and other things happened and exercise fell by the wayside. Taking care of ourselves in general, myself especially, tending to close relationships, important things like that, went to the back burner. But today is a new day and the world keeps on turning!
No time to waste, friends! Gotta seize the moments before they're gone! In life, in love, and in SHOPPING! :)

The youngest two and I went into Provo this morning. I was energized from the early morning workout and ready to take on the case lots!
First we hit my favorite recycling bin to gather coupon inserts. Then we were off to Rancho Market! I didn't get much but what I did get was totally worth the stop!
ALL Shur Saving Milk  $1.99

Bananas 3 lb/.99

And then we hit the Macey's in Spanish Fork. Can I just say what a lovely time we had?? I hadn't been into Macey's in a long time, as I have spent most of my shopping time in Smith's lately. It was nice being there, kind of like coming home...
I was treated so well and greeted by old friends. Plus they have AWESOME deals this week!!! You've got to get in there!!!

Here are some of the best:

Cream of Chicken Soup .49 ea
-.60/6 WF canned soup ( a friendly stockman gave me the coupon)

Leaf lettuce .99

Baby wipes .79 ea

Acetaminophen $4.99

Syrup .$5.98

Chili .69

Chicken or Beef Broth .39 each!!!

Shur Savings Green Beans or Corn .39 each

Breaded Chicken nuggets $1.49/lb  (sold in 10 lb case)
I wasn't sure I'd be able to fit it in my freezer but it was just such a darn great deal so I brought it home and made it fit! The kids are so excited! :)

Valu Time Mac n' Cheese 4/$1.00!!!

So glad I got it done! I might do a bit at Smith's and Walmart tomorrow, or I may just rest. We'll see! :)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A Tuesday Tale!

Hello friends! The youngin's and I ran down to Payson this morning. I didn't feel like doing it but I am of course glad I got it done! First we hit Walmart:

Colgate toothpaste .94 ea
-.50/1 any Colgate (doubled)= +.06 each!

Heinz Ketchup 20oz $1.88
-.50/1 any Heinz (doubled) = .88

Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners 1.97
-.50/1 Reynolds liners (doubled)= .97

The we headed to Smith's, my most favorite store!

I bought the 3 Kellogg's cereals first, using my $1.50/1 coupons that I earned on the Kellogg's website.
The cereals were $2.50 each before coupons.
So I basically paid $3 for them and then I earned a $3 Catalina coupon, which made it like just paying tax for the cereal!! $.23!!!

Then I bought the rest and used the $3 catalina.

Body Fortress Energy Bars .71 ea (clearance)
-$1/1 any Body Fortress product online print= +.29 each!!

Post Sesame Street cereal $1.88
-$1/1 Post Sesame cereal (Kroger coupon booklet I got in the mail)

Kroger Chip Mates Cookies 1.67
-.75/1 any Kroger cookies= .92 

Hillshire Farms deli meat FREE with Friday Freebie ecoupon

Kroger Peanuts 3/$5

Poise Panty Fresheners $1.09 (clearance)
-$1/1 any Poise product= .09

Don't you just love great deals?? But also, don't you just hate when you mess up???

I thought I had gotten the right Orville Ready to Eat popcorn. An ecoupon even came up but I didn't look at it closely enough. It wasn't the right one. :( I will be taking it back with me on my next trip of course! $2.50 matters to me! :)

Monday, September 30, 2013

Busy Buying! And Juicing on a Budget!

I've had a busy day already! We've run so many errands and have hit two stores. I still need to hit Macey's, but that will be later. I hit Lolo's and Rancho Market and was pleased that at both stores I didn't have to wait in line forever.
I was going to take photos of my purchases but I was hungry so I just put it all away. Lots of fabulous produce deals that I just have to tell you about!

Rancho Market:

Apples 2 lb/.99

Cucumbers 2/$1

Green Beans .89/lb

Persian Limes 2 lb/.99

Carrots .79 per bag

kale .89 ea

Roma tomatoes 2 lb/.99

Cilantro 5/.99!!!

Cauliflower .89 ea

Watermelon 4 lb/.99

Then, at Lolo's:

Don Julio flour tortillas .78

Grapes .98/lb

Bananas .45/lb

Milk 2.39 per gallon (includes whole milk)

Bunch of Beets 1.63

Red Cabbage .38/lb

Ginger root 1.29/lb

You might have noticed that I bought some interesting produce. Having been dealing with health problems for some time now and having just been diagnosed with another one, I am looking for things I can do to help myself, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
You may have seen the show on Netflix called "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead." It showcases the benefits of juicing. I call it 'Juice Feasting' where others call it fasting. 
It is not an easy thing to do. I am committing to it just one day at a time. I have done it before for a short time and it did feel wonderful! 
Here's a problem, besides hunger, that people often run into when trying to juice; the cost! It can get very pricey as you go through so much produce for each drink!
I am so grateful to have stores like Rancho Market and Lolo's that make this adventure feasible!!! It still costs, but not nearly what it would if I were shopping anywhere else.
Even if you aren't doing something as drastic as juicing, fresh produce is still something that a lot of people don't feel they can afford for their everyday diet. Yet another reason to be grateful for these stores!! Please patronize them! We want to keep them here!!!   :)

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Upcoming Awesomeness!!

So yesterday was rough for me. I woke up with a nasty cold while trying to work with my recent GERD diagnosis. Then, to top it off, I ripped open a big chunk of the bottom of my foot.
It was not so much fun. This morning I woke up not feeling so great. I babysat my darling nephew and he was such a treat! His happy little smile really helped!
My foot is still hurting badly but I am a stubborn old goat and a few things are still getting done. When I dragged myself out to the mail box after throwing out a stinky diaper, I was absolutely revitalized by what I found!
All the crappiness seemed to just life like a fog! I opened the new ads and this day has been redeemed! So many fabulous deals coming on Monday!!! I can hardly wait to hobble my way to these fabulous savings!!!

They are out of control!! This Monday starts their Caselot Sale! Prepare to be amazed!! Get your food storage cupboards organized and decluttered! Here we go!

WF 10.5 oz Cream Soups .49 ea

WF Specialty Beans canned .50 ea

Valu Time Mac n' Cheese 4/$1

WF 5 oz canned Chicken .88 ea

Shur Saving 8 oz Tomato Sauce 4/$1

WF Canned Vegetables 2/$1

WF Canned Chili .69 ea!!!

WF Canned Beef or Chicken Broth .39 ea!!!

VO5 Shampoo or Conditioner .69 ea
-$1/4 Alberto VO5 shampoo or conditioner, 15 oz+, SS 9/08

Guittard Chocolate Chips 3/$5

WF Mini Marshmallows .79

WF 32 oz Powdered Sugar  .88

Pillsbury Brownie Mix .88

Pillsbury Cake Mix .88

Pillsbury Frosting 2/$3

WF Evaporated Milk 12 oz  2/$1

Shur Saving canned Vegetables .39 ea

Shur Saving 12 oz Frozen Orange Juice .78 ea

WF Pancake Syrup 128 oz  $5.98

Soffs 80 ct Baby Wipes .79

WF Salt 2/.88

Fresh Market

They have most of the same deals as Macey's but they ALSO have these great deals!

WF Chocolate Chips 1.25 ea w/in-ad coupon limit 4

Bubba's Bagels .99 w/in-ad coupon  limit 4

WF 18 oz Peanut Butter 1.49 ea w/in-ad coupon limit 3

Dinty Moore Beef Stew .88 ea w/in-ad coupon limit 4

Buy (1) WF 4 qt Ice cream @ $5.79, get one 2 liter bottle of Shasta Soda FREE w/in-ad coupon

32 oz WF shredded cheese 5.99

I will be shopping Monday and Tuesday at these stores and a few others. Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 26, 2013


Crazy busy day again!! I had a long list and am proud to say that I got it all done! I was able to squeeze in a bit of shopping!

Rancho Market
They've always got at least a few good deals, especially on produce! Sometimes it takes awhile to check out... They need more cashiers! Oh, and a rotten guy, a customer, jumped like lightning in front of us into a line that opened up, even though we had been waiting forever... His mansion is heaven is burning down! ;)

Roma Tomatoes 2 lb/.99

Medium Avocados 2/.99

Pineapple 2 lb/.99

Celery 2/.99

Bananas 2 lb/$1

Chicken of The Sea Tuna 2/$1

Kale .89 ea

Mangoes .89 ea


 Shur Saving .88 ea
Meadow Gold ice cream novelties 1.25 ea
Milk (not shown) 2.39 per gallon (includes whole milk!!!)
1 lb Strawberries .62 ea
Bananas .45/lb (too bad I didn't know they had them cheaper than Rancho! But now I have plenty of bananas!)
Red Grapes .98/lb
Spinach 1.07 (not on sale but I needed some)
Romaine Lettuce .77 ea

We also went apple picking at the Bishop's home this afternoon. I now have tons of lovely apples to turn into all kinds of yummy applesauce and apple pie filling! Just got to get around to doing it! :)

Monday, September 23, 2013

So busy!!

This has been a crazy day!! I am feeling so very productive! I have EARNED the guilty pleasure of catching up on episodes of Cup Cake Wars! :)
I sold my metal scrap and donated stuff to D.I. that just wasn't selling. Gotta get my junk inventory down to my goal!! Working hard at it! I haven't had time for tons of shopping as I have been so busy selling! It's funny; I was feeling all worried because I had put a LOT of money into discount plants and trees and mulch this last weekend for the garden project I am doing to honor my dad. My bank account was getting lower than I like it to be these days. I was about to sink into despair when I realized DUH! I have a shed full of money!!! So I put on my big girl pants and got myself busy! And I have far surpassed my earnings goal for the day and still have several people coming to pick stuff up today!
I am just so very blessed! The Lord knew that I needed to do my Wonderland Garden for my dad. He knew that my heart wouldn't make it through this ordeal without something good that was totally in my control and He totally provided a way to make it happen!
Plus, I just LOVE selling JUNK that other people threw away!! :)
I also finally finished renewing my driver's license! And hit Sam's Club! And then there was a wreck on the freeway exit and I was late picking up my daughter from school and couldn't find my phone to call a neighbor or anything. Arrgghh!! I am just so pooped!!!
But my daughter is home, my baby is in bed, my boy is not trying to bite anyone anymore, and I have a little bit of money in my jar. :)
Life is so good!! And tomorrow I will do a little shopping! Stay tuned my fellow warriors!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Smith's & Lolo's!

I ran down to Smith's in Payson this morning. I had to grab just a few more things before the sale ends!!
 4 loaves Kroger bread .88 ea
Peanuts 1.67 ea

On the $5/5 sale:
Nature Valley Oatmeal bars 1.49
-.75/1 Nature Valley soft baked bars

(9) Old Spice shave gels .99
-$1/1 Old Spice shave gels= +0.01 ea!!

After Smith's, I ran up to Provo, did a few errands and also made a stop at Lolo's. I found way more deals than I was expecting!!!

 Milk (including whole!!) $2.39
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts 1.49/lb
5 lb Ground Beef Patties $8.99
 Oreos 2/$3
-.75/2 Nabisco cookies= $1.12 each!
WF Cake mixes .66 ea
WF 64 oz Apple juice .99 ea
Shur Saving Cream of chicken soup .69 ea
WF 98% fat free cream of chicken soup .99 ea
10 lb Russet Potatoes 1.78
5 lb Apples 3.79
25 lbs Whole Wheat Flour 6.99
Baby Carrots 1 lb  .65
Green Leaf Lettuce .99

I am going to go back to Lolo's later this week for more milk and chicken. My plan is to bottle all the chicken I bought today and then freeze what I get later. I've never done it before, so wish me luck!!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Upcoming Deals!!!

Hey kids! Oh the deals that are coming!!! There are so many! I'll list just the most exciting ones, but be on the lookout for the new ads!

Mix n' match; Buy 10, save $5

WF Ice cream $1.99

M&M's singles .50

2 lb cheese loaf $4.49

WF 66 oz Salsa $3.99

2.5 lb Frozen Chicken breasts $4.99

Other sale prices:

Milk $2.50 (does not include whole)

64 oz WF Apple Juice 4/$5

WF bread .99

WF Evaporated Milk 12 oz  .69

WF Chocolate Chips $1.49!!!

WF Cake mix .79

Powerade 2/$1


Oreos 2/$3
-.75/2 Nabisco cookies

WF Cake Mix .66

WF 64 oz Apple Juice .96

WF 24 pk Bath Tissue 3.98

Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix .88

Campbells Chunky Soup 1.58

1 lb baby carrots .65

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.47/lb!!!!
Super saver pack

I am SO excited to go shopping on Monday!!!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Smith's Haul!!

Another great haul at the Payson Smith's this morning!! If you haven't hit the $5/5 sale yet, now is the time!! I will hit it at least one more time before it ends.

O Cel-o "Green" sponges .69 each clearance end cap
-.75/2 any O-Celo sponges

Emerald Breakfast on the Go!  $2.99
-FREE Emerald On the Go! Kroger ecoupon!!
You can only load this coupon TODAY!!! Don't miss out!! You don't have to redeem it today, just have to get it loaded!!

Buy 5, Save $5 Sale!!

Gillette Fusion gel $1.99 ea
-$2/1 Gillette Fusion shave prep= +.01 each!

Edge Shave gel $1.50
-$1/1 Edge shave gel= .50

Old Spice shave gel .99 ea
-$1/1 Old Spice shave gel= +.01 each!!

Gillette Shave gel .99 ea
-.75/1 Gillette shave gel= .24 ea
-$1/1 Gillette shave gel= +.01 each!

Gillette After Shave .99 ea
-$3/2 Gillette shave products= +$1.02/2!!!!

Trix Cereal $1.49
-.50/1 Trix cereal Kroger ecoupon

Cheerios $1.49 ea
-.50/1 Cheerios Kroger ecoupon
-$1/2 Cheerios Kroger ecoupon

Nature Valley Soft Bars $1.49 ea
-.75/1 Nature Valley Soft baked bars= .74!!!

Luvs big box diapers $16.99

-$3.00 store coupon from last week's haul!!!

Total Value: $115.00

Total Paid: $22.00!!!

So after Smith's we went to Walmart where I splurged on flower bulbs and Mums. Like I say all the time, decide where you want to spend your money! I'd rather get my groceries and toiletries for FREE or close to it and then be able to spend my grocery money on the things I WANT!!!
You can do it too!!!

Friday, September 6, 2013


Hey kids! Still sick as a dog but feeling totally invigorated by this morning's haul!! I ran down to Smith's in Payson again and did some amazing things!!
Comfort diaper $6.19
-$1.50/1 Comfort diapers Kroger coupon

Bic multicolor pens .89
-$1/1 any Bic stationary= +.11 each!!!

Buy 5, Save $5 Sale!!!

(2)Multigrain Cheerios $1.49 ea
-$1/2 any Cheerios

(2) Cinnamon Toast Crunch $1.49 ea
-$1/1 Cinn Toast Crunch online print= .49 each!

(2) Life Cereals $1.49 ea
-$1/2 any Quaker products

(5)Nature Valley Granola Bars $1.49 ea
-$1/2 Nature Valley bars

(3) Fiber One bars $1.49 ea
-$.50/1 any Fiber One bars

(1) Mueller GreeK Yogurt  1.00
-FREE Mueller yogurt w/purchase of 2 Quaker products (coupon on cereal box)

(1) Old Spice shave gel .99
-$1/1 Old spice shave gel= +.01

(5) Gillette After Shave lotions .99 ea
-$3/2 any Gillette shave products= +$3.00!!!!

(16) Gillette shave gels $1.99 ea
-$6/3 Gillette shave products= +.01 ea
-$2/1 Gillette Fusion gel= +.01

Not only did I get all these FREEBIES and GREAT savings, but at checkout, a $3.00 Catalina store coupon printed up thanks to Nature Valley!!! I'll be going back Monday and will use it then!! 

So incredibly happy about this haul! It just really lifts my spirits! And can I say again how much I love the Payson store?? Great deals, great people, great shopping experience!!