New Voice Over Artist

Since we just moved, the never-ending process of unpacking is still happening.  Besides the garage, one of the last places we are unpacking is my husband’s office.

The other day he found my cool little microphone packed in with HIS stuff. I wonder how that happened?  It is a pretty cool little microphone. He hooked it up and let out daughter play around with it. She loves it.

If you’ve been looking for a microphone of your very own, click this link: visit website. There are some pretty cool microphones there, too. Just make sure you pack it yourself so it doesn’t end up in your husband’s office.

The importance of washable markers (or in this case washable dry erase markers) cannot…

The importance of washable markers (or in this case washable dry erase markers) cannot be understated.

I was thinking about doing a Google hangout later today on the use of the Ibotta…

I was thinking about doing a Google hangout later today on the use of the Ibotta app.  Anyone interested? I see a lot of people saying they are signed up for it but not using it because they don't understand it.  I love Ibotta and want to share the love!

Dear +Linda Stradley, for some reason your Milk Gravy Recipe just makes sense to…

Dear +Linda Stradley, for some reason your Milk Gravy Recipe just makes sense to me! After years of failing and failing at making a proper milk gravy, I've now done it TWICE with amazing results. Thanks!

Milk Gravy Recipe, How To Make Perfect Milk Gravy, Biscuits and Gravy Recipe, Gravy Recipes
This easy milk gravy recipe will drive men crazy! They love it because their mother used to make it.

Thinking about pasta salad

I've been couponing and everyone is going crazy for buying this Suddenly Salad stuff. I think it came out when I was a kid and I don't remember there being anything special about it.

I'm thinking about sending pasta salad for my husband's lunch (he usually just eats sandwiches).  I've got a bunch of dry penne and rotini, plus some Italian dressing.  Is it really that easy, just cook and toss?  Anything I should add?  I was thinking grilled or canned chicken, but what about veggies wise?  Ideas?

I've committed to couponing wisely (with the help of many blogs and Facebook…

I've committed to couponing wisely (with the help of many blogs and Facebook groups) to maximize savings on my family's budget.  Here was today's shopping trips (and grand tour of the area)

First stop: Winn Dixie
Used my Winn Dixie card (sign up here: https://www.winndixie.com/SR/Reward%20Card/Default.aspx).
20 oz Bisquick, $2.59. Used $1 off coupon (no longer available to print): $1.59
Badia Bay Leaf $0.99 (no coupon – need for recipe)
Huggies Little Movers on sale $8.97. Used $4 off coupon (from pickupthevalues.com, no longer available) and $3 off Winn Dixie coupon from Winn Dixie All American Cookout flyer (in Sunday 6/15 paper and in stores): $1.97
4 dozen WD large eggs: $5 (3 day sale)
Challenge butter: $4.85, used $1 off coupon from Challenge Butter Facebook page and $1 off Winn Dixie coupon from Winn Dixie All American Cookout flyer (in Sunday 6/15 paper and in stores): $2.85
Total OOP: $12.95 (Retail value: $22.40, savings of 42% off sale prices)
Will submit to Checkout51 for .25 eggs rebate
Will receive $0.50 rebate from SavingStar for Bisquick)
Got a raincheck for 3 Gwaltney hot dogs ($1 each 3 day sale)

Second stop: Wal-Mart
2 packages White Cloud Bath Tissue: $7.94. Used Buy One Get 4 Roll Free coupon from coupons.com (-$2.00): $5.94 or  $2.97 each
Great Value Bread: $1.78 – no coupon
Arm & Hammer Oxi Clean $4.97 (price matched B1G1 from Winn Dixie), used $3 off 2 coupon from coupons.com
Bananas 2.18 lbs @ $.59 per pound: $1.29 – no coupon
Total OOP: $11.76 (Retail value: $20.95, savings of 44% off)

Third Stop: Target
1 box Market Pantry Spaghetti $1.00 less $.05 Cartwheel: $0.95
1 gallon Market Pantry Milk $4.19 less $.21 Cartwheel: $3.98
1 package Angel Soft Tissue $5.94 less $.45 coupons from coupons.com and $1.00 Target mobile coupon: $4.49
Redcard discount: $.21
Used $5 gift card from previous purchases
Total OOP: $4.35 (Retail value: $11.13, savings of 61% off)
Will submit for Ibotta $.50 rebate on milk

Fourth Stop: Winn Dixie (a different one)
Used my Winn Dixie card (sign up here: https://www.winndixie.com/SR/Reward%20Card/Default.aspx).
Huggies Little Movers on sale $8.97. Used $4 off coupon (from pickupthevalues.com, no longer available) and $3 off Winn Dixie coupon from Winn Dixie All American Cookout flyer (in Sunday 6/15 paper and in stores): $1.97
3 Gwaltney hot dogs: $3 ($1 each 3 day sale) less 3 $.55 off coupons from SS 5/18R: $1.35
Total OOP: $3.86 (Retail value: $11.97, savings of 78% off sale prices)

Fifth (and Final) Stop: Publix
Jumbo Choc Chip M&M Cookie: 1.79 (no coupon)
2 Tic Tacs @ $1 each: $2.00 used $1 off 2 coupon from Facebook (no longer available: $1.00
Activia Greek Yogurt 6 @ $1.20 each: $7.20 used 3 B1G1 coupons from coupons.com – $3.60: $3.60
Hormel Pepperoni 4 @ $1 each: $4.00 used 2 $1 off 2 from coupons.com and 2 $1 off 2 Target coupon from coupons.target.com: FREE
Total OOP: $6.51 (Retail value: $14.99, savings of 57% off)

Total for all: $39.42 Retail Vale: $66.25 (Savings: 40%)
Also expecting rebates from Ibotta, Checkout51 and SavingStar for $1.25

What didn't work for me:
I had a $1 off 1 Angel Soft coupon from coupons.com but forgot to bring it with me!

What I did this time that I've never done before:
(1) Ad matched the laundry detergent at Walmart. That was easy!
(2) Asked for a rain check at Winn Dixie on the sale hot dogs that were out of stock. I did find them at the second Winn Dixie I went to, so I got them)

This isn't the greatest amount of savings, but it's still pretty good and I got a lot of things we really needed.  $1.97 a pack for diapers is insanely cheap!  I'll most likely go back for a couple more packs before the sale ends.

For Checkout51: http://www.checkout51.com/
For Target Cartwheel:  http://cartwheel.target.com
For Ibotta: http://ibotta.com/r/cacuyw (referral link – join my team FREE and we'll earn bonuses with our collective shopping/earning!)
For SavingStar: http://www.savingstar.com
coupons.com
pickupthevalues.com

 

I'm going to print these out and make a list of stuff I need to do some of these…

I'm going to print these out and make a list of stuff I need to do some of these activities.  I'm going to start with the pipecleaners and a strainer one.

33 Activities For Kids That Cost Under $10
If you want to keep your kids busy this summer, try out one of these activities that cost less than $10.

Love Berries? Get ‘Em Cheap!

Summer berries.

Summer berries. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My daughter loves berries.  It doesn’t matter what kind: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, she loved them ALL.  Of course, blueberries are her favorite but she doesn’t turn her nose up at any of them.  We give her berries every night after dinner as dessert, and sometimes during the day as a snack.

Berries can get expensive!  She can eat a lot, so I was buying a lot and relying on Target berry coupons and Cartwheel to get me through and then I heard about the Driscoll’s Berry Community.

You can save money on Driscoll’s berries by doing the following:

1.  Go to that link above and sign up and Driscoll’s will e-mail you a 50-cent coupon for your next purchase of Driscoll’s berries.  (HINT: You can print it twice.)

2.  Take your coupon to your local retailer that sells Driscoll’s berries and use the coupon (and any other discounts) to buy the berries.

3.  Take your inexpensive berries home and (THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT): turn the package over and take a picture of the label on the bottom with your cell phone.  It will look something like this:

driscolls label

Seriously – take the pictures the minute you get home because you’ll forget and throw the package away.  This is throwing away money.

4.  Once you have scarfed down the berries, go to the Driscoll’s survey site and fill out a survey with regard to the berries.  You will need the code on the bottom right of the label to complete the survey.  They will ask about size, shape, flavor, texture, etc.

5.  Once you complete the survey (should take less than 5 minutes) they will e-mail you another 50-cent off coupon PER PACKAGE (you can print it twice!) to buy more Driscoll’s berries.

After 4 surveys completed your coupon amount will increase to 75-cents off and from the 16th survey on you will get $1 off! I am already in the $1 range.

Does it help? Heck, yeah!  This week Publix has raspberries on sale, 3 for $5.  Using 3 $1 off coupons I only paid $2 for 3 6-oz packages of raspberries.  If they had been on sale at Target I probably could have done even better.  Last year I was getting pints of strawberries for pennies each.

There are no affiliate links in this post – I just wanted to share how I save money on fresh berries in my house.

P.S. For every Driscoll’s survey you complete each month you are entered into a drawing for $100!

Electricity: Just Thinking

Electrical

Electrical (Photo credit: TheWhisperOfThisSoul)

Our new rental home is beautiful.  Spacious, airy and lovely.  I adore it.

One of the things I love most is that there are so many outlets!  Our last house was built in the 50s so outlets were minimal.  This one has them just about everywhere you can think of.  Most of the bedrooms have 5 outlets (with two plug places each).

Of course, this means a lot of those plug protectors to keep our little girl’s eager fingers from getting a jolt.

While I love all of the outlets, there is always room for more, right?  I don’t know if these exist in other homes but there are a few places I would love to have outlets where they don’t seem to exist:

1.  In closets.  The closet in the master bedroom has wonderful shelving, and it would be the perfect place to plug in things that need to recharge, like cameras, cell phones, etc.

2.  Linen closet / pantry.  I’ve got a Swiffer SweeperVac and a dustbuster that need constant charging.  There is a plug in the pantry here but only because it’s a pantry/laundry room.

3.  High up on the wall, near the ceiling.  Ever had a high bookshelf where you needed to plug something in?  Often you need an extension cord.  This would also be ideal in children’s rooms so you could plug something in up high and not have to worry about little fingers pulling out the cord.

4.  Under the sinks.  Again this is a good recharging space for things like electric shavers.

Any place I’m not thinking of?

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