Archive for May, 2009

How I Organize My Coupons

May 31, 2009
**UPDATE – I finally got a big enough binder that I am only using one binder and not two! But I am still organizing it the same way.

In the past month, I have been stopped almost every time I am in the store and asked about my binders that I keep my coupons in.

This is a very quick and rough video explaining how I organize my coupons.
I buy anywhere from 4-10 Sunday papers a week, depending on the coupons. I have one delivered to my house, I also “steal” my parents inserts! On Saturday’s they sell the early edition Sunday paper, this one has the coupons in it. If I get lucky my $1 store has them for only $1 on Saturday, if I don’t get there in time I have to run over to Walmart and pay $1.75. I will sit in the store and look through the coupons to decide how many papers I want to buy. If they have lots of Buy one get one free items or coupons I like I get more. You can also go online and google “Smart Source” and “Red Plum” to find out ahead of time what coupons will be in the paper.
I use a binder and baseball card holders. I cut each coupon out and file them by sections of the store. I put the binder on the spine in the child seat and walk through the store flipping to that section as I am in each aisle.
These are the tabs I use in my grocery binder: Dairy, boxed, frozen, drinks, snacks, canned and jars, deli, non-food, animals, Mom and baby, baking, cereal, cleaning, paper goods, bread and vegetables. These are the tabs I have in my cvs binder: shaving, lotion and body wash, teeth, deodorant, shampoo and hair, make up, and pharmacy.

I try and go to the store without kids late at night. I NEVER go between 3-8pm with kids, it is a nightmare! If I go in the morning with my little ones or if I have to take all of them I always give them a job to do. The older kids hold coupons, all of them can help me look for items even the little ones. I try to make it fun for everyone or I end up yelling!

Many times I have had a bigger child push a cart while I shop, or even each of us push a cart if there are specific deals going on where I have to go through the checkout multiple times. Kids are smart and they want to help, it keeps them busy and makes them feel important. I try and have them use their math skills and figure out the prices in their heads.

If you have any specific questions please ask, when I have a chance to make a better video and include everything that I forgot I will!

Free Burt’s Bees Lip Balm

May 30, 2009

Free Burt’s Bees Lip Balm–1,000 every day for 25 days

Burt’s Bees is giving away 1,000 free Burt’s Bees beeswax lip balms every day for the next 25 days. Go here to sign up for this fun freebie!

I have been trying everyday to get one of these I LOVE them!! They have been gone in 7 min. on some days. You don’t know what time they are going to start giving them out, so check back often! 

The giveaway starts anytime between 9 a.m. and 12 noon EDT but no one knows exactly when! To equal the odds and give you the fairest chance at a free balm, we’ve randomized the giveaway to start anytime between 9 a.m. and 12 noon EDT. It could be anytime. For instance — it may be 9:15 AM one day, 10:25 AM the next, or 11:51 AM the day after! We don’t know either – and that’s what makes it fun! And if you don’t get it one day, you’ll get your chance. The balm giveaway goes through June 20, 2009.

A few FREE things ~ Week of May 25th

May 30, 2009

Wal-Mart: Free Ice Cream Day (Saturday, May 30, 2009)


Wal-Mart is hosting a Free Ice Cream Day tomorrow (Saturday, May 30, 2009) at locations across the country from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. See more details and find out if a local store is hosting a Free Ice Cream Day in your area here.

Walmart, Free Hot Dogs

 I happened to notice my Walmart has Bar-S hot dogs for .48 each. Use this 1.00/2 printable coupon to get them FREE! 

Don’t forget to pick up some Blue Bunny ice cream treats, which qualify for a free after rebate promo this weekend.

Free Personalized Father’s Day Card

Shutterfly is offering a FREE personalized Father’s Day Card until June 10th! Use Coupon Code: CARD4U at checkout. Shipping is o.99.

Free Hefty Bags, Pringles, and Sobe at CVS

CVS has Hefty one zip bags regular price for 1.00 on the dollar aisle. Use the 1.00 off coupon from the 5/17 newspaper to get them FREE.

Also, found some pringles clearanced for .50. The 5/17 newspaper had a 1.00/2 coupons, making these FREE also, if you can find them.

Sobe Waters are on sale for buy one get one free. Print this buy one get one free coupon and both are FREE.

Free Mars Chocolate

Don’t forget Mars is still giving away FREE chocolate on Fridays to the first 250,000! Go here.

Wal-Mart: Free Blue Bunny ice cream sandwiches

At Wal-Mart, single-size ice cream sandwiches are priced at $1. Join the iScream Team and take a quick survey on the Blue Bunny web site and you’ll get a $1/1 printable coupon for Blue Bunny ice cream sandwiches. Use this on the single-serve ice cream sandwich for a free and delicious frozen treat.

Thanks, Coupon Cravings!

Kroger: Country Time money-maker

Country time 
Through June 2, 2009, if you buy any two Country Time drink mixes at Kroger (on sale at $1 each at most stores), you’ll get a $1 catalina coupon to use on your next purchase. Buy 2 and use this $1.50/2 coupon and you’ll end up getting both free plus $0.50 overage after the coupon, sale, and $1 catalina.

This catalina deal is likely also running at other stores. 

Thanks, Mercedes!

Food Network Immersion Blender ~ Giveaway!!

May 27, 2009

Every morning I drink a smoothie for breakfast, always with whey protein powder and banana, depending on what is in the fridge is how it ends! Usually some spinach and frozen fruit as well. I always use my Vita Mix but when we are camping I can’t drag that so I bring my handy immersion blender! I have had a few and use them for soups and all kinds of things and I think this one is the best! So I grabbed one for one of you LUCKY WINNERS!

Here is the professional review:
This Food Network hand blender makes creations worthy of a standing ovation. * Handheld design allows you to blend, whisk and mix ingredients directly on the stove. * Nonslip control button and comfortable grip handle keep the blender securely in hand. * Kneading blade and whisk easily attach for versatile use. * Included measuring beaker guarantees you add the correct amount of ingredients. * Details: * 4-piece set * Set includes: blender, kneading wand, whisk & measuring beaker * 150-watt motor.

You know the drill… Leave your name, a comment and email and my kids (if they are good!) will pick a winner on June 10th! Hey, I should be able to get it to you by Father’s Day, you could wrap this baby up! If you follow this blog or want to, let me know and I will throw your name in twice!

Prize winner of Defiance… Winner of Giveaway! Hubby drew name!

May 27, 2009
I just reread this book over the weekend, I still LOVE it! My 11 year old is reading it now and likes it also. 
The kids are normally very well behaved when we go places. I always get compliments when we are in restaurants, people for some reason are surprised when a large family is well behaved… Tonight we had a team party for one of the kids. It think it turned into a mob mentality but my kids were HORRIBLE. I was embarrassed, the other kids there were acting badly and I think mine just figured it was a license to run wild. We came home and everyone went to bed early. My husband agreed to draw a name, so if you didn’t win it is his fault! 
The winner is:
Mama Hill

Thank you for all the great book suggestions, I wrote them down and am slowly reserving them
at the library. 

Look for my next giveaway it is a good one!

Target and Wal-Mart Deals Week of 5-24

May 26, 2009


Huggies Pure & Natural Diapers, $9.72 $3/1 prinable $6.97 after coupon! (Thanks, Heather!)


Hershey’s Syrup (26-oz.), $1.68 $1/2 Hershey’s Syrup Bottles, exp. 6-30-09 (SS 5/17/09) $1.18 after coupon! (Thanks, Laina!)

Kraft Mayo, $2.58 $1/1 printable $1.58 after coupon!

Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts (8-ct.), $1.50 $1/2 Kelloggs Pop-Tarts, exp. 5-31-09 (V 4/5/09) $1 after coupon! (Thanks, Briana!)

Nabisco 100 Calorie Snack Packs, $2.78 $1/1 printable $1.58 after coupon!

Sargento Natural Sliced Cheese, $1.78 $1/2 Sargento Deli Cheese, exp. 7-15-2009 (SS 4/19/09) $1.28 after coupon!

Triscuit Crackers, $2 $1/1 printable $1 after coupon! (Thanks, Heather!)

VitaminWater10, $1 $1/1 VitaminWater10, exp. 6-03-09 (SS 4/5/09) FREE after coupon!


Bodycology Antibacterial Hand Soap, $2.47 $1/1 printable $1.47 after coupon! (Thanks, Heather!)

Johnson & Johnson Reach Dental Floss (55-yards), $1 $1/1 Reach Dental Floss (RP 4/26/09) FREE after coupon! (Thanks, Michelle!)

Sure for Men Deodorant, $1.78 $1.50/1 Sure Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant for Men, exp. 630-09 (SS 5/3/09) $0.28 after coupon! (Thanks, Sheila!)


Cottonelle Toilet Paper (4-pk.), $1 $1/1 printable (take the pledge) FREE after coupon!

Glade Lasting Impressions, $5 $4/1 Glade Plugins Scented Oil Lasting Impressions Holder, exp. 6-20-09 (SS 5/10/09) $1 after coupon! (Thanks, Kristen!)


Vitaminwater 10 – $1.00 each
Use $1/1 in 4/5 Smart Source insert
FREE after coupons

SmartFood Popcorn Clusters – $3.00 each
Use $1/1 Target coupon 
Use $1/1 manufacturer’s coupon 
here and in 5/3 Smart Source insert
$1.00 each after coupons

Hershey’s Bliss Candy (9.6 oz bag) – $2.99 each
Use $1/1 Target coupon here
Use $1/1 in 5/3 Smart Source insert
$0.99 each after coupons

Strawberries – $2-3 each
Use $1/1 Target coupon 
$1-2 each after coupon

Kashi GoLean Crunch Cereal & Granola Bars (6 ct) – $2.88 each
Use $1.50/2 
$2.13 each when you buy 2, after coupons

Kellogg’s Cereal – $1.99 each
Use $1/1 printable coupons available on recently (no longer avail.)
$0.99 each after coupon

Quaker True Delights Granola Bars (5 ct) – $2.50 each
Use $1/1 in 5/10 Red Plum insert
$1.50 each after coupon

Quaker Fiber & Omega Granola Bars (5 ct) – $2.50 each
Use $1/1 in 4/19 Red Plum insert
$1.50 each after coupon

Pepsi (12 pk cans or 6 pk bottles) – $3.33 each
Use $1/1 Target coupon here
$2.33 each after coupon

A-1 Steak Sauce – $2.09 each
Use $2/1 in 5/10 Smart Source insert or $1/1 
$0.09-1.09 each after coupon

Baked Cheetos & Selected Others – $3.00 each
Use $1/1 here
$2.00 each after coupon

Dove Body Mist or Ultimate Clear Deodorant – $3.29 each
Use $1/1 Target coupon in the Target Coupon Generator
Use $1/1 or $1.25/1 in 3/15 Red Plum insert OR $1.50/2 
$1.04-1.54 each after coupons

Bounty Paper Towels (6 pk, big rolls) – $6.49 each
Use $1/1 Target coupon here
Use $0.25/1 in 5/3 P&G insert
$5.24 each after coupons

Wet Ones Wipes (40 ct canister or 24 ct single pk) – $1.87 each
Use $0.75/1 in 5/17 Smart Source insert or $1/1 here
$0.87-1.12 each after coupon

Zyrtec Kids (4 oz) – $9.99 each
Use $4/1 Target Home Mailer (if you received it)
Use $4/1 in 4/26 Red Plum insert
$1.99 each after coupons

Aveeno Baby Care (5 or 8 oz) – $3.49 each
Use $2/1 here
$1.49 each after coupon

Johnson’s Baby Care (9-22 oz) – $3.49 each
Use $1/1 in 4/26 Red Plum insert or here and here
Use $2/2 

$2.49 each after coupon

Aveeno Sun Care (4 oz Baby, 3 oz Face, selected others) – $7.99 each
Use $1.50/1 in 5/17 Red Plum insert
Use $2/1 

$5.99-6.49 each after coupon

John Frieda Conditioner – $4.99 each
Use $2/1 in 4/5 Smart Source insert
$2.99 each after coupon

Clairol Natural Instincts Hair Color – $5.99 each
Use $2/1 in 5/3 P&G insert or $4/1 in 4/19 Red Plum insert
$1.99 or $3.99 each after coupon

Formula 409 Cleaner – $2.50 each
Use $0.75/1 in 4/5 Red Plum insert
$1.75 each after coupon


Get a $5 Target Gift Card When you buy 5 of These Products:

Kellogg’s Pop Tarts (12 ct) – $2.33 each
Use $0.50/1 Target coupon 
Use $1/2 in 4/5 Red Plum insert
$1.33 each when you buy 2, after coupons
It’s like getting 5 of these for $0.83 each with Target gift card (using 5 Target coupons)

Cheez-It Crackers (9 oz) – $2.33 each

Keebler Fudge Shoppe Cookies (11.5 oz) – $2.33 each
Use $1/2 in 4/5 Red Plum insert
$1.83 each when you buy 2, after coupon


Kraft Mayo – $1.99 each
Use $1/2 Target coupon here

Use $1/1 
here or in 4/26 Smart Source insert (use 2)
FREE after coupons

Kraft BBQ Sauce – $1.00 each
Use $1/1 here
FREE after coupon

Kraft Velveeta Shells and Cheese – $1.50 each
Use $1/1 (for boxes, not cups) here
$0.50 each after coupon
*Note: This was $1.84 at my store

Del Monte Fruit Chillers – $2.00 each
Use $1/1 
$1.00 each after coupon

Crunch n Munch (4 oz boxes) – $1.00 each
Use $1/2 here
$0.50 each when you buy 2, after coupon 
(Thanks, Michelle!)

Banana Boat Sunscreen (trial size) – $0.99 each 
Use $1/1 in 5/3 Smart Source insert
FREE after coupon

Campin’ in the rain, what a glorious feelin’, just campin’ in the rain!

May 24, 2009
We are back, a day early! Your choices are severely limited as to entertaining 9 children, in the mud and rain, and preserving your camping equipment when it has been raining for 12 hours and the forecast calls for 48 more hours of rain. Thank goodness for DVD’s, SUV’s and Redbox! Back in the olden days my parents would have made us play cards or actual thinking games in the tent while it rained, spending some quality family time fighting and yelling at each other!
I hate to even tell anyone where we went, it was soooo beautiful that I don’t want to advertise for them! I want to keep the place a secret!

They had this beautiful, I mean horrible, spring fed pool. You wouldn’t want to swim there the water is really cold and clear, it would be miserable in the Texas summer!
They have wonderful LARGE campsites, but who likes that? I like to be cramped and camping on my neighbor. 
Look at this happy boy… I mean miserable child. What little boy likes to play in the water with sticks?? Keep them at home with video games, don’t bring them here.

I will be honest though… this is the face of a child that is unhappy about not being allowed to go down to the river unsupervised. Horrible parents aren’t we??

Just in case you wondered what you swim in when you forget your swimsuit… here it is, tada, your clothes!
Now, all Mother’s out there can appreciate this one… I sent my husband back to the campsite to do a few things and sent the baby with him.  A COUPLE hours later I could not find him. So I went wandering around the campsite looking for the two of them. I found this beautiful spot in the butterfly garden, this wind chime is NOT in the foreground, it is directly above the hammock. It must be about 10 feet long, it has the most beautiful sound. I have never seen anything like it. Imagine my surprise when I find this below the wind chime:
My husband and baby asleep in someone else’s hammock! How cute are they though! Yes, the baby did wake up with hammock marks across his face. 
This is the large spring fed pool that you wouldn’t want to waste your time visiting… Not very pretty huh? 🙂
The kids under the waterfall that is directly below where we camped. Geeze, this place sucked, gorgeous waterfall and all… you sure wouldn’t want to visit this place. I must have 20 pictures of this pose over the past 11 years, with all the kids on different trips. Paul with the backpack and a sleeping baby. Why don’t they make these things for adults? 
Tucker’s nick name is El Tortuga, The Turtle. He puts it on all this baseball stuff. True to his name he spent most of the time catching turtles in the water. It was pretty amazing how he swam up under them and caught them. 
Another view of this miserable place… 🙂
My crazy 9 year old daughter flying through the air on the rope swing. Yep, thats her in mid-air!
I wish I had a wide enough angle to capture all 6 asleep on the drive back. But here are 4 of the cutest kids on the planet. Isn’t it fun to be a parent? We wore these kids out!

So this horrible place is called Krause Springs in Spicewood, Texas. I can understand if you want to come out and see how bad it is for yourself, just make sure we have reservations first!

My Birthday!

May 24, 2009

Tiffany would never tell anyone it’s her birthday-but since she is gone for the weekend and I am evil and have her password (muahahaha) I thought I’d just send out a little note and let everyone know that yesterday was her birthday!!! I won’t tell y’all how young she is-we’ll leave that to be a mystery. But, feel free to leave birthday wishes for her and I know she is hoping everyone has a wonderful weekend!!!!

Love from her sister,


An Ode to Ike and other things!

May 20, 2009
A small request… We will be camping a few times this summer and I am having to prepare a menu and do the shopping for an upcoming camping trip, and I am out of ideas for food! Can anyone please leave a comment and suggest what your kids will eat and like while camping? Also, any easy to prepare and inexpensive ideas are welcome!
Aren’t they cute? The little frogs.
Not when they are in your swimming pool…

Our pool has been damaged since hurricane Ike. It has been 8 MONTHS. We are still fighting with our insurance company, and are submitting for the third time three different estimates on repairs for it. I am furious! Not only are we usually swimming by now, but it has become a health and safety hazard. Anybody know a good lawyer?
Miller however is loving “Lake Ivanovsky” behind him. He drinks from the pool all day and eats tadpoles as appetizers. 
I wish you could see Storie’s face, she is the happiest kid alive. This is her favorite thing to do, aside from catching tadpoles.
This is my little house with the lawn grown in from the new sod. It just isn’t the same without my two big trees that we lost. I am going to replant something in the fall. Any suggestions?? I was thinking maybe a red maple.
This is the morning after Ike. I am going to miss all the shade I had in the summer. Trees really are a blessing, they just can’t pop up overnight. They really change the feel of an area, my house seems naked without them.

Any big plans for the holiday weekend??

Hurry! A few free things….

May 20, 2009

Free sample of Purina Fancy Feast or Beggin’ Strips

Go here to get your free sample of Purina Fancy Feast or Beggin’ Strips. This freebie was available last week and quickly ran out so be sure to snag yours fast if you are interested!

Also, if you are in Columbus, Ohio or Portland, Oregon, you can get a free bag of Natura dog or cat food. More details here.

Free package of Oscar Mayer Beef Franks!

Go here to request your coupon for a free package of Oscar Mayer Beef Franks. These offers usually go fast so I’d recommend you jump on this while it’s available!

Thanks, Freebies 4 Mom!

Free Mighty Dog Citizenship Kit


Do you have dogs at your house? You can go here and request a Mighty Dog Citizenship kit which comes with a dog tag and other goodies for your dog. Though it doesn’t say it on the website, Mercedes ordered hers and she got a free Kong Toy.

Thanks, Lissa!

Walgreens: $5/$25 coupon (May 20-21, 2009 only)

It’s been a little while since we’ve seen one of the $5/$25 Walgreens coupons so I was excited to find they have released a new one good for Wednesday and Thursday (May 20-21, 2009) only of this week. Go print yours here.

Your total must be $25 after all coupons and discounts, so I’d recommend using this on items which will produce a Register Reward in order to maximize your savings.

See the deals and freebies available at Walgreens this week here.

Thanks, The Thrifty Mommy!