Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Target - Tide and Hefty Storage


As mentioned from Southern Savers today, Hefty had a new coupon and when paired with Target cartwheel and the Ibotta App, it made it a pretty good deal!  In her deal, she only purchased three.  I went ahead and purchased four since the printed coupons were $1 / 2.  The Tide were larger bottles for the price, so I was happy about that.  We are now restocked on laundry and storage items. :)

Hefty Deal (view deal on Southern Savers):
(4) Hefty Storage $1.99
-25% off Hefty storage freezer slider bags, quart or gallon or jumbo sizes, Target Cartwheel PRINTABLE
-$1/2 Hefty Slider bags, 12 ct.+ PRINTABLE
-$1/2 Hefty Slider bags, 12 ct.+ PRINTABLE
Total Due: $3.97 (before tax)
Get Back: 
-$2/3 Hefty Slider Bags, 10-ct.+, on same receipt, Ibotta App MOBILE COUPON

Tide:
$5 Target Gift Card wyb Any (2) Household Items Listed
(2) Tide $14.99
  • Manufacturer Coupon-$2 off Tide detergent, 37 oz+ or PODS, 23 ct.+, excl Simply PRINTABLE
Total Due: $25.98 (before tax)
Get Back: $5 Gift Card

Check out Southern Savers!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

CVS - Razors, Toothbrushes, Blush, and CVS Ibuprofen


I spent more out of pocket than normal, but am happy with my purchase.  We were out of children Motrin, so that was added to my list for today.  Overall, spent $53.60 out of pocket, but have $18 ECB for the next trip!

Transaction #1:

$10 ECB wyb (2) Gillette or Venus Razor AND Cartridge, , limit 1

(must buy both)
Gillette Venus Embrace Razor $13.99
-$2 off Venus razor 1 ct.+, or Venus or Daisy disposables 2-ct.+, excl Daisy 2-ct., RP 06/19
Gillette Venus Embrace Refill $21.99

$4 ECB wyb Colgate Battery Powered Toothbrush, 1 ct., $5.99, limit 2

Colgate Power Toothbrush $5.99
Colgate Power Toothbrush $5.99

$8 ECB wyb (2) Neutrogena Foundation, Powder, Blush or Concealer, , limit 6

(excludes clearance)
Neutrogena Blush $9.99
Neutrogena Blush $9.99
-$2/2 Neutrogena product, SS 05/01 (exp 6/26)
-$10 off of $60 CVS Coupon
-$7 ECB from last trip
= $50.81
Get Back $26 ($10, $8, $8)

Transaction #2:
CVS Child Ibuprofen $10.79
-$8.00 ECB
= $2.79

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Total Before Savings and Coupons: $86.20
Total Spent: $53.60
Total Saved: $32.60 or 38%
ECB Remaining: $18.00
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Sending $323 Grocery and Household Coupons for US Navy in Atsugi, Japan

During the summer months, I enjoy spending the little extra time to send my expired coupons overseas.  Did you know you can send expired coupons to overseas military bases?  The program is called the Overseas Coupon Program (OCP) and serves the military and their families.  They can use the coupons up to six months expired so it is important not to send anything more than two months expired.

I am sending out over $57 worth of expired groceries coupons and over $266 expired household coupons for $1.35 to Atsugi, Japan.  It is inexpensive to send via First Class Mail as long as you keep the ounces lower.

Here's how you can participate:

  1. Pick a base and then adopt the base (so they know you plan to send coupons)
  2. Sort expired coupons by Food and Non-Food
  3. Total (estimate) the batch by dollar amount
  4. Place each batch in a separate envelope
  5. Send a report to OCP
If you would like to learn how to do the same, visit the Overseas Coupon Program website.

    Weight Watchers Weekly: Succeed this Summer

    What to Do: Set up Your Summer Success

    My "why": 
    After my youngest was born in 2011, I weighed 170.2.  I'm committed to this weight-loss journey because this past March, my weight fluctuated back up between 160 - 165 pounds.  At the end of the March, I went to the doctor's office because my ankles were swelling.  This past April 27, 2016, I rejoined Weight Watchers.  I decided it was time and was hoping if I lost some weight it might possibly help the swelling in my ankles and legs.  My ankles have not been swelling since I have lost the weight, but my eosinophils remain elevated.  My doctor has me taking Claritin for at least ten consecutive days prior to rechecking blood work next Monday.

    My summertime goal: 
    I teach middle school math and have most of the summer off other than a few conferences and trainings that I attend.  Normally I can easily gain five pounds because I am home and food is available.  This summer, I am tracking using the Weight Watchers app along with attending weekly meetings.  This is helping me stay focused on healthier choices while still enjoying time with my family and kids.  My goal is to return to my eighth year of teaching at 145 pounds by Labor Day.

    My time-off plans: 
    I am looking forward to time off this summer from school.  I am looking forward to a math conference in San Antonio, TX where I will get to be with other friends and colleagues.  My mom and grandmother are joining in on the fun of San Antonio too.  I am also looking forward to a short trip to the San Diego, CA area to visit my brother, sister-in-law, and niece with my mom and kids.  It has also been nice to be able to slow down and relax.  I have also enjoyed reading and studying my Bible.

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    Weight Watchers

    After Ashlyn was born, my weight was at 170.2 on August 9, 2011.  I used Weight Watchers after Jakob and Ashlyn were born, but did not stick with the program.

    This past March, my weight fluctuated between 160 - 165 pounds.  At the end of the month, I went to the doctor's office because my ankles were swelling.  This past April 27, 2016, I rejoined Weight Watchers.  I decided it was time and was hoping if I lost some weight it might possibly help the swelling in my ankles and legs.  My ankles have not been swelling since I have lost the weight, but my eosinophils remain elevated.  On a positive note, they were less than a previous lab.  My doctor has me taking a Claritin for the next ten days prior to rechecking blood work in approximately two weeks.

    About a month later, on May 21, 2016, I attended my first Weight Watchers meeting.  Each week provides a different weekly lesson focusing on inspiration and encouragement, reflection, action plan including quotes from others, and a new recipe.  This week's Weight Watchers Weekly was titled Befriend your Body by Melissa Sperl.

    When I rejoined Weight Watchers, I was at 161 pounds.  Today, I weighed 151.3 pounds with a goal weight of 145 pounds.  I also achieved a 5% weight loss today since rejoining!   I prepaid for the meetings through September 16, 2016, this morning to encourage me and help me be accountable.  Roni, the Weight Watcher leader, complimented me on my current weight loss and informed me about the lifetime free membership by maintaining my goal weight!  I really did not think I was going to enjoy the meetings, but stepping on the scale in the office and seeing the results sure is motivating!



    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    Doctor, Dentist, and a Mom?

    On Monday, May 16, 2016, Ashlyn complained a little about her stomach hurting.  I checked her tempeature and she was fine so we finished getting ready for school.  This was the day of advanced math testing for sixth graders entering seventh grade along with Algebra testing.  I informed her school just in case she continued to not feel well.  No phone calls were made home that day.

    On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, Ashlyn was complaining about her stomach hurting.  This time, I thought about how normally if she begins to have drainage issues, the first for her to complain is her stomach.  Slowing down for a moment, I realized she had been blowing her nose consistently.  Last minute, I made the decision and put in for a substitute.  She went into and saw her doctor in the morning where she was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection.

    While leaving Target after picking up Ashlyn's medicine, Ashlyn and I had the following conversation:

    Mom: You are getting pretty good at explaining your symptoms Ashlyn.  I think you should be a doctor.
    Ashlyn: Well, actually I was thinking about being a mom.
    Mom: Well, you can be a doctor and a mom.
    Ashlyn: Well, I was actually thinking I wanted to be a dentist.
    Mom: Do you know what a dentist is?  What does a dentist do?
    Ashlyn: They take care of your teeth and clean them.
    Mom: Okay, you can be a dentist.
    Ashlyn: I have an idea.  How about I be a doctor, a dentist, and a mom?  How about that?
    Mom: Sounds great to me!

    Later that evening, antibiotics had already helped begin to clear up some of the drainage which allowed her to go play on the playground a little bit and the following day, she brushed and did my hair.

    Tuesday, June 14, 2016

    2014 - A Year in Review Scrapbook


    Shutterfly photo books offer a wide range of artful designs and embellishments to choose from.


    Highlights:
    • Cub Scouts Pack 372: 
      • Camping
      • Pinewood Derbies
      • Raingutter Regatta
      • Webelos Resident Camp
      • NASA Camp
      • Family Camp
      • Rockets
    • Jakob turned 9
    • Cross Way UMC: 
      • Scout Sunday
      • Cross Way UMC turned 3
    • Paloma Creek Painting Parties
    • Summer Fun
    • Ashlyn turned Three
    • School Pictures
    • Fall Pictures
    • Lisa Graduated with her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
    • Christmas Pictures

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