Trash Bag Comparison Prices: Aldi Vs. Sam’s & Costco



My friend Shannon spent a ton of time heading to Aldi, Costco and Sam’s to do some price checking on basic paper products, and we were both surprised at the results! See what you think . . .




WINNER = Sam’s

Costco- Glad ForceFlex Trash Bags (130 ct) – $16.59 ($.13 per bag)
Sam’s-  Glad ForceFlex Trash Bags (140 ct) – $16.87 ($.12 per bag)
Amazon- Glad ForceFlex Trash Bags (100 ct) $15.00 ($.15 per bag)


WINNER = Costco

Costco- Kirkland Drawstring Kitchen Bags (200 ct) – $14.39 ( $.07 per bag)
Sam’s – Member’s Mark Drawstring Trash Bags (180 ct) – $16.86 ($.09 per bag)
Aldi- Boulder Drawstring Kitchen Bags (45 ct) – $4.99 ($.11 per bag)


WINNER = Sam’s

Costco- Kirkland’s Trash Drumb Liners Bags (50 ct)- $13.99 ($.28 per bag)
Sam’s- Member’s Mark Large Powerguard Trash Bags (90 ct) – $13.98 ( $.16 per bag)
Aldi- Boulder Drawstring Trash Bags (28 ct) – $4.99 ($.13 per bag)
I still think you’ll save even more using coupons and shopping store sales ads, but it’s always good to have a basic price guideline in mind before shopping! As always, when shopping these stores please go in with a budget in place (in case you haven’t heard that enough from me lately!) If you’ve found other deals that you’ve just loved at Costco or Sam’s Club, leave a comment to let us know what you think.

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Dollar Tree Fun Finds: Valentine’s Day, Organizing Bin, Project Display Boards & More



I made a quick run to Dollar Tree today ~ I love that store! If you’re starting to look for Valentine treats for your child’s classroom, the Dollar Tree is the place to be. Here are a few fun finds I noticed today . . .



Valentine’s Goodies $1 each


Organizing Storage Bins $1


Over the Door Hook $1


Plastic Crafting Containers $1



Posterboard and Project Display Boards $1 (these are one of my all time favorite things to buy at the Dollar Tree!)


Duct Tape $1


Kids School Supplies $1

See more Dollar Tree deals this week over HERE.

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Laurie’s Kroger Trip (And How My Hourly Rate Just Went Up To $180/Hour)



Goodness, Kroger’s Mega Sale is hopping with deals this weekYesterday my sweet husband was nice enough to drive me to Kroger as the snow started to fall (it wasn’t that bad out, but apparently he was afraid of me driving in the snow?) Anyways, it took us a solid hour to get through the store (and he was not enjoying it), but we scored some really fun deals.


On the way home I was looking over my receipts and realized 70% of my savings came from store sales ads, while just 30% of the discounts were because of coupons. I kind of questioned whether or not the coupons savings was worth my time.


Then I did the math.



In 10 minutes of clipping coupons (I used the 10 minute or less list + just a few more coupons that I quickly found HERE), I saved THIRTY DOLLARS.


$30 to spend on dinner out in a pinch.


$30 to buy my kids a cute outfit.


$30 to spend on absolutely anything I want to besides groceries.


For me that’s worth it?


(It actually adds up to an hourly salary of $180. Not too shabby for a stay at home momma!)


And did I mention I saved another $70 just by shopping the sales ads?


Yup, worth a few minutes to scan through the deals before heading out for sure. ;) Here’s what I bought:


Transaction #1 (priced based on Mega Sale Savings, purchasing in groups of 6)

2 Hormel Pepperoni $2.49

6 Kraft Easy Mac $.49

2 Hormel Pizza Wraps $1.49

2 Lender Bagels $1.29

2 Perdue Chicken $3

2 Digiorno Pizzas $3.99

2 Goldfish $.99

1 Hormel Turkey Lunch Meat $2.99

1 Thomas Bagels $2.49

2 Pringles Chips $.99

2 Oreos $2.49

1 Smart Balance Butter $1.99

1 Aunt Jemima Syrup $2.99

2 Planters Peanuts $.99

4 2 Liters Sunkist & A&W $.75

2 Quaker Rice Cakes $.79

3 Barilla Pastas $.89

2 Pace Salsa $1.49

1 Old El Paso Tortilla $.99

1 bag Granny Smith Apples $3.99

1 Philadelphia Cream Cheese $1.49

1 Baby Spring Mix Salad $4.99

2 Planters Nuts 2.79



Transaction #2 (priced based on Mega Sale Savings, purchasing in groups of 6)

Bought 2 Goldfish $.99

Bought 2 Carefree Pads $1 (not part of Mega Sale)

Bought 3 Kleenex $.99

Bought 2 Speedstick $2.99

Bought 2 Tide Pods $4.49

Bought 1 Listerine Floss $1.49

Bought 1 Reynolds Foil $2.99

Bought 1 Viva Paper Towels $.99

  • Used $1/3 Kleenex or $1/3 coupon from the 1/11 Smart Source insert
  • Used $1/1 Listerine Floss
  • Used (2) $2/1 Tide Pods
  • Used (2) $2/1 Speedstick (I think Lady Speedstick was on sale as well, so print those while you’re at it!)
  • Used (2) $.50/1 Carefree pads
  • Used $.50/1 Viva coupon from the 1/11 Smart Source insert
  • Used $1/1 Reynold’s Foil from 1/4 Red Plum insert
  • Used $1/1 catalina from Easy Mac purchase in first transaction
  • Paid $13.88

Now, I did buy a few things I wouldn’t normally purchase without coupons (the Hormel Rev Wraps but will be an easy meal for my son, the 2 liters of soda but I’ll either save them for a day when a bunch of kids are over or to donate to a local youth  ministry, and the Quaker chips but at 29¢ I couldn’t pass them up!) All in all I was pretty pleased with my savings, and decided it was well worth a few minutes of my time.




Here were just a few of my favorite deals (although you need to see everything over HERE) . . . 



Planters Peanuts $.99




Viva Paper Towels $.99

  • Use $.50/1 Viva Paper Towels coupon from the 1/11 Smart Source insert
  • $.49 after coupon



Quaker Pop Chips $.79

  • Used $.50/1 coupon from the  1/4 Smart Source insert
  • $.29 after coupon




Speedstick Gear Deodorant $2.99




Listerine Floss $1.49



Carefree Liners $1


PineSol $1.49

  • Use $.50/1 Pine Sol or $.75/1 coupon from the 11/7 Smart Source insert
  • As low as $.75




Lady Speed Stick or Mens Speed Stick $1.49 (Mega Sale Price)





Yoplait Yogurt $1.50 (Mega Sale Price)

  • Use $0.35/1, $.75/2, $1/2 Yoplait Go-Gurt, Kids Cup, or Trix Yogurt – 1-4-15 SS
  • $1 after coupon
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Snow Day




Here’s a peek at what we woke up to this morning – which means the kids are off school today (they just woke up and are so excited!) Eventually we might get used to waking up to this, but my Southern-raised-kiddos are still a little surprised by it every time.



(the view from my make-shift desk)




Thankfully I baked some pumpkin bread last night, so breakfast is already done this morning. Hope your morning gets off to a fun start too!

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Sometimes You Have No Control




UPDATE: I’m afraid to say this but I think I’ve got control of the FB page back! THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your kind words and support – I’m so thankful for each one of you!!!!!


Guys, it’s been a long yucky last few days.

This Facebook mess has not gotten a single bit better, and we didn’t get home this morning until 1AM from Alabama after having our car repaired (no charge, thank heavens!), then woke up at 5:40 to get everyone moving for school.


(Despite the craziness we absolutely loved seeing so many sweet friends in Madison while visiting ~ they’ve been our family in many ways the last ten years and we’re so thankful for them!)


Once the kids were off to school, I decided to spend 30 minutes handling the things I can control, because clearly some things are out of my reach.



I tackled our disastrous bedroom after getting home so late last night.







Then I cleared off the mess on our kitchen counters that from the middle-of-the-night-craziness,






And tidied up the kitchen sink, put away the suitcases, and started a load of laundry. (Sorry, pics of the laundry not included.) ;)





I even dumped my family’s favorite dinner in Mrs. Potts, and felt like I at least had a good handle on the things I could handle in the midst of this mess. 


Then, this ridiculous puppy came in from outside (it started snowing while he was out), and was covered in mud  from head to toe.


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(Seriously, what are you going to do with that face?)


So after a quick bath he sat down for a nap while I determined to tackle this Facebook mess on PPP.


I handled re-submitting emails to dozens of Facebook pages again this morning, and then sure enough the hacker who has control of the PPP Facebook page started sharing just awful links on PPP. (awful. really really awful. just make-me-want-to-vomit-can’t-believe-my-image-is-right-up-there-next-to-that-awful.) I’ve sent screenshots, emails, and timelines to every person I can find at Facebook, and so far have heard nothing back.



Do you know what occurred to me?


I have no control.


I can’t control Facebook. I can’t control my kids. I can’t control my dog, my husband, or anyone else at all.


I can only control me (and I’m feeling a wee bit out of control right now!)


Y’all, I’ve been typing at this computer for over five years now, and it’s only been in the last 1-2 years that my work here has been worth the hours I put into it. I’ve sacrificed time with my family, time with my friends, time to exercise, time to read and so much more because I felt like there was a purpose here.


And it has been blessed in ways I never imagined.


But right now it’s hard. And I don’t know if it’s worth it. And I’m tired.


My sweet friend Staci called me right as I was completely losing it and suggested I put away my computer and just walk away for an hour. I think I’m going to take her up on it, so if anything smutty comes up on the PPP Facebook page please know that it’s not from me. And I really am doing the best I can to get it fixed (a few folks mentioned that they were afraid I wasn’t doing anything on the PPP Facebook page, but I promise I’ve done all I know to do.) I can’t begin to tell you the hours of work that have gone in to growing a page to that size, and I was so excited about celebrating with lots of fun giveaways this week on hitting 200,000 fans finally, so this just sickens me.



But really, there are just seasons when things are out of our own control, and I know this is one of many for me. I cannot begin to tell you how much your support as well of those of several wonderful bloggers has meant to me. I am so humbled by the sympathy and generosity of complete strangers, and am just amazed that people would shower kindness on this mess of a momma.


Now I’m off to take a nap before my kids get home from school. ;) If you’re going through an uncontrollable season too, I’m thinking you should find a way to take a nap too sometime today. I’m so reminded that His grace is sufficient for me, so I’m handing over some control  right now and hoping you’re able to do find a way to do that too.



 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

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PPP Facebook Page Hacked (Update)

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This post will remain at the top of the page while we straighten things out ~ scroll down to keep up with all the penny pinched deals!
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Please Read & Share Any Suggestions


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Goodness gracious, my heart’s a little sick right now. As many of you know, PPP has been so fortunate to have a thriving Facebook page that literally just hit over 200,000 Facebook fans today. As luck would have it, my good friend Shannon and I were meeting up for the first time in months today right when we reached the 200K mark ~ we were thrilled.


Then tonight, after a few notifications that I needed to “verify my fan page”, I (naively) followed the links through Facebook (they all looked completely legitimate), and sure enough, my Facebook page was hacked and the entire PPP Facebook Fan Page (with over 200,085 readers at the time) were gone. 


Y’all, I’m sick about this. I’ve spent hours (and hours and hours and hours ~ really years) working to grow that Facebook page because in all honesty, most mommas that I know are on Facebook. So, it was the best means I knew to reach out to other penny pinchers like me, and I love interacting with you there each day!  I’m  not sure what to do, if it will ever come back, or where to even start.


I’ve sent out several emails after reading through google (where I’ve learned everything, you know!), but am not sure what’s going to happen. If you have any suggestions as to options please help.


I feel so ridiculously stupid right now – I can’t even believe I messed this up so badly.


In the mean time, I started the PPP group page HERE, and would sure love for you to come join it. I don’t know if any of this will get fixed soon, but I’m trusting somehow it will. Thanks so much for any suggestions or tips  . .  praying this gets figured out as I’m a little overwhelmed at starting over on four years of work, but trusting God for a good plan here!


Read more about PPP and why I spend so many hours here each day over HERE. I’m so excited because in 2014 we were able to help support three missionaries (Mission Costa Rica, His Cherished Ones and Go Ministries), much because of the traffic we had from Facebook. Praying that in 2015 we’ll add more to that list ~ excited to see how God’s going to clear up the mess I’ve made!

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Purse Organizer Insert Just $3.20, Shipped (Excellent Reviews)

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Here’s such a good deal on this cosmetic or purse organizer from Amazon! Get this Nylon Insert Cosmetic Purse Organizer for just $3.20 including shipping from Amazon right now ~ with great reviews.  Here are a few product features:


  • Easily move and rotate the entire contents of your bag
  • Multiple pockets to classify your personal stuff
  • Keep your mobile, keys, purse, make-up and other essential items organised and within easy reach
  • Material: Nylon
  • Size: approx 11.2″ x 6.7″ x 3.3″ (28.5cm x 17cm x 8.5cm)
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These come in so handy if you change your purse frequently, and I’ve heard so many people comment on how much they’ve liked them. There are dozens of colors to choose from as well (prices vary some) ~ head on over HERE to check them out!
Note: these do ship from overseas, so shipping time will vary based on which organizer you order.

Remember that pricing on Amazon is subject to change at any time.


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90% Off At Hobby Lobby & Fun Monogram Deals!


My daughter and I made a super quick run through Hobby Lobby last night, and noticed they had 90% off Christmas clearance (with quite a bit still left!) IMG_0008.JPG

The best deal I saw was on the mesh ribbon – right next to it in the Valentine’s aisle they were selling the same red mesh for just 20% off, so snagging some of this to use to make a Valentine’s Mesh Wreath might be fun. :)


(See tons of Valentine’s Mesh Wreath ideas over here.)

But my favorite find were these huge monograms marked 60% off . . .


I snagged that big ole’ “h” for just $12.70 and hung it in our mudroom. Love!


Have you found any other great deals lately at the craft stores? Leave a comment and let me know what you’ve found!


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How To Remove Rust Stains From Stainless Steel (& Freshen Your Sink Too!)


How to remove rust stains from stainless steel (and freshen your sink too!)


I’m super excited to share this quick fun tip that works great if you have a rust stain in your kitchen sink, and to clean your garbage disposal while you’re at it! This weekend I left an old baking pan in our sink to soak, and it left a nasty rust stain on the stainless steel that needed some TLC.


Since I had an extra lemon in my fridge (and always have baking soda in the pantry), it was super easy to clean off. I just poured a little baking soda on the stain,


cut the lemon in half, squeezed out a bit of lemon juice, and then used them lemon to do a quick scrubbing.


In under a minute the stain was gone!



Since my garbage disposal can always use a thorough-de-stinking, I cut the lemon into quarters,


added some ice,

And let the disposal churn it all around a bit. (Note, your disposal will sound awful while this mixture is running through, but the ice will sharpen the blades and the lemon will make the disposal smell fresh!)


I did a super quick cleanout of the sink using olive oil (I’ve always used it to shine my stainless kitchen sink)



And the sink’s all freshened up, as good as new. Love that!




Do you have any other tips for cleaning stainless steel? I’d love to hear them - leave a comment to share!




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