Wal Mart Extra Finds: Free Sierra Mist, $.62 Pillsbury Cake Mix & More



Here are a few extra deals I saw at Walmart this weekend! Don’t forget to check out the awesome deals on games also when you go – so many good deals that are great to donate to your local Toys for Tots program even if you have those games already at home. Remember that Walmart prices vary a bit by area, but hopefully you’ll find these at your local store!

Don’t forget to try out Walmart’s new Savings Catcher Program after you shop. 

Tide Simply Clean $3.97



Xtra Laundry Detergent $2.73

  • Use $1/2 printable or $1/2 coupon from the 11/9 RedPlum insert
  • $2.23 after coupon



Honey Maid Graham Crackers $2.98


Canada Dry or Pepsi 2 L $1

IMG_4897.JPGPillsbury Cake Mix $1.12 

  • Use $1.00/2 Pillsbury Baking Mix or Frosting – 11-2-14 RP
  • $.62 after coupon



Pillsbury Brownie Mix $1.12 

  • Use $1.00/2 Pillsbury Baking Mix or Frosting – 11-2-14 RP
  • $.75 after coupon



LouAna Coconut Oil $6.48



Pillsbury Cookie Mix $1

  • Use $1.00/2 Pillsbury Baking Mix or Frosting – 11-2-14 RP
  • $.50 after coupon

IMG_4901.JPGHormel Pepperoni $1.94

IMG_4904.JPGLindsay $1.44

IMG_4902.JPGChi Chi Salsa $1.78



Dole Mandarin Oranges $1.18

IMG_4905.JPGBetty Crocker Potatoes $1.25

  • Use $0.50/2 Betty Crocker Box, or Pouch Potatoes; Excludes Potato Buds – 10-26-14 SS
  • $1 after coupon

Check out the Wal Mart deals this week!

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Praying With Your Children (The Addendum)


Time for some random rambling today ~ if you’re here just for the deals (I understand!) scoot on past to the next penny pinched post. ;)

Some of you may remember probably my favorite ever post sharing how I started praying with my kids when they were tiny.


Well, all too quickly my kids are getting bigger (ugh), but the most amazing transformation has happened.


A few weeks ago, I was in a hurry (I’m always in a hurry), and rushed my kids along to bed. I was working on the computer and told them I’d be there to tuck them in shortly.


Shortly turned into not-so-shortly, and when I finally made it upstairs I found two cute girls in the middle of the floor of one of their bedrooms, Bible in one girl’s hands and a children’s devotional book wide open.


(This is the one they found – similar to this one.)

I plopped down next to them, snuggled in close, and they led me in a much needed bit of quiet time.


Three weeks later, at about 8:12 each night, my girls call me upstairs for our quiet time together. When I told them a few days ago that I was way too busy to make it up, my eleven-year-old informed me that I needed our quiet time more than she did.




I really don’t know how I ended up so lucky. (Seriously folks, I would never have dreamed this future for my family!) But what I’m loving about this precious time is that even when I don’t take the time to slow down a bit, my children call me to this happy little place each night where we can talk about our fears, thank God for the good stuff, and just love on each other a bit.


The devotionals are quick – last night we talked about making new friends and the night before was about not being anxious (which I needed to remember way more than my girls did!)  The best part is that at the end of that time we say a quick lay-it-all-out-right-out-loud prayer, and my girls are starting to pray the verses that we discuss each night.


How amazing is that????


If you have a little one at home, and feel like you want to pull your hair out instead of pray with them some many? days, I promise (promise) there’s a really fun light at the end of the tunnel.


I promise that those lessons you instill today will give you the most precious grace for tomorrow.


Even if you’re not the praying type, consider taking just a few minutes to wrap that little one up in your arms and let them know just how precious they are before you tuck them in tonight. (Doing just that might just turn you into the praying type.) ;)


Turn off your computer. Put away your cell phone. Don’t check those Facebook or Instagram notifications and instead spend a few minutes of face-to-face time with the ones closest to you.


I promise, wholeheartedly, that you’ll be plain old amazed at what kind of grace will cover you.


And just to be clear, my kids still fight with each other. They still tell me no when they don’t like what I’ve told them to do, still leave their shoes out all over the place, still talk back sometimes and drive me a wee bit crazy some (many?) days. I still holler at them sometimes too. We are oh-so-far from having it together, but if there’s grace for this mess of a momma, there’s grace for you too. ;)



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25 Days of Christmas Deals For Dads: Day 3


It’s day three in the 25 Days of Christmas Deals for Dads series, and this is one of those items that works for any guy on your list! The Solar Hand Crank Radio is just above its lowest price ever (and is such a great gift idea), and I love the idea of the headlamp if the man in your life handles electrical chores around the house. (How smart to keep their hands free when working!)

Solar Power Hand Crank Radio, Flash Light & Cell Phone Charger $39.99 (regularly $60+)

Energizer Weatheready Rechageable Crank Light Red $14.99 (regularly $16.99)

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Chrome Immedia Light Flashlight Hand Crank Set of 4 $14.99 (regularly $34.99)


Energizer Pro 3 LED Headlamp $10.99 (regularly $17.99)


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Christmas Deals Starting On PPP + $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Congratulations to th02…..@gmail.com for winning the giveaway, and thanks so much to every one who entered! 

I’m so excited about the Christmas deals that we’re starting to see in full swing! We just moved everything over to our fun Christmas logo (isn’t it just cute?), and hope it makes things oh-so-easy for you to navigate this Christmas season.   Hopefully this helps things run a little more simply (and penny-pinched, of course) in your home, and you can easily navigate the deals as well as frugal decorating ideas, recipes, and easy ways to donate to your local food banks this time of year. Here are a few tips to help things go more smoothly ~ amazon Click the Amazon button at the top of the page to take you directly to the Amazon Lightning Deals so you can see what’s on sale each day foodboxClick the “giving” photo to go directly to easy items to donate to Holiday food boxes this year meals Click the “food” photo to take you right to penny pinched meal ideas (note: if you’d before to go to current meals by date, click the recipes button just underneath that food picture and you can see most recent posts from the food category) decorating Click the “home” photo to see frugal home decorating ideas (watch for more of those these next few weeks!) gift Click the “Christmas gifting” photo to see current best gift giving deals


Black Friday AdsOnline Shopping Deals
Gifts for Him Gifts for Her Gifts for Kids
Food Box DealsTechnology Deals


And you can use this logo on the right sidebar to easily navigate gifts for him, her, online shopping, Black Friday ads and more. Whew! ;)  

(oops – I almost forgot we started 25 Days of Christmas Deals for Dad series  tonight too. Did I say whew?) ;)

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So, are you ready to get started saving this Holiday season? I thought it would be fun to start things off with a $50 Amazon Gift Card, so leave a comment on this post to share the one thing you’re  most hoping to save big on this Christmas.

Who’s ready? Leave a comment to share the one thing you’re watching for a deal on, and we’ll get the season started!

Winners will be chosen Friday morning (11/7/14) at 9 AM Central Time ~ good luck! This giveaway is not sponsored by Amazon or Facebook ~ just a gift from me to thank you for reading. Good luck!

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Target Halloween Clearance 30%-50%



Here are some items Target had on clearance this weekend – I was there on Saturday so hopefully some of these are still available for you!  If you were able to go yesterday or today, we’d love to know what kind of clearance deals you’ve found while shopping Target.

Fall and Halloween Items 30% OFF Price $1-$3:









Candy 50% OFF:


M&Ms $1.52

IMG_4821.JPGOreo’s $1.50

IMG_4820.JPGHershey Candy $1.50

See all the top deals at Target this week, and create your Target shopping list before you shop.

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My Goodwill Finds


I hate selfies. Like, HATE selfies. And I even hate the hand on your hip look, but it does make you look skinner. And I like looking skinnier. Just wanted to get all that out there before even starting the post. ;)

I think I have a Goodwill addiction. 


Because my children have afternoon activities several days a week near a local Goodwill store, I happen to sneak it at least once (twice?) each week and am loving finding little treasures occasionally. I don’t buy very much when I go (and often leave empty-handed), but I’m loving having another easy way to save!


Here are a few of the fun things I’ve found the last few months. . . 


1) The orange sweater in the picture above: Lands End, $3.

2) The denim jacket in the pic above: Ann Taylor Loft, $5. (I have a denim jacket that I wear all the time that I paid $49 for at the Gap several years ago but it’s a very dark wash. I was thrilled to find this lighter one!)

(Note: I’m so fickle about what I like in clothing and have no sense of style at all – so for me shopping Goodwill for a few clothing items is a great way to change out styles without busting our clothing budget. I’ve probably only purchased 5 or 6 items at Goodwill so far and brought them home for a good washing before wearing, but I’ve bring pretty pleased with my finds!)



3) These silver plated dishes, each $1. I’m hoping to fluff up our dining room for Christmas using silver and white along with fresh greenery from our yard, so I thought these would be a few fun additions.


4) Maple ladderback chair, $2.50. It’s in pretty rough shape but I think a little wood glue can sturdy it up, and I’m not sure how I’ll refinish it. I like the basic color of it as it is (and a few folks have cringed as I’ve painted furniture recently), so I’m not quite sure how this one will end up. But, for $2.50 I couldn’t pass her by. ;)


5) Wash basin stand, $6. This is the one I’m not so sure what I was thinking, and I very well may paint it to see how it fluffs up and then even try to sell it (even in a yard sale!) I thought it might be fun to add to our guest bedroom, and when I saw this almost exact one sold for $165 on Etsy I figured it was worth the chance. (This is definitely a replica piece so I won’t feel bad painting it one bit ~ and it may turn out okay in the guest room to hold towels if I can figure it out? We’ll see.)

6) File Cabinet, $3. Okay, I really really really don’t like this one at all, but when we moved we left behind our office with built in filing cabinets, and my husband said we really needed at least something to get us through until we build new cabinets here. I’ve hemmed and hawed about how to set up my office and just haven’t figured it out yet, and with Christmas season fast approaching I know it’s not going to get settled on until next year. So, for $3 I can live with these, and we can at least organize some of our things that have been packed away in boxes. (I’m seriously thinking about painting it blue just so it makes me happier ~ but really, everything in my house can’t be covered in blue, right?)


So, there you have it. I promise we’ve got plenty of room for these items (I don’t want to start feeling like a bad episode of Hoarders!), and because I’m not emotionally tied to any of it I’ll be okay to donate it right back to Goodwill when they’re finished serving their purpose here.


Have you found anything fun at Goodwill or other thrift stores recently? I’d love to hear about it – leave a comment to let me know! You can also see what I fluffed up last week at Goodwill ~ yup, I’m loving that store. ;)



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163 Christmas Ornaments For $50 (But Who’s Counting?)


(These pictures do not do these items justice – I promise when they’re on the tree it’ll look so much better but I hurriedly took the pics with my iphone before the kids got home from school!)

Dollar Tree Christmas decorations are out in full force, and I scored big this week! I made a quick run in just to see what they had, and came out with a small Christmas haul. ;)


Everything in our new home is very pale and neutral, and while I’ve loved our last Dollar Tree Christmas Tree, I knew those colors wouldn’t work here. I found this beautiful silver and white tree over on Pinterest, and am working towards switching over to those colors this year (while sticking to a budget!) A few days ago my sweet husband made the mistake of saying “I can’t wait to see how you’re going to decorate here this Christmas” which for me clearly meant “You get to buy anything you want to decorate as long as you don’t go really nuts.”;)


So, for a whopping $50, I scored ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY THREE ORNAMENTS for our tree. I’m not quite sure where it’s going to go or what else we’ll need, but I’m thinking we’re already just about there! (We’ll also have our normal family tree, but this one’s my perfect little decorating tree – ’cause you just can’t get enough Christmas around here.)


Here are a few fun things I noticed while shopping (all for $1, of course.) 



(I love those reindeer!)






Do you use Dollar Tree decorations at home on your tree? I’d love to hear your favorite finds – leave a comment to share!

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Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ideas For Older Kids


After sharing with you all about how my seven-year-old’s perspective changed recently after working on her Operation Christmas Child Shoebox, I put together a list of ideas to pack in those shoeboxes for older children (as littler ones are pretty easy to buy for!) Many of them can be found at the Dollar Tree, and would be easy, inexpensive gifts to give.


For Older Boys:

  • Tools – hammer, screwdriver, wrench or pliers, duct tape, measuring tape
  • Fishing supplies – add in a small fishing kit, fishing line, hooks
  • Binoculars
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Plastic Magnifying Glass
  • Watch
  • Handkerchief
  • Collapsible water bottle
  • Harmonica

For Older Girls:

  • Small sewing kit
  • Clip on earrings
  • Bracelets
  • Barettes
  • Coin purse
  • Sticky notes
  • Watercolor paint set
  • Yarn
  • Colored Sharpies, highlighters or markers
  • A friendship bracelet with extra string so they can make more
  • Ink pad and stamp set


Also, here are a few ideas that Operation Christmas Child shared on their site as far as suggestions for all ages (as well as some items not to include):

  • TOYS: Include items that children will immediately embrace such as dolls, toy cars, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise (with extra batteries), etc.
  • SCHOOL SUPPLIES: pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc.
  • NON-LIQUID HYGIENE ITEMS: toothbrushes, bar soap, combs, washcloths, etc.
  • ACCESSORIES: t-shirts, socks, hats, sunglasses, hair clips, jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc.
  • A PERSONAL NOTE: You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family. If you include your name and address, the child may be able to write back.
  • DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out-of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.


National Collection Week for Shoeboxes this year is November 17-24, and if you’re not sure where to drop off a box in your area you can go HERE to find a local collection site. They do ask that you also give a donation of $7 per box to cover the cost of shipping – learn more about that over HERE and donate online as well.


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What other suggestions do you have on items to donate in Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes? I’d love to hear them – leave a comment to share!


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Laurie’s Fresh Thyme Market Trip: I Love This Store!


Goodness, can I just tell you how much I’m loving our new Fresh Thyme Market here in Columbus? I went this morning and took advantage of their double ad Wednesday (meaning you get to enjoy last week’s ad savings as well as the savings for the new ad which starts each Wednesday), and was so pleased with my trip.


I know this is a market that’s still only available in a few cities, but if you have one near you, you’ve got to take advantage of their special sales each week. They’re regular prices are pretty high (from what I’ve seen), but their sales are really sales, so it’s worth stocking up.  I also love that they offer great sales on some of their organic items, which make for just incredible deals on those compared to other stores.  While I didn’t purchase all organic items today I did get quite a few this week, which you can see highlighted with the * in the picture below.


Here’s what I bought . . . 

  • 5 packages strawberries $1.25 each
  • 2 packages blackberries $.88 each
  • organic celery $.99
  • (2) 3 lb bags organic apples $3.99 each
  • organic carrots $.99
  • 2 organic lemons 2/$1
  • 1 tomato $.72
  • 2 bunches green onions 2/$1
  • 2 green peppers 2/$1
  • 3 pears $1.26
  • 3.5 lb rump roast $10.35 ($2.99/lb.)
  • 2.89 lb boneless skinless chicken breast $5.75 ($1.99/lb)
  • 2.94 lb cut up whole fryer chicken $5.86 ($1.99/lb – this had a tag showing $.99/lb which is why I bought it – wouldn’t normally pay that  much)

Their chicken is on sale 50% off this week (making it $1.99/lb.) and is minimally processed. I haven’t seen prices anywhere close to these on produce anywhere else in our area, so I’m thrilled to have this option to shop for whole foods!


Do you have a Fresh Thyme grocer in your hometown (or another store that offers similar sales occasionally?) I’d love to hear your thoughts as well as other tips on saving on organics and fresh foods - leave a comment to share! You can also check out all the sales at Fresh Thyme each week over HERE.




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Michael’s: Save 70% Off Halloween & Fall Items




Michaels is having a huge clearance sale on some fall and Halloween items, and there are so many fun items included in the sale! You can also save 50% off any one regularly priced item when you print your coupon over HERE. If you have any parties going on at your child’s school or other activities, this is an easy way to save!  Here’s a peek at what I found today . . .




After clearance pricing $2.99


Fall Berry Wreaths just $4.49


Foam Capek kits just $.87


Halloween Baking Supplies as low as $.59


Halloween Crafting Kits just $2.69


Halloween Baskets $2.99


Fall Decor just $3.09


Ashland Accents as low as $1-2 after 70% off sale


Baskets on clearance 50% off – as low as $4-$5

And here are just a few fun finds I noticed in the dollar bins (love those!)




Have you found any great deals on fall products at the craft stores? Leave a comment to share your finds!

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