25 Days of Christmas Deals For Dads: Day 13


It’s day thirteen in our 25 Days of Christmas Deals for Dads series, and this is such a great deal Right now get this Deluxe 3 Mount Trunk Mount Bike Rack for a guy in your life for just $37, compared to it’s regular price of $85.

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Here are a few product features:

  • Patented design fits sedans, hatchbacks, minivans, and SUV’s – consult manufacturer web site for specific vehicle fit information
  • Individual tie-downs secure and protect bicycles
  • Padded lower frame keeps bicycles away from vehicle
  • Side straps for increased lateral stability
  • Comes fully assembled – set up and installs in seconds


Go HERE to check it out!


Thanks, A Thrifty Mom!  See more Christmas Deals for Dads. 

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Walmart Black Friday Shoppers: Listen Up!

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Goodness, do I have some info on Walmart to share with you. . . are you ready? 


First of all, Walmart just announced that they’ll be starting their pre-Black Friday event THIS Friday (November 21st) at 8AM. They’re basically matching select other stores Black Friday prices, THIS Friday, including Televisions, KitchenAid Mixers, Gaming Systems & more. Wow. 

Here are the items to watch for (find more information HERE)


Matching competitors

  • A 40-inch LED HDTV
  • 60-inch TVs from LG and Sony
  • A PlayStation 4 offer
  • Canon Wireless Printer
  • Keurig K-40
  • KitchenAid Stand Mixer
  • Select Lego sets

Additional Walmart savings

  • LED HDTV – $698 (special buy)
  • Samsung 40” Class LED HDTV with “Frozen Sing-Along Edition” – $298 (special buy)
  • New iPad Air 2 16 GB, WiFi – $489 with a $100 Walmart gift card
  • Get a $75 gift card with the purchase of the iPhone 6 or 5s
    o   iPhone 6 available for $179 or iPhone 5s for $79 with a two year service agreement on Sprint, AT&T or Verizon
    o   iPhone 6 and 5s available for $0 down for AT&T Next or Verizon Edge customers – plans available in select markets
  • 4-Pc Table Tennis Set – $79 (special buy)
  • A variety of “Frozen” special buys
  • Black & Decker 18v 2-Battery NiCad Drill – $69.88 ($20 savings)
  • Hoover High Performance Bagless Upright Vacuum – $98 (special buy)

It looks like they’ll be sharing more specific information about the Walmart sale tomorrow, so I’ll keep you posted as I see updated information.



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And, Walmart has also made available a sneak peek of their Black Friday store map, so you can see exactly where the items you want are at before heading out to Walmart on Black Friday. Whew!


Now, did I make all that that clear as mud? My bet is that Amazon and other retailers will get in on the whole pricing war this Friday as well, so I’ll be up bright and early posting the deals here for you. Let me know what you think ~ and I’d love to know if you’ll be hitting Walmart this Friday too!

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Winter In November?



It’s our first snow day here in Ohio! My kids are thrilled (I’m a little behind here on PPP while keeping up with them), but I thought you might enjoy a peek. After having to come up with ways to become a wee bit creative to enjoy winter last year down in Alabama, this is a big treat for them.

(Remind me of that in January – rumor has it this is the earliest snow day they’ve had in years here so you can bet I’m a little worried.) ;)














Has it already snowed in your hometown this year? I don’t keep up with the weather much at all, but I’m afraid it looks like we’re in for a long winter!


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2014 Lego Advent Calendar & Nativity Set Available at Amazon

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I just noticed the prices of Lego Advent Calendars are already going up on Amazon. If you’re hoping to get one I’d recommend ordering soon, as the Lego Star Wars Calendar that was $39 is now up to $53 (yikes!)

This isn’t any huge savings, but if you’re kids love Legos it’s worth checking out!  The Lego City Advent Calendar is available on Amazon, and I just got ours for my kids.  (I think they’re going to love it!) Here are the options available:

These don’t usually drop much in price (the lowest I saw it last year was $27.99), but are only available for a limited time and usually are a favorite for Lego fans. Head on over HERE to check it out, and let me know if this is one your family enjoys it.

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Right now you can also get the Felt Nativity Set with excellent reviews for as low as $19.99Here are a few Advent Calendars from Playmobil as well:


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


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25 Day of Christmas Deals for Dad: Day 10


It’s day ten of our 25 Days of Christmas Deals for Dads series, and I’m posting this early today because it may not last! If your husband doesn’t have a Shop Vac this is an excellent deal, and the lowest price it’s ever been at. These come in so handy around the house, and this is a huge price drop over what we normally see on these!

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Get this Shop Vac Dry vacuum for $89, normally as much as $200 (when I did some price checking I see it priced between $130 and $150.) It has excellent reviews and ships free with Amazon Prime or Free Super Saver Shipping, but is on sale today only as a Gold Box Deal! Go HERE to check it out.

See more Christmas Deals for Dads. 

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Sam’s Club Vs. Costco Prices (Cooking & Baking Prices)




I’m hoping to make a Sam’s vs. Costco post at least once a month, because it’s so fun to see how they stack up!  Here are some deals I saw this morning while running into both stores.  I really feel like our local grocery stores have better sale prices on most of these items (especially when using coupons) but if you’re in a hurry this may help you decide where the best prices are at. It’s so important when grocery shopping to know what your basic best prices are, so you know when you’re finding a deal!


As always, when shopping these stores please go in with a budget in place (in case you haven’t heard that enough from us 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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Sam’s – Walnuts 32 oz $12.66 or $.40 per ounce

Costco- Walnuts 48 oz $18.99 or $.40 per ounce


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Sam’s- Coconut Oil 54 oz $15.14

Costco- Coconut Oil 54 oz $16.99

WINNER = Sam’s

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Sam’s- Morton Season Salt  ??? (Sorry guys I didn’t take the picture right – if anyone knows the price leave a comment and we’ll add it!)

Lawry’s Seasoned Salt 40 oz $5.89


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Sam’s- Nestle Tollhouse 72 oz $9.52

Costco – Nestle Tollhouse 72 oz $9.55

WINNER = Sam’s (By $.03)

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Sam’s- Wesson Vegetable Oil 5 qt $7.98

Costco- Kirkland Vegetable Oil 5 qt $6.69

WINNER = Costco

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Sam’s- Cream of Mushroom Soup 8 pk $5.69 or $.71 per can

Costco-  Cream of Mushroom Soup 10 pk $6.73 or $.67 per can

WINNER = Costco (to compare, cream of chicken soup was $.27 at Publix in the ad ending today or is $.49 at Kroger after coupon)

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Sam’s- Domino Sugar 10 lb bag $5.17

Costco- Dixie Sugar 10 lb bag $4.39

WINNER = Costco

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Sam’s- Gold Flour 10 lb bag $3.88 or $.38 per lb

Costco- Conagra Flour 25 lb bag $6.49 or $.26 per lb

WINNER = Costco

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Sam’s- 7 lb Powdered Sugar $4.26

Costco- 7 lb Powdered Sugar $4.29

WINNER = Sam’s


Here are some items I noticed that were on sale at each store that both didn’t have, but I thought they’d be good to have on hand as your pricing them to other stores.


Sam’s- Carnation Evaporated Milk 8 pk $7.98 or $.99 per can (cheaper at Publix, Kroger and Target with their regular sales)


Costco- Swanson Chicken Broth 12 pk $6.59 or $.55 per can ($.49 at Kroger this week)


Sam’s- French’s Brown Gravy Packet 6 pk $4.28 or $.71 per pack ($.29 per pack at Publix right now)


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$20 Ornament Wreath (+ Determine Your Stock Up Price On Christmas Ornaments)


I have a little girl who’s home sick today so we’re taking the next few hours off to snuggle a bit. Watch later today for more penny pinched posts! ;)


I’ve seen all the cute pictures of ornament wreaths over on Pinterest, and my girls and I decided it was time to make one ourselves this weekend! Of course, being the penny pincher I am, I had to do the math to figure out how to get the least expensive ornaments. (Yup, I’m a nerd that way.)


Here’s what I figured out:

The size of the ornaments were almost identical (the silver ornaments were from the Dollar Tree, all the colored ones were from Michaels), but I liked that Michaels offers quite a few more colors to choose from (our Dollar Tree had silver, gold, red and green.) So, when you’re heading to price ornaments this Christmas, $.20 per ornament is a good baseline price ~ if you find them for less than that, you’re getting a steal! ;)


I thought surely I’d have enough to do two wreaths, but was only able to fill out one wreath with all those ornaments (I did have a few leftover, but not enough for another wreath.) Here’s what I used:

  • Wreath form $6.99
  • (3) packs ornaments from the Dollar Tree $3
  • 50 pack ornaments from Michaels $11.24
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Total = $21.23


Considering some of them sell for over $100 on Etsy (yikes?), this was a better deal than I realized! ;)


To make ours, I just started with a basic foam wreath, and added ornaments around the outside edges using a hot glue gun. 


Then I filled the inside of the wreath up, and finally added ornaments on top of other ornaments to fill in any spaces where you could see the foam wreath.


If I was doing it again I’d purchase a box of smaller ornaments to fill in those holes (I think they would look great, and it would cost a little less to make it!)


Here are a few wreath tutorials if you’d like to more in-depth directions:

And you may also want to try making this simple fun mesh wreath as well! Looking for more penny pinched Christmas decorating ideas? Check these out:


See previous Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!


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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

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IMG_4904.JPGLindsay $1.44

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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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