Frugal Friday – Show Off Your Shops!

This week I bought a total of $97.81 worth of groceries and toiletries for $39.27, or 60% off. I love to see the deals that other frugal shoppers come up with because it’s so inspiring and I really dig having a visual way that we can all share our deals and Show Off Our Shops! Please post a link below to any or all of the deals that you’d like to show off this week. If you don’t have a blog to link up, just leave a comment and tell us all about your deals or upload a picture to Flickr or PhotoBucket and link to that ;)

My 11/19 Publix Trip – $97.81 for $39.27 or 60% Off


Great Home Theater Gifts from Best Buy

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Home Theater at Best Buy

I’m already in full Christmas gift shopping mode – with five kids and a large extended family on a not so large budget I have to do lots of planning and I can’t wait until the last minute to do my shopping or I’ll inadvertently leave someone out or end up breaking the budget. One of the things that makes my gift list a little easier to handle is knowing in advance where I can get the best deals on the best products, narrowing the shopping down to just a few places takes a lot of stress out of the season for me. Another great strategy is to have a plan in place for how much I can spend on each person and when it comes to the kids, who expect to get more than a gift or two, how to divide up their portion of the gift budget.

Santa Claus still brings the kids gifts and he brings me gifts too because I wouldn’t want the kids to think I’d been bad during the year, but I always make sure the best gifts come from mommy. I also like to get at least one “household” gift, something big for the whole family to share. A few months ago a lightning strike took out our living room television so I’m thinking this year’s “big” family gift is going to be a new TV and boy do they have some great choices at Best Buy!

Home Theater at Best Buy

I am really impressed with LG’s  new technology, the LG OLED TV, featuring picture quality including  Infinite contrast ratio. Check out this stunning color that gives a greater sense of realism and depth. Plus the TV has a super thin design at only 0.21″ thick at its thinnest point and the intuitive webOS™Smart TV interface that lets you find content faster. The LG OLED TV retails for $3,999.99 but you can save $500 with Best Buy’s everyday low price of $3,499.99 so I’m definitely thinking “Santa” will be bringing us one this year!

 

My 11/19 Publix Trip – $97.81 for $39.27 or 60% Off

Publix Shopping Trip

This week I bought a bunch of stuff for our Thanksgiving dinner and I’m already thinking about going back to get a couple more turkeys for the freezer and I’d like to freeze some more butter as well. This turkey was only $7.33 and I got a $10 Publix gift card back since I used the $10/$50 coupon from the Target sale ad in Sunday’s paper. I have one more of those coupons so I’m planning to go back and stock up on turkeys that we can eat during the year. Today I bought $97.81 worth of groceries for $39.27, or 60% off after coupons.  Here are the deals:

Cool Whip Topping, 8 oz, BOGO $1.57
-$1 off Cool Whip with the purchase of any one (1) Mrs. Smith’s pie or cobbler (27oz or larger)  (I used two of these)
Final Price: FREE!

Ocean Spray Juice Cocktail or Juice Drink Blend or Beverage, Assorted Varieties, 64 oz (Excluding 100% Ocean Spray Juice Blends and All Grapefruit Juice Items), BOGO $3.00 or $1.50 each
Sister Schubert’s Yeast Dinner Rolls, Regular, Parkerhouse Style, or Wheat, or Cloved Leaf Soft Dinner Rolls, 11 to 15.8 oz, 2/$6
-$0.75/1 Sister Schubert’s Product Printable (I used one of these)
-$0.75/1 Sister Schubert’s Product printable
Final Price: $2.25 after coupon

Edwards or Mrs. Smith’s Pie, Assorted Varieties, 22.4 to 38.33 oz, 50% Off (prices start at $6.99)
-$0.55/1 Edwards Whole Pie, 22.4 oz or larger “All The Trimmings” Booklet Publix Coupon or PRINT (valid 11/13 to 12/31)
-$0.55/1 Mrs. Smith’s Frozen Pie, 27 oz or larger “All The Trimmings” Booklet Publix Coupon or PRINT (valid 11/13 to 12/31)(I used one of these)
-$1 off Cool Whip with the purchase of any one (1) Mrs. Smith’s pie or cobbler (27oz or larger)  (zip 30187)
-$1/1 Edwards Pie printable [22.4-oz.+]
-$1/1 Edwards Pie printable (I used one of these)
Final Price: $1.95

Coca-Cola Products, Assorted Varieties, 12 pk, 12 oz cans or 8 pk, 12 oz bottles (Excluding Dasani Sparkling Waters), 4/$12
-$1/2 Coca-Cola product, Any 8-pack 7.5 oz. cans OR 8-pack 12 oz. bottles, AND Nabisco Cookie or Cracker product (4.5 oz. or larger) Tearpad (exp 1/17/2015)
-$1/2 12 pk., 12 oz. Seagram’s or Sprite Products Winter Savings Publix Coupon
-$3/3 12pk/12oz Diet Coke Brands Only Publix Digital Coupon
Final Price: $3.00 per 12 pack

De Wafelbakkers Pancakes, $3.89
-$1/1 bag of frozen De Wafelbakkers pancakes (I used one of these)
Final Price: $2.89

Publix Sweet Cream Butter, Salted or Unsalted, Four Quarters, 16 oz, BOGO $3.99 or $2.00 each

Publix Fried Chicken, 6 piece fried, $6.99

Lay’s Potato Chips BOGO $4.29 or $2.15 each

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Festive Baking for the Holidays

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

Festive Baking for the Holidays

Some of my fondest memories from childhood are of spending time in the kitchen baking with my mom. As a single parent with five kids and a full time job I don’t do nearly as much baking as I would like to, but I do try to make time to create in the kitchen with the kiddos. Of course holiday baking is always my favorite –  I love this time of year and how holiday baking gets me in a festive mood. Thank goodness Betty Crocker makes so many great mixes that we can start out with. Last night the kids and I whipped up a batch of Holiday Toffee Brownies, we started with a Betty Crocker brownie mix, added Hershey’s Heath Bits ‘O Brickle toffee bits, then iced the brownies and sprinkled them with Betty Crocker Festive Trees Decors. The kids had a blast and the brownies were delicious. Check out the chocolate on my daughter’s face, before she even finished icing the brownies!

Festive Baking for the Holidays

With the holiday baking season upon us the Betty Crocker Bake Center has everything you need to create delicious goodies for your family and friends. You can find exclusive savings on essential baking mixes and ingredients from brands such as Betty Crocker, Hershey’s and Ziploc® brand containers, available at Publix in addition to new baking recipes to delight your guests. Save on all your favorite baking products, including:

In-Store Savings

  • FREE Ziploc® brand container with the purchase of any three (3) Betty Crocker™ Baking Mixes, Hershey’s® Kisses/Baking Chips, or Betty Crocker™ Decorating Items. Look for coupon in the Betty Crocker in-store display at your local Publix. Coupon available while supplies last.
  • Betty Crocker Supermoist Cake any flavor on BOGO, available 11/13 – 11/19*
  • Betty Crocker Frosting any flavor 2/$3, available 11/13 – 11/19*
  • *Dates might vary in certain markets.

Printable Coupons

  • Visit www.ReadyPlanSave.com to clip and print your coupons. Available while supplies last.
  • Save 75¢ when you buy TWO Betty Crocker® Ready to Spread Frosting, Supreme Brownie Mix, Dessert Bar Mix, SuperMoist® Cake Mix.

Let the holiday baking fun begin!

Have You Tried Some of the Newest Options for Pillow Filling?

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For those fortunate enough to be able to fall asleep anywhere, anytime, a pillow is a pillow. It doesn’t matter to them what it’s made out of as long as it’s there, and they can put their head on it and go to sleep.

For the rest of us who aren’t blessed with the power of insta-sleep, a bit more thought has to go into the rest ritual. And perhaps the most important aspect is the pillow we sleep on. But where there used to only be a few types of pillows on the market, all kinds of materials exist now. Taking a look at some of the newest materials may help you address a need you had been unable to solve until now.

Memory foam is one of the most popular bedding materials at the moment, both for pillows and mattresses and toppers. Temperature-sensitive, memory foam warms with your body, and softens and contours under the areas of greatest pressure for a customized sleep, every night. Buckwheat hulls meanwhile, are able to conform in a more manual way, as the small, super-supportive hulls can be moved into place with a little fluffing for a firm rest.

Microbeads are similar to the buckwheat hulls, but offer lighter weight, being typically made from polystyrene pellets, like beanbag chairs. In the same family, but far less common, are plastic pellets or beads that mimic the forming traits of small, solid filling.

Latex foam is also becoming very popular, though it is not to be confused with memory foam. Springy, it is instantly responsive to changes in pressure from the sleeper with a solid form that won’t crumple during the night. Lastly, you may want to give fiberfill pillows a shot if you have allergies. Being hypoallergenic, these fibers won’t harbor irritants. This filling is very affordable, and you can add more to pillows until you get the feel you like.

Article submitted by The Foam Factory, an online retailer of comfort and support products, with a wide selection of pillows, made from latex foam, memory foam, polyester fiberfill, and more!

Win a $25 Walmart GC from COVERGIRL #GirlsCan

Disclosure – I received product samples and a Walmart gift card to facilitate this review. The gift cards, product, and information are provided by COVERGIRL, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

COVERGIRL #GirlsCan

I feel like I have skimpy, thin eyelashes so mascara is the one thing I never leave home without using. I’m a huge fan of all the COVERGIRL mascaras and I was thrilled to receive this COVERGIRL Professional All-In-One Mascara in ‘very black’ to try. It’s a 3-in-1 mascara that promises to deliver volume, length and definition. Volume and length are both a problem for me and I loved how this mascara made them appear both plumper and longer. I would definitely keep using this COVERGIRL Professional All-In-One Mascara.

COVERGIRL #GirlsCan

I think it’s fabulous that COVERGIRL also supports empowering girls and women. They have a wonderful #GirlsCan campaign to help girls succeed and “turn can’t into can”. In fact, COVERGIRL is donating $50,000 to Dress For Success, an international non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged women find jobs by providing professional attire, support and career development tools.

I’m super excited to be able to giveaway a $25 Walmart gift card so one lucky reader can pick out their own favorite COVERGIRL products. To enter to win just do any or all of the things listed in the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway will end at midnight on Saturday, November 22nd.

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Frugal Friday – Show Off Your Shops!

This week I bought a total of $49.73 worth of groceries and toiletries for $25.70, or 48% off. I love to see the deals that other frugal shoppers come up with because it’s so inspiring and I really dig having a visual way that we can all share our deals and Show Off Our Shops! Please post a link below to any or all of the deals that you’d like to show off this week. If you don’t have a blog to link up, just leave a comment and tell us all about your deals or upload a picture to Flickr or PhotoBucket and link to that ;)

My 11/12 Publix Trip – $49.73 for $25.70 or 48% Off


World Prematurity Day is November 17th

Disclosure – I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for MedImmune. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

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When my quadruplets were born nine years ago they were eight weeks premature. The two girls spent two weeks in NICU and the boys spent four weeks in NICU before we could bring them home. They always take pictures of new babies at the hospital but they waited to take this one until the babies were just about ready to go home so they didn’t have all sorts of tubes sticking out of them anymore. It was a pretty scary time for us and we spent that first month visiting the hospital several times each day and scrubbing up thoroughly before we were allowed in to see the kids.

There were several children on the same floor who were hospitalized for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common seasonal virus, contracted by nearly all children by the age of two, that typically causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms in healthy, full-term babies. Preterm infants, however, are born with undeveloped lungs and immature immune systems that put them at heightened risk for developing severe RSV disease, often requiring hospitalization.

I didn’t realize that 13 million babies are born prematurely each year around the world, and more than one million preemies have died just this year from the serious health challenges they face. I had never even heard of RSV before having the quads and it scared us a great deal. We made sure to make all visitors aware of the potential for them to get RSV and instructed them on the proper precautions for handling the babies. We were thrilled that people wanted to see them and believe me, more than happy to hand them over for a few minutes to friends and family who wanted to help out with feeding and changing them, but we also had to insist that people take care with our precious bundles.

In honor of World Prematurity Day November 17th I wanted to bring you this information and share the infographic below:

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Make Your Bedroom Your Sanctuary

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Your bedroom should be your sanctuary for rest and relaxation after a busy day. It should be a comfortable, inviting space with necessary conveniences and privacy that will help you begin each new day with renewed energy and motivation. With some creative effort and design tips, you can turn your bedroom into a relaxing retreat that you’ll love.

Inviting Colors

Changing your paint and bedding colors will quickly change the look of your entire bedroom. With thousands of colors to choose from, narrow your choices to several colors that compliment your furniture and style. For a tranquil, relaxing bedroom, choose a light, cool color like sky blue or mint. Select modern bedding linens in soft shades of ivory, brown or gray. For a more dramatic look, go with deeper colors like crimson, cobalt or emerald mixed with bed linens in white or pearl gray. For touches of glamour, integrate touches of gold or silver in accents and accessories.

Soft Lighting

Your bedroom should have a good balance of natural, ambient, task and accent lighting. Windows in the room provide natural lighting and warmth from the sun. Ambient lighting, also called overhead lighting, like recessed lights, tracks lights, chandeliers and pendants provide uniform light levels throughout the room without glare. Task lighting like table or desk lamps and wall mounted reading lights provide direct lighting over a specific area. Accent lighting spotlights art, accessories or plants and creates a dramatic appeal. For a soft, relaxing atmosphere, put all of your overhead fixtures on dimmers and only use incandescent light bulbs in all of your fixtures.

Accessories

When selecting accessories, look for items that compliment your bedroom style and offer visual interest with size, shape, color or texture. Large accessories like mirrors, paintings and lamps have a big impact on finished design appeal, so make sure sizes and colors enhance the space. Small accents like throw pillows come in a variety of fabrics like cotton, linen, wool, silk, faux fur, suede and leather. You can choose solid colors, simple textures and bold patterns with a variety of decorative edging. For a subtle, sophisticated look, select solid colors in cotton, linen or silk with fringe or tassels. For modern, dramatic appeal, add pillows in bold patterns, faux fur or leather. To create a romantic, eclectic look, use pillows in novelty shapes and fabrics like fur, sequins, beads or embroidery.

Make a Saturdate with Colgate Enamel Health Toothpaste

Disclosure – I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Colgate. I received a product sample for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

Colgate Enamel Health

A few years ago I was experiencing aches and pains in my head and mouth that would travel from one side of my face to the other. It turns out that I had developed Bruxism, where I would grind my teeth while I slept and it was causing all sorts of pain and sensitivity. The dentist told me to sleep with a mouth guard and between that and reducing my stress level I don’t have those phantom pains anymore.

I’m so happy to have found a solution to my issue but it has left me with sensitive teeth and a concern about how much the grinding has affected my tooth enamel. Sadly, your body does not produce more tooth enamel once it is destroyed and I worry that my sensitivity to hot foods and liquids will only get worse with time.

Colgate Enamel Health

When I heard about the new Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste and how it can help strengthen your tooth enamel I had to give it a try. I was thrilled that its available in a sensitivity relief formula and my mother really wanted to try the Enamel Health Whitening so I bought us each a tube to try out. We both agreed that the toothpaste tastes great and we both remarked that it leaves our teeth feeling great, like they’ve been polished. I will report back in a few weeks and let you know if we’ve noticed any change in my sensitivity and her whitening.

This Saturday, November 15, 2014, Walgreens will host a Saturdate® event featuring the new Colgate® Enamel Health™ Toothpaste, including complimentary samples and an employee to educate shoppers about the new product. I love when Walgreens hase these Saturdate® events for different products and I highly recommend that you hit the one this weekend if you’re out and about so you can try out Colgate Enamel Health.