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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Bears and Bargains

It has been forever since I have been used this blog - I hope to start using it more often so that I can share my deals with everyone.  About a week ago, I asked people in my email list if they weren't using their coupons, if we could have them.  As part of our homeschooling, I have been trying to teach the boys to spend their money wisely - even on things that they ask for at the grocery store.  I started using coupons a little bit over the last few months but got to thinking that I could do more and we could not only save more, but give more as well.  So we are going to make donations to our local food pantries for the giving back part.  I think that kids today are growing up in such a me society and I want to be sure that my kids don't fall into that pattern.... 

This picture is all the things that I got this weekend using coupons - I paid a whopping $6.72 and I have $8 in reward money left to start with next week.  I should have another $7 but they didn't print.  I emailed them and if they determine it was a computer error, they will send those to me as well.

 The photo is hard to see everything but included are:  8 boxes of Special K cereal, 2 boxes of Fiber Plus cereal, 5 cans select Harvest campbell's soup, 4 packages of Stayfree, 2 bags of Oberto Jerky, 3 tubes of colgate toothpaste, 1 package Thomas' Bagel Thins, 6 packs of Trident gum, 1 pack Orbit gum, 2 bubble tape, 2 King size Whatchamacallit candy bars (needed them to use all my coupons or the computer would've shown a negative balance and you can't do that - they were buy 1 get 1 free, that's why I got two), and 2 of the new Tylenol pain cremes.  I should go back to my receipts and see what the totals were before coupons and rewards - I know my Walgreens purchase was just over $32, and I paid $4.32 there.  The rest of it was spent in Rite Aid but all in all, I am happy with my first major couponing experience.  The boys were totally impressed when, at one store, I had to give them 42 cents and we had two bags full of cereal, gum, and soup lol..

 The second reason for me hoping to keep this blog up more is so that we can share photos with my mom.  For some reason, she can never open them when I send them to her, so I hope she can see these ones.  The boys got Build a bears this year - Andy for his birthday (with a coupon) and Austin got his in December when we went to NYC with Matt before he left for Iraq.  They also each got one as an early Christmas present.  They had the moose on sale on Black Friday for $5.  We bought them unstuffed and surprised the boys with a trip to Lights on the Lake and a quick stop in Build a Bear.  Grandma got them each an outfit and they also got a gift card, so here are some of their Christmas Clothes.
Andy's Doggie and Moose - he just bought the scarf and hat and he's wearing Buzz Lightyear's pants.  His moose has an elf suit on. The sign in the background was made by Austin, it says "Hi grandma and grandpa"
Austin's bear is wearing his gift card purchase - a hoodie and jeans and his moose has the clone trooper costume from grandma.  His antlers are to big for the helmet, so it's on his arm.

Bob just drove off on his snowmobile again - he's enjoying this snow a lot more than I am.  I like it when I can be on the inside looking out at it :) 

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