Our less than 24 hour camping adventure was wonderful! We stayed at the Countryside Resort in Lebanon, TN. It's mostly an RV park with some tent sites. The owners were super friendly, the tent sites were under beautiful big trees, the pool was the highlight and the bathrooms were the CLEANEST campground bathhouses I've ever been in (I grew up camping so I've been in A LOT!). The only disappointment was the playground....it was pretty run down and consisted of 2 swings and monkey bars. All in all, we can't wait to go back!
*Thunder (our foster son) isn't pictured but he had a ball and although he's only 2.5 years old, he was a trooper and slept great in the tent.
Woohoo! Starting June 1st, you can get 4 FREE photo books from Hot Prints! Up until now, you've only been able to get one FREE book per month. All you have to pay is $2.99 shipping and handling on each book. Go here to create your photo books!
Click here to see the photo book I made a few months ago.
Lisa over at MoJo Savings has put together this list of codes for you enter which may earn you a couple of Free packs of Diapers or Pull-Ups right off the bat. Even if you are a member already, it may be worth your while to try these out as you may have missed some.
The Byers are going camping! We used some of our tax return money to invest in an INCREDIBLE six man tent and have decided to break it in this weekend! So thankful to have a friend house/dog sit for us. We won't even be gone 24 hours but just the thought of getting away is so refreshing! The campground has a pool and playground for the kids. Just praying the weather cooperates!
I'll be offline for a few days but please feel free to email any deals you find to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll post them when I return.
Kodak has a GREAT deal on Photo magnets! You can order one for $1 shipped! Thanks to Money Saving Mom for posting the details here. Use coupon code FREEMAGNET at checkout. She's also listed another creative idea if you don't need a photo magnet.
Every day between now and June 30th, Huggies is giving away a year's worth of FREE diapers to one person when you log into your Huggies Enjoy the Rides Rewards account. If you aren't registered, go here to sign-up and you'll automatically be entered into the daily giveaway. Be sure to log into your account every day until June 30th. Thanks, Money Saving Mom!
Sign-up here for American Apparel's newsletter and get a FREE thong. Gotta love FREE panties!
**Before you sign-up for newsletters or deals that require an email address, you might want to consider creating a separate email address so your main inbox doesn't get bombarded by companies. I love GMail because it's free and has lots of storage space.
If you're a fan of Flit and Flitter like we are, upload pictures of your child(ren) wearing one of their outfits to their Facebook page here between now and June 1st to win a FREE outfit. One winner will randomly be chosen from all pictures posted.
*PS-Britain is actually wearing a Flit and Flitter outfit in the picture of us on my blog home page.
Head over to YouTube to get your FREE sample today! Be one of 4,000 to get one. Click on the “Gillette Fusion ProGlide Daily Giveaway” badge.
I snagged one a few weeks ago on Facebook when I became a fan and it came in the mail earlier this week. Not sure Chris will use it but I'm excited to bless someone with this awesome razor (battery included!).
Pay only $1.99 shipping and handling and get a FREE photo DVD from Ritz Pix! Just head over HERE to create your DVD and use promo code WINNER at checkout. You also get 25 free prints from Ritz Pix for new account registration!
What a great way to compile pics! This would make an awesome Father's Day gift for Dad or Grandpa!
Now through 5/31, you can enter these Publix giveaways daily for a chance to win! Go here to enter both giveaways.
Back in 2001, Chris and I were so blessed to win FREE groceries for a YEAR (plus, free rent, cable, cell phone for a year AND a trip to the Bahamas!) thanks to a promotion our apartment complex was doing back when we were newlyweds. Oh what I would do to win FREE groceries again!
Morningstar Farms has a new printable $1/1 coupon here. You can print it twice!
If you shop at Publix, use the $1.00/1 MorningStar printablewith the $1.00/1 Publix Store coupon from Publix Greenwise Magazine to save $2.00 on one MorningStar Farms item! **And, if you have two each of the store and manufacturer coupons, this will score us FREE MorningStar at Publix starting Thursday!
Target just released some new Huggies manufacture coupons here (click on 'Baby' under categories). You won't be able to stack them with other manufacture coupons BUT you can use them at other stores since they're not Target specific.
I don't typically buy a lot at Costco because they don't accept manufacture coupons AND I can find deals cheaper at other stores by stacking store and manufacture Q's. However, there are a few "staples" we consistently buy every other month or so.
Welch's Fruit Snacks (80 count) – $10.69
Vitamin Water (20 pack) – $17.29 (this works out to be .86 each)
*Kroger, Walmart and Target usually sell these for $1-$1.29 each.
Adam and Eve Variety Juice Box Pack (32 count) – $8.99 (.28 each for Organic Juice)
Fat Free Milk – $2.25
Flat of fresh strawberries – $6.99
*Grocery stores usually sell them 2/$5 or more for a pint.
**UPDATE: You can only get the sale price of $2.99 if you have a Wellness card. The cashier was super nice and let me fill out the form and get the Wellness card at checkout. I paid $2.27 OOP (including tax) for a 45oz bottle. Read about the benefits of Rite Aid's Wellness Program here. Thanks, Hip2Save!
Rite Aid has Cascade Dish Detergent on sale for $2.99. Plus, a single check rebate (SCR) for $2. I'm going to stack this with a Proctor & Gamble coupon I received in the mail for $1 off. I'll pay $1.99 plus tax before sending in the rebate. So I'll actually make a $1 when the rebate check comes in!
Cascade 45 oz or 15ct., $2.99 -$2 SCR #83 wyb (1) -.50/1 off Cascade P&G Home Made Simple Booklet -.25/1 Cascade PG 5/02
Total = 49¢ - 74¢
Laura's Lean Beef is our favorite Natural Beef because it has no added antibiotics or hormones. I can usally get a pound at Kroger for $2.99-$3.49 which is pretty good for all natural beef. They're celebrating their 25th anniversary with a summer sweepstakes.
The $5000 prize package includes:
*Backyard patio dining set
*Brand new stainless steel gas grill
*$250 worth of Laura's Lean Beef
Enter the sweepstakes here from May 24th - August 30th.
If you sign-up to receive their email newsletter here, you can instantly get $1 off printable coupon to make it an even sweeter deal.
**UPDATE: There is a limit of 5 on the goldfish and mine didn't ring up at the sale price (they were a whopping $2.19!). The cashier worked her magic so I got them for .98 each. Lindsay Large Pitted Olives are on sale for $1/each so I used this $1/2 coupon here and got 2 cans for $1.
Now through May 29th, CVS has goldfish (Pepperidge Farm, Keebler and Nabisco) on sale for .98! That's the cheapest I've seen in a long time!
Excited to build up our goldfish stockpile this week.
**UPDATE: Sadly, the Cool Springs Toys R Us doesn't have these on sale BUT I went ahead and got the deal using the below B1G1 FREE coupon on coupons.com. With tax, I paid $6.23 for two....still a great deal!
Coupons.com just released a B1G1 FREE Littlest Pet Shop coupon and Toys R Us has them on sale this week B1G1 FREE! This is a great way to stock up on birthday or Christmas gifts for the little girls in your life. Go here to read the details and get the coupon.
My good friend and reader, Dana, asked me how I organize my coupons. I'm so excited to share my method with everyone! I will preface by saying that just because this method works well for me, another method might work better for you. Therefore, I've included links to some of the blogs I follow so you can read about their coupon organization methods.
Let's jump in!
1) I use the Binder method. A dear friend met me at Panera one morning last year when I was desperate to learn about couponing and showed me the binder method and how it works. I immediately went to Target and purchased the supplies I needed to get started.
1'' (or larger) binder
Baseball card inserts (Target sells packs of 15 for around $5-look for them in the Baseball card section near the front registers)
Sharpie to label the inserts
And of course coupons!
2) Label the inserts with categories in the upper left hand corner and assemble them in the binder. Start with 1 insert per category. For categories like "Dairy" "Toiletries" "Paper" "Baby"and a few others, I usually have 3 or more inserts since there are tons of products in those categories and my coupon stockpile has grown.
Here are my categories (yours will vary):
Air (i.e. air freshners, candles, sprays, etc)
Baby (i.e. wipes, diapers, baby food, etc)
Household (i.e. lightbulbs, batteries, etc)
Paper (i.e. napkins, TP, papertowels, kleenex, etc)
Plastic (i.e. baggies, tinfoil, plastic wraps, etc)
Retail (i.e. Toysrus, Petsmart, etc)
Soaps (i.e. dish detergent, hand soap, bar soap, etc)
Toiletries (i.e. toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, razors, mouth wash, etc)
3) Clip only the coupons you'll use or would giveaway if you could get them for FREE and file them in the appropriate inserts.
4) Label white envelopes with store names to house the coupons you'll use on that week's grocery trip. (i.e. Kroger, Target, Harris Teeter, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Publix, etc). My binder has a front pocket where I keep any coupons that need to be filed along with that week's store envelope(s) and the current week's circulars in case I need to refer back to them.
5) As you're looking through the weekly grocery store/drug store circulars, pull out the coupons that match the items on sale and put them in the corresponding store envelope with your grocery list. *When I make my list for each store, I always include the coupon value next to the item so when I'm shopping I won't have to dig through my envelope to find the amount off. Stores like Publix and Kroger will automatically double any manufacture coupon .50 cents or under at the register. Harris Teeter doubles any manufacture coupon .99 or under at the register. So if you have a .50 coupon for Heinz, it's actually $1 off! *Look at the first 5 numbers of the UPC on the coupon and on the product. If they're the same, you can use the coupon on that item. Many times a coupon will specify a certain new product that just came out but if the UPC's match you can use it on any proudct of that brand. *You can stack one store coupon and one manufacture coupon per item. I love stacking Target store coupons with manufacture coupons to get sweeter savings!
6) I keep my binder in a large black purse and ALWAYS take it in the store with me along with my store envelopes. You never know when you might find an unadvertised deal that you can't pass up! If your binder's with you, you'll be able to go right to your inserts and find the category of the item on sale.
7) Clean out expired coupons at least once or twice a month so you can stay organized and efficient. Hold onto the weekly coupon inserts (that include coupons you didn't clip) so you can refer back to them if needed.
8) To accumulate coupons (so you'll have a nice stash of multiples for stockpiling items), I buy two copies of the Sunday newspaper every week to get the coupon inserts. We also get a local paper in our driveway once a week that includes Sunday's coupons. I asked a few neighbors for their copies because I noticed they were throwing the newspapers away. That's like throwing away cash!
I've also e-mailed companies directly (like Pepperidge Farm, Dannon, Orajel, Clif Bars, Ovaltine, etc) to brag about their products and request coupons. It works! In addition, I print online coupons from the below sources: Coupons.com Redplum.com Smartsource.com
Target coupons here
Kroger coupons here (digital and printable) *My Kroger does accept expired coupons.
It's AMAZING what you can do with ribbon, canvas, paint and buttons!
Over the past few years, here's a look at what we've created in Britain's room.
DIY Baby Picture canvas - Super simple unconventional "picture frame" for your child's baby picture. I used ribbon gross grain ribbon for the borders, a scrapbook sticker for decoration, a baby picture of Britain, paint and gross grain ribbon to hang the picture. I also dipped a small magnet in paint to make the polka dots.
DIY British flag canvas decor - Chris made this beautiful British flag painting for Britain when she was only a year old. Easy to do with a pencil (for drawing the lines on first) and paint.
DIY Butterfly button canvas decor - My amazing sister had this idea. She bought the canvas and buttons and made this cute butterfly canvas with Britain's help. They loved doing the project together and it turned out so well.
DIY Wooden Hair bow holder - Walmart, Michael's and most craft stores sell large wooden letters. I painted the letter and hot glued a piece of wide gross grain ribbon to the back of the letter so it would hang down about 6-8 inches. Simple way to keep hair bows in one spot!
DIY Curtain ribbon tie backs - Super easy curtain tie backs made using wide gross grain ribbon and hot glue gun.
DIY Painted Pottery Cross - A good friend made this beautiful cross at Third Coast Pottery before Britain was born. We have it hanging over her bedroom door.