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Wiggly & Jiggly Parts

Monday, January 09, 2012

I stopped by for a few things today at Bi-Lo and Harris Teeter although nothing like other shopping trips I've had in the past. I wanted to get the kids some yogurt that was only going to cost 50 cents a package (not the individual cups) since I had new coupons to use and only got a few more things as well.

I didn't make a trip out just for those items, my daughter had piano lessons so we stopped by after she was done since we had already driven that close to the stores.

My husband keeps making comments about how I am only skin and bones now and wonders why I am still measuring my food since he figures I should be able to eat anything. I told him it was because I gained 40 pounds (of the 60 lost years ago) back by NOT measuring my food years ago and by returning back to old habits after I lost the weight originally. This go around I do not want to gain the weight back again and will do whatever it takes (measuring, weighing, etc.) to make sure that I stay on track this time around.

I've lost the weight, but I really want to get in shape. I would love to feel comfortable in a bathing suit this summer and not feel self-conscience. Sure I've lost the weight and can find plenty of clothes, but I am still jiggly and wiggly and need to firm up this old body of mine, LOL.

Of course that requires that I find the time to exercise and do that part. I've done great with watching my food intake and trying to eat healthy, but exercise has been my weakness.





  
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KISSFAN1 1/11/2012 8:22PM

    I've never tried Zumba, but it always sounds like fun when others talk about it. I've just got to find the time and make the time to exercise this year. With my son's learning disability and the other stuff I have to keep up with (I know I'm making excuses, but it's true) it's hard to find the time.

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ANAIS57 1/10/2012 8:55AM

    i hear ya sistah! plus for me age has been a factor. do you like dance? i love zumba. it makes exercising fun

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KISSFAN1 1/10/2012 8:00AM

    Thanks for the encouragement. I've just to find the time to do it, which has always been my issue, LOL. I will do it, I've just got to get past all the craziness going on right now with all the running around. Thanks again!

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LESLIELENORE 1/9/2012 7:38PM

    emoticonI still have weight to lose, but I would like to firm up while I am losing it. Stick to what works for you and keep measuring your food if that works for you... it works for me! Way to go!

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Trying to Work on New Year's Resolutions, But Feeling Frustrated

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Today I made a crazy run to Harris Teeter since I finally had some good coupons to use. I did much better this go around with the coupons for sure, so it was great to go and have 20 coupons to use.

I still don't have all my coupons cut out (I bought 3 papers) so I will be busy tonight and tomorrow doing that.

P.E. at the YMCA is supposed to start this upcoming week so I hope to FINALLY get time to work out when the kids do too. I'm trying to work on my New Year's resolutions, but feel a little overwhelmed with everything right now.

I'm not exercising like I should, and while I'm saving money at the grocery store, there's always the organization issue. It will work itself out I'm sure, but feeling a little overwhelmed with it all.

  
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INFLATED 1/10/2012 8:35PM

    I keep my coupons in a tin that had Reeses candy in it. It was supposed to be a reproduction of an old tin. I have them divided by the month they will expire. I have a running list on the refrigerator of what we need to buy and if I have a coupon for a needed item, I write a "C" beside it for "coupon" and the expiration date of the coupon. If I don't use the coupon, I can refile it quickly.

I have very few now that December is past and we don't get the newspaper.

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KISSFAN1 1/10/2012 8:35AM

    Inflated - I bought a coupon box decades ago that is still working for me. I have to make my own dividers with poster paper as I can't find this particular coupon box anymore in stores. It is made by Rubbermaid and has a latch on it.

People have stopped me in the stores and fussed at me that I need to upgrade to the binder/picture album page inserts method, but I have been using this since the early 1990's and it works for me.

It's a job to keep coupons straight (expired ones pulled, cutting new ones out and filing them, etc.) but it sure saves my family a lot of money for sure. I get very frustrated when I can't find a particular item and have the kids with me at a store (who hate shopping at grocery stores, LOL) and it makes me stay at the store even longer because I can't find the coupon. Because of that, I make sure that I stay on top of things although I don't always succeed (especially on Sundays when the coupons first come out).



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INFLATED 1/10/2012 4:07AM

    I have put my coupons in a plastic grocery bag with scissors and another plastic grocery bag for trash and taken my coupons with me to cut if I am riding with my husband and he is driving or I am going to be sitting in a waiting room somewhere.

Do you keep yours in a notebook in clear plastic page protectors? I would love to know your filing system for your coupons.

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-CHERYL 1/9/2012 12:10PM

    I wanted to sit down and re-evaluate my Spark goals and have not had a chance either!


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STORMTMB 1/9/2012 8:37AM

    Last year I didn't set/finish my goals until around the 3rd week of January. I too was frustrated and wasn't sure where the year was going to go and just couldn't figure out what to aim for.

I'd suggest just letting it sit for a while and your subconscious mind will continue to work on it. Truth be told, I never, ever would have predicted the turns that my life took last year, but it was very good overall. Since the goals are for yourself, it doesn't matter when they come to your mind. I've been known to add or change goals in the middle of the year too.

Wishing you and your family all the best for 2012.

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Found Out a Dollar Store Was Going Out of Business Yesterday?!!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

I went to Mighty Dollar yesterday trying to pick up some knitting needles for my daughter ($1 each and not available at my favorite Mighty Dollar store) because she has been interested in learning new crafts. I didn't want to put too much money into it since she tends to flip from one craft to another, and that way I wasn't wasting a lot of money if she hated it or lost interest.

This particular Mighty Dollar is NOT my favorite and I actually boycotted it for quite a while because everything is supposed to be $1 but it was a mix of overpriced junk that was often priced $1.50-$3 on some items unlike my favorite store. They never had cool items for sale like my favorite MD that is further away from me and it was always a disappointment.

I know why that particular one is going out of business, but just recently they FINALLY started getting a few good items that I noticed they had when I was shopping near the store at Harris Teeter and decided to stop by since it wasn't out of the way.

I guess they took too long to get nice things in, because when I went in to get my daughter's requested knitting needles (that they didn't have available at my favorite MD store) I was shocked to see they were having a liquidation sale and everything was 75 cents.

I started stocking up on some craft items for my daughter since they also offered a new broom or mop for $1 for every $5 you spent. Of course that wasn't an issue for me!

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As usual I bypassed the junk that made me not shop there in the past and found the great deals they had. While 25 cents difference doesn't sound like much, trust me when I say it adds up fast when buying a substantial amount of items. I got my daughter pads of cardstock paper, decorative scrapbook paper kits, knitting needles, name brand ink pads (for scrapbooking), name brand rollers (for painting), etc.

I was told they wouldn't be going any lower in price, so I stocked up on things I knew she would want or need while they still had the "good stuff".

I've been searching the internet trying to find economical ways to store all my daughter's craft items without breaking the budget and found some cool ideas that didn't cost much. Although I don't do crafts, I am having to learn more about the crafts my daughter wants to do so that I can find cheaper versions of things for her or alternatives that work vs. the pricy things.

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I found out online that you could use eye shadow vs. expensive scrapbooking chalk to use to color things you stamp on paper so we bought a large eyeshadow package that had various colors in it for $1. We have stockpiled name brand crafting items at Mighty Dollar (from the other store that I love that is further away) for $1 vs. those at Michael's Craft Store, Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart that are far too expensive even with a 40% off coupon.

I know we have saved major amounts of money doing this and if my daughter loses interest, it's not tons of money wasted.

  
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KISSFAN1 1/10/2012 8:07AM

    Thanks Chris!

Inflated - Yeah, it's pretty bad when a dollar store is going out of business, LOL.

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INFLATED 1/10/2012 4:09AM

    Although you got the benefit of buying things for 75 cents, it is sad that places are closing up.

Our economy is a mess.

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CONTENTCHRIS 1/8/2012 2:27PM

    Very good finds my friend! your doing Awesome!

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Woo Hoo, Loved My Shopping Totals Yesterday When Grocery Shopping!

Friday, January 06, 2012

I went to Harris Teeter yesterday for their second day of super doubles (all coupons less than a $1.98 are doubled) and I did pretty good. I didn't do as well as I have in the past when coupons were prevalent, but I got things that I know we will use and not just things that were free and did pretty well.

One of my items didn't take one of the items off (buy one get one free) so I ended up getting my money back and one of the items free, which made them both free.

I had looked online to see what I could get for a good deal at another double coupon store (not super doubles unfortunately) that is near Harris Teeter and it looked like I could find a few things cheaply so dropped by there as well.

Holy cow, I ended up using 40 coupons and stopped there since I had so many coupons and I didn't want to shut down the cash register, LOL. I did awesome there (Bi-Lo) and ended up getting some great deals that I'm thrilled about. I got Tom's of Maine toothpaste for around 29 cents each and am really stocked up with toothpaste thanks to that store and Harris Teeter. I got several cans of the expensive type of Glade room spray (not the cheaper ones you see on sale a lot) for 39 cents a can, Blistex for around 15 cents a tube, Wet Wipes for around 4 cents a pack, etc.

I plan to go back to both stores today to use the coupons I printed out on the internet last night (Harris Teeter only lets you double 20 coupons a day) but the other store is more liberal and lets you use 10 of the same coupon as long as you buy 10 of those items. I don't think they have a limit on how many coupons you can use per transaction, but I wasn't in the mood to wait around for a manager to override coupons so kept it at 40 total. I ended up having to have the manager override some coupons that have the new barcode on them and have to either be put in manually or scanned by those hand scanners and he took off some electronic coupons that I had saved to my card that didn't come off as well!

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All of the items I bought there were either on sale (buy one get 1 free) or the coupon made the item that was on sale super cheap.

Things are still emotional for my husband and I regarding the issue with his job (and the company he works for) but we're looking at the bright side and realizing that we will most probably need to buckle down even more and start looking for a car soon. I ordered some books online from our local library again so I can refresh my memory on car buying strategies and will start looking online for the same after I'm done with all the super double shopping.



  
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KISSFAN1 1/7/2012 8:38AM

    Inflated - I buy online quite often, particularly at Amazon since we signed up for Prime shipping there around Christmas time last year.

Sorry you wasted a trip to K-Mart, I hate when I waste gas money or time. I don't know if you know this or not, but Wal-Mart will price match an item (they won't do percentage off or buy 1 get 1 free promotions) and you could get it there if you have a sales paper flyer for the same price. I know that doesn't help you with the stability ball since you said it was only available online at that price, but it may help you in the future.

I price matched quite a bit of things on Black Friday from other stores at Wal-Mart to save myself some time, energy and gas money.



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INFLATED 1/6/2012 12:14PM

    We still haven't gotten another subscription to the newspaper.

It sounds like you did well with your coupons. I wanted to buy a stability ball and it was on sale at KMart. It turned out it was only on sale online. I don't shop online, I don't know what I am doing. So we made a wasted trip to the store.


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KISSFAN1 1/6/2012 11:28AM

    Thanks everyone! I couldn't believe how many great sales tied in with the corresponding coupons I had yesterday, so that made it even better!

Sorry about the coupons and double coupon stores not being in Canada. I am SO thankful that I have so many frugal situations to choose from occasionally.

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STORMTMB 1/6/2012 8:55AM

    Great job, especially with coupons being harder to find now!! Keep up the great work.

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DREAMSOFBIKINIS 1/6/2012 7:47AM

    So jealous!! I live in Canada and the stores here never have double cupon things..In fact, cupons in general are hard to get a hold of here! Lucky you! Keep up the good work :)

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NUTRON3 1/6/2012 7:26AM

    Good job!

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Fighting Hard to Save Money & In Limbo With New Car Situation

Thursday, January 05, 2012

We're still in limbo about a new car. We only own one car and the other belongs to the company that my husband works for, but we pay around $130 a month to use it since he has to drive all over this state and sometimes another with his job. The company is on the verge of bankruptcy and therefore if he got another job we'd need two cars. At this point, they are taking the car away in a few months (and who knows what else if they go bankrupt) so we don't have much time to save or research a car.

If we get one now and he loses his job, that's a problem. If we don't get one now though it would be hard to get a car if he has no job and eventually gets another job. Of course he would take our car as he would need it more than me, but I do need transportation as well for running errands, going to dr. and dentist appts., piano lessons, P.E. classes, grocery store trips, library trips, etc.

We do have some money in the bank to bankroll it for awhile, but again since we paid our house off we don't have as much in the bank to pay one off. I'm thrilled our house is paid off, but this is bad timing as far as the job situation goes and tranportation. It's hard to know what to do, but regardless we will most probably have to get one whether he loses his job or not since they will be taking the company car away.

I'm doing all I can to save money though and am trying to hard to stockpile some more grocery items (that we use) as well as anything else I can at a great price while I have the super double coupon opportunity this week at Harris Teeter. It's difficult due to most of my coupons expiring at the end of December and coupons being difficult to find right now, but I have been printing internet coupons and reading online boards to see what everyone else is buying in case there are things that I missed yesterday when I went shopping there.

I look forward to going to Harris Teeter today and hopefully will have enough coupons on hand (only 20 double a day) to make it worth the gas it takes to get there. I will stop at another store nearby after searching their sales flyer online so as to take advantage of all great deals in one swoop that I can.

  
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KISSFAN1 1/9/2012 7:57AM

    Inflated - I appreciate the advice and the brainstorming. emoticon We're too far out for riding the bus unfortunately.

I'm sure in the end it will work out okay, but the company that my husband works for is notorious for leaving you in the dark and telling you jolting news at the last minute. My husband has another phone conference to listen to coming up this week regarding the backlash of so many of the employees being upset about the new situation.

There are a lot of factors to consider since this will be a car for the family (the new one) and our paid off car would be a business car for my husband which will receive an extreme amount of mileage and wear/tear put on it.

When we were looking at trading in our current paid off car last year (before this big news was delivered to us recently) my husband and I were looking at used cars, but the used cars are so popular right now that it's not worth the risk of buying an used one vs. a new one and the particular models we were looking at didn't show much difference in price in the new vs. used.

We keep getting offers on our used car all the time from Honda dealerships around the area, but we never went the new car route due to us putting the majority of our money into paying our house off instead.

We didn't expect this new and unexpected news from my husband's company that he works for regarding cars so soon after paying our house off. Bad timing for sure, but that is what his company is known for and they LOVE to give you bad news (layoffs, etc.) around Christmas time of all times. It has happened that way for years, so I guess we shouldn't have been surprised that more bad news was coming up around Christmas.

We were thinking of getting a new car later this year (maybe near the end of the year) after we had saved up enough money in our bank account (that again was greatly diminished due to paying our house off early), but this has thrown us for a loop since we didn't expect to have to buy one so quickly.

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INFLATED 1/6/2012 1:17AM

    We lived with just one car for a long time. We bought my sister-in-law's Mom's van when she passed away. It runs great and though it is a 90 something model, it doesn't have 100,000 miles on the engine yet.

Maybe look at an older, bigger model or van for you and the kids and let your husband run the car you have? Brand new cars depreciate quickly in value. Hubby bought a pickup truck to haul wood, but he runs it back and forth to work and puts a lot of mileage on it. Perhaps it is time for your husband to look for a different job instead. It will be a lot harder to find work if the company goes out of business, than to go to another job while he is still working. I am not trying to tell you what to do, but brainstorming with you.

I find when I have a problem, putting it out there and asking others what they would do, often helps me to come up with an answer. I also would teach your kids how to use a bus if you have public transportation in your area. I walked to work, a mile each way, and used a bus on days when the weather was bad. I didn't have to pay for gasoline, car insurance, maintenance or anything but the bus fare. Of course buses are no good in an emergency, but they sure do save a lot if you think about it.

I would take a cab to appointments I couldn't walk to. Again I live in a city and that changes drastically if you live in the country or somewhere where this isn't feasible.

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DBELLE39 1/5/2012 8:19AM

    You have some decisions to make, but it sounds like you are getting a plan of action in place & doing what you can to make sure things are done in proper perspective.

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KISSFAN1 1/5/2012 8:15AM

    Thank you, it is very stressful, but it looks like we really don't have any option but to buy one. It's hard to know what type of car to get, how much to spend, etc. not knowing what our income will be in the near future.

We need a bigger car as our car is small and would be the one that my husband takes for his job (current or a new one should the company dissolve). We need a bigger car for transporting things since we don't have a truck or anything like that, etc.

I'm just holding on to hope that it all works out okay in the end.

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STORMTMB 1/5/2012 8:10AM

    It sure sounds like you're doing the very best you can financially and for the children. I know that the waiting and wondering isn't easy. Keep up what you're doing and I'm sure your efforts will benefit your family.

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