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Going to a Conference About My Son's Learning Disability (APD) Tonight

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tonight I finally get to go to a free presentation on the learning disability that my son has, central auditory processing disorder (CAPD and now commonly known as just APD). I tried going this time last year but we had an ice storm and the roads were too icy for me to travel on and the presentation too far away to risk it.

I am looking forward to it, but hope it's not a waste of time and not something that covers what I already know about his learning disability. Being not only his mother plus his teacher, it gets stressful at times for him and me trying to get through his schooling and every day life. I'm always open to learning more about this disorder and understanding it more than I already do.

Other than that, I am finally going to take some much needed time to organize the house as it got a little cluttered from the holidays as well as post holiday sales. I've been trying to help my daughter organize all her new crafting stuff as we purchase new things to prevent her from being overwhelmed with it all.

I've found a few economical solutions for clutter control/organizing online as well as by looking at different containers and options in the stores. I seriously need to start selling locally again but am waiting as I figure most people are just now getting their Christmas bills in and have no use for some of the items I have left that didn't sell before Christmas.

In a few months I should have a few church consignment sales come up that I can sell some of the kid's unwanted and outgrown clothing and toys, books, etc. but I would love to sell them locally if I could instead so I don't have to do so much work getting them tagged, etc.

I've got to get all my new stockpile of items I purchased recently during super doubles and plain doubles at two local grocery stores organized better so we can find the items at a glance. I hate wasting food (even free food) so I have given a lot of things away to needy families in our homeschool group and/or looked for recipes online to use up some of the surplus supplies we have.

  
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KISSFAN1 1/11/2012 8:20AM

    You are exactly right on with your comment, because that is what was so wonderful about last night, LOL! I didn't learn a lot because I know so much about his learning disability already, but it was so wonderful to chat with other moms whose children had the same learning disability!

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STORMTMB 1/10/2012 11:26PM

    I hope the presentation was helpful for you, even if it's to put you in contact with others who might have new ideas or information. Sometimes it's not the event specifically, but who you meet in the process. Best wishes.

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KISSFAN1 1/10/2012 3:06PM

    Thanks, I'm definitely hopeful.

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SUGARSMOM2 1/10/2012 1:49PM

  Hope it helps open doors for you in everyway .

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ANAIS57 1/10/2012 8:57AM

    hopefully you will find strategies to help with schooling.

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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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