With A Side Of Thriftiness

The Life of a HouseWife… with a side of Thriftiness!

Today’s PINspiration!

I love the Holidays!  There’s always something to look forward to when we celebrate!  I think I might do exactly what this PIN shows and create an Easter Egg Hunt just for my Hubs 🙂

Source:  http://www.thedatingdivas.com/food/easter-egg-hunt/

Be sure to check out all of  The Dating Divas’ ideas… I LOVE this site!

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The Hubby’s First Solo-Couponing Trip

I’m so proud of my Hubby!  He didn’t stick to the “game plan” aka couponing shopping strategy, but that’s NOT his fault.  Rite Aid was completely sold out of Maxwell House Coffee.  So, instead, he bought MORE Kellogg’s Cereal and Oreo’s.  I think he’s hinting at me to make him Dirt Pudding, LOL!   He completed two Transactions.

The First was just Coffee Filters and Cold Meds… Transaction #2 is where it’s at!

Transaction #2

Rite Aid had select Kellogg’s Cereals B1G1!  So, here’s what he got…

  • Two Boxes of Raisin Bran Cereal = $4.79
  • Two Boxes of Corn Pops Cereal = $4.79
  • Two Boxes of Rice Krispies Cereal = $4.79
  • Two Packages of Oreos = $5.98 (*Qualifies towards Kraft/Nabisco SCR “Single Check Rebate” )

*Rite Aid has a Single Check Rebate Program each month!  You can pick up a flier with all of the current month’s possible rebates at your local store.  From 3/7-4/3, you can earn $2.00 via REBATE by purchasing $12 worth of ANY variety Oreo’s  (you must submit by 5/3, see above link for details)!

TOTAL:  $20.39 – $20 UP+ Rewards (from Winter Savings Program) = $0.39 OOP

AWESOME JOB BABE!  Thru sales prices and UP+ Rewards, he saved $37.97… a 99% Savings!!  I’m SO proud of him 🙂

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Under the Weather, on a Gorgeous Day

No one likes to be sick.  Actually, if you’re like me, I don’t even think about not being 100%, until I’m actually sick…

I of course have caught a nasty cold bug on the most gorgeous weekend we’ve had in a Ohio’s month of March. So, here I am… miserable, congested…. the whole works, just plain feeling “icky” .  I’m just wishing I could be out enjoying the Gorgeous Ohio Weather, watching the sun rays illuminate the beautiful colors of pre-spring.  I went all winter without being sick, and now that we are only four days from spring, whammo… I’m sick.

The worse part about being under the weather, is feeling inadequate as a homemaker… a wife!  Normally, I’m taking care of the household duties, cooking, cleaning and the like. And, it is I who is the more nurturing but my Husband has been so great. I love how my he cares for me, I just love that man.  I’m trying to see the upside to being sick… it brings out the nurturing side of him 🙂  Not that he doesn’t take care of me, he does… but it’s nice to have him taking *extra* care of me.  Now… to get better.

I’ve been taking what I had thought to be the best otc meds out there, Mucinex.  Well, whatever this bug is… Mucinex is just not getting the Mucus out.  Normally, I take one dose of it and wahla, I’m much better.  I need to get some other meds but I’m not sure I want to be out and about hacking a way,  having cough attacks. So, I’m thinking of doing something that I normally would not do… ask my Hubby to go couponing on my behalf! Two good reasons, one I need different meds so I can kick this and I have a $20 UP+ reward at Rite Aid that is expiring today.  So, I asked him to do a bit of couponing and he didn’t seem all too thrilled.  He absolutely loves that I coupon, but asking him to use a coupon in a specific “game plan” is a different story.  Here’s where I hope my teaching skills, motivating skills come into play!  If I can get him to coupon as I would, even if it’s just for one trip, I have succeeded as a couponing informant.

I believe I can blame his hesitations on the several TLC’s “Extreme Couponing” shows that I had him watch with me! Because, he, has this fear of me becoming a hoarder of merchandise.  I do have two small stock piles.  A “Food” stockpile kept in the old kitchen cabinetry in our cool garage.  And, a “Non-Food” stockpile that I store on 2 long and 2 short shelfs in our Laundry Closet (I do keep our stockpile at a minimum, as I give to my Church’s Food Pantry each week and help out others in need). I agree with him though, in that there is an issue of buying something just because it’s on sale. But, there is something to be said for buying products that you need when you don’t need them.  If you do not have a stock of things you need, you’ll pay just about any price for it when you do need it.  But if you foresee the need, buy it at a rock-bottom price by matching sales with coupons and you are a Super $aver!

My Hubby loves him some coffee. And, this week Rite Aid has Maxwell House Coffee B1G1!!  Time to stock up, no?  On my list of items for him to get at Rite Aid, I listed some meds for me and two cans of Maxwell House.  His response?  “We don’t need Coffee, I already have a can.”  Yes.  I realize this, but that can will eventually run out and two cans of Coffee doesn’t take up THAT much room in our stockpile.  I told him that it’s either we do not take advantage of this sale and pay near $14 when his current can runs empty, or we can get TWO cans for about $13 now.  He get’s it… he is starting to become my Super $aver protegé!

Much of what I do doesn’t make sense at first… but it all works itself out, for a good cause…

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