Sunday, June 29, 2008
A Final Update: My Paid Survey Experiment from Baby Cheapskate
Snack Time: Surveys to Earn Cash from Mommy Snacks
Personally, I am signed up with the following survey sites:
American Consumer Opinion
E-Rewards (through UPromise)
Overall, I'm a little discouraged with the lack of surveys I've received, and I have completed all that have been sent to me so far. I plan to give it some time, perhaps until the end of this year and see where I end up. I'll update as I get some more paid surveys! (Crossing my fingers that's soon!) In fact, since we're starting a new month on Tuesday, I am going to track my progress over the next month and see how I'm doing as far as surveys go.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Finally, this evening, we stopped by a local farmer's market. They really didn't have any produce, but they had massive quantities of flowers. All plants were buy 1, get 1 free. I hadn't bought any annuals for my flowerpots, so I got 8 packs of annuals for $7.20. I got zinnias, celosia, petunias, and a few others. Take a look!
Check out more savings stories at Money Saving Mom's Super Savings Saturday!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
When we set up our budget, we used a lot of resources available at Crown Financial Ministries. There are a number of forms, worksheets, calculators, and other tools available at this web site. Check them out at Crown's Free Publications Online. We used the suggested percentages from this site and Larry Burkett's books to create our initial budget. We also have used The Crown Money Map as a guide for saving and investing. Crown (and especially Howard Dayton, who used to do a radio show called "How to Manage Your Money") does an amazing job of discussing money and finances from a Biblical perspective. I hope to write more about budgeting and Crown's resources in future posts.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Staples had a few excellent deals in their ad this week. Sharpie Grip Permanent Markers (3 pk.), Uni-Ball Signo 207 retractable gel pens (micro, 4 pk.), and Sharpie Highlighters (6 pk.) are $1.99. Last week's Uni-Ball pens for $0.99 sold out quickly. Check these out for a start on back to school shopping (already??) or for a graduation gift.
Target has some good Father's Day gifts like Cherokee polo shirts for $7.99 and wallets for $8.99. My favorite Cherokee Ultimate tees are on sale for $6. I think I'll stock up on a couple. Sterilite storage containers are also on sale.
I had a pretty good CVS run tonight. I got 2 boxes of Cheerios, 2 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios, 2 boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and a 3-pack of Orbit gum. I used 2 $1 coupons on the Honey Nut Cheerios, 2 $0.55 coupons on the Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and 1 $1/2 coupon on the Cheerios. I also had a $1.50 CVS coupon on a 3-pack of Orbit gum, plus the 3/$15 coupon from the Akron Beacon Journal. Paid with $13.49 in ECB, $0.70 OOP, $10.00 in ECB back. I think that will be my only trip this week!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
- My CVS trips were good stock up trips. I am still trying to get CVS to work for me and after thinking about it further, I'm not sure how well I did...although I know I did save money and shouldn't need certain items (paper towel, TP) for quite a while.
- We went to Target today. I got a great deal on Luvs diapers. $6.99 per jumbo, I bought 2 packs. Used $2.50/2 coupon from Target and a $2.00 manufacturer coupon to make the two packs $9.48. After tax, about 10 cents per diaper. Wipes were a good deal, too. $2.80 for 2 packs of Pampers wipes (used $2/2 coupon from P&G, 6/1).
- Meijer was great this week. 10 for $10, plus 11th free. We spent $87.90 - including formula, saved $45.96. Savings of 34%. Thanks to MommySnacks for the coupon match-ups!
- Garage sales yielded some good deals...including 2 brand new pairs of shoes for the little one. $3.50 for both -- plus an OshKosh denim jumper, new with tags for $2.00.
- We didn't have a gift bag for a graduation gift for this evening. I stitched up a simple one out of some navy flannel we had. I tied it with a metallic bow and we're all set!
Check out some other great savings stories at Money Saving Mom's Super Savings Saturday!
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Fusion Razor - $9.99
SmartRinse Mouthwash - $3.49
Minus $4.00 Razor coupon
Paid for with $9.00 in ECB, $0.78 OOP
$7.49 in ECB earned ($4.00 on razor, $3.49 on mouthwash)
2 Pampers Swaddlers Sz. 2 - $7.99 each - $15.98
1 Pampers Cruisers Sz. 3 - $7.99
2 CVS Bandaids - $1.99 each - $3.98
Minus $2.00 Pampers coupon
Paid with previous $7.49 in ECB, $19.79 OOP
$8.98 in ECB earned ($5.00 on diapers, $3.98 on bandaids)
1 Candy - $1.77
3 Glade Air Fresheners $0.88 each - $2.64
2 Bounty 8 Roll - $4.96 - $9.92
2 Charmin 9 Roll - $4.96 - $9.92
1 Huggies Baby Wash - $3.49
Minus 2 $0.25 Bounty coupons
Minus 2 $1.00 Charmin coupons
Minus 1 $0.75 Candy coupon
Minus 1 $1.00 Huggies coupon
Minus 1 $0.88 Glade coupon (B1, G1)
Minus 3/$15 coupon
Paid for with previous $8.98 in ECB, $11.54 OOP
$12.00 ECB earned ($10.00 on Charmin/Bounty deal, $2.00 on Huggies)
SmartRinse Mouthwash - $3.49
Minus $1.00 coupon
Paid for with $2.oo ECB, $0.59 OOP
$3.49 ECB earned (SmartRinse)
All told, I spent $32.70 OOP, with a lot of diapers (115 diapers, approx $0.14 per diaper)
And, I have $13.49 to spend in ECB. By the way...these were not separate transactions in a single visit. We were close several times this week, hence a few trips. :-)
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
For some rainy day fun with books at home, try Little Giraffes Story Props. This site has a wide variety of pictures to match children's books, songs, and fingerplays. Kids can use these to retell stories or act them out with friends or siblings. It's a favorite site of mine...I know it "works for me"!
Check out some other great at ideas at Rocks in My Dryer's WFMW feature!
Prep Time:20 min
Start to Finish:1 hr 20 min
Makes:2 1/2 dozen cookies
1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® devil's food cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir dry cake mix, oil, eggs and vanilla, using spoon, until dough forms.
2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in powdered sugar. On ungreased cookie sheet, place balls about 2 inches apart.
3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Store tightly covered.
For the graduations we're going to, my mom and I put together a college survival kit of sorts. It was put together using sale items and coupons that made things an excellent price. My husband gave us the ideas - these were all things he used at college, and with our graduates all being young men this year, we wanted to make sure they would be likely to use the items.
Here's a list of what we included and a cost breakdown:
1. Set of towels - $10 on sale at JCPenney
4. Laundry basket - $6 at Target
5. Travel size ALL detergent - $1 at Target (free after coupon)
6. Travel size ALL softener sheets - $1 at Target
7. Band-aids - $2 at CVS (free after ExtraCare bucks
8. Paper clips - $1.29 at Staples
9. 2 Binders - $2.50 at Staples
10. Mechanical Pencils - $1.75 at Staples
Grand Total: $31.54 -- Remember, this is for 2 people together, about $15 each. I think they came out looking really nice.
For some additional frugal gift ideas, try the following:
- MotherLoad: The MomAdvice.com Blog
- Leaving Excess: What to do with all those freebies
- Frugal Graduation Gifts beingfrugal.net
I'd love some of your ideas for frugal gifts...especially for weddings and an upcoming 30th birthday (for my husband!). Enjoy all of these wonderful occasions for celebration!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I hope this blog can serve as a help to some as well as myself. I am a Christian trying to do the best I can each day for my family and those around me. As a new mom, I am interested in topics relating to children and families. I am a shopper, so I love a good deal. Coupons, both print and online, are becoming more and more integral to my shopping. As a teacher and librarian, I also always have good books on my shelf, and am constantly finding useful web site links to use in my professional and personal life.
These topics and more can be found here at Faith, Family, and Frugality. Pull up a chair and read on!