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Nonfiction: Cloth Diaper Giveaway!

Check out Baby Cheapskate's awesome giveaway: 12 bumGenius 3.0 Diapers! I don't currently cloth diaper, but would definitely try these out if I won.

Bestsellers: Meijer Two Day Super Sale

Lots of good deals at this Two Day Sale at Meijer! Totino's Pizza Rolls (15 ct.) for $0.99, 2 Liters of Coca-Cola for $0.88, Colgate Toothpaste for $0.99, and Pampers Jumbo Swaddlers, Cruisers, and Baby Dry for $6.99 (sizes 1-6, Limit 2 per customer). Add some coupons to some of these if you have them for some pretty great deals (maybe a couple of freebies?) Happy shopping!

Recommended Reading: A Year of Crockpotting

I stumbled across the blog A Year of Crockpotting today, and I am very excited about all of the recipes there! I love my crockpot, but tend to make the same 4-5 dishes in it. I am amazed at the variety of recipes at this blog! One recipe that I really want to try is for this macaroni and cheese...it is my favorite food and sounds delicious. I'm sorry I missed today's episode of Rachael Ray...maybe I'll catch it in reruns!

On the Bookshelf: Lock and Key

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I do a lot of work with children and teens in my job at the library, so often I can be found reading a variety of children's and young adults' books. I like to keep up with what's in the collection at least somewhat, and at this point I definitely have some favorite teen authors. One I especially like is Sarah Dessen. I am currently reading her newest release Lock and Key and am enjoying it so far. I think she does a great job of developing her characters and drawing you in to the story. I'll have to report back when I finish this one.

Also this week, I finished re-readingMontmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman by Eleanor Updale and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. Both of these are for summer book discussion groups at the library. The first is a teen book set in Victorian London...definitely a suspenseful book full of twists and turns. The second is a classic children's chapter book that won the Newbery Medal in 1968. Both are ex…

Bestsellers: Speaking of coupons

Wow! There are some great coupon giveaways you can enter right now. Check out this post at The "Cent"sible Sawyer for more details. What an awesome idea!

Recommended Reading: Coupons!

It seems like there were some fabulous posts today about using coupons...from organizing to book recommendations to getting the most from coupons, here are a few great articles today!

The "Cent"sible Sawyer: Keepin' My Money Tuesday: Couponing and Scoring Deals to Lower My Grocery and Household Budget
I really like how she organizes the coupons for each store. I've been trying this each week and it seems to help!

Mommy Snacks: Snack Time: Coupon Organization
I've never thought of organizing coupons this way without clipping them...I like the idea though. Often, I clip what I think we'll use...but invariably end up wanting one I didn't cut out! I'm getting better at this, though.

Money Saving Mom: Book Review: Greatest Secrets of the Coupon Mom
This book sounds great. I will be requesting it from the library today.

Here are some things I've been learning about coupons that I did not know before.
1. There are some great printable Internet coupons.
2. Som…

Bestsellers: Teacher Supplies

Well, we're not even halfway through summer, but the school supply sales are already beginning. As an educator, I have always waited for these sales...and even though I don't have a classroom anymore, I still do a lot of programming for kids at the library. So, I can always think of supplies that would be useful for storytime, book groups, etc. Target is one of my favorite places for getting teacher supplies. They have already started to have a variety of classroom items in their $1 spot at the front of the store. Sunday, I picked up 5 packs of nametags (for book groups), and 2 packs of bookmarks for $7.

Some other good deals are: pocket charts (the skinny kind for doing a schedule...there are many uses for these), name plates for students' desks, teacher plan books/grade books, and incentive stickers/charts. I also picked up 2 board books for the baby. They seem to frequently get good board book titles for very good prices. I didn't even make it to the back of…