Thursday, March 24, 2011

Yesterday's great "Deal Shopping" deals

2 reams of paper for around $1:
-Buy 2 reams of HP paper at Staples using (2) $1/1 coupons printed from (use zip code 99011).
-Total was $$11.02 after tax and coupons. Rebate form printed after receipt.
-Enter rebate info online @ for 2 rebates @$4.99/ea=$9.98.
Total after coupons, tax and rebate: $1.04.

3 free tubes of Colgate 6.4 oz toothpaste @ Walgreens:
-Use "Sale price $.99" coupon on back of this week's Walgreens sale flyer from the Spokesman Review.
-Stack with 3 Colgate coupons found in March MaxiSaver coupon booket found at the entrance of FAFB Commissary. (Um, not allowed to post Commissary sale prices publicly. Not sure if this applies to coupons found there. Until I know for sure, I'm gonna play it safe).
-Add Plackers flossers on sale this week for $2, comes with a $2 Register Reward
Total after coupons & tax: $1.48, with $2 Register Reward. Makes this a $.52 money maker. I used the $2 Register Reward to get free Plackers flossers in the next transaction.

Groceries at Fred Meyer:
This weeks FM sale flyer (from Sunday's Spokesman Review) with "7 Day Coupons" was what made these deals!
-2 lb. strawberries @ $1.50/lb=$3
-10 8-oz pkgs. Tillamook shredded cheese $1/ea=$10
-2 Challenge butter for $5. Stack this with 2 "Save $1 on 1" coupons printed from last week (No longer available, but there is a .55/1 coupon available there this morning, print twice, still making this a good price). =2 Challenge butter for $3, or $1.50/lb.
-2 18-pack eggs for $3.
-2 FM ice cream at 6/10 or $1.67/ea=$3.33.
Total before coupons: $48.58
Total after coupons: $22.34

Yes, it took a morning of running around Spokane. Yes, it took a bit to match coupons with sales. But it's worth it! I love it! Email me with questions! :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Off we go....

Well, it's official. We're moving to Altus, Oklahoma in July. Now, the first things most military spouses think of when they think of Altus are sweltering heat, bugs (including huge hairy tarantulas), mold, and having to drive 40 miles to see any semblance of a city. Altus, where tornadoes come through often and the power has gone out every single time we've been there. Altus, with its lack of LifeCenter-type churches. And mountains. And evergreens. And winter wonderlands. Sigh. Spokane feels like an Eden compared to Altus. And saying goodbye. Oh, how I wish that weren't a regular part of this life. But wait, haven't I always felt this at moving time? And hasn't God always taken care of us?
~Pulling myself together~.
Okay. It feels good to get that out, but I'm really trying hard not to dwell on it. I signed up for this life and I've gotta make the best of it for me, my children and our family! The plusses:
-More family time. The possibility of J not having to deploy at all, being home during holidays with time off.
-Old friends! Jenn Miller from Scott and Becca Watkins from Fairchild will both be moving there around the same time as me! Plus Altus is the hub for training for 2 AF jets-that means lots 'o friends coming through for weeks at a time! Maybe our house can be a place for them to be refreshed and hang out!
-WAYYY closer to family! A few hours drive to see my parents, sibs, and J's sibs as compared to a minimum 2 days drive now.
-New friends! From what we've heard, the military families stationed at Altus are a very close community-everyone's there with nothing to do, so they get together and have fun!
-The possibility of owning again. We don't know where we'll live. But we are playing with the idea of buying a house and fixing it up. This sounds really fun to both of us.
-The opportunity to live out our faith that God has a plan for us.
-Meers burgers.
-A longer growing season-maybe we can have a little veggie garden!
-Possibly more opportunities/time (shift in priorities) to make crafts or start the quilting project I've been dreaming of.
-A fresh start. I love getting rid of junk that I've been holding on to. This usually happens around moving time and leads to a more peaceful, organized life.