Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Giant Eagle sale/coupon match up 10/29-11/4

All sale prices shown are good from Oct 29-Nov 4

REMEMBER All coupons up to .99 are doubled automatically at Giant Eagle!

**if listing is in blue, I have not checked the store to make sure this deal works or is a good price yet...but I will...and then I will update***

New to trying to save $$...go here for some tips!
Don't have these coupons I am talking about try looking here for some of the same ones or similar: will link to coupons when I can.

Yoplait yogurt cups -20/$10=.45ea
$1 off instantly WYB *(when you buy) 20
You might have 1 or more .40/6 coupons to make this a better deal If you had enough you could use up to 3 coupons making these yogurts only .33ea print a few .50/6 coupons to make this better
You will see more yogurt deals on the list, that I think are don't have to buy 20...but some people love them their yoplait!

McCormick Vanilla or Vanilla extract 25% off print $1 off coupon...this might end up being a ok deal...not sure on reg price

Nature Valley Nut Clusters 4/$10=2.00 ea
I have 2 printables from awhile back (not currently available)1.60 off making these .40 a bag...woo-hoo...BUT
you may have $1.oo off coupons from the paper or here...making these $1, still a decent deal.

Pillsbury Grands! Jr Golden Layers 1oct or Grands or Cinamon Rolls 5ct 6/$6
$4 off your next shopping trip-coupon prints at checkout-this is called a catalina coupon
You might have .40/2 coupons for grands or cinnamon rolls...they were in Sundays might have some from previous weeks as well and you can print some here...there is .30/2 grands and .40/2 cinnamon rolls...remember you can print 2 of each coupon from each computer...if they are still available!

***You can use up to 3 coupons since you are buying 6 items to make this lets do the math:
6.00-.80(.40 doubled)-.80(another .40 doubled doubled)-.60(a .30 doubled)=$3.80 plus you will get the $4 coupon off your next trip or another transaction that day to *GE (Giant Eagle), so you really making $ on this deal...AWESOME!! Oh and you get some really yummy rolls=)
[this deal could be better if you have better coupons...I have a .50/2, you might have 3 .40/2...and so on]

Totinos Pizza Rolls 10/$10 or $1 ea
you may have .40/2 coupons=2 for 1.20 or .60 ea
It is nice to have these in your freezer for the kids on Saturdays or a movie night snack!

Breyers Inspirations, Yo Crunch 100 cal packs or Disney yogurt 6-pks 3/$6 or 2.00 ea
you may have (I have lots, I stock up anticipating this sale!!) .50 off Breyers Insp, .75 off Disney or .75 off Yo Crunch= .50 ea for Yo Crunch packs and .50 ea Disney pack and $1 ea Breyers Insp yogurt!!

Angel Soft TP 10/$10 or $1 ea
you may have .50 of angel soft 4 pk...I stock up on these coupons too...after the coupon doubles you just got a FREE pack of TP

NOW for the tricky BUT GREAT deal!!
1 FREE Wilton medium cake pan or medim cookie sheet instantly (you have to go to the pan isle and pick up the pan, and scan it at the register, but the full amt will be deducted)
when you purchase any 4 baking products in a singel transaction (you must buy all 4 at the same time)
participating products:
Betty Crocker frosting 2/$3 or $1.50 Sundays paper had a .50 coupon = .50 ea
Betty Crocker Cake mix or Brownie Mix 4/$5 or $2.50
Betty Crocker cookie pouch mixes 4/$8 or $2 sundays paper had .40 coupon or print here or here= 1.20 ea
Betty Crocker Muffin Mix or Bisquick 4/$8 or $2 print .60 bisquick = .80 for bisquick

So mix any 4 of these deals...and get a free pan plus cheap treats to stock up for the holiday season!!

I would choose the 4 that will be the cheapest out of pocket price-I've done this deal a few times and it works fine!! And Ive got nice clean cookie sheets=)

I am here to answer!! I want to get you guys saving money so I hope this isn't too much info at once, I just tried to explain it all out for you! It takes a bot to write out your list and gather coupons, but it gets easier every time!

There are other deals to be had at Giant Eagle, these are some of the best!
A deal is a deal if it is a cheaper price than you normally pay for an item!


Are you overwhelmed by the number of social media platforms, coupon forums, giveaway site, blogs, place to go for everything....I AM. It seems like there are like 4396710 million sites for everything...I just cannot keep up.

what are your favorites? what are a waste of time? what blogger has the best coupon match ups?what blog has the best giveaways (and why are they all for baby stuff??)...I am so overwhelmed with the power of the internet.

I am pretty boring, I check my email, my Google reader, my Facebook and sometimes I remember about Twitter! And have long forgotten about MySpace.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Getting ready to shop Giant Eagle like never before!

My first ever Giant Eagle sale/coupon match up post....COMING WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

But for now here are a few things I wanted you to know before hand, since I am hoping you are all going to start doing this like me! **WINK

*All I do is look at the sales in the Giant Eagle add and match up those sales to coupons I have (I kinda know what coupons I have (from Sunday paper and the Red Plum inserts that come on Tuesdays-here in Cleveland-or with the grocery fliers mid week), so I go through my coupon wallet and pull em out and calculate the final cost)

*I do not do meats at Giant Eagle, unless it is SUPER cheap, I buy my meat at Marcs and just hope it is a good price;) -I use only Ground Turkey and chicken, sometimes pork, very rarely beef so the husband doesn't die)

*I do not price baby items, since I am past that stage and I just cannot fit any more prices in my little head, I also don't want to pretend I know the best price for these, I do from about 5 years ago, but that won't help you!-Sorry=( I can direct you to another fine couponer site that does do the baby items also...if need be.

*I am going by the coupons I have...I have been cutting coupons for awhile now and am very picky about where and when I use obviously I may have coupons you don't, and you may have coupons I don't. Coupons vary by region, so you may get some I don't vice versa.
I also sometimes get coupons from my family, so I may have double or sometiem triple the amount you do...YEAH ME...ask your family to save coupons for you. **Most times you can find Sunday papers at stores on Mondays or Tuesdays for half off...if it was a good coupon week, go buy a second paper, it is WORTH IT, you will save lots more than you pay for the paper.

*The good thing about Giant Eagle is that the sales are kinda on a rotation...meaning the same things go on sale every few weeks, so you know what coupons to look for after a while.

*Even if you don't need an item right now....and it is on sale very very it and put it in the pantry. I would be happy to show you my stickpile....someday when the basement is done and I can actually get to it;)

**To encourage you to stick to this, it WILL become second nature to you sooner than you think. It seems intimidating at the beginning. Start small, and go from there.

*Don't buy everything I have listed, buy itmes you like and items you use! Or maybe try it if you neer have if it is cheap, and you don't like it, no biggie, just don't buy it again!

OK enough....Im gonna go type up the shopping list for you...check back tonight!!

Any Questions?? Leave a comment!

Sunday, October 25, 2009


I would really like to be healthier, this coming year. It isn't all about weight (a tiny bit though), but more for my future. I feel like I am much older than 28. My joints ache, my energy levels are not very high...and on and on. I am going to start on some good vitamins soon, like whole health real vitamins. I am going to try to eat better, I don't feel I do a horrible job now, but always adding more fruits and veggies and grains is a good thing:) I have hit the I am sick of McDonalds stage, which is good, I don't stop there nor do I desire to, Burger Kings breakfasts tempt me but I am handling that. I am also thinking about doing a colon cleanse. You can find colon cleanse reviews here.

Have you ever done one? What advantages do they have?

I also heard if you are eating bad while doing it (sugar, caffeine etc) it will not work. That kinda scares me because, it is so hard to stay away from everything bad, and especially when you don't have total self control over food.

Starting with baby step would be better for me. Like staying away from pop and only drinking it while out to eat or at a party, not in the house. I am doing pretty well with that, but sweet tea is my substitute (decreasing the sugar each time I make it!)

Such a struggle.

Friday, October 23, 2009

It was a HIT

Last night was our trip to the Ringling Brothers circus. It was so much fun. The kids loved it, it keep Josh and I entertained, an all around score!

We got escorted into a party room where all the activators were gathered, we were handed bags of fun stuff for the kids, we were served a nice spread of foods, which was way more than anticipated, light refreshments is what it was supposed to be, but it was way more than that! And then we got to meet some clowns and the Ringmaster, Alex, himself! How fun is that?

I got to meet one blogger that I follow, Marcy from Stretching a Buck!! I won't tell you how I got talking to her and her family;) but I am glad I did. It is nice to have a face with the blog. I also got to meet Lauren from Mom Central.

It was a LONG, but Great night!

Our seat were great, 1st row in the club section (the overhang). BUT get this...Sarah...who won my free ticket giveaway, was in ROW 6...right down front! AWESOME!! I hope to have Disney on Ice tickets to give away in January, so Keep an ear out!!

The circus is here in Cleveland until the 25, so there is still time to get you $11 tickets (weekdays when you buy 4 or more) or $4 off weekend tickets.. by using code: MOM at TicketMaster.

The code MOM will work for most cities the circus will be in, NOT just Cleveland!

Thanks to Mom Central and FELD entertainemnt for a lovely evening!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

LONG night

As you know me and my family went to the circus last night. What a late night. It started at 7:30, and we where there a bit after 5. We got home about 10:30, so it was a very late night for the kids.
I am hanging out inside today because I probably have dark circles under eyes.
But after I get some work done, I will take a little nap and feel all better, especially since it was a long, FUN night!
Pictures and more info to come know...after I take that nap and get rid of those dark circles under my eyes;)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Here I lay... bed with my laptop, freshly showered with nowhere to go.

I really never, I mean never, even in my wildest dreams thought Id complain about being home with no kids all day long 5 days a week. I mean, I do enjoy it, I like the peace and quiet but it has been 2 months. The newness of it has worn off. I find myself lonely, wondering what I can do, forcing myself not to run to Target to see what has been marked down. I actually have a bag of a few things I have bought, and not quite sure why I bought them, except for how cheap they were (don't worry it is not a problem...I usually use the stuff I buy, and the bag hold 2 items less than $8 worth of stuff...I actually stopped myself from going into Target the other day, so see I have it all under control).

I am left to myself lately. My thoughts, my heart, the has been pretty scary.
I'm not used to having time to think, to ponder, to search myself. And let me say I am having a very hard time with this. I have begun to question who I am. Wonder if it who I am supposed to be, am I in my destiny? Am I on the right path? What do I have to offer? Why do I do what I do?

I am a servant (too much), I am a giver (too much), I am loving (too much), I am tender hearted (too much), I am forgiving (too much), I am compassionate (probably not enough), I am a procrastinator (because there is so much for me to do, I just don't want to)...I am who I am. So why do I not belong, here, or there, or it seems like anywhere? Why is my character looked past? I am struggling deep inside with so many things, but with a smile on my face (most of the time), and a hop in my step.

Sometimes I feel so done. I don't want to be any of who I am. I am exhausted from being me.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My aspirations

One of many aspirations is becoming a better known blogger! Not sure why, I just like blogs, I like the information I have learned, the stuff I have won, products I have sampled, or heard about and so much more.

Blogging has been an escape for me, it has been another world to go to when I needed to escape but couldn't (due to having young kids at home), I've met some great friends and have stayed in contact with some friends and family too. I am definitley not bloggin as much as I used to, which will hinder my aspiration of becoming a better known blogger, and it also is so much less personal, because a lot of posts become "paid" posts. I hope to do better in the future and also hope to improve my writing skills as well (any insight might help!)

This month I have already given away a 4 pack of tickets to the Ringling Brothers circus!! Congratulations to Sarah R! TOMORROW is out big night out at the circus. I received a 4 pack of free tickets for my family, and we get to go to a Pre-Pre show at 5, then the pre-show at 6:30 and then the circus at 7:30...A LONG night, for sure! I am thinking of bribing my kids with a choice of cotton candy or snow cone ONLY if they nap..but then I realized we will be home for a whole 30 minutes after school before we have to leave...oops, that won't work.

Moving forward...Later this month I will be reviewing for, they had so many namebrand pots and pans to choose from (like Rachel Ray Cookware, calphalon, kitchenaid, and more)...keep an eye out for that review.

Now that you know ONE of my will have to keep reading to find out some others;) I'll be back, hopefully sooner than later.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I'm cold

We have an ancient furnace. We had someone give us a quote for a new one, and he said our furnace is less than 30% efficient, maybe even less than 20%, I blocked it from my head, because I was hoping we wouldn't be cold and paying hundreds of dollars a month.
I could really use anelectric fireplaces about now because I am REALLY cold. My digital thermometer says 62.7 degrees in my house and in the mornign yo son;t want to know what it says, trust me. We are looking to buy a new furnace and maybe even install it ourselves to save money...because we certainly don't have $3000 for a new furnace or $6000 for a new furnace and central air (which we need also).
I guess I better start looking for a job after all;)

Any suggestions on furnace purchasing or installing let me know!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Have to remember

*The radio was on, rare in this house (wanting to change that).
*Merci was dancing to fulfill her daily 15 minutes of Move it Time for this program the school is doing. Me saying yes to her throwing herself around the living room is rare too (I know, I am a bit uptight...working on that).
*Ethan came in the room and was going to dance with Merci, but it was here time for the shower...late, so she had to hurry. She told him to dance with me, at that moment I didn't have anything to attend to so I said sure.
*I got down on my knees and danced with my boy (felt good to actually have to stoop down to someone else's level for once!!).
*We danced, he kept trying to kiss is a passionate one...he loves to show affection...we was precious.
*I told him how much I loved him and couldn't believe he was the little baby that was one in my tummy.
*He told me he loved the cats more than me. I wasn't black and white and furry and have a tail
*I assured him I could grow one ;) Then I showed him all the fur on my arms:)
*We cuddled in my bed, he cuddled with daddy too...we all prayed in our bed together and the kids went to bed.
*I grabbed my laptop and got into my bed, where I am now waiting for hubby to be out of the shower.
*Next: We cuddle, and talk, and go to sleep early!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

The great basement project

A little background info. We bought our first house in January, this year. Hubby started making a room down there (it was on big room), super fast he did so much and then...the weather got nice and he had to start working again. Good and bad. The basement has sat all Spring and Summer. Getting the itch to work on it again, hoping to have it done for the holidays. We have much to do, paint walls and floor, get carpet (cannot install because of wetness factor, there will be a perimeter around the room with just the painted concrete), decide and buy couches, stain or paint entertainment until and book shelves that hubby made. UGH.

The main purpose for this room is for the TV and video game systems. We want the TV out of sight out of mind...right???...hopefully more than it is now. After we stain the entertainment unit, and hubby mounts it in, the motivation will come...right???;) So much work but the aftermath will be great!!

Cheer us on.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009


Today I had to take my Subaru in to get a few things replaced. I found a few things wrong with my car when we first got it and have been waiting for the parts (radio and trunk latch).

So anyway, I had my brother pick me up and bring me home until it be done about 3. So I was stuck here in the house all day with no way to go anywhere (I have a hard time staying home most of the time).

So anyway....getting to the point....I was stuck and HAD to find something to do...I was cooped up in the office for like 4 hours organizing, cleaning out my email inbox, doing business stuff, returning calls, etc etc. My husband had recently asked me to find a particula customers paperwork and I could NOT find it in the filing cabinets, but knew the name and remembered him doing work for them. Nothing in Quickbooks (invoices, payments etc). I was ticked at myself for not keeping better records. There was this box over in the corner (still unpacked from January), that had a bunch of my husbands junk, like cataloges for roofing products, samples of underlayments, caulk and roofing materials, and more catalogues for stuff like industrial supplies and warehouse pretty much stuff he hasn't touched in the 10 months we have been here and probably a year before that (Is it bad to just toss this stuff without saying anything...considering the length of time untouched????) And guess what else was in there??? Some customers paperwork...and yep...the particular one I was looking for...yipee!!! And just in case you were wondering I did not pack the office at the old house, my husband and brother did...big mistake...a lot of other stuff I needed in there as well.

I feel good after having such a productive day (I also swapped Summer/Winter clothes in our closet...mostly)...YEAH ME;)

WORTH the entry!

There are so MANY giveaways on blogs, and truthfully I have quit entering...$5 giftcards, free baby stuff, just aren't worth the time it takes to comment etc. And then more entries fro Twittering facebooking and blogging about their promotion just irritates me.

a $200 gift card to Best Buy OH YEAH!

Go here and enter to win a $200 gift card to Best Buy to put maybe towards a NEW appliance of your own.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Not Me Monday

My first attempt...I may not be as witty as MckMamma...but I thought I had some funny stuff to NOT ME! this week.

I did NOT scream at the top of my lungs and keep screaming for like 2 minutes when I lifted up the sandbox to dump it out and I saw a mole. The first thing that came to my head was NOT OMG that is the biggest thousand legger I ever did see. Oh and Ethan did not keep asking where the MOLD was...LOL

I did NOT eat the glass full of M&M's and then fill it back up so no one would notice. Nope.

I did NOT sell my chandelier on Craigslist (the ugly one) before we took it down or before we had a new one picked out.

I did NOT get yelled at by a 16 year old cahsier at Claire's for asking my husband to take a picture of me for my face book profile wearing THESE sunglasses in rainbow with would never get yelled at, and especially when my daughter was in the store with me.

Want to play or read others Not Me Mondays?? Click on MckMamma above!

Want to go to the circus?? for FREE??

***UPDATED: Congrats Sarah R!!!***

Fall is officially here TODAY!

I celebrated with a shower before the kids got up, and a nice bike ride in this perfect weather.

I have so many favorite things about fall, crunchy leaves, cider, crisp apples, pumpkins, the smell in the air, the crisp nights, finding acorns, buckeyes and monkey ball in the metroparks.....and another one of the things we look forward to is the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus which comes to Cleveland every Fall
Usually in October.

(Check the local newspaper to see if you can catch the parade downtown when the circus arrives, the kids get to see the elephants walk in the streets...we have always missed it, but it is FREE!!)

We have gone 2 times now, and Josh and I enjoy it as much as the kids.
We will be going again this year!!!
(Thanks to Mom Central and Feld entertainment)

I know sometimes it is hard to find extra money in the budget for extra's like this, so that is why I want to share this great coupon code with you.

You can get 4 tickets for $44 (weekdays) or $4 off tickets on the weekends.
The code is : MOM
(October 21st-October 25 at Gund arena)

You just type in that coupon code at Ticketmaster and you got yourself a deal!
**Must order a minimum of 4 to get the $11 price, after that each tickets ordered will be $11**

If you buy tickets you MUST go to the pre-show which is free to all ticket get up close and personal with clowns, elephants and more.
We loved the pre-show!!

Want to win a 4 pack of tickets (for Oct 21st show at 7:30)???
Leave a comment (one entry per family), and I will draw a winner on OCT 5
You will be able to pick up your tickets at will call with an ID.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Hitting us fast

The cold, Fall weather is hitting us fast. it makes me so sad. I feel like I didn't even get a chance to enjoy the Summer. I guess I was too busy complaining about it (it was too rainy, and then it was so hot and know how it goes). Well, the onset of this cold weather makes me want to search for some Myrtle beach hotel deals.

We went to Myrtle Beach in November one year and it was still so nice. A bit cold for the beach but, I will take low 70's high 60's anyday over the coldness of Ohio. But instead of complaining more, I better go enjoy the Fall beauty before it is a mere memory. There is so much to enjoy about Fall. Winter, well, not so much;)