Mercer Market Deals & Coupon Match-ups 8/22-8/28

I am only listing sale items that have a coupon match-up or I think are especially note mentioning. Check out Mercer Market’s Weekly Ad for a complete list of sale items. Also, I recommend familiarizing yourself with their Coupon Policy.

 

Prairie Farms Sour Cream or Party Dips 16oz $1.19

$0.35/1 Prairie Farms Sour Cream printable

$0.35/1 Prairie Farm Dips printable

$.35/1 Prairie Farms Sour Cream 8oz or 16oz exp 8/31

Final Price: $.84

 

Kraft Shredded or Chunk Cheese 8oz 2/$5

$1/2 Kraft Natural Shredded or Block Cheese, exp. 12/31/12 (Kraft 20 Top Seasonal Recipes For 2012)

Final Price: $2 ea WYB 2

 

Totino Party Pizza 10oz 10/$10

$1/5 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza Product printable

$1/5 Totino’s Party Pizza via Shortcuts.com

$1/4 Totino’s Party Pizza printable

$1.10/5 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza Products printable

$1.10/5 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza Products printable

$1.10/5 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza Products printable

Final Price: As low as $.75 ea WYB 8 or $.78 WYB 10

 

Chi-Chi Flour or Wheat Soft Tortillas 8-12ct 2/$3

$1/2 Chi Chi Products printable

Final Price: $1 ea WYB 2

 

Kellogg’s Pop Tarts 8ct 3/$5

$1/1 Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts or Pop-Tarts Mini Crisps, exp. 9/9/12 (RP 07/29/12 R)

$1/3 Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts or Pop-Tarts Mini Crisps, exp. 9/9/12 (RP 07/29/12 R)

Final Price: As low as $.67 ea WYB 3

 

Make the Most of Your Mornings | Begin Your Day with a Good Attitude (Day 4)

Thank you so much to Money Saving Mom for doing this challenge. I am thoroughly enjoying it so far.

Day 3 Project Update

Bedtime: I was definitely closer last night than I was the night before. I set my bedtime for 10:00pm and was asleep before then, but then my sis called (and I don’t get to talk to her often enough) so I stayed up until 10:45. Not too bad.

Top 5 Evening Must Do’s: Done

Wake Up Time: I made a goal to be up by 5:00am, but with the late night I had the day before, I just couldn’t get myself to wake up. Well…I tried the suggestion of actually setting my alarm for 15-20 minutes later, and apparently I turned it off. So, I didn’t get up until about 6:30 when thunder woke me up. Only had enough time to start a load of laundry and start the coffee pot before my son was awake. Followed not too shortly by my daughter. :-) Oh well. We’ll try again for tomorrow.

 

Day 4 Project

Positive Attitude: I feel like life has been a bit out of sorts this week with my kiddos waking up WAY earlier than normal. So unfortunately I have not made time to read my Bible & journal. I so miss journaling! I love Money Saving Mom’s suggestion of a “Gratitude Journal.” So I have decided to start my day with a positive attitude by writing down all the things that I am thankful for.

 

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Make the Most of Your Mornings | Get Up at the Same Time Every Day (Day 3)

Day 3 Project

1. Day 2 Project Update.

  • I set my bedtime for 10:00pm.Unfortunately I was up until 2:00am due to my medicine mix-up, but still up by 6:00am. I’m really ready for a 10pm bedtime tonight.
  • Top 5 Evening Must Do’s.

    • Load the Dishwasher. I had all dishes loaded and washed for morning except for two pesky sippy cups I missed. :-)
    • 10-Minute Pick-up. It felt wonderful to wake up to a house that was picked-up!! I might have spend a little more than 10-minutes but it was worth it.
    • Pack the Diaper Bag. Yes. It was so helpful to have the bag ready to go & not be rushing last minute.
    • Stick to a Bed Time Routine for Kiddos. No. This didn’t happen. But it will.
    • Double Check Meal Plan & Schedule for Next Day. I did this and it really did give me a peace of mind.

2. Determine a wake-up time. I would really like my wake-up time to be 5:00am. I am struggling right now with kiddos that stir at that time and need some early morning cuddles. And I am a terrible snooze-button-aholic, so I do need to work on that. No snooze tomorrow. We’ll see if the kids and I cooperate. :-)

Mercer Market Deals & Coupon Match-ups 8/15-8/21

It has been quite a while since I posted Mercer Market Deals & Coupon Match-ups, so I’m excited to be back. This week I am only listing sale items that have a coupon match-up or I think are especially worth mentioning. Check out Mercer Market’s Weekly Ad for a complete list of sale items. Also, I recommend familiarizing yourself with their Coupon Policy.

Yoplait Light or Whipped Yogurt 4-6 oz 10/$6

$0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups, Void in LA, NV, NJ, ND & TN

$0.60/8 Yoplait Yogurt Cups, Void in LA, NV, NJ, ND & TN

$0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups 07/08/2012 SS Insert (exp 09/01/2012)

$0.50/8 Yoplait Yogurt Cups 07/08/2012 SS Insert (exp 09/01/2012)

$0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cups 08/05/2012 GM Insert (exp 09/29/2012)

Final Price: As low as $6.40 or $.53 ea WYB 12 & use 2 coupons

Our Family Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 3lb bag $5.99 (FYI…we were just at Aldi’s this weekend and a 3lb bag there is $5.49. So if you are in need of chicken and can’t make it to the Cities, this is a great deal.)

Kelloggs Selected Cereals Mini Wheats, Special K, & Raisin Bran 2/$6

$1/2 Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats Cereals, 14.54 oz+

$1/3 Kellogg’s Special K Cereals

$1/2 Kellogg’s Cereal (not sure if this would work)

$1/2 Kellogg’s Raisin Bran, Crunchy Nut and/or Smart Start Cereals 08/05/2012

$1/2 Kellogg’s® Frosted Mini-Wheats® Cereals 14.5 oz

$1/3 Kellogg’s cereal, 8.7 oz+ 08/05/2012 RP Insert (exp 09/16/2012)

$1/2 Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Cereals, 14.5 oz+ 07/29/2012 RP Insert (exp 09/09/2012)

$1/2 Kellogg’s Cereals (IE),  8.7oz+

Final Price: as low as 2/$5 or $2.50 ea

 

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Medicine Mix-up Madness

Oh my goodness. I totally took the wrong medicine tonight and took my AM pill instead of my PM. Of course, I went ahead and also took my PM pill, which I’m thinking may not have been a good idea. At this moment, I feel like the energizer bunny. Yikes! I have my laptop on the kitchen counter and am typing standing up in hopes that will make me tired. So far not working, but I’m getting several other things done that are hard to do with kiddos under foot.

  • Finished tracking today’s dinner & fitness in SparkPeople
  • Finished tracking last two day’s worth of nutrition in SparkPeople
  • Entered a couple snack nutrition information in to SparkPeople to save time
  • Entered Breakfast & Lunch for tomorrow into SparkPeople
  • Finished Meal Plan for the rest of this week
  • Made Grocery List for rest of this week
  • Finished “Homemade Swiffer WetJET Refill” post
  • Drank at least 4 glasses of water (and of course tracked in SparkPeople). Even if I do fall asleep, I’ll be up going to the bathroom every hour. Oh brother! Well, it was keep drinking water, or fall back into old eating habits. So, yeah, for middle of the night potty breaks. :-)
  • Became completely overwhelmed looking at Tot School ideas for Natalie & Jadon. :-) Hopefully it is this crazy late hour and tomorrow will bring clarity.

OK…so it is now 2am and my eyes aren’t even drooping. My feet are killing me from standing here for…holy cow…4 hours. Yikes! Tomorrow morning might be ugly.

I am going to force myself to shut down the computer and try to sleep. At least it is a beautiful cool night and it will be great to cuddle up under the covers. I will definitely pray that God gives me alertness and strength for tomorrow as the alarm (or my kiddos) will sound all too quickly.

Swiffer WetJET Refill

I love my Swiffer WetJET, but I hate paying for the refills. I clip coupons for it, but can’t ever seem to find them on sale to match with the coupon to get it for a decent price. Well, in an effort to cut costs around the house, I decided to make my own. Now, granted my version is not “green” but it ended up costing me nothing.

At some point I’ve acquired a bottle of Mr. Clean Multi-Purpose Cleaner. Not sure if Seth & I brought it from the old house, or it was left here by the previous tenants. But irregardless, it hadn’t even been opened, so I figured it was still usable for this project.

Making the refill was supper easy and I wish I would have done it sooner. I thought it cleaned as good if not better than the actual Swiffer cleaner. Woo Hoo!!

Homemade Swiffer Wetjet Refill

Ingredients

  • 5 cups Water
  • 1.5 Tablespoons Mr. Clean Powerful Multi-Purpose Cleaner

Directions

Step 1
Homemade Swiffer WetJet Refill - 1
Turn empty Swiffer bottle upside down in a cup of HOT water and let sit for 5 minutes.
Step 2
Homemade Swiffer WetJet Refill - 2
User pliers to remove the lid from the Swiffer bottle. Mine came off supper easy.
Step 3
Pour water in first and then cleaning agent.
Step 4
Homemade Swiffer WetJet Refill - 3
Put lid back on and shake gently.

Make the Most of Your Mornings | Your Day Starts the Night Before (Day 2)

So excited to start MoneySavingMom’s 3-Week Challenge. I have to laugh though. I am totally positive that my kiddos know I’m doing this and are already challenging it. :-) They have both been up 1-2 hours earlier than normal this week. Really?! LOL.

Day 2 Project

1. Determine a bedtime. With a 2.5-year old and 1-year old in the house, I really value my alone time in the mornings before they wake up. Now with a new routine of going to the Y every weekday morning (with the kiddos), I like to have as much of my household stuff done as possible before they wake up. In order for that to happen, I like to wake up at 5:00am. I know MSM suggested 8-9 hours of sleep, but getting 7 is an improvement for me, so I’m going to start there. Bedtime is 10:00pm, and I’ve totally botched that tonight. I was reading Crystal’s post and took the wrong medicine. I took my AM medicine instead of my PM and now I’m wide awake. Dang! Tomorrow night is 10:00 for sure though!

2. Top 5 Evening Must Do’s.

  • Load the Dishwasher. Getting the dishwasher loaded is a definite must for me. To wake up to dirty dishes, is so discouraging and I already feel like my day is behind. Of course, to make this task less daunting at night when I’m already exhausted from the day, I need to keep up on the dishes all day long. :-)
  • 10-Minute Pick-up.Toys, clothes, and sippy cups have a way of multiplying throughout the day. I think I have them all picked up and then viola` more appear. So to take this extra time before bed to make sure everything finds it’s place (and now no one is running around to drag them out again) will definitely improve my outlook the next morning. I think I breath better in a tidy house. :-)
  • Pack the Diaper Bag. Now that we are actually leaving the house every morning to go the Y to exercise, having the bag ready with diapers, extra clothes and snacks will definitely cut back on the “rushing at the last minute” stress.
  • Stick to a Bed Time Routine for Kiddos. Unfortunately we have been pretty loosey goosey with bedtimes for Natalie and Jadon. To have them bathed, in PJs, teeth brushed, prayer time and snuggled in bed for story time by 8:45pm is our new goal, which means I need to start at 8:00pm every night.
  • Double Check Meal Plan & Schedule for Next Day. In order to do this, I need to be more faithful in my meal planning. But what a relief to have a plan for the day and not be standing in front of the refrigerator pondering what to make. I have a tough time at night “turning my mind off” so to already have in my head what we are eating the next day and what our schedule looks like, I hope to cut that “planning in my head” button off so I can get to sleep. :-)

Reclaiming the Joy & Setting Goals

Well…I’ve had a little lull in my Blogging due to some major life changes going on at the Bowker House. If you’re just at this site for coupon deals, then you can skip this blog because it’s gonna get a bit personal. If this is TMI for you, I apologize. My hope is that by humbling myself and sharing what’s going on in life, I can encourage someone else who may be struggling.

Ever since my daughter was born in 2009, I’ve been battling depression. I hadn’t really wanted to deal with it, thinking that it would just go away. Well, almost three years later, it hasn’t gone away. The depression compounded my existing habit of comfort eating, which naturally lead to more depression as my weight increased to almost 100 pounds more than I was in high school. My anger became explosive as feelings of failure and inadequacy as a wife and mother mounted after years of neglecting my struggle with perfectionism.

Well, just like when I leave my garden untended and weeds grow up and overtake my plants; I’d allowed Satan all these inroads in my life and not done anything about it. I was allowing Satan to rob me of my joy. Rob me of my fruit!

So I finally reached my breaking point and knew that if I didn’t make some big life changes that I was going to destroy my family. A week ago I went to a professional counselor to help me deal with my depression, anger and perfectionism issues and went to our family doctor to help me with the depression and weight issues. *Sigh* Admitting I needed help was a big deal for me. So that alone has been a huge step in the right direction.

This last week I’ve attacked my weight issues with as much gusto as this obese body can do while still being a wife, mother, housekeeper, etc. My ultimate goal is to loose 100 pounds, and I’m really excited to say that I’ve lost my first 10!

I hesitated to share my August goals with you because I was afraid of failure. But I was inspired by Crystal’s post at Money Saving Mom on Overcoming the Fear of Failure. I need to post these goals partially to feel accountable for them, but also as a way of working through those fears of failing.

So here we go friends. Here are my goals for the remainder of 2012 & this week’s goals. Considering I’ve never really been that great at setting realistic goals and sticking to it, I’ve kept these fairly simple. Following Crystal & Sara Mae’s example, I will be sharing a weekly update on my progress.

DENISE’S 2012 GOALS

Personal

Read the Bible every day

Read through my 2012 Book List (More to come on this)

Exercise five days per week following SparkPeople plan

Track daily food intake using SparkPeople to stay within doctor’s recommended calorie count

Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night

Marriage

Have a monthly date night with Seth

Attend one marriage retreat

Read one book on marriage

Children/Homeschooling

Read “Blessings Every Day” each morning to the kiddos at breakfast

Begin Tot School with Natalie

Read to kiddos at least once a day during naps or bedtime

Be intentional with Family Fun Fridays (More to come on this)

Ministry/Friendships/Extended Family

Plan for one play date or family visit each week with kiddos

Make occasions cards and send thank you notes

Invite a family from church to our house once per month

My Home

Stick to Weekly Laundry Checklist and use clothesline as much as possible

Stick to Weekly Cleaning Checklist (Cleaning is definitely something that gets put on the back burner at our house. Yuck!)

Continue to streamline my Morning Routine

Blogging

Relax! Admit & accept that blogging isn’t a full time job for me right now

Develop realistic Blog Plan

Stick to 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at nap time for blogging

Financial

Update and then stick to our budget & cash envelope system

Be intentional with couponing, stockpiling, & menu planning to free up money to save for Seth to finish school

Sell the van and get a vehicle that gets better gas mileage

Here are my goals for this week:

Personal

Read the Bible every day

Make 2012 Book List

Attend Deep Water Exercise Class at the Y on Tue & Thu (Track in SparkPeople)

Walk on treadmill at Y on Mon, Wed, & Fri for at least 30 minutes each day (Track in SparkPeople)

Track daily food intake using SparkPeople to stay within doctor’s recommended calorie count

Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night

Marriage

Get more information on retreat in November

Children/Homeschooling

Read “Blessings Every Day” each morning to the kiddos at breakfast

Make simple plan for first week of Tot School

Read to kiddos at least once a day during naps or bedtime

Implement Family Fun Fridays (More to come on this)

Ministry/Friendships/Extended Family

Visit Great Grandma at the Nursing Home with kiddos

Make and send thank you notes for Jadon’s birthday

My Home

Stick to Weekly Laundry Checklist and use clothesline as much as possible

Make homemade cleaner for countertops & Swiffer refill

Stick to Weekly Cleaning Checklist

Begin Money Saving Mom’s 3-Week Challenge: Making the Most of Your Mornings

Blogging

Relax! Admit & accept that blogging isn’t a full time job for me right now

Develop realistic Blog Plan for rest of August

Stick to 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at nap time for blogging

Financial

Have girls over on Monday night for Coupon Clipping

Plan meals with what’s in the house, to cut down on food budget this week

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