Dreaming of Better Days!

About a week ago my youngest Ben asked me if we won the lottery could he get a cell phone. I said I don’t know Ben maybe. Then came the would we get a bigger house? I told him I like our house. He said I know mom but if we won the lottery. Maybe Ben. Ben was dreaming  about the things  he thinks will make his life better.

Last year, when I thought our life was turned upside down. The depression, the I told you so’s and the feeling Lord I don’t think we can do it. A dear friend told me “Candy tell the Lord your dream’s” I told her I thought the Lord knew all my dreams and she said just do it and see what happens.

Through the struggles, Our family has really settled in and we are doing things I know a year ago wouldn’t be possible. I know others are feeling overwhelmed and discouraged right now but things will get better.

Randy got a new job and he starts Wednesday and the whole family is thrilled. My dreaming with the Lord has made me see what I thought was important in the past wasn’t where we were supposed to be and dreams really do come true. I am rich in family and have seen how our family came together to survive our business loss.  I thought  money and success would make us who we are, but  it really isn’t about that at all. Not that I don’t want to be successful but I was willing to scarifies my family time for the money and success now I can have both.  My grandma was right better days are coming!

Tell the Lord your dreams and see what happens, Candy

Kroger Deals June 29 – July 5

Here are the Kroger deals of the week. If the prices vary a little let me know and we will update them.

Thanks to Summer at Everything Moms for helping us with her list this week this list!

Weekly Deals

Kroger Gallon Milk – $1.98/ea

Kroger Tea (gallon) – $0.99/ea

Kroger Eggs (dozen) – $0.98/ea

Sweet Corn – $0.16/ea

Fresh Cherries, Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries or Raspberries – $1.99/ea

Amick Farms Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – $1.99/lb

Kroger Ground Beef – $1.68/lb

Kroger Cheese (bar, shredded or sliced) – 4 for $5 or $1.25/ea

Kroger Buns & Tender Twist Bread – $1/ea

Dole Premium Salads- $2.50/ea
Use $1.50/2 in 5/17 Red Plum insert
Final Price = $1.25/ea when you buy 2

Lean Cuisine Frozen Entree – $2.20/ea
Use $1/4 in 5/3 Smart Source insert
Final Price = $1.95/ea

Kraft Miracle Whip – $1.99/ea
Use $1/1 in 6/14 Smart Source insert
Final Price = $0.99/ea

Heinz Ketchup – $1.99/ea
Use $1/1 in 5/17 Smart Source insert
Final Price = $0.99/ea

ReddiWip – $1.99/ea
Use $1/2 in 6/21 Smart Source insert
Use $.50/1 in 6/21 Smart Source insert
Final Price = $0.99 – $1.49/2

Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Lunch meats– $3/ea
Use $1/2 in 5/31 Smart Source insert
Use $1/1 in 6/7 Smart Source insert
Final Price = $2 – $2.50/ea

Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage (14-16 oz) – $3/ea
Use $1/2 in 6/21 Smart Source insert
Final Price = $2.50/ea when you buy 2

Oscar Mayer Beef or Specialty Hot dogs (12-16 oz)- $2.49/ea
Use $1/2 in 4/19, 5/10,6/7, 6/21 Smart Source insert
Use $1/1 in 6/21 Smart Source insert
Final Price = $1.49 -$1.99/ea

California Pizza Kitchen Frozen Pizza- $5.99/ea
Use $1/1 in 5/17 Smart Source insert
Final Price = $4.99

Nabisco Wheat Thins – $2/ea
Use B1G1 coupon in 5/17 Smart Source insert
Final Price = $1/ea when you buy 2

McCormick Grill Mates – $1/ea
Use $1/2 in 5/3 Red Plum insert
Use $.50/1 in 4/19, 5/3 Red Plum insert
Final Price = FREE to $1/2

Starbucks Frappuccino (4 pk bottles) – $5.99/ea
Use $1/1 in 6/21 Smart Source insert
Final Price = $4.99/ea

Ziploc Food Storage Containers (1-5 ct) – $2.50
Use $1/1 coupon here
Final Price = $1.50/ea

Coppertone Sunscreen – $2 off
Use $1.50/1 in 4/19,5/10 Smart Source insert or 6/28 Red Plum insert
Final Price = ??

Suave Deodorant – $1/ea
Use $1/2 in 5/17 Red Plum insert
Use $0.50/1 in 5/17 Red Plum insert
Use $0.75/1 in 5/17 Red Plum insert
Final Price = Free – $1/2

Suave Shampoo and Conditioner – $1/ea
Use $0.50/2 in 5/17 Red Plum insert
Use $1/2 in 5/17 Red Plum insert
Final Price = $0.50/ea when you buy 2

Poise Pads (42-60 ct) – $10.99
Use $2/1 coupon here
Final Price = $8.99

Pepsi, Coke or 7UP Soft Drinks (12 pk cans, 6 pk bottles) – $1.99/ea when you buy 5 (limit 1 set of 5 per transaction – must buy 5 to get this price)

Daytona 500 Mix & Match Event: Buy 10 Get $3 Off Instantly at Checkout

Final Price below assumes you have purchased 10 items and will be receiving $3 off of 10 items ($0.30 per item). Check your local ad for a complete list of participating items – I have only listed those that I could find coupon matches for.

Ragu Pasta Sauce (16-26 oz) – $1.29/ea
Use $0.30/1, $1/2 or $0.75/2 in 5/17 Red Plum insert
Final Price = $0.54-0.79/ea

Kraft BBQ Sauce (18 oz) – $0.69/ea
Use $0.75/1 in 6/14 Smart Source insert
Final Price = FREE

Kellogg’s Pop Tarts (12 ct) – $2.69/ea
Use $0.55/1 in 6/7 Red Plum insert
Final Price = $1.59/ea

General Mills Cereal (select) – $2.69/ea
Use $1/2 here
Use $0.55/1 here
Use $1/3 in 5/31 Smart Source insert or
Load a $0.55/1 Lucky Charms on to your Kroger card at Cellfire.com or
Load a $0.60/1 Lucky Charms on to your Kroger card at Shortcuts.com
Final Price = $1.59-2.36/ea

Ritz Crackers (13-16 oz) – $2.19/ea
Use $1/1 if you printed it from Coupons.com earlier this month (no longer available)
Final Price = $1.19/ea

Totino’s Pizza Rolls (40 ct) – $3.19/ea
Load a $0.55/2 on to your Kroger card at Shortcuts.com
Final Price = $2.92/ea when you buy 2

Hunt’s Manwich – $0.70/ea
Use $0.40/2 in 5/31 Smart Source insert
Final Price = $0.30/ea when you buy 2

Breyers Ice Cream (48 oz) – $2.19/ea
Use $0.75/1 in 5/17 Red Plum insert
Final Price = $0.69/ea

Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs (16 oz, excludes beef, fat free & cheese) – $1.49/ea
Use $1/2 in 6/21 Smart Source insert
Final Price = $0.99/ea

Yoplait Yogurt (8 ct fridge pack) – $3.99
Use $.35/1 in 6/7 Smart Source insert
Use $.75/2 in 6/7 Smart Source insert
Use $1/2 in 6/7 Smart Source insert
Final Price = $2.49 -$3.29/ea

Pillsbury Grands Biscuits (8ct) – $1.69
Use $1/3 in 5/31 Smart Source insert
Use $.75/3 in 5/31 Smart Source insert
Final Price = $1.19 – $1.35/ea

M&M’s candy (19.2 oz bag) – $3.19
Use $1/2 in 6/7 Red Plum insert
Final Price = $2.69/ea

Country Crock Margarine or Spread (12-45 oz) – $1.69/ea
Use $0.50/1, $1/2, and $0.35/1 in 5/17 Red Plum insert
Use $0.55/1 here
Final Price = $0.59-1.19/ea

Betty Crocker Brownie Mix – $2.19/ea
Use $1/2 in 5/10 Smart Source insert
Use $0.75/2 here or
Load a $0.75/2 on to your Kroger card at
Cellfire.com and Shortcuts.com
Final Price = $1.69-1.82/ea

Orville Redenbacher Popcorn – $1.99/ea
Use $1/1 in in May All You magazine
Final Price = $0.99/ea


Dial Body Wash (16-18 oz) or Soap (8 bars) – $2.99/ea
Use $1/2 in 3/8 & 5/17 Smart Source insert
$1/1 here – (body wash)
Use $0.35/1 Soap in 5/17 Smart Source insert
Final Price = $1.99-2.49/ea

Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil (30-75 sq ft) – $3.19
Use $1/1 in 6/28 Smart Source insert
Final Price = $2.19/ea

Purex
Laundry Detergent (24-32 loads) – $2.69/ea
Use $0.35/1 in 6/14 Smart Source insert
Final Price = $1.99/ea

Windex Glass Cleaner (26 oz) – $2.69/ea
Use $0.55/1 in 5/10 Smart Source insert
Final Price = $1.59/ea

Bounty Paper Towels (6-8 rolls) – $6.99/ea
Use $0.25/1 in 6/7 P&G insert or $0.50/1 in 6/21 Smart Source insert
Final Price = $5.99-6.49/ea

Scott Bath Tissue (12 rolls) – $6.99/ea
Use $1/1 here , in the 6/14 Smart Source insert, & in the 6/21 USA Weekend
Final Price = $5.99/ea


Prilosec OTC (14 ct) – $9.69/ea
Use $3/1 in 6/7 P&G insert
Final Price = $6.69/ea
*
Request a FREE Sample of Prilosec OTC here

Pedigree Dog Food (15-20 lb bags) – $11.69/ea
Use $1/1 in 6/21 Red Plum insert
Final Price = $10.69/ea


Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks – $1.69/ea
Use $0.50/2 here and in 6/14 Smart Source insert or
Load a
$0.50/2 on to your Kroger card at Cellfire.com and Shortcuts.com
Final Price = $1.19-1.44/ea

Catalina Alert!
When you buy General Mills Fruit Snacks between 6/19-7/12, get toward your next purchase:
– $1.50 when you buy 3
– $2.50 when you buy 4
– $3.50 when you buy 5

*Note: only 1 Catalina coupon will print per transaction!*

You can get these for as little as $0.49/box after coupons & Catalina coupon!

Catalina Alert:

When you buy Kraft Natural Cheese between 6/19-7/12, get toward your next purchase:
– $2 when you buy 3
– $3 when you buy 4
– $4 when you buy 5+

* Use $1/1 Kraft Natural Cheese coupon here

What additional deals do you see this week at Kroger? I would especially love to hear what Daytona 500 Mix & Match deals you see in store!

Have a great day, Candy

Meijer Sales week of June 28- July 4

I want to thank Macomb Money Saver for finding these great deals. Macomb uses the Detroit paper, but found it is the closest to us and some prices vary a little. I will be adjusting the ones I have found.



$1.00 Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta, 14.5 oz [10/$10, get 11th free]
-$1.00/2 Meijer Mealbox printable coupon
$1.00/1 coupon (from 4-5 SS),
use 2
FREE when you buy 2 with coupons** (+$0.50 potential moneymaker from Mealbox coupon) – Great charity donation!

$1.00 Dentek Flossers, 75-90 ct [10/$10, get 11th free]
-$1.00/1 coupon (from 1-18 SS)
FREE after coupon

$1.05 Bumble Bee Premium Tuna Pouch, 2.5 oz (price drop)
-$1.00/1 Bumble Bee coupon (from 6-14 SS)
$0.05 after coupon – Great charity donation!

$0.89 Barilla Pasta, Whole Grain or Piccolini
-$0.75/1 Piccolini printable coupon (when you enter a photo in the contest), print 2 per computer
$0.14 after coupon – Great charity donation!

$1.67 Old Orchard Healthy Balance Juice, 64 oz select varieties
-$0.50/1 Meijer Mealbox printable coupon (will not double)
-$0.50/1 or 1.00/2 Old Orchard coupon (from 6-28 SS)
$0.17-0.67 each after coupons* **

$1.19 Heluva Good Dip, 12 oz all varieties
$0.25/1 Meijer Mealbox printable coupon
$0.75/1 coupon (from 5-17 SS)
$0.19 after coupons**

$1.00 Hormel Pepperoni, 4.5 oz located in deli [10/$10, get 11th free]
$0.75/1 coupon (from 6-21 SS)
$0.25 after coupon [$0.15]

$1.00 Chi-Chi’s Salsa, 16 oz [10/$10, get 11th free]
-$0.55/1 coupon (from 5-17 SS)
$0.45 after coupon [$0.35]

$1.00 Bounty Basic or Regular Paper Towel, single roll [10/$10, get 11th free]
-$1.00/2 coupon (from 6-7 PG)
$0.50 each when you buy 2 with coupon [$0.40]

$1.00 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta, 13.25 oz [10/$10, get 11th free]
-$1.00/2 Meijer Mealbox printable coupon
$0.50 each when you buy 2 with coupons** – Great charity donation! [$0.40]

$1.50 Bush’s Baked Beans, 28 oz or Grillin’ Beans, 22 oz can
-$1.00/5 Meijer Mealbox printable coupon
-$1.00/2 Bush’s printable coupon (print 2 per computer), use 2
$0.80 each when you buy 5 with coupons

B1G2 Aunt Millie’s Honey Hot Dog or Hamburger Buns, 8 ct (reg $3.19)
-$0.35/1 Aunt Millie’s coupon (from 5-10 RP)
$0.83 each when you buy 3 with 1 coupon*

$1.50 New York Croutons, 5 oz
-$0.55/1 coupon (from 4-5 RP)
$0.95 after coupon

$0.99 Meijer American Cheese Product Singles, 12 oz

$0.99 Meijer White Hot Dog or Hamburger Buns, 8 ct

$2.00 Del Monte Fruit Chillers, 4 ct
-$1.00/1 Del Monte printable coupon
$1.00 after coupon

$2.00 Dixie Plates, Ultra Plates or Bowls, 24-48 ct
-$0.50/1 coupon (from 5-10 RP)
$1.00 after coupon
BONUS: This item is the “Free Ticket Zone” feature item of the week. Buy 2 Dixie items listed above as part of a $20 overall purchase and send in your receipt with this form to get 2 free tickets to a DTE or Palace event!

$2.50 Pond’s Cleansing Towelettes, 30 ct
-$1.50/1 coupon (from 6-28 RP) or printable (print up to 2 per computer)
$1.00 after coupon

Buy 10 for $10, get the 11th Free – Mix & Match Items
$1.00 Minute Maid Lemonade, Limeade or Punch 64 oz carton [$0.90]
$1.00 Sunbeam White Bread [$0.90]

$1.00 Jenos Crisp ‘N Tasty Pizza or Totino’s 15 ct Pizza Rolls [$0.90]
$1.00 Duncan Hines Cake Mix, 17.52-18.25 oz [$0.90]
$1.00 Oscar Mayer Lunchables and Lunchables Jr. 3.42-4.53 oz [$0.90]
$1.00 Banquet Brown ‘N Serve Breakfast Links 7 oz [$0.90]
$1.00 Green Giant Valley Steamers, 12 oz bag or Box Vegetables, 7-10 oz [$0.90]
$1.00 Breakstone’s Sour Cream, 16 oz [$0.90]
$1.00 Hormel Chili, 15 oz. can [$0.90]

$2.00 Kraft Regular or 2% Chunk Cheese, 6-8 oz
BONUS: Buy 3, get $2 checkout coupon good on your next order; Buy 4, Get $3 coupon; Buy 5 or more, get a $4 coupon
As low as $1.20 each when you buy 5 after checkout coupon savings

$1.50 Pop Secret Popcorn, 3 ct
-$1.00/4 Meijer Mealbox printable coupon
$1.25 each when you buy 4 with coupon**

$2.00 Vanity Fair Bowls 18 ct. or Everyday Napkins 100 ct. .
-$0.35/1 coupon (from 6-28 SS)
$1.30 after coupon
BONUS: This item is the “Free Ticket Zone” feature item of the week. Buy 2 Dixie items listed above as part of a $20 overall purchase and send in your receipt with this form to get 2 free tickets to a DTE or Palace event!

$1.99 Planter’s Nuts, 10-16 oz select varieties
-$1.00/2 coupon (from 6-28 SS)
$1.49 each when you buy 2 with coupon

$1.99 Lay’s Potato Chips
-$1.00/2 coupon (from July All You magazine, available at Walmart)
$1.49 each when you buy 2 with coupon

$1.49 Wheat Thins or Triscuits, 7-10 oz (1/2 price, reg $2.99)

$1.49 Teddy Grahams, 8-10 oz (1/2 price, reg $2.99)

$2.50 Breyer’s Ice Cream, 1.5 qt
-$0.75/1 coupon (from 5-17 RP)
$1.75 after coupon

1/2 PRICE Brownberry Bread – Whole Grain Classics, Country Classics or Grains & More, 24 oz
-$1.00/1 Meijer Mealbox printable coupon

B1G1 Garden Fresh Salsa, Hummus or Chips *MI product* (reg $3.99)
$1.99 each when you buy 2 with sale

25% OFF Crisco Cooking Spray, 5-6 oz
-$0.35/1 coupon (from 5-17 RP)

$3.99 Pepsi, Sierra Mist or Mountain Dew 24 pk cans (when you buy 4; limit 4)

Organizing, Cleaning and Teenagers….oh my!

Like Dorothy and her friends afraid of Lions and tigers and bears I have been afraid to tackle my overwhelming summer project! I have been struggling with how to get myself and family organized. I wrote a little about it on Another Valuable Lesson and I thought maybe it would be a good thing to pursue it here.

I have my own cleaning business and I keep my schedule for work just fine, but our family schedule trying to keep 6 schedules is getting out of control and then keeping our home tidy while teenagers are home for the summer is another story. Sometimes I feel it is a losing battle if I am not on top of cleaning 24/7 it just goes downhill.

I found a site called Flylady and she has baby steps on how to stop the chaos in our lives step one clean and polish your sink. She has broken each area of her home into zones to attack each week along with some caring advice for those who go to her site  like drink your water.

I sometimes get overwhelmed when I look at the big picture and am trying to do one thing at time. example: My desk is a mess do one drawer and then if I can do another great if not try tomorrow. I think sometimes I am like the mechanic that can’t seem to get his car fixed.

I need to get all my paperwork, my home and schedule organized so I can start living. I would appreciate any ideas you may have to get me on the right track.

Today, I have emptied 3 boxes of paperwork from Randy’s old business and have put things in their appropriate files it feels great, but I am done for the day. Tomorrow, I will start again so I can click my heels and say “there’s no place like home!”

Have a great Sunday and God’s Blessings, Candy

In-Season Produce

Good Morning! I have been thinking about how we can save with all the fresh produce that is coming in-season. I have found a site that you can look up your state and see what is in season right now called sustainable table.

I grew up in the country and there was a U-Pick strawberry field. Picking strawberries are hard work, but when my mom made her strawberry jelly we had them the whole year. The strawberry signs have been calling me I need to get out to pick some before the season is over.

Canning is one way we can eat all of this great in-season produce. If you are new to canning. Here are some ideas where to find your supplies.

  • Garage sales
  • Goodwill or savers
  • Ask a friend and share
  • My dad gave me a huge box of jars and I haven’t had to buy jars yet.

The ring can be used again and again, but just make sure when you wash them and dry right away so they don’t rust. all you have to buy is the caps. Small mouth jars when opened and kept in the fridge a peanut butter lid fits nice and it is easier to open and close without the ring and lid.

I like to can with My can-can buddy. We harvest together and then can together and split our work it makes the time go faster and it is great to have help. My can-can buddy just moved back from a year away so I am thrilled.

Well some may say “I don’t have time to can” try freezing your fresh produce. You can use freezer bags or invest in containers that you can reuse. If you freeze your produce flat you can store more.

If we take the time now to look for the bargains while they are in stock we will be further ahead when they aren’t. I haven’t harvested anything out of my garden yet but it is just around the corner. I also wanted to tell you I am surprised the produce I get for free like apples, grapes, peaches and tomatoes. keep your ears open and you may find others that just can’t use all their produce and it is free for the picking.

If you aren’t able to find free, farmers and road side stand usually have great prices on the things we aren’t going in our garden and you are supporting our struggling farmers and the produce is fresher!

If you have tips let me know and I will share!

Have a blessed day!  Candy

Glidden Paint Giveaway June 25, 2009

The Glidden National Paint Giveaway
Starting June 25 – Paint The Date!

It’s as easy as it sounds: This summer, pick out your favorite paint color and we will send you a free quart. Then, start coloring your world. Check back here on June 25 for an order form and complete details.

Thank LeAnn

For those who live in the area you may want to take a look at this an weigh in. I think this cut will hurt more of us that are frugal then is realized.

  • Computers for job searches, Resume help- Times are tight and Lucas co has 14 % unemployment rate. We need that assistance getting us back to work.
  • Saving money-  movie rentals, Magazines and books
  • Gardening class to learn to provide food for our family.
  • entertainment for children and adults
  • Crafts, teaching children how to bank and recycle.
  • Meeting rooms
  • tax forms
  • reading clubs for adults and children
  • adult education all the way to babysitting courses

Please let Governor Strickland know how important the library is in your life.

Thanks to Kris for the heads up.