Monday, April 22, 2013

Charming Charlie's

BFF and I were with our hubby's waiting for a table at CHAMPS restaurant.  We decided to go across the street to the cutest little shop E.V.E.R! Charming Charlies.  Ever hear of it?  It's like a grown up Claire's.

What I liked about it, was the color organization. My OCD self was jumping up and down at how clever the designer was.  Each section was divided by colors.  If you wanted an orange purse, shoes, earrings, clothes, etc. you would go to the orange section.  How easy is that??

Of course I immediately gravitated to the purple section.  These are some of my favorite finds!

And here is some more…

I had a BLAST at this store!
When I go back I may even check out a different color than purple.


Monday, April 15, 2013

Extreme Couponing

I'm sure you are familiar with the term "Extreme Couponing".  It's all over the internet and now there are a few TV shows on TLC dedicated to it.  Extreme couponing is an attempt to save as much money as possible while accumulating the most groceries.

My son, Brandon is addicted to these Extreme Couponing shows and has decided that we need to try it.
For the last week he has been printing out on-line coupons and helped me clip coupons from the Sunday newspaper.  Then he compared them to the grocery store circulars to see where he could find the best deals.

We ended up going to four stores that are relatively close to one another.
After each purchase, Brandon checked his list to make sure the sales price and coupon price was deducted correctly from the receipt.
First stop was Target.  We purchased 2 Tide laundry detergents.  Target had them on sale for $11.99 each.  We had a Target coupon and manufacture coupon for at total of $3.00.  In addition, Target was giving a $5.00 gift card promotion when purchasing these items.  
Original pre-sale cost: $25.98
 Our cost: $15.98
Saving of $10.00
Next stop was Petco.
We purchased 4 bags of Natural Choice cat food. (one 15.5lb, one 7lb. and two 3.5lb.)
The 15.5lb bag was originally $35.49 but they had it on clearance for $17.00.
The 7lb. bag was originally $22.99 and it was on clearance for $16.09.
The two 3.5lb bags were not on sale and cost $11.99 each.
Petco was having a promotion for $3.00 off Natural Choice cat food.
I also had four $2.00 coupons.
To top it off I had a $5.00 Pet-pal rewards coupon.
Original pre-sale cost: $82.46
Our cost: $41.07
Savings of $41.39
Weis Supermarket was having a sale on Zest Body Wash, Gain scent booster and Era laundry detergent.
Zest Body Wash original price $2.89. 
Gain Scent Booster original price $6.69.
Era laundry detergent original price $4.39
After coupons we ended up paying $1.00 for each Zest Body Wash!
Original pre-sale cost $33.72
Our cost $16.92
Savings of $16.80
Giant Supermarket is where we bought the most.
Pepsi, Cheerios, Red Baron Pizza, Campbells soups, Lysol wipes, and a few other things.
Original pre-sale cost $83.56
Our cost $56.93
Savings of $26.63
 Total Original pre-sale cost $225.72
Total cost we paid $130.90
Savings of $94.82

Please note: I only purchased items that I use and we had coupons for.

We didn't do as well as those folks on the TV shows.  I can't figure out how they can get an entire grocery cart full of food for only a few dollars.  

I am not complaining though.  Saving almost $95.00 is making me very happy!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Easter Celebration

The traditional egg hunt is a big day for my nieces and nephew.  My boys no longer hunt for eggs, but they do help their cousins out by pointing where the obvious spots the Easter Bunny has left an egg. Afterwards Miss M, Little M and Mr. T dived into their baskets to open the gifts from the Easter Bunny.
The Easter Bunny also left baskets for the 'older' boys.  Candy and money is a big hit. 
Way to go Easter Bunny!!
Next we dyed eggs.  They turned out so pretty!
By the end of the day Mr. T was all tuckered out. 
Once again, I tried getting my boys to smile for pictures.
They think getting a group photo is torture (and I secretly love every minute of it!).
 Zachary refused to take off his hoodie….
 Ahren thinks his green army jacket is the best thing ever...
and Brandon thinks he is 'hot'.
Three generations of the Miller Clan.