Last year, when my blog was only about 6 months old, I read about the “Ultimate Blog Party” (sponsored by 5minutesformom.com) and decided to join the fun…..and fun it was!
Thanks for stopping by my blog! Here’s a little bit about me and what you’ll find on my blog:
Who am I?
I’m a wife, mom, educator, and “extreme couponer” among other things. My husband and I have been married for almost 8 years now (we’ll hit that “milestone” in June) and we have a beautiful daughter who will be 6 next month and a super cute son who will be 3 tomorrow. I have worked in education for 11 years now and I love it because it gives me a chance to make a difference in the life of children. Around the time my daughter was born, I quickly realized that having a baby really does change everything and one of the big changes was the expense! I started reading message boards and using coupons here and there to save money. At that time, I thought I was doing pretty good. Somewhere along the way, I discovered “extreme couponing” and now I love to see how much bang I can get for my buck. I also learned to play the “drug store game” (shopping at CVS and Walgreens) and so now I get most of my health and beauty items for free or close to free. Our family grocery budget is $40 per week and we’ve been living on that since January 1, 2009. If you read my Menu Planning Monday posts, you’ll see that we’re not starving and we’re actually eating some really yummy things.
About my blog
I started my blog about 18 months ago as a way to share my deals with my friends and family. It has grown along the way and I enjoy being able to help others learn to save money! Here are the weekly posts you’ll find on my blog:
Scenario Sunday ~ Scenarios for your favorite stores like CVS, Walgreens, and Target (I also add match-ups for Publix and Kroger on Wednesdays when those ads come out)
Menu Planning Monday ~ My weekly menu plans including recipes and Weight Watchers points
Tip of the Day Tuesday ~ Tips about couponing and other money saving tips and ideas
Website of the Week Wednesday ~ This is a new feature. I’ll be highlighting a new money-saving website every week!
Thrifty Thursday ~ This is one of my favorite weekly posts. I share “thrifty” ideas and I have a link-up for other bloggers to share their thrifty tips. I have gotten some great ideas from other people’s posts!
Freebie Friday ~ Links to great freebies plus free weekend fun for your family!
I’m also a big fan of the Dave Ramsey plan. My husband and I took the Financial Peace University class a year ago and it has changed our lives. Sometimes I share our experiences with that program. My goal this year is to have a 100% cash Christmas and so I’ll be sharing my tips and progress along the way if you want to join me!
If you’re new to couponing and not really convinced yet that it really can make a difference, you might want to check out my “What I’m Willing to Pay for Things” post!
There are lots of great prizes this week during the UPB. Here are a few I’d like to win:
#5: Baking Magic for Kids – mini cupcake kit for two winners – I know my daughter would LOVE this!
#27: Collected Recipes Cookbook binder
#31: $20 Amazon gift certificate
$32: $25 Target gift card
#37: $20 Visa gift card
#39: Be My Guest Certificate (2 nights tay for a family of 4 at any Hilton Garden Inn)
#52: $25 Amazon gift card
#55: $20 Amazon gift card
#61: $25 TRU e-gift certificate
#70: $25 Kroger gift certificate
#73: $30 Amazon gift cards (2)
#87: $30 Amazon gift certificate (2)
#88: $25 Amazon gift certificate
#100: $25 Wachovia gift card
#105: Get Fit pack
#106: Letter of the Week preschool curriculum (2)
#107: $25 Target gift card
I’d also love to win a custom blog design! (there are several that are being given away this week)
Thanks again for stopping by!