Wednesday, June 30, 2010

How not to coupon:

I really am an awful blogger arent I? I am not sure how some people find the time to think of, edit, and post every single night. I have been writing every single day but not always posting. (well up until this week)

What have I been doing? Well.... Couponing....

Believe it or not my dad got me started.... and although I refuse to be as crazy as he is, I think I am coming pretty close.

I have learned how not to do it:

You cant use register rewards on milk. Dont go to Walgreens and buy a bunch of stuff, roll RR, only to find you cant use it on milk. This wont make your hubby happy if he sends you to the store with $5, and you come home with 10 pairs of socks, 10 packages of chap stick, a $5 RR, and no milk

Dont go to Safeway at 11:00 pm and expect to be in and out. Dont checkout with the poor girl thats only been there 2 days, and is not sure what to do with coupons. You can scar her for her entire job career. Especially when you come back 2 nights later and do it again.

Dont clip every coupon. This takes a LOT of time. Better yet go here:
and let her do it for you!

Dont get distracted and read every blog there is out there, you could be online for hours

I have also learned how to start saving money while preserving my sanity. I think these are the most important things I have learned so far: (albeit random)

Every store has a different coupon policy
You can stack coupons
Printable or manufacturer clipped with in ad or store specific coupons
You can also stack coupons with ones preloaded to your Safeway card, etc
You can use them unexpectedly on both items when something is BOGO (Buy 1 get 1 Free)
You can use a BOGO coupon on a BOGO sale to get both items free

Don't be embarrassed. You are saving money! The 20 people behind you are just jealous that they aren't.

However with that said- Do be courteous, smile and apologize to the person behind you. (or look straight ahead and don't even check how many people are in line)
If the cashier is really struggling, don't argue. Simply tell them you decided against those products and come back later.

Whew! Without further aideu, here are my most recent transactions: It helps to research and print our deals, but these I did just by going and looking at the ad, and bringing my coupon organizer with me.

3 boxes of cereal, 2 bottles of salad dressing, 4 boxes of mac & cheese, granola bars, toilet paper (11.99 not that big of a sale but we needed it) cookie dough :), breadl, and two packages of lunch meat!
Total before coupons:
After coupons and club card:

Guess how much cash Will and I had together? $33!!!

Walgreens- I cant find the receipts.... but it consisted of multiple transactions and free socks, chapstick, and blistop. (one one of each)

Huggies Blue Jeans limited edition diapers
Nissan Souper Meal
Emerald Nuts 4.5 oz
Warm Delights
Lays snack chips
Wild cherry pepsi


After coupons and $10 ECB- $3.22

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


If I believed in hocus pocus, what would our chinese fortunes mean????
From top to bottom: Mine, Bentley's, Will's. The current year will bring you much happiness.
An unexpected windfall will be yours. Any doubts you may have will disappear early this month.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Nana's Story, Part 2

Let's see where did I leave off? hmmm. Oh yes I hadn't begun to pack yet....

Coffee. That's where I will start. Who can I call? It seems like I should be calling someone.... Stephanie.
"How are you? Where are you guys at?"

"Just crossing the Maine border, how are you holding up?"

"As to be expected I guess." "How did you get pac
ked? I can't seem to get motivated."

"Oh, Laura, it was so hard! I could barely move! I felt like I was stuck in sand! I have no idea if we have everything we need, and we probably have more than enough of some other things!"

"Well, the good thing is, we will see each other

Oh, God! If she is having a hard time, how much harder will it be with us going across the whole country! I need your help!

"Mom! What was you told me not to forget?

" Oh, I told you I have some of his pajamas here, along with a few bottles."

10 minutes later....
"Mom, what was it that I am forgetting?"

20 minutes later...
"Laura, did you remember bottles? I have some here."

And on it went ALL day long. actually the scatter brain ness still hasn't left completely.
I rechecked the suitcase when will got home from work and I had 5 white shirts and no skirts. That's what I had packed. Oh, and a couple dresses. I took all the jean skirts out because of weight. (Don't worry they fit in the carry on later) With less then 10 minutes to spare we got it all repacked.

We finally made it to the airport, and checked to see if our carry-ons were the right size.....

We had a bit of time to wait in the airport and so we were all a bit antsy. Especially after rushing around all day, it seemed weird to just sit there... It was pretty quiet, although there were announcements periodically to watch your stuff, and "the curb is for unloading passengers only. Violators will be ticketed and towed".

My mom leaned over to get something out of her carry on and I heard a beeping sound, which I thought might be unrelated and could be something placed under my chair.... Considering the fact that the attendant told us that there were 10 FBI agents in the airport- I was a little worried.
Beep. Beeep Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep.

What is that?

Finally we searched my mom's bag, she had taken the cordless phone with her!!! We all laughed so hard!

Bentley and will occupied there time running up and down the stairs. I decided to join them upstairs after a bit. There were Lego's and a view of the runway. I laid down and almost fell asleep when we saw the plane come in. We we excited! Yes this trip was going to be hard, but it was still a plane ride, right! I hadn't been excited until then. I dreaded the trip. And I told myself, she has held on for this long- maybe she will still be alive and we can go and see her off to home. Yes, I am going to think positive!

We ran downstairs and saw my parents sitting solemnly. My dad wasn't playing with his geek toy, my mom wasn't rummaging in her bag. Then I noticed the tears. I knew.

She was gone.


Thursday, June 17, 2010


This is exhausting.
All of it.

Mommyhood. Wifehood. Grief. FATHER'S DAY IS THIS SUNDAY!

But oh what a good tiredness! There is a peace that passes all understanding. And in all this busyness I know: I have a God.

By the way-
Hello there! I am not sure what all this is shaping up to be yet.
All I know is that the way I deal with tough stuff is to write.
One of the ways.
The other way is to laugh. A lot. But sometimes no one thinks thats funny.

So I have great aspirations. But I have had those before. At first I started this thinking that I would finish my story in just a few days if I worked straight, but I think I will mix it up a bit.
The writing of this story- whatever it turns out to be- is fitting because my Nana loved to write. She also loved to read my writings. She would say that this entire post is not grammatically correct. And she's right! So I can't stop thinking about her even as I write this.

So to mix it up: Bentley got his second hair cut.

And I got diapers for really cheap. Woot!
Rite Aid:
Buy 1 pack of Jumbo diapers- $8.99
use $3.00 off 1 coupon from
(gone, but they will put up more, theres some at that you can use anywhere)
Get a $2.00 single check rebate, and a $1 wellness reward

Buy 1 pack of pure and natural diapers- $8.99
use $2.50 off 1 coupon from
Get a $2.00 single check rebate, and a $1 wellness reward

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Nana's Story, Part 1

Mothers Day
No one knew what the next few days held in store for us. I think if anyone did we wouldn't have changed a thing anyways. Not knowing that the hardest days of our lives (and yes some of the best), were to come; we had a beautiful Mother's Day.
Laughter & Yummy Food:

Bentley woke me up running into the bedroom, jumping on the bed, and squealing about the balloons he had gotten me so he could play with them...
(what a far cry from last year!)
I got flowers and a massage, and realized at 9pm that it was too late to call my Nana. She would be in bed.

My desk phone rang as I was walking out the door for lunch.... I almost went back, but figured that those crazy customers could wait a few minutes. My cell phone rang, and I realized someone needed me.
".................taken to the hospital"
"What? Bentley has been taken to the hospital?"
"No! Nana has been taken to the hospital, she had a stroke."

Relief. She will be okay. It's Nana! But wait, hospital! She's never been in a hospital before! Will I see her again? How can I? There is no way we could fly across the country! Not now! Guilt. I shouldn't be so glad that it wasn't Bentley. Silly. It will be fine!

Ok, just get through work. Finish my lunch and get back to work. I was on the way to get an iced tea. How fitting! One of my greatest memories was sitting down having iced tea in those ribbed glasses.We would stop and have a glass of iced tea sometimes just because it was hot. Sometimes just because it tasted good, or went with a sandwich. And I just know that I was the only person in the world that mattered to her during that time we shared over tea.

Ok back to work. What are these papers doing on my desk? Why is my phone ringing?
"She's probably not going to make it."
Alright, we still have time. I shall leave work early and then I can be back for the rest of the week, so I can take next week off.

Rush. Rush. Rush. wait. Pray. Pray. Pray. Rush. Plane tickets are $1900 apiece! No way we can go today. Pray Pray PRAY. Then... just one more call. $250, one way, compassionate fares.

The whole family gets to go.

Sleep. 8 hours of the best sleep I would get for weeks.

Tuesday May 11th.
Everything is moving in slow motion. I have to get a family of 3 ready to go on a trip that I dont want to go on, to go to something I have never wanted to go to. I must pack warm clothes and cold clothes.... and furneral clothes. For a furneral that is not planned because the person hasn't died yet. And i should not believe will. I feel like I have a family of ten. Last time I planned this kind of trip, it took us 6 months to plan it out, and over a week to pack.

I have 6 hours.

To be continued...

Everything to Me

I grew up in Sunday School
I memorized the Golden rule
And how Jesus came to set the sinner free
I know the story inside out
I can tell you all about
The path that led Him up to Calvary
But ask me why He loves me
And I don't know what to say
But i'll never be the same
Because he changed my life when He became...

Everything to me
He's more than a story
more than words on a page of history
He's the air that I breath
The water I thirst for
And the ground beneath my feet
He's everything, everything to me

The words to this song are so powerful to me. Jesus is more than a story, more than words on a page of history.... Hes the air that I breathe, the water I thirst for....

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