Monthly Archives: November 2008

My CVS Grand Slam

I got myself some deals today!

Yesterday I stocked up on Duracell batteries at CVS. I got $15 ECB when I purchased $20 worth of batteries and I sweetened the deal with two .75 off manufacturers coupons. In the end, I got the batteries for $3.50. I also used $9.50 worth of other ECBS toward this purchase as I had a few other essentials to buy. Yes, chocolate is essential. I bought two bags of Hershey’s Bliss chocolates for 2/$6 and used a $2.50 off coupon.

As a bonus I also received a $10 off a $50 purchase coupon–my excitement for the day!

Today I went back (good thing CVS is on the way home from work!), and rolled my $15 ECB into an Olay purchase. I bought three Olay Regenerists products.

Regenerist 14 Day Intervention Kit – $29.99
Regenerist Night Creme – $20.99
Regenerist Cleanser – $7.99
Total: $58.97

I had coupons for each item–one for $5 off (requested this coupon from, and two from the Sunday inserts for $3 each. New total — $47.97.

I bought a few other things including the new Cover Girl mascara which got me a Cover Girl eye liner for free, plus I had a $1 off coupon for the mascara. Cost for both — $7.49 (the eyeliner shelf price was $4.09).

I also got a gallon of Viva milk for $3.49 and had a 50 cents off coupon for that.

Then I rolled my $15 ECB and used my $10 off the $50 purchase coupon.

I got $75.04 worth of stuff for $33.45! Even the register lady was impressed.

That’s not the end of my savings! I’m sending in for the $20 Olay rebate when you buy $50 worth of Olay products. Rebate form is available for download at Once I get the rebate I will have a final cost of $13.45!

Ideally I would have liked to have made my Olay purchases on sale, but I was out of moisturizer and cleanser. I couldn’t really wait at my age.

I’m 41 years old–yes, I NEED the 14 day intervention kit….I’ll let you know how it works….I expect to look 25 in two weeks.

Tomorrow I plan to go back and get the L’Oreal Age Perfect Pro-Calcium moisturizer for “mature, dull skin”. It’s free after ECBs, then I can roll the ECBs into something practical like toothbrush heads for our electric toothbrushes. Boring, but like chocolate, essential.



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Blog Challenge–Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe

I must confess we don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving and haven’t for most of our married life (19 years in January). DH’s job means he works every Thanksgiving Day and since I’m working for him as well this year, we’ll both be working. We’re going to make sure everyone else gets a nice Thanksgiving meal. This isn’t meant to get sympathy from all of you….it’s our life, and we (or rather, DH) chose it with his career. We’re really ok with it. Really. It’s just another day to our family, and for DH, all it means is that he has to work a lot. DH comes from a family of nurses, and someone has to care for the sick people in the hospitals on holidays, so this is nothing new to him. It did take me a few years to get used to it, though! Take heart, though, DH does get Christmas Day off every year. And since we gave up our paper routes in April, our whole family will have off our first Xmas Day in 4 years!

Even though I don’t have to slave over a hot stove making turkey on Thanksgiving, I do often make Pumpkin Bars during the cold weather months. Yummy and super easy to make….but not so great for the badonkadonk.

Pumpkin Bars

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cloves
4 beaten eggs
1 16 oz can pumpkin
1 cup cooking oil

Combine flour, sugar baking powder, cinnamon, soda, salt and cloves. Stir in eggs, pumpkin and cooking oil until thoroughly combined. Spread batter into an ungreased 15x10x1 inch pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes or till a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

3 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup softened butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Beat together cream cheese, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating well, until desired spreading consistency.

Or use canned cream cheese frosting to save time.


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Frugal Friday

I know it’s Saturday–better late than never!

My frugal find for this week is All You magazine.

All You magazine cover

All You magazine cover

It is full of coupons and it’s a magazine for real women. Those of you who know me know I’m far from being a Cosmo girl. Glamour doesn’t suit me either. I need real, practical tips on living life better….throw in a few coupons that will save me enough to cover the issue price and I’m happy. It runs about $2 which is a bargain in the magazine world, but is unfortunately generally only available at Walmart. I don’t like Walmart for many reasons, and I try to shop there as little as possible, but for the last few months I would bravely go in, fight the crowds, and wait in the long checkstand lines to get this magazine.

However, the other day I got a letter from Northwest Airlines with an offer to sell me magazine subscriptions that I can buy with my frequent flyer miles. All You was one of the choices, so I jumped at the chance to get a year’s subscription for the price of a few hundred miles. Good for me since I won’t be flying again anytime soon! No out of pocket cost and no more visits to Wallyworld! I sent that order form back ASAP and I anxiously await my next issue delivered to my door.

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Baylee had an endoscopy procedure today. Reflux is probably the most common problem with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, and Baylee seems to be one of the lucky ones. She takes Prevacid which seems to keep her symptoms under good control. She had her last endoscopy in August of 2007, and we usually don’t do another for 2 years. However, she’s been gagging lately and has even vomited with the gagging, so her GI specialist thought it would be a good idea to check if there was any damage even though we suspected it might be behavioral.

Her esophagus and stomach looked great, so that’s good news!

Figuring out why she’s gagging herself is another matter. I tend to think it’s stress related, though sometimes that stress seems to occur for her when she doesn’t get her way. Other times it seems to be related to routine disruption. She likes her routine and has a lot of anxiety when she’s in an unfamiliar situation.

In any case, back to the drawing board.

Baylee did great at the hospital, and except for a meltdown when it was time for her to go to the surgical room, she was a model patient.

Baylee is pigging out now and is a happy camper. She couldn’t eat after 6 pm last night, so she’s making up for lost meals now. She had a macaroni and cheese dinner at Hy-Vee for lunch….now she’s inhaling microwave burritos. She wants another one….off to appease my little piglet.


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Super Savings Saturday

Didn’t have time for a Frugal Friday post as I worked both jobs yesterday, but I have a rare day off today so I managed to take advantage of the CVS deals before the new ad breaks tomorrow.


2 Olay Quench lotions, ad price 2/$12. Buy two, get $5 ECB. $3 off manufacturer’s coupon when you buy two–total cost 2/$4.

2 Always Infinity boxes, ad price $4.99. $1 ECB on both for a total of $2 ECB. Two $2 off manufacturer’s coupons–total cost for both $3.98.

I also got my CVS ECB for my summer spending for $2.50, for a total of $9.50 ECB.

I plan to roll my ECB’s into some Olay facial products for which I have several coupons (including two $3 off coupons for a Regenerist product from a recent P&G insert). If I purchase $50 worth of Olay facial products, there’s also a $20 mail in rebate. I won’t know the total cost of the Olay products until I decide what I want to buy and what coupons I’ll use with them. You can find information about the Olay rebate at

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Special Exposure/Wordless Wednesday!

5 Minutes for Special Needs

Baylee & Colton

Halloween 2008: Baylee & Colton


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Sad day for America

Today is a sad day for America. America is dying.

Foremost, I am mourning the fact that there will not be an advocate for people with special needs in the White House. That saddens me the most.

Today we also mourn the death of the possibility to achieve the American Dream.

All the things that made America great–initiative, imagination, success, work ethic, independence–will now be punishable offenses. Sloth, laziness, and mediocrity will now be rewarded.

We have now officially become a nation of takers rather than givers. And also a nation of people who don’t truly understand or refuse to understand the impact socialism and Marxism will have on America.

A great man once said “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Now all Americans want is for their government to do for them and provide their every need.

Shameful. And sad.

Four years is a long time, but I am confident that Obama will do for the fiscally conservative Americans who still remain the same thing Jimmy Carter did for them in the early 80s. It’s too bad we’ll have to be punished for that long. I hope, for my family’s sake, that we can hold on that long to all we’ve worked so hard for.

I was reminded by a friend over on Facebook that we need to pray that Obama has a change of heart on many matters. I’ll also pray our congress members have the sense to know what is truly good for America and what isn’t.

I have accepted the fact that the next four years will be very difficult for our family and many others like us and have let the fear go. We won’t be alone–Obama’s plan to devastate the American economy will be far reaching and have a global impact. However, I learned from my parents who endured the Carter years and came though it just fine, though I think this time around it will be much worse. Dave and I also learned a lot about ourselves when we got up at 3 am, in any kind of Nebraska weather, for four years, two months and one week to deliver papers and provide for our family. I know what we’re made of. I know we can persevere. We will succeed in spite of what our government decides to do to our livelihood.

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