Friday, December 31, 2010

Some Highlights from 2010

This year was hard.  Harder than when we left everything we knew and moved 2000 miles away to Utah.  I would absolutely not like to relive this year again, BUT we had some big things happen and I learned alot.  We moved into a new house on base at the beginning of this year.  We found out we had orders to Dover AFB, Delaware.  Brennan turned 9 and we celebrated at Fat Cats in Ogden.  I saw many many doctors who still can't tell me exactly what is causing all the problems.  I met and got to know some amazing people who I pray stay in my life forever.  Jaxon was put in the hospital for a lot of tests due to his bathroom issues.  I pray that I never have to relive that again.  It was awful!  We found out our orders were cancelled.  Talk about an emotional roller coaster!
I turned 30!  It wasn't so bad. Brennan started 4th grade and it may be the death of me. :)  Sue came to visit in September.  We did some hiking (my first time ever).  Brennan started Cub Scouts as a Webelos.  We went to our first pack meeting and family camp with the scouts.  I didn't spend the night but Ian and Sue did.  They had quite the adventure with the sprinklers coming on right when they were going to bed.  Jaxon turned 4 and we celebrated at the Classic Fun Center with all of his little friends (and a few of mine:)). 
Ian had some major things going on at work that left us wondering where life was going to take us and how we were going to get there! I FINALLY got to finish the Believing God Bible study that I started and didn't get to finish back in 2005 because we moved to Utah.  I joined the military go group from our church and those ladies prayed me through the hardest part of the year.  I am truly grateful. 
Ian and I celebrated our 10th anniversary.  Well we didn't actually celebrate it because so much was going on but it was a milestone! God showed up so big this year in our family that I can't even begin to imagine how He worked it all out.  Ian has been diagnosed with complex sleep apnea and we are currently waiting to see how they are going to be able to treat him for two different types.  Especially when the one thing they were going to do helps one of the types and makes the other worse.  We are gonna be praying through this one too! :)

Some things I am so thankful for as we begin 2011 is my husband, Ian.  No matter how hard things got this year or no matter if we butted heads, he was there.  He worked hard and he showed me that our family is strong.  I love you honey!  My two boys!  I pray that they know how much I love them and how they are the reason I get out of bed every morning.   My church family.  You all walked in my life between 2006 and now and I love you guys more than words can say.  I am also thankful for my friends.  I wouldn't have gotten through 2010 without you.  And the most important thing that I am thankful for and that I learned, is how to truly trust God.  There were moments and days, perhaps even weeks, that I didn't know if I would make it.  But God showed up and held me up, telling me that it was okay to relinquish control because HE has this.  For the amazing grace that He shows me daily, I will continue to be in awe.  2010 wasn't the best year ever but it was a milestone year in so many aspects and for that I will praise my Father in heaven.

I pray that you have peace and know the love our Father has for each and every person this year.  Happy New Year!

Happy Moments; Praise God!
Difficult Moments; Seek God!
Quiet Moments; Worship God!
Painful Moments; Trust God!
Every Moment; Thank God!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hardly anyone ever reads this

But the one day I am on the edge of losing it, EVERYONE reads it.  What are the stinking odds of that?  Anyway, today I got to drive to the other end of the world, Eagle Mountain :) and visit with my friend Stephanie.  We had lunch at the cheesecake factory and then went to Lifeway.  I was able to get a copy of Elizabeth George's Loving God With All Your Mind and I've already started reading it.  I have a hard time keeping my thoughts from going down the dark path.  A few things that stuck out to me that she writes is:

* "I am fearfully and wonderfully made, no matter what I or others may think about me. (Psalm 139:14)" Let me tell how thankful I am for that reminder.  I am the first to beat myself to a pulp with things I do.  Then I beat myself to a bloody pulp with things other people tell me I am or did.  Eventually that has to stop.  I'm thinking now is the time. If God can forgive me, I should be able to also.

*"He has a grand plan :: and before anyone says it yes I know I said I'm sick of hearing this, but when God tells you, you kind of have to listen, right?:: and purpose for my life, no matter how the present may look (2 Timoth 1:9)."

*"He has given me spiritual gifts that I can use to benefit other believers, no matter how I may be floundering or failing at the moment (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)." Yep, this one speaks to me too. 

*And the one that left me in puddles today "I am always loved and accepted by God, no matter what I experience or who may reject me (Romans 8:35)"  I needed this word today. 

The other positive that happened today that can only be a "God thing" is that I recieved a very sweet note in the mail today that should have arrived last week.  It was exactly what I needed even this morning.  So very thankful for the friend who sent it.

You know my heart isn't hardened and I'm not selfish or ungrateful.  I promise anyone who reads this hear my heart on this.  I am hurting, I am angry.  But not from or at anyone but the Air Force right now.  If I vent on here please take it as just that.  My venting.  I can't promise that I will be all sunshine or rainbows.  I can't promise I wont be a complete and utter disaster.  But know that even when I am at my worst, when I am falling apart, and losing it... It has NOTHING to do with anyone else.  Someone close to me said that it sounded like what I was going through was grief.  And honestly it is.  I am paralyzed with fear at the future right now and I'm not perfect or a rock.  So far from it.  But I am honest with how I feel.  It's how I process and work through it.  Just be patient and don't walk away because even if it seems like I'm pushing you away what I might really be saying is hold me up, don't leave me. I promise I would do the same for you.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Things to NOT say to people going through crisis.

A few years ago when Jaxon was in the NICU there were things that people would say that I would think "are you a complete moron?" When my best friend Leanne had a stroke, I would watch people say things to her and her family that brought up those same feelings.  Last year some friends and I had a fun time posting on our blogs Things you should NEVER say to NICU parents.  Now I'm thinking that there are some things you should NEVER say to peope going through any type of hard time.  Right now my family is in "crisis mode" and I know people are well intentioned and they don't really know what to do or say.  That's okay.  But please look at this list of things and realize they might just drive me over the edge if ONE more person says something like this to me.

1.  Do NOT tell me that God has a plan for me.  I Love my Jesus.  I know what He has done for me.  I know my scriptures and right now Jeremiah 29:11 is one I hold dear.  So please know that I KNOW God has a plan for me and my family.  But having 90 people tell me that does NOT make it better. It does not make the decisions we have to make any easier. 

2.  Please do not ask me how I am doing and expect me to give you the answer you want to hear.  Right now it just isn't going to happen.  Right now if you ask me how I'm doing then be prepared that I could be okay at that moment, angry and I could yell at you, or most likely I was fall apart right there in front of you.  So if this is something you can't handle then I suggest you don't ask. 

3. Do not be a part time friend.  I need love and support right now.  Not someone who only wants to come around for information about whats going on.  Do not facebook me and five seconds later go off line.  Just because you asked how I'm doing doesn't make you a good friend.  A good friend sits with you and listens, understands that you are struggling and aren't at your best right now.  A good friend is okay if all you can do is lay on their bed and cry, or get angry and not say nice things at that moment.  Because they know that it isn't directed at them.  It has NOTHING to do with them. 

4. If you have a similar experience as me or something else someone is going through.  Share your story.  But don't think you understand what I am going through because you sort of had a situation like that.  Just because your baby is in the NICU doesn't mean they almost died!  Just because you had a sick baby, doesn't mean you understand a child with Cerebal Palsy or even worse a baby that has gone home to be with the Lord.  Just because you have a headache, does NOT mean you know what it's like to have a MAJOR stroke and almost die.  Just because you are military doesn't mean you know what MY family is going through right now.  (Yes, some of these things are things that my friends are dealing with or have dealt with and it applies to all of them.)

5. Please do not say let me know if there is anything you need or that I can do and then when I actually ask for something completely ignore me. If you aren't willing to really stand up to that DON'T SAY IT!

6. Things you ABSOLUTELY can do:  PRAY for me and my family.  Hug me when you see me.  It's okay if you don't know what to say, just show that you care. Do call me and say hey lets have a starbucks, or play a game of yahtzee.  Do send me a text that says thinking and/or praying for you.  Do ask if there is anything you can do to relieve the burden.  Even if there isn't, it's nice that you ask. But be prepared to follow through if I say yes.

I'm sure there are other things that should or shouldn't be done but these are the ones that are particularly on my heart right now.  I know that there are good intentions and people don't know what to say in some situations but know thats okay. Just being there, really being there, does more than words ever could! 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

You Know When You Feel Like Your World Has Been Rocked....

God doesn't promise that life as a follower of Jesus will bring all sunshine and rainbows.  He tells us that there will be struggles, trials, and times that you all you can do is keep going, keeping your eyes on Him.  Oh yes my friends, that is where life is right now for us.  I don't know whats worse honestly... Knowing that things are not going your way or the waiting and not knowing what is going to happen with your life.  Knowing that it is all out of your control makes you feel like the entire world is out of control.  Today our Pastor taught on staying in the Word and he mentioned a story about a girl in a prison camp and how she wrote on the wall with a rock in the cell.  I've heard the words in bits and pieces before but never read the entire passage of scripture but today... Oh today that Scripture was like water to my broken heart!

The LORD is my light and my salvation—

whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When evil men advance against me
to devour my flesh, [a]
when my enemies and my foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then will I be confident.
4 One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the LORD.
7 Hear my voice when I call, O LORD;
be merciful to me and answer me.
8 My heart says of you, "Seek his [b] face!"
Your face, LORD, I will seek.
9 Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,

O God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
the LORD will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, O LORD;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
breathing out violence.
13 I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD

in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD.
Psalm 27

Oh Praise God!  Thank you that you know that I am weary, scared, and impatient.  Thank you for speaking straight to my heart today.  You always know exactly what I need, when I need it. 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

There are days....

that I wonder what Gods plan is for me.  I struggle so much with this especially when the depression seems to want to swallow me up.  I feel as if life has taken one turn after another and I just can't understand it sometimes.  In February we found out we had orders to Dover AFB, Delaware.  Two weeks ago we found out they were cancelled.  We are staying in Utah for at least another year.  Of course there are many emotions that go with that.  One being disappointment because I had worked myself up to being excited about going to a new place, I'd already started making new friends, and because I would be closer to home.  The other emotion is excitment because Utah has become home for us for the last 5 years and I have a whole life here that I was sad to leave.  But with that said it's hard because I'd already resigned myself to leaving here and I'd begun to say goodbye to my life here.  I'd even felt that God had been working to help me let go of my attachments here.  But then we got the news that we were staying and now I'm feeling a little like where do I belong?  We were moving and I think people were sad we were leaving but their lives were going on whether I was here or not, so they kept right on living.  Now we aren't moving and I wonder if the place I'd carved out for myself here isn't there anymore.  It's something I've been asking God to show me but so far I haven't gotten a clear answer.  I'm praying He will show me that there is a plan in even this and where I fit in. 

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Our New House and other craziness!

So in my last blog I said that life had been insane.  Well one of the reasons why is that Boyer Hill FINALLY got our new house done and we had been in the process of packing and moving.  We officially moved into our new home on Hill AFB on Monday, March 22nd.  This is a picture of the front of the house.  It's an amazing house and to me it's huge.  My stuff is all in it and I keep thinking did we lose stuff?  Anway, these pictures were taken before we moved in.  The day Ian signed the lease (or rather a few days later) we were able to do a walk through. 
Ian openening the front door

View from the front door to the back of the house down the hallway!

Our living room (right inside the front door)

half bath downstairs.  but OH MAN I don't want to clean 3 toilets!

View of the kitchen from the dinning room

If you have seen previous posts in the last few months you'll know that I've been couponing and starting a stockpile.  (And no it's not because I think the world is ending and I need to store food or whatever.  The world ends so be it!  I'll see My Glorious Father in Heaven) I'm stockpiling because I'm getting things so cheap with coupons that I'm stocking up so I don't have to pay full price!  So this picture is my most favorite thing in the house!  MY PANTRY!!!

Laundry room :)

pic is kind of dark but it's in the back of the house where the dinning room is! :)

 Ian's favorite thing about the house!  The 2 car garage!


Hallway and the entrance to the boys bathroom and Jaxon's room

Linen Closet

My bathroom

Same bathroom just a little farther in!

Ian and my bedroom.  The best part of this room?  Our two huge walk in closets!  Yep we have his and hers! 

So that's the view of the house empty.  I'll probably post more pics later after I take some now we are moved in.  The bad part of moving into this house?  The fact that we only get to live in it for 4 months!  Yep that's right.  After 5 years Ian got orders!  To Deleware!  Crazy right?  So we will be leaving Utah on August 2nd and moving back to the East Coast.  Dover is exactly 10 hours from both of our families so I have a feeling we are going to be getting more visits once we get there! 
So that's part of our craziness here in Utah.  Now you know why I've been awol lately! 

Brennan's 9th Birthday

Ok so I know I'm like a month and a half behind on this but seriously my life has been INSANE lately.  I mean one can only wonder how a person can keep their head above water with so much going on.  Brennan had school on his birthday and that same day was his Valentines Party.  So I went in and helped out with the class party and took cupcakes in.  He was so excited and a little silly.  All of these kids were hopped up on sugar though.  It was crazy!  :)

Brennan at his desk doing his Valentine Craft.  He didn't look so thrilled at this point! lol


Brennan and some of his classmates!

But I managed to throw together a small party at Fat Cats for Brennan and he had a blast!  For those that don't know, Fat Cats is a type of fun center where you can bowl, bumper cars, mini golf, play video games, eat, and hang out. 
Brennan and some of his "buds" Jake, Stephen, and our other Jake! They were eating pizza and bowling!  :)
Brennan opening some presents.  Jaxon looked pretty excited about them too!

Brennan's birthday cake!  How cool is this cake.  Seriously!  My friend Christie made this for him. The ramp is cake too!  The dirt road is made of brown sugar and it was DELICIOUS!!!

up close of the ramp! 

Brennan and his friends!  These kids are some of the best friends I could ever ask for my boy!
And Jaxon.  He was right there in the middle of it all.  Having a blast!  He looks up to his big brother so much!

All in all I think the party was a huge success (we had a few minor set backs with the location but the manager fixed it and gave the kids all out passes to do bumper cars and golfing for free).  It was great company, good food, and lots of fun!  This will be the last birthday Brennan has in Utah so I'm glad that we were able to make it one he will remember for a long time! 

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Savvy Sister Shops

One of my new favorite blogs is based right here in Utah called Savvy Sister Shops.  It's written by Heather and a funny thing happened with us.  I found out about her blog a few months ago and a day or two later I was in the store and this lady approached me and asked me about using coupons.  Lo and behold it was Heather!  So that's how we met!  And since then I've read her book Savvy Shopper 101 (I won it through a giveaway contest!) and found that it was a fabulous read.  It was incredibly easy to understand and is more that just a how to book.  I refer to her book often when I have questions and when I can't figure it out I just send her a comment on her blog and she tries to answer it for me.  Just yesterday I got to spend a few minutes with her and realized even further how generous she is and how much she wants people to truly get the most for their money.  Getting deals is so exciting and when you come home with a trunk full of groceries and have spend half of what you have normally spend and then the next time a third of that you realize that couponing isn't something you can afford not to do.  Check it out.  Even if you are curious!  If nothing else, she posts some great recipe's on there too from all the great sales she gets.  There is something for everyone! :)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

What's in the box?

Today Pastor Roy (at my church WHC) preached on Solomon's journey in Ecclesiastes and his quest for the meaning of life. Essentially saying that eventually we all ask "What is the purpose of life?" He asked us to draw a box at the top of the page and leave it there until the end of the sermon. He went on to say that Solomon tried things such as searching for wisdom, pleasure, and success but realized that those weren't what he was searching for. So essentially the question was this: what are we searching for? What do we think our meaning or purpose is? He went on to say that given being in church the standard answer will probably be Jesus but that isn't what most people truly go after. He went on to give examples of things such as money, sexual pleasure, fame... Saying that those things would be in someone's "box" their meaning or quest for life. I've spent all day thinking about this message and this week God has been tugging at my heart something fierce and I'm still not 100 percent sure what it is He is trying to get me to see but I KNOW that has something to do with this. After I got out of childcare tonight I spent some time talking with my friend Brenda about this. She is a wealth of knowledge and I generally go to her with my questions and things. She simply said to me she couldn't tell me what God was trying to show me but that I needed to ask him to clearly show me what it was. We talked for a while more and she went into evening service and I went home. As I was driving down 89 thinking about our conversation and praying for God to show me, He brought a situation that happened this week to my heart and I said God what is that I am missing? What's in my box? ACCEPTANCE!!! That is what He showed me tonight. I fight so hard for acceptance from so many different sources and the thing is I never feel I TRULY get it. All the negative things about myself play in my head whenever I feel slighted or think about being accepted or in my mind rejected. In my world the two go hand in hand. Two pieces of the same puzzle. Why do I fight for it? Why do I seek it? Why do I never feel good enough or loved enough? I honestly don't have the answer to those questions but I know in my HEAD that I am accepted... that I am good enough... loved... by God. And that is all that matters right? So why can't I get my head and my heart to connect and really ACCEPT God's ACCEPTANCE? I think this is something I'm going to be praying about for a while. Laying it down at the cross daily. Because that's what's in MY box and I'm so tired of MY box!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Trip to Family Fresh Foods

My trip to Family Fresh Foods was A+!   Absolutely fantastic.  I really didn't get to stay as long as I'd like since I had to pick up my son from school but I'm definitely going back there as soon as I can.  It is so clean and the people that work there are so friendly.  Jaxon, my 3 year old, started throwing a fit and the manager came over and talked to him and took him to get an ice cream cone for free!  Jaxon was happy as a clam after that!!  That right there made my day!  I also ran right smack dab into Heather from Savvy Sister Shops!  It took me a minute to realize that I was actually talking to her and meeting someone from my cyber world but it was pretty cool.  She came up and said " I see you are using coupons.  I have a blog..." and handed me her card.  I looked at it and said to her "actually I already read your blog!  That's how I found out about the store to begin with!  So thanks!"  So Heather I hope we "run" into each other again soon! :)

Here's what I got:
10 boxes of Hamburger Helper .88 (price matched from Macey's)  Final Price: FREE
3 Carefree Panty Liners 1.34  Final Price: FREE
2 Jif Peanut Butter 1.97 Final Price: 1.64 ea
1 Smuckers Grape Jelly 2.59
2 Chinet Plates 2.99 Final Price: $.99 ea
2 Kotex panty liners 1.29 Final Price: FREE
1 Fast Fixin Popcorn Poppers 4.99 (it's in the freezer ) Final Price: 2.99
(earlier in the day I ran to Target and grabbed 4 Johnson Buddies .97 each $1/1 had 4 coupons so I got them all FREE!)
So back to FFF!
Total : 32.90
Vendor Coupons Used: $9.19
Double Coupons Courtesy of FFF: $7.90
Total OOP: $12.31

Totally love this store and will definitely be making a trip there again soon.  I didn't get a few things on my list that I had wanted to get today so I may be going tomorrow! :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What do Krispy Kreme and Valentines have in common?

Well, apparently alot!  I just read at Saving with Amy's that Krispy Kreme is offering this hot Valentines Day offer.  Order a dozen donuts and receive 12 FREE Valentines Day Cards!  These aren't just any old Valentines Day cards either, they have a coupon for a FREE donut! 
You can click here to see if your location is participating.  As for Layton, ours is!  :0) Enjoy!

Heads Up Ogden/Layton Friends

Ok so I was reading my favorite blogs today and that lead me to another great blog Savvy Sister Shops and she posted about Family Fresh Foods.  It's a locally owned store that opened up in Ogden just a few months ago.  I've never personally shopped there but have driven by it many times.  It's by Ogden Regional Hospital.  The address is 5167 S Adams Avenue.  Anyway, she was simply RAVING about this store and here's why... Not only do they have great prices and price match... But they double your coupons up to a $1!!  Yep that's right.  I believe I will be making a trip up there tonight when Ian gets home from work instead of to the commissary.  I'll let you know how I do!  :) I'm so excited I can't wait!  Thanks for the info, Heather!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Quick Dollar General and Macey's Run 1/18/10 and Coupon Etiquette

So I ran to Dollar General today to grab electrasol with my $2.50 off coupons.  I had 4 so I got 4 boxes and paid just .50 cents a box!  Love it!! 

Then, I ran to Macey's because they had a few things on sale that I really wanted.  Now granted this is the first time I've ever been to Macey's but it was clean, friendly, and the prices really weren't bad at all.  Since I've been reading blogs and paying attention to the ads and deals that have been coming I've paid more attention to whats been on sale at other stores I don't generally go to.  Boy am I glad I did.  Macey's is part of the Associated Food Stores so they had in ad coupons that I could use with coupons I already had.  Plus this week in the ad they had a $3.00 MFG coupon for Quaker products when you buy 5.  How can you possibly beat that? 

So here is what I got a Macey's:
4 - 24 pks pure life water 2.98 each
4 - boxes Kellogs cereal 1.99 each
2 - chinet plates 2.99 each
3 - Sunbelt granola bars 3/$5
5 - boxes Quaker Oatmeal 1.78 each
2 - Pillsbury Toaster Strudel 2.00 each
3 - Malt o Meal Mini Spooners Cereal bags .89 each

Total = 46.43
-1.00/2 pure life
-1.00/2 pure life
-1.00/2 kellogs
-1.00/2 kellogs
-2.00 chinet
-2.00 chinet
-3.00 quaker
-1.50 in ad
-1.00 toaster strudel
-.55 toaster strudel
-B1G1 Sunbelt 1.66

total oop= 34.10

Oh and while I was in Dollar General I realized they had a packet of coupons that were sitting there.  One page was mfg and one page DG.  So I grabbed 2 and paid for my purchases and left.  Then I went to Macey's and used my coupons in my ad and walking out there were extra ads sitting there.  This got me to thinking about those types of things and what is the appropriate etiquette in taking your share?  You come by those ads, coupons, peelies, coupons on shelves... so how do you know exactly what is okay?  What are your thoughts on this subject?  I'd love to know!  Thanks!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

My Deals for the Week of 1/16/10!! (Complete with Pictures!!!)

Ok So I told you in my last post that I was going to be doing everything in my power to save some money. So I've done some research and am desperately trying to learn the Drugstore Game. If you don't know what that is, there is a FABULOUS explanation from Cheif Family Officer's Blog! I am still learning myself and her blog has been a valuable learning tool. The other way to learn I guess is trial and error. I'm hoping that don't do a whole lot of the error stuff because I'd really like to make a dent in that debt!

So these last two weeks I've worked furiously at getting my coupon's organized. I've finally decided on the coupon binder. I found the baseball card pages and got a binder that was laying around and went to work! My coupon is stash is well beyond what I even imagined it could be and it was becoming cumbersome in the tiny coupon organizer. I have felt a little strange today going into stores with a huge binder but let me tell you it's been SUCH a breeze! So much better than going through EVERY coupon I had every time I went to a store. Now I just flip the pages and ta-da, there it is!

Anyway on to my trips tonight. Ian took the boys out to the movies and I headed out to Old Navy, Target, and two different Walgreens. I'll get to that in a minute!

Old Navy is having their annual clearance sale and they have marked everything an additional 50% off.  Plus I got the online coupon for 10% off my entire purchase.  So This is what I spent:

Lace Cami 3.99
-50% 2.99
-10% .20 = 1.79
Tee 4.99
-50% 2.50
 -10% .25 =2.24
Tee 4.49
 - 50% 2/25
-10 %   .22 = 2.02
Tee 2.99
-50% 1.50
-10 % .15 = 1.34
 Grand Total = $7.39

Not too bad especially when it's clothes shopping for me!  :)

Ok this is Walgreen's trip number 1. Now I'm still pretty new to this whole drug store game thing so bear with me! So I did 3 transactions.
#1  Thermacare Heat Wrap
$2.49 on sale
-1.00 MFC
Final Cost= 1.49 plus $2.49 RR
so that's a $1.00 MONEY MAKER if I'm not mistaken!

#2 Same as #1
So I just made $2.00 and got two heat wraps... not too shabby right?

#3 Bic Soliel Disposable Razor
     Bic Comfort  Disposable Razor
2/$10 on Sale
-$3 coupon January Wags coupon book
-$2.50 RR
M&M filler
Final Cost= $.68 OOP

Wags trip #2.  Now this trip was a little difficult.  I got to the store got my items and had the cashier tell me that I could not do separate transactions and roll my RR's.  Needless to say, I walked away for a minute and thought about it and decided to leave the store.  This is the last night for these particular sales and register rewards so it was a little frustrating.  I decided to drive down to another store and see if they had what I needed but they were closed.  So I got a blizzard from Dairy Queen and drove back :) and spoke with the cashier again and asked to speak to the manager about the policy since I know so many of my fellow bloggers have said that there is no official written policy.  At that she decided that I could in fact do separate transactions.  What do you know?  So here is what I got and how it went down. 

Transaction #1
Kotex Tampons 18 pack
3/$9 on sale
-1.50 MFC
-3.00 RR
Final Cost= $5.08 plus $4 RR back

Transaction #2
Neosporin Lip Ointments
2/$8 on sale
-3.00 printable coupon
-2.50 RR
Final Price= $3.05 with $3 RR back

Transaction #3
Colgate Max Fresh Tooth Paste
$2.99 on sale
Kleenex (3 boxes)
$1.39 a box
-$1.00 MFC
-$.50 MFC
-$3.00 RR
Final Cost= 3.13 with $2 RR back
(and typing this I just realized she didn't scan the ad coupon for the kleenex which was supposed to be .79 a box and I didn't even realize it!:( )

Transaction #4
Colgate Max Fresh
Final Cost= 1.99 with $2.00 RR back

Same as #4
I didn't roll the RR's on these because it was almost 11 pm and I was getting tired LOL.  But technically I got 3 tubes of FREE tooth paste!!! How's that for a trip!  :)

This is from my trip to Rite Aid.  This was done after my Old Navy trip and before my first Wags trip.  :)
So here is what I got.  All in one transaction!
1 pack Huggies Pull Ups
8.99 On Sale
1 pack Huggies Pull Ups
8.99 on sale
Oxi Clean
Nivea Lip Balm
Nivea Lip Balm
GE 2 pack bulbs
2.00 on sale
-$2 pull ups printable
-$2 pull ups printable
-B1G1 Nivea 2.99
-1 ad perk pull ups
-$2 ad perk oxi clean
-1.50 ge bulbs
-$5/$20 rite aid
Final Cost =$16.24

Plus Rite Aid has Single Check Rebates too! 
Huggies SCR $1.00
GE Bulbs SCR $2.00
and I got 5 Game of Life game pieces!  I think I did pretty good tonight.  If you have any comments on how I can tweak my DSG playing I'd love to hear them!  Thanks!  :)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Denting the Debt in 2010 and Other Things On My Mind

2010 is here! That means that this year marks several milestones in my life.
1) Ian and I are celebrating our 10 year anniversary this year!
2)Brennan is going to be 9 this year and Jaxon will be 4!
3) We will have been in Utah 5 years this June.
4)It has been 1 year since I fully and completely gave my whole life to Christ (including my will I fought that one for many many years!

I also realized that I actually kept my very first New Years Resolution! Christmas time 2008 I decided that I would make the commitment to be in church every Sunday given there were no communicable illnesses in our family! On the first Sunday of January, I was sitting next to my friend Brenda in church and one of our pastors was preaching on "A New Year's Resolution You Can Keep" and I leaned over and said I actually kept my resolution this year and God met me where I was and brought me here! She and I slapped high 5s and continued listening to the sermon. This year has not been an easy one and there were many many days that I didn't want to get out of bed let alone go to church or any where else for that matter, but God is so faithful. He met me right there in my bedroom every morning and got me out of bed and facing the day. My faith and my relationship has grown abundantly over the last year and I can clearly see that. Without that I don't think I would have gotten through those spinal taps or the craziness of my childrens heart stopping stunts.

I've thought long and hard about what I want to "resolve" to do in 2010 and I've come to the conclusion that I'd really like to make some headway getting out of debt. Now granted I did not get here by myself. I prayed about this hard and once again God has met me right where I am. He has given me a wonderful job (and no it's not dental assisting at the moment! I know shock right!) where I can take Jaxon or even Brennan with me every day. It's been a huge blessing. He also provided an answer to prayer~ Ian's Tech Stripes. Which if you are military you all know that's a substantial raise. Another thing God has provided is coupons and the wonderful blogging world of women who are teaching me how to stretch our families dollars so far that I know that we are going to dent the debt. These ladies have no idea the impact they have on me or my family because they have not a clue who I am but I thank God for them and the time they take to help us find the best deals for our families. Ian is so impressed with the "savings" on our groceries this month that he texted his friends to tell them about my deals. I was pretty excited that he did that. So I'm going to try to begin posting the steals and deals I get on my shopping trips and helping anyone I know along the way. I want to pass the blessings on to other people too. I feel it's one way I can personally praise and woship such an amazing and providing God!

So what are you planning to do in 2010? I'd love to know!

PS I'm going to be adding buttons for the blogs that I get the deals, couponing info from. They are great resources! :)