Saturday, November 27, 2010

Triple Coupons Week Three

Pamida had one more week of triple coupons on Sun/Mon Nov. 21-22. I picked up Jackson, who had spent the day with my sister Melisa and her family in Duluth, and we did a little bargain shopping.
I saved 91% on my triple coupon items. I bought yarn and drinking glasses on sale without a coupon. The following items were a great deal after triple coupons (price after coupons):
Angel Soft toilet paper--$2.97
Jello No Bake cheesecake--$0.50 each
Butter Kernal canned veggies--$0.13 each
Reach toothbrushes--$0.29 each
The following items were free after triple coupons:
20 oz. Coke and king size Reese's
Ziploc containers
Kiwi shoelaces
Colgate toothpaste
Price for all before triple coupons (not including yarn or glasses): $40.89
Price after triple coupons: $3.68

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

More Pamida Triple Coupons

Pamida had a second week of triple coupons on Sunday and Monday. I was going grocery shopping on Monday anyway, so Ollie and Remy went with me to Pamida to see what deals we could find. The following items would have been $16.60 without coupons and were $1.86 after coupons, a savings of 89%:

(Price is after triple coupons)
Hall's Refresh--$0.04 each
Tic Tacs--$0.75 overage
Cover Girl eye shadow--$0.49
Cappuccino mix--$1.85

Pamida is having one more Sunday/Monday of triple coupons coming up on November 21/22.

Super Heroes

Remy's latest obsession is super heroes, like Captain America, Spiderman, Batman and Incredible Hulk (known as "Green Death"). They even watched us make applesauce the other day.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Pamida Triple Coupons

Pamida is offering triple coupons for Sunday and Monday, November 7 and 8. Here are the deals I found:My total for all the items above, before the cashier started ringing in my coupons, was just over $100. When all coupons had been entered, my total was $28.67. I bought a glass 9 x 13 pan ($4.98) and bread pan ($1.98) since mine had broken. I also bought Raina and Remy (who were shopping with me) some stickers for a total of $2.97. I saved about 82%.

These items were good deals (price listed is after triple coupons):

Sunsweet Prunes--$0.89
Arm & Hammer laundry detergent--$1.50
Windex wipes--$0.49
Pledge wipes--$1.79 (Barry likes these for cleaning his computer equipment)
Reach toothbrushes--$0.29 each
Arm & Hammer toothpaste--$1.49 (I looked at the wrong item/price--I wouldn't have bought this)
Cover Girl eye shadows--$0.29 each

These items were free/almost free or gave overage:

Garnier Fructis shampoo--FREE
Quaker Oats--$0.21 over
Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid containers--$0.21 over for each
Crest toothpaste--$0.50 over for each
Oral B toothbrushes--$0.25 each
Kiwi shoelaces--$1.71 over
Duracell batteries--FREE

Pumpkin Time

We declared the Friday before Halloween to be Pumpkin Day. We started the day off with pumpkin pancakes, using chocolate chips for the faces.

Then we went to pick out our pumpkins. Barry and the kids picked out six BIG pumpkins this year.

We made pumpkin dump cake.
Everyone helped clean the guts out of their pumpkin. Barry is the resident carver in our family, so while we were waiting for him to carve we got out the silly faces.

There's definitely not room in the house for six BIG pumpkins, so they went out on the front step.

We always toast the seeds from our pumpkins, and had a lot this year. (I soak in water to clean, drain, pat dry, melt about a tablespoon of butter on a sheet pan, add a single layer of seeds, sprinkle with seasoning salt and bake at 325 until crispy.)

For Halloween, we had candy corn veggies, swamp monster meatloat and ghostly potatoes. My parents were up visiting, and it was fun to spend a holiday with them.

Finally, here are my little "pumpkins" ready to go trick or treating:

Monday, November 1, 2010

Season's Greetings

Halloween is over and retailers nationwide are already switching gears and getting ready for the holidays. I'm not ready yet to put up the tree, decorate the house, or bake our favorite Christmas cookies, but I am thinking about our family's Christmas card.

In the past, I've used Shutterfly to make photo cards to send out to friends and family, like this photo from Christmas 2009. I picked this design for the traditional Christmas colors and the word joy that not only reflects the joy in my kids' faces, but the joy we feel at Christmas remembering the birth of Jesus.

Shutterfly has new card designs for 2010 with colors and styles to fit everyone's personal taste, from traditional red and green to hip and modern blue and brown. You can include one picture of your entire family, or if you can't get all the kids to cooperate in one photo, pick the best individual picture for each family member.

Matching address labels are also available to coordinate with your card.

Ready to order? Shutterfly is offering 20% off holiday cards. Have fun picking out the perfect on for your family!

Disclosure: Shutterfly is offering 50 free cards for this post. All opinions are mine only.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

What We've Been Up To

Walking on the ATV trail behind our house:

Arts and Crafts:

Mom found a free dresser for Jackson last year that is structurally sound but wasn't much to look at. I painted it red with black trim. It already has some scratches and imperfections, and someday I'll replace the handles as there's always been one missing, but it's a big improvement.

An old frame I found at a thrift shop for $2. I took out the old "artwork," painted the mat and frame black and added some postage stamp art.

Hiking in the school forest:
At the end of last school year, the kids' school made some improvements to the school forest on the outskirts of town. Jackson's class worked on this sign at the beginning of a trail. Jackson helped to write one of the articles posted along the way. His class also helped put up signs that point out the trails.
Raina has a picture on the top of K2 Observation Outlook. Her class visited the forest last week and looked for animal homes, so she pointed out all the little caves and crevices where animals may make their homes.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Back to School

Jackson and Raina have been back to school for two weeks now, and have made the transition from carefree summer days to the routine of school. Sixth grade looks to be a busy year as Jackson has already gone on an overnight school field trip to Wolf Ridge, has joined the School Patrol, and is looking into starting band.
The school board voted to have a four day school week to save money, so they're going to school Monday through Thursday most weeks. I'm not letting them slack on Fridays, though, and we're doing music lessons (piano for both and guitar for Jackson), math enrichment, and other fun learning activities together.
Ollie takes a good afternoon nap every day which gives me time to do things with just Remy. Last week we painted with apples. Raina had a little fit when she found out Remy got to paint and she didn't, and I had to explain that she does lots of fun things at school that Remy doesn't get to do.

When I see the kids day to day, I don't always see realize how much they grow in a year. Here's how they've each changed in the past year:

Ollie, 8 1/2 months

Ollie, 20 1/2 months

Ollie would not stand still, he kept running away or crouching down, so I made him sit instead

Remy, 2 1/2

Remy, 3 1/2

Raina, Kindergarten

Raina, First Grade

Jackson, Fifth Grade

Jackson, Sixth Grade

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Summer Recap

Here we are at the last weekend of summer. The kids go back to school on Tuesday, and I'm sure we'll quickly settle back into that routine again. Here's some of what we've been up to since I last posted in July:

Running through the sprinkler on a hot day

The sand table has been an endless source of entertainment

At a rest stop off I-35--I guess no one wanted their picture taken

After eating pizza at Do North in Two Harbors, we watched a ship come in

Sometimes we split the kids up--Raina and Remy had breakfast with me at Betty's Pies, we went on a little hike along the lake, and then we went grocery shopping

The garden looked like this early in the summer, but flourished enough to produce plenty of veggies to go with our summer grilling:

Peas, which the kids ate raw straight from the garden

Green beans, lettuce and more peas

Roma tomatoes
and also some stubby carrots and round cucumbers

I made freezer jam for the first time out of raspberries from my mom and blueberries (I bought a case)

Remy has been attached to Woody most of the summer after seeing Toy Story 3

And my buddy Ollie