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Personally, I love Shape Magazine and will definitely need its motivation after the holidays.  Too many baked Christmas goodies lately to pass up 🙂

Get Crafty with the Kids During the Christmas Season – Make a Gingerbread House!

My 5-year-old came home from school one day recently talking about making a gingerbread house.  Evidently, another child in his kindergarten class had brought one for show-and-tell and he was intrigued to say the least. 

Personally, I had never made one before, but was determined to make one with him over the Christmas season.  I thought it might be a bit difficult, especially building the “structure” of the house. So, imagine how thrilled I was to run across gingerbread house kits made by “Wilton” while shopping at Walmart.  For only $9.00, it comes with the structure of the house already built, a couple types of candy, icing and the icing bag and tip. How easy can you get? 

Last night after dinner, he got to work decorating his gingerbread house and it was a lot of fun – notice it even has teddy grahams on the roof and a candy corn chimney?! If you are looking for things to entertain and occupy the kids over the Christmas season, this is a great little project to consider!

$60 Weekly Grocery Challenge – Spent $63, Saved $74 – Lots of Great Deals This Week!

What is the $60 Weekly Grocery Challenge?

Each week my goal is to spend no more than $60 for food, drinks, groceries, toiletries, diapers and medicine for my family of five! Then, I report on this blog the items that I bought, the best sales and coupon match-ups that I found and hopefully by doing so, help you stretch your family’s grocery budget, as well!

How Did I Do This Week?

Harris Teeter – Spent 32.93, Saved $58.09
Food Lion – Spent $30.64, Saved $16.08

Total – Spent $63.57, Saved $74.17

Below are the best deals I found this week at both Harris Teeter and Food Lion.  I have quite a few internet printable coupons listed below; however, be sure to also check out the available internet printable coupons from, Redplum and Smartsource that may match up with your grocery shopping list. 

Harris Teeter Coupon Match-ups 12/15 – 12/21


Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes – $1.00
Coupon – $.50 X 2 (doubled) Click here to print!
Total – FREE

Jolly Time Popcorn – $1.39
Coupon – $.75 X 2 (doubled) – Weight Watchers magazine coupon
Total – FREE

Milky Way Single Candy Bars – BOGO Free – $.45 each
Coupon – $.50 X 2 (doubled) – Click here to print!
Total – FREE

Excedrin – $2.50
Coupon – $2.50 off – Coupon from a Sunday newspaper coupon insert
Total – FREE

Blistex Lip Balm – BOGO Free – $.74 each
Coupon – $.25 X 2 = $.50 off – Coupon from a Sunday newspaper coupon insert
Total – $.24

French’s Brown Spicy Mustard – $1.79
Coupon – $.75 X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off – Coupon from a Sunday newspaper coupon insert
Total – $.29

Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt 4-Pack- $1.42
Coupon – $.50 X 2 (doubled) = $1.00 off – Click here to print!
Total – $.42

Sister Schubert’s Parker House Rolls – $1.99
Coupon – $.75 X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off – Coupon from a Sunday newspaper coupon insert or click here to print!
Total – $.49

Green Giant Frozen Boxed Vegetables – $1.00 each
Coupon – $.50 off 2 X 2 (doubled) = $1.00 off – Click here to print
Total – $.50 each
– You could also use a $.60 off 3 coupon (which will double to $1.20 off) from the Sunday newspaper coupon insert.  In this case, they would still only be $.60 each.

Peter Pan Peanut Butter – $1.67
Coupon – $.50 X 2 = $1.00 off – Coupon from a Sunday newspaper coupon insert
Total – $.67

Bailey’s Coffee Creamer – $1.67
Coupon – $1.00 off – Coupon from a Sunday newspaper coupon insert
Total – $.67

Pillsbury Crescent or Cinnamon Rolls – $1.67
Coupon – $.50 X 2 (doubled) = $1.00 off – Coupon from a Sunday newspaper coupon insert for Pillbury Cinnamon/Sweet Rolls.  Or, click here to print a coupon for $.50 off Crescent rolls!
Total – $.67

Log Cabin Syrup – BOGO Free – $1.84
Coupon – $.55 x 2 (doubled) = $1.10 – I used a peelie coupon from a previous purchase. However, there is also a $1.00 off coupon from the 12/12 Sunday newspaper which would make it only $.84. This is a GREAT price for Log Cabin syrup!
Total – $.74

Vlassic Stackers – $2.00
Coupon – $.55 X 2 (doubled) = $1.10 off – Internet printable coupon (no longer available)
Total – $.90

Butterball Turkey Sausage Links – $2.50
Coupon – $.75 X 2 = $1.50 – Coupon from a Sunday newspaper coupon insert
Total – $1.00

Blue Diamond Almonds – $2.50
Coupon – $.50 X 2 (doubled) = $1.00 off – Click here to print!
Total – $1.50

Herbal Essence Hair Products – $2.50
Coupon – $1.00 off – Coupon from a Sunday newspaper coupon insert
Total – $1.50

Keebler Chips Deluxe Cookies – $2.50
Coupon – $1.00 off – Internet printable coupon – no longer available
Total – $1.50

Barber Foods Chicken Parmesan (Frozen) – $2.67
Coupon – $1.00 off – Click here to print!
Total – $1.67

Charmin Toilet Paper – $2.99
Coupon – $1.00 off  – Home mailer coupon
Total – $1.99

Cape Cod Potato Chips – $2.50
Coupon – $1.00 off 2 bags – Coupon from a Sunday newspaper coupon insert
Total – $2.00 each

Broccoli Bunches – BOGO Free – $1.24

Food Lion Coupon Match-ups 12/15 – 12/21

Reese’s/Hershey’s Candy Bars – BOGO Free – $.49 each
Coupon – Buy One, Get One Free – Coupon from a Sunday newspaper coupon insert
Total – $.25 each 

Marcal Small Steps Toilet Paper – $1.49
Coupon – $1.00 off – Coupon from a Sunday newspaper coupon insert
Total – $.49

Coke 2-liters – $.88 each when you buy four
Coupon – $1.00 off 4 – Coupons from Campbell’s Soup Recipe Booklet
Total – $.63 each

Capri Suns – $2.50
Coupon – $2.00 off 2 – Click here to print! (Note – this is a manufacturer’s coupon and can be redeemed anywhere, even though it has the “Publix” grocery store name printed on it).
Total – $1.50 each

Bag Red Delicious Apples – $2.99

Russet Potatoes (5 lb. Bag) – $1.49

Food Lion Deli Cooked Ham Lunch Meat – $2.99 per lb.

From My “Getting Started With Couponing” Series:

Where to Find Great Grocery Coupons

Organize to Maximize Savings

How to Find Time to Clip Coupons, Match to Sales and Save Money

Free Coupons

Did you find any great grocery bargains this week? 

If you have a blog, link up below.  If not, feel free to comment on this post with your grocery savings!

Awesome Deal on a Custom Photo Wall Calendar! It is free ($15.99 value), Pay only shipping (approximately $5.00)

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One-Year Magazine Subscriptions to Shape, Men’s Fitness, Woman’s Day, Seventeen, Elle & 50 Others ONLY $4.69

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This could be a great, inexpensive gift idea that can be enjoyed all year round for one of those hard to buy for people on your Christmas shopping list (or, for yourself after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has passed). Elle, Woman’s Day, Men’s Fitness, Motor Trend, Shape, Parent & Child, Seventeen, Bridal Guide, Angels on Earth and many others are featured.

Christmas Countdown – Only 12 More Days (But, Don’t Stress)!

Twelve more days until Christmas, can you believe it? I am happy to say we have our Christmas tree up (minus all of the breakable ornaments this year that just don’t mix with a toddler) and the house is decorated. Whew, now I just need to tackle all of the gift-wrapping, card-sending and cookie baking that comes along in December.  What a busy month! Hope it is going well for you! 

If you are feeling overwhelmed and trying to get organized, click here to view a quick-read Christmas planning e-book that includes tips for budgeting, baking, organizing and much more! Also, you may find the following printables from the website, Life, Your Way, helpful:

 Budget Worksheet

Gift List Worksheet

Master To-do List

The First Place I “Shop” for My Boy’s Clothing Each Season

Sweaters? Check!
Jeans? Check!
Pajamas? Check!
Winter Coats? Check!
Snow Suit? Check!

Recently, with the cold weather setting in, I knew it was time to venture into my basement and start pulling out my boy’s winter clothing. Notice, I didn’t say it was time to venture into the shopping malls to purchase winter clothing? I have been very blessed by several friends and family members who graciously pass along their boy’s outgrown clothing to my boys.  There are literally containers stacked on top of containers full of clothes just waiting to be worn in my basement.

It is hard to tell from the picture above, but the stack is about two feet tall and is only a PART of what I pulled out for the winter for my two youngest boys (there aren’t any “pre-owned” items for my oldest one).  The rest have already been washed, while this stack is next on my laundry list (which is why it is in one big heap on the floor).

GAP, Gymboree, Children’s Place, Abercrombie & Fitch, Osh Kosh, Carter’s…you name it, it is in the mix.  I am not a “labels” person at all, but I mention the brands to show what great (totally cute), quality clothing is there. 

And, when my boys are done with the clothing, I “pay it forward” by passing it on to others.  It is like one giant swap.  If you have a child that is the same gender as a friend’s child or niece/nephew, I would highly recommend swapping clothes.  It not only saves money, but it also saves TIME to not have to shop for every single item when each season rolls around.  And, if your kids are like mine, usually clothing will fit for only one season, anyway.

Does this mean that my kids only wear “pre-owned” stuff? No, definitely not.  They certainly get new items, too! But, by having such a huge amount of nice clothing from others to use as a basis, it lets me spend my money on the extra special items I spot at the store…and not have to buy every single shirt or pair of jeans hanging in their closets.  And, I must confess, my boys have quite the wardrobes and I think they always look really cute…not that I am a biased mom or anything…

Money-Saving Monday – Sign Up for Groupon to Receive Daily Local Deals at 50-90% Off

Groupon is a great way to save big bucks at businesses that are practically in your own backyard! Whether you are interested in trying out some new places in your city or are looking for ways to save money at places you already frequently visit, you should check out Groupon. Each day, Groupon offers a “daily deal” (50 – 90% off) for popular restaurants, retailers, entertainment and other businesses in your own local area.

All you have to do is register (for free) at Then, you will receive a daily email alerting you to your local “daily deal.” Click to Find Today’s Daily Deal on Your City’s Best Things To Do at! Once on, choose the nearest city to you from the drop-down list.

Scrumptious Sunday – Artichoke Dip Recipe

1 cup mayo
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 can artichokes (cut up)
1/2 jar bacon bits

Step 1 – Mix mayo, cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese and bacon bits.


Step 2 – Cut artichokes into small pieces. 


Step 3 – Add artichokes to mayo, cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese and bacon bits.

Step 4 – Bake approximately 25 minutes at 350 degrees to heat mixture.  Serve with tortilla chips, melba toast, pita wedges, etc.

Inexpensive Gift Idea – Gift Basket I Created for Under $10

Today, I have another inexpensive, thoughtful Christmas gift idea to share with you. I created this gift basket for a family member who is on a limited income and unable to work. It has everything from necessities, like body wash, soap, toothpaste and chapstick to treats, such as candy, nuts, cookies and tea.

It is loaded with items (many that can’t actually be seen in this picture) and I spent only $5 – $10 to create it ($2 of that was the actual basket).  I have been collecting items for the basket over the past few months through my couponing deals at grocery and drug stores. To complete this gift basket, I will purchase a clear plastic gift basket cover from Dollar Tree and attach a large Christmas bow.

You could use the “gift basket” idea in many ways with themes such as coffee lovers, chocolate lovers, spa, movie night or whatever fits the recipient’s interest. Using toiletries and items from your couponing “stockpile” could also be used to stuff a stocking as I posted here.