Family Finds: $15 for $30 gift Card at Totsy

– a Daily Deal Site for cute kid’s stuff gives FREE shipping with your first order! They also give you a $15 credit for referring a friend. Sign up HERE.



Family Finds – Deals for Savvy Moms – has a $15 for $30 voucher for Totsy! Since Totsy sells their awesome kid stuff at about half price, that means you could get about $60 worth of stuff for only $15!!

Sign up for Family Finds HERE if you haven’t already!

You can also earn a $10 credit for referring a friendPlum District had the same deal a couple of weeks ago and sold out really fast.  In fact I hem hawed around and missed it, not this time.  I’m going to get this little bugar now.

Let us know what you find.

Simplify Sunday 7-31


Debby McCuiston, the “Queen of Clutter-Free”, does a segment for us each Sunday on simplifying our lives, getting rid of “clutter”, and focusing on what’s important. We look forward to her words of wisdom each week & hope you enjoy it too! Take it away Debby….

Since most families are counting down until school starts and everything we seem to be doing from this point forward will be revolved around getting ready for the big day, it seems fitting to address our crazy schedules from now until next summer.

The first thing you need to do is to take a few minutes to remember how busy you were last school year and how it made you and your family feel.

Next you need to make a decision to have another year like the last or are you ready to downsize and carve out some more time for your family. This will require some compromise and maybe even some tears will fall but once the deed of setting priorities is done someone will need to be the “enforcer”.

Most of the time mom becomes the “enforcer” and keeper of the calendar, which is why we are the ones totally stressed out from the beginning to the end of any given week. Trying to keep up with who needs to be where and what they need, is it clean and are all the proper papers signed on time really can tax your brain power.

Before you begin to get stressed to the max just by thinking about working on your calendar, take a deep breath and call a family meeting. Have everyone talk about what they want for this year as it applies to your family, school and extracurricular activities.  Is your goal as a family to spend more time together or squeeze in as much busyness as possible, and are you all willing to compromise on some things for the good of the family.

The first step is to set priorities for your family, school and church. Then you need to see boundaries that will protect your priorities.

Make a list of all the things you and your family are involved in and put them in order of most important to least important.  Pencil these all on the calendar and step back and see where you have become overloaded. You may want to assign different colors to each family member and then it is easier to see which activities are requiring the most time and energy. This may be the time you have to weed out the items that are not in line with the list of priorities you have set for your family.

I know some families that are so busy from sun up until bed time but have very little time to talk and catch up on what is going on with school grades, or to check in on their spiritual walk or what kids are influencing their lives.  You would be surprised how much kids want their parents to care about what is going on in their lives. If you can’t find the time to show you care, they will find a way to get your attention.

If you are running so much from ball field to ball field and never have time to set and enjoy the game you are too busy.

If you are running from meeting to meeting and never feeling like you have completed a task to your best ability for these groups you are too busy.

If you cannot take the time to set down as a family a few nights a week and eat together and have a “fact finding” conversation it’s time to reevaluate what is important.

The main thing the Lord has been speaking to my heart for the last several months is about the time I am spending in activities verses the time I am investing in the lives of those around me. [Read more...]

Office Depot School Supply Deals: 7/31 – 8/5

Here are the best deals to grab at Office Depot this week!  If you’ve been procrastinating like crazy – you could grab $15 of School Supplies, and get your Backpack and Lunchtote for free!

Check out all the other bargains in our  Back to School Deals too!


CVS Scanner Coupons (7/31): FREE Kotex, FREE Cheese Puffs, Cheap Makeup!

(See the CVS Deals for the week of 7/31 HERE)

We’ve had some readers write in today that they’ve been getting AWESOME coupons at the CVS Magical Coupon Machine!!  Here’s what we’ve heard:

  • $3 off $10 Cosmetics  *EVERYONE Should Get This!
  • $3 off $15 Purchase
  • $4 off $20 Purchase
  • $1 off Dove Candy Bag
  • $3 off Osteo-Biflex
  • $2 off Gold Emblem Popcorn, Chips, Cheese Curls
    -Makes big bag of popcorn/puffs FREE + $.50 Overage!
    -Makes Chips $.50
  • FREE 18-ct Box of Kotex Liners
    (Stack with Q fro 7/24 SS to make it a $1 Moneymaker!)

Please let us know what coupons you get at the scanner this week – we’ll add it to the list!

Kroger Weekly Ad & Coupon Deals: 7/31-8/6

Here are the best Kroger Deals for the week of

- Thanks to PinkCouponCafe for the matchups!

Shopping Tips:


  • Make sure you load all the new Cellfire Coupons to your Kroger Plus Card, as well as various Kroger E-Coupons and Shortcuts E-Coupons
  • Most Kroger stores will allow either a paper coupon OR an E-Coupon per item. Some stores still allow both.
  • Only one Mega Event Instant Savings per transaction. To do more than one grouping, break it into a few transactions.

This List Has Expired
Meat & Produce
Good Grocery Deals
From Natures Market
Household Deals
Laundry Mix or Match
School Supplies

Pantry Cooking: “No Soup for You!”

We frugal foodies have unique challenges that normal shoppers don’t.  This little segment aims to help by offering:

  • Stockpile-cooking ideas
  • Clever Casseroles in which to hide your leftovers from the hubby & kids
  • Kitchen tips & tricks

Our very own “Deal Detective Kim” has generously offered to take the lead on this one (aspiring food writer that she is) – so now, I’ll turn it over to you Kim!

Got a kid going off to college?  Send them this post too!

This column was inspired by a clearance find at Walgreen’s–Shrimp Ramen Soup, 10 cents each. I realized I”m not as poor as I was in my early 20′s, simply because I literally couldn’t remember the last time I had Ramen soup; in fact, I was kind of excited by it, and not just because 10 cent items make FANTASTIC fillers!

So I grabbed 10 of them (ended up not needing them for fillers except to make the purchase come up to $5 so I could use my RRs) and headed for the checkout. The other day I worked through lunch and luckily I had stashed one in my desk drawer so it was a nice late-afternoon not-too-heavy meal. But I got to thinking about creative ways to use Ramen Soup. First up, a long-ago favorite that I haven’t made in ages. It originally came from my friend Charlie:

Asian Coleslaw

  • 1/3 cup butter or Margarine
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 package of ramen noodles
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 head of cabbage OR 1 package already shredded coleslaw mix (from the salad case at the produce section)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp. white distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

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