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Welcome to the jungle!

This will be brief. If you followed me on my other site, you will realize that I have moved and things have changed.

Please don’t panic. Change is good. But change takes time.

As I am working out all the details, things are going to move, things are going to look different and somethings might disappear.

Please let me know what you are thinking! Tell me what you like (or dislike). Tell me what you would like to see here! During this time, I am open to some suggestions!

I hope to see you around!

Until next time…

Science Fiction Giveaway

Hello, everyone! I thought I would share this lovely giveaway! Since I am a lover of sci-fi, I thought I would share it!

Time for another big book giveaway folks! The books are all free on Amazon (some with KU), and everyone can also enter to win a Kindle Fire or an Amazon Gift Card (paid for by the authors). Click the photo or link to go to the booklist/giveaway.

This picture is from Sara C Roethle ‘s post http://saracroethle.com/2016/08/24/sci-fi-fantasy-horror-giveaway/

Source: Sci-fi, Fantasy, & Horror Giveaway!

Week of 8/14 Deals

Welcome! This is the deals for this week (until next Wednesday!) I am going to break down this list into three different sections. A Target section, a HyVee section, and a Walmart Price Matcher section. These are the three main stores I go to save money. I go to these three stores for different reasons. Target, for example, I can use a store coupon, a manufacturer coupon, and a cartwheel offer on top of sale prices per one item! (Have no clue what I am talking about? Check out here). I’ll explain the others as I go along!

Well, let’s start.

Target

As this progresses, I won’t be as wordy but for now, I aim to educate as much as possible!

Like I had mentioned before, I like to stack as much to get the best deal. On top of just stacking coupons and cartwheel, if you have a Red Card (either debit or credit) you save 5% off your total! I don’t factor in that 5% when I do the math for my bottom line. I will post what the item is, any coupons to go with it, any cartwheel offers and if there is any special instructions (like buying a certain amount of something.) So here we go!

Windex 23oz – on sale for $2.99
SAVE $1.50 on any TWO (2) Windex® products (excludes travel and trial sizes)

$2.24 per bottle when you buy two!

Family Size Oreo or Chips Ahoy – On Sale for $3.33
Save 75¢ when you buy two (SmartSource 8/14) [this means it is in the Sunday paper]
$2.95 per box when you buy two!

Yoplait Single serve yogurt – on sale 10/$5
SAVE $1.00 ON FIVE when you buy FIVE CUPS any flavor/variety Yoplait® Yogurt (Includes Greek, Greek 100, Greek 100 Whips! ®…
30¢ each cup when you buy five!

The next few ones do not have any coupons to go with them, but they are awesome prices that you can Price Match at Walmart or just go to Target to get them!

PopTarts 12ct – $2.50
PopTarts 8ct – $1.66
Kraft Mac & Cheese Original (7.25oz box) – 70¢ (GREAT PRICE STOCK UP!)
Chobani Greek Yogurt 5.3oz Cups – 10/$9 or 90¢ each!

And now comes to a uniquely Target deal.

This gets a little complicated so I will try my best to break it down for you.
If you text SAVE to 827438, you will receive a coupon for a $25 Target gift card when you spend $100 on select baby items (diapers, training pants, baby wipes, and infant formula). Now if you have an infant, you know it will no take long to get to $100 worth of stuff. Now there isn’t anyone way of doing this but keep in mind, both with Cartwheel offers and with coupons (both store and manufacturer coupons) there is a limit of four per transaction. So I will list the coupons and Cartwheel offers for you bellow. I’ll let you decide which way you want to add to get to $100 (and on the plus side, that $100 total before CartWheel and coupons!

GET $2.00 OFF any ONE (1) package of HUGGIES® Diapers (Not valid on 9 ct. or less)

$2.00 OFF ONE Pampers® Easy Ups Training Pants (excludes trial/travel size)

$2.00 OFF ONE Pampers® Cruisers Diapers (excludes trial/travel size)

$2.00 OFF ONE Pampers® Baby Dry Diapers (excludes trial/travel size)

$2.00 OFF ONE Pampers® Swaddlers Diapers (excludes trial/travel size)

$1.00 OFF TWO Pampers® Wipes 56 ct or higher (excludes trial/travel size)

$2.00 OFF ONE Luvs® Diapers (excludes trial/travel size)

And CartWheel can be found here.

HyVee

Okay, I always separate HyVee due to the fact that they have a wonderful Fuel saver program! On average, the prices might be a little (or a lot) more than Walmart.  If you can get things on sale and on fuel saver, you are double winning! So I will list things on sale and then list if they have fuel saver (or a coupon). Here we go!

Peaches – 99¢lb
Bounty Basic Paper Towels 6ct – $3.99
Charmin Bath Tissue 12ct – $3.99
General Mills (11.6 to 18oz) – $1.99 SAVE $1.00 ON TWO when you buy TWO BOXES any flavor General Mills Big G cereals:Cheerios™ • Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ • Chex™ • Lucky Charms™…

whole chicken per lb .77
Pepsi 12pk 12oz Cans 2.96 (must buy 3)
Little Sizzlers 12oz 1.00
Maxwell House Coffee or Yuban 29-31oz 5.99
Prego Pasta Sauce 13-24oz 1.79
Hunts Ketchup 24oz .99
Dannon Oikos, Light & Fit Greek Yogurt 4-5.3oz or Drink 7oz .90
Pillsbury Toaster Strudel 11.7oz 1.67
Ball Park Franks – $1.99 – Coupon Save 55¢ off one
Oscar Mayer Bologna or Cotto salami 16oz – Buy one, get one free at $2 (makes it a dollar each!)
HyVee Pasta 10/$10 (And fuel saver 20¢)
Boneless Pork Loin butterfly or America’s cut chop – 5/$0 (and fuel saver 20¢)
Smithfield marinated pork loin filet or tenderloin – $7.99 (and fuel saver 20¢)
English Muffin Bread – $2.99 (and fuel saver 15¢)
I Can’t Believe it’s not Butter – 2/$5

Walmart

Here is the price match list from a few stores in the area. As this go along, I will slowly add more stores to this list! These are actual usable price matches. I actually check and see if the prices are worth it!

Dollar General –

General Mills Cereal ( Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Honey Nut Cheerios) 20-21oz – $3.50 SAVE $1.00 ON TWO when you buy TWO BOXES any flavor General Mills Big G cereals:Cheerios™ • Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ • Chex™ • Lucky Charms™…

Malt-o-Meal 20-27.5 – $3.50
Gain/ Tide Pods 12-16ct – $2.95
Dr. Pepper/ 7up/ Sunkist/ A&W/ Sun Drop 12pk cans – 3/$8 – $2.66
Maxwell House 30.6oz or Folgers 30.5oz – $6.75 Coupon – Save 25¢ off one (redplum 8/14)
Purina Dog Chow 4lb bag – $5
Iams dog food 3lb bag – $3.95 $1.00 OFF any one (1) bag of IAMS™ Dry Dog food (any size)

Dawn Ultra Dishsoap 18oz – $1.75 25¢ OFF ONE Dawn® Product (excludes trial/travel size)

Mountain Dew 2lt $1.25

Apple Market

Peaches – 99¢ per pound (STOCK UP)
Red or Black Grapes – $1.29lb
beef ground chucks 80% lean 2.99/lb
Kraft natural cheese 5-8 oz. 1.39
Kraft American singles 12 oz. 1.79
Jell-o ready to eat desserts pudding 4 pk .69
Kraft Philadelphia cream cheese bar or tub 8 oz. 1.29
Maxwell House Wake Up Roast coffee 30.65 oz. 4.99 Coupon – Save 25¢ (redplum 8/14)
Hershey’s pudding 4 pk .99
Kraft string cheese or Cracker Barrel cheese sticks 7.5-12 oz. 2.29
Velveeta loaf 2 lb. 5.49
Kraft natural cheese or Cracker Barrel slices 7-8 oz. 1.39
Kraft original 100% grated parmesan cheese 8 oz. 1.99

Family Fresh

Peaches – 99¢
Red & Black Plums – 99¢
green cabbage .49/lb
cucumbers .50 each

Extra

Once in a while, there is a sale on stuff off the beaten path. For example, Menards or Office Depot/ Office Max or others have a wonderful sale price that is too good to pass up! This week is it Menards. They are as follows.

Finish Dishwasher Tabs – on sale for $1.49 for a ten pack
$0.55 OFF any ONE (1) FINISH® QUANTUM MAX™ or FINISH® MAX IN 1® Automatic Dishwasher Detergent

94¢ per box! (And they are having their 11% rebate sale so the price could even go now to 78¢ a box!

Xtra Laundry Detergent – on sale for $4.99 for an 116 (175oz) load bottle.
Save $1.00 on ONE (1) 144oz or larger XTRA™ or TWO (2) 75oz or smaller XTRA™, XTRA™ Nice ‘n Fluffy Softeners, or XTRA™ Sure Shot™ Paks

$3.99 per bottle (or $3.44 a bottle with the 11% rebate)

A Little Sampling of Savings

In my last blog post here, I told you that I was going to add a ‘deal sheet’ every Wednesday.

Well, I thought that I would share a deal with you guys.  Again, I will state that this deal is valid in central Nebraska but I do not know where else! (But the coupon is good anywhere internet coupons are accepted.)

HyVee is having Yoplait single serve cups on sale for 39¢ each! Check it out for yourself here.  (You can price match it at Walmart)  Then you can print a coupon here for a dollar off five or if you have last week’s (8/7 SmartSource) flyer, you can cut it from there. After the price match and coupon, you will pay only 19¢ per cup!

Please note, this price it only valid until midnight 8/15.  So hurry and stock up!

Even through Walmart does not expressly limit home many coupons, their policy does state that the system will prompt for a supervisor after four like coupons. Also, you can only print two like coupons per computer.

Did any of this confuse you?  Do you need a little help?  Don’t know where to start?  Feel free to contact me through any of the means listed on my Contact Me page.  I aim to help you save money!

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Until next time…

Hello and sorry for the mess!

I say that a lot with a toddler.  Way more than I thought I would ever need to say it.

Anyway, I thought I would let you guys know that things are going to be a little bit messy for the next week or so.  I just upgraded to delf-hosting through 1&1.com. I love them and they have been so very helpful during all this mess!

Either way, things are going to be messing as I get everything just the way I want it! I hope you enjoy it!

Remember, keep your eye open there will be a lot of new stuff going on!

Until next time…

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Five Simple Ways to Save Money

Saving money is everyone’s goal in life. Regrettably, money has become central to life. But don’t fret, there are ways to save some money! Remember, every little bit counts.

Once I got into couponing and saving money, a lot of people ask me about my tips and tricks. So I have decided to share some of my tips in an ongoing series. Each week I aim to share what I know and what I learn with you guys.

One other little thing, there will be an announcement at the end of this post! Be on the look out for it!

Without further a due, let’s share some tips!

1. Shop once a week, or every other day. (Or aim to get all the shopping done at once.)

This is one of the most important tips you need to remember and use. Why? Well, this helps keep you within your budget.  How?  Two reasons: one, it cuts out all impulse buys that you often get when you go to the store and two, you are more mindful of what you are buying when you go once a month. You often keep an eye on the total due to it being a larger total than your daily stops.

It does take some planning. You won’t master it overnight. You have to learn how to plan meals out for a week or more out at a time. Also, you will start to notice more of what your family actually eats and what often sits in the back of the cabinets or fridge.

2. Shop with what is on sale.

Unless you only ever shop at Walmart, each week different stores have different things on sale.  This means that for one week, certain items are on sale that might me way less than Walmart.  (And I am not hating on Walmart, but if you can find a deal somewhere else, go for it!)  This has worked wonders for me.  I buy my meats when they are on sale and I try to stock up as much as I can.

Planning your meal ahead of time saves money but also, if you plan them around what is on sale that week you can save even more.  That means if chicken breasts are on sale for a $1 a pound, then plan a meal or two with chicken that week versus planning a steak dinner.  And then make sure you buy enough for later as well.

When you stack a coupon with a deal, while, just keep reading!

3. Collect coupons – lots of them.

Now, I don’t mean do go and buy a thousand Sunday papers (but that might help your local newspaper).  What I mean is buy a Sunday paper (or two) and scope out online for coupons.  Collecting coupons can take a little bit of time but once you have a few – and of what you actually use – then you should be okay.  For example, coupons.com is a great place and a very popular site for coupons. Your Sunday paper is a great place for coupons (and they sometimes have coupons that you can’t find online!)

4. Match coupons to sales (and learn to stack coupons).

This is the best way to maximize your savings. If you have a 50¢ of an item and that item is on sale 10/$10, you are getting that item for only 50¢.  Not all sales are that easy to figure out.

Some places often store coupons, which differ from manufacturer coupons.  Store coupons come for that store (and are often only good at that store). Walmart will take other store coupons but does not actually have their own store coupons – but this will be explored in greater detail at a later date!

I will use Target as an example.  They have store coupons, Cartwheel and they accept manufacturer coupons. You can stack all of them together (but only one store coupon, manufacturer coupon, and cartwheel offer) per item. This maximizes your savings!

But please remember, check each store’s store policy.  Each one is different and it’s important for you to know them.

5. Buy only what you need.  (Seriously, this is important).

This is a hard one for new couponers to grasp.  It’s hard to decide which deals to follow and which ones to let pass you by (trust me, I know this one very well).  It is so very important that you buy only what you need.  If you do not have a cat, do not buy the cat treats.  Even if you can get them for dirt cheap, do not buy them.  If you find a great deal on them, share that deal with a friend (who has a cat).  Do not buy two truckloads of paper towels because you can get then from less than a dollar.  Do you have room for all of that?  I’m guessing not.

That is the second half of shopping is that you need a place to put it all.  And please do not get me wrong, it is a wonderful thing to have a stockpile but you need to keep it in check.  Remember what levels of storage you are dealing with and stock up accordingly. On top of that, until you get the hand of saving all this money, be smart and start slow.  Do don’t try to lose fifty pounds in a day, why try to only spend $10 on a $100 order?  Start small and work your way up.

Okay, those are a few ways to save some money.  At least, they are ones that worked for me.  I hope you enjoyed this post – oh wait!  I promised you a surprise!   Okay, it’s just a simple small announcement.

I am going to post every Wednesday what is on sale (or a great buy) for central Nebraska! My goal is to share what I find a great deal.  There will be only a few stores at first but my goal is to cover more stores!  So be on the look out!  This should be happened next week! (And for my non-Nebraska folk, there might be a few that can be found anywhere, so I’ll keep you guys posted as well!)  I haven’t worked out all the details so the first few posts might be a little rough but I think you guys will enjoy it!  🙂

Until next time …

Five Signs You Are A Creative Person

You dream in vivid color.

You often are caught staring out the window.

You struggle with knowing who you are.

If you nodded your head to any of these statements above, there is a chance you might be creative. But how do you really know if you are creative? Is there a test? Do you have to take a class? Can you read a book?  Well, no. It’s not that easy. To paraphrase Bob Marley, nothing worth doing is easy and if it’s easy, it’s not worth doing.

So take a moment, take a deep breath and read. If any of these traits click with you, there is a strong chance you are a creative person.

1. You have high energy but you are often quiet or at rest.

This seems like a contradiction (but just wait ’till you get further down). I can assure this in not the case. Creative people are often able to long hours on projects and not feel tired but full of energy. Their passion is what keeps them going (and a little bit of caffeine). Novelists work months on one project. Painters can work 48 hours straight on making sure the hair comes out just right. These are quiet actives but use lots of energy.

2. You often battle between two extremes.

Real vs fantasy
Extroverted vs introverted
Humble vs proud
Passionate vs objective
Rebellious vs conservative
Creative people are not simple people. Labels are not easily placed on them. People with a creative flair are often daydreaming but often it’s for a purpose. They need to dream up an upcoming scene in their masterpiece or they are trying to figure out how warp drive would work. They are out going about their art but often are hard to speak to in the grocery store. They humble to learn new information about their craft but (once in a while) too proud to see a fatal flaw in their painting. Living with two extremes is just a way of life for a creative person.

3. You risk having a higher chance of getting depression.

Regrettable, creativity often requires alone time. Lots of it. Being so isolated for long periods of time often increases the risk of depression. Not interacting with others (being human or animal) reduces interactions and reduces your emotional well-being. Humans evolved to interact with each other and when that is cut off, depression can creep in. So a word to the wise, remember to schedule in time to interact with others.

Another issue that increases depression is an extreme need for perfection. Artist, writers, musicians and other people in the creative world often hold themselves to high standards. Always having high standards and not always meeting those standard sometimes leave to the feeling of not being good enough or being a truly creative person.

4. You work hours that not everyone else works.

Creative people often work when it works for them verse working nine to five. This means they work early in the morning before everyone else is awake or long night hours after everyone is asleep. They often loose track of time and get lost in their work. This means they might start Monday and end Tuesday morning when their muse is truly singing to them. Other times they might only work for five minutes and call it a day. They often find a pattern that works best for them.

5. You step into the unknown.

Yes you! You took the time to look up creative people and their traits. This is just the first step to following your passion. Sometimes just acknowledging that you aren’t quite like the rest of people is following your passion. Once you acknowledge that, you can break away from the path and create your path. Stepping out into the unknown is a very common trait of the creative person and one that is crucial to creativity.

Consequently, do you feel like you are a creative person? Not all these traits apply to everyone. Hopefully, you might have felt a connection to one of these traits. Maybe know you know a little bit more about whether you are a creative person or not!

References –

http://expanded–consciousness.blogspot.nl/2013/12/10-paradoxical-traits-of-creative-people.html
https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/199607/the-creative-personality
http://www.medicaldaily.com/what-genius-looks-common-traits-worlds-smartest-and-most-creative-284698

5 Signs You Are a Creative Person


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New Face; New Words

Well hello all!  It’s been a long time since I have been able to update.  Things in my personal life have kept me away but now I have been able to return!  It’s Return of the Steph!  Did you miss me?

Well, as you can tell, I have updated the site’s look.  I feel it’s a nice upgrade!  What do you think?

I’ve also updated my ‘about me’ page.  Please check it out here.  There are a few cute little girls on the page, but I’m a little partial.

Be on the look out, I will be posting about once a week!  I’ll see you soon!

Until next time!

In like a lion, out like a lamb…

That’s how March is often described as; it’s how I grew up remembering it. I lived on the East coast and I would hear it a lot. Every March first, the teacher would change the hearts and set up the lions and lambs.

Either way, March is almost always known to be a transitional month. Let’s just say that it is true for me this month!

Last month was pretty busy for me. A lot of things had been going on. Doctor appointments, babysitting a little more, so many school events and birthdays. Somewhere I once I read that February was the least popular month for birthdays. I don’t think that person ever met my family. My older cousin’s two oldest kids have birthday’s in February, my sister in law, myself and my mother in law all have birthdays. My sister in law’s, mine and my mother in law’s are all within a week – 20th, 23rd, and the 26th respectively. That is why we are always broke in February. Also, at the end of the month, my tiny terror came down with hand, foot and mouth disease. She’s been a little whiny but for the most part, she is doing well and seems to be healing well.

Anyway, on the writing front, I got close to nothing was done. It’s a bummer but it happens. But we have a new month and it means a new chance to get things done. So I am working on writing up some goals for me and for me to stick to. But overall, there are a few things that I am going to be working on!

The few things I am working on are:

  • working on creating content for this blog. I have done a few guest blogging but I haven’t done much for my baby. So that is my current goal. I got ideas, outlines and first drafts in the works
  • Short stories – I have a few short stories cooking on the stove at the moment. One is for the anthology I am partaking in. A few others one I am working on are for contests that I am hoping into entering into. (One of them is the Writer’s Digest annual contest). I will be writing, plotting and editing those bad boys within the month. (But not in that order. : -P )
  • I am also going to be working on replotting my sci-fi project that I had started last year and had worked on through two Camp NaNoWriMos and NaNoWriMo! I have the skeleton of the plot but I still need to work on it. My goal is to write the second draft during April’s Camp NaNoWriMo! (I’ll update you more on that fun challenge!)

Well, for the moment I think that is all. I have a lot of behind the scenes stuff to work on and I will try my best to keep you guys updated. I also have some interesting stuff to talk to you guys about as well! I promise, please keep your eyes open, it will be worth it!

Until next time…