Monday, October 4, 2010

Not Your Moms Couponing

Let me first start off by saying that I know that living in Ephraim you don't really get your choice of to many stores to shop at, BUT Walmart does match pricing on advertised sales. I also know that there aren't many ads that come to this small town either, BUT I am pretty sure that there are family and friends that can mail you ads from up north, or you can make a visit up north. I also know that there aren't many coupons that show up in the mailbox AND most don't get the newspaper, BUT there are tons of coupons that can be found online and if you have a printer than you are set!! Also if you have a computer and a laptop (or two) then you can maximize your coupon printing!
Now I know that couponing sounds really lame and to much work and its not worth it, BUT YOU ARE SO WRONG!!!!!!!
I had a food 4 less ad and I live in a place where there is a food 4 less store, but walmart will match! All of this stuff would have cost me $27.16 with tax. ( 8 lbs of hot dogs or 8 packages, 1 lb of ham lunch meat, 2 packages of 16 count pads, 4 bottles of Shampoo/Conditioner, 4 female deodorants, 4 male deodorants) I however shopped the sales and used coupons that I had printed off of the internet.

I only ended up spending $3.16 with tax :)
Surprised? Well let me tell you that I had 4 computers that I printed from to get a total of 8 $2 off coupons for the farmer john hotdogs. Most sites will only allow for 2 coupons per item to be printed from one computer. The hot dogs were on sale for $0.98. Which meant that the rest of the money was being used for other items. ( Most stores have coupon policies that will not allow them to give you cash back or in store credit, but it does allow you to use the rest of the discounts for the same transaction.) I also had $1.50 off of the ham and 2- $1.50 off of two right guard deodorants. The deodorant was 10 for $10. The shampoo and conditioner was 2/$3 and with each bottle of shampoo/conditioner you got a free degree deodorant. I also was able to get the pads for $0.70 because I had coupons as well.
Now to be honest, I don't like pads, I prefer tampons. However if there was an emergency such as I ran out of tampons, the store sold out because there was some kind of natural disaster, or someone needed something super absorbent to stop bleeding then I would use them (great to put in first aid kits!!!), and since they were free after I had used coupons of course I will take them.
Now not every shopping trip is as great as this was, but I have also gotten free shampoo and conditioner at Walmart in the travel size section because I had used a coupon that did not exclude travel sizes. Look at the coupons you are using and see what it does or doesn't exclude. You will be amazed at the things you can get, even clearance items!!! Those are my favorites.
Another thing, if you ever make it up north Target is a great store to shop at as well. Target's website has store coupons. These store coupons can be combined with manufacture coupons and you get double the discounts! For example here is a target coupon and a manufacturer coupon.

I can save $2 on this toothpaste.
I love coupons and it is my way of helping make our dollar spread, because we aren't the richest people and because I don't work so we live off of one income.
OH P.S. I use to hate the Parent's Choice (walmart brand) diapers with a passion, but they are new and improved like the box says and they are WAY WAY cheaper than the other brands. I save at least 4 dollars on every box that I buy and I get the same amount.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Home Made Syrup

I just had the best home made syrup ever!!!! For those who don't have syrup at home and want waffles or pancakes and not have to run to the store to get the syrup, here is a recipe for you.

1/2 c butter
1 c sugar
1/2 c buttermilk (or for those that don't have buttermilk 1/2 c milk and 1/2 tsp of vinegar)
melt altogether to a saucepan on the oven. Once it starts to boil, let it boil for 3 minutes. It will foam up, but don't worry it is normal. Take away from heat and add:
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
it will start to bubble and foam again, but don't worry it is normal. You can wait for it to settle or enjoy right away. If there are any leftovers (which I highly doubt there will be) you can warm it back up on the stove or pop it in the microwave.

Its so sweet, buttery, almost caramely taste and texture that you don't have to butter what ever you are eating. I do warn that it is not the healthiest syrup, but when you want to indulge in your breakfast here you go.

*one batch of syrup will take care of one homemade batch of waffles

2 eggs
1 3/4 c milk
1/2 c oil
4 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 c flour

Monday, June 21, 2010

thank you Thank you!

A Great big thank you to Jessica for an awesome Spotlight night! We had so much fun learning how to make some fun flowers for hair, clothes whatever! She did such a great job inspiring us all to be crafty! If anyone has any pictures of their flowers they would like to post that would be great, I forgot to bring my camera that night! Also if you want to check out Jessica's AMAZING fun blog Happy Hot glueing!

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Our friend Jessica Womble is teaching us some tricks at our sister spotlight night! So come to the church @ 6:30, bring a gloo gun (if you have one) some fabric scraps, a friend and a smile!

Hope to see you there! Spread the word!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Sister Spotlight Night

A great BIG Thank you to Cindy for the live tutorial and the wonderful tips and tricks for decorating cakes! We had so much fun learning and watching! Here's some pictures of some of the cakes, we didn't get them all but they all turned out so cute and creative! thanks everyone that came and keep your eye out for a handout with all of Cindy's tips and recipes!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Baby Shower

Thanks to all of those that came to the baby shower last week. We had tons of fun! We wish you the best Sarah, Quichee, and Stephanie.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


There is a baby shower today for Quichee Stallings, Stephanie Jacobson, and Sarah Adams today.
Its at 2 at the Church. Please come and enjoy a good time! If you were wondering they are all expecting boys!!!!!