Friday, October 24, 2014

Decluttering and Living a Simpler Life

One of my goals is to declutter and live a simpler life.  In my decision to live a simpler life, I will start by decluttering our home, then moving on to downsizing my electronic footprint and finally simplifying my goals, commitments and relationships.  Obviously this will not happen overnight, however I am setting a realistic time frame for me to start living my simpler life.

Many families, like my own, declutter their homes before the holiday season arrives to make room for ohana to spend quality time together.  Walking into the holiday season completely decluttered feels amazing and it is my preference every year.

Where shall I start?  What room shall I start in?  These were a few questions that ran through my mind before I finally settled on starting in our laundry room.  Our laundry room cabinets are filled with our linens and overflow pantry items while on the opposite side we have our laundry area.  Our overflow pantry was first up, I combed through every single item and first removed any expired items before I proceeded to clean and reorganize the area into sections.  Second up was our linen closet, the very top holds our blankets/comforters, the middle houses our towels and the bottom houses our bedding.  Once I removed the items that we rarely/do not use, I sorted those items into three piles ~ sell, donate and trash.  The items that we regularly use were neatly organized and placed onto the shelves.  Our laundry area is the last area in this space to be cleaned.  All items on shelves have been cleaned and organized.  All laundry detergent making supplies are picked up off the floor and placed onto empty shelves.  Recently we cleaned behind the washer and dryer and organized items between them.  I wiped down the washer and dryer and reorganized the inside of our drawers plus I swept and mopped the area.  One room down and many more to go, looking forward to my next room.

By the time I am done, we will have more then enough to send another box off to, sell locally, help those in need and hopefully very little will end up in the trash.  I am all about selling our gently used items in good condition and upcycling items that can we used in other projects.  The white sheets from today will be donated and put to good use in one of the special projects that I am happy to be a part of this holiday season.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Buy One, Get One Free Holiday Cards, Wrap and Stationery

Hallmark is holding their Pre-Season Stock Up Event from October 11-26, 2014 where you can get buy one, get one free holiday cards, wrap and stationery.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Our Shopping Trip

April 14th was our first shopping trip to Target using Target coupons, cartwheel coupons and manufacturer coupons as well as Ibotta cash back site.

Tic Tacs $1.04
Froot Loops $2.59
Corn Pops 2 @ $2.99
2 Mini Wheats 50% off $2.50=$1.25 each
3 Frosted Flakes @ $2.99=$8.97
2 Cocoa Krispies 25% off $2.59=$1.94 each
2 Special K @ $2.99=$5.98
1 Starbucks saved $9.50 off of $12.99=$3.49 each
1 C&H Sugar @ $2.19 - .40 manufacturer coupon=$1.79
4 12pks of Coca Cola Products @ 4/$12 (.99 off of $4.99)
2 PowerAde @ $4.99-$1 manufacturer coupon=$3.99 each
1 Hybrid Advance Razor $6.39-$3 manufacturer coupon=$3.39
1 Colgate Regular Twin Pack $2.50-.50=$2.00
1 Colgate Toothpaste .99-.75=.24
Subtotal before coupons and Cartwheel: $72.00
Used $10/$50 Target coupon for food and beverage purchase
Used 4 $3 off $3 Kellogg's printable coupons
Total after Target coupons, cartwheel coupons and manufacturer coupons: $44.57
The bottom of my receipt said my total savings this trip was $50.79.

When we got home, I redeemed .75 on the Kellogg's Special with Strawberries.

We also went to Albertson's where we purchased two cans of spam for $5.00 and we received a free dozen of eggs ($2.59 value).  We used a $1 off 2 spam manufacturer coupon.  Spam and eggs anyone?  My receipt said total savings $6.17 and 61% of my bill.  These items are definitely favorites in our house!

American Greetings $2/3 Printable Coupon

American Greetings is currently offering a $2/3 printable coupon redeemable in store at your local CVS Pharmacy.

Some Amazing Walgreens Photo Deals

Walgreens Photo is currently offering
  • a 99 cent Brag Book when you use coupon code BRAG2ALL, valid until April 26, 2014.
  • 40% off photo cards when you use coupon code TOGIVE40, valid until April 26, 2014.
  • 33% off all photo gifts when you use coupon code CUSTOMGIFT, valid until April 26, 2014.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Free 2014 FIFA World Cup Collectible Tin

Get your free FIFA World Cup Collectible Tin when you purchase three BAND AID brand product between April 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014.

Back into Couponing

I have rediscovered my love for coupons and with the help of my fellow coupon friends, I am clipping coupons and organizing them like crazy today.  After all coupons are clipped, it will be time to get them into my coupon organizer that I still have from way back when I first started couponing.  When I took my coupon binder out this week for the first time since 2012, it was a really nice surprise to see some that some of my coupons had no expiration dates.  It was like finding the gems in the pile of expired coupons from years past.  It is a great start to the wonderful world of couponing.

To state it simply, I had taken a break from the coupon bargain hunter but not from using coupons altogether.  Coupons have and will always be my best friend!  I had taken a long break from searching for amazing deals and getting items we use at a heavily discounted prices because the stockpile I had built up was still in existence.  We are starting couponing with no stock piles on hand and I am certain that this will change with time. 

I absolutely love learning about coupon deals where you are able to obtain usable items that either your family will consume or that will be donated.  Investing time in organization will save you time later on down the line when you are in search of the coupons you need.

Over time, I have accumulated coupons and finally had a chance to go through them all this week.  I still have a large pile of coupons to clip, so I will make that my project this week to get through.  The quicker I get organized the less time the investment will be in the future.

Where do I get my coupons you may wonder?  I receive coupons in the mail, online couponing sites (,,, in publications that are picked up at local stores (commissaries, local grocery stores), on the shelves in grocery stores, sticker coupons on products, in manufacturer emails, direct from companies when you write to them, they deliver the coupons to our homes once a week, from friends and family and so on.

Today, I picked up coupons from a couponing friend of mine Karen for .75 off Colgate toothpaste and .50 off Colgate toothbrushes.  She shared with me that Ralph's had both on sale for one dollar until Tuesday, so we headed straight over to check it out and she was right.  The coupons said only four of each could be used in one transaction, so we purchased four of each making the total out of pocket (oop) $3.00.  Yes, my first real couponing transaction!  Thank you Karen, you rock for sharing this deal with me!  What's more is Karen shared the couponing sites she trusts with me that are completely different then the ones I use.

I am back to clipping coupons and blogging about the best deals!

Happy Couponing,