Sunday, January 15, 2012

Get the Orlando Sentinel Today!!

Folks if you need more papers for couponing....and who doesn't??!! The Orlando Sentinel is offering one year subscriptions--52 weeks--for $20!! That's right, $20.00 for the year. You can even order up to 4 subscriptions! You are eligible for this special even if you are currently a subscriber--it won't count on your present subscription but it will count on your additional papers. As long as you haven't had a subscription in the past 30 days, you are also eligible for the special. It's only available January 13 - 19 so hurry!! I just ordered mine!!

To order, visit
This is for Wednesday-Sunday Delivery
Updated on will only be accepted through 1/18/12 at 6PM

A few months ago, I ran into another couponer in Wal-Mart. We had a long discussion about couponing right in the make-up aisle. She said that in our area, the Orlando Sentinel was the paper to subscribe to...she said there were better coupons in it. I will let you know! Keep Smiling!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Quick Deals!

There are a couple of quick deals out there that I should mention... is currently offering a FREE 26 week subscription. Just answer a quick survey and delivery starts within a couple of weeks. I took advantage of the offer because WSJ has some really good articles but imagine my surprise when I received coupons too!! I only get SmartSource but hey, it's another flyer of coupons for FREE!

--Walgreens Clearance!!                                                                                                                   Whether you shop Walgreens or not, stop by and check out the shampoos/conditioners, body sprays, face care, lotions and makeup departments. Yesterday, ours had....                                                    **Old Spice Body spray for $2.59--use the $2/1 coupon. .59 cents. (Regular price was around $4.59)
**Covergirl lipgloss $2.29--use the $1/1 coupon $1.29 (Regular price was about $7.99)
**Aveeno shampoo/conditioner--I didn't have a coupon so I didn't retain the price but I found a $1/1 coupon on I am going back to check out that deal. Some folks are also seeing Pantene on clearance....I didn't but check your store.
**Clearisil Face Wash. On sale for $4.99. It rang up $2.99. Use the $2/1 in ad coupon. .99 cents. I am going back for more of that!!!
**Nivea Body Lotions are on clearance. Some were marked $5.19...some were $4.88. Use the $5/2 coupon and score inexpensive top notch lotion!

Make-up is on my no buy list but it was hard to resist the deals!! (Of course, so is shampoo/conditioner!! :) )

Look around your store to see what deals are there for the taking!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Winn-Dixie Deals

CVS currently has Pantene on clearance for $1.57 each but the stock is getting low (Our CVS had very few left earlier today). I was in Winn-Dixie today and they also have select Pantene on clearance. It is $2.00 each there. It's not as great of a deal as CVS but with the $3/2 coupon that expires tomorrow, they are still only .50 cents each! Not a bad deal for Pantene!!

MaMa Rosa's mini pizzas are also on sale this week at Winn-Dixie B1G1 for $3.99. Sale ends Tuesday. Look for the specially marked packages--Free Movie Cash $10 by mail when you buy 4 participating pizzas. This makes the pizza free with $2.00 profit. The movie cash is valid for 1 box office admission up to $10, to any theatrical showing of a Warner Bros. Pictures release at any participating theater. To find a theater near you, go to Requests must be postmarked by 12/31/11.

Hurry!! Coupons are expiring and so are the rebates!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Shoulda Woulda Coulda

At first glance, this could be seen as a negative post. (No negativity allowed here!) But hang in there with me. Also, let me say that this post is clearly my opinion. I am not a doctor or a nurse. I am a teacher. I help people learn and hopefully, improve their life in some way.

With that being said, there are situations that pop up in life. Sometimes you have control over them--sometimes you don't. This leads to the topic at hand--pain medication therapy. Rumor has it-- there is a new law out there for 2012 requiring a patient on pain medication therapy to be seen by the doctor once a month (or a nurse practitioner), an RN nurse will no longer do. It's about time! I searched the information on the internet but really didn't find anything. I would guess the law is to cut down on the abusers of pain medication. Everyone needs to be well informed on this topic. Just because a pain medication is prescribed--doesn't mean the patient won't become addicted to it. A drug addiction is a drug addiction regardless of how someone got in the situation. I think folks believe that as long as the pain medication is prescribed, it is okay. Maybe....maybe not.

It still has the potential to ruin the patient's life. There still may be long-term complications more debilitating than the pain. Please ask the questions. A wise doctor once told me there are no stupid questions. That same doctor told me he was a doctor--not God. Those are two very good points. Doctors do not know everything. They are human just like everyone else. Please ask the questions.

Alcohol is legal. Anyone over 21 can purchase it. So, it's okay to drink it but it doesn't mean it can't cause harm. It doesn't mean someone can't become addicted to it. It happens.

Perhaps it comes down to Quality of life over Quantity of life. Pain is painful. That's why people don't want to feel it. I just think there are choices. Here goes one of my favorite sayings.... I tell it to my girls all the time. The choices may not be good choices but they're all you got! Weigh your options.

Please ask the questions. Make the best educated decision possible. Maybe it will avoid the Shoulda Woulda Coulda moment.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Gone but not Forgotten

Wow! It appears as I haven't posted in 3 months! Isn't that funny that I pick today!
I should be baking cookies. (But I am sitting at the computer watching my favorite site--Hip2Save.  Collin is doing Christmas Giveaways all day!!!)  Cookies are my thing. It's what I do at this time of year! I usually deliver them to close friends on Christmas Eve but I won't be doing that this year. It's changed! It's all changed!

Don't worry guys! I am delivering cookies....just earlier.

But that's what brings me to this post! My daughter read a saying to me yesterday and I had her print it. It speaks volumes to my life right now. I actually told her to print it on the cards at my funeral! It sounds funny now but I recently had to carry out one of those last requests!  Anyhow....
There is someone out there talking trash--yes, I know who you are. It's cheer drama--STILL. I can stop coaching but I can't stop the drama. In the scheme of things, it doesn't matter. A dear friend of mine has passed. We weren't best friends. We didn't always agree and I loved her anyway--for who she was and for how she "believed" in me. No one can tarnish our relationship or take it away. She will be with us all--ALWAYS.

A dearly loved tradition has also passed. It is what it is. Something else that has changed in my world and I truly have no control over it. I guess nothing really does last forever. After 23 years, I just thought it would. No worries! It leaves room for new traditions! That's what every ending is--right--a new beginning.

Thanks 2011--for teaching me to persevere! For reminding me, when the going gets tough-- the tough get going.

So here it's the saying:

thanks to those who hated me;
     you made me a better person.
thanks to those who loved me;
     you made my heart grow fonder.
thanks to those who envied me;
     you made my self-esteem grow stronger.
thanks to those who cared;
     you made me feel important.
thanks to those who entered my life;
     you made me who I am today. (Perhaps on the card, it should say who I was...:))
thanks to those who left;
     you showed me that nothing lasts forever.
thanks to those who stayed;
     you showed me the true meaning of
          love and friendship!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

It really is...All about Us!

If you haven't ordered a subscription to the "All You" magazine yet, it is time you do! It is plum full of coupons plus great articles. Do you ever draw a blank when it comes to cooking dinner?? Well, it's plum full of great recipes too! I will highlight a couple here that I have cooked for my family. The recipes are from the August 26th issue. They were quick and tasty! Can't ask for more than that! And you never have to choose between a coupon and the recipe because all recipes are online at

Grilled Spiced Pork Patties with Greens
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Serves: 4
Cost per Serving: $1.89
The pork patties are full of flavor and we all totally enjoyed the yogurt dressing!

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
Slow-cooker Meal!!!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 hour
Serves: 6
Cost per Serving: $1.89
This is the best pulled chicken recipe I have tried to date. Tasty-tasty dish and plenty for leftovers....dinner tonight!! :)

Mini Frittatas
Prep: 10 minutes
Bake: 15 minutes
Serves: 6
Cost per Serving: $1.74
Totally fun recipe for dinner. It made more than it said so leftovers were used for breakfast! Eggs should be part of weekly meals...give this recipe a try! It is super easy and great!

I am cooking dinner from the September issue this week. I will let you know how those recipes pan out. Our grocery week runs Thursday-Thursday. Check back to see what happens! :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hit the Target!

Let's not go to extremes here but this shopping with coupons stuff is so much fun!! And Target has turned out to be way more exciting than I originally thought. I must admit...this past weekend, I purchased a few coupons on ebay that weren't in our paper or I preferred to have more than three of the particular coupon. As we were leaving for Target, three sets of the coupons came in the mail. One set was for the St. Ives is .75 cents off any size. Well, guess what??!! Target has that lotion on clearance right now for .67 cents each in the trial size section. Amazing!! There were only 19 but I had 20 coupons so I purchased them all for just the cost of tax. ($1.12) Of course, the 20 coupons did cost me .99 cents so I suppose that total is $2.11! What a great deal!! :)

September is month two of my serious bid to coupon. I have set my goal at shaving $200.00 off our monthly grocery bill. In the first month, I cut the bill by $100.00 and I am well on my way to saving between $150.00-200.00 this month. There is a lot of information to absorb and many tricks to the trade but I am learning every day and I will reach the goal! SOON! :)