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The winners of the Potty Monkey and the Chuggington Prize Pack are…

From 708 entries, the winner of the Chuggington Prize Pack is comment #549, Kemberley C.

From 375 entries, the winner of a Potty Monkey is comment #1,  Angie D. (See, #1 can win when you’re choosing randomly!)

Winners have been emailed. Thanks to all who entered!

1 comment October 30, 2012

Kroger trip 10/28/12: saved 49% on Campbell’s cooking soups, All laundry detergent, Annie’s mac & cheese, more


Kroger has one of its fun Mega Events this week where you buy 10 participating items (or items in denominations of 10) you’ll get $0.50 off each item. I only saved 49%, but that’s because I bought some full-price items that I really needed. Here are the matchups that you should take note of:

Campbell’s Cream of Chicken and Cream of Mushroom soups are $0.69 each, and there’s a $0.40/3 printable coupon here that doubles to make them $0.42 each. This is a stock-up price for me as I generally make a chicken and rice casserole once a week using these soups.

Del Monte packaged fruit is $1.69. I  used this printable coupon for $0.50/1 Del Monte diced apples & pears in extra light syrup with caramel flavor or diced pears in extra light syrup with vanilla and spice to make them $0.69. I use these for lunches. (Coupon no longer available, but there’s a $1/2 coupon available on Facebook here.)

All laundry detergent is $2.99/bottle, and there’s a printable Facebook coupon for $3/2 All Free & Clear, making it $1.49/bottle.

Annie’s Mac & Cheese is $0.69/box. No coupons used here, but I stocked up anyway. My girls love the pink boxes because the pasta is bunny-shaped.

Cheez-its are $2.49/box, and I had a $1/1 coupon from the Savings Club (no longer available).

Pillsbury pie crusts are regular price – $3.19 – but I had apples coming out of my ears and I had to make a pie. There’s a printable coupon here for $0.50/2. I tried the Kroger pie crusts too, since they were $2, and made my husband do a taste test. He said they were both good, but he ended up liking the Pillsbury crust the best, just FYI.

Muir Glen tomato sauce was $1.37/can and there’s a printable $0.50/1 coupon here that doubles to make it just $0.37/can. I add this to my spaghetti sauce.

What other good deals did you get at Kroger this week?

Thanks, Real Housewives Clip Coupons!



Add comment October 29, 2012

Vintage owl pendant, peacock hair clip each under $2 = Christmas gift ideas?

Need a few inexpensive Christmas gifts? Check out these cute stocking-stuffer ideas for less than $2 each:

This vintage-style colorful Owl charm necklace is just $1.16 on Amazon with FREE shipping!

This Vintage Jewelry Crystal Peacock Hair Clip is just $1.66 with FREE shipping!

Thanks, My Sweet Savings!

Add comment October 26, 2012

Giveaway: win a copy of Money Saving Mom’s 21 Days to A More Disciplined Life (5 winners!) plus a discount through Friday

UPDATE: The winners of the free copies of 21 days to a More Disciplined Life from Money Saving Mom are comments #4 Nikki T., #26 Maryann D., #10 Kristy V, #40 Sara F., and #36 Amanda C. Send me an email and I’ll send you the info on how to get your book. For everyone else, don’t forget it’s on sale for $0.99 through tomorrow!

I love Money Saving Mom’s blog. It’s one of my favorites, not just because of the deals she posts, but also because of the great articles she writes. Her books are also fun to read, and she’s just come out with a new one on e-book/Kindle: 21 Days to A More Disciplined Life. It retails for $4.99, but through tomorrow (10/25) it’s on sale for just $0.99 on e-book here or Kindle here. Plus, I have FIVE copies to give away to you all today!

Here’s a description of the book:

Do you have ideas, hopes, and dreams for what you want to accomplish in your life, but you feel like you’re being held back by a lack of personal discipline?
Are you easily overwhelmed by your big ideas or projects, and you just don’t know where to start and how to make real progress? Do you find yourself making “all-or-nothing” plans for transforming your life, and then three days later you crash and burn under the weight of your plan?

What You Can Expect to Learn From This Book:

  • How to prioritize and name your goals so that you can accomplish them faster than ever.
  • How to expose the obstacles that will come up, and then make a plan to conquer them.
  • How to break up a goal that feels insurmountable into bite-sized pieces.
  • How to stop making excuses and get the job done now — and then enjoy the rest of your day!
  • How to put accountability in place to help you stay on task and motivated.

Purchasing this ebook also gives you access to printable worksheets to make the process even easier!

Who is This Book For?
21 Days to a More Disciplined Life is for you if:

  • You have trouble following through.
  • You get overwhelmed by huge projects.
  • You start strong, but your passion fizzles out.
  • You are super-disciplined in a few areas of your life, but you have one or two pet areas that you just can’t get under control.
  • You check out 10 different books on discipline and organization from the library, but return all of them late.

Go here to purchase a copy of the e-book for $0.99! Or, go here to purchase a copy of the Kindle edition for $0.99. Remember, this sale ends at midnight on Friday! Also, once you’ve purchased a copy of the book make sure you enter Money Saving Mom’s giveaway here, with over 100 prizes for people who purchase or promote her book.

Would you like to win a copy of the e-book? Here’s a quick giveaway that ends tonight, and there will be FIVE winners!

Required Entry:

To enter to win, just leave a comment below letting me know if you’ve ever read Money Saving Mom’s blog. That’s it!  (If you’re reading this on Facebook/Twitter hop on over to to leave your comment.)

Additional Optional Entries:

You can do each of the following things for an additional entry in the giveaway. You can only do each of these once, for a possible total of 5 entries.

Please leave a separate comment for each method of entry. If you only leave one comment then you only have one entry, as each comment is numbered and I randomly choose a number. Make sense?

This giveaway ends at 9 p.m. EST TODAY, Wednesday October 24. I will choose five winners and will post them tonight after 9. If you’re not a winner, make sure you pick up a copy of the book before it returns to full price!

I will contact the winner via email. Giveaway open to US readers only.

44 comments October 24, 2012

Giveaway: Win one of two sets of tickets to the Junior League of Knoxville’s Tinsel & Treasure November 2-4

I am proud to be a Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Knoxville. I joined the Junior League in 2002, and have thoroughly enjoyed my League experience. One of the fun events I’ve always enjoyed is the annual Tinsel & Treasure Holiday Market. It’s a great place to find unique Christmas gifts!

The 11th Annual Tinsel & Treasure will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center November 2-4. Tickets are $5 ahead of time or $6 at the door. To pre-order tickets call the League office at 865-584-4124 or go here. There’s also a $1 coupon in the Knoxville Schools coupon book, and on Saturday admission is FREE during the UT football game. Shopping hours are as follows:

Friday November 2nd, 10:00 am – 7 pm

Saturday November 3rd, 10:00 am – 6 pm

Sunday November 4th, 12 noon – 5 pm

The Junior League has generously given me two sets of general admission tickets to give away to two readers! Each set contains two tickets to Tinsel & Treasure. I will pick two winners.

Required Entry:

To enter to win, just leave a comment below letting me know if you’ve ever been to Tinsel & Treasure. That’s it!  (If you’re reading this on Facebook/Twitter hop on over to to leave your comment.)

Additional Optional Entries:

You can do each of the following things for an additional entry in the giveaway. You can only do each of these once, for a possible total of 6 entries.

Please leave a separate comment for each method of entry. If you only leave one comment then you only have one entry, as each comment is numbered and I randomly choose a number. Make sense?

This giveaway ends at 9 p.m. EST on Thursday October 25. I will choose two winners and will post them Thursday night after 9. If you’re not a winner, don’t fret, because a little bird told me there’s an upcoming Deal Chicken deal, too!

I will contact the winner via email. Giveaway open to US readers only. Although if you’re living in a foreign country I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t be coming to Tinsel & Treasure, right?


28 comments October 23, 2012

Couponing with a college student during the Kroger Buy 5 – Save $5 Event

Kroger has a great Buy 5 Save $5 event going on right now, so I thought this might be just the right time to take a college friend of mine, Jamie, on a couponing trip. Jamie is a pretty thrifty girl, but she doesn’t do a lot of couponing. (I was the same way in college.) So off we went to Kroger to see what deals we could find. Of course, the first step for Jamie was to actually sign up for a Kroger Plus card.


To get the $5 Catalina (good on your next purchase) you must purchase 5 participating items. It’s not too hard to do – just verify before you check out that your participating items are in denominations of 5. You can get everything all at once, or break it up into smaller transactions and roll the Catalinas. One of the first deals I though looked good was the Betty Crocker Mac & Cheese. It’s on sale for $1/box, and is part of the Buy 5 Save $5 event, so after Catalina it would be free! Unfortunately, my store only had two boxes left.


I bake a lot, and Gold Medal flour is part of the sale making it $1.50/bag after Catalina, so I bought a bag. The white wheat flour that I’ve started using for almost everything was not part of the sale, so I didn’t really stock up.


Also on the baking aisle we saw that Betty Crocker cake mixes were on sale for $1.25, so just $0.25 after Catalina! The cookie mixes were $1.50/bag after Catalina, and this printable $0.50/1 coupon doubles to make them $0.50/bag. Jamie & I both make a lot of cookies for the youth group at church, so we both bought a number of cookies mixes.


Totally stocked up on baking mixes. This should last me through Christmas:


Other great deals:

Here’s what the Catalina looks like. You can break up your shopping trip into multiple transactions if you want to use it up right away. Make sure you don’t forget to use it before it expires.


We had fun shopping, and I hope Jamie found couponing to be a painless way to save money!

The Kroger Buy 5 Save $5 sale ends 10/23.

Thanks to Hip2Save and Couponing to Disney for matchup info!

Information on this sale plus a gift card for me and an additional gift card for my college friend was provided by Kroger and General Mills through MyBlogSpark. All opinions are my own.


Add comment October 18, 2012

Review: A Year with G.K.Chesterton, 365 Days of Wisdom, Wit, and Wonder, edited by Kevin Belmonte

I recently had the chance to read A Year with G.K.Chesterton, edited by Kevin Belmonte (subtitle: 365 Days of Wisdom, Wit, and Wonder). This nonfiction book was published this October by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

“A Year with G. K. Chesterton daily brings truth to life. And we are heir to the winsome, arresting, utterly original outpouring of Chesterton’s reasons for hope. During his lifetime, a host of perspectives clamored for his attention, but he saw nothing as vital and alive as Christianity. Readers of this book will find their faith strengthened and enriched, even as they see the many reasons why George Bernard Shaw called Chesterton “a colossal genius.”

A true anthology, the best of Chesterton’s many works are presented in concise, memorable selections. From New Year’s Day to New Year’s Eve, each page contains a passage of Scripture and myriad moments for reflection, appreciation, and laughter.”

Final Verdict:

I was first introduced to G.K. Chesterton my my husband, the theology geek, and I’ve gotten his input for this review. Chesterton has been very important in the lives of many influential people, from C.S. Lewis to John Piper (who in this article says Chesterton’s Orthodoxy is the only book he’s read more than twice.)

This book is organized by date, and for each day you’ll get a verse of Scripture, a paragraph of Chesterton’s insight, and a list of important events (involving Chesterton) that happened on that date. Many -but not all- days also have an additional passage or quote of Chesterton’s or a passage from someone else writing about Chesterton. My husband says that a British Roman Catholic man who lived a hundred years ago might not seem like an obvious reading choice for those of you who are contemporary Protestant Evangelicals, but truly, he is a treasure trove of orthodox belief, wit, and insight.

My only complaint about this book is that I would have liked to see citations from each of Chesterton’s quotes so I would know what work it was taken from; my husband and I both had some initial confusion about whether some of the passages might have been written by the editor, Kevin Belmonte, who is a Chesterton scholar, since they were not attributed, when other passages were listed as quotes from Chesterton. We figured out that everything not attributed to someone else was written by Chesterton, but I wasn’t completely sure at first.

I have not read through all of the 365 daily passages, although I look forward to doing so. However, from the scanning I did, plus the week of daily readings from the past 7 days in October, I can tell this book is going to be a great addition to my daily quiet time. I look forward to getting to know Chesterton better.

If you’d like to check out A Year with G.K.Chesterton it is currently on sale for $10.36 for the Kindle version right now. (Regularly $16.99) If you prefer a hard copy it’s currently on sale for $11.35. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Add comment October 17, 2012

Fall 2012 Library book sale starts tomorrow!


Just a reminder that the Blount County Library book sale starts tomorrow! Friends of the Library sponsor the sale & offer first dibs to members only on Thursday from noon to 6 pm. You can purchase a membership at the door. Get there early, as folks line up prior to the doors being opened at noon.

Friday and Saturday the sale will be open to the public from 9-5.

Add comment October 17, 2012

$5 off child tickets to Tennessee Aquarium in October

Save $5 on child admission throughout October when you mention “Fall Break” at the Tennessee Aquarium ticketing center!

There are also some great events going on, and you can see them all here. We are actually members of the Tennessee Aquarium, and really enjoy taking our girls there!

Here are some of the programs being offered free with aquarium admission this month:

10:15 AM – The Tooth About Piranhas
River Journey, Keeper Talk in Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari

10:30 AM – Pumpkins & Penguins
Ocean Journey, Keeper talk in Penguins’ Rock

10:45 AM – Creatures of the Night
River Journey, Stage Program in Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari

11 AM – Scaredy Cat-Fish
River Journey, Costumed divers in Nickajack Lake or River Giants

11 & 11:30 AM – Bite Fright Dive Show
Ocean Journey, Secret Reef

11 AM, 12:30 PM & 12:45 PM – Up Close with Creatures
River Journey, Stage Program in Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari

1:30 PM – Jaws & Claws
Ocean Journey, Animal feedings in Boneless Beauties

1:30 PM – Treat Time for Otters
River Journey, Otter Program in Cove Forest

1:45 PM – Pumpkins & Penguins
Ocean Journey, Keeper Talk in Penguins’ Rock

2:00 & 2:30 PM– Bite Fright Dive Show
Ocean Journey, Secret Reef

2:00 PM – Divers Delight
River Journey, Divers feeding in River Giants or Nickajack Lake

2 PM & 2:15 PM – Up Close with Creatures
Stage Program in Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari

2 PM & 2:30 PM – Jaws & Claws
Ocean Journey, Animal feedings in Boneless Beauties

Thanks, Birmingham Bargain Mom!


Add comment October 17, 2012

Timothy Keller’s “The Meaning of Marriage” on Kindle for $2.99 today only (88% off!) BUY THIS BOOK NOW!!

I just finished reading Tim Keller’s The Meaning of Marriage and have been recommending it to everyone I know, so when I saw that the Kindle price had dropped to $2.99 (88% off!) for today only I knew I had to post about it. Go here to get a copy. Seriously, you need to read this book. If you don’t believe me, read the reviews on Amazon. It has 4.9/5 stars and glowing recommendations.

Tim Keller is pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in Manhattan, and I don’t think I’m overstating things when I saw he’s one of the most brilliant minds of our generation. This book is for everyone who is married and everyone who is not. See, you fit into one of those categories, right?

I cannot recommend it enough. Go now; you can thank me later!


Add comment October 15, 2012

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