hollydoodle—wife, mommy, daughter, sister, friend…and any other hat i can wear

Saving Money January 29, 2009

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Okay, most of you know that I am a freak about saving money.  I’m very frugal (to a fault at times).  I used to read “the Frugal Mom” website everyday until she decided that she could no longer blog.  I learned a lot from her.  Anyway, now I am searching for tips online for how to save money.  If you know of any websites or tips that will help me save money…just let me know.  I’m all about some coupons.

Speaking of coupons….I was looking at this website that gave tips about buying groceries when I stumbled upon a section labeled “expired coupons”.  It explained that several military bases allow expired coupons to be used, so we could send them to military families there to help them.  I wish I would have seen this before yesterday.  I threw away about 30 great coupons that could have been used.  I’m going to post the link below so that you can see the website for the tips as well as for the place to send expired coupons. http://www.grocerysavingtips.com/expiredgrocerycoupons.htm

Here’s one of my money saving tips…USE COUPONS ALL THE TIME.  Zeb hates coupons.  He thinks they are ridiculous.  However, when he saw that I shopped at Publix (yes, they are a little higher, but more on that later) and saved over $75 in coupons alone…he understood why I clip coupons so often.  Now, about Publix….I love Publix.  It truly is a pleasure to shop there.  People seem to enjoy their job.  But why do I love Publix the most?!?  They have GREAT sales and they double coupons up to $.50.  They have tons of BOGO sales.  I’ve found that when I go buy stuff that is on sale or BOGO AND I use a coupon…it’s super cheap.  The other day I got a ton of baby food that should have cost about $35-40…for $10.   Yes, that is a $30 discount.  I had coupons, some was BOGO, and some was just on sale.  It was great! 

I’m not ashamed of my little coupon binder.  It’s a way that saves us literally hundreds of dollars.  The coupons add up.  I don’t care if someone is behind me in line.  I know they shudder when they see that I’m about to hand the cashier 50 coupons.  Again, another reason I love Publix is because their cashiers are competant, intelligent people.  They ring up the coupons immediately when they finish ringing up the food.  This is one reason I sometimes HATE Walmart.  Their cashiers are incompetant, and they usually forget to ring up the coupons even though I’d mentioned it several times.  The first couple of times it happened…I let it slide.  The third, fourth, and fifth time…I went to customer service to get my money back.  It was a hassle for everyone involved…another reason I don’t shop at Walmart as often. 

 Anyway, I think I’m done for now.  Basically what my thoughts are about today would be….save more money.  I’m so ready to be out of debt…we need to save more to do that.  It will happen, though.  One day…it’ll happen.  (And it will be in part because of my coupon clipping days.)


World Hunger January 28, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — hollydoodle00 @ 12:19 pm

I’ve been seeing a lot of information lately about world hunger.  Many organizations just simply want you to donate your money; others just want your time.  I’ve found a quick and easy way to donate rice.  For every word/definition that you get right, they will donate ten grains of sand.  I know, that doesn’t sound like much…but I’ve just been sitting here clicking away (trying to beat myself at this game) and before I knew it…I’d donated like 5 or 6 BOWL fulls fo rice.  So, go ahead and give it a try.



Here are a few more…. January 24, 2009

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Thanks Uncle PP & Auntie PooPoo

Thanks Uncle PP & Auntie PooPoo

I love my wagon!!!

I love my wagon!!!

Elmo & WagonOh, I’m at my parents house….so I just remembered that they have pics of Zoe that I can put on here for you guys to see.  Can you believe she is already 8 months old?

Zoe & Granny

Zoe & Granny


Our New President

Filed under: Uncategorized — hollydoodle00 @ 4:39 pm

Okay, so since I’ve kind of become a blogger (kinda)….I have not said anything about the election or our new president.  Well, I finally am about to talk a bit about it.  Honestly, I wasn’t a Barack Obama supporter.  I’m still not an “Obama supporter”, but I do pray for our new President.  I don’t agree with most of what his stance was, but we are told to pray for our leaders.  He needs support and prayer.  I was frustrated when he became president, but I’ve noticed a chance in some people since he has become president.

Okay, so this may turn into a controversial post, but I’m just gonna put it out there.  I don’t care that he is biracial.  (People, he is biracial…not black, not white, not Native American, not any one race).  I don’t care that he is so young.  That was a non issue to me.  I cared about what he supported ethically and morally.  I wasn’t a huge John McCain supporter, either.  I thought he was a little too liberal for my taste.  I did REALLY like Sarah Palin.  What really annoyed me, though, was that MOST PEOPLE keep talking about our first Black President.  He’s not.  He’s BIRACIAL.  Okay…that’s what I needed to say.  If he was voted in simply because of that…I completely disagree.  On the other side of that, though, I have noticed a chance in some people simply because he is in office.  I think that is wonderful.  If he is the man that has given hope to another culture…then that is great!  Honestly, that makes me truly happy deep within. 

I will never understand what it’s like to need someone to become president to validate who I am.  I’ve been truly blessed in that aspect.  So, if the only thing that Barack Obama does while in office is give people hope…then I’m okay with that.  I truly pray that the Lord would use President Obama in a great way.  There’s a man and woman at our church that pray for him out loud…and have for months.  They’ve prayed for both of the presidential candidates…and now they pray for President Obama.  That is very respectful. 

So, basically….if you don’t get anything else from this blog….it’s that while I’m not excited about the new president….I think there really has been at least one change for the better.  I am interested to see how the next four years go.