A Life Worth Living by Nancy Buxton

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What About the Bargains?

Have you missed me telling you about the bargains I have been finding.  Have you missed my LOL’s when I  come home with several bags of products for pennies?

I have to tell you the bargains in couponing have dwindled considerably.  Is it a sign of the times?  Idk–if you don’t know what that means you must not text LOL. (I don’t know)  I don’t text much myself so don’t think you are the only one that still talks on the phone.  I miss my couponing days and I hope they come back soon.  I still find a good deal now and then but not like I use to.

In the mean time, I still believe we must take care of our money.  As I garage sale during the summer months, I am astounded at the things people pay big money for and then turn around and nearly give it away at a garage sale.

When I look around my house and see the stuff I have spent good money on and realize I don’t even like most of it, it makes me stop and think how much money I would have had I not spent  foolishly.

Today I bought my grand daughter a mocha something or other from Starbuck’s, it was pennies short of $5.00 for one drink.  Think of the people who do this nearly every day.

We have some friends who were paying nearly $100 for cable tv, they didn’t even use half the channels they were paying for.  They also were paying by the minute for their long distance.  They didn’t know there are plans that have a flat fee for long distance.

My sisters, we must get smart about our spending.  Think about your expenses, is it necessary to have unlimited texting for the whole family? Do you need a land line?  What about gym fees, downloads, bottled water, eating out and a dozen other expenses. 

The Lord expects us to be good stewards, let’s start now.

Still Another L.O.L

You already know I love a bargain and yesterday was a great day for a good bargain.  Before I left home, I knew I was  about to enter the doors of Walgreen’s or CVS, I could feel the excitement building.  I don’t have a Spiritual application from this except I wish I had this same feeling when it is time to sit down and open my Bible.  I am going to pray about that.

Here is what I brought yesterday at Walgreen’s: Rembrandt Toothpaste, $5.99  and received a $6.00 Register Reward (same as cash but has to be used at Walgreen’s), Bayer Quick Release Crystals, $2.49 and I had a $1.00 coupon that I found on the display at the store, I got $2.50 back in RR’s (Register Rewards), Ecotrin 81mg, 45 count, $2.00 and I got back $2.00 in RR’s.  Get this, when I opened the box there was a $2.00 coupon on the inside so when I take this to the store I will make $2.00 on my Ecotrin deal.  Nivea Body Wash, $4.99, I had a $1.00 coupon and got back $5.00 so I made $1.01.  I had a lot of RR’s from last week so I paid very little out of pocket and I have all of these products and  lots of RR’s to spend.  I must warn you don’t use the RR’s on the same item, you won’t get another.  In other words, don’t use your $2.00 from Ecotrin to buy another Ecotrin, use it to buy Bayers.  I must also add, always be honest, if the  advertisement  says one per person that means you can only buy one–that’s it only one. 

I have given many items away either to friends or to The Good Neighbor Center or to Bags of Love.  This is a fun hobby that helps me and helps others too.

Another L O L

Okay, I just love the excitement of spending very little money and getting fun things at the store.

Today I went to Walgreen’s and bought some Shimmering Lip Gloss paying $1.99 plus tax, I handed over a Register Reward I had gotten by purchasing a package of Scunci hair bands, I only paid a few cents for the tax.  Then I noticed the Colgate MaxWhite Toothbrushes for $3.49, I had a .75 coupon and $2.00 Register Reward from the lip gloss and got back $3.49 in Register Rewards, I actually made a little on this transaction, and to think I use to pay full price for a toothbrush.

My day consisted of teaching piano lessons, praying for my family and a special friend and picking up a few bargains.  I have yet to open my Bible and that makes me remember studying my Bible is best done the very first thing in the morning.

L. O. L.

LOL.  . .Do you know what that means?  It stands for Laugh Out Loud, yup that’s what it stands for, have you had your laugh today?  Do you know it is actually healthy to laugh and the heartier the laugh the better it is for you.  “They” say it builds endorphins.

 

Maybe you are wondering what I am laughing at; here it is plain and simple. I am laughing at my bargains I got at Walgreen’s.  You know I have already told you how much I love getting bargains, yesterday I brought home 6 tubes of toothpaste and some Axe Shampoo for men and the total was $7.32.  Now here’s the kicker, I paid nothing out of pocket, in couponers language that would be said nothing OOP.   Here is how I did it. . .I had 6 coupons for .75 off of Colgate Toothpaste and in Walgreen’s Easy Saver Book there is a $2.50 coupon on page 23, combining the Easy Saver coupon and the manufactures coupon gave me $3.25 off of the $3.49 purchase price so my toothpaste cost .24 each plus tax.  My Axe Shampoo is a rebate item this month and when I send in my rebate form I will get the price of $5.99 back so the shampoo will be free except the tax.  Now remember I told you I didn’t pay a thing OOP, that’s because I had rebate money on my gift card from last month.

 

Okay, Okay I know it sounds complicated and believe me I have paid a lot of tuition learning about coupons by the mistakes I have made but I am able to supply my family, shelters and other organizations with the good deals I get.

 

I know we are responsible for watching over the resources God has given us and this means our time, money and everything.  It is not always easy to be watchful but I have found it is fun and enables me to give back.

Have I Told You?

I know I haven’t told you that I am a. . .well, a. . .a… a… a bargain hunter.  I love a good deal.  I clip coupons and I use them.  I even file my coupons and I have stacks of them.  I have been known to dig through the recycling bin to find just the right coupon.  It is a little embarrassing when someone recognizes me.  On day a lady even expressed her sympathy for my having to do this because of the economy.  I didn’t tell her I don’t HAVE to do it, I like to do it, any way I don’t have to yet. If I worked for AIG and got one of their fat bonuses I would never have to do it.

Here it is, right here in print, I am a CVS and Walgreen’s junkie!  I find really great buys at both of these stores combining my coupons and the weekly specials.

I want to give you some ideas on how to save money at the grocery store, here goes:

1.  Look at the weekly ads online or in the newspaper before you go to the store.  This way you can match your clipped coupons with the specials.

2.  Combine online printable and clipped coupons with specials.  There are even bloggers who blog what special and what coupon works best.

3.  This is a hard one for me!  Make a meal plan.  Start by going through your cupboards and fridge to know what you have on hand.  You do save money by using everything you have and not throwing away any thing.

4.  Another hard one.  Shop at several stores.  Each store has good deals try taking advantage of each special, if it is not miles out of the way.

5.  Don’t impulse buy.  If you make a list you will know exactly what you need and don’t buy any thing more.  Make it a game.

6.  Watch your sizes!  The price is broken down by price per unit sometimes the larger size is the best buy but not always.

I wish I would have been more frugal years ago, we would have a little more savings but live and learn.  Actually, I believe it is my responsibility to take care of the money God has given me. Dave Ramsay has a saying, “live like know one else today so you can live like know one else later.”  You see giving back is the fun thing about having a little extra money.   Oh I feel another blog subject coming on.  I think it will be called living without debt

 

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