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Yep, I created a new one specifically for the wild child sale-shopper who lives inside me now. I will keep this blog for my healthy-eating and running updates, but here’s the link for any of you interested in sales: http://couponingmanda.wordpress.com/

Enjoy your day!!

This week is really my week! I’m feeling great from eating better and getting my runs back in. (Yes, I ran last night! Leg still hurt after about 10 minutes of running, so I alternated running/walking and altogether ran 35 minutes and walked 10 – not shabbs!)

Anyhow, my head is clear, I’m feeling great and have been able to spend time with the kids, get my work done, send in quality papers on homework nights AND clip my coupons/read the sale circulars. I have not been able to do all of those things regularly, or with quality, in forever. Feels great!
To top that little cupcake with a cherry, I was cleaning my email which is set up specifically for my couponing emails andddddd…. ran across this new efficient tool: http://www.allyou.com/static/weekly-circulars/

For any of you who coupon shop, or compare prices (or are interested in doing so!) will know that it can be difficult to go through multiple different store inserts or scan blogs for information on sales that are currently going on. Especially when some stores have sales from Mon-Sat and others are more like Thur-Wed. That can get confusing!!!! Well…. I have yet to really use it for my weekly shopping, but have played around with it since I discovered it and it looks amazing!!!! It has the sales listed for 7 of the stores that I normally spend time looking through ads – only all in one spot! Here’s a link to the short video that explains, if anyone is interested: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid961081871001?bctid=959376459001

And, NO, I was not paid to advertise that, nor given any incentive to do so! I just love saving money and want to help others to do the same! I wish I had discovered coupons and how using those against sale prices could really save a TON of money! And, YES, I am still running and will continue to blog about that, but this blog is really all about ME! If I find a good site or something fun I will post it as well as updates with not only running, but things that are going on in my life.

PS If anyone out there has Sirius/XM – give the indie channel (35) XM U a shot. I have fallen in love with so many songs that I had no idea existed!! I love listening to Cosmo Radio’s “Wake Up with Taylor” in the mornings, but find myself switching over every commercial break and as soon as the show is over. This type of music speaks to me. I love all different genre’s and have so many different faves that range from rock to rap to grunge to southern rock – but this indie stuff is ME. Give it a listen!

PSS If you don’t have Sirius/XM but want to try out some new tunes and see what the heck I’m talking about, see if you can find any of the following:
Coming Down – Dum Dum Girls
The Suburbs – Mr Little Jeans (Also by Arcade Fire, but I really love this cover)
Vomit – Girls
It’s Real – Real Estate
Gay Human Bones – Harlem
Hurdy Gurdy Man – Butthole Surfers
Here Comes Your Man – Pixies
Stinking Cloud – Thee Oh Sees
Keep You – Class Actress
Mr Driver – Black Lips

Happy Hump Day. Til later, ta ta for now.

I could scream because I am so pumped from my wheeling and dealing this week. After trying out small shopping trips through the week and feeling comfortable with using manufacturer and store coupons in conjunction with sale prices and “reward” incentives, I am still a novice, but felt prepared for my regular weekend shopping trip today. I printed and snipped coupons from various webpages and links, snipped coupons from multiple magazines and newspaper ads and scanned grocery circulars and websites which post good deals.

The result was not quite extreme couponing as I did not get thousands of dollars of items for under $10, however, I think I did amazing, especially for my first big fill in trip. I spent around $150 between different stores and got enough of most items to last over a month! It was seriously like the best high ever. The best transaction of the bunch was when I went to Kroger and saw the bill reach a little over $28. After scanning my savers card and coupons the total bill was $2.56. $2.56!!!!!!!

So, the total spent today was $140.95. Here’s what I got:

3 – Pepsi Maxx 2liters
1 – Diet Sierra Mist 2liter
1 – Gallon Skim Milk
2 – Diet Mt Dew 24pks
1 – Gallon Water
1 – Colgate MaxFresh Toothpaste
7 – rolls Scott Toilet Paper
7 – rolls Scott Paper Towels
2 – bags SunChips
2 – 12/pkg eggs
10 – pkgs Ronzoni pasta (6 spaghetti, 4 linguine)
2 – 16/pkg Kraft 2% milk chs slices
33 – Prairie Farms assorted yogurts
20 – Weight Watcher frozen meals
5 – Healthy Choice frozen meals
12 – Hungry Man frozen meals
10 – 10/pkg Quaker Granola bars
2 – 4pk Chs Sticks snacks
2 – 4pk Pudding cups
2 – 8pk Chs cracker snacks
1 – 1lb Ham slices
1 – Grape Jelly
1 – Folgers coffee
2 – Moist & Meaty Purina dog food
2 – Cans Spaghetti sauce
8 – Old Spice body wash (Full size)
2 – Healthy Choice loaves bread
2 – Great Value loaves bread
1 – Great Value Jumbo hamburger buns
1 – $5 Target gift card for next purchase
1 – $2.77 CVS “gift card” for next purchase

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I WILL NEVER AGAIN, EVER, SPEND$300 on a weekly grocery trip …unless I’m stocking up on enough things to last months! I can’t believe I use to spend $300 easily on things that lasted ONE WEEK! ONE WEEK!

Wow, I am sorry I’ve been MIA for so long. I got tired of constantly saying “sorry I’m so late getting back to you; I’ve been so busy” and “whaat a crazy week” and “I know its been a couple days, but I’m not ignoring you, I promise…” so I guess I just avoided everything until I could dedicate more time than the 5 minutes it takes to log in and get up to speed before not being able to respond and feeling bad.

Everyone is busy; we are all involved in this lovely (and, at times, crazy) thing called “life”, so I hate to make it seem like my hectic is any crazier than anyone else’s because I’m sure its not. I just have been focusing on getting things wrapped up and not had enough quality time to blog or post …or even tweet! I’ve never neglected my social networking this badly before and I think Facebook is considering my temporary seperation as being more serious than it is. I’m trying to make more time now that the big priority items are starting to get either “checked completed” or “under control”!

In all seriousness, nothing big. Just baseball is amped up for both kids with multiple practices and tournaments and games every week/wkend. I’m still doing the school thing, so homework and papers a few nights a wk and I am considering posting for a position within my company which would move us from Illinois to Florida, so lots of decisions and conversations, etc… But, I do have some good news to report:

I FINISHED WEEK 5 of C25K last night!! Yup, I ran 20 minutes straight! After I finished the wkout I was so pumped that I ran some more, too. Looks like my last update was with my ankle beginning to feel better and me starting over the program with the kids, too. Well, that lasted a week and baseball really AMPED. It was too much for them to join me and I liked getting runs in during some of their practices, so we put a pause on the kids. BUT, as for mamacita (me), I went back to Week 4 after I finished week 1 and decided I would see how I felt. FELT FINE! So, I continued where I left off and will now begin week 6, or phase 6 as I prefer to call it when I do more than one “week/phase” within a “physical week”. Yay!

I’ll definitely try to get on here more, now especially since I’ve finally got on to update and that’s now “checked complete”. 🙂

PS I decided to try out this whole only shopping sales and/or with coupons thing and I’m totally addicted. I’m not like the extreme couponers with getting thousands for a pennies, but I will NEVER again spend $300 on my wkly grocery trip again. Doing this really made me realize how much crap I bought to just fill the cupboards and throw away once expired. I’ll do another post later to show what I spent on my first trial run at it. I think I did good!

Happy late Cinco de Mayo and early la Mamacita Day!

P.S. 47 days and counting with OUT cigarettes in my life. Not even one puff during this time. 🙂


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