Simplifying Saturday And Job Update

>> Saturday, August 8, 2009

Well, the last couple of weeks have probably been the craziest two weeks of my life. The day after my husband's job loss we packed up and headed to Alabama to visit my family. My husband had two phone interviews and two face to face interviews while we were down there. We left Alabama on July 31st and headed to North Carolina to spend the weekend with my husband's grandmother. We arrived home this past Sunday evening. This week has been a blur of doctors appointments, dentist appointments and back to school preparations.

We were thrilled and a bit in awe when my husband received a job offer this past Thursday, two weeks to the day he lost his job. If you want the full details on how this all worked out, you can read it here on my personal blog. This will require us to move but we'll be moving to an area where we've always wanted to live. We realize that in the short term that saving money is probably not going to be possible. Not only are we going to incur moving costs but we also have to sell this house. We know that we may have to carry a mortgage and rent for awhile. We have chosen to look at the long term benefits of this move which include living in an area with a lower cost of living, living where we have always wanted to live and being closer to family. We feel that the long term gain is worth the short term pain. This was not something that we decided to do on a whim. If you read the post on my other blog, you'll see this is something that we had already discussed and had been pursuing. We are very excited about this new opportunity.

So because of all of the circumstances of the last couple of weeks, I have not made as much progress in decluttering as I had hoped. However, yesterday my girls and I tackled the basement playroom. I was absolutely thrilled with my girls' enthusiasm and willingness to get rid of so many of their toys. The toy storage shelves and containers are mostly empty. We tossed a bag of trash and have a ton of stuff for the yard sale we're planning next weekend. This next week should be very productive for us as we prepare for the yard sale.

If you would like to join me in simplifying, please feel free to leave a comment detailing how you simplified this week.


Weekly Coupon Inserts For 8/9/09

There will be three inserts in this Sundays paper, 2 Smart Source and 1 Red Plum. To see the full list of available coupons visit Southern Savers' post here.


Auntie Jenny Hats Toddler Hat Giveaway

My dear friend Auntie Jenny at Auntie Jenny Hats has generously donated this wonderful toddler sized hand knit hat for my 1 Year Blogoversary Bash Giveaway. The stylish lime green and navy blue color combo is gender neutral and would be perfect for a toddler boy or toddler girl. Auntie Jenny hats are hand knit in Vermont by Auntie Jenny herself. Auntie Jenny offers a variety of styles and encourages her customers to "Create the hat that is perfect for you!" Auntie Jenny is a delight to work with and offers quality hand knit hats at reasonable prices and low shipping of just $1 per hat. A portion of Auntie Jenny's profits is donated to supporting research in finding treatment and a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. My girls have been wearing Auntie Jenny hats for years. They are made to last and I have found that my girls can get multiple years of use out of them.

To win this gorgeous toddler sized hat:
Visit Auntie Jenny Hats and leave a comment with the pattern or style of Auntie Jenny Hat you like best. This is mandatory for your first entry.

For additional entries:
-Follow my blog or let me know you already follow and leave a comment.
-Subscribe to my blog or let me know you already follow and leave a comment.
-Follow me on twitter and tweet this giveaway and leave a comment and link.
-Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment and link.

Giveaway Rules:
-Contest ends at 10 p.m. on 8/31/09.
-Include your email addres in your comment or make sure your comment is linked to your email address.
-Winner has 48 hours to contact me after giveaway ends.
-Open to U.S. residents only.


The Money Jar's 1 Year Blogoversary Bash

Hello readers! Welcome to my 1 Year Blogoversary Bash! I am so excited to be celebrating one year of blogging here at The Money Jar. I started this blog as a way to share my shopping trips each week with other coupon shoppers who appreciated all the great deals out there. I never imagined how much fun I would have finding and sharing all the great deals I come across each day as well as sharing my family's personal financial journey. It has been a year of financial challenges for us and the wondeful, frugal community I've come to know through this blog has been a great source of encourgement and inspiration for me.

I guess I need to say a big thank you to the anonymous woman I met on my very first trip to CVS. She saw me check out with my coupons and asked me if I had ever heard of Money Saving Mom. I told her I had not so she gave me the web address and told me to check it out. That was my introduction to this huge community of frugal bloggers. I also need to thank Crystal at Money Saving Mom and Denise at The Centsible Sawyer. It was my desire to share the deals I found on their websites that got this all started. I also want to send a special little thank you out to Lisa at A Stitch of Faith. She was the very first person to leave a comment on my blog. I remember being so excited to get that comment. I always find comments to be such a great source of encourgement. Most of all, I need to thank you, my readers! There are a whole lot more of you now than there were a year ago. I appreciate all of you so much.

As a way to celebrate my blogoversay and to say thanks to all of my wonderful readers, I will be hosting 7 great giveaways this week. Starting today, I will list 1 giveaway a day for the next 7 days. These will run through the end of the month. I am so excited to be able to offer these so be sure to check in each day for the latest giveaway.
Now, are you curious to see the post that started it all? Here it is in all of it's poorly spaced simplicity. Gotta love those low out of pocket expenses at CVS.

Happy Blogoversary!


CVS $5 Off $25 Coupon

I just read about a great $5 off $25 purchase at CVS coupon over at Money Saving Mom. Just go here and take the health iq quiz to get your $5/$25 CVS coupon. This will make those weekly deals much sweeter.


Rite Aid Video Values

Rite Aid has launched an exciting new program called Rite Aid Video Values. You can get great money saving coupons just for watching short videos. You can save up to $130 on brands like Claritin, Olay, Nexxus and more. You also earn credits when you watch the videos and after viewing 20 videos you can use those credits to get a $5 off your next purchase of $20 or more coupon. Go here to sign up now. If you already participate in Rite Aid's Single Check Rebate program you will not need to register again.


CVS Deals 8/9/09-8/15/09

>> Friday, August 7, 2009

3 Day Sale

Revlon Color Stay Mineral Mousse Makeup $9.99
ECBs $9.99
$1/1 Revlon makeup 7/19/09 SS
$2/1 Revlon Cosmetic (Cosmopolitan magazine)
Free plus overage after Q and ECB

Weekly ECB Deals

Purchase $15 of select CVS or Caliber school supplies get $5 ECBs

Contour Meter $14.99
ECBs $5
$14.99 off Bayer Breeze 2 or Contour Meter (up to $30) 3/22/09 SS
Free plus overage after Q and ECBs

Bic Soleil Razor 1 ct. or cartridges 4 ct. $6.99
ECBs $3
$2/1 Bic Soleil printable
$1.99 after Q and ECBs

Coppertone Nutrashield $8.99
ECBs $2
$5/1 Coppertone Nutrashield printable
$1.99 after Q and ECBs

Kodak Picture Movie DVD $14.99
ECBs $5
$9.99 after ECBs

Spend $15 on Five Star Notebooks get $5 ECBs

Spend $15 on select candy and get $5 ECBs
Skittles or Starburst 6-7.2 oz. 2/$3
Werther's or Riesen 5.5-6 oz.,Werther's sugar free 2.75 oz. 2/$3
Hershey's milk chocolate, special dark, Reese's, York, Kit Kat, Mounds or Almond Joy 8 pk. 4/$5
Hershey's, Mars or Nestle singles 2/$1
M&Ms 9.9-12.6 oz. 2/$6
Snickers, Hersheys or Reese's 6 pk. 2/$6
Nips 4 oz. 2/$2
Hersheys Kisses,Hugs, Nuggets, Reese's Miniatures, York or Rolo 8.8-17.25 oz. 2/$6
Extra or Wrigley's gum 3 pk. 2/$4
Twizzlers 11-17.6 oz., Whoppers, Reese's Whoppers or Milk Duds 9-12 oz. 2/$4
-$1/2 Snickers, Milky Way, Twix or 3 Muskateers 7/26/09 RP

Other Deals

Friskies Cat Food 3.15 lb bag $3.99
$3.50/1 printable
.49 cents each after Q

Hershey's, Mars or Nestle singles 2/$1
$1/2 Snickers, Twix, 3 Muskateers, Milky Way 7/26/09 RP
Free after Q


Free Sample Honey Nut Cheerios

Sign up here to get a free sample of Honey Nut Cheerios and a $1 off coupon.


Deals Of The Week 8/8/09

We were out of town for 10 days visiting family so I only managed one small shopping trip at CVS in last week. This week was an entirely different story. I managed to get more cheap/free school supplies as well as some other really great deals this week. Here's what I bought:
Rite Aid

I bought:
Renu Multiplus Twin Pack
$1/1 Renu
Total OOP with tax: $9.59
Will receive $9.99 rebate


I bought:
2 Folgers cofee $5
1 Gum Toothbrushes 2 pk. $3.49
3 Penway Pencils 10 pk. .37 cents
1 Walgreens Child Activity book .99 cents(this has great coupons inside)
.25/1 Folgers
.25/1 Folgers
$2 RRs
Total OOP with tax: $7.85
Received $3.50 RR


I bought:
1 Bandaid bandages $2.99
2 Caliber 1 subject notebooks $1.98
$.50/1 Bandaids
$3.86 ECBs
Total OOP with tax: .91 cents
Received $2.98 ECBs and CRT for Free CVS Aspirin

I will no longer be using my Grocery Game list for Kroger. I've learned how to coupon shop and have found enough great resources that I'm ready to do it on my own. I'll try to start including my big trip pictures soon. Things were too crazy this week for that to happen. I paid $36.19 for $72.37 worth of groceries for a savings percentage of 51%.
Some of my best deals:
2 loaves of Kroger wheat bread .49 cents each
1 loaf wheat bread .69 cents
1 pkg. whole wheat kaiser rolls .69 cents
2 CG eyeshadows & 2 CG lipslicks for .72 cents total after Qs and P&G deal.

Weekly Summary:
I paid $54.54 for $99.81 worth of groceries for a savings percentage of 45% not including the rebate.

Stop by Southern Savers and Money Saving Mom for more great deals.


One Year Subscription To ESPN Magazine Deal

Go here to get a one year subscription, that's 26 issues, of ESPN magazine for just $2.97. Use the code 625c at checkout.


Free Chocolate Fridays

There is still plenty of time to get your free chocolate. Go here to register for your FREE Real Chocolate coupon from Mars. Coupons are limited so register now.


Coming Soon

>> Thursday, August 6, 2009

My one year blogoversary is coming up this weekend. I'll be celebrating with some great giveaways. Be sure to check in this weekend and be a part of my One Year Blogoversary Bash!

Read more... $10 Off $50 Purchase Of Select Denim

Amazon is currently offering $10 off your $50 purchase of select denim items. Go here for more details.


CVS August Freebie

>> Wednesday, August 5, 2009

CVS is saying thanks to their ExtraCare cardholders in August with a free gift. The first time you use your ExtraCare card in August you will receive a coupon at the end of your receipt for a free gift. One gift per card. Ends August 31, 2009. Go here for more details. I received mine yesterday, a coupon for free CVS aspirin.


McDonalds: Free Medium Fries and Free Medium Drink With Purchase Of Angus Third Pounder

Print this coupon to get a free medium fries and a free medium soft drink or tea when you purchase an Angus Third Pounder.


Walgreens: $5 Off $25 Printable

Print this coupon to get $5 off your $25 purchase at Walgreens. Valid Wednesday, August 5th and Thursday, August 6th only.


Office Depot Deals 8/2/09-8/8/09

>> Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Office Depot Brand Pencil Pouch .05 cents limit 3

Tug Pencil Sharperner .10 cents limit 3

Papermate #2 Pencils 10 pk. .25 cents limit 3

Free Scholastic 4 oz. School Glue with minimum $5 purchase

Get a 20% off coupon for Foot Locker when you make any purchase at Office Depot between 7/26/09-9/5/09

Office Depot Brand 12" Acrylic Ruler for Binders .99 cents

Sharpie Accent Pocket Highlighters 6 pk. .99 cents

Office Depot Brand Marble Composition Book 100 pages .99 cents

Liquid Paper Smooth Coverage .99 cents

Paper Mate Write Brothers Ballpoint Stick Pens 10 pk. .99 cents

Paper Clip 100 pk. .99 cents

Tug Brand Book Covers $1.99

Mead Assorted Pocket Folders $1.99

Aluminum Ruler $1.99

PaperMate EraserMate Pens 5 pk. $1.99

Pentel Clic Erase Grip 2 pk. $1.99

Ticonderoga My First Pencil 4 pk. $1.99

Expo White Board Cleaner 8 oz. $1.99

Fiskars Scissors for Kids $1.99

Mini Clipboard $1.99

Mini Milk Crates $1.99

Expo White Board Eraser $1.99

Office Depot Brand Wirebound Notebooks 6 pk. $2.99

PaperMate Gel Pens 5 pk. $2.99

All Sharpie Accent Mini 4 pk. $2.99

Liscense Notebooks $2.99

Office Depot Brand Notebook 3-hole punch $2.99

Expo Fine Dry Erase Markers 4 pk. with Free board $2.99

Mini Sport Stapler $2.99

Drafting Pouch Kit $2.99

Office Depot Value Notebook Filler Paper 150 Sheets .50 cents

Buy any 2 Mead notebooks & get a free 9" x 16" notebook


Jack In The Box: 2 Free Tacos Today Only

Print this coupon to get 2 free tacos at Jack In The Box. Valid today, 8/4/09 only.


Free Subscription To Popular Science Magazine

>> Monday, August 3, 2009

Register here to get a free 1 year subscription to Popular Science Magazine.


BareMinerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation And Mini Buki Brush $1

Right now you can get a free 10 day sample of bareMinerals Matte SPF 15 Foundation plus a Mini Buki Brush. Shipping is just $1. Go here for details.


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