Sunday, October 23, 2011

Awe Poop!

Stock up on Diapers! Wipes!
& Baby Needs

Here are the coupons!


(Walmart will take other store coupons)
From Pampers-diapers & wipes, Luvs and Enfamil. Click, print and save here.

Name Brand Items:

Pull Ups

Get your Sunday Newspaper and Save on Huggies Diapers & Wipes
Here's more on what you can find in the inserts

Love Thy Self: Part II

We continue our journey with the next statements:

6. I am not my actions. I am the actor. My actions may be good or bad. That doesn't make me good or bad.

7. I am not free as to the things that will happen to me. But I am 100% free as to the attitude I have towards these things. My personal well-being or my suffering depend on my attitudes.

8. I do not have to prove myself to anyone. I need only to express myself as honestly and effectively as I am capable.

9. I am free of animosity or resentment.

10. My emotional well-being is dependent on how I love me.

Power to all the mamis! Let's keep taking care of us... we deserve it.

**Write these down and continue to add to your wall, mirror where you can read them everyday and make them part of how you always see and think of yourself.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Love Thy Self

Many days we feel so unappreciated, believe we should have done more, stressed and overwhelmed. As woman we have the feeling that we need to do it all. We carry the burden of everyone's problems on our shoulders. The world crumbles and we are there to piece it together. We are superwoman. We are always on the go, and do for everyone. We take care of loved ones but at the end of the day the one person negleted is ourselves. We need to change our thinking and do for the person who should be a priority,You!

So today I challenge you, as I challenge myself, to start changing that thinking.

Here is a start, read the following statements every day until they become part of your thinking.
I suggest writing them down on notecards, or paper and tape these to your mirror. They will be a constant reminder to read them.

1. I am a unique and precious human being, always doing the best I can, always growing in wisdom and love.

2. I am in charge of my own life.

3. My #1 responsibility is my own growth and well-being. The better I am to me, the better I will be to others.

4. I refuse to be put down by the attitudes or opinions of others.

5. I make my own decisions and assume the responsibility of any mistakes. However, I refuse to feel shame or guilt about them.

At the end of the third day, reflect on the statements and share how you are feeling. What are you experiencing? Were you reminded of these words in one occassion? Will you share?
Finish the week and more statements will follow.

Have fun. Reflect. You are loved. You deserve it.

**You can also share your feelings in our closed Desert Mamis group for privacy.
***Happy Homework

Friday, October 14, 2011

Safeway Meat Sale- Worth It!!


There's a great sale going on at Safeway with the meat,
time to stock up!!

Ground Beef 80/20 $1.99 lb.

Rancher's Reserve $1.99 lb.
(I saved over $19 on a pack)

Tyson Buy 1, Get 1 Free!

Tyson Any'tizers
Reg. price $10.49 ea.
I used a $1.00 coupon for each one 

One pack free

Grand total: $4.25 per pack!!
Total discount for 2/$12.48

Tyson Grilled Ready Pack
Reg. Price 10.49
Coupons available
Same savings apply to this pack!

Print out your Tyson savings at
Don't miss out!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Successful Shopping Trip

Bashas' Shopping Trip

Bashas will double your coupons and has some great deals on snacks and drinks!!

Some of the items in my order:
2 12 packs of Lipton Tea ($2.49 ea.)
2 4 packs of Starbucks Coffee ($2.99 ea.)
Eclairs! ($2.99)
4 Go Gurts Packs ($0.99 ea pack!)
Yoplait 32 oz yogurt ($0.49)
2 Poor Brothers Chips ($1.50 pack)
2 Fiber One 6 pack Box ($1.32 ea)
Fruit Roll Ups/Gushers ($0.99 ea)
and I saved on Gala apples and bell peppers
and so much more!!

Total without card savings and coupons: $128.66
Coupon Savings: $19.60
Card Savings: $53.90
Total Savings: $73.50
Total Paid: $55.16

Paid on Avg: $1.57 per items!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Decoding The Ads

Getting the best deals and making the most of your budget can be frustrating and overwhelming but well worth it. It takes time to organize your shopping trips, make a detailed list of items you really need and research the ads to find the right deals. It is not easy but with time it will just be the only way to shop for your families. You will start to learn new ways to shop and I'm here to offer you that information.

Let's begin with learning how to read the ads and understand the store sales.

  • Grocery store ads change by every Wednesday. Get your ads and coupons on Tuesdays in the mail.
Tip: To get the most coupons, leave a note for your post office worker in your own mailbox and ask for extra flyers-Jolie
  • Convenience stores (Walgreens), pharmacies (CVS) and stores like Walmart, Target change their sales by every Sunday.
  • 10 for $10 sales - you don't have to buy the 10 items to get the sale.
  • Mix and Match Savings- This means that you are asked to buy a set amount of items and instantly at the register you will receive a savings in dollar amount.
Tip: You don't have to buy all the same items. The ad will show different products added to this sale-mix and match. In addition you can use manufacturer coupons on each item in this transaction! This will increase your savings. The rewards do have a limit so read the fine print.

Example: Buy Any 8 participating items, save $4 instantly at the register. At checkout you have your groceries and along them include 8 of these items. When you pay, the register will instantly take $4.00 off. If I have 16 of the items but the limit is set to 1 reward per transaction, I place 8 items in one order and pay. Then I have the cashier ring up the other 8 in a separate transaction and I get another $4.00 off my order.
  • Within ads there will be different dates set for sale items.
Example: Safeway will have a few items on sale only 3 days, Friday-Sunday.
  • Buy one, get one Free - make sure its the equal or lesser value.
  • Buy x=amount, Get x=% off . Here you are asked to buy a set amount of items in order to get the savings. You will need to buy that same item and get your discount. Make sure it reads MUST BUY.
  • Use your discount card. If you don't have it, you can use the registered phone number used at sign up.
  • Pay attention to special discount dates at the grocery store. They will give additional percent off to a certain group on a special day. 
Example: First Responder day, Senior day, Cardinals game day, ect. Read the restrictions and rules.
  •  Ads will show the price effective dates. Make sure your ad is used on the correct week. I've gotten excited over a sale that was an old paper ad, not fun.
  • Sale items not in stock? Ask for a rain check, it will enable you to buy the item at the advertised price when it is in stock. Most are good for one month after date of issue.
  • Cut out the store coupons on the ad and combine them with Manufacturer coupons. Double your savings!
  • Always pay attention to limits on rewards, or sale prices.
Read and pay attention to the ad. Write a product list with size and quantity you will buy along with the original and sale price. If its part of a mix and match, mark it. Be detailed and take your time understanding the sales. Compare store ads. This is how I started shopping smarter and getting the most for our hard earned money.

*I'm a novice couponista, I'm here to learn too so please any discrepancies, or questions please comment below.
**All stores, sales and policies vary by store become familiar with them by visiting their store sites or asking store managers.

Monday, October 10, 2011

FREE Community Event

Kino Stadium, Tucson AZ

This is a free event that will provide dental care (cleanings), medical care (bp checks, pregnancy tests), groceries, haircuts, clothing and hygiene items those in need in our Tucson community. Over 175 providers will be part of this event. Sponsored by Pima Medical Institute and many contributors including Target and Sam Levitz.

Here is the flyer with all the information

Donations of clothes, stuff animals, hygiene items, canned food, and diapers will be accepted on October 21st. Check out the site for information on how to donate