But first, I need to tend to a bit of business. The two winners from last week's giveaway are momsquared and flavorfraz. Congrats! I will be contacting you both to get your mailing addresses.
Second, thank you all for your great ideas last week.
Colleent, I will try to be sure to be more regular with posting weekly deals and the coupon match ups. If you haven't noticed, Kroger is running great sales this week. My husband is well aware since I let out a big "whoop!" when I saw the ad on Sunday. It's the little things in life that make me happy. You can check out the deals and coupons you can use for these deals here and here . Be sure to load coupons on your Kroger card at www.shortcuts.com or www.cellfire.com. Several coupons are available that will go along with these deals and add to your savings. These will automatically be removed from your card when you purchase a specific item and can be used in combination with your paper coupons.
I have also been intending to try Angel Food Ministries . If I can remember to get my order in before the deadline, I am going to order a box for September. I feel like I can't recommend something until I've tried it, so, in the name of research, I shall try it next month and be sure to share my experience with each of you.
And flavorfraz, I have heard others sing Aldi's praises. If it was not on the completely opposite side of town, I am sure I would be shopping there regularly. Maybe I will be able to venture there soon and also praise Aldi's.
Little Miss Sunshine, I have to admit I know absolutely nothing about deals on landscaping or building supplies. Your recommendations of using Craigslist , auctions, and Habitat for Humanity's Restore were great. The only other thing I can think of is checking out the consignment stores of Second Sofa and Another Man's Treasure . I believe these places mostly have furniture, but I have never been to either so I can't be sure.
Momsquared and ccpence, I'm not all that crafty, but I will plan to do a post in the next few weeks sharing some cheap and fun ways to make Christmas gifts or other crafts. I like to pretend I am crafty, but I am seldom successful. I'm hoping to find a few great ideas to try myself.
Ccpence, your recommendation of recipes has inspired me. I am going to compile a list of recipes with only a few ingredients. I am not much of a cook. When I look at a recipe I immediately read the number of ingredients. If it is over 5 I begin to reconsider that recipe. Mostly because I don't typically have several of the ingredients and it can get pricey to purchase each ingredient. So, be on the lookout for those recipes in a few weeks.
Ptamom and blmelek, I posted a few cheaper ideas for kids a few weeks ago when I was on my staycation with my three year old. You can see those here . Also, Natalie will often post great free activities in the central Kentucky area at her frugal blog here .
And blmelek, I commend you and your family for doing the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University. It is something I have thought about for quite awhile. I believe I may look for the book at the library.
Thank you all for your great suggestions. I aim to please. If you thought of something else, please feel free to post that in the comments for this post.
Now I need to go begin a to do list. I have quite a few things to start "researching."