Friday, November 21, 2008

Beach Bound

As soon as work is over I am headed to the beach for the weekend. I am very excited to just get away and spend time with the family. We are doing a family 'Girls' trip to Destin. I will be joined by Allison (my sister), Mom, Gran (grandmother), Lou (mom's sister), and Rachael (cousin)! We are going to do some Christmas shopping at the outlets and watching movies. I think that everyone deserves a trip like this sometimes. Hopefully I will find some good deals and finish my Christmas shopping.

While I am down at the beach (hopefully where it is a little warmer) - Ted is doing the exact opposite. He is headed to go hunting for the weekend (as it is the first weekend of dear season). He will be camping out - in the cold - and he thinks that is awesome. I hope he has a great time and at least stays some warm and possibly have some luck at hunting too!

I hope everyone has a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Coupon Cutter

OK -- I know that the economy is not at its Highest Point -- so everyone is looking for ways to save money, especially around the Christmas season. I am a coupon cutter -- I always have been, but am learning more that there are really good deals out there - sometimes you just have to hunt for them. I am going to share some of the great deals that I have come across this morning. It does not matter what store that you shop at - you can always find good deals.

I think the key is also getting manfacturer's coupons too -- I get mine off the Internet and they are free -- i do not even pay any membership fees.

I usually go to Winn-Dixie, just because it is closet to my house -- but it works anywhere.
All of these deals are until 11/18:
Key #1: Winn-Dixie is Doubling Coupons -- ALL Week Long (This is HUGE)

Deal #1: Normally a pack of Oreos is 3.99 - it is on sale this week for 2.99. I have a coupon
for .75 off (x2 - double coupon) So 3.99-1.00-.75-.75 = 1.49 for a pack of Oreo's.
Regular Price: 3.99
What We Pay: 1.49
Save: 2.50

Deal #2: Winn-Dixie has buy 1 Nabisco products get one free (like Nilla wafers, Graham Crackers, Wheat Thins, etc). I estimate they are around 3.99 per box. I have a save $1.00 on TWO boxes of Nabisco Crackers (great we are already getting 2). But we get to double that coupon -- So, 3.99-2.00 = 1.99 for TWO boxes of Nabisco Crackers
Regular Price: 7.98
What We Pay: 1.99
Save: 5.99

Deal #3: You can buy Chex Mix Cereal (all flavors) for 4/$10.00. If you use your Winn-Dixie card -- you get $4.00 back -> So 4/$6.00. I have a coupon for 1.00 off when you buy 2 Chex Mix Cereal's. Well I can use 2 of those coupons (because I am already getting 4 boxes) and double those coupons.
Regular Price: 3.99 * 4 = 15.96
What We Pay: $2.00 for FOUR boxes of cereal
Save: 13.96

I definately will not eat 4 boxes of Check Mix Cereal anytime soon -- but with the Holidays coming up -- making homemade Chex Mix to take to friends house's will be great -- and it is Cheap!

I really enjoy looking at the coupons each week -- It is a fast and easy way to save some $$$!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Christmas Is Coming To Our House

...Or at least the Christmas Dishes are! I decided the other night that it would be a good idea to go ahead and get the Christmas Dishes out for the Holidays. We have 2 sets of Christmas China (one formal and one casual) that we only use/display less than 2 months out of the year. I think that is crazy. So, I decided that we should attempt to get our money out of them this year. I will post pictures of the tables later.

I really love the Christmas Season and get really excited about getting all of the decorations out of the closets and attic. I really wanted to go ahead and get more Christmas decorations out -- but I will stick with the dishes for now. Ted said before he knew it - it would be Christmas all year round with the way that I like to decorate for Christmas.

I think the next project I will tackle is putting out all of my Snow Village. I am not sure who all is familiar with Snow Village -- but I LOVE it!. This is a tradition that I have inherited from my mom. I have grown up setting up the WHOLE village -- (mom has TONS of houses) -- so much my granddad built a special arrange that my dad puts together each year for the display center. But it is really special as my Dad has a train that my mom have him the Christmas after they were engaged that goes around Mom's village. So -- it was only appropriate that my First gift after Ted and I got engaged was the Bride and Groom Snow Village people that go outside the Chapel. Ted knew he was doomed. Ted would definately say that this was his Least favorite part about Christmas. I only have around 6 houses right now -- he thinks now is bad -- it will only get worse!

My goal is by Thanksgiving to have everything decorated for Chirstmas except the Tree -- We will probably do that and the Outside House decorations after Thanksgiving -- (or really whenever I can con Ted into doing it!) Have a great day!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Getting Settled In

Well I have now been at my new job for 2 weeks and I am getting settled in. I have brought in some small pictures for my bookshelf and finaly got my desk arranged a way that I think will work for me. I went to Office Max earlier this week and work bought me a new desk chair (the one I had was pretty old). It is very comfortable and it is a Serta Massage Chair. The best part was it was on sale for $99.00!

I still do not have anything on my walls yet -- I am still trying to decide what all to put -- Any suggetsions welcome! I have 2 small charis (old chairs) for people to sit on when they come in my office -- and I would like to get some different ones - so keep your eyes out -- They will need to be cheap - because I will have to pay for those.

As for work itself -- I am starting some projects and learning how their systems are structured. I can tell that I am really going to enjoy working in this department. God Is Definately SO GOOD!