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Congratulations Barb! Send me your email and I’ll send you the codes.

Thank you to everyone who entered, and stay tuned for another give away after Thanksgiving. I know you love free stuff as much as I do! 😉

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Wow. Last week was so busy that I’m a little behind on posting the amazing deals I got. This is for Nov. 6th-12th:

FYI: OOP= Out of pocket expenses. MQ=Manufacturer Coupon. B1G1=Buy 1 Get 1 free. King Soopers (one of my favorite stores) periodically hosts a Mega Event=Buy 10 participating items (you can mix and match to reach your 10 items) and get $5.00 off your order, or .50 off each of the 10 items. Walgreen’s register rewards print at the register and you can spend them like cash on your next visit. I used multiple coupons on these items, and still paid tax on my free items. Not everything is pictured here because I had already put most of the groceries away. I didn’t want to take 40 cans of soup and broth out of the pantry.

Kleenex retails for 1.99, on sale for 1.49, Mega Event item -.50 off each, MQ -1.00/3. Final Price=.66 each (x 12) Retail= 23.88. OOP= 7.92. A 67% savings.

Satin Care Shaving Gel retails for 2.30, on sale for 1.99, Mega Event item -.50 each, MQ for -1.00/1. Final Price=.49 each (x3) Retail-6.90. OOP=1.47. A 79% savings.

Axe Shower Gel retails for 3.82, Mega Event item -.50 each, MQ for B1G1. Final Price=$1.66 each (x8) Retail=30.56. OOP= 13.28. A 57% savings.

Suave Body Wash retails for 2.00, MQ for B2G1, MQ for .50/1, Walgreen’s deal-spend $10 on Suave products and get $3 register rewards. Final Price=.50 each (x 11) Retail=22.00. OOP=5.50. A 75% savings.

Holiday Gift Sacks retail for 4/1.00, on sale w/ Walgreen’s coupon for 10/1.00. Final Price=.10 each (x 80) Retail=20.00. OOP=8.00. A 60% savings.

Spices retail for 1.79, on sale 2/3.00, Walgreen’s coupon made the Final Price=.69 each (x 9) Retail=16.11. OOP=6.21. A 61% savings.

Carefree Pantyliners retail for 1.49, on sale for .99, MQ for -.50/1. Final Price=.49 each (x 9) Retail=13.41. OOP=4.41. A 67% savings.

Oregon Chai retails for 3.99, on sale 2/5.00, MQ for -1.00/1.  Final Price=1.50 each (x 3) Retail=11.97. OOP=4.50. A 62% savings.

DEAL OF THE WEEK!! Schick multi-pack razors retail for 6.28, on sale B1G1, MQ for B1G1. Final Price=FREE (x 20) Retail= 125.60. 100% Savings! ***Some of the packages were specially marked with a promo code inside. 2 codes = $10 iTunes gift card. Limited to 2 gift cards per person while supplies last. I got $20 for iTunes and will be passing the other codes/gift card offers along to friends, and 1 lucky reader. 🙂

Not pictured (because it was already put away in the pantry and fridge):

Progresso Soups retail for 3.19, on sale for 4/5.00, MQ for -1.00/4. Final Price=1.00 each (x 20) Retail=63.80. OOP=20.00. A 69% savings.

Swanson Broth retails for 1.59, on sale for .99, Mega Event item -.50 each, MQ for -1.00/5. Final Price=.29 each (x 20) Retail=31.80. OOP=5.80. An 82% savings.

Challenge Butter retails for 4.69, on sale for 2.79, Mega Event item -.50 each, MQ for -.75/1. Final Price=1.54 each (x 3) Retail=14.07. OOP=4.62.  A 67% savings.

Hormel Chili retails for 1.41, Mega Event item -.50 each, MQ for -1.00/2. Final Price=.41 each (x 2) Retail=2.82. OOP=.82. A 71% savings.

Imagine Organic Broth retails for 3.39, on sale 2.49, Mega Event item -.50, MQ for -1.00/1. Final Price=.99 each (x 2) Retail=6.78. OOP=1.98. A 71% Savings.

FREE with special King Soopers Coupons, no purchase necessary:

2 dozen eggs (Retail= 3.26)

1 lb. butter (Retail=3.29)

1 Kraft Salad Dressing (Retail=1.49)

1 pkg Oscar Meyer deli meat (Retail=4.32)

1 pkg Hostess Cupcakes (Retail=4.29)

Total Retail=$406.35. Total OOP=$84.51. Total Savings= $321.84.

Savings percentage for this trip: 79% Plus the $20 iTunes gift cards, and $30 in gift cards to give away. 🙂

Want a chance to win a $10 iTunes gift card?

Leave a comment on this post and my lovely assistant will draw a winner on Thursday morning. The winner will be announced here on my blog and on my Facebook page on Thursday at noon. The codes for the gift card will be emailed to the winner the same day. Once emailed, the responsibility of code redemption falls to the winner. Visit schicktunes.com for official rules. Be a good sport and spread the word. Good luck!

Next Post: Some how-to tips, links, and pictures of my binder. Yes, there is a method to my madness.

***POST UPDATE: As per Kris’s request, I updated the post to include actual money spent and saved and checked all of my math – some of which was incorrect. I also want to add that some of the retail prices would have been cheaper at other stores, but after comparing the sale/coupon pricing, it was still cheaper to purchase the items at King Soopers and Walgreens. These posts only include the sale/coupon deals, and as you can tell by quantities, I am trying to create a SMALL stockpile for the months our financial support wanes and my grocery budget has to shrink. I think that is one of the smartest things our ancestors did – save and put stuff away to get through the leaner times. Happy saving, friends!***

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Pete drew your name out of the hat, so YOU are the lucky winner of the “Angel of Courage”. Send me your mailing address and I’ll send you your prize.

Thank you to all of my wonderful readers and stay tuned for more give-away opportunities in the near future.

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Baubles. Doodads. Tchotchkes. Trinkets. Whatever you call them, I’ve cleaned them out of my house. I actually completed this challenge 3 weeks ago, but I’ve been devoting my online attention to co-creating our new SEVENS website with my husband. Here it is the last day of February and I’m rushing to get this posted. Sheesh. That’s SO “Niki.”

This was an easy one for me. I have finally grasped the difference between hanging on to good memories and relationships instead of hanging on to the STUFF that accumulates from them. I’ve slowly whittled away at my belongings for the last 5 years, so the knickknacks I had left were pieces that I loved and brought me joy. BUT, the quest towards minimalism has made me a bit ruthless; especially with my Willow Tree collection.

(This is not an actual picture of my collection.)

I couldn’t bring myself to just drop them off at the thrift store, so I chose to gift them to friends and donate the rest to our Speech & Debate team for their fund-raising garage sale. I did the same with my teapot collection a few years ago, and I haven’t missed them at all. My collecting days are behind me and I now own a total of 7 knickknacks.

I hate dusting, so completing  this month’s challenge was a VERY good thing. 2 months down, 10 to go. I’ve got this!

Remember this is MY journey, not me telling you to get rid of all your sentimental ornaments. You probably have your own list of the things you’d like to de-clutter. Go for it! You’ll be amazed at how good it feels.

In the spirit of de-cluttering *ahem* giving , I’d like to offer the chance to win this “Angel of Courage”. Leave a comment on this post and I’ll draw a winner on Friday, March 4th. Good Luck with the give away and on your own de-cluttering journey!

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Thank you for entering my drawing!

Stop back next week for a chance to win a copy of Boy-sterous Living by Colorado author, Jean Blackmer.

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small headshotJoy. It’s all about J-O-Y with her. I’m talking about my friend Kim Woodhouse. I’ve blogged about meeting her at a writer’s group, asked for prayers on her family’s behalf, celebrated with them when they were chosen by the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition show, and shared pictures from the “reveal day.” For months, I talked about this amazing family to anyone who would listen, and now I have the honor of telling the world (along with several other bloggers) about her new book!

My anticipation of this book release was great, and I was not disappointed. I was thrilled to read Welcome Home! and learn more than I ever knew about Kim, Jeremy, Josh and Kayla. I cried, laughed, and cried some more. I continue to be impressed with Jeremy’s patience and strength, Kim’s perseverance and joy, Josh’s tender and loyal heart, and Kayla’s sweet spirit and hope. 🙂 I am thankful for the thousands of people who have touched their lives, walked through many trials with them, and encouraged them to never give up.

Kim's Book cover

From the back cover:

Overwhelming trials . . . met with overcoming joy.

Kayla Woodhouse is not your typical twelve-year-old. Due to a rare medical disorder, she feels no pain, doesn’t sweat, and needs protective cooling gear just to go outside. With her restrictive lifestyle; countless hospitalizations, including brain surgery; and the resulting mountain of hospital bills, what’s a family to do?

How the Woodhouse family has faced seemingly impossible challenges is a story that has captured the hearts of America. Millions of people have experienced glimpses of their lives on Discovery’s Mystery ER, The Montel Williams Show, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (recently voted one of the show’s all-time best episodes!).

Now Kayla’s mom, Kimberley, takes readers behind the cameras to reveal their family’s journey as never before told. From medical sleuthing to cross-country moves, from freak fires to battles with insurance companies, Welcome Home proves that truth really is stranger than fiction. This candid life story reveals both success and failure and demonstrates how, even during tough circumstances, to shift your life from heartbreak to extreme joy.

Peek inside the Woodhouse family’s life (and their famous house) with a 16-page photo insert.

I’m going to give you the opportunity to do just that! For a chance to win a signed copy of Welcome Home!, leave a comment at the end of this post. On Monday morning, September 21st, I’ll draw a name using random.org.

This book was the reminder I needed to “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish it’s work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4). Kim lives by this verse, clings to it, and rejoices in it, and her story is a wonderful example of faith for the rest of us!

kimberleywoodhouse.com has it all! Learn more about the Woodhouse family, check out Kim’s other projects, sign up for her monthly newsletter, invite her to speak, shop her store, leave a note of encouragement, and more!

*Don’t forget to leave a comment here for a chance to win Welcome Home!*

It’s available for purchase from Focus on the Family, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Parable Books, and Amazon.

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Congratulations Robby!

Thank you to all who participated in the drawing, and everyone who has encouraged me on my writing journey.  If you’re interested in purchasing the book or submitting your own story for the next project, click here.

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