Saturday, September 17, 2011

Shiver me Timbers!

A cold front came through here as of Thursday night and it is just Glorious here!  It is that nice need a jacket on but not the heater on kind of weather!  This is by far my favorite time of year.  The leaves are turning, the weather is cold at night so we leave all the windows open at night listening to the calves up the road talking with their mamas, nice and warm near 80-85 during the day, and nice soup weather at night time.

I am super excited about supper tonight which I can honestly say is a rare occasion.  I am am excellent baker, pie crusts, breads, biscuits, pretzels, pizza dough, cakes, etc, but when it comes to cooking, I missed the train.  Seriously, no matter how closely I follow the recipe, my kids groan, my husband visually struggles through the meal although he does make efforts to hid it, and I blatantly say how gross it is and at times cry over the results.

Not tonight.  Tonight, the man of my dreams is cooking.  This man showed me a love I didn't know existed when I met him four years ago, and I can't imagine life without him.  He is cooking homemade chicken and dumplings!!!!  The best part, you ask?  He isn't from the South, so his dumplings aren't flat pastry, a pie like dough they call dumplings.  No siree, bob, his dumplings are good 'ole homemade whipping cream biscuits dropped into a wonderful concoction of stewed chicken with loads of yellow gravy. 

Yes, I realize there isn't much healthy about supper tonight, but on the first cold night of the season, I can think of little else I would prefer more.  Well, maybe homemade chili served over a baked potato or noodles, but hey, a girl can't ask for much more than homemade biscuits.  I won't even have to fight the children to eat this meal either.  Whether fortunate or unfortunate (depending on my pocketbook at any given time) my children have grown adult tastes and when asked to choose the meal, they will yell "ribs, crab legs, steak, and hot wing soup" simultaneously.  Now, if I can just talk him into lighting my wood stove, and maybe a snuggle or two, life will be magically perfect!

HALF PRICE FRIDAY

Yesterday was just so so busy here in the Bossie household.  I got the kids out the door for the school buses and my DH, myself, and Mika, my two year old headed out the door for Harris Teeter 45 minutes away.  It was INSANE there yesterday.  Every couponer in the Durham area was at this one particular HT, literally. I counted ten sumo sized binders not including my amateur looking binder that works just as well TYVM!!

It was such a madhouse that we had to literally fight and claw our way down every aisle.  There was barely room to fit the cart down as we attempted to get our listed goodies at the same time others were.  They were sold out of many of my desired items including the Duracel Batteries and BOGO Purex, but of course I snagged my rain checks for those and other items.

I did really well, I managed to save $70 in tripled coupons and even snagged my very first money makers!  I had two coupons for $.55 off of Magic Shell for icecream which was on sale for $1.25 each so I managed to make $.90.  I know it isn't much, but I was pumped b/c I got a lot of $.30 items, but never can I make money.   My favorite savings of the day came in the form of Arm and Hammer clean and clear laundry powder.  I hate using unscented laundry detergent, and I hate using powder even more, but it was marked BOGO $6.49 each for 55 washes on the shelf.  With four kids, I can't pass that up and the fabric softener can add some scent.  However, when  I looked at my receipt I noticed they rang up at $12.99 each and no BOGO.

This is where it pays to know your store policies.  Out comes binder with store policy printed and off to the manager who is running the CS desk we go.   I explained what the shelf said, and fortunately, he remembered seeing the tag on the shelf just that same morning.  He went to double check, confirming we picked up the correct item per the tag and came back and refunded me all my money for both items.  HT's policy is if an item rings up higher than marked on the shelf, the purchaser receives up to five of the same item free, whatever amount is in his cart.  If you have six or more in the cart, the remaining items are rung at the price marked on the shelf.  I snagged $25.98 worth of laundry detergent for free!!! WAHHOOO.  Thanks to sweepstakes wins and now a cash register flub, I am now month three without paying a dime for laundry detergent!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thirsty Thursday

  Despite my misleading title, I have not had a great drink today!  We rarely ever drink here.  It's not that we don't enjoy a nice glass of wine on occasion but we are more social drinkers and with four kids, that equals out to MAYBE 4 times a year when we are sans kids.  However, I have come to the conclusion tonight that I should drink MORE.  It has been hot as blue blazes here in the South but finally we have a cool front coming through by way of a storm which is fine by me since we have had almost no rain all Summer.  I have a 100 lb Akita named after Kimbo Slice the UFC fighter.  We named him in anticipation that he would be the greatest guard dog in the world.  He's pretty good if scaring off bad guys with slobber and wet kisses equals guarding.
Anyways, Kimbo is terrified of anything resembling a storm including a single rain drop or even a leaf floating by which might represent the possibility of a storm.  I had already gone to bed tonight when I realized that puppysaurus is still outside, so here I go in my long shirt, no pants (hey the closest live things around are a bunch of cows and I don't think they give a care if I put on pants to call the dog) and start calling.   Akita's are highly intelligent.  They don't fetch, they don't come, they do whatever they deem appropriate in the situation.  They realize fetching is demeaning to their intelligence and heck, why would they come if they could get a rise out of you by NOT coming!  It's blowing ferocious outside, yet Kimbo won't come. 

At this point, I have been outside trolloping all over the yard in my half birthday suit for five minutes and I have had it.  I start telling him how ridiculous it is that he won't obey, that I hope he gets blown away in the storm, and how I will NOT give him any wet food tomorrow (it's a treat, not a necessity since he mainly eats dry food).  I lock the door, head back to the bedroom to awaken  my DH to go get the dog, when I trip and almost fall.  There blinking up at me like I have taken leave of all my senses is......Kimbo. 

So you see, sobriety isn't working so well for me.  Maybe if I stayed blitzed out of my mind I wouldn't miss seeing the hundred pound dog on the way OUT the door to call him.  Just a thought. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

HARRIS TEETER

I just received the confirmation email that this week, September 14-21 is definitely Triple coupon week!!! They will triple 20 coupons PER HOUSEHOLD, per day up to $.99.  They also have various promotions going on which are as follows:  Buy $25 worth of Kimberly Clark Products and save $5. 20% off of specialty cheeses, and 20% off of the wine shop.  There are a TON of BOGO items this week which will pair up nicely with coupons and great items on sale so please peruse their goods and visit daily for your next to nothing purchases.  I know I will be.  For information purposes only here is the Coupon Policy per the Harris Teeter website:  http://www.harristeeter.com/promotions/online_coupons/coupon_policy.aspx

General
  • We accept coupons that have not passed their expiration date for use; we cannot accept any expired coupons.
  • We accept only one manufacturer coupon per purchased item.
  • We do not accept coupons on items not purchased.
  • Coupons must be presented at time of purchase; we cannot return money for coupons not used.
  • Coupons presented and items purchased must match exactly; size, variety, flavor, etc.
  • We uphold any purchase stipulations set forth by product manufacturer.
  • We accept one coupon per item purchased.
  • We accept coupons for items only of equal or more value; we do not give cash back.
  • Sales tax is paid by customer at full retail.
Doubling
  • We accept 20 double coupons per day per customer/household with VIC card; all others redeemed at face value. No orders may be separated that would allow the 20 coupon limit or any other coupon limits to be exceeded.
  • We double manufacturer’s coupons up to face value of $0.99; with total amount not to exceed $1.98 or entire retail of item; whichever is less.
  • We double up to three identical items with manufacturer coupon; additional coupons for like item will be honored at face value. Like items include all flavors.
  • No competitor coupons will be doubled or tripled.
  • Coupons that state “do not double” should not be doubled or tripled.
  • eVIC coupons can be accepted along with paper coupons, however will not be doubled.
Internet Coupons
  • We gladly accept internet manufacturer’s coupons for product; however no “free” product internet coupons are accepted.
  • With the purchase of two like manufacturer’s products, we accept two internet coupons, per store, per day.
  • We do not accept internet coupons that do not appear to be originals or that won’t scan.
Competitor's Coupons
  • We gladly accept local competitors’ manufacturer coupons. We also redeem circular or direct-mail coupons for money off of the total order.
  • We do not accept any internet coupons from other retailers.
Rainchecks
  • Rainchecks never expire and are accepted at any Harris Teeter store.
  • We do not issue rainchecks for coupon items that may be out of stock or for “while supplies last” items.
  • We reserve the right to limit raincheck quantities based on product availability and advertised limits.
  • Rainchecks can be written for a limit of three unless otherwise stated in the ad.
Scan Guarantee
  • Our scan guarantee states "If an item scans higher than the shelf tag or sign, you will receive one like item free, excluding alcohol and tobacco."
  • We will honor five "scan guarantees" per customer; all other pricing inadequacies will result in the difference between the shelf tag and the actual price of the item being refunded.
Harris Teeter reserves the right to limit quantities in coupon usage, as well as products and to amend our policies as we deem appropriate.


Wordless Wednesday





SUMMER IN NEW YORK

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

NEED HELP FROM FELLOW BLOGGERS

I have a question.  I am following quite a few blogs, recently trying to add followers to my blog, but that isn't the subject, just a side item.  Some of the blogs that I follow via GFC, Networked blogs, email, etc (usually follow via all) won't allow me to comment.  It says this email address, the one I opened this page with and the one I followed them with isn't allowed to view the page and that I need to change accounts.  IS this because something I am doing wrong, or are these blogs that don't follow me back, etc.  HOW do I get past this?

Twisted Tuesday!!

SAVING STAR COUPONS

I am all about savings.  My motto in life as a SAHM is that if I can't MAKE money then I will SAVE money any way I possibly can.  I feel I owe this to my DH who works long hard hours to provide for us so that I can stay home and rear our four children. We always shop at Harris Teeter since they are the only store within an hours drive that doubles coupons, but due to very busy schedules, there just wasn't time this week to drive 45 minutes to the grocery store.  So, I was stuck shopping at Food Lion.  It really isn't a terrible store, but I just can't come out without spending double what I would at HT due to not being able to double my coupons.  Also, I have noticed a trend lately at our local FL that 75% of the items they place on sale are store brand, not name brand, thus, I can't even add regular coupons on top of a sale, which is a huge biggy in the coupon world! 

Because of this dilemma, I had to get creative on how to save even more money at a place I just can't add up savings.  Up until yesterday, I really haven't used this service, but have been reading so many posts about it on Facebook that I decided I shall give it a try.   The concept is great:  you add all your store savings cards to this site and instead of printing paper coupons, it loads the coupons you select onto every store card you have so that you can purchase it at the store where it will cost the least.  Then you simply do your thing in the grocery store, and when you scan your card, it tallies up the savings per item.  You will actually pay store price for the item and won't see the savings at the register;  however, when you reach $5, you cash that money into your Paypal.  Heck, this is like me getting paid to shop. WAHHHHOOOO!!!!  Again, the gods are shining on me and telling me to shop 'til I drop!

I am still waiting on the verdict.  It clearly states on the website that it can take up to a week or few for them to obtain verification from the store about your actual purchases, but I have only heard positive things about people receiving their money.  Crossing my fingers and waiting impatiently for my trip to Starbucks and a new shade of nail polish which will be my reward for saving!

THE FOLLIES OF MOTHERHOOD!

My beautiful adorable daughter Tara Grace whom I named after the Plantation on Gone with the Wind (just couldn't name her Scarlett, in the south that's like naming her Jezebel) hates to  doesn't like to read.  She lives in a Pinkalicious kind of world that really doesn't include mundane things like reading.  She' isn't learning challenged in any way, she just doesn't want to read.  Her teacher has set a goal of 100 books read by Christmas break which I think is wonderful.  It instills good reading practices along with helping them solidify their reading skills.  With four kids, football practice, carpooling, cooking, cleaning, gardening, canning food, and everything in between, I really depend on them to do their homework and I rely on her older sister to check it and report back to me.  This has always worked for me until yesterday.

I have been asking Tara Grace daily about her reading log every day and she assured me she had been reading during the assigned reading time (right after eating a snack upon arriving home from school) and that she had written all the books in her log.  We started school 2 weeks before Labor day, and she needs to read 31 books a month to reach her goal so imagine my surprise when I look at the log and see 7 books listed.  I couldn't be mad, because she very cleverly got one over on me.  My sweet, quiet Tara Grace who never gets in trouble, yet can melt your heart to tears with her dramatics swindled mama dearest.  Every time I asked to see the log, she batted her eyes, assuring me she had read, and I believed her.  Well, I learned a valuable lesson, always double check lol.  As a disciplinary matter for both of us, we shall sit together this weekend and catch up on her book reading!  Funny how 12.5 years into this Mother role, I am still learning lessons!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Manic Monday and no power!

It has been such glorious weather here in the Carolinas that we haven't been turning on our AC at all because it is perfect fan in the windows kind of weather here.  Imagine my surprise when I am awakened by deafening SILENCE at 1 am with an unfortunate power outage.  Let me explain for a moment.  I live in the country.  Nearest neighbor is half a mile up the road, and the only sound we ever hear are the cows up the road bellowing.  Therefore, this prior city girl depends on the white noise of the fan in order to sleep.

Not only was it quiet, but it was HOT!  Sweltering, sticky, ungodly, sort of hot, and of course the 2 year old couldn't sleep due to the silence either and he wanted to wallow all over cuddle with me.  After a couple of hours of tossing and turning with a size 9 set of piggy toes jabbing my back, I manage to finally drift off to sleep only to suddenly awaken with the feeling that the kids are late for school because the faint glow of dawn is in the sky. 

Jumping out of bed, I grab the only clock in the house that is battery run, my laptop of course and boot it up as I feel for a lighter to relight the candles I bought last week at CVS.  (They were originally 4.99 and thanks to my CVS sale and coupons, I scored them for $.99, so it was like Jesus saying, "buy the candles, Ally".)  Just as I am lighting the last candle, POOF, they are all blown out!  My fan had come back on!!!!  There is a God after all!  It is only 5:30, I have power to make coffee, kids have an hour to get ready and be on the school bus, and I can actually flush the potty-well pump doesn't work without electricity so we never have water when we don't have electricity.

I am hoping for a better day than this one started off to be, for sure.  I am off here to do my weekly store research, because after picking up my children from school this afternoon, it is grocery shopping day!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Nothing is better than a hot dog!

I am a Southern Belle born and bred, so when I think of hot dogs, I think red hots.  They are awesome!  When you boil them, the water turns pink, they are omg good eaten plain, with hot mustard on a bun, or heck loaded with slaw, chili beans, onions and anything else your heart desires.

Imagine my surprise when my DH Matt informs me that these "are NOT" hot dogs.  You see, he is from upstate NY.  Not the bright lights, big city part, but the dairy farming, hay fields, mile upon mile of God's green earth in all it's splendor part.  Thus, he had never eaten such wonders as biscuits and gravy, grits, liver mush sandwiches, and of course red hots.

On our trip to NY to visit family this summer, he introduced me to "the best hot dog on earth"-THE ZWEIGLE pop open.  Imagine my skepticism when I view a huge piece of meat that is more akin to a sausage than a wiener, but, hey, I will try anything once!   I sat eagerly anticipating my hot dog as all the wonderful grill aromas wafted my way as I sat drinking a glass of chocolate wine-another wonderful concoction his family introduced me to which I will discuss another time.

Finally, after what seemed like ages, I was able to take my first bite of the most amazing hot dog I have ever eaten.  It POPPED!  Literally, as I took my first bite, it made a "snapping" sound as my teeth broke through the 100% natural casing.  Needless to say it was love at first bite and I was hooked.  The only problem is/was that these wonderful dogs are not available in my heaven, the South so we purchased enough for a few months and took them home in a cooler to be placed in the freezer at home.

The following week, we drove 45 minutes to the closest Harris Teeter to do our monthly grocery shopping and lo and behold what do I see in the processed meat section of my store?  That's right, folks, Zweigles.  I am now able to purchase these wonderful hot dogs for $4.99 a package right here near my home.  Now, we can debate the lack of health benefits at a later date, but I can tell you as a mother of four kids that hot dogs are definitely a winner on our table any day!