Adventures in Couponing.

Posted by Michelle on August 23rd, 2015

Expenses are running high right now:  back to school supplies, essential clothes and registration (I told the kids they could share a yearbook this year and that we could put sticky notes on the pages of where his and her friends should write, but they weren’t having that – LOL); the girl got braces (so that’s a down payment and now 2 payments per month as the boy already has braces); the boy damaged his trumpet sitting in the bleachers after his class played at the last band concert, so we had to get that fixed; both kids are going to have private trumpet lessons; we want to take a small trip for Labor Day; my leg was busted up and I had to go to the orthopedic doc, so that was a co-pay for a back x-ray and 2 prescriptions for pain killers and steroids; plus every day life.  Gas ain’t cheap.  Eggs are at an all time high right now.  But we have jobs.  And we have our health.  And we sure aren’t destitute.  But sometimes things hit all at once or the timing is all wrong, if you know what I mean.  So when that happens, we gotta reign it in.  And that’s when I kick the wheelin’ and dealin’ in to high gear – heh.

Toaster Strudel was on sale for 99-cents at Albertsons this week with an in-ad coupon.  I paired that with a 50-cent manufacturer coupon and got them for 49-cents each.


8-cents per Toaster Strudel, and about 17-cents for a hard boiled egg and we’ve got weekday breakfast for 25-cents per kid.  There will be milk too, but I’m too lazy to figure out the pricing there per serving.  Suffice it to say, it’s a time and a money saver.

My son loves these mechanical pencils.  And if fun tools will get him to work harder and smarter in school, I’ll buy them for him all day long.  They were on sale for 49-cents each, and I had a coupon for 55-cents off each.  But you could only use (1) coupon for each (2) as Walgreens doesn’t give overage.  So they ended up being 21.5-cents each.  The Bic Atlantis pens will be for some Christmas presents.  They were on sale for $1.49 and I had coupons for $1-off which made them 49-cents each.  I paid with a $2 Register Reward from a couple of weeks ago, plus I was able to use a 3rd mechanical pencil coupon (I’m really not sure why) and ended up paying 68-cents for everything – including the compass and the protractor which were less than a dollar total and I paid $2 for each at Office Depot yesterday, so I’ll be returning those ones and getting my $ back!


I had $3-off coupons for Gillette shavers 2-count or larger.  These were $1.97 each at Walmart which gave me $1.03 overage for each one x 8 = $8.24 going towards the rest of my order.  The Gain fabric softener sheets were $1.97 and I had $1-off coupons making them 97-cents each.  My overage from the shavers paid for the Gain, and for some produce that I picked up.


We invited my mom over last night and got a couple of Redbox movies – for free.  Am I the only person in the world who doesn’t do Netflix?  I’m all about the free Redbox movies.  (We do pay a cable bill.)


I bought a DealSaver (like a Groupon) and paid $10 for $20 at the Burgerlicious food truck in town.  I ended up paying that, plus $9 cash for (4) burgers and (2) orders of french fries.  It was a little spendy in my opinion.  But it was a pretty decent hamburger and the fries were really good.


Walgreens had a couple of promos to get free pictures.  I take annual pictures of my kids near their birthdays, and got 20 free pictures to send out to family across the miles.  I’ll crafty-up the packages with what I have on-hand, the kids will write notes to include, and I’ll just have to pay postage.



Passionately Curious.

Posted by Michelle on August 21st, 2015

I’ve been a cardmaking fool as of late.  I’ve missed my cards.
Tonight I actually sat down to put together some happy mail, and then stayed at my craft table to make some cards too.
These cards feature Fancy Pants’ Burlap & Bouquets collection.  I think it was my very favorite collection from 2014.

Passionately Curious

And here’s a capture of my happy mail work.  The same Fancy Pants collection, along with some fun bits from Inspire Lovely (ETSY).

Hello Beautiful


Wish Big on Your Birthday.

Posted by Michelle on August 20th, 2015

Happy Thursday!
Today I’m sharing some simple birthday cards made beautiful with Hazel & Ruby’s Wrap it Up, Glassine & Gold, Wrap it Up, Newsprint Floral and sequins.


The supplies required for these cards are minimal: cardstock, the aforementioned papers and sequins from Hazel & Ruby, glue (I use Tombow’s Mono Multi), word/phrase die, and diecutting machine.


I cut, folded, and scored a standard A2 size card.  And then diecut my sentiment.


I glued a piece of Hazel & Ruby patterned paper to the back of my die cut.


And then I adhered the entire piece to my cardfront.



The open space on this particular phrase die really allows that patterned paper to shine!



I finished off my cards with some coordinating sequins from Hazel & Ruby for just an extra bit of pizzazz.






Posted by Michelle on August 17th, 2015

I worked on a couple of thank-you cards tonight.
These cards feature patterned paper and ephemera from Fancy Pants’ As You Wish collection and the little orange heart stickers and Gracias stamp are from Inspire Lovely (ETSY).





You are simply amazing.

Posted by Michelle on August 16th, 2015

I made a couple of quick cards tonight.  As I mentioned previously, the ol’ in-house card store is running low.  So it’s time to re-stock.
These cards feature Fancy Pants’ Me-ology collection.