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Feeling Better

This last week my daughter got a 24 hour bug and is now feeling better. I hope to catch up and read the good deals and post again soon. In the meantime, a couple lessons I learned while she was sick.

1. The forehead thermometers aren’t accurate. Every time we used it we would get different results. The digital thermometers work the best.

2. Simply Saline spray for babies is a must have. It works great for their small noses. I got mine for free because RiteAid had a lot of cold medicines back in October for free after rebate. Plus, there is a coupon Simply Saline Nasal Product, Any – 11-16-08 SS exp 12/31/09.

3. The nose suction bulb has been a lifesaver. I truly believe cleaning out the nose is the only way to prevent infections.

4. Warm steamy showers are fantastic for clearing out the lungs and nose.

5. Cool mist humidifier is an easy way to keep the air moist.

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Only $800 a year!

Thanks to Thrifty Mama for pointing this blog out! Erin has been working hard to only spend $800 to feed her family of 4. Erin’s blog is famous because its on TV – Channel 13 in Texas. This blog really inspires me to work hard and save even more. In addition, it gets me to really think about the spending process. We treat ourselves to a lot of things such as fast food, eating out, games, gadgets, and household items. What can we do to limit that?

Something I will talk about in another post soon. I want to write about 2009 goals. What are our family goals? What do we want to save up for? We have a rain day fund but with the economy should we be saving more in cash or investing while the market is low?

Check this out! It will inspire you.

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Trying to keep up with it all!

I thought since I have a minute I would write a post that would let me feel better about everything that I have to do and would like to do. I’m a full-time working Mom. My baby is now 5 months old and is growing up fast. I’m very lucky because I’m on a 9/80 schedule which allows me to take off every other Friday. I can spend that day with my daughter and get some things done too.

Today, she and I spent the morning playing on the floor. She is learning how to roll over. She doesn’t like to be on her tummy. Then I worked on putting away some loads of laundry. She played on the floor while looking at the mirror watching herself make faces. She loves seeing herself in the mirror. She was a little frustrated when I would leave the room because she was use to seeing me. She recognizes Mom and Dad.

Later this morning we had painters stop by to paint our front door. It’s going take a little bit of time because it is raining today. She played in her excer-saucer and had a great time for about 15 minutes before getting tired and hungry. I fed her and shortly was able to put her down for a nap around noon while I’ve been working on getting a couple things done around the house.

A couple of things I hope to get done this weekend.
1. Put away some more laundry.
2. Clean bottles
3. Go to Target either today or tomorrow
4. Go to CVS
5. Finish picture book before Sunday

Other things I would like to do:
1. I would like to write a post about Thanksgiving and buying a cheap Turkey. Last year I was able to get a Turkey for 29 cents a pound and hope to do that again.
2. I would like to write a post about painting the house. Show some before and after pictures.
The house looks great!
3. Definitely need to write a post about ordering new blinds for the windows. Got a great deal!
4. Start planning out black friday. I get that day off!

Thanks to thethriftymama who directed her readers to Making Your Home A Haven – from thehomespunheart. She has been working on how to create your home a haven. I of course jumped in the middle of this and have been reading the blog posts which are very inspiring! This got me motivated to do some more around the house.

Time to play with baby!

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Here is a little bit about me. I enjoy saving money. It is a thrill to find good deals and know that I didn’t have to spend as much money. Then save the money I would have spent for future use.

I remember being a little girl, and my father showing me my savings account statement for the first time. He explained to me that the bank would pay me interest for having my money. From that day forward I was hooked on saving money. Don’t get me wrong I’ve made mistakes. We are all human. Saving isn’t easy. Managing money isn’t easy either. Now that I’m a little older and wiser I’ve learned to be debt-free.

Let’s get started on saving more and being a bit wiser doing it!

One of my favorite websites is Hot Coupon World ! HCW is a great website to learn about coupons. This is where I learned a lot about CVS and other store deals. When I find interesting posts I will include them here.

I also subscribe to The Grocery Game. It is a list you pay for that helps you find great deals at local stores in your area. I highly recommend starting with this for a trial period or longer. It’s an easy way to get started with coupons.

My favorite blog is The Thrifty Mama. The Thrifty Mama has a fantastic blog that talks about everything from Natural and Organic products to shopping thrifty at CVS, Walgreens and Publix.

More to come!

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