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Fiber One Chewy Bars .50/2 (7/24/10)
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Totinos Party Pizza $1/5 (8/21/10)
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Yoplait Go-GURT Yogurt .75/2 (7/24/10)
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Pretty In Pink & Eddie Ross

Tablescaping for me is fun and relaxing. My preference is a table done for two. It speaks intimacy & romance to me. And who couldn't use more romance in their lives, right?

My table started with a bunch of fresh picked peonies from my garden and was used for the focal point.

I love these dragonfly plates and they were a recent find at one of my favorite thrift stores for, you got it, .67 a piece.

I pulled out some pink checked daisy material and made me a table runner, keeping my table in the pink, springy, fun and whimsical. My table cloth is a white fringed baby blanket that fits my bistro table perfectly. It too was a thrift store find that I purchased to make a pillow out of that I havn't got around to doing yet. More material from my stash was used to make my napkins.

I think this is one of my favorite tablescapes I've done so far.

While we are here, I wanted to show you guys Eddie Ross' tablescape for DIFFA's fund raiser Dining By Design.

As the signature fund-raising event for DIFFA Kansas City, DINING BY DESIGN showcases the personal passions of some of the area's leading design talents. Each participant is given a set amount of space and the freedom to create their own dining environment. As long as each table can accommodate ten or more for dinner, the sky’s the limit. Each year these elaborate artistic vignettes range from the whimsical to the elegant. It’s an evening of great design and great fun – and for a profoundly important purpose. DINING BY DESIGN was founded in Kansas City over twenty years ago and has become the signature event for DIFFA chapters nationwide.

Here's a look at what Eddie Ross' table looked like this year in Kansas City. Stunning to say the least.

Upcoming Dining By Design events:
Detroit August 12-14, 2010
Chicago November 4-6, 2010
San Francisco November 2010

Check out all the other talented women participating in Tablescape Thursday today.


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Share what freebies & coupons you have received in your mail box this week. Here's a pic of mine:

Huggies coupons, free Kraft mac & cheese, Home depot mailers, free Gillete Fusion Proglide razor (go HERE or HERE to get yours), a All You magazine re-subscribe offer deeply discounted ($12.00 for a year. I heard this mag went up to $2.99 at Wal-Mart???)

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Also take the four question survey after registering for another point!

When I just registered and entered my codes, there was over 20,000 left!


Be sure to check out All You's calendar everyday for great freebies.

Today's All You freebie: Free Samples of Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo. Get two free samples of Kraft® Sandwich Shop Mayo. Possible sample flavors include: Garlic Herb, Chipotle, Hot and Spicy and Horseradish Dijon.

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**My shopping trips posted here are not to brag, but to help others learn how to stretch a buck in this economy.

Sunday my oldest son called me and asked how to make my Baked Ziti that he loves. I told him Ragu was on sale this week at CVS and I would get him some. This will last him a couple weeks anyway. lol

5 Ragu & 1 Bertolli Alfredo 3/$5
minus 2 .75/2 coupons RP 5/23
4 Gillette Body Washes $4 each
minus 2 BOGO body wash coupons from 5/2 P&G and 1 $4/2 coupon
1 Coastal Rain Shampoo .99
minus Red Magic Machine coupon for $1 off any CVS Hair Care product
1 20oz Mt Dew $1.59
minus $3/$15 purchase coupon from the Red Magic Machine

minus $4 ECB from Aussie deal last week
minus $4 ECB from Mennen deo deal last week
minus $3 ECB from Zantac deal last week

Received $3 ECB for Ragu deal
Received $8 ECB for Gillette deal
AND another $3/$15 purchase coupon from Red Magic Machine


FREE Cat food, Dog Food, Salad Dressing & Razors


EOS Shave Cream $2.99
Stride $1.29
Stride .71
-$1.00 Wags Stride coupon
-.50 Stride mfg coupon
-$3.00 Skintimate RR
Total OOP .49
Rcvd $3 RR for Eos

#2 A REAL cash buster! :(
Kool-Aid Fiz Tabs $2.99 (I'm hoping more coupons come out for this!)
Oxi Spray Away $3.99 (for my mother)
Infus Shampoo $5.99 (great price of .99 after coupons)
Tuff Bags $2.99
-$2.00 wags Infus shampoo coupon
-$3.00 Infus shampoo mfg coupon
-$3.00 Eos RR
Total OOP $8.37

Schick Razor $7.99
3 Caramels .33 each
Kabang .59
-$5.00 Schick mfg coupon
-$3.00 Eos RR
Total OOP $1.57
Rcvd $5 RR for Schick

Mtn Dew $1.49
Wags Chocolate covered Pnuts .99
3 Purina Beneful Incredibites $1.00 each (LOVE free dog food!)
Infus Conditioner $5.99
Eos Shave Cream $2.99
-$2.00 Wags Infus Conditioner coupon
-$3.00 Beneful coupon
-$3.00 Infus Conditioner mfg coupon
-$5.00 Schick RR
Total OOP $1.46
Rcvd $3 RR for Eos

Schick Razor $7.99
3 Purina Beneful Incredibites $1.00 each (FREE after coupon)
Wags Chocolatae Covered Pnuts .99
-$5.00 Schick mfg coupon
-$3.00 Purina Beneful Incredibites mfg coupon
-$3.00 Eos RR
Total OOP .98
And I have 1 $5 Schich Register Reward left for next week!

Cosentino's Price Chopper

Free cat food & salad dressing! $14 worth of chicken breast. .69 Pizzas. $3.90 for 10 Yakisoba Noodle Dinners. .49 Turkey Bacon. As well as a bunch of other things they had great prices on.

Sub-total was $126.94
minus frequent shopper card discount of -$45.52
minus manufacturer coupns of -$28.67
Total OOP $52.75


$1 for Mega Pack of Huggies?

Mega packs of Huggies Snug & Dry diapers are being found on clearance at CVS for ONLY $4.50 a pack!

Heather at Frugal Reality posted this deal:

A Mega pack is basically two Jumbo packs. Jumbo pack prices usually start at $8.99 so it’s like 75% off!

Here’s the deal if you find them for $4.50
Use the $1.50/1 coupon from the 4/18 SS insert
$3 a pack
*Possibility of earning a $2 ECB (weekly deal on jumbo packs)*
$1 after coupon and ECB

Thanks for the heads up Heather!

FREE Full Size Suave Shampoo

Head over to Facebook! Here's what Suave says:

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Getting Paid to Shop

Dollar General
11 Pedigree Dentastix $2.00 each
- 11 $2.00/1 coupons Red Plum 4/25
OOP .17 for tax

1 2 ltr Sprite $1.50
1 EOS Shave Cream $2.99
2 Nature Bounty Melatonin $6.99 each
-2 $5.00 Nature Bounty Coupons
- $6.99 BOGO Nature Bounty
OOP $1.48
Received $3 Register Reward back
$1.52 Profit

2 Carefree Pantyliners $1.00 each
1 Crest Pro White $3.50
1 Kotex U Tampon $4.99
-2 $1.00/1 Carefree coupons 4/25 Smart Source
- .75/1 Crest Pro White 5/2 Proctor Gamble
- $1.00 CVS Crest IP coupon
- $1.00 Kotex U 4/18 Smart Source, April All You or May All You
OOP $6.18
Received $4.99 & $ $3.50 in Extra Care Bucks
$2.31 Profit

2 2 ltr Mountain Dew (not pictured) .88 each
1 Crest Pro White $3.50
1 Bayer Breeze II $19.99
- .75/1 Crest Pro White 5/2 Proctor Gamble
- $10.00/1 Bayer Breeze 4/25 Red Plum
- $3.50 ECB from Crest in transaction #1
- $4.99 ECB from Kotex in transaction #1
- $3.00 off $15.00 CVS crt coupon
OOP $3.22
Received $3.50 ECB for Crest and $15.00 ECB for Bayer Breeze II
$15.28 Profit

I love shopping days like this! Now I need to figure out what to roll the $15 ECB into. Anyone have any suggestions?


A Frugal Spring Tablescape

I love setting a table. Making it pretty and inviting is a fun challenge for me. I feel it also makes the meal, no matter how simple, more appetizing. I'm love to layer a table setting.

Collecting items for various tablescapes doesn't have to break the bank. For me the hunt for something new is exciting, challenging and when found... rewarding. Check out my finds from earlier this week.

I found these plates at one of my favorite thrift stores for .67 each. The white luncheon plates are plain with no decoration making them very versatile. The bread plates are handpainted! Handpainted! I seen them and instantly loved them.

I used turquoise fabric, a yellow napkin, an orange runner and 2 turqoise napkins for my layers. All these came from several different thrift store trips and cost .47 to .99.

The flower vase and irish coffee mugs (who says they have to ONLY be used for coffee?) were a $1 each.

Fresh cut flowers are from my gardens which equals FREE! :)

The antique light sconce was a garage sale buy for $2. I really like the glow it throws on the table.

Yes, that's frozen grapes in my Tangerine Spritzer. They slowly rise to the top as they thaw. Fun to watch and kids love it!

This is one of my favorite brunches. Simple but so yummy!

To see some more beautiful tablescapes, visit Between Naps on The Porch's Tablescape Thursday Party. There are so many talented ladies you won't want to miss it!


My $65 koi pond and free iris

My iris' have starting blooming!

Love the petitie mini's although they have no fragrance. I love purple and yellow together.

This baby blue iris is huge! They grow almost 3 foot tall and each bloom is slightly bigger than my fist.

Their detail on their falls are so dainty and soft.

AND this one has a wonderful fragrance! I bought it at the farmers market for $2.50.

There are more that will be blooming tomorrow that I will be able to pick for a big bouquet. I love fresh cut flowers especially when they are FREE because I grew them myself! 99% of my plants and flowers I received from trading through the mail with members of a garden club. Most of the iris' I didn't even trade. Members were thinning their beds and ship them to new members free of charge. What a deal, hugh?

Here's a look at my koi pond right off my front porch. My husband dug it for me for Mother's Day 5 years ago. We collected the rocks from a friends farm. Hubby found the roofing material and carpet in the trash that we used to line it with and I found the dairy farm tub in the trash that I made the filter out of. The filter material {buffing machine pads) I found at a thrift store for $2. I bought the pump new and a couple fittings {$60} and they usually last three years. The total cost for this 3'wx6'lx3.5'deep koi pond was $65 and all the love my husband put in it for me.

I love the sound of the waterfall. It's so relaxing.