Monday, December 31, 2012

7 Proof is in the Pudding

Proof is in the Pudding Receipt!

I am hoping that my post yesterday, about how much money you can save while shopping at Publix, inspired some of you to consider couponing!! (You can read that story here)

I needed to stop by Publix this afternoon to grab a few things and wanted to share my trip with you!

FEAR NOT - I don't plan on blogging and posting pictures of all my Publix trips.. but since I am trying to convince you how easy it is to save HUNDREDS of dollars in 2013,  I  figured I'd give you some real proof.

Today I spent $8.39.  Here is what I bought:

AMAZING right??!!  No crazy stuff we don't use.  All real food and household supplies!

Name brand stuff! 
(except for the store brand dressing that I'm marinating some chicken breasts in)

You will notice I had a $10 gift card.  That was from a P & G (Proctor & Gamble) rebate I did last month, so I do consider it part of my savings!

So who is ready to SAVE??!! 

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

2 Saving BIG $ at Publix!

Oh, Publix, "Where Shopping is a Pleasure"...the store's motto truly fits.  Growing up in Florida, this was the only place my parents shopped and my northern relatives still rave about the store when visiting the "Sunshine State".
Using coupons at Publix
So last December when my friend, Patty, said she saved around 50% off her bill every time she went to Publix...I was NOT a believer!

I couldn't walk out of Publix without spending $70 (and all my purchases fit into one bag!)  I already shopped the BOGOs (buy one get one free) and had the occasional coupon here or there.

The information shared with me has saved my family $$$ hundreds of dollars this year $$$!!  

I had been a LONG time customer of Publix but never knew how spectacular they really are!! Their new Motto - Love to Shop Here...Love to Save Here! Really Fits!!
Using coupons at Publix

Publix accepts competitors coupons!

Each store has it's own policy about which competitors they accept depending on the location of stores around them.  My Publix accepts store coupons from Winn Dixie, Target, Save-A-Lot, The Fresh Market and Whole Foods. (Food Lion went out of business)  
Check your store (at the weekly ad display) for a card (pictured below) or ask at customer service.

Using Coupons at Publix

Stack Coupons!

I had no idea what stacking coupons was...but now I know it is a way to save BIG! Publix will accept a store coupon (from Publix or any of your store's competitors) AND a manufacturer's coupon for one item.   

This is a Publix store coupon for Libby's Vegetables:

This is Manufacturer's coupon for Libby's Vegetables:

You can STACK these coupons! Buy 4 cans of Libby's vegetables and receive
$1.00 off with store coupon + $1.00 off manufacturer coupon = $2.00 off!

Use the Weekly Ad to Maximize Savings!

If you prepare a list using the weekly ad and your coupons... this will maximize your savings!

Don't get the Thursday paper? No problem! I view the weekly ad from the Publix website

Check out the possibilities!

This week  at my store, Libby's Vegetables are on sale BOGO (buy one get one free) 

Buy one at $1.19 get one free... BUT using the coupons above would MAXIMIZE your savings!

Buy 2 cans of Libby's vegetables at $1.19 each = $2.38
Get 2 FREE!
(so according to Publix you are buying 4 cans and can use the coupons!)
Use one Publix store coupon = $1.00 off
Use one manufacturer coupon = $1.00 off
4 cans of vegetables for $2.38 - $2.00 in coupons = ONLY .38 cents!!  

4 cans of veggies for 38 cents ~ WOW!

See how STACKING Maximizes Savings!! 

Find Coupons!

Coupons are everywhere! The Sunday paper is a great place to start! I get 2 papers each Sunday.  Check with your carrier for discounts for couponers! 

Look around your store for:
  • Blinkies, (boxes with blinking lights that automatically dispense coupons)
  • Peelies, (coupons you peel off products) and 
  • coupon books in the store!

The Internet is another great place to get coupons! Here is the link to my favorite coupon source,

(You are allowed 2 prints of each coupon.)

Take a Coupon Class!

I have attended two coupon classes in the past year. 
For those of you in the Tampa/St Pete area here is a link of upcoming classes provided by TrueCouponing.

If you live in another area or don't even have a Publix near you don't fret! Search Google for classes in your area! 

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No classes in your neck of the woods or no time to attend? - No problem just follow me by email
and I will keep the information I have learned flowing into your brain!!  This is the first of many posts to teach you how I save $$!

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

2 About Me

Having my babies at age 23 and 25 seems REALLY young by today's norm, I've been a Mom most of my adult life. Now that my beautiful girls are women themselves I have time to focus on me, which for most of us is very hard to do....Why is that??

I love to READ! 

So having a career as a Elementary school reading teacher is perfect for me!

I live at The Rottie Ranch!

That is what my husband and I like to call it because we have three gentle giants at our house. Our Mama dog, Abbi, and two of her pups, Kane and Ceiba fill our nest now.  They spend lots of time in "their" swimming pool.


I've been married a LONG time!  

Yes...I married my high school sweetheart....and 26 years later he is still the love of my life!
The picture above shows my wedding day, a semi-current photo of Todd and I, those beautiful girls of mine, that grew up WAY too fast, and my well behaved pups posing for the camera!


I LOVE to SAVE $$$ 

Who doesn't right?? Well this past year, thanks to my friend Patty, I have started to save lots of money through couponing and by reading some fantastic blogs out there. I plan on sharing lots of information on this topic in future blogs.


My Disorganization has caused me STRESS!

Some lucky people are born with a brain to organize...welp NOT ME!!  I may be a lefty but my brain is NOT logical and organized.  This is an area I am working on! I  have improved immensely but...I still have a long way to go!  I plan on sharing some of my favorite projects, books, magazines and blogs on the subject in the future and look forward to some of you organizing geniuses to help me out!!


I want to look YOUNG and live HEALTHY!

How does a chocoholic eat healthy and drag herself to the gym? Well...another area I can always use help!!!  Lucky for me my husband is a work out/health nut (is that really lucky for me?) and my daughter Brianne is a make up/skin care and wardrobe stylist. I'll share tips and my struggles in future posts.  


I'd LOVE to connect with you!

The purpose of sharing my life is to connect with others who may be dealing with some of the same struggles...overcoming obstacles, and celebrating achievements.

I thank you for taking the time to read my posts and hope to hear from you!!


Friday, December 28, 2012

0 Why start a blog... "Life After Empty Nest"?

I was touched by tragedy at a very young age...5 years and 10 months to be exact.  That was how old I was when I lost my Mother.  I don't second guess why that crucial person was taken from me, I have always believed everything happens for a reason.  And happen it did, I was adopted by my Mother's Sister and her husband, they provided a wonderful life for me and I grew up extremely happy and very loved!

So WHAT does that have to do with me and this blog? Well that event made me want to be a Mom ever since I was very little. I wanted to be the BEST Mom on Earth and be able to stay on Earth for longer than 6 years of my child's life.

Many years later, I married, Todd, my high school sweetheart and was blessed with two daughters Brianne and Shelby.

I loved every minute of Mommy-hood, they were the center of my world, everything revolved around them...and then they GREW-UP!  I'm not sure how it happened...but it quickly!

It was tough, leaving them at college, but it was even harder coming home. I only knew how to be a Mom but now I wasn't sure how to be...what to be....what to do....? Lot's of questions and not many answers.

At first, I dove into work,  (I'm a 4th grade reading teacher) which was easy to do but I knew I needed more.  This blog is where I plan to share how I am dealing with "Life After Empty Nest" My new passions and hobbies...and those dreadful, sad, days when I miss "My Girls" more than usual.

I hope you will follow my journey and share your thoughts and feelings with me.

And, YES, there is Life After Empty Nest (A FUN and organized one!)