Sunday, November 30, 2008

More Deals at CVS/Walgreens

Now, here is another great deal from CVS: I got 4 Febreze and 2 packs of gum (for the son). I used over $11 in ECBs and 2 manufacturer's coupons. My OOP was $.08! That's worth getting excited I earned $6 more in ECBs.

Savings at WAGS

Now, on to Walgreens. There are some things I just can't stand paying money for: toilet paper is one. I had $5.65 left on a gift card, and spent $2.07 for this (The candy is for two students.)

Is it "Really" a Deal?

When is a deal really a deal? A few weeks ago I took advantage of the Glade deal at CVS. I think it was buy $10 worth and get $5 ECBs back. I have burned two of the four of them, and this is what is left. There is plenty of wax left, but no wick. I look at it this way: I got them for a great deal and now know I will NOT buy them "just so"; in other words, it would have to be a very good deal like this again.

Friday, November 28, 2008

CVS Deals

I went back to CVS today and spent $2.88 for this and EARNED $21 in ECBS for a total I have now of $41 in ECBS.


I was at CVS on Thanksgiving day when they opened. The turkey was in the oven, so I wanted to snag their Free after ECB deals. Here was what I got. Granted, I paid $38 out-of-pocket, even with over $12 in coupons, BUT I made $42.19 in ECBs.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Marine Corps Dance

Here is Matthew, ready to go to the ROTC Marine Corps Dance. He was adamant that he did not want to take P.E. in high school; he wanted ROTC. Now, of course, he doesn't like it. He hated getting his hair cut (He's due for another one.), and he doesn't like PT. He should have known he wouldn't like it since he didn't like the Young Marines.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

God's Faithfulness

God's faithfulness continues to amaze me. So much has happened in my life that He has protected me from. I am meditating on these verses this weekend:

Psalm 40:13-15: "Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me;
O Lord, make haste to help me!
Let them be ashamed and brought to
mutual confusion
Who seek to destroy my life;
Let them be driven backward and
brought to dishonor
Who wish me evil.
Let them be appalled because of their
Who say to me, 'Aha, aha!'"

Almost Free at CVS

These deals for me are few and far between. I rolled over $20 in ECBs today to get these for .18 and $15 in ECBs:

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Freebies at WAGS

I just love a good deal. I had a $35 gift card at Walgreens that was just refilled. Here is what I got for NOTHING:

*3 rolls of Christmas gift wrap

*2 boxes of Betty Crocker cake mix

*1 box of Betty Crocker brownie mix

*1 Chemistry brand hair conditioner

*1 8 roll pack of Brawny paper towels

*2 containers of Betty Crocker frosting

* 1 8 roll pack of Northern toilet paper

* 1 lunch box

I actually went to both stores in town. I got $3 in Register Rewards at the first one for the Chemistry, but I went to the other store looking for the baking products. I still have about $16 on my gift card.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


God indeed works in mysterious ways. Today I was off for Veterans' Day. We decided to go to a nearby town to Target and other stores. Upon returning home about 1:30, we found a strange pickup truck in our driveway. Our dog was going nuts in the LOCKED backyard 6 foot privacy fence. I went in through the house to the backyard to find a young punk trying to get into my house through one of the back doors. He gave me a cocamammy story about why he was there. I asked him if he were on drugs or something. I sent my son for my cell phone and called 911. As he scaled back over the fence, I went through the house and was able to chase him down the driveway as he screeched off. I gave the dispatcher his license plate number. When the deputy arrived, he told me this guy's M-0. Yes, they'd been looking for him. Two hours later the deputy called me back and asked me to come to a nearby neighborhood to ID him. He'd hit 3 houses today and they found pawn receipts in his truck dating back a few years.

IF I had not been home today, AND IF we had not gone out of town, AND IF we had not returned when we did, this punk would still be robbing. GOD orchestrated this and used us to get this guy off the street. IMHO.

Monday, November 10, 2008

CVS for .49

Here is what I got for .49: 5 Palmolives, one L'Oreal Revitalift, and one cat calendar for 2009. I made $18.99 in ECBS!

Dad's Birthday

Sunday was Dad's 81st birthday. I am so thankful God has allowed me to continue to have him. He is wonderful to me and a surrogate dad to Matthew.

Saturday, November 8, 2008


Friday I got this unexpected surprise from a student. Most of the time teaching is very frustrating, but it's times like this when a student hugs you and says "you're great" that make the difference.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Here is Buddy resting on the couch.

Buddy is our 5 year-old lab mixed with perhaps golden retriever. He is such a joy. He is fiercely protective of *his* home, which includes *his* yard, *his* street, and anything else he sees. One little quirk he has is that when I give him a Milk bone dog bone, he immediately wants to bury it. Here he is after coming in from burying one. (Notice the brown nose.)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


I voted. I got to the polling place at 6:30 and although there were at least 30 people ahead of me, I was out by 7:15. It feels good to be in a country where you can still vote.

CVS Deals

I went to CVS for a few deals Saturday. I got about $42 worth of products and spent $33, but I got $22 back in ECBS. So, in reality, I spent about $11 for all of this. It's not my best trip, but it wasn't too bad.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Winter Herb Garden

With the cooler weather, I have moved a few of my herb plants inside. This is a tray of basil and rosemary. The basil went crazy on the porch this summer. This is the first time I've ever tried growing herbs, and they did very well. I still have single pots of Greek oregano, marjoram, and parsley to bring in. Does anyone have good luck with herbs inside during the winter?

Sunday, November 2, 2008


I remember the first time I voted for President. Ronald Reagan was running in 1980. Reagan was to me like John Kennedy was to another generation. I have never not voted since then. I will be out Tuesday at my polling place before it opens to secure my place in line. It is a critical time for our country, and I am concerned about the masses who seem to be flocking to Barack Obama simply because he is a "feel good" speaker. Yes, I said "speaker". He has a gift for oratory, no doubt about it. But, many things concern me about him:
  • His lack of experience
  • His associations with hatemongers
  • His stand on abortion
  • His plan to grow our big government even bigger and spread the wealth around to those who don't want to work. (A student last week wrote he liked Obama because he was going to give people Medicaid.)

Our country needs prayer.

Prayer Plant

This prayer plant started out in a small plastic pot in July of 2007. When I was in the hospital for my cancer surgery, some colleagues at work got it for me. It was small enough to rest on the hospital room table. About a year ago, I had to transplant it into a slightly bigger pot. When the weather turned colder last November, it moved into the garage for the winter. (Since I have pets in the house, I have no house plants near them.) Recently a co-worker gave me two really big fake terra cotta planters. The other day I transplanted this plant yet again. It has tripled in size since I got it. Soon, it will be time for it to go to the garage for yet another winter. This plant remains a symbol to me of God's faithfulness in the wake of my cancer. It has continued to thrive as I have.