Thursday, December 29, 2011

Various DIY Recipes


Over the last several months I've been collecting and compiling these DIY (Do it yourself) recipes for various items that I use and make around my home.  I thought I'd share what I've done with you all.  Enjoy...and if you have any of your favorites please share them in a comment!  You might want to bookmark this page for future reference and as always...this is a work in progress.  I'll be adding recipes to it when I find ones that I trust and like.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Chili Seasoning

Onion Soup Mix Credit given to Heavenly Homemakers

Homemade Bisquick

Homemade Maple Syrup
Thanks, Tina D.!

Homemade Fabric Softener

Foaming Hand Soap 

Homemade Laundry Soap

Homemade Sugar Scrub

Homemade Hamburger Helpers
This link gives directions and measurements to make your own Hamburger Helper.  This will come in very handy on a night that you have no idea what to make!  Credit given to Chickens In The Road

Homemade Sides and Seasoning Mixes
This link will show you the step by step process of making your own sides and seasoning mixes such as Rice-A-Roni, Knorr Sides and many more mixes we use on a daily basis.  Credit given to Chicken In The Road

 Homemade White Cake Mix
 link will give direction on making your own homemade white cake mix instead of using a box of mix from the store.  Credit Given to Chickens In The Road

All-Purpose Cleaner:
Fill up a spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and water.  I use this all over my house.  Just make sure to test it in a hidden spot if you're unsure of using it on certain surfaces.  I clean  my sinks, tubs, toilets and tile floors with this.  I've heard that it isn't good to clean marble and wood with it.

Steam Carpet Cleaner Solution:
1.  Fill the soap compartment full of vinegar and then just fill the rest up with water.  Cleans, disinfects and deodorizes leaving no soap scum behind!
I've also read where some people do this and add 1-2 drops of dish soap to the soap compartment.  However, it's the filmy stuff in soap that doesn't rinse out of carpet well and attracts more dirt later on... so use your own discretion here.

***I actually did this a few weeks ago and had amazing results.  My carpet was clean and very soft after using this formula.  I'll definitely do this again!

Homemade Spot Remover:
Make a paste with vinegar and baking soda.  Work paste into the carpet stain and let dry.  When dry vacuum and stain should be gone.  You may need to repeat this more than once!

Homemade Windex:
Here's what you need:

1 Empty Windex Spray Bottle
1/8 Cup (1oz) White Ammonia
1/4 Cup (4oz) Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol
1 Drop Laundry Detergent
Water - To Fill The Bottle 
Credit given to Fake It Frugal

Homemade Febreeze:
1 empty 32 oz. Febreeze Spray bottle1/8 Cup of Your Favorite Fabric Softener
2 Tablespoons Baking Soda
Hot Tap Water - To Fill the Bottle to the Top
Shake it up in your Spray Bottle and you're ready to go!

***Love this!
Credit given to Fake It Frugal

Spray Hair Gel:
1 cup hot water
1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
3 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
Simply mix the ingredients in an empty spray bottle. Let sit for about 5 minutes, then you are ready to style. You can add a tiny bit more gelatin to make a stronger hold, but too much will clog your bottle. Store your gel in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.
Credit give to: Homemade Mamas

Homemade Hair Detangler Spray:
1 Spray bottle
1 part conditioner (any brand) mixed with 9 parts warm water.  Mix gently before using.  We've had great results with this.

Credit give to: Homemade Mamas

Homemade Baby Wipes:
Go HERE to see step-by-step directions

Homemade Daily Shower Spray Cleaner:

  • cups white vinegar
  • water
  • tablespoons generic dishwasher rinse agent


  1. 1
    In a 32 oz bottle add the white vinegar and the generic dishwasher rinse agent. Fill the rest of the bottle with water. use after every shower.
Credit give to:

DIY Fire Starters:

Fake it Frugal has a great tutorial over here on how to use your newspaper for you fire starters.

I've also heard that some people save their empty toilet paper rolls and use the lint from the dryer to stuff into the rolls for their fire starters.  Either way you choose is frugal and works great!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

*New Spot My Eye Information*

I've had a wonderful year venturing into blogging.  I started just over 1 year ago with Spot My Eye and have enjoyed every moment of it.  I've learned so many new things in the cyber world and have made some great cyber friends.  I've also enjoyed meeting many of you at the classes that I've taught.

Over the last several weeks I've taken the time to think and pray about the future of Spot My Eye.  My teaching partner, Michelle, and I have also talked a few times about the direction that we should head in.  After seeking the Lord, my husband, Michelle and thinking an awful lot about this I've made a decision....

The way things will happen on Spot My Eye will definitely be changing.   I will NO LONGER provide any coupon information on this blog.  That means I will no longer post grocery or daily deals, coupons, etc.  I know that several of you frequent this blog only for that so I do apologize for the inconvenience.  However, running a coupon blog takes A LOT of T-I-M-E and I cherish every bit of time that I have.  I've weighed this heavily and feel like coupon blogs are over-saturated.  I feel that it is no benefit to me or my family for me to continue blogging about things that many other people blog about.  If you still want to find great deals then I encourage you to follow some reputable coupons blogs that I trust.
Frugal Fritzie does a great job covering stores that pertain to our area.
Money Saving Mom
And there are many, many more blogs out there!

I will also NO LONGER provide any coupons classes.  This was my favorite part of my job as I really enjoyed meeting so many of you.  It gave me great pleasure knowing that I was providing a service to so many of you that needed help learning how to provide for your families at a lower cost.  I hope that you all take what you've learned and will help someone else that might need the help.  As a result of this decision...the class that was scheduled for 1/6/12 will be cancelled.  If you were planning on coming to that I apologize and hope that you will be able to learn the ins and outs of couponing from someone else or by reading the reputable blogs posted above.

So what does this mean for the future of Spot My Eye???  Honestly, I don't know.  I'm still praying and thinking about that.  I won't take down this page or the facebook page for now until I know for certain what, if anything, I'm supposed to do with this.

What I do know for certain is that I've enjoyed the last several weeks of having a slower pace on the computer/blogging.  I've enjoyed focusing more on my family and priorities around my own home.  I feel like more of my attention should be focused there.  Sometimes I think we just need to cut down on the clutter...even if that is a job/hobby in order to do what we're called to do...I'm called to be a wife and mom!  Somewhere along the line some of my priorities got out of whack and I'm trying my best to remedy that problem!  :)

I appreciate your understanding in this matter and hope that you all have a great and wonderful new Year!

~Heather Nothnagel

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Grocery Deals 12/7-12/13

This is a work in progress....

Food 4 Less Springfield Mo.

10 lb. Bag Russet Potatoes $1.86 each
Peck Size Fruit Baskets $16.96 each
FP KC Strips $4.46 lb.
5 lb. bag IQF Boneless Skinless chicken Breast $1.46 lb.

Go HERE to view this weeks Price Cutter match ups.
Thanks to Frugal Fritzie for compiling these!


Florida Grapefruit- $0.29 each

Navel Oranges 4 lb bag- $1.48

Pears 4 ct tray- $0.99

Bagged Apples Assorted Varieties 3 lb bag- $1.47

Chef's Cupboard Cream of Chicken/Mushroom- $0.59

Baker's Corner Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips- $1.69

Countryside Creamery Butter Quarters 16 oz- $1.99

Tyson Whole Chicken- $0.69 lb

View the entire ad HERE

Go HERE to view this weeks Dillon's ad and match ups.
Thanks to Frugal Fritzie for compiling these.

Go HERE to view the Hy-Vee match ups

View the ad right HERE

Thanks, KansasCityMama's for compiling these!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Picture of my kids

My kids after decorating the Christmas tree last night.  You know what happened to the tree this morning if you read the Facebook page!  

Monday, December 5, 2011

Happy 1st BLOGIVERSARY!!! and a Giveaway!!!

Today marks my 1 year Blogiversary here at Spot My Eye!!!  It's been a great year and I've learned a lot!  I started out as "deals" blog, but have found as the weeks and months have gone by that my heart isn't just for getting great deals on products, but connecting with other women in all walks of life and about things other than just getting a great bargain.

Blogging has been a lot of fun, but the thing I enjoy the most about this "job" is that I get to meet so many wonderful ladies (and a few men) at my coupon classes.  Those classes started on a whim.  I thought I'd teach a few and then stop, but so far that hasn't happened.  I keep getting emails with requests to come teach another class somewhere and we've had a few speaking engagements.  I figure as long as the requests come in I'll keep it up!

One of the blessings out of teaching classes is bringing my friend, Michelle, on as a partner for teaching with me.  It's been an absolute delight getting to teach with her as we bounce ideas off each other and compliment each other well.  I couldn't have continued teaching without her and just wanted to give a big shout out for her!  :)

As the next year approaches I can't really predict what you'll see here at Spot My Eye!  It seems that the Lord is slowly turning this blog into something else other than coupons.  Don't worry...we'll still post deals and teach classes, but we're leaving our hearts open to what He wants this to be.  This winter Michelle and I are taking some time to pray and re-evaluate the direction that the Lord is taking us.  Hopefully, we'll have clear direction in that area soon so we can start sharing those things with you.

Thank you to all of you that read this blog.  If I didn't have readers, I wouldn't write!  We've grown at a steady pace this past year and hope to grow even more in the next year.  Thank you for sharing this blog with your friends.  Thank you for cheering me on, sharing your thoughts, opinions and giving me feedback when needed.

To celebrate our 1 year blogiversary we're giving away 5 tickets to our next public class to be held January 12, 2012 in Springfield, MO. @ Jefferson Ave. Baptist Church from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

5 people will win 2 tickets each (one for you and one for a friend) to attend our next public class for FREE!!! Even if you've come before this will be a great time to brush up and an opportunity for you to bring a friend with you that hasn't learned how to coupon shop yet.

If you're interested in entering this giveaway you can enter by leaving your first name and last intial right here on the blog (not on the facebook page).  Just scroll to the bottom of the post and click "comment" to leave your information.  If you don't want to leave a comment on the blog you can email your first name and last initial to too.  Only ONE entry per person!  We will do a drawing using and the 5 winners will be announced this coming Friday at 10:00 a.m. CST!  Make sure to share this drawing with your friends!

*  This is the Basics of Couponing Class for beginning couponers.
*  If you're not a winner and would like to attend this class we'll open up registration to the public in a few days.  Keep an eye on the blog for more information.  Please DO NOT call the church office for registration.  You can only register through this blog!

Glad Force Flex 65 ct Trash Bags only $5

Normally $10.97!  Take the Dollar General ad to Walmart and price match!  This is a excellent deal that I'm sure we won't see again for a LONG time!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sunday Coupon Preview 12/4

Looks like we'll have 2 inserts in tomorrow's paper.  1 Smart Source and 1 Redplum.  Go HERE to view what coupons we should expect.
As always, remember that coupons vary by region and some cities get different coupons than others!

Tis the Season!

Have you headed over to Mom's By Heart to see her 100 Days of Christmas yet?  Below are just a few of the cute things she has posted.

 The project shown above was by A Personal Touch. She created her bag toppers with rubber stamps, but you can get a free printable HERE or HERE.  Many Dollar Stores carry the small bags.

Here’s a free printable to make you smile from my favorite Christmas movie! VisitInviting Printables to get one, then frame it up and show it off!

Laurie Furnell created this free printable Snowman Candy Bar Wrapper. Add a repurposed sock for the hat and a scrap of fleece for the scarf and you have yourself an adorable little gift!

Friday, December 2, 2011

HES Update

I haven't posted a Hypereosinophilic Syndrome (HES) update in awhile so I thought today would be an appropriate day to do that.

This year has been a roller coaster ride with my HES.  The Hematologist that I had been seeing the past 5 years retired and I got a new one in January.  It's always hard to transition to a new doctor, but I've found my new doctor to be knowledgeable about HES as well as a very nice person to work with.

I'm presently taking Hydroxyurea (chemo) to control my white blood counts.  Unfortunately, as the year has progressed the chemo has lowered my blood counts TOO low causing me to be anemic.  Recently, my doctor decided to lower the amount of chemo in order for my blood counts to raise.  About 2 weeks into my new dosage of chemo I started having more HES symptoms.  I won't go into detail on that, but believe me, I knew that my new dosage wasn't going to work out!  So, I called the doctor, they had me come in for another cbc and my blood levels had raised up enough to raise my chemo back to where it had been before.

I know this all sounds horrid to most of you, but this is actually a good thing for me.  I'd rather be tired, then in pain.  So, now I'm about 3 weeks into my raised dose and I'm feeling much better.  Yesterday I went to the doctor again for another cbc and visit.  She has decided to not mess with my chemo dosage anymore.  She believes that we've found the "happy medium" that keeps most things level.  

So, that's where we're at for now and I'm fine with that.  I'm feeling pretty good and happy to have some energy back during this time of year.  Of course, this will be an on going process, so we'll continue to keep tabs on my blood levels.

I wrote a testimony and it was published through my church newsletter if any of you want to read it.  It's about some things that the Lord has taught me through all of this.  You can find it right here.  

Stock up on cereal

Malt-O-Meal Cereals 17.5-21.5 oz Cereals are on sale at Summer Fresh this week for ONLY 3/$5. Use this $1/3 Any Malt-O-Meal Cereals and get 3/$4, or $1.33 Each!!! 

Cute Christmas ideas from the archives...

I stumbled across this cute picture frame on Felt So Cute.  I just had to share it!  What a great Christmas gift idea!  Plus, if you're like me and stocked up on all those back-to-school deals this past summer you should have a great supply of crayons to make this with!


Isn't this wreath just adorable?  Can you believe that it cost less than $9 to make?  You can find a tutorial of how to make this wreath HERE.  Let me know if you make one!

Rudolph and Friends

This is such a cute cupcake and I'm sure the kids would love making these!  You can find this recipe here.

Reindeer Gift Bag

You can find directions to make this adorable gift bag here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Grocery Deals 11/30-12/6 (Hy-Vee, Food4Less, Aldi, Dillon's, Price Cutter, Harter House)

Here are your grocery match ups for the week of November 30-December 6 for the Southwest Missouri area.  This will be a work in progress the rest of the day, so if you don't see one of the ads come back later today!

Go HERE to view the Hy-Vee match ups
Word of caution...I noticed while going through my Hy-Vee flier that some of the sales start today (Wednesday) and some of them start tomorrow.  They are in VERY FINE PRINT on the front page of each ad.
View the ad right HERE

Food 4 Less Springfield Mo.

10 lb. bag Russet Potatoes $1.86 each
10 lb. Roll Ground chuck $1.86 lb.
FP Boneless Pork Loin Chops $1.86 lb.


Florida Grapefruit .29 cents each
Tangerines .99 cents per bag (3 lb. bag)
Red Grapes .79 cents per lb. (2 lb. clamshell)
Avocados .25 cents each
Various Ham's ranging in price from 1.19-1.69 per lb.
Red Poinsettia $3.99
View the entire ad HERE

This is the Strafford/Nixa/Hollister/Kimberling City locations...NOT the Springfield locations.
I only list the things that I think are SUPER deals.  If you see something I missed feel free to leave a message and I'll ad it to the list.

View the entire ad right HERE

Best Choice canned tomatoes (limited variety) .39 cents
Texas Red Grapefruit 3/$1
California Navel Oranges 5/$1
Best Choice canned vegetables (corn, peas, green beans) .39 cents
GM Cereal (Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Golden Grahams, Cocoa Puffs, HN Cheerios) $1.99
Kellogg's 12 ct. Pop Tarts's $1.99 Limit 3
Cutie Clementines $3.89 3lb. bag
Best Choice TP  $3.99 24 Roll
Betty Crocker Brownies .99 cents Limit 5
Banquet Dinners .69 cents Limit 10
Best Choice cake mixes .69 cents
Best Choice Flour .99 cents 5 lb.
Always Save Bleach .99 cents 96oz.

Go HERE to view this weeks Dillon's ad and match ups.
Thanks to Frugal Fritzie for compiling these.

Go HERE to view this weeks Price Cutter match ups.
Thanks to Frugal Fritzie for compiling these!

Dillons Cart Buster Savings Event: 1 Special Coupon Daily ($2.00/1 Brawny Today)

Dillons is having a Cart Buster Sales Event:
“Look for the special yellow tags for participating products! Visit online through Tuesday, December 13th to download a special offer every day! Plus… Save even more with digital coupons that can be loaded directly to your card! Selection May Vary By Store. Limited To Stock On Hand. BIG SAVINGS STOREWIDE CART BUSTER SAVINGS EVENT DEAL OF THE DAY.”
So, head to Dillon’s site , click on “click here” and log in with your shopper’s card to load the daily eCoupon to your card. Today’s coupon is for $2.00 off one Brawny 6 Big Roll Pick-A-Size. It expires 12/14/11. Coupon is available today only, while supplies last.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Coupon Class Information

Tonight will be our last coupon class in 2011.  We've had a great year and wanted to take time to say "thank you" to all of those that attended our classes as well as the wonderful women and churches that hosted them.  It's been so much fun meeting all of you! We've enjoyed hearing your testimonies of how you've been able to stretch your budgets even further after learning the game of couponing!

We'll be taking the month of December off from teaching classes so that we can enjoy the Christmas season with our families.  If you're curious about hosting a coupon class we will have open dates in January posted very soon so keep an eye on the blog.  You can find class information right here. (We'll be tweaking the information over the Christmas holiday.)

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email us at and we'll be happy to answer them.  You can also leave a comment on our face book page.

Thanks again,

Heather & Michelle

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  I'll be away from the computer for the next couple of days!  If you're a "deal" shopper I encourage you to take some time away from the computer as well.  There are plenty of days in the year to get a good deal on things.

Enjoy spending time with your family as we give thanks to the Lord for His goodness and provision!

I'm also thankful to those of you that read this blog and those of you that have hosted or attended one of our coupon classes.  It's been so much fun meeting all of you!

I'll be back with more deals in a few days!


PS.  For those of you that will be shopping on Black Friday...get some rest, stay safe, drink plenty of water, bring a snack to munch on and good luck!  :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thankful for Forgiveness

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I had a hard time sleeping last night.  I tossed and turned for what felt like hours!  In reality it was about 2 hours and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't go back to sleep.  My back was aching so I blamed the lack of sleep on the pain.  I contemplated getting up and taking a pain pill, but I had an empty stomach and didn't want medicine on it causing further discomfort.  So...I tossed and turned and tossed and turned some more.

Usually when I wake up in the middle of the night the Lord starts bringing prayer requests to my mind and I start praying for specific people that I know are needing His touch.  I did that last night, but after I was done praying I still didn't feel like I was at rest.  I hate to admit it, but I'm so stubborn sometimes.  I'm sure that's no surprise to some of you reading this! ;)  It's one of those sins that God keeps chiseling away at in me bit by bit. 

Eventually, I heard the sound of the chisel again!  He started revealing to me some things (sin) that needed to be dealt with.  I must admit that when this happens I don't always like it.  I mean, who likes to admit their guilt?  But, after the trespasses were revealed, confessed and forgiven I find myself thankful this morning. 

  • Thankful that I have a God who, by His grace, has redeemed me from my sin.  
  • Thankful that I have a God who loves me enough to say, "Hey, Heather...there's some sin over here in your life.  Let me show it to you so you don't have to carry it anymore.  Give it to me.  I'll take it from here on."
  • Thankful for a God that loves me just as I am, but loves me enough to keep growing me and pushing me to be more like Him.  

My sweet 5 year old, Emalee, woke up this morning and came to my bed.  The first words out of her mouth were, "What are you thankful for, Mama?"  I said, "You, Emalee, I'm thankful for you."  Not long after those words left my mouth the Holy Spirit whispered to me...."That's exactly how I feel about you, Heather."   

What a way to start this week of Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Great New Reward Points Site, If You Like Swagbucks You Will Love Superpoints!!!

If you have been following our blog for a while you have probably heard of Swagbucks the site that rewards you for simply searching the web.  Well, there is a new site very similar our there now, Superpoints.  Superpoints is by invitation only.  You sign up and start earning points by having friends sign up with you, doing offers (several of the Vista Prints free product shipping only offers are on there giving between 350-500 points each), the super lucky button, & even surprise emails.  A $5 amazon gift card is only $500 points, $10 is 1000 points, & so on.  You do have to work your way through 3 stages and as you do the amount you need before you can purchase rewards decreases.  The steps are easy to move up through and mainly require adding friends to your network.  In 9 days I have been able to earn over 900 points just through emails, super lucky button, friends, & one Vista Prints offer for 250 free business cards.  You should definately check this out to help with the upcoming Christmas shopping.  Leave a comment below and I will send you a unique invite code.  Have fun earning Superpoints & super rewards!!!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Welch's Sparkling Grape Juice deal....

A new printable makes for a pretty sweet price on Welch’s Sparkling Grape Juice. Be sure to grab enough for Christmas and New Years too!
Welch’s Sparkling Grape Juice 2/$6 (through 11/19)
-$2/2 printable HERE
-$1/2 from Walgreens coupon booklet
Final Price: $1.50 each

BOGO Free at Starbucks!

Starting today and through 11/20 starting at 2pm-5pm you can get a free drink a free drink at Starbucks when you buy another one.  The free drink must be of equal or lesser value. This promo is running inparticipating Starbucks locations only, while supplies last.

High Value Kraft Coupons

There are new High value Kraft printable coupons on the Cooking with Kraft website.  These are manufacturer coupons that print with the Publix logo on them, but can be used anywhere!
$1/1 A.1. Steak Sauce, any
$1/1 BAKER’S Chocolate, any
$1/1 CAPRI SUN Product, any
$1/1 KRAFT Dressing (16 oz.), any
$1/1 VELVEETA Shells & Cheese, KRAFT DELUXE Macaroni & Cheese or KRAFT Microwavable Macaroni & Cheese
$1/1 KRAFT Barbecue Sauce (28 oz.), any
$1/1 MIRACLE WHIP Dressing or KRAFT Mayo (30 oz.), any
$1/1 MAXWELL HOUSE canister (31.5-34.5 oz.), any
All of these Kraft printable coupons expire on 12/31/11.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Swimming Upstream in a Downstream World

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We have a family motto at our house:  "We're swimming upstream in a downstream world."  Brian and I came to a point in our marriage in the Fall of 2004 where we decided to be deliberate about changing some things.  As I was thinking about our motto this week I started thinking about some personal changes I've made in my life.

One year ago I was given the book, Voices of The True Woman Movement to review.  I read it cover to cover and then wound up going to the True Woman 2010 Conference in Ft. Worth, TX. Chapter 2 is all about the True Woman saying "yes" to God....

"She lives intentionally, not just drifting from one meaningless activity to the next, letting the circumstances of life pull her along.  She's willing to be like a salmon, swimming upstream, living a counter-cultural life in an unholy world for the glory of God....."  

Just those two sentences alone are full of some major food for thought!

I'm an observant person by nature.  I believe that the Lord gave me the gift of discernment and with that gift comes a lot of observing.  One thing that I've observed not only in the cyber world of Blog Land, but also in a lot of classes that I teach is the "meaningless activity" that was touched on above.

I was challenged to evaluate my own "meaningless activity" several weeks ago.  I want to extend that challenge to you.  Are you being intentional about the activities that you do or that you're involved in?  Are they profitable?  Do they please God?  Do they further His kingdom?  Do they display God's glory?

I found many "meaningless activities" that I needed to deal with.  Truth is...I'm still dealing with some of them: 

  • Too much time on the Internet
  • Not spending enough quality time with my children
  • Not speaking enough encouraging words to my husband   
  • Slacking on menu planning
  • Drinking too much soda 
  • and several more....

To take this thought to a spiritual level I wanted to focus on some of the "meaningless activities" that we deal with spiritually.  Chapter 2 goes on to list some of those as things we can say "no" to:

  • "No" to bitterness
  • "No" to self-centeredness
  • "No" to whining
  • "No" to complaining
  • "No" to pining
  • "No" to resisting, resenting, running from the will of God

But it means saying "yes" to a whole lot more:

  • "Yes" to forgiving those who have sinned against us
  • "Yes" to receiving God's forgiveness for ourselves
  • "Yes" to repentance
  • "Yes" to serving
  • "Yes" to embracing God's choices for our lives
  • "Yes" to trusting Him with our circumstances
  • "Yes" to finding and fulfilling His purposes

 Swimming upstream in a downstream world is NOT easy.  It takes courage, sacrifice and deliberate determination to get to the goal!  It means saying "no" to some things and "yes" to other things.  It is in saying "yes" to God that we find true meaning and reach our goal in this life!

Philippians 3: 7-14 (NIV)

7But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.  12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.


Friday, November 11, 2011

Dinner for less than $2.00! Homemade Beanee Weenee's

Beanee Weenees

As you all know, I usually try to plan my meals every week.  Well...this week has had so many things going on that I never got around to doing that!  As a result I've had to get creative for a few meals.  This is where I can say that I'm really happy to have a stockpile of food in my pantry/freezer to work with.
The sad part about last night is that I didn't have any ground beef.  I've been out for several days and really wanted to make chili, but chili is hard to make without beef!  :)  Luckily, there a store that has ground chuck on sale in my target price so I'll be getting some today!

So, I got creative.  What I made wound up tasting a bit like Beanee Weenee's.  Now, I wouldn't suggest having this for dinner often as it's not a glamorous meal, but it filled us all up and we weren't hungry any longer!  Sorry I didn't snap a photo...we ate it right after I cooked it!

Here's what I did:
1/4 onion diced ~ pennies (3 lb./.69 cents)
1 can diced tomatoes ~ Free w/ coupons
1 can tomato sauce ~ Free w/ coupons
1 can pork n beans ~ .33 cents
2 pkgs hot dogs sliced ~ .59 cents each w/coupons
1 Tbsp. Homemade Chili seasoning ~ pennies

Krusteaz Cornbread ~ Free w/coupons
1 can green beans ~ .39 cents

Saute` the onion w/a dab of oil until translucent.
Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce and beans.
Slice the hot dogs into bite size pieces and add to mixture.
Add 1 Tbsp. (or more for your taste)
Stir and simmer on low for 30 min.

I served this with cornbread and greenbeans.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

100 Days of Christmas!

I've posted about this before, but wanted to remind everyone that Mom's By Heart has a fabulous collection of Christmas gift ideas that she's posting about on a daily basis.  Head over there and read her 100 Days of Christmas and I'm sure you'll find a gift idea or two!
Today is day 54!!!

Three Xbox 360 Games for $30

Walmart has Buy Two, Get One FREE Xbox 360 Value Bundles with FREE site to store shipping.
Prices start at $10 per game. However, there are a few games that will increase your price by a few dollars.

*HOT* Butterball Turkey Coupon

Print this before it's gone!  Click HERE!  While you're there check out all the other new coupons.  There are a TON of fantastic coupons this week.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Series: Becoming Debt Free...Jan.-Oct. 2011 Light at the End of the Tunnel!

After going to Cincinnati for a diagnosis of HES in February, 2010 the bills started trickling in one by one.  Once again we found ourselves with loads of medical bills.  Thankfully, we had some money set back and we were able to pay those bills off! This was the first time in 5 years that we had paid all of our medical bills, on time and on our own!  It felt so good and inspired us to stick to our goal of getting out of debt in the time frame that we were wanting to get it paid off.

We wish that money would pop out of the air, but it doesn't.  The only choice we have is to plug away at the debt.  One by one the debt is getting paid.  It's been encouraging to make the final payments on the various bills that we've had.  Brian is still working extra side jobs when he can and I work really hard at home lowering the amount of money that we pay for things.  One way I do this is by continuing to use coupons combined with sales, stockpiling and menu planning.  I also limit my shopping trips.  I've found that if I'm not at the store, I don't spend money at the store!  We have learned to say no to certain things too.

Some things that we've limited or said "no" to:

Cable T.V.  We don't miss it either

Cell phones:  We have 1 cell phone on my brother-in-laws plan for $10 per month

Clothing budget:  Brian and I have cut back on our clothing budget big time until we get all debt paid.  It's very minimal.  We mainly get the NEEDS instead of the wants.  The kids certainly don't have as many clothes as their friends, but this was something we needed to cut back in order to have margin in our budget.  

Pets (We only have 2 African Dwarf Frogs as pets.  They cost $35 when we got them 18 month ago and I've maybe spent $6 dollars on their care since we got them!  Easy "pets" to have!  FYI...the kids are allergic to pet danger so this works good for us!)

Eating out.  This is a hard one, but one of the biggest money savers!  I try really hard to make a weekly menu plan.  When I take the time to sit down and plan out what to make (according to what I already have in my pantry) I save TONS of money.  We do eat out, but not nearly what we would if I didn't have a plan!

Frivolous Shopping Trips:  I try not to run across town for only one thing.  It costs too much $$$ in gas to do that.  Instead, I plan my trips and do all my errands on the same day...or I at least try to.  For example: when picking Emalee up from preschool I'm close to the bread store and Walgreen's.  Today I went all three places in one trip!  I was home the rest of the day.

Hair cuts:  I cut Brian, David and Emalee's hair.  Jacob's is too hard to cut because of his head shape.  Me?  I don't trust Brian to cut my hair!  :)  At the most, mine is cut 4 times per year.  Luckily, my hair grows very, very slow!

Those are just a few of the ways that we've been able to cut our expenses the past couple of years.  There are many more that I did not mention!  We did have a few monetary gifts that were given to us (because of the medical expenses) so we took that money and put it in the medical fund knowing that there would be more medical bills to come...and there are!  Currently, we're paying 5 more medical bills as with my disease they just never end!

So, where are we at on this "Becoming Debt Free" journey???  As of today we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!  *
Exact numbers will be given the next time I post in this series!

What are some ways that you cut expenses?  Please share on the Face book page or in the comments section below!  I'm sure that your comment can encourage someone else on the financial road to freedom!