August 6, 2013

Remembering Chris Campbell Today

It’s hard to believe it has been two years since the helicopter was shot down in Wardak province, Afghanistan killing 31 U.S. troops.  Of the Navy SEALS that were killed 15 were members of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, also known as SEAL Team Six.  A long time family friend Chris Campbell was one of those killed.

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Chris’ request was that if anything happened to him in combat, that his family wouldn’t focus on his loss. His wish was that people would focus on wounded troops. Chris requested that 100,000 people donate $1 to Wounded Warriors to help our wounded troops that have given so much for their country. Chris’ family and friends are dedicated to seeing his request fulfilled.

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Karen

July 31, 2013

Favorite Reads: July 2013

Here are this month’s favorite reads. Some of them keep appearing each month. You might also want to check our June’s favorite reads.

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1.  Easy Do-It-Yourself Luau/Beach Cupcakes

2.  Do-It-Yourself Pacifier Baby Shower Favors

3.  Bugs in My Yogurt?!

4.  30+ Ways to Clean with Vinegar

5.  Wordless Wednesday: Lazy Fat Cat

6.  Dayspring Customer Appreciate Sale (expires today, July 31)

7.  Menu Plan Monday: July 14, 2013

8.  How to Save Money on Laundry

9.  Laundry Tip: How to Keep up with Kids’ Socks

10.  Easy Fruit Pizza Recipe

Which articles are your favorites?


Karen

June 25, 2013

An Update: Where Have I Been?

I’ve been out of school/work for almost two weeks. Some of you may be wondering what happened to me and The Thrifty Mommy.  To catch you all up on this year I’ll give a condensed update.

Last year we were living on the water and working as caretakers for a large piece of property. All of the sudden our landlord wants us out and he means now. Come to find out the property next to us was being developed. Maybe he thought they might buy his too, I don’t know. Nevertheless, our family was hurt and left scrambling to figure out what our next step was.  We were hoping to purchase a house but we live near the beach and coastal property is really expensive.  Two years ago we relocated and sold our beautiful Cape Cod with over 2 acres for way less than we could get anything comparable here.

We began a major search for a nice house but realized we wouldn’t be able to find what we wanted in such a short amount of time.  We hesitantly agreed to a temporary rental while we searched. That meant moving TWO times.  Ugh! The thought and the memories causes a wave of anxiety.  On top of all that, I started a new grade level. I switched from being a self-contained special needs teacher to a regular ed teacher.  Put Common Core in all of that and I was a mess!  House hunting, getting kicked out, buying a house, two moves, new grade level, Common Core . . .  and I am alive to tell about it.

Oh and I some how forgot to mention that two close family members have had some serious health issues. There are nights that I was traveling and at the hospital until 10 or 11 pm.  This alone was physically and mentally exhausting for us all. 

As you can imagine, there hasn’t been any extra time in my schedule for blogging. I have been trying to stay afloat with every day life.  I miss blogging and I miss you all.

I have been out of work for nearly two weeks. I have taken some time to do some major decluttering, cleaning, cooking, and also some time to be lazy.

I think I’m ready to get back into blogging.  I’ve had some money saving ideas churning around in my head for the past few days. Is there anything particular you’d like to see as a topic?  Let me know.

Until then . . .


Karen

June 6, 2011

Printable Coupon: $1 Off Wisk Detergent

Like Wisk on facebook and you’ll be able to print a $1 off coupon.  Be sure to hit the back button to see if you can print two.

In case you’re not able to print coupons try these steps instead.  Click on the “download coupon” screen.  The next screen will say “Your Coupons Are Waiting!” At the bottom of the screen, click “Help.” You’ll be able to enter your mailing address, and your coupon should arrive within 5-7 business days.

Enjoy the coupons!


Karen

January 17, 2011

Good Samaritans Still Exist

Yesterday when we were leaving for church I heard a cat meowing.  It was a continuous meow so I went to the woods to investigate and found a kitten about 25 feet in the air.  I figured she would be down when we got home from church.  A few hours later, she was still in the tree.  Throughout the day, I went outside to check on the cat and she had not budged.  My husband and I tried to coax her down.  The problem was that she would move to come down and then she would get spooked and go up into the tree even further.  I called the fire department and they said there was nothing they could do. 

Fast forward to today.  The kitten was still in the tree.  I called the fire department again and explained that it had been over 24 hours.  I also called the animal hospital, animal control, police department, tree cutter, and other places trying to get recommendations of people to call.  I posted pictures of the kitten on facebook to see if anyone knew what we should do.  I even posted and tweeted to local news channels.  My friends encouraged me to do more tweeting on the matter and so I did.  What did I have to lose? 

While all this was going on my husband got out the ladder and although he couldn’t reach the cat, he was trying to talk her down from the tree.  He even cut down a tree and tried to lean it up against the other one so that she could walk down it at an angle.  This cat wasn’t coming down and at this point she had been in the tree for over 30 hours.

Some of my friends also did some tweeting and posting on facebook for me.  My friend and former editor Gayla was a big cheerleader and she also tweeted it for me.   My friends were also upset about the cat being in the tree for so long.  It has been said that you don’t see dead cats in trees so they eventually come down.  Well, that’s not necessarily the case.  Google it and you’ll be alarmed.

The tweeting was very successful.  I began tweeting with Kim Hughes of 704 Events.com and she put me in contact with Rob of Jackalope Jacks Restaurant in Charlotte.  Rob began working on getting a crew together to come rescue the kitty.  Before long a group of people was working to save the cat.  Dave Smith jumped out of his truck and was up the tree in minutes.

The problem is that the kitten was petrified and honestly, I don’t think she’s been around people very much.  She climbed further up into the tree when Dave tried to help her.

The rest of the guys were standing at the bottom in case the cat fell.

As you can imagine, this was making me very nervous and I was doing lots of praying for Dave’s safety.  Thankfully Dave and the cat made it down safely.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of the cat on the ground.  She took off running after she got down.

In this world you will meet lots of people that will be ugly to you and that will let you down.  It’s nice to know that there are others in the world that help complete strangers.

A special thanks to:

Kim Hughes of 704 Events.com

Rob of Jackalope Jacks Restaurant in Charlotte

Tony Furr of Classic Auctions

Dave of Dave Smith Tree Experts

Have you witnessed any kind acts of service lately?


Karen

October 16, 2010

Stockpile Opportunity: FREE Ronzoni Pasta

Right now Food Lion has the Ronzoni garden pasta on sale for $1/box.  On the shelf you should find a SmartSource coupon blinkie machine with a coupon for $1 off each box.  This makes the pasta free.  I had to pay only $.02 for tax.  

Enjoy the savings!

Thanks to my friend Tina for the tip.


Karen

July 20, 2010

Around the Web 7/20/10

I’ve been surfing around the web and here are a few things I found to share with you.

Use fabric scraps and paper towel tubes to make these eco-friendly DIY napkin rings from Pear Tree Events.  This is a great idea which allows you to inexpensively make color coordinated napkin rings for parties.

Someone at VBS made drop biscuits for the kids’ snack and they were so good. I was glad to find the recipe at Southern Plate.  While you’re at it, you might want to make some crock pot apple butter to go along with it.  Yummm.

I have some friends with ear wax problems, so I thought this information about Colace and over-the-counter drops was interesting and helpful.  Just fyi, in case you have the same issue.

Sweeties Sweets has some Pampers Gifts to Grow codes for points.  A few of them were expired, but there are still many that are good.

Money Saving Mom has info on how to get a free Wordlock Luggage Lock.

Enjoy!

image (c) Karen Weideman


Karen

June 17, 2010

How to Save Money on Food While Vacationing

School just ended here. It’s hot outside and I know many of you will be heading out on vacation soon.  Hotels are expensive enough, but the cost of eating out can cost you as much or more than your accomodations. 

Here are some tips for saving on food while on vacation:

1.  Eat out only once each day.  Try to pack something for the other meals.  (Some ideas are listed below.)

2.  Check the visitor’s center. Sometimes you can find half price coupons for restaurants.

3.  Give Restaurant.com a try. I have used their gift certificates in several different cities.  Browse their site for your vacation destination.  Many times you can pick up $25 gift certificates for only $3.  I post regularly on these so be sure to check out their sale info.

4.  Try to find a hotel with complementary breakfast. Many times their rates are the same as other hotels.  I have eaten at some hotels that offer bacon, eggs, sausage, cinnamon rolls, cereal, and the works.  It really saves a lot on your food bill.

5.  Consider staying in a room with a kitchenette.  If it’s too pricey, try some of the ideas below.

6.  Precook and freeze meals that can be reheated in the microwave.  Some ideas are quiche, meatloaf, spaghetti, burritos, soup, homemade macaroni and cheese, pancakes and waffles, muffins, bacon, and casseroles.  What dishes do you freeze that reheat well in the microwave?

7.  Pack an assortment of snacks and convenience foods or stop by the local store.  Granola bars, trail mix, apples, bananas, Easy mac, microwave popcorn, instant oatmeal, bagels, yogurt, cheese sticks, and precut veggies are good choices.

8.  See if the hotel has a grill that you can use.  You can cook all sorts of stuff on a grill. Some of my favorite grill sides are potatoes and cabbage.  Simply cut up the potatoes or cabbage and wrap them in tin foil with some butter and seasoning.  Yummy!

9.  Eat out for lunch.  For the most part, it is a lot less expensive to eat out at lunch than dinner. 

10.  Take a steamer, crockpot, or toaster oven with you.  Depending on the hotel’s rules, you might be able to make your dinner in the crock pot or steamer.  I have also heard about people using a coffee pot to cook their food. I have never tried that one before, so if you’re interested in that method, you might want to do some internet searches for information.

11.  Check the grocery store for inexpensive precooked foods.  Perhaps you could pick up a rotisserie chicken or fried chicken, some bagged salad, or potato salad. 

12.  Schedule at least one inexpensive dinner outing.  I’m thinking of something like Cici’s pizza.  If you get water, you can eat for about $5/person.

Well, I know that these tips only scratch the surface of ways to save on food while on vacation.  Tell us your tips.  😀

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Karen

April 12, 2010

10 Pairs Mudd Sunglasses for $9.99

For today only, you can get 10 pairs of women’s Mudd brand sunglasses for only $9.99.  Woot!  Shipping is $5.99 for the first set and $1 extra for the second set. 

I just ordered a set for me.  If you’re considering purchasing these, you’ll want to do it now before they run out.  I don’t know about you, but I spend that much on one pair of sunglasses so getting 10 pairs for $10 is a real treat. 

Enjoy the savings!

Thanks Smart Couponing!


Karen