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(To read my initial post click here.)  After reading Dave Ramsey’s book and listening to his daily talk show on the radio, my husband and I are hooked!  Thanks Crystal for recommending this!  We are working on our “Baby Steps” and learning to think differently about money (well life in general)!  Onward and Upward! 

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dsc00690.jpgHere is my bounty from my shopping trip this evening.  I went to CVS, Walgreens, & Target and here is what I brought home!

  • 8 holiday place-mats (you can’t see them in the picture, I must have cut them off accidentally)
  • 3 – 15 foot strands of garland
  • 2 – 9.2 oz. bags of Hershey Kisses
  • 8 Soy-Joy bars
  • 2 – 50 count soft-gel Fish Oil tablets (1000 mg)
  • 1 box gold holiday ornaments
  • 6 – 8oz bottles of hand sanitizer
  • 2 First aid antiseptic foam
  • 3 Adidas Deodorant
  • 2 Zantac 150
  • 2 Dimetapp Cold & Allergy
  • 1 Dawn Dishwashing Liquid
  • 1 Infusium 23 Shampoo
  • 1 -24 caplet Excedrin Back & Body
  • 1 -9 oz. box Kashi TLC Crackers
  • 3 – 12 pack Diet Mt. Dew
  • 1 – 12 pack Diet Pepsi
  • 1 -12 pack Diet Pepsi Max
  • 1 – 12 pack Diet Caffeine free Pepsi
  • 1 package Big Red
  • 1 package Juicy Fruit

My out of pocket was $19.61, but I will receive $11.00 back on a Walgreens gift card, and I received $24.00 in ECBs!

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Financial Shape in 2008

Crystal’s blog Money Saving Mom has issued a Financial Shape in 2008 Challenge.  This is a year long challenge in which you are to live on less, pay off debt, and save more money this year!  I’m in!  We purchased a new house this past year after having lived in a parsonage for 6 1/2 years, and we forgot all of the little expenses that go along with purchasing a new house!  Therefore we incurred a little more debt than we would like.  Our goal is to become debt free in the next 12 to 18 months (with the exception of our home)!  Again, as with my weight loss goal this a very ambitious goal, but I am determined to do all that I can to make this a reality!

I have been working on our budget diligently since January 1st, but due to privacy issues, I’ll not post it.  I will be attempting to return to the envelope system, and I’m going to try to cut our food budget down while still fixing healthy weight conscious meals!

I would really like to contribute to my husband’s income by doing something from home, but as with most homeschooling moms, my time is very limited.  If you have some suggestions, feel free to post!

Graphics from art.com

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The winner of our free DVD (A League of Grateful Sons) is . . . .  Danene.  Danene, if you will e-mail me with your e-mail address and your shipping address, I’ll get that out to you.  Congratulations and Merry Christmas!  Contact me at backdeckblog @ yahoo. com (take out spaces!)

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Budget Helps!

dsc00616.jpgYesterday I went to both Walgreen & CVS and look how much I bought!   I bought:

  • Pert Plus (25.4 FL OZ)
  • 2 Suave Professionals Humectant conditioner (14.5 FL OZ ea.)
  • Herbal Essences Conditioner (23.7 FL OZ)
  • Sunsilk Beyond Brunette Conditioner (9 FL OZ)
  • Tylenol Extra Strength Caplets (10 caplets)
  • 3 Excedrin Sinus Headache (24 caplets each)
  • Excedrin Migraine (24 Geltabs)
  • 2 Energizer Max AAA Batteries (8 count each)
  • Schick Quattro for women (3 count)
  • Schick Quattro Midnight (1 razor, 2 cartridges)

Now for the really exciting part.  My out of pocket cash was only $2.60!  That’s all!  I used 2 $5.00 ECB’s and put $3.32 on my Walgreen’s gift card (roll-over from last month).  Then $19.49 in ECB’s printed out!  I’ll also get an additional $2.50 placed on my Walgreen’s gift card! 

If you are not familiar with how to shop frugally at CVS and Walgreen, check out Crystal’s  Money Saving Mom blog.  She has written a very informative post on each!  Click here for Walgreen, and here for CVS! 

Notice:  only a few short hours left to enter the free DVD contest! 

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Win A Free DVD!

Vision Forum has graciously authorized me to give away a fantastic DVD!  The title of the DVD is The League of Grateful Sons.  So how do you acquire this DVD?  It’s easy, all you have to do is leave a comment about your family’s special Christmas traditions.  (Thank you Mrs. Wilt for the idea!)  It’s just that easy.  I will read through all of your comments (glean from them as many new ideas as I can for my family),  I will then put all entries in a hat and have my Son (since this is a DVD about sons) draw out one name.  You will have until Tuesday, December 18, midnight Central Time to enter.  Good Luck!

Would you like to be a Vision Forum affiliate and be able to offer your readers these great prizes.  Just click here to sign up!

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                                 Debbie Dewitt Words to Live By  Family Print

Crystal’s challenge today is to post a Frugal Friday tip along with a family fun time for our “Making Your Home a Haven” challenge.  We are to post about what our family does which doesn’t cost a lot of money, but brings us closer together. 

First of all, we always eat dinner around the dinner table.  Yes, there are occasions that we eat out, but we always do so as a family and 99% of the time we eat at home around our dining room table.  No TVs, no radio, just our family spending time together.

As far as recreation, in the summer we take walks, go hiking, or play basketball in our driveway.  Now that the evenings are getting shorter and colder, we’ve moved our family time inside.  We now have game nights, movie nights, or we work a thousand piece puzzle.  For the most part, in the evening when we are all at home bedrooms are off limits.  We prefer to spend the time together.  Children are a gift from God, but these gifts grow, they mature, and they eventually (depending on God’s will for their life) leave your home to begin families of their own.  The time we have with our children is but a brief moment, we need to cherish it and make the most of it.

Graphics from art.com

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DVD Giveaway

Challies is giving away a DVD collection!  modern_parables.jpgClick on the widget to the right or this link to enter!  This month’s sponsor is Modern Parables. Modern Parables is “an original Bible study curriculum designed for people who like movies. It is the first in a planned series of film-driven studies on the parables. The films are uniquely designed to parallel the original parable and thereby drive the viewer back toward the Biblical text. The 12-lesson study (with 6 additional lessons on cinema and theology) uses short dramatic films that explain Jesus’ parables using the particular strength of the cinematic medium. In other words, just watching the films helps teach the historical, grammatical, contextual and interpretive elements in the parables.

This contest will only last 7 days, so enter quickly!

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I think I have already missed this contest, but I’m going to try anyway.  I haven’t been able to confirm, or deny, but I’m entering anyway!

Doug Phillips and Vision Forum are sponsoring a giveaway at inashoe.com to help get word out about the FREE SHIPPING Vision Forum is offering until Midnight tonight

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Help spread the word on your website or blog then leave a comment at Life in a Shoe by 10pm today to enter!

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