Sunday, July 20, 2014

McDonald's Chicken McBites Giveaway!!! {Closed}


In case you didn't get to take advantage of your local McDonald's offering their free snack size Chicken McBites this past week, then you're in luck.  This giveaway is for you!

I wanted to make this giveaway super easy so be sure to enter :-)



The Rules

There are 20 Free McDonald's Snack Size Chicken McBites prizes up for grabs.

They are only redeemable at McDonald's in North and South Carolina.

If you're a chosen winner and you're not in one of those states, I will still send to you, just don't be disappointed ok?

Some winners may win more than once :-)

The giveaway will run from 7/21/14 @ 12am - 7/27/14 @ 11:59pm.  All times EST.

Winners are selected randomly by Rafflecopter.

With all of that being said... Good Luck!!!













I am a VIP blogger partnered with Eastern North Carolina McDonald's.  This is a sponsored giveaway.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

McDonald's Chicken McBites Event on 7/17

I wanted to come and share a quick post to let those of you in the Eastern North Carolina area that on Thursday July 17, 2014 you can get a free snack-size McDonald's Chicken McBites!!!  Just come to an area McDonald's from 5-7pm on Thursday to get yours!



McDonald's wants to bring you smiles to your faces with this perfect poppable snack; perfect for Summer.  So come on over and stop by to get your free gift of grub!

If you're in the Greenville, NC area bring your kids to meet Grimace and Hamburglar at the McDonald's located at 2116 SE Greenville Blvd location {near Greenville Blvd and 10th St intersection} and at the McDonald's located at  4410 East 10th St. {the newest McDonald's by the new Walmart.} There will also be local radio hosts at these locations.

In addition to getting these free tasty Chicken McBites, be sure to stay tuned to my Facebook page where I will be hosting a quick giveaway in the coming days from McDonald's.


I am a VIP blogger partnered with Eastern North Carolina McDonald's.


-Aria

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sam's Club Instant Savings


I went to Sam's Club the other day.  Now that I am a member I am realizing some of the perks that I wasn't aware of when I was going with my friend.  One of those perks are the Instant Savings that are loadable coupons.  Pick them out online and they're automatically loaded to your card.  You can print the list or send them to your email so that you can know what you selected when in store.  I love it because it helps to save even more money!

I have a confession to make.

Last week at Harris Teeter it was Super Doubles.  I went to get a handful of things.  Literally.  Didn't get a bunch of free things.  I just wasn't into it.  I have inserts from the past three cycles and I haven't touched them.  I'm burnt out with coupons.  I'm tired of going to the grocery store every week.  I'm tired of trying to stay on top of the couponing and failing miserably. I'm just not into it anymore.  I know this will pass and I'll eventually get back into the swing of things; but for now, no ma'am.

I am realistic however, in knowing that (1) I can't buy everything I need at Sam's Club, (2) I don't have the storage options required to buy many things at once {this will change soon}, and (3) I don't have the means to do large Sam's Club hauls at the moment.  Knowing these things, I did want to go and get a few basic things that I know we use a lot of and are cost effective.

When I saw online the Instant Savings that were available on the items I already buy I was pretty excited.  I couldn't partake in all of them at once financially, but I did appreciate the savings I got on what I did buy.

Here's how I look at it:

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I went with syrup on my list. We go thru a lot of syrup.  Syrup is one of those items I've seen the coupon supply dry up on.  When I do see a rare coupon pop up it will either be for a brand I don't prefer or won't be a good value.  I like Mrs. Butterworth's or Aunt Jemima brand syrup.  When they're on sale I will get them, but they don't go on sale often.  At Sam's I got a 2-pack of 64oz each of Mrs. Butterworth's syrup for $7.28.  That comes to $3.64 each and I don't anticipate having to buy more syrup for a few months.  Just to put that into perspective...the current retail price of a 24oz size of Mrs. Butterworth's syrup is $4.19 at Harris Teeter.  On sale it may go down lowest I'd say $2.97.  I still came out with a better deal.

I like to get my bagged salad from Sam's Club now too.  When I got it the last time the 2lb bag of salad lasted for two weeks and helped me get my eating under control.  Last time I got just hearts of romaine and this time I got iceberg and romaine mix for a few cents cheaper.


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A 5 lb bag of Tyson chicken nuggets were $9.98 with Instant Savings of $2.00.  Getting that size bag of chicken nuggets for the regular price at most stores of $7.98 for a smaller size is insane!


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I got the same pack of Mt. Dew bottles I've been getting at Sam's Club at an already good value of $6.98 with an Instant Savings of $2.00 off added that's just mind boggling to me! lol $4.98 for a 15 pack of Mt. Dew!!! A 6 pack of the same size bottles is currently on sale at Harris Teeter for $4.39.

I got other deals too but I just wanted to share how I'm really loving Sam's Club and I cannot wait to move and have more storage space in order to really take advantage of how much I can save in both time and money.  I'd rather just go to the grocery stores sporadically and do Sam's Club hauls monthly or probably even less after the first few trips.  I still want to save money but right now, I'd rather shop this way.

I will need to invest in some shopping bags for refrigeration that way I can keep the cold stuff cold on the way home.  I know Rachel Ray has some on QVC, and I've seen a couple I like on the Sam's Club website.  I'll do some looking around.  Bulk shopping makes me want to invest in a truck! Imagine me in a F-150!! lol I'm serious tho!  I'm not really a truck kinda girl, but it would be cool to have as a third vehicle. {I dream big and in color}  I've been fantasizing about the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo a lot lately :-)  It's such a sexy beast!



Happy Shopping & Still Saving!!
-Aria


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Wow That Was Fast!


 
I had a whirlwind weekend and I wanted to take a moment to share how I manifested it.
 
Thursday night as I was going to bed, I was really thinking “I wanna go to the beach Saturday.”  I was on my way to sleep, eyes already closed.  I thought to myself “I should look at my texts from my Mom and see what dates she was talking about going to the beach.”  Because I was already on my way to sleep, I didn’t want to open up my phone.  I just figured I’d look it up in the morning.
 
Basically, I wanted to go to the beach, but didn’t want to really have to spend money to do so.  It’s not my pay week so I didn’t want to spend more than $20.  I also didn’t want to put the wear and tear on my car seeing as how I need a new tire, an oil change, ya know, regular maintenance.
 
I woke up Friday morning to a text from my Mom about going to the beach! {I never did find the other text I was looking for, I must have deleted it by mistake.}
 
Now, I was thinking of just going to Atlantic Beach, the closest to me.  My Mom was talking more Carolina Beach which is more South of me.  It went from just going to the beach to making a weekend out of it with an overnight stay at a hotel to boot!
 
I had a wonderful weekend that included going to Carolina Beach, the hotel pool, going to Carrabba’s for dinner, the hotel pool the next day and then going to Topsail Beach.  It was me, my Mom and the kids.  It was their first time in a hotel and they really enjoyed that.  We normally stay in a beach house.

Lobster Ravioli @ Carrabba's

breakfast at the hotel

Brianna Photobombing Jordan in the pool



 
We decided that next summer we’ll do the vacation rental again.  No more of this.  We love the beach too much!
 
I am getting the hang of this LOA thing!  I’m learning and tweaking and am excited to see all of the great things I can bring into my life.  It’s definitely an exciting journey J


left and top right is Carolina Beach
bottom right is Topsail Beach






 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

On This Journey...


Lately I have been really working on my thoughts, my feelings and just overall keeping them on the up and up.  I’ve been working on my vibrations and my frequency.  Basically the Law of Attraction (LOA).
 
I would say for the past month or so I have been focusing on what I want.  What I want the most is to move into my dream home.  Honestly I would be happy to move period as long as it met our needs.  But as you may have read in a previous post, I am testing the LOA.  And the dream house called out to me, I didn’t call out to it, so that’s why it is my focus.  I am in love with the home. 
 
But I’m also realistic.  And although I feel these good feelings and vibes, I still have work to do in my thoughts.  I have been able to pinpoint where I may throw things off in the process….  I don’t have the “woe is me” attitude, but I can have the “I deserve that, why did she get that and not me?”  or “when is it my time?”  These are the areas I am consciously and deliberately working on.  And knowing that these are the areas really helps me to NOT think those type of blocking thoughts.
 
Anyway, I already feel myself going on a tangent here so lemme rein it back in…jeez.  I decided to try to bring things into my existence (manifest) that I really want.  In no particular order really, because as I’m learning… everything comes in its right timing.  And we really wouldn’t want everything to manifest right away.  Some things take longer than others so that it lines up perfectly.  So long story short because this is become longer than necessary….

his hearing test
 
I have decided to try to start finding the small blessings in the day.  This week Jordan had his kindergarten assessment at the doctor.  He is developing right on target and that makes me happy.  What makes me even happier is the fact that a couple of years ago we were at the doctor when Jordan had pneumonia.  To go to the doctor for a checkup and find that all is well is truly a blessing.  Because there are so many parents who are in an opposite situation, who are going thru very difficult times with children who are ill and to know what that’s like … that’s a reason to give Him praise right there!!!
 
The next day at work went well overall.  Until the last 30 minutes.  I received some news that really upset me.  I allowed it to upset me.  I allowed it to change my vibe from feeling good to feeling real shitty.  {I’m getting better with my words but sometimes the sailor words are appropriate.}  I felt so craptastic that when I got off 30 minutes later and I walked to my car I felt my heart racing.  It wouldn’t stop.  Then the tears came.  And they wouldn’t stop.
What’s crazy is that I listen to mostly gospel music now and even that wasn’t helping.  Finally I said to myself “Aria get it together.  Stop it right now.”  I was giving myself my Mom voice lol.  But it worked.  Within 5 minutes to arriving home I had prayed myself out of the panic attack.  The tears had dried up and I wasn’t smiling but I wasn’t crying profusely anymore either.  I said to myself “Aria, you’re right there, it’s all going to work out for you, that’s all I need to know.”  It helped.  I don’t want to walk into the door and my kids see tears coming down my face.  That’s not the example I’m trying to set!
 
I am hoping that in a short time I can go into more detail as to why I even got all bent out of shape in the first place…maybe, maybe not.  I could be on to bigger fish to fry by then J
 
After the kids were in the bed, I pulled up Melody’s blog Deliberate Receiving.  I love her and her blog and how plain she makes it all for me.  I mostly read her blogs at work.  I’ve even subscribed to her on Youtube.  She’s freakin awesome to say the least.  She even has a free e-book on her site that I had never downloaded because, I read her blogs at work and I can’t download anything like that.  It dawned on me that I hadn’t downloaded her book yet.  Like what was I waiting for?!?  So that’s what I did.  I knew it would help immensely.  Talk about light bulb aha moment times ten!!!  If you are on the LOA journey, I suggest you stop reading my post and take a second to go subscribe to her.  You’re welcome J

 Now on to what gave me so much joy yesterday!  Because it takes me a long time to tell a story.  One of the things I’ve wanted for a while is a Sam’s Club membership.  It's been on my list.  I didn’t want to pay the $45 though.  I was willing to wait for another promotional opportunity to arise in order for me to get one.  I daydream about going thru the aisles and filling up my cart with goods and food for my family.  I daydream about filling up my pantry.   It always makes me feel so good and happy.  Well my friend gave me a card this week that her mother in law gave her for a free membership, that she didn't need.  She probably didn’t even know why she thought of me to give it to (lol) but I went to Sam’s Club and I became a member!!!  Woop woop!!! At no cost to me and that truly makes me happy!  I realized that I manifested that and it came in it's own perfect timing.  One of the biggest things I have to remember is that it's not up to me to figure out the "how" in it all.  I'm just supposed to receive it.  This just makes me excited to see what's coming next!  Needless to say,  I did my happy dance for hours J


I said ALL of that to say that I’ve been finding the small blessings to keep me happy.  To keep me smiling.  To keep me in the right vibration to receive what I want.  I will continue to refine and focus my thoughts and I invite you to do the same or if not, you can just watch me J lol
 
Thanks so much for reading

-Aria

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

6 Ways to Start Saving for Christmas NOW!!






It’s hard to believe that it’s officially Summer.  It’s even harder to believe that if you blink a few times, it’ll be Fall and then Winter.  Summer always seems to go by the fastest.  But now is the time to start planning for the holidays.  Every year it’s the same thing… you scramble to make it work in November and December and then you’re feeling the effects of it way into the New Year.
Well let’s not let that be the case in 2014.


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In a perfect world I would have started my holiday fund at the beginning of the year as I had planned to.  We all know we don’t live in a perfect world.  If we did, we’d have cars with bows on them in our driveway on Christmas morning just like they do on the commercials…except that our spouse isn’t financing it, it was brought by the man in the big red suit!  Yeah I went into a daydream mode for a second there. Lol

I decided to share some ways that I am starting to prepare for the holidays and maybe you’ll find some tips and tricks to help you as well.

These are ways to help you save before you even know what’s on your gift list.
Let’s start with ways to earn Cash back:


Ebates:  I’ve talked about how I love Ebates.  Click here to go back to that post.  Ebates is a great place to get cash back.  Very simply, register for Ebates, if you’re not yet registered click here and when you want to shop at Philosophy.com for example, instead of going directly to the website you’ll go to Ebates.  Clicking on the link via Ebates tracks your purchase and in 2-3 days they’ll show your pending cash in your profile.  Every quarter Ebates will send you your cash back in a check or to your Paypal account.  So get your shop on now and get that money back to help with your holiday spending J

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back
Ibotta:  I love Ibotta.  Check out this post to explain why.  Ibotta has really stepped their game up with offers.  It was just groceries before, but now it’s groceries, movies, restaurants, home improvement…the list goes on and on!  Just don’t touch the money until the holidays!  


Shopkick: Out of all of these options, Shopkick is the only one that doesn’t pay you back in cash.  Check out my latest post on Shopkick hereShopkick pays you back in giftcards that will be available in the app.  I have earned enough points to redeem two Target giftcards!  Now I’m working on a few more for the holidays.


SavingStar:  An easy way to save some extra cash just by registering your store card and buying the selected items.  Here’s how Savings Star works (they also have a cashback program like Ebates, I don’t use it) download the app or go to the website.  By purchasing the offers you select and purchasing at the listed stores, you automatically earn the cash back.  Nothing for you to do on your part.  Once your account is over $5 then you can select to have the money come to you in Paypal.  I think that’s a great way to prepare for the holidays as long as you don’t cash out before the holidays! Lol  To get a full rundown on how SavingStar works click here.

Other than those ways of earning cash back, you can save the old fashioned way.  Two ways I suggest:

  1. Create that holiday savings fund.  Check with your bank/credit union to see what is available.  I bank with a credit union and anytime except for October – December you can open a holiday savings fund.
The way it works at my credit union is you set up an amount that you want to automatically draft into the savings fund.  The money in the account does gain interest.  Don’t touch the money and at the end of October the money is automatically transferred to your checking account.

I think this is a really great tool if you know you’re going to do a big ticket purchase.  This is the year your child gets their first iphone or tablet or you’re getting your spouse that watch, xbox or something that is not a small piece of change.  Why not be prepared instead of depending on credit?

  1. Save $5.  This is a trick I’m starting now and it’s actually pretty easy once you set your mind to it.  Basically you will save every $5 bill that you get.  Most of us pay with a card anyway, so if you pay in cash you’re more than likely paying with a $20.  When you get change back as a $5 put it in a different place in your wallet so you don’t spend it.  When you get home, put it in a jar or a piggy bank.  I think a jar would be better so that you can see your savings grow.  DON’T TOUCH IT!!!
Before you know it you will have a couple hundred dollars saved up.
Now I understand that may be hard for you if you’re living paycheck to paycheck as many of us are, but you have to make your mind up and stick to the program.  If you really can’t see putting $5 to the side then start with any loose change.  All of your change you receive you put it in a jar.  Before long, you’ll have more than you expected saved up.

Whether you do Black Friday shopping or you do it all in December, wouldn’t it be nice to have a lot of the money already available before the holiday season even begins?  Remember how zonked out you were after Christmas last year?  Remember how you said you would do it better this year?  Well here’s just a few ways to accomplish those goals.  If you have any other ways to save up for the holidays please share in the comments below!



Thanks for reading!

-Aria


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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Why I Heart Shopkick




One of my favorite apps on my phone is Shopkick.  I shared my thoughts on a previous post.  Since then of course, there have been upgrades, and I use this app even more.  It's definitely in my top 10 most used apps on my phone.


What is Shopkick?



In a nutshell, it's an app that allows you to get kicks (points) for doing any of the following:

  • walking into participating stores
  • scanning items in participating stores
  • purchasing items in participating stores
  • purchasing select items in app
  • viewing lookbooks in app
  • referring friends to the app

One of the easiest ways to get kicks is simply to walk in to participating stores.  On big kick days, I may go out of my way to walk into Best Buy or I may pop in at Old Navy because it's on the way to where I'm going.  

The main way I use Shopkick is if I was already going to go to JcPenney because I had a coupon, by walking into the store with my app open, I collect the amount of kicks offered at that time.  It can be 30 to 200.  On top of that, when I purchase from JCP with a card I have linked in the app, I get kicks for the purchase.  Some stores are basic, like $1 = 1 kick.  Others give you a bonus for spending a certain amount.  Such as spend $50 and get an extra 250 kicks.  Those kicks are available once the return period is over.

In stores like Target and Walmart, if you have time to kill then you can scan items barcodes in store to get kicks in the app.

What do I do with the kicks?


There are tons of gift cards available to purchase in the app with your earned kicks.  I've already used a couple of Target gift cards.  The gift cards are inside the app itself.  You just show the barcode to the cashier and the gift card is redeemed.  It's super easy.  And I love it because at Target I can use both the Cartwheel app and the Shopkick app!









Now you're probably wondering how you can get Shopkick...simple, just click here and a link to download will be sent to your phone :-)

Happy Savings!

-Aria

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

You Can Call Me Bourgeois


A couple of years back, DH said I was an elitist.  I took offense to that.

I am not an elitist.

Perhaps a tad bourgeois.  And by that I mean the urban way of saying it (boo-zhee).  You can call me bourgeois.  Some can mean it as an offensive term, but I take no offense.

Stuck up.

I've been called that my whole life.  Usually by people who live that gutter life.  They are crabs.  Always trying to bring anybody around them down to their level.

These past couple of weeks at work I have really been visualizing.

It helps me deal with my workday.

So in my visualizing, I decided to set up a registry at Pottery Barn.  I'm decorating my dream house in my mind.  I can't access Pinterest at work and I hardly get data on my iphone at work.  So I took it old school.  If a site doesn't have a wishlist option then I'll set up a registry.  So that's what I did.

In decorating my dream house, I know exactly what I'm looking for.  Like I know what table I want for the eat in kitchen.  What table I want for the formal dining room.  I've never had to buy a rug because I've always had carpet...but of course in my dream home it's hardwoods which requires rugs.  All of the rugs I like are extra pricey, as are the tables and other furnishings.


Pottery Barn
 I am truly obsessed with this rug!  I want it for the living room.  I will be going rug crazy and I can't wait to get the home in order to decorate it!  I'm looking forward to the "stress" of decorating lol.


Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn
I have to have this table!!  I see it and it makes me want to host a dinner party or have the family over for holiday meals.   :-)



So I asked my co-worker, why am I like this?  Why am I so bourgeois?  They said it's because I'm used to nice things and therefore I expect to have those things now.  I can agree with that.  I grew up middle class and we had nice things.  It wasn't until my teen years and college that I realized more of the struggle, and have been in the struggle ever since.  But that doesn't mean that I still don't like nice things.

I think furniture should be an investment piece.  Like your staple furniture like your table set, bedroom set, etc.  I've purchased cheap furniture before and got exactly what I paid for.  Furniture is like shoes in that manner.  You can have a cheap and cheerful dress that you only paid $15 for, but your shoes are $345.  But those shoes will outlive the dress by 10 years.  Same goes for furniture.  You should be able to pass down the furniture you buy today to your child when they're moving out on their own or getting married 20 years from now.  They used to be called heirloom pieces.

When I was growing up I wanted Ethan Allen furniture.  When I was older and actually looked at Ethan Allen and saw the price... I realized I won't be having Ethan Allen furniture! lol

Ethan Allen

I am not an interior designer by any means.  I'm not that creative.  But I like nice things.  So in my visualizing I've decided that my staple pieces can be more expensive.  I want my furniture to last generations.  But everything in the house doesn't have to be high end.  I actually would love to do High-Low projects throughout the home as I do begin to decorate.  The accessorizing, decorating and organizing will be more on the budget whereas some of the larger furniture items would be higher end.  Quality over quantity.  Everybody doesn't see things this way, but I do.

Soon it will become my reality and I'll be on to visualizing something else into my life.  If you're not into visualizing, I highly suggest it.  :-)


Thanks for reading!

-Aria

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

McDonald's Giveaway Winners!!!



All winners have been chosen!!!

Thank you all for participating!

I have emailed each winner and some winners won more than once!

Congratulations to

Julie R.

Margaux D.

Miranda 

Michele T. 

Ashley C.

Thank you so much again for participating!

I'm already planning my next giveaway so stay tuned :-)





Friday, June 6, 2014

Small Sam's Club Haul


As a couponer, warehouse clubs like Sam's Club and Costco are not a preferred place to shop.  Mainly because as a couponer your goal is to pay the least amount of money.  So instead of going for the big Economy size package, you go for the small package because you're looking at price per unit.  So for example, a coupon for $1 off any box of Frosted Flakes... well I could get the big Family size box that is say $4.88 at Walmart and get it for $3.88.  Or I can get the smallest box that let's say is on sale for $1.88, well with my coupon I just got it for under a buck.

That's great if your bottom line is to pay as little out of pocket.

The coupon game is changing.

I'm seeing less and less of the coupons that I prefer.  Many of the really good coupons from maybe two years ago are now $$ off 2 or 3 products instead of just the one.  Well that's not helping me at all.

Neither does not staying on top of my couponing.  When you aren't on top of the game then you're not saving as much money.  I really need to get back to it all the way from my end.

Lately I have been going with my friend to Sam's club when she needed to pick up some things.  I decided to do an experiment.

You see, I'm tired of washing dishes.  And it's apparent that I'm the only one who does them...so my solution since I don't have a dishwasher is to get more disposable items.  I haven't seen good coupons for paper plates in several cycles.  When I'm not getting paper plates on a good deal then I'm washing more dishes.  The plates I like, which are Dixie Ultra (and Walmart and Sam's Club versions) will go on sale at Harris Teeter for $2.  Combine that with a coupon and I'm happy.  But coupons are few and far between...so if I go to Walmart and get their version of the plates, they come at a higher quantity they are about $3.88.  Either option usually won't make it till my next paycheck.

When I went with my friend, I got a large package of paper plates and sturdy plastic forks with the goal of seeing how long they lasted to find out what was the better buy.  I kept my receipt but it's fading.  I was able to see that I purchased the plates and forks on 4/24/14.  The plates 192 count were $12.95 and the forks 600 count were $9.28.  The plates almost made it to my 4th pay cycle. To me that's a great thing.  That comes to about $3.24 per check.  To me that's good.  Of course, if I see some good coupons come thru then I'm on those too!  Those forks will probably last me thru the whole Summer.

Anyway, today I went again.  I looked around more.  I went primarily to get more plates and to get salad mix and to look around.  I wanted salad mix so that I can prep salads for my lunches at work.  Coupons for them are rare and they go bad so fast and the cost can add up with each bag you buy.

Here's today's breakdown:

10lb bag of Domino sugar $4.63  good price we go thru a lot of sugar

15 pack of 16oz Mt. Dew bottles  $6.98  I also got this last trip, a sale price for a 6 pack of these bottles is $3.99 at Food Lion, so again a good price

2lb strawberries $2.98 amazing deal!

192 count paper plates $12.95

Classic Lays and Barbecue Lays chips $2.99 each  here's what is great about this deal...at Walmart the party size of Lays is currently $2.88 for 13 1/3oz and at Sam's it's 14 1/8 oz.  That's crazy!!  The barbecue lays are a smaller volume...go figure.

2lb romaine lettuce $2.98  great deal! same price I would pay in regular store for about 1/4 of the size

3lb thick cut bacon $13.12  that comes to $3.99 each pound which is an okay price for bacon.  I would have saved more on other brands but I like my thick cut bacon.  I wish I liked turkey bacon...oh the money I would save!  Bacon coupons have gotten just awful so this was a deal for me.

I'm happy with my purchases.

If I had a deep freezer I would do real damage!  Once we move I will get one because it's becoming a necessity.  With my growing children with growing appetites I am trying to stretch my grocery dollar even further.

The next time I see a deal come out for a Sam's club membership on a discount I will scoop it up.  I should have scooped it the last time I saw it a few months back, but oh well.  If another opportunity hasn't come up by November, I will get the card at full price.

Share with me, do you prefer shopping in bulk or couponing?


Thanks for reading!
-Aria

Mommy Needs a Break!


Deep breathe in and deep breathe out.

Do you hear that??? Shhhh

It's the silence that is in my house right now.

Mommy has a day off!!!

Long overdue.

And it's not even a full day off.  Never is.  It's not just me myself and I.  DH will be joining me soon because he gets off early.  But for this short time, it's all me.

I have been in desperate need of time to myself.  My little buddy boy has been very much on level 10 each morning.  When I get home I just want to fall in the bed.  It's like I've just been existing but not really living.

As a Mom we need days just to recoup.  I have a lot to do in the house and I want to pray and meditate, do some cleaning, catch up on the dvr, blog...many things to do, most of which probably won't get done.  The good thing is... I have three days to get things done instead of two.  And when one of those days is a school day for the kids it's an added bonus.

I have my coffee in hand, buddy boy's clothes are ready and in a few short minutes I'll wake him up and get him off to preschool.  Then I'll head to Sam's Club for a few things and come on home and RELAX!

I'm going to relish in these hours to myself : )

And then I'll enjoy my time for just me and DH before it's back to reality.



-Aria





Saturday, May 31, 2014

McDonald's Giveaway { 3 Prizes} [CLOSED]



It's time for a long overdue GIVEAWAY!!!

As you may or may not know, I am a VIP Blogger for McDonald's.

Basically what that means is, when the McDonald's division for Eastern North Carolina comes out with different promotions or new products, they let me know to share here and on social media.  I also get vouchers to try out free products.  Sweet!  I don't get paid or anything for it, just sharing :-).  McDonald's was my first real job at the age of 15 so they hold a special place in my heart.

Anyway, I've been receiving a few vouchers here and there and I wanted to give them away!

ALL PRIZES ARE REDEEMABLE ONLY IN NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA.

Sorry folks, but read that line one more time before entering.  Would suck to win and you live in Virginia.  I would still send it to you tho!

As you see below there are a few ones to enter:

Egg white delight mcmuffin  (3 winners)
Any free sandwich of your choice (2 winners)
Iced or Hot small McCafe Coffee (3 winners)


The giveaway will run from June 1 - June 7 2014.  Midnight to Midnight EST.  Winners will be announced no later than June 10th with items being mailed same day.

Winners are randomly selected by Rafflecopter.

You can enter each giveaway if you like or the one you want to win.


a Rafflecopter giveaway



a Rafflecopter giveaway




a Rafflecopter giveaway




I hope you like this giveaway.  I have more coming up in the coming weeks but I wanted to get this out of the way since I'm a Queen Procrastinator.

Thanks to all for entering and Good Luck!!!








I am a VIP blogger partnered with Eastern North Carolina McDonald's.









Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Planning to Move While Keeping Your Sanity




Knowing that I want to move desperately, it changes how I look at things.

When I come home from work I am instantly overwhelmed by all that looks bad in my home.  I'm looking at the mail stacked up next to the front door.  The magazines, paperwork and coupons on the dining room table {that's Mommy's fault, I'll take ownership}.  The pileup of dvds and video games on the entertainment center.  The incessant pileup of everything on the computer desk.  And that's just what I can see from the front door.

Let's not even step foot in the kitchen.

How in the heck did my Mom do it????

Since it's the unofficial start of Summer, I am officially getting ready to move.

I'm all about the LOA as you know and I am definitely putting it to the test.  I know that regardless we will be moving in the coming months and there's no way around it.  We're out of space and I'm tired of paying in utilities what I should be paying in a larger rent.

I'm tired of trying to organize what can't be organized.  There's no space.  No storage and we are bursting at the seams.

I've decided that because it's the beginning of Summer and I have a few days off coming up in the next few weeks, that I'm going to prepare to move.  I'm going to downsize, go thru all of the crap we keep piling up and get it out of here.  I was reading around Pinterest and got inspired by a post about how the older generations didn't live in clutter and they had very little storage space.  I live in an older home and so I know this is the truth and I need HELP!!

I'm getting started today, tackling one thing at a time, I don't want to make it even more stressful by trying to do too much at once.  Not only do I want to remove the clutter and the stress, I want to do it with as little expense as possible.

So first up is going thru two bins.  I have a few of these Closetmaid Cubicles from Target throughout the house.

Target

Target

Some of the bins are actually storing things and others are just filled with piles of crap.  So the mission for the rest of this week, focusing on the front rooms, is to go thru each of these bins and throw out any crap, put the non crap where it needs to go and then I will move on to the next step.  Now I know that I need more storage solutions, but you can't go out and buy organizers when what you already have isn't working out.  I am always tempted to buy more of these bins when they're on sale.  Not gonna do it!


Wish me luck!!
-Aria




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