Transforming Thursday – Garth Brooks and Slow Cooker Meals

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Last month we started Transforming Thursday!

Each Thursday I’m going to share my weekly transformations with Transforming Thursday posts.   It might be just a small hurdle but it was a positive step forward.  In return, I want to hear yours!  Leave a comment on the Transformation Thursday post and share your weekly successes.  I’m also going to leave a link up, so if you have your own blog and you want to link up your personal Transformation Thursday post, you can!

If you’re following me on Facebook, then you know a spent a couple hours on Sunday slicing and dicing and putting together 20 slower cooker meals for the freezer.

image1I can’t tell you how nice it has been to NOT worry about dinner at night or have to clean up a huge meal prepping mess.  It’s already done and I messed up the kitchen once!

Slow cooker meals

Time to start eating up so I can make room in the freezer.  lol

My sister and I went to the Garth Brooks Concert last Friday night.  I’ve always shared that it’s nice to save money where you can, so you can enjoy life and the fun things.

Garth Concert

The Garth Brooks concert was fantastic.  I had such a good time seeing him live and singing along with thousands of other fans.  I think my favorite song Friday night was Unanswered Prayers.  Although they were all great, there was something very touching about hearing that song in person.

Garth Brooks Jacksonville Concert

His new single People loving People was performed and a big hit.  It echo’s my previous post about being nice to people, b/c you never know what battles they maybe struggling with.  In general, we all need to be nicer to one another.  I see so much hate in the world and I’m trying to focus and bring attention to the good things.  Like the young teenager who held the door open for me the other day at the store.  His mom would be proud.  It’s the little things!

Now it’s your turn!  Share your Transformation Thursday.  Leave a comment or link up your post.

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Native Sun Free Healthier Halloween Event October 25th

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Native Sun Event

 

Native Sun in Jacksonville Florida is having a free Halloween event to promote healthier options. Halloween is scary enough without all the junk food and genetically modified ingredients. Unmask treats for the whole family to enjoy at their Healthier Halloween event! Enjoy seasonal samples from their produce department, juice bar, and gluten-free bakery while making stops to trick-or-treat throughout the store. They’ll have special sales, live recipe demos, spooky crafts, and a costume contest for the kids*.

*While supplies last. Costume contest reserved for children 10 and under.

When: October 25, 2014 from 2-4pm
Where: Native Sun
11030 Baymeadows Road
Jacksonville FL, 32256

Cost: Free

Make sure you check out their monthly markdowns before you go so you can save money.   Follow Native Sun on Twitter and on Facebook so you can get updates on specials and future events.

Native Sun also has a customer card program you’ll want to sign up for so you can get exclusive customer savings.

Be sure to mark this event on your calendar so you don’t miss it!

*Disclosure: This is sponsored post from Native Sun but all opinions are my own.

Early Access To Deals With Amazon Prime Membership

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Amazon Prime Early Lightning Deals

Prime members can now enjoy exclusive early access to deals & events on Amazon and on MyHabit.com. With your Prime membership, you can shop select Amazon Lightning Deals and MyHabit designer sales events 30 minutes before everyone else. You’ll be the first to find the best deals every day. To get started, browse the latest Lightning Deals.

If you aren’t already a Prime member, you can sign up here. 

There are many benefits to Prime, including Free 2-day shipping, instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video and read free books each month through Kindle First and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, just to name a few.

Payless Shoe Sale And Extra Coupon Code

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Starting today at Payless Shoes Online you can get some nice deals on shoes and who doesn’t like shoes!  They are having a semi-annual sale with up to 30% off plus you can use code ZZ20 to get another 20% off.  Shipping is free with a $35 or you can choose to have them shipped to your local store for free and pick them up there.

Click here to see the Payless Shoe Online Sale. 

 

Candy Corn Cinnamon Broom

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Candy Corn Cinnamon Broom

By Contributing writer Jessica.

I love when I walk into the local grocery store and the cinnamon brooms are on display.  They smell amazing and make it seem like fall even if the weather is still in the 80s here.   Even though the brooms smell so good, I usually skip purchasing one because the smell seems to fade quickly.  I wanted to come up with a way to reuse the broom to get more use out of it and this was one of those ideas that came together as well as I imagined it in my head.  This candy corn cinnamon broom was a really easy nap time project that only took about 30 minutes, not including drying time.   I used a new broom because I didn’t have an old one and didn’t want to wait for the smell to fade.   The broom actually still has a cinnamon smell even with the paint.

I wanted to keep the broom handle unpainted so I used the bag the broom came in to protect the handle from excess spray paint.  If you have an old broom you could just use grocery bags to protect the handle.  Then I sprayed the entire broom with white spray paint, front and back.  Painting the entire thing white will help the lighter colors look better later.  I let the white paint dry overnight.

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To paint the candy corn stripes, I used cheap acrylic craft paint and a dry paint brush.  I started by painting the yellow at the bottom.  Make sure to really separate the bristles and get under the layers so that you get a solid coat all the way through.  Then I painted the middle with orange paint using the same technique.

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This candy corn broom was really easy but I did learn a few things.  Learn from my mistakes.

  • Spray painting the yellow and orange parts would have probably been easier, but I wanted to use what I had on hand.
  • A sponge brush won’t work well.
  • When you dry brush the stripes little bits of paint will splatter. I cleaned paint drops off of my floor, couch, and legs.

After the paint was dry, I added some ribbon and a bow to the handle.  I love my new fall door décor.

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open door

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Walmart Florida Stores No Longer Price Matching Publix BOGO’s At Their Price

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Walmart Matching Competitor Coupons

Exactly a year after Walmart started price matching competitor BOGO deals in Florida, they are ending the program.  Many of you may remember when I shared last year about Walmart price matching Publix BOGO deals at the Walmart prices.

For example if Thomas bagels are BOGO at $4.49 at Publix and the Walmart price is $2.98.  You could get both packages of bagels at Walmart for only $2.98.  This was something they were testing in Florida markets and have decided to end this and align the program with stores all over the country.

Walmart’s wants customers to focus on their new Savings Catcher app that will view your Walmart receipt and scan for competitor prices.  If it finds lower prices for items you purchased, you’ll get the difference back in a Walmart egift card.

One of the problems I’ve been hearing, is that the Savings Catcher is not catching BOGO competitor offers.  So while Walmart is no longer price matching the BOGO offers with their price, it should match it at the competitor price, IF THE APP finds the competitor deal.

The other problem with this app is that there are many shoppers that don’t have smart phones or access to a computer to take advantage of the money back offers. So should you have to be tech savvy to save money?

Many cashiers didn’t quite understand the BOGO price matching policy anyway, so this takes the guess work out at the register and puts it into the app and allows customers to price match on their own.

While the Walmart Price match policy says they will price match BOGO competitor offers, these offers may not show up in the savings catcher app IF the competitor ad says, “save up to $4.99″ for example.  Because this type of wording means the price is not clearly stated.

Not to mention that getting money back on a Walmart egift card means they get you BACK in the store to spend it. Win Win for them, but probably not you.

So I want to know what you think?  Have you used the savings catcher app and tested a BOGO competitor purchase?  What has your experience been?

October Publix Bakeware Proctor and Gamble Rebate Is Back

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Publix Everyday Savings

The Cooking Up Early Detection MIR offer is back at Publix this month.  I’ve done this offer several years in a row. If you’ve been to one of my coupon classes then you know.

The set is FREE when you purchase $30 of Procter & Gamble products in one (1) transaction from Publix. Sales tax is not included towards $30 in purchased products.  However the $30 minimum needs to be met BEFORE all other coupons!  You can submit your receipt online here. You can also find the participating retailers here. There are a few others besides Publix be be sure to check your area.

Set includes:

  • 1 Cake Pop stand
  • 3 Cake Pop presses
  • 1 Set of 5 prep bowls
  • 1 Set of 100 cake pop sticks

Publix Gas Card Offer October 9-12

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Publix gas gift card

Many of you have asked me to give you a heads up when Publix has the gas gift card offers going on.  Lately they’ve only been doing them on the weekends.  This one runs October 9-12, 2014. Get the ad in the store and clip the gas card coupon. Spend $50 on Groceries (before coupons) and you can get a $50 gas gift card for only $40.   Publix is now counting these as a Publix coupon so if you also use a competitor $X amount off coupon, you’ll need to meet the minimum of both coupons.  For example $10 off $50 Publix gas gift card and a $5 off $30 Winn Dixie coupon, means you need to spend $80 before all other coupons.

Happy Savings!