Saturday, May 12, 2012

Two Great Purex Promotions!

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Frugal Friday Link Up--Living Below the Line $1.50 a Day Challenge

I want to continue this week talking about the Living Below the Line challenge I am taking part in.
I am taking part in this as a bzz campaign with

 I've ran across a lot of "nay-sayers" this past week.  Not only in comments on my own postings about what I am eating, but the postings of others as well.

We are hearing things like--3rd world countries are eating beans and rice
Most don't have access to grocery stores, let alone sales and the use of coupons
The usual people commenting on losing weight, not getting near enough to eat, nutrition isn't good.
One person really got in to it commenting that this challenge isn't teaching anyone anything (and she is taking part in the challenge)  I can't go in to details on her comments without quoting her, which I do not have permission to do.

Others are very supportive telling us we are doing a great job.  

Here are my posts on gather if you would like to read about my journey and what I have eaten.  I will come back and link up the post I do tonight once I get it done.

Live Below the Line Challenge--I'm In, Are You Up To It? (bzz campaign)

Living Below the Line $1.50 a Day Challenge Day 1

Living Below the Line $1.50 a Day Challenge Day 2 

Living Below the Line $1.50 a Day Challenge Day 3 

Living Below the Line $1.50 a Day Challenge Day 4 

Living Below the Line $1.50 a Day Challenge Day 5

I am supporting the Global Poverty Project and you can find my page here:
So far I've not helped by raising any money  :(   I do hope that my postings have at least opened the eyes of some.

My husband and I have had a hard time keeping food in the house....or so we thought until this challenge.  In other words, we always have food, it's just not what we are hungry for, so we moan and groan about it.
Even though my husband and daughter didn't take part in the challenge with me, they have watched me and been supportive.

It takes a lot of time and effort to take what something costs, divide it out by ounces or servings and know a cost.  Take the Kool-Aid for example.  Now, I say Kool-Aid, but I am using the store brand.  I had to add the packet cost in with the cost of the sugar.  The sugar was on the package as servings by the teaspoon.  Boy wasn't that figuring fun  LOL
On that note, I would also like to add that I was asked if I was adding in the cost of the water for my tea and Kool-Aid.  The answer is no.  I would have no way of knowing what we pay the water company for each cup of water!

I posted about the challenge here in my Frugal Friday post last week.  I talked about how milk was on sale for $2 a gallon.  What a blessing that we stocked up somewhat so I could drink more of it.   Double blessings came Friday evening when my hubby called me from the store.  He was so excited to find half gallons of milk on a manager's special for just .50 each!!  He brought home 6 to make sure I had enough for the challenge.  This extra special price did afford me the luxury of a glass of milk with supper most nights too.

Also, eggs were on sale for $1 a dozen so he bought 2 dozen to make sure I had enough.  And, they had the 1 pound packages of potato salad and macaroni salad on sale for just $1.  He went a little overboard on those buying 5 packages of each!  We have some left for our Mother's Day dinner.

Could I have accomplished this challenge without using sale prices and coupons?  Probably so, but I would have been suffering through eating Ramen noodles every day.  I barely got myself to eat one package this week, half at a time.  I would have had very little else during the day.  

I want to mention that in our house we have a lot of food that didn't cost us anything.  I could have well used any of those foods and eaten 3 or 4 times more than what I did.  These are foods such as beans, rice, pasta, canned soup, etc that over time I have gotten from government commodities.   I also had made a trip to the local food bank recently and we still had some of that food left. (yeah, we had no meat whatsoever so I went to the food bank---of course the income tax refund came in the very next day.....and we did a shopping whopping stock up trip to Aldi)   I felt a little on the bad side using sale prices and coupons and didn't want to try to throw in things that I got free on top of those.   I shouldn't feel bad though!  If it weren't for sales and coupons we wouldn't eat near as much or as well as we do.

On that note, I would like to mention just yesterday, what a blessing of food we had!!  In the mail I rec'd 2 free coupons for any Gorton's seafood items.  I won those in a blog giveaway.  (I used one this morning for a 30 count bag of crunchy fish fillets that cost $10.97!) Later in the day the Fed Ex truck stopped with a package for me.  Inside I found a box of Honey Bunches of Oats cereal from PurexInsiders.  Along with that came 5 free coupons for more boxes.  I will be using one of those for us and giving the other 4 away here on my blog.
I was accepted at crowdtap for the McCormick Grill Mates party and will be receiving a box of marinades, bbq sauce etc.  I am signed up with bzzagent for the campaign on pork and will be receiving coupons to buy pork.  I just signed up for another bzzagent campaign for Private Selections.  With it we will get free coupons to get a bag of chips, a box of Angus Burgers, a pie, and ice cream.  (there's one whole meal totally taken care of!)    Am I counting my blessings?  YES!!

I think I have rambled enough here to call it a book, so will close for now.   I hope I have enlightened some on what it's like to try to eat on so well as the blessings.   Please link up anything frugal you have to share in the linky this week.  I've not had much participation with the linky but would love to see it start to grow.  Inspire us all to live the simple and frugal life.

Disclosure:  I received a product sample, coupon, collateral or other special premium from BzzAgent. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Squidoo Hopping---Still Chugging Along

I'm still chugging along in my updating of lenses.  I didn't get but maybe 1 or 2 transferred from one notebook to the other, so still about 60 that I've not updated yet at all in my adventure.

Lensmaster Ruthi had me put an attribute on my toothbrush rug lens stating that the photos in the lens were my own.  That started me on a trek of going through all of my lenses with my own photos to put that blurb in.  So far I've only gotten through the lenses that I had already transferred to my alphabetical lens.

Yesterday I spent a lot of time working on my charity donations lens.  I watch the HQ posts when new charities are listed.  I had only gotten 30 of the charities in to the lens when they took the module away.
As I am going through lenses, I am adding in manually ones that I didn't get to the first time.  I doubt I ever get all of the charity choices in to the lens, but at least it's a good point to start for those wanting to know what each charity does.

On the charities, those are also being added to lenses that I hadn't gotten to yet as I do my updating.  I try to choose a charity that has something to do with the lens if I can.  Like Guitars for Vets on my music lenses, and something like Room to Read or First Book on the homeschool lenses.  If nothing really goes with it then I choose something close to my heart like the Humane Society, ASPCA, or  March of Dimes.

I'm still updating daily to the Helen Steiner Rice lens.   I would love to see it make Tier 1 and stay there.  Updating I know helps, but also need to get the word out about it more as well.

That is one thing that I don't do often enough-----get the word out about my lenses.  I'm in 4 squidoo groups and that is the point of the groups---to share---yet I rarely do.

I do hope to see lots of you link up this week.  I tend to get lost in squidoo once I get started with it.  I hope this is a good thing and will "pay off" for me.  I really must find a way to make a good income.

Thanks for reading!  Link up below.  


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

WIP Wednesday--What Can I Say?

What can I say?  Just that as usual I am trying to do way too many projects all at once, and not really completing any of them!  LOL

I have no progress on my string type quilt.
I have very little progress on the Emerald Aisle table runner---only got a few more pieces cut out.

I had a request for me to make a plastic bag holder and I got stuck making more.  You all know by now how I am on new projects  :)

Yesterday was monthly sewing club day at church.  I finished up a quilt top that I had started before working on that scrappy quilt.
My quilt for kids kit came in the mail Monday, so once I was done with the quilt top above I got out the materials and got a start on making it.

 This Friday is sit n' sew at the quilt shop from 6-10 pm.  I haven't decided yet which projects I am going to take to work on!  One thing is for sure though.  I will have progress made on whatever I choose to take.  It's bad that most of my sewing time ends up away from home....away from the tv and this computer.

That is my report for this week.  I am linking up with the following blogs:
 WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Guest Post by Author Angela Yuriko Smith--End of Mae Blog Tour Including Giveaway!

Welcome to Mae Awareness Month.  Please click the banner to see the activities for the whole month of May!

Today's post is a guest post by author of the End of Mae, Angela Yuriko Smith.  Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end!

"Why Mae?
The years before I wrote End of Mae I spent writing non fiction for news publications.  I didn't have much interest in fiction, not because I disliked it, but because it simply didn't interest me.  I was fictionally agnostic.
That changed for me one day at a writer's conference in Albuquerque, NM.  I was asked out of the blue did I "do fiction or non".  I replied that I suppose I did non fiction.  The questioner, a skinny man with an Abe Lincolnesque beard and thick, glued together glasses replied with a snort, "Probably because you have no imagination."
Yes, my dander was raised and I'm ashamed to say that I got involved in a loud discussion that had to be shushed by the administration.  Pulse racing, I vowed to show that opinionated man that writers were writers and no genre was better than another.  I started End of Mae that night. 
In my mind I have won that long ago discussion and proved that non fiction writers do have imagination.  End of Mae has been well received and gotten nearly all 4 star reviews or higher.  In a way tho, he has also won.  In my quest to "do fiction" I've fallen in love with it and have been converted.  If I were asked today if I "do fiction or non" I would have to answer "Both" with a lecture on genre equality."
For a limited time, by the graciousness of Angela, download your free e-book of End of Mae!
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Sunday, May 6, 2012

SIS--Sharing In Squidoo--This Week I Feature VAllain


This week for sharing in squidoo, I would like to feature a squidoo lensmaster.  I plan to alternate between a lensmaster and a subject.

I want to highlight lensmaster VAllain   Virginia has become one of my mentors at squidoo.  She has over 500 lenses!  I can not imagine!

Many of her lenses are plain helpful to other lensmasters like these:
Easy Updates for Squidoo Lenses
What I Learned about Squidoo This Week
Newbie Lens-Making Mistakes on Squidoo

With over 500 lenses, she has plenty of lenses of interest for everyone!  Here are just a few more that I would like to share today:
Crafts from Rags or Yarn
Vintage Household Hints
Making Gift Basket--Ideas and Supplies
Too Much Stuff, Too Much Clutter?

I am still busy updating away---no easy task for sure.  This week I am going to share my top ranked lens.  I am hoping to at least see it in tier 1 for a little bit as I've never had one there yet.
Helen Steiner Rice

Until next week I want to thank lensmaster Ruthi for putting together this blog hop.  I look forward to seeing who or what other lensmasters highlight each week.  Click the button at the top of my post for all the information and to hop along.

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