Archive for October, 2011

Favorite Deal Friday: October 28

Every Friday I will share with you a deal that will save you money. It may be a deal at a grocery store or it may be a freebie I’ve run across. You need to understand these may work for a short amount of time or may be location specific, so there is no guarantee.

Today’s favorite deal will be found at Walgreen’s.

Scott Naturals Paper Towels – 6 roll pack is on sale for $5 each. When you use the $1 off in store coupon and the $1 coupon in the Sunday paper, you’ll receive 6 rolls of paper towels for $3 total. That’s 50 cents a roll and who wants to pass that deal up?

$5 Sale Price

$1 In Store Coupon

$1 Coupon

You pay $3 or 50 cents per roll

This sale is in this week’s ad, so you’ll want to make sure you pick up your paper towels by October 29, 2011.

Tips for Couponing Safely

It’s important to be careful when you coupon. The reason is one that you may think is way out in left field until it happens to you or someone you know. Couponing can be addictive in that you’re always in search of the best deal. You must remember that it doesn’t matter if you have a coupon or not, if you don’t need the item, don’t buy it.

It’s as simple as that. There is no point in having clutter in your home and that’s what will happen if you purchase items you don’t need or won’t use. This will happen when you can get an item for a great deal and you have a lot of coupons for that same item. It’s hard to control yourself when this happens but you must do it. Share the coupon and deal with others so they can take advantage of it and you don’t have a ton of that one item in your home taking up space.

While that will be hard to do, you need to in order to control your couponing and stockpiles. There is no point in having 100 toothbrushes or 25 bottles of hot sauce in your home. A good rule to follow with your stockpile depends on your needs and the number of people in your family, but it’s safe to say no more then six months.

Most times an item will be marked down to a really low price and six months later it will come around again. So if you have enough to get you through six months you’ll be good for that item. It’s also important to watch expiration dates. There is NO point in purchasing 20 bottles of something that has a shelf life of 30 or 60 days. Why spend the money on it when it’s sure to expire before you will use it.

Couponing can get out of hand quicker than you can think it will if you’re not careful. Don’t put your family in a hardship just because you’re out to get the best deal no matter what the item is and if you need it or not. The main reason you coupon is to save money not spend so much that you struggle to make ends meet. It’s just not worth it!

Pay attention to what you’re doing and only buy what you need. Don’t waste money on items you won’t use or things you’ll end up throwing away because they expired before you could use them. Stockpile what you need and no more. When you do this you’ll find the grocery bill will be smaller, you won’t have products taking over your home, and you’ll have more money for the things you want.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business. She loves to get the best deal on grocery items for her family. If you’re looking for tips to make the most of your grocery money, click here to purchase her ebook. She’ll show you how to save money when you use coupons & price matching.

Favorite Deal Friday: October 21

Every Friday I will share with you a deal that will save you money. It may be a deal at a grocery store or it may be a freebie I’ve run across. You need to understand these may work for a short amount of time or may be location specific, so there is no guarantee.

Today’s favorite deal will be found at Walgreen’s.

The Schick Hydro 5 is on sale for $8.49. You’ll receive a $4.50 Register Reward to use on your next purchase. This makes your purchase price $3.99. Now there is a $2 coupon in most Sunday papers. You’ll pay $1.99 if you have this coupon.

$8.49 Sale Price

$4.50 Less Register Reward

$2.00 Coupon

Like paying $1.99

This sale is in this week’s ad, so you’ll want to make sure you pick your razor up by October 22, 2011.

New Recipe – Cheesy Turkey and Broccoli Rice

How many times have you gone to the kitchen to prepare lunch only to go back to working your business or doing your household chores because you didn’t know what to have? I have been in that situation before and I hate it because I usually end up with a headache or eating something that’s not good for me because I’m starving.

My son was clipping coupons for me a few weeks ago and ran across several recipes that he clipped and gave it to me. I put them in the cupboard not even giving it another thought.

Last weekend we got our Bountiful Basket delivery and inside it was some broccoli and cauliflower along with many other wonderful fruits and vegetables. We don’t eat a lot of the items we receive quickly enough and they go bad, so I’ve been learning how to freeze fruits and vegetables so we can eat them when we’re ready.

Anyway, we purchased a two pack of individual containers of Minute Rice at the store. I saw that in the cupboard today and that reminded me about one of the recipes my son had clipped for me. I grabbed the recipe and quickly realized we had everything to make it and it would take 5 minutes to prepare and cook it. Yay!!!!

I enjoyed the meal so much that I thought I’d share it with all of you today.

Cheesy Turkey and Broccoli Rice

1 container Minute Ready to Serve White Rice
1/3 cup (2 ounces) cooked turkey, chopped
1/3 cup broccoli florets (fresh or frozen)
2 oz pasteurized prepared cheese product, cubed
2 tablespoons water or milk

COMBINE rice, turkey, and broccoli in a microwave-safe bowl.

HEAT on HIGH for 2 minutes. Stir in cheese and water or milk. Microwave for 1 more minute.

STIR until well blended and creamy. Serves 1

Now here is what I did with the recipe.

I had brown rice instead of white, I didn’t use the turkey, I used shredded cheese instead of block cheese, and I forgot to add the water or milk. LOL

It was awesome and I will definitely have it again because it was easy and really good. We have cauliflower and carrots in the freezer, so I may give those a try as well. I might even mix the three vegetables together for an even different taste.

The Top 10 Manners Everyone Should Use

How many times have you gone into a public place and have had someone not use their manners with you or someone else? It happens all the time and it’s possible the reason is because we were never taught what manners are and how we should use them all the time.

It’s important we use manners at all times because hurting others or being mean to others is not a good idea. The saying, “Do unto others as you would want done to you” is important and a good rule to follow.

Here are the top 10 manners you should use when you have the need.

1. When you ask for something make sure you say please.
2. When someone gives you something make sure you say thank you.
3. Don’t reach across the table for something, ask for it.
4. When you’re asked how you’re doing make sure you ask them in return.
5. If you’re not sure if you’re supposed to do something, ask for permission.
6. If you must walk in front of someone or you run into them, say excuse me.
7. Don’t be mean or call others names.
8. Don’t make fun of others or tease them for any reason.
9. Don’t say mean things about the appearance of others.
10. Don’t interrupt others when they are speaking. Wait for them to stop.

It doesn’t matter where you live, how old you are, or who you are, using your manners is a must. It also doesn’t matter what you’re doing or where you are, manners need to be used at all times. When you’re a parent you must teach your children about manners at an early age. It’s also important you use your manners at all times since children follow what the adults in their lives.

Corrie Petersen runs a successful Virtual Assistant business and she’s the owner of She is married and has two teenager boys. She loves spending time with her family. Catch up with everything she has going on when you go to to read her mommy blog.

Tips for Helping your Children Understand Money

How many times have you told your child, “Money doesn’t grow on trees”? I know I used to tell my boys that on a regular basis. Sometimes it felt like I was telling them this several times a day. Small children and sometimes the older ones as well, don’t understand this, but it’s something you need to show them or they’ll have money problems for years to come.

We give our boys an allowance every week, but it doesn’t come free. They must do chores around the house or they won’t get it. Those chores include taking out the trash, rolling the garbage can to the street once a week, taking care of the dog, cleaning their rooms, and helping pick up other rooms in the house. It’s not a lot, but we do expect them to help or they won’t be paid.

It’s no different then a regular job or a business. If you sit around and do nothing all day, you’re not going to receive a paycheck for it and if you do it won’t take long before it’s noticed and it comes to an end. Well you need to treat the chores and allowance the same way.

If they don’t do what’s been assigned to them for the day or week, the allowance will either be docked for a certain amount or it won’t be given at all. This may be hard to do, so you’ll need to come up with a way to make it work. Pay a certain amount of money a day or per chore so it’s easy to dock it from the pay when it’s not done. Using a whiteboard may help with this or you can create a spreadsheet with the chores and boxes to mark when it’s been done.

Another thing we struggled with was with them borrowing money. If one of the boys wanted something at the store, but didn’t have the money we used to buy it for them and not require them to pay us back. It got to a point where he would purposely leave his money at home because he knew we’d just buy it for him. While this was a hard lesson it was one we decided was a must. We were spending way too much money doing this and it was defeating the purpose, so it came to an end. Read the rest of this entry »

Menu Monday: October 17

Well we’re almost done with football. This is our last week and to tell you the truth, I’m really sad about it. I love watching Chris play. He’s improved so much this year and that’s been awesome to watch. Soon basketball will be starting for Josh, so we’ll have a short about of time before it all starts up again.

Here is our list for the week. We have a new recipe this time and several oldies, but goodies.

Monday – Turkey Pinani
Tuesday – Chef Salad
Wednesday – Dorito Casserole
Thursday – Loaded baked potatoes
Friday – Take out
Saturday – Ham and Mashed Potatoes
Sunday – Chicken and noodles

The weather here is turning cold and I’m sure before too much longer we’ll have snow on the ground. I’m not looking forward to that, but it is what it is and we just have to deal with it. Do your meals have anything to do with the weather or do you make what you want regardless of the temperature outside?

Need a Halloween Costume?

Homemade Halloween Costumes Made Simple
Halloween is fast approaching and those costumes are going fast. I looked at them the other day and was shocked at the price. It’s hard to justify spending $25 or more on an outfit you’ll likely wear once and that’s it.

My boys are older now, so most times if they do anything a mask and street clothes will be sufficient enough for them, but that wasn’t the case when they were little. A full blown costume was what they needed and of course wanted.

If money is tight, spending $25+ is not an option, so what do you do? Well the only one I could come up with was to make one. Purchasing the material, pattern, and everything else is good, but if you don’t understand the pattern, what do you do? Of course, you go to the store and spend the money.

I found an awesome ebook that gives so much more help then you’d ever get from a pattern. There are 90+ costumes so you’re sure to find one your child will be happy with and each costume comes with a supply list, descriptions, and so much more. It’s perfect for anyone and any homemade costume making skill level.

So if you need to spend less on a Halloween costume or you want to take the time to make one yourself, the “Homemade Halloween Costumes Made Simple” ebook is a must for you. Click here to purchase your own copy through my affiliate link.

Happy Halloween!

Tips for Spending Time with your Family

Spending time with your family is important, but it’s even more important when you include God in what you do. As a Christian family it’s more important now then ever to continually be in the Word. The devil is out there to kill, steal, and destroy and he’s going to try now matter what, so staying in the Word is the way to prevent that from happening.

It’s important and vital to continually show your children how God can help them in their lives and the best way to do that is to include God in everything you do. You can do this very easily and in every single thing you do when you think about what you’re doing and how you can make it happen.

There are so many things you can do to have God in your life. I have thought about this and have come up with a number of ways. One way is to do daily prayer together. This can be done in the morning before you head out for the day or in the evening right before the kids go to bed. Another way is to have daily Bible study with the family. This will help you keep in the Word daily and you’ll be able to get through any situation that may come up.

For more ideas about how you can spend time with your family and include God in it, click here today. You’ll find this pack of articles will help you make it happen.

Menu Monday: October 10

We’re in the middle of football season so our meals must be quick on certain days. The games may be early so dinner is fine or they may be late so a quick meal is in order. Regardless, enjoyable meals are a must. LOL  Here is our list for the week.

Monday – Potato Soup
Tuesday – French Dips
Wednesday – Goulash
Thursday – Monte Cristo’s
Friday – Spaghetti
Saturday – Chicken and Rice
Sunday – Hamburgers

Hope you have some good things on the list for this week. Please share in the comments below if you have something good that we may like to try.

About Corrie


My name is Corrie and I'm from Wyoming. I've been married to Kevin since 1993 and we have two wonderful boys.

I'm a Virtual Assistant and a Ghostwriter. I love what I do and I enjoy spending time with my family.

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