Two Words: Panda Converse

Posted by idawrites on March 28, 2011 in Children, Shopping |

Last week, I told you that I did the unthinkable and patched my daughter’s shoes with cardboard until we could shop for a suitable replacement pair. Sierra and I set out on Saturday morning to do just that. On our way out the door, Mark asked if she was going to get another pair like […]


Stocking Stuffers Almost Broke My Budget

Posted by idawrites on December 21, 2009 in Budgeting, Christmas, Shopping |

Mark and I hit a couple of stores yesterday to pick up 3 or 4 things on our list that we weren’t able order online. I am REALLY proud of us for having a shopping budget this year (for the first time ever!) and really working hard to stick to it. Believe it or not, […]


Age Old Grocery Debate – Generic or Name Brand

Posted by idawrites on November 19, 2009 in Coupons, Food, Shopping |

I was spending some quality time on twitter this morning… or catching up on my distractions (tomato tomahto)… when I spotted a link to this interesting YouTube video, posted by Elizabeth of Table for Five. Every once in a while, the Generic Vs. Name Brand debate kicks up and makes the rounds on the ‘net. […]


Frugal Fashion Friday ~ Sinfully Fashionable

Posted by idawrites on November 13, 2009 in Frugal, Guest Post, Shopping |

This edition of Frugal Fashion Friday was written by my friend Sara Colvin.  When she offered to write this article for me, I was ecstatic. Sara is not only gorgeous, but talented. Her home sewn Halloween costume was EPIC. I’m convinced she could make a burlap sack look stylish. Thanks for the article Sara! I’m […]


Frugal Fashion Friday

Posted by idawrites on November 6, 2009 in Frugal Tips, Guest Post, Shopping |

I have to admit, I know nothing about fashion. I don’t read the magazines. I don’t know what the “it” colors or fabrics are. I’m a comfort and warmth girl. Most of the time I manage to leave the house looking like an adult chose my clothes (although a rumpled adult) … on the days […]


I forgot to give the cashier my coupons!

Posted by idawrites on November 4, 2009 in coupon policy, Coupons, Shopping |

Poof! I lost out on $26.50 in savings, just that fast. Or did I? Last night was my night to do our weekly shop. I loaded up all of my coupons and my list and went to Publix.  I love going on Tuesday night.  Everything is restocked from the other couponers earlier in the week, and […]


Summer Clothes On a Shoestring

Posted by idawrites on April 16, 2009 in Children, Frugal Tips, Shopping |

With the school year coming to a close, and the weather warming up, it’s time to start thinking about summer clothes. Having 3 daughters at home full time (2 of which are teenagers) means that clothes are sort of a big deal. They want to be cute… I want to make everything last as long […]


Does couponing have to be SO complicated?

Posted by idawrites on March 25, 2009 in Coupons, Money, Shopping |

When I was 17, my next door neighbor’s mom was the Neighborhood Mom. Everyone I knew then called her Momma Kaye. Their house was the neighborhood watering hole for all us kids. Momma Kaye was a full time college student with no visible means of support, but she always had a fully stocked pantry and […]


No More Sharing With Strangers

Posted by idawrites on December 23, 2008 in Coupons, Gifts, Shopping |

Have you ever had one of those encounters with another person that leaves you shaking your head as you walk away? I had one recently that blew my mind. I went to Walgreens yesterday, on my way home from work, to pick up the advertised DeMet’s Turtles (mmmm caramel!). They are on sale for $.99 […]


Forgotten Goodies

Posted by idawrites on December 11, 2008 in cvs, Gifts, Shopping |

I’m thinking that my stockpile of goodies needs to be a little more closely tracked. Since the week after Christmas last year, I’ve been gathering things a bit at a time for gifting. I picked up a few things on insanely cheap clearance at Wal-Mart. I’ve received new items in the mail such as books […]

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