This blog is a record of my life as the Lord shepherds me through His will. It is a testament to the lessons I learn, or attempt to learn.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Blogging Hiatus

Sorry for the pause in communication.  I have been home sick with a miserable sinus headache.  These things are killer!  I keep taking the special sinus medicine and I just don't feel like it is doing a thing.  Any suggestions?

Well anyways, I find it very difficult to think when my head is pounding, the room spinning, and I feel like I am going to . . . well, puke.  So, I have been lacking an inspiration to blog.  I am still currently lacking creativity, so I will just write about what I have been up to lately.

First off, I have been on a bargain binge!  Through the help of my wonderful sister-in-laws, I have become a bit better at looking for bargains.  I have never been one to just go out and buy things at full price, but I never really knew how to get the best deals.  So, I have been working hard at finding some great deals, and it has really worked out well for me.

The other day I went grocery shopping at Food Lion and Lowe's Foods.  Between both stores, I saved a total of $91.85 plus I received $10 Lowe's Fresh Rewards Cash and $1.75 Food Lion Cash.  All of my savings were simply from their weekly deals.  I went through their catalog, made a list of only the things we needed, and had fun shopping.  I saved this much without coupons, imagine the savings with coupons! Here is a list of what I got:

Chocolate Milk
3 - 32oz Gatorade
3 - 26.5oz Hunts Spaghetti Sauce
2 - Kraft BBQ Sauce
2 - Big bags of Chicken Breasts
2 - Packages of Bacon
2 - Hillshire Farms Deli Ham
Baby Portabella Mushrooms
2 - Hillshire Farms Smoked Sausage
1 Dozen Eggs
6 - Sirloin Steaks
5 - Frozen Green Giant Vegetables
2 - Boxes of Salmon Burgers
Cod Fish
Fish Sticks
Irish Springs Body Wash (which smells really good)
Irish Springs Deodorant (ditto)
2 - Colgate Wave Toothbrushes
16 oz Mozzarella Block
16 oz Cheddar Block
2 lbs Snow Crab
2 - Hunts Snack Pack Pudding
2 - Red Grape Tomatoes
2 - Italian Bakery Bread
2 - Fabric Softener
2 - Fabric Softener Sheets
Laundry Detergent
Eucalyptus Leaves
Hydrangea Bouquet
2 - 64 oz Whitehouse Apple Juice

After my grocery savings, I then went on to save on some clothes and things for my family.  Through my sister-in-laws, I learned of a website called which gives you cash back for online purchases through their retailers.  They have quite an array of stores such as Gap, Victoria's Secret, The Children's Place, Joann's Fabrics,, etc.  All you have to do is sign up (for free + you get $5) on their website and then click on the store you want to shop at, through the ebates website, and you receive a percentage of cash back on all of your purchases.

So, I went on to make purchases through Victoria's Secret, The Children's Place, American Eagle, Walgreen's, and  Here is what I got:

For Ilijah:
The Children's Place - 2 Graphic Thermals @ $4.24, 2 Halfzip Sweaters @ $4.24, One Pair of Leather Clogs @ $8.49, and 3 Toddler Plates @ $1.27
American Eagle 77 - Graphic T @ $3.47, Longsleeve T @ $7.77, Polo @ $7.77, Sherpa Lodge Fleece @ $14.95, and Big Sky Boot Jeans @ $14.95

For Jacob:
American Eagle - 4 Crew Neck Sweaters @ $7.85, and pair of Jeans @ $20.97
Walgreen's - Folding Desk Bicycle Exerciser @ $39.99, Fruity Pebbles Cereal @ $1.75,  Men's Multivitamin @ 2/$5.99, Power Diet @ 2/$12.99
$10.00 Walgreens Discount

For Me:
Victoria's Secret - Pair of Jeans @ $19.99 purchased with gift card, so it is FREE
Walgreen's - Zinc @ $1.99, Calcium & Magnesium @ $2.49, Vitamin A @ $2.49, Vitamin B-1 @ $2.99, and 3 Venus Razors @ $5.99 - 12 oz sippy cup @ $3.59, Gerber Water Spout 2 pk @ $2.69 (these are really cool because they are sippy lids that fit on any water or drink bottle), 2 Good Start Gentle Plus Powder - 25.7 oz can @ $24.59, Pampers Cruisers Big Pack @ $23.99, Happy Bellies Organic Brown Rice Cereal - 7 oz can @ $3.99
$12 Discount from total purchase
If you enter my email address or Referral Code on the shopping cart screen, you'll get an extra $10 off your first order of diapers with a $49 minimum purchase. And I'll get a $1 credit each time you order. It's a great way we can both save! My Email Address: Referral Code: KEES5765 

Ebates Cash Back from each site:
The Children's Place - 3.0% - $1.11
American Eagle - 3.0% - $3.04
Victoria's Secret - 2.0% - $0.84
Walgreen's - 4.0% - $2.15 - 4.0% - $2.25


  1. Sounds like you are doing a great job hunting out those bargains! Question on the shopping online Ebates thing...what about the shipping? Won't you spend more in shipping than going to the store & the cashback combined?

  2. Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! I loved reading about all your deals!! I can't wait to see your VS jeans - I really need to find a few good new pairs of jeans - maybe I should check theirs out? Great deals Keesh!!

  3. Way to go Keesha! You really racked up=) You are doing awesome.