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Happily Ever After

I recently read Happily Ever After by Gary Chapman. I was excited to receive this book because I have read and really enjoyed The Five Love Languages.

My first impression of this book was that I loved the cover and inside style of the book. The cover was very pretty and the inside of the book was well designed and very beautiful. It looks like it would make a lovely gift for a wedding or engaged or newly married couple.

The book is divided into six sections covering topics such as finances, communication, intimacy, and more. This book covered a basic variety of extremely common marriage issues, so I feel this book could be helpful to any couple. I especially enjoyed the section on communication. It contained many helpful ideas that I'd like to incorporate in my own marriage. Gary Chapman includes stories from his own counseling sessions, practical tips, and many helpful ideas to keep any marriage great. I highly recommend it to any engaged or married couple.

I received a copy of…

Purity's Big Payoff

I recently read Purity's Big Payoff/Premarital Sex Is A Big Ripoff by Donna Lee Schillinger. The first thing I noticed about this book was its interesting format -one side contains Purity's Big Payoff, then you flip the book over and upside down to read Premarital Sex Is A Big Ripoff. Even though I'm already married so I'm not currently dealing with these issues, I really enjoyed reading this book. I do have children so was interested in reading this in preparation for when they are teenagers. I think this is such an important book right now in a day when there are so many temptations for teenagers and so little regard for morality and purity. The stories in this book were alternatively sad, funny, heartbreaking, touching amazing, and everything in between, but most of all they are real! I highly recommend this book for teenagers, singles, parents of teens, and really anyone who is interested in purity issues. Excellent book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

I received a copy…

Healing Is A Choice

I just had the privilege of reading Healing Is A Choice by Stephen Arterburn. When I received this book in the mail, I was immediately overwhelmed by the size of the book. At nearly 500 pages, this book was huge. My husband thought there were two books in the package! I thought this would be difficult to get through. However, I was hooked in by the intro and it became one of those books you don't want to put down.

The format was ten truths to help lead you to being well along with ten lies that can prevent you from wholeness. After each truth/lie, there is a section with the workbook questions. These weren't just a list of questions to think about; each section had many questions that delved deep into the material, as well as having you look up and study Bible verses. This format worked very well as it was integrated into each chapter and you didn't have to flip to the back to find the workbook questions. The questions are excellent for either personal study or small group…

The Crossing

The Crossing by Serita Jakes is another one of those can't-put-down books. It follows Claudia, her husband, and various other characters who have been impacted by the killing of a high school teacher and cheer coach.

The storyline is taut and full of suspense, leaving me unable to put it down. The ending was very surprising -I can usually guess the surprise ending, but this one definitely kept me guessing right up until the end! I highly recommend this book to all lovers of Christian suspense.

A copy of this book was provided to me by Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

House Of Secrets

I just read House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson. I thoroughly enjoyed this contemporary Christian novel. I love contemporary Christian fiction, and was excited to read a novel such as this by Tracie Peterson, who is an author I've enjoyed in the past.

The storyline is intriguing, the characters have depth and are very interesting, and the book overall is a very good read. It's a page turner that deals with many sensitive subjects and I found myself wanting to keep reading to find out what really happened in that "house of secrets". I look forward to reading more contemporary novels by Tracie Peterson. I hope she continues to branch out from the historical fiction into writing some more contemporary fiction, because this book was very good.

Although the first couple of chapters started slow, it quickly grabbed my attention after that and I was glad I continued reading. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction.

I was provided a copy of this b…

Deliver Me

I've just read Deliver Me: Hope, Help, and Healing through True Stories of Unplanned Pregnancy by Dianne E. Butts. I have to say this truly was a book near and dear to my heart as I had an unplanned teen pregnancy myself. I could completely relate to many of the stories contained in the book and it reminded me of where I've been and how far I've come with Christ in my life. The stories in Deliver Me are compelling, emotional, and very touching.

I enjoyed reading these true stories and hope that they help Christians have compassion on women with unexpected pregnancies and help them to minister to them. I also hope it encourages Christians to help out with and get involved in their local crisis pregnancy centers, which do a wonderful and important work.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it was one I couldn't put down. I definitely recommend it to everyone.

I received a copy of this book from BookCrash in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Living Close To God

I just read Living Close To God When You're Not Good At It by Gene Edwards. This book wasn't quite what I expected. It was fairly basic, with extremely short (2-4 page) chapters. Edwards focuses on how to have a deeper relationship with God through your daily walk with Him. I appreciated his approach on going deeper than just rote Bible reading and prayer, and that was a help.

However, this book was pretty basic and would probably be great for a person who has just accepted Christ and has no idea where to begin. It was a bit too simple for me without as much practical application as I would like. I would recommend this book to a new Christian, however.

It was good, just not quite what I expected.

I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Ascent From Darkness

I just read Ascent From Darkness by Michael Leehan. This book wasn't quite what I was expecting. I thought it would give a brief testimony of his past and focus more on his deliverance and how Christ turned his life around, but it's the complete opposite. Most of this book focuses on his past and the part where he is saved and turns his life around is very brief. 

This book should definitely be read with discernment and prayer as parts are very dark and disturbing. I wasn't expecting it to be quite as graphic and in detail as it was. Some of his stories are almost too incredible to believe, although he says they are all true. 

On the plus side, this does show how Jesus can save "to the uttermost" and no sin is too bad to be saved from.

Three out of five stars on this one. Definitely an interesting, if somewhat disturbing, read.

I was provided a copy of this book by Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Prodigy Project

The Prodigy Project by Doug Flanders was an excellent, fast-paced Christian thriller. It follows Jon Gunderson, his wife, and nine children throughout an edge-of-your-seat adventure in the US and China. I am always excited when a new Christian suspense author comes on the scene, because it is a genre I so love and enjoy, and Doug Flanders definitely fits the bill. The plot twist at the end was the perfect surprise ending.

I only wish he had spent a little more time exploring the DNA retrovirus angle - it seemed like it would be the main plot of the book, but it turned out to be a very small subplot that was barely discussed. Overall, this was an amazing book that I thoroughly enjoyed. I surely hope this is part one of a series, because I'd love to revisit the Gunderson family and find out what happens next! I highly recommend this book. Definitely a new author to watch.

I was provided a copy of this book by BookCrash in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Behind The Veils Of Yemen

I recently read Behind The Veils Of Yemen by Audra Grace Shelby. This is one of those books that you just can't put down - it's that good. The family's story begins when Audra's husband, Kevin, becomes deathly ill while on their trip to be approved by the mission board in order to go to Yemen. It hooked me there and didn't let go till the last page. I was absolutely fascinated with Audra's adventures in Yemen, and truly enjoyed learning more about the Muslim women "behind the veil". 

My only complaint about this book is that I wanted more. When the book ended, I felt like we were left hanging with only half of the story told. I really wanted to know what happened when Audra went back to Yemen after having the baby. I also was a little disappointed that we were told basically nothing about Kevin's missionary work in Yemen, whether anyone was saved, what they did while there in terms of starting churches, etc. I wish we could have seen what fruit the…

Wait No More

I just finished reading Wait No More by Kelly and John Rosati. Overall, this was an excellent book. I was drawn in by the first few pages, wanting to know how the story would play out. 

First, the positives: the story itself was extremely moving, I appreciated her openness and honesty, it was written in an easy to follow narrative, it made me want to learn more about adoption. I enjoyed that she gave quite a bit of detail and background on how each one of their children came to them, and the good times as well as the struggles and how they got through them. This book was a very quick and easy read that was hard to put down.

My only complaint about the book would be the somewhat negative tone Kelly took at times when discussing other foster parents' homes - I understand she was just describing how she felt about it all, but it seemed like a bit of unnecessary negativity. I also felt a bit uncomfortable with the chapter about their first disastrous fostering attempt with Angie - let&#…

Heaven Is For Real

I recently read Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo. I will admit, I came into reading this book with a large amount of skepticism, expecting to find an unbelievable story. However, I finished reading this book, not only believing it, but being touched by it.

The story of Colton Burpo is the tale of a young boy nearly dying from a ruptured appendix, but miraculously being healed, and coming back with an astonishing story of having been to Heaven while on the operating table. It sounds fantastical, but he came back with pieces of information that were impossible for him to know.

This book didn't dwell on "what Heaven is like" so much as it told the story of this young boy and his family through the many trials they experienced throughout this illness and many other things. I did expect a bit more detail about Colton's experience, but the book and story itself was touching, heartwarming, and very interesting. I would definitely recommend this book - it is a wonderful stor…

Out Of A Far Country

I just finished reading Out Of A Far Country by Christopher and Angela Yuan. To be completely honest, I wasn't really looking forward to reading this book and selected it someone reluctantly, thinking I probably wouldn't like it very much. However, I was definitely proven wrong! The story got my attention from the very first page and I just had to keep reading, wanting to know the whole story of this prodigal mother and son.

This book has a somewhat unorthodox format, alternating chapters between Christopher and Angela's first-person viewpoint. I quickly adapted to the style and actually rather enjoyed hearing the story from both viewpoints back and forth. This is a story of a gay man and his mother trying to get him to accept Christ, however, it is much more than that. I don't want to spoil the ending, but it is a touching, heartwarming story of a prodigal mother and a prodigal son both finding Christ.

My only complaint with this book is that although it detailed Ange…

Wings Of A Dream

I have another new book to share with you all!


Wings Of A Dream by Anne Mateer is a historical romance novel set during the Spanish Influenza outbreak. Historical romance doesn't tend to be my absolute favorite genre, so I started this book with some hesitation, but was immediately captivated on the first page. This is unlike any other hisorical romance I've read. The setting, characters, and storyline were all fresh and interesting. It was an authentic and refreshing story as Rebekah grappled with love, loss, faith, and trusting God.

My only disappointment with the book is that I wish it had given us a little bit more at the end, perhaps an epilogue, to tell us a bit more about the end of Rebekah's story. It seemed to end a bit abruptly. However, it does leave the door open to write a sequel!

I think Anne Mateer is an author to watch and am sure we will see more wonderful books from her soon! I give this book 5 stars and would recommend it to anyone who loves Christian fic…

The Corruptible

The Corruptible by Mark Mynheir is a Christian suspense novel, which happens to be one of my favorite genres. With that in mind, I was very excited to read this book. The Corruptible is a part of the Ray Quinn series, of which I haven't read the first book, so I was starting a little late in the game. However, that didn't seem to matter as I didn't feel like I was missing crucial details that weren't provided in this book - ie, enough backstory was given as to where I felt this could be read as a stand alone book.

This book is about a private investigator, Ray Quinn. He is trying to track down information about a shady cop for a high paying client. I don't want to say too much for fear of ruining the story, but this was a fairly fast paced, intriguing mystery that kept me reading. It started off a bit slow, but once I got into it, it was definitely a page turner.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery/suspense novel with Christian themes thr…

Love Your Husband, Love Yourself

I know I am on a roll with reading lately, but I have another wonderful book I just have to share with you all! I have just finished reading Love Your Husband, Love Yourself by Jennifer Flanders. This was an excellent, amazing book. I could not put it down (I say this a lot, but it's true!). This is one of the most candid, honest, beautiful books on marriage I have ever read. I appreciated her willingness to lay everything out with such honesty. I was absolutely fascinated by the research showing the links between the marriage relationship and health. This is the most in-depth book I have read on the subject of Christian sexual intimacy. The book is also chock full of Scriptures on marriage and intimacy. It was so refreshing to read a wonderful, Christian book on sexual intimacy within the marriage relationship.

This book also includes chapters on letting your husband lead in your marriage, building up your husband, watching your husband grow, celebrating your differences, fosteri…

{w}hole

I just finished reading {w}hole by Lisa Whittle. This book gripped me from the first page and wouldn't let go. Lisa Whittle intertwines her life story with compelling writing about holes in your own spiritual life and how to let God fill them to become whole. I was touched, moved, and pricked by this book. It made me want to recharge my relationship with God.

She details her hurtful life experiences, including the experience of her father having to step down from his ministry, and how it effected her life and made her realize her own life was full of holes. Her writing on how she realized she was addicted to religious experiences and rituals rather than truly trusting in and having a vibrant relationship with God was both thought-provoking and convicting. I appreciated her ability to not blame the church for her difficult life experiences, and in fact, still love the church deeply.

I have been inspired to cultivate a deeper relationship with Christ through this book and not allow …

Stained Glass Hearts

I recently read Stained Glass Hearts by Patsy Clairmont. This book was fairly good, but not quite what I expected based on reading the description. I thought it would be more of a self-help, practical type of book, but it was more of a sharing of life experiences and thoughtful book.

I thought the format was interesting, in that it was divided into various chapters, all relating to stained glass. Chapters included Stained Glass Prayer, Stained Glass Books, Stained Glass Redemption, and more. At the end of each chapter Patsy gave suggested artwork, poems, prayers, Scripture verses, other reading, and even YouTube videos to watch. I thought that was a rather innovative and interactive format. It was definitely different than anything I've ever read before!

The personal stories from Patsy's life were interesting, heartfelt, and at time funny, but the chapters sometimes felt disjointed. Overall I enjoyed the book, yet some portions just didn't resonate with me.

I was provided …

Coupons vs. Store Brand

I frequently hear people say, even with a coupon, the store brand is still cheaper, so couponing isn't worth it! The problem with that is that sure, if you line up a full price brand item vs a store brand, the brand will usually be more expensive with a coupon. The trick to couponing is hanging on to your coupon till the branded product goes on sale, then getting it for a rock bottom price, MUCH cheaper than the store brand!An example I noticed today while flipping through the ads was Target's brand of toilet paper, up&up. They have the 24 roll advertised at $12.49. That comes out to 52¢/roll. Now, as a rule, I NEVER pay more than 40¢/roll for toilet paper, and I get good brands - Charmin, Cottonelle, Angel Soft, etc. I'm getting a high end brand of product for at LEAST 12¢/roll less than a store brand. For a 24 pack, that adds up to a savings of at least $2.88 over the store brand. I love getting my favorite brands for cheaper than the store brand! That's one of m…

Answering God's Call

I just finished reading One Call Away by Brenda Warner, wife of Kurt Warner. I got it in the mail yesterday afternoon, started it last night, stayed up until 3am reading it, and finished it this morning. I literally could not put this book down, it was that good. This book is basically a memoir by Brenda Warner of her life from birth till the present day. She details all of the ups and downs that she has gone through in great personal detail, from growing up on a farm with her parents to living life as a millionaire married to a football star. The one constant in her life has been her unshakable faith.

Before reading this book, I really had no idea who Brenda Warner was, yet this book grabbed me from the very first page. Brenda went from being a child who grew up poor to being married to a philandering husband, to being a single mom on food stamps and welfare, counting every penny, to being rich and married to a wonderful and godly man. Her journey was one that was I could so relate t…

Espresso For Your Spirit

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I just wanted to take some time to share about a book I read recently, Espresso For Your Spirit, by Pam Vredevelt. This book is a quick read, 28 short chapters full of humor, Scripture, touching stories, and more. This is a book designed to give parents a short pick-me-up when they are worn out. I was excited to read this book, because if you know me, you know I love coffee! ;)

I had read another one of Pam's books several years ago, Empty Arms, when I had a miscarriage. That book gave me a lot of comfort and hope at that time, so I was excited to read another title by her - this time, something a little more uplifting. I thoroughly enjoyed learning a little bit more about Pam and her family, and this book made me laugh, cry, and everything in between. I read it in just one day and couldn't put it down. I now can't wait to read some of her other books as well!

This book also includes a "Koffee Klatch Questions" discussion guide that includes questions for each c…

Walgreens Deals 8/21

These are some new Walgreens deals that started 8/21.

-Dawn dish soap, 99 cents w/ in-ad coupon, plus use 50 cent off coupon from paper = 49 cents ea.

-Keebler cookies, Rice Krispie treats 4/$10 + get back $5 Register Rewards (RRs), use 2 $1/2 Keebler cookies and/or Rice Krispie treats from paper = 4/$3 or 75 cents ea.

-Glade scented oil refills 2/$5 + get back $1 RR, use $1/2 coupon from paper = 2/$3 or $1.50 ea.

-Viva paper towels $5.99 - $1 off Walgreens coupon - 60 cent off coupon from paper = $4.30 or 73 cents/roll

-Ultra Tuf trash bags 36 ct. $2.99 w/ in ad coupon

-Sharpies 39 cents (limit 6)

-Scotch tape 39 cents (limit 3)

-got 2b styling products B1G1 free + use 2 $2/1 coupons from September All You magazine = 99 cents ea.

-Dove or Degree Clinical Deodorant 3/$18 + get back $6 RR, use B1G1 free Dove coupon + $1 off Degree coupon = 3/$5 or $1.66 ea!

-Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor - grab the "bonus pack" that comes with a travel size shave gel and aftershave! - $9.99 …

12 cent Cereal at Walmart

I don't know how long this will last, but right now at the East side Walmart on Avenue J, you can get the Malt-O-Meal Crunch Berries cereal for just 12 cents per bag, WITHOUT a coupon!!! They have it priced @ $3.12 on the tag, but it's ringing up @ $3.28. When it rings up, tell the cashier it is marked incorrectly and they will give you a price adjustment for $3 off per their "price match" policy, making the bag of cereal just 12 cents! We have already bought two bags @ 12 cents and they still haven't changed the tag yet. Hurry in and pick up a few! :)

Walmart Trip 8/19

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For those of us who were fortunate enough to receive the "art of summer striptease" coupon booklet in the mail, we received some amazing coupons! Despite its unfortunate name (striptease, really?!) it had some wonderful coupons, including three freebies! I took the three best ones and headed to Walmart.I purchased:-1 Skintimate shave gel FREE
-1 box Playtex Gentle Glide FREE
-1 box Playtex Sport FREETotal tab was $11.32 and all I paid was the 91¢ sales tax, for a total savings of $10.41, or 92%!

Walgreens Trip 8/19

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Did an impromptu trip at Walgreens tonight! Stopped by to pick up their ad as I missed getting a paper last Sunday, and we flipped through it right there and made a good plan of action. ;)First transaction:-Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor, priced @$9.99. Used $4 off coupon and received $4 back in Register Rewards (RRs).Transaction #2:-select Dove products priced @ 4/$15. Bought 2 Dove bodywashes, 1 Dove Men+Care bodywash, and 1 Dove Men+Care loofah/scrubbing tool. Used 3 $1 off coupons and the $4 off rr, plus received back a $5 rr. 3rd transaction:Huggies Slip-on diapers, priced @ $9.49. Used $5 off rr plus a $2 off huggies coupon. Bought a 49¢ candy bar as a "filler" as Walgreens only allows you to use 1 coupon per item purchased. Received back $2 rr.Transaction #4:Next we bought Herbal Essences conditioner. Priced @ $3, we used the $2 rr and a $1 off HE coupon, again using a 49¢ candy bar as a filler. Received back a $1 rr.Final transaction:
Herbal Essences conditioner @ $…

Albertsons Trip 8/19

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Did a quick trip to Albertsons tonight!They are running one of my favorite sales, buy 10 selected items, get $5 off. Of course I always pick items I have coupons for! :)Today I bought:
-4 jars Ragu pasta sauce @ 49¢ ea.
-2 jars Skippy peanut butter @ 99¢ ea.
-2 Wishbone salad dressings @ 49¢ ea.
-2 bottles Kraft BBQ sauce @ 79¢ ea.There was a $2 off any one canister of kool-aid coupon stuck to the BBQ sauce so I threw in one of those @ $1.69. :)Altogether my bill totalled up to $37.69 and with the sales and my coupons I paid just $8.09 for a total savings of $29.60, or 79%!Coupons I used:
-2 $1/2 Ragu
-1 $1/2 Skippy
-2 50¢/1 Wishbone dressing
-1 $2/1 kool-aid

Tangy Ranch Chicken

I made some amazing chicken tonight! This was super yummy, and easy - everyone had seconds. Best of all, it uses two very common coupon foods - mustard and ranch dressing!

Tangy Ranch Chicken

Ingredients:

-2/3 cup ranch dressing
-1/3 cup yellow mustard
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Directions:

Mix dressing, mustard, and sugar. Pour 2/3 cup sauce over chicken. Marinate chicken in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Grill chicken 10-15 minutes until done, OR bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Serve remaining mustard sauce with chicken.

Enjoy!

FAQ Of The Day: What Does That Mean?

FAQ Of The Day: What does that mean?! AKA, coupon abbreviations. :) When I first started couponing it was like learning a new language! There are many abbreviations used in the coupon world that made no sense to me at first, but now it's second nature. Here are some of the common abbreviations used in the coupon world:

RP: Redplum, the coupon insert that comes in the mail here in the AV every Tuesday and in some places in the newspaper every Sunday. You can get duplicates of the RP here in the AV by getting your free one in the mail on Tuesday and then picking up an LA Times on Sunday. RP don't come in the AV Press since we get them in the mail, but they do come in the LA Times.

P&G: Proctor and Gamble coupon insert that comes in the Sunday paper once a month or so.

SS: SmartSource, the coupon insert that comes in the paper every Sunday.

RR: Register Rewards, coupons that print out on your receipt at Walgreens. Example: Shampoo is on sale for $3 with $2 Register Rewards. You …

Deals Under $1 Week of 7/24!

Here are a few great deals this week under $1!

Walgreens

M&Ms 2/98 cents, use 75 cents/2 from Sunday paper  = 2/49 cents or 24 cents ea.

Bumble Bee chunk light tuna 69 cents w/ in-ad Walgreens coupon (limit 3)

Pilot Easy Touch Pens 2-3ct 99 cents w/ in-ad Walgreens coupon (limit 3)

Crest 3D White toothpaste 2/$4.98 - receive $3 back Register Rewards = 2/$1.98 or 99 cents ea.

Reynold's Wrap aluminum foil 89 cents w/ in-ad Walgreens coupon (limit 3)

Irish Spring bodywash 2/$6 - receive $4 back Register Rewards + use 2 50 cents off coupons from Sunday paper = 2/$1 or 50 cents ea.

Sharpie Markers 39 cents w/ in-ad Walgreens coupon (limit 3)

Sharpie Highlighters 2 ct. or Paper Mate Profile Pens 2 ct. 69 cents w/ in-ad Walgreens coupon (limit 3)

CVS

Herbal Essences shampoo, conditioner, and styler 2/$4.97 - buy one shampoo or conditioner plus one styler and use $3 off when you buy styler from Sunday paper = 2/$1.97 or 98 cents ea.

Palmolive dish soap 99 cents - use 25 cents off coupon from Sund…

Freebies week of 7/24!

We have some great freebies this week. I've broken them down by store. Enjoy!

Walgreens

Scunci No Damage Hair Elastics, 18 ct, 2/$3 - receive $3 back in Register Rewards = FREE

Irish Spring Antiperspirant/Deodorant  - 2/$6 - receive $4 back in Register Rewards + use 2 $1 off any one coupon from this Sunday's paper = FREE

CVS

Paper Mate Grip Pens 8 ct, $1.99 - receive back $1.99 Extra Care Bucks (ECB's) = FREE

Crest 3D White Mouthwash or Satin Tape Floss $2.99 - receive back $2 ECB + use $1 off coupon = FREE (I will be doing this deal twice to get both the mouthwash and floss free)

These deals are good from Sunday 7/24 - Saturday 7/30.

Ralph's/Albertsons Trip 7/16/11

I will be posting a few recent couponing trips I've made over the next few days! This one is from this past Saturday. This was just a small grocery trip with two transactions at Albertsons and one at Ralph's. Let's start with Albertsons!

Albertsons
I had a two-transaction trip planned here. For my first transaction I purchased 4 boxes of cereal (Reese's Puffs, Honey Nut Cheerios, Lucky Charms, and Cocoa Puffs). They were on sale 4/$6.46 and I had 2 $1/2 coupons so I paid 4/$4.46 or $1.11/each. They also had a special where if you buy any 4 boxes, a Catalina coupon for $2 off your next purchase would print, AND a Catalina for a free gallon of milk up to $4.50.
Next, I picked up 3 boxes of Pop Tarts, on sale 3/$4. I had a $1 off coupon so that brought it down to 3/$3, or $1 each. They were running a special - buy 3, and a $1 off your next trip Catalina prints.
So we checked out and paid $12for $25.43worth of food, a savings of 53%.
Transaction #2we purchased 4 cans of S&…

FAQ Of The Day: Double Coupons

What grocery stores double coupons?


Here in Lancaster/Palmdale, we have Ralph's and Vons who still double coupons. They will only double up to $1, so any coupon $1 and up does not double. They will only double one of each kind of coupon per transaction, so if you have, say, four 50 cent coupons for the same exact item, they will only double the first one. I remember several years ago, Ralph's would double coupons up to $3! But, $1 is better than nothing. ;)

You can still get many good deals without double coupons by taking advantages of sales, so be sure to always look at ALL of the ads and match up your coupons to the best price, which may be another store that doesn't double!

FAQ Of The Day: Where Do You Get Coupons?

Hey all! I don't have a lot of time this week due to our church's Spiritual Leadership Conference all week, but I thought I'd put up a quick FAQ of the day each day. These are questions I've been asked by several people so I will put together a quick answer.

First FAQ of the day:

Where do you get your coupons?


Newspapers
I buy several Sunday papers each week. The AV Press does often have different coupons than the LA Times, so I buy both - usually 2 of each. The AV Press is available everywhere - newsstands all over town, Walmart, grocery stores, etc. The LA Times can be a little trickier to find. They tend to have these at gas stations, 7-11s, and Starbucks. I am planning to get a Sunday-only subscription to both soon so I don't have to go out to buy them every week!

In the Mail
The Redplum coupon insert comes in the mail, free, every Tuesday. Be sure to not throw it away! Clip all these coupons. I also receive coupons from various companies from time to time - I sug…

Welcome to the blog!

Hi friends! I finally got my blog set up. Thanks for joining me. :) Couponing in California can be different than in other states. We don't have many stores that double (two, to be exact, and they have very strict doubling policies), we get different coupons, our prices are higher in general, etc. However, we can still score amazing deals! I hope you'll come along with me as I explain the ins and outs of couponing in SoCal, as well as post my deals. Enjoy! :)

Denise