Super Savings Saturday: Five bottles of laundry detergent for $0.99 each!

I’m incredibly late in getting this posted today. I was gone most of the day and didn’t have a chance to sit down and type up what we purchased at the grocery store this week.

My biggest score was the five bottles of Era Laundry Detergent I got for $0.99 each. A local store was running their Double Dollar coupon promotion and had these priced at $2.99. Plus, there was a $1/1 coupon available — which made them only $0.99 after the doubled coupon.

I really wanted to hit this sale as we only had about a week’s worth of laundry detergent left, but I didn’t need anything else in the Double Dollar promotion and didn’t want to make a special trip just for laundry detergent (especially since you can only use three of the same coupons per transaction — so it’s really not worth a ten minute drive there and back to get three bottles of laundry detergent). Well, a friend of mine didn’t know that I was really wishing I could get in on this deal, but she happened to pick up five bottles and then asked me if I wanted them since they are very well-stocked-up on laundry detergent.

Isn’t that cool? It just felt like a special blessing from God to me. And now we’re stocked up on laundry detergent for quite some time!

Amy from Amy’s Finer Things also stopped by because she was in town and brought me my order from the Bulk Food Store. Long story short, Laura from Heavenly Homemakers had picked it up for me and I was supposed to pick it up when I met up with she and Amy when she was in Kansas two months ago. But I didn’t get to meet up with them at the last minute so Amy kept it and promised to get it to me whenever she made the trek from Tiny Town to the city.

So now I’m stocked up on unbleached flour and turbinado — and just in time for Freezer Cooking Day this next week!

Amy also brought me a bottle of Laura’s Homemade Vanilla. I tell you what, I learn so much from the blogosphere! I never would have considered the possibility of making my own vanilla. But Laura’s inspired me and I just might try it once I run out of hers.

I also bought three dozen farm-fresh eggs from my brother and Jesse made a quick trip to the store to get 2 gallons of milk, 2 gallons of chocolate milk, 2 tubs of cottage cheese and a big bag of chicken (um, can you tell we’ve changed our diets a little? Stay tuned for Monday’s update on how P90X on a Budget is going!). We ended up not needing to get any produce because I used what we already had on hand.

After everything was said and done, we came in a little under $40 in grocery expenditures this week.

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Snapfish: 20 free prints or other gifts up to $100

Snapfish is offering 20 free prints or other possibly prizes up to $100 to everyone through their Facebook Page. Here’s how to claim your gift:

::Sign up for a new account with Snapfish if you don’t already have one.

::Click on “Claim Gift” on their Facebook Page and follow the instructions (you’ll need to click on the “Like” button and fill in your name and mailing address).

::Get your free photo gift!

Thanks, My Dallas Mommy!

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Hundreds of free audio books!

I’m so excited about a site that Rebekah shared with me today. Books Should Be Free has hundreds of classic audiobooks available for download — for free!

Go check it out and download some to listen while you drive or fold laundry or exercise. Many of them would be great to listen to as a family.

Thanks, Rebekah!

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Becoming a Work-At-Home Mom: A blessing in disguise

If you’ve missed the first posts in this series, read them here.

While in our first year of having the custom wedding business, we had our first baby. Needless to say, my life was forever changed – in a wonderful way. At the same time, though, I found it was hard to juggle the demands of a fussy newborn, with coordinating the details of the wedding business.

While I was pregnant and had a lot of extra time on my hands, I had experimented with various additional streams of income to add to our current website. One of those was selling books. I started off with books on preparing for marriage and when I saw that there was a market, I kept expanding to other good books and resources our family has appreciated.

I also was getting the itch to write, so I wrote a small booklet on some small ideas girls and teens could do to earn money from home. We had very little extra business money to work with, so I had a friend edit it and bartered with another friend for the cover design. In order to come up with enough money to pay for a tiny print run of the books, I ran a pre-publication special with my current email list.

Much to my surprise, I sold 100 booklets during the pre-publication special and had enough to pay for a print run of 200. It seems like such a microscopic number, but for me, it was huge.

A few weeks after I released the ebook, a small family business contacted me and asked if I’d sell them ebook rights to my book for $100. I didn’t really even know what an ebook was, let alone know how to turn my book into one, but $100 was a big number at that point, so my husband and I felt it would be a good move. The friend who designed the booklet layout kindly availed herself to turn the book into an ebook for me for $25.

So, I sold the rights to the ebook to this other company (by selling the rights, I gave them permission to sell an unlimited number of ebooks through their site for whatever price they chose) and I entered this whole new world of ebooks. I’d never given any thought to the possibility of someone paying you for a download, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to offer the ebook on my site. I was completely surprised to discover there is quite a big market for ebooks — especially simple how-to ebooks — and I started concocting other future ebook ideas.

While all this was going on, the wedding business was continuing to demand a lot of my time and it was producing little income. And we were still just barely limping by. We were beginning to see more profit from our business — but that was mainly from the sale of books.

I started to wonder if maybe I should discontinue the wedding business and just focus on selling books, since that’s what seemed to be working. But it was really embarrassing to me to think of having to admit the wedding business hadn’t worked out. I wasn’t a quitter like that and I figured there had to be a way to make it work.

Well, guess what? The next two dress projects turned out to be disasters. The customers were very upset with the work and it was weeks of pulling my hair out and trying to figure out how to fix the issues and make the customers satisfied. But it was to no avail.

My husband and I really felt that God used these difficult situations to make me willing to close down Covenant Wedding Source. It was hard and humbling to do, but it was the best thing for our family and my sanity. And I also needed to focus the time I did have on things which would be profitable.

For months, I struggled with feeling like a failure over the fact that the business didn’t work out. Now that I look back, though, I realize just what a blessing in disguise this was. Not only did I learn such valuable lessons through failure, but I also go this crazy idea to start a blog. Little did I know what those feeble blogging attempts would lead to!

But first, I had a lot more lessons to learn and experience to gain.

…To be continued next Friday

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