6 Books I Hope to Read This Week + 2 Books I Read Last Week

My Book Stack This Week

Books I’ve Finished Recently:

Love, Skip, Jump — I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read, but it encouraged me to continue to look for ways to be a giver in my everyday life.

Chaos to Clutter-Free — This ebook was a great refresher on the need for organization in our homes and the difference it makes. If you need some step-by-step organizing help, this would be a great place to start.

Books I Hope to Finish This Week

I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) — I’ve had this one started for quite awhile, and it’s good. It’s just deep and it’s taking me awhile to get through!

A Proper Pursuit — I’ve not started this book yet, but am really hoping to finally get this book read this week!

Nurturing the Soul of Your Family — This book was one I found when I was searching for another title and the premise resonated with me so I decided to pick it up. We’ll see what I think of it after reading it!

Addicted to Busy — This was another book that I found when looking for another title and thought it looked like a good read. Have you read it?

You and Me Forever — Multiple readers have said that I MUST read this book, so I’m excited to dive into it!

Me Before You — My friend, Ginger, told me this was one of her very favorite books so I knew I had to read it. :)

What I Listened To:

The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown — I’m slowly working my way through these CDs and gleaning so much. I especially have been contemplating her thoughts on shame versus guilt (Guilt says, “I did wrong.” Shame says, “I am wrong.”) Lots to ponder!

Movies We Watched:

Dispatches From the Front My mom gave us this DVD and we watched it as a family on Sunday. It’s always so fascinating to learn about other cultures and beliefs and to see how God is moving and working in lives around the world.

And, of course, we’ve been watching lots and lots of baseball. How about our Kansas City Royals?? We can’t wait for the World Series. Even if our boys in blue don’t win, we’re so proud that they made it farther than most anyone thought possible this season.

What have you read recently? What are you planning to read this week? Any good book recommendations for me?

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Snap App: Are you having trouble getting your rebates?

Snap App

A reader emailed in yesterday:

I, like a lot of other couponers, have been having HUGE issues with Snap lately and I’m thinking it would be great if you ladies could get someone from Snap to answer some questions about the SLOW processing times, rejected receipts, money disappearing from accounts, etc. You’ve probably already heard about all the issues they are having but if not just check their FB page. -Alison

I am trying to get to the bottom of this, because I’ve not had any trouble with the Snap App personally. However, I don’t want to be promoting something if there are a bunch of issues with it or people aren’t going to get their money.

So let me know: what has your experience been with Snap? Have you had any trouble with getting your cashback?

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This Week’s $91 Grocery Shopping Trip + Weekly Menu Plan

This Week's Grocery Shopping Trip

I was excited that we were able to stay well under our new grocery budget this week. Jesse and I made the grocery list together — looking at where to get the best deals on what we were planning to buy — and then he offered to go shopping on Monday morning after his workout at the gym.

Here’s what he bought:


Smoked Turkey — $19.60
Kroger Peanut Butter — $1.79
Kroger Whole Milk — $2.99
3 dozen brown eggs — $2.99 per dozen (got $0.50 back from Checkout51)
2 packages of Kroger bacon — $2.99 per package

Total: $42.18


2 packages of Broccoli — $0.99 each
2 tubs of Ham lunch meat — $2.49 each
3 Avocados — $0.99 each
Egg Whites — $1.99
Butter — $3.49
2 packages of Boneless Chicken Breasts — $6.49
3 bags of Gala apples — $1.99 per bag
2 bags of Sweet Potatoes — $1.99 per bag
Bananas — $0.44 per pound — $2.42 total
2 bags of multi-colored peppers — $2.49 each
Total: $49.17

Total spent: $91.35

Menu Plan


Bacon & Eggs or Oatmeal (I also ate Healthy Blueberry Crisp.)


Sandwiches or Leftovers


Apples with Almond Butter
Snacks sent to us from Wild Oats Organic
Protein Shakes
Healthy Cake in a Mug


Chicken Broccoli Casserole
Stuffed Chicken Breast
Crockpot Stuffed Peppers
Italian Sausage with Potatoes and Vinegar
Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry with Sweet Potato Fries
Marinated Chicken
Dinner Out

What’s on YOUR menu this week? Tell us in the comments!

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How I Saved Today: Working out at home (+ share how you saved today and you could win a Mrs. Meyer’s gift box!)

How I Saved: Working out at home

Welcome to our at-home gym… currently residing in our garage. The walls are scuffed and it can be a little humid at times, but I love being able to work out at home.

I don’t have to pay for a gym membership. I don’t to spend time driving to a gym and back. I don’t have to figure out childcare. I don’t have to worry about looking somewhat presentable. :)

I can just walk out to the garage, hop on some equipment, and get in a quick workout. At this season of my life, it’s the perfect solution.

And it’s a way that I save money and time every single day.

Tell Us How YOU Saved & Enter to Win A Mrs. Meyer’s Gift Box!

Share something you did today to save money — either in a little way or a big way. I’ll choose one comment to win a free Mrs. Meyers gift box courtesy of ePantry.com! This gift box includes:

Win a Mrs. Meyer's Gift Pack

  • 1 Meyer’s Clean Day dish soap
  • 1 Meyer’s Clean Day hand soap
  • 1 Meyer’s Clean Day countertop spray
  • 1 Meyer’s Clean Day dishwasher tabs
  • 1 Meyer’s Clean Day surface wipes
  • 1 Meyer’s Clean Day scented candle
  • 1 Casabella sponge

This giveaway is now over with and the winner is Riza {missriza@} The winner of the $50 Starbucks gift card from Saturday’s post was Becky {t_3_st@}

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How We Earned 149 Swagbucks Today

How We Earned 149 Swagbucks Today

I was having some trouble getting the SwagbucksTV and EntertainNow apps to work today, but we still found some other ways to earn some Swagbucks today without spending much time. Here’s what we earned today:

How We Earned 149 SwagbucksHow We Earned 149 Swagbucks TodayHow to Earn 149 Swagbucks

In addition to the usual little Swagbucks earnings we’ve been picking up throughout the day, we also earned 24 Swagbucks for downloading Unsubscriber (it took maybe a minute to download), the HGTV YouTube subscription request got credited today (it maybe took a minute of time to earn 50 Swagbucks for that, too!), and I earned 5 Swagbucks for liking Swagbucks on Facebook.

We already ordered our first $5 Amazon gift card and should have enough to order another $5 Amazon gift card tomorrow — yay!

How many Swagbucks did YOU earn today?

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