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Walgreens: Hershey’s Simple Pleasures for $0.50 (starts tomorrow)

Beginning tomorrow and running through the end of next week, you can get a great deal on bags of Hershey’s Simple Pleasures. Here’s how:

Buy 2 Hershey’s Simple Pleasures at  $3 each
Use $1.50/1 Hershey’s Simple Pleasures Pouch Walgreens Store Coupon in Walgreens July Coupon Book (these are near the front of the store by the weekly sales fliers — coupon will deduct $3)
Stack with $1/1 printable Hershey’s Simple Pleasure Coupon (make a declaration to get the coupon)
$0.50 per bag after the coupons

Thanks, Common Sense With Money!

Surviving and Thriving When We Shouldn’t Be Breaking Even

A testimony from Beverly who blogs at Grace For Seven

From the beginning of our marriage, my husband wanted us to solely rely on his income. It was fine with me: I wanted to stay home with my babies.

We were living paycheck to paycheck. We had one credit card and a home equity line, but we found out quickly we weren’t a credit kind of family.

We were a little irresponsible. Credit companies kept upping our limit because we were such good customers. Year after year was the same: we always had enough to make ends meet and to have a little fun. We were able to live within our means.

Cutting Everything We Could to Pay Off Our Debt

A couple of years ago, I heard about Dave Ramsey from We read his book. We were so excited to make a difference in our finances, we had Gazelle Intensity.

We only had $10,000 in debt and our mortgage. We looked for services we could give up to payoff the debt quickly. We turned off cable and paid off our smallest bill. The Christmas bonus and tax refund paid off the rest.

We were able to save our $1000 emergency fund and a little extra. Our eyes were on the prize of funding a 3-month emergency fund, but we were still living paycheck to paycheck.

I went over our statements and financial reports and there was nothing else to cut. I looked for things to sell in a yard sale or on eBay and make a couple hundred dollars, but I couldn’t find anything.

Our Budget Doesn’t Make Sense on Paper

We made a few decisions after reading Dave’s book. We decided that “Cash is King” and we were going to live like no one else.

Then, some dental work was needed, the van needed work to pass inspection and I just sat back and watched our savings dwindle. I didn’t see how we were going build it back up.

I looked over the The Total Money Makeover again, thinking I missed something. We spent time budgeting everything. We were cutting coupons and using the cash system and I was just not seeing the Gazelle Intensity gain I should have been seeing. Our budget was not making sense on paper.

Thriving When We Shouldn’t Even Be Breaking Even

What we did notice is over the years we have continually tithed 10% and God has faithfully met all our needs. No budget can explain the fact that we were able to break even.

On paper, if I start with my husband’s salary, subtract all bills and necessities, we would have nothing left for saving or fun. However, at the end of the pay period we were able to pay our bills, put a little in savings, and go on a date.

We want to be good stewards of what God puts in our care. We are still working on completely funding our emergency savings. I know that whatever amount we are able to save for retirement or our children’s education, that God will help us and always supplies our needs.

Beverly is a homeschooling mom of 5. She has just recently taken the plunge into blogging and shares her struggles and victories of a life filled with grace at Grace For Seven.

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4 Weeks of Frugal Family Fun: Swimming (Day 11)

We survived the first week of swim lessons for all three children. While we got off to a rocky start at the beginning of the week since two children were struggling with quite a bit of fear of going under water, by the end of the week, all three children are loving their lessons — which I am so happy about! And we’re considering continuing on with more lessons after this first two-week period, if the excitement and progress keeps up. We’ll see!

We celebrated a successful week of swim lessons by heading to Grandma & Grandpa’s house to swim in their above-ground pool. Gratefully, it was a hot day because the water was freezing — especially at first!

I didn’t get any pictures because I was so focused on helping all three children swim. But we had a great time — and the children were especially excited that Mommy swam, too! 🙂

Since we didn’t have any pictures from today, I thought I’d share these pictures of the children all ready and decked out in their goggles and swim cover-ups before we left for lessons yesterday. I don’t suppose I have to mention the fact that we’ve got quite a bit of energy and personality at our house. It’s a little loud and crazy at times, but we have so much fun and laugh so often that it makes it all worth it! 🙂

Did you do something fun and frugal as a family today? If you blogged about it, I’d love for you to leave a link to your blog post below. Or, you can just tell us what you did in the comments.

Note: Since the purpose of this series is to encourage you to be intentional about fun in your home this summer, please only link up posts showing pictures/sharing details of fun things you did as a family today (or within the last few days). Posts that do not adhere to these guidelines will be deleted in order to make it fair for those who are putting forth a lot of effort to participate in this challenge.

Freebies in my mailbox

Here are the freebies that arrived in my mailbox this week:

Carnation Instant Breakfast sample

Nexxus Hair Care samples

Aveeno Samples

Target Beauty Bag with some great samples and coupons

What freebies have arrived in your mailbox this week?

By the way, if you want to start getting great freebies in your mailbox, just start signing up for the freebies I post every day that interest you. Within 4-6 weeks, your mailbox will start filling up with great freebies!

48-Hour Giveaway: Soldiering Through History DVD Series (3 Winners)

Soldiering Through History is a fun, engaging, and educational DVD series about American History. There is a DVD and accompanying workbook on the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War II.

They kindly sent us a copy of each of the DVDs and workbooks and our children loved watching them! Truthfully, I wasn’t sure if they would be above their level or not, but they were all very engaged while watching each DVD. I think Silas was mostly fascinated with the guns and the guys dressed up like soldiers, but he also picked up on some history, too. 🙂

The World War II DVD went along perfectly with the history we were studying about Hitler, Nazi Germany, and D-Day. It provided an excellent perspective and hands-on learning experience that the girls hadn’t gotten from our school books, maps, and read-alouds and I could tell that they were really soaking it up since we had just spent a few weeks studying World War II in-depth.

Special Offer

Interested in purchasing the Soldiering Through History series? You can get 65% off the retail price when you use coupon code moneysavingmom at checkout. That makes all three DVDs plus the workbooks just $32 plus shipping (which was around $7 for me). This offer is good through July 6, 2012.

Each of the DVDs and companion Study Guides focuses on a particular American soldier and covers his uniforms, his equipment, his campaigns, and his lifestyle. Each episode is packed with action and lots of educational tidbits, too. You can watch a clip of each of the DVDs here.

Would you like to win a free 3-DVD Soldiering Through History set? Just click on the graphic below and type in your name and email address. Three winners will be chosen and posted on Monday. This giveaway ends Sunday, July 1, at 11:59 pm, CST.

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