Bedtime Prayer

"Dear Jesus, thank you for all the things I picked up today. AAAmen."
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Top That!!

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****UPDATE******

After more research, the LUVS diaper deal is still the best I can find so we did and received our first box last week.

However, I looked up the cost of wipes and buying Target brand wipes is still the best deal I can find even including the amazon deals. Do you know of better??

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So, needless to say, it's a little more difficult to blog regularly with 2 kids than it was with one. I have several things to catch up on and today's is going to be.....drumroll....COUPONS!

I have started couponing.

GOAL: I want to serve my family by helping stay under budget and save as much money as is in my power to do.
....So I've made a binder and a spreadsheet and I've started bargain hunting.



Here's my process:
  • During the week, I compile a list of things we NEED
  • I buy 2 Sunday papers on Sunday
  • On Sunday evenings, after babies are in bed, I clip and organize coupons into my coupon binder and enter them into my spreadsheet
  • I look at the store ads for good deals (whether they be a need at the moment or things I want to stock up on) and circle in sharpee the deals I want to take advantage of
  • I make my meal plan based on what we currently have or things that are on sale/have a great coupon for
  • I type up a list organized by store for the items we need and are taking advantage of a good deal.
  • I pull coupons from my binder and put them in an envelope designated for that store
  • On Monday afternoon/evenings I go shopping
  • Sometimes I will hit another store during the week if it is a really good deal
  • I also check certain websites and ecoupons that do a lot of the legwork for me to tell me good deals
A few things...

1. Do you coupon? what is your system? how can I improve mine?
2. I'm going to blog from time to time about deals I find that I think are great...if you can "top that" please do! I want to find the best deals to save the most money!!!

So here's a deal:

On amazon, there are currently 2 big ways for you to save big on baby/household items:

-the first is by being an Amazon Mom. You get 15% off most baby items and it automatically signs you up for 3 months free for Amazon Prime, which means free 2-day shipping.

-the second is called Subscribe & Save. Basically what you sign up for is a regular delivery of items you already use regularly (i.e. diapers, wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap etc...)
You can choose how often you need them (1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 6 months, etc...) and you can manage and edit it as you go. You are not charged until they ship them. By signing up you get an additional 15% off + FREE shipping.

I havn't had time to research every item I am interested in to see if it could save me money, BUT I have looked at diapers and wipes.

Currently we use Target diapers (or another brand is on sale to make it cheaper than Target we go with those) and when they are at their best price they are $14.99 for a box of 96 size 3 diapers making them $0.16/diaper. Not bad.

Using the combo Amazon deals, you can get Huggies and Pampers for $0.16/diaper with free delivery.

BUT, if your baby can wear LUVS diapers, you can get them for $0.11/diaper!!! This will save us a minimum of $15/month which is over $180/year.

SOOOO, can you top that?! Let me know!
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Dear Shepherd (3 Months)


Dear Shepherd,

What a little beast you are! You are a chunk growing and growing and growing!!

  • You weigh over 15lbs now. Not sure how tall you are, but I am certain that you are very tall.
  • You wear size 2 diapers, but I have no doubt you will be in size 3 any day.
  • You are barely wearing size 3-6 month clothes but can hold your own in 6-9 month clothes. Yeah, that's right....6-9 month clothes. A beast, I tell you!
  • You love the fan. I mean LOOOVE the fan. You will smile and coo and laugh at it. It's the best thing that's ever happened to you other than eating.
  • You still love to watch your friends on your mobile in your bed. You get so excited when they go round and round and you just kick and kick and laugh and laugh.
  • You love to smile at your daddy and mommy and even your big sasster sometimes.
  • You still enjoy tummy time.
  • We have started to let you cry it out. Yeah, no fun at all for mommy. I know you need to learn how to sooth yourself though. *sigh* it's still hard (even harder than it was for the sasster because you like to snuggle SO much!!)
  • You hate your car seat. The only way you won't cry is if you are asleep. Ask me how often that happens.
  • You are holding your head up very well now.
  • I really think you get more cute every day.
  • Our love for you grows and grows.




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LK's Big Surprise...

not a bunny...

or a sailboat...

or a bird...





"It's my very own playground!!"






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