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Hot deal for the mamas and the papas! There's a new $3/1 sixty count Huggies diapers coupon at www.coupons.com. You can stack that with the Publix weekly ad $3/1 Huggies box coupon and save six bucks off a box of diapers! WOOHOO! Peace, B.
After our move here two years ago, we decided we'd become a one car family. Here is Covington, Georgia. Technically, it's the eastern most suburb of Atlanta, but it's more of a rural community experiencing the growing pains of a too rapid suburban development and an ailing economy. Close enough to Atlanta to partake in week night Braves games and fancy schmancy live theatre at the Fox, but far enough away for FFA to be an Institution. A one car family is simply unheard of these days in middle class America, but we are a family of nonconformists and the burden of two cars and all of their expenses was simply not something we could justify. We reasoned that folks all over the world would consider one car a luxury and to think of having just one as a sacrifice would be very American of us. I became an official stay at home mom again with occasional grant writing contract work and the two little ones soon joined me as quasi-homeschooled kids. We had a home base and the notion of navigating suburbia with one car seemed doable.
Here's the thing, friends. One car just means more planning.
The burden has been on those occasions when we need the car during the school day while my husband is at work 15 miles away. That is some kind of finagling, but it's worked for us. Inconvenient, yes, but not impossible. Scheduling play dates, doctor's appointments, and shopping trips just became part of the routine. Our daily lives centered around walks to the park, public library, and downtown where we could eat lunch, shop, and enjoy outdoor concerts. It's not all sippy cups and daisies, friends, but it isn't what I would consider a sacrifice. Having a second car became a crazy notion, a thing of the past.
The most unexpected and beautiful gift of becoming a one car family is that we work to be together. And we are. We volunteer together. We work together. We play together. We eat together. One car most often means we are at the same place, at the same time. Do you know how incredible it is to make a family with someone and then, be together on purpose? That's not how it's done these days, folks.
Now, we're moving out to the country, closer to Johnny's high school. I know this must be hilarious to those of you who live in urban areas. To y'all living in a town like Covington must be country livin', but y'all just haven't driven the 15 miles down Highway 36 to our new house. The feeling of being stranded simply won't apply when we are stationed firmly near Johnny's work where we spend so much time as a family.
We made it work with just one car and five lives spread out over a vast rural/suburban Georgia county. We pay less insurance, no car note, and leave less of a carbon footprint. All great and even noble ends. I estimate we have saved twelve thousand dollars in the last sixteen months. When you put a dollar amount on it, any inconvenience seems trivial, doesn't it, friends?
Are you asking yourselves how in the world becoming a one car family will work for you? Are you listing all of the reasons why it wouldn't? Yeah, I usually find this to be the birth of a Good Idea, so keep going with that, friends. Do the details of your family life dictate that you own and operate two cars or could you get by with one with a little more planning? I'm tellin' ya, it can be done. You just may find yourself with more money and more family time. (Bonus!)
Rite Aid is quickly replacing Walgreens as my favorite pharmacy. I dunno how it started, but the past weeks have been all about Rite Aid 9excluding that sa-weet Dr. Scholl's deal!). Check out what's good at Rite Aid this week! Peace, B.
Thanks, Southern Savers!
Whenever boneless, skinless chicken breasts hit $1.99 a pound, I stock up! Kroger has them at that price this week- woohoo! You can still get your A&W dessert topper for FREE plus a profit that I posted on the 20th and the Kraft deal is still going as well. Here are all of the other deals at Kroger this week! Peace, B.
Thanks, Southern Savers!
I dunno WHAT is wrong with Walgreens, but the past couple of weeks have been low of the faboo deals I've come to expect from them. My husband tells me I've ruined the Register Rewards program with our stockpile of shower gel. ;o) You'll still see some low prices here, but nothing to write home about. Sigh. Peace, B.
I was planning a blog post on how I
repurpose everyday objects or found objects-
and I may still do this (I'm known for using items in creative ways!), but I stumbled across this compilation on the Real Simple site and wanted to share it with my frugal friends.
This is their New Uses for Old Things Hall of Fame.
Good ideas here, friends! Hope you'll find it useful too!
You can actually score TWO FREE backpacks using the Maxperks Rewards. Y'all know I love the Maxperks Rewards! Sooooo easy to use. I just may have to pick up a couple of backpacks at Office Max as well as grab that freebie backpack at Staples! This offer is good beginning 07.25.10 through 07.31.10! You can shop next week's ad online now. Just click on next week's ad! You may want to grab these super cheap deals as well:
12″ Wooden Ruler w/ Metal Edge, 5¢ (limit 6)
Paper Mate Black or Blue Ballpoint Pens, 10 pk., 10¢ (limit 3)
OfficeMax #2 Pencils, 12 pk., 10¢ (limit 3)
OfficeMax Filler Paper, 100 ct., 20¢ (limit 6)
All Schoolio Poly Binders, 1″ or 1.5″, 30¢ (limit 6)
Schoolio Flexible or Shatterproof Rulers,12″, 50¢
Just Basic Assorted Cap Erasers, 25 ct., 50¢
Easy peasy, right? Peace, B.
There's some deals here, but nothing to make me give a woohoo, friends. See whatcha think and let me know. Peace, B.
Thanks, Southern Savers!