Archives for April 2011


Space shuttle

THAT was what we wanted to see!  Unfortunately, it didn’t happen.  It was pretty disappointing when we heard the news because I was really looking forward to being able to see it.

Yesterday I drove with a couple of friends to Titusville to see the shuttle launch. We were up early for the drive and got there in time to find free parking and we walked to a nice park where there was supposed to be a great view. We got all set up and comfy with all our snacks for the long wait. By lunch time the weather had cleared up and it was such a beautiful day that we thought it would be looking good for a successful launch. Then we heard that it was a no-go.

Our seats would have been perfect too. I forgot to take any pictures since I was still hours away from needing to have my camera ready, but this is where we were (only it was packed with people). We could see the big NASA building and where the launch pad was so there would have been nothing blocking our view.

Space View Park

It was still a good day especially since I wouldn’t have had other plans anyways. In the end we drove across the state just the find the perfect place for a picnic. 😉

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

Are you watching the Extreme Couponing show?  I think it is just amazing how much these people are able to save.  While I still don’t find it necessary to stock up 1,000 tubes of toothpaste, like the guy on the show, I am learning some extra tips and tricks to save more money on groceries.

I’ve been paying closer attention to how I can match up coupons with store sales.  I’ve been buying some non-perishable items just because they are on sale instead of when I need them.  Then I plan my meals for the week around what I already bought on sale.

KetchupMy best deal so far was on Heinz ketchup.  I buy the Simply Heinz because it’s made with real sugar instead of corn syrup, but it only comes in the small size at the same price as the large size of regular ketchup.  Last week Publix happened to have it on sale for $1.99 and I had printed an internet coupon for $2.00 off any Heinz ketchup.  So… I actually made a penny by taking home free ketchup! Since we had just watched the show the night before, I had to call Jesse on the way home to let him know about my fabulous find. I did still spend over 50 bucks on the rest of the groceries, but it was less than it could have been.

My other recent deal was on spaghetti.  Pasta goes on sale all the time for buy-one-get-one-free, which is the only time I buy it. But I happened to have a coupon for $1.00 off any two Muellers pasta at the time it went on sale.  So by using the coupon while it was on sale, I was able to get two packages of spaghetti noodles for only 9 cents each!

Now I need to work on how to save more money on the gluten free and other specialty items that I buy.  Coupons for those types of items aren’t as easy to find, but they do still have good sales if you watch closely.

He Is Risen Indeed

Christ the Lord is risen today! Hallelujah! Have a happy and fun Easter.

Matthew 28: 1-6 – Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said.”

Empty tomb