Black Friday Anyone?

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Hey everybody! I hope you all are doing fine.

Are you a black friday shopper? I confess that I have been in the past. It takes a lot to get me out there in the rush but sometimes it can be worth it. I love a great sale! I have been known to participate in a group, with each of us on the hunt for different items. Divide and conquer.

For the record, I do not celebrate Christmas. Yes, I believe in Jesus. I do not celebrate Christmas for a variety of reasons and we will leave it at that. Does that mean I do not like a fantastic bargain and enjoy the thrill of the hunt on black friday? No. I have this perverse sense of a challenge when out on black friday shopping sprees.

A few of my observations for a successful plan is to decide what is worth the trouble of crowds. In Ohio, all of my stores were side by side so I would start at one and work the rest in order. I had a list, and followed it. Planned in advance. It was fun. I have not done it in several years, mostly because I live in the sticks now, but if shopping is your thing, do it!

I do want to give you a few things I have learned over the years.

First, get plenty of rest before.

Second, eat before leaving.

Third, dress warmly.

Fourth, know your stores layout.

Fifth, BE NICE!

I also have a few recommendations if you like to help others. I have purchased coats, pajamas and the like for VERY cheap at black friday sales. Not for me, but to donate. I could buy children’s coats for $5-10 each, any size will do, and then find a local charity to give them to for those children who need coats. I do the same with pajamas. Size does not matter. It is an easy and cheap way to make someone happy for the most basic of things. Plus, it makes you feel good too. Why do this? Because it does not matter if it is a holiday or not, people need clothing all year long. Do you know how much it helps them? You? Plenty!

So, while out and about, if you indulge in the manic atmosphere of black friday shopping, take a moment and think how you can give to others as well. Trust me, you will feel blessed.

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Other Things In Life

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This post is about some of the things that make me happy, in spite of lupus and its attempts. What things do you enjoy doing to bring you happiness? I have several things I totally enjoy doing to fill my days.

First, my husband and I are working on developing a homestead. What is a homesteader? Here is a a little meme describing it:

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Ok, I admit it that we do not have chickens, although I would like to have some. However, I could not eat them. Yep, I am a phony when it comes to eating animals I have met. My chickens would live long lives and die in peace of old age. I still would like to have some though so I could have fresh eggs.

As for the other things on the meme, I do make my own breads and biscuits, I sew and quilt, I enjoy crafts like woodworking and scrap booking, love to take pictures, I plan on next year growing a bunch of our own non GMO heirloom foods which I will can, dehydrate or freeze to preserve for winter.

My husband and I have left the city and its problems, and now live in a small mountain town in Kentucky. We know all our neighbors. We all watch out for each other. We are learning more skills daily. We are eating less processed foods and more home grown foods. We fix things as they break, if possible. We re-purpose items and give them new life. We sit around our campfire on cool nights relaxing and looking at the stars.

I crochet. I paint as does my husband. We went out walnut gathering and found around 150 pounds of them. We kept 20 pounds of the black walnuts for ourselves and I cannot wait to use them in foods.

My brother in law and sister in law have a white walnut (or butternut) tree and they let me get all the nuts from it too. I have over 50 pounds of those. Free food from God and the trees. Yum!

As I posted before, I have come off most of my meds and seem to have energy and feel better now. My lab results came back and only two items were worrisome, my sed rate was 2 1/2 times higher than normal and my cholesterol was just a couple over the limit. As a lupus patient, I would be more worried if my sed rate was normal… I truly would. I do not think mine has been normal for years. It indicates inflammation in my body. Ok, whats new?

We are simplifying our lives more too. Throwing out or giving away a lot of things. We took our granddaughter pots and pans, dishes, and assorted other items on or last trip to Ohio. She just moved into her own apartment. I am getting other things together for the others as they move out.

My biggest news I have saved for the end here………….

I AM GOING TO BE A GREAT GRANDMOTHER IN APRIL!!!!

Yes, my granddaughter is having a baby.  She is 18, not married, and still in high school (senior year) but I am looking at the positives. She is healthy, happy and responsible. She will be a great mother. Plus, more granny nanny duty for me! I really cannot say a thing because I had my first child when I was a junior in high school and my second when I was a senior in high school. I graduated two weeks after he was born. Yes, I marched with my class. I was married. I hoped none would repeat it and instead live life a bit before settling down with kids. However, in this case, it is not going to happen so I will be here for her if she needs me and pray for the best. It is hard when you have your kids young, in many ways. However, she will be fine. She is a sweetie. My first great grandchild!

That’s all for now but I just wanted to share our progress in our quest to live simpler, self sufficiently, and purposeful lives. I will update as we do more. Have a great day everyone!

Enter the Contest!! It is Easy!!

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Please enter! Its easy! Ok everyone I have an exciting giveaway. I will be sending the book, “Lupus, the First Year” by Nancy C. Hanger to the randomly selected reader who shares this blog on their Facebook, google+, WordPress, tumbler, twitter, blogger or any other social media.

It’s easy. Just copy and paste the link below and share it with your friends! Then, comment below with the word “shared” and where you shared it and you will be entered. This contest will run until August 31st at midnight.

This is a book I have and has been gently used. It’s very informative and seriously good to read whether newly diagnosed or not. Have fun and be sure to share! Here is the link:

www.jenlynn401.wordpress.com

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Contest!!

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Ok everyone I have an exciting giveaway. I will be sending the book, “Lupus, the First Year” by Nancy C. Hanger to the randomly selected reader who shares this blog on their Facebook, google+, WordPress, tumbler, twitter, blogger or any other social media.

It’s easy. Just copy and paste the link below and share it with your friends! Then, comment below with the word “shared” and where you shared it and you will be entered. This contest will run until August 31st at midnight.

This is a book I have and has been gently used. It’s very informative and seriously good to read whether newly diagnosed or not. Have fun and be sure to share! Here is the link:

www.jenlynn401.wordpress.com

20130806-114017.jpg

Coupon Savings For the Month

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Thought I would share with you my savings this month. Yes, I coupon and yes, I save lots of money which in turn lets me purchase more things. Here is my month so far:

For those who do not know or remember my abbreviations, here is a cheat sheet.

TBC= total before coupons

CS=coupon savings from coupons and store specials

TOOP+total out of pocket I actually paid

S5= savings percentage

Plus at the bottom I break down the totals for all the stores combined!

Main St. Market

TBC: $88.63

CS: $38.59

TOOP: $50.04

S%: 44% saved

This is when I bought two huge family pork packs that had pork roasts, pork chops and pork ribs in them! Several months worth for just me!

Kroger:

TBC: $143.61

CS: $55.40

TOOP: $88.21

S%: 38% savings

I purchased 71 items on this order including a ton of sierra mist, the soda I drink.  So roughly a little over one dollar apiece for my items! Score!!

Walgreens:

TBC: $35.31

CS: $8.08

TOOP: $27.23

S%: 23%

Now for the final tally:

TBC: $267.55

CS: $102.07

TOOP: $165.45

Not too shabby! That is meat, milk, eggs, soda and all that kind of stuff plus stocking up on several items like soda and pork. Not too bad!

See? A few minutes (less than one hour actually) and I saved that much! I tell ya, if you aren’t couponing, you might as well be burning your money! Have a great day!!