This was taken in Hawaii (in Oct), where Mom took us (with our families)
after being told she had a short time to live.
We had a trip of a lifetime, filled with great memories!
I am on the left, with my two sisters on the other side.
Here’s a link to her obituary.
I realize it’s not for everyone. Be assured that I’m still here to bring you bargains from Arizona, not just ramblings that you may not agree with. But, for those of you who want to read . . . keep going.
It is Well!
This was written on July 22nd, “in the middle of the night,” as I couldn’t sleep — about 30 hours before she died on July 23rd, 2014.
My mom is dying. Cancer is taking her. I don’t like it.
I can’t help but think of Hortio G. Spafford’s story. He wrote the hymn “It is Well with my Soul” after his four daughters had drowned. His wife survived the shipwreck and remembered a friend saying, “It’s easy to be grateful and good when you have so much, but take care that you are not a fair-weather friend to God.”
So, I am thankful to God now . . . right now, in the midst of tears and a broken heart. I am a friend of God in the good times and the bad. My life is full of blessings. Life will never be the same without my mom, but it will still be the perfect life God has for me. That doesn’t seem possible right now, but I will trust.
I’ve been here before, with the heavy burden of death lurking. Our newborn son lived only five weeks, never leaving the hospital. Going through that pain and still being in love with God and with the life He has given me, produced a firm confidence. I will not only survive, I will thrive! I have a peace and joy that can’t be taken from me.
There will be days when I need to dig for the deep joy I have, when I’m not able to count on the surface happiness to get me through. I will need that true joy since I will feel pain that I don’t want to feel. I’ll experience anguish that, at moments, will feel unbearable. I will have small regrets. I’ll cry so much that my head will hurt for days. I’ll feel the emptiness of daily tasks that will make doing them seem wrong. I will make friends and even strangers feel uncomfortable as I shed a tear at a seemingly random time. It’s the “little stuff” that will get me most, which really makes up the “big stuff” in life. I have so many “little stuff” memories with my mom that will be cherished and remembered, often.
Hopefully, it won’t take me long to look beyond my own hurt and wonder what everyone else at the grocery store (or wherever!) is dealing with. Then, I can hope that the wonder will turn into an opportunity for me to listen to or encourage someone who needs it. That’s what my mom would have done. There’s pain all around us and nobody is immune.
My mom will be fine, beyond fine! She believes Jesus is her savior and is forgiven and ready to be welcomed into heaven. I truly believe that. So, I need to change my thinking. Cancer is not taking her. God is taking her home. It is well with my soul . . . past, present, and future!
“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.”
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Here’s an updated school supply list for the week beginning July 20, 2014. Please share it with your supply-needing friends. :)
Here are the back to school deals, gathered up in one place. Remember, Target and Walmart will ad match, if it’s in an ad and for the same item listed. You probably won’t have luck with store brands at Target, but there’s a chance at Walmart. Staples also has a 110% price match guarantee, as well.
Note: At Target & Staples, you’ll need your ads (or can pull them up on a mobile) and have to go to customer service. At Walmart, you don’t need your ads (but, it never hurts to have them!), and you can price match at any register.
Most everything listed below comes from Sunday (7/20) ads, unless notes. A few prices were reg. prices at Walmart, but most deals end on Saturday, 7/26.
Click a green plus sign to make a shopping list. If you want each store to be on a separate list/page, you’ll have to print after choosing all deals from one store, and then start a new list. If you want them all on one list, the store name is after each deal and you can print them all at once. They will appear on a “misc” list, not the store listed.
All Target prices are good July 20 – 26, 2014.
Elmer’s Glue Sticks (6-pk) 99¢ (Target)
Up & Up Colored Pencils (12-ct) 99¢ (Target)
Up & Up Mechanical Pencils (8-ct) 99¢ (Target)
Sharpie Markers (2-pk, fine or ultra-fine) 99¢ (Target)
Mead Spiral Notebook (70-pgs) 99¢ (Target)
Up & Up Spiral Notebook (100-pgs) $1.50 (Target)
Up & Up Washable Crayons (24-ct) $2.00 (Target)
Up & Up Clear Cover 1″ Binder $2.00 (Target)
Office Accessory Kit (216-pc, binder clips, paperclips, pushpins) $4.00 (Target)
Pilot G2 Gel Roller Pens (5-ct) $5.00 (Target)
Elmer’s Purple Disappearing Glue Sticks (18-ct) $5.00 (Target)
Scotch Magic Tape (exclusive designs) $5.00 (Target)
Lexar USB Drive (16MB) $7.00 (Target)
Texas Instruments Scientific Calculator $8.00 (Target)
Thermos Tritan Water Bottle (24 oz) $8.00 (Target)
Igloo or Embarks Lunch Sack/Kit $8.00 (Target)
Sharpie Markers w/ Display Case (15-ct, includes 3 metallic) $12.00 (Target)
Backpacks (various in ad) $20.00 – $30.00 (Target)
Mead Five Star 4-Pocket Poly Folder 99¢ (Target)
2-Pocket folder = $1.50
$1/2 Five Star Product 07/06/2014 P&G Insert (exp 7/30/14)
Final price: 49¢ each when you buy
All Staples prices are good July 20 – 26, 2014.
No limits are stated in the ad, but Elaine said her store limited items to 30 last week. (Thanks, Elaine!)
Here’s a 20% off coupon that is only good on July 20th. (There are some others available, too.)
Here’s a new set of coupons — $5 0ff $30 and some others.
2-Pocket Folders 15¢ (Staples)
Staples 1-subject Notebooks (70-pgs, wide ruled) 17¢ (Staples)
Staples 12″ Wooden Ruler 25¢ (Staples)
Staples School Glue (4-oz) 39¢ (Staples)
Staples 3″ x 5″ Index Cards (100-ct) 48¢ (Staples)
Crayola Crayons (24-ct) 50¢ (Staples)
Composition Books (100-sheets) 50¢ (Staples)
Slider Pencil Case 75¢ (Staples)
Staples Filler Paper (120-sheets) 82¢ (Staples)
Staples Pink Erasers (3-pk) 96¢ (Staples)
Staples Pink Cap Erasers (12-pk) 96¢ (Staples)
Crayola Colored Pencils (12-ct) 97¢ (Staples)
Crayola Classic Markers (10-ct thin or reg.) 97¢ (Staples)
Bic Cristal Pens (10-ct) $1.00 (Staples)
Bic Mechanical Pencils (5-ct) $1.00 (Staples)
Staples Graph Rule Filler Paper (60-pgs) $1.76 (Staples)
Sharpies (5-pk) $2.00
Staples Reams of Paper $7.79 (use ad coupon for $1.99 or print here & submit for $3.80 Easy Rebate = like paying $2, limit 1 (Staples))
50% off one Crayola Washable Product (w/ ad coupon, crayons, pencils, paint or markers) (Staples)
25% off all school supplies with any backpack purchase (*details in store) (offer ends 7/26)
All Walgreens prices are good July 20 – 26, 2014.
Wexford 2-pocket folder w/ prongs, Mini Memo or Composition Notebooks (50 or 80 sheets) 6 / $1 or 19¢ each
Wexford Mini Highlighter, Pink Erasers (2 pk), Eraser Caps (15 pk) 25¢ (limit 4 w/ ad coupon on p. 7 or digital)
Wexford Flexible Protractor, 3×5 Index Cards (100 pk) 29¢ (limit 4 w/ ad coupon on p. 7 or digital)
Elmer’s School Glue (4 oz) or Sticks (2 pk) 49¢ (limit 4 w/ ad coupon on p. 7 or digital)
Wexford Index Tab dividers (5 pk) or Sheet Protectors (10 pk) 50¢ (limit 4 w/ ad coupon on p. 7 or digital)
Plastic Supplies Box, Single sharpies, Wexford No. 2 Pencils (20 pk), Composition Notebooks (80 sheets), Binder (1 in.) 69¢
Wexford Dry Erase Markers (4 pk) or Pilot EasyTouch Retractable Pens (2 pk) 99¢
Fiskars Blunt or Pointed Scissors (5 in) or Pencil Sharpener 99¢
Bic Round Stic Grip Pens (8 pk), Velocity Retractable Gel (2 pk) 99¢ (limit 2)
Wexford Binders (1 – 3 in.) Buy One / Get One Free
Crayola Crayons, Markers and Colored Pencils Buy One / Get One Free
Wexford Filler Paper (280 sheets) or Mechanical Pencils (30 pk) $1.99
Backpacks or 2 pk Drawstring Bags (reg. $5) $2.99
All Office Max/Office Depot prices are good July 20 – 26, 2014.
Many of these are limited to stock, no rainchecks.
Note: Jamie said her store doubled the limits with her teacher’s ID! (Thanks, Jamie!)
Note: If you don’t live in AZ, check your local ad. There is a different ad, for different zip codes. (There is a preview ad on their website now. It’s greyed out, but click on it and you can see the deals.)
July 19 – July 22 are Teacher Appreciation Days. They will be giving away goody bags with 20% off coupons. “Goodies better at Office Max 90th Street and Shea or FLW next to Pet Smart.” (Thanks, Cheryl!)
Composition Books 10¢ (limit 3, Office Max/Office Depot)
Sharpie Markers 25¢ (limit 5, Office Max/Office Depot)
Pencil Sharpener (2-hole) 25¢ (limit 3, Office Max/Office Depot)
Glue Sticks (4-pk, Office Max or Scholastic Brand) 25¢ (limit 3, Office Max/Office Depot)
Highlighters (3-5pk, Office Depot/Max brand) 50¢ (limit 3, Office Max/Office Depot)
Crayola Crayons (24-ct) 50¢ (limit 3, Office Max/Office Depot)
Post-Its (3-pk) $1.00 (limit 3, Office Max/Office Depot)
Scotch Shipping Tape (w/dispenser) $1.00 (limit 3, Office Max/Office Depot)
Permanent Self-Adhesive Reinforcement Labels (200-pk) $1.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Poly Index Card Box with 100 Cards $1.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Pencil Pouch with Mesh or Clear Window $1.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Sandwich & Gallon Bags (15 – 50-ct) $1.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Multi-Purpose Reams of Paper (Office Max/Depot brand) $7.29 – $6.29 rebate (limt 2 rebates, Office Max/Office Depot)
Norcom Reinforced Filler Paper (count not listd) $2.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Papermate Profile Retractable pens (5-pk) $2.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Papermate Erasable Pens (5-pk) $2.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Pentel RSVP Ballpoint Pens (5-pk) $2.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Sharpie Blade Highlighters (4-pk) $2.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Sharpie Retractable Markers (3-pk) $2.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Really Useful Boxes 55L Pencil Box $2.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
8″ Scissors $2.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Crayola Construction Paper (96-sheets) $2.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Scotch Expressions Tape $2.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Master Lock Combination Locks $3.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Bic 4-Color Retractable Ballpoint Pens (3-pk) $3.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Sharpie Clearview Highlighter (3-pk) $3.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Paper Mate Sharpwriter Mechanical Pencils (12-pk, 0.7mm) $3.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Sharpie Pens (4-pk) $3.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Post-It Page Markers (10-pk) $3.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Lexar Flash Drive (8MB) $6.99 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Lexar Flash Drive (16MB) $9.99 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Lexar Flash Drive (32MB) $17.99 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Sharpie Markers (24-pk) $10.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Sharpie Accent Highlighters (24-pk) $10.00 (Office Max/Office Depot)
Papermate InkJoy Pen Multi-Packs Buy 1, get 1 free (Office Max/Office Depot )
Expo Markers & Accessories Buy 2,get 1 free (Office Max/Office Depot)
Crayola Washable Products Buy 2,get 1 free (Office Max/Office Depot)
Yak Pak, FUL & High Sierra Back Packs 50% off (Office Max/Office Depot)
This list was in the Sunday 7/13 ad, but most will continue throughout the back-to-school season. Let us know if you notice a price change.
Neon Eraser 25¢ (Walmart, reg. price)
Composition Book (100-sheet) 50¢ (Walmart, rollback, unsure of ending date)
Poly Folders (2-pocket w/ or w/o prongs) 50¢ (Walmart, reg. price)
Elmer’s Glue Sticks (2-pk) 50¢ (Walmart, rollback, unsure of ending date)
Crayola Crayons (24-pk) 50¢ (Walmart, rollback, unsure of ending date)
Spiral Notebook (Mead Fashion) (70-sheet) 50¢ (Walmart, reg. price)
Filler Paper (150-sheet) 82¢ (Walmart, reg price)
Bic Round Stick Pens (10-pk, blue or black ink) 97¢ (Walmart, reg. price)
Spiral Notebooks (70-sheet, 5-pk) 97¢ (Walmart, reg. price)
Dixon No. 2 Pencils (20-pk) 97¢ (Walmart, rollback, unsure of ending date)
Sterlite pencil Box 97¢ (Walmart, reg. price)
Crayola Markers (classic or brite 10-pk) $1.27 (Walmart, rollback, unsure of ending date)
Crayola Colored Pencils (12-pk) $1.27 (Walmart, rollback, unsure of ending date)
Big Mechanical Pencils (10-pk) $1.46 (Walmart, rollback, unsure of ending date)
Fiskars Child Size Scissors (blunt or pointed tip, 2-pk) $1.47 (Walmart, rollback, unsure of ending date)
Crayola Washable Water Colors (8 colors) $1.97 (Walmart, reg. price)
Spiral Notebook (Five-Star, 1-subject) $1.97 (Walmart, rollback, unsure of ending date) Also coupon: $1/2 Five Star Product 07/06/2014 P&G Insert (exp 7/30/14)
Binder (Avery) (1″) $2.47 (Walmart, rollback, unsure of ending date)
Avery 5-Tab 2-Pocket Divider $2.94 (Walmart, rollback, unsure of ending date)
Expo Dry Erase Markers (bonus pack with 5 total) $2.97 (Walmart, rollback, unsure of ending date)
Spiral Notebook (Five-Star, 5-subject) $4.87 (Walmart, rollback, unsure of ending date) Also coupon: $1/2 Five Star Product 07/06/2014 P&G Insert (exp 7/30/14)
Expo Dry Erase Markers (16-pk) $14.97 (Walmart, rollback, unsure of ending date)
These prices began on 7/16 and end on 7/22.
If you are a Kroger affiliate near you, it’s likely that you’ll have similar prices. Check your ad.
20% off School Supplies (teachers with faculty ID, with ad coupon) (Fry’s)
Oxford 2-Pocket Portfolios 15¢ (Fry’s)
Top Flight Spiral Notebook (70-pages) 19¢ (limit 10) (Fry’s)
Oxford 3″ x 5″ Cards (100-ct) 47¢ (Fry’s)
Top Flight Filler Paper (150-ct) 79¢ (Fry’s)
Bic Cristal Pens (8-10 ct) 99¢ (Fry’s)
Crayola Classic Markers (10-ct) 99¢ (Fry’s)
Elmer’s Glue Sticks (6-pk) $1.99 (Fry’s)
Ticonderoga Wooden #2 Pencils (24-ct) $2.99 (Fry’s)
These prices began on 7/16 and end on 7/22.
Twin Pocket Portfolio 17¢ (Albertsons)
Pencil Cap Erasers (15 ct ) 50¢ (Albertsons)
A&W Yellow #2 Pencils (10 ct ) 50¢ (Albertsons)
5 Tab Index Dividers 50¢ (Albertsons)
Crayola Crayons (24 ct ) $1.00 (Albertsons)
3 Subject Notebook (120 sheets) $1.00 (Albertsons)
Save $5 off $25 Back to School purchase coupon (exp. 8/8/14)
I’ll fill in deals on Sunday, later afternoon, if there’s anything exciting.
Update: There wasn’t a Dollar General ad in my paper. There was one for Dollar Tree, but I wasn’t impressed. Most items were non-name brand and could be found somewhere else cheaper.
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I’ve posted this before, but there are new codes for the home department and I wanted to remind you to use Ebates to save an additional 3%!! You can use up to four codes together, for AMAZING SAVINGS! (Two codes are only for Kohl’s charge customers.)
There are some super deals you can get online at Kohl’s right now. The best news is that you can stack codes and use them use them together!!
I’ve placed three orders so far and it just hit me . . . I wasn’t using Ebates!! :( If you start there, you’ll get 3% in your account, on top of all this!! Read more about Ebates here. I’m pretty sure you’ll also get at $10 gift card to select places (Target was included) when you make your first $20 purchase. I can’t tell for sure, since I’m not new. Note: If you use Ebates, after you click through their link, don’t come back here and use any Kohl’s links in this post. You need to make sure you’re shopping through them, not with one of my links. If you don’t use Ebates, thanks for using my links since I get a small commission.
Let us know what bargain you find on Kohls.com!
Basically, you want to use two coupon codes for dollars off (men’s or household, especially WITH an open coupon off anything) and then the 30% off (for charge customers or 15% for non-customers) and the free shipping (for charge customers).
So, an example is to use the $10 off $30 OR $15 off $50 coupons (for anything) WITH a $10 off men’s coupon (if total is still at $30) and an additional percent off coupon, along with the free shipping!
Note: If you’re on a mobile, it might only allow two codes. (Thanks, Meghan!) If you’re not, make sure you login and indicate how you will pay. Once it “knows” it’s a Kohl’s charge, you can enter those codes.
GR8FINDS = $10 off your $30 purchase (exp. 7/20) (This can’t be used with $15 off $50 code, but can with other specific $$ off codes.)
JUST4U = $15 off your $50 purchase (unsure of ending date, assuming 7/20)
BEACH30 = 30% off for Kohl’s card customers (exp. 7/20)
JULYMVC = free shipping for for Kohl’s card customers (exp. 7/20)
SUMMERMEN10 = $10 off your $30 Men’s purchase (exp. 7/20)
SUMMERBT10 = $10 off your $30 Men’s big and tall purchase (exp. 7/20)
HOMESALE10 = $10 off your $50 home department purchase (exp. 8/2) NEW
LUGGAGE50 = $50 off your $200 luggage purchase (exp. 8/2) NEW
BRITAX30 = $30 off select Britax carseats (exp. 7/31)
CANDIES15 = 15% off all Candie’s juniors apparel, accessories, jewelry and shoe (thru 8/9)
SEASHELLS = 15% off for non-Kohl’s card customers (unsure of ending date)
SUNNY = 15% off your order (exp. 7/20) (use 30% above, if you’re a charge customer)
Note: Mandy said toys automatically take 10% off when you put them in your cart! (Thanks, Mandy!)
If you find a code has stopped working, please leave a comment.
(Thanks, for the codes Alicia’s Deals & Rosie!)
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