Why I don’t coupon AND how I still save money!

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Recently I decided to go and do a little couponing. I normally don’t do this because a few years ago, I really tried taking couponing up and I am sure a lot of mom’s with mouths to feed have tried this adventure before too. I found it was like a part time job.¬†So, here is my recent hull from couponing:

I Clipped out the coupons that were sent to me. If you are a couponer WEBSAVER.ca does have an easy way to get coupons.

I Clipped out the coupons that were sent to me. If you are a couponer WEBSAVER.ca does have an easy way to get coupons.

So, this was the hull! The grocery store near to me did not have any of the other items in stock so I ended up with this.

So, this was the hull! The grocery store near to me did not have any of the other items in stock so I ended up with this.

Why I don’t Coupon…

This hull doesn’t work for me and is a small example of why I don’t coupon. Below I go into the two major reasons. But first, here is why this couponing session didn’t go as planned:

One, I actually didn’t need the chocolate. However, I use it now as rewards for my Toddler to go potty. 1 for pee and 2 for poo ūüėÄ ¬†Second, that little box of Cheerios fed all the kids cereal for one day. Not sure if the 0.50 off was really worth it and the actual paper towel I wanted, I couldn’t get. Canada watches for these coupon sales and sometimes they won’t have those specific items¬†in stock during the sale time.

It looks so easy with the new Couponing Wars and Reality television shows, as well as money saving blogs that are out there and the fuss over them.

However, I have a large family! It took me a while to get used to this fact and we so badly want to buy a farm. Until then, we need to figure out how to still SAVE & be content with our lot in life!

Another reason couponing is hard for me is–I live in Canada, not in the US! So, this really gets hard. Canada has less population and overall consumerism has to stay strong in order for the country to function. Canada’s coupons have expiry dates and the stores willing to take them have many restrictions. The one store here that will allow overlapping coupons and you end up with a return to really profit from couponing is London Drugs. But, they don’t sell grocery’s! They sell cameras, toiletries, perfume, etc. It is hardly sensible to feed a family of seven off of this. Canadian Tire has amazing deals and coupled with coupons you can almost get your laundry detergent for free! Still, this won’t feed my 4 hungry boys!

That being said, I want to show you how we do save money on grocery’s for a FAMILY OF 7!

& How I Still Save…

We shop our big two week shops at Costco. One really great perk of having a big family is we shop there a lot and if you have their Executive Membership, it ends up paying for itself plus you get money back at the end of the year. Another way we save there is by buying their in-house sales. This really goes along way if you don’t mind not buying your favourite items every week. Plus, it brings diversity to your shopping.

Here is some of the In-House Sales our Costco had lately:

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After our Costco Shop, usually I hit other local stores for Organic produce on sale.

I am very happy to see so much choice now in our stores. Even Costco has been stocking their shelves with Organic items!

I watch for good sales!!

I watch for good sales in other stores!

This cereal, which is one we love buying and is our favourite was at a store near me, 2 for $10. That bag feeds my kids two bowls each. At five kids, that is $1/bowl. Not bad for the bowl sizes they get ūüėČ

For regular produce we go to a local market and save lots of money by choosing that store. We try not to buy produce from any other stores, however bananas and a few things we will pick up at a grocery store that is well stocked in Organic Produce/Meat and is fairly reasonable. Unless the meat is on sale we won’t buy it. My husband hunts and we usually have a stock of venison in the freezer. But, here is some meats we got there:

Make sure you freeze these right away and use the day you take it out of the freezer to ensure freshness and quality when buying marked down items--especially raw meat!

SAVE $10–Make sure you freeze these right away and use the day you take it out of the freezer to ensure freshness and quality when buying marked down items–especially raw meat!

We like to get the double marked-down items for better sales on Organic Meats. If you go in the morning, they usually have the mark-downs from the night previous!

SAVE $7–We like to get the double marked-down items for better sales on Organic Meats. If you go in the morning, they usually have the mark-downs from the night previous!

So, that is it. There is so much more to say about this and there are times I will pull out coupons to get things, but it is rare. How do you do with couponing? Have you tried it before in Canada? Is there a way around the grocery items for couponing? How do you shop for your large family?

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Matthew 25:21 

“His Lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of they lord.”¬†KJV


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Breaking Bread…with Waffles!

Christmas Breakfast

A¬†tradition to share…

Here is a Family Breakfast tradition among others but, my personal one for the kids and hubby! Today, I am going to share this with you! You can find the basic Recipe on A Taste of Home. I have added cocoa to make them chocolate and adapted it to our tastes slightly.

My husband and I have shared this tradition outside of our home; inviting people from church to enjoy a breakfast with us. I believe it creates a family environment in the church which is healthy and also is exactly what the early church did in the book of Acts. We would invite certain couples in the church that were new, or all the youth for my husbands version of McMuffins. They are way better and use Canadian Back bacon! Now, I will share it with you in hopes that you will enjoy it in your own homes and maybe invite a family over to enjoy good fellowship while breaking bread together in the Lord!

Here we go:

In the World but, not of it: Waffle Making

In the World but, not of it: Waffle Making

Print out Recipe for reference & Gather all of your Ingredients.

We like to add Organic frozen wild blueberries and raspberries or strawberries. It adds sweetness that is natural and also great anti-oxidents for your health.

Beat your separated egg whites with a hand mixer or stand mixer.

Melt your butter.

Mix wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls.

I added 1 Cup of Dark cocoa to the dry ingredients to make these chocolate flavoured.

We usually cut this back to only 1 Cup of sugar for this recipe Doubled! If adding the Cocoa, Be sure to add ALL your sugar or they will be bitter.

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Plug in your Waffle maker to begin warming.

We LOVE this one! It was given to us last year as a Christmas gift and for our size of family…this is perfect! They come out wonderfully…fluffy…perfectly cooked¬†yumminess!

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Mix everything together and then, FOLD in your egg whites after!

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 Once mixed, I use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to place in each waffle section.

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This works the best!

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Now for the clean up. Making waffles does take time.

So you have lots of time to get this done!

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See!

These are done before the green light switches on the first batch and the lovely chocolate goodies are done.

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All done!

Be sure to use something to get them out. The steam can be hot!

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Serve and Enjoy!

We use maple syrup from my family in Quebec and their farm. They can-it and send it to us. They are so sweet but, supply and demand can be a problem, as we eat it faster than they send it, haha!

Acts 2:46-47

“So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”


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Changing the World, one little star at a time…

Changing the World, one little star¬†at a time…

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We all know Christmas is right around the corner and if you attend Church regularly and have small children, you know this is Christmas Pageant time! I was in the middle of our Sunday School Class and a little boy put up his hand after he heard me say that those visiting can enter the play as angels if they wish (given they are the proper age etc.)

He asked me if we can put guards up and that those *kid* guards would make sure no one entered the play that did not have strict access. I asked what the strict access was and he said it was only for those children who had been attending the Sunday School classes and that any child that doesn’t attend the class would NOT be allowed into the Play.

I could really see this little guy’s point and recognized that he, along with the whole class, were preparing for this event. It wasn’t fair that the people who only came once or twice got to participate in something he was working hard for. BUT, then I thought of the parable of the workers and what Jesus said. He promised wages for each man and gave them all the same reward in the end for their work…Whether it was in the long hours, or in the short.

I want to show Christ at any given moment in our classroom. After-all, we want this Christmas Play to be a time to share the gospel and celebrate our salvation through the Saviour, who was sent to us by God our Father, right! What better way to show this to those that may need it the most!

I explained this to him and said we need to show more love to those that need it the most and that those children and their family will be welcomed in as if they are our family….even, if they are in the last hour…even, if we have been working longer than they have! What better way to live in Christ, then to act on our faith and His words!

This little star of the show’s heart was changed and that was enough for me…

Mathew 20:12 | http://www.Biblehub.com/kjv

So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. 9And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. 10But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. 11And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, 12Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. 13But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? 14Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. 15Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? 16So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

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