Wednesday, July 4, 2007


One thing God has blessed me with is the gift of a good deal. I am able to make our money stretch further by being very thrifty. I very rarely will pay full price. Pre kids and especially pre 3 kids I would stockpile. Meaning I would buy things that we needed when they were very cheap or free and store them until we needed them. I can't tell you the last time I actually paid for deodorant, toothpaste, Dustin's razor blades, etc. However, the older my kids get the harder it is for me to cut the coupons, match the ads, and then actually go to the store and get the items. So lately I have been running out of things and then having to go buy them regular price at Target, etc. God has been convicting me of this, because I know how to do this better, but I have been so lazy. So after looking at people's stockpiles on a different board online I check I got energized to start stockpiling again. This week we have been in Austin visiting both sets of grandparents and I decided to give it a try. I had never had to take more than 1 child with me, and my mom usually went as well (I am corrupting her as well lol). So this is everything that I bought this week (from last Thursday through today).

It is really hard to tell everything, but there is 2 things of Cascade, 4 packs of diapers, Dr Pepper, 2 wipes, 2 kandoo wipe refills, 12 generic tylenol, tons of Boost (that I am going to donate to the food bank unless anyone wants it), 3 kids toothpaste, 9 toothpastes, trashbags, tons of razors, and refills

2 Lysol toliet bowl cleaners, giant listerine, giant crest mouthwash, 2 bags of Iams dog food, 2 bags of Nutro Max cat food (from petstores), Tylenol Sever Allergy 48ct

tons more razors and refills, 4 travel aleve/bayer, 4 coppertone sunscreen, 5 softsoap wash, 3 Huggies lotion, 11 All laundry soaps, deodorant, 5 shave gels, 4 pantene shampoos/conditioners, 2 Herbal Essences shampoo/conditioner

2 Ousts, 4 Febreeze, 2 Pediacre, 5 RGX Body Spray, deodorant, 2 softsoap hand wash, 9 packs of 10 count Minute Maid Juice Boxes, 2 12 ct Fruit by the foot, 3 packs of Florida Naturals dried fruit

Now for the part I am excited about....the total was less than $55 for EVERYTHING! Not to mention I still have $35 of Extra Care Bucks to spend later (basically free money to CVS). So in essence it only cost $20 total. I took these pictures to remind myself that I CAN do this. That I need to do this. Right now I am pumped, and I hope to keep excited. I can really help our income to stretch if I apply the principles God has taught me. I know there is no way that our family can use all of this anytime soon, but I have such a strong desire to help the kids and people in Acuna, Mexico at the orphanage there. God provided me a way to be able to afford more to send to them. They are going to be getting lots of toothbrushes, deodorants, and shampoos. lol

I am happy to answer any questions I can if you would like to start a stockpile of essentials at your house too. Most of my deals came from Extra Care Bucks at CVS, Register Rewards at Walgreens, Clearance at Target, and lots and lots of coupons. lol


Laura Brittain said...

Kelly, that is AMAZING!!! You should start teaching a class either on-line or at your house on how to do that! Or start your own website. I can't imagine the time it took. I'm sure you have tips for that, too. Congratulations! It is SO much fun to see the different talents and passions God gives. You go, girl!

Amanda said...

wow Kelly, Can you teach me some of your skills, I love finding bargains, but I don't think I found any like that. I need some schooling!!! That is awesome!!

brickmomma said...

once again you amaze me~ you are so thrifty! i am glad you got renergized. I, too, would come to a class you were leading...make it something informal some evening and I'm in!

Anonymous said...

I am very very impressed! & intrigued!!!!! Please share! (Can I get an invite to your class?? I will offer my home one evening) Nicole

Anonymous said...

Proud of you girlfriend! You sound like this cool woman that went on Oprah. She took all these coupons and on double coupon days her and all of her CHURCH women went out and bought groceries. Sometimes spending less than $10 each after all was said and done. Then they bagged it up, attached scripture and resource phone numbers/etc and took it DOOR to DOOR to some of the roughest apartment complexes in their city. Slowly people started to trust them and listen to the gospel. Count me in to learn more!