Archive for April, 2010

“The Myths of Monthly Payments”

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

I recently read this post about the Myths of Monthly Payments at Money Saving Mom.

It struck a chord with me as we too made the same mistake with the purchase of a brand new car as newlyweds. We too got sucked in by the fact that we could pay the monthly payments but what we didn’t realize was that we couldn’t put much away in savings toward buying a house which is something that we really desired to do. We sold the car exactly one year after we purchased it… making only enough on the sale to break even from our loan. We purchase a used SUV (which I love!) with what we had in cash and started saving for a down payment on a house. Five months later we purchased our first home!

Read the post.  Learn from it.  Don’t make the same mistake we did!

First meal on the new grill

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Had to share theses pictures. The hot dogs were good. Trust me.

hot dog on the grill

finished product

Assembling the Grill

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Today we assembled our new grill! Here’s a time-lapse shot of the process.

Click here for the HD version.

Marty Explores the New House

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Here’s some video of Marty exploring our new house.

Seventh Generation Savings!

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Toys R Us has Seventh Generation products on clearance and are also offering buy one get one 50% off on the Seventh Generation items.  SO I printed off some coupons (worth $8.00) and headed to two different Toys R Us stores.

Here are the juicy details:

I got 18 items which normally retail for $86.82.  After the clearance sale and the BOGO 50% off and the $8 in coupons, my out of pocket cost was $20.07.  I have a mail in rebate worth $5 which brings my total cost to a mere $15.07.  That is a total of $71.75 in savings! YAHOO!!!

Peter couldn’t believe it!  He was so proud of me!  I must say, it was quite the thrill seeing the savings!

If you are interested in getting the same deal, the Toys R Us sale is still going on.  You can print off coupons from here and you can get the $5 mail in rebate from here.

I got all my tips and secrets from this blog!

Special Delivery!

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Our friends, Will and Renee, welcomed their first little one early this morning!  Little Lliam was born at 2:24 AM weighing 9 pounds 2 oz.  Congratulations to the Butler family!

I love Vista Print!

Monday, April 5th, 2010

I just placed an order for return address labels and got 90% off!  I recently ordered New Address postcards and got 100 postcards for FREE!!! I have placed 3 orders @ www.vistaprint.com and have yet to pay full price!  They have hundreds of designs to choose from and you can also upload your own design!  The quality is great and the shipping is fast!!!

I totally recommend Vista Print for your printing needs!

Easter 2010

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

“Christ laid aside His crown for my soul”

What a joyous reminder of why we celebrate Christ’s death, burial and resurrection!

Here are the words to a wonderful Hymn that we sang in church this morning:

What Wondrous Love is This by Ronn Huff

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.
When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing.
To God and to the Lamb Who is the great I AM;
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing;
While millions join the theme, I will sing.
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on.
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be;
And through eternity, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And through eternity, I’ll sing on.

Here are some pictures of Easter weekend with my family:
Album 1
Album 2