Thursday, October 16, 2014

Best Work From Home Job ever!

 Hello everybody! As some of you may or may not know a couple of months ago I was looking for "work-from-home" jobs... I was getting quite frustrated because even when I have the skills to land a good paying job as a translator I found that there are sites to get this kind of jobs but everybody in the world can apply to them, sounds great but it ends up making the paying rates really really low (as for some people that live in other countries, working 24 hours for only 10 dollars is an actual good pay but it wasn't what I was needing).

I decided I wouldn't give up in trying to help with the finances here at home, so I went to my closest library and I found all about couponing and THAT is where I found MY new job! It does require time and diligence... but it has been very rewarding... Today I just want to share with you some of the great deals I found... If you're in Texas, those deals apply to you too! I just want to share in case it helps somebody else as much as it has helped me!

So... here's just a few of the great deals you can find at Kroger and they're good through midnight Tuesday, October, 2014

So... look some of the things I got:


I want to help end some of the myths most people have about couponing (myths that I used to believe)... most people think that couponing is just for "junk food" and people who eat healthy 'can't save' any money through couponing... I do try to eat healthy... I can't always afford Organic but I try my very best to eat the best choices within our budget... I would say that "the worst" thing I got this time are those Honey Nut Cheerios that I was not even sure I should get but then I thought it would be ok for a snack because if you've SEEN my girls you might think they don't eat much but if you KNOW them, then you know they eat as much (or sometimes more) than their mommy and daddy! So... I have to fill them up somehow and since we don't do candy here and I haven't baked much I am ok with my decision to buy this for them. If you don't like that, you do not have to buy them of course.

So... let me now explain to you how I purchased this and how much I spent:
 (I get most of my coupons through my Sunday Newspaper )

Honey Nut Cheerios SALE 2x $5.00 - $1.00 coupon = 4.00
EGGS (Cage Free, Natural Eggs) = FREE with the purchase of 3 participating items (Silk Almond, Soy or Coconut Milk, Kashi Go Lean Cereal, Pizza, Entrees & Waffles)
Silk Almond Unsweetened Milk SALE $2.99 - $1.00 coupon = 1.99
Silk Chocolate Almond Milk SALE $2.99 - 0.75 DIGITAL coupon = 2.24
Kashi Go Lean Crunch SALE $2.99 
Suave Professionals Shampoo SALE $1.49 - 1.50 coupon = FREE
(32oz.) TRESemme Shampoo SALE 3.99 AND TRESemme Conditioner SALE 3.99 - $5.00 coupon in the purchase of two TRESemme Items = 1.49 each. (2.98 for both)
Nature's Bounty Fish Oil BOGO SALE - $1.00 coupon = 10.29 for TWO!

For the items mentioned in the list above I paid a total of: $24.49

All these items combined have a total regular value of $52.98 - Total Savings over 50%


It's just a matter of looking for the deals! And yes, you can still eat healthy! I also got Bob's Red Mill Pearl Barley on Sale and Organic Carrots 2 lbs. for 1.48, Organic Granny Smith Apples $1.48 (All prices are WITH Kroger Card), etc. So... run to your nearest Kroger and take advantage of these and more deals! You can also search for coupons on the Kroger.com site and load them to your kroger card, I will be providing you with coupons here also!

Yesterday I also went to Randall's! I got a lot and all within my budget! Matching Store Deals with Coupons IS the way to go! Randall's has great sales on Friday that you cannot miss! I will be RUNNING over there again early tomorrow morning! let me just give you an example:

Randall's, right now, has a SALE on the "Crystal Farms Natural Slices of Cheese" for $3.69 ... oh, you think that's an "ok deal?" well... Friday gets JUST PERFECT! you will be able to get 2 of those packaged slices of natural cheese for only 5.00! so ... only $2.50 each! If you buy natural cheese you know it is expensive! So ... this IS indeed a good deal!

I used to always think Randall's was way too pricey ... and IT CAN BE if not looking for coupons/deals (Note: Always check out their meat aisle, you might find amazing things that get a price cut by the manager) ...


Let me just show you my receipt from yesterday:



The original total was 139.60 - Total Savings of 66.73 I saved 48% ... You can go to Randalls.com  and create an account (you'll need a member card from the store) and you can load coupons and discounts directly to your card as well!


See that? ... it was pretty amazing! They even have a deal with some participating items/brands (glade candles, pledge, scrubbing bubbles, lysol, etc.) and if you buy 3 of those (MIX&MATCH) you get $3.00 in savings... and that's already good BUT if on top of that you happen to have your own coupons for each of those items... well... you end up with a lot of great savings! It is REALLY, REALLY COOL!

So... yes... I got a job! And it pays off! It is work indeed! Lots of work! But it makes me very happy when I see my bill go from 140.00 to 70.00 or... like... at CVS... that they have a Sale for Tide for only 5.94, sounds good but 5.94 is too much for me to pay, so ... I had 2.00 cash rewards + a coupon of 2.00 for Tide Detergent... Yes... the result is 1.94... now... that's more like it! Don't you think? Stay tuned for more tips and great deals! Now let me go do my happy dance and take a sip of my Torch Coffee that I got with a 40% discount, you want some too? Well... I'll be sharing a code exclusive for my readers with an AWESOME discount for you to try it!

Note: There are NO affiliated or paid links within this post... These are all my personal opinions, experiences and recommendations.


© Paloma K.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Obedience supersedes my rights....


It is Friday and I feel like writing... It's been a bit since my last post... and I've been thinking of "awesome blog posts" (yeah, right) and yet I don't seem to be able to put them into words (so there's no real proof of it!)... But... I guess one of the "consistent" thoughts in my mind has been the following: "Obedience supersedes my freedom of speech"

In this day and age we are becoming all too used to "saying exactly what we think, right in the moment when we think about it" ... With Facebook, Twitter and all the "instant social media" we are all too tempted to just "type away" our thoughts... (And here I am ... you see? doing it again! But bear with me... I've been giving this some thought... at least I've waited a few months to actually say it)... It seems we all have something "too important" to say that will either:

a). Impress everyone
b). Shock everyone
c). Enlighten everyone
d). Get everyone concerned
d). Change someone else's mind


 I do agree that posting things away (and right away) is way too tempting, I've fallen prey to this temptation in more occasions than I care to admit... But I've seen way too many times conflicts arise from our lack of "filtering what we say" (what *I* say).

I think the speed of our fingers has finally caught up with the speed of our tongue... and this "fire from hell" (James 3:6b)  is now at the tip of our fingers as well... burning it all in the name of "I have a right to express myself" ... Do we have a right to express ourselves? Absolutely! (And I praise God for it! I, like all of you, need my space to vent and express my ideas) but does this right nullifies my responsibility to esteem others above myself? I do not think so...

I have been caught up in way too many more than one occasion in uncomfortable circumstances where I've said something that hurt somebody else whether I meant it or not... the tongue is a "world of iniquity that defiles the whole body" (James 3:6a) but now with our phones and computers it is too easy and too quick to  share exactly what we're feeling in the very exact moment we're feeling it, like it is crucial for the world to hear and know exactly what's going on in my head, whatever the consequences, not minding those around us that could be insulted, offended, hurt by our statements or to even get the wrong impression from us (let's admit it... writing things down gives room for a lot of confusion and misunderstandings, the reader in general, will add the tone that he/she thinks in his/her head)... Now... are we going to be able to spare everyone's feelings? Are we always responsible for how people take what we say or how we feel? Of course not... but just setting some filters would be very beneficial... and I am talking for myself! (I've sometimes gone through those filters 'afterwards' and had to delete some of the things I've written, sadly sometimes it's been too late).

And I guess one of the best filters we can use, of course, is from the Word of God:

Philipians 2:1-4 "If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others."


Not everything we write on Fb or twitter has to be of "supreme relevance" of course, we can be fun or silly... making someone smile is not irrelevant... I'm not even saying anything about "not posting baby pictures" (please! Keep 'em coming!) or "food pictures" (hey! I need to take those!) just making sure that in our "freedom of speech" and right to use "our space" online, we don't forget that there's a world watching us... 

So let's not even accept ideas like: "It's MY timeline" "It's MY wall" "It's MY life" ... if we've been bought for a price... if we are not owners of our very lives... can't we give HIM those other little things? aren't they also His?

My Prayer: Lord, it's me again, Paloma, I pray that this message will be read in the way that I intended for it to sound, in love and not in judgment, for I, myself, am guilty of failing to esteem others better than myself way too many times, forgive me if I said anything that doesn't please you and let Your Word that I shared here produce fruit in my heart and in the hearts of those that read it,  "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer." (Psalm 19:14) 

© Paloma K.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tuesday of Quotes... Aslan!

Hello everybody! In my "old blogging days" I used to write some interesting (or just funny) quotes every Tuesday... I thought now that I am back I can probably use Tuesdays to share some quotes, maybe not every week but occasionally...

Anyway... Today was Bible Study day... We are very blessed also to have the author of the book we are using (besides the Bible) be our teacher, Lorraine Hill is the one that shares with us every week and God really uses her honesty and willingness to be genuine with us!

Today she shared a beautiful quote and I thought I'd share with you... She used it in a great example of our obedience and our walk with Christ... Following Jesus and yielding to His will is always eternally good... although not always "safe" in our human perspective of safety... and... here's where the quote comes:

(Quote from the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis)
-The kids are asking about Aslan and who He is-

“Is he a man?” asked Lucy.
“Aslan a man!” said Mr Beaver sternly. Certainly not. I tell you he is King of the woods and the son of the great emperor-beyond- the-sea. Don’t you know who is the King of the Beasts? Aslan is a lion – the Lion, the great lion.”
“ooh!” said Susan, “I’d thought he was a man. Is he – quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”
“That you will, dearie, and no mistake” said Mrs Beaver; “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”
“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.
“Safe?” said Mr Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

....


"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.  Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name." —1 Peter 4:12-14, 16

He is the King, I tell you.

© Paloma K.