Bluebonnets To Peaches

Supplying my New Preschool Classroom
August 22, 2009, 12:57 pm
Filed under: Preschool

I have accepted a position at my kids school teaching 3 year olds in the preschool!  I am very excited about this new position and I have a million ideas floating around in my head about all the stuff I want to do with my class! 

It’s no secret that teachers spend A LOT of their own personal money on supplies for their classroom.  The school I am teaching at has expanded it’s preschool program for this year, so this is the first year we have had a 3 year old class.  That means lots of new supplies were needed and although the school has done a great job supplying my room, I want to be able to pick up things when I spot a good deal and start building my own preschool teaching collection.  I have been prayerful about spending personal funds and trying to remind myself that I’m suppose to be bringing a paycheck home, not spending it all on “cute” supplies!

God is so faithful!  A few weeks ago I received a letter in the mail from Chase bank with a special offer.  I have a checking account with Washington Mutual, which has now become Chase bank.  This is not our primary checking account, in fact it is an account I haven’t touched in quite awhile and there is a very low balance in the account.  The offer from Chase stated that they would deposit $125.00 into my account if I used my debit card in 5 transactions in the next 60 days.  The $125 of FREE money caught my attention but I wanted to see what the “catch” was!  I read the letter several times and all of the fine print.  There was no minimum amount for the debit card purchases, I just have to make 5 separate transactions within 60 days and I have to leave the account open for the next 6 months.  No problem there, I can do that and $125 would buy some awesome things for my room!

I headed down to my local Chase branch to sign up for the offer and get a debit card (I said I didn’t use the account very often, I didn’t even have a debit card)!  They were happy to assist me and my new debit card arrived in the mail within the week!  I have one more transaction to make using my card and then I should receive my “free” money!


This Weeks Publix Deals + Rebates!
August 3, 2009, 8:44 am
Filed under: Publix Deals

I made a large purchase at Publix this weekend that I split into 2 transactions to make filing for the 2 different rebates a bit easier!  I went $20 over our $50 weekly budget, but I will be earning $20 back in rebates!


My first transaction was to qualify for the Kellogg’s/Dell Rebate “Fuel for School.”  To qualify for the rebate you had to purchase 10 kellogg’s products to receive a $10 rebate check and a $70 coupon code from Dell.  I don’t plan on buying a Dell anytime soon, so I won’t be using the Dell coupon code, but I will gladly take the $10 rebate check and the 10 boxes of Kellogg’s products for .60!  Here’s the breakdown of my transaction:

  • 2 Frosted Flakes BOGOF, less $1 coupon = $1.50 each
  • 2 Corn Pops BOGOF, less $1 coupon = $1.49 each
  • 6 Boxes of Pop Tarts BOGOF, less 3 $1 coupons = .70 each

Transaction #1 Details:

Total Purchased $30.70

Total Spent $10.60

Total Saved $20.10

Total Rebate Submitted $10.00

My second transaction was a lot bigger to qualify for a $10 Publix gift card.  The requirements were to buy a minimum of $50 worth of purchases from Publix, including 4 different participating KRAFT products in a single transaction.  The rebate form did not state if the $50 spent at Publix was before or after coupons, so to play it safe I made sure my total was above $50 after coupons.  I’ve highlighted my qualifying KRAFT purchases at the bottom of the breakdown, I actually purchased 5 items instead of 4 and spent a total of $8 on those 5 items, earning myself a $10 Publix giftcard!

Here’s the breakdown:

  • 3 Louana Veg oil BOGOF = $1.70 each
  • Publix sour cream = .89
  • 2 Milk $4.50
  • Sun Maid Raisins (part of “buy theirs get ours free”) = $3.69
  • Publix Raisins (part of “buy theirs get ours free”) = FREE
  • 2 Fruity Cheerios BOGOF, less $1 coupon = $1.50 each
  • Ritz Crackers BOGOF = $1.75
  • Tostitos Chips BOGOF = $3
  • 2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, less .50 coupon, doubled = .80 each
  • Mandarin Oranges (no coupon, but needed for dinner this week) = $1.15
  • 3 Mueller Pastas BOGOF, less $1 coupon = .31 each
  • Green Onions $.50
  • Spring Mix Salad $2
  • Cranberry Sauce (needed for cobbler this week) = $1.45
  • 5 lb. Potatoes $3.99
  • Red Onion $.68
  • 5 lbs. Red potatoes $3.99
  • Grapes $3.92
  • Pecans $3.49
  • Strawberries 32 oz. $4.99
  • Publix lemon/lime 2 liter $.50
  • Eastern Peaches $1.94
  • Publix 6pk water (this weeks penny item) .01
  • Cascade Rinse, less $2.39 coupon (my coupon was for a “free” bottle, but I didn’t catch that the coupon only rang up at $2.39 until I got home) = $1.10
  • Oscar Mayer Bacon $3
  • 2 Kraft Velveeta Mac & Cheese BOGOF, less $1.50 coupon = .25 each
  • 2 Kraft Deluxe Mac & Cheese BOGOF = $1 each
  • Kraft Mircale Whip BOGOF = $2.50
  • Kraft Honey BBQ BOGOF, less peelie on box of mac & cheese for a free bottle = FREE
  • Used $5/$30 purchase at Publix coupon

Transaction #2

Total Purchased $103.21

Total Spent $60.61

Total Saved $42.60

Total Rebate Submitted $10