Scarlet Threads Boutique

Do you like consignment??? Did you like MooLaLa??? Then you will LOVE this...

Scarlet Threads Boutique is a women's consignment event coming soon to the Redlands area! If you're that mom on a budget, the starving college student, or the girl who loves to find that amazing piece of clothing at a killer price, then you will be thrilled with this event!!! To find out more information go to www.scarletthreadsboutique.com or simply visit their Facebook page here!

Rite Aid Deals 12/2-12/8

Please Note: These prices are based on my stores here in Southern California! Rite Aid prices vary by region, so check your store to confirm your prices. 
 
~Go here to learn more about Rite Aid +Up Rewards
~Go here to Rite Aid's Video Values Program and view videos to earn money saving Rite Aid Coupons!

~Weekly Deals~

Luden's Cough Drops, $0.99
Use the $1.00/2 from 10/21 SS OR IP here 
Final Price: $0.49

Scunci Silicone Rubber Bands 250 ct., $2.79
Use the $2.00/1 Rite Aid in-ad Coupon
Final Price: $0.79 

~+UP Reward Deals~
All Axe Products, $4.50
Buy $15.00 worth, Earn a $5.00 +Up Reward, Limit 2 (Weekly Deal 12/2-12/8)
Buy $15.00 worth, Earn a $5.00 +Up Reward, Limit 2 (Monthly Deal until 12/4)
***Deal Idea***
Buy 4 Axe Body Wash, $4.50
Use 4 $2.00/1 from 12/2 SS
Final Price: $10.00 plus tax OOP (ALL FREE after coupons and +Up Rewards)

Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent, $3.50
Buy 2, Earn a $3.00 +Up Reward, Limit 2 (Weekly Deal 12/2-12/8)
Buy 1, Earn a $2.00 +Up Reward, Limit 2 (Monthly Deal until 12/4)
***Deal Idea*** 
Buy 2 Arm and Hammer Laundry Detergent, $3.50
Use 2 $1.00/2 IP here
Final Price: $7.00 plus tax OOP (BOTH FREE after +Up Rewards)

FREE Christmas Music

Amazon has some more FREE Christmas music downloads! :) Simply go here to download this weeks 5 FREE Christmas songs

CVS Deals 12/2-12/8

PLEASE NOTE: These prices are based on my stores here in Southern California! CVS prices vary by region, so check your store to confirm your prices.

~Weekly Deals~
Zarbee’s Children’s Cough Syrup 4 oz., $5.99
Use the $1.00/1 from 12/2 SS
Final Price: $4.99 


Sambucol OR Kids Similason OR St. Joseph Cold 24 ct. OR Oscillococcinum 6 ct., BOGO 50% OFF
Use the $1.00/1 from February All You Magazine OR IP here for Oscillococcinum

Final Price: $Unknown 

~ECB Deals~ 
Listerine OR Reach OR Rembrandt Products, PSA $Various
Buy $10.00 worth, Earn a $5.00 Extra Care Buck, Limit 2
Use the $1.00/2 IP here OR here for Reach
Final Price: $Unknown (most likely a good deal) 

Select Right Guard Body Wash, $2.99
Buy 1, Earn a $1.00 Extra Care Buck, Limit 1
Use the $1.00/1 IP here OR
Use the $2.00/2 from 11/4 RP OR IP here OR
Use the $3.00/2 IP here
Final Price:
$1.49-$1.99 each plus tax OOP ($0.99 each af ter coupon and ECB) 

CoverGirl Face OR Eye OR Lip OR Outlast Nail Color, $Varoius
Buy $10.00 worth, Earn a $4.00 Extra Care Buck, Limit 1
Use the $2.00/1 OR $1.00/1 from 11/25 PG
Final Price: $Unknown (most likely a good deal) 

Pampers Diapers Jumbo Pack, $9.99
Buy 1, Earn a $4.00 Extra Care Buck, Limit 1
Use the $2.00/1 IP here OR
Use the $2.00/2 from 11/25 PG
Final Price: $7.99-$8.99 each plus tax OOP (
$3.99-$4.99 each after coupon and ECB) 

Cottonelle OR Cottonelle Ultra Bath Tissue 18 pk., $8.99
Buy 1, Earn a $1.00 Extra Care Buck, Limit 3
Use the $0.40/1 from 11/18 SS
Final Price: $8.59 plus tax OOP ($7.59 after coupon and ECB)

All Liquid OR Small & Mighty OR Mighty Pacs Laundry Detergent, $3.99
Buy 1, Earn a $1.00 Extra Care Buck, Limit 4
Use the $1.00/1 from 11/11RP OR 12/2 RP OR IP here
Final Price:
$2.99 plus tax OOP ($1.99 after coupon and ECB)

Walgreens Deals 12/2-12/8

Please Note: These prices are based on my stores here in Southern California. Walgreens prices vary by region, so check your store to confirm your prices. 
 
Now through 12/15 you have a chance to earn extra bonus points:
Earn 1,000 points when you spend $25
Earn 5,000 points when you spend $50
Earn 10,000 points when you spend $75

~Weekly Deals~
Popcorn Indiana, $1.99 

Green Mountain K-cups 12 pk., $5.99
Use the
$1.00/1 IP here
Final Price: $4.99 ($0.42 per cup)
 


Spinbrush Toothbrush OR Brushheads 2 pk., $4.99
Use the $2.00/1 IP here OR here
Final Price: $2.99
 


Finesse Shampoo OR Conditioner OR Styler, $1.99
Use the $1.00/1 from 11/18 SS

Final Price: $0.99 


Hello Kitty Body Wash, BOGO FREE (PSA $5.29)
Use 2 $1.00/1 IP here
Final Price: $1.65 each
 


John Frieda OR Conair Hair Accessories, BOGO FREE 

All Toys, $9.99
Use the $4.00/1 Walgreens in-ad Coupon
Final Price: $5.99  

~Weekly Register Reward Deals~

Colgate Total Advanced OR Gum Defense Toothpaste 4 oz., $3.00
Buy 1, Earn a $2.50 Register Reward
Use the $0.50/1 from 12/2 SS

Final Price: $2.50 plus tax OOP (FR
EE after coupon and RR)

I Don't Get Elf on the Shelf


I usually don’t talk about this because I know that this can be a hot topic, but as I have seen it around so much, I can't help but feel convicted in my heart to raise some questions and see what I am missing.

For years, my husband and I have been against doing Santa. We agreed that to us it is dishonest setting up all the back story that comes with Santa. You can’t really see Santa because he is not real. He can’t see you when you were sleeping and he has no idea if you are bad or good; he doesn’t exist. We knew we would give our kids presents regardless of their behavior, so playing the “naughty or nice” based present game seemed unfair and a bit like a lie. We feel like them knowing that we had thoughtfully and lovingly chosen their gifts, not Santa, was important also. 

With all that said, our opinion on this doesn’t matter one bit compared to what the Bible teaches. However, I know that God's word never once mentions anything about Santa, but the Bible is very clear on what our calling is as parents though. We are called to lead our children to the Savior, the one who died for them and has a plan for being reconciled to Him. You see, I personally as a parent see a link between Santa and my children’s spiritual well-being. For us Christmas is about Christ... No question about it (go here to see ways that we celebrate our Savior)

The Bible tells us that Satan will use anything to plant doubt in the minds of whoever will listen. I guess I feel like the picture to the left says it all. If I chose to lie to my children about santa and out of the same mouth tell the truth about Jesus, how will my children ever distinguish between what I say as truth or a lieTo me lying to them about Santa allows "the enemy have a foothold" (Ephesians 4:27) in my kids' life by causing doubt in their mind about who Jesus is. As a parent I don't ever want to intentionally do anything to hinder my child in knowing the truth about Jesus.

For the "naughty or nice" present issue, we are told in God's word that we are all saved by grace through faith. Grace means that it is a gift of God that can not be earned by behavior nor prevented by bad behavior. It is simply accepted or rejected, but it has been and always will be a gift given by God that is freely given to us... while we were still sinners! The link between my approval of my kids' behavior teaches the exact opposite of what grace is. Both God and I love each of my kids unconditionally and the picture of grace that I show to them will one day determine their idea of what God's grace is in their life.

Now, to the heart of why I decided to write this post... Elf on the Shelf. I have to admit, up until last night I had no idea what Elf on the Shelf was, had I heard of it, yes, but I didn't know anything about it other than assumption that it was linked with Santa. 

I guess I just don't understand why this is so popular... am I missing something??? I really don't want to teach my children that this little elf is watching them and that Christmas is all about whether they do good things or bad things. :/ My children's behavior should not be shaped by doing good so they can get presents. Their behavior will not affect what I give them. Gifts are unconditional, that is why they are called gifts. I want to teach them that I am sharing with them the unconditional love of God.

Jesus is the focal point of what Christmas is all about. Just because Santa and elves aren't included in what Christmas is all about, doesn't mean you can't celebrate the season. Here are some great ways you can incorporate celebrating Jesus into your holiday:
 
Christmas Eve Service
It's a great way to get our focus on Jesus during the exact time we want to be selfish with opening presents.

Family Devotion/Jesus Stocking
Read a portion of scripture to the family and discuss what it means to you and how it impacts you. Then share what your gift to Jesus is through the Jesus Stocking. The Jesus Stocking is something that can go out along with each family members stocking (Jesus is a part of the family right? :). Every year everyone writes down (long or short) on a piece of paper what they want to give to Jesus. What you give to Jesus can be big or small (attitude, discipline, compassion, etc.), but it is something that you are giving up to God as a sacrifice, something that you will work on through the next year. For example the year we bought our house, my husbands gift to Jesus was our home. He wanted to commit to God that his house would be a home that honored God, a home that was open to whatever work God wanted to do in it (Bible study, prayer meetings, etc.). Another example is the year that my husband became a sheriff, my gift to Jesus was my prayer life. I have a hard time praying, so I decided that I would commit to pray for his safety, for him to have wisdom, for him to be strong, etc. Sharing your gift to Jesus is also a great way to have accountability. (Ecclesiastes 4:10 "If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.)
Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh
The gifts are based off of what the wise men brought Jesus...gold, frankincense, myrrh.

Gold is a precious metal and the wise men brought gold to Jesus because he is so precious to us, as the savior of the world. A "gold gift" would something precious to the person receiving it. In other words, something special the person wants. It can really be anything!
Frankincense is an incense that was burned and symbolically represented their prayers going up to God. This gift represents something to enhance a person's Spiritual life. It can be a bible, devotional, book, CD, journal, etc.  
Myrrh was used to embalm a dead body...seems a bit weird to bring to little Jesus, but it was symbolizing what was to come, Jesus dying on the cross. This gift represents something for the body. It can be clothes, shoes, a scarf, lotion, jewelry, etc.
You are still giving them the things that they want and need, but now it has significance to it. You are bringing in the meaning of why the gifts are important. I have to say this has also been helpful in teaching my kids that it's not about quantity, but the quality.
Happy Birthday Jesus Cake
Birthday celebrations always have cake, right?!? So why can't Jesus have a cake... it's His birthday... so we should celebrate! Sing Happy Birthday Jesus with a cake (or pie)!
 
 
In saying all this, I know we all come from different backgrounds... I am not trying to knock anyone in any way. I just want to point out that each of us (including myself) should prayerfully consider how we present the meaning of Christmas to others.
Share your thoughts and ideas (from Santa, Elf on the Shelf, ways your family incorporates Jesus into Christmas) in the comments below. (but keep it fair and nice please) :)

Grocery Deals 11/28-12/4

Here are all this weeks Organic/Natural food deals and only the best non-food deals from
Albertsons, Food 4 Less, Fresh & Easy, Ralphs, Stater Brothers, and Vons.

Panera Organic Soup, $4.99

Pop Chips, $2.00

None This Week!
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
Goodness Mini Waffles, $1.99
 
Horizon Single Serve Milk, $1.00
 
 

Organic Asparagus, $2.99/lb.


Organic Grape Tomatoes, $2.99

Horizon Single Serve Organic Milk, $1.00

Foster Farms Lunchmeat, $2.99




 
 





 
 
 
 
Foster Farms Chicken Half Breasts with Ribs Attached, $0.98/lb.
 
Foster Farms Chicken Drumsticks, $0.98/lb.
 
Foster Farms Chicken Breast Strips OR Turkey Lunchmeat, $2.50

O Organics Nuts (near produce section), 30% OFF

O Organics Spices, B2G1 FREE

O Organics Italian Soda, $2.50

FREE Shipping at Tazo.com

I have come to LOVE Tazo tea and am quite addicted, so if you LOVE it like I do or know of someone who does, then this is a great deal for you! Today (11/26) ONLY, get FREE shipping on any order at Tazo.com. If you've never shopped through them, they have lots of great things like organic chai tea, organic tea tree cooking oil, tea accessories, and lots more!

B3G1 FREE Baby & Kids Clothes on Target.com


Today (11/26) ONLY, Target.com has kids and baby clothing on sale for B3G1 FREE (excludes clearance, but not sale items), PLUS it all ships for FREE! Head here to check it out!

FREE Bodysuit, FREE Shipping & 25% OFF at Gymboree

Head over here and fill out a form to access a rare Gymboree online OR in-store coupon for a FREE Gymboree bodysuit, PLUS FREE shipping with any $10.00 purchase. Combine that with the 25% OFF sale that they are having today (11/26) ONLY to get some great savings! Go here to start shopping!

2 FREE Secret Rewards Cards at Victoria's Secret



Victoria Secret is offering their famous Secret Rewards Cards again this Cyber Monday! Today (11/26) ONLY, get 2 FREE Secret Rewards Cards (valued at least at $10 each, BUT they could be worth $50, $100, or even $500!) with any $10.00 or more online purchase! Just enter the coupon code MONDAY at checkout.  The Secret Reward cards will be valid to use 11/29 -12/20 in stores (excluding outlets), online, or by phone. Go here to start shopping!

15% OFF at Hanna Andersson



If you are looking for a great deal on super cute clothes, check out the sale over at Hanna Andersson! Today (11/26) ONLY, get 15% OFF your entire purchase! Go here to start shopping!

Kids Play Kitchen ONLY $50 PLUS FREE Shipping



Here's a great deal for the little chef! Go here and get any of the following play kitchens for only $50.00, PLUS FREE shipping to your home!.

The Lorax DVD ONLY $3.99




If you don't have this movie yet OR know of someone who has it on this Christmas list, then here's a great deal for you! Go here to get Dr. Suess The Lorax DVD for just $3.99, PLUS get FREE shipping with Amazon Prime OR FREE Super Saver Shipping with a $25+ purchase. If you purchase with your Discover Card then you can get FREE One-Day Shipping with the coupon code DSCVRHSP at checkout.

$15 OFF at Abe's Market



Get a great deal on LOTS of organic and natural items from Abe's Market for Cyber Monday (11/26)! Spend $50.00 and get $15.00 OFF with the coupon code NATURALMONDAY.

FREE Shipping on Burt's Bee's

Today (11/26) ONLY, Burt's Bees is offering FREE shipping with NO minimum purchase and NO coupon code needed!

This time of year, I love getting the Holiday Gift Bag for ONLY $20.00 (reg. $50.00) with coupon code SPRING12!

EcoMom Savings!

Today (11/26) ONLY EcoMom is having a Cyber Monday sale!

Instantly get $20.00 OFF a $50.oo or more purchase OR get $40.00 OFF $100.00 or more OR get $80.00 OFF a $200.00 or more purchase... PLUS, s get a code for $15.00 OFF a $30.00 or more future purchase in December.

This sale can be used with Plum District vouchers to save even more!

FREE Christmas Music


Get in the Christmas spirit with some FREE Christmas music! For a limited time you can go here and download Green Hill Christmas Music Sampler that includes 12 songs for FREE!!!

B5G1 FREE Starbucks Punch Card

It's not as good as BOGO FREE, but it's definitely a good deal!

Now through January 2nd, Buy 5 holiday beverages (like Peppermint Mocha or a Gingerbread Latte) at Starbucks and get a FREE Grande Beverage of your choice! Simply grab a holiday beverage tasting card from your barista at the register and then collect a sticker each time you purchase a holiday beverage! Then you can redeem your FREE drinks from now until March 4, 2013. Go here for more information.

Target Deals 11/18-11/21

PLEASE NOTE: These prices are based on my stores here in Southern California! Target prices vary by region, so check your store to confirm your prices.

Go here to learn more about how to stack coupons at Target. Don't forget to use your re-usable shopping bags to earn $0.05 credit on each bag! Go here to learn more! Target also matches competitors prices, go here to view their price matching policy.
 
~Weekly Deals~
Plum Organics OR Happy Baby OR Ella’s Kitchen Organic Baby Food & Snacks, 10% OFFUse the $0.50/1 IP here for Plum Organics OR
Use the $0.55/1 IP here for Ella's Kitchen 
Final Price: $Various 

Blistex Medicated Lip Balm, $0.97
Use the $1.00/2 from 11/11 SS
Final Price: $0.47

Method Hand Wash, $2.99
Use the $1.00/1 from 10/7 SS

Final Price: $1.99

Method Cleaning Spray, $2.99
Use the $1.00/1 from 8/12 SS 
Final Price: $1.99

GE Reveal 60 Watt Bulb 4 pk., $4.19
Use the $2.00/1 IP here AND
Use the $2.00/1 IP Target Coupon here
Final Price: $0.19

~Buy 5, Receive a $5.00 Target Gift Card~

Select Glade Products, $2.50
Includes: Scented Oil Candles OR Refills 4 pk. OR Room Spray OR Jar Candles

Use the $1.00/1 OR $1.50/2 OR $0.55/1 from 11/4 SS OR IP here AND
Use the $1.00/1 OR $1.00/2 IP Target Coupon here
***Deal Idea***

Buy 5 Glade Glass Candle Holder, $2.50

Use 5 $1.00/1 from 11/4 SS OR IP here AND
Use 2 $1.00/1 IP Target Coupons here AND
Use the $1.00/2 IP Target Coupon here
Pay $4.50 plus tax OOp, then receive a $5.00 Target Gift Card
Final Price: $0.50 moneymaker after factoring in Target Gift Card savings

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