You can help stamp out hunger today

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Take a few minutes today to help your community feed people in need. The Stamp Out Hunger food drive  is one of the largest food drives in my community and one of the easiest to participate in.  All you have to do is leave a bag (or two or three…) of nonperishable food items (items such as toothpaste are also welcome) at your mailbox for your mail carrier to pick up.  They will then donate everything to a local food bank.  Even if you can only donate one can of food, that one can will help someone else put food on their table. 

10 boxes of spaghetti, 3 cans tuna, 2 cans milk, 1 can spaghetti sauce. 2 jars peanut butter, 2 boxes tea, 1 box Stove Top stuffing.

6 boxes pasta, 3 cans fruit, 1 can pumpkin, 2 tubes toothpaste, 1 box pudding, 5 boxes oatmeal.

2 cans beans, 1 can ravioli, 2 cans milk, 10 cans assorted vegetables, 1 can tomato paste, 2 cans soup, 2 bags pretzels.

I had set a goal to donate 50 items today and exceeded that goal by donating 60 items!  What will you donate today?

Today’s Kroger shopping trip, 5/7

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My early morning shopping trip at Kroger turned out to be another good one.  I had my list, my coupons, my plan for the mega sale, and what to substitute if they were out of stock on my first choices.  I was fortunate to find everything on my list in stock, so didn’t have to change my plans.  It’s always nice when it works out that way.

I was able to take advantage of the mega sale savings (buy 10 of certain items, get $5 off) twice.  In doing so, I was able to purchase several items to donate to the Stamp Out Hunger food drive next Saturday.  I’m really excited that I already have 40 items to donate.  My goal is to donate 50 items, so I’m getting closer.

I was able to snag a few freebies today too.  Notice the 8 boxes of pasta that will go to the food drive.  I still need to buy some pasta sauce and/or some condensed soup for pasta dishes.  The Suave mousse was from a free facebook coupon.  I think I’m probably set on mousse for a while now.  The Boulder chips were also all free with coupons.  The raisin bran cereal wasn’t quite free, but it was only 24 cents which I thought was a pretty good deal.

I also bought an Amish paste tomato plant this morning.  They really had some nice looking plants, but I was able to exercise a little control and only bought the one plant.  I’ve already got several tomato and pepper plants growing that I started from seed.  My neighbor is giving me a few as well, so I can probably get by with what I have…well, unless I come across something that sounds too interesting to resist.

I ended up spending $58, $8 over my budget.  Still not too bad considering I ended up buying powdered milk at right around $10.  I use it in my cooking and sometimes in my tea or coffee.  I imagine I won’t have to buy it again for the rest of the year tho, so I’m okay with that.  My savings ended up being exactly 50%…not bad, not bad at all.  It sure beats the $100-$120 a week that I was spending!

Celestial Seasonings tea giveaway

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I entered a giveaway on Facebook a few weeks ago.  Celestial Seasonings was giving away several cases of tea, and I thought “why not?  I like their gingerbread tea.  What have I got to lose?”  Well, nothing at all to lose and an entire case of tea to win.  And win I did.  I was pretty surprised when I read that I’d won.  I contacted them with my address and let them know what my favorite tea is.  Earlier this week, I answered the door to the FedEx guy and excitedly opened the box.

How fun to be able to get the gingerbread tea out of season (it’s usually only available during the Christmas season).  As much as I love their tea, I think I’m going to put a couple of boxes in my donation box for the Stamp Out Hunger campaign next month….I want to share my good fortune with someone who might not be able to afford a treat.

So, thanks, Celestial Seasonings, for the great gift of tea and for allowing me to bring a smile to someone else!