Meijer: Kraft Cheese Deals

Meijer Kraft Cheese Ad

Meijer has some good deals on cheese this week that I wanted to bring to your attention. The sale prices are above but there are coupons to stack with all these deals!

Kraft Shredded Cheese at $2
Use $1/1 Mperks coupon
Final price: $1

Kraft Parmesan Cheese at $3.49
Use $0.75/1 printable coupon
Final price: $2.74

Kraft American Cheese Slices at $2
Use $1/1 Mperks coupon
Final price: $1

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Minted Valentine Cards Sale

Have you heard of Minted before? If not, it’s a site you should check out! Minted is a premier paper company that produces all sorts of beautiful – and custom – cards, art prints, stationary and countless other paper creations. They have adorable Valentines. Take a look at this one for a child or a child’s classroom. I love the cookie shape!

Mint Smart Cookie

If you’re a teacher, wouldn’t this be a cute one to give your students? It’s simple but perfect for elementary students!

Mint Light Up

Or maybe you’re looking for a nice card for your spouse. I saw this infographic one and thought it was quite clever. It’s the same price that you’d spend on a card at the store but this Minted card can be customized to your specifications.

Mint My Favorite

While Minted is a bit pricer than some other places, they have a high standard for quality. Plus, Minted is running a 20% off sale on their foil pressed Valentines through tomorrow. Take a look around the Minted site. I know I was impressed by what I found!

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Frugal in Fort Wayne: 1/25 – 2/4

Frugal in Fort Wayne - Top 5 Deals of the Week at Joyfully Thriving

Yay! It’s time for another fabulous two-week promotion at Kroger. This time, it’s a “Buy 6, Get $3 Off.” There are so many good deals, I’m going to share ten deals with you this week! Some of these are basics to stock your pantry, and some are more frivolous (like chocolate – always a necessity in my book) but all are great deals! Be sure to read about the Kleenex catalina which turns a great deals into an amazing stock-up one!

A couple things to remember about this promotion. You do need to buy sale items in quantities of 6 and at checkout, $0.50 will come off each item, as I indicated in the final price. You can mix and match the sale items. This sale runs for another week and a half so there is plenty of time to pick up these deals!

1. Barilla whole grain, white fiber or veggie pasta at $1.39
Use $1/3 printable coupon
Final price: $0.56 each after promotion and coupon

2. Red Gold tomatoes (15 oz) at $0.99
Use $0.55/3 printable coupon
Final price: $0.31 each after promotion and coupon

3. M&M’s (12.6 oz) at $2.49
Use $1/2 printable coupon
Final price: $1.49 each after promotion and coupon

4. Planters flavored peanuts (6 oz) at $1.49
Use $1/2 printable coupon
Final price: $0.49 each after promotion and coupon

5. Kraft cheese at $2.99
Use $1/2 printable coupon
Final price: $1.99 after promotion and coupon

6. Cheerios at $2.49
Use $0.50/1 printable coupon
Final price: $1.49 after promotion and coupon

6. Carefree panty liners at $1 (Not part of promotion. Just on sale.)
Use $0.50/1 printable coupon
Final price: $0.50 after coupon

7. Hormel chili at $1.49
Use $0.55/2 printable coupon
Final price: $0.72 each after promotion and coupon

8. Lipton recipe secrets at $1.49
Use $0.75/2 printable coupon
Final price: $0.61 each after promotion and coupon

9. Peter Pan peanut butter at $1.99
Final price: $1.49 after promotion

10. Kleenex at $1.49 (See bonus savings note below!)
Use $1/3 printable coupon (when you share)
Final price: $0.66 each after promotion and coupon

There is a current catalina on Kleenex that stacks with this deal. Buy 6 boxes, get $1 off your next order. Buy 7 boxes, get $1.50 off your next order. Buy 8 or more boxes, get $2 off your next order. If you use 3 coupons as part of the promotion and buy 9 boxes, you will pay $0.43 a box after the promotion, coupons and catalina. This is a definite stock-up price! 

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Links I Love: Another Food Edition

Links I Love - Joyfully Thriving - Another Food Edition

With cold weather upon us, I’m thinking of comfort foods. Soup is at the top of my list! My husband likes a good chili but I like almost any kind of soup. Here are two new ones that I want to try – along with a couple other recipes that look tasty.

Edie of Life in Grace shared her recipe for loaded potato soup. This looks absolutely amazing. I love a baked potato with all the toppings so why not turn it into soup form? I even have bacon in the fridge so I can top my soup.

Speaking of soups, Adriane from Little House on the Dairy shared her recipe for Iowa corn chowder. It has some of the same ingredients as baked potato soup but adds creamed corn into the mixture. This looks like another winner for winter time!

Jen from Beauty and Bedlam shared her recipe for stuffed breakfast biscuits. I love a good biscuit. Always have. It’s one of my weaknesses, as I slather them with honey. Therefore, the concept of a stuffed biscuit is intriguing to me and warrants a try. Agreed?

I know it’s no longer Fall but I can (and do!) eat pumpkin year round. The Pioneer Woman’s recipe for pumpkin sheet cake looks delicious. I love her recipes. There are so many good ones to try!

Finally, Ashley at Domestic Fashionista created an ideal combination with peanut butter s’mores brownie. I like that this starts with a boxed brownie mix. Adding peanut butter and toasted marshmallows? Brilliant!

There you have it. Those are the latest recipes added to my constantly growing “to make” list.

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Kroger: Free Friday Chobani Yogurt

Kroger Free Chobani

This Friday’s free download is for a completely free container of Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurt. The coupon is only available today but you have until February 8th to redeem it.

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Shopping Early in the Week

Nathan and I went shopping on Sunday afternoon. That is something I rarely do and I was reminded why as I stood waiting in line to checkout. It was amazing how crowded Meijer was at that time! I’ll stick to my weekday morning shopping trips from now on. Thankfully, Nathan always loves seeing people as we shop so we had a productive trip even though the aisles were more crowded than normal. Here’s what we bought at Meijer.

Meijer - 1/18/15 - $36.35

I stocked up on lots of the $1 deals! I was most excited by the Meijer Naturals tomatoes deal and bought 11 large cans – at $0.90 each! Normally, they are priced at $1.59, I saved a lot on this purchase. I used several printable coupons for $1/5 Campbells and paired it with the sale to stock up on soup for $0.49 a can. The Sierra Mist was $0.40 a bottle, after coupons and sale. Each 5 pound bag of potatoes was only $0.90. That’s a fabulous price!

I splurged on Stonyfield organic yogurt (on sale for $3 – and the same price as Dannon) for Nathan. I need to try making my own yogurt because it’s really gone up in price. I also bought a package of ribs to cook in the slow cooker. I had a $6 off Mperks coupon to redeem. That means I almost got my ribs for free! At Meijer, I spent $36.35.

On Monday, Andy was home from school so we went out as a family. He needed to pick up oil for his car at Walmart, so I price matched cream cheese ($1 at Kroger). We also stopped by Aldi’s after using one of my Christmas gift cards to Olive Garden for lunch.

1/19/15 - Aldi - $19.84

Ground beef continues to go up in price – even at Aldi! I bought 2 pounds of 85% lean for $3.99/lb. I also bought three packages of cheese for $1.79 and five pounds of flour for $1.49. At Aldi’s and Walmart, I spent $19.84. I also got two dozen farm fresh eggs for $3.50.

This week, I spent $59.69. So far in January, I have spent $155.85. That leaves me with $44 pf my monthly $200 budget to spend in January. Not too bad for one week of the month remaining! How are you doing with your budget? Do you shop at Aldi? And what do you like to buy there?

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Friday Freebies on January 23

Friday Freebies - Featuring Free Ebooks at Joyfully Thriving

It’s Friday and time to share another Friday Freebies list with you. Thanks to Shelly at Frugal Family Home for her help in compiling this list!

Please know that you don’t have to have a Kindle to read these free books! You can download a Free Reading App so you can read any Kindle book on your computer, tablet or smartphone. If you are interested, Amazon has a selection of Kindles here. Prices start at $79. Also, remember that Amazon pricing, promotions, and availability are subject to change at ANY time without notice. Please confirm the price before completing your purchase. Finally, some of the links below are my referral links. You can see my disclosure policy for more information. Now, let’s get to all the free ebooks!

NonFiction (1)


Raspberries and Vinegar


Double Shot

Double Dare

The Photographer’s Apprentice

Non Fiction

28 Days to Declutter

Mini Farming for Beginners

Natural Baby Care Recipes

Homemade Liquid Soap for Beginners

Money Management


Freezer Meals: 55 Healthy Recipes That Are Easy And Enjoyable

Protein Bars at Home

Mason Jar Meals: 21+ Quick And Healthy Mason Jar Recipes For Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Vegan Slow Cooker Recipes

Pie Lovers Cookbook: Delicious Quick & Easy Pies Recipes for Newbies to Foodies

Kids Books

Abigail and the North Pole Adventure

Grandparents’ Day

My Name is Not Alexander

Insect ABC

Making Waves

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5 Simple Ways I’m Making Money This Year

5 Simple Ways I'm Making Money This Year - A list of easy ideas that anyone can do to earn money this year.


Two years ago, I wrote a post about 5 easy ways I intended to make some extra money throughout the year. It was a good year for that, but last year (with the end of my pregnancy and the birth of our little boy) didn’t allow me the time or energy to focus on those extra money making pursuits. Now that I’m a SAHM, my time is still busy but I’m recommitted to making some extra money for our family this year. Some of these ideas are the same as two years ago and some are new. Here is what I am planning to do.

1. I’m searching on Bing and Swagbucks. I have to list this one first because it’s the easiest and quickest way to earn some extra money. For the unfamiliar, both of these are search engines that reward you for searching. Bing is my favorite because I can quickly and easily earn a $5 Amazon gift card every month. With Swagbucks, it’s a bit more hit and miss but I am going to work harder at using Swagbucks to see if I can earn a $5 Amazon gift card at least every other month. If so, that is $90 earned just for a minute or so of searching online each morning. It only takes a minute or two of my time each morning and that is worth it to me for the free Amazon money I earn! If you haven’t signed up yet, today is the perfect day to start searching (or recommit to searching) at Bing and Swagbucks. If you do nothing else to make money this year, everyone can do this.

2. I’m selling things on Craigslist, Facebook Yard Sales and Ebay. I’ve done this in the past but not consistently. This is the year I’m going to get serious about cleaning out our house and making some extra money while I do it. Craigslist has been my choice in the past but I’m going to experiment with selling things on Facebook through their online yard sales as well as Ebay. I’ll keep you posted and let you know how it goes!

3. I’m selling books at Half Price Books. I am an avid reader and have been reviewing books for the past several years. I love that I get to read new books for free! After I share my new books with those who want to read them, I am going to take them into Half Price Books to resell them. There are a couple things to note about this. First, you will do better with new releases at HFB. Also, they give you one bid offer for all the books you bring in. For that reason, I like to bring in smaller stacks of books so I can more easily say yes or no if the offer doesn’t reach my hopes. Finally, they will pay you in cash which is very nice, especially since my review books are ones I’ve gotten for free so all my earnings are true profit! I will also try selling some books via Book Scouter which compares various resale sites for books.

4. I’m teaching piano lessons. Yes, I realize this is something not all of you can do but I’m sure there is something you can do with your skills! Perhaps you sell Premier Jewelry or Pampered Chef. Perhaps you tutor online or after school. Perhaps you referee basketball games in the evenings. Perhaps you take photographs for families. Think about the gifts that God has given you and put them to work.

5. I’m using coupons. Wait. What?!? How does that make me money, you ask? Well, anything that I don’t spend is money I’ve saved – or earned myself. You may question the logic but it is one of the reasons I work so hard at finding bargains and keeping our grocery budget low. I’m earning myself extra money out of our budget that would have been spent before. You can read more about how I use coupons here or follow my weekly “Frugal in Fort Wayne” feature where I share the best deals of the week.

There you have it. These are the five ways I am going to focus on earning our family a bit of extra money this year. Do you have any additional ideas to add to this list? Stay tuned for the 5 ways I’m saving money this year next week!

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Joyfully Thriving: Past, Present and Future

Joyfully Thriving: Past, Present and Future of this Blog. Read about the changes coming to Joyfully Thriving this year! I hope you'll join me on this frugal journey!

Have you played around with Wordle before? I learned about it several years ago and used it with my third and fourth graders. They loved creating poetry with this online site. I always liked it too. I plugged in my website address at Wordle and the above words are the ones they picked as popular words from my website. I don’t know how scientific it is, but I enjoyed seeing what Wordle said about my blog.

I’ve hinted at it several times over the past weeks and now it’s time to share. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting about my website over the past month. I started blogging her at Joyfully Thriving over 4 years ago in the summer of 2010. Wow. That’s hard for me to believe! You can read my very first post here, if you’re curious, because I know many of you weren’t around then.  A lot has changed since then and a lot has stayed the same.

Then, I was newly married and teaching 3rd and 4th grade at Ascension Lutheran School. Now, I’m still happily married and a new Mom to Nathan. I stay-at-home now but still teach music (two afternoons a week) at Ascension. Have you seen my pictures that tell my story? Our grocery budget has slightly increased but we still live frugally.

I love sharing deals and encouraging others to live frugally. When I started this site, it was to reach out to other Lutherans – especially church workers. I still want to do that but I also want to reach out to other Moms and provide them frugal encouragement. I spend a lot of time focusing on deals but some days, I simply want to write about life. My blog has grown but I would like it to grow more. I make a bit of money off this site (enough to pay for my hosting yearly and just a little bit more) but my dream would be to turn this hobby of mine into another supplemental source of income for our family. I’m being bold and stating it here and now. That is one of my goals for this blog of mine.

For these reasons and more, I hope that you will like the changes at Joyfully Thriving this year! I’ve already implemented “Frugal in Fort Wayne” for all my Mom friends around town. The deals and coupons will continue because we can all use those! I’ll be continuing my “Becoming a SAHM” series this year, as well as sharing more about my daily life like I did here. “Shopping in Pictures” isn’t going anywhere because that holds me accountable to my grocery budget. I also want to share more recipes because baking makes me happy! With all these things, I’ll be working on my photography and images so that all my posts can be shared easily on Facebook and Pinterest. (If you aren’t already, find me on Pinterest to see what I’m pinning. I do so love Pinterest!) I appreciate all of you who take the time to read – and share – what I write here.

Those are just some of the things I’ve been pondering and planning. Will you chime in below? Is there anything of which you’d like to see more or less? Any topics that you’d like me to address in the upcoming year? Thank you all for being faithful readers and friends of Joyfully Thriving! It makes my heart smile to know you are all out there – somewhere – reading what I so humbly blog!

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Win Free Red Velvet Oreos (20,250 Winners)

Red Velvet Oreos

Fill out a short form to enter for your chance to win a free package of new Red Velvet Oreos. They are giving away 20,250 packages of Oreos, which is quite a lot! You have until January 22nd to enter.

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

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