Friday, October 23, 2009


The winner of my first blog giveaway is...

Gaby Montero!
I sent you an email to get your info.

I will be doing another giveaway in November so stay tuned!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Halloween Blog Giveaway

I'm giving away this adorable halloween bag. Use as a purse or a trick or treat bag. Will arrive by halloween if shipping info is made within 24 hours of notification of winning! Giveaway runs through Thursday October 22 at noon EST. Open to US addresses only!
How to enter:
One entry for each of the following:
* go to one of my shops, or and choose your favorite item and add a link of it to the comments of this post
*become a fan of my facebook fan page,, add your facebook id to the comments of this post
*blog about my blog giveaway, adding a link to the mention in the comments of this post
*follow my blog
* follow me on twitter (creativejenv), leave a comment in this post with your twitter id
*Tweet about my blog giveaway with a link to my blog making sure to add @creativejenv
For 5 entries place an order on either of my sites and put "blog giveaway" in the notes to seller.

I will add each entry to a spread sheet and then use to choose a number to pick the winner. Winner to be picked on October 22 at 2 PM EST!

Monday, October 5, 2009

33 Items For Under $33!

CreativeJenV got creative at Giant Eagle this morning. I love coupons and stores that double up to $1. This week I was able to get 33 items for $32.57! I saved 70, here is what I got. Sorry no pics.

4 Danimal crushable yogurts FREE
4 Dannon yogurts FREE
3 small boxes of cheese its $1 each
4 Turkey cheddar subs, the kinds with water bottles, $1.99 each
4 Glade Soy mini candles .99 each
4 Glade Reed Diffuser 1.49 each
4 pilsbury pizza crust 1.80 each
2 pounds of grapes 1.74
3 loaves of bread .33 each
2 Reese crispy candy bars FREE!

That works out to be less than $1 per item!! The Glade diffusers were reg. price $8.98
Hope this helps someone save money this week! Sale ends on Wed.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Summer 2009

Summer is winding down. We have been blessed with low temps and low humidty this year. Haven't even ran the AC for 2 weeks total! We will be getting in the back to schoo mode soon and with that comes some new challenges.

Lauren my 11 yr old is being tested for muscular dystrophy. She spent 4 days middle of July in the hospital where the EMG showed something and the genetic testing was ordered. Takes 6-8 weeks to get results back and it has only been 10 days. Lauren is still having pain if she has to walk to much. During a trip to a craft store last week we were only there about 25 min when it became to much. It has made doing anything next to impossible right now.

Emma just got home from New Orleans for the Youth Gathering. She had a blast and loves the area. She saw the 9th ward and says not much has been done to make things normal.
It has been a huge blessing that she has her license and a car with everything going on. Even though she complains about the price of gas all the time!

Brian did the Bike to the Bay again in June and did 100 miles each day! I don't know how he can even move after that!

Me, well I've been doing a lot of sewing to fill up my shops for the holiday season.

Hope everyones summer is going great!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Getting a lot for a little

My coupon box and I spent about 45 minutes today at Giant Eagle. We had a great time. I did 2 purchases and of course got the 1 grumpy cashier that have there. Oh well I didn't let him ruin the excitement.
First purchase:

I got 4 Fabreeze Air Effects Reg. 2.99 on sale for 2.50 and used 4 $1 off coupons that doubled. Received a $5 off your next order coupon.
Also got 4 Crest toothpaste Reg. 3.69 on sale for $2.50 and used 4 $1 off coupons that doubled. Received a $3 off you next order coupon.
Total spent: $4.81

Second purchase:

Cascade reg. 4.69 on sale for 4.00 each bought 4 and used 4 $1 off coupons that doubled. Received a $5 off your next order coupon.
Fantstick bought 2 reg. 2.49 each no sale used 2 $1 off coupons that doubled.
Pretzels bought 4 reg. 2.09 on sale for 2.00 each used 4 .75 off coupons that doubled.
Granola bars bought 3 reg. 4.49 on sale 3.00 each used 3 $1 off coupons that doubled.
Colgate bought 4 reg. 2.19 on sale for 1.50 used 4 .75 off coupons that doubled. Making them FREE
Candle Refills (splurge item) not on sale 3.89 used 1 $1 off coupon that doubled.
Pledge Dusters bought 4 reg. 2.99 on sale for 2.50 used 4 $1 off coupons that doubled.
Deodorant bought 4 reg. 2.14 on sale for 2.00 used 4 $1 off coupons that doubled. Making them FREE
Suave Shampoo bought 8 reg. 1.29 on sale for 1.00 used 4 $1.00 off 2 coupons that doubled. Making them FREE
Total Spent $15.22

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Saving Money

Happy Wednesday!
Lately I have been asked how I spend $100 or less a week for food, paper products, cleaning supplies, laundry stuff , dog food and health and beauty products. The answer is simple. COUPONS!

I’m going to try to keep this simple for now but please feel free to contact me with questions or wanting more info.

First things is to remember if you want to cut your grocery bill it will take time. You will need to build a stockpile so that you never pay full price again. This begins with buying your Sunday newspaper. You will need to find out what paper in your area gives the best coupons. We really only have 1 here but when I can get my hands on a Detroit Free Press it is like striking gold. The other thing I do is I buy 4 papers. I get mine on Sunday mornings at the Dollar Tree since they normally sell for $1.75. Why 4 papers? Because the main store I use coupons at will allow me to use 4 of the same coupons at a time. You will need to contact your grocery stores and find out their coupon policies. The store I go to will double up to $1.00 so say x brand of deodorant is on sale for $2 and I have a $1 of one I get that for fee! Ironically the store I go to is one of the more pricier stores in town but combining sales and coupons make it worth the 18 min drive there once a week. I try to only buy what is on sale that I have coupons for there to keep my cost down. I get what I can’t get there at Aldis.

Another huge way to save money is with rebates. I only do Rite Aid and I take my rebate and put it on a gift card and only use that money to buy more things that are cheap or free after rebate!

Things I don’t pay for or pay very little for:
Shampoos and Conditioners
Boxed potatoes
Dishwasher detergent
Salad dressing
Frozen veggies
And lots more.

My trip for this week. Remember I don’t shop like a lot of you do so this is obviously not a weeks worth of groceries for us but things to add to the stockpile for when we need them. Oh and please don’t to food banks if you end up with to much.

1/19/09 at Giant Eagle
8 Reese’s Whips
4 Four Piece Rubbermaid food containers
2 mild Ortega taco sauces
2 Suave deodorant
4 boxes of Nature Valley granola bars

Paid $6.20
Saved $32.67 85% savings!

You will spend more time at this in the beginning because it is something new. I spend about 45 min a week clipping and putting coupons away and maybe another 15 minutes pulling the coupons I will be using. Remember if the store is out of something get a rain check!

I know this a just a little bit of information so like I said please contact me if you have any further questions.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


I seem to get overwhelmed very easily. It can be when I need to clean something if it is too bad I just don't know where to start or I get distracted. Example cleaning craft room and take a dirty glass to the kitchen then I start picking up in there. I also find that some days I just have no idea where to start. I know what I need to do but again don't know where to start. I would make lists of things to do and then it would become overwhelming to me. I finally have found something to help! Instead of making a list of what I need to do I right stuff down on a list after I do it. Something in my strange head wants to see my list longer and I get a lot more done. Feels so much better to me than to check something off a list and see 5 other things that I need to do.
Strange huh?!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

New Year

I know we are almost 2 weeks into the new year but I'm just getting around to accepting the fact that 2009 is here! This is a big year for us. I have a daughter turning 16 so I'm planning the Sweet 16 party to hopefully live up to what she has dreamed of but I doubt that because her dream has a Jeep Liberty as a gift and that isn't going to happen.
My husband and I will be celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary this year in May and in Dec I will be turning 40. None of these seem like they are possible!

I'm working hard this year to find a balance in my life. So far I've been doing good. Still lots of room to improve but finding peace which was the goal!

Hope 2009 is good to you!