Super Bowl Party on a Budget


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Join me on MeWe! See everything I post. Your friends too! No censorship. No tracking. The best part is live chat! Chat with me or other members in real time. Easy signup here. I'm loving this so far. The best part? It's always FREE!   Super Bowl Party on a Budget     We always have two big parties a year. There’s our Welcome to Hurricane Season party, which you would understand if you’re an insurance adjuster, and then there’s our annual Super Bowl party. The Super Bowl … [Read more...]

Why Do I Use Coupons? Here are My Top 10 Reasons


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Why Do I Use Coupons You Ask? People that don’t understand the benefits of them, often ask me why I use coupons. “Why do you spend all that time just to save a couple bucks here & there?” I often hear. The truth is, there are a lot of reasons. The biggest one I say is that I don’t just save “a couple bucks here & there,” I save a Ton of bucks Everywhere! For those of you who think it isn’t worth it, or that it doesn’t really save you money, let me give you my top ten reasons I use … [Read more...]

Stamp Out Hunger On May 10, 2014


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Stamp Out Hunger On May 10, 2014 This Saturday, May 10, don't forget to leave a bag of non perishable food items for your letter carrier to pick up! This will make the 22nd year for the annual Stamp Out Hunger event brought by the NALC-National Association of Letter Carriers.  More than 1,400 NALC branches in just about every city, state and territory will have letter carriers, family members and thousands of volunteers out and about to help collect, sort and distribute the cans, boxes and … [Read more...]

Emergency Fund Saved The Day For One Wiz Kid


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Emergency Fund Saved The Day For One Wiz Kid Emergency funds are one of the most important things you can have in your household. Even when paying down debt, you want to have a baby emergency fund with at least $1000 in it for those unexpected expenses. Wiz Kid Catherine Johnson had one of those experiences recently and luckily had her emergency fund there to save the day. She was kind enough to share her story with us and how she was able to get through the horrible event that happened to … [Read more...]

Looks Like the Wiz is Waitin’ on a Woman!


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In 20 minutes this afternoon, and with 3 small words ("it's a girl"), the overbearing testosterone levels at the Carothers home seem to have been neutralized. While I have always been completely indifferent to whether we have a boy or a girl, I would be a liar if I didn't say my head is spinning tonight. "There's two things I know for sure. She was sent here from heaven and she's Daddy's little girl". The words to Butterfly Kisses have echoed through my head all afternoon. I see a future of … [Read more...]

From Our Home to Yours, We Wish You a Very Merry Christmas


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The Holy Bible tells us in Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. I think back to 2012 years ago in a humble stable. A father, a mother and their perfect newborn son. In a place where livestock dwelt, they experienced the most precious gift a family can experience and cared nothing about the setting in which it … [Read more...]

Wizard Amanda: What I am Thankful For


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The holiday season as a whole has quite a few traditions and meanings for me. Thanksgiving is a time of reflection for me, a time to look at what I am thankful for. I spend time thinking about what I have accomplished during the year. What struggles I have faced, how my children have grown and how my relationship is within my marriage. I think about things I could have done better and things I have left unsaid when maybe I shouldn't have. I try and remember all of the good, like the food in our … [Read more...]

Jessica: This Thanksgiving, I Am Thankful For…


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Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, I become emotional as I am reminded of a very special & scary Thanksgiving from five years ago. While, there are many things in my life that I am currently grateful for, I wanted to take this time to share with you about an organization that most people don't know much about. You've probably heard about them, maybe even donated before, but most don't know exactly what they offer. I am talking about Ronald McDonald House Charities. What is the … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving – A Time for Reflection


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Thanksgiving is a time for reflection, even in the Wizards' world. With all of the Holiday buzz already in full force, one might think that it would be difficult to pull away and reflect. Truthfully it's not. I made it a habit a long time ago to allow myself time to reflect on my life every single day. Each morning I get up and I read 2 chapters from the book of Psalms and a chapter from the book of Proverbs. While I typically stay toward the middle of the road on all of my posting, I think that … [Read more...]

Wizard Brianne’s…I’m Thankful For…


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I feel like every year has ups and downs. This one was no exception. However, I sit here, a very different person than I was a year ago. Busier, but less stressed. I feel, especially in light of the events of the last few weeks with Hurricane Sandy, so incredibly blessed. This year, I'm thankful for so much. My husband. He works countless hours. Really, countless. We lose track. He's a great husband and he's a fantastic father to our girls. Best of all, after nearly 7 years of marriage, we … [Read more...]

A Week In The Life Of A Wizard (Cyndi’s Perspective)


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Since David put out the "casting call" for a new admin(s), I thought about it and figured I'd give you all an insight into the week of a Wizard. Most people probably don't realize what goes on behind the scenes. I'm going to give a look into my "Wizard Work" but here are a few things to know first.... 1. I work a full time job as a cost analyst. Well that's my title but I do way more than that. I am currently also doing document control and I build and maintain numerous databases for our … [Read more...]

How to Bake a Cake with Toddlers


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My first and final attempt to bake a cake while the triplets are awake. What started out as a great idea, soon turned into a huge mistake! Here is a play-by-play of my attempt to bake a cake with toddlers. Remove toys out of the oven. Turn on oven. Get out bowl, spoons, measuring cups and ingredients. Remove 12 Lego blocks, 6 toy cars and a barbie doll from kitchen table. Measure out 2 cups of flour. Remove Bella's hands from the flour. Wash flour off. Measure 1 more cup of flour to replace … [Read more...]

Do Rich People use Coupons?


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Do rich people use coupons?  You bet your sweet bippy they do!  How do you think they got to be rich?  One of the biggest misconceptions out there is that people with money tend to be frivolous in their spending.  Not so much.  Let's think about this from a more logical perspective!  Rich people have money because they have learned how to make the most out of what they have.  By doing this, they have been able to sock away money and accumulate wealth while America at large is only accumulating … [Read more...]

Starting to Coupon – You Don’t Need Every Deal


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When I was starting to coupon, it seemed to overtake me during my first few months . I was scouring the internet for deals, going to the stores to do one or two transactions, and it seemed that it was consuming all of my time throughout the week.   It's so easy to get caught up in couponing, and the knowledge that now that you know how to do it, you must get every deal you find out about.  But, this is not necessary. It is necessary, however, to revel and be proud of what you … [Read more...]

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive 5/12


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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is Saturday May 12, 2012. Help celebrate the 20th year of Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Letter Carriers across the country in partnership with the US Postal Service, will be collecting food for families in need. You can help by collecting non perishable food items and placing them by your mailbox. Together we can help to stamp out hunger. Donate items like canned vegetables, soup, meats, fish, bottled juice, pasta, cereal and rice that do not require refrigeration. … [Read more...]

Not All Hauls Have to be Huge – David Scores Big at Winn-Dixie


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I think that with the sensationalism of Extreme Couponing in the media and on television that we find ourselves striving to make our shopping trips superhuman. I was thinking about it today and realized that I spend so much time writing about couponing and teaching other people how to do it that I haven't been out to buy anything at the stores myself! Granted, my wife is a formidable partner and can more than carry her weight in the coupon game, but I do like to go out and make sure I've still … [Read more...]

Starting Easter Traditions


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When I was a kid, we had our traditions - coloring eggs, Easter baskets, putting out carrots for the bunny, finding eggs in the morning. We are finally starting our own traditions - because this will be the first Easter we are all together in our own home. Every year we travel, and it's usually without my husband, who, without fail, has pulled call every Easter Sunday for the last 7 years (with the exception of last year). We are truly happy to be able to wake up in our own house and not have … [Read more...]

You’re Never Too Old for an Easter Basket


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  My earliest childhood memory is at three years old. I remember my mom calling me to come out to the living room to search for my Easter basket. Within minutes, I discovered that the Easter Bunny had hidden it behind a curtain in the living room window. In it was my very first stuffed cat, which I still have by the way, and on that fateful Easter Sunday, a cat fanatic was born. Old Easter Traditions Growing up through the years in Syracuse, my brother and I always looked forward to … [Read more...]

Are You a Responsible Couponer?


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When I first started creating my stockpile, I was all gun-ho to get that puppy filled to the brink. It was a coupon free-for-all that started with Nivea body wash. Actually, I didn’t get much of that stuff because once my coupons came in, every shelf was cleared in every store just about. Try as I might for a month, I never could get my hands on more than 2 or 3 bottles. I was so upset, like many others. Then the Right Guard body wash deal came around a few weeks later and for this one, I would … [Read more...]