Saving Times

We are all looking to save time and Angie Doel, owner of has found a way to help others achieve that goal. offers links to different websites dedicated to help save you money by couponing, learning the ins and outs of finding the good deals and tips for organizing, which as we know, being organized is a time saver in itself.  

Saving Times provides you with a service that happens to help save you money as well as time.¬†If you do not have time to cut coupons, simply purchase a coupon pack that suits your needs. ¬†You can select non-grocery items, or food items, or even a pet pack. ¬†All packs start out at $5.00. ¬†Starting at $25.00, you can customize your childs goodie bags so you don’t even have to do the work. ¬†Another wonderful option is to purchase the scrap pack for $5.00 and get a handful of scrapbooking supplies, such as stickers, cut outs and paper. ¬†It is just enough to embellish a small page.¬†

As an avid shopping, Angie knows a thing or two about saving money, as she shops weekly for a family of 9!  (Her and her hubby, 3 kids, 2 dogs and 2 cats!)  She gains personal satisfaction knowing she is helping others to save money.   She offers a newsletter and referral program to her customers. 

Tap into your frugal side.  will help you get on the right track for saving money and SavingTimes! 

Winner is announced!

Our first giveaway went off great!  Our lucky winner was Lesha A. from Newburgh, Indiana will be receiving our Body Source pedicure set!  Congrats and enjoy!

Damn Gas Companies

In this day and age it is unheard of to not have debt, or no credit cards, right? ¬†There are a few lucky ones who are fortunate enough to live debt free and with no credit cards carrying a balance. ¬†I for one am not that lucky. ¬†We are currently living way above our means and have an enormous amount of debt. ¬†I thought perhaps I can call the companies as suggested by many financial advisors and ask them to lower our interest rates. ¬†I have to say, I was a bit terrified at first, but after the first call, I felt more at ease and it just flowed off my tongue with no shame. ¬†The first company I called starts with the letter K and rhymes with holes. ¬†I was told that they cannot lower the rate and I was basically out of luck. ¬†Well, ok, on to the next. ¬†It was Capital One. ¬†They were so wonderful to speak with. Right away I was told I was a valuable customer of 7 years and they would like to keep our relationship a positive one so they offered to lower my rate 5% to a fixed 9.9%! ¬†I was amazed! ¬†How cool is that! ¬†Then I moved on to another independent store and no, they said, sorry, we can’t do that. ¬†Those two cards were at a 22% rate (give or take), so when I was talking to Capital One, they told me I can transfer balances at 0% for 18 months and there are no transfer fees!!!!! ¬†After the 18 months, the transfered balance/s would go to the fixed rate of 9.9%, so right there, I would be saving 12.1%!

¬†I found out that the ability to help was 50/50. ¬†I did not think to myself, “Oh, yeah this is great” as most were not willing to work with us after explaining our situation. ¬†I know ¬†a lot of people are in similar situations and I would love to hear what has helped or just your experiences in general with regards to resolving credit card debt. ¬†Please feel free to leave a comment below.¬†

After figuring out that I need to transfer those two high rated cards to the lower one, I decided to call a gas company. ¬†We are at our limit on those as well, but they too have a 23% rate! ¬†I called they said, sure lets see what we can do. ¬†Then came back with, sorry you don’t qualify. ¬†WTF? ¬†We don’t “Qualify”, how does one qualify? ¬†Do you randomly pick people and say, here, it is your lucky day. ¬†You get a lower rate! ¬†So yeah, on top of paying $3.10 a gallon, you can’t lower your interest rate? ¬†They sent me to their consolidation department. ¬†They were closed, but I plan on calling tomorrow to find out what exactly they wish to consolidate. ¬†Would they risk bankruptcy or agree to work with us? ¬†Let stay tuned and find out tomorrow.

When ever I hear consolidation, it freaks me out and makes me think of people running around with my money, or scamming me and I’d end up owing more than I really needed to pay to begin with after their “fees”. ¬† Not sure what exactly this consolidation department is all about, but I will share what happens, that’s for sure.

I just thought that was a kicker…here pay $3.10 a gallon for gas, and pay 24% interest so we can collect even more money from you suckers!!!¬†

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Great CVS shopping!

One of our moms worked her magic at CVS again! You can find out more on how to do it and make it work for you by joining our forums! ūüôā

Here are the items she got:

5 colgate toothpaste 2.49/each
2 orbit gums 1.19/each
1 neut clear pore 5.29
2 neut blackhead puffs 7.99/each
1 jergens 20 oz. lotion 7.99
2 keri lotion shea 8.29/each
2 mini aquapod water 2.50/each
2 oxy plus soap 1.49/each
3 polmolive dishsoap 1.49/each
1 frutris curl mouse 2.99
1 excedrin 1.99
1 playtex sport tampons 7.99
1 8pk irish spring soap 4.99
1 visine 3.99
2 CVS brand tall kitchen bags 6.59/each
1 old spice 2pk bodywash 7.99
5 cottonelle bath tissue 9.99/each
20 soyjoy bars 1.00/each
3 santa plates .19/each

Had 4 different transactions… totaled.. $190.xx
paid….. $19.xx

paid using giftcards !!

I did my own CVS shopping and did pretty good.¬† My bill was 130.00ish and I paid on a gift card 6.00 and got back 37.00 in ECB’s!¬† YAY!

Organizing for the New Year

I was lucky enough to have a small area professionally organized in my previous home and I was able to carry that information with me when I moved into our new home. I would like to share a couple of ideas for you as you start to organize your spaces this new year.

The Container Store is having a great sale on some of their products that will help get and keep you organized, from your bedroom to your kitchen, as you know, they have something for everyone!

First, for your linen closets, these are great containers that hold medicines, razors, contacts and glasses, extra toothbrushes, etc… You simply stack them on top of each other and since they are clear, you can see right in. I have them labeled as well with labels created with my label maker! ūüôā

The Container Store Shoe Box

Oh, and then you have to look at this pull down spice rack for the inside of your kitchen cabinet! I was in the store and was playing with this and I have to order myself one because it was so cool! It is really a space saver and the best part, you don’t have to have a bunch of spices fall on you because you can not see behind the first row!!! So cool!

Kitchen Pull Down Spice Rack

Well there you have it…a couple ideas to get you started this year on organizing your home and your life. I will be back with some other neat products that will help get you started.

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advantage of this great offer,now through Jan. 31, 2008.

Home Made Foam Soap Refill

I have spent a lot of money on fancy hand soap and especially foam soaps.  For one main reason, the kids love them.  I decided to give making them a try.  I honestly did not think it would work, but to my surprise, it did.  The process was quick and painless!

Take three tablespoons of your dish or hand soap and gently stir into 2/3 cup of water.  The key is to stir gently.  You do not want to shake and stir too quickly, but just enough to blend the soap into the water.  Then simply pour it into your foam soap dispenser and give it a few pumps.  You should start to see the foam right away.

I used my Ajax grapefruit scented dish soap and it has been working great!  We love it and with kids, it is so affordable and they can even help make it, so that is a plus!