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Gratitude and the Big Picture

I heard a story yesterday about a woman who had once lived in a concentration camp. There, she was infested with fleas. Years later, she learned to be grateful for the fleas that had made her life so miserable at the time.
She learned in her later years, talking to other survivors, that the guards had horribly abused most of the other prisoners…but they kept away from the barracks where she and her companions lived….because they didn’t want to catch the fleas.
She then realized that even the fleas had been a blessing in disguise.
Often, we don’t realize that the adversity we are presently experiencing is part of a bigger picture. Experiences which are very painful can sometimes help us to grow, and may have long reaching effects we can’t see.
The twists and turns of your life can twist and turn you as the Potter shapes His clay on the wheel. The pokes and prods of life can save you from dangers you are not able to perceive.
Realize that everything that happens to us is all part of a bigger picture….and there is only One whose eyes can see it’s immensity.
So….the next time you get fleas….say thank you!
 

Shaking it Up

I could call this blog "Fun With the Magic Bullet Blender".

I have been having a lot of fun with my new Magic Bullet blender. Basically, I have learned that if I take a cup of milk, a serving of any frozen fruit, and a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder and blend it up I have dish of soft serve ice cream....or a frappe, depending on how much milk I add.......with protein, fruit, dairy, and no sugar.

Then I discovered that I can make chocolate frappes with ice cubes, a little milk, cocoa powder, and a teaspoon or two of sugar. I wish I hadn't learned that little trick. I learned that you can freeze almost any fresh fruit...even banana chunks. The bananas are particularly good with the chocolate.

Of course, all these calories add up....so if you are having a frappe or a dish of soft serve, you have to skip a meal....but I would much rather have a frappe than a bowl of soup.

A cup of milk has 103 calories....a half cup of strawberries has 24 calories, and a scoop of protein powder is 120 calories. So....a 250 calorie shake is not a bad lunch substitute. Hmmmm.....bowl of lettuce....shake? Bowl of lettuce....shake?

If You Are Disappointed in Others

This happens to me so often, I am really speaking to myself as I write.

Everyone in the world is walking along the same path in life. We are all headed in the same direction.

Everyone carries a backpack on their back. Inside that backpack are the tools that people use to help them negotiate the path. Things like rope for when the path gets steep (the ability to cope and spring back), food and water (faith in God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit), and a map (the gospel). Some people have a compass (the ability to easily see right from wrong) and some people do not. Some people find these things along the way as they walk the path. Some people lose these things as they walk. But the contents of everyone's backpack is different just as every person is different.

It is very silly if we are disappointed in someone who is a slow walker, who doesn't have too much in their backpack. We should instead be proud of them....that even though they are a slow walker, and don't have the tools they need, they are still on the path.

Angels in Your Life

From the beginning down through the ages God has used angels as His emissaries in conveying love and concern for His children.

Usually such beings are not seen. Sometimes they are. But seen or unseen, they are always near. Sometimes their assignments are very grand and have significance for the whole world. Sometimes the messages are more private. Occasionally the angelic purpose is to warn. But most often, it is to comfort, to provide some sort of merciful attention, guidance in difficult times.

I ask everyone within the sound of my voice to take heart, be filled with faith, and remember the Lord has said He "would fight our battles, our children's battles, and the battles of our children's children."

I have spoken here of heavenly help, of angels dispatched to bless us in our time of need. But when we speak of those who are instruments in the hand of God, we are reminded that not ALL angels are from the other side of the veil. Some of them we walk with and talk with....here and now, every day. Some of them reside in our own neighborhoods. Some of them gave birth to us. Indeed, heaven never seems closer than when we see the love of God manifested in the kindness and devotion of people so good and so pure that "angelic" is the only word that comes to mind.

I testify that God never leaves us alone, never leaves us unaided in the challenges that we face.

On occasion, global or personal, we may feel we are distanced from God, shut out from heaven, lost, alone in dark and dreary places. Often enough, that distress can be of our own making, but even then the Father of us all is watching and assisting. And always there are angels who come and go all around us, seen and unseen, known and unknown, mortal and immortal.

"I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left...my Spirit shall be in your heart, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up."

Extractions from a speech by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

For Better or For Worse

Imagine an eternity without God. Imagine the black emptiness of space with no comfort, and no up or down, no reference point, and no one to love you.....alone, cold and sightless, forever.

Imagine an eternity of being washed with warmth and love almost constantly, filled with love yourself, enjoying a peace and inner happiness that cause you to vibrate with the rightness of the universe. That is life with God.

Which one sounds better?

Share Your Moments

There will be moments in your life when you are filled with wonder. There will be moments when the beauty you perceive is so special, so incredible, you cannot bear that moment to be for yourself alone.

In that moment, say to yourself, "Oh, dear God....isn't this beautiful?" Share that moment with Him.
 

What to Do if You Get Stuck

Yesterday, in order to get home, I had to drive up an icy hill. I got stuck on the same hill last week, and I learned that the only way to make it up the hill is to gain momentum and keep going.
Yesterday, an elderly man pulled out of his driveway in front of me just as I began to climb the hill. When he arrived at the top of the hill, he hesitated for one long minute. All traffic came to a stop so that he could proceed, yet still he hesitated. When he finally decided to pull out onto the main street, the damage was done. I was stuck. I could not proceed further up the hill.
My only choice was to back up, so I did. My car skidded as I backed…..and my tail end plowed deep into the eight foot high snowdrift at the side of the road.
I picked up the phone, cancelled my next appointment, and called AAA. It was just past 2 p.m. and they told me they might not be able to get anyone down to help me till 5 p.m. I sat in my car and waited, unwilling to try to shovel myself out, because I had a pulled muscle in my ribcage. Many people drove past, and no one offered to help me. My feet were wet and freezing.
Finally I realized that I had to try to shovel the snow myself. The drift was eight feet high, and my rear end had plowed into it sideways, so I had to remove about 3 feet of the drift and toss the snow up to the top of the eight foot drift….there was nowhere else to put the snow. I got my snow shovel out of the trunk of my car, and proceeded to work very hard.
I never was able to see my wheel. My tailpipe was plugged with snow, and I could not reach far enough into the tailpipe to remove all the snow.
I decided to try now to get my car out of the drift. I rocked back and forth, over and over, and I was finally free….free to skid all over the hill. I still could not move up. I managed to put the rear of my car in the driveway next to where I had become stuck. Just then, two young men came running out of a nearby home, and offered to give me a push. They pushed mightily, and my car gained momentum and made it up the hill. I would like to extend many thanks to them for their kindness.
Four of my toes were nearly frozen, and I had to drive home with my windows open because the exhaust was pouring into the cab of my car. I had to use a 12” round file to ream the snow out of my tailpipe when I got home.
This incident caused me to reflect upon adversity.
As I sat in my car yesterday and did nothing, no help was offered to me.
It was only after I decided to help myself, and work hard to become unstuck that help was given. I think that lesson can be applied to nearly every instance of adversity. If we do whatever we can to help ourselves, and we still can’t make it….help will eventually arrive.
 
 
 

White Chicken Chili

This chili uses my favorite trick....opening cans.

2 cans Cream of Chicken soup, no water or milk added.
1/2 jar green chili salsa (You may add more if you like your chili spicier)
1 small can chunk chicken
1 can of white beans, unrinsed

Combine all ingredients and stir well. Heat and serve.
Serves 4

Cajun Popcorn

It is worth it to purchase a 2 quart microwave popcorn popper. You can pop corn without using any oil....which is a calorie savings....especially if you plan to add oil or butter to the popcorn after it is popped.

Using bagged microwave popcorn is questionable.  The bags contain a toxin...which does not sound delicious.

I recommend Orville Redenbacher's popcorn. It pops to almost twice the size of the other popcorns.

For Cajun Popcorn

Pop 1/3 cup popcorn in microwave popping container and microwave for 3 minutes 15 seconds.
Pour popcorn into a large bowl, and toss it with 2-3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin cold pressed olive oil.
Sprinkle with about 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Cajun seasoning, or more if you like it spicy. Sprinkle with salt to taste, then toss the popcorn again, Serve immediately.

Variations: Follow directions as above, but substitute Old Bay Seasoning.
OR: Sprinkle with fresh finely ground black pepper and sea salt.
OR: Sprinkle with a cheese packet removed from a box of macaroni and cheese.
OR: Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning and 1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese.

Tonight's Cream of Chicken Soup

I love trying new combinations of ingredients when I make soup. Often I buy vegetables on sale, and I chop them up and freeze them, so I have bags of vegetables ready to cook, and I can use as much or as little as I choose.

Tonight I made cream of chicken soup, combining canopener sale items, and frozen vegetables I had in storage.

1 can cream of chicken soup
1 large can chunk turkey, undrained
1 cup chopped frozen red bell pepper
1/1/2 cups frozen sliced zucchini (sliced about 3/8" thick)
2 shakes Mrs. Dash Southwestern Chipotle seasoning

It is not necessary to add water or milk to this recipe. The zucchini release a great deal of liquid as they cook...and the liquid in which the meat is packed makes up for the rest.

I was pleasantly surprised at the nice flavor the red bell pepper lent to the soup. 

Three large servings.

Growing Up

There will be levels to your life. You will pass through stages where you find that what was once important to you is no longer important. You will explore and learn to the best of your ability....but it is important not to get stuck on one level for too long....just as you would not want to repeat a grade in school.

For those who spend their lives in pursuit of material possessions, I have this to say: they don't call them toys for nothing. Those who are stuck on the level of amassing material goods are essentially not growing up. They are unable to discern the ultimate futility of spending their valuable time in this pursuit.

I read a story once that struck me. A woman was very ill, and for a moment, on the operating table, she went to heaven. There she was met by an angel, who told her he was to be her guide. He led her first to the seashore, and there were many beautiful sand castles there. She exclaimed in wonder, and sat down and began to build a sand castle of her own. She tried to copy some of the more beautiful ones she saw upon the beach.

But after awhile, she noticed that the tide was coming in, and many of the sand castles had begun to wash away. She became sad, and stopped building.

The angel approached her, and said to her, "Don't you want to continue to play?"

"No," she said, "Let us move onward."

Next her brought her to a beautiful garden. There was every flower there she could imagine, in such haunting symmetry that her breath was taken away. In the center of the garden there was a lovely woman, whose face shone with light.

"Who is she?" asked the woman.

"Her name is Alice, and she led a life of such beauty, that she created this garden."

"Let us move onward," he said.

Next he showed her another garden. It was dry, and many of the plants were withered. There was a tree in the center of the garden, but many of it's branches had broken away.

"What place is this?" she asked.

"This is YOUR garden," he replied. "This garden was created with the life that YOU have led."

When the woman was revived on the operating table, the memory of her experience stayed with her, and her "garden" began to grow and became very beautiful.

Always try to bring your thoughts to the next level, if you are able to perceive what that is. 

Hint: it has to do with love....and serving your fellow man.

Impact

Every time you open your mouth, you smack the “world” in the face with the impact of your words. Your words may only reach one person. If they are negative, they are  like the wind that breaks a branch, which unbalances the tree….which causes the tree to fall…which kills the family of squirrels living within….which leaves the bobcat hungry…which causes the bobcat to prey upon humans. If they are positive, they are like the sun that shines on an orchard that comes to full fruit…that brings a record harvest…and feeds a small village. Your words can have effects you can only begin to visualize.
Your words have meaning, and create a result, and you have the ability to control both your words and the result created by them.
In order to simplify my point, let’s view the world for a moment as all black and all white….or all light and all darkness.  We know that is silly….but this is hypothetical.
Messages conveyed between humans can convey positive, helpful, happy messages, or they can create negative, unhelpful, hurtful messages.
The moment you open your mouth, you can CHOOSE which sort of message to convey….a message of light….or a message of darkness.
Case in point…I have a friend who is negative in the extreme. His negativity is not just depressing, it is stressful. It takes a very strong person to withstand it, and to try to turn him in other directions.
He has allowed negativity to take over his entire life and being….and his physical health has actually been affected by it. Darkness eats at a person from within. He has turned his back on the light….and by doing so, has isolated himself and alienated most people he meets.
I have another friend who is filled with light. She supports her family, she works a taxing second job for the church, she cares for her home and her children, and she is facing a major surgery, and yet she reaches out to everyone around her, caring for them, sending messages of love and positivity.
She strengthens everyone she meets, and provides a rock of sorts….a bastion against the winds of adversity….because she brings light into the world constantly.
If you could choose to be one or the other of my friends….which would you choose to be? Select your impact.
 
 
 

A Little Wisdom

At church a couple of weeks ago, someone spoke to the congregation about how stretching oneself is a good thing. By "stretching", she meant "to go beyond that of which you think you are capable". It is true that not too many great things in this world would be accomplished if people did not "stretch themselves".

However, she gave what I felt was a rather poor example. She spoke of a woman she knew who had said that in order to do all her work....for her family, her church, and her job.....she was "stretched" constantly. I wondered to myself....did that make her happy? Just by making that comment, the poor woman was basically complaining that she was overworked.

Another important teaching of my church is that it is important to be happy.

If "stretching" yourself constantly is consistently stressful to you, then are you really happy?

I think it is important to find your balance. If "stretching" constantly fills you with stress, and you find that you are unhappy, you are not fulfilling God's plan. He wants us to be happy.

If you are stressed out all the time, then it is time to create a life where the stress level is lower, so that you can acheive happiness. We must all strive to be obedient to what God wants for us. Create happiness in your life. Slow down, if that is what you have to do.

 

A Different Cocoa Experience

I am always willing to try new things....especially if it will save me money. Last week I shopped at a different place for my groceries...Walmart....because I was in a hurry, and I found a different product. It was in the baking cocoa section, and it is called Hershey's Special Dark cocoa.

I was mainly attracted by the price. Hershey's Special Dark was almost half the price of my favorite Ghiradelli. (They also had a bag of Ghiradellis sweetened cocoa...(100% cacao), which I picked up).

Hershey's Special Dark is a double savings, I discovered. It is so dark and rich, you only need to use half the amount....or less....to make a cup of cocoa. The resultant cocoa is quite dark, and while the flavor is not on the same level as Ghiradelli's, it is not unacceptable. It also makes a killer frozen chocolate banana "pudding" in the blender, with 2 frozen chunked bananas and 2 Tablespoons of milk and a little vanilla extract. Only one tablespoon...or less...of the Special Dark is required.

Ghiradelli sweetened baking cocoa is actually quite good, and I found that it went quickly. However, while the Ghiradelli is gone....because you need to use so much to make a killer cup of cocoa....I still have more than half the container of Special Dark.

So...in the interest of economy...sacrifice a tiny bit of luxurious cocoa flavor in favor of getting more for your money? That's up to you.

Seeing Beauty

There was no creature less beautiful than my cat when I first took him from a client and gave him a home. He had one lopped off ear, a scar on the top of his head and a tiny one on his face. He had licked the hair completely off his back in furrows because he had fleas. The furrows were covered in sores, which puckered while they healed. When that hair grew back, he did it again, because he was in pain. The pin in his leg had become infected and needed to be removed. Then he had all his bare patches of fur from surgery. He had to have all his teeth removed but one....so I couldn't even call him "Toothless".

It is now almost eleven months since I first took the cat home with me, and all his fur has grown back.

He has such a loving personality. He wakes me in the morning and wants to be petted. Sometimes he licks my hands and gives me a gentle nip with his one tooth. The entire time he eats his meals is "kitty time", and I have to be available, sitting in my chair, so that he can jump up on my lap and purr and be petted in betweeen running back and forth to his dish.

He wants to be close to me, and he wants to be in my lap even when I am sitting in my computer chair, now. He is just happy to be there, and sits and purrs.

The other morning, I looked down at his fur. He is a grey tiger cat with a black stripe down his back and white markings on his face and paws and belly. Beneath his tiger stripes, his fur changes to a uniform shade of caramel. His fur was gleaming with good health, and as I petted him, I noticed that the light was hitting each individual hair on his back, and corruscating into tiny rainbows. Even the black hair had become myriad tiny rainbows.

Somehow, when I look at him now, I don't see the lopped off ear, or the scars. I see his beautiful eyes, and his cute pink nose. I see the little rainbows.

It's that way with people, too. Sometimes we are blessed to be able to see beauty where none was at first apparent. It requires a spirit of love within, and an eye that is accustomed to search for it. Sometimes the only beauty is inside, where one can't easily see it. If that is so, search for it...for that is the light of God.

Round and Round and Round

My son can’t sleep. He is stressed out by his job and his commute, and in addition, he is so angry from all the stress and the exhaustion that he is drinking too much. He says he feels like he wants to kill someone.
I don’t know why I get these wild visual images, but after hearing about his problem, I began to “see” images of a teddy bear hamster running around and around on a wheel, saying in a squeaky little hamster voice, “I can’t sleep. I’m angry and exhausted so I’m drinking too much, which prevents me from sleeping.” “I can’t sleep. I’m angry and exhausted so I’m drinking too much, which prevents me from sleeping.” Over and over again the squeaky little hamster voice repeats itself. The hamster never stops and jumps off the wheel….never attempts to break the vicious cycle.
Some hamsters don’t even know they are ON the wheel…..and even if they did they are too obsessed with running on the wheel to jump off.
Hamsters always have excuses  for not being able to jump off the wheel. They will even bite the hand that tries to help them. Some hamsters blame all the other hamsters they know.
In the end, the only one who can jump off the wheel is the hamster, himself. He has to take responsibility for his own life and make his own changes. The hamsters who survive are those who are intelligent enough to recognize that they have a problem and get some help.

Tomatoes Bursting with Goodness

I got asked to do my first ever talk today at church. My topic is Spiritual Growth toward Jesus Christ through Agency. I have to do the talk on February 8th. I already have several scripture quotes, and I printed off about  5 articles. I don't know why, but the very first thing that popped into my head when I was asked  to give the talk was a tomato plant. I have been toying with that idea all afternoon. And then when I was researching, Colossians 1:10 popped up, which says " So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God".



So I'm thinking....bearing fruit in every good work....tomatoes....hmmm...:)....so I have decided that I will draw an analogy. I will compare us to tomato plants....unique tomato plants....which were designed to bear beautiful spiritual tomato fruit, but which are unique in that first, the plant must decide that it WANTS to bear fruit....and that is how I will bring in the aspect of agency.



I will talk about an unhappy, unhealthy tomato plant, growing in a shaded section of the garden, in poor soil. It does not get the nourishment it needs. It does not get enough light. When it rains, the poor soil doesn't hold the water in, so the roots of the plant can't thrive. It is not a happy plant....so it decides it will not grow tomatoes. It is all it can do to stay alive, and eventually, it will die.



But the tomato plants in the sunny part of the garden, which enjoy rich nourishing soil and lots of sunlight, put out plentiful fruit. They are beautiful, bursting with rich life. When the Gardener walks through his garden, and sees the beautiful fruit, He is well pleased.



Then I will bring in this quote:

"Brothers and sisters, the spirit that dwells in each of us can be enriched with enthusiasm and enlightened by the Almighty. The process of spiritual growth is revealed in the scriptures. "Intelligence cleaveth unto intelligence, wisdom receiveth wisdom, truth embraceth truth....[and]....light cleaveth unto light." "That which is of God is light, and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light, and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day."



And light is SO good for tomato plants! :)

A Nugget from the History of Christianity

My 54th great-grandfather, Bran Fendigaid ap Llyr Llediaith,  King of Siluria, aka Bran the Blessed, was the first ever royal convert to Christianity.

Interestingly enough, his wife, my 54th great-grandmother, was born in Arimathea.   Hmmm....wonder if she had anything to do with her husband's conversion? Her name was Anna Enygeus of Arimathea.

Is it even remotely possible that Anna Enygeus of Arimathea was ultimately responsible for all of the Irish Catholics? Was she the mustard seed that started it all? This website....
 http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Arimathea-3......even claims that Anna Enygeus was the daughter of Joseph ben Matthat (Joseph of Arimathea), a rich man of Arimathea who donated his own tomb so that Jesus could be laid within. If that paternity claim is true, then the man who donated the tomb for Jesus was my 55th great-grandfather!

I entered the name of Joseph ben Matthat onto ancestry.com, and ran his line back as far as it would go. It passed King David...Methusaleh....and Noah....and finally went all the way back to Adam and Eve.

Gee, I love family history.
 

Best Money I Ever Spent

I apologize if I sound a little....exuberant.....but I am in love.....with my new blender. It is the best thing that has happened to me in months. It is called the Magic Bullet, and it makes my old blender look sick. 

I remember standing there, waiting and waiting for my old blender to crush ice, and ending up with lumps of ice in whatever I was making anyway.

Now I can crush ice in less than a minute.

I am discovering a whole new world of smoothies and fabulous blended foods.

I have learned that all I have to do to double my metabolic rate is: before I have been awake 15 minutes, to pop an enzyme tablet in my mouth, add a scoop of vanilla whey protein to a little almond milk...(and add some cocoa powder)....and drink down a creamy chocolate smoothie. Then eat a small breakfast 30 minutes later....something like egg whites and whole wheat toast.

I saved $230.00 this year shopping at the Dollar Tree....which MORE than paid for the Magic Bullet and the whey powder. :)

How Much Am I REALLY Saving? The Dollar Tree Diva

It makes me a little crazy when I have to pay the full jacked up price for anything. Yeah, yeah...I know....I have to support the economy and the Republicans need a shot in the arm...but sometimes I want to have more of my own money for myself, instead of paying for someone else to live in a McMansion.

Re-use, recycle....re-purpose....learn to love vintage items and be proud of your vintage finds. But even more than that, keep your money in your pocket to use it for things that are REALLY important....and learn to recognize what is important and what isn't. Having brand name bleach and brand name laundry detergent is not as important as paying a tutor for your kids, or going on a family vacation, or donating the money to the poor and needy.

I know it's a little un-American to mock those who are so hypnotized by the hype they see on TV that they are unable to comprehend that bleach is bleach...same chemical formula no matter what brand you use. There are some things that are just....the same....or so close you have to be really freaked out and into the hype to have the difference matter to you.

Here's an example:  the person who has to use expensive "color last" laundry detergent, which is chemically the same as Woolite....which is chemically the same as cheap hair shampoo? Oops...forget I said anything...we're not supposed to know that. And your hair shampoo....most of it is identical to cheap dishwashing detergent....at least, the part that actually cleans and washes your hair. Don't believe it? Consumer Reports published it about 25 years ago. 25 years ago Vidal Sassoon hair shampoo and dishwashing liquid did exactly the same job on hair.

I laugh inside a little sadly when I see the sheep line up to be shorn.

Here's a good rule of thumb....if you are paying more than $1.00 for any cleaning product, you are paying too much. Cleaning products can be sold for $1.00 and the company selling them can still make a profit. Case in point....I bought a bottle of Ajax antibacterial cleaning spray and left it out in my care by accident, where it froze solid. What does that tell you? The primary ingredient was water, with a little added colorant, and about 5 to 10% antibacterial agent. It probably cost them 20 cents to make it, and ten cents of that was the plastic bottle and spray mechanism.

There is a yellow cleaner available at Dollar Tree called "Awesome" cleaner, which comes in small spray bottles with large refill bottles available, and it cleans better than any brand name cleaner I have ever used.

To illustrate the savings on cleaning products alone, I bought all my cleaning products last month at the Dollar Tree.

Grocery store bleach= 1.79 vs. $1.00= .79 savings x 12 months (I use a gallon of bleach every month).=$9.48 savings a year.
Grocery Store Laundry Detergent=$9.99vs. $1.00 for a 50 oz, (which lasts me two to three weeks)= 8.99 savings x aprox. 17.3 weeks in a year=$155.52 savings a year.
Grocery Store Multisurface antibacterial cleaner =$6.49 vs Ajax Antibacterial multi-surface cleaner@ $1.00= 5.49 savings for 12 months. (I would use 1 bottle a month)=$65.88 savings per year.

Okay,,,,I really could go on and on....but I think that illustrates my point. If I buy the above three Dollar Tree products for ONE year, I saved myself $230.88.....and that is just for three products.

Multiply that savings by buying ALL your cleaning products...if possible....at the Dollar Tree. VERY few cleaning products there are inferior. Personally I would never buy the laundry stain remover there again.

Expand your savings by beginning to purchase your common toiletry items there. They carry Crest and Colgate toothpaste, Aquafresh, and many other brand names for $1.00, and you have to pay two to three times that amount elsewhere. For bar soap, the savings are similar, and brand names are available. 

And don't get me started about the cost of antacids. Dollar Tree (when they have them in stock) carries a 60 ct. bottle of antacids for $1.00. That's .016 cents per antacid. My drugstore sells "Their" Brand of antacid in a 72 count bottle for 4.99...when I can get it. That is .069 cents per antacid. So....about a penny and a half per pill? OR almost 7 cents per pill? And it works exactly the same way and is chemically identical. I use a LOT of antacids....so this price difference can actually put a little dent in my wallet. Please don't tell anyone about this...I don't want them to be out of stock when I go to clean off the shelves again.

The key to using Dollar tree as a tool for savings is to educate yourself on the costs (elsewhere) to purchase your family's staple items. Not everything at Dollar Tree is an automatic bargain. When you go in, stick to your list. If you see something you love, or think might be a bargain, don't buy it until you have priced it elsewhere. You can do that right from your phone, and I recommend it. I was upset when I purchased two of the 33% more can of Campbell's Tomato Soup for a client, only to discover that Walmart was having a Campbell's Tomato Soup sale that day for 50 cents a can.

Dollar Tree is a wonderful place to buy greeting cards....and they are NICE cards! They aren't the little hurting ones you might imagine. And cards only cost 50 cents there....vs $4.99 at the big name place. Gift bags and wrapping paper are another way to score at Dollar Tree. Just try to find a gift bag for less than $3.99 elsewhere.

Another way to save where the savings are NEVER apparent is on printer paper for your home. None of us wants to buy the 5000 sheet box of printer paper at the Office store to maximize savings. 500 sheets of standard printer paper in a 5000 sheet box actually costs you 1.99, and then you have to look at that huge box for 6 months to a year. You can get a 500 ct. block of printer paper at Walmart for 2.99, and keep your house neater looking.

If Dollar Tree EVER starts stocking the absolutely plain glass plates again, I am stocking up. You can buy a couple of dollar tree posters or pictures and mod podge them on the backs of the plain glass plates. They are such a fun and easy craft project for kids and the elderly.

I hope you are psyched up to save, now. Get out there and SAVE the day!


 

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Previous Posts
Gratitude and the Big Picture, posted March 2nd, 2015
Shaking it Up, posted February 28th, 2015
If You Are Disappointed in Others, posted February 28th, 2015
Angels in Your Life, posted February 26th, 2015
For Better or For Worse, posted February 23rd, 2015
Share Your Moments, posted February 22nd, 2015
What to Do if You Get Stuck, posted February 19th, 2015
White Chicken Chili, posted February 17th, 2015
Cajun Popcorn, posted February 15th, 2015
Tonight's Cream of Chicken Soup, posted February 12th, 2015
Growing Up, posted February 12th, 2015
Impact, posted February 10th, 2015
A Little Wisdom, posted February 10th, 2015
A Different Cocoa Experience, posted February 10th, 2015
Seeing Beauty, posted February 6th, 2015
Round and Round and Round, posted January 31st, 2015
Tomatoes Bursting with Goodness, posted January 25th, 2015
A Nugget from the History of Christianity, posted January 24th, 2015
Best Money I Ever Spent, posted January 23rd, 2015
How Much Am I REALLY Saving? The Dollar Tree Diva, posted January 22nd, 2015
Love and Service, posted January 16th, 2015
The Nature of Love, posted January 16th, 2015
Rolle's Own Sugar Cookies, posted January 13th, 2015
Cookies from Cake Mix, posted January 13th, 2015
Chunky Soups for Less, posted January 5th, 2015
Heaven 101, posted January 3rd, 2015
No-Mayo Tuna Salad, posted December 28th, 2014
Illness Ettiquette, posted December 27th, 2014
Parent/Child Relationships, posted December 22nd, 2014
Cocoa For Grownups, posted October 1st, 2014
If You Knew, posted September 30th, 2014
The Comforter, posted September 23rd, 2014
Martha's Strength of Faith, posted September 22nd, 2014, 2 comments
John 11:1-12 on Mary and Martha, posted September 22nd, 2014
A Sweet Story, posted September 3rd, 2014
How to Live an EXTREMELY Long Life, posted August 27th, 2014
Tender Mercies, posted August 19th, 2014
Weighing In On Obesity, posted August 17th, 2014
The Little Caterpillar, posted August 9th, 2014
I DO LOVE YOU, posted July 10th, 2014
SHOULD YOU BRING YOUR MOM OR DAD HOME TO LIVE WITH YOU?, posted July 10th, 2014
The History of Oscar the Cat, posted July 3rd, 2014
Family History, posted June 25th, 2014
Thoughts On a Tree, posted June 24th, 2014
The Odd Antics of Oscar the Cat, posted June 6th, 2014
Grape Salad Dressing, posted June 3rd, 2014
Would You Know Him?, posted May 25th, 2014
The Coffee Crop Disaster, posted May 22nd, 2014
Medical Manners 101, posted May 17th, 2014
Oscar the Cat, posted April 25th, 2014
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