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I saw the light!

Most of you know by now that I am a loyal SuperTarget shopper.  Just hearing their new holiday commercial sing “Simply having a wonderful Christmas time” makes me feel all warm inside.  And, right at home.  I buy most everything there – from groceries to Rachael Ray’s cutsie mixing bowls – it’s all there.  Underneath the bullseye.

When my Georgia gals were out celebrating the wonders of the MAC counter with me, Sharon informed me that I was spending way too much on groceries shopping at my home away from home.  Apparently, I listeneth not.

So, at my completely envious Bible Study, this gal and this gal, told me the same dang thing. 

“CREST!”  They exclaimed, as though they were sharing the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.  Cindy even went as far as to tell me that there was deliverance for me.  And, Robin has raised like 29 children, okay 7, so she knows all about saving money.  Thank you, Sisters.  I have seen the light.

Yesterday, I walked into Crest Foods [Oklahoma owned & operated with self-proclaimed “Rock Bottom Prices.”]  The entire experience was nothing less than perfect.  Anna was angelic.  ANGELIC.  The food variety was plentiful.  And those prices – oh, those prices – were rock bottom.

I came across the turkeys.  Then, just like most days, I called my mom.

“Mom, when do I buy my turkey?”

After she laughed at me, she answered, “Well, if you buy it today, buy it frozen.”

“Mom, I’m shopping at this really great grocery store with really great prices.  Turkeys are only 99 cents per pound!”

“Glo-ree!” She shouted.

Not really.  She didn’t shout glo-ree.  She didn’t even shout.  But, I could tell she was proud.  Oh, she was so very proud of her money-saving daughter. 

I loaded up people.  LOADED UP people.  Can I get a whoop whoop?

No.  Don’t give me that.  That is so tacky.

Sean Fields helped me load my groceries in the car.  No, no.  I don’t know Sean.  I just didn’t have any cash to tip him, so I wrote him a check.  Classic.

Later in the day, I was talking to Sharon.  I told her about my rock bottom prices and how Cindy Beall had told me I was spending way too much money on food at SuperTarget. 

“I TOLD YOU THAT ALREADY!  BUT, OH, WHEN CINDY BEALL TELLS YOU SOMETHING, YOU’LL BELIEVE HER.”  She said, but not in all caps.  That’s just me exaggerating to make the story seem bigger than it really is. 

Can you imagine me exaggerating to make a story seem grander? 

Me either.

I can’t promise I still won’t grab my cute red eco-friendly shopping bags and trek back to my homeland known as SuperTarget.  I will.  Just like Starbuck’s seasonal Peppermint Hot Chocolate, I gotta have it.  But, I will make a better effort in saving the pennies.  My grandfather always said (and yours probably did, too):  “Take care of those pennies, and the dollars will take care of themselves.”

For even MORE fabulous deals, my other Bible Study gal, Christi, has a blog ALL ABOUT GREAT DEALS.  The girl knows her stuff.  And, she can help you save BIG.  Get Christi’s 2 cents here.

Have you found any great deals lately?
In what areas do you save money?


Filed under Shopping

It really does all go back in the box.

My kids keep asking if money is power.  Not because they suddenly want to have some sort of philosophical discussion – obviously.  But, it’s a line in some old Tom and Jerry movie.  I tried to relate it to them on their terms by asking questions like “Does money make you happy?” 

“Yes!”  John Henry answered.

I tried again.  “What makes you happiest?  Toys or friends?”

“Friends”, he said. 

Okay.  “What makes you happiest?  Toys or having a mommy and daddy?”

“You and daddy”, he responded.


Then, Anna chimed in, “Mommy, Daddy AND toys!”

Poor analogy for a three-year old.  For many of us, it’s a tough one, too.  We can spend so much of our time accumulating or trying to accumulate stuff, we fail to accumulate the things that really matter.  We store up earthly treasures, and what do our heavenly treasures look like?   

We let worry and stress rob us of the knowledge that our time here on earth is brief.  It’s but a vapor.  Read Psalm 39:4-5.  And in the end, no one will say, “Man, he had a really awesome boat.”  Nor will we hear, “Did you ever visit her house on the beach?” 

What will be said of those who store up heavenly treasures is “He was selfless.” 

“She was a great mom.” 

“He served others.” 

“She invested into her friends’ lives.” 

“He led me to the Lord.” 

“She brought me food when our family was hungry, and I had no money.”

“He always prayed for me.”

“She understood God’s grace and imparted it to me.”

“He forgave me.”

“She was my teacher at church told me all about Jesus.”

The list could go on.  Let’s not let stuff consume us.  Let’s be generous toward others.  And, let’s invest into what really matters. 

Money is not power.  Christ in you, the hope of glory is.

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ… Philippians 3:7-8

Are you storing up more earthly or heavenly treasures?


Filed under God Stuff, Spiritual Journey

Yes, I actually know His last name.

John  Henry:
  “Mom, is money power?”

Me:  “No, son.   The only power is Jesus Christ who lives inside of you.”

John Henry:  “You know his last name?”


Filed under Kid Stuff