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File your Federal Tax Return using H&R Block At Home service for FREE.

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Turbo Tax is also offering you the chance to file your 2013 Federal Tax Return for FREE with their online Federal Free Edition.

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File your Federal Tax Return using H&R Block At Home service for FREE.

Prefer Turbo Tax over H&R Block?

Turbo Tax is also offering you the chance to file your 2011 Federal Tax Return for FREE with their online Federal Free Edition.

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With Christmas less than three weeks away, I thought I’d give you the opportunity to share your small or home-based business.  I know several of you are soap makers, Scentsy and Tupperware consultants, so feel free to leave your contact information and any current promotions and/or to offer a special deal for fellow Thrifty Texans.

Look at it this way … it’s FREE advertising!

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TT FBI am striving to reach 2,000 “likers” on Facebook before November 30, 2013.  And if I do, I am set to offer a $100 gift card giveaway!  What better time to give away $100 than at the Christmas shopping season?

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Share deals on your Facebook page by clicking on the Facebook logo at the bottom left of each post.  Or, use the “share” button on Facebook.
  2. Tell your friends and family!
  3. If you see someone in the store paying full price, take a minute to let them know how they can save money on household products and groceries by reading Thrifty Texan.

Ready?  Set.  SHARE!

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Ecclesiates 3:1-8 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up: A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

If you have been reading my blog since Spring then you may remember me telling you of my Grandma graduating from this life, into eternal life.  What a hole she left in this large family … and her spot just cannot be filled!

I’ve been told that I am a lot like her, at least in the sense of frugality.  Having raised 5 children during some pretty lean times, she knew how to save money on groceries.  She faithfully clipped coupons for years … even before it became popular.  Each week, she perused every local store’s sale ad, made her list, and went to each and every store to get the best deals each one had to offer – this was before the days of price matching at Walmart to get the best deals in one single stop!  Even after her health began to fail and she didn’t enjoy shopping the stores, she’d make the list for my Grandpa, and he’d make the weekly rounds!

Grandma also loved to share her deals. By cooking; for anyone who stopped by for a visit, for family, someone she heard of that needed food, or families in their church congregation.  That meant she had a lot of kitchen gadgets, utensils and general stuff!

For the past few weeks, myself and a couple other family members have worked to help my Grandpa prepare for an estate/garage sale.  Amid the “time to weep”, we are also learning there “is a time to keep and a time to cast away”.  Countless hours have been spent this week getting things ready for the sale that begins tomorrow (September 27, 2013) at 7:30 am. My boys and I are staying with Grandpa until the sale is over, so we are thoroughly enjoying our time with him.

The first reason for this post is to let my wonderful readers know that I will likely not have much time to blog tomorrow or Saturday, and the weekly CVS and Walgreens deals will not be up until late Sunday or later.

The other reason is that if you are a local reader, I would love for you to come by the Estate Sale (September 27-28).  Address is 6772 Briley Dr., North Richland Hills.  We have quilts, furniture, antiques, corningware, Tupperware, and tons of other things.

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I am forgetful.  I have already forgotten one-third to one-half of what I did just last week yesterday.

But, I remember – to the exact spot – where I was on September 11, 2001.  I was at work, in my office, when my boss’ wife called to say a plane had flown into the World Trade Center.  I quickly grabbed the remote and switched on the TV.  As soon as I did, the live footage showed the second plane plowing into the second tower.  Devastation.  Despair.  Helplessness.

I was less than one month away from getting married, and life came to a standstill.  I remember sitting in a long line of cars to get gasoline – even in my small town.  I remember sitting by the hours and watching, reading and listening to reports of the attack. I remember hearing our leaders pray, you heard it in just about every address given by our leaders, especially those by our President.  I remember our country came together in unity, I remember the stars and stripes flying everywhere, we cared about our neighbors, we stood up for the right, we turned to our Creator.

It’s amazing how quickly we forget.  In recent weeks/months, the only news I’ve heard is bad news, bickering, partisan politics, socialism.  What will it take for us to remember? 2 Chronicles 7:14 says “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

This song reminds me to remember what Christ did for me on the cross of Calvary.  Another thing that I never want to be found guilty of forgetting.

I pray that today, as we remember those who lost their lives on 9/11, that we also remember our Saviour and His love for us.

“Only 2 defining forces have ever offered to die for you … Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.  One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.”

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Fun and Blessings Abundant!

August 29, 2013

20130827_081828One day last fall, Robert and I were discussing that this year we’d like to take a few days and visit Galveston – both of us were born and raised in Texas, but had never seen the gulf coast!  My husband also loves science related stuff, so a trip to NASA / Johnson’s Space Center in Houston was also a must-see.  We started making tentative plans way back then to go in September of this year.

Fast forward to early summer 2013:  Robert called me on his way home from work (as he does each day :D ), and during the course of the conversation, he said that his boss wanted him to go to a four day training class in Galveston the last week of August!  While attending this training class, he would receive hotel accommodations and a generous food allowance … and the family was welcome to go with him – we’d just need to pay for any extra things!

DSC_0937We left out last Sunday morning and went to church, then lunch, with some longtime friends in the Dallas area.  We then headed south to Houston so that we could be at NASA at opening on Monday.  If you haven’t ever had the opportunity to visit the Johnson’s Space Center, be sure to do so!

UntitledOur boys loved taking the guided tour of the Mission Control Room, seeing the rockets, and watching the videos of life as an astronaut.  Plus, the indoor climbing areas were pretty awesome!

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We arrived in Galveston late Monday evening to find this view from our 12th floor resort room!  During this week, the boys and I would walk and explore Galveston Island while Robert attended morning classes, then in the afternoon we’d all head out to take in the sights, attractions and museums.

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Going to see the USS Stewart Destroyer Escort and USS Cavalla submarine were especially fun for the boys.  I have a brand-new appreciation for our heroes who live or have lived aboard those vessels!

I had thought that I could do my normal weekly ad matchups, but with the waves crashing just across the road, and in plain sight, there just wasn’t any way I was going to keep my boys tied to a hotel room long enough to get them done.  With the 2013-2014 school year beginning for us on Tuesday, I wanted them to have all the fun they could possibly have.

All in all, I don’t want to forget to be thankful that God knew the desire of our heart, and made a way for us to be able to go with Robert on this trip.  Remember, we know that Robert’s job is a direct gift from God – and He just keeps on blessing!

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No Weekly Ad Matchups Tomorrow!

August 27, 2013

Please note that I will not be posting any ad matchups tomorrow (Wednesday, August 28, 2013).  Details to follow in the next few days. :) I should be back on schedule next Wednesday! Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Bookmark […]

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It’s Church Camp Time!

July 1, 2013

Today I will be driving riding for 6+ hours to reach church camp.  My boys are beyond excited, as this is their very first year to attend.  There is right at 100 children, youth and workers from our church that will be in a l-o-n-g caravan – but traveling in numbers is safer and much […]

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I Survived: Six Flags, Kids Krusade & Reception

June 22, 2013

This has been a week chock full of adventures … fun and work combined! On Monday, we went to Six Flags for the boys and I to use our free tickets.  Some friends from church had a free admission ticket that Robert was able to use, so we had a blast spending the day riding […]

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