Friday, March 11, 2011



Feel the excitement?  Ok, settle down! Yours truly is overjoyed by her Walgreens purchase today.  I shared my happiness with my friends on Facebook and promised to blog about how I managed to save $17!  Now remember, I am a beginner so my hauls are not as astronomical as professional/advance couponers.  However, anytime I can save, I'm saving! 

Here's what I purchased:

I apologize for the quality of the photo but I'm having some technical difficulties and this is the best I can do for right now.  If you can't tell, in the back row there are 3 boxes of cereal.  In the front row you see a bottle of Dawn Dish Detergent, 3 cans of Ajax, and 2 large bottles of SoftSoap Body Wash.  I would have paid over $24 for this but I only paid $8!  Now more advance couponers could have come out better than I did but I'll get there.

Before I get into the details, let me offer these tips! 
  • Double check your coupons and make sure your strategy is fool proof before you enter the store.  I made the mistake of thinking Lysol products were on sale 2 for $5 but it was actually Mr. Clean.  DON'T ASK/DON'T TELL!  I also forgot to bring my extra coupon for the Dawn Detergent.  So my strategy plan was altered some.  
  • Please remember you can request that transactions be done separately so that you can maximize your savings!  
  • I almost forgot, buy SEVERAL Sunday newspapers!  Comes in handy when you make several transactions! GEt it!?! 
(These are things I've learned so far and if you have additional tips, please share!)

Let's get into it..............

Elle's strategy>>>

1st Transactions:
SoftSoap.  2 for $7. Used a $1 RR from a previous transaction.

**Register Rewards or RR is the name of Walgreens cash back program.  You can't use the RR on the SAME transaction.  This is why it's necessary to do SEPARATE transactions.
Total of 1st Transaction = $6.50. 
Received $5 RR..

2nd Transaction: 
Kellogg cereal for $1.99 (used a $1 off coupon on any THREE boxes of Kellogg cereal from )
Like paying  1.66/box
Ajax(used Walgreens in-store coupon>>>3 for $1)
Like paying .33/can
Dawn(used an in-store Walgreens coupon>$.99 and a $.25 off coupon cut from the newspaper)
Like paying $.75/bottle <<<

Total of 2nd Transaction: $19.23
After coupons and $5 RR(received from Transaction #1) = $1.71

Grand Total for both transactions= $25.73!
I paid $8.21!  That's a savings of (drumroll please)>>>>$17.52!

I welcome your tips, couponing resources, and outlets! I'm eagered to learn, so please share!  Get your coupons clipped, prepare your strategy, and get out there and save!

~Ms. Elle~

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

David and Goliath

Hello everyone.  I've been MIA for quite some time for no real reason other than I just haven't felt like blogging because I've been torn over what to blog about.  It's been on my mind to address various topics on religion, church, Christianity, and the like.  I'm still working out the ins and outs but I do plan to blog about my thoughts when it comes to religion very soon.  I know some may disagree with what I have to say, but my thoughts are just that, MY THOUGHTS!

Speaking of religion and church-and all that jazz, let's revisit the Eddie Long sex scandal.  Oh, you think I forgot? Um, no! And hello to those who will just stop by to read what I have to say and not follow my blog...hello to you!  You might as well follow because I see you! (waving)  Anywho, we were told last year that both sides agreed to undergo mediation in an attempt to resolve this case.  Well, I've learned that late February, one week ahead of the scheduled mediation date, mediation talks begin at an undisclosed, top secret location.  According to I-Team, these mediation meetings were nothing short of intense and heated.  The accusers were reported to have cursed Eddie Long while they gave accounts of the sexual misconduct they're accusing  Long of.  The accusers, reports said, were forthcoming with very graphic details of the inappropriate sexual interactions they experienced with Eddie Long.  According to sources, Bishop Long "never responded."  Wow is all I can say!  I'm sure a settlement will be reached really soon.  Why? Well for #1, Eddie Long doesn't want this to see a day in court.  #2With a settlement comes hush money.  #3The cleaner one can come out looking, the better!  Besides, he is a bishop....right? 

Let's hear from you.  What are your thoughts?


Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Honey chiles, this book: "Why do I Have To Think Like a Man" has stirred up some recent drama!  If you don't know what I'm talking about, please mark an X on the rock you've been under.  According to the former Mary Harvey, this book helped her deal with the hurt Steve Harvey brought to her life. Steve Harvey's ex-wife, Mary, has posted a series of Youtube videos that speak on the lies, the misleading of counsel during her divorce, as well as the indiscretions of her ex-husband, Steve.  She goes into great detail, in addition to showing actual emails and postal mail to prove the validity of her allegations.  Check out the video below:
To view more videos, click the above video to go to Youtube. SIDE NOTE:  Why does this story sound like "Diary of A Mad Black Woman?"

The sensitive side of me empathize with Mary.  Why?  Because I know what it feels like to be extremely hurt by a man.  I truly can't completely fault her for airing out her feelings and the circumstances surrounding the whole ordeal; especially if the other party is painting me in a negative light.  Putting aside the fact that Steve Harvey makes us laugh and is a successful radio personality-how would you feel if a man jilted a woman in this way?  I'm interested to know if Steve ever sincerely apologized for what happened(if the allegations are true).  Granted, Mary doesn't sport a pristine halo, but she definitely didn't deserve to be treated as second best.

Now let me say this about Mary Harvey(former).  HOW IN GOD'S CREATION DO YOU FALL FOR THE PRE-SCHOOL OKEY DOKE OF BEING REPRESENTED BY THE SAME COUNSEL AS YOUR SOON TO BE EX-HUSBAND?  You're not the one bringing in the cash flow, so did you honestly think he would do his best to be unbiased and represent you to the best of his ability? (Ok, so I know I'm posing this question as if I'm speaking to bare with me)  I mean for someone who was handling his business affairs, I would think that a woman who was business savvy would be more wise to know better and choose, rather, to obtain independent legal representation.  To put it straight, if Steve indeed did what you claimed, he played you!!! And you allowed it!  I'm willing to bet should he and his current wife divorce, I'm convinced that she's going to play her cards right!

On another note, Steve responded to the allegations made my Mary.  Here's what he said:

 "I know the truth," declared Harvey to his listening audience. "But the matter is, the part that's hurtful in this is my wife and children had to be drugged [sic] into this. If you're going to be vindictive go ahead and aim it at me, but my son is coming in the room crying. And that's also her son. So why would you do this? Elle's POV: I didn't hear Mary drag the kids into this.  She may have alluded to his lack of parenting(not in the series of videos) but what I heard didn't suggest this.  I'll have to go back and re-watch.  As far as dragging his wife in...why not, you're the one who "drugged" her in.

"And I don't even understand the purpose of it," he continued. "I mean, I got you mad 12 years ago, that's what we're doing now? And here's the thing that my father always taught me. He said, 'Son there's three sides to every story. It's their side, it's your side, and it's the truth.' And the truth 'gon come out. Because see, once you go public then you allow people to start asking some other types of questions.(bvnewswire)  Read the complete article here.

So what do you all think?  Let's talk about it!  This thing is about to get really dirty!  I will say that this woman is obviously still hurt about this thing.  I'm sure she knows she was railroaded with the divorce settlement, considering the fact this man cheated during the marriage; and she is partially responsible for his success.   And to give this woman who was there through the thick and thin, before he blew up, nothing but a $1000 per month child support check---then allegedly  take the son away from his mother, and get full custody of him is a slap in the face-TWICE!  Please know, that I still enjoy SH's comedy and the Steve Harvey Project(I don't do the SHMS because I listen to Rickey Smiley in the morning child).  My intentions are not to bash him but rather to give my viewpoint of the situation!  And let me say this, if his money stretched longer than what it was when he was with me and he's enjoying the fruit with another woman who came along when his success was peaking, I'll air dirty laundry too(that is if I was still bitter and hadn't move forward with my life) I'm just saying.

Friday, January 14, 2011


Get it---Frugical, like physical....(lame, I know)! Yes, I just made up a word!  Webster, add it and credit me!  Thank ya!

Anywho, I'm too excited about this frugal thing.  I'll let you all in on a little secret of mine...come closer...closer...a little more.  Ok, this year my motto is: Frugal in 2011!  That's right, you read correctly, I plan on being frugal.  Those that know me very well would think that this would be simple for me considering my father is beyond frugal(he's just down right stingy) with his money.  On the contrary, it's really sort of hard.  I love to shop and it doesn't matter how much it costs, if I like it, I'm buying.  Simple as that!

But this is about to change.  I think I'm beginning to become more aware of certain things in my life; and my money just so happen to be at the top of the list.  After doing a little research, I noticed that I spend far too much on unnecessary mess!  For instance, grabbing food on the go for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack in between, is ridiculous.  Let's add that up:

Breakfast: $3.00
Lunch: $10.00
Dinner: $15
Total:  $28.00 x 5= $140
do that at least 5 times per week and you'll end up spending close to $560/month or more!!!!!!

Now, my grand total was around $200.00 because I didn't eat out everyday, or I may have just ate 1 meal out for a particular day.  Anywho, that's money that could have gone towards a bill, right?  Senseless spending like this is what led me to focusing on becoming more frugal and spending conscience.  In an effort to be more frugal, I've begun to seriously look for deals and utilize coupons and other discounts whenever possible.

With that said, I want to introduce to you my "shopping secrets" I've found.  Remember "shopping secrets" because I will post blogs that will tell you where to go to find great deals.  I will also "teach" you how to use coupons to maximize savings. Please be advised that I'm learning how to use coupons like the coupon gurus so bare with me.

Walgreens(This is rather late, but you may still have time to act on this before Sunday.)
Get FREE Reach toothbrushes

Toothbrushes are 2.99 and up
Use the $2 off coupon in the Walgreen's circular(week ending 1/15)
Use a $2 coupon (

 Get a Lysol Handsfree Sanitizer Kit for 1.99

Lysol kits are 11.99
Red Plum(or you can try had a $3 off coupon
Walgreen's will give you $7 Register Rewards back(to be used during next purchase)

11.99-7(register rewards)= 4.99-3.00(coupon)=1.99(BOOM!)

There are more saving deals at Walgreen's this week to be had: Airwick oil refills, Windex, Glade fabric spray, Lysol, and much more.  Please ask me any questions you may have and I'll be sure to help you out!  Well, to the best of my ability because I'm still learning too!

Other stores to check out:

Old Navy - 40% clearance


Kmart-Martin Luther King Sale(up to 75% clearance)

Aeropostale-up to 70% off sale; Be sure to get $10 off $40 purchase coupon for this weekend

Wet Seal-Buy one, Get one for a penny clearance

Happy weekend shopping!  Let me know what you get!  And don't forget about BBW!


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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2011: "Ready or not, here I come!"

The new year will be here in less than a week!  Time to get acquainted with writing January 1, 2011, instead of 2010.  I don't know about you, but by March I get use to writing the correct year.  And with the new year comes resolutions; more specifically, weight loss resolutions.  Yup the time of year gym memberships skyrocket!  Well for the first time in many years, that will not be my resolutions! Un-un! For those of you that will make and break that resolution-good luck! HA!

For me, this year was bittersweet.  I gained new relationships and had the daunting task of severing dead relationships and old ties.  But it all worked out for the good-for my good.  I'm so excited about reacquainting with my favorite passion-ACTING!  Stay glued for future news about that!  And I'm equally excited about the graduation of one of my favorite people!  He worked so hard  to obtain his degree and I'm so proud of him for sticking with his goals even when faced with adversity!  (More on that too in the near future! wink)

Enough about that...let's rewind and remember what happened back then in 2010...(ugh, corny)!


How can anyone forget this devastation!?!?  No matter what anyone's beliefs were as to why such a natural disaster hit the country, the fact remains that over 200,000 people lost their life; and millions were left homeless.
The Edwards Split
John and Elizabeth Edwards separate!   Who could blame her chile?  This was an embarrassment on top of hurt for this woman.  Here she is going through a medically difficult time and his butt out there getting another woman pregnant!  If I were Elizabeth, I would cold cocked both of them...John and his mistress! WAM!  I KNOW she would have slept better!
And that's all!  I don't have one so....yeah(shrugs)
You Tiger!
Tiger Woods admits to cheating on his wife!  And his wife whoop him with a golf club! And I don't care!  Tiger is clearly not the cheating type.  He did a horrible job with covering his tracks and now he has to pay up.  Get your money Elin!
What You Talking About Willis
Gary Coleman ashy self passed away in May. (I just realized I haven't included the months with each moment-oh well!)  I haven't followed his death closely but I have a feeling his estranged wife was involved in some way!  She better hope he doesn't come back and hit her in the knees!
Tip of the Iceberg-June
Al and Tipper Gore separate!  What is going on down there in Capitol Hill? Lord, let the Obamas stay together! Jesus!
End of the Dumbest War-August
Thank you President Obama!  Can someone tell me why we were over there again?  And don't you come with that weapons of mass destruction and protecting our way of life garb either!  That war American funded aided in this enormous deficit we have now!

and I'll end with....

Eddie and Sons-September
Sex allegations were filed against Eddie Long by young men who were once close to this bishop.  Eddie Long denied the allegations and vowed to fight!  His quote of he feeling like David against Goliath spread like wildfire amongst media outlets...however, now he's considering settling out of court!  I'm guilty of thinking the good bishop would fund this settlement via church funds, however, the church filed a conjunction to protect its funds.  Ugh, ugly!  But some way some how, I have a feeling New Birth will foot the bill! I'm just saying!

And with each year, there's a list of those whose journeys end...

MERTON OLESON-Little House On The Prairie

I'm sure there were others....charge it to my mind and not my heart! May they rest in peace!

Okay good people, I'll write ya lata!

Buh bye~Elle!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

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Ok.  Are there any 12 step programs for shop-a-holics?  I think I may need a little help.  Am I the only one who will go shopping and feel bad about what was purchased, either while you're standing in line or when you get home?  Well I do, normally but today, I felt bad....for all of 5 seconds!  I mean when you find some great deals, you HAVE  to take advantage. 

Ya'll Bath and Body Works is having an awesome sale!  They've extended part of their Memorial Day Sale.  You buy 3 Signature Fragrances, and get 3 free!  On top of that, they give every customer a free pocket size hand sanitizer and a Buy one signature fragrance, get one free.  So basically, if you take advantage of the buy 3 get 3 free and use the coupon, you get 7 signature fragrances for the price of 3!  My total before the discounts was $73...after the discounts were applied, my total was $34(approx-have to look at receipt).  But you can't beat that!  And on top of that, their having their Semi Annual Sale next week!  So stock up ya'll!!!!  And may I suggest BBW's Ocean Men Fragrance for the man/men in your life for Father's Day!  And, no I'm not an affiliate of Bath and Body Works...just a frequent customer.

Next up, let me tell you what I picked up at Avenue,  Now, I'm not a huge Avenue fan by any means.  Why?  Because alot of their clothes, to me, are not made for women with hips and butt like mine.  In addition, I find most of their clothes to lack that "umph" factor that fashionable junkies like myself enjoy.  Remember I said "most" and not all because some of their pieces were rather cute and rockable.  Enough of that.  I went in Avenue because I saw a huge sign that said "Entire Store BOGO"..  Well I didn't find anything that suited my taste so I opted to purchase a girdle and a cute bra.  Now they did have some pieces that were cute but they didn't fit right and wasn't cute enough for alteration sacrifices. 

I also picked up a few tops at Ross.  I really needed some career tops to wear this Summer and found some blouses that were on clearance for 4.99!!!!!!!  Yes, plus size tops for 4.99!!!!  Can't beat that! 

This is really a sun dress but because of my large backside, it's a must that I wear leggings!
I purchased this shirt in pink and navy blue. 
I'm sorry....I hope no one gets a crook in the neck.  lol

People sleep on Ross because of the hunt that's involved when shopping there, but it's so worth it when you can come out with a bargain.  I'm one who searches out bargains because I'm not rich yet...and once I am rich, I'll still explore bargains! 

I had so much fun today.  Shopping is therapeutic...I don't care what anyone says!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sale-ing takes me away to where I've always heard it could be

So it's officially Memorial Day in the great state of Texas.  On this day many people will remember the noble deeds and sacrifices of our men and women in the service.  I know it's Memorial Day, but I challenge you to just say a simple thank you to all the men and women who serve/served this country.  Their sacrifices can never be repaid but I believe hearing the gratitude of the ones who benefit from their service is repayment enough.

Now, I know their will be cookouts and celebrations in every neighborhood across the country.  But while you're celebrating, take a little time to enjoy some of the great Memorial Day deals!  I'm eyeing the Bath and Body Works sale like an eagle.  You can really rack up on some deals if you play your coupons right.  Yes coupons!!!  I'm trying to become a coupon connoisseur! (lol)  I've purchased a coupon file folder and have been saving my coupons.  One day I'll totally get this technique down and compete with the likes of Frugal Coupon Mom.  Save your coupons people!!!!  Some stores are basically begging you to get free or pay a fraction of the price for items by offering coupons.  How often do you take advantage? 

But's what BBW is offering....

Please excuse my fragmented pic.  It wouldn't allow me to save the entire ad, so I had to save piece by piece.  But as you can see, BBW is having a wonderful sale.  Rack up on your fragrances and soaps!  And utilize your coupons.  Ugh, I just noticed my coupon isn't effective until June 1st!!!!! My feelings are hurt now!  Oh well, the deals make up for it...I guess!

Happy Shopping!