Big Changes at Casa Chaos And a Giveaway!


Hi everyone!

I am on vacation right now. I thought I would talk a little about being thrifty and some changes in our life. To be thrifty does not mean to be cheap.

The definition of Thrifty is:

–adjective, thrift·i·er, thrift·i·est.

1.practicing thrift or economical management; frugal: a thrifty shopper.

2. thriving, prosperous, or successful.

3. thriving physically; growing vigorously.

I try to share, here at The Thrifty Groove, some things that I do that help me save money here and there but, still enjoy the best quality of life I can for my family and myself.
Troy and I are about to enter some very exciting and kind of scary new chapters in our life. Our business. DTL Herbs, is beginning to change and move forward. We have had a “game plan” for our business. A timeline that we sat down and worked out together. But, sometimes that timeline has a mind of it’s own. A couple of exciting new changes for us in our business is:

  • We just found and negotiated a deal to use a commercial kitchen. What is important about that?
    • We can make and sell many more products
    • We can sell online
    • We were recently approached by two local retailers and both want to carry some of our products in their stores! This was totally unexpected! We already have a large pre-order from one of the stores! We are over the moon excited but, it is also a HUGE new step for us! DTL Herbs is going RETAIL! Holy cow!!
    We are also looking into moving into a house with a very large yard and several outbuildings. We have lived in this townhouse our entire married life but, this house just “came up” and it meets so many new needs for us.

 thumbnailCA7HJT4CSo, these big new changes are also going to effect our finances in a major way. Thrifty and frugal will be back in the front of our minds on a daily basis. In order for us to be a success and prosper, we will have to deal with a lot more give and take. Finding ways to save money here and there is going to be a must!

Fortunately (or, in some people’s minds, unfortunately), this is not a new concept to us. And, for me personally, this is going to be a huge focus for me. I am the one who is in charge of all of our personal and business finances'. Not that Troy is not in the loop and contributes his input but, we have found that is is easier and more consistent if only one person deals with the expenses and bills.

thumbnailCA9DK1WB One of the things that we do is, Troy and I have a weekly “finance meeting”. We have a specific day and time that we sit down together and go over where we are that week as far as money/bills goes. We treat this just like a business meeting. My parents watch the princess and we sit at the dining room table. I think it is vital that both spouses are aware of how the household funds are spent and the time frame they are dealt with. What would happen if I had to go into the hospital for some reason and Troy had no idea where I kept the bills and what needed to be paid and when?

So, there you have a few of the changes going on here at Casa Chaos!

      Now onto the giveaway! I had planned on hosting this giveaway starting this Friday but, I wanted to get it up and going before I left on vacation!

      The awesome folks at General Mills through MyBlogSpark are offering one of my fabulous readers a $25.00 Sam’s Club gift card!

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      It seems like just yesterday when the kids came home from school, threw their back-packs on the floor and chanted, "It´s summer!" But as the hustle and bustle of back-to-school quickly approaches, Sam´s Club wants to remind you that it´s never too early to start collecting Box Tops. This year, Sam´s Club and Box Tops for Education can help you prepare for the fall when you shop their back-to-school event.

       

      • Earn more cash for your local school at Sam´s Club this August with the 6 Box Tops on a Pack promotion.
      • When you purchase participating Box Top items, you can collect even more Box Tops on some of your favorite General Mills brands such as Honey Nut Cheerios, Nature Valley Oats 'N Honey Crunchy Granola Bars, Totino´s Pizza Rolls, and more!
      • Sam´s Club has your favorite back to school items from computers to clothing, and at the best values.
      Plan ahead and take advantage of the savings made simple at Sam´s Club. Your wallet - and your local school - will be thanking you! To learn more about the Box Tops for Education Program and how you can help contribute to your school, visit www.boxtops4education.com

      Even though I don’t have a child in an elementary school, I still save my Box Tops for this educational program. I figure it takes so little time and yet can help out in a big way! I keep my Box Tops where I can get to them easily and just in a simple canning jar.

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      Want to win a $25.00 gift card to Sam’s Club?

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      1. Leave a comment on this post.
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    • 5. Mention this giveaway on your blog, Twitter or Facebook and come back here and leave a comment with the link.
    • This giveaway ends on Tuesday August 09, 2001 (midnight EST)

      Unfortunately, this giveaway will only be available to US residents.

      For more info, check out these links!

    • Sam´s Club Website http://bit.ly/samsclubbtfe
    • Sam´s Club Facebook http://on.fb.me/samsclubfacebook
    • Sam´s Club Twitter http://bit.ly/samsclubtwitter
    • Box Tops for Education Website http://bit.ly/samsclubboxtops

      "Disclosure: The Sam´s Club gift card, information, and giveaway have been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark." All opinions are my own.

55 comments :

  1. First of all CONGRATS on the great changes for DTL Herbs! I am so proud of you guys! What a wonderful opportunity. Your products are wonderful and I know you will do well! I am also excited that you might get a house...more room for thrifty stuff! Really I do agree about living a thrifty and frugal lifestyle. Its the best way to be on so many levels and you are really good at it. I'm not entering this Sams GC giveaway since I won the Kroger GC giveaway you just had. I am soooooo happy for you all and can't wait to see the fun changes going on at Casa Chaos! hugs, Linda

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  2. Congratulations on your "growing" (literally!) business. That is fantastic and I wish you and your hubby all the best.

    This is a really great giveaway, I love Sam's Club, even though I have to go to NJ to shop there, it is worth it.

    I am a happy follower of the Thrifty Groove. xo,

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  3. Very exciting Diann! I wish you continued success with growing the business and a new home is always big news!
    If we don't need a Sam's membership to be entered, please count me in for the give-away, thanks:@)

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  4. Wow! How exciting Diann! I am so happy for you and Troy! I cannot wait to hear more about all the changes.


    ~ Tracy

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  5. I am a happy follower! I would love to be entered into the giveaway!

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  6. Congrats to you on your good news about your business and new home.
    I am a follower so I would like to be entered in your wonderful giveaway.
    hugs

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  7. Congratulations! I am a follower. Deb chedeb5353@hotmail.com

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  8. I could really use this gift card. Thanks for a chance to win! Deb chedeb5353@hotmail.com

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  9. Congratulations, Diann! I think the princess will enjoy the large yard and Troy can have his garden there. Sounds like a win-win to me!
    Best of luck in your new adventures!
    Hugs, Beth

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  10. Congratulations!~Best of Luck in your new adventure!
    ~~HUGS~~

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  11. Congrats!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  12. I'm an existing GFC follower.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  13. I follow you on FB with my username Mary Happymommy.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  14. Congratulations on your fabulous news and exciting changes!

    What a cool giveaway! Sam's Club carries my favorite brand of animal crackers in a big tub (Stauffers). :)

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  15. Congratulations on your business news! This sounds so wonderful! And thanks for the great giveaway :-)

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  16. And I am already a follower of your blog!

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/
    http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com

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  17. Congratulations! What exciting news! I think you will do great! Best Wishes! Mindy

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  18. I still collect box tops and soup lables too. My daughter will be in high school this year so I give them to my nieces who are always happy to get them.

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  19. Congrats on your growing business! Very exciting for you.

    I'm a follower.

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  20. Congratulations! And what a wonderful giveaway. :) I'm a follower on google reader!

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  21. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Amy @gasudimack@sbcglobal.net

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  22. Happily following you. Thanks for linking up at Market Your Biz and Giveaways.

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  23. Glad to hear of your big news. Maybe your timeline had a little zip in it to speed things up. Good luck.

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  24. Thanks so much for this wonderful giveaway! With groceries so high now we have to use all the savings we can find! Thanks! ♥

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  25. I'm a follower and a friend...and I have a pretty name like yours! ♥♥♥

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  26. I wish you success with your expanding business!

    karin56381 at gmail dot com

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  27. Congrats on growing your business! That's really an exciting step. Thanks for sharing and for hosting this terrific giveaway!

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  28. Hi, Thanks for the giveaway. I am a new follower.

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  29. I wish you success in your business ventures.

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  30. Well, Dianne, you know I love the trays, or chargers you got. Thank you so much for your generous give away and for the chance. I've always been your follower, sweet lady, as I love your blog and party. Hugs, FABBY

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  31. The best of luck and blessings in your new adventure, sounds terrific, too!! FABBY

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  32. Change is good... makes life exciting.
    Your giveaway is a great one.
    dgmills@tampabay.rr.com

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  33. I am your newest follower.
    Thanks.
    dgmills@tampabay.rr.com

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  34. So very very FABULOUS!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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  35. Wow! Great things are in store for you and Troy with your herb business! I'm so happy and excited for you!

    I do the same thing with my box tops! My jar is spilling out with the box tops! Once school starts back up my jar will be empty again!

    Please enter me in the Sams Club giveaway! I love shopping at Sams Club!

    Thanks,
    Angela

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  36. I'm a follower! Please enter me again in your Sams Club giveaway!

    Thanks!
    Angela

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  37. I'd put the card towards buying a Kalorik Stand Mixer

    Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. I'm a GFC follower: Ladytink_534
    Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. I friend you on FB~ Jen Tink
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  40. Tweeted
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  41. I follow you on Twitter (@Ladytink_534)
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  42. My husband doesn't have a clue. As long as I have known him, 30 years, he has handed over his pay check and lived the "kept man" life. I've tried through out the years to pass the crown over to him and he wants no part of it. Sad isn't it. I would have loved to have been the "kept woman." If I were to die tomorrow he would have to rely on my daughter to come in and manage things for him. Thank God she has sat down with me and knows what we owe, how much we have, and where all the important docs are kept.~Ames

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  43. Not only Big changes but Exciting Changes!
    I know you will love having a larger yard. You already take advantage of the area you have.
    I hope you get the best mortgage rate ever. I wish I could invest (financially responsibly) in real estate now.
    I am happy and excited for you.

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  44. I am a facebook follower.

    We buy a lot of cat litter at Sam's.

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  45. Dherrera@tidewell.org
    I am a follower on facebook

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  46. curtsmom2002@yahoo.com
    I am a follower on fb

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  47. ...what a great blog.. and a great give-a-way.. Thanks for the opportunity.. mitz_zee@yahoodotcom
    ( am a follower )

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  48. Congrats! I love shopping at Sam's.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  49. I follow via google friend connect

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  50. I’m a twitter follower (LuckyDuckyToo)

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  51. I’m a FB fan (Mari Doug)

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  52. http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=254198827933271&id=520433979

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  53. Congratulations on your thriving Herb business, a commercial kitchen sounds wonderful.

    I save those boxtops as well even without kids; it just takes a couple extra minutes.

    Would like to have a chance to win the Sam's club gift card.
    I'm already a friend on your Facebook page; is that the same as "like"?

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Thank you for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your ideas. If you ask a question, I will answer it here in a comment back to you. Please check back! Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day! Diann :)