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Five For Friday! Surgery, Vacation, and Coffee

  

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Welcome to “Five For Friday”, a new weekly series here on the site where you’ll get a more personal look inside my life! Every Friday I’ll reflect on my week and my favorite things about it – five to be exact! So, here goes:

1 – Good Doctors

This week I’m particularly thankful for good doctors. My brother-in-law has been battling kidney stones for three weeks now. Yes…you heard that right. THREE weeks. I once had a nurse tell me that kidney stones were one of the most painful things a man can go through and will usually bring them to their knees. I have felt so bad for him. He’s gone through a bunch of BS in my opinion, and should have never been sent home the first time. But thankfully, a doctor finally stepped in and did what was necessary. Surgery was performed this morning, and he’s on the road to recovery. AMEN!

2 – Coffee

Do I have to explain this? Probably most of you reading this can relate, but I adore the first 30 minutes of my morning. I wake up, go straight to the Keurig, and enjoy that first cup of deliciousness while I do something mindless…like looking at Pinterest or catching up Facebook. I even did this when my kids were growing up. I purposely got up before them, so I could have a few minutes with my coffee before the morning craze started.

3 – Couponing

This one may surprise you, but I’ve actually just got back into the swing of things when it comes to couponing. The entire month of September was a blur, and I felt like I was swimming upstream all month. We moved, my son came in from Colorado, and I was planning my granddaughter’s first Disney vacation. When we got back from vacation, the house was absolutely empty. The cabinets were practically bare, my poor husband had nothing for his lunches, and we had not a single roll of toilet paper. Not one roll. I knew I needed to step up my game, and Super Doubles at Harris Teeter was exactly what I needed. I stocked up on everything we needed, and spent a little over $100 on more than $780 worth of food and household items! YAY me!!

4 – Vacation

Even though we got back from our vacation last week, I’m still feeling so thankful for it this week. We laughed until our cheeks hurt, spent time with our family in Florida, and had an amazing time. I came back reenergized and more motivated than I’ve felt in a long time – exactly what a vacation is supposed to do – right? I feel incredibly blessed to even be able to go on vacation, and am so thankful to our daughter for making it so affordable. She saved most of the free tickets she’s allocated for her internship for us, so we didn’t pay admission to a single park!

5 – TV

This may sound like a strange thing to be thankful for, but I have a confession to make. I’m a couch potato – and a homebody. Don’t get me wrong, I love to go out and have a good time, but I actually start to miss my house when I’m not in it. My husband and I LOVE watching TV. My parents did too. I grew up watching Cheers, anything with Clint Eastwood, and National Geographic (and I still love all of those). So to feed our addiction, we’re always looking for new shows. I LOVE Scandal, and have watched every single episode of Grey’s Anatomy, so I had a good feeling about Shonda Rhimes’ new show “How to Get Away with Murder”. Thankfully, all the episodes were on On Demand, so my hubby and I had a hot date with our couch all day Sunday. If you haven’t watched it yet, DO IT! We were hooked after the first episode!

What was your favorite thing this week?

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Printable Retail Coupons | Updated Weekly

  

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If you’re headed out shopping this weekend, be sure to go over this week’s list of mall & retail coupons! You can save some major cash using these guys, so it’s worth taking a few minutes to grab the ones you think you might use. I always have coupons on hand for my favorite stores (Kohl’s, World Market, and Target) in case I make an unexpected stop ;)

I don’t know about you but shopping always makes me hungry, so check out the newest restaurant coupons too! And be sure to browse the hottest coupon deals of the week, so you can grab those too while you’re out doing your shopping!

Have a great weekend!!

  • Adidas Outlet – $10 Off $75 Purchase (exp: 11/4/2014)
  • Bath and Body Works – Free Ultra-Shea Body Cream with Any Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)
  • Bealls – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)
  • Belk – 20% Off Regular & Sale Price Purchase + More (exp: 10/27/2014)
  • Build A Bear – FREE Howl-o-Ween Treat Starting 10/24 (exp: 10/31/2014)
  • Carters – 25% Off $50 Purchase (exp: 10/29/2014)
  • Casual Male – $25 Off $75 Purchase (exp: 11/2/2014)
  • Dress Barn – 20% Off Entire Regularly Priced Purchase (exp: 11/4/2014)
  • J Crew – $25 Off $100 Purchase (exp: 11/5/2014)
  • JCPenney – $10 Off $25 Select Apparel, Shoes, Accessories & More (exp: 10/25/2014)
  • Kirkland’s – $10 off $50 (exp. 10/26/2014)
  • Kohls – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)
  • Lord and Taylor – 25% Off Regular & Sale Price Purchases + More (exp: 10/26/2014)
  • Macys – 20% Off Select Sale & Clearance Apparel for Him, Her & Kids + More (exp: 10/26/2014)
  • Osh Kosh BGosh – 25% Off $50 Purchase (exp: 10/29/2014)
  • Pac Sun – $10 of $25 Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)
  • Payless – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 11/3/2014)
  • Pier One: FREE mug with $30 Purchase (exp: 10/25/2014)
  • Shoe Carnival – $5 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)
  • Sports Authority – 20% off Entire Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)
  • Talbots – 30% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 10/26/2014)
  • Yankee Candle – $20 Off $45 Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)

Thanks, SurvivingTheStores

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Printable Restaurant Coupons | Updated Weekly

  

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Do you have a hot date this weekend or maybe a family dinner planned? We’ve updated our restaurant coupon list for you, and there are some good ones!

If you feel like doing some shopping after you eat, be  sure to go over our retail coupon list or browse the hottest coupon deals of the week!

Have a great weekend!!

  • Bakers Square – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 10/31/2014)
  • Bertuccis – $5 Off Entire Check from 4PM – Close (exp: 10/31/2014)
  • Black Angus Steakhouse – $17.99 Top Sirloin Steak, Lobster & Shrimp Meal (exp: 11/17/2014)
  • Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 10/30/2014)
  • Bob Evans – Buy 1 Breakfast Entree Get 1 Free When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 11/1/2014)
  • Boston Market – Free Kids Meal with Individual Meal Purchase (exp: 10/31/2014)
  • Buca di Beppo – $15 off TWO Entrees
  • Cafe Express – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree (exp: 10/31/2014)
  • Carrabba’s – 20% Off Purchase (exp:
  • Carlos Okellys – 29¢ Queso When You Wear Team Colors (exp: 10/26/2014)
  • Corner Bakery – Free Pumpkin Whoopie Pie with Lunch or Dinner Entree Purchase (exp: 11/4/2014)
  • Daphnes Greek Cafe – $5 off Mediterranean Family Feast (exp: 10/30/2014)
  • Dennys – 20% Off Entire Check (exp: 10/26/2014)
  • Dickeys Barbecue Pit – Free Kids Meal When You Buy Adult Meal (exp: 10/31/2014)
  • Hardees – FREE Small Coca-Cola Freestyle Drink (exp: 12/15/2014)
  • Jacks – $3.50 for Cheeseburger, Fry, Drink & Pie + More (exp: 11/23/2014)
  • Logans Roadhouse – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 10/26/2014)
  • Longhorn Steakhouse – $4 Off 2 Adult Dinner Entrees (exp: 10/26/2014)
  • Maggianos – Buy 1 Pasta Get 1 Butternut Squash Ravioli To Take Home (exp: 12/3/2014)
  • Marble Slab Creamery – FREE Waffle Cone & Mix-Ins wyb Ice Cream (exp:
  • Marie Callenders – Buy 1 Entree Get 1 50% Off When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 10/31/2014)
  • Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 11/9/2014)
  • Pizza Inn – $19.99 Party Pack (exp: 11/26/2014)
  • Quiznos – $1 Off Regular or Large Sub or Large Salad (exp: 10/27/2014)
  • Red Lobster – Free Appetizer or Dessert wyb (2) Entrees (exp: 11/2/2014)
  • Shoneys – Free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes When You Buy Legendary Breakfast Buffet (exp: 11/1/2014)
  • Souplantation – $29.99 Family Combo Including Beverages (exp: 10/29/2014)
  • Steak Escape – Buy 1 Sandwich, Salad or Potato Bowl Get 1 50% Off (exp: 10/31/2014)
  • Sweet Tomatoes – 20% Off Adult Lunch When You Buy Drink (exp: 10/29/2014)
  • Tony Romas – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 12/9/2014)
  • White Castle – $1 Off Sack of 10 Sliders (exp: 10/31/2014)

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$15 Off Two Entrees At Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant

  

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I’ve got a NEW Buca di Beppo coupon for you!! Get $15 off the purchase of (2) pastas or entrees when you join the Buca eClub. This is a great list to be one because they don’t send a lot of emails, and there is usually a coupon when they do ;)

At my locations here in Nashville, prices start at $13.99, so this will make for an affordable date night! We haven’t been to Buca since moving to Nashville, and I just told my hubby a few weeks ago I’m craving their Chicken Saltimbocca!

If you’ve never been to Buca, I highly recommend it. Being Italian, I’m can be pretty picky when it comes to eating out. I’m rarely impressed and usually leave thinking “I could’ve made that better myself”. That said, I do have a few favorite dishes at local chains. I love the Parmesan Crusted Sole at Romano’s, the Papparadelle Campagnolo at Carrabba’s, and the Chicken Saltimbocca or Linguini with Clams at Buca di Beppo. Both dishes are spot on and some of the best I’ve had. And their pasta is always perfectly cooked, which is a huge pet peeve of mine.

The decor alone is worth a trip! It’s fun, funky, and eclectic, with vintage photographs and colored lights adorning the entire restaurant. This isn’t fine dining. The food is not fancy – it’s just good, Italian food done right! Most of the dishes are served family style, although some locations do have a lunch menu with individual portions. That said, expect to bring a box home. Even their lunch portions are very generous.

The entire experience is meant to mimic eating in a typical Italian household – fun, not-so-quiet, and with an abundance of great food! Grab your coupon and surprise your family with dinner out this weekend ;)

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