How To Choose The Right Devotional Book

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How To Choose The Right Devotional Book

Once every few months I decide it’s time to get a new devotional book.  While I tend to just read my Bible (and lately some amazing biographies from the library) occasionally I want something I can underline and dog ear for later reference.  Many people smarter than me have some amazing things to say in books!

Generally at that point I wander into my local Christian Bookstore and become completely overwhelmed. Before I even look at a cover I can see that there are devotionals geared toward professionals, couples, singles, men, women, teens, pastors, senior adults, fathers, mothers and more.

It can get really overwhelming.  The good news is there are lots of types of books available.  Depending on what you are looking for your search can be quickly shortened by looking at some simple criteria:

1.  Make sure it uses the Bible. This one is pretty easy.  You can generally tell from a cursory flip through the book if the Bible is referenced.  Some devotionals are designed to study a specific book and some focus on a topic by looking at many different parts of scripture.  If you want to study the book to learn more about the Bible, make sure the author uses it as his/her primary source!

2.  Consider the topic. Topical studies come in many shapes and formats depending on what the reader wants.  Maybe there is a specific subject you have wanted to know more about (this is one of my favorites) or maybe you want something you can study together with someone.  Maybe you just want a better overview of the Bible itself.  Whatever you are searching for, make sure the book is something you are interested in!

3.  Consider the level of maturity.  Different writers communicate on different levels.  And readers want to read at different levels.  If you have been studying the Bible for decades you need to get beyond the basics of learning Bible stories and really get into the meat and potatoes of things.  Your age can affect things as well- a senior reading a devotional designed for teens isn’t exactly ideal!  Talk to friends who are in the same place you are and see what they are reading or ask your small group leader.

4.  Consider a Devotional/Journal Combination.  I stink at journaling.  I REALLY want to be good at it but it’s always a struggle to get things down on paper.  So I often try to buy books that force me to write.  Many devotional books come in extended editions that include a journal segment.  Keep an eye out for those- it can be fun later to go back and see how you have changed!

5.  How Much Time Will It Take.  I would love to say that this isn’t something I take into consideration when I look at a devotional but it’s just not true.  I adore Beth Moore but I know when I pick up one of her workbooks I am looking at 45 minutes of homework every day (her books aren’t the same).  And if you are just starting out spending daily time reading that is going to seem like a huge task.  So look through the book and see what the commitment will be.  If it’s just five minutes a day that’s a great start.  (This is my favorite book for that.)

All of these steps are important when determining How To Choose The Right Devotional Book.  And we all know a good book can change your life!

New Rebates from Ibotta 2/26

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We had a slew of new Ibotta coupons that popped up this morning!

I will start looking for deals now but be sure to grab them on your phone if you would like them:

Earn $1.00 when you purchase Earnest Eats® Chewy Granola Bars
Earn $1.00 when you purchase Earnest Eats® Hot & Fit™ Cereal
Earn $1.00 when you purchase Earnest Eats® Hot & Fit™ Cereal
Earn $1.50 when you purchase Eight O’Clock® Coffee
Earn $5.00 when you purchase Spend $50 on 1-800-Flowers.com
Earn $1.50 when you purchase Eight O’Clock® Coffee
Earn $1.50 when you purchase Eight O’Clock® Coffee
Earn $0.75 when you purchase Wellesse® Premium Liquid Supplements
Earn $4.00 when you purchase Wellesse® Premium Liquid Supplements
Earn $2.00 when you purchase Boiron® Calendula Cream
Earn $2.00 when you purchase Boiron® Single Medicines
Earn $3.00 when you purchase Boiron® Arnicare® Arthritis
Earn $1.00 when you purchase Boiron® Coldcalm® tablets
Earn $2.00 when you purchase Boiron® Oscillococcinum®
Earn $1.50 when you purchase Wellesse® Premium Liquid Supplements
Earn $1.00 when you purchase O.N.E.™ Coconut Water
Earn $0.50 when you purchase Silk® Vanilla Almond Creamer
Earn $1.25 when you purchase Dial® Deep Cleansing Hand Soap
Earn $5.00 when you purchase Spend $50 on Sephora.com
Earn $1.00 when you purchase Irish Spring®

Amazon: McAfee Total Protection 2015 3 PCs $19.99

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Need to update your virus protection?

Right now you can get McAfee Total Protection 2015 3 PCs for $19.99.

  • Award-Winning Anti-Virus Protection – McAfee Total Protection leverages the power and threat intelligence of more than 100 Million McAfee customers world-wide to identify, quarantine, and stop the latest threats from harming your PC.
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Thanks My Litter!

Shipping is FREE on orders of $35 + or with Amazon Prime or Amazon Student.

Don’t have Amazon Prime?  Check out How To Use Amazon Prime (Free For 30 Days).  If you are/have a student How To Join Amazon Student could get you FREE 2 Day Delivery!

Save BIG on Household and Grocery Items- How to Use Amazon Subscribe and Save.

**Amazon prices can change at any time- be sure to double check the price before you purchase.**

Target: Buy 3 Get 1 Free L’Oreal With New Printable Coupon

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There is a new high-value coupon available for $3/1 L’Oreal Advanced Haircare.

Beginning March 1st these will be on sale Buy 3 Get 1 Free at Target so you can grab this deal:

Buy 4 L’Oreal 25.4 oz Shampoo ($5.99 each) = $23.96
– One will be FREE
– Use 3 $3/1 L’Oreal Advanced Haircare or from 2/15 Red Plum
Final Price: $8.97 for 4

How Does Amazon Prime Pantry Work?

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In 2014 Amazon began their new service called Prime Pantry.  It allows Amazon Prime Members to put as many items as you can in one box (up to 45 pounds) and have it delivered for $5.99.

In 2014 Amazon began their new service called Prime Pantry.  It allows Amazon Prime Members to put as many items as you can in one box (up to 45 pounds) and have it delivered for $5.99.  And their selection has greatly increased in the last 12 months!

The Amazon Pantry store features grocery and household items, often at a discount and with coupons available.

What Products Are Available?

One of the best things about Prime Pantry is that they have TONS of name brand items.  It would be easy to compare the prices of items at your favorite store with the online prices.  Especially if you live hours away from a grocery store or don’t particularly enjoy shopping with little ones this can be a great chance to get some things delivered.  However if you like generic items they won’t be available.

This won’t replace all your shopping trips because hopefully you eat some fresh fruits, vegetables and meats in your house.

How Does Amazon Prime Pantry Work?

You can do your Prime Pantry shopping all at once, or over the course of several days. Each time you add a Pantry item to your cart, Amazon will tell you what percentage of a Pantry box it fills based on its size and weight.

Remember this is ground shipping so it will take about 5 days to arrive.

Can I Really Save Using Prime Pantry?

I think Amazon Pantry offers some great potential to save both time and money. I don’t like that even thought you pay for Amazon Prime you still have to pay a flat rate of $5.99 for shipping.

That being said the products with the Prime Pantry Coupons definitely offer the biggest savings. Some of those products can certainly be cheaper than buying them at your local grocery store or big box store — even with shipping.

If you use coupons on everything this might not be the money saving way to go but since some items don’t have high value coupons this could be a chance to save!

Consider Using it for Gifts

Got a kid living off ramen cooked on a hot plate in her college dorm room? Prime Pantry seems tailor-made for the parent or loved one who wants to treat someone to a box full of stuff to someone who could use cookies, deodorant and toothpaste.

So check out Amazon Prime Pantry- it may be an extra way for you to save!

Still want to have your groceries delivered but don’t want to pay for Amazon Prime?  Check out How To Use Amazon Subscribe and Save!

Kroger Mid-Atlantic Region Coupon Match Ups 2/25 – 3/3

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Visit kroger.com to download special e-Coupons that can be redeemed up to five times in a single transaction. These digital coupons will be available to load as soon as the sale cycle begins.

Pair coupons with items to save even more on your total grocery bill! Remember, digital coupons cannot be combined with paper manufacturer coupons.

Click here to see the complete list
Multi-Item Deals
Buy 4 participating Cereals, Get 1 FREE Gallon of Milk (Excludes Organic Milk)
Home Sense; Mix & Match

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Home Sense Ultra Bathroom Tissue, 12 Double Rolls – $4.00

2/$8.00 (or $4.99 each)Includes: Select varieties

Final Price: $4.00
Beverages
Pepsi Products; Mix & Match

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Pepsi Products, 8 pk 12 oz bottles – $2.75

4/$11.00 (or $4.99 each)Includes: Select varieties

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Mountain Dew Kick Start, 12 – 16 oz

Load digital coupon for a Free Mountain Dew Kick Start, 12 – 16 oz on 2/27 only. Redeem by 3/15.Includes: Select varieties

Final Price: Free
Cookies, Snacks & Candy

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Keebler Cookies, 6.6 – 15 oz – $2.00

Includes: Select varieties

Final Price: $1.50
Buy 2; Use $1.00/2 coupon

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Kroger brand Peanut Butter, 15 – 16 oz – $1.49

Includes: Select varieties

Dairy

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Kroger brand Butter, 16 oz – $1.99

Includes: Select varieties

Frozen Foods

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DiGiorno Pizza, 12.6 – 33.3 oz – $5.00

Includes: Select varieties

Stacks With 

  • Buy 2 participating DiGiorno Pizza Products; Get $1 OFF on Your Next Order, Buy 3; Get $2 OFF on Your Next Order, Buy 4 or more; Get $3 OFF on Your Next Order DiGiorno Large Pizza – Kroger Catalina – (exp. 03/22/15)
Final Price: $3.25
Buy 4; Use $2.00/2 Digital Coupon; Includes Catalina Savings

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DiGiorno Thin & Crispy Pizza, 10.6 – 12.5 oz – $3.00

Includes: Select varieties

Final Price: $2.00
Buy 2; Use $2.00/2 coupon
Home Supplies
Buy 2 participating All Detergents, Get Snuggle Fabric Softener, 32 – 40 oz FREE Instantly

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All Laundry Detergent, 32 – 50 oz – $2.99

Includes: Select varieties

  • $1.00/1 All Laundry Detergent Product; Excludes Trial Size
  • $2.00/2 All Laundry Detergent Products; Excludes Trial or Travel Size – 2-8-15 RP – (exp. 03/22/15)
  • $1.00/1 All brand Laundry Detergent Product- 3-1-15 RP – (exp. 04/12/15)
  • $2.00/2 All brand Laundry or Snuggle Products – 3-1-15 RP – (exp. 04/12/15)
Final Price: $1.99
Buy 2; Use $2.00/2 coupon; Get FREE Snuggle

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Scotch-Brite Scrub Sponge, ea – $1.00

Includes: Select varieties

  • $1.00/2 Scotch Brite Products – 1-25-15 SS – (exp. 02/28/15)
Final Price: $0.50
Buy 2; Use $1.00/2 coupon
Meat, Poultry & Fish

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Chicken, Breast, Boneless, per lb – $2.99

Includes: Tyson

Packaged Meats

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Heritage Farm Bacon, 12 oz – $1.99

Includes: Select varieties

Produce

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Strawberries, 16 oz – $1.99
Refrigerated

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Kroger brand Crescent Rolls, 8 ct – $1.00

Includes: Select varieties

Dollar Tree Coupon Sales 2/25 – 3/4

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dollar treeCheck out the Dollar Tree Coupon Policy before you go!

Use this guide to understand all the abbreviations.

Remember that Dollar Tree inventory varies GREATLY from store to store.  Shop around until you figure out your favorite location.

Click here to see the complete list
Product May Vary by Store and by region. Not all products are available at all stores. Watch for correct sizes!
Bread & Bakery

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Roman Meal Bread Loaf – $1.00
Final Price: Free
Condiments, Spice & Baking

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Frank’s RedHot Sauce, 5 oz – $1.00
  • $0.30/1 Frank’s RedHot Sauces
  • $0.35/1 Frank’s RedHot Sauce – 1-18-15 SS – (exp. 03/31/15)
  • FREE Frank’s Redhot Original Sauce, 5 oz FREE or $1.79 OFF Other Redhot Sauce; Maximum Value $1.79 – 1-18-15 SS – (exp. 03/31/15)
Final Price: Free
Cookies, Snacks & Candy

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Lance Crackers, 4 – 6 ct – $1.00
Final Price: Free

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Werther’s Caramel Candy – $1.00
Final Price: Free
Frozen Foods

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SuperPretzel Bites, 9 oz – $1.00
  • $0.50/1 Superpretzel – 1-25-15 RP – (exp. 03/15/15)
  • $1.00/1 Superpretzel – 1-25-15 RP – (exp. 03/15/15)
Final Price: Free

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SuperPretzel Poppers, 7 oz – $1.00
  • $0.50/1 Superpretzel – 1-25-15 RP – (exp. 03/15/15)
  • $1.00/1 Superpretzel – 1-25-15 RP – (exp. 03/15/15)
Final Price: Free
Home Supplies

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Febreze Set & Refresh, 1 ct – $1.00
Final Price: Free
Personal Care

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Breathe Right Nasal Strips, 10ct – $1.00
  • $1.50/1 Breathe Right Nasal Strips, 10, 12 or 14 ct – 1-25-15 RP – (exp. 04/25/15)
Final Price: Free

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CoverGirl Mascara – $1.00
  • $2.00/2 Covergirl Products; Excluding Accessories, Trial or Travel Size, Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 1-25-15 PG – (exp. 02/28/15)
Final Price: Free

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Crest toothpaste, Complete Clean, 3D White and other varieties, 3.5 oz – $1.00
  • $1.50/2 Crest Toothpaste, 3 oz or Larger Or Liquid Gel; Excludes Trial or Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day
  • $1.50/2 Crest Toothpaste or Liquid Gel
  • $0.50/1 Crest Toothpaste, 3.0 oz or Larger or Liquid Gel, Pro Health Stages, For Me, Jr, or Kids Crest Toothpaste, 4.2 oz or Larger; Excludes Cavity, Baking Soda, Tarter Control, Trial or Travel Size, Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 1-25-15 PG – (exp. 02/28/15)
  • $1.00/2 Crest Toothpaste, 3.0 oz or Larger or Liquid Gel, Pro Health Stages, For Me, Jr, or Kids Crest Toothpaste, 4.2 oz or Larger; Excludes Cavity, Baking Soda, Tarter Control, Trial or Travel Size, Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 1-25-15 PG – (exp. 02/28/15)
  • $1.00/1 Crest 3D White or Prohealth, 3 oz + Toothpaste; Excludes Trial or Travel Size, Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 2-15-15 RP – (exp. 03/31/15)
  • $0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste- 3-1-15 PG – (exp. 03/31/15)
Final Price: Free

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L’Oreal, Gloss Burst Lip Gloss – $1.00
Final Price: Free

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Neutrogena Naturals Acne Products, 5 oz – $1.00
Final Price: Free
Pharmacy

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Advil PM, 6 ct – $1.00
  • $1.00/1 Advil, Advil PM, Children’s Advil or ThermaCare Products; Limit of 4 like coupons in same shopping trip – 1-25-15 RP – (exp. 03/13/15)
Final Price: Free

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Airborne – $1.00
  • $1.00/1 Airborne Product – 1-11-15 SS – (exp. 07/11/15)
Final Price: Free

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Aleve, 4 ct – $1.00
Final Price: Free

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Bayer Aspirin, 20 ct – $1.00
Final Price: Free

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Children’s Triaminic Cold and Cough – $1.00
Final Price: Free

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Pediacare – $1.00
Final Price: Free