Friday, December 12, 2008

Fleishmann's Catalinas and Meijer Goody hairbands

I went and used my $0.50 Fleishmanns catalinas at Kroger today and they doubled! I used them at the u-scan which is probably why. I've noticed when I use coupons at the u-scan I am more likey to get overage and the coupon rules are more lax. I'll be gathering the rest of my Fleishmanns coupons and buying more!

Also, Goody hairbands are 25% off at Meijer right now. The sale could include other products but the hairbands are pretty much all I use so I didn't browse other items. I paid $0.09 for hairbands the other day. Sweet! Perfect stocking stuffers for my mom and sis.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Denise has an awesome giveaway for a $500 Walmart giftcard. If you haven't checked it out, do so now!

The "Cent"sible Sawyer

Monday, December 8, 2008

Hidden Wags Rebates

I just read on that people are getting rebates for BOTH the glade wisp and the glade twin packs. Plus the L-Oreal Pro-Calcium that was a rebate item last month. You can bet I'll be buying the L'Oreal during the 4-day sale!

Now, what else should I throw in? Hmmm...
Well, the $2 rebate for the Glade Wisp candle I purchased at Walgreens has gone through... although it shows up as the "glade twin pack". So, I'm guessing that means if a deal pops up where I can score the glade twin pack of candles for free (after rebate), that I shouldn't bother because I've already reached my limit on that rebate.

A little disappointed. But, at least I still get the $2.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Glade @ Wags...

I had read about the Glade Wisp candles being a money maker at Wags this week. It's $3.99, use a -$3 MFQ and submit for a $2 ES Rebate. The shelf had the tag on it saying it qualified for a rebate. But, now I can't for the life of me find it on the Wags website.


Hopefully it'll just pop-up automatically.
I have to say, I'm really really excited about starting a felt story board for Alex. Two bloggers that I read on a regular basis have made one for their toddlers and I have secretly been very jealous. Lastnight I started making characters for a farm scene

I made: A kick-ass barn complete with doors that open, a tractor, a pick-up truck, a tree, a bush, a piggy and a duck.

I plan to make a few more animals but I can't think of any other essential farm items. I also plan to make a house, a pond with fish, flowers, people, doggy, kitty, a car, clouds, a sun, shapes and letters. Maybe a train. Alex has an entire wall in his room that is totally empty of art and furniture so I plan to make the board HUGE!

So excited.

Wags 4-Day Sale

Went to Walgreens today to utilize the $5 RR printing when you purchase $25 worth of stuff. I really wanted Capri Suns, but my store didn't have any. It really isn't that great of a deal but we were in desperate need. I improvised though, thanks to the Wal-itin (is that what it's called?)

(2) Wal-itin - $13.98 ($6.99 each)
(1) Colgate Total - $2.99
(1) Glade Wisp Candle - $4.99 (I think??)
(1) Bald Guys - $4.99

Total - $26.95

(1) Wal-itin IVC that takes $6.00 off for each one purchased - $12.00
(1) Colgate MQ - $1.00
(1) Glade Wisp MQ - $3.00
(1) 6 RR

Total $4.95 (on Wags gift card)

Received - 2 RR for Colgate, 5 RR for spending $25, and will submit for $3 ES Rebate for Wisp and $4.99 ES Rebate for Bald Guys, plus 10% additional for Wags Rebate Gift card

$8.79 in rebated earned
$7 RR earned

Equals $15.79 for a profit of $10.84 (or $4.84 if you deduct the RR I used for payment)

I might hit up another Wags later to see if they have Capri Suns.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Well, I plan to do some shopping today. Hopefully. I'm pretty tired and there is always a good possibility that when I lay down to give Alex his nap, that I might too fall asleep. Hope not.

This is the first time my KMart has doubled coupons, and I'm even worried that the flyer might be wrong because it's not a Super K. The flyer says it'll be doubling. We'll see.

I also plan to stop at the Thrift store to pick up wool sweaters for a Christmas wreath craft I'm working on.

Any other good deals this week? I'm fairly pleased with Meijer's ad. I haven't really shopped at Meijer for a few weeks because of Kroger's great sales. But, they seem to have lots of things on sale that we need right now.

Maybe I'll go drink some coffee.

Friday, November 21, 2008

MAJOR Walgreens overage!!

Did I miss something about the Bic Soliel refill cartridges at Walgreens this week??

It's huge!

I went to Wags to pick up some Hershey's chocolate, which I chickened out on getting BTW. More on that later. Plus, I had some requests from my husband for various items like wart remover and shower loofahs and things I didn't want to actually pay cash for. So, I decided to pick up the Bic Soliel refill cartridges because the IVC coupon expires soon. There were only 4 left, so I got 3 because I always feel guilty whipping them out.

I get to the checkout and the guy says "You might want to grab another one of these, they are B1G1Free." Um, WHAT?!! So, I run to the razor aisle and grab the last one.

Then I get all nervous about how my coupons are gonna work. Now that we've had the discussion over them being B1G1, is he gonna not allow me to use coupons for the items that are "free"? Are we gonna have to go through that whole song and dance about coupon policy, blah blah?


So, here's how it went down

(4) Bic Soleil Refills - $27.96 (or $6.99 each)

Minus -$13.98 for B1G1 sale
Minus -$12.00 for the IVC in the November ES Catalog ($3.00 for each item)
Minus -$12.00 for the MFQ I had ($3.00 each)

Thats $10.02 in overage people!!!!!

Whoa. He gave me my total and I was thrilled. I paid $5.xx on my gift card because of my various other high value items.

Tickled. Completely tickled. I don't know if this is YMMV? Was it just that Walgreens having the B1G1 sale? There was nothing on the shelf about it.

If Alex is in a good mood we're heading to the other walgreens to see if I can do the deal again.

Oh, and I chickened out on the hersheys because the MFQs I had said they had to be 11 oz bags and the sale bags were only 8.5 oz. It probably would have worked regardless but I don't condone using coupons for items they aren't intended for.

What to do with all those chickens??

Being the frugal wife that I am, I tend to always pick up whole chickens when they are marked down at Kroger. My husband, who is a TOTAL food snob and for the most part dislikes chicken unless it's deep fried, found this receipe on It's a Tyler Florence recipe... and it's AMAZING. In fact, my husband even muttered "I never knew chicken could taste this good".

What makes it even better, is that it turns into delicious chicken noodle soup! We tried the same chicken noodle soup recipe with a pre-roasted chicken from the store, and it wasn't NEARLY as good as when we used our Tyler Florence chicken.

Here it is:

1 (4 to 5 pound) free-range chicken
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon, halved
1 head garlic, halved
1/4 bunch each fresh rosemary, thyme, and parsley
1/4 cup olive oil
11/2 pounds red new potatoes

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Rinse the chicken with cool water, inside and out, then pat it dry with paper towels. Season the cavity with salt and pepper, and then stuff the lemon, garlic, and herbs inside. Place the chicken, breast-side up, in a roasting pan. Tie the legs of the chicken together with kitchen twine to help hold its shape. Toss the potatoes around the chicken. Season the whole thing with a fair amount of salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Roast the chicken and potatoes for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Don't forget to baste the chicken with the drippings and rotate the pan every 20 minutes or so to insure a golden crispy skin. The chicken is done when an instant-read thermometer says 165 degrees F when inserted into the thickest part of the thigh (the legs of the chicken should wiggle easily from the sockets too.) Remove the chicken to a platter and let stand for 10 minutes, so the juices settle back into the meat before carving. Serve with the roasted potatoes on the side.

We usually do it without the potatoes, but have done it with and they are delicious as well. We have found that when basting every 20 minutes, we tend to have to add chicken stock because sometimes there aren't a whole lot of drippings.

This recipe is SOOOOO good. And fairly frugal. We tend to use dried spices except for we always somehow manage to have fresh parsley on hand as it is (convenient for our soup recipe as well).

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Well, I didn't get as much shopping accomplished as I had hoped. I made a trip to Kroger and perhaps later tonight Alex and I will venture to Walgreens. I believe they have a good deal on cheese? Or was that last week? Anyways we need milk regardless and I'd rather put it on my Wags giftcard than pay full price at Kroger... they didn't have any manager mark downs today.

Some highlights of my Kroger trip

(4) Duncan Hine's Carrot Cake Mixes = $1.00 each, used (4) -$1.00 MFQs = FREE!
(2) Idahoan Potatoes = $1.00 each, used (2) -$0.40 IPs that doubled = $0.40 for both (Smartsource has these available to print)
(1) B.C Frosting = $1.67, used (1) -$0.50 MFQ that doubled, plus a -$0.55 Shortcuts coupon = $0.12
(1) B.C Pouch Instant Potatoes (didn't know they had pouches! they were cheaper than the boxes) = $1.00, used -$0.35 MFQ that doubled, plus -$0.35 Shortcuts coupon = -$0.05!
(3) Cottonelle 4-Packs = $0.99 each, used (3) -$0.25 MFQ that doubled, plus (2) -$0.50 Shortcuts coupons and (1) -$0.50 Cellfire coupon - FREE!
(1) Active Lifesyle Oatmeal = $Not Sure, used a FREE coupon loaded with Cellfire = FREE!
(1) Kroger Brand Shredded Cheese = $1.67, used -$0.50 Shortcuts coupon

I also got Whole Wheat flour that I had been waiting to go on sale... never did and my coupon expires today, so I bit the bullet and picked it up. At least I got $1 off. Alex loves strawberries and will eat them no matter how sour, so I paid $2.99 for those (anything to make a toddler eat!)

Speaking of which, he's waking up from his nap. Off I go!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Oddly Excited...

My mom came over yesterday so we could do some Christmas shopping together. She must have felt bad for me as I was frantically trying to finish sweeping the floors as we headed out the door, because she called and offered to watch Alex for awhile tomorrow so I can do WHATEVER.I.WANT.


Ofcourse, WHATEVER.I.WANT actually means "a lot of things I would rather not do"... like clean. Uh. I feel like I am ALWAYS cleaning. But, this also includes shopping. I plan on making the rounds tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

Maybe I'll even take pictures this time.

But, boy am I excited to have a few hours to get things done without my little helper!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Just keeping track, plus CVS

My mom and I are in charge of a donation drive going on at my dad's restaurant/bar. It'll be two weeks long. I will be periodically taking things into work each time I go, as well as sending things with my husband when he works. I could just wait until the end and dump my big stash when the truck comes to pick up our donation barrel... but I think it's important to show customers and coworkers that I am taking the time to donate and they should too. I hope that if others see me physically putting my items into our barrel, they will be reminded to do the same.

So far:

(4) Dishsoap
(5) Buddies Bars
(1) B.C Warm Delights
(4) Carnation Evaporated Milk
(2) Cans of tuna
(2) B.C Instant Potatoes
(1) Cornstarch
(2) Quaker Oats
(6) Nailsaver Sponges
(3) Toothpastes

And it has hardly made a dent in my donation pile. I have some things I might hold off on donating until the very end for fear that drunk college students might sift through the barrel and take some of things out (deodorant, razors, body wash, etc).

Anyways, I did two transactions at CVS today which is a lot for me! I've been cutting back on shopping at CVS because it was becoming too stressful and too time consuming. I just don't understand how mother's of toddlers can manage successful CVS transactions!

I made some major mistakes though. I was in a hurry being that I had Alex with me. I knew exactly where I was going and what I was getting. I arrived at the batteries and noticed a sign that had them priced at $5.29 which go me excited! I though "Hurray! For once my CVS has prices lower than most others". I was expecting the prices to be $5.99. Well, apparently they were $5.99... on the other side of the display. The batteries I scooped up were still part of the ECB deal, but had 1/2 the amount of batteries the $5.99 packs have!


Needless to say, my OOP for the days was only like $0.90 and I still have one battery transaction remaining... so you can bet I'll be getting the $5.99 packs.

I am such an idiot.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

How I will be saving money during the Holidays

This post will be a work in progress as I think of, and come up with new ways to save money.

1) I will not be purchasing any new decorations. I have enough already. I did "buy" a cute glittery star to hang on the outside of the house, but I used my Pier 1 gift card, so it was free!

2) We do not have any electrical plugs on the outside of our house! We just discovered this and I think it's kind of strange. At any rate, we won't be using extra electricity to light the outside of our house.

3) A generous woman from the internet mailed me the stash of Christmas cards she received last year and I will be using those, along with the ones I received, to make Christmas gift tags.

4) Gift cards. Over the course of the year I receive lots of gift cards. Although I know the givers intend for the cards to be used to purchase something nice for myself, I often use the cards to buy nice things for others. I don't feel bad about it at all. In fact, many times there is enough money on the gift card for me to buy myself something as well. And it brings me joy to give to others and know that I'm not stressing myself out at the thought of spending too much money.

Monday, November 3, 2008

More Kroger freebies (body wash, shoelaces)

So, I went to Kroger today and spent almost $50. Youza! But, I got a lot of things that we needed that weren't on sale. Like $10 in deli meat (we hate the pre-packaged sliced deli meat) and $6 in apples. Alex has recently discovered how great apples are... plus my husband continues to tell me how much he loves Honeycrisp apples (he refuses to eat any other kind).

Anyways, I picked up some freebies:

-Carnation condensed milk
-Tylenol PM (look for a coupon that is for "Simply Sleep" a Tylenol product I've never heard of... it states you can use it on any "Simply Sleep" or Tylenol PM product. Can't remember insert, sorry! It's for $2 off making the 24 cts free)
-Mini Scotch lint rollers (actually, these give you $0.50 overage)
-Quacker Oats
-Bic Silky Smooth razors (I don't like these as I have tried them before, but my mom uses these plus I can always donate)
-Herbal Essence (still on sale for $2.49 so I uploaded coupons to my husband's card)
-Olay Ribbon's Body Wash!! (Excited for this one because it's my husband's favorite body wash... it retails for $3.99, if you buy two and use the B1G1 uploaded to your Kroger card plus (2) $2 Olay body wash coupons, both are free!)
-Kiwi Shoelaces (didn't actually buy these because I didn't have those coupons clipped... but I'll be going back to Kroger later this week to use the rest of my freebie coupons and I will scoop these up!)
$0.67 Walgreens (grocery)
$15.00 Kroger (grocery)
$5.03 Starbucks (entertainment)
$49.85 Kroger (grocery)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The main reason for my lack of posts is I made this ridiculously long and detailed post about all my shopping last week and somehow only a small part of it posted. I don't have the energy to do it over again.

I checked our finances and have decided that this week we will be saving extra money by using food from our stockpile and avoiding spending money, at all costs!

I will be getting the free items at Kroger and Meijer. I already went this morning for emergency frozen hashbrowns (the only thing my son will eat for breakfast) and free Hall's cough drops at Kroger. I regret not planning my trip better because there are apparently quite a few more freebies this week. Oh well, I'll go back.

I already checked the CVS near by and they were out of razor's by Monday morning. Pisser. I just left. ALex was with me and trying to come up with a money making scenario would have been impossible with him.

My inlaws arrive in town on Thursday and I'm thrilled. I truly love it when they visit. And I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they buy us groceries :) I'll never pass up free groceries... and it's always an added bonus when I don't have to plan and use coupons!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Lots of recent shopping



(4) Ultra Nail Saver Sponges - $4.00
(2) Green Giants frozen veggies - $2.00
(2) Cottonelle 4-pk - $1.98
(1) Soft Soap - $1.00

(4) -$1.00 Ultra Nail Saver IP Coupons - $4.00
(2) -$0.50 Green Giant frozen veggies MFQ - $2.00 (both coupons doubled)
(1) -$0.50 Cottonelle MFQ (randomly found on hanging out in a drawer at home!) - $1.00 (doubled)
(1) -$0.35 Softsoap MFQ - $0.70 (doubled)
(2) -$0.50 Cottonelle shortcuts coupon loaded to card - $1.00
(1) -$0.50/2 Green Giant shortcuts coupon loaded to card - $0.50

Total: $0.16!!

I couldn't believe it. I hmmmed for a couple minutes over whether to pick up the softsoap (don't usually use these) as a filler because I was worried I was going to be in the negative because of the shortcuts coupons. I'm glad I did!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Revving it up!

I'm kicking my deal shopping into high gear for the next couple weeks. As winter approaches, the amount of money Mike and I will be making will decrease. We both work at the same restaurant and bar, owned by my father. Mike's income shouldn't be affected much because he's a manager. If business is slower, his tips will be lower. But, we still anticipate the same number of hours. My work is affected more. We have outdoor seating that draws major crowds, when winter comes that means we close the outdoor seating and have far fewer shifts available because a whole entire section of the restaurant is closed.

Anyways. I'm blabbing. It has already started to effect us. I'm feeling the pinch. To alleviate some of the stress, I am working on having our basement as stockpiled as possible.

Today I left Alex home with Mike and spent a few hours running around town getting some good deals. I was even able to stop at Goodwill and Aldi, which I hardly EVER go to.

I'll update with all my shopping later.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Kroger 10/21

Went to scoop up some of the freebies at Kroger today. Once I got there, I realized I forgot to load my shortcuts coupons. Er!

(1) MS Organic Whole Chicken - $4.70
(1) MS Roll of Pork Sausage - $1.59
(1) MS Horizon Organic Milk - $1.59 (I think?)
(3) Johnson's Buddies Bars - $2.97
(4) Brut Deodorants - $4.00
(4) Celestial Tea - $4.00
(1) Puffs - $1.00

(1) -$3.00 off 3 Johnson's Buddies MFQ - $3.00
(4) -$1.00 off any Brut MFQ - $4.00
(4) -$1.00 off any Celestial Tea MFQ - $4.00
(1) -$0.25 off any Puffs MFQ - $0.50 (doubled)

I thought there was a $1.00 off Organic coupon loaded to my card. Guess not. Oh well.

This particular store didn't have the $1.00 Sally Hansen. Or else they weren't marked. I price checked the bottle that looked like the one in the picture and it was $4.25. Who knows...

I spent $10.xx OOP.

I would have also purchased the Green Giant frozen veggies, but I didn't know if that coupon was loaded to my card. I probably would have also scooped up some soft soap, except Alex insisted on using the GIANT shopping cart shaped like a car and it was IMPOSSIBLE to push through the store. By the time I remember the soft soap, I didn't feel like trying to push our way to the other end of the store. Oh well. I will probably go back later this week for the veggies and the soft soap.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Did some major grocery shopping today. Hit up Kroger and Meijer. Had to get some things that weren't super great deals. But, I think all-in-all, everything was at least on sale. Some highlights...

(1) Prilosec OTC 12-ct - $9.99 - Used $5.00 P&G Esaver loadable coupon, plus a $3.00 MFQ that I clipped from some random newspaper insert (not a coupon insert). Paid $2.00
(1) Febreze Noticeables - Don't know retail price - Used $5.00 P&G Esaver loadable coupon, plus $5.00 P&G MFQ. It was free plus overage
(4) Kroger cheese - were $1.67 a piece
(1) 1/2 Gallon of whole milk - $0.99 on manager special

There was a TON of meat and nice bread marked down, but we just don't have room in our freezer for it

(4) Orville Redenbacher's Natural Popcorn - $1.59 a piece - I used $1.00 MFQs and got them for $0.59 a piece!
(3) Bottles of Juicy Juice - $2.25-ish a piece - I used $1.00 off IPs and paid about $1.25-ish. I still have about 5 more of these coupons that will expire on the 15th. I'm actually tempted to go to Kroger where they are on sale for a slightly higher price (about $2.59) because their juice boxes are included in their sale and we would get more use out of juice boxes.
(2) Boxes of Kelloggs cereal - $2.00 - used $1.00 IPs and made them $1.00 a piece
(1) 24-pack of Pepsi - $6.00 - Eh, at least it's a better deal than paying $3.67 for a 12-pack
(1) Bag of Meijer brand Kettle potato chips - $2.49 - Used $1.00 mealbox coupon and paid $1.49 which is pretty darn good deal for chips because I can never find coupons for chips.

I also got a lot of fruit from both stores. Meijer has a deal on Michigan apples right now (I live in Michigan though). You can grab one of their paper tote bags and mix and match with various kinds for $0.79 a pound which is about half the price they were at Kroger.

I think thats about all. I also got a nice bathmat that was 30% off and ended up only being $15.00. I'm not sure if I could have gotten a better deal going to BB&B and using a coupon. But, I just don't have time to make multiple trips.

Back to painting that bathroom.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Expensive week to come...

So, this week is going to be more expensive than most. We have our first real houseguests coming to stay with us in 6 days and I didn't really prepare my stockpile for it.

I know we'll need a lot of easy snacks - cheese, dip, crackers, chips, pop, fresh fruits (which I wouldn't have purchased ahead of time anyways). So this week I'm going to have to make some purchases of items I don't have coupons for.

Thank goodness for Meijer mealbox coupons. There is one for baked lays and one for their Meijer brand kettle chips. This morning Alex and I already made a trip to purchase one of each.

I'm going to have to pour of the sales flyers this week and decide where to buy the rest... fruit, pop, crackers, toilet paper (our stockpile is dwindling) and cheese. I'm thinking Target has a pretty good deal on Coke - 3 for $11. We'll see.

Anyways, yesterday I made one last trip to Walgreens for the week. I couldn't pass up the $10 shower cleaner coupon. I have been dying to try one but still couldn't stomach the $5.00 OOP it would have been with just a $5 off coupon. I love that it's now free after rebate. Plus, I needed some Windex. I've been using Lysol the past few weeks to clean windows and it just isn't cutting it.

Yesterday we scooped up a really great deal at one of our local grocery stores. We purchased a boneless sirloin roast for about $15.00. This is something we wouldn't normally buy, but that my husband LOVES. He's a true carnivore. Anyways, the reason we purchased one yesterday, is it came with a free 5# bag of potatoes, 3# bag of carrots, ?# bag of onions, Heinz gravy, a disposable roasting pan and an apple pie. So, at some point this week we will have a roast for dinner. He's pumped. The thing is huge, so I intend to use the leftovers for beefstew. Or something.

All for now. Back to preparing for our houseguests.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

CVS Confession

Ok. First lets start out with my trip to CVS today. I did one transaction:

(4) Colgate MaxFresh toothpaste - $11.96
(2) Colgate MaxFresh 2 in 1 toothpaste - $5.38 (they were 25% off)
(3) CVS Gold Soap bars - $2.97
(1) Bic Soleil - $5.99

(6) -$1.00 Colgate Maxfresh MFQ - $6.00
(1) -$2.00 Bic Soleil - $2.00
$5.99 ECB
$5.00 ECB
$3.00 ECB
$2.50 ECB
$1.00 ECB

Paid $2.xx OOP most ofwhich was tax, I believe.

I received $19.00 ECBs. I did it all in one big transaction because I couldn't really think of a better way to do it now that we don't have any $/$$ coupons.

I dunno about CVS anymore. I just feel like I might make it a monthly, or twice monthly trip for me. GASP! I know... Something has gotten into me and I get so insanely nervous everytime I step up to the regester to pay. And I've never had a nasty cashier before! ::knock on (fake) wood::

I'll be brutally honest.

I live less than 5 minutes from a really great CVS. Most good ECB deals are always still stocked. The clearance section is nice. My favorite cashier works there.

But, it's right SMACK in the middle of student housing for Michigan State University. Hence the reason why all the deals are always still there. It's probably an insanely profitable CVS because college students don't care at all about snagging a good deal (or, most I should say). Plus, it's right among all the bars so I'm sure they have quite a few that stumble through and buy a week's worth of potato chips to chow down on after a drunken night out.

And thats why I get so nervous. I look like a college student myself. And I just feel like the eyes of a dozen beautiful young co-eds are burning the back of my head as I stand at the register and hand over 6 tubes of toothpaste and 20 coupons.

I can't even imagine what it'd be like if my coupons beeped and I had some drunk idiot behind me who wanted to be rude about taking so long... which is entirely possible because I went at 10pm tonight and they were all out in full force.

So, I apologize if the CVS transactions are a bit sparse. My nerves are getting the best of me.

Plus, I feel like everything that is a good deal, I already have 10 of. Tonight I bought toothpaste I don't even need just so I could roll some ECBs that were going to expire in a couple days.

We'll see what happens.

Another good Wags trip

I mainly went tonight to get Chapstick and more Glade Scenter Oil Holders. Well, they were out of the holders. Instead I ended up with:

(3) Pert Plus - $10.47
(2) Glade carpet and room deodorizer - $1.98
(2) Chapstick 3-pks - ?? (regular price not marked)
(2) Oral-B Indicators - $3.98
(4) Halloween goody bags - $0.50

(3) -$1.50 Pert Plus MFQ - $4.50
(2) -$1.00 Glade carpet and room MFQ- $2.00
(1) -$1.00 Oral-B Manual Toothbrush MFQ - $1.00
(1) -$0.75 Oral-B Manual Toothbrush MFQ - $0.75
(1) -$2.50 Pert Plus October ES IVC - $7.50 (take $2.50 off for each item purchased)
(1) -$?? Chapstick coupon (made each chapstick package $2.99)
(1) -$4.50 RR

Total: $4.xx Will get back $2.20 in rebates. Not bad considering we needed the Chapstick that my husband is addicted to. I also just noticed that 3 of my goody bags rang up as $0.25 and 1 rang up at $0.13. Hmmm...

Will post my Kroger trip later

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


My little dude is really sick. We decided to take him to the ER lastnight when we discovered his temp was 104 and he was acting lethargic. 6 hours and 2 IVs later, everything is much better... but still icky for him. He has moments of normalness and moments and sickness. He was very dehydrated due to all the puking. Oh, and all the screaming. Lots of screaming.

It totally sucks watching your babe in pain. It was really tough to keep it together.

Despite the fact that we could use the Motrin on sale at CVS this week (the nurse said everything 3 hours we could alternate tylenol and motrin for maximum fever coverage), I opted not to make a CVS run. It's one of those times where I really don't want to leave Alex at all.

I promise for a CVS trip soon. My ECBs expire on the 11th and I have $3 off coupons for the Soleils... so I'm really hoping they still have some in stock when I go.

All for now.

Monday, October 6, 2008


So, here is most of Alex's fall/winter wardrobe that was purchased for less than $70. Please note that there are a few things missing from the picture (two pairs of Kohl's pants and a long sleeve shirt - 5.00 a piece. And a winter coat - FREE!)

I had to pay more OOP for pants at Kohls because I couldn't find any cute ones at the thrift/resale. They were all very 80's-esque and acid-washy. Ick.

Most of it was purchased at a local 2nd hand shop, or thrift stores. The shoes are brand new (2 pairs!) that I got when Meijer was having their buy1get1-for-$1 sale. Even the fire truck onesie that Alex is modeling was a garage sale find for $0.50.

My favorite deals are the winter coat (not pictured) that I received WAY BACK when I was pregnant at one of my baby showers. And the doggy pajamas (on the left) that were also a shower gift. The khaki colored fall jacket was an AWESOME find... it's so adorable on him and it was only $6, it even has a removable red liner.

Best of all, this picture display's my many attempts at being frugal.

The past couple of weeks Target had a ton of comforters, sheet sets, curtains, etc on clearance and I scooped up the red comforter (king size) for only $20.

The curtains on the windows came with our house (it was part of the agreement that the seller would leave all window treatments). While at JoAnns, my mom and I found that cool dot patterned fabric (and used the 40% off coupon!) and she sewed the band onto the pre-existing curtains... making it a cheap alternative to buying all new ones. I love them! I'm not big on traditional baby/toddler themed rooms. I think the colors are often muted and boring. And especially when it comes to little boys, Alex LOVES cars and trucks but all the car/truck themed comforters were so BLAH.

Now, I'm not sure why he has a book on his head. But, at least he didn't make a mess of the clothes in the picture before I could take a shot.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Wags 10/05

Went to a Walgreens I'd never visited before. It went very successfully. They have a much better clearance section than my usual Wags. The cashier was great, although I have found that all Wags cashiers are nice. Anyways, here is what I scooped up:

(3) Glade Scented Oil Candle Holders - $11.97
(4) Glade Candles - $7.96
(1) Glade Carpet and Room Deodorizer (? is that what it's called?) - $1.99
(3) Oral-B Indicator Toothbrushes - $5.97
(1) 60 ct. Tuf's Trash Bags - $3.99
(1) 54 ct Tampax Pearl - $4.00 (clearance)
(4) Halloween Goodie Bags (not pictured) - $0.50

(3) -$2.00 Glade Scented Oil Candle - $6.00
(4) -$1.00 Glade Candle - $4.00
(1) -$1.00 Glade Carpet and Room - $1.00
(3) -$1.00 Oral-B Manual Toothbrush - $3.00
(1) -$1.00 Tampax - $1.00
(1) -$1.00 Oral-B Indicator Oct ES IVC - $3.00 (took $1 off for each toothbrush purchased)
(1) -$10.00 RR - $10.00

Total: $11.xx

Will receive $12.10 Rebate. Sweet! We really needed the trash bags. I wanted to do the other tampon deal, but couldn't get the coupon to print. 54 tampons for $3 works for me. I also wanted to score some free toothpaste but debated over whether or not the P&G crest coupon really applied to the $0.99 cent tubes... I opted to wait and see if it works for others.

Not a bad trip in my opinion!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Big sigh...

Well, pooey!

Another $5/$25 CVS coupon goes to waste. Alex and I finally made a trip out and they didn't have any well patches or beauty bars... which totally ruined my scenario. Had I been alone, I made have been able to figure something out. But, I had the kiddo. And as soon as we set foot in the toothpaste aisle he pulled as many tubes of toothpaste off the shelves as he could. I knew sticking around and trying to come up with a scenario on the fly wasn't going to work.

But, yet again I'm thrilled about this upcoming week at Wags. I'll post later about my most recent trip. Plus, I plan to go tomorrow... I think I'll make Sunday my Wags day.

Must go. Kid is fussing.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Shopping sure is tough with a toddler that has tantrums every 2 seconds. Literally.

Mark my word. I WILL be using my 5/25 CVS coupon even if I have to buy things we don't need (toothpaste, bar soap and arthritis care). I am having CVS withdrawls.

In other news, I was going to make a stop at Walgreens for more body wash. I can't find my $28 in RRs. I plan to turn the house upside down after Alex goes to bed. Thats a lot of RRs to lose.


Sunday, September 28, 2008

Today's Loot

Not too shabby.

I'm really tired so I'll just give you the run down. Of what I bought and Q's used.

(5) Softsoap 18 oz - $17.45
(3) Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Rapid Release 24 ct - $14.97
(2) Gilette Fustion Razors - $17.98
(2) Oral B Crossaction Toothbrushes - $8.98
(1) 4-Pack Panasonic AA Batteries - $2.00 (clearance)
(1) Hallmark Card - $2.49

I did buy a football for $5.99 that I returned because I thought it was only $1.00

(2) -$1.00 Softsoap Printables - $2.00
(1) -$1.00 Softsoap IVC from October ES - $5.00 (takes $1 off for every Softsoap purchased)
(3) -$1.00 Tylenol Cold MFQ - $3.00
(1) -$1.50 Tylenol Cold IVC from October ES - $4.50 (takes $1.50 for everything Tylenol Cold purchased)
(2) -$4.00 Gilette Fusion MFQ - $8.00
(2) -$1.00 Oral B Manual Toothbrush MFQ - $2.00

These were broken up into 2 transactions. I could have saved more money if I broke them up into more, but I had Alex and he wasn't in the mood to be in the checkout lane all day. I didn't start out with any RRs. And now I have $28 left over! Plus, somehow I got an extra 2 RRs (not sure from where or what).
Somehow I got 2 extra RRs from Walgreens this morning. I only did one transaction.

(3) Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom Rapid Release 24 ct (I think these gave me the extra 2 RRs) - $14.97
(1) Oral B Crossaction - $4.49
(1) Gilette Fusion Razor - $8.99 (I'm going to get as many as I can this week because Hubby loves these)
(1) Hallmark card - $2.49
(1) Foam Football - $5.99 (thought it was only $1.00)

(1) -$1.50 IVC Tylenol Coupon from Oct ES - $4.50
(3) -$1.00 Tylenol MFQ - $3.00
(1) -$4.00 Gilette Fusion - $4.00

Total = $21.xx

Received 4 RRs (for Fusion), $4.50 RRs (for Oral B), 5 RRs (for Tylenol), 2 RRs (for who knows??), plus some vitamin coupon

The reason I think the 2 RRs are from Tylenol is because on it, it says "Thanks" from the same company that the Tylenol RRs are from (I can't think of the name off hand). Unless I got the RRs for the Hallmark card? I doubt it's from the foam football.

I don't know. But, I was pleasantly surprised.

Pictures to come later today because Alex and I might for back to WAGs again.

Friday, September 26, 2008


Walgreens went well today. Not as well as anticipated, but I'm still pleased because I came out a dollar ahead. Better than nothing!

I was most disappointed about the Glade fabric and air sprays. Or whatever. I REALLY wanted to get some of these. And I couldn't for the life of me, find any. I couldn't even find the spot they would have been on the shelf. Maybe my wags doesn't carry them?

Oh well.

(3) Garnier Fructis Conditioner (do I really need more??) - $20.97
(4) Boxes of Mike&Ikes (request from the hubby) - $5.00
(1) Gallon of milk - $2.98 (or something like that)
(1) Rimmel Foundation - $7.49
(1) L'Oreal Revitalift Cleanser - $6.99

(1) -$3.00 October IVC Garnier Fructis coupon - $9.00 (takes $3 off per bottle purchased)
(3) -$1.00 Garnier Fructis MFQ - $3.00
(1) -$1.00 L'Oreal Cleanser - $1.00
-$5/$20 Wags coupon

Total = $25.77

Will receive = $26.93 back in rebates

So, I forgot my Rimmel coupon. Oh well. But, I totally lucked out on the milk. We REALLY needed milk and I didn't feel like stopping anywhere else. Plus, the price was right. The first time I checked, they were out of skim. I checked back later and there was one lonely gallon waiting for me to scoop up!

I couldn't find the Energy Shots and didn't really feel like asking because it's not really anything we need in our house. My husband would end up drinking them when he got home from work, or something silly, and stay up until 6am. Then I would be mad. So, it's something we can live without unless they happen to fall into my lap next time I'm at wags.

I have to say, I am very excited for next week's deals. I plan to take advantage of the Soft Soap and the Tylenol RRs... although I forsee them somehow not working. Such is my luck with RRs.

Oh, and no CVS this week. I wasn't excited for any of the deals. I would have liked the body wash, but didn't feel like going in just for that. It's always such an ordeal to take my child shopping.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Happy Anniversary, Honey!

Our anniversary is on the 29th, which I am excited for :) I just hope we don't spend too much money at dinner. Man, listen to me!

Anyways, to celebrate Mike went to Target (alone!) and picked up one of their inexpensive storage cabinets for the basement. The system we've been using for our stockpile has worked well... but we are expecting guests next month and I wanted a way to sort of make everything a little more discrete.

"Hi! Welcome to our home. I like to collect pantiliners... do you need any?"

So, he put it together for me and I am in the process of filling it. It's fun :) But, it just occurred to me we are going to need to baby-proof it somehow. Alex loves our stockpile and for the most part it was high enough off the ground that he didn't notice it too often. But, now that some of it is in a cupboard, with doors that are fun to open and close, I have a feeling we might have a problem on our hands. And the fact that he loves opening deodorants and shampoo bottles doesn't help much.

Anyways, pictures to come as soon as I'm done. Time for bed.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

My husband...

I sure do love him. But, sometimes he just doesn't get it. And it exhausts me!

The other day while I was taking a nap, he took my son to the grocery store and spent $15.00 on supplies to make homemade salsa. He came home, whipped up a batch, and it was awful. Fifteen dollars down the drain. Literally. I had to dump a huge batch because neither one of us would eat it.

What on earth do I do in order to make him understand that we live on a budget?

Big Meijer trip

So, I spent more than usual at Meijer lastnight. But, in my defense, we don't have ANY meat in our freezer right now. Plus I had to get a few things I don't have coupons for. I spent $$66.25 but I now have a month's worth of ground beef, at least 3 weeks worth of chicken, plus ground turkey (which is expensive).

I wish we had a big freezer!

Bolded items were on sale to begin with - prices are all pre-coupon

(1) 1.17# of Bananas - $0.69
(1) Bunch of green onion - $0.50
(1) Bunch of brocolli - $1.67
(1) Red pepper - $1.56 (ouch!)
(1) Container of strawberries - $2.00
(1) Jar of Vlassic dill pickles - $2.96
(1) Jar of Miracle Whip - $2.39
(1) Bag of Salt & Vinegar chips - $1.67 (not in picture)
(2) Pizza Mixes - $1.78
(2) Smart Taste Ronzoni thin spaghetti - $2.96
(1) Cascade Smart Rinse - $3.94
(1) Oscar Mayer Hot Dog - $4.49
(1) Heluva frech onion dip - $1.50
(1) Block of Meijer mozzarella cheese - $3.19 (not in picture)
(1) Box of Mike & Ikes - $1.25
(1) Whole Chicken - $5.11 (no more mealbox coupon for this...)
(6) Boxes of Kraft Mac & Cheese - $2.16 (on sale B3G3Free)
(3) Jars of Meijer pizza sauce - $2.49
(6) Cans of Delmonte green beans - $3.60
(1) Loaf of Aunt Millie's bread - $2.00 (couldn't find the $0.99 one I had read about)
(5) Rice-A-Roni - $5.00
(2) Lawry's Marinades - $3.34
(2) Wishbone salad dressing - $3.33
(1) 5# roll of ground beef - $8.95
(1) 40 oz bag of chicken - $5.99
(1) Package of Jennie O ground turkey - $3.00
(3) Bottles of Purex - $5.97

(1) Free Cascade Rinse - $3.94
(1) Free Oscar Mayer hot dog WYB 3 Kraft - $4.49
(2) $0.50 off Lawry's marinade - $2.00 (doubled)
(1) $1.00 off 2 bottles of Wishbone salad dressing - $1.00
(1) $0.35 off Aunt Millie's bread - $0.70 (doubled)
(1) $0.55 off Tyson chicken - $0.55
(1) $0.50 off bottle of Purex - $1.00 (doubled)
(1) $1.00 off 2 bottles of Purex - $1.00
(1) $1.00 off 5 Rice-A-Roni (mealbox coupon) - $1.00
(2) $1.00 Smart Taste Ronzoni pasta - $2.00

Total = $66.25

Saved $42.44 ($24.76 was because of sale prices, $17.68 was because of coupons)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Super Kroger Savings!

Successful Kroger trip. Based on the deals this week (Monday thru Sunday), this transaction can be repeated as long as the catalinas are still produced.

(4) 4-packs of Cottonelle - $3.96
(8) Bottles of Suave shampoo - $7.04
(2) Glade scented gel warmers - $3.58

Total before coupons = $15.45 (includes tax)

(4) -$0.50 Cottonelle coupons (doubled to $0.99) - $3.96
(4) -$1.50 off two Sauve hair care products - $6.00
(1) BOGO Glade scented gel warmer - $1.79

Total after coupons = $3.71 (includes tax)

And what makes it even better is I received (2) $2.00 OYNO catalinas for purchasing 2 glades. I thought it was going to be off your next GLADE purchase, but it turns out it's even better and the catalinas can be used to purchase anything! Love it :)

Purex at Meijer!

I split this up into 2 transactions because there was a limit of 4 bottles... after that the price would have gone up. Plus, I got to use 4 of the $0.50 off coupons that doubled to $1.00 each. For simplicity:

(8) Bottles of Purex - $16.87 (includes tax)

(4) -$0.50 off one bottle - $4.00 (doubled)
(2) -$1.00 off two bottles - $2.00

Total = $10.87 for 8 bottles of detergent (includes tax)

Not bad!

I still have 4 coupons left so I'll get more when I head back to do grocery shopping later this week.

Saturday, September 20, 2008


I was just kicking myself for not taking full advantage of the Purex sale at CVS this week. That was until I saw a preview for Meijer's ad this week... Purex is on sale for $1.99 and if you use your $0.50 off coupon it doubles making it only $0.99 a bottle!

I'm so glad I decided to check out HCW before heading to bed. Now tomorrow when Alex and I head to Meijer to pick up our Sunday papers, I'll bring my coupons and scoop up some Purex. I think I'll probably use all my coupons, including the new $1 off 2 that came out last week. My mom uses a lot of Purex and she'd probably take a few bottles.

Laundry detergent is one of my favorite things to stockpile. And to think, prior to couponing I used to get so excited for the Dynamo sale Meijer occassionally has... B1G2Free. Thats not even a good deal!

Now, I just need to decide how many papers I'll buy tomorrow. There is another Cottonelle coupon that will make TP free at Kroger, but I'm not certain if the 4 packs are still $0.99 and I'm not sure if it's worth it to spend the $1.75 per paper to get the free TP. The other coupons don't seem all that great.


Meijer Super Saturday

Stopped at Meijer before work today. It was a madhouse with everyone getting ready for tailgate this morning. I was like the only person there in the shoe department... everyone else was in the liquor aisle!

Anyways, I didn't buy any groceries or use any coupons. I went simply to buy shoes. I purchased 4 pairs of shoes and paid $65.00 for them.

For myself I got some plain black work shoes and a pair of knock off UGGS for tromping around in the snow with Alex. I also bought Alex two pairs of shoes. We were in desperate need of new shoes. I tried to convince Mike to go and check them out on his way to pick Alex up from my moms. He wasn't interested.

Anyways, I didn't do too much shopping last week because I wasn't feeling well. Hopefully I can make up for it this week. I'd like to take advantage of the candy deal at CVS because my husband is addicted to sugar. I'd also like to get the Reach toothbrushes at Walgreens, although I can't seem to find my 7/13 inserts. So, we'll see....

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Meijer's Saturday Sale

I'm feeling much better today. We made a trip to DSW because I'm in desperate need of new shoes. So glad I didn't buy anything because...

Meijer is having a B1G1$1 sale on shoes on Saturday. Buy one pair, get a second for $1.00. I've never purchased shoes from Meijer before but I'm totally willing to give it a shot. I'd like to get Alex some new shoes too... but the add says prices start at $12.99 so I'm not sure how I feel about spending $13.99 (at the very LEAST) on two pairs of toddler shoes. It's not horrible. But, I'm VERY picky about toddler shoes and I'd rather spend $40 on toddler shoes that I approve of, than $13.99 on just some random shoes I'm not totally comfortable with him wearing.

I'm weird. I know.

We'll see!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Food budget...

Well, I'm officially sick. A very weird kind of sick that would make me think I was pregnant, except that I can say with EXACT certainty that I'm not. It's strange. Nausea and vomitting.

I didn't make it to the store yesterday (well, except for the produce I managed to get before having my stomach explode). I planned to go this morning, but a sleepless night and nausea kept me away. So, I sent my husband. He's been gone for a LOONNNNNG time. Makes me kind of nervous. One of my money-saving techniques is to always leave the hubby home when you go grocery shopping. So, I can only imagine all the items he has added to the list I sent him out with.

I think it's safe to assume our food budget for this week is probably blown!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

This always happens...

I already made a stop at Wags this week and spent everything on my rebate gift card. Not because I went on a shopping spree. But, because my husband sprung on me that he needed Prilosec and razor refills, ASAP! Both pricey items despite coupons. I did manage to scoop up 2 bags of Butterfingers for $0.50 a piece and the BETTER THAN FREE Glade Scented Gel Warmers... I lucked out and found one that has a $1.00 peelie, so I made a buck on that deal.

Anyways... I just read about some more free Dove chocolate this week. I didn't scoop any up lastweek, so I think I'm going to go back and see if I can get it this week. Plus, the free Colgate Max toothpaste.

I'm totally addicted.

Meal Plan

-Hashbrowns and frui
-Starbucks muffin (Alex and I share an oat bran muffin if we are out running errands)
-Cinnamon toast
-Veggie scramble and fruit
-Cereal and fruit
-Cinnamon rolls

Lunch/Dinner (Combined categories because these meals are often wacky as a result of Mike's work schedule):
-Sloppy joes, potato chips and fruit (Check!)
-Roasted chicken, rice and roasted potatoes
-Omelets/scrambles, bacon and fruit
-Chicken noodle soup (use leftover roasted chicken)
-Brats fruit/veggies and rice
-Mac N Cheese and veggies
-Hot dogs and fries
-Spaghetti and veggies
-Beef Stew... YUMMM!!

Additional Alex variations:
-Nuggets, french fries, rice, peaches, red pepper, mac n cheese, bagel pizza, green beans, oranges (these are on hand for when he won't eat what we've prepared for ourselves)


So, my first attempt at making a grocery run this week didn't go so well.

As soon as I stepped into Kroger, my stomach decided it hated me and that it wanted me to suffer. I ran to the bathroom and thought I would be fine afterwards. I made it through the produce department when I realized I needed to leave, soon. So I quickly grabbed some milk... WHICH IS ONE CLEARANCE FOR $1.99 :):) And made my way out of the store.

So, I have spent $31.xx already this week on groceries. It's all fresh produce... so no coupons. I don't want to bore you with pictures of peaches and parsley.

I don't feel one bit guilty about spending that much on produce. I often wonder where all the fruits and veggies are when people post about their grocery trips.

I have an 18 month old who is a picky eater. He likes fresh fruit and veggies, but one week he'll act like peaches as the best fruit ever, then the next week look at you as though you're crazy when you give them to him for breakfast. So, I like a nice variety produce to make him happy.

Today I bought:
-3 peaces
-Bag of potatoes
-Bag of carrots
-Bunch of parsely
-Clearance multigrain roll thingy - $0.69
-Clearance gallon of whole milk - $1.99
-1/2 gallon of skim milk
-2 Kroger big block cheeses - $3.69 a piece
-Land O Lakes - FORGOT ABOUT THIS... I actually had a coupon for it but was in such a hurry to get out that I didn't use it. Oh well, would have only saved me $0.55

Is that it? I feel like I got more produce than that. I can't remember though.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Quick CVS

Stopped today at the CVS down the street. Their summer clearance is still going strong... college students REALLY don't care about saving a buck. I'm probably the only mom that shops there.

(1) Purex = $2.99
(2) Ambi Cleaners (Think??) = $9.98
(2) Ball Squirt Toys = $0.34
(1) Little Pets Toy = $0.59

-$2/10 CVS Coupon
-$3.00 Ambi IP
-$3.00 Ambi IP
-$0.50 Purex
-$5.00 ECBs
-$2.00 ECBs

Paid $0.98 OOP I think

The poopy part - I didn't realize the AMBI deal maxed out at 3. Oops. So I got one cleanser too many and as a result didn't get as many ECBs as expected.


Saturday, September 13, 2008

This week's tally

Heres my breakdown of this week... roughly.

Multiple transactions. Too many to remember exacts. But, I came away with 3 Right Guards, 1 Right Guard Professional Strength, 2 Soft & Dri, 3 Revlon nailpolishes, 2 Ambi soaps, LOTS of summer clearnace toys. I spent about $13 OOP because of the toys and the fact that they wouldn't take my revlon coupons.

Only one transaction. Can you believe it?! The best sales in Wag's history and I only make one trip for 3 cough syrups and some trashbags!

Thats it. Sorry for the lack of detail. It's late. It's been raining all day. We have a giant puddle in our basement. Sweet.


Ugh. Big, fat UGH.

I spent a lot of time agonizing over my purchases using the 10/40 Wags coupon. I shouldn't have waited until 10pm on a Saturday night to try and use it. I told myself that if I walked in the door and immediately discovered they were out of the L'Oreal, I was leaving. They were out. I didn't leave. I browsed for awhile thinking about possible clearance section purchases. But, I'm not going to buy something just because it's cheap. Then I decided to at least check out the cleaning supplies. Not a thing was left in stock except for the Scrubbing Bubbles Action Scrubber or whatever that thing is that's $3.79. I only had two of the $2.75 off coupons. So, I decided to leave... which was the right decision!

I promptly headed over to CVS prepared to make this great transaction that would give me 19 ECBs. Nope. They were completely out of the Ambi soaps. Bah! So, I browsed the clearance again. Didn't see anymore of those police cars that Alex likes. So, I decided to leave... which was the right decision! I spent enough OOP there already this week. And I am totally unimpressed with there deals for next week. I'm not sure I'm going to bother going unless I decide I want to burn some ECBs.


And to think. It was a completely baby-free shopping adventure. And the tunes on the radio were great (usually a good sign for me). But, I got nothin'.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Well, today's trip to CVS really took me OOP. But, I'm totally fine with it.

I live in a college town and I don't visit the CVS down the street all too often. Parking is inconvenient. It's always busy. And I'm always THAT mom with the cranky kid and 10 coupons... with a line of college kids behind me rolling their eyes.

But, this morning I left for work early just so I could make a baby-free stop at the CVS. I was hesitant to go in. I peeked through the front door and saw my absolute most favorite cashier... so I went for it.

Unlike every other CVS I've been to this week, their summer clearance was overflowing with kid's toys! I guess those college students don't have any need for blow up tubes and squirty fish.

I loaded up on everything I had on my list... INCLUDING AMBI BARS! They had like 6 in stock :) Plus TONS of toys. I paid $10 OOP, but I got back something like $16 ECBs... so I'm fine with it.

I'll post a picture of my CVS haul once I decided I'm done with CVS for the week... I might go back and get more toys :)

My Walgreens Scenario

(2) Scrubbing Bubbles Action Scrubbers = $7.58
(5) Scrubbing Bubbles Flushable Wipes = $12.45
(1) Crest Pro-Health Mouthwash = $4.49
(1) L'Oreal Anti-Wrinkle Concentrate = $16.49
(1) Wags Acid Controller = $7.99
(1) Lypsol = $1.99
(1) Pert Plus = $4.39
(1) Candy (need a filler) = $1.50

Total = $56.88

(2) Scrubbing Bubbles Action -$5.50
(5) Scrubbing Bubbles Wipes -$5.00
(1) L'Oreal -$3.00
(1) Pert Plus -$2.00

Total = $41.38

Minus $10/$40 Wags Coupon = $31.38

Receive $14.50 RR & $33.86 Rebates (includes +10%) = $48.86

$17.48 $16.98 Profit.


PLEASE!!! Let everything be in stock :)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Meal Plan Monday

-Hashbrowns and fruit (Check!)
-Starbucks muffin (Alex and I share an oat bran muffin if we are out running errands)
-Cinnamon toast
-Veggie scramble and fruit
-Cereal and fruit

Lunch/Dinner (Combined categories because these meals are often wacky as a result of Mike's work schedule):
-Tacos and veggies
-Sloppy joes, potato chips and fruit (Check!)
-Roasted chicken, rice and steamed veggies (Check!)
-Omelets/scrambles, sausage and fruit
-Lemon mushroom chicken and roasted potatoes
-Pizza! (Check!)
-Brats, roasted potatoes/onions/peppers and rice
-Mac N Cheese and veggies
-Hot dogs and fries
-Spaghetti and veggies

Additional Alex variations:
-Nuggets, french fries, rice, peaches, red pepper, mac n cheese, bagel pizza, green beans, oranges (these are on hand for when he won't eat what we've prepared for ourselves)

Deliciously Frugal

I've noticed that quite a few frugal bloggers write about pizza. Pizza is something I've been trying for a couple of months now. Each week or so, I vary it slightly... and tonight I hit the jackpot.

(1) Betty Crocker Pizza Dough Mix (not the tube of frozen stuff) - $0.90
(1/3) of a Jar of Meijer brand pizza sauce - $0.30
(1) Block of Kraft Mozzarella - $2.66 (what I should have paid - see my Meijer post)
Dash of garlic salt (optional)
Dash of red pepper flakes (optional)

About $3.86

What I did today that made ALL the difference:
-Shredded cheese from the block. Sooooooo good! The cheese was extra melty and bubbly and brown
-Added red pepper flakes to the top of the pizza before baking
-Sprinkled garlic salt on the crust and on top of the cheese AFTER baking (don't go overboard, only the SMALLEST amount is necessary)

Best pizza I've made so far. I would have added toppings had I had more time to cut up some veggies. Alex devoured it.

And to think, Walmart's commercial advertises that you can save money by buying their $8.00 frozen pizza!

Oh CVS...

I don't usually have problems with CVS. Well, I should say not any huge problems about cashiers being rude or anything. ::Knocks on wood:: But, today didn't go as planned.

I went strictly for the nail polish and Herbal Essence. Well, the shampoo didn't work out because the coupon is for the large size, not the ones that are on sale. No biggie. I've got truck loads of shampoo as it is. But, I did buy three bottles of nailpolish and I threw in an Ambi soap (should have bought more because I fear they will run out soon). The cashier wouldn't take my Revlon coupons because nailpolish isn't a "Colour Cosmetic".

My OOP ended up being around $4. It's not all completely lost. I did get $12 ECBs.

Anyways, no picture for today's transaction

(3) Revlon Nail Polish - $11.97
(1) Ambi Cleaning Bar - $1.99

-$2/10 coupon
-$8 ECBs

Paid $4.xx out of pocket. Received 12 ECBs.

Run to your store and scoop up those Ambi soap bars!

Meijer - 9/08

Overall I'm pretty happy with my Meijer trip this week. They were out of the Aquafresh toothpaste and Land O Lakes butter that I had already factored into my 11 for $10 deals... meaning I had to re-work my numbers of other items, which was a pain.

Anyways... Bolded items were on sale to begin with.


(1) Bunch of bananas - $0.71
(1) 16 oz Sour Cream - $1.67
(1) Bunch of green onions - $0.89
(1) Bunch of grapes - $2.02
(1) Garlic - $0.40

(1) Jar Meijer Pizza Sauce - $0.89
(1) Carton of Eggs - $1.48
(1) Gallon Whole Milk - $3.03
(1) Half gallon of Skim Milk - $2.03
(1) Frito Bean Dip - $2.79 (youch! but it keeps my husband from running to the corner store for snacks)
(1) Package of bone-in chicken breasts - $5.49
(1) Open Pit BBQ sauce (probably cheaper at Kroger, but wanted to avoid a trip there) - 1.99
(2) Kraft Block Cheese - $7.98 (Yikes! Should have only been $3.99 because it was B1G1Free, but perhaps I picked up the wrong ones)
(1) Box of Graham Crackers - $2.50 (Alex loves these and I refuse to buy generic brand because I've tried all of them and think they're gross)
(2) Lysol Kitchen Cleaners - $2.58
(4) Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner - $5.16
(4) Boxes of Electrosol - $12.00
(2) Spray N Wash - $2.98
(1) Doritos - $1.89
PART OF 11 for $10
Accidentally got 12 items
(1) Bag of Carrots - $1.00
(1) Bunch of Broccoli - $1.00
(1) Package of Mushrooms - $1.00
(3) Boxes of Storage bags - $3.00
(4) Bags of Combos - $4.00
(1) Hamburger buns - $1.00
(1) Bread - FREE

Total Before Coupons - $70.51

Coupons Used:
(1) Meijer Mealbox for Sour Cream - $0.50
(2) Spray N Wash - $2.00 (double savings)
(2) Lysol Kitchen Cleaner - $2.00 (double savings)
(4) Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner - $3.00
(4) Electrosol - $9.00
(2) Combos - $2.00

Total After Coupons - $52.01

I should also point out that taking advantage of JUST sales, I saved $35.99. With coupons I saved $18.50.

Sunday, September 7, 2008


Well, I'm sorry to admit that Walgreens and I might be on the "outs". I'm new to the Walgreens game. But, the last three or so times I've been there, things haven't ended well.

Alex and I headed out early this morning to buy our usual Sunday papers, get Starbucks (something my frugal-self REFUSES to give up) and do the Robutussin deal at Walgreens. I bought three bottles, all rang up at the sale price - $3.99 - but only $5.00 RR were printed. Ofcourse, I didn't think to look at the coupon until we were already at Meijer.

I'm bummed. I was counting on using the $10 RR on cleaning supplies later this week.

Anyways, it was still a money maker... I suppose. Although, I tend to not take into account RR, ECBs and the like, when evaluating my OOP expense.

We'll see what happens. I submitted my August Easy Saver rebates and should receive a gift card... someday. Once it gets here and I start utilizing the money loaded onto the card, I will then re-evaluate the situation. But, I'm not happy.

And, to top it off... I accidentally bought 2 Pediatric cough medicines, when I was certain I only grabbed one. Theres no way we'll be able to use that much cough medicine on Alex before they expire... so maybe I'll see about an exchange.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Hardcore Budgeting

So, up until now, I've been pretty lazy about creating an actual budget. I find good deals and I buy them. Thats about as serious as I have been. But, all of that is about to change. For the month of September I'm going to try and save all my receipts to track my spending. Plus, keep a grocery/drugstore budget of $100 a week and then hopefully adjust down from that as I go.

This week should be a little wacko. My inlaws bought our groceries for us on Sunday. I don't plan to make any serious stop at Meijer or Kroger except for perhaps some Capri Suns and trash bags (if I can't come up with a drug store deal on trash bags)

Week of 8/31-9/06:
~CVS- $2.22 (grocery/drugstore)
~McDonalds (cranky kid needed some nuggets - mom needed coffee) - $6.55 (eating out)
~L&L (local independent grocery store)- $2.19 (grocery/drugstore)
~Kroger- $9.17 (grocery/drugstore)
~Meijer- $11.20 (grocery/drugstore)
~Meijer- $9.53 (Toy)
~Target- $35.62 Included formula - yikes! (grocery/drugstore)
~Starbucks- $20.00 (coffee)

Total = $96.48

Things to note: No gas was purchased this week. My husband probably snuck in some additional eating out expenses (I found an Olga's bag in his car), that he didn't tell me about. My inlaws purchased our groceries so our grocery/drugstore total was only $60.40 (which included $19.00 formula which I probably won't have to purchase anymore!).

Received: $8.00 ECBs, $3.00 OYNO catalina, $10.00 GC (none were deducted from totals... All totals are the amount I actually spent in cash or on debit card)

Month of September:
~Comcast (cable, internet, phone)- $106.xx (utilities)
~State Farm (personal property coverage, homeowners insurance already paid in full for entire year)- $10.16 (insurance)
~Mortgage- $599.xx (Mortgage)
~Property Taxes- $400.00 (consider this Mortgage)
~Board of Water and Light (electric)- $85.44 (utilities)

CVS- 9/03

Wow. So I was sort of thinking about taking this week off from CVS, but I couldn't resist the Neutrogena mascara deal. I happen to really like the mascara that I was able to try free a few weeks back. Anyways, I'm glad I went. I stopped at two CVS's because the first was out of the Dawn Hand Renewal and I really hate getting rain checks. The woman ahead of me in line purchased all the rest of them... DARN!

Transaction #1:

(1) Covergirl Wetslick - $5.99
(1) Colgate Advanced Clean - $2.99
(2) Dawn Dish Soap (out of hand renewal)- $1.98 (Probably wouldn't have picked these had I had more time to find a different filler - but my child was freaking out so I went with it)

(1) -$1.00 Covergirl coupon
(1) -$1.00 Colgate coupon
(1) -$1.00 with purchase of 2 Dawn Dish Soap
(1) -$2/10 CVS coupon
-$5.00 ECBs

Total OOP $1.20 (including tax) Received $7.99 in ECBs!

Transaction #2 (at a different CVS):
(2) Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara - $11.98
(1) Colgate Advanced Clean - $2.99
(1) CVS Pantiliner (can't remember the ct. #) - $0.99
(4) Dawn Hand Renewal - $3.96

(1) -$2.00/3 Neutrogena Cosmetic (from All You)
(1) -$1.50 Colgate IP coupon
(1) -$1.50 CVS CRT for pantiliner (adjusted to -$0.99)
(4) -$1.00 Dawn Hand Renewal (adjusted to -$3.96)
(1) -$2/10 CVS Coupon
-$7.99 ECBs

Total: $1.02 OOP and Received $8.00 ECBs!

So I spent $2.22 OOP and came away with $3.00 more ECBs than I started with!

I'd like to find a way to go back and get trash bags, but I'm not very good at getting good deals on things I don't have coupons for... so we'll see!

The cashier tried to give me a hard time during transaction #2 because she said I could only use 1 Dawn Hand Renewal coupon per purchase. I didn't have to talk her into using them or anything, she just said next time I shouldn't try it. I've never had someone say that to me before, anywhere, ever. I have a feeling at some CVS's the managers try and get cashiers to tell customers lies about coupon rules... or something. At that same CVS they avoid putting sale stickers on shelves of items that are free after ECBS or free after ECBs+coupons. Which I don't think is coincidental. I swear they do it on purpose because there are PLENTY of other sale stickers for other items.

I'm blabbing.

Saturday, August 30, 2008


I didn't go grocery shopping at all last week, unless you count the quick trip to Kroger which didn't involve any food. Just free TP. I didn't plan for it to happen that way, I just bought a ton of food last week plus I didn't have ANY time to shop this week. As a result, we did end up eating fast food a couple of times these past couple of days. Or, I guess I should say MY HUSBAND ate fast food. I never eat fast food. I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS scrounge for something to eat.

Anyways, my inlaws are in town and they informed me that they will be buying our groceries tomorrow. I'm thrilled and completely appreciative. Money has been extra tight since we just paid our GIANT summer tax bill. Ouch.

The free groceries will probably make up for the fact that Mike and I are going out on a date tomorrow night. That should even us out! We haven't been out together since May... so I know dinner is on the agenda.

Time to come up with a grocery list for tomorrow.


Haven't been having much luck with Walgreens lately.

I had my scenario planned out for this morning, and they were out of L'Oreal Concentrate so I should have just left. Had I been without Alex, it would have been okay trying to come up with another workable scenario. But, instead of just leaving, we wandered around the store while I tried to figure out what else to buy. It didn't end all that well.

I bought:
(5) 12-packs of Pepsi brand pop = $12.00 total - not $11 like most others (wasn't planning on buying this, but need it anyways)
(1) Nivea for Men body wash = $4.99
(1)Chemistry shampoo = $7.99
(1) Revlon nailpolish = $4.79
(1) Crest Pro-Health = $3.79
(1) Starbucks coffee = $7.99 Desperately needed
(2) Junior mints = $2.00 thought I needed a filler
(2) John Frieda = $9.74

(1) -$1 Nivea Coupon
(1) -$3 Chemistry
(1) -$3/2 John Frieda
(1) -$10/$40 WAGS

Issues I had: Wouldn't take my Revlon coupon for the nailpolish and the cashier couldn't push it through. I also misplaced my crest coupon.

Total:$42.xx YIKES!

But, I got $9 RR for the John Frieda and will receive $21.56 in rebates... so it's like paying about $12 OOP.

I wasn't anticipating my transaction going like that AT ALL. The $12 OOP that I spent is all a result of the pepsi.

I need to stop shopping with Alex.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Quick Kroger and Target runs

My inlaws will be here on Saturday and they are staying in our house for the first time. This means that we need more pillows and caffiene free pop!

I loaded Alex in the car and he was amazingly agreeable throughout the entire trip. I will highlight my deals.

-(3) Bottles of Dove cream BODY WASH! on clearance for $1.74 a piece

Used (3) $1 Dove body wash coupons making them $0.74 a piece.

It looks like my store may have just marked down clearance items today because there were quite a few items crammed on the ends of the aisles. At least in the health/beauty section. There were lots of things I wasn't interested in like nail polish and make-up. But, it's worth checking your local Target, you might even find better deals. Usually when people post about cheap things on clearance, I head to my store and the same things are on clearance but they are generally a few dollars more. I didn't put the pillows and pillow cases in the picture. Although they were inexpensive (pillows @ $2.54 each and pillow cases were $7.99 for a 2 pack), they weren't on sale, nor did I use a coupon.

Afterwards we stopped at Kroger next door.

(5) 4-packs of Cottonelle at $0.99 a piece
(5) Pepsi brand 12-packs of pop

Used (5) $0.50 Cottonelle coupons that doubled to $0.99 making them free

I scooped up the free cottonelle toilet paper... and wished I had purchased more newspapers last sunday to get even more toilet paper. But, oh well. I also got 5 packs of pepsi for $11, not including deposit. Not pictured is the 5th pack of pepsi because it fell out of the trunk when we got home and the box exploded.

I'm excited about the body wash. Although $0.75 isn't the best deal of the century, I paid less than the retail amount of one bottle, for all three of my bottles. They started out at $3.5xsomething. We'll find out soon enough if it was on clearance for a reason...

I hope to hit up Walgreens tomorrow to use the $10/40. Idealy I'd like to get there before I have to work. But, it could be interesting getting Alex out of the house that quickly in the morning.

All for now.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Office Max and Staples

(10) Free folders from Staples
(2) Free packages of erasers from Staples
(2) Pencil cases ($0.10)
(10) Folders from Office Max ($0.10)
(3) Packs of crayons from Office Max ($0.03)
=About $0.23... I can't remember the tax but I'm guessing just an additional $0.02 for tax

But what about body wash?

So, I got into CVS's deals this week even though I totally don't need any more feminine protection or shampoo/conditioner. You know what I do need, BODY WASH! I have been CVSing and couponing for about 3 months now and I have only found one good deal on body wash (the olay deal at CVS)... and I HATE Olay's Ribbons Body Wash. It leaves pink residue throughout everything in my shower. Annoying. I have noticed that next week there are ECBS on Sauve body wash, but I don't have any coupons.



Transaction #1:
2 Herbal Essence shampoo ($6.67)
1 Children's Advil ($5.79)
-$2/10 CVS coupon
-$1 Children's Advil IP
-(2) $1 Herbal Essence tearpad coupons
-$5 ECBs
=About$0.87 OOP (includes tax)
Earned $5.79 ECBs

It was at this point I realized I forgot the rest of my $2/10 coupons so I had to make due without

Transaction #2:
2 Stayfree Pads ($9.00)
1 Herbal Essence conditioner ($3.33)
-$4.50 BOGO Stayfree coupon
-$1 Herbal Essence coupon from newspaper insert
-$5.79 ECBs
=About $1.44 OOP (includes tax)
Earned $5.00 ECBs

Transaction #3:
2 Herbal Essence conditioner ($6.67)
2 Revlon nailpolish ($8.98)
-$4.49 BOGO Revlon cosmetic (CVS advertised deal)
-$2 Revlon CVS crt
-$2 Revlon coupong from newspaper insert
-(2) $1 Herbal Essence coupons from newspaper insert
-5 ECBs
=$0.40 OOP (includes tax)
Earned $5.00 ECBs

Not bad. Less than $3.00 OOP. Would have been better if I had remembered my $2/10 stash.

I might make another CVS run later this week for pepsi. Plus I'm sure I will take advantage of the double dipping going on this friday/saturday at Walgreens!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Latest Deals

Well, I'm back at it this week, after a slow one last week. Yesterday I made a trip to CVS and Office Max.

Today I had a horribly unsuccessful trip to Walgreens which will require some returns.

If I have tomorrow off from work (I'm scheduled to work, but hubby might work for me....) then I will make another CVS run, a Walgreens run and then post pics and updates.

One nice thing about this week is I created a meal plan for the first time. And it has worked out pretty well! I had to make some adjustments because Mike told me he refused to eat chicken kabobs... plus my father-in-law came into town which meant we ate out (on him ofcourse), plus he brought fresh corn :)

But, I have discovered how much it's going to save us money. Last week I shopped with our meal plan in mind. I have tried my hardest to stick to it. And the best part, is I don't have to stand infront of the fridge, with the door wide open, wondering what on earth I should make for dinner... because I already know my options. And I'm not wasting money on buying food that doesn't "go" with other foods. Get it?

Anyways, I'm definitely sticking to planning out my meals. I may even be able to stretch last weeks groceries to a week and a half.

Expect a picture update tomorrow.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Slow week

So, this was probably my slowest week since starting my grocery and drugstore games. Life has been busy. And Alex has been cranky. And I hate being that person trying to shop with the cranky baby. I make hasty decisions about what to purchase just so we can get out the door.

But, a cute baby does help you get on a cashier's good side.

I made one CVS run and 2 Walgreens runs. Well, I should say 2 CVS runs, but one was only to return a revlon mascara I thought was part of the BOGO deal, but apparently wasn't. I have just started my blog, and I also JUST got my new digital camera, so I promise pictures for next week.

I'd like to utilize my $3/15 coupon tomorrow, but my schedule is tight. It will have to be tomorrow morning before I go to a baby shower... and sometimes getting out the door before noon is difficult with Alex. But, we desperately need some more pop. I'm trying to get my husband to crack his addiction to the corner store. He used to make many, many, MANY runs a week up to 7-11 to get candy and pop. Yes, he's a total healthnut. Obviously, this goes against my frugal principles, so I had to put an end to it. So far, he has successfully given up candy-runs cold turkey because of all the candy deals I've been scoring. But, we don't usually keep pop in the house, so he continues to spend money on that and I've been avoiding buying pop because I don't want Alex to drink any. But, I will be giving in and taking advantage of the deal CVS has this upcoming week.

Uh. I'm rambling. So tired.

Anyways. I'm pretty proud of the amount of money I have saved on tomorrow's baby shower gift. I am making up my own little basket (purchased from Hobby Lobby with a gift card) containing baby items I got during the CVS baby deal (J&J baby wash, lotion and rash cream) plus some Gerber wash clothes I found on clearance at Target. In addition to that, I have a package of Gerber onesies found on clearance, plus a book I got using an amazon coupon code. A really great book, actually. One of my favorites ("Hush Little Dragon"). Retailed $10.82 and I got it for $0.82 and free shipping. I might throw in a couple other books I scored during the Borders coupon code frenzy. I'm debating on whether to "re-gift" a few outfits someone gave to Alex that I never took the tags off of because the person didn't properly wage the whole age-season gauge properly. I personally don't have any sort of problem re-gifting as long as the gift doesn't suck and it's something the person could truly use. If it's a piece of crap gift (like some giant ugly scented candle), I'm not going to pass it onto a friend. But, I happen to know that this friend of mine is working hard to save money on baby stuff and I know she'd appreciate anything I could pass onto her, including handmedowns.

Rambling again.

Time for bed.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Not skimping

So, I have always been a money saver. But, when we purchased our home a few months ago, I became obsessed with saving money. OBSESSED. To the point where I really only have 4 summer shirts that I wear. One that has accumulated some mysterious pink stains on the back, which has led me to look into purchasing red dye just so I can keep it in rotation and not have to buy a new one.

There are some things I don't skimp on though. Fresh produce is one. I read lots of blogs that post pictures of their weekly grocery haul, and I often wonder - Where are the fruits and vegetables? People rarely talk about the produce they buy. Is it because it's hard to find good deals on produce, so why bother talking about it? Or is because they are only consuming frozen or canned veggies and fruits? And I'm not talking about the produce people have canned themselves. I'm talking tin cans here. I recently read a woman's meal plan on her blog where she talked about serving cans of mixed vegetables that she found for a good price. It didn't sound appealing to me. Sorry. I don't care how cheap it was. The only canned veggie I buy are green beans for Alex because he's ADDICTED. He dips them in ketchup. They're easy to chew. And I hope to learn to can some of my own soon. Although, by the time I learn, he'll probably be over them.

I also buy the "pricey" deli meat. If it were up to me, I would be fine with some of the pre-packaged deli meat that you find in the deli cases. But, my husband is a food snob and loves things like hot capocolla (did I spell that right?) and black forest ham. These generally add at least $10 to my grocery bill, but it's worth every penny. My husband hasn't quite converted into the frugal spender that I am today, and he is very easily tempted by take-out, drive-thrus and delivery pizza. Spending a bit more on higher quality, yummy deli meats is worth every penny. It tempts my husband to make a nice thick sandwich instead of heading to McDonalds.

Finally, I'm finding it difficult to say "no" to the "causes". Now, donating to charity is one thing that I have always done and will continue to do. But, now that I'm a mother and a home-owner, I have discovered a whole new world of "causes" to help support. The other day a nice young man from our town's highschool football team rang my doorbell and sold me a discount card for $20. It was pricey, in my opinion. But I bought it. My husband is a huge sports fan. And I am a fan of supporting schools. So, I agreed. It might come in handy. Probably not.

Today I purchased a $15 box of goodies to help support the DARE program. It contained flash cards, crayons, coloring books, stickers. Most of it was beyond Alex's level, but I will save it as Christmas present.

Anyways, I have a difficult time saying "no" to people, but so far I don't regret helping these various causes. I just hope it doesn't send me to the poor house.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A Frugal Right of Passage

The Crock Pot.

You know you're frugal when you bust out the Crock Pot!

So, despite the fact that we have owned a brand new one for over a year, I used it for the first time the other night. And it was a disaster. I should say, my husband was eventually able to save our dinner.

I read about this wonderfully yummy Mac N Cheese you bake all day in your Crock Pot. Perfect! We all love Mac N Cheese and I had all the ingredients on hand.

I should have known better and followed my instinct. As soon as I tossed all the ingredients in, I read the recipe over again, 4 or 5 times to make sure I hadn't forgotten anything. It just didn't look right. But, whatever. I gave my husband strict instructions not to lift the lid while I was at work. And off I went.

I got a phone call about 4 hours later from my husband telling me there must be something wrong. At first I wanted to blame it on him for peeking. But, he insisted he only did it once.

The layer of noodles that came in direct contact with the Pot were dried, burnt and had formed a giant solid noodle. And where was all the yummy cheese?

We managed to save it buy purchasing some pricey cheese to add. Thus adding about 100 additional grams of fat as well (let's be real, it wasn't a healthy dish to begin with though...)

I will give it another shot on Saturday when I attempt round two of Crock Potting.

Chicken Burritos.

Let's hope there was an ingredient accidentally omitted from the Mac N Cheese recipe I used, and not that there is something horribly wrong with my Crock Pot ... or dare I say, my cooking skills.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Meal Plans

Food for this week, in no particular order:

-Hashbrowns and Fruit
-Muffins and Fruit
-Starbucks (Alex and I share an oat bran muffin)
-Cinnamon Toast and Fruit

-Burgers, Fries and Cucumber salad
-Mac & Cheese, Fruit and Cucumber salad
-Tuna Melts, Pretzels and Fruit
-Chicken Burritos, Rice and Fruit
-Omelets, Bacon and Fruit
-Homemade Pizza
-Deli Meat Sandwiches
(Alex substitutions: Nuggets, Bagel Pizza, Canned Beans)

-Pork Tenderloin (pricier than expected) Left Overs, Roasted Potatoes and Fruit
-Spaghetti and Veggies & Dip
-Kabobs, Rice and Corn on the Cob (swarming in fruit flies at the grocery store) Roasted Potatoes
-Oven Fried Chicken, Fries and Veggies & Dip
(Alex substitutions)

Shopping List (in random order): Pork tenderloin, Hashbrowns, Bran muffin mix, eggs, ground sirloin, hamburger buns, frozen nuggets, cucumber, red onion, red pepper, baby carrots, corn, whole mushrooms, veggie dip, potatoes, oranges, strawberries, watermelon, green onion, red wine vinegar, black beans, salsa? frozen fries? garlic?

I'm going to have to purchase all of it at the grocery store because I don't think I'll make it to the Farmers Market.

Christmas Expenses

During all the blog excitement over "Christmas in July", I started my holiday shopping early. I'd love to spend less than the gobbs I ended up forking over last year. So, with the help of all my favorite frugal blogs, I'm capitalizing on all the deals I hear about in an attempt to spread my shopping over a period of months, as well as save money! Hopefully I'll hurt my wallet a little less this year.

These are my estimates, although I do keep all my receipts

About 25 children's books plus a "Juno" DVD= $26.00 (
Thomas Train toy= $1.00 (Walmart)
Thomas Train toy=$3.50 (Meijer)
Tonka monster truck= $5.00 (Target)
4 Blockbuster DVDs= $2.50 (
ABC Magnets= $1.00 (Target)
*Decorated Tea Bag Magnet=$8.00 (local free trade shop)
*Bluebird salt and pepper shakers=$10.00 (some random website)
**Scooby Doo Activity Set=$15.00

Total $72.00

*These purchases were made awhile ago before I started my frugal ways. Now, I probably wouldn't purchase the shakers. And instead of the magnet I should have purchased the coasters which are cheaper, then added my own magnet to the back. They are for a terrific cause. So I'm fine with it*
**Purchased to help support the DARE program

Grocery Budget

So, in an attempt to reduce the amount I spend on groceries a week, I must figure out how much I spend in the first place!

So far...

-3 Jars of Skippy= $3.80
-6 Dove Shampoo/Conditioner= $3.00
-1 Preparation H= -$0.51 (gave me overage, but not the -$1.01 I was expecting)

Total $6.29 Received $1.50 RR

Meijer (highlights of my trip):
-2 Lawry's Marinades= $0.67 a piece
-Free Milk (bought 3 boxes of Honey Bunches of Oats at $2.00 a piece and got free milk - contemplated awhile over this deal because $2.00 a box is more than I'd like to spend. But they were the giant boxes, we do love Honey Bunches of Oats and were out which meant I would be buying some soon regardless)
-Free Deli Meat (bought 2 Kraft deli sliced cheeses at $2.75 a piece and got free deli meat - contemplated this awhile as well but my husband does like sliced cheese A LOT, and it's cheaper than buying Kroger or Meijer brand sliced cheese, plus I planned on buying deli meat regardless)

Total $62.86 - I'd like to go back and get more marinades because we use them quite a bit. But, Meijer only doubles 2 of the same coupon per transaction and I'm not yet comfortable with the multiple transactions per visit.

Kroger (highlights of my trip):
-Free Oreos - Used a Kroger Catalina (Oreos are my FAVE and I had given them up because they are never priced low enough for me)
-Whole Seedless Watermelon= $3.88
-4 Kroger Brand Tortilla Chips =$1.00 a piece (my husband loves making nachos)

I opted not to do the Juicy Juice (Nestle) deal and now I'm glad I didn't. We don't need more juice even if it is priced right. (Buy 20$ worth, get $5 off instantly - Buy 8 bottles, use 8 $1.00/1 coupons, get all 8 for $7.00)

Total $21.35


Not bad. This is about average for me right now. A few months ago I would have been spending around $115-$120. As I continue to build my stockpile I anticipate it to go down further. I would also like to purchase an additional freezer.

I will add pictures to my posts when our new camera arrives.