Monday, June 6, 2011

Money Saving Monday

Some of you may be wondering where I get all my information and matchups for my shopping. I am going to highlight a few of my favorite blogs I love to visit each week to see the deals and the coupon matchup they provide. Please stop by these ladies blogs and visit. I hope you will enjoy their articles as much as I do.

One of my favorite sites is Living Well Spending Less. Ruth Soukup takes you on her journey through life with her two little girls and how she uses coupons and saves over 70% each time she visits the store. She also posts recipes, DIY crafts and other entertaining articles. Visit her blog to get more ideas and ways to coupon. I saw Ruth's video and she really got me hooked on saving.


Ruth also has a sister blog she manages with store sales and matchups listed each week called Saving Well Spending Less. She also has a coupon database where you can search for a particular item to see if you can find a coupon for it. SWSL is the fastest database I use.


Simply CVSSimply CVS is the best site for CVS deals and matchups. You can visit Cheryl’s wonderful site to find anything and everything about CVS. She has scenarios for only $5.00 and $10.00 out of pocket every week. She provides a sneak peak to the ad before it comes out. Unadvertised deals and scenarios can be found here. I use this site before I go to CVS. I have gotten a lot of FREE items by visiting her site.

Bluegrass SaversBluegrass Savers is where I visit for one of my Kroger matchups. Debi usually has a great deals and unadvertised deals. She also has other stores such as Walmart, Target and more with coupon matchups. She also posts where to get free items daily. So check back often.


I also visit Southern Savers for deal matchups at Kroger, Walmart and other stores. Jenny has a wealth of knowledge and love to share it with her readers. This site also has a coupon database to research items to match with sales. I use several because different coupons print in different areas and may be in one database and not the other.





One of my favorite sites to visit is The Grocery Cart Challenge site. Gayle Bryant has a family of 6 and feeds her family on a buget of $60.00 a week without coupons. She had recipes for laundry detergent, fabric softner, , and she also posts a bunch of yummy recipes to feed a hungry family of 6. Please stop by her blog for inspiration on saving money.




I hope you will visit these sites and enjoy reading them as much as I do. I usually visit these daily or at least a couple of times during the week.

I just need 3 more followers to reach 25. I will then create a Facebook page for you to follow and get the latest updates on my savings and adventures. Can't wait for you to join.

Do you have any favorite matchup sites to share? Leave a comment below so I can see how you are doing.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Sprouts, Kroger, Tom Thumb Shopping

I am so excited for my daughter she received 4 out of 5 medals on Wednesday at the academic awards ceremony. She did very well from where she started this year. Way to go Little Miss. I am so proud of her.

There was just not much at Kroger or Tom Thumb this week. I think I have twenty pounds of hot dogs. We now have enough for all summer. I know that sounds like a lot, but I know we are going to be feeding more than our own kids this summer and at $0.50 for a pound of hot dog meat is awesome. I also scored some buns for $0.89 each. This is the cheapest I have ever seen hot dog and hamburger buns.  Of course I stocked up.

Here is how I did for the week:

Tom Thumb

(2) Hamburger buns $0.89 – In store coupon
(7) Hot Dogs buns $0.89 – In store coupon
(2) Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs $0.98 - $1/2 Oscar Mayer hot dogs SS 05/15/11
            -Final $0.49 each
(2) Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs $0.98 - $0.75/1 Printable FB – No longer available
            -Final $0.24 each

I spent $9.47 and saved $16.42. Total retail price for all food purchased at Tom Thumb $25.89.

Sprouts


 
(0.89)lbs Coconut Almond Granola @ $2.49 lbs
            -Final $2.22
(0.88)lbs Rolled Oats @ $0.99 lbs
            -Final $0.87
(0.94)lbs Pitted Prunes @ $2.49 lbs
            -Final $2.34
(0.69)lbs Roma Tomatoes @$0.69 lbs
            -Final $0.46
(1) lbs Carrots $0.89
(1) Celery $1.29

I spent $8.02 on produce I received a $0.05 bag credit for brining my own bag to shop at Sprouts. If you have a farmers market it is also good to stock up on veggies there. The later you go the more the people are willing to bargain with you. They really don’t want to take anything home and you can get better deals.

Kroger – Stock up Sale

(2) Gallons Milk $2.39
(1) Dozen eggs $1.00
(1) Herdez Salsa $2.09
(2) Bags Sunchips $2.75 - $1/2 Kroger eQ
            -Final $2.25
(4) Hormel Chili $1.29 – 2 $0.55/2 Hormel Chili SS 05/08/11
            -Final $1.02 each
(3) Rosarita Refried Beans $0.98 - $0.50/3 Rosarita beans SS 05/01/11
            -Final $0.65
(2) International Delight Creamer $1.50 – 2 $0.55/1 SS 04/10/11
            -Final $0.95 each
Used a $2.00 OYNO coupon at check out

I spent $17.12 and saved $17.60. Total retail Price for all food purchased at Kroger $34.72. I also get fuel rewards at Kroger to get gas $0.10 cheaper when I use my rewards. This is a great way to save money on food and gas.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Money Saving Tips

Other money saving ideas. We are all trying to save a few cents here and a few cents there.  Here are a couple of gas saving ideas I have come up with. Does your grocery store give gas rewards for fuel? Kroger gives rewards for spending $100.00 before coupons you can earn a $0.10 reward off fuel. I will fill up my car when I am at Kroger doing my weekly shopping. I try to plan my trips to every store each week to have the least amount of gas used.



I was very excited when a Walmart opened right across the street from Kroger. Now I have CVS, Kroger and Walmart within a couple of blocks from one another. I can make them all in one day now. The Walmart I used to go to was a lot closer to me, but this will save me on gas going all in one day since I am going to be out that way anyway.

Instead of speeding up to the next light and having to stop, do not put your foot on the gas pedal all the way. Coast a while before you get to the stop light. You will be amazed this saves almost a gallon of gas or more each week.

When you see the 40 mph sign, that does not mean you need to max your car out from 0-40 in 4 seconds. Try gradually getting to that speed. You may see you barely get up to that speed then you are coasting to the next light and have to stop again.

Clean out your car. Why pay for extra gas toting trash around. The more your car weighs the more gas you are going to need to use to keep it going. This is a small savings, but it does help.

Lastly make sure your tires are properly inflated. Especially since the summer temperatures are hitting us now make sure you tires have the correct amount of air. This can be a big savings over time.

Here are some sites that can help you with gas savings:

Simply CVS – Deals for $10.00 free gas card
Do you plan your trips to save gas? Do you have any other tips or ideas to save on gas? Share your ideas here. Remember tomorrow will be Link up Friday. Don't forget to come by and Link UP!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Kid Post

Wow! I am still tired from this weekend. A second cup of coffee would have been nice, but I had some shopping to do. I prepared my list last night. Unfortunately there were not many good sales, but there were a few items I needed to go along with some dishes I wanted to make.

I am hoping little face will go to bed soon. He has been in his bed/room for an hour now and no sleep. Sleep is not only for him, but for me to have some rest too. I am waking him up early to go to an awards ceremony for the older kids at school this afternoon. We have standard tests here in Texas and they both got Commendable Performances for their scores.

This is a huge accomplishment for my daughter to receive such high marks without any assistance. We had her tested this year, and she has dyslexia. I don’t know if any of you have a child with any disability, but it is hard to hear. To know your child is not only different, but the difference has a name. It now makes so much sense with all her troubles she is having in school It was a relief to hear that she can get help she needs. I was unsure if I should blog about it and announce it to the world. I have gotten more comfortable enough to write about it. Please comment if you have a child with a learning disability or know of any good blogs or sites to visit. I have been checking a few out on my own. I want to do my best to help her, since we have struggled so much in the past.

This is basically how her little brain sees words. She know all the letters in a word. She just has difficulty remembering what order they go in.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg.

I will post my shopping trips tomorrow, since this post went into something I had not planned on writing about. I am tired today and need to get ready to head to school in a few minutes.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Walmart Shopping

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend. I know we sure did. We had lots of fun in the pool with the kids on Sunday and Monday. We were so tired we needed to get back to a normal week so we could rest.

I did get to do some shopping I wanted to do, since my husband was going to be at home to watch the kids. I went to both Walmart and Tom Thumb for the awesome hot dog deals both had. I even snuck in a quick Kroger trip on Sunday. I will not need to purchase any more hot dogs for the summer. We are stocked. I won’t have to worry about the kids inviting anyone over for swim parties either. I should have enough to feed an army. I just hope they don’t get too tired of hot dogs. I will try to reserve these only for parties and special holiday occasions. The fourth of July is a little over month away. I am sure more sales will be happening then to stock up on more party supplies for the summer.

My Walmart is getting very picky on the coupons. She would not let me checkout all at one time. I had to break every set of coupons into separate transactions so no two coupons were in the same pile. Every week it is something new there. I really didn’t feel like arguing with her, but just helped her group everything and group the coupons according to each transaction. I made sure each one rang, since little face was not along for this trip. I will be listing this as one trip not each individual transaction.


 
Here is how I did:

(1) lb bag Black Beans $1.00
(10) Bar S hot dogs $1.00 – 3 $1/2 Q  Not sure when the Q came out, 2 $1/2 Printable
            -Final $0.50 each
(1) Best Maid Baby Dill Pickles $1.78 - $0.55/1 Q Best Maid or Del Dixie pickles RP 5/22/11
            -Final $1.23
(1) Best Maid Hamburger Pickles $1.78 - $0.55/1 Q Best Maid or Del Dixie pickles RP 5/22/11
            -Final $1.23
(4) Ivory Bar Soap $0.97 - $1/1 Ivory Bar Soap Q P&G 05/01/11
            -Final FREE + $0.03 money Maker Each
(3) Speed Stick Deodorant $0.97 – 3 $0.75/1 Q Speed Stick Deodorant SS 05/22/11
            -Final $0.22 each
(2) Mahatma Brown Rice $1.12 – 2 $0.75/1 Q Printable
            -Final $0.37 each

Altogether I spent $10.17 and saved $14.60 at Walmart. Instead of purchasing black beans by the can I make my own with the chicken stock I make from the whole chicken I bake. I then freeze them flat in bags. They taste better than the can. One bag makes around 4 bags worth of beans. I love pickles and this should be enough pickles for the year, but I might pick up a couple more jars before the coupon expires. That will definitely last me the whole year.

I don't buy things just to buy things. I do like to purchase things I like with a coupon. Some items I can purchase enough to last me an entire year. Like the pickles. I don't like to purchase things that will expire before I get the chance to use them. Chips expire quickly  That is just wasteful. I make sure I will be able to use the item before the expiration date.

Friday, May 27, 2011

FREEBIES

Welcome to LINK UP Friday! Glad you are back I have a few things to share with you today.

There will NOT be ANY COUPONS in Sundays newspaper. There is no need to go out and get the paper Sunday this week. You can focus more on gathering you list and shopping for the week.

Here are my freebies I received in the mail this week. I am not sure where I signed up for these. I am now keeping track of the free items I sign up for to share with you:

Diaper Coupons and FREE Zyrtec:



My totals for the week are:

Walgreens $4.98


Kroger $10.83      CVS $5.64      Tom Thumb $14.20

 

Kroger diapers $15.00 - $3.00 OYNO  catalina printed


 
Walmart $4.36 - Milk

Sprouts - $11.17 – Produce



Total spent $61.05 Total saved $87.77. I spent $61.05 on $148.82 worth of groceries, diapers and health/beauty care this week almost 59% savings.

I have enjoyed couponing.  However, I feel I am always chasing the best deal. I have a stockpile, but sometimes I wonder if it is enough. Do you feel this way? I am getting low on pasta sauce, but I have not seen any great deals that match up with coupons. I have plenty of pasta and coupons for more. I just need some sauce to go with it. Kroger is finally carrying Garden delights pasta, but it is $1.99 a box right now. I have a coupon for $1.00 off. I hope this goes down soon. I would like to get some more. I also have a coupon for $0.40 for Wacky Mac. It is $1.59 at Kroger. Which would make it $0.75 with the coupon doubled.

We had tacos this week. I love tacos in the summer time with the crunchy shells, fresh veggies and hot meat. There is just something to that combination I just love. I could eat that forever and never get tired of it. I love mexican food. Especially Queso.  Do you have a favorite meal?

Do you love tortillas, but wanting for a sale? Make your own. I will share my recipe for homemade tortillas tomorrow. Check back.

It is Link up FRIDAY again. Please link up below to share how you did this week.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sprouts and Kroger Shopping

I like to go to Sprouts on Wednesdays. It is double sale day. The sale from last week is still going on and the new sale has started. You can get double deals and if you didn’t stock up enough last week you can get some more at the same price. I wish all stores did this. I find it frustrating to buy something only to see it on sale next week even cheaper. I found cheap spices at Sprouts this week. There is a spot where they have all types of spices around $1.25 per packet. This was an impulse buy, since I needed some coriander.


Here is how I did:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tom Thumb Shopping

We had a scary night here in the Dallas area last night. The Tornado sirens were going off and we put the kids in the bathroom in the bathtub just to be safe. The first line of storms developed right over us. There was one small break in the major cells and that is what went over our house. Thanks goodness. Little face thought it is was fun to play with the flashlight and be in the bathtub with no water and pillows all around. However, little miss knew what was going on and was a little scared. She had a hard time going to sleep, but I let her sleep with the lights on and told her to get us if she needed us. All ended well.

Tornado Central:



Little face is making progress on potty training today. We have only had one Pullup used this morning and he has gone twice on the potty. Yeah. We can only hope we are moving forward with this. Pullups are eating into the budget and I am hoping he is getting it. Only time will tell.

I decided to go to Tom Thumb yesterday for the Coke deal. I kept debating if I wanted to do this or not. I decided to go ahead and get it. This was the best deal and this will last us for several weeks possibly a month or longer.

TOM THUMB SHOPPING:



Here is how I did:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

CVS Shopping

I did a lot of shopping today. Little face was ready to go this morning. I try to leave first thing in the morning when I drop my daughter off for school. Since we are out, we might as well do some shopping. I will post my other trips later this week.

It was a lot of fun. I went to CVS today. I haven’t been going there since I normally spend around $10.00 on items and I wasn’t really building my ECBs like I wanted. So I took a break for a couple of weeks and I am trying to buy things I really need or get things for free and build my ECB’s too. That means stopping when I have ECB’s in hand and not spending those on another transaction. CVS had Listerine and I have been waiting to buy some with an ECB incentive. I am glad they had one this week.




Here is how I did:

Monday, May 23, 2011

Walgreens Shopping

It is raining here again today. While we need the rain, we do not need the hail I am now hearing hit the roof. Praying it stays small as I write this post. Hail is one of the things I am afraid of. Since it can cause a lot of monetary damage to fix everything it smacks. Roof, car, windows I just really don’t like repairing or fixing those things unless it truly needs it.

Little face has been very cute lately. His two new words for the week are shopping and coupons. How cute is that? I love it, but I am not so sure how my husband feels about it. Yes little face is talking nonstop now. Saying everything all the time. This makes it difficult to shop as you will see below.

I normally don’t shop at Walgreens. Here is why. Although they may have awesome Register Rewards incentives they are always gone by the time I get there. I decided to get there at 10:00am Sunday  hoping that would be early enough to get the deals. Again NO. Someone had gone in and cleared the shelves of the razors. So that throws my whole shopping trip off. I couldn’t figure out the deal with the Listerene, so I didn’t get that. Mainly because little face would not stop talking long enough for me to figure it out. And then to realize the coupon I needed was in Sunday’s paper this week. None of the ones I had worked. But I did get a few things I thought were a good deal.



Here is what I got:

Saturday, May 21, 2011

CVS Shopping and Kroger Shopping

I went to three stores yesterday early trying to beat the rain. I nearly made it, except I left the Pullups in the cart and didn't realize until I got home. I had to get back in my car and drive all the way back to the store. Thank goodness they were still in the cart where I left them. I was going to be a little ticked if I just paid $15.00 for Pullups and didn't have any to show for it.

I really only needed diapers yesterday but tried to squeeze in two other stores, since they were almost on the same block. First I headed to Kohl's and purchased some much needed shorts. I used a $10.00 off coupon my husband got when he bought a new swimsuit and sandals for a company "Team Building" event he was going to. I paid $6.48 with tax and saved $26.01.




I then headed to CVS to get the Kraft Mayo 2 for $4.00. I purchased


(1) 30oz regular Mayo $2.00
(1) 22oz Miracle whip $2.00

$1/2 Kraft Mayo
$1 ECB

Paid $2.00

This is a great deal, since this will last me probably all year. I like Mayo on my sandwiches and Miracle Whip with Tuna fish. It just tastes better that way. Before I would purchase Mayo at the dollar store for $1.00 for around 12-16oz. I just got four times as much for the same price.

Last I headed to Kroger. I wanted to purchase the Huggies deal where you purchase $15.00 and get $3.00 catalina ONYO. This will help stay within the $50.00 budget for next week. I am taking the $15.00 out of next weeks budget, since I purchased diapers twice this week and this would put me way over.

(2) Huggies Pullups $8.99 - $2/1 Printable Q, $1.50 Blinkie Q found at Tom Thumb
          - Final $7.24 each + $3.00 ONYO coupon

I also got a $2.00 off General Mills catalina for next time too. Also a $3.00 off Centrum Silver printed. I will probably not use that one. I now have $5.00 extra for next weeks shopping. It was worth me getting out on a rainy day. So if you count the free money I received the diapers were $4.74 each. I don't like to count my free money until I spend it.

Happy shopping. Link up on my Friday post below! I would love to see how you did this week.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Walmart Shopping


Good news I found my Walmart receipt. I had stuck it in my purse. So I will post that here now. I knew I did not throw that away.

You may not always see 70 – 80% savings on all my grocery shopping trips. I do try to purchase food my family will eat and at a reduced cost by shopping at the store with the lowest price. I also try not to purchase too many processed foods. I try to stick to purchasing items like frozen veggies, canned items, pasta, drinks and cereal. I do from time to time purchase processed food to be used on an occasional basis or a quick meal rather than hitting the fast food restaurants. Either going out to eat or eating a can of Chef Boyardee are considered treats at my house. Also I would rather give my children sugar than an artificial sweetener made from chemicals. These too are seen as treats in my home. Such as Gogurt or Yogurt is considered dessert and a treat yet is has calcium they need. I see it as better than eating a cookie or a piece of cake that has little nutritional value.

No Picture but here is what I got:

(1) Bread $1.64
(1) Whole Chicken $5.75
(2) Knorr Vegetable Soup Mix $1.42 each – I thought I had a coupon for this, but it expired
(2) Onion Soup Mix $1.12 – I thought I had a coupon for this, but it expired
(1) French’s Fried Onions 6oz $2.78 – $0.75/1 Q French’s Fried Onions SS 04/10/11
            -Final $2.73
(2) Quart International Delight Creamers $2.94 - $1/2 Q Int’l Delight Quarts SS 04/10/11
            -Final $2.44 each
(1) Gallon Milk $2.38
(1) Pull up Pants Walmart brand $8.47 – Forgot Huggies coupon

I purchased some other items at Walmart, but they were not related to food. Total I spent on food items is $31.82 saved $1.75. I should have put the soups back, but I really wanted them. I should have used my coupons earlier before they expired. I use the French’s onions in several of my dishes my husband loves.  The larger size was a better deal than the smaller size. I purchased the larger size and it was the same cost as the Walmart brand I normally buy. I prefer the French’s brand better.

My totals for the week are my Tom Thumb trip of $11.78 and my second trip of $7.42. A total spent of $51.02. Very close to budget this week.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Walmart Shopping

I have some news to report. While documenting my post I was planning on writing today about cleaning, I must have thrown away my receipt from Walmart. I can tell you I purchased $44+ worth of food not many coupon matchups. If I find it I will post later. My main purpose was to buy a whole chicken to cook this week. I normally buy a whole chicken and roast it in the oven and then debone it to use the meat. I then take the bones and cut up some root vegetables to make a stock. The stock is great for soups, stews, rice and/or beans. I did this once a week in the winter and it would help keep the house warm too. I do not do this as much in the summer. My husband grills outside so it does not heat the house in the summer.


Also Little face is doing quite well. So well in fact he is still not sleeping today and has been up for an hour in his bed as I clean and write this post. Hmm… I hope this is not a sign of things to come.


Now on to what I really wanted to post today. I do not like cleaning, but I love a clean straightened house. If only I was Samantha from Bewitched and I could twinkle my little nose and make everything spick and span clean. The luxury of that would nice. However, in the real world that does not happen. So I am following some advice and taking 10-15 minutes to organize some place that is an eye sore in my home each day. Yesterday was my dining room table. AKA coupon central. I have everything related to coupons there. I have a system I just don’t always stick to it.


Before:




I spent around 15 minutes cleaning and straightening the table. I was so surprised how little time it took and how great it looked after I was done. It has now inspired me to work on other problem areas in my home. My husband will be so thrilled.

After:








Have you had any transformations in your home you would like to share? Any time saving tips? If you have a blog let me know where to find you and I will stop by. I love to read how others are doing. Please follow me to keep up to date with my savings.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tom Thumb

I have a sick one today. Little face is sick and sleeping in my bed. He was running a low grade fever yesterday. Last night it got pretty high and is still running a fever this morning. So we will not getting out today except for a trip to the doctor’s office. I slept on the couch last night, because I wanted to get up and check on him through the night. My husband is a very light sleeper and had an early flight to catch this morning. So I am drafting this beside a nice large cup of coffee. Sometimes it is nice to put an extra splash of creamer in your coffee on days like this. And sometimes it is nice to go for an extra cup of coffee too!


I ran back to Tom Thumb to get some more Sun Chips, Sierra Mist and Sobe drinks. I think I have decided I am going to keep all my Free drinks and not use them until we have a party. We really don’t drink that many soft drinks. And I won’t feel like I have to go out and buy stuff right before a party. Plus what I will be serving my guests will be FREE.


Question for those who live in the Dallas area: Where can I buy the Garden delights Ronzoni pasta? There was a coupon in the paper this weekend for the garden delights, but no one here carries it. I have gone to three stores and they carry the Healthy Harvest and Smart Taste, but no Garden delight. Please post a comment below if you know where I can get some.


Here is how I did:

Monday, May 16, 2011

Tom Thumb

I have been a little busy with my niece in town. Today I found out my mom and dad are stopping by tomorrow to spend the night on their way home. So I will have a full house tomorrow night. What to serve for dinner? Any suggestions please leave below.


Tom Thumb had a good sale on a lot of the Pepsi products that matched up with the Pepsi Moments mailer sent out. Technically I got almost 5 items for FREE. Tom Thumb is difficult to shop since their sales are on about a four day cycle. You never know what is going to have an in store coupon. That is where you can save the most. Check the in store coupons and go to a coupon match up site like Saving Well Spending Less or Southern Savers. I use both to look up coupons on great deals I find.


I think the Pepsico Moments came out on 05/01/11


Oops I forgot to take a picture.


Here is what I got:

Friday, May 13, 2011

Recipe - Healthy Breakfast Smoothies for Kids

Ice Cream for Breakfast - Healthy Breakfast Smoothies for Kids

Here is a quick and easy breakfast your kids will love. They will think you have gone crazy giving them Ice Cream for breakfast. Little do they know this is a healthy breakfast smoothie for kids, but oh so yummy. I tell them this is ice cream, so they think they are getting a special treat.

First start with yogurt. I like to use greek yogurt, since this has a higher calcium content than regular yogurt. This works great with regular yogurt too. You can use plain or vanilla yogurt. Then the night before freeze the fruit you plan on using. I like to use frozen strawberry puree.

Then I add oatmeal, wheat germ and /or flax seed. If using all three use about 2 table spoons each. If using just one then use about ¼ cup. This may not be to everyone’s taste experiment to see if you like this. My daughter thinks it is cool to add the oatmeal; however my son thinks it is nasty. Then blend with an emulsion blender. If you do not have an emulsion blender then you may need to add some milk to a regular blender and blend. The frozen fruit freezes the yogurt and it tastes like soft serve ice cream. Very delicious. I also make these healthy breakfast smoothies for kids as a treat in the summer time. They think they are getting ice cream, but I know they are getting the nutrition they need.

If you are using berries and plain yogurt you may need to add a teaspoon or two of powdered sugar to cut the tartness of the berries. But it is far less than a scoop of real ice cream. I like to use powered sugar since it is already so fine you don’t have to worry about the little crunchy granules you may get with regular sugar.

I buy all my strawberries in the summer when they are the cheapest. I then take them and put them in my blender and puree them. I place them in freezer bags ½ cup at a time and freeze them flat. I have great strawberry puree all year round for pancakes and waffles. I even use them in my brownie mix instead of milk or water. Very yummy.

Do you have a yummy delicious recipe? Tell me about it or tell us where we can find it on your blog.  Link up here too!

I went to Sprouts and purchased a few items:

0.90 lbs of raisins @ $1.49 lbs - $1.34
2  Voskos Greek Yogurt $2.00 each

Bag credit of $0.05

Total spent $5.29

My totals for the week I spent $55.19 total saved $75.63 for almost 58% savings. I was so close to my $50.00 budget this week. If I would not have gone to Sprouts I would have been within budget. I just couldn’t pass up Greek Yogurt for $2.00 for 16 oz. I just wish I had a coupon to get it cheaper, but I didn’t find any. I looked too!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kroger Shopping

Since the Mega event will be going on this week at Kroger too. I decided to do my shopping today instead of the normal Wednesday I go. I doubt there will be anything else I need. I still had a lot of the Philadelphia Cooking cream $1.50 Q’s from tear pads. So I purchased more to freeze for future use. This is going to need to go with all the rice and pasta I just purchased for family meals. Does anyone have any good uses or something unusual you have done with these?
I realized also that my Linky tool free sign up is now over. I don’t think I received an email to renew. This will be purchased today. Sorry for the folks who wanted to link up. It should be available shortly.

Here is how I did:

(1) Kroger hot dogs $0.88
(1) Kroger lunch meat $0.69
(4) Kraft w/ Phili Cheese $3.79 BOGO – 4 $1/1 Q’s  Kraft w/ Phili Peelies
            -Final $0.90 each
(1) Haribo Bears $1.00 - $0.30/1 Q Printable Tripled *Steal*
            -Final $0.10
(2) Mom’s Best Cereal $1.49 – Mega event $0.50 off
            -Final $0.99 each
(4) Campbell soups $1.39 – $0.40/4 Campbell’s cooking soups doubled SS 03/06/11 Mega event $0.50
            -Final $0.69
(2) Skinner Pasta $0.88 - Mega event $0.50 off
            -Final $0.38
(9) Philadelphia Cooking Cream $2.69 – 9 $1.50/1 Phili Cooking cream Peelie, Mega event $0.50 off
            -Final $0.69 each
(3) Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt 4 pack $2.19 – 3 $0.40/1 4 pack doubled SS 04/01/11, Mega event $0.50
            -Final $0.89 each 4 pack or $0.22 a cup

I had a total of 27 items purchased today. Nothing was over a dollar. I spent $19.64 and saved $45.73 for a total of 69% savings. This is my best so far. If I had not purchased the meat this would have been over 70%. I was able to price shop Walmart to make sure I was getting the best prices before I shopped at Kroger. I used the Skinner pasta as a filler for the 10 item Mega event. I would rather buy food I can eat for filler than candles I don’t need. I searched for the Garden delight pasta everywhere. They did not have it. I even looked at Walmart before I went to Kroger. No one around here carries it. I will check Tom Thumb if I go there soon.  

I am done shopping for the week. I do have a couple of more posts of things I purchased this weekend at Target and one more very bad Walmart shopping trip to post. This trip actually got me down wondering if couponing was worth it. But after today I feel better.

How did you do this week? What were your deals or steals? Let me know. I love to hear from my readers.



Monday, May 9, 2011

Walmart Shopping

I decided to go to Walmart for a few deals I still needed. I am still not familiar with all the prices on all items at Walmart, Kroger and Tom Thumb. So I am starting to compile a list to see where I can get the most savings. I try to use Couponmom for price comparisons, but not all items are listed and sometimes there is a few cents difference than from what is actually in the store. That can make the difference as to where I purchase the product.



Here is what I purchased:
(3) Mahatma Brown Rice $1.12 – 3 $0.50/1 Q for Mahatma or Watermaid rice RP 05/01/11
            -Final $0.62 each – less than Walmart brand.
(1) Uncle Bens Ready Rice pouch $1.38 – 1 FREE Q in the mail
            -Final FREE
(3) Noxema razors $2.67 – 3 $2/1 Noxema razors RP 05/01/11
            -Final $0.67 each
(3) Speed Stick Deodorant $0.98 – 3 $0.50/1 Speed Stick Deodorant SS 05/01/11
            -Final $0.48 each – This is $2.00 at Kroger. Even Double this is cheaper.

Total spent $5.48 on $15.69 worth of items purchased at Walmart. The rice is way mroe expensive at Kroger even if the coupon was doubled. With the Speed Stick Kroger had it on sale for $2.00, even with the coupon doubled Walmart was cheaper. If you want your own ready made rice, make a large batch of rice it takes the same time to cook one cup as it does to cook 3 cups. I prefer brown rice, but it takes nearly an hour to cook properly. I make a large batch and freeze it in baggies for family portion. It is much quicker to heat up than wait an hour to make some more. I need to include this on my items to freeze list.

Happy Shopping.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Recipes

Items that freeze well
I am making a list of items that freeze well and I will add to this list when someone gives me a new idea or I find something else I can freeze.

Here is a list of items that I have found that freeze well and the best way to thaw them.

1. BREAD. Freeze in the normal bread plastic this will last around a month in the freezer. To thaw simply lay on the counter.

2. Hot Dog and Hamburger buns. Pretty much same as the bread. Freeze in the normal bread plastic this will last around a month in the freezer. To thaw simply lay on the counter.

3. TORTILLAS. Freeze in the plastic it comes in. Thaw a day before you plan on using them. I recently tried this and they were great.

4. WAFFLES and/or PANCAKES. I usually make a double or triple batch. Let them cool on a wire rack individually separated. Once cool freeze. Place in large plastic freezer sealing bags. Pancakes and Waffles are best reheated in the toaster and use the frozen setting if you have a toaster with this option. However, my waffle maker makes the Belgian waffles and they are too big for the toaster. I heat them in the microwave on one side for 1 minute, flip then the other side for 30sec. It depends on your microwave as to how long you need to do this for the center not to still be frozen.

5. Fruit in season. Especially berries and bananas. I have even washed strawberries, blueberries and raspberries and freeze them in the container. For some reason they do not get freezer burn. I also will puree the berries and freeze them as 1/4 cup in baggies and freeze them flat. Then you have berry puree for pancakes, waffles, homemade ice cream and brownies whenever you want. I just cut up the banana into small bite size pieces so it will blend well. This will keep a long time.

6. Broccoli and Cauliflower. I just lightly steam them for a couple of minutes, cut the heads up into bite size pieces. Freeze in a larger Ziploc bag. Enough for a meal for your family. Take out when ready. Sometimes broccoli and cauliflower are even cheaper fresh rather than buying the already frozen and more nutritious. I also make purees out of them. Put them in ¼ cup baggies and add them to meals to sneak in extra veggies on my kids who don’t like them.

7. Squash. I love Acorn and Butternut squash. You can usually get this in season for under a $1.00 a pound. I bake it in the oven for around an hour at 400. Then the inside is soft to scoop out. I will make either a butternut squash soup or just freeze in ¼ cup baggies and use in meals.

8. Rice. I love to make a large batch of Rice. It takes as long to make 1 cup as it does 3. Let the rice cool. I then portion it out to a normal meal and then freeze in a baggie. Lay on the counter to thaw. You can heat in the baggie, but I perfer to take it out and heat in a bowl. I just don't think the plastic is safe for my family.
 Do you have anything you freeze that is not listed? Share your ideas. I would love to hear from you .

Friday, May 6, 2011

Kroger Shopping

Yeah it is link up Friday! Do you have a shopping trip where you saved oodles? Please share your link so we can see how well you did and learn some of your tricks. If you have a link to more than one post you can share more than one if you wish. Let’s see if I can get more than 10 this week. Are you up for the challenge?


I am going to post about a Kroger trip I did on Tuesday. I thought people would like to know my Mega deals this week, so I posted that one early. I had a few more things I wanted to get for my family on the last sale before it was over. I was at 68% nearly the 70% I am striving for one day. I did have to purchase Pullups however, I had a coupon that made them cheaper than at Walmart. We are still working on potty training. He has got the BM’s down, now he just needs to learn that pee goes in the potty too! I have tried to explain to him if it comes out of you, it needs to go in the potty. I don’t think he understood that. I am trying to find humor in all this. I am saving a ton on wipes right now. I am so glad I am not going to have to purchase those anymore.


Here are my results:

(1) Pull ups Boy $9.51 - $2/1  Q Printable
(1) Kandoo wipes $1.39 – $1/1 Q Printable
            -Final $0.39
(4) Listerine Pocket Packs 24 count $1.00 – 4 $1/1 Listerine Pocket Packs SS 4/17
            -FREE each
(2) J & J Floss (REACH floss) $0.99 – 2 $1/1 Q Reach floss SS 4/14
            - FREE +$0.01 Money Maker each
(1) Hairbo Gummy Bears $1.00 - $0.30/1 Q Printable Tripled
            -Final $0.10
(1) Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Grahams $1.00 - $0.35 eQ Kroger
            -Final $0.65
(2) Mom’s Organic Cereal $1.49 – 2 $0.75/1 printable – For the mega event these are $0.99
            -Final $0.75 each
(4) Tony’s Pizza $1.00 – 2 $1/2 Q Tony’s Pizza Frozen Safeway coupon book
            -Final $0.50 each
(2) Kraft 2% cheese slices $1.79 – 2 $1/1 Q Printable still on sale this week STOCK UP!
            -Final $0.79 each

My total spent was $14.29 and my total saved was $29.24 or 68%.

Share your trips this week or share your savings blog with others. I would love to hear from you this week. I enjoy visiting the sites that link up. I like to see ways other people save.

Happy Shopping!

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sprouts

It is with pain I am writing to you today. The arthritis is back in my right index finger thanks to the cold snap we had earlier this week. I can barely bend it. I can still type ok only a little pain. I am taking my over the counter medicine I bought at B1G1 and an additional $10.00 off thanks to couponing.

I am trying to decide on some new articles to write. I am full of ideas, but I haven’t actually put anything down in writing yet. So I am getting started on that today right after this post. I have thought of providing some recipes, food storing tips, ways to stretch a box meal and time saving tips as regular posts on days I don’t go shopping. Let me know if there is something you would like more information about or would like to share. If you send me an article you would love to share, I will be sure you receive credit and a link back to your site.

This Wednesday I went shopping at Sprouts for my produce. The prices are so much better than any other chain store and I love to shop there. I have described this as a Whole Foods, but not as large and retail as Whole Foods is. Sprouts is very health food conscious. I really enjoy shopping there. I found some great deals there this week. I even found a new product I had been looking for at Kroger, but there is never anyone to help you at Kroger. Sprouts is small and they are always willing to help you there. I was looking for the So Delicious Coconut Milk. I always see it really cheap at Kroger, but I have yet to find it there. I found out I was looking in the wrong spot the whole time. I was looking in the organic refrigerated section; it is located in the organic aisle with the non refrigerated soy milks. I never thought to look there. Now I know where to find it in Kroger next time. Maybe next time I will get it for FREE! Even better.



Here is how I did at Sprouts this week:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Kroger Shopping

I went shopping today at Kroger for the MEGA event sale. I was so excited pasta was on sale again. My family had not eaten all the pasta from the last mega event when pasta was on sale. I am starting to understand more how Kroger sale cycles work. I started in February with my extreme couponing for normal people. This is the last time I went to Kroger and pasta was on sale click here. So you can see the sales cycles are around 7 to 8 weeks apart. I bought 8 boxes of pasta last time thinking about 1 box a week would be enough. It was more than enough. I am really starting to accumulate a large stockpile of items I can use. I am finding clever ways to store all my items too. My pantry is full, so I had to move on to my cabinets that had a few bare spaces. My husband needs to get busy with the extra shelf I want built in the laundry room.

I went over my budget for this week once again, by $10.00. I had to find some filler items to make the Mega event work. I also went to Sprouts today. I will write about that tomorrow. I am not going to only spend $40.00 next week. I know I can do it.  I am always up for a challenge.

The register would not take two of my coupons for the yogurt, since I had an ecoupon loaded on my Kroger card. However, when I looked at my receipt the ecoupon was used for two, but the other two did not have a coupon. I could have gone to customer service and gotten $1.60 off my bill, but little face was done shopping and so was I. I am planning on using these next week. With Kroger shopping cycles it appears this sale will be going on next week too. I am crossing my fingers. I will just stock up on the things I already have and freeze the yogurt.

Also the bread guy told me the Kroger hotdog buns are going on sale this weekend for 2 for $1.00. I bought two hamburger buns instead.


Finally here is how I did:

Sunday, May 1, 2011

FREEBIES

Freebies this week. I did receive a couple of freebies in the mail this week. I posted about the FREE popcorn here. I just received this in the mail this week and I also received my FREE degree deodorant for liking them on Facebook.

Free Deodorant


 Free Popcorn

Here are some blogs where you can get a list of free items:




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