Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday: hamburger meat with pork 'n' beans served with veggies
Tuesday: Creamy Zucchini with farfalle (I'm playing with this recipe)
Wednesday: Taco night
Thursday: something with a hashbrown casserole
Friday: Smoked salmon fettucini
Saturday: Beef Stew in the crockpot
Sunday: Chicken Lo Mein
I'm really drawing a blank, need to start looking for some new recipes and dusting off those ones good for fall. If this weather continues into next week I'd love to do some chicken pot pie soup and a giant pot of Albondigas.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Transactions 1 & 2:
- 3 Reser's fresh hashbrowns, on sale $2.00 each
- used three $1 any Reser's product tearpads (found at Fred Meyers)
- used three doublers to make them FREE!
- 3 Juicy Juice packs, on sale $2 each
- used three $0.75 coupons
- used three doublers
- paid $1.50, got back a $1 catalina for purchasing 3
- 2 bottles Hershey's Syrup $2.69 each
- 2 cups Campbells Soup at hand $1 each
- Reser's Tortillas $2.69
- Peat Pots clearanced to $0.74
- used $1 off 2 Hershey's coupon
- used $1 off 2 Campbells SAH coupon
- used $1 off any Reser's product coupon
- used three doublers and the $1 catalina from transaction 3
- paid $3.87
The soups were all free after $1 off 2 coupons and doublers. The chicken was on sale at $.77/lb and cost $3.25 (awesome!) and I used a coupon from Sunday's paper to get the eggs for $0.99. I've never tried the soup at hand stuff, but it looks like something I can easily eat while preparing food and feeding the baby, so it'll be neat to try.
I did a survey recently that got me a $5 off anything at Grocery Outlet, so I figured we'd better head over and see what I could get there for $5. The zucchini was huge and marked 2/$1 (a great price on the huge ones I grabbed!). There were 4 juice boxes (4/$1), we don't usually buy juice for the toddler but we'd been running around all day so it was a special treat. As we were looking around for something else, the husband spotted smoked salmon for $4.99 and had to have it. The prices there were okay, not as great as you can do with coupons but better than most stores. I'll probably be back to check them out sometime when we've got more time to browse.
...and I lucked out at the thrift store and found two of those can things (you know, the kind in the store they use to dispense cans?) for $.45 each. What a lucky find! My stockpiled canned goods were starting to get a bit out of hand.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Hostess donettes $0.79 (my impulse purchase filler)
5 gallons milk $9.95
10 packages Keebler cookies $25.00
- -$10 instant savings for buying 10 keebler cookies
- -$10 from five $2 off milk when you buy 2 pkg. Keebler cookies (Kelloggs's Fuel for School book)
- -$4 from four $1 Keebler IP's
- -$2.20 from four $0.55 Keebler IP's (prints with the $1 one above)
- -$1 on two Keebler cookies (old insert coupon)
- -$3 doublers
- - $5 catalina from last week's soups
If you're looking for a more simple version for yourself and either have the Kelloggs Fuel for School coupon booklet, or can find it in-store, here you go:
Buy 2 packages Keebler cookies and one gallon of milk. Use two $1 IP coupons, one $2 milk coupon, and 2 doublers. You'll pay only $1 which is still less than you'd pay for a gallon of milk anywhere! *note: I'm getting an error message from the link at the moment, so it may or may still not work- I printed mine just two days ago though, I hope it's just my computer being silly!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Other codes, good for one-time use: BREAKROOM, DVDONME, DVDATWAG (at Walgreens locations only)
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
- Pre-heat the oven to 400*F
- Cut off the tips of your zucchini, and then cut it in half lengthwise. I also like to split into two or three shorter sections so it cooks and cools faster.
- Place them insides up on a cookie sheet and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle garlic powder, pepper, salt (I barely use any salt), and thyme over your zucchini.
- Bake for 20 minutes if you like it a little bit firm. We like ours squishy and a little bit brown on top so we leave them in for 40 minutes or so. If you aren't sure- my mom who loves zucchini likes hers firm and those of us who never really liked this veggie like it softer. You could also pull it out and try it after 20 minutes to see what you think, it's easy to cook it more if you change your mind. Let cool and enjoy!
That's it! It makes a great snack or side dish and can be served warm or cold. Yumm-o!
I also stopped by Target for diapers (we like cloth, but we use disposables for nighttime) and used a $5 coupon Luvs sent me to get a jumbo pack for $3.13. Not as great as the Huggies deal going on at Rite Aif this week but I'm a little bit too disorganized at the moment to tackle that one (It'd be nice to get in on it later this week though!).
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Walgreens was a combination we need milk, I have RR about to expire, and I don't need anything else from there this week. I used my $5 RR and $0.96 to buy 2 gallons of milk and the peanuts pictured above. At Albies, the carrots were free after WH coupon and doubler. I used two $.50 and two doublers to get the cans of Del Monte corn for $.29 each (they were marked down). The zucchini was $.86 and a treat for the toddler for helping us clean house today (yes, zucchini makes a good treat!). I spent $1.43 after everything at Albies, but I got another $2 receipt survey so that was nice!
You might wonder what we've been eating lately. I've been doing a lot of meals from the stockpile this week and we've had quite a few meals at other people's houses (it's been a very busy week). We did eat lunch out yesterday, bourbon chicken at the mall is always yummy! It was kind of thrifty too, because at the Cajun Grill for only $.99 more you can get double meat for your meal and it ends up being enough to feed all of us.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
In the meantime, it's Thursday and that means hanging out near the computer and waiting for ONW to update with some coupons. ThirftyNWMom had to shut down her chat, and we're all headed over here to wait for the site update. There's still a limit of 200 so head over early, you don't want to miss out. Good luck to everyone!
No to-do list for me today, I've got almost nothing done around the house in the last couple of days, so I'm trying to do a bit of everything. No need to try to motivate myself away from the computer today!!
Monday, September 14, 2009
*edit* When you fill in your information, there's a blue checkbox on the upper right hand part of the screen. Makes sure you click to sign up for the $5 coupon- it looks like they'll be mailing them out.
We've used a lot of Luv's diapers, because they do work well and are cheap. I was recently also very pleasantly surprised at the great level of customer service they provide. I contacted them to let them know I was slightly disappointed that the size 5's didn't seem to be absorbent enough overnight (we always use 'sposies for bedtime) for my toddler but that the next size up looked way too big. I also told them that with 2 boys in diapers, I love the value I get when buying their brand. The sent me a really nice letter mentioning details on how to tell when to size up, letting me know about their no-leak guarantee money back offer, and a promise that I'd be getting coupons in the mail. When I got the envelope from them, I was shocked to see $30 of coupons from them- yes $30 in coupons! I certainly love Luvs!!
p.s. the random baby generator makes some scary babies! Look at the cute one I got after about 7 tries!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
It also looks like a good week for some shopping. We'll be getting doublers for Albertsons tomorrow (good through Tuesday) and there are doublers coming in Wednesday's ad too- along with a great Campbell's/Pepperidge Farm promo! Add in all the neat Rite Aid and Walgreens deals (I'll try to get some posted tomorrow) and it's going to be a busy week!
- Free AirWick Freshmatic, WetOnes, and Suave
- Gift of Savings starts (save all your RA receipts!)
- There's a great way to get Johnson and Johnson products for FREE. For the Mommas has all the details here, just keep in mind that not all Rite Aids like printable coupons.
- Click here for a great coupon matchup courtesy of For the Mommas
- Free Neosporin (must have Wags Activity book coupon)
- Free Listerine after coupon and RR
- Free True North Snacks after RR
- Free Ear Drop kit after RR
- to find the details on how to get these things for free, check out A Thrifty Mom's matchup
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Yoga with the toddler (to calm him and stretch my back) serious workout time45 minutes of ddr on a too-high level washing a couple loads of laundry unloading,loading, and running the dishwasher finding something to make with the mysterious "probably just like summersquash" squash making up my menu for next week (I've been winging it this week) finding a good recipe for poppyseed muffins (not lemony! or anything with frosting!)think i found a good one!
- a walk to the Post Office to pick up one of those flat-rate shipping boxes. postponed until tomorrow!
- and maybe trying to find info on that chiropractor (or someone!) who has a special thing for people on our insurance plan. My back has been killing me (in the form of constant dull pain) for over a week now and I think I need to do something about it.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
- Rice Krispies are $1.88, use the $1 vocalpoint coupons and a doubler to get it free
- Wild Harvest organic eggs are $2.99, after $1 WH printable and doubler it's $0.99 (quite a few other WH items are $2 and under usually)
- Almond accents $2.99, use $1 tearpad coupon and doubler to make these $0.99
- Ken's Dressing $2, use the $2 coupon and doubler= free
- Palmolive $1.50, use a $ printable (not available to all zip codes) and doubler to get it free
- M&M ice cream bars $3.49, use $1 insert coupon and doubler to make them $1.49
- Quaker chewy granola bars are 3/$5. buy 6, using three $1 off 2 printables (need 2 computers) and 3 doublers to get 6 boxes for $4. That's $0.67/box.
- You can find Jane at AllTogetherBeautiful's list here.
It's a great week if you like Kashi! You'll save $4 instantly when you buy 4 select items in one transaction. The participating items I see with their pre-discount prices (and their coupons) include:
- Kashi Heart to Heart Cereals 12.4oz, $3 each (various $1 peelies)
- Kashi Go Lean Cereals 14.1-17.5oz, $3 each (various $1 peelies)
- Kashi TLC Bars, $2.75 ($1.50 off any TLC snack when you buy 1 GoLean Crunch) ($1 off any 2 TLC Chewy granola bars)
- Kashi Organic Promise cereal, $3.50 each
- Kashi Cookies or Crackers, $3 each
So, if you bought 1 Go Lean Crunch cereal and 3 snack bars (2 being the chewy granola type) your total would be $11.25-$4 instant gets you to $7.25. Use one $1 peelie, one $1.50 snack wyb GoLean Crunch, your $1/2, plus 2 doublers- you'd pay $1.75. (and since you can print each coupon twice, you could do this transaction 2 times). If you could find 4 cereals with $1 peelies attached, you'd pay only $1 after using three doublers. That's a good price if you like Kashi!
Monday, September 7, 2009
The code is good today only (before 9pm) and the movie must be returned before 9pm tomorrow night, or you'll be charged $1. I love free movies, just wish I had gotten the code while I was out earlier! To see what's available, or to find a redbox near you, visit their website.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
- Lysol Nuetra Air, sale 2/$5 with a $1 SCR on 2. Use two $1.50 coupons from 7/12 inserts to get them for $1 each.
- Dawn (small bottle) is $0.74 after a $.25 coupon from 8/30 P&G (or $0.49 after the $.50 coupon in Home Made Simple booklet)
- Magic Eraser is $0.99 after $1 coupon from 8/30 P&G
- MoneySavingMom has even more matchups with a few links to $5 off a $25 purchase coupons here.
- AThriftyMom has a ton of matchups on cleaning products over here.
- SCR= Single Check Rebate. This is Riteaid's very user-friendly rebate program, you enter your receipts online and request your check at the end of the month. The check can then be deposited, cashed, or used like cash at Rite Aid.
- Buy $15 worth of starbucks products, get $5 RR. Buy $10 worth, get $2 RR. Ice Cream is $3, 4 packs frappucinos are $5, and bags of coffee are $7. If you have five $2 ice cream coupons, they'd be free. I plan to do 3 frappucinos and use $2 coupons to pay $4 after RR.
- Scrubbing Bubbles Shower cleaner, $9.99 with $3RR. Use the $5 printable to make it $1.99. (coupon link does not appear to work, but the deal is still good if you were able to print the coupon earlier)
- Carefree pantyliners, $1.99 with $2RR
- For more freebies (including a scenario for free Starbucks Ice Cream) check out MoneySavingMom's post.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
- Make and freeze baby food:
carrots, squash, and green beans Unload dishwasher and get kitchen cleaned up
- Clear off the pool table
- Find a nicer way to store Trent's dipes (the cardboard box under the table looks silly)
Wash andsort through the next size up clothing for Ryan
- Get the husbands work laundry washed
- Get coupons organized and week's shopping planned
- Update the calender for the month of September
- Make counting book with Trent
clean the couch
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
- Oreos are $2.50, paired with the $2 off 2 coupon in the ad, that's $1.50 each (look for save $1 on milk wyb oreos peelies to save even more!)
- Kingsford is $6.49, pair it with the $6 off pork printable for a good deal
- Lifesavers are still $1 each, some with $1 coupons inside= free (after you buy 1)
- Whole seedless watermelon $.25/lb
- plus, there are some neat catalina promos going on...will try to post details on those when I get a chance!
- There's a nice $5 off any $20 purchase of meat (we'll be getting some good steak with this- likely the ribeye at $4.99/lb)
- $1 large haas avocados
- Kraft Singles are $0.99 with in-ad coupon
- 80% lean ground beef $1.49/lb
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Spent $0.76, saved $25.32 (or 97%)
Always Flexi-Style Liner
Bare Naked granola bar or cereal sample
Beachnut babyfood starter kit (coupons)
Honey Nut Cheerios
Kashi Cereal Sample
Kotex Ultrathin Overnight Pads
Total Blueberry Pomegranate Cereal
Pampers Potty Training Kit
Walmart Samples: Fancy Feast Appetizers, EmergenC Multi Vitamin, NoDoz, Tenna, Free Hallmark Card, and a Nicorette starter kit.
And don't forget to pick up your free undies at VS today! Know of anything I missed? Leave a comment below!
I'm going to be honest with you, when I first started seriously couponing and got peeks at some peoples stockpiles- I thought they were nuts. Really, who needs that much stuff? Of course, as I got more and more into it and realized how much I was getting for free or close to free, it began to make sense. Why not buy extras when they're priced this low and then not have to buy them at a higher price?
Of course, there are some obstacles...like finding enough room for all your extras, it takes a while to establish a decent stockpile of items without going over budget, and it can be hard to tell what price really is *rock bottom* when you first get started. The benefits are wonderful though. I don't have to run to the store when we realize we just ran out of something, I can skip a week of shopping and eat from the stockpile, we've got added variety to the menu, and I've cut my spending like crazy! Another bonus to the stockpile is the ability to gift it. One of my sister's friends recently had a baby and we were able to throw together a nice box of food to take over for her. You could do the same with a family you know going through a rough time or someone who needs just a bit of help. It's neat to see how excited people can be for something as simple as that.
Now that you know why I stockpile, here are a few tips to get you started:
- Focus on the free at first- starting out your stockpile with extra freebies will allow you to stay within budget while expanding your pantry
- Don't buy more that you can store- getting 50 free somethings is great, but not if you don't have anywhere to put it.
- Keep an eye out for deals on things you use all the time or things you wish you could afford to have all the time- I recently bought 10 bottles of vegetable oil because I love baking and was tired of searching for deals and paying full price all the time.
- Don't be shy- Remember all that free pasta salad? I had a conversation with a lady in front of piles of boxes, she was super excited to see it on sale for $1 a box because it was her favorite food. I politely told her they'd be free if she'd buy 2 or 10 boxes instead of just one. She was not interested because it was just her and she'd look silly. Thing is, the cashier doesn't know how many people you're feeding. If you feel really ridiculous, you could always make a comment about the amazing price and your excitement to donate it.
- Don't buy it just because it's free- if you don't like it, won't use it, or can't donate it then you don't have to buy it. You don't even need to buy it to donate it (I just like to when I can). It's really easy to go overboard with free and cheap things, so try to keep yourself in check.
- Not sure how much to buy? Be sure to look at expiration dates, and try to imagine how much of that item your family will use/consume before that date is up. Keep in mind that sales cycle through (on an 8 week basis generally) and you'll probably have an opportunity to get more in that time.