Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
- We can only accept Printable Coupons if they scan properly at the register.
- We will not accept Printable Coupons for "FREE product" (i.e., no purchase required). Buy-one-get-one-free coupons and other varieties that have a purchase requirement are acceptable.
- We will not accept Printable Coupons for more than 50% of a product's value. For example, a $2 off coupon will be acceptable for a product that sells for $5 or more, but a $2 off Printable Coupon for a product that sells for $2.25 will not be accepted.
- Printable Coupons will be rejected if they appear to be distorted or blurry, or are altered in any way or copied.
- Printable Coupons are non-transferable, and should not be copied, scanned, sold, traded, or otherwise distributed to others. They have unique serial numbers printed on them and follow an industry-standard format.
Frequently, Safeway's own printable coupons are the only ones that do not scan, but I've never had a problem with them choosing not to accept the coupon. Also, they do occasionally release printable Safeway FREE item coupons (with minimum purchase requirements) and these are always accepted. The bit about not accepting a coupon worth more than 50% of an item's value is confusing because no one is really sure if they mean "regular value" or the "sale value". I've seen different stores interpret it both ways, so it's best to ask someone working if you're concerned. Some stores (and Safeway's Facebook page) are suggesting/enforcing a one like coupon policy for printable coupons, and if that's the case they really should update their website to reflect this new policy. One of my local stores occasionally restricts you to 2 like printable coupons because they know that's all one computer can print.
- Explains a difference between Super Coupons and regular store coupons, and that the wording "Limit one coupon per purchase" on a Super Coupon means that only one of it's kind can be used per transaction.
- This document also clarifies the minimum purchase requirement of Safeway coupons: To use store coupons that include a minimum purchase requirement, you must spend a minimum dollar amount on that shopping trip. You will reach the minimum purchase amount based upon total purchases before your Club Card discount is applied. This total will include the coupon item's regular price, not the discounted price. For example, the regular retail price of a box of Cheerios (before coupon and before Club Card discounts) will count toward the minimum purchase required in order to use the Cheerios coupon. EDIT: this segment has been changed since I originally posted this policy to state that the minimum is now based on sale price. You can read more about this change in another post.
I think this is a great page to print for your coupon binder (or file) because it clearly explains that you do not need to spend the full amount of the minimum purchase in cash to use Safeway coupons. This helps keep your spending down!
My favorite find of the day, however, pertains to the stacking of ecoupons with each other. On the page addressing CouponLink FAQ, you'll find this little Q&A gem:
- Can I combine coupons? (in reference to "digital coupons")
- Yes, you can theoretically combine coupons. This can happen if a manufacturer offers a coupon to multiple coupon providers. However, the price will never go below zero.
True, it doesn't clarify whether or not we can stack paper coupons and ecoupons, but it seems to say that the stacking of ecoupons is "theoretically" acceptable to Safeway. If you have any other questions about Safeway's policy that I can help you with, please feel free to leave me a comment or send me an email!
These are the two cabinets in the house where the opened packages are kept.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Meat & Produce deals:
- Naval Oranges, $0.38/lb
- Fresh Asparagus $1.99/lb
- Certified Angus Beef Boneless Chuck Roast or Steak, B1G1FREE
- Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmo Fillet, $7.99/lb
- Dole Bananas $0.59/lb
- QFC yogurt cups 3/$1
- Sara Lee Bagels, selected varieties 22oz, $1.77
- Wonderful Pistachios 10oz, $2.99 (use $1 tearpad or $1 from 11/15SS)
- Oscar Mayer Deli creations $2.49 (use $1 printable)
- Freschetta Pizza, $4.99 (use $1/1 from 11/15SS)
- Soy Dream or Rice Dream 32oz, $1.50 (use $0.75/1 printable or look for $1/2 peelies)
- Earth's Best Sesame Street Cookies or Crackers, $1.50 (use $1/2 printable)
- Terra Chips, $1.99 (use $1/1 from 12/6SS)
- Amy's Lasagna (Use $0.50/1 any Amy's tearpad)
- I have all the details you'll want in a separate post but thought I'd highlight a few of the better deals! Just remember that you will have to buy 10 participating items to take advantage of the prices below.
- Hormel Chili with beans $0.25 each when you use the $1.50/3 from Bud Bowl booklet
- Quaker Rice Snacks are FREE after $0.75 coupon
- Capri Sun only $0.99 a box after $1/2 printable
- $0.22 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel (wyb 2) with $1/1 printable and $0.55/2 shortcuts ecoupon
- Finish Dishwasher Detergent only $0.49 if you still have any $2.50/1 coupons
Did I miss anything? Maybe you found an awesome hidden deal? I'd love to hear about it! You can either leave me a comment here or send me an email, I always love to hear back from readers!
Propel ($0.55/1 hangtags)
Sobe Lifewater (various tearpads, B1G1FREE printable)
Kraft Easy Mac Cups (various tearpads)
Hormel Chili ($1/2 or $0.55/2 from 1/24 SS or $1.50/3 Bud Light Bud Bowl Booklet)
Hunt's Diced Tomatoes (B3G1FREE 1/24 SS, $0.35/3 blinkie, $0.45/3 Shortcuts ecoupon)
Quaker Mini Rice Snacks ($0.75 from 1/10 RP)
Pedigree Plus Canned Dog Food
AMP Energy Drinks ($1/2 tearpad)
2liters Pepsi & Dr. Pepper ($0.50 Dr. Pepper Peelies)
French's Mustard, 14oz ($0.50/1 from 1/24SS)
Keebler Fudge Shoppe, select varieties 8.5-12 oz (various $1/2 tearpads)
Lay's Chips, selected varieties
Hormel Compleats Meals
Kraft Salad Dressing ($1/2 Bud Light Bud Bowl Booklet, various tearpads for produce wyb Kraft Dressing)
Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 8oz ($1/2 Bud Light booklet, $1/4 printable, $1.25/3 tearpad)
Capri Sun ($1/2 printable)
Quaker Chewy Granola Bars ($1/2 or $0.55/1 from 1/3 RP or $1/2 printable)
Motts Apple Juice, 64oz
Frank's Red Hot Wing Sauce ($0.50/1 printable)
La Victoria Salsa
Pillsbury Toaster Strudel ($1 printable, $1/2 printable, $1/2 from 1/3GM, $0.55/2 from Shortcuts and Cellfire)
Krusteaz Muffin, Bar or Crumb Cake Mix (various coupons from 12/6SS)
Tidy Cats Cat Litter, 10lb.
Birdseye Steamfresh Vegetable Blends, 12oz ($1/3 from 1/10SS or $1/2 tearpad)
C&W Vegetables, 10-16oz ($1/2 tearpad)
Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers, 12oz (bag) ($0.40/1 from 1/3SS or $0.50/1 printable)
Kraft American Singles
Kraft Chunk Cheese 2%, 7oz
Sargento Sliced Cheese
Nature Valley Granola Bars, 5oz ($0.40/1 from shortcuts and cellfire)
Ritz Crackers ($1/1 Nabisco Snack Cracker from 1/24SS)
Nabisco 100 Calorie Snacks (various tearpads)
Nabisco Snack Crackers, select varieties 7-10oz ($1 Nabisco Snack Cracker from 1/24SS)
I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, 8-15oz ($1/1 Printable)
Dixie Plates or Bowls, 14-48ct. ($1/2 from 1/24RP)
Dixie Napkins, 200ct. ($1/2 from 1/24 RP)
Solo All Occasion Plates, 44-48ct. ($0.75/1 from1/24 SS or $1/1 from 12/6SS)
Solo Plates or Cups, 15-40ct.
Tostitos Tortilla Chips, 10-13oz
Tostitos Salsa or Dips ($1 off wyb 1 Tostitos Chips and 1 Tostitos dip from 1/17SS)
Frito-Lay's Natural Chips
Dreyer's Ice Cream, Yogurt, or Sherbert
Tombstone Pizza ($1/2 Maxwell House Peelie/booklet)
Oscar Mayer Deli Shaved Lunchmeat
Planter's Mixed Nuts or Cashew Pieces ($1/2 printable)
Orville Redenbacher's Kernal Corn, 30oz
Orville Redenbacher's Microwave Popcorn ($1/2 from 1/24SS, $1/2 blinkie, FREE soda wyb 2 packs)
Tropicana Orange Juice, 6/8oz or 59-64oz
Pillsbury Cheese or Spinach Savorings, 8.5oz ($1/2 from 12/13 or $0.55/1 printable, $1/2 Shortcuts and Cellfire)
Sara Lee Pies, 37oz
Totino's Pizza Rolls, 17-19.8oz
Kraft Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise, 32oz.
Finish Dishwasher Detergent, tabs or liquid ($2.50/1 from 1/3SS)
Coffee Mate Creamers, 32oz ($1/1 and $1.50/2 printables)
Izze Sparkling Juice, 4 pack 12 oz bottles
Gatorade, 8 pack 20oz bottles
Lipton Teas, 12 pack 16.9oz bottles
Tide Liquid Laundry Detergent 2x ($0.50/1 from 1/17PG)
T.G.I.Friday's Skillet Meals, 24 oz ($1/1 peelie)
Tide Power Laundry Detergent, 31-40 load ($0.50/1 from 1/17PG)
Brawny Paper Towels, 8 roll ($1/1 from 1/24RP)
Quilted Northern Bath Tissue, 12 double rolls ($1/1 from 1/24RP)
Starbucks Coffee ($1.50 peelie or tearpad, $1/1 printable)
Yuban Coffee ($1/2 peelie)
$1.25/1 Yoplait Smoothies
$2/2 Nabisco Snack Crackers (click the coupon tab on the upper left side)
Buy One, Get One FREE Special K Cereal
You can sign up for 5 weeks of $1 Multigrain Cheerio coupons
And last but not least, there are a variety of Kraft Printable coupons available including:
- 1 off (4) Philadelphia Cream Cheese
- $1 off Velveeta Cheese 1 lb or larger
- $1 off (2) Planters Mixed Nuts or Cashew Halves 5.5-11.5 oz.
- $1 off (2) Capri Suns
- $1 off Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese 8 oz.
- $1 off (2) Breakstone's Sour Cream 16 oz.
- $1 off Oscar Mayer Meat Bologna or Cotto Salami 16 oz.
- $1 off Claussen Pickles 20-32 oz.
- $1 off (2) Kraft Deluxe or Velveeta Shells and Cheese
- $1 off Starbucks Coffee
Buy 4 Ziplocs = $7.96
- Ken's Foods: (email: email@example.com) I LOVE their Cesar dressing, and wrote in to let them know that it really is the best I've ever purchased. I also asked for coupons. Response: I didn't get an email back, but did get an envelope full of coupons (including: FREE Ken's dressing or marinade, FREE Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce, $1/1 Ken's dressing, $1/1 Sweet Baby Ray's, and $1/1 Ken's Marinade. The $1 coupons should make for free products with Albertsons doublers and have no expiration date. Jackpot!).
- Duncan Hines: I wrote in and let them know that I really enjoy their moist cake mixes, and that I have one recipe in particular that never comes out as good with any other boxed mix. Response: I got a thank you note in the mail along with a $0.35 off any 1 Duncan Hines Product coupon.
- Bar S: This one sounds silly, but I wrote to them and explained how I originally thought that because their products were so cheap they would taste awful and be a waste of money BUT that after trying their bacon I was really impressed with the flavor and quality.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Kettle Brand Chips: 2/$5
I don't know if there are any restrictions or what the expiration date (if there is one) might be, so if you print it- please let me know the fine print! thanks SD!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Safeway: FREE Philadelphia Cream Cheese
buy 6 at $1.99 each= $11.94
use six $0.75 Safeway Store coupons= -4.50 (found in Make It Tonight booklets- in store now)
use two $1.25/3 Kraft Dessert Products*= -$2.50
Pay $4.94, get back $5 catalina
*If you don't have the $1.25/3 coupon, you might try looking for a Coors/Bud coupon booklet that should have a $1 off 2 Philly Cream Cheese coupon. If you can't find either you might buy 5 and use the Safeway coupon, pay $6.20 and receive the $5 catalina (making it $1.20 for 5).
Fred Meyer: FREE Kraft Shredded Cheese
buy 5 at $1.25 each (with in ad coupon)= $6.25
use two $1/2 coupons (printable or from today's paper)= -$2.00
Pay $4.25, get back $5 catalina
A huge thanks to kjtymac of SD for the FM Cheese details! You can roll each deal if you'd like (it works perfectly) just be sure you have a filler item. For Safeway, you must have something worth at least $0.06 and for Fred Meyers you need something worth $0.75 or more. If there's nothing you need, consider grabbing a small amount of veggies to help keep your out-of-pocket low!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Of course, if you're making the trip, you'll probably want to read about all the other coupon matchups at Albies this week and some ideas for the GM promo as well. Jane does such a great job of compiling these deals each week.
Thanks Jane and Christy!!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
- Green Giant (Betty Crocker): I opened a can of corn this week and it was almost 25% filled with soggy corn husk. I wrote to them letting them know I love their canned corn product but wanted to let them know about my recent disappointing experience. They said they'll be sending a FREE item coupon to replace my bad can. I don't suggest you write to them to complain if you haven't had a bad experience, but perhaps compliments will work in your favor? (Got 2 FREE item coupons worth up to $6!!)
- Quaker Oats (PepsiCo): I wrote in to let them know how much we love the Lower Sugar Maple flavor and asked for coupons (we can eat a ton of this stuff!). Response: they currently do not have coupons to send out, bummer!
- Eggland's Best Eggs: I wrote last week to ask for coupons and never heard back. This week I got a newsletter with a silly message at the bottom with a phone number to call and a code to mention so I could get a coupon. I don't know what the coupon is, but if you want to try your luck- call (800) 922-EGGS (3447) and mention code "THEBESTJUSTGOTBETTER". The coupon is supposed to be good so you can try their new eggs, so maybe we'll all get lucky with a free item or high value coupon?
How did you all fare last week? Get any exciting coupons or promising emails? I'd love to hear how things went for you!
Betty Crocker Potatoes $0.99
$0.35/1 coupon from 12/13 SS insert (plus any ecoupons you might have saved)
Final Price = .64 (or less!)
Progresso Soup $1.11
$0.50/2 coupon from 1/3 GM insert (plus $0.50/2 Shortcuts and $0.50/2 Cellfire)
Final Price = $0.36 each wyb 2
Buy 4, Save $4 Promo (price shown is after $4 discount)
Honey Nut Cheerios $1.50
$1/1 Printable coupon
Final Price = $0.50
Cinnamon Toast Crunch $1.50
$1/1 Printable coupon (plus $0.55 shortcuts ecoupon)
Final Price = -$0.05 (1st box only)
Quaker Instant Oatmeal $1.50
$1/1 Printable coupon
Final Price = $0.50
Post Honey Bunches of Oats $2.00
keep your eyes peeled for $1.50/1 peelies
Final Price= $0.50
Plus, there's a hot money maker deal on fruit snacks you might want to check out. Thrifty Northwest Mom has an awesome detailed post with links to printable coupons for you. Just be sure to head to Cellfire and Shortcuts to load the $0.50/2 ecoupons each site has available- and you can make $1.50 buying 4 boxes of fruit snacks! (note: I just looked and the create-a-bug variety are also included. There are additional ecoupons for this on both sites as well!)
Any ecoupons I mentioned specifically can be found at Shortcuts and/or Cellfire along with a ton of other great ecoupons! They can take up to an hour to load, but usually not longer than that. Per Safeway, duplicates of ecoupons can come off and can be used in conjunction with paper coupons- it's part of their doubling policy. While we don't get doubles in our area- this still makes for some hot deals!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Fresh Express Salad $1 each (various tearpad and blinkie coupons)
10 for $10 Mix & Match Sale: (these items are $1 each, you do not need to buy 10)
1/11: For breakfast we had cereal and bananas, lunch was Black Beans and Rice. Dinner was Chicken Breasts with stuffing, corn, and peas.
1/12: Breakfast was eggs and toast, lunch was mini-farfalle with broccoli, butter, and Parmesan cheese. Dinner was Chicken Enchilada Casserole (made with cooked turkey) with rice. We also made a batch of brownies.
1/13: Breakfast was cereal, Lunch was leftover Black Beans and Rice. I made pork chops, with mashed potatoes and corn.
1/14: We did eggs for breakfast (at the toddler's request), lunch was sandwiches and veggies for dipping. We had another toddler and her mommy over to make Cinnamon Raisin Bread (recipe from Martha Stewart- needs improving on) in the afternoon and I forgot all about meatballs. So, I went into default mode and made tostadas (the reason for my "spendy" can o'beans last week).
1/15: None of us were feeling great, so breakfast was cereal & Cinnamon Raisin Bread, lunch was soup from a can, and the husband picked up pizza for dinner.
1/16: Cereal and Cinnamon Raisin Bread for breakfast, hamburgers for lunch. We ate a yummy dinner at my MIL's house.
1/17: Breakfast was oatmeal, lunch was tuna sandwiches with chips (for grownups) and carrots (for toddler). We ate dinner over at a friends house (Thanksgiving style!).
1/18: We had a late breakfast of French Toast and eggs. We had a very early dinner of Meatloaf with hashbrown casserole and brussels sprouts. Then we ate Mini Delights with strawberries and a small scoop of ice cream for dessert.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Honestly though we actually did spend more than that because the husband needed cans of soda for work, so we bought 3 at $2.66 each (Safeway) or $7.98 (with $9.99 savings). My store did not have the $0.88 avocados so I skipped that, although they would have been nice! We're still doing pretty well with the eating of out the pantry challenge- which is nice considering we're halfway through the month now!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Dove also has some great printable coupons, including a $2 off Visibly Smooth Deodorant, that you might want to take a moment to print. Thanks to Angela over at The Coupon Project for the heads up on this!
Kim over at Puget Sound Prudence has been posting really fantastic matchups for Fred Meyers lately. This week, she also posted a ton of great matchups involving ecoupons (at QFC, Safeway, or Fred Meyers) you can load quickly onto your loyalty card before heading out to score some hot deals. If you're looking for Healthy Choice Frozen Entrees or cans of Rosarita Refried Beans for less than $0.70 each- she's got you covered!
The Krazy Coupon Lady has quite an extensive list of deals going on this week as well, using absolutely nothing but printable coupons and sales! This post covers deals at Kmart, Target, Walgreens, and RiteAid- so you're bound to find something at a store near you.
Jen over at Thrifty Northwest Mom has the full scoop for you.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
- $.99/lb Pork Shoulder Roast
- $2.99 Cuties Clementines 3lb bag (use the $0.50 IP to make it $2.49- no longer available)
- QFC yogurt 4/$1
- Kellogs Cereal $1.49 each
- Tree Top Apple Juice $1.49 each
- Doritos $1.79
Other Deals I like:
- Half Gallon QFC Milk or Orange Juice $1.25 each
- 1lb Driscolls Strawberries $2 (use $0.50 IP- no longer available)
- Quaker Instant Oatmeal $1.49 (or $0.49 after $1 printable coupon)
- QFC Cottage Cheese & Sour Cream 16oz $0.99
- Hunt's Spaghetti Sauce $0.88 can (Print a $1 off 3 coupon- must play the game first)
- Method Laundry Detergent $3.99 (use this $2 printable coupon to make it only $1.99)
- Large Naval Oranges $0.88/lb
- Large Green Peppers $0.50 each
- Hot/Lean Pockets $1.88 each (I know there are cellfire and shortcuts ecoupons for these)
Did I miss any great QFC deals? I'd love to hear about them! Feel free to drop me a comment here or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
- $1 off Emerald nuts (combined with a doubler and a sale- these should be free or cheap at Albertsons. There are also rumors of $1 Target peelies attached in stores, which should make them only $0.99.)
- $1 off Cheerios (yellow box)
- $1 off Honey Nut Cheerios
- $1 off any Quaker Oats (you can use this at Walgreens this week with the store coupon from their ad to pay only $0.50 for a small tub of oatmeal)
Also, A Thrifty Mom has the details on a FREE kid's meal at Burger King (no purchase required). We never eat there so I did not print it, although I've heard it says Happy Birthday on it, so I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable using it anyways. Of course, it's up to you (and it may even be close to your kid's birthday).
Monday, January 11, 2010
- Flinstones Vitamins (Bayer): I wrote to them and let them know how much I love My First Flinstones for my two year old (no more cutting regular ones in half) and asked for coupons. Response? They're sending me a coupon for a FREE box and a pack of other Bayer coupons.
- Fresh Express (Chiquita): I wrote to let them know how tasty I think the Cesar Salad Kit is and asked for coupons. Response? They're pleased I like their product and will be sending some coupons my way for future purchases. (Received 2 $0.55 off any 1 Fresh Express Product coupons).
- Marzetti: I wrote about how surprised I was that their Cheesy Texas Toast was as delicious as it is and asked if they mailed out coupons or made them available in the newspaper. Response? They're pleased I took the time to write them and will be sending a coupon. (Received one coupon good for a FREE package New York Brand frozen bread product).
I wrote to all of these companies late last week, and had received email responses from each of them. As for Fresh Express and Marzetti- I'll be happy to post what coupons they send once I receive them. So, start your writing! (Of course, if you don't use or have never tried these brands, feel free to write to another company whose products you really do use and enjoy. I don't want to encourage dishonesty in exchange for coupons! I would be more than thrilled to hear who you're writing to and what results you get.)
We topped it with avocado (from a friend), cheese, salsa, and sour cream. Next time I'm going to pick up some fresh cilantro to go with it. Black beans are so going on my list of staples to have on hand. Not only did the toddler and I love it, but the baby enjoyed it too. I'm going to have to remember this recipe the next time Vegan Sis comes for a visit (because I know she'll like it too). Here's how I made this (serves 3ish)!
Black Beans (crockpot style, throw in everything listed)
- 1/2 lb. black beans
- 1 onion, quartered
- 3 or 4 garlic cloves, smashed
- 1/4 of a (seeded) jalapeno
- 4 cups of water
- salt and pepper
- Cook on high for about 4 hours, discard water, garlic & onions before serving
Yummy (not)Brown Rice:
- 1/8 cup olive oil
- 1/2 onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 garlic clove, minced (I love garlic, so I used a whole clove)
- salt and pepper
- 1 cup Brown Rice (I only have white, so I used that instead)
- 1 3/4 water (I used 2 cups)
Heat oil in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Cook onion and garlic until the onion is soft. Add salt, pepper, and rice. Cook until rice is slightly toasted (about 3 minutes). Add water, and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, put the lid on and let simmer until the water is absorbed (recipe says 25-30 minutes but the white rice only took 20 or so). Remove from heat and let stand (still covered) for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve with beans.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
1/4: We had lefse for breakfast, leftovers for lunch, and tacos with mexican rice for dinner (as planned).
1/5: Breakfast was oatmeal and lunch was peanut butter tortillas with carrots. I made "BBQ" chicken in the crockpot (bone-in breasts with bbq sauce poured in), salad, and cheesy garlic mashed potatoes.
1/6: We made blueberry muffins and cereal for breakfast, then had sandwiches for lunch (pb for toddler, tuna for husband and I). Dinner was a beef stew (made from cheap steaks and the veggies I had on hand) and some homemade bread.
1/7: Breakfast was cereal and lunch was chili (from a can). We had Spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, and the leftover bread.
1/8: Breakfast was eggs and toast then for lunch we had baked potatoes. I had a long day of teething baby and toddler tantrums/potty training so after the husband got off work we took a drive and grabbed some fast food. It was a menu plan fail, but the break was wonderful!
1/9: Waffles for breakfast, mac and cheese from a box for lunch. We took my mom out for dinner to celebrate her birthday (Famous Dave's- yumm!).
1/10: Cereal/oatmeal for breakfast and tuna sandwiches for lunch. We decided to invite some people over for dinner (the husband had to run out for more of the same cut of steak and picked me up a bag of black beans- $6). We had steak (marinated in a garlic/balsamic/Cabernet sauce) and grilled with Hashbrown Casserole and a salad (brought by the friends). It turned out to be a pretty good dinner.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
- 6 gallons of milk: $11.94
- Seattle's Best Coffee: $3.49 (after $1.50 coupon)
- 4 boxes GM Cereal: -$2.28 (after promo, ecoupons, two $1 printables, and one FREE item coupon)
- Eggs: $2.29
- Sour Cream: $1.49
- Bananas: $1.32
Okay, so the coffee doesn't follow my rules, but the cereal overage almost offset the cost and I'm nearly out. Hopefully, the amount of milk we bought will last for a while- it's easier not to shop when you're not going to the store in the first place!
Plus, it's super easy! (As in I don't even have a bread machine!). Here's the recipe:
4-4 1/2 cups flour
3 Tbsp. sugar
2 pkgs. quick-rise yeast
2 tsp. dried basil
1 3/4 tsp. dill weed
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. garlic powder
3/4 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
3/4 cup milk (2%)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 Tbsp. butter, melted (to brush on after baking)
In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, and seasonings. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, water, and butter to 120-130 degrees. Add to dry ingredients, beat until moistened. Add egg; beat until smooth. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough. (As in, start with 2 1/2 cups and then add up to 1/2 cup more if needed).
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic (about 4-6 minutes). Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
Divide dough into thirds. Shape each into a 15inch rope (squeezing and pulling worked best). Place ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 25 minutes.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until loaf is golden brown. Brush with melted butter.
The Coupon Project has all the details for you!
I will be emailing you shortly to get your information! Congratulations! Thank you to everyone else who played along and helped spread the word!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
- Old Navy is currently offering 60% off all clearance items online. I believe shipping is a flat $7 as well. This is one of my favorite ways to stock up on kids clothes for next season! (plus, if you're a cardholder for ON or one of their affiliate stores, you can score an extra 10% off today only using code TUESDAYS)
- ThirftyNorthwestMom has all the details on some HOT La Victoria (salsa) printable coupons.
- You can get 75% off everything ColdWater Creek has online right now, and AThriftyMom has the info you need for that.
- MoneySavingMom has the details on a FREE photo calender (it appears to be 3 photos on a year long calender poster) from Shutterfly & Target. However, you do have to pay $4.99 shipping.
- If you're looking for a different kind of photo freebie, you should check A Thrifty Mama's list of current photo freebies. She might have just what you're looking for.
- If you're in or near Seattle (the only local-ish place with a participating alley) you might want to sign up for the AMF e-club and get a free game of bowling (for up to 10 people). Once again, A Thrifty Mom has your details.
Monday, January 4, 2010
- Hamburger meat w/tomato sauce and corn, served with tortillas (a childhood favorite of mine, the toddler ate 2 servings). The husband went to a friend's for football (taking a bag of chips, jar of peanuts, and homemade brownie bites).
- We went out for dinner with the husband's mom, sister, and uncle. I made and brought over a loaf of Garlic-Herb Braid Bread, that turned out pretty good.
- Turkey, Rice, and cheese veggie casserole (I bumped the Tortellini in favor of this, because the Turkey was already in the fridge and the tortellini is frozen anyways). Husband took half the leftovers for lunch and the toddler and I will be eating the other half for lunch as well.
- Today! We're doing tacos with mexican rice. You just sub in a bit of tomato sauce for the water and we add a bit of spice (and maybe some tomato or onion if we're feeling fancy).
It really has been great so far! It certainly doesn't feel like we're trying to scrap together meals from whatever we can find, although I was shocked at how low I was on flour. I think that this challenge is really going to help me discover where the holes are in my stockpile. I'm tempted to amend my rules of shopping to include freebies/items with overage but only those which occur when I'm planning to shop anyways. I haven't made up my mind yet.
ERIN, who said "I eat a lot of beans in my diet and I love them in soup!"
Congrats! I will be emailing you shortly so we can get this prize pack off in the mail to you!
Friday, January 1, 2010
- I will only buy from the produce, dairy, and bread sections. Everything else must come from the freezer and pantry.
- I will go to the store no more than once a week (although I'm hoping to limit myself to 2-3 trips total)
- All money saved will be put into savings.
I'm working on a menu plan today (for the whole month- yikes!!) and this is what we're looking at so far (in order, although I may change things as we go):
- Hamburger meat w/tomato sauce and corn, served with tortillas- yumm!
- Turkey, Rice, and cheese veggie casserole
- Stuffed tortellini in red sauce with ceaser salad
- Tacos with Mexican rice
- BBQ chicken, hash brown casserole, and corn
- Beef and Vegetable Stew w/homemade rolls
- My mom's birthday- we might take her out for dinner
- Parmesean Crusted Tilapia with penne and broccoli in alfredo
- Grilled Peppered Steak with Cabernet Balsamic Sauce, mashed potatoes, cooked carrots
- Oven roasted Chicken Breasts, Stuffing, Green Beans
- Spaghetti with meat sauce, Garlic Bread, Garden Salad
- Chicken Enchilada Casserole
- Pork Chops: need to google a recipe
- BBQ Meatballs, pasta&veggie (maybe? this is not normal food for our house, but we might try it just for variety)
- Fish Fillets (frozen), Mashed potatoes, Corn in butter sauce (freezer)
- Dinner out maybe?
- Crescent Roll Lasagna (husband's grandma's recipe), Garden Salad
- Meatloaf, Hash brown Casserole, Brussel Sprouts
- Teriyaki Chicken w/Rice and Broccoli
- BLT's, pasta salad, and leftover hash brown casserole
- Spaghetti with meatballs, veggies with dip
- Cream Tuna on toast
- Steaks, homemade fries, corn
- pork chops: need to google a recipe
- Tostadas with crockpot refried beans
- Whole Roasted Chicken, Stuffing, Mixed veggies (freezer: steam bag with potatoes and green beans)
- Chili Dogs, veggies with dip
- tilapia: need to google a recipe
- Peanut Butter Chicken and Rice
- Baked Tortellini with salad
Did you make it all the way through? I know, it's a TON to read, but there's a bonus! Are you participating? maybe not? Either way, I have an envelope full of coupons (some set to expire in January, some not, including some FREE item coupons) that I'm going to giveaway. To enter, simply leave a comment here with your email address on or before the 4th and I'll select someone at random (using random.org) to win. It's not anything amazingly fancy, but it might just perk up your coupon binder!
- This January PUR is partnering with “Summit on the Summit” (SOTS), a celebrity climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro featuring Jessica Biel, Alexandra Cousteau and others that will raise awareness and funds for clean drinking water efforts. Find out more HERE
- Dr. Greg Allgood, Founder and Director of CSDW, will be joining the climb as the water authority, educating the climbers on the global water crisis and what is being done to help.
How Can You Help
- When you buy a PUR, you’re not only helping your family get clean water, but a family across the world.
- 1 System = 1 Week: For every PUR system purchase, one week of clean drinking water is provided to a child in the developing world through CSDW. To-date, CSDW has already provided 1.8 billion liters of clean water to children and their families around the world.
Why Is PUR a Smart Choice for Families?
- By simply using a PUR water filter, you will remove many of the common contaminants found in drinking water. Including: 94% of atrazine, 98% of lead and other metals, 99.9% of microbial cysts and 96-99% of pharmaceuticals.
- Switching from bottled water to filtered water and a reusable bottle can save one person up to $600 a year and eliminate up to 3,200 plastic bottles.
- Leave me a comment, don't forget your email address so I can contact you if you win!
- Tweet about it! I don't care if you tweet and link about the giveaway or just tweet and link people to the SOTS information. Let's spread the word about this event. (Just be sure to leave a separate comment that you tweeted with your twitter name here. Even better if you @maybefrugal!)
- Tell me what your favorite thing about PUR filters is! In a separate comment, of course!
You have until 9pm PST on January 6th to enter, I will select a winner using random.org and announce who it is on January 7th. Good luck!
Disclosure: I was provided with information about this event and PUR filters and offered the chance to give away a PUR Pitcher to one of my readers. I was not provided with any sort of compensation for this post.