Tuesday, November 25, 2008
If you have a pet, you can request a free sample of Greenies, a yummy treat for dogs and cats.
Don't forget to get a treat for yourself too! You can request a sample of Bear Naked Granola, a healthy snack with nuts and fruit!
Costco is offering a free sample of their Kirkland diapers. I've read some good reviews of these, so I can't wait for this one to arrive! Maybe it will be the incentive that finally gets me to spend the money to join!
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Monday, November 24, 2008
Monday: Chili and cornbread
Tuesday: Spaghetti, salad, homemade bread
Wednesday: hamburgers, homemade fries
Thursday: TURKEY! We are doing potluck, so we will be making turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and rolls
Saturday: turkey casserole, rolls
I'll try to freeze any leftovers in single servings for Jason to use for lunches next month!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
I recently bought a few new toys for Eli and he is very fascinated with one of them. I really like it and may end up buying a couple more to link together. I like the Melissa and Doug line of toys and suggest you check them out!
One of the worries of parents is saving money for their child's college fund. One easy way to do this is by signing up at UPromise. You can earn money for your child for college just by doing your every day shopping. Many online stores contribute a percentage of your spending, so be sure you always go through the UPromise website when you shop online. There are also eCoupons you can link to your shopping cards...when you purchase that product, the value of the coupon gets deposited in the college fund. You can have friends and family members save too!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
1 cup distilled water ( I just used tap water)
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1/2 tsp liquid soap (Dr Bronner's is what I use)
1/4 tsp lemon or orange essential oil
Mix in spray bottles. Shake well before each use!
I found the soap and the essential oils in the organic/natural section of my grocery store, so check around there. I initially ordered mine online, but I know where to find them locally now so I will save money on shipping once I run out. The liquid soap can also be used to bathe your little one!
Whole Life Essentials has many other great "recipes" and many natural products for every part of your life.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
When I got to work today I found a gallon bag FULL of coupons sitting on the counter. A lady had dropped them off for the workers at the store. WOW. Nobody else seemed interested, so I dug in. I found all the coupons I needed to do more CVS shopping this week, so I went there after I got off. Here's what I did with my ECBs:
I took that and bought:
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Betty Crocker is offering a free sample of Turtle Chex Mix Bars when you sign up for their newsletter. There is also a coupon booklet you can sign up for on there, just check out their promotions page.
Pillsbury is also offering a coupon book when you sign up for their e-newsletter.
Try a sample of new Gain laundry detergent, or Benefiber singles that you can just add to your bottle of water!
If you love the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, they are giving away a free mini one! It is amazing what they can get off my tile floor!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Monday: baked chicken with rice and broccoli
Tuesday: pulled pork sandwiches with homemade french fries
Wednesday: chicken, dumplings, and yellow squash (from the garden!)
Thursday: soup and sandwich
Saturday: steak, baked potatoes, homemade rolls
Sunday: Panera Bread! YUM
Sunday, November 16, 2008
CouponMom.com is a great website for those who like playing the grocery game or need information on coupons. There is a searchable coupon database, so if you need a product and aren't sure if you might have a coupon in your saved inserts, you can go there and search and quickly find out. That is so much easier than looking through all those papers! It was a bit of a pain to register, but all the information available was well worth it.
I find so many of my bargins on DealSeekingMom.com. There are also links to other sites that you can follow to find even more!
Finally, if you need a good laugh, CakeWrecks is a super funny blog about cake decorating gone wrong. I like to look on there when I need a good laugh. :)
Oh, one favorite product! I recently bought a Crest SpinBrush on one of my CVS deals and oh my do I love it! It makes my teeth feel so much cleaner! I would highly recommend one! There is even a $2 coupon to help you out!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Grate up some bars of soap...
I have been using Ivory, but you can also use Fels Naphta if you can find it.
Buy a box of Borax and a box of Arm & Hammer washing soda. I found both of those in the laundry detergent aisle of my grocery store.
The recipe is 1 cup grated soap, 1/2 cup borax, 1/2 cup washing soda. Simple and easy. Use 1 tablespoon on light loads, 2 for heavier loads. White vinegar can be used as a fabric softener too. Just put in the Downy ball and throw it in the washer. It doesn't leave your clothes smelling like vinegar, so don't worry about that!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
First, Jason makes whole-wheat pizza crust in the bread machine. The recipe we use is this one and it has turned out great every time. (I'll go ahead and post it here too, just in case you don't want to navigate away from the blog).
Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
1 cup plus 2 tbsp water
2 tbsp olive oil
1.5 cups all-purpose flour
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2.5 tsp yeast
Place ingredients in bread machine in order listed. Run dough cycle. When finished, form into a circle (or put on a pizza pan). Top with desired toppings and bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
He tops it with pizza sauce, turkey pepperoni, Canadian bacon, pineapple, and 2% Mozzarella cheese! YUM! I actually prefer his version to any we used to order from the pizza places. Pair it up with a salad and you have a pretty easy dinner that isn't too bad for you!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
(remember you have to buy 10 participating items to get the extra $5 off that makes these the prices listed)
Carnation Evaporated Milk: .50 each $1/2MC from the 11/2 Red Plum insert FREE
Quaker Oats, 18 oz: $1 .50MC from 9/7 Red Plum insert, doubled to $1 FREE
Dial Soap, 3 pk bars: $1 .30MC from 10/5 Smart Source insert, tripled to .90 cost .10
Betty Crocker Potatoes: $1 .40 coupon from BC website, doubled to .80 cost .20
Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner, or Stylers 2.99 earn 2 ECB use $1MC from 10/5 or 11/9 Red Plum insert FREE
Glaceau Water 1.49 earn 1.49 ECB FREE
Monday, November 10, 2008
Monday: Pinto beans (in crockpot), corn bread, fried potatoes, and pork chops (I have all this already!)
Tuesday: We have some left-over spaghetti noodles, so I want to make a batch of red sauce, cook up some ground beef, and have spaghetti. Pair that with a loaf of homemade Italian bread.
Wednesday: We have all the ingredients for pizza; the crust will be made in the bread machine.
Thursday: I'm on my own today; I will have leftovers from Monday.
Friday: I'm on my own again today; I have tomato soup in the 'fridge that needs to be used, so I'll have that with a grilled cheese sandwich.
Saturday: Treat Night; will have Jason pick up ChickFilA on his way home! :)
Most of the time they come with coupons, so if you like the products, you can save on them too! Here are a few to get you started!
If you have a young one in the house, Wal-Mart is offering a free sample of Huggies diapers! In addition, Playtex is offering a free drop-in BPA free bottle!
How about trying out the new Always Infinity feminine care products? or prefer Stayfree, Kotex, or Playtex? They have those too!
Have a dog that LOVES treats? Request a sample of Pedigree dog treats.
Like to add a lemon flavor to your drinks? Try a sample of True Lemon.
If you like coffee, here is a free sample of Folgers coffee.
Register at P & G Everyday Solutions to get coupons and samples from Proctor and Gamble.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Here's what I got:
1 Lucky Charms
1 Cocoa Puffs $1/2 MC
2 Cinnamon Toast Crunch 2 - .55 MC
1 Betty Crocker Muffin Mix .75 MC
1 Betty Crocker Cookie Mix .75 MC
1 Pillsbury Crescent rolls .35 MC
2 Swiss Miss Cocoas .50 shortcuts.com coupon
1 BC Roasted Garlic potatoes .40 MC
1 Orville Redenbacher Smart Pop popcorn 1.00 MC
1 Active Oatmeal 1.89 cellfire.com coupon (free!)
2 Pledge 2 - 1.50 MC
1 Pledge floor cleaner 1.50 MC
2 Coffeemate liquid creamers 1.50/2 MC
2 Hunts tomato products .40/2 MC
1 Land o Lakes butter .55 MC
1 Activia yogurt .50 MC
1 Johnson and Johnson baby wash
2 J&J baby lotion $3/3 MC
A few Kroger hints: got to the Kroger website before you go shopping and check out the links to the P&G eSaver coupons and the shortcuts.com coupons. You can load these onto your Kroger card and then use MCs on top of them! Cellfire.com also has coupons you can load onto your card, which is how I got a free box of oatmeal on this shopping trip! I also noticed that one of our Kroger stores has higher prices than the other that is 5 minutes away! It didn't matter on these deals, but produce and other products were different prices! I noticed that diapers were on sale for $1 cheaper one week and have since been careful about which one I go to!
L'Oreal Advanced RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle Serum 11.99
Total: 1.11 OOP
Earned 11.99 ECB
3 St Ives Body Washes 3.99 each
1 Garnier Fructis hairspray 2.99
Total 2.03 OOP
Earned 9 ECB
2 19.6oz bags Hershey's candy $4 each
4 8oz bags Hershey's candy $2 each
4 Hershey's Special Dark singles .50 each
used 2 MC for $1/3 bags of candy, plus 2 B1G1 for the Special Dark
Total: 6.53 OOP, earned 10 ECB
Card #2: Starting with 5 ECB from last week
2 Raisin Bran cereals 2/$4
1 Garnier Fructis shampoo 2.99
2 Colgate Total Toothpastes 2.69 B1G1
1 Glaceau Smart water 1L 1.49
2 $1 MC for cereal
$1 MC for shampoo
2 $1.50 coupons for Colgate
Total: .27 cents OOP
Earned 3.59 ECB
The cashiers at CVS were super nice today and I found out that the sales start on Saturday, expect for any that are 1 or 2 day only deals. I was wondering how they were already out of stuff by the time I got there! I was there about 20 minutes after they opened and there were only a few other people in there the whole time I was going around figuring out what to buy!
Friday, November 7, 2008
I like to follow a few other websites, Deal Seeking Mom, and Southern Savers. They both list some ideas for various stores, free samples you can request online, and have coupons you can print out and use at the stores! Another new one I found today was "Cent"sible Sawyer, which has more even more info. Google is your friend too. If I want to see what websites have CVS deals for this week, I just search for CVS 11/9 and it will show me who has already blogged about this coming weekends deals! Same thing for Kroger. Hope that helps!
This website, which I became a part of, has a whole list of blogs written by people who are trying to save money! Just look for the Frugal Blogroll on the sidebar and start checking out some of the blogs for ideas!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
2 Betty Crocker Potatoes 2 .40 coupons
1 Betty Crocker Muffin Mix .45 coupon
1 Quaker Chewy granola bars
1 Orville Redenbacher Smart Pop .40 coupon
2 Cinnamon Toast Crunch 2 .55 coupons
1 2-liter of 7-UP
1 Welch's Grape juice $1 coupon
2 Nestle Morsels 2 .50 coupons
1 Domino 4lb sugar .35 coupon
2 Better Crocker Sugar Cookie mixes 2 .75 coupons
1 Carefree pantyliner .50 coupon
1 Dial 3 pk soap .30 coupon
1 Palmolive dish washing liquid .25 coupon
1 Shout stain remover .75 coupon
1 Pillsbury Toaster Strudel 1.00 coupon
1 Breyers Ice Cream .50 coupon
1 Cottonelle 4 pk toliet paper .25 coupon
2 Tostinos Pizza Rolls 2 .35 coupons
6 Carnation Evaporated milk 3 .50/2 coupons (FREE)
1 Activia yogurt .50 coupon
1 Land O Lakes butter .50 coupon
1 Better Crocker frosting .55 coupon
1 Borden Gallon milk
4 navel oranges
Not bad, eh? :)