Thursday, April 30, 2009
What a great trip! I was very unhappy about the lack of $1 Bandaids, but this made up for it!
Friday, April 24, 2009
1 Kroger reusable bag (free)
2 Barilla Pastas 1.39 each (2 - .50 MC doubled to 1.00)
4 Center-cut all natural bacon 2.69 each
2.75 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts 8.28*
1.25 lbs lean pork for stir fry 2.65
Centrum Vitamins 130 count 4.19
2 Lawrys Marinades .99 (1.00/2 MC)
1 Welch's Reduced Sugar grape jelly 2.29 (.55 MC)
1 McCormick Garlic/Onion Grill Mates .99 (.25 MC tripled to .75)
3 Green Giant Corn .99 each (1.00/3 MC) + 2 - .50 shortcuts.com coupons
3 Hormel Natural Honey Ham pkgs 2.49 each
1 Dole Mixed Greens salad mix 1.79
1 Borden Organic Milk 4.99 (1.00 MC)
1 Nature's Own 100% Whole Wheat Bread 2.00
Total OOP: 45.76
*the pkg was supposed to be 5.51, so I will be going back to get my money back!
I know it doesn't look like I can make meals from this trip, but that's what my stockpile is used for; I can add this and pull from things I already have and put together a lot of meals!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Here are some good deals, freebies, and coupons for today!
Rachel at Surviving the Stores has a great way for you to get some Free Soy Candles from Glade. I'm excited about picking up these! I LOVE candles!
Free sample of John Freida Root Awakenings: I requested this one in hopes that it will come with a coupon! I used all of my JF coupons this week and got free shampoo, conditioner, and mousse at CVS!
If you have a four-legged friend (well, dog), he/she might appreciate this free sample of dog treats!
In honor of Earth Day, go request this sample of Huggies Pure and Natural diapers. Of course cloth is a better choice, but less chemicals are always better if you are going the route of disposables!
Aveeno is offering a sample of their newest products, hair care!
If you love free samples, I would highly suggest you go sign up as a member of Vocalpoint! You will find surprises in your mailbox and be able to print coupons on certain campaigns! I was able to get a lot of free Starkist Tuna because of coupons I received through this program!
Finally, go here to get some very high dollar Aveeno coupons! You can print them off and then head to CVS to get some pretty cheap sun care products!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Monday: baked chicken, sweet potato, salad
Tuesday: chili, cornbread
Wednesday: hamburgers, oven baked fries
Thursday: pita pizza, spinach salad
Friday: beef tacos, black beans, rice
Saturday: pork roast, steamed veggies, potatoes or rice
Sunday: whole roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls
Chili: My Version!
1/2 lb lean (90/10) ground beef
1 can Campbell's Tomato Juice (low sodium if available)
1 can low sodium V-8 Vegetable Juice
1 can low sodium diced tomatoes
1 can chili beans, drained and rinsed
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 pkg McCormick reduced-sodium chili seasoning
1 onion, diced
Brown and drain ground beef; set aside. Saute onion in dutch oven until soft. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer for 30 minutes. (fast and easy!) You can add more veggies if you have some on hand that you like.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
John Freida Shampoo, Conditioner, Mousse $5 each
3-2.00 off any John Freida MC
3/15 CVS coupon
2/10 any beauty CVS coupon (Fitness magazine)
Total OOP: ZERO
got back 5.00 ECB
Maalox Mint 5.49
Gas-X gels 5.79 each
Benefiber Chewable 6.49
2-$1 off any Gas-X MC
1.50 off any Maalox MC
2.00 off Benefiber MC
3.00 off any Benefiber CVS coupon
5.00 off any 2 Maalox, Gas-X CVS coupon
3/15 CVS coupon
5.00 ECB, 2 ECB
Total OOP: .06
got back 10 ECBs
2 Revlon lipsticks 7.99 B1G1
2 L'Oreal HIP products 8.49 B1G1
NYC eyeliner 1.99
1 Sally Hansen Nail Polish 2.79
10/20 CVS cosmetics coupon
2-$2 off Revlon MC
2-$2 off L'Oreal HIP product MC
.50 Sally Hansen MC
Total OOP: came to -.13, so my cashier just fixed it so I didn't owe or get back anything.
no ECB earned
I don't usually do that, but I was tired and didn't feel like looking for a cheap filler item. I had planned on paying cash for this purchase and saving my ECB, but decided to go ahead and use it. I have the 10 ECB from transaction 2 to work with next week. I haven't been doing as much shopping as I have in the past, so that will be plenty for me. I think today was a great day for me. Now I have to get myself to actually WEAR the makeup!
I LOVE CVS! Be sure to check out The "Cent"sible Sawyer for more CVS savings ideas!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Another idea is to try Once a Month or Once A Week Cooking. I like that idea, but I would hate to do all those dishes!
and finally, you might want to bookmark this website that shows you how to make dinner for you family for only $5!
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 (28-ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes
2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups water
1 teaspoon sugar
Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. †Add the onions, garlic, salt, basil, oregano, and pepper, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. †Place the tomatoes in a large mixing bowl and squeeze with spoon or hands to break them into small pieces. †Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, and sugar to the pot with the onion and stir well. †Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. †Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally with a long-handled wooden spoon.†Using oven mitts or pot holders, remove the pot from the heat and use the sauce as needed. You can store this sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or freeze it for up to 3 months.†Yield: 10 cups (2 1/2 quarts)†
I love this recipe! I divide it up and freeze it, thawing it out as I need it! I highly recommend it! It is a great way to save money on pasta sauce!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Glad Force Flex Bag: I haven't tried these yet, so I'm excited to get one and check it out!
If you have a little one, sign up to get American Baby magazine for free! (thanks to the free sample blog for this one)
Earthbound Farms has a free recipe brochure you can request. You can also take their organic farming quiz for a chance to win a $1 coupon.
Organic Valley has several printable coupons you can print and use on their products! I rarely find coupons for organic dairy products, so this is a great find for me! Here is another website with some printable organic coupons too. If you use Brown Cow brand, here is a website with printable coupons for them too.
Other coupons: $1 off Dreamfields pasta when you sign up for their newsletter.
Sign up for Laura's Lean Beef newsletter and get an instant coupon. I love this brand and they carry it at both Target and Kroger!
If you use Nature Made vitamins and supplements, go sign up and get coupons from them. They also had a program where you can enter codes from your bottles and earn more valuable coupons!
and finally... Stonyfield Farms has e-coupons that you can print too. Just sign up and be ready to hit print!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Today we had a great Easter dinner that was so inexpensive to make! I have a great stockpile of items that make it easy to do a great dinner for a very good price! We had ham, (bought on sale after Christmas for less than half price), mashed potatoes ($1 a bag on sale w/ coupon), green beans (free after coupon), baked beans, deviled eggs, and rolls (on sale w/ coupon). It was great and we have lots of ham leftover for other meals! I plan on cooking beans with the ham bone tomorrow!
I really love shopping this way. It saves us so much money! It is great to be stocked up on almost everything so that I never have to pay regular price for anything. I can't imagine going back to actually paying for toothpaste again. They seem to give it away at least every other week!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
1 1/2 pound sausage; smoked, sliced thickly
2 pounds hash brown potatoes ,not thawed
5 green onions, sliced
black pepper, to taste
garlic powder, to taste
1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup
1 cup milk
Combine sausage, hash browns, green onions, pepper and garlic powder in well-buttered crockpot. Stir gently to mix. Whisk together soup and milk. Pour over ingredients in crockpot. Cook on low for about 6 to 8 hours.
I love to make this and put it in individual containers so Jason can take just grab it and put it in his lunch kit! It is yummy and super easy to make!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
If you like Aveeno products like I do, go print off this coupon to save $2 off your next purchase!
Sign up for the Jergens newsletter to get samples and coupons. I did this at some point and was chosen to be a Jergens Ambassador. I received a full size bottle of lotion to try, along with samples and coupons to pass out to friends. I LOVE the lotion they sent me; it works but is not greasy like some products I have tried!
If you like to try new snacks, check out the Quaker Rice Snacks offer! While they are not my favorite snack, I do end up getting a few bags free every now and then on sale.
One last sample... If you have a dog, request this free sample of Rachel Ray's dog food! I love the free pet food samples; we use the cat food samples as treats for our kitties!
Tuesday: Pulled pork sandwiches, sweet potato fries
Wednesday: Grilled chicken, baked potato, green beans
Thursday: Pita pizza, oven-fried potatoes
Friday: spaghetti, salad, garlic bread
Saturday: Pizza night! (homemade)
Sunday: Easter dinner: Ham, mashed potatoes, baked beans, corn, rolls
Be sure to visit orgjunkie for more ideas!