Sunday, September 26, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Kielbasa with Pan-Fried Potatoes and Onions (this has become a big hit with us- I use olive oil instead of bacon fat), Corn

Tuesday: Sister moving to New York, farewell dinner at Olive Garden with family - using coupon

Wednesday: Homemade Hummus, Homemade Pita Bread, Greek Salads with Feta, Sweet Potato Cottage Fries

Thursday: Veggie Burgers, Baked Potatoes, Broccoli with Cheese

Friday: working late- Chic-Fil-A- getting spicy nuggets for FREE, plus have B1G1 Entertainment coupon

Saturday: Date afternoon lunch and movie out using coupon and B1G1 Entertainment movie coupon

Dinner is Bacon and Tomato Pasta , salad

Sunday: Bean and Bacon Soup, Beer Bread, salad

Monday, September 20, 2010

Shopping Trips Galore

Today's CVS and Walgreens trips: The raisins were on sale for $2 at Walgreens and I had a $2 register rewards that expired after today. My out of pocket was ZERO. The two Edge shaving creams were FREE, the Right Guard Deodorant was FREE, the Revlon lipstick was $0.99, and I paid $3.57 out of pocket after using my ECBS, and got $8.80 in ECBs back (I used $14 in ECBs from previous weeks to reduce today's out of pocket. I still have $9 in ECBs left over from previous weeks as well.)

Meijer trip from last week: the salad was $1, Nestle chocolate chips were $1.13 each, Green Giant Veggies were FREE for 6 packs after catalina and coupons, Evaporated Milk for $0.49 each, and Aunt Millie's Hearth Bread for $1.67.

CVS trip: FREE candy corn, and FREE Nivea Body Wash (for the shelter) and FREE Skintimate Shave Gel.

CVS: case of Pampers and two Johnson's bath products. I spent $26 and got $10 in ECBs, and used coupons and ECBs. Total was $14.

Meijer trip: OJ for $1, Campbell's Soup for $0.29 each, Soup At Hand for $0.50, and yogurt was $0.37 each.

Walgreens from 2 weeks ago: Ecotrin (larger size) for $1.99, Quaker Oats for $0.49 each, and a few miscellaneous items (the ear thermometer was $11 after coupon).

Kroger trip: Apple Juice $1.25, tomatoes for $0.67, and tomato paste $0.19.

Target deal: Enfamil for $17 each after coupons and gift card.

Scalloped Potatoes. I used half and half, and topped it with cheddar cheese.

Chicken Piccata-this was FABULOUS. Next time I will put fewer lemons in the sauce, though it was my husband who found it lemony, not me.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Weekly Match-Up Roundup

Kroger: From Cincinnati Cents, Silk Almond Milk for $1.50, Kraft Cheese $0.99 each, Michelina's Entrees $0.68 each, Campbell's Chunky or Select Harvest Soup $0.25 each, ZonePerfect Bar FREE, Quaker Oats $0.50, Cheerios $0.98.

From The Savings Lifestyle, Fage Greek Yogurt $0.25, Playtex Tampons $0.99

Meijer: From The Savings Lifestyle, Armour Pepperoni FREE, Hormel Lunchmeat $1.13, Weight Watchers Smart Ones $1.30 each wyb 6 (I'm using the $3 off 6 coupon, and will get a $5 catalina back), Keebler Fudge Shoppe Cookies $0.50, Chi-chi's salsa $0.42, Del Monte Fruit, Tomatoes, and Veggies FREE (my coupon from today's insert is $1 off 5 cans, so this deal would be $0.35 per can wyb 10 cans- still a good deal), Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing FREE, Ronzoni Pasta FREE, Philly Cream Cheese $0.25 each, Ziploc Bags $0.50 each.

Walgreens: From Cincinnati Cents, Zegerid OTC FREE, Thermacare Heat Wrap FREE, Crest Toothpaste FREE, Carmex Lotion $0.99 (usually $5), Kotex $1.50 each, Tilex or Formula 409 $1 each, Campbell's Cream of Chicken or Msh Soup $0.29 each, Trident Gum FREE, Reach Dental Floss FREE, Gain Dish Liquid FREE.

CVS: From Deal Seeking Mom, $7 worth of Revlon Make-up FREE after ECB, Bayer Blood Glucose Meter FREE (always check to see if the test strips are formulary for your insurance, as their preferred test strips co-pay will generally be cheaper for you than a $15 free meter), Right Guard Deodorant FREE, two Edge Shave Gel for FREE, Rembrandt Toothpaste FREE, Huggies Diapers as low as $2.49 each, Pantene $1.50 each, Colgate Toothpaste $0.49, Soft Scrub $0.99.

75 FREE prints from Snapfish.

FREE custom photo book at Picaboo (pay $8.99 shipping).

***Did you know you can use a coupon-clipping service on Ebay to obtain multiple coupons you know you can get a good deal with? If you do so, I suggest you buy on Sunday, so you can take advantage of that weekly deal. Today, I am using the service to get 20 $2 off 2 almond milk coupons, plus Del Monte coupons from today's paper that will help score cheap tomatoes and fruit at Meijer this week!

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday: Mujadara (need to use up the veggie broth)

Monday: Pierogies with onions and peas

Tuesday: Mettwurst with Pan-fried Potatoes and Onions

Wednesday: Homemade pizza with pepperoni, onion, and olives

Thursday: Veggie Burgers, Baked Potatoes, Broccoli with Cheese

Friday: Meatloaf, Packaged Noodles, Asparagus

Saturday: Homemade Mac and Cheese, carrots, broccoli

Sunday: BLTs, salad

Day care snacks: Apple Oatmeal Muffins, Dairy-Free Margarine Rice Krispy Treats

Many more menu plans here!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Groupons and Deals of the Day

By: Diane O'Brian

To get notified of groupons and deals of the day subscribe to the company’s email list. If you are interested in purchasing a deal, you will need to use a credit card online to make the purchase. When the deal goes through you will either be emailed the voucher or be sent an email to print the voucher by going through their website. If you ordered a product it will get shipped to you. Not every website listed below offers deals for every city. You will need to check on their website to see which cities they serve.

Deal of the Day
A deal of the day is exactly what it sounds like, there is one deal, usually 50% off or more, offered for the day. They sell the deal until the allotted number of products or vouchers are sold, or time runs out.

Today’s Deal of the Day

Interesting note: This website tracks and lists all the product deals of the days from all the sites offering something.

Interesting note: These deals are generally for products as opposed to a service. The website does not explicitly tell you how many of a product is left.

Interesting note: 10% of every dollar spent through Yo!Deal is donated to a local cause

Half Off Depot

Interesting note: you can make a wishlist of all the deals you want.

Groupon is a coupon that is sold to you only if enough people purchase that deal that day. So you can buy it initially and your credit card will only be charged if the required amount of people purchase the coupon.


eReach Big Deal
Interesting note: You can print regular coupons from this site.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday cooking: Chili in the slow cooker (my own recipe)

1 lb ground sirloin
half an onion, diced
1/4 green pepper, diced
1 can kidney beans, drained
one can fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
2 cans salt-free diced tomatoes, undrained
1 6oz can mild chilies, diced
1 can tomato paste
garlic powder, black pepper, chili powder, Lawry's Seasoned Salt, and cumin to taste

Eat with crackers and shredded cheddar cheese, if you like.

Also making (frozen) butternut squash ravioli for son's day care meals, Dairy-free Blueberry Muffins, and vegetable broth in the slow cooker for this week's vegetable soup.

Monday: Pierogies with sauteed onions, green beans

Tuesday: Mushroom Risotto, Balsamic Brussels Sprouts, sliced tomatoes with feta

Wednesday: Beef Vegetable Soup in the slow cooker

Thursday: Spanish Rice and Beans, Peas

Friday: in-laws coming into town, Pot Roast with Potatoes, Onions, and Carrots in the slow cooker, salads

Saturday: out to dinner with family

Work lunches: leftover chili, veggie soup, and rice and beans; yogurt and salad daily

More menu plans here!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: hunt and peck

Tuesday: Chicken in Sour Cream made with homemade onion soup mix ( I use very low sodium beef bouillon), Green Beans, Tomatoes, and Basil in Balsamic Vinagrette (went out to eat this weekend and didn't make- will make ahead the night before)

Wednesday: Chicken Crescents, Corn, Sweet Potato Cottage Fries

Spanish Rice and Beans (leftovers taken to work)

Friday: Girl's Night Out- eating at Uno's with coworkers

Saturday: Brunch with girls in AM (making snickerdoodle muffins), date night in PM

Sunday: Pasta with Uncle Angelo's Sauce, meatballs, Rosemary Bread with Roasted Garlic, Broccoli

Hundreds more menu plans here!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Dog Ate My Money

By Diane O'Brian

I don't see much info on saving money on pet supplies very often. This article gives a good general overview on ways to make sure your pets don't eat up all of your money.

The best deals I find are when I pair a coupon (there are always some in Smart Source or Red Plum) with a sale. I try to keep an eye on stores that offer their own coupons like Target and Meijer and hope for the stars to align. On those days, you could pair their store coupon with a manufacturer coupon with a sale. A-Mazing! I've gotten bags of Purina One dog food for less than $1. When you do find a good deal-stock up, and let me know about the deal too!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Weekly Shopping Trips

I am feeling less exhausted and back in the swing of things now that I am in the second trimester. I hit 6 stores in the past few days, as well as Sam's Club a couple of weekends ago. If you have a Meijer near you, this deal is a must-do. I went to Meijer only to get cheese. Yes, I have plenty in the freezer, but when you can get 10 8 oz. blocks for FREE- well, I can't pass that up! Here's a link to the deal if you are interested. I basically printed out two Internet coupons and signed up for Meijer's e-coupons via cell phone, plus got a $5 catalina.

My Walgreens trip: I had a $10 off two Good Start formulas from my last trip, plus a $3 Register Reward to use. These are two 12 oz cans. A large 20 oz can usually costs $25. The tampons were free after Register Reward, and the 24 oz worth of formula was essentially $14. Awesome!

If you have an infant on formula, Babies R Us has Good Start formula for $19.99 through 09/17. If you have shopped there in the past few weeks, you would have gotten a coupon book for $4 off two 20 oz or greater cans of Good Start. I took the 20% More size cans, or 30 oz, and got them for $18 each with sale and coupon. Usually they are $22-25 each at BRU.

Target trip: Dora the Explorer toothpaste for Kids for $0.69, Dora toothbrushes were $2.69 with coupons, the tomato soup was $1.25, and Select Harvest Soups were anywhere from $0.50 to $1. A list of Target deals is here. I plan on using these to get through the first week at the new job, and to do more hardcore lunch planning once I know how long a break we have.

I've been on the lookout for a Buzz Lightyear clearance backpack and lunchbox. I got the backpack for $4.98 on clearance at Target, but lunchbox was full price at $9.99. Hopefully it will last him through kindergarten, and the backpack-style diaper bag we've been using will be used for the new baby.

Free Reach dental floss from Kroger this week. They are on sale for $1 and I had 2 $1 coupons.

Freebies and cheapies in the mail. I share most of these with a friend.

Free books from Paperback Swappers.

My Sam's, CVS, and Walgreens run from weekend before last. You can read a synopsis of my Sam's visit at The Motivation Station here. I used my entire gift card that I won in a blog giveaway, and stocked up for months, and even years, on some items. I discovered the garbage bags, Ziploc freezer bags, and dishwasher tablets were a good deal, but much more was overpriced. The freezer bags I reuse unless they have contained meat, so I guess it will be years before we ever need to buy any more. The Bounty paper towels were $11 for two 12-packs at CVS, and formula was $17 a can at Walgreens. We don't prefer to use disposable paper towels at home very often, but we do have to provide some to day care, so this will keep us in a good place for at least 18 months if not more.

Mr S was in the cooking mood, and made a Red Pepper and Chickpea Pasta that was delicious! Here's a link to a similar recipe.