Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What to do When Your Freebies Runneth Over

Before I started couponing I never had extra! And I mean never! I never had extra of anything. I would head to Walmart which was my closest store and spend my $300+ a payday (every 2 weeks) and we ran out of stuff all the time. My so called budget would always be busted because I would run out of laundry detergent or toilet paper or any other thing you could imagine and I would make another trip to Walmart. Somehow I would manage to spend another $25-$50 and the cycle went on and on. I was constantly telling hubby he needed to up my budget, I needed more grocery/household money.

Then I started couponing and almost immediately dropped my budget to $200 a payday for all groceries and necessities. And you guess it, I have more stuff than I know what to do with. I have kept the budget at $200 a payday for my own freedom (I do enjoy shopping) but I have went as low as $100 for a payday and as high as $210 for a payday which happened last payday.

So even though my HBA cupboard is full I know that there are people who could use all those freebies that we can find almost every week. So I continue to search the deals and with our much lower budget I am able to feed and take care of us much better than I ever did before plus I am able to help out others.

I am not saying this to brag, I am saying this because there have been times throughout my life when others have helped me or my family and I will never forget it. I feel so strongly that God wants me to do everything I can to help out as much as I can. Learning how to coupon has made that possible.

No I don't need 20 free toothpastes, toothbrushes, deodorants etc, etc. But I can find good homes for them.

Here are some great places to donate:

Homeless Shelters
Battered Womens Shelters
Animal Shelters (all that free dog and cat food)
Food Pantries
Ministerial Alliance
Salvation Army
Some Churches also collect

I like to donate to our local Ministerial Alliance, I live in a relatively small town (around 8000) and they give food and supplies to 500 families each month. Chances are you may even have a friend or a family member who could use a little help. Also having extra around is great if you have someone in your town devastated by a fire or some other kind of disaster.

I remember when I was a senior in HS and our house burned to the ground. We live in a very small town, less than a thousand. But people by the dozens started showing up at my grandparents house dropping of clothing, toiletries, makeup (I am the oldest of 3 daughters and we were 17, 15 and 12), bedding, food you name it. It was overwhelming and it touched us so much and I hope that I can even do just a little of that for someone else.

Monday, September 28, 2009

CVS Best Deals of the Week 9/27

CVS has not really been calling out to me lately. I actually haven't been in a couple weeks and t hen I only went to roll my $2 ECB. This is what I see of interest this week.

Mascara $5.99 and earn $3 Extra Care Bucks (limit 1)

$1/1 off (Smart Source 9/13)

Ponds Towelettes are B1G1 Free $6.79
$1.50 off printable here

Gillette Fusion, Embrace, or Spa Breeze Razor $9.99 and earn $5 Extra Care Bucks (limit 1)
$4/1 Fusion (P&G 927)

Walgreens Best Deals of the Week 9/27

These are my favorite deals of the week!

There are so many freebies this week so I am hoping I am able to get in on some good deals!

$6.99 Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion (6.8 oz) and earn $6.99RegisterRewards

$1.50 off Printable here

$3.49 Emergenc-C Booster (2 pk) and earn $3.49 Register Rewards

$3 Oral B Advantage 1-2-3 Toothbrush and earn $3 Register Rewards
75cents off Oral B (P&G 9/27)

$2.49 Robitussin DM To Go (2 pk) and earn $2.49 Register rewards

$1 Halls Refresh Sugar Free Drops and earn $1 Register Reward
35cents off (Smart Source 9/27)

$4 Theraflu Cold, Cough, Flu or Sinus Relief (8.3 oz – 6 ct) Vapor Patch (6 ct) and earn $4 Register Reward (purchase 2)
Link$2 off Printable here

$2.99 Chapstick Fresh Effects (.15 oz) and earn $2.99 Register Rewards

$2 Dentek Floss (55 yd) or Floss Picks (35 ct) and earn $2 Register Rewards
$1 off printable here

$7.99 Venus Razor System and earn $4 Register Rewards
$2 off Venus (P&G 9/27)

$8.99 Fusion MVP Manual or Power Razor System and earn $6 Register Rewards
$4 off Gilette (P&G 9/27)

$2.99 Herbal Essences Hair Care and earn $2 RR
$1 off Herbal Essences (Red Plum 9/13)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Target Shopping 9/22 Free Air Wick I motion

I had a bunch of the imotion coupons but Target only had 6 when we were there. Plus I already have several different air fresheners in my stockpile. So I shared a couple coupons with my sister and we took 2 each. We also found 3 of the candle tins with the coupons inside so we each took one.

2 Air Wick iMotion @ $5.99 each
Glade Candle Tin $1.66

2 $6 off iMotion
$1.50 off Glade Candle Tin

Total Spent $1.41

So like I said when I started this week I am over budget! My total for the week was $122.21 and I am okay with that. It is not something I want to do every single week however my hubby is very clear that he wants me to get the pantry and freezer stocked back up so I will be buying as much meat and staples as I can find good deals for. :)

Walgreens Shopping 9/22

Today was my day to hang out with my mom and sisters. We get together every tuesday and have lunch and shop. Last year my mom and I started doing the deals. This year my mom and I are taking my sister shopping to show them the ropes. My youngest sister has two 6yr olds a 3yr old and an 11month old and it's easier for her if we just tell her what to buy. She is just trying right now to get her household items stocked as cheaply as possible.

So we went to 2 different Walgreen's today

Transaction #1

Bic Soleil Razor $4.99
Thermacare $2.49
Tic Tac 25cents
2 Oral B Tootbrushes @ $2 each

$2 off Oral B (b1g1 free coupon)
$3 off Bic Soleil
$1 off Thermacare
$4 off Register Rewards

Total Spent $2.54 and earned $5.50 Register Rewards

Transaction #2

Aussie Shampoo/Conditioner @ $2.99 each
2 Oral B Toothbrushes @ $2 each

Used $2/2 Aussie
$2 off Oral B (b1g1 free coupon)
$3.50 off Register Rewards

Total Spent $3.33 and earned $4 Register Rewards

Transaction #3

Bic Soleil $4.99
Thermacare $2.49
3 Dentyne @ 32cents each
3 Eclipse @ 32cents each

$3 off Bic
$1 off Thermacare
$4 off Register Rewards

Total Spent $2.01 and earned $3.50 Register Rewards

Redbox Free Movie Code

I have a couple free Redbox Movie Codes for you.

Remember these codes can be used once per debit/credit card.

* 9HB6MP22 – valid at all Redbox kiosks
* SMR8DVD – valid only at McDonalds kiosks

Since I discovered Redbox we no longer rent movies in any video stores nor do we rent movies on payperview. I just can't justify spending $3-$5 to rent a movie when I can get it for free or at the most $1.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Walgreens Shopping 9/18

Transaction #1

3 Jello Raspberry @ $1 each
2 Glade Plug Ins @ 57cents each
2 Soft Soap @ $4 each
Glade Candle Tin $2.50

2 75cents off Soft Soap
$1.50 off Glade Candle Tin
-57cents b1g1 free Glade Plug in
-$7 Register Rewards

Total Spent $5.09 and earned $4 Register Rewards

Transaction #2

Care Free Panti liner $1.99
Advil $4.49

Used $1 off Advil
$4 Register Rewards

Total Spent $1.69 and earned $4 Register Rewards

Screwed up the Jello thing, misread thought it said 3 for $1. Didn't realize the mistake until after I left. It had been a long day!!

Kroger Shopping 9/18

My Kroger Shopping was small but a little pricey. I had some items left on my list that I needed to get there. Also our favorite ground turkey which is nearly around $4 for 1lb was on sale for $1.99 so I bought like 8 of them.

I also found some Tyson fresh skinless boneless chicken on manager special. I got 2 1/2 lbs for $4 something. Since Jonah was requesting BBQ chicken for dinner I grabbed that up.

My total spent $51.61

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Walmart Shopping 9/18

I mainly went to Walmart to get some staples. I am working on getting can goods and such stocked up again. Over the summer my spending was very low and couponing was almost non-existent. Anyway, we blew through what food stock we had. So hubby has insisted that I get it stocked back up. As for HBA stock I am well stocked up but still can't seem to pass up a good deal. Especially if it's free or nearly free. I know there are people I can donate it too.

My highest item here was the Ziloc freezer bags. $7 for both boxes. Not too bad but I really needed them for all the freezer cooking I am working on.

I also got 2 Glade Sense and Sprays and 3 Air i-motion compact for 99cents each with $4 off Coupons.

Total Spent $37.28

Yummy Blackberry Muffins

I had some frozen fruit in my freezer and Monday I decided to see what I could make with it. While searching for Blackberry Muffins I came across this recipe and made a few adjustments. For the full recipe you can click the recipe link above.

* 1/2 cup butter, softened (instead of butter I used plain applesauce)
* 1-1/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided (I only used 1cup sugar)
* 2 eggs
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup milk ( I was out of milk so I subbed with 1/2 cup Blueberry yogurt)
* 2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries

Instead of using a muffin tin I used a 9 X 13 pan then cut them into 24 muffin bars.

They were very delicious! Everyone in the house loved them and I will confess they are already gone. Do you have a great healthy muffin recipe you would like to share? I am always looking for new recipes.

Check out more great recipes at the Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap!

Target Shopping 9/18

I'll just say right now that this weeks $100 budget was blown. I am not sure by how much at this moment because I haven't figured it up yet. But I got a lot of great deals. Stocked up on our favorite ground turkey and had to buy ink for the computer which sadly was a dud cartridge!

2 Glade Oil Tin refills @ $2.50 each
3 Tide Travel size @ 97 cents each
4 Rimmel Mascara @ $2.29 each
2 Glade Oil Tins @ $1.66 each
4 Pop tarts @ $1.67 each
Kotex pantiliners 62 cents (clearance)
HP ink $14

2 -$2.50 off Get free refill when you buy Glade oil tin
3 $1 off any Tide
4 $2 off Rimmel Mascara
4 75cents of Poptarts (target q)
4 55cents off Poptarts
$2 off any Kotex (target q)
-$5 gift card from Kashi deal

Total Spent $17.25

The cashier I had was pretty funny. She was very nice but was super concerned abut the Tide q's. She was so afraid I was going to get 3cents per coupon. She had to get a manager and it took quite a while. However, she didn't blink twice at the 4 Target q's nor did she adjust down the Kotex q. So I got $1.38 overage on the Kotex q.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Air Wick i-motion Ultra Free at Target

If you have any of the $6 off Air Wick i-motion coupons left then you are in luck.

I was in Target yesterday and the i-motion Ultra (this is the large one) is on sale for $5.99

With the $6 coupon this makes it free.

I believe these coupons were in the Smart Source 8/30 and Smart Source 9/13.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Walgreens Best Deals of the Week 9/20

These are my favorite Walgreen's deals of the week.

Aquafresh Iso-Active Toothpaste $3.49 and earn $1.50 Register Rewards
$1 Aquafresh printable coupon

Aussie Hair Care $2.99 each (buy 2) and earn $2 Register Rewards
$2/2 Aussie (Red Plum 9/13)

Bic Soleil Razors $4.99 and earn $1 Register Rewards
$3/1 Bic (Smart Source 9/20)

Crest Toothpaste $2 (buy 2) and earn $2 Register Rewards
2 $1 off Crest (P&G 8/30)

Formula 409 $2.50 (buy 2) and earn $2 Register Rewards
2 $1 off Formula 409

Oral-B Indicator Toothbrush $2 (buy 2) and earn $2 Register Rewards
Oral B b1g1 free coupon (Red Plum 8/23)

ThermaCare Heat Wrap $2.49 and earn $2.49 Register Rewards

CVS Best Deals of the Week 9/20

These are my CVS favorites for the week.

Aquafresh Iso-Active Whitening Toothpaste $3.99 and earn $2 Extra Care Bucks

$1 Aqua Fresh printable coupon

Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste $2.99 and earn $2 Extra Care Bucks
$1 off Crest (P&G 8/30)

Dry Idea or Right Guard Sport $2.29 (buy 2) and earn $2 Register Rewards
$1/2 coupon from (Smart Source 8/16)

Zantac 150 or Zantac 75 $8.99 and earn $3 Extra Care Bucks
$5 off Zantac printable coupon

Walgreens Shopping 9/15

I sadly lost this picture along with my pictures from my nephews birthday! :(
I am more upset about the birthday pictures.

Anyway, here is what I got at Walgreens:

Transaction #1

2 Shick quattro womens razors $8.99 b1g1 free
2 Sofsoap body wash @ $4 each

Used $5 Register Reward

Total Spent $5.43 and earned $4 Register Rewards

Transaction #2

True North Almond Crisps $3
Care Free Panti Liners $1.99
Cotton balls 99cents

Used $1 off Care Free
-$4 Register Reward

Total Spent $1.07 and earned $5 Register Rewards

Total Spent

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Target Shopping 9/15

5 boxes Kashi Sunshine @ $2.88 each
4 4pk 1 Subject notebooks @ 15cents each
Shick Titanium Razor $7.94
2 Teen day planners @ $1.74 each

Used 1 free Kashi Sunshine coupon
4 $1.50 off Kashi Sunshine
$4 off Shick
$4 off Shick (Target Coupon)

Total Spent $10.15 and earned a $5 Gift Card

Want to see some more shopping trips? Check out the Grocery Cart Challenge.

Dollar Tree Shopping 9/11

I was reading I'm an Organizing Junkie and her post was about all the great stuff at the Dollar Tree. Well I have shopped the Dollar Tree lots of times but not in a while. I decided to head over and see what I could find.

The organizing section at my store was nothing like the one she pictured but I did find cd crates which I had been wanting for all the millions of cds/burned dvd's. I got 4 for only $1 a piece! Score!

I also found these really cute picture frames. With the matte they hold 8X10 or take out the matted and they fit 11x13. They are actually wood and they had a light wood, white and this almost black color. I got 4 and will be getting more later because I had a ton of frames break the last time we moved and have put off replacing them.

My total spent $8.68

Oh and Jonah thought she was being too funny in the background.

Dinner in a Flash: What's in the Cupboard Pasta

This dinner in a flash was from Thursdays nights dinner. I shop on Fridays and I hadn't planned a meal for Thursday. So I thought I would just throw something together with ingredients I had on hand and this pasta came out great and everyone loved it.

1lb Lean Ground Turkey
2 cups uncooked Ziti
1 8oz can Tomato Sauce
1 can died tomatoes
1 cup shredded cheese
crushed red pepper

I browned the meat, added in the tomatoes and sauce and about 1 1/2 cup water. I tossed in the uncooked pasta and covered the pan. Stirring occasionally. When the pasta was tender I added in the spices to our liking. Then sprinkled on the cup of cheese and blended it in. I served it with bread and corn on the side. This was quick and easy and everyone really loved it.

Kroger Shopping 9/11

I didn't buy much at Kroger this week and I think the only coupon I used was $1 off the Charmin.

My total spent was $30.12

Walmart Shopping 9/11

I am going to try and get caught up on some things today. I am still without my laptop. Not because the hackers but because last Saturday my power went out. Uggh, let me tell you that I am not enjoying using the desktop at all which is why I am not really getting much done. Thankfully we have one of hubby's buddies fixing my laptop and hopefully I will have it back soon. So today I will sit at this desk top and try to get some things done.

As for receipts, well I seem to have misplaced them. I do have totals and thankfully I have pictures.

Walmart had some good fruit prices and I am trying to stock up on some canned goods.

My total spent was $38.63

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

CVS Best Deals of the Week 9/13

Air Wick Mini Fresh Matic Starter Kit: $4.99
$4/1 (Smart Source 9/13)

Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste or Colgate 360 Toothbrush $2.99 and earn $2 Extra Care Bucks
$1 off Toothpaste (Smart Source 9/13)
40cents off Toothbrush (I think 8/30 insert)

Dyna Pep Energy Micro-Shot $4.99 and earn $4.99 Extra Care Bucks

Reach Toothbrush $3.99 and earn $2 Extra Care Bucks
$2 off (Smart Source 6/14)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Walgreens Best Deals of the Week 9/13

Soft Soap Body wash $4 and earn $4 Register Rewards wyb 2
75cents off Soft Soap (Smart Source 8/30)
$1 off Soft Soap Printable

Murine Ear Drop Kit: $6 and earn $6 Register Rewards

True North Nut Crisps or Clusters: $3 and earn $3 Register Rewards

Monday, September 14, 2009

Bills, Bills, Bills

Sometimes paying bills just makes me a little bit crazy. Maybe it is because we have entirely too many bills!!

Hubby and I just recently started Baby Step 1 of Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace and have been seriously examining our bills. By the end of this month we will be done with step 1 and on to step two. But what have we done so far to start freeing up money?

We did start doing some money saving things last summer when I started couponing. Obviously the coupons alone made a major change in how much money we were spending. I went from spending and average of $300-$350 a payday on groceries, household supplies and dog food. To spending $150-$200 a payday. Also this year I have been adding in birthday gifts for friends into that amount and I added in school supplies this year. Those items were never added in to my pre-couponing amounts.

The second thing we did was make a change with our satellite. Now I have to confess I don't think I could ever do away with t.v. I am such a night time t.v. junkie. However I was still hoping we could drop our bill. I went to dish networks website and found out they had added a new family friendly package that was only $24.99 a month, plus the cost of DVR. We also kept Starz but it was a significant drop from what we were spending monthly.

A couple month ago when we started considering doing the Dave Ramsey thing to get totally out of debt we started really looking at what we were spending every month. Where else could we make changes?

Cell phones! We have 3, hubby's, mine and the girls share one. I have always hated the cell phone bill but need the cell phone. At first we thought we would drop the girls and get them a Go phone, just so we could be in contact with them when they go somewhere. So hubby called up Alltell and had a nice conversation with the phone rep. After he got off he told me our phone bill went from $140 to $85 and we didn't lose anything!! $55 off and didn't lose anything at all!!
So guys I am telling ya, call up your cell phone company and see if they can hook you up.

Next I had Starz canceled. We had been carrying it along with our Family pack for the last year and well it wasn't even being watched anymore. Also when I canceled it I realized it had went up $2 in the past year. So dropping Starz is an extra $13 a month.

The internet/house phone is another pet peeve. We do not use the house phone. There is not even a phone plugged into the wall. As a matter of fact we have a Magic Jack for a house phone. Yet we still pay a house phone bill.

You see the only company in my area that does Dry Loop is Verizon. Verizon is our phone/internet provider. We have high speed DSL and love it. However our bill is $85 a month! I called before about the Dry Loop and it is $50 before tax and they have to send someone out to the house to run new stuff and I just didn't feel like messing with it.

Thankfully my BFF was over and she was telling me how she got her phone/internet bill dropped. So we just went online here, chose the Good Double Play bundle and ordered it online saving an extra $5. Now our bill will be $45 plus tax, probably around $50. We will now save $30-$35 a month on this bill and all it took was a few clicks and we were done. I got confirmation a couple days later that it had been changed.

My point is that it dosen't hurt to ask. Bills that you may think can't be changed, can! Just in the last month we have cut $100 off 3 bills and I can do a lot with and extra $100 a month.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Scrumptious Snickerdoodle Blondies

I was reading Grocery Cart Challenge the other day and came across Gayle's post about needing snacks fast for her kids.

Since I am on the look out for great recipes for snacks for my girls I just had to try it out.
(see my beautiful blondies above)

The recipe is actually from Recipezaar and you can find it here. I followed it exactly except I was out of nutmeg. They came out so delicious!

I will tell you the Blondies are quite rich. I realize the recipe states 20-24 bars but I actually cut 35 out of a 9 X 13 pan and it made the perfect little bite sized treat.

Walgreen's Shopping 9/8

2 Scope Outlast @ $3.50 each

Used $5 Register Reward

Total Spent $2.60 and earned $5 Register Reward

Target Shopping 9/8

This was a great trip! I am finally getting the hang of Target Shopping. I had a great cashier. Please keep in mind that not all cashiers and stores will allow overage.

Tide Stain Release $3.79
Bounce Dryer Bar $3.74
2 All Travel Size @ $1.07 each
4 Vaseline Lotion Travel Size @ 97cents each
Shick Quattro Titanium Razor $7.94
Kotex travel Size 82cents

$1.50 off Tide Stain Release (Target Q)
$1.50 off Bounce Dryer Bar (Target Q)
$2 off any Kotex (Target Q)
$4 off Shick Quattro (Target Q)

75cents off Tide Stain Release
$1.50 Bounce Dryer Bar
2 $1 off any All
4 $1 off any Vaseline Aloe Lotion
$4 off Shick Quattro

Total Spent $2.13

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Walgreens Shopping 9/5

Well I forgot to get a picture of this trip.

Transaction #1

Candy 97cents
2 Skippy @ $1.50 each
Gallon Milk $2.19
Rembrandt $5

Coupons used
2 40cents off Skippy
-$9 Register Rewards

Total Spent $1.92 and earned $5 Register Rewards

Transaction #2

Gallon Milk $2.49
Carfree $1.99
Colgate Tootbrush $2.99

Coupons used
$1 off Carefree
-$5 Register Rewards

Total Spent $1.91 and earned $5 Register Rewards

Kroger Shopping 9/3

I only used 1 little coupon on this trip. I was mainly shopping for staples and a few items that I didn't have coupons for.

My 1 coupon was for a Free pouch of Bumblebee tuna.

My total spent = $50.94

Walgreen's Best Deals of the Week 9/6

I know this is a little on the late side but there is still time to get in on these deals!

Glade The Fragrance Collection Candles (2-oz.) 2/$4 and earn $1 Register Reward wyb 2
$2/1 Glade ‘The Fragrance Collection’ Product (All You September ‘09)
FREE Glade The Fragrance Collection Candle (2-oz.) (Smart Source 8/9)

Glade Sense & Spray, $5.99
Get $2 RRs

$4/1 Glade Sense & Spray Starter Kit printable
$4/1 Glade Sense & Spray Starter Kit (Smart Source 8/23)

Starbucks Ice Cream $3 and earn $2 Register Rewards wyb $10, earn $5 Register Rewards wyb buy $15
$1/1 Starbucks Ice Cream Pint (Red Plum 8/9)

Crest Dental Care or Scope Outlast 2/$7 earn $5 Register Rewards wyb 2
$0.75/1 Crest Premium Paste (P&G 8/30)

Carefree Ultra Protection Pantiliners $1.99 and earn $1.99 Register Reward
$1/1 Carefree printable
$1/1 Carefree Ultra Protection Product (Smart Source 8/30)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

CVS Best Deals of the Week 9/6

Cover Girl Clean Liquid Foundation or Pressed Powder $4.99 and earn $2 Extra Care Bucks (Limit 1)
$1 off Covergirl (P&G 8/30)
FREE Face Product wyb Foundation (P&G 8/30)
I just did this one last night for my daughter!

Scope Outlast or Crest Scope Outlast Toothpaste $3.49 and earn $2.50 Extra Care Bucks (Limit 2)
$.75 off (P&G 8/30)

$9.99 Schick Quattro for Women Razor or Cartridges (B1G1 FREE)
$4 off (Smart Source 8/23) Use 2 coupons

$8.97 Huggies Diapers or Pull Ups Jumbo Pack
$1.50 off (Smart Source 8/16)

Fiber One 50 Cal Yogurt Gift Basket Winners

#1 Anonymous said...
I like to snack on fresh fruit.

#15 cpullum said...

I love to eat Doritos and Pepsi during the day!

#16 Lisa said...

Cheese and crackers are one of my favorite snacks.

I will be emailing the winners shortly. Thanks to all who participated.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Weekly Shopping Review: 8/28 - 9/3

Normally my shopping week would have started on Friday but hubby took an extended weekend from work and I wanted to stay home and hang out with him.

I started my shopping Thursday night and this is the first time I have hit my $100 a week budget in a while!

I actually spent $100.09!

Where did I shop?

Kroger for $52.99 and $15.35

Walmart for $9.08

Walgreens for $3.23 and $13.59

Huck's for $4.93

Target for 92 cents

Dinner in a Flash: Pasta Salad

This was a super easy, quite yummy meal.

A while back I had purchased 4 twin pack boxes of Traditional flavor Suddenly Salad for $1 a box.

For this meal I used

2 packs Suddenly Salad
2 cans Tuna drained
handful of shredded cheese

I cooked the Suddenly Salad per directions on the box. I drained to cans of tuna and added it to the pasta. I added pepper and garlic to our liking, then just before serving I tossed on a handful of shredded cheese.

On the side we had some bag salad that I got at Kroger for 50cents and just added dressing.

For reference, the 2 packs was actually more than we needed for our family of 4. I wasn't really sure how much it would cook up. We had a full serving left over.

This would have been good with a can of drained peas added in.

Everyone liked this meal, the only complaints came from Jonah. You must realize she complains at nearly every single meal if it is not exactly what she wants. I am hoping eventually she will realize that she doesn't always get everything she wants.

Target Shopping 9/1 FREE Bounce Dryer Bar

I have been couponing for a little over a year but some things I have taken slow. Until Tuesday I had never used a Target coupon matched with a manufacturers coupon. I am really not sure what I was waiting for.

Bounce Dryer Bar $3.79
Tide Stain Release $3.79

Used $2.50 off Bounce Dryer Bar (from Vocal Point)
$1.50 off Tide Stain Release (got in mail)

$1.50 off Bounce Dryer Bar (Target Coupon)
$1.50 off Tide Stain Release (Target Coupon)

Total Spent 92 cents

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Walgreens Shopping 8/31 & 9/1

Walgreens had some sweet deals this week and I was determined to get a few. This was done on Monday and Tuesday at 2 different stores with multiple transactions.


Transaction #1
Zone Razor System $3.99

Used $2 Register Reward

Total Spent $2.33 and earned $4 Register Reward

Transaction #2
Rembrandt Toothpaste $5

Used $4 Register Reward

Total Spent $1.05 and earned $5 Register Reward

Transaction #3
Zone Razor $3.99
Theraflu $4.99

Used $2 off Theraflu
$5 Register Reward

Total Spent $2.37 and earned $7 Register Rewards

Transaction #4
Care Free $1.99
Rembrandt $5
Colgate 360 toothbrush $2.99

Used $1 off Carefree
$7 Register Rewards

Total Spent $2.30 and earned $10 Register Rewards


Transaction #1
Zone Razor $3.99
Ramen noodles $1.49
Theraflu $4.99

Used $2 off Theraflu
$7 Register Reward

Total Spent $1.87 and earned $7 Register Rewards

Transaction #2 ( I messed up on this one)
Rembrandt $5
Colgate 360 toothbrush $2.99

Used $7 Register Rewards ( I accidentally handed over a toothbrush RR instead of the theraflu RR. So I didn't get a new RR for the toothbrush)

Total Spent $1.67 and earned $5 Register Rewards

Transaction #3
Care Free $1.99
Zone Razor $3.99
Dr. Pepper $1.39

Used $1 off Carefree
$5 Register Reward

Total Spent $2 and earned $6 Register Rewards

Total Spent over these two days = $13.59 and left with $9 in Register Rewards plus all the above loot! :)

If I would have paid full price for everything I would have had to shell out $62 more! Of course I would not have spent that but before I started couponing I would have.

Cheap Prairie Farms Milk at Hucks

Two gallons of Prairie Farms milk at Huck's for 2/$4.88.

With tax here it comes to $4.93

Friday, September 4, 2009

No Coupons This Weekend 9/6

This Sunday 9/6 there will be no coupon inserts in the paper due to the holiday on Monday.

Free Kotex Sample Kit

I love Walmart Samples!

Here is another great one. Free Kotex Sample Kit which includes:

-1 Kotex Ultra Thin Overnight Pad with Wings
-1 Kotex Overnight Maxi Pad
-1 Kotex Lightdays Pantiliner
-1 Kotex Security Tampon (Super)
-1 Kotex Security Tampon (Regular)
-1 FDS Feminine Wash
-Coupons for Kotex and FDS products

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Walgreen's Shopping 8/28

2 boxes Rice Krispies @ $2.50 each

2 $1 off Rice Krispies Coupons

Total Spent $3.23 and earned $2 Register Rewards

Walmart Shopping 8/28

I stopped at Walmart to get a couple ground turkey rolls and got a couple good deals.

6 Eggo Cinnamon Swirls @ $1 each
2 Smart Ones meals @ $1 each
2 Ground turkey rolls @ $1.98 each

3 $1/2 and Eggo Product

Total Spent $9.08

Kroger Shopping 8/28

I stopped at the first Kroger and they didn't have any of the Naked Juice's so on the way back I stopped at a 2nd Kroger.

1st transaction
I spent $55.96 and saved $52.99 with coupons, Mega sale and Kroger Plus Savings

2nd transaction
Can't find my receipt on this one. I only got a couple things some of which were 8 Naked Juice.

Total Spent $15.35

FREE Sample of Huggies Little Movers Diapers

Head on over to to get yourself a free sample of Huggies Little Movers diapers.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

CVS Best Deals of the Week 8/30

Glade Scented Reed Diffuser or Soy Candle $6.99 and earn $6.99 Extra Care Bucks (Limit 1)
$2 off printable

Clairol Loving Care Hair Color $4.99 and earn $2 Extra Care Bucks (Limit 1)
$4 off (P&G 8/2)

Sensodyne Toothpaste $4.99 and earn $3 Extra Care Bucks (Limit 1)
$1 off printable

Aquafresh Iso-Active Toothpaste $4.99 and earn $3 Extra Care Bucks (Limit 1)
$1 off printable