Monday, November 30, 2009

Today Only! 25% off at Crocs Plus Free Shipping

Today Only! Everything at is 20% off. Use these additional promo code on your order to get an extra 5% off and free shipping.

  • N9DWZLKY3ISA — additional 5% off
  • secondchange — FREE shipping

Bath and Body Works Cyber Monday: 25% off Your Order 11/30 & 12/1

Today and Tomorrow you can get 25% your entire purchase using the promo code CYBERMONDAY at checkout.

Shipping is only $5.95! Bath and Bodyworks is one of my favorite gifts to receive!! I love nearly everything they sell.

Aeropostale Cyber Monday Deals

These deals are good online, today only until 11:59pm EST.

Hoodies $9.99

Outerwear $13.99

Sweaters $12.99

Sleepwear $9

Gifts and Accessories $4.99

Kohl's Cyber Monday: Take and Extra 15% off Your Purchase

At Kohl's Cyber Monday if you spend more you save more!

Take an extra 15% off you purchase by using the promo code CYBER15 at checkout.


Spend $75 or more and take and extra 15% off with promo code CYBER15 plus get free standard shipping.


Spend $100 or more and take and extra $20% off with promo code CYBER20 plus get free standard shipping.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Walgreens Best Deals of the Week 11/29

Thanks to Fistful of Coupons for the coupon match ups!

Arm and Hammer Laundry Detergent 26 or 32 Loads $6.99 B1G1 Free
Use (2) $1/1 printable coupons

Nivea Lip Balm or Gloss $0.99
Use B1G1 Free coupon from (Red Plum 11/1)

Ecotrin 45ct $1.99 after in-ad coupon
-Use $2/1 coupon from (Red Plum 10/11)

Complete Multipurpose Solution $7.99, get a $7.99 Register Rewards
-Use $1/1 from (Red Plum 10/25)

Nyquil 10oz size 2/$10 and earn a $5 Register Rewards wyb 2
-Use two, $1.50/1 from (P&G 11/1)

Village Naturals Sleep or Stress Therapy(12.6 oz-20 oz. Shower Gel, Body Lotion, Bath oil or Soaks $3.99 and earn a $2 Register Reward
-Use $1/1 printable coupon

Gillette Fusion Razor $8.99 and earn a $4 Register Reward
Use $4/1 coupon from (P&G 11/29)

Oral B floss (55 yd.), 75 or 90 ct. floss picks, 50 ct. pre-cut floss 2/$5 and earn $3 Register Reward wyb 2
-Use (2) $1/1 coupon from (P&G 11/29)

Menu Plan Monday 11/30

Monday: Big Salad w/all the fixings

Tuesday: Homemade Beef Stew (crock pot)

Wednesday: Boneless Thin Cut Pork Chops, Sweet Potato Oven Fries, Corn or Green Beans

Thursday: Turkey Meatloaf (my recipe, I will post it later this week), home made mashed potatoes, broccoli and cheese

Friday: Order Pizza

Saturday: Chili

Sunday: leftovers or "free for all"

Breakfasts: Oatmeal, Fruit and Yogurt or Eggs

Lunches and Snacks: Tuna or Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Boiled Eggs, Fruits and Veggies, Yogurt or Wasa Crackers and Cheese

Kroger Best Deals of the Week 11/29

These prices came from a Southern Illinois ad. Prices are guaranteed for Murphysboro, DuQuoin, Anna, West Frankfort, Harrisburg and Herrin, Il.

4 days of Deals 11/29 - 12/2

Kroger 5lb Sugar $1.99

Kroger Condensed Milk $1

Crest Toothpaste (select varieties) B1G1 Free
75cents off Crest (P&G 11/29)

Week Long Deals

California Navel Oranges $3.99 for 8lb bag

Iceberg Head Lettuce 88cents

Red or Golden Delicious Apples 99cents/lb

Avocados or Mangoes $1 each

Organic Bananas 59cents/lb

Organic Bartlett Pears 77cents/lb

Kroger Gallon O.J. $1.99

Kroger Cheese (bar, shreds or sliced) $1.25

Kroger Peanut Butter $1

Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mixes $1

Fresh Ground Chuck $1.99/lb

Whole Boneless Pork Loin $1.97/lb

Kroger Potato Chips $1

Quaker Quakes $1

Tony's Crispy Crust Pizza $1

Rice-a-Roni or Pasta-Roni $1

Aldi Best Deals of the Week 11/29

Navel Oranges $1.49 per 4lb Bag

Grapefruit 39cents each

Apples 25cents each

Tangerines 99cent for 3lb bag

Smithfield Smoked Ham (shank portion) 79cents/lb

Appleton Farms Half Spiral Sliced Ham $1.29/lb

Little Salad Bar, Garden Salad 99cents

Sweet Harvest Powdered Sugar 95cents

Sweet Harvest Brown Sugar 95cents

Baker's Corner Cake Mixes 69cents

Happy Farms Cream Cheese 79cents

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Free Family Canvas Picture from Canvas People

Thanks to A Thrifty Mom for this adorable idea for a Christmas Gift!

Head on over here and you can upload a picture of your choice, select your size (8X10 is the free one), and choose special effects. If you just get the 8 x 10 with no effects or frame the canvas will be free and you should pay $14.95 for S&H.

This would be a fabulous gift for Grandparents!! An adorable picture of your kiddos on canvas to hang on their wall.

You can check out Thrifty Mom above and see the actual canvas she just received. It looks great!!

Target Shopping 11/20

Well I have the picture for this one but I can't find the receipt.

6 up and up wipes @ $1.29 each
2 Cat Treats $2 something (for my grandma)
2 Santa Potato Heads @ $6.99 (for Toys for Tots)
2 Wasa Crackers @ $1.98 each
Skippy Natural Peanut Butter $2.04

Coupons used
6 $1 off Up and UP Wipes
2 Free Cat Treats
2 $5 off Potato Heads
60cents off Skippy

Total Spent $11.74

My total spent for the week was $96

Walmart Shopping 11/20

Well I managed to delete this picture.

4 Chicken of the Sea Salmon Pouches @ $1.07
2 Stony Field Organic Vanilla Yougurt Tubs @ $3.32 each
3lb bag of Onions $1.50
4lb Red Apples $2.01
Bunch Celery 88cents
1.77lb Bananas 69cents
2 Blocks Kraft Natural Cheese @ $1.98 each
2 Kashi Meals @ $2.88 each
Turkey $4.42
Turkey $4.77

No coupons used!

Total Spent $35.26

I have never made a Turkey but at 40cents/lb I thought it was best to get 2 for the freezer. After all the Holidays I will cook one and I imagine we will get 3-4 meals out of 1. Then we will hold onto the other until maybe a couple months down the road.

Kroger Shopping 11/20

2 Lg Eggs @ $1.19 each
2 Lay's Chips @ $1.99 (to take to friend's)
Shick Disposables $2.95
2 Shick Disposables @ $2.71 each
2 Bread @ $2.50 each
Walnuts in Shell $3.69
Navel Oranges $2.99
Duracell Batteries $1.88
Private Selection O. J. $2.50
Organic Pears $1.84
2 Kroger Skim Milk @ $2.86 each
Marcal 12 double Rolls $7.99 (don't like this t.p. at all!!)
2 Starkist Tuna @ $1.27 each
2 Private Selection Organic Penne @ $1.50 each
Polaner Fruit Only Strawberry preserves $2.65
Bakery Cookies $3.50 (to take to friends)

used $10 in coupons

Total Spent $49

Friday, November 27, 2009

Join Vocal Point for Coupons and Free Samples

Vocal Point

I absolutely love Vocal Point!! I joined a quite a while back and I have received some of the best coupons and free samples in the mail.

Just click the logo above to register and start receiving goodies in your mail box.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

CVS 3 day Sale: Black Friday

CVS is having a 3 day sale starting tomorrow morning. You can check out the complete ad scan here.

Mars King Size Assortment $1.59 and earn $1.59 Extra Care Bucks (limit 1)

Hershey's Singles 89cents and earn 89cents Extra Care Bucks (limit 1)

Vaseline Sheer Infusion $7.99 and earn $7.99 Extra Care Bucks (limit 1)
$1.50 off Printable here

Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste $2.88 and earn $2 Extra Care Bucks (limit 2)
$1 off Printable here

Degree Ultra Clear for Women $4 and earn $4 Extra Care bucks (limit 1)
$1 off Printable here

Dyna Pop Energy Drinks $4.99 and earn $4.99 Extra Care Bucks(limit 1)

Just for Men Touch of Gray $8.99 and earn $8.99 Extra Care bucks (limit 1)
$2 off Printable here

Magnavox Universal Remote $6.99 and earn $6.99 Extra Care Bucks (limit 1)

Phillips Ear Buds $6.99 and earn $6.99 Extra Care bucks (limit 1)

St. Ives Body Wash $3.99 and earn $3 Extra Care Bucks (limit 1)
$1 off (Smart Source 11/15)

Schick Quattro Titanium 4 ct. Cartridges or Razor $9.99 and earn $8 Extra Care Bucks (limit 1)
$2 off (Smart Source 11/22)

Bic Soleil Razor Starter Kit $6.99 and earn $5 Extra Care Bucks (limit 2)
$2 off Printable here

Herbal Essences Shampoo, Conditioner or Styler $2.99 and earn $2 Extra Care Bucks (limit 3)

Kmart Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday Deals

Kmart has two seperate ads. One is for Thanksgiving day and the other is for the 5 hour sale on Black Friday.

On Thanksgiving they are open from 7am - 9pm and you can check out that ad here.

On Black Friday their 5 hour sale runs from 6am - 11am and you can check out that ad here.

Kohl's Black Friday Deals

Kohl's Earlybird starts Friday 11/27 at 4am.

For every $50 spent everyone gets $10 Kohl's Cash from now through 11/29. Kohl's Cash redemption instore only from 11/30 through 12/7.

Kohl's has a lot of great deals on jewelry and more. You can check out their ad scan here.

Walgreens 3 Day Sale Free Items

These are the FREE after Register Reward items from Walgreen's 3 day sale starting 11/26. Thanks to Common Sense with Money for the coupon match ups.

Johnson’s Melt Away Body Wash $5.99 and Earn a $5.99 Register Reward

Dove Smooth Deodorant $3.99 and Earn a $3.99 Register Reward
Use $1/1 coupon from 10-04-09 RP insert

Nivea Men’s Shave Gel 7 oz $2.49 and Earn a $2.49 Register Reward
Use $1/1 coupon from 10/11/09 RP insert

Right Guard Solid $2.49 and Earn a $2.49 Register Reward

Aquafresh 8.2 oz $1.99 and Earn a $1.99 Register Reward

Infusium 23, 8 oz or 16 oz $4.99 and Earn a $4.99 Register Reward

You can check out the full ad scan here!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

$10 off Disney's Santa Buddies Blu-Ray Combo Pack

Update for local readers! This is at Marion Target for $19.99 making it $9.99 after coupon. I will check Walmart later today.

Here is another great coupon from Disney!! Head over here to print out a $10 off coupon for Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws Blu Ray Combo Pack.

You can print 2 per computer and it expires on 11/29/09.

I haven't gotten a chance to check my local stores yet but I have read on that Santa Buddies will be $19.99 at Target making it only $9.99 after coupon. I would guess it will be $19.99 at Walmart too.

Even if you don't have a Blu Ray player these combo packs also include a regular DVD!

Bath and Body Works: Free Item with any $10 Purchase

Head on over here to print this coupon for a free item (up to $13) with any $10 purchase at Bath and Body works.

This coupon is good for U.S. stores only! It is valid through December 24th, 2009. The offer excludes 3-Wick Candles, Scentbug and gift Sets.

Target Black Friday Sales

Westinghouse 32" Class 720p LCD HDTV $246

Nikon Cool Pix S203 Digital Camera $88

Casio Keyboard $49.99

Sony Blu Ray Player $149.99 and receive a $20 Target Gift Card

First Act Electronic Drum Set $35

Polaroid V130 Camcorder $39

Select Preschool Games $5

All Leapster Software $15

6ft Norfolk Pre lit Tree $25

Rival Microwave 0.7 Cu Ft. $24

Plus so much more! Check out the full ad scan here.

Toys R Us After Thanksgiving 2 day Sale

Midnight (11/26) - 1pm (11/27)

Furreal Friends Smores Pony $99.99

V-Tech Learning Laptop $14.99

Sleeping Beauty Styling Head Vanity $24.49

Little Einstein Transform n Go Rocket $9.99

Razor Kick Scooters $19.99

Power Wheels: Little Kawasaki or Barbie Lil Trail Rider $59.99

Fisher Price Jumbo Packs of Diapers 2/$10

Friday (5am - 1pm)

Coby 7" Portable DVD Player $49.99

Avigo Street Style or Spectrum 20" Bikes $49.99

Fuji Film Finepix Red 12MP Digital Camera $69.99

Haier 22" LCD Tv $199.99

For all the great deals, check out the full ad scan here.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Kroger Best Deals of the Week 11/22

Private Selection Frozen Turkeys 67cents/lb (with $20 add'l purchase)

Amick Farms Boneless Chicken Breast $1.98/lb

Boneless Pork Sirloin Chops $1.69/lb

Semi Boneless Ham (CumberlandGap) $1.49/lb

Heinz Gravy $1
$1/2 from (Smart Source 11/1)

Kroger Brown n'Serve Rolls $1

King's Hawaiian Rolls $2.50

5lb box Clementines $5.99

15lb Bag Jumbo Russet Potatoes $3.99

Fresh Selections Premium Salads 3/$5

Kroger Orange Juice (64oz) 99cents

Cascadian Farm Frozen Vegetables $2.50

Cascadian Farms Organic Cereal $2.99

Kroger Cheese: Shred, Bars or Slices $1.25

Kroger Large Eggs 98cents

Duncan Hines Layer Cake Mix $1
55cent/2 (Smart Source 10/11)

Cool Whip $1

McCormick Grinders $1

Smart Ones Entrees $2

Nabisco Crackers $1.99
$1 off (Smart Source 11/8)

Dollar General Thanksgiving 3 Day Sale

Thursday Only! 11am - 6pm

100Ct Indoor/Outdoor Lights $1

GE standard Light bulbs 50cents

Conair Gel Grips Hair Dryer $5

Assorted Coca Cola 2 liters 75cents (limit 4)

6ft Tree $20

7pc Christmas Kitchen Set (towels, dishcloths, pot holder, oven mitt) $5

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Axe Gift Sets $8

Playstation 2 Guitar Hero III $25

SimpleFlix Digital Video Camera $25

Jeff Gordon Racing Trike or Pretty Princess Trike $10

Walgreens Best Deals of the Week 11/22

To get the full list of weekly deals head over to Common Sense with Money. Below are a few of my favorites. As soon as I have the Thanksgiving day/Black Friday details I will be posting them.

Coffee-mate 16oz 2/$2.49
Use two $1/1 printable coupon

Campbells Tomato Soup $0.59 with in-ad coupon
Use $0.50/2 printable coupon

Nabisco Crackers 5/$10, Earn a $3 RR when you spend $10
Use $1/1 Nabisco Cracker coupon from 11/8 SS

Dulcolax Balance $7 (7 Day, 4.1oz), Earn a $4 RR
Use $3/1 coupon found on package

Buy one Almay Pure Blends Foundation $9.99 (at my store) and get a $10 RR back and

Buy one Almay Pure Eye Shadow $7.49 OR LipGloss $7.49 OR Mascara $6.99 and get a $5 RR back

CVS Best Deals of the Week 11/22

I really don't see much that will draw me in to CVS until maybe Thanksgiving day. As soon as I know what those deals are I will post them. In the mean time Mommy Snacks has the complete list of weekly deals, these are just a few of my favorites.

$9.99 Sarah Peyton Spa Set and earn $3 Extra Care Bucks (Limit 1)

$9.99 Sarah Peyton Memory Foam Pillow and earn $3 Extra Care Bucks (Limit 1)

$8.99 Complete Multi-Purpose Solution (12 oz) and earn $8.99 Extra Care Bucks (Limit 1)
$1 in the 10/25 RP Insert (exp 12/31)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Menu Plan Monday 11/23

Last weeks menu went quite well with the exception of one night. I hadn't realized that Emeri had a Choral function at a College almost an hour away, so we were not home until late that night. Instead of making Kielbasa and Potatoes we ate off the $1 menu at Wendy's.

Now on to this weeks Menu.

Monday: Roasted Kielbasa and Potatoes

Tuesday: Nieces Birthday Party. Will eat over there.

Wednesday: Chili from freezer (Made with lean ground turkey)

Thursday: Thanksgiving at my Mom's house.

Friday: Baked Chicken Breast, Boiled Potatoes, Green Beans

Saturday: Baked Ziti and garlic bread (Family coming over)

Sunday: To Be Decided

Breakfast Options: Fruit and Yogurt, Scottish Oatmeal or Eggs

Lunch and Snack Options: Tuna Sandwiches, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Fruit and Yogurt, Wasa Crackers and Chunk Cheese, Boiled Eggs

Baked Pasta E. Fagioli

One of our recipes this week was Baked Pasta E. Fagioli. This was a new recipe for me, as a matter of fact, this was a new dish for us.

Here are the ingredients you will need.

* 8 ounces penne (small) or elbow macaroni (about 2 cups)

* 1 (28 ounce) can tomatoes in puree (whole or pre-chopped)
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 medium onion, chopped
* 1 celery, chopped
* 2 garlic cloves, crushed

* 2 (15 ounce) cans navy beans or white beans
* 1 cup vegetable broth
* black pepper, ground

* 1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
* 1/2 cup romano cheese, freshly grated

We used macaroni noodles and the only other change was using fresh grated Parmesan cheese instead of Romano. You can get the complete instructions here.

How did we like it? Emeri, hubby and I really enjoyed it and cleaned our plates. Jonah, the picky one, thought it was weird. She thought the spinach looked like seaweed and she didn't really like it at all. LOL She picked out the pasta and beans and ate those.

Will we make it again? Of course! Hubby said to add it to our rotation. As for Jonah, she will just have to eat the pasta and beans.

My First Experience With Alice!

I had read on several blogs about ordering from Alice, although I hadn't signed up myself. When I discovered I could get a $5 Alice gift card through Swag Bucks I figured now was the time to try it out.

So I got my virtual gift card from Swag buck and I went to register at Alice. Once I was registered I searched through all the best deals to decide how to spend my $5.

Alice has a Best Deals section which shows their lowest priced items at that time. They even have virtual coupons! How cool is that? Now these are not the very best prices you can get if you hunt down all the deals with coupons in store, however, some of the prices are quite good considering you do not have to leave your home and shipping is always FREE!

For my $5 I purchased 4 Bounty paper towels, Kotex Lightdays and Dove Deodorant. I ordered on the 18th and it was delivered on the 19th. I have to say I was shocked it got here so quickly.

This can be a great alternative for those of you out there who are just too busy to hit all the stores. Like anywhere else, shop the best deals of the week and purchase only what is at a rock bottom price.

Walgreens Shopping 11/17

Transaction #1
3 Walgreens Aluminum Foil @ $1.19 each
Ricola Cough Drops $1
Aussie Shampoo $2.99
Dulcolax $7
Gillette Shaving Cream $1.99

$1 off Aussie
$3 off Dulcolax
$1.80 off Aluminum Foil (Walgreens q)
-$10 Register Reward

Total Spent =$1.40 and earned $7 Register Rewards and earned a Q for a free Gillette Shaving Cream

Transaction #2

Gillette Shaving Cream
Plastic Bowl 29cents
Aussie Conditioner $2.99

$1 off Aussie
$1.99 (free shaving cream)
$1 Register Rewards

Total Spent = $1.73 and earned $2 Register Rewards

Transaction #3
Almay Pure Blends Foundation $9.99
4 Christmas Gift Sacks 4/$1

-$8 Register Rewards

Total Spent = $3.92 and earned $10 Register Rewards

Transaction #4
3 Walgreens Aluminum Foil @ $1.19 each
Dulcolax $7
Ricola Cough Drop $1
Gillette Shaving Cream $1.99
Aussie Shampoo

$1.80 Aluminum Foil (walgreens q)
$1 off Aussie
$3 off Dulcolax
-$10 Register Rewards

Total Spent = $1.40 and earned $7 Register Rewards and Coupon for Free Gillette Shaving Cream

My shopping total for the week $93.92

My grand total for this payday including this week and last week is $182.56 putting me at $17.44 under budget.

Walmart Shopping 11/13

3 Healthy Choice All Natural Bread @ $2.48 each
Clementines $4
4 Chicken of the Sea Salmon Pouch @ $1.07 each
Frozen Blueberries $2.64
Frozen Blackberries $2.92
Frozen Cherries $2.38
2 Organic Stonyfield Yogurts @ $3.48
Kashi Cheddar Crackers $2.98
Kraft Cheddar Block cheese $1.98
Kraft Colby Block Cheese $1.98
2 Breyers All Natural Vanilla Ice Cream @ $3 each

Total Spent $46.19

Kroger Shopping 11/13

We have had such a crazy busy week. Something was scheduled for every single evening and Friday and Saturday we weren't home at all except for bed time. However a lot was accomplished and a lot of fun was to be had. Now I finally have the opportunity to get things caught up around here.

Here is my trip to Kroger, remember we have really changed the eating habits around here so you will not see a lot of extras.

I have lost this receipt but my total here was $38.68.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Walmart Black Friday Deals

I have shopped Black Friday many times. Last year my BFF and I just headed to a local 24hr Walmart with other stores ads in hand. We got our price matched items before 5am came around. Then when the time came we got our Walmart items. It worked out pretty well I thought. No standing in line at multiple stores. While others were heading to Target or Sears we were heading to McDonalds for Breakfast.

So what about this years Black Friday ad? Well it has finally been leaked and there are a few items that look really good to me.

HP DeskJet Printer F2430 $25 (my hubby bought this exact printer for me in October at Walmart. He paid $70 something. Uggh. BTW I love it)

TomTom One 125-SE GPS $59

Phillips Portable DVD Player $49

Barbie Power Wheels Jeep $88

MotionTrendz 3 Wheel Scooter $49

Next 20" Bike $29

Boys and Girls Character Sleepwear $3

Men's, Women's and Children's Fleece Jackets $7

Boy's and Girl's Track Suits $3

Select DVD's $2

and so much more!

To see the full ad scan go here.

Today Only! $1 Shipping at Bath and Body Works

Today only at you can get $1 shipping with any order of $30 or more. This offer is valid only in the contigious United States.

Enter the code SHIP1 at checkout.

Right now the signature collection is also buy 3 get 3 free. The fragrance mist are $12. Spend $36 plus $1 shipping for 6 fragrance mists and never leave your home!

The least expensive item is the lotion at $10.50 each. Spend $31.50 plus $1 shipping for 6 lotions. These would make some great Christmas gifts.

Free Samples: Caress, Degree Fine Fragrance, Pond's rejuveness and Hellman's

It has been a while since I have signed up for a free sample at Vive Mejor. The name of the site is Spanish however the samples are available to the U.S.

Right now you can get a free sample for:

Carress Skinwear Collection

Pond's rejuveness

Degree Fine Fragrance Collection

Hellman's Mayonaisse

(Thanks Common Sense with Money)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hearty Chicken and Rice Stew

Instead of just a chicken soup I ended up making a Hearty Chicken and Rice Stew last night and everyone loved it.

I didn't use a recipe, most or the time when making soups or stews I don't. Here is how I made it.

1lb Chicken Breast Tenderloin cubed
1 Onion
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Can Fire roasted Tomatoes
1 Can Sliced Carrots (drained)
2 Cans Chicken Broth
1/2 cup Rice
1 Can water

I took the diced chicken and browned it in a lg pot with about 1 tbs of Canola Oil. I added in the onion and garlic, stirring occasionally until the was cooked through. Next I added the broth, water, tomatoes and carrots. I brought it to a boil the turned the heat on low and covered the pot. I let is simmer for about 1- 1/2 hour. Then I added the rice and covered it back up and cooked until the rice was done.

It was delicious! It fed our family of 4 with a couple people having seconds.

Can We Completely Change our Eating Habits and Stay within Our Budget?

Just before I got sick I was reading Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels. About 2 weeks prior I gave up soda completely. My Dr. Pepper addiction had to be squashed. Hubby and the girls haven't given up the soda yet but they have drank very little over the past 4 weeks.

Jillian's book was a real eye opener!! I have been needing to seriously lose weight for a few years now but not really having the motivation to do so. More than losing weight though hubby and I decided it was time to change they way we eat on a daily basis. Master Your Metabolism confirmed our thoughts.

So here is our plan: To cut out the majority of processed foods, to eat way more fruits and vegetables, to cut out purchasing items that have high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils. We are going to be focusing on fresh items, leans meats, fruits, veggies, nuts, etc.

According to Jillian, "If you can't grow it and it dosen't have a mom you shouldn't eat it". That will be our philosophy in this house for at least 6 out of 7 days a week. I will buy organic when it is on sale or I have coupons otherwise I will be looking at a lot of labels to find items that are natural and have the least amount of ingredients.

Thankfully there are a few companies that make "healthy" processed foods that Jillian allows. Kashi, Newman's Own and Amy's, so we will be buying some of those also.

We will be taking one day a week to eat out or have some kind of a treat that dosen't fall into our daily plan. We are actually on our second week of this and things are going pretty well. I have already lost 7lbs!

My goal is to still stay within my budget of $200 a payday (2 weeks) for all groceries, household, pet, beauty, etc. I will also be posting my weekly menu plan as well as pictures and recipes of some of the items we cooked that week.

30% off Printable Coupon for Aeropostale 11/19 - 11/22

Go here to print a coupon for 30% off at Aeropostale. The coupon is good from 11/19/09 through 11/22/09. It does exclude clearance.

(Thanks to Deal Finding Chik)

Veggie Tales Nativity Set for only $9.99

It looks like this coupon code has reached it's limit.

Thanks to Alyssa at Keeping the Kingdom First for this adorable deal!

This playset is so cute!! Jonah would have loved this when she was littler.

Head over to Family Christian Stores and add the VeggieTales Nativity Playset to your cart for $19.99.

Then use the coupon code: 1256899 at checkout for $10 off your order.

And pay only 99 cents for shipping! Great deal for a Christmas gift.

20% of Your Purchase at Gap (printable coupon)

A big thanks to Deal Seeking Mom for this great coupon!

Head over here and print out this coupon for 20% off your entire purchase.

This coupon is good until January 30th, 2010

Monday, November 16, 2009

Yummy Taco Salad

Tonight we had Taco Salad and it was delish.

1 Bag Salad
1lb Ground Turkey
Taco Seasoning Packet
1 Green Pepper
4 Green Onions
Shredded Mexican Cheese
Sour Cream

I just browned the ground turkey and added the taco seasoning as directed. Layer lettuce or salad on the bottom of the plate and top with all your favorite taco fixings. Normally we would have had tomatoes but I forgot to buy them.

Everyone in the house loves this easy meal!

Free White Cloud Green Earth 4pk Toilet Paper When You Purchase White Cloud 12 or 24 pack (coupon)

Go here and sign up to print a coupon for a Free 4pk of White Cloud Green Earth Toilet Paper when you purchase a regular White Cloud 12 or 24 pk. The Free coupon offer is good only for the first 50,000 customers.

You can also print a coupon for $1 off Green Earth and a coupon for $2 off regular 24 Pack of White Cloud

The coupons expire 11/30/09. You can find White cloud at Walmart.

Sav a Lot $5/$20 Printable Coupon

Sav-a-Lot is not normally one of the places I shop although I do occasionally pop in to grab an item or two.

Here is a great printable coupon for $5/$20 purchase. The coupon expires 11/30/09

Thanks to Fistful of Coupons for the heads up on this coupon!

Target Toy Deals 11/15

Coupon Gal has the scoop on the the coupon match ups for toys at Target right now. Here are a few of my favorites, for the full list head here.

Clue Secrets & Spies Game: $20.00
Use $5.00 Printable HERE
Use $5.00 Target Printable HERE

Pictureka! Flipper Game: $20.00
Use $5.00 Printable HERE
Use $5.00 Target Printable HERE

Guesstures Game: $20.00
Use $5.00 Printable HERE
Use $5.00 Target Printable HERE

Spong Bob Operation: $15.00
Use $5.00 Target Printable HERE

Sponge Bob Connect 4: $15.00
Use $5.00 Target Printable HERE

Sponge Bob Sorry: $15.00
Use $5.00 Target Printable HERE

Please note that sometimes Target Prices vary. According to the Target Coupon Policy they accept 1 Target Coupon and 1 Manufacturer's for the same item. I use Target Q's combined with Maunufacturers Q's at my local store all the time and have never had a problem with them.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Menu Plan Monday 11/16

This is my first time participating in Menu Plan Monday. For more delicious menu plans check out I'm an Organizing Junkie.

Monday: Taco Salad, we put all our Taco fixings on a bed of lettuce.

Tuesday: Homeade Chicken Soup

Wednesday: Roasted Kielbasa and Potatoes, Corn, Fruit

Thursday: Baked Pasta E. Fagioli

Friday: Going to Friends

Saturday: Balsamic Chicken, Potatoes and Broccoli with Cheese

Sunday: This is a busy day for us, I never really plan a meal. We sometimes eat out or just have what we call in our home "Free For All"

e.l.f. Cosmetics: Free Mini Kit with ANY Purchase

A big huge thanks to Fistful of Coupons for this hot deal!

Right now you can head over to the e.l.f. Cosmetics website and gets this 27 piece mini makeup case FREE with ANY purchase.

Here is what I did:

I purchased a $1 Lip Gloss (stocking stuffer) and paid $6.95 for shipping. So I paid a total of $7.95.

The 27-piece Free kit includes:
-9 eyeshadows
-1 cream eyeshadow shade
-1 blush
-1 bronzer
-10 lip glosses
-1 brow powder
-1 eye liner pencil
-1 dual ended eyeshadow applicator and brush
-1 face brush
-1 lip brush

Use the promo code FREEMM at checkout.

Aldi Best Deals of the Week 11/15

Cranberries (12oz bag) 99cents

Pineapple $1.19

Celery 69cents

Sweet Potatoes (3lb Bag) 99cents

L'oven Fresh Brown n Serve Rolls 99cents

Friendly Farms Whipped Topping 85cents

Smithfield Smoked Ham 99cents/lb

Little Salad Bar, Green Salad 99cents

CVS Best Deals of the Week 11/15

Couponing 101 has put together all the best deals at CVS this week along with coupon match up. These are just a few of my favorites. To see the entire list just head over here.

Scope Outlast Mouthwash or Crest with Scope Outlast Toothpaste $3.49, Earn $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
- 75¢/1 Scope Q (10/11 or 11/1 P&G)

Suave Body Wash, Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styler $2; Buy 3 and Earn $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
- 75¢/2 Body Wash Q (9/13 or 10/25 RP)
- 50¢/2 Shampoo or Conditioner Q (10/25 RP)

Covergirl Simply Ageless Foundation $13 and Blush $10, Buy Both and Earn $10 ECBs (Limit 1)
- B1G1 Free Q (11/1 P&G) AND
- $1/1 Q (11/1 P&G)

Duracell Batteries $2.99, Earn $1 ECB (Limit 1)
- 75¢/1 Q (11/1 P&G)

Walgreens Best Deals of the Week 11/15

Mommy Snacks has the low down on all the best deals at Walgreens this week. Here are a few of my favorites, you can check out this rest along with coupon matchups here.

$13.99 Almay Pure Blends Foundation (1 oz) and earn $10 RR

$4.50 Vick’s and earn $3 RR (purchase 2)
Includes: DayQuil/NyQuil Liquicaps (10-12 ct), DayQuil/NyQuil Liquid (6 oz), VapoRub (1.75 oz)
$1 in the 10/11 P&G Insert (exp 11/30)
$1.50 in the 11/1 P&G Insert (exp 11/30)

$5.99 Bic Soleil Razor or Cartridges and earn $3 RR
$2 in the 11/15 SS Insert (exp 12/27)

$2.99 Aussie Hair Care and earn $2 RR
$1 in the 10/11 P&G Insert (exp 11/30)

$1 Ricola Mixed Berry Cough Drops and earn $1 RR

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Price Matching Policy Changed at Target

To my readers who were refused at Target I apologize. After the blogosphere was flooded with word on the Leap Frog Alphabet Pal deal many consumers went shopping. Some were able to score on the deal and other were refused.

Corporate was flooded with calls because their original policy did not exclude "door busters" or "timed events" After all the calls and emails Target updated their policy to exclude "door Busters" and "early bird specials"

Thanks to Surviving the Stores for this information!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Target Shopping 11/10

6 Up and UP Wipes @ $1.29 each
3 Kashi Go Lean Crunch @ $2.75 each
Nivea Essence Lotion $4.94
Almay Mascara $1.48 (clearance)
4 NYC Nail Polishes @ 92cents each
3 Revlon Nail Files @ $1.27 each
5 Nivea Lip Balm @ $2.44 each

Coupons Used
6 $1 off Up and Up Wipes
3 $1.50 off Kashi
-$4.94 Free Nivea Lotion WYB 3 Nivea Lip Products
3 $1 off Revlon Beauty Tools
-$2.44 B1G1 Free Nivea Lip Balm
-$2.44 Free Nivea Lip Balm Peelie from Lotion
$1 off Nivea Target Q

Total Spent = $20.12

I wasn't sure how many Nivea Lip items I needed to fulfill the obligations of the coupons. However all the makeup/beauty items are for stocking and gift bag stuffers.

My shopping total for the week is $88.64

Walgreens Shopping 11/10

This was my first day out after being sick and I had some expiring Register Rewards.

Transaction #1
2 Gold Medal Flour @ $3.29 each
4 Plastic Bowls @ 4/$1
Almay Pure Blends Foundation $9.99

2 50cents off Gold Medal Flour
-$3.58 off Gold Medal Flour in ad Walgreens Coupon
-$9.50 Register Rewards

Total Spent =$4.45 and earned $10 Register Rewards

Transaction #2

3 Johnson and Johnson Pad w/Neosporin @ $3.99 each

Used -$10 Register Rewards

Total Spent = $2.09 and earned $8 Register Rewards

Transaction #3

Almay Pure Blends Foundation $9.99

used -$8 Register Rewards

Total Spent $2.84 and earned $10 Register Rewards