Wednesday, December 9, 2009

We Are Moving and Changing

When I first started this blog nearly a year and a half ago I was not at all blog savvy. I came up with what I thought was a cute name and it wasn't until I ordered business cards for the first time that I realized I had like the longest url in history!! LOL

At that time I talked to my hubby about changing my name and moving to Wordpress and he was all for it but I kind of chickened out.

So a few days ago we were having a discussion about my blog and ultimately decided to just go ahead and do it. I have really wanted a shorter url for a long time and there are many things that can be done on wordpress that can't be done on blogger.

So with out further adieu, you can now find us at Southern Illinois Money Savers.

I personally think that is just a little shorter than! :)

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Kerosotes Theaters Five Buck Club

My best girlfriend messaged me on Facebook the other day and asked me if I was part of the Kerasotes Five Buck Club. Knowing that I love movies and love to save money she was sure I would be interested and she was right.

These days we don't go to the movies often. It is just too darn expensive! Yet every once in a while we go on a date night or a movie comes out that the girls are just dying to see and we go.

If you have Kerasotes Theaters in your area you may want to check this out. You can search locations here. If you have a participating theater you can fill out a simple registration here. Then in a few days (I got mine in 5) you will recieve your Five Buck Club Card in the mail.

Every thursday you will receive an email from Kerasotes alerting you of the movies in your area that are available for the $5 discout! It's that simple.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Tackle it Tuesday: Shopping for New Clothes

Here is what I tackled this week!

I have been needing to get a few new outfits for a while now especially since since we changed our eating habits and I have lost 10lbs. The jeans that I was wearing that fit me comfortably are now fitting me quite loosely.

So this morning I headed out on a mission. With a $150 budget I headed to the VF Factory outlet mall to find me some new clothes.

I went alone which enabled me to take my time. I went in and walked the entire women's section, putting anything I thought was cute in my cart. Afterwards I did the unthinkable, something I hate to do, I headed for the dressing room. I tried on everything and weeded out the items I didn't like.

I was pleasantly surprised when I tried on jeans one size smaller than I currently own and they fit perfectly! Yay

I ended up with 2 pairs of jeans, a cranberry and green sweater, pink casual long sleeved shirt, black ruffled dressy top, black tank top and 2 bras. As for cost--- I came in under budget at only $115 including tax.

Now I am set until I drop another size or two!

Clinque: Free Shipping Plus 3 Gifts w/$40 Purchase Today Only

Today at Clinique online spend $40 or more and get free shipping. Plus recieve 3 All time favorite gifts.

Long last Glosswear SPF 15 in Air Kiss .07 fl. oz.

Quick Eyes Cream Shadow in Rock Violet .07 fl. oz.

All About Eyes .21 oz.

Just enter the code ALLTIME at checkout!

This is for today, 12/7, only.

Today Only! Free Tote w/$25 Purchase (Bath and Body Works)

Today only! You can get a free tote with and $25 purchase at Bath and Body Works.

Just enter FREETOTE at checkout and the tote will be added to your order.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Homemade Cinnamon Syrup

Two of our nieces stayed the weekend with us and with 4 growing girls in the house I felt like I did nothing but cook.

Saturday morning I got up and made pancakes and we just had to try out this Cinnamon Syrup I had seen on Grocery Cart Challenge.

The ingredients were simple, things that I always have on hand.

* 1 cup sugar
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* 2 tablespoons flour
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
* 2/3 cup water
* 2 tablespoons butter

Mix sugar, salt, flour, and cinnamon.

Add water and bring to a boil.

Boil until thickened.

Stir in butter.

Serve over pancakes, waffles, or french toast.

It was very simple to make and it came out delicious!! Everyone loved it. It gave our pancakes a "cinnamon roll" flavor. Yummo

Menu Plan Monday 12/7

Monday: Rice and Lentil Casserole, Broccoli and Cheese, Corn

Tuesday: Cheeseburger Soup

Wednesday: Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, Salad, Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Thursday: Lentil Tacos, Refried Beans, Corn

Friday: Tuna Broccoli Casserole (adapted from here)

Saturday: Birthday Slumber Party for Emeri- Frozen Pizza, Chips, Cake

Sunday: Church Christmas Banquet

Most of these recipes will be modified. I will be changing out some of the ingredients to make them healthier and less calories. I will post as many picture and modified recipes as I can.

Breakfasts: Eggs, Oatmeal, Pancakes, Fruit

Lunches/Snacks: Fruits, Veggie, Peanut Butter or Tuna Sandwiches, Nuts, Cheese, Home Made muffins

Walgreens Best Deals of the Week 12/6

Check out Mom's by Heart for the complete low down on Walgreens Deals this week!

All Laundry Detergent 26-40 loads 2/$7
-$2 from 12/6 RP (use 2)

Snuggle Liquid Fabric Softener 32 loads 2/$7
-$2 from 12/6 RP (use 2)

Skippy Peanut Butter 2/$3 (with insert coupon)
-$.75 from 11/15 RP - coupon amt is regional

Ragu Pasta Sauce 2/$3 (with insert coupon)
-$1/2 from 11/15 RP

Pert Plus $1.99
-$1 from 10/18 SS

Schick Quattro Razors, $6.99 and earn$3 RRs
$2/1 Schick Quattro for Women, exp. 1-31-10 (SS 11/22/09)
$2/1 Schick Quattro for Women, exp. 1-17-10 (SS 12/6/09)
$2/1 Schick Quattro Titanium Razor, exp. 1-31-10 (SS 11/22/09)
$2/1 Schick Quattro Titanium Razor, exp. 1-17-10 (SS 12/6/09)

$5 Challenge Scenario:
Transaction #1
Dulcolax $7 (monthly deal)
-$3 Coupon off package
Pay $4 plus tax and earn $4 Register Rewards

Transaction #2
Shick Razor $6.99
-$2 Coupon
Use $4 Register Reward
Pay 99cent plus tax and earn $3 Register Reward

CVS Best Deals of the Week 12/6

Mommy Snacks has the scoop on all the hot deals at CVS these week. Here are a few of my favorites.

Sunday – Monday – Tuesday ONLY

$4.99 Essence of Beauty Bath & Body Products and earn $4 ECB (Limit 2)

$3.99 Merry Brite Plush Santa Hat and earn $3.99 ECB (Limit 2)

$1.99 Merry Brite Mini Ornaments (12 ct) and earn$1.99 ECB. (Limit 2)

Weekly Deals

Buy $20 in Nexxus Products and earn $10 ECB (Limit 1)

$3.99 Emergen-C and earn $3.99 ECB (Limit 1)

$8.99 Zantac 150 (24 ct) or 75 (ct 30 ct) and earn $8.99 ECB. (Limit 1)
$1 in the 10/18 SS Insert
$1 in the 11/15 SS Insert

$14.99 Bayer Countour Breezer Meter and earn $5 ECB. (Limit 1)
$30 in the 10/25 RP Insert (coupon will be adjusted to $14.99)

$1.99 Gillette Fusion, Mach3, Series or Satin Shave Gel
$1 in the 11/29 P&G Insert

My $5 Challenge Scenario:

Transaction #1

2 Merry Brite Mini Ornaments @ $1.99 each

Total = $3.98 plus tax and earn $3.98 Extra Care Bucks

Transaction #2

Merry Brite Santa Hat $3.99

Use $3.98 ECB's from T#1

Pay tax and earn $3.99 Extra Care Bucks

Transaction #3

Emergen-C $3.99

Use $3.99 ECB's from T#2

Pay tax and earn $3.99 Extra Care Bucks

Coupon Preview 12/6

Todays papers will have 2 coupons inserts. A thick Smart Source and a red plum.

For my local readers: The St. Louis Post has the best choice of coupons compared to the Southern Illinoisian. However the Southern has all the store circulars. I normally buy 2 St. Louis and 1 Southern.

You can check out the coupon preview here but please keep in mind that not all areas get the exact same coupons or coupon values.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Hallmark: $5 off Any Purchase

Wow! Here is a really sweet coupon.

Get $5 off any purchase at Hallmark Gold Crown Store and the best part is that there is no minimum purchase!

The coupon is valid through 12/24/09. You may only print once.

Thanks A Thrifty Mom!

Bath and Body Works: 20% off Your Entire Purchase through 12/6

Go here to print a coupon for 20% off you entire purchase at Bath and Body Works. Limit one per customer. The coupon is valid through tomorrow December 6th.

Sweet Potato Oven Fries

Wednesday night our menu consisted of Boneless Thin Pork Chops, Corn and Sweet Potato Oven Fries.

I followed Erin's recipe exactly however mine just didn't get very crispy. I did cook them for about 10 minutes longer than suggested and only some were crispy. The girls were complaining they were starving so I just went ahead and plated them up.

Jonah set the table, hence the lovely colored plastic section plates! :)

No one was a real fan of the Fries, please keep in mind though that until this I have never fixed sweet potatoes before. However Emeri and hubby ate all of theirs. Next week we plan on trying Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

We are starting to try out vegetables that we never eat. I have been searching recipes that sound good. Hopefully when we are done we will have a bigger list of veggies to put in meals and side dishes.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Free Estee Lauder Lip Gloss 12/5

Tomorrow, 12/5, Estee Lauder is giving away 130,000 free lip glosses nationwide! Plus you will also receive a 2 minute hand massage. This will be going on from 10am - 8pm tomorrow, while supplies last.

For my local readers: you can go to Dillard's in Marion, Peebles in Mt. Vernon or Macy's in Carbondale. Just head to the Estee Lauder counter for your free lip gloss and hand massage.

Thanks Fistful of Coupons!

Walgreens Shopping 12/1

Transaction #1

4 Gift Sacks @ 4/$1
Stress Shower Gel $3.99
Gillette Fusion $8.99
Olay Body Wash $2.99
Olay Lotion $5.99
2 Oral B Floss Picks @ $2.50 each

$1 off Stress Shower Gel
$4 off Gillette Fusion
2 $1 off Oral B Floss Picks
-$5.99 Free Olay Lotion when you buy body wash
-$12 Register Rewards

Total Spent $5.35 and earned $8 in Register Rewards

Transaction #2
Complete Solution $7.99
Olay Body Wash $2.99
Olay Lotion $5.99
3 Chocolate Santa @ 29cent each

$1 off Complete
-$5.99 free olay lotion when you buy body wash
-$9 Register Rewards

Total Spent $3.37 and earned $8 Register Rewards

Transaction #3

Sleep Shower Gel $3.99
Gillette Fusion $8.99
2 Chocolate Santas @ 29cents

$1 off Complete
$4 off Gillette
-$8 Register Rewards

Total Spent $1.71 and earned $6 Register Rewards

My shopping total for this week is $86.56. After I add it to last weeks total I end up with $182.56 and I am $17.44 under my $200 a payday budget.

Walgreens Shopping 11/27

Transaction #1

Infusium $4.99
Aquafresh $1.99
Rightguard $2.49
Container 71cents

$2 off Infusium
-$8 Register Rewards

Total Spent $1.05 and earned $9.50 Register Rewards

Transaction #2

Johnson and Johnson body Wash $5.99
Dove Deodorant $3.99
M&M's 89cents

Used $9.50 in Register Rewards

Total Spent $2.29 and earned $10 in Register Rewards

Transaction #3

Infusium $4.99
Nivea Shaving Cream $2.49
Right Guard $2.49
Aquafresh $1.99
Snickers Nutcracker 59cents

$2 off Infusium
-$10 in Register Rewards

Total Spent $1.62 and earned $12 in Register Rewards

Transaction #4

Dove Deodorant $3.99
Johnsons and Johnsons Body Wash $5.99
3 Snicker Nutcracker @ 2/$1

$1 off Dove that printed from Catalina Machine
Used $10 in Register Rewards

Total Spent $1.46 and earned $10 in Register Rewards

CVS Shopping 11/27

I went to CVS Thanks giving morning, I didn't take a picture, I can't find my receipt and for the life of me I have no idea what I bought!! LOL

I can tell you that according to my bank register I spent a total of $10 cash and left with $8 in Register Rewards

The next day I went back to do this Herbal Essences deal.

Herbal Essence Shampoo $2.99
Herbal Conditioner $2.99
2 Herbal Essences Hair Spray @ $2.99 each
Candybar 89cents (for my niece)
$1 to St Jude

-$2.99 Buy Free HE Styler when you buy shampoo or conditioner
-$2.99 Same as above
-$8 Register Reward

Total Spent 93cents and earned $6 Register Reward

Kroger Shopping 11/27

2 Italian Loaf @ 79cents each
Sweet Potatoes $1.91
Bread $2
Gala Apples $2.49
2 Organic Tortilla Chips @ $1.99 each
Bananas 72cents
Organic Pears $1.64
Nutmeg $2.67
Baby Carrots $1
Peanuts $2.39
Lettuce 88cents
Kroger Skim Milk $2.99
Kroger Sugar $2.14
Stew Beef $3.95
Cube Steak 93cents
Pork Chops $3.27
Tomatoes $1.99
Kroger Sandwich Bags $1.25
2 Kroger Cheese $1.25 each
Kroger Eggs 98cents
Jif Natural Peanut Butter $2.98
2 Mom's Cereal @ $1.99 each
2 Kraft Block Cheese @ $1.67 each
Kroger Toilet Paper 88cents
2 Perdue Ground Turkey @ $1.49 each
Kroger Turkey Bacon $2.50
Dole Canned Pineapple $1

I used a sad total of $3 in coupons.

My total spent was $58.78

Thursday, December 3, 2009

$10 off a $50 Purchase at Aeropostale

Head over here to print a coupon for $10 of your purchase of $50 at Aeropostale. The coupon can be used over and over again and is valid until 12/24/09.

$25 off a $75 Purchase at Fashion Bug

Here is a great coupon! Go here and print this coupon for $25 off your purchase of $75 or more at Fashion Bug.

The coupon does exclude: clearance, Priced Just Right items and designer fragrances. The coupon is valid until 12/31/09

Thanks Mummy Deals!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Crockpot Beef Stew

my camera batteries were dead so i took a lousy pic on my phone

This beef stew was adapted from this recipe.

I used:
1lb Stew Meat
1 Onion diced
2 Cans Beef Broth
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
5 small potatoes (peeled and cut up)
2 Celery stalks chopped up
1 cup baby carrots cut in half
1 can water

I just took everything and dumped it in the crockpot. Sadly I think my crockpot is not working well on low anymore. I had it on low for 10 hrs and it wasn't done!! I was not happy. So I kicked it up to high for a couple hours and it was fabulous. I guess it was a good thing I got it started at 6:30a.m.

Now I think it is time for a new crockpot!

Earn Points Toward a $50 CVS Pharmacy or Walgreen's Gift Card with MyPoints

Thanks to my Hubby for this Guest Post!

If you've not yet checked out MyPoints, you're missing out on yet another way to make those Extra Care Bucks or Register Rewards go even farther. is a website that my family and I have used for years to get gift cards to places such as CVS Pharmacy and Walgreen's.

Earn Points for Printing Online Coupons
That's right, you can earn points toward a $50 CVS Gift Card or $50 Walgreen's Gift Card by logging into your MyPoints account and printing online coupons from .

Earn Points For Your Web Searches
Why not accumulate points toward a $50 CVS Gift Card or $50 Walgreen's Gift Card every time you do a web search. This is an activity you are doing anyway, so why not benefit even more from it?

Earn Points for Online Shopping
If you shop at any of the following places online, you could be earning points toward a $50 CVS Gift Card or $50 Walgreen's Gift Card each time you shop!

  • 1-800-Pet-Meds

  • 1-800-Contacts

  • Adidas

  • Aeropostale



  • American Eagle Outfitters

  • Ann Taylor

  • Anne Klein

  • Apothica

  • Apple iTunes

  • Apple Online Store

  • Armani Exchange

  • AT & T

  • Avon

  • Babies 'R' Us

  • Baby Earth

  • Banana Republic

  • Bare Necessities

  • Barnes & Noble

  • Bath & Body Works

  • Best Buy

  • Best Western

  • Blackberry

  • Blockbuster

  • Bloomingdale's

  • Brooks Brothers


  • Cafe Press


  • Candlewood Suites

  • Chadwick's

  • Clinique

  • Comfort Inn

  • Comfort Suites

  • Converse


  • Crate and Barrel

  • Crocs

  • Crowne Plaza

  • Dell

  • Delta Air Lines

  • Dillards

  • DirecTV

  • Discovery Store


  • DoubleDay Book Club

  • EA Games

  • eBay

  • Eddie Bauer

  • Elf Cosmetics

  • Elizabeth Arden

  • Fairmont Hotels

  • Fannie Mae Candies

  • Fashion Bug

  • Fingerhut

  • Foot Locker

  • Fossil

  • Frederick's of Hollywood

  • FTD

  • Gamefly

  • Gamestop

  • Ghirardelli

  • Gift Baskets Remembered

  • GNC

  • Godiva Chocolatier

  • Gourmet Gift Baskets



  • Hickory Farms

  • Holiday Inn

  • Holiday Inn Express

  • Home Depot

  • Hot Topic


  • Hotwire

  • J C Penny


  • Kmart

  • Kodak

  • Kohl's

  • Lands End

  • Leap Frog

  • LL Bean

  • Microsoft Store

  • Montgomery Ward

  • Office Depot

  • Office Max


  • Petco

  • Priceline

  • QuickBooks

  • Quicken

  • QVC

  • Sears

  • Sony

  • Sprint

  • StarbucksStore

  • Target

  • Toys 'R' Us

  • TurboTax

  • United Airlines

  • Verizon

  • Victoria's Secret

  • Walgreen's

  • Walmart

  • and more!

Earn Points for Clicking
MyPoints will send you special offers to your email inbox. By simply clicking on the offer (no purchase necessary), you get 5 points per click. All those clicks add up!

So check it out today, and start adding up those points towards a $50 CVS Gift Card or $50 Walgreen's Gift Card!

Get 30% off Your Entire Purchase at Yankee Candle 12/3 - 12/6

With this great coupon you can get 30% off your entire purchase at Yankee Candle from 12/3 through 12/6.

Limit one coupon per customer.

Thanks Wicked Cool Deals!

FREE Sample of Extra Strength Excedrin

Sam's Club is offering a Free Sample of Extra Strength Excedrin.

You do not have to be a club member, just leave that part blank.

Thanks Common Sense With Money!

Free Aveeno Tote Bag

You can go here to sign up for a Free Aveeno Tote Bag from Body and Soul Magazine.

Thanks Hey It's Free!

Walgreens 3 Day Sale 12/2 - 12/5

On top of the already pretty decent deals at Walgreens this week they are having a 3 day sale starting today.

Natrol Acai $4 and earn $4 Register Reward

Goody Hair Accessories, Including: 27-50pk Elastics and Flexible tips Headbands $2 and earn $2 Register Rewards

Dentek Floss or Floss Picks $1.99 and earn $1.99 Register Rewards

Soft and Beautiful Botanicals $5 and earn $5 Register Rewards