Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Money Saving Mom
The Thrifty Mama
Here are some things I see. Be sure to look for clearance items which may be free or fairly cheap with coupons!
David Sunflower Seeds
Use: 3/$3-$1/2 coupon in May All You Magazine
Price: 2/$1 after coupon!
Trident Gum 3/$2 after in-ad coupon-
Use: $0.75/1 coupon from 5/10 SS insert
Price: FREE + $0.09 cent possible overage after coupons!
Vitamin Water 3/$3
Use $1/1 coupon from 4/5 SS insert
Price: FREE after coupon!
Energizer Batteries $2.99 after in-ad coupon-
Use: $1/1 coupon from 5/3 SS insert
Price: $1.99 per pack after coupons!
Weekly Register Reward (RR) Deals
Reach Ultra Clean Toothbrush or Floss 2/$5, earn a $3 Register reward when you buy two-
Use: BOGO coupon from 4/26 RP insert
Price: FREE plus $0.50 in overage after coupon and RR!
Colgate Wave Total Toothpaste $2.49, earn a $1.50 RR when you buy one-
Use: $1.50/1 from March All You magazine or $1/1 printable HERE
Price: FREE or $0.49 moneymaker each after coupon and RR!
Weekly ECB Deals
Colgate Total Advanced $2.99 Earn 2 ECBs Limit 1
Use: $1/1 Printable HERE or 5/10 SS insert. Also a $1.50/1 in the March All You Magazine
Price: FREE + overage after coupons and ECBs!
Speed Stick Pro Deodorant $3.99 Earn 3.99 ECBs Limit 2=FREE after ECBs!
Post Trail Mix Crunch Buy One Get One Free
Use: $2/1 Printable HERE
Price: Cheap or possibly FREE? (buy 2 use 2 coupons)
Purina Beggin’ Stips or T-Bonz $2.99
Use: $3/1 Printable HERE (Do the free quote and use code B3KCA, continue and choose a deductible then save. Then enter email and save. Coupon will be emailed to you. Not valid in all states so see information the bottom of the page for participating states).
Price: FREE after coupon!
Sobe, Propel or Gatorade Buy One Get One Free Limit 8-Sobe
Use: BOGO Printable HERE
Price: 2 for FREE after coupon and sale!
Tena Serenity Underwear Buy One Get One Free
Use: Free after mail-in-rebate from the 4/26 SS insert-$2/1 Printable HERE
Price: 2 for FREE plus possible overage after sale, coupon and mail-in-rebate!
Shick Disposable Razors (trial size) .99
Use:Buy 2 and use (1) $2/1 from the 5/10 SS insert (exp 6/21)
Price: FREE after coupon!
St. Ives $1.49 (trial size)
Use: $1.50/1 from the 5/10 SS insert
Price: FREE after coupon!
Saving Your Cents
Here are some I found worth mentioning.
Kraft BBQ Sauce $1 ea-
Use:$1 off Kraft BBQ Sauce printable-.75/1 Kraft BBQ Sauce SS 5/10
Prce $0.25- FREE (Also, I purchased 5 last week and received a $2.50 catalina coupon good toward my next Kroger purchase!)
Glaceau Vitaminwater: $1 ea
Use: $1 off VitaminWater10 from the 4/05 SS insert OR .50/1 off VitaminWater10 here
Angel Soft 4pk Bath Tissue: .99
Use: .50/1 from the 4/19 RP insert(regional: not in SE region )
Green Giant Boxed Frozen Vegetables: $1
Use: .50/2 Green Giant Boxed from the 4/05 SS insert OR .50/1 Green Giant Veges here
Price: FREE with .50/1 printable OR .50 each with $1/2
Quaker Quakes: $1
Use: $1/1 from the 3/29 RP insert
Weber Grilling Spices: $1
Use: .50/1 from the 5/17 SS insert
Pedigree Dentastix: $3.89
Use: $2.50 /1 Dentastix coupon from shortcuts
Use: $2.50 /1 from the 4/19 RP insert or $2.50/1 here
Price: FREE when you stack the shortcuts coupon with the manufacturer coupon
Mahatma Rice: .99
Use:.50/1 from the 4/26 RP insert
HORMEL LITTLE SIZZLERS SAUSAGE12 Oz.
5/$5 ---- You're Saving 5.90 ON 5
KRAFT SHREDS, CUBES, OR CRUMBLES8 Oz. - Selected Varieties
2/$4 ---- You're Saving 1.76 ON 2
Use: $1/2 OR $1/1 from coupons.com
Price: $1.50 each or $1 each WYB 2
Also, there is a tearpad at Ingles with a $0.50/1 coupon which will double to $1 off!
KLEENEX FACIAL TISSUE75-200 Count - Selected Varieties
3/$4 ---- You're Saving 1.94 ON 3
Use: $0.50/3 coupon from coupons.com
Price: 3/$3 ($1 per box)
KRAFT CHEESE SINGLES12 Oz.
2/$3 ---- You're Saving 1.66 ON 2
Use: $1/2 from coupons.com (no longer available)
Price: $1 each WYB 2
TYSON FRESH BONE-IN SPLIT CHICKEN BREASTFamily Pack
$0.98 ---- You're Saving 1.30 Lb.
BREYERS ICE CREAM48 Oz. - Selected Varieties
2/$5 ---- You're Saving 4.96 ON 2
Use: $0.75/1 from 4/05 insert or $1/2 from 5/17 RP insert
Price: $1.75-$2 (WYB 2)
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
My sweet, wonderful children and husband put up all the groceries before I could get any pictures, so I will just list my deals. I hope to have pictures and very successful trips again this week. I am having so much fun getting these deals. A special thank you to all of those blogs out there who post the deals at different stores!
Kroger trips above not pictured: 2 packages Hamburger buns, 2 packages hotdog buns, 4 cans baked beans, 10 packages, 8 vitamin waters, 2 odwalla juices, hot dogs, 1 package diapers, 3 packages rice, 2 jars baby food, 2 pineapples, 3 packages strawberries, 2 packages rice cakes, 3 zone bars, weber grilling spice, 2 scotch brite sponges (We had lots of company over the weekend for Memorial Day as well as for putting up hay! I had coupons from a Kroger mailer which helped take $5 and $6 off!)
Trip 1 to Kroger:
Total before coupons: $68.22
Total after coupons: $30.96 (used $89 Visa rebate card from Staples $58.04 remaining)
Trip 2 to Kroger:
Total before coupons: $65.14
Total after coupons: $6.37 (used $89 Visa rebate card from Staples $51.76 remaining also received a Catalina for $2.50 off my next purchase from Kraft!)
Trip 2 to Kroger:
Total before coupons: $74.45
Total after coupons: $2.76 (used $2.50 Catalina and used $89 Visa rebate card from Staples $51.50 remaining)
Trip to Walgreens
Total before coupons $23.56
Total after coupons $3.57 (used Walgreens gift card with $4.07 remaining, I should be getting another one soon worth $20 from the last month of Easy Saver Rebates leaves $0.50 remaining also received $9 back in Register Rewards!)
Trip to Target (not pictured 3 cans of pringles, 3 sponges, 5 coppertone sunscreens, 1 Quaker bites, 3 pounds apples)
Total before coupons: $44.94
Total after coupons: $10.59 (used 1 $3.91 gift card and 1 $5 gift card, paid remaining $1.68 with Visa Rebate card from Staples $39.82 remaining)
Trip to CVS (pictured at right also not pictured 2 bags of Lay's potato chips)
Total before coupons $25.73
Total after coupons and ECBs $1.88 (used Visa rebate card from Staples $$37.94 remaining and have $10 in ECBs to spend on a later trip!)
Trip to Earth Fare
Total before coupons: $28.44
Total after coupons: $11.30 (used Visa Rebate card from Staples $$26.64 remaining)
Trip to Ingles (not pictured apples, potatoes, 5 packages rice, and little swimmers diapers I which were marked down to $4, but I got them for $1 since I had a $3 coupon!)
Total before coupons $72.50
Total after coupons: $7.37 (used Visa Rebate card from Staples $19.27 remaining)
The total of all my trips before coupons was $402.98
Total after coupons: $72.92
By using the Rebate card and other gift cards I yielded:
Total out of pocket: $0!
I still have $19.27 remaining on my Visa Rebate Card
I also have $14.38 from my Edo card plus another $25 I won to add to it.
And $9 Register Rewards, plus $20 gift card from Walgreens, and $10 ECBs)
With $58.65 left in cash cards, I think I may be able to go three weeks in a row with no money out of pocket.
Stay tuned. I will go shopping either Thursday or Saturday. I will try to post my shopping details with pictures for the week as soon as I can.
I would love to hear how all of you have done.
Also, if you would like me to feature your blog, site. or business, please send me an email.
Thanks for reading!
Breakfast- Pancakes, fruit salad
Lunch- (we skipped because we had a late breakfast and an early supper)
Supper- Cookout with Tim's family (Thanks, Sherry for all the contributions!!) Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, deviled eggs, mashed potatoes, tortilla chips, baked beans, watermelon
Breakfast- Cheesy Mexican Omelet, fruit salad
Lunch- Peanut Butter and Jelly tacos (for those of you who have asked, the jelly is what I made last year it is low sugar and all natural the cherry and blackberry are from our farm, I also made blueberry, strawberry, plum, and peach from locally grown fruits)
Supper- Cheeseburger pie (using left over hamburgers), baked beans, salad
Breakfast- Grits and cinnamon apples
Lunch- Pecan Chicken Salad
Supper- Beans and Cornbread (from our neighbor. Thanks, Sally and Toby!)
Breakfast-Applesauce Pecan Muffins
Lunch-Egg Salad (make enough hard boiled eggs for breakfast on Friday and to make homemade Thousand Island Dressing)
Supper-Bean Burrito Casserole, Spanish Rice,
Breakfast- Hard Boiled Eggs, fruit (depends on what is on sale)
Lunch- Leftover Bean Burrito Casserole
Supper- Butternut Squash and Turkey Sausage Soup
Breakfast- Pancakes (I made pancakes a lot over the past week, and we had forgotten how much we loved them even though they do take a while to make as it takes at least 40 to feed my crew! So, Tim and the children have now requested we have pancakes every weekend! I have chosen Saturday since we usually have more time!)
Lunch- Snacks (fruit and veggies, pancakes usually keep us full until supper!)
Supper- Front Sight Night! We will have fun party foods. Lately, it has been whatever "fun" foods I have been getting for free from various stores.
I am going to try to get started blogging in full swing again this week. I have a lot to catch up on around the house, but since we are officially finished with school until fall, I may have a little more time to blog.
Some of the things I want to concentrate on more are great deals out there whether they be at the grocery store or another store or site. I also want to give more gardening tips and hints as well as freebies when I can find them. I want to give tips for managing a large family and lots of little children. I also want to provide a place for encouragement for everyone whether you are gardening, homeschooling, parenting, or any other endeavor you are pursuing in life. I want to hear your comments and if you have knowledge in a particular area, please let me know, and you may be able to write a guest post for me.
Thanks for all the emails over the past week. I also appreciate all of you from Debt Proof for Living who have visited! Stay tuned for more to come! Thanks for reading!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Have a blessed weekend!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Fruit Salad (an easy one just mix your favorite fruits together and add some pecans, almonds, walnuts, or anything else you may like)
Steak Quiche (Leftover Quiche)
1- 9inch pie crust (premade or homemade)
1 3/4 cup steak, shopped (can also use ground beef or roast, lamb, chicken, or turkey may also be substituted)
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 tbs. flour
3/4 cup milk
1 tbs. steak sauce or BBQ sauce
1/8 tsp. each dill weed, dried basil, and dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups (8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese)
Sprinkle beef and onions into the crust. In a bowl, beat the flour and eggs until smooth. Add milk, steak sauce and seasonings; beat until smooth. Stir in cheese. Pour into crust. Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until center is set.
Granola (my recipe)
- Buy local! Very important! Go here to find a local farmer's market near you. You can also find other farmers in your local area who sell various things by asking your local Farmer's Co-Op or Tractor Supply. If you are in the East Tennessee area and are looking for beef, please let me know. Our next beef will be ready at the beginning of 2010. It is hormone and antibiotic free!
- Write your congress person as well as the President and urge him/her to support small farms.
- Join the Farm Bureau in your state. You do not have to be a farmer to get great insurance! By becoming a Farm Bureau member you will not only get excellent insurance rates, you will also be up to date on local farm happenings in the area as well as your state.
- Purchase from or Donate to a local FFA or 4-H chapter! Not only will they greatly appreciate the extra money since their departments are so low funded, you will also be helping a young farmer get an education to become a better farmer. You can also support the FFA through Campbell's Soup here.
- Attend commuter meetings involving farming in your area.
There are many ways to support small farms. Let me know of ways you support small farms as well! Enjoy your farming freebies. I hope to see many of the bumper stickers around!
APPLE OF THE MONTH GOLD DELICIOUS
TYSON THIGHS OR DRUMSTICKS Family Pack
$0.98 per pound
HORMEL NATURAL CHOICE LUNCHMEATS9 Oz. - Selected Varieties
OSCAR MAYER MEAT HOT DOGS16 Oz. - Bun-Size or Regular (Excludes Beef)
BOGO ---- You're Saving 2.98 ON 2
Use $1/2 coupon here and here
CAMPBELL'S TOMATO OR CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP10.75 Oz. Can
Use $1/2 coupon here (MAKES IT FREE WHEN YOU BUY TWO!!!)
JFG SELECTED MAYONNAISE OR SALAD DRESSING32 Oz. Jar - Selected Varieties
Use $1/2 SS 5/10
BREYERS ICE CREAM48 Oz. - Selected Varieties
DEL MONTE PINEAPPLES
LAURA LYNN POTATO CHIPS Selected Varieties
LAURA LYNN WHITE MILK Gallon Jug - All Varieties
Those are all the deals I see. Let me know if you find any good ones at Ingles. Be sure to look for all the mark downs especially in the meat and produce sections!
Friday, May 8, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
- Weed! Keep weeds out of your garden! They will choke out your plants as well as attract pests. One of the best ways to prevent weeds in an already established garden is to use mulch. How can you mulch frugally? Leaves, straw, pine needles, even shredded paper all make a great natural biodegradable mulch for your garden or flower beds. If you are just beginning an area of a garden, you can put down card board boxes before planting. Cover the boxes with soil and sow your seeds or plant your vegetables or flowers. You can use newspaper the same way.
- Get a dog! For problems with deer or rabbits, a dog will usually do the trick of keeping them away from the garden. Even just the smell of dog can keep them away.
- Pick off the insects. A favorite of my children is to take a cup of water with a drop of liquid dish washing liquid and pick all of the bugs off the plants and drop them into the liquid. They will drown and sink to the bottom of the cup. We have contests to see who can pick off the most or fill his/her cup first! It can be fun. However, make sure you know what the insect is before touching. You do not want to be bitten. This method works especially well for Japanese and Potato Beetles. If you do not know what an insect is, go to the library and check out a FREE book. There are also lots of sites on the Internet for insect identification. If you still cannot identify it, call your local Extension agent for free help, after all, that's what he or she is there for. If you home school it can be a great science lesson too!
- Encourage beneficial insects! There are lots of beneficial insects. The most common is the Lady Beetle. Make sure you do not get rid of these! They will eat aphids which are almost always on something in every garden. Be careful of spraying insecticides as most are non selective and you can kill the beneficial insects as well. To encourage beneficial insects, by choosing to plant a few nectar producing plants as most insects eat the nectar. Some of these plants include cabbage, carrots, and sunflowers.
- Plant strong smelling flowers such as Marigolds or Lantana (be careful with Lantana as it is poisonous if eaten). The strong smell often deters pests including insects.
- If you feel you really need to spray something, make your own spray. You can use Essential Oils such as Tea Tree Oil or Orange Oil mixed with water and spray on the flower where the insects are. You can also make a homemade spray using hot peppers (habaneros work best) mixed with water. These sprays work systemically and are non selective. The orange oil messes with the respiratory tract and the insect suffocates.
- Make a sticky yellow trap. Many insects such as white flies are attracted to yellow. You can paint a two liter coke bottle and paint it with yellow paint. You can also plant yellow flowers.
- Encourage birds, frogs, and lizards as they will also eat the insects.
- If crows are a problem, you can keep a radio playing all the time, hang a scare crow, or hang aluminum pans to ward them away.
Observe your garden and watch the insects. Are they really doing a lot of damage or is it just minor? If it is minor, think BMP and do not do anything. If it is major, you may want to try one of the above mentioned tips. Remember that Organic Gardening is all about growing plants in harmony with nature and the pests of our garden are all a part of nature. However, sometimes it is important that we act so that we do not lose our crop and all the work we have put into our garden.
There are many ways to get rid of pests naturally. I have only listed a few. There are a variety of methods you can use according to what type of pest is harming your garden. For more information contact your local extension office or library. I will also be willing to try to answer your questions as well or at least point you in the right direction for help!
It is free to sign up. You just go here and fill out the information. To begin, you post an item you want to "sell." You buy and sell for Kiz credits. You can post your item and decide how much you want to charge. Think of each credit as being worth $1. You can also post pictures of the item which will help to sell it. You decide what to charge for the item as well as for shipping. After you have had one item kizoodled, you can begin purchasing items. You can ask the seller to hold an item for you if you do not have enough credit, but know some are coming.
I have had lots of success especially in getting and posting coupons. I can make lots of Kiz credits for very little shipping costs by posting coupons I have which I will not use. Some of my most popular posts are Baby Formula coupons as I will never use these and seldom ever find that I can get formula for free or really cheap, but I continue to get these type of coupons in the mail.
I have a referral code for you to use. If you use My Referral Code: S3VXSC, you will automatically receive 2 Kiz credits just for signing up!
If you have any questions, go to their site and read their questions and answers section.
I hope you enjoy kizoodling as much as I have! Here is a section from their site:
Here's what it is and how it works:
What is the Kiz Store? One of the most exciting and unique features of Kizoodle is the member’s ability to exchange (Kizoodle) kids and mom stuff they list at the Kiz Store. You can post your kids clothes, toys, and mom stuff you no longer want or need and at the same time exchange items from other members from across the country that will fit your kids or pique your interest. It’s unique because unlike other buy/sell sites you do not exchange money, you swap your stuff for credits we call Kiz Credits.
What is a Kiz Credit?A Kiz Credit is the “currency” members of Kizoodle use to “Swap then Shop” meaning you swap your items for Kiz credits and exchange Kiz Credits for other items of your choice found on the site using the Kiz Credits. Think of 1 Kiz Credit to be a value of about $1. Remember, Kiz Credits have no value outside of Kizoodle!
What is Kizoodling? With Kizoodle’s method of item exchange you are no longer constrained by the traditional concept of swapping my item for your item. In the Kizoodle community, you exchange your item for Kiz Credits to anyone who is a member and then shop for any listed item nationwide using the Kiz Credits as currency. That is the essence of Kizoodling. It’s not truly swapping nor is it selling: Kizoodling is the middle ground.We think the process provides a fresh and cost effective alternative way of gaining access to stuff for your kids as they grow while getting rid of the things they have outgrown. And we can’t forget to mention Kizoodling is really fun and a great way to make new friends!!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Use $1/2 coupon here. (Makes it FREE when you buy two!) You can print two per computer and use only two internet coupons of the same item per transaction according to their coupon policy. However, some Ingles will let you use more. It really depends on the cashier.
VIDALIA SWEET ONIONS
REDDI WIP TOPPINGS6.5-7 Oz. - Selected Varieties
ORVILLE REDENBACHER'S MICROWAVE POPCORN2-4 Pack - Selected Varieties
HUNT'S SNACK PACK PUDDINGS OR GELS14 Oz. - Selected Varieties
HUNT'S TOMATO SAUCE15 Oz.
RO-TEL DICED TOMATOES10 Oz. - Selected Varieties
CHEF BOYARDEE CANNED PASTA OR MICROWAVE CUPS Selected Varieties
LAURA LYNN LARGE WHITE DOZEN EGGS
Breakfast: Waffles, turkey bacon, fruit salad
Lunch: Homemade Pizza, tomato soup
Supper: Roast beef, Mashed potatoes, green beans carrots, sweet potato casserole, blue corn bread, fruit salad, apple crisp
Breakfast: Grits, eggs, fruit salad
Lunch: Peanut Butter and Jelly Tacos
Supper: Leftovers from Sunday night
Breakfast: Oatmeal, fruit
Lunch: Mini meat pies, peas, yellow squash with onions
Supper: Roast Beef Quiche, carrots, greens, green beans, mashed potatoes
Breakfast: Homemade Granola, fruit, milk
Lunch: Spaghetti, salad
Supper: Bean Soup, corn bread
Breakfast: Muffins, fruit
Lunch: Leftover meat pies
Supper: Bean Burrito Casserole (made with Wednesday leftover beans), salad
Breakfast: Cereal, fruit, milk
Lunch: Turkey Tortillas, carrot sticks, applesauce
Supper: Spaghetti Squash Supper, fried green tomatoes
Breakfast: Pancakes, turkey sausage, fruit
Lunch: Taco Salad
Supper: Snack supper, chips, dip, salsa, celery sticks, carrot sticks, sausage balls, popcorn, anything else we have that is fun to eat
On Saturday, we have started having a fun family party night after all of our chores are finished. The first week were by ourselves. My mother-in-law joined us the next week. Last Saturday we had some additional guests. This Saturday my mom and dad will be here as well as some other friends. It is a fun time to spend with the children and a great way to reward ourselves for a hard weeks work! Many of the things we eat on that night are things which I got for free or really cheap! If you have fun things you do with your family that do not cost very much, please comment or send an email and let me know! I am always looking for fun, new and interesting as well as inexpensive to do as a family!
It looks like it is supposed to rain most of the week, so I should be able to blog a couple of days. Stay tuned next week for a special surprise. Hint: My first giveaway! I will give more details soon! I would love to see any pictures of any of your gardens or any deals you have snagged lately. More later! Thanks for continuing to read my blog!