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12/28/09

2010 Coupon Insert Schedule

2010 Sunday Coupon Insert Schedule (All Inserts)

January
1/3: 2 Smart Source & 2 Red Plum & General Mill
1/10: Smart Source & Red Plum
1/17: Smart Source & Red Plum & Proctor & Gamble
1/24: Smart Source & Red Plum
1/31: Smart Source & Red Plum

February
2/7: Smart Source
2/14: No Inserts
2/21: Smart Source & General Mills & Procter and Gamble
2/28: Smart Source & Red Plum

March
3/7: Smart Source, Red Plum & Procter and Gamble
3/14: Smart Source& Red Plum
3/21: Smart Source& Red Plum
3/28:2 Smart Source & Red Plum & Procter and Gamble

April
4/4: No Inserts
4/11: Smart Source & Red Plum
4/18: Smart Source & Red Plum
4/25: Smart Source & Red Plum

May
5/2: Smart Source & Red Plum & P&G
5/9: Smart Source & Red Plum
5/16: 2 Smart Source & Red Plum
5/23: Smart Source & Red Plum
5/30: No Inserts

June
6/6: Smart Source & Red Plum & Procter and Gamble
6/13: Smart Source
6/20: Smart Source & Red Plum
6/27: Smart Source & Red Plum

July
7/4: No Inserts
7/11: Smart Source & Red Plum
7/18: Smart Source
7/25: Smart Source & Red Plum

August
8/1: Smart Source & Red Plum & Procter and Gamble
8/8: Smart Source & Red Plum
8/15: Smart Source & Red Plum
8/22: Smart Source & Red Plum
8/29: Smart Source & Red Plum & P&G Insert

September
9/5: No Inserts
9/12: Smart Source & 2 Red Plum
9/19: Smart Source & Red Plum
9/26: Smart Source & Red Plum

October
10/3: Smart Source & Red Plum & Procter and Gamble
10/10: Smart Source & Red Plum
10/17: Smart Source & Red Plum
10/24: Smart Source & Red Plum
10/31: Smart Source & Red Plum

November
11/7: Smart Source & Red Plum & Procter and Gamble
11/14: Smart Source & Red Plum
11/21: Smart Source & Red Plum
11/28: No Inserts

December
12/5: Smart Source & Red Plum & Procter and Gamble
12/12: Smart Source & Red Plum
12/19: No Inserts
12/26: No Inserts

12/10/09

SAVE $$ - Make Your Own Easy Bake Oven Mixes

Every year the Easy Bake Ovens go on sale dirt cheap around this time. What's not cheap is the mixes! Learn how to make your own mixes. Both my boys had EB ovens. I just wish I knew with my oldest son what I learned when my youngest son received his oven.



Save yourself a TON of money with these recipes to make your child their own mixes for a fraction of the cost.

Quick Toy Oven Cake
~2 tablespoons commercial snack cake mix -- (any snack cake mix that you just add water to, we've even used regular cake mixes with good results even though the eggs & oil were omitted)
~1 tablespoon water
Mix cake mix and 1 tablespoon water (use only enough to make a cake batter consistency). Place in greased toy cake pan.
Bake for 10 minutes. Makes 1 serving

Don't have a cake mix? Here's a "scratch" recipe:

Toy Oven Chocolate Cake
6 teaspoons flour
4 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
3/4 teaspoon shortening
1 Pinch salt
6 teaspoons milk
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa, shortening and salt. Add milk. Pour into greased baking pan that comes with the toy oven. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
Note: If you don't want a chocolate cake, omit the cocoa and add a drop or two of vanilla with the milk. Makes 1 serving

FROSTING (for 2 cakes)
4 tsp Shortening 1/4 tsp Vanilla
2/3 c Powdered sugar 2 tsp Milk
Colored sugar crystals for decoration
Stir together shortening, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk until smooth and creamy. Spread 2 tsp. of frosting on top of 1st layer. Add 2nd layer and continue frosting. Sprinkle with colored crystal sugars. Frosts a 2 layer cake.

BROWNIES (6 wedges)
2 1/2 T Sugar 1/8 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Oil 4 tsp Chocolate syrup
2 T Plus - 1 tsp Flour
Sir together sugar, oil, vanilla, chocolate and flour until the batter is smooth and chocolate colored. Pour batter into greased and floured pan. Bake 15 minutes. When cool, cut them into wedges or little squares. Makes 6 wedges or 1/2 inch squares.

ANGEL COOKIES
6 tsp butter 1 pinch salt
3 tsp sugar 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
3 tsp brown sugar 1/4 c flour
1/8 tsp baking soda
Cream together butter, sugars and salt. Add flour, cream of tartar, and baking soda. Divide into 12 balls. Flatten with thumb. Bake 8 minutes. Makes one dozen
one-inch cookies.

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12/9/09

Walgreens, Cvs, Hyvee,& Dollar General Deals

CVS
1 remote control spinner $9.99
1 Zantac $8.99
1 Brut after shave $5.29

Coupons Used
1 $1 Brut
1 $1 Zantac
1 $4 off $20 CVS coupon found in the Center of their Holiday Book

EB's used
$3.99 from Santa Hat purchased earlier in week
$4.00 from EOB lotion purchased earlier in week

OOP was $11.15
ECB received $8.99 for Zantac

out of pocket was higher than normal BUT I had to have the car for a xmas present.




Hy-Vee
9 FreshPet Selects $1.69 each (all rang up separately to use the Get one Free coupons)
9 Fresh Pet Select coupons $1.69 each

1 Ronzoni Pasta $1.59
1 couppon .75 off

2 Knorr Cheese sauce mixes $1.25 each

OOP for all $3.51





Dollar General
1 Hawaiin Punch Juice $2.25
2 Mr Potatoe Heads $2.50 each
used 2 $2 ip coupons
OOP was $3.57

BEWARE: These are small 6 piece mini Mr Potatoes. They have 4 different ones. They are in their sale book for $2.50, but rang up $3. The coupon beeped also. She read every single word on them and finally decided to void the whole order and ring it up again, price adjusting them from $3 to $2.50 and pushing the coupons through. When she was done she said (and I quote) "There, you got them both for $1, are you satisfied?" I told her "thank you" and left the store PO'd!

I'm sure if you take the add to Wal-Mart you will receive the bigger product with less hassle. The add does not say anything but "Mr. Potatoe Head $2.50"




Walgreen Deals

#1
2 Hershey Kiss 8.5oz $2.50 each
2 Theraflu $5.00 each
2 Triaminic Strips $5.00 each
3 Pot Holders .39 each (use in ad coupon)
Subtotal $26.17

Coupons Used:
2 $2 Theraflu IP coupons
2 $3 Triaminic coupons
1 $2 ($4 total)Wags Theraflu coupon from Healthy Savings Book
1 $2 ($4 total)Wags Triaminic coupon from Healthy Savings Book

RR's used
2 $2 from Goody Hair deal last week

Total OOP was $4.22

RR's Recvd: $14 ($5 for over $25 order, $5 for Triaminic, $3 for Theraflu and $1 for Hershey Kisses)

So I'm $6 ahead! Could have been more had I used the Hershey Kiss $1 coupon!





#2
2 Hershey Kiss 8.5oz $2.50 each
2 Theraflu $5.00 each
2 Triaminic $5.00 each
3 Pot Holders .39 each (use in ad coupon)
Subtotal $26.17

Coupons Used:
2 $1.50 Blinkie Theraflu coupons
1 $3 Triaminic strip coupon
1 $2 Triaminic liquid coupon
1 $2 ($4 total)Wags Theraflu coupon from Healthy Savings Book
1 $2 ($4 total)Wags Triaminic coupon from Healthy Savings Book
1 $1 Hershey Kisses coupon

RR's used
1 $5 from $25 purchase received from #1 to see if it would roll, IT DID NOT!

Total OOP was $4.35

RR's Recvd: $9 (I DID NOT RECEIVE THE $5 for over $25 order-SO THAT MEANS IT IS NOT ROLLING!) $5 for Triaminic, $3 for Theraflu and $1 for Hershey Kisses)

So I pretty much broke even, BUT if you have rr's from some other deals you can use them and you'll receive the $5 for your $25 purchase making it money ahead on this one too.





#3

3 Ecotrin $1.99 each (used raincheck from last week)
1 All detergent $3.50
1 Snuggies fabric softener sheet $4.59
2 Theraflu $5 each
3 Candy Cane pens $1
2 Christmas Pencils $1
Subtotal $26.06

Coupons Used:
$10 off 3 Bayer products (for the Ecotrin)
1 $2 off All detergent
1 $2 off Snuggies fabric sheets
2 $1.50 blinkie Theraflu
1 $2 ($4 total) Wags Theraflu coupon from Healthy Savings Book

RR's used:
1 $5 from Triaminic deal

OOP was .06

RR's received: $5 (for over $25 order) and $3 for Theraflu

So I came out $3 ahead on this deal.

12/4/09

Baked Ziti

I've been asked for this recipe so many times, I decided to drag it back up closer to the top of my archives. It's one of my families' favorites. For me, this recipe has it ALL. It's quick, easy and a frugal (less than $5) meal. What more could you ask for? Baked Ziti

1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 jar water
1 lb pasta (rotini, penne, ziti, elbows, shells)
8 oz shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, mexican, mont. jack)



Mix sauce, water, and uncooked pasta in 9x13 pan. Cover with foil and bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes (depends upon type of pasta used). Remove cover, stir, top with cheese, and bake until cheese is melted.

Serve with garlic toast and a salad.

Variations: add mushrooms, eggplant, zuccini, or any other vegetable you need to sneak in on your kids. It doesnt take much. Meat can also be added. 1 lb of ground beef, italian sweet pork sausage, ground turkey or 2 cups cooked chicken.

LE2
LE4

10/30/09

FREE Pioneer Woman Cooks Cookbook

I'm so excited. Who doesn't love Ree Drummond? My FREE The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook is on its way! Here's how you can get yours too!

The cookbook can be ordered online from Amazon.com.

I used 3 of my $5 Amazon gift cards I won from Swagbucks! Yeahhhhh! I love FREE.

If you havn't joined Swagbucks yet, it's still not too late. Just click on the banner at the top of my blog or HERE and get signed up! It won't take long for you to receive enough extra bucks to get 3 amazon gift cards.



You'll have it in time for Christmas.

10/16/09

A Friday Freebie

It's been a while since I did any Freebies.

But I wanted to let you know about this one. Free reusable grocery bag from Red Gold Tomatoes(residents of IL, KS, MI, MN, MO, OH, OK, and WI only--Thanks, Money Saving Mom)

While I have your attention, MoneySavingMom.com is a finalist in The Bump Blog Awards. The grand prize is $1,000 and I feel she really deserves this for all she does. She would love to be able to put that towards their house savings fund.

You can help her out and VOTE HERE. It's really easy, click one button and it takes less than 15 seconds. The official rules say that you can vote as many times as you want from now until when the contest closes, just keep refreshing the page and voting.

10/10/09

What's For Dinner~ Taco Soup

Taco Soup!

We love this soup. There is a bunch of variations and it's called a bunch of different things such as Santa Fe Soup or Mexican Soup. My Santa Fe Soup recipe is a little different but would feed an army, so I use this one most of the time. It still makes a big pot and is more of a frugal meal.

2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 can pinto beans
1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can whole kernel corn
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
1 pkg. original hidden valley ranch dry dressing
2 1/2 cups water

Brown ground beef and onions in a large pan, drain. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips topped with shredded cheese, taco sauce and sour cream or serve spooned over cornbread. You can even dip it up with a slotted spoon to drain and roll in a soft tortilla shell.

I've substituted the beans out and used chili beans and red beans. This is also good with 1 lb. hamburger and either a pound of ground sausage, pork, turkey, deer, lamb, or beeffalo. I've used tomato sauce instead of diced tomatoes and white corn instead of sweet yellow corn. It's a very versatile soup.

A lot of recipes say to drain the corn and beans and wash the beans. I don't.

10/9/09

I need your help!

Some of us in Missouri are under a freeze warning tonight and I don't want to turn my furnace on!

Today it was quite chilly, but I still refused to turn the furnace on. Last year during the week I kept the thermostat at 63 degrees during the day and 68 in the evening and at night. On the weekends (when everyone was home) during the day was 66 and at night 68. Some of my extended family thinks I'm being too extreme. Do any of you do this?

Will you share with me in comments what you keep your thermostat at during the winter. Or if you would prefer, I've set up a poll to the left that you can vote on.

Thanks for your help.

10/8/09

What's For Dinnner? Smothered Pork Chops

Smothered Pork Chops, YUM! Everyone has their favorite recipe for smothered pork chops. I fix them several different ways myself depending upon what I have on hand.

Tonight's pork chops won't have any cream of whatever soup. I only had chicken and didnt want to use it.... so here's what I did. This makes the meal cheaper too.

Place: pork chops in prepared pan. (pam or lightly greased)
Dump: 1 envelope of Lipton Onion Soup Mix & 2 envelopes of brown gracy mix over chops
Pour: 2 cups cold water over all.
Cover: pan with foil.
Bake: 375 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Serve with a baked potato, vegetable and bread. Tonight's bread is going to be stove top stuffing.

Dinner is served!

10/6/09

{EXPIRED} $2 Printable Nutrena or Purina Feed Coupon


Here is a $2 off printable Nutrena or Purina Feed coupon. Can be used on goat, swine, rabbit, cow or horse feed 50lbs or over.

10/5/09

$50 FREE Lowes Gift Cards


Here's a great offer for $50 FREE in Lowes Gift Cards! Free Sample Freak tells you how to get $50 in Lowes Gift Cards FREE! Ok, it will cost you $1 and a 5 minute phone call. But I felt if it was really this easy it would be worth it.

And guess what showed up in my mailbox last Thursday? Yep, 5 $10 Lowes gift cards. Yippeee!

So head over to Free Sample Freak and she'll tell you step by step what to do. Seriously, it's easy and now that I know it's still working I wanted to share with you.

The sign up is quick. You wait a couple days for two emails and then head to another link to request your gift cards. Once you receive them in the mail then you call and cancel the trial offer.

Thanks Brandie for the great deal!

FREE Redbox Movie Code


The October FREE movie code at Redbox is QNGJ7KD This code is good for today, Monday only. It will expire at midnight CST. What movie are you going to get? Did you know you can reserve movies online from Redbox? Cool hugh? JUST GO HERE!

10/4/09

All*You October Coupons PLUS a $20 2 Year Subscription


Have you subscribed to All*You yet? 24 issues for $20 and 40% of that goes to a child's baseball team fund raiser. What could be better than that? Just visit Bargain Briana for this HOT deal.Here is a list of the coupons in the new All*You issue.

Advertiser Coupon Value Expiration Date
American Beauty Quick Cook Pasta $0.75 12/31/09
Arrowhead, Poland Spring, Deer Park, Zepherhills, Ozarka, Ice Mountain $1.00 12/31/09
Banquet Chicken Breast Nuggets $1.00 of 2 28.8 oz. bags 12/06/09
Banquet Dinner Gatefold $1.00 off any 6
BOOST Kid Essentials Multipack $3.00 12/18/09
Brut Deodorant or Anti-Perspirant $3.55 10/31/09
Brut Fragrance $1.00 10/31/09
Campbell's V8 Soup $1.00 11/15/09
Claritin Eye $2.00 11/30/09
Colgate Wisp $0.50 11/22/09
Creamette Quick Cook Pasta $0.75 12/31/09
Crunch n' Munch $1.00 off any 2 7.5 ounce or larger 12/06/09
FASHION BUG $10.00 09/24/09
French's French Fried Onions $0.75 01/31/10
Glade¨ Fabric & Air Odor Eliminator Buy any Glade¨ Fabric & Air Odor Eliminator, get one FREE (up to $4.00) 11/30/09
Healthy Choice All Natural Entrees $1.00 off any 2
Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers $1.00 off any 2
Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers $1.00 off any 2
Healthy Choice Microwavable Soup Bowls Buy 2 get 1 free ($2.00 value)
Hunt's Ketchup $1.00 off any 2 12/06/09
La Choy Creations $1.00 11/30/09
Lay's Brand Light Original Potato Chips $0.50 off any 6.5 oz bag 10/31/09
LEAN CUISINE Entrees $2.00 off any 3 12/31/09
Log Cabin 24 oz. and 64 oz. Syrups $0.50 off 1
Manwich Buy 2 15.5 oz. cans and get 1 free ($1.00 value) 12/06/09
Marie Calendar's Dinners $1.00 off any 2
Marie Calendar's Homestyle Creations $1.50 off any 1 1/31/10
Marie Calendar's Pasta al Dente $1.00 off any 2
Marie Calendar's Signature Sautes $2.00 off any 1
Nestle Pure Life $0.50 12/31/09
New York Brand Texas Garlic Toast $0.50 12/31/09
N.Y.C. New York Color $1.00 09/30/09
Playtex Gentle Glide $1.00 12/31/09
Quilted Northern or Quilted Northern Ultra Plush Bath Tissue $2.00 off any 2 10/31/09
Rimmel Mascara $2.00 09/30/09
Ronzoni Quick Cook Pasta $0.75 12/31/09
RO*TEL Buy 2 get any 1 10 oz. can free ($1.00 value)
Sally Hansen La Cross $2.00 (off $4 purchase or higher) 10/31/09
Sandwich Thins $1.00 11/30/09
San Giorgio Quick Cook Pasta $0.75 12/31/09
Skinner Quick Cook Pasta $0.75 12/31/09
Snickers Marathon $0.50 10/31/09
Softsoap Nutri Serums $1.00 10/23/09
SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener, with Fiber $1.00 11/30/09
Spot Shot Free Movie TIcket (up to $12 value) with purchase of Spot Shot 12/31/09
Suave Body Wash Save $0.75 on any 2 Body Wash Products 11/30/09
SUNCHIPS Multigrain Snacks $1.00 10/31/09
Taco Bell Home Originals Dinner Kits $1.00 10/31/09
The Fragrance Collection by Glade $2.00 off any product from The Fragrance Collection by Glade 11/01/09
Truvia natural Sweetener $1.00 12/31/09
Tyson Any'tizers snacks Save $1.00 on 1 bag 11/30/09
Tyson Any'tizers snacks Save $0.75 on 1 bag 11/30/09
Tyson General Tso's and Sweet & Sour Chicken from the deli $1.00 10/31/09
Underwood Deviled Ham $1.00 12/31/09
White Cloud GreenEarth Paper Towels or Bathroom Tissue $1.00 11/28/09
X3 Disposable Razor $1.00 10/16/09
Total $84.05

10/2/09

Get HOT Printable Coupons


printed before they are gone! It's the first of the month and that means Coupons.com has reset coupons. The HOT ones go fast so be sure to print them today.

$1 off Ronzoni
$1 off Snuggle Fabric Softener
$1 off Starbucks Ice Cream
Tons of Pillsbury, Betty Crocker & Yoplait.

Have you started Christmas shopping yet? There are lots of Hasbro coupons.

Just go over to my left sidebar and print from there. It's quick & easy.

Here's my tips on how to print coupons so stores will hassle you less on accepting them. COUPON PRINTING TIPS

10/1/09

What can $24.18 buy you this week at Walgreens?


I couldn't pass up the Theraflu money maker. And there were so many other great buys. I went to 4 stores today and did some stocking up. I still have $11 in register rewards left.


1 Walgreens Activity Book w/coupons (not in picture)
1 16oz soda (not in picture)
2 Walgreens Stadium Peanuts (1 not in picture. These are so yummy!)
4 Halls Refresh Drops (1 not in picture)
1 10 tablet Naproxen
2 Snicker Bars
2 Reeses Bars
1 Gillette Razor
2 Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion
2 Chapstick Fresh Effects
3 Herbal Essence Shampoos
3 Xcel Laundry Detergent
2 4lb Imperial Sugar
9 8oz Tomato Sauce
8 Butterball Chicken Broth
12 Theraflu (4 had 2pack bonuses of the powder formula)

I rarely shop at Walgreens because it's a little drive for me. So being rusty on how they do their deals cost me some money. I didn't use the $5/25 coupon yesterday when I did the one Theraflu deal. I also didnt have any coupons or rr's, so it cost me $12 out of pocket or my total would have been lower.

I don't think I did that bad for being virtually a wag's newbie, did I?




9/30/09

WARNING! Shopping Naked Can Be...

a big RIP OFF! They lure you in. They tell you to shop naked. They tell you to try it for FREE. Then they take advantage of you by doing THIS<--CLICK HERE



Yes the Naked Naturals Shampoo/Conditioner Try Me Free Offer up to $7.99 is a rip off. To read more check out FrugalSuz post HERE. Scroll down just a little to her entry.

9/29/09

HURRY! FREE QUICK TRIP SANDWICH


Check out Coupons.com There is a coupon for a FREE Quick Trip sandwich, no purchase necessary. Print Limit is 1 on this one and will go fast! Click HERE

New! Pillsbury $1 Printable Coupons



NEW! Pillsbury Printable Coupons It looks like the Pillsbury Toaster Strudel $1 off 1 and Crescent Rolls $1 off 1 has been reset. Click HERE to print strudels and HERE to print crescent rolls.

Pepsi Coupons


Here are three great printable coupons. Building Your Destiny has printable coupons for Dole juice, Pepsi & Sobe Life Water. Just click HERE.

9/28/09

Where Did My Money Go? Finding Your Money Leaks

Many people spend a great deal of money daily without knowing exactly where it went. They can tell you what their basic monthly expenses is, but have no idea where the rest went.

Here's how to find out:

Start TODAY!
Get an envelope.
For every purchase over .50 get a receipt and place it in your envelope. Write down the purchase on the envelope.
Do this for two weeks.

You'll soon see your hard earned dollars is being spent on small petty items.

entertainment
snacks & fast food
restaurant dining
newspapers & magazines

A couple of dollars here and a few dollars there add up FAST!

For example, here is what I was doing daily:
Stopped on way to work: $1.49 on a 16 oz soda and $1.99 breakfast sandwich
Lunch: Fast food meal $5-6
Two or three times a week I was also buying newspapers and magazines. (I cannot believe how the price of magazines has went up in the last 3 years.)
I found I was spending $40-$50 A WEEK on this! That's $200 a month.

AND

My husband was even worse. One breakfast sandwich wasnt enough. Working outside in the heat he was also buying 3-4 sodas/teas/waters. We were spending close to $600 a month on this "stuff" and nothing to show for it.

Keep repeating the question: "Is this where I WANT my money to go?" "Is this stuff really worth it?"

To plug these leaks we did a few things.
1) Started packing our lunches. I made sandwiches, bathces of burritos & hamburgers and froze, and we learned to love leftovers instead of throwing them out!
2) I bought a 2 litre of pop to take to my office job for $1.25 and it would last 3 or 4 days. I bought a drink jug cooler from a thrift store and hubby either took water or tea made at home.
3) My new years resolution 2 years ago was to not buy any more magazines. Although I didnt completely quit buying, I have cut this back 90%. Some I can read on line. I watched for FREE subscriptions or highly discounted subscriptions. I've even requested subscriptions as gifts when someone asks what I want.
4) FREE entertainment: I watch for FREE dvd rentals. Redbox gives a free code once a month. Our satellite provider offered two FREE movies this month. We went to a free art show this past weekend and had a great time.

We went from spending $600 a month to $150.

Everyone wants to have some spending money to spend any way they want. You've worked hard and earned it. We gave ourselves $10 each for the week. Both of us usually spent our money and treated ourselves out to lunch on Fridays and had money leftover.

By doing this tracking method, you'll be surprised at how much you have spent on things that don't really matter very much to you and that don't have lasting value.

9/25/09

9/27/09 Coupon Preview SS, RP & Proctor Gamble

SMARTSOURCE
2000 Flushes Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner $1 (12/31/09)
Act Mouthwash, 18oz $1 (12/31/09)
Act Mouthwash, 33oz $2 (12/31/09)
Air Wick Aqua Essences Aerosol .50 (11/01/09)
Air Wick Scented Oil twin refill pack $1/1 or 2 single refills (11/08/09)
Air Wick Warmer Unit FREE up to $2.19 wyb any Air Wick Scented Oil Refill Fragrance (11/08/09)
Calavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 25.5 oz. bottle $1.50 DND (10-30-09)
California Pizza Kitchen Product $1 (10-31-09)
Carnation Evaporated Milk .50/2 cans (12/31/09)
Carpet & Room Odor Eliminator Quick Dry Foam $1 (12-31-09)
Celestial Seasonings Tea Bags, 18ct + $1 (12/27/09)
Clearasil Product, any $2 (12/20/09)
Colgate 360 Toothbrush, any $1 (10/17/09)
Colgate Total Enamel Strength, Advanced Whitening, Advanced Clean or Fresh Toothpastes, 4oz+ $1 (10/17/09)
Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers $1 ENE (11-30-09)
Dare Crackers $1 on 2 DND (3-31-10)
Deans Dip $1 on 2 (11-30-09)
Enfamil Premium with Triple Health Guard Powder, 23.4oz+ $5 (11/30/09)
Glade Fabric Odor Eliminator $2/2 (11-07-09)
Halls 20ct+ Single Bag, any .35 (11/7/09)
Halls Refresh Hard Candy, any bag .75 (11/7/09)
Hersheys Special Dark Bag or Hersheys Extra Dark Bar or Bag, 3.5oz+ $1 (11/01/09)
Hersheys, Reeses or Kit Kat Snack Size Bags, 9-22oz $1 on 3 (10/17/09)
Irish Spring Body Wash, excludes 2.5oz size, or Multi-bar Soap Packs, 3bar+ . 50/2 (10/17/09)
Jennie-O Turkey Roast Product .55 (10-18-09)
Jennie-O Turkey Store Breast of Turkey Ham Turkey Pastrami or so Easy Entrees .75 (11-29-09)
Jennie-O Turkey Store Turkey Bacon or Smoked Sausage .55 (11-29-09)
Jolly Time Microwave Popcorn .50 (11-30-09)
Little Debbie Chocolate Cupcakes .75/1 box (12/31/09) .10 each
LOreal EverPure Shampoo, Conditioner, or Treatment, any $2 (12/20/09)
Marie Callenders Pasta Al Dente Frozen Meals $1 on 2 (11/22/09)
Marie Callenders Pot Pies $1 on 3 (11/15/09)
Miralax, 14-dose or 10ct carton $2 (11/08/09)
Miralax, 30-dose bottle $4 (11/8/09)
Miralax, 30-dose bottle $5 (10/11/09)
Mrs. Smiths Bakery Product, 30oz+ .75 DND (12/31/09)
Nature Made Vitamins $1 (10/27/09)
Nueva Cocina Rice Mixes .75/2 DND (12-27-09)
Ore-Ida French Fries or Tater Tots Frozen Potatoes $1.50 on 2 bags (11/22/09)
Palmolive Dish Liquid 25oz .25 (10/17/09)
Palmolive Pure+Caring or Pure+Clear Dish Liquid 20oz .75 (10/17/09)
Palmolive Pure+Caring or Pure+Clear Mail-in Try Me Free Rebate up to $2.99 (11/27/09)
Pepperidge Farm Cookies, 3oz+ .55 (11/30/09)
Purina Friskies Natural Sensations Cat Treats, any FREE up to $2.25 (11/30/09)
Rachel Ray Nutrish Dog Food, 6 lb. $2 (12-31-09)
Rice Select Product $1.50 DND (12-31-09)
Sargento Salad or Potato Finishers .75 (10/31/09)
Schick Disposable Razors, any $1 (11/8/09)
Science Diet Simple Essentials Dog Treats, 12.3oz+ - $2 DND (10/31/09)
SeaPak Tilapia Tenders $1 (11/30/09)
Seattles Best Coffee $1 (12/31/09)
Softsoap Body Wash $1 (10/17/09)
Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick Antiperspirants/Deodorants .75/2 (10/17/09)
Speed Stick Pro or 24/7 Deodorant or Lady Speed Stick Clinical Proof or 24/7, excludes .5oz .75 (10/17/09)
Swanson Broth Carton, 32oz+ .50/2 (11/8/09)
Swanson Stock Carton .75/2 (11/8/09)
Swanson Broth Can, 14oz+ .40 on 3 (11/8/09)
Tabasco Salsa $1 DND (12-3-09)
TGI Fridays Anytime Quesadillas $1 (11/28/09)
TGI Fridays Complete Skillet Meals $1 (11/28/09)
TGI Fridays Snacks $2 on 4 (11/28/09)
Visine All Day Eye Itch Relief, Totality Multi-symptom, or Total Eye Soothing Wipes $2 (12/31/09)
Visine Product, any $1 (12/31/09)
Weight Watchers Yogurt, 6oz or 32oz .55/2 (10/31/09)
White Cloud Bathroom Tissue or Paper Towel product $1 (11/27/09)
Whole Body Cleanse Internal Cleansing System $3 (12/31/09)
X-14 Cleaning Product $1 (12-31-09)

REDPLUM
Aveeno Product, any except Cleansing Bars and Trial Size $1 (12/31/09)
Aveeno Product, any except Cleansing Bars and Trial Size $1.50 on 2 (12/31/09)
Bayer Heart Health Advantage AND any Bayer Aspirin product 24ct+ $3 (12/31/09)
Bayer Heart Health Advantage Product $1.50 (12/31/09)
Bayer Quick Release Crystals, 10ct+ $1.50 (12/31/09)
Cesar Treats $1 (10/25/09)
College Inn Chicken or Beef Broth, 14 oz. $1 on 2 (11/21/09)
College Inn Aseptic Chicken and Beef Broth, 32 oz. $1 (11/21/09)
Hefty OneZip Fresh Extend Bags $1 (12/31/09)
Hillshire Farm Deli Select Ultra Thin or Hearty Slices Lunchmeats, 8oz+ .55 (10/25/09)
Hot Pockets or Lean Pockets Breakfast Sandwiches, 9-20oz .75 (12/20/09)
LOreal Excellence or Excellence to-Go $1 (12/20/09)
Lea & Perrins Thick Classic Worcestershire Sauce $2 (11/22/09)
Loud N Clear Sound Amplifier $3 (12/30/09)
Mars Candy (M&Ms, Snickers, Skittles, Starburst, 3Musketeers, Milky Way, etc) Fun Size Bags - $1 on 2 (10/31/09)
Neosporin Lip Health $1 (12-31-09)
One A Day Adult or Teen Multivitamin Product, 12ct+ $2 (12/31/09)
One A Day Kids Product $1 (12/31/09)
Osteo Bi-Flex Product $6 (11/10/09)
Pedigree Dentastix Treats for Dogs $1 (11/22/09)
Pedigree MarroBone Treats for Dogs $1 (11/22/09)
Pillsbury Brownie Minis Brownie Mixes .40 (12/31/09)
Pillsbury Easy Frost No-Fuss Frosting .40 (12/31/09)
Purdue Frozen Fully Cooked Chicken $1 (11-22-09)
Robitussin Product, excludes Robitussin To Go, 2 ct. $1 (12/31/09)
Robitussin To Go Product, excludes 2 ct. $1 (12/31/09)
Super Pretzel Soft Pretzel Product .50 (11/27/09)
Scope Mouthwash AND two 4.2oz+ Crest Toothpastes $2 (12/31/09) (TARGET)
Thermacare, 2ct+ $2 (11/30/09)
Zephyrhills Water, 6-pack only $1 (10-24-09)
Zephyrhills Water, 8oz 12-packs $1 on 2 (10-24-09)
Zephyrhills Water, Gallon B2B1F (10-24-09)

PROCTER & GAMBLE
Align Product $5 (10-31-09)
Always Infinity, 14ct+ - $1 (10-31-09)
Always Pad, Clean, or Feminine Cleansing Cloth .50 (10-31-09)
Always Pantiliners 34ct+ .50 (10-31-09)
Bounty Napkins .25 (10-31-09)
Bounty Towels or Napkins .25 (10-31-09)
Cascade Rinse Aid, any size $1 (10-31-09)
Cascade, any size .25 (10-31-09)
Charmin Bathroom Tissue, any size .25 (10-31-09)
Crest Kids Toothpaste $1 (10-31-09)
Crest Premium Paste 4.1oz+ (Multicare, Extra Whitening, Whitening Expressions, whitening plus scope, etc.) $1 (10-31-09)
Crest Rinse 440mL+ $1 (10-31-09)
Crest Toothpastes 4.1oz+ or liquid gel $1 on 2 (10-31-09)
Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal, 14ct only $10 (10-3109)
Dawn .25 (10-31-09)
Dawn Direct Foam or Dawn Simple Pleasure .50 (10-31-09)
Dawn Plus Hand Renewal .50 (10-31-09)
Duracell Copper Top, Power Pix & Ultra Digital, Ultra Advanced, Ultra Photo Lithium Batteries .75 (10-31-09)
Duracell Hearing Aid Batteries with Easy Tab, 6pk+ $1.50 (10-31-09)
Febreeze Air Effects FREE wyb any Febreeze Candle (10-31-09)
Febreeze Fabric Refresher $1 (10-31-09)
Febreeze Noticeables Starter Kit $4 (10-31-09)
Fixodent Adhesive 1.2oz+ .50 (10-31-09)
Gillette Body Wash $1 (10-31-09)
Gillette Clinical Strength $2/1 or any (2) Gillette deodorants except trial size (10-31-09)
Gillette Fusion Razor $4 (10-31-09)
Gillette Fusion Shave Gel $1 (10-31-09)
Gillette Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styler $1 (10-31-09)
Luvs Diapers $1 (1-31-09)
Metamucil Product $1 (10-31-09)
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser B1G1F (10-3-09)
Mr. Clean Spray FREE wyb any Mr. Clean Liquid (10-31-09)
Nice n Easy Hair Color Product $1 (10-31-09)
Olay Bar Pack, Body Wash or In-Shower Body Lotion $1 (10-31-09)
Olay Facial Moisturizer or Cleanser $1 (10-31-09)
Olay Hand & Body Lotion, excludes 30mL $1 (10-31-09)
Old Spice Body Wash or Anti-pers/deodorant $1 on 2 (11/30/09)
Old Spice Pro Strength $4 on 2 (11/30/09)
Oral-B 3ct+ Refill Brush Head $3 (10-31-09)
Oral-B Floss Pick 45ct+, Satin Floss or Glide Product $1 (10-31-09)
Oral-B Pulsar, Cross Action, Advantage Toothbrush .75/1 or any (2) Indictors (10-31-09)
Oral-B Vitality Toothbrush or Rechargeable Toothbrush, includes Vitality, Sonic Complete, etc. $5 (10-31-09)
Oral-B Plusonic, Professional Care or Sonic Complete Rechargeable Toothbrush $15 Mail-in Rebate (11-14-09)
Pantene Styler $1 (10-31-09)
Pepto-Bismol Product .50 (10-31-09)
Prilosec OTC Product $1 (10-31-09)
Pringles Cans, 180g+ $1 on 4 (10-31-09)
Pringles Fat Free Cans, 165g+ .50/2 (10-31-09)
Pringles Snack Stack, Stix, Minis, or Bold Bites Product .50 (10-3-109)
Puffs Single .25 on 3 or one 3-pack (10-31-09)
Pur or Pur Flavor Options System, Pitcher or Faucet Mount $3 (10-31-09)
Pur Pitcher or Faucet Mount Multi-Pack Replacement Filters or Pur Refrigerator Filter $3 (10-31-09)
Scope Breath Mist or Breath Drops .35 (10-3-09)
Scope Mouthwash, 710mL+ .75 (10-31-09)
Secret Flawless .50 (11/30/09)
Secret Flawless, Fresh Effects, Scent Expressions, or Smooth Effects $2/2 (11/30/09)
Swiffer Dust & Shine B1G1F (10-31-09)
Swiffer Dust & Shine or Swiffer Refills .50 (10-31-09)
Swiffer Dusters Starter Kit .50 (10-31-09)
Swiffer Sweeper Starter Kit $1 (10-31-09)
Swiffer WetJet Starter Kit or Swiffer SweepVac Starter Kit $5 (10-31-09)
Tag Product B1G1F (11/30/09)
Tampax 18ct+ .50 (10-31-09)
Tide Product, any size $1 (10-31-09)
Tide To Go, any size .35 (10-31-09)
Venus Embrace or Breeze Family, 6ct or 8ct Cartridges $2 (10-31-09)
Venus Embrace or Breeze Family Systems Razor $2 (10-31-09)
Vicks Product $1 (10-31-09)

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How do I know how much to stockpile of an item...


This is the question I get asked the most.

The way to stocking a pantry the frugal way: Buy when it’s on sale! Use your coupons when the item is on sale to get rock bottom prices. Buy enough to keep you in stock until the sale cycles again. Doing so, you will never pay full price again.

Here is how I figure out how much of what food is reasonable for my family.

1. Write down your families favorite meals and list ingredients needed to prepare. I had 17 that I found I cooked regularly. Some are only served during the summer, some only during the winter.

2. 80% of your meals will be prepared from your stockpile. 80% of 365 days a year is 292. Then divide 292 by the amount of favorite meals you wrote down. 292 divided by 17 is 17.176. I need 18 of each of the ingredients for each of the 17 meals throughout a year. Ingredients used in more than one dish will require more, such as tomato sauce. I use it in chili, spaghetti, beef stew. So for a year I would need 54 cans.

This method is from the Utah State University Cooperative Extension office. You can download their workbook, complete with instructions and worksheets to make this easy to do. They also have inventory sheets so you will know at all times how much of what you have and how much you need. It's a really great publication that I have used for several years. Just click here.

9/23/09

$2 Healthy Choice Printable Coupon




$2 off any Healthy Choice Frozen Meal Print Limit 2

$1 off any 2 Healthy Choice Mixers

$1 off 3 Libby's Canned Vegetables



$1 off 3 Libby's Canned Vegetables Print limit 2

I see some cheap veggies in the near future!

$2 White Cloud Printable Coupon



White Cloud has some great coupons to print. It seems the limit for each one is 4 also!

$1 off White Cloud Green Earth

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$2 off 24 roll pack or any two 12 roll packs

$2 Honey Bunches of Oats Printable Coupon



Grab your $2 HBO coupon before they are gone! Possibly FREE cereal if your Wal-Mart has it on for $2.

SwagBucks Code Alert!



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9/22/09

SwagBucks Codes



I wanted to take a couple minutes and tell you if you have been thinking about joining SwagBucks now is the time to do it!

It's fast and easy to sign up and TSG (The Swagbucks Guy) is in a very giving mood this month.

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With Christmas right around the corner these swagbucks can be spent on Christmas gifts.

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9/21/09

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Campbell's Cooking Soup Recipes & $1/2 Printable Coupon



I love cooking with Campbell's cooking soups. They are a must in my pantry at all times. My absolute favorite is Cream of Celery.

Campbell's has reset the $1/2 Cooking Soup coupon! Get yours HERE before the limit is reached.

Wanna know what I cook with Campbell's soup? Here's my family's fav's:

Chicken & Noodles

Sue's Chicken & Rice Dinner Casserole

Crockpot Swiss Chicken

Savory Baked Pork Steak

Here's my two favorite recipes using Campbell's Tomato Soup:

Tomato Soup Cake This recipe comes from the Cooking with Soup : A Campbell Cookbook by Home Economics Department Campbell Soup Company.

Campbell's Beef Taco Skillet

I have a tendency to stick to Cream of Celery, Chicken and Mushroom but would really like to hear some recipes using their other soups such as cheddar cheese and french onion.

Last Chance....



Today is the last day to load the current coupons to your grocery card. Once loaded, they are good for two weeks.

You can use your computer to load them onto your card or they also have mobile coupons that are loaded to your phone. To redeem mobile coupons you just show the coupon on your phone to checker.

Just last week, ShopRite was added to the stores participating.

Other participating stores: Baker's, Cala Foods/Bell Markets, Carrs, City Market, Dillons, Dominick's, Fry's, Genuardi's, Gerbes, Hilander, JayC Food Stores, King Soopers, Kroger, Owen's, Pavilions, Pay Less Super Markets, QFC Quality Food Centers, Ralphs, Randalls, Safeway, Scott's Food & Pharmacy, Smith's Food & Drug Stores, Tom Thumb, and Vons.

9/12/09

5 Coupon Insert Preview

Tomorrow there will be 5 coupon inserts in the metro papers. Here's a preview of what should be in your paper. There is over 200 coupons! Be sure to buy more than one copy of the paper to really stock up on those sales coming up.


SMARTSOURCE
Air Wick Freshmatic Compact i-Motion Starter Kit $4 (10/25/09)
Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra i-Motion Starter Kit $6 (10/25/09)
Air Wick Scented Oil i-Motion Starter Kit $4 (10/25/09)
Bumble Bee Premium Tuna Pouches, 2.5 or 5oz .55 (12/31/09)
Bumble Bee Prime Fillet Pouch, 4oz $1 (12/31/09)
Bumble Bee Sensations Seasoned Tuna Medley Bowl, 5oz $1 (12/31/09)
Carboneli Olive Oil, 17oz+ $1 (11-15-09)
Claritin Non-Drowsy Childrens, 4oz syrup or 10ct+ $2 (10/11/09)
Claritin Non-Drowsy Liqui-Gels only, 24ct+ $6 (9/20/09)
Claritin Non-Drowsy or Claritin-D, 15ct+ $4 (10/11/09)
Colgate Total Enamel Strength, Advanced Whitening, Advanced Clean, etc., 4oz+ - $1 (10/3/09)
Crystal Light Drink Mix Products $2/2 (10/10/09)
Dannon Single-Serve Cups Yogurt, 6 oz. $1 on 10 (12/13/09)
Depend Guard for Men $1 (11/01/09)
Depend Product $1 (11/01/09)
Dreamfields Pasta, any $1 DND (11/30/09)
Dulcolax Laxative Tablets or Suppositories $1 (12/31/09)
Dulcolax Softener $1 (12/31/09)
Duncan Hines 100% Whole Grain Muffins Box Mix .55 (1/31/10)
EAS Product $1 (11/15/09)
Egg-lands Best Cage Free or Organic Dozen Eggs .50 (12/31/09)
Egg-lands Best Eggs .35 (12/31/09)
Egg-lands Best Hard-Cooked & Peeled Eggs .35 (12/31/09)
Ensure 6-pack Shake $1 (11/15/09)
Friendship Cottage Cheese or Sour Cream, 16 oz. $1 on 2 DND (16oz) (11-30-09)
Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner, or Treatment .75 (10/15/09)
Garnier Fructis Style Product .75 (10/15/09)
Garnier Nutrisse Shade or Multi-Lights Kit $2 (10/15/09)
Garnier Nutritioniste Cleanser or Moisturizer $1 (12/15/09)
Glucerna Product $1.50 (11/15)
Gortons Seafood Product $1 on 2 (11/22/09)
Green Giant Frozen Vegetables .50/2 (11/7/09)
Green Giant Just for One Vegetables .50 (11-7-09)
Hersheys Kisses Brand Chocolates, 10oz+ $1 (11/30/09)
Jennie-O Turkey Fresh Tray Pack or Marinated Tenderloin Product $1 (10-25-09)
Mentos Gum .55 DND (12/31/09)
MidNite or MidNite PM $1 (6/30/10)
Natures Source Natural Cleaner $1 (11/7/09)
Ortho Kill & Contain Mouse Trap or any Home Defense Max Rodent Control Product $1 (10/31/09)
PanOxyl Product (includes acne treatment foam, foaming wash, cleansing bar, facial wash, or bar) $2 (12/31/09)
Poise Pads $1.50 on 2 (10/25/09)
Poise Pantiliners $1.50 on 2 (10/25/09)
Proclearz Fungal Shield, 1 oz.+ $2 (12-31-09)
Revlon Color Cosmetic Product $1 (10-18-09)
Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil, 30 sq. ft .55 (10/11/09)
Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil, excludes 20,25, and 30 sq. ft. .75 (10/11/09)
Schick Disposable Razor Package $1 (10/25/09)
Schick Quattro Disposable Razors (Women Sensitive or Smooth or Mens Sensitive) $1 (10/25/09) TARGET
Scott Naturals Bath Tissue, 4 rolls+ $1 (10/25/09)
Scott Naturals Paper Towels, 6 rolls+ $1 (10/25/09)
Shout Laundry Product .55 (11/7/09)
Silk Soymilk Half Gallon .75 (10/31/09)
Similasan Allergy Eye or Dry Eye Relief $3 (12-31-09)
Simply Smart Milk $1 (10-31-09)
Soft Scrub Scrubby Pads $1 (10/31/09)
Spot Shots Instant Carpet Stain & Odor Eliminator Product $1 (12/31/09)
Sweet Sue Chicken & Dumplings .75 (12/31/09)
Sweet Sue Poultry Product .75 (12/31/09)
Tyson Heat-and-Eat Entrée, 17 oz. .75 (12/12/09)
Tyson Refrigerated Chicken or Steak Strips Product .55 (12/12/09)
Ziploc Bags $1 on 2 (11/7/09)
Ziploc Bags .40 (11/7/09)
Ziploc Containers $1.50 on 2 (11/7/09)
Ziploc Containers .55 (11/7/09)
Zone Perfect Single Bar or Multi-count Box .55 (11/15/09)

PUBLIX COUPONS
Fresh Fruit AND Nature Valley Granola Bars, Nut Clusters, Chex Mix, or Milk N Cereal Bars $1 (10-11-09)
Ground Beef AND any Hamburger Helper $1(10-11-09)
OJ AND any General Mills Cereal, 8.9oz+ $1 (10-11-09)
Publix Ice Cream AND Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie Mix $1 (10-11-09)
Reusable Shopping Bag FREE WYB 2 General Mills Products (10-11-09)

SMARTSOURCE #2 (GENERAL MILLS)
Betty Crocker Box or Pouch Potatoes, excludes Potato Buds, any .25 (11/7/09)
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, 17.5oz+ .40 (11/7/09)
Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes, Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Gushers, Fruit Roll-ups, etc. .50/2 (11-07-09)
Betty Crocker Warm Delights Bowls or Mini Bowls .50 (11/7/09)
Chex Mix Bars .50/1 box (11/7/09)
Chex Mix or Chex 100 Calorie Snack, 4.5oz+ .50/2 (11/7/09)
Fiber One Chewy Bars .40/1 box (11/7/09)
General Mills Cereals $1 on 3 (10/24/09)
Hamburger, Tuna, or Chicken Helper Home Cooked Skillet Meals .75/3 (11/7/09)
Nature Valley Granola Bars .40/1 box (11/7/09)
Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters $1 (11/7/09)
Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls .50/2 (12/5/09/09)
Pillsbury Italian Meal Breads, any .40/2 (12/5/09)
Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough $1 on 2 (12/5/09)
Pillsbury Refrigerated Pizza Crust .35 (12/5/09)
Pillsbury Savorings Bread Bowl Bites .55 (12/5/09)
Pillsbury Savorings Product .55 (12/5/09)
Pillsbury Simply Refrigerated Cookie Dough, any $1 (12/5/09)
Pillsbury Special Edition Cinnabon Cookie .55 (12/5/09)
Pillsbury Sweet Rolls or Grands Sweet Rolls .50/2 (12/5/09)
Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Pastries .55/2 (12/5/09)
Progresso High Fiber Soup .25 (11/7/09)
Progresso Soups, any .50/2 (11/7/09)
Romanos Macaroni Grill Restaurant Favorites Dinner Kit $1 (11/7/09)
Totinos Crisp Crust Party Pizza Products $1 on 4 (12/5/09)
Totinos Rolls Snacks .40/2 (12/5/09)
Wanchai Ferry Dinner Kit $1 (11/7/09)
Wanchai Ferry Frozen Entrée $2 (11/7/09)
Yoplait Delights Yogurt Multipack $1 (11/7/09)
Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt Multipacks $1 (11/7/09)
Yoplait Go-Gurt Yogurt, any flavor .75/2 (11/7/09)
YoPlus or YoPlus Light Yogurt, 4pk $1 (11/7/09)
Yoplait Yogurt Cups, any or Yolplait Original or Light Smoothie .40/6 (11/7/09)

SMARTSOURCE #3 (DIABETES SMART)
Birds Eye or Steamfresh bag .50 (10/24/09)
Birds Eye Steamfresh Lightly Sauced Vegetables and Pasta .50 (10/24/09)
Birds Eye Steamfresh Meal $1.50 (10/24/09)
Blue Diamond 100 Calorie, 7ct Whole Natural Almonds or Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds, 6 oz. .75/1 (12/31/09)
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almond milk .55/1 carton (12/31/09)
Breyers YoCrunch Multipack .75/1 (12/6/09)
Campbells Condensed Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soups .40/4 (12/15/09)
Campbells Condensed Soups, excludes Chicken Noodle, Tomato, and Creams) .40/2 (12/15/09)
Campbells Select Harvest Soups .40/2 (10/25/09)
Frenchs French Fried Onions, 6oz. .50 (10/25/09)
Frusion Yogurt Smoothies $1/1 4-pack or four 7 oz. bottles DND (10-25-09)
Glade Plugins Scented Gel Refill Packs $1 on 2 (10/24/09)
Glade Plugins Scented Gel Warmer B1G1F up to $2.35 value (10/24/09)
Hills Science Diet Feline 5.5oz Can Cat Food FREE wyb Hills Science Diet Dry Cat Food, up to $1.39 (10/31/09)
Hills Science Diet Feline Canned Cat Food, 5.5oz B2G1 FREE up to $1.39 (10/31/09)
Hormel Refrigerated Entrée $1 (11/30/09)
Johnsonville Brats or Italian Sausage, 19.76oz $1 on 2 DND (10/31/09)
Johnsonville Smoked or Cooked Sausage .55 DND (10/31/09)
Lysol All Purpose Cleaner Pourable .50 (10/12/09)
Lysol All Purpose Cleaner Trigger or Plus Bleach .50 (10/12/09)
Lysol Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner .50 (10/12/09)
Lysol Bathroom Cleaner or Mildew Remover .50 (10/12/09)
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes $1 on 2 (10/12/09)
Lysol Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Lime & Rust Removers .75 (10/12/09)
Natures Best Dry Dog or Cat Food, any size bag $5 (12/31/09)
Old English Aerosol .75 (11-08-09)
Old English Product, any .75 (11-08-09)
Old Orchard Healthy Balance Juices, 64 oz. $1 on 2 (12-31-09)
Old Orchard Healthy Balance Juices, 64 oz. $1 (12-31-09)
Pert Plus Family Size, 25.4oz+ $2 (10/31/09)
Pert Plus or Pert Plus for Men, 12oz+ $1 (10/31/09)
Resolve Deep Clean Powder $1 (10/25/09)
Resolve Product $1 (10/25/09)
Rubbermaid TakeAlongs $1 on 2 (11/15/09)
Spray N Wash Product .50 (10/25/09)
Swanson White Premium Chunk Chicken Breast .75/2 (11/15/09)
V8 Splash or Smoothie, (includes Diet) $1 on 2 (10/25/09)
Welchs Refrigerated Juice or Juice Cocktail, 64 oz. .75 (1-15-10)
Wholly Guacamole Product $1.50 DND (9/30/09)

RED PLUM
Angel Soft, 6-double roll+ .50 (12/31/09)
Aussie, no trial size $2/2 (10/31/09)
Carbona Specialty Cleaners $1 (2-31-09)
Cooking Light $1 (10-04-09)
Crisco Olive Oil .75 DND (12/31/09)
Flex-a-min Joint Care, any $6 (10/27/09)
Herbal Essences Shampoo, Conditioner, Styling Product, or Hair color , no trial size $1 (10/31/09)
Imodium, no trial size $1 (12/29/09)
Johnsons Baby Product $1 (12-15-09)
Kelloggs Pop-Tarts .55 (11/8/09)
Olay Facial Moisturizer or Facial Cleanser $1 (10/31/09)
Oral-B Pulsar Manual Toothbrush single pack B1G1 (10/31/09)
Pantene Expressions or Restoratives, no trial size $1 (10/31/09)
Pedigree Good Bites Treats for Dogs $1 (11/08/09)
Rimmel Mascara $1 (11-30-09)
Rimmel Product, any $1 (11-30-09)
Sally Hansen Lip Product $1 (11-30-09)
Sally Hansen Nail Color .50 (11-30-09)
Sally Hansen Nail Treatment .50 (11-30-09)
Scotch Fur Fighter, any $4 (12/31/09)
Scotch Hair or Lint Removal Product, no trial size $1 (12/31/09)
Scotties Facial Tissues .50/3 boxes or one multi-pack (12-31-2009)
Smart Balance Butter Blend Sticks $1.50 (10/11/09)
Smart Balance Buttery Spreads $1 on 2 (10/11/09)
Smuckers, any .25 (12/31/09)
Sparkle Paper Towels, 2-giant rolls+ .50 (12/31/09)
Temptations Cat Treats $1 (10/24/09)
Tropicana Trop50, 59 oz. $1 (11/15/09)
Tylenol Childrens Cold Product, Infants Motrin Product, no trial size $3 on 2 (12/31/09)
Tylenol Childrens, Infant Motrin, Childrens Motrin , no trial size $1 (12/31/09)
Tylenol Cold, Sore Throat, or Severe, no trial size $1 (12/31/09)
Tylenol Extra Strength, no trial size $1 (12/31/09)
Tylenol Plus Childrens, no trial size $1 (12/31/09)
Tylenol Sinus, Cold, Cough, or Allergy Product $3 on 2 (12-31-09)
Tylenol Sinus Product $1 (12-31-09)
Uncle Bens Rice Products $1 on 2 (11-08-09)
Whiskas Dry Cat Food, 2.7 lb.+ $1 (11/08/09)
Whiskas Multipack Cat Food $1 (11/08/09)
Zyrtec , 14 ct. tablets $2.50 (12/6/09)
Zyrtec , 30 ct.+ $4 (12/6/09)
Zyrtec Itchy Dry Drops, .17 fl oz. $4 ( 12/6/09)

TARGET COUPONS
Combos Snack 6oz+ or Kudos Product, 10 ct. .50 (10-10-09)
Dove Ice cream 4-pk, Snickers Ice Cream 6-pack or M&Ms Ice Cream 6-pack $1 (10-10-09)
Dove, M&Ms, Milky Way, Twix, or Twixels Products, 4.4oz+ $1 on 2 (10-19-09)
Pedigree Meaty Mixers multi-pack, Goodbites, or Cesar Treats Product $1 (10-10-09)
Scope AND two Crest Toothpaste, 4.2 oz.+ $2 (10-10-09)
Uncle Bens Ready Rice Products $1 on 2 (10-10-09)

RED PLUM #2 (NESTLE)
Advil Cold & Sinus or Allergy Sinus $1 (11/30/09)
Advil PM, 16 ct+ $1 (10/31/09)
Barbaras Bakery Cereal, 10oz+ $1 (3-31-10)
Boost Kid Essentials, multi-pack $2 (11-13-09)
Country Crock Side Dishes $1 (11/8/09)
Degree (not including Absolute, Ultra Clear, Fine Fragrance or Clinical) .75 (12/6/09)
Degree Absolute Protection, Clinical Protection, Fine Fragrance or Ultra Clear $1.25 (12/6/09)
Fancy Feast Appetizers B1G1F up to $1.50 ( 12/31/09)
Fancy Feast Elegant Medleys $1/6 (12/31/09)
Healthy to Go Antioxidant Rich Drink Mixes, 24 ct. box $2 (11-15-09)
Healthy to Go Antioxidant Rich Drink Mixes, 6 ct. box $1 (11-15-09)
Hot Pockets (Pizzeria Line) .50 (12/06/09)
Ideal No Calorie Sweetener, any $2 (12-31-09)
Ideal No Calorie Sweetener Packets, 50 ct. FREE (10-31-09)
LOreal Visible Lift or Makeup, Power Blush, or Concealer $2 (12-06-09)
La Crème Yogurt, 4 -pack $1 DND (10-25-09)
Lean Cuisine $1 on 5 (12/31/09)
LOreal Visible Lift or Makeup, Power Blush, or Concealer $2 (12-06-09)
Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor, Lipliner, Lip Gloss, or Maybelline New York Lipcolor $1 (10-15-09)
Maybelline New York Pulse Perfection Vibrating Mascara $3 (10-15-09)
Nescafe Tasters Choice Stick Pack Carton, 20 ct.+ .50 (12/31/09)
Nestle Toll House Morsels, any .50 (11/1/09)
Nestle Toll House Refrigerated Cookie Dough, any $1 (11/1/09)
Purina Carvers Dog Snacks $1 (12/31/09)
Purina Friskies Selects B1G1F up to .92 (12/31/09)
Purina Naturals Cat Chow or Healthful Life, 3 lb+ $1.50 (11/13/09)
Purina One Dry Dog or Cat Food, any $3 (10/13/09)
Purina One Wholesome Entrée Dog Food, 13 oz. can B1G1F up to $1.49 (10/13/09)
Ragu, any .60/2 (11/08/09)
Starkist Seasations $2 (12-06-09)
Suave Body Washes .50 (12/6/09)
Zatarains Rice or Pasta Mixes .75/2 (11-30-09)

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9/8/09

Chicken & Noodles




Chicken & Egg Noodles

Broth:
4 skinless boneless chicken breast (or any left over chicken), cut into small pieces
1 32 oz Chicken Broth (I use Progresso)
1 can of Cream of Celery Soup (I will only use Campbells brand)
2 quarts of water

Use a large pot and add all ingredients above (stir in soup really good!) and cook chicken on low so evaporation of liquid is minimal if using raw chicken. If using leftover cooked chicken then turn on low to heat up.

While chicken is cooking, make your noodles:

2 cups flour
2 large eggs
2 1/2 eggshell of milk

*The milk makes the noodles so tender they melt in your mouth.

Measure flour out on your work surface (or if you’re scared, dump it into a bowl) making a dent in the center. Whisk eggs in a bowl and pour in the center of the flour.

You want to add the milk in stages. Fill 1/2 of an eggshell of milk and add to eggs in the center, stir using a fork. Add 2nd ½ eggshell of milk and work into dough. You may need a little more milk. Work into dough until it’s slightly sticky and forms a ball.

Divide dough into 3 equal parts. Flour your surface and roll out the dough until paper thin. This is important, when cooked they swell so you want the dough really thin. Cut the dough into strips. I don’t like my noodles very wide or very long. It’s your choice. I use a pizza cutter to cut mine, my DMIL uses a knife. It is okay if the noodles are not perfect.

If your work surface is big enough to just leave them lying there, move on to the second piece of dough, rolling it out and cutting. My surface isn’t big enough so I transfer my cut noodles to a big cookie sheet, single layer and set out of the way while I cut the rest.

Bring broth mixture to a rapid boil. Add just a few noodles at a time and stir. Add a few more and stir. Constantly stir noodles while adding. Repeat. It is important to add the noodles a few at a time so they do not stick together and form a large paste ball.

Once all noodles are added, turn down heat and keep broth mixture at a low boil and cook noodles until tender (approx. 1/2 hour). Stir frequently while cooking to prevent sticking.

The noodles will thicken up as they cook.

9/4/09

Get All*You Magazine for .83 per issue!



24 issues for .83 per issue! It's not FREE but that is CHEAP! The current price at Wal-mart is around $2.44 per issue and I've heard it will be going up! My Wal-mart doesnt always have the magazine too. That's some great savings.

Subscribe here: Bargain Briana's All You Magazine Deal

9/3/09

September is Hunger Action Month!



Join your community in giving a little of yourself...food, time or money. Help Feeding America give hope to those in need and raise awareness about the issue of hunger. Visit their site and find the Feeding America food bank that serves your local community.


In the Missouri and Kansas region you can visit Harvesters to see a calendar of upcoming events and to learn several different ways how you can help.

Every $1 donated, Harvesters can provide five meals! Skip one $4 latte and feed 20 hungry children.

Almost FREE Bar S Hotdogs & Bologna



A lot of stores have Bar S hotdogs and bologna on their Labor Day sale this week.
Price Chopper's price is .68 each for hot dogs.

Go here and sign up for coupons, after hitting the submit button a link will appear under the submit button to print $1 off 2 coupon.

Final price at Price Chopper is .36 or .18 a package.

9/1/09

I can compost that?


I can compost that?

Here's a list of items that can be thrown in your compost pile. Some of you won't have some of these items, and then you will have an abundance of another item. For example, I rarely have freezer burned vegetables and fruit nor horse manure but I have all the grass and chicken manure I can use!

Paper napkins, cups, plates, paper bags (brown, fast food restaurant, take outs)
Paper: newspaper, office, paper towels, junk mail, old receipts/bills, Christmas/greeting cards & envelopes
Cardboard cereal boxes (shredded)

Sewing scraps: Thread, material, Burlap, felt, (the smaller the better)
Hair: human (don’t forget about the electric razor), cat, dog, horse
Lint from: clothes dryer, under beds, behind refrigerator, vacuum cleaner cup/bag contents
cotton balls/swabs: cardboard/paper sticks only)

Grass clippings, leaves & pine needles
Weeds
Hay & Straw

Vegetable plants/vines, Corn stalks & cobs (takes a long time to decompose)
Vegetables from garden that are poor quality for eating (blossom rotted tomatoes,
Freezer-burned vegetables, fruit, fish
Spoiled canned fruits and vegetables

Manures: chicken, horse, cow, goat, hog, rabbit
Bird cage debris (seed hulls, paper liners, feathers)

Kitchen scraps: potato peelings, stale bread, burnt toast, bread crumbs/crust, tea bags/grounds, coffee grounds, rinds: watermelon/grapefruit/cantaloupe, old pastas, old spices, pumpkins (shells & seeds), onion skins, moldy cheese, banana peels, apple cores, shrimp/crab/lobster shells, egg shells, peanut shells, stale crackers, stale chips, popcorn

Wood chips (the smaller the better) ashes from outdoor fires, grills/smokers & fireplaces
Sawdust & pencil shavings
Tree bark
Dead Houseplants & trimmings, flowers & flower arrangements, peat moss, garden soil, outdated vegetable & flower seeds (paper envelope and all)
Old leather gardening gloves, wallets, watch bands, belts

Is there something that you compost that's not listed here?

8/31/09

Living Frugal is Living Green



When I chose to start living a more simple frugal life, I didn’t realize I would be continuing my passion for living green. I’ve learned that frugal living and green living really are a lot alike.


1. Conserving electricity by during daytime, lights in my home are off. I use natural light coming in my windows. Turning up my thermostat during the summer (and wearing less clothes) and down during the winter (wearing more clothes also) I hang certain items over shower curtain bars to dry and other items are only placed in dryer for a very short period and then hung in closet to finish drying. Be conscious of phantom consumption. Saving on your electricity bill is living frugally AND reducing your consumption is living greener!

2. Conserving water by installing simple rain barrels, taking shorter showers and turning water off while sudsing up, brushing our teeth with water off, only washing full loads of clothing, and raising the water level in my toilet tanks is living frugally AND greener!

3. Don’t fall into the consumer trap! Do not buy products that require a constant “refill” or disposables and this will reduce your waste. Try making your own household cleaners. I no longer buy paper plates, paper cups, paper napkins or paper towels. Windows are washed using newspapers and my home-made window cleaner. I have purchased from thrift stores cloth napkins (.29 and .39 each) and kitchen towels (.49-.69 each), and after 6 months have a nice collection! Using a rag or string mop is more frugal, reduces your waste and therefore reduces your carbon print making you greener. I no longer purchase bottles of water. We have a few re-usable water bottles we now use. I no longer buy rags.

4. Old tshirts are cut up for dusting rags, shop rags, and used on my swiffers. Ratty bath towels are also cut up into 4 smaller towels to be used various ways. I think twice before throwing ANYTHING away. Toothbrushes are saved and used for cleaning. A lot of food containers are saved and reused.

5. Recycle as much of your waste as possible. Aluminum cans, plastic milk/juice jugs, and cardboard boxes are recycled in our home reducing our waste.


I heard someone say “It’s not easy being green if you’re poor”. I disagree with this mindset. Yes it costs a big chunk to install solar panels on your home, to buy a new electric/hybrid vehicle, to buy newer energy efficient appliances, etc. The way I am approaching these is this…. When I HAVE to replace a new big ticket item, (my car finally dies, the washer has spun for the last time, the refrig won't chill anymore) I will do my research and buy a more eco friendly product but not until that time.

The majority of the ways listed above does not cost you anything but are the most common first steps experts will tell you to do when wanting to live more frugally or green.

You can get more tips by reading my previous post: 11 Ways to be an Earth Friendly Couple. Another great article to read is Frugal Living Can Be Green Living.

I would love for everyone to share their frugal and/or green tips in comments, it just might be something that someone else has not thought of.

8/29/09

Gourmet's Buttermilk Cake

Fall is approaching fast! Shorter days and very cool nights. I'm feeling the baking itch and one of the first things I will be baking is this so simple, one pan, frugal pantry snack cake.

Who doesn't love a quick & easy cake recipe? And this one is a winner for me due to all the ingredients are found in every pantry. Nothing special other than the fruit you decide to use. Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries! Whatever your market has this week can be used.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk
1 cup fresh raspberries (about 5 ounces)

Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle. Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Beat butter and 2/3 cup sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes, then beat in vanilla. Add egg and beat well.

At low speed, mix in flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour, and mixing until just combined.

Spoon batter into cake pan, smoothing top. Scatter raspberries evenly over top and sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar.

Bake until cake is golden and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack and cool to warm, 10 to 15 minutes more. Invert onto a plate.


The original recipe can be found here: Gourmet June 2009

If you need a gluten free version then Lulu & Phoebe have their version for you here: Lulu & Phoebe's Blog

If you're thinking 400 degrees is hot, read what Stacey did to change up the recipe a little and how she baked it. Stacey Snacks

8/19/09

And The Winner Is.......

Congratulations Jerseygirl137, you have won the Stress Less Set of Goats Milk Soap & Lotion from Stems of Stone.

You have 48 hours to email me your name and mailing address for shipping. My email address is couponxchange@gmail.com


8/17/09

Do You Save Rubber Bands?


Do you save and repurpose your rubber bands? I do. I use them for lots of different things around the house. Here are some of my favorites:

Use on tight clothing such as waist band on your pants tops or skirts. Loop the rubber band through the button hole and fasten to the button. This saved me during pregnancies to get a few more wears out of clothing.

Where's that straw? Wrap one around your spray can stuff (such as canned air, wd-40) and slide straw underneath.

Use to break-in a baseball glove by spraying glove with leather conditioner and then putting a ball in it and wrapping rubber bands around the whole glove. Let sit for a couple days till dry and shaped.

Wrap rubber bands around shampoo, conditioner bottles and shaving cream cans for slip proofing in the shower.

Winding tightly around a water hose or pipe can temporarily plug small holes.

Wrap a rubber band around the neck of pump style dispensers (such as lotion & soap) to limit the amount dispensed per pump.

Place a rubber band around each end of your chopping boards to prevent them from slipping and sliding around on you.

Wrap around the handle of your chopping knives to keep wet handles from slipping through your hand.

Place around the tops of jars and bottles for a better grip when twisting off lids.

Wrap around the handle of mixing spoons to prevent them from sliding into your bowls.

Place one on each end of your cake pan to secure that plastic lid that always falls off when traveling. Works great on casserole dish lids also.

Roll up partial bags of frozen veggies and secure with a rubber band. No more spilled bags in freezer.

Stretch a couple over paint cans (from top to bottom) to wipe paint brushes against. Paint will drip back down into the can instead of running down sides keeping the can clean and the lid removeable.

Share with me some of your favorite ways to re-use rubber bands?

8/12/09

I have friends in low places...

and I love it!

I received a tip there was a dumpster full of pet supplies. It was a drive but I'm thinking it was worth it. What do you think? What would $400+ of FREE pet food do for your budget?


7 cases of Pedigree canned dog food
2 cases of wet cat food
4 jars of Milk Bone bacon & cheese treats
1 red soft side carrier
13 20-25lb bags of dry cat food (various brands)
11 40-50lb bags of dry dog food (various brands)
1 undercover mouse cat toy


ALL FOR FREE and I didnt even get dirty! lol
I LOVE dumpster diving!

8/10/09

Handmade Goats Milk Soap & Lotion Set Giveaway

I love handmade goats milk soap, how about you?

Stems of Stone wants you to try their goats milk soap and lotion package.

This nice little set contains the essentials for travel. Packaged in a zippered pouch are a 4oz Aloe Vera Lotion, Purse sized 2oz matching lotion, and a 3.5oz bar of Goats Milk soap from the Stress Less line.

Stress Less blends lemon, patchouli, orange, cedarwood, citronella, grapefruit, rosemary, and sage. Just what you need to ease that stress!

To enter this great giveaway:

Make sure each entry has it's own comment or they won't count individually.

1. Visit Stems of Stone and tell me what products interest you the most. Remember you MUST do this first then you can choose how to enter for extra entries.

2. Extra entry: Write about this giveaway on your own site and include a link back to here, then leave a separate comment here with a link to your post.

3. Extra entries: Tweet about this giveaway and include a link to here on Twitter, come back here and leave a link to your twitter post here in comments. You can tweet the giveaway once a day. You can use this for your tweet: New Etsy giveaway: Handmade Lotion & Goats Milk Soap Set. http://tiny.cc/CMUgi (Ends 8/19) hosted by @kittyskitchen

4. Extra entry: Write about this giveaway and include a link back to here on your Facebook account. Come back here and leave a link to your facebook in comments.

Entry deadline: August 19, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. CDT.

I'll use Random.org to generate a number that corresponds with the winning comment. The winners will be announced here, August 20, 2009.

The winner will have 48 hours to email me with their shipping information; otherwise a new winner will be randomly selected.

This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.

Good luck!

8/9/09

WINNER: Many Moons giveaway

Coccinelle Congrats! You have won the Many Moons Cloth Pads. Check your email.




Be sure to check back this week for the next giveaway!

8/6/09

I've been tagged! 7 Amazing Things About Me

I was tagged by Karen who has two blogs; 100 Mile Diet in Calgary and Green Sheep Herders. Both of these blogs are very interesting and I urge you to visit them.

If I'm not mistaken, 100 Mile Diet's concept is to only eat local foods grown/raised within 100 miles of where you live. With her being located in Calgary, during the winter this can be a real challenge if not planned for ahead of time. This means lots of preserving during the peak growing time to sustain throughout the winter.

Green Sheep Herders concept is to reduce the family's carbon footprint once small change at a time. She has many ideas I've never heard or thought of. Most I agree with, some I dont. (Sorry, Karen but I can't give up my Kitchenaid due to a shoulder injury! :) Like Karen says, not all the suggestions are for everyone, but there are many wonderful ideas and you should check out the neat way she has formatted this blog.

What are 7 amazing things about me?

I'm a lot like Karen and find it hard to brag on myself. These things are accomplishments I'm proud of but others might not find them amazing.

1. I have two healthy sons, one who is now an adult and a father himself. Yes, I'm a grandmother! Both my sons have been raised to be respectful and caring individuals. Although they both are onery as hell, they will give the shirt off their back and the last dollar in their pocket to anyone who needs it.

2. When I was employed I only missed two days of work in 8 years.

3. I live in a very rural area after living in a suburb my entire life and have learned how to "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without" after being raised by baby boomer parents who thinks everything is disposable.

4. I am proud of the fact that I have learned how to live better on less when it comes to our monthly living expenses, especially our grocery budget. I spend half as much but my pantry and freezer is four times as full as before. This has been done by learning the correct way to utilize coupons on sale items and stocking up when prices are rock bottom. Tracking sales trends on our most used items helped to figure out when a sale was rock bottom.

5. I am proud of the support I give my husband to do his job. He is required to work 12-14 hour days, so the majority of the daily running of our home is left up to me. Most days I'm ok with it and accomplish everything that needs to be done. I do have bad days once in a while and feel very overwhelmed. Me going from a full time employed mom to a full time stay at home mom was a SHOCK! It has taken all summer for me to adjust to being a 24/7 mom. I've never done that before. I commend all the stay at home moms, they have their work cut out for them.

6. I am proud of the fact that I do not squander my husbands money. I have no desire for designer clothes, shoes, handbags or diamonds. I am a very down to earth woman, and easy to please. I love new clothes, shoes, and handbags. But I buy for comfort and durability not name.

7. I am proud of the eco friendly changes that I have been able to implement in our home and to get my son and husband excited about the changes also. We are a team and enjoy working together to find news ways to become more eco friendly. We currently recycle more of our household waste than we send to the landfill.

Like Karen, I do not judge anyone for the choices they have made, but neither do I like to be judged for the choices I've made. We all live in different areas where some things are easier for some to accomplish than others.

I have chosen not to tag any blogs. If you wish to do this and share with me, then leave a comment so I can visit your blog and read your 7 Amazing Things.

8/3/09

Frugal Summer Fun For Bored Kids Of All Ages

Both my sons have always enjoyed making Paper Airplanes. The price is right and the mess is kept to a minimum.

This site is great! 15 Free Paper Airplanes to print from your computer. I've recycled paper and used the backside I've already printed to print these out, my boys didn't care.

If you don't have a printer available, check out Alex's Paper Airplanes. There are several different planes here with folding instructions.

Here's one of their favorites. The Best Paper Airplane. The instructions are easy to understand and the pics are great.

Newspapers make great paper airplanes as well as pages from old magazines.

Here's a site that has planes as well as boats! Origami Kids

What frugal activities do you do with your children to beat summer time boredom?

CVS Gift Card Giveaway Winner

Lucky #3!

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FREE Redbox Rental for August




The August Monday FREE Redbox code is 27HZ4KT. This code will expire at midnight tonight.

Did you know:

That a Redbox dvd can be returned to ANY box? It does not have to be returned to the same box it was rented from!

You can reserve movies online? Just go HERE

8/1/09

Many Moons Washable Cloth Feminine Pads Giveaway



I am so excited to be hosting this giveaway from Many Moons Alternatives for a set of 3 pads and 6 liners!

Did you know:
There are an average of 43 million women in North America menustrating?
The average woman menustrates from age 12-52. (40 years!)
The average woman uses 6 pads/tampons per day for 5 days of each month. That's 30 per month or 360 per year. (are you doing the math here?)
The average woman will use 14,400 pads/tampons in her lifetime.

14,400 PER WOMAN! That's one huge pile of waste filling landfills.


The benefits of using cloth mama pads is not just the ecological benefit. The benefits for us as mamas are great also. The greatest benefits I have found is less chafing, less yeast infections and less cramping.

The winner will get to choose which size you'd like. Many Moons offers these sizes:

7 1/2" youth pad
9" mini pad
11" regular/maxi pad
13" goodnight pad


Wild- vibrant, fun, usually darker prints and solids. With sewn in leak-proof nylon.

Fabric colors/patterns are varied and subject to change without notice.

Other Uses:
Postpartum - Many Moons are great for postpartum care, because they are so soft and gentle on tender skin. We recommend the Goodnight pad and Regular-Maxi pads for postpartum.
Incontinence - Many Moons pads are also ideal for light-moderate incontinence protection. We suggest using 2 liners to provide optimal absorbency.

Just choose a pad length that is right for you.

To enter this great giveaway:

Make sure each entry has it's own comment or they won't count individually. You can enter up to 3 times; one for each listed below. Here is how to enter.......

1. Visit Many Moons Alternatives and tell me what products interest you the most. Remember you MUST do this first or your extra entries will be invalid.

2. Write about this giveaway on your own site, then leave a separate comment with a link to your post.

3. Tweet about my giveaway on Twitter, leave the link in comments.

Entry deadline: Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. CDT.

I'll use Random.org to generate a number that corresponds with the winning comment. The winners will be announced here, Sunday August 9, 2009.

The winner will have 48 hours to email me with their size preference and shipping information; otherwise a new winner will be randomly selected.

This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.

Good luck!


Many Moons Alternatives can also be found on Etsy! Check out their Etsy store HERE.