Thursday, March 29, 2012

Doublers are Coming

Along with doublers this weekend, we are getting 5 (!!) inserts! Sweet!! This girl is excited!

Fabulosuly Frugal's Doublers list: here
Cheap eggs, milk, butter and more!

Krazy Coupon Lady's list: here
More to come... check back!

Monday, March 19, 2012

March 2012 Challenge

Goal: $150 per month

March Total Spent: $160.42
March Total Saved: $171.12


Year To Date Spent: $537.35
Year To Date Saved: $585.04

Fred Meyer Trip

I should not have gone to the store this morning... Not because I spent too much, but because it did not help me feel better. I had already called in sick this morning (good ole fevers...) but my $5/5 Kellogg's coupon expired today. I just had to go, right? Man, I am pathetic.

But here you go:

Buy 10 Items, Save $5 Promo

8 Cans Pringles
reg. $1.79
Sale $.99
$1/4 from RP 3/18

= $.74/can

1 Stouffers Party Size Lasagna
(I only bought this because my family is coming!)
$11.49
Sale $10.99
Used $2/1 Stouffers RP 1/29
=$8.99

11 Boxes of Kellogg's Cereal
reg price unknown
Sale $1.99
Used 1 $5/5 NLA and 3 $1/2 from kelloggs.com
= $1.49 and $1.

PLUS... I am submitting for my 4th $10 rebate. So I calculated it and I paid $3.89 for the cereal after mail in rebate!

Tillamook cheese
reg 3.something
In-ad coupon $1.25 each!

Total Spent: $34.96
Total Saved: $38.28

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Shopping Deals for Week of 3/18

click on the link to see the deals list with coupon match ups. I wish I had more energy to help you out!

Target Ad Match Up
Glad it is far enough away I won't get the $1 Starburst jelly beans. THEY ARE MY FAVORITE!
There may possibly be another promotion running this week at Target. Stay tuned.

Walgreen's Ad Match Up
Free floss, toothbrushes, Neosporin, Mars Candy and more!

Fred Meyer Ad Match Up
Great deals on cheese, cereal, cake mixes, veggies and more
Will be using my last $5/5 Kellogg's coupon. Crossing my fingers it will be in stock!

Walmart Ad Match Up

Albertsons Ad Match Up

Thank you Fabulously Frugal, Krazy Coupon Lady and Freebies2Deals!

Cheap Deodorant At Walmart

I stole this picture from Fabulously Frugal:

If you found your $.75/1 Suave Deodorant in your Smart Source insert today, this is an awesome deal. Apparently there is another Suave printable coupon too. Check out Fabulously Frugals post: HERE

I am not sure if this is a valid price, but I will check next time I go!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

DIY Cat Shelves

Cat trees are expensive. Here is a DIY solution that will still allow your cats to have some fun!

Materials:
1 x 8 x 10 cut into 18" pieces (4 shelves)
8 angle brackets
Staple gun and staples
24 2" all purpose wall screws
24 8x3/4 wood screws
level
drill

 We had left over carpet which was perfect! 
Align one straight edge with the side of the wood. Leave a generous amount of carpet on the remaining 3 sides. Enough so you can staple it later.
 For a smooth corner, notch out the corners on the two sides not aligned with the back of the board.
 Fold the carpet over on the sides.
 Staple.
 It is important that the carpet is pulled tight over the front lip so it won't pucker.
 You may need two hands! :)
 This was the neatest way we could find to finish off the corners.
 Staple the sides if they are puckering and staple where the corners meet. 
 Secure on the top by stapling along the aligned edge. Repeat for other shelves.
 Use a stud finder to locate the studs in your walls. 
 Mount the brackets first. This helps to get the shelf flush against the wall. It also helps cut out meticulous measurements.
Measure how high you want your shelves off the ground. Ours were spaced 14".
 Use 2" screws to secure into studs.
Level the second bracket with the first.
 Also, remember to place your shelf on top on the brackets to make sure the brackets fit between the carpeted area. 
 (Our cats were extremely curious... and didn't like the drill much)
 The first shelf is the trickiest, but next, place the shelf on top of the brackets. Have a helper put a little pressure above the securing site. These are the wood screws. Repeat.
 Testing it out!
 These are mounted in our stairway. We had a lot of dead space.
We put in less than $30 for this. (And we got a gift card from work so it was even less out of our pocket!)



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Friday, March 16, 2012

Free 8x10 at Walgreens

Use the code FREEONE on Walgreens.com to get a free 8x10 photo print!




Remember to choose pick up!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Food on the Table

My friend had described this website to me... but I hadn't actually seen it until today. From what I understand, this website will create a weekly meal plan for you based on the sales at your local stores. Typically, a free membership will allow you to plan for 3 meals a week. But according to Fabulously Frugal (link here), they are currently offering a FREE LIFETIME membership with the code: MARFREE This is good through the end of March. 



Be on the look out for a guest post on this! :) She will do a much better job than I will!

Guest Post: Dieting

I thought I would give Guest Posting a try! Here is a post from my friend, Sam, about a diet she is using to slim down for a tropical getaway!


I haven’t been a big fan of diets, but I figured I would give this one a try.

Without working out and just following this diet you/I will 2 lbs a week. Just imagine doing it while working out!! Thus far I have lost 6 lbs in a week, now I know that part of that is just my body getting adjusting to the diet. My step-mom and dad have been on this diet since new years and have lost 13 lbs! 

Here’s what we have been doing:

Three “snacks,” a protein shake, meal replacement bar and yogurt up to 200 calories and at least 10g protein (My protein shake is actually 180 and so my meal bars sometimes are 220)
Two meals (lunch and dinner)- lean cuisine, healthy choice, etc up to 300 calories and at least 10g protein
One fruit and as many veggies as you like
The combined total is not to go over 1200 calories

I typically do the following…

Shake for breakfast
Meal bar and veggies on my work break
Lean cuisine for lunch
Yogurt
Lean cuisine for dinner
I will either eat my fruit with my yogurt or after dinner as my dessert

Awesome Deal on Pants

Head over to Target's Daily Deals to get gouchos for $6! These are the most comfortable pants you will EVER wear! They are currently Buy 1 Get 1 Free ($12 a pair). They have several colors and sizes but I am sure they will be limited as the day goes on!



Thank you, Freebie 2 Deals!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Hot Deal on Music!!

Head on over to amazon.com to download NOW! v.41 for $.25. No! That's not a typo!




I don't know half of the songs... Nor do I intend to listen to most of them... but I just wanted Adele's Someone Like You! :)


cLiCk HeRe

Monday, March 5, 2012

Cheesy Shell Lasagna

I received many cookbooks for my wedding but I haven't used them much. I decided to change that. Tonight I made a new family favorite. Cheesy Shell Lasagna. Here is the delicious recipe (with my suggestions for next time in blue.)


Prep: 25 min    Bake: 45 min

1.5 lbs ground beef Sausage would really spice this up!!!
2 medium onions
1 garlic clove, minced I just pressed mine... and used two cloves. I would do 3 next time
1 can (14oz) diced tomatoes
1 jar (14oz) meatless spaghetti sauce
1 can mushroom stems yeah, I didn't use these!
8 oz uncooked small pasta shells Any shaped pasta (ties, bows, etc.)
2 c (16oz) reduced-fat sour cream
11 slices (8oz) provolone cheese
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese

In a skillet, cook the hamburger, onions, and garlic. Drain. Stir in tomatoes, spaghetti sauce and mushrooms. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 min.

Meanwhile, boil water for pasta and cook according to directions. Drain.

Place half of the pasta on the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Next, layer on half of the sauce then half of the sour cream. Cover with half of provolone cheese. Repeat for next later. Top with mozzarella cheese.



Cover (I forgot this part) and bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes. Or until the cheese begins to brown. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.


Source:
Everyday Light Meals

Quick and Easy Breadsticks

I was inspired by a friend's delicious dinner last night. I said to myself, "Self, you need to be better at cooking dinner." So, on top of trying a new main dish recipe (soon to come), I took a shot in the dark and Googled "Easy Breadsticks". I was taken to this wonderful website: here. But I will post it for you!

(oops... I ate a few pieces before dinner!)

Ingredients:

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1 tablespoon oil
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4-1 cup milk

1. Preheat oven to 450. Place butter square on pan and put in oven. The butter will melt but don't let it burn!

2. Combine dry ingredients and oil. Stir in milk until the dough sticks together. (I used 1/1/4c tonight.)

3. Knead a few times just inside the bowl. Roll out on floured surface. Place on pan.

4. Cut in half and then in strips. I found using a pizza cutter to be helpful. Bake for 20 minutes.

5. I added my own spunk to the recipe by using the excess butter to coat the top of the breadsticks. I then put some garlic powder on top and sprinkled on parmesearn cheese. 

The are so yummy and take hardly any time to throw together!

Free Food!!!

Remember how I bought a freezer? Well, I went back to Albertson's today to redeem a good chunk of my awesome coupons. Can you say "Wow!" I spent $3.05 in tax (plus $2.39 for milk) and came home with all of this:

The two things I was most excited for??? Free Ramen and Free Sprinkles!  I have been wanting Ramen forever but haven't buckled down and bought it. (It's so expensice, right?)

A lot of these foods are "treat" foods... or foods that I don't buy very often. I don't think it's worth paying money for Eggo's or tomato pasta sauce. But if it's free, why not! We needed the freezer so why not cash in a bit.

We paid $159.99 for the freezer and I saved $85.38 today. So, $75 for a freezer isn't bad! :) Plus, this really helps out my budget this month!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

My New Freezer....

I just want to preface this by saying that we have been looking to buy a deep freeze for some time now....

Albertson's is selling 3.5cu ft freezers for $160. But, when you buy the freezer, they will give you $160 in coupons. BJ and I decided this was the best deal we have found so far. So... we bought one! :) Here is a list Living on a Coupon put together of the coupons included:

FREE ITEM COUPONS:
Super chill soda 12 pk
Albertsons spring or purified bottled water 24 pk
Essential everyday or Albertsons sugar free drink mix packets 10ct
Jamba Smoothies, found in freezer
Old Orchard apple, cranberry or pomegranate frozen juice blends
Langers juice 64 oz
Sparkling Ice Drink 17 oz
International delight iced coffee 64oz
Cia Bella Adonia Frozen Greek Yogurt 14 oz
Dreyer’s shake or smoothie 7.6-8.1 oz
Maruchan Ramen 12 pk
Mentos UP2U gum 14ct
M&M’s candy 8 oz
Banquet fruit pies 7 oz
Equal sweeteners (230 ct classic, 100 ct saccharin or sucralose packets, or sucralose granulated 9.7 oz)
Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallows 8 oz
Betty crocker parlor perfect cake sprinkles 7.2-9oz
Lance Cracker snack packs
Pasta Prima Sauce 7-15 oz or Pasta 8 oz
Francesco Rinaldi pasta sauce 24 oz
Wolfgang puck Italian sauce 16 oz
kraft grated parm cheese 7-8.8oz
Eggo waffles 8-10ct
Yosicle ice cream novelties 12ct
Digiorno Pizza Dipping Strips or Italian style favorites pizza
Bon Cuisine crab rangoons, shrimp spring rolls or shrimp wontons, 12 oz
Louis kemp crab delights or lobster delights 7-8oz pkg
Hidden Valley Salad Kit
Hunt’s tomatoes 14.5-15oz
Ocean spray cranberry sauce 14 oz
Better oats oatmeal 5ct
Mom’s best naturals cereal 11.5-16.5 oz varieties
sylvania soft white light bulbs, 4 ct
Ziploc perfect portion bags


OTHER HIGH VALUE COUPONS:
(2) $1/1 Sunkist soda 2 ltr
$1/2 Minute Maid Pure Squeeze juice
$1/1 any l’oreal cosmetics product
$1/1 Palmolive Dish Liquid 25oz
$1/1 Barber foods stuffed chicken breasts 10 oz pkg
$1/1 Steak-EZ angus philly steaks 15-21oz
$1/1 La tortilla factory tortilla or wrap 11.5-17.5 oz
$1/1 La banderita flour tortillas 8 in, 10 ct
$1.50/1 dannon activia multipack yogurt, 4 or 12 pk
$2/1 any American Greetings card
$2/1 Snapple tea or juice drink 64oz bottle
$2/1 Energizer MAX brand batteries AA or AAA 4pk, 2pk C or D, or 1 pk 9V
$2/1 Green Mountain k-cup portion packs 12 ct.
$2/1 Kauai Coffee 10 oz
$2/1 A1 Steak sauce 10 oz +
$3/1 l’oreal paris age perfect or revitalift skincare product
$5/1 Finish: Quantum 45ct, Tab or powerball 60ct
$5/1 Woolite Laundry detergent 100oz
$5/ 1 MoneyGram money Transfer. $5 min transfer req’d
$5/1 Hormel Party Tray 1.75lbs
$5/1 $100 Gift card mall purchase

The freezer seems to be of good quality and my friend who works there said she hasn't had any customers complain about it... And really we just need this one to tide us over for a few years until our family is big enough to justify a larger and hopefully upright freezer.

February 2012 Challenge Totals

February Total Spent: $162.27
February Total Saved: $207.76

Year to Date Spent: $377.03
Year to Date Saved: $413.92

Year Goal: $1,800
Amount Left: $1,422.97

Oh Baby!

There are a lot of baby coupons out this month... but you have got to get them quick!! Includes Papmers coupons!!
Coupons.com


It is reported that the wipes coupon makes for a good deal at Wal-Mart... Less that $1.50 per pkg!

Also, check out these posts on Amazon deals:

Wipes: $/.03 each
Diapers: $.14 each!

And these Pampers deals.