Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
The door above- that is barely visible-was in the Lowe's ad today on sale for $268 from $298. I really need a new storm door. Mine is aluminum, silver, the screen is ripped, and it does not latch closed correctly, so it bangs shut when we leave the house...at 5 AM! Waking. Me. Up.
You all have read my Snowflaking posts and know we are on a mission to pay off credit card debt this year. I. WANT. THAT. DOOR! (insert feet stomping & fists pounding) We can afford that door. That is $300.00 less dollars to go toward our debt. We also have extra money sitting in our bank account waiting to make an extra payment to a credit card this month. I thought all day yesterday with the warm day of all the Home Improvement projects we could spend that $1,000.00 on. Surely we can afford a new screen door, right? We would still have $700 extra payment. That is still great!
No, that is not still great. We need to pay that extra $300.00 to the debt. I needed a reminder of that & received one. We went to Church and Dave Ramsey gave me the reminder I needed. Getting out of debt is more important to me than being woken up at 5AM, but I couldn't get my wants out of the way. Dave's words reminded me that I could have all the doors I want after we pay our debt, and I am passing the motivation on to you!
The silliest part of the whole situation is that there are other solutions to problem. This afternoon my husband took the old, banging, broken door & frame off. Then, I saw right there in the ad, next to my door, was another door, very similar, for $87.00. We can fit that into our budget without taking away from the snowball/snowflake goal.
I think that is the perfect solution for us, but I am not going to rush, it is working just fine without a storm door. Just because we are on a mission or a budget, does not mean our home needs to be in disrepair. Final thought: when you are able to move your "wants" out of the way your needs have a way of being taken care of.
I am going to run out today for these:
Skintimate Shave Cream 6oz $2.99-$2.24 SCR #96 (limit 1)
-.75/1 Skintimate or Edge Shave gel or cream SS 4/26
Total = FREE
Electrasol/Finish Quantum Tabs 12ct $4.49-$2 SCR #114
-$2.50 off Electrasol Tabs SS 4/19
Total = FREE
Walgreens has the Skintimate in th emonth of April for $2.99 with $2.99 Register Rewards, so you can get your limit of 1 at Rite Aid and then get Register Rewards at Walgreen's if you have several copies of the coupon.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Ok, I'm losing my mind! Between planning a surprise family trip to Dis next week and life in general...I forgot to post a bargain meal for this week. Well, better late than never. Also, it gets very frustrating planning meals only from the fliers so I'm going to do some scoping after my vacation and hopefully create a PC price book that we can use to price out more items that may not be sale items but may be a good price for a recipe. Also, I'll be able to more accurately price out portions of pantry staples that we'll be using in recipes - like cups of flour, tablespoons of sugar, soy sauce, that type of thing.
Next week I'll be away but I'm not leaving 'til first thing Sunday morning so I'm hoping to have your bargain meal up on Saturday night with the new flier for Sunday.
On to the Bargain Meal of the Week!
Let's Get Grillin'! I love summer because I love cooking on my grill. Here's a favorite summer recipe for me. We use it with steak, chicken, sausage, anything!
Kabobs Without Skewers (they just add an extra step)
1 lb Boneless Bottom Sirloin Steak $2.99/lb
1/2 lb red peppers $1.68/lb divided by 2 = about 80 cents
1/2 large Vidalia Onion 99 cents/lb divided by 2 = 80 cents
1/3 bottle of Italian Dressing - about 50 cents
White or Brown Rice - cook as directed - less than a dollar
Slice steak into strips and marinate with about 1/2 the Italian dressing. Put a cover on and shake it up - marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Cut up onions and peppers into chunks and marinate them with the rest of the dressing (in a seperate bowl).
Start warming up the grill. I put foil over my grill whenever I use it because I don't like charred food. Also, the juices tend to stay on the foil and it keeps the food moist. (As the food seems to finish cooking, I jab holes in the foil with my tongs.)
I partially cook the steak and then add the veggies to the other side of the grill and cook until everything is sizzling and full cooked through. Serve over or next to rice (if you don't like it when your food touches!).
If you feel nervous about the grill, check this website Grillin' Tips here for more info.
I was really scared of the grill until about 2 summers ago. I had my husband show me step by step how to start our gas grill and I've been grilling all summer, every summer since then!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Suzanne at Southern Inspiration let me know the link for the $10.00 rebate form for Natural Dentist Mouthwash listed below is not working. I tested it through a few other blogs and then the Natural Dentist website and it is definitely not. I emailed the site administrator and will update you when I receive an answer. The form is supposed to be able to be postmarked through May-but you might want to hold off buying Natural Dentist until I get an answer for you. I am so sorry!!! Thank you Suzanne!!!!
There are some really great printable coupons out there right now and some great deals to take advantage of with them! Don't forget when printing coupons you can hit your "Back" button on your browser, refresh and retry so that you can print 2 coupons!!!
Here at Vocalpoint you can print $1.50 off 1 Kashi Waffles!!!!
Coupons.com has coupons for $1.50 off 2 boxes of Kashi Cereal and $1.50 off 2 Kashi TLC Snack Bars here
Sign up at Kashi.com to get coupons for $2 off any Kashi purchase
there is a Kashi Deal at Price Chopper this week-but I don't have my flyer handy here, so I will check it out when I get home.
Sign up and get $1 off 2 Campbells Soups here
Sign up and get $2 off V8 Fusion here
Sign Up and Get $1 ff Naked Juice here
$1 off Kettle Baked Potato Chips here
Several coupons for Aveeno Positively Ageless products, which are spend $25.00 get $10 ECB at CVS right now here
Check out this CVS deal with printable coupons and a rebate:
$4.00 ECB wyb Natural Dentist Healthy Gums Rinse 16 oz. @ $6.99 Limit 3
$2.00/1 Natural Dentist printable
$10.00 Mail in Rebate wyb 2
Free plus overage after coupons, ECB, and rebate
Monday, April 20, 2009
I have experienced many moments of despair, and had a poor attitude at times. I have felt like I was sacrificing beyond comfort, and felt like giving up. I didn't though. I stayed strong and my husband helped me, and I am so thankful and blessed. You will be too. If you are just starting out, and are overwhelmed, just keep going along, step by step. You will make it!!!
If you need encouragement, read blogs, or email me or leave a comment. There is nothing like a blogger or blog readers to help lift you up!! You CAN get out of Debt! You CAN create an emergency fund!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Skintimate or Edge Shave Gel, 2/$4Get $2 SCR #64 wyb 2$1 ea. after SCR!
GE Reveal Light Bulbs, 2/$6Get $2 SCR #106 wyb 2 + $2 double your SCR (week of 4/19 only)$1 ea. after SCR!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Plants cost enough. Why pay hundreds of dollars more for gardening equipment when you have some garden tools just waiting to be discovered around your house? You might even be about to put potential garden tools into your trash or recycling bin. Before you hit the garden stores or place an order from any catalogs, try these creative tool tips from some ingenious gardeners we know.
A recipe file. It’s easy to lose track of seed packets, especially if you save them from season to season or buy from several different companies. But if you have an old recipe-card box or one of those floppy-disk holders with the clear plastic top lying around, you can recycle it into the perfect seed-packet storage system. File your packets either alphabetically or by sowing date, from earliest to latest—whichever works best for you.
A screwdriver. You can spend a bundle on a seed-sowing device called a dibble that basically opens a hole in the ground so you can drop in a seed. Or you can use your trusty screwdriver to perform the same function for free.
An old umbrella. You can turn that tattered umbrella you haven’t managed to throw out into a cloche or mini-greenhouse. First, cut the fabric away. Then open the umbrella completely and stick the handle in the soil of your garden bed. (The umbrella frame will form a big "bowl" shape over the ground.) Plant your transplant(s) in the soil inside the spokes, and wrap a sheet of clear plastic (or even successive spirals of plastic wrap) around the outside where the fabric used to be. Secure it at ground level with a bungee cord. This will also give direct-seeded baby greens a jump start in spring.
A shop light and a rolling cart. You probably have one of those ugly metal fluorescent light fixtures hanging around in the garage or basement. Give it a second life as a grow light. Ready-made grow-light setups cost hundreds of dollars, but yours can work as well for free. If you have a rolling cart, attach the shop light so it hangs under the top shelf and lights the shelf below. It’s a smart idea to attach the shop light with chains so you can raise it up as the seedlings grow. Use full-spectrum daylight bulbs or one warm and one cool bulb, roll your cart in front of a bright window, put houseplants on that top shelf, and you’re good to go!
An egg carton. Plastic or Styrofoam egg cartons make great seed-starting setups. Punch a hole in the bottom of each egg cup for drainage. Cut off the top of the carton, and use it as a water-catching tray under the bottom.
Twist ties. Don’t we all have a bazillion of these in our kitchen junk drawer? Turn them into plant ties to secure leggy stems of tomatoes, pole beans, peas, and other climbing veggies to their poles, trellises, or stakes. Yes, they’ll rot away, but they should do the trick for a single season, and with vegetables, that’s all you need. Just make sure you don’t twist them too tight—you want to support the stem gently, not strangle it.
Got any great gardening tips? Share them here. Steph has already started her garden and I'll be starting mine soon!
This post is linked up at Life As Mom's Frugal Friday here. Check it out for more neat money-saving tips!
Monday, April 13, 2009
This week, Italian Sausage links are on sale at PC for $1.99/lb. This is a real bargain since when they are not on sale, they can be up to $3.59/lb. You will need to buy the large 2.5-3 lb package so I'm going to include a few recipes you can use with your sausage after you divide it up into 1lb packages. When a recipe calls for bulk sausage, just cut off the casing, throw it in the pot, and mash up with a big spoon.
Sausage & Broccoli Skillet, click here.
Sausage - $1.99/lb
Pasta - 99cents
Cream of Broccoli Soup - Buy PC brand for around $1.00/can
Broccoli Cuts - PC brand for around $1.00-$1.50
The rest of the items you should have on hand (garlic,parmesan cheese, milk).
Total - Right around $6. Good deal, you are getting protein, carbs and veggies in one dish!
1/2 lb sausage - $1.00
can of Furmano's pizza sauce - $1.29 (only need 1/2 - I put the other half in the freezer)
Price Chopper pizza dough - 99 cents this week!
Price Chopper Shredded Cheese - $1.99 (you'll need about 3/4 of the bag if you like cheesey pizza)
Price - Right around $5. We usually have to make 2 pizzas for our family and we have a few leftovers for lunches the next day.
If you double the recipe buy one more pizza dough, one more shredded cheese and cook up a bit more sausage. You can make 2 pizzas for about $8, much less than the cost of one pizza delivery!!
Sausage Potato Casserole, click here.
1 lb Sausage $1.99
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup $1.00
3 cups of sliced, peeled potatoes $1 or so, depending on what side of sale you can get (they are B1G1 5 lb bag for $3.99 this week)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese - $1.00 ($1.99 for a bag)
Other items you'll probaby have on hand - onion, salt, pepper
Total cost - Around $6
Then, of course there is the traditional Pasta with Sausage I posted about here. It was my first bargain meal of the week. However, this week, substitute:
Ronzoni pasta for 99cents
Ragu Sauce is B1G1 so probaby around $2 per jar
and follow the previous cooking instructions!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
1 Breyer's Ice Cream ($2.99)
2 Hellman's Mayo ($2.48) This is the only item I had no coupons for!
1 Axe Shower Gel ($3.99)
4 Knorr Sides ($0.99 each)
1 Dove Body Wash ($5.99)
1 Bertolli Dinner for 2 ($6.99)
2 Bertolli Pasta Sauce ($2.50)
Subtotal before Advantedge and Coupons: $63.14
Total after: $32.10 and receive a $20 off your next purchase at Price Chopper.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
It's a Unilever Double Dip! If you saw the rebate form in this weekend's paper for the free ham or turkey from Unilever when you buy $40 worth of Unilever products, you probably got pretty excited!
Well, at Northeast Price Chopper when you buy $40 worth of Unilever products, you get a catalina for $20 off your next purchase! Potentially, even without coupons, you can get $80 worth of groceries for just $40. Add in some coupons and you can get lots more!
I'm even planning a trip to the PC that's 45 minutes away because it doubles coupons! I can't wait to take advantage of this trip.
Note: Unilever will reimburse you up to $20 for your ham or turkey so make sure you get one as close to $20 or possible!
I'm off to plan my trip! If you have a plan for this deal, with or without a PC in your area, please share your ideas here!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
This week's recipe is a classic from the Campbell's website:
Campbell's 15-minute Chicken and Rice Skillet; It's fast, frugal, easy and tasty!
1 tbsp. vegetable oil 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts ($1.99/lb)
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (Reg or 98% Fat Free) $0.88 cents
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 tsp. paprika (?2 cents)
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper (?2 cents)
2 cups uncooked instant white rice (box is about $1.50, 2 cups will cost about $0.60)
*2 cups fresh OR frozen broccoli flowerets (bag of PC frozen veggies between 99cents - $1.39)
Total Meal cost to feed 4 = about $4.50
Click here for the full recipe.
NWA Deals tells you how to profit $1.03 on One a Day here
Moms By heart is at it again with a HUGE List of 50 cents or less shopping at Walgreen's, CVS, Target, Rite Aid, & Walmart here. I don't know how she does it!!
Some of my best deals were Fiber One Yogurt for 79 cents a 4 pack; Green Giant Boxed Vegetables are 10 for $10 -I bought 6 and used 2 $1 off 3 coupons so I bought 6 boxes for $2; Quaker Mini Delights were $1.29 after $1 off coupons; Del Monte Superfruit Cups 50 cents after $1 off coupons! I also scored 6 bags of Bird's Eye Steamfresh Brown Rice for $1.94!!!!!!!!! They were on sale for 99 cents ea., and I bought 6, and used 2 $1 of 3 coupons!
Ok, so round trip including shopping time was about 2 hours and 45 minutes. I saved $96.05!!!! I "earned" $34.00 per hour and used about 1/4 tank of gas- about $7.50. I think it will be worth my time to take a trip over there and stock up once a month or so. I went alone today, but it was a nice drive to take with my husband next time, and we have family about 10 minutes from there, and you can't beat visiting the fam too! Also, gas is about 10 cents a gallon cheaper there! Check it out!!!
So where to dumpter dive? Keep in mind I don't actually dive into dumpsters, I dive into Newspaper Recycling Bins...
My favorite spot is a local assisted living/nursing home. They have a huge bin that they collect all of the newspapers from all of the buildings. A lot of seniors read the newspaper....but do not use their coupons! Especially the ones in the nursing home portion of the facility.
You can also check local hotels, your local recycling facility (unfortunately ours has the glossy inserts in a huge dumpster in the ground that you would literally have to dive into and I think would be illegal).
I've heard tell that places like Borders and Barnes & Noble do just toss their unsold papers or left behind papers into big bins behind their stores.
Of course, try collecting coupon inserts from friends and neighbors who don't use coupons.
Where else can we get multiple coupons without buying multiple papers? Post your best suggestions here so we can come up with a huge list!!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
In the meantime, here are some freebies you might want to schedule now for this weekend!
To build a free birdhouse at the Home Depot with your child, click here.
Toys R Us is having a Great Easter Adventure with giveaways for kids from 12-2pm Saturday. Click here to find your nearest location. Call and make sure they are participating.
Free Family Fun event at Michael's on Saturday 4/4. Click here for details.
Rent a free dvd from Redbox this weekend using any of these codes:
You can use each one once per debit/credit card:
REDBOX – first time rental only
Jergens Naturals click here.
Prilosec OTC click here.
Zyrtec click here.
Rachael Ray Nutrish dogfood click here.
Metamucil click here.
Kotex click here and here.
Eucerin click here.
Always Infinity click here.
Nicoderm click here.
Free Glad Forceflex Trash Bag click here.
Emergen-C click here.
Free Baby Stuff:
Make a pledge here and receive a $5 off coupon on Nestle Goodstart Formula.
Free sample of Parents Choice Formula click here.
These Vista print business cards are a great deal for this price - FREE + s/h. I ordered some a while back for my Creative Memories business and my Shop Without Money Sister just ordered some for us to share for this blog. These are also great to put your personal info on for sharing with other classroom parents, a new neighbor, friend from church or a mom you really clicked with at the park who you might want to schedule a playdate with. Much faster and easier than finding a pen and paper to jot down your info. One mom I met this way just put her first name, and her son's first name with their phone number so we could get in touch with them. Handy!
Then the dusty cogs in my brain started turning, and I realized that while in the past I have been conscious of how much I use, I have not been good lately. The other day I actually followed the directions on the shampoo bottle- lather, rinse, repeat. Repeat? Is my hair that dirty? I can also assure you that it was no dime size drop of shampoo either. It has occurred to me that I am taking things for granted. The laundry detergent, the shampoo, the toothpaste, and the dish soap. I have a huge stockpile of these things. I have not been careful about using them since I know I have that safety net. We cannot be vigilant about everything at every time, but I would encourage you to think about using less. Do your clothes need a cap full of detergent? Probably not. My work clothes definitely don't, but my gym clothes might be another story. What else can we use less of? Electricity? Cheese on our homemade pizza? Dressing on our salad? Creamer in the coffee? Bubble Bath? Shorter Showers?