Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Birdseye Steamfresh Veggies $0.69
- $0.35/1 (SS 9/13)
Final Price= FREE
Suave Shampoo $0.75
- $1/2 (RP 8/2)
Final Price= $0.25
Yoplait Yogurt Cups $0.39
- $0.50/6 printable
- $0.40/6 (SS 9/13)
Final Price= $0.22 to $0.25 each
To see more savings at Giant this week check out Mom's Pace.
(Sorry about the big space below...Blogger is acting strange!)
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
My Uncle Rick passed away on Sunday after a year long battle with cancer. Even though I knew he was sick and not doing so well, it still seems hard to believe he is gone. Uncle Rick was one of my favorite uncles. His love for a good laugh and great sense of humor combined with a caring, kind heart made him a great uncle and a great person to hang out with.
We are leaving Thursday morning for Toronto to be at the viewing and funeral services. From there we are going to a reunion in Ohio for the rest of the weekend. On top of that, I had planned to do my monthly shift tomorrow at my job...of all the crazy times! But I had no idea when I called to schedule a day to work. All that to say, I don't know how much I'll be able to blog. I hope to have internet access at least occasionally on the trip, but I can't promise anything.
Sorry for all the blogging absences lately! Thanks for bearing with me.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Suze Orman is offering a free Will and Trust Kit through October 3rd. Simply visit the Suze Orman website, click on "gift code", then enter 898989 to get your free kit. You do not have to complete the information immediately, but if you are like me, if you don't do it almost immediately you will forget about it and it won't get done.
I am excited about this since my husband and I have been wanting to do our will for quite some time. This is just the incentive I needed to get the ball rolling!
Thanks Common Sense with Money!
Thanks Mojo Savings!
Beans...there is so much to love about them! They are healthy. They are cheap. And they make all sorts of dishes yummy.
About two years ago, I started to buy dry beans in bulk instead of buying them in cans at the store. I did this partly because I knew it would be a little bit cheaper and partly because I also liked knowing that my beans weren't loaded with salt and other additives. After experimenting with various methods (there's a bunch!) I have discovered that the one I like the best is called the Hot Soak Method. Here are the steps to this simple way of soaking and cooking dried beans.
First of all, sort your beans. Pick out any pieces of dirt, rocks or beans that have holes or are very wrinkled.
Next rinse your beans to remove any dust/dirt. Do not do this until you are ready to soak the beans as the water will start to begin the hydration process.
Now you are ready to soak the beans. Put your beans in a big pan and add 10 cups of water for every 2 cups of dry beans. Bring the beans to a boil and allow to boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for at least one hour but preferably four hours. (The longer you allow the beans to soak, the more the sugars break down which makes the beans more easily digestible.) Then discard the water and rinse the beans.
You are now ready to cook the beans. Return beans to pan, add fresh cold water to fully cover the beans, 1-2 teaspoons oil or shortening and 2 teaspoons salt, if desired. To avoid breaking the skins, tilt the lid to your pan and simmer the beans gently. Cook until tender.
I prefer to use my pressure cooker to cook the beans. It gets it done in less than half the time it takes to simply cook the beans. Since each pressure cooker is different, follow the instructions that came with yours to find out how to use it to cook beans.
Your beans are now ready to eat or to freeze. I like to do about 3 cups of dried beans at a time and then I freeze them in 2 cup portions.
If you are wondering at the savings of cooking your own beans here is what I have found. One can of kidney beans is $0.59 at Aldi (usually a bit more than that at other grocery stores). I can get dried kidney beans for $1.16/lb. at Walmart. Two cups of beans is 3/4 pound which makes approximately the equivalent to 3 cans of beans. So your cost comes out to $0.15 a can. Add about $0.10 (probably generous!) for electricity, water, oil and salt and it comes to $0.25 a can. That's a savings of at least $0.34!
A few other facts about beans:
* 1 pound of beans is a little more than 2 cups dry beans
* 1 cup of dried beans equals 3 cups of cooked beans
* 1 small can of beans is nearly 2 cups of beans
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
There just aren't many deals and freebies right now, so I took that as a sign that I should take a bit of a blogging break. I have lots of things to work on, so the timing is perfect.
I do plan to post deals and freebies as I see them but you might not hear too much from me the next couple of days. That is unless I get inspired!
Hope you are enjoying autumn!
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,
I know that full well."
Psalm 139:13 & 14 (The Holy Bible)
About 2 months ago, my sister and I were talking about vaccinating our sons and I was horrified when she told me that a number of the vaccinations come from aborted fetal tissue. It literally about made me sick! I realized that too often we are so uninformed about things.
Basically, there are a number of vaccines, including some adult ones, that are made from aborted fetal tissue. Most of them have alternatives that you can get but you need to ask for them, otherwise you may receive the strain that uses aborted fetal tissue. There are three vaccines that have no ethical alternative in the US and they are the vaccines for Hepatitis A, Chickenpox and MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), all of which are very rarely life threatening.
Below are some links that give a lot of helpful information about the whole fetal tissue/immunization subject. If you read nothing else or feel like you will get bogged down in all the details, I highly encourage you to at least look at the Vaccine Sources Chart. It is an easy to read chart that give you all the ethical alternatives for vaccinations.
* National Network for Immunization Information
* Catholic Education Resource Center
* Children of God for Life
* Vaccine Sources Chart (click the link on the left side)
- this is a handy little chart that you can print out and take with you to your doctor's office
If you have questions I will be glad to try to tell you what I know and understand. You can leave a comment here or simply email me by using the link under "About Me."
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Well, I came across a post that Sharpen Your Scissors did that might answer a few of the questions that you have. Check it out here.
If you still have questions, feel free to leave me a comment or email me. I'll be glad to try to help you out!
Want more information, including store locations? Go here.
You can download your copy here. And just in case you want to make sure it is worth your time, here is the complete list of all the recipes included:
Hard Rock Cafe Twisted Mac 'N Cheese
Applebee's Bourbon Steak
Chili's Boneless Buffalo Wings
Pizza Hut Original Pan Pizza Crust
Boston Market-Style Squash Casserole
Cheesecake Factory Cajun Jambalaya Pasta
Melting Pot Green Goddess Dip
Red Robin-Style Bonzai Hamburger
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Hash Browns
T.G.I. Friday's Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip
Panera Tomato Mozzarella Salad
Pizza Hut Dessert Pizza
Chicken Fried Rice Benihana Style
Cinnabon's Cinnamon Rolls
McDonald's Big Mac Sauce
Panda Express-Style Orange Chicken
Ruby Tuesday Chicken Quesadilla
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Fried Apples
Pizza Hut Thin Crust Pizza Dough
T.G.I. Friday's Original Jack Daniel's Sauce
Subway Sweet Onion Dressing
The Cheesecake Factory's Santa Fe Chicken Salad
T.G.I. Friday's Sizzling Chicken and Cheese
Applebee's Broiled Salmon With Garlic Butter
Applebee's Classic Patty Melt
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I've been a member for about a year now and have gotten to try all sorts of things free including cereal, tuna, granola bars and more. My freebie lovers heart misses a couple of beats every time I see something from them in the mail. It's like having Christmas all throughout the year. I absolutely love it!
I'm excited about this since I am getting ready to make some curtains for our spare bedroom in the attic and am needing buttons. I didn't realize that buttons are so expensive! Anyway, this should bring my cost down significantly.
Have you joined the CVS Advisory Panel? If not, I'd recommend it. What does being a member of the Advisory Panel involve? Well, basically several times a year you'll receive anywhere from $5 to $15 in Extra Bucks for completing a survey about CVS products and services.
I have no experience with this, but from what I have heard from others this is an excellent program. Why have I not joined? Well, I'll let you in on a little secret. I actually am a CVS employee, which obviously makes me ineligible.
When I first read this recipe I was a bit skeptical. Butterscotch and pumpkin? Sounded a bit strange. But since I had butterscotch chips and pumpkin that needed to be used, I decided to try them. And I loved them! They are a perfect not-to-sweet and yet tasty, moist muffin and make the perfect fall treat. In my opinion they would be heavenly with a caramel or vanilla latte. But I'm guessing that no matter what you eat them with, you'll enjoy them immensely!
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 (6 ounce) package butterscotch chips
Bake at 350 for 14 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean. Do not overbake.
(If you choose to make mini muffins, bake 10-12 minutes.)
Monday, September 21, 2009
So far, I have been doing pretty good at using up the excess things in my cupboards. These are the items that I have used so far, most of which I got for free or very nearly free and had lots of:* Peanut butter
* Fettuccine noodles
* Canned pineapple
* Campbell's Tomato Soup
* Frozen broccoli
* BBQ Sauce
* M & M's
* Carrot Cake Muffin mix
I feel pretty good with how well it is going. I still have some extras I'd like to use up by the end of the month, but I have made a pretty good dent in our stockpile.
And it is definitely helping our grocery budget! I've also stuck with my resolve to only buy grocery items that are a really good price and as of today, I still have $47.84 to use on groceries this month.
I had mentioned last month that I hoped to have at least $40 left over this month. Well, I am bumping that to $30 since I wasn't anticipating buying chicken this month. (My sister-in-law was able to get me boneless, skinless chicken for $1.59 lb.!) Just to help you understand this a bit, we budget $140 a month for strictly food items, which includes anything I buy to can and also all meat purchases. We budget $50 a month for household items which includes diapers, cleaning supplies, paper supplies, toiletries etc.
The exciting thing is, I think I should be able to not spend too much on groceries next month either since I have a nice supply of ground beef, chicken and bacon. I was able to get all of these for excellent prices either this month or in August.
So, that is how I'm doing. If you have any questions, I'm open to them. Or if you have comments about how you are saving on your groceries or what you find helpful, I'd love to hear that too!
I plan to do a post on what I have learned from this whole experience, probably next week sometime.
Friday, September 18, 2009
I was reading the fine print when I was waiting to get my gift card and here is the important part that I want to make sure you know: you can only get your gift card until 3pm Saturday. So don't wait to go until the evening! I'd hate for you to miss out!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Mercedes over at Common Sense with Money is doing an awesome give away that I think anyone could enjoy. She is giving away a $250 gift card to the grocery store of your choice. Imagine how far you could stretch that!
Saving Money for a Wedding is giving away a $50 gift certificate to Home Depot. I love that place and we go there often since we are in a constant work of fixing up our house. Right now the project is the kitchen and this would sure come in handy!
Like Panera Bread? Calico Cash is giving away a $10 Panera Bread gift card. Free lunch just might be on its way!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I finally figured out how to use Feedburner and am excited to make subscribing to my blog more user friendly. I'm not the most computer savvy person, which means I need to often do some research in order to change anything related to layout/settings on this blog. But I'm determined, and where there is a will, there is a way.
So go ahead, subscribe today and be sure to stay up to date on all the deals!
Gotta love free dish soap!
Have you been wanting to try BJ's but couldn't stand the thought of paying the membership fee? Well, here's your chance to try them free. Take this coupon to your local BJ's store and get a free 60 day trial membership. This offer expires 12/31/09.
Thanks Saving with Shellie.
Thanks Tomorrow's Plight.
I'm not sure what the usual price is on this, but I'm guessing that with a sale, you should definitely at least be able to get some really cheap lunch meat.
Thanks For the Mommas!
Thanks "Cents"able Momma.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
As usual, I added it to my shopping list and when I went to purchase it I looked for a Dawn coupon to use. To my surprise I could find none! So, being the frugal person that I am, I decided to just go with whatever was cheapest and bought a bottle of Ajax. Bad mistake! I soon realized that I had to use way more soap than normal. Not to mention the fact that about halfway through washing dishes (I usually have a pile since
About a week later I was at Walmart and saw the Dawn Hand Renewal dish soap on special and knew that I had just gotten a coupon for it. So for $1 I decided to go for it and give it a try. It was all that I remembered Dawn to be and more. It honestly does make your hands feel wonderful!
So, I decided then and there to never waste money on cheap dish soap again. Ever. To me, it is one of those things that is just worth spending more on. Lesson learned!
I was trying to think how I could use them up, when I remembered this tasty salad. My husband was a bit skeptical when he heard the mixture of mandarin oranges and cottage cheese but he liked it enough that he was wishing for more! Simple to make, refreshing and colorful too, this salad is sure to be a hit with everyone.
3 oz. orange gelatin
16 oz. cottage cheese
11 oz. can mandarin oranges
2 c. whipped topping
Mix dry ingredients with cottage cheese and drained oranges. Fold in whipped topping. (Crushed pineapple or other fruit can be used instead of mandarin oranges.)
Monday, September 14, 2009
I just got back from a walk to Rite Aid and did I ever make out like a bandit! I just had to show you my deals just in case you needed some inspiration.
- 7 Johnson & Johnson baby products @ $2.99 each*
- 1 Wet Ones Wipes @ $1.99
- 1 Tylenol 8 Hour Muscle Aches & Pain caplets, 24 ct. @ $2.99
- had a rebate from 8/29 when this was on sale for 2.99
- 6 Johnson & Johnson coupons
- $2/2 printable here
- $1.50/1 coupon I received in the mail
- Two $1/1 printables here
- $1/1 coupons I received in the mail
- $1/1 peelie found on bottle
- $1/1 Wet Ones printable here
- $2/1 Tylenol 8 Hour Muscle Aches & Pain 24 ct., 8/23 insert
- $5/25 purchase printable here
Rebates Submitted For:
- $10 Rebate #43: Purchase any 5 Johnson & Johnson Baby Care and get $10
- $1 Rebate #85: Wet Ones
- $2 Rebate from August
- $5 Gift of Savings certificate
Total Before Coupons: $26.84
Coupons Deducted: $15.50
Total Out of Pocket (with tax): $11.34
Rebate Amounts: $18.00
Profit: $6.66 plus everything FREE!
* I actually plan to buy more Johnson & Johnson products to qualify for the $15 rebate which is why I bought 7 this time. I am going to go to the other Rite Aid that I have close by for those as well as the other items that I want to get this week.
Go here to see more coupon matchups and links.
Head over here to print a $1/1 McCormick spice, herb, extract or food color. Also some of you might be able to get the same coupon at Coupons.com depending on your zipcode. Reportedly Walmart has McCormick salt and pepper priced at $1.09, so you should be able to get some for only $0.09!
Go here to print a $1/1 coupon for YoBaby organic yogurt or meals. The 6 oz. single serve YoBaby Meals are priced $1 at Walmart making them free with this coupon.
Just in case you missed them, here are links to some more great coupons.
- Klondike coupon
- Peter Pan peanut butter, Keebler cookies, and Healthy Choice meals
I love how I'm getting those old rolls of film that have been lying around here for way too long developed. The last roll was full of pretty much worthless pictures so I was so glad I hadn't paid to get it developed!
Thanks Centsable Momma!
I don't typically post store deals but this one is just too good to not pass on to you all. Starting this week, Rite Aid is beginning a program called Gift of Savings, which should be an easy way to make some money while shopping at Rite Aid.
When you shop at Rite Aid between 9/13/09 and 10/17/09, enter your receipts at the Gift of Savings website. After you spend the required amount, you will receive a Gift of Savings certificate for the specified amount. These certificates are like a paper gift certificate and can be used for almost anything in the store.
Here is the breakdown of what you need to spend to get the certificate.
Spend between $25 and $50 and receive a $5.00 Gift of Savings Certificate
Spend between $50.01 and $100 and receive a $10.00 Gift of Savings Certificate
Spend $100.01 or more and receive a $20.00 Gift of Savings CertificateRite Aid has a great rebate program and you should easily be able to at least meet the $25 requirement just by purchasing items that are free after rebate and/or coupons. Want some help knowing where to start? Check out the list of deals that For the Mommas has posted.