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Homemade Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

I found an idea for homemade breakfast sandwiches on this blog.  I have been looking for something hearty and healthy for Peter to eat in the morning before going to work.  The instructions were easy enough and the price was fabulous!  I used half a block of cheese ($2), a dozen eggs ($2.19) and 2 packs of English muffins ($3.79 with a buy one get one free sale).  The total was $7.98, that is $0.67 each sandwich!!

Today at Giant

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Total OOP: $5.68  Total savings: $10.67

Breakstone’s sour cream: Price $2.29 with a buy 1 get 1 free sale.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $1. I bought 2.  Total: $0.65 each

Ken’s salad dressings: On sale for $1.00 each.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $1.00 off 2.  I bought 2.  Total: $0.50 each

Seventh Generation dish soap: On sale for $2.99. I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $1.00 and was pleasantly surprised buy another manufacturer’s coupon worth $2.00 off 2 attached to the package.  I bought 2.  Total: $1.49 each


Monday, April 11th, 2011

Today I headed out to 3 different stores.  I went to CVS, Walgreens, and Giant.  I know, I know… I made a rule to limit myself to only 3 stores… and CVS and Walgreens were not on that list… but good deals were to be had at those stores… so they are now officially added to “my list.”

Here are today’s deals and savings:

CVS: total OOP: $12.62; total savings: $17.18

Scott Toilet Paper: on sale for $6.88.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $1.00.  Total= $5.88 (that is $0.49 a roll)

Raisin Bran: on sale for $1.66.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $0.70.  Total= $0.96

Colgate toothpaste: Price $2.57 with a buy 1 get 1 free sale. I had 2 manufacturer’s coupons worth $1.00 each.  I bought 4. Total= $0.79 each

Duncan Hines Brownie Mix: On sale for $1.00 each.  I had 2 manufacturer’s coupons worth $1.00 each.  I bought 4.  Total= $0.50 each

Walgreens: total OOP: $36.89; total savings: $62.17

Carnation evaporated milk: on sale for $0.99 each.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $.50 off 2.  I bought 2. Total=$0.74 each

Lysol Kitchen spray: Price $4.19 with buy 1 get 1 free sale.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $1.00 off 2.  I bought 2.  Total= $1.60 each

Blue Diamond Almonds: Price $3.49  with buy 1 get 1 free sale.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $0.60 off 2.  I bought 2.  Total= $1.45 each

Crest white strips: Price $29.99.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $10.  I also had a Walgreens coupon worth $10.  Total= $9.99

M&M’s: Price 2 for $1.59.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon for buy 2 get 1 free. I bought 3. Total= $0.53 each

Hefty One Zip freezer bags: Price $3.29 with a buy 1 get 1 free sale.  I had 3 manufacturer’s coupons worth $1.00 off 2.  I bought 6.  Total= $1.15 each

Playtex tampons: On sale for $3.99.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $2.50 off 2 boxes.  I also had a Walgreens coupon worth $1.00 off 1.  I bought 2.  Total= $2.24 each

Bic Razors: Price $6.99 with a buy 1 get 1 50% off sale.  I had 2 manufacturer’s coupons worth $3.00 each.  I bought 2.  Total= $2.24 each

Giant: total OOP: $30; total savings: $32.38

Perdue Boneless Chicken Breasts: on sale for buy 1 get 1 free. The total for the chicken prior to coupons was $11.93.  I had 2 manufacturer’s coupons worth $0.75 each.  Giant doubles coupons under $1, so my coupons were worth $3.00. I bought 4. Total= $2.23 each

Dole Frozen Blueberries: On sale for $3.29.  I had 3 manufacturer’s coupons worth $0.75 each.  Since the coupons were doubled, they were worth $4.50.  I bought 3.  Total= $1.79 each

Turkey Hill Ice cream (not pictured): On sale for 2 for $5.00.  I bought 2.  Total: $2.50 each

Betty Crocker frosting: On sale for $1.67. I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $0.75 (worth $1.50 after doubling). I bought 2.  Total= $0.92 each

Betty Crocker cake mix: On sale for $1.50.  I had a manufacturer’s coupon worth $.50 (worth $1 after doubling). I bought 2. Total= $1.00 each

All laundry soap: on sale for $3.99.  I had 2 manufacturer’s coupons worth $1.00 each .  I bought 2.  Total= $2.99 each

I am well aware that boxed cake mixes and brownies are not healthy and might be considered to go against one of my rules… but I make an exception for them because they are handy in an emergency situation, such as: needing something for dessert for last minute dinner guests, bringing something to a church function, making something to go with a meal for a family in need… etc.  As far as the M&Ms and ice cream… well, everything in moderation! 😉

Couponing day one: A success

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Today was day one of our couponing adventure.  Our biggest deal was at Staples.

We got 2 reams of HP printer paper and a plastic chair mat for a grand total of $2.61.

Here’s how we did it:

The paper was on sale (which ended today) for $5.99 each- limit 2.  A mail in rebate for $4.99 for each ream printed off with the receipt.  In the weekly ad online we found a coupon (that expired today) for $10 off any chair mat.  We chose the cheapest one… which was $29.99.  To top it off we had $19.98 in Staples rewards.

So, the mat ($19.99 plus 0.60 sales tax) + the paper ($11.98)= $32.57- the reward points ($19.98)=$12.59- the mail in rebate refund ($9.98)= $2.61

Or you can look at it this way- we got 2 reams of paper for free, paid $12.59 for a chair mat and will recieve a check in the mail for $9.98.  Either way, it was an AWESOME deal!

Adventures in Couponing

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Well, the couponing bug bit me!  I have been using coupons for a while now… but apparently not to their full potential.  TLC’s EXTREME Couponing has inspired me (and I actually haven’t seen a full episode… just the clips on their website!).  Now, don’t worry… I’m not going to get (too) crazy about it!  I am setting rules for myself.

My rules:

1- only use coupons for things I would normally use

2- steer clear of coupons for things that are super processed or unhealthy (since I wouldn’t buy them anyway)

3- limit myself to the following stores: Target, Giant, and Wegmans (at least initially) to reduce anxiety!

4- try to combine coupons with rock bottom prices whenever possible to get the BEST deal (this one is most exciting to me!)

5- don’t freak out if I miss a good deal… there will be another!

6- do not, I repeat, DO NOT dumpster dive for coupons! =)

I have spent about 3 days pondering this idea and about 4 hours already organizing myself and becoming familiar with the coupon policies of the stores I am focusing on.  Already I have learned a lot!  Even if this doesn’t pan out to be a success, at least I will be a wiser shopper in the end.

So, I ask, if any of you are just tossing your coupons in the trash, consider sending them my way instead!

I enjoyed this post from the Krazy Coupon Lady for “beginners”.

FREE Fry Day at Chick-Fil-A

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Friday March 4th (TOMORROW!) is Free FRY day at ALL Chick-Fil-A locations.

Between 2-4 pm, simply just mention that it is FREE FRY DAY an you will receive a free medium fry.  No purchase necessary!

Christmas cards 2010

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

This year I was able to order 150 holiday photo cards at great discounts from 3 different websites.

The first deal was from VistaPrint:

I got 40 cards for $12.80… A savings of $45!

The second deal was from Shutterfly:

I got 50 cards for $8.14… A savings of $105! (Thanks to the blog post I wrote about Shutterfly!)

The third deal was from SeeHere:

I got 60 cards for $5.15… A savings of $25 (With a bonus of FREE overnight shipping!!)

All that for $26.09… I saved $175 on my Christmas cards this year!

Click here to get the SeeHere deal.

Click here to get the Shutterfly deal.

Click here to get the VisitPrint deal. (for 20 cards)

Click here to get the VisitaPrint deal. (for 20 additional cards!)

Super cute holiday photo cards at Shutterfly!

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

This season Shutterfly has an abundance of photo cards in a variety of sizes and styles!  I went to their website to design a photo card and had a hard time deciding which to choose! I made a several different options and will have to sit down and finally make a decision before Christmas gets here!  Here are some of my favorites:

A really cute gift idea for someone who loves photos (like me!) is a calendar! I also LOVE the photo books at Shutterfly.  I make a photo memory book every year and I also make them for special trips that we take.  If you are going to have a holiday party, order super cute invites from Shutterfly!


You can get free shipping on orders over $25 using promo code: SHIP25.

Save 30% on prints using promo code: PRINT30

If you have a blog, you can get 50 free photo cards!  For details, click here.

6 things to buy after Christmas

Friday, November 26th, 2010

This article lists the top items to wait to purchase until after Christmas to get the best savings!

1. Baking Ingredients 

During the holidays, supermarkets and discount stores load up on baking supplies to meet shoppers’ demands. Afterward – when you just can’t face another gingerbread man – these stores slash their prices out of necessity. “It’s a great time to stock up on chocolates, spices, flour, sugar, the basics,” says Freeman. The chocolate may be colored green and red, but it tastes the same!

2. Electronics

The Annual International Consumer Electronics Show runs the first week of January. That’s when companies roll out all their new models of computers, cameras, cell phones, printers … you name it. While early adapters salivate over the newest and latest tech gadgets, January is a great time for everyone else to buy the most recent models – which will, no doubt, be discounted heavily to make room for the new. ”If you don’t take advantage of the Christmas deals, don’t worry. After Christmas, everything’ll be on sale!” says Freeman. Last year Walmart offered shoppers a $50 gift card when they bought Microsoft Xbox 360 through January 1.

3. Winter Clothes & Accessories

There will be no shortage of discounts at department stores and clothing retailers – especially on hats, scarves, boots, winter coats and wool socks. Invest wisely by opting for non-trendy staples that will last you another winter or three.

4. Refurbished Goods

Expect stores’ “refurbished” bins – where returned appliances and gadgets get a 10 to 20% discount – to be well-stocked after the holidays, as people return unwanted gifts. One note of caution: Only buy refurbished items from reputable dealers that offer a manufacturer’s warranty. Sony, Dell, Amazon, Apple and Kitchen Aid are all in the refurbishing business.

5. Holiday Cards, Wrapping Paper, Ornaments

This one’s obvious. Expect discounts of 50 to 90%. A tip on the wrapping paper – go for a solid color, instead of a sheet with Christmas trees or dreidels. Gold, green, blue or red wrapping paper, while seasonal, can also be used throughout the year.

6. Calendars

Can you wait a few extra days to get organized? It’s almost a given that Borders and Barnes & Noble will have their 12-month calendars on sale the first weeks of January. I’ve spotted their buy-one-get-one-free or “All Calendars $1″ deals throughout the years, appearing right around New Year’s Day.

6 Painless Way To Cut Your Grocery Bill

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

We try to be budget conscience with our grocery shopping but there is always room for improvement.  The tips in this article are helpful!