Sunday, January 31, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

I try to keep my meals at $5.00 or less. Unless I use meat, and because I've made a committment to buying only humanely raised meat, it's more expensive. Otherwise, I'm able to keep my meals at $5 by buying the ingredients on sale and with coupons to get the very best price and then stockpiling.

Monday -- Stuffed Pasta Shells

Tuesday -- Black Bean Tacos

Wednesday -- Rice & Lentil Casserole

Thursday -- Simple Supper -- Green Beans, mashed potatoes, corn on cob, biscuits

Friday -- Dance Class! Veggie Helper & Crescent Rolls

Saturday -- Southwestern Pot Pie

Sunday -- Lentil, Corn & Sweet Pepper Chili

For more great menu ideas, visit


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Kid Friendly Play at Belcourt Theatre

Olde World Theatre Company Presents "Robin Hood". This is a kid friendly production that will actually entertain the whole family. My daughter went to the fall production of Hansel and Gretal and talked about it for days. It's very interactive, so the children feel a part of the show. Last time, the children are allowed to meet the actors in costume, which was a big thrill for my little budding starlet.

Belcourt Theatre
2102 Belcourt Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212

Saturday, January 30th @ 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 6th @ 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased in advance online at
or the day of the show at the Box Office.

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Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?

I watched a very interesting show on Oprah yesterday. It was about how our food is processed in America and how the process has changed so much over the last 20 years. They talked about the genetic engineering that is done with our everyday food (beef, chicken, grains, vegetables etc). And the amount of antibiotics, preservatives, and everything else that we cannot even pronounce that is put into our food. And the sugar! Sugar is in everything! No wonder we're getting fatter, and having more and more health problems.

There is a very interesting documentary out right now, called Food Inc.
It shows exactly how our food is raised and processed. I think it's a good opportunity to see things first hand and make informed decisions at the grocery store. The frugalista in me cannot bear to actually purchase DVDs normally but I did buy this one. Okay -- actually, I used a free Amazon gift card I earned from a Coinstar promotion. But, this dvd can also be checked out at the library for free! Or, most major video stores and Netflix are carrying it as well (I did not see it on Redbox though).

If you want to buy the dvd, Amazon has it on special for $9.99. This is a special Oprah deal and is only good till midnight Friday, January 29.

I WISH I could purchase all my food organic, natural, not pre-packaged. But sadly it is not always time efficient or financially feasable right now. But, that is what we must change in our nation. Why is it cheaper to buy big bag of potato chips rather than a 10lb bag of whole potatoes?? I will be making even more conscious food choices that can fit into my budget going forward.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Collection Drive for Haiti in Nashville

There is a collection Drive for supplies for Haiti being held in Nashville.

Donations being accepted everyday from 8am - 7pm now till Tuesday, February 2.

Location: 1420 Cowan Court
Nashville TN 37207

Medical Supplies
Non Perishable Foods
Water Purification
Hydration Containers
First Aid Kits
Alcohol Wipes
Work Gloves
Baby Formula

The supplies will be driven to Miami where they will be put on cargo planes and flown to Haiti, where the people from the organization Can-do will make sure the supplies are properly distributed. Toby Keith has donated the 7 semi trailers that will be transporting the donations.


Free Burrito at Moe's Southwest Grill

It is Thank You Thursday every Thursday until April 14 at Moe's Southwest Grill. Free Entree with purchae of another entree over $5 and 2 large drinks. (You get the less expensive of the 2 for free.

This offer is good for the Middle Tennessee area Moe's. I'm unsure if it's nationwide.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Kid to Kid Consignment Store Clearance Sale

Kid to Kid Consigment Store in Brentwood is having their semi-annual clearance sale.

10% off all items in the store
20% off all already marked-down items

Sale runs Thursday, Jan 28 thru Sunday, Jan 31

Store Hours:
Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 1pm - 5pm

Kid to Kid is a favorite place of mine to find some nice clothing for a much lower price than regular retail stores. I often find items from Baby Gap, The Children's Place, Talbots, etc for less than half the price they would be at the actual retailer.

My store is in Brentwood TN, but there are others around the country. go here to find one near you.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Weekly Shopping Trip

Whew! I had quite a shopping challenge this week. I'm trying very hard to not go over my $50 dollar/week for groceries & household supplies budget. I aim for $40, but my actual budget is $50. My cupboards have been bare and so I'm also trying to stock up with that $50. Did I make it? Let's see....


I had many ECB's built up from doing Survey's for CVS Advisor Panel. So, I used them to buy some things we needed now but there were no great deals or coupons for. That's why I LOVE CVS!

2 CVS Sandwich bags $2.99 & $1.50 (Buy one Get one 50% off)
1 CVS Super glue $1.97
1 CVS super size trash bags $7.49
1 CVS Antiseptic Mouthwash $5.49
1 Glade Soy candle $3.29

- $3.00/1 Glade Frangrance candle CVS Coupon from prior receipt
-$3.00 ECB
-$15.00 ECB

OOP w/ Tax: $2.44
and, all the CVS items earned 4% towards my CVS quarterly earned ECBs

Big Lots
I took advantage of the 20% Off coupon that is currently out.

1 Mop Bucket
Regular Price: $1.00
- 20% coupon
= .80

Dog Biscuits (big bag)
Regular Price: $3.50
- 20% coupon
= $2.80

Total OOP w/ tax: $3.93


Grape tomatoes .69
2 packs Bell Peppers .69 ea
Fruit Cocktail .85 ea
Tortilla Chips .99

Total OOP w/ tax: $6.20 Target:
I desperately needed some new socks, even my 4 year old said "Mommy, you should buy some new socks for yourself". We currently have no clothing budget, so this small purchase had to come from somewhere so it's part of the groceries this week!

1 six-pack of socks
Sale Price: $5.00
- .50/1 peelie
= $4.50 that's .75 cents per pair of socks!

2 Olay Regenerist Facial Wash
Sale Price: $5.49
- $3/1 P&G 1/17
= $2.49 Each
*submitted for Olay's $15 MIR, so this should be a moneymaker*

Total OOP: $11.00

4 Knox Gelatine
Reg Price: $1.39
- $4/1 Any Knox Product RP 1/24
= FREE + Overage

20 Birds Eye Steamers
Sale Prices: .89 - $1.19
- .50/1 1/10 SS
= FREE or .19 ea

4 Kraft Salad Dressing
Sale Price: $1.60
- $1/50/2 Printable
= .85 ea

8 Dole Fruit Cup Packs
Sale Price: $1.34 ea
- .75/2 SS 1/10
= .97 ea
* Also will submit for Dole 30 Day Challenge Rebate and receive coupons for 4 free packs

Morning Star Veggie Burgers
Sale Price: 1.99
- $1/1 Printable
= .99 ea

5 lbs Idaho Potatoes
Sale Price: $1.99

2 Uncle Bens Rice 5lbs
Sale Price: 3.49
- $1/1 Blinkie
= $2.49 ea

Total OOP w/ Tax: $12.91


Kroger is having a Mega Event this week. Buy 10 of the participating items ( a wide range of items) and get an automatic $5 off at checkout. The sale price listed is the price after the $5 off is subtracted.

1st Transaction:

5 Bars of Kraft Cheese
Sale Price: $1.49
- $1/2 Printable
= .99 ea

3 Packs of Kraft Shreds
Sale Price: $1.49
- $1/2 Printable
= .99 ea

2 Boxes of Nabisco Crackers
Sale Price: $1.70
- $2/2 Printable
= .70 ea

OOP: $10.51 + $5 off next Purchase Catalina (earned from 5 Kraft cheese bar purchase) only good on Sunday, Jan 24

2nd Transaction:

2 Philly Cream Cheese
Sale Price: .99
- $1/1 from Publix Grape Magazine

Post Raisin Bran
Sale Price: $2.19
- $2/1 Printable (must register)
= .19

3 Hunts Canned Tomatoes
Sale Price: $.50
- .45/3 (doubled) 1/10 SS
- .45/3 Shortcuts E-coupon
= .05 ea

3 packs of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
Sale Price: $1.41
- $1/1 and .50/1 (doubled) 11/15 RP
= .41 ea

1 Quilted Northern 12 Pack double rolls
Sale Price: $5.49
- $1/1 1/24 RP
- $2/1 Softcoin e-coupon (no longer available)
= $2.49

Non-Mega Event Items:

8th Continent Soy Milk
Reg Price: $2.99
- $2/1 Printable (no longer available)
= .99

Reg Price: $1.65

Reg Price: 1.34

- $5.00 Catalina received from Transaction 1
Total OOP: $15.21

GRAND TOTAL OOP: $51.68. Didn't quite make it under $50, but I was close. And my total savings after sales and coupons was $181 dollars! And then there is the $15 rebate from Olay and the 4 free packs of Dole fruit cups coming. So, not a bad week.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Mom's Mini Meatloaves

We don't eat meat alot in my family, but this is a favorite recipe for when we do.


1 1/2 lb of lean ground beef
1 cup of soft bread crumbs (I prefer Italian style, but regular will work too)
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon dried parsley
salt & pepper to taste
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup ketchup

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.) Combine the meat, bread crumbs, celery onion, mustard parsley, salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, beat egg lightly and add the milk and Worcestershire sauce. Add the liquid ingredients to the meat mixture. Combine well.

3.) Lightly grease muffin tin. Pat meat mixture into 2 inch balls, place each ball into muffin tin.

4.) Bake for 25 minutes. Remove meatloaves from oven, top with ketchup. Return to oven for additional 10 minutes.


Menu Plan Monday

I try to keep my meals at $5.00 or less. Unless I use meat, and because I've made a committment to buying only humanely raised meat, it's more expensive. Otherwise, I'm able to keep my meals at $5 by buying the ingredients on sale and with coupons to get the very best price and then stockpiling.

Monday -- Vegetable Stew with Herb Dumplings (I'm recycling this meal from last week because we ended up going out for dinner)

Tuesday -- Skillet Nachos

Wednesday -- Simple Supper, Green Beans, Mashed potatoes, mac n cheesee, biscuits,

Thursday -- Southwest Chicken Stir-Fry

Friday -- Dance Class! Tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches

Saturday -- Roasted Vegetable Pasta (I will probably delete the meat ingredient and add more veggies)

Sunday -- Crock Pot Baked Ziti

For more great menu ideas, visit


Cheap(er) Sunday Papers

Ever since Kroger discontinued the .99 cent Sunday Paper price back in December, I've been searching for a new source of cheap papers.

Publix is now selling the Sunday Tennessean for $1.19 each. Not as good as the .99 cent deals that Kroger and the drugstores had in the past, but better than the regular price of $1.75.

The Customer Service Associate at Publix told me that the Tennessean rotates out the stores they do the discounted Sunday paper deal. Publix will have the discounted rate until March. Then, all of us cheapos will be on the hunt again!

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Frugal Dessert

Tonight my family went out for our "monthly dinner out". With the help of a B1G1 coupon, we were able to eat for about $15. My 4 year-old spied some cookies that she wanted for dessert. I told her she could have one provided she ate her dinner. I didn't notice the price of the cookies before agreeing. $2.00 for one, 2-inch cookie! Ugh! It killed me to have to pay that much (especially since I knew I had cookie mix at home that I paid .25 cents for) but she held up her end of the agreement so I had to hold up mine.

Then I noticed out the window, Walgreens. Walgreens had candy bars on sale for .39 cents this week. So, I offered her a choice, a cookie from the restaurant, or a candy bar from Walgreens. She took the candy bar! Yea!

The whole family ended up getting candy bars for less than the cost of one cookie. And I will rest easy tonight knowing that I didn't pay $2 dollars (plus tax) for one little cookie!

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Some good coupon scenarios

There are some high dollar coupons for Cottonelle available right now.
Manufacturer's coupon in the 1/17/10 of USA Weekend insert. Or printable here
Target Store coupon here
.75/1 Publix store coupon in 1/17 SS

If your Publix still accepts Target coupons, you could stack all three and get a pretty good deal on some toilet paper!

Also, Kraft has put out a new $1 off 2 packages of Kraft or Cracker Barrel Cheese. Paired with a sale this could make for a good deal. It expires in 30 days, but print now because this one won't last long.


Friday, January 22, 2010

Several Coupon Book Offers

There are several coupon books available right now. I know I'm pathetic, but I always get excited when a new book of coupons arrive in my mailbox -- it kind of helps to take the sting out of the stack of bills that usually arrive with them.

Follow the links to sign up.

Conagra is offering a coupon book with $17 dollars in coupons.

Muellers Pasta is offering a coupon book with $12 of coupons on Use zipcode 30003

Betty Crocker is offering a $10 coupon booklet to anyone who signs up or is currently signed up for one of their newsletters



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To make it an even better deal: Friday's are Mega Swagbucks day, meaning you can earn double swagbucks.

I have personally used swagbucks and have won a few Amazon gift cards. If Amazon is not your thing, there are many other prizes available. It usually takes me a few weeks to build up enough swagbucks to earn a gift card, but if I'm searching the web anyway, why not use Swagbucks?


Big Lots 20% Off Coupon

Big Lots has a 20% off coupon good for Saturday, Jan 23 - Sunday, Jan 31. It's 20% off anything (except gift cards) so you could find a good deal. Go here for the coupon.

You are supposed to be a member of the buzz club in order to use the coupon. Go here to join.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cheap Thrills for the weekend!

It's supposed to be as high as 60 degrees this weekend in Nashville. What a nice change! It will be a good weekend to get out and do something. Here are a few cheap ideas:

Cheekwood -- It's .50 cent admission all month (thanks Leslie for the reminder!)

Nashville Flea Market - It's free admission, $4.00 to park on Sat & Sun Free parking on Fridays

The Singing Tortoise - Sunday , January 24 at 2pm. Presented by the Nashville Ballet at Belmont's Massey Hall. The production is free, but you are encouraged to bring a new children's book to donate to the book'em program. Doors open at 1:30, first come first serve.

Book Sale - Brentwood Public Library , Friday & Saturday 10 -5pm Books starting at .30 cents! Library is located at 8109 Concord Rd. Phone: 371-0090

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The Frog Prince debuts at Nashville Public Library

If you've never been to a marionnette show at the Nashville Public Library, I highly recommend it. It's not an average puppet show. It is professionally produced with lighting, special effects and sound and it has it's own theatre! My daughter loves them and is never disappointed. We are excited about the newest production starting this week. And did I mention it's FREE? That's the best part!

The Frog Prince
Fridays & Saturdays
January 22 - March 6
9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am
Location: Children's Theater, Downtown Library
Running time: 35 minutes

*Please note: There will be no shows on Saturdays February 20 and February 27

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Who's writing this blog anyway?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Weekly Grocery Trips

This week was not a great coupon week. I used coupons on everything I could of course, but because my stockpile of so many staples is depleted I'm having to buy some things regardless of coupon/sale availability. That is why you will see so many store brand products. I have nothing against store brand but since discovering coupons, I don't buy that many. Luckily I was able buy several bags of dried beans that were at least on sale. Have you ever seen a coupon for dried beans?? I haven't.

Here are the highlights of my trip:


Kroger Highlights:

Gatorade 32 oz
Sale Price $1.00
- .50/1 (doubled) from 1/10 RP

Kroger Canned Chili Beans
Sale Price: .84 ea

Kroger Tortilla Chips
Sale Price: $1.00

Sale Price: .98/lb

Sale Price: .98/lb

Organic Carrots 1 lb
Sale Price: $1.00

Almonds 1 lb
Sale Price: 2.99

Diet Dr. K Soda 12 pk
Sale Price $1.77

Total OOP w/ tax: $36.08


Bush's Red Beans
Sale Price: .75
- .75/2 FLIP
= .38 ea

Progresso Soup
Sale Price: $1.15
- .50/2 (doubled) 12/6 SS
= .65 ea

Pedigree Dentastix
Sale Price: $1.89
- $1/1 from 12/6 RP
= .89 ea

Sale Price: $1.47

2lb Baby Carrots
Sale Price: $1.99

5 lb Potatoes
Sale Price: $1.99

- $1/1 Produce Publix coupon from home mailer
= .99

Total: $20.99
- Gift Card $10.00
Total OOP: $10.99

Walgreens Trip: $7.69

Total OOP for week $54.76 I'm over budget a little, but sometimes you just can't help it!

Oh...... and this is what happens when you bring a child with you on your shopping trip: Added $2.19 to my total

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Monday, January 18, 2010

When is a Good Time to Buy Appliances?

I ran across an article today about when is the best time to purchase appliances. They gave some interesting tips that I thought I'd pass along:

1.) If your state has tax-free holidays, check to see if Energy Star appliances are included (sadly my state, Tennessee, does not include them in it's annual tax free weekend). Go here to see when tax-free shopping weeks are planned for your state and a general description of items that are non-taxable.

2.) Go to and check out the Rebate Finder for a list of rebates in your area. As part of the stimulus package, the government enacted an appliance rebate program for purchasing Energy-Star efficient appliances. Every state has been allocated money for rebates. But apparently every state gets to decide what will and will not be rebate eligible. Check your state to see what appliances are eligible.

3.) Of course the best scenario is to take advantage of a tax-free holiday and also a rebate. You could come out with a REALLY good deal.

4.) And, if you're like me and live in a state that is behind the times on energy efficiency and does not offer tax-free incentives on energy efficient appliances and very limited rebates, the best time to purchas a new appliance is probably during during the holiday sales blasts.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

I try to keep my meals at $5.00 or less. Unless I use meat, and because I've made a committment to buying only humanely raised meat, it's more expensive. Otherwise, I'm able to keep my meals at $5 by buying the ingredients on sale and with coupons to get the very best price and then stockpiling.

Monday -- Simple Supper: Spaghetti with marinara sauce, garlic toast

Tuesday -- Tamale Lentil Casserole

Wednesday -- Teriyaki Chicken

Thursday -- Slow Cooker Black Beans and Rice

Friday -- Dance Class! Quick Bean Quesadillas

Saturday -- Vegetable Stew with herbed dumplings

Sunday -- Mom's Meatloaf

For more menu ideas visit


Walgreen's Trip 1/17

Stopped by Walgreen's and snagged a few of the deals. We were down to one pack of TP, so I had to get some and I wanted to replenish my supply of Wet Ones. Here's what I did
1st Transaction
2 Wet Ones Wipes
Sale Price: $2.00
2 Neosporin Lip Health
Sale Price: $4.00 ea

-(2) $1.50/1 Wet Ones Printable - make pledge
-(2) $3.00/1 Neosporin Lip Health Printable (prints only in firefox browser -- not sure why??)
OOP w/ Tax: $4.11 (wow! $1.11 in sales tax)
Received $4 in Register Rewards

2nd Transaction

2 Angel Soft 9 roll Toilet Paper
Sale Price: $4.00
2 Candy Bars (filler item) forgot to add to pic
.39 ea

- (2) $1/1 Angel Soft Printable - use zip code 20178
- $1 RR
- $3 RR
OOP w/ Tax: $3.58

TOTAL OOP: $7.69
Not too bad, considering I got 8 items for less than the cost of 2 packs of TP at regular price.


Friday, January 15, 2010

Johnson & Johnson Rebate

FYI.. for anyone who planned to score some great deals on Aveeno, Lubriderm, Clean & Clear and the other J&J products that were part of the $10 rebate. Southern Savers reported today that J&J confirmed that they will only honor rebates when the total for the products are $30 AFTER coupons. Go here for all the specifics and a scenario that she has come up with to get some deals with the rebate at Publix.

There is quite a bit of controversy about this decision because of the wording on the actual rebate. But in the end, it's their promotion so they can do what they want.

I'm disappointed because I had devised a great plan to get some great products for free at CVS and the rebate would be a money maker. But, alas now, I will not do it. Just not as much fun.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Old Navy extra 50% Off Clearance

It's being reported that Old Navy will start their Extra 50% off Clearance Sale tomorrow (1/15/10). This is for men's women's and children's. Some items could be as low as $1.00.

Every store will have different supplies, so check yours soon. Also check old navy weekly on Friday and search for extra percent off coupons (these may or may not be accepted for clearance items)

Happy Shopping,

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Help for the Haitian Earthquake Victims

If you are in Nashville, TN and you would like to make a hygiene kit for the Haitian relief bring it to
3701 Hillsboro Rd
615) 297-7562

they will mail it to their depot in Sager Brown LA where the kits will go out to Haiti. Also check with other United Methodist Churches in your area. For more info go here.

UMCOR (The United Methodist Committee on Relief)(through the Sager Brown Center) is coordinating a shipment of health kits to provide individuals with basic necessities. All items must be NEW. Place these items inside a sealed one-gallon plastic bag:
1 hand towel (15” x 25” up to 17” x 27”, no kitchen towels)
1 washcloth1 comb (large and sturdy, not pocket-sized)
1 nail file or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers)
1 bath-size bar of soap (3 oz. and up)
1 toothbrush (single brushes only in original wrapper, no child-size brushes)
6 adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages

Of course, what is really being requested more than anything is money. Go here for a list of agencies and donation process.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

*HOT* Pillsbury Coupon

Go here to print a .50/1 Pillsbury Sweet Roll, Crescent Roll or Italian Meal Breads. This week Kroger has the small cans of sweet rolls and crescent rolls for $1.00. If your store doubles, then you get them for FREE!

Can't beat free! Oh! Wait, Yes you can!
If you haven't used the electronic coupons on Cellfire and/or Shortcuts, it makes for an even better deal.

The sale at Kroger runs through Saturday, January 16.

Happy Shopping!

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Barbie Coupon & Maybe Win a Free Barbie!

This is REALLY exciting in our house because we are BIG Barbie Fans (well, one of us is anyway). Go here to register with the Barbie Pink Ticket and possibly win a Barbie or Barbie furniture.

Even if you don't win, you will be able to print a $5 off a $14.99 Barbie purchase coupon. I've heard that Target has many of their Barbie's on clearance right now, so it could be a sweet deal!

Good luck!

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Free Couponing Class in White House TN

If you are in the White House TN area, there is a great FREE class on Couponing 101. Ronica, from Keeping our Cash is teaching free class next Monday. Child care is also available for a small fee

Go here for all the details and registration.

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Free UniBall Pen Today!

Go here today at 12 noon CDT and sign up for a FREE Uni-ball Super Ink Pen. These are supposed to be nice pens that have special ink to help prevent check fraud. I'm not sure about all of that, but a free pen is a free pen! I usually have to steal mine from the bank Ha Ha!!
They're giving away 10,000 so get there quickly! Good Luck!


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Walgreens Freebie Deal for Facebook Fans

If you're not already a Facebook Fan of Walgreens, now would be a good time to sign up. Walgreen's is expected to give a Freebie Photo Deal to all Facebook fans tomorrow (1/13/10). Go here to sign up and check out the deal tomorrow.

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Kroger & Publix Trip

I had a change in plans this week and ended up doing grocery shopping on Monday. My pantry is going low, so I plan to try to stock up over the next few weeks. I still want to stay close to my budget, so I have to pace myself. I'm also trying to keep a running total of my grocery/household expenses and savings this year. It's on the right sidebar.


Gatorade 32oz bottles
Sale Price: $1.00 ea
- .50/1 (doubled) q from 1/10 RP

Birds Eye Frozen Veggies
Sale Price: $1.00 ea
- .50/1 (doubled) q from 1/10 SS

Suave Deodorant
Sale Price: $1.00 ea
- .50/1 from 10/25 RP

Ore Ida Quick Fries
Sale Price: $1.00
- $1.50/2 printable
= .25 ea

Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
Sale Price: $1.00 ea
- .40/3 SS 1/3
- .30/2 Cellfire q
= .64 ea

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
Sale Price: $1.00 ea
- .50/2 SS 1/3
- .50/2 Cellfire
= .25 ea

4 Rosarita Refried Beans
Sale Price: $1.00 ea
- (2).50/2 12/13 SS
- .50/3 Shortcuts Q
= .38 ea

Danimal Yogurt
Sale Price: $1.88
- $1/1 q from 1/10 SS
= .88 ea

Kroger Cottage Cheese
.49 Manager Markdown

Kroger Salad Dressing
Sale Price: $1.00 ea

Kroger Lentils
Sale Price: .99 ea

Kroger Rice
Sale Price: $1.99

Organic Bananas
Sale Price: .59lb
= $1.25

Pet Pride Dog Biscuits
Sale Price: $1.79

Kroger Milk
Sale Price: $1.25

Total Kroger OOP: $20.80

Juicy Juice
Sale Price: $1.82
- $1/2 Printable (no longer available)
- $1/1 Target Printable

Lenders Bagels
Sale Price: .99
- $1/2 Printable
= .49 ea

Peter Pan Peanut Butter
Sale Price: $1.17
- .50/2 1/10 SS
= .66 ea

Healthy Harvest Wheat Spaghetti
Sale Price: .90
- $1/2 Printable
= .40 ea

Digiorno 200 calorie Pizza
Sale Price $2.50
- $1.50/1 Kroger Catalina
= $1.00

Pedigree Dog Food 20lbs $12.99
3 Pedigree Canned Food .75 ea
1 Pedgree Dentabones $2.89

-$4/1 Pedigree Dog Food from Ebay
- .75 B2G1 Pedigree Canned RP 1/3
- $1/1 Pedigree Denta Treats RP 12/6
- $3/3 Publix Q in ad
= $9.38 for all Pedigree items


Since I'm still trying to stock up, I may make a smaller trip to the store later in the week, so this probably won't be my final weekly total. Also bad week for fresh produce, I usually try to set aside $10 of my budget every week just for fresh veggies, I guess this week, we'll have to use our frozen and canned veggies. But my parents just got home from Florida and brought back loads of grapefruit, oranges and tangerines. So, we will have very fresh fruit! Yea!

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Kid's Night Deal for 101 Dalmations Production

I have a huge fan of Disney's 101 Dalmations. The broadway production is coming to TPAC January 19 through January 24.
On opening night, January 19, they are having a special "Kid's Night on Broadway" there is a special discount for tickets that night only.

Use the code "dogs" and buy one ticket get a second 50% off.

Go here and make sure you enter the promo code first at the top to see the correct ticket prices.


Entertainment Book now 35% Off

The 2010 Entertainment Book is now discounted 35%. This is a great coupon book filled with deals for restaurants, events & activities, and merchandise. I definitely got my money's worth from last year's book. Click on the icon above to order one for your city.


Some Deals I Found

I ended up going grocery shopping today because my schedule changed. There are a couple of deals I found that I thought I'd pass along:


Arrowhead Mills stuffing on clearance for .50 each
Use: $3/3 coupon here and get it free with possible overage (if your store will allow)

Heartland Organic Pie Crusts on clearance for .50 ea

Nabisco Animal Crackers $1.00 each
Use: $2/2 coupon here and get free ( the picture on the coupon is Ritz, but the text clearly states "Any Nabisco Cracker" so it should work.

Peter Pan Peanut Butter BOGO $2.33
Use the .50/2 q from 1/10 SS makes it: .66 a jar.
NOTE: Tomorrow, 1/12 is the last day of the Publix Sale, so get there soon for this deal!


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Menu Monday

It's going to be a few days until I can get to the store, so I'm trying to be creative with creating meals out of my dwindling pantry stockpile. I know lots of people are doing an "eat from the pantry challenge" this month, but we kind of did that in December, and my pantry is beginning to show signs of it.

Sunday -- Spaghetti and Meatball Casserole (from PillsburyOne-Dish Meals Cookbook: ) I left out the sausage, just used beef.

Monday -- Chicken & Dumplings (from Fix-It & Forget-It Lightly)

Tuesday -- Chili Cornbread Bake (from PillsburyOne-Dish Meals Cookbook: ) I won't use meat just double the beans for this recipe.

Wednesday -- Veggie Helper

Thursday -- Simple Supper: Mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, rolls or biscuits

Friday -- End of Summer Harvest Soup

Saturday -- Simple Supper: Mixed Veggies, Sweet Potatoes, Rice, rolls or biscuits


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Free Download of Workout Songs

Go here to download 12 upbeat workout songs. This is sponsored by Subway and the Biggest Loser. Not sure how long the free downloads will be available, so download quickly. The songs included are:

Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis
American Boy - Estelle
Umbrella - Rihanna
Stronger - Kanye West
4 Minutes - Madonna
Love Story - Taylor Swift
No Surprise - Daughtry
Sugar - Flo Rida
Paparazzi - Lady GaGa
When I Grow Up - The Pussy Cat Dolls
Second Chance - Shinedown
Damaged - Danity Kane

Thanks to Southern Savers for this info!


$1.50 Movie Theatre

The Carmike Theatre on Bell Road in the Hickory Hollow area has become a second run movie theatre. The admission is $1.50 per person all the time. Currently, some of the movies being offered are: Pirate Radio, The Box, Where the Wild Things Are, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

I must admit I don't visit the Hickory Hollow area very often anymore, it's changed alot. But I think it still safe to visit during the day time. To make this an even more tempting deal , all Carmike theatres have a special on Tuesdays: Popcorn and drinks are only a dollar. Go here for more info on that offer.

Thanks to Keeping Our Cash for the tip on the cheap popcorn deal.

Do you know of other good movie deals? Let me know.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Barbecued Chicken Tostados

I made this for the family last night and everyone loved it. Even the picky 4 year old (wait, she decided halfway through the meal that she did not like the tortilla, but ate every thing else)

This is from Simply Delicious : 245 No-Fuss Recipes--All 8 POINTS or Less by Weight Watchers. If you're on a diet or not, this book has alot of great recipes I've used over the last few months.

2 lbs of skinless boneless chicken thighs, trimmed of all fat and cut into strips
1 cup of prepared BBQ sauce
1 (4 1/2 oz)can chopped miled green chiles, drained
2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/2 small red onion, minced
1/3 cup cilantro
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbs red wine vinegar
1/4 Tps sald
8 (6-in) fat-free tortillas
1 cup canned fat-free refried beans
8 scallions, finely chopped
1 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack Cheese
1/2 cup light sour cream
Cilantro sprigs to garnish

1.) Combine the chicken, barbecue sauce and chiles in a large nonstick saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered until the chicken is tender and cooked through, about 25 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

2.)Meanwhile, combine the tomatoes, onion, chopped cilantro, garlic,vinegar, oil and salt in a medium bowl until blended, Set aside.

3.) Preheat oven to 425 F. Spray a large nonstick baking sheet with nonstick spray.

4.) Place the tortillas on the baking sheet. Spread each with the beans, then top with the chicken mixture, scallions, and cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 15 minutes. Top each tostado with the tomato mixture, sour cream, and cilantro sprigs.


Amazon has "Healthy Magazines" for $5.00

Right now, you can get 1 year subscriptions to several Health magazines for only $5.00 each. Of the ones I found there are:
Fitness Magazine
Vegetarian Times
Yoga Journal

Sale lasts till January 9th.

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