Saturday, May 31, 2008
A quick run to Bashas this morning produced a $.00 receipt. Here is what I got:
1- 25 ct. box of SuperPretzels soft pretzels - $ 6.59 - used Free Mfrs. coupon = Free
3 Vlasic Relish - 1.00 each- used $1./1 IP cpns = Free
3 Michael Angelos Entrees - $ 4.59 each - used Free Mfrs Cpns = Free
Whenever I have a Free manufacturer's coupon, the first thing I do is read it to make sure there are no restrictions on size or price. Since the Super Pretzels had none, I got the largest box they had!
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
1 Cantaloupe - $ .25
1 Seedless Watermelon -$ .10 a lb - $.65
1.8lb. of cherries at 1.59lb= $2.86
Total Out of Pocket was $ 3.76
4lb. Manor House Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts - 1.00lb with in ad cpn= $ 4.00
4lb. Fresh Strawberries - $3.00 with in ad cpn- $3.00
1 bag of Tostitos Scoops - 1.88
1 Tostitos Dip - $ 3.29- used 1./1 mfrs. cpn wyb dip and Tostitos - 2.29(not in picture)
4 Sobe - 1.00 ea.- used B1G1F - IP cpns= .50 each
1 doz. Lucerne Large Eggs - 1.00 with in ad cpn - 1.00
2lb. Lucerne Low Fat Shredded Mozarella Cheese - $ 6.99
2 Safeway Select Ice Cream on sale B1G1F- $ 5.99- not in picture
6 Knudsen Cottage Cheese Doubles - on sale for 1. each-used .50/2 dbld mfrs. cpns = .50 each
2 Fresh Express Salad- 1.00 each- used 1./1 cpns = Free
2.01lb. Seedless Grapes - $ .88lb- 1.77
Total out of Pocket was $30.99 but I just noticed that she didn't scan one of the 1./1 cpns so I will get that back next time I go there.
I also went to CVS where I picked up a prescription for a $10.00 Co-Pay and Used a CVS coupon for a $25. Giftcard so I made out on that deal. I stopped for gasoline which is now $ 3.83 a gallon. And last stop was the Post Office with the mail.
Monday, May 26, 2008
As I stated in my prior post, we don't have to pay those expensive bread prices if we don't want to. We can purchase at a bread outlet much cheaper than the grocery store or we can make our own bread. Many people still make their bread by hand. I own a breadmaker which I got a great price on when I bought it. You can even find breadmakers reasonably priced on Ebay or Craigslist, at a yard sale or at Goodwill. I can make regular loaves of bread and quick bread in mine. For me this is a necessity so that I can make my bread outside on the patio when the temperatures reach 100+ so that I don't heat up my air conditioned house. I use most all of my appliances that cook or roast on my patio in the heat. Friends have said to me I don't have time to make my own bread. Well, with a breadmaker it is just a matter of putting the ingredients in and letting the machine do the work. One of the things that you can do to save time is make up the ingredients for 4 or 5 loaves at a time. As you put the dry ingredients in your breadmaker next time, put the same dry ingredients in 4-5 Ziplocs(reused of course) or into storage plasticware. The next 4-5 times that you make bread, you will only have to dump in the dry ingredients and then add the wet. You can also make your own hot dog and hamburg rolls, English Muffins and tortillas a lot cheaper than you can buy them. Just Google for those recipes. I have made the tortillas and English Muffin bread but haven't attempted the rolls. I will be trying some recipes in the late Fall when the temperatures go down and I can use my oven again.
Now lets talk about beverages. Soda is expensive and has no nutritional value at all. But I buy it when it is cheap or Free. When it is not, I make Sun Tea outside. All you need is a jug filled with water and some tea bags; then put it outside to sit in the sun. You can add your own sugar substitute or sugar for your own tastes. You can also make Kool Aid for a lot less money than soda and control the amount of sugar you use. I like the KoolAid Lemonade which as a side note, I also use a packet of to clean my dishwasher. It sure beats paying for dishwasher cleaner. I can clean my dishwasher for $.10 - .15! I stock on KoolAid and tea bags when they go on sale and I have a coupon. In the winter, I stocked on hot cocoa that I got free with doubled coupons. Coffee is even cheaper than soda if you buy it on sale with a coupon. I have known people who reuse yesterday's grounds with 1/2 again new grounds each day and say the coffee tastes just fine. I have never tried it. But of course, water is the best alternative. It quenches your thirst and it is cheap when you get it out of your faucet.
Now that my stockpile of Betty Crocker cookie mixes that I got free is gone, I will be again making my own cookies. It is much cheaper to make my own than to buy them; plus mine taste better. :-) I can also make cake mix cookies when I have free cake mixes. Here is the recipe:
1 Cake Mix, any flavor but yellow
1/2 cup of oil (I use just a tiny bit less)
Mix together and drop with a spoon on the cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
I have used chocolate and white cakes mixes and added chocolate chips. I have also thrown raisins in a spice cake mix.
Also when I make cookies or cakes, I make a double batch but don't throw in double chocolate chips or nuts that the recipe calls for. I only throw in 1 and 1/2 times the amount. They taste just fine. And the peak baking months for getting ingredients cheaply are November and December, so stock up then for the rest of the year.
Oil- all of us are trying to use less of this. When I bake cakes, etc., I substitute applesauce for 1/2 the oil. Only do this if you have another liquid besides oil in your ingredients. I also put some oil in a spray bottle and use it instead of those expensive sprays like Pam.
Eggs- These sure have gotten expensive. First I look to see if there are any expiring eggs that the manager has marked down. Eggs will keep 6 weeks past their expiration date. If I find none then I look for a dozen with a broken egg and ask the dairy manager to mark them down. I usually get him to mark them down 1/2 price or more. When I bake if I am not doing an oil substitution like I described above, I will substitute 1 Tbsp. of soy flour with 1 Tbsp. of water for each egg. NEVER do the egg and oil substitution at the same time. It won't work! For those of you who use Egg Substitute instead of eggs, it is cheaper to use 2 egg whites to 1 egg yolk.
Cream- When a recipe calls for this, I just use regular milk or mix powdered milk with 1/2 the amount of water that you would to make milk or add 1 Tbsp. of butter to 1 cup of milk.
Buttermilk - I never buy this for recipes. Most times I only need a little bit, so I add 1 Tbsp. of vinegar to to 1 cup of milk and just mix it and let it sit for a few minutes.
Spices - These are SO EXPENSIVE in the grocery store. Have you ever looked at the cost per lb? It makes milk and gasoline look cheap! I buy my spices at the $.99 store or Dollar Store. I also have found that bags of Mexican spices are so much cheaper. They are across from the regular spices in my store. If I need just a small amount of a spice that I don't use very often, I find it is cheaper to buy just the amount I need in bulk at food store like Sprouts.
Condensed Milk - This has gotten expensive also. I make my own. Here is the recipe I use:
1 cup + 2 Tbsp. dry milk
1/2 cup warm water
3/4 cup sugar
I mix in all up in my blender and then refrigerate. This recipe yields about 13 oz.
Canned Soup - This not a necessity to buy. There are many recipes to make your own cream soup that you use in other recipes. Chicken broth and beef broth can be made from bones and the bits of meat on them and then frozen for when you need it. Vegetable broth can be made from all the parts of things that you throw out - like onion skins, carrot tops and peels, etc. You get the idea. Just load a soup pot with a bunch of these things that you have been saving and water and simmer. I save veggies, gravies, pastas and little bits of meat or poultry left over from dinners in a freezer container in the freezer. When it is full, I make soup.
Milk- Here is another very expensive item. Use dry milk in baking. Buy milk on sale with a coupon when you can or buy the store brand whichever is cheaper. Lots of times, milk is cheaper at the gas station than the grocery store. So watch those prices.
Store Bought Birthday Cakes - Are these really a necessity for you? They are not for me. I can bake my own cake for just pennies. Even kid's cakes can be made easily. There are a lot of recipes here: http://www.easy-birthday-cakes.com/kids-birthday-cakes.html
Onions, Celery, Green, Red, and Orange Peppers - Buy these when they are really cheap. Then slice them and dice them the way you want and freeze in recipe size quantities. When I want red pepper in the middle of the winter for stir fry, I am thrilled that I paid $.33 for a whole one when they are going for $2.99 each.
Chicken - Always buy this on sale. When chicken breasts go on sale for $1.67lb, I buy 10-20 lbs. and freeze in meal size portions. When I don't have any chicken and there are no sale chicken breasts, I buy whole chickens at $ .57-.67 a lb and cut them up myself. You will never get cheaper chicken than buying the whole ones on sale. If you don't want to cut them up raw, cook a bunch of them at once and then take the meat off and freeze for future meals. It will be so easy to throw a bag in casseroles, stir frys etc. I also roast one for DH and I and serve it as dinner one night, stir fry another, fajita chicken wraps the third night and then I make soup! 4 meals from one chicken or more depending on how big it is.
Bread Crumbs- Make your own from from stale bread, cereal and crackers.
These are just a few ways to save when things are not on sale. I am off to watch a movie with DH. I will write more another day. I hope everyone is having a great holiday!
1 Hot Dog Buns - $ 1.25
2 Bush's Grilling Beans - $1. ea - used $1./1 mfrs. cpns = Free
Total Out of Pocket was $ 1.25
1 lb. strawberries - $ .50
1 Cantaloupe - $ .34
Total Out of Pocket was $ .84
I could have gotten the buns cheaper but it wasn't worth the drive and gasoline to save $ .26!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
This would make a great gift for Father's Day! Go through Ebates and you will get a 1% rebate in your Ebates account!
But HURRY because stock is limited!
2 Chex Mix - .99 ea. - used $1.00/1 IP coupons
1 Colgate Wave Toothbrush -$.99 with in ad cpn- used $1./1 IP cpn
Total Out of Pocket was $.05 which was all tax.
3 Revlon Nail Enamel- $3.99 each - used $2./1 mfr. cpns = $ 1.99 each and I received $3.00 in ECB's for each(Sun. & Mon. Only Sale)
4 - 2 ltr.- Sierra Mist on sale on B1G1F- used B1G1F IP cpns = All 4 were Free(Sun. & Mon. Only sale)
4 Frenchs Classic Yellow Mustard - .66 ea. - used B1G1F mfrs. cpns - .33 each (Sun. & Mon. Only sale)
2 Excedrin Migraine 24 ct. Bonus Packs(B1G1F)- $1.99 ea. - used $ 2./1 IP cpns
4 -12oz. Lays Potato Chips on sale for B1G1F
Used $3./15. CVS cpn
Used $11 .37 in ECB's
Total Out Of Pocket was $ .58 including .10 in tax and I received $ 9.00 in ECB's
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Teriyaki Chicken - purchased chicken on sale for $ 1.67lb so used about 4 oz. for dinner = $ .42
Asian Rice - purchased with a doubled coupon = Free
Green Beans, Zucchini and Carrots (GG Healthy Vision veggies)- purchased with a doubled cpn- after cpn I paid $ .29, so a portion cost less than .10
Strawberry SF Jello with Fresh Strawberries - the jello was Free after cpn- acutally I got overage and I used about .05 worth of strawberries in a portion. I was so full from dinner that this will be for dessert later tonight.
Beverage was a glass of ice water - Free from the filtered water in the fridge.
So the total for dinner was $ .57 x 2 people = $ 1.14
So the GRAND TOTAL for all 3 meals today for 2 people was $ 2.32 and we have enough leftovers from dinner to make stir fry for both of us for dinner tomorrow night! I hope you have enjoyed seeing our menu today and this proves my point that you don't have to spend a lot of money to eat healthy. We ate well and except for dessert are done for the day!
New England Clam Chowder Soup - purchased with a $2./1 coupon so made it Free
Salad with lettuce(bought the whole head for $ .59), tomato(just a slice diced up- whole tomato was .35), a slice of onion( whole onion was about .40), a smidgen of shredded cheddar cheese(bought the entire bag for $ .99) and a squirt of Balsamic Breeze Spritzer Dressing( purchased the bottle for Free with a doubled coupon), so the whole salad cost approximately $ .33
1 medium Red Delicious Apple purchased a bag for $ 1.29 - so maybe $ .15
Glass of Ice Water
Total for Lunch: $ .48 x 2 people = $ .96!
It has been so cold and rainy here in the valley that it is kind of a soup type day. Since the soup was Free, I used it. When I don't have Free soup, I make different kinds of homemade from leftover veggies, rice, pasta and meat. For the base I use homemade broth or canned broth purchased for pennies or Free stewed tomatoes. Whatever I have in the pantry, fridge or freezer.
Here is my breakfast: Cantaloupe with fresh strawberries, strawberry yogurt and flavored coffee. Eating healthy doesn't have to cost a fortune. So I will break down what it is costing me for breakfast this morning:
1/6th of a Cantaloupe - purchased for $ .34 divided by 6 = about $ .06
A Few Strawberries sliced - purchased for $ .50 for a lb. = about $.03 worth
Strawberry Yogurt - was Free with a coupon = $ .00
Coffee- purchased for Free with a Target coupon = $ .00
Flavored Creamer - purchased on sale for $1.50 = about $ .02 worth
Total for My breakfast is about $ .11! Double that for DH and I spent a total of $ .22 for a healthy breakfast for two. Meals do not have to be expensive to be healthy or taste good. Even in this economy you can eat well and keep the cost down by smart shopping.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
because cash is king around here. Each time I shop, I earn 2% or 4% or more depending on what store I am shopping at. Then quarterly they send me a Big Fat Check! Sign up through the link I put here and get $10.00 put in your account when you make your first qualifying purchase by June 30th, 2008 and I do too! Check it out today!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I worked the first 1 and ½ years that we were married and we chose to save that salary for a down payment on our own new home. We also never wanted to be dependent on my salary so that we would have the freedom of my not working. When we had our children, we bought a larger home(2500 sq. ft.) that we knew we would live in until our children were done with college. However, we knew that we did not want to be in debt for that home for 30 years. So we set about paying off that home in 17 years instead of 30 saving ourselves thousands of dollars in interest. When we bought our retirement home across country, we paid for it so that we would be mortgage free. We also knew that we had the cash to pay for a very large move 3000 miles away and to furnish our new home the way we wanted without going into debt to do it.
We used and still do use credit cards but we use them responsibly and pay the balance every month when it is due. When we wanted to make a large purchase such as a new car, furniture, flooring, vacations, etc., we saved till we had the cash to do those things.
We wanted our children to be able to attend the best private junior high, high school and private colleges if they so chose. They did all that and we paid for most of it. The children only had to take very minimal loans for college. I was a stay at home Mom so we had lived without a salary for me for those years; so when we knew that our boys would be going to private schools and colleges, I went back to work for about 7 years to subsidize what we already had saved for their educations and paid for it with cash. We did not want to touch our retirement savings for their educations. I could not have done that if we had been dependent on my salary for everyday living expenses.
We also felt it was important to save thousands of dollars so that we could retire early and never have to worry about running out of money. Today’s recession (yes I know the government says we are not in a recession; they are wrong!) with skyrocketing food and gasoline prices shows you why you have to have thousands of dollars. Things will continue to rise in price over the years, maybe not as fast as now, but they will rise. We wanted enough so that we could travel when we want( very important since we have family living across the country), live very comfortably in a brand new home that we had built, not have to worry how to pay medical and dental expenses, and not have to go without things, like going out to eat, seeing a major league baseball or basketball game or any other form of entertainment that we deem essential in retirement.
So the savings and investing for all of these things were essential to us. The choice of education and job to get us there was very essential to us. To me, all of these big things were the most important!
Now let’s talk about all the little things that you do every day that get you there. Is that Starbucks coffee every day an essential item? Or would coffee made at home be essential? Or is drinking coffee at all really essential for nutrition? When we are thirsty, wouldn’t a glass of water quench that thirst as much as a soda?
Do you have to have steak, lobster or chicken every night for dinner? Or is beans and rice once in a while, soup and salad, or homemade pizza good enough? Speaking of that pizza, do you have to order out once a week or would a good homemade one be essential enough?
Is a $3.00 or more loaf of bread a necessity or would a $.59 homemade loaf of bread be better? Do you have to run out to McDonalds every weekend for breakfast or could you make homemade biscuit sandwiches with egg, bacon and cheese cheaper? I know I can and mine are healthier too.
Is it essential to turn on the stove in the middle of summer and heat up your house to make dinner? Or could you cook outside or in the microwave instead? Do you need to run that A/C at 76 or 78 to be comfortable or would 81 be just as comfortable?
As gasoline prices rise so rapidly, can we save by running lots of errands when we are out and running them in the most economical way possible? I know as I now spend $ 60.+ to fill up my van that I am thinking twice about running out for deals that are not a necessity. I have stockpiled enough to eat for the next year which has been my goal over the past few months, so I will think twice before running errands. Can I stop at that store while returning a library book? Can I stop at the bank or Post office on the same trip? Do I really need to go out to buy milk or will water or juice do for a few days? Can I stop at the drugstore for that prescription and pick up the milk there with my ECB’s? Can I run my errands on the way home from babysitting my granddaughter?
If I want to make a specific recipe for dinner and I am lacking a spice? Do I run out to buy it or can I make a substitution? Or will it taste just as good without that spice?
When I am traveling, can I eat without buying at restaurants 3 times a day? Can I stay in a hotel with a continental breakfast included without paying a premium price for the room? If I eat a big dinner, is a fast food lunch really necessary? Won’t a banana and a yogurt picked up at the grocery store do just as well? Do I have to go out to that expensive restaurant every night? Or would bringing a crockpot and some canned items to cook in it suffice?
These are just some of the choices that we make every day about what is an essential expense and what is a non-essential expense. I most always choose savings over non- essential choices. Sure we have splurged for a $ 100.- 200. dinner out when we want it. We splurge when we want to! But we don’t do it all the time and we always keep the bottom line in mind.
I have a lot more that I can write on this subject but I am going to end for now because my granddaughter and DIL are coming for the afternoon to play in the pool. Just remember that we all make choices every day about how we spend our money and those choices affect your bottom line. Make them the right choices for you!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
So here is what I paid:
2 Winnie The Pooh Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifiers - clearanced for $20.99 each
2 Dove Minis- 2 for $6.- used $1./2 ESR cpn- B1G1F cpn - $1.50/1 cpn so I paid .25 each
I paid for all with my Rebate GC, so nothing out of pocket!
My main reason for going out was to go to SuperWalmart for a few things. Here is what I purchased:
7 - 160 ct. pkgs of Dixie Paper Napkins - $1.47 ea.- used $1./1 mfr. cpns
1- Cattlemens BBQ Sauce - $1.78 - used $ .75/1 cpn and will send for $ 1.78 TMF Rebate
Reduced Price Croissants - $1.80
Total Out of Pocket was $ 6.95 and I will get a rebate of $ 1.78
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
30 bags of Archer Farms coffee -.99 each- used $1./1 Target coupons- no overage
2 Live Active Cereal - $3.49 - used $3.00/1 cpns
7 Lays Cracker Crisps - $2.50 - used $1./1 Target coupons and $1./1 mfrs. cpns
1 Archer Farms Potstickers - $ 4.99 - used $1./1 Target coupon
10 Muir Glen Tomato Paste - 1.09- used $1./1 mfrs. cpns
2 Old El Paso Taco Sauce - on clearance for .98 each
4 Marrakesh Couscous- 1.17 each - used $1./1 mfrs. cpn
2 Chi Chis' Salsa - on clearance for $1.42 each
1 Cascade Rinse Aid - $3.14 - used Free coupon
Total Out of Pocket was $14.38 including $ .53 tax, not bad considering I bought the expensive Potstickers as a treat for DH!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Order # 1:
1 Schick Intuition Razor - $ 9.99 - used $4.00 mfrs. cpn
1 Viactiv Calcium - $5.49 - used $ 2.00 mfrs. cpn
Used $3./15. CVS cpn
Used $5.00 in ECB's
Total Out of Pocket was $ 1.95 that I paid with a Free CVS Giftcard and I received $ 9.00 in ECB's
3 Viactiv - $5.49 - used $2.00 mfrs. cpns
1 Newspaper - $2.00
Used $ 3./15. CVS cpn
Used $3./15. cpn
Used $ 9.38 in ECB's
Total Out of Pocket was $ .42 that I paid with a Free CVS Giftcard and I received $ 9.00 in ECB's
1 Viactiv - $5.49 - used $2.00 mfrs. cpn- used $2.00 CVS any vitamin cpn
5 Newspapers - $10.00 for all
Used $3./15. CVS cpn
Used $4.99 in ECB's
Total Out of Pocket was $ 3.50 which I paid with a Free CVS Giftcard and I received $3.00 in ECB's
So out of pocket for all was $ 5.87 paid with my free CVS giftcard and I got $21.00 in ECB's! I love CVS!
Saturday, May 10, 2008
In the picture starting from the left are First Baby Christmas items: Winnie the Pooh, a onesie and a bib that all match. No one ever thinks to give these to a new baby but Mom and Dad will be glad to have them when Christmas comes. These items were all purchased at Babies R Us after Christmas on clearance.
Friday, May 9, 2008
1 Lays Potato Chips - 3.79
1 Gillette Body Wash- 3.49
3 Campbells Cream of Chicken Soup - 3/3.00
Used $10.00 RR
Total Out of Pocket was $ .74 and I received a Free Coupon to get another Gillette
1 Lays Chips - 3.79
1 Tostitos Queso Dip - 3.29
1 Gillette Body Wash - 3.49
Used $10.00 RR
Total Out of Pocket was $ .79 and I received a Free coupon for another Gillette
Then I did 11 successive separate orders to get 11 more Gillette each time only paying the .28 tax and I have 2 more Free Coupons to use. :-)
Thursday, May 8, 2008
1 Laundry Basket - $7.00
2 bags of Pepperidge Farm Chunk Chocolate Cookies on clearance - $1.69 each
Used $10.00 RR
Total Out of Pocket was $ .38+ tax
3 cans Butterball Broth -3 for $2.00
4 cans of Healthy Choice Soup - $2.00 each
Used $10.00 RR
Total Out of Pocket was $ 00.00 and I will get back $5.00 for the Con Agra Easy Saver Rebate
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
22- 6 packs of Hansen's Diet Soda - $2.00 each - used B1G1F cpns = $1.00 each
Total Out of Pocket was $11.00+tax!
Today I went to:
4 Dole Salads $1.00 each - used .50/1 cpns doubled=Free
5 lbs. of Farmland Bacon - $1.99 each - used $2.00/1 cpns= Free
4 Jones Sausage - $1.00 each - used $1./1 cpns =Free
Total Out of Pocket was $ 00.00
2 Vlasic Relish - $1.00 each- used $1./1 cpns = Free
5 Bar S Jumbo Hot Dogs - $1.00 each - Used Bar S $5.00 VIP Certificate = Free
Total Out of Pocket was $ - .70! Yes you read that right; it is Senior 10% Rewards Day so they paid me $ .70!
5 Farmland Sausage Rolls - $1.00 each - used $1./1 cpns = Free
3 Lawry's Marinade - $ 1.00 each - used .50/1 cpns doubled = Free
Total Out of Pocket was $ -.80! I got 10% Senior Rewards here too so they paid me $ .80!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
9 Cascade Powders, Gels and Paks -used 1- 1./1 cpn, 7-.50/1 cpns and 1- .25/1 cpns
Total Out of Pocket was $ 19.75 which I paid with a GC and I received $20.00 in Register Rewards
8 Cascade Gels and Powders - used 7- .25/1 cpns and 1- .50/1 cpn
1 Mr. Clean Power Wipes - used .50/1 cpn
Total Out of Pocket was $21.17 of which 1.42 was tax and I paid with a GC and I received $20.00 in Register Rewards
9 Charmin Wipes - used in ad 1.99 cpn
Total Out of Pocket was $ 19.50 which I paid with a GC and I received $20.00 in Register Rewards
5 Charmin Wipes - used in ad 1.99 cpn and 5 - .25/1 cpns
4 Cascade - used 4- .25/1 cpns
Total Out of Pocket was $ 18.96 which I paid with a GC and I received $ 20.00 in Register Rewards
1 Fritos Dip
2- 5lb bags of Dominos Sugar- used in ad cpn for 1.99 each
2- boxes of Russell Stover Chocolates - used in ad coupon for 3.99 and 2 - $2./1 cpns
Used $10.00 in Register Rewards
Total Out of Pocket was $ .46
4 Fritos Dips
Used $10.00 in Register Rewards
Total Out of Pocket was $ 00.00
I had a blast and still left plenty of stock on the shelves. DH asked me for Fritos Dip when I went out and I was pleasantly surprised to find them on sale for $2.50 each and be able to use RR's on them. We also needed the sugar to make the food for the hummingbirds. They were going to go without unless I found it on sale cheap, so they will be very happy that I did!
I also think it will be many months before my DIL and I run out of dishwasher detergent since I bought 21 of them! I am loving these deals. I have earned a total of $ 140.00 in Register Rewards over the last few days and have spent $20.00 of them. Now I will have to figure out what I need to stockpile on to use the others! :-)
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
7 Crest Pro Health Regular- used 7 of the $1./1 mfr. cpns
2 Crest Pro Health Night - used a $3/1 mfrs. cpn
1 can of Pringles so I wouldn't go negative
Used $3./2 Walgreens Cpn that is in their May Rebate Book
Total Out of Pocket was $1.71 of which $ 1.42 was tax. I paid this with my Walgreens Rebate Giftcard and I got $20.00 in Register Rewards for buying 9. If you buy 8 you only get $10. in RR's, but if you buy 9 or more you get double that- $20.00 in RR's. What a deal this is!
4 Newspapers - $ 2.00 each
2 Tums Quik Paks - used $1./2 mfrs. cpn and got $ 4.69 in ECB's for each
3 CVS Allergy Relief - got $ 3.79 in ECB's for each
3 Orapik Travelers - got $ 2.79 in ECB's for each
1 Adidas Action 3 Deodorant - $ 4.99 - used Free coupon = Free and got $ 4.99 in ECB's
Used $ 3./15. CVS coupon
Used $ 2./10. CVS coupon
Used $ 19.96 in ECB's
Total Out of Pocket was $11.74 which I paid with a Free CVS Giftcard from a prescription plus I got a total of $ 34.11 in ECB's
Now I have to shoo the cat off the table which she is not supposed to be on. You can just see her on the left hand side of the picture.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
- Made pancakes from scratch for breakfast
- Cooked 12oz. package of turkey bacon(purchased for Free with a coupon) to go with the pancakes. We only used 4 slices for breakfast and I put the rest in the refrigerator for other meals this week.
- Ran the dishwasher this morning rather than last night because weekends are non-peak hours on my Time Of Use electric plan.
- Cooked 8 lbs. of boneless chicken, chunked it and froze for 16 easy meals in the next couple of months. I often bulk cook chicken and beef because it saves energy to do it all at once. I can do it on weekends when TOU rates are not in effect. Then I put it in quick dishes when TOU rates are in effect.
- Did a load of laundry using a minimal amount of laundry detergent. I hung it to dry.
- Made homemade turkey soup broth by boiling the turkey carcass. I strained the broth and will make soup later with turkey, sliced celery, sliced carrots, corn kernels, rice and parsley.
- Put a gallon jug of water with teabags outside to make Sun Tea
- No lights will be turned on till dark.
- Watched " Charlie Wilson's War" movie rental. I rented it yesterday with a Free coupon earned for doing http://www.e-rewards.com/
- Picked up 3 Free Sour Cream at Fry's
- Placed an order for some birthday gifts I needed using 20% off code and a Free Shipping Code so I saved money, time and gasoline.
What have you done to be frugal today?
Friday, May 2, 2008
2 bags of Mission Tortilla Chips - $ 1.- used $1.00 off coupons= FREE
1 Head of Lettuce - $ .99
Total Out of Pocket was $ .99
2 large pkgs of Boneless Chicken Breasts- on sale for $ 1.67lb
Total Out of Pocket was $ 12.59
3 Colgate 360 Clean Toothbrushes - $3.99 each - used $ 1.00/1 cpns and got 3.99 ECB's for each
1 Tostitos Scoops - $ 3.79
1 Tostitos Salsa - Free on deal wyb Scoops
1 Prescription - $5.00 - used $ 25.00 Prescription coupon
Used $7.99 in ECB's
Total Out of Pocket was $ 6.77 which I paid with a Free CVS Giftcard and I received a $25.00 Giftcard and $ 11.97 in ECB's
1 Charlie Wilsons War Rental - used Free Coupon = .00 Out of Pocket.
While I was out I got a $3.29 refund from an overcharge at CVS on Monday and a $ 1.07 refund for an overcharge at Walgreen's on Monday.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
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