Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Our computer has also been acting up lately, crashing at the worst possible times, etc. so we purchased a new hard drive and reinstalled windows. It seems to be doing better (during our pre-frugal days we would have just ditched this computer and purchased a new computer on a credit card!).
Now that my life and my computer are back to normal...hopefully my blog will be too :)! Stay tuned, I have some fun new ideas, challenges, and recipes to share!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Tuesday: (work day) Crock Pot Beef Stew
Wednesday: Chicken Enchiladas (I didn't end up making these last week)
Thursday: Polish sausages, boxed potatoes, broccoli
Friday: Pizza night!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
FREE PETA Circus kids pack
FREE 2-year subscription to Parent's Magazine
FREE 123 Preschool Projects sample pack
FREE baby samples from PlanningFamily.com
FREE baby samples from BabytoBee
FREE diabetes guide
FREE trial pair of ACUVUE Oasis
FREE discount drug card
$2.00 off Aveeno coupon
FREE roll of Reynolds Wrap Foil (after Mail in Rebate)
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Monday: Tuna Helper, broccoli
Tuesday: Grilled cheese sandwiches, fruit salad
Wednesday: Home made macaroni and cheese, green beans
Thursday: Meatloaf, twice baked potatoes, corn
Friday: Pizza night!
Sunday: Chicken enchiladas
Saturday, April 18, 2009
4 gallons milk (choc & skim) - $4.00 (w/in ad coupon)
2 ice cream - $4.00
4 8oz cheese - $5.00 (w/in ad coupon)
2 frozen potatoes - $3.34
4 root beer - $2.00
Friday, April 17, 2009
P. S. 99% of the stuff in this room is from yard sales (I only bought the bedspread new - on clearance for $15!). All of the clothes in the closet are hand me downs!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
You could also use newspaper - but it has to be to the right person who knows you are a cheapskate and still loves you.
For everyone else, I take pride in the appearance of outside wrapping of the gifts I give. So, here are some tried and true ideas that are SUPER cheap or FREE:
- Recycle gift bags - I have a TON of gift bags that I received from my wedding, baby showers, Christmas, etc. I re-use them all the time. Every year my work has a Christmas ornament exchange. I was delighted one year when I received my ornament in a gift bag that I gave several years before! Side note...if you become overrun with these, I have sold them at yard sales with great success.
- Brown grocery bags - This could fall under the cheapskate category if you don't do it right. I remove the flat bottom of the bag and cut a slit up one side. I wrap the gift so that the printing from the bag is on the inside. Then put on a raffia bow. If you have stamps or a sister-in-law with a stamping obsession, you could put rubber stamp images on the outside of the bag. You could also decorate with stickers or have your children color on it for grandparent gifts. I hear you can also make a stamp out of a potato...but I haven't taken it that far :)!
- Christmas wrap - Hear me out on this one...I like to purchase Christmas wrap at ROCK BOTTOM prices at the end of the season. I dig for wrapping that is one solid color or that could double as birthday or other. One year I found a roll that had a green background with red and blue dots. I have used it for all occasions.
- The Funny Papers - I did this a lot as a kid. Wrap gifts to kids in the comics from the newspaper. They are colorful and fun and a great way to recycle.
- Aluminum Foil - I have done this too, it is especially great for those FREE with overage rolls of Reynolds Foil many of us got from Walgreen's a few months ago. I would only do this for smaller packages.
- Other common items - use old maps for your traveling friend, old sheet music for your musical friend, etc.
I also save boxes of all sizes to be used for wrapped gifts and I recycle ribbon or use cheap ribbon I buy at after holiday sales. I've also heard of people fashioning saran wrap into fancy bows with great success - I have not done this. With a little creativity, though, there really is no reason to pay for gift wrap - just use your imagination.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Here is what I ended up doing this (last) week:
Albertson's was first (Last Monday):
4 loaves bread - $5.88 (w/in ad coupon)
2 Quaker corn crisps - $3.98 (- 2 $1.00 off Quaker coupons doubled) = $.02 overage
1 can Muir Glen tomatoes - $1.00 (- $1.00 off Muir Glen) = FREE
1 Sargento Salad finishers - $3.49 (- $1.00 off coupon doubled) = $1.49 + this is a FREE after rebate item from a recent insert so I'll be submitting this for a rebate. Woo hoo!
3.47# grapes - $3.44
Net OOP: $12.21
Next stop was Walgreen's. All I wanted was some toothpaste and diapers. I ended up with all this:
1 Colgate toothpaste - $3.49 (-.75 coupon) = $2.74
1 coffee filters - $.50 (w/in ad coupon) - for friends and family - I am not drinking coffee. I thought these would be good for craft projects or making yogurt cheese. It could happen.
4 Mento's gum - $4.00 (- 4 $1.00 off coupons) = FREE
1 grab bag of Scunci hair products - $.50 on clearance!!!
2 Diego color wonder gift sets - $4.74
3 Crayola tie projects (Father's Day is coming so I thought this would be fun gift for my hubby, Father, and FIL) - $11.22
My total OOP was $21.17, but $17.45 of that was gifts and hair stuff, so my net OOP for my grocery budget was $3.72. + I got a $3.50 Register Reward.
Which leads me to Transaction #2:
2 Pkgs Walgreen's diapers (and I am in denial because my "baby" will not fit in 3's anymore, so I had to buy 4's, boo hoo!)
I used the $3.50 RR from Transaction#1
Net OOP: $6.04
Finally I went to Fred Meyer.
Here is my loot: 3 gallons milk - $5.94
2 jars Best Foods - $5.00 (w/ in ad coupon)
3 pkgs butter - $4.00 (w/ in ad coupon)
2 18 ct eggs - $3.00 (w/ in ad coupon)
2 tubs sour cream - $1.98
1 bunch green onions - $.50
Net OOP: $21.68
Then I had to go back to Albertson's on Thursday to cash in on their spend $25.00 get $10.00 in FREE meat deal (which I stacked with the Unilever FREE holiday meat rebate from the paper).
6 I can't believe it's not butter - $12.00 (- 2 $.50 off coupons, 4 $.40 off coupons)
4 Lipton onion soup mix - $4.00 (-2 $.60 off 2 coupons) = $2.80
2 Wishbone Russian Salad Dressing - $4.00 (-2 $.75 off coupons) = $2.50
1 Turkey Breast - $15.89 (will get a full rebate for this from Unilever + I got $10.00 off from Albie's!)
2 Wheat Thins Artisans - $5.00 (- B1G1F coupon)= $2.50
Net OOP: $24.95
Then on Friday I went to Walmart to get a baby shower gift and ended up with:2 Kraft dressings - $3.16 (-2 $1.50 off coupons) = $.16
1 Bertolli Marinara sauce - $2.08 (-$.75 off coupon) = $1.33
1 jar Nalley pickles - $1.76 (- $1.00 off coupon)
1 can Del Monte peaches - $.82 (used FREE coupon I got in the mail) = FREE
3 cream cheese - $2.64
1 bunch bananas - $1.25
1 bunch asparagus - $1.44
1 bag carrots - $.88
6 packets yeast - $6.24 (-4 $.40 off coupons, 2 $.45 off coupons) = $3.74
1 cotton swabs (not pictured) - $1.94
1 pkg Luvs - $6.97 (- $1.00 off coupon) = $5.97
Net OOP: $20.80
Finally on Saturday, I hit up Albertson's one more time. I had to spend $40.00 on Unilever to get the FREE turkey + I got a $5.00 off if you spend $30.00 coupon in the mail - I had to use it. I had to. Here is what I got:
4 boxes Stove Top - $4.00
2 Wishbone bountifuls - $4.00 (-2 $1.00 off coupons) = $2.00
3 Taco Bell Salsa (Love this stuff!) - $3.00
2 Skippy peanut butter - $4.00 (-2 $.40 off coupons) = $3.20
3 Jet Puff marshmallows - $3.00
1 Cool Whip - $1.00
1 Bertolli dinner - $6.00 (-$1.25 off coupon) = $4.75
1 roast - $6.20
2 pkgs chicken breast - $11.40
Received $5.00 off for spending $30.00
Received $10.00 off for buying $25.00 in ad items and meat
Net OOP: $25.21
So my total for the week was...not $50.00. It was $114.61 YIPERS! Especially since I was already over budget last week. Here is the scoop. I want to spend $2600 or less on groceries this year. My plan was (is) to spend $50.00 per week. I just need to do some catching up - so I will take it easy for the next SEVERAL weeks while I catch up! Oh my gosh, I need to exercise some serious self control. I am happy with all the stuff I got and the great deals on meat. My freezer if full to the brim. I think I need another freezer...or I could just have some will power!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Those white spots are smarties :).
I must say that I usually keep my living room picked up, so I didn't think it would be too bad. I moved all the furniture and rugs, swept an mopped, and dusted the top of the furniture. Talk about a caking of dust! It feels so good to hang out in my "Spring Cleaned" living room!
Come back tomorrow to make sure I cleaned my bathroom. I'm not looking forward to it. Ugh!
Maybe this is a no-brainer, but it works for me and I'm sharing it. I LOVE baby wipe containers. They are the perfect size for many different types of storage. Some of them came from when I was buying wipes in bulk at Costco. Some of them I got for FREE with coupons. I love having them around.
- Sewing notions
- Small toys (think legos, beads, etc.)
- Hair accessories
- Your stash of mini free sample items (shampoo, soap, etc.)
- Home-made baby wipes
- Spices (small like bottles)
- Cake decorating accessories
- Craft items
The possibilities are endless. Here are some things I have done recently: