Saturday, February 27, 2010

King Soopers Kellogg's Cereal Deal

I hit Kings today with my sweet daughter who was so helpful.

We picked up 4 boxes of Raisin Bran and 2 gallons of milk to start.
Among other items...I paid $5 plus tax.  I used a $1/3 coupon
Then I went out to my car and pulled out all the coupons.
Now, there are different packs of coupons.  But, I got the ones with the milk coupons (2 of those) and 2 with Raisin Bran coupons.

So, my next purchase was (2) Boxes of Frosted Flakes and (2) Boxes of Corn Pops, and the (2) Gallons of Milk
Used (2) $1/2 coupons, these were specific to which I could buy.
Used (2) $1 off Milk Coupons
Paid $2.13 and out came my $3 Catalina!

Next transactions was:
(4) Boxes of Raisin Bran
(2) Gallons of Milk
Used (2) $1/2 Raisin Bran coupons
Used $3 Catalina
Paid $1.13 and got all the coupons in the Raisin Bran boxes again.

I needed to leave but I will most likely go back again.  I need to make space in my freezer for some milk.  I did give my mom 2 gallons.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Taking the day off!

I haven't posted anything today due to a sick child.  But here a a couple of deals that I saw.

Old Navy is having a great sale this weekend.  Adult Jean's $19 and Tee's $5, look around on their site for a printable coupon.  I got a $10 off $50 purchase.

Here is a 15% off Kohl's Shopping Pass 15% off

Target has some deals, if you get the All You Magazine.  In the March copy there is a $3 off Rimmel Mascara and it is on sale for $2.24!
Check for Peelies on Up and Up Wipes, Classico Pasta Sauce, Dannon Nutriday Yogurt...possible freebies if they have peelies.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

What my son does when I am sending e-mails

I found this:

when I went back upstairs after sending a few e-mails.

He used the rest of the box to feed the dog!  Thankfully the dog was outside and didn't get a chance to eat it.  Then Jacob and I had a discussion about what we feed the dog...I couldn't pass up a picture, doesn't he look guilty?

I had him pay me $1 for the box that he wasted on the dog.  Someday he will learn the concept of $.


We just scored a deal on some wood for our cabinets!!!  Found the deal on craigslist for $16 a sheet.  We will have 14 sheets and will only need to get 7 of the birch sheets from our wholesaler! 

This is costing me way less than I had planned and I have the cash set aside as of now!!!

Total cost will be $389.60!  I was originally thinking that it would cost us 552 plus tax!!!  So, this is a very large I found an error on or water bill that credited us $165!  I am super duper excited about this.  My shelving and kitchen is going to happen...FINALLY!

I am planning on keeping my $100 challenge going and saving what I have to go toward the face/door materials that we will need next!

King Soopers Cereal Deals 2/24-3/2 UPDATE

Here are the deals that I see at Kings this week.  Remember that your coupons will double up to $1 and to load your coupons and coupons.

Buy 2 Gallons of Colorado Proud Milk plus any 4 items listed.  Get all 6 for $1 each!
  • Keebler Pecan Sandies
  • Keebler Town House Crackers
  • Kellogg's Apple Jacks
  • Kellogg's Corn Pops
  • Kellogg's Froot Loops
  • Kellogg's Rice Krispies
  • Kellogg's Frosted Flakes
  • Kellogg's Raisin Bran
Available Coupons:
$1/3 10oz. or Larger Kellogg's cereal has many coupons to use for this deal (I now see these are gone, but you can use the $1/3 to get started then pull from the boxes)
$1/2 Keebler Townhouse crackers
$1.50/2 Kellogg's Frosted Flakes
$1/3 Kellogg's Cereals

So, I would buy the two gallons of milk...because you have to.  Then buy four boxes of Frosted Flakes.

Use (2) of the $1.50/2 coupons from
Your total would be $3.00 for two gallons of milk and 4 boxes of cereal, or $.50 each

Or you could do this:
2 Gallons of Milk
2 boxes of Frosted Flakes (use $1.50 MFQ)
2 boxes of Townhouse crackers (use $1 MFQ)
Total:  $3.50 or $.58 each

Or you could do a variation of cereal and use the $1/3 coupon.

I will work on their deals some more and post a little later.

My friend over at  The Whimsical Princess is a coupon shopper also.  She hit Kings yesterday and did this deal.  There are Catalina's that will print also.  She said the best deal would be to buy 4 boxes of Raisin Brand first.  Get the boxes that are specially marked that there are coupons in them that would allow her to buy 16 more boxes of cereal, and 8 gallons of milk.
The coupons you get are $1/2 Kellogg's Cereal and $1 off Milk

But, it gets better because if you use these coupons then you you can use them to buy the cereals that are participating in the Catalina deal.  Then get PAID to take the cereal and milk!  Sounds fabulous to me.  I don't think I will make it today as my son is throwing up, so I will give it a go tomorrow as long as they still have stock!

She said the Catalina's are for Fruit Loops, Corn Pops, Apple Jacks, and Frosted Flakes.  You will get $1 off your next order wyb 3 if you buy 4 you will get $3 off your next order.

Stock up on some cereal...and milk.  You can freeze milk for up to 3 months!  Just dump a little out...a friend of mine says you can just freeze it with out dumping it out because the container will allow for expanding.  Thaw overnight in your fridge and shake up!  Good as when you first purchased it!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Target coupon on

I just printed out several coupons that are ALL Target coupons on

I know you can't tell which ones are Target coupons before you print, so here are the ones that I printed that ARE Target coupons.

$1 off two Ritz
$1 off two Nabisco Crackers
$1 off two Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs
$1 off two Kraft Salad Dressings
$1 off two Oscar Mayer Packaged Lunchmeat
$1.50 off GE Reveal Light Bulb Package (great to combine with a manufacture coupon)
$1 off two Kraft Cheese Singles or Deli Slices
$1 off 1 Kraft Cheese Shredded or Block

I haven't printed out any others, let us know if you print out one that is a Target coupon.

Cheap Cheese at Target this week

Target has Kraft Cheese on sale for $2

Print $1 off Kraft Cheese blocks or shredded Here
Then use your $1/2 from the 1-24 SS
So, you will pay $1.00 for two blocks of cheese!

FREE Scotch Fur Fighter

Use this IP and get a FREE Fur Fighter.  Don't have pets, but know someone who does...pass this along to them.
$4/1 IP Here

It might help to know these are on sale at Target this week for $3.99

New Coupon Clipping Service

I found a new clipping service.  His prices are great, and I have read that they ship fast.  You need to e-mail Dale at  
I found this info from Melanie over at The Coupon Goddess  If you tell Dale Melanie sent you, he will give you 10% off your entire first months coupon orders.  

He will then send you an e-mail back and you can look at their list.  He will e-mail you updated lists.  They even show the quantity available.  They show which are out of stock, limits (very few have limits, but high ones).  

Monday, February 22, 2010

Must Show off my Hubby's Work

My husband is a carpenter.  He is VERY talented at what he does and built this table, and finished it.  I am very proud of the work that he does.  So, I thought I would share this.

Yes, those are curved legs!

6 Week Challenge Budget Update and my Menu for the Week

I hit Safeway and Kings last night as hubby was complaining we were out of Soy Milk.  Gotta keep him happy or he will ruin my budget efforts!

Here is my list from Safeway:
(1) 8 lb. bag of Oranges =$2.99
(1) Jar Safeway Brand Salsa =Free
(1) Box Hamburger Helper =Free
(1) Gallon Orange Juice=.74 (a GREAT deal I snagged, it was marked down)
(1) Large Bag Mission Tortilla Chips =$4.19 (I forgot my $1 coupon...oops)

Total: $8.15

King Soopers
(2) Silk Soy Milk $2.69*2=5.38
Used (2) $2 off Silk Soy Milk Coupons =$1.38
(2) lbs. Kroger Cheese 2/$5
(1) Romaine Lettuce $1.00

Total: $7.81
Total for the week: $15.96
 Balance of Budget: $63.21

Our Menu:
Monday: Black Bean Burgers and Homemade French Fries, Fruit
Tuesday: Frozen Potato Soup/Salad
Wednesday: Burritos/Soft Tacos
Thursday: Frozen Chili/Cornbread
Friday: Pizza
Saturday: Popcorn/Fruit/Leftovers

Friday, February 19, 2010

Here is what $3.19 can buy

Safeway has some great deals this week:

I bought:
18 Tubes of Toothpaste
4 cans of Tomato Soup
1 International Coffee Creamer

I forgot to give my coupon for the it would have been $.80 less, bummer.  I bought almost bought them out of toothpaste.  I still have 8 more coupons.

Total before Coupons/Sales: $49.24
Total after coupons $3.19

Total Savings $46.05 or 96%

Home Made Pizza

As part of my challenge we are making a lot of things from scratch.  Every Friday we make Pizza.  I have an awesome dough recipe that I got from my friend Denine about 8 years ago.  I have refined it to make it my own, but it is similar to the recipe that she gave me.  I also use my Kitchen Aid mixer to make it instead of hand kneading.

This is a simple recipe and takes me about 5 minutes to make in my Kitchen Aid, before I go through making my dough, I have to give you some Frugal tips on making pizza.

1.  Buy your flour in bulk.  I buy my flour most of the time at Sam's Club for $5.79.  This is a 25lb. bag, which makes your flour $.23 lb.  I did get a deal at Target a while back for $1.50 for a 10 lb. bag, or $.15 lb.  They were all out, so I got a raincheck and stocked up when it was back in stock!
2.  Buy your yeast at Sam's Club/Costco.  I buy a 2 pack at Sam's.  They are 16 oz. each, and cost $4.16, or $.13 an ounce.  It lasts me a long time and I store it in the fridge. 
3.  Watch for cheese sales.  I have picked up Sargento cheese for FREE by watching their sales/coupons.  If I can't pick up cheese on sale or with coupons I will buy Sam's Club Cheese for $10.13 for a 5lb brick.  This makes it $2.02 lb.  When cheese isn't on sale at the Grocery Stores, this is a better price...generally.
4.  Make your own sauce.  I either make a huge batch, or just mix up a can of tomato sauce.  I just add the ingredients that I like, and I don't measure.  Makes for a different tasting pizza every week.
5.  Limit the meat you put on top.  My hubby is a vegetarian and I am okay with not having meat on my pizza.  We make just cheese pizza with fresh basil (you can grow your own) or add peppers, olives, onions, and tomatoes.

Your take out pizza will cost you a lot more than making one at home, and I believe it tastes better!  We love this crust so much that sometimes I will make the crust thick just so we can dip it in honey!  You can make cheese bread, bread sticks, cinnamon bread, etc.

Here is my step by step on my dough making:
1-1/2 Cups of warm water (I just test it with my finger)
3 tsp. Yeast
1 tsp. Sugar
2 tsp. Sea Salt or regular
2 tblsp. Olive Oil
4ish Cups of Flour

Pour the water into the bowl and add the yeast.

Let dissolve about 5 minutes
Add sugar and 1 cup of flour

Add another cup of flour and the salt and Olive Oil

Add the rest of the flour slowly and Mix until combined.

I then switch to my dough hook.  If find it takes less time to mix it all with the paddle and then switch to the hook.

Then knead for two minutes.  Kneading in your kitchen aid for two minutes is equal to 12 minutes of hand kneading.  Don't over do this as I found out that it can damage your mixer and I had to have mine replaced.
Here is the final product ready to rise.

Cover and let rise.  You can make this in the morning and let it rise all day, or in the evening and let rise for 30 minutes.  Today I wanted to get it out of the way.

Bake at 500 on the lower rack for 3-5 minutes
Then move the pizza to a middle rack for another 3-5 minutes.

Here are the results:
 Our first pizza turned out Great!  The second one, I dropped in the oven...yeah, I didn't get a picture of that.  LOL!  They were both yummy!

Box Tops Rewards

I came across this a few days ago...I don't remember how, but I thought I would share.  I have been collecting Box Tops for my daughters school for several years now.  They earn $.10 for every Box Top collected.  I never noticed them before she went to school, and I feel bad that I threw away $$$ that the school could have used.  Any who, here is a way to earn extra Box Tops for your child's school.

Box Tops

Sign up and receive 5 Box Tops.  Then register your King Soopers/Safeway cards and add the offers to your card.  The school will automatically receive them when you buy the offers listed.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Aveeno $3/2 Baby Shampoo Coupon

Here is the link:

$3/2 Aveeno Baby Essential Moisture Shampoo

Safeway 2/17-2/23

I am picking up a couple of things at Safeway this week.

They have Whole Chickens on sale for $.69 lb.  I would buy a few if I wasn't on my challenge.
Oranges are $2.99 for an 8lb bag or $.37 lb.  Great price!

Crest Toothpaste
-.75 2/7 PG
FREE Toothpaste.

Colegate Toothpaste
Total: FREE
I am picking up 8 tubes...should last me a LONG time!
Update:  I found more coupons for these tubes of toothpaste.  I am going to be picking up 27 tubes.  If you need some toothpaste...let me know I will get it to you somehow.  If I can't give this away to people I know I will be donating this to charity.

Campbell's Tomato/Chicken Noodle Soup
.50 each
$.40/4 1/3 SS
Total $ 1.20 or $.30 each wyb 4

Bertolli's Pasta Sauce
$.75/1 2/14 RP
Total: $.99
I am not buying this, but it is a good price for Bertolli

Orgainc Buying Tips

I have been getting All You Magazine for a couple of months!  It is FULL of $$ saving coupons.  Here are some ideas on buying Organic on a budget.  These are taken from page 20 in All You, Issue 3 March 26, 2010

1.  Prioritize your Purchases:
  • Buy the organics that have the highest persticide residue.  
    • Peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, kale, lettuce, grapes (imported), carrots, pears
  • The Safe veggies/fruits to buy conventional:
    • onions, avocados, sweet, corn (frozen), pineapples, mangoes, asparagus, sweet peas, kiwis, cabbage, eggplant, papayas, watermelons, broccoli, tomatoes, sweet potatoes
  • Skip packaged and canned organics.  
  • Cook from scratch using organic ingredients
  • Organic lentils, rice, flour, oatmeal, dried fruit and beans cost less in bulk.
2. Be strategic with Meat Dairy
  • Eat less meat, stretch your meat further in several meals.
  • You can stock up on milk when it is on can freeze it.  Just pour out a little as it expands.  Let it sit in your sink over night to thaw, then shake it up.
  • Products labeled "no antibiotics" are cheaper alternative to organic meat and dairy.
3.  Use Coupons
Here are some places to get organic coupons
***Many manufactures' coupons work for conventional items work on organic items also.  It may not specify this, but they will work.***

4.  Join your local food co-op

5.  Have produce delivered
  • Community-supported agriculture programs are a way to buy fresh produce.
  • You pay a fee to a local farmer and you get a box of vegetables weekly.
6.  Skip the Middle Man
  • Buy directly from the source at a farmers market.
  • Shop farmers market at the end of the day, you may be able to negotiate or score some deals
7.  Shop your Freezer in Winter
  • Stock up on Frozen varieties of Organics when on sale.
8.  Tend a Garden
  • You can even do containers if you don't have room to have one in your yard, I have a square foot garden and I love it.  Last year was the first one I did at my house and it turned out great.  I am growing more this year!
9.  Buy the House Brand
  • Buy the supermarket brand of Organics
10.  Check Out Warehouse Clubs
  • Shop with a friend and split your purchase.
These were some suggestions, if you have more add a comment.  I'm not sure about Sam's Club or Costco...but it might be worth checking out if you want to go organic.

Big Lots 20% off Coupon!

Here is a great coupon for you.  It is for 
February 21st from 5-9 pm20% off Big Lots Coupon


Shopping Walgreen's


Many people think Walgreen's is expensive. I did until I started really shopping there. I have gotten many free items there.

1.)Register Rewards (RR's) are really cool. If you do this right you can score some great deals. This one takes a while to learn.
A.  A register reward is a coupon that prints after you pay for an item that is on a Register Reward sale. This coupon is good for so much off your next purchase...anything you want.

B.Register rewards can be rolled into other purchases.
For example: if I bought Chapstick for $1.99 and got back a RR for $2 I could use this to purchase another RR participating item. But, do not buy another Chapstick with your RR, or you will not get another RR.

C.If I used my Chapstick RR for Skintimate Shave Gel for $2.99 which then in turn will give me a RR for $3.00 . I could then roll my register reward back into a Chapstick purchase and another item that I need for $1.00 or so, pay nothing, and use my Chapstick RR for another Skintimate get another RR, and keep going ending up with $1.99 out of my pocket (OOP) and free chapstick and Skintimate.

D.If you can use a coupon with your purchase to lower your OOP. Your RR will still print.  If you don’t get a coupon you can call 1-800-8-Coupon and they will mail you your RR.

E.You need to have an item for each coupon that you use. So, if you use multiple RR’s to pay for an item use a filler item. Fillers can be something really cheap. I pick up pencils, candy, kids cups, clearance items. Something small. Just remember to have an item for each coupon, including your RR. Walgreen coupons should not count toward this.

2.)Walgreens will accept one MFQ and one Walgreen’s Q per item. Stack your coupons for even better deals. You can use WAGS 7 day coupons and a MFQ and WAGS Easy Saver coupons (these are called Instant Value Coupons or IVC), this may vary by store.
3.)Make sure to hand your MFQ first and then the Walgreen’s coupons, then your RR’s. If you don’t your coupons may beep. Then they question your coupons.

Shopping Target

Today I had a coupon class for my moms group.  With all the kids, we didn't get to cover Target.  You can save a TON shopping Target if you know how to.  Stacking coupons is the way to save the most, and you can stack at Target.  Here is the information I have typed up on Target.

1.) Target takes one manufacture coupon (MFQ) and one Target coupon PER ITEM.
For example: I purchased Pledge Multi surface dusters. They were on sale for $2.50, I had a MFQ for $1.25 off and a Target Q for $1.00 off. I paid $.25 for the dusters.

2.) Target has this great aisle called the Trial size. Sometimes, MF’s won’t put on their coupons excludes trial size, and you can score the items for free…or, get overage.

For example: I purchased a trial size bottle of Bauch and Lomb eye drops for $.99, I had a MFQ for $3.00 off any. I got $2.01 towards my other items in my cart. They cannot give you cash back, so make sure you have another item to cover your overage, now they may adjust the coupon to the price of the item.  This is their policy, so if they give you trouble make sure they adjust to the price of the item.  I carry their coupon policy with me, and I have argued with them over it and got my free items.

Target often times puts out meat coupons. You can find the meat packaged with prices for near or at free with coupons. Watch these carefully, you can get meat in packages for $1 and the coupon is worth $1, so you can get FREE meat.  Same with their bread coupons, and produce coupons.

Watch Target’s Clearance. Typically they mark down holiday items, typically their mark down schedule is:

50% 3 days after the holiday

75% on the 4

90% on the 7

You can sign up for the Kids birthday club. They will mail you coupons, and freebies.

Print Target coupons at

Price matching: toy For example I bought a toy at Target this Christmas.  The regular price was $74.99.  The Price match was $29.99 with Kmart.  Then there was a Manufacture coupon on the box for $10.  Then I had a $10 MFQ.  I paid $9.99 plus

Gift card deals with coupons and price matches
10.) Roll your GC's into your next GC purchase, or into your other purchase to lower your out of pocket expense.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

King Sooper 2/17-2/23

Here are this weeks deals that I see at King Soopers. King Soopers doubles up to $1.00 every day.

Meat Dept.

Fresh Atlantic Salmon $4.99 lb
New York Strip Steak B1G1 Free
Boneless Pork Loin Chops B1G1 Free

King Soopers Milk 2/$3
Kroger Cheese 2/$5 (I can get cheese for $2.02 lb. At Sam's Club)

Organic Fuji Apples $.99lb.
Seedless Red or Green Grapes 10lbs./$10
Anjoiu Pears 10lbs./$10
Organic Red Leaf, Gren Leaf, or Ramaine Lettuce 10/$10
Jumbo Mangos 10/$10
Organic Green Onions 10/$10

Healthy Choice or Marie Calender's Entrees $1.88
Total $1.38 WYB 2

Ocean Spray Coctail Juice
$1.00/2 02/14/2010 RP
Total:$1.48 each wyb 2

Yoplait or Dannon Yogurt
$.50 off 6
$.50 off 6
$0.40/6 1/03/2010 GM (use 3) or
$0.50/8 1/03/2010 GM (use 2)
Total: $6.60 $.33 each or less depending on the coupons you have.

Chicken of the Sea Tuna

Starkist Chunk Light Tuna

Sobe Life Water
10/$10 B1G1
B1G1 Free IP
Total:$1 wyb 2

Colegate Total Toothpaste
$.50 off any Colgate Total

They are still running the Buy 10 save $3 that was running last week. See the deals Here

2nd Trip of my Challenge

I am missing my other two gallon bags and a loaf of bread in this picture, but this is my shopping trip for the week all combined.

I hit Walgreen's today for my eggs.  I decided that I needed to spend my $2 in RR's on items that were needed, so I picked up 2 dozen eggs and I needed another item to make the $2, so I picked up a clearance Valentine Temporary Tatoo.  All their Valentine stuff is 50% off.
I shouldn't need eggs next week.

Eggs are $.99 x 2 =$ 1.98
Temporary Tatoo=$.25
Total $2.23
Used my two RR's and paid $.23

Then I hit Walmart.  I decided to pick up my lettuce and apples there.  My friend over at The The Whimsical Princess told me that they had card games for $.24.  So, I decided to check it out.  Hasbro has IP's for $4 and $5 off specific games.  You can use these on the card games.  They were out of the Scrabble card games, so I picked up the Pictureka card game.  It is $5.24, minus the $5 IP and you have a card game for $.24!  Thanks Jenn for the tip!

Here are my totals for Walmart:
Card Game $5.24.
Lettuce: $.99
Cilantro: $.45
Apples: $1.35
Total: $8.03
Minus $5 IP
Total with Tax: $3.58

Total for the Week: $17.64
I am done shopping for the week!  I will post the great deals for you for next week when I get my ads.

Monday, February 15, 2010

1st Shopping Trip of my Challenge

This was easy as I know exactly what I needed, but I didn't have any coupons for what I bought...I just needed this stuff.

Peanut Butter $2.14
Pickles $1.19
1.5 lbs. of Grapes $1.49
100 Ct. Sandwich Bags $2.19
3 pk. of Gallon Storage Bags, on clearance $4.24

Total: $11.98 with Tax

Bread Outlet
1 Loaf of Light bread $1.79
1 Loaf of regular Wheat bread $1.39
I had a B1G1 Free coupon
I paid $1.85

My total for this week so far is $13.83

I need to stop by Sprouts on Wednesday, and Walgreen's for my eggs. 

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Target Deals 2/14-2/20

Target has some good deals this week.

FREE $5 Gift Card when you buy 2 of the following
Gillette Fusion Razor
$4/1 RP 2/7
Venus Breeze
$2/1 P&G 3/31
AND FREE Olay Body Wash wyb Venus Breeze Razor 2/7 P&G
Here is a deal for you from Coupons, Deals, and More
Olay $15 MIR
Oral -B Vitality Toothbrush
Olay Skin Care
Tampax Pearl
Gain or Cheer Laundry Detergent

$.99 lb

$2.99 3lb. bag
$.55/1 2/7 SS
Total: $2.44 each bag

Alberston's Deals 2/10-2/17

Here are the deals that I see at Albertson's this week.  Albertson's will only double, triple, quadruple coupons on specific weeks, this isn't one of them.  So, all coupons are face value.

Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna
$1/5 IP
Total: $.30 each wyb 3

Ragu Pasta Sauce
Buy 2 and get a FREE package of pasta
$.30/1 1/31 RP (use 2)
$2.40 for all three items or $.80 each

$.99 lb.

$1.00 each

$1 for 2lbs.

More King Soopers Deals 2/10-2/16

Here are the deals that I see along with my post on a great deal for Pillsbury Here

Izze Sparkling Beverage
FREE!!!  Make sure to hit your backspace button and print two!

Soft Soap  
$.88 each

$.40/1 IP
You can print two
Total: $ .08
The coupon in the Sunday inserts won't work on this as it is for the 8.5oz bottles.

 Buy 10 Get $3 Off Instantly
Gatorade $.69 (If the G2 is part of this you can use the $1/2MFQ)
Coca-Cola 2 Liters $.99
Kraft BBQ Sauce $.69

Campbell's Chunky Soup
Total: $.79 each wyb 3

Capri Suns
$1/2 IP 
Total: $1.07 each wyb 2

Betty Crocker Muffin Mix
$.50/1 IP
Total: $.69 each

Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie Mix

$.75/2 IP 
$1.19 each wyb 2

Hefty One Zip Storage or Freezer Bags
$1/2 1/31 RP
Total: $1.19 each wyb 2

Reynold's Foil
$1.25 1/31 SS
Total: $1.44 each
Chef Boyardee Pasta or Microwave Cups
$.40/1 SS 1/10
$1/5 SS 1/10
Total: Either better than FREE or $.50 each

Banquet Dinners or Brown & Serve
$.70 each
$1/10 SS 1/10
Total: $.60 each wyb 10

There are more deals in this sale, but these are the ones that I think are good prices.

Safeway Deals 2/10-2/16

Here are the deals I see this week at Safeway:

Toll House Chocolate Chips
$.75 off 1 Internet Printable
Total $.99
Add the coupon from Cellfire to make this price lower! 

Betty Crocker Brownie or Cake Mix
$.69 each
I'm not finding any coupons for this, but it is a good price to stock up on these with.

Betty Crocker Cookie Mix
$.99 Each
$.40/1 Internet Printable
$.40/1 GM 2/7
Total: $.19 Each

Power Bars

$1/5 1/24 Other Sunday Supplement
Total: $.80 each wyb 5

Uncle Ben's Ready Rice
$1/2 1/3 RP
Total: $2/2 or $1 each

Special K Cereal Bars
$1.88 each
$1/2 1/3 RP
$1.38 WYB 2 (not a great price...but decent)

$1/2 1/10 RP
Total: $.38 each wyb 2

$1 wyb 4
Use Safeway In ad Coupon
$.50/3 1/3 SS
Total: $.75 wyb 4
**Make sure you buy the box with the most tissues in it**


6 Week $100 Challenge...Week 1

Here is my meal plan for the week along with my shopping list by store, I do not plan on stockpiling during this 6 week plan, I have enough that I need to use here:

Sunday 2/14/10:  Left overs/sandwiches (we did a special breakfast today)

Monday: Burgers/Fries

Tuesday: Tacos

Wednesday: Margarita Chicken/Vegetarian Meat for the hubby, Mashed Potatoes, Veggies

Thursday: BLT's (we use the Morning Star Farms Bacon)

Friday: Pizza

Saturday: Popcorn/Fruit Movie Night!

Lunches will be left overs or what ever else is in the freezer

Breakfast is cereal/oatmeal/eggs/fruit/breakfast links (vegetarian version of sausage, and very yummy)

Snacks will be what ever I come up with, I have some ideas.  I may make pretzels, granola bars, or something, we also have crackers, goldfish, fruit, etc.

Here is my List by Store and the totals for each:
Lettuce (2 heads) @ $.77 each =$1.54
Tomatoes: (2lbs.)@ $.77lb.= $1.54
Organic Braeburn Apples: (2lbs.) @$.77lb.=$1.54
 Total: $4.62 plus tax =5.02ish

Peanut Butter (hubby likes the natural kind) $2.14
Pickles(not sure of the price)$2.00
$4.30ish with tax, this may be less

 Dozen Eggs, not sure of the price
I have $2 in RR's to use up, so I will buy my eggs with them.

Bread Store:
1 Loaf of Whole Wheat $1.40
1 Loaf of Lite Wheat $1.40
1 Package English Muffins
The price here may vary depending on what is on their specials and my coupons, I know I have a B1G1Free coupon, so my English Muffins will be free, but sometimes they have these things on the $1 rack.
So, I am budgeting $3.00

I am at about $12.32.  I also need to pick up sandwich and storage bags, so I need to add that in there also.

But, other than that I don't need anything, and I may pick up orange juice for the hubby, I need to keep him happy here and there otherwise he won't let me do this challenge again.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A New Challenge for our Family!

My hubby and I have been itching to get our kitchen remodeled.  We found a STEAL on Birch plywood and want to purchase 20 sheets this month.  However, we need to pull the $$ from somewhere.  So, I suggested that we pull it from our grocery $ and challenge ourselves to finding meals from our stockpile, only to purchase fresh produce, milk, and eggs.

I really don't NEED anything at this point, and probably can get away with not shopping at all next week, except for lettuce.  I have all the toiletries that we could possibly need for the next month at least...the only thing is toilet paper, my stash is starting to get low, but I still have 25ish rolls left. 

My challenge is to spend only $100 between now and March 31st!  I really really think I can do it.  The 20 sheets will cost us $552.00.  I normally spend $290 on groceries each month, I have spent $73.41 this month so far.  So, my total for both months is 580.00, minus the 73.41 I have spent this month=$506.59 is what I have left.  I need at least $100.00 to get fresh produce, and I may not need that much, but that is what I will set aside for groceries for 6 weeks!

I will have $406.59 toward the wood!!!  I subbed a day and a half this month, so I have the extra to cover what we will need to buy the wood!  I am super excited about this.  I will get my shelving soon for my office and pantry!!!

Now, on to the challenge.  Join me as I s...t...r...e...t...c...h $100!

Friday, February 12, 2010

King Soopers Deals 2/10-2/16

Kings Soopers is doing their Mega Event 10 items get $3 off!

So, here is a great deal for you:

Pillsbury Biscuits are on sale for $1.29 (you will need to buy 4)
Use (2) $.30 off 2 MFQ (not sure the insert)
You can also print them Here
You may also have (2) of the $.30/2 coupons on shortcuts.

I am also going to purchase Gatorade (if the G2 is part of the sale)
$.69 each
-$1.00/2 MFQ
$.99 x 6 = $5.94
-(4) $1.00/2MFQ =.$1.94

Then you get the $3.00 off 10 items
You pay $2.90
Then you get a $4.00 OYNO (on your next order) from Pilsbury!!!

So, this would be a money if the G2 isn't part of the sale I am going to add in some other items, I need some ziplock bags so I may add that, it will cost me more, but it will still be a good deal with the $4 catalina!

Then you can take your $4 and go buy more!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

School Notebook

My daughter seems to be having trouble staying organized.  She is NOT like me one bit in that area. 
So, I decided to create a school notebook for her to use. 
I took a regular old binder that was laying around the house...

I added some cute paper I had in my scrapbooking stuff and make a label for it.

Then I took some manila file folders and cut them to fit and added labels for each subject and then put her papers into it.  She can flip through it each night to make sure she completed her homework.

I added a page that says Read for 20 minutes and enter it into your log and then have mom or dad sign it.  She tends to forget entering in her log each night and then has missing reading assignments.

Jalynn has a lot of homework each night, and we struggle to get it done because of course she is a kid and doesn't want to do all this homework.

She has one spelling activity each night
A math worksheet...usually
20 minutes of reading
10 Minutes of writing
5 minutes or so of math facts practice (flash cards)
to finish any work she doesn't get done during the day

It is A LOT and I feel for her, however, she is doing excellent in school and is reading at a mid 3rd grade level.
I also added her lunch menu and letters that are sent home.  I want to to be involved in all aspects of her schooling.
I think I will be adding a pencil bag with pencils, erasers, crayons, ruler, etc.  Then she has it all in one spot until we can get her a desk set up.

I have a household notebook and I think she will like this.  I am going to surprise her with it today.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

This is what my $17.51 bought me today!

(4) Capri Suns
(9) Hunts Tomato Sauce
(3) Soft Soap
(4) Gold Fish
(1) Quaker Rice Cakes
(2) Triscuit Crackers
(3) Sargento Cheese
(1) Kraft American Cheese
(2) Avacados
(1) Head of Lettuce
(1) Canteloupe
(4) Sobe Water
(2) Izze Sparkling Water
(1) Fruit and Grain Bar
(1) Frozen Blueberries
(2) Nestle Toll House Cookies 

The cookies, blueberries, Fruit and Grain bars, Izze and Sobe, and GoldFish, were all FREE!!! 
I had to pick up the American Cheese to make the hubby happy and I didn't have a coupon...gasp.
But everything else was a fabulous price.
I saved $67.84 or 80%

Monday, February 8, 2010

 January 2010 Budget

Here is my January budget...I was under budget by $1.33!!!  I am so proud of myself!!!
Total Spent: $288.67 (After Rebates)
Albertson's: $25.83
King Soopers: $80.08
Safeway: $10.94
Sprouts: $69.25
Target: $83.13
Walgreens: $5.26
Bread Store: $14.18

Total Saved: $532.05
66.61% Savings

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Diaper Deal this week at Walgreen's 2/7-2-13

Huggies, Goodnights, or Pullups are on RR for $3 when you buy one for $8.99

So it would look like this:
-2.00 MFQ (this is for pull ups, the diaper coupon is $1.50 unless you have an IP for more)
-$1.00 WQ (this is in the Children's Activity Book sold for $1 at Walgreens, I found it in the back by the Pharmacy)
Total $5.99
Get $3.00 RR
EDITED: New Huggies Bricks Coupon  I printed two and it expires 3/31/10, make sure you hit your back button to print two!

But, there may be more is hard to say since we get the short ad here in Denver, so I guess each week what will be in the ad since the long ad is what is all over the internet.

If we have the Gillette Razors in our ad and the coupons come as $5 off then you can get FREE Razors also...I believe there will also be Men's Dove Body Wash will be a MONEY MAKER after RR.  It will be $5.99 then use the $1.25 off Mens Dove Body Wash to make $1.25!!!

I will be looking over the ad closely in the morning and making a run.  I need my extra papers tomorrow!

I deleted the Children's Motrin Deal as we don't have that in our ad this week, and we get the $4 Gillette Razor coupon here.

Here is my plan:
#1 Dove Men's Body Wash
-$1.25 1/31 RP
Total $4.74
Get $6 RR

#2 Huggies Pull Ups
-$2.00 MFQ
-$1.00 Walgreen's IVC
Total $5.99
Use $6RR from Dove
I will also need 2 Filler items to use my coupons because you need an item for every coupon you use.  I will probably get some Valentine Pencils for $.10 each
I am guessing my total around $.81
Then I will get a $3RR

#3 Gillette Razor (my hubby will be totally set on razors for a while)
-$4.00 MFQ 2/7 P&G
1 Filler Item $.10
Total $5.09
Use $3RR
Total: $2.09
Get $4.00 RR

Then I will start over again.
I will be paying $7.64 plus tax out of my pocket and I will end up with a $4RR to keep going.
I will be buying more papers for the razor coupons.  Then I plan on getting some mascara, eye liner, etc.  I may be paying for them, but I am in need.

Here is another option:
I love the Garnier Fructis Shampoo/Conditioner
It is on RR this week also.

Buy $20 get $10 RR's
Buy 6 bottles
Use (6) $1 MFQ from 2/7 RP
Total: $14.00
If you do the Razor deal you can use the $4 RR and pay $10 and get a $10 RR
Then you can combine the Dove and Huggies and use the $10 RR, just make sure you have the right amount of items for your coupons.
I may do this one also, but I need more papers first.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Life is just crazy these days...

I haven't had time to post deals for the last few weeks.  I haven't really shopped because I am crazy stocked up.  I had everything I needed for this entire weeks worth of menu plans and have some of the items for the rest of the month.  I do have to buy things that may not be on sale this month...but I am watching out for the sales...planning ahead can do that for you.

I have been on an organizing kick these days.  I organized my pantry.  I guess I deleted the pictures.  But, here is my stockpile
I'm still working on organizing this you can see, we really don't need cereal for a LONG while.  I think there are almost 40 boxes packed in there.

Then I have been working on our office.  We run a business from our home, so I am forever trying new ways to organize all of our paperwork, etc.  So, here are some pictures of what I have been doing.  This my top desk drawer.

This is the after picture.  I picked these up at the Dollar Store.  They were $1.00 for 3.  Oh, and a little trick I read somewhere out there on the net...sticky tack!!!  It keeps your little baskets from sliding all over the place!  Works fabulously!

This is drawer #2 before picture had bank account information, can't post that.
I had the black organizer and added a couple things.  I may change is as I use it, but for now this is what it looks like.  The empty basket will be used for receipts that I need to enter...out of site yet I know it needs to be done.

This is where we keep our printers.  I have another one on top of this desk.  I added the baskets for paper, notebooks, and file folders.  Thomas is forever looking for things...I hope he can now find them, until I decide to move them again.  LOL

This is hubby's desk area or mine when I want to work on something that requires some space.  I added those cute cork squares.  He was pinning up things to the wall, and I knew he needed something to pin to, so here it is.
Up above is needing work.  Thomas built these cabinets, but hasn't had time to build me shelves.  That is my next project for him.  I NEED them.  I have lots of price books for windows, doors, etc.  I need some space for them.  You can see our large calendar next to this...that thing takes up the entire wall.  It's a business thing.  

I also bought some baskets for my linnen closet.  I keep my stock pile of shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc. there and it NEEDS some help.  I need to pick up a few more.  In time things will shape up around here.  

I will add a picture of my desk when I am done with it, but I am still working on it and there are papers on it still.  I swear I have WAYYYYY too many papers.

Then there is the kids is desk city down here.  Another day...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Menu Planning

I have really noticed how disorganized I have become around dinner time each night.  Standing in front of the fridge trying to figure out what is for dinner is NOT good.  With homework going on, Jacob needing to "help" cook, and phone calls that come in, I really don't need to try and figure out what we are having for dinner.

So, I sat down and wrote out almost my entire month of February.  I can change things around a bit if something is on sale or pick items up early for what is on my menu if I see a great sale.  So, this week I am NOT shopping as I went to Sam's Club and bought a few items that were needed and I really don't need anything to cook meals this week.

My menu for this week is:

Monday: Bean Tacos with homemade salsa!
Tuesday: Sub Sandwiches, chips, fruit
Wednesday: Spaghetti, salad, homemade french bread
Thursday: Haystacks (using up our homemade salsa)
Friday: Pizza night, we do this every Friday.  Make menu planning easy!
Saturday: Movie night, we do popcorn, fruit, cheese and crackers, leftovers.  Just an easy meal and watch a movie with the kids.

My friend, Jenn, over at  The Whimsical Princess did a really cool menu planner for her fridge.  It explains how she made this.  I can only dream of being as creative as Jenn is, but I want to make something similar for my kitchen.  I have an idea, so I will post when I get it made.

Anyway, if you menu plan you will find that you can save even more at the grocery store and have healthy meals.  I have found that I don't really need to pick up too many items for each meal, that I have already stocked up on what is needed and I need to just pick up fresh produce, etc.

You can print out a menu planner at Organized Home.  I have used Fly Lady for a while, but some of the forms from Organized Home are better.  Thanks to my mom's group, I have more tools for organization.