Archive for the ‘Frugality’ Category

Chicken Boneless Breast $1.99/lb.

Petite Sirloin Steak $3.99

Sweet Clementines 5 lb. Box $4.88/Limit 3

Coke 12 Pack 4/$11.00
Use with $2.00/4 Coke coupon
For 4/$9.00

Post Cereal 2/$3.00
Use with $1.00/2 Post Cereal coupon (1.17 SS)
For 2/$2.00

Stop & Shop Sliced Bacon $1.99

Scott Bath Tissue $6.99
Use with $1.00/1 Scott Tissue (1.17 SS)
For 1/$5.99

Gatorade $0.88
Use with $1.00/2 Gatorade G2 coupon (1.10 RP)
For 2/$0.76

Lays Potato Chips B1G1 Free

Wesson Oil $5.99

Green Cabbage $0.39/lb.

Sweet Onions $1.29/lb.

Hormel Natural Lunchmeat 2/$5.00
Use with $0.75/1 Hormel printable coupon
For 1/$1.00

Hillshire Farm Cocktail Links 2/$5.00
Use with $1.00/2 Hillshire Farms Cocktail Links coupon (12.06 RP)
For 2/$4.00

Land O Lakes American $5.99/lb.
Use with $1.00/1 lb. Land O Lakes coupon (11.15 SS)
For 1 lb/$4.99

Buy 3 Gorton’s Seafood Items and 3 Green Giant Valley Steamers and get $4.00 off your order
Use with $0.40/1 Gorton coupon (1.24 SS), $0.50/1 Gortons Grilled Item (1.03 SS) and with $0.40/1 Green Giant coupon (1.03 GM) (12.13 GM)

Bertolli Complete Meal for Two $6.99
Use with $1.00/1 Bertolli Printable Coupon
For 1/$5.99

Laughing Cow Cheese 2/$5.00
Use with $1.00/2 Laughing Cow coupon (1.10 SS)
For 2/$4.00

Freschetta Pizza $5.99
Use with $1.00/1 Freschetta coupon (11.15 SS)
For 1/$4.99
Buy 2 and get a free S&S Garden Salad

Pillsbury Toaster Strudel 2/$4.00
Use with $0.55/2 Pillsbury coupon (1.03 GM)
For 2/$2.90 after doubling

Turkey Hill Chilled Drinks 3/$5.00
Use with $1.00/2 Turkey Hill coupon (11.08 RP)
For 3/$4.00

Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes 2/$4.00

Buy 4 Poland Springs 24 Pack and get a $5.00 checkout coupon
Buy 3, get a $3.00 coupon
Buy 2, Get a $2.00 coupon

Planters peanuts $1.99
Use with $2.00/2 Planters coupon (1.24 SS)
For 2/$1.98

Keebler Club Crackers 2/$5.00
Use with $1.00/2 Keebler coupon (12.13 RP)
For 2/$4.00

Grande Tortilla Chips 2/$5.00
Use with $1.00/1 Grande Chips coupon (1.10 SS)
For 1/$1.50

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese 10/$10.00
Use with Buy 3, Get 1 Free coupon (12.13 SS)
For 4/$3.00

Hellmanns Mayo 2.99
Use with $1.00/2 Hellmans coupon (11.15 RP)
For 2/$4.98

Fiber One Chewy bars 2/$6.00
Use with $0.40/1 Chewy Coupon (1.03 GM)
For 1/$2.20

Reach Crystal Clean Toothbrush $0.99
Use with $1.00/1 Reach coupon (10.18 RP)
Get it Free!

Crest Toothpaste 3.5 oz $1.00

Purchase $20.00 of of Unilever items in one transaction and get $5.00 deducted from your order at checkout:

Dove Soap 2 pack 2/$5.00
Suave Hair conditioner and shampoo 2/$4.00

Dove Shampoo/Conditioner 2/$4.00
Use with $2.50/2 Dove coupon (1.31 RP)
For 2/$1.50

Lever 2000 soap 2 pack 10/$10.00

Dove Body Wash 2/$7.00
Use with $1.00/1 Dove Body Wash coupon (1.31 RP)
For 1/$2.50

Suave Body wash $1.99
Use with $1.00/3 Suave coupon (1.31 RP)
For 3/$4.97

Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion $4.99
Use with $1.00/1 Vaseline coupon (12.13 RP)
For 1/$3.99

Suave Hand & Body Lotion 2/$5.00
Use with $1.00/2 Suave Lotion coupon (1.31 RP)
For 2/$4.00

Dove or Degree Deodorant 2/$4.00
Use with $1.50/2 Dove coupon (1.31 RP)
For 2/$2.50

Skintimate or Edge Shave Gel 2/$4.00
Use with $1.00/1 Edge coupon (1.10 SS)
For 1/$1.00

Barilla Pasta
Chobani Greek Yogurt; use with $1.00/3 Chobani printable
Starkist Solid White Tuna
Stop and Shop Boxed Vegetables
Progresso Vegetable Classics Soup; use with $0.50/2 Progresso coupon (1.03 GM) For 2/$1.00
Stop and Shop Hometown Bakery Cookies
Celeste or Tony’s Single Pizza
Stop & Shop English Muffin 6 Pack
Del Monte Fruit Naturals
Ajax Dishwashing Liquid
Hunts Snack Pack; use with $1.00/4 hunts coupon (1.10 SS)
Banquet Brown and Serve Sausages
Maruchen Ramen Noodles
Lipton Original Teas; use with $1.00/2 Lipton Tea coupon (1.31 RP)
Betty Crocker Cake Mix
Chef Boyardee
Knorr Pasta Sides; use with $1.00/3 Knorr coupon (1.31 RP)
Hostess Cakes 2 Pack
Bisquick Shake and Pour

B1G1 Free:
Ball Park Beef or Meat Franks; use with $1.00/2 Ball Park coupon (1.10 RP)
Plumrose Smoked Ham Steaks
Wilson Sliced Pepperoni
Expressions from Hallmark
Emerald Peanuts; use with $1.50/2 Emerald coupon (1.31 SS)

This week only, earn 100 points when you buy any 4 participating items with your Stop & Shop card. This in addition to the $0.10 off per gallon of gas you earn for every $100.00 spent in store with your Stop  & Shop card.
Knorr Pasta or Rice Sides
I can’t believe it’s not butter
Hellmann’s Mayo
Country Crock Side Dishes
Ragu Pasta Sauce
Suave Conditioner or Shampoo
Skippy Peanut Butter
Vaseline Intensive Lotion
Suave Hand and Body lotion
Wish Bone Salad Dressing
Lipton Tea Bags
Q Tips
Lipton Recipe Secrets
Lever 2000 2-Soap Pack
Breyers Ice Cream
Suave Body Wash
Dove Body Wash
Dove or Degree Bodywash
Slim Fast 200 Calorie Meal bars
Promise Soft Spread
Bertolli Complete Dinner for 2
Klondike Bars
Good Humor Ice Cream Bars

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This is great! Simply register your TD Bank debit card, and you’ll get $10 back for every $100 you spend on groceries up to $50 cash back. This offer extends from Jan 17 all the way to March 6, 2010, so there’s plenty of time to spend (and get the best deals for your money while you’re at it).  Only signature-based purchases made after the Eligible Card is registered will be counted (hit credit), and purchases must be made at a grocery store–not a superstore, warehouse club, or discount store.

You can also play their “Daily Debit Cash” game for a chance to win $500.00.

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Sewing  Project Reusable Snack Bags

So, one of my friends got these really cute reusable lunch bags for Christmas; I thought about them a bit, admired them, probably even remarked that I’d like to make some someday.

Then, I hopped on one of my favorite craft blogs, and looked to the sidebar…and there, right there, was a step-by-step reusable snack bag tutorial!

And oh, how I LOVE photo, step-by-step tutorials. I’m a slow sewer who usually makes multiple mistakes, but this was foolproof even for me. I did both in probably 2 hours, with the second only taking about 20 minutes. They’re lined, with velcro at the top, and ended up measuring about 6″ across and 5″ deep.

Now, I have to admit I think I like my friend’s type of bag better for 2 reasons (both on my end):
1) she just has a better fabric–more home decor weight, which eliminated the need for a lining, while I used scraps of muslin for the lining, and leftover cotton for the exteriors.
2) I like the thinner velcro strip. This one that I used is just bulky.

But for quick & easy…these take the cake. Now I just have to figure out what type of dry food I’d actually put in them…I think slices of bread are on the docket for tomorrow. However much I use them though, I’m glad to think of saving plastic baggies…one of my frugal peeves. I’m the type that washes them out to reuse them, so having some cloth, washable ones, I’m hoping will save me at least one box of baggies a year…maybe I should keep count. Or not.

And that’s what Works For Me.

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There is a LINE between good-frugal and ridiculous. And I really, really should learn to get on the good side of that line in all circumstances…because somehow, there is a mechanism in my brain that will ALWAYS let me buy the $3.99 DeSomethings Cream Puffs at Market Basket (that are always $6.99 at Shaws), but WON’T let me buy a box of tissues without a coupon when I feel a cold coming on (and when my stash is depleted…how did that happen?).

That decision never goes well for me.  Because now I’m here with a nose is so sore I can’t even SMILE. Eeeeh. But, I stayed home from church today and slept in till oh, about an hour ago, so I’m going to get ready for the day, throw in a load of laundry, and put up blog posts (market basket first!) in between trying to get my house back in order, since really, who feels like cleaning when they’re sick? Not meeee….and then I’ll have my husband pick up some Puffs Premium with Aloe tissues and maybe some Panera soup on his way home. 🙂

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In some e-book I was looking at recently, I came across a simple “recipe” for a homemade linen spray. That one called for 1/2 cup of vodka and 15-20 drops of Lavendar, but since our Vodka supply was slightly low, I decided to go with this recipe for a homemade lavendar linen spray. Calling for 1/2 cup of distilled water, 1 teaspoon of vodka and 5-6 drops of Lavendar, it was just the perfect amount of scent.

I put it in a clear plastic bottle, but think I want something a little bit fancier…looking around online, I came across exactly what I want:

8oz Frosted Apothecary Glass Bottle W/ Clear Mister

It’s frosted glass, but unfortunately only available wholesale…and I can’t seem to find it anywhere else online. Which means I might go to choice number 2:

Frosted Glass Perfume Bottle

6 for only $10.50 or $2.50 each!

I read another recipe for cucumber body/linen spray that used a real cucumber…but can’t find it anywhere. Anyone know of something similar?

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When we left for New Jersey last weekend, I noticed a few more baby zucchinis growing. I’d already pulled 3 out of the garden the weekend before, and figured I would grab the growing ones in a few days or so. Yesterday was my designated baking day (in between church & a Fantasy Football draft for my husband’s league), so I trudged down to the garden and started pushing aside leaves. I guessed, um, wrongly. For now I had these to work with:

zucchiniThat’s 11, by the way. ELEVEN. And HUGE. And at least five more are growing. I’ve had trouble with what I thought was a normal 6 or so!

Then out came the recipes:

Z recipes

I used a 9 X 5 and 4 of those cute mini-loaf pans for each of the bread recipes, and a standard muffin tin & a mini-muffin tin for the muffins and somehow got 3 recipes down starting at 8:30 and ending the mixing processes at 10:30 (I got the last ones out of the oven around 11 or so).

I made:

*Standard Zucchini Bread using this recipe. One thing I LOVE about the mini-tins is that I can customize. So I did half with currants & walnuts (which my husband doesn’t like), and I made the big loaf and the other two mini ones without. Quick and easy, this one is incredibly moist–not that I’ve had zucchini bread that wasn’t…

*Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Muffins…these ones worked really well as mini-muffins, especially with the called-for mini-chocolate chips. Totally prefer them to the big ones since they’re so much more “snack-sized”, and are easier to manuever in our ridiculously-college-sized-freezer.

*Pumpkin-Zucchini Bread that honestly, I haven’t even tried yet! But the batter was delicious…

Packed Bread!So, I forgot to take the obligatory drying-racks-full-of-food baking day picture, but here they are all wrapped up in tinfoil and bagged to go! (They all blend together, but there’s 6 mini-loaves and 2 Big ones + muffins). But after ALL of that…it only took up TWO zucchinis.

I also sliced and marinated 2 full zucchinis, which I’ll grill and then freeze (a trick I learned from my dad…he’ll grill up batches of zucchini, summer squash, eggplant, peppers to freeze for ready-made veggie side dishes).

Then lastly, I plan to cook with two (I’m thinking a zucchini quiche, and then some fried zucchini sticks with Panko bread crumbs), and then shred and freeze two for zucchini bread when I run out of the stuff I’m cooking now. The rest are going to friends, ’cause there won’t be ANY more room left!

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I’ve been sort of on a couponing sabbatical this summer–I look here and there, but mostly stuck to mall deals. But this week–I’m back in the game! And I think I needed that break, especially since more often than not, I’ve had Friday’s off, and we leave Thursday only to get back late Saturday or Sunday (and yeah, that’ll be the case again this weekend), which barely leaves time to blog, never mind do the actual shopping!

But this week’s sales were too good to miss, and since we have Bible Study tomorrow and then we leave for Fire Island Thursday, I had to fit it all in tonight. Here were the results, with which I am well pleased:

Stop No. 1: Target

Target Stop

Target Stop

Air Wick:
Normal Price: $11.99 / On Sale: $5.99
Minus Coupon:$6.00 (8.9 SS)
=$.01 overage

Bic Pens, 2 packages:
Normal Price: $2.00 each / Sale Price: $1.00 each (I didn’t have the $0.50 ones @ my Target)
Minus coupons: Target $1.00/2 printable & Bic $1.00/2 (8.9 SS)

Sharpie Highlighter $0.99
Minus $1.00/1 printable coupon here (PDF–scroll to last page)
=$0.01 overage

Total OOP: $0.00
Total Savings: $22.98

Stop No. 2: Staples!

Staples Stop

Staples Stop

Back-to-School Rebate Week!

Handyline Dry Erase 3-Pack $3.99 OOP
Rebate: $3.99
Final: $0.00

6 1-Subject notebooks: $0.01 each
Total OOP: $0.06

2 Packages of 120-count college-ruled paper $0.79 each
Total OOP: $1.58

2 reams of 500 count paper $4.99 each
Rebate: $3.99
Total OOP: $2.00

Total OOP:$16.59
After Rebates, OOP: $4.62

Stop No. 3: CVS

CVS Stop

CVS Stop

Just a quick stop to pick up the free Revlon Foundation:

Cost: $9.99, on sale from $13.99
Minus Revlon coupon: $1.00 (7.19 SS)
ECB’s OOP: $9.00
ECB’s Back: $9.99

Unfortunately, I tried some on, and while it matches my skin tone really well, the perfume-y smell of it made me sooo nauseous. 😦

Stop No. 4: Rite-Aid

Rite-Aid Stop

Rite-Aid Stop

My Rite-Aid was out of a lot of items, and I also had trouble since they had marked the 60 watt bulbs also down to the $2.50 sale price, but they were ringing up at $7.99. Had to return it and switch it out with the manager, who was decent–she even refunded me for the coupon since there was a customer waiting.

Kotex $0.99
My coupons wouldn’t print for this! 😦 Bought it anyways though.

Carefree: $0.99
Coupon: $-1.00/1 printable
Total OOP: $0.00
I would have bought 2 with both coupons, but the coupon specified “Ultrafree”–it went through just fine though on the normal brand above!

Snickers: $0.50 each
Coupon: -$1.00/2 (7.26 RP)
Total OOP: $0.00

GE Lightbulbs: $2.50 each
Coupon: -two $1.00/1 printable coupons
Total OOP: $3.00
After $2.00 Rebate: $1.00/2 (Though with the extra refund the manager intentionally gave me, I got both for free!)

Total OOP before Rebate: $2.99
Total OOP after Rebate: $0.99

Stop No. 5: Walgreens

Walgreens Stop

Walgreens Stop

2 Reach toothbrushes and 1 Listerine: 3/$9.00 (I didn’t have any discounted ones like others are reporting)
Use 1 $3/3 coupon from the 8/2 SS
Total OOP: $6.00
Register Rewards: $6.00

2 neosporin for $7.98
2 two $1/1 coupons from 8/2 inserts or $1/1 printable coupon (IE Link) or FF Link
OOP: $5.98
Register Rewards: $4.00

6 Highlighters or Scented Gel Pen @ $0.19 each after in-ad coupon:
Total OOP: $1.14

2 Two-Pocket Folder @ $0.19 each after in-ad coupon:
Total OOP: $0.38

Penway Filler Papers @ $0.49 after in-ad coupon:
Total OOP: $0.49

Penway One Subject Notebook @ $0.49 after in-ad coupon:
Total OOP: $0.49

Stayfree Maxi pads (16-24 count)–$1.99
Buy 2 and use B1G1 coupon from 6/28 SS
$0.99 each after coupon

Lysol Toilet Bowl cleaner–2/$3
Use $1/2 coupon from the 7/12 inserts or $0.50/1 printable coupon
$1 each after coupon

I got a raincheck for the Jergens Lotion, though I always forget if RR work with rainchecks…anyone else know?

Total OOP: $19.43 (on gift card from Easy Check Rebate program *sniff*)
After Register Rewards, only $9.43 OOP

I also stopped at Shaws, but that’s a separate post since this one is long enough!!!

So, for my non-food shopping:
Total OOP, including gift cards & ECBs: $48.00
Total OOP after R. Rewards, ECBs, & Rebates: $15.04

Not too bad!

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