Push me higher Daddy!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Push me higher Daddy!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
8- Johnson & Johnson Bandaids $.79 ea- (4- $3.00/2 MQ)= FREE+++++
2- Muir Glen Tomato Sauce $.89 ea- (2- $1.00 MQ)= FREE+
12- Birds Eye Vegetables $.89 ea- (12- $.50 MQ doubled)= FREE+++
4- Reach Dental Floss $1.49 ea- (4- $1.00 PQ and 4- $1.00 MQ)= FREE++++
6- Arm & Hammer Toothpaste $1.50 ea- (3- $3.00/2 MQ)= FREE
8- Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta $.89 ea- (4- $1.00/2 MQ)=
8- Progresso Bread Crumbs $.97 ea- (4- $1.00/2 MQ)=
4- Eight O'Clock Coffee $2.50 ea- (2- $2.00/2 MQ)=
4- Krusteaz Pancake Mix $1.09 ea- (4- $.50 MQ doubled)= $.09 ea
1- Marzetti's Veggie Dip $1.75 ea- (1- $1.00 MQ)= $.75
2- Old El Paso Seasoning $.53 ea- ($.60/2 MQ)=
1- Starkist Tuna 4 pack $3.15
2- Eggs $1.19 ea- (1- BOGO MQ)
1- Publix 2lb Carrots $2.49
1- Sugar $2.39
3- Dasani Water $3.99 ea
1- Vegetable Stir Fry- $1.00
1- Broccoli/Cauliflour Mix- $1.00
1- Milk $2.49
2- Half & Half $.79 ea
Total OOP: $24.05
Total Saved: $137.36
*Note: I bought more pasta than normal because this is considered my rockbottom price. It is also whole wheat and I am transitioning into this.
*Note: I also decided to stockpile on bread crumbs. I didn't have any in my pantry, so this is enough to last a LONG time!
*Note: We are limiting our bottled water intake, so I am hoping that by buying three cases, it will last us a while. I am only going to drink the bottled water when I am in the car, at the gym, or at tennis. I am desperately trying to train my body (my brain!) that the filtered water tastes the same.
*Note: My coffee stockpile was getting low, though not depleted. I like this coffee and feel it is a great deal for my family. I now have enough coffee to last about 9 months.
In my opinion, you have to buy what is best for your family. I bought what we needed now, replenished my stockpile, and started/ended a stockpile item. Since I didn't buy much fruit, I will go to Kroger and buy a fresh fruit tray on manager's special. Our Kroger marks the fruit trays down super cheap and it lasts us about a week.
I took Caroline outside this evening to pose in her adorable outfit. She loves the spider on her shirt, so she started singing the "Itsy Bitsy Spider". It just melted my heart!
P.S. Do you see the pathetic flower bed in one of the pictures? Does anyone have any suggestions to make the most of it?
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I sold almost everything! I had no expectations as it was FREEZING today! I was totally blown away by the response that I had. What an awesome feeling to know that I didn't have to pay money for what I sold (overage items) and now I am $220 richer! :) Couponing really does pay off!! To put it into perspective, I made enough money in these few hours to pay for my daughter's tuition next month. I now have that tuition already paid for and the "real" tuition money is now in savings. You can't beat that!
Now, what is holding you back from couponing, saving money, and then making money???
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Ingredients (of course, not with specific measurements):
1 lb of ground turkey breast
1 can Kidney Beans
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can rotel
Gallo (Guatemalan Beer) can be found at World Market under the name Famosa
Wheat Ritz Crackers
Brown turkey and season with cayenne pepper, garlic salt, and cumin. I didn't drain because the meat is super lean. Put meat into crockpot. I then added the kidney beans (with juice), diced tomatoes (with juice), and rotel (with juice). Add package of chili seasoning and the other seasons to taste. To finish, I added the Gallo for the extra kick (the alcohol cooks out, so don't worry). I cooked in the crockpot for 5 hours on high, stirring occasionally.
We found this chili to be super yummy and had just a hint of spice. We added shredded cheese and crumbled wheat ritz crackers to "thicken" it up. Even Caroline liked it!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I go to checkout (remember, I'm at an "okay" store, but not my favorite) and the cashier will not allow me to use the J&J coupons. She states "your item is lower than the value of the coupon. We can't take it and we can't pay you for item." I stand firm and simply state "it's a manufacturer coupon, not a publix coupon." She refuses to accept the coupons. I then asked for a second opinion. The cashier sees the Store Manager walk in and begrudgingly walks over to ask him. He looks at it and says "It's a manufacturer coupon. It's fine." Needless to say, she wasn't happy and didn't thank me for shopping at Publix.
Lesson learned....stand firm at the register and ask for a second opinion.
Now on to my Publix Shopping List. So far, I am not seeing or hearing about tons of money makers. One possible MM is the Maybelline Mascara, but I'm not sure of the prices yet. I plan on buying the following:
-Eight O’ Clock Coffee, Assorted Varieties, 11.5 or 12-oz bag (Excluding Decaf.) BOGO $4.99-
-T. Marzetti’s Dip, Assorted Varieties, 12 to 15.5-oz cont., BOGO $3.49-
$1/1 Veggie Dip From 07-26-09 SS-$.50/1 PRINT
-Krusteaz Pancake Mix or Belgian Waffle Mix, Assorted Varieties, 24 to 32-oz box, BOGO $2.19-
$.50/1 from 10-11-09 SS
-Krusteaz Cookie Mix, Bakery Style: Chocolate Chunk, Sugar or Peanut Butter, 15.5 to 17.5-oz box, BOGO $2.29-
$1.00/1 from 10-11/09 SS
-Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta, Assorted Varieties, 12 to 16-oz pkg, BOGO $1.79-
$1/2 PRINT & PRINT
-Progresso Bread Crumbs, Italian Style or Plain, 15-oz cnstr, BOGO $1.93-
$1/2 PRINT & PRINT
-Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix: Original, Mild, Cheesy or 40% Less Sodium, 1-oz pkg, BOGO $1.07-
-Nabisco Cakesters Soft Snack Cakes, Oreo: Original, Chocolate Creme or Peanut Butter Creme; or Nilla: Original or Strawberry Creme, 6-pk, 10.56 or 12-oz box, BOGO $3.29-
$1.50 off Nabisco Cookies, WYB any (1) pkg. Oreos (5-18 oz.) or Oreo Cakesters (10.56-12 oz) AND 1 Gallon of
-Arm & Hammer Dental Care Toothpaste Mint: Advance Cleaning, Peroxi-Care Baking Soda & Peroxide, or Complete Care Extra Whitening, 6 or 6.3-oz box, (Excluding Advanced Varieties), BOGO $2.99-
$3/2 from 08-16-09 RP
-Eggland’s Best Large Eggs, 12-ct ctn., 2/$4
$1/2; $.50/1 from 09-13-09 SS
$.50/1 Good Housekeeping, Working Mother, Prevention, Redbook, October 2009
(I'm thinking I can use the BOGO egg printable coupon with this one)
- Stacy’s Pita Chips or Bagel Chips, Assorted Varieties, 8-oz bag, 2/$4
$1/1 PRINT (CVS Q)
-Dasani Water, 24-pk, .5-L bot, $3.99
-Snuggle Fabric Softener or Snuggles Exhilarations, Assorted Varieties, 32-oz bot, 2/$6
$3/1 from 10-04-09 RP
Thank you to I Heart Publix for the match ups. Some of the items that I am buying will be going towards my stockpile and some are for specific purposes. My neighborhood is having a Halloween party, so the Marzetti Dip will be perfect to take as a side item. I also will be buying milk this week, so I might as well use the coupon match up for the Nabisco cookies. It will make for virtually free cookies. The coffee, Progresso bread crumbs, and Ronzoni Pasta is an AWESOME deal! I will print out my maximum limit of coupons and purchase these, as they are at "rock bottom" prices. The Arm and Hammer toothpaste and the Snuggle fabric softener will be free with the coupons. :) We also drink bottled water so $3.99 is a great price for purchasing a few cases.
What do you see this week that is of interest to you?
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
After gluing, she pulled the pipe cleaner through the hole for the vine
I loved doing this craft with Caroline today and she loved it too! In fact, while I was preparing for the cooking craft, she wanted to tear more paper and glue it on paper. She's so proud of her tearing project that she wanted it on the fridge.
The cooking project consisted of making orange jello. I wanted to make pumpkin jello jigglers, but misread the directions (yes, misread the jello box directions...that is why I am honest about my non-cooking talents) and had to adapt my plan. I decided to pour the jello into dessert glasses, but then realized that mine are vintage. I might actually cry if she broke one...so we once again adapted the plan. I won these glasses at a tennis tournament raffle drawing, so I washed off the dust and poured away.
I then set them in the fridge to firm. After dinner, we will add some cool whip and chocolate chips to make a Jack-O-Lantern. I have a third one for Tim, but it is in a random glass that doesn't match. LOL! I think he'll forgive us. :)
Was today successful? Absolutely! It gave both of us something to look forward to and it kept Caroline from being so bored at home. It was super easy to gather the materials for the craft. (I basically have a school store upstairs) but even if you don't, you probably have these materials in your house. I also pulled some "special" books off the shelves upstairs to read. Caroline loved having Mommy's "special" books read to her. And yes, if you are wondering...I LOVE smocked clothes and yes, we do play in them. Hey...we live in the South!
5- Reusable Bags $.99 ea- (5- Free PQ wyb General Mills Product)= FREE
Total OOP: $1.97
I didn't realize that the broth was so cheap with the $.50 MQ, so I will go back tomorrow and buy a few more. I love using broth in the winter for soups and stews (not to mention that I have already stocked up on the veggies). I also didn't realize that the Muir Glen was a small moneymaker until after my last post. I know it's only 11 cents extra, but hey, it adds up. :) I will be posting my next week's publix list on Wednesday.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
- Luigi's Real Italian Ice- After coupons= $.50
- Betty Crocker Potatoes- After coupons= FREE (internet Q's) Don't forget to use your Q for a free Publix reusable bag wyb 2 products from General Mills (expires 10/11)
- Swanson Broth- After coupons= About $.90
- Knorr Sides- After coupons= Free+++ (I only have one Q)
- Red Baron Pizza-After coupons= $1.90
So, not a great week, but it will help add to my stockpile. Since there aren't really any moneymakers out there, my total will be higher than usual. I'll just buy a couple boxes of the Luigi's, about 6 potatoes, 1 or 2 broth, 1 Knorr side, and 1 pizza.
What do you see at Publix that interests you?
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Starting next week, we will be having a schedule of art activities and discovery activities that I hope will entertain her. I am thinking that I will base my activities around her school's monthly theme to reinforce what she is learning. Her teacher provides us with a monthly calendar of events/activities for her classroom. This month is "Farm Animals and Sounds". I LOVE this unit (actually, there are few units that I don't love)! This weekend, I will pull thematic books off the shelf (I literally have my own library upstairs), gather my resource books and begin planning.
I'll post my weekly activity schedule this Sunday, so you can see what we will be up to in the Rose Garden. :) Stay tuned for pictures!!!
Now, what does this mean for me? I need to be more organized and learn to manage my time quite a bit better (no comments from you Tim! hahaha!). This is one of my many downfalls, time management and organization at home. Isn't it amazing how this was one of my strengths in the classroom, but I fail at it miserably at home??? I am going to create a schedule of daily activities for myself too. Yuck! Now, I will have to become accountable for my day. Stay tuned and I'll let you know what I am creating.
Do you have any ideas for teaching a thematic unit on Farm? I would love to hear any ideas! Also, do ya'll have a schedule for yourself to make the most of your day? How does it work for you? I want the good, bad, and the ugly!
9- Chex Mix $1.66 ea- (9- $.50 MQ doubled and 9- $1.00 TQ)= Free+++
1- Muir Glen $.89 ea- (1- $1.00 MQ)= Free+
18- Pillsbury Biscuits/Rolls $1.00 ea- (6- $1.00 MQ, 6- $.50/2 MQ and 18- $1.00 wyb Progresso)=
18- Progresso Soup $1.25 ea- (9- $.50/2 MQ doubled)=
4- Publix Reusable Bags $.99 ea- (4- Free PQ wyb General Mills)= Free
1- Milk- $2.49
1- Crunchpak Apples- $1.88
1- Sugar- $1.15
Green Beans- $.04
Used: $5/$25 Competitor Coupon AND $3.00/$30.00 Publix Coupon