Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Weekly Shopping

Some how most of my receipts went missing this week. I don't know why, but this week I just don't have it together. So this is as best as I can remember.
CVS - Oral B Toothbrushes - $2.99 with $2.00 ECB
Used BO GO Coupon and $0.75 Oral -B Coupon
Puffs $.97
CVS Shampoo and Conditioner Free - $0.99 x4 - $1.00 x4 coupons
The coupon machine keeps spitting -$1.00 coupons out at me.
Used $2.00 in ECB and paid $1.81 OOP
Got Back $2.00 in ECB

Target - Pillow - $2.57
Revlon Nail clipper - $1.57
Minus Target Pillow Coupon - $
Revlon Target Coupon - $1.00
I know my total was less than $3.00 but I don't know exact amount.

Walgreen's - First Order - Dentex - $2.00 -$1.00 Coupon = $1.00 plus tax
Second Order - Dove Conditioner - $4.00 - $1.50
Runts $1.00 (need for Bunko loser gift)
Used $2.00 RR from first Order
Paid $1.50 plus tax and got another $4.00 back.

Publix - Still not getting along with them, but I still like them better than any other store in my area.
My total was $54.64 (A Little High for Me)
Savings Summary -
Vendor Coupon - $21.98
Store Coupon - $2.00
Special Price Savings - $26.97

Tips on Tuesday

Today's tip isn't that ground breaking, but I think it maybe something people don't think about a lot.
Buy One Get One Free Items - Yes I know we all like BOGOs, but my tip is when you don't need both items split it the cost with someone and split the items.
Example - This past weekend Toys R Us had a sale on movies BOGO Free. Well, I have been wanting to see the Princes and the Frog and my mother wanted a copy of the same movie for at her house for my nephew and soon to be born niece to watch. Well, I had been looking for a really good deal on it and hadn't come across one that was good for both of us. But this Toys R Us sale worked out great.

Two Movies for $19.99 plus I had a $5.00 off coupon made the movies $14.99. Then my mom and I split the cost making them $7.50 plus tax each. You really can't beat that price for Disney DVD. Plus I'll end up doing the mail in rebates so in the end we will each pay $2.50 for the movie.
So next time you see a Buy One Get One Free or Buy One Get One Half Off and you don't need the second one think about someone you could use the other item and split the cost.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Menu Monday

Monday - Jambalaya
Tuesday - Chili Dogs and Tator Tots
Wednesday - Tacos - on the menu last week, but we didn't eat

Thursday - Sloppy Joe's and Tator Tots
Friday - Anniversary Dinner
Saturday - Easter Celebration

Sunday - Easter Celebration

Friday, March 26, 2010

Target Deals

Target price matches items. So I took my Toys R Us Advertisement with me and they price matched it. So each movie were $16.99 each then target gave me another $10.00 off. So my total for all of these items were $10.38 with $2.76 of that being tax. So I really don't think I did that bad.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Car Payments

Frugal Chick and I drive an Eleven year old Altima and a Ten year old Mountaineer respectively. These cars obviously will not last forever. It is our plan to save up and buy one newish car by December. To this end we have been saving money every month to make this purchase.

If your car is paid for that is $400 plus dollars a month that can be used to pay down a mortgage or to invest in an IRA or to do something fun. Frugal Chick has not had a car payment since 2006 and I have not had one since 2004. Neither one of us could ever imagine going back to having to make a monthly car payment. If you see a car as an A to B mobile then believe me you do not want a car payment. I love not having to make car payments and look forward to the day when I can purchase my next vehicle with cash.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

CVS 03-24-10

Well, it is that time again when allergies are in full bloom. So I was so glad that Zyrtec was on sale. This took three transactions.

First Order: Zyrtec - $18.99
- $3.00 Coupon
- $4.00 ECB
- $4.00 ECB
Total $9.89 plus I got back $7.00 in ECB

Second Order: Olay BodyWash 2/$12.00
-$1.00 Coupon
- $1.00 Coupon
- $ 7.00 ECB
Total $4.20 plus $5.00 back in ECB

Third Order: Glide Floss Picks $3.99
Colgate Toothpaste $3.99
- $0.75 coupon
- $1.00 coupon
- $5.00 ECB
Total - $2.03 plus $5.99 back in ECB

Some of you may be wondering how much I have left on the $100.00 gift card I purchased at the begining of the year. Well, it's $8.65. I haven't done as good as I would have liked but I'm still spending way less this year than last year. So I'm improving and that is all that counts. Right???

Monday, March 22, 2010

Publix 03-21-10

Tried a new Publix this week. It was a much better shopping trip. I didn't see much in the advertisment that I wanted so I ended up with mostly produce. I only used 3 coupons, and my total came to $40.10.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Menu Monday

I have been out with surgery since Thursday. So while I laid on the couch recovering I decided to look for new recipes and this is what I came up with...

Sunday - Pepperoni & Ravioli Supper, garlic bread and salad

Monday - Blue Cheese Turkey Burgers, baked beans, and corn

Tuesday - Chili-Lime Chicken, baked potatoes, and salad

Wednesday - Impossibly Easy Chicken & Broccoli Pie

Thursday - Left Overs

Friday - Eat Out

Saturday - Luau Tacos with Mexican Rice

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Tuesday Tips

This tip really isn't a tip to save money, but more like a tip to save you time. Sometimes I have a hard time deciding what I need to do next. So it was suggested to me to write down things I want to get done both fun and work related and pick one out each night and do that activity. I think that this will be a great way for me to do more than the regular activities each night. This way I become more productive which allows me more time to go looking for deals.

Menu Monday

Monday - Spaghetti

Tuesday - Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Corn

Wednesday - Popcorn Shrimp and Teriyaki Noodles

Thursday - Jambalaya

Friday - Dinner out

Friday, March 5, 2010

I will be taking a few days off. Maw, my grandmother, has passed away. I hope to be posting again sometime next week.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

CVS and Rite Aid

Rite Aid - Satin Care Shave gel - $1.99 - .55 coupon out of P&G from 2/07
Total out of pocket $1.44
Single Check Rebate - $1.00
Final Total $0.44

First Order -Power Bar Energy Packs $1.50. I couldn't find the coupon that some people have.
Softsoap $4.99 -$1.00 Coupon from All You Magazine
Used $5.00 in ECB
Total $1.14

Got Back ECB $4.00 & $1.50

Second Order - Schick Quattro 4ct Refill - $8.99
Used $4.00 off Coupon
Used $4.00 ECB
Total $1.89

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

How To use up Bread

Sorry for such a bad picture, but I was hungry and I had just warmed up my Pigs in a Blanket. And I was ready to eat! As you can tell I also burnt the cheese on one of the hot dogs.

Okay, when I was a kid we didn't eat that much bread at our house. I don't know why we just didn't. Now that I'm married we don't eat that much bread at my house. It seems to be a cycle.

So I learned from my mom, who would use up the bread by making pigs in a blankets. Most people use cresant rolls, but we used bread because it would use up what we already had. As you can see it is pretty simple. She would take a hot dog, a piece of cheese and lay them on the bread diagnoly. Then she would use toothpicks to keep the bread wrapped around the hot dog. She would heat them in the oven for about 20 min at 350. I loved this for supper!! It went great with Mac and Cheese. You should have seen it the first night I told Accounting Dude that we were going to have Pigs in a Blanket and I pulled out a half a loaf of bread so it didn't go to waste. He was a little skeptical, but now he loves them.

So my frugal tip would be - Don't let the bread go to waste. To borrow a line from Taco Bell think out side of the bun or crescent roll as the case may be.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Menu Monday

I totally forgot that it was Monday. So I forgot to have my plan ready. I can't believe it is March 1st already. I'm hoping that the cold weather will go away soon and that we will be able to do more grilling and having lighter food. You know summer food. Food to me goes in cycles, and I am almost at the end of this winter cycle. I can't wait to have fresh herbs and vegtables. I can just taste the tomatoes and peppers that we grow.

Monday - Guy's Night Out/Frugal Chick is on her own

Tuesday - Catfish Nuggets - we have some left and I would like to get them out of the freezer. I think we will have a Knorr side with them. I have a few to many since they were on sale.

Wednesday - BBQ Pulled Pork Baked Potatoes. I know that this was on the menu last week, but we didn't get around to eating it. So it was moved to this week.

Thursday - Girl's Night Out/ Accounting Dude is on his own

Friday - Eat Out and hopefully go see Alice in Wonderland

Saturday - Eat Out

Sunday - Slow Cooker Lasagna