I love couponing so much, I decided to become a teacher for Grocery Smarts.
I teach free classes and show you how to get everything you need at the grocery store and still leave $$$ in your pocket. I'll also teach you the best ways to get and organize your coupons. The best part of the class is when I show you how to match your current coupons up with the current local sales - getting the most bang for your buck!
March 31, 2009
I'm going to start by serving my family banana splits for breakfast (check out my previous post - I bought some supplies for breakfast).
I also want to get my kids involved. Because they are young I wanted them to have some fun. I am going to help them switch around my husbands clothes in his dresser drawers. My kids will think that's pretty funny.
And lastly, for dinner (I'm not sure what we'll be having yet), but I'm going to serve it in a non-traditional manner. They will not be allowed to eat off of regular plates and use silverware. We will be eating off of frisbees, pie tins, cookie sheets or whatever is handy and I will allow them to pick a utensil from the drawer that is not a fork, knife or spoon. It should be fun - I might need to provide bibs too. I think my kids will like this.
So what fun ideas do you have in store? I would love to hear your ideas.
Check out these sites for more fun ideas.
These are the deals I got at Albertson's last night.
6 boxes of Post Honey Bunches of Oats (different flavors)
*I made this my first purchase. You can buy either 5 or 6 boxes and get a $5.00 catalina (register coupon) back. I chose to buy 6 boxes because the coupon associated with it was for the purchase of 2 boxes). I paid $6.70 for these 6 boxes and got a $5.00 catalina back, which I applied to the rest of my purchases)*
1 loaf of Grandma Sycamore bread
1 bag Chips Ahoy
1 box of Ritz crackers
1 box of Chicken in a bisket crackers
2 cans of Campbell's vegetable soup
2 bags of Hershey's Easter candy
1 dozen eggs
2 plastic bowls (red/blue)
1 gallon of Albertson's OJ
1 bottle of Coke
1 container of Albertson's sour cream
1 bag of Santita's corn chips
3 bottles of Snuggle fabric softner (I had 3, $2.00 coupons - printables are online at this link)
5 boxes of Nabisco 100 calorie treats
2 half gallons of Breyer's ice cream (vanilla bean and waffle cone - my new favorite flavor!)
1 bottle of Smuckers magic shell
1 bunch of banana's
I paid a total of $51.96 for my groceries. I saved $72.03. I paid about $1.29 per item (total items 35).
If you haven't already heard or read somewhere, Albertson's is no longer taking competitor's coupons. I'm very sad because of this, but am pleased to see more double coupon offers as well as discounts on gas purchases when I shop there. I guess these other benefits are still pretty good.
Please remember if you'd like to share some of your shopping successes, I'd love to post them!
March 25, 2009
It cost $25 to have him come out (this will show up on my Questar bill), but if we do the recommendations he suggested, the $25 gets reimbursed. If you'd like to schedule an energy audit you can visit Thermwise or call 800-695-7375. The website will also give you more information in what is included in an energy audit. My appointment was scheduled for 2 hours.
March 24, 2009
March 16, 2009
1 bag Dole lettuce
2 bundles of asparagus (YUM - one of my favorites)
2 pkgs of Q-tips (unfortunatley, this was the wrong size on the ad - I should have read it better)
3 Colgate toothpastes
2 pkgs of Stayfree pads
2 Johnson & Johnson Buddie bars (love to get these free - I don't think I've ever paid for one)
3 boxes of Eggo Waffles
1 bag of Cheetos
2 bags of Doritos
2 loaves of Grandma Sycamore's bread
2 pkgs of Kroger Chipmate cookies
1 bag of Kroger english muffins
I paid $82.62 (I thought I had 30 items in order to save $15, but only had 26 items, so I saved $10 instead) and saved $46.23 (THAT'S A 45% SAVINGS!!!!)
The best part of this trip was because I went so late, the Smith's only had their self checkouts open. As I was waiting for help with my coupons at the end, I noticed dozens of catalina coupons that had not been taken. Several people (while I was scanning my items) just checked out and left the coupons hanging from the machine. I asked the attendant if it was okay to take them and he said yes. So now I have a bunch of catalina coupons I can use in the future. SWEET!
March 10, 2009
Once we got the chicken in the bottles we put it in the pressure cooker. We had a few hiccups along the way. We got the water boiling, but steam was coming out of the lid, so I touched a small black rubber stopper that was on top of the lid and it fell into the pot. We had to stop everything and fish it out. So then we got started again and again steam was escaping from the lid. As we unfastened the lid we realized the gasket/seal had torn - meaning that we needed a new gasket in order to proceed. So we called Kitchen Kneads (it was 3:45 pm on Saturday) praying that they were still open so we could run and get one. Luckily they were open until 5:00 pm so I rushed back to finish the job. As we took the lid off the second time the lids on the bottles began to seal. We had to unseal all the bottles and start over.
So the third time was the charm. We finally had a tight seal and we able to get the pressure to 15 lbs. We fit 16 bottles in the first batch and cooked it for an hour and 15 minutes. We did a second batch with an additional 7 bottles. If you decide to use quart bottles (will hold 2 lbs of chicken - each, you need to cook them for 90 minutes at 15 lbs of pressure).
March 9, 2009
Okay, so here's what I have to do now. I'm supposed to list 7 things I love and then pass this on to 7 other bloggers out there.
March 7, 2009
Decal of your favorite Chevy NASCAR driver
Dellalo Tote Bag (Eat Olives)
Flexitol Therapeutics (Laderma)
Bone Health Challenge Kit (Sally Fields)
Hylands Leg Cramps sample with Quinine
California Pizza Kitchen - Kids Birthday club signup (free meal)
Free Total Cranberry Crunch sample
Natural Persimmon Tea sample
Free Diet Dr. Pepper (20 oz or 2 ltr bottle - still good)
Cream of Wheat sample
Free Spot Remover from Steam-A-Way
The Hinckley (2 DVD's Journey to the Promised Land and Trek West - Living Scriptures)
Some more fun samples and freebies. I always like getting fun packages in the mail and they're even better when they come with coupons. I hope you like them too.
March 6, 2009
I have personally only had a couple of massages in my whole life, but truly did enjoy every minute of them.
There are a couple of reasons that I don't get massages very often - so here goes:
1 - The massages I've recieved in the past have always been given to me as gifts (yeah - where did those friends and relatives go?????)
2 - I decided 2 years ago to quit my full time job and be a SAHM (stay at home mom) - finding time for myself has not been my biggest priority - even though I would like to find that time and my sanity again. (I could definatley fit a massage in sometime between picking up and dropping off at school, laundry, cleaning house, napping children, blogging, doing dishes and making three meals a day....I would make the time - trust me =8 )
3 - I guess now that I'm trying to find ways to cut back and I usually have a coupon for everything - I've just been too frugal to pamper myself like this (do they have these kind of coupons in the Sunday paper LOL!!!)
4 - Okay ladies (and gents - if there are any reading this) - lets be honest......it's a little weird to get undressed to have a massage. I'm only speaking from my point of view, but when you have a little weight issue (like I do), exposing any part of my body does not build my confidence. Don't get me wrong - the massages I've had have totally been worth it and I've never felt compromised, but lets face it.....the initial undressing part is a little akward - ya'all know what I mean.....
Based off of what my current blog represents - I think I would be the greatest blogger for Sego Lily - I guess we'll see.......
So.....if any of you are interested in:
1 spa treatment a month
24 of Sego Lily Day Spa's most luxurious treatments (valued at $3000)
Here's what you've got to do:
Blog about why you should be the the Sego Lily blogger of the year.
Enter by April 6th
Reply to their email
Make sure to check our their link (Sego Lily Day Spa) for all the details.
Wish me luck....I think anyone that would win this kind of spa treatment will be one lucky blogger.
March 5, 2009
2 bottles of Dawn
4 canning lids (2 regular, 2 large - I'm going to try bottling chicken this week - wish me luck, no coupon)
2 boxes Fruit Loops
3 boxes of Rice Krispies
1 box Cheerios (Free)
1 bottle of Tide
4 bags of Russell Stovers chocolates (this worked out that I bought one bag and got the other 3 free)
1 pkg of croutons (no coupon)
1 quart of Darigold half and half
1 bottle of Baco's (no coupon)
2 pkgs of mini Butterfingers (in-store coupons $.88 each)
2 bags of Albertson's parmesan cheese
1 block of Albertson's swiss cheese
1 pkg of mushrooms
1 coke (my treat - no coupon)
1 pkg eggs (no coupon)
5 cans Pringles
2 pkgs of Bar J hot dogs (no coupon)
5 boxes of Band-Aids
8 boxes of Kellog's Fruit Snacks
6 Yoplait Yogurts
1 Gillette body wash
1, 2 ltr Diet Dr. Pepper (Free)
2 Minute Maid orange juices
2 Loreal Kids shampoo/conditioner
5 bags Quaker Quakes
1 box Progresso Panko bread crumbs (no coupon)
5 boxes of Crest toothpaste
1 pkg of shallots (no coupon)
1 bag Cadbury eggs (I wish they had these all year - no coupon)
I had $23.50 from a previous sale to use towards my shopping trip. In total I paid $108.92 for 77 items. This made each item approximately $1.41. I SAVED $131.17 - I even impressed myself, that's more than a 50% savings.
I also got some rainchecks for Frosted Flakes and more Gillette body wash.
When I teach classes I like to play a game at the end. Many of the items you see me buy, often come with me as giveaways for the game. Just remember - it's a free class (about an hour long), common sense organization of coupons, introduction to a free website that helps you use your coupons, games and a hostess gift. If this sounds like something you'd like to do, call me at 801-589-3946 (you host the class and I'll come to you).
One last thing - I bought the bread crumbs, shallots, half and half, swiss cheese, parmesan cheese and mushrooms for a soup that I wanted to make tonight. I saw it on Studio 5 - click on this link for the recipe for Chicken Artichoke soup. I'll let you know how it turned out.
UPDATE on Soup: The soup was really good in my opinion. If you watched the video clip, I probably wouldn't add too many bread crumbs at a time - they turn mushy before I could finish my soup. I would just keep adding bread crumbs as you need them. Also, I could not find the cremini mushrooms at the Albertson's I went to. I just used regular white mushrooms - not sure if that would have changed the taste or not. I would give this soup 4 out of 5 stars.
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