And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sorry! I ahve been so long!!! Doing MUCH BETTER!!!!

Wow, I didn't know it had been the end of March since I last posted.....That was about the time I just got blah....and blaher! (TRUE technial terms!!!)

I am doing MUCH BETTER now, after 3 days in ICU and a few more in the hospital....I am home now...and after my check up yesterday....DOING GREAT!!!!! I don't have to go back unless there is a problem until May 20th.....I do have to stay on all the medications (WOW~~~~~ I am on 3 inhalers and 2 steroids!!!!! I am GOING NUTS!!!!!! Bo said that proves I am better...I am crazy again!!!!!)
My mind is going in 10,0000 different directons and no true goal in mind for any of those destinations!!!!! I was told this is what people with true ADHD are like......THANK YOU LORD I am not like this all the time.....and how do those poor people function.......I am used to my mind WORKING LIKE CLOCK WORK!!!! SO until this medication thing calms down.....THERE IS NO TELLING WHAT YOU MIGHT READ!!!!

Poor Brother Darrel probably thinks I am TRULY crazy because I started taking about Ronald Reagan's Bedtime for Bonzo movie (there was a point......right when I brought it up....he had to I know he was like....she is nuts I'm outta here!!!!
But we were talking about how your brain recharges and "studies" itself while you are asleep......The movie was about a chimp that they made listen to records in his sleep and could function and do what it said the next day!!! So see it did relate,,,,just in a Scary way!!!

I was told again I am a SNAPDRAGON!!! 1/2 has snapped and the other 1/2 is draggin!!

Thanks so much for the thoughts and prayers....hopefully I will be back FULL force next week!!!!

Thanks again

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


This sale going now is good until APRIL 3 they will be closed April 4 EASTER , the next ad comes up MONDAY APRIL 5........SO you have some more days to do this ad......and get ready for the next ad!!
I know the holidays are like this....I forgot!!! I was trying to decide when I was going to go and how to do this coming week....NOW I DON"T have to worry about it!!!
I can go on the 13th (due to budget)and still get in on the sale!!!

I do know Northland juice will be coming up!!! We love the Pomegranate and Blueberry!!!! it is to die for!!

Happy Saving

Friday, March 26, 2010

Ideas for things to do this weekend!!! FREE!!!!

Hey sorry I have not posted in awhile.....I had a dog bite to my hand...I am fine....but I did not realize how much you use your pinky finger....UNTIL you can't use it!!!

I saw this on the Prattville Things to do calendar!!!

FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE!!! HERE TONIGHT!!!!! They are doing Planet 51
We(Bo, myself, and Carol Beth went to one last was FUN)
We took our lawn chairs,(you can do a blanket also!), picnic, already popped popcorn.....WE DID NOT SPEND ONE DIME and had a blast.....
We went during the summer...I don't know how cold it will be for this one!!!
Just watch where you "set" up....we did have an ant problem!!!! But we just moved and it was solved....GET THERE EARLY!!!!! There was a TON of people when we went (We saw Tale of Despereaux) there were kids playing ball and running on the side field before the movie get there early to get your spot (for a good one) eat your and play and then settle in for the movie....
Also there is the air show this weekend FREE and fun if you have never been....we went one time and it was in I think like JUNE (HOT, wow it is hot on an airstrip!)
This is at Maxwell Air Base WAY COOL

Ok I think that's it!
Hopefully I will be "back" to speed next week!
Happy Saving

Friday, March 19, 2010

Honey Glazed Chicken

Here is the recipe I had promised for chicken using Honey (on sale this week Publix $1.99 I can't get the coupon link to work, supposedly there is a $1.00 coupon out there, check Southern Savers or I Heart Publix)

Honey Glazed Chicken

3 lbs. chicken parts (we use what ever we have....DRUMSTICKS )
1/4 c. margarine
2 TBSP. Soy Sauce
1/2 c. HONEY

Place chicken in a GREASED 9x13x2 inch pan.....Melt remaining ingredients together..pour over chicken....Bake UNCOVERED 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours (this long bake time allows the sauce to caramelize and glaze the chicken) TURN chicken and baste with juices every 20 min.....serve with rice or pasta

Happy Savings

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Count Blessings Moment

I know this has NOTHING to do with couponing, saving, any of that.....but
Be grateful for ALL Blessings you have....even the simple everyday routine things....
I need to clean the bathrooms, do laundry, sweep and normal routine...
I also need to teach my children....
I am SOOOO GRATEFUL to be blessed that I can be home to do all these things...that we have a home for me to clean.....that I am blessed with great children to teach....
I get in "wallowing" moods sometimes.....last night the kids had "Bible Drills" at hit me again how Carol Beth is SOOOOOOO DIFFERENT from others....I got to thinking, again, about how she will probably NEVER "BE" Like everyone else....
It really depressed me to know...she will never "do" prom, never date, never get married, never have children, and even something so simple and "easy" as participating in group activities.....
BUT THEN THE LORD spoke to my heart and told me "yes" she might not do those things....but look at all the things she does do.....She has given me the gift of patience, she has given our whole family the opportunity to learn compassion, she can light up a room when she laughs, she has a talent for art, she LOVES to read....she has gone through a phase of reading Shakespeare!!! She is wonderful with animals...she is willing to help with those routine chores.....She is a TRUE BLESSING...I need that moment with God to remember these things sometimes....
I also need to remember the next time I complain about having to do laundry, or cook a meal, or clean blessed we truly are....there are some people that can't afford any of these "luxuries" in life....the poor people in Haiti...have no house to clean....there are homeless people even here where we are.... I think of this as I get my box to donate for this month together....that tube of toothpaste, stick of deodorant, cans of food, little things we have a "ton" of, can be such a blessing to someone! We will take our box one day next week, Carol Beth will be with me showing me the blessing of her having a "giving heart"....So she is pretty AWESOME!!!
Happy Saving

Winn Dixie things of interest.....March 17-23

Buy One Get One
Kelllogg’s Fruit Snacks, 4.2-10.8 oz, at $2.99 ($1.49)
-$1 off Kellogg’s Fruit Snacks, printable
Kellogg’s Pop Tarts, 12 ct, $2.50 ($1.25)
-$1/3 Kellogg’s Pop Tarts 8 ct, RP 2/07
Kool-Aid, 10-12 ct Singles or 8 qt, at $3.79 ($1.89)
-$1/2 Country Time, Kool-Aid or Tang, any tearpad
Country Time, 10-12 ct Singles or 8 qt, at $3.79 ($1.89)
-$1/2 Country Time, Kool-Aid or Tang, any tearpad
Neutra Air Fresh or Morning Dew Aerosol, 10 oz, at $4.59 ($2.29)
-$1.50 off Lysol Neutra Air, SS 3/7 (makes it 29¢)
-$1 off Lysol Spray printable
Colgate Toothpaste, 6.4 oz, at $3.39 ($1.69)
-$1 off Colgate Max Fresh Toothpaste, January All You
-.75/1 Colgate Toothpaste SS 2/21

Also I noticed that they have cantelope for .99 cents!!! Publix is $1.97 ( I got mine at Publix, used my $1.00 off produce coupon from the Taco Bell deal..)
But if you have not gone yet, and need to stop by Winn Dixie anyway, you might want to check this out....and get some other produce that you need from Publix with you coupons......I ALWAYS stick with produce that is on sale.....if apples are on sale, we eat apples not bananas....We will eat bananas when ever they come back around on sale.....I know it seems "stupid" to figure it's just a few pennies here and there....but those pennies add up...and when you are counting everyone....IT REALLY ADDS UP...Plus I just can't make myself pay .79lb for bananas that around Christmas I paid .33lb. for.....
They also have alot of meat BOGO if you need it......we are REALLY well stocked in this catagory right now.......Brian had made the comment, if I got anything else that needed to go into a freezer....WE WOULD HAVE TO GET ANOTHER FREEZER!!! So that let's me know we are good to go in that department....
Thanks Jenny at Southern Savers!
Happy Saving

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Publix plans this week, for us

Hey! I am trying to get my list together and coupons rounded up.....
We really don't need much this time....THANK GOODNESS!! Isn't it wonderful when you get to the "DON'T NEED POINT!"

I do see some really great deals we are going to get though

Kingsford Charcoal Matchlight 7.99 for the 12.5 lb.
I have the $2.00 of Kingsford coupon out of the "Race" booklet from Publix
I also have a $2.00 off any meat if you buy Kingsford charcoal that came out of the Smart Source insert....not sure of the date....NOW the regular kind of charcoal is probably cheaper.....but the meat coupon states buy 16lb. bag reg.(which I am not sure of the price....I need to find my best deal) OR 12.5lb. Matchlight.....and that is the kind on sale....
So I will be grabbing some charcoal.....and find SOME form of meat for $2.00....I wonder if my hot dogs would count!!!! I just thought of that...... Oscar Mayer Franks are BOGO!! at $2.99 minus the $2.00 off....thats .99 cents for 2 packs of HOT DOGS!!!! Carol Beth will be in HEAVEN!!!

Also the Taco Bell Dinner kits are BOGO at $2.69 and that Produce coupon I told ya'll about that takes $1.00 off produce if you buy 2 Taco Bell products.....I MIGHT SPLURGE and get a tomato!!! Yes that is singular....HAVE YOU SEEN THE PRICE OF TOMATOES!!! Of course I have all those canned ones ....and a TON of I will probably get CANTALOUPE!!! YUMM they are $1.97 each minus my $1.00 coupon so .97 for cantaloupe.....and then some celery .99 so FREE

The Lance crackers are BOGO and the "Race" booklet has a $1/2 coupon will make 2 $1.89 Bo loves the Cheese PB crackers to go in his lunch.....I found out one time he paid $1.23 for 1 pack at a gas station!!!!! I could have rung his neck!!!! so I will get 2 of these....I wish I had another coupon booklet.....I wonder if they have any more........THESE EXPIRE MARCH 20th!!!! But I have found they will take them a few days after expiration........but I am going to go ahead and get them!
Sue Bee honey (can't get that stupid coupon!! so I might not get this)
I might get 1 Pepperidge Farm Cake and 1 Blue Bell ice cream....Becca's Birthday is the 29th of this BABY will be SWEET 16!!!! GOODNESS GRACIOUS I AM OLD
Cottonelle Toilet Paper (we still have 5 12 packs in the "stash" so to speak...but I have $1.00 off man. out of the All You.....and a $2.00 off CVS $3.99 for a 12 out .33 a roll.....I will go ahead and get this....I am NOT running out of TP and then have to pay full price!!! Been there done that.....we had to get John Wayne toilet paper....You know....Rough and Tough and don't take no stuff off nobody!!! I won't do that again!!!

Thats about it that we need!!! We have cheese, meat, food...snacks.....I am glad to have a SLOW WEEK!!!! I have not seen the Piggly Wiggly ad yet....or Winn Dixie....I will post any GREAT deals I find from there when I get the ad......Bo will bring the paper this afternoon.....

Happy Saving

Monday, March 15, 2010


BO and I had errands we had to run Sat....we ran in Sam's to get buns and sugar (the few things we still get there.....the sugar works out .50 cents a pound if you get the 50 pound bag, we keep it in a large rubbermaid container....
While we were there we found the WHOLE PORK LOINS..these are the TRUE WHOLE ones they are HUGE!!!...are you ready for this....
$1.87 a pound!!!!!
we got for $10.48 and one for $10.63

you cut off the ends (as large as you want your "roast" part) then slice the middle into boneless porkchops!!!
Out of the 2 we bought we got 4 roast and 21 boneless pork chops!!!!
that is 7 MEALS!!! really maybe a few more if I have leftovers from the roast!!!
I put one on in the crockpot yesterday morning so when we came home from church....LUNCH WAS READY!!!
It was SOOOOOO GOOD and tender!!! it just melted in your mouth!!!I was hoping to have some left from this one......THEY PLOWED THROUGH IT!!!! of course we fed 4 TEENAGERS!!! so that will put a dent in some food!!! Well, I guess 3 teens(Carol Beth didn't eat this) and Bo and myself

The last time they had them on sale like this we only bought one....and kicked ourselves for not "stocking" this time we did buy 2.....I would have gotten more.....but our budget is squeaking this week....
BO had to have work done on his truck....(it wound up a little more than we had planned and had saved for....but we just took some out of the grocery budget and "GOTTERDONE", I am glad too....the guy showed us the part that was replaced....BO COULD HAVE wrecked at any time!!! It was the ball joints on the front????? Sure enough it was BARELY HANGING ON!!! So we got that done just in time and the Lord was looking out for him!!

Happy Saving

Items of note for Publix deals

I noticed that the upcoming sale....
Taco Bell Original Dinner Kits are going to be BOGO $2.69
and there is a $1.00 off produce coupon when you buy 2 Taco Bell products HERE

I see Mexican Night!!! and with the Publix Brand Tortilla chips that was the penny item last week.......
I got a head of lettuce last week for $ this week (if they are still around that price.....49 cents! for a head of lettuce!)
and they also have ASPARAGUS $1.99lb!!!! $1.00 off= .99 lb!!!
or Radaishes 16 oz. .99cents! FREE
or celery .99! FREE!!
You can print 2 of the produce coupons!!
Buy 4 boxes of taco kits ($5.38total works out $1.39 each and figure out how to get CHEAP of free produce!)

Split Chicken Breast – $1.69/lb WOW!!!! Maybe we won't have to just have drumsticks!!! I got drumsticks BOGO family packs at Piggly Wiggly this past week ($4.38 for 28 drumsticks!!!) That is 4 meals for our family....we go on the 1 PER PERSON mom usually comes for supper, the 5 of us...and my nephew is living with my mom now....he is here most of the time 7 people!
The drumsticks work out $1.09 A MEAL or .15 a person!!! WE WILL EAT DRUMSTICKS!!

Sue Bee Honey – 12 oz bot – $1.99
-$1/1 PRINT

this is a great deal!! I stock up on honey when I can,,,I have a STICKY CHICKEN recipe I will post later that is AWESOME!!! you use honey and soy sauce!!!(I got CHEAP with those BOGO coupons awhile back....have been WAITING on the honey!!! STICKY CHICKEN on the menu coming up!!!)


Wow I was getting spoiled by seeing the ad on Monday afternoons......
I am TOOOOO EXCITED!!! I have not even "looked" at it yet....does this make me crazy??? Or I need something better to do with my time.......NAHHHH, not after this past weeks deals!!! I am still excited about our free toothbrushes!!! Everytime I brush my teeth now I just giggle!!!!

HERE is the ad.....THANKS I HEART PUBLIX!!!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010


There will be 1 Smart Source and 1 RED PLUM




When we had DISH we had gotten this offer once....WE NOW have cable through HAYNEVILLE TELEPHONE CO. AND LOVE IT!!!!!

to get your FREE offer
NEED to order movies BEFORE MARCH 31st!!!!


Hope Yall Enjoy a movie night with your family!
Happy Saving

New Menu Blog Ideas for Publix Sales!

Hey I love seeing all the different blogs on what to do with the sale items, to make meals for my family!
HERE is another one I have found it is REALLY GREAT!
I am going to try some of the recipes they sound easy and wonderful.....something different!

Winn Dixie has the ORAL B ADVANTAGE toothbrushes on sale BOGO....the other week in the P&G we got a BOGO coupon......FREE TOOTHBRUSHES!!!! Luckily I had bought 3 papers that week.....I got 6 free toothbrushes!!! Which we really needed.... These would be great to go in your Easter Baskets!!!! I know give them candy.....and a toothbrush!!!

I usually don't post on the weekends.......but...........HEY!

Happy Saving

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Flat Out Bread....

Publix has their FLAT OUT BREAD WRAPS BOGO!!!
Flatout Bread BOGO $2.89
Use $1/2 from Healthy Meals Healthy Kids
It works out .95 cents each!
THEY ARE TO DIE FOR!!! I don't like alot of BREAD with my sandwich....kwim....I usually make our own bread....but for a change....I love these
I see Tuna salad wraps for me and Becca (free tuna from the other week.....
also with the great deals we have had on lunchmeat...)
These also make GREAT PIZZA's!!!
You can also use them instead of tortillas if need be....but with the Mission Coupons I had posted about....I will not "waste" the wraps for that.....
This will make a great lunch for us one day this next week....

ALSO here is a GREAT sounding recipe from Publix Penny Pincher

Piggly Wiggly????

Ok. I have only done the Piggly Wiggly in Greenville ONE time...boy that sounds real COUNTRY dosen't it.....WE'RE GOING TO THE PIGGLY WIGGLY IN GREENVILLE! (Ya'll should be able to hear the SOUTHERN DRAWL that is going on in my head with this one!)

Anyway, the one in Greenville is actually NICE!!! CLEAN!!!! I have a thing about dirty stores...I'm sorry,I WILL NOT BUY FOOD FROM A DIRTY GROCERY STORE!!!!!I REFUSE TO do Walmart on ANN St.(I went to it maybe 3 times since it has been many years now....When it FIRST opened, I mean the FIRST WEEKI went in and it was AWFUL!!!! FILTHY!!! The last time Brian was with me and you could SMELL rotting ground beef FROM ACROSS THE AISLE!!!!
He begged me NOT TO BUY food there....I told him NO PROBLEM....We left right then without buying ANYTHING.....AND HAVE NOT BEEN BACK SINCE!!!

Ok. Piggly Wiggly (sorry about the detour)
In Prattville, it is RIGHT across from Winn Dixie...and the new CVS is right there!
I usually only do Winn Dixie and Publix....I only go to drug stores maybe once a month if it is a REAL GOOD DEAL....I don't go after every deal...every store I would go crazy....and Bo says I should already have my own warning label.....
Sun liquid laundry detergent, 45.5-55 oz., BOGO, save $3.19 **

-$0.50/1; $.75/1 Sun Detergent or Cuddle Soft Liquid Fabric Softener, 02/14/2010 RP *Makes it as low as $.59 each.

Fresh ground chuck, family pack, $1.99/lb
Angus beef boneless shoulder roast, family pack, $1.99/lb.
(we raise our own beef, so this in a non issue for us....but a great price if you need it)

Colorado premium corned beef brisket, $1.99/lb. I just noticed this one!!!! If it is the flat cut I am so there!!!! If it is point cut....I will get it at Publix $2.99Lb.....YES IT IS THAT BIG of a difference in the cut!!! Read my post below!!

What to do with Granola???

Ok if you noticed that granola is on sale pretty cheap this week.....and don't know what to do with it......(we didn't like it as a cereal....)
I will buy the big tubs of yogurt (cheaper than the individual containers ,if not on sale with coupons) and mix the granola up in it.....they love gives you that crunch factor!! and adds great flavor....The Publix brand is GREAT and only $1.69 I will put in little rubbermaid containers if it needs to be packed for lunch.....
Also the granola is good to top muffins with! If you have some of that muffin mix or even cake mix.....when they are about half way done with the granola it makes a Strudel type topping! For the cake mix, we do up cupcakes and top with need to add icing...and it is a Health option...(don't tell my kids!)

I see Corned Beef and Cabbage in our future!! I love this...
Corned Beef is EASY!!! Just throw in a big dutch oven cover with water (add the spice mix that comes with it and boil about 3 hours!! Easy Peasy!)
I have also done it in the crock in crock pot add cover with water cook on low 8 hours waaalaaaa DONE
The important thing to remember on Corned Beef, cut against the grain!!! There are two cuts on corned beef, flat and point, BUY THE FLAT....
In fact that is what is on sale at Publix this week.....It has less fat than the point cut....and is just all around better!
I don't cook our cabbage in with the corned beef (just our preference)I take some bacon grease(not much) cut the cabbage mix in a LARGE skillet...cook on med. heat covered....STIR often.....if needed add a little water (NOT MUCH)
The cabbage has ALOT of moisture in it,,,it will make its own liquid....and I let it cook the last 30-40 min. that my corned beef is finishing up.....I add sugar to our cabbage when it is almost done....
This makes a good, easy meal! I will do HOECAKES to go with it....stone ground cornmeal.(NOT A CORNMEAL MIX!!! JUST A GOOD STONEGROUND MEAL)..add some water....make it about pancake consistency...a smidgen of salt (believe me you will know if you don't add the salt!)fry in a little grease (I use my Grandma's BLACK IRON SKILLET...) fry like pancakes!! Drain on scott towel.....I can eat my weight in these things!!! My Grandmother (she raised us, and bless her soul, she lived to be 100)called it WaterBread (I learned how to cook from her....ask me about homemade chicken and dumplings!!!In fact I have her GLASS ROLLING put icewater in it!!!I will post this recipe one is UNBELIEVABLE!!!!)

There are some things of note at WinnDixie this week!!
The Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls and Grands Biscuits are on sale for $1.00!!!
With coupons it will make them a GREAT STOCK UP PRICE!!!
For the Cinnamon Rolls I have .40/2 and the biscuits .40/3
THESE WILL DOUBLE....So my cinnamon rolls will windup .60 EACH and biscuits .74 each!!! I am planning on getting 6 cinnamon rolls and 9 biscuits (I have three of each coupon)
Also the Oral B toothbrushes are BOGO and we have a BOGO coupon that came out March 7
(I am shocked we got this one...usually the REALLY GOOD ONES aren't in our paper!)
So I am getting 6 FREE!!! We all need a new toothbrush around here!!
Has any one tried the Savannah Classic Hushpuppies??? They are BOGO at Winn Dixie also....and I have some shrimp and fish from the past Publix sale still in my freezer....I see a seafood night!
If you need cooking soups...(cream of mushroom....i.e.) Winn Dixie has them for $1.00 (Campbells) and there was a printable for $1.00 off 4 so they will be .74 each (not the best price...but if you are out and need some this is the best deal I see out there right now)(I you know of somewhere better...PLEASE let me know,,,,our stash from the holidays is now GONE!!!)

Hope these ideas and thoughts help
Happy Saving

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Hey ya'll I'm still here!

Ok sorry I have not posted since Friday.....went dress shopping with Becca...we had a ball!!! NO COUPONS (I told her I was not going to "do deals" it was her day....and it took ALL DAY!!!) WE FOUND A DRESS!!! DAVID'S Bridal THANK YOU LaVonne!!! She treated Becca like a princess....that place was PACKED!!! So many ladies trying on wedding gowns!!! They were gorgeous!!! I know to start saving now for Becca's wedding!!!
We had gravel brought in Monday, for our driveway (they were supposed to bring it Mon. morning.....Bo took off work....THE TRUCK DID NOT COME UNTIL 2:30!!!! We were out with flashlights last night while he was trying to spread it!!! We finally quit when Becca almost got hit by the box blade!!!
Brian finished it this morning.....IT LOOKS GREAT!!!! He did a FANTASTIC JOB!!! THANK YOU BRIAN!!!
Life has just taken over at our household.......Algebra is going to be the death of me!!!! THANK THE LORD THIS IS MY LAST TIME TEACHING THIS!!!!!!!

The new list is up on I Heart Publix!!! I am going to stock up on corned beef!!! It only goes on sale 1 time a year!!!! I will freeze them!!! Then come June and we want corned beef.....BOOYAHHH there it is!!!

Have yall seen any new coupon books that have been "talked" about on the different sites??? I am going tomorrow.....maybe....depends on weather and Becca has an appt. with the orthodontist....she has to see him before the oral surgeon.......she has a permanent tooth still up in her gum line!!! They are going to have to do surgery to get it down where it is supposed to be.....(IT WILL BE AFTER THE PROM that we have that done!!! I would not do that to her!)
We also have to pick up her prom ticket!!! SO I might go tomorrow or Friday....Carol Beth has art....TWO trips to Prattville this week!!

Happy Saving

Friday, March 5, 2010


Deal Alert! Kmart Super Doubles is coming!
This posted on Two Thrifty Sisters

"Okay, well this is a big news item if you're lucky enough to have this Super Double event at your Kmart location. Kmart is planning to have their next double coupon event April 4-10. I went ahead and called our store in Athens, AL, and they had not heard that they will be participating. Cross your fingers that they will!

Anyway, if you've never gone to Kmart during one of these sales, you're in for a treat. They will double coupons up to $2, resulting in lots of free/super-cheap items. You'll want to plan ahead and get all your coupons together. Luckily, there are lots of great shoppers who keep updated lists of how cheap you can get your items and what coupons are out there. So, we'll try to provide you links in the near future of all the great resources. To locate your nearest Kmart to ask if they will be participating, click here. Please leave a comment with your location if your Kmart will be holding the event. Thanks!

The biggest drawbacks are that you might get a headache from the cashiers or give a headache to the customers behind you. So hopefully, this event will go smoother than events in the past. Also, I think in the past you were able to use 10 coupons, and it looks like you'll be able to only use 5 per customer per day. Yes, I know, very annoying."

Here's some more corporate info from an email from Kmart that Short On Cents received:
Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you for your recent correspondence. We are always interested in hearing from our customers. We appreciate your interest in our double coupon event. This event is for select participating Kmart locations from 04/04/10 to 04/10/10.
The rules for this event are:
-Manufacturer Coupons up to and including $2 Value are doubled up to $2 no matter what the retail price of a single item is
-Does not include Kmart Store Coupons
-Does not include Kmart Pharmacy Store Coupons
-Limit 5 total coupons per customer per day
Retail Customer Care, Sears Holdings Corporation

I have hear people from up north talking about Kmart super double coupon sales BUT HAVE NEVER SEEN ONE HERE!!! I am excited!!!!

Egg McMuffins and Breakfast Burritos!!!

Ok I used to do these up once a month.....EVERY month!!! I have not done them in awhile.....but with the English Muffins on sale BOGO at Publix....I decided to "splurge"...
This makes a REALLY fast breakfast!!!!
I will get out my griddle and toast up all of my (12, 2 packages) english muffins at once, then I cook bacon or sausage patties (I usually do 6 each), then you fry your eggs....ON THE SAME GRIDDLE! That way I only have 1 cleanup!!!
Then assembly.....put them together like you would....1egg, 1 piece of bacon or sausage....(you can do sliced cheese....mine don't like it that way), put your top on (I mean the muffin!) and then wrap individually in scott towel, put in a large ziploc bag,I can usually get 6 in a gallon size bag....freeze flat(I will place on cookie sheet to get them frozen good) MAKE SURE TO MARK YOUR BAG!!!! NAME and DATE DONE!!! Then when we need a fast breakfast.....take out 1 LEAVE IN THE SCOTT TOWEL!!!!!! put on plate, place in microwave 1 min. to 1min. 30 seconds......THESE ARE FABULOUS!!!!

Breakfast Burritos
12 eggs beaten
1 lb. sausage or bacon COOKED( again I use some of each to have some bacon some sausage)
2 cups shredded cheese
24 flour tortillas
You can also add bellpepper, onion, whatever else you want!
Scramble eggs, cook until done.......Warm tortillas in microwave 20-30 seconds or until warm and can roll easy.....Place some egg and meat on tortilla, top with cheese...Wrap up like a burrito....wrap individually in scott towel and FREEZE..BAG up in freezer bags (AGAIN make sure to label the bag)
When ready to eat.....PLACE in microwave IN SCOTT TOWEL.....cook about 2 minutes!!!
My family loves these!! and it is something that Bo can "grab and eat" as he heads to work!!!
You can usually find tortilla coupons here

and like I said english muffins are BOGO this week!!! and with the cheese deal (for the burritos.....I know they want cheese on them but not the mcmuffins!!! go figure!)

Brian had his Police Academy interview today (ya'll PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM!!), he ate an egg mcmuffin before he left! So this should hold him as far as food goes.....for awhile any way!
Happy Saving

Coupon Inserts this Sunday!!!

I read this on Publix Penny Pincher (thanks!!)HERE
1 RED PLUM, 1 SMART SOURCE, and 1 P&G!!!!!
I will "check" my papers, and maybe buy 4 (that way it will give me 4 P&G's) depends on what is in them.....

Also I don't know if any of you have ever shopped Piggly Wiggly......but they have Suave shampoo and conditioner for .88 cents....I am not sure of the size bottle, and we don't need shampoo or conditioner.........BUT I might get some to donate....and I need some conditioner to make FABRIC SOFTENER!! and I love the suave ocean breeze (light blue color, smells like downy!!!)

And, one other "note", my mind has been "fuzzy" to say the least.....
STUPID me, I thought the BOGO charcoal at Winn Dixie was "a good deal" at $5.49 vs
Publix for $6.49........THE ONE AT PUBLIX IS 20LB. BAG, the one at WINN DIXIE is a 6lb. bag!!!! Where was my head!!!! and I didn't get that $10 off $50 coupon!!!!! The one in Prattville HAS NEVER PRINTED FOR ME!!!!! The one in Southlawn has 99.9% of the time printed!!!!

Becca Prom!!!

Ok, I know this has nothing to do with coupons and deals....
but we have been "researching" prom dresses.....we are going to start looking today or tomorrow....I am still feeling blahhhh....

I noticed this online though.....(for this much child better have more on her body than this!!!!! I could not BELIEVE some of these dresses!!!! I am a 42,married, mom of 3 and I WOULD NEVER....NO NOT EVER....HAVE SHOWN THIS MUCH SKIN!!!!
And it's UGLY!!! She looks like I dream of Jeannie!!

I hope we can find something "modest" to say the least......and then they wonder why teen pregnancy is up!!! COVER IT UP!!!! I never allow my girls to go with know....
Even their church dresses (Carol Beth would NEVER wear a dress!!) I have let Becca get a couple of dresses that I thought were a little "short", at her knee....and she is very aware of how to sit.....and I have noticed she does not wear them that much...she would rather go for the longer ones...

So we are going to try Repeat Performance, JCPenny, and Belk's.... any other ideas...
Like I said getting a girl ready is WAY different from a boy....Brian we got lucky...
We found a tuxedo jacket at Goodwill for $5.00 and black dress slacks for $4.00!!
So he has his own tuxedo for $9.00!!!! Everybody thought he had RENTED a tux....and when he told them "NO I bought this, I own my own tux" they thought WOW!!!
Every year he has been able to just change the shirt and year he did a bolo tie (cowboy tie) and that was toooo sharp!!!!
He is upset to say the least his little sister is going.....and he can't be there to chaperone!!! He has told her that he will be in the parking lot watching those boys EVERY MOVE!!!!, and if one tries the slightest thing..........Bo told him he would be there also!!!!!
This has got me "reliving" the past.....I never went to prom....but I did go to our ROTC MILITARY BALL.....I was on the RIFLE TEAM and the ACADEMIC SQUAD....ohhhhhh, I am now having flashbacks!!!!Remember Cindy Lauper, and Madonna, the big hair, leg warmers, headbands........WOW!!!! In a way I hope the '80's don't come back!!!!
Happy Saving

Thursday, March 4, 2010


Ok, I had not planned on getting much....we have no more room....we don't NEED anything.......(well oatmeal, granola bars....remember Feb. we used out of our now..)

Well, once I got to "piecing" things together....FOUND SOME GREAT DEALS....

The Pillsbury Pizza crust is on sale $1.66, I still had the Italian Days $1 off 3 Pillsbury coupons...I also had manufacture coupons .35/1 (double to .70), Kraft cheese $1.66, I never did get mine last week (still had 2 Target coupons! and, I also had Hormel Pepperoni .35/1 (2 of these)the boxes are $1.50 and they HAVE .55 off PEELIES if you buy the pepperoni AND PILLSBURY CRUST!!!
So hear is the breakdown:
3 Pillsbury Pizza Crust $1.66 x3=$4.98
Publix Italian Days coupon -$1.00
3 Man. coupons .35/1...doubles -$2.10
TOTAL for 3 CRUST $1.88

2 Hormel Pepperoni @ $1.50 = $3.00
2 Manu. coupons .35/1 = - $1.40
TOTAL for Pepperoni $1.60

3 Crust $1.88
2 Pepp. +$1.60
2 COUPON - $1.10
FINAL TOTAL $2.38 For 3 CRUST and 2 Pepperoni!!!

And The CHEESE.....well
HERE is a coupon for $2.00 off Publix Bread ($1.69 a loaf!)
You have to buy 1 SHREDDED and 1 SLICE CHEESE.....OK, I need cheese for those pizzas, and FREE BREAD and CHEESE SLICES....GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH ANYONE??
Breakdown for this one:
2 Kraft Shredded $1.66each = $3.32
1 Target coupon - $1.00
1 Manufacture coupon - $1.00
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TOTAL $1.32

2 Kraft Slices 2 for $4.00
2 BLINKIES $1.00/1 -$2.00
1 Target -$1.00
TOTAL $1.00
So my shredded cheese was 2 for $1.32
and my slice cheese was 2 for $1.00
2 BREAD $1.69 each $3.38
TOTAL $5.70
MINUS THE $2.00 off coupons 2 -$4.00
TOTAL FOR 2 shredded
2 slices
2 loaves bread
$1.70 !!!!!!
MY BRAIN HURTS.........BUT I SEE PIZZA and Movie night in our future!!!
Happy Saving


I got this in my email yesterday!!!
THIS SHOWS WHY YOU KEEP YOUR RECEIPTS.....I keep mine in a cardboard box(small), and keep sorted by helps when figuring out our budget.....but now I can just grab Feb. stack and start checking!!!!
Happy Saving

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


Ok sorry I didn't post alot yesterday!! I had to break down and go to the Dr.....
my ear was killing me....DOUBLE EAR infections...again...anymore they will look into tubes....I thought kids only got those....maybe I am young!!!! Then why am I having to color my hair, have crow's feet (I prefer the term LAUGH LINES!!!!)

It is a NEW MONTH!!! YEAH, and where did the time you realize we only have 10 months until Christmas!! I'm joking.....or am I....
I have been putting aside those free/ cheap items in a box in our closet for gifts....I will pull things out as needed for baby showers, housewarmings, get wells, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Birthday's and yes CHRISTMAS.......
So if you are at the point you think you do not need anymore _______________....(toothpaste, deodorant ...) THINK AGAIN.....If you can turn that item into a gift basket.......or donate it........and it is free or cheap.....GO FOR IT!!!
Becca's birthday is coming up the end of the month....I am done with her "goody bag"
she has makeup tools, makeup brushes, mascara, eyeshadow, body wash, lipstick, razors.....It is her "Spa" bag....I will also take her to get a simple manicure...($10.00).We did this for part of her Christmas present....SHE LOVED IT!!!
She has also decided she wants to go to the HOMESCHOOL PROM!!! It is going to be at the Arrowhead Country we are planning on looking for a dress.....REPEAT PERFORMANCE will be our first (AND I HOPE ONLY STOP!!) She is excited....and so am I...Brian went every year and had a BLAST....Becca is more shy and I don't know......And something about having a GIRL go is WAY DIFFERENT than a boy....

ANYWAY....this has nothing to do with deals does it.....but I am in the mood to talk and no one to talk to.......
has the new Publix list up for the sneak peek ad starting tomorrow!!!!!! It is another good one...... I am going to STOCK UP on strawberries....they are going to be 3 packs for $5.00 or $1.66 a pack! and with the weather the way it has been I am scared no one is going to be having any (we usually go pick up in Clanton...)
So I will just get these and freeze....It is REALLY easy....and come June and we want berries...I can just pull out a bag!!!
Take your berries....cut off the stem, and if you want to slice them do it now...those we got last week WERE HUGE!!!! Becca found 1 strawberry that I kid you not, was as big as her hand! So I will slice them....lay flat on a cookie sheet...pop in freezer....flash freeze them....and then once frozen (later that same day....bag them up!!!) We do blueberries and blackberries when in season this way I said usually we "PICK our own" (it is fun, and we love doing it as a family) The first time we ever wentto pick blueberries Becca was 3 and Carol Beth was 4....they had a ball...the man gave them their own little buckets...they ran through the fields....we picked and could see them playing, the owners wife was helping them..and we could hear hear talking to them and she would just laugh....when we got ready to come the girls PURPLE FROM HEAD TO TOE!!!!! THE man BUSTED out laughing when he asked to see their buckets.....NOT A BERRY in either one!!!!The lady told him they should have weighed the girls on our way in and then on our way they would know how much to charge!!! I apolozied a thousand times over....then the lady laughed and said that she had gotten so much pleasure out of seeing them enjoy the berries so much she could not bring herself to stop them.....(she had been joking about the weighing part) they took a picture of the girls and put up at the "PAY HERE" shed!! We have gone there basically every year since.........SOMETIMES THE GIRLS STILL COME OUT KIND OF PURPLE!!! NOTHING like that first year though....

Monday, March 1, 2010

Did You See The FREE COOKIE insert in the paper???

In the SS insert (BP in Hayneville DIDN'T HAVE the coupons!!!!)
Luckily Bo got me a paper! THANK YOU HONEY
anyway the is a page FREE CHIPS AHOY cookies if you sign up on facebook!!! ONLY ON MONDAYS!!!!!!

HURRY THESE GO QUICK!!! It will only let you print 1 !!!
AND I noticed it states....
Get a FREE package of Nabisco Cookies (4 oz. -26 oz. up to $4.19)when you buy 1 package of cookies and 1 gallon of milk.....
so you have to buy 2 cookies (0ne will be FREE) and a gallon of milk!
Happy Saving

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Idea for SOMETHING to do........The Musuem of Fine Arts....

Have you been to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts lately???
They have the great children's section (even BIG kids have fun!! We love the light show, and the great NASCAR type track thing) there is even a "play" room upstairs....puzzles, games...(we used to do this when ours were younger in between Karate class and speech therapy...we would go there to "kill time" and just chill...)

It is still FREE and we actually like looking at the exhibits....we have not been since they had the Shakespeare Festival Exhibit (showing items used in the plays) Carol Beth is FASCINATED with Shakespeare!! (I need to take her to a play....maybe....what if she "falls" asleep!!!)
With it still "cold" outside....this might be an idea for your families to "have fun together", they are not open on Monday's!!
We also enjoy going out to the Pond and watching the ducks....they can be quite those swans though!!! THEY CAN GET YOU !!!!!
Happy Saving

Free MOVIES!!! at home thru your computer!!!

Have you heard about Channel 131

You can see FREE NEW RELEASES!!!
We are planning to watch Tooth Fairy (we will make pizzas and popcorn, move the couch where it is facing the computer....we have this down to a science now!!!) During the day they even know to throw blankets on the windows to make the room dark!!! MY INDUSTRIOUS KIDS.....YET THEY DON"T KNOW HOW TO TURN ON THE WASHER!!!!!

Try it out, they load fast...and we have never had a "computer" viruses or anything...
So plan a "movie" night with your family
Happy Saving

Budget Saver Idea!

The other day when we went to the store (Friday).....I knew we were going to be awhile.....Dr. office, Publix, I ran in Winn Dixie looking for those Cole's breadsticks (raincheck), the library (you can get an out of county card for $15.00 for the year!! GREAT LIBRARY....they have DVD's a great children's section and the people are really sweet!!),Walmart...(Bo was with me this was his stop....WHY!!!)
and the thrift store...(Carol Beth has finally grown taller!!! She has not "grown" since 2006!!!! We thought she was done!!! So some jeans and a few tops (Becca found Carol Beth the cutest Hannah Montana hoodie for .50 cents!!!! all green tagged items were .50 cents!!!)

Anyway, I knew it was going to be a LONG day.....I made the time (10 minutes) before we left the house to grab some snacks, drinks, and the Smuckers uncrustables (we had never tried these before!!) threw them in a little cooler....and in between our running....we had lunch!!! When they said they were thirsty....grab a drink out of the cooler!! That little bit of planning saved us anywhere from $20-$30 dollars!!!
and it was perfect..just enough to fill us up and FREE!! or you know it was using what we had!!
Think about putting some of those "deals" to work for you.....
Happy Saving


Saw this on Collin's site HIP2SAVE she is awesome!!!
GO HERE for the form to fill out for your free sample it is from Sam's Club BUT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ENTER YOUR MEMBERSHIP NUMBER!!!! I did not enter is not one of the required fields....

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ziploc Steam Bags REVIEW

OK the other week I got the Ziploc steam fresh bags (with coupons I think I paid like .59 cents for a box of 10)
I had some broccoli that needed to be finished off, so last night I used one of those bags for steamed broccoli (got last week Publix $1.67)....(we had Gortons' fish, seapack shrimp, coleslaw from Winn Dixie, and my last Bob Evans potatoes....I still can't get used to having NAME BRAND STUFF and it's been over a year since we have been shopping this way!!)
Anyhow, I just threw in my broccoli tops...spayed a little Pam Olive Oil down in the bag (there are recipes in the box of bags, it said use 1 tsp. olive oil....spray pam was what I had...did some seasalt and pepper....threw in micro for 3 min. (it was to the fill line)
WOW!!! It was FANTASTIC!!!! Even the kids loved it!!! Bo wanted to know when am I doing brocolli again!!
SO if you got in on that deal,,,,,try them!!!
THERE IS ALSO A .55off coupon in the box!!!!

COUPON INSERTS for Sunday Feb. 28th

Wow it's the end of the month already!!!
There will be 1 Smart Source insert this week!!! THAT'S IT!!!
Wow, I won't have to worry about "RUNNING" to the BP like last week!!!
I bought 3 papers last week!!! This week I might only buy 1 (look through it, if anything is REALLY good, I might grab one more??)

Here is a "PREVIEW" NOW remember, these ARE REGIONAL!! We might not get everyone listed

New Betty Crocker COUPON site!!!

Here is a new Betty Crocker coupon site I found!!

Mom's In need of mercy blog GREAT article!!!! Please read!!

Wow, EVERYONE needs to read this....It puts our lives in perspective!!!


P&G has a new promotion going! Spend $50 in P&G products between 2/1/10 and 4/15/10 and get a $100 coupon book! That $50 BEFORE coupons & tax! And it can be on multiple receipts. Just circle the items and mail the receipts in with THIS FORM. Can't print? Watch for the 2/21 P&G insert to get a copy!

Head over HERE to get all the details on this rebate. And go HERE to see all the products that are included in this rebate. This is limited to one per household and is void in Maine (what do they have against people in ME??)

It's rebates like this that make me thankful I save my receipts... I was able to go back through the last week's receipts and already have $25 towards the $50! Remember... it's $50 BEFORE coupons & tax :)

Publix Run...Retail $134.98....SPENT $39.69 (I used some of the money I made from my coupon class, THANK YOU LADIES!!!!)

Ok. I went Friday.....kind of good.....kind of bad.
They were out of CHEESE like big time....I have never seen them have to put up signs
"Sorry for the inconvenience, Please get rain check or substitute" THEY WERE CLEANED OUT!!! The deodorant was gone and the peanuts......BUT they were stocking....a truck comes in on Friday morning....I got there at like 10:30....they were still stocking when I left at I might try planning my trips a little later....we'll see

Anyway....what I got (I really need to get a camera! How do I know if my computer will work one??? Any suggestions???)
2 M& M character Valentine dispenser candy things (clearance, and both girls with me)
3 General Mills Cereal (BOGO, we really didn't need cereal...but they LOVE reeses!)
1 Post Raisin Bran ( had that $2.00 off coupon, made it .50 Becca LOVES raisin bran!)
1 Friskies Party mix cat treat ($1.00 coupon here made it .33)
2 Gortons Tilapia
7 Green Giant Steamers
2 strawberries
4 Ragu (like I needed more!)
4 deodorant (remember I said they were out..a sweet stock girl went to the back and found me some!!! SCORE!)
4 Delmonte Diced Tomatoes
1 Johnson Baby powder (using coupons before they expire$3.79....wound up .79 cents We use this in the summer alot..)
1 Bayer aspirin (I could cure headaches from now till the end of time!!! I am going to donate... I wound up with .50 OVERAGE on this one!)
1 Colgate Wisp (I have been wanting to try these!!! I had another coupon and I can't find it!!)
1 ICBIN Butter
2 Betty Crocker Brownies (Carol Beth wants to know when we are going to bake...with all the cookie mix and now brownies....)
1 Publix Fresh Spinach
1 BIG pack Publix Hot Dogs ($5.89, we had been out of hot dogs for awhile...I kept forgetting to get some, and with the buns at Winn Dixie still $1.00 I got the big pack it will last awhile...I ALWAYS get the Publix brand if the item is not on sale,no coupons....we figure out the cheapest route)
1 Crest Toothpaste (using up coupons was $2.69 wound up .44 after coupons)
1 Philadelphia SPREADABLE Cream Cheese (STRAWBERRY FLAVORED, will go great with those bagels!!)
1 Thomas Honey Wheat Bagel
1 package of PUBLIX BRAND Honey Ham Lunch meat (16 oz. $3.99)
3 Dr. Pepper 12 packs

WHEW! Bo and the girls were with needless to say.....I was rushed! Carol Beth (Bless Her Heart,) that poor baby had to get a shot, in the took me and Becca and a nurse to hold her down!!! She was NOT A HAPPY CAMPER!!! Of course last time she had gotten it....she Drug her leg ALL DAY LONG....She looked like she had been in a car wreck or something!!! AND SQUALLED the whole time , THE REST OF THE DAY!! So this time was MUCH BETTER!!! She cried there and a little while in the car...THANK THE LORD NOT IN THE STORE!! SO needless to say, my nerves were already shot....I was going to send Bo to customer service for my rain checks (cheese and peanuts)Trying to explain to him how to do it, what to get.....UGHHHH! He hears 22% of what you say and then says you didn't say that (Being married to someone with ADD...) anyway my SWEET Bag Boy...HE WENT AND GOT MY RAIN CHECKS FOR ME!!! THANK YOU!!!My cashier was Shelton (LOVE YOU SHELTON!!)he is always so sweet!!
So it was a good run...but now I have no cheese....hmmmm will the world explode or something.....MY KIDS THINK SO.....I'm just going to get a milk cow and make cheese or buy stock in it!! They eat cheese on ANYTHING!!!!! So I will have to "grab" some at some point (I was going to get 6 BLOCKS)

That is our Publix Trip!!! It panics Bo every time he goes with me....he sees the total (before coupons....and I promise ya'll he starts BREATHING FUNNY!!!! and the LOOK on his face!!! And he always walks away before the final total....too funny!!!
Hope ya'll have a great day....maybe they have
Happy Saving

Friday, February 26, 2010

starkist tuna coupon

HERE is the starkist tuna coupon I was telling you about...Target has the PLAIN TUNA pouches for .94 cents this is a $1.00 off 1 coupon!!!Free tuna plus overage!!! Print it NOW before the end of the month!!! THEY change coupons monthly~~
Happy Saving

Menu for Friday Feb. 26th and Budget......

Ok. We have almost made it to the end of the month!!! WOOOOHOOO!! Ok not quite...
We have gone over our inital $40.00 budget goal for the month....It's NOT MY FAULT THEY HAD GOOD SALES!!!I sound like my's not my fault....
Anyway, we are at $90.05 for the month....but if you count in those rebates...and a check we recieved...we are only at $40.05!!!! COOL! So we did make it!!! Kind of...
I am going to put the $15.00 in rebates toward that puts us back to $55.05...and I have not gone to Publix yet......sooooo....You figure it out....I don't know if we are under, over, or in between!!! It has been exciting to see how far our pantry and freezer will carry us though!!
I have heard alot of people say "My freezer is so full, I can't get another thing in it"......or "We don't need much this week"....This is where you want to be!!!! That way you only have to buy "cheap, free items" and your produce, meat and dairy!!!

Our menu for today:
Breakfast: Cinnamon Rolls (Publix using man. and store coupon, also paired with the Green Giant stuff for the $5 off $20)THE CINNAMON TWIST WERE PRICED $2.99!!! The others were $1.67!!! Luckily I caught it...The little sales sticker was on the Cinnamon Twist also....BUT IT DID NOT RING UP SALE PRICE!!! Got price right guarantee.....THEN THEY WENT AND I THINK MOVED THE STICKER!!! SO WATCH YOUR RECIPETS!! If it rings up the wrong price....take it to customer service!!
Price Right-if it is their error...YOU GET IT FREE..
If it is because you "grabbed" the wrong one...have them take it off your bill...and buy the right one....I only do this if it is a "big" difference...I bought toothpaste one time that was supposed to be BOGO...I bought the wrong RANG UP $5.23 (I would have only paid .49 with my coupon for the right one) I took it back and got the right one!!!(I am NOT paying $5.23 for toothpaste!!) I try to watch my "items" as they are ringing up can be difficult to "catch" it right then...and I have gotten home looked at my reciept and NOTICED MY ERROR.....
TAKE IT BACK next time you go in!!
Lunch: Chicken sandwiches using the Banquet Chicken patties and those wonderful Natures' Own sandwich rounds...the little flat ones....WE LOVE THESE!!)
Supper: I have that Seapack Shrimp, I am getting the Gortons fish (hopefully they have some left!!!) and coleslaw from the Winn Dixie sale (Dole BOGO, coleslaw is included!!) fries (I have one bag of those Bob Evans seasoned fries left....THESE ARE AWESOME!!!I almost missed out on these again.....I am glad I got them!)

Rebate Reminder!!

Ladies don't forget the Conagra Rebate! HERE

It ends March 28th!! .... with all the sales on the items here lately....I just thought about those 18 cans of Chefboyardee I bought the other week!!! That right there is one rebate!!!

Also the SC Johonson Rebate here

this one has been a LONG one!!! It started Oct. 1 and goes through June 30, 2010!!
You can do this one up to 3 times a household!!! Remember the cheap Fantastic!! We made $2.78 on that one!!!! We have gotten our 3 checks already!! That's $15 and I know we only spent maybe NOTHING!!!
I am putting this $15.00 towards mine and Bo's Date Night for this next month.....maybe it won't be McDonald's $2.99 combos after all!!!
I have that BOGO Ruby Tuesdays coupon.......COOL!! I know where we are going!! We just have to order something not over $10.00 each (the bogo coupon is up to $10.00)
and water with lemons.....use the $15.00 from Rebate.....FREE DATE!!!! I will have to tell him "He's a cheap date!"

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Idea for the cheap no yolks

Hey, Winn Dixie has their NO YOLKS noodles on sale BOGO, there is a .75 off 1 coupon
makes it .39 each!
Last night I did these and I had some fresh spinach I needed to use up.....I put in butter, salt, pepper the spinach and a little Parmesan cheese...WOW! They loved this, normally I just do parsley...but I had that spinach and thought it would add color and VITAMINS!! Just through it in there fresh!! (don't cook the spinach first, the heat from the pasta will do fine!)
And Winn Dixie has there DOLE salads BOGO, FRESH SPINACH IS INCLUDED!! Also the Dole COLESLAW!!! I grabbed one coleslaw and 1 salad (they were the cheapest! $2.29 for the both of them) The coleslaw will go great with the cheap Seapack Shrimp from the other week, and the cheap Gorton's this week....I see a "SEAFOOD NIGHT" coming!!! In fact I think that will be tonight's supper!

Happy Saving

Some Menu ideas with sale items!

Hey, I noticed on Publix Penny Pinchers site,
she has posted about why a menu plan is important....if you read my post about the $30.00 lesson I learned (went to dentist, didn't plan.....Take out $30.00!!! we have food here!)why I think this is important also....if I know before hand what to take out of freezer or I can "prep", I am not running around last minute trying to figure out what to do....and you are less likely to just "GRAB TAKE OUT!!!" We usually ffed our family of 5 here at home way under $5.00 total!!! for supper......take out for 5 averages $30.00 (I spend that for a weeks trip at the store!!!)and it also helps me figure out how I am going to use 18 jars of RAGU!!! with out having it every night....we have spaced that Ragu out since November....I still have 6 left and I hace given away alot...

Here are some GREAT recipes that tie in with sale items!! I am planning on doing some of the chicken recipes! Remember whole chickens are .99lb. at Winn Dixie (stock up price) and we can get 2 meals out of one chicken!! Family of 5 go ahead and say ADULTS.....Usually when I cook a whole chicken, the first night we eat as roasted....then I take all the meat I can off the bones and use as chicken pot pies or chicken casseroles.....and with ALL that cheap broth!!!! WOOOOHOOO! I am like Publix Penny Pincher, I don't use the broth from the fatty or something...and like I said usually we roast them first... I have done 2 at a time before, and put in freezer!!
Roast Sticky Chicken
REALLY TASTE LIKE DELI rotisserie chicken!!! Put rub on the night before, stick in frig will take 5 hours to cook the next day BUT OHHH SO WORTH IT, the flavor gets all the way through, and it is really moist NOT DRY AT ALL very very delicious!
Prep Time:
10 MinCook Time:
5 Hrs Ready In:
9 Hrs 10 Min

Original Recipe Yield 2 whole (4 pound) chickens
4 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons paprika 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon white pepper 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 2 onions, quartered 2 (4 pound) whole chickens
In a small bowl, mix together salt, paprika, onion powder, thyme, white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Remove and discard giblets from chicken. Rinse chicken cavity, and pat dry with paper towel. Rub each chicken inside and out with spice mixture. Place 1 onion into the cavity of each chicken. Place chickens in a resealable bag or double wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight, or at least 4 to 6 hours.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
Place chickens in a roasting pan. Bake uncovered for 5 hours, to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees F (85 degrees C). Let the chickens stand for 10 minutes before carving.
found at

Or I am going to try her crock pot way!!! Here

This will make a great deal with the sale at Winn Dixie on Chicken.....NOOOO we will not be eating chicken every night this week....I will buy alot of chickens...and recipes for during the course of the next few weeks!! I used to only buy chicken breast.....then with budget....swapped to drumsticks....(WE WILL NOT EAT THIGHS!!) But then I did the whole chicken, we love the recipe I posted up top, and like I said I can get 2 meals out of 1 so we really are coming out cheaper this way....And I have cooked chicken in the freezer for some really fast meals!!!
Happy Saving

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Here is what I have noticed that is "good" at Winn Dixie this week
(To get that $10 off $50 maybe??? Remeber to all you "newbies" USE THIS AT PUBLIX!!If you get one, sorry Carmen)
Winn Dixie
No Yolks Egg Noodles, 13 oz, at $2.29 ($1.14)
-$1/2 No Yolk Noodles SS 2/21
-.75/1 No Yolk Noodles SS 2/21 THESE WILL WORK OUT .39 EACH REMEBER BUY 2 (first one rings up full price. 2nd one 0.00) USE 2 COUPONS!!!
Coles Mini Garlic Bread or Toast, 1 oz, at $1.99 (99¢)(WE LOVE THESE, Last week was the first time we tried these!!! WONDERFUL!!! THE CHEESE GARLIC, OHHHHH!)
Free bag w/ 3 proofs of purchase here
-.50/1 Cole’s product printable HERE
I printed 4 more (FREE) and that qualifies for the FREE BAG!!! SCORE!!!
Winn-Dixie Hamburger or Hot Dog Buns, $1
I noticed there WHOLE CHICKENS are .99 lb (Publix is $1.19lb. this week)
Also their 5lb. bag of apples are $3.99 (.79 lb. where Publix is .99 lb)
THESE are the ONLY things I really see that are cheaper at Winn Dixie! (That I am planning on getting)

Hall’s Cough Drops, 30 ct, $1
-.50/1 Halls cough drops SS 1/10
B1G1 Halls Single Bag, 20 ct+, SS 2/21
-$1/2 Halls 20ct+, SS 2/21
-.50/1 Halls Cough Drops 20 ct.+, March All You
MORE FREE COUGH DROPS!!! (and I have actually been needing these here lately!!!)

Hope This Helps
Happy Saving

HEY YA'LL!!! I'm fine, just busy!

Hey sorry I have not posted in how many days.....
I have gotten so busy, and the housework has piled took over!
I figured no one would is nice to be missed though!!
Ok. how our budget is going....We are at $75.05 for the month....ok 35.05 over our goal, but it has been a cool experiment!!! We now know how truly little we really need!! And in fact I think some of them have gained a pound or two!!
Today's menu (I'm just going to catch up here, nothing with recipes or notewothy)
Breakfast: oatmeal (it has held out!! Looking forward to the BAGLES!! (Publix .99 after ALL YOU coupon!!)
Lunch: Welcome Back Wednesday (leftovers)
Supper: I was going to do a roast (forgot to put it in crockpot!!)
Spaghetti (this past weeks sale!) Pasta sauce (Hunt's from the other week)
And Coles Cheese Breadsticks (THESE ARE AWESOME!! Winn Dixie will have them FREE this week, The Bread I know!! And don't forget for buying three send off for your FREE TOTE BAG!!! FREE BREAD, FREE BAG AWESOME!!!!
I taught a coupon class today (Thanks Carmen, and Stephanie!!!)
I get so excited doing these!!!

Some Deals to note:
If you saw on the Hip2Save site about the Baby Alive Doll (supposed to be on clearance $4.98 ($5.00 coupon) FREE DOLL!!! HERE
Target in Prattville HAS NOT MARKED THESE DOWN YET!! I went by there still FULL PRICE AND NO HISPANIC ones (it was these that were marked down)
BUT, I did find the Olay cleansing facial cloths (BLUE AND WHITE PACKAGE) (I need to get a camera that works on our computer!)
They are $3.69, I used a $3.00 coupon from a P&G that expires the end of this month so .69 cents!!!
AND if you have a STARKIST TUNA coupon $1.00 ANY, the plain tuna pouches are .94 cents so FREE!! Becca and myself are the only 2 that eat tuna (so this will make a nice lunch and the others can eat......peanut butter and jelly!)
I was also looking for the Gillette Men's Body Wash 8.6 oz. ($1.98) with that $4.00 off two these will be FREE!!! THEY WERE ALL GONE!! I am going to keep a look out! These are the smaller (not trial size) ones (we got these free last year at this time! It was one of my first deals!!)
That is about it.....
Happy Saving

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sorry ,Where Have I Been????

Sorry I have not posted since Thursday, I had my last dentist appt. Thursday afternoon (I AM DONE, until my next cleaning!!YEAH!!!) I LOVE Dr. Crosby and his staff!! They are AWESOME!!! Anyway, I popped in Walmart in Greenville, they have the new ALL YOU out!! GRAB ONE, there are some great coupons that go with this weeks sale!!
Anyway, I KNEW I had that dentist appt. (late afternoon), I usually plan something for the crockpot...or something easy prep...on days like this........this time...NO!For some reason I forgot to get anything started, nothing!! So needless to say when I got home...I took my advil and went and laid down, not even thinking about supper (it is already 4:00 by this time)I was going to do my McDonald's Cheeseburger Dish (I did not even take out my ground beef!!, NOT LIKE ME!!) the kids come ask me at 5:15, what is for supper!!! Bo had to work late....(doesn't happen often)I called him and asked if he knew roughly when he would be about a hour.....I asked him to just "GRAB SOMETHING FOR SUPPER" (WE NEVER DO THIS!!!! If you know know we NEVER"get" without a plan) He was so sweet....he brought home KFC....REALLY GOOD....RARE TREAT.......$30.00!!!!!I didn't spend that much at the grocery store!!!!
I am telling you this because I learned a VALUABLE LESSON!!!PLAN AHEAD!!! I had PLENTY of fast meals I could have thrown together....or the kids could have done....but I didn't.
I can see how easy it would be after a hard days work to just "grab" something on the way home.....but how much is it to "grab" vs what you could have done with a little planning....I have learned my $30.00 PRICELESS LESSON!!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sunday Inserts!! Get your paper money ready girls!!

Sunday Coupon Inserts 2/21
Feb 19th, 2010 by Amy.

This would be a great weekend to get multiple papers!

There will be 3 inserts in the paper this weekend- Smartsource, Redplum, and P&G.

This is information I got off Here

Thursday, February 18, 2010

How to REFILL your Dawn Direct Foam Bottles!

I got one of these awhile back (on sale and with coupons ofcourse)
I also bought the PLAIN Dawn. I noticed on the back of the DIRECT FOAM (I do love this product!) that it says "REFILL WITH DAWN DIRECT FOAM ONLY" well, it cost more than the just plain Dawn (especially if on sale!) BUT I found this tidbit of info:
I take an empty bottle of Dawn Direct Foam and make my own refill solution.

You need VERY LITTLE Dawn liquid detergent to fill your empty bottle! Try 1 tablespoon of Dawn detergent per bottle and then fill the rest up with water. Shake it up to get the solution mixed well and then let it sit for a little while. It seems to work perfectly for me and produces a LOT of foam.

If you use even a little bit too much Dawn Detergent, the foaming will be diminished.

Experiment a little bit and see how it works for you.


How to Organize Emails??

Hey, I have gotten to the point that my inbox is SOOOO Full of coupons, offers, newsletters from the various things we "send" for, that it is ALOT to go through and find emails from friends and family...
I got to thinking about it, I can setup a seperate email account just for"OFFERS, NEWSLETTERS, and COUPONS" for free from whichever email account you normally use.
We use yahoo, so I am going to just set up another email account for just this purpose. Thought this idea might help. I don't know why I didn't think of it before!
Maybe some of ya'll have already done this! Share your ideas, tips and suggestions!
Happy Saving

Thurs. Feb. 18th Your Stockpile is GROWING! and menu

I have noticed something, alot of you are talking about how there is not much you need to get at the store this time. That is a good thing!! This is where you want to be. Now that you have your "stockpile" up, you can concentrate on free/cheap items! Also, keep getting your fruit/produce! I always buy fruit and produce, I just stay with the ones that are on sale. This last week it was a certain salad brand (I got 2), bananas were .69 cents lb. (a little high but we had not had these in awhile) I figure I am saving sooooo much on the other stuff, I can alot some of our grocery budget to produce,meat, and dairy. I just stick with the sale items, unless it is something I need to finish out a meal. This next week I relized I am going to need cottage cheese (I will be making lasagna)so I will look for the cheapest one (hopefully on sale!) and try to match up a coupon with it! We have pasta, sauce, garlic bread, and salad so that will make a meal and all I have to buy is the cottage cheese!
Ok. our menu!
Breakfast: cereal
Lunch: taquitos (these were from the sale last week,)and taco salad

I will also make homemade pudding ( I have the magic mix already made, I keep this made up in the frig, makes really fast white sauce also!) On the pudding, I don't have cocoa I will use some of those chocolate chips from the freezer WORKS GREAT!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Go here to request your FREE sample of Lemon Heads!

these are for the new TROPICAL CHEWY! My kids will EAT these for sure, if they can get them away from me!!! I LOVE lemon heads!


Winn-Dixie Weekly Ad 2/17-2/23
Half off Super Sale
Split Chicken Breasts, 99¢ lb
Assorted Pork Chops $1.49 lb
Dole Classic Iceberg or Cole Slaw, 99¢
-.55/1 Dole Salad coupon on select bags
-$1/2 Dole Salads Booklet found at Winn Dixie
-.75/1 Dole Salad Printable
Hunt’s Tomato Sauce, 8 oz, 29¢
-$1/3 Hunt’s Products printable (makes 3 FREE)
-$1/5 Hunt’s Tomato Sauce “Rediscover Your Balance” booklet
-$1/4 Hunt’s Products in store dispenser
Winn-Dixie Charcoal Briquettes, 9 lb, $2.49
Buy One Get One
Hartz Dog Biscuits, 24-46 oz, at $3.99 ($1.99)
-$2 off Hartz Crunch n’ Clean Dog Biscuits(makes it FREE)
-$1 off Crunch n’ Clean Biscuits - Found in Package
I will POP in and check prices on Chicken and for sure get the FREE tomato sauce and Free DOG BISCUITS (Mrs. Foxy, our dachshund will love me forever!)
Hopefully the $10 off $50 coupon will print, I will FOR SURE need this at Publix, if I go!
CHECK SOUTHERN SAVERS OR Publix Penny Pincher for your PUBLIX SALES!!!


HURRY the ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN promotion in the middle ENDS FEB 27TH!!!
From what I have read, you don't have to "BUY" anything just enter your info and you are entered!!!
Prize $100 gift card to Publix!!! You all know how far a $100 will go! WOW, that would be SOOOOOO COOOOOL!
Also the Italian Days promo.. ENTER TO WIN IT!!

Wed. Feb. 17th

Hey! I am just excited about the day, I don't know why, I woke up this way! We don't have anything to "do" outside the norm of school, laundry, housework, and church tonight. So I don't know why I am so "excited", and I have not even had my coffee yet! Hopefully everyone else here at home will be in and STAY IN good moods also!
Menu for Wed:
Breakfast: oatmeal (we have made a DENT in the oatmeal, we have donated 2 boxes,
we will probably have to come up with another idea for Wed. next week!)


Supper: Sticky Chicken I posted the recipe for this before, REALLY GOOD, and we will use the leftovers for chicken salad later in the week(last whole one I had gotten @Publix .69 cents lb.)
stuffing, green beans with almonds (from the sale this last week, I will have the kids "crush" them in zipbag)
dessert: Jello with cool whip!
Have you seen the SALE list for this time yet? I have glanced though it the other day, I will make time for that today.....
The other day I posted about God's gifts to us, and then the next day in the girl's Bible study for our school work, there was this quote

What you are is a gift from God:
What you become is your gift to God!
Louis Nizer

WOW! And I just posted about God's gifts!! I explained to the girls that life is a "gift", God gave all of us the "gift of life" in this one, and I think the "gift of eternal life", but what you become: what you CHOOSE TO DO with this life DAILY, is our "gift to GOD".......So I told the girls EVERYDAY they are to BECOME that gift for God with everything they do....Make sure everyday would be counted as a Gift for him, its a gift for us..........

Ok I know this has nothing to do with the latest deals.....but then again it does....
We have talked before about giving, I have told many of you how our family DONATES
extras we have, we also will start back Donating our time (humane shelter) and Nursing Home (after our visit the other day, I know I need to go more often)
We have been blessed with SO MUCH,
So PLEASE for today, be a GIFT FOR GOD! Do something NICE for someone, donate something or your time! (Time is more precious than "bought" things! to those that are receiving it)
I will post later about the "GOOD DEALS"
Happy Saving

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Update on our budget.........

It has been a little over a week since I published our totals....
How are we doing....
Well we were at $26.04 the last time I posted it
Since then I did the RAZOR deal at Target and the card games $18.52
(We had also done Old Navy and Bath and Body, $31 and $11 from the other week, I asked Bo if any of this should come out of "Grocery" budget NO, it came out of CLOTHING and then Present/Gift (Becca's B'day is coming up and the bath and body stuff I am going to use in gift baskets!!)
SO we were at $7.52
Sat. we went to Publix (FINALLY, I was going through coupon usage withdrawl....)
We spent $33.93 (with tax)
O.k. over budget......BUT when we got home there was a $35.00 check in the mail!!!
So that puts us back at...(pause for me doing the math)
Here is a "RUNDOWN" of what we got:
8 Lipton Tea Bags (I had .40 coupons/doubled to .80)
2 Orbit Gum FREE if you got Watermelon!
4 Puffs tissues FREE (used those buy 2 Vicks coupons get free puffs)
2 Jose Ole Taquitos (steak and cheese, Brian and Becca LOVE these!)
4 Kotex tampons
8 Dayquil/ Nyquil Trial size (got overage on these and free puffs!)
4 Ziploc bags
2 Country Crock Spreads
2 Blue Diamond Almonds (I have already eaten 1 BY MYSELF!!!SHHHH. DON'T TELL)
2 Dove Deodorent
1 Goodlife Cat Food
4 Lysol Cleaners
3 Keebler Cookies
3 Hallmark Tissue Paper
1 Fisher Trail Mix
2 Publix Salads
1 Carrot
1 Grapes
2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks
2 Betty Crocker Cookie Mix
1 5lb sugar
2 Purina One Dog Food
I had a $10.00 off $50.00 coupon a neighbor gave me, I gave her some items from our stockpile
Would have been $186.03 paid $33.93

Thifty Tue. Feb. 16

O.k., it is 12:43 A.M.!! Please bear with me, (the dog woke me up and I can't get back to sleep) I was letting the dog out, and passed by the laundry pile that I had not finished! I went to lay back down, and all I saw in my mind was LAUNDRY!! We call it Mt. NEVER-REST! So of course I had to get back up and start a load and I am waiting to change it out and start another!

So I figured now is as good of time as any to post!
Menu for today:
Breakfast: bagels cream cheese (we have started to make a dent in the cream cheese!)
Lunch: popcorn chicken and salad, crackers, grapes
Supper: Pork Chops (from back when Winn Dixie had them BOGO)
canned yams, peas and okra from freezer (from our garden), dessert: Betty Crocker Cookies of course! I got some peanut butter ones, and I have some toll house chips still in the freezer from the sale in Dec.....I will be adding some to the cookie dough......YOU CAN'T GO WRONG WITH PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE!

The NEW list is up on I Heart Publix (again another LONG but GREAT one!!)
Also there are some new coupons listed there!

For my THRIFTY tip today:

Did you know that you can REFILL your swiffer mop liquid bottle????
We have soooooo much mud and other "stuff" that gets tracked in, that I swiffer mop DAILY!! And that gets expensive quickly.....So I knew there had to be a way...
Well I discovered this a few months ago, we have been "CONDUCTING SCIENTIFIC TEST"
ok we have just been mopping the floors! And it works!
Take your bottle, turn it upside down, place in a pot of almost boiling water, not to much just enough to cover the cap....leave in for about 15-20 seconds.....and VIOLA it opens!!!! Now I refill ours with Lysol Pourable Cleaner (we got REALLY cheap awhile back) you can also use the trigger cleaners that have just been on sale.
I use 2TBSP. cleaner and fill the rest of the way with water seal back up and keep on mopping!!!
Here is a video that I found that shows you how (see I'm NOT the only one!!!)

For the Swiffer Pads.....I found the microfiber cleaning rags/cloths (that you can wash in the washer) stick really well to the swiffer....or I have taken rubber bands to make it "HANG" on.....then after I am done mopping the floors I just throw them in the wash!!! I found a 4 pack of the cloths at Dollar General awhile back for $5, Walmart and Target sell them also.
Hope this helps!!
Happy Saving

Monday, February 15, 2010

More Lysol Coupons!!!

OK as you know Publix has the Lysol Triggers on sale BOGO right now (ENDS TUES.)
Stacy (THANK YOU!!) let me know that you can REGISTER TO WIN THE DRAWING here
Print for the trigger one AND the Kitchen Cleaner (BOTH ON SALE)
It makes them .34 cents apiece!!!
We "STOCK" up on these because they go on sale rarely, by the time they do go on sale we are almost out....and we use a TON of it.....with 5 people (4 home nearly 24/7......3 meals a day....we clean the counters ALOT...also spray down the sinks in the bathroom daily!!)
So if you are planning on going back to Publix, grab some more!!
Happy Saving

Harbor Freight Free Flashlight

You can go here

and print a variety of coupons including a coupon for a free LED flashlight!

Also if your Sunday paper has the USA Weekend in it, the coupons are in there as well. We have also found them in the Reader's Digest, and if there is a Harbor Freight sales ad (every once in a blue moon) there will be this coupon.

Bo got one a few weeks back, it really is cute,and works great...I just have to remind him......DON'T GO CRAZY....He did buy some sockets or something that spins around (I call anything that is not a screwdriver a THINGYMABOB or a WHATCHAMACALLIT)
But he used a 20 % off coupon so he came out REALLY GOOD...I hope he does as well this next time!
We have some more FREE our goal is to try to get one for each family member...These will be good to have on hand in case the power goes out...or in an emergency.....
Also I have thought about putting them back to go in our guys "goody boxes" at Christmas.....It is never to early to "STOCK" things back! and I bet the guys would like them.....

Monday Feb. 15th PRESIDENT'S Day!

Happy President's Day! (Like there is a card for this!)
It is going to be a "normal" day for us, school work, house work, catch up from weekend! Bo usually has the day off......due to the weather, and busting water lines in Montgomery.....he was called in yesterday and has to work today! In cases like this they usually pay in "time", he found out yesterday he will get "PAID", TIME AND A HALF!!! SO he has no problems missing PRESIDENT'S DAY! WOOOHOOO!
God has given gifts to each of you....Manage them well so that God's generosity can flow through you.
1 Peter 4:10

Think about what gifts God has given you....the gift of teaching, the gift of patience, the gift of sharing with others, the gift of knowing a skill......
Some people think of gift's from God as being only materialistic...i.e. money, homes, cars.....I think of these things as BLESSINGS, and our actual talents as our GIFTS...We are to manage our finances well as well as our "Talents" so that we can be generous with both....Think of a "talent" God has given you......Be generous and "Give"
Becca and I are going to the nursing home today to visit our "HOMEBOUND" from church, we didn't make it last week with our Valentine's so we are going today, I hope one day late is o.k....I know the residents enjoy our visits and it is not a lot of time out of our day....God has given us this opportunity to teach our children compassion, respect for the elderly, and patience.....

Our menu for today:
Breakfast: If you notice our breakfast and lunches usually take a week rotation.
It makes it easier for me to "automatically" know what we are having. i.e. Monday, cereal...
Lunch: sandwiches and soup (I will not have to make bread today, we still have some in the freezer!) My mixer DIED last week, but the Lord showed me mercy because I had just gotten done with my last batch of bread! It is a Kitchen Aid my mother had and gave to me YEARS ago! I will find someone who works on them and see about getting it fixed!
Supper: Chicken Fried Rice (one of those Chicken Helper Meals, these are REALLY good)
Birds Eye Asian Veggies, and I found 1 box of EGG ROLLS (Chung's) from the sale back in Dec! These will be a real treat! We will use chopsticks (I have a TON left I bought back for our Mission Friends class a year ago, Sunday Dinner $2.50 for a HUGE BUNDLE! This makes it "exciting" and we are all getting practice using them. Well, everyone but BO, he does not have the patience for eating to take that long!!!
SO this is how our day will be....hope you have a GREAT ONE!!!
Happy Saving

Sunday, February 14, 2010


O.K., let me take a moment to "Enjoy God", Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4, we can get so caught up with our daily "to do's" that we sometimes have to remind ourselves what is our true TO DO....
We were soooooo busy yesterday, but FUN. Carol Beth wanted to go to the Native American Arts and Crafts show (FREE), and then the Library (she was still upset she didn't get to go Thur.). We had been "HOMEBOUND" since Wed., so EVERYBODY went! I finally got to go to Publix!!! Over our budget, but read below about how God "BLESSED" us again! We did lunch (MEXICO TIPICO, this was the first time we have all been since Brian's birthday in June!!!!GREAT TREAT, Bo got paid for a job he did, unexpected "BLESSING".)
We truly had a great day.....but in the hustle and bustle of the finally hit me this morning, I needed to just "TAKE A MOMENT" and ENJOY GOD....Soon the kids will be up, we will get ready for church, get ready to teach Sunday School...I need to "prepare my heart, mind, and soul" that I am a good Disciple.


O.k., ORBIT gum the 3 count mulit packs They are on sale $2.00 and $1.00 off coupons
BUTif you look at all the Flavors...ORBIT SPRING WATERMELON MIST is on SALE......99 cents!!! So with that $1.00 off coupon FREE, for 3 count multipack!!!
I had 2 coupons so a total of 6 packets of gum (2 multi) for FREE!!!

In the 1/17 P&G and the 2/7 P&G there were $2.00 and $1.50 coupons for VICKS DAYQUIL and Publix in the TRAVEL SECTION they have them for $1.29 SO FREE PLUS OVERAGE!!!! Now usually I don't bother with the travel size items, BUT there is also a coupon in the 2/7 P&G for a FREE BOX of PUFFS TISSUES if you buy any 2 VICKS ITEMS!!!!! The Puffs with VICKS rub smell (THESE ARE AWESOME!!!!!)are normally $1.99
So I bought 8 TRIAL SIZE DAYQUIL @ $1.29 each = $10.32
used 4 $2.00 coupons and 4 $1.50 coupon -$14.00 in coupons!
$3.68 IN OVERAGE!!!!
PLUS I got 4 BOXES of PUFFS TISSUES FREE Would have been $7.96!!!!

I also did the Kotex tampon deal and used all my coupons plus the BOGO coupon out of the Green Advantage Flyer (4 boxes total would have been$13.56 for all 4! I paid -.22OVERAGE!!!! for all 4, I used 4---.75 Publix coupons, 2 BOGO Publix coupons, and 2- $2.00 Manufac. coupons I had!!! So 4 boxes and I MADE .22 cents!!!I love it when I get free and make extra to go toward my produce, meat, dairy....
We got carrots, grapes, salad......all kinds of stuff!!!!
Our final totals RETAIL WOULD HAVE BEEN $186.03 FINAL TOTAL WE PAID (WITH TAX) $33.93!!! We had a CART FULL! It took us about an hour....we did go over our set budget....
but with the weather the way it is right now.......we can't work on the porch right now I was trying to make myself feel better about blowing our goal...BO was making me feel better saying it was ok and LOOK at all the things we bought for only $33.93!!! He was AMAZED watching the total drop!! At first he PANICKED when he saw the beginning total....the cashier saw his face and told him
"OH IT'S OK, WE HAVEN'T STARTED WITH HER COUPONS YET", I had to get a manager override (I had more coupons than items, with store coupons, man. coupons, competitor coupons), they are used to fact the cashier and manager both laughed about I have to have it done "every time" and they were worried about me because I had not been in earlier in the week....the bag boy made the comment they had wondered where I was and he was going to come "RESCUE me from the snow" so I could go shopping!!! It is nice to be missed!
ANYWAY we get home, and in the mail is a check for $35.00!!!!!WOW, what we had spent plus some!!!! GOD IS AMAZING!!! We also got our Castrol Oil coupons I had posted about, I thought they were going to be like $1.00 or $2.00 off....NO, we got coupons for 4 FREE QUARTS OF OIL!!!! So we only have to buy 1 quart and an oil filter for 1 vehicle!!!
WE started this "goal" on faith, and we felt we have "STAGGERED" but God shows his mercy at every turn!!!!
Happy Saving

Friday, February 12, 2010

Finally Friday! Menu post and just "HEY"

Breakfast: pancakes (we are going to take a snails pace today and enjoy! POOR BO has to BRAVE the elements and go to work (He becomes part of the Emergency Management Team in situations like this)YA'LL PLEASE PRAY HE MAKES IT THERE AND BACK SAFELY!
Lunch:burgers (w/o lettuce SORRY BRIAN, I have not made it to the store yet)
Supper:Mozzarella BITES and ,HOMEMADE PIZZA'S (we figured it up, it comes out to .25cents a pizza!!! and that is for a topped one! We usually do peppironi,peppers, onion, olives.....but we are out of peppironi (WE GET THIS AT SAM'S LAST FOREVER!!!We also use it in pasta salad, homemade hot pockets (use cresent rolls if free,cheap) bagel pizza's, get creative!We even put it on cold cut sandwiches!I bag it up in smaller zip bags and put with our pizza crust and cheese!Like grab and go! Just when you get ready to use, take out of freezer about 20 min. before and let it thaw!
It has been AWHILE since we have had to buy this, I just noticed it has gone up in price not quite $2.00, so I will have to "refigure" my cost per pizza, we did the price calculations to see if it really is cheaper or what is our "BUY" price when pizza's go on sale with coupons!

The girls like just cheese. So I make 1 topped and 1 cheese!
Recipe: Pizza Pack CRUST
Don’t forget to oil you pans before spreading on the dough (what a disaster). Tara’s favorite method is to oil the pan with olive oil, then sprinkle on a little course cornmeal. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin and place the rolled dough on the pan. Only use the cornmeal if you are going to roll the pizza dough out before placing it on the pizza pan.
PIZZA CRUST (MAKES 6 MED. to LARGE CRUST!!! FREEZE!!!)This batch will last us 1 month and that is 2 pizzas at a time!
3 cups warm water
1 1/2 T salt
1 T (pkg) dry yeast
4 cups whole wheat flour
4 T sugar or honey (we use honey if we have it!! It is REALLY GOOD!!)
4 cups all purpose flour
In a large bowl, place the warm water. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and allow it to dissolve a few minutes. After yeast is dissolved, add the honey, salt, and the whole wheat flour. Stir until it is no longer lumpy. Allow this mixture to sit, covered and undisturbed for at least two hours (this will give the dough a better texture). Gradually stir in the white flour until you can no longer stir it with a spoon, then knead in the remaining flour (6-8 minutes kneading time by hand). Allow the dough to rise for one hour in a greased bowl. Make sure and cover the bowl with a lid or a towel to keep the dough from drying out. Follow one of the options listed below for assembling and freezing a pizza. This recipe makes enough dough for 6 medium pizzas with a medium thickness crust.
Option 1:
Prepare the dough, allow it to rise once, punch it down, then flatten it into 6 thick disc and freeze them in individual zip bags. The disc shape helps the dough thaw more evenly and quickly. Thaw the dough on a day you will eat it and spread it on a greased baking or pizza pan. Allow the dough to rise, top with sauce and toppings and bake on the bottom rack at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes until the bottom of the crust is done and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Check the crust by lifting it up with a metal spatula. It should be browned to the center.
For the sloppy joe pizza (FOR THIS ONE I PREBAKE OUR CRUST!!!I will bake it about 20 min. and then top it and then cook for 20 more min!!!)
1 lb. of ground beef (THANK YOU "SUPPER")
3/4 cup frozen or canned corn (Free Bird's EYE)
3/4 cup BBQ sauce (CHEAP AT PUBLIX THE OTHER WEEK!!!.20cents a bottle!)
1/2 cup chopped onion (it calls for green onion, I will use part of a yellow, not quite 1/2 cup because it is stronger)
1 large pizza crust
1 1/2 cups shredded CO/Jack cheese (I will use mozzarella, it is what we have!)
Brown ground beef, drain, stir corn, bbq sauce, and onion in. Heat through. Place dough on baking sheet, spoon beef mixture on top, sprinkle with cheese.Bake 12-15 min!

Ok Ladies here are some "ODD" things you might want to LOOK out for!!!

Have you noticed alot of the coupons that are "LISTED" to use on the list/blogs are NOT in our paper (I know they are regional, but right now it seems almost like NONE of them are in our papers!!! It's all ads, I don't want an ad, I don't want to order 3 pair of Ladies KNIT pants for $19.99, I don't want a clock! I WANT COUPONS!
Ok. I just had to get that out of my system, I'm fine now!Thank you for your time and now back to our regularly scheduled programing!

Go by Walgreens and get the new Feb. coupon booklet! It is at the front of the store where the ads are, they are Walgreens STORE coupons, and they last till the end of the month! I usually get mine the beginning of the month....but I have not made it by there yet. BUT I WILL, I have heard there is a KOTEX coupon in it! Now in the Publix Green Advantage Flyer there is a BOGO Kotex coupon (PUBLIX coupon) and there are some manufacturer coupons out there! So free/cheap Kotex!!

Some odd off list things to look out for at Publix!

~Heinz 16-oz Vinegar $1.29
you will pay .29¢
Print 2 coupons and get 2, we use vinegar all the time and it makes for cheap but good fabric softener!!!See the recipe in the Thrifty Thurs post ?(I think or email or call me, I would be happy to give it to you!)
We figured it up, the fabric softer works out to .43 a batch! (this was using FREE conditioner!)

~Chapstick $1.49
*(look for packs with one free tube)
-$1/1 Publix Q (Green Advantage Flyer)
Make SURE to pick up the right one!!!! I thought I grabbed the right one, as it rang up noticed it was $2.99!!!! The GREAT cashier knows me, and she KNEW this was the WRONG one, the sweet bagger went and got me the one I wanted!!! THANKS LADIES!
So .49 cents for chapstick (not free, but we go through lip balm this time of year, even Bo uses chapstick (he works outside and in the wind!!)
I will NOT let him use my Neosporin Lip Balm!! IT IS TOO NICE *he would lose it, and it took me FOREVER to get that deal! That was at Walgreens a few weeks ago, I did the HAPPY DANCE across the parking lot when I finally found it! I did not even realize I was dancing, until I got in the car, Bo and the kids were BUSTING OUT LAUGHING....wanting to know "WHAT ARE YOU DOING???" I looked down and sure enough, I was STILL DANCING!!Good Deals will do that to you!

Also the .50/1 Pepto coupon that is in the P&G can't remember if it was 1/17 or 2/7!
It will double to $1.00 at Publix....the 12 count tablets (we like these)are $1.89 so .89 cents after coupons!!!
Happy Saving


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Menu for Thurs. Feb. 11

So we are 11 days into our challenge! We are doing good, we only have 17 more days to go!! I didn't realize until now, we picked a 28 day month to do this!!! The Lord blessed us with the timing!!
Ok. Breakfast :cereal (we are starting to run low on milk....but I have powdered milk to fall back on, we always use this unless I can get milk cheap or free! They can't tell the difference and I don't have to worry about it spoiling!)
Lunch: burritos (I had some chili left from last week I froze and this will be our "filling")
Supper: Beef tips ("Supper" I will cook these in the crockpot) I will also have a roast going in another crockpot (read my Let's get ready to snow post)
noodles (always free or cheap,will we ever make a dent in the pasta stash,if there is some left at the end of this month...We will put some in our donate pile)
frozen veggies (I have a BUNCH of different kinds, I think I will do the spinach)
homemade bread
for dessert: Popscicles(NO I'm joking.....what are we going to do with all these popsciles they go bad????)
We will have jello with fruit cocktail! They love this! I will have Becca make this after lunch so it can be JELLO/ING!

Thursday Feb.11 LET'S GET READY TO.............SNOW!!!!

Are you ready? I got to thinking about this, I know back in '93, they "predicted" that we MIGHT have snow......For those that don't remember, WE HAD SNOW!!! Our power went out, the water went out, (the power was out about 6 days, the water almost 2 WEEKS, I DO REMEMBER THIS, Brian was a toddler and Carol Beth was only 4 months old!
It will not get that bad this time (I hope), but I am going to take today to get a few thing ready just in case the power or water do go out.....We keep the 2.5 gallon water containers in our pantry for emergencies (I have 4 of these), but did you know you are supposed to have 1 gallon per person for 3 days! For our house that would be 15 gallons! Now I'm not going to RUN to the store and buy more, I have 10 gallons and if we see that it is going to get BAD, I might catch up some in my stockpots. Hayneville Water had a problem last time with the pump freezing, of course that was 17 years ago....but you know, THE LORD OVER ALL IS IN CHARGE!!I remember the verse: We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials,for we know that they are good for us-they help us learn to endure. Romans 5:3 I have learned from '93 how to hopefully endure whatever is going to come out of this. I am praying that it is just going to be "FUN SNOW"! We have already told ours "Yes, you will have school, Becca made the comment that schools will probably be closed.....I informed her that it would be due to ROAD CONDITIONS...I don't think she will have ICY CONDITIONS from her bedroom to our classroom table!
Back to prep stuff (don't ya'll love how I get side tracked!)

I have gotten up my HAND can opener (Carol Beth questioned what this was!!!!)
Candles, matches, Bo got up some more firewood, WE HAVE A TON OF CAN GOODS...If the power does go out my only concern was the freezers (we don't have a generator),but that is the COOL thing about a SNOW/ICE power outage.....IT WILL BE FREEZING OUTSIDE!!! (Not like after Ivan (we lost everything in our freezers then, the Lord blessed us though, we were down to the last of a steer, so we didn't lose much.)So if the power does go out, and is out for an EXTENDED period of time, we will "CHUNK THE STUFF IN THE YARD", ok not quite, we will put it in coolers, rubbermaid tubs whatever we can find and "chunk it in the yard"!
But again we are thinking it will not get like that, BUT we will be prepared if it does! So this is how we are spending our Thursday ( I figure it is a good time also to talk to the kids about emergency preparedness!) Your GET 10 GET READY thingy....
down at the bottom is a pdf file for WINTER PREPARE!I will not worry about EVERYTHING ON THIS LIST.....Don't run out and go buy a bunch of stuff......
I will make sure we have a way to stay warm (get up extra blankets, firewood)
Water, and food ready, and flashlights, candles....and things to do....Hey this is where those cool card games from Target will come in HANDY!

We also got to talking about cooking up some extra meat, we have an electric if the power does go out...the fireplace will be our only choice to HEAT/COOK food....I don't want to solely eat can goods! During Ivan we were able to cook outside, it was like camping, we used the grill, we made a fire ring with a grill plate over it (I cooked all our meals that way, the kids remember it being FUN,) Becca and I even heated water for every ones baths and washed clothes outside! Some people from our old church had come to check on us.....found us out in the yard around that fire, washing clothes....and made the comment we looked liked we lived in a third world country......but that Sunday at church.....everyone made the comment we were the only "CLEAN" ones there! They wanted to know how we had power and water to BATHE and WASH!
We are also going to the nursing home to take Valentine's and the library....
So it is going to be a full day!
UPDATE: WE will not be going ANYWHERE, Bo parked down here at the house....BIG NONO right now,His truck got stuck....The tractor will not he took my van...
I am looking at this as the Lord's way of letting me "take this time", we had a dentist appt. scheduled for today (they called and canceled yesterday, see the Lord was gracious in this! We didn't have to worry about making that appt.) and it didn't happen yesterday (They had their Homeschool Valentine Party at the church, THANK YOU LETHA WE HAD SO MUCH FUN) so....we are going with the flow, I am anticipating what the Lord has in store for us!! It has worked out that we HAVE to stay home today! So, I will embrace this to the fullest! We will work on our SNOW PREP, get laundry done and just relish this "STAY HOME TIME" AND DO SCHOOLWORK!
Carol Beth is UPSET to say the least about the library...
and her art class has been canceled for tomorrow......but I will FIND her something to do! (THERE is that pile of clothes that needs, I wouldn't do that..) She can make snowflakes, and help me in the kitchen.

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