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


Monday, February 1, 2010

How to GET a deal on near'bout anything (as my Grandma would have said)

Bo relized that it is near'bout time to change the oil the the cars. (He has always done this, we have never HAD it done) The last time he changed it we had a coupon from Advanced Auto Parts and it worked out after coupons and buying when on sale, BOTH vehicles (his truck, and my van) was $19.88 total.
Well, he asked me where is the deal at for oil this time.....I don't know why he thinks I would know this information right off the top of my head!!??
Anyway, the next day (I kid you not) in the mail we get an ad from O'Reily Auto Parts! What is on sale CASTROL OIL (the only kind we use), so I started looking for some form of coupons, wether store coupons or Castrol coupons....NOTHING.
But I did see a REBATE on the Castrol website for up to $20.00 back, but then I noticed it is for when you get your oil changed at QUICK LUBE! Now that's not going to work!
Well ya'll know me enough by now that I am not going to stop there! I emailed Castrol and told them how we always change our own oil, Bo only uses their oil, and the rebate would not help in our situation.......did they have any coupons they could mail us? 2 hours later I checked our email and Castrol had emailed me back saying "WE WOULD LOVE to send you some coupons, tell us for what products and we will get them out to you!"
I emailed them back told them what types of oil and 30 min. later I recieved another email telling me my coupons were going to be mailed , we would get them in 7 to 10 days!
Now we allot $10.00 a month for car needs such as this, so this will not come out of our grocery budget, or effect our PORCH project. In fact setting aside a little along has helped when I needed a tail lightbulb replaced, Bo needed some antifreeze that type thing....NOW REALLY BIG MATTERS ARE A DIFFERENT STORY, and you are probably thinkning something like this is no big deal......but when you count every penny to be is a big deal.... and we NEVER NEVER EVER NEVER put ANYTHING on credit cards not even an oil change! If we can't pay for it now, what makes us think we could pay for it next month or the next?
I am telling ya'll this so you can see how to LOOK FOR A DEAL on near'bout anything, anything you need
If you can save where ever you can, save! That is money we can put toward something else that we need.

Apple Dumpling Recipe

Here is an Apple Dumpling Recipe like Mrs. Betty makes, it is absolutly FANTASTIC!
Flour for dusting
1 8oz. can crescent rolls (in the frig,NEED to use)
1 Granny Smith apple peeled and wedged (I still have some from last week GALA)
1/2 stick butter (I still have a TON of I Can't Believe from when it was FREE around the holidays)
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven 350. unroll rolls on dusted surface. Place apple wedge on the wide edge of each TRIANGLE roll up, place in square baking dish. In a saucepan, melt butter, sugar and cinnamon then stir in Mountain Dew. Pour over dumplings cover with foil and bake 15 min. uncover and bake 15 more min. THIS IS REALLY GOOD
It was also posted on the Southern Savers site, but I got my recipe from Mrs. Betty
I thought this would go with our Kraut and APPLES tonight for supper. STAY with the apple theme, and the apples need to be used!
By the way, the Kraut and Apples are in my slow cooker now, and I have to tell you
WOW!!! It smells sooooooo good! I can't wait till supper!

MENU at our house! Read Fantastic Frugal FEB post if you have not read it yet

Ok, I thought I would post what we are going to be eating this week, to show how stocking up can be a GREAT thing.
As you may have read, we are on a $40.00 FOR THE MONTH budget.
Monday Breakfast oatmeal, Lunch leftovers,
Supper Polish Kraut and Apples I found this in a Taste of Home book my sister gave me Christmas!and corn on the cob (Bird's Eye really cheap or free a few weeks ago) and salad (already had, need to finish off)
1 can of sauerkraut (I had to buy this .83!) DRAIN AND RINSE!!
16 oz. Polish sausage (I had some Hillshire Farms sausage in the freezer)
3 apples (bought last week .69lb)
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 tsp caraway seeds optional, (I can't believe I actually had some!!!When did I get these and WHY?? The LORD knew!)
1/8 tsp pepper
3/4 c apple juice (Juciy Juice from one of the BOGO sales, we still have a good bit of juice!)
Place 1/2 of sauerkraut in the bottom of slow cooker, then top with cut sausage, apples, brown sugar, caraway seeds, and pepper. Add other 1/2 of sauerkraut. Pour apple juice over the top. Cover and cook on low 4-5 hours. So we had everything for the day except the sauerkraut that I got for .83cents (Bo picked up for me yesterday while he was in town. I didn't make a special trip, that would have not been "cost effective" as we say)