Sunday, February 28, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wednesday's Website

Some of you may find it a little strange that I post about my grocery savings. I routinely save around 40% by buying things on sale and using coupons. Sometimes I link up to Crystal's Shopping Superstars, where other bloggers have posted their weekly savings. Some are lucky enough to have stores with double or even triple coupons, and other great promotions, and save 75-90%!
Crystal blogs at The Thrifty Mama and passes on many great deals and coupons.

A Few Groceries

We dropped Barry off in Duluth this morning so his dad could bring him to the Mpls. airport to fly back to Florida. He'll be back again in about 3 1/2 weeks. The little boys and I stopped at Super One on the way home for a few groceries and deals--

Braeburn apples: $0.25 each (limit 10)--regular price was $0.50 each

Bread: English Muffin toasting bread and Super One cottage wheat bread were $1 each; Earthgrains bread was $2.49-$0.75 coupon=$1.74

Libery Gold mandarin oranges (limit 2) and Land O'Lakes yogurt (limit 3): $0.25 each

Silk soy milk: FREE when you buy 2 Kellogg's Raisin Bran. The Raisin Bran was on sale 2/$4. I had a $1.50/2 internet printed coupon for the cereal, but apparently Super One only takes internet coupons up to $1, so they wouldn't let me use it.
Double Stuff Gold Oreos: FREE with coupon from Facebook promotion
Mocha Frappuccino: 10/$10, used $1 coupon=FREE
I saved $40.93 or 42% on my groceries today.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Spaghetti Tacos

If you have a kid that watches iCarly, you may have heard of spaghetti tacos. If not, you're probably thinking, "Spaghetti what?" Jackson has been asking me for awhile to make spaghetti tacos like they did on iCarly, so Saturday we had them for supper. If you would like to try them, here's what you do:
Cook spaghetti noodles broken in 1/4
Brown 1 lb. hamburger (I used ground chicken)
Add 1 package taco seasoning and 3/4 cup water
When thickened, add spaghetti sauce, just enough to cover the meat without being soupy
When noodles are cooked, drain and combine with meat mixture
Use hard shell tacos--put down spaghetti mixture, shredded cheese of your choice and lettuce into the taco shell. Dig in!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wednesday's Websites

While the Sunday paper is my best source of coupons, I also print coupons off the Internet. My favorite source for printable coupons is They have a lot of the same coupons you might find in the Sunday paper, but often they're worth more. Right now they have $0.75 off Gold'n Plump chicken. This goes on sale often at Super One, so I'll definitely print that off. They often have higher value cereal coupons for $1 off 1 instead of $1 off 2 or 3 that you usually find in the inserts.
Smart Source and Red Plum that you find in the Sunday paper also have websites you can print coupons from.
You can always check out the websites of products you buy, as many products put out printable coupons.
Now, before you go nuts printing coupons, make sure the store(s) you shop at accept printed coupons. Don't print everything you may or may not use, as you'll go through an ink cartridge in a hurry.
Go print some coupons!

Mail Call

Lots of goodies in the mail the other day:

Huggies diapers and Pull Ups mailers with coupons and codes for Huggies Enjoy the Rides Rewards. After I entered the codes, I played their instant win game and won $25 Gas Cash!
Dove mailer with coupons
Samples of Nescafe Taster's Choice coffee sticks
Sample of Celestial Seasonings Green Tea
Two coupons for FREE Golden Double Stuf Oreos from a Facebook promotion. I'm not sure why they sent me two, but I'm sure I'll be able to use both of them!
An envelope of coupons.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Grocery Time

I got the kids going this morning so we could go to Super One--it had been three weeks since my last big grocery trip. Since Barry's gone for another month, I took all four kids rather than taking the little two during the week when Jackson and Raina were in school. I'm not quite ready for that yet. Anyway, I saved 41% this week or $175.71 shopping sales and using coupons. Here are the best deals:

Vaseline lotion--$3.89, buy one get one free (store coupon), used 2-$1 coupons=$0.90 each
Bic razors (at Pamida)--$4.99 each, used buy one get one free coupon=$2.50 each

Yakisoba noodles--$1 each, used 4-$0.50 coupons=$0.50 each

Orville Redenbacher microwave popcorn--$0.99 each, used $1/2 coupon=$0.49 each
Planters trail mix--$0.99, used $1 coupon=FREE
Fisher sunflower seeds--$1.29 each, used 2-$1 coupons=$0.29 each
Ortega taco seasoning--$0.75 each, used $0.75/2 coupon=$0.38 each
Old El Paso taco seasoning--used FREE when you buy 2 Old El Paso products (I bought green chiles at $1 each)

Kemps butter--$1.99 each
Kraft American and Swiss cheese slices--2/$3
Kraft chunk cheese--2/$3
Kraft shredded cheese--2/$3, used $1/2 coupon=$1 each

Del Monte ketchup--$0.99-$0.50 coupon=$0.49
CoffeeMate creamer--$2.39 each, used $1.50/2 coupon=$1.64 each
Old El Paso green chiles--$1 each, got FREE taco seasoning
Marzetti hummus--$2.77-$1 coupon=$1.77
Marzetti dip--$2.99-$1 coupon-$1.99
Ken's dressing--$2.49-$2 coupon=$0.49 each
Bush's baked beans--$0.99 each-$0.55 coupons=$0.44
Ortega refried beans--$1.25 each-$0.75/2 coupon=$0.88 each
Polaner All Fruit--$2.59-$1 coupon=$1.59. The Black Cherry flavor is very good, and it's sweetened only with fruit juice and fruit, no added sugar or high fructose corn syrup

Old Orchard juice drinks--$0.99 each. This is not something I normally buy, but we'll drink this with pizza instead of pop
Goldfish--$0.99 each

Post cereal--$2.50 each-$1/2 coupon=$2.00
Hunt's Snack Pack pudding--$1.25 each, used buy 3 get 1 free coupon=$0.94 each

General Mills cereal--$2 each, used $1/3 coupon=$1.67 each
Ritz Crackers--$2.50 each -$1/2 coupon=$2 each
Cheez-It Duoz--$2.49-$0.75 coupon=$1.74
Triscuits and Wheat Thins--$1.97-$1 coupons=$0.97 each

Brownberry bread--$1.99. The regular price on this is $3.69. I like it because it's 100% whole wheat and has no high fructose corn syrup

Chicken--$3.99 each
Farmland pork tenderloin--$4.99-$1 coupon=$3.99
Farmland bacon--$2.22-$1 coupons=$1.22 each

Edy's ice cream--$2.88 each, used $1 coupons=$1.88 each. Did you know there are Girl Scout cookies varieties, like this one made with Samoas? Yum!

Not pictured:
I used my last Kangaroo pita bread FREE coupon that the company sent me.
Yoplait yogurt was $0.48, I bought 15 and used $0.40/6 and $0.50 coupons and a FREE when you buy 6 coupon=$0.39 each
And because the kids were not in meltdown mode by the time we were done shopping, we had lunch at McDonalds, where they all got identical penguin toys.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Evolution of Remy's Hair

Even though Remy spent the first year or so of his life bald, he has more than made up for it now. Take a look at Remy's hair in his first (almost) three years:

Click on the picture to see it larger.