Thursday, June 30, 2011

Today's shopping trip...and why I've broken my budget the last two weeks!

I try REALLY hard to stick to my budget and most of the time I'm successful. The last two weeks however have been a different story! With family expected to be in town for the next week I've tried to plan my meals and have my act together so that I'm not having to spend my time planning and shopping while they are here. I've gone beyond my regular $40-$50 a week budget by about $40-$50 both weeks! Mostly because I've had some extra income from watching kids and other things and I've run across some great deals and I've been thankful to have that extra money so I can stock up. 

If you haven't attended a class and as a refresher for those who have, here is my method to saving money:

  1. Start with a budget! Don't have one? Look at what you spend on average, that's the budget you should start with.
  2. Shop from your freezer and pantry! Make a menu each week and fill the best you can with what you have on hand.
  3. Make 2 lists: Needs and Wants
    • Needs: What you have to have to make it this week. (i.e. toilet paper, dog food, milk, lunchmeat, etc.)
    • Wants: Stockpiling opportunities
  4. TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEEDS LIST FIRST!!!! Then use the remaining budget to stockpile.

So here's today's shopping trip(s).

2- Huggies Jumbo packs $2/18
-(2)$2/1 SS 6/12
-$10 Johnson & Johnson ECB (from last week)
OOP: $4 THAT'S $2 a pack!!!!!
Got back a $4 Huggies ECB

Transaction #1
10- SoBe Life Waters $1 each
1-HP Ink $13.99
Arrived home ready to put my new ink in the printer and it wasn't in the bag!
OOP $23.99
Got back $5 GC

Transaction #2
3- Kraft Salad Dressings 16 oz.  $1.59
-Buy 2 Get 1 Free Target printable here
-$1/2 Kraft Dressing 14 oz or larger SS 6/19
-$1/1 Kraft Dressing any size (picked up at Publix)
2- Driscoll's Strawberries $1.79
there are coupons available for this (go here to sign up to receive the $.50 coupons), I've already used mine :(
3-Ritz Crackerfuls $2.40
-(3) $1/1 Crackerfuls SS 4/17
1- Newton Thin Crisps FREE
-Buy 3 Nabisco products get Newton Thin Crisps Free
2- Hot Wheels $1.09 (rang up $1.07)
-$1/1 printable from Target website here
1- Beneful Dog food $14.99
Total: $24.09
-$5 SoBe GC
OOP: $19.09

Winn Dixie
2- Dole Salads BOGO $3.99
-$1.25/1 tearpad found TODAY! (limit one per person)
-$1/1 Dole salad 5/15 SS
4- Kraft w/ a Touch of Philadelphia $3.99  BOGO
-(4)$1/1 Kraft w/ a Touch of Philadelphia tear pad
1- Kingsford Charcoal $6.99
1- Pork Ribs $6.87
2-KC Masterpiece marinades $2.99 BOGO
-$6 wyb Kingsford, pork ribs and KC Masterpiece (from Publix)
4- Motts for Tots juice $10
4- Ronzoni Pasta $1.57 BOGO
2- Solo Plates $3.30
-$1/2 Solo or Solo Bare 6/19 RP
1- Roast $9.78
2- Elmer's Gluesticks 3 pk clearance $.49
1- Smithfield Bacon $3.99
-$1/1 Winn Dixie coupon attached
1- Tropicana Orange Juice $3.99
-$1/1 peelie found today
1-WD Rice 5 lb bag $3.49
1- WD Maple Sausage links $2.99
-$1/1 Winn Dixie coupon attached
1- Pillbury French bread $2.49
Total: 56.54
-$5/55 Winn Dixie Catalina
OOP: $51.54

I have one more stop I want to make later today (probably after the hubby gets home). 

1- Domino Sugar $2.49
-$.50/1 Domino sugar 5/22 RP
1- Sunny Delight $1.94
-$.55/1 printable (no longer available)
1- Marcel single paper towel or 4 pk toilet paper $1.09
-$1/1 Marcal 5/22 RP
OOP: $3.47

Thrifty Thursday: Frugal 4th of July

This week's edition of Thrifty Thursday is all about the 4th of July! Here are some great ways to save money and celebrate!

Festive Red, White and Blue pom pom
Great balls of Fire
Patriotic Paper Plate Garland

Patriotic Fruit Kabobs
Easy Patriotic Trifle

Local Fun-Thanks to Ocean Springs Night Out!
FREE 1 hour of bowling at Ocean Lanes-shoe rental not included
27th Annual Our Lady of the Gulf Crab Festival
63rd Annual MS Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo
2nd Annual Diamondhead July 4th Boat parade
4th Annual Claremont Harbor Parade
Ocean Springs

  • 80's Night- downtown Ocean Springs come dressed in 80's attire (or something from the back of your closet!)  7 pm Government Street to Russell will be closed to traffic.
  • July 3rd- Ocean Springs FREE Summer Concert Series: Jeff Bates and Autumn Rise N 7:30 pm
  • July 3rd- Ocean Springs Fireworks at 9 pm
  • July 4th Wesson Run- Ocean Springs get free admission to YMCA after the run

Army Band Independence Day Celebration- 10 am Mary C O'Keefe Cultural Center Ocean Springs
Biloxi Fireworks- July 4th 9 pm

For the Kids
Rocket Balloons

Coupons and Coffee

Mornin! Another great class last night in Hurley! Thanks Kim for having me out there! 

Today is the beginning of a very busy weekend. The in-laws are suppose to be coming tomorrow if my mother in law is feeling better. If so it's a fun packed week of the kids getting to visit with their grandparents and some some great rounds of rummy(I can guarantee you the hubby and FIL will cheat!)

Remember today is the last day of the month, so print those coupons because they will all reset tomorrow!

Here's today's round up of coupons. Thanks to Money Saving Mom, Jessica's Coupons, Hip2Save, The Frugal Girls, Deal Seeking Mom!
As I'm preparing today's round up I discover...ack! I'm out of ink!!!!!

$.75/1 Starbucks Ice Cream pint
$1.50/1 Ovaltine
$1/1 Kikkoman product
$1/1 Skittles
$1.50/1 Wholly Product-new link

FREE Skittles at Murphy USA
Downy Unstoppables giveaway- 9 am central Facebook
Camping Preschool Pack

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Another Week of Deals: Grocery Stores

Here is this week's grocery round up! Remember, I only post the best deals that I see, but you can click on the name of the store to see a full match up.

Winn Dixie-Thanks Winn Dixie On A Dime!
Dole Salads $3.99 BOGO
- $.75/1 printable here
-$1/1 SS 5/15 (coupon says limit 1 per person)
Kraft Cheeses block, shredded, chunk $3.99 BOGO
-$1/1 Kraft Natural Slices WYB Kraft Shredded Cheese 6/19 SS -$1/1 Kraft Shredded Cheese tearpad 
Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce, 18 oz, BOGO $2.59-$1/2 Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce 5/22 SS Premium Strawberries, 1 lb, BOGO $3.49 -$.50/1 Driscoll’s Berries  sign up for their newsletter (if included)
If it is not Driscoll's on sale at WD, check out the sale at Target (which are driscoll berries) and snag them for $1.29 a lb.
A1 Steak Sauce, 10 oz, BOGO $4.39-$1/1 A1 Steak Sauce or Marinade 6/5 SS 

Zatarain’s Rice or Pasta Sides 5.2 to 8 oz, BOGO $2.29-$1/2 Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage WYB Zatarain’s 6/19 RP 
Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage 2/$6
Solo Heavy Duty Plates 8.5 or 10 inch, 44 ct, BOGO $3.39-$1/2 Solo or Bare by Solo Products 6/19 SS 

Rouse's- Thanks Mommy's Money Saving Madness! (complete match up available after 6 pm)
Kraft BBQ sauce $.48
Domino Sugar $2.49
-$.50/1 RP 6/26
Zatarain's Jambalaya or Dirty Rice $.99
-$1/2 Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage wyb zatarain's 6/19 RP
Coca-Cola 12 pack 4/$11
Kellogg's Cereal $1.99 (Raisin Bran, Corn Flakes, Cinnabon and Smorz)
-$1/2 Raisin Bran printable
Chinet Plates, Bowls and Cups $2.47
-$1/1 printable (sign up required)
-$1/1 peelies
Marie Calendar's Pies $5
-$1/1  single page flyer (handed out at Walmart)
Sunny Delight 64 oz. $1.49
-$.55/1 printable (no longer available-check your binder)

Publix- Thanks I Heart Publix!
Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce, 18 oz bot, BOGO $2.35
-$1/2 Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce 5/22 SS

Kraft or Seven Seas Dressing, Assorted Varieties, 14 or 16 oz, BOGO $3.19
-$1/2 Kraft Italian Salad Dressings TARGET coupon 
-B2G1 Kraft Salad Dressing TARGET coupon 
-$1/2 Kraft Salad Dressings 6/19 SS
-$1/2 Kraft Salad Dressings TARGET coupon
-$1/2 Kraft Italian Salad Dressings TARGET coupon

-$1/2 Kraft Dressing 5/15 RP 

A.1. Steak Sauce, 10 oz bot, BOGO $4.14
-$1/1 A1 Steak Sauce or Marinade 6/5  SS
-$1/1 A.1. Sauce TARGET coupon 

Aunt Jemima Waffles, 10 ct, 12.3 oz box, BOGO $2.25
-$1/1 Aunt Jemima Frozen Breakfast Item 

Mueller’s Pasta, 12 to 16 oz box, (excluding Lasagna, Jumbos Shells & Egg Noodles) BOGO $1.45
-$1/1 Mueller’s 100% Whole Grain Pasta Rolling (if included)

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Snack Crackers, 10/$10
-$0.35/1 Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Grahams (exp 7/10/2011)-$.55/1 Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers printable

Coupons and Coffee

Mornin! I taught another group of couponers last night...some of them taking the class for a second time! Don't be discouraged if you don't get it right the first, second, third, even fourth time! Power couponing (thanks Mary for that term!) takes time and patience. It doesn't happen overnight and you are guaranteed to mess up. I've been doing this for almost two years and still mess it up sometimes! As long as you are seeing that budget shrink and you are saving money then you are on the right path.

Here's today's round up. Thanks to Hip2Save, Money Saving Mom, Jessica's Coupons and more!

$.55/1 Goldfish Grahams-reset from yesterday in case you missed it!
$1/1 Grandma's Molasses
$1/1 King's Hawaiian Sandwich rolls or mini sub rolls
$1/2 Bob Evans Sausage rolls
$1/1 Starkist Sensations entree
$1/4 Redpack tomatoes (14 oz or larger)
$1/1 Hotwheels-should mean FREE Hotwheels cars at Target!

FULL SIZE Pantene product- this is finally working this morning!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Freezer Jam

After my experience at the canning party on Saturday I was inspired! We had four teams and a line up of secret ingredients. Our team was the last to go and we ran out of strawberries! So we had to throw it all in! Peaches, raspberries and blueberries! Taste the rainbow! I can't stop talking about how delicious and super easy the freezer jam recipe was to make! Strawberries are $1.79 this week at Target (you can snag a $.50/1 coupon by going to driscoll's website and signing up for their newsletter) and I have coupons to buy the jars. I see a mother/daughter project in the very near future.

In the mean time, I was telling reader Teri about the jam yesterday and she was inspired too! 
Strawberry-Peach and Strawberry freezer jam made my Teri and her husband.

Here's the recipe:

Berry Blitz Freezer Jam 
(courtesy of

You will need:
 5 Tbsp Ball®RealFruit™ Instant Pectin
 1-1/2 cups sugar
 1 cup crushed blackberries (about 1-1/2 6-oz container)
 1 cup crushed blueberries (about 2 4.4-oz container)
 1 cup crushed raspberries (about 1-1/2 6-oz container)
 1 cup crushed strawberries (about 1 1-lb container)
 Zest of 1 small lemon
 5 Plastic Ball® (8 oz) Freezer Jars

1.) STIR sugar and instant pectin in a bowl into well blended. 
2.) ADD blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and lemon zest. Stir 3 minutes. 
3.) LADLE jam into clean jars to fill line. Twist on lids. Let stand until thickened, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately, refrigerate up to three weeks or freeze up to one year. 

Feel free to substitute all or some of the berries for other fruits. Just make sure you have the right amount of fruit that corresponds with the amount of pectin. No cooking, the kids can help!


Coupons and Coffee

Mornin! I had a wonderful time yesterday getting to visit and shop with one of my readers, Terri. She asked me to help her with her drug store shopping and how to make her shopping list. A little less than an hour later we had, 25 cent deodorant, 25 cent toilet paper and 50 cent milk and bread! Not a bad trip! We had a great time despite a missing coupon binder and a purse being left at home!

Here's today's round up! Thanks to Hip2Save, Money Saving Mom, Penny Pinchin' Mom

BOGO Gerber Graduates-Facebook
$1/1 Glad compostable bag
$.35/1 Goldfish Grahams
$2/1 Tide pop up hamper, travel bag or mesh bag available at Target-snail mail
$1/1 Aunt Jemima-Facebook watch video to get coupon print limit is 1
$.50/1 Wisp
$1/1 Colgate Orabase
$.50/1 Speedstick
$.50/1 Murphy Oil Soap
$7/1 Nutro Dog Food-sign up for Nutro Rewards to print makes a bag $1.39 at PetSmart!
$1/1 Fast Fixins

Cheerios sample and coupon!
Quest protein bar
Amazon MP3- compatible with most MP3 and ipods. use CLOUDMP3 and get a $2 credit. Some great music available!
Shout wipes sample-Facebook
Organize in Style- coupon booklet from P&G This was NOT a new link for me but may be for you!

Menu Monday

Breakfast- waffles
Lunch- PB&J burgers (just pbj on burger buns)
Dinner- Reagan's Sausage Jambalaya

Breakfast-biscuits, homemade freezer jam
Lunch- hot dogs
Dinner- Chicken Broccoli Bake

Lunch- turkey & cheese sandwiches
Dinner- Grillades, rice, braun bon potatoes, green beans

Breakfast- Oatmeal
Lunch-grilled cheese, fruit
Dinner- Chicken tacos, chips & queso

Breakfast- Cereal, fruit
Lunch- PB&J, fruit salad

Breakfast- Pancakes by Dad
Lunch- Ham and cheese, bananas
Dinner- Grilled Hot Dogs, baked beans, mac & cheese

Breakfast- Kids will eat a bowl of cereal or toast, Hubby and I have a muffin and coffee at church.
Lunch- Baked ham, green beans, mashed potatoes
Dinner- I usually don't cook Sunday nights.