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Print Your Coupons
The end of the month is just two days away. Print your coupons before they're gone. New coupons will be listed on November 1, 2010. I've printed some favorites and will hold them in hopes of a sale. Print this one out for some cheap sugar: Smartsource: Dixie Crystals Sugar $0.75/1 This will double to $1.50 at both Lowes Foods and Harris Teeter. The last time I had this coupon, ...
Kraft Shredded Cheese for $0.88 a Bag
I've told you before and I'll tell you again- I LOVE cheese! I don't think I go a day without eating some type of cheese. And usually I have 6-8 different types in my fridge at a time. Cheese is pretty pricey so anytime I can get a good deal on it, I stock up. This week there's a great deal going on at Lowe's Food stores. So here's the steal: All bags of shredded Kraft Cheese are on sal...
Harris Teeter Super Doubles!!
It's happening again! Harris Teeter is doing “Super Doubles” from November 3-9. With plenty of advanced notice, now's the time to gather all your high value coupons so that you are prepared next Wednesday. For those of you that are new to couponing, “Super Doubles” means that they will double any coupon up to $1.98. However, the upc barcode on the coupon must begin with a number ...
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle
So my little "Harriet Potter" has been having a BLAST with the PS3 Lego Harry Potter game and as if that wasn't enough, my In-Laws got her the coolest Lego set around. It's the Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle! This isn't the ordinary "Lego" set that I grew up with. This Lego set has hinges and doors, flames on torches, stairs that swivel, and much, much more. It's AMAZING! My In-Laws had as...
Happy 5th Birthday, Emma!!!
My baby is turning 5 today. She is SOOO excited about this age, and the fact that the dentist told her 2 days ago that her two bottom teeth were loose. I keep telling her she's going to look like a jack-o-lantern but she doesn't seem to mind:) I received the Picaboo book in the mail yesterday and it's all wrapped up and ready for Emma to open up. It came out REALLY nice. Can't believe I...
Free Picaboo Photobook!
I just found out from My Baton Rouge Mommy that Picaboo is offering new customers a FREE large Classic book from October 15 to 25th by using code FALLBK. I'm a little behind on my photobooks these days, so I spent the day today working on Emma's birthday party from last year. I've always loved scrapbooking but can't seem to find the time lately. Making a photobook is similar to scrapbook...
How to Get 5 Packages of Cheese for $3.38
I LOVE cheese! I should have probably been born a mouse:) It's one of those foods that I can eat every single day and I never get tired of it. I was thrilled to get 5 packages of it at Harris Teeter for only $3.38 today. I picked up 4 bags of shredded cheese and 1 package of Cracker Barrel Cheddar slices. All of them were on sale. The shredded cheeses were on sale 2 for $4 and the...
Groupon: Top Deals for September 3
I LOVE Groupon! I purchased 3 different ones this year.  The first was for a 90-minute massage from Massage Envy for only $49 (Retails for $114).  The second one was for a Gap store certificate for $25 (Retails for $50) and the most recent one was for Papa Murphy's Pizza.  This one was only $8 and it retails for $20.  Someone's having pizza in the next couple days! Here's the list of th...
Vita Mix Blender – The Kitchen Appliance No Home Should Be Without
I've got to be honest with you. I hate infomercials. I also don't care much for sales Kiosks where fast-talking snake oil salesmen wearing headset microphones attempt to mesmerize you with their clever words and trivial knowledge. In fact, the Vita Mix blender Kiosk at our local Costco had been up and running for several months before we finally approached it during one of our latest visits. Prior...
Today Only: Get $50 Worth of Gap Apparel for ONLY $25
Groupon is having a wonderful deal today. You can get $50 worth of Gap Apparel (including sale items) for ONLY $25. This deal is valid at all the Gap Stores. Don't miss out- you can use this for back-to-school shopping or even for holiday gifts. The certificate is valid for use through November 19, 2010.

Win a Trip to an Organic Farm!

Posted By: Elena on April 13, 2010 in Giveaway, Stonyfield - Comments: No Comments »

I just received my monthly Stonyfield newsletter and learned that they are giving away a trip for two to a Vermont Organic Dairy Farm!

Here is what you will win if chosen:

  • a two-night stay for two at Couture’s Bed & Breakfast (right on the farm) in Westfield, VT
  • round-trip airfares for two*, plus a rental car (gotta drive a little to “get there from here”)
  • two organic breakfasts for two, and a stipend for lunches and dinners
  • a tour of the farm and the chance to learn by doing

*If the winner lives close to the farm, they’ll provide just ground transportation.

Visit Stonyfield to enter this wonderful giveaway!

Seventh Generation Coupons

Posted By: Elena on April 11, 2010 in Coupons, Seventh Generation - Comments: No Comments »

Redplum just added a couple new Seventh Generation coupons. Matched up to a sale, you can score some FREE or really inexpensive cleaners.

Whole Foods Market also has a $1 coupon good on any one Disinfecting spray or wipes. You can stack this coupon with the above coupon for additional savings.

Seventh Generation also had a $5 Rebate available when you purchase 3 of their products but the limit seems to have been reached. If you printed it ahead of time, you are in luck!

5 Ways to Stretch Your Food Dollar

Posted By: Elena on April 7, 2010 in Coupons, Savings Opportunity, Savings Tips - Comments: No Comments »

Here are 5 great ways to stretch your food dollar by Rayven Perkins.  She has spent 9 years finding and implementing unique cost-cutting tips that allow her family to live comfortably as a one-income family.

The cost of food is going up, but you don’t have to spend more of your hard earned money on less food to feed your family. There are many grocery saving tips that all moms can utilize to stretch that grocery dollar as far as it can go.

Get a Game Plan
The most important grocery saving tip is all about planning. Before you go to the store, have a list written out with exactly what you need on it. Organize your list by store category, and do not shop when you are hungry!

If you can manage it, leave the kids with the husband or a friend and shop alone. Try to stick to the perimeter of the store for the best foods and prices, and when you do find a good deal, stock up!

Owning a freezer can be a good investment for times when you find deals too good to pass up. Buy as much as you can afford and store.

Use Coupons; Get Refunds
Don’t assume that there is so little money to be saved by using coupons that it is not worth your time. These days you aren’t saving a quarter on a tube of toothpaste by using a coupon, you’re getting 10 tubes of toothpaste for free.

There is a hidden art to successfully using coupons and refunds to your advantage. The main points to think about: use a coupon in conjunction with a sale. Often, this makes the item free, or pennies on the dollar. Buy as many items as you have coupons for.

Discount Food Providers
There are plenty of places to get food for frugal meals, you just sometimes have to think outside the box. In many communities across the country, a program called Angel Food Ministries is providing low cost boxes of food, designed to feed a family of four for a week, for around $30, no income qualifications needed.

And you can even get food – organic food- for free or at a heavy discount in many areas. Try volunteering at your local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or organic food co-op. Often, an organizer or someone willing to help harvest vegetables will get a discounted or totally free box of food.

Recipe Stretching Techniques
Want some frugal meals? Here are some great cheap meal ideas. Stretch your grocery dollar by stretching your food purchases. Instead of buying chicken breasts, go for the whole bird. It’s usually less expensive than the breasts alone, and can provide you with 2-3 meals.

Try using half the amount of ground beef called for in a recipe, and fill in the space with other quality foods. For instance, if you are making tacos, use half the meat and add in a cup of cooked rice and a can of diced tomatoes. Now you have Taco Rice, a filling and delicious meal!

Add a couple extra cans of beans to chili and half the meat. Or try slicing up onions, green peppers, zucchini, and even carrots to add into spaghetti.

Making sandwiches? Try adding more lettuce and tomato and less turkey. It tastes better, costs less, and you are getting even more nutrients.

Grow Your Own Food
Probably the best cheap meal ideas come from one’s willingness to grow their own food. Stop playing farming games on the computer and put that time into actually growing something at your own home!

It doesn’t matter if you live in the suburbs, the country, or even an apartment, it is possible to grow some, if not a good chunk, of your own food if you are willing to invest the time into it. It also makes a great family project.

Utilizing bio intensive farming methods, or square foot gardening, most people are able to grow at least their salad needs from a 4×4 foot square garden bed. The more room you have, the more vegetables you can grow.

And for the truly adventurous, why not try raising backyard chickens, or meat rabbits? A half dozen hens will bring you a good supply of fresh eggs (no rooster needed) and one female rabbit can produce 600% of her body weight in edible meat per year.

Plus, they take up very little space. Rabbits can be raised on a balcony, and their droppings make excellent fertilizer for your garden.

Though not all these methods will work for every family, there are certainly more frugal meal ideas that you can be implementing to save money on groceries. Examine your spending habits, and see what grocery saving tips you can try.

Find out more about how to stretch your grocery dollar on her website http://www.stay-a-stay-at-home-mom.com/tightwad-living.html

Special thanks to Rayven and Food Review!

Kids Meals

Posted By: Elena on April 6, 2010 in Savings Opportunity - Comments: No Comments »

If you have ever wondered where kids can get a free meal…wonder no more. KidsMealDeals is a great website that tells you where to go and get that free meal. All you need to do is enter your zip code and all the restaurants that are offering a kids deal pop up. Then, click on the actual restaurant that you are interested in and it will tell you what the deal is for that particular place.

This is also a great tool when you are traveling as you will be in a new, possibly unfamiliar area. They have a phone application for the iphone and blackberry that you can download so that you have the information available at your finger tips.

Special thanks to Clippin with Carie for sharing this site!

Happy Easter

Posted By: Elena on April 4, 2010 in Celebration - Comments: No Comments »

Wishing you and your families a very Happy Easter!

Shelf Life

Posted By: Elena on April 3, 2010 in Shelf Life - Comments: 1 Comment »

Have you ever wondered what the shelf-life of a certain food was? I’ve wondered, and because I have a keen sense of smell, I can usually figure out if food is still good or if it has gone bad just by sniffing it. But, not everyone has this special gift:) So here is your solution.

Still Tasty is your ultimate shelf-life guide. You can “search” by the name of your food or you can pick a category like “fruit” or “dairy” and see all the items within that category. The results will tell you how long it will last in the pantry, fridge and freezer.

Here is an example of the results for “bananas”:

They also give you “food tips”:

What a WONDERFUL guide!

Special thanks to MommaHughes from Meal Planning Mommies for sharing this great site.

Grow Your Own Garden

Posted By: Elena on April 2, 2010 in Gardening - Comments: 1 Comment »

Have you been thinking about growing your own fruits and vegetables but don’t know where to begin? Well, my husband found a wonderful website that I think you will find very useful. It’s from Kraft and is all about Home Farming.

You start off by entering your zip code so that it customizes the plan for you. Then, it takes you step by step through the process of planting your seeds, growing your fruits & vegetables and lastly harvesting and sharing.

One really cool feature is that you can add your “home farm” to the map. You can see who is planting near your home and what stage of “planting” they are in.

I will be posting our “home farm” pictures soon. At this point, we are still in “starter” cups:) We plan to transfer the little sprouts into larger pots in the next couple days.

I’d love to see your garden/home farm photos so please share them.

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