Saturday, January 31, 2009
I read 9 books and 8 magazines in two weeks.
I received one rebate back for a total of $4.10 from Bayer. I haven't decided if rebate money should go back into the grocery budget, or just be saved.
I sent three rebates out - Orajel, Sure, and Peter Pan.
The last week of January I only received three freebies in the mail:
1. Cosmo subscription
2. Charmin roll extender
3. Cascadian Farms granola bar and $1 MQ
Hopefully next month I'll keep track of all the info I want to keep track of. How did everyone else do?
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Heat oven to 350 F. In a bowl mix together the following:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
In another bowl mix together:
4 T butter, melted
3/4 cup vanilla yogurt (I used Horizon organic)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 t almond extract (James loves this flavor)
Stir egg mixture into flour mixture until almost mixed. Fold in 3/4 cup granola (or nuts, berries, fresh fruit, etc) and 1/4 cup coconut (also leftover stuff I needed to use) being careful to not over mix the muffins. Scoop into 12 lined muffin tins or 6 big muffins tins and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Your time may vary depending on your oven's temp.
If you wanted to make these lighter you could absolutely use a cup of skim milk, but I had to use what I had on hand. These were really "pretty" muffins, but since they are now in the freezer I don't want to take a picture of them.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Monday - Waffles and bacon
Tuesday - Pulled pork BQ sandwiches with homemade buns and chips
Wednesday - Meatless Spaghetti and peasant bread
Thursday - Baked chicken, stuffing and broccoli with LO peasant bread
Friday - Amberjack and rice
Saturday - Homemade pizza
Sunday - LO
Sunday, January 25, 2009
2 Fruit Loops - normally $4 each, on sale for $1.99 each = total $3.98 - $1.50/2 MQ = $2.48 (or $1.24 each)
2 Carefree pantyliner - normally $1.39 each or $2.78 total, used ESC Q to bring each down to $0.99 or $1.98 total - 2 $1 MQ = -$0.02
1 Puff tissues - normally $1.59, used ESC Q to bring down to $0.89 - $0.25 MQ = $0.64
3 Nabisco pie shells - normally $2.99, on clearance for $0.74 each or $2.22 total
2 packs Aluminum bread pans - normally $1.19, on clearance for $0.29 or $0.58 total
Total cost before savings/coupons = $23.72
Total savings/coupons = $17.82
Total OOP with tax = $6.00
I should have bought more of the pie shells, but we only use them occasionally so I didn't want to waste any.
At HEB I bought:
1 pkg Wet Ones singles (demonstrated this morning that we needed them when two dogs got peed on by other beasts) - $2.19 - $1 MQ = $1.19
2 Nabisco Wheat Thins - on sale for $2 each (normally $2.99) for a total of $4 - $2/2 MQ = $2.00 total
2 Horizon organic yogurt (for dog frosties) - $0.75 each or $1.50 total
Bananas = $0.90
1 Sure deodorant - $1.98 - $1 MQ = $0.98 but will be getting a $1.98 rebate so I made $1.00 off this deal
Total before savings/coupons = $12.55
Total savings/coupons = $5.73
Total OOP with tax $6.82
After lunch we took Mary and Kramer for a 5.5 mile hike at the state park. My ankle held up okay, but I have it iced right now.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
3 boxes Special K cereal - normally $2.94/box or $8.82 total - on clearance for a total of $1.86 - $1/2 MQ = $0.86 total for 3 boxes!!!!
I scored today!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I had been reading about the deals on cereal bars at Target for a couple of days. Since we had to go into Austin last night to get my shirts, we stopped at Target (plus we had to get the rawhides for the beasts). Here's how we did:
6 South Beach cereal bars: on sale for $2.33 - total $13.98 - 6/$2 internet Q= $1.98
2 Kashi soft baked cereal bars: on sale for $2.75 - total $5.50 - 2/$2 internet Q = $1.50
Juicy Juice 8 pk: on sale for $1.88 - $1 MQ = $0.88
Rawhide: NEVER ANY SALES - $11.39
Total cost before any sales or coupons: $52.40
Total sale savings: $19.65
Total coupon savings: $17.00
Total OOP + tax = $16.52
The cool thing is that if you take out the dog bones, we spent $4.36 on 9 food items. James eats the bars for breakfast and we'll use some for an upcoming trip so it was worth the expense. We could have saved more by not buying the rawhides, but I refuse to change my beasts' habits. Mary has had a rawhide everyday for almost 8 years, and I love my baby too much to take away her treats.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
We hit Target after that and I scored big, but I'm too tired to blog about that tonight. I'll post pictures and prices tomorrow.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I've been feeling really "blah" lately. I don't know why and I'm trying really hard to dig myself out of it.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Today I went with my friends Raymond and Wendy to the South Shore of Lake Bastrop. There is a 5 mile trail that connects North Shore and South Shore. We rode that in about 1.5 hours. We did talk to a friend of Raymond's at North Shore so it probably only took us 1.25 hours. It was a nice ride and pretty fun. There were a few sandy spots but they aren't as bad as they used to be when the trail first opened.
When I got home I took Darla and Kramer for a short walk.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Walgreens Transaction #1
BIC Soleil razors - $5.29 @ 25% off = $3.96 + $2 MQ = $1.96
BIC Comfort razors - $4 @ 25% off = $2.99 + $2 MQ = $0.99
Garnier Nutrisse daily moisturizing cream - $11.99 + $5 MQ + $2 ESC = $4.99
3 candy bars (two eaten before picture) - $2.39 - used 3/$1 WAG Q = $1.00 (saved $1.39) - I had to buy these because I had more coupons than items which apparently doesn't work at WAG
2 Chex mix bags - on sale for 2/$3 + 2 $1 Q = $1.00 ($0.50 per bag!)
Dawn dish soap - $1.99 + $0.50 MQ + $1 ESC = $0.49
Total cost before coupons and savings - $31.65
Total savings (coupons and sales) - $22.22
Total OOP - $9.43 + $0.70 tax = $10.13
Walgreens Transaction #2 (I had to hit the dreaded Walmart first to see if I would get a better deal on these at WAG.)
Garnier Nutriesse hair serum - $5.49 + $5 MQ + $2 ESC = -$1.51
2 Gillette Mach3 razor - $7.99 - on sale for $5.99 + BOGO MQ = $5.99
Skippy PB - $3.29 - on sale for $1.99 + $0.60 MQ = $1.39
Total cost before coupons and savings - $24.76
Total savings (coupons and sales) - $18.89
Total OOP - $5.87 + $0.37 tax = $6.24
Ginger root (for dinner) - $0.10
3 Johnson Buddies - $0.97 each - total $2.91 + $3/3 MQ = -$0.09
2 Kotex liners - $1.00 each - total $2.00 + 2 $0.75 MQ = $0.50
2 Speed stick deodorant - $2.50 each - total $5.00 + BOGO MQ = $2.50
Total cost before coupons and savings - $10.01
Total savings (coupons and sales) - $7.00
Total OOP - $3.01 + $0.49 tax = $3.50
Not too bad for a little bit of work. I can't wait to see how I do next week.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
1 (8 oz) container ricotta cheese
1/2 c Parmesan
1 t salt
1 t pepper
1 t garlic powder
1 c flour
1. Stir together ricotta, eggs, Parmesan, salt, pepper, and garlic. Mix in flour. Add additional flour if needed to form a soft dough.
2. Divide dough into 3-4 pieces, and roll into 1/2-inch thick ropes on a floured surface. Cut each rope into 1-inch pieces, roll with a fork, and place on a lightly floured surface. Refrigerate until ready to cook.
3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Boil the gnocchi until they float to the surface, 1-2 minutes, and then drain. Mix gnocchi with a tomato sauce of your choice.
Monday: Ricotta gnocchi, peasant bread, and blackberry cobbler (for James)
Tuesday: Mediterranean Pizza
Wednesday: Southwest Tortellini Soup
Thursday: Fettuccine Alfredo (I'll add some LO, frozen chicken from last week) and Parmesan muffins
Friday: I might have to work at night, so I'll pull some amber jack fish and James will cook it for himself
Saturday: Chicken lo mein (it doesn't take as much time as you would think)
Sunday: Hamburgers with homemade rolls and macaroni and cheese
I'll probably make some Can't Leave Alone Bars towards the end of the week after James finishes off the cobbler.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Colgate toothpaste BOGO - $2.79, used $1 and $0.75 MQ, total cost $1.04
Aquafresh - on sale for $2.99, used ESC $2 and $0.75 MQ, total cost $0.24
Fantistik and Scrubbing bubbles BOGO - $3.79 and $3.49, $3.49 for free, used 2 $1 MQ, total cost $1.79
Revlon matte eyeshadow - $4.99, total cost $0 after rebate
Revlon eyelash curler and eyeshadow BOGO - $3.49 and $5.99, $3.49 for free, used 2 $1 MQ, total cost $3.99
Garnier Shampoo - $3.49, used ESC $2 and $1 MQ, total cost $0.49
Orajel cold sore brush - $8.49, total cost $0 after rebate
Total cost without savings: $39.41
Total savings: $31.86
Total OOP: $7.55 before tax
I still have a long way to go with this game, but I'm getting better. I did this without reading any blogs before going to Walgreens. I did learn to very carefully point out each ESC to the register worker and to carefully review the receipt. I had to go back in because the register didn't automatically give me one of the cleaners free.
I also feel very strongly about only purchasing things James and I will use, and not just buying things because I can get them for next to nothing. For example, I could have bought 2 bags of Hershey's candies for $0.50 each, but we don't want to have the candy in the house.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Inital total - $18.96
Savings (manufacturer coupons and store specials) - $9.99
Final total with tax - $9.71
* One of the items I bought was Garnier Nutrisse Conditioner. It is normally priced at $3.99, but was on sale for $2.99. Walgreens had an instant store coupon of $2.00 bringing the price to $0.99 and then I used a $1 coupon. So I got the shampoo for free!
Initial total - $35.84
Savings (coupons, sales and price-matching) - $12.61
Final total with tax - $24.18
* I can only imagine what I could do with a store that doubled coupons. Two of the items I purchased here have a 1/2 price rebate associated with them, so I will receive a check in the mail for $4.06.
HEB - AWFUL when it comes to sales, but does have some things that have a lower price than Walmart
Initial total -$28.02
Savings (coupons only) - $1.35
Final total with tax - $26.95
So my total spending for today was $60.84. Other than milk, I will probably not have to go to the store for two to three weeks unless the ads next week show a really good sale somewhere and I have coupons.
Monday - HB steaks, gravy, potatoes, rolls and some little chocolate PB tortes.
Tuesday - Tomato cream sauce pasta and LO rolls
Wednesday - Crockpot chicken, gravy, broccoli (for James) and stuffing
Thursday - Taco casserole
Friday - Chicken pita wraps
Saturday - Chicken casserole
Sunday - Ricotta Gnocchi (use up LO ricotta), broccoli (for James) and bread
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
That water was so cold. It actually felt good on my ankle though as this was towars the end of the bike. We were on our way back from riding the trail across the water (we had already crossed once). It felt so good on my ankle that I started walking around in the water. Thankfully, James had brought two extra pairs of shoes, so I had something dry to change into.
We wanted to go to the Salt Lick BBQ joint in Driftwood after bike riding, but there was an hour and half wait at 3:30 in the afternoon. We used the GPS unit and found this place called the Nutty Brown Cafe. It was okay. Food was alright, but a little expensive. We will probably never make the effort to go there again.