Saturday, March 21, 2009

Oh, I almost forgot Target!

I just blogged about my freebies at Wal*Mart and CVS but I forgot to tell you about Target!  I stopped there yesterday because they had a great deal.  If you buy 5 boxes of Quaker products you get a $5 target card!  I used my coupons and got 5 granola bar boxes.  It cost me $7.50.  Then they gave me a $5 target gift card to use on my next purchase.  So, if you subtract my Target card, I got 5 boxes of granola bars for $2.50!  That's $.50 a box!


Now, to me, that's exciting.

Another Shopping Extravaganza!

On Wednesday, we had our yearly homeschool evaluations and our youngest, T-bone, was tested. (required in the state of PA at 3rd, 5th, and 8th grade)  So, to celebrate, we took Thursday and Friday off of lessons.  On Thursday, I spent the day clipping and organizing coupons.  When that tast was complete, I scoured the sale papers and any notices on to find the best bargains.  Thursday night the Big Dog and I did the shopping at our local grocery stores. (and squeezed in a mini-date of a cup of coffee at McDonald's!)  I did pretty well, spending about $120 and saving more than $40 with coupons.


Then, on Friday the boys and I headed out of town to hit Wal*Mart, Target and CVS.  Here is a picture of everything I got for free.


You are looking at two bags of IAM's kitten food ($4.97 each at Wal*Mart, I used 2-$5 coupons); four Johnson's buddies soaps ($.97 each, I used 2-$1 off any Johnson's products and 1-$2 off any Johnson's Buddies product); 2 bags of Shick disposable razors ($1.97 at Wal*Mart, I used 2-$2 off coupons) 2 packages of Reach floss ($1 each, used 2-$1 off coupons); 2 zone bars (I had 2 buy one get one free coupons); and one bottle of cascade rinse agent for the dishwasher (I had a free coupon from the Homemade Simple coupon book).


Not bad right?  But wait!  There's more!


THIS is what I got at CVS for free!  The Colgate toothpaste cost $2.99 but you got $2.99 in ECBs at the end of the transaction.  The razor was $6.99, I had a $2 coupon, bringing it down to $4.99.  The deodorant was $2.99 each and I had a coupon for $1 off of 2.  SO, I went to the checkout with my coupons and my merchandise.  I checked out and used $13 in ECBs from prior purchases.  My total bill?  $0.00!  Woo Hoo!  But that's not the best part.  The best part is that everything I purchased gave me more ECBs.  So when I go back to CVS, I'll use the $10 ECBs that I earned today towards another purchase.


It was a pretty good day.  And then we got home and I found two samples and a free magazine in the mail.  In the "every little bit helps" category, these will come in handy.  Also, the popcorn sample came with a coupon book.  Nothing better than more savings!  I use to find many of the freebies and samples I request.  Check them out today!



Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tagged by my son!

Here's a tag my son, big mac, just sent me:


1. What is your favorite type of candy?  Reese's Peanutbutter Cups

2. Which food do you despise? Peas and Liver

3. What is your favorite animal? currently it's a beagle named, Favor

4. Who is your favorite celebrity? Bing Crosby

5. Which would you rather have: ten dogs in a one story house, or 10 stinky men in a one story?   10 dogs, definitely.  It's bad enough having one stinky man and two stinky boys in a little green cottage!

6. Have you ever changed a diaper? Yes. Just ask my sons.

7. If you had one ten thousand pounds of anything, what would it be?   Yarn, of course.

8. Would you rather stand outside in winter apparel when it is 100 degrees outside, or stand in a swimsuit outside in 1 degree weather?     It depends how long I'd have to stand.  If it's quick, then I'll do the swim suit in 1 degrees, If I have to stand a long time, then I guess I'd have to go with my winter coat in 100 degrees.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Oh No!!!!!!

My dog thinks he's a cat!

This is our Favor, laying on the back of the love seat just like a kitty!  I think he likes it there because he can see when Daddy and the boys coming through the door from archery.  But, let me tell you, it looks funny to see a full-grown beagle stretched out on the top of the back of the love seat!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Mini-Baking Day

One of my favorite blogs (other than mine and my sons' blogs!) is  I get SO many great coupons, bargains, freebies, and ideas from this site.  One idea that has been tickling my brain recently is "baking day."  The blog owner (Crystal Paine) occassionally blogs about taking one day to bake and cook several items.  This helps to stock your freezer and store up meals for those times when you need something quick.


I had just such a need last week when we invited a family home after church for a meal.  I had a very simple lunch in the crock pot, but felt that to have someone over for a meal I needed to add to that.  I was wishing that I had something for dessert in my freezer, but I did not have anything in the freezer for dessert!


Several days ago our neighbor called and asked me to make her some fudge.  I had sent over some goodies at Christmas-time and she must have enjoyed the peanutbutter fudge.  So, I got the final ingredients yesterday and I planned on making the fudge for her this afternoon after we returned from church and had our lunch.


When I got into the kitchen, I figured, while I'm making the fudge I might as well get a few other things made.  So I pulled out the recipe for fudge, as well as one I recently printed for crock-pot granola.  I found this at Molly Green's econobusters blog:  This is an experiment for me, so I'm not sure how it will taste.  I put the ingredients in the crock pot for granola and set it while working on some other things.


I then moved on to Boston Cream Cupcakes that I recently found in a magazine.  I can't remember which magazine because it was given to me.  I cut out the recipe to use and threw away the mag.  Basically, you make a yellow cake mix and bake them as cupcakes.  Then, while those are baking, you mix up a batch of instant vanilla pudding and make chocolate frosting (you could even used canned).  When the cupcakes are cooled, you use a piping tip and a bag to pipe the pudding into the cupcakes.  (tip:  be generous with the pudding filling!)  Then frost the cupcakes with the chocolate frosting and voila!  I decadent treat indeed!



Finally, I used some cereal that was given to us to make cereal treats.  You know the marshmallow treats that are named after a certain kind of cereal?  Well, I make them with ALL kinds of cereals.  In today's case, we were given some cereal and no one really likes it at our house.  So, in an effort to not let ANYTHING go to waste, I'm trying to use the cereal in other ways.  Today, I put a bag of mini-marshmallows and a stick of butter into the microwave.  I microwaved it for 30 seconds, then stirred, until the marshmallows were completely incorporated with the butter.  Then I threw 5 cups of cereal into the mixture and pressed it into a sprayed 5" baking dish.  After it cooled, we had another yummy treat!



Now, I did say that this was a MINI-baking day.  So, I stopped there and spent the rest of the afternoon in the living room.  Tonight, my crock-pot granola is really browning, and the boys delivered the fudge to our neighbor.  We had cupcakes for supper, and all is right with the world.