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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Confusing Target Trip...and end of July spending

confusing, but it worked out in the end.  First off, I needed to return 2 toys I bought.  One was a toy I bought a month ago when toy clearance started, in case they sold out before 75% hit, but I found it at 75%, so the 30% toy got returned.  Also, I apparently thought one of the toys was really cool because I mistakenly bought it at two different stores, but I only needed one...back it went!  I received $15.26 back on a gift card, so I went back to look at this store's toy clearance ;-)

I found a Didj game for 7.48, used a $7 mq on it!  No other good toy clearance left, so we went about our regularly planned items...picked up some black and red Bic pens for 0.99 each, used the $1tq on each to get those free.  Got 13 cans of various Chef Boyardee, used $1.50/4 mq and some tqs to get those free plus some overage!  Got 2# black grapes 0.99/lb.  Got 4 pkgs of Gold & Plump drumsticks for 2.24 each, used 4 $2mqs to pay 0.24 each.  And, found a cute Merona handbag, a black and white and cream diamond pattern for 6.26, used the $3 Merona bag tq!  Here's where the confusion sets in...the cashier mistakenly entered the didj mq and the chef boyardee mq as merchandise instead of coupons.  Garrett was fussing so I paid $20, then realized that couldn't possible be right!  I looked at my receipt, then went back and asked her about it.  She directed me to guest services, where the cashier and I figured out what happened.  She refunded me $17(for the overcharge and for the missed coupons), so my total oop for all that was $3.93!!!  What a nice run!  We got home and ate ravioli and grapes!

End of the month report:
ugh!  I spent alot!  Thanks to Target's toy clearance, I am up to $340 for the month, with savings of over $2000.  This includes all groceries, drugstore, pet food, and birthday/christmas gifts for the boys for 2 years, so I really can't complain!  Yes, I spent $140 on toys at Target this week...I went to 5 locations...I am surprised at myself...I just griped earlier in the week about people going nuts with this toy clearance!  Eh, well, I did not leave any store with multiple carts full of toys, but I have heard of many people doing this!  I wonder if it's as bad that I went to multiple stores as it is that people bought 3 or 4 carts full at one, probably not...I bet some of the people that bought multiple carts full went to multiple stores and did the same thing each location?!  Maybe I'm just kidding myself, lol!

Nevertheless, I am finished shopping for some interest in next week's Target ad, next CVS as, next Homeland ad...guess I'll find stuff to do at home!

Blog Hop

I'm checking out some new blogs, thanks to one or two blogs that I already worship!  You can check out the blog hop, and some great bloggers here.

My warning to anyone who might follow me back:  I am not the most consistent person for posting deals, and I rarely post matchups because so many other blog do...I simply stick to what I find to be great deals in hopes of encouraging people to be smart with their money...groceries, meal-planning, school necessities, everyday life!

Review of the 2010 AllYou Grocery Challenge

I was reviewing all my receipts for the Grocery Challenge, and I found some my favor!  For my sake and sanity, I'm going to review my 4 week challenge right now(since the baby is napping!).
All totals are after use of coupons, sales, expected rebates, shopping with/for friends, reimbursement for mystery shop assignment, and gift cards redeemed.  These totals also refect buying ahead gift certificates for an upcoming vacation, buying gift certificates for gifts for friends, a couple small outings with the family, and a belated birthday lunch for my son and his friend.  My plan for the Challenge was to use my stockpile(which is not diminished much in any way) and to just maintain/increase the stockpile when good sales/coupons became available.  I try to keep my eyes open for great stocking-up opportunities, because it pays off in the long run!

Week 1:  -0.36
Week 2:  39.58
Week 3:  -0.01
Week 4:  11.12
Total for 4 weeks:  50.33

What food items did I buy and keep for my stockpile?
8 cans v8
9 Blue Bunny bars or popsicles
DelMonte fruit chillers
cabbage 3.88#
tomatoes  1.22#
green onion
3 gallon milk
quart milk
minced garlic
Red Baron pizza
apple juice
4 Smuckers sugar free grape jelly
2 Rice milk cartons
4 jars various spices
4 bx cookie mix
4 pudding mix
7 Smuckers ice cream toppings
several bottles of sobe(many were for friends, lost track of the numbers)
Starbucks latte
5# potatoes
5 salad dressings
2 tubes wasabi
jar sesame seeds
4 ElMonterey Tornadoes
4 Better Oats oatmeal
8 Tonys pizza
4 ketchup
8 Borden slices
4 sour cream
4 bbq sauce
4 best life margarine
2 reeses pb cups
8 $25 gift certificates through
2 $50 gift certificates through
12 pk MtDew
3 12pk DrPepper
2 Powerbars
750 ml Vanilla Vodka
1L silver rum
2 6pk Boost nutritional shakes
4 Mentos
2 TicTacs
imitation crabmeat
6 skinny cow single cups
3 pkgs beef cube steak
3 bottles canola oil
10 ears sweet corn
12+ fiber plus cereal(some went to friends, lost track)
20+ special k cereal(some went to friends, lost track)
4 meals at Incredible Pizza
3 bx Crystal Light
bananas 4#
Jennie-O ground turkey
breakfast at McD's
2 bx Fruity Pebbles
1 bx Honey Bunches of Oats
3 candy bars
lunch at Arby's, twice
snack at Target cafe for myself and the kids
smoothie at Target cafe for myself
4 pkgs hamburger buns
2 pkgs Sargento cheddar slices
4 pkgs Fish Fry mix
2 Yoplait smoothies
1 pkg beechnut toddler snacks
6 Fiber Plus bars
3 bags Grandes tortilla chips
beef for stew
yellow onions, 3.34#
nectarines, 4.4#
lunch and ice cream with the boys at Braums
beef for fajitas
frozen yogurt shop, the whole family

Why am I telling you all this in such great detail?  Well, I found out I am a finalist in the Grocery Challenge!!!  So, I had to organize my receipts to mail them in for verification.  I can't believe it...I could possibly win $1000!  That $1000 would last 12-24 months for our family, and would ensure that we don't struggle while my husband and I are going back to college in 3 weeks!  I can't wait to see what the other 9 finalists have been able to do during the Challenge!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Haven't been grocery shopping lately....

I don't need groceries, so I haven't been to the grocery store....thinking of going tomorrow...I have 1 more coupon for Grandes tortilla chips I should go redeem, but I dislike the idea of going to the store for 1 item, especially when it will be free after coupon, haha!

I spent much of today wading through Target's toy clearance.  I picked up a few great deals to put up for the boys' future birthday and Christmas gifts...I am pretty sure Garrett is set for the next couple years!  Of course, we don't like to give them a ton of presents at once...they are spoiled as it is from relatives...we try to stick to 2 or 3 gifts from us for Christmas, and only 1 at birthdays.  Anyway, lots of great deals to be had right now in the toy aisle!

Totally Target has the preview for the 8/1 Target ad...I don't see anything great in it, so I'm not posting the ad...

Thursday, July 29, 2010

spending for July 2010

Wow...a little surprised, I actually spent nearly $200 this month on grocery and household items.  However, included in that figure is a $75 backpack from Staples...I will receive a $75 Staples gift card back on that, so I'm not too worried.  I also picked up lots of socks and shirts for all the boys, enough that some are stashed in the tops of their closets for later use!  The Target in BA had mens 3pk dress socks for $3, so I got Vince 5 pks of those!  Also included is Trenton's main Christmas gift:  2 Nintendo DS games I got at Target on clearance for $15 each...Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, both the Decepticon and Autobot versions...ooh! 
What am I complaining about anyway?  $200, for grocery, toiletries, pet food, school supplies...for a family of four...that's great!  Just not what I'm used to! 
I saved almost $2000 this month with coupons, store coupons, gift cards, and sales...nice!
Sadly, my $200 spending for the month does not include our week in Dallas...we spent way to much, in my opinion, but it's already paid for, so I won't harp on it!  Next vacation, though, I am enforcing my rules on dining out...hubby will not be allowed to order the most expensive meal on the menu, and no desserts, even if there is homemade key lime pie!  We'll stick to the plan I set forth, take cereal bars and fruit for breakfast like we did this time, but lunch and dinner will be more budgeted!  Okay, enough!

Crab cakes

Wow...just spent 20 minutes trying to find my post with crabcake recipe...can't find it, maybe I forgot to post it.  I made crabcakes for the first time on the final day of the AllYou Grocery Challenge...they were delicious!  I know most people probably add extras, like relish or spices, but I made mine very simply, just crab(imitation), bread crumbs, mayo, egg, and some italian herbs.  I let that sit in the fridge to blend all the tastes together, then I heat in a skillet or baking dish in olive oil.
Well, crabcakes for dinner again tonight!  And, Trenton caught a catfish the other evening at a fishing clinic, so I decided to to catfish patties also.  I cooked the catfish in a cast iron skillet until it was flaky.  Now, it's cooling in the fridge.  Later, I'll mix up the same type of filling as the crabcakes, just with catfish!  Can't wait for dinner!

For anyone interested in this fishing clinic, it's held at the Jenks Aquarium, and is FREE!  The rangers teach the kids what to do, and then they let them have fun at the casting pond.  Catfish of decent size can be kept...the rangers will even filet it for you!  There are a couple more clinics before school starts, so check out their website and sign up!

Some people...

Some people just don't get it!  Many Target stores have their toy clearance going on, and many people are seeing 75% signs this week...on a message board I stalk, someone posted they saw a lady with 3-4 carts full of toys.  That is crazy!  Maybe she had a ton of kids, maybe she was donating, maybe she was buying to resale...I think it's tacky!  I suggested everyone practice moderation, and I received an onslaught of replies that said I 'shouldn't judge' and that 'clearance is different than coupon shopping'.  Um, in my eyes, clearing a shelf is clearing a shelf.  Don't fool yourself into thinking buying 4 carts of toys for 'Toys for Tots' is better than buying 4 carts for are still hoarding. 
'The early bird gets the worm.'  True.  But does the bird need to eat every worm in the yard, and the neighbors yard, and the opposite neighbors yard?  Greedy bird.  I don't even care about the toy clearance...I just think it's tacky.
My last view of the message board, another poster says 'Just got 2 CARS full of toys for $120'  WOW!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

CVS Week of 8/8

I think this ad is worse than the last...blech...forgive me if I skip alot!
coke 12 pks 4/$13, get 3ecb
spend 15 get 5 ecb on binders/notebooks
spend 15 get 5 on john frieda and biore
lysol healthy touch ecb deal
covergirl ecb deal on lashblast, outlast lipstain, selected others
axe hair products ecb deal
huggies spend 10 get 3ecb...ok, sounds great?  no...the prices are:
huggies or pullups $9, wipes $6...doesn't sound like much of a deal to me!
get 4ecb wyb 2 multipacks of crest, oral b, or fixodent
the only free after ecb and money maker is dulcolax balance 9.99, get 9.99 ecb...there is a mq online
schick hydro razor ecb deal

see...not very exciting!  I think I'm waiting a week or two on CVS...

CVS deals week of 8/1

I realize I am not putting much effort into details of store deals lately, or where to find 'hot' coupons...truth is, I am so unmotivated to buy much right now...besides some great clearance on stuff for which you can rarely find a coupon, we don't really need much in the way of last grocery trip was Homeland over a week ago, and I spent 24 cents...
Anyway, with my busy home...a garden, a toddler, a teenager, a husband to cook and clean for, my effort to walk/jog several days a week, and school 3 weeks away for 3 of us in the house...I can't find the time or energy to get very detailed.  I realize many bloggers and message boards are posting deals, matchups, coupons...that is not for me!  I'll stick with some previews of upcoming ads, and I'll 'brag' about my shopping trips...that's all I can do right now!  Of course, if I post some crazy awesome deal I scored, and you just can't find the coupons I used, feel free to ask...I am happy to help, I just need to be urged to do so sometimes!
On to the preview:
week of 8/1 at CVS:
free 8 pk bounty towels wyb $25 in p&g products(tide, charmin, pampers, pantene, dawn, tampax)
spend $10 get 3ecb on ACT II popcorn, chef boyardee, hunts pudding, orville redenbacher
spend $10 get 3ecb on hellman's, lipton, skippy, ragu
ice breakers gum 2.$5, get 1 ecb
zhuzhu pets bogo50%
there's a couple olay treatment with ecb deals, if you are building up to a rebate
spend $10 get 3ecb on listed maybelline products
spend 15 get 5 on neutrogena or clean &clear
gillette razor ecb deal
head and shoulders ecb deal
spend 10 get 5on crest, scope, oral b
spend 10 get 3 bandaid or neosporin
playtex ecb deal
crest whitestrips ecb deal
colgate ecb deal
thermacare ecb deal(better if you got the thermacare crt from scanning your card)
covergirl bogo 50%(there is a current rebate offer spend 30 get 10  on olay's site)
coppertone ecb deal
altoids ecb deal

I don't see much personally to buy...they have Boost shakes 4.99, I have some $3Qs, so I think I'll buy my Grandma some, but other than that....looks like a slow week.  Need more info on any of the deals?  let me know...

Target this week

I've made myself go to Target a few times already this week...good buys on Chef Boyardee, Bic pens, toy clearance, summer clearance, mens socks and shirts, toddler clearance, chocolate bars...also some good deals I've ignored but might interest other people:  DelMonte fruit cups, Juicy Juice, Kid Cuisine...basically, alot of 'back to school'/lunchbox type foods.  Need details on any of this? 

Root Beer Float Wanna-Be...

I love alternatives and substitutes!  I don't keep ice cream in the house, and if we have Root Beer, my husband and son make sure it's gone quick!  I don't even really care for ice cream, but the occasional craving will sneak up on me. 
So, root beer floats...ahhh, childhood memories!  I remember many years ago, some ladies that worked for me turned me onto a great alternative, if you are craving that creamy float taste.  Today, the craving hit, and I was reminded of this:  it's simple...a glass of ice, some cold Dr.Pepper(or diet, in my case!) and some liquid coffee creamer...sounds weird, right?  Try it...tastes like the non-ice cream part of a root beer float...saves calories, satisfies a craving!  There you have it:  root beer float wanna-be!
Surely you could do this with any soda, even root beer, but Dr.Pepper with coffee creamer always tastes better to me.  I made mine today with French Vanilla CoffeeMate, but I remember when I worked, we just had regular ole coffee creamer...tastes great either way!

Southwest Eggrolls...

they are actually more of a burrito, so maybe we should call them Crunchy, Healthy Bean Burritos...whatever, I call them Southwest Eggrolls all the time! 
This recipe is an easy, tasty, vegetarian meal, but feel free to add chicken if you want!  And, this recipe goes very far, so if you are feeding a smaller family, make less or freeze for a quick meal another day!  I filled 12 large flour tortillas with my recipe, which will feed my family for 3 or 4 meals, so half goes in the freezer.

I used a 16oz bag of black beans, soaked overnight.  To that I added 2 cups of spinach and greens from my garden that I wilted and chopped.  I used kernels from 3 ears of corn(garden).  I added a can of tomatoes with green chilis, and stirred it all up.  I then drained the extra juices in a colander.  At this point you could add shredded cheese, or chicken, or more peppers, or whatever you want. 
I brushed 2 baking dishes with olive oil, and poured some more oil onto a plate to brush the tortillas.  I filled each tortilla with 2 large spoonfuls of the mixture, and then folded/rolled it up, placing the folds down in the dish.  When I filled my dishes, I brushed olive oil on top of the tortillas.  I baked the meal at 375 until they started getting a little crisp, turned them over(carefully), and baked until lightly browned and slightly crisped. 
You could serve these with queso, or salsa, but I always make an avocado dip:  1 avocado mashed, a shake of dry ranch seasoning mix, and about 2 tablespoons of sour cream...yummy!

This meal is filling, inexpensive, and packed with nutrients...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Fall Gardening

It's time!  If your plants all drowned or burnt up like mine(ok, not all, but alot!) then you can now look forward to planting your fall crop.  Here's a resource from the Master Gardeners here in Oklahoma to offer tips.  I am definitely hoping for a better fall outcome than our hot summer gave me!

Print your!

Stay'll soon be able to print from the main coupon sites from right here on my blog!  I already have available, and after I work out a link with redplum and smartsource, I'll get those available as well!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Why haven't I tried this before?

Well, getting back into the daily grind after a week of not having to cook or's rough!  Garrett has been extremely clingy the past 2 days, I suspect that he didn't have time to notice I wasn't holding him much during vacation(always in the car or the stroller), but now that we are home, he certainly notices!  Since Mr.Fussy wants momma constantly, my hubby had to make breakfast yesterday...we did sausage, eggs, and homemade waffles(with liquid whey instead of milk)...he did a fair job, and I enjoyed the break!

Today we resorted back to our normal breakfast of cereal, yogurt & fruit.  For lunch I had placed some cube steaks in a dish of yogurt the evening before to marinate.  That's nothing new, but we had a cucumber that was getting mushy, so I pureed it and stirred into the a tzaziki sauce.  I heated some peas and a dish of macaroni I had cooked and frozen previously(for days when time was limited).  I grilled the marinated cube steaks, and I sliced bread I had made the night before, and placed the slices on the grill as well.  I whipped up some garlic butter for the, grilled beef cube steak(marinated in cucumber-yogurt sauce), peas, mac&cheese and grilled homemade oat-whey bread with garlic butter...yummy!  Why hadn't I grilled bread before?  It was easy, and healthier than storebought rolls.  I will definitely be doing this again!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Back home from vacation!

I am exhausted!  We are finally home from our 5 day vacation to was fun, maybe too much fun in too few days!  We went to several Arboretum/Gardens, the zoo in Ft.Worth, Ripley's, several uptown/downtown spots(including the spot where JFK was assassinated), and we ate many wonderful meals and the finest restaurants!  Nevertheless, we are glad to be back....let the laundry begin!

I have much to do with the housework and garden, plus getting caught up on reading emails and getting ready for school, so not sure how much posting I'll get to this next week.  So, by the time I get to blogging, I may forget to elaborate on the Dallas trip...and I'm too tired to put it all out there right now!  I do want to explain the 'real' reason for our trip:

Trenton, my oldest son, has Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative retinal disease which causes night blindness and loss of peripheral vision.  He will most likely eventually go blind.  Dallas is home to the Retina Foundation of the Southwest, which is active in testing, research, and trials associated with retinal diseases, and Trenton's extended family that is afflicted with RP has cooperated with them for years now to help with their research.  I am so proud of Trenton for going through the testing...I would not be able to do it!  His appointment took 3 hours, and consisted of regular eye exams, field tests, laser tests, photos of his retina and internal eye structures, and an ERG.  An ERG is this crazy test where they numb your eye and then place a contact on your eye.  The contact has electrodes attached to it.  They flash different colors and lights at your eye(like a strobe) and the electrodes record the response of the rods and cones of your retina.  This tells the doctors how progressed your disease is.  Trenton was a trooper!  No problems, just did everything asked of him! 

His last test was in 2008.  At that time we found out he probably only had about 70 degrees of vision peripherally.  A normal-sighted person has about 140 degrees.  He was very upset by this number, but in terms of RP, his numbers were great!  We didn't get a good estimate of his peripheral in degrees, but his tests this time showed a significant decrease in peripheral vision.  However, he is still within the legal limits required for driving, which is something he is hoping to be able to do in 3 years, so his peripheral is very important to him!
Another part of this testing process referred to the response of rods and cones...this shows how well he can see in the dark.  I have noticed a big difference in the past year in how Trenton navigates in the dark or partial dark.  Until his test results, though, I didn't realize how bad it was.  I'm trying to stay positive for him, but as I type this, I am in tears.  (My memory of these numbers are a little fuzzy, so bear with me!)  A normal rod response reading is over 75 microvolts.  In 2008, Trenton measured  at 34;  this year, his reading was too low to be measured, so it was recorded as 0.  A normal cone response reading is over 34 microvolts.  In 2008, Trenton measured around 18;  this year he was at 1.6.  As you can see, it was a significant change.

My heart breaks for him.  We will get through this, though...he will adapt, and he will lead a normal(ish), productive life!  I pray that he will find someone when he grows up that he loves, and who will understand and help him with his disability...he will need someone to help guide him in dark rooms, to drive him at night(and eventually anytime), to help him see what he cannot.  I also pray that when he has children, that if they inherit this disease(which they probably will), he will be able to help them to stay positive and make the most of the situation.  I also pray that the medical community finds a cure to help my son, and his future.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

CVS week of 7/25

I'll be gone on vacation this week, so I will not be shopping.  I'm looking forward to the week of 7/25 at's some deals that you can get ready for:

Pampers box 21.99, get 10ecb
spend 15 on 5star notebooks, get 5ecb
spend 25 on covergirl & olay simply ageless, get 10 ecb
maybelline & almay mascara ecb deals
Aveeno spend 20 get 10ecb
degree, softsoap, speedstick, dove, irish spring all have ecb deals
neutrogena suncare 10ecb wyb 2
loreal everpure 5ecb wyb 2
biore 2ecb wyb 1 at 6.99
huggies lil swimmers 2/15.98, get 3 ecb
photo book 7.99, get 7.99 ecb..great gift idea!
dove 2bar soap 3.00, get 2 ecb
kotwx U 4.99, get 4.99 ecb
A&H detergent 2/$7 get 2ecb

Surely we can all find something to buy out of that list!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Exit Form for the AllYou Grocery Challenge 2010

I need to send in my Exit Form for the Challenge, so I'll put all my info here as well!  I think I did great!  I maintained my stockpile, I tried a few new meal ideas, I bartered quite a bit with friends and family, and I stayed within budget!

Total for four weeks: $65.98, saved $682.02;  this oop total includes all expected rebates and reimbursements(mystery shop assignment at a restaurant), includes monies received from friends I did some shopping for or with(split costs), includes 2 gift certificates for restaurants I purchased for friends' gifts, includes a trip to the liquor store(we were entertaining...liquor is not a regular purchase for us), includes taking the kids and a friend out for a belated birthday pizza/game day, and includes 8 gift certificates for us to use at restaurants while on vacation(which starts Monday!).
week 1:  $5.29
week 2:  $39.58
week 3:  $9.99
week 4: $11.12

End of Day 28 of the AllYou Grocery Challenge

End of the Day, and totals for the day...I did some Target shopping, so including that great trip in this post as well!

I had to return a pair of jeans I had picked up for Trenton...apparently skinny jeans are not acceptable!  Got back $15.17 for those.  We went to the clearance rack to see if any of their Levis were acceptable, and they were not.  However, I picked up a pair of shorts for my husband for 6.49, a polo shirt for him for 7.48 minus a $3 Merona Target coupon.  I also found 6 Champion tank tops(womens) for 3.24 each, and I had 6 Champion $5 Target coupons on me, so I got those, too.  I completely expected my coupons to be adjusted down on the Champion tanks, but if they gave me overage, so be it!  Well....I got the overage!!!  My total, including tax was $0.43!!!  Wow!

We then headed to Homeland, where I picked up a bag of Grande chips 2.00, used $1 Q, a basket of 2.2# nectarines for 2.50, used the store $2.36 off Q, and found a package of marked down RRR fajita meat for 1.99, used the $2 Q on including tax was $0.40!!

We dropped off our groceries at home, then headed out to Broken Arrow to try the frozen yogurt shop Cherry Berry.  Eh, I'm not smitten.  Sure, it was fun to pick one of 12 or so frozen yogurt flavors(or mix them up), and then top your yogurt with one or several of a couple dozen toppings, but the price is high, especially since you don't know how much you are getting until you pay!  It's a pay per ounce place, and they offer two cup sizes...big and bigger!  I chose the smaller cup, but Vince and Trenton each grabbed the huge cup.  When we went to weigh and pay, our total was $19.22.  That is some expensive yogurt!  I had a $10 gift certificate I earned from LivingSocial, so we just paid $9.22, but even at $9, that is expensive yogurt!  Next time, we will be more conservative...if there is a next time!  I didn't really care for the yogurt...I tried three flavors and they all tasted artificial.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Onion Oat Whey Bread

What to do with leftover whey after making cheese...hmmm....bread!  Just use the whey as a substitute for will not change the taste, but will add protein!  I found this recipe at Bittersweet, for Onion Whey Bread...please check out the Bittersweet blog for full instructions...I'm just going to make my dough in the bread machine, then bake in the oven.  I'll freeze mine to use in Vince's lunches for when we are back from vacation. 

Onion Whey Bread
2 Tablespoons Margarine
1 Medium Sweet Onion, Chopped
1 Cup Whey
1 1/2 Teaspoons Granulated Sugar
1 Package Active Dry Yeast
3/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 – 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 Cup Oat Flour

I am making more cheese this weekend, so I'll be trying out some other whey bread recipes in the coming weeks...
I am happy to be able to find another use for one of my big stockpile items...oats!  You can make your own oat flour by throwing oats in your blender, and pulsate until they resemble flour.  I read that you cannot substitute the entire flour amount with oat flour...something about consistency...but you could try half!

Grocery Challenge, the Final Day!

The end of the four weeks is here...what have I learned?
I rely on leftovers alot, but that's ok, because I'm a good cook and we all enjoy the meals I prepare, so we can just enjoy them an extra day occasionally!
I can spend very little if I want to, and just maintain my stockpile, supplementing with milk and produce as needed.
Bartering with friends and family is a great idea!  Especially this time of year with gardens in high gear...I don't have to spend as much to have fresh produce!
I love being frugal.  I love cooking.  I love saving money!

yogurt, cereal, fruit
noodles with beef in a mushroom sauce; salad of cucumber, tomato, and squash
Crabcakes, caesar salad, salad of cucumber, tomato, and squash

I'm posting this late night of the 27th day, because I hope I am busy doing housework all day tomorrow!  I will get online for a few minutes at some point to update, but I plan to run to Homeland for some cheap produce, say in the 0.24 cent oop range!

Grocery Challenge, Day 27

wow, one day to go!  I am definitely staying under $100 for the entire 4 week period!  Per the Challenge Guidelines, I was alotted $100 per week..this is fantastic!

Did a little shopping today...I'll be gone for a week on vacation, so trying to get all my errands caught up!
Brita filter 3pk 14.99, used $2 IP
Zegerid 9.99, used $4mq
double edge razor blades for dh 5.49
used $13 in ecb, pd 14.07 with a gc, received 3 for zegerid & 5 for brita;  zegerid has a tmf rebate, so I have 9.99 coming back
trans 2:
3 12pk DrP 11.00
Borden milk 2.99
zegerid 9.99, used $4mq
Biotrue 2.99, used $2IP
pd with 10ecb & 12.43 on a gc, received e for DrP, 2.99 for Biotrue, 1 for milk, & 1 for green bag tag;  another zegerid rebate for 9.99

Ran to Homeland:
basket of 2.2# nectarines 2.50
Grandes tortilla chips 2.00, used $1mq(thx, Michelle!)
used the 2.36 Hl Q from their website, pd 0.24!!

Went to Walmart to get Garrett's WIC juice before we leave on vacation.  Wandered over to their clearance tent on the South side of the store...found Vince some DrScholls dress shoes for $15 and a Spiderman costume for Garrett for $5...they had lots of clothes, crafts, shoes, and sporting goods on clearance.

I received a mystery shop job yesterday for Braums, so I took the boys there for lunch.  It only took about 30 minutes to complete my report, and I made a little money, plus free lunch!  I spent oop $13.93.  I will be reimbursed $9 + my food cost of $8.04(they don't offer to pay for your additional items).

total for today, for purposes of the Grocery Challenge:
0.24+13.93-17.04=profit if 2.87!

yogurt, cereal, fruit
I made Vince a sack lunch;  boys and I had Braums
leftover pigs in a blanket, mac&chz, and a cucumber/tomato/squash salad...thx to a pal, Karen, for the homegrown squash & tomatoes...we traded earlier in the day for those veggies!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Grocery Challenge, Day 26

yogurt, cereal
I packed Vince a lunch;  The boys and I had leftover linguine with cream cheese alfredo sauce, and some imitation crabmeat
pigs in a blanket(homemade pastry), mac & cheese, green beans

I made mozzarella did not get stretchy...more like ricotta, oh well.  Let the whey sit overnight so I could make ricotta today.  I always say 'homemade ricotta', when I usually really make homemade 'cottage cheese'.  Today, I made real, cottage cheese is easier, think I'll stick to that!  I put both cheeses in the freezer, to use later in the month in lasagna.
I saved the leftover whey to use in bread later today or tomorrow...I hear it's more flavorful, and you boost your protein! 
We ran over to Homeland while we were out taking Trenton to get his old glasses tinted into sunglasses.  I wanted to buy blackberries, but they didn't have any, so I bought 3 pounds of onions, a pkg of stew meat, and Grandes chips...after the $2RRR Q, the $1 Grandes Q, and the $2.36 store promo Q, I pd 0.64oop!
So, adding 0.64 to my Challenge total for the week.  I'll be going back to Homeland a few more times because of that 2.36 coupon...I have my eye on a seedless watermelon at 2.99, maybe some strawberries at 2.50, and we'll see if they get any blackberries in!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Surprise! Make your own Ice machine required!

I bought several containers of sour cream at the grocery store a few weeks back.  By 'bought', I mean, got them for 10 cents after coupon!  But then I realized I bought 4 containers of sour cream with an expiration date in August, and we don't use sour cream very much...what to do?! 
I scoured the internet for ideas...found a recipe called Granny's Ice Cream...I was skeptical, but it is insanely good, and easy, and your kids can help!

Granny's Ice Cream
4 egg whites
2/3 cup sour cream
1 t vanilla
1/2 cup gran. sugar

Beat the egg whites in a metal mixing bowl until foamy.  Add in the vanilla and sugar, and continue beating until soft peaks form.(This takes awhile, and it always seems that it works better if the egg whites are at room temperature---separate whites first, then let them sit about 20 minutes if you are having a hard time getting them to stiffen).  When the soft peak forms, use a spatula to gently fold in your sour cream til blended.  Add any flavorings now.  Place in the freezer, stirring the mixture once every 30 minutes for about 2-2.5 hours.  You don't have to stir it, but it is more creamy instead of 'icy' if you do stir...I only stirred mine twice and it was phenomenal!!!

To ours, I added a cup of chocolate chips, some mint extract, and a few drops of green food chocolate chip!  In the future, I would use fresh, chopped mint from our garden, but the baby was preventing any such notion tonight!  I probably won't use food coloring next was fine, but I only used it to get Trenton to try are strange, as you probably know, about eating some things...I thought that if he saw the ice cream as any other mint chocolate chip ice cream(green), he would be more willing to like it!  Of course, he said later that he likes the natural mint chocolate chip, so he's all for the idea of fresh mint instead of extract and food coloring!

My next sour cream ice cream will have some frozen berries added to it..yum!

Oh, this recipe says 'serves 4' serves 3 in our house!  I will stress again that this was delicious!  I simply cannot believe that ice cream made from sour cream would be this tasty!  I hope you try part:  no ice cream maker necessary!

Cream Cheese Alfredo Sauce

For dinner today, I made homemade pizza and linguine with homemade cream cheese alfredo.
I did not have cream for making traditional alfredo, so I used what I had.  I have actually seen recipes which suggest using cream cheese for a richer sauce, and they were right!
I melted butter, about 1-2 T, in my pan, then added 8oz cream cheese.  I poured in about 1/2 cup milk.  I kept stirring to prevent burning, and added a moderate amount of parmesan, and even added some basil and oregano.  A few minutes later, my Cream Cheese Alredo Sauce was ready to cover the was very tasty, not weird at all...definitely healthier than using heaving whipping cream!

Potato Patties

I mentioned eating a leftover potato patty for lunch ex-MIL made some and sent them home with Trenton when he visited her recently...she is like me in that we don't use recipes, instead we just throw stuff together and hope it works!  This is definitely not a healthy dish, but it is delicious, and a great way to get out of the mashed potato rut!  I don't like mashed potatoes as leftovers..fine the first meal, but they seem dry later on...
Basically, my ex-MIL's version is to take you leftover mashed potatoes, add a chopped onion, some flour and egg to make a dough, and she grates a fresh raw potato into the mix as well, but I've see recipes that don't include that step.  Some recipes will batter the patty for frying like you would meat, but this is all together, and you just drop it in the oil to fry's kind of like a hush puppy, only with, what a surprisingly good concept!  I'll try making them on my own sometime...we don't eat alot of potatoes, especially mashed...we are more of a 'sweet potato kinda family'.  We don't get tired of sweet potatoes, but I bet you could do patties of those if you wanted...anyway, just a new idea if you felt like trying it...

Using up bananas...

I bought bananas recently, and with watermelon in the house, the bananas weren't being consumed very quickly.  To prevent spoilage, I thought about making banana chocolate chip cake or bread, but we really don't need that right now!  I decided to peel the bananas, cut them in half, & freeze in a baking dish before transferring to a storage bag...we'll use them in smoothies!
Today, the kiddos were wanting a mid-morning snack, so I made a version of my frozen hot chocolate for us to split.
This time, I used 2 frozen banana halves, 2 packets of hot choc. mix, about a cup of milk, and a Tablespoon or so of peanut butter...blended away, and yumminess!  We will definitely be doing that again!

Grocery Challenge, Day 25

Baby has a fever...stayed in all day...his clinginess made it very difficult to keep up with cleaning and cooking.  Nevertheless, I made our meals, did dishes 3 times, and did 3 loads of laundry...go me!

yogurt, cereal
Morning snack:
Banana-Peanut Butter Frozen Hot Chocolate(recipe to come)
Trenton had leftover pork chop and sweet potatoes;  Garrett had sweet potatoes, a rice cake, and mango(weirdo!); Vince had a sandwich and sweet potatoes(he had a meeting this morning, then came home for lunch before heading back for a few hours);  I had a leftover chicken fried steak and a potato patty(recipe to come)
homemade pizza, with fresh dough, homemade sauce with greens from the garden, homemade ricotta, pepperoni, and mozz;  also had linguine with cream cheese sauce(recipe to come) with greens from the garden and chicken

sorry about all the delay in recipe/ is still feverish, so my time is limited until he gets to bed...

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Archer Farms Simply Balanced Bread (24oz.) or Buns (16 or 21oz.) $1.89

Nabisco Mini Munchpacks (12ct.) $3.99

Archer Farms Organic Milk (64oz.) $2.99

Tostitos Chips (10oz.), Con Queso Dip (15oz.) 2 for $6

Fruity Pebbles, Honey Bunches of Oats Post Cereals 2 for $5

Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Lunchmeat (1 to 9oz.) $2.79

Boston Market or Stouffers (6 to 21oz.) 4 for $10

Vitaminwater (20oz.) 10 for $10

Nutri-Grain Bars (8ct.) or Pop Tarts (12ct.) $2.99

$1/2 Pop Tarts (

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$.75/1 Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars (6ct.+) from 7/11 RP

Nature Valley Granola Bars (6pk.) or Honey Nut Clusters (5oz.) $2.39

$.75/2 Nature Valley Granola Bars; Any Variety (printable

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Chips Ahoy (15.25oz.) $1.89

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Aleve Caplets (100ct.) $7.99

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Align Probiotic Daily Supplement (28ct.) $27.99*

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Bounty Basic Big-Roll Paper Towels (12pk.) $10.99

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Quilted Northern Double-Roll Bath Tissue (18pk.) $10.99

Purex Liquid Detergent (72oz.) or 3-1 Laundry Sheets (20ct.) $4.49

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•Girls 9+1pk. Underwear $6.79

•Kids 6+1pk. Socks $3.99

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Thanks, SSB.  I'll be on vacation during this sale...glad there is nothing I need!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

blog name changes

I decided to change the name of my blog from Fides et Familia to Caveat Emptor.  I have been posting more 'frugal minded' information than family related, so I thought it was appropriate. 
Caveat Emptor is Latin, and means 'buyer beware' is typically a legal term, but I think it can be used in an everyday aware of what you are spending!  Be a vigilant consumer, spend wisely!

I contemplated using 'Caveat Venditor', which means 'seller beware', but I don't think retailers should fear frugal people...I did think it would be a very humorous blog name, though...

Grocery Challenge, Day 24

yogurt, cereal
I packed a lunch for Vince;  Trenton is at his Granny's;  Garrett fell asleep;  I had leftover pork chops and pasta salad.
oven baked chicken fried steak, mashed sweet potatoes, green salad

Target Clearance!

Love Target!  Headed out to one of the stores to find a ton of socks and athletic wear on clearance!  And, I had Target coupons for most of them!!!
I bought:
1 baby tshirt 3.48
1 pr Mossimo jeans for me! 7.48
4 pkgs of Champion mens socks 3pr/pkg  4.18-4.88 each
4 Champion mens muscle shirts 3.24-4.98 each
2 Champion womens hoodies 4.98 each
3 bx Special K
3 bx Fiber Plus cereal
after coupons my total was 2.36, which I put on a prepaid visa I received from a Staples rebate on paper a couple month ago!  Total oop, $0.00!! 

I'd love to find some more clothes for the boys on clearance, and for myself, so I'm going to go check out some other stores later...

I just wanted to note that my cashier was so pleasant, and she and the lady behind me in line were asking questions about how I find my coupons and great deals.  It was nice to chat with them...made my day!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Busy morning...and Grocery challenge, day 23.

Wow, we were busy today!  Home now for a nap!
First, Target:
5 boxes Spec K cereal 2.39 each
1 box Spec K bars 2.39 each
6 boxes Fiber Plus cereal 2.79 each
crazy giant bouncy ball the kids wanted
after coupons and Target promos, pd 0.38 oop!!

Next, Staples:
2 4GB Hp flash drives(for hubby and I for our classes) 9.99 each
Microsoft wireless mouse 19.99
2 reams Staples paper 4.99 each
pkg filler paper 0.50
after Staples rewards check, Office Depot coupon, and Staples gift card, pd $2.19!!
The paper is a rebate item, so I'll get back $9.96 on that!

No luck at my next stop, CVS...they were out of the item I intended to buy :-(
I did see my pal and traded her some cash for cereal..$5 for me.

Went to Arbys to use my free sandwich Q from the back of a receipt.  We also ordered a value size fries and a jr. chicken sandwich.  The boys and I split all this, pd $2.17, plus I got another survey receipt!!

On to Walmart:
Picked up a gallon of milk, some Cheerios, a kiwi, and a pkg of cheese for Garrett's WIC.
I hadn't used any of my Pampers wipes Qs I had collected, so I grabbed 10 pkgs today to use all my coupons, plus a pkg of Beechnut toddler snacks.  After Qs, pd 3.18!

For the Grocery Challenge tally:
0.38-5.00+2.17+3.18=0.73 oop today!

cereal, fruit, yogurt
I packed Vince a lunch;  the boys and I had Arbys
Oven baked chicken fried steak(no gravy), mashed sweet potatoes, green salad
change of plan, because I got behind and ran out of time to cook...we had pizza and green salad instead

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Grocery Challenge, Day 22

I can't believe the 4 weeks is almost's been a relatively fun challenge, and I hope to continue to challenge myself beyond next week(ok, after vacation!  kind of hard to be as frugal as I like when on vacation!)
If you saw my earlier post, you know I spent $3 at the grocery store today on a lot of items!

cereal, fruit, yogurt
pizza(frozen), green salad, leftover pasta salad
I put a 3# bag of chicken into the slow cooker this morning, let it cook much of the day, then divided it into 6 bags for future meals.
I used 1 of the bags tonight to make:
chicken salad(green salad with chicken atop) with cucumbers and green onions, macaroni and cheese
we had a few cookies and milk for a dessert

A little bit of shopping...

We ran a few errands today, stopping at Target and Homeland.  Great trips!
8 6oz bags Purina One dog food $1 each, used 4 $2/any mq & 7 $1 TQs
3pk Champion socks for Trenton 5.99, used $5 TQ
pacifier 3.89  (we don't use pacis, but I'm desperate to get the baby to wean at night...I'll try to trick him tonight!)
Tide stain release 3.99, used $3mq & $1TQ
pencil sharpener 0.69
7 glue sticks 0.20 each
6 rayovac batteries, clearanced to 0.25 each, used 3 $1/2 mqs
 pd $1.05!

I did 2 trans at Homeland, both the same, so I got:
2 skinny cow cups 1.50 each, used 2 $1IPs
4 Fish Fry mixes(raincheck) 1.00 each, used 2 $1/2 mqs
4 Sunbeam buns 99 each, used 2 $1/2 mqs
2 Sargento cheddar slices 2.49 each, used 2 $1mqs
2 Yoplait smoothies 2.49 each, used 2 $1mqs
paid $3.00!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Target, and End of Week 3!

My pal and I ran over to Target again today...I got a few items with overage, Michelle covered the tab...we talked over our trip at the cafe over a soda(and popcorn for Trenton)...oop $2.71.  That makes my total oop for week 3 only $9.99, after rebates & helping friends with groceries.  Actually, if I hadn't been so social this week, my stops at Target cafe twice, McD's, & Arbys, I would have made money...oh well, gotta have friends ;-)  I don't want to make a habit of grabbing a drink or bite to eat out in a restaurant--it adds up, but I'm fine with what I spent this week!

Week 4 will probably show a run to Homeland for a few items, and I have a couple friends I'm bartering with this week...another good way to keep your grocery cost down!

Grocery Challenge, Day 21

It has been a rough day so is teething and cranky.  I started a load of laundry only to find Trenton had left his clothes in the washer overnight, WITH his cellphone in his jeans pocket(phone is sitting in a bag of rice in hopes of drying out).  So...I didn't make it out to the Tulsa Iris Society sale, or to Philbrook Museum.  Oh, well...since I was staying home this morning, I made a big batch of yogurt.  Needed to be done anyway!

I packed Vince a lunch;  Garrett has brown rice and a blob of cream cheese;  Trenton and I had cucumber-cream cheese sandwiches, on bread I baked was phenomenal!
grilled pork chops, pasta salad, green salad

Friday, July 9, 2010

Grocery Challenge, Day 20...and a cvs trip

cereal for the boys, then Garrett and I met with friends at McD's for coffee, yogurt, and a sandwich.  Spent $4.33
I packed Vince a lunch, Trenton is at his Granny's for lunch, and Garrett and I grabbed a couple junior sandwiches at Arby's.  Spent $3.26, received 2 receipts with surveys on the back, so that's 2 free sandwiches on next visit!!
Trenton's Granny sent him home with a huge bag of lettuce--endive, radicchio, I decided we'd make pizza and salad.
Homemade dough:
3 c flour, combine with 1/2t salt and 1 pkg yeast.  Then add in 2 T olive oil and 1c warm water.  Knead until elastic, then cover and let sit 10 minutes.  You could add in garlic powder or other herbs to the dough if desired.  I split thjat in half, placing 1 half in a greased pan,  Spread out the dough thinly, add homemade pizza sauce(crushed tomatoes, wilted spinach & greens, red pepper flakes, garlic, oregano, basil), then toppings..we had pepperoni, mozz & homemade ricotta.  Added some minced garlic, and more oregano & basil to the top.  Bake til golden.
For the other half of the dough, I pulled off small bits, flattened them, then placed a cube of mozz inside.  Rolled into a ball, and baked those on a pizza pan.  Alot of the cheese escaped, so instead of cheese balls, they were more like pizza crust balls.  I would habe sealed them better and rolled them in olive oil and garlic, but the baby was screaming by this time.
Our salad was the nice mix received from Trenton's Granny, and I added sliced cucumber from Gma's garden, and broccoli from my garden! yum.

Went to CVS...gardening stuff is 75% off! 
Only did one transaction:
4 Milkway 0.50 each, used 4 0.50/1 crts
2 pocket folders0.10 each
2 cvs brand pantiliners, 0.50 each, received 1ecb for buying 2
3 Post cereals, 3/$10, used 1 $2IP, received 5 ecb
2 garden items 0.99 each
2 garden items 0.49 each
Duracell battery 2.99, used 0.75 mq, received 1ecb
2 Borden milk, used 2 0.75 mqs, received 2 ecb
Charmin 9roll, used $1 mq, received 1 ecb
Tylenol Precise patches 5.99, received 2 ecb
2 Purex, 6.49 bogo
2 cvs brand acetaminophen 6.69 bogo
2 cvs brand batteries 6.49 bogo
used a 5/30 email Q & a 3/10 food cvs Q, used ecbs in the amounts of 10, 10, 8, 4, 1.98, 3, 3
pd 0.05+tax on a gift card I got for filling a prescription.

I spent $7.59 on dining out, but I met up with a couple friends whom I pick up extra groceries for at times...I received $22 from them toward their part of the groceries, so today was a profit of $14.41.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Grocery Challenge, Day 19...and a day at Target

We took Trenton and a friend to Incredible Pizza for a belated bday gift...4 buffets, $30.34.  We had a $10 gift cert from, but they don't honor those anymore, so the mgr gave us a $10 game card for free.  Trenton bought the game card from me, so my adjusted total was $20.34.  They let us keep the gift cert and told us to contact to get a gift cert at a different restaurant...awesome!
MIL brought over cucumbers from her parents' garden, think we'll do cucumber-cream cheese sandwiches and leftover lasagna

I went to one Target before lunch and 1 Target after lunch.  I bought canning jars, Nivea shave gel, 4 SB toilet gels, 4 SB refills for toilet brush, 3 Crystal Light, Clorox, Jennie O turkey, some trial size Shout and Tide, 1 SB power sprayer.  My coupon-pal and I went in on some Kelloggs & Sobe.  We also got watermelon, apples, bananas, romaine, eggplant...I had some gift cards to use up, so after gcs, my oop was $7.07.  My pal paid me her half, $5.  We went to grab a snack/drink at the Target cafe, $2.17 for a fruit smoothie.  The register didn't allow one of my coupons correctly at the first store, so they gave me $4 cash back for it.  The turkey is a rebate item for me, so I will get $4.39 back.

Here's the math for today:
Incredible Pizza 30.34-10.00 from Trenton(in place of my $10 gift cert)=20.34
Target #1:  0 oop(used gift card)-4.00 missed Q=-4.00
Target #2: 7.07 oop-5.00 from pal+2.17 drink-4.39 rebate=-0.15
$16.19 total oop

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Grocery Challenge, Day 18

Vince had leftover wafflesm sausage & bacon; boys & I had milk
PB&Js, leftover pasta salad & cucumber/tomato salad
lasagna and garlic rolls(Rhodes)
The lasagna was something I pulled from the freezer.  I made it originally a month or two ago, with wheat pasta, homemade sauce with greens from my garden, sausage and ground beef, and homemade ricotta.  I always make 2(or 3) pans at a time, and freeze one.  This time, I left one in the oven to stay warm for the hubby, but he was at work far later than anticipated...I took the baby with me to bed, and the lasagna stayed in the oven about 2 hours too long.  It was dry, crispy, but I couldn't bear to toss it!  Today, I poured more sauce in the baking dish, set in the lasagna(still partially frozen), added more sauce on top and more ricotta, and baked for about an was perfect!!!  So, burnt, dry lasagna CAN be salvaged!  I'd say it was better than usual...twice-baked lasagna.

CVS deals week of 7/18-7/24

Well, we will be on vacation the week of 7/18, but the CVS ad looks decent, so I guess I'll be making a quick run there before we head out!  I don't have scenarios worked out yet, but here's a preview of some good buys:

m&m pretzels 2/$1, buy 2 get 1 ecb
Cadbury chocolate bars buy 2 at 1.99, get 1 free...I mention it because I know I got a Q for this from the CRT machine last week
Maxwell House coffee, can order $1mqs from a clipping site, use 2 mqs, should be around $3 for 2 canisters of coffee
A&W 7up 12 pks, buy 3/$11, get 3 ecb..this is regional and may be different in your area...last time I saw this deal, my area had DrPepper instead of A&W
Spend $12 get 4 ecb on Nestle, Edy's, Haagan Daz items $3 each
Brita 3pk water filters 14.99, get 5ecb(of cours I bought some when they were 17.99 awhile back...this is a GREAT price!)
Dial bodywash ecb
Veet/Clearasil ecb
Revlon ecb
Loreal ecb
Schick or Quattro women ecb
vitamin bogo sales
4 different acid reflux meds ecb deals
Celsius green tea beverage 4pk 7.99, get 7.99 ecb, regional $2 Q
CVS brand diapers, wipes, cotton swabs bogo50%
Huggies 8.99, get 3 ecb, limit 1

CVS Plans for this weekend

I need to burn some ecb this weekend to get some better expiration dates since I will be skipping a week of shopping to go on vacation soon!  This week's ad looks better than next week, so I'll try to get a few things Friday or Saturday.
Here's my scenario:
Charmin 5.49, use $1 from mailer, get 1 ecb
Duracell 2.99, use 0.75 from 7/4 P&G, get 1 ecb
2 Purex 6.49 bogo
2 CVS brand pain relief 5.99 bogo
2 CVS brand batteries 6.49 bogo
13 school folders $1.30
Tylenol Precise 5.99, get 2 ecb(going to check for a tearpad coupon found at some CVS stores for this item)
4 Milky Way 0.50 each, use 4 0.50 crt Qs
2 CVS brand pantiliners 0.50 each, get 1 ecb
2 milk 2.99 each, get 2 ecb
I will use a 5/30 cvs Q & several ecb($8, $10, $10, $1.98, $4, $1)
pay tax only, receive $7 in new ecb

I kind of feel like I'm wasting ecb, but I have at least $20 left so it's not a big deal. 80% sale

We love!  We have discover many great new places to enjoy a meal, for a fraction of the cost.  Most certificates have regulations like $25 off your $35 purchase, tip is 18% on the original total, alcohol not included, etc., so read your certificates carefully.  But, I still think the certificates at are great, especially when you can find them at a discount, like today!  Use code FUN at checkout for 80% off.  I recently bought 2 gift cards for friends plus certificates to pay for our meals while on vacation later this month, all for around $12!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Target Ad Preview 7/11-7/17

Wow, a very early preview!  Thanks, SSB!


Free $5 Gift Card wyb any (3) bags of Starbucks Coffee (12oz.)

Starbucks Coffee (12oz.) $6.99

TGI Friday's Skillet Meals or Stouffers Family-size Meals $5.99

Oscar Mayer Original Bacon (16oz.) $3.49

Oroweat Sandwich Thins (8ct.) $1.99

Kellogg's Frosted Flakes (14oz.), General Mills Cheerios (8.9oz.) 3 for $6

$1.25/3 Kellogg’s Cereals 10oz or larger Mix or Matchfrom from 6/27 RP

$1/2 Kellogg's Cereals (printable coupon)

$.55/1 GM Cheerios (printable coupon)

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream (1-pint) $2.39

$1/2 Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, or Sorbet, any pint from 6/6 RP

Sun Chips (10.5oz.) Baked Lay's (9oz.) $2.79

Starburst, Skittles (14oz.) 2 for $4

Stride, Trident Gums (3pk.) $1.99

Ghiradelli (5.32oz.), Lindt Truffles (5.1oz.) $2.99

$.50/1 Ghirardelli Luxe Milk Bar or Bag Target Q (printable coupon)

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish (6.6oz.) $1.75

Archer Farms Monster Trail Mix $2.99

Annie's Berry Patch Fruit Snacks (4oz.) $2.99

Lactaid Lactose-free Milk (64oz.) $2.99

$1/1 Lactaid Milk (printable coupon)

7 UP, A&W +Select Others (12pk.) 4 for $10

Pepsi Products (6pk bottles or 12pk cans) 4 for $12

$1/1 Diet Pepsi Bottled 6pk, Target Q (printable coupon)

Pepsi Soda (2-liter) 4 for $5

Aquafina Water (24pk, 16.9oz.) $3.99

Slim-Fast Optima Drink (6pk.) $5.49

$1/1 when you buy any Slim-Fast product (printable coupon)


Pantene Shampoo (12.6oz.) or Conditioner $3.49

$1/2 Pantene products from 6/13 SS

$1/2 Pantene products from 7/4 P&G

$1/1 Pantene product Target Q (regional) (exp. 8/30)

Dove (2.6oz.) or Degree Deodorant (2.6 or 2.7oz.) $3.49

$.75/1 Dove Ultimate Beauty Care Deodorant or Body Mist from 6/27 RP

Axe Shower Gel (12oz.) or Deodorant (2.7 or 3oz.) $3.49

Axe Body Spray (4oz.) $3.99

Dial Soap (21 or 24oz.) Body Wash. Bars (10pk.) or Liquid Refill (50oz.) $3.99

$1/2 Dial Body Wash products from 6/13 RP

Colgate (7.6oz.) or Crest (6.6-7.8oz.) $3.99

$.50/1 Crest Toothpaste, 4.0 oz or larger from 6/27 RP

$.75/1 Crest Oral Care product: Pro-health Toothpaste or Glide Pro-Health floss Target Q from 6/6 RP*

Coppertone Sport Spray SPF 30 (6oz.) $6.49

$1/1 Any Coppertone product (printable coupon)

U by Kotex Tampons (18ct.) $4.19

Tampax Pearl (40ct.) $6.99

$1/1 Tampax (18ct or higher) from 7/4 P&G

$2/1 Tampax Pearl or Compak Pearl (18 ct or higher) from 7/4 P&G

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Primer or Concealer $9.99

$2/1 L'Oreal Magic Perfecting Base by Studio Secrets from 6/20 RP

$1/1 Any L'Oreal Cosmetic product from 5/23 RP

L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara or Wear Infinite Eyeshadow Quad $4.99

$1/1 Any L'Oreal Cosmetic product from 5/23 RP

L'Oreal Infallible Lip Gloss $7.99

$1/1 Any L'Oreal Cosmetic product from 5/23 RP
Neutrogena Wave Starter Kit $9.99

*Neutrogena Rebate; Spend $30 get $10 back

Free $5 Gift Card with purchase of Prilosec:

Prilosec Tablets (42 ct.) $24.99

$3/1 Any Prilosec OTC from 6/6 P&G

$3/1 Prilosec OTC 42ct. of Align 28ct Target Q (Regional) (exp. 8/30)

Exedrin Migraine Geltabs (160ct.) $10.99

$1/1 Exedrin Express Gels 20ct+ (printable coupon)

Claritin 24hr Non-Drowsy Tablets (30ct.) $17.99

$2/1 On any Non-Drowsy Claritin-D Allergy product 10ct.+ (printable coupon)

Nature Made Tablets $5

90ct. Multi For her or 100ct. Vitamin D 1000 IU

Up & Up Cetirizine Allergy Tablets (30ct., 10mg) $12.49


Tide Laundry Detergent $10.99

100oz. liquid or 63 or 80 load powder detergent; Stain Release 43ct. duo pacs or 68oz. liquid.

$1/1 Tide Laundry Detergent ETS Target Q from 6/6 RP

$1/1 Tide Detergent from 7/4 P&G

All Liquid Laundry Detergent (96 load) $10.99

$1/1 All liquid detergent 28load+ (exp. 7/11) from 5/16 RP

Downy (72 - 90-load) $6.49

$1/1 Downy Fabric Softener Target Q from 5/16 SS

$.50/1 Any Downy (exp. 7/31) from 6/6 P&G

Bounce 4-Month Dryer Bar or Dryer Sheets (160 or 180ct.) $6.49

$1.50 Bounce Dryer Bar; excludes dryer sheets Target Q from 6/6 RP

Dawn Dish-washing Liquid (56oz.) $3.99

$.25/1 Any Dawn product from 7/4 P&G

Cascade 2-1 (20ct.), Complete ActionPacs (16ct.) or Powder (74oz.) $3.99

$.50/1 Any Cascade product from 7/4 P&G

$.50/1 Cascade Complete Pacs or Cascade ActionPacs from 7/4 P&G

Mr. Clean (40oz.) Scrubbing Bubbles (43oz.) or Soft Scrub Bathroom Cleaners $2.49

Free $5 Gift Card wyb four (4) Scrubbing Bubbles products Target Q (exp. 7/20) from 6/27 RP

$.55/1 Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner from 6/13 RP

Buy any Soft Scrub product, get 1 free from 6/13 RP

$1/1 Soft Scrub Total Bath & Bowl or Total Kitchen from 6/13 RP

Charmins Mega (16pk.) or Double-Roll Bath Tissue (30pk.) $14.99

$1/1 Charmin bath tissue from 5/16 RP

$.25/1 Any Charmin Product 6/6 P&G

Charmin Basic Double-Roll Bath Tissue (36pk.) $14.99

$1/1 Charmin bath tissue from 5/16 RP

$.25/1 Any Charmin Product 6/6 P&G

Bounty Giant-Roll Paper Towels (8pk.) $9.99

$.75/1 Bounty Paper Towels 6-pk or larger Target Q from 6/13 RP*

$.25/1 Bounty Towels or Napkins from 6/6 P&G

Hefty CinchSak (60ct. 30 gallon or 100ct. 13 gallon) $10.49

Glad Trash Bags (84 or 100ct. 13 gallon or 55ct. 30 gallon) $10.49

$1/1 Glad ForceFlex trash bags Target Q (printable coupon)

$.50/1 Glad Trash Bags from 6/6 RP


Huggies Big Pack Diapers $19.99

Selected Overnites, Little Movers, Little Snugglers and Pure & Natural

$2.50/1 Pure & Natural Diapers (printable coupon)

$1.50/1 Huggies Little Sugglers or Little Mover Diapers from 6/20 SS

$1.50 Any Huggies Diapers from 6/20 SS

$3/1 Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers (printable coupon)

$3/1 Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers Target Q (printable coupon)*

$3.50 off with purchase of both Huggies diapers and 184-ct. or larger Huggies wipes Target Q (printable coupon)

Pampers Baby Dry Diapers (92 - 192ct.) $29.99

$2/1 Pampers Boxed Diapers (Swaddlers New Baby, Swaddlers Sensitive or Cruisers) Target Q from 6/27 RP

Gerber 2nd Foods 10 for $9

Gerber Graduates Fun Grips Cups BPA Free (2pk.) $4


Purina One Smart Blend Dog Food (8lb.) $9.49

$2/1 Purina One Brand Dry Cat Food, any size/variety from 6/27 SS

$1/1 Purina One SmartBlend Dry Dog Food Target Q (printable coupon)

Fancy Feast Cat Food (3oz.) $.32*

$1/18 Fancy Feast Elegant Medleys (printable coupon)

Arm & Hammer Cat Litter (40lb.) $12.99

Other Deals:

Licensed 16'" Backpacks $9 (include Toy Story 3, Mario Kart, Disney Princesses, etc.)

LicensedInsulated Lunch Kits $6

Glue Sticks (2ct.) $.20

Rose Art Markers (10ct.) or Colored Pencils (12ct.) $.50

Mead Composition, Poly or Fashion Notebooks $1

Flip-Flops (Various colors/sizes shown) 2 for $4


Free $5 Gift Card with purchase of any new or transferred prescription

(offer not valid in AR, NY or where prohibited by law.)

Grocery Challenge, Day 17

cereal(tried the new Kelloggs Fiber Plus, yogurt berry..yum!)
I packed Vince a sack lunch; the boys and I had Tornadoes and sour cream
leftover Tortilla Bake

Monday, July 5, 2010

Grocery Challenge, Day 16

cereal, or leftover breakfast from yesterday
Trenton made the Tortilla was yummy!
I browned some stew meat this morning.  Placed it, some carrots from the garden, some leftover potatoes from yesterdays breakfast, and tomato juice I reserved from cabbage rolls awhile back...all in the slow cooker.  When it has cooked for 10 or 12 hours, we'll enjoy Beef Stew!

Target trip 7/5/10

My coupon-pal(hi, Michelle!) and I set forth into Target today to do a little was alot of fun.  For the purposes of the Grocery Challenge, my oop was 0.00!!  I used a gift card to pay, so I guess my oop was 0 anyhow, but since we were going in on the deals together, gets confusing!  Here's what we got, some is mine, some is hers:

watermelon 1.50(great price!!!)
30 ears of corn 10/$1(great price!!!)
Pampers wipes
1 Scrubbing Bubbles toilet brush starter kit
4 Scrubbing Bubbles toilet brush refills
4 Scrubbing Bubbles toilet get
6 SB power sprayers
4 Vanish toilet discs
6 Shout
1 Tide Stain Release
2 Elmo books(clearance 1.98 each)
Iron Man2 MrPotato Head(clearance 9.08)
10 bx Kelloggs Fiber Plus cereal
10 bx Kelloggs Spec K cereal
7 Ziploc steamer bags

after a massive amount of coupons, the total was $9.02+tax, I pd $16.35 with a gift card.  Since Target receipts are crazy and don't list every coupon, I did the math at home to double check everything.  I have checked several times, and I am coming up at $5.02 before tax, not 9.02, so somehow I lost out on $4...oh, well...guess I'll chalk it up to a loss.  I don't think I'll take my receipt with a $200 savings back up to Target and demand $4 back!  I am happy to have gotten in on these deals, used up all my coupons I needed to get rid of before they expire...all is well!

The Target toy clearance is sitting at 30% on most items, and 50% on a few...I think I'll go take a look in another month and see if further markdowns have taken place.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Grocery Challenge, Day 15

homemade waffles
scrambled (farm fresh) eggs
fried potatoes

Trenton had leftover breakfast; Garrett had leftover chicken fried rice; Vince and I had homemade sushi and leftover apple crisp

Trenton had leftover breakfast(guess it was good!); Garrett and I had leftover pigs in a blanket, eggplant, and green beans;  Vince wasn't hungry, but snacked on chips & salsa later

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!  Let's remember to give thanks to members of our Armed Forces, past and present, who have helped secure our independence!

Homeland 7/4/10

I ran out to Homeland, did 3 transaction, all the same except 1 had a Chips Ahoy in it:
3 Blue Bunny BombPop
3 RRR cube steak, 2 steaks per pk
3 Louana canola oil
3 v8 spicy juice
3 Ziploc steam bags
3 Borden Singles Sensations
3 Skinny Cow ice cream cups
1 Chips Ahoy with Heath pcs
total oop:$5.50, savings of $49.12.  Much of that was tax, but we did need the oil, and there aren't many good deals on that item.

Need cereal?

I have a great cereal scenario in the works...I'll update after I do the deal...that way if it doesn't work the way I think it will, noone else fails!  Let's just leave it at this for now...start printing Kellogg's $1/2 and $1.50/3 and even $1.25/3 manufacturer's coupons!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

CVS Upcoming Deals

Unfortunately, I don't need the 'normal' stuff everyone else does, nor am I in the 'obsessive' stage of drugstore-couponing where you buy everything that has a RR or ecb attached to it, just because it was, I can't give you a great idea of all the deals to come at CVS. But, I can say what I am thinking of buying. I have quite a few ecbs to use up before we go on our mini-vacation in a few weeks. I would like to have a few left, but not what I have currently, and not with these expiration dates!
Here's what I am looking at for the next couple weeks, no deals set in stone, not really any great deals at the moment, just some ecb burning opportunities, and some stocking up on household necessities.
week of 7/4:
Biotrue contact solution 2.99, 2.99ecb, limit 2
sobe bogo
charmin 5.49, 1ecb
Duracell 2.99, 1ecb
Purex 6.49 bogo
Covergirl spend $15, get 5ecb...there is supposed to be a CG Q in the P&G for free eyemakeup wyb any CG mascara, so that might be a decent deal
Phys Formula bogo50% makeup(love their eyeliner!)
CVS ibuprofen 5.99 bogo
Tylenol Precise 5.99, 2ecb
CVS batteries 6.49 bogo

week of 7/11:
school folders 10/$1
Neutrogena clinical 34.99, the ad says free after rebate, this week only...maybe there is a new rebate coming out, because the current rebate and mq does not make this free...print that $5 mq from Neutrogena clinical now just in case they take it down early
Sobe 77cents
Complete contact solution 12oz 7.99, 7.99 ecb

There is a July ecb deal, CVS pantiliners that are shelf tagged 99cents are really 2/$1, buy 2 get 1ecb, so 2 free after ecb; the limit is at least 2.

The week of 7/11 there is a Sun, Mon, Tues ecb deal on pens, & safety scissors. Also, they will have most of their baby formulas on sale 19.99.

Grocery Challenge, end of Week 2, and Day 14

Week 2 total spent $39.52, thanks to a trip to the liquor store!

cereal, fruit
late lunch, early dinner...entertaining some out of town guests, my bff, Leslie, and her guy!!!
I made:
cucumber & tomato salad, drizzled with balsamic vinegar, herbs, and olive oil
fried eggplant slices
pigs in a blanket(with homemade crescent dough)
pasta salad with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, herbs, and crushed red pepper
apple crisp(with our canned apples)
pineapple upside down martinis for cocktails

Friday, July 2, 2010

Homeland 7/2, and Grocery Challenge, Day 13

We made a quick run into Homeland, since we were renting a DVD at the Blockbuster Express kiosk with free codes.
I spent actual money(gasp!):
Marzetti caesar dressing
RRR ground beef about 1.25#
Blue Bunny bomb pops 12ct
Crab Classics
Borden Singles Sensations
Skinny Cow cup(oh, my, Dulce de Leche is phenomenal!)
pd 3.53 oop

Vince and Garrett had cereal; Trenton used a gc he received for his bday to buy me and himself a donut(he also got a sausage roll), oop=0
I packed Vince a lunch; Garrett had chicken and rice; Trenton and I had eggs, turkey bacon(leftover), crescent rolls, and hashbrowns(potatoes I shredded with part of the jicama root leftover from my jicama salad last week)
leftovers: EggFuYoung & rice or Eggplant's fix your own leftovers night!

I adore CVS!

Really, where else can you stock up on household necessities for next to nothing. Or, better yet, make money while doing it? I visited with 'my girls' at CVS this morning, and did 4 transactions. I also transferred a prescription over for the Little One(his eczema ointment), and received a $25 gift card for doing so...yay!
Trans 1:
1 12 pk DrP 3.67
BioTrue contact solution 2.99(gave the solution to my cashier..she uses it and she is down on her luck right now, so my RAOK for the day)
6 Sobe 1.59, used 3 bogo mqs, sobe is bogo, and 6 0.50TQs for overage
2 Boost shakes 7.99 each, used 2 $3 mqs and they are bogo50
4 Mentos 0.99 each, used 2 bogo mqs
2 Tic Tacs 1.49 each, used 1 bogo mq
used 5/30 and 8ecb, pd 0.11+tax on a gc, received 3ecb for DrP, 3ecb for BioTrue
Trans 2:
Bounty 8roll 6.99, used $1mq & $2 crt
Bounty 6roll 5.97, used $2crt
6 Sobe 1.59, used 3 bogo mqs, sobe is bogo, & 6 0.50 tqs
Hydro razor 8.99, used $5 mq & $1tq
Qtips 2.39, used $1mq
2 TicTacs 1.49 each, used bogo mq
used 5/30 & 6ecb, pd tax only on gift card, received 1 ecb for Bounty
Trans 3:
2 Hefty trash bags 6.99 each, used 2 $1mqs
4 Dawn 0.99 each, used 3 $0.25 mqs
6 Sobe 1.59 each, used 3 bogo mqs, Sobe is bogo, & 6 0.50 tqs
Hydro razor 8.99, used $5mq & $1tq
used 5/30 & 10ecb, pd 0.18+tax on gift card, received 4ecb for Hefty
Trans 4:
Pampers Cruisers 8.99, used $3mq from sampler mailer & $3 cvs Q
Kodak movie dvd 6.99, used $5 tq
6 Sobe 1.59 each, used 3 bogo mq, Sobe is bogo, & 6 0.50tq
butterfinger 0.89, used free mq from fb promo
Hydro razor 8.99, used $5 mq & $1 tq
used 5/30, pd tax only on gift card plus $0.20 cash, received 1ecb for Pampers, 9.99 ecb for Kodak dvd, & 10 ecb for schick
The Schick Hydro has a TMF rebate going now, so I will get back 8.99 in rebates from that.

It was a good day at CVS!

BTW, I was concerned about buying that much Sobe, but they said they had some in the cooler in the back, just hadn't stocked it yet..I mentioned there was the great coupon available for print right now, so they might want to alert the vendor and get him over there to restock!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Target Preview 7/4

Here's a partial preview of the 7/4 Target ad, with partial matchups

FREE Orowheat Bread WYB (2) Jiff or Jelly items:
Jiff Peanut Butter or Smuckers Squeezable Spread $2
$.25/1 Smuckers Jam, Jelly, Preserves or Fruit spread from 5/23 RP

Coca-Cola Products 3 for $10
6pk, 12oz. bottles or 6pk, .5liter bottles
12pk cans 3 for $12

Market Pantry Apple Juice (54oz.) $1.50
Lipton Green Tea (12pk., 16.9oz.) $4.99
$1/1 Lipton Iced Tea 12pk. Target Q (printable coupon)*
Starbucks Frappuccino (4pk., 9.5oz.) $4.99
$1/1 Starbucks Frappuccino Coffee Drinks 4-pack from 5/2 SS
Sobe Lifewater (20oz.) 10 for $10
-Win BOGO Coupon from Sobe Heads or Tails game
Vitaminwater (20oz.) 10 for $10

Dunkin' Donuts (11 or 12oz.) or Folgers (27.8-33.9oz.) $6.49
$1.50/2 Dunkin' Donuts Coffee 11 oz or larger from 6/27 RP

Grade A Large Eggs (1-doz.) $1.29
Hebrew National Franks (11or12oz.), Ball Park (16oz.) 2 for $5
$.75/1 Hebrew National Beef Franks from 6/20 RP
$.75/1 Ball Park Jumbo Beef Franks from 6/27 RP
$.75/2 Ball Park products from 6/27 RP
Market Pantry Frozen Vegetables (16oz.)
Archer Farms Raw Almonds (12.5oz.) $3.99
Planters Nuts (9.75oz.) $4

Danimals (6pk) Activia (4pk.) $1.89
$1/1 Activia by Dannon 4pk, 8pk, 12pk or 24oz, void in LA; from 6/6 SS
$.50/1 Any Activia 4pk, Light, Drinks, Fiber or 24oz. (printable coupon)
$1/1 Danimals Smoothie 6pk or 12pk, Crush Cups 4pk or Coolision 6pk, void in LA; from 6/6 SS
Del Monte Fruit Cups (4pk.) $2
Kellogg's Cereal (11.5-18.2oz.) 3 for $8
$1.25/3 Kellogg’s Cereals 10oz or larger Mix or Matchfrom 6/27 RP
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (5.5oz.-7.3oz.) 10 for $10

Hostess Snack Cakes $2.39
Family Size Twizzlers (24oz.), Wrigley's 5 React Gum (3pk.) $2.49
Pop-Tarts (12ct.) Fiber One Bars (5ct.) $2
$1.00/2 Kellogg’s Pop Tarts, 8ct or larger from 6/13 RP
M&M's (42oz.) $7.49
Classic Lay's (11oz.) 2 for $5

Herbal Essences Hydralicious Shampoo (10.17oz.) $2.89
$.50/1 Herbal Essences or Aussie Product from 7/4 P&G
Aussie Sprunch Hair Spray $2.89
$.50/1 Herbal Essences or Aussie Product from 7/4 P&G
CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain & Lipcolor $6.99
$1/1 Covergirl product from 7/4 P&G

Zest or Irish Spring Bars (12pk.) $5.49
$.50/1 Any Zest, Safeguard or Ivory body washes or bar packs from 6/6 P&G
Olay Body Wash (8.4-23.6oz.) or Bars (6pk.) $5.49
$4/1 any Olay Total effects body wash from 6/6 P&G
$1/1 Olay Bar, Body Wash, or In-Shower Body Lotion from 7/4 P&G
-Buy Total Effects BW, get FREE ivory body wash, bar soap or hand soap, max $3.00 from 6/6 P&G
Old Spice or Secret Deodorant $3.99
-Buy Old Spice Fresh Collection Deodorant or Odor Blocker BW, get Fresh Collection Anti-perspirant/deodorant FREE from 7/4 P&G
-Buy Old Spice Fresh Collection Deodorant or Odor Blocker BW, get Odor Blocker Body wash FREE from 7/4 P&G
-Buy Old Spice Body Wash or deodorant, get 1 deodorant free from 6/6 P&G
-Buy Old spice Body Wash or deodorant, get body wash free from 6/6 P&G
-Buy 2 Old Spice body wash or red zone deo, get 1 Old Spice body spray free from 6/6 P&G
$1/2 Old Spice deodorants or body wash, 1.7 oz or larger from 6/6 P&G
$.50/1 Secret product, any from 6/6 P&G
Colgate (5.8 or 6oz.) or Crest (4.1-6oz.) $3.49
$.50/1 Crest Toothpaste, 4.0 oz or larger from 6/27 RP
$.75/1 Crest Oral Care product: Pro-health Toothpaste or Glide Pro-Health floss Target Q from 6/6 RP*
Depend (18ct.) or Poise (42ct.) $11.49
Up & Up Ultra-Thick Maxi Pads (36ct.) $3.79
Gillette Fusion ProGlide Manual Razor $8.99
$4/1 Gillette Fusion razor from 6/6 P&G
$2/1 Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor from 7/4 P&G

Banana Boat Sunblock $6.99
4oz. Kids SPF 100 lotion or 6oz. SPF 85 sport spray
$1/1 Banana Boat Suncare product, 4oz+ from 6/27 SS

One A Day Women's or Men's Vitamins (200ct.) $12.99
$1/1 One A Day Women's Product from 6/13 RP
$1/1 One A Day Men's Product or VitaCraves product from 6/12 RP
NicoDerm Patches (14ct.) or Nicorette Gum (2mg, 100ct.) $39.99
$7/1 Nicorette Mini Lozenge 81ct. or Nicorette Gum 100ct.+ from 6/20 RP
$5/1 Smoking Cessation Products; Nicorette Gum (50ct.), NicoDerm CQ Patch or Commit Lozenges Target Q (printable coupon)*
Up & Up Pain Relief Acetaminophen Caplets (250ct.) $4
Up & Up Stop Smoking Patches (14ct.) or Gum (2mg, 110ct.) $24.99

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Grocery Challenge, Day 12

cereal for the big boys, I had toast & PB, Garrett refused to eat, except 4 Cheerios
I had leftover rice and EggFuYoung, Trenton made a shake with whey powder, milk, and nesquik, Garrett had 3 bites of chicken and rice, and Vince doesn't take lunch(early out day at work)
Eggplant Parmigiana, salad, rolls

I've never made eggplant parm before, I think I'll treat it much like I do breaded steak or pork or chicken:  I'll mix up some flour with spices, and add parm to the flour mix.  I'll beat an egg in a separate dish, maybe with a splash of sour milk(not really sour, but milk that you add lemon juice to, then allow to sit for 5 minutes...a good sub for buttermilk in recipes).  I'll dip the eggplant slices in egg, flour, then again in the egg, then flour.  Fry in a hot skillet in olive oil(or might try the coconut oil I recently received via a freebie promo).  Then, I'll place the fried eggplant in a baking dish, cover with pasta sauce(which I add greens or spinach to) and parm & mozz, then bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes.  While that bakes, I'll cook some pasta and prepare a salad, and throw a pan of Rhodes rolls in the oven...yum, sound good!

Make Your Own....Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini

Yum, I love these...I learned of them first at Fox & Hound.  Don't misunderstand--I am NOT a drinker...I despise beer, I can handle a sip or two of wine occasionally, and I do not like hard, I don't typically drink.  I like girly drinks like Strawberry Daiquiris(with very little rum) and this fantastic martini.  But, they cost $5-$7 at the bar, and since they taste so fantastic, I can easily drink 5 or 6 before the alcohol hits me, then I waste a ton of money!  I found a great little recipe for them so I can enjoy them at home!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini
2/3 cup chilled pineapple juice
1/3 cup Vanilla Vodka
dash grenadine

Place the pineapple juice and vodka in a shaker with ice.  Shake.  Pour into a glass(I don't own any martini glasses, so a wine glass is what I grabbed!).  Add your splash of grenadine at the edge of the glass, it will sink to the bottom of the glass to form pretty layers! 
I like mine a little sweeter, so sometimes I'll use maraschino cherry juice instead of the grenadine, or a little of both! 

You can buy Vanilla Vodka at the liquor store, or you could make your own by soaking a vanilla bean in the vodka for several days.