Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sample Bear Naked Cereal

GOOD MORNING! Happy to have Isaac a bit away from us today. Hope you and your are safe. Prayers going out to those in the areas Isaac is on his way.

Well digging around this morning and found this sample for cereal @ Target. Samples work for me anytime!

Bless you and yours, Em

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Domino Sugar Coupon

Nice Domino sugar coupon on SmartSource. .75 off 2 [2lb or more]. Nice deal for brown sugar, or confection sugar, or some inexpensive sugar if you find it on sale. If you have doubles [sadly we don't] this would be lovely!

Also I entered zip 21675. Have a blessed day enjoy it with those you love. ♥

LOVE THOS SILICONE BAKING SHEETS!!!!! What a great price too!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Win a Kindle Fire

Once and again I will enter a sweepstakes. So today found an interesting one for a Kindle Fire and decided to share with all of you!

Win a Kindle Fire

Have a blessed day!

Dollar Tree Takes Coupons?!?!?!

I couldn't believe my eyes when I read about this it is very exciting news! Article here that ALL Dollar Trees will start taking coupons this Sunday [August 26th]. Since most Dollar Trees have their brand, and well known brands in stores I think I will head over to scoop it out for this weekend! [usually buy papers there on Sunday as well.]

Thank you Dollar Tree!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

All You Magazine subscription

Got a lovely email today from Coupon Mom for $5 off a subscription. A while back I bought a magazine subscription from the kiddos school fundraiser, but don't have the faintest where I put it! [my luck I will find it now lololol]

So if you have a Coupon Mom account or don't register HERE.

Plus free grilling cooking [pdf file]

God bless you and yours!

New Bread Recipes?

We have been making the same bread for probably a year now[maybe longer]. The other day I pulled out the bread and it literally was falling apart. Not sure why there was so much moisture in the bread, but it toasted nicely so there was no waste.

On that note, do you know any great loaf bread recipes?

 I have been searching high and low for one that is frugal, but taste/freezes well. Most recipes I have found call for a STICK OF BUTTER a loaf. ...YIKES! Since fats are an important part of bread making I don't mind adding butter, but a stick of butter is just not budget conscious of me.

Can't wait to hear about your great recipes, and how they fair in your home. Bless you and yours.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

America's Best Contacts & Glasses?

Went to get eye exam for munchie to get contact lenses today. Never knew they offered things like this, but America's Best Contacts and Glasses has a plan for 5yrs of eye exams [2x a year] for $139!!!!

So anyone else try out this company before? America's Best Contacts and Glasses?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Experiment of the Week: Homemade Bagels

After a nice day of digging for fun new things to make for our family. My oldest and I went to youtube and found a humorous video: How to make bagels in 5 minutes. Nevertheless we knew it wasn't going to take five minutes, but it peeked our interested to try this recipe out.

We modified this recipe.


  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 cups bread flour [small amount for flouring the board]
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 quarts boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar [also can add molasses at this step instead of sugar]
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal [we omitted this step as we found they were a nicer flavor/texture]
  • egg white
  • Ms. Dash
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Caraway Seeds [this really makes the flavoring of this bagel]


  1. Place water, salt, sugar, flour and yeast in the bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Dough setting. [We did this by hand since we did a triple batch.]
  2. When cycle is complete, let dough rest on a lightly floured surface. Meanwhile, in a large pot bring 3 quarts of water to a boil. Stir in 3 tablespoons of sugar.
  3. Cut dough into 9 equal pieces, and roll each piece into a small ball. Flatten balls. Poke a hole in the middle of each with your thumb. Twirl the dough on your finger or thumb to enlarge the hole, and to even out the dough around the hole. Cover bagels with a clean cloth, and let rest for 10 minutes. [We didn't use this method, but to each there own. We rolled them into a hot dog style, and pressed the end, and wrapped it around firmly.]
  4. Sprinkle an ungreased baking sheet with cornmeal. Carefully transfer bagels to boiling water. Boil for 1 minute, turning half way through. Drain briefly on clean towel. Arrange boiled bagels on baking sheet. Glaze tops with egg white, and sprinkle with your choice of toppings.
  5. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F (190 degrees C) oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until well browned.[20 for convection oven. Other oven times my vary.]

Linked up with Jam Hands really great recipe sharing site!

Aldi's more Firecrackers for US! 8/5

Since we tried those jazzed up saltines they are truly a huge hit! With band camp this week we needed more craisins since he adores them!

4 bx saltines .89=3.56
1 loaf bread [lazy me]1.49
4 cream cheese 1.19=4.76
1 cheese .99
1 limeade .99
5 craisins 1.39=6.95
1 bag oranges 2.99

Total 21.73
Savings 59% compared to store prices

Monday, August 13, 2012

Office Depot Save on those School Supplies!!

Really appreciate Office Depot lately as they are just amazing deals, no limits, and they work with you! My oldest and I went in and I took a couple extra notebook paper. Figured I could ask if it was okay or if I could do a separate transaction for a bit more paper. The cashier was so lovely she said no problem and purchased three more paper.

2 transactions:
6 pencil sharpeners 1.50
6 school glue .06
6 pink erasers 1.50
9 notebook paper 2.25

Total $5.41
Savings 79% $20.22

Dollar Tree more great ways to SAVE!

For a couple months now we haven't had home delivery of our newspaper. So found a dollar tree nearby that had them for $1!!!! The original price for our newspaper is $2+.

4 newspapers 4.00
6 poptarts for the crew 6.00
1 candy for DH 1.00
Total 11.00
Savings 52% or 10.50 or so. 

Target Lessons Learned....8/8

This is a lesson to all check your receipts! I haven't been to Target in some time, but they changed things a bit, and check the coupons before your order. That was fine with me, but the prices on the receipt didn't reflect the sign tags that I saw in the store. It was almost $20 alone in things with different prices or just errors on the cashiers part. [I asked her to check a price for me because a sign said .85, but it rang up 2.79! So she never backed out that part of the order...oopsie!]

Regardless some great deals to be had!

1 binder 3.44
2 pks [8 pair] socks 5.00=10.00-[2]3.00 off Merona=4.00/2.00e pk
4 rolls tape .49=1.96-[2].50TQ -[4].25MQ= -.04MM
2 piece bathing suit 14.96-[2]3.00tq= 8.96
1 M &M snack mix 2.48-2.48MQ wyb M&M candy=0.00
3 subject notebook 3.00
1 pk highlighters 1.00
1 ruler .97
2 Tresemme 2.11= 4.22-[2]1.00tq=2.22/1.11e
4 Fructis 2.79-[3]1.00TQ-[2]2.79MQ=2.58/.65e WOOOHOOO
6 Markers .49=2.94 -[2]1.00MQ=.94/.31e
6 Color Pencils 2.94 -[2]1.00MQ=.94/.31e
4 Glue stick .25= 1.00
1 M&M 2.66
1 black tank top 5.00-3.00TQ=2.00
1 floral tank top 4.00-3.00TQ=1.00
1 Charmin wipes 2.99- 2.99MQ wyb Charmin= 0.00
4 Zyrtec 5.29=21.16-[4]4.00MQ=5.16/1.29e
2 potato skins 2.00-1.00MQ=1.00/.50e
2 Charmin 24pk 12.99=25.98-[2].50TQ -1.00MQ-5.00TGC=18.98/.40 roll

Just noticed she rang up something else to the tune of 2.79 for more post its I didn't buy. UGH really need to pay more attention. 

Total coocoo trip to Target $74.97 [72.18 if I caught the other oopsie...UGH]
Total savings $79.31 52%

Not my greatest trip, but needed toilet paper and this will last a GOOD while. Also found some nice clothing deals, and school supplies. The shampoo made my day really love that brand. Next time more attention on the receipt and or ring up. How did you do this week share below? Happy day!

Jesus loves you!

Sedano's 60% including MeAt!

Somehow I lost my receipt, but I remember everything round about so here goes!

10lbs Chicken leg quarters 7.99
4.5 Chicken thighs 4.45 [for sausage with above]
8 tomato sauce 1.00
2 bags dried beans 1.00
1lb pork lunchmeat 5.50
4lbs red potatoes .99
1 bottle vanilla 2.50
1 bottle almond extract 2.00
1 bx dried chipotle bouillon1.00
5lbs frozen yuca 3.99
2lbs green grapes 3.00
bananas 1.00
cilantro .50
sweet potatoes 1.00
HUGE 18lbs beef for roast beef 29.99

total cost before savings $113+
total after sales savings $68
60% savings

Instead of paying $8-10lb a pound for roast beef I cooked this up and sliced it thin for sandwiches. Rest for stew, etc.

Used the 15lbs chicken, cilantro, jalapenos, spices to make ground chicken meat. nomnomnom so good.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

I just can't remember who used to make these either my Great Grandma, or my Mom, but I have been craving them by the dozens!!! Not sure if it is some sort of hormonal thing, or more comfort haha. I found the recipe and the kiddos and I made these up in no time flat!

recipe via Food Network


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • Waxed paper


In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls, until cooled and hardened.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Publix GreAt week to SAVE! 8/1 80%savings

Being on a budget is so hard. There are times when I sit and thank the Lord above for coupons, and the ability to save just when I need it! Thank you Jesus for your LOVE!

Publix had some great buys this week and the ziplocs were my friend haha. Hopefully this will last for half the school year maybe?

4 Pepsi next 1.34=5.36-[2]hangtag bogo-[4].55MQ=.49/.13e WOWWW
2 Kraft bbq 1.85 BOGO -.50MQ=1.35/.68e
2 Velvetta mac n cheese 2.79 BOGO -[2]1.00 wyb bbq peelies=.79/.40e
4 Stayfree 3.49=13.96-[4]2.00-[4]1.00TQ=1.96/.49e YAY
.5lb publix ham 2.25-2.00PQ wyb 3ziploc=.25
2 wraps 3.19 BOGO-[2]1.00=1.19*.60e [didn't have the Pretzel in yet so they took it]
1 lipton green tea clearance 1.20-.50MQ=.70 taste great too!
16 ziploc 1.50=24.00-[8]1.00MQ -[8]1.00PQ=8.00/.50e woohoo!
7 Softsoap 7.00-[7].50 peelie=3.50/.50e
4 bic pens 2.00-[2]1.00mq=0.00
1 Pantene styler 3.49-free PQ wyb 2 Pantene products=0.00
6 Frosted Flakes 2.50=15.00-[2]1.00TQ-[2]1.00MQ=11.00/1.83, but FREE MILK!
2 Pantene 3.49=6.98-3.00MQ=3.98/1.99e
2g milk 3.55=7.10-[2]3.00 peelie wyb 3 kellog's=1.10/.55e
4lb hickory Publix turkey 6.19BOGO=12.38-[4]2.00 wyb 3ziploc=4.38/1.10lb
2 champions yogurt 2.50=5.00-[2]1.00tQ-[2]1.00mq=1.00/.50e

The chocolate yogurt was not really to our liking, but the orange yogurt nomnom good stuff!

other coupons [2]Doris 5/$50
Total before coupons &deals=$181.82
Total after coupons $36.46
Savings 80% $145.36

Office Depot School Pit Stop Savings Galore!

For the lovely 1 cent folder week it turned out just what the dr ordered! Took my youngest along to help out on the deal. If the others weren't busy they would have been right on behind her lol.

20 folders .20
6 sanitizers 1.50
6 [10]pk pens 1.50
6 composition books 1.50
3 crayons .75 [donated along with other goodies]
2 boxes [5reams each 500ct] copy paper clearance 29.98/2.99e [well it seemed like a good deal at the time lol]
Total 37.56
savings 49% savings

Doris' Italian Market WenT to the CHicKens!

It wasn't my mission to make the chicken sausage, but the price for boneless/skinless was a BARGAIN!

16.82lbs Boneless skinless chicken 28.42
Casings 4.00
5lb carrots 3.99
marked down snap peas 1.00
tumeric 2.69

Total $45.05
savings 67%

Winn Dixie Markdown Meat Dept nice SURPRISE!

Only went into WD for sugar as it isn't my store of choice this trip proved that WD can't be denied any longer lol. Meat dept markdowns are lower than Aldi's prices [not that we buy much meat from Aldi's].

3 sugar 1.98=5.94
3 packs thin cut pork chops marked down woohoo! 2.40
Total $12.95
savings 59% not much in the savings, but will definitely take it!

Sedano's 7/22 Way to SaVe!! 62% savings

Pretty happy with Sedano's ads lately. Really nice to save some bucks on meat even though been using less and less meat products. Needed to stock up on oil as well as I use it quite a bit for bread, etc.

2 oil 3.99=7.98
6lbs beef eye roast 11.76
8lbs potatos 2.97
2 romaine lettuce 1.58
2 split peas 1.58
2lbs green peppers 1.30
3 limes .25
1.72lbs banana 1.19
5.53lb red apple 5.47

Total $34.08
savings 62% or 21.19

Publix 7/22 School TiMe 69% Savings

Let's bring on ANY savings as school is upon us! Anything I can do to save a buck is worth it! Publix school supplies are really fair priced this year so stocking up!

6 dixon pencils 2.00
4 bic pens 2.00-[2]1.00mq=0.00
3 crayons 1.00
1 milk 3.55-3.00MQ wyb 3 Kellog's cereal=.55
8 composition books= 4.00
4 publix brand cheese 2.50=10.00-[2]1.00TQ -[2]1.00MQ=6.00/1.50e
6 sunkist soda 1.89 BOGO=5.67-[2]BOGO PQ -[2].55TQ= -1.10MM
2 Breyer ice cream 5.99 BOGO -1.50TQ -1.50MQ=2.99/1.50e
3 Crunchy nut cereal 2.50=7.50-1.00TQ-1.00MQ=5.50/1.83e BUT almost FREE MILK!
4 Creamer 2.50=10.00-[4]1.00mq=6.00/1.50e
2 Caribo coffee 9.99 BOGO -[2]1.50PQ -[2]2.00=2.99/1.50e
2 Miracle whip 5.18
2 popcorn 5.29
-2.00 doris coupon competitor

Total $45.79
Savings 69% or 101.61

Aldi's 7/22 Pickling Fiesta!

Finally updating all my deals for the last couple weeks. Need to get more in the groove of things haha.

3 eggs 1.29=3.87
1 hot sauce .99
5 pretzels 1.29=6.45
2 strawberry 1.69=3.38
1 frosted flake 1.89
2 sour cream 1.29=2.58
1 fire chips 1.29
2 cheetos .99=1.98
5 cream cheese 1.19=5.95
2 OM hot dog 1.49=2.98
4 cucumbers 1.39=5.56
1 onion 1.79
1 crackers .89 made a great recipe with these!
2 cans beans .55=1.10
1 onion powder .99
1 pk sponges .99

Total $43.78
Savings 70% savings compared to local prices