Saturday, November 29, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Next week I plan to get back on track with the Transition To Home Series and Work at Home Job ideas. I feel like I have gotten a little off track in the last week or so. Since this will be a holiday week I can not say how much I will be around, but I will do my best to answer questions.
1 Idahoan potato $1.00
14 Boxes Green Giant Veggies
I used various printable and insert coupons
Stacked with 1 ecoupon
Total I am not sure
2 bags Birds Eye Veggies $2.00
- two $.35/1
Total $.60 for both
2 bags Birds Eye Veggies $2.00
Total $1.00 for both
Colgate Toothpaste $2.06
-$1/1 Cellfire coupon
Baking Soda $.65
Betty Crocker Frosting $1.69
No Yolk Noodles $1.55
Total around $9 (I had a few items on my receipt that I bought for my mother)
2 Boxes Kashi Bars $2.97
- two $2/1 coupons
2 bags Gold Medal Whole Wheat Flour $2.76
- two $1/1 coupons
1 Kotex Liners $1
2 Goodie Ouchless Ponytail Holders $1.46
- two $2/1 coupons
Total $1.08 OVERAGE!
3 bags Green Giant Steamer $1
- three $1/1 coupons
Total Spent around $4.30
Total for the day about $14!
Total saved with coupons and sales around $52
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Crest Spinbrush is on sale this week for $4.99. You can use the December Easy Saver coupons from Walgreens this weekend. There is $3 off coupon for Crest Spinbrush. When you stack it with this $2 coupon here it will be FREE.
Easy Pie Crust-Makes 2 crusts
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1/2 cup cold water
Put everything in a food processor and blend until a ball forms. Roll out and place in a pie pan. Fill with desired filling. Cook as directed for your particular pie.
The original recipe can be found here.
If you would like to participate in Recipe Thursday please leave your name and a short description of your recipe with a direct link to your recipe in your blog below. I am looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Birdseye Steamfresh Frozen Veggies $1.00
-$.35 from 10/12
Green Giant Boxed Veggies $1.00
Final $.25 each when you buy 2
Kroger Frozen Vegetables $1.00
Betty Crocker Frosting $1.50
-$.50 from 11/16 insert
Wheat Thins $1.98
Final $1.50 each when you buy 2
Kroger Cheese 3/$5
Final $2 each when you buy 2
Kraft Cheese 2/$5
-$1/2 from 11/16 RP
Final $2 each when you buy 2
Tennessee Pride Roll, Cooked Link, Patty 2/$6
-$1/1 from 11/16 RP
Final $2 each
Pillsbury Crescents $1.77
-$.35 here same as in my side bar
Sweet Rolls $1.77
-$1/1 here or $1.25/1 here
Final $.77 or $.52
Pillsbury Grands Biscuits $1.77
Philadelphia Cream Cheese 4/$5
-$.50/2 from 11/2 SS
Final $.75 each when you buy 2
Pillsbury Dinner Rolls $1.99
-$.50/1 Here or Here
Rhoades Rolls $3.49
-$.50/1 from 11/9 SS
Heinz Gravy 10/$10
Final $.67 each when you buy 3
Uncle Ben's Rice $1.77
-$1/1 from 11/16 RP
McCormick Grinders 10/$10
-$.25 from 11/16 inert
Cucumbers and Green Onions $.69 each
Sweet Potatoes $.44 lb
Celery $.88 each
Kroger Potatoes 5 lb bags BOGO
I love organics, can you tell. Earthbound Farms will give you $1.75 in coupons and a free guide to buying organic when you take their short quiz. It took me just a couple of minutes and I actually learned some things.
I have had several readers asking why I would mention soaking flour before cooking muffins. I guess maybe I should clarify why I believe in soaking your grains before you cook with them. One very good book that explains this in more detail is Nourishing Traditions by Sallon Fallon.
Basically by soaking your flour, oatmeal, or any other grain you are breaking down the phytates and making it more digestible as well as helping your body to use the nutrients in the grain better. Most grains need to be soaked overnight using either buttermilk, kefir, yogurt, or lemon juice. Grains should be soaked at room temperature on the counter. It takes a little more effort to remember to do this ahead of time, but it is so much better for you nutrition wise.
If you are interested in a really great article that explains soaking grains better then I can I would encourage you to visit Passionate Homemaking. Lindsay does an excellent job of giving you the why and how to soaking grains. Her site is full of frugal ways to live a more natural life.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
If you would like to participate in Mommy Tip Tuesday leave a link to your site with your mommy tip of the week.
Here is mine...
To help our 3 year old start to grasp the idea of save, spend, give with her money we decided to use 3 Pringles cans. (Guess who ate most of the chips?) We let her decorate 3 pieces of construction paper and then I labeled them Save, Spend, Give (tithe). We then put the pieces of paper on each can.
Each week she is given $.50 and we help her put her money in the correct can. She loves it and really looks forward to getting her money out of her tithe can to take to church. She also cleaned out her spending money one day when she wanted to buy some bubblegum.
So far it seems to be working.
What is your mommy tip?
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
2 Tablespoons sugar or honey
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups warm water
2 cups all purpose bread flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
I often add oats, millet, or any other seeds I have around
Combine the yeast, sugar, water, and salt and let set 10 minutes.
Add in the flours and stir until well mixed.
Place dough in a well greased bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise for 1 1/2 hours.
Shape into 2 loaves and place on a cookie sheet.
Cook 375 for 30 minutes
Monday, November 17, 2008
New York Croutons $1.89
Gold Medal Flour $1.99
Cage Free Eggs $2.69 (I splurge on good eggs)
Daisy Sour Cream $1
Light Bulbs $.89
Pinto Beans $1
Kidney Beans $1
2 bags of rice $2
Local Wheat Flour $2.65
2 King's Hawaiian Rolls $.99 each
- two $1 coupons
Total before coupons and sales $24.37
Total after $14.88
3lb Granny Smith Apples $1.99
4 Grapefruit $1.56
2 lb Grapes $2.68
9 lbs onions $2.97
3 Acorn Squash $2.97
2 lbs Cranberries $1.98
12lb Sweet Potatoes $3.96
I sold some of the sweet potatoes and onions to my mom. I am planning to go back and buy some cheese at Dillons that I forgot to buy. Madison asked for some this evening and reminded me.
Jack and Maddie helping
Finished apple, banana, carrot muffins and pumpkin cranberry scones
I guess I will add this to tomorrow's list.
Mt. Laundry. This includes all sheets, towels, and clothes for the week. Hopefully I can have an after picture by the end of the day.
I am still not able to get a Mr Linky into my posts. I spent about an hour trying yesterday with no luck, but I would still like to do my week of Mr Linky. If you would like to join me for now you can leave a comment with a link to your post and I will make sure to get it posted quickly. If anyone has any ideas to help me get a Mr Linky in my post please feel free to leave a suggestion.
For today I would like to have everyone share their 6 most important things to do list. I know that Mondays can be very crazy around here and I try to do too many things at once and end up feeling overwhelmed. I have found that if I list only 6 things and no more that I get more accomplished and don't feel like nothing is getting done. I am a list maker by nature, just ask my husband.
I will try to take pictures of my progress today, but with the entire family down with colds I am not too sure how much will get done. I just put my 1 year old down for a morning nap at 8:15 and my 3 year old is still sleeping. They must feel bad to sleep that much.
My 6 most important things to do list...
3.)General pick up of house
5.)Make banana bread
6.)Clean out the kids craft cabinet.
Maybe a little ambitious for a day like today, but we will see. I think that posting my list will hopefully help keep me accountable to getting things done and not slacking off. Hopefully it will do the same for you.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
How many mothers can say that they have never worried or fretted about something? I would say very few if any. As women we naturally tend to worry about anything and everything. This verse is a little bit of a continuation of a scripture from a couple of weeks ago. We need to let go of our situation and le God do the worrying for us.
I am having some trouble getting Mr. Linky into my post. If you would like to participate in Scripture Sunday please feel free to leave a comment below with a link to your post.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
These baby shoes are just too cute. They are also only half the price of regular soft sole leather baby shoes. They are only $18 each! The best part is that Passionate Homemaking is hosting a Bugaloo Kids giveaway right now. So head on over and check them out. I am planning to order several pairs for my little guy. If you order 3 or more you can get free shipping.
You have until November 21st to enter. You can also get a second chance entry for posting about it on your blog.
If you are thinking that you might want to order some of these shoes and would also like to help support this blog please click the picture above to get to the Bugaloo web site. I would really appreciate it. Thanks
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Oh, and I would love to have you as a friend on my personal facebook page. Feel free to add me as one of your friends. You can never have too many friends.
I don't know about you, but I love to join in when I see a Mr Linky posted. It is so fun for me to see what other bloggers are up to as well as getting some inspiration for my life or blog.
So starting this Sunday I am going to start a week long marathon of Mr. Linky with a different topic pertaining to homemaking, parenting, or anything else I find interesting. I am hoping that some of them will become permanent fixtures to my blog. We will just have to see how things go. Here is my proposed list. This may change some throughout the week. Please feel free to leave any suggestions for Mr Linkys that you would like to see. I may consider changing my line up. I will give a better description of what each one is about on each day of the week.
List It Monday
Mommy Tip Tuesday
Hot Deal Wednesday
Save It Saturday
The living room with blue carpet. Who would put that over original hard wood?
Pre renovation kithen
The old kitchen
MMMM, grout. One of Jack's favorite snacks.
The basement. Thanfully the previous owners had the anchors put in the walls to fix the foundation issue. Don't you love the smoke stained orange walls and linoleum floor. I can pick all the tiles up and move them.
These are all current pictures of the master bath
Another view of the current master bath
The living room
The dining room now.
A view from the kithen into the dining room. I love my new oven. The old one I had to go to the basement and flip the fuse box to turn it one and off. Plus it was BROWN.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I had a reader ask me if it is ok to print your internet coupons with black and white ink to save money or will the stores only accept color copies?
I thought this was a great question and I am sure that there are others who have wondered the same thing. I am happy to say that YES you can use black and white ink. I have never had a problem with a store not taking one of my coupons because it was not in color. I have had them reject them for other reasons though.
You do need to make sure that you have a good quality copy otherwise the bar code may not scan.
Don't forget that on most bricks coupons you can often print 2 copies. Once you see the thank you for printing our coupon page don't close that window. Wait until your first copy is finished then you should be able to hit your back button a couple of times and get a second copy. The bricks system will not allow more then that.
To gain access to more of the same coupons you can always see if someone will let you use their computer and printer. This is worth it if the coupon is a high dollar one.
Dillons has decided to extend the 10 Item Mega Event for one more week! The deals are the same so rather then re listing them all again you can go here to see my post on all the great deals for this event.
Jennie-O Whole Frozen Turkey $.77/lb
Dillons eggs 3/$4
Kroger Cheese $1.68
Ground Chuck $2.19/lb
Big Bags of Fruit $2.99 each
Select General Mills Cereal $2.99
-$.55/1 here or $1/1 here
-$.50/1 from 11/2 PG
Hormel Chunk Chicken or Ham 10/$10
-$.35/1 from 9/20 SS
Hormel Chili with beans
-$1/1 from 11/2 SS
Libby's Pumpkin 10/$10
Martha White Muffin Mix
-$.55/2 from RP or $1/3 from 11/9 RP
Pillsbury Frozen Rolls or Baked Goods $1.99
-$.50/1 here and here. There are also several inserts
Gold Medal Flour $1.99
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I have been playing with the idea lately of starting a new recipe blog. I am thinking of calling it Meals For Mom: Healthy Whole Foods Your Kids Will Actually Eat. I would like to center it around posting recipes and help for moms with picky eaters, myself included. I struggle with getting my own child to eat her fruits and vegetables. Of course there would also be plenty of other types or recipes and kitchen help. What do you think?
I had a reader mention recently that she was about $500 short per month from being able to balance the budget and stay home. I hope that this post will somehow help others see that you can make this work.
How much are you willing to sacrifice to stay home with your children? This is a question that I often have to ask woman when they ask me how I manage to be a SAHM on my husband's teaching salary. The other statement that I often get from people is "Oh, you are so lucky to be able to stay home with your children. Your husband must have a good job." I have to make sure that I am polite and say thank you I know I am lucky, but what I want to say to them is luck has nothing to do with it. I stay home by choice and I make choices daily that keep me there.
What are some of the luxuries or so called "needs" that you may have to sacrifice to stay home? I have decided to put together a list of things that my family felt we did not need and truly have not really missed. I realize that some of these things we may be able to have again in the future, but for this season of our lives they are not necessities.
I am going to put an approximate dollar amount to the things on this list so you can see how quickly you can "find" that extra $500 in the budget. It may not seem that you will have any material comforts left at first, but I think you will soon realize, just how little you really need to be happy. The Lord said that he will make sure that we have food to eat, clothes on our back, and a roof over our head. This is the ultimate picture of true contentment. To be happy with the simple things in life. I will not say that I am not still struggling daily with contentment, but I am trying.
- Cable tv Total we saved $100/month going with minimal cable, phone and internet.
- High speed internet (We do have DSL, but a slower version)
- Call waiting
- Caller ID (Ok this one I miss)
- Long distance telephone service
- Cut Blow money $50/month
- NO eating out except special occasions $50-$100/month
- Gym membership $50/month
- OnStar $15/month
- Budget groceries Depending on your family $100-$200/month
- Try to get your electric and gas on an average payment plan For us this saved about $50/ month
- Use less water, shower every other day. $5-10/month
- Eliminate trash bill (A little radical, but it can be done.) $30/month
- Cut back on your driving to save on gas (If you don't work this should be easier) $50-$100
- Cut family clothing budget. Try garage sales and thrift stores. $25-50/month
- Coupon shop or make your own cleaning supplies $10-15/month
- Put a $5 limit on gifts. This can force you to be creative. With coupons I still am able to come up with some nice gifts. $25-$50/month
- Cancel magazine subscriptions. $10/month
- Come up with free or cheap entertainment. Keep an eye out for coupons or free events, or try having a family night at home. $25/month
- Possibly sell one car $300/month
- Before quitting your job eliminate debt. $100-$300/month
Realize that some of these changes will not be permanent. They are just some things you may have to sacrifice for a season to make your dreams come true. You can eventually start adding some small things back in. See Crystal's post here about living on a very bare bones budget of $1000 a month. It is amazing.
Think of saving money as your new "job." You are not technically being paid for it, but you are sort of making money. Remember all the expenses you will no longer have by not working out of the home. The average mom only makes a couple of dollars an hour after all the expense are paid so she can work, unless you have a very high paying job. That hardly seems worth it to me.
- Work Clothes $25-50/month
- Dry Cleaning $25/month
- Work Lunches $50/month
- Daycare! $400-500 per child per month
- Gas $100/month
- Seeing all your child's firsts and not hearing about it from the sitter
- Being able to go to all school events and field trips
- Showing your children by example how to live a Godly life
- Seeing those beautiful smiles first thing in the morning and knowing you will not have to leave them with someone else.
- Being able to stay home with a sick child and not miss work
- Home cooked meals
- A happier family because mom is not stressed out
- Time to plan a menu, shop, and save money
- Quality time with your husband
- This list could go on forever. You can add some of your own perks.