Friday, July 31, 2009

"How's This Weeks Menu Working Out?"

I wanted to let y'all know how our menu plan is working out.

Tuesday, we had planned to eat out. We ended up cooking dinner at home. We had Tilapia w/Balsamic Browned Butter and Creamy Farfalle w/Bacon, Tomato and Peas. This is a delicious dinner. We use less pasta but keep the same amount of sauce. Rachael tends to use way more pasta than we could ever eat. And yes, we still have plenty of leftover pasta with sauce. We usually have the leftover pasta for lunch.

Thursday, we made the Maui Chicken. My daughter and I thought that it might be a little bland. So, we added some Chinese 5 spice powder(about 1/4 tsp.)and a chopped shallot. The chicken was moist and fork tender. We didn't like the taste of the pineapple. It didn't taste like pineapple, it tasted more like chicken stock. Next time, we are going to use the pineapple juice from the canned pineapple and only half of the chicken stock. We are going to reserve the pineapple until the chicken is done and add it right before serving. We are also going to use some fresh ginger, 4 Tbs of brown sugar instead of 2, and a diced jalapeno for some kick. We'll let you know how it turns out.

How's your menu plan working this week?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

BOGO Free Smoothie @ Jamba Juice!!

Well, my daughter is a Jamba Juice addict. Ever since she had one at Whole Foods, it's all she thinks about. She has been searching for coupons and locations for the past month. Did I mention that she's 14? Anyway, she finally came across this coupon and I thought that it would be nice to share with you. Just in case you too have been searching.

Enjoy some of the last true summer pleasures with a friend.

Remember to, "Pay it Forward."

Free iTunes Mix From Stanford U

If you love getting new music for your iPod then you'll love this. You can check out Jennifer's post on Sisterly Savings. Stanford U is offering a free Summer 2009 mix at iTunes. There are 30 songs and it won't cost you a cent.

Thanks Jennifer!

Remember to, "Pay it Forward."

Monday, July 27, 2009

Menu Planning Monday

This is my first attempt at doing Menu Planning Monday. I hope y'all try some of the recipes that I have listed. My daughter is 14 years old and loves to cook. She has been helping out in the kitchen for a couple of years know and has practically taken over the kitchen. I use to call her my little sous chef. Now, I am her sous chef. She has far surpassed my kitchen skills at the age of 14. I use to burn every batch of snap peas that my mother picked from our acre garden. Anyway, it really is nice cooking with someone who actually enjoys it. I hope that by posting our menus with recipes that I might inspire you to try something different at least once a week.

Monday-Deviled Chicken and Grilled Stone Fruit, Jasmine Rice and Steamed Veggie

Tuesday-Eat Out using a gift certificate purchased using a code from here

Wednesday-Sloppy Joe's (this is our favorite recipe), chips and fruit

Thursday-Maui Chicken, Jasmine Rice and Tossed Salad

Friday-Steak, Potatoes and Corn on the Cob

Saturday-Dinner Out after church

Visit Menu Planning Monday over at Org Junkie for more menu planning ideas.

Remember to, "Pay it Forward."

A Great Organizing Tool For Free!

Today, I'd like to share with you a site that Erin has shared with me and her other readers on her blog. The site is called Cozi and offers many great features, all for free. You can organize your calendar on their website and color code it to your family members. What I like about this site is that you can access it from anywhere, including your cellphone. It also has a place for list, that means no more worrying about forgetting your list at home. I can't wait to try it out. I believe that this is going to be a great organizing tool.

If anyone has used this site, please feel free to leave a comment about what you think.

Also, Erin is trying to win a sponsorship from Cozi. Please visit her site and post a comment on her blog about Cozi.

As always, remember to "Pay it Forward."

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Free School Supplies @ CVS

CVS is having another 3 day sale on school supplies. Here is a list of what is being offered.

Caliber/CVS 100 page Comp Books .99 with .99 ECB Limit 2

CVS Erasers, Push Pins, or Clips .99 with .99 ECB Limit 2

Caliber/CVS Pencil Case .99 with .99 ECB Limit 2

Pilot Easytouch 2pk Pens .99 with .99 ECB Limit 2

Swingline Tot Stapler or Caliber Sticky Note 2pk .99 with .99 ECB Limit 2

Remember that you can pick these items up for very little out of pocket if you use your ECB that you have earned from previous deals. If you need too, split up your transactions and use the ECB that you earn from each previous transaction.
And if you don't need school supplies then think about picking these up and donating to a teacher at a local school. Teachers often pay for needed supplies out of there own pocket. I feel that they are underpaid and like to help them out when I can.

As always, remember to "Pay if Forward."

Save Money on Dining Out @

I really enjoy getting gift certificates at I have purchased a $25 gift certificate in the past, which usually cost $10 for only $2 when they ran their 80% off promo. My mother-in-law, daughter and I used this certificate at Chatters Cafe in Houston after the ballet one night. The certificates are good for 1 year from the purchase date. So if you know you like the restaurant then purchase a couple of certificates to have on hand. I believe this is a great place to save money if you like to dine out, even in these hard times. Think about the possibilities, birthdays, anniversaries, date nights and many more.

The certificate that we used was for $25 off a minimum purchase of $50. The three of use ordered lovely dinners and 2 desserts to meet the $50 threshold. After the discount and a very generous tip, we walked out only paying $42 for the three of us to have a very lovely meal. I will be doing this again in the very near future with my husband and 2 children.

If you are interested in saving money dining out, then go here and use the code NAPKIN.

I hope y'all enjoy this as much as I did.

Remember to, "Pay it Forward."

Friday, July 24, 2009

Test and Reminder About Free School Supplies @ CVS!

Hi everyone!! I'm having a few issues with my blog that I am working on. I will be back to posting soon.

In the meantime there are more great free school supplies, free after ECB at CVS this Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. If they are out of stock make sure to get a raincheck. The rainchecks never expire and will come in handy when the kiddo's supplies are running out.

Remember to, "Pay it Forward."

Thursday, July 23, 2009

7/26 Smartsource & Red Plum Insert Preview

Smart Source 7/26
.55/1 2000 Flushes Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner (x10/31)
$1 off California Pizza Kitchen Crispy Thin Crust product, 10oz+ (x8/31)
$1 off Clearasil product (x10/18)
$1 off Colgate 360 Sonic Power Toothbrush (x8/15)
.40/1 Colgate Adult or Kids Manual Toothbrush (x8/15)
.75/1 Colgate Max White, Max Fresh, Total, Sensitive, or Kids Toothpaste, 4.0oz+ (x8/15)
.50/1 Cottonelle Aloe & E Toilet Paper, 4pk+ (x9/6)
.50 off Cottonelle Flushable Moist Wipes, (2) 36ct+ tubs or 42ct refills OR (1) 72ct+ refill(x9/6)
.50 off Cottonelle Toilet Paper, (2) 4-packs OR (1) 12pk+ (x9/6)
.75/1 Curad Hold Tite & Non-Stick Pads (x10/26)
.50/1 Curad product (x10/26) $1/2 Edwards Singles (x9/26)
$1/2 Emerald Nuts 16oz Dry Roasted Peanuts or Lightly Salted Dry Roasted Peanuts (x9/30) $1/2 Glade PlugIns Scented Gel Refill Packs (x9/5)
B1G1 Glade PlugIns Scented Gel Warmer (x9/5)
$1 off Honey Bunches of Oats with Pecan Bunches (x9/6)
$2 off Icaps Vitamin Formula (x10/31)
.50/1 Irish Spring Body Wash, or (2) Irish Spring Multi-Bar Packs 3pk+ (x8/15)
.50/2 Jell-O Gelatin (x9/30)
$1 off Lime-a-way product (x9/20)
Free Mighty Dog 5.5oz can or $1.00 off Variety Pack 12-24ct (x9/14)
$4 off Opti-Free Solution Twin pack or (2) 10oz bottles (x10/31)
.75/1 OxiClean Laundry Pre-treater Spray (x10/31)
$1 off OxiClean Powder, 56oz+ (x10/31)
$1 off OxiClean Stain Fighter Liquid (x10/31)
.25/1 Palmolive Dish Liquid (x8/15)
$1/2 Post Cereal, 10oz+, any variety (x9/6)
$1/2 Post Grape Nuts, Shredded Wheat or Raisin Bran, 10oz+ (x9/6)
$2 off Rachael Ray Nutrish 6lb bag+ (x9/30)
.50/1 Rid-X Septic System Treatment product (x10/18)
.50/1 Rid-X Septic System Treatment product (x9/20)
$1 off Schick Disposable Razor (x8/30)
$4 off Schick Quattro for Women or Intuition Plus Razor or Refill (x8/30)
$4 off Schick Quattro Titanium Razor, Trimmer, or Refill (x8/30)
$1 off Simply Saline or Wound Wash Saline (x12/31/09)
$1 off Snyder’s of Hanover Lunch Packs, 5.5oz+ (x10/31)
.75/1 Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzel Sandwiches, 8oz+ (x10/31)
.75/2 Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick Antiperspirant/Deodorants (x8/15)
.75/1 Speed Stick Pro or 24/7 Antiperspirant/Deodorant or Lady Speed Stick Clinical Proof or 24/7 (x8/15)
.55/1 Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain & Odor Eliminator product (x9/30)
.75/1 Summer’s Eve Feminine Cleansing Cloth or Deodorant Spray (x10/18)
$1 off Summer’s Eve Feminine Wash (x10/18)
$1 off Sunsweet Prune Juice, 64oz (x11/30)
$2 off Systane Product (x10/31)
$1 off Tyson Skillet Creations Meal Kit (x10/26)
$1/2 Welch’s Squeezables (x10/31)
B4G1 Yoplait Yogurt Thick & Creamy reg or light (x9/19)
$1/2 Ziploc Brand Bags (x9/19) .40/1 Ziploc Brand Bags (x9/19)
.55/1 Ziploc Brand Container (x9/19)
$1/2 Ziploc Brand Containers (x9/19)

Scott Mail in Rebate Form - Buy 2 different Scott product categories get 2$, buy 3 get 3$, buy 4 get 4$

Red Plum 7/26
.75/1 9Lives Dry Cat Food, 3.15lb+ (x9/30)
$1 off 9Lives Wet Cat Food (1) 12-can variety pack, (12) individual cans or (3) 4pks (x9/30)
$3 off AcneFree Clear Skin System, Sensitive Skin System, Severe to Clear System, or Redness Relief System (x9/30)
$1 off AcneFree non-kit Treatment (x9/30)
$15 off Alli product (x9/30)
$2/2 Aussie Products (x8/31)
$1/2 Ball Park Franks (x8/22)
$1 off Bayer Aspirin 24ct+ (x10/31)
$1.50 Bayer Heart Advantage (x10/31)
$1.50 Bayer Quick Release Crystals (x10/31)
$1 off Citracel procuct, excludes creamy bites (x10/31)
$1/2 Clairol Balsam Lasting Color haircolor products (x8/31)
$6 off Flex-a-min Joint Care product (x9/9)
$1 off Flintstones Multivitamin product (x10/31)
Free Herbal Essences Styling Product wyb any Herbal Esssences Hair Care Product (x8/31)
.50/1 Luigi’s Real Italian Ice (x9/30)
.50/1 Minute Maid Frozen Novelty (9/30)
$1 off Nature’s Bounty Vitamins and supplements (x9/9)
$1 off Neutrogena Eye or Lip Cosmetics (x9/6)
$2 off Neutrogena Face Cosmetics (x9/6)
$1 off Noxzema SpaShave 3-pk, Super Smooth 4pk, Soft-n-Sassy 10pk, or Bikini Grooming Wand (x9/30)
$2 off One A Day Adult or Teen Multivitamin product, 12ct+ (x10/31)
$1 off One A Day Kids Multivitamin product (x10/31)
$1 off Pantene Expressions or Restoratives product (x8/31)
$1 off Philips product (x10/31) $1 off Quilted Northern Ultra Plush Bath Tissue, 6-double roll+ (9/13)
$1/2 Snickers brand, Twix brand, 3 Musketeers brand, or Milky Way singles bars (x8/23)
$1 off Strap Perfect Bra Strap Concealer (x10/30)
$1/2 Uncle Ben’s Long Grain & Wild Rice (9/20)
.75/2 Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice pouches (x9/20)
.50/1 Whole Fruit Fruit Bar (9/30) .50/1 Whole Fruit Sorbet (x9/30)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Swagbucks: Newbie

If you use the Swagbucks button in my sidebar to sign-up and then type in the swagcode NEWBIE during registration, you will receive 5 swagbucks instantly.

Remember to, "Pay it Forward."

Monday, July 20, 2009

Free Pastry @ Starbucks

Tuesday morning until 10:30 a.m. you can use this coupon for a free pastry with the purchase of a beverage. Print 2 and take a friend, enjoy a little fellowship.
Thanks for the heads up Tiffany @ Living on a Budget the Easy Way.
Remember to, "Pay it Forward."

Kroger Mega Sale

I made a quick stop at Kroger today to pick-up a few of their sale items.

Here's what I got:

2-SoBe Life Water 20 oz $.49 ea
3-Rolaids 30ct $1.19 ea
3-Temptations Cat Treats $.99 ea
2-Lady Speedstick Deo. $.99 ea

Coupons used:
3-$1 off Rolaids
3-$.50 off Temptations ea. doubled
2-$1.5o off Lady Speedstick ($.51 overage on each)

Total OOP=$.21

CVS: Free School Supplies!!

Yesterday I went to CVS to pick-up some free school supplies. Yes, you heard me school supplies. Here's what I was able to pick-up.

2 packs of Caliber or CVS Filler Paper, 150 sheets, at $2 ea.- free after ECB
2 packs of Paper Mate 1.2 Pens, 10 ct, $.99 ea. - free after ECB
2 Caliber or CVS Memo Book 50-80 sheets at $.99 ea. - free after ECB
1 CVS/pharmacy Pantiliners 22 ct. at $.89 - free after ECB

I also purchased:
1 multi pack of CVS spring water for $2.99
4 Giradelli individuals at register for $.33 ea.
2 packs of CVS individual nuts

I used $1 off CVS water Q
$2 off CVS gold emblem nuts
$6 ECB

My total out of pocket ended up being only $3.22 and I received back $4 ECB, $1.98 ECB, $1.98 ECB, and one for $.89.

As always, remember to "Pay it Forward."

Friday, July 17, 2009

Free AMP @ Kroger!!

If you purchase 10 amp energy drinks in one transaction at Kroger, a catalina for a free $10 Kroger giftcard will print. The drinks are on sale this week for 10 for $10. So, you pay $10 but they give you a $10 giftcard with the coupon to use on your next purchase.

I Love Free!!

Remember to, "Pay it Forward."

Monday, July 13, 2009

Free Nestle Pure Life Water at Walmart

Be sure to go here to print your coupon for $1 off Nestle Pure Life Water.

Walmart has the 6-pack Nestle Pure Life Water for $1. You can print 2 coupons per email and computer. If you have 2 computers or more, use a different email for each computer.
Thanks for the heads up, Coupon Cravings.
Remember to, "Pay it Forward."

Kellogg's $10 Rebate

Go here to sign-up for an All K Pass, then click on the rebate link in the lower right hand corner.

There are a lot of Kellogg printable coupons on site. If you purchase 10 items in one transaction, you will receive a $10 rebate check.

Remember to, "Pay it Forward."

Sunday, July 12, 2009

CVS: Back to School Savings

Today I purchased the 16 items pictured above, 14 of which were school supplies, for only 22 cents. I did this in only 2 transactions because I had $10.99 in ECBs from last week. Here is how I split up the transactions.

1st transaction

(2) CVS 1 Subject Notebooks $.99 ea
(3) Paper Mate Grip Pens $.99 ea
(2) Pocket Folders $.05 ea
(1) CVS Scissors $2.99 ea
(2) CVS Glues $.99 ea

-$10 ECB
Total OOP=$.04

Get Back ECB for: 2.99, 1.98, 1.98, and 2.97

2nd transaction

(1) CVS Scissors $2.99 ea
(2) CVS 12" Ruler $.99 ea
(1) Pocket Folder $.05 ea
(1) Gillette Fusion Razor $7.99
(1) Tylenol Arthritis $3.99

-$4 off Gillette Fusion Manual or Power Razor PG 6/07
-$2 off Tylenol Arthritis RP 5/17
-$2.99 ECB from 1st transaction
-$2.97 ECB from 1st transaction
-$1.98 ECB from 1st transaction
-$1.98 ECB from 1st transaction
-$.99 ECB from last week
Total OOP=$.20

Get Back ECB for: 2.99, 1.98, 4.00, and 3.00

So now I have $11.97 in ECBs to spend next week and a great start on school supplies list for Back to School.

If you would like to see these broken down into smaller transactions you can check out a post by Jenny over at Southern Savers here.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Find the BOGO Free Deals In Your Area!!

"Buy One Get One Free Coupons" This link will take you to a site to find the BOGO free deals in your local area. If you are traveling, use it for deals in your destination city. I love saving money, no matter where I am.

Remember to, "Pay it Forward."

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

New Buttons

I've just added two new buttons to my sidebar.

The first one is for Swagbucks. This is a referal button that takes you to Swagbucks. Swagbucks is basically a search engine that gives you swagbucks, randomly, for searches. You can earn 1-5 bucks randomly. You can purchase $5 giftcards for as little as 45 swagbucks. Depending on how many searches you do, you could earn a giftcard in less than a month. I've almost earned one, and I don't do very many searches. Please use the button in my sidebar, I will receive credit for the swagbucks that you earn(up to 100) and it won't take anything away from the points you earn. Thanks in advance for your help.

The second button that I have added is for a site that I visit often and subscribe to also. Keeping the Kingdom First is doing a giveaway for a Sun & Earth Natural Cleaners Starter Pack. Check it out and tell her that Tammy @ sent you.

Remember to, "Pay it Forward."

Monday, July 6, 2009

Another Redbox Code

Here is another Redbox code. This one is only good for today, Monday July 6th.

Code - 4J7LF6
Happy Movie Night!
And remember to, "Pay it Forward."

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Free Redbox Code

Use code 7HE79B to rent a FREE movie at Redbox from 7/5/09 - 7/7/09.

Never heard of Redbox? Click here to read the details. As long as you return the movie the next day, it's a FREE rental. It's only $1 a day afterwards.
Thanks, Coupon Geek!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Two Teen Disney Movies For Under $12

Today I picked up both, Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience and Princess Protection Program for $15.99 each. When you buy both of these DVDs or BlueRays in the same transaction they give you a giftcard for $10. You can print a coupon for $10 off the purchase of these movies when you purchase them together here.

I did 2 transactions for a total of 4 movies.

I used 1 coupon for the first transaction and paid $21.98 for the 2 movies. They gave me a $10 Target giftcard.

I used 1 coupon and the Target giftcard from the first transaction to pay for these 2 movies and paid $11.98. They gave me another $10 Target giftcard.

My total out of pocket was $33.96 for 4 movies and I have a $10 Target still in my pocket.

If you just do one transaction then your total for 2 movies will be under $12 because you still have $10 on the Target giftcard to spend.

Plan ahead: think birthdays and christmas presents.

As always remember to, "Pay it Forward."

Yummy...Free Chiquita Fruit Bites Singles!!

What a great deal. You can print a coupon for a free single Chiquita Fruit Bites Singles. You can print this coupon up to two times per computer. These are going to make great additions to summer camp lunches or you can save them for back to school. You need to hurry though, because the great coupons always go fast.

Thanks for the heads up, Common Sense With Money

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Kraft: Save For Back-to-School!!

Wow, already having to think about getting ready for Back-to-School. Well when your a couponer, the name of the game is, "Staying Ahead of the Game".

Kraft is helping us stay ahead with their Pack a Kraft Smile Savings Booklet and Calendar that will save you $55 throughout the school year. It includes two $20 rebates and $15 in coupons for Nabisco, Planters, Capri Sun, Ritz Bits and Easy Cheese.

Thanks, Coupon Cravings for the heads up.