Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Kohl's Online Clearance!

There are some fantastic clearance deals going on right now at Kohl’s including men’s sweaters starting at just $2.52! Plus they are offering 99¢ standard shipping for each item... AND you can use the code TWENTY4U to get an EXTRA 20% Off...Items are selling out fast. If you have gift cards to use, now is the time to do it!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Meal Plan Monday

It's time to meal plan again! We've all been sick and, quite frankly, I'm not really in the mood to cook, but, I'm the mom and I must, so here goes:

Monday - Sweet and Sour Chicken, Egg Rolls, Wontons
Tuesday - Leftover Christmas Lasagna, Salad
Wednesday - Chicken Burritos, Chips and Salsa/Queso
Thursday - Roast Beef, Potatoes, Carrots
Friday - New Years Eve: BBQ Cocktail Weiners, Cheese and Crackers, Spinach Dip, Beef Stick, Hummus and Veggies, Savorings Appetizers
Saturday - Potato and Cheese Homemade Pierogies
Sunday - Corn Chowder with Ham, Biscuits

Breakfasts: Waffles, Oatmeal, Cereal, Pumpkin Loaf

Lunches: Sandwiches, Leftovers, Canned Soup and Crackers

Thursday, December 23, 2010



Monday, December 20, 2010


All 3 comments on the last contest are winners. Please email me you address at hlabutis@ureach.com so I can get your coupon packs out in the mail! 3 of my favorite recipes will be published after Christmas.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Asking for Help - From YOU

Our 6 year old Space Ranger son is eating us out of house and home...its really starting to get insane. I'm having to buy groceries 2 times a week.

I am looking for EASY, FRUGAL, FILLING recipes that are KID FRIENDLY and will help us stretch our budget. Please submit your ideas below (links to recipes count as ideas.)

THREE READERS will receive my undying love + a coupon packet to help you save at the store too! One reader will win in each of the 3 categories: DELICIOUS DINNERS, SUPER SNACKS, and BIG BREAKFASTS. Make sure you mark your recipe with the category it goes in.

This contest is open until next Friday 12/17 at 5 PM EST. Winners recipes will also be posted on this blog for the enjoyment of all.


DMR - Have you cashed in yet?

Have you cashed in your Disney Movie Rewards yet? I am so excited - I just ordered myself the DVD Enchanted. This program is awesome; when you redeem your reward, you don't even have to pay shipping! We love it. Every time you purchase a DVD/Blu-Ray, look for the code and enter it. (IF you don't want it, send it to me!) Also you can find freebie codes on the internet about once a month and for fun holidays. These cost you nothing, but earn you rewards. Its simple, easy, and FREE. Please sign up - you can thank me when your first reward comes :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Advent Traditions: Come, Lord Jesus, Come!

As we prepare for the birth of the Savior of the world, I thought I would take a little time to share with you one of our favorite, frugal traditions.

Around the 25th of November, the kids and I haul out the leftover wrapping paper from last year's gifts. We then make 25 tags from craft supplies like card stock and stickers. Each tag is numbered from 1-25. We then lovingly wrap 25 books with paper, tag them, and place them in a basket by our tree. Every night before bed, the kids get to open a book and we read it as a family.

This is so special because it is a great time to wind down, cuddle up, and learn together. Some of our most precious discussions have come during this time. We have a great variety of books, but some of our favorites are:

-The Night Before Christmas (read on Dec 24th)
-Thomas Kincade's Away in a Manger
-Jesus, Me, and My Christmas Tree
-Merry Christmas, George (Curious George)
-The Crippled Lamb
-The Snowbelly Family of Chillyville Inn
-The Little Drummer Boy
-...and, on Christmas morning, before we open our stockings we read book #25: The Christmas Story

I hope this tradition inspires you to do something fun to make memories with your little loves this year. It's never too late to start something meaningful.

Oh, and isn't it wonderful that this Savior wants to have a real relationship with me? Not just on my good days, my nice days, my super-mom days, but my EVERY day! We are created to be in love with Him - He is the only one who can fill your heart with peace, your life with joy, your home with unconditional love.

Merry Christmas, Friends! May God bless us, everyone.

A Fun, Frugal Gift

I just love the thought of the oatmeal cookies and milk bath for my dry, itchy winter skin. GO HERE to see step-by-step instructions on how to make this for your favorite friends (or yourself - you deserve it!)

The Motherload
is an awesome site filled with a wealth of information that won't have you spending all of your own wealth. Check it out!

If you have a Rite Aid...

Make some money on your stocking stuffers. Puzzles, Disney figurines and more! GO HERE to read all about this fantastic deal that I am pouting over. BOO HOO!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Start Watching Target for TOY Clearance

It's time to start watching Target for toy clearance! Typically things will go in this order: 30% off, 50% off, 75% off. Toys do not go to 90% off unless they are considered seasonal (like stocking stuffers.)

As the stores clearance items, you can find toys in: the toy dept (duh!), all end caps, seasonal section at front of the store, back corners of housewares - by rubbermaid stuff, even in the electronics on end caps. Just make sure to look high and low!

Don't forget to look for seasonal books to be clearanced also. This is the time to start buying for next year...

Another tips: many of the seasonal stocking stuffer toys will work for Easter baskets or Valentine's Day gifts. Think outside of the box. If it is removed from the Christmas packaging, no one will be the wiser.

Happy (bargain) hunting!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

WII Freebie

If you have a WII, GO HERE, and order up to 4 remote jackets for FREE. All you need is the serial number on the back of your game system.

Thanks, Couponing to Disney.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Catalina Confusion?

THIS, BY FAR, is the BEST post I have EVER READ on Catalinas. If you, like many, are confused by these, head over and read The Coupon Project's post. While you are there, follow this amazing blog.

Another FREE Game

If you don't already own Pictureka - HEAD OVER HERE - and see how you can score it for FREE at Meijer!

Thanks, Moms by Heart!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Couple of FREE Games for Santa to Bring...

GO HERE to see how you can get a FREE Hungry, Hungry Hippos Game.

GO HERE to see how you can get UBuild Battleship for FREE at Toys R Us.

Thanks, For the Mommas, for these great deals!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

This week's shopping trips

Spent 41.19 for 41 items
Saved 40.79 per receipt
Included: peanut butter, taco kits, yogurt, capri suns, chicken tenders, apple juice, maple syrup, tic tacs , pizza rolls, goldfish crackers, frozen veggies, frozen breakfast items, carrots, bread, lunchmeat, salad, storage bags, etc.


Spent 22.78 for 36 items
Saved 64.59 (74%) per receipt
Included: 5 packs batteries, bananas, lunchmeat, ice cream, milk, margarine, pringles, popcorn, tuna pouches, canned pasta, canola oil, cookie mix, paper towels, 6 2 liters of soda, ritz crackers, etc.

Total for the week 63.97 for 169.35 of groceries. Overall savings of 105.38.

Check out the FREE tuna, canned pasta, and batteries at Kroger.
Check out the FRR Tic Tacs, 10/10 sales, and the 1/2 price Taco Bell items at Meijer.

Rainy days and Tuesdays....

Its a rainy day here in Central OH. Therefore, at my house its a pj day, a school day, a catch up on my blog-reading day, a laundry day, an easy dinner day, a let's watch a movie in the afternoon kind of day. It may even turn into a family game night kind of day.

What do you like to do on rainy days?

I think that God knew we needed a day like this and ordered the rain just for us. I love my rainy, cozy days.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Black Friday/Cyber Monday

I have to admit that I have not been very motivated this year to get out and spend my hard-saved cash. Most of my shopping is complete as of today. I still have a few more small gifts to buy - under $10 each. I need to take the kids Daddy shopping. That's it.

I headed out to Meijer on Back Friday to purchase a DVD player for my husband's aunt. I went to WalMart and bought nada. Same with the mall. I went to CVS and bought ALL of the freebies. I also made a quick stop at Toys R Us.

I did no shopping today (other than the grocery store) and it felt great!

Did you find the deals better today than Friday? Or, were you like me and bought too much before hand?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Giving - Days 17-24

Day 17 - Served at Kid City "Thankful Christmas" (for church)

Day 18 - Took our son to buy gifts to donate to Heartbeats, a crisis pregnancy center

Day 19 - Left a snack, water, and thank you note for our mail carrier

Day 20 - Treated friends to Chuck E Cheese (to celebrate our son's birthday)

Day 21 - Served at church; Donated gift to Heartbeats

Day 22 - Pulled toys to donate to kids in need

Day 23 - Dropped a donation to Goodwill (books, games, stuffed animals)

Day 24 - Donated money to the Salvation Army; Took daughter shopping to donate gifts to Heartbeats; had family in for pre-Thanksgiving dinner

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Great Article on Thanksgiving

Good reminders before we head into the holidays... Happy Thanksgiving to you, readers, I am thankful for you!


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Got the WII, Got the WII. Got, Got. Got the WII!

Can you hear this chant? Come on now, you know you can! Got the WII, {SNAP} Got the WII. {SNAP} Got, Got. Got the WII!

Target's 4 day sale had a WII for $199. In the ad there was a $20 off coupon. I also had a $15 gift card coupon when you spend $150. Net cost would have been $164.

However, I found a WII on clearance for $139.99. Still used my coupon. Bought an extra remote for $39. Earned my gift card. Net cost (with additional remote) $143! :)

NICE! I am super excited.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Giving - Days 11-16

11 - Made and delivered brownies to Veterans in honor of their service.

12 - Packed Operation Christmas Child boxes with my MOPS group.

13 - Threw a party for my son's birthday; attempted a cake; cooked for family. Gifted a bag of pantry food to my in-laws.

14 - Served at church; Picked up names for Light Up a Life to purchase gifts.

15 - Made banana bread for a friend.

16 - Invested in a family day for our son's actual birthday; Spent a good deal of the night in prayer for the 3 people still missing in Mt. Vernon.

Monday, November 15, 2010

This week at CVS

Oral-B Vitality Toothbrush or Replacement Heads (3 ct.), $23
Get $13 in ECBs (Limit 2)
$10/1 Oral-B Rechargeable Toothbrush, exp. 12-31-10 (RP 11/14/10 #2)
FREE with cpn and ECB

Aussie or Herbal Essences Shampoo, Conditioner, or Styler, $2.99
Get $2 in ECBs (Limit 1)
$0.50/1 Select Aussie or Herbal Essences, exp. 12-31 (RP 11/14/10 #2)
$0.49 with cpn and ECB

Fiber One Chewy Bars, $3.99
Get $3 in ECBs (Limit 1)
$0.50/1 Fiber One Chewy Bars printable or printable
$0.49 with and ECB

Spend $10, receive $3 in ECBs (Limit 1)
-- Hellmann's Mayonnaise, 2/$6
-- Lipton Tea, 2/$5
-- Skippy Peanut Butter, 3/$5
-- Ragu Pasta Sauce, 3/$5
$0.50/1 Hellmann's Product, exp. 12-12-10 (RP 11/14/10)
$0.40/1 Lipton Tea Bags, To Go or Tea Mix, exp. 12-12 (RP 11/14/10)
$0.50/1 Skippy Peanut Butter Product, exp. 12-12-10 (RP 11/14/10)
$0.75/2 Skippy Peanut Butter Product, exp. 12-12-10 (RP 11/14/10)
B2G1 Ragu Pasta Sauce, exp. 12-12-10 (RP 11/14/10)
As low as $0.61 each with cpn and ECB

Holiday M&M's, 4/$10
Buy 4, receive $3 in ECBs (Limit 1)
$1/2 M&M Holiday Product, exp. 12-25-10 (RP 11/14/10)
$1.25 each with cpn and ECB

CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Cosmetics
Buy 2, receive $8 in ECBs (Limit 1)
$5/2 CoverGirl Simply Ageless Product, exp. 11-30-10 (P&G 10/10/10)
Final price varies based on original purchase price

Blistex Products
Get $1.50 in ECBs (Limit 1)
$0.55/1 Select Blistex Products, exp. 1-31-11 (SS 11/14/10)
$0.25/1 Blistex Lip Care, exp. 1-31-11 (SS 11/14/10)
Final price varies based on original purchase price

iTunes Gift Card, $25
Get $5 in ECBs (Limit 2)
$20 each after ECBs
Do you need these for Christmas? I do...


Mentos Gum, $0.99
$1/1 Mentos Gum, exp. 11-30-10 (SS 10/03/10)
FREE after coupon

FREE Brush Set from Rachel Ray

GO HERE to get the info on a free brush set from Rachel Ray when you buy an Aussie product. Thanks, Saving and Giving, for this deal!

I get by with a little help from my friends...

Well, things are moving along here. My husband and I both got sick last week. I had to get the house in order for our son's 6th birthday party. My mother-in-law came over to help by scrubbing my bathroom and our floors - God bless her! Then, a friend bailed me out literally at the last minute on a Veggie Tales cake that I tried to make and ruined. Hers was so beautiful and tasted great!

Side note on cakes: Frugal (homemade) cakes are just not for me. From now on, I will always buy my kids birthday cakes - its just not worth the drama of me attempting to make one, then crying on the kitchen floor. I don't care the cost or the savings - they are just getting ordered from here on out. (I'm ashamed to tell you how much the cake cost that we threw away - let's just say that there was a lot of money into my garage can!)

Then, some friends blessed us with a Rainbow cleaning system. Our daughter has allergies and they really felt that she would benefit from using this system. Can you say blessed? By the way, you should have seen the gunk that came out of my freshly vacuumed carpet! Those things really have suction!

Moral of this story: Friends are good. God is better. I am blessed.
"Every good and perfect gift is from above."

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Meal Planning

We actually did have a meal plan this week - just haven't gotten around to posting. Actually I did a meal plan for the entire month of November all at once. So, trust me, we have been following the meal plan (with the exception of the flu days when all we wanted were McDonald's cheeseburgers; weird, I know!)

Did you meal plan this week/month? Its one of the easiest things to do to your change your budget!

Giving - Days 7-10

Day 7 - Served at church. Took care of a sick husband,
Day 8 - DID NOTHING ... Guess who got sick? (But I did still manage to do some school with my kindergartner.)
Day 9 - Donated books to the "Read for 20" program.
Day 10 - Taking a box and a bag of boys clothing to a dear friend.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Games - 1.25 each after rebate

GO HERE to read an awesome scenario from Couponing to Disney on how you can get kids games for 1.25/each after rebates and gift card at Toys R Us - do you have any little ones to buy for or donations to make? This is your time, people!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Giving - Days 4-6

Day 4 - Enjoyed time with a friend's kids.
Day 5 - Gave my son the morning off of school: pj and movie time; just for fun! Took my husband on a date...if you know us, you would realize that this is long overdue.
Day 6 - Worked at a sports and arts camp (for our church) held at the local YMCA.

I need to get more creative next week.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

FREE Admission to National Parks on 11/11

In honor of Veteran's Day, National Parks will offer FREE ADMISSION on 11/11! Go HERE to read all the details and find a park near you to visit.

FYI- There are multiple sites in OH to visit including Pres. Taft and Garfield's Historical Sites, Perry's Monument on Putt-in-Bay, and the National Aviation Heritage Area in Dayton. This would be great for families and for homeschoolers.

Thanks, Saving and Giving for this valuable tip!

Giving - Day 3

On Day 3 the kids and I cleaned out our pantry and donated a bag-full of items to the local food pantry. It felt good and now we have some more shelf space for the Kroger sale!

Target Halloween Clearance

Just got costumes for next year at 75% off! Paid $1.75 for a fairy costume and $3.75 for a pirate costume. Super excited!!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Giving - Days 1 and 2

Day One - blessed a friend with a coupon she needed; wrote about this challenge on my blog to share this blessing to my readers!

Day Two - gave back to the earth by dropping off some recycling; brought in my neighbors trash cans.

What do you have to give?

Monday, November 1, 2010

It is Better to Give than to Receive

Today is day 1 of the 30-Day Giving Challenge. I absolutely loved participating in this last year. Some of my ideas for these 30 days in November are:

- Cleaning out the pantry for the food pantry
- Giving hubby a backrub (which takes both time and energy; a gift on my part)
- Making gifts for the hospital/nursery/pediatrics with the kids...
- Donate baby things to Heartbeats, a pregnancy center
- Offer a free couponing class
- Trip to Goodwill of donations
- Leave coupons on the shelf at the store
- Bring back neighbors trash cans
- Take flowers to elderly neighbor
- Operation Christmas Child boxes
- Buy angel tree gift
- Coupon booklets for the kids (movie night, hug, extra desert, etc)
- Gift of prayer; meeting a friend for coffee and prayer
- Giving a meal to a new mom; or a pregnant tired one
- Sharing a meal with someone new

In a book I was just reading, the authors were discussing how much more fulfilling life is when you die to self and spend your moments in service to others. Things become less complicated, you have a purpose, you become more content and satisfied.

This month, I will join other bloggers in dying to self and choosing to SEEK OUT ways to give. Some I will be able to share. Some will be so personal, I will not. But know this: when I stop thinking of myself and start thinking of others, I will be satisfied.

God is more than enough for me, my thirst, my needs, and He can use me to help others too! How awesome is that? Are you with me?

Sunday, October 31, 2010

FREE Veggie Download from Amazon

GO HERE to see how you can download some Veggie-licious Christmas music for FREE. Thanks, Thrifty and Thriving!

Clean Out Time

Its time to clean out your binders - and while you are at it, send any expired coupons to an overseas military family who can use the coupons after the expiration date.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Deal from my friends at Tickleberry Moon!

Did you print your Boogie Wipe coupon?!? It's for $2 off!
You can (of course!) get your Boogie Wipes at Tickleberry Moon! :)

Toy Story 3 Coupon is OUT!

Go to your Disney Movie Rewards home page to print your $8 DVD/Combo coupon for Toy Story 3. I pre-ordered this at ToysRUs and will be able to use this coupon towards my balance due when I pick it up. Also, it looks like ToysRUS will be giving away FREE clocks with the purchase of the blu-ray disc! Awesome!

Crayola Rebates for Christmas

GO HERE to read about the Crayola rebates that came out in time for Christmas. Thanks, Moms by Heart; our little artists will be happy Christmas morning!

McDonald's Trick or Treat Coupons

Has anyone found the McD's coupon booklets yet? Rumor has it that they contain 12 coupons for free items and cost $1 each (expiring 12/31). Let me know if/where you find them...I'd love a couple.

FREE Apples - For Andi

Go here to print a coupon for a FREE bag of Honeycrisp apples...thanks, Savings & Stewardship. You will make my friend Andi happy as these are her favorite! :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wasting Money - I Think NOT!

Read an interesting article today on the top 9 ways that Americans waste money. GO HERE to read it.

I personally find point number 7 a little crazy...whoever wrote this must not be a couponer, right? I never waste money buying name brand over generic. In fact, I always save or even MAKE PROFIT buying name brand. Just had to throw that out there! :)

TODAY ONLY - Kroger Candy Sale

Just in time for Trick-or-Treat - Kroger is having an amazing 1 Day Sale TODAY ONLY!

There is a CATALINA printing for Nestle when you purchase 4 bags you get a $3.00 on your next order!

Also available purchase $20 of Hershey’s candy and get a $5 on your next order!

Reese’s, Kit Kat, Snickers, M&M’s, Butterfinger or Baby Ruth Candy – $1.68- While Supplies Last – Limit 10
Pair this sale with MQ's for an even better deal!

Wonka Laffy Taffy, Nerds or Pixy Stix Candy, $1.58 – While Supplies Last – Limit 10
Pair this sale with MQ's for an even better deal, also!

Hershey’s Halloween Candy, Select Varieties, $9.99 – Monster Bag, While Supplies Last – Limit 10

Halloween Costumes, Makeup, Masks or Wigs, 40% off

Give those kiddos the GOOD candy this year, courtesy of Kroger!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Organized Christmas

Something that has really helped me to enjoy the Christmas season in our home is my holiday planner. I found this planner template through the site Organized Christmas and it has truly cut down on my stress level and helped me organize my holiday life from Halloween through New Years Day. The best part of this system is that it is free and down-loadable on the web. You can customize it by being crafty if you wish. I am bring this up, because, believe it or not, it is time to start prepping for the holidays. On Organized Christmas, there are names for every week with checklists of things to do NOW to make the actual week of Christmas more manageable. This week is "Get Organized" week. The weeks following are: "Reality Check," "Gifts and Giving," "Get Cooking," "Decorate," and "Celebrate." Check it out and see how it can help you out this season!

Meal Plan Monday

Monday - Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti, Salad

Tuesday - Grilled Hamburgers, Tator Tots, Veggies + Dip

Wednesday - Mac and Cheese + Hot Dogs

Thursday - Leftover Night, Clean out the Fridge

Friday - away on a weekend trip...

Saturday - away on a weekend trip...

Sunday - coming home late...maybe grilled cheese/soup

Breakfasts: waffles, cereal, nutragrain bars, oatmeal, wildberry muffins

Lunches: soups, sandwiches, tuna salad, spaghettios, leftovers

Its not very exciting this week, but trying to do minimal shopping before our trip!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Last weekend for Divine Farms

Local readers: If you are planning a trip to Divine Farms this fall, this is your last weekend to do so. What a fun place for a family day!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Redbox Codes - Worth a Try

Here are 4 new free Redbox codes that are worth a try at your local kiosk.




DVDKROG (valid @ Kroger's only)

If you haven't already used it: BREAKROOM is still a valid code.

Remember, each code can be used one time per debit/credit card.

Thanks, Moms by Heart, for sharing new codes with us!

Welcome New Readers

Welcome, welcome! If you are here as a result of my presentation last night at Spring Hills Homeschoolers, I'm so glad you found me. Remember, I am always open for questions and comments. Let me know what you'd like to see and I'll try to find it for you...this blog works when we all work together. Happy (bargain) hunting!

3 Fab Christmas Finds

Need jeans for Christmas? Go HERE to read about a great promo on Levi's at Meijer!

Getting ready to decorate? Get Command hooks for super cheap this week at Dollar General. Go HERE to read the details.

Game night? Trade in an old game this week at Toys R Us and get 30% off of a new game...paired with a coupon this makes for a sweet deal. Go HERE for the scoop.

Thanks a million to Cincinnati Cents, Moms by Heart, and For the Mommas for these awesome deals. I love your blogs!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Speaking Tonight at 7PM

For my local friends: I am speaking tonight at Spring Hills Baptist Church in Granville, OH to a group of homeschooling parents on saving money. If you remember to say a prayer for me, please do so.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

ALDI - Halloween Costumes

Did you know that Aldi sells Halloween costumes? I did not. While shopping today, I saw Alice in Wonderland, Jessie and Woody from Toy Story, Buzz Lightyear, Spiderman, and a Star Wars guy. They were priced around $12. Just an FYI, if you are still looking for a costume (or another place to find clearanced costumes for next year/your dress up box.)

My Toys R Us Deal Today

*I purchased Beauty and the Beast on Blu-Ray for 22.99.
*I pre-ordered Toy Story 3 on Blu-Ray for 5.00

-I received $10 off for pre-ordering another movie.
-I used a $10 MQ from the Disney Movie Rewards site on B&TB.

*I paid 2.99 for B&TB (plus received a free coupon booklet for purchasing.)
*I paid 5.00 for the preorder of Toy Story 3 (which will be deducted from my purchase when it becomes available.)

***Total 7.99 + tax for a blu-ray that originally costs 29.99.

+++I will also submit B&TB for the $5 Campbell's soup rebate and possibly for the $5 bagel rebate. With only one of the rebates, my Blu-Ray of B&TB is completely FREE (with an overage). That is good savings, folks! Need a Christmas gift or something new for family movie night?

Monday, October 4, 2010

free advil - HURRY FOR 1ST 500.000 ONLY

Go here to sign up for your free bottle of Advil. This offer is limited to the first 500,000 people, so hurry up and get yours today.

Mott's Juice for .75, With NO Coupons

This week at Target, Mott's juice is on sale for $1.75. When you buy 5, you get a $5 gift card. That makes apple juice .75 each without using a coupon! Awesome stock-up deal on juice that kids love.

HOT Vera Bradley bags for $19 - Christmas Gifts

Go HERE to read how you can score a $63 Vera Bradley bag for $19!!! What a deal! Thanks, Saving and Giving.


The winner of the Refer-a-Follower contest is (da, da, da, daaaaa...) Andi P! Andi will be receiving an extra large coupon pack valued at over $30!!!

We will do this contest again at some point...keep on referring your frugal friends to A Hope-Filled Home.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Home Depot this Saturday

Build a fire boat with your kiddos this Saturday from 9-noon. Local readers: usually our Home Depot also has firetrucks there with fire department personnel to answer questions and pass out goodies! If you go you child will receive: an orange Home Depot apron, a collectible pin to add to the apron, a certificate of completion, and popcorn all for free! Have fun building and bonding with your kids.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Local Friends - Family Movie Night $2 Tickets

GO HERE to read the press release for MVNU's October 9th release of the new Veggie Tales movie, "Its a Meaningful Life." Tickets are $2/person and they are having give-aways also! What a fun idea for an inexpensive family night!


Toys R Us has some awesome deals this week - think Christmas!

Playskool Weebles 2-pk Figures — $5.99
Buy 2 and use B1G1 from 9/26 Play-Saver Insert
Total: $2.99 ea

Littlest Pet Shop Collectibles — $4.12
Use B1G1 from the 9/26 Play-Saver Insert
Total: $2.06 ea

Strawberry Shortcake Berry Cruiser RC — $14.99
Use $10/1 from the 9/26 Play-Saver Insert
Total: $4.99

My Little Pony Rainbow Dash Plane — $14.99
Use $5/1 form the 9/26 Play-Saver Insert
Total: $9.99

Last week for Refer-a-Follower!

Just a reminder that this is the last week for my refer-a-follower contest. GO HERE to read the original contest and to comment for your entry to WIN!

Hot CVS Deals this Week!

Here are the deals that I will be buying:

Oral-B Vitality Floss Action Rechargeable Toothbrush, $23.00 ($13 EB) *Limit 2
-$10/1 from 9/26 P&G (Pay $13/1)
Final Price FREE

Dawn Dish Liquid, 9.5-10.3 oz, $.96
-$.25/1 from 8/29 P&G (exp. 9/30) (Pay $.71/1)

Olay Daily Facials, 30-ct, Cleanser or Gentle Foaming Wash, $5.00 ($5 EB wyb $10 worth) *Limit 1
-$2/1 from 9/26 P&G Facial Cleanser (Pay $6/2)
Final Price $1/2, .50 each!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Refer-a-Follower Contest

For the next two weeks, I will be running a contest called Refer-a-Follower. For every follower you refer, your name will be entered into a drawing for a coupon pack valued at over $30. To enter, refer friends to become followers of this blog. When they register to follow, leave a comment on this post stating something like "I referred Amy S. to A Hope-Filled Home." There are no limits on how many times you can enter. So, please refer some folks over here and let's start saving money together!

Contest expires on Friday, October 1st at 9 PM EST. Winner will be announced shortly after.

I was Blessed by this...

This POST really blessed me today - I also hope that it helps you on our journey.

Kudos to Raising Homemakers for a fantastic sight.

NEW Printable TOY Coupons Available

Think Christmas and GO HERE to see a complete list of Hasbro toy coupons that are available now. These coupons include HOT items like: My Little Pony, Spider-man, and Mr. Potato Head!

Thanks to Alyssa at Keeping the Kingdom First for the heads-up on this.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Dave Ramsey Fans, Take Note

Today only, Dave Ramsey is offering his envelope system deluxe for $12 instead of $19.95. In addition, you can use the PROMO code MORE to get his book More Than Enough for FREE (think gifts, folks!) I personally would LOVE this system as a Christmas gift - hint, hint. :)

Thanks to She Saved, for the heads up on this awesome deal!

Reset Coupons!

Coupons.com has reset many coupons today so stop on over to see if your favorites are back up and running.

Monday, September 20, 2010

HOT Games at Toys R Us this Week

GO HERE to see how you can get games for $1.33 each this week at Toys R Us! This is a good time to stock up for the holidays or your gift stash...

Thanks to Savings and Stewardship for posting this great deal!

Meal Plan Monday

Monday - cheesy ham and hasbrown casserole, green beans
Tuesday - homemade pizzas, salad
Wednesday - Mom's not home - Dad nukes spaghetti-o's
Thursday - roast beef, potatoes, carrots, onion, apple pie (going to the orchard today)
Friday- sloppy joes, sweet potatoe fries, brownies
Saturday - corn chowder, rolls
Sunday - out with friends for lunch, leftovers for dinner

Saturday, September 18, 2010

5 Freebies + Cheap Veggies and Applesauce at Giant Eagle this Week

For the Mommas lists all the great deals at Giant Eagle this week. This list includes 5 freebies and is definitely worth checking out! For all of my Giant Eagle fans out there, this post is for you (gas points rule!) :)

For Scott: Man's Mag for 3.73!

Do you like cars? Racing? Does anyone on your Christmas list? Go HERE and read how you can get a one year subscription to Motor Trend Magazine for $3.73. This deal is good for 9/18 only!

Thanks, Saving & Giving for this deal!

2 Disney DVD/Blu-ray Packs for $20

GO HERE to read Kristen's scenarios for scoring BOTH Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue and Beauty and the Beast Blu-ray packs for a total of $20. I'm thinking Christmas and BIG points in the Disney Movie Rewards program!

What's HOT at CVS this week

Quaker Instant Oatmeal or Granola Bars – 2 for $5.00
Use $1/1 Quaker Instant Oatmeal 9/12/2010 RP Insert or
Use $1/1 Quaker Instant Oatmeal printable coupon or
Use $2/1 Quaker Chewy Granola Bars 9/19/2010 RP Insert or
ECBs Earned: $2.00 when you buy 2 (limit 1)
Final Price: .50 oatmeal or FREE granola bars

Revlon Super Lustrous, Moon Drops, Color Burst Lip, or Double Twist Mascara – $6.99
Use $2/1 Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Facebook printable coupon
ECBs Earned: $5.00 (you can do this 6 times - think Christmas for your teens/friends/etc!!!)
Final Price: FREE

Schick Hydro or Schick Edge Infused Shave Gel – $2.79
Use B1G1 Edge Shave Gel printable coupon (good up to $2.75)
ECBs Earned: $1.80 (limit 1)
Final Price: $.52 each when you buy 2

Right Guard Sport, Total Defense, or Dry Idea – $2.99
Use $3/2 Right Guard Total Defense printable coupon or
ECBs Earned: $2.00 (limit 3)

Try This:
Buy 2 Right Guard Total Defense 5 – $5.98
Use $3/2 Right Guard Total Defense printable coupon
ECBs Earned: $4.00
Final Price: $1.98 moneymaker!!!

Ivory Bar Soap (3-pack) – $.99 (limit 5)
Use $1/2 Ivory Body Wash, Hand Soap or Bar Soap 8/29/2010 P&G Insert
Final Price: $.49 each when you buy 2

Did you know that you can hit CVS on Saturday night for BOTH this week and next week's deals at once? Awesome tip!

Friday, September 17, 2010

A Couple of Christmas Ideas

Since I promised you that I would be posting HOT Christmas deals, here are two for your kiddos today:

1. Get 4 Veggie Tales DVDs for $5 each and each includes a BONUS Silly Songs DVD. Go HERE for more info and how you can score FREE SHIPPING! Titles include:
-Minnesota Cuke (w/ Ultimate Silly Song Countdown free!)
-Tomato Sawyer & Huckleberry Larry's Big River Rescue (w/ The End of Silliness free!)
-A Snoodle's Tale (w/ Dance of the Cucumber free!)
-Lessons From the Sock Drawer (w/ Very Silly Songs free!)
Thanks, Moms by Heart!

2. Go HERE to print coupons for your favorite board games such as: MONOPOLY, THE GAME OF LIFE 50th Special Anniversary Edition, SORRY!, CLUE, PICTUREKA!, OPERATION, CONNECT 4 and GUESS WHO.
Thanks, For the Mommas!

25 FREE Photo Prints at Sams

Go HERE to see how you can score 25 FREE photos at Sam's Club! Thanks, For the Mommas!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

100 days...

Can you believe we only have 100 days 'til Christmas? For us, that's about 6-7 paychecks.

I am glad that I stocked up at the Target 50-75% off toy sale, but with a birthday around the corner and Christmas only 100 days away...I feel like I need to get moving for those deals. On this blog, as I find SUPER AWESOME Christmas deals, they will be posted for your viewing pleasure. You can click on the Christmas tab in the index to find any recent posts at any time.

Are you making your list and checking it twice? :) I know I am!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Welcome New Readers

As most of you know, I did a presentation on Saturday night for a great group of single mothers. If you are new to this site because of that class, welcome! I am so honored to have you here and to add you to my friends. If you have any questions about the site, please feel free to contact me.

If anyone knows of a group that is interested in a presentation titled "Ten Ways to Save on Your Grocery Budget...TODAY" please contact me at hlabutis@ureach.com

Let's have a great week, shall we?

This week at Carnival - Local

I actually made a trip to Carnival foods this week! This is rare for me. I am truthfully not a fan of their door-buster coupon deals with fine print that reads "when you buy $15 in more of our expensive stuff." :) This week; however, I made an exception...

Some deals to note:

Apple Juice .88
Capri Sun 1.98
Italian Bread .98
Niagra bottled water 1.98
Hunt's Ketchup 2/$1 (wyb $10 in product)
Manwich 2/$1 (wyb $10 in product)
RC/7UP 2 liters .78
1/2 gallon milk .58 (lim 2 wyb $10)
medium eggs .28 (lim 1 wyb $10)
wheat bread .28 (lim 1 wyb $10)
eckrich bologna .78 (lim 1 wyb $10)

There is also an internet only coupon for a .99 gallon of milk (wyb $10 in product)

Always remember there are exceptions to every "rule" in this grocery game!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Where I Have Been All Week...

Let's see:
-starting MOPS
-starting Phys Ed Park Club
-starting pre-school for my youngest at Thursday School
-at Meijer :)
-sorting clothes for the Three Bags Full sale
-and prepping to speak to a single mom's group tonight about saving money!

Say a prayer for me if you think about it...

"May the God of Hope give you joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may OVERFLOW with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." - Romans 15:13

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

National Coupon Month

Did you know that September is National Coupon Month? I think that makes for a good time to reorganize your boxes, files, or binders, don't you? Share your strategies for organizing coupons in the comments section.

I personally use the binder system with baseball card holders to hold my coupons. Restaurant coupons are in the back pocket. When I get ready for a trip, I pull what I think I will need and put it in an envelope with my purse. Of course I always take my binder along too, just in case!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Kids eat FREE at Applebees on Labor Day

Kids Eat Free at Applebees on Labor Day!

They can choose from:
Chicken Fingers
Mini Cheeseburger
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Kraft® Macaroni & Cheese
Fried Shrimp
Hot Dog

Each meal comes with a side dish and drink.

The only rules are, customers must eat in the restaurant and kids must be 10 or under. Each table will receive two free meals per adult purchase.

Please call your local restaurant first to make sure they are participating.

Thanks, Savings and Stewardship, for this great deal!

Rewards Programs

I wanted to take a few minutes to highlight some FREE rewards programs that you may not be already using:

1. Pampers Gifts-to Grow: you will earn points from products you buy (including wipes) and also get "free" points from facebook, bloggers, etc. Redeem these points for toys, dvds, magazine subscriptions, and photo gifts.

2. Points from your bank: I use points through PNC Bank. Earn points every time you use your debit/credit card and redeem them for housewares, entertainment, even gift cards.

3. Toys R Us Rewards: scan your card at the register and earn points. You will automatically receive a gift card when you have reached the designated amt of points.

4. Staples Rewards: scan at register (even when buying the doorbuster sales) and earn gift certificates to use in the store later.

My thought is, if these programs are free, why not use them? You are earning free money/product, overall reducing your budget, or even allowing for a "splurge" here and there. Is it a pain to carry all of those cards, yes! But I will gladly carry a select few to use the perks that go with them. What about you? As they say, "What's in your wallet?"

Monday, August 30, 2010

Meal Plan Monday

Monday - Chicken Strips, Fries, Applesauce

Tuesday - Sloppy Joes, Mashed Potatoes, Corn

Wednesday - leftovers

Thursday - Tacos with friends + Queso Dip + Dessert

Friday - Pizza Pasta Bake

Saturday - Burgers on the grill

Sunday - Birthday party with friends...pizza, cake

Monday, August 23, 2010

My Favorite Week!

Its 10/10 week at Meijer, Kroger, and Carnival this week! Oh yea!!!

A highlight: FREE Ronzoni pasta this week at Meijer (10/10) if you use the coupon from your Parents magazines...always check your mags for coupons.

Meal Plan Monday

Monday - beef and noodles, green beans

Tuesday - homemade pizzas (we didn't get to these last week)

Wednesday - G's first day of school (fun dinner out, Taco Bell?)

Thursday - easy peasy lemon squeesy - seriously I don't know. I have drs appt in the am and my flooring is to be laid in the afternoon. Sandwiches off of the new floor? :)

Friday - picnic where I have to bring a side dish

Saturday - Steaks and grilled veggies

Sunday - lasagna roll ups, italian bread, yum!

Friday, August 20, 2010


The word is that Chipolte now has kids meals and that they are offering "kids eat free" every Sunday through Sept 5th. The new kid's meals, all priced under $5, include quesadillas or tacos with lots of options to add fresh ingredients and sides like chips and a choice of milk, apple juice or soda.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Realizing the Blessings of Virtual Education

Many of my bloggy friends have been complaining (i mean blogging) about the cost of back-to-school shopping. I will admit buying USB drives, white board cleaner, toilet paper, and all of the regular stuff does seem excessive. I would probably be complaining too if we had lists like that issued by the local district or even the private school we considered (plus uniforms, ugh!). However, we made a different choice this year for our kindergartner: public school done virtually at home.

The purpose of this post is not to debate our choices, but rather to point out how RELIEVED I am over NO supply list. I honestly had to make up one of my own to buy. It went like this: "Oh, you like those crayons, let's get some. And throw the erasers in the cart too!"

The only thing that I stocked up on was printer paper while Staples had the .01 promos. (Oh, and the 25 boxes of Crayolas from Kroger that I kept after donating almost 100 to our school supply drive...remember how they were earning me money?) Ok. Seriously. That's all. I'm feeling blessed, relieved, and thankful. Good luck with school this year!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Meal Plan Monday - Better Late than Never

Monday - Grilled Chicken, Pasta Roni, Green Beans with Almonds, Healthy Weight Frozen Veggies, Key Lime Pie

Tuesday - Cresent Roll Hot Dogs, Fries, Salad

Wednesday - Roast, Potatoes, + Carrots and Brownies

Thursday - Chicken Parm + Spaghetti + Garlic Bread

Friday - Pizza Nite (hawaiian + chicken alfredo)

Saturday - Beef and Noodles + Salad

Sunday - leftovers for lunch, lite dinner of grilled cheese and tomato soup

Breakfasts: waffles, cereal, oatmeal

Lunches: lunchmeat/pnut butter sandwiches, chef boyardee, tuna, mac and cheese

Thursday, August 12, 2010

So many contests right now...

There are TONS of bloggers giving away $100 gift cards to Carters. (Thinking they got offered these promos at BlogHer which was last week in NYC - oh, BlogHer, someday I'd love to come visit you!)

Anyway, enter as many of these as you can to win. Some to check out include:
Hoosier Homemade
For the Mommas
Once a Month Mom
My Frugal Adventures

Happy contesting - let me know if you win!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Meal Plan Monday - What Little there is of It!

Monday - Grilled Chicken, Pasta Salad, Fresh Peach Crisp

Tuesday - I'm going to Wicked! (and Buca de Beppo) Hubs is making mac and cheese.

Wednesday - Hubs is working late at the fair. We are having chef boyardee (exciting, huh?)

Thursday - I have to fast for some testing I'm having on Friday, so its jello and 7-up for my dinner. I'm having Mark take the kids out so I don't have to smell real food.

Friday- Tests are over - let's eat. Smoked Sausage, Potatoes, Green Beans in crockpot

Saturday - BBQed beef in crockpot, corn on cob

Sunday - Steaks on grill, Grilled Squash, some kind of potato

Saturday, August 7, 2010

If you need cereal - this is your week!

Meijer is having a promo where when you buy 10 boxes, you get a $10 off your next order catalina coupon. That's like $1 off per box and you can use coupons too! I paid .25 or less per box of cereal!

Kroger is having a 50% off sale on certain cereals (cheerios, lucky charms, cin toast crunch) and Fiber One bars. This sale can also be combined with coupons. Watch out Kroger - here I come!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Kroger Crayola Deal

OK, here's my secret deal of the past two weeks. For every 9 boxes of 24 ct Crayola crayons you buy (.25/ea) you get a $4 coupon oyno. Here's the deal: buy 9 boxes, play 2.25, earn $4. You MAKE $1.75 on every 9 boxes. I've used this $1.75 to buy milk, juice, bread, bagels, etc. Stuff we needed for FREE! Try it - it really works!!

Oh, and Kroger also clearanced all of their Toy Story stuff to 70% off. I was able to get some stocking stuffers for FREE by doing the above deal.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Get Motivated Monday

I haven't posted one of these in awhile, but I am starting something new so that we have things under control here for when school starts (in 3 weeks). I started subscribing to FlyLady. My goals for each day are slightly modified though:

- I usually accept her 15 minute challenge (today it was wiping down entry way doors, sweeping porches, and shaking mats)
- I do get dressed everyday, although not always down to my shoes.
- I have a clean sink every night.
- I run a load of laundry every day (except the weekends).
- I "swish and swipe" app. 3 times per week (instead of daily.)

In addition to her daily reminder, I have also put up some chore charts for the kids to earn allowance and a weekly list for me. Here's what mine looks like:

Meals and Money Monday(Includes Grocery Lists, Budget Updating, Coupon Clipping, Etc)
Tubs and Toilets Tuesday (Clean all 3 Bathrooms Except Floors)
Whatever Wednesday (Deep Clean Kitchen, Grocery Shop, Sweep Basement, etc)
Trinket Trap Thursday (Dust)
Find the Floors Friday (Mop and Vacuum)
Savor Saturdays (Family Day)
Spirit Sundays (Spiritual Renewal)

So, right now, here is what it all looks like for me. I am trying to get this chaos under control. I REALLY need school to run smoothly this year and only have about 1 1/2 hours a day to spend on focused cleaning. So, I need to have a plan. Then, if i miss something or run out of time, its no big deal...I'll catch up soon enough. Anyway, hope this helps someone out there! Happy cleaning!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Free Family Day Tomorrow

We are taking out kids tomorrow to the city beach in Port Clinton, OH on Lake Erie. The city beach is free and there is a nice park with restrooms right across the street from it. We are packing a picnic lunch and plenty of drinks/snacks. We are taking a bucket of sand toys and the camera. When we get tired, we will drive the 2 1/2 hours home. All we will spend is a tank of gas...What can you do for free with only a tank of gas?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Target Toy Clearance

MEGA - SUPER - ULTRA toy clearance at Target today - 75-90% off. Please don't judge me that I spent $70...some of it was for a power strip that we actually did need. No pics b/c its hidden for Christmas and my kids are SMART and know how to find this blog.

Some highlights: VSMILE games for 4.98, Tinkerbell balloon with Terrance for 4.98, Curious George board game for 4.98, lots of Pixo's and Chixo's for mega great prices, a remote control car for 3-something...amazing, I tell you, simply amazing. Its a good thing that I don't live close to one of those huge Targets in Columbus or we would have to get a second mortgage.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

To Do List

Wanting to make THIS for my daughter's room.


So, I am in Toys R Us today buying my kids "treats" for having such a successful garage sale (over $400) and getting rid of so many of their toys... Well, they decided that they wanted the rest of the Super Why Action Figures because Reagan got Princess Presto a few weeks back (with birthday money) on clearance and the rest of the set may not be there much longer. I said that I would buy them each one and they decided to pool their piggy bank monies to buy the last one. (For those of you who do not watch Super Why, we were looking for Wonder Red, Alpha Pig, and Super Why.) Sign was clearanced to 4.98. Cashier rang up 1 at 4.98 and other 2 at 5.98. When I questioned the price, you would have thought that I committed a crime. Her rationale was that the girls were 4.98 and the boys were 5.98. I suggested that we do a price check because they were all on the shelf together (and I wanted my $2, darn it!) After an eye roll, she used her walkie-talkie (renamed walkie-crabby-talkie) to ask for a price check. Guy comes back saying 4.98. She STILL insists that the boys are higher, asking him to check the shelf for another tag. God bless the guy, he still agrees with me, describes the items in great detail, and she huffs, then states, that she "will see if" she can change the price. You are darn-tootin' you can change the price! I was wondering: since when did it become an issue to question a price? Seriously, people. You are getting paid to make me happy, and, quite frankly, I was not trying to rip you off. I was right. So there.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Meal Plan Monday - A Day Early

Monday: Taco Ring + Homemade Pico de Gallo and Chips
Tuesday: Chicken Alfredo Pizza
Wednesday: Smoked Sausage, Potatoes, and Green Beans in Crockpot
Thursday: Leftover Nite
Friday: Spaghetti, Meatballs, Garlic Bread and Salad
Saturday: Steak on Grill, Pasta Salad, Corn on Cob

Breakfasts: Cereal, Pancakes, Oatmeal
Lunches: PBJ, Lunchmeat, Tuna, Mac and Cheese

Thursday, July 22, 2010

MIA - Nope, Not I!

Yes, I have been MIA from the blog this week - didn't even post my meal plan in fact. But, I have a good excuse. Really I do.

We are having the BIGGEST, BADDEST, BESTEST garage sale this weekend and I need a favor, ok? Pray for NO RAIN!

OK, thanks for praying...seriously, my garage is so full right now, I can't get in there. Getting up at 5 am tomorrow to start the process of unloading into the driveway. Wish us blessings of customers with money who need my stuff!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

New Awesome Rebate

Go HERE to read about a new rebate that I will be doing...Thanks, Saving & Giving, for the heads-up on this one, I already have it printed!

This rebate is good on all PANTENE, VENUS, COVER GIRL, OLAY, AND SECRET products! Watch out CVS, here I come!!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Meal Plan Monday

Monday: Frozen Pizza, Salad

Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan and Pasta

Wednesday: Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, Fruit, Toast

Thursday: Steaks on the Grill, Potatoes, Frozen Veggies

Friday: Open Faced Turkey Sandwiches, Green Beans

Saturday: Burgers and Hot Dogs on the grill, Pasta Salad

Sunday: ???

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Summer Savings Fun

For FREE this summer we have:

- Participated in the library's summer reading program
- Attended a church's VBS program
- Visited local Farmer's Markets for samples and smells
- Saw 2 sets of fireworks
- Played in multiple parks
- Saw a magic show at the library
- Swam in a friends in-ground pool
- Watched a parade
- Blown many bubbles
- Attended a Home Depot kids workshop
- Played on our slip-and-slide
- Attended "Dive Into Books" at our local church
- Caught fireflies

For a DEAL this summer we have:

- Gone to an indoor water resort for 14.95/each with BOGO passes
- Visited the children's museum with our family pass
- Had ice cream dates
- Visited Sonic during happy hour for 1/2 price apple juice slushies

What have you done this summer to save?

Monday, July 5, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: BBQ Beef Sandwiches, Veggie Tray, Mac Salad

Tuesday: At an Indoor Water Park all Day...Hot Dogs over Campfire + Smores? (Or we will buy pizza/subs...shhh, don't tell!)

Wednesday: Grilled Italian Chicken, Brown Rice, Steamed Veggies

Thursday: Smoked Sausage, Potatoes, Green Beans in Crockpot with Rolls

Friday: Mexican Night with Friends! Tacos, Enchiladas, Chips and Queso, Mexican Rice

Saturday: At a wedding. Sandwiches/Chips (or leftovers) when we get home.

Sunday: Steaks on Grill, Hashbrown Casserole, Corn on Cob

Breakfasts: Cereal, Eggs, Granola Bars, Waffles
Lunches: Sandwiches, Salads, Leftovers, Ramen Noodles, Mac and Cheese

Did you get your FREE sandwich today?

Today only, if you purchase a drink at Arby's, you can try the new Jr Roast Beef Deluxe Sandwich for FREE! I had mine at lunch and it was YUMMY :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

AMC Theatres $1 Movies in July

On Tuesdays in July at 10:00 AM, you can see the following family movies for only $1 at participating AMC Theatres (yes, Easton is one of them.)

July 6th - Madagascar

July 13 - Madagascar 2

July 20 - Hotel for Dogs

July 27 - Kung Fu Panda

Go HERE for more details and to see if your theater is participating.

This Saturday at Home Depot

This Saturday, go to Home Depot with your favorite little builders to make this periscope for free. While you are there, eat some popcorn and get a pin for your apron, too!

$1 Popcorn and Soda on July 4th at AMC Theaters

Go to the movies on July 4th and get $1 popcorn and $1 soda. Go HERE to read all about it and print your coupons...thanks, Kristen, at Couponing to Disney for this deal. My coupons are printed and I see Toy Story in our near future at Easton!

Monday, June 28, 2010


Transaction 1:

4 Stayfree pads BOGO at 3.99 each
*Used BOGO coupons = 4 for FREE

4 Cleaners at 2/$5
*Used 4/$1 MQ (1 per product) = $6 OOP
Earned $5 in ECB = .25/each
**Submitting for $5 SC Johnson Rebate (expires 6/30) = PROFIT of $4

Paid with $5 ECB from last week.
Total OOP $2.26.
Earned $5 ECB (From Cleaners)
Total profit of $2.74 + $5 rebate.

Transaction 2:

Hydro 3 Razor 8.99
*Used $5 MQ = 3.99
Hydro 5 Razor 9.99
*Used $5 MQ = 4.99
Edge Gel 2.99
*Used .75 MQ = 2.24
**Earned $10 ECB for buying $20 worth of Schick products = $1.22 for all

2 M&M's BOGO at .89 each

Used $8 in ECB from last week.
Used $4 in ECB from last week.

Total OOP $1.65.
Earned $10 ECB (for Schick)= Profit of $8.35

Total product amt. = 58.07
OOP paid = 3.91
Earned $15 in ECB + $5 Rebate

Meal Plan Monday

Monday: Spaghetti with meat sauce, Fresh Garden greens

Tuesday: Pizza Party for my daughters 4th birthday

Wednesday: Taco + Chips and Queso Dip

Thursday: Leftovers (bean dip made with taco stuff)

Friday: Farmer's Market Day - ???

Saturday: Cookout with Friends - I have to bring choc. chip cookies

Sunday: Hot Dogs on Grill + Pasta Salad + Fruit

Breakfasts: Cereal, Banana Bread, Pancakes, Eggs

Lunches: PB & J, Tuna, Buttery Noodles, Grilled Cheese and Soup, Leftovers


What will I be buying at Meijer this week? So glad you asked...

Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs .99
use $1/2 MQ = .49 each

Kraft Singles 1/2 PRICE

Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce .99
$1/2 MQ = .49 each

Aunt Millie's Bread or Buns B1G2 Free
.55 MQ on buns OR .55 MQ on bread = Super Cheap!

Chi-Chi's Salsa .99
$1/2 MQ = .49 each

Hellman's Mayo 2/$5
.75 MQ = $1.00

Snyder Pretzels 1.79
.75 MQ = .29 each

Ronzoni Pasta .99
$1 MQ from Parents Magazine = FREE

Pampers Wipes 1.99
$2 MQ = FREE

DelMonte Fruit Chillers/Tubes 1.99
$1 MQ = .99

Hillshire Farm Heart Slices Lunchmeat 2/$5
.55 MQ = 1.40