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

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Free Frappe Fridays

Go HERE to see how McD's is offering FREE frappes for the next 3 Fridays. As always, call your McD's to see if they are participating first.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cedar Point coupons on

Go HERE to see how you can save $7 per admission to Cedar Point - America's Rollercoast!

Thanks, Saving & Giving, for this tip!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Homemade Cleaners Continued...

Here are a few more tried-and-true cleaners, courtesy of a Taste of Home magazine insert:

Carpet Freshener: Mix baking soda with cinnamon and sprinkle on carpets. Wait 15 minutes, then vacuum. (I have tried this and it works great!)

Mirror Cleaner: Clean with canned shaving cream (not gel) for a streak-free finish.

Scuff Mark Cleaner: Apply toothpaste to an old toothbrush. Scrub, then wipe clean with a cloth. (We also use a pencil eraser at our house for black scuff marks.)

Shower Door Cleaner (For Glass Doors): Clean doors thoroughly. Then wipe with baby oil on a soft cloth. The oil will prevent soap scum and hard water spots for months! (I have done this and can attest to keeps them clean forever!)

Monday, June 21, 2010

No Meal Plan Monday

This week we will not be having a meal plan as I am highly involved in our church's "Deep Sea Adventure" and won't be home most of the week.

We will have good breakfasts though of: bagels, eggs, smoothies, and cereal.

Lunches will be: mac and cheese, buttery noodles, pb & j, and tuna salad.

Dinners will be on the run (or at the church). We'll see! :)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New Website Opening - Kidelicious

If you go to and fill out a short survey, they will give you a coupon code for $25 off your first purchase. This is a new website where you can purchase hard-to-find healthy items for kids and have them shipped directly to your home. For my organic, healthy friends, this site is for you! (I just filled out my survey and it took 3 minutes.)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Cowboy Chow

Here's a new recipe for y'all to try!

Cowboy Chow

Mix together in large bowl:

1 can pork and beans, drained
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 can corn, drained
1 cup BBQ sauce
1 cup Pace picante sauce
2 T dried minced onion
1# turkey smoked sausage (I used Butterball)

Pour into 9x13 baking dish, cover with foil and bake 30-40 minutes in 350 oven.
OR, cook on high in crockpot for 3 hours.

I served this with cornbread cake (1 box cornbread mix + 1 box yellow cake mix baked together) and sliced cucumbers with ranch dressing. I had some happy cowboys and cowgirls here tonight!

Have you tried anything new lately?

2 FREE Gilette Body Wash at Kroger this week

Gilette Body Wash is BOGO this week for Father's Day. If you use a BOGO MQ, you will get BOTH for FREE! Thanks, Cincinnati Cents, for this heads up :)

Schick Hydro Razor Rebate

If you are buying the FREE razor at CVS this week (after ECB and $5 MQ), you will want to submit THIS rebate to make money on the deal!

Thanks, Totally Target, for the heads up on this - I just printed my rebate form!

Meal Plan Monday

Monday: Cowboy Chow + Cornbread Cake

Tuesday: Daddy's Teaching; Mac and Cheese and Maybe Hot Dogs

Wednesday: Pasta Alfredo + Garlic Bread + Salad

Thursday: TBall Game; Leftover night

Friday: BBQ Chicken + Rice + Frozen Veggies

Saturday: Grilled Steaks + Potato Packets + Salad

Sunday: Beef Roast, Shredded with Noodles???

Breakfasts: Waffles, Eggs, Cereal, Breakfast Bars

Lunches: PB & J, Tuna Salad, Egg Salad, Leftovers

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Kroger 10/10

Its Kroger 10/10 week!

Here are some of the deals on my shopping list:

Raspberries, Cucumbers
Tyson Chicken Breasts, Thighs or Drumsticks
Brawny Paper Towels (use MQ)
Sunny D (use MQ)
Scotch Brite Sponges (use MQ)
Green Giant Veggies (use MQ)
1/2 Gallon Milk, Cottage Cheese
Ocean Spray Craisins
Kroger Salad, Croutons

Raising Homemakers

I found myself really encouraged after finding and reading this site. I have wanted to raise my daughter to enjoy her home, practice hospitality, and bless her family through her homemaking.

As a new bride, 11 years ago, I struggled with this so much! I resented my husband for "making messes," I couldn't cook anything that wasn't out of a box, and I found cleaning to be a horrible chore. After much research, some patient church friends who showed me the ropes, a great neighbor who shared recipes, and a lot of prayer, I am FINALLY finding homemaking to be enjoyable!

I also felt (for many reasons) that my homemaking was not a true "job"...that I would always strive to be something more, do something else. I don't want my daughter to feel like the "choice" of homemaking is her "only choice" or she is not as important as others who choose differently. I want her to soar in whatever she does, whether that be a career in the world or a career in the home!

I don't want my daughter to start out as frustrated as I, and I truly found this new website to be encouraging and a delight! I would encourage you to take a look and let me know your thoughts on the topic...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Baking Day

Today is Baking Day for the start of Newark's Farmers Market tomorrow...more about why we do this later.

So far, I have finished:
Mini Banana Breads
Sugar Cookies

Still to go:
Cake Pops
Rice Krispie Treats...with add-ins of course :)

And maybe:
Peanut Butter Bread


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Yet Another Reason I Coupon...

Well, we've had storms. Tornado warnings, possible touchdowns, MAJOR lightening, trees uprooted, cement sidewalks obliterated, you name it, its in Licking County somewhere. We've also had major power outages.

Now, to clarify, for those of you who may be wondering, I live in town. On a major street. A street that is too busy to let my kids ride bikes in the driveway...

We completely lost power on Friday at around 5 pm (we had flickers before that though.) We just got power back (Sunday) this morning around 6 am. We lost about 5 grocery bags full of food. (However, our deep freezer stayed frozen!)

I was slighly stressed about pitching food, when my dear husband held up some thawed food and said, "How much did you pay for this?" I breathed a sigh of relief when I realized the answer was .25! I probably threw away a hundred dollars of food, but knowing the way I shop, probably paid only $20-30 for it!!! That, in itself, made me feel soooo much better.

I was also able to go to my stockpile and replace all condiments except mayo. Yes, we now have a fully stocked fridge of mustard, ketchup, relish, salad dressings, and the like. That also felt really good.

I am not stressed anymore about the wasted food. I know that I can replace it for pennies on the dollar. AND, we have MORE THAN ENOUGH in the stockpile to feed us for a few weeks.

Now I am stressed about the hail damage that the siding (and our cars) received, but that, my friends, is a whole 'nother story!

Friday, June 4, 2010

National Road Garage Sale

Well, for $13.30 I got a lot of good deals today. A few highlights:

2 basket set $3
Minnie dress with hoodie $1
Gymboree orange shirt .50
Lands End purple button up jackety thing .50
Boys AVIA shoes .50
Disney Scrapbook paper .50
Lightening McQueen alarm clock .50
LG Christmas sign (that I really LOVE btw) .50!!!
NEW porcelain dolls, on stands (my mother in law collects these and the kids wanted to get them for her upcoming birthday) .75/each

For those of you who don't know, Rt 40 (aka National Road) is having a HUGE sale this weekend. You can literally drive through multiple states for this sale. We chose to drive from Hebron, OH to Zanesville, OH and back. (Most of the good sales though are right off the road on side streets or in small country towns.)

The kids and I spent about 4 hours out and had a truly good time. There were many sales that we just drove right by, but my kiddos are good "kids stuff spotters."

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

FREE Paint from Glidden!

Go HERE to see how you can get 2 free samples of paint from Glidden. Each sample should cover a 3x3 space. What can you paint today?

Thanks, Savings and Stewardship!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Always Learning...

So I was in Giant Eagle yesterday to pick up a gift card for my FIL's birthday (to get the gas points of course) and my jaw dropped when I saw this:


These could be used at the Disney store, online, or at the PARK! Are you kidding me??? Do you realize how much FREE gas we could have gotten if we bought those to use on our trip?

Just a thought, people, just a thought...

PS - They even had a 3 pack of $15 cards that could SO be used for souvenir money for the kiddos.

Pampers Gifts to Grow Code

If you are a member of Pampers Gifts-to-Grow, here is a new FREE 10 point code for ya:


If you are not a member and you buy diapers or wipes, sign up now to earn FREE toys, gift cards, and Pampers products! Our family has earned quite a few rewards including: gift cards for Christmas, DVDs, board books, and other fun toys. Its really worth your time!

Home Depot Kids Workshop Saturday

How fun is this craft project at the Home Depot? This Saturday, go and make your own little personal soccer game for FREE! (And probably eat some popcorn too...)