Monday, November 29, 2010

Peace on Earth December Challenge: Week 4

Once again, I'm following along with Courtney's Challenge from Women Living Well.

December is the Peace on Earth Challenge, we're striving to take in the holidays and prepare our hearts for the celebration of our Savior's birth instead of "clawing" our way through them frantic about entertaining and gifts and filling our schedules so full. So here we go... week 4

"Here's this week's challenge: Christmas is just 5 days away and so much of our time is often spent helping the children to remember the "Reason for the Season". Now it's our turn. Once the kids are in bed get yourself a HOT drink (again we are warming the body as we warm the soul.) Get ALONE and turn out the lights by your Christmas tree, a lit fire, or a candle and just be alone with God. Pray, talk to him, I encourage you to sing Christmas carols or songs praising him, and just rest with Jesus."

It's funny that that we're focusing on peace among the craziness, because our plans just took a sudden turn. Because my husband works the day before and after Christmas, we had planned for my parents to come down on Christmas Day and just have a small meal together. We were waiting on our in-laws plans as Grandpa Roberts is very sick and was just brought home to hospice.

Last night we found out he probably won't make it through another 24 hours. So our plans are changed, we will be heading to Kentucky early tomorrow morning. I don't know what Christmas will look like. It won't look like I imagined it to be with my husband and I getting up opening our stockings and talking about the Christmas story, but not everything ends up the way we imagine it.

The important thing this Christmas for us will be sharing the story of Jesus and God's grace with unsaved family members. We will get to spend the season with family we wouldn't normally have seen, and there will be tears, but Christmas reminds us that a day awaits when every tear will be wiped away.

"Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." Revelation 21:3-4

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:9-11

I hope you will keep my husband and his family in your prayers this week.

Link up if you're joining the challenge! And make sure you visit Courtney's site for more lovely ladies.


Peace On Earth December Challenge: Week 2

Once again, I'm following along with Courtney's Challenge from Women Living Well.

December is the Peace on Earth Challenge, we're striving to take in the holidays and prepare our hearts for the celebration of our Savior's birth instead of "clawing" our way through them frantic about entertaining and gifts and filling our schedules so full. So here we go... week 1

December 6th: As the warmth of Christmas has now begun to enter your home with the influx of decorations, cookie baking and friends, take out your calendar and SCHEDULE a night where you will take a warm refreshing bubble bath. I'll give you more details on what to include with this bubble bath. But until then, one main thing will be your Bible. Read the story of the birth of Jesus in Matthew 1, 2 and Luke 1,2."

Well, who could say no to that?
Well, honestly, we would all LOVE to take a nice relaxing bath, but do we ever actually take the time to? Usually not. When I was student teaching, one of my cooperating teachers told me she takes a bubble bath every morning. I couldn't believe it, a bubble bath? How do you have time for that when she was someone who was at school by 7 every day. She made time.

How do we fit in watching 5 episodes of our favorite show on Netflix or fit in baking brownies because we're craving them. As with all things in life, if you make it a priority, it will be important to you. But more importantly, if its important to you, you need to make it a priority. So during this busy time, what are my priorities?

1) Spend time daily in the word. This is something that is a struggle at times for all of us, right now I wake up at a different time for school each day based on what I still need to do before school (copies, planning, etc) and what time my hubby works, if its early and he gets up then I spend a few precious moments with him.

2) Make sure that I spend quality time with my husband everyday. Right now he's working in retail so some mornings I leave at 7 am and he gets home at 10:45 pm, just in time to tuck me in and say goodnight. So this can be hard. So far I planned one thing big or small for each day in December leading up to Christmas, like a mental advent calendar. So far we've cut down a tree, make sugar cookies, watched Disney's A Christmas Carol, made banana boats, and other things like that.
This also involves us developing our faith relationship, right now we are reading through Matthew and have gone through chapters 1 & 2 (and he didn't even know about the challenge!)

3) Invest in the new relationships I am building.

I think those are about all for now, as it is a crazy time and we are still adjusting to being married. I love reading the Luke version because it talks about Elizabeth and I just love the story of John the Baptist birth. It is also so amazing reading both stories to see how many people were truly walking by faith, Mary that she would bear child as a virgin, Joseph to believe his young betrothed was truly to bear the Messiah and was still devoted to him, Zechariah who first doubted, then believed and received his voice back because of his obedience, Elizabeth that she would bear at all, Simeon to trust he would see the Messiah and then to actually recognize him.

As for my bubble bath, I'm taking it tonight as my husband works till 10:45 again tonight. So tonight around probably 9pm I will arm myself with:

"1. Privacy - all children asleep and the husband aware that you don't want to be interrupted

2. Hot water and loads of Bubbles - preferably ones that smell yummy!

3. Some soft classical music

4. A hand towel rolled up as a pillow

5. A cold drink to set beside the tub

6. Your Bible and if you are afraid you'll get it wet - exchange it for a good Christian book or simply quietness - reflecting on your day and talking with God in prayer.

Optional: a lit candle"

from Women Living Well-Courtney

Just me and God and some warm bubbles... I can't wait!

Link up if you're joining the challenge and don't forget to visit the other lovely ladies linked up at Women Living Well.


Peace on Earth December Challenge: Week 1

Once again, I'm following along with Courtney's Challenge from Women Living Well.

December is the Peace on Earth Challenge, we're striving to take in the holidays and prepare our hearts for the celebration of our Savior's birth instead of "clawing" our way through them frantic about entertaining and gifts and filling our schedules so full. So here we go... week 1

"Today: Write at the top of your December calendar page - I Peter 5:7 "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." This will be a reminder every time you look at your calendar and feel anxious about all you have to get done - to pray. God cares for you. Release your worries to him and rest in him.

Also, go buy an extra large candle and light a candle everyday in your home in the month of December. I will be starting mine in the morning! But you can start yours at dinner time. I will be placing mine in the kitchen - the main hub of my home.
Each time the candle catches your eye, say a prayer for peace in your home."

This challenge is just in time as I just finished my Yankee Candle in Apple Cider from October yesterday as I began decorating our house for Christmas. Every time I catch I glance I will be saying a prayer for peace in our house and in our marriage. I'll also be praying for a sister who is struggling and her husband who is waiting for her, they are both hurting and I'll be praying as often as I do for my marriage, that God would heal theirs.

I have my verse on the top of the Calendar which is fitting seeing as the calendar has all the due dates of our bills which are easy to become overwhelmed and stressed over, but I know God has that under control.

"Cast all your cares on him, for He cares for you, He's near to the broken and confused, and by his stripes our spirit is renewed, so enter in the joy prepared for you"
Healing Hand of God; Jeremy Camp

Link up if you're joining the challenge! And make sure you visit Courtney's site for more lovely ladies.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Black Friday Adventure 2010

Black Friday 2010
Made a last stop to target while I waited for my husband to get off of work late Wednesday night so we could travel to my parents' for Thanksgiving. Picked up 3 more pairs of slipper socks for .67 ea, 2 more free leapfrog books free, 2 tubs of cool whip for .24 ea, 2 cream cheeses for .44 ea, a Cuponk game for $2, and 1 more pack of cookie dough for .11.

When I arrived at my parents, my mom said, I think you really need to teach me how to do this... I have a feeling we'll be doing some training over Christmas break (love you mom!) Didn't get a picture because of the Holiday.

Now on to the Black Friday Shopping!!!

My husband had to be at work at 3:15, I decided to ride with him over to the city so we left our house at 2:40... Bright and Early!

My friend Laura and I made our game plan, we would hit Target when they opened at 4, hopefully make it to the mall by the time they opened at 5 (for Hallmark, American Eagle, and BBW), and then round it out with the drugstores in whichever order they opened. We needed coffee first, but even McDonald's wasn't opened, so we started anyway.


So as we made our way to Target, the line was probably about 100 people long at 3:45 and there were 4 cop cars lined up to stop people from jumping line. Everyone was polite, we just waited in the car until most people were in the store. An older gentleman made his way out with a big tv just minutes after the doors opened and everyone cheered for him! It was fun! Not the scary Black Friday I saw on the news where people trampled on each other.

I picked up the $5 Pj's ($5/3 after my $10 off sleepwear coupon), Things (the game) for $17, and a hat and glove set for $2. I combine with Laura's order so we could get a $10 gift card for spending $100. So my total after gift card was $16.

The line was organized and went quickly, the officers strolling were talkative, the employees knew where everything was, and the line went quickly and everyone was friendly. Best of all, the Starbucks inside target was open so we got some caramel brulee lattes and headed on our way, fully energized.


Next we went to the mall, it was hardly busy, it was like a dull roar in there. We went to American Eagle first to pick my hubby up a hoodie (he's been looking for one for months) for $16.66 which is a price I can handle. Laura went to BBW and I assisted her in combining her coupons to get $260 worth of products for $67! She did great!

At hallmark, I got another 3 cards, another snowflake dish and some Lindor truffles for $1.88 Cheap gift idea coming up for the three of those I got!

Then the big time: Drugstore game

At Walgreen's I took advantage of all the free items plus the Centrum moneymaker. It turns out in addition to needed the same amount of items as "coupons" you also cannot roll over a Jingle Buck into the same deal. For example you can't use your .99 Pepsi Jingle buck to purchase another .99 Pepsi or the 2nd reward will not print out so after some strategery and 5 transactions, I spent -.01 on all this after Jingle Bucks and Mail in Rebate (Planters) not as good as it should've been but again some Jingle bucks got eaten in figuring out this process.

Next CVS, my standby, never lets me down, ECB's are by far the easiest system as I taught Laura (who also got just about as much stuff for free) We found mail in rebates for full purchase price on hangtags on the RenPure Organic Shampoo and Conditioner, so that was a $10 moneymaker after MIB. I had $2 off Gillette Deo making it $2 moneymaker, and a $1/1 Eucerin and $1/3 for the Listerine making this transaction a total of a $14 money maker! WAHOO! CVS always my favorite. And I have a new favorite store (the one up the street from me is rather stingy with the ECB's and doesn't like you using them.

All in all, after balancing out rebates, money makers and costs, I think I spent somewhere in the range of $20 for everything.. Not bad!

How did you do on black friday?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Target 11/18, 11/20

Headed out to Target this week for some smoking deals. I made two trips, one Thursday and one Sunday because the Leapster sale didn't begin until Sunday. (This way I could go to Starbucks for the BOGO drinks twice as well too!!!)

On Thursday, I picked up 5 packages of the Nestle Cookie Dough. After the catalina didn't print at the first register, I tried another and it worked! So for $1.92 I got 5 packs which is not bad! I also picked up two boxes of stovetop for .04 each.

Sunday I went over again and got two more boxes of stovetop .04 each, two bags of Reese's for $1.16 each, 3 pairs of slipper socks for .67 each, two Leapster Tag books for FREE, two packs of Toy Story Uno for FREE. Then I went over to Hallmark and got a really nice candy dish for .97. All in all I'd say a good weekend. I still ahve to head back to target to get some more cookie dough and leapser tag books and check on those 40-hour airwick candles!

(in the picture I only have 2 of the stovetops and 3 of the cookie dough as some got eaten already!)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Double Stuf French Toast

This morning before B went into work, we had stuffed French Toast... mmmm

Stuffed French Toast

You can make the french toast batter however you'd like. I chose to use 1 egg, about 1/4 cup of french vanilla coffee creamer (if you have it coming out of your ears after all the high value coupons like me, this is a good use of it), 2 Tbsp milk, 1 egg, and a few dashes of pumpkin pie spice.

Next Prepare your bread. I used Pepperidge Farm cinnamon swirl bread (My husband used to do a few PF routes part time so we're partial to this, you can use any you like but I wouldn't use texas toast or very thick bread, as there are two layers and a filling and it will be difficult to cook through. You will also need cream cheese (any flavor) and a complimenting flavor jelly. I used strawberry jelly from the farmer's market and strawberry Philadelphia cream cheese (after all those great target deals on kraft cheese and Philly cream cheese!).

Preheat a nonstick pan on low to medium-low heat (I used my wonderful nonstick grill pan). Next you want to spread cream cheese thinly on each slice of bread. Then you will want to spread a thin layer of jelly on every other slice of bread, right on top of the cream cheese. Then you will make a sandwich with one jellied piece and one non-jellied piece, filling sides together. This whole "sandwich" gets dipped into the french toast batter. Then flipped so it is coated. Gently place into the preheated pan.

Cook until the bottom is browned, flip and cook a few minutes more until both sides are brown and there is no raw egg on the sides or middle. Jelly may ooze out and this is A-okay! The keys to the success of these are: thin layers of filling,
  • making sure the cream cheese coats the bread so the jelly doesn't make it soggy
  • Cooking at a low temp so all the egg coagulates
  • Waiting to serve because the filling WILL BE HOT!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Celebrating with Music

It is week 2 of the Making Your Home a Haven Fall Challenge. Here is this week's challenge: Play soft music everyday in your home. Choose worship, classical or another form of peaceful music that the family enjoys. Focus on using peaceful words and maintaining peaceful relationships. Remind your family to avoid seething anger, tattling, criticism or back talk. Role model gentleness this week.

21And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 22But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to celebrate. 25"Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.27And he said to
him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.' Luke 15:21-27 NIV

As I thought today about music, I came across the parable of the prodigal son. A story I know many are very familiar with. The part of the passage that stuck out to me today is when the younger son has come back and the father has taken him back as son. The father orders for the fatted calf to be killed, to bring the best robe, and to celebrate.

We are told that the older son hears the music and dancing and asks what is happening. We read later that the older son is upset, has he not been keeping his father's will this whole time? Where is his party? And this picture is of God and his children. When those who are out wandering in this world come to know Christ, God rejoices! He has adopted you as a song or daughter in Christ! We are brothers and sisters! Music is to celebrate.

But why doesn't the older brother celebrate? He had two choices, he could rejoice that his brothe
r who was lost had been found, or he could become bitter at all the work he had done and received no reward (or so he thinks). It makes me think about how often I, instead of joining someone else's celebration, become bitter, wondering, "where is my prize? where is my blessing?" We become JEA-lous (or as we like to call it, JEA). And jealousy is not becoming because God tells us that love is not jealous. We should make the conscious choice to choose celebration instead of jealousy.

Let us all remember to join in each member of our families little and big celebrations. Let us all rejoice daily remembering that we are children of God! We
can do this with dancing, humming, singing, or shouting at the top of our lungs "Hallelujah!" As I play music in my home this month, I will remember the joy salvation brings and remember to celebrate all the little victories and little blessings of those around me, not becoming JEA.


Make sure to visit Courtney's Blog at WomenLivingWell to see her tips for Making Your Home Sing
Also check out all the other bloggers who have linked up there!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Stocking Up Saturday

So the fridge is about empty, so I went to the store to use up all the October coupons because with the wedding, this will be my last trip until we get back from Mexico. I made sure the dairy products weren't expiring until much after we got back and went to Borders, Target, CVS, and Martin's.

Target was probably the best trip of the day stocking up on all kinds of things from cleaning products to cream cheese...
Brief Summary of the Deals at Target:
Total: $55.63
Philadelphia Cream Cheese: 4 @ .37 ea
Up&Up Household wipes: $.99
Betty Crocker cake mix and icing: 16 @ .75 ea
Kraft Individual String Cheese: 4 for FREE
GE Reveal light bulbs: 2 @ .59 ea
Kleenex Tissues: 3 @ 1.09 ea
Kraft Natural Shredded Mozzarella: 2 @ .67 ea

Next I hit up Martins to use up this month's Stonyfield coupons and to use my 4 $1 coupon doublers for the week Considering this trip was almost exclusively organic products and the cost before savings was 82.46, $42.86 was not bad!
Brief Summary of the Deals at Martins:
Newman's Own Pasta Sauce: 2 @ $1 ea
Hunt's 24oz Ketchup: 1 @ FREE
Ronzoni Healthy Harvest: 1 @ .25
Starkist Tuna Pouches: 4 @ .29
Dr. Oetker's Pizza: 4 @ 1.99 ea
Stonyfield Yogurt: 3 @ .27 ea
Stonyfield Organic Half Gallon Milk (used doubler): 1 @ 1.49
4 pack stonyfield yogurts (be healthy and probiotic): 2 @ .99 ea
Wholesome Agave Nectar (used doubler): 1 @ 2.29
Arrowhead Mills Corn Meal: 1 @ 1.69
Arrowhead Mills Whole Wheat Flour: 1 @ 1.99
Clif Bar: 1 @ .49
Clif Bar 6 pack (used doubler): 1 @ 1.79
Muir Glen Pizza Sauce: 2 @ .99 ea
Dagoba Chocolate (used doubler): 1 @ .49
Horizon Organic Chocolate Milk: 2 @ 2.59 ea

Then I stopped at CVS last and picked up a few things. I was disappointed that they are still out of the electric toothbrush from last week that I got a raincheck for, but hopefully it will come in soon. I did pick up 2 Schick Hydro 5 razors, a massaging Bengay Muscle stick, 2 bottles of Renu Sensitive contact solution, and found our FAVORITE freezy pops (Wyler's Italian Ice Pops--usually only at Walgreen's in the summer) on 75% off clearance for .49 ea!!!All in total, after ECB's I spent 2.93 for everything pictured.

The mini planner and screen protectors were given to me at border's for the teacher appreciation day so I will probably use those as prizes for my students. While I was there, I picked up a copy of Pioneer Woman Cooks at 25% with my discount and am really excited to use it when we get back from Mexico.

If you haven't been to Ree Drummond's Site, I'd suggest going over there, and for those of you (like me) who love cookbooks with pictures, she takes very artistic pictures of EACH STEP of her recipes. You can get a taste over at her blog, The Pioneer Woman.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Light of the World

It is week 1 of the Making Your Home a Haven Fall Challenge. Here is this week's challenge: Go buy an extra large candle and light a candle everyday in your home. I will be starting mine in the morning! But you can start yours at dinner time. Do what makes sense for your family. I will be placing mine in the kitchen - the main hub of my home. Each time the candle catches your eye, say a prayer for peace in your home.

I love fall. I eagerly anticipate it each year. I add to my favorite pumpkin recipes each year and last year began collecting fall home decor when I was sharing a house with 3 other girls. This weekend kicked it off in my home with making homemade hurricane vases, baking up some pumpkin roll and pumpkin dinner rolls on Saturday, and going to the Orchard to pick apples with some girlfriends on Sunday.

This year I'm in my own apartment, and along with eagerly awaiting fall, I am eagerly awaiting my wedding to my fiance, Brandon. Over the past few weeks being 4.5 hours away from him has been a struggle. In addition to that (and planning our frugal wedding), I've started a new teaching job and moved to a new town and state. All very exciting-but possibly overwhelming experiences. I've struggled with loneliness in a new town without a home church yet.

So as I shopped for a great, big, new Yankee Candle to burn for the Making Your Home A Haven challenge, I began to think of light, and how Jesus is the light of the world. I couldn't help but think of a popular praise and worship song:

"Light of the world, you stepped down into darkness, opened my eyes let me see, beauty that made this heart adore you, hope of a life spent with you" -Here I Am to Worship, Chris Tomlin

And then I began to realize just how selfish I was to drudge around all day, sulking over my feelings of sadness and loneliness. How can I be lonely when Jesus is the light? He came into the ultimate darkness of a world full of sin to give us the hope of a life with him. Not a hope which is the chance of salvation, but hope of the promise of salvation. The kind of hope that looks forward confidently, not sheepishly.

So the crowd answered him, "We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?" So Jesus said to them, "The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." -John 12:34-36 ESV

The candle is lit in my dining room to pray for peace for my soon-to-be marriage and household, but also to remind me that I am not alone, I will fear no evil, because Christ is the light to all my darkness.


Sunday, August 29, 2010

CVS 8/21: Eye Drops, Cereal, Pretzel M&M's

Order #1:

Blink Gel Tears (2 for 1 bonus pack) $7.99
Blink Coupon (1.50)
8 Kellogg's Cereal Cups @ $1 each $8.00
$1 off 2 Kellogg's Cereals (1.00)
$1 off 3 Kellogg's Cereals (1.00)
2 bags Pretzel M&M's @ $1 each $1.00
CVS Coupon $.50 off two (0.50)
$5 off $15 Purchase (coupon printer) (5.00)
$5 ECB from previous week (5.00)
$2 ECB from previous week (2.00)
$1 ECB from previous week (1.00)

ECB's Used: $8.00
ECB's Received: $8.00

Net Cost: $0.00

Order # 2:
Blink Gel Tears (2 for 1 bonus pack) $7.99
Blink Coupon (1.50)
2 bags Pretzel M&M's @ $1 each $1.00
CVS Coupon $.50 off two (0.50)
$5 ECB from previous week (5.00)
$2 ECB from previous week (2.00)

ECB's Used: $7.00
ECB's Received: $8.00

Net Cost: ($1.00)

GRAND TOTAL: ($1.00) for 8 cereal cups, 3 eye drops, and 4 bags of M&M's

All the cereal cups are going in the "kids bags" for the wedding, I've been waiting for a good deal on these-- I think free was good enough!


I went out on a limb.

I ordered my wedding dress-- the dress-- from a wholesaler in China.

I found the dress and couldn't take my eyes off of it. I kept going back to it when I searched. So just 2 days after we got engaged I ordered the dress. I can't describe it because it's still a secret from the future hubby... but trust me it looked beautiful.

The website, said wedding dresses take about 30 days from order to delivery so I waited patiently for my $165.99 wedding dress.

and waited

And then one of my friends told me about her disastrous experience online with her bridesmaid dresses and when she found out I ordered from Milanoo, she got nervous because that was where she ordered her custom fit bridesmaid dresses.

But I trusted that ordering a stock size instead of a custom fit would work out fine. So I waited some more...

and waited...

and waited not so patiently and got online and chatted with the customer service reps who assured me the dress was finished being made and was on it's way to quality control.

Finally, we got the email that it had shipped and I checked the tracking number incessantly, getting very nervous for the outcome. And finally, it arrived to my parents house in Pennsylvania last Monday. My mom and I both sewed and she reassured me that although it came in a package smaller than a pillowcase, the immaculately made dress had almost 8 layers and looked picture perfect-even better than the photo online.

Yesterday I drove 2 hours to my parents and I tried it on. Although it was much bigger than the size we measured me to be (and we even rounded down), my mom had planned on altering it, so she spent the day altering. So after taking about 2 inches off of each side, it fits amazingly perfect.

And that's how you have thousands on a wedding dress. $165.99 was all I paid for my dream wedding dress (which I'm sure would have retailed for at least $900 in a retail store.)

Back In Action

After a hiatus... I'm back!

My absence since my last post has been due to a crazy amount of change in my life. It's a lot at once, but God is so good. I graduated from school in Northereastern Pennsylvania in May, got a job at a counseling center a week after graduation, then accepted a full time teaching position in July, got engaged, found a new apartment in Virginia, finished up at the counseling center and set a wedding date for mid-October.

Needless to say between lesson-planning, visiting Brandon, my fiancee, who is still in Pennsylvania, and planning a wedding, I've been a little busy. But I knew I had to get back as my picture posts on Facebook have been stirring by curiosity and my colleagues amazement at my wedding planning on a budget had fueled many questions.

So I'm back, this time with frugal wedding planning tips as well as couponing. Here we go...

Friday, January 22, 2010

Get Smart

Okay, so I want to keep it interesting and everyone loves cookbooks with pictures of everything so to a) remind myself how much stuff I got for $27.10 and b) so you can see what I got, I'm putting in pictures. I'm going to try to put one in of every shopping trip to Giant or Target. So without delay here's what I got:

Reynolds foil $2.09
2 Del Monte canned fruit @ $.50 ea
Mission flour tortillas $1.09
Mission corn tortillas $.53
2 Del Monte Select Harvest @ $1.15 ea
Cucumber $.59
Febreeze Air Effects (clearanced priced + coup) FREE
Dole Salad $1.50
Diced Peppers $1.59
Hillshire Farms Turkey Breast $2.64
2 Johnsonville cheddar bratwurst @ $1.49 ea
8 smart ones entrees, 1 flatbread, and 1 breakfast sandwich @ $.77 ea
Dannon Activia yogurt (4 pk) $1.00
Maggio Ricotta Cheese $1.49

Total before savings: $67.86 Total with sales and coups :$27.10

Giant Foods PA 1/22

Here are the deals I saw for Giant this week:

Grocery Deals

Smart Ones 6/$10
Buy 7 entrees at $11.67
Get 1 entree free (giant promotion)
Use 1 free flatbread with 3 smartones purchase
Use 1 free dessert with purchase of 5 smartones
Use $3/10 smartones coup

Spend $8.67 for 8 entrees, 1 flatbread, and 1 dessert

Thomas English Muffins 3/$3

Dole Salad Blends

2 $1 peelies on lettuce that expires soon
Final Price 2/$3
4 $1 peelies on lettuce that expires soon
Use $2/$5 in produce coupon
Final price 4/$4
Oscar Mayer Deli Meat
$1/2 coupon
Final Price 2/$5.67

Johnsonville Brats
BOGO Free @ $3.99

Final Price 2/$2.99

Pillsbury Grands Biscuits
.50/1 giant double

Final Price $.25/1

Ronzoni Smart Taste $1.19
Final Price 2/$1.38

Mission Tortillas $2.09
Final Price $1.09

DelMonte Jar Fruit (Orchard Selects) $3.29
BOGO Free Viewpoint Mailer
$1/1 Viewpoint Mailer
Final Price $2.29/2

Maggio Ricotta Cheese $3.59
$.50 giant coupon double
Final Price $2.59

Dannon Activia Tub 2/$4
2 $1/1 Tub
Final Price 2/$2

Gas point rewards
Buy any 7 get $.20/gal of gas Quaker Oatmeal 2/$3
7 $1/1 (you will need multiple computers)
Final Price 7/$3.50

Spend $3.50 get $.20/gal
(which in my car is about $3.40)
So you pretty much get the groceries for free : )

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I think I just stole.....

Okay so not really but it feels like it when you get a deal this smokin!

I headed to The Limited today with my $15 off $15 purchase coupon. I found a kelly green cami on final clearance for 60% off of $4.99 (which you can't use the coupon on) and then found a pleated top mock turtleneck in purple for $19.50. I used my ID to get the student/teacher discount of 15% and ended up paying.....

$3.28 for both tops!

Here's the breakdown:

Purple Cut and Sew gathered SS mock neck: $34.50
Promo Price: ($15.00)
Price: $19.50

Green Seamless Cami: $4.99 Clearance priced
60% off markdowns ($2.99)
Price: $2.00

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