Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Attention Meijers shoppers!

Here are some great deals at Meijers this week!

Activa Yogurt 2/$4
-$1 SS 9/21
-$1 Meijer Mealbox coupon
= Free

Danactive Yogurt 2/$4
$1 coupon found in some stores
-$1 Meijer Mealbox coupon
= Free

Yoplait Light $.50
Buy 4
- $1/4 coupon here
= $.25 each

Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers $.79
- $.50 SS 12/7
= Free

Betty Crocker Cookie Mix 3/$5
- $.40 SS 11/16
or - $.75 coupon here
= $.87 or $.92 each

Betty Crocker Frosting 2/$3
- $.55 coupon here
= $.95 each

Betty Crocker Muffin Mix 2/$3
- $.40 SS 12/14
= $1.27 each

Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie Mix 3/$5
- $.50/2 SS 12/14
or $.50/2 here
= $1.17 each

Domino Sugar 2/$5
-$.50 RP 10/12
= $1.50 each

Juicy Juice $2.25
- $1 coupon here
=$1.25 each

Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice 3/$5
- $1 coupon here
= $.67 each

Keebler Chocolate Chip Cookies 2/$4
- $1 coupon here (to print 2, hit the back page button)
= $1 each

Jet Puffed Marshmellows or Marshmellow Creme $1.46
Buy 2
- $1/2 Meijer Mealbox coupon
= $.96 each

Wishbone Salad Dressing 3/$4
Buy 2
-$1.25/2 RP 10/5
=$.71 each

Mt. Olive Pickles 3/$5
-$.75 SS 11/2
= $.92 each

Eggo Waffles 2/$5
- $.75 RP 12/14
= $1.25 each

Mrs. Ts Pierogies 1/2 price ($1.36)
- $1 RP 9/14
= $.36 each

Tyson Frozen Chicken $4.50
- $1 SS 10/19
= $3.50 each

Philadelphia Cream Cheese 4/$5
Buy 2
= $.98 each

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls $1.25
- $.35 SS 12/7
- $1 coupon here
= $.63 each

Pillsbury Sweet Rolls $1.25
- $.30 SS 12/7

= $.95 each

Purex Laundry Soap $2.49
- $1 coupon here
= $1.49 each

Meijer Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.79 lb

Select apple varieties $.99 lb

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas at Disneyland 2008

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

$4.10 at Vons!

Confession time...my grocery budget this week is gone...way gone! But, when I saw this deal at Vons I couldn't pass it up! $5.00 off instantly when you buy 5 participating products.

(4) Frosted Flakes .29 each
$1.00 printable ( this is printing 3 times, just hit the back button, then refresh button)

(5) Frosted Mini wheats-.49 each
$1.00 printable (print this off over and over and over! It doesn't expire until 7/1/09)

(1) pop tarts
$.55 cents (doubled to $1.00)- .49

TOTAL -$4.10!!!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Walgreens & CVS 12/7/08 .74 cents profit!

Today's trip was so much fun!!! I hit Walgreens and CVS this morning, both VERY SUCCESSFUL!!!

First up...Walgreens All this for $2.43 + tax ( I used $24.00 in RR from last weeks Reach tooth care deals. I still have $12)

3 toys-13.98 (B2G1 FREE)
bag of bows- .39 each
Palmer chocolates-.39 each
2 baking sodas-.50 each
3 jiffy mixes-.39 each
Reynolds Wrap-.99 each
(2) 4 packs of tape-1.00 each
4 placemats-.39 each
4 holiday pencils-.25 each
1 holiday sticker book-.39
2 disney christmas puzzles-.39 each
1 Christmas snow globe-.39
2 packs of tissue paper-.39 each
6 spools of ribbon-.39 each
16 gift bags- 8/$1
2 Maybelline lip glosses B1G1 free- 5.99
1 Newspaper- 1.50
TOTAL -----------$39.23
Less $24.00 in RR from Reach deal -15.23

Manufactuers Coupons-

(4) $1.00 off Reynolds foil
(1) $1.00 off Scotch Tape
(2) $4.00 off Maybelline Lip Gloss

TOTAL AFTER COUPONS-$2.23 +3.04 tax= 5.27

PLUS... there is a $2.00 Easy Saver rebate on the tape, which brings my OOP to 3.27!

Then I stopped at CVS to get some batteries. I did 3 transactions to take advantage of the (3) $5/2 coupon that I had from last week!

(2) pks of Duracell Batteries
less $5/2
less .75 from last weeks paper


TOTAL OOP .99 with tax!
Earned $5 for next time...woo hoo~!!!!!


CVS -.99

ES rebate +2.00
CVS EB +5.00

PROFIT OF .74 cents

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Chicken Taquitos-$3.05

Tonight's dinner was Oven Baked Chicken Taquitos and Spanish Rice (FREE, from a packet, with a coupon, on sale!) I have to say they were pretty yummy! I really wanted to marinate the chicken in a tequila lime marinade, but decided to skip the liquor due to my pregnancy. I realize that it is said that the liquor burns off, but only after it has simmered for quite a while, and frankly, that amount of time usually dries it out. So I was left with a fairly simple mixture.

1 large chicken breast-1.32
1 lime-.20
handful of cilantro-.06

17 corn tortillas-.56
1/4 cup sour cream-.16
1 cup Mexican blend cheese-.75


Dice chicken and saute in skillet. Once cooked, remove from skillet and shred with 2 forks. Return to pan and add the zest of 1 lime along with the juice. De glaze the bits from bottom of pan. Off the heat, add chopped cilantro and shredded cheese. For a smokey taste, add a little cumin.

Warm corn tortillas for 1 min wrapped in a wet paper towel, under a plate cover if you have one, in the microwave. Then split the tortilla stack in two, flipping each so that the inner layer is now on the outer layer. Warm for an additional 30 seconds.

Fill the tortillas one at a time, keeping the rest wrapped in the towel as you work. Place in a oiled casserole dish. Spray taquitos with cooking spray.

Bake at 400 for approx 15-20 min.


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Menu Plan 11/30/08-12/6/08

This week got a little crazy. I didn't make a normal menu plan, since I knew that we would have an abundance of leftovers to eat. I did however find some really great deals on meat (and surprise, it's not Turkey!) I also went way over my weekly budget to stock up on some chicken breast that was on sale for 1.59/ lb! (I will post more on that later) I'm pretty sure that I have never found it that low, and I know that we will eat it up. I bought 35 lbs of it. This should easily last us a few months, if not more! So here is the plan for this week.

S: Ham, oven roasted potatoes, green beans, bread rolls
M: spaghetti, bread, salad
T: LEFTOVERS- free for all
W: ham, pineapple, sausage, & mushroom pizza, crazy bread, salad
TH: Oven turkey taquitos
F: Turkey & Rice soup, homemade french bread
S: Chicken Rolls N Rice Casserole, bread, salad

Shopping list:

carry over 13.46 from last weeks trip
Corn Tortillas: .99 ( on sale)
2 bags lettuce: 1.38 (.69 cents each on sale)

unplanned expenses:
9 lbs ground chicken-$8.91
13 lbs sage sausage-$7.67
35 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast-$55.65
4 tubs of pretzels-.28 cents!


I have split the chicken into 1 lb packages. With an average of 2 chicken dinners a week, this investment will cost me $3.18 a week. To re balance my food budget, I will try to stay under budget by $3.18 each week, and try to keep my chicken use to 2 lbs a week. At this rate, we will be good on chicken for a little over 4 months!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Super Savings Saturday-VONS

I got some really great deals this morning! First I stopped at CVS where I found huge canisters of pretzels on clearance for .57 cents a piece! But wait, there's more... On black Friday I scanned my CVS card and recieved a $1.00 off coupon on any Gold Emblem snack. I scanned my card again today, and got the same coupon. Final cost....07 cents a piece! I bought 4, but my mom snagged one.

What will I do with all these pretzels you ask? Well, chocolate covered pretzels, of course!

Next, I went to Vons to grab a sales circular...they were out. I was hoping to find some turkey on clearance. I walked back to the meat section to see what I could find. Instead I found 1 lb packages of ground chicken for .99 each. I looked a little further and found sage sausage for .59 cents each! To top it off, 3 of the sausage rolls had a peelie for FREE Jimmy Dean sausage links or patties! Sadly, my store doesn't sell these, but you better believe that I will be cashing in on these as soon as I find a store that does! The coupon expires on 3/31/09, so I have some time.

So, all in all, here is what I spent...

(4) tubs of pretzels-.07 each=.28 cents
(13)1 lb rolls of sage sausage-.59 each=$7.67
(9) 1 lb packages of Ground Chicken .99 cents each= $8.91
(3) coupons for FREE Jimmy Dean links or patties

TOTAL = $16.86 for 22 lbs of meat!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thankgiving for under $15.00

Thanksgiving is always special to me. It is a time for friends and family to get together, and enjoy great conversation. But what if your budget is really, really tight? Can you still have a great supper, on a tiny budget?

Though this is not the menu that I have prepared this year, I did use the prices that I paid to come up with this ultra thrifty, tasty, and very filling meal.

Turkey, brined in a basic salt solution- $3.90 (yes, I really did get my 16 lb bird for 3.90!)

Stuffing (stove top)-.99

mashed potatoes (2lbs), butter, sour cream-.98

gravy made from drippings- pennies

green bean casserole, cream of mushroom, french fried onions-1.05

pillsbury bread rolls-.99

corn chowder- 1.75

No Bake cheese cake-2.25



Considering that you would have leftovers for a week at least, this is probably less than you spend on your weekly grocery budget!


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Week 21

Well, this week our little angel decided to make her presents known. It seem like overnight I started to show a little more obviously. Here I am at week 21. Only 19 weeks to go until we see this precious little girl!

Monday, November 24, 2008

CVS 11/23-11/29 PROFIT $11.23

Here are the deals I cashed in on this week at CVS. The AmEx deal took a little creative financing, but I was a great money maker!
I used this weeks gas and grocery budget to purchase the cards, since I didn't have 75.00 laying around. Then I will use the cards in place of cash. Here is how the deal works.
Buy 3 AmEx card ( buy the $25.00 ones to make a profit) and get $10.00 ECB + a $15.00 gas card! There is a $3.95 activation fee for each card, but even still, you make a profit of $13.15!
I also bought some more batteries. My CVS still has the $5/2 tear pads on the display, so I bought 8 packs ( in 4 transactions) Each pack cost .53 each!
Last, the contact solution was free after ECB. I had a 2.00 coupon, so this is a moneymaker.
Here is the breakdown of today's trip, in 4 transactions ( 2 different stores)
(3) 25.00 giftcards
(3) 3.95 activation fee
(8) 2 pks sz C & D batteries
(1) Complete contact solution & case
TOTAL -119.76
used-8.49 in ECB's
used (4) $5/2 coupons
used (1) $2 off contact solution coupon (just click the link on the bottom of the page)
AmEx cards-75.00
Gas Card-15.00
Total Earned-19.72 less 8.49 rolled ECBS=
PROFIT $11.23!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

11/22/08 shopping trip $46.02

I am so excited about this weeks shopping trip! I have been putting aside any extra money left in my weekly budget for Thanksgiving, and had 12.56 to add to my regular 20.00 budget for this week. I did all of my shopping at Walmart, and price matched several good deals from some local stores.

The highlight of my trip was the 16 lb turkey. Walmart's sale price was $17.07 ( if you would consider that a sale!) I price matched it to Von's ad, and got it down to 4.90. But wait, there's more! I found a $1.00 off coupon at smartsource.com last week which made it 3.90!!!

  • Canola Oil-2.98
  • Salad Dressing-2.84
  • Chopped dried onion-.50
  • (2) canned corn-1.00
  • cheeze whiz-2.28
  • turkey baster-1.97
  • (5) goody hairties-10.60
  • goody head band-2.56
  • 1.97 lb apples-1.97
  • 3 lbs yellow onion-1.50
  • (2) Green Valley Steamers-2.16
  • Tortillas-1.73
  • Graham Cracker Crust-1.00
  • walnuts-1.06
  • (2) lemon lime soda-1.54 w/ CRV


  • (2) 2 lb bag carrots-5.00 albertsons
  • (2) chicken broth-.88 albertsons
  • (2) 10 lb bag potatoes-2.98 vallarta
  • celery-.50 ralphs
  • (2) bread rolls-3.98 ralphs
  • Claim Jumper Dutch Apple Pie-3.99 ralphs
  • Claim Jumper Pumpkin Pie-3.99 ralphs
  • 16 lb Honeysuckle White turkey-4.90 vons


  • (6) 2.00 ouchless hairties
  • .25 off crust
  • (2)1.00 off pillsbury rolls ( a peelie from a Progresso Soup can)
  • (2)1.00 off Green Valley Steamer from 11/15 insert ( Smart Source I think)
  • 1.00 off Honeysuckle White turkey (from smartsource e-mail)


  • Total-$88.93 w/ tax
  • less Price matching-25.66
  • less coupons-17.25
  • TOTAL OOP $46.02

So all in all, I did go over budget by $13.46, but I expect leftovers to take us well into next week, so we will likely save some money on next weeks budget. Also, with 20 lbs of potatoes, we will be busy for quite a while!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thanksgiving on a shoestring

I have been putting any extra money in our grocery budget aside for Turkey Day. I have 12.56 to add to my weekly 20.00 budget....so 32.56 for this week. Leftover Turkey and sides will last us at least a week, so I assuming that I will be able to borrow some from next week if I need to.

Turkey- 4.88/16 lbs ( I make the same brine every year, so I still have some of the more rare ingredients from last year) , .50 onion, .25 apple, 1.99 vegetable broth, 1.50 fresh rosemary, 1.50 fresh sage. 10.62
Watch this video for cooking tips
Or this video for brining tips

Stuffing- 1.50 Mrs. Cubison's, .20 celery, 2.00 sausage, .25 apple-3.95

Mashed Potatoes- .30 2 lbs potatoes, .36 butter, .25 sour cream, .25 cream cheese-1.16

Green Bean Casserole- 1.00 beans, .60 cream of mushroom soup, 1.50 Secret ingredient (sorry)-3.10

Candied sweet potatoes- .76 2 lbs sweet potatoes, .15 brown sugar, .18 butter, .12 marshmallows- 1.21

Corn Chowder-See link for cost breakdown, for thanksgiving I half the recipe- 1.92

Rolls- store bought Pillsbury -.99

Salad- 2.50 salad greens, .50 mandarin oranges, .25 dried cranberries, .50 walnuts, .42 1/4 bottle of Kraft creamy poppyseed dressing. -4.17

Sara Lee Dutch Apple Pie 2.50

The total comes out to 29.62, however, I have most of these ingredients on hand from stock piles and such. Using my stock pile, I can make this dinner for $19.28, with lots of leftover turkey! I am so excited to start cooking! There is only 5 of us eating a 16 lb turkey! We will have Turkey coming out of our eyeballs by the end of the week!

Free 20-oz Dr. Pepper Sunday

Quoted from Rolling Stones

Finally, after over a decade of false starts, we will finally get what we’ve all been waiting for: a free bottle of Dr. Pepper. With yesterday’s official confirmation that Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy is really happening, the makers of Dr. Pepper announced their plan to make good on their promise to provide everyone with free soda. “We never thought this day would come,” said Dr. Pepper vice president of marketing Tony Jacobs, “but now that it’s here all we can say is: The Dr Pepper’s on us.” Starting November 23rd, the day Chinese Democracy hits Best Buy, you can head over to the Dr. Pepper website and register your information to receive a coupon which can be redeemed for a free 20-ounce pop. However, any dreams you fostered about drinking your free Dr. Pepper while headbanging to Democracy will have to wait four-to-six weeks, the estimated delivery time to get your coupon in the mail. Still, what’s four-to-six weeks when we’ve already waited fourteen years?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

CVS...I'm not done with you!

I couldn't resist more free air freshners, so I went back to CVS last night. Here is what I got!
7 glade oil refills w/ free warmer 2.99 ea=20.93
1 glade plugin fan 7.99
1 crest pro health 3.49
3 BOGO FREE oil refill coupons (2 from website, 1 from recent insert)
1 BO refill GO FREE Plugin Fan coupon( from recent insert)
15.00 ECB from battery deal this week
TOTAL AFTER COUPONS= .45 cents plus tax
Recieved 13.49 in ECB's
note: the ECB deal for the glade is $5 for every $10 you spend. In this transaction I spent 28.92 on glade before coupons. I must have messed up the math a little while I was shopping. I will be going back today to reach 30.00 so that I can earn my last 5.00 ECB which will bring my total ECB earned to $18.49.

Monday, November 17, 2008

CVS Deals 11/16

Trans #1
4 glade glass scents-10.00
2 crest pro health-6.98

2 B1G1 Glade
1.00 Crest Pro Health

Total OOP 10.98
Earned 11.98 in ECB's

Trans #2
Loreal Moisturizer-15.99

1.00 off

Used 11.98 from above
Earned 15.99 in ECB's

Trans #3
4 duracell batteries-23.96

(4) .75 off

Total 20.96
Used 15.99 ECB from above
OOP 4.97
Earned 15.00 in ECB's


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Menu Plan 11/16/08-11/22/08

S: Leftovers
M:Pizza, Crazy Bread
T:Salibury Steak, Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans
W:Spaghetti w/ meatballs, Homemade French bread
Th: Stuffed cabbage rolls, Garlic bread
F: Leftovers
S:Beef Fajitas, spanish rice, tortilla chips

Grocery List:

Tomato Paste-.38


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Walgreens Diaper Deal!

During last weeks diaper deal, many of my local store were out of stock. I asked for a rain check, and prayed that a 5/20 would show up. I was estatic when one showed up in my mail box!!! Our little is going to be well set on diapers...I just hope that she is not allergic! So here is what I did.

(8)Diapers-4.50 each

(8) 2.00 pharmacy Q

(1) $5/$20 Coupon

TOTAL OOP $15.00 or 1.87 each! ( Great Deal on its own)

W Card reward-3.60

Gift Card 10% Reward-2.00


Friday, November 14, 2008

Free Earthquake Kit

The California Earthquake Authority is offering a free earthquake kit HERE. Thanks Mom for the tip!

The Earthquake Preparedness Starter Kits, available in both English and Spanish, contain QuakeHold! putty to secure your valuables, a furniture strap, a gas valve shut-off wrench and preparedness information that will help you and your family plan for an earthquake. Limit is one per household.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


WooHoo! Walgreens has released a new $5/20 coupon good for 11/14-11/15! If any of you recieved rainchecks last week, now is a great time to cash them in!

Monday, November 10, 2008

$20.00 Menu Plan 11/9-11/15

S: Breakfast for dinner- eggs, pancakes, cereal, OJ etc.
M:Burgers, Fries,
T:Meatball Subs, onion rings
W:Lasagna, bread, salad
Th: Pizza, bread, salad
S: Chicken Rolls N Rice , bread, salad

Grocery List:

3 roma tomatoes-1.00 actual-.95 for 4
1 salad tomato-1.00 actual-.67
4 lbs bananas-1.79 actual-1.00 for 1 lb (price matched at Walmart)
Fruit on sale-3.00 actual-1.08 6 apples (price matched at Walmart)
actual-2.70 10 oranges (price matched at Walmart)
4 slices provolone-2.00 actual-.60 at Walmart Deli counter
28 oz can crushed tomato-1.00 actual-.94
Mozz Cheese-3.00 actual-4.42
cottage cheese-1.50 actual-1.57
spaghetti sauce seasoning packet-1.00 actual-.68
french fried onion-1.00 actual-.98

Addl Purchases-
2 Nestle Cocoa-1.00 w/ coupon FOR 2
2 Idahoan Potatoes FREE w/coupon
2 cans evaporated Milk .96 w/coupon FOR 2
2 cans Progresso Soup-.80 w/ coupon FOR 2
4 16 pcs. ouchless hairties-.48 w/ coupon FOR 4
3.26 lbs cabbage head-.33 (price matched at Walmart)



Saturday, November 8, 2008

Huggies Size 1-2 .05 per diaper! *EXPIRED*

I found this today at baby cheapskate. This is a great deal if you are unsure about store brand or missed out on the diaper deal that ends today.

At Amazon.com you can purchase a box of 264 size 1-2 diapers for 17.65. To get the most out of this deal, you should buy 2 boxes. Cookie Magazine is offering a $15.00 rebate on a $25.00 purchase. Looks to me like their is a Limit of one rebate per person. This would make each box $10.15. Shipping cost 6.95 total, so...

2 boxes=35.30

S&H =6.95


TOTAL $27.25

$27.25/528 diapers= .05 cents per diaper!!! SHIPPED TO YOUR DOOR!!!
If you have already used this rebate, or you want to stock up on more than 2 boxes, the additional boxes would come out to .08 cents a diaper. This is still a fantastic price. I would clear out a store shelf if I found Huggies at that price. Regular price for this size is about .20 cents per diaper, and even Costco Brand is about .16 per diaper. So even without the rebate, this is unbeatable!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Walgreens Diaper Deals!!!

I caught onto this deal a little late, but luckily, my Walgreens was still fully stocked! We have been collecting diapers since we discovered we were expecting. We have quite the stockpile so far.

Here's the deal...
Store sale is BOGO-8.99 ( this alone is a great deal) , but see that brochure in the middle of my picture? You can pick this up at the Phamacy counter. In it is a coupon for $2.00 off Walgreens brand diapers. The register at check out automatically takes 2.00 off of each package. This bring the total to 4.99 for 2 PACKAGES! If you have the W Card (see below) you could save an additional .45 cents for each package. Which brings your total to $2.05 each.

I have one other discount up my sleeve, for all of you die hards. The W card also gives 10% back on Walgreens Gift cards. I will use the gift card to buy the diapers. I got a few rainchecks, which will yield $ 19.96 in diapers (8 packages) less 3.60 (.45 per pack with the W card) and 2.00(from purchasing a gift card), plus a $5/20 coupon. (throw in a pencil or something for a filler) This makes a potential price per package....1.17!!!

I didn't try to purchase these all in one transaction. Instead I bought 2 at a time ( for a total of 4 transactions) I just stop into the store when I am in the neighborhood. Also, Walgreens lets you keep the coupon, so be sure to ask the cashier for it back after your transaction. The store just throws these store coupons away anyways. And keep it around....it doesn't expire for a while. Maybe another good deal will come up.

For any of you veterans out there...do you recognize this sticker? It was on some of the packages. I was hoping to bring the price down to 6.99 before the coupon, but the cashier said no. Was she right?

Edit: I went back last night and bought 4 packages in one transaction, and the deal worked just fine. So...Stock up!!! Also, I learned more about the W card here. It was a 20.00 investment, but I have already doubled that with just the diaper deals and the pruchase of a gift card ( I went back to the store...I also have several rain checks that I will combine with a $5/$20 if one comes out.)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Southwestern Corn Chowder

OK, so I wouldn't count this as a shoestring recipe( total cost is about $6.00 for a large pot), but it is OH SO GOOD! It has rained here for days, and it was so comforting to sit down in my jammies eating a bread bowl filled with this yummy chowder.

The recipe is from the Food Network. I have also added it to my Thanksgiving menu. It is perfect to keep in a crock pot. I have made it for the last 2 years, and it is a major hit! It is the kind of dish that just gets better as it sits, so it is perfect to nosh on all day long. Dip some sourdough bread into it, and it is culinary heaven!

This time around, I took a shortcut, and used canned fire roasted tomatoes, instead of roasting the Roma's. It is an OK substitute, but admittedly, the fresh tomatoes do taste a little better.

It was killing me that I couldn't make this a shoestring recipe, so I went on the hunt! Here is what I came up with...
2 pounds frozen corn kernels, thawed, and drizzled with olive oil -1.00
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
10 Roma tomatoes, rubbed with olive oil -2 cans fire-roasted instead from Walmart-.92 (use this $1/2 printable coupon)
1 medium red pepper, rubbed with olive oil -skip this...it is just a garnish
2 tablespoons butter -.18
1/4 small yellow onion, diced -.15
3 garlic cloves, sliced -pennies
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour pennies
3 cups chicken stock -powdered bouillon -.10
2 cups half-and-half -1.50
1 1/2 cups corn tortilla
chips, chopped -pennies
Cumin -pennies
Chili powder pennies
1 medium avocado, small diced, for garnish-skip this, I don't like avocado

Monday, November 3, 2008

Pastor John MacArthur downloads FREE!

This is hands down the second most valuable freebie you will ever get! (second to Jesus on the cross)

Grace to You has announced that as of tomorrow, Nov. 5, 2008, all of Pastor John MacArthur's sermon archives will now be avaliable FREE OF CHARGE for download!!! This is not a one day deal, but instead, from now on! What a blessing this beloved pastors over 40 years of teaching of God's truth will be to us! I love to listen to this sermons while working around the house. I can't wait to sift through all of these archives.

If you have never heard of John MacArthur, I would highly reccommend him. His sermons are truly life changing. He doesn't beat aroung the bush when it comes to God's work, but instead preaches God's truth with boldness.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

11/2/08-11/8/08 menu plan

S: Cream of Mushroom Pork Chops, skillet potatoes, rice I bought enough pork to feed us for 3 dinners, so I froze the leftover pork in cream sauce for another 2 dinners.
M: Tacos, rice, chips
T: Goulash, homemade french bread, salad
W: Sweet n sour chicken, rice , potstickers
Th: Pizza, bread sticks, salad
S: Somen salad, potstickers

Grocery List:
pork chops (1.67/lb on sale)-4.86 lbs for $8.12
chicken ( 1.97/lb on sale)-3.20 lbs for $6.32
2 large potatoes- 2.06
Green Leaf Lettuce-1.99
red pepper-.79
tomato paste-.50 -.69

this is a little over budget, but I have some surplus that will cover it. Also, the pork actually made 3 meals, so this is actually a stockpile! Also, the chicken should last at least 2 weeks.
Actual to date-21.68

Monday, October 27, 2008

10/26/08-10/31/08 menu plan

Oops! looks like this week is a little late.

S: Hot turkey sandwiches w/ mashed potatoes and gravy
M:Hamburgers, fries, Corn on the cob (thank you Omaha Steaks!)
T: Spaghetti, bread, salad
W: BBQ chicken, corn, tater tots or Angus all beef Hot Dogs instead of chicken
Th:Pizza, bread, salad
S:Beef N Broccoli, steamed rice, potstickers ( this got bumped last week!)

Grocery List:

Buns (hamburger & hot dog) 6.00
lettuce 1.79
tomato 2.00
tater tots 2.00
broccoli 3.00

Approx cost-14.79

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ground Beef .36 CENTS/pound!!!!! *EDITED*

OK, this has got to be the DEAL OF A CENTURY!!! I am so excited! I just bought 5 1/2 pounds of hamburger for a measly $1.98....DELIVERED! I really can't believe it!

I found out about this deal here.

It is not extremely difficult, but admittedly could be a little easier.

1) go to Geico and register for FREE up in the top right corner (where it says "register to save with Omaha Steaks" , no strings attached, no policy required. You will recieve an e-mail within a few hours with a code for a $25.00 gift certificate.

Note: when you recieve your comfirmation e-mail, be sure to be logged into Geico in another
screen with your username and password BEFORE you click on the email link. This will get you your gift card code. It is pretty long, so copy it carefully!
2) to sweeten the deal, go here to recieve a free bonus gift of (12) 4 oz burgers. You should get an email on this immediately.
3) using the email link from step 2, go shopping
another note:for some reason, when I clicked the email link it wouldn't take me to shop, so I just put a request for my password, and the password confirmation email gave me a direct link to where I needed to go
4) once shopping, click on burgers/brats on the right column, then click burgers, then scroll down to add (8) 5 oz burgers 12.99 to your cart
5) now you are ready to check out. Add you gift card code, then click APPLY. Your free burgers should already be chosen in the box underneath this where it says "bonus gift" After clicking APPLY, you should have saw your total go down to $1.98.
6) Now you can finalize you payment!

Enjoy your burgers!

One last afterthought... I tried to register with Geico using my SBC Global email account, and never recieved my 25.00 certificate, so I tried to register using my G-Mail account, and had no problems. If you don't have a G-mail account, you can set one up for free HERE.

Sadly, Omaha Steaks has decided to modify this promotion as of this morning ( 10/22/08), and the 1.98 is no longer avaliable. You can still get the gift card, but there is a minimum purchase requirement. :(

Monday, October 20, 2008

Menu Plan 10/19/08-10/25/08

Last weeks menu didn't exactly go as planned. We moved just about everything around, and skipped pot roast all together. This actually worked out pretty well, because Sunday night was a busy night, and Pot Roast was a perfect solution! I think that I will be switching Sunday's to Crock Pot night, move pizza to Thursday's, and leftovers to Friday's.

S:Pot Roast, root veggies, bread
M: enchiladas, spanish rice
T: BBQ chicken, corn, mashed potatoes
W:Goulash, bread, salad
Th: pizza, bread, salad
F: Leftovers
S: Beef N Broccoli, steamed rice, potstickers

Grocery List-

enchilada sauce?-.99 actual-NOTHING I found a recipe in the Betty Crocker cookbook, and made it from scratch!
1 lb. pasta-.69 actual-1.92 for 2 lbs
salad-.79 FREE-I have some left over from last week
beef n broccoli sauce-.99 actual-2.00 ( I bought 2)
brown onion -.50 actual .83
Mayan Onion- 1.00 actual 1.30
Red onion-.50 actual -.61
tomato x 2-1.00 actual-4 vine ripe for 1.79
eggs 18 ct-1.99 actual-1.99
milk-2.69 actual-2.69

ballpark angus beef franks-1.79
french bread-.60
5.5 lbs hamburger-1.98

Spent to date-18.00

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

It's a GIRL!

OK, so I am still working on the video, but here are some really grainy pics from the ultrasound!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Menu Plan 10/12-10/18/08

S: Banquet Select Frozen Dinners ( I heard these aren't too bad, so we are going to give it a shot)
M:Burgers, fries, corn
T:? some kind of casserole or something to use up the buns (we skipped fajitas from last weeks menu because we ran out of tortillas. I used the chicken, bell pepper, and onion from that and added a can of pineapple and sweet n sour sauce to it to make sweet n sour chicken.
W:Spaghetti, homemade french bread, salad
Th: Leftovers
F: chicken, green beans, salad, bread
S: pot roast

Projected grocery list-

Salad-1.29 actual-1.79
buns-2.39 actual-.99
3-4 tomatoes- 1.32 actual-1.64
2-3 potatoes-1.50 actual-2.57
eggs-1.49 skipped.. we are still good from last week.
oatmeal-6.59 (costco) actual 6.59

unplanned- sweet n sour sauce 1.25
canned pineapple chunks-1.25

Total Spent-$16.08

Tuesday turned into sweet n sour chicken. It was so delicious. We had a lot of leftovers, and only needed half of the bell pepper and onion. ( I don't make this very often, but will need to make a mental note that it is cheap, quick, and easy, and likely freezes well) These will get used up on pizza on Sunday.

Friday, October 10, 2008

When did stealing become LEGAL?!?!

OK, so maybe not totally free.... but really really close.

I recieved an Email today with a ton of coupons for cleaning products. I matched these with some current Walgreens sales...and voila!

  • Pledge 2.49 x 2
  • coupon 2.00 x2
  • fantastik 2.50
  • coupon 1.50
  • windex 2.50
  • coupon 2.00
  • shout 2.50 x 2
  • coupon 1.50
  • Scrubbing bubbles automatic shower cleaner 19.99
  • coupon 10.00
  • Shredded cheese 1.50

Total before sale-53.72

After sale price -38.47

after coupons-17.97

after rebates-1.97 (basically just the cost of the cheese!)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

How do I menu plan?

I have had a few question lately on how I make a plan for my weekly menu. It is actually really simple.

For breakfast I rotate 3 choices...

eggs, toast, OJ
Pancakes, fruit

The hubby really likes Oatmeal, so sometimes he eats this on his own.

For lunch I pack lunches for work and school on m-f, so it is usually basically the same. On Sat and Sun we usually eat leftovers.

Sandwich-pb&j or lunch meat
fruit or veggie
snack like popcorn, chips, pretzels, or cookies

For dinner, I plan a theme for each night

Sunday is Pizza Night
Monday is Hamburger- usually tacos
Tuesday is Chicken Casserole, however sometimes in the winter or when money is really tight we eat soup and bread
Wednesday is pasta- the family loves spaghetti, and would gladly eat this every night of the week. I also rotate this with Lasagna or Goulash
Thursday is leftovers
Friday is chicken-usually a more traditional dinner with veggies, salad and bread rolls
Saturday is Beef- but not usually an all steak dinner. I try to make dishes that will stretch the meat like beef n broccoli, or fajitas. Both of these could easily get by with just one steak.

Lastly, with these guideline in place, I try to make at least one meal a little more special than the norm. I usually pull this off on Friday or Saturday. Like chicken picatta on chicken night or steak and baked potatoes or pot roast on beef night. I find that when I do that, it kinda satisfies the craving I get to eat out.

Having a basic plan in place is so helpful in keeping a variety. I love to break out the cookbook, and see what new recipe I can add to our repertoire. I also have started getting my 8 year old involved in the planning. She always feels so proud that she got to help plan dinner, and I am teaching her homemaking skill in the process!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Weekly Menu 10/5-10/11/08

My basic breakfast and lunch menu stays the same every week, which you can see here... so here is my dinner plan for this week.

S: Pizza, salad, crazy bread
M: Sloppy Joe's, haystacks
T: Chicken Rolls N Rice , salad, french bread
W: Lasagna, french bread, salad (this was skipped last week, so I still have the fixins for it handy)
F: Chicken Picatta, rice ( this was a huge hit last week! I use Trader Joe's picatta simmer sauce. 1 jar can last for 2 dinners, and the jar was $3.99.)
S: Chicken Fajitas, rice, chips

Projected Grocery List

eggs-1.49 actual -1.42
milk-3.19 actual -3.15
butter-2.79 actual-1.16
cream of mushroom soup-.50 actual -.58
fried onion-1.28 actual-.98
buns-2.79 actual-1.22
tortilla chips(I never got around to this last week)-3.19 actual-3.09
bananas-1.79 actual-1.76
green pepper-.99 actual -.50
onion-.50 actual -1.19
fruit-2.27 lbs apples-$2.25
2.06 red grapes-$1.81
( the price on these fruits were to good to pass up this week. Fruit is an important part of our diet, so I am willing to spend a little in this category.)

unplanned -flour-1.94
Frozen seasoned French Fries-2.16
Devil's food cake-.88
baking Cocoa-2.38
cool whip-.78
mozzarella cheese-2.50 ( I realized , at the last minute, that the cheese I had was spoiled! What a waste)
approx TOTAL-$19.80
Spent to date-$29.78
If I get any extra money I will buy OJ, olive oil, sugar, and Rice Krispies.

Looks like this week I will be a little over, however, I still have some money left over from last week to cover it. Also, it was my unplanned purchases that put me over. These items are not needed to complete this weeks menu plan, they are just pure moments of weakness!

September cashcrate

So, I haven't received a check yet from cash crate, but for September I earned about 30.00! I started on the 23rd, so I earned this in 7 days.

My original plan was to spend 1 hour per day on cash crate, but life got in the way...mostly morning sickness! I would say that I spent a total of 3 1/2 hours on cash crate. Most of this time was just learning the system! Also, I haven't devoted any time into trial offers (which pay significantly more), only the 100% free offers. I plan to try some of these offers in October, so I will let you know how these turn out. Most of the offers I completed were 30-40 cent offers, so you can see how they really start to add up.

In October, I haven't spent any time on cashcrate, but have already earned 7.00 from referrals. I am clueless on how this referral program works...but I am so grateful for it! So thank you to any readers out these who signed up under me. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

9/28-10/4 weekly menu

My plan this week is...

Sun: B-eggs, toast, OJ
D-Calzones, breadsticks, salad

L-Sandwich, fruit/veggie, snack, juice
D-Baked BBQ chicken, Baked beans, corn, coleslaw

Tues:B-Eggs, toast, OJ
L-Sandwich, fruit/veggie, snack, juice
D-Black bean & corn Tacos, rice, tortilla chips

Wed B-Pancakes, fruit
L-Sandwich, fruit/veggie, snack, juice
D-Meatless Lasagna, salad, bread

L-Sandwich, fruit/veggie, snack, juice

Fri: B-eggs, toast, OJ
L-Sandwich, fruit/veggie, snack, juice
D-Chicken Picatta, Lemon Pasta, French Bread

Sat: B-Pancakes, fruit
D- Beef N Broccoli, rice, potstickers (we skipped this last week, because I saw that broccoli was going on sale this week)

Projected Grocery list-
10 bananas-1.79 some left from last week $0.00
apples- 2.00 some left from last week $0.00
2 lbs broccoli- approx 1.38 actual 1.09
2 roma tomatoes-approx .60 actual .76
Bag of salad -1.29 actual-1.29
shredded cabbage-1.00 on sale actual 1.09
Tortilla Chips-3.19 (costco, last more than a month)
cottage cheese-approx 2.00 actual 2.49
1 lemon-.99 actual 1.29

cereal ...the craving won!-3.49
4 Peaches-1.80
TOTAL -$14.24
Spent to date-$13.21

My favorite French Bread recipe

1 cup warm water -Free
2 1/2 tsp dry yeast-.01
2 1/2-3 cups bread flour-.20
1 tsp salt-.01
1 Tbsp oil-.05

Total Cost .27 cents makes 2 loaves

combine water, yeast, salt, and 1 cup flour. Mix, and allow to rest about 5 min (it will start to bubble)

In your bread mixer, slowly add remaining flour with mixer running.

Let rise for 40 min in an oiled bowl, covered.

Punch down, and form 2 long thin loaves. Place on baking sheet and let rise an additional 15 min, until doubled.

Bake at 400 for 25 min.

We usually only eat one loaf, and freeze the other for later in the week. Spread butter on it, and sprinkle a little garlic salt on it for the perfect garlic bread!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

EUREKA! Little Ceasar's Crazy Bread

I have been craving Crazy Bread for 2 whole days, but with the budget so tight these days, I felt guilty spending 3.49 on an order from my local Little Ceasars. So I set out to make my own at home....and boy am I glad! This turned out so good!!!
I made regular pizza dough (.23), and after I spread it into the pan, I let it rise for about 1/2 hour, then baked at 425 for about 7 min.
Then I took 2 Tbsp (.17) of melted butter, and added 2 tsp of garlic salt. ( like a lot of garlic) Once the bread was out, I coated it with all of the butter mixture, then topped it with parm cheese(.28).
The sauce is from Trader Joe's. I put 1/2 cup(.50) into a dish, and added a pinch of thyme and marjoram. Microwave for about 20 seconds, and Viola!
I think that next time I make it, I will add only half the butter to the bread, then add the parm, then the remaining butter on top of that.
Approx Cost... 1.18

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Is Cashcrate for real?

In light of our recent financial drawback, I decided to search a little outside the box for some money making vantures. I heard about Cashcrate months ago, but never gave it any serious thought.

Well, last night I gave it a shot. I made over 20.00 in about 1 1/2 hour. Alot of this time was trying to figure out the system. I have seen many reports that the company is legitimate, and that it pays promptly. For this reason, I have commited myself to devoting about an hour a day to cashcrate to see how far I can get. Cashcrate pays out on the 20th of each month, so I won't receive a check for several weeks, but I will be sure to keep posting my progress.

Friday, September 19, 2008

$20.00 Grocery Challenge

We have decided that we need to cut back. With Christmas right around the corner, and a baby on the way, we need all the extra money we can get.

Is it still considered a challenge if I am challenging myself? Well, for the next few months, I have purposed to get my grocery bill down....way down. The challenge? $20 a week! This seems impossible, even to me, but I am going to put all of my effort into it. Luckily, we have quite a stockpile going.

At 20.00 a week, my goal is to spend 3.33 a day (6 days) to feed our family of 3, with the 7th day designated to leftovers. My weekly shopping goal will be to spend 1/4 of my budget on each food category...meats, fruits/veggies, dairy, and grains.

I currently have some chicken, ground beef, a little salmon, and some steaks in the freezer, so I think we are good on meat for a few weeks. So, any unspent money will roll over into the next week. I am hoping that my stockpiles will allow me to roll over enough money to have a good Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner (which is my favorite time of year to cook!)

My plan this week is...

Sun: B-eggs, toast, OJ
D-Pizza, breadsticks, salad

L-Sandwich, fruit/veggie, snack, juice
D-Quesadillas, rice, chips

Tues:B-Eggs, toast, OJ
L-Sandwich, fruit/veggie, snack, juice
D-Corn Chowder, Bread

Wed B-Pancakes, fruit
L-Sandwich, fruit/veggie, snack, juice
D-Spaghetti, salad, bread

L-Sandwich, fruit/veggie, snack, juice

Fri: B-eggs, toast, OJ
L-Sandwich, fruit/veggie, snack, juice
D-Baked Chicken, veggies, mashed potatoes, bread

Sat: B-Pancakes, fruit
D- Beef N Broccoli, rice, maybe egg rolls

Projected Grocery list-

1 gal milk-3.18
10 bananas-1.79
broccoli- approx 2.50
10 roma tomatoes-approx 2.50
1 red pepper-.99

TOTAL 10.97

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Thank you to my best friend Michelle who tipped me off to this... Coldstones is offering free ice cream on Sept 25 from 5-8 pm in honor of the Make a Wish Foundation.

For more info, and participating locations, go here

Friday, August 22, 2008


SATURDAY ONLY! This is such a great deal. I love Old Navy, and it is just in time for back to school!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Cherry Skillet chicken w/ rice dinner $1.71

Tonight I tried a recipe from my new favorite cookbook, Fix, Freeze, Feast. This book focus' on buying in bulk, and splitting it up to get the best value. It is PREP ahead...not cook ahead(OAMC is just not for me) just like Dream Dinner, which is why I love it so much.

OK, so here is tonight's dinner...sorry, no pictures:(

Cherry Chicken- $1.36(for 2)

2 chicken breast-1.14
1/2 cup dried cherries- .16
1/2 cup chicken broth- pennies (I used 1/2 tsp chicken bouillon granules)
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar-.03
1 tsp sugar- pennies
1/4 tsp salt- pennies

Homemade Chicken Rice a Roni- .35 cents (for 2 with lots of leftovers)

Spaghetti noodles- .05
dried onion- .06
garlic powder-.01
dried parsley-.01
bouillon granules-.05

Add a salad and some bread rolls! Yummmm!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Disneyland 2008

We visited Disneyland and California Adventure this week. I was wonderful. Monday and Tuesday were a little crowded, but Wednesday was perfect!
We visited Disneyland on Monday. We watched Fantasmic at night, and rode many rides. It was so much fun.
On Tuesday we hopped over to California Adventure. We hoped to ride the new Toy Story ride, but it was broken down. Azriel braved the Hollywood tower of terror. I couldn't believe that she wanted to ride it. She is such a risk taker. SHE LOVED IT. We could have spent the whole day at that ride alone and she would have been happy.
Wednesday we were more familiar with the lay of the land, so we hopped between both parks. I totally recommend Soarin California. It is the most breathtaking ride I have ever seen.
OK, so true to my blog, how did I do it...on a shoestring.
TICKETS: Well, first, I bought a 3 day park hopper for 99.00 each. Ok this is a little steep, but in fairness, I had 45 days to use up the days. (meaning that I didn't have to go 3 days in a row, I could have spread them out) So the tickets to the happiest place on earth were 33.00 a day each.
FOOD: Disneyland will allow you to bring food into the park as long as its not like a mondo sized cooler. We froze sandwiches (mayo doesn't freeze well, so use miracle whip instead), juice boxes, and water for lunch and dinner. We also brought fruit, trail mix, granola bars, chips etc to snack on during the day. If you have a lot of food, you can rent a locker in or out of the park for $7 a day. (this is an all day fee, so you can go in and out of it as much as you need) They also have a picnic area if you wish. One day we left our food in a cooler in the car instead of renting the locker. It was not that inconvenient, and it gave us a little break in the middle of the day.
(tip...if you want something hot for lunch or dinner, try hot dogs. Just cook them ahead of time, then stick them in a hot thermos to keep hot all day. If you boil your hot dogs, you could even add some of the hot water to the thermos)
PARKING: this is 12.00 a day. I have heard rumors that you can park in the Pumbaa Lot for free, but that it is not opened up until the main lot is full. I haven't tested this out yet. I have also been told that you can hop on one of the nearby Disney resort shuttles, and not pay for parking at all, but I was a little leery of being so adventurous with my 8 year old in tow past midnight when we were set to leave. So I decided to just pay the parking.
To keep cool, we purchased a spray bottle at the 99 cent store to fill up with water, and spray us down when we got to hot.

The only thing that was bought at Disneyland was a cup of coffee. We stayed until midnight, and then drove 1 hour home. I found out the 1st night that Starbucks is closed at that time. I did some research, and found out that if you buy coffee at the Main Street Market House, you can get free refills all day, just save your receipt. The park allows guest into Main street about 1/2 hour before that park opens. Get your first cup then. Then get a 2nd cup just before Fantasmic, or the Fireworks,and enjoy it while you are waiting for the show. Get your last cup before you leave the park. The cost for the coffee is 2.79. I you get 3 cups, thats 93 cents per cup. Not bad.
So really, our trip for 2 to Disneyland cost 78.00 a day, plus gas money (about 15.00)
Well worth the priceless memories that we will hold onto forever!
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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Dance Festival

Grandpa Ray has put in a special request for some pictures. This picture is from Friday at Azriel's school. The entire school held its annual Dance Festival. She did a great job, and had tons of fun! Enjoy!
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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

2GB SD card for 72 cents! NOT KIDDING!!!

I recently bought a new phone, which can accomodate a SD card for extra memory. These can also be used in digital cameras. I did an internet search, and found a 2GB micro SD with full size SD adapter at buy.com for 10.00! This is a great price. Elsewhere, I have found these for about 35.00.
BUT WAIT!!! IT GETS BETTER! If you have never bought anything through Google, you get an INSTANT 10.00 discount on your first purchase. Buy.com has free 5-7 day shipping, ( but be sure to change the shipping option, the default is express) so I only paid tax......72 cents?!?!!?
Best of all, I ordered it Thursday, and got it today. So not including Sunday it only took 3 days!

Thursday, May 29, 2008


I have searched top to bottom for a way to effectively lower my telephone bill. The lowest I have come up with is 16.95 with AT&T for bare bones basic service. NO CALL WAITING, NO CALLER ID, NO NOTHING!

Then I came across Skype! Could it be the answer to my prayers?!?! The service is 2.95/mo for outgoing calls (or 23.60 for a 12 mo subscription=$1.96/mo), and 2.00 for a 12 mo subscription to a telephone number to receive calls (or 12.00 for 3 months if you want shorter term).

I have heard of this service for webcam usage, from when hubby was in the Air Force, but never looked into it since we weren't using webcam. Then I came across another blog the other day that mentioned that they used skype to save on their bill. So I started to investigate.

Here is what I found out. Skype is similar to Vonage. It is a VoIP (voice over IP) It uses your Internet connection to make telephone calls. Think...vocal email. You can communicate to other skype members free of charge. Just download the link from their site, and your friend or family can do the same, and you can talk all you want! I would really love to get all of my family in Michigan connected...especially with a webcam (which can be bought for about 20.00 at WalMart) so that we could chat whenever we want! I also have some family oversees. A cousin in Brazil already uses skype, and speaks frequently on it via webcam to us in the states.
of course, there are good and bad.

Some of the drawbacks...

  1. biggest is that you cannot access 911 with skype.

  2. having a DSL connection is preferred over dialup for the best clarity (But not necessary)

  3. telephone connection is a little tricky...

  • option 1- a headset, with microphone-cord connected to your computer- 14.99 at WalMart

  • option 2- a corded handset, also connected via USB in computer-about 30 at WalMart

  • option 3- a cordless DUAL (skype and landline) phone, but still the base is connected to USB- WalMart-69.99

All of the above options depend on a TURNED ON computer in order to make or receive calls. Although, if a call comes in while your computer is turned off, the caller ID and Voicemail still function, so you can check it later.

The last option is the priciest, but most flexible. Skype sell a phone on their site, the Phillips VoIP841 that is cordless, and just plugs into you computers modem. Since the modem is ALWAYS on, then so is your skype connection. This phone is 139.99.

Our family chose option 3 for now. After our test run, I will strongly consider the last option for its flexibility.

So here is the breakdown of our savings...including the cost of the phone.


Current AT&T UVerse All Pro-40.00

Wire Pro Insurance -6.00

Taxes & Surcharges 9.00

TOTAL 55.00/mo

Cost per year 660.00


AT& T Basic service (NO EXTRAS)


Tax & Surcharges about 3.05

TOTAL 20.00/mo

Cost per Year 240.00



12 mo Subscription SkypeIn -24.00

12 mo Subscription SkypeOut 23.60

Skype Cordless Phone + Tax 75.76


Price per Month------------------$10.28

And remember, the monthly subscription is not at all necessary! You could use skype to skype for free too!
One last note from me to you.... When I ordered my subscription on the skype site, I chose the 12 months, so that I could get the biggest savings. There is a paypal option and a regular Credit Card option. I chose paypal and at checkout it automatically defaulted my payment as a 1 month subscription instead. So I did it again, and processed it as a regular payment and it worked fine. Only problem is that the customer service is all via internet, so I am still waiting to find out how this double payment will be handled.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Free Pick Up STIX?!?!!?

Thanks to Money Saving Mom, I got my free combo from Pick Up Stix!

Here is the link...don't miss out on yours!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Baked Ziti- $2.75 Serves 4

Tonight is Pasta Night at the DuBois house. Instead of spaghetti, I thought I would make something a little different... Baked Ziti.

OK, well, really it is Baked Rigatoni. I made a double batch, and froze half in a ziploc freezer bag for later.

Here's what to do...
1 pound "Ziti" Cooked about 3 mins, until just tender-1.08
1 teaspoon rosemary-we omit this... it's too stick-like for me
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning-.01
1/2 cup Sour cream-.30
1/2 cup cottage cheese, I use small curd (I don't use lowfat here, I don't care for the taste)-.50
3 cups marinara sauce-1.49
1/2 pound ground beef-.61
1 cup onion-.15
4 tea minced garlic ( 2 cloves)-.08
4 slices provolone cheese-.78
1 cup mozzarella-.50

combine pasta, seasonings, sour cream, cottage cheese, and marinara.
brown beef, onion, and garlic.

in a dish, put 1/2 of the pasta mix, then 1/2 of the beef mix.
top with 2 slices of provolone, and 1/2 cup mozzarella

Bake covered at 350 for 45 min. Uncover and bake 10 min more.

Take the other half of the beef mix and pasta mix and put it in a Ziploc freezer bag.

Put the rest of the cheese in a ziploc sandwich bag. Put cheese bag inside larger freezer bag...and freeze for later!

Add some bread and a salad and...Voila!