Saturday, May 30, 2015

Super Savings Saturday: Meijer, Kroger, Target

I went early in the week when the $5 off a $50 purchase mPerk was going. I got frozen pizzas, bread, bananas, peaches, milk and frozen veggies.

Target: I did their in-ad $5 off $25 meat and / or produce purchase coupon. I got lunch meat, chicken, chicken nuggets, bacon and sausage.

Kroger: I got the free Friday download item. I also got fresh cherries, sweet peppers, romaine lettuce, feta cheese, yogurt, marked down k-cups (free after coupon), marked down organic tea (free after coupon) and a free box of tampons with a coupon that came out of the Catalina machine.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Frugal May

  • I sold a bag of books for $19.
  • I cut down on grocery shopping. I made a lot of meals out of stockpiled stuff to use it up. Otherwise, I bought fresh foods. We averaged $80 per week for food, toiletries and such this month.
  • We went out for Mother's Day lunch the day before. No wait. We got Chinese and it was only $24 for all five of us to eat, including drinks.
  • I started looking into free things my kids can do this summer, like library and park programs that don't charge fees.
  • My 2 year old had an allergic reaction to something environmental. The pediatrician gave us samples of medicine so I didn't have to pay for OTC or a prescription.
  • I got my new occlusal guard. We used a flexible spending account to pay for it. I grind my teeth at night :(
  • I made a lot of donations and got receipts for tax purposes. 
  • I planted a small vegetable garden with some help from my kids. So hopefully in 3 months, we'll have lots of cucumber, zucchini, snap peas and green beans. Oh, and poppies!!!
  • We went to lots of parks! We visited several metro parks that are thousands of acres in size and walked along their trails and visited a nature center. We also went to a couple of city parks, including a park dedicated to roses. The kids played on playgrounds and we played along or watched them. Free fun!
  • We swapped some craft supplies at the artisan's store supplies exchange room.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Why Stockpiling Isn't Working for Me Anymore, Part 2

About a year ago, I joined a couple of couponing groups on Facebook. It wasn't long before drama ensued, with people berating others, members hassling others and all sorts of other nastiness. I was even getting weird messages from some people wanting to "meet and exchange stockpiles". One person berated me because I wouldn't buy the inserts she was selling. Come to find out, she didn't get them through legitimate means!

I also saw people (whom I don't know, and not in my city or even my state) posting "hauls" on instagram. As in, someone bought some 400 bags of Pampers but they proudly proclaimed to not have any kids. They bought them on sale, with coupons, "Just in case." In case of what? Somehow a six month baby shows up at their house?!

I thought I was a bit above that, only buying things useful to us. I do have kids in diapers / pull-ups, we do use lots of toothpaste, we do eat a lot of crackers.  Except, were we?

After a particularly dramatic Facebook episode, I dropped out of the couponing groups. That has been a big help in not being tempted to go out and bring back a bunch of stuff to add to the stockpile.

In a few more weeks, I'm going to write about how I've purposely changed my grocery shopping habits. I'll also write about things that I am going to keep my stockpile of.

Book Review: The Day Is Waiting

The Day Is Waiting by Don Freeman is a children's story book in which the young reader is the main character.

The illustrations are done in the style of Corduroy and each page has just one sentence of text, making this book fantastic for very young kids. In this story, the child gets to go on adventures that are safe and is encouraged to discover their world.

This would be a great bedtime story book or a book to read to a child who is about to experience traveling or moving for the first time.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Review: Infuse

Infuse is a book of recipes and ideas for making infused water drinks. The author, Eric Prum, provides the reader with ideas ranging from crisp to sweet.

The whole idea behind water infusions is hydration, followed by the benefits of the liquids and antioxidants from fresh fruits and vegetables. The body absorbs them from foods better than from pills. Some people are more likely to stay hydrated if their water has some flavor to it.

While there are a lot of ideas and interesting combinations in this book, infused water isn't for me. I don't like my water to taste like anything at all. Not cucumbers, or mangoes or whatever. I like my water to taste wet. If I wanted the taste of cucumbers, I'd just go and eat some cucumbers.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Super Savings Saturday: Meijer, Kroger, Target

4 packs of Hormel black label bacon 3.94 each, I used 20% off Cartwheel and 4 x $1/1 coupons
Box of waffle cones 2.24 -25% Cartwheel
4 oatmeal cups 1.59, -15% Cartwheel and -4 x $1/1 coupons
I paid $6.96 after discount for bringing my own bags and my Target card.

Meijer -
3 bags apples 3.99 each (got home and cut them up for applesauce... and one entire bag was nasty inside. I had my husband return the gross ones :(  )
2 rotisserie chickens (we ate off one and I deboned the rest for upcoming meals. I froze the meat. I made stock out of the bones) - $5.99 each, I used 2 x $3/1 store coupons and a $1/$8 deli purchase coupon
2 bottles papaya enzyme 4.79, -BOGO, -$2.50/1
King's Hawaiian rolls $3
onion .50
cheez-it 3.08 -free crackers, cookies or chips up to $3 when you spend $75 (store coupon)
16 crystal light .99 each when you buy 8, used $1/2 mPerk and 7 x $1/2 coupons
2 packs ribs on clearance for $1.11 per pound, I got about 7 pounds
1 pack bratwurst
10pk popcorn 3.50
popcorn seasoning - free when you buy the popcorn
I paid $49.68.

apples $3.99
2 packs buns $1 each -.40/2 digital coupon
free Friday download - candy
2 packs raspberries $.99 each
2 half gallons of milk $1 each
I paid $10.60.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Super Savings Saturday: Giant Eagle, Kroger, Meijer, Target

Giant Eagle: Boxes of strawberries $1 each, raspberries $1 each, 3 boxes Bryer's ice cream $1.99 each, used $3/3 coupon, 3 shredded Sargento cheese, 1 bag of reduced bananas, 2 Sargento cheese tastings, 1 box band-aids and 1 bottle hair detangler. I spent $19.09.

Meijer: I got frozen and fresh produce, lemonade and English muffins.

Kroger: I got half gallons of milk for $1 each and I got my Free Friday download item, which was a yogurt. I also got raspberries, buns, bread and eggs.

Target: I got 4 bags of frozen vegetables, six cans of refried beans and two bottles of vitamin D.