Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Walgreens $23.96

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I wanted to use the $5 off $25 coupon on diapers one more time so I stopped by after work.

2 Pampers 10.00 sale used $1qs
3 Puffs .89 sale used .25/3q
Herbal Essence conditioner 2.99 sale used $1q
Robitussin to go 2.49
Emergen C 3.49 sale
Dentek floss 2.00 sale
Halls 1.00 sale used .50q

$34.64 + 2.07 tax = $36.71 Total
-1.00 q
-1.00 q
-0.25 q
-1.00 q
-0.50 q
-5.00 q
-2.00 RR
-2.00 RR
$23.96 PAID = 65%

and rec'd new RR's of 2.50, 2, 2.50, 3.50, 2, 1 = $13.50

Salsa - Batch #6 & Garden Recap

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Yesterday I picked more ripe tomatoes and lots of peppers so I made a batch of HOT salsa.

I canned:
6 Pints for the shelf

and I put a half pint in the fridge.

Garden Recap
There are more tomatoes on the plants but there was a chance for frost last night and tonight so I believe that will be the end of our crop.
John ate several tomatoes and I used some in cooking. And the total salsa on the shelf ia 3 quarts & 39 pints. That is an absolutely wonderful haul for our little $8 garden. I hope to expand it a little next year.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Walgreens $22.10

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Walgreens is running a $5 off $25 coupon special today and tomorrow. So I decided to buy some diapers today.

2 Pampers diapers 10.00 sale used $1q
Vaseline lotion 6.99 used 1.50q
Halls S/F drops 1.00 sale

$27.99 + 1.61 tax = $29.60
-1.00 coupon
-1.50 coupon
-5.00 Wags coupon
$22.10 Paid = 75%
plus got RR's of $7, 2.50, 1 = $10.50

its like I paid $11.60 for all this!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Nestle Happy New School Year

Nestle has a sweepstakes going on right now. Go here to enter once every day till 10/14/09.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Walgreens $13.41

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I just had to run to Walgreens today, it is such a great week for freebies there.

Vaseline sheer lotion 6.99 used 1.50q
Robitussin to go 2.49
Gilette Fusion MVP Razor 8.99 used 4 q
Emergen C 2pk 3.49
Chapstick 2.99
Halls SF Drops 1.00
Dentek Floss 2.00

$27.95 + 1.96 tax = $29.91 Total
-1.50 coupon
-4.00 coupon
-5.00 RR
-2.00 RR
-1.00 RR
-1.00 RR
-2.00 RR

$13.41 PAID = 45%
rec'd new RR's of 7,2.50,6,3.50,3,1,2 = $25

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Aldi $60.38

We needed a lot of things from the store today, so I made a trip out to Aldi. For some reason my camera turned on fine but would not take pictures.
Here is what I purchased today:

Fruit snacks
Beef sticks
Apple pies
Lemon juice
Chicken nuggets
tator tots
cream of chicken soup
cream of celery soup
steak sauce
shredded cheddar
peanut butter wafers

Friday, September 25, 2009

Homemade Playdoh

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Tonight I made some playdoh for the kids to play with. They have a lot of fun with this stuff and it is super easy and cheap to make. And you don't have to worry about what's in it. It usually lasts 2-4 weeks here, I just keep it in a ziploc when they aren't playing with it. Here is my favorite recipe:

1 c flour
1/2 c salt
2 tsp cream of tarter
1 c water
1 tbsp oil
5-10 drops of food coloring (optional)

Combine the first three ingredients in a small saucepan.
Mix the wet ingredient together and slowly stir into dry mixture. Once it is all mixed together, put pan on stove over medium heat. Stir constantly. It is done when it forms a ball. Then I place it on a piece of wax paper on the counter and let it cool a little and then knead it until it is really smooth.

Then give it to the kids and let the fun begin!

Salsa - Batch # 5

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Yesterday I picked more ripe tomatoes and peppers so I made another batch of salsa.

Today I canned:
12 Pints for the shelf

and we ate a bowl of it before supper.
That brings the total on the shelf to 3 quarts & 33 pints. We have also eaten several tomatoes. And we still have more on the plants. I just can't believe we have gotten all of this from our little $8 garden.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Vaseline Sheer Infusion Printable Coupon

Go here to print a coupon for Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion. Use your back button to get a second coupon. This item will be free after RR next week at Walgreens!

Salsa Recipe

A few people have asked me how I make my salsa and how to can it, so here is my super simple instructions. The only ingredients in my salsa are: tomatoes, onions, and jalapeno peppers. The truth is I don't use any recipe, so I don't have amounts for anything.

Take your canner or a very large pot and fill with enough water so that it will be at least 2" above the top of the jars when they are put in. If you don't have a wire rack to put in your canner, put a towel in it. The reason for this is that you do not want the jars sitting on the bottom of the pot because it can cause breakage. Put it on the stove with the lid on, on high.

First I take my tomatoes, wash them and core them, and throw them in the food processor. I run that until it is "salsa" consistency. I empty that into a large bowl or pitcher. And repeat that as many times as I have to, to get all the tomatoes done. I then process my onions, I use 2-4 depending on the amount of tomatoes I have. Then I wash and cut the stem off my peppers, and then process them. (Note: I do not take the seeds out as a lot of people do, so if you are looking for a very mild salsa, you might want to.) I would suggest you process a few peppers at a time, stir them into your salsa, and then taste it to see if the heat is right for you . If not, add a few more at a time till you get it hot enough. I use approximately two handfuls for a small batch or four handfuls for a large batch. So then you make sure it is all mixed together well.

Next I get my clean jars, rings, and lids. You need to put citric acid in each jar, 1/2 tsp in each quart jar or 1/4 tsp in each pint jar. Fill the jars with salsa but leave 1/2" headspace. Wipe off the very top of the jar so that it will seal correctly. Then put on lids and rings.

When the water in the canner is at a rolling boil, you can put your jars in. Make sure they are not touching each other and that the water level is above the jars. Then replace the lid and wait for the water to return to a boil. Once it starts boiling again set your timer for 20 minutes. Make sure it continues to boil the entire time. After 20 minutes you take the jars out and set them on a dry towel on your counter top or table, somewhere they can sit overnight. Make sure they are not touching each other at this time also. Then simply leave them set, don't touch them.

The next morning you need to check to make sure they have sealed correctly. Take off the rings and gently push down in the middle of the lid, make sure it doesn't pop up. As long as they are sealed well, go ahead and mark them, and put them away. If one or more is not sealed, you can simply store it in the fridge or you can get a new lid and put it through the water bath again.

You have just made your very own salsa, doesn't that feel great!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Walgreens $4.18

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Quick stop at Walgreens today:

1 Aussie 2.99 sale
2 Lipton Tea bags 2/$5 sale used .50qs
1 Jet Dry 3.99 sale used .75q
1 ScotchBrite nailsaver sponge .62 clearance
1 Carefree Ultra 1.99 sale
1 Thermacare heatwrap 2.49 sale

$17.08 + .85tax = $17.93 Total
-(2) .50 lipton q
- .75 jet dry q
-4.00 RR
-4.00 RR
-2.00 RR
-2.00 RR
$4.18 Paid = 23%
and rec'd new RR's of 2,1,1,2,2.50 = $8.50

Monday, September 21, 2009

Fareway $10.88

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John is going to be gone the next four days. I had most of what he needed to take with him to pack for his lunches and breakfast, but there were a few more things he wanted.

1 Wonderbread 1.69 sale
4 Venom energy drinks 1.50 sale used BOGO qs
1 BBQ chips .99
5 Homel Compleats meals 2.00 sale used $1 qs

$18.88 Total
-(2) 1.50qs
-(5) 1.00qs
$10.88 Paid = 58%

Salsa - Batch #4

I had more ripe tomatoes and peppers today so I made another batch of salsa.

Today I canned:
7 Pints for the shelf

and stuck a half pint of it in the fridge, and John took a pint to a friend at work.
That brings the total on the shelf to 3 quarts & 21 pints. We have also eaten several tomatoes. And we still have more on the plants. I think that's great for our little $8 garden.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Garage Sale - Day 2

Today was day two of my garage sale. It went alright, I knew going into it, that I wouldn't make as much money today, because the big ticket items all went yesterday. But the traffic today was much lighter. I would say we had only a little more than half of the people we had yesterday. But it is all packed up and in the garage to be taken away to Goodwill next week. Thanks Donna, for all of your help both days, what a blessing it was to have you here.

Overall, I am happy with the sale, and glad it is all done. I will be smiling all the way to the bank on Monday!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Garage Sale - Day 1

Today was the first day of my garage sale. The weather was absolutely beautiful, I couldn't ask for anything better. I tried to keep tally of how many people stopped, just for kicks, but I know that I missed recording some during the busier times. But my tally was 80! I say that is a real successful day. And the money was decent too.

I am tired, but it's a good tired feeling! I want to spend a little time tonight looking through the closets and cabinets to see if there are other items I can put out to fill in some of the empty spots and rid my house of more unnecessary stuff.

I am hoping for another great day tomorrow.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hy-Vee $33.92

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I made a quick run to Hy-Vee today to get some of the specials in the regular ad and the special three day ad.

2 1/2gal milk .99 sale
2 grands biscuit 3/$4 sale used 1/2q
3 hamb helper .88 sale used .75/3q
1 can mushrooms .50 sale
1 chili 1.48
1 baby food .50 sale
1 sara lee bread .99 sale
1 similac formula 18.99
2 bar s hot dogs .77 sale
1 fast fixin chicken nuggets bag 3.99 sale used .30q
1 t-bone steak 5.69 sale

$40.97 Total
- 4.00 formula check
- 1.00 store coupon (oyno from last week)
- 1.00 grands
- .75 hh
- .30 fast fixin
$33.92 Paid = 83%

Salsa - Batch # 3

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I had enough ripe tomatoes and peppers today to make another batch of salsa.

Today I canned:
8 Pints

and stuck a half pint of it in the fridge.
That brings the total on the shelf to 3 quarts & 14 pints. We have also eaten several tomatoes. And we still have more on the plants. I think that's great for our little $8 garden.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Walgreens - $18.48

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Two transactions at Walgreens today:

2 Tuf paper towels .59 ea
4 Softsoap bodywash 4.00 ea
2 Listerine total care 2.99 ea
2 Triaminic allergy strips 5.00ea

$33.16 + 2.32 tax = $35.48
- 4.00 Wags coupon Triaminic
- 4.00 RR
- 2.00 RR
- 2.00 RR
- 2.00 RR
- 2.00 RR
- 1.00 RR
$ 18.48 PAID = 52%
rec'd new RR's of 2,2,4,4,5,5 = $22

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The celebration is over

The weekend Birthday bonanza is over. Everyone had a great time. We ate, opened presents, talked, and played at the park across the street. The ice cream cakes were a big success too. My son's birthday isn't until the 18th, so we will have a small family supper with a few of his first grader friends then.

Here is a picture of my nephew and my son with their cakes.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Grocery & Party Shopping

Today I went shopping for our regular groceries plus all the food needed for the celebration with my family this weekend. I don't think I did too bad considering I will be feeding my family of five plus five additional people for two full days, and making two ice cream cakes.

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Hy-Vee $ 41.11

cake decoration 1.56
4 refried beans .99 sale used .60/2q
6 mac n cheese .48 sale
2 shells & cheese 1.89 sale used .55q plus got 1.00 oyno
cream of tartar .95
gal vanilla ice cream 3.29 sale
2 lunchables 1.00 sale
6 cheese singles 1.18 sale
3 shredded cheese 1.25 sale
3 kiwi 3/$1
7 85% ground beef 1.88 sale

$43.41 Total
2.30 coupons used
$41.11 paid plus I rec'd $1 oyno for next time

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Fareway $24.34

flour 1.49 sale
2 OJ 1.99
12 hamb. buns 2.00 sale
2 whipped topping .92 sale
chip dip 1.69
2 pizza crust mix .59
cake mix .99
pizza sauce .85 sale
milk 2.39
pepperoni 3.29 used .50q
2 skippy peanut butter .99 used .60q
salt .45
sour cream 1.59
2 grands biscuits 1.19 sale used 1/2 q
wonderbread 1.49 sale used .55q

$27.59 Total
3.25 coupons used
$24.34 paid

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

This Weekend

I am still trying to go through a few boxes every evening to get ready for the garage sale. But that is taking a back seat to the celebration this weekend. My family will be coming to my house to celebrate my son's 7th birthday, my nephew's 15th birthday, and my mothers birthday. So I have planned all the meals, drinks, and snacks. I have made my shopping lists for two grocery stores which I plan to shop at tomorrow evening. And of course I have to do some extra cleaning which I started tonight and will have to finish tomorrow night. And then I will start working on the ice cream cakes Friday when I get home from work and then everyone will be here around supper time on Friday. And we will celebrate all day Saturday. So you probably won't hear from me during this time. Hopefully everything will go wonderfully and a good time will be had by all!!

Monday, September 07, 2009

Labor Day

I hope everyone had a nice and safe weekend. The weather was very nice here, and we really enjoyed the three day weekend. We spent Saturday and today riding our four wheelers at John's parents farm. Sunday we just kinda hung out at home. I spent two hours in the garage going through more boxes and then after supper we all sat down to watch the race, but since it ran so late, we all fell asleep before it was over, LOL.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Walgreens - $3.62

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Acai berry B1 G1 Free $9.99 used $3q
Carefree Ultra pantyliners 1.99
Mens 6 Zone Razor 3.99
Reach Total Care Floss 2.99
Memo book .25
2 Nestle Crunch bars 2/$1

$20.21 + 1.41 tax = $21.62 Total
minus $3coupon, $5, $4, $4, $2 RR's
$3.62 Paid = 17%
and got $4, $2, $2 new RR's

Pillsbury printable coupons

Go to
Register, and you will be able to print up to $33.65 coupons.

There are some pretty good coupons there and some yummy sounding recipes too.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Hormel Coupons

Go to the Hormel site to print a few coupons.

I was so happy to see the pepperoni coupon, because we have to have pepperoni on hand to make pizza.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

I am planning a Yard Sale

Well, as some of you know I moved last year. I forget the exact date but I know it was about a week before Halloween. And just a few days before I was due (Oct 28th). I really wanted to be in the house before the baby was born, and we made it! At that time John was working seven days a week. I was working my normal six hours a day Monday through Friday. And when we weren't working we spent a few hours a day working on this house to get it ready for us. So while doing all that and taking care of the two kids it left very little time for anything else, including packing! So we packed and moved the essentials and set the house up enough that we could live here. Then we quickly shoved everything else in boxes and moved it all to our new garage just so we had the other house cleaned out.

Then along came our beautiful baby girl finally on Nov 3rd, and our life was thrown completely upside down. This infant did not sleep for more than 30 minutes at a time and screamed almost non stop. That is a whole different story that I won't go into now, but suffice it to say that I didn't have any free time to go through any of the boxes that were sitting in our garage. But now, thankfully, her colic is gone and her reflux is controlled with medicine, I can take her out to the garage in her stroller and go through the boxes.

It was pretty easy to come to the conclusion that alot of this "stuff" we can live without. Almost all of my "can't live without" items I had rummaged through the boxes and pulled out already. So everyday after work I go out in the garage and go through a few boxes. And I am putting alot of things into a garage sale pile, some into the garbage and a few items are coming into the house. I am not done yet but have made a good dent in the pile and since the City Wide garage sales are coming on Sept 18th & 19th, that is when I am planning on having mine. This will be my first garage sale so I am hoping that I am planning things correctly and that it goes well and I am able to get rid of most of the stuff.

It will be a busy weekend since that is my son's birthday also and he will be having friends over after school on Friday. I hope I haven't bitten off more than I can chew!

A new month - New coupons

Don't forget that since it is the start of a new month, check out the coupon bar up above and other places I have mentioned for new coupons!