August 31, 2009

Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway Winner! {Office Max Products}



Thank you to all who entered for a chance to win (1) Schoolio Von Hoolio school supplies package from Office Max! Your back-to-school organizing tips are awesome!



The winner of the Schoolio Von Hoolio Giveaway is....

#22: Kim

Congratulations! I'll be in touch with you by email shortly so I can get your shipping information.




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Menu Plan Monday: Week 2 of My 5 Week Menu Plan



Learn more about my 5 Week Menu Plan with last week's Q&A post right here.

It's Week 2 of my 5 Week Menu Plan and it's going swimmingly!

What a relief as the school year ramps up to full speed to not worry about what's for dinner this week! All I have to do is shop for what I need tomorrow, check my freezer from some of the made-ahead items, and spend less time stressing at five o'clock when my children's fatigue and hunger meet at a dastardly crossroads of whining. Woot!

Here's what's for dinner at my house this week:

Monday

Awesome Pot Roast with egg noodles and steamed veggies

Tuesday

Chinese Pot Stickers with rice mix

Wednesday

Pizza with Homemade Bread Machine Dough + carrot/celery sticks

Thursday

Italian Beef Sandwiches + Grinny Beans

Friday

Leftovers - clean out the fridge night!

Saturday

Free night!

Sunday

Spaghetti & Meatballs with Awesome Homemade Crusty Bread and salad

My 5 Week Menu Plan (with recipe links) is posted right here (as a printable GoogleDoc) and embedded at the bottom is a link to Week 1's Grocery List and Week 2's Grocery List (also printable GoogleDocs).

I'm not perfect (I've got big fat clay feet here, y'all) so be aware that a link could be haywire and that the Grocery Lists are basic guidelines; be sure to check the recipes and see what items you'd omit or add.

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August 30, 2009

Weekly Deals Roundup: August 30, 2009



Here's some of the best deals I see this week; grab your reusable shopping bags and go get 'em!


:: FREE with printable coupon Hefty One Zip Bags
:: $0.50 with printable coupon Ball Park Hot Dogs
:: $0.88 with coupon DanActive or Activia Yogurt 4 pks

To see the full ad matchup for Kroger, Cincinnati Region, click here. (Thank you, Mommy Snacks!)


:: Unadvertised MONEY MAKER on Kool-Aid Singles; click here for details (thanks, Mommy Snacks!)
:: FREE with MFR coupon and Meijer Mealbox coupon A1 Sauce
:: $0.65 with Meijer Mealbox coupon Capri Sun

To see the best of the ad matchup for Meijer, Cincinnati Region, click here. (Thank you, Mommy Snacks!)


:: $1.00 with coupon El Monteray Tornados
:: $0.48 with coupon Kellogg's Pop Tarts
:: $0.99 with coupon Welch's Juice

To see the full ad matchup for Wal-Mart, click here; note that prices may vary by region. Last updated 8/11/09. (Thank you, Deal Seeking Mom!)


:: FREE - $0.50 with MFR coupon & Target coupon & Target gift card Edy's Ice Cream
:: FREE 1/2 gal of OJ or gallon of milk when you buy participating Kellogg's products (MFR coupons available for these products - woot!)
:: FREE Johnson's Buddy Soap with Target coupon

To see the full ad matchup for Target, click here; note that prices may vary by region. (Thank you, Stretching A Buck!)


:: FREE after MFR coupon and RRs Theraflu
:: FREE + overage after MFR coupon and RRs Carefree Ultra Protection Pantiliners
:: FREE + overage after MFR coupon and RRs Rembrandt Toothpaste

To see the full ad matchup for Walgreens, click here. (Thank you, Bargain Briana!!)


:: FREE + Overage after ECBs and MFR coupon Glade Fragrance Collection Reed Diffuser or Soy Candle
:: $0.99 after ECBs and MFR coupon Sensodyne Isoactive Toothpaste
:: $1.25 Welch's Jelly and/or Skippy Peanut Butter after MFR coupons and ECBs

To see the full ad matchup for CVS, click here. (Thank you, Bargain Briana!)

What deals are you hunting for this week?

Breakfast OAM-Style (or, Once Every Two Weeks!)

School started on Tuesday of this past week for my oldest two children {pausing for a momentary happy dance}.

Along with all the other aspects of the back-to-school schedule (laying out clothes, packing lunches, bedtimes), it was time at our house to get back to breakfast.

I'm a big believer in breakfast; I could go find you a bunch of links to studies about the relationship between a healthy breakfast and success at school but I won't bore you. If you're a mom who's watched your child gobble up a bowl of Sugar-Smacky-Wacky-Pops only to end up in an utter meltdown within two hours, you know that a good breakfast can make all the difference in your kiddo's day...and yours as well! We Moms need to fuel our brains and bodies right, too.

Along with building a 5 Week Meal Plan for dinners, one thing I did as the start of school approached was some once a month cooking for healthy breakfast choices. However, given the sheer appetites of my family, my final amounts of prepped and frozen goodies are more likely to last us two weeks.

Here's what I made:



Left Freezer Box: Homemade Waffles & Homemade Pancakes

Center: Homemade Cinnamon Rolls a la Bread Machine

Right Freezer Box: Eggwiches and Breakfast Burritos

You can see I used plastic wrap to individually wrap serving sizes of the items in the freezer boxes; I also have several more of each item wrapped and packed into freezer bags in my spare fridge's freezer.

I doubled up my fave cinnamon roll recipe in my bread machine (I do this all the time), so I ended up with (2) full pans of rolls. One has already been devoured by my bunch; they love cinnamon rolls with fresh fruit on the side for breakfast.

My personal fave breakfast item is the simple little eggwich:



Yum! I can grab one from the freezer and nuke it for 45-60 seconds and either eat it at home or munch on-the-go as I'm dropping my kiddos at school. These are easy to make and are healthier and far less spendy than what you might get at your local drive thru. Here's my basic recipe for cook-and-freeze amounts:

Eggwiches

--> (12) English Muffins, toasted
--> (1) Dozen Eggs, scrambled (I use a big electric skillet for this)
--> (6) American Cheese Slices, halved
--> (6) Deli Ham Slices, halved
--> butter (optional, smear the toasted muffins)

Scramble eggs; while eggs are cooking, split and toast muffins (adding smear of butter if you wish). Once eggs are cooked, set up an assembly line of muffins, eggs, cheese, & ham; assemble and wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze wrapped eggwiches in freezer bags or freezer boxes. Makes 12.

The beauty of the eggwich recipe above is that it is basic; you can spruce it up however you'd like with different cheeses, meats, veggies, and spices. I do the same with my breakfast burritos for which the basic ingredients are tortillas, scrambled eggs, and shredded cheddar cheese.

I've linked you to my fave cinnamon rolls a la bread machine recipe above - be warned! They are addictive!

Looking for more ways to cook ahead? Go visit my dear friend Tricia at Once A Month Mom; her site is a great resource for once a month cooking with recipes, grocery lists, and detailed plans on how to approach your big cooking day.



Are you a cook ahead kind of mom? What's your fave recipe to cook ahead and freeze?

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August 28, 2009

Could You Stop Shopping for One Year?


Yesterday after school, my eight year old daughter had a dentist appointment; I sat in the kid-friendly waiting room with my two sons and thumbed through the latest issue of Good Housekeeping, a magazine I haven't read in I don't know how long.

This article caught my eye: Could You Survive Without Shopping for a Year?. I read it and found myself asking the same thing - could I, could we do this?

If you read through the article online (which appears to be the full article, not an abbreviated version), you can see the author had certain things they could buy - groceries, for one, or anything defined as edible or depletable - but that was it. Impulse buying, shopping for pleasure, and giving in to the sheer I-want-it-now was off limits.

It's interesting to note that this personal experiment by the author was in 2003, six years ago, well before the explosion of deal-blogging and coupon-blogging and the implosion of our nation's housing market and economy in general.

So, could I do this?

I can honestly say that I'm not sure. I tend to be strategic in my spending (ie: buying LL Bean shoes in a size larger for my daughter to grow into because they were only $3.50 with free shipping after clearance pricing + a few bucks I had left on a gift card), so I can also honestly say I'm not an impulse shopper. In fact, I really don't like shopping at all, hence my love of internet shopping and eBay. I research and price compare online before I buy and always, always, always search for coupon codes and use one of my cash back shopping sites.

Both Knute (my hubs) and I tend toward frugal by nature and necessity (sending our kids to Catholic school requires it) and part of that for me is being that strategic spender, grabbing deals on items we'll need in the future (usually for the kids or on those depletable items like shampoo and soap and groceries). Could I give up that strategic spending mindset on items like clothes and shoes for the kids? Hmmm...

At the end of the article (pages 6 & 7 online), there were two moms who talked about their own similar experience in ditching shopping. I found myself reading those and thinking that for some people, doing a mini-version of this could be an eye-opening experience. Impulse spending and shopping-as-sport are the norm for many people in our consumer culture as is eating out two or three times a week.

So what do you think? Hop over and skim the article when you have time to read more if your curiosity is piqued (as mine was) and weigh in with your thoughts. I'd love to hear your take on this!

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August 27, 2009

Freebie Roundup!



Time to grab some freebies and make your mailbox happy!

:: Were you one of the first 250,00o to become a fan and get a FREE Chick-Fil-A Sandwich? Click here and see if you can still get yours!

:: Click here to request a FREE sample of DentaBurst, an on the go teeth cleaner.

:: Request a FREE Kitchen Kids Cookbook from Wisconsin Cheese right here.

:: Sign up with EatBetterAmerica.com for their free newsletter and receive a FREE granola bar and granola nut clusters; click here to sign up.

:: Request a FREE sample of Dunkin Donuts Coffee (yum!!) right here.

Enjoy!

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August 26, 2009

Hip Hip Hurray Giveaways! {Link Up!} GIVEAWAY: OfficeMax Schoolio-Von-Hoolio School Supplies



Ok - confession time: I am a fool for school supplies.

Actually, I'm a big sucker for office supplies in general; I remember an old stationary store my dad used to take me to when I was a kid. I'd save my allowance money and buy old-fashioned fountain pens with different colored ink cartridges. I thought I was soooo cool. ;-)

Nowadays, I can get my office supply fix anytime I want by taking a quick spin through OfficeMax; I go alone, though. All three of my kids have inherited my love of pens, Post-Its, and rainbow-hued index cards.

Earlier this month, OfficeMax invited me to be part of their Get Organized for Back-to-School blogcast with Peter Walsh via Twitter; it was a great half hour of ideas and the BEST thing OfficeMax did was get input from a teacher! Getting organized at home for back-to-school is only half the battle; kids need to be organized in their classrooms as well.

To view the blogcast (it's about 30 minutes), click here.

Prior to the blogcast, I was sent a set of the new Schoolio-Von-Hoolio kid-centric school supplies to review. I opened the box and just about swooned! These back-to-school products are just so cute and pretty. My eight year old daughter is thrilled with her "girly" back to school supplies.

The kind folks at OfficeMax have also sent me another set of Schoolio-Von-Hoolio supplies for this giveaway! Can I get a WOOT for my readers?! Thanks, OfficeMax!

Here's what (1) lucky reader will win:



How to enter:

We'll keep this one simple, my dear readers, because I know many of you are busy getting ready for back-to-school at your house.

Leave a comment telling us your best back-to-school organization tip - what helps you and your family the most during this busy time of year? No idea is to small so share what works!

You can earn an additional (3) chances to win as well.

1. Tweet about this giveaway then come back here and leave me a separate comment to let me know you tweeted.

2. Post about this giveaway at your blog with a link both to this post; come back and leave the URL of your post in a separate comment.

3. Subscribe to my RSS feed by reader or email and leave a separate comment to let me know you're a new subscriber; you can also drop me a separate comment to let me know if you're already a subscriber for this extra entry.

Remember, you must leave me some way to find you online (by email or by your Twitter handle) if you don't have a blog. Entries with no contact information or means of contacting you online will be disqualified.

This giveaway will end on Sunday, August 30, 2009, at 10:00 pm EST . I will announce the winner (selected by Random.org) on Monday, August 31, 2009.

Good luck!

Are you running a giveaway over at your webjoint? Drop your giveaway post link and spread the news!



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August 25, 2009

$5/$25 Printable Walgreens Coupon, Good 8/26-8/29



Walgreens is at it again, offering yet another $5/$25 printable coupon to be used in store Wednesday 8/26 through Saturday 8/29.

Go here to print yours!

Remember, your $25 total must be after all other MFR coupons and RRs are deducted from your total and before tax is applied.

What deals are you planning to snag with this coupon?

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Let's Go Krogering! Week of August 24, 2009 (Back to School!)


Do love finding deals at your Kroger? This feature is for you! Link your post about what deals you found at your local Kroger or Kroger-affiliated store. Simple rules are here; the 149x149 button is in my sidebar.

Feel free to link up to this all week and share the good deals you find at your local Kroger or Kroger-affiliated store! As always, please add a link back to me in your Krogering post. Not sure how to do this? Just
email me and I'll walk you through it!

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It's a 10 Item Mega Event week (again) at Kroger! I didn't take advantage of the deals last week. And honestly, I only grabbed a few (just 10 items total) this week. If you can believe it, I still have some GM/Betty Crocker/Box Top products stockpiled from an earlier Mega Event this summer! I {heart} stockpile shopping!

My Kroger Trip, Monday, August 24, 2009:



Spent: $99.40
Saved: $43.45, or 30%


My savings are decent but not stellar; note that the Honey Nut Cheerios are NOT part of the Mega Event sale (which is why I went back and grabbed the two Quakes to round me up to 10 items). Also, the meat I bought will be used in Week 1 of my 5 Week Meal Plan - several meals I'm cooking are doubled or tripled this week. I'll save $$ in coming weeks because of this.

Best deals I found:

FREE Mentos Gum: on sale for $1.00, used $0.55/1, SS 08/16

$2.59 Land o' Frost Turkey: on sale for $3.59, used $0.50/1, RP 08/09

FREE Ritz Crackerfuls: normally $3.59, used Buy (1) Ritz Crackers, get (1) Crackerfuls FREE, SS 08/23

$1.19 Hunts Ketchup: normally $1.49, used $0.20/1, SS 06/21

I was disappointed when a number of my ShortCuts ecoupons didn't appear on my receipt but alas, that has happened to me before. My coupon mojo must be off this week!

What deals did you find at Kroger this week? Link *your* Let's Go Krogering! post all week and help another reader save some $$!

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August 24, 2009

Menu Plan Monday: Week 1 of My 5 Week Menu Plan



I chatted a bit in my earlier post today about some of the big tasks I managed to finish last week while I was off social media. One was creating a five week menu plan for the start of the school year; school starts tomorrow for my oldest two and I'm thinking long-term in my menu planning.

Q&A about why I'm adopting a 5 Week Menu Plan:

Why five weeks and not just one month?

Well, there are about twenty weeks through the end of the calendar year; a five week menu plan rather than a four week (or monthly) means I'll only need to do a big menu plan three more times before the end of the year.

Why plan so far in advance - five weeks is a big chunk of time?!

One of the other big tasks I did last week was to put everything on our family schedule from now through the end of the school year (all the events, obligations, activities, etc, that I know for certain as of now). With two school-aged children, we are some busy folks. Planning ahead by a month - or five weeks - allows me to adapt our meals (and my cooking) to our schedules.

Are there any double duty dinners or cook ahead dinners?

I have a number of recipes that I'm doubling and freezing and then using the frozen main item again in a different recipe later in the schedule. Again, doing a menu plan over a longer period of time gives me more flexibility to add those LOMOs (Leftover Makeovers) to my menu.

Is this menu plan posted online?

Of course! I'm all about sharing what works for me with you fine folks in case it helps you, too. My 5 Week Menu Plan (with recipe links) is posted here (as a printable GoogleDoc) and embedded at the bottom is a link to Week 1's Grocery List (another printable GoogleDoc).

I'm not perfect (I've got big fat clay feet here, y'all) so be aware that a link could be haywire and that the Grocery List is a basic guideline; be sure to check the recipes and see what items you'd omit or add.

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What I'm cooking this week; see the 5 Week Menu Plan for recipe links:

Monday

Mini Cheeseburgers, French Fries, Salad, Carrots and Celery Sticks

Tuesday

Oven Baked Chicken, Mac&Cheese, Steamed Veggies

Wednesday

Grilled Chicken with Black Bean and Corn Salsa over Salad

Thursday

Leftovers!

Friday

Tacos

Saturday

Free Night!

Sunday

Pulled Pork BBQ, Corn on the Cob, Sweet Potato Oven Fries, Salad

Don't forget to hop on over to the linkeroony at Meal Plan Monday hosted by Orgjunkie.com to drop your meal plan post and surf the links for ideas!

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Welcome Back!

Last week, I took an entire week off of social media - no blogging, no tweeting, no skyping, no facebook. Other than checking my email accounts at the end of the day, I was a social media hermit.

And it was sooooooo nice.

Don't get me wrong, I love social media and the myriad of ways it brings people together. And I personally have forged friendships with some amazingly smart and funny women whom I would never have met if not for the power of the wild, wild web. Social media rocks.

But social media also distracts....well, I should probably say that it distracts me. I often joke that I have internet induced ADD; I find it easy to get online with the intent of doing one or two specific things only to end up sidetracked down a series of clicks here and there. Before I know it, the time on the clock has crept past my intended finishing point and my brain is whirling with three or four new "Must Do's" for the week.

With the start of school looming, I wanted to get ahead on my organization last week and I knew it would only happen if I went cold turkey on social media. While I didn't get everything on my list done (who ever does??), I made a big dent in areas that will have a big impact on my stress level over the coming weeks and months.

What was I up to last week? Take a look!

--> Cleaned out/organized my oldest two's closets and drawers. I packed up the summer clothes they've outgrown and getting their school uniforms ready for this week. I also cleaned out the fall/winter clothes they've outgrown from last season and made a list of what they'll need for this year.

--> Planned my Girl Scout Troop's meeting and events for the entire school year. This is a BIGGIE for me and will reduce my stress a lot as our meetings start here in two weeks!

--> Registered all three of my kids for their fall activities. Another biggie because registering early means getting your first picks for days/times at our Y. Those deadlines do creep up quickly!

--> Made follow up appointments with my two oldest's doctors for this fall. They both see specialists and it can be difficult to get appointments unless you do it more than a month or two in advance.

--> Put all known events, appointments, days off, kids activities, & volunteer commitments on our family calendar for the entire upcoming school year. Again, this is a BIGGIE for me because I can in a glance how busy we already will be; if I don't manage all of our schedules from the get-go, we can easily become over-booked.

--> Made a 5 Week Menu Plan for the coming month. I'll be talking about that in my Meal Plan Monday Post and linking you to it.

--> Got all the school supplies for my oldest two labeled and in their backpacks. That actually takes more time than you might think - everything needs a label. Better to get it early!

--> Cleaned my house (w/hubs help) on Saturday from top-to-bottom. Big high-fivin' WOOT!

I also spent time thinking about how much time I want to devote to blogging as opposed to writing; you can read about some of my writing aspirations here at my personal blog. I think it's of utmost importance to dedicate time to my long-term goal of finishing a novel, so I'm putting time for that on my personal schedule as well. I've slightly readjusted my weekly blogging schedule to accommodate that goal.

That's it! If you read all the way to the end of this post, you get a gold star for loyalty!

Are you in a goal-setting mode as the start of school and fall begin? Have any great online tools or sites that are helping you stay on track? Share what you know in a comment below!

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August 23, 2009

Weekly Deals Roundup: Week of August 23, 2009



Here's some of the best deals I see this week; grab your reusable shopping bags and go get 'em!


:: $0.50 with coupon & Mega Sales Event discount Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
:: $0.50 with coupon & Mega Sales Event discount Honey Nut Cheerios
:: $0.39 with coupon & Mega Sales Event discount Old El Paso Taco Shells

To see the full ad matchup for Kroger, Cincinnati Region, click here. (Thank you, Mommy Snacks!)


:: $0.20 with MFR coupon & Meijer Mealbox coupon BC Suddenly Salad
:: $0.87 with MFR coupon Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks
:: $0.50 with MFR coupon & Meijer Mealbox coupon Ziplok bags & containers

To see the best of the ad matchup for Meijer, Cincinnati Region, click here. (Thank you, Mommy Snacks!)


:: $1.00 with coupon El Monteray Tornados
:: $0.48 with coupon Kellogg's Pop Tarts
:: $0.99 with coupon Welch's Juice

To see the full ad matchup for Wal-Mart, click here; note that prices may vary by region. Last updated 8/11/09. (Thank you, Deal Seeking Mom!)


:: FREE with MFR coupon & Target coupon Bic Pens
:: FREE - $2.69 with MFR coupon & Target coupon Bounce Dryer Bar (fabric softener bar that lasts for an average of 4 months)
:: $0.74 ea after coupons and $5 Gift Card (when you buy 5) Quaker True Delight Granola Bars

To see the full ad matchup for Target, click here; note that prices may vary by region. (Thank you, Stretching A Buck!)


:: $0.50 ea after MFR coupons and RRs Crest Toothpaste
:: $0.49 ea after MFR coupons and RRs Benadryl Cream Gel or Spray
:: FREE after MFR coupon and in-ad coupon Reach Prevent Toothbrush

To see the full ad matchup for Walgreens, click here. (Thank you, Bargain Briana!!)


:: FREE + Overage after ECBs and MFR coupon Carefree Ultra Protection Pantiliners
:: FREE after ECBs Caliber 100 page Composition Book, $0.99 (Sun, Mon, Tues ONLY)
:: FREE after with MFR coupon Reese's Candy Bars

To see the full ad matchup for CVS, click here. (Thank you, Bargain Briana!)

What deals are you hunting for this week?

August 17, 2009

Back-to-School Break

Hi all!

School starts for my two oldest next Tuesday; I'm taking a break from blogging and social media to enjoy this last week of summer with them...and to finish getting organized before the school year begins.

Have a wonderful week!

August 13, 2009

NEW Online Shopping Rebate Site: Shop at Home



It pays to click through my Google Reader once in a while, lemme tell ya!

My friend Carrie at Money Saving Methods (I talked about her here; she is one seriously organized money saver/earner) has a sweet deal posted about how you can get some super cute shoes (girls sizes 4-6 in stock only) from LL Bean just in time for back to school for...drumroll please...$6.99 with FREE shipping!

Go read her post right here and grab your girl some cute shoes before they're gone; Carrie walks you through it step-by-step.

Even if you don't need girls shoes for back to school (or need a different size than what they have in stock) you can still take advantage of yet another online shopping rebate site that will pay you for shopping online - starting with a $5.00 cash bonus in your account!

Shop at Home is a new competitor in the online shopping rebate site category. Just like Ebates, Cashbaq, and Mr. Rebates (read my explanation of how those sites work right here), Shop at Home rebates your account a percentage of your purchase when you shop online through their site; there are thousands of stores with varying percentages.

Shop at Home also offers a $5.00 bonus deposited to your account when you sign up and pays out by check when your account reaches $20.00. Shop at Home offers $5.00 to you as a referral bonus when someone signs up with through your referral link. I'd like to thank you in advance if you decide to sign up for your free $5.00 at Shop at Home through any of the links in this post - I {heart} ya!

Right now during back to school shopping season (I've been clicking and hopping all over the web, looking for good deals!), Shop at Home is posting daily deals and previewing them as well, including these hot deals:

:: 6% Cash Back at Kohls.com TODAY, Thursday, 8/13 (WOOT!)

:: 10% Cash Back at Target.com SATURDAY, 8/15 (Be still my heart!)

:: 6% Cash Back at Dell.com MONDAY, 8/17 (Earn some $$ back on the big purchases!)

:: 4.5% Cash Back at Walmart.com TUESDAY, 8/18 (I believe Ebates only offers 1% - wow!)

:: 14% Cash Back at Barnes & Noble (BN.com) WEDNESDAY, 8/19 (That's no typo - 14%!)

I *love* shopping online - it's convenient, I can take my time comparing prices at different retailers, there are oodles of online coupon codes out there, and my kids aren't squabbling while I try to focus - but when I can shop online and earn easy cash rebates...well, it makes me want to do a little happy dance!

Go get signed up at Shop at Home and do your own little happy dance, too!

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August 12, 2009

Hip Hip Hurray Giveaways!! Link YOUR Giveaway Post!



Are you running a giveaway over at your webjoint? Drop your post link and spread the news!

Please note that I'm now using MckLinky rather than Mr. Linky for you to drop your links; it works just like Mr. Linky in that you add the link to your post URL and a title for your link. Please limit your link title to 50 characters.

To get the scoop on MckLinky, click here. It's a FREE service (unlike Mr. Linky) and y'all know my motto: FREE is my favorite flavor!



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August 10, 2009

Weekly Deals Roundup: Week of August 10, 2009



Here's some of the best deals I see this week; grab your reusable shopping bags and go get 'em!


:: FREE with coupon Bic Crystal Pens
:: $0.38 with coupon Speed Stick Deodorant
:: $0.50 with coupon Knorr Sides

To see the full ad matchup for Kroger, Cincinnati Region, click here. (Thank you, Mommy Snacks!)


:: FREE with coupons Danimals Crush Cups
:: $0.50 with coupon Wish Bone Salad Dressing
:: $1.00 with coupon Electrasol Dishwashing Detergent

To see the best of the ad matchup for Meijer, Cincinnati Region, click here. (Thank you, Mommy Snacks!)


:: FREE with coupon Nestle water 6-pack
:: $0.42 with coupon Shout Wipes
:: $1.16 with coupon Kashi Cereal

To see the full ad matchup for Wal-Mart, click here; note that prices may vary by region. (Thank you, Deal Seeking Mom!)


:: FREE with coupon Bic Pens
:: FREE - $1.99 with coupon Wick Freshmatic Starter Kit
:: $0.99 with coupons Revlon Nail Polish

To see the full ad matchup for Target, click here; note that prices may vary by region. (Thank you, Stretching A Buck!)


:: FREE + Overage after RRs and coupons Colgate Total Enamel Strength Toothpaste
:: FREE after RRs and coupons Reach Toothbrushes
:: FREE after coupons Bic Pens

To see the full ad matchup for Walgreens, click here. (Thank you, Bargain Briana!!)


:: FREE + Overage after ECBs and coupon Revlon Colorstay Mineral Mousse Makeup (Monday-Wednesday ONLY)
:: FREE after ECBs Contour Bayer Meter
:: $1.99 after ECBs and coupon Neutrogena Lipstick, Mascara, or Eyeliner

To see the full ad matchup for CVS, click here. (Thank you, Bargain Briana!)

What deals are you hunting for this week?

Menu Plan Monday: Summer, Summer...Cooking, Cooking?



Summer has finally arrived with a vengeance here in SW Ohio; we've had an unusually cool summer thus far but this weekend was a steamy one.

I love cooking during three seasons of the year; summer, however, I would happily skip if I could! Thank goodness for the grill, the crockpot, and salads of all kinds.

This week, I have lots left over in my freezer from last week; I didn't cook at home all weekend since I was off at camp with my Girl Scouts on Saturday night and we were at a family get-together on Sunday. I've got meals planned from last week (a meal plan I didn't get around to posting *blush*) that I'm putting on this week's menu as well as a bunch of leftovers from our campout that came home with me, the trusty Girl Scout leader.

Don't forget to hop on over to the linkeroony at Meal Plan Monday hosted by Orgjunkie.com to drop your meal plan post and surf the links for ideas!

Monday

Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast + Egg Noodles and Salad (rolled over from last week's menu)

Tuesday

Tacos with all the fixings (leftover from our Walking Tacos my Girl Scout troop made on Saturday night)

Wednesday

Cheese Tortellini (I got a 2 lb bag for FREE from Schwann's - did you register for your $10 free food to new Schwann's customers yet? Click here and see if you're eligible! ) with Marinara Sauce + fresh bread a la bread machine (this Amish Bread recipe looks good and I didn't bake it last time I had it on my menu *blushes again*)

Thursday

Cincinnati Chili + salad

Friday

Free day! (Parish Festival - my hubs turn to volunteer)

Saturday

Leftover Makeover: I'm using the leftover pot roast from Monday to make Shredded Beef Enchiladas - yum!

Sunday

Free Day! (Parish Festival - my turn to volunteer)

Looking for more help in the kitchen? Visit my foodie friends - you'll find all sorts of ideas to help you save time and money!





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August 8, 2009

Kroger Sweepstakes: Daily Chance to WIN Grocery or Gas for 1 YEAR {Plus Other Fabulous Prizes!}


A big shout out to alert reader Kristin who left a comment on this week's Let's Go Krogering! post about this current contest at Kroger.com.

Click here to login to/register for your Kroger.com account then take a spin on the Sweepstakes Wheel DAILY for a chance to win a year's worth of gas or groceries...plus other fabulous prizes.

I love the images Kroger on their site for this contest; Kroger in HQ'd here in Cincinnati which also happens to be a city just filled with Catholic Parish Festivals during the summer. Ours is next weekend (you can get info about the awesome auction my church does as well as the festival right here) and all the contest images at Kroger.com make me think of festival fun!

I haven't won anything yet in the Kroger.com contest - have you?? Leave a comment and brag a bit, m'kay!

I'm going to be offline until late Sunday night; I'm taking my Girl Scout Troop camping. All my freebies from CVS and Walgreens come in very handy for these outings!!

Have a great weekend - love you all!

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August 7, 2009

Money Smarts: Shout Out to MoneySavingMethods.com

While I am frugal by nature and fairly organized, I am not as methodical as I should or could be in my approach to saving money/earning money.

Sure, I coupon with the best of them and I research my prices before I buy and try my best to buy online through Ebates, Mr. Rebates, or Cashbaq (to learn more about how those sites work, click here). And because I'm not a splurge-spender (and I'm not married to a splurge-spender because it does make a huge difference to be financially compatible in your marriage), I'm fortunate enough to stay on the frugal side of the spending street.

However, I always try to find ways to do more, to save more, to earn more. Don't we all?

So today I want to introduce you to a friend of mine's blog. You may already know her site well but if you haven't read it yet, give yourself some time to click around and see what she does, and does quite methodically, to save and earn money at home.



Carrie at Money Saving Methods is just plain smart at saving and earning and she's constantly posting all the little and big ways she does both at her blog.

She is terribly organized; if you're looking for a way to get as organized as her, read her "Getting Started" guide and take notes.

And because I'm fortunate enough to know her in real life as well, I can attest to her honesty and her integrity.

I'm trying to implement some of the ideas she uses and posts about; I do need to get more organized and methodical myself. If you're interested in doing the same, I recommend reading her site and subscribing to her feed.

Do you know of a smart and money-savvy site you think is shout-out worthy? Leave a comment below and share what you know!

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August 6, 2009

Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway Winner: Azteca Meal Essentials



Thank you to all who entered for a chance to win (1) Meal Essentials Kit from Azteca! I loved all your quick and easy dinner ideas.



The winner of this Azteca Meal Essentials Giveaway is....

#4: Faerie Mom

Congratulations! I'll be in touch with you by email shortly so I can get your shipping information.



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August 5, 2009

$5/$25 Printable Coupon for Walgreens: Good In-Store and Online 8/5-8/6/09



Walgreens has released a $5/$25 printable coupon good in-store and online Wednesday and Thursday, 8/5-8/6/09.

This is a great way to grab some school supplies and RR deals and save some extra bucks as well.

Click here to print your coupon.

Remember, your total MUST be $25 after all other MFR coupons, store coupons, and RRs are applied and before tax for this coupon to work.

For this week's current deals and coupon matchups at Walgreens, click here (thanks, Bargain Briana!).

To learn more about how to save at Walgreens, read my Walgreens Explained post here.

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Hip Hip Hurray Giveaways! Link YOUR Giveaway Post!



This week, I reviewed and am giving away an easy dinner idea from Azteca on Monday (earlier than usual so I can ship the products); be sure read and enter here by 10 pm EST today (8/5/09).

Do you have a great giveaway going on over at your blogjoint? Feel free to drop your giveaway post link in the MckLinky below!

Please note that I'm now using MckLinky rather than Mr. Linky for you to drop your links; it works just like Mr. Linky in that you add the link to your post URL and a title for your link. Please limit your link title to 50 characters.

To get the scoop on MckLinky, click here. It's a FREE service (unlike Mr. Linky) and y'all know my motto: FREE is my favorite flavor!



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August 4, 2009

Let's Go Krogering! Week of August 3, 2009


Do love finding deals at your Kroger? This feature is for you! Link your post about what deals you found at your local Kroger or Kroger-affiliated store. Simple rules are here; the 149x149 button is in my sidebar.

Feel free to link up to this all week and share the good deals you find at your local Kroger or Kroger-affiliated store! As always, please add a link back to me in your Krogering post. Not sure how to do this? Just
email me and I'll walk you through it!

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This week's Let's Go Krogering! post is going up late; apologies. I didn't get my Krogering done until this afternoon.

Between the amount of goodies I still have stockpiled from my trip two weeks ago (during the last 10 Item Mega Event sale) just before I left for BlogHer in Chicago and the simple fact that it's summer and I'm not cooking nearly as much as I do during the school year, I honestly didn't need too much once again this week (you can see last week's updated trip right here).

My Kroger Trip, Tuesday, August 4, 2009:


Spent: $68.65
Saved: $34.05, or 33%

Here's the real shocker - I used only (4) paper coupons, two of which were $1.00 OYNO (off your next order) catalinas that I earned two weeks ago. I also found some really nice Kroger brand ecoupons on Shortcuts, specifically for the ice cream treats, the cookies, and the salad dressing, all items we need/use/want around here.

I'm glad we didn't need much because I really needed a break from couponing in general this week. Don't get me wrong; I do love what effective and systematic couponing does for my budget and my ability to stockpile what we use regularly. It's just good to be able to use that stockpile so I can give myself a rest from the matching, the gathering, and the clipping of the coupons!

Oh, and I should also note that the picture above doesn't show the two gallons of milk that my hubs Knute already bought on Sunday night for $1.98 ea; I'm starting to think a milking cow would be more cost effective in the long run for these kiddos of mine. Whew!

What deals did you find at Kroger this week? Link *your* Let's Go Krogering! post all week and help another reader save some $$!

**As always, please add a link back to my Let's Go Krogering! post in your Krogering post and be sure that you add your post's permalink to the Mr. Linky so everyone else can find your deals (rather than just linking back to your blog's homepage). Need help doing this? Email me and I'll walk you through it!**



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