Monday, March 1, 2010

Where did time go??

I can not believe that it has been almost a year and a half since I last posted to this blog. I truly don't have an excuse, just reasons that I let get in the way. Since I last posted, my husband and I have moved twice, he started a new job, I gave birth to our wonderful baby boy Xander, and we are now about to embark on one of our craziest adventures yet.

We've both lived in Florida for most of our lives (both were born in New Jersey), but my husband has always wanted to live in Seattle, Washington. Thanks to a fantastic job transfer, his dream has now become a reality and will soon be one for myself and our son. James has been in Seattle since the beginning of December and Xander and I will be joining him in just a couple of weeks. Why the delay? Moving cross-country is ridiculously expensive!

We finally found a great house in Seattle and our things just left on a moving truck yesterday to make the 3800 mile trip. Once everything arrives then Xander and I will be flying out to our new home!

So yes, life has been hectic, crazy, and exhausting. It's also been exciting. I'm not always happy about change, but I do love a good adventure and that's how I'm viewing this move. So the course of this blog will be changing. We'll stil be experiencing my adventures in frugality, just on a different coast! I hope you join me for the wild ride as I try to adjust to living and saving in the Pacific Northwest! Oh Florida sun...I already miss you.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

It's that time again to share some of the yummy food we'll be having over the week! As always, everything we eat is purchased on sale and usually combined with coupons to maximize the savings.

Breakfast: James doesn't usually eat breakfast, instead usually grabs a so-healthy-for-him soda on the way out the door. Now that I'm pregnant I try (operative word here is try) to eat something healthy every morning. Usually my breakfast consists of some oatmeal and a yogurt or like this morning some leftover breakfast sausage, a biscuit, and frozen pancakes I nabbed on sale at Publix.

Lunches: The nature of James' job isn't conducive to bringing lunch with him so he usually hits a fast food joint (again oh-so-healthy) or, if he has time, stops home for lunch. Since I'm home, my lunches usually consist of leftovers or sandwiches made with leftovers. Of course, this doesn't count last Wednesday when I was craving a burger...not just any burger, but a Chili's Smokehouse burger and made my sweet, wonderful husband go get me one at lunchtime to satisfy my so-specific cravings. Not exactly good for the budget, but it sure tasted great!

Dinners for the week - You will see a couple I didn't get to make last week due to those lovely pregnancy cravings and James being sick and wanting chicken noodle soup one night.

Monday: Roasted turkey breast (not on sale, but cheap at Publix last week) with mashed potatoes (boxed & on sale with coupon at Winn-Dixie the week before) and mixed vegetables (Steamfresh frozen veggies free with coupon and sale at Publix 2 weeks ago).

Tuesday: Pork roast (bought on sale B1G1 at Winn-Dixie a few weeks ago) cooked Cuban style with mojo, black beans and rice, and fried plantains. Remember people, I'm Cuban!

Wednesday: Marlboro Man's Second Favorite Sandwich. We didn't get to try this recipe last week because James really wanted chicken soup that night because he was sick. Now I know he was truly sick because my husband does not like soup normally; only when he is under the weather! Again, we will be having this artery-clogging, but delicious sandwich with a side salad.

Thursday: Meatloaf, using my own secret recipe my husband adores and swears is better than his own mom's (sorry Jody!), with scalloped potatoes (Betty Crocker boxed, again with coupon and on sale at Winn-Dixie), and corn (Steamfresh frozen veggies free with coupon and sale at Publix 2 weeks ago and i really stocked up!).

Friday: Enchiladas. I will probably make a mixture of beef and chicken using an Old El Paso kit that I bought BOGO and with a coupon at Publix last week. We will have this with Zatarain's Spanish rice, bought this week BOGO and with a coupon at Publix.

Saturday: Fend for yourself leftover night! We'll have plenty of leftovers from the week as I have never learned to cook for two which is good for lunches and leftover nights for the rest of the week!

Sunday: Marlboro Man's Favorite Sandwich. I can't wait to finally try this recipe! It looks so yummy!

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Freebie Friday!!

It's been a busy week, and I so haven't posted like I should, but that will all change this weekend. I will be posting daily from now on and you will all be benefiting from my fabulous frugalosity! Sarcasm and a made-up word are a great combination. Anyways, on to the fabulous freebie's I've found this week!

Free Yogi tea sample pack

Free John Frieda Luxurious Volume

Free Huggies Supreme Diaper & Baby Lotion

Free Kotex LightDays sample

Free Stride gum. Click on settle. It's so funny, too!

Free Wendy's twisted Frosty (or coupon!)

Free GoodNites sleep pants sample

Free Ice/Heat pack

Free custom fruit roll-up

Free Aveeno Positively Ageless

Free Betty Crocker Warm Delights Minis

Free Betty Crocker Potatoes

Free Purina Yesterday's News Cat Litter

Free Huggies Supreme Diaper & Baby Lotion

Free Nicorette Starter pack

Monday, September 8, 2008

Menu Plan Monday 09/08/07 to 09/14/08

I'm sorry I've disappeared, but I hope to start posting on a daily basis now that I'm settling in to this pregnancy thing a little and life is slowing down some. So far, so good! No morning sickness as of yet, but I have had quite a bit of dizziness, my breasts are huge and sore, and I've had some food aversions, but today was my first serious craving! I wanted sour cream & onion potato chips like it was going out of style! Luckily, my wonderful husband was good enough to stop and bring some home on his way home from work! I'm 8 weeks along and did I mention I'm showing already? It's insane! Of course, many people have said we're having twins, but we will know for sure next week at our first doctor's appointment when they do the ultrasound. If it's twins, well...I'm sure it'll be the thud heard around the world as my husband and I both will pass out from shock!

Let's get back on track! I did a little shopping this past week and even today at Publix, and a little bit at Winn-Dixie, but I was mostly stocked up on everything except for some meat. I think I'm pretty much sticking to Publix from now on for meat because it upsets me that all of Winn-Dixie's BOGO meat deals are outrageously expensive most of the time. I can get a better deal at Publix most of the time paying for both packs and not getting it BOGO! For example, one of the packs of chicken that was BOGO this week at WD was about $14. That was about 3 lbs of meat. So you pay about $14 for 6 lbs of chicken. Most of the WD chcicken I've gotten has quite a bit of gristle on it, too. Publix has a sale every 8 weeks or so where it's $1.99 lb for chicken breasts. I ususally buy about 15 packs at that time to take me through until the next sale and stock my deep freezer. Even if we did the 6 lbs comparison it still works out cheaper at Publix and they usually have a lot less gristle. I just like Publix so much better, too. With coupons and stacking their store coupons with manufacturer coupons, they are cheaper than other grocery stores most of the time. Plus, they are much cleaner and so much friendlier than any of my other grocery stores in the neighborhood! I just can't wait until the end of this month when I finally get an Aldi's nearby!

Now on to the menu!

Monday: Chicken and Dumplings. This is a variation on my mother-in-law's recipe and since she doesn't write things down and I subscribe to the Rachael-Ray-school-of-eyeballing, I have no recipe for you guys. Sorry! I used a pack of chicken left from the last Publix sale, organic chicken broth on sale at Big Lots and a can of crescent rolls I cut up and rolled out into dumpling form as I am lazy today. Hey, I'm pregnant! I'm allowed!

Tuesday: Baked Ziti with meat sauce. This will be using 1 lb of the ground chuck on sale for $1.97 at Publix this week in a meat sauce using Muir Glen organic fire-roasted tomatoes I have gotten for FREE at Publix with coupons. The shredded cheese I will use in the yummy pasta is also from Publix and was free with coupon again at Publix! We'll have this with some frozen garlic bread from the deep freezer...not a clue where I got it.

Wednesday: Tacos night! Not that I didn't already have a gazillion Old El Paso taco kits from the last BOGO sales, but who can resist cheap, cheap, CHEAP dinner kits BOGO with coupons? So yeah, I picked up a couple more from you guessed it...Publix!

Thursday: Marlboro Man's Second Favorite Sandwich. Okay, so I found this website and I absolutely love it. I harbor a secret dream to live in the country growing my own fruit and veggies, getting fresh eggs form my own hens, riding my horse down to my local general store for some flour and generally being a total country girl. Of course, in realit I can't stand being outside for more than a few minutes because of the icky bugs and the heat, love riding horses, but can't fathom grooming them myself, and the garden? Uh yeah, you have seen there are dirt, worms, and bugs of all varieties involved in that activity, right? So I love living vicariously through others! I just love the Pioneer Woman's site and she has lots of yummy recipes! You can check her out here. We'll be having this artery-clogger of a sandwich with a know, to cancel out the calories!

Friday: Spanish Burgers with Manchego and Chorizo Hash Browns. This is a Rachael Ray recipe that is really yummy! Well...I don't know that yet, beacause we haven't exactly had it before, but darn it, it looks good! Again, I'll be using ground chuck from the Publix sale and the rest of the ingredients will be from things I already have from the pantry and freezer.

Saturday: Leftover night! We should have plenty by then. It will be quick and easy to reheat some Baked Ziti, leftover taco meat and fresh tortillas, extra chicken and will be a nice little smorgasbord!

Sunday: Marlboro Man's Favorite Sandwich. Yup, you guessed it! It's from that website again. Serioously, check it out. She has some great recipes. We've tried a few already, but I can't wait to try this one! I think even my husband will be drooling over this one! The cubed steak will actually be from Winn-Dixie. yes, I know, you can all pick your jaws up off the ground. I didn't say Publix was cheaper ALL the time now, did I? We'll probably serve these with some potato chips.

Oooh, those Sour Cream and Onion chips are sure sounding good again right about now...

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Weekly Ad Wednesday!

It's that time again! Here is a brief run-down of what I think are the highlights for Publix this week!
08/27 - 09/03


Ball Park Beef Franks [Or Turkey, Assorted Varieties, 12.8 to 16-oz pkg.] (save up to $3.79)
$1/2 blinkie
$1 wyb Ball Park Franks & Sara Lee buns tearpad
.50/1 peelie
COCA-COLA Zero 12-pk FREE (max $4.99) WYB (1) Sara Lee Hot Dog Buns AND (1) Ball Park Franks or Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage blinkie

Lenders Pre-Sliced Bagels [Plain, Egg, Onion, Cinnamon Raisin, Blueberry, or Wheat, 6-ct. bag (Found in the Dairy Aisle.)] (save up to $1.95)
.75/1 Publix Store coupon Toss4Cash booklet
(not found in my Florida version)

Smart Balance Spread [Assorted Varieties, 13 or 15-oz or 2-pk. 7.5-oz tub or Spray, 8-oz bot.] BOGO (save up to $2.79)
$1/2 8/10/08 RP
$1/2 6/8/08 RP x 8/31/08
.50/1 home mailer

Breyers Ice Cream [Assorted Varieties, 48 or 56-oz ctn.] (save up to $5.19)
$1/1 Market Basket booklet
.55 off Smucker's Toppings WYB Breyer's Ice Cream, 1.5 qt+ blinkie

Green Giant Frozen Vegetables [Assorted Varieties, 14 to 24-oz pkg.] (save up to $3.49)
$1.50/1 peelie
$2 off Green Giant Frozen Products wyb 5 participating General Mills Products tearpad

Hellmanns Mayonnaise [Assorted Varieties, 30 or 32-oz jar] (save up to $5.49)
$1/2 Market Basket booklet
.60/1 7/27/08 RP Hispanic
$2.00 on Deli meat wyb one Hellmann's Product (18 oz+) not sure of source

Wish-Bone Dressing [Assorted Varieties, 16-oz bot.] (save up to $2.69)
.60/1, $1/2, .75/2 6/29/08, 8/17/08 RP
.65/1 7/27/08 RP Hispanic
$1/1 Unilever booklet
.55/1 hangtag

Campbells Select Soup [Or Select Harvest, Assorted Varieties, 18.6 to 18.8-oz can or 15.3-oz bowl] (save up to $2.29)
$1/4, .50/2 8/17/08 SS
$1/1 peelie

Barilla Pasta [Selected Varieties, 13.25 to 16-oz box (Excluding Barilla Plus and Lasagna.)] (save up to $1.45)
$1 wyb Barilla Pasta & Barilla Sauce jar home mailer
$1/3 Barilla piccolini printable (if included in sale)
$1/2 Market Basket booklet

Lawrys 30 Minute Marinade [Assorted Varieties, 12-oz bot.] (save up to $2.85)
.50/1, $1/2 6/22/08, 8/17/08 RP
$1/1 hangtag
$2 off Meat wyb Lawry's Mexican Chile & Lime Marinade And Any Other Lawry's Marinade
$1 off Meat, poultry or fish wyb 2 Lawry's Marinade hangtag

Mt. Olive Sweet Relish [Or Pickles, Selected Varieties, 16-oz jar] (save up to $2.19)
.50/1, .75/1, $1/1 8/17/08 SS
$1/2 hangtag
.55/1, .75/1 blinkie

Glade PlugIns Scented Oil Refill [Assorted Varieties, Value Pack, 2-ct. box] (save up to $5.49)
B1G1 Glade Plugins Scented Oil Refills , Up To $5.49 (Equal Or Lesser Value) 8/24/08 SS
$1/1 8/3/08 SS
$1/2 Parents mag April, May '08
$1/1 peelie
$1/2 home mailer
$1/2 booklet

Other Sale Items

Publix Enriched White Bread [20-oz loaf Limit four.] $0.89

Ground Chuck [Publix Beef, USDA-Inspected, Ground Fresh Several Times Daily] $1.97 lb

Publix Print Paper Towels [Big Roll, 1-roll pkg. Limit four.] $0.89

Publix Orange Juice [Original or With Calcium, 100% From Concentrate, All Florida, 128-oz cont. Limit four.] $2.49

Publix Milk [Grade A: Whole, 1% Milkfat Lowfat, Fat Free, or 2% Milkfat Reduced Fat, 1-gal bot. Limit four.] $3.59

General Mills Cheerios Cereal [8.9-oz box Limit four.] $1.99

Large White Shrimp [Previously Frozen, Farm-Raised, 31 to 35 per Pound] $5.99 lb

12-Pack Selected Pepsi Products [Limit one deal per coupon per customer. Customer is responsible for all applicable taxes. This coupon is non-transferable.] buy 4 get 1 free 4/$10

Pork Spareribs [Publix Pork, All-Natural, Full-Flavor] $1.99 lb

Boston Butt Roast [Publix Pork, All-Natural, Full-Flavor] $1.99 lb

Shoulder Roast [Boneless, Publix Premium Certified Beef, USDA Choice] $3.99 lb

Whole Chicken [Publix All-Natural, USDA Grade A] $1.19 lb

Publix Shredded BBQ Beef or Pork [With Sweet BBQ Sauce, 16-oz pkg.] 2/$5

Publix Extra Thin-Sliced Meats [Ham: Cooked or Honey or Turkey Breast: Oven Roasted, Smoked, or Honey Smoked, 10-oz pkg.] 2/$6

California Peaches or Nectarines [Or White Flesh Varieties, Hand Picked and Packed for Peak Flavor] $1.49 lb

California Plums [Black, Red, Purple, or Green Varieties] $0.79 lb

Corn [Yellow, Bi-Color, or White Varieties, Great for Grilling, each] 10/$2

Deli Iced Tea [Sweetened, Unsweetened, Raspberry, Peach, or Diet; or Green Tea With Ginseng and Honey: Regular or Diet, Cool and Refreshing, half-gal jug] $0.89

Kraft American Cheese Singles [Yellow or White, 12-oz pkg.] 2/$4

Boston Market Home Style Meals [Assorted Varieties, 9.7 to 16-oz box] 5/$10

Purina Friskies Dry Cat Food [Indoor Delights, Seafood Sensations, Signature Blend, or Adult Feline Favorites, 3.15-lb pkg.] $3.49

Purina Friskies Selects Indoor Cat Food [Assorted Varieties, 5.5-oz can] 4/$3

Friday, August 22, 2008

Freebie Friday!

Sorry I've been a little MIA lately after promising new posts daily, but I promise it's for a good reason! I just found out that I'm pregnant! My husband and I are extremely excited and happy beyond belief as this will be our first child.

**does a little happy dance**

Okay, I'm good now.

Now, for the freebies! I've compiled a list of fabulous frugal freebies (say that 3 times fast!) and samples you can send off for below:


Get your free sample of Cascade Complete All-in-One and Mr. Clean Eraser here.

Free puppy training DVD kit and coupon

Free resource on better bone health

Free 2GB of picture storage from Nikon

Free pocket Constitution and Declaration of Independence

Free Arm and Hammer toothpaste sample

(thanks to!)

Scott Extra Soft toilet paper (Walmart)

Bounce Awakenings dryer sheets

Snausages dog treats

New Home Made Simple P&G coupon book

Dove Energy Glow Moisturizer & Body Wash (Spanish)

Dove Advanced Color Care hair products (Spanish)

Neutrogena Oil-Free Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Weekly Ad Wednesday!!

I've scoured both ads for Publix and Winn-Dixie to see the best sales for this week. These are the highlights for both stores and let me tell you, I'm pretty excited about some of these sales! Remember, the item on sale is in purple and the coupons matching are in red!

Sale for week of 08/21 - 08/27

BOGO (Buy One Get One Free):

Oscar Mayer Beef Franks [Regular, Light, No Fillers Bun Length, XXL, or Jumbo
, 16-oz pkg.]
Free OM Hot Dogs WYB 3 K/NAB/OM products tearpad
Free OM Hot Dogs WYB 3 K/NAB/OM products All You mag

Kens Steak House Dressing [Or Lite Accents, Assorted Varieties, 7 or 16-oz bot. (Excluding 8-oz Salad Dressing.)] (save up to $2.99)
$1/1 hangtag $1/1, $1/2,
.35/1 8/3/08 SS

Lite Accents:
.55/1 hangtag
$2/1, $1/1 8/3/08 SS

General Mills Cereal [Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Reeses Puffs, Cookie Crisp, Kix, 11.25 to 17-oz, Golden Grahams, 16-oz, or Breakfast Pack, 9.14-oz box Quantity...] (save up to $3.99)
B3G1, B2G1 peelies (various, see DB for details)
.75/1, $1/1, $2/3 peelie
$1/2 7/13/08 SS
$1/2 home mailer
.55/1 printable

Kens Steak House Marinade [Or Buffalo Wing Sauce, Assorted Varieties, 16-oz bot.] (save up to $2.79)
$1/1 hangtag
$1/1 8/3/08 SS

Motts 100% Apple Juice [Or Motts for Tots Fruit Juice and Purified Water, Plus Kids Health, or Plus Light, Assorted Varieties, 64-oz bot.] (save up to $2.89)

$1/2 8/10/08 SS1 $1/2 printable

Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mix [Assorted Varieties, 17.52 to 18.5-oz box (Excluding Angel Food and Carrot Cake Mix.)] (save up to $1.57)

Tostitos Tortilla Chips [Assorted Varieties, 15.5 or 19-oz bag (Excluding Baked!, Light, and Natural.)] (surprisingly low price)
FREE Tostitos Dip wyb (2) Tostitos 9 oz+ peelie
$2 wyb bags of Tostitos (10oz or larger) AND (2) jars of Tostitos dip (15oz or larger) tearpad, peelie
$1 wyb Tostitos Brand Tortilla Chips 9 Oz. + And One 15 Oz. + Jar Of Tostitos Dip x 8/23/08 6/8/08 SS
.55 wyb Tostitos Brand Tortilla Chips 9 Oz. + And One 15 Oz. + Jar Of Tostitos Dip x 8/23/08 6/8/08 SS
.55/1 6/8/08 SS x 8/22/08
$1.25/2 home mailer

Kotex Security Tampons [Selected Varieties, 18-ct. pkg. or Lightdays Pantiliners, 40 to 64-ct. pkg.] (save up to $3.39)
$1/1 All You July '08
$1/1 printable
.75/1 home mailer, booklet
$1/1 mfr Publix "Celebrate the Spirit " coupon sheet
.75/1 7/20/08 SS

Tostitos Dip [or Fritos, Lay's or Ruggles: or Tostitos Queso or Salsa 15-15.25 oz jar] (save up to $3.69)
FREE Tostitos Dip wyb (2) Tostitos Chips 9 oz+ peelie
$2 wyb bags of Tostitos (10oz or larger) AND (2) jars of Tostitos dip (15oz or larger) tearpad, peelie
$1 wyb Tostitos Brand Tortilla Chips 9 Oz. + And One 15 Oz. + Jar Of Tostitos Dip x 8/23/08 6/8/08 SS
.55 wyb Tostitos Brand Tortilla Chips 9 Oz. + And One 15 Oz. + Jar Of Tostitos Dip x 8/23/08 6/8/08 SS

Not BOGO, but still good deals!

All Small & Mighty 3X Laundry Detergent [Or All 2X Ultra, Concentrated, Assorted Varieties, 32 or 50-oz bot.] $3.99
$1/1 All You mag Aug. '08
$1/1 printables:

California Plums [Red, Black, Purple, or Green Varieties, A Good Source of Antioxidants] $0.79 lb

Large Shrimp Skewers [Made With Large Peeled and Deveined Shrimp, Previously Frozen, Farm-Raised, each] 10/$10

Split Chicken Breast [With Ribs, Publix All-Natural, USDA Grade A] $1.69 lb

Whole Fresh Picnic [Publix Pork, All-Natural, Full-Flavor] $1.29 lb

Progresso Soup [Assorted Varieties, 18 to 19-oz can or 15.25-oz bowl] 4/$5

Frenchs Mustard [Classic Yellow Squeeze Bottle or Spicy Brown Bold Deli Flavor, 12 or 14-oz bot.] $1.19
.50/1 printable HomeSolutionsNews®: Special Offers

Fresh Express Salad Blends [Assorted Varieties, A Healthy and Convenient Meal Solution, 5 to 12-oz bag] 2/$4

Winn-Dixie ad for 08/20 - 08/26


Hickory Sweet thin-sliced bacon - up to $3.49

GM Cereal - up to $4.39 (cookie crisp, resse's puffs, total cranberry, raisin bran)
B3G1, B2G1 peelies (various, see DB for details)
.75/1, $1/1, $2/3 peelie
$1/2 7/13/08 SS
$1/2 home mailer
.55/1 printable

GM Cereal - up to $4.59 (Lucky Charms, Apple cinnamon, frosted, or Honey nut cheerios)
B3G1, B2G1 peelies (various, see DB for details)
.75/1, $1/1, $2/3 peelie
$1/2 7/13/08 SS
$1/2 home mailer
.55/1 printable

Sara Lee Soft & Smooth classic white bread - up to $2.49
Free Sara Lee Soft & Smooth Bread (up to $3.49) SS 08/17

McCormick Grill Mates marinades - up to $2.59
Free McCormick Grill Mates wyb any McCormick Grill mates tearpad exp 08/31

10 for $10

Dole classic iceberg or cole slaw 16oz

Bunch broccoli, large tomatoes, white mushrooms, mangos, del monte fruit naturals, large plums

Michelina's Entrees
$1 off 5 30 day rolling expiration
.55 off 2 blinkie exp 10/05/08

Bird's Eye veggies

Handi-Snacks putting or Kool-Aid gels

Suddenly Salad
$1/2, .55/2 06/29/08 SS
.40 off 1

Hunts Pasta sauce 26oz

Horizon organic reduced fat milk singles
$1 off any 2 Horizon Organic product in Go Organic! Publix booklet exp 08/31

Other Great Deals!

Pert Plus Shampoo or 2in1 13.5oz 5 for $10
$2 off 06/29 SS and 08/03 SS
Juicy Juice 2 for $5
.50/1, $1/1, $1/1 08/03 RP
$1/1 Harvest Surprise

3-Bar Dial Soap 2 for $3
.60/1 05/18 SS exp 09/01