Friday, April 30, 2010


I needed vitamins for my 2 year old. I swear that kid has a perma-runny nose.

Retails: $37.31
Total Spent: $6.06
Percent Off: 84%

Wheaties Fuel, reg. $4.99 (total rip off- it's a tiny box!)
- on sale $1.99- it's not marked but will ring up for that after you scan your Fresh Value's card
- buy 4
- used 2 $1 coupon- have to become a fan on facebook
- used 2 $.75 coupons here or here
- used $.75 e-coupon here and here
- including tax, $3.35 for all 4 boxes! or $.84/box
- PLUS gives a $4 catalina (like a gift card) when you buy 4 boxes

Spiderman gummy vitamins, 180 count, reg. $14.99
- on sale $7.49
- used $1 coupon from 3/14 RP newspaper (expires today!)
- used $4 catalina from Wheaties
- $2.49! (these are delicious by the way. Sam was crying for more.)

I bought these in 2 transactions so I could use the catalina to pay for the vitamins.

From what I hear, the Wheaties Fuel deal is good through the 25th of May. Sweet. The vitamins are on sale until Tuesday night.

Money Left for the Month (that starts tomorrow. oops.): $108.17

Thursday, April 29, 2010


I was next door to Maceys and thought I'd pop in and grab some pork roasts.

Retails: $29.45
Total Spent: $11.48
Percent Off: 61%

How did I do it?

Boston Butt bone in Pork Roast, reg. $2.99/lb
- on sale $.98/lb

Huggies Diapers, reg. $9.77
- on sale $8.99
- used $1 in ad coupon
- used $3 coupon, previously available online
- $4.99

Money Left for the Month: $114.23

Fresh Market x2

I told you I was going back. I'm stocking up on that delicious Tillamook cheese. Oh, and the chocolate chips. Don't forget the chocolate chips.

Retails: $48.29
Total Spent: $19.43
Percent Off: 60%

How did I do it?

See previous post for everything not listed below.

Mission Tortillas, 10 count, reg. $2.89
- on sale $.99
- used $.75/1 coupon
- $.25 each!

Charmin Basics, 12 double rolls, reg. $7.69
- on sale $3.98
- used $1 coupon from P&G coupon book that came in the mail (had to spend $50 to earn it)
- $2.98!

Money Left for the Month: $125.71
(yes, the month that hasn't started yet.)

Fresh Market

Wow. I'm going back later today to get more of these deals. The expiration date on the cheese isn't until February of 2011! I LOVE grand openings. Speaking of which, Winco in Orem is opening on Monday! (I think ALL of my budget will be gone between these 2 stores. yikes.)

Retails: $83.14
Total Spent: $29.86
Percent Off: 64%

How did I do it?

Boneless Pork Loin Roast, reg. $4.99/lb
- on sale $1.48/lb! makes great shredded pork for tacos, salads, sandwiches

Tillamook 2 lb Medium Cheese, reg. $7.49
- on sale $3.98! (limit 2) this is a great price for store brand cheese, and an awesome price on Tillamook

Guittard Baking Chips, reg. $2.75
- on sale $.98! (limit 6)

Tostitos chips, reg. $3.99
- on sale $2.38
- used $1/2 in ad coupon (limit 1 coupon per person)
- used $1 peelies on bags
- $.88 each!

Bounty Basics paper towels, 8 count, reg. $7.69
- on sale $3.98
- used $1 coupon from P&G coupon book from mail (had to spend $50 in P&G items to get it)
- $2.98!

Yoplait Yogurt, reg. $.60
- on sale $.33 (limit 12)
- used $0.50/6 coupon
- $.25 each

Ortega taco seasoning mix, reg. $1.19
- on sale $.68
- used $.75/2 coupon from 4/18 SS newspaper
- $.31 each

Western Family sour cream, 16 oz, reg. $.99
- on sale $.79

this sale goes through Tuesday night

compiled list from cuckooforcoupondeals

Money Left for the Month: $145.14

April Budget Review

I'm not a regular grocery shopper. I buy stuff before I even need it, matching manufacturer coupons with store sales. This way I'm able to "shop" from my own pantry and pay a fraction of retail with items I use. No, we will not use all those mandarin oranges this month, but we will use it this year. When I make meals for us, I menu plan around what we already have on our shelves and in the freezer. There are occasional items I have to pay full price for, but they are the exception as I build up my food storage with stuff we actually use, all for less then I used to spend just to get us by every month.

Retails: $639.01
Total Spent: $205.87
Percent Off: 68%

This month I was able to stock up on lotion, deodorant, maxi pads, fabric softener, dryer sheets, toothbrushes, salsa, diapers, wipes, rice, vegetable oil, cereal, canned veggies, canned fruit, syrup, dough enhancer, flour, chicken broth, beef roasts, paper towels, cough drops, 7-Up, soap, foil, dog treats, cream of chicken soup, ice cream, granola bars, shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper, Easter treats, eggs, frozen veggies, canned dog food, butter, spices, air fresheners, sugar

WIC Items

Retails: $70.36
Total Spent: FREE
thanks WIC!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Retails: about $6
Total Spent: FREE!
thanks WIC!

on voucher but didn't get: canned fish

Baskin Robbins $.31 ice cream!

It's back! Baskin Robbins' annual $.31 scoop night is tonight from 5-10pm. Delicious.

If I remember right, last year there was a limit of 3 scoops per person. The weather is crummy around here, so maybe our lines will be shorter? Last year the line wrapped around the building, but there was a fun, party atmosphere and it moved decently fast.

See you tonight!

thanks utahdealdiva!

Fresh Market Deals

CuckooforCouponDeals has match ups for the Fresh Market Grand Openings I told you about yesterday. It's the only place I can find right now that has the deals with coupon matchups and ratings. Couple highlights:
  • Tillamook 2 lb cheese, $3.98
  • Guittard Baking Chips, $.98 (limit 6)
  • Bounty 8 count paper towels, $3.98 (use $1 bounty coupon from P&G $100 coupon book, makes them $2.98)
  • Boneless Pork Loin Roast, $1.48/lb
I'll be going to Fresh Market for sure this week! This sale starts today.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Grand Openings!

Finally! Fresh Market is having their Grand Opening starting tomorrow, Wed. April 28 for the following locations.

a. Lehi – 760 East Main Street, Lehi, UT 84043
b. Riverton – 1784 West 12600 South, Riverton, UT 84605
c. Provo – 560 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601
d. Richfield – 250 South Main Street, Richfield, UT 84701
e. University Pkwy. – 2255 University Parkway, Provo, UT 84604
f. American Fork – 135 East Main Street, American Fork, UT 84003
g. Spanish Fork – 652 North 800 East, Spanish Fork, UT 84660

It sounds like it's going to be a good sale. They're also having some fun promotions:

  • Every day at 4:00 one person will get a $200 gift card!
  • May 1st at 2:00 win a 2 minute shopping spree!
  • Everyday: free groceries, $5 bounce back coupon when you spend $50, plus you can enter to win a Ford Focus!

Also the Orem Winco will be opening sometime very soon! I'm so excited about this one. Check out UtahDealDiva's price comparison here on spices between Winco and Walmart. They're so much cheaper at Winco, like 80% and better!

So start saving your pennies if you live around here. We're going to have some crazy good deals coming our way.

Free Batteries Update

For those of you in need of batteries that are planning on snagging the Duracell 20 count at Staples this week, here's a bit more info
  • Use your Staples Reward Member card. It's free and can sign up here or in the store. You get 10% back on ink, paper, and printing.
  • buy a 20 count Duracell AAA or AA for $9.99, get $9.99 rebate
  • rebate is NOT an Easy Rebate, meaning you don't have to enter anything in at all at the Staples website. Instead the rebate is linked to your Rewards card and will be mailed to you quarterly. Super easy! Just buy it and automatically get your money back. Sweet.
  • There's a limit of 2.
They also have the Hammerhill Copy Paper Plus for $6.49 with a $5.49 rebate. You do have to enter in the rebate info on this one, but it's really easy. Limit 2.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Party Favors/ Prizes

I bought these eggs this morning at Rite Aid and just had to tell you how great they are.

They are being clearanced out with the Easter stuff at 90% right now. They retail for $2.99, so are 29 cents for a pack of 8!

Each egg has a little baggy with 4 jelly beans inside, perfect for little ones.

At the Provo Rite Aid they had these balls, dinosaur heads, and a Dora/Diego/Sponge Bob medley. My mom said her Rite Aid in Washington had butterfly ones.

These totally don't look Easter-y to me at all. They would make a great party favor or prize for some lucky little ones. I'm using them to help potty train. 5 stickers = a treat!

rite aid

I'm SO overbudget. I've been really thinking about why and I remembered that case lot sales were this month. In the fall I think I might allot myself like $30 more dollars for the case lots. That would help. It wouldn't have been enough this month though. Yikes.

I went to Rite Aid today just for the Aveeno. That stuff is so good but it is priced like gold.

Retails: $43.03
Total Spent: $7.08
Percent Off: 84%
plus I will be getting a $3 Rebate, so factoring that in,
Total Spent: $4.08
Percent Off: 91%

How did I do it?

First, I got my total before coupons to above $25 so I could use this $5/$25 Rite Aid coupon.

Aveeno, 8 oz, reg. $7.69
- used $1/1Aveeno printable
- used $2 in-ad coupon
- $4.69
- PLUS applied for a $3 rebate for buying 2 Aveeno product (buy 1 get $1; buy 2 get $3; buy 3 get $5)
- $3.19 each, factoring in rebate (PLUS cheaper when using the $5/$25 coupon above)

Stayfree pads, reg. $3.99
- on sale $1.99
- used $2 coupon from 3/28 RP

Lady Speedstick, reg. $3.99
- on sale $2.99
- used $2 in-ad coupon
- used $.50 coupon from 4/25 SS
- $.49
(I totally do not need deodorant but needed more filler to get my total to be $25. It actually cost me less to buy this than not)

Dinosaur/Ball Eggs, reg. $2.99
- $.29 each, all Easter stuff is 90% off
(I bought these to help with potty training. I showed them to Sam and his diaper was off, ready to use the toilet before I even finished explaining it to him. It was so funny!)

sale ends Saturday night.

compiled list from hip2save and mavenofsavin

Money Left for the Month: -$5.74

Free Pretzels Today Only!

Today (april 26th) Pretzelmaker and Pretzel Time stores are giving away a free pretzel to celebrate National Pretzel Day.

Happy National Pretzel Day, by the way. I hope it's lovely for you.

Their website says all you have to do is
sing a snippet from a song of their choice and receive a FREE pretzel(with or without salt). Patrons who prefer not to sing won't go hungry - they can simply mention "National Pretzel Day" and receive their free snack

Sweet! Check here to see if your store is participating. I checked and both the Provo and Orem malls are participating.

Free Batteries, Cheap Paper

Staples has a few great rebates this week (april 24-may 1):
  • 20 pack of Duracell batteries are $9.99, get $9.99 back in rebate= FREE! (limit 2)
  • Hammerhill Copy Paper Plus is $6.49, get $5.49 back in rebate= $1! (limit 2)
You have to be a Staples Rewards Member but that's free. You can sign up here or in the store.

thanks hip2save!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Money, money, money!!!

Well, good news for me. I finally got my $27 Rite Aid rebate check in the mail today, meaning that, for the time being, I am under budget. Barely. I will enjoy that feeling for now.

Money Left for the Month: $1.34

$.44 Worcestershire Sauce!

SAVE $2.00

There's a $2 coupon off any Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce at

Walmart has the 10 oz. bottle for $2.44, so $.44 after coupon! Print this bad boy off now as the print limit will probably be reached pretty quick.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Family Dollar

Retails: $11.43
Total Spent: $1.13
Percent Off: 90%

How did I do it?

Snuggle Fabric Softener/Dryer Sheets, reg. $3
- used $3 from 3/28 RP newspaper

Marshmallow cookies, reg. $1.80
- on clearance $.50 (rewards for potty training!)

Reach Toothbrushes, reg. $1
- used $1 coupon from 6/14 SS newspaper

Money Left for the Month: -$26.79

Thursday, April 22, 2010

menu 4/22

picture of carribean chicken over rice

Main Dish:
Sides: fresh/frozen/canned fruits and veggies

To Buy for the Menu:
  • nothing: I menu plan around what I already have in the house so I don't have to pay full price for items on my menu. In this way I'm able to afford to stock up on all the great deals every week.

Free Aero Clothes!

Aeropostale just posted this coupon on their web site for $10 off a $10 or more purchase valid in store this weekend only, 4/23-4/25. Happy shopping!

thanks hip2save!

Utah Symphony Tickets: 2 for $20!

Ok, you culturally-minded people out there. Utah Symphony or Opera tickets are 2 or $20 TODAY ONLY! Thats 81% off! The tickets have to be used before 5/29/10. Perfect timing for Mother's Day.

The Symphony doing Scheherazade this weekend. Other concerts include Sibelius' Fifth, Saint-Saens Piano Concerto, All-Star Evening (youth soloist and youth orchestra), and Mahler's Titan

Utah Opera is performing Puccini's Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi

Check it out here on Groupon.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

buy low coupons

Heads up: Buy Low is doing a funny thing these days. They have a regular ad that looks like this that comes in the mail with all the other ads either Tuesday or Wednesday.

The same day they are also sending out this flier that has more sales that aren't in the 1st ad and have some spectacular store coupons attached. You can't get the coupon price without the coupon and you can't get the coupons in the store. I found out that one a few weeks ago, darn it all.

This week the carrots coupon is pretty amazing: 2 1 lb bags of baby carrots for $.79!

Buy Low

I was getting my WIC produce and I snagged a few of these freebies.

Retails: $14.05
Total Spent: $0.20
Percent Off: 99%

How did I do it?

La Victoria Salsa, 18 oz, reg. $3.29
- on sale $1.99
- used $4/2 coupon available from La Victoria Club (have to have points to print the coupon)

Money Left for the Month: -$25.66

Retails: $17.39
Total Spent: FREE
Thanks WIC!

on the voucher but didn't get: 36 oz of cereal

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Goodbye Canned Beans...

...and Hello Flavor!

My sister-in-law Alicia shared the wonder that is dried beans with me a few years ago and since then I have a hard time eating canned. There is no magical, mystical secret; you just add seasonings while they cook and mmmmm. Delicious. The great thing is that they taste better and are cheaper, my perfect combo.

This is how I cook dried black beans, but feel free to try it with beans of your choice. Also, I use a big crockpot so I'm able to cook 2 lbs at a time. If you have a smaller one, only do 1 lb.

Incidentally, I LOVE cooking beans in the crockpot. It is so easy. I don't have to watch it or stir it at all. The hardest part about this is cleaning out the crockpot at the end. Nice!

Delicious Black Beans

Ingredients: dried black beans, chicken bullion (5-6 cubes), 1/2 a chopped onion (or onion powder), couple cloves of minced garlic (or garlic powder)

Super Complicated:
  1. throw 2 lbs of beans into a colander and rinse them.
  2. put them in the crockpot and add a bunch of water, enough to cover the beans and then more. Basically, there's the layer of beans and then an equal layer of water.
  3. throw in some chicken bullion, chopped onion and minced garlic (or powders) and turn that crockpot on high for about 6 hours or so. (do you like how exact this is?) Oh, don't add salt. The bullion is salty enough. Found that one out the hard way...
  4. Towards the end of cooking, if the beans are still a bit hard or if they're getting tacky/sticky/dry I'll pour in some more water. Let them cook until they are soft and yummy.
No need to drain these- you want a bit of that flavorful sauce in with the beans.

These are perfect for tacos, burritos, tostadas, enchiladas, or as a side.

What in the World Do I Do with All These Beans?!!

Now you have a ton of beans. What to do?

I partially fill gallon freezer baggies with these, squeeze all the air out, and freeze them flat. Then when I need beans I just break off a hunk and warm it up in the microwave.

BOGO Chips

Become a fan of BeSnackReady on facebook and get a Buy One, Get One Free (bogo) coupon for Kettle Chips. Press refresh to print it twice!

$.12 Cereal

Utahdealdiva has a post on how to get Wheaties Fuel at Smiths for $.12 each! Nice. She says it's actually pretty good.

Check it out here.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Free Plants!


Spring Hill Nursery has a killer deal right now: Get $20 FREE! All you'll have to pay is shipping which starts at $7.95. For $20 in stuff the shipping was $9.95.

Hip2save also reminded me to go through, where I'll get 12% of my purchase back. Just click on this link, type "Spring Hill Nursery" in the search box, and follow their link.

I got the Mixed Daylilies, above, that are on the One Cent Sale, meaning I doubled my order of them for $.01. I also got some really pretty other flowers that I can't remember what they are.

Dairy Queen Blizzards

Just making sure you all know about the Dairy Queen Blizzard deal going on this week (april 19-25): Buy one, get one for a quarter. No coupon required and apparently all Dairy Queens are participating.

Oh good. I thought I was going to go a whole day without any type of treat.

Breadtwists: can you say "Delicious?!"

Oh boy, this is not a good discovery if you're on a diet. Or if you would rather not gain 25 pounds. Either way, this is bad.

these are mine. mmmmm.

I made these breadtwists last night and am loving how good these were.

Ease of Preparation: A
- These are so fast! There's a 10 minute rest/rise and then a 15-20 minute rise after they're formed. They cook for about 20 minutes (mine were done at about 17). They take under an hour from start to finish!
- UPDATE: my sister made these last night and was so hungry she skipped the 2nd rise completely. She said they turned out great! Good to know.
- The recipe isn't specific about how much butter, garlic, or salt to use. I just eyeballed it and it turned out great. After I rolled out the dough I think I used 3 T of butter and one bigger garlic clove. When the breadsticks were all cooked I used about another 2 T of butter but didn't add any garlic. I didn't want to spread raw garlic on them, but I think next time I'll throw in a bit of garlic powder. We love garlic around here.

Taste: A+
- They tasted pretty similar to the Pizza Factory breadtwists. Good thing because that's the only thing I really like at that restaurant. Now we can make them at home for WAY cheaper.
- Why have I never thought to roll out bread, slather it with butter, garlic, and salt, fold and cut it? This is genius.

Overall: A+ (both Matt and me)
- I have found a new best friend.

Rite Aid diapers

I have some good news. I got an email from Rite Aid saying they've mailed my $27 rebate. Good thing because I bought diapers this morning. I've got that darn check spent before I even get it! Nice money-management.

Retails: $38.40
Total Spent: $14.45
Percent Off: 62%

How did I do it?

Huggie Diapers, jumbo pack, reg. $11.99
- on sale $8.99
- bought 3 for $26.97
- used $5/$25 Rite Aid coupon
- used 3 $3 coupons here
- $4.32 a pack!

How do you turn this down?!

thanks hip2save!

Money Left for the Month: -$25.46

Lindsay Olives

Lindsay Olives has come out with a new resealable can and are promoting them. Here's some printables that will make for some super cheap olives. Print each one twice.

Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) coupon

I love olives and they are so expensive. I'll be watching for a sale to use these bad boys.

thanks for the email Mom!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

chuck e cheese

We went to Chuck E. Cheese tonight to show my 2 year old how fun it is so we can use it as a reward to bribe him to get out of diapers. I'm crossing my fingers that it works.

I'm telling you this because we got a killer deal! We ordered a CityDeals gift certificate a few weeks back. I paid $10 for a $20 gift certificate. We used that tonight along with the coupon that came in the 2/21 SS newspaper that was $21.99 for a package deal.

We ended up paying $13 for a large pizza, sodas, and 30 tokens. It would have cost $30 full price.

I'm telling you this for 2 reasons:
1. to brag
2. to tell you that CityDeals has free shipping right now PLUS 15% off when you enter the code SPRINGCLEANING at checkout.

They have certificates for food and activities. I've LOVED the ones I've gotten. Check them out!


I know I'm over budget. I know, I know, I know. But I also know that my Rite Aid check for $27 plus a $10 gift card are both on their way. Sometime.

I just cannot keep on top of wipes here. And I'm a compulsive shopper.

We were at Chuck E. Cheese, right next door to Target, and I thought I'd pop in really quick while my husband stayed in the car with the kids (hooray!) to see if by any miracle they had any of the cheap Huggie tubs left. I had one $.50 coupon with me. I got back there and not only did they have A single tub left but a magical Coupon Fairy had left another few PLUS a Target coupon for $1 off the refill pack. Thank you Coupon Fairy! You made my day.

Retails: $8.95
Total Spent: $6.11
Percent Off: 32%

How did I do it?

Huggies Tub, 72 count, reg. $2.39
- on sale $1.66
- used $.50 coupon from newspaper
- $1.16 (1.6 cents/wipe)

Huggies Refill, 216 count, reg. $5.99
- used $.50 coupon from newspaper
- used $1 Target coupon left by Coupon Fairy
- $4.49 (2 cents/wipe)

(huggies wipes at costco are about 2 cents/wipe)

Money Left for the Month: -$11.01

buy low

I know this puts me over budget, but I need both of these things and they were at a fabulous price. Has anyone tried either of these brands?

Retails: $13.86
Total Spent: $5.92
Percent Off: 58%

How did I do it?

Buy Low does regularly carry either of these items in these brands so they don't have a "regular" price. These are both special items on special pricing. I looked at the Western Family oil and it is regularly $3.39 for the equivalent. Their special prices are good deals but the coupons they put in the mailers that came Tuesday or Wednesday were awesome.

Vegetable Oil, 48 oz, special price $2.50
- coupon price $1.48 each

Texas Rice, 5 lbs, special price $3.99
- coupon price $1.48

This deal ended tonight

Money Left for the Month: -$4.90


I've recently realized that I don't HAVE to get everything on my WIC vouchers. Duh! They give you so much milk it's crazy. I'm not a big milk drinker anyways. Plus we are swimming in cereal. Oh my.

Retails: $11.59
Total Spent: FREE
Thanks WIC!

on the voucher but didn't get: 36 oz of cereal, peanut butter

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

menu 4/16

Main Dish:
  • parmesan chicken over pasta with breadtwists
  • cap't crunch chicken
  • BBQ ribs
  • shredded beef sandwiches (adapting this recipe) on homemade rolls
  • shredded beef burritos with leftover beef
  • sweet and sour chicken (aka: ketchup chicken) over rice
Sides: canned/frozen/fresh fruits and veggies, rice, bread

Need to Buy for the Menu: Nothing
On purpose I menu plan with what I have in my home. That way I have money (not right now, mind you, $1.02) to stock up on what I can get super cheap.

In Case You Hadn't Noticed

I'm sure you've clued into the fact that I basically am running 2 blogs in one.

The first half of the month is my grocery shopping blog. This is where I use up a bunch of cash really quick in 2 weeks and brag about the great deals I snagged.
The 2nd blog happens after I'm not able to buy stuff anymore because I blew it way too fast and I'm out of money. This is when my addiction to post takes the form of recipes and, embarrassingly enough, recipe reviews.

It's the 15th and I'm out of money. Welcome recipes!

glazed carrots

Of course by "Glazed" you know I mean "Candied" and by "Candied" you know I mean "Real Good."

I ripped this recipe off from my all-time favorite cookbook: America's Test Kitchen. I have really liked everything I have ever made from this book. The recipes tend to be from scratch and more involved but they always turn out to be so good.

Glazed Carrots

serves 4
start to finish: 20 minutes, FAST!

1 pound carrots, peeled
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter, cut into 4 pieces
(the original recipe also calls for 2 teaspoons lemon juice but we DO NOT like this addition. feel free to try it but why mess up that good sweetness?)

Slice the carrots on the bias. I had 1/2 a bag of baby carrots in the fridge so that's what I used. Also, when I get a great deal on carrots I chop em up like this and freeze them. It makes this go super fast!

Combine the carrots, broth, 1 T of the sugar, and the salt in a large nonstick skillet. The lovely thing about this recipe is that I accidentally threw in all of the sugar at this point and it still turned out delicious. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and continue to cook covered, stirring occasionally until the carrots are almost tender, about 5 minutes.

Uncover, return to a boil and continue to cook until the liquid has reduced to about 2 T, about 2 minutes.

Stir in the butter and remaining 2 T of sugar. Continue to cook, stirring frequently until the carrots are completely tender and the glaze is lightly golden, about 3 minutes. At this point if you want to use the lemon juice, take it off the heat and stir it in. Season with pepper to taste.

These are so yummy! Sam, my 2 year old, does not like cooked carrots ("I don't like it") but he will eat these. They're still not his favorite, but he eats them. That's saying something.


I hate to report this, but this peanut butter ice cream topping I told you about last night is DELICIOUS. I was afraid it might be. There is absolutely nothing nutritionally redeemable about this one. It is awful. Awful delicious! As if the topping wasn't bad enough for you, you put it over ice cream. Mmmm.

Oh, FYI, I halved the recipe and it still made a lot. Also, I used crunchy peanut butter and LOVED it.

smiths: Quaker Sale!

Wow, I just got 4 boxes of Quaker cereal and a box of oatmeal and am still under-budget! I love couponing!

Retails: $22.04
Total Spent: $2.14
Percent Off: 90%

How did I do it?

Smiths has a Quaker promotion right now: Buy 5 participating items and get $5 off instantly, basically $1 off each item.

Crunch Berries, reg. $4.09
- on sale $2
- $1 when buy in groups of 5
- $.40 when use coupon below

Oatmeal, reg. $4.29
- on sale $2
- $1 when buy in groups of 5
- $.40 when use coupon below

I used the $3/5 coupon found in certain Associated Foods ads (maceys, fresh market, ect).

If you want an even better deal, buy 10 Oatmeal. A movie ticket voucher will print! So for $4 you get 10 boxes of oatmeal and a movie ticket! Nice! (the cereal won't do it though. darn.)

If you buy the oatmeal, try these printables. They'll get you an even better deal!

Quaker Oatmeal, B1G1 link (IE) link (FF)
$1/1 any Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Quaker Quick Oats, or Quaker Old Fashioned Oats.
link (or try direct link: link (IE) link (FF) or link (IE) link (FF))
$1/1 any Quaker Instant Oatmeal or Quaker Quick or Old Fashioned Oats
$1/1 any Quaker Instant, Quick, or Old Fashioned Oats
link ( Click on 'Get Started'. Then create and share your day and download your coupon.)
$1/1 Quaker True Delights Instant Oatmeal
link (I see two links – may be able to print twice)
$1/1 Quaker True Delights Oatmeal

Money Left for the Month: $1.02

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


It is 11 at night and everyone is asleep. I should be too but I just keep thinking about this peanut butter ice cream sauce. Darn it all. I'm supposed to be loosing weight right now!

It's just that it says it only takes a few minutes to make and you make it in the microwave. The MICROWAVE! That means one dirty dish.

I'm sure it's not that good.

It couldn't be.

I think I'm going to have to find out.

Darn it all!

P.S. someone said in the comments of the recipe post that it is good with marshmallow cream too. I have marshmallow cream! Darn it all!!!

$3.16. This is bad.

Couple Points of Reflection:
  • I have $3.16 left. For the month. It's the 13th. AND I just upped my budget this month too.
  • I'm counting on my Rite Aid rebate to get here before the end of the month to save me.
  • Why did I have to spend so much at Walmart on the 1st?!!
  • Darn these case lot sales and their enticing canned goods!
  • I'm so glad I have a budget that I have to report to all 4 of you that read this. Otherwise I would be even worse with blowing money. Yikes.
  • Did I mention that I'm bad with money? Just ask my mom and dad...