Thursday, January 31, 2013

Progresso Soup Sale!

I was very excited to find out that Progresso soups were apart of the Kroger Mega sale. They were on sale for $0.99 when you bought ten. Normally, they are $1.88.  I went to Ebay and bought 20 coupons for $2. The coupons were buy 2 save $0.50 which doubled to $1. Making the soups $0.50 each! That is I think about a 70% savings! I bought 30 cans and saved a total of $35.30! My total came to $15.35! I still have some more coupons, but I wanted to save some soups for other people. :) 

I also want to add, that these cans do not expire until 2014 and 2015. I seriously don't see these lasting more than 6 months in  my house. I normally buy 3 cans or so a week of soup at $1.88 a can. So in just one month I will see the savings! 

One of my favorite things to do with some of the soups is to pour it over white rice. It is a simple and easy meal and my daughter and husband love it. If I was to make that meal now, it would cost me around $1 for that entire meal!! 

Recipe Thursday

In my previous post you saw all the cans of Rotel that I got for free. Many people asked me what I was going to do with all those cans so I decided to show you one of my dishes that I use Rotel in. When making this dish, I didn't have a recipe. I was bored one day and decided I wanted to make my own recipe so this is what was created. :) I guess I need to come up with a name for it. Also, this was all made for under $6

                                                                           Tricia's Italiano :)

1/2 box of Rotini Pasta or Penne Pasta
3 or 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
1 or 2 cans of Rotel 
1 Jar of Ragu Sauce, I used the Mushroom kind
1 Small Can of Chopped Mushrooms (I was out)
2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese
Parmesan Cheese 
Olive Oil

Boil Pasta ( I add 1tsp of salt to it and a little squirt of Olive Oil)

Cut up Chicken and cook on medium high, season as desired.

Layer with Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms and Rotel

Add the Pasta Sauce

Add the Parmesan and Mozzarella Cheese

Cook on 350 for 15 Minutes Until Cheese is Bubbly

Cover and Refrigerate 

-Boil Pasta
- Cut up Chicken into pieces 
-Season Chicken if desired
- Cook Chicken on Medium High until white in the middle

-In a 9X13 Glass Baking Dish add
- Rotel or Diced Tomatoes and Peppers
- Pasta Sauce
- Sprinkle Parmesan Cheese as Desired
- Cover the Top with Mozzarella Cheese

Bake 350 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes until it is bubbly (just enough for cheese to melt and to heat the inside) 

I made this while the baby was sleeping and Selah was eating a snack and then I put a cover on it and put it in the fridge until lunch time. My husband has a constantly changing schedule so this recipe is good because I can make it in the morning and throw it in the oven whenever he is ready to eat. 

Please let me know what you think and if you end up trying it! 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Thanks to my awesome friend Ebony, I learned of Kroger's Mega Sale going on. I really need to start buying papers again and paying attention to the sales since I keep missing so many awesome deals! Kroger had their rotel on sale for $0.49 when you buy 10. As soon as Ebony posted her stockpile I went to Ebay and ordered my coupons. I was able to get 20 coupons for buy 2 save $0.40.  They also had coupons for buy 2 save $0.50 but they were $5 and I only paid $2 for mine with free shipping. The coupons doubled to $0.80 off 2. My total came to $3.94! I made two separate transactions using 10 coupons for each transaction. The lady at the register was super nice and told me she loves when people bring in coupons! My total savings was 91% per transaction. I saved $18.20 per transaction so $36.40 total!! If they weren't on sale I would be paying $1 a can.

One of my receipts

Monday, January 28, 2013

Monogram, it's a southern thang! {Craft}

Recently I had a friend over who asked where I got my adorable monogrammed utensil holder from. Well. . . No, I did not buy this from one of those fancy boutiques. Instead, I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a monogrammed letter they had which was on clearance. It was part of the pumpkin decorating kits and I got it after Halloween. I don't remember the price, but I'm sure it was under $1. The utensil holder I have was given to me used by my mother in law, but you can always spray paint a coffee can and add a ribbon to it.

Total Cost for Monogrammed Utensil Holder = Under $1

With Valentines Day coming up I wanted to make a wreath for my front door, but I didn't want to spend any money while doing it. A few months ago Target had Styrofoam wreaths in the dollar section, so I bought a few. Next, I wrapped it in extra Valentine fabric scraps that I had lying around. Finally, I cut out some hearts from thick drawing paper and roughly colored over them with markers and hot glued them on. I normally would have used some glitter and sparkle on the hearts, but all of my craft stuff is MIA from all the moving I've been doing. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

This weeks Freebies!!

Below is a Road and Track magazine. Drew has been getting these free for the past two years. :)

Below is an US weekly magazine. I got a free years subscription to them! I also got a free Milk Matters coloring book for Selah. A free Propel Fitness drink mix. The blue bubble necklace was $5 with free shipping on and I used my money I earned from ibotta and got it. I also got the two owl necklaces on amazon for $0.88 each with free shipping! I also used my ibotta money to get them. So FREE!

Below is a sample for 8 loads of Method Laundry Detergent which can be used with HE washers! It also came with a $1 off coupon.

If you want some free magazine subscriptions, go to and type in magazines in the search bar. I also just received $5 for Amazon for taking one of their surveys. The only catch is you have to use it on an item sold by Amazon and ships from Amazon. 

Hope that y'all have enjoyed looking at my freebies. Please comment and let me know what you think and share what freebies you got this week. :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

More easy cheap recipes

I don't know about  you, but I am all for easy meals. Here lately I have started making two batches of food. One that I will serve that night for dinner and the other I put in the freezer. The best thing about crock pot meals is that you put all your ingredients into a ziplock bag and freeze it until you are ready to use it. Then you just drop it in the crock pot. Even though I am home all day, sometimes I just don't have time for slicing and dicing while taking care of a 16 month old and a 2.5 month old. Sometimes I go on ground beef sprees where I will cook all the ground beef in my freezer and place it in baggies then but it back in my freezer. That way whenever it's Hamburger Helper night, I don't have to brown the meat. While browning meat why not brown all of it? Also, when making home made pancakes, why not go ahead and make a few more batches of mix and just place those in baggies so the next time you don't have to mix all the dry ingredients. Simple tricks like this help make my life a little easier. With that being said, here are a few new pinterest recipes I have found and love! 

Crispy Cheddar Chicken

Time: 15 minute prep + 45 minutes baking

Yield: 7 servings

4 large chicken breasts 
2 sleeves Ritz crackers
1/4 t salt
1/8 t pepper 
1/2 C milk 
3 C cheddar cheese, grated
1 t dried parsley 

1   14 ounce can cream of chicken soup
2 T sour cream
2 T butter
1. Cut each chicken breast into 3 large chunks. 
2. In a small food processor grind up the ritz crackers. 
3. Pour the milk, cheese and cracker crumbs into 3 separate small pans. 

Toss the 1/4 t salt and 1/8 t pepper into the cracker crumbs
 and stir the mixture around to combine.
4. Dip each piece of chicken into the milk then the cheese and finally the cracker crumbs. 
5. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and lay the chicken inside the pan. 
6. Sprinkle the dried parsley over the chicken. 
7. Cover the pan with tin foil and bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes. 

Remove the tin foil, bake for an additional 10 minutes,
 or until the edges of the chicken are golden brown and crispy. 
8. Into a medium sized sauce pan combine the cream of chicken soup, sour cream and 

butter with a whisk. Stir it over medium high heat until the sauce is nice and hot.
 Serve over the chicken. Enjoy

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken and Rice

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large onion, chopped (I use Vidalia)
  • 1 -8 ounce box Zatarain's Yellow Rice Mix, cooked according to directions
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 - 10.5 ounce can cream of chicken soup (regular or fat free)
  • 1 -15 ounce can whole kernel corn, drained
  1. Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker. 
  2. Scatter chopped onion over top. 
  3. Spoon cream soup over top of that. 
  4. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours. 
  5. A few minutes before serving, add in cooked rice, corn, and cheese. 
  6. Stir to combine. Serve hot.

Crockpot Rach Pork Chops (3 ingredients)

  • Pork Chops
  • Ranch Seasoning Dry Mix Packet
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken plus 1 can water as needed {or 2 cans cream of chicken}  This will depend on how fast your crockpot cooks and how long you’ll be cooking it.
Combine all three ingredients in the crockpot and mix well.  

Monday, January 21, 2013

Last Weeks Freebies

Below is a sample I received in the mail from Walmart. It came with a Pampers newborn diaper, wipes, a coupon for Dreft, a to go wipes container, and some cards to help decide what to put on a registry.

Below is a $25 giftcard I won from when they had the instant win game during Christmas. I didn't even have to use any of my reward points. If you read in the directions, about five paragraphs down they have where you can have one free spin. That applies everyday! 

Below is a box of Carnation Instant Breakfast that I got free plus made $1 off of from Kroger. Friday only they had an E-coupon for a free Carnation Instant Breakfast. Plus, Ibotta also had a coupon on their App. I love getting paid to buy items! 

Bath and Body Works had a Facebook special going on where you could get one free lotion of their new scent. I got the honey sweetheart scent! 

Below is my earnings from my last trip to Kroger with the Ibotta app. 
If you want to sign up for the app, use my link below and I get $1 per referrel!

Friday, January 18, 2013

January 18 Kroger Trip

Grocery shopping with a 15 month old on a Friday evening is horrible! I miss shopping first thing in the morning on Thursdays. Today only Kroger had an E coupon for a free box of Carnation Instant Breakfast. Also, the ibotta app has a coupon on it! So I got paid to buy it!!

Kroger had some awesome 10 for $10 deals. I decided to buy a little more than I normally would because of the deals. I also bought a little bit of junk food.

(6) Hamburger Helper - $1 each (part of 10 for $10)
(4) Tostino Pizzas - 4 for $5
(2) Teddy Grams - $1 each (part of 10 for $10)
(1) Pop Tarts - $3.59 plus I got money from the ibotta app
(1) Gallon of Milk - $2.50 (part of 2/$5)
(1) International Delight Creamer $3.49 plus ibotta coupon
(1) International Delight Iced Coffee $3.99 plus $1 Kroger E-coupon plus ibotta coupon
(1) Box Carnation Instant Breakfast $4.69 plus ibotta coupon so FREE plus made money!
(2) Curious George Fruit Snacks $1 each (part of 10 for $10)
(6) Chef Boyaredee $1 each plus $1/6 Kroger E-coupon
(4) Kroger Cream of Soups $0.78
(2) Kroger Sketti-Os $0.59
(1) Country Crock Butter $2.88
(1) Kroger Rice $2.98
(1) Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $6.99
(1) Simply Juice Orange Juice $3.79 plus ibotta coupon
(1) Tostino Pizza Rolls $2.89
(3) Kroger Sliced Cheese $1 each (part of 10/$10)
(1) Kroger Turkey Breasts $2.74
(1) Hot dogs $1 (part of 10/$10)
(1) Mouthwash $1 (part of 10/$10)
(1) Banquet Chicken Nuggets $4.14 plus $1 off E-coupon
(1) Eclipse Gum $1
(1) Barlla Pasta $1 (part of 10/$10)
(2) Kroger Bread $0.88

Total $71.21
Total Saved with coupons $21.51
Total earned with ibotta $4

What's on the Menu for this week:
Sheppards Pie
Hamburger Helper
Cheesy Chicken and Rice
Dominos (I won a $25 gift card through my coke rewards)
Some Italian chicken and pasta dish I made up
Left Overs

Thursday, January 17, 2013

How to financially be a stay at home mom

How we make it with me being a stay at home mom

I've been hearing a lot lately how people “want” to be stay at home moms, but they just can’t afford it. Well, this is my story of how we make it on one salary. Most of you may know my husband is a Police Officer. Police Officers do not make a lot of money. He also does not take extra shifts. Even though you can find out how much we make, I will not post that, but I will post that it is under 30k. We also don’t get help from the government. I am not on WIC and we don’t receive food stamps or Medicaid.

How we make it. Well, we wrote out all of our bills and decided what we could do away with. We had several different credit cards. Our first thing we did was start making over payments and paid off our credit card debt. We made over payments on one card at a time until it was paid off and then we went to the next. After that, we cancelled our cards.

Next on our list was our cell phone bill. Did we really need smart phones? Did we really need this many minutes? Did we ever use our insurance? For two phones our bill was $174ish. We brought it down to under $100. Then we looked at it again and compared to other companies until we found Straight talk. Unlimited data/talk/messaging for $45 a month per phone, score! The only problem was that it didn't pick up in small towns. We ended up getting put on with our parents and paying our bill that way. Then we just did away with having to pay for the master phone. Also, if you are a stay at home mom, do you need a smart phone? No. I went a year with a flip phone and did just fine. Do I love my iPhone? Yes, but I would live without it.
After that was internet/television. Did we really need television? No. We did away with television but kept internet and just used Netflix and we watched our TV shows online and just plugged our computers up to the TV. Very simple, very affordable.

Next thing was my hospital bill. Is there any way we can get the payments lowered? Yes! Then when we got Drew’s GI bill money we went ahead and paid off that bill.

Going out to eat. We added up how often we went out to eat and how much we spent. It was crazy! So now Drew takes his lunch to work and I cook dinner every night.

Sodas. Do we really need sodas? No. Sodas are fattening, addictive, turn your teeth yellow, and expensive. One soda a day per person for thirty days at around $1.60 each adds up. Now when we drink sodas it is a treat.  We mostly drink water and just tea at dinner. Not only is water free, but I lost 5 pounds by just drinking water only and no sodas.

Groceries. I want to state that until getting married, I didn't know how to cook. I could brown hamburger meat and microwave stuff, and that was about it. I have taught myself how to cook. I got on the computer and found cheap easy recipes. I wrote out the ingredients and added up what all I would need and made myself a budget. I learned that I could get by only spending $50 and under a week on groceries. I write out a list and stick to it. I notice so many people go to the store and just throw stuff in the cart. Do you really need cookies? Do you really need chips and beer? All these things are not necessities. My daughter has yet to have sweets. She has never had juice. She only drinks water and milk. There is no need for her to drink juice, it starts bad habits. She doesn't know what she is “missing out on” because she doesn't know about it. I also use coupons on the items I buy and I buy store brand products. When we have leftovers, we eat them. We only go out to eat once a month maybe as our “date night” and usually I have coupons for that!

Shopping. I will tell anyone that I love to shop, but shopping adds up. Also, did I really “need” anything I was buying? No. Because I was bored or mad I would go shopping. One thing we did was completely cut that out. Make a budget for frivolous shopping. Put aside how ever much you allot for that and keep it in an envelope. Keep it as cash that way you don’t start swiping away and go over budget. Also, think about what you purchase. Do you really need that North Face jacket? Is there a different jacket that is cheaper that you could buy instead? Do you really need 5 jackets? Or, if you do want that North Face just save up for it. I have stopped buying items my mother in law calls “frivolous.”  Yes, I hate that word, but it is the best word to use. Before I always wanted name brand and loved labels. Now, I shop on the clearance racks.

Diapers. I didn't cloth diaper this go around, but I did coupon and make my stock pile that way. Between Publix Baby Club and the deals Walgreens does and Walmart price matching, I have never paid full price for diapers. Kroger even puts their Huggies wipes on the 10 for $10 and you can use a $0.50/1 coupon which doubles to $1 off making them free! For baby food I remember buying 30 cans for under $5. I just stacked Publix coupons with manufacture coupons and sale prices. Walmart will also take Publix coupons! For Selah's clothes, if I buy her clothes I buy them off the clearance racks. We also bought all her newborn clothes from one of my friends. I don’t buy boutique outfits and I even make some of her stuff.

Movies. I love going to the movies, but not only do we have to pay for a babysitter, but the tickets are steadily going up on price, and I will want a drink and a snack. So we don’t go to the movies but maybe once or twice a year. Beside the fact that I don’t trust but a select few of people to watch my daughter, there are other things I would rather do when going on a date with my husband. Since I normally don’t get one on one time alone with him, I don’t want to spend it in a dark theater where I have to be quiet. I want to be able to joke and flirt with him.

Another thing my husband and I have talked about is vehicles. Do we really need two vehicles? I have a babysitting job M-F 8-6 everyday, so during those hours I don’t leave the house. My husband should be getting a take home car soon, so that will help out tremendously. If you are a stay at home mom, you don’t need a car. A car would be a luxury. If the child has a Dr. appointment that day, then take your husband to work and pick him up from work. My husband just recently started car pooling to work to save on gas. Doing away with one car could save you a car payment, a tag fee every year, and insurance per month. Those things add up. For us, that would be about $400 extra a month. Also, if you do need two cars, try to get rid of a car payment. Sell one car and buy a used Corolla or something good on gas and as we call it, “a grocery getter.”

Every month I make a list of our bills and separate them between our two paychecks. I put the date they are due and the amount that is due. Once I pay them I put a star beside it. I then see how much extra money we have to “live” off of. How much do we have for gas and groceries and how much do we have for fun. At first, we were tight. Some months we didn't have extra money, but we learned to adapt.

Recently I started watching a newborn in my home, and that has helped me bring in money without having to send Selah to daycare. I just use that money for groceries and what money we would have used from Drew’s check for groceries we use towards paying extra on our home and some for savings.

Do I think that all mothers should be stay at home moms? Heck no! Sometimes it is in the child's best interest if they went to school/daycare rather than staying with the parent. Also, I am not ignorant to the fact that some people really can't stay at home.

In order to be a stay at home parent, you and your spouse both have to want it to work out. Does it suck only having one income with no extra money for 5k runs or shopping sprees? Yes. However, I would much rather be the influence my child receives. I would rather be the person who helps build her personality, who sees her crawl, walk, and talk for the first time. Luckily enough for me, my husband wants the same thing I do. It does suck not being able to go out to eat all the time, or get those cute sandals they have out, or go see Luke Bryan in concert, or be able to go out with friends and spend money, but never would I trade me staying at home for that. After a while, I've stopped wanting those things I once wanted. Now when Selah and I have our Dollar Store trips, I either buy for her or buy for my home. It is hard for me to spend money on myself.

I guess what I am trying to say with all this, is look at what you are spending and think about how much of that is a necessity vs. a want. My husband and I may not have a lot of money, but it is so rewarding to know that not only are we not in credit card debt, but that we are happy with how things are.

July 2, 2015

     Hello. I have had a few questions and requests for an update on my SAHM situation so here is a quick one. I just want to say that I am still a stay at home mom. We now have now paid off another car, a 2007 Toyota Matrix. I used my babysitting money and paid it off within 6 months. A year later I sold my 2006 Mustang and bought a 2015 Mazda CX-5 and have been making over payments on it. It should be paid off within a year. Also, selling the Mustang lowered our insurance by a whopping $1!
    My husband has had several promotions at work and now has a take home car. We really don't need two vehicles, a take home car, and a motorcycle. However, the way we save money and don't spend it, we were able to afford a brand new car and it is so nice to have a larger vehicle that is great on gas, 35MPG! We recently just drove it cross-country to Idaho and into Canda. (I'll blog about that later) 
   I am still watching kids in my home to bring in play money. I use my money to make the Mazda payment and it is also paying for our trip to Disney this fall. One thing we do is never think of my money as income. We never know if one day the parents decide to enroll their kids in daycare (it has happened) or move (this has also happened) since I am not dependent on the money it doesn't matter if I watch kids or not. It is nice to have the extra income, but if something happens it won't put us in a bind. I have seen where friends who also watch kids have become dependent on the money and will go out and get a $400 car payment. Next thing they know the child they watch is moving so they then have to struggle to find a way to pay for the vehicle. Just be very cautious with this. 
   We still don't have Cable. My husband did buy a $30 antenna and so now we get a good bit of channels. We still have Netflix and also Hulu. My mother has Comcast so she gave me her info for Xfinity on Demand which is nice. That way I am able to watch my shows the next day and some channels I can watch live. 
     My husband now has a work phone so we did away with his smart phone to save us $75 a month. Instead of cancelling his phone we just hooked up an old flip phone so he keeps his number in case he ever decides to leave the department.
      My cooking skills have greatly improved. I now have a dry erase calendar on my pantry door and I plan out the meals we will have for the entire month. I have noticed that from doing this I have cut our grocery bill down drastically. It is also a lot less stressful because I don't have to stress over what we will eat that day. I now rotate my meals so it is pretty simple. Plus since learning how to cook rather than heat meals up, that has also saved us money. 
       Now that my daughter is older, almost 4, we have been doing a lot of hiking/camping. In all honesty, we went through a very rough time when we were doing nothing but paying off debt and saving money. We became depressed with just staying home all the time. I am so glad that we are able to go camping whenever we want since it doesn't cost very much at all. We have all our camping equipment so now we just pay for the campsite and we bring food from home. Nothing like spending $30 for a weekend away with my family. We have also taken advantage of all the free/cheap activities Savannah has to offer. Once a week I take the girls to storytime at the Library and then we go play on the softplay at the mall. We go exploring the squares downtown or take a beach day. I joined a moms group and through that I am able to find tons of things to do around the area. I have also made a lot of friends through the group. If you are a stay at home mom, definitely join a free moms group. 
     I hope this answered the questions you all had. If you have anymore please feel free to comment with your question and email and I will get back to you. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Pin Ups for Soldiers

My last post I posted about the great organization Pin Ups for Soldiers or PUFS. I just wanted to post again about ways to donate to their organization. While couponing and getting free items, if there are any items that you have excess of or simply don't need, please please donate those items. PUFS would be a great organization to donate to. They have adopted many soldiers and units and send the donated items to them. Along with your donations you can send a card and it will also be delivered to the soldiers.

 PUFS is a great non-profit that sends carepackages to soldiers overseas through the sale of a classy WWII style Pinup calendar. One of the founders Dena Stahl,  decide to create PUFS while her husband was deployed with my husband to Afghanistan. She allowed me to help out while my husband was deployed and I was Miss. March in the calendar :) I was able to keep my mind off my husband being gone to war and I was occupying my time with something that helped others. We had car washes, we visited the VA and talked with the Veterans and listened to their stories of war, and we sent out care packages to soliders. It is a great organization and if you ever have extra razors, tooth brushes, or tooth paste please remember them and donate your items. Below is a link to their facebook page and you can message/comment me on here and I can send you their PO box.

Care Package Items Needed: 

Single serve drink mix (ex: Kool-Aid, Crystal Light, Gatorade) 
Instant Coffee (packets)
Ramen Noodles
Snack Crackers
Beef Jerky/Beef Sticks
Granola Bars/Cereal Bars/Pop-Tarts
Trail Mix
Instant Oatmeal
Fruit Chews
Hard Candy
Travel Kleenex (full size boxes are too large)
Body Soap (bar-not liquid)
Lotion (travel size)
Toothpaste (travel size)
Shampoo (all in one is great)
Gold Bond (travel size)
Baby Wipes/Wet Wipes
Q-Tips (travel size)
Hand Sanitizer
Sunscreen Wipes
Playing Cards
Game Books (Crossword, Sudoku, etc)

Below are photos from while I was in PUFS

Dena and I at the VA 

Below is our picture from Drew's homecoming. I went 9 months straight without seeing him.

Razor Stock Pile

I'm still pretty new to the whole blogging deal, but I've had a few requests for photos of my stock piles. Since I budget shop and only spend roughly $50 a week on groceries, it is hard to stockpile. Luckily for me, companies offer promotions such as the razor promotions. Schick sent me a few free razors. I only have two pictured because I've used a few, gave a few away, and donated some. The Bic razors are from where they had the $3 off coupon last year. They were only $3.25 at Dollar General so I stocked up. Walmart had them for less than $3 but unfortunately the Walmart I went to wouldn't let me use a coupon for them because the coupon was valued at more than the price of the razors. After getting the manager and standing in line for half an hour I left ticked off and have yet to return to that Walmart. Even though I had a copy of their coupon policy, they just didn't want to take the coupons. The Proglide razor was a Walgreens deal. I had a coupon for it and it was on sale plus I got money back towards my next transaction. I ended up paying $0.79 for it. The Noxzema was a free promotion. We haven't paid full price for razors the entire time we've been in Savannah, so for two years now we have been using the stock pile. Needless to say it was probably double this size at one point.

By no means am I a hoarder. If anyone has ever been to my house you would know that. My husband is actually OCD in some ways, so I have to keep my stockpiles where he won't see them. With my small stock piles, I only purchase items I use. If I ever get free items that I don't use I donate them or put them in a box that I have set up for Pin Ups For Soldiers (PUFS). PUFS is a great non-profit that sends carepackages to soldiers overseas through the sale of a classy WWII style Pinup calendar. One of the founders Dena Stahl, her husband was deployed with my husband to Afghanistan when she decided to create PUFS. She allowed me to help out while my husband was deployed and I was Miss. March in the calendar :) It is a great organization and if you ever have extra razors, tooth brushes, or tooth paste please remember them and donate your items. Below is a link to their facebook page and you can message/comment me on here and I can send you their PO box.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Dollar General deal

This past week Dollar General had some great sales going on. A lot of their items were B1G1 plus they had coupons for some of those items! My first trip I made I bought a pound of hamburger meat for $3.99 and got a free box of Hamburger Helper. I also had a coupon for buy 3 HH save $0.75. This is where I messed up. I should have went ahead and bought two more pounds of ground beef since it is an item I always buy. The Air Wick was a holiday scent and it was marked down to $2.50 each plus I had a $1 off coupon for each. I ended up paying $10.07 total.

My second trip I went on Saturday when they have the $5 off a $25 dollar purchase and stocked up! I also bought some sandwich meat that was buy that and get a free loaf of bread. So I bought two packs of meat and got two free loafs of bread. These are items I would have on my grocery list every week.

I've been busy and haven't had time to post about my deals, but after Christmas I scored big time with the 75% and 50% off sales. I went ahead and got my sister-in-laws, mom, and a few friends their gifts for next Christmas for all under $20!