Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year's Eve!

Farewell to another year- if I have time I will write a post about how I came up with $1000 in 6 months from July to December of this year. Hoping to make it $2000 next year! Happy New Year!

Friday, August 28, 2009

So Long, Farewell...

Hello friends. I am shutting down The Working Mom Blog for now. You can still follow my other blog or on Facebook.

ta-ta for now!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Easy Decorating Project

I saw this project in a magazine. I bought 6 wooden pants hangers like these for $6 at Bed Bath & Beyond. I used them to hang some of my daughter's artwork. Looks pretty cool I think!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Walgreens 7 days of photo deals

Go here to check out Walgreens photo deals this week. 25 4x6 prints for 25 cents today only- use the code PENNY. (thanks Jill G.)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Recycle your cell phone- get a phone card

Recycle your old cell phone at an Ohio E-Check location and get a free 15-minute long distance phone card. They will give you a pre-paid mailer envelope and you will get the phone card by mail.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

3 Sharpies and a folder for $0.04 at Office Max

I got 3 single Sharpie markers and a 3-prong folder for a total of 4 cents (no sales tax charged) at Office Max tonight. Coupon for the Sharpies here.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Listerine Smart Rinse at CVS

Listerine kids Smart Rinse and Agent Cool Blue was on clearance at my CVS for $2.45 (regular $4.99). Get $1 off printable coupon here.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Pepsi at CVS this week

You know, something bugs me this week at CVS. In this week's ad Pepsi 12 packs are 4/$12 get $4 ECB back pay 4/$8 or $2 each (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday only) But for some reason- bloggers are reporting Pepsi prices of 5/$12- what gives? Are there different regional prices? I live in Ohio.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Free $10 food from Schwan's

Go here to sign up for $10 free food and free delivery from Schwan's. We got free chicken nuggets.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Kashi Deal at Giant Eagle

You need to sign up for Vocalpoint- you really do. Last month they sent me 6 coupons for Kashi waffles. I was holding on to these for a good deal and here it is...

Kashi GoLean waffles 2/$5 at Giant Eagle
I bought 6 boxes @ $15
I used 5 coupons @ $1.50 off and 1 coupon for a free box ($2.50)
$15 total - $10 in coupons= $5 for 6 boxes or less than $0.84 a box!

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Best CVS for deals

It's official (in my opinion) the best CVS location to shop for ECB deals is the one in the Valley because no one apparently shops there and they are fully stocked! (hmm, maybe I shouldn't have said that)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

SSS: How to get 4 boxes of cereal for $1

Giant Eagle has several kinds of cereal 4 for $7 this week (when you buy 4). Buy 4 boxes of Multigrain Cheerios. Use 4 coupons here $0.75 which will double to $1.50 each (you may need to use 2 different computers).

Buy 4 boxes at 4/$7 minus $6 in coupons= $1 for 4 boxes Multigrain Cheerios or $0.25 each!

Check out Money Saving Mom's Super Savings Saturday post!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Milk prices

Very interesting observation about milk prices. Gallon of milk is $1.99 at Giant Eagle and $1.99 at the CVS on Darrow Rd in Hudson but $3.29 at the CVS in the Valley. What gives?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Pinecone Research

Would you like to get paid $1-$3 to take online surveys? Pinecone Research is adding new members
(yes it is legit)

ATT U-verse

Want to dump cable TV? Sign up for ATT U-verse and I can get a $50 referral bonus with code JA1418054. Thank You!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Giant Eagle Catalina Deals

Go here to see all the current Giant Eagle Catalina deals.

Friday, July 10, 2009

CVS get ready!

There is a good week for freebies coming up next week at CVS and I have a $50 CVS gift card burnin' a hole in my pocket! Check out the CVS preview here.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Acme deals this week

Acme has a new looking ad and definitely beats Giant Eagle this week!
Farmland ribs $2.99/lb
Gallon milk $1.77
Breyers Ice Cream $1.99
Gatorade $0.69
Klondike bars $1.88
3lb box burgers $6.99
Food Club hot dogs $1.09
80% lean ground beef $1.49/lb
Boneless skinless chicken breasts $1.79/lb
Hot dog or hamburger buns $0.99
Kraft cheese $1.97
Pepsi 12 pks 5/$11
Food Club can vegetables 2/$1
Sweet corn $1.92/doz
Watermelon $3.99 ea

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

KTT: Read those fruit labels

This article is maybe a little biased shall we say- but it contains some useful information- like how to read the little labels on the fruit in the grocery store- yes those numbers mean something. Anyway- a number starting with a "9" indicates an organically grown product.

More Kitchen Tip Tuesday at Tammy's Recipes.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley

When I was 13, Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977 at the age of 42. I was staying at my grandmother's house that day and I remember it being on TV. 1977 had to best the BEST summer of all time by the way because Star Wars was out that year.

Yesterday, June 25, 2009 Michael Jackson died at age 50. It is on TV non-stop day and night. It is so weird. Maybe the only thing close is when Princess Diana died on August 31, 1997.

It's weird.

Free Chocolate

It's free chocolate time!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Giant Eagle deals this week

There are two sites I like for weekly Giant Eagle deals-
Stretching A Buck and Cherrypicker. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Free photo prints and more...

Giant Eagle get 35 free 4x6 prints with the code JUNE35 by 7/15/09.

Walgreens get 25 free 4x6 prints with the code SUMMER25 by 6/27/09.

CVS get 60 4x6 prints for the price of 40 with the code 60FOR40 by 7/27/09.

Kodak Gallery get 20 free prints for new members.

Snapfish get 50 free prints with your first order.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Frugal Friday: kid's activities

Here's a few free or nearly free activities we have done so far this summer- with more on the way. (Also check out my other blog.)

1. Check out a State Park or National Park- we happen to live right next to a National Park.
2. Go berry picking- fun for the kids to see where fruit comes from beside the grocery store.
3. Find a friend with a pool- bring your own lunch and snacks.
4. Arrange for a tour of your local fire station- they are happy to oblige.
5. Visit a farm- we are going to visit a local farm next week.
6. Have a picnic lunch on the front lawn.

Check out more Frugal Friday at Life As Mom.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Get $2 off at Giant Eagle for viewing weekly specials

Get $2 off with your advantage card at Giant Eagle just for entering your zip code and viewing weekly specials online here.

Friday, June 12, 2009

20 cent potatoes at Giant Eagle

Idahoan brand instant potato pouches are on sale this week for $1 at Giant Eagle. The Romano cheese variety have $0.40 off peelie coupons that double- making them $0.20 each!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Strawberry shortcake

Since we went strawberry picking today- I am making strawberry shortcake (Bisquick recipe) right now. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

DIY project- bathroom makeover

Well sort of. I picked up a $5 can of mistinted paint. It looked pale green on the can. It turned out to be a medium sage color. The orginal color was a yellow faux-finish with blue accessories. Now I'm going with green and tan.



Monday, June 8, 2009

Marc's deal of the week

I got 3 pints of really ripe organic California raspberries for $1 at Marc's. Plus a bag of Cameo apples for $1. Unfortunately when I got the apples home they looked so bruised I had to throw half of them out.

Later I will post some photos of a DIY project I did over the weekend.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Frugal Friday: Trash Treasures

I admit it- I pulled a couple things out of the neighbor's trash. But I knocked on the door and asked first. One was a plastic bench-type toy box that was dirty but otherwise fine. The other was a Rose Petal Cottage play house that is usually $60. Half of it was broken so I threw it away, but my daughter doesn't care. Do you trash pick?

More FF at Life As Mom.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Free Hunt's Ketchup

It's not too late to request your Dollar Days Supercenter Savings coupon booklet from Simple & Delicious and ConAgra Foods- go here. Also includes a coupon for a FREE 24 oz. bottle of Hunt's Ketchup.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Marc's deal of the week

Today I got a bag of 4 very large sweet potatoes for $1 at Marc's. I washed them and cut them in half (because they were so big) and put them in the crockpot on low with 1/2 stick of butter. After 6 hours they were perfect!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

WFMW: Always Be Prepared

Isn't that the Boyscout motto or something? Well anyway, when you have young children- always be prepared- for messes! My Works For Me Wednesday tip is always have an extra change of clothes. Either in your bag or in the car- it will be a lifesaver! When my daughter was very young I would stash an emergency diaper in the seat storage bins in the van- for just in case! We were at the zoo this weekend and a desperate looking dad approached me and asked if I had a spare diaper- well I don't carry them any more but I bet there is still one in the van!

More WFMW at We Are THAT Family.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Over The Moon Milk

Over The Moon milk (from Reiter Dairy) on sale at Giant Eagle this week for 2/$5 half-gal. Use $1 off coupon from last week's Smart Source insert AND there is a $0.50 hidden catalina you will get back. That's milk for $1 half-gallon!

($1 off online coupon here.)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

WFMW: Control garden pests and weeds

Here's some natural garden tips- Works For Me Wednesday edition:

To control weeds in sidewalk or driveway cracks without spray chemicals like Round-Up, use white vinegar full-strength in a spray bottle. Spray liberally on weeds like dandelions. Also salt water works well. Add one cup table salt to one pint of tap water, heat in a pan on the stove to dissolve. Cool and also use in a spray bottle to kill weeds. To keep aphids and garden bugs at bay- make a weak solution of dish detergent in water- you can use a spray bottle or even an empty dish soap bottle to apply to your tomato plants, etc. Sprinkle Borax around the outside of your house to keep ants away. To kill an ant colony- douse it with boiling water. Finally, keep deer and rabbits away from your vegetable garden with human hair. Just scatter some hair clipping on top of your soil or mulch.

More WFMW at We Are THAT Family.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Easy Meal- Crock Pot Country Ribs

My favorite easy meal to make is Crock Pot BBQ Country Ribs. I buy small packages of boneless pork loin ribs whenever I see them on price reduction- they are often very inexpensive- and throw them in the freezer until I have a few pounds of meat. You can brown the meat first in the oven- but I usually just throw it in the crock pot on low with one bottle of BBQ sauce. (All that Kraft BBQ sauce comes in handy!) Cook all day on low (about 6-8 hrs). I find it gets very watery- so I remove some of the liquid and add more BBQ sauce near the end. I serve with mashed potatoes and green beans- but mac-n-cheese would be good too. The best part is the leftover meat. Pull it apart with two forks, add more BBQ sauce and have some pulled pork sandwiches the next day- yum!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Garage Sale Season!

Garage Sale season is in full swing here! Today I scored a bunch of kids toys for $5 total. A Little Tikes picnic table like this one-

and a red plastic kids wheelbarrow complete with little gardening tools, and a sack full of sand toys (shovels, pails, rakes, etc.) Did I say all for $5?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Kraft Mac & Cheese catalina deal at GE

There is an unadvertised catalina deal at Giant Eagle this month for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese dinner- pair it with the buy 3 get 1 free coupon here. (thanks Cherry Picker)

Between 5/8-5/31 at Giant Eagle buy Kraft Macaroni & Cheese

buy 4 get $1.00 oyno (off your next order)
buy 5 get $1.50 oyno
buy 6 get $2.00 oyno
(items must be purchased in one shopping order)

(btw- shelf price is $0.92 a box)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Coupons, get your coupons here!

Printable coupons:

$2.50 off Windex Outdoor starter kit here.

$1 off Tide to Go here.

Wet Ones $1 off here.

Dove antiperspirant or body lotion $1.50 off here.

$1 off Blue Bunny frozen yogurt here.

$1 off All Small & Mighty and $0.40 off All 2x here.

Johnson's baby wash $1 off here.

And the motherload of Kraft coupons here!

(Reminder: with most coupons, you can hit your browser back button twice to get 2 coupons to print.)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Wed May 6 only free 8x10 print at Walgreens

Wednesday May 6 get a free 8x10 print at Walgreens when you use the code MOTHER. Makes a great gift!

Monday, May 4, 2009

$5 CVS Challenge week 5/3-5/9

This is an easy week to learn how to roll some CVS Extra Care bucks into a few good deals. Here's what I got so far at CVS this week:

Buy 1 Colgate Fresh Max toothpaste $2.99- get $2 ECB back
(used $1 online Colgate coupon) spent $1.99 OOP get $2 ECB back

Buy 1 Adidas deodorant $3.99- get $3 ECB back
(used $1 coupon from paper and $2 ECB) spent $0.99 get $3 ECB back

Buy 3 Kellogg's Frosted Flakes @ 3/$10- get $5 ECB back
(used 3- $1 online Kellogg's coupons and $3 ECB) spent $4 OOP get $5 ECB back

I will be rolling this into the Coke deal
with $1 off coupons from
(buy $20 get $10 ECB back)

More $5 Challenge at Keeping the Kingdom First

Saturday, May 2, 2009

CVS & Walgreens changes

Some changes in May for CVS & Walgreens. Walgreens has discontinued its monthly Easy Saver Rebate/coupon booklet. Instead they are having more register rewards and coupons in the weekly ad. CVS has eliminated its monthly Extra Care Bucks booklet- replacing it with a monthly clipless coupon program. Weekly deals in the CVS ad will remain the same- although it seems like there are less and less ECB deals.

Friday, May 1, 2009

50 cent Hot Dogs at Giant Eagle

Bar-S hot dogs are 5/$5 this week at Giant Eagle or $1 a package. Look for $0.50 off coupon "blinkies" right next to the hotdogs making them $0.50 a package. (these coupons do not double)

Target Special K Cereal Deal

Get a $5 gift card when you buy 5 Special K products. Read about it HERE and HERE to get coupons to make this a really good deal!

If you need more milk, it's still $1.99/gal at Giant Eagle (growth hormone-free milk).

Thursday, April 30, 2009

FF: Do you shop outlets?

Do you shop for clothes and household items at retail outlets? I have to say I'm not that big a fan except for when they're having really good sales. There are two I know about right now at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets- don't know how long they will continue.

First, at the Children's Place outlet- they have some misc. winter clothes marked down to $0.99 plus you can use a coupon if you are on their mailing list. Second, at the Crocs outlet they have some various adult and kids Crocs shoes marked down to $4.99 (which is a steal for brand-name Crocs). Also Jibbitz (the little charms you put on Crocs) are only $1 there.

More Frugal Friday at Life As Mom.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Redbox: Free Movie Monday

Sign up with your cell phone number at Redbox and get a free rental code text message every Monday. Regular rentals are only $1 a day. Today's code is 4CW33N.

sad day

I am having a very sad day today.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Frugal Friday: greeting cards

I never buy greeting cards if I can help it. I go to American Greetings create and print and search for "free" cards. Especially for cards that go with a gift. You can personalize and print from your computer. (maybe this makes me cheap, not frugal- ha!)

More Frugal Friday at Life As MOM.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Foodperks program at Giant Eagle- get 5% off now!

Get 5% off your next grocery trip to Giant Eagle just for watching this short 80 second video about their new Foodperks program. Get 1% off your groceries for every 10 gallons of gas you buy at GetGo with your advantage card.
(thanks Stephanie)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

WFMW gardening tip

I'm not much of a gardener at all- but my tip today is put down some Preen weed preventer now! (in fact, it might be too late) Preen works by preventing new weeds from germinating- so don't apply anywhere you are going to plant from seed. I like to apply to my perennial beds before mulching. More WFMW at We Are THAT Family!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Rite Aid Rx coupons (and Kmart)

Get a free $25 gift card when you transfer a prescription to Rite Aid with this coupon. CVS will also honor Rite Aid pharmacy coupons.

There is also a $10 gift card coupon in the Kmart ad (you can view here) and CVS will also honor Kmart pharmacy coupons.

CVS $5 Challenge week of April 19

Here's all the stuff I got for $4.10 OOP this week at CVS:

1 bunch Tootsie pops (on clearance) $0.13
1 Act Total Care $4.99
1 Kleenex with lotion $0.99
1 Edge Infused $2.89
1 Bayer fast crystals $2.00
1 Claritin children's 10 ct $9.99
1 Claritin redimelt 10 ct $9.99
1 CVS cotton swabs $0.99 (I just needed them)

total before coupons= $31.97
Act $1 off coupon from paper
Kleenex $1 off CVS register coupon
Bayer $1 off coupon from paper
Claritin used 2- $2 off coupons found online
and 1- $5 off CVS register coupon for Claritin
spent $16.48 ECB from previous deals
paid $4.10 OOP (out of pocket) after tax
got $10.89 in new ECB back!

More CVS $5 Challenge from Alyssa at Keeping The Kingdom First.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Claritin printable coupons

Go here for Claritin coupons- ($2 off) use at CVS this week. Claritin (Reditabs, Children's 10 ct, or liquid 4 oz) is $9.99 at CVS this week and get $2 ECB back. Pair this with the $5 off 2 Claritin CVS register coupon. There are also $2 off blinkie coupons in the store for Claritin.

There is also a printable $4 off Claritin 15 ct or larger here.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Iced Coffee Day at Dunkin' Donuts

Get a 16 oz. Iced Coffee for $0.50 on Tuesday April 21 at Dunkin' Donuts in honor of Iced Coffee Day and support Home For Our Troops!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Deals of the Week

CVS- buy one get one free Purex laundry detergent. Use this BOGO Purex coupon to get both free.

Giant Eagle- buy 2 Muir Glenn products, get a free reusable grocery bag. Use this $1 off coupon for Muir Glen.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

WFMW- what Doesn't work

How about "What doesn't work for me Wednesday"? I tried the new product from Tropicana called Trop50. It is basically watered-down orange juice sweetened with stevia. It is perhaps the worst tasting beverage I have ever had. Enough said. I love regular Tropicana orange juice so I'll be sticking with that, thank you very much.

More WFMW at We are THAT family.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Kitchen Tip Tuesday: nylon pan scraper

One of my favorite kitchen "gadgets" is a Pampered Chef nylon pan scraper. I think they are really made for cleaning Pampered Chef stoneware, but I use them on any baked on or sticky mess on any metal pan or glass dish. I'm sure you can find them other places too but they are only 3 for $2.75 at Pampered Chef and they don't really wear out. Perfect for scraping stuck-on food out of stainless steel pans.

Check out Tammy's Recipes for more Kitchen Tip Tuesday hints.

Friday, April 10, 2009

$50 Coupon book from Walgreens

Get a $50 coupon book from Walgreens when you visit the Take Care Clinic. Read more about Take Care Clinic Recovery Plan here.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Marc's trip this week

Did I ever mention I love Arnold Bread? It is low calorie, high fiber and has no HFCS. The best price I found is at Marc's- loaf of Arnold bread is $1.88 and the Sandwich Thins (my favorite- only 100 calories!) are $2.28 at Marc's.

My deal of the week at Marc's was 2 packages of baby portobello mushrooms for $1. I love baby portobello mushrooms and I plan to make an egg and mushroom strata for Easter.

More Frugal Friday at Life as MOM.

No coupon inserts this week

There will be no coupon inserts in this Sunday's paper due to the Easter holiday. So relax and enjoy the day!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

WFMW- I no longer clip coupons

What?!? Yes, I no longer cut out coupons. I found it takes too much time to do it ahead of time. What I do instead is keep a folder with each weeks newspaper inserts. I label the front of each insert like this "SS 4/5" or "RP 4/5" with a black Sharpie. That way when I am hunting for a coupon it's easier to find. I also remove any pages that have no coupons or are just ads. I keep a bag in my my car with all my coupon folders and periodically throw out the expired ones. I find with multiple sets of inserts, it's just too time consuming to cut the coupons out.

Any tips you'd like to share? Check out more Works For Me Wednesday tips at We Are THAT Family.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

CVS: Coke/Diet Coke 12 pks...

... or how to "roll" a deal at CVS. Coke/Diet Coke products 12 pks are on sale 3/$11 at CVS this week. Here is the deal I did:
First on April 1 I got my quarterly Extra Care Bucks (ECB) rewards= $5.50 back. On Monday I "hopped" on over to CVS and bought 2 Easter baskets for @ $1.99 ea and 2 Easter grass @ $0.79 ea. I used my $5.50 ECB to pay for them and got $5.56 ECB back (spent 6 cents OOP). Next I downloaded three $1 off Coke 12pk coupons from mycokerewards. (If you don't do mycokerewards you should- if you drink Coke products.) Now I took my $5.56 ECB and my 3 coupons and bought three 12 pks of Diet Coke. I paid $2.44 OOP and got $3 ECB back!

Any other CVS deals to share?

Keeping your sink clean

I'm pretty good about keeping my kitchen sink clean by wiping it down after I do the dishes. I also heard Bar Keeper's Friend is a great product for shining your sink. But does anyone have a suggestion for cleaning the rubber flaps on the garbage disposal? My disposal always looks gunky (the part you can see). How about cleaning inside the garbage disposal itself? I put some baking soda and ice cubes down it occasionally. Any other ideas?

p.s. Here's some tips from the Fly Lady- enjoy!

CVS free sample and coupon

I found a free sample of Essence of Beauty Creamy Fig Body Lotion at CVS with a $1 off coupon attached. My store had them near the register but maybe check in the beauty aisle also. The coupon may come in handy later- expires 6/30/09.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Leap Frog Tag and Leapster

Leap Frog Tag on sale at Target for $39 and Leapster on sale for $34 at Target. Tag on sale for $39.99 at ToysRUs and Leapster on sale for $29.99 at ToysRUs. Leapster 2 on sale at Walmart for $49.97. Go here for $10 and $5 off coupons for Leap Frog toys and games. (Coupons also work online)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Battle of the Milk Prices

There is a price war going on here for a gallon of milk. Giant Eagle has it at $1.99 and now Acme has it at $1.88. Bring it on!!!

Super Savings Saturday!

Today I did not go grocery shopping- I went to the Moms of Twins rummage sale! In addition to some cute clothes from Gap and Gymboree- I scored a Playskool doll house for $3- my daughter loves it! It just needed a little cleaning up with a Mr. Clean Eraser. More Super Savings Saturday at Moneysavingmom.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Frugal Friday: Re-purposing Items

I am a bit of a pack rat, so I often save containers and boxes and things thinking I will "re-purpose" them later. My favorite re-purposed item is a baby wipes box turned into a coupon organizer. Voila!

Got any great ideas for "re-purposed" items? Please share a comment! Get more Frugal Friday tips at Life As MOM.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Free Healthcare Services at Walgreens

Walgreens Take Care Clinic will offer free healthcare service to families that suffer job loss and have no health insurance. Also free laboratory services will be offered by Quest Diagnostics as part of the Take Care Recovery Plan offered by Walgreens.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

WFMW- Backwards Edition!

Check out Works For Me Wednesday- Backwards Edition over at We Are THAT Family!
Here's my dilema of the week- how do you keep dust bunnies- especially pet hair- under control? Also cat hair on furniture. And cat hair on chair legs, and the back of couches, and clothes, and I could go on and on! Thanks!

Cash 4 Books

Need to do some spring cleaning and make some extra cash? My mom just made some extra pocket money at
If you go there right now to sign up and use my referral link, I will make $5- thanks!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I'm Back At Work!

It feels so strange- I am back at work! The first day was a little rough as my daughter had a meltdown on the way to school. But today was fine. It's kind of boring actually buy I am working for the 2010 U.S. Census. It is nice to talk to some other adults all day! Only problem is, I don't have much time to do any computer work.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Eating For a $1 a Day

There is a very interesting woman named Rebecca Currie who did an experiment on living on just $1 a day for food. She literally spent one dollar a day for 30 days. Here is a summary of what she ate. It's pretty eye-opening. I think Americans generally spend WAY too much on just about everything. By the way, she pretty much only bought and ate fresh unprocessed food and grains.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Shopping For Grocery Markdowns

One thing I have slowly learned over the last several months is how to shop for grocery markdowns. You have to get to know your stores and your store policies. The best time to shop for markdowns is usally the first thing in the morning. Here's a list of a few places I shop for markdowns. (I am in the NE Ohio area). Leave a comment if you have any other finds.

1. Giant Eagle. My local store usually has 2 or 3 grocery carts located near the health and beauty section. You can find anything from canned goods to organic products. Also if you check the meat case in the morning you can almost always find good deals on meat with that day's date. I have also heard you can get Deli markdowns around closing time but I don't shop that late. I occasionally find some markdown bananas or bagged salad but it's kind of rare.

2. Marc's. I usually try to stop at Marc's one morning a week when they first open to get score some $1 produce bags. You never know what the will have but I have gotten apples, zucchini, carrots, potatoes, etc. for $1 a bag.

3. Aldi's. The Aldi's store near us has a shelf for markdown items- not usually much to pick from though.

4. Krieger's. Krieger's Health Food Market is a local market. They usually have a reduced produce section- although I have found the produce to be pretty ripe!

5. Target (and/or Walmart). Check the endcaps of the non-main-aisle shelves for the red price stickers. You can find all kinds of things on clearance at Target. Ditto for Walmart.

6. Schwebel's bread outlet. I never pay full price for bread. You can save 70% or more on outlet bread.

More Frugal Friday ideas at Life As Mom.

Rite Aid

I don't usually shop at Rite Aid- there isn't one that close to my house. But today I was visiting a friend and there was a Rite Aid store down the street so I stopped in for some Pull-Ups. They were on sale for $9.99 plus a $2 rebate and I had a $2 off coupon. I was not familiar with Rite Aid's rebates- but you simply go online at and click on the Single Check Rebate (SCR) link. It was very easy and I guess I will get a check in a couple weeks. I still like CVS Extra Care Bucks better- but Rite Aid's online system is pretty easy.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

How I got my early-bird daughter to stay in bed!

Works For Me Wednesday: How I got my early-bird daughter to stay in bed!
I have a 3 1/3 year old pre-schooler who likes to get up at the crack of dawn. First it was 6:30am- then 6:00am- then 5:30am- and she would get up and wander around the house. I finally had enough! Right around when the time changed I got her a small digital travel alarm clock. I covered the numbers with tape so only the first number shows. I told her she could get out of bed when the clock said "7". I also drew a number 7 on a piece of paper and put it next to the clock on her bedside table. I told her very morning she waited until the clock said "7" and she called mom or dad to come get her- she could put a marble in a jar. I got a small bag of marbles and a medium baby food jar. I put them on top of her dresser where she could see them but not reach. When the marble jar is full I told her she could shop for a small prize at Walmart or Target. For a couple weeks now I would say she has stayed in her room every morning except one or two times. She is excited to be close to getting her prize!

Check out more WFMW at We Are THAT Family.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Acme fuel rewards program

I would really like to support Acme since it is a local company- but I can't get over the Giant Eagle Fuel Perks- maybe until now. Acme is testing a fuel rewards program with Circle K at its Parma location. Don't know when the program will be rolled out to all stores. Read the story here from the Plain Dealer.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Menu Plan Monday- Plan My Menu!

I was checking out the post at MoneySavingMom about using what you have in your pantry- and I decided to do an inventory of what I have on hand. Here's where YOU come in- plan my weekly dinner menu from the list of things I have on hand- good luck and thanks! (just leave a comment)

1 bag meatballs
2 bx Mrs. T's Quick Ones
frozen corn
frozen carrots
frozen broccoli
1 bx Texas Toast
1 lg Stouffer's lasagna
1 bx fish sticks
1 bx chicken nuggets
1 lb beef for stew
2 steaks
1 lb ground turkey
2 split turkey breasts
2 lbs chicken thighs
2 bx Kraft mac & cheese
1 bx Suddenly Salad
1 bx brown rice
1 bx mashed sweet potatoes
3 jar spag. sauce
2 bx spaghetti
1 box elbow mac.
can corn
can diced tomatoes
can evap. milk
can black olives
can kidney beans
can chicken broth
can green beans
can sauerkraut
2 cans cream mushroom soup
Parmesan cheese
BBQ sauce
red potatoes
yellow onions
raw carrots
leftover egg noodles
sour cream
Grands biscuits
4 eggs
apple sauce

Check out more menu plans at I'm An Organizing Junkie.

Free Kid's Books Downloads

Go to AudibleKids for free kid's books downloads- titles like Rapunzel, Gift of the Magi, The Emperor's New Clothes.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Marc's March Madness

I got an incredible deal on reduced produce at Marc's today. One bag of 6 apples (Golden Delicious and Granny Smith) for $1, one bag of 6 zucchini for $1 and 2 bags of organic baby cut carrots for $1. $3 total for quite a haul. They also had a large bunch of cilantro for $1 but I didn't know how long it would keep. Making zucchini bread now!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Double-Dippin' at Giant Eagle

March is frozen food month and all month they have had a promotion when you buy select products. This morning I worked a double-dip. I bought 5 Weight Watchers Smart Ones at 5/$10 (the shelf price is between $2.79-$3.79 each). Then I had a $1 off 5 coupon and a $5 Catalina from a previous order. I paid $4 cash out of pocket and received a $5 catalina on my next order for buying 5 Smart Ones AND I got $1 off my next order plus a free RedBox code for spending $15 on frozen food. So basically I just came out $3 ahead!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Cute Shamrock Toastie recipe from Family Fun magazine here.

Menu Plan Monday 3/16

Hello and welcome to Menu Plan Monday (MPM)- check out $5 for more great ideas!

Mon- Chicken sloppy joes with carrots and oven fries
Tue- Pork roast (crockpot) with sauerkraut and garlic roast potatoes
Wed- frozen meals that were on sale last week
Thu- Spaghetti & meatballs with salad
Fri- Turkey Tetrazinni (leftover turkey) and peas
Sat- Leftover buffet!
Sun- tacos

Friday, March 13, 2009

$0.59 Bread at Giant Eagle

Arnold Bread on sale at Giant Eagle this week BOGO ($3.18) so buy ONE for $1.59- use $1 off coupon from March All You magazine= $0.59 bread!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Marc's deal of the week

Today I snagged a small bag of Braeburn apples for $1 at Marc's. There were a ton of people crowded around the discount produce cart so I didn't get anything else. I had my eye on a bag of $1 sweet potatoes but someone else grabbed them.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Works For Me Wednesday

I got one of these- a Pampered Chef cut-n-seal for $4 on Ebay. Just about every day for lunch my 3 1/2 year old daughter makes herself a "round" PB&J sandwich for lunch- she thinks it's fun!

More "Works For Me Wednesday" tips at We Are THAT Family.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Free Photo Videos at Animoto

Sign up to create and view free 30-second photo videos set to music at Animoto- "the end of the slideshow". This site is totally addicting. You take 12-15 photos and choose a soundtrack song and Animoto creates a unique video every time. You can make unlimited 30-second short videos or you can purchase full-length 60-second videos for $3 each or buy an unlimited all-access pass for $30.

If you sign up at Animoto right now and use the code bieogjka you can take $5 off an all-access pass. When you go to Animoto to sign up- just use the code "bieogjka" in the referral code box. Get ready to start creating!