Monday, July 18, 2011

Trip to Staples & Wally-World

This first picture was my load from Staples! Woo-Hoo! I used my staples rewards that were going to expire later this month - paid $.30 for all this!

Got the boys a pencil box ($.25); pencil top erasers ($.01); post-it flags ($.25); Bic pens ($.01); Pink ribbon magnets and jumbo clips ($1 each); Flower dividers ($.50); Big paper clips ($.50); Avery white circle stickers - Woo-Hoo! Garage Sale tags ($.50); and the tape - score! They were $2 minus my $.50 coupon = $1.50 each! Yeah for Staples rewards!

Okay now on to my Wally-World trip! It was a good one, I had a great cashier who was friendly and kind and quick! I picked up two flyswatters (made $.03 on each with my $1/1 coupons!); used a $2.50/1 coupon on flea meds (Final Cost $2.62); Flea collars - free with coupon! Dove mens soap $1.97 for 6 bars with coupon! Mach 3 Razor blades $9.92 after coupon - whew those things are expensive. But it's all Hubby can use so I am glad I have a few coupons! Stockpile!!!

Free K.C. Masterpiece with coupon and ad match!

Jif - ad match for $1.99 - $.35 coupon = great deal on my favorite peanut butter!!!!

Sugar $.99 - stocked up on that as we are southerners around here and love our sweet tea! (Not to mention making Jam!)

The produce deals are abundant these days so I am trying to buy while it's cheap and put it up for later when it's not. I picked up several good deals in this trip and am excited to get them in the jars/freezer.

Plans are to make pickled jalapeno's and pineapple in very light syrup.

Saved $2.70 on my Jalapeno's with a 3lbs/$1 ad match! Save $1 each on my pineapples with an ad match!

More produce deals! Apples - got the 3 lb bags for $2.77 (it was cheaper than the $.99/lb ad). Saved $1.83 on peaches - I want to make some peach pie filling with these! Tomatoes were a steal at 3lbs/$1 - salsa making time - I saved a bundle on these - $5.74 with my ad! Potatoes were $1 for 10lbs - oh my goodness that is cheap - these will go in the freezer! Onions - wow did I save on these - $4.80 total savings with an ad match for 8lbs/$1! Saved $.17 on my bananas as well!

Eggs were $.99 for the 18 count - saved $.65!

Ruffles were $1.88 - that's $1.10 savings! Fritos and Cheetos were $1.69 so I saved $.81 per bag!

I also picked up some cornbread mix for the pantry - saved $.25 each bag with my ad!

I am very excited that Hubby has cut down on his soda drinking...he opts for a powerade after his morning workout - so finding a sale is always a plus! $.69 each (saved $.09!)

Okay so my totals were:

$36.90 saved with coupons &

$43.95 saved with ad match-ups!

I would say it's still worth it! :)

Until next time be kind to the poor soul who gets in line behind you...perhaps we should make signs for our buggy; smile A LOT ~ like until your face hurts; and pass along good words about the cashier to the CSM!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Last Big Wal-Mart Trip

Well I am just getting around to updating the blog from my latest Wal-Mart Shopping. I did a "big" trip before 4th of July weekend. I got out of the store feeling like my savings were not as significant as they should have been, but then realized that I had purchased a few necessities that we needed that we were not part of our "norm". I matched ads and saved $42.06 as well as $57.44 with my coupons. (I even had $1.01 in overage - which I always love to see!).

I was excited to see that the Midlothian store had a "rollback" on their Kerr canning jars! They had been more expensive than the Waxahachie store, but I was delighted to see that they rolled them back to $6.97 with my coupon I paid $6.22 for a dozen pint jars. Yeah!

I also matched an ad for cucumbers. 8/$1 - what a deal - Hubby's been wanting me to make some bread and butter pickles, so yippee here they be! I saved $.31 each on my cukes!

Jalepeno's were another add match. I am fairly confident in my pickled jalepeno making these days and as much as my hubby LOVES them - I figured I would make another batch! I saved $2.33 on my 4 1/2 pounds. Can't beat $.25 a pound!

TP was also on the list - I matched an ad for 6 double rolls for $2.99 - the regular wm prices was $3.88. Not a bad deal!

Plums - yummy - planned to make some freezer jam out of these beauties. Picked them up with an ad match for $.88/lb and saved $3.62 on them!

Tortilla chips - a staple around here - I matched an ad for $2.48 and then used a coupon for $.75/1. WOW! Love the savings!

Broccoli - yum! Can't wait to steam this up with some cheese! Matched an add for $.99 a pound which saved me $.49/lb!

Oh my favorite EVER candy - Haribo gummy bears. Matched an ad for $.88 and got four! Better hide these! LOL

Apples - a staple around here - can't wait until our trees produce! Snagged these for $.67/lb - loved it! Stocked us up for a few weeks!

Hubby's been drinking powerade after his morning workout so I was excited to match an ad for $.69 - saved $.19 per bottle!

Dial body wash, Carefree, Floss. Plus I used several coupons for aspirin (and a rebate so it will be free); $.50 baby wipes, $.38 benadryl itch sticks; $.27 zyrtec, $.97 John Frieda; $2.62 flea drops for Lady and saved $1 on batteries for Hubby's workout machine.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Coupon Chat Canning Play Date!

Oh how blessed our family is to have this great homeschool group ECCHO - what an important part of our lives they have become in such a short amount of time...God is SO good!

From that awesome group has been born a group Made Couponing Moms (a bunch of us moms who have been saving tons of money matching ads using our Q's) . LOL Well the coupon chat group met up at Kellie Watson's house for a day of canning and fun! What a day it was! We had an absolute blast working together and chatting and gabbing and canning! The kids had a ball playing together and having fun with friends! They played outside in the little pool/mud hole and then played inside for a while. They had a blast making memories with good friends.

We made so many good things! We worked for about 5 hours and put up 63 jars of goodies! WOW! What a blessing!

You can see in the various pictures everyone working hard and having fun in Kellie's kitchen. What a blessing this sweet woman is ~ so sweet to open her home to the 8 moms and 17 - yes I said 17 kids that showed up! LOL

Here you can see Kellie setting yet another time for something we had going. LOL - good thing she has the timer app on her IPhone - which gave us 30 times! LOL - so funny! But quite useful! I think by the end of the afternoon the beeping was getting to all of us. LOL

It was Julie Sillivan's birthday so sweet
Sarah brought a cookie cake to sha
re! The kids were quite excited about this and it was very Yummy! Happy Birthday Julie - it was great to chat with you!

Here you can see Tamra and Brenda with the ever present stirring...oh my goodness what a workout! LOL - I thought my arm was going to fall off before those crazy strawberries got to a boil! LOL

Sarah became our designated jar labeler since she had the "cute handwriting" (per Angela Perry). LOL

Angela and Kellie storing some of the leftover applesauce - we will be canning again so we decided to freeze it for later! Well now that I think of it Kellie is planning to make some apple pie filling with the leftover apples and Brenda is making plum jam with the plums so the leftover
applesauce will go into that.

Here's the group (minus a couple of friends - Julie and Marsha - that had already left)

Left to Right - Tamra, Kellie, Brenda, Sarah, Angela and Moi!

And here is our bounty!

Peach Jam with natural pectin!

Cowboy Candy (candied jalapenos) My hubby is very excited about these!

Diced peaches in medium syrup! (slobber)

Raspberry Jam made with natural pectin!

Strawberry jam made with natural pectin.

Jalapeno Jelly - whew what that a sinus clearing time in the kitchen! LOL

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by

Christ Jesus" Philippians 4:19 (KJV)