Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day Shopping

As some of you have been reading, I was in charge of purchasing all of the food to feed 11 people 5 meals and snacks over the course of 3 days. Here is how I did. Also head over to the Grocery Cart Challenge and see how Gayle and the others did this week.

2 Utz Pretzels 6.00 (sale -$1.00) 5.00
2 Hunts Ketchup 3.38 (sale -$1.84) 1.54
2 Mustards 3.00 (sale -$1.46) 1.54
Lays Chips 3.99 (sale -$1.49) 2.50
2 Large Lipton Ice Tea Mix 16.00 (-$6.04 sale -$1.00 MFR coupon) 8.96
2 Country Time Lemonade Mix 6.00 (-$2.00 sale) 4.00
8pk Bounty Basic Paper Towels 7.50 (-$1.62 sale -$1.00 MFR coupon) 4.88
Aluminum Foil 1.39 (-$0.62 sale) 0.77
2 Trash Bags 2.00 (-$0.46 sale) 1.54
3 Softsoap 8.40 (-$6.09 sale -$1.00 MFR coupon) 1.31
3 Strip Steaks 38.66 (-$19.68 sale) 18.98
Total before Savings 96.32
Total OOP 51.02

2 Jet Puffed Marshmallows 2.04 ( 2 -$1 Target coupon 1/1) 0.04
2 Graham Crackers 6.58 (-$1.58 sale) 5.00
Total before Savings 8.62
Employee Discount -10% = 0.50
Total OOP 4.54

Target Trip 2
4 - 6pk Hershey's Chocolate Bars 12.76
2 Graham Crackers 5.08 -$2 MFR = 3.08
Wheat Thins 2.04
Wheat Thins 2.04 - $1 MFR -$1 Target 1/2= 0.54
Triscuits 2.04
Triscuits 2.04
2 Kraft Dressing 3.98 -(2) $1 MFR 1/1 -$1 Target 1/2 = 0.98
Hellmans 1.99
3 Jet Puff Marshmallow 3.06
3 Folgers Coffee 12.57 -5.07 sale = 7.50
Total before Saving 47.60
Employee Discount -10% = 3.61
Total OOP 32.43

2 -12pk Hamburger Rolls 2.70 -0.20 sale = 2.50
1 - 12pk Hot Dog Rolls 1.35 -0.10 = 1.25
Glad Gallon Bags 2.89
Glad Sandwich Bags 1.79
Hefty Gallon Bags 3.49 -$1 MFR = 2.49
4pk Angel Soft Toliet Paper 2.85
Baked Lays Potato Chips 3.49 -$1MFR = 2.49
1 Cantaloupe 2.99 -0.49 sale = 2.50
1 Honeydew 2.00
2 # Carrots 1.99
2 Coffee Creamers 3.00
2 Hatfield Hotdogs 6.58 BOGO = 3.29
2-2# Hatfield Bacon 9.98 BOGO = 4.99
Total Savings 11.07
Total OOP 34.03

Mini Whole Wheat Pitas 1.79
4 Block Cheese 7.96
5 OJ Concentrate 7.45
Case Water 3.99
20 Hamburger Patties 12.76
20 slice of Ham 5.03
6 slices of Provolone Cheese 0.95
24 slices of Turkey 8.09
Bananas 1.26
Pineapple 5.99
Romanie Lettuce 3.69
Tomato on the Vine 3.52
Onion 1.98
Honeydew 3.99
Apples 3.69
Celery 2.49
Grapes 2.99
2 Strawberries 3.00


3 FF Gallon Milk 8.46
1 Whole Gallon Milk 3.09
2 18 ct Eggs 3.18
2 Club Rolls 5.98 -1.98 sale = 4.00
Tissues .99
Relish 1.39 -0.39 sale = 1.00
Bread .99
Total OOP 21.71



Friday, May 22, 2009

Weekly Shopping 5/25

So we are back from our fabulous family vacation. Have you ever come home from vacation and needed one to rest from it. That's how I feel. I did some shopping before we left and then picked up some other things when I got back. Also check out HERE to see how I did buying all the food for 11 people. Then head over to the Grocery Cart Challenge and see how Gayle and the others did this week.

9 Box of Jello 6.75 -0.36 sale -(3) $1 MFR -(3) $1 doubler = 0.39
6 Pk of ready Jello 16.14 - 1.14 -(3) $1MFR -(1) $1 doubler = 11.00
10 Powerade 10.90 - 0.90 sale = 10.00
Organic Hummus 3.59 - 1.00 MFR =2.59 - should have rang up 2.50 to start So refunded my total cost (So FREE!! plus $1)
Hummus 2.99- 0.49 sale - 1.00 MFR= 1.50
2 Breyers Ice Cream 8.98 - 3.80 sale -$1 MFR = 4.18
-5/50 coupon (bought stuff in this trip for vacation)

22 pk Frito Lay Snack Packs 6.99
3 Quaker Granola Bars 6.00
15 pk Gatorade 8.99
Jif PB 4.54
Gallon Whole Milk 3.34
Gallon 1% Milk 3.09
Creamer 2.69
Trash Bags 4.88
-10% Employee Discount
Total OOP 36.47

Total OOP 57.54

Monday, May 18, 2009

Weekly Grocery Shopping 5-16-09

I didn't do to bad this week. Really didn't need a whole lot since we are leaving for vacation on Friday. I am in charge of gathering all of the food this week to feed 11 people (2 teen boys and 3 grown men that eat like teenagers!) So check back next week and see how I do.

2 Flat Earth Chips 5.38 -$1 MFR 1/1 -$1 MFR 1/1 = 3.38
Smartfood Popcorn 3.33 -$1MFR -$1 Target = 1.33
Smartfood Popcorn 3.33 -$1 Target = 2.33
5 Quaker Rice Cakes 8.35 -(5) $1 Target 1/1 = 3.35
100 Calorie Snacks 2.04 -$1 MRF -$1 Target = 0.04
100 Calorie Snacks 2.04 -$1MFR -$1 Target = 0.04
3 Crystal Light 11.97 -$1 MFR -$2 MFR 1/2 -(3)$1 Target = 2.97
Whole Grain Goldfish 6.49
4 Lean Cuisines 10.66 -$2.66 sale = 8.00 (not pictured)
4 Kraft Natural Cheese 7.96 -(2) $1 MFR 1/2 -(2) $1 Target 1/2 = 3.96 (not pictured)
Triscuits 2.04 -$1 MFR -$1 Target 1/2 = 0.04
Wheat Thins 2.04 -$1 MFR = 1.04
2 Kraft Dressings 3.98 -(2)$1 MFR 1/1 -$1 Target 1/2 = 0.98
Total before coupons 69.61
Employee Discount -10% = 3.40

Total OOP 30.56
Total Savings 39.05

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Meal Plan - Memorial Day Weekend Edition

This is our meal plan for our family vacation. We are going with a total of 11 people. Thank god there is not anymore, because I am not sure I could handle it. I have agreed to do all the planning and all of the shopping for the major food. With everyone else pitching in and bringing personal food and snacks to share. To check out what other ladies are making for the holiday weekend, head over the Organizing Junkie. Check back next week, to see how the weekend went and how much I spent to feed all of these people.

Friday - Dinner is on your own.
(We and my parents will be eating steaks on the grill, potatoes & Salad.)

Breakfast – Fruit cup, muffins, OJ, coffee, milk
Lunch – Sandwiches, chips, pretzels, snacks & drinks
Dinner – Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Rolls, Fruit, Snack and S’mores

Breakfast - Eggs, Bacon, Toast, OJ, Coffee, milk
Lunch – on your own
Dinner – In Town

Breakfast – Cinnamon Buns, Cereal, OJ, Coffee, milk

My Shopping List for the weekend:
Fruit Cup – 2 lb Strawberries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Bananas, Honeydew, Pineapple
24 - Muffins - I am making one set and my mom is baking the other.
5 concentrate OJ (No Pulp)
Ruby Red - someone else bringing
3 cans of coffee (French Roast)
3 gallon of milk Fat Free
1 gallon of milk Whole

Sandwiches - 12 Hoagie Rolls, 20 slices Turkey, 24 slices Ham, 10 slices American Cheese, 6 slices Provolone, 6 slices Swiss, Mayo & Mustard
2 – Chips (Baked – 1), 2 Pretzels, 1 case bottled water

Salad – 3 pk of Romaine Lettuce, 2 lbs of carrots, 2 onion, radishes, lg stalk of celery, Tomatoes
13 hamburgers,hamburger rolls, hot dogs, hotdog rolls, Ketshup, Relish, Salad Dressing
Smores- 5 bags Marshmallows, Graham Crackers, Chocolate Bars

2 – 18ct eggs, 2 lbs bacon low sodium, 2 loaves of bread, pound butter, Grape Jelly, Salt & Pepper, Peanut Butter, Extra loaf plain white bread

Monday Breakfast
2 – Dutch Oven Cinnamon Buns 1 with nuts 1 without nuts
Cereal – Bring your own

Iced Tea, Raspberry Tea, Lemonade, Paper Towels – 6pk, Toilet Paper – 2, Hand soap -3, Dish soap, Hand towels, Aluminum Foil

Snacks - Divided among all the families
Pretzels 4, BBQ chips 2, Sun chips 2, Baked Chips 2, Tortilla Chips 2, Salsa 2, Sour Cream, Mix for Veggie Dip, Peanut Butter Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Brownies, Raspberry bars

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Meal Plan Monday 5/16/09

So this week is the week before vacation, so you know what this means... it's crazy here. My to do list is longer than there are hours in the day. Daddy and I both have meeting on different nights this week plus, I have taken off a couple of extra days to pack, cook and get it all together. Here is the plan up until we leave for vacation. Check out HERE to see what we will be eating and feeding 11 people on vacation. To check out what other ladies are making for the holiday weekend, head over the Organizing Junkie.

Monday: Soft Tacos with Beef, Black Beans, Tomatoes, Cheese, Sour Cream

Tuesday: Eggplant Parm & Salad

Wednesday: Super nachos made with refried beans, black beans, lettuce, tomato & sour cream

Thursday: Steaks on the Grill, Sweet Potatoes & Salad

Friday: Vacation

Saturday: Vacation

Sunday: Vacation

Monday, May 11, 2009

Weekly Shopping Trip

So on Sunday Daddy surprised me by telling me that he didn't have to work all day and he was going to spend it with Sassy and I. I was very excited and then I realized he wanted to go grocery shopping with me and he wanted to change the menu for that night. Let me just say, I have a plan for a reason, I like, NO I love it! I need a plan to help me keep my sanity, but sometimes that is thrown out the window. Let me also say everytime Daddy comes with me to the store we ALWAYS end up over budget! No matter how hard I try. Also no pictures this week since Daddy helped unpack and put most of it away for I could stop him.

So needless to say this week was no different. We did hit some really good deals at both Target and Pathmark, but I am still $37 over budget and I was just informed that we are almost out of soda, so I guess I am heading back to the store for more of at too. I do not plan to shop next week except for neccessities and the rest of the menu for the huge family vacation, so I should end up okay in the end.

To see how Gayle and all the other ladies did this week check out the Grocery Cart Challenge.

Tortias 2.09 (sale -0.59) 1.50
2 Kraft Natural Cheese (sale -1.10) 5.00
Gallon 1% Milk 2.89
Half Gallon Whole Milk 1.60
Gallon Organic Whole Milk 5.89
18 ct Eggs 1.59
Hairbrush 3.17
Total OOP 21.83

Smartfood 3.00 (-$1 MFR coupon -$1 Target coupon) 1.00
Quacker Rice Cakes 1.67 (-$1 Target coupon) 0.67
Teddy Grahams 2.49 (-0.49 sale -$1.00 Target coupon) 1.00
100 Cal Snack 1.93 (-$1 Target coupon) 0.93
True Delights Granola Bars 2.89 (-$1 MFR coupon -$1 Target coupon) 0.89
Quattro Razor 9.94 (-$4 MFR coupon -$2 Target coupon) 3.94
Goody Hair clips 2.78 (clearance)
Total OOP 11.21

4 Kotex Tampon 14.76 (-$3.20 sale -$1.56 Big Buy -$1 MFR coupon 1/1 -$1.50 MFR coupon 1/2) 7.50
3 Quaker Granola Bars 9.57 (-$2.07 sale) 7.50
2 Fruit Loops 8.98 (-$3.98 sale -$1 MFR coupon 1/1 -$2 Big Buy) 2.00
2 Frosted Flakes 8.38 (-$3.38 sale -$1 MFR coupon 1/1 -$2 Big Buy) 2.00
Cherrios Oat Clusters 4.69 (-$2.70 sale -$0.75 coupon doubled(1.50)) 0.49
Snow Crab ($5.99/lb) 20.55 Daddy purchase
Romaine Lettuce 1.73
3 ears of Corn 0.99 (-0.42 sale) 0.57
2# Red Grapes 1.99
Frozen Scallops 7.98 Daddy purchase
8 Poterhouse Steaks 42.36 (-$21.67 sale) 20.69 Daddy purchase
-2.25 (Cashier scaned my 0.75 coupon multiple times - not sure why but my gain)
Total OOP 70.32

Total OOP 103.36

Side note - Daddy did make me a FABULOUS Mother's Day Dinner of Crab legs, Scallops and Corn on the cob!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Meal Plan Monday

How was your Mother's Day? Mine was wonderful, Sassy and I went to Church in the morning and then we went grocery shopping and loaded up on items, tell you about that later. My gift this year was a Wii, Wii fit and a great cardio game to go with it. I am loving it right now. I had to rip myself away from it to type this up. No this was not in the budget until July, but Daddy wanted to surprise me and that he did. He wants this to be my Mother's Day and his Father's Day gift, I am sure I will do something else for him, but I married the best guy ever!!

So the prep has begun for the family vacation to the mountains. This year we have included my entire family for a total of 12 people. We set the menu this weekend and now I am in charge of buying all of the food and bringing it up with us. What was I thinking when I said I would do this!! I am purchasing 6 meals for 12 people plus snacks for my family to bring to share with everyone.

So we are going to be eating out of the freezer and pantry over the couple of weeks to ensure nothing goes to waste while we are away (One of my biggest pet peeves!) and this will help minimize my stress. I brought out some good old standbys out of the recipe box. One of the great things about the chicken tenders and fries is you can make them ahead of time, freeze them and then just reheat. (Love this for an EASY, healthy meal)

Check out the other ladies menus this week HERE. Check back tomorrow to see how my shopping went, I just couldn't resist some deals and I also had Daddy and Sassy with me, so that always means a higher than planned bill.

Monday: Steak on the Grill, Potatoes & Onions, Salad

Tuesday: Salmon, Peas & Salad

Wednesday: Ultimate Breakfast Frittata

Thursday: Soft Tacos with Beef, Black Beans, Tomatoes, Cheese, Sour Cream

Friday: Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders & Homemade Fries

Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: Hamburgers, Whole Wheat Rolls, Tater Tots

Monday, May 4, 2009

Weekly Shopping Trip

So this week, I actually went to 3 different stores. This is out of my norm but all were having really good sales and I was going to be in the area of all three in the course of one day, so I hit them all. I actually stayed within my budget. I was only over by $7, not to bad. I probably will go over later in the week, since I am having an EcoMom's meeting here and I need snacks for the ladies and I. Anyone have any good, cheap and healthy snack ideas for adults? Please share.

See how Gayle and everyone else did this week over at the Grocery Cart Challenge.

Here's how I did....

4 Blocks of Cheese 7.96
Cream Cheese 1.29
4 Yogurts 1.60
Gallon Organic Milk 5.79
Tater Tots 1.99
4 Smart One Meals 9.96 (-2.00) (-0.50 coupon doubled) 6.96
Frozen Lite Whipped Topping 0.89
Hershey's Chocolate Syrup 1.99
2 Baked Beans 2.58 (-0.60) 1.98
2 Black Beans 1.38
Mild Salsa 1.59

Total Savings 3.60
Total OOP 33.42

2 Quaker Rice Cakes 4.30
12 Powerade 13.08 (-1.08) (-4.08 for buying 12) 8.00
Coffee Creamer 1.79 (-0.07) 1.72
Gallon 1% Milk 2.89
1/2 Gallon Whole Milk 1.60

Total Saving 5.15
Total OOP 18.99

Lay Potato Chip 3.99 (-2.20) 1.79
Lay BBQ Chip 3.99 (-2.20) 1.79
10 Hunts Ketchup 13.52 (-5.82) (-2.30 bonus big buy) 6.16
4# Strawberries 11.98 (-8.02) 3.96

Total Savings 21.62
Total OOP 20.28

Total Savings 30.37
Total OOP $72.69

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Meal Plan

So we have started Elle back on milk this weekend, so we will see how that goes. I am really hoping that she will do okay and we can start to incorporate some fun things back into our menu, like lasagnas and cream of chicken and rice casseroles, etc. I am having my mom's group over on Friday night, Bill is working and a babysitter is watching Elle, so who knows what dinner will end up being. Check back tomorrow to see how my grocery shopping went for this week and check out everyone else's meal plans this week over at Org Junkie.

Monday: London Broil on the Grill, Baked Potatoes & Salad

Tuesday: Eggs & Toast

Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken with Black Beans and Cream Cheese over Whole Wheat Egg Noodles

Thursday: Eggplant Parm & Salad

Friday: To Be Determined

Saturday: Blackberry Pancakes

Sunday: Homemade Pizza’s Crust, Sauce, Cheese, Pepperoni

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Weekly Shopping 4/27

Well, this week has been a roller coaster for us, and Sassy's milk allergy. We had a food challenge and you can read the details HERE.

They opened up a Pathmark in our area. I have checked them out. They claim they are cheaper than Giant and Wegman's however, they are not on all products. So I ran in and got a couple of items that were on sale and then headed to Giant for the rest. Check out my totals and total saved. I really did well this week.

2 - 1# Strawberries 3.00
22 pk single Potato Chips sacks - 6.49 (-0.55 coupon doubled) 5.39
4 - 12pk Coke 9.98
Pack of Wrigley's Gum 1.19 (Free after coupon)
Total OOP 18.87
With coupons and sales I saved a total of 19.15!!

Reynolds foil 2.49 (-$1 coupon) 1.49
Whole grain Goldfish carton 8.49
Multi grain Cheerios 3.19 (-$1 coupon) 2.19
2 Ziploc Small Containers 5.58 (-$1.50 coupon) 4.08
Quaker Rice Cakes 2.15
3 pk Sparkle Paper Towels 2.99 (-$1.00 coupon) 1.99
2 Frosted Flakes 4.98 (-$1.00 coupon) 3.98
Bertolli Olive Oil 4.99 (-$1.00 Giant coupon) (-$1.00 MF coupon) 2.99 such a super deal!
6 pk Scott's Paper Towels 5.50 (-$1.00 coupon) 4.50
2 Adam & Eve Juice Bottles 5.00 (-$1.00 coupon ) 4.00
Kashi Fruit Rolls 2.99
Fruit Nuggets 2.15
3# Organic Apples 3.49 (-$0.50 coupon) 2.89
2- 6# All Natural Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 15.27
2 - Sirlon Steaks BOGO Free - 15.37
Daily Special Pot Roast 3.33
Daily Special Steak 2.85
Cheese Sticks - 3.65
Gallon 1% Milk - 2.85
1/2 Gallon Whole milk - 1.58
1/2 Gallon Organic Milk - 3.79
TOTAL OOP - 93.40
I saved with coupons and sale items a total of $51.83! Wow does that make me feel good

Total out of pocket is 112.27! I had a budget this week of $100 so I went a little over that, I know exactly were I spent it though, on the chicken and manager's specials meat. However, all that food is enough to feed us for 11 meals, so I should be good again for a couple of weeks.

Check out how Gayle and the others did this week at the Grocery Cart Challenge

Last minute addition
I just got off the phone with Sassy's allergist and we need to pull her off of Milk for the rest of the week. (The saga continues). So I am going to have to make a run out to the store tonight and pick up some soy milk and soy cheese to get us through till the weekend. So that adds about another $10 to my total above.

Meal Plan Monday

This past week has been a real roller coaster. We had Sassy's food challenge on Monday. She did not show and immediate signs of a returning milk allergy. So they sent us home and told us to start increasing her milk intake daily and see how she does. Well Tuesday, Wednesday were great. Thursday she had a "hive" on her face for about 30 min then it disappeared. Friday was fine. Saturday, we went down to my mom's to work on our garden (pictures coming soon) and she developed 3 "hives" not sure if they were hives or bug bites and had a rash over her neck and back, could have been heat rash it was like 89 degrees here, the heat rash eventually diminished. Then Sunday we toured a local farm and had a great time. After Sassy got up from her nap she had a "heat rash" again and had several hives that kept appearing and disappearing all over her arms, face and legs. They would be here and gone with in 30 min. WERID!! So at this point I have NO CLUE what is going on with her little body. If anyone has ever experienced this before, I am all ears!

On the menu front, Daddy decided that last week he didn't want tacos so we had steak on the grill instead, which changed up the whole menu for the week, and with all that was happening on Saturday with the garden install, I forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer. So all of these things are making their way back on the menu again this week.

Monday : Hamburgers, Whole Wheat Rolls, French Fries & Salad

Tuesday: Salmon, Pea, Salad

Wednesday: Soft Tacos with Beef, Black Beans, Tomatoes, Cheese, Sour Cream

Thursday: Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders, Homemade Fries

Friday: Hamburger Barley Stew, Salad

Saturday: Super nachos made with refried beans, black beans, lettuce, tomato &, sour cream

Sunday: Chicken on the Rotisserie Gravy, Corn, Mashed Potatoes

What others are planning this week at Organizing Junkie

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Kids Consignment Sale

Last week was our local semi-annual kids consignment sale. This year was a little different since the limited all the consignors to only 25 items per size. This really limited the amount of clothing to pick from. However, I was still able to walk away with a lot of great stuff.

Sassy's stockpile for the spring and summer is awesome and we will not need to be buying anymore clothing till fall. She has a total of 21 outfits, 2 pairs of sneakers and 2 sandals. (I did not buy all of this at the consignment sale. My wonderful sister is a world class bargain shopper, so when ever she sees something that will eventually fit Sassy at a great price, she picks it up.) Aren't Aunts who spoil great sometimes!

This is linked to What Works for Me Wednesday

Monday, April 20, 2009

Weekly Shopping Trip

So this week I was finally under budget!!! YEAH!!! Maybe I should take Sassy to the store with me more often, that way I have no time to browse the aisles, I just get in and out. This week is kind of up in the air as we had Sassy's milk food challenge. As of right now she has had NO adverse reactions to milk. We are going increase her milk intake over the next few days and see how she does. We are praying hard that she is no longer allergic. So here is how my grocery run went this week. Also check out the Gayle over at Grocery Cart Challenge to see how everyone else did.

Tostitos 3.50
Cottonel Flushable Wipes 2.26
Cottonel Refill Wipes 3.52
Stroehmann Bread 3.59
Organic Celery 2.99
3 # Organic Apples 3.99
Drumsticks 3.49
Kraft Cheese Sticks 4.04
2 Yogurts 1.00
1% Gallon Milk 3.00
2 quarts Whole Milk 1.76
Total OOP 33.14

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Meal Plan Monday

So I normally don't reach out and ask for prayers for me personally, however, I am going to go against the "norm" today. I need everyone's prayers for tomorrow morning, Sassy has a food challenge at 8am EST. For those who are new to my blog, my wonderful daughter Sassy is allergic to milk (which is different from being lactose intolerent), she has been allergic to milk since birth and this is the first time we are "testing" her. We are going to the doctor's office, so they can watch her in case of an adverse reaction. We will start giving her dairy and see if she is still allergic. We are hoping that she will not be, but you never know. So pray for her and me as I am in the office for ATLEAST 2 hours with a 2 year old.

Here is our meal plan for the week to check other plan go to the Organized Junkie

Monday : To Die for Crock Pot Roast with Potatoes, Onions, Carrots, and Celery

Tuesday : Pasta, Sauce, Bread & Salad

Wednesday:Eggs & Toast

Thursday: Soft Tacos with Beef, Black Beans, Tomatoes, Cheese, Sour Cream

Friday: Grilled Cheese

Saturday: Super nachos made with refried beans, black beans, lettuce, tomato &, sour cream

Sunday: Chicken on the Rotisserie Gravy, Corn, Mashed Potatoes

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Recalled Crib = New Crib

So Sassy's crib was recalled. She hasn't been in it in over 6 months and it was packed away in my mom's attic, so off I went to drag it out and send all of the appropriate pieces back to the manufactor in order to get my refund. Well my refund was a vocher to Babies R Us for $241.99 towards a purchase for a new crib.

The first one is Sassy's old crib it was just a simple nothing fancy crib. We have an extra queen bedroom set that was Daddy and I's so we have planned for Sassy to get that when she our grows her toddler bed.

The second one is the new crib, for the future baby. It is one of those convertable cribs, it goes from a crib to a daybed to a head board and foot board for a double bed. Which is perfect considering we also have an extra double bed that it stored in my mom's attic. (I love the fact that my parents have a full size attic, when I say full size think - 80 feet long x 10 feet high x 20 feet wide)

Now as long as we don't have any more than 2 kids, I won't need to purchase anymore bedroom sets!!!

This is linked to What Works For Me Wednesdays

Monday, April 13, 2009

Weekly Shopping Trip

So I am missing my reciept from my big shopping trip this weekend and with no photo to show me all what I bought. I really can't account for it. I can tell you that I spend $45 dollars on it though and I did get some really good deals.

So I am wondering how you avoid the sales and only buy what you need for the week. I am struggling with that. I did not need really anything this week but our local grocery store ran their $1 coupon doubler again. So I was enticed by a great deal on Folgers Gourmet Coffee - I bought 2 bags after coupons and grocery deals for 6.75, normally the price of one. Great deal, but again it wasn't a need this week.

So please tell me how you avoid the deals and only shop for the needs especially when the deals will eventually be your needs.....

I did hit Produce Junction this weekend and I did get a photo of that...

Produce Junction
2# Green Beans 2.00
2 heads of Lettuce 1.50
Grape Tomatoes 1.50
Total 5.00 ish

Meal Plan Monday

We have lots planned for this week. It is our local semi-annual kids clothing sale. If you live in the Lehigh Valley area of PA Check it out HERE. I am both consigning some clothes and shopping of course. Also this weekend is the weekend before EARTH DAY!! So I am super busy with some different Earth Day events both on Friday nite and Saturday! Hence when the menu is alittle sparse on those days.

I was able to fit in a couple of family favorites this week. We love Meatloaf, homemade Chicken Tenders, and Pork Tenderloin in the Crockpot. The meatloaf and chicken tenders are home recipes but you can check out the Pork Tenderloin HERE. Check out everyone else's menu's this week HERE.

Monday - Meatloaf & Mixed Veggies & Salad

Tuesday - Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders & Homemade Fries

Wednesday - Pack for Sassy's Lunch - Soy Cheese for Cheese Burgers
Dinner - Eggs & Toast

Thursday Pack for Sassy's Lunch - Soy Yogurt & Chicken Nuggets & Bread
Dinner - Meatball Sandwiches & Cheese & Salads

Friday - Pack for Sassy's Lunch - Soy Yogurt & Main Lunch Meal
Dinner - Dinner On Your Own

Saturday - Reheat Tuna Noodle Casserole

Sunday - Pork Tenderloin in the Crockpot

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Okay so if you haven't checked out Free cycle yet. You need to.

What is freecycle you ask? It is an online community of people who are getting rid of things for free. Some stuff is truly trash and somethings people just don't want anymore and they don't want it to go to the landfill.

So this weekend I hit the Freecycle jackpot...

Here is what I got
1 children's plastic picnic table & a box of girls toys (not pictured, but Sassy loves her new table)

1 5 foot wall hanging coat rack

2 wooden chairs

okay so the chair need to be reupholstered but that little bit of $ compared to 2 brand new chairs. The cushions are still great. So just need fabric, will have to watch for a great sale/coupon at Joann's

This post is linked to What Works for Me Wednesdays

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Weekly Shopping Trip

So this week was bad. I did go over my budget, (Hey, I only spent $10 OOP last week) however I did more stocking up. I don't think I will need a lot of the basics for awhile. So I should be good for another couple of weeks. I am not really planning on shopping next weekend so I am hoping this will even me out for the month. Check out how everyone else did this week HERE

Multigrain Cheerios - 2.50 (-0.75 coupon double up to $1) 1.50
3 Quaker Granola Bars - 6.00
Quaker Mini Delights - 2.59 - Free
Flour Tortiatas - 2.09
2 Frosted Flakes - 6.00 (-$1 coupon/ 2) 5.00
Utz Chips - 2.00 (Keeps Daddy happy)
Diet Coke 6 pk - 3.00 (Free)
4 - 12pk of Coke - 12.00 (Not pictured)
2 New England Hazelnut Coffee - 5.59 (BOGO Free)
5# Yams - 2.58
2 Kunzler 1# Bacon - 4.99 (BOGO Free) (-$1 coupon) 3.99
2 Round Roast - 15.34 (BOGO Free) (-$2 coupon) 13.34
2 Chicken Sausage - 9.14 (don't tell Daddy it's chicken)
2 Soybean Margarine - 3.98 (this was on sale and it never goes on sale, so had to get it)
Soy Cheese - 3.99
1 gallon 1% Milk - 2.85
Quart Whole Milk - 0.83
Dozen Eggs - 1.19 (-0.50 coupon) 0.69
2 Giant Shredded cheese - 6.00
Minus $5 off total catalina coupon
Total OOP 77.99

2 half gallons Soy milk - 5.00
Total OOP 5.00

Produce Junction
3 heads of Iceburg Lettuce - 2.00
1# Carrots - 0.75
2# Onions - 1.50
2# Red Bliss Potatoes - 1.50
5# Bannanas - 2.00
2# Green Grapes - 2.50
Total OOP - 10.25

Grand Total 93.24

Monday, April 6, 2009

Meal Plan Monday

Check out what other's are cooking this week HERE

Lunch - Homemade Chicken Nuggets & Bananas
Dinner - London Broil, Potato & Onions & Salad

Dinner - Wawa Hoagies

Pack for Sassy's Lunch - Soy Cheese Sticks & Sliced Soy Cheese for AM & PM Snacks
Dinner - Blackberry Pancakes (This is a repeat, last week we actually ended up having eggs & toast)

Pack for Sassy's Lunch - Shredded Soy Cheese for Tacos & Crackers for PM Snack
Dinner - Chicken Fajitas on tortillas with peppers, onions, sour cream, cheese

Pack for Sassy's Lunch - Soy Yogurt & Butter for Noodles
Dinner - Ravioli’s with Sauce and Bread & Salad

Lunch - Leftovers from the freezer - either pizza or tuna noodle casserole
Dinner - Pot Roast in the Crock pot with Rice and Salad

Easter Dinner at My mom's house (not sure yet what I am bringing)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Green & Frugal Easter Egg Dying

Who has those easter egg dying memories with those little colored pelts that fizzed when they hit the water. (Should that have been a sign that they weren't good, for the environment?) With the plastic spoons, cups and egg removers. They are still sell them today and still pretty cheap. I saw some for 0.99 at Target today, which is really tempting for a working mom like me. However, they are they are full of non-recyclable products, chemical dyes and those nice little plastic wrappers with the popular kids cartoon characters.

So trying to figure out a green and frugal way to dye eggs. Well here are two solutions....

So want to know how to dye eggs naturally....
“For all dyes, bring the dye mixture to a boil, remove from heat and cool and strain liquid into a medium bowl. Submerge 4 to 6 hard-cooked eggs in dye for up to 30 minutes, depending on how deep you want the color to be. Remove from dye and place on a cooling rack to dry and drain. Store in the fridge until ready to use.
Orange: 2 tbsp paprika
Blue: 1 1/2 cups blueberries
Pink: 1 cup chopped fresh beets
Green: 1 cup blueberries and 2 tbsp turmeric”
From the Ladies Home Journal

So you don't have all of those ingredients listed above, but I bet you have some food coloring in your baking cabinets. So here's how you do it with your food coloring....
Fill containers about 1/2 to 2/3 full of water. Don't full TOO full or when you put the eggs in it will overflow. I like using cups because it's the most frugal. Add 1 tsp of vinegar for every 1 cup of water. We don't need absolute measurements here, but if you're using a gallon ice cream pail you'll need more vinegar than if you're using a teacup. Add drops of food color until you're happy with the hue. Put hard boiled eggs in the cups. Let dry. Wipe with vegetable oil (with paper towel or a rag) to make a glossier egg.

Happy Easter Egg dying!!
Check out the other recipes at the Grocery Cart Challenge and Kitchen Tip Tuesday

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Shopping Trip 3.29

This week I finally received my rebate from my new cell phone. So I hit alot of great deals and stocked up. So we will not be in need of many things for a while. See how everyone else did at the Grocery Cart Challenge

Dove Body Wash 5.99 -$1.50 coupon 2.99
3 Irish Spring 6.57 - $1 coupon 4.57
3 Sauve Body Wash 6.00 - $2 coupon 2.00
Flinstone MultiVitamin 6.19 - $1 coupon 4.19
3 Degree mens deodorants 8.08 -(2) $1 coupon - 4.08
Sauve Shampoo 1.79 - $1 coupon (+0.21)
Sauve Conditioner 1.79
Double Pack Toothbrushes 5.49 - $1 coupon 3.49
Tylenol PM 5.29 - $1 coupon 3.29
Tylenol 8 hr 5.49 -$1 coupon 3.49
Contact Solution 9.19 -$2 coupon 5.19
Dayquil Liquid 6.49 - $1.50 coupon 3.49
Nyquil Liquid 6.59 - $1.50 coupon 3.59
Ban-aids 2.79 - $1 coupon 0.79
Marcel Toilet Paper 2.79 -$1 coupon 0.79
Herbal Essenes Shampoo 3.50 -$1 coupon 1.50
Herbel Essenes Conditioner 3.50 -$1 coupon 1.50
Sparkle Paper Towels 3.29 - $1 coupon 1.29
2 Huggie Wipes 6.28 - $1 coupon 4.28
3 Huggie Diapers 32.97 - (3)$5 coupon 17.97
3 Cheerios 6.00 -$1 coupon - 4.00
Total before savings 110.85
Total after coupons 70.35
OOP $0 (I had a rebate from my new cell phone so I paid nothing today!!)

2 Kix Cereal 5.00 -$1 coupon doubled 3.00
2 Banana Nut Cheerios 5.00 -$1 coupon doubled 3.00
2 Frosted Flakes Cereal 5.38 - $1 coupon doubled 3.38
Honey Bunches of Oats 2.50 - $1.50 coupon 1.00
Steak sandwiches 3.99
2 Edy's Ice Cream 5.34
Vegan Cheese 3.99
2 Half gallons of Soy Milk 5.70
Gallon 1% milk 2.80
Quart whole milk 0.90
18 ct eggs 1.74
2 Kids Crest -5.30 - B1G1 coupon 2.99
2 Oral B Stage 2 toothbrushes 5.00 - B1G1 coupon 2.50
5 Johnson Bath Buddies 4.95 - 5 coupons +0.05
Total before coupons 58.89
Total after coupons 40.24
Total OOP 10.59 (used the rest of the rebate from my cell phone)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Meal Plan Monday

Our menu last week was amazing!! I don't think I have cooked that well in a long time and everyone was completely happy with everything that I cooked. See what the other ladies are cooking up this week HERE and check back tomorrow to see how I did on my grocery budget.

Monday -BBQ Ribs

Tuesday - Steak Sandwiches on WW Rolls with Salad

Wednesday - Blackberry Pancakes

Thursday - Pack for Sassy - Starch Side & PM Snack
Dinner - Super nachos with leftover taco meat & lettuce, tomato, cheese & sour cream

Friday - Pack for Sassy - Soy Yogurt & Main Lunch meal
Dinner - Leftover Hamburger Barley Stew from the freezer

Satuday - Tuna Noodle Casserole

Sunday - Homemade Pizza Crust, Sauce, Cheese, Soy Cheese, Pepperoni from freezer

Thursday, March 26, 2009

White Bread & Oatmeal Cookies

So on Monday afternoon Sassy took a REALLY long nap. So I took advantage of the 3+ hour nap and made to die for White Bread and some oatmeal cookies. Check out what others are cooking HERE .

Country White Bread This recipe can be for Dinner Rolls or Bread. I will definately be making the rolls soon. There is no bread maker in this house so I just used the good old kitchen aid and hands. For the bread you will want to bake it at 350 for 30 min.

My Oatmeal Cookies again came out of my favorite local cookbook - Susie's Kitchen. They are super easy and who doesn't love a good oatmeal cookie. When you are in a real pinch you can consider them breakfast who doesn't love that!!

1c shortening
3/4 c brown sugar
3/4 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp water
2 eggs
1 1/2 c flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 c oatmeal
12 0z pkg chocolate chips (optional)
1 c chopped nuts (optional)

Cream shortening; add sugars, vanilla, and water. Beat until creamy. Add eggs. Gradually add flour, salt and soda. Stir in oatmeal with a wooden spoon; add chocolate chips and nuts(optional). Blend well. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes makes about 4-5 dozen.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Container Vegetable Gardens

So it has falled through for us to have our large garden this year at my parents house, what is a girl to do. We go back to the drawing board and figure it out.We live in a townhouse community and there are strict bylaws against having a vegetable garden however it says no where about having a CONTAINER vegetable garden, heck we put in 3 blueberry bushes last year and no one cared. I found this great article HERE from Ohio State University about having a Vegetable Garden in containers.

My current plan is to keep it simple since it is going to be on my back deck. I am going to put up some planter boxes on my ledges and grow some lettuce and radishes, then I am going to plant a container of snap beans, eggplant, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, and winter squash. So I am currently in search of some good containers.

Suggested Vegetable Varieties for Container Growing
The following is a list of suggested varieties for vegetable container growing in the Midwest.
This is not an exhaustive compilation. You may find other varieties that will do just as well. The important thing to remember when seeking suitable varieties is to look for those described as "bush" or "compact" in growth habit, and any varieties that have been especially bred or hybridized for container growing.

Vegetables/ Varieties / Container Size
Beans, Lima
/ Bush Baby, Fordhook Bush Lima, Fordhook 242 / 12" wide, 8-10" deep
Beans, Snap / Bush Romano, Contender, Provider, Tendercrop Stringless, Bush Blue Lake / 8" wide, 8-10" deep
Beets / Baby Canning, Spinel Little Ball, Red Ace Hybrid, Burpee Golden / 6"-12" deep
Broccoli / Any variety but Crusader / 20" deep
Brussels Sprouts / All varieties / 12" wide, 12" deep
Cabbage / Baby Head, Dwarf Morden, Minicole, Fast Ball, Flash / 8"-10" wide, 12" deep
Carrots / Short root or round, Nantes, Gold Nugget, Best of the Bunch, Little Finger, Baby Spike, Short & Sweet, Thumbelina / 10" wide, 10" deep
Chard / Any variety / 8-12" deep
Chinese Cabbage / Bok Choy, Michihli, Wong Bok / 20" deep
Collards / Any variety / 12" deep
Corn / Space saving varieties, F-M Cross, Golden Bantam, Kandy Korn, Precocious / 21" wide, 8" deep. Need 3 plants per container to assure pollination.
Cucumber / Salad Bush, Burpee Hybrid II, Bush Crop, Spacemaster, Burpee Pickler, Bush Champion, Fanfare, Pickalot, Picklebush, Pot Luck / 20" wide, 16" deep
Eggplant / Dusky, Morden Midget, Bambino, Millionaire / 16" deep
Horseradish / Maliner Kren / 5 gallon or larger
Kale / Any variety / 8" wide, 8" deep
Kohlrabi / Grand Duke / 12" deep
Lettuce / Black-seeded Simpson, Red Sails, Salad Bowl, Tom Thumb, Green Ice, Little Gem / 8" wide, 6-8" deep
Onion / Bunching types work best: White Pear, Japanese Bunching, Beltsville Bunching, Crystal Wax Pickling PBR / 10-12" deep
Peas / Little Marvel, Sugar Bon, Sugar Mel, Laxton's Progress, Sugar Rae, Melting Sugar, Burpee's Blue Bantam, Early Patio, Snowbird / 12" deep
Peppers / Any variety / 16" deep
Potatoes / Charlotte, Kennebec, Red Pontiac, Irish Cobbler, Epicure / 1-20 gallon containers
Pumpkins / Autumn Gold Hybrid, Bushkin, Jack Be Little, Small Sugar, Baby Boo / 5 gallon tub
Radish / Cherry Belle, Early Scarlet, French Breakfast, Sparkler, Burpee White, Comet. Avoid winter radishes. / 4-6" deep
Spinach / Any variety / 4-6" deep
Squash, Summer / Early Yellow Summer, Crookneck, Goldbar, Park's Creamy Hybrid, Straightneck, Scallopine, Peter Pan, Gold Rush, Pic-N-Pic Hybrid, Richgreen Hybrid, Sunburst / 24" deep
Squash, Winter / Butterbush, Bush Acorn, Table King, Cream of the Crop / 24" deep
Tomatoes / Patio VF, Pixie, Small Fry VFN, Yellow Pear, Sweet 100, Tumbling Tom, Container Choice, Rutgers, Tiny Tim, Husky Red, Husky Gold, Yellow Canary, Whippersnapper, Basket Pak, Red Cherry, Gardener's Delight, Sundrop / Dwarf--12" deep Standard--24" deep
Turnips / Any variety / 10-12" deep

Monday, March 23, 2009

Weekly Shopping Trip

So this week our local grocery store had $1.00 coupon doubler. So I picked out some $1.00 coupons of things that we would be in need of soon and hit the sale. Also, this week check to see if your local Kmart is doubling up to $2.00 coupons. Ours is so I will probably hit them at the end of the week. Check out how the other ladies around the blog did this week with there budgets. HERE

Keebler Town House Crackers - 2.50
2 Frosted Flakes Cereal - 5.38 ($1 coupon doubled) 3.38
Good Season Itlain Dressing 4pk - 2.00
2 Nabisco 100 Calorie Snacks - 5.94 ($1 coupon doubled) 3.94
Hellman's Mayo - 3.29
5 lbs Bread Flour - 2.95
Simple Green - 4.29 ($1 coupon doubled) 2.29
Grapes - 4.84 (way more than I normally spend but I didn't need anything else this week at the produce store, so I caved in and bought them here)
2 Silk Yogurt - 1.58
Vegan Cheese - 3.99
Coffee Mate 15oz - 3.00 (1.50 coupon) 1.50
1% Gallon Milk - 2.80
Shredded Cheese - 2.49
Contact Solution - 7.29 ($1 coupon doubled) 5.29
Total OOP - 43.06

3 Soy Milk - 7.50 (didn't actually need this week but you can't beat 2.25 for soy milk)
Edy's Ice Cream - 3.00
Minus Daddy's Discount - 1.55
Total OOP - 9.45

Total 52.51

Let's do the DANCE!!! That is the finally under budget dance!
I still have to run out and get soda for daddy's lunchs this week so that will be another $10. So total for the week will be around $62. YEAH!! Still under budget

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Meal Plan Monday

So after a couple of weeks of uninspired cooking. I dug up some new recipes and have it all linked up below. Check out what the other ladies are cooking up this week. HERE
Then check back tomorrow to see how we spent our weekly budget.

Monday: To Die for Crock Pot Roast with Potatoes, Onions, Carrots, and Celery

Tuesday : Wawa hoagies (Daddy's working; I have a Ecomom Meeting and Aunt J is babysitting)

Wednesday: Pack for Sassy's Lunch - Pasta & Sauce
Dinner - Ultimate Breakfast Frittata

Thursday: Pack for Sassy's Lunch - Soy Yogurt
Dinner - Soft Tacos with Beef, Black Beans, Tomatoes, Cheese, Sour Cream

Friday: Pack for Sassy's Lunch - PM Snack
Dinner - Pork Tenderloin in the Crockpot & Rice

Saturday: Tuna Noodle Casserole

Sunday: Buffet of Leftovers

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Weekly Shopping Trip 3-16-09

What does a girl love more than a grocery store that normally doubles coupons, one that runs a special this week, that will TRIPLE them. You could use any coupon up to 0.50 cents to be tripled up to $1.50. So I bought a couple of extra things this week to take advantage and use up some of those little 0.25 & 0.45 coupons.

Check out Gayle and the other ladies over HERE to see how everyone else did.

(Hit them up on Saturday before their sale on Soy Milk ended)
3 Soy Milk - 6.60
2 Frozen Juices 2.16
Hershey's Chocolate Syrup 1.62
Entenmanns' Chocolate Donuts 2.50
Creamed Corn 0.78
2 Bacon 5.38
Pepproni 1.67
Total - 20.71
Minus 10% Daddy's discount
OOP 18.64

Reynolds baking cups 1.09
Reynolds baking cups 0.69 - minus 0.25 coupon tripled (free plus .06)
2 Light & Fluffy Egg Noodles 2.50 - minus 0.50 coupon tripled (paid 1.00)
Premium Saltines - 2.50
Swason Stock Broth - 2.69 - minus 0.50 coupon tripled (paid 1.19)
Parsley Flakes 1.15
Tortialla Wraps 1.95
Green Cabbage - 0.44
2 Onions - 3.17
Cheddar Rice Vegan Cheese - 3.99
Sausage Roll - 3.29 - minus 0.35 coupon tripled (paid 2.24)
London Broil - 12.46
London Broil - 12.40 (BOGO FREE)
4 Smart Ones - 8.00 - minus 0.50 coupon tripled (paid 6.50)
2 Silk Yogurt - 1.58
Quart Soy Milk - 1.85 (Sassy for school)
Yeast Packet - 1.37 - minus 0.45 coupon tripled (paid 0.02)
Gallon 1% Milk- 2.80
Half Gallon Whole Milk - 1.55
18 count eggs - 1.74
Total OOP 47.24

Produce Junction
4# Bananas - 2.00
2# Grapes - 2.00
3- 6oz Radishes - 1.00
2# Red Potatoes - 2.00
5# Baking Potatoes - 1.50
8 ct Apples - 1.00 (Sassy had one on the way home)
Total OOP 9.50

Total OOP for the week - 75.38
So we are still about $10 over my goal but we are getting closer.

Meal Plan Monday - 3/16/09

There is a switcharue this week. Erin over at $5 dinners is hosting this week. You can check out everyone else's great meal plans and see what is cooking around town.

So last week was a crazy one for us. Daddy and I both got a stomach flu and then at the end of the week and this whole weekend, we took on a DIY project of redoing our flooring in our foyer. I will post pics later this week. So there are alot of repeats on the menu this week do to the craziness of last week. Oh and I don't have anything listed for what I am packing for Sassy's lunches because school hasn't put up the new menu yet for the week.

Monday: Meatloaf, Mixed Veggies, Salad

Tuesday: Corned Beef & Cabbage, carrots, potatoes & salad

Wednesday: French Toast & Blueberries

Thursday: Chicken/ Beef Fajitas on tortillas with peppers, onions, sour cream, cheese

Friday: Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders & Homemade Fries

Saturday: Buffet of Leftovers

Sunday: BBQ Pork Sandwiches on WW Rolls with Salad

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Meal Plan Monday.... Uh Tuesday

So a sick family has thrown my week into a complete mess. Here was my meal plan as of Saturday when I made it. That was before Daddy and I got food poisoning and Sassy was spiking fevers for 2 days straight. Needless to say I cancelled Sassy's playdate with friends and took her to the doctors and I was asuppose to have a much needed massage tonight (work pays for them!) and they have called and cancelled due to the therapist being sick. However we still have big plans for the weekend. I am taking off work on Friday and my mom is coming up and teaching me how to tile. We are ripping out our old press and stick tile and putting in nice new porclein tile. So our menu reflects the craziness in our week.

Make Chocolate Chip Cookies and Slice up Celery, Carrots and Cheese for multiple gatherings at our house
Dinner: Meatball Sandwiches, WW Rolls

Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders & Fries & Salad

Pack for Sassy's Lunch: Soy Yogurt
Dinner: Pancakes

Pack for Sassy's Lunch: Soy Cream Cheese & Soup
Dinner: BBQ Pork Sandwiches & WW Rolls & Salad

Pack for Sassy's Lunch: Soy Yogurt & Noodles
Dinner: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Eggplant Parm & Rolls

London Broil & Baked Potatoes

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Weekly Shopping Trip

Weekly Shopping Trip 3/9/09

So this week is going to be an extra busy week. I am having two different functions in my house on Monday. What was I thinking (oh right, only have to super clean the house once). Sassy is having a play date on Monday morning with a bunch of our friends and then Monday night I am having some moms from the EcoMom group, I help organize over to learn about the hazards that are in typical household cleaners. So this is why there are some extras in the trip this week... like a box of Cheerybrook Farms Cookie Mix, this is a great cookie mix that is completely vegan since Sassy is allergic to milk and one of Sassy's friends is allergic to eggs so this insures there is something for everyone to eat at our play date... then with the moms coming over we are going to have cheese, crackers and veggies and dip. So these items added about 20 to the budget this week. I honestly don't know how Gayle keeps so good in budget every week. I guess practice makes perfect. Click HERE to check out how she and others did this week.

Buy Rite Liquidators
I usually don't shop here, but we were in the area and I wanted to check it out.
Motts Tots Juice Boxes -36pk - 4.99
2 Honey nut Cheerios - 3.58
Tater Sticks - 0.50
2 Huggies Flushable wipes - 2.80 (Sassy has finally started going poop on the potty YEA!)
Huggies Shampoo & Conditioner - 2.25
2 Teas to Go - 2.50
Irish Spring Soap - 1.50
Kleenex Tissues - 1.10
2 Organic Vegan Mac N Cheese - 1.60
Adam & Eve Apple Juice - 1.00
Green Works Cleaner - 1.49
Beef & Pasta - 1.00
Pretzels - 1.29
Chips - 2.50
Tampons - 2.15
Ziploc bags - 1.50
Hazelnut Coffee - 3.50
2 8 pk. Gatorade - 8.98
Total - 48.46

This is why I usually don't buy Daddy chips when I go to the store. The bag of chips that are in the picture above, here they are 2 hours later. His theory is you bought them to be eaten so what does it matter if I eat them as soon as we get home.

Giant Foods
Yellow Corn Meal - 1.75
Whole Wheat Egg Noodles - 1.49
Egg Noodles - 1.00
Beef Bouillon - 2.29
Wheat Thins - 3.29
Hodgson Mill Yeast - 0.49
Cherrybrook Farms Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix - 4.49
2 Giant Fruit Bowls - 3.58
Giant Baking Cups - 0.72
Pure Vanilla Extract - 3.99
Marshmallows - 0.89
Gallon 1% Milk - 2.80
Half Gallon Natures Promise Plain Soy Milk - 2.69
2 Half Gallons Natures Promise Vanilla Soy Milk - 2.38
3 Blocks of Cheese - 5.00
Sour Cream - 1.09
Total - 40.99

Produce Junction

2 Eggplants - 2.00
2# Grapes - 2.00
1# Pears - 1.00
3# Carrots - 1.00
Celery - 1.25
Total 7.25

Total OOP 96.70 Ouch! this is a little high, even if I subtract what I bought for the gatherings it's still $10 over our goal. Well we will try again next week. Check back to see our meal plan this week.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Peanut Butter Cookies

Usually after I make cookies or brownies I will bag them and put them in the freezer so they will stay fresh. However with these cookies, they barely make it into the freezer. We like peanut butter cookies, however some peanut butter cookies are a little to heavy on the peanut butter and they are to over powering. These however are perfect and it is a super simple recipe too. I got this recipe out of a local cookbook called Susie's Cook Book. Check out what else people are cooking this week HERE

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
I actually ususally don't make them with the chocolate chips and the last couple of times that I made them, I used sunflower butter and they have turned out good as well.

2 cups AP Flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter/margarine, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 TBsp water
optional - 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Blend all ingredients except chocolate chips. Beat 2 minutes on medium speed. Stir in chocolate chips. Place rounded cookie on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 mintues. Yields 6 1/2 dozen

E.L.F. Make up

So a friend told me about this great cosmetic company called E.L.F. Cosmetic. They were featured in O (Oprah's magazine) a while ago. So I decided I had to go check it out. Here is what I got....

Luscious Liquid Lipstick $1.00
Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter $3.00
Clarifying Pressed Poweder Tone 1$1.00
Therapeutic Lip Balm -Vanilla Crème $1.00
e.l.f. Professional 9 pc. Master $15.00 (I bought this since Sassy has been playing with my current set and has broken several of them in half.)

Sub Total: $21.00
Shipping: $6.95
Tax: $0.00
Discounts:50% off orders up to $15.00! ($7.50)
Total: $20.45

Who can bet these prices. I mean for a dollar to five dollars for the most expensive products. So far I love everything I have gotten. This is way better and cheaper than hunting through the grocery or drug store of their clearence items. To check them out go HERE

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Weekly Shopping Trip 3/2

So this was our first week on our new weekly budget of $65. I was very excited about this and knew I was going to be able to stay within this one and then.... Daddy said that he really needed soda for his lunches... so I gave in and got him some so between that and the vitamins I picked up I went over it. DARN! So well, we will try harder next time. Sassy has an allergist app. in a couple of weeks and I am praying that we can do a food challenge for her and see if she is still allergic to milk. I can't wait for the day that I don't have to buy all of these expensive soy and vegan products. Till then here is how we did this week. Click over here to see how others spent their weekly budgets.


Tofutti Sour Cream - 2.89
Earthly Balance "Butter" - 3.99
Quart Silk Soy Milk - 1.79
2 Silk Yogurt - 1.58
Wegman's Vanilla Soy Milk - 2.79
Wegman's Plain Soy Milk - 2.79
Gallon 1% Milk - 2.80
1/2 Gallon Whole Milk - 1.55
1/2 Gallon Orange Juice - 1.49
18 count eggs - 2.13
3 cans 0f Diced Tomatoes - 1.95
Coffee - 1.99
French Onion dip - 2.49
Newman's Own Spaghetti Sauce - 2.19
Dried Basil - 2.49
3 12 pk of Coke - 9.99
Viva Paper Towels - 1.99 (running low on baby wipes, and want to try to make my own)
Bisquick - 2.59
Bacon - 3.49
6.5 lbs Wegman's Roaster - 5.11
6.5 lbs Ground Beef 17.06
Fish Oil - 8.49
Ester-C - 8.39
Total - 91.69

Coupons -
Bisquick - 0.60/ doubled 0.40 -1.00
Ester-C - 5.00

Total OOP - 85.69

Meal Plan Week of 3/2

I am starting to get burned out and tired of cooking all of the time. In the summer and spring Daddy cooks more since it's nice out and we grill 90% of our meals. Bring on spring. Oh wait they are calling for a big snow storm tonight. YAH! Here my sarcasm So here are my easy prep and clean up meals for the plan for our week. Check out everyone else's meal plan's HERE

Monday : Chicken Pot Pie & Salad

Tuesday: BBQ Pork Sandwiches

Wednesday: Pack for Sassy's Lunch - Sliced cheese & Noodles
Dinner - Super nachos made with refried beans, black beans, lettuce, tomato &, sour cream

Thursday: Pack for Sassy's Lunch - Soy Yogurt & Soup
Dinner - Pancakes

Friday: Pack for Sassy's Lunch - Sliced Cheese, Ravioli & Roll or Bread
Dinner - Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Saturday : London Broil, Baked Potatoes & Salad

Sunday: Hamburgers, Whole Wheat Rolls & French Fries

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What works for me

Since I am a working mommy I have to be organized in order for our lives to run smoothly and be able to get everything done that I want and needs to get done. I currently work 4 - 10 hour shifts. Sassy is in daycare 3 day a week and my mom watches her one day a week. Daddy works 60-80 hours a week between his two jobs so he is not able to help out as much as he use to. So that leaves a lot of the burden up to me... the cleaning, the cooking, the child-rearing, the laundry, taking care of 2 dogs, etc. My SAHM always tell me they have no clue how I do it... well I don't get a whole lot of sleep. I usually go to bed around 11pm and the days that I work I have to be up at 5am in order to get Sassy and I out the door to school and work by 6:20.

So this is how I do it. I while ago, I found that I was wasting a lot of time by doing things multiple times during the week, like paying bills, emailing, laundry, cleaning, etc. So I have now broken everything down to days.....

Mondays - Clean one level of the house, Exercise, finish laundry, Sassy gets a bath

Tuesdays - Pay bills, email, update blogs, and wash diapers

Wednesdays - Exercise, and Sassy gets a bath

Thursdays - Update Blogs and email

Fridays - Exercise and meal plan

Saturdays - Finish meal plan, grocery shop, start laundry, and Sassy gets bath

Sundays - Bake for the week, laundry, diapers, and update blogs

So the whole house does not get cleaned every week, and if Sassy is dirty on another day she does get a bath but this is what works for me to help me keep my life somewhat sane.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Produce Junction!

Okay so it takes a lot for me to get excited about food shopping and prices, usually because I am always in shock by how much things cost even at the outlet stores. So anyway, remember how I said we had a new produce place in town which was claiming cheap produce. Well I went today and checked it out. Here is what I got....

Bananas - 2.00
Okra - 2.00
Grapes - 2.00
2 heads of Iceberg lettuce - 1.50
For a Grand Total of 7.50!!!

I am in shock... Now this place is unfortunately not right down the road from us, however venturing there every two weeks is definitely do able especially at these prices. The selection was fabulous. The okra was the best looking stuff I have ever seen north of the Mason Dixon. So the bananas are green still, they should come around in a day or two. Daddy is really looking forward to the banana bread.

If you have any great recipes for bananas send them my way. I will be looking for something to do with all of the extras.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Weekly Shopping Trip 2/22/09

We have been member's of BJ's for about two years now and our membership just came up for renewal. Daddy and I talked long and hard about whether or not to spend the $45 to renew. The last couple of months that I have gone that I did not find really good deals. So we decided to not renew our contract and if we can always sign up again in the future if we decide we should go back. Our monthly budget for BJ's was $100 so we will increase our weekly budget from $40 to $65 and starting next month I will start shopping accordingly. However, this month since I had not gone to BJ's we were starting to run low on staples and pantry items, I spent this week stocking up on some great sales that Wegman's had going on. Bonus to going to Wegman's is down the street is Amelia's Grocery Outlet. So head there first and stock up on things and then headed over to Wegman's for the rest. Check out HERE how else everyone spend their grocery dollars.

Amelia's Grocery Outlet

Half gallon of Whole milk - 1.90
Gallon of 1% milk - 2.90
Dried Oregano - 0.88
Quaker Granola Bites - 0.99
Chips - 2.33
2 Banana Nut Cheerios - 5.78
2 Post Honey Bunch of Oats with Almonds - 3.00 (Awesome Price!)
Lucky Charms - 2.50
Total OOP - 19.98


I don't know if you have a Wegman's in your area, but if so you need to go check them out. They are truly one store that their store brand is FABULOUS!! Bonus is they are now doubling coupons! YEA!!

2 Half Gallon of Wegman's Vanilla Soy milk - 5.58
Wegman's Shredded Cheese - 1.99
Fat Free Whipped Cream - 1.69
2 Silk Yogurts - 1.58
Frozen Apple Juice Concentrate - 1.49
Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate - 1.49
Palmolive Eco Dishwasher Detergent - 3.19
Miracle Stain Remover - 7.49
Alaskan Chocolate Syrup - 4.69 (non-milk based!!)
2 Cheez-it's Crackers - 3.00
2 Quaker Granola Bars - 5.00
Wegman's Stuffing - 1.29
Wegman's Blue Cheese - 1.49
Wegman's White Grape Juice - 1.99
4 Wegman's Spaghetti Sauce - 3.96
5# Wegman's Unbleached Flour - 1.69
Wegman's Organic Strawberry Jam - 0.99 (Awesome price usually 2.99, don't buy it at this price.)
Wegman's Grape Jelly - 1.49
2 Wegman's Chicken Noodle Soup - 1.98
Crumbled Corn Flakes - 2.69
22pk of Snack Packs - 5.99
Wegman's 12pk Toilet Paper - 4.99
Bacon -3.49
Micro cloth Sponges - 2.99 (2pk - they are washable!)
2 Pitchers - 6.98 (The dogs chewed up my other pitchers - long story)
1# Strawberries - 3.00
2 bunches of celery - 3.18
0.85# Peanuts - 1.18
Total OOP - 91.79

So there are still a couple of things I need yet for this weeks menu. Not sure how they didn't get on my list but I need Taco shells, Bananas, lettuce, and barley.

There is a new place in the area called the Produce Junction and they are advertising 2 heads of iceberg lettuce for $1.00, 4# of bananas for 1.50. I have decided that I need to go check this out. They are not really close by but I will be near them tomorrow for a doctors appointment and we will have to see if they are going to be worth the trip.

Menu Plan Monday 2/22/09

So my parent's did a fabulous thing for us this weekend, they took Sassy for a night. They picked her up at daycare and Daddy and I picked her up Saturday late afternoon. So you will see that Chicken is back on the menu this week too, this got pushed back from Sunday night last week.

Chicken on the Rotisserie & Gravy & Filling & Corn

Pasta & Sauce & Bread & Butter

Pack for Sassy's Lunch - Butter & Pasta & Sauce
Dinner - Blueberry Pancakes

Pack for Sassy's Lunch - Biscuits
Dinner - Hamburger Barley Stew & Salad & Bread

Pack for Sassy's Lunch - Soy Yogurt & Chicken Nuggets & Italian Dressing
Dinner - Sausage Peppers & Onions

Tacos with Beef, Black Beans, Tomatoes, Cheese, Sour Cream, Shells

Bake Cookies & Bread
Homemade Pizza’s Crust, Sauce, Cheese, Soy Cheese