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.

Pathmark
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!!

Giant
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.

Giant
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

Freecycle



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


Giant
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

Target
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


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

Tuesday
Dinner - Wawa Hoagies

Wednesday
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)

Thursday
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

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

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

Sunday
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