Saturday, February 4, 2012

Comment Saturday

Today is Comment Saturday!!

For every comment left, I will return the favor by responding to your comment and by visiting your blog and leaving a comment.
I love to hear from my readers and I encourage you to leave comments on any blog you visit.
Today's question.....What is the one item you often have to pay full price for that you never seem to find a great deal or a coupon for?

I always feel like I am never getting a good deal when I purchase Canola Oil or Olive Oil.  Where do you purchase these items? Do you feel like you ever get a good deal on these items?

Update:  In response to the Comment Saturday post about the email I sent Ruby Tuesday, I received a gift card for $40.  I am glad to see that they are concerned with each customers dining experience.

My Shopping Trip to Rite Aid

I am officially stockpiled on drinks.  Here is what I purchased at Rite Aid:

15 - Pepsi and Mtn. Dew 2 Liters - $1
Total OOP - $16.20
Received $5 +UP Reward
Total Price - .67 each after +UP Reward

The deal ends today!

(All drinks are not pictured and the date is wrong and shouldn't even be shown.  I need to check my camera.)

NEW American Greeting Card Coupon - Moneymaker at CVS TODAY only!

Click here to print your coupon for Buy 1 Get 1 FREE American Greeting Card. 

Deal Idea
Buy 3 - .99 cards
Use B1G1 Free coupon
Total - .66 each

or CVS Deal Today ONLY:
Buy 3- .99 cards
Use B1G1 FREE coupon
Receive $3 ECB
Total - $1.02 moneymaker after coupon and ECB

Sunday Coupon Preview

There will be 3 coupon inserts in tomorrows paper.

1 - Smartsource
1 - General Mills
1 - RedPlum

Click here to view all the coupons that will be available.

Thought of the Day

"Having the courage to live within one's means is respectability."

Benjamin Disraeli

Friday, February 3, 2012

Ways I Earned/ Saved Money This Week

- I read all of my Inbox Dollars emails for my account and my husband's daily to add money to our accounts. - Requested a check.

- I read all of my MyPoints emails daily for my account and my husband's to add points to receive FREE gift cards.

- Cleaned out my coupon binder and filed new coupons for future shopping trips.

- Continued to use my FREE samples this week including - lip balm, dish detergent (full size bottle), dryer sheets, and fabric softner. 

- Only used my dishwasher once this week.

- Wrote a sponsored post and earn 8000 points that I can exchange for gift cards.

- Received a check from consignment stores for clothes that had sold.

- Cashed in my Swagbucks for a $5 Amazon gift card.

- Took advantage of some great deals at CVS here, and here.

- Exchanged a Christmas gift Payton received that was the wrong size for a cute summer outfit.  Had to pay $3.02 OOP. You can see my purchase here.

- Went to the Hallmark store to use a couple of reward certificates.  Since I didn't have any luck in finding wrapping paper on clearance after Christmas that I could use throughout the year, I purchased a couple of rolls. You can see my purchase here.

- Set up several bills through online banking to save time and money for stamps.

- Finished collecting all my information needed for my taxes. Hope to do them this weekend.

- Continued to keep the heat turned down.  Still having warmer than normal days.

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Today's Favorite Coupon = Great Deal on Muir Glen Products

Click here to print your coupon for $1/2 Muir Glen products.  You should be able to get these for a great price.

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Thought of the Day

"Put good energy out.  Get good energy back."

Lawrence Tierney

Thursday, February 2, 2012

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Click here to sign up with Sneakpeeq and received 2 FREE Friendship Bracelets and a $10 Credit.  Sneakpeek offers distinctive home, food, and fashion products up to 70% off.

FREE Valentine's Day Craft Ideas and Dessert Ideas


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Hallmark - Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Coupon

Click here to print your card coupon for Buy 1 Get 1 FREE. Coupon expires 2/15/12. Coupon is only valid at Hallmark stores. 

Remember - You can also get 3 FREE cards at CVS this week.

My Favorite Deals at Lowes Foods - 2/1-2/6

Here is a list of my favorite deals at Lowes Food this week.  Remember, Lowes Foods doubles coupons up to .99.  You can use 20 coupons per transaction.

P&G Sale This Week
Coupon Matchups are in the ad.  Also, there is a promotion - Buy $30 in participating products and recive a $10 prepaid card by mail.

Colgate Toothpaste 6.4oz - $1
Use .50/1 coupon 1/29 RP
Final Price - FREE

Fresh Express Salad - .98

Baking Potatoes - .68/lb

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast - $1.99/lb.

Totino's Crisp Crust Party Pizza - $1.25
Buy 3 and Use .75/3 coupon 1/29 RP
Final Price - .75 each

Dean's Dip - $1.50
Buy 2 and Use $1/2 coupon 1/15 RP
Final Price - $1 each

Heluva Good Dip - $1.79
Use .75/1 coupon 12/11 RP
Final Price - .29 each

Shopping Trip for Exchange and Needed Items

2 - Rolls of Wrapping Paper - 2/$5.99
1 - Tissue Paper - $1.49 (had to have something to put my total over $6 before tax)
Used $2 and $4Reward Certificates
Total OOP - $2.08

Cute Summer Outift - $3.02 OOP
I don't understand why some people receive gifts that are the wrong size and don't exchange them. A former co-worker would never exchange anything she received as a gift.  Gift receipts are always included in any clothing gift that I give.  I want to make sure the recipient has the receipt to exchange. 

Another Trip to CVS This Week

3 American Greetings Cards - .99 each = $2.97, Received $3 ECB
2 Dawn Dish Detergent - .98, Used (2) .25 coupons = $1.46
Total OOP - $4.78

Now I have a $3 ECB and a $10 CVS Cash Card for next week.

Thought of the Day

"Respect a man, he will do the more."

 James Howell

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My Shopping Trip to CVS

Transaction #1

3 - Mtn. Dew 12 packs- 3/$10
1 - Cadbury Egg - .87
Total OOP - 11.74
Received - 4.00 ECB and .87 ECB

Who can resist FREE candy?  Drinks are something I always stock up on and with the ECB deal, you can get a 12 pack for $2.

Transaction #2

21 - Xtra Laundray Detergent - $1.49 each = $31.29
Used $4.87 ECB
Used $10 CVS Cash Card from last week
Total OOP - $17.73

Received $10 CVS Cash Card

I was so excited that my CVS actually had 21 detergents. With the $10 CVS Cash Card deal, each bottle only costs $1.01.  I have used Xtra laundry detergent before and I like it.  Very happy with my deal and I have a great stockpile now.

Wordless Wednesday

I love the look on Bryson's face.  Poor thing is surrounded by little girls all the time.  He looks in shock that he is actually sitting and chatting with another little boy.  Too cute!!

FREE Sample of Quaker Oatmeal Squares

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Thought of the Day

"Goals help you channel your energy into action."

Les Brown

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

GIVEAWAY - Home Management Binder Printables

With the start of a new year, everyone seems to try and get organized.  I certainly have been trying.  When everything is organized and manageable, life seems to be a little easier. 
Phoebe at Getting Freedom has a wonderful item to help you manage your home with a Home Management Binder - Finding Freedom Through Organization.  Everything you may possibly need to help manage your home is included - monthly calendars, menu and grocery planning, weekly tasks, sheets needed to keep your finances organized, goals, and maintenance.  Any and everything you could possibly think of is included.  Perfect for every home.
I have been using mine for almost a week.  It is so handy and very convenient for me and my husband.  He even loves it.
If you are interested in purchasing this Home Management Binder Printables, Phoebe has it available for purchase here for $8.95.  It is well worth it!

Click here to visit Getting Freedom.
How to enter: (5 entries per person)


-  What is the one thing/area in your home you have a hard time managing and keeping organized?
4 Extra Entries:
- Follow/Subscribe to my blog (1 extra entry) and leave me a comment telling me you did.

- Follow me on twitter - and leave me a comment telling me you did.
- Tweet about this giveaway (@mariathriftyWAI) and leave me a comment telling me you did.

- "Like" me on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me you did.
This giveaway will close on Sunday, February 5 at 9pm. (EST). The winner will emailed and announced on Monday morning . You will have 48 hours to respond or a
new winner will be chosen.

Disclosure:  I was provided a FREE copy of the Home Management Binder Printables from Phoebe at Getting Freedom.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions are my own.

Thought of the Day

"To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love.  In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness."

Robert Muller

Monday, January 30, 2012

FREE Purex Triple Action

Click here to request your FREE Purex Triple Action sample.  Purex will also have samples of the their new Purex Ultrapacks available soon.  If you sign up for this sample now, you will NOT be able to receive an ultrapack sample in the future.

My Favorite Drugstore Deals this Week - 1/29-2/4

Here is a list of my favorite deals at CVS this week:

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday ONLY
Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bunny, Cadbury Egg or Reese's Single Egg - .87
Receive .87 ECB
Final Price - FREE
Limit 1

Hallmark or American Greeting Cards
Receive $3 ECBS wyb 3
Buy 3 .99 cards
Final Price - FREE
Limit 1

Dawn Dish Detergent - .98
Use .50/1 or .25/1 coupon 1/1 P&G
Final Price - As low as .48 each

Buy $30, Receive $10 CVS Cash Card
Deal Idea:
Buy 21 Xtra Detergent - $1.49 = $31.29
Receive $10 CVS Cash Card
Final Price - $1.01 each

Here is a list of my favorite deals at Walgreens this week:

Blink Tears Eye Care - $8
Receive $8 RR
Final Price - FREE after RR

Pur-Absorb Iron Supplement - $10
Receive $10 RR
Final Price - FREE after RR

St. Joseph Enteric Aspirin - $2
Receive $2 RR
Final Price - FREE

True2go Blood Glucose Monitor - $9.99
$9.99 MIR (found on product)
Final Price - FREE after MIR

Here is a list of my favorite deals at Rite Aid this week:

Spend $15, Receive $5 +UP Reward
Buy 15 Pepsi 2L at $1
Receive $5 + UP Reward
Final Price - .66 each after +UP Reward

Tips for Cooking Healthy Meals with Kids

Cooking in my home is family activity.  My husband and I both like to cook and we are trying to pass along the joy of cooking to our children.  When we are in the kitchen preparing a meal, normally the whole family is in there.  A family that cooks together stays together!

Including my children when cooking is a great way to spend quality time as a family.  It is a great way for kids to learn numbers, names of kitchen utensils and gadgets, and to see the finished product when they help. Here is a few tips I use to cook healthy meals with kids.

- Variety - I always try to cook a variety of foods.  This way my kids will like more kinds of foods. Having something different each week gives them something to look forward to.

- Choices - I often give my 5 year old daughter a few choices of items to choose from to cook. Giving her the chance to decide encourages her at meal time to eat. 

- Kids Help - My daughter loves to help cook.  She enjoys breaking eggs, mixing, spreading butter, and even washing dishes.  When baking, I measure everything for her and she does the mixing.  She loves to be able to tell everyone that she made this.

- Cook Food Different Ways - Sweet potatoes is a hit in my house.  My kids love them.  Sometimes I bake them and other times I mash or make chips.  I like to show them that you can prepare one food many ways.

- Gardening - Each summer we plant a small garden of vegetables that my kids love. They enjoy the garden process of planting, watering, watching them grow and picking.  Picking the vegetables is very exciting for them and they can't for dinner so we can eat their vegetables. 

- Try New Things - I encourage my children to try new things. Don't look at something and say you don't like that.  You have to try it and see.  Most of the time, they do like it and if they don't, that's fine, they don't have to eat it.

- Cook with Rice - We do like to cook with rice.  Our favorite way to serve rice is with chicken or shrimp stir-fry.  A healthy, well balanced meals that everyone loves.

Cooking is great activity to do as a family.  We try to cook together as often as possible.  My children love to cook.  My daughter got an Easy Bake Oven for her birthday and we have used it often.  I hope that her love of cooking will continue and it will be something that she too can share with others.

To empower and encourage parents to connect with their kids, one meal at a time, Uncle Ben’s has launched an exciting national contest called Ben’s Beginners! By entering the contest, you could win $20,000, along with a $50,000 grant towards a cafeteria makeover for your child’s school . In addition, you will have a chance to appear on The Rachael Ray show! Uncle Ben’s is calling for parents with children ages 5-12 to submit a 2-3 minute video of you cooking a rice-based dish with your children. For more info on the contest, please check out Ben’s Beginners on Facebook!

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The winner of the Purex Crystals and Jockey Sports Bra giveaway is ......

Here are your random numbers:

2 - Jessica Knorr
Timestamp: 2012-01-30 03:38:13 UTC

Jessica has been emailed and has 48 hous to respond or a new winner will be chosen.  Thanks to everyone for participating.

A New Giveaway to Begin Tomorrow!!

Menu Planning Monday - 1/30

Last week's menu was a disaster.  I did not fix one thing that I had planned.  So I am going to try again this week. 

Monday - Hot Dogs with Homemade Slaw, Oven Fries

Tuesday - Tacos with Spanish Rice

Wednesday - Chicken Parmesan, Salad, and Bread

Thursday - Baked Potato, Salad with Grilled Vegetables

Friday - Grilled Chicken, Quartered Potatoes, Carrots

Saturday - Date Night - hopefully

Sunday - I always leave Sunday open because my dh likes to plan our menu and do most of the cooking.

You can find other great weekly menus at Menu Planning Monday at Organized Junkie!

Thought of the Day

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."

Abraham Lincoln