Sunday, January 31, 2010
I had to make a quick stop at the grocery store this week for 2 gallons of milk but that was about it. So my total for January was $238.53. So I was over by $38.53. Also, remember that I did not buy any household goods or diapers on this budget. Stay tuned for the $200 February Challenge! It will be interesting!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Monday- Salisbury Steak, Red Potatoes, Pears
Tuesday-(Coupon Class)- Hot dogs, Macaroni and Cheese
(Bar-S Coupon here, making each package just $.50 cents or less with coupon and sales at Kroger and Wal-Mart, Annie's Mac and Cheese coupon here, these can be free with a sale at Kroger.
Wednesday-Spaghetti, French Bread
(Classico Pasta Sauce coupon here, Pillsbury Italian Bread or Crescent Rolls coupon here. I always just take crescent rolls and sprinkle garlic powder on them. It's cheaper and tastes great!)
Thursday-Deer Chop Hurry (recipe here), Egg Noodles, Sweet Potatoes
Friday-(Coupon Class)- Out To Eat
Saturday- SOS (Recipe here-this is my son's favorite meal), Veggies, Mandarin Oranges
Sunday-Bacon Sandwiches, Chips
(Bar-S Coupons can be used on their bacon too)
Sunday, January 24, 2010
What Mom? Daddy wasn't supposed to buy these doughnuts? But they are so good!
So...onto the challenge...we have gone over our budget and I'm afraid I still need to buy milk this week!
I had to go to the grocery store for a 1/2 gallon of milk this week and thankfully a friend gave me an extra gallon of milk that was about to expire! Then my lovely husband made his purchase (uugghhh) and I had a party I was hosting for a friend so I had to buy some snack food. So, the total for all that was $21.92. I also just got my deer meat from being processed that I halved with another friend, so that was $35.00. This is what I got...
1 package of deer tenderloin
6 packages of deer chops
So, I am over my $200 Grocery Budget by $32.16 cents! Plus, there will be at least two more gallons of milk and my hubby is mad because I am refusing to buy sliced cheese...I may have to so he doesn't go to the grocery store again!!! I will save money in the long run!!!
(2) Dillons Mailers
Free Drill Bit Sizer
Taste of Home Magazine-subscriber because I love this magazine and I got it for under $4.00 for a year!
Weight Watchers- FREE subscription
Family Fun-FREE subscription
Blank Flower Cards and Envelopes
What did you get in the mail this week? Come back every Sunday for more Snail Mail Goodies!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
All it took was a clear shower curtain liner and TADA...I can still my my little splashers but I don't have to clean up their messes! And best of all, the liners are super cheap, I bought the cheapest rings they had and I had an extra shower curtain rod! Now that's a great idea!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Here are some of the highlights!!
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls-FREE!
Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls-FREE!
Pillsbury Biscuits-under $.50 each.
Nabisco Crackers and Cookies-6 @$.25 each, 2 @ $.50 each.
General Mills Cereal-4 @ $.87 each
Dole Mandarin Oranges-Managers Special for the Big Cans just $.89 each!
Steaks-$.68 for package
Yoplait Smoothie Package-FREE!
Quaker Old Fashioned Oats-$.50 each
Chicken-Clearanced to $2.83
Bar S Smoked Sausage and Bar S Bacon-clearanced to $3.78 for both, but I had a coupon for $1.00 off, so I got both for just $2.78!!!! The Smoked Sausage will probably cook two meals too! Watch for those meat clearance deals!!!
Cool Whip-$.50 each with Manager's Special!
Here is a picture of the items I got for less than $.50!!
I also went to Aldi's on Friday, but I forgot to take a picture because I had a little boy with strep throat and he was crabby and so I just got it put away quickly. I spent $31.26 there and then I made a trip to Dillons that day too to get stuff for guacamole I was craving and I spent $6.00 on that. I also went and got milk twice for a total of $10.12. So my total for this week is $118.07!!! I must say that is a lot for a week, but we are meal planned through the 25th and then only have one more week to go in our monthly challenge and there is still more in our pantry and freezer.
Total Spent To Date: $175.75...getting a little too close! That means I only have $24.25 left. I know I will be buying Milk for sure at least twice before January is over. We will probably be sticking to the pantry for the rest of the month! I am trying to remind myself that this is the first month for my challenge and I will learn more along the way and hopefully become better at it. I haven't paid for household or toiletry items with this budget either, which I would like to be able to do eventually.
Here is a BIG tip to keep on track with your grocery budget-LEAVE THE HUSBAND AT HOME! When my husband went to grab a gallon of milk for me, he came back with two packages of cookies...Next time, I will give him only a couple dollar bills instead of a $10~lesson learned!
Green Giant Coupon here.
Applesauce and Apple Butter Coupon here.
Tuesday-Pigs in a Blanket, Macaroni and Cheese, Pears
Crescent Roll Coupon here and here. (I think the second link is for crescent rolls too and it can make for FREE rolls if you use them on the small can that is on sale for $1.00 right now at Kroger!)
I got my Mac and Cheese for Free when there was a sale with a coupon. No longer available.
Wednesday-Grilled Hamburgers, Baked Beans, Homemade Rolls
I am going to try this recipe here for the dinner rolls.
Thursday-Spaghetti w/ Turkey Meatballs, Veggies, Garlic Crescent Rounds
Green Giant Coupon here. Crescent coupon here and here. (I just take the butter flavored crescent rolls and sprinkle garlic powder or sale on them to make them more "Italian.")
Friday-BLT Sandwiches, Chips
I would suggest signing up with Farmland to get coupons for items like bacon and sausage. There are also coupons in the Sunday inserts for their bacon as well.
You can also try to print this coupon here, but you may have to sign up with Bar S to get them. I think I printed it out before and it is $1.00 off 2 products. I got my bacon and some sausage on clearance in the meat section this week for GREAT deals on meat!!!
Saturday-Biscuits and Gravy, Hash browns
Pillsbury Biscuit coupon here.
Gravy Recipe here-It's so good!!!
Sunday-Chicken Fajitas, Chips/Salsa (Salsa provided for a Review by SaraJaneSale.com), Black Beans
Chicken on clearance, Fajita seasoning FREE with Old El Paso purchase of 2 products (Peelie Coupon on products)
Let me know what you are having for your meals this week. I need ideas!!!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
There are some great coupons that I hadn't seen before linked on here too!
2 Winter Hats-$.48 each
2 Toddler Rockband Shirts- $.48 each
2 Boys T-Shirts-$.48 each
2 Boys Pants- $3.99 each
1 Toddler Long Sleeve-$.48 each
2 Boys Long Sleeve-$2.99 each
3 Boys Long Sleeve-$3.24 each
3 Toddlers Pants-$2.24 each
2 Women's Shirts-$1.75 each
1 Women's Shirt-$2.49
1 Women's Sports bra-$2.99 each
1 Women's Workout Shirt-$.48 each
1 Women's Workout Shirt-$1.49 each
1 Women's Yoga Pant-$4.99 each
Total Retail Price-$354.98
Total with 10% off Coupon-$57.76
That's over an 80% savings! AND Hunter's wardrobe next year is almost bought for!!!
Old Navy is getting picked over, but you can still find some good deals, so hurry there today. The sale ends Sunday!
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
I purchased two sets of cards for $1.00. There were 18 cards and 18 envelopes (this price is cheap enough just for the envelopes).
I then covered the front and back of the card with scrapbook paper that I have in high supply here at my house. I just measured the card and then cut the paper the same size. I attached it with tape and added another piece of paper for embellishment and a clip art image to the front.
I covered the holiday message inside the card with some more scrapbook paper and some cutouts and added a title using Microsoft Word.
And the end result, is a card you can use for any occasion for less than $.03!!!!
I saw this idea on Rachel Ray and thought it was very clever. If you have those pieces of Christmas paper that are too little for another present or maybe just a little bit of the roll left and don't want to store it or maybe you don't like storing already opened rolls, just run the paper through your shredder. You can then use the shredded paper to fill up gift baskets or gift bags throughout the year!
Nobody will be able to tell it's Christmas paper because the images are so small now!
I bought this last year after Christmas to actually use as my tree skirt, but I saw them on clearance and thought that this could make a great felt board. You could just lay it out on the floor like this or take some plywood board and staple the felt onto it.
Your felt pieces should stick just fine, mine did!
I was able to pick up some holiday garland for our tree next year for just $.10 cents a package. I was able to think of another use though...
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