Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Grocery Gathering

Meijer March 30-April 5

Here are a few of the deals at Meijer this week.

Dynamo Laundry Detergent B1G2F

Eckrich Grillers Smoked and Polish Sausage links 16 oz. B1G2F

Marzetti Salad Dressing B1G1F

.55 coupon 01-27 RP

Meijer Boneless Skinless chicken breast 64 oz bag B1G1F

Kellogs Frosted Mini Wheats 20.4 oz. box B1G1F

.70 coupon 02-24 RP

Kellogs Raisin Bran Crunch 25.5 oz. B1G1F

$1.50/2 coupon here

Dean's or Stroh's Ice cream & Dove Novelties B1G1F

Bordon Cheese Singles 12 oz. B1G1F

Keebler cookies B1G1F

Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage roll B1G1F

Ball Park Meat Franks B1G1F

Meijer Cod or Tilapia 16 oz. frozen B1G1F

Bertolli Olive Oil 25.5 oz. B1G1F

Yogurt Burst Cheerios 12.2 oz. B1G1F

.75 coupon here.

Ken's Salad Dressing Spritzer 3/$5

$1.00 coupon 03-09 S

67 cents per bottle

Buy 6 Heinz ketchup 32-36 oz, Ore Ida Potatoes 20 oz, or larger, or Weight Watcher's Smart Ones

Get $5.00 off your next order

For more deals at your favorite store visit The Grocery Gathering at BeCentsAble.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Super Saving Saturday~Meijer

Here is what I got tonight at Meijer for 25 cents. I had to go to Meijer to get gas so I decided to grab a couple of coupons. The cookie mixes and Chex Mix were all free after coupons the Lysol wipes were 49 cents after a coupon and I had 30 cents in bottle returns that I found. So with tax I spent a quarter.
To see my other trip to Meijer this week go here.

You can visit Show and Tell at BeCentsAble or visit Money saving Mom to see how others have saved this week.

Frugal Friday

Shop with a Caclulator

Take a calculator with you to the supermarket to help you more easily recognize the best bargain when comparing brands and sizes. A calculator makes it easier to compare similar items with different costs per unit or cost per use.
You may already have a calculator with you even though you may not realize it. Today's cell phones and PDAs frequently come with calculator features. Check yours to see if it has such a built-in calculator and you won't need to bring along a separate one.
My Husband is very big on using the calculator has tought me how it can truly save us money. You can visit his money saving website at

For more frugal ideas make sure you visit Biblical Womanhood.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Meijer Savings

It a great week to take advantage of the 11/$10 at Meijer. Here are the deals I took advantage of this week.

Not all of these were in the 11/$10 sale but the things that weren't I had coupons for except the milk. I bought 14 items for a total of $7.71 and had a savings of $23.23.

The Crest toothpaste, Glade, Chex mix and Cheerios snack mix were all free. Check any magazines you got in the mail lately because there was $1.00 of Glade spray making it free.

To see a list of the deals at Meijer this week go here.

For more deals at your favorite store be sure to visit BeCentsable .

Monday, March 24, 2008

Time for Tea

My daughter had to get her shots today for school. Of course to celebrate her bravery we had to do something fun. We decided that we would go and have tea at our favorite tea shop with Grandma. It was an absolutely beautiful day to drive to the shop which is about a half hour away. Even more beautiful was the time that the three of us were able to spend together enjoying a cup of tea. I will miss that when she starts school.

My daughter also provided us with a good laugh. My mom had ordered blood orange tea. I wanted to try it so I poured some in my cup. I asked my daughter if she wanted to try it . In a very hesitant voice she said "No, it is too hot." A few minutes after it had cooled some I asked her again. This time she hesitantly took a small sip to which her reply was "It tastes a little like blood." Have dectecting her hesitance I knew those words would come out of her mouth. You have to love kids! What a joy they bring.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Grocery Gathering

Meijer March 23-March 29

This a great week at Meijer with their 10/$10(11th free) sale. I have listed several items but there are too many to mention them all.

Oscar Meyer Lunchables and Lunchable Jr.

2 Liter Pepsi Products

Tostino's Pizza Rolls
40 cent coupon (doubled) 03-09 S
20 cents per box

Banquet Brown 'N Serve Breakfast Links

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
.60/2 coupon 03-09 RP
2 products for $1.40

Del Monte Fruit

Aunt Millie's Homestyle breads

Dole Classic Iceberg Salad

Baby Carrots1 l lb. bags

Hunt's Manwich 15.5-16 oz can

Chex Mix
50 cent coupon(doubled) 03-09 S

Cheerios Snack Mix
50 cent coupon(doubled) 03-09 S
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix
50 cent coupon (doubled) 03-09 S

Pringles Potato Chips

Joy Liquid Dish Soap

Crest toothpaste 6.4 oz
$1.00 coupon 03-16 RP or 02-24 RP

Softsoap Elements Hand Soap

Chef Boyardee canned Pasta
.35/3(doubled) 03-09 S
3 cans for $2.30

Glade Spray
BOGO coupon 03-16 S1
2 cans for $1.00
There is a coupon for $1.00 in recent magazine inserts making this free.

Pillsbury Grands biscuits
.30/2 coupon(doubled)
2 tubes for $1.40

Some other deals:
International Delight Coffee Creamer 2/$3
55 cent coupon 03-16 RP
95 cents per bottle

Cinnamon Life Cereal 5/$!)
$1.00 coupon here
$1.00 per box
*Note your Meijer coupon policy. Our Meijer will only double 2 coupons of the same item up to 50 cents.
To find other great deals from your favorite stores this week visit the Grocery Gathering over at BeCentsAble.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Spring Has Arrived

Or Maybe NOT!!
This is what we woke up to this morning. It was about 6 inches of snow. So if we didn't get a white Christmas we will get a white Easter instead. The good news is it is melting fast.

Super Saving Saturday~CVS

I didn't do much shopping this week except for a trip to CVS and our local trift shop. Here is what I got at CVS. I need to go back today to get a few other things but I wanted to take advantage of these 2 day sale items.
2 Listerine Smart Rinse (2/$1 coupons)
2 Russell Stover Private Reserve Chocolate Bags (BOGO coupon)
2 bags of plastic eggs
1 box of Hershey's Pot of Gold
1 bottle CVS vitamin C
1 Juicy drop candy- not pictured and I didn't receive my ECB for it.
I spent $1.75 oop, used 16.97 in ECB
Received $18.94 back in ECB
I also picked up a rebate form for the Listerine so I will get another $2.99 back.
To see how others have saved visit Money Saving Mom or BeCentsAble.

Friday, March 21, 2008

New 2X Laundry Detergents

Several weeks ago I posted about the great deals that I got on Tide and Downy. They were marked down 75%. If you look at the Tide shelf now it is filled with the new 2X Ultra Tide. The bottle is much smaller because it contains 44% less water but still washes the same number of loads. If you haven't seen it on your store shelves yet you will soon. This is not a bad thing but for those of you who do not measure your laundry detergent this can be a huge waste of money. I know because that use to be me. I have always considered myself pretty frugal but never could be bothered to measure. I am not sure why because the cap is so convenient. Luckily I noticed my mistake and started measuring before this change to more concentrated detergent. If you are not yet measuring start now. Trust me you will notice how much longer your detergent lasts. Tide is not the only company making these changes I have noticed lots of concentrated products on the shelves. Also if you are using these concentrated detergents as a pretreater do not pour it out. Dip your finger or measuring spoon in to just get a small amount to rub on your clothing item.

For more money saving ideas visit Biblical Womanhood.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A Spring Tea

While visiting with my sister in Connecticut my daughter had fun planning a tea party to celebrate Spring. One of her favorite things to do is have a tea party. She gets that from her mother. I wish I could have been there.

She made little favors with lollipops
to look like flowers.

Girls love a good party.

My daughter told me that they had a great party and they enjoyed cake and candies. She also made a visit to my favorite tea store Simpson and Vail and brought home 5 new flavors of tea. She got to pick out the flavors she wanted.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

She is home!!! Thanks Auntie D for looking after her.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Healthy You Check-In

I have had an interesting week. It wasn't a bad week but I have made some realizations. At my weigh-in I had remained the same which was disappointing since I really want to meet my goal this month. So once again I have 2 weeks to go and 3 lbs to go. I think I will be up this week because I have had too much junk and not enough exercise. So it may be another month with very little movement.

I have come to the conclusion that I have become content at this weight. I still want to get to my goal but there isn't the push I once had when I had a lot to lose. I feel good, I don't feel fat. My clothes fit. I get told all the time how skinny I look. I am not skinny but compared to my old self I look healthy. So I am comfortable. So I think it has become a mental thing. I think things creep into my mind saying you are okay. I have been having this debate in my mind telling myself to keep going til I meet my goal. Then I will be okay. I will keep going because I really want to make it to the finish, it is just finding the way to give myself the extra push.

I am still trying to come up with a game plan to push myself to the next level. I know I will spend time praying for guidance.

I hope you all have a good week.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Meijer Update

While going through my Meijer ad this afternoon I discovered that I overlooked a great deal at Meijer this week. Jane cosmetics are BOGOF. Use 2 of these coupons here an you can get some free or cheap makeup.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Grocery Gathering

It is time for the Monday gathering over at BeCentsAble.

Here are some of the deals at Meijer this week.

Armour Meatballs 5 lb pkg. BOGOF-$12.99
$1.25/2 coupon 11/11 S1
2 for $11.74

Mt. Olive Pickles 3/$5
50 cent coupon here (doubled).
67 cents per jar

Kraft Salad Dressing 3/$5
.75/2 coupon 03-02S
2 bottles for $2.58

Campbell's Condensed Cream Soups 10.75 oz. can 5/$3
.25/4 coupon doubled
4 cans for $1.90(.48 per can)

Kellog's cereal $1.88 (Raisin Bran 15 oz, Frosted Flakes 14oz.,Fruit Loops Smoothie 12.3 oz., Corn Flakes 120z. Apple Jacks of fruit Loops 11 oz., Corn Pops 10.9 oz., Rice Krispies with Strawberries of Smorz 10.5 oz. Rice Krispies 9 oz.)
$1 coupon Rice Krispies with Strawberries here=.88 per box
$1.88 for all other varieties.

Caribou Coffee Bars $1.99
.50 coupon doubled 02-10 GM
.99 per box .

Edwards and Mrs Smith Pies Deep Dish 2/$9.98
$1/2 coupon 03-09S stacked with 2 Meijer Frozen Food Coupons

Sister Schubert's Rolls 2/$5
(2).55 coupons 03-16 RP stacked with $1/2 Meijer coupon
2 packages for $2.90

Daisy Sour Cream 2/$3
.50 coupon doubled 03-16 S1
.50 per tub.

Crunch and Munch 12 oz. 3/$5
.35 coupon doubled 03-16 S2
.97 per box.

Lays Chips BOGOF

Freshlike Vegetables .79

Jimmy Dean Sausage BOGOF (roll or fully cooked patties or links)

Ball Park franks BOGOF (excludes Beef, turkey of Grillmasters)

Gortons Fish Sticks BOGOF

Dove Chocolate B2G2F

Thomas English Muffins BOGOF

Aunt Millie's Old fashioned Bread BOGOF

25% off McCormick's Food Coloring~ Buy one get one 16oz. Meijer White Vinegar free.

* All prices have been figured doubling coupons up to 50 cents. Some Meijer stores may double up to 99 cents.

Be sure to check out other great deals from your favorite stores over at The Grocery Gathering.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Super Saving Saturday~Kroger, CVS

Yesterday I went and did my grocery shopping rounds these were my best deals for the week.

First was Kroger. I only shop here occasionally but this deal was to good to pass up.

2 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios $1.49 each($1.00/2 coupon)

1 box of Cheerios $1.49(50 cents doubled)

1 box Fiber One bars ( 50 cents doubled)

My total was $3.64 with a savings of $10.07

Second was CVS. I wanted some Dove chocolate to make some chocolate covered strawberries so I decided to take advantage of a few deals here.

2 bags Dove chocolate (BOGO coupon)

2 Glade Scented Oil Candles (BOGO coupon)

1 Garnier Fructis style Putty ($1.00 coupon)

1 Coke Zero

I used a $4/$20 coupon and $8.97 ECB.

I paid 66 cents oop and earned $8.00 ECB

For more savings visit Money Saving Mom or BeCentsAble.

Friday, March 14, 2008

The Grocery Gathering

Have you visited The Grocery Gathering over at BeCentsAble? The Grocery Gathering is a solution for busy Moms who need or want to save money on their household expenses but don't have hours each day to dig around for the best money saving information! There are so many great blogs covering individual grocery stores but FINDING them can be tricky! Every Monday and Thursday head over to BeCentsAble to check out the deals from your favorite stores.
Starting Monday, March 17th I will be posting the weekly deals for Meijer here. So be sure to come and check out the deals to be found at Meijer and be sure to visit BeCentsAble for more great deals at The Grocery Gathering.

Make Your Own Flush Savers

Toilets made in the past decade use much less than water than older models. If you have an older model toilet, you can reduce the amount of water it uses by filling a small dish (like a 16 oz margarine tub) with large stones. Then fill the remaining space with water and snap on its fitted lid to seal it. Place the sealed container in the fill tank of your toilet. Be sure to place it as far from the fill tube and moving parts as possible.
The result will be that your toilet will use one less pint of water each time it gets flushed. If you live in the county, that equates to less electricity used by your well pump which means money saved. If you use city water, it means more money saved since your sewage bill is likely tied to your water usage, which will be reduced.

Bottom Line:
Save $4.80 per year.*(*Individual results will vary. Calculations based on 1 pint per flush x 5 flushes per day x 350 days = 1750 pints = 218.75 gallons @ $.011 per gallon = $2.40 x 2 toilets. We assumed 2 toilets in regular use, 3 5-day vacations away from home and referenced local city water and sewer rates [combined for simplicity].)
These calculations were done by my husband at
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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Healthy You Check-In

The good news is that I was down 1.6 lbs. this past week. I am again at the lowest weight that I have been since I began this journey. The bad news is that I have probably once again sabotaged myself. I have had an awful sweet tooth the past couple of days. I need to break the cycle because I have been eating way too many sweets. I am hoping I have not done too much damage. I want to break the 90 lbs mark so bad put when I get close I always seem to blow it. I know that I need to hold myself accountable and as I have said so many times get back to faithful journaling.

I was sick again and so I spent several days not exercising. I got on the treadmill last night and it was a killer since I still keep getting these sinus headaches. I am off to do damage control for my sweet tooth after I have finished posting this.

I still have my goal to be 90+ lbs. sown by the end of the month. I think I may have to remove all the chocolate form my house to get there. I hope you all have a good week. Remember every meal is a new chance to make better food choices.

Monday, March 10, 2008


Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month ? This got me thinking about foods I love that are great for your health. At the top of my list is blueberries. My daughter and I just love to sit and eat a bowl of blueberries. Thanks to my mother-in-law we have enough each summer to freeze for the whole year. Blueberries are so easy to freeze. Just put them in a freezer bag without washing them. When you are ready to eat them pull out the amount you want and wash them well. They thaw quickly so in a few minutes they are ready to eat.

With more antioxidant muscle power than most other fruits, berries strengthen tissue defenses against oxidation and inflammation, which are underlying factors in most age-related diseases, from heart disease and cancer to Alzheimers. For example, substances in blueberries help with short-term memory loss associated with aging. All berries help lower risk for breast, oral, and colon cancers in women. Blueberries are a rich source of plant compounds (phytonutrients). As with cranberries, phytonutrients in blueberries may help prevent urinary tract infections. Blueberries are also a low-calorie source of fiber and vitamin C - 1 cup of fresh blueberries has 83 calories, 3.5 grams of fiber and 14 mg of vitamin C. So the next time your reaching for a snack do yourself a favor and grab a bowl of blueberries.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Tale from the Scale

My daughter is away visiting her Aunt for a few days, so since she is on my mind I thought I would share a cute story about her. This girl has a serious sweet tooth and can sniff out candy anywhere. If I let her she would eat candy all day long and I have to keep it out of her reach or she will sneak it without my knowledge. So the other day she was getting ready to get in the bathtub and she decided to get on the scale like she sees me do all of the time. She got on the scale looked down and said. "Oh My! I think I need to lay off the candy." If only that were true. I am taking the opportunity while she is gone to remove some of the temptation.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Super Savings Saturday~Meijer, CVS

This week at Meijer they had their 10 for $10 dollar sale. I love this sale because you get really get 11 items for $10 because they give you one free if you buy 10. I had some great coupons for the Aunt Jemima breakfast products and they had an in-store special if you bought 5 you got 2 cans of orange juice free. For the 25 items (worth $39.22) I have here I spent $14.75 plus I had a $10 coupon for using my Meijer credit card so my total for all of these items was $4.75 .

I made several trips to CVS this week. I started the week out with $6 in ECB and ended the week with $21.92. This was the trip that I spent the least out of pocket. I got:

$5.70 worth of pictures
2 Johnson Buddies detanglers
1 Venus razor
1 Crest pro health mouth wash.

I spent $1.92 oop and earned $6.00 in ECB

For Super Saving Saturday visit Money Saving Mom.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Dishwashing Detergent

Did you know that powder is more economical than liquid. Do your homework. It may take time and some careful math, but figuring out which products offer the best bargain for your specific need will help you shop more wisely.
For instance, we were curious about automatic dishwashing detergent. Like many other products, the quantity used on the package labeling indicates the net weight of the product inside. In most cases, you can divide the product's price by the weight in order to determine the "cost per unit" or "unit cost," making it easier to compare the price of one package with the price of another.
The shortcoming of this method, however, is that weight does not always translate into a meaningful measure of use. In the case of automatic dishwasher detergent, we wanted to know whether liquid or powder offered the better value; but dishwashing machines use a pre-determined volume of detergent. That is to say there is a little measuring cup-like cavity built into the door of the dishwasher. You fill that space with detergent and press start.
The trick is that liquid weighs more than powder for any given volume in most cases, and this is true with the detergent in question. Because of that difference, you can not assume that the detergent with the lower unit cost is the best value. Instead, you must figure out the "cost per use." Since 32 oz of powdered detergent provide more washes than 32 oz of liquid detergent, the powdered detergent has a built-in price advantage that must be overcome by a lower unit cost if the liquid detergent is to be cheaper.
For the liquid and powder we compared, the liquid would need to be priced at least 7% less than the powder before it became the better buy. Our math is provided below in case you want to do a similar test on your own.
Our washer is built to use about 2.5 fluid ounces (that's volume) of detergent per wash. That volume of the liquid detergent weighs 3.5 ounces (that's weight). Therefore a 65 oz bottle of liquid detergent yields about 18.5 washes (65 divided by 3.5 = 18.57).
The same volume of powdered detergent weighs only 3.25 ounces. So, a 65 oz box yields about 20 washes (65 divided by 3.25 = 20).
The powdered detergent provides 7% more washes per unit than does the liquid detergent (20 divided by 18.57 = 1.067). As such, the powdered detergent enjoys a 7% price advantage when compared to liquid detergent. In order for the liquid detergent to become the better value, its price per ounce must be at least 7% lower than the price per ounce of the powdered detergent.
Though we haven't tested it yet, we suspect the same holds true for laundry detergent.

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Thankful Thursday

My daughter left today to visit my sister in Connecticut with my parents for for 12 days, so it has been a strange day for me. I am happy that she was able to go but it is a long time for her to be away at the age of 5. So first off I am very thankful that God granted my parents and daughter safety as they traveled today.

I am also very thankful that I have wonderful children who love each other. After I picked my son up from school today he was talking to his sister on my cell phone in the car. I could only hear his end of the conversation but it brought tears to my eyes. He was telling his sister how much he loved her and that there is nothing that she could that would make him stop loving her. He went on to tell her that if she was ever in danger he would do everything that he could to save her. It is hard to believe that this conversation occurred between a 5 and 8 year old. I think that they are going to miss each other.

I am truly thankful today for the wonderful blessing that God has given me in both of my children.
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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Alpine Lace® Deli Cheese Step into Spring Sweepstakes

Walking is one of the easier steps we can take toward living a longer, healthier life. But how much walking should we do? The Surgeon General challenges us all to take 10,000 steps per day. Pedometers are a great way to track your steps. Click here to enter for a chance to win a free pedometer!

I am a big fan of pedometers. I used to wear one everyday and it makes a difference in assesing how active I have been that day. I would average about 8000 steps a day. The problem that I have is that I seem to go through them quickly so I am all about trying to win one for free.

Wordless Wednesday

Our Dear Little Girl
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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Healthy You Check-In

I can't believe that February is over but I am glad that a new month is here and a month to do better. It was not a successful month on the weight loss front. I ended the month weighing 1.8 lbs less then when I started it. That is good but way short of what my goal was. Time to look forward to my goal in march which is to lose 5 lbs.

I am sick again so my exercise has come to a halt. I am hoping that this is short lived because the last go around it took too long to get to feeling like doing anything let alone having the strength.

I am still struggling with journaling and when I get a grasp on it I am sure I will see better results.

My brain is too tired to type more. I hope you all have a great week. Remember every meal is a new opportunity to eat healthy!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

A New Tea Find

Recently, a friend of ours gave my husband some Kalahari Zambezi Red Chai Tea that she had and didn't think she would drink. I have been really into chai lately but I am but a huge fan of Rooibos teas, so reluctantly I gave it a try. Boy am I glad that I did, this tea is excellent. I have been drinking it as a latte, and I am hooked. I get a big latte cup fill it half with milk and half with tea( if you are doing Weight Watchers it is a good way to get your milk in). It has just the right amount of spice and is not bitter at all. There is no caffeine so that is an added bonus.
Did you know that Rooibos contains the minerals, copper, iron and potassium, calcium, fluoride, zinc, manganese, alpha- hydroxyl ( for healthy skin ) and magnesium ( for the nervous system ). It is also known to help boost your immune system and help manage allergies. So if you have never tried Rooibos tea it may be worth giving it a try.

Super Saving Saturday-Easter Candy

This week at CVS I did the Nestle deal and bought most of my candy for Easter. We have an egg hunt at church and I got some for that and also some for my kids Easter baskets.

1 Fusion razor-$9.99( $4.00 coupon)

1 Soft Soap-$1.79

2 Sweetarts-$1.98

2 Cadbury Cream eggs-$1.00

2 Wonka Eggs-$1.00

2 Babe Ruth's-$1.00

2 bags of Nestle eggs- $5.00($1.00 coupon)

1 Coffee Nips- $.99($.55 coupon)

2 Nestle Crunch Bars- $1.00

1 Butterfinger Bar-$.50

Total spent oop- $3.70

Savings -$27.76

Used $15 ECB

Earned $7 ( The Nestle Deal didn't produce the ECB's so I was also given $5.00 in cash. I will just save it for my next CVS trip.)

For those of you that asked:

oop= out of pocket

ECB=extra care bucks- they print out at the bottom of your CVS receipt.

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