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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Free Sample of Pantene from Vocal Point - HURRY!

Sign up for a free sample of Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner by going HERE. You can choose from one of four samples based on your hair type.

You must be a member to request the sample. These usually come with great coupons (at least $2/1)!
It took me a little while to get the site to load, so keep trying!

Cheap Pillsbury!

Pillsbury Grands (small package) are $.91 each.

Buy 4 Pillsbury Grands $3.64
Get Back $2.00 OYNO catalina
$1.64 after catalina ($.41 each!)

There are $.30/2 coupons on coupons.com, however they did not double for me. Maybe they will for you!

If you buy 5, get back $3 ; if you buy 6, get back $4!

Giant Trip 3/29

I was so excited to go to Giant this week to get my extra dollar doubler coupons. I had at least 5 different transactions planned using them. I went in and there were NO doublers in the ads at Giant! I was so disappointed. When I got home, I went to A Full Cup and it said there that sometimes they don't put the doublers out until mid week. I'm headed back tomorrow hoping they will be there!

Here's what we ended up walking out with:

5 cans Pillsbury JR Biscuits - $.91 each
1 can Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls - $1.67
2 loaves Giant wheat bread - (marked down) $.75 each
1 bag Gold Medal Flour - $1.50
1 bag Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers - $2

Total before coupons - 12.41
Total OOP - $6.51
I received a $3 OYNO catalina from the Pilsbury.

Coupons used:
(2) $.30/2 Pillsbury biscuits
$.95/1 Pillsbury sweet rolls
$.75/1 Gold Medal Flour
$.75/1 Pepperidge Farm Goldfish

For some reason, only one of the $.75 coupons doubled. The others were marked to double but didn't. I'm not sure why.

CVS Trip 3/27

This was just a quick run in because I had 2 CVS coupons that were expiring. The first coupon was sent to me in my email and was for a free CVS body wash or brownie bites(they were out of them). The second coupon was for a $1/1 CVS hair care product that I got by scanning my card at the coupon center.
Have you registered your ECB card yet?

And don't forget to scan your card at the coupon center in your store before you shop!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hard Cooked Eggs

Because Easter is right around the corner, and Easter usually means dying eggs, I wanted to share with you the way I found makes the best hard cooked eggs.

 I used to boil mine for twenty minutes, but I always ended up with cracked shells and cooked egg all over the pot. That is fine for when the eggs are just going in salads. But when you're going to dye them, the shells need to remain intact. Ever since I've cooked my eggs this way, no more broken shells! (And hubby says the eggs taste better too).

 The best way I've found to cook my eggs is on the American Egg Board website:

  1. Place eggs in saucepan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Add cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch. Heat over high heat just to boiling.
  2. Remove from burner. Cover pan. Let eggs stand in hot water about 15 minutes for Large eggs (12 minutes for Medium eggs; 18 for Extra Large).
  3. Cool completely under cold running water or in a bowl of ice water. Peel and eat, or store unpeeled in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
We will be eating lots of salads this coming week, but I'm also going to try making some egg salad. I'd love to try your recipe if you're willing to share!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Meal Plan Monday 3/28 - 4/3

Last week went pretty well. We actually ate 5 of the 7 meals I had planned. I really don't even remember what we did the other two nights. The BBQ Chicken sandwiches were great! A hit with the whole family. This week, we're dying Easter Eggs and I'm hoping to do some sort of Easter "party" with the boys. I'm not sure when I could fit it in though, since C has school 3 days this week. I'm thinking maybe Wednesday afternoon.
I'm also working on some homemade snacks. I made up a batch of strawberry jam tonight that I'll use to make fruit and grain bars. I'm hoping to get them made tomorrow. I will share the recipe with you when I get them made!
I also need to start planning and buying for my OAMC day...
Here's what we're eating this week :

Santa Fe Foldovers (carryover from last week)
burgers (hopefully on the grill!)
beef nacho casserole
Honey Chicken
Ham, mac and cheese, salad, broccoli casserole, biscuits

How did your week go? What are you eating this week? Leave a comment and I'll come check out your menu!

Check out lots more menus at OrgJunkie.com.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway!

Giant Coupon Matchups 3/28 - 4/3

These are the best deals and coupon matchups that I see at Giant this week.

Dollar Doublers are back! Double any $1 coupon with a dollar doubler found on the front of your ad.

Don't forget your Giant Coupons! ($2/$10 Meat, $2/$5 Produce $2/5 Bakery)

Kelloggs Special K Cereal 4/$8.00 (must buy 4)
$1.00/1 Low Fat Granola 03/28 RP
$1.00/1 printable Kellogg’s

Poptarts 3/$5.00 (must buy 3)
$1.25/3 printable Poptart
$1.25 each after coupon

Birds Eye Steamfresh Veggies 5/$4 (must buy 5)
$1.00/3 3/21 SS
$1.40 for 3 after coupon

Coke Fridge Packs or 6 Packs 4/$8.00

Del Monte Canned Veggies 3/$2.00
$1.00/5 (not sure which insert)
$2.33 for 5 ($.46 each)

Del Monte Canned Fruit 10/$10
$1.00/5 (not sure which insert)
$4 for 5 ($.80 each)

Ore-Ida Steam n’ Mash Garlic Potatoes 2/$6.00
$1.00/1 printable Ore-Ida Steam N’ Mash
$2.00 each

Stove Top Stuffing Mix 3/$3.00 -must buy 3
$1.00/2 printable Stove Top Stuffing Mix
$2.00 for 3

Campbell’s Cream Soup $.80
$1.00/2 printable Campbell’s Soups
$.60 for 2

Green Giant Vegetables and Sauce 10/$10.00
$1.00/3 in 3/7 SS
$.60/3 in 03/28 SS
As low as $1.80 for 3

Betty Crocker Potatoes $1.00
$.25/1 03/28 SS
$.50 each

Knorr Lipton Sides 10/$10.00
$1.00/3 printable Knorr Lipton Sides
$.67 each

Oscar Mayer Meat Bologna BOGO
$1.00/2 in 3/7 SS
B2G1 in 3/7 SS

Jimmy Dean Sausage Roll $2.50
$1.00/2 3/21 RP
$1.00/1 printable Jimmy Dean

Gold Medal All Purpose Flour 2/$3
$.75/1 printable (no longer avaliable)
FREE after coupon

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers 2/$4
$.75/1 printable (no longer avaliable)
$.50 each

Kool-Aid Fun Fizz 2/$4
$1.00/1 3/28 SS$1.00 each

Domino Baking Sugar $1.89
$.50/1 printable
$.89 after coupon

Pepperidge Farm Bread 2/$5.00
$.55/1 printable
$1.50 after coupon

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! 2/$4.00
$.60/1 3/21 RP
$1.00 after coupon

Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta $1.29
$.75/1 printable

Betty Crocker Warm Delights $1.49
$.75/1  3/28 SS

Heluva Good Cheese Bars 3/$5
$.50/1 printable
$.66 after coupon

Meat Deals

Giant Smoked Shank Ham Portion $.49 lb.
Giant Smoked Butt Ham Portion $.59 lb.
(Limit 2 hams, $25 minimum purchase required)

Giant Ground Beef (80% lean) $1.99 lb.

Buy One, Get One Free
Fresh Strawberries (2/$5 produce)
Hallmark Expression Cards
Oscar Mayer Bacon
Stroehman Dutch Country Bread

See any deals I missed? Post them in the comments!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Swagbucks Code

Check your toolbar for a new Swagbucks code worth 7 Swagbucks! 

Code expires at 9:30 pm PDT on 3/25

How to Get Started at CVS

I've been blogging for about 8 months now and I've seen my fellow bloggers post their CVS deals. They would pay practically nothing out of pocket to get a whole bunch of stuff. I would look at their posts and think "Wow. If only I knew how to do that, I could save a ton of money too!" Then one day it hit me. If they could do it, why couldn't I? What was stopping me, besides myself? Here's how you too can benefit from shopping CVS.

The first thing you need to do is get yourself an Extra Care Card. To do this, simply ask a cashier for an application. Or if you would like, you can sign up online. (I would suggest asking for it at the store. If you don't, you'll have to wait for your card to arrive in the mail.)

You need an Extra Care card for several reasons. First, it gives you the opportunity to take advantage of  sale prices and Extra Buck deals. When you purchase these qualifying items, the Extra Care buck will print instantly on your receipt and you can use it like cash toward future purchases. For example, this week when you buy Colgate for $3.99, you get back $3.99 in Extra Bucks. In addition to weekly Extra buck deals, they also have monthly Extra Care buck deals.  You can also earn quarterly Extra Care bucks based on your spending. With every in-store or online purchase you make, you'll earn 2% back. For every two prescriptions you fill (both in-store at CVS.com) you'll earn 1 Extra Buck. And don't forget to register your email address!

After you've gotten yourself an Extra Care card, it's time to grab a CVS ad. They can be found in store, [usually] in your local paper and always online. Find the best deals and create a scenario that will end in the lowest out of pocket expense and the highest Extra Bucks back. If you don't feel up to the challenge, there are some great bloggers that will do this for you.

Basically you're looking for an item that is FREE or almost free after ECB (Extra Care Bucks). You'll pay cash (or credit) for the item and get however much you paid in ECB. If you have coupons for these items, use them! That way you'll end up with a "moneymaker". The ECB will print at the end of your receipt - clip them and keep them as carefully as you would cash (I keep mine in my wallet with my cash).

Your goal should be to "roll" your ECBs over weekly AND to “grow” them so you have “overage” to use towards other things you want/need to buy. How do you do this? By stacking a manufacturer’s coupon with the free-after-ECB deals. For example, this past week, Colgate was on sale for $3.99 and you got back $3.99 in ECB. I had a $1/1 Colgate coupon making my total OOP $2.99 and I got back $3.99 to use on a future purchase.

Some additional tips I have learned when shopping CVS:
  • Always have them scan your card before they start ringing up your transaction.
  • Get your coupons in order before you get to the register so that your transaction goes smoothly.
  • If you have an ECB that is for more than what your total is, they can either manually reduce it down and just take off the amount of your total (you will lose the rest of your ECB) OR you can add on a small item to make up the difference.
  • There is now a scanner near the entrance that prints out CVS coupons you can use on your shopping trips. Be sure to scan your card each trip to see what coupons you'll get.
I will post my CVS trips as I go and also a "newbie" scenario each week to help you start earning!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me, or leave them in the comments!

Call Me Crazy...

If you read my blog, you know I have 2 dogs and 2 cats (one of them pregnant). In addition to my four legged babies, I have two boys, an almost 5 year old and an 18 month old. And their daddy...

Hubby had said a few weeks ago that we should get the boys a bunny. My response was "NO WAY! You know who would end up taking care of it! And it wouldn't be you. Or the boys." And that was it.


We were at storytime yesterday, and like every year around this time, a local farmer brought some bunnies in for the kids to see. He just happened to sit down right beside me and start talking to me about how he was selling them. Stupid me. I asked "oh, how much are you asking?" Then I looked up at C who had a bunny cuddled around his neck. And over at A who had one on his lap and was shrieking "look mama! bunny!"

So. Instead of spending a relaxing evening with hubby on our anniversary, we all loaded up and went to Tractor Supply to get our new four legged family member a home.

It's OK if you're calling me crazy. Because I sure am.

(Although, the boys have been fighting over who gets to feed the bunny. And water the bunny. And even who gets to clean out his cage!)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Man Behind the Woman

Three years ago today, my husband and I said our wedding vows.

 I can't believe it's been three years! Sometimes it seems like just yesterday we were planning our wedding and sometimes it feels like we've been married for years.

He is my rock. My knight. He treats me like a princess. He's such a goofball and I love him to death.
Happy Anniversary babe!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

WFMW - "Make a Light"

One thing my husband and I didn't notice about our house when we bought it is that there was no light switch on the far side of the kitchen. There is one by the back door, but you have to walk through the kitchen to get to it. Hubby got tired of stubbing his toe on the table (or the boys toys, or the dog dishes...) when he got up in the mornings to go to work. We looked at getting a switch wired into the wall but that was way more than I wanted to spend. I had seen somewhere light switches that you just stick to the wall, but I couldn't remember where. So he invested in a light that sticks to the wall. All you have to do is push on it to turn it on. It is placed low enough on the wall that the boys can use it also. It's not very bright but it lights up enough so we can make our way to the light switch. And that works for me!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway!

Giant Trip 3/23

3 bags Purina Cat (and kitten) food
1/2 gallon Giant milk
Eggland's Best Eggs (not pictured)
Smart Balance Sour Cream
2 Oscar Meyer Lunchables
(2) 7 pound hams
Nestle mini chocolate chips
2 cans Dole pineapple
Scotties Tissues
Fillippo Berio Olive Oil
Bagel Bites

Total before Coupons : $63.34
Total OOP : $ 19.85
Total savings of : $43.49

Coupons Used :
$ 3 OYNO (that some one gave me)
$2/$10 Meat Purchase
$1 Bagel Bites
$.50/1 Purina Cat food (doubled)
Buy 2 Purina Kitten food Get 1 Purina Cat food Free

$.50/1 Eggland's Best Eggs (doubled)
$1/1 Smart Balance Sour Cream
$.75/1Nestle mini chocolate chips (doubled)
$.55/2 cans Dole pineapple (doubled)
$1/1 Scotties Tissues
$1/1 Olive Oil

Don't forget to enter my giveaway!

This post is linked to Super Savings Saturday.

Monday, March 22, 2010

CVS Scenario - Week of 3/21 - 3/27

This scenario assumes you are starting with no ECB. You'll spend $2.98 OOP and end up with $3.99 ECB for next week. If your store is busy, I recommend splitting your transactions up and going to the back of the line between each one. This also gives you time to regroup and get your ECB and coupons ready for the next transaction. Don't forget to register your Extra Care Card to get coupons in your inbox.

Transaction #1 :
 Buy one Crest Pro-Health Rinse @ $3.99
Use $2/1 Crest Pro-Health Rinse (2/7 PG)
Spend $1.99 OOP, get back $2 ECB
Final Price - FREE after coupons and ECB

Transaction #2 :
Buy one Colgate toothpaste @ 3.99
Use $1/1 Colgate (April '10 All You)
Use $2 Crest ECB
Spend $.99 OOP, get back $3.99 OOP
Final Price - FREE plus $3 moneymaker after coupons and ECB!

You'll end up with 1 Crest Pro Health Rinse and 1 Colgate toothpaste for $2.98 OOP and $3.99 ECB for next week.

CVS Trip 3/22

3 bags Reese's pieces - $1.97 each
2 bags Hershey's kisses - $1.97 each
1 bag Hershey's kisses with Almond -$1.97
1 Colgate - $3.99
1 Crest Pro Health Rinse - $3.99

Total before coupons (and tax) - $19.80
Total OOP: $.84 (on a giftcard)

Coupons Used :
$4/$20 CVS (printed on receipt)
$1\1 colgate (april all you)
$2/1 Crest Rinse
$9 ECB from last week

Earned : $8.99 ECB for future purchases

Rite Aid Trip 3/22

1 package Huggies Diapers (I got size 5 because they were out of size 4, guess it's never to early to stock up on the next size, right?)
1 package Pull Ups (I just noticed they are Toy Story instead of Cars.... C isn't going to be happy.)
1 Johnson's soothing vapor bath
Total OOP - $7.97
Saved - $21.50
I'll also submit this for the Huggies $1 Single Check Rebate (SCR)

(This should have been lower but they wouldn't take the $3 Huggies coupon for the Pull Ups, there is a $2 Pull Ups coupon but I didn't have it with me. And I have a $5 gift card some where but I'm not sure where....)

New Giant Coupons!

Giant has released some new coupons!

Save $2 off your $10 meat purchase  

Save $2 off your $5 produce purchase

Save $2 off your $5 bakery purchase

All coupons expire 4/10/10

(to get Martin's coupons, change the "giantfoodstores" in the link to "martinsfood")

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Meal Plan Monday 3/21 - 3/27

I am already exhausted and the week is just beginning! This week will be totally different than the past four. Hubby is back on first shift (for now anyway) So we will be eating from our meal plan (hopefully). I will actually have to cook.The past four weeks I have done hardly any cooking. And I've loved it!! We've been eating leftovers or simple things that hubby would never eat for dinner. As much as I love cooking, I love playing outside with my boys more. And since we fenced in our backyard over the weekend, I love being out there even more. I am working on planning a OAMC event hopefully in the next week or two. I am going to rely on those meals to get me through the summer when I do not want to come inside to cook!

This week will be an almost repeat of last week.

Porkchops - hopefully on the grill
BBQ chicken sandwiches
Santa Fe Foldovers
Chicken Soft Tacos (freezer meal)

How did your week go? What are you eating this week? Leave a comment and I'll come check out your menu! Check out lots more menus at OrgJunkie.com.

Giant of PA Coupon Matches - 3/21 - 3/27

These are the best deals and coupon matchups that I see at Giant this week.

Fisher Culinary Touch Salad Toppers $1.99
$1.00/1 printable
$.99 after coupon

Dole Pineapple $1.00
$.55/2 03/21 SS
$.50 each wyb 2 after coupon

Shake N Bake $1.66
$1.00/1 printable
$.66 after coupon

BirdsEye Steamfresh $1.66
$0.50/1 Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetable or Rice in 03/21 SS
$.66 after coupon

Knorr Lipton Side Plus $1.25
$1.00/3 printable
$.92 after coupon

PA Dutch Noodles $1.00
use $1.00/2 in 01/03 SS
$.50 each after coupon

College Inn Broth $.60
$1.00/3 printable 
$.80 for 3 after coupon

Stove Top $1.25
$1.00/2 printable
$.75 after coupon

Coffeemate Flavored Creamers $1.66
$.75/1 printable
$.66 after coupon

Fillippo Berio Olive Oil $3.99
$1.00/1 printable
$2.99 after coupon

Uncle Ben’s Long Grain Wild Rice $1.66
$1.00/1 in 02/21 RP
$.66 after coupon

Ziploc Bags $2.00
$.40/1 in 03/21 SS
$1.20 after coupon

Ziploc Containers $2.50
$1.00/1 in 03/21 SS
$1.50 after coupon

Shedd’s Spread Country Crock $1.50
$.50/1 in 03/07 RP
$.50 each after coupon

Sobe Water $1.19
BOGO printable
$.60 each after coupon

Heluva Good French Onion Dip $1.39
$.50/1 printable
$.39 after coupon

Buy 3 Edy’s Ice Cream @ $3.00
Get $3.00 off instantly
$2.00 each after instant savings

Ore-Ida Bagel Bites $1.99
$1.00/1 printable
$.99 after coupon

Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice, $2.50
$1/1 Tropicana Trop 50 in RP 3/14
$1.50 after coupon

Jimmy Dean Bowls, $2.35

$0.75/1 Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls in RP 3/7
$0.85 after doubled coupon

Coffee Mate Flavored Creamers, $1.67

$0.75/1 Coffee-mate Liquid Creamer in 2/7 RP
$0.17 after doubled coupon
Eggland’s Best Eggs, $1.99
$.50/1 Egg-land’s Best Eggs (Parent’s, Feb ‘10)
$0.99 after doubled coupon

Crystal Light Drink Mix, $2

$1/1 Crystal Light Drink Mix Product in SS 3/21
$1 after coupon
Smoked Shank Ham Portion $.49/lb
Smoked Butt Ham Portion $.59/lb
Spiral Ham $.99/lb
(Limit 2 hams, $25 minimum purchase required)

Ground Turkey $1.99/lb
Premium Turkey $.99/lb

Buy One, Get Free
Boneless Chicken Breast
Kunzler Sliced Bacon
Oscar Mayer Wiener
Mama Lucia Italian
Bottom Round or Rump Roast
Tyson Chicken Strips or Seasoned Strips
Aqua Star Butterfly Shrimp Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes
Tribe Hummus

See any deals I missed? Post them in the comments.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

ReUsies Review & Giveaway - CLOSED

Our family has been working on going green for a while now. We recycle everything we can, we've switch all of our light bulbs to ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs. We have a compost pile, we grow and can our own produce. We're trying to replace all our paper products (paper towels, napkins, etc.).

I was packing the boys lunches one day and realized that every day our family goes through at least 5 Ziploc baggies. FIVE! That's a lot of waste! And even though I have been buying the Ziploc Evolve  baggies which are made with 25 percent less plastic and manufactured using wind power the point is, they are getting thrown away. So I did a little research and found these wonderful, reusable baggies. Reusies.

ReUsies™ are a re-usable alternative to sandwich/snack bags, each one has the potential to eliminate hundreds of plastic bags. ReUsies™ are 100% cotton lined with leak-resistant nylon and are secured with Velcro® closures.

If I bought just 2 sandwich bags and 2 snack bags, our family would save at least 20 plastic baggies from being thrown out each week. That's 1040 baggies a year!That is $199.16 a year (buying at full price). Um yea. I'd gladly buy a few Reusies.

So I contacted Reusies and the company graciously sent us a set of sandwich and snack bags to review. There was one thing I wasn't crazy about. But other than this one thing, I loved them!

This is the print we were sent. Can anyone see why I wasn't crazy about this particular bag? :)
Other than the print, these bags are awesome. Although I didn't send this one to school with C, we have taken them in the car, to the park, and to story time. I was at first worried about the items inside falling out because it is enclosed by a single Velcro strip. But that never happened and the bag stays closed very well!
And, Reusies are not only washing machine safe, but also dishwasher safe! This worked out very well for me as I usually only do laundry once or twice a week. But I run the dishwasher at least once every other day.

I will more than likely be buying more of these bags ( I just need to show hubby the numbers! ) and if you want to buy some of your own, go HERE. The sandwich bags are $8.75 and the snack baggies are $6.75. And while yes, they are a bit more expensive than a box of baggies, in a month or two, you'll be buying another box of bags. With the Reusies, you'll make a one time purchase and be set to go for a long time.

Becky, with ReUsies, has generously offered one of my readers a chance to win 1 sandwich bag and 1 snack bag for themselves!

Mandatory entries:

(Please leave your email or a way to contact you in your comments)

1. Go to the Reusies site and pick a print that is your favorite. Come back here and leave a comment letting me know. (1 entry)
2. Subscribe to Feeding Four via RSS, Google Friend Connect, or E-mail. (If you are already a subscriber, just let me know!) (1 entry)

Additional Entries:
3.  Subscribe to the ReUsies Newsletter and leave a comment letting me know. (1 entry)
4. Fan ReusieAND Feeding Four on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know. (2 entries - please leave separate comments. YOU MUST DO BOTH TO GET THE ENTRY)
5. Change your Facebook status to mention this giveaway - leave a link to this site - come back and leave a comment with a link to your status. (1 entry)
6. Leave a comment telling me why you would like to win Reuies! (2 entries - please leave separate comments for each entry)
7. Blog about this giveaway. Comment back here with the blog address so that your entry can be verified. (2 entries - please leave separate comments for each entry!)

This giveaway closes on March 31, 2010 at midnight EST. A winner will be picked via Random.org and notified via email. You have 48 hours to respond to my email or a new winner will be picked.

Disclaimer: I contacted Reusuies about doing a review & giveaway. They sent me one sandwich bag and one snack bag in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no other compensation

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Scotties Tissue coupon is back!! Go to the Scotties website and register. Then answer a question about your use of Scotties tissues. If you are not a regular user of Scotties tissue, you will get a coupon to save $1 off one box of Scotties Tissue. If you are a regular user, you will get a coupon to save $.50 off one box of Scotties Tissue. These will make the boxes free at Giant this week!

Free Customized Sample of Pantene!

Get a free customized sample of Pantene hair products when you become a fan of Pantene on Facebook. It's a little tricky to figure it out, but hopefully the sample will be worth it!

Just follow these steps:
  1. Become a fan of Pantene on Facebook
  2. Go to the “wall”.
  3. Click on older posts and you’ll see the “as a thank you…” post.
  4. Click on the link that it provides.
  5. It will open what your home page (the one with your friends’ status updates)
  6. Look on the right side (where the ads are) There will be a “try new Pantene first”ad.
  7. Click on the link that says "Get a free Sample"!
While you're on facebok, don't forget to become a fan of Feeding Four!

Thanks Money Saving Mom!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

FREE Puffs to Go

Even better, these always include great coupons Shannon received 3 $2.00 off Pantene Coupons with her free full sized Pantene.

You must be a member of Vocal Point to get this, so make sure you sign up. And as always, supplies are limited so hurry!

Monday, March 15, 2010

New Carpet in the Living Room!

I hated my living room carpet. It was stained, it stunk and it was coming up in places. I wanted more than anything to put hardwood floors down but when we went to Lowes to get the floor, we realized we were going to have to redo the hall floor too if we chose hardwood. And it cost over $700 just to do the living room. So. I picked carpet that would hide some of the dirt that my boys drag in. And hubby and I installed it. All. By. Ourselves. Go us! (We are still learning the whole DIY thing :)

This is a before picture:

Isn't this gorgeous? I LOVE this floor. But there's spots that are stained and very uneven. Plus, theres a 2 foot by 2 foot spot that was replaced. The wood and color is different than the rest of the floor. And that spot is about 1/4 inch lower than the rest of the floor. It would cost lots of money to redo this floor.

our two helpers.

I took this picture and then realized you couldn't really see the carpet...
(and incase you were wondering, all the toys are picked up, the living room is still organized!)
So I took this picture of the carpet.

I think the carpet looks great! I'm being extra careful this time around, haha. No shoes, drinks, or food on the carpet. And the dogs feet get wiped off every time they come inside. (Our backyard looks like a mud pit, the carpet would be ruined already if I didn't do this.)

We were going to get new furniture, we need new furniture, but we decided we had to put a fence up instead. A keeps running into the road and Ryleigh, my boxer in the pictures, broke her "heavy duty non breakable" chain again. I just hope the 6 foot fence holds her. Hopefully the rain will stop long enough this weekend for us to get that put up.

CVS Scenario - Week of 3/14 - 3/20

A couple people have asked me to put some easy transactions for them to start out at CVS. So here they are! You'll spend $2.89 OOP and end up with $4 ECB for next week. If your store is busy, I recommend splitting your transactions up and going to the back of the line between each one. This also gives you time to regroup and get your ECB and coupons ready for the next transaction. Don't forget to register your Extra Care Card to get coupons in your inbox.


Buy 2 Right Guard - 2/$5
Use 2  $1.50/1 coupons
Spend $2 OOP, get a $2 ECB

Buy 1 Herbal Essence shampoo/conditioner/styler - $2.99
Buy 1 Herbal Essence styler - $2.99
Use $1/1 coupon (3/14 RP)
Use free styler WYB shampoo/conditioner/styler coupon (2/7 P&G)
Use $2 Right Guard ECB (will have to be adjusted down to $1.99)
Spend $0 OOP, get a $1 ECB

Buy 1 Stayfree Pads at $3.89, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 4)

Buy 2 and use $1/1 printable
Stack with Buy One Get One coupon (1/3 RP)
Use $1 Herbel Essence ECB
Spend $.89 OOP, get $4 ECB

You'll end up with 2 Stayfree pads, 1 Herbal Essence shampoo/conditioner/styler, 1 Herbal Essence styler, and 2 Right Guard deodorants for $2.89 OOP with a $4 ECB for next week.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Meal Plan Monday 3/14 - 3/20

Wow. I might as well take our menu from last week and copy and paste it to this week. We didn't eat much on the menu from last week. We had leftovers a lot. Friday my mom took me out for my birthday. Saturday, hubby planned a small surprise party for me and fixed a triple batch of enchiladas.

I'm still trying to figure out some snacks that will freeze well and that my boys will eat. This week we added some pretzels in addition to the apples and pears. I've tried making homemade yogurt, but it never comes out very good. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I'm going to try some fruit and grain bars but I'm not sure what else to do. Still open to ideas!

The menu is pretty much a repeat of last week. But Wednesday is my sister's birthday so I'm hoping to head down to my mom's house to spend some time with her. We'll have to wait and see.

BBQ chicken sandwiches
Steamers (freezer)
Potato Soup (freezer)
Santa Fe Foldover

How did your week go? What are you eating this week? Leave a comment and I'll come check out your menu! Check out lots more menus at OrgJunkie.com.

Have You Registered Your Extra Care Card?

Have you? If you haven't registered your Extra Care card, you need to! You will receive updates and coupons in your email!

Heres's how to register:

  1. Sign up for an account on the CVS website.

  2. Attach your Extra Care Card to your account.

  3. Enjoy your coupons!
Just this past weekend on my birthday, I received an email that included a $3 off ANY purchase coupon. I was so excited because Pantene was on sale, 2/$6.97 and you received a $2 ECB. I used my $3 CVS coupon and the $3/2 manufacturer's coupon to get 2 more Pantene shampoos for $.97 and I received a $2 ECB! Making my purchase a $1.03 moneymaker!

CVS Trip - 3/14

4 Glade Scented Oil Refills - $10
1 Herbel Essences shampoo - $2.99
1 Herbel Essences styler - $2.99
2 Stayfree pads - $7.38
1 American Greeting Card $4.49

Total before coupons (and tax) : $27.85
Total OOP - $ .36

Coupons used:
$4/$20 CVS
B1G1 Stayfree pad
Buy Herbal Essences shampoo get a styler free
$1/1 Herbel Essences
$1/1 Stayfree
(2) $2/2 glade product
$10.99 in ECB from last week

Earned : $9 in ECB for future purchases

Giant of PA Coupon Matches - 3/14 - 3/20

These are the best deals and coupon matchups that I see at Giant this week.

Don't forget you can print the $2.00 off a $5.00 produce purchase HERE.

Campbell’s Tomato Soup $.50 (must buy 4)
$.30/4 (02/28 SS)
$1.40 for 4 after coupon

Wisk 2X Laundry Detergent $3.99
$2.00/1 (03/14 RP)
$1.99 after coupon

Barilla Pasta $1.00
 $.55/1(03/07 SS)
FREE after coupon

No Yolks Egg Noodles $1.50
$.75/1 (02/21 SS)
FREE after coupon

Scotties Tissues 10/$10
$1/1 printable
FREE after coupon

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta $1.33
$1.00/1 (1/10 SS)
$.33 after coupon

Kashi Cereal $2.00 each (must buy 4)
$1.50/1 printable coupon or $1.50 from Vocal Point home mailer
$.50 each after coupon

Ortega Green Chiles $.99
$1.00/2 (1/24 SS) OR
$.75/2 (1/24 SS)

$.49 after coupon

Starkist Chunk Light Tuna Pouch $1.00
1.00/2 02/14 RP
$.50 after coupon

Minute Rice $1.89
$.50/1 (01/24 SS)
$.89 after coupon

Dannon Yogurt 10/$5.00
$.75/6 Dannon Yogurt Printable
$.33 each after coupon (wyb 6)

Green Giant Steamers $1.66
$.50/1 Green Giant Steamers Printable Coupon or $.50/1 printable HERE
$.66 each after coupon

Olivio Spread $1.50
$.55/1 (01/03 SS)
$.50 each after coupon

Heluva Sour Cream $1.29
$.50/1 Heluva Sour Cream Coupon
$.29 after coupon

Scotties Tissues $1.00
$.50/1 printable coupon
FREE after coupon

Lysol Neutra Air Fresh Scent Spray $2.50
$1.50/1 (03/07 SS)
$1.00 after coupon

Fresh Strawberries 2/ $5.00

$2 off your $5 Produce Purchase

Buy One, Get One Free Deals
Fresh Boneless Center Cut Pork Roast
Dole Special Blend Salad or Complete Kit
Hatfied Meat Hot Dogs
Cooked Perfect Italian Meatballs
Maiers Italian Bread
Split Chicken Breasts
Boneless Sirlion Steak
Martins Chips

See any deals I missed? Post them in the comments.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday dear ME, Happy Birthday to me!

My dear 10 cup food processor has a huge crack in it. (And I honestly have no idea how it happened!) Then I dropped my 1 cup food processor trying to get it out of the cabinet. So that has a hole in it. But I was planning on using it until I found a good deal on a new one...thinking it would be awhile before that happened.

Since my birthday is tomorrow hubby wanted to buy me a new one. Me, being my frugal self said OK! But not until I find the one I want at a price I want. I had been looking at them online and found a Black and Decker one for $40. But it was only 3 cups! I wanted and needed something bigger for the summer when I make my salsa.
We ran into Lowe's to get some stain and hubby insisted on looking at the food processors. We found this one on clearance. But there was none left except the one on the shelf. There was no box or manual or anything. So I asked the manager if they would give me a discount on top of the clearance price.

He did. And I got my 10 cup food processor for under $40!

Happy Birthday to Me!!

New Swagbucks Code

Become a fan of YaySave on Facebook and earn 15 free Swagbucks! (valid today, March 11 only!)

The code is in the first post of the YaySave facebook page, in the parentheses.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My Giant Trip - 12 Frozen Ravioli + 6 Itibitz for $3

My Giant trip was just as good as Mindi's except I did it on a smaller scale. I wanted to make sure my boys would eat it - and I'm glad I did. I'm not big on ravioli and I don't like Itibitz (just like Dotz). C was the only one who liked the ravioli. All three boys liked the icecream so I might go back and get more of them if there is any left. I think I'm going to try the ravioli in a ravioli lasanga. If we don't like that, C will be eating a lot of ravioli. :)

Do you have a great ravioli recipe? I'd love to try it! Leave it in the comments!

My Pantry - End of the "Challenge"

I showed you my pantry at the beginning of the challenge, so here it is at the end of [my] challenge.

this looks SO much better and I know what is in here!

so much cereal is gone, still so much to go!

notice all the brownie boxes that are gone? The boys made brownies twice a week for the longest time! And we're running low on pasta sauce...

 the freezer is still packed full...

I don't know why this picture is so dark. The freezer is still so full and so unorganized!
(see my girl trying to get some goodies?)

this looks really empty too. Time to start stockpiling again.

So I have decided to stockpile for my pantry and eat out of the freezers. I need some room for the food my mom and I are planning to cook on our OAMC day!

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