Can You Keep a Secret?

December 4, 2008 at 7:41 pm (Being Frugal, family)

I just bought a mountain bike for DD#1 for Christmas at the thrift store for $15! It’s in very good condition. It just needs to be cleaned up and have a few parts replaced, like the broken reflector on the back…YAY!

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Stash Justified!

November 25, 2008 at 7:51 pm (Being Frugal, family, funny stuff, knitting)

This year, due to some difficult circumstances, we will be spending a little less on Christmas this year. But I’m not sure it means less gifts. Instead it means, more knitting! Because of my very sizeable stash, I will be giving a LOT of handknit gifts this year. Like, doll clothes, hats and mittens, cute and tiny bags. And more knitting almost always equals more fun for me!

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An Apple a Day….

November 7, 2008 at 2:53 pm (Being Frugal, food, funny stuff)

Last night, I was in charge of dinner for the teachers during parent-teacher conferences.  We served up Cafe Rio salads buffet-style and let the teachers help themselves.  It was a huge hit!  The apples I bought, however, were not.  I bought 40 Gala apples and I think only 1/4 of them were taken.  I gave some to the people who were helping me, but still ended up with 20 apples to add to the 3+ lbs. sitting in my fridge.  Anyone have any ideas as to how I can use these up quickly?

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Popcorn, Anyone?

October 20, 2008 at 12:33 pm (Being Frugal)

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Grocery Gathering

The other night, Blooshusband popped some microwave popcorn and then dropped a $.75/1 coupon in my lap. I had three other boxes of this popcorn that I’d bought from the same store, so I checked them all and had four coupons! This was a good thing, since this brand of popcorn (Jolly Time) is on sale at Macey’s 10/$10. So we bought 10 boxes and only paid $7 and then discovered that every box had a peelie on the front of the box where you could send in for a coupon for a free box. So really I only paid $.60 a box.
There are also some printable coupons  ( you will have to register to get them) on the Jolly Time website one for $1.50 off and another for $1. Macey’s doesn’t take printables, but this popcorn seems to go on sale for $1/box every few weeks here. So I think I will find a good use for them soon. In the meantime, I’m debating about whether to keep them all for snacks or use some of them for neighbor/friend gifts…

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I Got a Good Deal, but Could Have Done Better

October 19, 2008 at 2:56 am (Being Frugal, Uncategorized)

This week at Macey’s, you can get $10 off when you buy any 10 participating General Mills Products for $25 when you use an in-ad coupon. Since FiberOne bars were one of the participating items, I decided to stock up. We’re big hikers so we like these for hiking trips as well as for snacks. I used one $.50 off coupon from the 9/07 insert for one box and got 10 boxes for $14.50, which breaks down to $1.45 a box. Pretty good considering that I normally pay at least $2.50 a box. While we were waiting for them to bring more granola bars to us from the stock room, I took a look at the Chex Mix Bars and the Curves Bars, also included in this promotion. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were both fairly low in sugar and high in fiber content. AND when I got home I discovered there were coupons for these as well: two for Chex Mix Bars $.50/1 (9/07 and 10/05 inserts) and one for Curves Bars $.75/1 (10/12 insert). So it could have been 10 boxes for $12.75.

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Buried in Carrots

October 17, 2008 at 8:11 pm (Being Frugal)

This week my local SuperTarget had 1lb. Green Giant baby carrots for $1.29. They also had a coupon for $1 off Green Giant Carrots. So I printed out five, grabbed my Target coupon for $1 off Skippy Peanut Butter and was off! The carrots were $.29 each and the PB was $1.09 after the coupon. Total spent was $2.54. Now, thanks to Money Saving Mom’s post about the cheap carrots and her suggestion of shredding and freezing them, I’m doing just that. I have some bagged in 1-cup amounts for Tomato Barley Soup (celery and tomatoes are on sale this week, too!) And some in 3-cup amounts to make Carrot Cake/Muffins.

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More Coupons!

October 15, 2008 at 11:03 pm (Being Frugal)

Since so many coupons came from this site that I’ve used in the last few weeks, I thought I’d pass it on.

These are the coupons I used this week:
The $1 off Muir Glen tomato products allowed me to get diced tomatoes for $.16
The $1 off 32 oz. Yoplait gave me a price of $1.27- that’s almost half off

You will have to register in order to print coupons, but this is one of the best sites for coupons. They actually have coupons for items I will use.

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RiteAid is My Moneymaker

October 14, 2008 at 12:35 pm (Being Frugal)

I am really going to miss my gift cards from my Rx transfers from RiteAid. I only have one more to go. But look at what I got yesterday!
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All of this was FREE. And the lip balm and Sucrets each have a rebate of $2.99! The cereal was B1G1 and then I got home and discovered the mail-in rebate for the cereal, which is for the entire cost of one box. So add another $4.79 to the money I made!
Plus the Myoplex Bars were buy one get on 1/2 off, which made it $3/2. The lowest price Blooshusband normally gets is $1.75 each when he buys them in bulk.

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Nexcare Product Coupons!

October 14, 2008 at 12:22 pm (Being Frugal, Uncategorized)

I love Nexcare products.  I use a lot of their bandages and instant cold packs.  I just found a page offering coupons for several of their products here.

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Overage on Chapstick True Shimmer at RiteAid

October 13, 2008 at 2:41 pm (Being Frugal)

This month at RiteAid ChapStick True Shimmer is free after an Easy Check Rebate.  Save your receipt and use the mail in rebate form for up to $2.99 on ChapStick True Shimmer or 100% Naturals and they will pay you $1.99 to buy it or you can get two for free!  There’s one stocking-stuffer down for Christmas!

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