Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekly Spending Report: 07/20-26/2014

This week I blew the budget, but BJ's had coupons for our favorite chicken breasts, and I had MC's to match, so I bought them anyway.  It all balances out in the end.  Here's what we ended up with...
  • Wednesday's CVS Trip: $5.73 oop
  • Thursday's BJ's Trip (1 box Free Range Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, and 1-3 pk Applegate Bacon, used coupons): $17.98 oop
  • Thursday's Giant Trip (4 gallons water, 7 pkgs Pampers Wipes, 2 bottles Organic Ketchup, 6 boxes Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats, 1 bottle Sugar/Cinnamon, 1 4-pk yogurt, 2 tubs Olive Oil Margarine): $32.54
Total OOP: $56.25
Total Earned: $0
Total Remaining for July: $0.94

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Weekly Sending Report: 07/13-19/2014

This week there were a LOT of great deals to be had, so while we were eating down the freezers, and pantry, I stocked up of other needed items, like Crystal Light and Diapers.  Here's how it went down...
  •  Sunday's Big Lots Trip (not pictured are 3 gallons H2O): $23.34 oop
  • Tuesday's ALDI Trip (1 loaf Rustic Italian Bread, Tomato Paste, and BBQ Sauce): $6.07 oop
  • Tuesday's Giant Trip: $14.77 oop

  • Tuesday's CVS Trip: $12.43 oop, Earned $10 Shell Gas Card
  • Saturday's ALDI Trip (1-24 pk H2O, and 1/2 gal Organic 2% Milk): $5.61 oop
  • Saturday's Giant Trip (1-100 ct box Tagless Tea Bags, 1 tub LOL's Margarine, and 1 Keebler Cookie Cup - suppose to be free from SavingStar, we'll see): $4.32 oop, Should earn $0.88 from SavingStar
  • Earned a $5 Amazon Gift Card
Total OOP: $66.54
Total Earned: $15
Total Remaining: $57.19

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Weekly Spending Report: 07/06-12/2014


This week we were still eating predominately from the freezers, however, some great deals pulled me into the stores.  Here's how the week went down...
  • Tuesday's ALDI Trip: $12.69 oop
  • Tuesday's CVS Trip: $8.66 oop, Earned $11.99 ECB's (including $5 for purchasing $30 in CVS Brands from last week and $5 for the Venus Razor using a rain check)
  • Tuesday's Target Trip (3 pkgs ant traps, 2 bottles Up & Up baby bath wash, 2 tubes Up & Up desitin, 2 boxes Crystal light, and 2 tubs Arm & Hammer Cat Litter - used coupons and $30 Gift Card to pay): $8.15 oop, Earned $5 Target Gift Card
  • Tuesday's Wal-mart Trip (3 pkgs TP, 2 boxes trash bags, a nursing bra, and some stomach medicine): $41.69 oop
  • Tuesday's Giant Trip: $36.05 oop, Earned $0.30/gallon for Gas (not pictured 2 lbs Laura's Lean Ground Beef, and 6 pkgs Magnum Ice Cream)
  • Saturday's Giant Trip (2 newspapers): $5.30 oop
Total OOP: $112.54
Total Earned: $16.99
Total Remaining: $123.73

Monday, July 7, 2014

Menu Plan Monday: 07/07/2014


This week we are starting a Pantry challenge with Jessica of Good Cheap Eats.  She does this twice a year, January and July, and I've found that my freezers thank me when I participate both times.  I desperately need to defrost my chest freezer, so hopefully that will happen before the end of the month.  I'll still be shopping, but I'll be meal-planning to use up all of the weird bits that get lost in the freezers throughout the year.  Here's what we've got on the menu this week...

Breakfasts: Cold Cereals, Fruit, and Yogurt

Lunches: Leftovers, Chili from the freezer, misc frozen TV dinners, and PBJ Sandwiches

Dinners:
Sunday - French Toast, with Fresh Raspberries
Monday - Cheesy Baked Pork Chops, with Butter Noodles, and a Vegetable
Tuesday - Baked Fish Fillets, with French Fries
Wednesday - Orange Chicken, with Jasmine Rice
Thursday - We're taking a day trip to Tuckahoe Steam and Gas show, so we'll have sandwiches there; they have the BEST Italian Cold Cut subs! 
Friday - We'll be at Joe's Grandfather's, so we'll go out to dinner with him
Saturday - Mac and Cheese, with Kielbasa, and Broccoli

Extras: Banana Bread (from the freezer), Chocolate PB No-bake Cookies

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Weekly Spending Report: 06/29-07/05/2014

After being on vacation for most of last week, we came home to a house that was out of a lot of necessities, hence the deals grabbed up at Giant and ALDI.  I was also able to stock up on batteries and diapers at CVS, things we are always using nowadays!  I worked all of this week, but since Howard had to go for his two month check-up and shots on Wednesday, I took off and we ran errands as a family that afternoon.  Overall, we had a great week, with great deals too...
  • Monday's Dollar Tree Trip (3 portable fans and a pkg of AA batteries for Howard): $4.24 oop
  • Wednesday's ALDI Trip (Granola Bars, Crackers, Chips, and Organic Milk): $9.57 oop
  • Wednesday's CVS Trip (1 Pepsi 2 lt, 3 pkgs CVS Diapers, 7 pkgs Car light bulbs on clearance, 1-10 pk CVS Batteries): $12.71 oop, Earned $16 ECB's ($3 was for my Spring Spending)
  • Wednesday's Giant (not pictured 7-3 ct boxes Magnum Ice Cream Bars): $35.09 oop (Saved $91.55!!!, 72%!!!)
  • Saturday's Dollar Tree Trip (2 newspapers): $2.12 oop
  • Earned $5 CVS Gift Card from Swag Bucks
Total OOP: $63.73
Total Earned: $21
Total Remaining for July: $236.27

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June Budget Update

This month I was finally under budget!!! We stocked up on some great deals including diapers, made some returns for items we didn't need, and earned some gift cards to use for things that we will need, like gas, and Christmas presents.  Here's how the month went down...
  • Week #1: $60.11 oop, Earned $7 ECB's, $9 Wal-mart Gift Card from a Return, and $5 Amazon Gift Card from Swag Bucks
  • Week #2: $104.34 oop, Earned $2.50 ECB's, and $15.88 Marshall's Gift Card from a Return
  • Week #3: $59.58 oop, Earned $10 ECB's, and a $5 CVS Gift Card from Swag Bucks
  • Week #4: $40.75 oop, Earned $20 Shell Gas Cards, and $3 in ECB's
Total OOP: $264.78
Total Earned: $77.38
Total Remaining: $35.22

Friday, July 4, 2014

Weekly Spending Report: 06/22-28/2014

Last week I kept my spending to a minimum since we were away on vacation for most of the week.  Here's how we ended the month of June.
  • Sunday's CVS Trip (3-24 pks bottled H2O, 3 pkgs Huggies diapers, and 2 tubes Colgate Optic White toothpaste): $20.10 oop, Earned $3 ECB's and a $10 Shell Gas Card
  • Sunday's ALDI Trip (1 box Triscuits, 1 loaf Italian Bread, 1 pkg Potato Hamburger Rolls): $4.03 oop
  • Wednesday's CVS Trip (3 more packages of Huggies): $16.62 oop, Eanred $10 Shell Gas Card
Total OOP: $40.75
Total Earned: $23
Total Remaining for June: $35.22!!!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Weekly Spending Report: 06/15-21/2014

This week there weren't a lot of deals to be had.  We picked up a few freebies at CVS to roll me ECB's.  We also stocked up on snack food for our vacation next week at ALDI, and picked up a few misc necessities at Giant.  Lastly, we stopped into the Dollar Tree on Saturday to use up some coupons that were about to expire and pick up my newspapers/coupons.  Other than working every day including the weekend, it was a pretty uneventful week.  I kinda like it!  Anyway, here's how the week went down...
  • Wednesday's CVS Trip: $0.16 oop, Earned $10 ECB's
  • Wednesday's ALDI Trip: $29.47 oop
  • Wednesday's Giant Trip: $17.35 oop
  • Saturday's Dollar Tree Trip (2 Newspapers, 1 pkg Medical Tape, 4-14 ct boxes Generic Zyrtec, 1 tube Generic Benedryl Cream, 8 refill bottles Soft Soap Hand Soap - used 4 $1/2 MC): $12.60 oop
  • Earned $5 CVS Gift Card from Swagbucks
Total OOP: $59.58
Total Earned: $15.00
Total Remaining: $75.97

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Wednesday's CVS Trip

This week there wasn't a lot of deals at CVS, but I stopped in anyway to roll my ECB's on a few deals.  I also received my $5 ECB's from the Pharmacy Reward program when I scanned my card at the coupon machine!  Here's what I ended up with...

1 Colgate Toothbrush $5.49 - $2.50 Sale - $1/1 MC - $2 ECB's = FREE!
1 Peroxi Clear Contact Solution $7.29 - $2.30 - $1.50/1 MC - $3 ECB = $0.49
2 huge rolls Charmin Basic TP $1.29 ea - $3/2 CVS Coupon = FREE + $0.42 Money-maker!
+ $0.16 Tax
- $0.06 Mystery Coupon
- $5 ECB's used to pay
Total OOP: $0.16, Earned $5 ECB's

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tempt Your Tummy Tuesday: Rice Cooker Mac and Cheese



Mac and cheese is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods.  It's also something that my husband will always eat, no matter what else we have with it, if anything.  There's just something about all that cheesy gooeyness that makes you all happy inside.  However, homemade mac and cheese can be time consuming, and the boxed stuff is full of junk.  So, I thought, why not try it in a rice cooker.  So, I did, and guess what, it's delicious, quick, simple, and easy to clean up afterwards!  That's a quadruple win folks!  Here's how you can make some for dinner, like tonight!  

1-14 oz can Chicken Broth (or 1 cup water plus a little extra with bouillon added in)
2 c Uncooked Pasta (I use Macaroni noodles from ALDI)
2 tbsp Butter
1/4-1/2 c Milk
2 c Shredded Cheese (I use Mild Cheddar from ALDI, but you could really use any kind you like)

1.) Place broth/water in rice cooker with noodles.  Make sure the noodles are covered with liquid, add a little more water if you need to.  Top with the lid, and push the cook button.  Check periodically to see if you need to add any more water.  After 15 minutes check the noodles for doneness.  If they aren't done yet, make sure there is still liquid inside, and continuing cooking and checking until the pasta is done.  (mine usually only take 15-20 minutes depending on which kind of pasta I use)
2.) Put the cooker on the warm setting.  Add the butter and milk to the pasta, and stir to combine.  
3.) Add the cheese to the pasta, stir to combine, and let sit 5 minutes to melt.  Stir to make sure everything is equally cheesy.  Serve immediately.  Refrigerate any leftovers. (P.S. You can also add broccoli or hot dogs to the steamer insert if your rice cooker has one and they will be done with your mac and cheese and can be served together!)