Friday, July 20, 2012

ALDI Deals, Starting 07/18/2012!

Here are some of the great deals at ALDI this week...
  • Belmont Sorbet Assortment Raspberry, Lemon, or Mango 14 oz $1.99 ea
  • Diana's Bananas Banana Babies Milk or Dark Chocolate 10.5 oz $3.49 
  • Little Salad Bar Fiesta Dip 18.5 oz $2.99 ea
  • Millville Blueberry or Mixed Berry Fruit and Grain Cereal Bars 10.4 oz $1.69 ea
  • Reggano Linguine or Fettuccine 16 oz $0.99 ea
  • Uncle Ben's Country Inn Rice Broccoli Rice Au Gratin or Chicken Rice 6 oz $0.99 ea
  • Vanderwall Clothes Drying Rack $9.99 ea
  • Vanderwall Pop-up Hamper $5.99 ea
  • Vanderwall 3-tier Laundry Cart $9.99 ea
  • Vanderwall Table Top Ironing Board $5.99 ea
For more information about ALDI, visit their homepage!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home Update #3

Last week my mom was admitted to the hospital, and will hopefully be coming home tomorrow.  Needless to say, that between visiting her for long hours, and trying to keep up with my normal household duties, and work, things have been CRAZY!  However, I did manage to keep up with this organizing challenge, it's actually been kind of relaxing to get rid of excess clutter.  Here's how last week went...

Day #6: Kitchen 'Other' Drawers and Cabinets
Items De-Cluttered:13

Day #7: Cookbooks and Recipes
Items De-Cluttered: 50
I do not have a picture of the items I got rid of, but this is the 'after' of my Cookbook shelf, much better!
Day #8: VHS Tapes, DVDs, and CD's
Items De-Cluttered:160
(this only includes DVDs and VHS tapes, because that is as far as I've gotten, still working on this one)

Day #9: Desk
Items De-Cluttered: 26 (all paper trash) 
Here's the final product:
The white pan is my 'action box' for now, it has things I need to type or look up on the internet, by the end of summer, it will be empty though!

Day #10: Children's Books
Items De-Cluttered: Zero!  :-(
Unfortunately, Joe and I are not in the season of our life where this applies to us yet, so nothing to de-clutter today.

Total Items De-Cluttered for Days #6-10:249
(257 Items Ahead)

Menu Plan Monday: July 16th 2012

Last week was suppose to be rather laid back, but then my mom was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia on top of her congestive heart failure and fluid retention.  She is hopefully coming home tomorrow, but we'll have to wait and see what the PT says.  Needless to say we didn't really stick to the menu plan much.  This week is also going to be haphazard as well, at least until my one sister gets back from the beach.  I'll be cooking for my mom, dad, and Joe and I for a few days, so my menu plan is already out the window.  I didn't want you all to think I had abandoned things here in the frugal neighborhood, but sometimes life happens, and fun things, like blogging, get put on hold.
I plan to be back in full swing and menu-planning action next week!

But for some AWESOME Menu Plans, visit Org Junkie!

Weekly Spending Report: 07/08-14/2012

Here's this week's spending totals...
  • Monday's Staples Trip: $31.84 oop, Earned $9.73 Easy Rebate
  • Saturday's Shopper's Trip (no post, just 2 newspapers): $4.24 oop
Total OOP: $36.08 - $9.73 Earned Rebates = Net OOP: $26.35!

Last week's Staples Trip

Last Monday, Joe stopped into Staples to pick up some deals for me, and found me a case to store our DVD's in, which we have been looking for for quite some time now.  Here's how it went down... 
2-24 ct Roseart Crayons $1 ea - $0.99 ea Sale = 2/$0.02
2 Bic Round Stick Pens $1.99 ea - $1.98 ea Sale = 2/$0.02
1 Scotch Super Glue $2.99 - $0.43 Coupon* - $2.99 Easy Saver Rebate = FREE + $0.43 Money-maker!
2 Staples School Glue $0.75 ea - $0.74 ea Sale = 2/$0.02
1-50 ct Staples Page Protectors $5 - $0.71 Coupon* = $4.29
1 CD Wallet $19.99 - $2.85 Coupon* = $17.14
1 pkg Staples Multipurpose Paper $6.99 - $1 Coupon - $6.74 Easy Saver Rebate = FREE + $0.75 Money-maker!
+ $1.81 Tax
Total OOP: $31.84, Earned $9.73 Easy Saver Rebates!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

ALDI Deals, Starting July 11th 2012!

Here are some of the deals starting this week...
  • Wednesday 07/11 ONLY: Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs $1.49/lb
  • Boulder Drinking Straws 100 ct $0.89 ea
  • Boulder Tall Kitchen Odor Protection 13 gal Drawstring Bags 40 ct $4.99 ea 
  • Parisia Sparkling French Lemonade Regular or Pink Lemonade 33.8 oz $1.99 ea
  • Season's Choice Diced Onion Rings 16 oz $1.19 ea
  • Season's Choice Steak Fries 28 oz $1.69 ea
  • Sterilite Laundry Basket 1.25 Bushel $4.99 ea
  • Sterilite Plastic Shower Caddy $2.49 ea
  • Summit Freeze Pops  Soda-flavored 24-2.5 oz bars $1.49 ea
  • Vanderwall Hanging Closet Organizer Set Shoe Organizer, 6-Shelf Organizer or 24 pair Shoe Caddy in Black, Ocean, Gray or Fuchsia $4.99 ea
  • Vanderwall Cube Organizer $16.99 ea
  • Vanderwall 3 pc Bath Accessories Set in Translucent Black,White, or Solid White $4.99 ea
  • Vanderwall Collapsible Storage Cubes 2 pk set in Black, Gray, Ocean or Fuchsia 12" x 12" x 12" $5.99 per set 
  • Vanderwall Stacking Shelves 19.75"L x 12"W x 8.63" H $3.99 ea
  • Willow Facial Tissue 3 pk 110 ct $2.49 ea
  • Pineapples $1.89 ea 
  • Honeydew Melons $1.89 ea
  • Cherries $1.89/lb
  • Blueberries $1.49/pint
  • Strawberries $1.89/lb
  • Peaches/Plums/Nectarines $0.29 ea
For more information about ALDI, visit their Homepage!

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Pantry Challenge Update - Week 1 Update

    Last week went off pretty much without a hitch.  I stuck to my menu plan, and we are slowly eating our way through the foods in the freezers and cupboards, hopefully next week I'll remember to take pictures!

    8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home Update #2

     Our internet has been acting up a lot lately.  I was planning on getting this update posted on Friday, but that didn't happen, so here it is now...

    Day #4: Junk and Misc. Drawers
    Items De-Cluttered (includes paper in last picture): 28

    Day #5: Kitchen Linens
    Items De-Cluttered: 28
     (rest of items from Day #4)
    Total Items De-Cluttered for Days #4 and 5: 56!!!
    (58 Items ahead)

    Weekly Spending Report: 07/01-07/2012

    Here's this week's spending totals...
    • Monday's Hoffman's Trip (ice cream): $12.50 oop
    • Thursday's Big Lots Trip (no post, just AC juice for my car): $16.96 oop (for 2)
    • Thursday's Rite-Aid Trip: $1.71 oop, Earned $2 SCR and $4 UP+Rewards
    • Thursday's CVS Trip: $1.02 oop, Earned $4 ECB's
    • Thursday's Baugher's Trip (just 3 Bell Peppers): $1.59 oop
    • Thursday's Giant Trip: $20.91 oop, Earned $3 Cash
    • Saturday's Shopper's Trip (no post, just 2 newspapers and 1 bag of chips): $6.92 oop
    Total OOP: $61.61 - $13 Earned Rewards/Cash = Net OOP: $48.61!  Savings of 21%!

      Thursday's Giant Trip

      Thursday evening Joe and I stopped into Giant to pick up a few things for dinner on Friday night which Joe's family was up for, and to use up a few coupons.  Here's what we ended up with...
      3 boxes Frosted Mini Wheats + 1 box Crunchy Nut Cereal $3.69 ea x 3 + $3.79 ea x 1 - $6 Instant Savings wyb 4 - $0.70/1 MC doubled to $1.40 - $1/3 MC (newspaper) - $3 Cash from Mom for 1 Cereal = 4/$3.46
      4-2 lb bags Florida Crystals Raw Sugar $2.79 ea - $0.50 ea Sale - $0.65/1 MC doubled to $1.30 x 2 - $0.55/1 MC doubled to $1.10 x 2 = 4/$4.36 ($1.09 ea!)
      1 can Whole Tomatoes (for homemade salsa!) $1.75 - $0.87 Sale = $0.88
      1 Daisy Sour Cream $2.29 - $0.62 Sale = $1.67
      1 Great Value Garlic Salt $1
      1 can Chi-Chi's Jalapenos  $2.45
      1 Mission Tortillas $3.69
      1 Lime $0.40
      Total OOP: $37.60 - Savings/Coupons $16.69 = $20.91 oop!  Savings of 44%!
      **Also pictured Bell Peppers from Baugher's**

      Last week's CVS Trip

      I also stopped into CVS last Thursday to pick up a few deals.  Here's what I ended up with...
      1-12 ct Zzz Quil $5.99 - $1 Sale - $2/1 CVS Coupon - $2/1 MC (newspaper) = $0.99
      1 Schick Hydro Power Razor $12.99 - $3.50 Sale - $5/1 CVS Coupon - $4/1 MC (newspaper) - $3 ECB's = FREE + $2.51 Money-maker!
      + $0.54 Tax
      - $1 ECB used to Pay
      Total OOP: $1.02, Earned $4 ECB's (including $1 for my spring spending)

      Monday, July 9, 2012

      Last week's Rite-Aid Trip

      Not a whole lot to talk about in regards to Rite-Aid deals.  I did manage to pick up a couple things while I was out though...
      2 pkgs Stayfree $3.99 ea - $0.99 ea Sale - $0.50/1 MC (peelie) x 2 - $2 UP+Rewards x 2 = 2/$1
      1 Conair Color Vibes Brush $3.19 - $0.64 card discount - $2 SCR = $0.55
      + $0.16 Tax
      - $6 UP+Rewards used to Pay
      Total OOP: $1.71, Earned $2 SCR and $4UP+Rewards for next time!

      Wednesday, July 4, 2012

      40 Days to a Clutter-free Home Update - 07/04/2012

      I'm three days into this challenge, and I think that I am doing an excellent job at staying on track with the tasks outlined in the challenge.

      Day #1: Utensil Drawers
      Items De-Cluttered: 11

      Day Two: Food Storage and Dishes/Serving Platters, etc
      Items De-Cluttered: 27

      Day #3: Cooking/Baking Items and Appliances
      Items De-Cluttered: 14

      Total Items De-Cluttered for Days #1-3: 52!!!!
      (22 items ahead)

      2 Challenges for the month of July!

      I will be doing two 'challenges' for the month of July!  One is a pantry challenge with Jessica at Good Cheap Eats!  For the Rogers' family this means eating from the pantry, and trying to use up what we already have.  We will be trying to stay out of the stores, and only eating out once per week.  I'm going to try to clean out our pantry and the freezers as well.
      And the second is '8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home' with Stephanie at Keeper of the Home.  I am going to follow the plan as Stephanie has laid it out, however, Joe and I do not have children yet, so there are a few days I will be getting off easy, but that's okay, I still want to try and get rid of the recommended 10 items per day, but we'll see, I've been on a getting rid of kick for a while now.  Hopefully I can find 400 more things to get rid of!

      Happy 4th of July Everyone!

      I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July!
      Enjoy the fireworks tonight as you celebrate our independence as a nation!

      ALDI Deals, Starting July 5th, 2012

      Here are some of the deals this week at ALDI...
      • Thursday July 5th ONLY: Roseland Fresh Pork Shoulder Steaks $2.19/lb
      • Breakfast Best Buttermilk Waffles 10 ct 12.3 oz $1.29 ea
      • Burman's BBQ Sauce Honey, Hickory, or Original 18 oz $0.89 ea
      • Carlini Olive Oil Cooking Spray 5 oz $1.79 ea
      • Fresh Gourmet Croutons Country Ranch, Butter and Garlic, or Cornbread .5 oz  $0.99 ea
      • Happy Farms Cheese Singles American or Swiss 12 oz $1.49 ea
      • Happy Harvest 3 Bean Salad 15 oz $0.99 ea
      • Kirkwood Chicken Breasts 48 oz $5.49 ea
      • Kitchen Living Salad Spinner 6 qt $8.99 ea
      • Kitchen Living Mandoline Slicer (white or black) $4.99 ea
      • Little Salad Bar Flat Leaf Spinach 9 oz $1.69 ea 
      • L'oven Fresh White Hamburger or Hotdog Buns 12 oz $0.79 ea
      • Nature's Nectar All Natural Limeade 59 oz $1.99 ea
      • Sea Queen Value Pk Wild Caught Salmon Fillets 32 oz $7.99 ea
      • Season's Choice Whole Onion Rings 16 oz $1.99 ea
      • Southern Grove Pine Nuts 3 oz $2.99 ea 
      • Stonemill Essentials Crushed Red Pepper 2.5 oz $0.99 ea
      • Stonemill Essentials Salt 26 oz $0.35 ea
      • Tuscan Garden Croutons Cheese Garlic, Caesar or Seasoned 6 oz $0.99 ea
      • Tuscan Garden Marinades Assorted Varieties 12.25 oz $0.99 ea
      • Tuscan Garden Real Bacon Bits 2.5 oz $1.39 ea
      • Tuscan Garden Tortilla Strips Santa Fe or Lightly Salted 3.5 oz $0.99 ea
      • White Mushrooms 8 oz pkg $0.89 ea
      • Yellow Onions 3 lb bag $0.99 ea
      • Multicolored Peppers 3 pk $2.89 ea
      • Grape Tomatoes $1.19/pint
      • Baking Potatoes 5 lb bag $1.79 ea
      • Zucchini 24 oz pkg $1.29 ea
      For more information about shopping at ALDI, visit their homepage!

        Tuesday, July 3, 2012

        Happy 5 Year Anniversary!

        Joe and I celebrated 5 wonderful years of marriage on June 16th!  This picture is a little late, but it's a pretty good one of the two of us, so I thought I'd share anyway.

        Menu Plan Monday: July 2nd 2012!

        This week begins July, and two challenges.  Jessica at Good Cheap Eats is having a 'Pantry Challenge.' I thought it would be a good idea for Joe and I to do this as well so we have a nice cleaned out freezer to put our garden produce in for winter time.  Also, Stephanie at Keeper of the Home is working on having a less cluttered house in 8 weeks, and I'm with her.  I'll be posting updates to both 'challenges' pretty much daily.  Hopefully by the time school is starting up again, I will have a clutter free house, and an emptied and then freshly stocked pantry!  That's the goal at least ;-)
        Anyway, here's what's cooking this week....
        Breakfasts: Cereal, and Bob Evans with Joe's Grandfather on Tuesday

        Lunches: Fruited Chicken Salad, Chick-fil-a on Grocery shopping day (Monday), Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Quesadillas with Chips and Salsa, Leftovers x 3

        Sunday - Sliced Steak Sandwiches with Sauteed Onions and Mushrooms and Baked French Fries and Veggies and Dip
        Monday - Leftover Fruited Chicken Salad with Chips and Veggies with Dip
        Tuesday - Pulled Pork Sandwiches (from Freezer) with Baked Potatoes or French Fries and Veggies with Dip
        Wednesday - Homemade Pizza with Veggies and Dip
        Thursday - Crock-pot Chuck Roast with Carrots, Potatoes, Onions, and Mushrooms with Homemade Bread
        Friday - TBA - Joe's Family is coming up to visit, so we are still planning the menu
        Saturday - Chicken Taquitos (new recipe) with Mexican Rice and Chips and Salsa

        Extras: Brownies!

        For more AWESOME Menu Plans, visit Org Junkie!

        Sunday, July 1, 2012

        ALDI Deals, Starting 06/27/2012

        Here are some of this week's ALDI deals...
        • Wednesday June 27th ONLY: Tyson Fresh Split Chicken Breasts $0.99/lb and Cattlemen's Ranch Fresh Beef Skewers 11.2 oz $4.99 ea
        • Baker's Corner Blueberry Pie Filling 21 oz $2.49 ea
        • Belmont Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake 8" 41 oz $9.99 ea 
        • Burman's Yellow Mustard 14 oz $0.69 ea
        • Clancy's Bagel Chips Sea Salt or Roasted Garlic 6 oz $1.79 ea
        • Happy Harvest German Potato Salad 15 oz can $0.99 ea
        • Kellogg's Pop-Tart Assortment $1.89 ea
        • L'oven Fresh All Butter Loaf Cake 11.5 oz $2.49 ea
        • Little Salad Bar Hummus Quartet 20 oz $3.99 ea
        • Mama Cozzi's Pizza Kitchen Mega Pizza Rolls Pepperoni or Combination 17 oz $2.49 ea
        • Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners 16 oz $1.49 ea 
        • Sealtite Beverage Containers 2 gal and 1.25 gal Pink, Blue, or Aqua (BPA Free!) $4.99 ea
        • Sweet's Salt Water Taffy 16 oz $1.79 ea
        • Tuscan Garden Dressings Bacon Ranch or Raspberry Vinaigrette16 oz $1.29 ea 
        • Sweet Corn $1.69/4 pk
        • Red Grapes $1.98/2 lb container
        • Seedless Watermelons $4.79 ea
        • Strawberries $1.89/lb
        • Blueberries $1.29/pint
        • Cherries $2.19/lb
        For more information about ALDI, visit their homepage!