Saturday, August 18, 2012

ALDI Deals: Starting 08/15/2012

Here are some of the deals starting this week at ALDI...
  • Garden Mums 8" Pots $2.99 ea
  • Countryside Creamery Tastes Like Butter Spray 8 oz $1.49 ea
  • Combos Cheddar Cheese Pretzels 7 oz $1.69 ea
  • Peaches, Plums, and Nectarines $0.29 ea
  • Bananas $0.39/lb
  • Mangoes $0.59 ea
  • Green, and Red Grapes $1.98/2 lb pkg
  • Kiwis $0.99/4 pk
  • Millville Raisin Bran 20 oz, or Honey Crunch 'n Oats Cereals Almond or Original 14.5 oz $1.89 ea
  • Millville Old Fashion or Quick Oats 4.2 oz $2.19 ea
  • Nature's Nectar 100% Tomato Juice 4.6 oz $1.29 ea
For more information about ALDI, visit their Homepage!

Weekly Spending Report: 08/05-11/2012!

Here are the shopping trips from last week, before we left for vacation.  I was able to get a LOT of great deals!

Target: 4 boxes Annie's Mac and Cheese (sale and 2 Target Coupons) for $3, 2 bags Annie's Snack Mixes @ $0.99 ea, 1 Up & Up feminine itch cream (used TC) @ $0.89, - $0.05 for bringing my own bag = $5.82 oop

CVS: 3-12 pks Coke Zero (not pictured, on sale 3/$10), 3 pkgs Snack Size Hershey's Candy (sale + ECB deal) @ 3/$1.97, 1 Aleve travel pk $1.57 - CVS C $3/1 = Money-maker!, and 1 pkg Zantac (sale, ECB deal, and MC) @ $0.99 + used ECB's to Pay
Total OOP: $4.33, Earned $4 ECB's!!!!

Rite-Aid: I actually had to stop at 2 Rite-Aids to find 2 Advil PM's.  Joe uses these often, so I wanted to make sure to get my limit.  2-80 ct Advil PM's (20% discount + MC + UP+Rewards deal = $3.59 ea) and 1 Con-air Hairbrush (20% discount + UP+Rewards deal = $0.55) + Used SCR Check and UP+Rewards to Pay
Total OOP: $3.89, Earned $10 UP+Rewards!!!

Safeway:  I haven't been to Safeway for months, but I have been hearing wonderful things about the new Just for U program, so I had to go give it a go.  I ended up with some awesome deals too!
5 Tortino's Pizzas $1 ea on sale - $1/5 load to card coupon +
6 Lean Cuisine Dinners $2 ea on sale - $0.12 ea Just for U Savings - $5 off $15 Frozen Food in-ad Coupon =  11 Items for $10.28!!!!
2-24 pk Pepsi $5 ea (Friday sale) - $2/2 MC (newspaper) = 2/$8
3 boxes Hamburger Helper $1 ea on sale - $0.75/3 doubled MC (newspaper) = 3/$1.50
Total OOP: $18.38, Savings of $31.52, 64%!

Giant: I used a LOT of coupons towards my total + $40 from Joe's Mom to be used towards our vacation food so in the end it was, $70.93 - $10.13 in Savings and Coupons - $40 from Joe's Mom = Net OOP of $20.31!

I also stopped into the Dollar Tree, Kohl's, BJ's, and Giant again, but didn't take pictures of the trips...
Dollar Tree: 5 bags of Bagel Chips and a bucket $6.06 oop
Kohl's: Used my $10 off any purchase coupon to buy 2 Simply Home Yankee Candles in Bartlett Pear on clearance, Saved $29.20, Total OOP $2.95!
BJ's: 1 lb Bag Diet Cape Cod Potato Chips and 1 pkg Apple Gate Cheese, used two coupons Total OOP $8.48
Giant: Bought 2 newspaper and 3 more boxes of Stevia pkts OOP $11.77 - $3 coupons = $8.77 oop

Grand Total OOP: $78.99 - $14 Rewards Earned = Net OOP: $64.99!!!   
For all the deals I got and all the shopping I did, I think I did AWESOME!!!

Freezer Cooking Day!

Before things got hectic around here, Joe and I harvested our onions for the season, we ended up with a huge basket full.  So I spent an afternoon before vacation processing them for the freezer.  

I ended up with 14 - 1 cup portions of diced onions 
(thanks to my mom's food processor, which will now live in my kitchen)

While I was using the food processor any way, I whipped up a batch of homemade knock-off Chili's salsa (recipe coming soon).  You have to drain the tomatoes for the salsa, so I froze the 1 cup of tomato juice as well, I figure I can use it in chili, or something like that.

But, there were still a few more onions to process, so I took the last 11 and sliced them for the freezer, and had 6 meals worth, for things like fajitas, or to saute with mushrooms for steak or sandwiches.

Lastly, I wanted to bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies to bring along to the beach and snack on, so while the mixer was already dirty, I whipped up 2 more batches of dough for the freezer - yum-o!!!

I only spent an afternoon's worth of time, and got some much accomplished, I love days like that!

8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered House Update #6

 The 5th week of decluttering was an easy one for me, mainly cause I had 2 days off!  Here's what I ended up getting rid of...

Day #21 and 22: Children's Closets
Joe and I have no children yet, so this does not apply to our household, so 2 days off for me!

Day #23 and 24: Clothing, Master Bedroom Closet and Dressers
Items Decluttered: 29

Day #25: Bathroom #1
Items Decluttered: 22
Total Items Decluttered: 46
(Still Ahead by 278 items!)