Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Monday Match-up 3/16/14-3/21/14 Martin's


New to couponing and have no idea what a match-up is? Start here

Martin's in the Maryland area will double up to 4 like coupons .99 and under
Giant in the Pennsylvania area will only double 1 like coupon .99 and under

To take full advantage of the sales and gas rewards at martins you will need to apply for their store BonusCard.With a bonus card you can create an account to

  •  Load e-coupons to your card that can be combined with a manufactures coupon
  •  Track your gas points
  • Create shopping lists
  • Track year-to-date savings

**To use the clip-able coupons in the Martin's insert you must spend $25.00 AFTER all coupons and discounts and BEFORE the coupon items are totaled.

TIP Match-ups go in order with the weekly circular 

~Kellogg's Cereal, Buy 4 Save $6.00 instantly
 Use .50/1 Apple Jacks printable
or .50/1 Special K Cereal printable
or .50/1 Frosted mini wheats lil ones Printable
or .70/1 Kellogg's all-bran cereal Printable
or .70/1 Kellogg's Fiber plus Cereal Printable
or ..70/1 Kellogg's Smart Start Cereal Printable
or .70/1 Kellogg's Frosted mini-wheats touch of fruit in the middle, (RP 2/16)
or .70/1 Kellogg's Krave Smores Cereal (RP 2/16)
or .70/1 Kellogg's Special K Chocolate Almond Cereal (RP 2/16)
Total Varies

~Nabisco Ritz Crackers or Kraft Cracker Barrel Chuck Cheese, $4/10.00 Must buy 4
use 4..50/1 Nabisco Cracker printable  You will need 2 computers to print 4
Total 4/$6.00

~Green Seedless Grapes or Red Globe Seeded Grapes, $1.49/lb

~Keebler Cookies,2/$4.00
use $1.00/2 Keebler Simply Made (RP 3/2)
Total 2/$3.00

~Stonyfield Greek Yogurt, $1.00
use $1.00/2 Printable (facebook sign in)
Total 2/1.00

~Arm and Hammer Laundry degertgent, B1G1 Free
use 1.50/2 Arm and Hammer Laundry Detergent (SS 2/9)
Total Varies

~Garnier Fructis, 2/$5.00
use $2.00/1 Garnier Shampoo, conditioner or style (RP 3/2)
Total 2/$1.00
 Also 1.00/1 printable available

~al Fresco all natural chicken Sausage, $4.99
use $1.00/1 al Fresco Product printable (Newsletter sign up)
Total $3.99

~Gorton's Breaded Fish Sticks and Fillets, B1G1 Free
use 2 .75/1 Gortons Breaded Filets Printable 
Total Varies

~T. Marzetti Simply Dressing B1G1 Free, $3.99/2
use 2 $1.00/2 Marzetti Simply Dressing printable   
Total 2/$1.99

~Natures Promise Organic carrots, .99

~ Betty Crockers heplers or Boxed potatoes, Buy 6 save $4.00 on a gallon of milk
use 3 .50/2 Betty Crocker Boxed potatoes, (ss 2/2)
Total vaires

~Buy 5 items receive .40 off gas per gallon
coupons available
.50/1 Fantastik scrubbing bubbles printable
.75/1 Fantastik Scrubbling bubbles (SS 3/16)
.75/2 Ziploc Bags (ss3/16)
.75/2 Ziploc Sliders Bags ( SS 3/16)
$3.00/4 SC Johnson cleaning Products
$2.00/3 SC Johnson Cleaning Products
$1.00/2 Windex Products

~Buy 8 Items receive .30 off gas per gallon
.50/1 Honey Bunches of oats granola (if part of the sale) (SS 2/9)
$1.00/2 Honey bunches of oats cereal (SS2/9)
.40/2 Campbell's Condensed Soups (SS 2/9)
 .40/3 Campbell's Condensed Soups printable

~Buy 5 Participating items, Save $5.00
buy 5 Toaster Strudels, 2/$4.00
use 2 .50/2 Toaster Studels (SS 1/5)
Total 5/$3.00

  
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Confession!

I have a little confession! I am 100% focused on Get a L.I.F.E. and some sick kiddos right now. I don't like this at all and thought is was only fair that I let everyone know. We have some form of a stomach bug and it has been quite the experience of sickness and laundry (if you get my drift!)

My sick little one
This combined with workshop prep and normal daily tasks has left me little to no time to blog! I will be only be gone for a short period of time nothing like over my winter break. However, this workshop is my third child and I owe it to the attendees to make it the best that it can be!

This may be just for one day!!

Here's the best news when I do come back March 17th, I will be kicking the newest challenge The Budget Fix 14'!! It is going to be an enlightening challenge for many because "Budgeting" seems to be a VERY scary word to many!!

Proverbs has become one of my favorite chapters in the bible. The messages are simple and clear to me. They are like one-liners for the soul!

This verse spoke to me as I was preparing for the workshop and I thought I should share:

Proverbs 21:5 – The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

"plans of the diligent" Yes, I am very much detailed and anal when it comes to making our house hold spending plan but it has brought me to a point where I know where all the money is going and coming from. This careful and precise planning has lead to me being about to stay home AND we are slowing starting to build back up our savings from last years fiasco! 

Stick around for more great things because I know everyone will benefit! If you would like to learn more about Get a L.I.F.E. Just hop over here. I will be teaching my budgeting plans and experinces there it will be a great day!  
Until then! 


 


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sunday Coupon Preview: 3/2/14

Happy Saturday! I missed last week posting the coupon preview and I apologize for that.


This Sunday you can expect 3 inserts (full preview here) A P&G, Red Plum, and Smart Source.

There will be around $326.00 in the Washington Post!

It is a great weekend to start couponing if you have been wanting to try.

BONUS! I have teamed up with Macaroni Kid's of Hagerstown-Martinsburg to have one last giveaway for 1 full day ticket to  Get a L.I.F.E.! Registration ends 3/8/14 ticket are $30.00 for a full day ticket and $15.00 for a half day! Head over to enter the giveaway it ends 3/3/14. If you don't win but would like to go contact me for a promo code to save 10%!


Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Eat in Feb: Don't let Freezer Meals Break the Bank!

If you are chugging along with the final challenge of Eat in Feb pat your shelf on the back! (Hey do a dance if you want to!) The Eat in Feb Challenge was intended to be tough but it is also going to show you how it IS possible to eat at home even on busy tired nights.

One of the trending food prep systems is Freezer Meals. It is so convenient to have a meal ready to just thaw, heat, and eat! Plus, you have the added nutritional benefit of no added preservatives and compete control of the ingredients. BUT, yes there is a but, the actual cost and prep time of making the meals is a BUDGET BUSTER! With most of the popular freezer meal plans you are making about 2 weeks worth of freezer meals, some are more along the lines of a month of dinners or even 50 meals! So here are my issues:

1. All of the ingredients you need to prep these meals will cost generally speaking about 50-75% of your monthly budget. I know this sounds like a good deal because you have a ton of ready to go meals and still have money left over. However, in a real household you are going to need to buy other things like fresh fruits and breakfast foods, milk, diapers, and toiletries. It just doesn't always seem budget friendly to spend over half your monthly budget on dinners.

2. So mom's when was the last day you had time to spend ALL waking hours of your day in the kitchen. Think hard...maybe...nope I didn't think so! It hasn't happened for me since way before kids! Honestly when you commit to making a months worth of freezer meals that is what you will be doing. Between rewashing dishes and cutting and pre-cooking veggies and meat it makes for a LONG day.  


You are probably agreeing with most of what I am saying if you have read this far. You are also probably wondering if I am going to come up with an alternative. Well yes I am.

Introducing:
 Two Meals in One Night 
My budget friendly answer to monthly freezer meals!

The invention:
Two months before our littlest guy was born I was in panic mode! It was our second baby and our oldest was 6! We basically started all over again except for the fact that with the 2nd child most people do not knock down your door with yummy dinners and desserts. You have had one bundle of joy so you are trained for little sleep and lots of work.

We on the other hand were almost 6 years over sleepless nights and running ragged. So I decided to be proactive (in case we didn't get a large amount of meals) and try some freezer meals. 
Well that was my first glimpse at how expensive it was to buy all the ingredients AND all the bags and containers! Our budget was already changing to accommodate for diapers, wipes, ect. I just couldn't find room to buy over $150.00 worth of products.

Not getting discouraged I did the next best thing, I doubled my regularly planned meals! It was the perfect compromise, our meals are something that everyone lists already and are budget savvy. Doubling it cost me maybe $2.00 extra and it didn't create more dishes. Why didn't I think of this before?!

Here is the assembly line for Chicken, Broccoli, and cheese casserole. I use glass when I freeze meals because I am a cheapo and do not my meals to freezer-burn. We were gifted this Pyrex set but I love it because it comes with lids! 
Tip: When you are making meals and are short on an ingredient look for a substitute! This recipe called for Italian  breadcrumbs and guess who was out? This girl! So I used some Ritz crackers and done!

Remember to always label your freezer items! Date and name of the meal is just fine.
Doesn't this look yummy?

Your turn! How do you survive busy nights and still eat in?





Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Match-ups 2/23-3/1/14 Weis


New to couponing and have no idea what a match-up is? Start here!

Weis in the Washington County, Md region will double up to 4 like coupons. This changes by area in the region check with your store to the doubling policy

To take full advantage of sales and gas rewards at Weis you will want to sign up for their Preferred Shoppers Club Card. With the Club Card you will:
  • Load e-coupons to your card. These are manufactures coupons and can not be combined with other manufactures coupons.
  • Earn and track gas rewards
  • Track savings
  • Create shopping list
TIP Match-ups go in order with the weekly circular

Post Selected Cereals, 3/$5.00 MUST BUY 3
use $1.00/2 Post Cereal (SS 2/23)
3/$4.00

Iceberg Lettuce, .99

Barillia Selected Pasta, .77
If included use $1.00/2 Barilla White fiber, whole grain, plus, veggie pasta (SS 1/5)
Total 2/.54

Herr's Potato Chips, $1.77
If included use 1.00/1 Herr's Kettle Cooked Printable
or
use $1.00/1 Herr's Baked Printable
Total .77 each

Gwaltney Sliced Bacon, $2.98

Sweet Potatoes, .99/Lb

Red Potatoes, .99/lb

Celery, .99 each

Organic Girl Salads, $3.50 each
use $1.00/1
Total $2.50 each

Golden Pineapple, $2.99

Seviroil Gnocchi, Half Price $1.24 (based on on-line price)

Gold Fish Mac & Cheese, $1.00 each
use .55/2 Gold Fish Mac & cheese printable
Total 2/.90

Weis Quality Worcestershire Sauce, .99

Olivari, $4.49
use $1.00 Olivari Printable
or
$1.00 Olivari (SS 10/27/13)
Total $3.49

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Monday Match-ups 2/23-3/1/14 Martin's


New to couponing and have no idea what a match-up is? Start here

Martin's in the Maryland area will double up to 4 like coupons .99 and under
Giant in the Pennsylvania area will only double 1 like coupon .99 and under

To take full advantage of the sales and gas rewards at martins you will need to apply for their store BonusCard.With a bonus card you can create an account to

  •  Load e-coupons to your card that can be combined with a manufactures coupon
  •  Track your gas points
  • Create shopping lists
  • Track year-to-date savings

**To use the clip-able coupons in the Martin's insert you must spend $25.00 AFTER all coupons and discounts and BEFORE the coupon items are totaled.

TIP Match-ups go in order with the weekly circular 

General Mills Cereal Select Varieties, 2/$5.00
use .75/1 Chocolate Toast Crunch printable 
Total. 1.00 Each

Buy 4 Nabisco Small Snack Crackers, Graham's, oreo's, or Nilla Wafers Save $4.00 Instnatly
use 2 $1.00/2 Nabisco Cracker or Cookies
Total Varies

Pint Sweet Blueberries, B1g1 Free

Cascadian Farm Garonla Bars, 2/$6.00
use .75/1 Cascasdian Farm product Printable
or
use .75/1 Cascasdian farm product Printable (Facebook)
Total $1.50 each

Juicy Juice, 3/$5.00 MUST BUY 3
use $1.00/3 Juicy Juice Products (SS 1/5)
Total 3/$4.00

Buy 7 Items Get .40 off Gas
Deal Suggestions:
Cheapest route
buy 7 Propel Fitness Water
or
but 7 Giant Chunk light tuna
Total $6.16

Deal Suggestion 2
Buy 6 Chi-chi tortilla or Salas's 6/$10.00
Buy 1 Propel Fitness Water
use 3 .50/2 Chi-chi tortilla or Salas
Total $7.88

Deal Suggestion 3
Buy 6 Planters PB
Buy 1 Propel Fitness Water
use 3 $1.00/2 Planter P B (SS 1/26)
Total $9.88

Great Deal! Save $10.00 when you spend $20.00 on select Frozen Products (this is saving 50% with no coupons!)

Deal Suggestions:
Buy 6 Dole Ready cut fruit or Blueberries, $20.00
Pay $10.00
Save $5.00 when you use Saving Star App
Total 6/$5.00

Buy a Huggies Giant Pack of Diapers,, Get a Jumbo Pack of Diapers Free!
use $1.00/1 Huggies (SS 2/23)

Buy 2 Dove Bar or Body Wash, Save $3.00 Instantly
use 2 $1.00/1 Dove Bar or Body Wash printable 
Total Varies

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Freebie Fanatics!

Holy Freebies!! There are a ton of great freebies circulating around I thought I would stop in to give you a quick list!




PinchMe.com announced they will be offering another chance for freebies 2/25/14 @ 12pm Est!
You can see my first box opening from them here.

If you are in the Md area (and maybe other area's as well) check your "Junk Mail" for my favorite freebie ever! This little Dunkin' Dounuts Free Iced Coffee or Iced Tea Punch card!


SavingStar.com and app is my FAVORITE money savings app of all time! They introduced Freebie Friday where you get 100% money back on the purchase of thier Friday Freebie Item. This week it is Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix (yumm) and it expires 2/23 SO HURRY! They also have 20% off of PLU 4011 Bananas so if your at the store pick those up too;)

Cvs emailed me a great freebie that is valid until 2/24 as well! Did you get it?



Have a great freebie? Share it leave a comment below or post to Facebook!