Saturday, October 25, 2014

Super Savings Saturday: Target, Meijer, Kroger, Save-a-Lot, Office Max, Giant Eagle, CVS

Target:
I returned 4 store brand items of trail mix that I didn't like. I got store credit. I used the store credit to purchase 1 tube of Tom's kids' toothpaste, 2 razors, 1 pair of men's swim trunks, 3 dial body wash and one colgate mouthwash. I did a second trip to get some sausage which was out of stock. I did get my daughter the swim goggles she asked for.

Meijer:
10# bag of potatoes 1.88
5 packs hot dogs $.79 each when you buy 5 participating items
Chi Chi's Salsa 1.50 -$1/1 printable coupon
cauliflower marked down to 1.49
caramel apples 3-pack 2.50

Kroger: I redeemed free item e-coupons to get free instant potatoes, free cat treats and free crackers. I also found two pairs of kids' sandals on clearance. I got a pack of hot dog buns and 4 bags of candy corn also. I spent $6.44.

Save-A-Lot
I used two coupons I received in the snail mail. I got two packs of bacon 2/$5, a pack of butter $3.99 (whoa), 1 bunch of bananas .96, 1 pack of marked down peppers for $1, 1 loaf of bread (free with coupon), one gallon milk (free with coupon).

Giant Eagle:
free Chobani yogurt after e-coupon
free birdseye veggies after e-coupon
free campbell's soup after e-coupon
2 pampers wipes .99 each after printable coupons doubled
bag of reduced bananas .99
keebler crackers 1.88 -.75/1 printable coupon, doubled
juice 2.79 -.75/1 coupon, doubled
homel pepperoni 2.39 -.55/1 printable coupon, doubled
Paid 6.23.

CVS:
5 travel size children's Advil @2.57 -5 x $2.50/1 tearpad coupons from pediatrician's office
starbucks k-cups 6.99 -1.50/1 printable coupon
tic tacs 1.77 (my son... argh)
-$5/15 purchase coupon I got in my email
-$2 Extracare bucks from previous visit
I paid $1.35, most of which was sales tax.

Office Max:
I used rewards to get 2 packs of K-cups, one clipboard and one pack of stickers. I paid $2.70 after my rewards were deducted.

Meals we had this week:
homemade hashbrowns with sausage and broccoli with cheese sauce
skillet lasagna
chicken nuggets
frozen pizzas
grilled cheese and steamed peas
chicken nuggets, casserole potatoes, corn
meat loaf, potatoes, green beans

I made a batch of crock pot applesauce, a banana cake with brown butter frosting, oatmeal scotchies, reese's pieces cookies.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Book Review: Keepers of the Covenant

Keepers of the Covenant is a novel by Lynn Austin.

This was a deep book that was not really the type of book that I prefer to read- I prefer non-fiction. The character development is excellent and the reader does feel drawn into the story. Although this book is a part of a series, it does stand alone and make sense if you have not or do not plan to read the others.

The story contains a little of everything. There's adventure and excitement along with history and rich detail. I'm just not so interested in the topic but that does not detract from the quality of the book, the richness of the story or the detail of the writing. Anyone who does enjoy historical fiction or Christian fiction should deeply enjoy this novel.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.

Book Review: Adventure Time Crafts

Adventure Time Crafts by the Cartoon Network and Chelsea Bloxsom is a crafts and activity book for kids with ideas based upon the cartoon show. I have never seen the cartoon show so these characters were new to me.

What impressed me the most about this book was that the supplies for each project could be used for many other projects and not too many expensive or hard to find supplies were required for any of the projects.

Some adult supervision or assistance would be needed for some of the projects, such as making beads with polymer clay. There is a range of projects for different skill levels. I think most of these projects have a greater appeal to girls but there are some that would be great for boys also. My favorite was the "unwelcome" mat. I could see a boy or girl having that for their room!

This would be a nice book as a gift or to have on hand for projects when school is cancelled or for a rainy weekend day when the kids develop "I'm-bored"-itis.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.

Book Review: A Star for Jesus

A Star for Jesus by Crystal Bowman is a board book for babies and toddlers. I liked the sturdiness of the pages and the fact that the book is contoured in a shape other than a square or rectangle. The book also features nice illustrations done in bright colors that will attract the attention of youngsters.

The story itself is an adaptation of the telling of the birth of Jesus. It's a simple retelling that will appeal to young kids.

The only thing I did not like about the book is the font that was used for the text. My son said the "w" letters looked funny. My son is 4 and has known the alphabet since before age 2 and he loves spelling and sounding out words, so he's sort of an expert on the subject!

This book would be nice for Advent reading or as a stocking stuffer or baby gift for a little one.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Super Savings Saturday: Target, Save a Lot, Meijer, Aldi, Giant Eagle

Target:
3 transactions. I used the in-ad coupon for $5 off a $25 frozen food purchase. I also used the $10/40 brands purchase. Got: 2 freschetta frozen pizza, 1 12 pack of nestle drumsticks, 2 seapack popcorn shrimp, 1 market pantry 2.5 # frozen chicken breast, 1 jennie o turkey burgers, 1 market pantry bagels, 1 market pantry bread, 2 CPK frozen pizza, 4 market pantry frozen fruit, 1 evol sandwich, 4 m&ms pumpkin spice, 2 Eggo waffles, 2 archer farms pizzas, 2 red baron frozen pizzas, 2 market pantry ice cream, 2 ponds cold cream, 4 palmers lotion, 2 caress, 6 axe, 4 skintimate, 3 tressemme, 2 suave, 2 snack size packs m&ms, 1 people magazine, 1 simple eye makeup remover, 1 car shade for DH. Started with a $10 GC. Rolled resulting gift cards, paid a total of 39.69 out of pocket.

Meijer:
5 kraft shredded cheese $1.99 each after discount
2 jennie-o turkey 2.49
chi chi's tortillas free when you buy 1 jennie o
hormel side dish free when you buy 1 jennie o
5 crystal light .99 each after discount
2 boxes lipton tea @1.42 -2 x $1/1 printable coupons
cheese sticks 6.48 for pack of 24
Jello pudding packs $2, -$1/1 peelies 

Save-a-Lot:
eggs free when you spend $10+
bacon free when you spend $10+
pickles 1.69
8 tomato sauce @4/$1
2 packs English muffins @.50
2 cans mushrooms @.59
2 cns sausage gravy @$1
saltines .99
4 tomato paste @.43
Spent $10.68.

Aldi:
Milk $1.99/gallon

Giant Eagle:
bread- free e-offer
carrots free e-offer
eggs 1.07 after e-offer
GM cereal 2.50 -$1/1 e-offer -.75/1 coupon, doubled = free
apples 1.37 -$1/1 e-offer
12 jell-o @3/$5 -12 peelies for $1/1
dial soap $1 -.50/1 hangtag, doubled
4 twizzlers @$1 -2 x $1.60/2 coupons

Monday, October 13, 2014

Book Review: One Pot

One Pot by Martha Stewart offers over 120 recipes that require a minimum of dishes to prepare and cook.

The recipes make use of the skillet, stockpot and crock pot to create a hearty meal. Many of the recipes are ethnic foods while some are comfort food favorites. There are even dessert ideas in this cook book.

What I liked the most is that you do not have to be an experienced chef to create most of these meals. There are not any laborious techniques in these recipes. There are, however, some unusual ingredients that I would have no idea of where to find.  Because I live with a bunch of picky eaters, there weren't any recipes that I would make that my whole family would enjoy. There are some that I would enjoy or that two of us would like, but it's not worth the expense to cook a meal that only 1 or 2 of 5 people will eat.

My only other issue with the book is the binding. I just do not understand why publishers create cookbooks that won't stay open by themselves. Cookbooks should be required to have spiral binding!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Super Savings Saturday: Kroger, Meijer, Target, Aldi

Kroger:
2 Seattle's Best Coffee @4.99 -2 x $2/1 printable coupons
2 Turkey Hill ice cream @2.50 -2 x $1/1 printable coupons
Italian bread crumbs $1
Potatoes $1
Paid $10.98.

Target:
4 2-liters of 10 soda @1.49 -50% cartwheel
4 snickers fun size @2.69- 2 buy 1 get 1 free -2 x $1/2 Target coupon -2 x $2 off when you buy 2 2-liters and 1 snickers
4 celestial seasonings tea @2.33 -2 x $1/2 printable coupons and -20% cartwheel
nature's bounty vitamin D 4.89  -$3/1 printable coupon -$1/1 Target coupon -15% cartwheel
4 boxes quaker granola bars @$2 - buy 2 get 1 free coupon that auto deducted 3.69
4 Tazo tea @$3 -2 x $1/2 Target coupon -4 x $1.50/1 coupons
2 pull-ups @7.99 -2 x 2.25/1 printable coupons and -2 x $2/1 Target coupons
2 market pantry lunch meat @$3 -5% cartwheel -2 x $.50/1 Target coupons
4 gallons milk @3.49 -4 x $1/1 coupons (save $1 on milk wyb 1 quaker granola bars), -2 x .75/2 Target coupons, -5% cartwheel
nesquick ready to drink milk 1.07 -$1/1 peelie
2 cascade @.82 -2 x .55/1 coupons
I had some gift card credit and paid $17.50.


Aldi:
Milk $1.99/gallon
pie crust $1.69/2 pk
caramel apples $.99/3 pk

Meijer:
bananas $.53/#
apples $.54/#
nature made vitamin D 4.29 -$3/1 mPerk
4 playtex tampons @3.99 -4 x $3/1 coupons
Schick razor 6.99 -$5/1 printable coupon
Stayfree pads 2.89 -$1/1 printable coupon
-$10 instant savings on Playtex/Schick/Stayfree
11 cans old el paso refried beans @$1, buy 10 get 11th free, -3 x $1/3 printable coupons, -2 x $.30/1 printable coupons
2 Marzetti croutons @$1 -2 x .75/1 hang tag coupons
3 frozen veggies @$1
3 animal crackers @$1
3 boxes pasta @$1 -$1/3 mPerk
2 packs little swimmers @$3.99 -2 x $1.25/1 peelies
sour cream $1 -free when you buy 10 items
major league baseball shirt $5 -$5/1 mPerk = free
Paid $12.82.

Second Meijer visit:
My son had a fit because we ran out of cheddar cheese. So we got:
3 Kraft cheddar cheese blocks buy 2 get 1 free
1 package organic mushrooms
Paid 7.48.