Saturday, March 28, 2009

kroger shopping trip

2 cases of cherry coca cola (3/$12)
1 case of apple fanta (had a coup for $2/3 cases)
2 boxes of ritz crackers (free w/ 3 coca cola cases, and I used a $2/2 coup)
2 peter pan peanut butter ($2,used $1/2 coup)
kroger hotdog buns (manager sticker fell off, I paid reg price at the check out! GASP!)
bratwurst rolls, $.79/pkg of 6
onion hamburger buns, $1.19/8
2 loaves of white bread, $.69/ea
organic flaxseed bread, $1.79
18 eggs, $1.98
doz eggs, $1.19
2 bottles of kroger lemon juice,$1.99/ea
48oz veg oil, $1.98
donuts $.79
2 bags of onions, $1.99/3lbs
4 bags tortilla chips, $1/ea
5 bags of kraft mozz cheese, $1.67/8oz
6 bars of kraft colby montery jack cheese, $1.67/8oz (one coup for $1/2)
8oz baby bella mushrooms, $.79
5lbs ground chuck,$9.95
green grapes, $2.15
bleach cleaner $.99
16oz sour cream,$.99 ($.35/1 store coup)
16oz tyson bacon,$2.64

total spent, $74.56, saved $41.39

I was saddened by the lack of manager specials, only a few varieties of bread were marked down, no meat, no bagged salads. I planned to spend $65, so I did go over a tad. I had the dual shopping goal again, to both save $ and not need to go to the store for a week!

I am so looking forward to when my garden begins to produce fruit and veggies!!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


I tried a vegetable garden last year, and it did not go well. Our puppies were young, and 100% troublemakers- and ate-yes, ate- all my tomato plants, and had a game of fetch and chase w/ the rest. Our pumpkin, became a wonderful chew toy. The cantelope/watermelon vines- became ropes for them to play tug of war w/ each other. It was upsetting, until I realized 1- the puppies were having an awful lot of fun, and 2- they will be adult dogs and calm and all boring before I know it... So I let go of my anger, life is to short to be angry!

Keeping the above in mind- I decided to try again this yr, but on a much smaller scale. We planted 6 tomato plants, lettuce, spinach, cilantro, and strawberry plants. Rosemary,Oregano, Parlsey, and Thyme survived last yrs havoc and are flourishing. Our strawberry plant from last yr, is alive, and is trying to flourish! I bought long wooden stakes and plastic ties, to make tomato cages. My 12 yr old son came up with the brilliant idea of surrounding the strawberry plants w/ a fence made from the stakes and plastic ties (it will slow down the puppies while we train them to NOT eat out veg plants!).

Our 2 plum trees are flowering like mad, a beautiful sight bc man are those plums good. The kids run out and pick a few plums every am while the tree is producing plums, no need to buy fruit from the store! I also planted an apple tree, but it is sad and unhappy, in need of transplantation to a "happier" spot. Our next door neighbors have a peach tree they have given us free rein over (hard to believe, but they would rather buy peaches from the store- than GASP eat ones grown in their yard). Yuuum, peach cobbler:) Now, if I could just figure out how to prune it w/o offending them, to increase the diamater of the peaches.

Now, for an unfrugal moment. I paid $1.99, for gasoline conditioner, so I can use the gal left over from last yr. Unfrugal, bc a gal of gas is currently $1.79. However, I do prefer to waste not, and recycle papers/popcans/magazines, and I was unable to think of an environmentally friendly way to dispose of the old gasoline, even if I could stomach the waste.

I hurt my hip and knee a month ago, and my sweetie of a husband has been going grocery shopping with me each Monday. He has also been buying me 3 double sunday papers every Sunday. FINALLY- I was able to drive myself this past sunday. I had been going stir-crazy, being dependent and confined doesn't bring out my best attributes! Lol!

Sunday shopping,3/22/09

cvs- I spent $.50, and I got a 22 oz bottle of dawn, Crest Prohealth toothpaste, and 3 johnson and johnson first aid kits. I used a man blinkie (from publix) for $3/2 J&J products, and bought 3 kits at $.97 each. I also used a $.75 man coup for the toothpaste, and a $.50 coupon for the Dawn. I spent $5 ecbs, and got back $4.49. I am totally out of the cvs game, bc I have been doing minimal 3 minute cvs shopping for the past 4 weeks (patience is not my dh's strong point!).

publix- I spent $41. I got- broccoli, 2 62 oz tropicana oj, 2 one lb bags of rice (free after $.50/1 coupons), fast fixin's popcorn chicken (bogo, and 2 $.75/1 coupons), fresh express bagged salad ($1/1 publix coupon), green leaf lettuce, 12 double roll angelsoft toilet paper (sale, plus $.50/1 coup), a whole chicken ($.79/lb), seltzer (penny item), 3 double papers, 2 48oz bottles of crisco canola oil, 20ct advil pm (publix $3/1 coup), dishwasher detergent, and a 5lb bag of publix flour. I saved $30, but I was doing a combo trip of saving $, and ensuring I bought everything we needed for the week.

I am not doing any more grocery shopping until friday, when I go to Kroger. It feels really, really, really good to be "back" to my economical grocery shopping.

My 12 yr old finished his geometry and algebra mathbook, after some research, I found this-

I got the one for middle grades, 2 yrs ago I had my older boys complete the elementary school version. It has an excellent format- each page is divided into 3 portions: drills, review, and a new concept. It is easy, a nice break from a challenging book, but still extremely beneficial. The link above, is an amazing deal. Google makes frugal homeschooling possible!!

A few more random links that are very useful when you squeeze each penny out of each dollar... (best prices on pet supplies) (buying power for educational resources) (ahh, a "publix" shopper's dream blog all emcompassing frugality/debt payoff

Meal plan for the week-
monday- chick pea curry
tues- cincinnatti chili
wed- cincinatti chili
thurs- roast beef w/ gravy, served on bread, with mashed potatoes.
friday- Meatballs and spaghetti
saturday- loaded baked potatoes
sun- pizza
mon- pizza

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Meal Plan for the current week, every meal feeds 5.

sunday-lunch, taco salad. 2 dole southwestern salad bags $3.50, 1/4lb ground chuck $.50, half can pinto beans $.30= $4.30
dinner- tacos. fresh fried corn shells $.20, .5lb ground chuck $1, cheese $.25, avacado $.75= $2.20

Monday- lunch, steak salad. romaine $1, steak $1, cheese $.50, cucumber $.50, french fries $.50= $3.50 dinner- fried fish, shrimp= $4 (2 boxes of gortons on sale w/coup).

Tuesday-Fried rice w/ tuna suishi. rice $2, cucmber $.50, avacado $.99, carrots $.10, onion $.40, chix thighs $.50, peas $free tuna $3= $7.50

Wednesday- Beef stew. beef roast-$4, carrots $.50, potatoes $.70, celery $.20,onion $.10

thursday- cheese ravioli w/ italian sausage in marinara. ravioli homemade from the freezer $1, sausage $1.75, tomatoes $1= $3.75

Friday- manwhich. 1 lb ground chuck $1.99, manwhich can $.25, buns $.40- $2.65

Sat- wanchai ferry. 2 wanchai ferry chinese kits- $7, bnls snls chix brst $1, carrots $.20, celery $.20, onion $.20. $8.60
sun/mon- pizza. dough ball- $1, cheese $1.25, tomato sauce-free =$2.25/pizza.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

march 10, 2009

The past few months have been busy, and not exactly frugal in every way. My car, a 1991 "bubble wagon", is having intermittent fuel issues that are difficult to diagnose. Car issues, kept me from going out and getting lots of freebies, and then, after months of having car issues, I reinjured and inflamed an old nerve issue in my leg, and am unable to drive.

Frugal things I have managed to accomplish-

I dyed, highlighted, streaked, and cut my own hair twice this yr so far. savings- over $200, plus it is cut the exact way I want. I also cut my dh's hair twice and the hair of my 3 boys- saving around $80 there.

I found digital converter boxes for $39.99, so I only had to pay tax w/ my $40 coupons.

I have been cvs'ing as usual, getting all those freebies and good deals. I do however, only go to cvs once/week now. I have cut out walgreens altogether since they have canceled the esr program (effective April/09).

I did buy a new pc, but I waited until a sale met my price- I had hefty requirements and wanted to spend under $600. My old pc was handed down to one teen, and I found another refurbished pc online for the 2nd teen. Now all 3 kids have their own pcs for their schoolwork.

My dh's car needed new tires- and I set a goal of $500 for all 4 tires. We had to drive from place to place to place, but finally found high quality tires under $500 installed. Phew, the first time he drove to work in the new tires- he realized how bad his other tires were- the road wasn't slippery, he was sliding bc of bad tires. I am really glad we didn't let cost stop us from preventing a disaster.

I have been planning out all meals, every 7 days, I plan and post the following days' meals on our dining room chalkboard. My family knows they have to request a meal in advance, but once they are posted- they can chose which day to have what. Meals are planned based on what we have.

Inventoried the freezer- lost treasure in there, wowzers. Reassuring to know how well stocked in meat we are.

My plans for the follwing month is as follows:

stay under my budget of $75/week for groceries, in spite of our many current challenges.