Friday, July 20, 2012

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Menu Planning update

As most of you know we are in the process of moving again. We moved into our current house temporarily while we sold ours and purchased another. So needless to say with two moves in 2 months and it being summer menu planning has kinda gone out the window. We should be in our new home by the end of the month and I can not wait! I am ready to get back to my routines and menu planning is one of those routines.

One of my goals this summer (yes I have summer goals...its an OCD thing) was to have on paper 30 meals. Well, I have been keeping a list of meals that we like and when I sat down and counted it up and I have 37 meals! That's more than a month and with leftovers and ordering out on occasion and those rare nights when I am the only one home I think I have 2 months worth of meals with no rotations. Between menu planning and stockpiling my groceries I think that I will really see a huge difference in my food bill.

I've been doing the coupons and stockpiling and some menu planning but I think having 6-8 weeks worth of meals is now going to drop my bill even lower. I am ready to get moved and get back to a normal life. Or at least my version of normal.

What about you? Are you a menu planner or a dinner on the fly mom? Or do you fall somewhere in between?  What are your biggest dinner challenges? What are you doing to help with those challenges?

Friday, July 13, 2012

Coupon Preview for Sunday 7/15/14

Well it looks like this weekend there will once again be only one insert. A SmartSource that should include the following coupons:

Smartsource coupon insert
Arm & Hammer Save $.75/1 laundry products (9/30)
Biotrue Save $1.50/1 multi-purpose solution 10oz+ (9/15)
Biotrue Save $3/1 multi-purpose solution twin pack (9/15)
Bissell Save $1/1 carpet cleaning powder or carpet cleaning foam (9/30)
Chex Save $.50/1 cereal (8/25)
Coca-Cola Save $1/2 20, 24 or 28 pack cans (8/19)
Colgate Save $.50/1 Total, Optic White, Max Fresh, Sensitive toothpaste 4oz+ (8/4)
Edge Save $.55/1 shave gel 7oz+ (8/26)
Fiber One Save $.50/1 90 calorie brownies (9/8)
Fiber One Save $.50/1 chewy bars (9/8)
Gas-X Save $1.25/1 product (10/13)
General Mills Save $1/2 cereal (8/25)
Glade Save $1/1 Decor Scents holder or Save $1/2 refills (8/25)
Glade Save $1/1 PlugIns Scented Oil warmer (8/25)
Glade Save $1/2 carpet & room odor eliminator products (8/25)
Glade Save $2/1 Expressions collection product (8/4)
Glade B1G1 free PlugIns Scented Oil twin refill up to Save $5.99 (8/25)
Glade B1G1 free Sense & Spray single refill up to Save $3.99 (8/25)
Glade B2G1 free 4oz jar candles up to Save $3.49 (8/25)
Hamburger Helper Save $.75/3 home cooked skillet meal (9/8)
Hasbro Save $10 off Spider-Man Mega Blaster Web Shooter with Glove limit 1 (7/28) KMART COUPON
Hasbro Save $10 off Spider-Man toys purchase of Save $30 or more (7/28) KMART COUPON
John Frieda Save $3 off Full Repair styler or treatment with purchase of Full Repair shampoo or conditioner (8/25) ETS
Johnsonville Save $.75/1 premium fully-cooked sausage (9/16)
Keri Save $2/1 (10/31)
MiraLAX Save $1/1 10ct or 14 dose (8/26)
MiraLAX Save $4/1 30 dose (8/26)
Mitchum Save $1/1 regular or for women product excludes trial and multipacks (8/19)
Nature Valley Save $.50/1 protein chewy bars (9/8)
Neutrogena Save $1/1 acne or cleansing product excludes trial and bar soap (9/1)
Prevacid 24HR Save $3/1 product (9/15)
Revlon Save $3 off nail color with purchase of beauty tool (8/13) TARGET COUPON
Rubbermaid Save $1.50/1 LunchBlox sandwich kit dnd (9/2)
Schick Save $1/1 disposable razor pack excludes 2ct (8/12)
Schick Save $3/2 disposable razor packs excludes 2ct (8/12)
Scotch-Brite Save $.50/1 botanical disinfecting wipes (8/31)
Similac Save $2/1 Prenatal box (8/19)
Similac Save $2/1 single or 2pk Simplysmart bottles (8/19)
StarKist Save $.55/1 tuna pouch dnd (12/31)
Weber Save $1/1 BBQ sauce (9/15)
Wholly Guacamole Save $1/1 product (8/15)
WhoNu? Save $1/2 cookies (9/9)
Woolite Save $1/1 carpet or upholstery product (9/30)
Woolite Save $1/1 put urine eliminator or pet + oxygen carpet stain & odor remover (9/30)
Yoplait Save $.75/1 Greek yogurt 4pk or Greek yogurt with granola 2pk (9/8)
Yoplait Save $.75/1 light yogurt with granola (9/8)
Ziploc Save $1/2 bags (8/25)
ZonePerfect or Perfectly Simple Save $.55/1 (8/15)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

WFM Wednesday 7/11/12

Today's Works For Me Wednesday is all about grocery shopping. I took the time and made a pre-filled out list and broke it into sections. I have a space to mark down the amount of each item we need and I put a C next to the item if I have a coupon. I keep a highligher in the kitchen so the kids and husband can just highlight what we need or what they want. I also have a  blank space to write in items that I may need just on occasion or if I am trying a new recipe and need a rare item. I like having this already makes it easier to read rather than my kids horrible spelling. (Or my husband' And I can update the list as needed too. Below is my master grocery list. I put mine in excel form. Do you use a pre-made form or write it down or do you have it in your smart phone or ipad?

Master Grocery List
Produce Snacks Ethnic Food Condiments Cereal
Potatoes Cookies Refried Beans BBQ Sauce Oatmeal
Onions Graham crackers Taco Shells Mustard Cherrios
Lettuce Popcorn Enchilada Sauce Mayo Fruit loops
Carrots Chips Salsa Relish Grits
Bananas Gum Soy Sauce Ketchup
Apples Rice Salad Dressing
Grapes Taco Seasoning Vinegar
Tomatoes Canned Goods Pizza Sauce Syrup
Strawberries Sp. Sauce Pepperoni Honey
Baked Beans
Tom Sauce Meat
Tom paste Ground Beef PB Aisle
Tom soup Chicken Peanut Butter
Breads Green Beans Stew meat Nutella
Breads Canned Beans Lunch meat Jelly
Flat Bread Mushrooms Pork Chops
Rolls Rotel Pork Loin
Hotdog buns Cranberry Sauce Bacon
Burger buns Tomatoes Hotdogs Frozen Food
Tortillas Smokies Ice Cream
Dairy Sausage Veg
Milk Waffles
Butter Pizza
Beverages Eggs
Juice Yogurt Baking Aisle
Soda Am Cheese Flour
Lemonade Cheddar Sugar Household Goods
Coffee Mozzarella Brown Sugar P Towels
Tea Cream Cheese Powdered Sugar T. Paper
Wine Velveeta Yeast Tissue
Coffee Mate Pudding Mix Bleach
Cake Mix Dish detergent
Canned fruits Choc. Chips Foil
Applesauce Pasta Fluff Baggies
Peaches Spaghetti Pam Dish soap
Raisins Mac & cheese Oil Trash bags
Olive Oil
Brownie Mix

Friday, July 6, 2012

Coupon Preview for 7/8/12

Well it looks like there will be one insert tomorrow, a RedPlum. Here is a list of the items that should be included in Sunday's paper.

RedPlum Coupon Preview
Adams Save $2/1 Flea & Tick Control product (7/31)
Centrum Save $2/1 regular, Silver or Specialist multivitamin 56ct+ (8/18)
Centrum Save $5/1 ProNutrients supplement (8/18)
DermaSilk Save $5/1 full size product (7/21)
Dial Save $1/2 regular or for Men body washes 6oz+ (7/28)
Garnier Save $1/1 moisturizer (10/8)
Lactaid Save $1/1 Fast Act dietary supplement 32ct+ (11/15)
L’Oreal Save $.25/1 Vive Pro shampoo or conditioner (9/2)
L’Oreal Save $.75/1 Studio Line styling product (9/2)
L’Oreal Save $2/1 Preference shade (9/2)
Meow Mix Save $.75/1 dry cat food 3lbs+ (9/2)
Meow Mix Save $1/6 single cat food cups or Save $1/1 cat food variety pack (9/2)
Pure Silk Save $.80/1 shave cream (9/30) ETS
Skittles/Starburst/Life Savers Save $.50/2 Gummies 2-4oz (9/30)
Tucks Save $2/1 product excluding Take Alongs (10/30)

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Summer Schedules

    This summer is the first summer in six years that my oldest hasn't been in summer camp. This means I have both girls home ALL DAY LONG. Which means my house is a constant disaster in the making. I try, really I do. I get up in the morning and straighten up and pick up throughout the day and at night before bed but I swear I am just spinning my wheels.

    Now I have tried so many things. Flylady, lists, schedules, yelling...wait...I can't admit to yelling on a blog can I? Anyway, nothing seems to work. Also depending on what I do during the day with the girls sometimes I am to tired to pick up in the evening, which just sets myself up for disaster tomorrow.

    Whats a mom to do?

    Seriously? What should I do?

    Right now I am thinking I should just let go and let God for the state of my house this summer.

    Thoughts? What do you do in the summer time if all of your children are at home?

Friday, June 29, 2012

Coupon Preview for 7/1/12

Well it looks like there will only be ONE insert in Sunday's paper due to the upcoming holiday. BUT its a good one. There should be a P&G insert in Sunday's paper and these coupons should be included:

P&G Insert Coupons (Expire 7/31/12) All Coupons are ETS.

Always Save $.50/1 Pads or Feminine Cleansing Cloths
Always Save $.50/1 Pantiliners 30ct+
Always Save $1/1 Infinity 12ct+
Bounce Save $.50/1 dryer bar or dryer sheets
Bounty Save $.25/1 napkins
Bounty Save $.25/1 towels or napkins
Cascade Save $1/1 product
Charmin Save $.25/1 product
Clairol Save $1/1 hair color
Clairol Save $3/1 Nice ‘n Easy Color Foam hair color
Covergirl Save $1/1 product
Covergirl Save $3/2 products
Crest Save $.75/1 Pro-Health for Me toothpaste
Crest Save $.75/1 Rinse 458mL+
Crest Save $.75/1 toothpaste 4oz+ or liquid gel excludes Cavity, Baking Soda and Tartar
Dawn Save $.25/1 product
Downy Save $1/1 product
Duracell Save $.50/1 CopperTop, Ultra Power, Ultra Photo Lithium or Specialty batteries
Duracell Save $1.50/1 rechargeable batteries, charger or 6pk+ hearing aid batteries
Febreze Save $.50/1 Air Effects
Febreze Save $1/1 car
Febreze Save $1/1 Set & Refresh
Febreze Save $5/5 products
Febreze Buy 1 Fabric Refresher, get one Set & Refresh free up to Save $3.50
Febreze Buy Noticeables refill, get Noticeables warmer free up to Save $3.50
Fixodent Save $.75/1 cleanser
Fixodent Save $1/1 adhesive 1.05oz+
Gillette Save $.50/1 body wash
Gillette Save $1/1 Fusion ProGlide shave prep or Fusion ProSeries skin care item
Gillette Save $2/1 Mach3 disposable, Sensor 3 disposable or CustomPlus 3 disposable
Gillette Save $2/2 deodorants or body washes
Gillette Buy Fusion ProGlide cartridge, get Save $3 off Fusion ProGlide razor
Gillette Buy Mach3 cartridge, get Save $2 off Mach3 razor
Head & Shoulders B1G1 free product up to Save $9.49
Herbal Essences/Aussie Save $1/2 products
Ivory/Safeguard Save $1/1 Personal Cleansing product excludes Ivory dish & laundry
Metamucil Save $1/1 Fiber singles, capsules or wafers
Metamucil Save $1/1 product
Olay Save $2/1 Total Effects facial moisturizer
Olay Save $3//1 ProX or Regenerist facial moisturizer or facial cleanser excludes brush head refills
Olay Save $3/2 bath bars, body washes or in0shower body lotions
Olay Save $3/2 Complete facial moisturizers, Daily Facial cloths or cleansers excludes ProX, Regenerist, Total Effects Age Defying series and facial hair removal
Old Spice Save $.50/1 body wash
Old Spice Save $2/2 products
Oral-B Save $.50/1 Pulsar, 3D White, Pro-Health or Complete toothbrushe or Save $.50/2 Indicator or Cavity Defense toothbrushes
Oral-B Save $.75/1 Glide floss 35m+ or Glide floss picks 30ct+
Oral-B Save $.75/1 Pro-Health for Me CrossAction or Pulsar manual brush
Oral-B Save $.75/1 Pro-Health for Me floss
Pampers Save $1/1 Splashers swim pant
Pampers Save $3/1 diapers or pants box
Pantene Save $1/2 products
Prilosec OTC Save $1/1 product
Puffs Save $.25/3 singles or Save $.25/1 3pk
Secret Save $1/1 Clinical product
Tampax Save $.50/1 20ct+
Tampax Save $1/1 Pearl, Pearl Compak or Radiant 16ct+
Tide Save $.50/1 Boost, Tide to Go or Washing Machine Cleaner excludes PODS
Tide Save $1/1 detergent excludes PODS
Venus Save $2/both refill razor and razor refill