Saturday, December 31, 2011

Bloggers Wanted For Blogorama Bonanza Remix 2012



There is a great blogger event that is open for sign ups right now:

Event Details:

*Blogorama Bonanza Remix 2012 is Blogorama Bonanza Remix 2012 is being host byJyla's Three Of Us GiveawayJ-Man and MillerBug & Generations of Savings

*The Blogorama Bonanza Remix 2012 starts January 20 - January 27

*The value of the prize package in total must amount up to $25. You can provide your own giveaway as the total prize giveaway.

*Blogs will be linking with each other for readers to blog hop to blogs and enter to win great prize packages.

*Each blog will have their own theme so prize packages are going to be great.



If you are interested in signing up to participate, please go here for more information.

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FREE Android App: MahJong Solitaire

Today's FREE app in the Amazon App Store is MahJong Solitaire.  You can download it here:


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Last Day Of The Month: A Checklist

I cannot believe that it is already December 31st!  I can't believe how fast this month has flown by!

I know that its been a hectic time of year with all the holidays, and sometimes couponing and other saving  methods get pushed to the side for the sack of time and convenience.

I know many people make goals to get their spending/saving back on track in the new year, so I thought a list of a few things that would help you get 2012 off to a good start would be helpful!


1)  Many coupon sites reset on the first of the month, removing last month's coupons, and replacing them with new coupons.  Head over to the following sites and make sure you've printed anything you may need:



Print FREE Grocery Coupons at Home


Coupon Network


Also check here to see if there are any stand alone printables that you missed:



2)  Check your e-coupons expiration dates:

Cellfire

SavingStar


Turn Your Everyday Spending into College Savings!



3.  Go through your newspaper coupons.  Check for coupons expiring today.  If there are any that you can't bear to let expire, go shopping!  (Just remember that if you do go shopping just to use coupons you are spending money that you perhaps would not have, so its ok to let them expire!)

Tomorrow I will have a list of things to do on the first of the month!

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Great Week For Coupons!



This Sunday is the first Sunday of the new year, and its always a great day for coupons!  This week will be no exception!

There will be at least 4 inserts (I've heard rumors of perhaps 5 in some areas).

We will get P&G, RP (maybe 2), and 2 SS.

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Friday Must-Read Rewind

I've been very very busy cleaning my house this week, so this list is going to be a little bit short, but I did read a couple things that I wanted to share.

First, some great things to think about as we head into the new year:  How to avoid things that break the budget.

Second, this is mostly aimed at bloggers, but great tips for anyone really:  How to avoid things that steal your time.

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If You Plan On Getting Fit In The New Year...

..head over here and print out your FREE 7 day pass to any 24 Hour Fitness!


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Play SuperFans On Facebook. Win up to $500.

 I've been trying to earn a little extra money lately by entering giveaways and and various other methods.  Here is a pretty easy one I've found.  Yesterday I won $10 to Amazon!


You share the app to earn points, and each level you reach gets you another shot at winning.  Whether you win or not, you get an entry for $500.

Click below to get started:

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Lemonhead Superfan?

Brickfish

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El Rio Grande Trip 12/30

I made a trip over to El Rio Grande today to get some of the great meat and produce deals that they had this week.  I intended to also get some of the $0.99/lb green beans, but they didn't look very good, so I decided not to.

Here's what I got:



~ 3 lbs. of Tilapia @ $1.98/lb
~7 lbs. of chicken breast @ $0.99/lb
~6 lb.s of pork stew meat @ $1.19/lb
3lb. pack of smoked sausage $3.99
cabbage @ 3lbs for $1
carrots @ $0.69
cucumbers 3 for $1
avocados  5 for $1

Spent $27.xx

This is the only shopping I've done all week, and will only need to make a quick run into Aldi for milk and bread.  That means I actually have not even touched a coupon!

Now I've got a ton of meat in my freezer, and I haven't been doing a whole lot of cooking lately, so I need to take inventory of my freezer and come up with a meal plan to use up some of the things that I have on hand.

I'm going to try to not do too much shopping over the next few weeks, as my husbands last check came early before Christmas, so the money needs to stretch just a bit longer than usual.

Did you do any shopping this week?

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Nivea Lip Coupon

Here's a great new coupon:

     $1.00 off one Nivea Lip Care Product



I've found special double packs of these in the past at Target.  Not sure if they still have them, but be on the look out.  That will make for an even sweeter deal!

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Looking To Get Organized In The New Year?

I know many of us are trying to become more organized and get some control over all the chaos and clutter in their lives in the new year.

I have found several websites that offer different FREE services that can help with this, so I thought I would share a few of my favorites below.


If meal planning is on your agenda, FOOD ON THE TABLE is one of my absolute favorites:




If you are looking for a service that helps you keep your online accounts in order, try Manilla:




Here's a brand new one that is about to start up (so I haven't tried it), but they have an opportunity to win a Kindle Fire.

AcornPoints


If you send/receive many UPS packages, UPS my choice is a great service.  I signed up a few weeks ago, and I've loved getting the emails telling me what day and a time frame things would be delivered.  If that doesn't work for you, you can easily log into your account and postpone delivery!

UPS My Choice


If you buy daily deals from a variety of sites, Couptivate will help you track them all help you track them all in one location.




This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Manilla.

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$2 Restaurant.com Gift Certificates

Restaurant.com Weekly Promo Offer 300 x 250


What I love most about Restaurant.com is that they always seem to have a discount code available.  You can just about always dine for half price with these.

Here's how it works:

  1. You put in your zipcode, and choose the restaurant(s) you'd like to visit.
  2. Add them to your cart.  Use code SALE at the checkout.  Your discount is taken off.  
  3. Take them to the restaurant.  Tell the server you have it.  They will deduct $25 (or a higher value if that's what you chose) from your total and you pay the difference.  Super simple!
There are a few terms, though.
  • Most certificates state that they must be used on a minimum $35 purchase.
  • They add 18% tip to your bill.
  • Some restaurants specify dates/times that they cannot be used (I have one I bought forever ago that can't be used on Fridays, so we've never used it.)

Here's what it looks like:
  • Pay $2 for the $25 GC.
  • Dine, and try to keep your total just over $35.  We'll estimate $40 after tip is added.
  • They deduct your $25 GC.  You owe roughly $15 (plus the $2 you paid to purchase it).
Not a bad deal, huh?

Ebates is currently offering 15% cash back for this site, also.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Starting The New Year With A Bang Giveaway


Coupons and Freebies in TX and Suburban Coupon Mom have teamed up with 28 other bloggers (I'm one!) to bring you a giveaway for $60 in Amazon money or Paypal Money, the winner gets to pick which they want. The giveaway goes for 48 hours straight with a winner picked on Friday by midnight central time and will be announced on Coupons and Freebies in TX website. (www.ilovemycouponfans.com)

Once the winner is announced they will have 48hours to claim or a new winner is picked. To claim you need to email ilovemycouponfans@yahoo.com as soon as you see your name announced. Good Luck to everyone entering the giveaway.




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New Healthy Coupons For The New Year

Coupons.com is gearing up for the new year with some great new healthy coupons. You know how it works with coupons released at the end of the month....if you want them, print them now because they may be gone on the 1st!


     $1.00 off Kashi GOLEAN Crisp! cereal

   $2.00 off EAS Myoplex Original Choc
   $1.50 off on the purchase of any TWO (2) WASA
   $1.00 off one Kashi Soft n Chewy bar

   $1.00 off Kashi GOLEAN Cereal
   $1.00 off any ONE Bear Naked Product
   $1.50 off on any 2 Atkins Day Break products

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FREE Android App Of The Day: Monopoly

Did you know that each day the Amazon app store has a different Android app offered for FREE?

Today's FREE app is Monopoly ($4.99 normally).

Download yours here:


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New Coupon: $2/1 Aleve

There is a new Aleve coupon:

    $2.00 off Any Aleve 40ct or larger



Kroger has these on sale for $5.49 this week, so they would be $3.49 after coupon.  They are often on sale at drug stores, too so you may want to print it and hang on to it.

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El Rio Grande Deals 12/28-1/3

Here are the best prices I see advertised at El Rio Grande this week:



Meat:


Eckrich Smokes Sausage  3lb.  $3.99 each (limit 1 with $10 purchase)  *Additionals are $5.99 which still isn't a bad deal...these normally sell for $9.99.

Pork Stew Meat or Pork butt  $1.19/lb

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast  $0.99/lb

Tilapia  $1.98/lb


Produce:


Small Avocados   5 for $1

Roma Tomatoes  3 lbs. for $1

Pineapple  $0.99 each

White Onions  2 lbs for $1

Green Cabbage  3 lbs. for $1

Small Oranges  7 for $1

Radishes  2 bunches for $1

Small Golden Apples  4 for $1

Tangerines  6 for $1

Cilantro  4 for $1

Green Beans  $0.99/lb

Cucumbers  3 for $1

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El Rancho Deals 12/28-1/3



Here are the best prices I see advertised this week at El Rancho:


Meat:


Chicken Breast  $1.29/lb

Sirloin Ham End Pork Chops  $1.00/lb

Tilapia Fillets  $2.77/lb


Produce:


Oranges  15 for $1

Large Tomatoes   3 lbs. for $1

Green Cabbage  10 lbs for $1

Avocados  3 for $0.99

Tomatillos  $0.68/lb

White Onions  $0.44/lb

Cilantro  4 for $0.99

Pears (bosc or bartlett)  5 for $0.99

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Fiesta Deals 12/28-1/3



Here are the best prices I see advertised at Fiesta this week:



Meat:


Fryer drumsticks  $0.69/lb  (jumbo bag.  limit 2 bags with $10 purchase)


Produce:


Green Cabbage   4 lbs. for $1

Fresh Blackeye Peas 11oz.  $0.99 each

Hass Avocados  2 for $1

Celery $0.69 each

Fresh Green Beans  $1.29/lb

Large Navel Oranges  $0.69/lb

Yellow Onions  $0.39/lb

Cilantro  3 for $1

Green Onions  2 for $1

Yams  $0.69/lb

Fresh Garlic  $1.29/lb


Other:


Wholly Gaucamole  $1.99

Act II Popcorn 3ct.  $0.99

Blue Ribbon Rice  2lb.  $0.99

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Kroger Deals 12/28-1/3



Pretty slow week at Kroger this week.  Here are the best prices I see advertised:



Produce:


Green Cabbage  3 lbs. for $1

Hass Avocados  $1 each

Greens  $0.59/bunch  (mustard, turnip, collard, or kale)

Organic Apples (braeburn, red or golden delicious)  $1.00/lb

Organic Anjou Pears  $1.00/lb


Other:


*Fri-Mon*  50% Off Kellogg's Cereals

Campbell's Soup  $1.00

  • Use $0.40/3 from 12/4 SS


Kroger Chocolate Milk half gallon  $1.50

Boulder Canyon Potato Chips  3 for $5




See more Kroger deals for this week.

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Tom Thumb Deals 12/28-1/3



There's really not a whole lot going on at Tom Thumb once again this week.  Here are the best deals I see:



Produce:

Small Hass Avocados  $0.79 each

Green Onions/Red Radishes  $0.69/bunch

Grapefruit  $0.69 each

Green Cabbage  2 lbs for $1


Other:


Prego Pasta Sauce  $1.50

  • Use coupons from 10/16 SS  (vary by region and expire 12/31)


Kellogg's Frosted Flakes 14oz or Fruit Loops 12.2 oz  $1.88

18 ct. Large Eggs  $1.49

Lucerne Creamer 32 oz.  $1.99 with in-ad coupon.

Tropicana Pure Premium 89 oz  $3.49 with in-ad coupon

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Albertsons Deals 12/28-1/3 Dallas Area




Albertsons is once again having a really great sale this week.  I think it's becoming my new favorite store to shop at.

Here are the best prices I see advertised this week:


Meat:


Boneless Skinless Fryer Breasts   $1.69/lb

Pork Baby back Ribs   $2.88/lb

Whole Boneless Pork Loin  $1.98/lb


Produce:


*Thursday-Sunday Only*  Cherries  $2.99/lb

Medium Hass Avocados  2 for $1

Blueberries (pt) or Strawberries (lb)   $2.50

Yellow Onions  $0.39/lb

Navel oranges  $0.59/lb

Large Russet Baking Potatoes  $0.49/lb

Pears (Bosc, Red, Anjou)  40.79/lb

Sonya Apples  $0.79/lb

Eggplant  $0.99 each

Lemons/Limes  4 for $1

Green Cabbage   $0.39/lb

Fresh Blackeye Peas  12 oz  $1.50


P&G Mix And Match Sale  (Buy 4 Save $4)
Prices shown assume buying 4 participating items*
Ad Says Please Limit 1 Deal
**Note:  There should be another PG insert coming this week since it did not come last week**


Charmin Ultra 9 Large Rolls   $3.99*

  • Use $0.25/1 from 11/27 PG  (triples) = $3.24


Bounty Giant 8 Roll  $9.99*

  • Use $1/1 from 11/27 PG = $8.99


Puffs 124-200 ct.   $0.69*

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser 2ct.  $0.99*

Gain/Cheer Detergent or Gain/Downy Softener  $8.99*

  • Coupons in 11/27 PG


Cascade Action Packs 60Ct.  $9.99*


Crest Toothpaste/Old Spice or Gillette body Wash   $1.99*

  • Use coupons from 11/27 PG

Head & Shoulders   $2.99*

Vicks Dayquil/Nyquil/Nature Fusion  $4.99*

  • Use coupons from 11/27 PG

Gillette Fusion or Venus Razor  $7.99*

  • Use coupons from 11/27 PG


Other:


*Thur-Sun Only*  Albertsons Hamburger/Hot Dog Buns  $0.69 each  (limit 2 each)

Wheat Thins/Triscuit   $1.88  (limit 4)

  • Use Coupons from 11/13 SS


Best Choice Apple Juice  64 oz.   $0.99

Powerade 32 oz.   $0.79

Silk Soy, Almond, Coconut Milk 64 oz.  $2.99



International Delight Creamer 16 oz  $1.99



Albertsons Frozen Vegetables   $0.99 each

Albertsons Gravy, Sauce or Seasoning Mixes  40% off

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No Aldi Ad This Week

I did not receive an Aldi ad this week, which I thought was a little strange.  I went to their website to check out the ad, but the only ads listed for this week and next week were in-store ads.

There was not even any produce advertised in the in store ads (there usually isn't when I pick up the in store ads).

I'm not sure if they've taken a short break from sending out the ad flyers, or if they've stopped completely, which would make me very sad.

You see, Aldi has always had astonishing produce prices advertised down the right side or their ad, and I would be so excited to go there knowing the great produce I would get and the low price I would pay.

I'm hoping we will be back to getting the ads very soon  (did anybody get one today??? Maybe it was just me?)

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Coupons: Pull-Ups and Wet Ones!

Here are a couple great new coupons for your potty training needs!
     $2.00 off one package of PULL-UPS

     $0.75 off Wet Ones Wipes Products

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Need A Little Advice About Children's Shoe Organization

At my house, we have a problem.  I have no idea where to keep my children's shoes.  


You see, keeping them lined up along the floor isn't an option because we have two little mini dachshunds who absolutely adore chewing...on anything really, but shoes and My Little Pony's seem to be their favorites.  They've gotten a lot better, and we've gotten better at putting our shoes up high, but there is still a lack of space.

I LOVE those over the door shoe organizers, but our closet doors in the girls room are those sliding doors that fold in the middle, so that just won't work.

Since we are moving both girls into one room, I really need to find a solution to my "what to do with the shoes" problem. 

We're tried putting them on top of dresser's and things but that tends to be very messy.  And 5 and 2 year olds aren't very good at returning their shoes to the proper place, so that is also a constant battle I fight.

If any of you have any tips for me, I'd love to hear them.  If you have written or know of any posts that have pictures, leave a link in the comments, please!

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Menu Plan: Eating From The Freezer

I was planning on doing some cooking this week while my husband was home, but I decided that after all of the other things we're getting done this week, that we should just eat some things we already have prepared in the freezer.


Here's what we'll be having for dinner this week (from our freezer):

Monday:  Vegetable Beef Soup  (I actually made this Saturday in the crock-pot-recipe coming).

Tuesday:  We're going to the dollar theater, and may be eating out.

Wednesday:  Provencal Pork.

Thursday:  Turkey Taco Quiche

Friday:  Spaghetti

Saturday:  Roast and gravy

Sunday:  Cabbage Rolls



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Getting Organized: A Busy Week For Me!

I hope that everyone had a very awesome Christmas.  We had a fun and relaxing day with some distant relatives who happen to live nearby.

And, now that the fun and relaxation has ended, the real fun begins.

Last week, my husband and I came up with a plan.  You see, when we had baby number 2, his office got transformed into a nursery, and his desk got moved out into the garage.  Now that winter is approaching (it hasn't actually gotten to Texas yet), and she is nearly 2 1/2, he decided that he would like to move his desk back into the house, so our girls will begin sharing a room.

However, there is *WAY* too much stuff between the two of our girls (I'm working on that, too!), to fit in one of our small bedrooms, so we've decided to convert the nursery into a playroom, and move the futon into there from our guest bedroom  (we have a very small 4 bedroom house with minuscule closets, so we are always trying to find better uses for space).  Then he is going to put his desk in the guest room.


We've planned out tackling a room everyday, so here is what our agenda for the week looks like:

Monday:  Clean out guest bedroom.

  • This is mostly going to involve pulling everything out of our junk closet.  Some needs to be moved to the garage, and a lot of it is games and puzzles, which will get moved into the play room.
Tuesday:  Convert the nursery to a playroom.
  • This is going to involve taking apart and putting away the toddler bed/bedding, going through the toy boxes that are already in there (tossing anything broken), clearing off and clearing out closets, moving dressers, etc.
Wednesday:  Cleaning the girls room.
  • This is going to involve moving some toys from this room into the newly cleared out playroom (including going through toy boxes--2 of them with puzzles dumped in the bottoms--oh joy!), rearranging some dressers, clothing, closets, etc.
Thursday:  Our bedroom/bathroom
  • We all know our rooms are the last to get cleaned because nobody ever goes in there.  I don't want to talk about it, but it must be done!  LOL.
Friday:  Garage
  • This is going to be mostly a husband job, and my normal shopping day so I will likely be shopping with both girls to get them out of his way, but there will be a lot of things from in the house that need to be moved out there, and some things that need to be put back into the attic, like the Christmas tree, if we can find time to take it down.
Saturday:  Backyard
  • It seems that fall finally happened while we were out of town last week.  With all the wind and storms, we came back to a blanket of leaves covering out backyard.  While my husband did rake up a big pile for the girls to jump in, its going to take all of up out there to get yard looking normal again.  I've also got some preparing the garden for winter (covering it with leaves and compost), and disposing of some dead potted plants that did not bounce back from our early freeze.

I'm hoping we have some time to relax on Sunday, but we'll see how it goes.

I bet you're wondering when I'm going to find time to blog in there, and well, we'll see how that goes, too! ;)  I have to take advantage of having my husband home for one more week from school, because I just can't move some of this stuff on my own.

I'll likely be pretty quiet on the blog this week, but in the midst of all of this, I'm always organizing some stuff I'd like to post about in the new year, so stick around and it should be a lot of fun.

And with that, I must get to work....

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New Coupon: $0.70/1 Raisin Bran Cinnamon Almond

Here's a new coupon for a new kind of cereal. Sounds good, too!

    $0.70 off 1 Kellogg's Raisin Bran Cinnamon Almond



When new things come out there are always sales on them, so print now and be on the lookout!

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Have A Wonderful Christmas!

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I just want to wish you all a wonderful Christmas, or any other holiday you may celebrate this time of year.  

I will be spending this evening and tomorrow with my family, and I hope that all of you get to do the same.

I'll be back on Monday!

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